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

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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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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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.

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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 free 12-week concert series runs June 21 – Sept 7, 2015 starting at 4 PM.

Don’t miss the Brothers Comatose on August 23 who’ll be hitting the beach 4pm to 7pm.

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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

Music-on-the-Beach Tahoe Culture

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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Perseid Meteor Shower Star Tour August 14

Tahoe Star ToursTahoe Star Tours will host a special mountainside star gazing event that corresponds with the Perseid Meteor Shower on Friday, August 14, 2015 at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe.

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Skate the Lake August 15 Boarding For Breast Cancer

Inspired and frustrated by their mothers’ battle with breast cancer, two North Lake Tahoe locals had to do something.

Combining their love of skateboarding and their families, Skate the Lake, a 28-mile skateboard relay along the North Lake Tahoe bike path was born. Eleven years later the relay to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer is still going strong along with their moms.  Skate the Lake takes place August 15, 2015.

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Peaks and Paws Festival at Squaw Aug 22

Sender Bell of Sierra Ski and Cycle WorksThe dog days of summer will be on full display during the annual Peaks and Paws Festival at Squaw on Saturday, August 22, 2015 to raise money for the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe.

Dogs and their people can enjoy two stages of live  music, a pet themed vendor village, dog-friendly hikes, complimentary dog treats and activities specially designed for furry friends.

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Squaw to Alpine10K Trail Run to Raise Funds for Athletes Aug 22

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows FoundationThe Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Foundation (SVAMF) is hosting the annual 10k run (or walk) from Squaw Valley to Alpine Meadows on Saturday, August 22 to raise funds to support athletes on the Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows snow sports teams.

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Truckee Pro Rodeo Aug 22-23

Time to brush off your duds and get ready to celebrate the 41st year of the Truckee Professional Rodeo on August 22nd and 23rd, 2015 at McIver Arena in Truckee, California. 

Kids Day is held every year as a benefit to the young people of our community.  The day is full of fun events for the children to participate in.   Special Rodeo Celebrities and Service Agencies within our community will also be visiting!
 
Children are served a hot dog lunch compliments of the Truckee Donner Junior Horsemen.  It’s a fun filled day supported by the Juniors and local volunteers.


Each performance of the rodeo will feature mutton bustin’! To be eligible to participate you must be between the ages of four and eight and weigh 50 pounds or less. We invite up to 10 children per day to participate and we limit each child to one day of participation each year.

 

For information and tickets, visit www.truckeerodeo.org.

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Shakespeare Festival July 10-Aug 23

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

Shakepeare’s Romeo and Juliet is the headlining performance. Shakespeare’s powerfully poetic and tragic tale of love and loss will steal your heart and leave you breathless.

The festival runs July 10 through August 23, 2015 at Sand Harbor State Park. read more →

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Annual Squaw Valley Institute Farm to Table Dinner Aug 27

SVI Farm and Dinner Event

Enjoy an evening of culinary delights, delectable wines and live music as you dine alfresco at the 4th Annual Farm to Table Dinner on Thursday August 27, 2015 in Squaw Valley.

Presented by the Squaw Valley Institute (SVI), this popular annual event returns to the historic and picturesque Poulsen Estate. This year’s meal features an Argentinean theme and highlights locally sourced organic ingredients from the Tahoe Food Hub, and the culinary creativity of five regional chefs in an effort to raise awareness of sustainable farming. read more →

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Bocce Ball League at Old Brockway July 13-Aug 27

Bocci Ball at SpindleshanksThe North Tahoe Public Utility District is offering Bocce Ball League at the Old Brockway Golf Course July 13th – August 17th.  Scheduled games times are 6:00 PM & 7:00 PM. Teams must have a minimum of three (3) players per team and a maximum of six (6) per team. read more →

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Truckee Thursdays feature Local Culture

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

The feel-good summer mainstay, Downtown Truckee Thursdays will run June 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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First Fridays at Riverside Studios

Peter Buchan

Riverside Studios will showcase new works and a live demonstration from ‘chopstick drip painter’ Peter Buchan this First Friday July 3rd, 5pm – 8 pm providing guests with an opportunity to experience this innovative art form which took Pete 11 years to develop.

Using the unconventional approach of painting perpendicular to the canvas the artist harnesses the power of gravity to drip industrial enamel paint from chopsticks. The artist creates only originals — no prints, copies or giclees!  Live demonstrations at 6 pm and 7 pm. 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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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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Lake Tahoe Summer MusicFest TOCCATA

Child Engaged at LTSF Concerts

Building on its June “Go for Baroque” kickoff series, TOCCATA-Tahoe Symphony Orchestra will continue its 21-concert Summer MusicFest with a series which celebrates the 10th Anniversary of Tahoe’s own Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

The first concert is on Tuesday, July 14 at 7:00pm at Shepherd of the Sierra Lutheran Church in Carson (3680 Hwy. 395 South) and opens with Mozart’s Variations on Twinkle Little Star for Flute and soprano, performed by principal flute from the Puerto Rico Symphony, Josue Casillas and soprano Joy Strotz. Brad Perry and Stuart Duke will sing of everlasting friendship in Bizet’s duet from his opera, the Pearlfishers, while soprano Maria Arrigotti will delight the audience with Mozart’s Queen of the Night aria from The Magic Flute.

