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September 19-25, 2019

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Velmas Lake Backpacking

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Martis Valley Indian Cave


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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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OUT & ABOUT Lake Tahoe Facts




The nip in the evening air signals the advent of autumn in the Tahoe Sierra. The emergence of the colors of fall usually come quickly behind the Autumn Equinox, which falls on Sept. 23 this year. Our season is fleeting, but beautiful, lasting only a few short weeks, so once the colors start to change, get out and enjoy.



Just as fall arrives each September, so, too, do the winter film showings in the region. First up is Teton Gravity Research’s “Winterland” on Sept. 21 following Squaw Valley’s Oktoberfest that day; followed by Matchstick Production’s “Return to Send’er” on Sept. 27, also at Squaw Valley.


Yarn Crawl


By mid-September, we also usually see the first snowfall of the season. This year it came early with a dusting of snow on Mount Rose on Sept. 10, which quickly melted. But following just behind that first tease of winter, the reports on how the local ski resorts spent their summer vacations started to come in. Mt. Rose and Sierra-at-Tahoe are in this edition; with the full reports at; click on Out & About: Winter.

The Arts



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, Alex Silgalis

Sierra Stories


We have some great outings to explore this fall from backpacking to Upper Velma Lake to a familyfriendly stroll in Perazzo Meadows and exploring the ancient cave in Martis Valley.

Golf Column


FAMILY FUN Perazzo Meadows


For the Kids


Horoscope & Puzzles





Entertainment Calendar & Live Music


LOCAL FLAVOR Autumn Food & Wine


Tasty Tidbits


Wine Column


Chef’s Recipe


Don’t forget to check out the culinary delights at the Autumn Food & Wine Festival this weekend, or the inaugural Sierra Nevada Yarn Crawl.  ON THE COVER A hiker takes in the view of Martis Valley with Northstar in the distance from Ratchet Cave (commonly called the Martis Valley Cave) above Martis Creek Lake. Read Mark McLaughlin’s story on visiting the cave in this edition or at TheTahoeWeekly. com. Click on Out & About. Photography by Paul Hamill |, @PaulHamillPhotos

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Age of Lake Tahoe: 2 million years

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Average Surface Water Temperature: 51.9˚F Average Surface Temperature in July: 64.9˚F Highest Peak: Freel Peak at 10,881 feet


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Permanent Population: 66,000


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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

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.


Average Snowfall: 409 inches


Cascade Lake

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.

Lake Tahoe is as long as the English Channel is wide.



Zephyr Cove

Average Water Temperature: 42.1˚F

There is enough water in Lake Tahoe to supply everyone in the United States with more than 75 gallons of water per day for 5 years.

Size: 22 miles long, 12 miles wide


Watershed Area: 312 square miles

Lake Tahoe is the second deepest lake in the U.S. (Crater Lake in Oregon, at 1,932 feet, is the deepest), and the 11th deepest in the world.

Natural rim: 6,223’


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Maximum depth: 1,645 feet

Volume: 39 trillion gallons



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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.


EXCLUSIVE CONTENT AT Learn about the natural history of the Tahoe Sierra. Click on Nature & Environment under the Out & About menu.

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 70.9 in 2018. 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).


September 19-25, 2019


Frazier Falls flows from Gold Lake to the Feather River in The Lost Sierra. | Katherine E. Hill

(530) 542-2908 | Urban Trailhead at base of Heavenly Gondola with local exhibits and programs. South Tahoe

Fannette Island

Emerald Bay

(530) 541-3030 | | Closed Feb. 1-June 15 Loocated in Emerald Bay. Boat access only. (Closed Feb. 1-June 15.) TART/South Tahoe


South Lake Tahoe

(775) 586-7000 | Enjoy a 2.4-mile ride on the gondola to the top with panoramic views. Ticket required. South Tahoe

Hellman-Ehrman Mansion

West Shore

Parking fee | (530) 525-7232 Park | (530) 583-9911 Tours In Sugar Pine Point State Park (summer tours), see boathouses, historic boats and more. TART

High Camp

Olympic Valley

(800) 403-0206 | Aerial tram rides, views of Lake Tahoe, Olympic Museum and more. Ticket required. TART

Kings Beach

North Shore Dining and shopping with the North Shore’s largest sandy beach in the heart of town. TART

North Lake Tahoe Demonstration Garden

Incline Village

Tahoe City

(530) 581-2787 | Featuring exhibits of work by local artists and works for sale by local artists. TART

Tahoe Art League Gallery Find more places to explore. Click on the Explore Tahoe menu.

Tallac Historic Site

South Lake Tahoe

(530) 544-2313 | Featuring local artists, workshops. South Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe

(530) 541-5227 | Once known as the “Grandest Resort in the World.” South Tahoe

Taylor Creek Visitor Center

South Lake Tahoe

(530) 543-2674 | Features Stream Profile Chamber to view slice of Taylor Creek, nature trails & more. South Tahoe

Thunderbird Lodge

East Shore

May-October | The former Whittell estate. Home to “Thunderbird” boat. Ages 6+ only. Tours by reservation.


CAPACITY: C 226,500

Donner Memorial Visitor Center

Gatekeeper’s Museum

Tahoe City

(530) 583-1762 | Featuring photos, Steinbach Indian Basket Museum and local historical memorabilia. TART

KidZone Children’s Museum


(530) 582-0893 | One of a few surviving 19th Century jailhouses used from 1875 until May 1964 (summer tours). TART


CAPACITY: 29,840 PROSSER 19,167 (530) 582-7892 | Featuring8,304 exhibits, artifacts on the Donner CAPACITY: 9,500 C 50 DONNER Party (1846-47) and the Pioneer Monument. TART INDEPENDENCE 15,879 CCAPACITY: 18,300 A 20,400 MARTIS 860 CAPACITY: Visit the museum and take the 20-mile interpretive driving tour along Old 40.ATTART | FLOW FARAD 618 Truckee River

Olympic Museum

Olympic Valley

(800) 403-0206 | Celebrate the 1960 VIII Winter Olympic Games at Squaw Valley. At High Camp featuring historic memorabilia and photographs. TART

Measured in Cubic Feet Per Second (CFS)

Tahoe Maritime Museum


Tahoe City

(530) 583-9283 | Features self-guided tours, exhibits and handson activities for kids on maritime history. TART

Tahoe Science Center Truckee


Measured in Acre Feet (AF)

Old Jail Museum

Donner Summit Historical Society Soda Springs


Incline Village

(530) 587-5437 | Interactive exhibits, science & art classes. Up to age 7. BabyZone & the Jungle Gym. TART

(775) 881-7566 | University of Calif., Davis, science education center features a virtual research boat, biology lab, 3D movies and docent-led tours. Ages 8+. TART

Lake Tahoe Museum

Truckee Railroad Museum

South Lake Tahoe

(530) 541-5458 | Features Washoe artifacts and exhibits on early industry and settlers. South Tahoe

Truckee Learn about the historic railroad. Located in a caboose next to the Truckee Depot. TART

Truckee | Settled in 1863, a stagecoach stop for the Central Pacific RR. Walking tours at the Depot. TART

Vikingsholm Castle

Summer | Free (775) 586-1610, ext. 25 | Learn about native/adaptive plants, water conservation, soil stabilization, defensible space. TART

North Tahoe Arts Center

Summer | (530) 583-3279 | History of the field station, UC Davis research projects, interactive exhibits, demo garden. TART

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A volcanic plug on the West Shore. TART

Readings taken on Friday, September 13, 2019


West Shore Shopping, dining, historical sites: Tahoe City Dam, Fanny Bridge, and Watson Cabin (1909) for a glimpse at pioneer life. Free parking. TART

LAKE LEVEL Lake Tahoe Natural rim 6,223’

100,000 AF

Eagle Rock

North Shore


Drive through one of the area’s natural wonders at Cave Rock, the neck of an old volcano.

Tahoe City


East Shore


Cave Rock



Emerald Bay

Parking fee | (530) 541-3030 | (530) 525-9529 ADA or Tour the grounds of Vikingsholm Castle (summer), see Eagle Falls and Fannette Island (the Lake’s only island). TART/South Tahoe

Watson Cabin

Tahoe City

(530) 583-1762 | The oldest building in Tahoe City (1909), on the National Register of Historic Places. TART

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

Boots McFarland by Geolyn Carvin |









Views from the Martis Cave.

It’s not far to the cave eroded out of volcanic basalt, where there are exhilarating views of Martis Valley and distant snowcapped mountains. Archaeologists have dated artifacts found in the cave to 15,000 years ago. sage and rabbit brush. On a hot day, the air is redolent with the pungent aroma of these hardy plants that thrive in poor soil and semiarid conditions. Native Americans employed the healing properties of sagebrush to cure illness and in spiritual ceremonies for blessings and prosperity. Martis Valley may get less snow due to its distance several miles east from the main range, but it’s one of the coldest locations in California — even the United States — with recorded temperatures as low as 40 degrees F below zero. Dense frozen fog — Native Americans called it pogonip or white death — is common during winter months when cold air gets trapped in the basin between storms. Martis Dam Road provides access to the 1,462-acre Waddle Ranch Preservation

THE TRAIL 2 miles roundtrip | Easy-Moderate Leashed dogs OK. Area, purchased with local fundraising by the Truckee Donner Land Trust and The Trust for Public Land. The area is now protected from development and can be freely accessed by all. There is little information about the origin of the name Martis, although in his classic tome, “Saga of Lake Tahoe,” Edward B. Scott refers to an early rancher in the area. 6

Markleeville Creek Day JudyWickwire | Alpine Watershed Group

f you’re one of the countless people who drive State Route 267 past expansive Martis Valley south of Truckee and consider it just a flat spot along the road that hosts a few hiking and biking trails, along with an airport, you couldn’t be more wrong. The 70-square-mile scenic basin offers uncrowded, multi-use trails with panoramic views of Mount Pluto, Martis Peak and the rugged ridgeline of the Sierra Crest. An added plus is that there are virtually no cars to contend with on the limited number of roads open to motor vehicles. State Route 267 slices Martis Valley into two parts: east and west. I will focus on the eastern portion where Martis Dam Road provides access to many hidden gems waiting to be discovered. The area is rich in human history and dynamic geology and its drier climate supports a transition to lodgepole and red fir trees, along with

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The Martis Reservoir wetland habitat.

