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

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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First Fridays at Riverside Studios

Autumn Bowl Riverside StudiosToast the fine art of living with local artists, live music and libations on the First Friday of each month from 4pm to 8pm 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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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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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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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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”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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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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“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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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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Inspired Adventures at Kindred Art and Folk Institute Dec 22-30

Tahoe Culture may poleNeed some inspiration over the holiday break?

Kindred Art and Folk Institute has amazing full day sessions to share. Join us for full day sessions that includes a main project, a hike, cooking and everything creative each day.

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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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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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Dave Nettle kicks off Alpenglow Sports Winter Films Nov 13

Climbing isn’t just an activity for Dave. It defines who he is.

On Thursday, November 13th, 2014 local hero Dave Nettle will kick off the Alpenglow Winter Film Series at Squaw Valley’s world-famous Olympic Village Lodge.

Nettle will entertain the audience with scintillating images and entertaining ski touring tales from Europe’s Maurienne Alps. Home to some of the most amazing alpine ski mountaineering on earth, Nettle’s compelling imagery and comedic delivery from the French-Italian zone is not to be missed.

The show is free, with amazing raffle prizes from Sherpa Adventure Gear and LEKI. 100% of raffle proceeds benefit Disabled Sports Far West.

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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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Arts for the Schools Fundraiser Nov 15

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Arts For the Schools (AFtS) is a non-profit organization that enhances our children’s education and fosters a lifelong love of the creative arts.

Join creative folks for a Hello Come On Winter harvest party on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM at the Community Arts Center.

You’ll be treated to live music by local bands, drinks, a big raffle with awesome prizes and an Art Show with Local Artist Earl Christensen. read more →

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Tahoe Cross Country Ski Swap Nov 15

Tahoe XCIt’s the biggest Nordic swap in North Lake Tahoe to find skate skis, classic skis, touring skis, backcountry and telemark gear, boots, poles, snowshoes, kid’s sleds, winter clothing, and more.

It’s also a major fundraiser for the Tahoe Cross Country Ski Education Association based in Tahoe City.  The 15th Annual Cross Country Ski Swap takes place Saturday, November 15th, starting at 10 AM.

Free admission.

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Warren Miller’s “No Turning Back” Nov 28-29 at Squaw

iceland_mike arzt_Ticket to RideIt’s the official beginning of winter for many skiers and snowboarders.

Warren Miller’s 65th movie, No Turning Back, features big mountain skiing with local skiers and riders from Lake Tahoe at the most exotic settings imaginable.  No Turning Back pays homage to the 65 years of mountain culture and adventure filmmaking that has lead Warren Miller to every end of the winter world.

The movies show at Olympic Valley Inn Nov 28 and 29, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

 

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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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“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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Jeremy Jones Higher Oct 29 at Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema

Truckee big mountain snowboarder Jeremy Jones’ third film in his trilogy, Higher, will appear Wednesday, Oct. 29, 7 pm at the Tahoe Art Haus and Cinema in Tahoe City.  The show starts at 7 PM.

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“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema Oct 31

Grab your boa and “Let’s do the Time Warp Again.” Frank-N-Furter! Brad and Janet! Rocky! The Rocky Horror Picture Show will air at the Tahoe Art Haus @ Cinema on Halloween, Oct. 31, 10 pm and 12 am.

Reserve your tickets now.

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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

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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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