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e h ´ t n i l p l o r Kee s e m i t d goo Great days don’t end with the last run

EVENTS Jan 12 SAF Scholarship Day Jan 12 International Women’s Snow Day Jan 19, Feb 16-17 Moonlit Snowshoe Tour & Dinner Jan 19-20 & Feb 16-17 Disco Tubing Jan 19-20 & Feb 16-24 Free Mountain Host Tours Jan 27-29 Women of Winter Camp Feb 16–24 Kid-O-Rama March 17 Pain McShlonkey March 24 The Mothership Classic March 29-31 WinterWonderGrass Tahoe Saturdays: Après Music Series Sunset Happy Hour Winter Fireworks Please check for most up to date calendar of events.

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Volume 38 | Issue 1 TM

P.O. Box 87 | Tahoe City, CA 96145 (530) 546-5995 | f (530) 546-8113


SUBMISSIONS Events & Entertainment Submit at Editorial Inquiries Entertainment Inquiries Photography

MAKING IT HAPPEN Publisher & Editor In Chief Katherine E. Hill, ext. 102 Sales Manager Anne Artoux, ext. 110 Art Director Alyssa Ganong, ext. 106

IN THIS ISSUE JAN. 10-23, 2019

Graphic Designer Justeen Ferguson, ext. 101 Entertainment Editor Sean McAlindin

FEATURES Lift Ticket Deals


Snowshoe to the Lunar Eclipse


Learning to Skate Ski


Sierra Stories







FAMILY FUN Tahoe City Winter Sports Park


For the Kids



ARTS & CULTURE Aysha Roberts


The Arts




Entertainment Calendar & Live Music 18 Okaidja Afrosa


A recent spate of snowstorms (even a period of blizzard conditions) have blanketed the Tahoe Sierra in feet upon feet of fresh snow. The winter season is in full swing and it’s time to get out and play in the snow. Just in time for all of this wintery goodness, Kayla Anderson has put together a list of some of the best under-the-radar deals at local downhill and cross-country resorts in the region. Check out our roundup of deals (hint: don’t toss that boarding pass). Tim Hauserman has been trying to lure our Art Director Alyssa Ganong and myself onto skate skis for years, and Alyssa finally took the bait and had her first skate skiing lesson with Tim over the holidays. The verdict – she’s hooked. For a different twist on learning a new sport, they both offer their perspectives on learning to skate ski – from the teacher to the student. (I’ll be sticking with classic, Tim.) A few years ago, we expanded our coverage to include a family section to highlight family friendly activities and events after receiving many requests from our readers to do so. With this edition, we introduce our new Family Fun feature that will appear in each issue of Tahoe Weekly written by our new Family Editor – Michelle Allen. Michelle is a nearly 20-year resident of Tahoe and mother to a rambunctious 6-year-old and understands the challenges of keeping kids entertained. Michelle will be exploring family friendly activities and outings for kids in each edition. Share your ideas with her by sending her an e-mail at

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LOCAL FLAVOR Tasty Tidbits


Lake Tahoe Facts

Horoscope & Puzzles

Food Editor Priya Hutner


Pairing hors d’oeuvres with wines


Wine Column


Chef’s Recipe


Tahoe Weekly is looking for feedback from our readers by taking a quick 5-minute survey. And, to encourage you to give us your opinion about Tahoe Weekly, what we cover or don’t cover, we’re offering great prizes every week from a sledding party to ski tickets and more.

Family Editor Michelle Allen Copy Editor Katrina Veit Contributing Writers John Dee, Barbara Keck, Bruce Ajari, Mark McLaughlin, David “Smitty” Smith, Priya Hutner, Katrina Veit, Kayla Anderson, Lou Phillips, Sean McAlindin, Tim Hauserman, Alex Green, Lisa Michelle, Cam Schilling

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… the mighty Sierra, miles in height, and so gloriously colored and so radiant, it seemed not clothed with light but wholly composed of it, like the wall of some celestial city... Then it seemed to me that the Sierra should be called, not the Nevada or Snowy Range, but the Range of Light. –John Muir

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ON THE COVER Jon Rockwood shows off his back-county dad pow turns on a deep Tahoe snow day. | Photography by Ryan Marshall Salm,, @RyanSalmPhotography

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Average depth: 1,000 feet

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Age of Lake Tahoe: 2 million years Watershed Area: 312 square miles

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Average Water Temperature: 42.1˚F

Emerald Bay

Average Surface Water Temperature: 51.9˚F

Cascade Lake

Average Surface Temperature in July: 64.9˚F Highest Peak: Freel Peak at 10,881 feet

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Average Snowfall: 409 inches

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Natural rim: 6,223’ Lake Tahoe sits at an average elevation of between 6,223’ and 6,229.1’. The top 6.1’ of water is controlled by the dam in Tahoe City and holds up to 744,600 acre feet of water.

Size: 22 miles long, 12 miles wide Lake Tahoe is as long as the English Channel is wide.

Shoreline: 72 miles Lake Tahoe has a surface area of 191 square miles. If Lake Tahoe were emptied, it would submerge California under 15 inches of water.

Permanent Population: 66,000 Number of Visitors: 3 million annually Kirkwood






How the lake was formed

About 3 to 5 million years ago, the valley that would become the Tahoe Basin sank between parallel fractures in the Earth’s crust as the mountains on either side continued to rise. A shallow lake began to form in the resulting valley. Roughly 2 to 3 million years ago, erupting volcanoes blocked the outlet, forcing the lake to rise hundreds of feet above its current elevation, and eventually eroded down to near its current outlet. Between 1 million and 20,000 years ago, large masses of glacial ice covered the west side of the Tahoe Basin. Current geologic theory suggests an earthen berm (moraine) left by a receding glacier near Olympic Valley acted as a dam, causing the lake level to rise and then draw down rapidly when the dam catastrophically failed. Between

7,000 and 15,000 years ago, a four-mile segment of the West Shore collapsed into the Lake causing a massive submerged debris avalanche, widening the Lake by three miles and creating McKinney Bay.1 The Tahoe Basin is mostly granite, with little topsoil, and therefore few nutrients have washed into the lake to promote the growth of algae and other organisms that make water murky. As well, 40 percent of the precipitation falling into the Tahoe Basin lands directly on the lake. The remaining precipitation drains through the decomposed granite soil found in marshes and meadows, creating a good filtering system for water. Urbanization of the Tahoe Basin has eliminated 75 percent of its marshes, 50 percent of its meadows and 35 percent of its steam zone habitats. About 85 percent of all wildlife in the Tahoe Basin use these habitats.

About the lake Lake Tahoe is located in the states of California and Nevada, with two-thirds in California. It is fed by 63 streams and two hot springs. The Truckee River is Tahoe’s only outlet and flows from the dam in Tahoe City east through Reno and eventually drains into Pyramid Lake in the Nevada desert. However, water releases are not permitted when the lake surface level falls below the natural rim at 6,223.’ The lowest lake level on record (measured since 1900) was 6,220.26’ on Nov. 30, 1992. The Lake of the Sky appears blue in color as other colors in the light spectrum are absorbed and blue light is scattered back.

Lake clarity The University of California, Davis, operates the Tahoe Environmental Resarch Center, which monitors, among other

things, the clarity of Lake Tahoe. Clarity has been measured since 1968 and was first recorded at 102.4’. The waters of Lake Tahoe were clear to an average depth of 59.7 in 2017. The lowest average depth on record was 64.1’ in 1997. Lake Tahoe is losing clarity because of algae growth fueled by nitrogen and phosphorus.

Lake Tahoe’s discovery The first recorded discovery of Lake Tahoe by white explorers was on Feb. 14, 1844, when John Charles Frémont and Charles Preuss spotted the lake from atop Red Lake Peak. The lake went through several names before it was officially named Tahoe in 1945. Tahoe is a mispronunciation of the first two syllables of the Washoe’s word for the lake – Da ow a ga, which means “edge of the lake.” 

Learn more: Visit the Tahoe Science Center in Incline Village or Sources: Tahoe Environmental Research Center, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Forest Service, “Tahoe Place Names” and David Antonucci (denoted by 1).



Fresh snow blankets Tahoe trails making for serene days tromping through the forest. | Katherine E. Hill

One of the lake’s famous natural sites, a volcanic plug on the West Shore. TART

Explore Tahoe (530) 542-2908 |

South Lake Tahoe

Urban Trailhead at base of Heavenly. South Tahoe

Fannette Island

Emerald Bay

(530) 541-3030 |

Lake Tahoe’s only island, home to an old tea house.


South Lake Tahoe

(775) 586-7000 |

Enjoy a 2.4-mile ride on the gondola to the top with panoramic views. South Tahoe

Hellman-Ehrman Mansion

West Shore

$10 parking | (530) 525-7232 Park | (530) 583-9911 Tours Located in Sugar Pine Point State Park. (Open for tours in the summer.) TART

High Camp (800) 403-0206 |

Olympic Valley

Aerial tram rides, Olympic Heritage Museum, ice skating, events and more. Ticket required. TART

Kings Beach

North Shore

Settled in 1863 as a stagecoach stop. TART

Vikingsholm Castle (530) 541-3030 | (530) 525-9529 ADA or

Emerald Bay

Watson Cabin

Tahoe City

(530) 583-1762 |

The oldest building in Tahoe City and on the National Register of Historic Places. TART

MUSEUMS Donner Memorial Visitor Center (530) 582-7892 |


The Donner Memorial State Park features exhibits and artifacts on the Donner Party. TART

Soda Springs

Gatekeeper’s Museum Daily | (530) 583-1762

(530) 587-5437 |

Tahoe Art League Gallery South Lake Tahoe

Features Washoe artifacts and exhibits on early industry and settlers. South Tahoe

Historical sites and Commons Beach. TART


Tahoe Science Center


Incline Village

3066 Lake Tahoe Blvd. (530) 541-5255

Stateline 169 Hwy. 50 (775) 588-4591

Tahoe City 100 N. Lake Blvd. (530) 581-6900 Measured in Cubic Feet Per Second (CFS)

Truckee 10065 Donner Pass Rd. (Depot)


(530) 587-8808

Free | (775) 881-7566 |

U.S. Forest Service | Incline Village

Exhibits include a virtual research boat, biology lab, 3D movies and docent-led tours. TART

855 Alder Ave. (775) 831-0914 (Wed.-Fri.)


Exhibits include the train’s role in logging, fighting snow on the railway, the role of Chinese emigrants and a children’s area. TART

(530) 426-3313, ext. 113 | Showcasing the history of skiing. TART

U.S. Forest Service | South Lake Tahoe 35 College Dr. (530) 543-2600

U.S. Forest Service | Tahoe City 3080 N. Lake Blvd. (530) 583-3593 (Fridays)

U.S. Forest Service | Truckee 10811 Stockrest Springs Rd. (530) 587-3558

TRANSIT North Tahoe & Truckee (TART) | South Tahoe |


Lake Tahoe Museum

North Shore


South Lake Tahoe

Featuring historic photos & memorabilia, and the Steinbach Indian Basket Museum. TART

Featuring exhibits of work by local artists and works for sale by local artists. TART

Tahoe City

Truckee River |

Kings Beach State Rec. Area (Thurs.-Mon., summer)

Tahoe City

Interactive exhibits, science & art classes, the BabyZone & the Jungle Gym. TART

Featuring local artists and workshops. South Tahoe

Tahoe City

Self-guided tours, exhibits and hands-on activities. TART

Kings Beach

Museum and 20-mile interpretive driving tour along Old 40. TART

North Tahoe Arts Center

(530) 544-2313 |

CAPACITY: 18,300 C

A 20,400 MARTIS 867 | CAPACITY: (530) 583-9283


Incline Village 969 Tahoe Blvd. (800) 468-2463

Western SkiSport Museum Donner Summit

Donner Summit Historical Society

KidZone Children’s Museum

Free | (530) 581-2787 |

Games. Tower of Nations. Olympic Flame. Olympic CAPACITY: 9,500 C DONNER 2,980 Museum at high camp. TART 50

Truckee Railroad Museum

Home to the North Shore’s largest sandy beach, in the heart of downtown. TART

Tahoe City

Olympic Museum Olympic Valley C 226,500 STAMPEDE 198,734 CAPACITY: (800) 403-0206 | 29,840 9 Winter Olympic PROSSER 6,356 Celebrate the homeCAPACITY: of the 1960

Tahoe Maritime Museum

Tour the grounds of Vikingsholm Castle, see Eagle Falls and Fannette Island. TART


Measured in Acre Feet (AF)

CAPA PACITY AC CITY:: 40,87 CITY 40,870 70


IN 2018:


West Shore


6,226.65 |

200,000 AF

Eagle Rock

BOCA 5,702 |



150,000 AF

The Summit, just west of Truckee, holds the record for the United States’ snowiest April in 1880 when a storm dumped 4’ of snow in 24 hours.

Readings taken on Friday, January 4, 2019



Once known as the “Grandest Resort in the World.” Grounds open year-round. South Tahoe

LAKE LEVEL Lake Tahoe Natural rim 6,223’

100,000 AF

Donner Summit

South Lake Tahoe


Drive through the neck of an old volcano.