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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 Friday evenings, June 19 through September 4, 2015.

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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

Scarlet Rivera Beach

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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Trails & Vistas Art Hikes Sept 12 & 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 12 & 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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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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SVI Celebrity Golf Classic Sept 28

World-renowned skiers like Tamara McKinney, snowboarders, business leaders and local dignitaries will participate in the Squaw Valley Institute’s fundraising golf tournament on September 18 at the Resort at Squaw Creek.

The tournament will be a scramble format with the shotgun start is at 10 AM.

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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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Truckee Tahoe AirShow & Family Festival July 11

A parade of planes, stilt walkers, face painting, arts and crafts, games, music, and lots of cool aviators will be at the free Truckee Tahoe AirFair & Family Festival on July 11, 2015, starting at 10 a.m. at the Truckee Tahoe Airport.

The event will feature static aircraft displays with pilot docents; aircraft flybys; free (EAA) Young Eagle flights for children ages 8 to 17 (with parental permission) the day after, kids activities, airport souvenirs, and lots more family fun. read more →

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Art, Wine & Music Festival at Squaw July 11-12

Squaw Valley’s village will burst with color, taste, and sound as fine artists, crafts makers, performers and musicians come to participate in this fun, two-day annual event on July 11 and 12. The Art, Wine & Music Festival features wine tasting from 2-5 pm both days, two performance stages, restaurants, shops, and walkways lined with fine art booths and exhibits.

All proceeds from the event benefit Disabled Sports USA Far West, whose mission is to provide affordable inclusive physical and recreational activities that build health and confidence.

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Wanderlust at Squaw July 16-19

Sahasrara Chakra Meditation WanderlustThis is an experience that will get into your mind, body and soul.  Regardless of what starts you on your path, Wanderlust is an experience that will leave you different than when you came — with new ideas, new friends, newly-discovered abilities, and greater peace.

Join a remarkable group of yoga and meditation instructors, musical performers, speakers, artists and chefs for a transformational retreat at Squaw Valley, July 16-19, 2015.  read more →

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Lake Tahoe Dance Festival, July 22-24 at Gatekeeper’s Museum

Lake Tahoe Dance FestivalThe annual Lake Tahoe Dance Festival takes place July 22-24, 2015 at Gatekeeper’s Museum. The Festival will get underway with a Gala Opening Night Celebration of dinner, a special performance, and a swing dance lesson for all. The following Main Stage performances will include free, educational pre-performance talks. read more →

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Lake Tahoe Garden Tour July 25

Lake of the Sky Truckee Garden TourLake of the Sky Garden Club will host its 27th annual garden tour, the Truckee Garden Tour, on Saturday, July 25, 2015, from 10am to 4pm.

View 8 gardens and landscaping at Truckee Donner Community Recreation Center, where light refreshments will be served. read more →

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Living History Day at Ehrman Mansion July 25

This only happens once a year. Ehrman Mansion will be open to the public for free on Saturday, July 25, from 11AM to 4PM, during Living History Day.

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

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Stand Up Paddle Around Tahoe to Promote Vegan One Day Project July 31

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Stand Up Paddling is supposed to be fun and relaxing, so why would someone SUP non-stop, 72 miles around Lake Tahoe in ONE day?  On July 31st, on the evening of a Blue Moon, John Merryfield will embark on a solo, non-stop paddle around the entirety of Lake Tahoe to help end animal cruelty.   read more →

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Adventure Sports Week Tahoe June 19-28

The Annual Adventure Sports Week Tahoe, scheduled for June 19-28, will host a series of triathlons and trail running events in addition to its other outdoor sporting competitions, clinics taught by professionals, live musical concerts and family-friendly activities.

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Stories of Research at Lake Tahoe with Dr. Charles Goldman June 4

Join renowned limnologist Dr. Charles Goldman for an entertaining public presentation about the stories and history of five decades of scientific research at Lake Tahoe and the challenges ahead.  Dr. Goldman’s presentation will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 4 at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences in Incline Village, Nevada (on the campus of Sierra Nevada College) .

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Tahoe City Clean Up Day June 6

Kings Beach Clean Up DayAfter the snow melts, the trash that was pushed aside remains. Well, now it’s time to pick it up!

