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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

Susie Alexander Wild Horses

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.

You may just meet Susie Alexander who uses her art to support Wild horse preservation leagues and Wild horse sanctuaries.

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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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” during his Tahoe Star Tours.

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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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Trails & Vistas Art Hikes Sept 10 & 18

This year’s Trails & Vistas Art Hikes on September 10 and 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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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 starting on Friday, June 17 at Kings Beach State Recreation Area through September 2, 2016.
Concerts will take place Friday evenings 6:00-8:30pm.

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Sugar Pine Plantings May 1 in Tahoma

Sugar-Pine-Planting-at-Lake-TahoeHelp the Sugar Pine Foundation plant healthy, fungus-resistant sugar pines at these upcoming community 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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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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SnowFest! March 3-13, 2016

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 March 3-13, 2016 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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The GREAT Ski Race March 6

The Great Ski Race in North Lake TahoeThe fastest time to ski from Tahoe City to Truckee is 1 hour and 7 minutes to race 30 kilometers or 18.43 miles. Shizam! It all began in 1976 with only 66 racers.

Today, thousands of skiers participate in The GREAT Ski Race to raise money for the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team. Don’t miss the largest Nordic ski race west of the Mississippi on Sunday, March 6th starting at 9am. read more →

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Community Soup Nights March 9-April 6

Bone Broth by Victoria LaFontSlow Food Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Food Hub present the fifth series of Community Soup Nights this Spring on March 9th at Full Belly Deli, March 23rd at Red Truck, and April 6th at Fifty Fifty Brewing Company.

Community Soup Nights bring family and friends together to enjoy a warm, affordable and delicious meal made from fresh, local and sustainably sourced ingredients. read more →

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Kings Beach Snowfest Parade March 12

Kings Beach Snowfest Parade

The annual Kings Beach Snowfest Parade will take place on Saturday, March 12, 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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I-Did-A-Run at Tahoe Donner March 13

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

On Sunday, March 13, 2016, Snowfest returns to Tahoe Donner with the annual I-Did-A-Run event.  This is the chance every dog dreams of – a moment to show off their skills and shine in the spotlight. Dogs of all shapes and sizes will compete in this entertaining timed dog pull race.

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Pain McShlonkey Classic at Squaw March 19

Get your saucers ready for the annual Pain McShlonkey Classic event at Squaw on Saturday, March 19, 2016.

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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Lake Tahoe Dance Collective Winter Repertory March 18-20

Erik Wagner, photo courtesy of Bern Ballet

Erik Wagner, photo courtesy of Bern Ballet

Lake Tahoe Dance Collective (LTDC) opens its 2016 season with the 8th Annual Winter Repertory, coming to the Tahoe Art Haus March 18-20. The performance celebrates diversity in dance with three new creations, while honoring the classicism of yesterday.

Collaboration with dance-makers lies at the heart of LTDC’s Winter Repertory. This year’s program includes the dazzling classic Paquita featuring guest Jakob Pringle (Ballet West), and new works by Jacqueline Lopez (Ballet Nacional de Mexico), Erik Wagner (San Francisco Ballet, Bern Ballet) and LTDC’s own Isabella Terrazas.

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Best Selling Author Steven Kotler at Resort at Squaw Creek April 2

Steven KotlerBack by popular demand, The Squaw Valley Institute presents best selling author Steven Kotler at the Resort at Squaw Creek on April 2, 2016 at 6:30PM. Kotler’s presentation features insights and theories presented in his and co-author Peter H. Diamandis’ new book Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World.

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Meet the Squaw Avalanche Dogs March 24

Murphy and Eric by Keoki FlaggMeet our local heroes on March 24, 2016 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.  Bring your camera and take a photo with the dogs and donate $5 to 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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Alpenglow Mountain Festival February 20-28

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Driven by fun, community, health, education and the embodiment of the mountain lifestyle, the Alpenglow Mountain Festival held February 20-28, 2016 in North Lake Tahoe is a celebration of human-powered mountain sports, events, clinics, equipment demonstrations, critically-acclaimed film and more. Geared toward beginner and intermediate winter recreation enthusiasts, the festival will showcase some of the best activities Lake Tahoe has to offer – Nordic skiing, backcountry skiing and splitboarding, snowshoeing and natural history events.

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DRAWN: The Art of Ascent at Tahoe Art Haus Feb 27

Jeremy Collins_painting inYosemite_JamesQMartinThe Alpenglow Mountain Festival, a nine-day celebration of human-powered mountain sports, concludes its four-part film offering on Saturday, February 27th with a special screening of “DRAWN, the Art of Ascent,” with noted author and filmmaker Jeremy Collins.

The event will take place in the heart of Tahoe City at the Tahoe Art Haus Cinema at 7pm.

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Natural History Snowshoe Tour Feb 28

Join the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS) for a Natural History Snowshoe trek on February 28, 2016 from 9 am to 12 pm.