Tallac Historic Site

(530) 541-5227 |


East Shore


Cave Rock



South Lake Tahoe

(530) 541-5458 |

Old Jail Museum (530) 582-0893 |


One of a few surviving 19th Century jails. TART

Boots McFarland by Geolyn Carvin |



Squaw Valley Park open Squaw Valley Park in Olympic Valley is now open during the winter season, offering a free snow play option for visitors and residents, as first reported at TheTahoeWeekly. com. The parking area will be plowed all season for free and convenient parking. The park offers access to the Squaw Valley and Truckee River trails, which connect to the Village at Squaw or Tahoe City. The restrooms will also be open. |


t’s no secret that ski lift-tickets are pricey, but there are great discounted deals out there if you know where to look. Whether you’re a visitor or a local, in the military or want to ski or ride while supporting a nonprofit, here are some of the best deals for the 2018-19 season. A season pass to your favorite ski area is still the best deal and check online for great deals throughout the season. Military discounts | Many Tahoe ski areas offer discounted lift tickets to active-duty personnel including Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Northstar California, Heavenly Lake Tahoe and Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe. Several resorts also offer free tickets to active-duty military: Sierra-at-Tahoe offers free lift tickets on Sunday; Diamond Peak Ski Resort offers complimentary tickets midweek with discounts at other times; and Homewood Mountain Resort offers free tickets on nonholidays. Active-duty military personnel may purchase a $15 lift ticket at Boreal Mountain Resort.

Through the Tahoe Fund’s License Plate for Powder program, help the environment and receive a free lift ticket to any ski centers in the Tahoe area participating in the program until April 1.

Snow play

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows also offers a season pass to active-duty military in exchange for a $50 donation to the Military to the Mountain program.


Kids & seniors ski free | Nearly all local resorts offer free tickets to young children and some resorts offer free tickets to those 70 and older; call your favorite to check on details.

on highways

Caltrans is reminding motorists that snow play is not permitted in State Roadside Rest Areas or alongside highways, onramps or offramps, as first reported at Drivers are parking alongside highways and in non-designated areas for snow play, creating hazardous driving conditions for other motorists and preventing big rigs from using rest areas for federally mandated stops. Vehicles found parked illegally may be cited or towed. A list of local snow play areas is available at Click o n Sledding & Ice Skating under the Out & About tab. | CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

Help protect families | Purchase $129 lift tickets for Northstar, Heavenly and Kirkwood from Tahoe SAFE Alliance to support efforts to help victims of physical and sexual violence. These tickets are valid any day and any time during the ski season. | E X C L U S I V E C O N T E N T AT Read our Tips for Tahoe Ski Trips

Support schools | Support schools by purchasing discounted lift tickets through Excellence in Education’s Skiing for Schools to local downhill and crosscountry centers. |

Courtesy Boreal

Trails will also be groomed for classic and skate skiing at Incline’s Mountain Golf Course and at Spooner State Park. |


Courtesy Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

Nevada Nordic has announced that it will groom 2km of trails on Mount Rose Highway as conditions permit, as first reported at



JAN. 10-24, 2019

Mount Rose


Tahoe’s Best Lift Ticket Deals


Cross-country trails on

Jan. 10-23, 2019

Locals’ Deals | If you’re a Tahoe resident, several local ski areas offer deals designed for locals only or will offer discounted tickets if you show your pass from another Tahoe resort. One of the best is Diamond Peak’s Locals’ Lunch with a midweek ticket and lunch for $49. | It’s your birthday | Ski for free on your birthday at Diamond Peak. If you’re birthday is after the resort’s April 15 closure, join the party at the UnBirthday Celebration on March 22. 2 for 1 | Mt. Rose offers a number of great deals, but the star is the two for one deal on Tuesday. | Ditch the car | Homewood offer $5 off tickets if you take the bus to get to the resort. |

Plates for Powder | Through the Tahoe Fund’s License Plate for Powder program, help the environment and receive a free lift ticket to any of the 11 ski centers participating in the program until April 1. California and Nevada Tahoe license plate fees go to environmental im-provement projects in California and Nevada. | Support avalanche education | Sierra Avalanche Center offers discounted Ski and Ride Days with $129 tickets to Northstar, Heavenly and Kirkwood to support its work with avalanche awareness education and back-country avalanche forecasting. |

The night shift | Boreal offers a night pass good from 3 to 9 p.m. perfect for students for $169. | Keep that boarding pass | If you’re itching to get on the slopes when your plane touches down, Sierra-at-Tahoe and Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows give out free tickets when you present your Reno/Tahoe International Airport boarding pass from the same day. Mt. Rose honors a $69 fly-in-and-ski-same-day rate, while Diamond Peak gives a 50 percent discount on rental equipment. 



Let the

Good Times Snow


JAN. 10-24, 2019

at Granlibakken

Best in Snow

Family fun is right outside your door at Granlibakken Tahoe. Affordable skiing, snowboarding, and sledding in Tahoe City. Lessons & Rentals available. Lodging guests receive half-priced sledding passes and full-day lift tickets.

2 for 1

Entrėes Cedar House Pub Open Thursday-Sunday 5-9 PM Open daily during holiday periods. 2-for-1 entrees every Thursday & Sunday* Excludes holiday periods

Snowshoe under the night sky Tahoe Adventure Tours offers a duo of snowshoe tours to enjoy the night sky in the Tahoe Sierra. On Jan. 19, enjoy a guided sunset snowshoe tour starting at 4 p.m. followed by a telescopic tour of the night sky with Tony Berendsen. Snowshoe Star Tours are typically 1 to 3 miles long and are considered easy to moderate. Tours are $85 per person and includes equipment. The tour is also offered on Feb. 16. On Jan. 20, join a full moon tour for 2 to 3 miles to travel by moonlight as guides discuss natural history and astronomy for the Full Wolf Moon starting at 4 p.m. The tour is easy to moderate and is $70 per person and includes equipment. The tour is also offered on Feb. 19. |

530-583-4242 | CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7

Help with computers Kings Beach Library | Jan. 10, 17, 24


Ongoing computer help. First Thursdays of the month are “Exploring our Digital Resources”, second Thursdays are “Computer Q&A with Carl LeBlanc,” third Thursdays are “Everything iPhone” and fourth Thursdays are differing themes about computers and technology. Call or stop by for our class schedule. 3-4 p.m. Free | (530) 546-2021,

Cottonwood’s 30th Anniversary & mixer Cottonwood Hilltop Restaurant | Truckee | Jan. 10

Join a Truckee Chamber Mixer at Cottonwood Restaurant to celebrate its 30th anniversary in the business community. Enjoy drinks, appetizers and live music by Bias and Dunn. Don’t forget your business cards to share and for the raffle. 5-7 p.m. Free |


SAF Scholarship Ski Day Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Olympic Valley | Jan. 12

Come out and support youth skiing. A portion of every lift ticket benefits the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Foundation. 8 a.m.4 p.m. $98 | (800) 403-0206,

International Women’s Snow Day Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Olympic Valley | Jan. 12

Experience the canals of Venice, ride a roller coaster or walk with dinosaurs. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Free | (775) 832-4130,

Winter Lecture Series

Guided Hike

Tahoe Maritime Museum | Tahoe City | Jan. 11

Galena Creek Visitor Center | Reno | Jan. 12, 19

Mountain Host Tours

W INTER S PORTS P ARK . COM | 530-583-1516

Bring snowshoes or rent a pair. The tour lasts 2 to 3 hours. Bring snacks and dress comfortably, in layers. Hot chocolate and tea will be available before and after the tour. Space is limited. | Saturdays at 10 a.m. $10$20 | RSVP (530) 426-3632,

Incline Village Library | Jan. 11

Tahoe Maritime Museum presents Spike Wimmer for its Winter Lecture Series. 5-6 p.m. |


Clair Tappaan Lodge | Norden | Jan. 12, 19

SheJumps and K2 invite ladies to celebrate the 6th annual International Women’s Snow Day. This is a fun event for all ages and abilities, aimed at introducing women and girls to more ski and snowboard buddies, and having a great time. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $99 | (800) 403-0206,

Virtual Reality Studio

Full Service Bar & Restaurant

Guided Snowshoe Tours

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Olympic Valley | Jan. 11-13, 18-20

Join the Squaw Valley Mountain Hosts offering free Mountain Tours for intermediate or advanced skiers and riders. 9:30 p.m. | (800) 403-0206,

Enjoy a guided hike through Galena Creek Park with a local specialist. Please bring appropriate clothing and plenty of water. If there’s enough snow, this will be a snowshoe hike. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Free | (775) 849-4948

Interpretive Ski Tours Diamond Peak Ski Resort | Incline Village | Jan. 12 Diamond Peak will offer a series of free guided on-mountain tours. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | (775) 832-1203,


Jan. 10-23, 2019





he Tahoe Sierra will join the rest of North and South America in being treated to a full lunar eclipse on Jan. 20. While a lunar eclipse is always an exciting event, often it happens in the middle of the night — when most people opt to stay in bed. This eclipse, however, is downright civilized, showing up in prime time between 8:41 and 9:45 p.m. You can go watch it and still be snug in bed before 11 p.m. What’s the best way to see the eclipse in Tahoe on a cold January evening? Assuming there are clear skies, I would recommend combining it with fullmoon snowshoe trip. As long as you are a fairly strong walker, you should be able to snowshoe and get deep into Tahoe’s winter woods for a peaceful and delightful experience. When heading out over snow under a full moon it’s best to stay in the open meadows and ridgelines as much as possible because the light of the moon reflects against the snow and makes it easier for you to find your way around. Be sure to time it so you get to a nice open area before the eclipse. Baby it will be cold outside, so bring plenty of layers. You will start out with a workout, so don’t overdress at the beginning but have extra layers to put on once you settle into your moon-watching spot. Make sure your inner layers are wicking synthetic material or wool and your outer layers are water resistant. Bring a warm blanket and waterproof tarp to sit on in the snow while you watch the eclipse. Bring plenty of water and/or warm beverages and some snacks — for me that’s lots of chocolate. A headlamp or flashlight is essential, but don’t use it unless you need it. When you are in the meadows and the moon is full, you should be able to make your way around without the light and it is certainly much prettier. Here are a few of my favorite places to enjoy the view.

Page Meadows | This series of five meadows provides a perfect, nearly level snowshoe tromp. It’s just a short walk through a forest to get to the open area, then you can wander around the meadows. The trailhead is about 2 miles south of Tahoe City. From West Lake Boulevard, take a right on Pine Drive. Turn right on Tahoe Park Heights and drive to the top. Then take Big Pine to Silvertip and follow it to the end where you will find limited ski parking.

When heading out over snow under a full moon, it’s best to stay in the open meadows and ridgelines as much as possible.

Tahoe Meadows | At the summit of the Mount Rose Highway between Incline Village and Reno lies a large open meadow. Park on the downhill side and stay in the meadow or in the open ridgeline. You can also work your way to the southwest toward Chickadee Ridge to get a view of Lake Tahoe, but this does mean walking in the trees, which will be darker.

Grass Lake Meadow | This is just off State Route 89 and is a perfect spot for novice cross-country skiers, flat and easily accessible. Take State Route 89 about 6 miles south of Meyers. After a long climb, the highway levels out and Grass Lake is to your right. Look for plowed parking near Luther Pass, then loop your way around the meadow. Pope, Kiva and Baldwin beaches | Any of these locations in South Lake Tahoe off State Route 89 also make for easy snowshoe hikes along the lakeshore. Commons Beach | Looking for an easy spot to watch the eclipse? Try Tahoe City’s Commons Beach to watch on the lakeshore. Snowshoeing not your thing? Western Nevada College in Carson City, Nev., is hosting a viewing party for the eclipse at the Jack C. Davis Observatory. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The observatory staff will have telescopes available, as well as provide information about the eclipse. | 




Leave No Trace Training Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Stateline | Jan. 12

This course will provide an overview of the Leave No Trace Seven Principles, background on current Leave No Trace research and education efforts, interactive activities to communicate Leave No Trace concepts, and effective communication. 12-2 p.m. Free |

Twilight Snowshoe Tour Northstar Ski Resort | Truckee | Jan. 12

through the tree-lined forest then relax around a fire pit to enjoy s’mores and hot chocolate. Dogs on leashes are welcome. 5-7:30 p.m. |

Winter Fireworks

Snowshoe Cocktail Races

Village at Squaw | Olympic Valley | Jan. 12, 19

Camp Richardson South Lake Tahoe | Jan. 19

Disco Tubing

Mountain Minds Monday

SnowVentures Activity Zone Olympic Valley | Jan. 12, 19, 20

Pizza on the Hill | Truckee | Jan. 14

Families can spin, slide and speed down the snow tubing lanes to vibrant DJ tunes as the night is illuminated with colorful lights and lasers splashed on the mountainside. Tubing starts on the hour for 55-minute session. 5-7 p.m. |

Enjoy the peaceful setting of the Sierra Nevada during a guided, evening snowshoe tour

Think you have what it takes to run with a full cocktail tray in hand through obstacles up while wearing snowshoes? Prizes for the fastest (and cleanest) at the obstacle course finish line. |

Enjoy a winter fireworks celebration every Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Free | (800) 403-0206

Tahoe Silicon Mountain’s Mountain Minds Monday is a monthly networking group for people that live, work or vacation in the Truckee/Tahoe/Reno area. Typical topics of discussion are technology, startups, local businesses, communities and the environment. 6-8 p.m. $5 |

Full Moon Snowshoe Tour Tahoe Donner Cross Country Truckee | Jan. 19

Experience the full moon with a guided snowshoe hike on Tahoe Donner’s cross-country ski trails. |

55+ Snowshoe Hikes

Hands-On Wax Clinic

Area Venue | Incline Village | Jan. 15, 22

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Truckee | Jan. 19

Trekkers of all abilities are welcome to join IVGID Senior programs for a weekly light to moderate level snowshoe hike at various locations throughout the Tahoe area. Hikes are subject to weather conditions. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | (775) 832-1310,

Learn how to make your skis really fast and make your ski bases happy. Bring a pair of skis and join Toko Wax guru Roger Chaney for a hands-on glide wax clinic. |

Family Snowshoe Tours River Talk Truckee River Watershed Council office | Jan. 17

Join a short, informational River Talk to learn how human impact has damaged the Truckee River Watershed and hear about the work the Watershed Council is doing to reverse this damage. RSVP (530) 550-8760, ext. 5. 8-9 a.m. Free |

The 3-hour tours are open to all ages and ability levels. 1-4 p.m. | (800) 466-6784,

Full Moon Snowshoe Tour Tahoe Adventure Company Tahoe Vista | Jan. 20

Join a Full Moon Snowshoe Tours through the brisk mountain air of Tahoe’s pristine forests. 4-7 p.m. $70 | (530) 913-9212,

Lifescapes Incline Village Library | Jan. 18 We accept Visa or Mastercard. Reservations required. Morning flights only for best weather conditions. The earlier, the better. All flights are weather permitting. 48 hour cancellation policy. Flights are from Carson City Airport.

