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Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture

Soul Street Dance Company at North Tahoe High School Feb 5

Catch the excitement of street dance as these energetic performers demonstrate its varied styles, distinctive features and origins.

This inspirational group of young dancers will take the audience on a high-flying trip from Brazil’s copoeria style of martial arts to New York City’s break dance, and through a multi-component form of hip hop at North Tahoe High School on February 5 at 6pm. read more →

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The Big Read: Wild in El Dorado County starts February 2010

The Big Read El Dorado CountyLife is good for Buck, half St. Bernard and half shepherd, in Santa Clara Valley, where he spends his days eating and sleeping in the golden sunshine. But one day a treacherous act of betrayal leads to his kidnap, and he is forced into a life of action and danger. Dragged away to be a sled dog in the harsh freezing cold Yukon, Buck must fight for his survival. Can he rise above his enemies and become the master of his realm once again?

The Call of the Wild, the classic masterpiece by Jack London has been selected by El Dorado County for The Big Read starting in February.

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Wines that go with Chocolate and More at Aprés Wine Tasting Tuesdays in February

If it’s Tuesday, it’s time to taste wine at the Après Wine Company in South Lake Tahoe.

Barb and JP have created a whole series of Tasting Tuesday events starting at 6pm.  Bring your appetite for a premier selection of wines paired with delicious appetizers hand crafted by chef Zach Barnhill like his signature Stuffed Figs.

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Local Bands support Haiti Feb 6 at American Legion Hall

Joshua Morse and Dan Green, of Saturn Rising and Kingsuh Midtown respectively, came up with the idea for a benefit event after Morse spent a week watching the news of the after-effects of the earthquake.

“I wanted to go down to Haiti and move rocks around and do anything I could do to help,” Morse said. “I found out that was basically impossible and started thinking we should do a local benefit in town.” The benefit is set for 4 p.m. Feb. 6 at the American Legion Hall. read more →

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Free Heart Health Workshops at TFHS Wednesdays Feb 3-24

Did you know…February is American Heart Month? To help keep us strong, the Tahoe Forest Health System offers free Heart Health Programs and Workshops on Wednesday mornings, running February 3 – February 24, 2010.

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February Acts at Harrah’s South Shore Room

After skiing or snowshoeing all day, treat yourself to a blast from the past at Harrah’s in South Lake Tahoe with classic musical acts like Starship, Super Diamond, G. Love and Joan Jett at a price you can’t beat.

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Joe Winter at Spirits In Stone Feb 13-14

“I am most interested in fire as a dynamic tool for creating pots with unique beauty, depth, and character. Fire, the weather, timing, my hands and a lot of other variables keep the work dynamic and unique” – Joe Winter

Meet Joe at Spirits In Stone gallery in The Village at Northstar on February 13 and 14.

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$25 Women’s Winter Tour Feb 6. Try gear, lessons and chocolate for a great cause.

rosey.jpgTheir motto: If it ain’t chocolate, it ain’t breakfast.

Yes!

Ladies: This day is for you. Celebrate winter and chocolate February 6, 2010 at Hope Valley and help support the South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center.

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Take your Pennies for Peace to Lake Tahoe School thru Feb 12

The Lake Tahoe School in Tahoe City is participating in Pennies for Peace, founded by Greg Mortenson, co-author of the #1 NY Times Best-seller, “Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School At A Time.”

Bring your pennies to the Lake Tahoe School in Tahoe City until February 12, 2010 and help build schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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Call to Artists for Horse HeART Art Exhibit, Competition, and Fundraiser

Visual artists are invited to submit images of original equine-theme art work for consideration for Horse HeART, a special event celebrating the spirit of horses and artists to be held this spring at Art Attack Gallery in Incline Village. read more →

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Nina MacLeod featured at Historical Society meeting Feb 9

Expert local skier and native of Norway, Nina MacLeod will be the featured speaker at the South Lake Tahoe Historical Society meeting on Tuesday, February 9, at 7pm in the Lodge of Camp Richardson.

Nina will talk about the legendary Sierra mailman, Snowshoe Thompson, who weathered 50 foot snowdrifts and blizzards on 10 ft longboards and a mail bag weighing 50 to 100 pounds strapped to his back.

