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

Writer Event at LTCC Feb 10

Rebecca MakkaiJoin the LTCC Writer’s group on Wednesday, February 10th at 7:00 p.m.  to welcome award-winning novelist and short story writer Rebecca Makkai whovwill be giving a reading, engaging the audience in a Q and A, and signing books in the Aspen Room at LTCC. The event is FREE and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase.

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Tahoe Improv Players for TAP Feb 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 on Saturday February 6th, 2016 at 7pm at Lake Tahoe Community College. read more →

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Annual Snowshoe Thompson Cross Country Ski, Snowshoe Tour March 5

From 1856 to 1876 Snowshoe Thompson made 90 mile ski treks over snowdrifts up to 50 feet high through blizzards with 80 mph winds, to deliver mail between California and Nevada over the Sierra Nevada.

Try longboards and learn about our legendary mountain man at the Annual Snowshoe Thompson Tour on Saturday, March 5th at Hope Valley.  The fun starts at 9am and please wear your best 1850s outfit.

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National Winter Trails Day January 9

Join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA) and the Sugar Pine Foundation for a moderate snowshoe trek to Echo Lake on January 9, 2016 from 10am to 2pm.

This will be a leisurely snowshoe from the parking lot to Lower Echo Lake (however, it could be more challenging if snow levels are deep). We will lunch at the old lodge, so please remember to bring lunch and snacks. Our destination provides great photo opportunities of Lower Echo Lake and the surrounding mountains of glacial moraine carved out millennia ago. read more →

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Morgan’s Tahoe Full of Fascinating Tales of Tahoe at Library Jan 23

Morgan's Tahoe Cover Tahoe CultureAuthor William Morgan will share his newest book “Morgan’s Tahoe”at the library on January 23, 2016 at 1:00pm.

“Morgan’s Tahoe” is sort of a memoir, a series of chapters about some of the experiences of the author, Bill Morgan, while he lived and worked in the Lake Tahoe Basin. During the period from the spring of 1965 to the fall of 1989, he was involved in a wide range of endeavors, some of which were of great importance to the political and environmental future of the Basin.

Some of you will come across familiar names, too. Maybe your own.

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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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Barton Health Festival of Trees and Lights Dec 2-6

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Lights, trees, action! Lake Tahoe community members and visitors are invited to celebrate the holiday season at the seventh annual Festival of Trees and Lights.

The family-friendly festival runs from December 2 through December 6 at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa. This year, all proceeds will support prevention programs and trauma services for Barton Hospital’s Level III Trauma Center. read more →

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Christmas Around the World Dec 4 and 6

The Tahoe Choir and LTCC Chorus, conducted by Choir Director Anna Helwing, will put on a double performance of “Christmas Around the World,” a multicultural feast of traditional carols and lullabies including Russian, German, English, Polish, and American musical flavors sung in original languages.

Performances are Friday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in LTCC’s Duke Theatre, and Sunday, Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. in St. Theresa’s Catholic Church on Lyons Ave. Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 seniors and students, and children under five are free.

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Benefit Women at Zawadisha’s Annual Holiday Bazaar Dec 5

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 Annual Zawadisha Holiday Bazaar Dec 5, 2015 from 10am-3pm at Blue Angle Cafe in South Lake Tahoe. read more →

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LTCC Rock Ensemble Concert Dec 9

Rocking LTCC Tahoe CultureIf traditional rock and roll and heavy metal is more your musical taste (than the Christmas classics), head to LTCC’s Duke Theatre on Dec 9th at 7pm for a final exam concert by students enrolled in the Rock Ensemble classes at the college. Only $5 at the door.

Instructor Eric Hellberg’s MUS248A Beginning Rock Ensemble musicians will perform classic rock n’ roll hits, and the MUS131CB Heavy Metal students will perform old school metal hits by Ozzy Osbourne, Deep Purple, and more. read more →

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Tahoe Adventure Film Festival Dec 11 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 11, 2015  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 the world.

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So Lake Tahoe Christmas Bird Count Dec 14

The South Lake Tahoe Christmas Bird Count on Monday, December 14th, will be held 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 at Cove East.

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Celtic Music Sessions Wednesday Nights at MCPs

Sean CummingsLake Tahoe is well known for many things, but Celtic music?

Now you can jam with other Celtic musicians every Wednesday night at McP’s Taphouse Grill with Sean Cummings, “The Tahoe Bagpiper.”

Sean brings over 30 years performing experience and seven generations of clan tradition playing the music of the Scottish Highland Bagpipe.

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Shred for Sushi Rail Jam Dec 15

The Annual Shred for Sushi rail jam event will be held in the parking lot next to Sushi Pier in South Lake Tahoe on December 15, 2015 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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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 December 19, 2015

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

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Women’s Winter Solstice Retreat Dec 17

Ann Thennes TobyWomen’s Winter Solstice Retreat presented by Davis Clay and Ann Thennes on Thursday December 17, 10am-4pm.