Scientists have adopted the term Martis when referring to Native Americans who lived on both sides of the central Sierra Nevada 4,000 to 5,000 years ago. These indigenous people of the Martis complex roamed across the region seasonally. Utilizing a hunter-gatherer economic system, they summered in the mountains and wintered in lower valleys. These early Martis people are considered the historic ancestors of the relatively modern Washoe Tribe. The valley, surrounded by ancient volcanoes, is still active with earthquake faults, also part of its geomorphic uplift. The seismically functioning fault lines, combined with observed leaks and seepage from the Martis Creek Dam when previously filled, have forced the Army Corps of Engineers to abort operating the basin to its designed storage capacity of more than 20,000-acre-feet of water. The earth-filled embankment, completed

in 1972, can safely capture and store only a fraction of the flow from Martis Creek, a tributary of the Truckee River. Failure of the dam would put downstream communities such as Reno, Nev., at great risk. The water that the embankment does impound supports amphibians and fish, migratory waterfowl such as white pelicans and osprey, and raptors such as hawks and bald eagles. On the southeast side of Martis Creek Dam there is a little-known cave used by Native Americans for untold centuries for weather protection and to spy out game animals. The cave is commonly referred to as the Martis Valley Cave or the Martis Indian Cave, but the Army Corps of Engineers, who oversees the dam, along with the Tahoe National Forest refer to it as Ratchet Cave. To get there, turn onto Martis Dam Road off State Route 267 to the Waddle Ranch Preserve trailhead. There is a gate blocking road access to the dam, so park and walk or bicycle down the old asphalt road that’s closed to motor vehicle traffic (don’t block the gate). Leashed dogs are welcome within the preserve. It’s about 1 mile to Martis Dam. Along the way, opposite a weather station, is a left turn that reaches the bottom of the dam and its outlet. Cave access, however, is at the top of the dam on the far side near the trailhead to the Waddle Ranch Dry Lake. Follow this trail for about 150 yards. The cave is above you at this point, but access from here is up a very steep, handson pitch of loose rock and gravel. Better to continue on until you see two orange survey markers facing each other. Turn left and locate the discrete, unmarked path that leads to an easier grade. It’s not far to the cave eroded out of volcanic basalt, where there are exhilarating views of Martis Valley and distant snowcapped mountains. Archaeologists have dated artifacts found in the cave to 15,000 years ago. 

Alpine Watershed Group, in partnership with the Great Sierra River Cleanup, will be hosting its 20th annual Markleeville Creek Day on Sept. 21. This event allows for the completion of restoration work through several projects across the Carson River watershed. Volunteers will have the opportunity to plant willows in Hope Valley, remediate head cuts in Grover Hot Springs State Park, remove invasive and noxious weeds from meadows and riparian zones, or cleanup roads as part of the Adopt-AHighway program. There will also be kidfriendly events, including painting picnic tables in Heritage Park and cleaning up Markleeville Creek. All are welcome to attend. No experience is necessary. The workday will wrap up at 1 p.m.; a complimentary taco bar will be provided for volunteers at the library park. | RSVP, (530) 694-2327

Ski shuttle


The complimentary Mountaineer shuttle service will be expanded in Olympic Valley and Alpine Meadows for the 2019-20 winter season. Mountaineer will offer extended evening hours in Olympic Valley until 10 p.m. daily, and holiday service in Alpine Meadows. Two more vehicles have been added to the fleet. Mountaineer will operate on-demand daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Olympic Valley and Saturdays and Sundays in Alpine Meadows from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Dec. 13 to April 12, 2020. Additional holiday service in Alpine Meadows will be offered on Dec. 26, 27 and 30; Jan. 20 and Feb. 17, 2020. Download the Mountaineer app for updated schedules. Inter-valley transportation services will continue to be offered between the two mountains on the Squaw Alpine Express. |

September 19-25, 2019

SEPTEMBER 19-26, 2019

New bear info, reporting site



EVENTS CALENDAR Women’s Leadership & Legacy Retreat The Beach Retreat | South Lake Tahoe | Sept. 19, 20

Shari Pheasant will guide participants into a new way of thinking about the workforce, their leadership and their ability to transform their lives and career into anything they desire from the inside out. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | (775) 560-6567,

Ming Poon Photo | Teton Credit Gravity | Photographer? Research

The BEAR League

SEPTEMBER 19-26, 2019

Echo Summit Work Day Echo Summit trailhead | Echo Lake | Sept. 19

The new website was recently launched to provide information on living, visiting and playing responsibly in bear country. It also features an online reporting tool the public can use to report bear sightings.

Join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for a fun day out on the trail working on the new PCT/TRT reroute near Echo Summit. We’ll meet at the Echo Summit trailhead and hike less than 2 miles to the worksite(s). 9 a.m.-4 p.m. |


premieres at Squaw

Galena Waterfall Workday

Collecting information about bear sightings will assist agencies; submissions are anonymous, and the data will not be used to track individual bears. |

Mount Rose Summit trailhead Incline Village | Sept. 19, 21

We’ll meet at the Mount Rose Summit trailhead and hike to the work site. We’ll be addressing erosion issues on the trail. 9 a.m.4 p.m. |

Mt. Rose

Conversation Cafe Incline Village Rec Center | Sept. 19, 26

invests $1.5M Courtesy Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe

Meet others and share interesting views, have discussion on engaging topics. Optional continental breakfast is available for a nominal fee. 10-11 a.m. $5 |

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe has invested $1.5 million in on-mountain improvements ahead of the 2019-20 season. Highlighted enhancements include major snowmaking additions and the resort’s new ticketing and lift gate system. Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe is scheduled to open on Oct. 25. Other improvements include new base area and parking improvements, a new snowcat, and new ticket deals. Read the details at; click on Out & About: Winter. |

RFID comes to Sierra-at-Tahoe Sierra-at-Tahoe is unveiling the installation of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) enabled gates at all entry lifts for the 2019-20 season. RFID technology will be embedded into all lift tickets and season passes. The resort will also be offering new dryland training for its competition teams, and the Powder Alliance has added two new resorts with additional days of skiing and riding for Unlimited Season Passholders. Read the details at; click on Out & About: Winter. |

Chronic Pain Self-Management Program Tahoe Forest Center for Health Truckee | Sept. 19, 26

Learn skills to better able manage your symptoms of chronic pain and improve your quality of life. 12:30-3 p.m. Free | (530) 5873769,

Teton Gravity Research filmmakers collaborated with 23 of the world’s most accomplished freeskiers and snowboarders to make “Winterland” and to showcase some of the most thrilling and extreme footage captured by the company in its 22 years of production. At its core, “Winterland” is a celebration of ski and snowboard culture. EXCLUSIVE CONTENT AT On Sept. 21, TGR is returning to the KT Base Bar at Squaw Valley for the winter kick-off Watch the trailer. Click on party of the year. Enjoy this outdoor showing Out & About: Adventure after Oktoberfest (see Local Flavor in this & Environment Films. edition) for the premiere of “Winterland.” Gates open at 6 p.m. and the film starts at sunset. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the event and $5 ages 16 and younger. Bring blankets and low-back chairs. No dogs or backpacks. There will also be a showing in Reno, Nev., on Oct. 10 at Greater Nevada Field. Details at; click on Event Calendar. |

Help with computers Kings Beach Library | Sept. 19, 26

Call or stop by for the class schedule. 3-4 p.m. Free | (530) 546-2021,

Walking Tour

Lower Carpenter Valley Docent-Led Hikes Locked Gate at end of | Truckee | Sept. 21

Summer Last Tracks Hikes

Tallac Historic Site South Lake Tahoe | Sept. 20, 24

Discover how the families used the estates and connected with Lake Tahoe almost 100 years ago. This 90-minute walk consists of some uneven terrain and paved trails. 2-3:30 p.m. |

Diamond Peak Ski Resort Incline Village | Sept. 19, 20

Enjoy the beautiful views of Lake Tahoe while tasting fine wines paired with gourmet appetizers. The event ends with a guided hike down the mountain via Freeway. 6-7:30 p.m. $60-$70 | (775) 832-1177,

Washoe Ways Tallac Historic Site South Lake Tahoe | Sept. 20, 24

This fascinating interactive program is presented by US Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, shows what summer life was like for Washoe families. Before the arrival of Euro-Americans at Lake Tahoe, the Washoe spent their summers on the shores of Lake Tahoe. 1-2 p.m. Free |

“Outdoors for All” Environmental Education Fundraiser Clair Tappaan Lodge | Norden | Sept. 20-22

Sierra Club’s executive director will speak about empowering youth to explore, enjoy and protect the planet.There will be music, fine dining, an art auction and hikes. Proceeds will go to educational, environmental programs for underserved youth. 1:30 p.m. $85-$220 | (530) 426-3632,

Enjoy a docent-led, 5+mile hike on mostly flat terrain on somewhat rough ranch roads. Please be out of your vehicle and ready to hike at the time set for the hike to begin. 9 a.m.12 p.m. Free |

Volunteer Trail Work Day Cool Car Cruizen Fridays Heavenly Village | South Lake Tahoe | Sept. 20

Tahoe Donner | Truckee | Sept. 21

Cool Car Cruizen Fridays are open to all cool cars. Free to all. Brought to you by Good Sam Safe Ride. This is their annual fundraiser. 4-8 p.m. Free |

Give back to the community by helping to build and maintain the trails in and around Tahoe Donner. Hosted by the Trails Club and the Trails Department. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Free |

Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival

Sand Harbor Overlook Hike

Northstar California Resort Truckee | Sept. 20-22

Spooner Lake | Incline Village | Sept. 21

Three days of culinary competition, demonstrations, tastings, art exhibitions and more. Partake in a weekend of wine and beer tasting. Read the feature in this issue. $45-$250. | (800) 466-6784,

The hike is a 4-mile loop and moderately difficult; bring water, lunch, sunscreen and hiking boots. Meet at the Spooner Lake State Park upper parking lot at 9 a.m. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free | (775) 749-5980,

Yuba River Cleanup Tahoe Forest Stewardship Day Upper Truckee River at Johnson Meadow South Lake Tahoe | Sept. 21

Volunteers of all ages and skill levels are invited to this fun, hands-on restoration day. By pitching in, you are improving the watershed habitats that surround Lake Tahoe. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free | (530) 541-5388,

Donner Summit | Norden | Sept. 21

Register today to join nearly 1,000 volunteers from the community, helping to keep our watershed clean. The free volunteer appreciation party follows at Pioneer Park in Nevada City from 1 to 3 p.m. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free |




DESOLATION WILDERNESS The view south along the Pacific Crest from Andesite Peak.


There is something

awe inspiring about hiking into expansive, untracked wilderness that captures the spirit and connects us to something much larger than ourselves. I find this happens when I hike and backpack in the depths of nature. I set out with friends for a weekend adventure to Upper Velma Lake, one of Jeff Brunings’ favorite backpacking trips in the Desolation Wilderness area. There were eight of us in all; he coordinated the trip. Four of us departed from Eagle Falls in the afternoon on a warm and sunny day with our packs strapped to our backs.

