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

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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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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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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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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Kids Art Saturdays at North Tahoe Arts

kid-artNorth Tahoe Arts hosts Kids Art Saturdays for children from 2 -to 12-years-old to work on an art project in the Corison Loft Gallery from noon to 2 p.m. on select Saturdays at North Tahoe Arts Center. 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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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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Valhalla Renaissance Faire 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

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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Tahoe Legends Fun Run June 20

In 2007, Track Restoration for Community and Kids (T.R.4.C.K) raised enough money to rebuild the historic 1968 Summer Olympic track at the Middle School in South Lake Tahoe.

To keep this state-of-the-art youth complex alive, T.R.4.C.K is holding a legendary 5k and 10k run on Saturday, June 20, 2015.  There is a 1 mile pavement only wheelchair or stroller fun race and a kids only race on the track. read more →

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Historic Emigrant Trail Trek through Hope Valley June 21-22

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 June 21 and 22, 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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The Many Faces of Beauty So Lake Tahoe Library June 23

If you haven’t noticed . . . the wildflowers are going off right now. Earlier and more abundant than ever.

Wildflower photographer Roger Rosenberger will present “The Many Faces of Beauty” at the South Lake Tahoe Library on June 23, 2015.  Roger will explore the many ways Mother Nature pleases our senses with her beauty, and he’s not just talking about wildflowers. Event is free.

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LTCC Rock Ensemble Benefit Concert June 24

Rocking LTCC Tahoe CultureEvery quarter, the Lake Tahoe Community College Music Department puts on a final exam that truly rocks. Traditionally, Rock Ensemble students studying with teacher and professional musician Eric Hellberg stage a professional concert to earn their final grades. But this Spring, students in LTCC’s New Wave Music and Beginning Rock Ensemble classes will be rocking for an even higher purpose: their final exams will also serve as a benefit concert to support a fellow rocker in need.

The LTCC Rock Ensemble Benefit Concert will be Wednesday, June 24 at 7 p.m. in the Duke Theatre. read more →

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Stories of Research at Lake Tahoe with Dr. Charles Goldman June 4

Join renowned limnologist Dr. Charles Goldman for an entertaining public presentation about the stories and history of five decades of scientific research at Lake Tahoe and the challenges ahead.  Dr. Goldman’s presentation will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 4 at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences in Incline Village, Nevada (on the campus of Sierra Nevada College) .

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First Fridays at Riverside Studios July 3

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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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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Trails & Vistas Storytelling Workshop for Volunteer Trail Leaders June 7

Grant Barta photoGarth Gilchrist, a professional storyteller best known for his portrayals of California environmentalist John Muir, will conduct a free storytelling workshop for the volunteer trail leaders of the 2015 Trails & Vistas Art Hikes.

The workshop, at Cedar House Sport Hotel Truckee on June 7, 2015 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. will be immediately followed by a brunch. read more →

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Free Lakeview Summer Music June 25-Aug 27

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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Truckee Duckee Derbee benefits Humane Society June 7

Dogs, their owners, and some rubber ducks will raise money for the Tahoe Truckee Humane Society at the Annual Truckee Duckee Derbee Races and “Dogs in Duds” contest on Sunday afternoon, June 7, from 1 – 4 p.m. at the River Ranch Lodge.

Not sure how the two were combined, but heck – why not?

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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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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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Thunderbird Paddling Festival June 13

Paddlers and Tahoe Keepers will gather at Sand Harbor State Park on the east shore for the annual Thunderbird Paddling Festival on Saturday, June 13, 2015.

You choose from an 8 mile or 4 mile round trip paddle that starts at Sand Harbor State Park, heads south to Chimney Beach past historic Thunderbird Lodge, and back.  There’s also a 2-mile race for kids 12 years old and younger.

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Tahoe City Solstice Festival June 18-21

Summer begins in Tahoe City with the annual Tahoe City Solstice Festival set for June 18 to 21, 2015.