The presentation is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

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South African Entrepreneur to Speak on Multiculturalism at SNC Feb 11

Emiley Vollmer, owner and chief executive of Evo Media Enterprises, will be speaking at Sierra Nevada College on Thursday, February 11th, in the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, room 139, from 7-9pm.

Topics to be covered in her presentation include issues of diversity (South Africa as well as Africa as a whole), her multicultural experiences from a South African perspective, challenges that still exist, and the benefit of collaborative partnerships in terms of fostering greater multicultural awareness and understanding, as well as her own life story. read more →

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Nate Holland of Squaw to compete in Snowboard Cross at 2010 Winter Olympics

Inspired by early snowboard movies with Sean Farmer hucking himself off the Fingers of KT-22, Nate Holland moved to Squaw Valley in 1999.

Eleven years later, Nate is headed to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver once again to compete in the Snowboard Cross.

Way to go Nate!

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Northern Italy Photo Exhibition by Dirk Yuricich Feb 12-16

Dirk Yuricich vernazza nightTravel and cross-cultural interaction are the engines driving his life and work.

With his fascinating collection of 2,000 images from around the globe, Dirk Yuricich’s gallery in South Lake Tahoe is a treasure trove of world culture and beauty. Experience the romance of Northern Italy at the gallery February 12-16. read more →

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Jamaica Ski Team rooted at Alpine Meadows

They may have just one member, but the Jamaica Ski Team (Errol Kerr that is) has made Alpine Meadows its training grounds for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, February 12 – 28, 2010.

Errol Kerr, 23, has taken the ski cross world by storm and has officially qualified for the Winter Games.

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Hannah and Elena to compete in Halfpipe at 2010 Winter Olympics

Hannah Teter representing Sierra-at-Tahoe and Elena Hight riding for Northstar-at-Tahoe are headed to Vancouver to compete in the 2010 Winter Games February 12-28, 2010.  They’ll be competing against each other in the Halfpipe event.

But first, they will show their stuff at the Winter X Games held January 28-31 in Aspen.

Way to go ladies!

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The Immigrant Experience in Northern Nevada at SNC Feb 20

Senior Saturdays kicks off 2010 with Phyllis Rogers/Northern Nevada Reads: “The Immigrant Experience in Northern Nevada” on Saturday, February 20 at the Sierra Nevada College.

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Ullr’s Jib Jam Feb 20 at Lakeside Inn

Bigger ramps, live music by Strive Roots, barbecue, beer garden, and awesome prizes will be on tap at the 2nd Annual Ullr Jib Jam on Saturday, February 20, at Lakeside Inn and Casino starting at 4pm.

Ullr, the Scandinavian god of skiing, will preside over the night’s events ensuring it will snow. And it will be good.

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Jack London’s Life Portrayed by Michael Oaks Feb 20 at South Lake Tahoe Library

Jack London is alive and well and visiting the South Lake Tahoe Library on Saturday, February 20th, from 2 pm to 4 pm.

It’s all part of The Big Read, and perfect for all ages.

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Bob Woodruff to speak at Queen of Hearts Women’s Fund luncheon Feb 17

Former ABC World News Tonight co-anchor and current foreign correspondent Bob Woodruff and his wife, Lee Woodruff, will speak at Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation’s Queen of Hearts Women’s Fund Luncheon, Wednesday, February 17, at the Resort at Squaw Creek. read more →

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The North Face Masters at Kirkwood Feb 25-27 with Rose

She won the Women’s North Face Masters event at Kirkwood in 2009, and is back to defend her crown in The Cirque on February 25 through 27, 2010.

Rose Daiek of South Lake Tahoe is the lady to watch and to beat.

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Mt. Rose Donates $5K to the Haiti Earthquake Response Fund

On January 29, 2010 Mt. Rose made a $5,000 donation to the Haiti Earthquake Response Fund to aid the victims of the Haiti earthquake. The rounded amount donated represents $10 per Mt. Rose employee on the 09/10 payroll.

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Earthquake and Tsunami Hazard of the Tahoe Basin Feb 23

Can a major earthquake happen here? The unfortunate answer for the Lake Tahoe basin is an unqualified yes! The basin is susceptible to large, magnitude 7 earthquakes every few thousand years, with an associated tsunami risk for those fault lines that lie beneath the lake. A decadal review of geophysical and geological work at the basin will be presented in an unconventional way to help stimulate a responsible conversation of the real risks by Dr. Graham Kent on February 23 at Sierra Nevada College.

