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

Spring Sugar Pine Plantings

Sugar-Pine-Planting-at-Lake-TahoeHelp the Sugar Pine Foundation plant healthy, fungus-resistant sugar pines.

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. That is exactly what the Sugar Pine Foundation does. And, you can help too.

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Star Tour Hikes with Astronomer Poet Tony Berendsen April 5

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.

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The Use of Movement in Praise of the Divine at Sierra College April 11

Jennie Pitts-Knipe“The Use of Movement in Praise of the Divine,” an interactive and visually rich talk in the Sierra College Insights’ speaker series, will be presented by dance choreographer and instructor Jennie Pitts-Knipe. The event is open to the community and offered at no cost in Truckee on Friday, April 11.

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24th Annual Lake Cushing Classic April 12

elephantskiercushingcrossingThis wildly entertaining competition challenges local lunatics and gregarious guests to cross the vast and chilly waters of Lake Cushing 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 Lake Cushing Classic comes to the frigid waters of Squaw Valley USA on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 1 p.m.

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Annual Billy Dutton Uphill April 13

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 13th, marks the Annual Billy Dutton Uphill at Squaw Valley starting at 8am.

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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 Tahoe mountain culture.

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

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Tahoe Truckee Earth Day April 19

Giant steps towards smaller footprints. The 2014Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival is slated for Saturday, April 19, 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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Beacon and Eggs Search Contest at Alpine Meadows April 20

Meet Walter and Clancy, the Alpine Meadows dutiful patrol dogs at the annual Beacon and Eggs beacon search contest.

The combination Easter egg hunt and avalanche beacon search practice session is organized by Alpine’s ski patrol and takes place on Easter Sunday, April 20th.

This fun and free* event raises avalanche awareness and the cute factor, and is a great opportunity to practice search and rescue techniques.

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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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Monday Night Creative Writing Workshop in Truckee

So you love to write, but lack the discipline or motivation.

Here’s your chance to connect with your local writing community and improve your writing practice during this 6-week creative writing workshop Monday nights with Karen Terrey May 15 to June 16, 2014.

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Little Shop of Horrors by Truckee High School Drama Dept May 2-11

Truckee High SchoolTruckee High School’s Drama Department ends its 2013-2014 season with the laugh-out-loud Broadway musical, “Little Shop of Horrors,” a grand-scale production that features a flesh eating plant, do-wop and pop music, and a man who gets more than he bargains for.

“Little Shop of Horrors,” the musical is filled with a cast of talented TTUSD high school students and for the seniors graduating in June this will be their last show. Directed by Peggy Boelk and Assistant Director Mark Brady and produced by Barb Wilkinson. The musical will have evening performances in the THS Theatre beginning at 7:00 p.m. on May 2nd ,3rd ,9th ,10th , 16th and 17th. Matinee shows take place at 2 p.m. Sundays, May 4th and 11th. read more →

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Tahoe Escape Exhibit at Tahoe Maritime Museum

FletaFrom the history of speedboats to sea planes and elegant wooden boats, to dive explorations and tales from the Lake in the Sky, the Tahoe Maritime Museum preserves our nautical heritage.

The Tahoe Escape: Surviving the Great Depression exhibit at the Tahoe Maritime Museum examines the many interests, social forces, and developments of the Great Depression and the culture of escapism through the maritime vessels influenced by those forces.

Oral Histories from longtime Tahoe locals interviewed for this exhibit further enhance the display.

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Made in Tahoe Festival May 24-25

Allana Hughes Pottery Riverside StudiosCelebrate Tahoe arts and mountain culture with local arts, local products,  food, and music at the Made in Tahoe Festival at Squaw.

The two-day festival takes place on Saturday-Sunday, May 24 and 25, 2014, and includes local artisans, businesses, organizations and a community stage with live performances by artists, storytellers, writers or presentations. read more →

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The Impact of Climatic Change and Global Warming June 17

Join renowned limnologist Dr. Charles Goldman for an entertaining public presentation about Lake Tahoe, climate change and global warming effects on lakes of the world on June 17, 2014 starting at 6pm at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences in Incline Village, Nevada (on the campus of Sierra Nevada College)for a $5 donation.

UC Davis research at Lake Tahoe began with Dr. Charles Goldman. In 1959, Dr. Goldman formed the Tahoe Research Group and began regularly monitoring Lake Tahoe.

