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

Tahoe Expedition Academy Summer Camps for Kids Ages 4-14

Tahoe Summer Camps Tahoe CultureTahoe Expedition Academy (TEA) has expanded the school’s Tahoe Summer Camps to include two innovative new camps: Summer Robotics Camp and Claytivity Art Camp. The new camps join TEA’s roster of weeklong summer camps blending outdoor adventure with academic and artistic learning.

Ranging from music and wilderness skills to rock climbing, pottery and robotics, Tahoe Summer Camps reflect TEA’s progressive model of using the outdoor world as a mechanism to stimulate learning, academic curiosity and character development. read more →

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Mom’s Morning Out at LTCC April 30

Lola Love of My LifeMoms of all ages are invited to enjoy a free morning of education, inspiration and relaxation on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the fifth annual Mom’s Morning Out on Saturday, April 30, from 8am to noon at Lake Tahoe Community College.

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

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LTCC’s Writers’ Series Welcomes Author Daniel Chacón May 13

daniel chacon Tahoe CultureThe Lake Tahoe Community College Writers’ Series welcomes novelist and short story writer Daniel Chacón on Friday, May 13 at 7 p.m. in LTCC’s library. Chacón will read selections from his works, answer audience questions about the writing process, and sign copies of his books, which will be available for sale. This event is sponsored by LTCC’s Equity Office, and is free and open to the public. read more →

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Annual Billy Dutton Uphill April 10

Each spring hundreds of Nordic skiers, snow shoers, and runners race up the mountain run in the Annual Billy Dutton Uphill, in honor of late local luminary, Billy Dutton.

Sunday, April 10th, marks the Annual Billy Dutton Uphill at Squaw Valley starting at 8am at the base of KT-22.

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Classical Tahoe July 26-Aug 13

Classical Tahoe Tahoe CultureFor 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. 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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Hoop Drum Workshop May 20-22

Mountain Gypsy Tahoe CultureThe Hoop Drum 3-day Workshop taking place May 20, 21, and 22, 2016, promises to be a wonderful event. Ann and her friend Davis Clay will be teaching this workshop working with the natural earth based traditions.
Soaking of hides with the sacred water from the Upper Truckee (the water that feeds our beautiful lake), creating our hoop drums out in the open air underneath the watchful gaze of Mt. Tallac.

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North Tahoe Arts’ Kids Art Camp July 11-29

As parents prepare for the summer months, finding the right camp to enroll their children in is often a top priority. North Tahoe Arts (NTA) located in Tahoe City, offers a hands-on art experience for elementary to middle school age youth and is taught by accomplished local artists and instructors who are passionate about the importance of art in a child’s development.

Two, week long morning sessions will take place at the Boys & Girls Club in Kings Beach July 18-22 and July 25-29.

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2016 Tahoe Rim Trail Youth Backcountry Camps

Map and compass orienteering. Wildlife, flora and fauna identification. Astronomy.

It’s all part of the Tahoe Rim Trail and Tahoe Institute for Natural Science youth backcountry summer camps. Get in tune with your senses and explore Tahoe with a wildlife tracker’s state of mind! This 3-day program will introduce teens (ages 12-14) to the wild inhabitants of the Tahoe Basin, how we can recognize their signs, scat, and learn why they can’t always be seen.

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Sugar Pine Plantings

Sugar-Pine-Planting-at-Lake-TahoeHelp the Sugar Pine Foundation plant healthy, fungus-resistant sugar pines at these upcoming community 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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Tahoe Truckee Earth Day April 16

Giant steps towards smaller footprints. The 2016 Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival is slated for Saturday, April 16, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Village at Squaw Valley.

This all ages, community-sponsored event gives participants an opportunity to learn about recycling, composting, alternative energy, sustainability, watershed and forest health, and reducing ecological footprints via a diverse array of agency representatives and earth-friendly vendors.  read more →

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Snow Golf Tournament at Alpine Meadows April 16

Only at Lake Tahoe. Alpine Meadows Ski Resort will host its annual Snow Golf Tournament on Saturday, April 16, 2016.

All competitors must wear skis or a snowboard to compete and navigate from hole to hole, but are allowed to remove one foot to drive, chip, and putt.  And it’s free – with your lift ticket.

