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

New World Jazz Project at the Fresh Ketch every Friday

Niall McGuinness and his New World Jazz Project perform at the Fresh Ketch every Friday starting at 6 PM.

The New World Jazz Project featuring Niall McGuinness is a hard-driving, diverse-sounding jazz ensemble that has been playing regularly on the Reno-Tahoe Jazz scene for many years. The quartet plays a distinct blend of soul, Latin, and Afro-jazz, to bebop and beyond. Niall is joined by Reno jazz stalwarts Eric Finklestein on drums, Kyle Rothchild on bass, and George Tavoularis on piano. The NWJP performs a coterie of both original music and freshly-arranged standards from the great American song book.

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Dream Spirit Baroque Band Dec 13 SLT Library

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

Enjoy a morning of festive music featuring traditional Christmas tunes, and popular classics on Saturday, December 13th at 11 AM at the South Lake Tahoe Library.

Refreshments will be provided by Friends of the Library.  While the event is free, please bring  non-perishable food items for donation to Christmas Cheer.

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Local Students Take on the WeCan! Fitness and Nutrition Challenges

WeCan Samples with StudentFriday, October 10, nearly 2,000 local elementary school children completed the WeCan! program.

For four weeks, the students participated in weekly challenges that focused on fitness and nutrition goals. Challenges included eating fruits and vegetables of a particular color, drinking more water, stretching, exercising and trying new healthy foods. read more →

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Bowl for Kid’s Sake Oct 18

blowincline.gifBig Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County & North Lake Tahoe will host the 5th Annual Bowl For Kids’ Sake from 3 to 8 p.m. at Bowl Incline with a bowl-a-thon and party to benefit at-risk children.

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Camp Richardson Oktoberfest Oct 4-5

Guess the correct weight of the Giant Pumpkin and you can take it home.

It’s all part of Oktoberfest at Camp Richardson, October 4 and 5, 2014.

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The Circle of Life: Kokanee Salmon Festival at Taylor Creek Oct 4 & 5

Nature’s art show is in full display as the Kokanee salmon swim up Taylor Creek for their annual dance of life. The deep red of these non-native fish against the backdrop of the golden aspen along the creek is as stunning as the strength and determination of the running salmon.

The Kokanee were introduced to Lake Tahoe in 1944.

The annual Kokanee Salmon Festival takes place October 4 and 5, 2014 from 10am to 4pm. read more →

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First Fridays at Riverside Studios

Greg Van LoonJoin Riverside Studios in downtown Truckee on the First Friday each month from 4pm to 8pm for a community of mountain culture.

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

Meet Greg Van Loon on Friday, October 3rd, and see his new collection inspired by his love of music.

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Historic Emigrant Trail Tour through Hope Valley Oct 5-6

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.

Highly acclaimed historian Frank Tortorich will lead participants across parts of the historic Mormon-Emigrant Trail and the early Pony Express Route in beautiful Hope Valley, on October 5 and 6, 2014. The activities start with a free slide show and diary readings the night before and all guests are welcome.

Don’t miss this moment to walk with a historian who knows every inch of this special place.

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Tahoe City Oktoberfest Oct 4

Scarecrows on Parade Tahoe CityHead to North Lake Tahoe this October for Downtown Tahoe City’s Annual Oktoberfest. In addition to boasting award winning dining, independent shops, a new cinema and affordable lodging, the Tahoe City Downtown Association presents Oktoberfest from noon to 4 p.m. on Oct. 4.

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Books, Art and Community at Bona Fide

Book Art by Bona Fide BooksCreate art for books, cards or any medium at Bona Fide Books in Meyers. Books in this photo were made by Karen Cutter.

Bona Fide events feature community, peculiarities and a wholesome good time.

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Bona Fide Award-Winner to Read at LTCC Writers’ Series Oct 8

Field_Study_cover_frontOn Oct. 8 at 7 pm Bona Fide Books will launch St. Louis poet Travis Mossotti’s award-winning collection “Field Study” at the Lake Tahoe Community College’s Writers’ Series. The reading is free and open to the public.