Northstar California Resort | Truckee | Jan. 20

A memoir-writing program for seniors. 2-4 p.m. | (775) 832-4130,

TCDA Member & Volunteer Appreciation Party

Community Snowshoe Full Moon Hikes

The Blue Agave | Tahoe City | Jan. 22

Diamond Peak Ski Resort Incline Village | Jan. 18

Meet TCDA staff, the board of directors and fellow business members for fun, food and drinks at The Blue Agave. This year’s party is Hawaiian themed. 4-6:30 p.m. |

This event encourages exercising in an intergenerational social setting for ages 9 and older and is part of the Community Health and Wellness Outreach Initiative. There will be a light fare available for those would like to purchase dinner at the top. Pre-registration is required. 5:30-9:30 p.m. | (775) 831-3211,

Club de Conversacion (Conversation Cub) Kings Beach Library | Kings Beach | Jan. 23

Snowshoe Star Tours North Shore Lake Tahoe | Tahoe Vista | Jan. 19

Tahoe Adventure Company and Tony Berendsen present telescopic tours of the night sky. It all starts with guided sunset snowshoeing, followed by a tour of the night sky. Suitable for ages 8 and up. Hot drinks and snacks will be served. 4-8 p.m. $85 | (530) 913-9212,

Full Moon Snowshoe Tour Sugar Pine Point State Park | Tahoma | Jan. 19

Join State Park interpreters in exploring the natural and cultural history around the Hellman-Ehrman estate and Lake Tahoe shoreline in Sugar Pine Point State Park. 6:30-9 p.m. $25-$35 | (530) 583-9911,

Es ingles su segundo idioma? El Conversation Club es gratis y ofrece un lugar amistoso y divertido para que los adultos puedan practicar su ingles y aprender de la cultura norteamericana. If English is your second language, please join us for this fun, free, gathering to practice your conversational English. 5-6 p.m. Free | (530) 546-2021,

Connect for a Cause Charity Mixer Riva Grill | South Lake Tahoe | Jan. 24

This year’s mixer will help to replenish Bread & Broth’s B&B 4 Kids meal program. This program provides weekend food bags to more than 150 students in Grades K to 8. Guests a 5:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. $20-$30 |

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Skate skiing is my favorite sport. You escape the crowds, get a great workout and float through the quiet winter woods. Skate skiing is a form of cross-country skiing that utilizes a motion similar to roller blading and ice skating. While it is a blast, it can be a challenge to learn. Taking a lesson is highly recommended. For about 20 years I have been teaching skate skiing at Tahoe Cross Country. I’ve taught more than 1,000 people and a few of those folks picked it up right away. Others decided fairly shortly into

While skate skiing is a blast, it can be a challenge

LESSON 4 Everyone learns at his or her own pace. In general, women tend to learn by actually listening to the instructor and doing what he or she says. Men, on the other hand, tend to watch and say, “Oh, yeah, I got this.” Many a time I have thought: “Now, if I could just combine the two of you. She has the precision and grace; he has the brawn.”

LESSON 5 Flex your ankles and bend your knees. Straight legs are not good shock absorbers and don’t help with balance — and balance is one of the keys to skate skiing.


’ve been heading down snowy mountain paths for more than 20 years on a pair of metal-edged touring skis to enjoy the woods or just get in a quick, lunchtime, winter workout. While cross-country touring and skate skiing are both forms of Nordic skiing, they have always been at opposite ends of the spectrum in my eyes. Skate skiing might as well have been basketball. Even so, it is still skiing and so it’s been on my radar for years. But, picking up another winter sport just didn’t seem realistic. Some days I can’t seem to find the time to use the gear I already own, let alone add another ski to my quiver. It wasn’t until I registered my daughter for the local Strider Glider program that I finally decided to give this skinnyski thing a whirl. My good friend Zoe Najim suggested we should skate ski together, taking turns pulling her 3-year-old in the sled and getting strong, while our first

felt awkward and not at all like the onsnow experience I thought I might have, as I pictured biathletes cruising seemingly effortlessly in the Olympics. But I think it was the jargon, that skateski terminology that hooked me right away. As a climber I have a great appreciation for the words that people associate with actions, that more often than not, bring humor to a situation. As we got moving and began to duck walk/skate ever so slowly up that first incline, Hauserman says, “Now, kick it into granny gear.” Something you shift into on your bike right? Nope. Apparently also known as single stick, it is the slow, slow you that huffs it up a hill while trying to hold the gunslinger position on skinny skis, overdressed in the December sun. Hauserman is also a pretty funny guy, bringing his own humor and anecdotes into our fishbowl. You immediately pick up on his passion for the sport. As we ditched our poles to practice some gliding while balancing on one leg, Hauserman shares

Beginning to gasp for air, I attempted to ski up that mild slippery slope, quickly overheating

to learn. Taking a lesson

in the not-yet warm morning. And I thought

is highly recommended.

I was in somewhat shape. Ha.

the class that perhaps snowshoeing might be a better fit. And then there is the bulk of students who will learn the sport, but perhaps not quite as quickly as they would like. Here are a few tips to make the process easier:

LESSON 1 Yes, learning a new sport can be hard. Be patient, grasshopper. Jimi Hendrix probably sucked at guitar when he first picked it up. Someone had to tell him where to put his fingers and what to do and then he had to practice a lot.

LESSON 2 Skate skiing is about skiing on one ski at a time. The power comes from transferring your weight back and forth. It’s about pushing off on one ski and committing to the other ski. Do not chicken out and keep both skis on the snow because you are afraid of falling. Once I was teaching a couple in which one person was living on the West Coast and the other on the East Coast. I informed them that skate skiing was all about commitment. She said, “Commitment? He doesn’t know anything about commitment.”

LESSON 3 In classic cross-country skiing, the skis go straight ahead. In skate skiing, the skis go out at in a V-shaped angle. Remember to ski with the V. For you downhill skiers, it’s OK if your skis cross in the back.

and second graders were receiving instruction. I decided I had better get a jump on it, so I could keep up with her. Tim Hauserman, whom I know from Tahoe Weekly, just happens to teach a free beginning skate-ski clinic at Tahoe Cross Country. Perfect. With a recent snow on a sunny day, I put on my softshell running pants, a lightly lined coat and headed over to the ski area. Before I’d even put on my TOP: Authors Ganong and Hauserman; BOTTOM: Hauserman boots, I’d already overheard demonstrates the balance transfer and glide on one ski. a new term: “the gunslinger,” referring to the appropriate LESSON 6 stance to take when standing in skate skis. This was hilarious to me and put a light Keep your hips and body forward spin on skate skiing that I hadn’t imagined and your butt in: You are not supposed before. In my mind it had always seemed to look like a Kardashian perched over slightly stuffy and serious. a golden throne. Renee Lewis joined me for the clinic and LESSON 7 we headed out onto the snow with HauserIt’s all about rhythm; find your inner man to learn the art of skating. We practiced rhythm and dance your way down the trail. our stance and what we should and should not do with our skis and poles. Then we put LESSON 8 on our skis to head up the initial hill to the Don’t over analyze. It will come to you. practice area. How hard could it be? I mean, Just relax and have fun. really, I’ve been downhill skiing my entire life. It is after all, sliding on snow. Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area offers Well, I felt like a fish out of water. private lessons by appointment and free Beginning to gasp for air, I attempted to drop-in clinics for beginner adult skate ski up that mild slippery slope, quickly ski on Tuesdays at 9:15 a.m. Rentals overheating in the not-yet warm morning. and trail passes are not included. And I thought I was in somewhat shape. |  Ha. Somehow sliding on these little skis

tales of past lessons and the dynamics occurring within lessons, glimpses into relationships that translate all too well to life experiences. “Skate skiing is all about commitment,” he says, “and balance and coordination and rhythm.” Back in our poles, we’re learning V1. And later, V2. Sounds like a boulder problem to me. Well it practically felt like one of the first few times I tried V2. But according to Hauserman, I’ve got it, something most beginners don’t learn early on. Success. Maybe all that downhill skiing is helping me out after all. “Oh, and by the way, this is how you stop,” Hauserman says about 15 minutes into our lesson that could be important. “Don’t be afraid to fall down.” In larger Hauserman-speak that means: “Don’t think too much like an adult, focusing on the outcome. Just go for it, practice and if you fall down, get up.” Great life lessons here. So it only took 1 hour and 20 minutes to become quite exhausted and to discover that I also have some muscles in my shins and feet that I hadn’t known existed before. I also got in my moving meditation, learned something new, almost fell down (several times), felt silly, skied fast down an icy path through the woods (which was not only exhilarating, but also a little scary), made a new friend and most importantly, laughed. I climbed in my car and headed off to the office thinking that I would definitely need to pick up a pair of these skinny skis. | (530) 583-5475 or  11


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Tahoe City Winter Sports Park STORY BY MICHELLE ALLEN


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cross-country skiing, but the trails are well suited for beginners. They meander through the park on what is the Tahoe City Golf Course greens in the summer. Sometimes we bring our dogs along and they love running through the open spaces and playing with other dogs.

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inter in Tahoe is one of the best times of the year: the crisp air, time with friends and family playing outside and the majestic storms that blanket the mountains with snow. Most of the kids I know (and most adults, too) anxiously await the arrival of winter hoping it will bring lots of snow and lots of opportunities to play in it. But, even when the winter starts off slowly and even if there is only a thin layer of snow, there are still plenty of options. One such option is the Winter Sports Park in Tahoe City. The park offers something for everyone: sledding, cross-country skiing, ice skating, fat-tire biking or lounging near the fireplace inside Café Zenon. One recent Sunday afternoon, I was home with my 6-year-old son, Anikin, and we started feeling a little bit of cabin fever. I decided to take him to the Winter Sports Park. The snow conditions were thin on our visit, but the staff at the park have done a great job at managing the snow to maximize the usage of the park. First, we hit the ice-skating rink. The rink is small, so no big crowds to contend with, and it is nicely maintained. The park offers ice-skate rentals and assistive devices, called Seals, that help beginners balance as they learn how to skate. The kids love to also ride on the front of the Seal while being pushed by their parents. While we were skating, our friends Laurie and Kayl Climnedhage arrived and the boys had fun pushing the Seals around the rink. Although I think the highlight was when Laurie took turns pushing them on the Seal down the rink ending in the corners with a few big spins. The boys loved it. Soon the boys were ready to go sledding. As we departed the ice rink, we saw a large group of kids heading to the rink for a birthday party. The party was set up on the picnic tables next to the rink and the parents mingled while the kids

ice skated. It is a great option for a fun outdoor party in the winter. After dropping off our ice skates and grabbing sledding discs, we headed to the sled hill. The park has a great location for sledding with a rather tall and long slope next to the parking lot and lodge. It’s fast — but not too fast — and steep — but not too steep — perfect for sledding novices and speed demons (like Anikin). The boys made a few laps down the

sled hill until they got distracted by the creek that runs through the Winter Sporks Park’s cross-country ski and snowshoe trails. We walked along the groomed trail down to the creek where the boys threw snowballs into the water and stomped along on the snow banks testing the strength of the snow beneath their boots. Although we did not cross-country ski that day, we have skied and snowshoed at the park before. Anikin is still new to

Cross-country ski and snowshoe rentals are available at the lodge. Fat-tire biking is also allowed on the trails. After a full afternoon of activity, the boys were ready for hot chocolate. My sister, Kat, joined us and we got a seat at Café Zenon. We ordered hot chocolate and French fries for the boys, with a beer for Kat and two hard ciders for me and Laurie. The boys sat by the fire sipping hot chocolate, while we sat back and enjoyed our drinks. Overall, we had a wonderful day at the Winter Sports Park. We enjoyed playing in the snow and time with friends and family — exactly what a perfect winter day should entail. | (530) 5831516 or 




