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

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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Live at Lakeview Summer Music Series

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 26th – August 28th, 2014, for free live music.

The concerts feature a beer garden, free bike valet, local vendors, and will remain free for the public to attend.

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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South Lake Tahoe Friends of the Library Events

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, join a Lego building party, and attend work shops and readings presented by local community members who know reading binds our community, and the world.

Check out the 2014 event schedule.

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August: Osage County at LTCC July 24-Aug 2

August-Osage-County-with Meryl StreepThe critically acclaimed play August: Osage County – a fraught, densely plotted saga of an Oklahoma clan in a state of near-apocalyptic meltdown. Fiercely funny and bitingly sad…a turbo-charged tragicomedy packed with unforgettable characters and dozens of quotable lines.

July 24-August 2, Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm at Lake Tahoe Community College Duke Theatre.

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Paige Anderson and the Fearless Kin Aug 2 at Valhalla

Paige-Anderson-and-the-Fearless-Kin-449x300This family oriented (and family friendly) Bluegrass and Americana show featuring a family band are a fresh approach to the music scene.  Paige Anderson is a stunning emerging voice in songwriting and a world class guitar flat picker.  Her brother and sister play mandolin and fiddle and are amazing harmony singers.

An Evening of Americana, Folk and Bluegrass Featuring Rising Stars Paige Anderson and the Fearless Kin takes place August 2 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm at the Valhalla Boathouse Theatre in South Lake Tahoe, CA. For more information and tickets visit www.valhallatahoe.com, call (530) 541-4975.

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Lake Tahoe Curling Classes August 3

Lake Tahoe Epic CurlingLake Tahoe Epic Curling (LTEC) is hosting two learn-to-curl sessions for those interested in giving this fast-growing Olympic sport a try.

Beginner sessions will be held on Sunday, August 3rd at the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena on Rufus Allen. The cost is $25 per person ($15 for locals with a valid ID), which includes both off-ice and on-ice instruction provided by knowledgeable curlers, plus game play. All the equipment needed will be provided; just wear comfortable sneakers with good tread, and appropriate clothing. read more →

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Museum Fundraiser “Chautaqua at Lake Tahoe” Aug 7 at Valhalla

0357 Tallac CasinoThe Lake Tahoe Historical Society presents “Chautauqua at Lake Tahoe,” a fundraiser scheduled for Thursday, August 7th starting at 6:30 pm (doors open at 6:00) at the Valhalla Boathouse Theater.

You will be entertained by the likes of Warren Upson (intrepid Pony Express rider), Hank Monk (Knight of the Lash), Anita Baldwin (tempestuous daughter of mining tycoon Elias J. “Lucky” Baldwin), Ephraim “Yank” Clement (Champeen Liar of the Sierry), and our special guest star Mark Twain, portrayed by well-known Twain impressionist McAvoy Layne.

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Harveys Summer Concert Series

Lady Gaga at Lake Tahoe August 2 Tahoe CultureDon’t miss Harvey’s summer concerts at the Outdoor Arena with acts like Lady GaGa on August 2, 2014.

Party on dude.  Get your tickets here.

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Full Moon Kayak Tour August 9

rickgunnkayakingAfter that big wildflower hike through lupine, penstemon and mule ears, it’s time to get on the lake for a favorite summer pastime.  A full moon kayak tour.

Watching the moon rise over Freel Peak, bright blue skies transform into alpenglow then moonlight, there isn’t a more spectacular time to be on Lake Tahoe.

Join Kayak Tahoe for a two hour casual paddle on August 9, 2014.

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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 continue every Friday evening through August.

Don’t miss “Birds of the Sierra Nevada” on Friday, August 22nd at 7p.m. for $5 to support the Tahoe Heritage Foundation. 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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Great Gatsby Murder Mystery Radio Theatre at Valhalla Aug 9

Solve the murder at this Tahoe-based radio theater performance at the Valhalla Grand Hall on August 9, 2014 from 5:30pm to 9:00 pm.

In honor of the Great Gatsby Festival, the Tahoe Writers Works present “The Great Gadfly,” an original audience-interactive play that celebrates the Roaring Twenties’ South Shore lifestyle.  This annual event includes a catered dinner.

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Great Gatsby Festival August 9-10 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 August9 and 10, 2014.

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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Tahoe Improv Players at Valhalla Aug 12

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 August 12 at 7:30pm.

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Men of Worth at Valhalla Aug 14

Men of Worth, that would be James Keigher (Ireland) and Donnie Macdonald (Scotland), blend their voices with harmony and support their collection of songs with their varied selection of instruments.

