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

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Nevada College is pleased to announce the annual Brian Turner Literary Arts Prize and invite writers to enter original, unpublished work starting on February 1, 2016.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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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” during his Tahoe Star Tours on February 13.

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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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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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First Fridays at Riverside Studios

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

Riverside Studios art gallery includes a strong collection of artwork from local artists from around Lake Tahoe and Truckee, all hand crafted.

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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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Wild & Scenic Film Festival Oct 9 & 10

Valley UprisingJoin Mountain Area Preservation (MAP) for the 2nd Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Truckee October 9th and 10th at the Community Art Center.

MAP will host film sessions focused on environmental films with themes including Adventure with a Purpose, Special Places, Water, Fish, and a special screening of Valley Uprising on Friday October 9th, a portion of the ticket price will benefit the Save Donner Summit campaign. read more →

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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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Sugar Pine Plantings Oct 17-25

Sugar-Pine-Planting-at-Lake-TahoeHelp the Sugar Pine Foundation plant healthy, fungus-resistant sugar pines October 17 through 25, 2015.

Sugar pines and other white pines are plagued by a non-native invasive pathogen. White pine blister rust kills about 90% of sugar pines it infects. Scientists and restoration managers have agreed that the only effective restoration strategy is to identify seed trees resistant to the rust and plant their progeny.

This is exactly what the Sugar Pine Foundation does. And, you can help too.

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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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Guitar Strings and Chicken Wings to raise money for TINS Sept 11

This is going to be fun folks. Six restaurants and five bands will create 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 11, 2015 from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

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Ian Ethan Case at Tahoe Art Haus Sept 11

Guitarist Ian Ethan Case will perform at Tahoe Art Haus on September 11 starting at 7:30 pm to raise money for the Far West Nordic Ski Education Association.

One of only about five musicians worldwide to tackle the double-neck guitar, he fluidly combines a variety of self-invented playing techniques necessitated by his multi-layered compositions, which have begun to establish the instrument’s musical validity perhaps more so than the work of any other artist.

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Trails and Vistas World Concert Sept 12

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On September 12, 2015, the World Concert, now in its third year as part of the Trails & Vistas festival, will feature the big band horns, percussion, piano, and vocals of 2014 Grammy winning Pacific Mambo Orchestra.

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Dinner in the Barn Sept 12

The annual “Dinner in the Barn” series hosted by Sierra Valley Farms takes place September 12, 2015.

Michael Plapp 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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Bike to Support Music: Tahoe Sierra Century September 12

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

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Fall Migration at Spooner Lake with TINS Sept 12

The Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS), Lahontan Audubon Society (LAS) and Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA) are co-sponsoring this easy stroll to search for migrant birds heading south for the winter on Saturday, September 12, from 8:30am to 11:30am.

You will search the aspen stand, willows, and the lake for any migrants and local birds, such as Orange-crowned and Wilson’s Warblers, White-crowned Sparrows, Green-tailed Towhees, Ring-necked Ducks, and Red-breasted Sapsuckers.  read more →

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Slow Food Lake Tahoe High Sierra Edible Garden Tour Sept 13

Join Slow Food Lake Tahoe for a tour of local, High Sierra edible gardens on Sunday, September 13, 2015 from 9 am to 2 pm.

Get inspired by gardens of all shapes and sizes – from a beginner container garden to a high production permaculture greenhouse. Participants will leave with ideas for their own garden space and a few resources to get started! read more →

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22-mile Tahoe Fall Classic Paddleboard Race Sept 13

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 13, 2015 starting at 8am sharp.

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SVI Celebrity Golf Classic Sept 28

Grab a few friends (or a couple hitchhikers), your best collared shirt (or plaid golf knickers), and channel your inner Rory McIlroy (or Happy Gilmore) and head to the Resort at Squaw Creek in Olympic Valley on September 28, 2015 for the Squaw Valley Institute’s 4th Annual Local Celebrity Golf Tournament.

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High Fives Bocce Tournament Sept 13 at Truckee River Winery

High Fives Foundation Bocce TournamentThe High Fives Non-Profit Foundation will host its annual Bocce Tournament presented by GoPro and the Truckee River Winery on Sunday, September 13, 2015.

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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Trails & Vistas Art Hikes Sept 19

The theme of this year’s Trails & Vistas Art Hikes, “Finding Beauty”, will inspire attendees along a guided path past live music, art, storytelling, and dance performances.

The two hikes, on September 19, 2015 will each feature ten installations spread along an approximately three mile route. Local and regional artists have been commissioned to create original works for the hikes, incorporating the scenery and natural environment of their particular location along the path. read more →

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Free Bluesdays on Tuesdays at Squaw

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 June 16 through September 8, 2015.

See you there.

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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 11, 2015 through August 20, 2015 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Free Summer Movies at Squaw Thursday Nights

Back by popular demand.  It’s free movie night at Squaw Valley every Thursday, July 2 through August 27, 2015. Families and friends can snuggle up under the stars while enjoying new releases and family classics on the big screen, with a different movie showing every week. Blankets and warm clothes are recommended.

Movies will start at 8:30 p.m. every Thursday in July and August (weather permitting) in The Village at Squaw Valley.

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Concours d’Elegance August 7-8

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 7 and 8, 2015.

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Annual Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest at Squaw August 8 and 9

Rebirth Brass Band at SquawIt’s going to be the funkiest place around, especially with the Grammy award-winning Rebirth Brass Band taking the stage Sunday night.

Two days of explosive musical talent takes over The Village at Squaw Valley on August 8 and 9 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 40 brews. read more →

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Ta-hoe Nalu Paddle Festival Aug 14-16

2014 5mie-0146 Tahoe Nalu photosThe biggest paddle board festival on Lake Tahoe just got bigger.

The Ta-Hoe Nalu Stand-up Paddle Board Festival features two-days of races for paddle boarders of all ages and skill levels. Lakeside entertainment including food, luaus, live music and prizes will top off the races held at Kings Beach August 14 through 16th.

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Free Live Music at Kings Beach Fridays

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

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