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

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 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” Thursday through Saturday evenings until September 27, 2014.

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Full Moon Kayak Benefit Tour September 7

Tahoe stewardship efforts are legendary. From protecting native fishes like the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout to our beloved open lands and cultural heritage, and fighting AIS 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 September 7, 2014 starting at 7:30 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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Meet Smokey Bear at Taylor Creek

Smokey Bear

Did you know the Smokey Bear Wildfire Prevention campaign is the longest running public service advertising campaign in U.S. history, and his correct name is Smokey Bear?

Meet Smokey, sing the “Smokey the Bear” song and take a tour along Taylor Creek on the Rainbow Walk – one of his favorite places to hang out – every Saturday during the summer at 10 a.m.  read more →

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Live at Lakeview Summer Music Series

live-at-lakeviewGrab your bike and buddies and head to Lakeview Commons at El Dorado Beach 4:30-8:30 pm every Thursday starting June 26th – August 28th, 2014, for free live music.

The concerts feature a beer garden, free bike valet, local vendors, and will remain free for the public to attend.

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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Children’s Environmental Science Day at Lake Tahoe Aug 9

Children are invited to spend the day with scientists in August every year, to learn about the unique ecology, function, restoration and preservation of Lake Tahoe.

The annual Children’s Environmental Science Day is a free event sponsored by the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) located in Incline Village.

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There are places I’ll remember

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Lake Tahoe Summerfest Aug 1-17

Child Engaged at LTSF ConcertsMetropolitan Opera Star Matthew Polenzani and U.S. Billboard Classical Chart best-selling pianist Simone Dinnerstein will be thrilling audiences as soloists for the 2014 Lake Tahoe SummerFest.

Held the first three weekends in August, the classical concert series will offer two evening concerts, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., and a new chamber music series called “Meet the Music,” on Sundays at 4 p.m.  Polenzani will headline the classical music festival, Aug. 1-3 and Dinnerstein will be featured Aug. 7-9.

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North Lake Tahoe Heritage Month

Join the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society for a month long celebration of Lake Tahoe’s history featuring demonstrations by members of the Washoe, archeology, and an old time picnic and movie in the park.

Relive Tahoe’s charming past with local historians and guides  in North Lake Tahoe.

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Pony Express Celebration at Grass Lake Aug 9

Petra & Red-Reride 2014Every June the National Pony Express Association conducts an annual re-ride of the historic 1,800 mile Pony Express Trail. Each year more than 600 equestrians ride the original route from St. Joseph, MO to Sacramento, CA carrying mail along the trail.

On Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Grass Lake trailhead, located off of Hwy 89 in Meyers, CA near Big Meadow visitors, residents and Tahoe Rim Trail Challengers are invited to join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for a fun trail event centered around the Pony Express and the trail’s historic claim to the Sierra and the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT).

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Annual Children’s Shakespeare Theater at Tallac Historic Site August 1

The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, in collaboration with Nevada Shakespeare Company, is proud to present its annual D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare FREE performance of Shakespeare every August.

This highly interactive production is set in contemporary times and created with the young audience member in mind. The performance is free for kids and their chaperones, and takes place at the Valhalla Boathouse Theatre at the Tallac Historic Site in South Lake Tahoe.

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First Fridays at Riverside Studios

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Join Riverside Studios in downtown Truckee on the First Friday each month from 4pm to 8pm for a community of mountain culture.

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

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South Lake Tahoe Friends of the Library Events

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.

Check out the 2014 event schedule.

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August: Osage County at LTCC July 24-Aug 2

August-Osage-County-with Meryl StreepThe critically acclaimed play August: Osage County – a fraught, densely plotted saga of an Oklahoma clan in a state of near-apocalyptic meltdown. Fiercely funny and bitingly sad…a turbo-charged tragicomedy packed with unforgettable characters and dozens of quotable lines.

July 24-August 2, Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm at Lake Tahoe Community College Duke Theatre.

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Paige Anderson and the Fearless Kin Aug 2 at Valhalla

Paige-Anderson-and-the-Fearless-Kin-449x300This family oriented (and family friendly) Bluegrass and Americana show featuring a family band are a fresh approach to the music scene.  Paige Anderson is a stunning emerging voice in songwriting and a world class guitar flat picker.  Her brother and sister play mandolin and fiddle and are amazing harmony singers.