They have a very simple approach to their presentation, and remain true to the Gaelic/Celtic music and stories. Their show is a unique combination of humor, exciting tunes, and soulful, heartfelt ballads.

Don’t miss The Men at the Valhalla Boathouse Theatre on August 14 at 7:30pm.

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Shotwell Trio and Anna Helwing at Valhalla Aug 15

On August 15 at 7:30 pm at the Valhalla Boathouse Theatre, Lake Tahoe resident Anna Helwing, an accomplished classical vocalist returns with the Shotwell Trio. The Shotwell Trio, based in San Francisco, is Lewis Patzner on cello, Elektra Schmidt on piano, and Adam Scow on violin. A returning festival artist, Anna has performed a varied selection of classical music ranging from early music to contemporary works, in different musical ensembles.

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Lake Tahoe Dance Connection Aug 16-17

Lake Tahoe Dance Tahoe CultureLake Tahoe Dance Connection brings in Professional Dancers and Choreographers for a weekend of dance, top instruction and fun. This weekend workshop takes place August 16 & 17, 9am – 4pm at Lake Tahoe Community College. Register by July 14, for the early bird special rate of $255! After that the price increases to $280. read more →

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Free Music on the Valhalla Lawn August 17

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.

On Sunday, August 17th, a very special free kids concert featuring the acclaimed children’s act the Banana Slug String Band. Their music is original and full of inspiring positive messages about taking care of each other and the environment.

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Golden West Winds at Valhalla Aug 18

Band of the Golden West webTo close the 2014 Valhalla Arts, Music and Theatre Festival summer season, organizers are offering a FREE concert featuring the United States Air Force woodwinds band the Golden West Winds from Travis Air Force Base on Monday, August 18 at 7:30 pm at the Boathouse Theatre.

This group of highly trained musicians has delighted numerous concert audiences throughout the western United States. read more →

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Tahoe Dance Band Beach Party Dance August 19

Tahoe Culture Dance BandThe 17 piece Tahoe Dance Band will be holding a Beach Party Dance Tahoe-style on August 19th, at the Senior Center.

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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Conversations with History at Vikingsholm Castle August 21

“Conversations with History” on August 21st 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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Music on the Beach Fundraiser for Tahoe Arts Project August 21

Niall McGuinness, Trey Stone and John Shipley will perform live at the Music on the Beach fundraiser for the Tahoe Arts Project on Thursday, August 21, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Tahoe Lakeshore Lodge in South Lake Tahoe.

Suggested donation is just $10 per person to see these three local legends while you support art programs for local school children.

See you there.

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Lake of the Sky Amphitheater hosts Mark Twain Aug 23

Located at Taylor Creek on the west end of the historic Tallac site in South Lake Tahoe is the Lake of the Sky Amphitheater. Each summer this quaint outdoor theater hosts educational programs about Tahoe history and the people that shaped it, Tahoe flaura and fauna, and our environment to help give us a sense of place.

Mark your calendar to learn about Mark Twain and his eloquent impressions of Lake Tahoe on August 23, 2014 at 7PM.

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Sketching in the Sierra with John Muir Laws Aug 24 in Hope Valley

Keeping a nature sketchbook is a great way to deepen awareness, discovery, and memories of our environment while enjoying the outdoors.

Join naturalist, educator and artist John (Jack) Muir Laws, for a sketching in nature workshop on Sunday August 24, from 9:00am-12:00pm at Sorensen’s Resort that will inspire you to head outdoors with sketchbook in hand.

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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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Thin Air Chili Cook Off at Kirkwood Aug 30

Tahoe Culture Chili CookoffIf you love chili, the hotter and spicier the better, then head to the mountain.

Kirkwood Mountain that is. The Thin Air Chili Cookoff  will take place Saturday, August 30, 2014, starting at 12:30 PM.

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Locally Guided Adventures at Tahoe Expo Aug 30-31

Locals already know how to enjoy a triple-leisure day that includes a bike ride, paddle and community gathering.  Throw in some volunteer trail work, trash pick up, and AIS removal and you’re a local.

To help visitors connect to our mountain culture and join in as stewards,  Sustainable Tahoe has created a 2-day outdoor exposition of our favorite adventures and local culture led by local experts. Tahoe Expo on September 7 and 8 features guided tours from two of Tahoe’s most spectacular shoreline venues and feature native Washoe and Paiute culture, crafting and ceremonies. read more →

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Sample the Sierra Farm to Fork Festival August 31

Those searching for an inclusive and unique experience this Labor Day weekend should look no further than Sample the Sierra, South Lake Tahoe’s farm to fork festival that showcases local restaurants, farmers, artists, wineries, breweries and more.