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For the Kids Mother Goose on the Loose

SAF Scholarship Ski Day

South Lake Tahoe Library | Jan. 10, 17, 24

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Olympic Valley | Jan. 12

Jump start your child’s brain development with this award-winning program that combines music, movement and literature. 10:30 a.m. | (530) 573-3185,

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Come out and support youth skiing. A portion of every lift ticket benefits the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Foundation. 8 a.m.4 p.m. $98 | (800) 403-0206,

Toddler Story Time Incline Village Library | Jan. 10, 17, 24

With stories, puppets, music and movement for ages 18 months to 3 years. 11:15-11:45 a.m. | (775) 832-4130

Code Crew: Coding Basics for Kids Incline Village Library | Jan. 10, 17, 24

This 4-week series will introduce kids ages 7-12 to the logical, sequential nature of coding. Every week is different so plan on attending all four classes. Ages 7-9 require caregiver in attendance. Registration is required. 4 p.m. Free | (775) 832-4130,

Preschool Story Time Kings Beach Library | Jan. 15, 22

The Kings Beach Library hosts a Preschool Storytime every Tuesday from 10:30-11am. Each week has a different theme. In a lively, silly and casual environment kids work on multi-sensory pre-literacy skills. Stop by for loads of fun, and read books, sing songs, learn nursery rhymes, and do a fun and easy crafts. 10:30-11 a.m. Free | (530) 546-2021,

Teen Tuesdays Incline Village Library | Jan. 15, 22

Paws2Read Incline Village Library | Jan. 10

Children can practice reading to friendly therapy dogs and receive a free book. All ages welcome. 4-5 p.m. | (775) 832-4130,

Offers kids a fun way to explore different ways to learn about technology. A new activity each week. 4-5 p.m. Free | (775) 832-4130,

RUFF, Read Up for Fun Truckee Library | Jan. 16, 23

Early Literacy Storytime South Lake Tahoe Library | Jan. 11, 18

Build a child’s pre-reading skills with this engaging and interactive program designed to support a child’s early literacy development for a lifelong love of reading and learning. Suitable for children ages 3 to 5 with parents and caregivers. 10:30 a.m. Free | (530) 5753185,

The Truckee Library has joined forces with the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe to bring the RUFF (Read Up For Fun) Program to children in the library. Children can practice their reading skills by reading aloud to trained therapy animals. Kids can play and do crafts while waiting their turn to read. 4-5 p.m. Free | (530) 582-7846,

Weird Science Wednesdays “Incredibles 2” Movie Night

Incline Village Library | Jan. 16

Incline Village Library | Jan. 11

Bring the family out to watch this movie and enjoy free popcorn. 6 p.m. Free | (775) 8324130,

Teen Scene Kahle Community Center | Stateline | Jan. 11, 18

Kids in grades 6-12 can shoot hoops, play volleyball, climb the rock wall and play arcade or video games. 6:30-9 p.m. $5 | (775) 586-7271

Northstar California Resort | Truckee | Jan. 11, 18 Join the fun in the heart of the Village as the disco lights surround the ice skating rink every Friday night with drink specials, complimentary face painting and live music. | (800) 466-6784,

Village at Northstar offers many opportunities for families and friends to hang out and chill with s’mores and warm beverages. It’s a S’moresapalooza on Jan. 19 and Feb. 23. At 4 p.m. come to the Village Overlook to celebrate Northstar’s sweetest tradition: s’mores. See how the creative culinary team puts a spin on the traditional s’mores with different s’more stations. Come early because these s’mores will go quickly. Come to S’morey Time on Jan. 21, Feb. 21 and March 28. Gather around the fire pit and listen to the story of how Tahoe came to be while roasting s’mores and enjoying warm beverages. |

Kids Night Out

S’morey Time

Northwoods Clubhouse | Truckee | Jan. 19

Village at Northstar | Truckee | Jan. 21

Come join the fun and experiment with weird wacky science. 4 p.m. | (775) 832-4130,

Kids ages 4-9 are invited to an evening of fun at Northwoods Clubhouse while parents enjoy a night on the town. 5-9 p.m. |

Bilingual Story Time

Family Snowshoe Tours

Incline Village Library | Jan. 16

Northstar California Resort Truckee | Jan. 20

Features stories, finger plays and wiggle action as part of the experience to encourage a love of books. | (775) 832-4130

Young Readers Society: Teen Chapter Friday Fun Nights

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Word After Word Books | Truckee | Jan. 18

The Teen Chapter of the Young Readers Society Book Club is held the third Friday of each month. Book Club selections will be announced the month before. Recommended ages 13 to 17. 5:30-6:30 p.m. |





Craft day

Bring the kids to Northstar for an afternoon of exploring the great outdoors in a fun, unintimidating, family-friendly atmosphere. The 3-hour tours are open to all ages and ability levels. 1-4 p.m. | (800) 466-6784,


Gather ‘round the fire pit and listen to the story of how Tahoe came to be while roasting s’mores and enjoying warm beverages. Fun for the whole family. |

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SIERRA STORIES Gold Rush Injustice Against African-A m e ri c a n s Photo Credit | Photographer?


cated California from Mexico. During his Dec. 5, 1848, State of the Union address, Polk took credit for the bonanza as he confirmed that stories of abundant gold in California were indeed true. The next month 50 ships sailed from New York City for San Francisco. The daring gold seekers came by the thousands despite the daunting and life-threatening difficulties of the journey. Some died before reaching the gold diggings and many more perished after they arrived. Conditions were so harsh and unwholesome in the primitive mining camps that during the second half of 1849, one-fifth of the 90,000 recently-arrived immigrants died. The physical challenges of reaching and surviving the Sierra gold fields were difficult enough, to say nothing of the

Many of California’s AfricanAmerican miners had been free men from Northern states such as Massachusetts,


n the 1960s, activist minister and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream for social justice and racial equality for African-Americans. He envisioned a United States where people weren’t discriminated against based on the color of their skin. That dream is still a work in progress, but a glimpse into the California Gold Rush illuminates the nation’s historic challenges for achieving racial harmony. It’s been 170 years since tens of thousands of hell-bent men and women swarmed into northern California in 1849 to reap their share of newly discovered gold. Crazed by the lure of instant wealth, they jammed aboard cramped sailing ships or endured fatiguing overland treks in order to dig placer gold out of the Sierra Nevada foothills. Gold has held a strong magnetism among humans for millennia — enough to start wars or launch sea-faring expeditions to far corners of the world. But it was only in California where an average person could walk into the gold districts and dig out a bucketful of nuggets and go home rich. Before that, all the wealth went to kings, queens, emperors or reliHISTORIAN & AUTHOR


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gious institutions. California also had no established government, which led to a go-for-broke mentality, with no controls environmentally or socially. No wonder the California Gold Rush spawned the greatest voluntary migration in human history. The free-for-all was a once-in-alifetime opportunity. The astonishing news of the mineral strike captivated people from around the world and gold fever spread like a global contagion. Word flashed from the American River where James Marshall found the first specimens on Jan. 24, 1848. From there it spread to San Francisco to Hawaii and Sonora, Mexico, and then to Asia, Europe and the U.S. cities along the Atlantic Coast. During the summer of 1848, most newspaper editors, preachers and politicians expressed skepticism of the sensational rumors emanating from the Pacific Coast until American military officers returned from the Mexican-American War. In late 1848, several officers presented President James Polk with so much gold that Polk himself became a believer. Of course, he was proud of the surprising, newfound wealth since he instigated the unpopular war that confis-

New York and Pennsylvania. financial hardships, but for some of these optimistic opportunists, racial prejudice would prove the greatest obstacle to their success. In 1850 and 1852 California’s legislature repeatedly passed a Foreign Miners Tax, which penalized non-white miners from China and Central and South America. The law was supported by white American miners, as well as Irish and German immigrants. Not only did Chinese immigrants protest the new tax, they were furious when restrictions against African-Americans and Native Americans were applied to them, because they believed they were socially and culturally superior to people of color — especially American-slaves. California’s indigenous Indians were nearly eradicated in genocidal violence, but African-Americans suffered the most from intimidation, racist mining laws and physical abuse at the hand of white American miners backed by complicit California politicians. Institutional discrimination against blacks was systemic in the Golden State. California joined the Union as a free state on Sept. 9, 1850, but many local slaveholders did not voluntarily free their slaves. In fact, at California’s 1849 constitutional convention in Monterey, delegates spent more time debating the contentious rights of African-Americans than any other topic. One activist who strongly supported the abolition of slavery in California and nationally during the convention was John C. Frémont, the man credited with being the first Euro-American to see Lake Tahoe in 1844. In 1850, Frémont was appointed one of California’s first two senators; the other was William Gwin, an active slave owner from Mississippi. In 1856 Frémont became the country’s first Republican presidential candidate, running on a progressive platform of freedom for all African-Americans. Indicative of California’s pro-slavery leanings

at the time, only 19 percent of the new state’s eligible citizens voted for Frémont in his loss to James Buchanan. In 1852, two years after the federal government enacted its own version, California’s legislature passed a harsh Fugitive Slave Act ensuring possession of “slaves to owners returning to the Southern states.” Scores of African-Americans were captured by bounty hunters paid to return them to owners. The law mandated that any slave brought to the territory before 1850 statehood was not guarded by new constitutional decrees protecting blacks in the state. California also limited voting to adult, white, male citizens (no women of any race) and also denied blacks the right to have their children attend public schools with whites. Lax law enforcement made it possible for slavery to exist in many parts of the state until the end of the Civil War. The state also passed a much-hated testimony law where blacks (or any other minority) could not testify or bear witness in a court of law against a white person. Many of California’s African-American miners had been free men from Northern states such as Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania. This was especially true in the Sacramento River region, a hotbed of abolitionism in the 19th Century. A few blacks had struck it rich in the mines, while many others established successful businesses such as hotels, laundries and restaurants. Some slaves were even able to buy their emancipation. The free black community in Sacramento was strong, organized and relatively wealthy, which led them to finance and support the abolitionist movement and the E X C L U S I V E C O N T E N T AT John Fremont’s first views of Lake Tahoe

Underground Railroad in California and throughout the country. The lack of equal civil rights, and often human rights during the 1850s, brought African-Americans together in four Colored Conventions. The sense of community and racial pride instilled by these conventions helped generate California’s first black churches, library and the Mirror of the Times, a weekly newspaper that addressed issues for African-Americans.  Tahoe historian Mark McLaughlin is a nationally published author and professional speaker. His award-winning books are available at local stores or at You may reach him at mark@ Check out his blog at or read more at Click on History under the Explore Tahoe tab.

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Michael O’Connor is an astrologer, counselor and life coach |

Capricorn (Dec 21-Jan 19) A whole new mode of self-expression is indicated by this eclipse. Interestingly, it includes increased levels of empathy, as indicated by the North Node in Cancer. Getting clearer about who and what are worthy of your time, energy and commitment are central themes. Realizing a whole new level of maturity is also indicated just be careful not to get too serious.

Cancer (Jun 21-Jul 22) Shifts and changes on relationship fronts are central themes now. These are linked to family and career, and also to the relationship you have with your own self. Are you hard on yourself or perhaps too passive regarding your focus and follow through? You may notice that you have become more feisty and this will increase yet.

Leo (Jul 22-Aug 23)

Aries (Mar 21-Apr 20) Your public and professional life has been activated. These changes are triggering a pioneering impulse. A revolutionary determination to explore new territory is featured and will increase yet. Positively, you may feel like you are at the top of the mountain. Negatively, you may be feeling the cold. Now you yearn for home or a new definition of it.

Taurus (Apr 20-May 21) Your sights are set on seeing a bigger picture and specifically regarding your future direction. You may recognize the wounded spirit within humanity. A call to do something about is ringing in your mind, along with your own needs and goals. This could amount to reaching to actualize a deeper sense of meaning and purpose in your attitudes and expressions.

Gemini (May 21-Jun 21) Deep changes have been underway for many months now and these will reach a deeper level yet due to this eclipse. Finding your place in the world is featured. This will activate an instinctual urge to feel more secure. Home improvements or a move altogether are possible. More essentially, nurturing a better overall state of health is likely.

Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22) 2019 for you includes answering the call. It includes rendering new modes of service to humanity. Incorporating your gifts and talents is the key to make your contributions truly meaningful both to you and others. In doing so, your confidence levels will rise. Practicality is a keyword so focus on what can prove useful to others and make a difference.

Libra (Sep 22-Oct 22) Big changes close to home are underway. These are linked to your professional and public life and your closest personal, as well. The closest one of all is the one with you yourself. You are undergoing a lot of changes these days and these include significant breaks with the past and fresh starts too. Deciphering your most authentic direction is featured.

Scorpio (Oct 22-Nov 21) Seeing yourself and the world and in the world in new ways continues and this eclipse will take it to the next level. You may find yourself oriented to shake others somehow, yet it is you that is destined to change the most. Habitual modes of perception, self-concept, your essential philosophy of life and approach are all featured.

