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

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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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.

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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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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.

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

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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The Last Days of Judas Iscariot March 13-22 LTCC

Rehearsal 7 (3)The world’s most infamous betrayer gets his day in court at Lake Tahoe Community College this March.

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, a searingly funny, adult, and thought-provoking play by Stephen Adly Guirgis, will be presented in LTCC’s Duke Theatre March 13-22. Set in a time-bending, darkly comic world between Heaven and Hell, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot reexamines the plight and fate of perhaps the New Testament’s most misunderstood and unexplained sinner.

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Auditions for Pippin at LTCC Feb 17

Acting for the Camera at LTCCThe Theatre Arts Department at Lake Tahoe Community College is holding auditions for the Tony Award-winning musical Pippin, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), book by Roger O. Hirson, directed by Susan Boulanger, musical direction by Mark D. Williams, and choreography by Angela Smith. Auditions will be Tuesday, February 17 at 7 p.m. in LTCC’s Duke Theatre. Callbacks will be Saturday, February 21 at 12 p.m. read more →

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Conscious Dance Workshop with Ann Thennes Feb 21

The Mountain Gypsy, Ann Thennes, will hold her annual Conscious Dance Workshop on February 21, 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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Hike with Snowshoe Thompson at Van Sickle Feb 28

snowshoethompsonLearn how tough Snowshoe Thompson really was during the 3-mile hike in the Van Sickle Bi-State Park on February 28, 2015 from 10am to 1pm with the TRT gang.

You’ll be crossing Snowshoe’s winter tracks over which he famously carried the mail for two decades in the mid-1800s back and forth from Genoa, Nevada to Hangtown, California.  You’ll follow “Snowshoe” himself brought to life with Chautauqua performer Steve Hale of Comstock Characters. Bring your imagination and be prepared to be transported back to the winter of 1865. 

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Fresh Tracks 5K Snowshoe Walk and Race Feb 22

Tahoe Mountain Milers

The Tahoe Mountain Milers Running Club is hosting the Fresh Tracks 5K Snowshoe Walk and Race on Feb. 22 at 10 am at Historic Camp Richardson Resort.  Okay, this year no snowshoes required.

The beneficiaries are the Eric Nageotte-Lowe Scholarship Fund for the Heavenly Freestyle Team and Girls On the Run-Sierra.

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Zumba with Nancy

Join Nancy McGuinness, Latin and Multicultural dance instructor for over 20 years, during her Zumba classes at the South Lake Tahoe Recreation Center Mondays through Thursdays. Only $8 drop in!

It’s a great way to lose weight, increase strength and coordination and to foster self-esteem and pure happiness.

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Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care presentation Jan 29

Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care Tahoe BearTom and Cheryl Millham of Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care will be the guest speakers at the Tahoe Area Sierra Club meeting on January 29, 2015 at 7pm at Unity at the Lake Center. The presentation is free and open to the public.

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Forrest Day at LT Golf Course Jan 23

Forrest Day Tahoe CultureOn Friday, January 23, the FNCTN Winter Music Series will rock the Clubhouse inside the Lake Tahoe Golf Course with Forrest Day. Big Sticky Mess, a funky jam band from Davis, CA will open up the show with other entertainment including live painting, local sponsor and non-profit organization booths and sponsor giveaways. read more →

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K2: Siren of the Himalayas Jan 23

K2 Siren of the Himalayas Tahoe Culture

On January 23rd at 7:00 pm, you can watch K2: Siren of the Himalayas at Lake of the Outfitters at the Y in South Lake Tahoe.

Four world-class alpinists team up in a dangerous foray of high altitude mountaineering in this breathtaking documentary. The film follows an attempt to reach the summit of the world’s most challenging peak on the 100-year anniversary of the Duke of Abruzzi’s landmark K2 expedition.

 

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SAC Avalanche Awareness Presentation at LTCC Jan 16

Lake Tahoe Backcountry SkiingThe Sierra Avalanche Center is kicking off their Avalanche Awareness and Inspiration series at the Lake Tahoe Community College on Friday, January 16, 2015 at 7pm. Snow nerd extraordinaire Travis Feist will be talking avalanches and globetrotting adventurer Todd Offenbacher will be sharing stories and images from skiing in both the Arctic and Antarctica. read more →

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Global Warming Presentation at SLT Library January 27

Central Pacific Railroad tunnel No. 6 along the muddy banks of the Sacramento River near Lakeshore Drive in Lakehead has become visible due to Lake Shasta’s low lake levels.

FIRE AND WATER, How Global Warming is Changing California’s Weather and a Bipartisan Solution will be held Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 from 5:30 – 8:00 P.M. at the South Lake Tahoe Library.  California has been hit hard by drought and wildfires in recent years. These events have left many Californians wondering, is this extreme weather linked to global warming, and what can we expect for the future?

This image on right shows a visible Central Pacific Railroad tunnel No. 6 along the muddy banks of the Sacramento River near Lakeshore Drive in Lakehead due to Lake Shasta’s low lake levels.  Read more at http://www.redding.com/news/relics-exposed-lake-shasta

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Kiwanis Mid-Winter Beach Party and Crab Feed Jan 30

It’s been a South Lake Tahoe tradition for 33 years and a major fundraiser for local charities.

The Kiwanis Sunrisers’ Annual Mid-Winter Beach Party and Crab Feed will be held Jan 30, 2015 at Harrah’s.

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Winter Wilderness Survival Workshop with TNSRT at Sorensen’s Jan 10

Tahoe Nordic Search and RescueHopefully, you’ll never need to know what to do if you get lost out in a Sierra winter. But it’s better to know what to do just in case.

