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Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Lake Tahoe and Truckee outdoor recreation and activities.

Tahoe Institute for Natural Science Events

Enjoy a great day outdoors while soaking up some knowledge about the beautiful area you call home with the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS).

TINS hosts several activities and events to bring Tahoe’s natural history, science, and conservation issues to the public through walks and talks, citizen science programs, or other special events such as snowshoe tours.

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Skiing with Your Dog at Lake Tahoe

While you can’t take your dog to most cross-country ski areas in Lake Tahoe and Truckee, you can take them on a few developed trails and almost anywhere else.

Here are some key spots where you can safely cross-country ski with your dog.  Don’t forget the poop bag!

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Sierra Avalanche Center is Our Lifeline

Backcountry skiing and riding are sweet! Avalanches are not. Don’t get caught.

Check the Sierra Avalanche Center website link daily, and attend an avalanche safety awareness class now!

And donate to SAC or buy a discounted ski ticket. All sales go to SAC, our backcountry life line.

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History of Lake Tahoe Mountain Biking at Sierra Ski and Cycle Works

Gary Bell early mountain bikes of Lake TahoeThe History of Lake Tahoe Mountain Biking Exhibit is on display daily at Sierra Ski and Cycle Works, owned by South Lake Tahoe mountain bike pioneer, Gary Bell.

“I want to help people understand the roots of Tahoe mountain biking, and how it’s evolved over the past three decades,” says Bell.

As the unofficial official bike and ski museum for Lake Tahoe, you’ll find living characters sharing trail tales along with Gary who will set your fun meter to high with the latest full suspension carbon Santa Cruz bikes.  Open daily 9ish-6ish.

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Tahoe Rim Trail Snowshoe Hikes

The Tahoe Rim Trail Association is offering free guided snowshoe treks along the famous trail that winds 165 miles around Lake Tahoe. From enchanting forests to mesmerizing vistas and towering peaks, it’s no wonder everyone loves this trail.  These snowshoe hikes are great for all abilities (shorter hikes are appropriate for kids). Discover this fun and easy way to exercise and socialize during the winter months in Lake Tahoe.

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Volunteer for Bald Eagle Count Jan 8

Bald Eagle at Pope Marsh Dec 15As part of a national survey effort monitoring the recovery of Bald Eagle populations, the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS) is seeking volunteers to assist with the annual Mid-winter Bald Eagle Count on January 8, 2016 from 9am to 12pm. Volunteers will be responsible for counting all bald eagles at one of 26 sites distributed around the Lake Tahoe shoreline during a three-hour period on the morning of the count.  Click here for map locations.

I see Bald Eagles every time I go to the lake.  Magical.

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LT Community College Nordic Trail Open

Tallac Historic Site BoatHouse Theater Tahoe CultureThe Nordic Ski Center at Lake Tahoe Community College is open and offers classic cross country and skate skiers breathtaking views and great exercise right in the heart of town. Managed by the college’s CONNECT Community Education program, the Nordic Center offers a number of affordable passes for the entire season or for single day use.

Need equipment?  No problem.  Rent skis from Sierra Ski and Cycle Works next to Safeway.

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Truckee Donner Land Trust teams up with Access Fund to protect worldclass climbing on Donner Summit

Donner Summit Climbing ProtectedThe Truckee Donner Land Trust and the Access Fund are pleased to announce the acquisition and protection of a significant set of climbing areas on Donner Summit, located just west of Truckee, California.

The victory is announced only eight months after going under contract and launching the Save Donner Climbing Forever fundraising campaign. read more →

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Ski to Benefit Schools with Discounted Tickets. DUH!

Gary Bell of Sierra Ski and Cycle Works supports Tahoe SchoolsIt’s a no brainer.  Ski or board at our Lake Tahoe ski and cross-country resorts with special discounted lift tickets and help our local schools.

It’s part of the Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation Skiing (TTEEF) for Schools Days – woohoo! – that TAMC and locals love to support.

