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

Annual Flow Arts Festival May 16

Tahoe Flow Arts Studio is a community flow space, co-operative rather than competitive.  Bringing compassion and respect to whom we play, dance, and practice yoga with by creating encouragement and support for each other through our personal journey through life of self expression.  We flow together and we inspire one another. 

Flow Arts Festival in Tahoe Vista takes place May 16, 2015.

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“Running 172 Miles on the Tahoe Rim Trail” May 19 at Alpenglow Sports

Tahoe Rim Trail Tahoe CultureOn Tuesday, May 19th, at 6:30 PM, Alpenglow Sports will host the fifth installment of the popular “Education Series” created by the Donner Party Mountain Runners. The presentation will tell the story of five runners who spent four days running the Tahoe Rim Trail, covering about 40 miles each day. In contrast to the lately popular idea of setting an FKT (Fastest Known Time), the runners did not complete the trail in a single push, but rather ended each day with dinner, a hot shower, and a hotel room – popularized as “glam” trail running. read more →

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Sugar Pine Foundation Tree Planting at Donner May 20

Sugar Pine Foundation

The Sugar Pine Foundation is partnering with Tahoe Donner Forestry to conduct a tree planting as a part of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative attempt to set a world record from 9-11:30am on May 20 at Tahoe Donner in the old Donner Ridge Fire scar.

Together with 40 groups across North America we will plant an estimated 200,000 trees in one hour! Tahoe Sugar Pine Foundation will be planting 200+ western white pines at Tahoe Donner.

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Donner Lake Paddle Race May 23

Donner Lake RaceIf you’re looking for a different kind of intense workout, check this out.

The Annual Donner Lake Memorial Weekend Stand-up/Prone Paddleboard Race takes place Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 9am. It’s part of the O’Neil Tahoe Cup Paddle Board Race Series.

Be sure and clean, drain and dry your paddleboard before you jump in the lake, and become a Tahoe Keeper today.

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Equine Stretching on the Tahoe Rim Trail Presentation May 27

Tahoe Rim Trail Equine Trail TalkStretching your body before or after a hike or ride is important. It’s equally important for your horse as well.

Join the Tahoe Rim Trail on Wednesday, May 27, from 5pm-7pm at Galena Creek Equestrian Parking (near Jones Creek Trailhead) at the Galena Creek Visitor Center for a hands-on seminar and learn how to properly stretch your horse before & after your trail ride or workout.   Sorry, no horses allowed… read more →

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Mike Brown Memorial Splash-In May 25

mike-brown splash inIn honor of long-time local Mike Brown and his contributions to aviation and seaplane flying, the Annual Mike Brown Splash-In takes place Monday, May 25, 2015 from 8am to 2pm at Obexers Store in Homewood.

It’s a day of seaplane flying in Mike’s memory and part of North Shore’s Opening Day celebrations, the Seaplane Season, and Obexer’s 104th birthday, kicking off a summer of fun.

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Sierra Stories by Gary Noy May 27

SierraStories405Sierra Nevada College historian and Sierra Nevada native Gary Noy on May 27 will present an illustrated lecture on unusual and lesser-known stories of Sierra Nevada history, with a special focus on the Lake Tahoe region. Some stories are adventurous, some are horrifying, some are inventive, but all are fascinating windows into our history in the breathtaking Range of Light. read more →

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First Fridays at Riverside Studios

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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Tahoe City Clean Up Day June 6

Kings Beach Clean Up DayAfter the snow melts, the trash that was pushed aside remains. Well, now it’s time to pick it up!

Local residents are banding together to tackle trash in Tahoe City, as part of a region wide clean-up effort across North Lake Tahoe and Truckee on Saturday, June 6. read more →

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Truckee Donner Land Trust Benefit at River Ranch June 11

In 1990, the beautiful Coldstream Valley near Donner Lake was about to be lost to logging. A small group of passionate hikers founded the Truckee Donner Land Trust, and raised $150,000 to purchase 160 acres in the valley.  You can help raise money for the Land Trust on June 11, 2015 at the River Ranch Restaurant from 5:30 to 9PM.

The River Ranch will donate a percent of your total food bill to the Land Trust with their generous “Dining for the Community” program.

