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

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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Free Music on the Lawn July 5-Aug 2

Music on the Valhalla Lawns Tahoe CultureBring 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.

For five consecutive 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 Sundays, July 5 to August 2, 2015, from 12 – 2pm. read more →

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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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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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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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Valhalla Arts, Music & Theatre Festival June 17 – August 26

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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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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Historic Emigrant Trail Trek through Hope Valley June 21-22

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 June 21 and 22, 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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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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Free Lakeview Summer Music June 25-Aug 27

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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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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Conversations with History at Vikingsholm Castle June 30

“Conversations with History” on June 30, 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.  Other dates: July 30 and August 27.

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Full Moon Kayak Tours at Sugar Pine Point July 3, July 31, 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 July 3,  July 31, 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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Tahoe Improv Players at Valhalla July 6

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 Mondays, July 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th, 2015 at 7:30 pm.

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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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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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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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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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Tahoe Tales by Mark Twain May 23

He set the high water mark for fascinating tales about mountain culture.  Mark Twain liked to say, “Good friends, good books. This is the ideal life.”

Famed Mark Twain impressionist McAvoy Layne will bring the Tahoe Tales of the legendary writer and humorist to Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel in South Lake Tahoe on May 23, 2015 starting at 6:30 pm.

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The Muscles and Bones of Conscious Dance April 22-May 27

Ann ThennesThe Mountain Gypsy, Ann Thennes, will hold “The Muscles and Bones of Conscious Dance,” a 6 week series on Wednesdays, April 22 thru May 27, 2015, at Mountain Yoga Studio for just $85 from 5:30 pm – 7 pm.

Ann will hold a free class on Wednesday, April 15.

“The intelligence of our bodies not constrained by our conditioning becomes movement medicine – our birth rite.” Emilie Conrad said it best. Amen. And, Ann brings us the space and delivers!

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Human Rights Advocate Carolyn Forché at LTCC May 28

Carolyn ForchéMeet Carolyn Forché, award-winning poet and human rights advocate, at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 28th in LTCC’s Aspen Room. This free event is open to the public and made possible through a grant the foundation received from the Parasol Foundation. Books will be available for purchase.

Renowned as a “poet of witness,” Carolyn Forché is the author of four books of poetry.  read more →

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Native Species Festival Taylor Creek May 30

Learn about native plants, birds and animals at the Native Species Festival presented by the USFS from 10am-4pm on May 30 at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center.

Visit educational booths set up by public agencies and nonprofits to learn more about Lake Tahoe’s native plants and animals, including black bears, bats, beaver, and Tahoe yellow cress.

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John Muir’s Great Great Grandson May 30 at SLT Library

John Muir’s Great-great-grandson, Robert Hanna, will share an intimate view of John Muir during a very special presentation at the Library on May 30 starting at 1 p.m.. “Growing Up Muir” offers a personal view of Muir from the perspective of his family.  Free and open to the public.

Mr. Hanna will describe and uncover the many sides of Muir through family stories and never before seen photographs and writings.

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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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Mom’s Morning Out at LTCC May 2

Lola Love of My LifeMoms of all ages are invited to enjoy a free morning of education, inspiration and relaxation on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 8am to noon at Lake Tahoe Community College.

Moms rock, especially this amazing woman who worked full time as a Registered Nurse for over 50 years, and raised 6 kids and one husband.  ♥

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Sugar Pine Plantings April 4-19

Sugar-Pine-Planting-at-Lake-TahoeHelp the Sugar Pine Foundation plant healthy, fungus-resistant sugar pines April 4 through 19, 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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Heavenly Ski Patrol Fundraiser Party April 4

The Heavenly Ski Patrol Fundraiser Party will be held at the Heavenly Village at Stateline on Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 4pm to 8pm.

Enjoy live music, drinks, silent auction, hanging with the patrolers (and the Avalanche Rescue Dogs), and good times for a good cause.

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Learn to Curl at Ice Arena April 5

Lake Tahoe Epic Curling

Lake Tahoe’s one and only curling club, Lake Tahoe Epic Curling (LTEC), will host learn-to-curl sessions on Sunday, April 5, 2015 starting at 5:30 p.m. for those interested in giving this fast-growing Olympic sport a try.  The event is open to the public, and will be held at the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena on Rufus Allen Blvd.

It’s Easter so check before you go.

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South Lake Tahoe Earth Day April 25

Connect with community and honor mother Earth at the South Lake Tahoe Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 25, from 10am to 3pm at the Bijou Community Park.

Get ready for juggling, dancing, stilt-walking, and clean fun.  Free admission, and don’t forget to ride your bike!

