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Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture

Angora Community Garden Clean up Day June 2

A garden workday will take place at the Angora Community Garden, aka Evens Family Garden at 1383 Mount Olympia Circle on June 2nd from 10am to 1pm.

Join your neighbors for some spring cleaning at your local demonstration garden, showcasing BMPs, defensible space, water conservation and native plants.

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Party of Three Collaboration Exhibition at Riverside Studios

What happens when three artists from different genres work on the same canvas? Something worth celebrating!

Riverside Studios will feature Collaboration, an exhibit of paintings and sculptures created jointly by Truckee artists Carole Sesko, Eve Werner, and Sara Zimmerman through the month of June.

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Free Airplane Rides for KIDS at Truckee Tahoe Airport June 4

Young_EaglesThe mission of the Young Eagles program is to provide young people a FREE introductory flight experience. Youngsters and would-be pilots from ages 8 through 17 are invited to the Truckee Tahoe Airport to meet volunteer pilots, view the airplanes and, best of all, experience the thrill of a flight over Truckee and Lake Tahoe!

Oh yeah – and you get a $5 all-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast.  This North Lake Tahoe event for kids happens Saturday, June 4, from 8am to 10am. read more →

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Tahoe beneath the Surface with Scott Lankford June 1

Lake Tahoe transformed America, and not just once but many times over from the earliest Ice Age civilizations, to the mysterious death of Marilyn Monroe. It helped in the American conquest of California, the launch of the Republican Party, and the ignition of the western Indian wars. And along the way, Lake Tahoe even found the time to invent the ski industry, spark the sexual revolution, and win countless Academy Awards.

“Tahoe beneath the Surface” brings this hidden history of America s largest mountain lake to life through the stories of its most celebrated residents and visitors over the last ten thousand years. Author Scott Lankford will present a public lecture from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences. read more →

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BATS (Bringing Art To Schools) 2011 Art Show

For the love of art, BATS (Bringing Art to Schools) is responsible for bringing art classes and an art history program to the 1,800 students in the five Lake Tahoe Unified School District Elementary Schools, K – 5th grade levels in South Lake Tahoe.

The Bringing Art To Schools (BATS) Program recently held their end of year art show in conjunction with the Lake Tahoe Unified Schools open house night in the elementary schools. Students in each class selected art pieces to be displayed and in each school the adult volunteers worked throughout the day to set up grids and attach the art pieces for display.

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Why Play is Vital to our Well Being June 5

The KidZone Museum, a non-profit organization nationally recognized for its exemplary children museum efforts, partners with Squaw Valley Institute to offer a lively, fun and informative presentation by Stuart Brown, MD, on the importance of play in an individual’s life on June 5, 2011.

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Chicago Musical at Lake Tahoe Community College June 10-19

“Come on, Babe, why don’t we paint the town…and All That Jazz!!”

The Tony Award-winning, Broadway smash-hit musical, “Chicago” hits the Duke Theatre stage at the Lake Tahoe Community College June 10 through 19, 2011 performed by the multi-talented college music department.

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Free Geocaching Contest in South Lake Tahoe June 11-12

Here’s your chance to win over 100 prizes hidden all over South Lake Tahoe at the Geocaching High Tech Treasure Hunt to be held Saturday, June 11 – Sunday, June 12, 2011.

Now in its sixth year, GeoTahoeSouth 2011 is one of the largest free entry geocaching events in the West.

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Birds of the Truckee Meadows Classes through June 7

Through June 7, 2011 Lahontan Audubon Society will present its popular “Birds of the Truckee Meadows” series of classes on bird identification.

Each session is presented by a different local expert. This is an excellent learning opportunity for new birders, birders new to the area, or birders seeking a review to identify birds in the Truckee Meadows.

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Hip Service R&B Boogie Down on the Valhalla Lawn June 23

Dance, boogie, shake shake shake, and sing along to this Valhalla favorite as they crank out the best in R&B, Motown, Funk, and Hip Hop on the Valhalla Lawn.

