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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)

Tahoe’s most eclectic arts festival, the Valhalla Arts, Music & Theatre Festival, returns for its 38th season in the beautiful Boathouse Theater until August 31, 2017. With views of the lake in the background, enjoy concerts with music all genres, dramatic and comedic theater, fine art shows and workshops, plus kids’ art and drama camps. Immerse yourself in the heritage of the spectacular “Valhalla” historic estate next door to Camp Richardson on the South Shore.

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Wanderlust at Squaw July 20-23

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 20-23, 2017. read more →

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Dinner in the Barn 2017

The annual “Dinner in the Barn” series hosted by Sierra Valley Farms takes place August 5, August 19, and September 9, 2017 for $130 per plate.

Guest chefs 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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Free Sunday Concerts on Commons Beach

SamBaDa-at-Commons-Beach-Concerts1For the past 12 years, the summer long Concerts at Commons Beach has become a favorite Sunday tradition.

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

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Truckee Tahoe AirShow & Family Festival July 8

A parade of planes, stilt walkers, face painting, arts and crafts, games, music, and lots of cool aviators will be at the free Truckee Tahoe AirFair & Family Festival on July 8, 2017 starting at 9 a.m. at the Truckee Tahoe Airport.

The event will feature static aircraft displays with pilot docents; aircraft flybys; free (EAA) Young Eagle flights for children ages 8 to 17 (with parental permission) the day after, kids activities, airport souvenirs, and lots more family fun. read more →

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Free Live Music at Kings Beach Fridays

Music-on-the-Beach Tahoe Culture

If you want real local culture, head to Kings Beach.

Enjoy free, live music performances featuring a variety of genres at Music on the Beach 2017 on Fridays at Kings Beach State Recreation Area June 30 – September 1, 2017 from 6:00-8:30pm.
See you there.

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Free Admission to Gatekeeper’s Museum and Watson Cabin July 1

Tahoe Culture Cascade Lake 1910Lake Tahoe history NEVER goes into hibernation.

For one day only, Saturday, July 1, 2017 from 10 am to 5 pm visitors will be treated to free admission to the Gatekeeper’s Museum and Watson Cabin in Tahoe City for their Heritage Trail Day so you learn more about our community’s rich history.

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Books, Art and Community at Bona Fide June 16

Book Art by Bona Fide BooksJoin experienced letterpress printer Steve Robison in a fun, informative four-hour workshop on June 16, 2017 from 5pm to 8pm. You’ll learn how to use a composing stick, set type, and print your own cards or broadsides.

The class includes materials and open studio hours at Tahoe Letterpress to work on your projects. $50 per person.

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

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Wildfire Safety Expo June 17, 2017

We must be aware and prepared for wildfires. Remove flammable plants or debris such as wood piles, wood mulches, dead plants and pine needles 5 feet around your home; create a lean, clean and green zone 5 to 30 feet beyond that; and make a wild land fuel reduction zone beyond 30 feet.

Next, join Smokey Bear and the Lake Tahoe Basin fire rescue agencies at the Wildfire Safety Expo on Saturday, June 17th from noon to 3pm at the TJ Maxx parking lot located at the “Y” where Highways 50 and 89 intersect.   read more →

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Free Lakeview Commons Summer Music

live-at-lakeviewLast one tonight!  Grab your bike and buddies and head to Lakeview Commons at El Dorado Beach every Thursday evening June 22-August 31, 2017 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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Lake Tahoe Bird Festival June 25

LTBF scope at observation platformFlock to Taylor Creek Visitor Center for the annual Lake Tahoe Bird Festival on Saturday, June 25, 2017 from 10 am to 3:30 pm.

The Tahoe Institute for Natural Science, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, invites everyone to this free event for fun and educational walks, workshops, educational activities and live bird demonstrations. read more →

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Tahoe Improv Players at Valhalla June 27

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 June 27, July 11, July 25 and August 1, 2017 at 7:30 pm at Valhalla Tahoe. read more →

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Tahoe City Solstice Festival June 15-17

Summer begins in Tahoe City with the annual Tahoe City Solstice Festival set for June 15-17, 2017.

The festival includes several signature events that define our mountain culture. Each event touts Tahoe City’s distinct qualities and character: adventure sports, artisan food and wine, acclaimed musicians and artists, and celebrated local shops, restaurants, and galleries.

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Finding Fontinalis Movie Premier July 6

Finding-Fontinalis-Tahoe CultureThis is more than just a movie premiere. It’s about bringing community together to make a difference.

Local Freshies, in association with Patagonia, will host a premiere of Finding Fontinalis at South Lake Brewing Company on Thursday July 6th starting at 6:00 PM as a fundraiser for California Trout. read more →

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Western States Endurance Run June 24-25

One of the oldest ultra trail running events in the world, and certainly one of the most challenging. The annual Western States Endurance Run starts at Squaw Valley and ends in Auburn 100.2 miles later. The famous trail travels through remote and rugged territory accessible only to hikers, horses and helicopters.

