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

First Fridays at Riverside Studios

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

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

Meet Greg Van Loon on Friday, October 3rd, and see his new collection inspired by his love of music.

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Tahoe City Oktoberfest Oct 4

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 4 p.m. on Oct. 4.

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Downtown Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop Oct 4

Mark your calendars for the eleventh annual Downtown Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop set for Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 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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Sierra Business Council Peak Innovation Conference Oct 8-10

SBC Peak Innovation ConferenceSustainable business leaders, entrepreneurs, active residents, acclaimed writers and science gurus will gather for Sierra Business Council’s 20th Anniversary Conference “Peak Innovation – The Next 20 Years” at Granlibakken in Tahoe City from Oct. 8-10, 2014.

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“Are Books Dead?” with Gary Noy Oct. 10

Tahoe Culture Books are Not DeadExplore the past, present and future of publishing with retired Sierra College professor Gary Noy.

Noy, a published author, developed the only full-service academic press operated by a community college.

“Are Books Dead?” takes place October 10, from 7pm to 8:15pm at no cost.

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Fallen Leaf Creek Hike with Paul Ackerman Oct 14

Anita Baldwin Chimney Tahoe CultureFollow local historian Paul Ackerman on a 2.5 mile history hike on the Moraine Trail at Fallen Leaf lake.  Ackerman will discuss the history of the lake, the Anita Baldwin Estate and you’ll also see the spawning Kokanee Salmon on nearby Taylor Creek.

Meet at the Gatekeeper’s Museum on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at 8:30 am when you’ll car pool to South Lake Tahoe. read more →

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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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“Some Thing Else” Ski Film featuring JP Auclair Oct 16 Tahoe Art Haus and Cinema

Noah Howell in Mineral Fork Wasatch UTRespect the mountains and hug your loved ones. In Memorian: JP Auclair, Andreas Fransson, Liz Daley

Get ready for skiing with “Some Thing Else” from Powderwhore Productions, capturing the steepest and deepest powder on the expeditions to the most remote mountain ranges on the planet.  Movie starts at 6pm on Thursday, October 16th at Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema.

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Family Values at TERC Oct 16

UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center invites the community to take a different approach to family values in a public presentation led by Dr. Rick Grosberg. The program will begin at 6 pm (happy hour begins at 5:30) on Thursday, October 16 at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences.

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Project MANA Paella Dinner Oct 17

Paella Dinner by Deidre LedfordOn Friday, October 17, 2014, Chef Gerard Nebesky will prepare his award-winning Paella to raise funds for Project MANA.

Nebesky won “Throwdown with Bobby Flay” on national television. With giant paella pans, he will recreate his winning dish for you – including vegans. He will delight your taste buds while he demonstrates the preparation of this classic dish from Spain. Attendees will also receive a free gift to take home!  read more →

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Annual Historical Haunted Walking Tour in Truckee Oct 16-17

Truckee’s fifth Historical Haunted Tour will thrill attendees on Thursday, Oct. 16 and Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. The Tour celebrates bygone days in the bustling railroad town with captivating stories offering spooky and unexpected twists that will delight guests looking for a fun night out on the town.

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Know Your Park at CA 89 Oct 17

High-fives-Into-the-MindJoin the High Fives Foundation on Friday, October 17 for the world premiere of this year’s B.A.S.I.C.S. program service documentary “#KnowYourPark.” This movie premiere will also include two other High Fives original films, “The Giray Dadali Story” and “The Cody Walker Story.” Both Dadali and Walker are High Fives Athletes featured in #KnowYourPark. Their individual athlete films will be shown preceding the feature film to give the audience a better understanding of their background and connection with High Fives.

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Truckee River Day Oct 19

Grab those gloves, shovels and boots and bring the family and friends out to help restore the Truckee River at the annual Truckee River Day on October 19, 2014 starting at 9 AM.

You will be near streams and meadows, working side-by-side with other volunteers to plant restoration sites with seedlings and willows, remove invasive vegetation, compost and mulch sensitive areas, remove garbage and more.

