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

Alpenglow Mountain Festival February 18-26

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Driven by fun, community, health, education and the embodiment of the mountain lifestyle, the Alpenglow Mountain Festival held February 18-26, 2017 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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Full Moon Snowshoe Hike at Sugar Pine Point SP March 11

Step back in time along the west shore of Lake Tahoe for a great cause.

On Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 6:30pm the Sugar Pine Point State Park Rangers are leading full moon snowshoe tours through the historic Hellman-Ehrman estate sharing local history tidbits and the wonders of the natural environment. All proceeds benefit the Sierra State Parks Foundation.

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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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Heart Rhythm Dance with Ann Thennes

The Mountain Gypsy, Ann Thennes, hosts her magical Morning Dance Journey at Marcia Sarosiks Dance Studio on Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning from 7am to 8:10am.  Then, from 8:30 – 9:30 am pilates.

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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National Winter Trails Day January 14

Celebrate Winter Trails by participating in a FREE guided snowshoe hike in Van Sickle Bi State Park on Saturday, January 14th, 2017, 10:00 am-1:00 pm. Participants will learn about Lake Tahoe’s pristine environment while experiencing the enjoyment of snowshoeing.

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Pints & Paddles on MS Dixie II Wednesday Nights

Ike and Martin Tahoe CultureYou’ve never been on the lake?

Here’s your chance every Wednesday on the MS Dixie II with favorite local band, Ike and Martin.

Get a 1.5 hour cruise, live music with Ike and Martin, and food specials.

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Snowshoe Cocktail Races at the Beacon Jan 21

snowshoe coctail racesAs if running in snowshoes isn’t hard enough.  Add a tray of cocktails and the race is on.

The Beacon Bar & Grill at Camp Richardson in South Lake Tahoe is holding its infamous snowshoe cocktail races on January 21, February 18, and March 18, 2017 at 7pm.  Snowshoes provided.

Winter is happening at Lake Tahoe.  Grab your skis or snowboard or rent them, and get to a resort or take the dog on a cross country ski or snowshoe trek today before heading to the Beacon.

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Take the plunge March 18 to benefit Special Olympics Tahoe

If you’ve always wanted to jump in the lake during the winter, here’s your chance.

Don’t miss the Annual Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday, March 18th at Zephyr Cove Resort in South Lake Tahoe.

And it’s for a great cause.

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Annual Messiah with TOCCATA December 10-23

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 10-23, 2016.

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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So Lake Tahoe Christmas Bird Count Dec 17

The South Lake Tahoe Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, December 17th, 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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Holiday in History at So Lake Tahoe Museum December 10

Tahoe Culture Vintage ChristmasStep back in time and into the South Lake Tahoe Museum for its annual Holiday in History event Saturday, December 10th from 1pm to 7pm.

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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Santa’s Fire Truck in South Lake Tahoe Dec 10-24

Forget Dancer and Prancer.

Santa Claus is making the rounds in South Lake Tahoe on a Fire Engine!

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Will Gadd Dec 1 at Squaw Winter Film Series

Location: Hunlen Falls - BC, Canada Athlete: Will Gadd Description: Will Gadd and EJ Plimley climb first ascent of Hunlen Falls in BC, Canada. Hunlen Falls is potentially one of the world's tallest vertical frozen waterfalls.

Alpenglow Sports 11th annual Winter Film Series continues on Thursday, December 1st, 2016 at 7pm with prominent Canadian ice climber and paragliding pilot Will Gadd at Squaw Valley’s world-famous Olympic Village Lodge. Gadd’s show “30 Trips of a Lifetime in 60 High-Speed Minutes: Winning the X Games, Ice Climbing Niagara Falls, and Paragliding Over the Grand Canyon” is not to be missed. read more →

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Santa Drops into Meyers Tree Lighting Dec. 2

meyers-lake-tahoe-tree-lighting-tahoe-cultureThe sixth annual Meyers Tree Lighting will be held Friday. Dec. 2, 2016 from 5-7 pm in the Divided Sky/Downtown Café parking lot. The Christmas fire truck and Santa, via the Cal Star helicopter, will return and music will be added to the mix.

