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Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Lake Tahoe and Truckee events, shows and live performances.

Meyers Mountain Bike Festival Aug 8-9

Mountain biking lake tahoeThe Annual Meyers Mountain Bike Festival will take place on August 8 and 9, 2015 in the Divided Sky parking lot. The festival includes the  infamous “Triple Crown Ride” covering 30+ miles and a 5,200 elevation gain.  Lots of music, food, drinks and events for all ages.

Sierra Ski and Cycle Works has Santa Cruz bikes to ride to the festival, and is sponsoring a History of Lake Tahoe Mountain Biking exhibit!

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Free Music on the Lawn July 5-Aug 2

Music on the Valhalla Lawns Tahoe CultureBring your picnic basket, lawn chairs, sunscreen and relax near the shoreline of Lake Tahoe, under the large ponderosa pines that are famous at the Tallac Historic Site.

For five consecutive Sundays at noon, the sprawling lawn outside Valhalla’s Grand Hall will transform into a free concert haven for all. Bring a picnic, lawn chairs and the whole family to enjoy live music Sundays, July 5 to August 2, 2015, from 12 – 2pm. read more →

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Historic Emigrant Trail Trek through Hope Valley Aug 9-10

john-fremont-carsonPeople continue to be amazed and inspired by the intrepid travelers of California’s 1848 Gold Rush and the courageous and adventurous migration that followed.

Dianne Jennings will lead participants across parts of the historic Mormon-Emigrant Trail and the early Pony Express Route in beautiful Hope Valley, on August 9 and 10, 2015. Using Frank Tortorich book, Gold Rush Trail and Hiking the Gold Rush Trail, Dianne will present a slide show and share readings from some of the settlers’ journals about their tales and hardships as they passed through Hope Valley and Carson Pass.

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Lake of the Sky Amphitheater Summer Shows

Snowshoe ThompsonThe Lake of the Sky Amphitheater summer evening programs at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center take place Friday nights at starting at 7 PM.

You’ll learn about our history and nature including Mark Twain, Tahoe Bats, Beavers of Taylor Creek, Birds of Tahoe and other Wild Things.  Your $5 donation supports the Tahoe Heritage Foundation and the Taylor Creek’s Summer Speaker Series. read more →

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Great Gatsby Festival August 8-9 at Tallac Historic Site

Return to the Roaring 20’s – Tahoe style at the Great Gatsby Festival at the Tallac Historic Site in South Lake Tahoe on August 8 and 9, 2015.

While costumes are not mandatory, you may look out of place without one. Throughout the weekend a variety of activities take place on the Pope and Baldwin Estates—vintage car shows, wandering musicians and jugglers, a raffle, special sales of period appropriate items and sale of the annual Gatsby poster.

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Free Lakeview Commons Summer Music

live-at-lakeviewGrab your bike and buddies and head to Lakeview Commons at El Dorado Beach 4:30-8:30 pm every Thursday starting June 25 – August 27, 2015, for free live music.

Entertainment will range from local to nationally recognized musicians featuring a different genre of music each week including Jazz, Rock & Roll, Reggae, Latin, Bluegrass, and more.

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Valhalla Arts, Music & Theatre Festival

Beppe small (photo Germano Pozzati)Families, art and music lovers, and history buffs can expect a spectacular season of entertainment on the shore of Lake Tahoe at this year’s Valhalla Arts, Music & Theatre Festival, June 17 – August 26, 2015.

Free music on the lawn, boot stomping roots music in a 1920’s boathouse, classic theatre productions, outdoor art camps for kids, cultural dance performances and fine art shows are some of the many highlights that await 2015 festival goers.

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Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots and Rogues Gary Noy Aug 12

SierraStories405“Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots and Rogues” is a fantastical journey about unusual and lesser-known stories of Sierra Nevada history.  Written by Sierra Nevada College historian and Sierra Nevada native Gary Noy, some stories are adventurous, some are horrifying, some are inventive, but all are fascinating windows into our history in the breathtaking Range of Light.

Meet Gary at the SLT Library on August 12 at 6pm for a free talk.

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Lake of the Sky Amphitheater hosts Mark Twain Aug 7

Located at Taylor Creek on the west end of the historic Tallac site in South Lake Tahoe is the Lake of the Sky Amphitheater. Each summer this quaint outdoor theater hosts educational programs about Tahoe history and the people that shaped it, Tahoe flaura and fauna, and our environment to help give us a sense of place.

Mark your calendar to learn about Mark Twain and his eloquent impressions of Lake Tahoe on August 7, 2015 at 7PM.

