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

Friends of Hope Valley Work Day and Benefit June 11-12

Friends of Hope ValleyJoin the Friends of Hope Valley on its annual work party day on Saturday, June 11th  9:00AM at Pickett’s Junction.

This is a day for all ages and abilities to participate in. Workers will meet at Pickett’s junction (corner of Hwy 88 and Hwy 89) in beautiful Hope Valley to connect with the work party of choice. read more →

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Native Species Festival Taylor Creek June 12

Learn about native plants, birds and animals at the Native Species Festival presented by the USFS from 10am-4pm on June 12 at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center.

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

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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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Historic Emigrant Trail Trek through Hope Valley

john-fremont-carsonPeople continue to be amazed and inspired by the intrepid travelers of California’s 1848 Gold Rush and the courageous and adventurous migration that followed.

Dianne Jennings will lead participants across parts of the historic Mormon-Emigrant Trail and the early Pony Express Route in beautiful Hope Valley, on June 15-16, 2016. 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 Lakeview Commons Summer Music June 23-Aug 25

live-at-lakeviewLast one tonight!  Grab your bike and buddies and head to Lakeview Commons at El Dorado Beach every Thursday evening June 23rd-August 25th from 4:30-8:30 pm  for free live music.

Entertainment will range from local to nationally recognized musicians featuring a different genre of music each week including Jazz, Rock & Roll, Reggae, Latin, Bluegrass, and more.

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Lake Tahoe Bird Festival June 11

LTBF scope at observation platformFlock to Taylor Creek Visitor Center for the annual Lake Tahoe Bird Festival on Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 10 am to 3:30 pm.

The Tahoe Institute for Natural Science, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBM), invites everyone to this free event for fun and educational walks, workshops, educational activities and live bird demonstrations. read more →

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Valhalla Arts, Music & Theatre Festival June 22-Aug 31

Beppe small (photo Germano Pozzati)

The 37th season of the Valhalla Arts, Music & Theatre Festival, which runs from opening night June 22 through the finale on August 31, 2016 is ambitious and free rolling this year.

From high quality Americana & New Orleans roots music, to a Tony Award-winning wickedly pathological play to a jazz orchestra to immersive outdoor art camps for kids to an uplifting gospel sendoff, the creative arts offerings are plentiful and appealing to all ages. A very special event this year is the “Boathouse Theatre 20th Anniversary” fête.

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Ride the Wild Sierra June 25

South Lake Tahoe’s road bicycling club, Alta Alpina, has put together four different epic bike rides on 1 day so cyclists can challenge themselves at their own pace.

Build Your Own Challenge, Kid Carson Challenge, Wild Sierra Century and the 8 Pass Challenge “The World’s Toughest Double Century” all take place June 25, 2016.

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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 Plantings

Sugar-Pine-Planting-at-Lake-TahoeHelp the Sugar Pine Foundation plant healthy, fungus-resistant sugar pines at these upcoming community events

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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South Lake Tahoe Library Events

Todd Borg at South Lake Tahoe LibraryCheck 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.

Written by Dennis Haer.

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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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Tahoe WordWave Oct 9-11

Garth Stein at Word Wave

WordWave, a three-day festival held on the grounds of Valhalla at the Tallac Historic Site returns to South Lake Tahoe Oct. 21 – 23. This literary mash-up will feature oral storytelling, theater performances and free readings, panels on craft, and a novel writing camp for kids. Highlights include a staged reading of the WordWave one-act playwriting contest winners, a Maker’s Station demo with bookbinding, letterpress printing, found poetry and art.
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Medicinal Plants of the Sierra Nevada July 3 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 Medical Botanist and Doctor of Oriental Medicine Kimball Chatfield on an entertaining and informative treasure hunt for plants including wild arnica, St. John’s Wort, various types of mint, wild blueberries, currants, yarrow, roses, wild onions and more in Hope Valley on July 3, 2016 from 9:30 am to 1 pm.

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Landscape Photography with Terry Nathan July 16 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 and UC Davis professor Terry Nathan on July 16, 2016, from 9am – 1pm at Sorensen’s Resort.

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Wildflowers of the Sierra Walk July 22

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 July 22, 2016 from 9 am – 2 pm.

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Hoop Drum Workshop May 20-22

Mountain Gypsy Tahoe CultureThe Hoop Drum 3-day Workshop taking place May 20, 21, and 22, 2016, 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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Books, Art and Community at Bona Fide

Book Art by Bona Fide BooksCreate art for books, cards or any medium at Bona Fide Books in Meyers. Books in this photo were made by Karen Cutter. Because Bona Fide loves all things books, they’ve started a Sunday afternoon club for lovers of book art.

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

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OMG Fun Run in Meyers May 22

Meyers CommunityRegister now for the inaugural OMG Fun Run to be held Sunday, May 22, 10am-12pm at the Old Meyers Grade in Meyers. Registration for adults and children under 12 is now open at meyerscommunityfoundation.com through midnight May 21. read more →

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Tahoe Games Bike Night at LT Golf Course starts May 27

Tahoe Bike Night Tahoe CultureThis is so much fun for little kids, beach cruisers and racers.  Celebrate Tahoe bike culture at the 2nd Annual Tahoe Games Bike Night Series that kicks off at Lake Tahoe Golf Course on Friday, May 27th. This series of 5 races will be hosted on the last Friday night of every month through September.

These family-friendly x-country night bike races feature a custom illuminated course that runs through the Lake Tahoe Golf Course, over fairways, into the rough, through sand traps and over bridges with the occasional cart path. The course is approximately 3 miles per lap, with most classes riding 2 laps.  See you there! read more →

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Tahoe Arts Project Fundraiser at Bert’s May 12

Tahoe Arts Project (TAP) is holding a spaghetti night fundraiser at Bert’s Café on May 12, 2016 from 5:30-7:30.