Complimentary popcorn and hot cocoa will be served. The event is free and open to the public. read more →

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Sixty Meters to Anywhere Dec 9 at Tahoe Art Haus

sixty-meters-to-anywhere-tahoe-cultureOn Friday, December 9th, critically acclaimed Semi-Rad.com author Brendan Leonard will present stories from his newest book, Sixty Meters to Anywhere.

The presentation will take place at the Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema at 7pm in the heart of downtown Tahoe City.

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Tahoe Adventure Film Festival Dec 10 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 10, 2016  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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Annual Squaw Valley Prom to Benefit Local Non-Profits Dec 31

Thirteen years ago, the Squaw Valley community banded together to throw a prom – not a high school prom, a ski town prom in which all proceeds went to charity.

On December 31, 2016, the Squaw Valley Prom will be hosted by the High Fives Foundation with all ticket proceeds benefiting their amazing non-profit organization.

 

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First Fridays at Riverside Studios

Sierra Bowl Tahoe CultureToast 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.  All art is Made by Hand.

Riverside Studios is an inspiring art gallery owned and operated by five artists with elemental dimension — Alanna Hughes clay/potter, Kahlil Johnson leather, Mary Buchan Guerra silver and stones, Sondrea Larson silver, gold and stones, and Pat Blide – man of iron.

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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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October Sugar Pine Plantings

Sugar-Pine-Planting-at-Lake-TahoeHelp the Sugar Pine Foundation plant healthy, fungus-resistant sugar pines at these upcoming planting events

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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Camp Richardson Oktoberfest Oct 1-2

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

It’s all part of Oktoberfest at Camp Richardson, October 1 and 2, 2016.

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Tahoe City Oktoberfest

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 6 p.m. on Oct. 1, 2016.

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Fall Fish Festival at Taylor Creek Oct 1-2

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.  Learn about the variety of fish species that live in Lake Tahoe and its streams including the federally threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout.

The annual Fall Fish Festival takes place October 1 and 2, 2016 from 10am to 4pm. read more →

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Lake Tahoe Dance Collective Presents Claudia Schreier & Company Oct. 14-15

claudia-schreier-at-tahoe-cultureThis October, Lake Tahoe Dance Collective presents Claudia Schreier & Company, bringing Schreier’s talents and a team of professional dancers to the shores of Lake Tahoe.
Claudia Schreier & Company will perform Friday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Tahoe Art Haus in Tahoe City.
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Mountain of Storms, A Patagonia Film at Tahoe Art Haus Oct 19

mntstorms-tahoe-cultureGrab your favorite adventure partner and join Alpenglow Sports for Mountain of Storms, presented by Patagonia, at the Tahoe Art Haus on October 19th. The excitement starts at 7 pm.

Mountain of Storms documents the storied 1968 road trip adventure of 5 friends:  Yvon Chouinard, Doug Tompkins, Dick Dorworth, Chris Jones and Lito Tejada-Flores. Piled into an old sketchy van, the group embarked on a 5,000-mile journey from California to Patagonia to attempt a new route on Cerro Torre’s infamous Fitz Roy.  Along the way the friends found surf, skiing and climbing as they headed southward towards the then still-mythical land of Patagonia.

Dick Dorworth will be here in Tahoe City on October 19th. Will you?

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Reel Rock Film Tour at LTCC Oct 7

Chris SharmaWhen you see these elite climbers in action, you get a taste of their endless pursuit of adventure. Tahoe Adventure Film Festival presents the 11th year of Reel Rock Film Tour at Lake Tahoe Community College Duke Theatre on October 7, 2016.

 

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Tahoe WordWave Oct 21-23

tahoe-word-wave-workshops-at-valhallaWriters, readers, and performers from all around the country will appear at South Lake Tahoe October 21-23, 2016, for WordWave, a three-day festival held on the grounds of Valhalla at the Tallac Historic Site. This literary mash-up will feature theater performances and free readings, panels on craft, and a novel writing camp for kids. Highlights include a one-act playwriting contest, a Maker’s Station demo with bookbinding, letterpress, and found poetry and art. Ticketed events include a steampunk ball.
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Tall Timber Ball: Steampunk in the Woods October 21

tahoe-wordwave-steampunk-ball-4Dust off your bowler hat, lace up your high-heeled boots and join us for the first ever Tall Timber Ball on October 21, 2016.