The festival, which celebrates its fifth anniversary at Bijou Community Park on August 31, is preceded by a series of events on Friday and Saturday that include a tour through Apple Hill and a special pop-up dinner at Lake Tahoe Community College. These events, much like the festival, focus on the rich heritage and bounty of the region while highlighting the talent that resides in the Sierra Nevada.

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Historic Emigrant Trail Tour through Hope Valley Sept 7-8, Oct 5-6

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.

Highly acclaimed historian Frank Tortorich will lead participants across parts of the historic Mormon-Emigrant Trail and the early Pony Express Route in beautiful Hope Valley, September 7 and 8, followed by October 5 and 6, 2014. The activities start with a free slide show and diary readings the night before and all guests are welcome.

Don’t miss this moment to walk with a historian who knows every inch of this special place.

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22-mile Tahoe Fall Classic Paddleboard Race Sept 14

It’s the finale. The big daddy of the entire stand up and paddle season at Lake Tahoe.  So you’ve been standing up and paddling all summer longer, just to get ready for this epic.

It’s the 22-mile Tahoe Fall Classic SUP race across Lake Tahoe from Eldorado Beach in South Shore to Kings Beach in North Shore on September 14th starting at 8am sharp.

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Annual Bike Spirit Parade Sept 18

To celebrate the spirit of bicycling in Tahoe, the Slow Rollers Bicycle Club proudly presents the annual Spirit Parade on September 18, 2014 starting at 4pm at Safeway, next to Sierra Ski and Cycle Works.

In 2012 WE set the Guinness World Record for the Longest Single Line of Bicycles at 1,188 riders – yes!  Check out the video.

Everyone is invited to ride in this 3-mile cruising event to MontBleu at Stateline, Nevada.  We’re counting on everyone in Tahoe, that includes the north, west and east shores, to come out and ride. Costumes are optional.

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Alpine Aspen Festival Sept 25-28

Allison_Horst_artist_The alpine Watershed Group  (a 501c3 nonprofit group) is creating a four day Alpine Aspen Festival on September 25-28, 2014 to celebrate fall colors and education folks on conservation. Activities vary from horseback riding to plein air painting all hosted by locals like artist Allison Horst.
All proceeds go to the Alpine County Watershed Group.
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Women’s Sailing Clinic with Tahoe Windjammers

Ladies! If you’ve always wanted to learn to sail, here’s your chance to learn from the best.

The Lake Tahoe Windjammers will hold a Women’s Sailing Clinic in July.  Contact the club for exact date.

The sailing women often beat the guys.

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Medicinal Plants of the Sierra Nevada July 6 with Kim Chatfield

Ever think of the Sierra as a medicine cabinet? In fact, the surrounding Lake Tahoe mountains are chock-full of surprisingly healthful plants and flowers.

Join Dr. Kimball Chatfield, a medicinal plants expert, on an easy walk through magical Hope Valley at Sorensen’s Resort near South Lake Tahoe on July 6, 2014 from 10am to 1pm.

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Joe Craven and Hattie Craven in Concert plus Family Music Workshop July 9

Enjoy an entertaining day and evening with music from acoustic jazz artist, Joe Craven, at Valhalla on July 9, 2014 from 5pm to 10pm.

This freestyle folk, world and roots music multi-instrumentalist, singer and award winning educator will host a family friendly music workshop in the afternoon and performing in the evening with the One Man Joe Show and his daughter Hattie. Kids and adults with no musical background what-so-ever are encouraged to attend the workshop.  Virtuosos also welcome too! Kids eight and older accompanied by an adult are welcome.

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LTCC Taste of Gold fundraiser July 12

The Lake Tahoe Community College hosts an evening of food, wine and world class entertainment at their summer event, The Taste of Gold.

It will be held in the Demonstration Garden at the Ledbetter Terrace on Saturday, July 12, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

All proceeds benefit the LTCC Foundation, which supports student scholarships and academic programs. read more →

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Photographing the Sierra with Terry Nathan July 20 at Hope Valley

Peeler-Lake-B-Terry-NathanFrom dramatic fall colors to rugged mountain cliffs, the Hope Valley region located about 17-miles south of Lake Tahoe, offers varied and stunning photographic opportunities.

Learn to capture Lake Tahoe”s grandeur at this one-day photography workshop with award-winning photographer Terry Nathan on Sunday, July 20, 2014, from 9am – 1pm at Sorensen’s Resort.

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Wildflowers of the Sierra Hike July 21

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 Monday, July 21, 9am – 3pm.

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An Evening of Old World European Folk Music Featuring Beaucoup Chapeaux July 23 at Valhalla

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEnjoy an evening of eastern European gypsy and world music at the Valhalla Boathouse Theatre on July 23, 2014 at 7:30pm.

