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

Free Music on the Lawn Aug 2

Music on the Valhalla Lawns Tahoe CultureThis is the last one!  Bring your picnic basket, lawn chairs, sunscreen and relax near the shoreline of Lake Tahoe, under the large ponderosa pines that are famous at the Tallac Historic Site.

Sundays at noon, the sprawling lawn outside Valhalla’s Grand Hall will transform into a free concert haven for all. Bring a picnic, lawn chairs and the whole family to enjoy live music Sunday, August 2, 2015, from 12 – 2 pm. read more →

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Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band Aug 5 at Valhalla

Valhalla-Boathouse-Theatre-Music Tahoe CultureSusie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band will perform at Valhalla Tahoe Boathouse Theatre on August 5, 2015 at 7:30 pm.

The band has been likened to the classic British bands’ Pentangle and Fairport Convention blending classic folk music with rough-edged stories of tragedy and fate, all with orchestral arrangements sounding like chamber music gone folk! What?  You be the judge.

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Meyers Mountain Bike Festival Aug 8-9

Gary Bell early mountain bikes of Lake TahoeThe Annual Meyers Mountain Bike Festival will take place on August 8 and 9, 2015 in the Divided Sky parking lot. The festival includes the  infamous “Triple Crown Ride” covering 30+ miles and a 5,200 elevation gain.  Lots of music, food, drinks and events for all ages.

Sierra Ski and Cycle Works is sponsoring a History of Lake Tahoe Mountain Biking exhibit on Sunday, August 9, 2015.  Here’s your chance to the see the first Lake Tahoe mountain bike, Clunker, and meet a slew of early mountain bike pioneers including Gary Bell and Don Koski from Cove Bike Shop in Tiburon.

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Great Gatsby Festival August 8-9 at Tallac Historic Site

Return to the Roaring 20’s – Tahoe style at the Great Gatsby Festival at the Tallac Historic Site in South Lake Tahoe on August 8 and 9, 2015.

While costumes are not mandatory, you may look out of place without one. Throughout the weekend a variety of activities take place on the Pope and Baldwin Estates—vintage car shows, wandering musicians and jugglers, a raffle, special sales of period appropriate items and sale of the annual Gatsby poster.

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Historic Emigrant Trail Trek through Hope Valley Aug 9-10

john-fremont-carsonPeople continue to be amazed and inspired by the intrepid travelers of California’s 1848 Gold Rush and the courageous and adventurous migration that followed.

Dianne Jennings will lead participants across parts of the historic Mormon-Emigrant Trail and the early Pony Express Route in beautiful Hope Valley, on August 9 and 10, 2015. Using Frank Tortorich book, Gold Rush Trail and Hiking the Gold Rush Trail, Dianne will present a slide show and share readings from some of the settlers’ journals about their tales and hardships as they passed through Hope Valley and Carson Pass.

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Lake of the Sky Amphitheater Summer Shows

Snowshoe ThompsonThe Lake of the Sky Amphitheater summer evening programs at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center take place Friday nights at starting at 7 PM.

You’ll learn about our history and nature including Mark Twain, Tahoe Bats, Beavers of Taylor Creek, Birds of Tahoe and other Wild Things.  Your $5 donation supports the Tahoe Heritage Foundation and the Taylor Creek’s Summer Speaker Series. read more →

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Free Lakeview Commons Summer Music

live-at-lakeviewGrab your bike and buddies and head to Lakeview Commons at El Dorado Beach 4:30-8:30 pm every Thursday starting June 25 – August 27, 2015, for free live music.

Entertainment will range from local to nationally recognized musicians featuring a different genre of music each week including Jazz, Rock & Roll, Reggae, Latin, Bluegrass, and more.

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Valhalla Arts, Music & Theatre Festival

Beppe small (photo Germano Pozzati)Families, art and music lovers, and history buffs can expect a spectacular season of entertainment on the shore of Lake Tahoe at this year’s Valhalla Arts, Music & Theatre Festival, June 17 – August 26, 2015.

Free music on the lawn, boot stomping roots music in a 1920’s boathouse, classic theatre productions, outdoor art camps for kids, cultural dance performances and fine art shows are some of the many highlights that await 2015 festival goers.

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Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots and Rogues Gary Noy Aug 12

SierraStories405“Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots and Rogues” is a fantastical journey about unusual and lesser-known stories of Sierra Nevada history.  Written by Sierra Nevada College historian and Sierra Nevada native Gary Noy, some stories are adventurous, some are horrifying, some are inventive, but all are fascinating windows into our history in the breathtaking Range of Light.