An Evening of Americana, Folk and Bluegrass Featuring Rising Stars Paige Anderson and the Fearless Kin takes place August 2 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm at the Valhalla Boathouse Theatre in South Lake Tahoe, CA. For more information and tickets visit www.valhallatahoe.com, call (530) 541-4975.

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Lake Tahoe Curling Classes August 3

Lake Tahoe Epic CurlingLake Tahoe Epic Curling (LTEC) is hosting two learn-to-curl sessions for those interested in giving this fast-growing Olympic sport a try.

Beginner sessions will be held on Sunday, August 3rd at the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena on Rufus Allen. The cost is $25 per person ($15 for locals with a valid ID), which includes both off-ice and on-ice instruction provided by knowledgeable curlers, plus game play. All the equipment needed will be provided; just wear comfortable sneakers with good tread, and appropriate clothing. 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 12, 2014 through August 21, 2014 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Free Sunday Concerts on Commons Beach

SamBaDa-at-Commons-Beach-Concerts1It’s time to enjoy free concerts at Common Beach in the heart of Tahoe City on Sunday afternoons.

This 12-week concert run through September 8th, with all music starting at 4pm lasting until 7pm-ish.

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You are now entering the KidZone. Must have picture ID…just kidding!

space-zone.JPGIt’s a space ship! No.

It’s a Farm!

No, it’s a museum and fun zone just for kids.

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Blake’s Wake: Goodbye to Tahoe’s Guitar Man at Crystal Bay Club Aug 2

Blake Beeman Tahoe Legend by Eric BrandtEngineer, Musician, Friend: Blake Beeman was a major player in the Tahoe music scene, both behind the sound board and on stage, as well as being a friend to many.

Join Eric Brandt and other locals to honor our very own guitar legend Blake Beeman on Saturday, August 2nd.

Brandt, close friend for over 30 years and The Beer Gardens band member, shares this sweet memory of Blake.

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Museum Fundraiser “Chautaqua at Lake Tahoe” Aug 7 at Valhalla

0357 Tallac CasinoThe Lake Tahoe Historical Society presents “Chautauqua at Lake Tahoe,” a fundraiser scheduled for Thursday, August 7th starting at 6:30 pm (doors open at 6:00) at the Valhalla Boathouse Theater.

You will be entertained by the likes of Warren Upson (intrepid Pony Express rider), Hank Monk (Knight of the Lash), Anita Baldwin (tempestuous daughter of mining tycoon Elias J. “Lucky” Baldwin), Ephraim “Yank” Clement (Champeen Liar of the Sierry), and our special guest star Mark Twain, portrayed by well-known Twain impressionist McAvoy Layne.

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Harveys Summer Concert Series

Lady Gaga at Lake Tahoe August 2 Tahoe CultureDon’t miss Harvey’s summer concerts at the Outdoor Arena with acts like Lady GaGa on August 2, 2014.

Party on dude.  Get your tickets here.

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Free Summer Concerts at Heavenly Village

Tahoe Culture Heavenly Village Summer MusicEnjoy free live music every Friday and Saturday 5-9 pm the Heavenly Village this summer.

Local South Lake Tahoe band, Deep Fried Mojo will perform on July 4, 2014.

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Full Moon Kayak Tour August 9

rickgunnkayakingAfter that big wildflower hike through lupine, penstemon and mule ears, it’s time to get on the lake for a favorite summer pastime.  A full moon kayak tour.

Watching the moon rise over Freel Peak, bright blue skies transform into alpenglow then moonlight, there isn’t a more spectacular time to be on Lake Tahoe.

Join Kayak Tahoe for a two hour casual paddle on August 9, 2014.

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Lake of the Sky Amphitheater Summer Shows

Snowshoe ThompsonThe Lake of the Sky Amphitheater summer evening programs at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center continue every Friday evening through August.

Don’t miss “Birds of the Sierra Nevada” on Friday, August 22nd at 7p.m. for $5 to support the Tahoe Heritage Foundation. read more →

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Summer Animal Art Classes at Lake Tahoe

Their motto is “Keep Tahoe Kind”.