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Thomas Easley at Marcus Ashley Gallery February 27-28

Author, book illustrator and painter, Thomas Easley is an extraordinary talent.

During his career Thomas has completed miniature paintings, architectural landscapes, nudes, still lifes and has recently started two series of impressionistic paintings: Golf and Roosters.  Easley’s impressionistic Roosters have gained wide acclaim for their attitude, action, and vibrant color.

Meet Thomas at Marcus Ashley Gallery on February 27 and 28 from 2pm to 6pm.

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Squeeze In raises Donations for Haiti January 25-January 29

Over the next week 10% of all dining profits from both locations of the Squeeze In will go toward disaster relief efforts in Haiti. Every transaction from Monday, Jan 25, through Friday, Jan 29, 2010 will be counted toward a donation to the Salvation Army in support of the organization’s Haitian relief efforts. read more →

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Hard Rock Cafe Lake Tahoe Raises $10K in Fight Against Hunger

During the months of November and December 2009, Hard Rock Cafe Lake Tahoe raised over $10,000 to help to feed children worldwide. Funds were raised through the sale of IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER charity bracelets, adorned with John Lennon’s self portrait image, which were sold in the Café for a donation of $1 or more, with 100% of the bracelet proceeds going to WHY.  read more →

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How to Finance Green Energy Projects in South Lake Tahoe Jan 28

Solar Panels in South Lake TahoeLooking for ways to finance that new solar heating system or natural gas water heater while reducing your carbon footprint?

The City of South Lake Tahoe may be able to help, and is seeking community input on January 28, 2010.

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Kids Art Saturday at NTA Jan 23 with Photographer Danielle Hankinson

Danielle Hankinson photoPhotographer Danielle Hankinson will be the Artist in Residence for the Kids Art Saturday on January 23 at North Tahoe Arts from 12-2 pm.

Kids will learn about photography at this free workshop.

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$5 Ki Gong classes at TCHSP Wed 5:30pm

KigongWant to learn how to relax more easily and achieve a feeling of peace, joy and a positive attitude?   I’m in.

Ki Gong may be just what we need. Ki Gong provides all the benefits of yoga, Tai-Chi, and meditation in one discipline.

Ki Gong classes with Rolf Godon take place on Wednesday evenings for just $5 at the Tahoe Center for Health and Sports Performance (TCHSP) in Truckee.  read more →

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First Tracks in West Bowl: Saturdays at Sierra-at-Tahoe

powda.JPGFamous for stormy powder days and perfect corduroy runs, now Sierra-at-Tahoe is giving you one more reason to brag.

First tracks in West Bowl on Saturdays + a continental breakfast before the rest of the Universe gets there!

I’m in.

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Tree-Free Art and Recycled Notecards by Kristen Schwartz

Looking for an unique, eco-friendly work of art made in your own backyard?

How about 100% recycled note cards and tree-free art featuring faeries, indigenous folklore and healing traditions from around the globe.

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The Pied Piper of Truckee Ben Jammin’

Ben Jammin Martin Moonshine InkCatch Me if You Can:  Keeping pace with Truckee’s Ben Jammin’
by Jackie Varriano, Moonshine Ink

Truckee local Ben “Jammin’” Martin gets around. You might know him as a guitar player in the duo After Eights, maybe you used to sing with him at open mic night at Trio Wine Bar, or play with him now at open mic at the Fat Cat in Tahoe City. Maybe you have taken a ukulele lesson with him, or have a child that takes guitar lessons from him.

This article is a reprint from the December-January edition of Moonshine Ink, the Independent News Source for Truckee and North Lake Tahoe.

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Dancing in the Field: An Exhibition of Paintings by Yasmin Sayyed Jan 9 – March 20, 2010

Peace Be Still by Yasmin Sayyed“There are notions of right living and wrong living, and then there is the field (the field of endless spiritual possibilities). Meet me in the field.” –Rumi

Soulful and intentional, Yasmin’s paintings will make you reconsider your life. They’ll make you feel life; make you long for life; a life well-lived; a life purpose-filled with dignity, truth and compassion.