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Trails & Vistas at Spooner Lake Sept 6-7

You’ve never experienced anything like this.

Poetry, music, dance and art in nature, Trails and Vistas strives to inspire individual participation in both artistic exploration and environmental stewardship.

Described as magical, diverse and inspiring, Trails and Vistas’ Art Hikes blend art experiences with the beauty of being immersed in nature. This year’s guided art hikes will take place along an aspen lined trail at Spooner Lake in the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park on Saturday, Sept. 6 and Sunday, Sept. 7.

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FREE Family Science Expo March 19

Looking for something fun and educational to do as a family?

Check out the free family Science Expo on March 19, 2014 from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences on the Sierra Nevada College.  Admission is free.

Come early or stay late for the CHALLENGER PLANETARIUM SHOW Playing at 3, 4, 5, and 6 p.m. RSVP required for this portion.

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Alpenglow Sports presents Big Wall Climbing with Emily Harrington March 13

Boone Speed photo of Emily HarringtonAlpenglow Sports hosts Big Wall Climbing with Emily Harrington on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Olympic Valley Lodge as part of the Winter Film Series.

Free admission and big raffle to benefit the Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships. read more →

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Tahoe Youth Ballet Annual Winter Repertory Season March 14-15

Sierra Walsh, photographed by Danielle Hankinson

Tahoe Youth Ballet’s Sixth Season celebrates both collaboration and diversity.

The program will feature Maurya Kerr’s San Francisco – based dance company, tinypistol; a new work for the Company by founding Artistic Director Christin Hanna in collaboration with New Chamber Ballet’s Miro Magloire, and a revival by Constantine Baecher.

The program opens with a new work for the Company to selections of Niccolò Paganini’s Caprices for Solo Violin. read more →

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Full Moon Snowshoe Hike at Sugar Pine Point SP March 15

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

On Saturday, March 15, 2014 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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Rajan Zed to speak on Hinduism at Truckee March 21

Rajan ZedHindu statesman Rajan Zed will speak and answer questions on Hinduism on Friday, March 21,  in Truckee.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, will address the gathering at “For Goodness Sake”, 10157 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, starting 06-30 pm and then answer questions. All are welcome to this free event. Coffee and snacks will be available. read more →

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Olympic Homecoming Celebration at Squaw March 21

2014 Winter Olympic Games - Season 2014Squaw Valley ski resort celebrates the return of Lake Tahoe’s athletes from the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi with an Olympic Homecoming Celebration, complete with live music, parade, fireworks, and appearances by Olympic medalists Mikaela Shiffrin, Andrew Weibrecht, and Julia Mancuso.

The welcome home party begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 21 at the KT Base Bar in The Village at Squaw Valley.

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Snowshoe through History at Sugar Pine Point State Park March 22

What would it be like to be the only permanent resident of Lake Tahoe’s West Shore during the winter of 1904?

Find out March 22, 2014 during a snowshoe hike around the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion on the lake shore. You’ll learn about the natural environment that attracted Tahoe’s earliest settlers and explore the fascinating history of a Tahoe landmark.

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SNC Poetry Center Opening Event March 28-29

Poetry-HerreraJuanFelipeSierra Nevada College’s new Poetry Center is proud to host Poet Laureate of California Juan Filipe Herrera and award-winning poet Jane Hirshfield for their grand opening March 28-29, 2014.

The Poetry Center promotes an appreciation of contemporary American poetry with one of the largest collections of contemporary American poetry in Nevada and a diverse program of public readings and workshops. read more →

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Pain McShlonkey Classic at Squaw March 30

Get your saucers ready for the Annual Pain McShlonkey Classic event at Squaw on Saturday, March 30, 2014.

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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Free TRT Snowshoe Hikes

The Tahoe Rim Trail Association is offering free guided snowshoe treks along the famous trail that winds 165 miles peak to peak around Lake Tahoe. From ice falls on the new Van Sickle State Park trail, to full moon hikes on Mount Rose, it’s no wonder everyone loves this trail.  These snowshoe hikes are great for all abilities (shorter hikes are appropriate for kids). Discover this fun and easy way to exercise and socialize during the winter months in Lake Tahoe.

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SnowFest! Festival February 28-March 9, 2014

It’s been going on for 33 wacky and wild years.

North Lake Tahoe’s 10 day winter carnival.