Style it steampunk and join us under the timber beams of the Grand Hall while our fab DJ spins from the massive stone fireplace. Cool prizes will go to the most interesting looks of the night. read more →

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Free Wildflower Slideshow at LTCC Sept 30

Sierra weather is fickle. It can be feast or famine. According to Lisa Berry, wildflower aficionado and Lake Tahoe Community College adjunct instructor,  in wildflower terms it can result in a distinct advantage. Berry has been leading wildflower hikes and studying the area’s wildflowers for almost a decade.

Berry will be talking about her findings and presenting a slideshow of her discoveries on September 30, 2016 at 7 p.m. in LTCC’s Aspen Room. The talk is free and open to the public.  Joining Lisa will be author and botanist Julie Caville.

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Passport to Dining in Kings Beach Nov 10

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 10, 2016 from 6pm to 9pm.

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9/11 15th Anniversary Commemoration & Thanksgiving

truckee-lutheran-911This upcoming September 11 is the 15th anniversary of the terrible tragedy that struck America and brought pain and suffering to across our country. Truckee Lutheran Presbyterian Church (TLPC) is hosting a community-wide September 11 Commemoration & Thanksgiving event on Sunday, September 11, 11:30 a.m. at the Truckee River Regional Park. read more →

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Tahoe Forest Stewardship Day Sept 10 on the Upper Truckee Marsh

Every year Stewardship Day combines field education in forest ecology, defensible space, soil conservation, wildlife biology and natural history with hands-on forest restoration projects.

Join hundreds of Tahoe Basin community members to help improve forest health at the League to Save Lake Tahoe’s annual Tahoe Forest Stewardship on September 10th. read more →

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Trails and Vistas World Concert Sept 10

Todo MundoExperience the musical sounds of worldly cultures during the Trails & Vistas World Concert for Peace featuring Todo Mundo, an award-winning band from San Diego, September 10, 2016, 6:30 p.m. This entertaining evening is the finale event for the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Encore Showcase Series set to the picturesque views of Lake Tahoe.

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Tahoe Games Bike Night at LT Golf Course Sept 30

bike-push-me-pull-you-sierra-ski-and-cycle-worksThis is so much fun for little kids, beach cruisers and racers.  Celebrate Tahoe bike culture at the Annual Tahoe Games Bike Night Series at Lake Tahoe Golf Course on Friday, September 30th.  Sierra Ski and Cycle Works will have the Push Me Pull You tandem, Penny Farthing, Tall Bike and Swing Bike to ride. See you there. read more →

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Trails & Vistas Art Hikes Sept 18

This year’s Trails & Vistas Art Hikes on September 18, 2016 will inspire attendees along a guided path past live music, art, storytelling, and dance performances.

Trails & Vistas plays host to a collective experience where art, nature and audience intersect. Guides will lead three-hour long hikes starting in 15-minute increments winding through 12 site-specific art installations. Participants will enjoy music, performance art, ephemeral sculpture and literary art pieces placed along an earthen trail.

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Art & Soul Downtown Truckee ArtWalk Sept 17

Truckee will be brimming with art and activity during the 2nd Annual Art & Soul Downtown Truckee ArtWalk on Saturday, September 17th from 1pm to 6pm.

Stroll through the heart of Downtown Truckee enjoying visual art, live music, artist demonstrations, craft beer and wine tastings, small bites & more.  This year’s walk features 30 stops celebrating local artists!

A portion of event proceeds goes to Arts for the Schools.

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TINS Piranga at Squaw Sept 9

Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS) has teamed up with all of the Squaw Village restaurants to put on this fun, innovative event, pairing a battle of the bands with a chicken wing cook-off to help raise money for TINS.

New this year TINS has added multiple activities and events highlighting team building, locally prepared food, craft beers, and live music taking place September 9, 2016 from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

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Bike to Support Music: Tahoe Sierra Century September 17

Bike to Support MusicIt’s a classic fall event and blends two of our favorites for a great local cause.

Bikes and Music.

The Tahoe Sierra Century on Saturday, September 17, is a fundraiser for cyclists to support the music programs at North Tahoe Middle and High Schools.

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Tahoe Vista Paddlefest Sept 10-11

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

It’s the 22-mile Tahoe Fall Classic SUP race across Lake Tahoe from Eldorado Beach to Tahoe Vista on September 11, 2016 starting at 8am sharp.

