South Lake Tahoe warms up for summer

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This weekend should see the end of a long winter, and South Lake Tahoe has packed myriad events into June.

The Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority is greeting the summer with a new website that ties together events, information and room booking, including second vacation homes to major casinos.

Starting this month, Visitors Authority spokesman Phil Weidinger says there are events stretching from Camp Richardson Resort on the west to Zephyr Cove on the east.

All the South Shore clubs have promotional packages that can combine events with lodging at competitive prices. The Lakeside Inn, Horizon and Mont Bleu have golf packages.

Betty “B” Gorman, CEO of the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, said the summer events are helping boost the area economy as it comes out of the recession.

One of the season’s first big concerts, Tim McGraw at Harvey’s outdoor amphitheater, was sold out. “Having a lot of events draws people,” she says.

Early June has something for everyone, Weidinger says.

Saturday is the Tahoe Bike Day Parade and Festival, at Ski Run Marina from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.: www.tahoebike.org; and Sunday is the 19th “America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride — Lake Tahoe:” www.bikethewest.com.

This weekend and the following, there’s the Valhalla Renaissance Faire: www.valhallafaire.com.

Also June 12, the 46th annual DeCelle Memorial Lake Tahoe Relay, a 72-mile, seven-person running relay around Lake Tahoe, Visiit www.laketahoerelay.com.

Weekends in June, Chicago and the Doobie Brothers are among artists who will perform at Harvey’s 2010 Summer Concert Series, in the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena behind the parking garage at Harveys.

And June 12-13, there’ll be a chili cook-off with live music in the MontBleu parking lot. For more, go to www.tahoesouth.com.

Major South Lake Tahoe clubs

Harrah’s Lake Tahoe
(800) 427-7247
www.harrahslaketahoe.com

Harveys Lake Tahoe
(800) 786-8208
www.harveystahoe.com

Horizon Casino Resort
(800) 648-3322
www.horizoncasino.com

Lakeside Inn and Casino
(800) 624-7980
www.lakesideinn.com

Mont Bleu Resort Casino & Spa
(888) 829-7630
www.montbleuresort.com

Other useful websites
www.tahoesouth.com
www.tahoechamber.org

Thunder Valley adding staff

Thunder Valley Casino Resort, less than a month from opening its 17-story, 297-room hotel, entertainment and meeting venues and expanded casino, wants to hire 100 more hospitality workers. In the past six months, Thunder Valley has hired 600 new employees. The casino employed about 1,900 people last year.

Thunder Valley will have a job fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at its employment center across the street from the casino at 1200 Athens Ave., Lincoln, about 30 miles east of Sacramento. Applicants should go to www.thundervalleyresort.com and click on Careers to apply, and then come to the job fair.

“We are encouraging everyone who has an interest to apply,” said Thunder Valley General Manager CJ Graham. The hotel opens July 1.

In conjunction with the opening, this week Thunder Valley unveiled a new logo and website that allows for hotel bookings. The new logo uses a black bear paw print, representing its owner, the United Auburn Indian Community, as well as a “T” and “V” for Thunder Valley.

apacciorini@sfexaminer.com

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