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Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture

August: Osage County at LTCC July 24-Aug 2

August-Osage-County-with Meryl StreepThe critically acclaimed play August: Osage County – a fraught, densely plotted saga of an Oklahoma clan in a state of near-apocalyptic meltdown. Fiercely funny and bitingly sad…a turbo-charged tragicomedy packed with unforgettable characters and dozens of quotable lines.

July 24-August 2, Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm at Lake Tahoe Community College Duke Theatre.

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Blake’s Wake: Goodbye to Tahoe’s Guitar Man at Crystal Bay Club Aug 2

Blake Beeman Tahoe Legend by Eric BrandtEngineer, Musician, Friend: Blake Beeman was a major player in the Tahoe music scene, both behind the sound board and on stage, as well as being a friend to many.

Join Eric Brandt and other locals to honor our very own guitar legend Blake Beeman on Saturday, August 2nd.

Brandt, close friend for over 30 years and The Beer Gardens band member, shares this sweet memory of Blake.

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Harveys Summer Concert Series

Lady Gaga at Lake Tahoe August 2 Tahoe CultureDon’t miss Harvey’s summer concerts at the Outdoor Arena with acts like Lady GaGa on August 2, 2014.

Party on dude.  Get your tickets here.

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Summer Animal Art Classes at Lake Tahoe

Their motto is “Keep Tahoe Kind”.

The Lake Tahoe Humane Society offers Summer Animal Art classes for kids between 11 and 13 years old in South Lake Tahoe.  The minimal class fee includes art materials and live furry models.

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Zazen Meditation with Ray Goodenough

To sit just for the sake of sitting…

To listen to the sound of silence…

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Great Gatsby Murder Mystery Radio Theatre at Valhalla Aug 9

Solve the murder at this Tahoe-based radio theater performance at the Valhalla Grand Hall on August 9, 2014 from 5:30pm to 9:00 pm.

In honor of the Great Gatsby Festival, the Tahoe Writers Works present “The Great Gadfly,” an original audience-interactive play that celebrates the Roaring Twenties’ South Shore lifestyle.  This annual event includes a catered dinner.

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A Glowing Success. Tahoe Candle.

In 1996, Craig Davies came to Lake Tahoe to snowboard.

While he was delivering pizzas, he started making candles and selling them at craft shows.

Tahoe Candle soon became a burning success.

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Men of Worth at Valhalla Aug 14

Men of Worth, that would be James Keigher (Ireland) and Donnie Macdonald (Scotland), blend their voices with harmony and support their collection of songs with their varied selection of instruments.

They have a very simple approach to their presentation, and remain true to the Gaelic/Celtic music and stories. Their show is a unique combination of humor, exciting tunes, and soulful, heartfelt ballads.

Don’t miss The Men at the Valhalla Boathouse Theatre on August 14 at 7:30pm.

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Shotwell Trio and Anna Helwing at Valhalla Aug 15

On August 15 at 7:30 pm at the Valhalla Boathouse Theatre, Lake Tahoe resident Anna Helwing, an accomplished classical vocalist returns with the Shotwell Trio. The Shotwell Trio, based in San Francisco, is Lewis Patzner on cello, Elektra Schmidt on piano, and Adam Scow on violin. A returning festival artist, Anna has performed a varied selection of classical music ranging from early music to contemporary works, in different musical ensembles.

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Still Loafing since 1977. Tahoe House.

Tahoe HouseIts European breads, pastries and custom brewed Alpen Sierra Coffee has made it a daily staple for everyone.

And a Tahoe tradition.

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Golden West Winds at Valhalla Aug 18

Band of the Golden West webTo close the 2014 Valhalla Arts, Music and Theatre Festival summer season, organizers are offering a FREE concert featuring the United States Air Force woodwinds band the Golden West Winds from Travis Air Force Base on Monday, August 18 at 7:30 pm at the Boathouse Theatre.

This group of highly trained musicians has delighted numerous concert audiences throughout the western United States. read more →

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Wine on the Water benefits Boys and Girls Club Aug 17

Wine on the Water Tahoe CultureThe 5th Annual Wine on the Water Food & Wine Festival will take place on August 17, 2014. Set against a spectacular backdrop on the Cottage Green beside Hyatt’s private beach, Lone Eagle Grille and Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, the event will feature over 25 celebrated wineries and more than a dozen local restaurants. read more →

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Adopt a Beach Sept 1-5

Adopt a BeachRegular beach cleanup is one of the easiest ways to help our most valuable resource. Debris on the beaches and streets can easily find its way to the lake and adversely impact lake clarity, water quality, and native plants and wildlife. Public participation in beach cleanups is part of basin-wide environmental stewardship initiatives.

