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

New Literary Prize for “Stories Built of Wonder and Surprise” at SNC

Ghost Writer Brian TurnerSierra Nevada College is pleased to announce the annual Brian Turner Literary Arts Prize and invite writers to enter original, unpublished work starting on February 1, 2016. The prize will be awarded to writing that “tells stories built of wonder and surprise, and brings the essential oxygen of our lives.”

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Writer Event at LTCC Feb 10

Rebecca MakkaiJoin the LTCC Writer’s group on Wednesday, February 10th at 7:00 p.m.  to welcome award-winning novelist and short story writer Rebecca Makkai whovwill be giving a reading, engaging the audience in a Q and A, and signing books in the Aspen Room at LTCC. The event is FREE and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase.

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Earth as Gym film with Mick Dodge Feb 11 in Incline Village

Mick DodgeMeet Mick Dodge from National Geographic’s TV show,“The Legend of Mick Dodge,” on Feb 11 at 6pm at the IVCBHS Bonanza Museum Conference Rm 899 Tahoe Blvd, Incline Village, NV 89451 (Starbucks Bldg) and share your experiences of connecting with the wild. See the video highlighting the value Mick’s Earthgym practice has in developing character, collaboration and community, followed by an open discussion on ways to develop, launch and pilot this program in educational systems.
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Tahoe Improv Players for TAP Feb 6

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 on Saturday February 6th, 2016 at 7pm at Lake Tahoe Community College. read more →

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The Physics of Snow at TERC Feb 18

Tahoe Culture TERC eventDo you play in the snow?
Thursday February 18th from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM, Dr. Benny Bach, from the University of Nevada Reno Physics Department, will be discussing the physics of snow formation, symmetry of snow crystals, why snow is white, different types of snow, the various qualities of snow, how these different types of snow affect your skiing/snowboarding, waxing for snow conditions, and the different properties of man-made snow.
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Annual Snowshoe Thompson Cross Country Ski, Snowshoe Tour March 5

From 1856 to 1876 Snowshoe Thompson made 90 mile ski treks over snowdrifts up to 50 feet high through blizzards with 80 mph winds, to deliver mail between California and Nevada over the Sierra Nevada.

Try longboards and learn about our legendary mountain man at the Annual Snowshoe Thompson Tour on Saturday, March 5th at Hope Valley.  The fun starts at 9am and please wear your best 1850s outfit.

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National Winter Trails Day January 9

Join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA) and the Sugar Pine Foundation for a moderate snowshoe trek to Echo Lake on January 9, 2016 from 10am to 2pm.

This will be a leisurely snowshoe from the parking lot to Lower Echo Lake (however, it could be more challenging if snow levels are deep). We will lunch at the old lodge, so please remember to bring lunch and snacks. Our destination provides great photo opportunities of Lower Echo Lake and the surrounding mountains of glacial moraine carved out millennia ago. read more →

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Sierra College Insights The Wild Within Series starts Jan 8

Dr. Kim Bateman will kick off the spring 2016 series at Sierra College with “Wicked Witches and Big Bad Wolves: The Wild Within” on Jan. 8, 2016. Evoking angst and suspense with images and selections from childhood bedtime stories, Dr. Bateman’s captivating presentation will highlight the dichotomy between traditional legends and contemporary fairytales.

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Tahoe Star Tours with Astronomer Poet Tony Berendsen at Northstar

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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 on February 13.

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Reno Jazz Orchestra Jazz for the Holidays to Showcase GRAMMY Nominee Tierney Sutton

Tierney SuttonWith the holiday season now in full swing, it’s only appropriate that the Reno Jazz Orchestra (RJO) brings Jazz for the Holidays to Northern Nevada for all to enjoy on December 19 and 20 at Nightingale Hall – University of Nevada.

Sharing the stage with the 17 piece big band this year is Tierney Sutton, 2015 GRAMMY Nominee for “Best Jazz Vocal Album”.
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Morgan’s Tahoe Full of Fascinating Tales of Tahoe at Library Jan 23

Morgan's Tahoe Cover Tahoe CultureAuthor William Morgan will share his newest book “Morgan’s Tahoe”at the library on January 23, 2016 at 1:00pm.