Snowfest! take place February 28 through March 9, 2014 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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Meet the Squaw Avalanche Dogs at North Tahoe March 4

Murphy and Eric by Keoki FlaggMeet our local heroes – Rasco, Tucker, Boon, Wylee, Smoke, Lily, Ellie Mae, Boomer and Murphy, shown here with his handler Eric, on March 4, 2014 for a fundraiser at North Tahoe Visitor Center.

Learn about avalanche awareness, and how the Squaw Valley Rescue Dogs save lives.  Donations made at the event will 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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Kings Beach Snowfest Parade March 8

Kings Beach Snowfest ParadeThe annual Kings Beach Snowfest Parade is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 8, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Highway 28 in downtown Kings Beach between Secline Street and Chipmunk Street.

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I-Did-A-Run at Tahoe Donner March 9

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

On Sunday, March 9, 2014, 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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Gourmet Ski Tour at Tahoe Cross Country March 9

Tahoe-Cross-CountryGlide, stride, or snowshoe your way through a gourmet lover’s on-snow wonderland at the annual Gourmet Ski Tour at the Tahoe Cross Country Center on Sunday, March 9th from 12:30 -2:30PM.

Work up a hearty appetite and experience quilt free noshing before, during, or after touring some of the cross country center’s 65 kilometers of beautiful forested trails.

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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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Annual Squaw Valley Prom to Benefit Local Non-Profits Feb 22

Ten 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 February 22, 2014, the Squaw Valley Prom will be hosted by the High Fives Foundation with all ticket proceeds benefiting their amazing non-profit organization. This year’s theme will be Spring Break ’99.

 

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Slide Back Retro Party at Mt. Rose Feb 22

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If you still think that “New School” equates to stretch pants that leave nothing to the imagination, rear-entry boots and old skinny skis, then you’ll fit right in at Mt. Rose’s Slide Back Retro Party, February 22, 2014. Break all of the ski fashion laws on this one-day only event– at the always-chic Winters Creek Lodge.  Sport your finest Day Glow Stretch Pants to win some great prizes too!

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Music, Memory and the Brain at TERC Feb 6

Beatles Abbey Road wikipediaUC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center presents an enlightening public lecture on the science of music on Thursday, February 6. Entitled “Music, Memory and the Brain,” it features Dr. Petr Janata of the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain and his research on neurological links between music and memories.

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Unexpected Encounters in Nepal Jan 31

Sierra College Insights Tahoe CultureSierra College Insights presents “Unexpected Encounters in Nepal,” an engaging and free talk by three veteran educators from Tahoe on Friday, Jan. 31.

Doors will open for socializing and refreshments at 6:30 p.m. and the visually rich presentation will take place at 7 p.m.

Attendees will also hear about a 125-mile trek and surprising encounter with Sir Edmund Hillary from painting, drawing and design professor McAdoo, and Derek Larson will share his chance encounter with the Dalai Lama.

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Last Chair Festival at Squaw January 9-11

Skiing and music, these are a few of my favorite things.  The Last Chair Festival returns to Squaw Valley on January 9-11 with a new format, huge headlining acts and new cultural seminars.

A celebration of music, culture and community, the Last Chair Festival welcomes an eclectic mix of world-renowned music acts including The Flaming Lips, Jurassic 5, Matisyahu, Fitz & the Tantrums, Mayer Hawthorne and more. read more →

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Olympic Heritage Celebration at Sugar Pine Point Jan 11-19

1960 Winter Olympics Official Program

The Olympic Heritage Celebration is a week long festival of re-enacted events, sporting competitions, and recognition of legendary and current Olympians at Sugar Pine Point State Park and around West and North Lake Tahoe from January 11 through 19, 2014.

Get inspired with special events, guided snowshoe tours and the chance to meet past Olympians as you help cheer on North Lake Tahoe’s local athletes as they prepare for Sochi.

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Tahoe ‘Earth Bar’ highlights new ‘Game’ Jan 14 in Incline Village

Mick DodgeJoin the local tribe watching National Geographic’s new TV show,“The Legend of Mick Dodge”, talk with Mick directly and share your experiences of connecting with the wild. While Mick is pushing the envelope of living close to the land (in Washington’s Olympic Mountains), many of us are connecting with the lake and the mountains right here in the Tahoe area.

