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

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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Friday Morning Dance with Ann Thennes

The Mountain Gypsy, Ann Thennes, hosts her magical Morning Dance Jorney at Marcia Sarosiks Dance Studio on Fridays from 7am to 8:10am.  Then, from 8:30 – 9:30 am pilates!

This session starts July 6 and runs thru Aug.17, 2016.

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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Sugar Pine Plantings and Watering Events

Sugar-Pine-Planting-at-Lake-TahoeHelp the Sugar Pine Foundation plant healthy, fungus-resistant sugar pines at these upcoming planting and watering 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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Kitchen Kids & Pope House Tours at Tallac Historic Site

Tahoe Culture children's garden partyWhile the Washoe were the first to enjoy the shores of the present day Tallac Historic Site, three of the original luxurious estates erected between 1890 and 1921 still remain today, and play host to special events and tours to learn about the “Era of Opulence” in South Lake Tahoe.

Kids can cook up a storm using old fashioned recipes during Kitchen Kids, while adults can join Anita Baldwin for some light refreshments and hear stories about the Tallac Casino and Resort, the first casino built in Lake Tahoe, and sip bubbly with Mrs. Pope on the porch. read more →

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Historic Bus Tour with Mark McLaughlin,”Storm King” Aug 5

He is a walking encyclopedia of Tahoe-Truckee history and a captivating storyteller.

Local historian and author, Mark McLaughlin, will host a bus load of history lovers on a tour of Donner Pass to Rainbow Bridge and the transcontinental railroad tunnels on Friday, August 5, 2016 starting at 9am.

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Concours d’Elegance August 12-13

Lake Tahoe Concours d'EleganceExotic wooden boats mark our nautical history in style especially during this favorite event where you can drool over 70 of the finest and rarest wooden boats in the world.

Obexer’s Boat Company, home of the first wooden boat dealership on Lake Tahoe, will be the site of the annual Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance, August 12 and 13, 2016.

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Ta-hoe Nalu Paddle Festival Aug 12-14

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 12 through 14h.

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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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Annual Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest at Squaw August 13 and 14

Earles of Newtown photo by Waking Crow at Waking Crow Studios — at The National Hotel

Earles of Newtown photo by Waking Crow at Waking Crow Studios

It’s going to be the funkiest place around, especially with the Earles of Newtown.

Two days of explosive musical talent takes over The Village at Squaw Valley on August 13 and 14, 2016  during the Annual Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest. Festival goers can listen to continuous live jazz and funk music on two stages while sampling more than 30 brews. read more →

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Shakespeare Festival

A long standing tradition for more than 40 years, this timeless festival presents Shakespeare under the stars on the lake shore.

The festival runs July 8 through August 21, 2016 at Sand Harbor State Park featuring The Comedy of Errors – a double dose of laughter, and Forever Plaid – a pitch-perfect, jukebox musical. read more →

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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 9, 2016 through August 18, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Free Sunday Concerts on Commons Beach

SamBaDa-at-Commons-Beach-Concerts1Head to Commons Beach in the heart of Tahoe City for a free Sunday Concert on August 28th featuring the Boca Do Rio from 4pm to 7pm.

These fun, community gatherings feature both local acts and touring artists.  Everyone is welcome and picnics are encouraged. Low-back chairs only, please.  Sorry, no pets allowed.

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Fallen Leaf Lake History Hike August 15

Anita Baldwin Chimney Tahoe CultureFollow local historians on a history hike at Fallen Leaf Lake.  You’ll learn about the history of the lake, and some of the unique personalities who spent time living here, and visit the ruins of the Anita Baldwin Estate.  Bring a bag lunch, water, camera, sunscreen and good hiking shoes.

Meet at the Gatekeeper’s Museum on August 15, 2016 at 9 am when you’ll car pool to South Lake Tahoe. read more →

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Venerable Losang Samten at Lake Tahoe Aug 18-24

Venerable Losang Samten, Tibetan scholar, spiritual teacher, and artist will share teachings of loving-kindness, joy, compassion, and the path to enlightenment throughout Tahoe August 18-24, 2016.

Classes often include a talk, guided meditation, and discussion.

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Peaks and Paws Festival at Squaw Aug 27

Sender Bell of Sierra Ski and Cycle WorksThe dog days of summer will be on full display during the annual Peaks and Paws Festival at Squaw on Saturday, August 27, 2016 to raise money for the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe.

Dogs and their people can enjoy two stages of live  music, a pet themed vendor village, dog-friendly hikes, complimentary dog treats and activities specially designed for furry friends.

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Docent-led Hikes at Carpenter Valley

Carpenter ValleyThe Truckee Donner Land Trust invites you to see what all the excitement is about with our latest project. Join us for a docent-led tour of Carpenter Valley on August 13 and 21.