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National Poetry Month at LTCC April 21

pahmeierheadshotPlease join the LTCC Writers’ Series in Celebration of National Poetry Month with poets Gailmarie Pahmeier and Shaun T. Griffin on Tuesday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the Aspen Room.

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Spring Birds of the Sierra April 1

Discover dabblers, divers, and other feathered friends with local birder Jim Woods on April 1, 2015. Woods will show you where to look to find birds in their natural habitats, and will share his knowledge of birds and other local wildlife.

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Sacred Dance Workshops with Ann

Our favorite local dancer, Ann Thennes, aka the Mountain Gypsy is holding two dance workshops to help us open to our Sacred Dance, learning its purpose and place in our lives.

You will be dancing in a sacred, supportive sanctuary. Women from all walks of life gathering together, dancing in this time honored ancient way. read more →

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Ski with a Ranger at Heavenly

Join a US Forest Service ranger for an interpretive tour over the snow at Heavenly Mountain Resort on Mondays and Fridays at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm., February 2 through April 12, 2015, at the Top of the Heavenly Gondola.

The tour explores the natural and cultural history of the Lake Tahoe Basin, highlighting topics such as water quality, watershed restoration, habitat improvement, fire and fuels management and responsible recreation. Both intermediate level skiers and snowboarders are encouraged to join. read more →

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The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at LTCC March 13-22

DRAFT - Judas Iscariot posterSet in a time-bending, darkly comic world between heaven and hell, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot reexamines the plight and fate of the New Testament’s most infamous and unexplained sinner.

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adley Guirgis will play March 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21 at 7:30p.m., Sunday matinees March 15 and 22 at 2p.m. All performances take place in the Duke Theatre, inside the Fine Arts building at Lake Tahoe Community College.

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Free Eiger Solo Movie at LOTSO March 20

Eiger Solo“Eiger Solo” is a documentary of the first British solo ascent of the Eiger North Face by Welsh mountaineer Eric Jones, whose ultimate dream was to climb the notorious North Face of the Eiger, alone.  The free showing is Friday, March 20, from 7:00pm – 8:30pm at Lake of the Sky Outfitters.

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Scott Pemberton at LT Golf Course March 20

Scott Pemberton by Tony DellacioppaPortland, Oregon guitarist/bandleader Scott Pemberton is releasing his new album “Timber Rock” and will be making a stop in South Lake Tahoe with a special album release party at the Lake Tahoe Golf Course on Friday, March 20, 2015.

Scott is an emerging force on the festival circuit, with his wild approach to the guitar and nimble funky band he is immediately recognizable and undeniably original. Local favorites Black Star Safari will open up this FNCTN show with live art from Will Eichelberger and drink specials form Tahoe Blue Vodka.

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival March 26

A-Line-In-The-SandJoin the Sierra Nevada Alliance on March 26, 2015 when they host award winning environmental and adventure films with the energy of local activism.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival has been inspiring attendees to take action regarding issues that impact our environment, ourselves and our world.   The festival starts at 7 pm at MontBleu in South Lake Tahoe. Doors at 6pm and show costs $15 in advance/$20 at the door.

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Buckle Up Big Air in Memory of Greg Smith April 11

Skiers and snowboarders will unite to throw down on a custom slopestyle course in memory of Sierra Freestyle Skier, Greg Smith, and to spread Seatbelt Safety Awareness at Sierra-at-Tahoe.

Come out and enjoy the fun.  Competitions, a big BBQ, music and lots of great raffle prizes will take place at Sierra on April 11, 2015.

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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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St. Patrick’s Day Celebration March 13

It’s the Tahoe Douglas Rotary Club’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on Saturday, March 13, 2015 at Harrah’s.

The St. Patrick’s Day Party will feature a gourmet corn beef and cabbage buffet with all the fixings.

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Ginny Schankerman ART at Bona Fide Books March 6

GShankerman-IMG_2185-lower-resBona Fide Books will host an art reception for plein air painter Ginny Schankerman Fri., March 6, 6:30-8:30 pm at its shop in Meyers. The local independent press will also kick off the opening of its print shop and community mercantile, featuring goods made in the print studio. This event is free and open to the public.   read more →

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LTCC Writers’ Series March 5

brandeis2 tahoe cultureLake Tahoe Community College’s Writers’ Series continues in March with a visit from nationally recognized novelist Gayle Brandeis, and short story writer Dimitri Keriotis on Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m. in the Aspen Room, inside the library building on campus. The two will read selections from their works, answer audience questions about the writing process, and autograph copies of their books, which will be for sale at the event. It’s absolutely free to attend, and the public is welcome to attend.

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