The benefits are endless.  Get smart and buy your TTEEF ticket today.  Schools matter.

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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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Warren Miller’s “Chasing Shadows” Dec 4-5 MontBleu

Warren Miller Chasing ShadowsIt’s the official beginning of winter for many skiers and snowboarders.

Warren Miller’s 66th movie, Chasing Shadows, features big mountain skiing with local skiers and riders from Lake Tahoe at the most exotic settings imaginable. Chasing Shadow pays homage to the 66 years of mountain culture and adventure filmmaking that has lead Warren Miller to every end of the winter world.

The movie will play at MontBleu Dec 4 and 5, at 7:30 PM.

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Free Avalanche Education Classes at TMS in Truckee Dec 9

Sierra Ski and Cycle Works DroppingWith forecasts of El Niño ushering a potentially epic winter into the Sierra, Tahoe Mountain Sports’ upcoming Avalanche Education Series will help ensure the safety of you and your backcountry partners.  Tahoe Mountain Sports’ 2015-16 Avy Education Series presented by Ortovox is a free, three-part opportunity to learn practices that can keep you safe while participating in backcountry snow sports.  Raffles will benefit Sierra Avalanche Center.

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Off the Beaten Path Adventure Cycling Film by Fast Track Productions

First Track Production Off the Beaten Path First Track Productions, South Lake Tahoe’s premiere sports and lifestyle video production firm, has just released “Off the Beaten Path,” an adventure cycling covering the globe from our home, Lake Tahoe, to Iceland and beyond.

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Getting Lost in a Winter Wonderland by Robert Frohlich

Opie Lost Trial LodgeUpon arriving to the Lost Trail Lodge, the first person to greet you isn’t a person at all, but a Great Pyranees named Opie. The giant yet gentle dog’s immediate friendship is a hearty welcome within the wilderness setting and creates an easy, relaxed tone for one of snow season’s most unique getaways.

“I named this place Lost Trail because people are always getting lost off the backside of Sugar Bowl or along the Pacific Crest Trail and somehow end up here,” explains David Robertson, owner and operator of the wilderness outpost.

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Wilderness First Aid WMI Course Dec 5-6

Wilderness First Responders Tahoe CultureThe Tahoe Rim Trail Association is hosting a two-day Wilderness First Aid course taught by the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS Saturday and Sunday, Dec 5-6, 2015 from 8:00am- 5:00pm.  This course will provide individuals with a foundation in important first aid concepts critical to responding effectively to emergencies in a remote backcountry environment.

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Tahoe Bike Culture by the Spoke Junkie

When you see the word “culture”, what comes to mind?

Music, art, higher education, the Byzantine Era, a dark gray blob growing in the bottom of a petri dish in science class. read more →

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Van Sickle Trail Info at Explore Tahoe

Located on the bottom floor of the Heavenly Village Transit Center, Explore Tahoe showcases a wealth of natural history, recreation and transportation information, along with environmental educational programs geared for all ages.

Explore Tahoe has also been a very big supporter of the new Van Sickle Bi-State Park and multi-use trail right in its backyard.

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Fall Foliage Viewing Areas

Fall is one of our favorite times to spot the abundant Aspen groves surrounding Lake Tahoe. Now ablaze in gold, sprinkled with orange and red, it’s time to take a hike through our enchanting fall foliage landscapes and listen to the sounds of nature.

Still some colors around Tahoe, as well as bald eagles, bears and blue heron at Taylor Creek grabbing salmon.

Following are directions to great spots to view fall foliage in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

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TAMBA Rules of the Trail

TAMBA Respect Rider EducationRide It. Don’t Slide.

Yield to Hikers and Horses, and uphill riders, and learn how to use both brakes.  And, if you leave a skid, please stop and fix it.

Contact the Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association (TAMBA)for their Rider Education Program and to help work on trails. Respect.