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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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A Mothers Day Gift of Song May 6 at LTCC

Tahoe Choir Tahoe CultureThe LTCC Chorus and Tahoe Choir are proud to salute mother’s of all generations with its Spring 2016 Concert: A Mothers Day Gift of Song. The concert features music by Orlando di Lasso, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Thomas Morley, Antonio Vivaldi and many others. Concert dates are May 6th, 2016, 7:30 pm at the Duke Theater located at the Lake Tahoe Community College, One College Drive and May 8 (Mother’s Day), 2016, 3:00 PM at St. Theresa’s Church. Tickets may be purchased one hour before the performances at the box office, from choir members, or at the LTCC Bookstore. General admission is $10, Seniors (over 65) and students with ID are $8, and children under 5 are free.

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26th Annual Cushing Crossing April 30

elephantskiercushingcrossingThis wildly entertaining competition challenges local lunatics and gregarious guests to cross the vast and chilly waters of Lake Cushing (really it’s a pond) on skis, a snowboard or any ski or snowboard-based vessel.

Notorious for its colossal crashes, hilarious costumes, and ultra-creative pond skimming contraptions, the annual Cushing Crossing comes to the frigid waters of Squaw Valley on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 1 p.m.

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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.
Concerts will take place Friday evenings 6:00-8:30pm.

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South Lake Tahoe Earth Day April 23

Connect with community and honor mother Earth at the South Lake Tahoe Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 23, from 10am to 3pm at the Bijou Community Park.

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

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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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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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Gunbarrel 25 at Heavenly April 2

GB 25 Glen Plake by Heavenly Ski ResortDo laps all day with Glen Plake at his 9th annual mogul marathon on one of North America’s toughest black-diamond bump runs, Gunbarrel, at Heavenly in South Lake Tahoe.

GB25 takes place Saturday, April 2, 2016. ♦

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Heavenly Ski Patrol Fundraiser Party April 2

The Heavenly Ski Patrol Fundraiser Party will be held at the Hard Rock Hotel on Saturday, April 2, 2016 starting at 7pm.

The patrols have created a Circus theme with FREE beer (with purchase of beer stein), their world famous silent auction, Carnival games, Raffles for sweet prizes, Cotton candy, Clowns, Tricycle races, and Live Music.  You may even win a season pass for your $5 donation. Hang with the ski patrol and the Avalanche Rescue Dogs like Peak and Yuba for a good time and a great cause.

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First Fridays at Riverside Studios

Susie Alexander Wild Horses

Toast the fine art of living with local artists, live music and libations on the First Friday of each month at Riverside Studios in downtown Truckee, where art and culture intersect.

Meet painter Susie Alexander on April 1st, who uses her art to support Wild horse preservation leagues and Wild horse sanctuaries.

Riverside Studios art gallery includes a strong collection of artwork from local artists from around Lake Tahoe and Truckee, all hand crafted.

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The Passion According to St. Matthew by J. S. Bach with TOCCATA March 18-25

TOCCATA Tahoe cultureTo celebrate Easter, J.S.Bach’s Passion According to St. Matthew will be presented by TOCCATA – The Orchestra and Community Choral Artists of the Tahoe Area – March 18-25, 2016.

Here’s your chance to experience what many consider to be Bach’s greatest masterpiece, the Passion of Christ, by our own local musicians.

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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.

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Alpine Meadows Free Spring Music Series

Alpine Spring Music Series Tahoe CultureNow Alpine Meadows’ great spring skiing just got better.  A local tradition to celebrate Lake Tahoe’s incredible spring skiing conditions, and another reason to party, the Spring Music Series takes place Saturdays from 1pm to 4pm, March 26, 2016 – April 23, 2016.

All concerts are free and family friendly.

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Bears Upstairs at North Tahoe Arts

Keep Tahoe Bearable.

Learn how to live with, protect and respect these marvelous creatures at the North Tahoe Arts Center.  The BEAR League is offering lots of educational information about our furry friends at the art center, and there will be a bear’s den to explore. This exhibit is meant to celebrate our bears and promote bear awareness to educate our community how to live in harmony with bears. read more →

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SnowFest! March 3-13, 2016

It’s been going on since 1982, with wacky and wild years of mountain culture, Tahoe Style.

SnowFest is North Lake Tahoe’s 10 day winter carnival.

SnowFest takes place March 3-13, 2016 throughout North Lake Tahoe and Truckee.  Don’t miss the Tahoe City Snowfest parade, Polar Plunge, Wacky Winter Bowling or the Stand Up Paddle Race.

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The GREAT Ski Race March 6

The Great Ski Race in North Lake TahoeThe fastest time to ski from Tahoe City to Truckee is 1 hour and 7 minutes to race 30 kilometers or 18.43 miles. Shizam! It all began in 1976 with only 66 racers.