Head to the historic Tunnel Creek Cafe in Incline Village, Tuesday January 14th at 6pm, enjoy some ‘pre-game’ samplers, then watch the next 30-minute episode together (at 7 pm), followed by a live call with Mick and try some EARTHgym moves. read more →

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25th Annual Chocolate, Wine & Roses Fundraiser Nov 2

The Tahoe Safe Alliance and Project MANA are holding the 25th Annual Chocolate, Wines and Roses Festival fundraiser on November 2nd at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, from 7 pm to 10:30 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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Avalanche Training at Alpenglow Sports Nov 7

Ricky Newberry love snowOn Nov. 7 at 7pm Alpenglow Sports will provide a free educational forum to prepare backcountry enthusiasts of all ability levels for the upcoming season.

In the first of two installments of the annual Community Avalanche Safety Seminars, the Tahoe City shop will provide an evening for backcountry travelers to refresh their skills, learn new information, and witness the latest equipment in avalanche safety hosted by Ricky Newberry. read more →

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Women’s Wellness Weekend Nov 9-10

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 9 and 10, 2013.

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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Passport to Dining in Kings Beach Nov 14

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 14, 2013 from 6pm to 9pm.

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Just Downstream: Water Culture & Water Governance at Pyramid Lake at SNC Nov 14

Pyramid_LakeUC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center’s monthly lecture series continues with a presentation on water rights at Pyramid Lake on Thursday, November 14, starting at 5:30 with a no-host bar. Presentation begins at 6 p.m. with a $5 suggested donation.

Dr. Kate Berry, Professor of Geography at the University of Nevada, Reno, will discuss her research at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences. 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 December 6 and 7 in Carson City and December 17th in Reno, NV.  read more →

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Skier and Rider Workshop Nov 16

Shalah Morris Yoga for Skiers and RidersNow is the time to prepare your body for the slopes with yoga’s deep focused energy and balance to aid in skiing’s rapid speed and fluidity. The more yoga one practices, the more powerful and graceful one becomes both on and off the slopes.

Yoga Studio Tahoe is offering a special skier and rider yoga workshop taught by former pro-skier and yogi Shaelah Morris. The two and one half hour workshop is scheduled for Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 11:30-2:00PM with a cost of $30 for pre-registered participants and $40 at the door.

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Warren Miller’s “Ticket to Ride” Nov 29-30

iceland_mike arzt_Ticket to RideIt’s the official beginning of winter for many skiers and snowboarders.  Warren Miller’s 64th movie, Ticket to Ride, features big mountain skiing with local skiers and riders from Lake Tahoe at the most exotic settings imaginable.  That’s not Desolation Wilderness and Emerald Bay behind the lucky girls in this photo. Darn.

The  snow-obsessed will find out the location of this ski spot at Olympic Village Inn November 29 and 30, 2013.

 

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Artistry in Wood by Tom Beebe Open Studio Nov 29-Dec 1

Just before the holidays, treat yourself to something very different. Woodworking demonstrations and amazing functional artwork during Tom Beebe’s Open Studio weekend, November 29 – December 1, 2013 from 11 am to 4 pm.

In addition to previewing an assortment of big and small woodworking items in the gallery, you can also learn about the custom furniture and built-in ordering process.

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Tahoe City Oktoberfest

Scarecrows on Parade Tahoe CityHead to North Lake Tahoe this October for Downtown Tahoe City’s Annual Oktoberfest including Scarecrows on Parade, SnowFest! Scarecrow Sprint and Stroll, the Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch, and specials by your favorite local businesses.

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Annual Donner Party Hike October 5-6

Hikers can experience the early emigrants’ journey across the Sierra Nevada mountains without reliving the dangers October 5 and 6, 2013 by participants in the Annual Donner Party Hike.

Exploring this region on interpretive walks and hikes you can almost hear the clip-clop of oxen and the rumble of wagon wheels, as countless emigrants scaled the mighty Sierra Nevada in search of a better life. Learn about the success of the Stephens Party; the tragic events the Donner Party endured; and the importance of the transcontinental railroad. Put on your hiking boots, choose a hike and explore Truckee’s history.

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Downtown Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop Oct 5

Mark your calendars for the tenth annual Downtown Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop slated for Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 from noon to 4 p.m. Wine lovers, food connoisseurs and dedicated shoppers will once again indulge in delicious food samples paired with some of the finest vintages, as they shop and stroll in the historic western ski town of Truckee, Calif.

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