This short and scenic hike will take you through Paige Meadows, encompassing an open meadow, lodgepole pine forests, and scenic vistas. Along the way, Dr. Will Richardson will discuss natural history issues related to winter ecology, namely how various animals and plants cope with the short days, heavy snows, and freezing temperatures associated with winter in Tahoe.

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Black Tie & Tails Raises Big Bucks for Dogs and Cats

Tahoe and Truckee locals adore their dogs. Many claim they’re better than people…

The Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe’s eighth annual Black Tie & Tails event was a huge success last month with nearly 330 guests and 100 dogs in attendance.  An impressive $105,000 was raised for the organization that works on the front lines to assist homeless pets in the region. read more →

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New Literary Prize for “Stories Built of Wonder and Surprise” at SNC

Ghost Writer Brian TurnerSierra Nevada College is pleased to announce the annual Brian Turner Literary Arts Prize and invite writers to enter original, unpublished work starting on February 1, 2016. The prize will be awarded to writing that “tells stories built of wonder and surprise, and brings the essential oxygen of our lives.”

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Earth as Gym film with Mick Dodge Feb 11 in Incline Village

Mick DodgeMeet Mick Dodge from National Geographic’s TV show,“The Legend of Mick Dodge,” on Feb 11 at 6pm at the IVCBHS Bonanza Museum Conference Rm 899 Tahoe Blvd, Incline Village, NV 89451 (Starbucks Bldg) and share your experiences of connecting with the wild. See the video highlighting the value Mick’s Earthgym practice has in developing character, collaboration and community, followed by an open discussion on ways to develop, launch and pilot this program in educational systems.
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The Physics of Snow at TERC Feb 18

Tahoe Culture TERC eventDo you play in the snow?
Thursday February 18th from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM, Dr. Benny Bach, from the University of Nevada Reno Physics Department, will be discussing the physics of snow formation, symmetry of snow crystals, why snow is white, different types of snow, the various qualities of snow, how these different types of snow affect your skiing/snowboarding, waxing for snow conditions, and the different properties of man-made snow.
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Sierra College Insights The Wild Within Series starts Jan 8

Dr. Kim Bateman will kick off the spring 2016 series at Sierra College with “Wicked Witches and Big Bad Wolves: The Wild Within” on Jan. 8, 2016. Evoking angst and suspense with images and selections from childhood bedtime stories, Dr. Bateman’s captivating presentation will highlight the dichotomy between traditional legends and contemporary fairytales.

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Squaw Valley Institute Presents Anna Cummins and The 5 Gyres Institute Dec 3

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It is used virtually everywhere, and is polluting our planet and threatening our oceans at an alarming rate. To bring attention to this growing situation and help open a dialogue about what can be done to combat the problem, The Squaw Valley Institute presents Anna Cummins and The 5 Gyres Institute on December 3, 2015 at the Resort at Squaw Creek in Olympic Valley.

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Warren Miller’s “Chasing Shadows” Dec 4-5 MontBleu

Warren Miller Chasing ShadowsIt’s the official beginning of winter for many skiers and snowboarders.

Warren Miller’s 66th movie, Chasing Shadows, features big mountain skiing with local skiers and riders from Lake Tahoe at the most exotic settings imaginable. Chasing Shadow pays homage to the 66 years of mountain culture and adventure filmmaking that has lead Warren Miller to every end of the winter world.

The movie will play at MontBleu Dec 4 and 5, at 7:30 PM.

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Pretty Faces All Women’s Ski Flick Dec 3 Support Tahoe Food Hub

Ingrid Backstrom“Pretty Faces,” an all-female ski and adventure sport film takes place on Dec. 3 at Tahoe Mountain Sports in Truckee

The evening is presented by Patagonia and TMS with all raffle proceeds and a portion of event-night store specials going to the Tahoe Food Hub, a non-profit organization working to build a regional food system for North Lake Tahoe.

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Free Avalanche Education Classes at TMS in Truckee Dec 9

Sierra Ski and Cycle Works DroppingWith forecasts of El Niño ushering a potentially epic winter into the Sierra, Tahoe Mountain Sports’ upcoming Avalanche Education Series will help ensure the safety of you and your backcountry partners.  Tahoe Mountain Sports’ 2015-16 Avy Education Series presented by Ortovox is a free, three-part opportunity to learn practices that can keep you safe while participating in backcountry snow sports.  Raffles will benefit Sierra Avalanche Center.

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Extreme Snowboarding Icon Jeremy Jones at Squaw Dec 17

On Thursday, December 17th, 2015 7pm local hero and extreme snowboarding icon Jeremy Jones will continue the Alpenglow Sports Winter Series at Squaw Valley’s world-famous Olympic Village Lodge.

He will present “An Extreme Snowboarding Retrospective,” which captures his two decades as a premier big mountain rider, and contains readings from his new book and a tribute to the role that the Lake Tahoe mountain community has had on his snowboarding.