Taking over 24 hours, the race begins at 5am Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Squaw Valley with hundreds of the most fit runners across the nation participating.

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Tahoe Dance Band at Senior Center Last Friday of 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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Heart Rhythm Dance with Ann Thennes

The Mountain Gypsy, Ann Thennes, hosts her magical Morning Dance Journey at Marcia Sarosiks Dance Studio on Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning from 7am to 8:10am.  Then, from 8:30 – 9:30 am pilates.

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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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 8 through August 17, 2017 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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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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Alpenglow Mountain Festival June 17-25

Tahoe Rim Trail Tahoe Culture

Alpenglow Mountain Festival on June 17-25, 2017 is a celebration of human-powered events, clinics, presentations and more.

Geared for toward the beginner and intermediate mountain sports enthusiasts, the Alpenglow Mountain Festival will showcase some of the best activities Lake Tahoe has to offer including trail running, hiking, yoga, standup paddleboarding, rock climbing and natural history events.

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Concours d’Elegance August 11-12

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 11 and 12, 2017.

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Peaks and Paws Festival at Squaw June 17-18

Sender Bell of Sierra Ski and Cycle WorksThe dog days of summer will be on full display during the annual Peaks and Paws Festival at Squaw on Saturday, June 17-18, 2017 from 11 am to 5pm to raise money for the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe.

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

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Sugar Pine Plantings

Sugar-Pine-Planting-at-Lake-TahoeHelp the Sugar Pine Foundation plant healthy, fungus-resistant sugar pines at these upcoming planting 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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Free Bluesdays on Tuesdays at Squaw

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 13 through September 5, 2017 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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Annual Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest at Squaw August 12-13

Royal Jelly Photo by Tom Dellinger Photography — with Felix MacneeIt’s going to be the funkiest place around.

Two days of explosive musical talent takes over The Village at Squaw Valley on August 12 and 13, 2017  during the Annual Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest. Festival goers can listen to continuous live jazz and funk music on two stages while sampling more than 30 brews. read more →

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Wa She Shu It Deh Native American Arts Festival July 29-30

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 29-30, 2017 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 Dance Band Beach Blanket Bingo Dance July 28

Tahoe Culture Dance BandThe 17 piece Tahoe Dance Band will be holding a Beach Blanket Bingo Dance Tahoe-style on July 28, 2017 at the Senior Center from 7:30 to 10PM.

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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Classical Tahoe July 28-Aug 12

Classical Tahoe Tahoe CultureTalk about class act. 

The nationally celebrated classical music festival,  Classical Tahoe, is set to amaze audiences for its 6th season, July 28 through Aug. 12, 2017. Featuring acclaimed guest soloists and performances made more striking by the spectacular scenery of Lake Tahoe, the festival brings together nationally recognized principal musicians for three weeks of concert performances in Incline Village. read more →

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Tahoe Games Bike Night at LT Golf Course Sept 29

bike-push-me-pull-you-sierra-ski-and-cycle-worksThis is so much fun for little kids, beach cruisers and racers.  Celebrate Tahoe bike culture at the Annual Tahoe Games Bike Night Series at Lake Tahoe Golf Course on Friday, September 29, 2017. read more →

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Pints & Paddles on MS Dixie II Wednesday Nights

Ike and Martin Tahoe CultureYou’ve never been on the lake?

Here’s your chance every Wednesday on the MS Dixie II with favorite local band, Ike and Martin.

Get a 1.5 hour cruise, live music with Ike and Martin, and food specials.

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Alpenglow Mountain Festival February 18-26

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 18-26, 2017 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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Full Moon Snowshoe Hike at Sugar Pine Point SP March 11

Step back in time along the west shore of Lake Tahoe for a great cause.

On Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 6:30pm the Sugar Pine Point State Park Rangers are leading full moon snowshoe tours through the historic Hellman-Ehrman estate sharing local history tidbits and the wonders of the natural environment. All proceeds benefit the Sierra State Parks Foundation.

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National Winter Trails Day January 14

Celebrate Winter Trails by participating in a FREE guided snowshoe hike in Van Sickle Bi State Park on Saturday, January 14th, 2017, 10:00 am-1:00 pm. Participants will learn about Lake Tahoe’s pristine environment while experiencing the enjoyment of snowshoeing.

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Snowshoe Cocktail Races at the Beacon Jan 21

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 January 21, February 18, and March 18, 2017 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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Take the plunge March 18 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 Annual Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday, March 18th at Zephyr Cove Resort in South Lake Tahoe.

And it’s for a great cause.

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Annual Messiah with TOCCATA December 10-23

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 10-23, 2016.

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

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So Lake Tahoe Christmas Bird Count Dec 17

The South Lake Tahoe Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, December 17th, will be held 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 at Cove East.

