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

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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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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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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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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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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Mountaingirl presents Trail of Murder at SLT Library Nov 18

Sierra Nevada Trail of Murder COVER (Medium)

Chased by a killer, Rachel Winters, her dog Bella, and Private Investigator Luke Reed must uncover a deep-rooted environmental conspiracy stretching across multiple state lines.

“Sierra Nevada: Trail of Murder” is the first novel from local author Jennifer Quashnick’s Mountaingirl Mysteries series.  On Tuesday, November 18th, starting at 6 PM, Jennifer will talk about her adventures that inspired her book, and also sign copies. 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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New World Jazz Project at the Fresh Ketch every Friday

Niall McGuinness and his New World Jazz Project perform at the Fresh Ketch every Friday starting at 6 PM.

The New World Jazz Project featuring Niall McGuinness is a hard-driving, diverse-sounding jazz ensemble that has been playing regularly on the Reno-Tahoe Jazz scene for many years. The quartet plays a distinct blend of soul, Latin, and Afro-jazz, to bebop and beyond. Niall is joined by Reno jazz stalwarts Eric Finklestein on drums, Kyle Rothchild on bass, and George Tavoularis on piano. The NWJP performs a coterie of both original music and freshly-arranged standards from the great American song book.

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Valhalla Holiday Faire Nov 21-23

Deck the “Valhalla Grand Hall” with boughs of holly,
Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.

‘Tis the season to be jolly and to find locally made products and art at the Valhalla Holiday Faire,
Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.

It’s been a local holiday tradition for over a decade at South Lake Tahoe’s cultural hub, the Tallac Historic site taking place November 21-23, 2014.

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Learn How to Create a Family Memoir this Thanksgiving at Bona Fide Books Nov 23

Memoir There's More you Should Know Tahoe CultureThe Book-In-Hand Roadshow chose Tahoe’s Bona Fide Books for its memoir writing event, “Holiday Memories: Learn How to Create a Family Memoir this Thanksgiving,” on Sunday, Nov. 23, from 6:30 to 9PM.

Whether your children have asked you to recapture treasured moments, stories, and traditions, or simply to record valuable family information, many seniors are now sitting down to write about their lives.

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Turkey Trot at Bijou Community Park Nov 22

OK. It’s not a huge distance, but it’s a lot of fun for the entire family.

And, you can win a turkey and pumpkin pie at the South Tahoe Turkey Trot taking place Saturday, November 22, 2014.

Gobble gobble.

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HSSF Ski and Snowboard Swap Nov 22-23

It’s become an annual tradition for many that marks the beginning of the winter season at Lake Tahoe.

And, it helps South Lake Tahoe kids learn more beyond skiing and snowboarding. The 26th annual Heavenly Ski & Snowboard Foundation Ski Swap takes place Friday & Saturday, November 22 and 23 at Harrah’s in South Lake Tahoe.

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Benefit Women at Zawadisha’s Annual Holiday Bazaar Nov 29

Tahoe-based nonprofit – The Zawadisha Fund – is teaming up again with Bona Fide Books to offer an opportunity to shop locally while having global impact this holiday season.

Connect with contemporary local artists, crafters and entrepreneurs at the 4th Annual Zawadisha Holiday Bazaar on Small Business Saturday: Saturday, November 29th, from 10am-3pm. read more →

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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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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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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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Camp Richardson Oktoberfest Oct 4-5

Guess the correct weight of the Giant Pumpkin and you can take it home.

It’s all part of Oktoberfest at Camp Richardson, October 4 and 5, 2014.

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The Circle of Life: Kokanee Salmon Festival at Taylor Creek Oct 4 & 5

Nature’s art show is in full display as the Kokanee salmon swim up Taylor Creek for their annual dance of life. The deep red of these non-native fish against the backdrop of the golden aspen along the creek is as stunning as the strength and determination of the running salmon.

The Kokanee were introduced to Lake Tahoe in 1944.

The annual Kokanee Salmon Festival takes place October 4 and 5, 2014 from 10am to 4pm. read more →

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Historic Emigrant Trail Tour through Hope Valley 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, on 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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Bona Fide Award-Winner to Read at LTCC Writers’ Series Oct 8

Field_Study_cover_frontOn Oct. 8 at 7 pm Bona Fide Books will launch St. Louis poet Travis Mossotti’s award-winning collection “Field Study” at the Lake Tahoe Community College’s Writers’ Series. The reading is free and open to the public.

Mossotti’s second collection, “Field Study” won Bona Fide’s 2013 Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize, offered annually in honor of the local artist who died in 2009. Written in the tradition of American naturalists, “Field Study” chronicles a courtship through the vehicle of carnivore conservation efforts, says publisher Kim Wyatt. “This book is really about the ethics of nature and relationships, and what is human versus what is animal.”

