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

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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Friday Morning Dance with Ann Thennes July 6-Aug 17

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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Free Lakeview Commons Summer Music June 23-Aug 25

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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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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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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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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Shakespeare Festival July 8-Aug 21

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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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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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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Tahoe Star Tours with Astronomer Poet Tony Berendsen June 16-Sept 3

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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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. Join the Fleischmann Planetarium for stargazing on July 22 at 8:30pm.

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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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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Conversations with History at Vikingsholm Castle Aug 3

“Conversations with History” on August 3rd 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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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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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 June 14 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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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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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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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 starting on Friday, June 17 at Kings Beach State Recreation Area through September 2, 2016.
It kicks off tonight with the Blues Monsters.
Concerts will take place Friday evenings 6:00-8:30pm.

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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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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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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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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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Docent-led Hikes at Carpenter Valley June 11-Aug 21

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 June 11 or 26, July 23 or 31, or Aug 13 or 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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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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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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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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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 this Labor Day weekend 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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Tahoe WordWave Oct 9-11

Garth Stein at Word Wave

WordWave, a three-day festival held on the grounds of Valhalla at the Tallac Historic Site returns to South Lake Tahoe Oct. 21 – 23. This literary mash-up will feature oral storytelling, theater performances and free readings, panels on craft, and a novel writing camp for kids. Highlights include a staged reading of the WordWave one-act playwriting contest winners, a Maker’s Station demo with bookbinding, letterpress printing, found poetry and art.
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Landscape Photography with Terry Nathan July 16 at Hope Valley

Peeler-Lake-B-Terry-NathanFrom dramatic fall colors to rugged mountain cliffs, the Hope Valley region located about 17-miles south of Lake Tahoe, offers varied and stunning photographic opportunities.

Learn to capture Lake Tahoe”s grandeur at this one-day photography workshop with award-winning photographer and UC Davis professor Terry Nathan on July 16, 2016, from 9am – 1pm at Sorensen’s Resort.

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Sugar Pine Plantings and Watering Aug 2-18

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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Taste & Listen Pop Up Dinner at Stella July 15

photostellachefdesserts1Enjoy an artistic interpretation of a multi-continent inspired cuisine choreographed to live music creating an unforgettable dining experience.

On Friday, July 15, 2016, starting at 6:00 – 9:00pm, local Trails & Vistas artist, Nancy Tieken Lopez, and the Stella Kitchen Team lead by Chef Ben Knox of The Cedar House Sport Hotel will create a Pop Up Dinner exhibition titled “Taste & Listen.” 

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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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Canoe Blessing July 9 at Lakeview Commons

Kawai’ulu ‘O Tahoe Canoe Club is having a canoe blessing ceremony on Saturday, July 9th at 10am at Lakeview Commons in South Lake Tahoe.  Join the club and Hawaiian and Native American elders for a special ceremonial dance, including hula dancers and ukulele players.

A potluck and canoe rides will follow ceremony. read more →

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Art, Wine & Music Festival at Squaw July 9-10

Squaw Valley’s village will burst with color, taste, and sound as fine artists, crafts makers, performers and musicians come to participate in this fun, two-day annual event on July 9 and 10, 2016. The Art, Wine & Music Festival features wine tasting from 2-5 pm both days, two performance stages, restaurants, shops, and walkways lined with fine art booths and exhibits.

All proceeds from the event benefit Achieve Tahoe, whose mission is to provide affordable inclusive physical and recreational activities that build health and confidence.

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Friends of Hope Valley Work Day and Benefit June 11-12

Friends of Hope ValleyJoin the Friends of Hope Valley on its annual work party day on Saturday, June 11th  9:00AM at Pickett’s Junction.

This is a day for all ages and abilities to participate in. Workers will meet at Pickett’s junction (corner of Hwy 88 and Hwy 89) in beautiful Hope Valley to connect with the work party of choice. read more →

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Native Species Festival Taylor Creek June 12

Learn about native plants, birds and animals at the Native Species Festival presented by the USFS from 10am-4pm on June 12 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.

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Cultural Land Tours June 10 Waddle Ranch

Trails and Vistas Waddle RanchCultural Land Tours are a new collaboration with Trails & Vistas and the Land Trust for extraordinary adventures combining art, history, and the environment led by K.V. Van Lom with the Land Trust.

The Waddle Ranch Preserve guided tour on June 10th from 8:30 to 1 pm takes guests through magnificent forests to Lake Ella where guests can hike, enjoy birding and a peaceful setting as plein air painter, Jackson Lain, captures the scenery, and local Tahoe musician Angele Thibodeau performs.  read more →

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LTCC Taste of Gold fundraiser July 9

The Lake Tahoe Community College hosts an evening of food, wine and world class entertainment at their summer event, The Taste of Gold.

It will be held in the Demonstration Garden at the Ledbetter Terrace on Saturday, July 9, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

All proceeds benefit the LTCC Foundation, which supports student scholarships and academic programs. read more →

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Truckee Duckee Derbee benefits Humane Society June 12

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 12, 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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Stories of Research at Lake Tahoe with Dr. Charles Goldman June 21

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 Tuesday, June 21 at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences in Incline Village, Nevada (on the campus of Sierra Nevada College) .

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Historic Emigrant Trail Trek through Hope Valley

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 15-16, 2016. 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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TOCCATA Summer Music Fest June 12-Sept 18

TOCCATA-Rhapsody-in-Tahoe-Blue

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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Thunderbird Paddling Festival June 11

Paddlers and Tahoe Keepers will gather at Sand Harbor State Park on the east shore for the annual Thunderbird Paddling Festival on Saturday, June 11, 2016.

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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