Meet Gary at the SLT Library on August 12 at 6pm for a free talk.

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Bridge at Emerald Bay Historical Chat Aug 12 at SLT Airport

Bridge across Emerald Bay Tahoe CultureWhat if… the plans to build a bridge over the mouth of Emerald Bay happened in the 1950s?

Join the South Lake Tahoe Historical Society on August 12 at the City Chambers at the Airport as we continue to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the City of South Lake Tahoe with Gene Abshier. Gene will share the history of late 1950s proposed highway improvements that included plans to build a bridge across Emerald Bay. read more →

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2015 South Lake Tahoe Library Events

Check out the free literary and cultural events hosted by the Friends of the Library, that will take place at the South Lake Tahoe Library on Highway 50.

It’s not just a library, it’s becoming the place for kids of all ages to read, learn about the Lake Tahoe environment, make crafts, discuss books with friend, read with dogs, and attend work shops and readings presented by local community members who know reading binds our community, and the world.

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Heart Rhythms Conscious Dance with Ann Thennes June 29 -August 14

The Mountain Gypsy, Ann Thennes, will hold her annual Conscious Dance series June 29 through August 14, 2015.

The dance is free form expression and moving meditation to help you make a conscious connection with your mind, body, spirit and the heartbeat of mother earth. Dance at your own pace with the intention to ground, release and integrate energy rising from our source, Lake Tahoe.

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Sugar Pine Foundation 10 Year Anniversary at Valhalla Aug 14

Did you know… historically, the majestic Sugar Pines accounted for 25% of Tahoe’s mixed-conifer forests. Today, this glorious tree makes up less than 5% of our forest composition due to a non-native invasive fungus. But they’re coming back, thanks to the Sugar Pine Foundation and you who have been at it for 10 years now.

Join the Sugar Pine Foundation for a celebration on Aug 14 at the Valhalla Boathouse featuring a live mural and art show (2-4pm), Washoe tribe presentation (4-6pm), Big trees presentation (6-8pm) and Live music (8-10pm). Tickets are $20 and include all festivities.

Did you also know that the Sugar Pines are the world’s largest species of pine? Looks like it from the size of John on the Nemesis.

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Two Healing Events with Tibetan Buddhist Monks Aug 18 & 19 at Camp Richardson

Tibetan Buddhist monks from Nechung MonasteryTahoe Tibetan Cultural Exchange together with Sierra Friends of Tibet and Tahoe Rising are pleased to welcome the first visit of 10 Tibetan Buddhist monks from Nechung Monastery in Dharamsala for two Healing Events August 18 and 19 at Camp Richardson Resort.

The healings are open to everyone, all ages, by donation only. It is not necessary to practice Buddhism to receive the blessing. It is believed by Buddhists that being blessed the healing has the potential to transmit a high degree of protection, healing, and energy to those attending the blessing with an open heart and clear mind.  read more →

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8th Annual Conservation Landscape Tour Aug 19

Carolyn_Meiers_Tahoe CultureGet inspired to transform your home’s landscape into a refreshing mountain oasis! The Tahoe RCD will be hosting the 8th Annual Conservation Landscape Tour on August 19th, 4:30pm – 7:30pm, with this year’s theme revolving around sustainable landscaping in Lake Tahoe.

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An Evening of Mystery at the Library Aug 23

Cindy Sample at South Lake Tahoe Library Tahoe CultureOn Sunday, August 23, the Friends of the Library (FOL) will be hosting an afternoon of fun-  A Toast to Die For: An Evening of Mystery at the Library from 4-7 p.m.   It will offer choices of hearty appetizers, beverages and a silent auction. 
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Conversations with History at Vikingsholm Castle Aug 27

“Conversations with History” on August 27, 2015 from 5pm to 7pm features a behind-the-scenes tour of the incomparable Vikingsholm Castle in Emerald Bay, and an intimate conversation with long-time park advocate and historian Helen Smith who spent 14 summers at Vikingsholm as the guest of Lorna Knight, the owner.

All proceeds will support the Sierra State Parks Foundation earmarked to provide critically needed funds for the maintenance and repair of the Vikingsholm.

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Full Moon Kayak Tour at Sugar Pine Point State Park Aug 28

Tahoe stewardship efforts are legendary. From protecting native fishes like the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout to our beloved open lands and cultural heritage, and fighting aquatic invasive species 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 August 28, 2015 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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Meet Smokey Bear at Taylor Creek

Smokey Bear

Did you know the Smokey Bear Wildfire Prevention campaign is the longest running public service advertising campaign in U.S. history, and his correct name is Smokey Bear?

