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Oct. 4-10, 2018, 2018

Volume 37 | Issue 30



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


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OCT. 4-10, 2018



12 Sierra Stories 13 Fall Adventures 14 Enter The Labrynith


It’s time to take full advantage of the fleeting beauty of fall in Tahoe as the changing of the leaves peak and then is gone quickly each season (usually in less than two weeks). We’ve rounded up a list of our top 20 fall outings for this edition for you to enjoy. For me, a trip to the Hope Valley area for a fall hike to take in all of the color is a must each year. Fall is a great time to explore the Tahoe Sierra including going on a hunt “In Search of Tahoe’s Big Trees,” as Tim Hauserman did recently. During his mission, he discovered behemoths in Blackwood Canyon, on the Tahoe Rim Trail from Barker Pass and on the TRT south of Kingsbury Grade. Keep an eye out for Tahoe’s biggest on your next outing. Alyssa Ganong set out on her own exploration of rock climbing routes on Black Wall on Donner Summit for her story “Enter the Labyrinth | Dark Adventures on Black Wall.” With nearly 100 climbs at this one location, Black Wall is a must-visit for any climber. One of the newest and one of the most unique adventures in the Tahoe Sierra is the Via Ferrata on the Tram Face at Squaw Valley. Alpenglow Expeditions is now guiding tours on the first route of the Iron Road and is working to open the second route. 

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07 Big Trees

Out & About 04 Lake Tahoe Facts 06 Sightseeing 08 Events 09 Family Fun 13 Golf Column

Music Scene 15 Entertainment Calendar & Live Music 15 STYX

Fun & Games 18 Horoscope & Puzzles

Local Flavor 19 Tasty Tidbits 19 A Junction for Jerky 21 Wine Column 22 Chef’s Recipe

Arts & Culture 10 Tahoe Public Art 11 The Arts

ON THE COVER Tahoe’s North Canyon is getting ready for the coming winter by putting on her coat of fall colors. The hike through North Canyon up to Marlette Lake is one of the region’s best treks for fall colors. Read about more great Tahoe fall adventures in this edition or click on Fall under the Out & About tab at Photography by Paul Hamill |, @PaulHamillPhotos & Instagram


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Read about how the lake was formed, Lake Tahoe’s discovery, lake clarity and more at Click on Explore Tahoe.




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Fed By: 63 streams and 2 hot springs

Cave Rock

Only Outlet: Truckee River (Tahoe City)

Average Water Temperature: 42.1˚F

Emerald Bay

Zephyr Cove South Lake Tahoe

Average Surface Temperature in July: 64.9˚F Highest Peak: Freel Peak at 10,881 feet Average Snowfall: 409 inches


Fannette Island


Cascade Lake


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Fallen Leaf Lake



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

Shoreline: 72 miles



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Natural rim: 6,223’

Size: 22 miles long, 12 miles wide


Average Surface Water Temperature: 51.9˚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.



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.

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.



Maximum depth: 1,645 feet

Volume: 39 trillion gallons

Tahoma Age of Lake Tahoe: 2 million years

Carson City



Lake Clarity: 2017: 59.7 feet avg. depth. 1968: First recorded at 102.4 feet Average depth: 1,000 feet

Marlette Lake

Spooner Lake


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Crystal Bay

Kings Beach

Carnelian Bay

Olympic Valley








Truckee River


Lake Tahoe is located in the states of California and Nevada, with two-thirds in California.

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


Permanent Population: 66,000


Number of Visitors: 3 million annually


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Chinese Catfish Pond on Donner Summit. Read about the pond at | Alyssa Ganong


North Lake Tahoe Demonstration Garden

East Shore

Drive through one of the area’s natural wonders at Cave Rock, the neck of an old volcano. The area is named for the small caves above Highway 50 that were cut by waves when Lake Tahoe was 200 feet higher during the ice ages.

Eagle Rock

Summer | Free (775) 586-1610, ext. 25 | Demonstrations of lake-friendly landscaping using native and adaptive plants, water conservation, soil stabilization techniques, defensible space from wildfires & BMPs. Self-guided tours & clinics. TART

West Shore

Eagle Rock, one of the lake’s famous natural sites, is a volcanic plug beside Highway 89 on the West Shore. Trail to top is on the south side. TART

Explore Tahoe

North Tahoe Arts Center

Tahoe Art League Gallery South Lake Tahoe

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

(530) 544-2313 | Featuring local artists and workshops. Second location at Ski Run Center. BlueGo

Emerald Bay

Tahoe City

(530) 541-3030 | Lake Tahoe’s only island is located in Emerald Bay & is home to an old tea house. Boat access only. (Closed Feb. 1-June 15 for nesting birds.) TART/BlueGo


