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

Annual Flow Arts Festival May 16

Tahoe Flow Arts Studio is a community flow space, co-operative rather than competitive.  Bringing compassion and respect to whom we play, dance, and practice yoga with by creating encouragement and support for each other through our personal journey through life of self expression.  We flow together and we inspire one another. 

Flow Arts Festival in Tahoe Vista takes place May 16, 2015.

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“Running 172 Miles on the Tahoe Rim Trail” May 19 at Alpenglow Sports

Tahoe Rim Trail Tahoe CultureOn Tuesday, May 19th, at 6:30 PM, Alpenglow Sports will host the fifth installment of the popular “Education Series” created by the Donner Party Mountain Runners. The presentation will tell the story of five runners who spent four days running the Tahoe Rim Trail, covering about 40 miles each day. In contrast to the lately popular idea of setting an FKT (Fastest Known Time), the runners did not complete the trail in a single push, but rather ended each day with dinner, a hot shower, and a hotel room – popularized as “glam” trail running. read more →

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Sugar Pine Foundation Tree Planting at Donner May 20

Sugar Pine Foundation

The Sugar Pine Foundation is partnering with Tahoe Donner Forestry to conduct a tree planting as a part of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative attempt to set a world record from 9-11:30am on May 20 at Tahoe Donner in the old Donner Ridge Fire scar.

Together with 40 groups across North America we will plant an estimated 200,000 trees in one hour! Tahoe Sugar Pine Foundation will be planting 200+ western white pines at Tahoe Donner.

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First Fridays at Riverside Studios

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

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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Donner Lake Paddle Race May 23

Donner Lake RaceIf you’re looking for a different kind of intense workout, check this out.

The Annual Donner Lake Memorial Weekend Stand-up/Prone Paddleboard Race takes place Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 9am. It’s part of the O’Neil Tahoe Cup Paddle Board Race Series.

Be sure and clean, drain and dry your paddleboard before you jump in the lake, and become a Tahoe Keeper today.

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Tahoe City Clean Up Day June 6

Kings Beach Clean Up DayAfter the snow melts, the trash that was pushed aside remains. Well, now it’s time to pick it up!

Local residents are banding together to tackle trash in Tahoe City, as part of a region wide clean-up effort across North Lake Tahoe and Truckee on Saturday, June 6. read more →

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Free Live Music at Kings Beach Fridays June 19-Aug 7

Music-on-the-Beach Tahoe Culture

Enjoy free, live music performances featuring a variety of genres at Music on the Beach 2015 starting on Friday, June 19 at Kings Beach State Recreation Area.
Concerts will take place Friday evenings 6:00-8:30pm, June 19 – August 7, excluding July 3, when NTBA hosts the annual July 3rd Fireworks & Beach Party in Kings Beach.

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Alpenglow Mountain Festival June 20-28

Alpenglow mountain festivalThe Alpenglow Mountain Festival is a bi-annual, ten day celebration of human-powered mountain sports, events, clinics, equipment demos, presentations, film and more.

The summer edition runs from June 20-June, 2015 with guided hikes, standup paddleboarding, trail running, and yoga highlighting the festival and films, presentations, and equipment demos.

The event includes film, presentation, and equipment demos. The Alpenglow Mountain Festival is geared toward beginner and intermediate mountain enthusiasts, offering a range of activities for all interests and ability levels.

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Jam From the Dam July 11

So you say it’s way too easy to paddle.

Then try this.

Stand up and paddle from Tahoe City to Carnelian Bay at the Annual Jam from the Dam on July 11, 2015.

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Wanderlust at Squaw July 16-19

Combining yoga, music, art and nature, Wanderlust is redefining the festival experience for both kids and adults.

Wanderlust, producers of the largest yoga lifestyle events in the world, returns to California July 16-19,2015 at the birthplace of the Wanderlust Festival – Squaw Valley. Nestled in one of Mother Nature’s most picturesque creations, this four-day retreat will gather together yoga enthusiasts, families, foodies and mindful adventurers for an unforgettable getaway.  read more →

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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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Ta-hoe Nalu Stand-Up Paddle Festival Aug 14-16

2014 5mie-0146 Tahoe Nalu photosThe 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 14 through 16th.