Meet Smokey, sing the “Smokey the Bear” song and take a tour along Taylor Creek on the Rainbow Walk – one of his favorite places to hang out – every Saturday during the summer at 10 a.m.  read more →

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Kitchen Kids & Pope House Tours at Tallac Historic Site

Tahoe Culture children's garden partyWhile the Washoe were the first to enjoy the shores of the present day Tallac Historic Site, three of the original luxurious estates erected between 1890 and 1921 still remain today, and play host to special events and tours to learn about the “Era of Opulence” in South Lake Tahoe.

Kids can cook up a storm using old fashioned recipes during Kitchen Kids, while adults can join Anita Baldwin for some light refreshments and hear stories about the Tallac Casino and Resort, the first casino built in Lake Tahoe, and sip bubbly with Mrs. Pope on the porch. 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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Fall Color Hike in Hope Valley Oct 9

Witness the incredible stretch of glorious aspen groves turning their brilliant gold throughout Hope Valley, and learn the science behind this natural phenomenon on October 9, 2015, starting at 9 a.m.

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Tahoe WordWave Oct 9-11

WordWave_logoWriters, readers and performers from all around the country will appear at South Lake Tahoe Oct. 9-11, 2015 for WordWave, a three-day festival held on the grounds of Valhalla at the Tallac Historic Site.

This literary mash-up will feature oral storytelling, theater performances and free readings, panels on craft, yoga, and a novel writing camp for kids. Highlights include a one-act playwriting contest, a Maker’s Station demo with bookbinding, letterpress, drum making, and found poetry and art. Ticketed events include a steampunk ball, workshops, and even a hike.

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Alpine Aspen Festival Oct 10-12

Dutch Oven CookingThe alpine Watershed Group  (a 501c3 nonprofit group) is creating a four day Alpine Aspen Festival on October 10-12, 2015 to celebrate fall colors and education folks on conservation. Activities vary from horseback riding to plein air painting all hosted by locals. All proceeds go to the Alpine County Watershed Group.
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West African Drumming with Liz Broscoe at LTCC

From ancient times through modern day, it’s one woman’s journey on the drum.

Learn how to play in a drum circle  with Liz Broscoe at the Lake Tahoe Community College.

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Ehrman Mansion Events

Hidden from view across from Sugar Pine Point State Park, Ehrman Mansion is an isolated architectural treasure. Located among the majestic sugar pines on the West Shore, Ehrman Mansion or Pine Lodge is a fascinating example of the opulent tradition in Tahoe summer homes with meticulous landscaping still intact today.

Historic House Tours take place May 23, 2015 through September 30, 2015 daily between 10:30am and 3:30pm. read more →

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Tahoe Dance Band at Senior Center Last Friday Every Month

Tahoe Dance BandPut on your dancing shoes and boogie, swing or trot with the 17-piece Tahoe Dance Band on the last Friday of every month at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center.

The Tahoe Dance Band plays the standards and classics for both your dancing and listening pleasure including fox trots, waltzes, tangos, swing and polkas.   Click here to listen to them now! read more →

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Free Concerts at Heavenly Village

Trey Stone at Heavenly Village Tahoe CultureWho says nothing comes for free anymore?  The Heavenly Village is kicking off the summer with free concerts in front of Basecamp Pizza on Fridays and Saturdays from 5pm to 9pm.  All ages are welcome, and all concerts are free to the public.

The Heavenly Village Summer Concert Series will run from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend.

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Wildflowers of the Sierra Walk July 17

Flower Power.

In case you haven’t noticed, Lake Tahoe’s wildflower season is on. Hillsides are blanketed in mule’s ears, balsamroot, scarlet gilia, paintbrush, wild onions, forget me nots, larkspur, mountain heather and lupine.  They’ll stop you in your tracks with their sheer beauty and fragrance.

Identify wildflowers or just bask in their glory, during a short hike at Hope Valley on Friday, July 17, 9:30 am – 2 pm.

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South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic July 24-25

Indulge in a classic Tahoe tradition July 24 and 25 at the Tahoe Keys Marina in South Lake Tahoe during the antique wooden boat show. Along with the mixture of masterfully restored boats, you’ll also find live music, a beer tasting village and lots of food and family-friendly events.

This year’s theme, “50s & Fins”, will honor those boats built between 1950 and 1959.

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‘Tahoe in Bloom’ Garden Tour July 25

It’s flower season. Watch your step!