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Holiday in History at So Lake Tahoe Museum December 10

Tahoe Culture Vintage ChristmasStep back in time and into the South Lake Tahoe Museum for its annual Holiday in History event Saturday, December 10th from 1pm to 7pm.

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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Santa’s Fire Truck in South Lake Tahoe Dec 10-24

Forget Dancer and Prancer.

Santa Claus is making the rounds in South Lake Tahoe on a Fire Engine!

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Will Gadd Dec 1 at Squaw Winter Film Series

Location: Hunlen Falls - BC, Canada Athlete: Will Gadd Description: Will Gadd and EJ Plimley climb first ascent of Hunlen Falls in BC, Canada. Hunlen Falls is potentially one of the world's tallest vertical frozen waterfalls.

Alpenglow Sports 11th annual Winter Film Series continues on Thursday, December 1st, 2016 at 7pm with prominent Canadian ice climber and paragliding pilot Will Gadd at Squaw Valley’s world-famous Olympic Village Lodge. Gadd’s show “30 Trips of a Lifetime in 60 High-Speed Minutes: Winning the X Games, Ice Climbing Niagara Falls, and Paragliding Over the Grand Canyon” is not to be missed. read more →

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Santa Drops into Meyers Tree Lighting Dec. 2

meyers-lake-tahoe-tree-lighting-tahoe-cultureThe sixth annual Meyers Tree Lighting will be held Friday. Dec. 2, 2016 from 5-7 pm in the Divided Sky/Downtown Café parking lot. The Christmas fire truck and Santa, via the Cal Star helicopter, will return and music will be added to the mix.

Complimentary popcorn and hot cocoa will be served. The event is free and open to the public. read more →

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Tahoe Adventure Film Festival Dec 10 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 10, 2016  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 the world.

See you there!

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Annual Squaw Valley Prom to Benefit Local Non-Profits Dec 31

Thirteen years ago, the Squaw Valley community banded together to throw a prom – not a high school prom, a ski town prom in which all proceeds went to charity.

On December 31, 2016, the Squaw Valley Prom will be hosted by the High Fives Foundation with all ticket proceeds benefiting their amazing non-profit organization.

 

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Camp Richardson Oktoberfest Oct 1-2

Guess the correct weight of the Giant Pumpkin and you can take it home.

It’s all part of Oktoberfest at Camp Richardson, October 1 and 2, 2016.

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Tahoe City Oktoberfest 2016

Scarecrows on Parade Tahoe CityHead to North Lake Tahoe this October for Downtown Tahoe City’s Annual Oktoberfest. In addition to boasting award winning dining, independent shops, a new cinema and affordable lodging, the Tahoe City Downtown Association presents Oktoberfest from noon to 6 p.m. on Oct. 1, 2016.

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Fall Fish Festival at Taylor Creek Oct 1-2

Nature’s art show is in full display as the Kokanee salmon swim up Taylor Creek for their annual dance of life. The deep red of these non-native fish against the backdrop of the golden aspen along the creek is as stunning as the strength and determination of the running salmon.  Learn about the variety of fish species that live in Lake Tahoe and its streams including the federally threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout.

The annual Fall Fish Festival takes place October 1 and 2, 2016 from 10am to 4pm. read more →

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Lake Tahoe Dance Collective Presents Claudia Schreier & Company Oct. 14-15

claudia-schreier-at-tahoe-cultureThis October, Lake Tahoe Dance Collective presents Claudia Schreier & Company, bringing Schreier’s talents and a team of professional dancers to the shores of Lake Tahoe.
Claudia Schreier & Company will perform Friday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Tahoe Art Haus in Tahoe City.
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Mountain of Storms, A Patagonia Film at Tahoe Art Haus Oct 19

mntstorms-tahoe-cultureGrab your favorite adventure partner and join Alpenglow Sports for Mountain of Storms, presented by Patagonia, at the Tahoe Art Haus on October 19th. The excitement starts at 7 pm.

Mountain of Storms documents the storied 1968 road trip adventure of 5 friends:  Yvon Chouinard, Doug Tompkins, Dick Dorworth, Chris Jones and Lito Tejada-Flores. Piled into an old sketchy van, the group embarked on a 5,000-mile journey from California to Patagonia to attempt a new route on Cerro Torre’s infamous Fitz Roy.  Along the way the friends found surf, skiing and climbing as they headed southward towards the then still-mythical land of Patagonia.

Dick Dorworth will be here in Tahoe City on October 19th. Will you?

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Reel Rock Film Tour at LTCC Oct 7

Chris SharmaWhen you see these elite climbers in action, you get a taste of their endless pursuit of adventure. Tahoe Adventure Film Festival presents the 11th year of Reel Rock Film Tour at Lake Tahoe Community College Duke Theatre on October 7, 2016.

 

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