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

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A Mothers Day Gift of Song May 6 at LTCC

Tahoe Choir Tahoe CultureThe LTCC Chorus and Tahoe Choir are proud to salute mother’s of all generations with its Spring 2016 Concert: A Mothers Day Gift of Song. The concert features music by Orlando di Lasso, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Thomas Morley, Antonio Vivaldi and many others. Concert dates are May 6th, 2016, 7:30 pm at the Duke Theater located at the Lake Tahoe Community College, One College Drive and May 8 (Mother’s Day), 2016, 3:00 PM at St. Theresa’s Church. Tickets may be purchased one hour before the performances at the box office, from choir members, or at the LTCC Bookstore. General admission is $10, Seniors (over 65) and students with ID are $8, and children under 5 are free.

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LTCC’s Writers’ Series Welcomes Author Daniel Chacón May 13

daniel chacon Tahoe CultureThe Lake Tahoe Community College Writers’ Series welcomes novelist and short story writer Daniel Chacón on Friday, May 13 at 7 p.m. in LTCC’s library. Chacón will read selections from his works, answer audience questions about the writing process, and sign copies of his books, which will be available for sale. This event is sponsored by LTCC’s Equity Office, and is free and open to the public. read more →

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Mom’s Morning Out at LTCC April 30

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 at the fifth annual Mom’s Morning Out on Saturday, April 30, 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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South Lake Tahoe Earth Day April 23

Connect with community and honor mother Earth at the South Lake Tahoe Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 23, 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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Gunbarrel 25 at Heavenly April 2

GB 25 Glen Plake by Heavenly Ski ResortDo laps all day with Glen Plake at his 9th annual mogul marathon on one of North America’s toughest black-diamond bump runs, Gunbarrel, at Heavenly in South Lake Tahoe.

GB25 takes place Saturday, April 2, 2016. ♦

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Heavenly Ski Patrol Fundraiser Party April 2

The Heavenly Ski Patrol Fundraiser Party will be held at the Hard Rock Hotel on Saturday, April 2, 2016 starting at 7pm.

The patrols have created a Circus theme with FREE beer (with purchase of beer stein), their world famous silent auction, Carnival games, Raffles for sweet prizes, Cotton candy, Clowns, Tricycle races, and Live Music.  You may even win a season pass for your $5 donation. Hang with the ski patrol and the Avalanche Rescue Dogs like Peak and Yuba for a good time and a great cause.

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Free Talk on Renewable Energy at LTCC March 2

Tahoe Culture Cars on the RunThe Lake Tahoe Community College Foundation’s Speaker Spotlight Series continues on Wednesday, March 2 at 6 p.m. in the Board/Aspen Room when renewable energy expert Dr. Eric Munsing presents, “Cars that Run on Sunshine: Making Electricity Greener.”

This is a free event, and the entire community is welcome to attend.

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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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Dancing With The Tahoe Stars: A Fundraiser for TAP March 5

TAP Dancing with the Tahoe StarsTickets are on sale now for the annual Dancing With The Tahoe Stars, a fund raiser for Tahoe Arts Project. This very special event will take place on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 6:30 pm at the MontBleu Theater. read more →

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Women’s Spring Awakening Dance Retreat March 17

Ann Thennes Tahoe CultureThe Bear in our Bones spring awakening conscious dance retreat presented by Davis Clay and Ann Thennes takes place on Thursday, March 17, 10am-4pm at Camp Galilee.
What a beautiful way to greet Spring on the shores of Lake Tahoe.

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Take the plunge March 19 to benefit Special Olympics Tahoe

If you’ve always wanted to jump in the lake during the winter, here’s your chance.

Don’t miss the Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday, March 19th at Zephyr Cove Resort in South Shore.

And it’s for a great cause.

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Banff Mountain Film Festival March 28

Ignite your passion for adventure, action, and travel. The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories.  Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters and climb the highest peaks.

Don’t miss their story and other epic mountain films on March 28 at MontBleu Resort.

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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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Tibetan Monks Host Teachings, Healing Meditation & Family Cultural Events April 1-6

Tiben Monks at Mt. ShastaTibetan monks from the Gaden Shartse Monastery will be visiting South Lake Tahoe, April 1-6 at Blue Angle Café—1132 Ski Run Blvd, with a full schedule of ancient and colorful participatory activities, Dharma talks, meditations, and cultural rituals to promote inner healing. All events are donation based and all proceeds will go towards funding the construction of the Phukhang College House at Gaden Shartse, which houses over 600 exiled monks in the Tibetan Refugee Zone in India.

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival March 31

Valley UprisingPresented by the Sierra Nevada Alliance, South Tahoe Earth Day Committee & Patagonia Lake Tahoe, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a benefit for the Sierra Nevada Alliance & the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership at Mont Bleu on March 31, 2016.

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John Rice and Brothers perform at Sierra-at-Tahoe Feb 27-28

John-Rice-singing-at-SierraJohn Rice, GM of Sierra-at-Tahoe, will perform in the Sierra Pub on February 27-28 with The Rice Brothers from 2:30 to 5:30 following the Huck Cup, the 2016 Freeride World Qualifying event.

The live show is free and sure to help you work out those tired ski muscles.  The 2-star Freeride World Tour Qualifying event, presented by Subaru, will take place in Sierra’s famous Huckleberry Canyon featuring top tier athletes (men + women) as they throw down their best lines to compete for a $5,000 cash purse and to earn points for the Freeride World Tour.

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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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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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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.

See you there!

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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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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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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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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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