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

Passport to Dining in Kings Beach Nov 10

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 10, 2016 from 6pm to 9pm.

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Tahoe City Oktoberfest Oct 1

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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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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9/11 15th Anniversary Commemoration & Thanksgiving

truckee-lutheran-911This upcoming September 11 is the 15th anniversary of the terrible tragedy that struck America and brought pain and suffering to across our country. Truckee Lutheran Presbyterian Church (TLPC) is hosting a community-wide September 11 Commemoration & Thanksgiving event on Sunday, September 11, 11:30 a.m. at the Truckee River Regional Park. read more →

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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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Trails and Vistas World Concert Sept 10

Todo MundoExperience the musical sounds of worldly cultures during the Trails & Vistas World Concert for Peace featuring Todo Mundo, an award-winning band from San Diego, September 10, 2016, 6:30 p.m. This entertaining evening is the finale event for the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Encore Showcase Series set to the picturesque views of Lake Tahoe.

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Trails & Vistas Art Hikes Sept 18

This year’s Trails & Vistas Art Hikes on September 18, 2016 will inspire attendees along a guided path past live music, art, storytelling, and dance performances.

Trails & Vistas plays host to a collective experience where art, nature and audience intersect. Guides will lead three-hour long hikes starting in 15-minute increments winding through 12 site-specific art installations. Participants will enjoy music, performance art, ephemeral sculpture and literary art pieces placed along an earthen trail.

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Art & Soul Downtown Truckee ArtWalk Sept 17

Truckee will be brimming with art and activity during the 2nd Annual Art & Soul Downtown Truckee ArtWalk on Saturday, September 17th from 1pm to 6pm.

Stroll through the heart of Downtown Truckee enjoying visual art, live music, artist demonstrations, craft beer and wine tastings, small bites & more.  This year’s walk features 30 stops celebrating local artists!

A portion of event proceeds goes to Arts for the Schools.

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TINS Piranga at Squaw Sept 9

Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS) has teamed up with all of the Squaw Village restaurants to put on this fun, innovative event, pairing a battle of the bands with a chicken wing cook-off to help raise money for TINS.

New this year TINS has added multiple activities and events highlighting team building, locally prepared food, craft beers, and live music taking place September 9, 2016 from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

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Bike to Support Music: Tahoe Sierra Century September 17

Bike to Support MusicIt’s a classic fall event and blends two of our favorites for a great local cause.

Bikes and Music.

The Tahoe Sierra Century on Saturday, September 17, is a fundraiser for cyclists to support the music programs at North Tahoe Middle and High Schools.

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Tahoe Vista Paddlefest Sept 10-11

It’s the finale. The big daddy of the entire stand up and paddle season at Lake Tahoe.  So you’ve been standing up and paddling all summer longer, just to get ready for this epic.

It’s the 22-mile Tahoe Fall Classic SUP race across Lake Tahoe from Eldorado Beach to Tahoe Vista on September 11, 2016 starting at 8am sharp.

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High Fives Bocce Tournament Sept 18 at Truckee River Winery

High Fives Foundation Bocce TournamentThe High Fives Non-Profit Foundation will host its annual Bocce Tournament at the Truckee River Winery on Sunday, September 18, 2016.

The cost to participate is $125 per two-person team. Space is limited to the first forty teams to register. Teams will compete for amazing prizes as well as bragging rights. read more →

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Tahoe Star Tours with Astronomer Poet Tony Berendsen

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” during his Tahoe Star Tours.

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Historic Bus Tour with Mark McLaughlin,”Storm King” Aug 5

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 Pass to Rainbow Bridge and the transcontinental railroad tunnels on Friday, August 5, 2016 starting at 9am.

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Concours d’Elegance August 12-13

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 12 and 13, 2016.

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Ta-hoe Nalu Paddle Festival Aug 12-14

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 12 through 14h.

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Annual Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest at Squaw August 13 and 14

Earles of Newtown photo by Waking Crow at Waking Crow Studios — at The National Hotel

Earles of Newtown photo by Waking Crow at Waking Crow Studios

It’s going to be the funkiest place around, especially with the Earles of Newtown.

Two days of explosive musical talent takes over The Village at Squaw Valley on August 13 and 14, 2016  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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Shakespeare Festival

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

The festival runs July 8 through August 21, 2016 at Sand Harbor State Park featuring The Comedy of Errors – a double dose of laughter, and Forever Plaid – a pitch-perfect, jukebox musical. 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 9, 2016 through August 18, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Free Sunday Concerts on Commons Beach

SamBaDa-at-Commons-Beach-Concerts1Head to Commons Beach in the heart of Tahoe City for a free Sunday Concert on September 4th featuring Joy and Madness and the Beer Gardeners from 4pm to 7pm.

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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Fallen Leaf Lake History Hike August 15

Anita Baldwin Chimney Tahoe CultureFollow local historians on a history hike at Fallen Leaf Lake.  You’ll learn about the history of the lake, and some of the unique personalities who spent time living here, and visit the ruins of the Anita Baldwin Estate.  Bring a bag lunch, water, camera, sunscreen and good hiking shoes.