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Geology of Tahoe with Scott Valentine Oct 10 FREE

Scott Valentine, Earth Science instructor at Lake Tahoe Community College, will host a free slideshow on the geology of the Lake Tahoe Basin on Friday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Duke Theatre.

Scott will discuss “The Geology of Tahoe: A Story of Earthquakes, Glaciers and Volcanism,” and explain how a number of sometimes violent forces transformed the Basin and Lake Tahoe over the centuries.

It’s free?  I’m in!

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10th Annual Mutt Strutt Oct 12

If you’ve ever wanted to play poker with your dog, here’s your chance.

The 10th Annual Mutt Strut Poker Run takes place October 12, 2014 starting at 11am.

Walk, or run, 1.6 miles with your dog while you build your poker hand. All the proceeds benefit ACT’s spay-neuter program and the El Dorado County Animal Shelter.

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Annual Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe Golf Classic Oct 13

It’s a favorite South Lake Tahoe event and fund raiser for local kids.

The Annual Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe Golf Classic takes place October 13, 2014 at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.

For just $225 you’ll get a round of golf at Edgewood, a delicious breakfast buffet, tee prizes, on-course beverages and lunch, and a chance to win $10,000 Hole-In-One prizes. read more →

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Fall Color Hike in Hope Valley Oct 17

Witness the incredible stretch of glorious aspen groves turning their brilliant gold throughout Hope Valley, and learn the science behind this natural phenomenon on October 17, 2014, starting at 9 a.m.

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Avalanche Workshop at LTCC October 18

Lake Tahoe Backcountry SkiingBackcountry explorers, wilderness leaders, ski resort employees and search and rescue personnel: prepare for the winter season by attending the California Avalanche Workshop at Lake Tahoe Community College on Saturday, October 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Board/Aspen Room.

This is a rare opportunity to hear forecasters from all of the California avalanche centers speak and answer questions. In addition, ski guides, pro skiers, snow scientists, and avalanche survivors will present their findings. read more →

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Sugar Pine Plantings Oct 18 and 19

Sugar-Pine-Planting-at-Lake-TahoeHelp the Sugar Pine Foundation plant healthy, fungus-resistant sugar pines October 18 and 19 in South Shore.

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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Tahoe Arts Project presents Blue 13 Dance Company at MontBleu Oct 24

Blue 13 Dance Company

Tahoe Arts Project will present the Blue 13 Dance Company on Friday, October 24th, 2014 at the MontBleu Showroom at 7pm with a special appearance by Marcia Sarosik’s Lake Tahoe Shining Stars.

Blue13 Dance Company is a contemporary Indian dance theatre ensemble based in Los Angeles, California. Since 1999, the company has performed all over the United States and abroad in its signature Neo-Kathak and Bollywood-Tech styles, modern dance work that is highly energetic, colorful, and theatrical, and inspired by the classical and cultural dance of India.  Tickets range between $8 and $23.

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Reel Rock Film Tour at LTCC Oct 24

Chris SharmaWhen you see these elite climbers in action, you get a taste of their endless pursuit of adventure. Sender Films and Big UP Productions are bringing audiences a mind-blowing, palm-sweating pump-fest of climbing flicks for the 2014 REEL ROCK Film Tour.

You won’t believe some of the footage featured at the Reel Rock Film Tour playing Oct. 24, 2014 at the Lake Tahoe Community College.

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Brain Physics Explored at LTCC Oct 27

STEMTalkJesseLivezeyThe Lake Tahoe Community College Foundation’s Speaker Spotlight Series continues on Monday, October 27 with visiting speaker Jesse Livezey, a U.C. Berkeley doctoral student. He’ll present a talk about brain physics from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in LTCC’s Board/Aspen Room, inside the library building.

Livezey’s presentation, “Brain Physics: Using Mathematical Models to Understand the Brain,” will explore what we know about how the brain processes sensory inputs ranging from vision to audition to touch. read more →

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Annual Kiwanis Community Fair Sept 1

Dunk Tank FunIt’s like an old fashioned country fair spiced with Tahoe mountain culture.

The Kiwanis Club of South Lake Tahoe brings its annual Community Fair to Lake Tahoe Community College Friday, August 29 through Monday, September 1, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. the remaining days. read more →

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Sugar Pine Foundation Fundraiser Sept 6 at Himmel Haus

Sugar Pine FoundationHelp one of our natives on Saturday Sept. 6th, 2014, for just $10.

The Sugar Pine Foundation and Himmel Haus are hosting a benefit concert ‘Reggae in the Pines’ to raise money for planting 10,000 sugar pines in Tahoe over the next year.

Enjoy some live music from local reggae band WEAPON, who are donating their services for free for the event, and Brewfish, a reggae/rock band from Long Beach, CA.