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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 funs June 22 – Sept 7, 2015 starting at 4pm.

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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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Conversations with History at Vikingsholm Castle June 30

“Conversations with History” on June 30, 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.  Other dates: July 30 and August 27.

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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. Because Bona Fide loves all things books, they’ve started a Sunday afternoon club for lovers of book art.

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

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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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Free Live Music at Kings Beach Fridays June 19-Aug 7

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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Celtic Music Sessions Wednesday Nights at MCPs

Tahoe Celtic Music Sessions at McPsLake 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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Alpenglow Mountain Festival June 20-28

Alpenglow mountain festivalThe Alpenglow Mountain Festival is a bi-annual, ten day celebration of human-powered mountain sports, events, clinics, equipment demos, presentations, film and more.

The summer edition runs from June 20-June, 2015 with guided hikes, standup paddleboarding, trail running, and yoga highlighting the festival and films, presentations, and equipment demos.

The event includes film, presentation, and equipment demos. The Alpenglow Mountain Festival is geared toward beginner and intermediate mountain enthusiasts, offering a range of activities for all interests and ability levels.

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Jam From the Dam July 11

So you say it’s way too easy to paddle.

Then try this.

Stand up and paddle from Tahoe City to Carnelian Bay at the Annual Jam from the Dam on July 11, 2015.

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Motherhood Out Loud Valhalla Fundraiser May 9

thanksgiving fugue Tahoe CultureWhen entrusting the subject of motherhood to such a dazzling collection of celebrated American writers, what results is a joyous, moving, hilarious, and altogether thrilling theatrical play. Utterly unpredictable, Motherhood Out Loud shatters traditional notions about parenthood, unveils its inherent comedy and celebrates the deeply personal truths that span and unite generations.

The Motherhood Out Loud play with local performers takes place at the Valhalla Boathouse Theatre on May 9.  read more →

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Women’s Amgen Tour starts here May 8-9

atoc-womens-race750x350The first two stages of the expanded women’s portion of the Amgen CA race will be hosted by South Lake Tahoe, May 8 – 9, 2015. The competition will continue in Sacramento, May 10, 2015, with a third racing stage , the same day as the overall men’s start of the Amgen Tour of California. read more →

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TAP Spaghetti Night Fundraiser at Bert’s Cafe May 14

taplogo1The Tahoe Arts Project (TAP) has been bringing professional performing artists to local school children and the community for over 28 years. As a non-profit, bi-state organization it is only funded through donations.

Don’t miss the Spaghetti Night Fundraiser at Bert’s Cafe to raise funds for TAP on May 14, 2015 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

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Hoop Drum Workshop May 15-17

Mountain Gypsy Tahoe CultureThe Hoop Drum 3 day Workshop taking place May 15, 16 and 17, 2015, promises to be a wonderful event. Ann and her friend Davis Clay will be teaching this workshop working with the natural earth based traditions.
Soaking of hides with the sacred water from the Upper Truckee (the water that feeds our beautiful lake), creating our hoop drums out in the open air underneath the watchful gaze of Mt Tallac.

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Wanderlust at Squaw July 16-19

Combining yoga, music, art and nature, Wanderlust is redefining the festival experience for both kids and adults.

Wanderlust, producers of the largest yoga lifestyle events in the world, returns to California July 16-19,2015 at the birthplace of the Wanderlust Festival – Squaw Valley. Nestled in one of Mother Nature’s most picturesque creations, this four-day retreat will gather together yoga enthusiasts, families, foodies and mindful adventurers for an unforgettable getaway.  read more →

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Hike for the Humane Society May 16

Humane Society Tahoe Culture

The annual Hike for the Humane Society has teamed up with the Action Adventure Expo on Saturday, May 16th, in the back parking lot of Harrah’s from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Admission to the event is free, and a low cost lunch will be offered to benefit the Humane Society.

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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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Malcolm X Speech and Falculty Talk at LTCC May 19

Malcolm XTo help mark the late Malcolm X’s birthday, Lake Tahoe Community College is hosting a screening of his most famous speech followed by a faculty panel discussion on Tuesday, May 19 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Board/Aspen Room inside the library building.

