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

Snowshoe through History at Sugar Pine Point State Park February 10

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 10, 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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Sugar Pine Plantings

Sugar-Pine-Planting-at-Lake-TahoeHelp the Sugar Pine Foundation plant healthy, fungus-resistant sugar pines at these upcoming planting 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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Women’s Conscious Dance Retreat Feb 23-25 in Woodfords

Ann ThennesThe Mountain Gypsy, Ann Thennes, will hold her 3-day Women’s Conscious Dance Retreat February 23- 25, 2018 in Woodfords.

“The intelligence of our bodies not constrained by our conditioning becomes movement medicine – our birth rite.” Emilie Conrad said it best. Amen. And, Ann brings us the space and delivers!

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“Snowball’s Chance” by David Antonucci at Camp Richardson Feb 13

Snowball's Chance -- The Story of the 1960 Olympic Winter Games, Squaw Valley & Lake Tahoe.Lake Tahoe history will be commemorated with a presentation by David Antonucci author of “Snowball’s Chance – The Story of the 1960 Olympics” at the Camp Richardson Hotel on February 13, 2018, starting at 7 pm.

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Tahoe Adventure Film Festival Dec 9 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 9, 2017  in South Shore at MontBleu.

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. The fifteenth annual coveted Golden Camalot award will go to South Shore local Olympian Jamie Anderson. See you there!

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Reel Rock Film Tour at LTCC Nov 15

Chris SharmaWhen you see these elite climbers in action, you get a taste of their endless pursuit of adventure. Tahoe Adventure Film Festival presents the 12th year of Reel Rock Film Tour at Lake Tahoe Community College Duke Theatre on November 15, 2017.

 

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WordWave Playwright Winners Perform Oct. 21 at Valhalla

WordWave_logoWinners of the  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 Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 7:30 pm, for $20. read more →

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Slow Rollers Bike Ride for Christmas Cheer Oct 7

Join the Slow Rollers to celebrate our cycling community and Christmas Cheer on Saturday, October 7, 2017.  Gather at South Shore Bikes at noon, ride starts at 12:30 and heads to the American Legion on Highway 50. If you can’t do the bike ride, go the American Legion for the party – music, food and fun.

Bring an unwrapped toy to donate for the kids!

Spruce up your bike, put on your costume and ride with Slow Rollers.

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Alpine Aspen Festival Oct 7-8

Dutch Oven CookingThe alpine Watershed Group  (a 501c3 nonprofit group) is holding its annual Alpine Aspen Festival on October 7-8, 2017 to celebrate our stunning fall colors and to educate folks about  conservation.
Activities vary from hikes to plein air painting hosted by locals. All proceeds go to the Alpine County Watershed Group.
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25th Annual Young Eagles Rally Sept 23

Young Eagles Tahoe CultureThe Truckee Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) will be hosting the 25th Annual Young Eagles Rally at the Lake Tahoe Airport on September 23, 2017 and will provide free airplane rides to youth ages 8 to 17 years old beginning at 8am.

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Tahoe Dance Band at Senior Center Last Friday of 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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Hoop Drum Workshop Oct 13, 14-15

Mountain Gypsy Tahoe CultureThe Hoop Drum 3-day Workshop taking place October 13, 14 and 15, 2017 promises to be a wonderful event. Ann and her friend Davis Clay will be teaching this workshop working with the natural earth based traditions.

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Tahoe Games Bike Night at LT Golf Course Sept 29

Gary Bell High RollerThis is so much fun for little kids, beach cruisers and racers.  Celebrate Tahoe bike culture at the Annual Tahoe Games Bike Night Series at Lake Tahoe Golf Course on Friday, September 29, 2017. read more →

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Meet Smokey Bear at Firefest Sept 30

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 30, 2017 from 10am to 3pm at Hard Rock Casino at Stateline.

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

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Fall Fish Festival at Taylor Creek Oct 7-8

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.  Learn about the variety of fish species that live in Lake Tahoe and its streams including the federally threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout.

The annual Fall Fish Festival takes place October 7 and 8, 2017 from 10am to 4pm. read more →

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Annual Animal Coalition of Tahoe Mutt Strut Oct 1

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

The Annual Mutt Strut Poker Run takes place October 1, 2017 starting at noon from Lakeview Commons.

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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Camp Richardson Oktoberfest Oct 7-8

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

It’s all part of Oktoberfest at Camp Richardson, October 7 and 8, 2017 from 10am to 5pm.

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Kitchen Kids & Pope House Tours at Tallac Historic Site

Tallac Historic Site Tahoe CultureWhile 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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Conversations with History at Vikingsholm Castle Aug 10

“Conversations with History” on August 20, 2017 from 5pm to 7pm features a behind-the-scenes tour of the incomparable Vikingsholm Castle in Emerald Bay, and an intimate conversation with long-time park advocate and historian Helen Smith who spent 14 summers at Vikingsholm as the guest of Lorna Knight, the owner.