The Lake Tahoe Humane Society offers Summer Animal Art classes for kids between 11 and 13 years old in South Lake Tahoe.  The minimal class fee includes art materials and live furry models.

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Monday Movies in the Park and a Summer Bocce Ball League

Bocci Ball at SpindleshanksThe North Tahoe Public Utility District is offering Movie Mondays in the North Tahoe Regional Park July 11 – August 11, and a Bocce Ball League in partnership with Spindleshanks at their new location at the Old Brockway Golf Course July 11th – August 28th.  read more →

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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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Free Bluesdays on Tuesdays at Squaw

Shane Dwight bluesfestivalguideYou’ll be singing the blues like Shane Dwight on Tuesday nights from 6-8:30 p.m. when acts from all over the country appear on stage at The Village at Squaw during the free weekly Bluesdays June 17 through August 26.

Here’s a favorite teaser from Shane who’ll be sending it August 19.

See you there.

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Great Gatsby Murder Mystery Radio Theatre at Valhalla Aug 9

Solve the murder at this Tahoe-based radio theater performance at the Valhalla Grand Hall on August 9, 2014 from 5:30pm to 9:00 pm.

In honor of the Great Gatsby Festival, the Tahoe Writers Works present “The Great Gadfly,” an original audience-interactive play that celebrates the Roaring Twenties’ South Shore lifestyle.  This annual event includes a catered dinner.

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Free Live Music at Kings Beach Fridays

Music-on-the-Beach Tahoe CultureThe Annual Music on the Beach free 9-week concert series begins Friday, June 27 and runs every Friday evening from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. through August 29, excluding July 4, at the Kings Beach State Recreation Area.

Start your summer weekend off right by listening and dancing to free, live music performances featuring a variety of genres on the beautiful North Shore of Lake Tahoe. read more →

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Great Gatsby Festival August 9-10 at Tallac Historic Site

Return to the Roaring 20′s – Tahoe style at the Great Gatsby Festival at the Tallac Historic Site in South Lake Tahoe on August9 and 10, 2014.

While costumes are not mandatory, you may look out of place without one. Throughout the weekend a variety of activities take place on the Pope and Baldwin Estates—vintage car shows, wandering musicians and jugglers, a raffle, special sales of period appropriate items and sale of the annual Gatsby poster.

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Tahoe Improv Players at Valhalla Aug 12

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 at the Tallac Historic Site on August 12 at 7:30pm.

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Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival July 11-Aug 24

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

Shakepeare’s As You Like It is the headlining production. A classic Elizabethan theatrical comedy for the entire family.

The festival runs July 11 through August 24, 2014 at Sand Harbor State Park. read more →

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Concours d’Elegance August 8-9

Lake Tahoe Concours d'EleganceExotic wooden boats mark our nautical history in stylec 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 44th annual Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance, August 8-9, 2014.

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Stand Up Paddle Around Tahoe to Promote Vegan One Day Project Aug 10

DCIM100GOPROOn August 10th on the evening of the full moon, North Lake Tahoe resident John Merryfield will embark on a solo, non-stop stand up paddle circumnavigation of Lake Tahoe in one day.

He’ll paddle all day and all night to promote the Vegan One Day project, a challenge for the public to adopt a vegan diet (no meat, dairy or eggs) for at least one day of the year. read more →

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Men of Worth at Valhalla Aug 14

Men of Worth, that would be James Keigher (Ireland) and Donnie Macdonald (Scotland), blend their voices with harmony and support their collection of songs with their varied selection of instruments.

They have a very simple approach to their presentation, and remain true to the Gaelic/Celtic music and stories. Their show is a unique combination of humor, exciting tunes, and soulful, heartfelt ballads.

Don’t miss The Men at the Valhalla Boathouse Theatre on August 14 at 7:30pm.