Become part of Tahoe Bike Culture and join other bikers to promote good trail etiquette that will keep our trails open that TAMBA members worked desperately hard to secure since 1988.

Check out www.mountainbiketahoe.org for trail conditions, news, and to see the impressive list of projects. read more →

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Fall Migration at Spooner Lake with TINS Sept 12

The Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS), Lahontan Audubon Society (LAS) and Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA) are co-sponsoring this easy stroll to search for migrant birds heading south for the winter on Saturday, September 12, from 8:30am to 11:30am.

You will search the aspen stand, willows, and the lake for any migrants and local birds, such as Orange-crowned and Wilson’s Warblers, White-crowned Sparrows, Green-tailed Towhees, Ring-necked Ducks, and Red-breasted Sapsuckers.  read more →

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Van Sickle Trail Volunteer Workdays

Join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for volunteer trail building workdays in Stateline, Nevada in South Lake Tahoe at Van Sickle.  Learn new skills, meet like minded trail enthusiasts, and give back to your community by joining a volunteer trail crew! read more →

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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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Learn To Backpack Aug 28-30

If you’ve wanted to try backpacking, but weren’t quite sure how to get started check out the Tahoe Rim Trail Backcountry Trails Camp which will be held near Armstrong Pass on August 28th through August 30th.

This is a great opportunity to meet new people, work up a sweat, enjoy a few nights out under the stars, and show your appreciation and support for the Tahoe Rim Trail. read more →

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Free Guided Hikes on the Tahoe Rim Trail Aug-Sept

Enjoy birds, fall colors, big forests of Sugar Pine and breathtaking views during free guided hikes on the Tahoe Rim Trail during August and September.

Bring your binoculars to learn more about the Mountain Bluebird, Red-Breasted Sapsucker, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Black-backed Woodpecker, and Pine Grosbeak, as you stroll through flower-covered alpine meadows.

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Concours d’Elegance August 7-8

Lake Tahoe Concours d'EleganceExotic wooden boats mark our nautical history in style especially during this favorite event where you can drool over 70 of the finest and rarest wooden boats in the world. Obexer’s Boat Company, home of the first wooden boat dealership on Lake Tahoe, will be the site of the annual Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance, August 7 and 8, 2015.

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Ta-hoe Nalu Paddle Festival Aug 14-16

2014 5mie-0146 Tahoe Nalu photosThe biggest paddle board festival on Lake Tahoe just got bigger.

The Ta-Hoe Nalu Stand-up Paddle Board Festival features two-days of races for paddle boarders of all ages and skill levels. Lakeside entertainment including food, luaus, live music and prizes will top off the races held at Kings Beach August 14 through 16th.

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Meyers Mountain Bike Festival Aug 8-9

Gary Bell early mountain bikes of Lake TahoeThe Annual Meyers Mountain Bike Festival will take place on August 8 and 9, 2015 in the Divided Sky parking lot. The festival includes the  infamous “Triple Crown Ride” covering 30+ miles and a 5,200 elevation gain.  Lots of music, food, drinks and events for all ages.

Sierra Ski and Cycle Works is sponsoring a History of Lake Tahoe Mountain Biking exhibit on Sunday, August 9, 2015.  Here’s your chance to the see the first Lake Tahoe mountain bike, Clunker, and meet a slew of early mountain bike pioneers including Gary Bell and Don Koski from Cove Bike Shop in Tiburon.

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Northstar Mountain Bike Park is Open

BikerLake Tahoe has another reason to brag – Northstar Mountain Bike Park.

The park is considered one of the top mountain bike parks on the west coast following Whistler. The park is open so get your cross-country and downhill bikes tuned and ready to go.

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Birds, Burgers, and Brews TINS Aug 1

Birds of a feather flock together on the Tahoe Rim Trail with our favorite local naturalists, Will and Clark, of Tahoe Institute for Natural Science during their annual Birds, Burgers and Brews event on August 1, 2015.