Sagittarius (Nov 21-Dec 21) This eclipse indicates changes in your values, priorities and, quite possibly, in your financial status as well. As ever, things could go either way. Jupiter in your sign does support an upward spiral, yet you are wise to work consciously and cooperatively with it to activate realistic momentums. Expansion and increase are indicated but you will have to earn it.

Hocus Focus differences: 1. Moon is changed, 2. Shutters are added, 3. Coat is different, 4. Horn is missing, 5. Streamer is longer, 6. Number is transposed.

Pisces (Feb 19-Mar 20) A clear and strong sense of what ‘should be done’ will be activated by this eclipse. Your focus will likely be upon the larger social reality or the human condition. Yet ideally the focus will also be upon what you need to do, in fact, probably even more so. Positively, you will feel more grounded, disciplined and determined to increase your power and authority.

Suppose a person is operating Greg Louganis’ vehicle ... Could you say he’s in the diver’s seat?

This Solar Eclipse is destined to stir and awaken contents and themes of destiny lodged deeply in your subconscious. In other words, they may manifest as unexpected turns. Yet, new modes of perception are also indicated. You could feel awakened and enlivened. An interior draw may precede an expansion of your usual level of consciousness.

Changes in your habitual lifestyle rhythms and patterns have been activated by this eclipse. In some respects, circumstances are pushing you to ‘pay your dues’. This can include increased effort in various ways such as new exercise programs or focusing to complete a course of study or pushing for a new job or a raise. Decipher what you must do to advance to the next level.


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Aysha Roberts

Bona Fide Books shutters



n a cool windy Thursday Thursday morning, South Lake Tahoe resident Aysha Roberts is out at the Tahoe City Farmers Market standing in front of a display of Tahoe-centric pillows and personalized canvas wine bags. Pillows that say, “Woody Bliss, Lake Tahoe, Elev. 6,485,” to mark the place of memorable family homes in the Tahoe Sierra — along with solidcolor, wine bags hanging on a wooden coat rack with the words, “Dreaming of a Tahoe Christmas.”

The name comes from her favorite coastal

Bona Fide Books based in Meyers has closed its doors, publisher Maeko Brad-

regions, Cape Elizabeth

shaw announced on its Web site on Dec. 30.

in Maine and Marin

“I want to thank all of you within this community for supporting my endeavor of taking

County, near San

over Bona Fide Books. I wouldn’t have been

Francisco. Photos of

TOP: Cape Elizabeth. | Courtesy Aysha Roberts; LEFT: Roberts and her products at Tahoe City Farmers

these places, along

Market. | Kayla Anderson

with Lake Tahoe, serve as the inspiration behind her line. Roberts’ parents lived in Sacramento and had a home in Tahoe for 30 years. She regularly travelled back and forth between the two places during her life. After high school, she moved to Los Angeles and worked in design and marketing. However, when her beloved father Lee was diagnosed with cancer, Roberts quickly came back north. To take her mind off her dad’s fight with cancer, she started talking about how she could build a business. Using her graphic design skills and experience in retail clothing, Roberts made some pillows and wine bags. She gave them to friends and family before launching her own brand, Elizabeth & Marin, a coastal lifestyle from Maine to California. The name comes from her favorite coastal regions, Cape Elizabeth in Maine and Marin County, near San Francisco. Photos of these places, along with Lake Tahoe, serve as the inspiration behind her line. “I wanted something simple and clean. I really had to think about the concept behind it and Elizabeth and Marin just sounded right. I love the ocean so much and the lake,” she said. She also wanted to base the business in Tahoe since it’s a tourist destination, which allows her to meet more people. Since its launch in early summer 2018, Elizabeth & Marin has been at the South Lake Tahoe farmers’ markets, Tahoe City Farmers Market, Truckee Thursdays, 16

Sample the Sierra, Autumn Food & Wine Festival and local Oktoberfest events. Like the late Kate Spade, Roberts also wanted to build her business based on the things that she likes and couldn’t find anywhere else. “[Kate Spade] wanted a specific handbag and couldn’t find it, so she made it herself and that turned into a great business,” Roberts said. She also has many goals for growing her business: She wants to get the Elizabeth & Marin home décor line out in hotels, gift shops and resorts in coastal places across the U.S., as well as employ more people. She now has two part-time assistants.

“It’s my goal to build a company where people can be happy and have fun,” she says. Currently, she’ll spend her days at local events, then goes home to work on production until late at night in her garage. She makes around 25 totes and 12 pillow covers a shift. “The process has about eight steps,” she says. Her standard dark gray Tahoe pillows are the most popular items. She sold out of them on the first day of the 2018 Made in Tahoe Festival and was up all night making more to sell the next day. She also makes hundreds of custom orders. “There are so many weddings and special events in Tahoe. When someone goes out of their way to be thoughtful with their gifts, I like helping them with that process. One guy made a special pillow for his mother and she was so surprised,” she said. “My creativity keeps going and going. I have so many ideas. My mind never shuts off. I have so much fun doing the research and coming up with the design.” Flipping through her portfolio of photos that portray the colors and ideas behind Elizabeth & Marin, she points out a photo of the Cape Elizabeth lighthouse. “This is where Forrest Gump ran to in the movie and it makes me think about how far I’ve come. I’ve always been determined, never given up,” she said. She is constantly seeking out quaint and quiet places close to water, happy to be creating unique Tahoe gifts for events and special occasions — and is looking forward to the future of Elizabeth & Marin. “I’m grateful for all of my customers and businesses here in Tahoe,” she said. | 

able to succeed this last year without so many of you,” Bradshaw wrote in a post on the Web site. “I hope a small independent press will find its way back into our community one day, but for now, thank you for being a supporter of this small press and believing in our writers,” she wrote. Bona Fide’s latest book, “Permanent Vacation II: 18 Writers on Life and Work in Our National Parks,” was published in May. Bradshaw told the Tahoe Weekly that the Web site would remain online only for a short time, but that no books sales would be available. Some copies of “Permanent Vacation” may still be available at local retailers including Word After Word in Truckee, or Gaialicious or Dharma Love in South Lake Tahoe. Copies are also available on Amazon. |

THE ARTS JAN. 10-24, 2019

After Audubon: Art, Observations and Natural Science Nevada Museum of Art Reno | Jan. 10-April 21

Contemporary artists such as Penelope Gottlieb, Kara Maria and Donald Farnsworth pick up from where John James Audubon left off in new, celebratory and sometimes critical ways. | (775) 329-3333,

Jan. 10-23, 2019



Whose Art is it Anyway? Truckee Meadows Community College Reno | Jan. 10-16

The Truckee Meadows Community College Main Gallery presents this group art exhibition by four artists including Rose Barry, Tenessa Melvin, Mona Al Saglab and Luke Ramsdell through Jan. 16. | (775) 673-7111



Gig Depio: Americana with Cadmium Orange Carson City Courthouse Gallery Carson City | Jan. 11-31


The Capital City Arts Initiative “Americana with Cadmium Orange” by artist Gig Depio. “I was initially painting pictures of popular historic towns and landscapes of Nevada,” says Depio. 5-7 p.m. |

Truckee Public Arts Commission in partnership with Truckee Cultural District hosts “Fall into Art” through February at Truckee Community Recreation Center. The exhibit showcases local artists who represent the breadth and vibrancy of Truckee as a cultural district with inspiration from the autumn season.

Knit & Sip Alibi Ale Works - Truckee Public House Truckee | Jan. 13-March 10

Atelier and Alibi Ale Works Truckee present Knit and Sip every second Sunday. Bring a friend and your yarn project. 5-7 p.m. |

Knitting Group

Among the featured creators are painters bringing to life works of art inspired by the natural world: Ali Armstrong, Sara Smith, Aimee Had, Monika Johnson, Mark Larson and Bridget O’Neill. Functional art on display includes Greg Zirbel’s birdhouses inspired by Truckee historic landmarks, Krista Tranquilla’s handmade jewelry art and Mountain Forge iron sculptures. |

Atelier | Truckee | Jan. 15-Dec. 31

The group is open to all knitters, crocheters, loom artists every Tuesday. whatever your thread, you are welcome. This is a not a class, it’s a group intended for individuals who enjoy the company of other yarn artists. Bring a project or start a new one. 4-6 p.m. | (530) 386-2700,

Gathering of Artists North Tahoe Arts Tahoe City | Jan. 16-April 15

This free program offers artists the opportunity to meet other artists and work together in a shared studio space. Artists are invited to bring their latest projects to work on in shared studio space. On first and third Wednesdays. | (530) 581-2787,

Anne Brigman: A Visionary in Modern Photography Nevada Museum of Art | Reno | Jan. 10-27

This major retrospective exhibition rediscovers and celebrates the work of Anne Brigman, who is best known for her iconic landscape photographs made in the early 1900s depicting herself and other female nudes outdoors in the Sierra Nevada. | (775) 329-3333,

Artist Reception: Foyer Gallery Foyer Gallery | South Lake Tahoe | Jan. 17

Enjoy the artwork of LTCC Art instructor Catherine Lockner along with free refreshments during the free Artist Reception for Lockner’s new solo show. 5-7 p.m. |

Art at the Airport Truckee Tahoe Airport | Truckee | Jan. 10-22

Art At The Airport, a program now in its fifth year, features local and regional artists. The current exhibit in the Truckee Tahoe Airport’s main terminal building run until Jan. 22, and features three local artists: John Echols, Abigail Gallup and Morgan Levay. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | (530) 587-4119,

Bethany Laranda Wood: The West at Hand Nevada Museum of Art Reno | Jan. 10-March 3

While working in the field with the Land Arts Program of the American West, Bethany Wood collected images and impressions of major land features, such as Spiral Jetty and the Bingham Copper Pit. Her works take some of the largest land interventions in the West and transforms them into small intricate sculptures. | (775) 329-3333,


Artist Reception: Haldan Gallery

“Pelican” Greg Zirbel | Truckee Community Recreation Center Celebration of the Reno Philharmonic

Laid Bare in the Landscape

Nevada Historical Society Carson City | Jan. 10-March 2

Nevada Museum of Art | Reno | Jan. 10-27

Historical Society exhibit celebrates 50 years of “The Biggest Little Orchestra in the World: the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra.” The Reno Philharmonic Orchestra positively impacts quality of life in Northern Nevada. The orchestra promotes understanding of other cultures and provides educational outreach to children across Northern Nevada. | (775) 6870646,

Gig Depio and Eugene Rolfe: “Korea ‘76” Carson City Community Center Carson City | Jan. 10-Feb. 28

The Capital City Arts Initiative presents its exhibition “Korea ’76” with work by artists Eugene Rolfe and Gig Depio in the Community Center’s Sierra Room until Feb. 28. The images reflect both artists’ interest in the interweaving of Asian and American cultures, and America’s strong impact on other countries. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. |

This exhibition assembles photographs, films and performance documentation by women artists who situate the nude female body in outdoor landscapes. “Laid Bare in the Landscape” brings together a range of imagery: from beautiful and sensual self-portraits, to sometimes-surreal and provocative statements by feminist artists beginning in the 1970s. | (775) 329-3333,

Paul Valadez: Selections from the Great Mexican-American Songbook Nevada Museum of Art Reno | Jan. 10-April 21

Haldan Art Gallery | South Lake Tahoe | Jan. 17 Meet the artists behind the group exhibition, “Off the Press: Tahoe/Reno Printmakers,” at a free Artist Reception and talk. 5-7 p.m. |

Artist Reception: Student Gallery Student Center | South Lake Tahoe | Jan. 17

Explore new artworks created by the talented members of the Tahoe Art League and enjoy free refreshments at a Artist Reception for this new group exhibition. 5-7 p.m. |

Visit the Event Calendar at for a complete list of events.

Using vintage sheet music of the “Great American Song Book” as his backdrop, Paul Valadez re-envisions the idea of the songbook, integrating nostalgic images with Spanglish text, resulting in a dichotomy of oblique visual ideas that are equal parts humor and social commentary. 10 a.m. | (775) 3293333,





Lewis Black Rages Onward



JAN. 10-24, 2019


Jan. 18 | 8 p.m. | Grand Sierra Resort | Reno, Nev.