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2015 South Lake Tahoe Library Events

Check out the free literary and cultural events hosted by the Friends of the Library, that will take place at the South Lake Tahoe Library on Highway 50.

It’s not just a library, it’s becoming the place for kids of all ages to read, learn about the Lake Tahoe environment, make crafts, discuss books with friend, read with dogs, and attend work shops and readings presented by local community members who know reading binds our community, and the world.

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Heart Rhythms Conscious Dance with Ann Thennes June 29 -August 14

The Mountain Gypsy, Ann Thennes, will hold her annual Conscious Dance series June 29 through August 14, 2015.

The dance is free form expression and moving meditation to help you make a conscious connection with your mind, body, spirit and the heartbeat of mother earth. Dance at your own pace with the intention to ground, release and integrate energy rising from our source, Lake Tahoe.

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Two Healing Events with Tibetan Buddhist Monks Aug 18 & 19 at Camp Richardson

Tibetan Buddhist monks from Nechung MonasteryTahoe Tibetan Cultural Exchange together with Sierra Friends of Tibet and Tahoe Rising are pleased to welcome the first visit of 10 Tibetan Buddhist monks from Nechung Monastery in Dharamsala for two Healing Events August 18 and 19 at Camp Richardson Resort.

The healings are open to everyone, all ages, by donation only. It is not necessary to practice Buddhism to receive the blessing. It is believed by Buddhists that being blessed the healing has the potential to transmit a high degree of protection, healing, and energy to those attending the blessing with an open heart and clear mind.  read more →

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8th Annual Conservation Landscape Tour Aug 19

Carolyn_Meiers_Tahoe CultureGet inspired to transform your home’s landscape into a refreshing mountain oasis! The Tahoe RCD will be hosting the 8th Annual Conservation Landscape Tour on August 19th, 4:30pm – 7:30pm, with this year’s theme revolving around sustainable landscaping in Lake Tahoe.

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Conversations with History at Vikingsholm Castle Aug 27

“Conversations with History” on August 27, 2015 from 5pm to 7pm features a behind-the-scenes tour of the incomparable Vikingsholm Castle in Emerald Bay, and an intimate conversation with long-time park advocate and historian Helen Smith who spent 14 summers at Vikingsholm as the guest of Lorna Knight, the owner.

All proceeds will support the Sierra State Parks Foundation earmarked to provide critically needed funds for the maintenance and repair of the Vikingsholm.

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Full Moon Kayak Tour at Sugar Pine Point State Park Aug 28

Tahoe stewardship efforts are legendary. From protecting native fishes like the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout to our beloved open lands and cultural heritage, and fighting aquatic invasive species as Tahoe Keepers, we know it takes a community of locals and visitors to contribute.

Here’s your chance.  Join California State Park Rangers and West Shore Sports at Ed Z’berg- Sugar Pine Point State Park for a full moon kayak tour while learning about Tahoe’s unique history on August 28, 2015 starting at 7:00 p.m.

Make your reservations quick.  It’s only $40 and all proceeds will benefit the Sierra State Parks Foundation so we can make much needed improvements to our Tahoe-based CA State Parks.

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Meet Smokey Bear at Taylor Creek

Smokey Bear

Did you know the Smokey Bear Wildfire Prevention campaign is the longest running public service advertising campaign in U.S. history, and his correct name is Smokey Bear?

Meet Smokey, sing the “Smokey the Bear” song and take a tour along Taylor Creek on the Rainbow Walk – one of his favorite places to hang out – every Saturday during the summer at 10 a.m.  read more →

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Free Bluesdays on Tuesdays at Squaw

Shane Dwight bluesfestivalguideYou’ll be singing the blues on Tuesdays when acts from all over the country appear on stage at The Village at Squaw and High Camp during the free weekly Bluesdays June 16 through September 8, 2015.

See you there.

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Kitchen Kids & Pope House Tours at Tallac Historic Site

Tahoe Culture children's garden partyWhile the Washoe were the first to enjoy the shores of the present day Tallac Historic Site, three of the original luxurious estates erected between 1890 and 1921 still remain today, and play host to special events and tours to learn about the “Era of Opulence” in South Lake Tahoe.

Kids can cook up a storm using old fashioned recipes during Kitchen Kids, while adults can join Anita Baldwin for some light refreshments and hear stories about the Tallac Casino and Resort, the first casino built in Lake Tahoe, and sip bubbly with Mrs. Pope on the porch. read more →

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First Fridays at Riverside Studios

Peter Buchan

Riverside Studios will showcase new works and a live demonstration from ‘chopstick drip painter’ Peter Buchan this First Friday July 3rd, 5pm – 8 pm providing guests with an opportunity to experience this innovative art form which took Pete 11 years to develop.