Today, thousands of skiers participate in The GREAT Ski Race to raise money for the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team. Don’t miss the largest Nordic ski race west of the Mississippi on Sunday, March 6th starting at 9am. read more →

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Community Soup Nights March 9-April 6

Bone Broth by Victoria LaFontSlow Food Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Food Hub present the fifth series of Community Soup Nights this Spring on March 9th at Full Belly Deli, March 23rd at Red Truck, and April 6th at Fifty Fifty Brewing Company.

Community Soup Nights bring family and friends together to enjoy a warm, affordable and delicious meal made from fresh, local and sustainably sourced ingredients. read more →

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Kings Beach Snowfest Parade March 12

Kings Beach Snowfest Parade

The annual Kings Beach Snowfest Parade will take place on Saturday, March 12, 11:30am – 12:30pm along Highway 28 starting at Secline Street and ending at Coon Street. North Tahoe Business Association hosts this fun-filled parade featuring entries from 25 community non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, service groups and local businesses.

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I-Did-A-Run at Tahoe Donner March 13

Tahoe Donner I Did A Run Tahoe CutlureIt’s time for dogs to show off their skills!

On Sunday, March 13, 2016, Snowfest returns to Tahoe Donner with the annual I-Did-A-Run event.  This is the chance every dog dreams of – a moment to show off their skills and shine in the spotlight. Dogs of all shapes and sizes will compete in this entertaining timed dog pull race.

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Pain McShlonkey Classic at Squaw March 19

Get your saucers ready for the annual Pain McShlonkey Classic event at Squaw on Saturday, March 19, 2016.

This action packed on and off-mountain event will serve as a hilarious tribute to legendary skier Shane McConkey as pros and amateurs battle for the highly coveted Golden Saucer trophy and bragging rights.

Celebrated for his playful spirit, McConkey was the mastermind behind the original Pain McShlonkey Open that debuted in 2003.

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Lake Tahoe Dance Collective Winter Repertory March 18-20

Erik Wagner, photo courtesy of Bern Ballet

Erik Wagner, photo courtesy of Bern Ballet

Lake Tahoe Dance Collective (LTDC) opens its 2016 season with the 8th Annual Winter Repertory, coming to the Tahoe Art Haus March 18-20. The performance celebrates diversity in dance with three new creations, while honoring the classicism of yesterday.

Collaboration with dance-makers lies at the heart of LTDC’s Winter Repertory. This year’s program includes the dazzling classic Paquita featuring guest Jakob Pringle (Ballet West), and new works by Jacqueline Lopez (Ballet Nacional de Mexico), Erik Wagner (San Francisco Ballet, Bern Ballet) and LTDC’s own Isabella Terrazas.

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Free Talk on Renewable Energy at LTCC March 2

Tahoe Culture Cars on the RunThe Lake Tahoe Community College Foundation’s Speaker Spotlight Series continues on Wednesday, March 2 at 6 p.m. in the Board/Aspen Room when renewable energy expert Dr. Eric Munsing presents, “Cars that Run on Sunshine: Making Electricity Greener.”

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

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Heart Rhythms Conscious Dance with Ann Thennes

The Mountain Gypsy, Ann Thennes, hosts her magical annual Conscious Dance at Marcia Sarosiks Dance Studio Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at 7am.

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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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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Best Selling Author Steven Kotler at Resort at Squaw Creek April 2

Steven KotlerBack by popular demand, The Squaw Valley Institute presents best selling author Steven Kotler at the Resort at Squaw Creek on April 2, 2016 at 6:30PM. Kotler’s presentation features insights and theories presented in his and co-author Peter H. Diamandis’ new book Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World.

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Annual Snowshoe Thompson Cross Country Ski, Snowshoe Tour March 5

From 1856 to 1876 Snowshoe Thompson made 90 mile ski treks over snowdrifts up to 50 feet high through blizzards with 80 mph winds, to deliver mail between California and Nevada over the Sierra Nevada.

Try longboards and learn about our legendary mountain man at the Annual Snowshoe Thompson Tour on Saturday, March 5th at Hope Valley.  The fun starts at 9am and please wear your best 1850s outfit.