Dancing in The Field: An Exhibition of Paintings by Yasmin Sayyed in Praise of African Spirits will show in the LTCC Foyer Gallery January 9 through March 20, 2010. Meet Yasmin at the Open Reception January 14 from 6pm to 8pm. read more →

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Luna Chix Tahoe hosts Snowshoe Clinics January 2 at Northstar

team-luna-chix lake tahoeJoin the women of Team Luna Chix Tahoe at two Snowshoe Clinics on January 2, 2010 at Northstar-at-Tahoe.

Sarah McMahan from Incline Village is a member of the Atlas Snowshoe Team & Solomon Trail Running Team and will be the instructor for the women’s only morning clinic running from 10am to 11:30am. read more →

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Lake Tahoe Community College Art Dept Art Exhibit thru March 20

Bryan Nash Yerian PostIn addition to their duties at the Lake Tahoe Community College, many of the LTCC Art Department faculty and staff are practicing artists in their own right.

This exhibition highlights the LTCC Art Department’s talent by revealing the broad spectrum of media, techniques, and styles being explored.

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Winter in the Sierra photo exhibit at North Tahoe Arts January 6 through February 28

Kevin Klein 20081217_Tahoe City PierTwelve highly acclaimed local photographers will display their artwork in a two-month exhibit, “Winter in the Sierra,” at North Tahoe Arts in Tahoe City.

A free opening reception will take place Friday, January 8, from 5 to 7 pm at the Arts Center.

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Vertical World Humor with Todd Offenbacher Jan 13

You know it’s winter in Lake Tahoe when this high octane, highly entertaining slide show series of adventure starts, and brings everyone together.

Todd Offenbacher, local climber, adventurer and host of RSN TV will present a side-splitting show about the humorous side of the vertical world on Wednesday, January 13, at Bar One in the Olympic Plaza starting at 7pm. And, it’s all free. read more →

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Alpenglow Telemark and Alpine Touring Demo Day January 9 @ Alpine Meadows

Alpenglow Sports December 2009 stormAlpenglow Sports has partnered with Alpine Meadows Ski Resort on its 3rd Annual Telemark and Alpine Touring Demo Event on Saturday, January 9, from 9:00am to 3:30pm, weather permitting.

The event will provide a forum to perpetuate the enthusiasm for all aspects of in-area and backcountry skiing. And, it’s free with your Alpine Meadows lift ticket or season pass. Yes!

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Flamenco Guitarist David Maldonado at Crystal Bay Jan 8

The Crystal Bay Club will spice up the North Lake Tahoe nightlife with a touch of Spain when flamenco guitarist David Maldonado performs for free on Friday, January 8, 2010.

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“The Contemporary Figure: Drawings by Cal State Long Beach Art Dept. Faculty” at Haldan Art Gallery thru March 18

California State University Inside_out“The Contemporary Figure: Drawings by California State University, Long Beach Art Dept. Faculty” is now appearing at the Haldan Art Gallery at the Lake Tahoe Community College through March 18, 2010.

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Sierra Nevada College Students Return from Habitat for Humanity Trip to El Salvador

El Salvador Sierra Nevada College studentsAssistant Business Professor Emily Rhodenbaugh, Senior Lecturer Laura Brunel-Canale, and ten Sierra Nevada College students recently returned from a trip to El Salvador help build a house with Habitat for Humanity. According to Habitat for Humanity Country Director Patty Cordero, “The leadership of the [SNC] group was exemplary, and the group members did an excellent job working toward their objectives.”

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Saving L’il Smokey Jan 14 @ Explore Tahoe

Lil SmokeyLil’ Smokey, a frightened, singed and badly dehydrated bear cub, was saved from the hot ashes of the Moon Fire at Mt. Shasta on July 17, 2008 by Firefighter Adam Deem.

The 8.5-pound animal was suffering from serious burns to all four paws and crying for its missing mother. The cub, which also had an eye injury, was taken to a wildlife rescue shelter in Rancho Cordova, then transported to Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care (LTWC) where he was rehabilitated. Li’l Smokey was released back to the wild near Mt. Shasta in February 2009.

Cheryl Millham of LTWC will talk about the little guy’s rehabilitation treatments and give an update on his current condition on Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 6pm at Explore Tahoe in South Lake Tahoe.

It’s free too!

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Acoustic Guitar Jam Night January 9 at For Goodness Sake in Truckee

Ben Martin of North Lake TahoeBen Jammin’ Martin will lead a community Acoustic Guitar Jam Night on Saturday, January 9th, from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at For Goodness Sake in Truckee.

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