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Jeff Brunings, Ben Lazar, Priya Hutner and Wendy Wright at Eagle Falls trailhead. | Courtesy Priya Hutner; View from camp with a view of the ridge.; Jeff Brunings setting up a bear bag. | Ben Lazar

Reno photographer Ben Lazar carried his camera equipment in his pack, which added additional weight. Wendy Wright’s pack included breakfast for two mornings. Jeff hauled our dinner and cooking gear. I worked hard to travel as light as possible and was on snack detail. Jani Osborne and her friend would arrive early in the evening while Will Richardson of the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science and his girlfriend Jennifer said they’d get in sometime after dark. We parked at the Eagle Falls trailhead parking lot. Stone steps led us across a bridge and over the creek to a long, winding set of steps. As we progressed, each step seemed taller and steeper than the one before it. Jeff explained that it would be about 2-plus miles uphill. My quads would be getting a workout. The total trip to the campsite was about 5.5 miles. My backpacking experience was limited but 5 miles didn’t seem that far. I forgot to account for the 20 pounds on my back, the heat and the 1,200-foot elevation gain.


Open to hiking and camping (permit required). Dogs OK.

Upper Velma Lake 11 miles roundtrip | Moderate

Eagle Lake 3 miles roundtrip | Moderate


The sun beat down on us. The falls poured over a rock wall and into Eagle Lake beneath us. People were swimming. I longed for a cool dip, but we were on a mission to get to camp before dark and set up. At times the trees offered refuge from the heat. We continued our climb. Ben and I stopped to rest a lot while Wendy was off ahead of the pack like a gazelle even with the extra weight in her pack — in addition to our morning meals included five large peaches and a five-gallon bag of red wine (for which I was thankful later that evening). The heaviness of her pack didn’t seem to faze her nor slow her down. We scrambled up a massive granite rock face and reached a ridge that gave way to a beautiful view of Lake Tahoe off

That night the winds howled off the ridge above us, the tent whipped to and fro, flapping and then yielding, waiting for the next gust and shaking in the wind. I sat up in the distance. I was grateful when the steps leveled out onto a trail with gnarled tree roots, large rocks and forest floor. Majestic granite walls rose up around us through the woods. As we continued to climb, eventually the granite was beneath us, as well. The trails were well marked and eventually we came to a fork in the path: one lead to Middle Velma Lake while the other to Upper Velma Lake. We took the left fork. The trail began to descend, which came as a welcomed relief. We reached Upper Velma Lake a few hours later and set up camp with a beautiful lakefront view. The rest of the crew arrived. We devoured a delicious pasta dinner, drank wine and eventually settled in for the night. The next morning, we rose with the sun, filtered water and prepared for a day hike in the area. We scrambled up massive granite slabs that connected to a trail, passed a large lake and let the dogs frolic in the water. We continued our hike. Will kept straying off trail and walking up the hills when I finally asked him: “What are you looking for?” “I am looking for tiger beetles,” he said. “They’re fun to watch as they sprint around at a million miles an hour, chasing down all the other insects. They literally run so fast that they cannot process things visually and need to stop and reorient. They are metallic green with huge mandibles, long legs and big ol’ eyes. A nightmare if you’re an ant.” He also said he was keeping his eyes peeled for the elusive white-tailed jackrabbit. We arrived at Dicks Lake for lunch; it offered a

in the darkness mesmerized by the sound and force of Mother Nature. stunning view of Dicks Peak. Some stripped off their clothes and jumped into the chilly water. After lunch, one group set off to hike up Dicks Peak while another hiked back to camp to relax and warm their bodies on the sun-laden granite slabs. That night the winds howled off the ridge above us, the tent whipped to and fro, flapping and then yielding, waiting for the next gust and shaking in the wind. I sat up in the darkness mesmerized by the sound and force of Mother Nature. Desolation Wilderness with its wild-open expanses, craggy rock outcrops, miles of granite and winding trails gives the hiker an otherworldly experience. Backpacking here connects one with the land and the heart and soul of Tahoe. The trail is rated moderate. Permits are needed to camp in Desolation Wilderness and are available online or can be picked up at either the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Supervisor’s Office or Taylor Creek Visitor Center, both in South Lake Tahoe. | n

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Kingsbury North Workday Kingsbury North Trailhead Stateline | Sept. 21, 24, 26

We’ll be addressing erosion issues on the trail. Come out and help maintain the trails you love. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free |

Stanford Rock Work Day West Shore | Tahoe City | Sept. 21

Wildfire Evacuation Drill Alpine Meadows | Tahoe City | Sept. 21

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows hosts a community “area of refuge” evacuation drills. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Free |

Fire Fest Hard Rock Hotel and Casino | Stateline | Sept. 21

The event highlights the hard work of local safety agencies. Fire engines will be on display, as well as a Burn House Sprinkler demonstration and K-9/SWAT Team demonstration. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free | (844) 588-7625

Community Block party Truckee River Regional Park | Sept. 21

Festivities will include educational booths, a Lions Club barbecue lunch, as well as a cardboard and electronic device recycling station. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. |

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An easy 15- to 20-minute ride to the work site. Bring long pants, long sleeves, helmet (bike helmet okay), glasses, gloves, and a water bottle or hydration pack. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. |

Bike Festival

for Big and Little Riders Little Big Bike Festival and Skills Clinics takes place from Sept. 20 to 22 at Truckee Bike Park. The event caters to all ages, disciplines and skill levels of mountain biking so that riders of all kinds can participate. The festival features a women’s-only clinic and a two-hour kids group clinic. Additionally, there are men’s and women’s amateur and pro dual-slalom and dual-pump track races. There will be a strider/pump track jam for kids, jump jam for all ages, as well as men’s and women’s amateur and pro FMB Bronze Jump competitions. This is the first year FMB has sanctioned a jump competition for girls and boys ages 11 to 17 and women. Visit for the schedule; click on Summer: Mountain Biking under the Out & About menu. |

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Oktoberfest at Squaw Valley Village at Squaw Valley | Olympic Valley | Sept. 21

A Bavarian playground, complete with authentic German beer, food, Bavarian music, the ever-popular Oktoberfest games. 12-6 p.m. $20 | (530) 584-6626,

Fall Ale Fest & Wing Cook Off Heavenly Village Lake Tahoe South Lake Tahoe | Sept. 21

Sample specialty wings from Heavenly Village restaurants that will compete for the best chicken wing. 12-5 p.m. $5 |

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Clair Tappaan Lodge | Norden | Sept. 21

Apen Gove | Incline Village | Sept. 25

Tahoe Bikeways Trail, Farad to Fleish Bridge

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Farad Exit 201 | Truckee | Sept. 22

Connect with other wedding-industry professionals. Savor the chef’s choice of nourishing nibbles and gain valuable insights into contracts and protect your business. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. $0-$45 |

Executive director of Sierra Club Michael Brune will speak about empowering our youth to explore, enjoy and protect the planet. 7-9 p.m. $85 | (530) 426-3632,

The hike is an out-and-back for about 7 miles on a nice dirt trail almost continuously in view of Truckee River. There is approximately 150 feet of elevation change. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free |

Northstar California Resort Truckee | Sept. 22

Compete in a single race or enroll in the entire series. With categories ranging from beginner to pros. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | (800) 4666784,

55+ Hiking Series

Sugar Bowl Job Fest

Join Incline Senior Programs every Tuesday for guided hikes. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. $10-$13 |

Positions range from lift operators, ski/ snowboard instructors, and ski patrollers, to chefs, accounting, and human resources. 1-4 p.m. Free |

Sierra Speaker Series Donner Memorial State Park Visitor Center Truckee | Sept. 21

“The Impact of the Golden Spike-Fashions 1840s-1890s” is a fashion show with authentic vintage clothing from the railroad-traveling era. Complimentary refreshments. 5-6:30 p.m. Free | (530) 583-9911,

River Ranch Restaurant | Tahoe City | Sept. 25


Blood Drive Mountain Bike Race

Contest and awards for the best Lederhosen. After the awards, enjoy Oktoberfest. 121 p.m. | (800) 403-0206,

Sugar Bowl | Norden | Sept. 21

Find out how to adjust your driving to age related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $20 | (775) 832-1310,

Incline Village Rec Center | Sept. 24

Chamber Membership 101 California Welcome Center Truckee | Sept. 25

Sierra Nevada College Incline Village | Sept. 25

Meet in Patterson Lobby. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free | (775) 831-1314,

Club de Conversacion Kings Beach Library | Kings Beach | Sept. 25

If English is your second language, please join us for this fun, free, gathering to practice conversational English. 5-6 p.m. Free | (530) 546-2021,

Every Day Low Fares $49 One way per person $98 Round-trip per person Large group discounts (866)216-5222

Building Your Family Tree Incline Village Library | Incline Village | Sept. 25, Sept. 26

Coffee and pastries. 8-9 a.m. Free |

In this series of classes, learn to build your family tree to see how you’re connected to your matches. 5:30 p.m. Free | (775) 832-4130,

Stumpy Trail Work Day

Community Flu Clinics

TCPUD parking lot | Tahoe City | Sept. 25

Senior Center | South Lake Tahoe | Sept. 26

Help replace the old, steep, eroded logging road know as Stumpy DH, with a fast, flowy Stumpy SG singletrack. RSVP for lunch 8 a.m.-4 p.m. |

North Lake Tahoe Express Daily airport shuttle 6:00am–midnight

El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency will conduct low-cost community flu vaccination clinics. The cost is $10 per vaccine. $10 | (530) 621-6188, 9


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borrowed slot machines and $500 in cash. With their father’s help, Harold and Ray Jr. parleyed their meager beginning into a successful casino operation. By the time World War II broke out, the Smiths were millionaires and Harold’s Club employed 150 full-time workers, half of them women. Pappy Smith hired attractive women and then had them schooled “to handle dice, cards, wheels, and chips.” He insisted that women made better dealers than men and that they “added an air of refinement to the place.” That mentality,

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hen Congress repealed Prohibition in 1933, it was yesterday’s news in Reno, Nev. Because of Nevada’s prior legalization of wide-open gambling in 1931, along with its popular six-week divorce policy, the Biggest Little City in the World had already earned a reputation as a party town. During the Roaring Twenties, both gambling and drinking — though technically illegal — had been tolerated by Nevada law enforcement. The only restriction in downtown Reno was that roulette wheels and card tables could not be operated at street level. Bribes to police officers helped ensure that deputies would look the other way and not interfere with discrete basement or second-floor operations. After the stock market crash of 1929, Nevada became a retreat for the wealthy — a sanctuary for those still financially solvent. Business tycoons such as George

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and chips”… women made they “added an air of refinement to the place.”