“Morgan’s Tahoe” is sort of a memoir, a series of chapters about some of the experiences of the author, Bill Morgan, while he lived and worked in the Lake Tahoe Basin. During the period from the spring of 1965 to the fall of 1989, he was involved in a wide range of endeavors, some of which were of great importance to the political and environmental future of the Basin.

Some of you will come across familiar names, too. Maybe your own.

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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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Alpenglow Mountain Festival February 20-28

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Driven by fun, community, health, education and the embodiment of the mountain lifestyle, the Alpenglow Mountain Festival held February 20-28, 2016 in North Lake Tahoe is a celebration of human-powered mountain sports, events, clinics, equipment demonstrations, critically-acclaimed film and more. Geared toward beginner and intermediate winter recreation enthusiasts, the festival will showcase some of the best activities Lake Tahoe has to offer – Nordic skiing, backcountry skiing and splitboarding, snowshoeing and natural history events.

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Annual Messiah with TOCCATA December 12-20

Tahoe-events-TOCCATAUnder the masterful direction of James Rawie, The Orchestra and Community Choral Artists of the Tahoe Area, aka TOCCATA, will perform Handel’s Messiah throughout the Lake Tahoe region December 12-20, 2015.

Selections from parts 1 and 3 of the Messiah will be performed as well as favorite carols which the audience is invited to join in. The Tahoe community can continue enjoying TOCCATA’s beloved holiday tradition. read more →

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Barton Health Festival of Trees and Lights Dec 2-6

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Lights, trees, action! Lake Tahoe community members and visitors are invited to celebrate the holiday season at the seventh annual Festival of Trees and Lights.

The family-friendly festival runs from December 2 through December 6 at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa. This year, all proceeds will support prevention programs and trauma services for Barton Hospital’s Level III Trauma Center. read more →

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Christmas Around the World Dec 4 and 6

The Tahoe Choir and LTCC Chorus, conducted by Choir Director Anna Helwing, will put on a double performance of “Christmas Around the World,” a multicultural feast of traditional carols and lullabies including Russian, German, English, Polish, and American musical flavors sung in original languages.

Performances are Friday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in LTCC’s Duke Theatre, and Sunday, Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. in St. Theresa’s Catholic Church on Lyons Ave. Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 seniors and students, and children under five are free.

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Benefit Women at Zawadisha’s Annual Holiday Bazaar Dec 5

Tahoe-based nonprofit – The Zawadisha Fund – is teaming up again with Bona Fide Books to offer an opportunity to shop locally while having global impact this holiday season.

Connect with contemporary local artists, crafters and entrepreneurs at the Annual Zawadisha Holiday Bazaar Dec 5, 2015 from 10am-3pm at Blue Angle Cafe in South Lake Tahoe. read more →

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LTCC Rock Ensemble Concert Dec 9

Rocking LTCC Tahoe CultureIf traditional rock and roll and heavy metal is more your musical taste (than the Christmas classics), head to LTCC’s Duke Theatre on Dec 9th at 7pm for a final exam concert by students enrolled in the Rock Ensemble classes at the college. Only $5 at the door.

Instructor Eric Hellberg’s MUS248A Beginning Rock Ensemble musicians will perform classic rock n’ roll hits, and the MUS131CB Heavy Metal students will perform old school metal hits by Ozzy Osbourne, Deep Purple, and more. read more →

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Tahoe Adventure Film Festival Dec 11 at MontBleu

Well known as a breeding ground for elite athletes and year-round adventurers, Lake Tahoe is the stage for the Tahoe Adventure Film Festival to be held December 11, 2015  in South Shore at MontBleu. The pre-party starts at 6:30pm.

Designed to capture the intensity and passion of adventure and Tahoe mountain culture, the Tahoe Adventure Film Festival showcases breathtaking video footage of adventure thrill seekers as they ski, bike, jump, climb and surf the world.