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An Evening with Italian Alpinist Simone Moro Oct 21 at Tahoe Arts Haus & Cinema

Simone Moro Tahoe CultureAlpenglow Sports presents a unique evening with Simone Moro, the celebrated Italian alpinist renowned for his daring winter ascents of some of the tallest mountains on earth. The recipient of numerous awards and honors for his climbing achievements, Simone is a popular speaker at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival.

The free show for all ages takes place Tuesday, October 21st at 6pm at Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema in Tahoe City.

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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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Women’s Wellness Weekend Nov 8-9

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 8 and 9, 2014.

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 13

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 13, 2014 from 6pm to 9pm.

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Guitar Strings and Chicken Wings to raise money for TINS Sept 5

This is going to be fun folks. Six venues, six bands, six super-secret chicken wing recipes, all competing for your vote!

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.  Each venue will host a band and prepare a chicken wing recipe.  Guitar Strings and Chicken Wings takes place September 5, 2014 from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

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Dog Day in the Park at North Tahoe Regional Park Sept 7

All paws and hands are invited to the Tahoe Unleashed Dog Park groundbreaking ceremony at the North Tahoe Regional Park on Sept. 7, 2014 at 1 p.m. Get there early and enjoy Park’s festivities beginning at 11 a.m.

Dog Day in the Park is a dog-themed carnival with vendors, carnival booths, demonstrations, pet adoptions, BBQ, live music, and more. In addition, rabies vaccines and micro-chipping services will be offered at minimal cost. Funds raised at this event support the needs of all pets in our community. read more →

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Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival Sept 5-7

Thinking about leaving the hill to get a little taste of culture? Forget about it.

Now you don’t have to go to Napa, Sonoma, Tuscany or the Loire Valley to enjoy award-winning wine, food and art.

Get your passport ready and head to North Shore for the 29th annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival on Sept 5-7, 2014.  read more →

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Trails and Vistas World Concert Sept 6

sambada_lake tahoeTrails and Vistas World Concert will take place at the Shakespeare Amphitheater at Sand Harbor State Park on the east shore of Lake Tahoe on Saturday, Sept. 6. Musicians and dancers from near and far will perform as the sun sets and the moon rises.

Described as magical, diverse and inspiring, the concert is a fundraiser for Trails & Vistas, a Truckee, CA nonprofit organization that produces art experiences in nature. This year Trails & Vistas will present art hikes at Spooner Lake on Sept. 6 and 7 as well as Art in Nature field trips for more than 300 third grade students. read more →

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History of Squaw & Alpine at Gatekeeper’s Museum Sept 18

Gatekeepers MuseumIf you want to learn about Lake Tahoe’s enchanting history and local characters, head to the Gatekeeper’s Museum in Tahoe City for free presentations.

Don’t miss Eddy Starr Ancinas as she shares the histories of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows as they have never been told before on Thursday, September 18 matey!  It’s all free, and fun.

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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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Full Moon Kayak Benefit Tour September 7

Tahoe stewardship efforts are legendary. From protecting native fishes like the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout to our beloved open lands and cultural heritage, and fighting AIS as Tahoe Keepers, we know it takes a community of locals and visitors to contribute.

Here’s your chance.  Join California State Park Rangers and West Shore Sports at Ed Z’berg- Sugar Pine Point State Park for a full moon kayak tour while learning about Tahoe’s unique history on September 7, 2014 starting at 7:00 p.m.

Make your reservations quick.  It’s only $40 and all proceeds will benefit the Sierra State Parks Foundation so we can make much needed improvements to our Tahoe-based CA State Parks.

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Bike to Support Music: Tahoe Sierra Century September 13

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 13, is a fundraiser for cyclists to support the music programs at North Tahoe Middle and High Schools.

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6th Annual High Fives Bocce Tournament Sept 14 at Truckee River Winery

High Fives Foundation Bocce TournamentThe High Fives Non-Profit Foundation hosted its 6th Annual Bocce Tournament presented by GoPro and the Truckee River Winery on Sunday, September 14, 2014.