Help out September 1 through 5, 2014, 9 am – 12 pm at 4H Camp Beach, Tahoe Shores, Nevada Beach, and Round Hill Pines.  Thank you!

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11th Annual Native American Basketweavers’ Gathering Aug 23

Native basketweavers from California and Nevada will gather at the Gatekeeper’s Museum in Tahoe City, Calif. for the  10th annual Basketweavers’ Gathering, August 23, 2014, from 10:30AM to 5PM.

Basketry will include storage, wicker and burden baskets, bowls, trays, tule duck decoys, gift baskets, beaded baskets, miniatures and jewelry made from willow, red bud, fern and pine needles. “Nuts to Soup” – a demonstration of acorn processing from the raw nut to the finished food will also take place. read more →

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Sketching in the Sierra with John Muir Laws Aug 24 in Hope Valley

Keeping a nature sketchbook is a great way to deepen awareness, discovery, and memories of our environment while enjoying the outdoors.

Join naturalist, educator and artist John (Jack) Muir Laws, for a sketching in nature workshop on Sunday August 24, from 9:00am-12:00pm at Sorensen’s Resort that will inspire you to head outdoors with sketchbook in hand.

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Thin Air Chili Cook Off at Kirkwood Aug 30

Tahoe Culture Chili CookoffIf you love chili, the hotter and spicier the better, then head to the mountain.

Kirkwood Mountain that is. The Thin Air Chili Cookoff  will take place Saturday, August 30, 2014, starting at 12:30 PM.

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Disabled Sports USA Far West Annual Foam Fest Aug 30

The 25th annual Foam Fest returns to Squaw Valley Saturday, Aug. 30 from 2-6 p.m. for an afternoon of craft beer tasting, live music and a raffle, with all proceeds benefiting Disabled Sports USA Far West – a nonprofit organization that has led the way in adaptive sports and recreation for people with disabilities.

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Locally Guided Adventures at Tahoe Expo Aug 30-31

Locals already know how to enjoy a triple-leisure day that includes a bike ride, paddle and community gathering.  Throw in some volunteer trail work, trash pick up, and AIS removal and you’re a local.

To help visitors connect to our mountain culture and join in as stewards,  Sustainable Tahoe has created a 2-day outdoor exposition of our favorite adventures and local culture led by local experts. Tahoe Expo on August 30 and 31, 2014 features guided tours from two of Tahoe’s most spectacular shoreline venues and feature native Washoe and Paiute culture, crafting and ceremonies. read more →

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Activities for Kids at Truckee Thursdays

From complimentary face painting to the ever-popular bounce house, Downtown Truckee Thursdays offers plenty of fun options for the energetic young ones every Thursday from 5pm to 9pm.

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Tahoe Escape Exhibit at Tahoe Maritime Museum

FletaFrom the history of speedboats to sea planes and elegant wooden boats, to dive explorations and tales from the Lake in the Sky, the Tahoe Maritime Museum preserves our nautical heritage.

The Tahoe Escape: Surviving the Great Depression exhibit at the Tahoe Maritime Museum examines the many interests, social forces, and developments of the Great Depression and the culture of escapism through the maritime vessels influenced by those forces.

Oral Histories from longtime Tahoe locals interviewed for this exhibit further enhance the display.

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Group Show of Mixed Media, Glass, Jewelry & Metal Work Aug 4-Sept 1

JessicaHall_pendantsNorth Tahoe Arts will host a group exhibit of multi-talented artists, Janet Martin, Meg Martin, Jessica Hall and Michael Ochoa August 4- Sept. 1, 2014. Janet Martin’s work consists of collage, painting and art glass. Her daughter, Meg Martin will unveil a new series of paintings that incorporate patterns, collage and occasionally embroidery and appliqué.

Jessica Hall is the founder and creator of Bluebird Designs jewelry and is back in the Tahoe area to showcase her graphic and colorful enamel jewelry designs. Michael Ochoa is an artisan of Mountain Forge blacksmith workshop in Truckee and will be displaying new work. read more →

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Moe’s original Bar B Que

Tahoe City foodTahoe City is set to take the plunge with the most exciting new lakefront restaurant addition it has seen in decades! Located in a very cool new two-story spacious lakefront building at the Grove Street Pier, right on the bike path, Moe’s Original Bar B Que is scheduled to open sometime this June. The food scene in this mountain community has definitely “gone South”. read more →

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1962 South Shore Drive In

OK.

It’s not a drive-in anymore, but it shouts authentic Tahoe.

Now a roadside walk up, the Sno-Flake Drive In has been in business 48 years in South Lake Tahoe.