Meet at the Gatekeeper’s Museum on August 15, 2016 at 9 am when you’ll car pool to South Lake Tahoe. read more →

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Venerable Losang Samten at Lake Tahoe Aug 18-24

Venerable Losang Samten, Tibetan scholar, spiritual teacher, and artist will share teachings of loving-kindness, joy, compassion, and the path to enlightenment throughout Tahoe August 18-24, 2016.

Classes often include a talk, guided meditation, and discussion.

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Peaks and Paws Festival at Squaw Aug 27

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, August 27, 2016 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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Docent-led Hikes at Carpenter Valley

Carpenter ValleyThe Truckee Donner Land Trust invites you to see what all the excitement is about with our latest project. Join us for a docent-led tour of Carpenter Valley on August 13 and 21.

Carpenter Valley is one of the least known and most spectacular places in the northern Sierra. It has been in private ownership since the late 19th century.

The Truckee Donne

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The Ghost of Mark Twain in IV Aug 26

He set the high water mark for fascinating tales about mountain culture.  Mark Twain liked to say, “Good friends, good books. This is the ideal life.”

The Ghost of Mark Twain at Tahoe played by McAvoy Lane is a cultural romp through the stories and lore of Mark Twain and his time in the Lake Tahoe on August 26 at Starbucks in Incline Village, presented by the Incline Village Crystal Bay Historical Society.  Yes, Starbucks – I can hear Twain now.

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Free Live Music at Kings Beach Fridays

Music-on-the-Beach Tahoe Culture

Enjoy free, live music performances featuring a variety of genres at Music on the Beach 2016 on Fridays at Kings Beach State Recreation Area through September 2, 2016 from 6:00-8:30pm.
Don’t miss Miss Lonely Hearts band on August 19th.

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Tahoe Star Tours Tribute to Carl Sagan Sept 1-3

A sizzling alpenglow sunset sets the stage followed by a pitch black sky that illuminates the stars and planets.  It’s the perfect venue for a tribute to Carl Sagan.

Join star guide and poet Tony Berendsen of Tahoe Star Tours, as he honors Dr. Sagan during a fascinating night of science, poetry, and star gazing at Northstar on September 1, 2 and 3, 2016. read more →

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Free Bluesdays on Tuesdays at Squaw thru Sept 6

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 through September 6, 2016 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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Alpen Wine Festival for Can Do Multiple Sclerosis Sept 4 at Squaw

“Focus on what you CAN DO” – Jimmie Heuga.

Wine aficionados will sip fine vintages to help raise money for Can Do MS, formerly The Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis, on Sunday, September 4, from 2-5 p.m. at The Village at Squaw Valley.

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Wanderlust at Squaw July 14-17

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 14-17, 2016. read more →

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Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots and Rogues Gary Noy July 21

SierraStories405“Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots and Rogues” is a fantastical journey about unusual and lesser-known stories of Sierra Nevada history.  Written by Sierra Nevada College historian and Sierra Nevada native Gary Noy, some stories are adventurous, some are horrifying, some are inventive, but all are fascinating windows into our history in the breathtaking Range of Light.

Meet Gary at the Gatekeepers Museum July 21 at 4pm for a free talk.

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Lake Tahoe Dance Festival July 27-29

Lake Tahoe Dance Festival

The annual Lake Tahoe Dance Festival takes place July 27-29, 2016 at Gatekeepers Museum.  The festival opens on Wednesday, July 27 with the Gala Opening Night Celebration, where audiences enjoy dinner catered by Crest Cafe, table seating, and a silent auction in collaboration with Trunk Show. Dancers return to the stage July 28 and 29 for the festival’s two Main Stage Performances, for which attendees are encouraged to bring picnic blankets or low back chairs. VIP tables for the Main Stage Performances are also available.

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Living History Day at Ehrman Mansion July 30

This only happens once a year. Ehrman Mansion will be open to the public for free on Saturday, July 30, from 11AM to 3PM, during Living History Day.

Here’s your chance to step back in time and relive life at the lake as it was in the 1930s, at one of the most scenic spots along the west shore of Lake Tahoe, and one of our most famous houses.

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Taste & Listen Pop Up Dinner at Stella July 15

photostellachefdesserts1Enjoy an artistic interpretation of a multi-continent inspired cuisine choreographed to live music creating an unforgettable dining experience.

On Friday, July 15, 2016, starting at 6:00 – 9:00pm, local Trails & Vistas artist, Nancy Tieken Lopez, and the Stella Kitchen Team lead by Chef Ben Knox of The Cedar House Sport Hotel will create a Pop Up Dinner exhibition titled “Taste & Listen.” 

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Art, Wine & Music Festival at Squaw July 9-10

Squaw Valley’s village will burst with color, taste, and sound as fine artists, crafts makers, performers and musicians come to participate in this fun, two-day annual event on July 9 and 10, 2016. The Art, Wine & Music Festival features wine tasting from 2-5 pm both days, two performance stages, restaurants, shops, and walkways lined with fine art booths and exhibits.

All proceeds from the event benefit Achieve Tahoe, whose mission is to provide affordable inclusive physical and recreational activities that build health and confidence.

