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

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.

Bona Fide events feature community, peculiarities and a wholesome good time.

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Inspired Adventures at Kindred Art and Folk Institute Feb 16-19

Kindred Art and Folk InstituteNeed some inspiration over the Ski Skate Week?

Kindred Art and Folk Institute has amazing full day sessions to share. Join us for full day sessions that includes a main project, a hike, cooking and everything creative each day.

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Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care presentation Jan 29

Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care Tahoe BearTom and Cheryl Millham of Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care will be the guest speakers at the Tahoe Area Sierra Club meeting on January 29, 2015 at 7pm at Unity at the Lake Center. The presentation is free and open to the public.

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Tahoe Dance Band at Senior Center Last Friday Every Month

Tahoe Dance BandPut on your dancing shoes and boogie, swing or trot with the 17-piece Tahoe Dance Band on the last Friday of every month at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center.

The Tahoe Dance Band plays the standards and classics for both your dancing and listening pleasure including fox trots, waltzes, tangos, swing and polkas.   Click here to listen to them now! read more →

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Forrest Day at LT Golf Course Jan 23

Forrest Day Tahoe CultureOn Friday, January 23, the FNCTN Winter Music Series will rock the Clubhouse inside the Lake Tahoe Golf Course with Forrest Day. Big Sticky Mess, a funky jam band from Davis, CA will open up the show with other entertainment including live painting, local sponsor and non-profit organization booths and sponsor giveaways. read more →

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K2: Siren of the Himalayas Jan 23

K2 Siren of the Himalayas Tahoe Culture

On January 23rd at 7:00 pm, you can watch K2: Siren of the Himalayas at Lake of the Outfitters at the Y in South Lake Tahoe.

Four world-class alpinists team up in a dangerous foray of high altitude mountaineering in this breathtaking documentary. The film follows an attempt to reach the summit of the world’s most challenging peak on the 100-year anniversary of the Duke of Abruzzi’s landmark K2 expedition.

 

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SAC Avalanche Awareness Presentation at LTCC Jan 16

Lake Tahoe Backcountry SkiingThe Sierra Avalanche Center is kicking off their Avalanche Awareness and Inspiration series at the Lake Tahoe Community College on Friday, January 16, 2015 at 7pm. Snow nerd extraordinaire Travis Feist will be talking avalanches and globetrotting adventurer Todd Offenbacher will be sharing stories and images from skiing in both the Arctic and Antarctica. read more →

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Global Warming Presentation at SLT Library January 27

Central Pacific Railroad tunnel No. 6 along the muddy banks of the Sacramento River near Lakeshore Drive in Lakehead has become visible due to Lake Shasta’s low lake levels.

FIRE AND WATER, How Global Warming is Changing California’s Weather and a Bipartisan Solution will be held Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 from 5:30 – 8:00 P.M. at the South Lake Tahoe Library.  California has been hit hard by drought and wildfires in recent years. These events have left many Californians wondering, is this extreme weather linked to global warming, and what can we expect for the future?

This image on right shows a visible Central Pacific Railroad tunnel No. 6 along the muddy banks of the Sacramento River near Lakeshore Drive in Lakehead due to Lake Shasta’s low lake levels.  Read more at http://www.redding.com/news/relics-exposed-lake-shasta

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Sugar Pine Foundation Children’s Book at SLT Library Jan 31

Stellers Jay in Sugar Pine Tahoe CultlureTo raise money for The Sugar Pine Foundation, hear the story about The Happiest Tree in the Forest, a new children’s book about the sugar pine trees of Lake Tahoe at the South Lake Tahoe Library, Saturday Jan 31 at 11am.

You’ll meet author Michelle McLean and illustrator Ana Valdez at this fun and educational story time at our home town library.

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2015 South Lake Tahoe Library Events

Check out the free literary and cultural events for 2015 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, join a Lego building party, and attend work shops and readings presented by local community members who know reading binds our community, and the world.

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Kiwanis Mid-Winter Beach Party and Crab Feed Jan 30

It’s been a South Lake Tahoe tradition for 33 years and a major fundraiser for local charities.

