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Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture

Gary Murphy, Tahoe’s Legendary Snow Forecaster

For 40 winters, Gary Murphy has been counting. From the first flakes to be released from the restless skies of autumn to the serendipitous torrents of May, Gary Murphy is counting; watching; and recording snow’s detail to the point of minutia.

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Get ‘In The Mood’ and Support Tahoe Forest Cancer Center December 1

Action snowsport photography and video from around the world highlight the 15th annual In The Mood, a free benefit event for the Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, Wednesday, December 1, 2010, at Resort at Squaw Creek starting at 6pm.

This year’s In the Mood will include a special tribute to the event’s co-founder and well-known author, Robert ‘Fro’ Frohlich, who passed away in October after a long battle with cancer.

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Sara Zimmerman “Fall to Winter” Exhibit at Dragonfly starts Dec 2

Truckee artist and designer, Sara Zimmerman, will commemorate her newest artworks at the opening of her “Fall to Winter” exhibit on December 16th from 4:30 to 6pm at Dragonfly Cuisine in Truckee.

“I love tropical colors and have been searching for a new way to express the beauty of the mountain landscape surrounding us. This exhibit shows the marriage of a tropical palette with the flora of our mountain environment,” says Sara. read more →

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SNC Concert Choir Celebrates 25 Years of Music Dec 2 and 4

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Incline Village will vibrate with the sound of forty voices from the Sierra Nevada College Concert Choir performing Puccini’s Gloria (messa di Gloria) directed by Donna Axton on Thursday, Dec. 2nd and Saturday, Dec. 4th at 7:00pm.

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Race to Nowhere at SNC Dec 2

As part of its “Discussions on Education Series,” Race to Nowhere will be screened Thursday, December 2 at 7pm in Sierra Nevada College’s Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, rooms 139/141.

This documentary focuses on the saturation point many students, teachers, and parents have reached in the high-stakes, high pressure culture of the current educational system.

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Tahoe Treasures Holiday Jewelry Show Dec 1

Find one-of-a-kind jewelry made by Tahoe Treasures and other South Lake Tahoe jewelers at its big holiday sale December 1st from 3pm to 6pm.

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Robotic Submarines under Antarctic Ice presentation Dec 8

He will have just returned from a research excursion using robotic submarines under the Erebus ice-tongue in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica.

Join UC Davis researcher Alexander Forrest for a view under the ice in Antarctica at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences on the Sierra Nevada College campus on Wednesday, December 8.

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Tahoe Cooking Queens help Project MANA and Los Médicos Voladores Dec 8

The talented and entertaining Tahoe Cooking Queens, Cindy McClelland and Mary Jurkonis, are conducting another cooking class to benefit Project MANA and Los Médicos Voladores (the flying doctors) on December 8, 2010 at the Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee starting at 6pm.

The girls offer a lively and pragmatic approach to the art of cooking.

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Travels through Ethiopia with Ryan Salm at Sawtooth Ridge Dec 9

This past March, local Tahoe City photographer Ryan Salm set off on a four month journey to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, beginning his travels across Ethiopia. As it turned out, Ethiopia was an incredible story unto itself.

Ryan’s new show, “Travels Through Ethiopia – Tales of Sour Bread, Fire Wind, & Kalashnikovs,” will be presented at the Sawtooth Ridge Cafe on Thursday, December 9th at 7pm as part of the Alpenglow Sports Winter Speaker Series. read more →

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Wine Down Fundraiser for Heavenly Ski & Snowboard Foundation Dec 15

The Apres Wine Company on Ski Run Boulevard is holding a fundraiser for the Heavenly Ski & Snowboard Foundation on December 15, from 11am-10pm.

Ten percent (10%) of the sales will go to the foundation which is committed to turning kids on to winter sports.

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Holiday Party at Edgewood Tahoe Dec 17

As the golf season unwinds into winter here at Lake Tahoe, the Edgewood Tahoe Restaurant is holding its annual Holiday Party happening Friday, December 17th from 6pm-11pm.

Executive Chef Frank Stagnaro will prepare a selection of his favorite culinary creations including Beef Wellington with vintage port sauce, and Japanese Sea Bass with light green curry. Drooling yet?

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Holiday on Ice December 18

Did you know South Lake Tahoe has an Ice Skating Club?

The Tahoe Figure Skating Club is hosting the 2nd annual Holiday on Ice 2010, sanctioned by the U.S. Figure Skating, on Saturday, December 18, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm at the South Tahoe Ice Arena.

Admission is free to this South Lake Tahoe event.

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Blue Pixie Studio & Gallery Open House Dec 16 in Incline Village

Local artists Jennifer Sexton Ornburg and Matt Dodge have moved Blue Pixie Studio & Gallery to the Christmas Tree Village in Incline Village.

In addition to their own works, the gallery will also feature other local and regional artists and art workshops. An Open House will take place on Thursday, December 16, from 5-7 p.m.

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Torstein Horgmo joins Northstar Pro Team

Torstein Horgmo, one of the world’s top riders, has joined the Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort Professional Freestyle Team and will represent the resort in competitions including the Winter Dew Tour, Winter X Games and other high profile winter events.

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G.N.A.R. Movie Dec 17 at Alpine Meadows

Skiers and snowboarders worth their salt have certainly descended an expert-rated run, naked, while simultaneously talking on a cell phone with their mom; however, this act has rarely been captured on film as well as it has in the new movie, G.N.A.R.

See for yourself by attending the World Premier of G.N.A.R. at the Alpine Meadows Ski Resort base lodge Friday, December 17 at 9pm. Doors open at 8pm, and the entry fee for this North Lake Tahoe event is a suggested donation.