quite progressive for its time, helped to make Harold’s Club one of Reno’s most famous and enduring casinos. Harold’s Club was the first of several successful Nevada casinos that got its start in the 1930s and 40s. During the Depression, entrepreneurs John Harrah Sr. and his son William had dabbled in the legal bingo parlors of Venice and Ocean Park. An attorney by profession, John Harrah had been mayor of Venice during the 1920s and was politically well connected, but occasionally local courts would question the legality of betting on games of chance and close the parlors down. The revenue loss convinced young Bill to move to Nevada where wide-open gambling was legal and profits a sure thing. Bill opened Harrah’s Club Bingo parlor in 1937 with six employees, but it closed in two weeks from lack of business. Harrah continued to try other venues and locations and soon learned the ropes. Emulating the progressive business practices of his main competitor, the trend-setting Harold’s Club, Bill also hired and trained female dealers. After years of persistence, Harrah finally opened his landmark casino on Reno’s North Virginia Street in 1946. It was a first-class operation boasting oak and mahogany roulette wheels, ornate card tables and hot steam pipes under the front sidewalk to melt winter snow. Customers could play craps, cards and Keno or bet on horse races, as well as baseball and football games. The casino claimed that that their slot machines were the most liberal in the state. To improve service, Harrah’s installed a light on top of each slot machine, which alerted casino personnel to a big payout. Bill was the originator of popular bus programs that continue today, where casinos transport customers to the club and then reimburse them with money and vouchers on their arrival. Over time, Harrah’s modest start grew into an international resort-hotelcasino-entertainment conglomerate. National crime syndicates ignored Reno’s relatively clean, established gaming industry and instead focused on a little town on the

Union Pacific Railroad called Las Vegas. In 1931, work started on the federal government’s massive Boulder Dam project and the sleepy farm community exploded in population. Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel was a New York mobster and hit man who had been running illegal gambling joints in California. Bugsy wanted to invest ill-gotten cash proceeds from the Mafia’s national bootlegging racket in legitimate Las Vegas casinos. An opportunity arose when the developer of a new casino ran out of money and Bugsy bailed him out. Unfortunately for Bugsy, the construction of the Flamingo Hotel & Casino had been marred by corruption and inadequate oversight; project costs soared as the club’s opening was repeatedly delayed. Siegel had also been fighting publicly with his beautiful wife, Virginia Hill, whose flaming red hair had inspired the casino’s name.

EXCLUSIVE CONTENT AT Read Part I. Click on Explore Tahoe: History Then, one of Siegel’s associates, Moe Sedway, decided to enter Nevada politics in order to protect the Mafia’s interests. Instead of offering support, the headstrong Siegel’s response was to permanently bar Sedway from the casino. He yelled, “We don’t run for office. We own the politicians!” When the Flamingo lost more than $300,000 in the first few weeks of operation, Siegel’s partners ran out of patience and killed him. It was never proven who murdered Siegel on June 20, 1947, but it was apparent that he had become an embarrassment and a financial liability to the families in New York. Siegel was reading a newspaper in his Beverly Hills home when an unknown assailant fired five bullets into him at close range. Twenty minutes after the murder, gangsters Gus Greenbaum and Morris Rosen walked into the Flamingo and alerted the staff that they were now in charge. Business at the club didn’t skip a beat. Greenbaum was a front man for the mob who knew how to make friends and money. He was generous to politicians, charitable organizations and local law enforcement. He could afford to be. Greenbaum had been elected mayor in nearby Paradise, Nev., and the Flamingo was raking in millions of dollars. Mafia money and a booming post-war economy financed additional casinos along the Strip. The Thunderbird opened in 1948, the Desert Inn in 1950, the Dunes and the Rivera in 1955. Only a few casinos had financial ties to the syndicate, but the mob had its foot in the door, and it would take the Nevada Gaming Commission decades to root it out. Gaming had blossomed in the Nevada desert, a business that grew into the greatest concentration of casino gambling the world has ever seen.  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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oiyabe Golf Club was one of the first courses that I played when I moved to Nevada back in 2005. At that time, it was members only and known as Thunder Canyon. Around three and a half years ago, the name changed and it moved to semi-private status. I remembered great conditions, fast and true greens and a lot of water. I was also warned that the wind comes up in the afternoon.

The greens are large, undulating and fast. They are not hard to read but take care to stay below the hole or you will have a long day.

The No. 1 handicap hole is 3, a tough par 4 of 342 to 498 yards. You see huge sand traps from the tee and a solid tee shot must be struck to carry over them. The long second shot needs to carry a dry creek that runs across the front and left side of the long and narrow green. You would have a tricky shot if you got down into that area. Par is an excellent score and I would imagine many days go by without a birdie. Everyone enjoys playing a well-designed course with nothing tricked up and Toiyabe is a perfect example of it. Everything fits together with no surprises: in a word, solid. Play the proper tees for your ability and you will have a very enjoyable round. Or, if you want to challenge yourself, back up a set of tees and see how you fare. | 

EXCLUSIVE CONTENT AT The course is between Carson City and Reno on Lighting W Ranch Road. It was designed by Robert Muir Graves, who also designed Northstar’s golf course, and has a similar feel with a links front nine and an alpine back nine, though nowhere near as dramatic. Fairways are fairly wide and rolling, so some practice on uneven lies beforehand would help. The greens are large, undulating and fast. They are not hard to read but take care to stay below the hole or you will have a long day. The course has some 50 sand traps that seem to come into play more off of the tee than around the greens. Most are large and deep. Water is a part of 14 holes and is easy to find. A majority of the tees on the back nine are elevated, which gives you great views of both Mount Rose and Slide Mountain. There are also overall six sets of tees, (seven with combo tees) to accommodate golfers of all levels. 10685 NORTHWOODS BLVD. | TRUCKEE, CA 96161 | (530) 587-0886



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orth of Truckee, State Route 89 travels over rolling hills and through acres of thick forest as it descends to Sierraville. Along the way, there aren’t many signs of human life except for the occasional campground, trailhead or private road. The highway provides access to amazing outdoor destinations and endless recreational opportunities including many family-friendly activities. One notable family-friendly hike is the trail along Perazzo Meadows in Little Truckee River Valley near Jackson Meadows Reservoir and Independence Lake. The trail skirts the edge of the river and offers

South Lake Tahoe Moose Lodge is hosting the 16th annual Kids’ Fishing Derby on Sept. 22 at Lake Baron in Tahoe Paradise Park. The derby is free to all ages 16 and younger. Registration begins at 7 a.m. at Lake Baron, near the main entrance. Fishing continues until 1 p.m. Hot dogs, chips, sodas and water will be provided to all registered children. 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-place prizes will be awarded for the largest fish caught. Each registered child also will receive a raffle ticket for a drawing to win a prize from a large selection of toys and games. | (530) 541-1632,

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a hike with three family generations. But this trail was accommodating to everyone, despite our varying levels of athletic ability, patience and interest. panoramic views of the river valley and vast network of wetland meadows. This remote landscape is an ideal location for an easygoing and tranquil walk with the family. I recently went to Perazzo Meadows with my 6-year-old son Anikin, my sister Kat Hill and my parents Jim and Cheryl Hill, who had recently moved to Northern Nevada from Virginia. It’s interesting going on a hike with three family generations. But I think this trail was accommodating to everyone, despite our varying levels of athletic ability, patience and interest. On the hike, Anikin’s interest was driven by just about anything related to

EXCLUSIVE CONTENT AT Find more family-friendly activities to enjoy. Download the trail map. Click on Out & About: Family Fun. science and the natural world. He looked for wildflowers and marked trees, taking photos with the iNaturalist app that we can submit later. He also identified signs of wildlife and tested the laws of gravity by throwing sticks and rocks over the riverbank. We walked less than 1 mile to a stunning overlook on the river and spent


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time taking in the view. Looking out over the river valley, I tried to imagine what this land would be like if it had been bought by developers. Thankfully, that is not the case; it is being preserved and protected. Anikin had no interest in the view and repeatedly asked me when we were going to leave. We headed back down the trail the way we came. At the front of the pack, Anikin walked with Kat discussing wildlife and wildflowers in between rounds of sprints back and forth on the trail. Grandma and I chatted about life and admired the beauty of the valley. We all tried to ignore Papa, my dad, as he meandered on and off the trail making jokes that nobody thought were funny, especially Anikin. Sorry, Papa they just weren’t funny. Even though this trail is rated as moderate it is appropriate for most members of the family. There are some uphill sections that may pose a challenge, but my family was able to easily navigate the well-packed, dirt trail. To accommodate our group’s unique needs and abilities, we did not walk the entire length of the trail. Perazzo Meadows supports a variety of plant, animal, fish and bird species, including mule deer, Sand hill cranes and black bears. It is also home to rare species such as mountain yellow-legged frogs, peregrine falcons, and bald and golden eagles. But this fragile land was modified and degraded by logging in the late 1800s, road construction and decades of dairy farming. Fortunately, the land was purchased by the Trust for Public Land and Truckee Donner Land Trust keeping it out of the hands of developers. Since acquiring the land, these agencies, along with the Truckee River Watershed Council, have been working to restore the natural hydrologic function and reestablish wildlife habitat. The plan includes planting native plant species such as sedges and

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Mommy and Me CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: The trail skirts the edge of the

river and offers sweeping views of the vast network of wetland meadows and the river valley; We walked less than 1 mile to a stunning overlook on the river and spent time taking in the tranquil view.

rushes to prevent erosion and increase habitat and redirect the stream water to its natural channels. These measures expand the floodplain allowing the meadows to hold water again. The restoration work is already underway, so you may encounter some machinery at work if you visit during the week. The work will be completed sometime in October.

Barton Health | South Lake Tahoe | Sept. 20, 24 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Free | (530) 539-6620,

Teen Scene Kahle Community Center | Stateline | Sept. 20 6:30-9 p.m. $5 | (775) 586-7271

Young Readers Society: Teen Chapter Word After Word Books | Truckee | Sept. 20

5:30-6:30 p.m. |

Kids Night Out Northwoods Clubhouse | Truckee | Sept. 21 5-9 p.m. |

Pancakes + Ponies Tahoe Donner | Truckee | Sept. 21

9-11 a.m. $15-$35 |

THE TRAIL Easy-moderate | 2.4 miles roundtrip Dogs allowed on leash. Picnic tables along the trail.

Baby Story Time Incline Village Library | Sept. 24

11:30 a.m. | (775) 832-4130,

Pajama Story Time Incline Village Library | Sept. 24

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DIRECTIONS Take State Route 89 north of Truckee about 15 miles to Jackson Meadows Road and turn left. Drive 1½ miles to a sign for Independence Lake Road. Turn left onto the graded road. Cross the bridge over the Little Truckee River and proceed to the first right turn, which is a dirt road easily drivable in most cars. This unsigned road is Henness Pass Road. Look for a sign on the right that marks the trailhead for Lower Perazzo Meadows after about 4 miles. |  Michelle Allen is a nearly 20-year resident of Tahoe and mother to a rambunctious 6-year-old and understands the challenges of keeping kids entertained. She may be reached at

Preschool Story Time Kings Beach Library | Sept. 24

10:30-11 a.m. | (530) 546-2021,

Teen Tuesdays Incline Village Library| Sept. 24

4-5 p.m. | (775) 832-4130,

Baby Bookworms Truckee Library | Sept. 25

10:30 a.m. Free | (530) 582-7846,

RUFF, Read Up for Fun Truckee Library | Sept. 25

4-5 p.m. | (530) 582-7846,

Bilingual Sing Along with Ileana KidZone Museum | Truckee | Sept. 26

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Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22)

The stellium of planets in your sign is sure to be making a strong impact on your focus. They represent the impulse to take new leads. These can be traced back to the New Moon a couple of weeks ago, anyway. Yet, now they have arrived at a time of realization. The question is: are you realizing your ideals, or are you seeing how you have been… overly idealistic?