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Dancing With The Tahoe Stars: A Fundraiser for TAP March 5

TAP Dancing with the Tahoe StarsTickets are on sale now for the annual Dancing With The Tahoe Stars, a fund raiser for Tahoe Arts Project. This very special event will take place on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 6:30 pm at the MontBleu Theater. read more →

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Women’s Spring Awakening Dance Retreat March 17

Ann Thennes Tahoe CultureThe Bear in our Bones spring awakening conscious dance retreat presented by Davis Clay and Ann Thennes takes place on Thursday, March 17, 10am-4pm at Camp Galilee.
What a beautiful way to greet Spring on the shores of Lake Tahoe.

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Take the plunge March 19 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 Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday, March 19th at Zephyr Cove Resort in South Shore.

And it’s for a great cause.

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Banff Mountain Film Festival March 28

Ignite your passion for adventure, action, and travel. The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories.  Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters and climb the highest peaks.

Don’t miss their story and other epic mountain films on March 28 at MontBleu Resort.

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Sacred Dance Workshops with Ann

Our favorite local dancer, Ann Thennes, aka the Mountain Gypsy is holding two dance workshops to help us open to our Sacred Dance, learning its purpose and place in our lives.

You will be dancing in a sacred, supportive sanctuary. Women from all walks of life gathering together, dancing in this time honored ancient way. read more →

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Tibetan Monks Host Teachings, Healing Meditation & Family Cultural Events April 1-6

Tiben Monks at Mt. ShastaTibetan monks from the Gaden Shartse Monastery will be visiting South Lake Tahoe, April 1-6 at Blue Angle Café—1132 Ski Run Blvd, with a full schedule of ancient and colorful participatory activities, Dharma talks, meditations, and cultural rituals to promote inner healing. All events are donation based and all proceeds will go towards funding the construction of the Phukhang College House at Gaden Shartse, which houses over 600 exiled monks in the Tibetan Refugee Zone in India.

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival March 31

Valley UprisingPresented by the Sierra Nevada Alliance, South Tahoe Earth Day Committee & Patagonia Lake Tahoe, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a benefit for the Sierra Nevada Alliance & the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership at Mont Bleu on March 31, 2016.

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Meet the Squaw Avalanche Dogs March 24

Murphy and Eric by Keoki FlaggMeet our local heroes on March 24, 2016 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm for a fundraiser at North Tahoe Visitor Center.

Learn about avalanche awareness, and how the Squaw Valley Rescue Dogs save lives.  Bring your camera and take a photo with the dogs and donate $5 to help fund Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows Avalance Search and Rescue dogs.  Show your support for these amazing pups! read more →

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Alpenglow Mountain Festival February 20-28

LT Snow Bike Challenge at Alpen Glow Backcountry biking.com phtoto

Driven by fun, community, health, education and the embodiment of the mountain lifestyle, the Alpenglow Mountain Festival held February 20-28, 2016 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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John Rice and Brothers perform at Sierra-at-Tahoe Feb 27-28

John-Rice-singing-at-SierraJohn Rice, GM of Sierra-at-Tahoe, will perform in the Sierra Pub on February 27-28 with The Rice Brothers from 2:30 to 5:30 following the Huck Cup, the 2016 Freeride World Qualifying event.

The live show is free and sure to help you work out those tired ski muscles.  The 2-star Freeride World Tour Qualifying event, presented by Subaru, will take place in Sierra’s famous Huckleberry Canyon featuring top tier athletes (men + women) as they throw down their best lines to compete for a $5,000 cash purse and to earn points for the Freeride World Tour.

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DRAWN: The Art of Ascent at Tahoe Art Haus Feb 27

Jeremy Collins_painting inYosemite_JamesQMartinThe Alpenglow Mountain Festival, a nine-day celebration of human-powered mountain sports, concludes its four-part film offering on Saturday, February 27th with a special screening of “DRAWN, the Art of Ascent,” with noted author and filmmaker Jeremy Collins.

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

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Natural History Snowshoe Tour Feb 28

Join the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS) for a Natural History Snowshoe trek on February 28, 2016 from 9 am to 12 pm.

This short and scenic hike will take you through Paige Meadows, encompassing an open meadow, lodgepole pine forests, and scenic vistas. Along the way, Dr. Will Richardson will discuss natural history issues related to winter ecology, namely how various animals and plants cope with the short days, heavy snows, and freezing temperatures associated with winter in Tahoe.

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Black Tie & Tails Raises Big Bucks for Dogs and Cats

Tahoe and Truckee locals adore their dogs. Many claim they’re better than people…

The Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe’s eighth annual Black Tie & Tails event was a huge success last month with nearly 330 guests and 100 dogs in attendance.  An impressive $105,000 was raised for the organization that works on the front lines to assist homeless pets in the region. read more →

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