Hip Service plays at South Lake Tahoe’s quintessential lakeside venue on June 23, 2001 at 7pm.

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Team LUNA Chix Tahoe Mountain Bike Ride June 15

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Join Team LUNA Chix Tahoe for a free Mountain Bike group ride on the Emigrant Trail in Truckee on June 15, 2011 at 5:30pm.

Join other women on this social mountain bike ride with our local ladies who are dedicated to raising money for Breast Cancer and turning us all on to fitness.

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Golden Bough at Valhalla June 24

Rooted in the traditional Celtic music of Ireland and Scotland, this trio of modern day minstrels has expanded upon their ethnic styles through the development of intriguing arrangements and original compositions.

Now in their 31st year of performing, the Golden Bough will sing and play the Celtic harp, violin, octave-mandolin, guitar, penny-whistle, accordion, viola and bodhran for a Lake Tahoe crowd at the Valhalla Boathouse Theatre on June 24 at 7:30 pm.

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Making Graphic Novels class June 25-26

Bona Fide Books is offering a two-day class, An Organized Mess: Making Graphic Novels at its office in Meyers, a hamlet of South Lake Tahoe.

Two three-hour sessions will be held on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26 from 10am-1pm. The cost is $69 for both sessions.

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Free showing of National Geographic Pacific Crest Trail Movie June 28

The Pacific Crest Trail Association and the Tahoe Rim Trail Association will present a free screening of the National Geographic film, “America’s Wild Spaces: The Pacific Crest Trail” at the Tahoe Environmental Research Center at Sierra Nevada College on Tuesday, June 28, 2011.

Did you know that the PCT and Tahoe Rim Trail are one in the same on the west shore?

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Showcase your Talent at the 2nd Annual Sample the Sierra Festival on Sept 4

The South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce is seeking local artists, artisans, and musicians to participate in this year’s Sample the Sierra festival in South Lake Tahoe on September 4, 2011.

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Cal Neva Rumors, Facts and Fiction June 30 at Gatekeeper’s Museum

Do you know this man? Ol’ blue eyes…

Scott Lankford, author of Tahoe Beneath the Surface along with Guy Rocha, former Nevada State Archivist, will explore the rumors and the facts behind Sinatra’s Cal-Neva days and how Tahoe history may have influenced the world.

Sammy, Sinatra, the Mob and Cal-Neva Rumors, Facts and Fiction will be presented on Thursday June 30, 6:30 PM at the Gatekeeper’s Museum at Fanny Bridge in Tahoe City.

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Sierra High School Partners With Solar Cookers International

Proceeds from plastic bottles or aluminum cans in Truckee will help purchase solar cookers for people in economically disadvantaged countries, thanks to the efforts of Sierra High School seniors.

This year’s service learning project is a community effort that benefits Solar Cookers International (SCI).

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Blues Traveler Kicks Off the 29th Annual Lake Tahoe Music Festival on July 21 at Northstar

Grammy-award winning Blues Traveler takes the stage this summer to kick off the Lake Tahoe Music Festival on July 21 at the Village at Northstar.

The Blues Traveler performance is the first in the Lake Tahoe Music Festival’s three headlining performances that are scheduled for July 21, August 4 and August 25. Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks, however past performers have included Wynona Judd, Natalie Cole, as well as Huey Lewis and the News.

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Help Children Handle Stress with EFT May 22

Children experience more stress today than ever before, living in a world that often seems to move at a dizzying pace. Does your child experience fears, shyness, test anxiety, difficulty dealing with change, sadness, negative effects from being bullied?

Learn practical coping strategies and the method, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), for lowering stress among children on May 22.

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Kids Day Tahoe May 21

The Mayor has proclaimed Saturday, May 21, 2011 “Kids Day Tahoe™,” a Health, Safety, and Environmental Awareness Day taking place from 11am to 3pm at the West Gate Building in Meyers.

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Saddle Time: The Many Forms of Bicycling in North Lake Tahoe

Visitors to North Lake Tahoe during the AMGEN Tour of California will have fun spotting bicycle art created by local artists throughout the region, and a few bike relics at Watson Cabin. The artists have transformed bicycles–altering them any way they see fit, the more “outside the box” the better — into art pieces.  Most, but not all, pieces are for sale.