The cost to participate is $100 per two-person team. Space is limited to the first forty teams to register. Teams will compete for amazing prizes from Volkl Skis, Arcade Belts, Powder Magazine, Koss, as well as bragging rights, and a shot at the ultimate prize – 2 Squaw Valley Gold Passes. New for this year’s Bocce Tournament, contestants can dress up and get the chance to win great prizes for “Best Costume.” read more →

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22-mile Tahoe Fall Classic Paddleboard Race Sept 14

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 in South Shore to Kings Beach in North Shore on September 14th starting at 8am sharp.

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Tahoe Star Tours with Astronomer Poet Tony Berendsen at Northstar

Tony Tahoe Star Tours

Lake Tahoe’s crystal clear dark nights are perfect for star gazing and there’s no better guide than poet-astronomer Tony Berendsen, owner to Tahoe Star Tours.

Fascinated with Astronomy since he was given a telescope at age eight, Tony uses a unique mix of art and science to help his guests understand the view into space.  He recites poems written for the purpose of describing the cosmos, he calls “Poastromy” Thursday through Saturday evenings until September 27, 2014.

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Lake Tahoe Summerfest Aug 1-17

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

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

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North Lake Tahoe Heritage Month

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

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

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Pony Express Celebration at Grass Lake Aug 9

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

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

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Truckee Thursdays feature Local Culture

Truckee-Thursdays-Farmers-MarketTheir mantra is simple.  Think local. Be local. Buy local. Give local.

The feel-good summer mainstay, Downtown Truckee Thursdays will run June 12, 2014 through August 21, 2014 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Free Sunday Concerts on Commons Beach

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

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

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Monday Movies in the Park and a Summer Bocce Ball League

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

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Free Bluesdays on Tuesdays at Squaw

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

Here’s a favorite teaser from Shane.

See you there.

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Free Live Music at Kings Beach Fridays

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

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

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Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival July 11-Aug 24

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

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

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

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Concours d’Elegance August 8-9

Lake Tahoe Concours d'EleganceExotic wooden boats mark our nautical history in stylec especially during this favorite event where you can drool over 70 of the finest and rarest wooden boats in the world. Obexer’s Boat Company, home of the first wooden boat dealership on Lake Tahoe, will be the site of the 44th annual Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance, August 8-9, 2014.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Wine on the Water benefits Boys and Girls Club Aug 17

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

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

He is a walking encyclopedia of Tahoe-Truckee history and a captivating storyteller.

Local historian and author, Mark McLaughlin, will host a bus load of history lovers on a tour of Donner Park and the transportation evolution of Donner Pass on Friday, August 22, 2014.

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

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Dinner in the Barn August 23 and 24

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

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

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11th Annual Native American Basketweavers’ Gathering Aug 23

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

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

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Peaks and Paws Festival Aug 23

The dog days of summer will be on full display during the annual Peaks and Paws Festival at Squaw on Saturday, August 23, 2014 to raise money for the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe.

Dogs and their people can enjoy two stages of live bluegrass music, a pet themed vendor village, dog-friendly 10K race, complimentary dog treats and activities specially designed for furry friends. A $5 donation is encouraged for entry to the event with proceeds from the festival benefiting the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe.

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Disabled Sports USA Far West Annual Foam Fest Aug 30

The 25th annual Foam Fest returns to Squaw Valley Saturday, Aug. 30 from 2-6 p.m. for an afternoon of craft beer tasting, live music and a raffle, with all proceeds benefiting Disabled Sports USA Far West – a nonprofit organization that has led the way in adaptive sports and recreation for people with disabilities.

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Locally Guided Adventures at Tahoe Expo Aug 30-31

Locals already know how to enjoy a triple-leisure day that includes a bike ride, paddle and community gathering.  Throw in some volunteer trail work, trash pick up, and AIS removal and you’re a local.

To help visitors connect to our mountain culture and join in as stewards,  Sustainable Tahoe has created a 2-day outdoor exposition of our favorite adventures and local culture led by local experts. Tahoe Expo on August 30 and 31, 2014 features guided tours from two of Tahoe’s most spectacular shoreline venues and feature native Washoe and Paiute culture, crafting and ceremonies. read more →

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Alpen Wine Festival for Can Do Multiple Sclerosis August 31 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, August 31, from 2-5 p.m. at The Village at Squaw Valley.

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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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