Carpenter Valley is one of the least known and most spectacular places in the northern Sierra. It has been in private ownership since the late 19th century.

The Truckee Donne

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The Ghost of Mark Twain in IV Aug 26

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.”

The Ghost of Mark Twain at Tahoe played by McAvoy Lane is a cultural romp through the stories and lore of Mark Twain and his time in the Lake Tahoe on August 26 at Starbucks in Incline Village, presented by the Incline Village Crystal Bay Historical Society.  Yes, Starbucks – I can hear Twain now.

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Free Live Music at Kings Beach Fridays

Music-on-the-Beach Tahoe Culture

Enjoy free, live music performances featuring a variety of genres at Music on the Beach 2016 on Fridays at Kings Beach State Recreation Area through September 2, 2016 from 6:00-8:30pm.
Don’t miss Miss Lonely Hearts band on August 19th.

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Free Lakeview Commons Summer Music

live-at-lakeviewLast one tonight!  Grab your bike and buddies and head to Lakeview Commons at El Dorado Beach every Thursday evening June 23rd-August 25th from 4:30-8:30 pm  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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Music on the Beach Fundraiser for Tahoe Arts Project August 25

Niall McGuinness, Trey Stone and John Shipley will perform live at the Music on the Beach fundraiser for the Tahoe Arts Project on Thursday, August 25, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Tahoe Lakeshore Lodge in South Lake Tahoe.

Suggested donation is just $10 per person to see these three local legends while you support art programs for local school children.

See you there.

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Lake of the Sky Amphitheater Summer Shows

The Lake of the Sky Amphitheater summer evening programs at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center take place Friday nights in July and August. Learn about Tahoe bats, yes bats, on Friday, August 26th at 8pm.

You’ll learn about our history and nature including Mark Twain, Tahoe Bats, Beavers of Taylor Creek, Birds of Tahoe and other Wild Things.  Your $5 donation supports the Tahoe Heritage Foundation and the Taylor Creek’s Summer Speaker Series. read more →

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Tahoe Star Tours Tribute to Carl Sagan Sept 1-3

A sizzling alpenglow sunset sets the stage followed by a pitch black sky that illuminates the stars and planets.  It’s the perfect venue for a tribute to Carl Sagan.

Join star guide and poet Tony Berendsen of Tahoe Star Tours, as he honors Dr. Sagan during a fascinating night of science, poetry, and star gazing at Northstar on September 1, 2 and 3, 2016. 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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Celtic Music Sessions Wednesday Nights at MCPs

Sean CummingsLake Tahoe is well known for many things, but Celtic music?

Now you can jam with other Celtic musicians every Wednesday night at McP’s Taphouse Grill with Sean Cummings, “The Tahoe Bagpiper.”

Sean brings over 30 years performing experience and seven generations of clan tradition playing the music of the Scottish Highland Bagpipe.

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Free Bluesdays on Tuesdays at Squaw thru Sept 6

Shane Dwight bluesfestivalguideYou’ll be singing the blues on Tuesdays when acts from all over the country appear on stage at The Village at Squaw and High Camp during the free weekly Bluesdays through September 6, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The popular and free outdoor concert series features acclaimed blues musicians, delicious grab-and-go bites, and a Blues Bar serving beer, wine and spirits.  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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Alpine Aspen Festival Oct 8-9

Dutch Oven CookingThe alpine Watershed Group  (a 501c3 nonprofit group) is creating Alpine Aspen Festival on October 8-9, 2016 to celebrate fall colors and education folks on conservation. Activities vary of hikes to plein air painting all hosted by locals. All proceeds go to the Alpine County Watershed Group.
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TOCCATA Summer Music Fest June 12-Sept 18

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Tahoe Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus proudly announces its 11th SUMMER MusicFest June 12-Sept 18, 2016 with the kickoff series Go4Baroque, featuring Josue Casillas, principal flutist with the Puerto Rico Symphony. read more →

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Trails & Vistas Art Hikes Sept 10 & 18

This year’s Trails & Vistas Art Hikes on September 10 and 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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Sample the Sierra Farm to Fork Festival Sept 17

Those searching for an inclusive and unique experience should look no further than Sample the Sierra, South Lake Tahoe’s farm to fork festival that showcases local restaurants, farmers, artists, wineries, breweries and more.

The festival will take place at Bijou Community Park on September 17 from noon to 5pm focusing on the rich heritage and bounty of the region while highlighting the talent that resides in the Sierra Nevada.

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Alpen Wine Festival for Can Do Multiple Sclerosis Sept 4 at Squaw

“Focus on what you CAN DO” – Jimmie Heuga.