The Kiwanis Sunrisers’ Annual Mid-Winter Beach Party and Crab Feed will be held Jan 30, 2015 at Harrah’s.

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Winter Wilderness Survival Workshop with TNSRT at Sorensen’s Jan 10

Tahoe Nordic Search and RescueHopefully, you’ll never need to know what to do if you get lost out in a Sierra winter. But it’s better to know what to do just in case.

Members of the nonprofit, all-volunteer Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team (TNSRT) will lead an easy snowshoe and cross-country ski trek to cover planning and preparation, proper dress and equipment, emergency shelters, etc on Saturday January 10, 2015 from 10am – 12pm at Sorensen’s in Hope Valley.

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”We’re Jammin’: Bob Marley’s take on Life and Love” at SNC Jan 9

On Jan. 9, community members will explore relationships through the song lyrics of Bob Marley with Dr. Kim Bateman as part of the engaging Sierra College Insights series held on the Tahoe-Truckee campus.

From the blissful state of “One Love” to the impetus to “Get Up, Stand Up, Stand Up for Your Rights,” many people have experienced relationships that transition from oneness to separation.

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An Evening with Skier Meghan Kelly at Tahoe Arts Haus & Cinema Jan 9

An Evening with Skier Meghan Kelly at Tahoe Arts Haus & Cinema Jan 9On the evening of Friday, January 9th at Tahoe Art Haus, Tahoe freeskier Meghan Kelly will entertain the North Tahoe community with a 2014 sailing and skiing expedition that began in Iceland and finished along the rugged southwest coast of Greenland. The trip was created in cooperation with the Climate Reality Project and Polar Bears International in order to document the severe climate change of the region.

Along the way Kelly and her team sought out first descents in a rarely accessible winter zone.   read more →

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“Collage” by Truckee High School Drama Club Jan 8-10

Fall Play Tahoe CultureMembers of the Truckee High School Drama Club have been rehearsing a collection of scenes and monologues, for months now and they are ready to share them with the community in a series of evening performances January 8, 9, and 10, 2015 at 7pm.

Works will include a number of monologues written by the actors themselves, as well as one-act plays and scenes. Refreshments will be on sale during intermission and there will also be raffle items available.  read more →

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Winter Trails Day at Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area January 10

The 20th annual Winter Trails Day will be held January 10, 2015 at Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area in North Lake Tahoe.

Winter Trails Day is a nationwide event that celebrates snow sports and gives those new to snow sports the chance to try snowshoeing and cross country skiing for free, and to discover the great fitness and social benefits associated with these winter activities. Whether you are a novice or an expert, join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for one of two scheduled guided snowshoe hikes. read more →

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Adventurer Mike Libecki at Squaw Jan 15

Cory photo of Mike Libecki, rock climberOn Thursday, January 15th, 2014 Mike Libecki, rock climber of international fame and a National Geographic nominee for “Adventurer of the Year,” continues the series at Squaw Valley’s world-famous Olympic Village Lodge.

Now in it’s 9th year, the Alpenglow Sports Winter Film Series has become a staple seasonal event for North Tahoe’s skiing and climbing community. read more →

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Alpenglow Mountain Festival Feb 21-Mar 1

LT Snow Bike Challenge at Alpen Glow Backcountry biking.com phtotoThe Alpenglow Mountain Festival takes place February 21 through March 1 throughout North Lake Tahoe to showcase our Tahoe Mountain Culture through human-powered mountain sports, events, clinics, equipment demos, presentations, film and more. read more →

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First Fridays at Riverside Studios

Autumn Bowl Riverside StudiosToast the fine art of living with local artists, live music and libations on the First Friday of each month from 4pm to 8pm at Riverside Studios in downtown Truckee, where art and culture intersect.