This is a free event, and the entire community is welcome and encouraged to participate.

The event begins with a screening of “The Ballot or the Bullet,” one of Malcolm X’s most famous speeches, delivered at the Cory Methodist Church in Cleveland, Ohio in 1964.

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Tahoe’s Bike Economy with Gary Bell May 20

Sierra Ski and Cycle Works Gary BellA Tahoe Talks Brown Bag Lunch offers a monthly forum for people to discuss and learn more about ways to strengthen communities, make towns safer for bicyclists and pedestrians, and help protect Lake Tahoe’s amazing natural resources.

Gary Bell, owner of Sierra Ski and Cycle Works in South Lake Tahoe since 1980, thinks making our town more bike friendly is a grand idea. He’ll be discussing The Bike’s Impact on Tahoe’s Economy on May 20th from Noon to 1:30 at LTCC.

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Ta-hoe Nalu Stand-Up Paddle Festival Aug 14-16

2014 5mie-0146 Tahoe Nalu photosThe biggest paddle board festival on Lake Tahoe just got bigger.

The Ta-Hoe Nalu Stand-up Paddle Board Festival features two-days of races for paddle boarders of all ages and skill levels. Lakeside entertainment including food, luaus, live music and prizes will top off the races held at Kings Beach August 14 through 16th.

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Tahoe Tales by Mark Twain May 23

He set the high water mark for fascinating tales about mountain culture.  Mark Twain liked to say, “Good friends, good books. This is the ideal life.”

Famed Mark Twain impressionist McAvoy Layne will bring the Tahoe Tales of the legendary writer and humorist to Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel in South Lake Tahoe on May 23, 2015 starting at 6:30 pm.

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The Muscles and Bones of Conscious Dance April 22-May 27

Ann ThennesThe Mountain Gypsy, Ann Thennes, will hold “The Muscles and Bones of Conscious Dance,” a 6 week series on Wednesdays, April 22 thru May 27, 2015, at Mountain Yoga Studio for just $85 from 5:30 pm – 7 pm.

Ann will hold a free class on Wednesday, April 15.

“The intelligence of our bodies not constrained by our conditioning becomes movement medicine – our birth rite.” Emilie Conrad said it best. Amen. And, Ann brings us the space and delivers!

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Human Rights Advocate Carolyn Forché at LTCC May 28

Carolyn ForchéMeet Carolyn Forché, award-winning poet and human rights advocate, at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 28th in LTCC’s Aspen Room. This free event is open to the public and made possible through a grant the foundation received from the Parasol Foundation. Books will be available for purchase.

Renowned as a “poet of witness,” Carolyn Forché is the author of four books of poetry.  read more →

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Native Species Festival Taylor Creek May 30

Learn about native plants, birds and animals at the Native Species Festival presented by the USFS from 10am-4pm on May 30 at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center.

Visit educational booths set up by public agencies and nonprofits to learn more about Lake Tahoe’s native plants and animals, including black bears, bats, beaver, and Tahoe yellow cress.

and be sure to walk over to Baldwin Beach right next door and help remove that nasty Eurasian watermilfoil that harms our lake.

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John Muir’s Great Great Grandson May 30 at SLT Library

John Muir’s Great-great-grandson, Robert Hanna, will share an intimate view of John Muir during a very special presentation at the Library on May 30 starting at 1 p.m.. “Growing Up Muir” offers a personal view of Muir from the perspective of his family.  Free and open to the public.

Mr. Hanna will describe and uncover the many sides of Muir through family stories and never before seen photographs and writings.

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Valhalla Renaissance Faire May 30-June 7 at Camp Richardson

Queens of England, ambassadors from foreign lands and juggling jesters, winsome wenches, lords and ladies, knight of horseback, squires and simpletons. They aren’t just the stuff of fairy tales. They’ll gather May 30th and 31st and June 5-6-7 for South Lake Tahoe’s favorite festival, the 23rd annual Valhalla Renaissance Faire. Be a part of history and come in costume, or come as you are and immerse yourself in games, theater and splendid Renaissance marketplace.