All proceeds will support the Sierra State Parks Foundation earmarked to provide critically needed funds for the maintenance and repair of the Vikingsholm.

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Music on the Beach Fundraiser for Tahoe Arts Project August 24

Niall McGuinness, Trey Stone and John Shipley will perform live at the Music on the Beach fundraiser for the Tahoe Arts Project on Thursday, August 24, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Tahoe Lakeshore Lodge in South Lake Tahoe.

Suggested donation is just $10 per person to see these three local legends while you support art programs for local school children.

See you there.

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Great Gatsby Festival August 12-13 at Tallac Historic Site

Return to the Roaring 20’s – Tahoe style at the Great Gatsby Festival at the Tallac Historic Site in South Lake Tahoe on August 12-13, 2017.

While costumes are not mandatory, you may look out of place without one. Throughout the weekend a variety of activities take place on the Pope and Baldwin Estates—vintage car shows, wandering musicians and jugglers, a raffle, special sales of period appropriate items and sale of the annual Gatsby poster.

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Valhalla Arts, Music & Theatre Festival

Beppe small (photo Germano Pozzati)

Tahoe’s most eclectic arts festival, the Valhalla Arts, Music & Theatre Festival, returns for its 38th season in the beautiful Boathouse Theater until August 31, 2017. With views of the lake in the background, enjoy concerts with music all genres, dramatic and comedic theater, fine art shows and workshops, plus kids’ art and drama camps. Immerse yourself in the heritage of the spectacular “Valhalla” historic estate next door to Camp Richardson on the South Shore.

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Books, Art and Community at Bona Fide June 16

Book Art by Bona Fide BooksJoin experienced letterpress printer Steve Robison in a fun, informative four-hour workshop on June 16, 2017 from 5pm to 8pm. You’ll learn how to use a composing stick, set type, and print your own cards or broadsides.

The class includes materials and open studio hours at Tahoe Letterpress to work on your projects. $50 per person.

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

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Wildfire Safety Expo June 17, 2017

We must be aware and prepared for wildfires. Remove flammable plants or debris such as wood piles, wood mulches, dead plants and pine needles 5 feet around your home; create a lean, clean and green zone 5 to 30 feet beyond that; and make a wild land fuel reduction zone beyond 30 feet.

Next, join Smokey Bear and the Lake Tahoe Basin fire rescue agencies at the Wildfire Safety Expo on Saturday, June 17th from noon to 3pm at the TJ Maxx parking lot located at the “Y” where Highways 50 and 89 intersect.   read more →

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Free Lakeview Commons Summer Music

live-at-lakeviewLast one tonight!  Grab your bike and buddies and head to Lakeview Commons at El Dorado Beach every Thursday evening June 22-August 31, 2017 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 25

LTBF scope at observation platformFlock to Taylor Creek Visitor Center for the annual Lake Tahoe Bird Festival on Saturday, June 25, 2017 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, invites everyone to this free event for fun and educational walks, workshops, educational activities and live bird demonstrations. read more →

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Tahoe Improv Players at Valhalla June 27

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 June 27, July 11, July 25 and August 1, 2017 at 7:30 pm at Valhalla Tahoe. read more →

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Finding Fontinalis Movie Premier July 6

Finding-Fontinalis-Tahoe CultureThis is more than just a movie premiere. It’s about bringing community together to make a difference.

Local Freshies, in association with Patagonia, will host a premiere of Finding Fontinalis at South Lake Brewing Company on Thursday July 6th starting at 6:00 PM as a fundraiser for California Trout. read more →

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Heart Rhythm Dance with Ann Thennes

The Mountain Gypsy, Ann Thennes, hosts her magical Morning Dance Journey at Marcia Sarosiks Dance Studio on Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning from 7am to 8:10am.  Then, from 8:30 – 9:30 am pilates.

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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Wa She Shu It Deh Native American Arts Festival July 29-30

The Washoe are the original inhabitants of Da ow aga (Lake Tahoe) and all the lands surrounding it. Tahoe is a mispronunciation of Da ow, meaning “lake.” Washoe ancestral territory consists of a nuclear area with Lake Tahoe at its heart, and a peripheral area that was frequently shared with neighboring tribes.

The Washoe will re-unite at the Tallac Historic Site in South Lake Tahoe on July 29-30, 2017 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm to honor their culture and heritage during their annual Wa She Shu It’ Deh Native American Arts Festival. read more →

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Tahoe Dance Band Beach Blanket Bingo Dance July 28

Tahoe Culture Dance BandThe 17 piece Tahoe Dance Band will be holding a Beach Blanket Bingo Dance Tahoe-style on July 28, 2017 at the Senior Center from 7:30 to 10PM.

It’s inside, not at the beach. It’s just a theme.

Dress in your best beach outfit to get in the mood, or come as you are.

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National Winter Trails Day January 14

Celebrate Winter Trails by participating in a FREE guided snowshoe hike in Van Sickle Bi State Park on Saturday, January 14th, 2017, 10:00 am-1:00 pm. Participants will learn about Lake Tahoe’s pristine environment while experiencing the enjoyment of snowshoeing.