To show off nature’s handiwork, our local gardeners will host the annual Tahoe in Bloom Garden Tour in South Lake Tahoe on Saturday, July 25, 2015 hosted by the UCCE Master Gardeners of Lake Tahoe.

Here’s one of my favorite paintings by Bonita Paulis, Tallac Summer, which was raffled off last year to raise funds for the Museum.

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Tahoe Improv Players at Valhalla July 27

Tahoe Culture Tahoe Improv PlayersThe audience calls out suggestions. A group of actors who enjoy walking a theatrical tight rope, improvise a scene on the spot.

The audience laughs and then the actors do it again, and the audience laughs again…you get the picture. And so it will go during a night of improvisation theater with Tahoe Improv Players at the Tallac Historic Site on Monday, July 27th, 2015 at 7:30 pm.

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Quinn Deveaux & the Blue Beat Review July 29 at Valhalla

Quinn Deveaux LargeQuinn Deveaux & the Blue Beat Review will rock the Valhalla Boat House Theatre on July 29 at 7:30 pm.

The modern soul songs of Quinn Deveaux, sung in his sweet tenor over a spare guitar or carried by his band’s bright tones, evoke old images aplenty—from those gutbucket barrooms where rock-n-roll was born, to the pine-walled shacks, nearby, where its gospel-forebears rent their souls. But this artist’s singular sound, making old tones new, is Quinn’s alone. read more →

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Tahoe Dance Band Beach Blanket Bingo Dance July 31

Tahoe Culture Dance BandThe 17 piece Tahoe Dance Band will be holding a Beach Blanket Bingo Dance Tahoe-style on July 31st at the Senior Center from 7:30 to 10PM.

It’s inside, not at the beach. It’s just a theme.

Dress in your best beach outfit to get in the mood, or come as you are.

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Wa She Shu It Deh Native American Arts Festival July 25

The Washoe are the original inhabitants of Da ow aga (Lake Tahoe) and all the lands surrounding it. Tahoe is a mispronunciation of Da ow, meaning “lake.” Washoe ancestral territory consists of a nuclear area with Lake Tahoe at its heart, and a peripheral area that was frequently shared with neighboring tribes.

The Washoe will re-unite at the Tallac Historic Site in South Lake Tahoe on July 25 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm to honor their culture and heritage during their annual Wa She Shu It’ Deh Native American Arts Festival. read more →

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Kirkwood Guided Wildflower Hikes July 25-26

Tahoe-Culture-Mountain-HeatherIt’s one of our favorite summer events where wildflowers take center stage.

The Kirkwood Guided Wildflower Hikes will take place July 25 & July 26, with guided wildflower hiking tours with local naturalist and wildflower author Laird Blackwell starting at 10 am both days.

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Books, Art and Community at Bona Fide

Book Art by Bona Fide BooksCreate art for books, cards or any medium at Bona Fide Books in Meyers. Books in this photo were made by Karen Cutter. Because Bona Fide loves all things books, they’ve started a Sunday afternoon club for lovers of book art.

Bona Fide events feature community, peculiarities and a wholesome good time.

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Valhalla Renaissance Faire at Camp Richardson

Queens of England, ambassadors from foreign lands and juggling jesters, winsome wenches, lords and ladies, knight of horseback, squires and simpletons. They aren’t just the stuff of fairy tales. They’ll gather May 30th and 31st and June 5-6-7 for South Lake Tahoe’s favorite festival, the 23rd annual Valhalla Renaissance Faire. Be a part of history and come in costume, or come as you are and immerse yourself in games, theater and splendid Renaissance marketplace.

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National Trails Day at Van Sickle Bi State Park June 6

Join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for the annual National Trails Day® event on Saturday, June 6th, 2015, from 8:30am to 4:00pm at Van Sickle Bi State Park to kick off the summer trail building season.

No experience is necessary. Groups and families are welcome.

The event will held from 8:30am to 4pm. read more →

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Tahoe Legends Fun Run June 20

In 2007, Track Restoration for Community and Kids (T.R.4.C.K) raised enough money to rebuild the historic 1968 Summer Olympic track at the Middle School in South Lake Tahoe.

To keep this state-of-the-art youth complex alive, T.R.4.C.K is holding a legendary 5k and 10k run on Saturday, June 20, 2015.  There is a 1 mile pavement only wheelchair or stroller fun race and a kids only race on the track. read more →

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The Many Faces of Beauty So Lake Tahoe Library June 23

If you haven’t noticed . . . the wildflowers are going off right now. Earlier and more abundant than ever.