Using the unconventional approach of painting perpendicular to the canvas the artist harnesses the power of gravity to drip industrial enamel paint from chopsticks. The artist creates only originals — no prints, copies or giclees!  Live demonstrations at 6 pm and 7 pm. read more →

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22-mile Tahoe Fall Classic Paddleboard Race Sept 13

It’s the finale. The big daddy of the entire stand up and paddle season at Lake Tahoe.  So you’ve been standing up and paddling all summer longer, just to get ready for this epic.

It’s the 22-mile Tahoe Fall Classic SUP race across Lake Tahoe from Eldorado Beach in South Shore to Kings Beach in North Shore on September 13, 2015 starting at 8am sharp.

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Tahoe WordWave Oct 9-11

WordWave_logoWriters, readers and performers from all around the country will appear at South Lake Tahoe Oct. 9-11, 2015 for WordWave, a three-day festival held on the grounds of Valhalla at the Tallac Historic Site.

This literary mash-up will feature oral storytelling, theater performances and free readings, panels on craft, yoga, and a novel writing camp for kids. Highlights include a one-act playwriting contest, a Maker’s Station demo with bookbinding, letterpress, drum making, and found poetry and art. Ticketed events include a steampunk ball, workshops, and even a hike.

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Alpine Aspen Festival Oct 10-12

Dutch Oven CookingThe alpine Watershed Group  (a 501c3 nonprofit group) is creating a four day Alpine Aspen Festival on October 10-12, 2015 to celebrate fall colors and education folks on conservation. Activities vary from horseback riding to plein air painting all hosted by locals. All proceeds go to the Alpine County Watershed Group.
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You are now entering the KidZone. Must have picture ID…just kidding!

space-zone.JPGIt’s a space ship! No.

It’s a Farm!

No, it’s a museum and fun zone just for kids.

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Children’s Art Classes with Gina Stowell at Valhalla

free-expressionPaint as you like and feel the joy of spontaneous expression. Gina Stowell’s painting workshops are designed to help children develop and discover the excitement of painting, and the instinctual urge to play with color and shapes.

Gina’s Children’s Art Classes take place at Valhalla, Monday through Friday, July 13th-17th and July 20th-24th, 2015 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm – the cost is $150 per child per session. read more →

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North Tahoe Arts’ Kids Art Camp July 13-17

As parents prepare for the summer months, finding the right camp to enroll their children in is often a top priority. North Tahoe Arts (NTA) located in Tahoe City, offers a hands-on art experience for elementary to middle school age youth and is taught by accomplished local artists and instructors who are passionate about the importance of art in a child’s development.

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West African Drumming with Liz Broscoe at LTCC

From ancient times through modern day, it’s one woman’s journey on the drum.

Learn how to play in a drum circle  with Liz Broscoe at the Lake Tahoe Community College.

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Celtic Music Sessions Wednesday Nights at MCPs

Sean CummingsLake Tahoe is well known for many things, but Celtic music?

Now you can jam with other Celtic musicians every Wednesday night at McP’s Taphouse Grill with Sean Cummings, “The Tahoe Bagpiper.”

Sean brings over 30 years performing experience and seven generations of clan tradition playing the music of the Scottish Highland Bagpipe.

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Shakespeare Festival July 10-Aug 23

A long standing tradition for more than 40 years, this timeless festival presents Shakespeare under the stars on the lake shore.

Shakepeare’s Romeo and Juliet is the headlining performance. Shakespeare’s powerfully poetic and tragic tale of love and loss will steal your heart and leave you breathless.

The festival runs July 10 through August 23, 2015 at Sand Harbor State Park. read more →

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Children’s Environmental Science Day Aug 2

Children are invited to spend the day with scientists in August every year, to learn about the unique ecology, function, restoration and preservation of Lake Tahoe.

The annual Children’s Environmental Science Day is a free event sponsored by the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) located in Incline Village.

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Ehrman Mansion Events

Hidden from view across from Sugar Pine Point State Park, Ehrman Mansion is an isolated architectural treasure. Located among the majestic sugar pines on the West Shore, Ehrman Mansion or Pine Lodge is a fascinating example of the opulent tradition in Tahoe summer homes with meticulous landscaping still intact today.

Historic House Tours take place May 23, 2015 through September 30, 2015 daily between 10:30am and 3:30pm. read more →

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Tahoe Dance Band at Senior Center Last Friday Every Month

Tahoe Dance BandPut on your dancing shoes and boogie, swing or trot with the 17-piece Tahoe Dance Band on the last Friday of every month at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center.