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Snowshoe Cocktail Races at the Beacon Jan 21

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 January 21, February 18, and March 18, 2017 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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Take the plunge March 18 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 Annual Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday, March 18th at Zephyr Cove Resort in South Lake Tahoe.

And it’s for a great cause.

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So Lake Tahoe Christmas Bird Count Dec 17

The South Lake Tahoe Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, December 17th, 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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Holiday in History at So Lake Tahoe Museum December 10

Tahoe Culture Vintage ChristmasStep back in time and into the South Lake Tahoe Museum for its annual Holiday in History event Saturday, December 10th from 1pm to 7pm.

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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Santa’s Fire Truck in South Lake Tahoe Dec 10-24

Forget Dancer and Prancer.

Santa Claus is making the rounds in South Lake Tahoe on a Fire Engine!

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Tahoe WordWave Oct 21-23

tahoe-word-wave-workshops-at-valhallaWriters, readers, and performers from all around the country will appear at South Lake Tahoe October 21-23, 2016, for WordWave, a three-day festival held on the grounds of Valhalla at the Tallac Historic Site. This literary mash-up will feature theater performances and free readings, panels on craft, and a novel writing camp for kids. Highlights include a one-act playwriting contest, a Maker’s Station demo with bookbinding, letterpress, and found poetry and art. Ticketed events include a steampunk ball.
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Tall Timber Ball: Steampunk in the Woods October 21

tahoe-wordwave-steampunk-ball-4Dust off your bowler hat, lace up your high-heeled boots and join us for the first ever Tall Timber Ball on October 21, 2016.

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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Free Wildflower Slideshow at LTCC Sept 30

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.

Berry will be talking about her findings and presenting a slideshow of her discoveries on September 30, 2016 at 7 p.m. in LTCC’s Aspen Room. The talk is free and open to the public.  Joining Lisa will be author and botanist Julie Caville.

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Tahoe Forest Stewardship Day Sept 10 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 September 10th. read more →

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Renowned Poet to Lead Workshop in South Lake Tahoe Aug 11

Carolyn Forché Tahoe CultureAward-winning poet of witness and human rights advocate Carolyn Forché will lead a workshop on Aug. 11, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. in South Lake Tahoe. The intimate craft talk will be limited to 12 participants, who will work with Forché to strengthen their writing skills in a nurturing, fun and educational environment. The class fee is $100; participants will bring one poem for critique. The event is hosted by the Wordy Girls, a South Lake Tahoe-based writers’ organization, and a portion of the proceeds goes to fund writing camps for girls.

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Theodor Roosevelt: Chautauqua at LTCC Aug 13

Doug Mishler as Roosevelt Tahoe CultureStep back in time with some interesting characters and help The Lake Tahoe Historical Society with its annual fundraiser, Chautauqua at Lake Tahoe 2016. On Saturday, August 13th beginning at 5:15 pm at Lake Tahoe Community College, a company of talented players will entertain and educate you. Since it is the 100th anniversary of the National Park system, we have none other than—Theodore Roosevelt played by Doug Mishler.

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Full Moon Kayak Tour at Sugar Pine Point State Park August 18

Tahoe stewardship efforts are legendary. From protecting native fishes like the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout to our beloved open lands and cultural heritage, and fighting aquatic invasive species as Tahoe Keepers, we know it takes a community of locals and visitors to contribute.

Here’s your chance.  Join California State Park Rangers and West Shore Sports at Ed Z’berg- Sugar Pine Point State Park for a full moon kayak tour while learning about Tahoe’s unique history on August 18, 2016 starting at 7:00 p.m.

Make your reservations quick.  It’s only $40 and all proceeds will benefit the Sierra State Parks Foundation so we can make much needed improvements to our Tahoe-based CA State Parks.

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Lake of the Sky Amphitheater Summer Shows

The Lake of the Sky Amphitheater summer evening programs at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center take place Friday nights in July and August. Learn about Tahoe bats, yes bats, on Friday, August 26th at 8pm.

You’ll learn about our history and nature including Mark Twain, Tahoe Bats, Beavers of Taylor Creek, Birds of Tahoe and other Wild Things.  Your $5 donation supports the Tahoe Heritage Foundation and the Taylor Creek’s Summer Speaker Series. read more →

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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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Sample the Sierra Farm to Fork Festival Sept 17

Those searching for an inclusive and unique experience 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 September 17 from noon to 5pm focusing on the rich heritage and bounty of the region while highlighting the talent that resides in the Sierra Nevada.

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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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South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic July 29-30

Indulge in a classic Tahoe tradition July 29 and 30 at the Tahoe Keys Marina in South Lake Tahoe during the antique wooden boat show.

Along with the mixture of masterfully restored boats, you’ll also find live music, a beer tasting village and lots of food and family-friendly events.

 

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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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