Pisces (Feb 19-Mar 20)

Your relationship sector is extra emphasized now. This actually includes the relationship with you yourself, which can be understood as the ‘primary relationship’. Between these is the relationship you have with your outer social, public and/or professional life. Expansion is a keyword, yet it is couched with calculated risk and measured steps.

Libra (Sep 22-Oct 22)

Can you get a lot done while you step out of sight to retreat? Of course, you can and you are proving it to be true right now. In fact, there are indications that you are multi-tasking. Positively, you are getting more done in a short stretch than you did over months. On the other hand, you may feel stretched and scattered. Prioritize!

Aries (Mar 21-Apr 20)

You are determined to see a bigger picture or wider perspective on your current reality. Yet, you also feel compelled to pay attention to the finer details. You probably have creative plans that you are determined to realize. These may already be well in motion, but there are more layers and now is the time to execute the next major phase.

Scorpio (Oct 22-Nov 21)

Making amends, improvements and literally focusing to heal on relationship fronts is a top priority now. In all respects, diplomacy is a must. Half of you wants to proceed this way, while the other half is reticent. Ever concerned about showing weakness or vulnerability or giving away power, you may again feel unsure of how to best proceed. The answer is to give more.

Taurus (Apr 20-May 21)

An interesting blend of creativity, play, power drive, and sober thinking are all gathered in your mind. Actually, this is generally true for you. Yet, now they are extra strong and will not be dismissed. Engaging the attention and support of other key players, especially those in positions of power and authority, is squarely on your mind.

Gemini (May 21-Jun 21)

Sagittarius (Nov 21-Dec 21)

This is a big time for you. It reveals a big push forward. This is not to say it is or is meant to be easy. In fact, it implies a good deal of work. The efforts include gathering new tools and learning new skills. Yet, these all come with an attitude of ‘slow but sure’. One of the challenges is that the slow part may be overemphasized.

What or who is rocking your world? Or, is it you? Some big moving and shaking has entered the scene one way or another. The results are also gaining the attention of others, partially because you are determined for them to know. At worst, you feel critical and cynical. Positively, you are downloading a whole host of ideas to make needed improvements.

Cancer (Jun 21-Jul 22)

Aquarius (Jan 19-Feb 19)

Virgo time tends to plunge you deep into an emotional abyss, of sorts. Although it is pretty deep, there is a solid bottom, down there. When you do reach the bottom, be sure to push hard to rise to the surface again. The overall process is actually linked to health. Diet being a core feature of health is naturally emphasized, as are cleanses.

Leo (Jul 22-Aug 23)

A steady process of making needed improvements in your life continues. You are in a very creative cycle and have been for some months. Yet, you are now excited and determined to push through. This includes bringing certain phases to completion so that you can enter more fully into the next ones. Talk about creative power!

Hocus Focus differences: 1. Dress is dotted, 2. Jeans are black, 3. Different boy is wearing cap, 4. Bushes have been added, 5. Girl’s bow is gone, 6. Side window is gone.

The theme of seeing a bigger picture yet paying attention to the details continues. Capricorn being the crusty sort of sign that it is, in terms of discipline and protocol, tends to like the nitty-gritty regarding the details. So, that’s in your favor. What is important now is that you dig deep to access hidden reserves of faith, in your power to persevere.

Very often I say that bad food is actually good, so I guess I have lost edibility credibility.

Capricorn (Dec 21-Jan 19)


Your energy levels are running high and these are contributing to your sharp focus and pointed thought. The issue now stands to be too much thinking, as in ‘over-analysis-paralysis’. Well, that is one way of saying it and the other is that you are worrying too much. While looking to the future and making plans and setting intentions are great, being fully present-inthe-moment is greater.






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ith America’s resurgence in knitting, yarn crawls have been happening all over the U.S. as a way for knitters to connect. The first Sierra Nevada Yarn Crawl with 11 participating shops in Tahoe, as well as a few stops in Reno, Grass Valley, Auburn, Graeagle and Placerville, will take place from Sept. 19 to 22. The art of knitting has been around since the late 1500s; nowadays it is done more as a hobby than out of necessity. Early on, handknitting became a popular

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“ People are interested again in doing something with their hands. We’re knitting as a way to put down the phone; it’s a great alternative to looking at a screen and it’s a way to connect with other generations.” –Kelly Wallis, Atelier way to make warm accessories; the firstknown knitted textiles were socks, gloves and cushion covers for royal families. In the 1920s, knitwear was largely associated with new-age fashions; home knitting picked up steam when World War I ended. As craft shops started to crop up offering yarn, tools and patterns, new colors and styles were

EXCLUSIVE CONTENT AT Explore the vibrant arts scene in the Tahoe Sierra. Click on Arts & Culture. Click on Events Calendar for more knitting events. introduced. The interest in knitting surged and dipped over the years as clothing technologies evolved, but currently handknitting is on the rise again — this time as part of the 21st Century handmade revolution. “It’s in my opinion that people are interested again in doing something with their hands. It’s therapeutic, soothing, healing and can be challenging,” says Atelier’s event and workshop manager Kelly 14

Wallis. “Before people were knitting out of necessity, especially during the Depression. Knitters were innovative, intuitive, making things out of what little they had. Now we’re knitting as a way to put down the phone; it’s a great alternative to looking at a screen and it’s a way to connect with other generations.” Think of it as a non-intrusive activity — you can literally knit anywhere. It’s also extremely gratifying finishing something and you have something tangible to show for it. The knitting community has increasingly become more innovative in promoting knitting and it’s fun to see designers using traditional knitting techniques to create fashionable wear. “How cool is it to not only design, but actually make your own clothes? Knitting makes that possible to do,” says Wallis. Walking into the Yarn Refuge in Reno, Nev., feels like being in a simple, bright, and colorful World Market with one exception: you can sit on the furniture. Yarns and fibers from independent dyers fill the surrounding walls from floor to ceiling; handknitted garments show what is possible. Couches are in the middle of the room offering knitters a comfy place to sit and knit. Near the back of the shop is a long table where Tony DeGeiso is working on a gradient yarn shawl based on an example he saw on Ravelry, a database for knitters and crocheters. The shimmering colors and fibers he’s using ensure that there will be no other shawl like it. Yarn Refuge offers free advice to knitters stuck on a project or faced with a specific knitting challenge. Yarn Refuge customer service representative Susan Boyd says that knitting has changed over past years; it seems like it’s more of a form of artistic expression. “I think generations in the past knitted out of necessity, but now people knit out of passion. And it’s meditative when you knit; it takes you to a calm, happy place. People are expressing themselves through yarn and with the fibers and vibrance, which now includes silk, yak, alpaca,” Boyd says.

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At that moment, Arkaik Fibres owner Jay Gerbel comes in to refill his stock. He provides small-batch, hand-dyed fibers. “Only a few shops carry his yarns,” Boyd says, emphasizing that Yarn Refuge supports independent dyers. Above his selection, a line of skeins of Storyteller yarn made by South Lake Tahoe’s Knits & Knots are also on display. “Years ago, there were only a few basic colors available but now it’s an explosion of fibers and colors. People come in and see our selection and go ‘Oh, my gosh, look at the things I can make,’” Boyd says. During the free, four-day Yarn Crawl, each shop will offer exclusive yarns, discounts and a free pattern to try out. Participants may also download a passport get it stamped at each shop that they visit for a chance to win prizes. | 

SIERRA NEVADA YARN CRAWL Sept. 19-22 | Area venues

KNIT & SIP Sept. 19-22 | 5-7 p.m. Alibi Ale Works | Truckee ONGOING

KNITTING GROUP Tuesdays | 4 p.m. Atelier | Truckee

STRING TOGETHER 1st & 3rd Wednesdays | 1 p.m. Tahoe City Library

WINE & WOOL WEDNESDAYS Every other Wednesday (Sept. 25 next date) | 5:30 p.m. Glasses Wine Bar | Incline Village, Nev.

FIBER ART FRIDAYS Fridays | 1 p.m. South Lake Tahoe Library

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Call to Artists Kings Beach Library | Sept. 19-20

(530) 546-2176,

Ceramics Class South Lake Tahoe Senior Center | Sept. 19

1:30-4:30 p.m. | (530) 544-1482,

Fall Colors Art Show Tahoe Art League Gallery South Lake Tahoe | Sept. 19-Nov. 30 10 a.m.-5 p.m. |

Fall Pop Up Exhibit North Tahoe Arts | Tahoe City | Sept. 19-26 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | (530) 581-2787,

“Going Places: Sailing By Stars” Tahoe Maritime Museum Tahoe City | Sept. 19-Jan. 23

10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | (530) 583-9283,


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Wolfdale’s Cuisine Unique in Tahoe City is featuring oil paintings by Andy Skaff through January 2020. Skaff’s work ranges from classic, impressionist paintings to abstract distillations of familiar subjects. His paintings have been exhibited at the Napa Valley Museum, the Oil Painters of America Western Regional exhibit in Santa Barbara, Sunset Magazine Western Idea House in Truckee and are part of the permanent collection of Martis Camp Lodge, Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Forest Cancer Center and the Larkspur Hotel Group. His paintings were featured in continuing exhibits at Gump’s in San Francisco for more than a decade. Locally, Skaff is represented by Alpine Home and Pablo’s Gallery & Frame Shop in Tahoe City. |

“Stale Gravity” art show Sierra Nevada College Incline Village | Sept. 19-Oct. 4

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Truckee Community Rec Center Sept. 19-Oct. 31

Fiber Art Friday South Lake Tahoe Library | Sept. 20 1 p.m. |

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2-4 p.m. | (775) 832-4130,

Edible Book festival 11 a.m. | (775) 784-1110,

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Alibi Ale Works | Truckee | Sept. 19-22

South Lake Tahoe Senior Center | Sept. 24

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Wine and Wool Wednesdays

Atelier | Truckee | Sept. 19-22

Glasses Wine Bar | Incline Village | Sept. 25

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Kristen Pobatschnig exhibit Incline Village Library | Sept. 19-30

11 a.m. | (775) 832-4130,

LGBTQ Film Fest Duke Theatre | South Lake Tahoe | Sept. 26 6 p.m. |

“Outboards: In-Style” Tahoe Maritime Museum Tahoe City | Sept. 19-Jan. 23

10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. |

“Obscured and Resurfaced” art show Sierra Nevada College Incline Village | Sept. 26-Oct. 24