See you there!

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Squaw Valley Institute Presents Anna Cummins and The 5 Gyres Institute Dec 3

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It is used virtually everywhere, and is polluting our planet and threatening our oceans at an alarming rate. To bring attention to this growing situation and help open a dialogue about what can be done to combat the problem, The Squaw Valley Institute presents Anna Cummins and The 5 Gyres Institute on December 3, 2015 at the Resort at Squaw Creek in Olympic Valley.

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So Lake Tahoe Christmas Bird Count Dec 14

The South Lake Tahoe Christmas Bird Count on Monday, December 14th, will be held from 8am until sundown, is a chance to do some birding in the winter, socialize with other birders and contribute to the largest, longest running citizen science program in the world.

Novices to experts are all welcome for this fun winter event that focuses the 7.5 mile radius count circle on the Upper Truckee River mouth at Cove East.

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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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Shred for Sushi Rail Jam Dec 15

The Annual Shred for Sushi rail jam event will be held in the parking lot next to Sushi Pier in South Lake Tahoe on December 15, 2015 to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of South Lake Tahoe. The event is free to attend, and $20 to participate in rail jam.

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Warren Miller’s “Chasing Shadows” Dec 4-5 MontBleu

Warren Miller Chasing ShadowsIt’s the official beginning of winter for many skiers and snowboarders.

Warren Miller’s 66th movie, Chasing Shadows, features big mountain skiing with local skiers and riders from Lake Tahoe at the most exotic settings imaginable. Chasing Shadow pays homage to the 66 years of mountain culture and adventure filmmaking that has lead Warren Miller to every end of the winter world.

The movie will play at MontBleu Dec 4 and 5, at 7:30 PM.

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Pretty Faces All Women’s Ski Flick Dec 3 Support Tahoe Food Hub

Ingrid Backstrom“Pretty Faces,” an all-female ski and adventure sport film takes place on Dec. 3 at Tahoe Mountain Sports in Truckee

The evening is presented by Patagonia and TMS with all raffle proceeds and a portion of event-night store specials going to the Tahoe Food Hub, a non-profit organization working to build a regional food system for North Lake Tahoe.

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Free Avalanche Education Classes at TMS in Truckee Dec 9

Sierra Ski and Cycle Works DroppingWith forecasts of El Niño ushering a potentially epic winter into the Sierra, Tahoe Mountain Sports’ upcoming Avalanche Education Series will help ensure the safety of you and your backcountry partners.  Tahoe Mountain Sports’ 2015-16 Avy Education Series presented by Ortovox is a free, three-part opportunity to learn practices that can keep you safe while participating in backcountry snow sports.  Raffles will benefit Sierra Avalanche Center.

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Extreme Snowboarding Icon Jeremy Jones at Squaw Dec 17

On Thursday, December 17th, 2015 7pm local hero and extreme snowboarding icon Jeremy Jones will continue the Alpenglow Sports Winter Series at Squaw Valley’s world-famous Olympic Village Lodge.

He will present “An Extreme Snowboarding Retrospective,” which captures his two decades as a premier big mountain rider, and contains readings from his new book and a tribute to the role that the Lake Tahoe mountain community has had on his snowboarding.

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SVI Presents Red Bull Film “Streif” One Hell of a Ride Dec 27 at Squaw

Streif Red Bull Media filmIt is considered the Super Bowl of ski racing and many competitors consider a win here more triumphant than an Olympic medal. It is the annual Hahnenkamm race in Kitzbühel, Austria and it is the most notorious and demanding course on the World Cup circuit and the highlight of the race season.

Recently, Red Bull Media House released an exciting feature documentary about this legendary event “STREIF – One Hell of a Ride,” and the Squaw Valley Institute (SVI) is bringing it to Olympic Valley on December 27, 2015 at the Olympic Village Lodge. The evening features two film screenings, one at 5pm and 8pm.

