A MESSAGE OF HOPE is displayed on the showings sign of Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema. Yet hope for the theater isn’t relegated to its messaging: The Tahoe City cinema recently surpassed its GoFundMe goal of $50,000 in crowd-sourced funding, and it’s not alone in the region with other businesses also turning to the platform. Courtesy photo

Local Businesses Turn to GoFundMe


The Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema, run by Steven and Melissa Siig and Mark Gogolewski, has been hit hard, like the theater industry as a whole during the pandemic. The local theater was one of a number of establishments in the region who turned directly to their community for financial support, using GoFundMe as a platform, in November 2020.

While donations keep flowing, the Art Haus recently surpassed its goal of raising $50,000, with the total at $51,075 as of press time.


“Wow, in a little over three months we have reached our fundraising goal thanks to all of YOU!” Melissa Siig wrote in an update to the GoFundMe page. “We are deeply touched and thankful for all of our 450 donors.”

Another local establishment to turn to the popular crowd-sourced fundraising platform is the Pastime Club in Truckee, which was established in 1886 and, according to its GoFundMe page, “endured more than a century’s worth of harsh winters, not to mention the 1918 pandemic and Prohibition. In the 1920s and early ‘30s, the Pastime Club was a speakeasy.”

Currently, the bar’s front windows are boarded up with plywood. The Pastime Club started its fundraising campaign on Feb. 27 and had accumulated $2,020 from 37 donors at press time.

Also in Truckee, Alibi Aleworks has been running a GoFundMe campaign since Oct. 9, 2020, and had raised, at press time, $27,748 from 330 donors. Its goal is $40,000.

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Tahoe Donner Golf Course Reopens Following $2 Million Renovation


Tahoe Donner has announced the reopening of its 18-hole championship golf course this summer after closing for the full 2020 season for a complete course renovation. Over $2 million were invested to replace all greens and make extensive tee and fairway improvements including cart path relocation, tree removal, and drainage work to create better landing areas. Golfers of all skill levels can look forward to enhanced playability, improved pace of play, and an overall enriched mountain golf experience. Tahoe Donner is aiming to provide the best of High Sierra golf for the public and its members. Learn more at tahoedonner.com/golf.

~ Lindsay Hogan, Special to Moonshine Ink

Locally Launched Platform to Connect Donors with Neighbors in Need


A new platform being launched in Truckee is working to connect community members in need with those that are able to give, hoping to fill the gap between immediate need and more robust relief.

The current Covid-19 crisis is creating turmoil for some families, and hindering their ability to cover essentials such as consistent food for the family, car repairs, and rent payments. The idea behind this concept is that if people were presented with specific ways they could support their community, they would be willing to step up.

On the platform you will find a storyboard with real stories from community members who are sharing their needs in a very public way. Donors have the opportunity to contribute any amount they are comfortable with, including the total amount of a recipient’s request.

If you have questions, want to get involved, need help, or are willing to donate, visit stimulus.app or email hello@stimulus.app.

~ Michael Arriola, Special to Moonshine Ink

COZY COMMUNAL CABIN: This painting of the Schilling Lodge by Sheldon Pennoyer depicts the end goal of the Historic Schilling Lodge Project, now approved at Tahoe XC by the TCPUD. Courtesy image

TCPUD Approves Schilling Lodge for Tahoe XC

Tahoe City

In a unanimous vote at their Feb. 25 board meeting, the TCPUD board of directors voted to approve the Historic Schilling Lodge Project, specifically, to certify the Final Environmental Impact Report, adopt the CEQA Findings of Fact, adopt a Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program, and approve the Tahoe Cross-Country Lodge Replacement and Expansion Project.

According to a release by Tahoe XC, final steps include:

  • Finalizing drawings and building details
  • Securing land use and construction permits
  • Beginning capital fundraising campaign

~ Tahoe XC press release

Green Lodging Workshop Announced


Hotels, lodges, and members of the hospitality industry are invited to partake in a free Green Lodging Workshop, virtually on May 11, 12, and 13. The purpose of the workshop is for local members of the lodging industry to learn best practices in energy efficiency, food and waste management, customer engagement, and sustainable transportation. Participating businesses will have the opportunity to join a green business program and save money while operating at the highest environmental efficiency. There will also be discussion about how to attract conscious customers, among other topics. For details and registration: tinyurl.com/TahoeGreenLodging.

~ Donna Walden, Special to Moonshine Ink

new digs: Mark Tanner Construction, a custom home builder in the Tahoe area, recently moved its corporate headquarters to Minden, Nevada. Photo courtesy Sunfish Films

Mark Tanner Construction Opens New HQ


Mark Tanner Construction has announced the opening of its new corporate headquarters in Minden, Nevada. The award-winning firm is the leading builder of high-end custom homes in a number of exclusive, private communities in the Tahoe region. The new 5,000-square-foot office facility is right next to the Minden airport and includes 3 acres of yard and warehouse space.

“We’ve been doing more and more work in Nevada thanks to new developments like Clear Creek Tahoe in Douglas County,” said president Mark Tanner. “We’re very excited about all of the opportunities in the silver state.”

MTC just recently made Mountain Living Magazine’s top builders list for its work in Nevada. Additionally, MTC has won numerous awards and received press coverage for innovative lakefront remodels and stand-out new construction projects in Nakoma, Martis Camp, and Clear Creek Tahoe. The full-service company also offers custom cabinetry, metal and woodworking shops and provides home management care services.

~ MTC press release

Own the Stoke With Your 2021/22 Ikon Pass


Ikon Pass invited skiers and riders across the globe to commit to future adventures when the Ikon Pass went on sale at its lowest pricing for the 21/22 season on March 11. Renewal discounts are offered to 20/21 Ikon Pass holders for the 21/22 winter if purchased before May 5, with savings of up to $100.

Last spring, Ikon Pass introduced Adventure Assurance, the industry’s first free program that offers options to Ikon Pass holders that help provide flexibility and alleviate some uncertainty throughout the winter season. This year, Adventure Assurance comes free with every 21/22 Ikon Pass product.

Prior to December 9, 2021, should a 21/22 Ikon Pass holder not use their pass after purchase, for any reason, they may elect to defer and receive a full credit of their purchase price to be used toward a 22/23 Ikon Pass. The pass holder must elect to defer their unused pass in My Account by December 9.

Or, if passes are used and there is an eligible Covid-19-related closure at any North American Ikon Pass destination from December 18, 2021 through March 6, 2022, holders will receive a credit toward a 22/23 Ikon Pass based on the percentage of days closed.

More information about the Ikon Pass is available at ikonpass.com.

~ Ikon Pass press release


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