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Truckee Watercraft Inspections prevent Aquatic Invaders. It’s Easy. It Matters.

Hey Truckee boaters. We didn’t leave you out. You – yes, you – can help prevent the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) in Truckee and Tahoe water bodies with free and voluntary boat inspections at Donner Lake, and Boca, Prosser and Stampede Reservoirs May through September.

We’re all in this boat together and these power boat and paddler inspections are easy, and above all, they matter. Come prepared – Clean, Drained and Dry and you’ll sail right through.  Learn more at www.TahoeBoatInspections.com. read more →

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2014 Kids Summer Art Camps with Gina Stowell

Gina Stowell Painting ClassesGina Stowell’s painting and mask making workshops are designed to help children develop and discover the excitement of painting, and the instinctual urge to play with color and shapes. Stowell’s painting sessions share art in nature, art history and painting techniques.  These painting sessions encourage creativity and self-expression.  Summer classes run July 7 – August 14.

Stowell’s painting sessions share art in nature, art history and painting techniques. We will make nature journals, have a scavenger hunt and of course, the the students will host the ART SHOW! Students please wear sunscreen and a hat plus bring a lunch and water.

July 28 – Aug. 1 M-F, 10am to 1pm for ages 5 and up $150.

Mask Making at Lake Tahoe Community College

Kids will create masks using mixed-media while exploring the history of world cultures. Kids will mold masks using plaster, tool metal, and paper-mache. Kids will also learn about different art cultures including, African, Aboriginal, and Native American. Kids will have an opportunity to explore their artistic side, build their imagination skills, and learn the creative process through mask making.

July 14 – 17, M-Th, 9am to 12pm ages 5 -71/2, $125.

July 14 – 17, M-Th, 1pm to 4pm, ages 8-12 $125.

Outdoor Painting

Gina Stowell’s painting workshop is designed to help children develop and discover the excitement of painting, and the instinctual urge to play with color and shapes. Stowell’s painting sessions share art in nature, art history and painting techniques. We will make nature journals, have a scavenger hunt and of course, the the students will host the ART SHOW! Students please wear sunscreen and a hat plus bring a health lunch and water.

Aug. 11 – 14 M-Th 9am- 12pm for ages 5 and up the $110.

To register for the Valhalla Camps, please call please call Gina Stowell at (530) 318-3639

To register for the College Camps you can register on line at LTCC Community Connect or call  (530) 541-4660 x 717

One on Gina’s specialties is Face Painting where you learn about blending and line work to create different cat faces, princess, monster masks and gruesome wounds. Face Painting for Kids is a hands-on class that comes with your own pallet of professional water soluble theatrical paints.  Face painting is uniquely fascinating in that the design transforms the wearer. Gina’s designs will lift and transport you to new and wild places. From a feline to a beast to a sad or happy clown; face painting will make you laugh, make you jump, make you growl.

About Gina Stowell, Art Teacher:

Gina has been teaching art to children in the Lake Tahoe area for over a dozen years. In 2004, she incorporated a nonprofit arts organization and implemented the fine arts program in all five elementary schools in our community with the help of 130 parent volunteers.

gina-calderon-stowellShe has organized and taught fine arts classes for the Valhalla Arts, Music and Theater Festival at the Tallac Historic Site, Lake Tahoe Community College “Kids College”, L.T. Middle School After School Enrichment, and Visions in Education Charter School.

Whether in a Kids College Workshop or in her own back yard, Gina recognizes her young pupils as artists, teaching the basics of fine art while giving them the tools to make their own creative decisions. She works hard to encourage the child’s creative impulses, and to promote free expression.

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Women’s Sailing Clinic with Tahoe Windjammers

Ladies! If you’ve always wanted to learn to sail, here’s your chance to learn from the best.

The Lake Tahoe Windjammers will hold a Women’s Sailing Clinic in July.  Contact the club for exact date.

The sailing women often beat the guys.

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Iconic Burgers and Mountain Culture

After skiing all day nothing beats a big, fat juicy burger at the Bridge Tender in Tahoe City.

It’s a North Lake Tahoe institution for those seeking a fix of rare, medium and well-done mountain culture.

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Izzy’s Burger Spa

Izzy'sNot sure why it’s called a spa, unless you are the one cooking the juicy charbroiled burgers over the searing flame.

Or maybe it’s pure marketing genius to attract people thinking they’ll get a burger and a spa treatment.  Brilliant!

Nonetheless, Izzy’s burgers are delicious surrounded by a classic Tahoe burger-joint ambiance.

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Artisan’s Market Place in Truckee features Locally Made Gifts and Products

The Artisan’s Market Place located in the Blue Victorian in Brickelltown has returned for an encore this summer.

