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

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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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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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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2015 South Lake Tahoe Library Events

Check out the free literary and cultural events for 2015 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, join a Lego building party, and attend work shops and readings presented by local community members who know reading binds our community, and the world.

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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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Learn to Curl at Ice Arena Feb 15

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, February 15, 2015 starting at 5:30 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sugar Pine Foundation Children’s Book at SLT Library Jan 31

Stellers Jay in Sugar Pine Tahoe CultlureTo raise money for The Sugar Pine Foundation, hear the story about The Happiest Tree in the Forest, a new children’s book about the sugar pine trees of Lake Tahoe at the South Lake Tahoe Library, Saturday Jan 31 at 11am.

You’ll meet author Michelle McLean and illustrator Ana Valdez at this fun and educational story time at our home town library.

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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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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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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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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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