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sell memories,” says venerated classicrock guitarist Dave Mason. “Hopefully there are enough young kids out there who say, ‘Hey, that’s really good. What is that?’ Something I did 40 years ago.” Has it been that long since Mason penned the 1968 Traffic hit “Feelin’ Alright?” while mending a broken heart on the Greek Island of Hydra. “It was about a woman,” he says. “I just went to get away from everything.” The song has since been recorded by more than 60 artists, most famously by Joe Cocker. Mason left Traffic a short time later due to creative differences within a band that may have been slightly jealous of his knack for writing all their hits. He was a soughtafter session musician who recorded guitar parts on several legendary classic-rock albums including the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s “Electric Ladyland,” the Rolling Stones’ “Beggars Banquet,” George Harrison’s seminal solo LP “All Things Must Pass” and Graham Nash’s precious “Songs for Beginners.” Mason grew up in the West Midlands city of Worcester, England, about 25 miles southwest of the booming cultural metropolis of Birmingham where he and childhood friend Jim Capaldi drifted into a thriving early 1960s music scene. The Spencer Davis Group, The Moody Blues and Electric Light Orchestra were already laying the groundwork for heavy-rock icons Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Led Zeppelin to follow. Mason got his first guitar when he was 15 after being inspired by the likes of American bluesmen Elmore James, Otis Rush and Buddy Guy. “When I was young, I saw it, looked at it and I liked it,” he says. “It seemed like I could do that. I was not going to work a nine to five, that was for sure. It was pretty much do music or a life of crime.” Before he met Steve Winwood and Chris Wood to form Traffic, Mason played in groups such as The Jaguars and The Hellions. “We were just four guys hanging out at clubs wherever we could,” he says. “We were at a matinee cinema that opened up to the main high street of Worcester. We said, ‘Look at those cars. That’s a lot of traffic.’ And we wanted a name without ‘the’ in it.” When he’s not on tour, Mason lives in Reno, Nev., and Hawaii where he works on arrangements of new covers and beloved classics including “We Just Disagree,” “Only You and I Know” and “Shouldn’t Have Took More Than You Gave.” “At this age, I’m mostly recuperating,” says Mason, who turned 73 this year. The newest incorporation into the band’s catalogue is Cream anthem “Badge,” writ-

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“ When I was young, … it seemed like I could do that. I was not going to work a nine to five, that was for sure. It was pretty much do music or a life of crime.”

–Dave Mason

ten by Eric Clapton and George Harrison four decades ago. “I’ve been dying to play that riff,” he says. “Essentially I’m a guitar player. Singing was always just something you had to do to get on stage.” Although his voice has seasoned nicely over the years since writing and recording his most treasured songs, as ever, Mason simply loves to play the guitar. “My audience has sort of grown up with me,” he says. “I’m a working musician. Frankly, I’m probably better now than I ever was. I don’t play golf and I don’t do other things. I like to play guitar. I like the experience of being with the other guys making live music. It’s what I do. I’m good at it. It’s live. It’s now. Everything is in the present.” What’s the point of writing and recording 21st Century material anyway if no

one is going to listen to it? “For people who are just songwriters, it’s not worth it creatively because nobody knows it’s out there,” says Mason. “Terrestrial radio is still powerful, but the formats aren’t there. There’s nobody home. They play the same shit over and over. It’s really kind of weird. They are defeating their own purpose.” Mason remembers a time when wellknown disc jockeys spread new and exciting music to the American public. “They’d probably be attracting more younger listeners that way,” he says. “They used to turn you onto things you didn’t know about. I don’t spend time making new music because there’s nowhere to promote it. Nowadays everybody seems to be wailing for free this and free that while 5,000 plays on Spotify is equal to the price of one T-shirt.” | 

Live Music Heavenly Village, South Lake Tahoe, 11 a.m. Carson City Rockabilly Riot Mills Park, Carson City, 12 p.m. Lost Sierra Hoedown Plumas-Eureka County Fairgrounds, Blairsden, 1 p.m. Summer Music Series The Landing Lake Tahoe Resort & Spa, South Lake Tahoe, 3-8 p.m. Luke Stevenson Lone Eagle Grille, Incline Village, 6-10 p.m. Dave Leather Sassafras Eclectic Food Joint, Carson City, 6-8 p.m. “Unplugged” Thursdays MidTown Wine Bar, Reno, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Nick Eng West Street Market, Reno, 6:30 p.m. Jeff Jones Band West Shore Cafe and Inn, Homewood, 7 p.m. Dadweed, Ummm Jr, Sell The Sun, WIll Shamberger Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor, Reno, 7 p.m. Drinking with Clowns Peppermill Casino, Reno, 7 p.m. The Illusionists Experience Eldorado Resort Casino, Reno, 7 p.m. The Great American Variety Show Harrah’s, Reno, 7:30 p.m. Angelo Tsarouchas Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Reno, 7:30 p.m. “Justice” Center for Spiritual Living, Reno, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Darren Carter Pioneer Underground, Reno, 7:30 p.m. “Election Day” Restless Artists Theatre, Sparks, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Karaoke Davidson’s Distillery, Reno, 8 p.m. Live Music McP’s Irish Pub, South Lake Tahoe, 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Live Music Atlantis Cabaret Bar, Reno, 8 p.m. Jim Kweskin & Meredith Axelrod The Center for the Arts, Grass Valley, 8-11 p.m. Billy Strings Crystal Bay Casino, Crystal Bay, 8 p.m. Dueling Pianos Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Stateline, 8:30-10:30 p.m.

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C A L E N D A R | SEPTEMBER 19-26, 2019 The Improv Harveys Lake Tahoe, Stateline, 9 p.m. Techno Thursdays The Rack, Reno, 10 p.m.-3 a.m.

SEPTEMBER 20 | FRIDAY Live Music Heavenly Village, South Lake Tahoe, 11 a.m. Carson City Rockabilly Riot Mills Park, Carson City, 12 p.m. Lost Sierra Hoedown Plumas-Eureka County Fairgrounds, Blairsden, 1 p.m. Kris Diehl The Idle Hour, South Lake Tahoe, 2 p.m. Live Music Hard Rock - Hotel Lobby, Stateline, 3-6 p.m. Live Music Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, Reno, 4 p.m. Comedy Happy Hour Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, 5:30 p.m.

Dave Mason MontBleu Resort, Stateline, 8 p.m. Dueling Pianos Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Stateline, 8:30-10:30 p.m. Darren Carter Pioneer Underground, Reno, 8:30 p.m. Musicole MidTown Wine Bar, Reno, 8:30-11:30 p.m. The Illusionists Experince Eldorado Resort Casino, Reno, 8:30 p.m. Live Music Ceol Irish Pub, Reno, 9 p.m. Live Music McP’s Irish Pub, South Lake Tahoe, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. The Improv Harveys Lake Tahoe, Stateline, 9 p.m. Apothic Bar of America, Truckee, 9-10 p.m. Arty the Party Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Stateline, 9 p.m.

The Lique performs at the Peppermill Casino in Reno on September 26.

Luke Stevenson Lone Eagle Grille, Incline Village, 6-10 p.m. Drum Circle & Open Mic Night Art Truckee, Truckee, 6-9:30 p.m. Live Music Sands Regency Casino, Reno, 7-11 p.m. Just Friends, Save Face, The Sonder Bombs, Candy Pop The Holland Project, Reno, 7-11 p.m. Magic Fusion The Loft, South Lake Tahoe, 7-8:15 p.m. Drinking with Clowns Peppermill Casino, Reno, 7 p.m. The Great American Variety Show Harrah’s, Reno, 7:30 p.m. Self Provoked Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor, Reno, 7:30 p.m. Carson Comedy Club Carson Nugget, Carson City, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Nevada Wind Ensemble & Concert Winds Nightingale Concert Hall, Reno, 7:30 p.m. Angelo Tsarouchas Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Reno, 7:30 p.m. “Moon over Buffalo” CVIC Hall, Minden, 7:30-10 p.m. “Election Day” Restless Artists Theatre, Sparks, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Live Music Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats, Truckee, 8-11:55 p.m. Chris Costa Tahoe Biltmore Lodge & Casino, Crystal Bay, 8 p.m.

Diana Krall Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, 9 p.m. Mersiv w/Supertask The Bluebird, Reno, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Luicidal w/Machine Gun Vendetta Whiskey Dicks, South Lake Tahoe, 9 p.m. Angelo Tsarouchas Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Reno, 9:30 p.m. DJ in Center Bar Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Stateline, 10 p.m. DJ David Aaron MontBleu Resort, Stateline, 10 p.m. DJ Montague St. James Infirmary, Reno, 10 p.m. Live Music Atlantis Cabaret Bar, Reno, 10 p.m. Live Music Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, 10 p.m. Noche Latina Rojos Cavern, South Lake Tahoe, 10 p.m. Dj Lucky & DJJD Crystal Bay Casino, Crystal Bay, 10 p.m. Jimmy Lite Lex Nightclub, Reno, 10 p.m.

SEPTEMBER 21 | SATURDAY Fire Fest Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Stateline, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Heritage Festival Foreman-Roberts House Museum, Carson City, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. CONTINUED ON PAGE 18




Sept. 19 | 9 p.m. Crystal Bay Casino | Crystal Bay, Nev. FLAT-PICK GUITAR prodigy Billy Strings arrives to the banks of Lake Tahoe in anticipation of his new record, “Home,” due out Sept. 27. Wild post-Haight-Asbury pickers Dusty Green Bones play the after party in the Red Room. |

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Sep. 22-23 | 8 p.m. Great Basin Brewery Co. | Sparks, Nev. TROUBADOUR SONGWRITER Tom Russell’s latest recording of original compositions, “October in the Railroad Earth,” sounds like Jack Kerouac meets Johnny Cash in Bakersfield. He’s been hailed as the greatest of his generation since Bob Dylan. |



Sept. 19 | 6 p.m. Cottonwood Restaurant | Truckee BLUES MASTER Mighty Mike Schermer performed for two decades in the Bay Area before relocating to Austin, Texas. He has since played with Marcia Ball, Elvin Bishop, Bonnie Raitt, Charlie Musselwhite and more. |


Sept. 22 | 11 a.m. Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl | Graegle Lost Sierra Hoedown VIRGINIA CITY, NEV., cosmic cowgirl Caitlin Jemma brings her band, The Goodness, for a late Saturday night set at the intimate, off-the-radar folk gathering Lost Sierra Hoedown. The festival profits go to revitalizing the historic ski bowl and features music by Tim Bluhm Band, Hubby Jenkins, Whiskerman, Rainbow Girls and much, much more. | 18


Sep. 20-21 | 9 p.m. Bar of America | Truckee THE BAND APOTHIC plays a unique mix of powerful vocal harmonies and instrumental arrangements crossing blues, R&B, contemporary country and Americana. |


Live Music Heavenly Village, South Lake Tahoe, 11 a.m. Pack the Park- DogFest University of Nevada Reno, Reno, 11 a.m. Holi Festival of Colors Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, Reno, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Carson City Rockabilly Riot Mills Park, Carson City, 12 p.m. Lost Sierra Hoedown Plumas-Eureka County Fairgrounds, Blairsden, 1 p.m. Arizona Jones The Beacon, South Lake Tahoe, 1-5 p.m. Kris Diehl The Idle Hour, South Lake Tahoe, 2 p.m. Summer Vibes Sierra Well, Reno, 2-7 p.m. Live Music Hard Rock - Hotel Lobby, Stateline, 3-6 p.m. Oktoberfest Reno Bartley Ranch Regional Park, Reno, 3-7 p.m. Live Music Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, Reno, 4 p.m. The Illusionists Experience Eldorado Resort Casino, Reno, 5 p.m. Dinner & Dance Sierra Valley Grange Hall, Loyalton, 5:30-10:30 p.m. Luke Stevenson Lone Eagle Grille, Incline Village, 6-10 p.m. Darren Carter Pioneer Underground, Reno, 6:30 p.m. Live Music Sands Regency Casino, Reno, 7-11 p.m. Drinking with Clowns Peppermill Casino, Reno, 7 p.m. The Great American Variety Show Harrah’s, Reno, 7:30 p.m. Benny Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor, Reno, 7:30 p.m. Live Music Glasses Wine Bar, Incline Village, 7:30 p.m.