Sign up for three different birding tours around Lake Tahoe and Truckee and enjoy local craft brews and burgers as we all converge at 64 Acres in Tahoe City (next to the Transit Center) in the afternoon. read more →

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Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge Guided Hike from Big Meadow to Round Lake Sept 26

WinterwearingMcLeodAre you a Tahoe Rim Trail Challenger looking for a guided experience as you complete your 6 challenge hikes?

If so, then join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association on challenge site #3! This challenge hike is moderate in difficulty with a total elevation of 1,000 feet. read more →

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Summer Full Moon Hikes with the Tahoe Rim Trail

Experience the peace, tranquility and beauty of Lake Tahoe by moonlight during these summer full moon hikes led by experienced Tahoe Rim Trail guides.  Expect casually paced hikes for all ages, while slowing down to enjoy inspiring views as the moon rises over Lake Tahoe, flora and fauna, current happenings in the natural world and nighttime senses. Bring a flashlight, layered clothing and water.

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Full Moon Hike to Brockway Vista Sept 26

Experience the beauty that fall offers in Lake Tahoe on this full moon hike at Brockway Vista on September 26, 2015. We will begin our trek watching the sunset and the moon rise as we hike up to a stunning vista that will wind through a beautiful wooded forest. Expect a casually paced hike for all ages. Don’t worry, we’ll have headlamps on standby!

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Summer Avian Visitors: Birding at Lake Tahoe with TINS

Summer is a perfect time to learn about birds that migrate to Lake Tahoe for the season – and boy are they noisy this year. Join Kirk Hardie, Co- Executive Director of the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science for bird watching walks to introduce us to the migratory birds of the Lake Tahoe region.

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Full Moon Paddle with Kayak Tahoe July 30

rickgunnkayakingAfter that big wildflower hike through lupine, penstemon and mule ears, it’s time to get on the lake for a favorite summer pastime.  A full moon kayak tour.

Watching the moon rise over Freel Peak, bright blue skies transform into alpenglow then moonlight, there isn’t a more spectacular time to be on Lake Tahoe.

Join Kayak Tahoe for a two hour casual paddle on July 30.

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South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic July 24-25

Indulge in a classic Tahoe tradition July 24 and 25 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.

This year’s theme, “50s & Fins”, will honor those boats built between 1950 and 1959.

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Did you know…Lake Tahoe has an Underwater State Park?

Why would anyone scuba dive in Lake Tahoe?

There’s nothing to see – right?

Wrong.

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Thru Hike 165 miles with Tahoe Rim Trail Angels

Don’t miss the angel-assisted annual Thru-Hike on the Tahoe Rim Trail and help raise money for maintenance of this iconic Lake Tahoe trail.

It’s 14 days of pure bliss, or the closest you can get to it by hiking 165 miles along the crest of Lake Tahoe.  The TRTA Annual Thru Hike trip will take place in August and September each summer.

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Wildflowers at Winnemucca Lake & Round Top are on

Leashed in TahoeThe annual march up to Round Top and Winnemucca Lakes to view the wildflowers is on!

My mom dragged me up here Saturday, leashed.  So embarrassing, but it was easier for us to stop and smell the miles and miles of mountain heather.  I’m in love.

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Thunderbird Paddling Festival June 13

Paddlers and Tahoe Keepers will gather at Sand Harbor State Park on the east shore for the annual Thunderbird Paddling Festival on Saturday, June 13, 2015.

You choose from an 8 mile or 4 mile round trip paddle that starts at Sand Harbor State Park, heads south to Chimney Beach past historic Thunderbird Lodge, and back.  There’s also a 2-mile race for kids 12 years old and younger.

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Lake Tahoe Bird Festival June 13

Flock to Taylor Creek Visitor Center for the annual Lake Tahoe Bird Festival on Saturday, June 13, 2015 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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Tahoe Bike Challenge June 1-14

Nothing beats riding our bikes around town to hear the spring birds and watch the wild flowers pop.  Here’s another reason to grab another gear.