JANUARY 10 | THURSDAY Live Music Heavenly Village, South Lake Tahoe, 11 a.m. Live Music Glen Eagles Restaurant & Lounge, Carson City, 6:30-9 p.m. Live Music Cottonwood Hilltop Restaurant, Truckee, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Magic Fusion Starring Robert Hall The Loft, South Lake Tahoe, 7-8:15 p.m. Thirsty Thursday with DJ Trivia MidTown Wine Bar, Reno, 7-9 p.m. Quinn Dahle Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Reno, 7:30 p.m. All In Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, Reno, 8 p.m. Karaoke Night Fat Cat Bar & Grill, Tahoe City, 9 p.m. Live Music Bar of America, Truckee, 9:30-11:55 p.m.



oted dark comic Lewis Black will be touring the West Coast at the start of 2019 on his “The Joke’s on Us” Tour. “Hopefully, I can beat part of the horrors of winter,” he says. “You never know anymore. We’re going to be in Florida in January and it’s the coldest it’s ever been in Florida. “I’ve got to keep my parents living in the style they are accustomed to,” says the 70-year old comic on life on the road. “I still enjoy it and I still learn from it. There seems to be a wrap up coming shortly, but somehow I keep stumbling into stuff I want to talk about. Unfortunately, as you grow older, you need more than a knockknock joke.” Black, who is known for his social satire and belligerent comic style, has recently made a habit of soliciting interactive rants from his audiences around the country. “Hopefully the people in Reno will send in little things,” he says. “They can ask me anything or say anything they want. If you live in Reno and you submit one, there is a 70 to 80 percent chance I will read your rant and comment on it.” Since his first national special on Comedy Central in 1998, Black has feverishly commented on the absurdities of modern life, his trademark finger-shaking underscoring the patent ridiculousness that only he seems to be able to see. “The only role of a comedian is to make people laugh,” he says. “The rest is just gravy. I want people to take a step back from the madness they are living in.” In these fractious, political times, Black says comedians are typically still able to comment on things objectively without 18

“The only role of a comedian is to make people laugh. The rest is just gravy. I want people to take a step back from the madness they are living in.” –Lewis Black facing the judgment reserved for so many politicians and celebrities. “That’s the rope we are given,” says Black. “The idea is we go there. Sometimes people are thinking, ‘I don’t know if I should’ve laughed at that.’ If you can trust the comic isn’t a racist homophobe, if you realize the comic isn’t jerking you off, you can laugh. You may think, ‘I’m a bad person,’ but it’s OK.’ ” Black steers away from the red meat of President Trump jokes and the like because, for most folks, it’s just too obvious. “On television, they read his tweets,” says Black. “They do it on news shows. They shouldn’t be reading his tweets and interpreting his tweets. It’s not a tweet about policy. Half of them are just talking to his base. If you want to talk about policy, go to the policy. Don’t go to the tweet. Those tweets are the property of the comedian. It’s not news, it’s pathology. Obama was about hope. Well, hope doesn’t help me.” In his new act, Black touches on a slew of topics ranging from health care, drugs, the environment and the economy to his 100-year-old parents living in Florida. “Our economy is so good our health care is the most expensive on Earth,” he says. “So I guess it’s good if you’re an insur-

ance company. If it was so great, we’d all be able to take care of parents and not be anxiety ridden. Health care isn’t politically related; it’s about health. No one else on planet Earth has made it political to try to stay healthy.” As far as advice for younger comics looking to make a dent in the industry, Black says never give up, no matter how bad it gets. “Just do it whenever you can do it,” he says. “Do it over and over again. If you have to go 100 miles to work, money is not as important as stage time initially. You need that time. If you have a group of friends and you all kind of like doing comedy and you all enjoy it, then find a space in the place you’re living and do a show with that group. Talk about what worked and what didn’t work. Have a good time with it. Enjoy it, but don’t make it precious. If you can find you’re getting up at least once a week, that’s a start. You do it and find the people that are likeminded. You don’t ever say, ‘I’m not going to do it.’ You gotta just do it. It’s horrible. “But don’t worry about it,” he adds. “If you don’t wanna do it, you’ll quit. It’s a stupid thing to be cut out for anyway.” | 

Live Music Heavenly Village, South Lake Tahoe, 11 a.m. All In Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, Reno, 4 p.m. Spenser Liszt Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, 6 p.m. Tuck Wilson Tahoe City, 6-9 p.m. Ike and Martin Jake’s On The Lake, Tahoe City, 6 p.m. Live Music Glen Eagles Restaurant & Lounge, Carson City, 6:30-9 p.m. Carlos Rodriguez Reno Tahoe Comedy, Reno, 6:30 p.m. Live Music Sands Regency Casino Hotel, Reno, 7-11 p.m. Jason Yeager Music Jazz Education Network Conference, Reno, 7 p.m. Magic Fusion starring Robert Hall The Loft, South Lake Tahoe, 7-8:15 p.m. Carson Comedy Club Carson Nugget, Carson City, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Quinn Dahle Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Reno, 7:30 p.m. Artificial Jungle Restless Artists Theatre Company, Sparks, 7:30 p.m. Carlos Rodriguez Reno Tahoe Comedy, Reno, 7:30 p.m. Chris Costa Tahoe Biltmore Lodge & Casino, Crystal Bay, 8 p.m. Weapons of Mass Creation Virginia Street Brewhouse, Reno, 8 p.m.

Jan. 10-23, 2019


C A L E N D A R | JAN. 10-24, 2019 Live Music Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats, Truckee, 8-11:55 p.m. Whiskey Preachers Hellfire Saloon, Reno, 8-11 p.m. Margo Cilker Band Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats, Truckee, 8:30 p.m. AZ Jones MidTown Wine Bar, Reno, 8:30-11:30 p.m. Yonder Mountain String Band w/Handmade Moments, Dusty Green Crystal Bay Casino, Crystal Bay, 8:30 p.m. Bias & Dunn Bar of America, Truckee, 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Magic After Dark starring Robert Hall The Loft, South Lake Tahoe, 9-10:15 p.m. United Defiance, Machine Gun Vendetta, Falcon A! Shea’s Tavern, Reno, 9 p.m. Quinn Dahle Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Reno, 9:30 p.m. Soul - Funk - Disco Party The Loft, South Lake Tahoe, 10 p.m.-12 a.m. Sheep Dip 55 Eldorado Resort Casino, Reno Carlos Rodriguez Lex Nightclub, Reno

JANUARY 12 | SATURDAY Live DJ Heavenly Village, South Lake Tahoe, 3 a.m.-6 p.m. Live Music Heavenly Village, South Lake Tahoe, 11 a.m. BRRR-Roque Masters St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Reno, 3 p.m. All In Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, Reno, 4 p.m. Mike Badinger Tahoe City, 6-9 p.m. Live Music Glen Eagles Restaurant & Lounge, Carson City, 6:30-9 p.m. Live Music Sands Regency Casino Hotel, Reno, 7-11 p.m. Magic Fusion starring Robert Hall The Loft, South Lake Tahoe, 7-8:15 p.m. Destroy Boys w/ Slate The Holland Project, Reno, 7-10 p.m. Come in from the Cold Bartley Ranch Regional Park, Reno, 7 p.m. Contra Dance Southside Cultural Center, Reno, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Classix Series: Unexpected Revolution Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, Reno, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Carson Comedy Club Carson Nugget, Carson City, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Quinn Dahle Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Reno, 7:30 p.m. Truckee Community Theater Improv Troupe Art Truckee, Truckee, 7:30-9 p.m. Artificial Jungle Restless Artists Theatre Company, Sparks, 7:30 p.m. Unexpected Evolution Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, Reno, 7:30 p.m. An Evening of Improv Comedy Art Truckee, Truckee, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Carlos Rodriguez Reno Tahoe Comedy, Reno, 7:30 p.m. Chris Costa Tahoe Biltmore Lodge & Casino, Crystal Bay, 8 p.m. Live Music with Greg Gilmore MidTown Wine Bar, Reno, 8-10:30 p.m. Jeff Foxworthy Sparks, 8-11 p.m. The English Beat The Saint, Reno, 8-11 p.m. Margo Cilker Band Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats, Truckee, 8:30 p.m. Bias & Dunn Bar of America, Truckee, 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Pimps of Joytime w/Mojo Green Crystal Bay Casino, Crystal Bay, 9 p.m. Shadowkiller, Ghoulish Overkill, Four Stroke Baron Shea’s Tavern, Reno, 9 p.m. Wigs and Onesies w/Flavours, Zebuel, Balkan Bump & Rambo Tahoe Biltmore Lodge & Casino, Crystal Bay, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Quinn Dahle Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Reno, 9:30 p.m. Missing Links Takeover The Bluebird, Reno, 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Jeff Foxworthy Nugget Casino Resort, Reno Sheep Dip 55 Eldorado Resort Casino, Reno

JANUARY 13 | SUNDAY Live DJ Heavenly Village, South Lake Tahoe, 3 a.m.-6 p.m. Live Music Heavenly Village, South Lake Tahoe, 11 a.m. Artificial Jungle Restless Artists Theatre Company, Sparks, 2 p.m. Brrroque Masters Saint Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Incline Village, 3-5 p.m. CONTINUED ON PAGE 20

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Mary Poppins Returns Jan. 10 Glass Jan. 18-31 Wormhole Tahoe: Chase Manhattan, Aztek & Beatkarma

Feb. 1 Visit for showtimes, schedule, events + tkts






SECTOR 9 Jan. 22 & 23 | 8 p.m. MontBleu Resort Casino | Stateline, Nev.

GEORGIA-BASED genre-defiers Sound Tribe Sector 9 have been transcending dance floors and breaking musical boundaries for the past two decades. New Zealand DJ Opiuo will play the afterparty at Blu Nightclub on Jan. 23. | ACOUSTIC


Jan. 11 & 12 | 9 p.m. Bar of America | Truckee BIAS AND DUNN are a well-known acoustic guitar duo from North Lake Tahoe who make music from genres including country, blues, classic rock and folk. |


Jan. 18 | 6 p.m. Cottonwood Restaurant | Truckee LOCAL FOLKSINGER, builder and all-around rare dude David Beck brings his quirky songwriting and baritone voice to Cottonwood for a night of “Mountain Folk on the Hill Top.” |






Time for Three Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, Reno, 4 p.m. Classix Series: Unexpected Revolution Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, Reno, 4-6 p.m. Magic Fusion starring Robert Hall The Loft, South Lake Tahoe, 7-8:15 p.m. Quinn Dahle Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Reno, 7:30 p.m. The Magpie Salute, the Stone Foxes Cargo at Whitney Peak Hotel, Reno, 8 p.m. Deep House Lounge The Loft, South Lake Tahoe, 10 p.m.-12 a.m. The English Beat The Saint, Reno BLUEGRASS

Jan. 19 | 9 p.m. Crystal Bay Casino | Crystal Bay, Nev. GRAMMY-WINNING quintet The Infamous Stringdusters deliver their high-energy acoustic music with support from San Francisco alt-country rockers Midnight North. Local Celtic string band Lost Whiskey Engine will play the after party. |


Jan. 12 | 2 p.m. Village at Squaw | Olympic Valley

JANUARY 14 | MONDAY Live Music Heavenly Village, South Lake Tahoe, 11 a.m. West Coast Swing Dance Carson Lanes Family Fun Center, Carson City, 5:30-10 p.m. Howlin’ Rain and Garcia Peoples The Loving Cup, Reno, 6:30-9 p.m.

Karaoke Polo Lounge, Reno, 7-11 p.m. Magic Fusion starring Robert Hall The Loft, South Lake Tahoe, 7-8:15 p.m. Open Mic Night Alibi Ale Works - Truckee Public House, Truckee, 7-10 p.m.


CHI MCCLEAN was born and raised in New York before heading out to California in a beat-up truck looking for change. He’s been sharing his honest, introspective approach to songwriting around the world ever since. |


Live Music Heavenly Village, South Lake Tahoe, 11 a.m. Tanyalee Davis Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Reno, 7:30 p.m. Tyler Stafford Reno

JANUARY 16 | WEDNESDAY Live Music Heavenly Village, South Lake Tahoe, 11 a.m. Wednesday Workshops The Potentialist Workshop, Reno, 6-9 p.m. Salsa Social Dance Yaple’s Ballroom, Carson City, 6-8 p.m. Live Music with Jason King MidTown Wine Bar, Reno, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Live Music Glen Eagles Restaurant & Lounge, Carson City, 6:30-9 p.m.


Jan. 19 | 8 p.m. The Bluebird | Reno, Nev. PART BOUTIQUE festival, part globetrotting party brigade, Desert Hearts is ragtag crew of dreamers from Mojave with a vibe-focused conscious ethos of house, techno and love. They’ll conduct a Twelve Hour Reno Takeover from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. with Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs and Porky. |

Jan. 10-23, 2019


C A L E N D A R | JAN. 10-24, 2019 Open Mic with Greg Lynn Red Dog Saloon, Virginia City, 7 p.m. Chuck Brodsky & Justin Farren Odd Fellows Lodge, Nevada City, 7-9:30 p.m. Tanyalee Davis Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Reno, 7:30 p.m. Corb Lund Virginia Street Brewhouse, Reno, 8 p.m. Wacky Wednesday Karaoke Reno Pizza Baron, Reno, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Open Mic Anything Goes Jimmy Bs, Reno, 9-11:30 p.m. Left of Center Carson Valley Inn, Minden

JANUARY 17 | THURSDAY Live at the VSB: Metalachi Virginia St. Brewhouse, Reno, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Live Music Heavenly Village, South Lake Tahoe, 11 a.m. Piano Project The Potentialist Workshop, Reno, 4-8 p.m. Live Music Glen Eagles Restaurant & Lounge, Carson City, 6:30-9 p.m. Live Music Cottonwood Hilltop Restaurant, Truckee, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Metalachi Virginia Street Brewhouse, Reno, 7 p.m. Gouge Away, Drag Me Under, Basha, The Scattering The Holland Project, Reno, 7-11 p.m. Thirsty Thursday with DJ Trivia MidTown Wine Bar, Reno, 7-9 p.m. Tanyalee Davis Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Reno, 7:30 p.m. Artificial Jungle Restless Artists Theatre Company, Sparks, 7:30 p.m. DC Ervin Pioneer Underground, Reno, 7:30 p.m. DC Ervin Reno Tahoe Comedy, Reno, 7:30-9:15 p.m. Live Music Bar of America, Truckee, 9:30-11:55 p.m. Left of Center Carson Valley Inn, Minden

JANUARY 18 | FRIDAY Live Music Heavenly Village, South Lake Tahoe, 11 a.m. Piano Project The Potentialist Workshop, Reno, 4-8 p.m. Drum Circle and Open Mic Night Art Truckee, Truckee, 6-7:30 p.m. Tuck Wilson Tahoe City, 6-9 p.m. Live Music Glen Eagles Restaurant & Lounge, Carson City, 6:30-9 p.m. DC Ervin Reno Tahoe Comedy, Reno, 6:30 p.m. Live Music Sands Regency Casino Hotel, Reno, 7-11 p.m. Okaidja Afroso Tahoe Donner Parks & Recreation, Truckee, 7 p.m.