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Annual Holiday Nail Trim for Christmas Cheer at Alpine Animal Hospital

To help raise money for their favorite local non-profit, dogs are headed to Alpine Animal Hospital for its Annual Holiday Nail Trim benefit for Christmas Cheer, taking place December 19, 2015

All of the proceeds from the nail trims will go to Christmas Cheer.  Dogs rule!

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Women’s Winter Solstice Retreat Dec 17

Ann Thennes TobyWomen’s Winter Solstice Retreat presented by Davis Clay and Ann Thennes on Thursday December 17, 10am-4pm.

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First Fridays at Riverside Studios

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Toast the fine art of living with local artists, live music and libations on the First Friday of each month at Riverside Studios in downtown Truckee, where art and culture intersect.

Riverside Studios art gallery includes a strong collection of artwork from local artists from around Lake Tahoe and Truckee, all hand crafted.

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Holiday in History at So Lake Tahoe Museum December 19

Tahoe Culture Vintage ChristmasStep back in time and into the South Lake Tahoe Museum for its annual Holiday in History event Saturday, December 19th from 11am to 7:30pm.

The doors to history and the holiday spirit kick off with free refreshments around the Victorian tree, calls to Santa’s helpers at the North Pole, and tours of the 1930’s log cabin, fully furnished with bedroom and bath in the loft, a reliable tenant and BMP complete!  read more →

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Sacred Dance Workshops with Ann

Our favorite local dancer, Ann Thennes, aka the Mountain Gypsy is holding two dance workshops to help us open to our Sacred Dance, learning its purpose and place in our lives.

You will be dancing in a sacred, supportive sanctuary. Women from all walks of life gathering together, dancing in this time honored ancient way. 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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Snowshoe through History at Sugar Pine Point State Park February 13

What would it be like to be the only permanent resident of Lake Tahoe’s West Shore during the winter of 1904?

Find out  during a snowshoe hike around the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion on the lake shore Saturdays: February 13, and March 12, 2016 at 11:00 AM. You’ll learn about the natural environment that attracted Tahoe’s earliest settlers and explore the fascinating history of a Tahoe landmark.

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FREE Kids Art Saturday: Make an Ornament at North Tahoe Arts Dec 5

kids paintingOn Saturday, December 5th from noon to 2 p.m., North Tahoe Arts in Tahoe City will host a free Kids ART Program to Make a Holiday Ornament!

With the help of professional artists, kids of all ages will  create an ornament to take home! This same day as the NTA holiday Sip & Shop from Noon-4pm. Enjoy drinks and refreshments while you shop, and the kids make an ornament! Remember: current NTA Members get 10% off ALL purchase as NTA this holiday season. read more →

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Jazz Alto Saxophonist Baron von Remmel

Baron von Remmel has the distinction of being Lake Tahoe’s very own Jazz Saxophonist, with a golden alto sound reminiscent of Paul Desmond.

As a 28-year resident of the west shore of Lake Tahoe, he is a familiar figure. He’s not only a performer, but a jazz educator who gives private lessons and teaches music at local schools.

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Dream Spirit Baroque Band

A local favorite, the Dream Spirit Baroque Band performs classical, baroque, Celtic, Renaissance, pop songs, ethnic and folk chamber music.

The Dream Spirit Baroque Band has been together for over a decade and is comprised of four local musicians including Jack Shipley on hammer dulcimer and recorder, Jon Smart on guitar, Suzanne Stone on cello, and Diana Woodbury on violin.  read more →

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Future of Culture at Lake Tahoe Community College Nov 3

Lake Tahoe Community College sociology and anthropology instructor Scott Lukas will present The World Expo and the Future of Culture: Reflections from World Expo 2015 Milan on Nov. 3 at 7pm.

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Jennifer Quashnick’s “Sierra Nevada River of Lies” Bona Fide Books Nov 7

River of LiesSierra Nevada River of Lies will be read by the author at Bona Fide Books in Meyers on November 7, 2015 from 4pm to 5:30pm.