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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Lake Tahoe Dance Festival, July 22-24 at Gatekeeper’s Museum

Lake Tahoe Dance FestivalThe annual Lake Tahoe Dance Festival takes place July 22-24, 2015 at Gatekeeper’s Museum. The Festival will get underway with a Gala Opening Night Celebration of dinner, a special performance, and a swing dance lesson for all. The following Main Stage performances will include free, educational pre-performance talks. read more →

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Snowshoe Cocktail Races at the Beacon Jan 17

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 Jan. 17, Feb. 21, March 21 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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Avalanche Education Classes

Sierra Ski and Cycle Works DroppingIf you explore the backcountry on skis, board or sled, or if you’re considering it as a new pastime, you don’t want to miss this FREE, three-part Avalanche Education Series at Tahoe Mountain Sports. Three separate, fun and educational events will bring the Tahoe-Truckee backcountry community together for experiences like no other, valued at: priceless. The cost to the public: free. A popular and credible guest speaker will be on-site to inform and entertain each night of the Series; look forward to learning directly from professional skiers, mountain guides and avalanche safety instructors, and local non-profits that work to keep you safe in the backcountry.

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The Cultural and Political Legacy of the 1980s at Sierra College March 6

Sierra College TruckeeAre you interested in re-visiting the allure of break dancing, music videos and Madonna’s influence on fashion? Perhaps you are wondering how Ronald Reagan’s political and economic policies have impacted the 21st century or are interested in discussing what you find most intriguing about the decade that marks the end of the cold war?  Don’t miss “Morning in America or the Second Gilded Age? The Cultural and Political Legacy of the 1980s” with history professor Taylor Tiraterra on Friday, March 6, 2015, from at 7 to 8:15 p.m., at Sierra College in Truckee. Complimentary refreshments sponsored by Starbucks from 6:30 to 7 p.m. read more →

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West African Drumming with Liz Broscoe at LTCC

From ancient times through modern day, it’s one woman’s journey on the drum.

Learn how to play in a drum circle  with Liz Broscoe at the Lake Tahoe Community College.

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Weather and Climate: Landscapes of the Sierra Nevada Dec 4

Sierra Ski and Cycle Works Gary Bell skiing Mt TallacBenjamin Hatchett from the University of Nevada Reno, Nevada State Climate Office will present Weather and Climate: Investigating Past and Future Landscapes of the Sierra Nevada at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 4 at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences.

Learn how the climate impacts our snow pack and adventures like this shot above Emerald Bay with Gary Bell or Sierra Ski and Cycle Works.

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Barton Health Festival of Trees and Lights Dec 3-7

RudolfGirlThe sixth annual Barton Health Festival of Trees and Lights will take place December 3 through 7 at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe in Stateline, Nevada.

Locals and visitors alike are invited to attend this family-friendly, holiday festival. The Festival of Trees and Lights is the Barton Foundation’s largest fundraiser and all proceeds support the health and wellbeing of the South Lake Tahoe Community. read more →

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Shred for Sushi Rail Jam Dec 10

The 4th Annual Shred for Sushi rail jam event will be held in the parking lot next to Sushi Pier in South Lake Tahoe on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of South Lake Tahoe. The event is free to attend, and $20 to participate in rail jam.

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Tahoe Adventure Film Festival Dec 13 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 13, 2014  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 around the world.

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Pretty Faces All Women’s Ski Flick Dec 7 at Tahoe Art Haus

Ingrid BackstromThe  Lake Tahoe premier of “Pretty Faces,” the first-ever crowd-sourced, crowd-funded, all-women’s ski movie, takes place on Sunday, December 7th, 2014 at 7pm at the Tahoe City Tahoe Art Haus Cinema.

Lynsey Dyer, a premier big mountain free skier and Eddie Bauer athlete, stars in the film and is the visionary behind the project.

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Annual Messiah with TOCCATA December 12-21

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 12-21, 2014.

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 Reno-Tahoe-Truckee community can continue enjoying TOCCATA’s beloved holiday tradition. read more →

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Holiday in History at So Lake Tahoe Museum December 13-14

Tahoe Culture Vintage ChristmasStep back in time and into the South Lake Tahoe Museum for its annual Holiday in History event Saturday, December 13 and Sunday, December 14, 2014.