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Holiday in History at So Lake Tahoe Museum December 19

Tahoe Culture Vintage ChristmasStep back in time and into the South Lake Tahoe Museum for its annual Holiday in History event Saturday, December 19th from 11am to 7:30pm.

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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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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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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Snowshoe through History at Sugar Pine Point State Park February 13

What would it be like to be the only permanent resident of Lake Tahoe’s West Shore during the winter of 1904?

Find out  during a snowshoe hike around the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion on the lake shore Saturdays: February 13, and March 12, 2016 at 11:00 AM. You’ll learn about the natural environment that attracted Tahoe’s earliest settlers and explore the fascinating history of a Tahoe landmark.

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Future of Culture at Lake Tahoe Community College Nov 3

Lake Tahoe Community College sociology and anthropology instructor Scott Lukas will present The World Expo and the Future of Culture: Reflections from World Expo 2015 Milan on Nov. 3 at 7pm.

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Jennifer Quashnick’s “Sierra Nevada River of Lies” Bona Fide Books Nov 7

River of LiesSierra Nevada River of Lies will be read by the author at Bona Fide Books in Meyers on November 7, 2015 from 4pm to 5:30pm.

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LTCC Writers’ Series Welcomes Poets Kusnetz & Shipley Nov 13

Julia ShipleyLake Tahoe Community College’s Writers’ Series continues on Friday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Roberta Mason Library with poet and journalist Ilyse Kusnetz, and teacher, farmer and poet Julia Shipley, who won the Melissa Lanitis Gregory 2015 Poetry Prize from Bona Fide Books.

The two writers will read selections from their works, answer audience questions about their writing process, and sign copies of their books, which will be for sale. This event is free and the public is welcome to attend.

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Smile! It’s the Annual Santa Paws Photo Fundraiser Nov 14 to Keep Tahoe Kind

Santa DogThe annual Santa Paws Photo Fundraiser for the Lake Tahoe Humane Society will be held November 14, 2015 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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Free Film Screening, Talk on the Immigrant Experience at LTCC Nov 16

Ellis at LTCCA free screening of the short documentary film, Ellis, a story of Ellis Island’s early years through the experience of one immigrant who passed through its doors, will take place at Lake Tahoe Community College on Monday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Duke Theatre. The 14-minute film will be followed by a discussion led by LTCC History and Ethnic Studies assistant professor Dr. Albert Ponce.

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Free SUMMIT Movie at LOTSO Nov 19

The Summit Movie Tahoe CultureThe SUMMIT movie chronicles the 2008 expedition to K-2 that turned from triumph into tragedy. There is limited seating, so please RSVP to 541-1027.  Light refreshments will be served at this free movie event that includes a free raffle afterwards.

Lake of the Sky Outfitters is located at 1023 Emerald Bay Rd, next to McDonalds, in South Lake Tahoe.

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Valhalla Holiday Faire Nov 20-22

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 find community 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 20-22, 2015.

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Turkey Trot at Bijou Community Park Nov 21

Bijou Park Turkey Trot Serious RunnerOK. It’s not a huge distance, but it’s a lot of fun for the entire family and serious runners.

And, you can win a turkey and pumpkin pie at the South Tahoe Turkey Trot taking place Saturday, November 21, 2015, starting at 10 am.

Gobble gobble.

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Heart Rhythms Conscious Dance with Ann Thennes

The Mountain Gypsy, Ann Thennes, hosts her magical annual Conscious Dance at Marcia Sarosiks Dance Studio Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at 7am.

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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Sugar Pine Foundation 10 Year Anniversary

Did you know… historically, the majestic Sugar Pines accounted for 25% of Tahoe’s mixed-conifer forests. Today, this glorious tree makes up less than 5% of our forest composition due to a non-native invasive fungus. But they’re coming back, thanks to the Sugar Pine Foundation and you who have been at it for 10 years now.

Did you also know that the Sugar Pines are the world’s largest species of pine? Looks like it from the size of John on the Nemesis.

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The Circle of Life: Kokanee Salmon Festival at Taylor Creek Oct 3-4

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 3 and 4, 2015 from 10am to 4pm. read more →

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Camp Richardson Oktoberfest Oct 3-4

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

It’s all part of Oktoberfest at Camp Richardson, October 3 and 4, 2015.

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Historic Emigrant Trail Trek through Hope Valley Oct 4-5

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 October 4 and 5, 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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Free Wildflower Slideshow at LTCC Oct 6

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 Tuesday, October 6 at 7 p.m. in LTCC’s Aspen Room. The talk is free and open to the public. read more →

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Sugar Pine Plantings Oct 17-25

Sugar-Pine-Planting-at-Lake-TahoeHelp the Sugar Pine Foundation plant healthy, fungus-resistant sugar pines October 17 through 25, 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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Tahoe WordWave Oct 9-11

Garth Stein at Word WaveWriters, 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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Tall Timber Ball: Steampunk in the Woods October 9

Tall Time Ball Bona Fide BooksDust off your bowler hat, lace up your high-heeled boots and join us for the first ever Tall Timber Ball on October 9, 2015.