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LTCC Writers’ Series Welcomes Poets Kusnetz & Shipley Nov 13

Julia ShipleyLake Tahoe Community College’s Writers’ Series continues on Friday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Roberta Mason Library with poet and journalist Ilyse Kusnetz, and teacher, farmer and poet Julia Shipley, who won the Melissa Lanitis Gregory 2015 Poetry Prize from Bona Fide Books.

The two writers will read selections from their works, answer audience questions about their writing process, and sign copies of their books, which will be for sale. This event is free and the public is welcome to attend.

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Smile! It’s the Annual Santa Paws Photo Fundraiser Nov 14 to Keep Tahoe Kind

Santa DogThe annual Santa Paws Photo Fundraiser for the Lake Tahoe Humane Society will be held November 14, 2015 from 11am to 5pm at Tahoe Production House.

For just $20, your pet will receive multiple poses with Tahoe’s original Santa Dog on a photo CD plus a raffle ticket. Bows and antlers are provided for photos if desired. read more →

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Free Film Screening, Talk on the Immigrant Experience at LTCC Nov 16

Ellis at LTCCA free screening of the short documentary film, Ellis, a story of Ellis Island’s early years through the experience of one immigrant who passed through its doors, will take place at Lake Tahoe Community College on Monday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Duke Theatre. The 14-minute film will be followed by a discussion led by LTCC History and Ethnic Studies assistant professor Dr. Albert Ponce.

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Free SUMMIT Movie at LOTSO Nov 19

The Summit Movie Tahoe CultureThe SUMMIT movie chronicles the 2008 expedition to K-2 that turned from triumph into tragedy. There is limited seating, so please RSVP to 541-1027.  Light refreshments will be served at this free movie event that includes a free raffle afterwards.

Lake of the Sky Outfitters is located at 1023 Emerald Bay Rd, next to McDonalds, in South Lake Tahoe.

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Valhalla Holiday Faire Nov 20-22

Deck the “Valhalla Grand Hall” with boughs of holly,
Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.

‘Tis the season to be jolly and find community at the Valhalla Holiday Faire, Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.

It’s been a local holiday tradition for over a decade at South Lake Tahoe’s cultural hub, the Tallac Historic site taking place November 20-22, 2015.

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Turkey Trot at Bijou Community Park Nov 21

Bijou Park Turkey Trot Serious RunnerOK. It’s not a huge distance, but it’s a lot of fun for the entire family and serious runners.

And, you can win a turkey and pumpkin pie at the South Tahoe Turkey Trot taking place Saturday, November 21, 2015, starting at 10 am.

Gobble gobble.

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Women’s Wellness Weekend Nov 7-8

A collaboration of community medical doctors, health professionals and fitness instructors come together to provide a weekend on well-being, just for women.  The annual Lake Tahoe Women’s Wellness Weekend at Granlibakken takes place Saturday and Sunday, November 7 and 8, 2015

This favorite North Lake Tahoe event fuses Western practices with Eastern philosophy to offer a balanced weekend of information, inspiration, activities, food and wine, and local art too!

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Annual Tahoe Wine and Chocolate Festival Nov 7

The Tahoe Safe Alliance is holding the 27th Annual Chocolate and Wine Festival fundraiser on November 7th at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, from 6 pm to 10 pm.

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Mark Twain’s 180th Birthday Bash Nov 7

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835-April 21, 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was among the most famous of American humorists, writers and lecturers.  His name was derived from the shout used to mark how deep the water was in steamships “Mark Twain!” in other words, mark two fathoms.

On the occasion of Mark Twain’s 180th birthday, A Performance by McAvoy Layne will take place Saturday, November 7, at the Genoa Volunteer Fire Department.  Cocktails start at 5:30pm followed by dinner at 6pm. Then the trouble begins at 7.

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Passport to Dining in Kings Beach Nov 12

It’s an annual North Lake Tahoe tradition, and a great party!

Get a taste of our local cuisine and regional wine during the annual Passport to Dining in Kings Beach held at the North Tahoe Events Center on November 12, 2015 from 6pm to 9pm.

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