Local residents are banding together to tackle trash in Tahoe City, as part of a region wide clean-up effort across North Lake Tahoe and Truckee on Saturday, June 6. read more →

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Trails & Vistas Storytelling Workshop for Volunteer Trail Leaders June 7

Grant Barta photoGarth Gilchrist, a professional storyteller best known for his portrayals of California environmentalist John Muir, will conduct a free storytelling workshop for the volunteer trail leaders of the 2015 Trails & Vistas Art Hikes.

The workshop, at Cedar House Sport Hotel Truckee on June 7, 2015 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. will be immediately followed by a brunch. read more →

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Truckee Duckee Derbee benefits Humane Society June 7

Dogs, their owners, and some rubber ducks will raise money for the Tahoe Truckee Humane Society at the Annual Truckee Duckee Derbee Races and “Dogs in Duds” contest on Sunday afternoon, June 7, from 1 – 4 p.m. at the River Ranch Lodge.

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

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Truckee Donner Land Trust Benefit at River Ranch June 11

In 1990, the beautiful Coldstream Valley near Donner Lake was about to be lost to logging. A small group of passionate hikers founded the Truckee Donner Land Trust, and raised $150,000 to purchase 160 acres in the valley.  You can help raise money for the Land Trust on June 11, 2015 at the River Ranch Restaurant from 5:30 to 9PM.

The River Ranch will donate a percent of your total food bill to the Land Trust with their generous “Dining for the Community” program.

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Thunderbird Paddling Festival June 13

Paddlers and Tahoe Keepers will gather at Sand Harbor State Park on the east shore for the annual Thunderbird Paddling Festival on Saturday, June 13, 2015.

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

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Tahoe City Solstice Festival June 18-21

Summer begins in Tahoe City with the annual Tahoe City Solstice Festival set for June 18 to 21, 2015.

The festival includes several signature events that define our mountain culture. Each event touts Tahoe City’s distinct qualities and character: adventure sports, artisan food and wine, acclaimed musicians and artists, and celebrated local shops, restaurants, and galleries.

Whether you’re an athlete, wine connoisseur, art and music lover, or classic car aficionado, there’s sure to be an event to interest you.  read more →

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Alpenglow Mountain Festival June 20-28

Alpenglow mountain festivalThe Alpenglow Mountain Festival is a bi-annual, ten day celebration of human-powered mountain sports, events, clinics, equipment demos, presentations, film and more.

The summer edition runs from June 20 through 28, 2015 with guided hikes, standup paddleboarding, trail running, and yoga highlighting the festival and films, presentations, and equipment demos.

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Northstar Beerfest and Bluegrass Festival July 3

As if riding their mountain bike park isn’t fun enough.  Northstar tops off the afternoon with the finest local and regional beers, skating, kid’s events, and live bluegrass music during the Beerfest and Bluegrass Festival on July 3, 2015 from 3pm to 7pm.

I’ll drink to that!

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TINS Fundraiser with Art and Wine June 28

TINSA fundraiser for Tahoe Institute for Natural Sciences at the Bolam Gallery in Truckee on Sunday, June 28, 4-7 pm will feature three California wines, tasty appetizers, and the opportunity to meet Andrew Bolam and Annie Hooker, husband and wife and owners of the Bolam Gallery.

Andrew has created a specific painting for the event, with a percentage of the proceeds going to TINS.
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Annual Flow Arts Festival May 16

Tahoe Flow Arts Studio is a community flow space, co-operative rather than competitive.  Bringing compassion and respect to whom we play, dance, and practice yoga with by creating encouragement and support for each other through our personal journey through life of self expression.  We flow together and we inspire one another. 

Flow Arts Festival in Tahoe Vista takes place May 16, 2015.

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“Running 172 Miles on the Tahoe Rim Trail” May 19 at Alpenglow Sports

Tahoe Rim Trail Tahoe CultureOn Tuesday, May 19th, at 6:30 PM, Alpenglow Sports will host the fifth installment of the popular “Education Series” created by the Donner Party Mountain Runners. The presentation will tell the story of five runners who spent four days running the Tahoe Rim Trail, covering about 40 miles each day. In contrast to the lately popular idea of setting an FKT (Fastest Known Time), the runners did not complete the trail in a single push, but rather ended each day with dinner, a hot shower, and a hotel room – popularized as “glam” trail running. read more →

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Sugar Pine Foundation Tree Planting at Donner May 20

Sugar Pine Foundation

The Sugar Pine Foundation is partnering with Tahoe Donner Forestry to conduct a tree planting as a part of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative attempt to set a world record from 9-11:30am on May 20 at Tahoe Donner in the old Donner Ridge Fire scar.

Together with 40 groups across North America we will plant an estimated 200,000 trees in one hour! Tahoe Sugar Pine Foundation will be planting 200+ western white pines at Tahoe Donner.

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