Style it steampunk and join us under the timber beams of the Grand Hall while our fab DJ spins from the massive stone fireplace. Cool prizes will go to the most interesting looks of the night. read more →

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Fall Color Hike in Hope Valley Oct 9

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 9, 2015, starting at 9 a.m.

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WordWave Playwright Winners Perform Oct. 10 at Valhalla

Benson Tahoe WordWaveWinners of the inaugural WordWave One-Act Play Contest held this spring include new and seasoned playwrights whose work will be performed for the first time in staged readings at the historic Boathouse Theatre on Fri. Oct. 10, 7:30 pm, for just $10. Two winners took the prize: “Compromising Positions,” by Michelle Benson, andWoman Running Late in a Dress,” by Dallas Woodburn, with an honorable mention going to “Man’s Best Friend” by Rod McFadden. read more →

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Alpine Aspen Festival Oct 10-12

Dutch Oven CookingThe alpine Watershed Group  (a 501c3 nonprofit group) is creating a four day Alpine Aspen Festival on October 10-12, 2015 to celebrate fall colors and education folks on conservation. Activities vary from horseback riding to plein air painting all hosted by locals. All proceeds go to the Alpine County Watershed Group.
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Tibetan Art and Buddhist Teachings at Blue Angel Cafe Oct 12-19

Sand painting is an ancient Tibetan art form and is a representation of the Bodhisattva of Compassion, Chenrezig. The sand mandala is carefully constructed from dyed sand particles to represent the particular esoteric and textual traditions of Buddhism.

Venerable Geshe Tsultrim will create a Chenrezig Sand Mandala at Blue Angel Cafe and hold daily workshops, October 12-18, 2015.  The viewing of the Sand Mandala will be accompanied by Buddhist teachings about Compassion every day.

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Kitchen Kids & Pope House Tours at Tallac Historic Site

Tahoe Culture children's garden partyWhile the Washoe were the first to enjoy the shores of the present day Tallac Historic Site, three of the original luxurious estates erected between 1890 and 1921 still remain today, and play host to special events and tours to learn about the “Era of Opulence” in South Lake Tahoe.

Kids can cook up a storm using old fashioned recipes during Kitchen Kids, while adults can join Anita Baldwin for some light refreshments and hear stories about the Tallac Casino and Resort, the first casino built in Lake Tahoe, and sip bubbly with Mrs. Pope on the porch. read more →

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Free Concerts at Heavenly Village

Trey Stone at Heavenly Village Tahoe CultureWho says nothing comes for free anymore?  The Heavenly Village is kicking off the summer with free concerts in front of Basecamp Pizza on Fridays and Saturdays from 5pm to 9pm.  All ages are welcome, and all concerts are free to the public.

The Heavenly Village Summer Concert Series will run from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend.

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Sample the Sierra Farm to Fork Festival Sept 6

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

The festival will take place at Bijou Community Park on Sunday September 6th focusing on the rich heritage and bounty of the region while highlighting the talent that resides in the Sierra Nevada.

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Tahoe Forest Stewardship Day Sept 12 on the Upper Truckee Marsh

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 on the Upper Truckee River, South Lake Tahoe at the corner of Lodi and Barbara in Sierra Tract.

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Ehrman Mansion Events and Tours

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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22-mile Tahoe Fall Classic Paddleboard Race Sept 13

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 13, 2015 starting at 8am sharp.

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Author Mary Jo Sonntag at SLT Library Sept 15

Mary-Jo-Sonntag-BookOn September 15 at 6pm, the Friends of the Library in partnership with the Lake Tahoe Historical Society will host author Mary Jo Sonntag.  Her award-winning book, Write, If You Live to Get There, tells the true story of her ancestor’s westward migration from Vermont to Tahoe through a series of family letters spanning more than 120 years.  Interesting, informative and open to all. Her new presentation answers questions about the early pioneers to our area: What was pioneer life really like? What diseases did pioneers experience? Book sale and signing to follow.

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Bike Parade with Slow Rollers Sept 19

Join the Slow Rollers for the City Parade on September 19, 2015 to celebrate the 50th year of South Lake Tahoe.

Parade starts at 10 am at the Y and goes to the Bijou Park for the bike park grand opening.  Spruce up your bike, put on your costume and ride with Slow Rollers.

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Free Music at Lake Tahoe Golf Course with King Sugar + Riotmaker Sept 20

Don’t miss our farewell to summer with the free live Reggae music performance by King Sugar + Riotmaker on September 20, 2015 from 4pm to 8pm presented by On Course Events and Lake Tahoe Golf Course.  Music, food, local vendors, surrounded by mountain beauty – see you there!

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