Carson Comedy Club Carson Nugget, Carson City, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Angelo Tsarouchas Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Reno, 7:30 p.m. “Moon over Buffalo” CVIC Hall, Minden, 7:30-10 p.m. “Election Day” Restless Artists Theatre, Sparks, 7:30-9:30 p.m. The Austrailian Pink Floyd Experience Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Reno, 8-10:30 p.m. Country “Ladies Night” The Saint, Reno, 8 p.m. Crawl Reno Headquarters Bar, Reno, 8 p.m. Chris Costa Tahoe Biltmore Lodge & Casino, Crystal Bay, 8 p.m. Boz Scaggs MontBleu Resort, Stateline, 8 p.m. “Peter Pan” Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, Reno, 8 p.m. Alias Smith Band Max Casino, Carson City, 8 p.m. Dueling Pianos Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Stateline, 8:30-10:30 p.m. The Illusionists Experince Eldorado Resort Casino, Reno, 8:30 p.m. Live Music Ceol Irish Pub, Reno, 9 p.m. Live Music McP’s Irish Pub, South Lake Tahoe, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. The Improv Harveys Lake Tahoe, Stateline, 9 p.m. Apothic Bar of America, Truckee, 9-10 p.m. Karaoke Jimmy B’s Bar & Grill, Reno, 9 p.m. Arty the Party Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Stateline, 9 p.m. Angelo Tsarouchas Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Reno, 9:30 p.m. Chaki, Wolf City Radio, Uncle Angry Shea’s Tavern, Reno, 9:30 p.m.

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C A L E N D A R | SEPTEMBER 19-26, 2019 DJ in Center Bar Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Stateline, 10 p.m. DJ David Aaron MontBleu Resort, Stateline, 10 p.m. Live Music Atlantis Cabaret Bar, Reno, 10 p.m. Live Music Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, 10 p.m. DJ Chris English Circus Circus, Reno, 10 p.m. Lex Saturdays Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, 10 p.m. Ideateam Crystal Bay Casino, Crystal Bay, 10 p.m.

SEPTEMBER 22 | SUNDAY Live Music Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Live Music Heavenly Village, South Lake Tahoe, 11 a.m. Lost Sierra Hoedown Plumas-Eureka County Fairgrounds, Blairsden, 12 p.m. Live Music McP’s Irish Pub, South Lake Tahoe, 2-5 p.m. “Moon over Buffalo” CVIC Hall, Minden, 2-5 p.m. “Peter Pan” Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, Reno, 2 p.m. “Election Day” Restless Artists Theatre, Sparks, 2-4 p.m. Saint Tango Milonga The Saint, Reno, 4:30 p.m. “In Remembrance” Concert St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Reno, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

EXCLUSIVE CONTENT AT Explore more events in the Tahoe Sierra or submit your event. Click on Event Calendar. FREE! Sounds of the City Alturas Bar, Reno, 5-7 p.m. The Illusionists Experience Eldorado Resort Casino, Reno, 5 p.m. Milton Merlos Peppermill Casino, Reno, 6-10 p.m. Magic Fusion The Loft, South Lake Tahoe, 7-8:15 p.m. Angelo Tsarouchas Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Reno, 7:30 p.m. Live Music Atlantis Cabaret Bar, Reno, 8 p.m. The Improv Harveys Lake Tahoe, Stateline, 9 p.m.

Live Music Atlantis Cabaret Bar, Reno, 8 p.m. Karaoke Polo Lounge, Reno, 8 p.m.

SEPTEMBER 24 | TUESDAY Live Music Heavenly Village, South Lake Tahoe, 11 a.m. Milton Merlos Peppermill Casino, Reno, 6-10 p.m. Live Music Ceol Irish Pub, Reno, 7 p.m. Decent Criminal, Problem Daughter, Boss’ Daughter, Basha Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor, Reno, 7 p.m. Magic Fusion The Loft, South Lake Tahoe, 7-8:15 p.m. “In Remembrance” Concert The Chateau at Incline Village, Incline Village, 7-9 p.m. Misty Rea Eldorado Resort Casino, Reno, 7-9 p.m. Jay Black Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Reno, 7:30 p.m. Live Music McP’s Irish Pub, South Lake Tahoe, 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Tuesday Night Blues Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Stateline, 8 p.m. Live Music Atlantis Cabaret Bar, Reno, 8 p.m.

SEPTEMBER 25 | WEDNESDAY Live Music Heavenly Village, South Lake Tahoe, 11 a.m. Unplugged Truckee Philosophy, Truckee, 6-9 p.m. Luke Stevenson Lone Eagle Grille, Incline Village, 6-10 p.m. Milton Merlos Peppermill Casino, Reno, 6-10 p.m. Wednesday Night Showcase Ceol Irish Pub, Reno, 7 p.m. Open Mic w/Canyon White Red Dog Saloon, Virginia City, 7-10 p.m. I AM / No Zodiac Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor, Reno, 7 p.m. The Illusionists Experience Eldorado Resort Casino, Reno, 7 p.m. Jay Black Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Reno, 7:30 p.m. Live Music McP’s Irish Pub, South Lake Tahoe, 8 p.m.-12 a.m.

Live Music Atlantis Cabaret Bar, Reno, 8 p.m. Country Line Dancing/Karaoke Virginia Street Brewhouse, Reno, 9 p.m. The Improv Harveys Lake Tahoe, Stateline, 9 p.m.



SEPTEMBER 26 | THURSDAY Live Music Heavenly Village, South Lake Tahoe, 11 a.m. Just Exactly Perfect Music Festival The Nugget Campground, Placerville, 4:20 p.m. Luke Stevenson Lone Eagle Grille, Incline Village, 6-10 p.m. Dave Leather Sassafras Eclectic Food Joint, Carson City, 6-8 p.m. Singers Songwriters Music Series West Street Market, Reno, 6:30-9 p.m. Magic Fusion Starring Chris Funk The Loft, South Lake Tahoe, 7-8:15 p.m. The Illusionists Experience Eldorado Resort Casino, Reno, 7 p.m. “In Remembrance” Concert Genoa Lakes Golf Club Pavilion, Genoa, 7-9 p.m. The Lique Peppermill Casino, Reno, 7 p.m. The Great American Variety Show Harrah’s, Reno, 7:30 p.m. Jay Black Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Reno, 7:30 p.m. The Moanin’ Frogs Nightingale Concert Hall, Reno, 7:30 p.m. Karaoke Davidson’s Distillery, Reno, 8 p.m. Live Music McP’s Irish Pub, South Lake Tahoe, 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Live Music Atlantis Cabaret Bar, Reno, 8 p.m. John-Allison “A.W.” Weiss The Holland Project, Reno, 8-11 p.m. Dueling Pianos Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Stateline, 8:30-10:30 p.m. The Improv Harveys Lake Tahoe, Stateline, 9 p.m. Techno Thursdays The Rack, Reno, 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Blackgummy 1up, Reno, 10 p.m. Street Vibrations Fall Rally area avenues, Reno


Sep. 21 | 8 p.m. Sep. 22 | 2 p.m. Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts Reno, Nev. A.V.A. BALLET presents the classic fantasy “Peter Pan” restaged and rechoreographed by Alexander Van Alstyne. The captivating story is of Peter Pan and Wendy and their adventures in Neverland. Outstanding guest principal dancers who have danced with the San Francisco Ballet, Houston Ballet and Salt Lake City’s Ballet West will perform with the large local cast. The night features the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra. |

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he 34th annual Autumn Food & Wine Festival at Northstar California will elevate your palate with delectable tastes, delicious sips and dazzling demonstrations by local and regional chefs, food vendors, and wine and spirit producers from Northern California. The festival, held over three days, from Sept. 20 to 22, is a food lover’s dream. The event will also highlight sustainability and waste reduction as Vail Resorts look to reduce its carbon footprint.

Oktoberfest is off to a good start at Heavenly Village with Fall Ale Fest and Wing Cook Off on Sept. 21. From noon to 6 p.m., participants can sample beers, spirits, kombucha and sodas from all over the area for a $25 donation.

If you are a self-proclaimed foodie, this event is not to be missed. There will be

From noon to 5 p.m., sample specialty wings from village restaurants competing for best wings. The cost is $5 per plate of three wings; you are the judge of the best wings and best brewery. The event includes a paint and sip, a cornhole tournament, bingo, live music and a poker walk. Tickets are available online. |

plenty of scrumptious things to sip and savor along with tempting opportunities to experience and explore. “Vail is a company committed to zero carbon emission by 2030. We are partnering with vendors and we’ll have a booth at the festival to learn about initiatives for zero waste,” says Susan Whitman, Northstar communications manager. “These initiatives are a part of Vail Resorts’ Epic Promise and commitment to zero, delivering on zero-net emissions, zero waste to landfill and zero-net operating impact to forests and habitat by 2030,” adds Northstar senior communications specialist Kayla Elias, who is excited about the upcoming event. The event kicks off Friday with a locally sourced dinner hosted by Northstar’s Zephyr Lodge and Bentley Ranch and Bentley Heritage Distillery. The event reflects Northstar’s mission to source local and sustainable food options. The dinner is a waste-managed event in partnership with Clean Vibes, a company dedicated to responsible on-site waste management at events.