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World Curling Federation Comes to Lake Tahoe for an Evening of Curling Sept 6

Lake Tahoe Epic Curling

Lake Tahoe’s one and only curling club is hosting the World Curling Federation (WCF). On Saturday, September 6th from 8:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m., the WCF will visit Lake Tahoe Epic Curling (LTEC) for a curling session and social. LTEC will then host a learn-to-curl session on Sunday, September 7th from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. for those interested in giving this fast-growing Olympic sport a try. Both events are open to the public, and will be held at the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena on Rufus Allen Blvd. read more →

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Rock Art by Charles Huckeba Sept 10

Rock Art by Charles HuckabaThe Tahoe art League will present a demonstration by renowned mixed media Rock artist, Charles Huckeba, on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 from 6pm to 9pm at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center. It’s free too.

Charles Huckeba’s artistic re-creations of American Indian rock art are masterpieces in their own right. At once faithfully replicating the ancient images, his modern paintings also succeed in the more difficult task of capturing the spirit of the ancient designs. read more →

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World Day of Prayer Sept 11

gandhi.gif“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  Gandhi.

Unity at the Lake will celebrate the 21st annual World Day of Prayer on Sept. 11, 2014 from 9AM to 4PM.

The theme this year is We Are the Light of the World: Let Your Light Shine.

“…Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

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Help Collect Sugar Pines at Van Sickle State Park Sept 12

The Sugar Pine Foundation, Explore Tahoe and the Tahoe Rim Trail Association are teaming up to collect sugar pine cones in the Van Sickle Bi-State Park in South Lake Tahoe on September 12 from 10AM to noon.

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Free Wildflower Slideshow at LTCC Sept 12

Sierra weather is fickle. It can be feast or famine. According to Lisa Berry, wildflower aficionado and Lake Tahoe Community College adjunct instructor,  in wildflower terms it can result in a distinct advantage. Berry has been leading wildflower hikes and studying the area’s wildflowers for almost a decade. This year’s dry winter season resulted in something she said she has never seen before.

Berry will be talking about her findings and presenting a slideshow of her discoveries on September 12, 2014 from 7pm to 8pm in LTCC’s Aspen Room. The talk is free and open to the public. read more →

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Tahoe Dance Band at Senior Center Last Friday Every Month

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

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

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3rd Annual Deep Blue Roller Derby Tournament Sept 13-14

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

Don’t miss the 3rd Annual Deep Blue Roller Derby Tournament, at Bijou Park 8:30am – 5:00pm on Saturday, Sept 13; 9:00 am-4:00pm on Sunday, Sept 14, 2014.

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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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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Fall Paddle Day on the Lake Tahoe Water Trail Sept 20

Learn about Lake Tahoe’s natural habitat, watershed and cultural heritage during the annual Lake Tahoe Water Trail Fall Paddle Day on Saturday, September 20, 2014.

Meet at Pope Beach in South Lake Tahoe at 8 a.m.  to be on the water by 9 a.m. Different paddle groups will explore natural resources near the Upper Truckee River/Marsh or around Taylor Creek, or historic sites throughout South Shore and Emerald Bay. read more →

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Lake in the Sky Air Show Sept 20

Spencer Suderman Tahoe CultureThe 25th annual Lake in the Sky Air Show at the South Lake Tahoe Airport on September 20th will include exciting aerobatic performances by several top performers including Bill Cornick, Jon Melby, Spencer Suderman, and Carl Liepold.  And, Steve Stavrakakis will be the airshow announcer!

In the 90’s Steve earned worldwide notoriety and the nickname “Wild Thing” with his European Extreme style of flying learned while training with the Czech National Aerobatic Team. read more →

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Tahoe Forest Stewardship Day Sept 27 in Meyers

Every year Stewardship Day combines field education in forest ecology, defensible space, soil conservation, wildlife biology and natural history with hands-on forest restoration projects.

Join hundreds of Tahoe Basin community members to help improve forest health at the League to Save Lake Tahoe’s annual Tahoe Forest Stewardship Day on Saturday, September 27, in Tahoe Paradise Park in Meyers from 9am to 2pm. The League welcomes volunteers of all ages and abilities.

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Meet Smokey Bear at Firefest Sept 27

Sit in a fire truck, escape from the Smoke House, wear fire fighting equipment, squirt fire hoses, watch the fire fighters compete, learn about fire resistant construction, and enjoy a Kiwanis BBQ at FireFest on Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10am to 3pm.

You’ll also get to meet Smokey the Bear and Sparky the Fire Dog at this favorite annual South Lake Tahoe event.

I’m in!

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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 shown here.
All proceeds go to the Alpine County Watershed Group.
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Meet Smokey Bear at Taylor Creek

Smokey Bear

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

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

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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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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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