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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So Lake Tahoe Christmas Bird Count Dec 15

The South Lake Tahoe Christmas Bird Count on December 15th,  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.

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Dream Spirit Baroque Band Dec 13 SLT Library

A local favorite, the Dream Spirit Baroque Band performs classical, baroque, Celtic, Renaissance, pop songs, ethnic and folk chamber music.

Enjoy a morning of festive music featuring traditional Christmas tunes, and popular classics on Saturday, December 13th at 11 AM at the South Lake Tahoe Library.

Refreshments will be provided by Friends of the Library.  While the event is free, please bring  non-perishable food items for donation to Christmas Cheer.

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Chris Davenport at Squaw Dec 18

Faces-of-Dav_TMahon-9On Thursday, December 18th, 2014 Chris Davenport, extreme skier of international fame, will be the featured presenter at Squaw Valley’s world-famous Olympic Village Lodge.

The Sierra Avalanche Center, Lake Tahoe’s local avalanche forecasting agency, is the beneficiary for Chris Davenport’s show on December 18th.

Davenport’s show “Lessons from the Mountains: The Art of Risk Management,” will discuss the important aspects of risk management as he takes the audience up and down the world’s highest peak, 29,029 foot Mt. Everest. read more →

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Peanut Cracker “The Story in Nut Shell” for Families

This is an absolutely DARLING 45 minute show. If you have never been to this, it’s a must do – especially if you like to see tiny little kids all dressed up in costumes doing their own version of ‘ballet’, accompanied by professional dancers as well.

The Sierra Nevada Ballet will present the popular “PEANUTCRACKER – The Story in Nut Shell” on Dec. 6 in the Bob Boldrick Theater in the Carson City Community Center at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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Addicted To Life Dec 26 at Squaw

Addicted to Life at Squaw Dec 26Don’t miss “Addicted To Life” on December 26, 2014 premiering at Olympic Village Lodge in Squaw Valley, sponsored by the Squaw Valley Institute.

Take a trip around the world to some of the most exotic locations and follow the best of the best Wing Suit Base Jumpers, skiers, surfers, BMX, skateboarders, kayakers and kite boarders on a quest to fulfill their addiction to life.

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Writers in the Woods Series at Sierra Nevada College

Shyra Tahoe Culture Writers-in-the-WoodsThe Sierra Nevada College English program brings well-known poets and writers from all over the country to the campus for readings and book signings in intimate settings where audience members get to meet and exchange ideas with the guest writers.

Readings are free and open to the public.

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Annual Holiday Nail Trim for Christmas Cheer at Alpine Animal Hospital

To help raise money for their favorite local non-profit, dogs are headed to Alpine Animal Hospital for its Annual Holiday Nail Trim benefit for Christmas Cheer, taking place through December 31, 2014.

All of the proceeds from the nail trims will go to Christmas Cheer.  Dogs rule!

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26th Annual Chocolate, Wine & Roses Fundraiser Nov 8

The Tahoe Safe Alliance is holding the 26th Annual Chocolate, Wines and Roses Festival fundraiser on November 8th at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, from 6 pm to 10 pm.

Like last year, the ladies are joining with Project MANA to ensure the North Lake Tahoe community needs are met.

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Women’s Wellness Weekend Nov 8-9

A collaboration of community medical doctors, health professionals and fitness instructors come together to provide a weekend on well-being, just for women.  The annual Lake Tahoe Women’s Wellness Weekend at Granlibakken takes place Saturday and Sunday, November 8 and 9, 2014.

This favorite North Lake Tahoe event fuses Western practices with Eastern philosophy to offer a balanced weekend of information, inspiration, activities, food and wine, and local art too!

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Dave Nettle kicks off Alpenglow Sports Winter Films Nov 13

Climbing isn’t just an activity for Dave. It defines who he is.

On Thursday, November 13th, 2014 local hero Dave Nettle will kick off the Alpenglow Winter Film Series at Squaw Valley’s world-famous Olympic Village Lodge.