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Life Forms at Haldan Art Gallery thru Dec 3

The art is organic.

This fall Lake Tahoe Community College’s Haldan Art Gallery will showcase the work of three San Francisco Bay Area artists whose work is derived either literally or abstractly from organic form.

The exhibit “Life Forms” runs through December 3, 2010.

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Tahoe Donner Cross Country is Open

That grin on the face of JoJo Toeppner tells the story. The manager of the Tahoe Donner Cross Country Center is looking out at four feet of fresh snow and more at the higher elevations. The center is a whirlwind of activity as staff prepares for opening day on Thursday. A classic Sierra snow storm has lifted their spirits more than usual, which is saying a lot.

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Poetry in Motion: Pro Nordic Skier Debbi Waldear

Her competitive spirit was nurtured at a young age racing sailboats in the San Francisco Bay area with her dad. Along with trail running and skiing, her athletic prowess translated into a lifelong passion for fitness and being in the mountains.

Meet eight-time cross country ski racing World Masters Champion, Debbi Waldear. read more →

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TAL Ceramics Workshops with Lynn Woodward Jan 10-Feb 4

The Tahoe Art League is sponsoring a Ceramics Workshops given by well-known South Lake Tahoe potter, printmaker and painter Lynn Woodward, on Mondays and Fridays from 1:30pm to 4:30pm January 10 – February 4, 2010.

The workshops run in 8 session blocks to make sure students learn everything they need to know about ceramics from Lynn.

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Winter Solstice Bear Holiday Cards raise money for The Bear League

In her continued effort to spread peace, joy and happiness, North Lake Tahoe artist Cathy McClelland will donate 15% of her “Winter Solstice Bear” holiday card sales this season to The Bear League.

McClelland has lived and created art at the north shore of Lake Tahoe for 30 years.

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For the Love of Animals at North Tahoe Arts Nov 7-29

North Tahoe Arts is going wild and crazy for animals of all shapes types, and sizes during the November exhibit “For the Love of Animals” running November 7 through 29, 2010 in Tahoe City.

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Learn to Love What Is at Unity by the Lake Nov 3-Dec 8

In their ongoing dedication to spread more ligh, Hillary and Stu Bittman will hold a powerful multi-week book study of “Loving What Is” by Byron Katie at the Unity at the Lake offices in South Lake Tahoe.

The book introduces “The Work”, a simple and profound tool for self-inquiry and self-realization. Everyone is welcome on Wednesday nights, beginning November 3, from 6:30-8 p.m.  A love offering will be accepted each week for this South Lake Tahoe event.

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The Freeheel Life 2: Hippies Punx and Misfits Nov 12 and 13

Featuring Lake Tahoe telemark skiers and legendary veterans, Telemark Skier Magazine unveils “The Freeheel Life 2: Hippies Punx & Misfitson” November 12 in South Lake Tahoe and November 13 in North Lake Tahoe.

Free your heel and your mind will follow.

Drop knees not bombs!

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Native American Art, Culture, Dance & Music Nov 13

Experience the rich culture of the native people of this land, the first nations of North America, at the Native American Art, Culture, Dance & Music presented by The Intertribal Warriors Dance Team on Saturday, November 13th at 7pm the Mark Twain Cultural Center in Incline Village.

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Squaw Valley Institute Hosts Snowshoe Thompson Show Nov 17

Snowshoe Thompson is heralded as the father of skiing in the Sierra Nevada mountains. His larger-than-life exploits in the 1800s centered around delivering mail across the mountains on skis.

Don. S. Thompson, no relation to Snowshoe, brings the historic icon to life in a slide show fundraiser for the Squaw Valley Institute on November 17, 2010.

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Holiday Craft Bazaar at Tahoe City Nov 20

Join the Tahoe City Parks and Recreation Department for an afternoon full of creativity at the  “Holiday Craft Bazaar”at the Rideout Community Center in Tahoe City on Saturday, November 20th from 10am-3pm.

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Thought provoking play “Kindertransport” at Lake Tahoe Community College Nov 13-21

Three generations of women explore the far reaching ripples of the Holocaust in Diane Samuels’ play “Kindertransport,” opening at Lake Tahoe Community College’s Duke Theatre November 13, 2010.

Kindertransport was the name of a rescue effort that brought thousands of Jewish children to Great Britain from Nazi Germany between 1938 and the outbreak of war in 1939. Almost 10,000 children were sent by their parents to safety.

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Tahoe-Baikal presentation at LTCC Nov 17

Joy Barney from the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit will discuss bringing environmental education to Lake Baikal at the Lake Tahoe Community College on November 17th at 6:30 – 7:30pm in the Aspen Room.

This South Lake Tahoe event is free. Learn more about the Tahoe Baikal Institute,  unique educational exchange and the international programs designed to foster sustainable communities that can thrive in concert with their environment at two of the world’s premier freshwater ecosystems: Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada and Lake Baikal in southern Siberia.

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“Tahoe Avalanche” and other Tahoe Mysteries by Todd Borg

A classic whodunit mystery thriller written by South Shore author, Todd Borg, perfect for the winter.

Tahoe Avalanche.

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We live in a special place. A place so beautiful it nurtures the soul and creative spirit. A place so breathtaking it inspires conservation. A mountain culture that masters the fine art of living. Welcome to this place we call home. Welcome to Lake Tahoe. Meet the local artists, individuals, businesses and events that define our unique mountain culture and embody Tahoe's creative and entrepreneurial spirit.
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