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Leo Villareal: Animating Light at Nevada Museum of Art thru May 22

The Nevada Museum of Art is proud to host an exhibit by New York-based artist Leo Villareal, the most prominent light sculptor of his generation, featuring more than 20 of his immersive interactive light sculptures consisting of strobes, neon, and LED bulbs activated by his own custom-made software through May 22. read more →

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Tour of Squaw Creek – Kid’s Fun Bike Race May 14

Even the kids can get in on the excitement of the Amgen Tour of California with their own bike race, Tour of Squaw Creek, to be held Saturday, May 14th, starting at 11:30am.

Prizes will be awarded for race winners and best decorated bike.

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The Free Bird

You can only see it if you ride or walk the South Lake Tahoe bike path that runs along Barton Meadows and the Upper Truckee Marsh behind Meeks Lumber.

The Free Bird Mural was designed by the coffee shop owners along with input by some local high school and home school kids who also helped to paint it. The paint was donated by Meeks Lumber next door, and use of scissor lift was donated by Ahern.

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Truckee High School Drama Club features Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” May 6-21

The Truckee High School Drama Club 2011 spring musical will feature Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.”  Be enchanted by this timeless classic based on the 1991 Disney film which was also a smash hit on Broadway and the seventh longest running production in history.

Performances run May 6 through May 21, 2011.

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Beginner Belly Dance 6-week Class starts May 4

The practice of Belly Dance focuses on the isolation of specific muscles and can improve not only your strength and control,  but also your own self-image.

Now you can learn how with South Lake Tahoe’s award-winning belly dancer, Namira, at the Beginner Belly Dance 6-week series commencing Wednesday, May 4, at Svadhyaya Yoga Studio in Roundhill, Nevada.

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Photo Realist Brian Davis at Tahoe Art League May 11 Meeting

That’s not a photo. It’s a painting.

With his signature realist style, he paints his favorite flowers and landscapes dramatically capturing light and shadows as they exist in nature.  His attention to texture and detail has earned Brian Davis the designation, “Floral Artist and Master of Illusion,” by Art World News.

Don’t miss master painter Brian Davis at the Tahoe Art League monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 11,  starting at 7pm as he demonstrates and discusses his unique painting style.

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Life in the Slipstream Launch at Bona Fide Books May 6

“A fantastic look at one of American cycling’s Golden Age greats. A fast-paced read full of harrowing detail of a life lived on the edge. Definitely a book that will appeal far beyond cycling circles. I loved it.”

—Mike McCarthy, former World Professional Cycling Champion and two-time U.S. Olympian

On May 6, 6:30pm, Bona Fide Books will host a book launch and slide show for Andrew Homan, author of “Life in the Slipstream: The Legend of Bobby Walthour,” published in April by Potomac Books.

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Patty Gilbertson at Bona Fide Books May 7

“Elements” by Patty Gilbertson will be presented at Bona Fide Books in South Lake Tahoe on May 7th starting at 6:30pm.

These photographs are from a variety of locations, including Tahoe, Utah, New Hampshire, and the eastern Sierra.

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Journey to the Roof of the World: Sacred Dance and Chants of Ancient Tibet May 13

Head to Valhalla Boathouse Theatre in South Lake Taho for an evening of sacred sounds from the roof of the world on May 13th starting at 7pm.

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Eric Burden and the Animals at Harrah’s May 14

After riding your bikes all day as you get ready for the start of the AMGEN Tour of California on Sunday, May 15th, at 10:30am at Stateline, treat yourself to a blast from the past at Harrah’s with Eric Burden and The Animals on May 14, 2011.

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Rick Gunn Shares Story of Cycling Around the World May 12

South Lake Tahoe local Rick Gunn, who circumnavigated the globe on his bicycle, shares his journey at a Squaw Valley Institute presentation on Thursday, May 12 at the Olympic Valley Lodge in Squaw Valley starting at 6:30pm.  Rick will also speak at Montblue in South Lake Tahoe on May 14th.