Magic Fusion Starring Eric Buss The Loft, South Lake Tahoe, 7-8:15 p.m. Choir Boy, Skew Ring, Blackstallion The Holland Project, Reno, 7-10 p.m. Carson Comedy Club Carson Nugget, Carson City, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tanyalee Davis Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Reno, 7:30 p.m. Barefoot in the Park Reno Little Theater, Reno, 7:30 p.m. “The Dresser” Bruka Theatre, Reno, 7:30 p.m. Artificial Jungle Restless Artists Theatre Company, Sparks, 7:30 p.m. Chris Costa Tahoe Biltmore Lodge & Casino, Crystal Bay, 8 p.m. Dorothy, Spirit Animal Cargo at Whitney Peak Hotel, Reno, 8 p.m. Hellbound Glory Virginia Street Brewhouse, Reno, 8 p.m. “The King and I” Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, Reno, 8 p.m. Live Music Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats, Truckee, 8-11:55 p.m. Baker Street - Dance Hellfire Saloon, Reno, 8-11 p.m. Lewis Black Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, 8 p.m. Live Music with Adrenaline MidTown Wine Bar, Reno, 8:30-11:30 p.m. DC Ervin Pioneer Underground, Reno, 8:30 p.m. DC Ervin Reno Tahoe Comedy, Reno, 8:30-10:15 p.m. Brett Dennen Crystal Bay Casino, Crystal Bay, 9 p.m. Blues Monsters Bar of America, Truckee, 9-10 p.m. Ana Popovic Eldorado Resort Casino, Reno, 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Magic After Dark starring Robert Hall The Loft, South Lake Tahoe, 9-10:15 p.m. An Evening With Brett Dennen Crystal Bay Casino, Crystal Bay, 9 p.m. DMVU The BlueBird Nightclub, Reno, 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Soul - Funk - Disco Party The Loft, South Lake Tahoe, 10 p.m.-12 a.m. Sikdope 1up, Reno, 10 p.m. Friday Night Music Series at Plaza Bar Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Olympic Valley Left of Center Carson Valley Inn, Minden DC Ervin at LEX Lex Nightclub, Reno

Tainted Love Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Stateline, 7:30 p.m. Chris Costa Tahoe Biltmore Lodge & Casino, Crystal Bay, 8 p.m. “The King and I” Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, Reno, 8 p.m. Three Rounds/Beercan!/Captain Cutiepie/ Just-In Beaver Shea’s Tavern, Reno, 8 p.m. Desert Hearts Twelve Hour Reno Takeover The BlueBird Nightclub, Reno, 8 p.m. Mel & Gia Duo MidTown Wine Bar, Reno, 8-10:30 p.m. Blues Monsters Bar of America, Truckee, 9-10 p.m. Magic Fusion Starring Eric Buss The Loft, South Lake Tahoe, 9-10:15 p.m. The Infamous Stringdusters w/Midnight North & Lost Whiskey Crystal Bay Casino, Crystal Bay, 9 p.m. Celtic Music Series Brewery Arts Center, Carson City Left of Center Carson Valley Inn, Minden

“The King and I” Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, Reno, 2 p.m. Piano Project The Potentialist Workshop, Reno, 4-8 p.m. Dinner & Dance Sierra Valley Grange Hall, Loyalton, 5:30-10:30 p.m. Nic Lexi Music The Potentialist Workshop, Reno, 6-10 p.m. Mike Badinger Tahoe City, 6-9 p.m. Live Music Glen Eagles Restaurant & Lounge, Carson City, 6:30-9 p.m. DC Ervin Reno Tahoe Comedy, Reno, 6:30-8:15 p.m. Live Music Sands Regency Casino Hotel, Reno, 7-11 p.m. Come in from the Cold Bartley Ranch Regional Park, Reno, 7 p.m. Carson Comedy Club Carson Nugget, Carson City, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tanyalee Davis Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Reno, 7:30 p.m. Barefoot in the Park Reno Little Theater, Reno, 7:30 p.m. “The Dresser” Bruka Theatre, Reno, 7:30 p.m. Artificial Jungle Restless Artists Theatre Company, Sparks, 7:30 p.m.

JANUARY 20 | SUNDAY Live DJ Heavenly Village, South Lake Tahoe, 3 a.m.-6 p.m. Live Music Heavenly Village, South Lake Tahoe, 11 a.m. CONTINUED ON PAGE 22

JANUARY 19 | SATURDAY Live DJ Heavenly Village, South Lake Tahoe, 3 a.m.-6 p.m. Live Music Heavenly Village, South Lake Tahoe, 11 a.m.





Okaidja Afroso | Jan. 18 | 7 p.m. Nation Beat | April 5 | 7 p.m. Mad River Theater Works’ “Wings of Courage” | May 4 | 1 p.m. All performances at Community Arts Center | Truckee

C A L E N D A R | JAN. 10-24, 2019 JAN. 20 | SUNDAY CONTINUED FROM PAGE 21

“The King and I” Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, Reno, 1 p.m. Barefoot in the Park Reno Little Theater, Reno, 2 p.m. Artificial Jungle Restless Artists Theatre Company, Sparks, 2 p.m. Piano Project The Potentialist Workshop, Reno, 4-8 p.m. Magic Fusion Starring Eric buss The Loft, South Lake Tahoe, 4:30-5:45 p.m. “The King and I” Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, Reno, 7 p.m. Magic Fusion Starring Eric Buss The Loft, South Lake Tahoe, 7-8:15 p.m.

“In my solo performance, I combine Ghanaian music and music from the African Diaspora. People in the slave



kaidja Afrosa grew up in the small coastal fishing village of Kokrobite on the outskirts of the capital city of Ghana. A popular place for families and tourists alike to visit on the weekend to escape the madness of crowded Accra, this beach town has always had a lively, homegrown music scene despite gaining modern comforts more recently. “There was no electricity in the town when I was growing up in the 80s,” says Afrosa. “Now it is very, very vibrant.” As time went on, Afrosa moved in the capital where he found a spot at the National Dance Company of Ghana. He worked there for five years performing traditional forms from the myriad of distinctive cultures that make up the West African nation of 28 million. “What makes Ghana unique is its complexity,” says Afrosa. “There are a lot of ethnic groups and several styles of music and dance. It’s a country the size of Oregon that speaks 49 languages.” One day while rehearsing with the ensemble, Afrosa was visited by legendary Ghanaian drummer Obo Addy. “We met and made a connection and he expressed interest in working with me in the U.S.,” says Afrosa. “I’ve been here ever since.” Born in 1936, Addy was one of the first native African musicians to create a fusion of traditional folk music and Western pop that came to be known as world beat. He taught music at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore., for many years and was one of the first non-American recipients of the National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts. After four years of touring with master Addy, Afrosa was fully invested in his new life in America. He began working as a teaching artist in residency at various schools across the Pacific Northwest. “I think it’s important to give back,” he says.


Afrosa will be coming the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District this month in collaboration with local nonprofit Arts For the Schools for a program that will transport world music to several schools in the area and include a public concert at the Community Arts Center on Jan. 18. “In my solo performance, I combine Ghanaian music and music from the African Diaspora,” says Afrosa. “People in the slave trade brought so many different styles of music to the Americas. I like to tell stories about the evolution of the music they brought here.” The concert will feature various ethnic instruments ranging from guitar to drums to a wooden xylophone called a gyil. Afrosa first learned of this prototype for the modern instrument while visiting with the Dagaare people of northern Ghana. Afrosa will be performing at four school assemblies where he will perform, explain and teach about Ghanaian culture before ending with a question-and-answer session with students. Part of the cultural ambassador’s mission is to bring his music and storytelling to rural areas like the Tahoe Sierra. He recently returned from a tour of Montana. “These are areas that don’t have a lot of outside culture and the people were very, very appreciative and welcoming,” he says. “It creates awareness and helps to broaden their world view. That’s what we need more of. “A lot of time when it comes to Africa what people see in the movies and on TV is not what African culture is really all about. It’s good to teach through music because once I begin to play or dance, I have the attention of the audience. Then it’s better to follow up with the info I want to give them. We are teaching the youth to know about other cultures. I walk away feeling that we are all learning a lot.” | Tickets 

trade brought so many different styles of music to the Americas.” –Okaidja Afrosa Tanyalee Davis Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Reno, 7:30 p.m. DC Ervin Pioneer Underground, Reno, 7:30 p.m. Bell Biv Devoe Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, 8 p.m. Mickey Avalon Whiskey Dicks, South Lake Tahoe, 9 p.m. Deep House Lounge The Loft, South Lake Tahoe, 10 p.m.-12 a.m. DubFyah & Hayestorm Crystal Bay Casino, Crystal Bay, 10 p.m.

JANUARY 21 | MONDAY Live Music Heavenly Village, South Lake Tahoe, 11 a.m. Piano Project The Potentialist Workshop, Reno, 4-8 p.m. West Coast Swing Dance Carson Lanes Family Fun Center, Carson City, 5:30-10 p.m. Bluegrass Open Jam Session Alibi Ale Works - Truckee Public House, Truckee, 6-9 p.m. Karaoke Polo Lounge, Reno, 7-11 p.m.

JANUARY 22 | TUESDAY Live Music Heavenly Village, South Lake Tahoe, 11 a.m. Piano Project The Potentialist Workshop, Reno, 4-8 p.m.

Sound Tribe Sector 9 MontBleu Resort, Stateline, 7 p.m. Larry and His Flask w/Black Square Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor, Reno, 7-11:45 p.m. Maddy O’Neal, Duffrey MontBleu Resort, Stateline, 11 p.m.-3 a.m. Roem Baur Duo Carson Valley Inn, Minden

JANUARY 23 | WEDNESDAY Live Music Heavenly Village, South Lake Tahoe, 11 a.m. Piano Project The Potentialist Workshop, Reno, 4-8 p.m. Wednesday Workshops The Potentialist Workshop, Reno, 6-9 p.m. Live Music Glen Eagles Restaurant & Lounge, Carson City, 6:30-9 p.m. First Take featuring Rick Metz MidTown Wine Bar, Reno, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Open Mic with Canyon White Red Dog Saloon, Virginia City, 7 p.m. Magic Fusion starring Robert Hall The Loft, South Lake Tahoe, 7-8:15 p.m. Sound Tribe Sector 9 MontBleu Resort, Stateline, 7 p.m. Ziwei Liu Piano Recital Nightingale Concert Hall, Reno, 7 p.m. Wacky Wednesday Karaoke Reno Pizza Baron, Reno, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Open Mic Anything Goes Jimmy Bs, Reno, 9-11:30 p.m. Opiuo w/STS9 after party MontBleu Resort, Stateline, 11 p.m.

JANUARY 24 | THURSDAY Live Music Heavenly Village, South Lake Tahoe, 11 a.m. Piano Project The Potentialist Workshop, Reno, 4-8 p.m. Live Music Glen Eagles Restaurant & Lounge, Carson City, 6:30-9 p.m. Live Music Cottonwood Hilltop Restaurant, Truckee, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Barefoot in the Park Reno Little Theater, Reno, 7:30 p.m. “The Dresser” Bruka Theatre, Reno, 7:30 p.m. Artificial Jungle Restless Artists Theatre Company, Sparks, 7:30 p.m. JJ Grey & Mofro w/The Commonheart Crystal Bay Casino, Crystal Bay, 8 p.m. Magic Fusion Starring Eric Buss The Loft, South Lake Tahoe, 9-10:15 p.m. Live Music Bar of America, Truckee, 9:30-11:55 p.m. Buddy Emmer Band Carson Valley Inn, Minden 




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Enjoy tacos including vegetarian options, burgers, soups and salads, small plates like the Lake of the Sky Bacon, Cheese Stuffed Prawns and Baked Chicken Wings, and entrees like the Crispy Pork Chop and the sausage or vegetarian Lasagna. The restaurant also features live music. Located at 877 N. Lake Blvd. in Tahoe City. Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. | (530) 807-1003 or Goose & Chey on Facebook

Tahoe Tap Haus open The Tahoe Tap Haus is open in Tahoe City serving lunch and dinner daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. featuring a rotating selection of 16 beers on tap and pub fare with a modern twist. Start with appetizers including the Wild Sliders or the Haus-Made Hummus before enjoying the Naanwiches including the Naan Flying Bird or the Steak to the Heart, or one of the house burgers. Located at 475 N. Lake Blvd. | (530) 584-2886 or

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The newest addition to the lineup at the Crystal Bay Club is the Mexican/American style cuisine at Cilantro + Barley Cantina featuring authentic cuisine including housemade salsas and freshly fried tortilla chips, along with Street Tacos, Tostadas, Burritos and Fajitas. Open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (and later for concerts nights) inside the Crystal Bay Club in Crystal Bay, Nev. | (775) 833-6333 or

Farm Shop Tahoe Food Hub | Tahoe City | Jan. 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 Shop for yourself and taste the difference that local makes. Choose from seasonal fruits and veggies, as well as a variety of local specialty food products and pasture-raised meet, eggs and dairy. 12-6 p.m. |

Friday Night Tasting Notes Plaza Bar | Olympic Valley | Jan. 11, 18

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Pairing hors d’oeuvres with wines

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osting a party isn’t always easy. It can be a challenge deciding what hors d’oeuvres or appetizers to serve with the perfect wine. What is the difference between hors d’oeuvres and appetizers? Hors d’oeuvre translates to “out of work” in French or “outside the meal.” They are a one-bite item either passed or laid out on a table and served with wine or a cocktail before a meal. Canapés are hors d’oeuvres on toast, bread, crackers or puff pastry. Appetizers are larger and served as a first course before a meal. In this day and age, hors d’oeuvres and appetizer have become synonymous.