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Cultural Land Tours June 10 Waddle Ranch

Trails and Vistas Waddle RanchCultural Land Tours are a new collaboration with Trails & Vistas and the Land Trust for extraordinary adventures combining art, history, and the environment led by K.V. Van Lom with the Land Trust.

The Waddle Ranch Preserve guided tour on June 10th from 8:30 to 1 pm takes guests through magnificent forests to Lake Ella where guests can hike, enjoy birding and a peaceful setting as plein air painter, Jackson Lain, captures the scenery, and local Tahoe musician Angele Thibodeau performs.  read more →

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Truckee Duckee Derbee benefits Humane Society June 12

Dogs, their owners, and some rubber ducks will raise money for the Tahoe Truckee Humane Society at the Annual Truckee Duckee Derbee Races and “Dogs in Duds” contest on Sunday afternoon, June 12, from 1 – 4 p.m. at the River Ranch Lodge.

Not sure how the two were combined, but heck – why not?

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Stories of Research at Lake Tahoe with Dr. Charles Goldman June 21

Join renowned limnologist Dr. Charles Goldman for an entertaining public presentation about the stories and history of five decades of scientific research at Lake Tahoe and the challenges ahead.  Dr. Goldman’s presentation will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21 at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences in Incline Village, Nevada (on the campus of Sierra Nevada College) .

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Thunderbird Paddling Festival June 11

Paddlers and Tahoe Keepers will gather at Sand Harbor State Park on the east shore for the annual Thunderbird Paddling Festival on Saturday, June 11, 2016.

You choose from an 8 mile or 4 mile round trip paddle that starts at Sand Harbor State Park, heads south to Chimney Beach past historic Thunderbird Lodge, and back.  There’s also a 2-mile race for kids 12 years old and younger.

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Tahoe City Solstice Festival June 16-19

Summer begins in Tahoe City with the annual Tahoe City Solstice Festival set for June 16-19, 2016.

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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Alpenglow Mountain Festival June 18-26

Tahoe Rim Trail Tahoe Culture

Alpenglow Mountain Festival on June 18th-26th, 2016 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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North Lake Tahoe Digitization Day at Gatekeeper’s Museum June 26

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

Do you have any historical photographs or visual materials of the Tahoe area? If you do, or if you’d just like to learn more about the archival resources that document this community’s rich history, come visit the North Lake Tahoe Digitization Day on Sunday, June 26, 2016. 10am-4pm.

The free North Lake Tahoe Digitization Day offers digitization services of historic visual materials related to the North Lake Tahoe community, as well as programming regarding the preservation and use of historic photographs.

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Donner Lake Paddle Race May 21

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 21, 2016 at 9am. It’s part of the Tahoe Cup Paddle Board Race Series.

Better check weather conditions first…you may be wearing your dry suit or ski gear.  Only in Tahoe.

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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Made in Tahoe Festival at Squaw May 28-29

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 28-29, 2016, 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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Tsurunokai Drummers at Incline Village Library May 25

You’ll have to try and sit still at the Incline Village Library on May 25, 2016 at this free drum show starting at 4pm.

Tsurunokai Drummers are local performers demonstrating the exciting art of traditional Japanese taiko drumming and sharing insight into Japanese culture.

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Annual Squaw Valley Institute Farm to Table Dinner May 28

SVI Farm and Dinner Event

Enjoy an evening of culinary delights, delectable wines and live music as you dine alfresco at the 5th Annual Farm to Table Dinner on Saturday, May 28, 2016 in Squaw Valley.

Presented by the Squaw Valley Institute (SVI) and powered by MTN ROOTS food truck, this popular annual culinary event is taking place in partnership with Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows during the 4th Annual Made In Tahoe Festival.

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Annual Billy Dutton Uphill April 10

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 10th, marks the Annual Billy Dutton Uphill at Squaw Valley starting at 8am at the base of KT-22.

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Tahoe Truckee Earth Day April 16

Giant steps towards smaller footprints. The 2016 Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival is slated for Saturday, April 16, 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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Snow Golf Tournament at Alpine Meadows April 16

Only at Lake Tahoe. Alpine Meadows Ski Resort will host its annual Snow Golf Tournament on Saturday, April 16, 2016.

All competitors must wear skis or a snowboard to compete and navigate from hole to hole, but are allowed to remove one foot to drive, chip, and putt.  And it’s free – with your lift ticket.

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26th Annual Cushing Crossing April 30

elephantskiercushingcrossingThis wildly entertaining competition challenges local lunatics and gregarious guests to cross the vast and chilly waters of Lake Cushing (really it’s a pond) 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 Cushing Crossing comes to the frigid waters of Squaw Valley on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 1 p.m.

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We live in a special place. A place so beautiful it nurtures the soul and creative spirit. A place so breathtaking it inspires conservation. A mountain culture that masters the fine art of living. Welcome to this place we call home. Welcome to Lake Tahoe. Meet the local artists, individuals, businesses and events that define our unique mountain culture and embody Tahoe's creative and entrepreneurial spirit.
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