The 2015 Tahoe Bike Challenge takes place June 1 – June 14, 2015.

This non-competitive, competitive :) event encourages everyone to park the car, and ride a bike.  Whether you’re headed to work, school, the post office or just riding to have fun, grab your bike to stay healthy, Keep Tahoe Blue, and to win prizes.

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Lake Tahoe Water Trail Open Year Round

The Lake Tahoe Water Trail is a 72-mile water route along the shoreline segmented into seven Day Trips, which includes public launch and landing sites, and information to help paddlers have a safe and fun adventure.

As the only paddling source for Lake Tahoe, visitors can find public launch/landing sites, planned paddle routes, shoreline businesses, cultural and natural attractions, navigation tools, and water safety and AIS prevention tips on the website, www.laketahoewatertrail.org, and the printed waterproof and tear restistant Water Trail Map & Guide, and Day Trip Maps. read more →

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They’re here. PCT Thru-Hikers. What a Trip.

You’ve probably seen them lately. Huge backpacks. Shoes dangling.

In need of a shower; a place to stay for the night.

And a glimmer in their eye that no one can possibly understand unless you’ve done it.

PCT Thru-Hikers; those hearty hikers who have been walking from Mexico as they keep on keeping on to the Canadian border.

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Donner Lake Paddle Race May 23

Donner Lake RaceIf you’re looking for a different kind of intense workout, check this out.

The Annual Donner Lake Memorial Weekend Stand-up/Prone Paddleboard Race takes place Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 9am. It’s part of the O’Neil Tahoe Cup Paddle Board Race Series.

Be sure and clean, drain and dry your paddleboard before you jump in the lake, and become a Tahoe Keeper today.

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Native Species Festival Taylor Creek May 30

Learn about native plants, birds and animals at the Native Species Festival presented by the USFS from 10am-4pm on May 30 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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Soulcycler Rick Gunn: Pedaling Love and Compassion

Rick Gunn PhotographyOn July 1, 2005, he started his journey from the Golden Gate Bridge. Thirty-three countries, 25,811 miles and 34 months later, he returned to South Lake Tahoe.

Rick Gunn, photographer, writer and adventurer from South Lake Tahoe, is on a mission to spread more love, compassion and understanding about our world through his captivating Soulcycler presentations.

“Soulcycler, Words And Images From a 25,811-Mile Bicycle Journey Around-The-World.” “Soulcycler” combines 350 breath-taking photos from 33 countries, set to music, accompanied by a selection of uniquely emotional stories from around the globe. Inspired by a series of formative experiences during his childhood, Gunn delivers a front-row seat to the pursuit of his lifelong dream of cycling the planet.

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Shaun Palmer, Snowboard Icon still on Top

2133422985_a1ff940199.JPGHe has nine Winter X Games gold medals in four different disciplines, six in snowboardcross, and was also the 2001 ESPY Action Sports Athlete of the Year.

Meet Shaun Palmer, legendary snowboarder.

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Spring Birding Hot Spots

Spring Birding Hot Spots in South Tahoe Area

by Sue Stevenson, South Shore artist and avid birder

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Golfing for Schools Cards on Sale

coyotemoonYou’ve heard of our Skiing for Schools program, now it’s time to golf to support North Lake Tahoe and Truckee schools with the 2015 Golfing for Schools card.

For as little as $325 , you can play 18 holes at seven North Lake Tahoe and Truckee courses.  Even better, the cards are transferable. The Excellence in Education Foundation Golfing for Schools Cards go on sale Saturday, April 18, 2015. read more →

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Spring Birds of the Sierra April 1

Discover dabblers, divers, and other feathered friends with local birder Jim Woods on April 1, 2015. Woods will show you where to look to find birds in their natural habitats, and will share his knowledge of birds and other local wildlife.

Catch birds in their native habitat, while having a fun and informative nature day with our local birds as the star of the show. read more →

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