Mossotti’s second collection, “Field Study” won Bona Fide’s 2013 Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize, offered annually in honor of the local artist who died in 2009. Written in the tradition of American naturalists, “Field Study” chronicles a courtship through the vehicle of carnivore conservation efforts, says publisher Kim Wyatt. “This book is really about the ethics of nature and relationships, and what is human versus what is animal.”

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Geology of Tahoe with Scott Valentine Oct 10 FREE

Scott Valentine, Earth Science instructor at Lake Tahoe Community College, will host a free slideshow on the geology of the Lake Tahoe Basin on Friday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Duke Theatre.

Scott will discuss “The Geology of Tahoe: A Story of Earthquakes, Glaciers and Volcanism,” and explain how a number of sometimes violent forces transformed the Basin and Lake Tahoe over the centuries.

It’s free?  I’m in!

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Downtown Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop Oct 4

Mark your calendars for the eleventh annual Downtown Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop set for Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 from noon to 4 p.m.

Wine lovers, food connoisseurs and dedicated shoppers will once again indulge in delicious food samples paired with some of the finest vintages, as they shop and stroll in the historic western ski town of Truckee, Calif.

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Sierra Business Council Peak Innovation Conference Oct 8-10

SBC Peak Innovation ConferenceSustainable business leaders, entrepreneurs, active residents, acclaimed writers and science gurus will gather for Sierra Business Council’s 20th Anniversary Conference “Peak Innovation – The Next 20 Years” at Granlibakken in Tahoe City from Oct. 8-10, 2014.

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10th Annual Mutt Strutt Oct 12

If you’ve ever wanted to play poker with your dog, here’s your chance.

The 10th Annual Mutt Strut Poker Run takes place October 12, 2014 starting at 11am.

Walk, or run, 1.6 miles with your dog while you build your poker hand. All the proceeds benefit ACT’s spay-neuter program and the El Dorado County Animal Shelter.

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“Are Books Dead?” with Gary Noy Oct. 10

Tahoe Culture Books are Not DeadExplore the past, present and future of publishing with retired Sierra College professor Gary Noy.

Noy, a published author, developed the only full-service academic press operated by a community college.

“Are Books Dead?” takes place October 10, from 7pm to 8:15pm at no cost.

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Annual Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe Golf Classic Oct 13

It’s a favorite South Lake Tahoe event and fund raiser for local kids.

The Annual Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe Golf Classic takes place October 13, 2014 at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.

For just $225 you’ll get a round of golf at Edgewood, a delicious breakfast buffet, tee prizes, on-course beverages and lunch, and a chance to win $10,000 Hole-In-One prizes. read more →

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Fallen Leaf Creek Hike with Paul Ackerman Oct 14

Anita Baldwin Chimney Tahoe CultureFollow local historian Paul Ackerman on a 2.5 mile history hike on the Moraine Trail at Fallen Leaf lake.  Ackerman will discuss the history of the lake, the Anita Baldwin Estate and you’ll also see the spawning Kokanee Salmon on nearby Taylor Creek.

Meet at the Gatekeeper’s Museum on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at 8:30 am when you’ll car pool to South Lake Tahoe. read more →

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Writers in the Woods Series at Sierra Nevada College

Shyra Tahoe Culture Writers-in-the-WoodsThe Sierra Nevada College English program brings well-known poets and writers from all over the country to the campus for readings and book signings in intimate settings where audience members get to meet and exchange ideas with the guest writers.

Readings are free and open to the public.

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“Some Thing Else” Ski Film featuring JP Auclair Oct 16 Tahoe Art Haus and Cinema

Noah Howell in Mineral Fork Wasatch UTRespect the mountains and hug your loved ones. In Memorian: JP Auclair, Andreas Fransson, Liz Daley

Get ready for skiing with “Some Thing Else” from Powderwhore Productions, capturing the steepest and deepest powder on the expeditions to the most remote mountain ranges on the planet.  Movie starts at 6pm on Thursday, October 16th at Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema.

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Family Values at TERC Oct 16

UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center invites the community to take a different approach to family values in a public presentation led by Dr. Rick Grosberg. The program will begin at 6 pm (happy hour begins at 5:30) on Thursday, October 16 at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences.