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Shotwell Trio and Anna Helwing at Valhalla Aug 15

On August 15 at 7:30 pm at the Valhalla Boathouse Theatre, Lake Tahoe resident Anna Helwing, an accomplished classical vocalist returns with the Shotwell Trio. The Shotwell Trio, based in San Francisco, is Lewis Patzner on cello, Elektra Schmidt on piano, and Adam Scow on violin. A returning festival artist, Anna has performed a varied selection of classical music ranging from early music to contemporary works, in different musical ensembles.

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13th Annual Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest at Squaw August 9-10

It’s going to be the funkiest place around Lake Tahoe.

Two days of explosive musical talent takes over The Village at Squaw Valley on August 9 and 10 during the 13th Annual Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest. Festival goers can listen to continuous live jazz and funk music on two stages while sampling more than 35 brews, including Ninkasi, Deschutes, Lagunitas, Lost Coast, New Belgium, Deschutes, 21st Amendment, Firestone Walker, Auburn Alehouse and Out of Bounds Brewing Company. read more →

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Lake Tahoe Dance Connection Aug 16-17

Lake Tahoe Dance Tahoe CultureLake Tahoe Dance Connection brings in Professional Dancers and Choreographers for a weekend of dance, top instruction and fun. This weekend workshop takes place August 16 & 17, 9am – 4pm at Lake Tahoe Community College. Register by July 14, for the early bird special rate of $255! After that the price increases to $280. read more →

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Ta-hoe Nalu Stand-Up Paddle Festival Aug 15-17

The 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 15 through 17th.

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Free Music on the Valhalla Lawn August 17

Bring your picnic basket, lawn chairs, sunscreen and relax near the shoreline of Lake Tahoe, under the large ponderosa pines that are famous at the Tallac Historic Site.

On Sunday, August 17th, a very special free kids concert featuring the acclaimed children’s act the Banana Slug String Band. Their music is original and full of inspiring positive messages about taking care of each other and the environment.

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Golden West Winds at Valhalla Aug 18

Band of the Golden West webTo close the 2014 Valhalla Arts, Music and Theatre Festival summer season, organizers are offering a FREE concert featuring the United States Air Force woodwinds band the Golden West Winds from Travis Air Force Base on Monday, August 18 at 7:30 pm at the Boathouse Theatre.

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Wine on the Water benefits Boys and Girls Club Aug 17

Wine on the Water Tahoe CultureThe 5th Annual Wine on the Water Food & Wine Festival will take place on August 17, 2014. Set against a spectacular backdrop on the Cottage Green beside Hyatt’s private beach, Lone Eagle Grille and Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, the event will feature over 25 celebrated wineries and more than a dozen local restaurants. read more →

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Historic Bus Tour with Mark McLaughlin,”Storm King” Aug 22

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 Park and the transportation evolution of Donner Pass on Friday, August 22, 2014.

The tour will visit Donner Memorial State Park and take an interpretive walk along Donner Creek.

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Dinner in the Barn August 23 and 24

The annual “Dinner in the Barn” series hosted by Seasoned Catering takes place at Sierra Valley Farms over August 23 and 24, and September 13 and 14, 2014.

Tom Marrin will prepare a feast using produce so fresh it grew in the field hours before they serve the four-course meal in a 1936-era barn during.  Party of two?

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Conversations with History at Vikingsholm Castle August 21

“Conversations with History” on August 21st 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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11th Annual Native American Basketweavers’ Gathering Aug 23

Native basketweavers from California and Nevada will gather at the Gatekeeper’s Museum in Tahoe City, Calif. for the  10th annual Basketweavers’ Gathering, August 23, 2014, from 10:30AM to 5PM.

Basketry will include storage, wicker and burden baskets, bowls, trays, tule duck decoys, gift baskets, beaded baskets, miniatures and jewelry made from willow, red bud, fern and pine needles. “Nuts to Soup” – a demonstration of acorn processing from the raw nut to the finished food will also take place. read more →

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Music on the Beach Fundraiser for Tahoe Arts Project August 21

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 21, 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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Tahoe Dance Band Beach Party Dance August 19

Tahoe Culture Dance BandThe 17 piece Tahoe Dance Band will be holding a Beach Party Dance Tahoe-style on August 19th, at the Senior Center.

It’s inside, not at the beach. It’s just a theme.

Dress in your best beach outfit to get in the mood, or come as you are.

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