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National Trails Day at Van Sickle Bi State Park June 6

Join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for the annual National Trails Day® event on Saturday, June 6th, 2015, from 8:30am to 4:00pm at Van Sickle Bi State Park to kick off the summer trail building season.

No experience is necessary. Groups and families are welcome.

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Valhalla Arts, Music & Theatre Festival June 17 – August 26

valhallaFamilies, 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. Tickets are on sale now at ValhallaTahoe.com.

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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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Waiting for T.I.M.

tim.gifThe pex. Axium. Little Muddy Circle. Rescue Me.

You’ve heard them, right? No….check them out now – Waiting For T.I.M.

Waiting for T.I.M. is a South Lake Tahoe based band with influences from every genre of music. Pulling material from the last 60 years and combining it with their own unique sound, they have succeeded in creating truly different, but undeniably riveting dance music. read more →

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Full Moon Kayak Tours at Sugar Pine Point July 3, July 31, 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 July 3,  July 31, 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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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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World Travel Inspires South Shore artist Niall McGuinness

Niall McGuinnessRio. Lisbon. Caribbean. Africa. Miami.

These are the places that inspired Niall McGuinness from South Lake Tahoe to create his breakthrough debut album, Limpopo.

We call it Soulful. Engaging. Contemplative. Original.

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Mom’s Morning Out at LTCC May 2

Lola Love of My LifeMoms of all ages are invited to enjoy a free morning of education, inspiration and relaxation on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 8am to noon at Lake Tahoe Community College.

Moms rock, especially this amazing woman who worked full time as a Registered Nurse for over 50 years, and raised 6 kids and one husband.  ♥

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TOCCATA Summer Music Fest June 17 – September 22

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Tahoe Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will kick off its 10th Summer MusicFest with Going For Baroque-Summer Solstice June 17 – September 22, 2015.  This is a tribute to the Classical and Baroque Masters, TOCCATA’s forte.  The series will feature guest flutist, Josue Casillas, among many other fine soloists. Works of Vivaldi, Teleman and J.S. Bach will be featured. “Papa” Bach’s well known Cantata BWV 9, Es ist das Heil, will be performed by the Toccata Chamber Chorus, with vocal soloists Joy Strotz and Anna Helwing, soprano, and Stuart Duke, baritone.  read more →

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“Extreme Sport Folk-Rock” by Darin Talbot, Snowboarder Musician

talbot3.jpgI think he created a new music genre.

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Sugar Pine Plantings April 4-19

Sugar-Pine-Planting-at-Lake-TahoeHelp the Sugar Pine Foundation plant healthy, fungus-resistant sugar pines April 4 through 19, 2015.

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.

This is exactly what the Sugar Pine Foundation does. And, you can help too.

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Heavenly Ski Patrol Fundraiser Party April 4

The Heavenly Ski Patrol Fundraiser Party will be held at the Heavenly Village at Stateline on Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 4pm to 8pm.

Enjoy live music, drinks, silent auction, hanging with the patrolers (and the Avalanche Rescue Dogs), and good times for a good cause.

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Learn to Curl at Ice Arena April 5

Lake Tahoe Epic Curling

Lake Tahoe’s one and only curling club, Lake Tahoe Epic Curling (LTEC), will host learn-to-curl sessions on Sunday, April 5, 2015 starting at 5:30 p.m. for those interested in giving this fast-growing Olympic sport a try.  The event is open to the public, and will be held at the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena on Rufus Allen Blvd.

It’s Easter so check before you go.

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South Lake Tahoe Earth Day April 25

Connect with community and honor mother Earth at the South Lake Tahoe Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 25, from 10am to 3pm at the Bijou Community Park.

Get ready for juggling, dancing, stilt-walking, and clean fun.  Free admission, and don’t forget to ride your bike!

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Beacon and Eggs Search Contest at Alpine Meadows April 5

Meet Walter and Clancy, the Alpine Meadows dutiful patrol dogs at the annual Beacon and Eggs beacon search contest.

The combination Easter egg hunt and avalanche beacon search practice session is organized by Alpine’s ski patrol and takes place on Easter Sunday, April 5th.

This fun and free* event raises avalanche awareness and the cute factor, and is a great opportunity to practice search and rescue techniques.

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