Wine aficionados will sip fine vintages to help raise money for Can Do MS, formerly The Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis, on Sunday, September 4, from 2-5 p.m. at The Village at Squaw Valley.

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Conversations with History at Vikingsholm Castle Sept 1

“Conversations with History” on September 1, 2016 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.

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Classical Tahoe July 26-Aug 13

Classical Tahoe Tahoe CultureTalk about class act. For its 5th season, Classical Tahoe, formerly Lake Tahoe SummerFest, brings together 40 nationally recognized musicians to Lake Tahoe for a three-week festival beginning July 26 through Aug. 13, 2016.

Under the direction of Conductor and Artistic Director Joel Revzen, the 11-concert series is designed to support Tahoes cultural growth while bringing together an all-star assembly of musicians from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, LA Phil, Reno Phil and other exceptional orchestras throughout the world.  read more →

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Wildflowers of the Sierra Walk July 22

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 July 22, 2016 from 9 am – 2 pm.

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South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic July 29-30

Indulge in a classic Tahoe tradition July 29 and 30 at the Tahoe Keys Marina in South Lake Tahoe during the antique wooden boat show.

Along with the mixture of masterfully restored boats, you’ll also find live music, a beer tasting village and lots of food and family-friendly events.

 

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Wa She Shu It Deh Native American Arts Festival July 30-31

The Washoe are the original inhabitants of Da ow aga (Lake Tahoe) and all the lands surrounding it. Tahoe is a mispronunciation of Da ow, meaning “lake.” Washoe ancestral territory consists of a nuclear area with Lake Tahoe at its heart, and a peripheral area that was frequently shared with neighboring tribes.

The Washoe will re-unite at the Tallac Historic Site in South Lake Tahoe on July 30-31 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm to honor their culture and heritage during their annual Wa She Shu It’ Deh Native American Arts Festival. read more →

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Tahoe Improv Players at Valhalla Aug 2

Tahoe Culture Tahoe Improv PlayersThe audience calls out suggestions. A group of actors who enjoy walking a theatrical tight rope, improvise a scene on the spot.

The audience laughs and then the actors do it again, and the audience laughs again…you get the picture. And so it will go during a night of improvisation theater with Tahoe Improv Players on August 2nd, 2016 at 7:30 pm at Valhalla Tahoe. read more →

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Carolyn Dolan with Reno Jazz Orchestra at Valhalla August 3

CarolynDolanBand Tahoe CultureHer ability to cross many genres of music has made her very versatile and in demand as a professional singer, harmonica player and performer.  Listen to the soulful sounds of Carolyn Dolan with members of the Reno Jazz Orchestra at Valhalla Boathouse Theatre on August 3 at 7:30pm.

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Wanderlust at Squaw July 14-17

Sahasrara Chakra Meditation WanderlustThis is an experience that will get into your mind, body and soul.  Regardless of what starts you on your path, Wanderlust is an experience that will leave you different than when you came — with new ideas, new friends, newly-discovered abilities, and greater peace.

Join a remarkable group of yoga and meditation instructors, musical performers, speakers, artists and chefs for a transformational retreat at Squaw Valley, July 14-17, 2016. read more →

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Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots and Rogues Gary Noy July 21

SierraStories405“Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots and Rogues” is a fantastical journey about unusual and lesser-known stories of Sierra Nevada history.  Written by Sierra Nevada College historian and Sierra Nevada native Gary Noy, some stories are adventurous, some are horrifying, some are inventive, but all are fascinating windows into our history in the breathtaking Range of Light.

Meet Gary at the Gatekeepers Museum July 21 at 4pm for a free talk.

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Lake Tahoe Dance Festival July 27-29

Lake Tahoe Dance Festival

The annual Lake Tahoe Dance Festival takes place July 27-29, 2016 at Gatekeepers Museum.  The festival opens on Wednesday, July 27 with the Gala Opening Night Celebration, where audiences enjoy dinner catered by Crest Cafe, table seating, and a silent auction in collaboration with Trunk Show. Dancers return to the stage July 28 and 29 for the festival’s two Main Stage Performances, for which attendees are encouraged to bring picnic blankets or low back chairs. VIP tables for the Main Stage Performances are also available.

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Living History Day at Ehrman Mansion July 30

This only happens once a year. Ehrman Mansion will be open to the public for free on Saturday, July 30, from 11AM to 3PM, during Living History Day.

Here’s your chance to step back in time and relive life at the lake as it was in the 1930s, at one of the most scenic spots along the west shore of Lake Tahoe, and one of our most famous houses.

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South Lake Tahoe Library Events

Todd Borg at South Lake Tahoe LibraryCheck 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.

Written by Dennis Haer.

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