Category Archives: Beach cleanup

Caring is Cool!

We LOVE Lake Tahoe so much that we adopted Lakeview Commons beach! 1395156_757927570915125_4757620883793037385_nWe host weekly beach cleanups every Monday morning from 9:00 – 10:30 am to help do our part in taking care of our favorite beach! Over the last 9 weeks our crew and volunteers have collected over 300 lbs of trash! We’re hosting our final cleanup of the season on Monday, September 1st – join us to help increase our impact on the lake!

And please beach responsibly, ALWAYS PACK YOUR TRASH!

2014 Volunteer Opportunities


Spend your summer on the beach with great people and give a little back to your favorite community event series at the same time! Sounds great, right?! Well it gets even better – we’re gonna hook you up with some free food if you join us this Thursday to learn more about getting involved as a Live at Lakeview Volunteer!

That’s right! Free food at the Volunteer Recruitment Party this Thursday at Lakeview Commons. The BBQ will go down from 5:00 – 8:30 pm and all that are interested in getting involved with Live at Lakeview are welcome! We’ll have volunteer information, and  sponsor/vendor information will be available as well.

2014 Volunteer Opportunities:

Photographers & Videographers – Thursday 4:30-9:00 pm
Capture the moments of each Thursday night and gain some incredible exposure for your portfolio. Credit will be given along with any usage of photos/videos.

Beach Cleanup Crew – Mondays 9:00 – 10:30 am
Help us in our weekly efforts to keep our favorite playground litter free and our lake blue! We’ll supply buckets, grabbers, gloves, and trash bags.

Vibe Squad – Thursdays 3:30-9:30 pm (various shifts available)
Act as stewards of Live at Lakeview by offering general assistance and event information to attendees. Specific tasks may include:

  • Greeting attendees
  • Assisting with the safe exit of all attendees post-event
  • Assist staff and vendors with parking
  • Providing general information &maintaining an awesome vibe
  • Tossing beach balls and/or giveaways into the crowd
  • Assisting with weekly games and/or activities

Event Crew – Thursdays/Fridays (various shifts available)
Assist the On Course Events crew with event set-up & breakdown; muscles required!
Specific responsibilities may include:

  • Set-up and breakdown fencing, barricades, beer garden enclosure, bike valet, banners, vendor booths, etc.
  • Clean up trash from event site during and after each event

Security – Thursdays 4:00-10:00 pm
Assist in maintaining the safety of all attendees. Keep the crowd informed of City ordinances (no dogs, alcohol, smoking, etc.)
*Positions available for beer garden monitoring and overall crowd security.

All volunteers will receive our endless gratitude (of course!) PLUS an official Live at Lakeview T-shirt and sweet prizes from our sponsors including concert tickets and gift cards to Sushi Pier, Lake Tahoe Yoga, Tahoe Bowl, and more!

Contact our On Course Events staff to get signed up!

Thanks for all your support South Lake Tahoe! 

Phone: 530.600.2233

200 lbs of Litter Removed by Sand Sifter & Volunteers

200 lbs of litter & 30 lbs of asian clam shells
On Course Events, 5 volunteers, and the Sand Sifter 200 lbs of litter & 30 lbs of Asian clam shells from Lakeview Commons. Photo Credit Lauren Lindley.

 Every Monday morning, the producers of the Live at Lakeview Summer Music Series (On Course Events) gathers its staff and a few volunteers to clean up the beach, park, and surrounding neighborhood areas of Lakeview Commons. On average, the group collects approximately 15-25 lbs of trash each week.

Bruce Hernandez operating the Sand Sifter with ease
Bruce Hernandez operating the Sand Sifter with ease. Photo credit Lauren Lindley

After getting rained out with thunderstorms on Thursday, July 25th and being forced to move the concert down the street to Tep’s Villa Roma, the On Course Events crew remains dedicated to the weekly cleanups and invited Bruce Hernandez to join in with the Sand Sifter machine.

Asian clams are in aquatic invasive species that threaten the clarity of Lake Tahoe. All of these shells were washed up onto the sand. Photo credit Lauren Lindley

This machine collected 165 lbs of trash and 30 lbs of Asian clam shells with two passes across the sand in about 1.5 hours. Volunteers collected another 35 lbs of trash by hand, throughout the morning.The most common items picked up from both the machine and our volunteers included: cigarette butts, bottle caps, and wrappers. Some of the more surprising items included a bike, diapers, and a beach ball.

Cigarette butts are one of the most common pieces of litter picked up from our beaches. They take over 20 years to fully breakdown and are seriously harmful to our lake’s clarity. Photo credit Lauren Lindley


Volunteers are encouraged to join the weekly beach cleanup efforts to keep our beaches litter free and to keep Tahoe blue. Those interested in joining can meet at Lakeview Commons every Monday morning through September 2nd at 10:00 am. Buckets, gloves, and trash bags will be provided.


Live at Lakeview will return to the beach this Thursday with the Polyrhythmics, a hard-driving, modern world-beat orchestra from Seattle, WA. For more information go to


The Live at Lakeview Summer Music Series is a free event series that takes place every Thursday through August 29th from 4:30-8:30 PM at Lakeview Commons.  Please ride your bike and utilize the free bike valet or take advantage of free parking at the SLT Parks and Recreation Department on Rufus Allen Blvd.  The series is financially supported through local sponsorships, vendors, and beer sales. City of South Lake Tahoe ordinances for Lakeview Commons Park will be strictly enforced every week: no dogs, no outside alcohol and no smoking. For more information


Sand Sifters, owned and operated by Bruce Hernandez, offers a cleanup service with its light weight, stand behind, machine that aerates and sifts debris out from under the sand. The Sand Sifter is propelled by high flotation rubber tires and is powered by a noise restricted 5.5 HP Honda gasoline engine. This structure elevates the sand and utilizes a sifting screen to sleeve the debris. The cleaning depth of this machine is adjustable from 0-4” and will quickly remove aquatic mussel shells, broken glass, bottle caps, and cigarette butts from our beaches. The Sand Sifter is fully licensed and insured and TRPA approved. For more information email