The Tahoe Dance Band plays the standards and classics for both your dancing and listening pleasure including fox trots, waltzes, tangos, swing and polkas.   Click here to listen to them now! read more →

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Truckee Tahoe AirShow & Family Festival July 11

A parade of planes, stilt walkers, face painting, arts and crafts, games, music, and lots of cool aviators will be at the free Truckee Tahoe AirFair & Family Festival on July 11, 2015, starting at 10 a.m. at the Truckee Tahoe Airport.

The event will feature static aircraft displays with pilot docents; aircraft flybys; free (EAA) Young Eagle flights for children ages 8 to 17 (with parental permission) the day after, kids activities, airport souvenirs, and lots more family fun. read more →

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Art, Wine & Music Festival at Squaw July 11-12

Squaw Valley’s village will burst with color, taste, and sound as fine artists, crafts makers, performers and musicians come to participate in this fun, two-day annual event on July 11 and 12. The Art, Wine & Music Festival features wine tasting from 2-5 pm both days, two performance stages, restaurants, shops, and walkways lined with fine art booths and exhibits.

All proceeds from the event benefit Disabled Sports USA Far West, whose mission is to provide affordable inclusive physical and recreational activities that build health and confidence.

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Free Sunday Concerts on Commons Beach

SamBaDa-at-Commons-Beach-Concerts1It’s time to enjoy free concerts at Common Beach in the heart of Tahoe City on Sunday afternoons. This free 12-week concert series runs June 21 – Sept 7, 2015 starting at 3pm.

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Tahoe Star Tours with Astronomer Poet Tony Berendsen at Northstar

Tony Tahoe Star Tours

Lake Tahoe’s crystal clear dark nights are perfect for star gazing and there’s no better guide than poet-astronomer Tony Berendsen, owner to Tahoe Star Tours.

Fascinated with Astronomy since he was given a telescope at age eight, Tony uses a unique mix of art and science to help his guests understand the view into space.  He recites poems written for the purpose of describing the cosmos, he calls “Poastromy” during his Tahoe Star Tours Friday evenings, June 19 through September 4, 2015.

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Free Live Music at Kings Beach Fridays

Music-on-the-Beach Tahoe Culture

Enjoy free, live music performances featuring a variety of genres at Music on the Beach 2015 starting on Friday, June 19 at Kings Beach State Recreation Area.
Concerts will take place Friday evenings 6:00-8:30pm, June 19 – August 7, excluding July 3, when NTBA hosts the annual July 3rd Fireworks & Beach Party in Kings Beach.

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Free Concerts at Heavenly Village

Trey Stone at Heavenly Village Tahoe CultureWho says nothing comes for free anymore?  The Heavenly Village is kicking off the summer with free concerts in front of Basecamp Pizza on Fridays and Saturdays from 5pm to 9pm.  All ages are welcome, and all concerts are free to the public.

The Heavenly Village Summer Concert Series will run from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend.

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Bocce Ball League at Old Brockway July 13-Aug 27

Bocci Ball at SpindleshanksThe North Tahoe Public Utility District is offering Bocce Ball League at the Old Brockway Golf Course July 13th – August 17th.  Scheduled games times are 6:00 PM & 7:00 PM. Teams must have a minimum of three (3) players per team and a maximum of six (6) per team. read more →

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Lake Tahoe Summer MusicFest TOCCATA

Child Engaged at LTSF Concerts

Building on its June “Go for Baroque” kickoff series, TOCCATA-Tahoe Symphony Orchestra will continue its 21-concert Summer MusicFest with a series which celebrates the 10th Anniversary of Tahoe’s own Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

The first concert is on Tuesday, July 14 at 7:00pm at Shepherd of the Sierra Lutheran Church in Carson (3680 Hwy. 395 South) and opens with Mozart’s Variations on Twinkle Little Star for Flute and soprano, performed by principal flute from the Puerto Rico Symphony, Josue Casillas and soprano Joy Strotz. Brad Perry and Stuart Duke will sing of everlasting friendship in Bizet’s duet from his opera, the Pearlfishers, while soprano Maria Arrigotti will delight the audience with Mozart’s Queen of the Night aria from The Magic Flute.

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Free Summer Movies at Squaw Thursday Nights

Back by popular demand.  It’s free movie night at Squaw Valley every Thursday, July 2 through August 27, 2015. Families and friends can snuggle up under the stars while enjoying new releases and family classics on the big screen, with a different movie showing every week. Blankets and warm clothes are recommended.