The hot, earthy odors of the mushrooms, minced TOP: Buffet of hors d’oeuvres paired with Paso Robles

garlic and onion topped

wines suggested by Lou Phillips; LEFT: Bacon-wrapped dates baked with maple syrup and dates stuffed with a puree of pistachio and goat cheese

with melted cheese smelled divine; the aroma drew guests to the table. Bulletproof small-bite ideas and recipes that are easy to prepare and serve are perfect for a party or dining event. I teamed up with Lou Phillips, Tahoe Weekly’s wine columnist, to prepare hors d’oeuvres to pair with a selection of wines from Paso Robles. Lou, a third-level sommelier, selected six wines for the Tahoe Weekly staff to taste. The wines included an Albariño, Sangiovese, Grenache, Zinfandel, Marsanne and a Cabernet Franc. I prepared a variety of hors d’oeuvres to pair with his assortment of wines. For starters, I served two dips, a vegan walnut pâté served with gluten-free kale crackers and baby rainbow carrots, and an olive tapenade served with sliced Truckee Sourdough baguettes. The walnut pâté paired well with the white wines while the E X C L U S I V E C O N T E N T AT Try Priya’s recipe for Chocolate-Cacao Peanut Butter Cups

olive tapenade went the distance with both the red and whites served. In addition to the dips I prepared stuffed mushrooms, a classic hors d’oeuvre that is easy to make and paired well with the white varietals we tasted. I used both organic Baby Bella’s and large white mushrooms topped with Gruyere cheese. The hot, earthy odors of the mushrooms, minced garlic and onion topped with melted cheese smelled divine; the aroma drew guests to the table. I went vegetarian for the mushrooms, although adding bacon is a lovely variation.

Bacon-wrapped dates baked with maple syrup and dates stuffed with a puree of pistachio and goat cheese were a party hit. The Marsanne was a lovely wine to pair with the hors d’oeuvres that were made with cheese. The cheesy dates and stuffed mushrooms were a perfect pairing. The bacon-wrapped maple dates were paired well with my favorite wine of the evening, the Cabernet Franc. Lou laughed and said it was no wonder I loved it: “This wine is a badass food wine … as if Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc got married.” Rounding out the selection of savory hors d’oeuvres were lamb meatballs and a homemade pureed marinara sauce with heirloom tomatoes that paired well with the red wine selection. I poured another glass of the Cabernet Franc and popped a lamb meatball in my mouth; it was a perfect combination. Sales Manager Anne Artoux thought the lamb paired with the Zinfandel, while feature writer Kayla Anderson preferred them paired with the Grenache. In addition to savory starters, I made a tray of sweets, chocolate-covered strawberries, chocolate-cacao peanutbutter cups and mint cacao-chocolate bites. They all paired nicely with the red wines. “The chocolates are perfect with the Cab Franc,” said Publisher Katherine Hill. Family Editor Michelle Allen said, “I’d serve both date hors d’oeuvres. They are classic.” Lou was a fan of the cacaochocolate peanut-butter cups: “Reese’s shouldn’t exist with that.”

Some of the hors d’oeuvres that I enjoy serving at parties include crispy artichoke hearts, Japanese gyoza (stuffed dumplings), roasted Shishito peppers, mini egg rolls, smoked salmon mousse, coconut shrimp with sweet chili sauce, baked artichoke spinach dip, baked brie with fig compote and pigs in a blanket. Pairing wine and food can be a fun way to host an evening. Throw a party and ask your guests to bring their favorite wine to pair with their favorite appetizer. It’s a great way to spend an evening with friends on a cold winter night. 

OLIVE TAPENADE 1 C pitted black olives 2 garlic cloves 2 T lemon juice 2 T capers with juice ¼ C fresh parsley ¼ C olive oil Salt & pepper to taste

Blend ingredients in blender or food processer and chill for one hour. Serve with crackers, crudité or sourdough baguette.

CRISPY ARTICHOKE HEARTS 1 large jar of marinated artichoke hearts

Preheat the oven to 400 F. Drain artichokes and discard liquid. Lay out the artichoke hearts on a sheet pan and bake for 15 minutes or until they are brown and crispy. Serve hot. For variation, toss hearts with parmesan cheese or minced garlic and red pepper flakes. 23


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The Pour House | Truckee | Jan. 17

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Enjoy a wine tasting each month. 5-7 p.m. |

Stroll along the Truckee River in the Riverwalk District for a wine tasting. Strollers and pets are not advised because of large crowds. 2-5 p.m. $20 |

Meet the Winery Winter Series Uncorked Tahoe | Tahoe City | Jan. 12

Uncorked Tahoe Meet the Winery Event with Mauritson. Enjoy a sample of their fine wines from the Dry Creek, Rockpile and Alexander Valleys. 5-7 p.m. |

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Mountain Family Dinner Series Northstar California Resort | Truckee | Jan. 12 Enjoy mountain dining at Mid-Mountain. Load the Big Springs Gondola to Mid-Mountain, enjoy a family-style interactive dinner, stop for a family photo and then cozy up by the fire with s’mores. 5-9 p.m. | (800) 4666784,

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Petra Meet the Winery Event with Pax Wine. Enjoy a samples of their new and exciting varieties in addition to Syrah like Chenin Blanc, Gamay, Carignan and a host of others. 6-8 p.m. |

Get S’more Saturdays Downtown Kings Beach | Jan. 19

Shop, dine and get s’more out of the Kings Beach businesses you love. On select winter Saturdays, head to participating eateries and shops for something extra and unexpected, then stroll to the outdoor gathering area at Las Panchitas where there will be s’mores, heaters and fire pits, plus multiple chances to win valuable raffle prizes. 3-6 p.m. Free | (530) 546-9000,

S’moresapalooza Northstar California Resort Truckee | Jan. 19

Want s’more reasons to love Northstar? At 4 p.m. come to the Village Overlook to celebrate Northstar’s sweetest tradition, s’mores. See how the creative culinary team puts a spin on the traditional s’more with different s’more stations. 4 p.m. | (800) 466-6784

Meet the Winery Winter Series Art of Mixology The Ritz-Carlton | Truckee | Jan. 13, 20

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Uncorked Squaw | Olympic Valley | Jan. 19

Uncorked Squaw Meet the Winery Event with Kermit Lynch. Enjoy a sample of the fine Italian and French wines the retailer is known for. 5-7 p.m. |

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y last column hurt me more than it hurt you; so, let the healing begin. You know I’m a big fan and I do believe the region does many things well. This column is a homage to producers and wines both familiar and under the radar. Gary Eberle of his eponymously named winery is Paso’s godfather of Syrah, being perhaps the first to see this region as a warmer version of France’s Rhône Valley. Another early adopter of the region is Turley Wine Cellars; its Presenti Vine-

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matched the wines with Mediterraneanstyle dishes created by food editor and caterer extraordinaire Priya Hunter (in this edition and at Here’s the skinny: The 2016 Barr Estate Winery Albariño and the 2016 SummerWood Marsanne were pleasant surprises to the crew who mostly were of the: “I don’t usually like white wines” persuasion, but ended up raving about both. I’m not surprised because the Albariño was a lovely deadringer for old-school Spanish versions, with beams of saline and spice and a squeeze of citrus. Although bone dry, the Marsanne was full-bodied and had signature honey, honeysuckle and tree fruit notes that make this grape a favorite among the wine savvy.

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yard Zinfandel comes from one of Paso Robles’ true Old-Vine vineyards. Turley also sources much of the fruit for their popular Old Vines and Juveniles bottlings from here. Another Rhône ranger is Tablas Creek, the collaboration of Château de Beaucastel owners the Perrin Family and Vineyard Brands owners the Haas Family. E X C L U S I V E C O N T E N T AT Read Part I on the wines of Paso Robles Try Priya Hutner’s appetizer pairings for Paso Robles wines

Tablas Creek brought vine cuttings from Beaucastel and produces an extensive line of classic red and white Rhône blends. The red Esprit de Tablas features a substantial dose of some of the best Mourvèdre grown in California and truly evokes the Southern Rhône. While there are many other legacy producers making Rhône, as well as Bordeaux-style wines, there are also pioneers who are branching out to other grapes. I gathered up some of these under-theradar vinos and had a staff tasting at the palatial Tahoe Weekly offices where we

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The alternative reds were also a bit unfamiliar to the staff and also gained fans. Admittedly, a bit more New World style than a Tuscan version, the 2015 Clesi Wines Sangiovese was soft and round with a beam of ripe cherry and winter spice notes. The 2014 Niner Wine Estates Cabernet Franc brought a nice balance of this grape’s high notes and the dark fruit flavors it achieves in Paso Robles. The big hit was the 2015 McPrice Myers Grenache, not a surprise because these guys always rock their Grenache. Dry, spicy and full of licorice and dark fruits, this was as complex and sophisticated as many a Châteauneuf-du-Pape. P.S., Paso Robles, I do love you.  Lou Phillips is a Level 3 Advanced Sommelier in Tahoe and his consulting business wineprowest. com assists in the selling, buying and managing wine collections. He may be reached at (775) 5443435 or Visit for more wine columns. Click on Wine Column under the Local Flavor tab.

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was walking through the Squaw Valley parking lot the other day and ran into a friend I haven’t seen in a while. We chatted for a bit about what we had been up to and were just parting ways when he yelled back to me, “Hey, what’s this week’s article?” We started talking again and I asked him if he had a recipe he wanted me to write about. His answer was beef ribs. He went into a tirade about the lack of appreciation and coverage beef ribs receive. I did have to agree with him.

There is a little time involved cooking them to insure your ribs come out nice and tender.

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Rarely do you see anything written about beef ribs or even see them on many menus. I do know a few places that serve them, but for the most part, it is all about the pork ribs and baby backs. Maybe it’s because any kind of pork rib seems so much daintier next to a beef rib, which always seems to conjure up that scene from the Flintstones when the brontosaurus ribs are placed on the side of the car and the weight tips the car over. You can be a little suave eating a baby back rib, nibbling away, keeping the mess to the lips and fingertips if you try hard enough. But, let’s face it, that is not going to be the case when sitting down with a plate of beef ribs. Beef ribs would have to be classified at the farthest end of the scale from dainty. There is absolutely no way, no matter how proper you try to be, you will prevent getting sauce all over your lips and chin. Beef ribs are awesome. What is your favorite cut of beef ? For me it is definitely the rib-eye or prime rib, which is where the ribs come from. As a matter of fact, how many times have you had a rib-eye steak still on the bone? After eating the steak, trying to get every little smidgeon of meat off the bone, you pick up the bone and gnaw as much as you can until you feel the eyes of others upon you. Then you sheepishly return the bone to the plate and let the waiter take your dish before the caveman in you returns.

The meat closest to the bone is usually the most flavorful meat there is and ribs are about as good as you get. There is a little time involved cooking them to insure they come out nice and tender. They just need time cooking for the connective tissues to break down. You can do this on the grill if you have a lot of time or in a smoker if you are lucky enough to have one, but the easiest way is to pre-cook them in the oven.  E X C L U S I V E C O N T E N T AT Explore more rib recipes & tips: > Chinese Style Spare Ribs > Finger-licking good ribs > Tips for cooking ribs > Rib questions answered

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From the kitchen of: Chef David “Smitty” Smith 2 racks beef ribs (3 to 4 ribs per person) 2 T kosher salt 2 T black pepper 1 T paprika 1 t sugar ½ t chipotle pepper 2 cloves garlic, finely diced

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Mix all the herbs and spices together. Season the ribs liberally with the mix and place them on a rack in a roasting pan. Add a little water keeping the water level below the ribs and cover the pan tightly with foil. Cook at 250 degrees for 4 to 6 hours or the meat is tender. Remove from the pan and finish on the grill adding barbecue sauce, if you want. Let the sauce caramelize just being careful not to let it burn.




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Jon Rockwood shows off his back-country dad pow turns on a deep Tahoe snow day. | Photography by Ryan Marshall Salm,

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