Rick recently returned home after a 3 month, 2,373-mile bicycle tour across India. Re-charged, and re-vitalized, he has returned to work with renewed vigor on “Soulcycler” the book.

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History of the Pony Express at Camp Richardson May 24

The Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum is honoring the 151st Anniversary of the Pony Express on May24th at Camp Richardson Resort starting at 7pm.

Tales of the Pony Express and historic hiking trail information will be presented by Kim Copél and Frank Tortorich at this free South Lake Tahoe event.

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Guitarist Jon Mendle performs at Mark Twain Cultural Center May 12

Let the music of Jon Mendle take you back to the German royal court of the 18th century and the complexity and intellect of Baroque music featuring Bach.

World Class Guitarist,  Jon Mendle, will play his 11 string archguitar at the Mark Twain Cultural Center in Incline Village on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 7:00pm.

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How We Ride Bicycles May 12 at TCES

Dr. Mont Hubbard has extensively researched and written on the mechanics of sports.  On May 12 in Incline Village, for this special engagement before the Amgen Tour of California, Hubbard will present two research projects involving bicycles currently underway at the UC Davis Sports Biomechanics Laboratory.

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Regional Guide Training with the TRT and USFS May 13-15

The Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA) and United States Forest Service (USFS) will hold its third annual three-day, regional Guide Training May 13-15, 2011.

In order to meet the needs of the public and to provide the best possible experience on the trail for all types of users, the TRTA and USFS aim to continue developing and hosting a high-quality, regional guide training each spring.

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Truckee Bike Festival & Team LUNA Chix Ride May 14

The Truckee Bike Festival and Team LUNA Chix 40-mile group ride on May 14th will mark the town’s bike culture and celebrate the AMGEN Tour of California that will ride through Truckee on Monday, May 16th, leaving Squaw Valley USA at 10:30am.

The Tahoe LUNA Chix road ride will depart from Donner Memorial State Park at 9am before the bike festival that takes place from 1pm to 5pm.

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How to Raise Chickens in Truckee and Tahoe Workshop May 14

Want to be part of a chicken raising network in Tahoe and Truckee?

Chickens are a great source of fresh eggs and protein, and they produce excellent fertilizer and material for your compost and soil health.

Find out if raising chickens is right for you at the Slow Food Lake Tahoe Raising Chickens Forum on May 14th from 9am to 12pm.

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AMGEN in Tahoe

While South Lake Tahoe residents and visitors came out in the thousands to watch the start of the race on May 15th, only the Sky Team rode to Squaw.  This was a huge disappointment for all the people who toughed it out – except the riders.

Now the 2011 Amgen Tour of California will not take place in North Shore on Monday May 16th.

Let’s go skiing instead.

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Help Tahoe Kids Get Outside!

The South Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition (STEEC) – which includes the Tahoe RCD and US Forest Service – has scheduled two educational programs for the students from the Lake Tahoe Unified School District during the month of May including Outdoor Explore! fieldtrip for Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade and Trees Are Terrific school visits for 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade.

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Weather! Art Exhibit at Truckee Community Recreation Center

Weather in Lake Tahoe and Truckee dictates our lives, and our connection to our environment, especially in this mountain town.

Whether it be a powder day demanding you head to the mountain, or a windy day that makes you set sail, or a soaking spring rain that makes the flowers and mushrooms pop, weather moves us.

Weather! through the eyes of artists, like Eve Werner and Greg Van Loon, is on display in Truckee through May 31st.

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Learn to paint “Angel Trumpets” with Jan May 26

A one-night workshop on how to paint “angel trumpets” will take place on Thursday evening, May 26, from 6:00 to 9:30 pm at Watercolors by Jan Foss.

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JJ Morgan Jazzes up Truckee

He has been the driving force behind Moody’s reputation as a venue for talented jazz artists.

He also started the Jazz Artists in Residence series held every July, that offers local kids a chance to play with jazz greats, who teach them about various instruments and music for free.

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