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Fall Color Hike in Hope Valley Oct 17

Witness the incredible stretch of glorious aspen groves turning their brilliant gold throughout Hope Valley, and learn the science behind this natural phenomenon on October 17, 2014, starting at 9 a.m.

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Avalanche Workshop at LTCC October 18

Lake Tahoe Backcountry SkiingBackcountry explorers, wilderness leaders, ski resort employees and search and rescue personnel: prepare for the winter season by attending the California Avalanche Workshop at Lake Tahoe Community College on Saturday, October 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Board/Aspen Room.

This is a rare opportunity to hear forecasters from all of the California avalanche centers speak and answer questions. In addition, ski guides, pro skiers, snow scientists, and avalanche survivors will present their findings. read more →

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Project MANA Paella Dinner Oct 17

Paella Dinner by Deidre LedfordOn Friday, October 17, 2014, Chef Gerard Nebesky will prepare his award-winning Paella to raise funds for Project MANA.

Nebesky won “Throwdown with Bobby Flay” on national television. With giant paella pans, he will recreate his winning dish for you – including vegans. He will delight your taste buds while he demonstrates the preparation of this classic dish from Spain. Attendees will also receive a free gift to take home!  read more →

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Annual Historical Haunted Walking Tour in Truckee Oct 16-17

Truckee’s fifth Historical Haunted Tour will thrill attendees on Thursday, Oct. 16 and Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. The Tour celebrates bygone days in the bustling railroad town with captivating stories offering spooky and unexpected twists that will delight guests looking for a fun night out on the town.

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Sugar Pine Plantings Oct 18 and 19

Sugar-Pine-Planting-at-Lake-TahoeHelp the Sugar Pine Foundation plant healthy, fungus-resistant sugar pines October 18 and 19 in South Shore.

Sugar pines and other white pines are plagued by a non-native invasive pathogen. White pine blister rust kills about 90% of sugar pines it infects. Scientists and restoration managers have agreed that the only effective restoration strategy is to identify seed trees resistant to the rust and plant their progeny. That is exactly what the Sugar Pine Foundation does. And, you can help too.

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Know Your Park at CA 89 Oct 17

High-fives-Into-the-MindJoin the High Fives Foundation on Friday, October 17 for the world premiere of this year’s B.A.S.I.C.S. program service documentary “#KnowYourPark.” This movie premiere will also include two other High Fives original films, “The Giray Dadali Story” and “The Cody Walker Story.” Both Dadali and Walker are High Fives Athletes featured in #KnowYourPark. Their individual athlete films will be shown preceding the feature film to give the audience a better understanding of their background and connection with High Fives.

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South Lake Tahoe Friends of the Library Events

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, join a Lego building party, and attend work shops and readings presented by local community members who know reading binds our community, and the world.

Check out the 2014 event schedule.

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Tahoe Arts Project presents Blue 13 Dance Company at MontBleu Oct 24

Blue 13 Dance Company

Tahoe Arts Project will present the Blue 13 Dance Company on Friday, October 24th, 2014 at the MontBleu Showroom at 7pm with a special appearance by Marcia Sarosik’s Lake Tahoe Shining Stars.

Blue13 Dance Company is a contemporary Indian dance theatre ensemble based in Los Angeles, California. Since 1999, the company has performed all over the United States and abroad in its signature Neo-Kathak and Bollywood-Tech styles, modern dance work that is highly energetic, colorful, and theatrical, and inspired by the classical and cultural dance of India.  Tickets range between $8 and $23.

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Truckee River Day Oct 19

Grab those gloves, shovels and boots and bring the family and friends out to help restore the Truckee River at the annual Truckee River Day on October 19, 2014 starting at 9 AM.

You will be near streams and meadows, working side-by-side with other volunteers to plant restoration sites with seedlings and willows, remove invasive vegetation, compost and mulch sensitive areas, remove garbage and more.

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Reel Rock Film Tour at LTCC Oct 24

Chris SharmaWhen you see these elite climbers in action, you get a taste of their endless pursuit of adventure. Sender Films and Big UP Productions are bringing audiences a mind-blowing, palm-sweating pump-fest of climbing flicks for the 2014 REEL ROCK Film Tour.