The festival includes several signature events that define our mountain culture. Each event touts Tahoe City’s distinct qualities and character: adventure sports, artisan food and wine, acclaimed musicians and artists, and celebrated local shops, restaurants, and galleries.

Whether you’re an athlete, wine connoisseur, art and music lover, or classic car aficionado, there’s sure to be an event to interest you.  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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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 through 28, 2015 with guided hikes, standup paddleboarding, trail running, and yoga highlighting the festival and films, presentations, and equipment demos.

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Northstar Beerfest and Bluegrass Festival July 3

As if riding their mountain bike park isn’t fun enough.  Northstar tops off the afternoon with the finest local and regional beers, skating, kid’s events, and live bluegrass music during the Beerfest and Bluegrass Festival on July 3, 2015 from 3pm to 7pm.

I’ll drink to that!

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TINS Fundraiser with Art and Wine June 28

TINSA fundraiser for Tahoe Institute for Natural Sciences at the Bolam Gallery in Truckee on Sunday, June 28, 4-7 pm will feature three California wines, tasty appetizers, and the opportunity to meet Andrew Bolam and Annie Hooker, husband and wife and owners of the Bolam Gallery.

Andrew has created a specific painting for the event, with a percentage of the proceeds going to TINS.
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Truckee Thursdays feature Local Culture

Truckee-Thursdays-Farmers-MarketTheir mantra is simple.  Think local. Be local. Buy local. Give local.

The feel-good summer mainstay, Downtown Truckee Thursdays will run June 11, 2015 through August 20, 2015 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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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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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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Lake Tahoe Garden Tour July 26

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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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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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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Trails and Vistas World Concert Sept 12

Scarlet Rivera Beach

On September 12, 2015, the World Concert, now in its third year as part of the Trails & Vistas festival, will feature the big band horns, percussion, piano, and vocals of 2014 Grammy winning Pacific Mambo Orchestra.

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Free Bluesdays on Tuesdays at Squaw

Shane Dwight bluesfestivalguideYou’ll be singing the blues like Shane Dwight on Tuesday nights from 6-8:30 p.m. when acts from all over the country appear on stage at The Village at Squaw during the free weekly Bluesdays June 16 through September 8, 2015.

Here’s a favorite teaser from Shane.

See you there.

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Trails & Vistas Art Hikes Sept 12 & 19

The theme of this year’s Trails & Vistas Art Hikes, “Finding Beauty”, will inspire attendees along a guided path past live music, art, storytelling, and dance performances.

The two hikes, on September 12 & 19, 2015 will each feature ten installations spread along an approximately three mile route. Local and regional artists have been commissioned to create original works for the hikes, incorporating the scenery and natural environment of their particular location along the path. 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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Tahoe Improv Players at Valhalla July 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 at the Tallac Historic Site on Mondays, July 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th, 2015 at 7:30 pm.

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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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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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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.  Fundraisers to help the MusicFest will be Saturday, June 20 at a Cave Rock home, and Saturday June 27 in Reno. read more →

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Race the Lake of the Sky June 26-28

Chris and his son Jared Brackett, who is one of nine SUP Brackett kids, have designed a weekend of SUP races for the entire family during Race the Lake of the Sky, June 26-28, 2015 at El Dorado Beach.

Competition will include team relays, youth races, open races, a SUP boarder cross race, and a distance race to Emerald Bay. read more →

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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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Downtown Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop Oct 3

Mark your calendars for the annual Downtown Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop set for Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 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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A Midsummer’s Night Dream with a Twist at Valhalla July 23-25

A Midsummer Nights Dream Tahoe CultureWilliam Shakespeare’s most famous comedy, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ will be presented with a Tahoe Twist – that’s Sammy Salmon in the photo – by acclaimed young adult actors and promises to keep you in stitches. Director Nannette Niven has a cast of 20 including Bjorn Hedqvist, Stephanie Hernandez, Zoe Greco, Tyler Martin, Steve Huerta, Zane Brady, Hunter Turney and Jered Stowell.

Performances take place Valhalla Boathouse Theatre.

 

 

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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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