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

Live at Lakeview Summer Music Series June 26-Aug 28

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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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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Lake Tahoe Curling Classes July 3 and 18

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 Thursday, July 3rd and Friday, July 18th from 6:30pm to 9:00pm 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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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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Lake of the Sky Amphitheater hosts Mark Twain July 11

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 July 11 and August 23, 2014 at 7PM.

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Lake of the Sky Amphitheater Summer Shows

The Lake of the Sky Amphitheater summer evening programs at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center continue every Friday evening through August.

Don’t miss ““Wild Things” on Friday, July 25th at 7p.m.  read more →

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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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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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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 Improv Players at Valhalla July 22, Aug 5, 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 July 22, August 5 and August 12 at 7:30pm.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sample the Sierra Farm to Fork Festival August 31

You’ve heard of the farm to fork movement, right?  Get a taste of Tahoe arts and mountain culture at the 5th annual Sample the Sierra festival in South Lake Tahoe on Sunday, August 31, 2014 from Noon to 5PM at Bijou Community Park.

To whet your appetite, an appetizer of events will take place throughout El Dorado County before the main event on Sunday, where businesses will show off their local wine, produce, products, art and talent. Sample the Sierra also features the Sierra Chefs Challenge, a cooking challenge between three regional chefs cooking with locally sourced ingredients. Watch three of the most talented chefs prepare delicious meals – and even get the opportunity to taste them!

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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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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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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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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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Conscious Dance Workshop with Ann Thennes June 14-15

The Mountain Gypsy, Ann Thennes, will hold her annual Conscious Dance Workshop on June 14 and 15, 2014.

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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Artist in Residence at Valhalla: Lainie Vreeland June 19-25

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The art of multi-award winning artist, Lainie Vreeland  will be featured daily from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm daily in the Viking Room at Valhalla, next to the Grand Hall, from June 19 to June 25, 2014.

Lainie has received awards for her artistic work using various mediums, including her Hand-Modified Photo Artistry, photography and drawing. read more →

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An Evening of Blues with Ray Bonneville and Lance Canales and the Flood at Valhalla Boathouse Theatre June 25

Ray Bonneville - BurseilOn Wednesday, June 25th the 2014 Valhalla Art, Music and Theatre Festival begins with a concert featuring award winning songwriter and guitar player Ray Bonneville with very special guest Lance Canales and the Flood opening the show! Lovers of all genres of music will appreciate these renowned American Roots and Blues artists. The Boathouse Theatre’s rear doors will be open to the lake view for this special evening.

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Books, Art and Community at Bona Fide June Events

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.

Bona Fide events feature community, peculiarities and a wholesome good time. On tap for June is a Fiction Writing Class June 14, Print Club on June 16, and the popular Book Art event on June 22.

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Man of La Mancha at LTCC June 13-22

Man of La Mancha Tahoe Culture scene 2The Theatre Arts Department at Lake Tahoe Community College is excited to present the classic Broadway musical Man of La Mancha in the Duke Theatre from June 13 through June 22. This Tony Award-winning musical, directed by Susan Boulanger, with musical direction by Mark D. Williams and choreography by Angela Smith, is presented as part of the celebration marking the 40th anniversary of LTCC.

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Mom’s Morning Out at LTCC May 3

Lola Love of My LifeMoms of all ages are invited to enjoy a free morning of education, inspiration and relaxation on Saturday, May 3 from 8am to 11:30am 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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Spring Birds of Hope Valley May 6

Discover dabblers, divers, and other feathered friends on an early morning walk with guide and historian, William Tweed at Sorensen’s Resort on May 6, 2014.  Renowned writer and former chief naturalist at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, William is steeped in the knowledge of the Sierra environment.

Catch birds in their native habitat, while having a fun and informative nature day with our local birds as the star of the show. read more →

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LTCC Writers Series presents Pam Houston May 8

Pam HoustonThe Writers’ Series proudly presents novelist and travel & adventure writer Pam Houston on Thursday, May 8 at 8PM at Lake Tahoe Community College in the Library. This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event and are already in the LTCC Book Store.

Pam Houston’s most recent book is Contents May Have Shifted, published in 2012. She is also the author of two collections of linked short stories, Cowboys Are My Weakness and Waltzing the Cat, the novel, Sight Hound, and a collection of essays, A Little More About Me, all published by W.W. Norton. read more →

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Line Dance Classes for All Ages Wednesdays with Michelle

It’s lots of fun and a great workout.

Starting May 2014, experienced local dance instructor, Michelle Langlois, teaches line dance classes influenced by country western, rock, pop and hip hop music every Wednesday from 10 am to 11:45 am at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center located at 3050 Highway 50/Lake Tahoe Blvd.

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Tahoe Arts Project Fundraiser at Bert’s May 8

Tahoe Arts Project (TAP) is holding a spaghetti night fundraiser at Bert’s Café on May 8, 2014 from 5:30-7:30.

For only $10 guests will enjoy spaghetti, Caesar salad and garlic bread. Wine will be served by donation in a TAP logo wine glass for you to keep. Save room for dessert because there will also be a bake sale. read more →

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Galaxy Slideshow and Starwatch at Hope Valley May 17

Join Astronomer Adrienne Cool and Ron Marzke, of San Francisco State University, for a fascinating nighttime event and slide show, peering through telescopes to spy planets, stars, and nebulae. The moon will be in its first quarter phase, which will be ideal for stargazing.

Stargazing takes place at Sorensen’s Resort in Hope Valley on May 17, 2014, starting at 8pm.

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Sierra Stories by Gary Noy May 20

SierraStories405Author and Sierra Nevada Native, Gary D. Noy, will launch his newest book, Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots, and Rogues, at the South Lake Tahoe Library May 20, 2014 at 6pm. read more →

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Random Acts of Improv at LTCC May 24

Join the LTCC Theatre Arts Department for a night of laughter and off-the-wall comedy provided by the department’s own improvisation group, Random Acts of Improv.

This one-night-only performance will be presented Friday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Duke Theatre.  Tickets are just $5 at the door.

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TeleGrass Festival at Sierra-at-Tahoe April 5

Telefest Tahoe CultureSkip the gym. Head to the Annual TeleGrass Festival at Sierra-at-Tahoe on April 5th for a day of thigh pumping, and bun burning.

Experience Tahoe’s tele-culture with clinics, Bluegrass music, races, equipment demos, raffle prizes and seasonal brews at Tahoe’s biggest telemark event.

And remember: Drop knees not bombs. Free your heel and your mind will follow.

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Heavenly Ski Patrol Fundraiser Party April 5

The Heavenly Ski Patrol Fundraiser Party will be held at the Heavenly Village at Stateline on Saturday, April 5th, beginning at 6 pm.

Live music, dancing, chances to win Heavenly-Northstar-Kirkwood season passes, and good times for a good cause.

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Buckle Up Big Air in Memory of Greg Smith April 12

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 12, 2014.

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