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SVI Presents Red Bull Film “Streif” One Hell of a Ride Dec 27 at Squaw

Streif Red Bull Media filmIt is considered the Super Bowl of ski racing and many competitors consider a win here more triumphant than an Olympic medal. It is the annual Hahnenkamm race in Kitzbühel, Austria and it is the most notorious and demanding course on the World Cup circuit and the highlight of the race season.

Recently, Red Bull Media House released an exciting feature documentary about this legendary event “STREIF – One Hell of a Ride,” and the Squaw Valley Institute (SVI) is bringing it to Olympic Valley on December 27, 2015 at the Olympic Village Lodge. The evening features two film screenings, one at 5pm and 8pm.

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Women’s Wellness Weekend Nov 7-8

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 7 and 8, 2015

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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Annual Tahoe Wine and Chocolate Festival Nov 7

The Tahoe Safe Alliance is holding the 27th Annual Chocolate and Wine Festival fundraiser on November 7th at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, from 6 pm to 10 pm.

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Mark Twain’s 180th Birthday Bash Nov 7

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835-April 21, 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was among the most famous of American humorists, writers and lecturers.  His name was derived from the shout used to mark how deep the water was in steamships “Mark Twain!” in other words, mark two fathoms.

On the occasion of Mark Twain’s 180th birthday, A Performance by McAvoy Layne will take place Saturday, November 7, at the Genoa Volunteer Fire Department.  Cocktails start at 5:30pm followed by dinner at 6pm. Then the trouble begins at 7.

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Passport to Dining in Kings Beach Nov 12

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 12, 2015 from 6pm to 9pm.

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Tahoe Cross Country Ski Swap Nov 14

Tahoe XCIt’s the biggest Nordic swap in North Lake Tahoe where you’ll find skate skis, touring skis, backcountry and telemark gear, boots, poles, snowshoes, kid’s sleds, winter clothing, and more.  Winter is on!

It’s also a major fundraiser for the Tahoe Cross Country Ski Education Association based in Tahoe City.  The Annual Cross Country Ski Swap takes place Saturday, November 14th starting at 10 AM.

Free admission.

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Gratitude Works! How Gratitude Heals, Energizes, and Transforms Lives Nov 17

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UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) will host Dr. Robert Emmons, the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude, on Tuesday, November 17, 2015. Learn how gratitude heals, energizes, and transforms lives.
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Dave Nettle kicks off Alpenglow Winter Films Nov 19

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

On November 19, at 7pm local hero Dave Nettle will kick off the Alpenglow Sports Winter Film Series at Squaw Valley’s world-famous Olympic Village Lodge with his show “Climbing in India: From the Ganges River to the Rooftop of the Himalaya.”

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Annual Donner Party Hike October 3-4

Donner Party Hike Tahoe CultureHikers can experience the early emigrants’ journey across the Sierra Nevada mountains without reliving the dangers October 3 and 4, 2015 by participants in the Annual Donner Party Hike.

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Downtown Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop Oct 3

Mark your calendars for the annual Downtown Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop set for Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 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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Tahoe City Oktoberfest Oct 3

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. 3, 2015.

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Fade to Winter Ski Film at Squaw Oct 15

Fade to Winter Film at SquawWatch the world’s top freeskiers have a blast in some of the best ski locations on the planet on the first ski film of the season, Fade to Winter, at Olympic Village Lodge on October 15, 2015.

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Annual Historical Haunted Walking Tour in Truckee Oct 15-16

Truckee’s fifth Historical Haunted Tour will thrill attendees on October 15 and 16, 2015. 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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New Chamber Ballet Oct 15-17 Tahoe Haus

LT Dance Collective Tahoe CultureKnown for their simplicity, intimacy and daring, New Chamber Ballet performs with only four dancers and only two musicians October 15-17 at Tahoe Haus in Tahoe City. Christin Hanna, founder of the Lake Tahoe Dance Collective and a Tahoe City native, was also one of the founding members of the New Chamber Ballet.

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Truckee River Day Oct 18

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 18, 2015 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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Jumbo Wild Movie at Tahoe Art Haus Oct 20

jumbo_bearAlpenglow Sports has partnered with Patagonia and Sweetgrass Productions to present “Jumbo Wild,” a unique documentary film highlighting the 24-year fight over the future of British Columbia’s iconic Jumbo Valley on October 20, at Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema starting at 7 pm.

The film documents the tension between the protection of wilderness and the backcountry experience and the ever-increasing development interests in wild places, specifically the proposed 1500-acre Jumbo Glacier Resort in British Columbia’s Purcell Mountains.

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Free Sunday Concerts on Commons Beach

SamBaDa-at-Commons-Beach-Concerts1Sunday September 6th is the last free concert at Commons Beach in the heart of Tahoe City starting at 3 PM featuring the Devon Allman Band and The Roemers.

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Alpen Wine Festival for Can Do Multiple Sclerosis Sept 6 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 6, from 2-5 p.m. at The Village at Squaw Valley.

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