This unique gallery represents works by 15 local artists and is filled to the brim with gorgeous handmade treasures, and is open daily except Tuesdays.

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Miss Marcia’s Shining Stars in South Lake Tahoe

feetup.JPGEveryone loves Miss Marcia.

It’s easy to see why.  Marcia Sarosik has been teaching dance in South Lake Tahoe for over two decades.

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12th Owen McKenna Mystery TAHOE GHOST BOAT by Todd Borg

TahoeGhostBoat by Todd BorgFriends of the Library will present Todd Borg, award-winning author, on July 30, 2014, 6:30 p.m.  Todd will discuss his much anticipated 12th book in the Owen McKenna Mystery Series, Tahoe Ghost Boat.   Todd will also share his writing techniques while delighting his audience.

Book sale and signing will follow at the South Lake Tahoe Library, Rufus Allen Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA.

Congratulations Todd!

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Tallac Historic Site: A Cultural Treasure

Hidden by an old growth forest is South Shore’s cultural treasure.

Combined with the annual Valhalla Arts, Music, and Theatre Festival, the Tallac Historic Site has provided us a place to be, and to enjoy the arts and our cultural heritage in an unspoiled natural setting.

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Second Annual Tahoe Treasures Tour July 12

The Second Annual Tahoe Treasures Tour is slated for July 12, 2014. Sponsored by the AAUW (American Association of University Women, Tahoe Nevada Branch), the event will feature some of Incline Village’s most elegant, creatively decorated homes, lush and lovely gardens, Asian, western and local art, and inspiring lake views. read more →

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Gathering At Gatekeeper’s Museum Fundraiser Dinner July 13

GatekeepersMuseum Tahoe CultureThe North Lake Tahoe Historical Society will host its annual “Gathering at the Gatekeeper’s” fundraiser dinner on Sunday, July 13, 2014, from 4PM to 8PM for just $65 per person.

The meal is inspired by an 1908 Tahoe Tavern menu.  There will be a Barbershop Quartet strolling through the hotel lobby.  Inside the museum you can view Tahoe Tavern artifacts. Bid on exciting trips and activities during our live and silent auctions. All proceeds from the event will go toward the ongoing operation of Watson Cabin and The Gatekeeper’s Museums and their culturally and historically rich events.  read more →

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Lake Tahoe Music Festival July 22-26

Lake Tahoe Music Festival Tahoe Culture

The Lake Tahoe Music Festival has grown each year, evident by the evolution of performances at its summer concert series since 1989.

You be the judge.

Don’t miss the original Lake Tahoe Music Festival in North Lake Tahoe running July 22 through 26, 2014. read more →

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Joe Craven and Hattie Craven in Concert plus Family Music Workshop July 9

Enjoy an entertaining day and evening with music from acoustic jazz artist, Joe Craven, at Valhalla on July 9, 2014 from 5pm to 10pm.

This freestyle folk, world and roots music multi-instrumentalist, singer and award winning educator will host a family friendly music workshop in the afternoon and performing in the evening with the One Man Joe Show and his daughter Hattie. Kids and adults with no musical background what-so-ever are encouraged to attend the workshop.  Virtuosos also welcome too! Kids eight and older accompanied by an adult are welcome.

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An Evening of Old World European Folk Music Featuring Beaucoup Chapeaux July 23 at Valhalla

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEnjoy an evening of eastern European gypsy and world music at the Valhalla Boathouse Theatre on July 23, 2014 at 7:30pm.

This eclectic world musical group features a wide variety of instruments including accordion, violin, oboe, English horn, bass clarinet, piccolo, tenor guitar, plectrum banjo, dobro, and 5-string banjo, among others. read more →

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A Tribute to Patsy Cline at Valhalla July 30

There is only one Patsy Cline.

And then, there is definitely crooner Joni Morris, who loves Cline’s music and has made a career of bringing Patsy’s hits back to life with her engaging double-barreled voice that can belt, sob, and exult Patsy’s hit songs of over 40 years ago.

Don’t miss Patsy…I mean Joni Morris and her After Midnight Band perform “A Tribute to Patsy Cline,” at the acoustically perfect Valhalla Boathouse Theatre on July 30 at 7:30pm.

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Sierra Nevada Classical Guitar Festival & Competition July 11-14

Gonzalo Bergara Quartet Rhythm GuitarDevoted to excellence, presented in a laid back spirit of camaraderie, the Sierra Nevada Classical Guitar Festival and Competition takes place July 10-12, 2014 acoustically sound St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Incline Village, Nevada.

The 2014 festival features Concerts, Workshops, Masterclasses, visiting Luthiers.

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