Members of the nonprofit, all-volunteer Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team (TNSRT) will lead an easy snowshoe and cross-country ski trek to cover planning and preparation, proper dress and equipment, emergency shelters, etc on Saturday January 10, 2015 from 10am – 12pm at Sorensen’s in Hope Valley.

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Snowshoe Cocktail Races at the Beacon Jan 17

snowshoe coctail racesAs if running in snowshoes isn’t hard enough.  Add a tray of cocktails and the race is on.

The Beacon Bar & Grill at Camp Richardson in South Lake Tahoe is holding its infamous snowshoe cocktail races on Jan. 17, Feb. 21, March 21 at 7pm.  Snowshoes provided.

Winter is happening at Lake Tahoe.  Grab your skis or snowboard or rent them, and get to a resort or take the dog on a cross country ski or snowshoe trek today before heading to the Beacon.

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Barton Health Festival of Trees and Lights Dec 3-7

RudolfGirlThe sixth annual Barton Health Festival of Trees and Lights will take place December 3 through 7 at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe in Stateline, Nevada.

Locals and visitors alike are invited to attend this family-friendly, holiday festival. The Festival of Trees and Lights is the Barton Foundation’s largest fundraiser and all proceeds support the health and wellbeing of the South Lake Tahoe Community. read more →

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Shred for Sushi Rail Jam Dec 10

The 4th Annual Shred for Sushi rail jam event will be held in the parking lot next to Sushi Pier in South Lake Tahoe on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of South Lake Tahoe. The event is free to attend, and $20 to participate in rail jam.

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Tahoe Adventure Film Festival Dec 13 at MontBleu

Well known as a breeding ground for elite athletes and year-round adventurers, Lake Tahoe is the stage for the Tahoe Adventure Film Festival to be held December 13, 2014  in South Shore at MontBleu. The pre-party starts at 6:30pm.

Designed to capture the intensity and passion of adventure and Tahoe mountain culture, the Tahoe Adventure Film Festival showcases breathtaking video footage of adventure thrill seekers as they ski, bike, jump, climb and surf around the world.

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Holiday in History at So Lake Tahoe Museum December 13-14

Tahoe Culture Vintage ChristmasStep back in time and into the South Lake Tahoe Museum for its annual Holiday in History event Saturday, December 13 and Sunday, December 14, 2014.

The doors to history and the holiday spirit kick off with free refreshments around the Victorian tree, calls to Santa’s helpers at the North Pole, and tours of the 1930’s log cabin, fully furnished with bedroom and bath in the loft, a reliable tenant and BMP complete!  read more →

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So Lake Tahoe Christmas Bird Count Dec 15

The South Lake Tahoe Christmas Bird Count on December 15th,  from 8am until sundown, is a chance to do some birding in the winter, socialize with other birders and contribute to the largest, longest running citizen science program in the world.

Novices to experts are all welcome for this fun winter event that focuses the 7.5 mile radius count circle on the Upper Truckee River mouth.

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Annual Holiday Nail Trim for Christmas Cheer at Alpine Animal Hospital

To help raise money for their favorite local non-profit, dogs are headed to Alpine Animal Hospital for its Annual Holiday Nail Trim benefit for Christmas Cheer, taking place through December 31, 2014.

All of the proceeds from the nail trims will go to Christmas Cheer.  Dogs rule!

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Mile, Mile and a Half Movie at Lake of the Sky Outfitters Nov 7

Mile Mile and Half

In an epic snow year, five friends leave their daily lives behind to hike California’s historic John Muir Trail. Their goal, complete their journey in 25 days, while capturing the amazing sights and sounds they encounter along the way. read more →

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An Evening of Food & Wine by Soroptimists to Support Community Nov 7

Tahoe Culture Soroptimist Wine Tasting GlassSimply irresistible.

Known as the “Best of Tahoe,” it’s one of our favorite annual South Lake Tahoe  events to raise money for our community while savoring delectable local cuisine and regional wines.

And, it’s been going on for 44 years now – wow!  An Evening of Food & Wine Tasting presented by Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe will be held Friday, November 7, 2014 at Harrah’s starting at 6pm.

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Tahoe’s Michelangelo, David Foster, to present Nov 12 at Tahoe Art League Meeting

He’s known as Tahoe’s Michelangelo.

David Foster of South Shore will be the featured presenter for the Tahoe Art League’s monthly meeting on November 12, 2014 at the SLT Senior Center.

The presentation is free and starts at 6 PM.

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Smile! It’s the Annual Santa Paws Photo Fundraiser Nov 15 to Keep Tahoe Kind

Santa DogThe annual Santa Paws Photo Fundraiser for the Lake Tahoe Humane Society will be held November 15, 2014 from 11am to 5pm at Tahoe Production House.

For just $20, your pet will receive multiple poses with Tahoe’s original Santa Dog on a photo CD plus a raffle ticket. Bows and antlers are provided for photos if desired. read more →

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Leading Ladies at LTCC Nov 14-23

Leading Ladies Tahoe Culture Loads of laughs are in store as the Theatre Arts Department at Lake Tahoe Community College presents the madcap comedy Leading Ladies November 14 through November 23 in the Duke Theatre. Written by Ken Ludwig, the master of contemporary farce, this hilarious romp is a wacky mixture of Some Like It Hot meets Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, with a little Monty Python thrown in for good measure. read more →

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Pray for Snow Nov 19 at Fresh Ketch

It’s been a local tradition for more than 30 years.

The annual Pray for Snow Party at The Fresh Ketch in the Keys Marina.

Does it work? Absolutely!

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