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Sugar Pine Plantings April 4-19

Sugar-Pine-Planting-at-Lake-TahoeHelp the Sugar Pine Foundation plant healthy, fungus-resistant sugar pines April 4 through 19, 2015.

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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Beacon and Eggs Search Contest at Alpine Meadows April 5

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 5th.

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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Annual Billy Dutton Uphill April 12

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 12th, marks the Annual Billy Dutton Uphill at Squaw Valley starting at 8am.

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Tahoe Truckee Earth Day April 18

Giant steps towards smaller footprints. The 2015 Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival is slated for Saturday, April 18, 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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Agriculture, Food & Nutrition from Local to Global at TERC April 23

josette_lewisUC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center invites the community to join special guest Dr. Josette Lewis from the UC Davis World Food Center.

The program will begin at 6 p.m. (happy hour begins at 5:30 p.m.) on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at the Tahoe Science Center.

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Pain McShlonkey Classic at Squaw March 14

Get your saucers ready for the annual Pain McShlonkey Classic event at Squaw on Saturday, March 14, 2015.

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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Can Do Vertical Express for MS at Squaw March 14

“Focus on what you CAN DO” – Jimmie Heuga.  Together, we can ski to make a difference.

Vertical Express for Can Do MS is a series of on-snow events to benefit Can Do Multiple Sclerosis – a national nonprofit organization and innovative provider of lifestyle empowerment programs that empower people with MS and their support partners to transform and improve their quality of life.

Teams of three skiers/riders raise a minimum of $500 to enter the Vertical Express for MS at Squaw on March 14, 2015. read more →

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Science Expo March 16-25

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

Check out the free family Science Expo on March 18, 2015 from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences on the Sierra Nevada College.  Admission is free.

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Opening to Love March 19

Lake Tahoe Sunset Pier

Relationship experts Sonika Tinker and Christian Pedersen are offering cutting edge relationship tools and practices as we enter Spring when love and newness are in the air.  Opening to Love in Tahoe City takes place March 19th at 6:30 pm.

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Winter Natural History Snowshoe Outing with TINS March 21

Join the Tahoe Rim Trail and the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS) for a Natural History Snowshoe trek on March 21, 2015 from 9:30 am to 12:20 pm.

This short and scenic hike will take you through Tahoe Meadows to Chickadee Ridge, encompassing an open meadow, lodgepole pine forests, and scenic vistas. Along the way, TINS staff will discuss winter ecology concepts and the survival strategies and adaptations employed by animals from the Lake Tahoe Region.This hike is perfect for the whole family! read more →

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Fibs, Fakes and Falsehoods: Mistaken Tahoe at TERC March 24

Local author and speaker David Antonucci presents, “Fibs, Fakes and Falsehoods: Mistaken Tahoe,” at Tahoe Environmental Research Center on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 from 5pm to 7pm.

Ensure that you and your staff are getting their information about Tahoe correct.  Refreshments will be served. read more →

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Iconic American Climber Lynn Hill at Squaw March 12

Lynn Hill Iconic Climber at SquawOn Thursday, March 12, 2015 iconic climber Lynn Hill will be the featured presenter at the Alpenglow Sports Winter Film Series at Squaw Valley’s Olympic Village Lodge.

Hill is acknowledged as one of the most accomplished rock climber in the world. Having learned to climb in southern California in 1975, Lynn was part of a cutting-edge generation of free climbers known as the “Stone Masters”. In 1983, Lynn moved to upstate New York and continued to raise the standards in free climbing, as well as in arena of international climbing competitions.
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Sugar Pine Foundation Children’s Book at Incline Library March 25

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 Incline Village Library, March 25th at 4pm.  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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Class of 2015 Bon Voyage Fashion Show March 29

NTHS FASHION SHOW 1-page-001Enjoy an evening of fashion and frivolity when the North Tahoe High School Class of 2015 takes to the runway at the Bon Voyage Fashion Show, Sunday, March 29, 6:30 p.m. at NTHS in Tahoe City.