EXCLUSIVE CONTENT AT Enjoy the tastes of the Tahoe Sierra. Click on Local Flavor. Saturday and Sunday vendors will fill the Village at Northstar with tastes of delicious food and wine. Attendees can peruse the gourmet marketplace and shop for unique items. Some of the vendors include: Boochcraft, Blind Dog Coffee, Charbay Distillery, D’lish Catering, 20

Granlibakken Resort, Nick’s Cove and Sunnyside Restaurant. Sunday is the annual Grand Tasting & Culinary Competition. Chefs compete in two categories: best food and best marriage of food and beverage. One of the chefs competing this year is Jon Blackley of Michael Mina’s Bourbon Pub, which will open its doors at Northstar this winter. A panel of industry experts including award-winning chefs: Douglas Dale of Wolfdale’s Cuisine Unique in Tahoe City and Jean-Pierre Doignon of the former restaurant Le Bistro, Lara Ritchie, chef and culinary director of Nothing To It Culinary Center in Reno, and syndicated wine writer Jean Sexton will judge the gourmet competition. Festival attendees can participate by trying delicious pairings and voting for the People’s Choice Award winner. Other experiential events include a dinner and release party hosted by the Northern California Charbay Distillery. The official launch party features Charbay’s latest handcrafted spirit, R5 Lot No. 5, Fire Relief Whiskey. Local bartenders will use a previous lot of whiskey in a battle for the title of Autumn Food & Wine Master Mixologist, while guests enjoy their cocktail creations. In addition to tastings, the distillery will host a family-style dinner curated by Charbay, which owns the title of Grand Master Distiller. This is granted to a distiller that has distilled four of the

TOP: Participants perusing the vendors and booths

in the Village at Northstar. | Courtesy Northstar California; BOTTOM: Chef samplers of tasty treats offered at the Autumn Food & Wine Festival. | Courtesy Northstar California

major spirit categories: Brandy, Whiskey, Rum and Tequila. If hiking and sipping calls, sign up to participate in a progressive wine hike and picnic. The Progressive Picnic on Northstar Mountain is a scenic hike through the Tahoe National Forest to three trailside tasting stations at which participants can sample various varietals of craft beers from 10 Barrel Brewing Co. and gourmet tapas. If you are a self-proclaimed foodie, this event is not to be missed. There will be plenty of scrumptious things to sip and savor along with tempting opportunities to experience and explore. |  Priya Hutner is a writer, personal chef and workshop facilitator. She is the owner of the Seasoned Sage, which prepares organic artisan meals for dinner parties and events. She also offers in-home cooking classes, parties and local pop up dinners. As a breath meditation teacher and long-time yogi, she facilitates workshops and classes that focus on gaining a deeper awareness of self. Read more at; click on Local Flavor. Send story ideas to | (772) 913-0008,,


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Tahoe City Farmers Market Commons Beach Tahoe City | Sept. 19, 26

Tahoe City Farmers Market is every Thursday until Oct. 12. Enjoy fresh local produce, delicious food, live music and the local Tahoe City community. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Free |

Thirsty Third Thursday Wine Walk Downtown Gardnerville | Sept. 19

On the third Thursday of the month until Sept. 19 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. it’s wine time. Each month is themed. 4:30-7:30 p.m. |

5-Chef CookOff The Potentialist Workshop Reno | Sept. 19

Enjoy great food, live music and more while increasing access and education to nutritious foods. This event features samplings of delicious meals from each of five locally renowned chefs as they compete for the honor of “Tastiest Dish,” along with live music, activities for all ages, a silent auction and raffle. 5:30-8 p.m. | (775) 686-8201,


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o you know your Big Bottle size Jeroboam from your Rehoboam? Ok, as ridiculous as that question is, it is a great place to start this story about stories about names. Let’s move into with the measurement science related to these subjects. Jeroboam and Rehoboam are both names of wine bottles that hold 4.5 liters — six regular bottles. Rehoboam differs from Jeroboam in that it holds sparkling wine and therefore is typically stronger to withstand interior atmospheric pressure. By the way, the common American English spelling is “liter;” all other versions of English, such as British or Canadian, spell it “litre.”

Big Bottle Rehoboam differs from Jeroboam in that it holds sparkling wine and therefore is typically stronger to withstand interior atmospheric pressure.

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Most of these bottle names originate form English or French literature or other writings of popular culture. Whatever the bottle or the name, the more interesting thing to me is that even deep research rarely gives a clue as to why they were connected and even who connected them. Here is an official Big Jug Name Guide. The largest sizes refer only to champagne and are extremely rare — not least because it would be almost impossible to lift the bottles. 

Now, for the interesting part, which is the word origin and epistemology of these bottle sizes. Both are named for kings in the Bible, 1 Kings. They were rulers of Judah. Rehoboam was a son of Solomon. Jeroboam was once an official of Solomon’s.

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Even the comparatively pedestrianly named Magnum has an interesting backstory. In 1788, Scot poet Robert Burns abbreviated the Latin term “magnumbonum,” meaning a large good thing, which is employed for not only wine bottles but also for large potatoes, fruits, guns and even pens. Jeroboam is another entertaining origin story as a take-off on the Bible’s description of this king as “a mighty man of valor,” who “made Israel to sin.” For a Big Bottle of wine that is enough said.

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187.5 ml | Piccolo or Split | one-quarter standard bottle 375 ml | Demi or Half | half standard bottle 750 ml | Standard 1.5 L | Magnum | 2 standard bottles 3 L | Double Magnum | 4 standard bottles 4.5 L | Jeroboam | 6 standard bottles (sparkling, 3 liters) 4.5 L | Rehoboam | 6 standard bottles 6 L | Methuselah or Imperial | 8 standard bottles 9 L Salmanazar | 12 standard bottles, a full case 12 L Balthazar | 16 standard bottles

Balthazar and Melchior are connected because they are identified as two of the wine Magi who visited the manger. Balthazar may have been the Babylonian leader famed for seeing “the writing on the wall” at the feast, which gave rise to that expression.

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Top chefs from around the region gather at the Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival. The annual installment includes three days of culinary competition, demonstrations, tastings, art exhibitions and more. Partake in a weekend of wine and beer tasting while checking out Blazing Pans Mountain Chef Cook Off or take part in the Culinary Competition a 6 p.m. $45-$250 | (800) 466-6784,

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The free annual Oktoberfest at the Village at Squaw Valley is on Sept. 21 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event will transform the village into a miniature Bavaria complete with authentic German beer and food, Bavarian music, the ever-popular Oktoberfest games and the Tahoe Trail Running Lederhosen 5K. The games include keg rolling, brat toss and stein holding; all are free to enter on a first-come, first-served basis. Enjoy live entertainment by Joe Smiell’s 20 Piece Bavarian Band, the Almenrausch Schuhplattler Dance Troop, accompanied by the Alpentanz Kapelle Band throughout the day. Chew on authentic brats, pretzels, Swiss slices and traditional European dessert/pastries such as apple strudel and nussgipfel. Root-beer floats will be available for purchase for the kiddies. A $20 donation includes a half-liter festival stein mug and two beer tickets. Additional beer tickets are available for $5. All proceeds from beer sales benefit the High Sierra Lacrosse Foundation. |

Truckee Demonstration Garden is a big project and needs volunteers and community partners. Gloves and tools will be provided. Volunteers will re-build old garden beds, touch up new beds, prepare existing beds, plant, transplant, net fruit trees, paint and more. No experience is required; come for one hour or four. All produce grown this season wil 9 a.m.1 p.m. Free |

Dinner & Dance Sierra Valley Grange Hall Loyalton | Sept. 21

Enjoy a dinner and dance on the 3rd Saturday of each month with a country-style pork 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. $10. Dance lessons 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free with paid admission. Dance 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. $5. Benefits Sierra Valley Grange Hall. 5:30-10:30 p.m. |

Crawl Reno Headquarters Bar Reno | Sept. 21

Reno, the crawl capital of the world, hosts upcoming crawls including A Very Potter Crawl on Sept. 21. All crawls start at Headquarters Bar at 8 p.m. and last until 4 a.m. | (775) 8001020,

Planting workshops Villager Nursery Truckee | Sept. 22

Join one of the local gardening classes. Eric Larusson will lead these instructive workshops on colors for your garden, how to be water wise and more. 10:30-11:30 a.m. |

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Enjoy two days of tacos, Lucha Libre Wrestling, Salsa Challenge, Chihuahua Beauty Pageant, Chili Pepper Challenge, Taco Eating Contest, vendors, live music and more. 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. | (775) 348-2200,

American Legion Hall South Lake Tahoe | Sept. 24

South Lake Tahoe Farmers Market is every Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. until Oct. 8 at the American Legion Hall parking lot. 8 a.m.1 p.m. Free |

Workday Wednesdays Truckee Regional Park Truckee | Sept. 25

Truckee Demonstration Garden needs help with planting, weeding, fertilizing, repairing and learning all we can about high altitude growing. No experience is required to volunteer; learn as you go. Come for any amount of time you can spare. All produce grown this season will be donated to Project MANA in Truckee. 7 a.m. Free |

Reno Wine Walk Downtown | Reno | Sept. 21

Every third Saturday the Riverwalk Merchants Association hosts the popular Wine Walk along the Truckee River and neighboring streets in downtown Reno. 5 p.m. $20 |

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once prepared the food for friends of mine who were married at Sand Harbor. The wedding, as with most events, went off without a hitch for the partygoers, even with the usual unforeseen circumstances, one of which included gusty winds. I thought about a lot of different things I needed to account for because I was going to grill food for 150 people. For example, I used two grills: one gas and the other charcoal to cook tri-tip, chicken breasts, asparagus, portabella mushrooms, zucchini and yellow squash. I used the gas grill to cook the tri-tip while the charcoal was getting hot enough to cook on. There was easily more than a 100-degree difference between one end of the gas grill and the other due to the wind. It was easy to go from a hot spot to a cooler spot to slow down the cooking but finding that sweet spot was a challenge.

It is simple, but you will see it really does give a great flavor. The charcoal grill was even worse. There were times when the wind was dead calm, but that certainly wasn’t the norm for the day. It would go from no wind to gusts and then to a steady, constant stream of wind. The coals would be smoking hot and then the wind would cover them with ash; the temperature would drop drastically. Deciding what order in which to cook things also posed a dilemma. I had two hot boxes but the lower three shelves of one were unusable because of previous damage to the rack system. This meant

that something had to go from the grill straight to the buffet. The tri-tip takes the longest to cook, so I started with that. I needed three shelves for the mashed potatoes, which I made just before going to Sand Harbor. That left the veggies and the chicken. Did I mention I also had to make a few fruit, cheese and cracker trays and a vegetable and dip tray an hour before dinner? That also affected what I had going on the grill because I couldn’t set up the platters too soon or they would dry, crack and wither. My attention was divided. What it came down to was the veggies had to be cooked first and put into the box. Why? Because it takes a whole lot of veggies to feed 150 people and I had to cut them a little thinner than I would have liked. The wind really cooled off the grill tremendously and the thicker vegetables would take too long to cook. I could also keep pans of veggies hot over the coals, but if I tried doing that with the chicken it would dry out and get tough.

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