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Meet Smokey Bear at Firefest Sept 24

Sit in a fire truck, escape from the Smoke House, wear fire fighting equipment, squirt fire hoses, watch the fire fighters compete, learn about fire resistant construction, and enjoy a Kiwanis BBQ at FireFest on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 10am to 3pm at Hard Rock Casino at Stateline.

You’ll also get to meet Smokey the Bear and Sparky the Fire Dog at this favorite annual South Lake Tahoe event.

I’m in!

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High Fives Bocce Tournament Sept 18 at Truckee River Winery

High Fives Foundation Bocce TournamentThe High Fives Non-Profit Foundation will host its annual Bocce Tournament at the Truckee River Winery on Sunday, September 18, 2016.

The cost to participate is $125 per two-person team. Space is limited to the first forty teams to register. Teams will compete for amazing prizes as well as bragging rights. read more →

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TOCCATA 9/11 Memorial Concert Sept 11-18

Christian Steiner Liz PitcairnTahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will conclude their 2015 Tahoe Summer MusicFest with a concert series beginning Sunday, September 11 in Reno. The concert series commemorates the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy.

The series features famed violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn performing Johannes Brahms’ Concerto for Violin in D major Op.77 on the legendary Red Stradivarius Violin.

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Reno Jazz Orchestra Presents Music of the Masters Sept 2 & 3

Clairdee Tahoe CulturePerforming the best of Cole Porter to Stevie Wonder, the Reno Jazz Orchestra’s 17-piece jazz band will present “Music of the Masters” – a live performance of blues, swing, and soul with award winning vocalists Jamie Davis and Clairdee on Friday, September 2 at the Robert Z Hawkins Amphitheatre in Reno, NV, and Saturday, September 3rd, at Sand Harbor State Park on the edge of Lake Tahoe’s north shore.

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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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Tahoe Star Tours with Astronomer Poet Tony Berendsen

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.

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Valhalla Arts, Music & Theatre Festival

Beppe small (photo Germano Pozzati)

The 37th season of the Valhalla Arts, Music & Theatre Festival, which runs from opening night June 22 through the finale on August 31, 2016 is ambitious and free rolling this year.

From high quality Americana & New Orleans roots music, to a Tony Award-winning wickedly pathological play to a jazz orchestra to immersive outdoor art camps for kids to an uplifting gospel sendoff, the creative arts offerings are plentiful and appealing to all ages. A very special event this year is the “Boathouse Theatre 20th Anniversary” fête.

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Music at the Lake Aug 16-21

Tahoe Culture Music SceneJoin The Lake Tahoe Music Festival 20-Piece Academy Orchestra as it presents a 5-day concert series. Beautiful music at lake-front and intimate settings on the west shore of Lake Tahoe, Tahoe City and Truckee. Bring your picnic, chair and wine for a wonderful evening of beautiful music.

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Renowned Poet to Lead Workshop in South Lake Tahoe Aug 11

Carolyn Forché Tahoe CultureAward-winning poet of witness and human rights advocate Carolyn Forché will lead a workshop on Aug. 11, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. in South Lake Tahoe. The intimate craft talk will be limited to 12 participants, who will work with Forché to strengthen their writing skills in a nurturing, fun and educational environment. The class fee is $100; participants will bring one poem for critique. The event is hosted by the Wordy Girls, a South Lake Tahoe-based writers’ organization, and a portion of the proceeds goes to fund writing camps for girls.

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Theodor Roosevelt: Chautauqua at LTCC Aug 13

Doug Mishler as Roosevelt Tahoe CultureStep back in time with some interesting characters and help The Lake Tahoe Historical Society with its annual fundraiser, Chautauqua at Lake Tahoe 2016. On Saturday, August 13th beginning at 5:15 pm at Lake Tahoe Community College, a company of talented players will entertain and educate you. Since it is the 100th anniversary of the National Park system, we have none other than—Theodore Roosevelt played by Doug Mishler.

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Full Moon Kayak Tour at Sugar Pine Point State Park August 18

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

Here’s your chance.  Join California State Park Rangers and West Shore Sports at Ed Z’berg- Sugar Pine Point State Park for a full moon kayak tour while learning about Tahoe’s unique history on August 18, 2016 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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