Movies will start at 8:30 p.m. every Thursday in July and August (weather permitting) in The Village at Squaw Valley.

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Wildflowers of the Sierra Walk July 17

Flower Power.

In case you haven’t noticed, Lake Tahoe’s wildflower season is on. Hillsides are blanketed in mule’s ears, balsamroot, scarlet gilia, paintbrush, wild onions, forget me nots, larkspur, mountain heather and lupine.  They’ll stop you in your tracks with their sheer beauty and fragrance.

Identify wildflowers or just bask in their glory, during a short hike at Hope Valley on Friday, July 17, 9:30 am – 2 pm.

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South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic July 24-25

Indulge in a classic Tahoe tradition July 24 and 25 at the Tahoe Keys Marina in South Lake Tahoe during the antique wooden boat show. Along with the mixture of masterfully restored boats, you’ll also find live music, a beer tasting village and lots of food and family-friendly events.

This year’s theme, “50s & Fins”, will honor those boats built between 1950 and 1959.

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‘Tahoe in Bloom’ Garden Tour July 25

It’s flower season. Watch your step!

To show off nature’s handiwork, our local gardeners will host the annual Tahoe in Bloom Garden Tour in South Lake Tahoe on Saturday, July 25, 2015 hosted by the UCCE Master Gardeners of Lake Tahoe.

Here’s one of my favorite paintings by Bonita Paulis, Tallac Summer, which was raffled off last year to raise funds for the Museum.

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Tahoe Improv Players at Valhalla July 27

Tahoe Culture Tahoe Improv PlayersThe audience calls out suggestions. A group of actors who enjoy walking a theatrical tight rope, improvise a scene on the spot.

The audience laughs and then the actors do it again, and the audience laughs again…you get the picture. And so it will go during a night of improvisation theater with Tahoe Improv Players at the Tallac Historic Site on Monday, July 27th, 2015 at 7:30 pm.

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Quinn Deveaux & the Blue Beat Review July 29 at Valhalla

Quinn Deveaux LargeQuinn Deveaux & the Blue Beat Review will rock the Valhalla Boat House Theatre on July 29 at 7:30 pm.

The modern soul songs of Quinn Deveaux, sung in his sweet tenor over a spare guitar or carried by his band’s bright tones, evoke old images aplenty—from those gutbucket barrooms where rock-n-roll was born, to the pine-walled shacks, nearby, where its gospel-forebears rent their souls. But this artist’s singular sound, making old tones new, is Quinn’s alone. read more →

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Wanderlust at Squaw July 16-19

Sahasrara Chakra Meditation WanderlustThis is an experience that will get into your mind, body and soul.  Regardless of what starts you on your path, Wanderlust is an experience that will leave you different than when you came — with new ideas, new friends, newly-discovered abilities, and greater peace.

Join a remarkable group of yoga and meditation instructors, musical performers, speakers, artists and chefs for a transformational retreat at Squaw Valley, July 16-19, 2015.  read more →

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Lake Tahoe Dance Festival, July 22-24 at Gatekeeper’s Museum

Lake Tahoe Dance FestivalThe annual Lake Tahoe Dance Festival takes place July 22-24, 2015 at Gatekeeper’s Museum. The Festival will get underway with a Gala Opening Night Celebration of dinner, a special performance, and a swing dance lesson for all. The following Main Stage performances will include free, educational pre-performance talks. read more →

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Lake Tahoe Garden Tour July 25

Lake of the Sky Truckee Garden TourLake of the Sky Garden Club will host its 27th annual garden tour, the Truckee Garden Tour, on Saturday, July 25, 2015, from 10am to 4pm.

View 8 gardens and landscaping at Truckee Donner Community Recreation Center, where light refreshments will be served. read more →

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Tahoe Dance Band Beach Blanket Bingo Dance July 31

Tahoe Culture Dance BandThe 17 piece Tahoe Dance Band will be holding a Beach Blanket Bingo Dance Tahoe-style on July 31st at the Senior Center from 7:30 to 10PM.

It’s inside, not at the beach. It’s just a theme.

Dress in your best beach outfit to get in the mood, or come as you are.

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Living History Day at Ehrman Mansion July 25

This only happens once a year. Ehrman Mansion will be open to the public for free on Saturday, July 25, from 11AM to 4PM, during Living History Day.

Here’s your chance to step back in time and relive life at the lake as it was in the 1930s, at one of the most scenic spots along the west shore of Lake Tahoe, and one of our most famous houses.

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