You won’t believe some of the footage featured at the Reel Rock Film Tour playing Oct. 24, 2014 at the Lake Tahoe Community College.

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Brain Physics Explored at LTCC Oct 27

STEMTalkJesseLivezeyThe Lake Tahoe Community College Foundation’s Speaker Spotlight Series continues on Monday, October 27 with visiting speaker Jesse Livezey, a U.C. Berkeley doctoral student. He’ll present a talk about brain physics from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in LTCC’s Board/Aspen Room, inside the library building.

Livezey’s presentation, “Brain Physics: Using Mathematical Models to Understand the Brain,” will explore what we know about how the brain processes sensory inputs ranging from vision to audition to touch. read more →

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An Evening with Italian Alpinist Simone Moro Oct 21 at Tahoe Arts Haus & Cinema

Simone Moro Tahoe CultureAlpenglow Sports presents a unique evening with Simone Moro, the celebrated Italian alpinist renowned for his daring winter ascents of some of the tallest mountains on earth. The recipient of numerous awards and honors for his climbing achievements, Simone is a popular speaker at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival.

The free show for all ages takes place Tuesday, October 21st at 6pm at Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema in Tahoe City.

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Mile, Mile and a Half Movie at Lake of the Sky Outfitters Nov 7

Mile Mile and Half

In an epic snow year, five friends leave their daily lives behind to hike California’s historic John Muir Trail. Their goal, complete their journey in 25 days, while capturing the amazing sights and sounds they encounter along the way. read more →

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Jeremy Jones Higher Oct 29 at Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema

Truckee big mountain snowboarder Jeremy Jones’ third film in his trilogy, Higher, will appear Wednesday, Oct. 29, 7 pm at the Tahoe Art Haus and Cinema in Tahoe City.  The show starts at 7 PM.

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An Evening of Food & Wine by Soroptimists to Support Community Nov 7

Tahoe Culture Soroptimist Wine Tasting GlassSimply irresistible.

Known as the “Best of Tahoe,” it’s one of our favorite annual South Lake Tahoe  events to raise money for our community while savoring delectable local cuisine and regional wines.

And, it’s been going on for 44 years now – wow!  An Evening of Food & Wine Tasting presented by Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe will be held Friday, November 7, 2014 at Harrah’s starting at 6pm.

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Pray for Snow Nov 19 at Fresh Ketch

It’s been a local tradition for more than 30 years.

The annual Pray for Snow Party at The Fresh Ketch in the Keys Marina.

Does it work? Absolutely!

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“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema Oct 31

Grab your boa and “Let’s do the Time Warp Again.” Frank-N-Furter! Brad and Janet! Rocky! The Rocky Horror Picture Show will air at the Tahoe Art Haus @ Cinema on Halloween, Oct. 31, 10 pm and 12 am.

Reserve your tickets now.

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Winter Wilderness Survival Workshop with TNSRT at Sorensen’s Jan 10

Tahoe Nordic Search and RescueHopefully, you’ll never need to know what to do if you get lost out in a Sierra winter. But it’s better to know what to do just in case.

Members of the nonprofit, all-volunteer Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team (TNSRT) will lead an easy snowshoe and cross-country ski trek to cover planning and preparation, proper dress and equipment, emergency shelters, etc on Saturday January 10, 2015 from 10am – 12pm at Sorensen’s in Hope Valley.

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26th Annual Chocolate, Wine & Roses Fundraiser Nov 8

The Tahoe Safe Alliance is holding the 26th Annual Chocolate, Wines and Roses Festival fundraiser on November 8th at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, from 6 pm to 10 pm.

Like last year, the ladies are joining with Project MANA to ensure the North Lake Tahoe community needs are met.

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Women’s Wellness Weekend Nov 8-9

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 8 and 9, 2014.

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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Passport to Dining in Kings Beach Nov 13

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 13, 2014 from 6pm to 9pm.

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Roland and the Joints Sept 14 at Coyote Grill