This event is a fundraiser for Project Grad, which provides a safe and sober way for seniors to celebrate this great milestone. Proceeds go toward the cost of the chaperons who will accompany them on their graduation trip to San Francisco.

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Kings Beach Snowfest Parade March 7

Kings Beach Snowfest Parade

The annual Kings Beach Snowfest Parade will take place on Saturday, March 7, 11:30am – 12:30pm along Highway 28 starting at Secline Street and ending at Coon Street. North Tahoe Business Association hosts this fun-filled parade featuring entries from 25 community non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, service groups and local businesses.

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Splitboarding the Chinese Himalaya March 4

Splitboarding in China by CampbellOn the evening of Wednesday, March 4th, at Tahoe Art Hause & Cinema, Truckee local Dave N. Campbell will present his tale “Splitboarding the Chinese Himalaya”  presented by Alpenglow Sports. read more →

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SnowFest! February 27-March 8, 2015

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

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

SnowFest takes place February 27 through March 8, 2015 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 March 5

Murphy and Eric by Keoki FlaggMeet our local heroes on March 5, 2015 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm for a fundraiser at North Tahoe Visitor Center.

Learn about avalanche awareness, and how the Squaw Valley Rescue Dogs save lives.  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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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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Lake Tahoe Dance Collective Winter Repertory March 6-7

Sierra Walsh, photographed by Danielle HankinsonThe Lake Tahoe Dance Collective takes the stage March 6 and 7 at the Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema in Tahoe City for its Winter Repertory Season, this time welcoming dancers from the Los Angeles Ballet.

The performance will include the company premier of Chris McDaniel’s “Ragtime Jubilee,” a sassy celebration of jazz-influenced ballet from the ragtime era. Originally created for the Los Angeles Ballet’s Dances by Dancers program, McDaniel brought the work to the LTDC ensemble and will join the cast, along with fellow Los Angeles dancer, Alexander Castillo.
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Pancakes for Dogs in Kings Beach March 7

The North Tahoe Public Utility District’s annual Snow Fest! Pancake Breakfast will be held Saturday March 7, 2015 from 8:30-10:30 AM at the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach, CA. Cost is $8 for adults, $3 for children and children under 3 are free! read more →

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Backcountry Film Festival Feb 26 at Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema

Chasing Ice Nat Geo

On Thursday, February 26th the Tahoe Art Haus and Cinema will host and showcase nine unique films aimed to inspire winter adventurers to seek the snow less traveled during the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival. read more →

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Annual Squaw Valley Prom to Benefit Local Non-Profits Feb 21

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 21, 2015, 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 Oceans Eleven.

 

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Mountain Dogs Lecture at TERC Feb 19

Sender Bell of Sierra Ski and Cycle WorksBenjamin and Lynette Hart of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine will present information about breed-specific and gender-specific behavioral profiles of dogs most commonly chosen as companions in the mountains. Breeds include Golden retrievers, Labrador retrievers, German shepherds like Sender shown here, mascot of SSCW, Rottweiler’s, boxers and chihuahuas – what, Chihuahuas are mountain dogs?  I’m intrigued.

The presentation will begin at 6pm on Feb. 19 at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences in Incline Village for only $5. read more →

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World Famous Climber Emily Harrington at Squaw Feb 12

Emily Harrington Alpenglow Winter SeriesOn Thursday, February 12th, 2015 North Face athlete and world-famous climber Emily Harrington will be the featured presenter at the Alpenglow Sports Winter Film Series at Squaw Valley’s Olympic Village Lodge.

Harrington is a professional rock climber and adventurer who has been a prominent and leading figure in the climbing community since she was a teenager. She is perhaps best known for her five-time National Championships, two-time North American Championships, and numerous podiums on World Cup circuit. read more →

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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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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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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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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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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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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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