Wildflower photographer Roger Rosenberger will present “The Many Faces of Beauty” at the South Lake Tahoe Library on June 23, 2015.  Roger will explore the many ways Mother Nature pleases our senses with her beauty, and he’s not just talking about wildflowers. Event is free.

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LTCC Rock Ensemble Benefit Concert June 24

Rocking LTCC Tahoe CultureEvery quarter, the Lake Tahoe Community College Music Department puts on a final exam that truly rocks. Traditionally, Rock Ensemble students studying with teacher and professional musician Eric Hellberg stage a professional concert to earn their final grades. But this Spring, students in LTCC’s New Wave Music and Beginning Rock Ensemble classes will be rocking for an even higher purpose: their final exams will also serve as a benefit concert to support a fellow rocker in need.

The LTCC Rock Ensemble Benefit Concert will be Wednesday, June 24 at 7 p.m. in the Duke Theatre. read more →

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Race the Lake of the Sky June 26-28

Chris and his son Jared Brackett, who is one of nine SUP Brackett kids, have designed a weekend of SUP races for the entire family during Race the Lake of the Sky, June 26-28, 2015 at El Dorado Beach.

Competition will include team relays, youth races, open races, a SUP boarder cross race, and a distance race to Emerald Bay. read more →

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Motherhood Out Loud Valhalla Fundraiser May 9

thanksgiving fugue Tahoe CultureWhen entrusting the subject of motherhood to such a dazzling collection of celebrated American writers, what results is a joyous, moving, hilarious, and altogether thrilling theatrical play. Utterly unpredictable, Motherhood Out Loud shatters traditional notions about parenthood, unveils its inherent comedy and celebrates the deeply personal truths that span and unite generations.

The Motherhood Out Loud play with local performers takes place at the Valhalla Boathouse Theatre on May 9.  read more →

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Women’s Amgen Tour starts here May 8-9

atoc-womens-race750x350The first two stages of the expanded women’s portion of the Amgen CA race will be hosted by South Lake Tahoe, May 8 – 9, 2015. The competition will continue in Sacramento, May 10, 2015, with a third racing stage , the same day as the overall men’s start of the Amgen Tour of California. read more →

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TAP Spaghetti Night Fundraiser at Bert’s Cafe May 14

taplogo1The Tahoe Arts Project (TAP) has been bringing professional performing artists to local school children and the community for over 28 years. As a non-profit, bi-state organization it is only funded through donations.

Don’t miss the Spaghetti Night Fundraiser at Bert’s Cafe to raise funds for TAP on May 14, 2015 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

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Hoop Drum Workshop May 15-17

Mountain Gypsy Tahoe CultureThe Hoop Drum 3 day Workshop taking place May 15, 16 and 17, 2015, promises to be a wonderful event. Ann and her friend Davis Clay will be teaching this workshop working with the natural earth based traditions.
Soaking of hides with the sacred water from the Upper Truckee (the water that feeds our beautiful lake), creating our hoop drums out in the open air underneath the watchful gaze of Mt Tallac.

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Hike for the Humane Society May 16

Humane Society Tahoe Culture

The annual Hike for the Humane Society has teamed up with the Action Adventure Expo on Saturday, May 16th, in the back parking lot of Harrah’s from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Admission to the event is free, and a low cost lunch will be offered to benefit the Humane Society.

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Malcolm X Speech and Falculty Talk at LTCC May 19

Malcolm XTo help mark the late Malcolm X’s birthday, Lake Tahoe Community College is hosting a screening of his most famous speech followed by a faculty panel discussion on Tuesday, May 19 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Board/Aspen Room inside the library building.

This is a free event, and the entire community is welcome and encouraged to participate.

The event begins with a screening of “The Ballot or the Bullet,” one of Malcolm X’s most famous speeches, delivered at the Cory Methodist Church in Cleveland, Ohio in 1964.

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Tahoe’s Bike Economy with Gary Bell May 20

Sierra Ski and Cycle Works Gary BellA Tahoe Talks Brown Bag Lunch offers a monthly forum for people to discuss and learn more about ways to strengthen communities, make towns safer for bicyclists and pedestrians, and help protect Lake Tahoe’s amazing natural resources.

Gary Bell, owner of Sierra Ski and Cycle Works in South Lake Tahoe since 1980, thinks making our town more bike friendly is a grand idea. He’ll be discussing The Bike’s Impact on Tahoe’s Economy on May 20th from Noon to 1:30 at LTCC.

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