This eclectic world musical group features a wide variety of instruments including accordion, violin, oboe, English horn, bass clarinet, piccolo, tenor guitar, plectrum banjo, dobro, and 5-string banjo, among others. read more →

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South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic July 25-26

Indulge in a classic Tahoe tradition July 25th and July 26th, at the Tahoe Keys Marina in South Lake Tahoe, at the largest collection of antique wooden boats this show has ever assembled. Along with the timeless mixture of masterfully restored wooden boats reflecting off the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe, you’ll also enjoy live music, an array of food and shopping, a wine tasting village and a festive, family-friendly atmosphere.

The South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic: A Vintage Boat Show for Charity, takes place at the Tahoe Keys Marina July 25 and 26, 2014.

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Wa She Shu It Deh Native American Arts Festival July 26-27

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 26 and July 27 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 Wildflower Festival July 26 & 27

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

The Kirkwood Wildflower Festival will take place July 26 & July 27, with guided wildflower hiking tours with local naturalist and wildflower author Laird Blackwell, nature hikes, wine and beer tasting from regional vintners, live music, and a collection of artwork by local artists.

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A Tribute to Patsy Cline at Valhalla July 30

There is only one Patsy Cline.

And then, there is definitely crooner Joni Morris, who loves Cline’s music and has made a career of bringing Patsy’s hits back to life with her engaging double-barreled voice that can belt, sob, and exult Patsy’s hit songs of over 40 years ago.

Don’t miss Patsy…I mean Joni Morris and her After Midnight Band perform “A Tribute to Patsy Cline,” at the acoustically perfect Valhalla Boathouse Theatre on July 30 at 7:30pm.

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Tahoe Derby Dames

Blending athleticism, finesse, thrills and spills, Tahoe Roller Derby has taken hold in South Lake Tahoe.

Check out the high altitude skating excitement when Sister Slayer and the dames, lead by coach Jack Hammer (Mark Brown), compete in their home bouts listed on their website.

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Spring Sugar Pine Plantings

Sugar-Pine-Planting-at-Lake-TahoeHelp the Sugar Pine Foundation plant healthy, fungus-resistant sugar pines.

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

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Pony Express Re-Ride through South Lake Tahoe

The Re-Ride of the Pony Express Trail from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, will pass through South Lake Tahoe in front of Harrah’s at Friday’s Station to exchange the Mochila in June – check back for the exact date and time.

Since the time may vary based on the full moon, riders and horses, click here for updates.

The annual re-ride is a 10-day, 24-hour per day, non-stop event with 500 riders and horses riding the 1,966 mile route. It is the longest event held annually on a historical trail in the nation, even surpassing the famed Iditarod. read more →

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Lake Tahoe Bird Festival June 7

Flock to Taylor Creek Visitor Center for the 5th Annual Lake Tahoe Bird Festival on Saturday, June 7th from 8 am to 4 pm.

The Tahoe Institute for Natural Science and US Fish and Wildlife Service invites everyone to this free event for fun and educational walks, workshops, educational activities and live bird demonstrations. read more →

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Vegetable Gardening Seminar and Plant Sale at LTCC June 7

Can we grow food up here? We can. And it’s fun, too! But… Which plants to choose? And when to plant them? What to do about our terrible soils and crazy weather?

Learn more at the Vegetable Gardening Seminar and Plant Sale at the Lake Tahoe Community College Demonstration Garden on Saturday, June 7, 9 am -1 pm. read more →

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Valhalla Renaissance Faire June 7-8 at Camp Richardson

The annual Valhalla Renaissance Faire returns to South Lake Tahoe’s Camp Richardson over two weekends: May 31-June 1 and June 7-8, 2014. The festivities will feature historical reenactments, six stages of continuous entertainment, a live joust, and hundreds of one of a kind crafts to browse.

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Bigfoot and the Baby Novelist at LTCC June 13

Bigfoot and the BabyThe Writers’ Series at Lake Tahoe Community College welcomes first-time novelist Ann Gelder on Friday, June 13 at 7 p.m. in the LTCC Library. Gelder will read selections from her novel, Bigfoot and the Baby, answer audience questions, and sign copies of her book.

This event is free and open to the entire community.

Gelder’s satirical novel, published by Bona Fide Books in Meyers, explores faith, family, and the power of love. Concerned with the problem of belief in our time, the novel asks essential questions and explores the answers with wild humor funneled through the main character, Jackie Majesky, a frustrated homemaker who, facing the apocalypse, searches for God and finds Bigfoot instead. read more →

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