Nettle will entertain the audience with scintillating images and entertaining ski touring tales from Europe’s Maurienne Alps. Home to some of the most amazing alpine ski mountaineering on earth, Nettle’s compelling imagery and comedic delivery from the French-Italian zone is not to be missed.

The show is free, with amazing raffle prizes from Sherpa Adventure Gear and LEKI. 100% of raffle proceeds benefit Disabled Sports Far West.

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Passport to Dining in Kings Beach Nov 13

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 13, 2014 from 6pm to 9pm.

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Arts for the Schools Fundraiser Nov 15

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Arts For the Schools (AFtS) is a non-profit organization that enhances our children’s education and fosters a lifelong love of the creative arts.

Join creative folks for a Hello Come On Winter harvest party on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM at the Community Arts Center.

You’ll be treated to live music by local bands, drinks, a big raffle with awesome prizes and an Art Show with Local Artist Earl Christensen. read more →

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Tahoe Cross Country Ski Swap Nov 15

Tahoe XCIt’s the biggest Nordic swap in North Lake Tahoe to find skate skis, classic skis, touring skis, backcountry and telemark gear, boots, poles, snowshoes, kid’s sleds, winter clothing, and more.

It’s also a major fundraiser for the Tahoe Cross Country Ski Education Association based in Tahoe City.  The 15th Annual Cross Country Ski Swap takes place Saturday, November 15th, starting at 10 AM.

Free admission.

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Warren Miller’s “No Turning Back” Nov 28-29 at Squaw

iceland_mike arzt_Ticket to RideIt’s the official beginning of winter for many skiers and snowboarders.

Warren Miller’s 65th movie, No Turning Back, features big mountain skiing with local skiers and riders from Lake Tahoe at the most exotic settings imaginable.  No Turning Back pays homage to the 65 years of mountain culture and adventure filmmaking that has lead Warren Miller to every end of the winter world.

The movies show at Olympic Valley Inn Nov 28 and 29, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

 

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Mile, Mile and a Half Movie at Lake of the Sky Outfitters Nov 7

Mile Mile and Half

In an epic snow year, five friends leave their daily lives behind to hike California’s historic John Muir Trail. Their goal, complete their journey in 25 days, while capturing the amazing sights and sounds they encounter along the way. read more →

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An Evening of Food & Wine by Soroptimists to Support Community Nov 7

Tahoe Culture Soroptimist Wine Tasting GlassSimply irresistible.

Known as the “Best of Tahoe,” it’s one of our favorite annual South Lake Tahoe  events to raise money for our community while savoring delectable local cuisine and regional wines.

And, it’s been going on for 44 years now – wow!  An Evening of Food & Wine Tasting presented by Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe will be held Friday, November 7, 2014 at Harrah’s starting at 6pm.

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Tahoe’s Michelangelo, David Foster, to present Nov 12 at Tahoe Art League Meeting

He’s known as Tahoe’s Michelangelo.

David Foster of South Shore will be the featured presenter for the Tahoe Art League’s monthly meeting on November 12, 2014 at the SLT Senior Center.

The presentation is free and starts at 6 PM.

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Smile! It’s the Annual Santa Paws Photo Fundraiser Nov 15 to Keep Tahoe Kind

Santa DogThe annual Santa Paws Photo Fundraiser for the Lake Tahoe Humane Society will be held November 15, 2014 from 11am to 5pm at Tahoe Production House.

For just $20, your pet will receive multiple poses with Tahoe’s original Santa Dog on a photo CD plus a raffle ticket. Bows and antlers are provided for photos if desired. read more →

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Leading Ladies at LTCC Nov 14-23

Leading Ladies Tahoe Culture Loads of laughs are in store as the Theatre Arts Department at Lake Tahoe Community College presents the madcap comedy Leading Ladies November 14 through November 23 in the Duke Theatre. Written by Ken Ludwig, the master of contemporary farce, this hilarious romp is a wacky mixture of Some Like It Hot meets Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, with a little Monty Python thrown in for good measure. read more →

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