(775) 586-7000 | Enjoy a 2.4-mile ride on the gondola to the top with panoramic views of Lake Tahoe and the Carson Valley. Ticket required. BlueGo

Tahoe City Field Station

West Shore

Parking fee | (530) 525-7232 Park | (530) 583-9911 Tours Sugar Pine Point State Park is home to the historic Ehrman Mansion (summer tours), see boathouses with historic boats and General Phipps Cabin built in the late 1800s. TART

High Camp

Olympic Valley

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

Kings Beach

North Shore Kings Beach is a popular spot for dining and shopping with the North Shore’s largest sandy beach located in the heart of town. Free parking at North Tahoe Beach, Brook Street, Minnow and the Christmas Tree lot on Hwy. 28. TART

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Watson Cabin

(530) 583-1762 | Watson Cabin, built by Robert Watson and his son in 1909, is the oldest building in Tahoe City and on the National Register of Historic Places. (summer tours). TART

MUSEUMS Donner Memorial Visitor Center

Readings taken on Friday, September 28, 2018 ELEVATION :

6,227.40 |

IN 2017:


Measured in Acre Feet (AF)

Measured in Cubic Feet Per Second (CFS)

Tahoe City

KidZone Children’s Museum


Tues.-Sun. | Locals’ first Tues. half price (530) 587-5437 | For kids up to age 7 with interactive exhibits, science & art classes, the BabyZone for newborns to 18 months & the Jungle Gym for toddlers and older. TART South Lake Tahoe

Tahoe Science Center

Incline Village

Tues.-Fri. & by appt. | Free (775) 881-7566 | University of California, Davis, science education center at Sierra Nevada College. Exhibits include a virtual research boat, biology lab, 3D movies and docent-led tours. Ages 8+. TART

Truckee Railroad Museum


Sat.-Sun. & holidays Located in a caboose next to the Truckee Depot. Exhibits include the train’s role in logging, fighting snow on the railway, the role of Chinese emigrants and a children’s area. TART

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

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

South Lake Tahoe 3066 Lake Tahoe Blvd. (530) 541-5255

Stateline 169 Hwy. 50 (775) 588-4591

Tahoe City 100 North Lake Blvd. (530) 581-6900

Truckee 10065 Donner Pass Rd. (Depot) (530) 587-8808

U.S. Forest Service | Incline Village 855 Alder Ave., (775) 831-0914 (Wed.-Fri.)

(530) 541-5458 | Features Washoe artifacts and exhibits on early industry, settlers and archival films of Tahoe. BlueGo

U.S. Forest Service | South Lake Tahoe

Old Jail Museum

3080 N. Lake Blvd. (530) 583-3593 (Fridays)


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


Tahoe City

(530) 583-9283 | Features guided tours, exhibits and hands-on activities for kids on Tahoe’s maritime history. TART

35 College Dr. (530) 543-2600

U.S. Forest Service | Tahoe City

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


200,000 AF


150,000 AF



Tahoe Maritime Museum

Kings Beach Soda Springs

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

East Shore

Olympic Valley


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

Lake Tahoe Museum


Tahoe City

Gatekeeper’s Museum

CAPACITY: 18,300 C


Parking fee (530) 541-3030 | (530) 525-9529 ADA or Tour the grounds of Vikingsholm Castle (summer tours), see Eagle Falls and Fannette Island (the Lake’s only island), home to an old Tea House. TART/BlueGo

Taylor Creek Visitor Center South Lake Tahoe

CAPACITY: 9,500 C 50

CAPACITY: A 20,400

Emerald Bay Museum at the corner of Old Highway 40 & Soda Springs Road. Take the 20-mile interpretive driving tour along Old 40. Maps online or at museum. TART

CAPACITY: 29,840




Vikingsholm Castle

(530) 541-5227 | Once known as the “Grandest Resort in the World” as the summer retreat for three San Francisco elite families with the Baldwin Estate, Pope Estate & Valhalla. Grounds open yearround. BlueGo

CAPACITY: C 226,500


(800) 403-0206 | Squaw Valley, host of the VIII Winter Olympic Games in 1960, celebrates its Olympic History with the Tower of Nations with its Olympic Flame and the symbolic Tower of the Valley at the entrance to the valley. The Olympic Museum at High Camp features historic memorabilia and photographs. Tram ticket required. TART

Donner Summit Historical Society

South Lake Tahoe

May-October | Thunderbird Lodge is the former Whittell estate. This magnificent lakefront home features the Lighthouse Room, Old Lodge, 600’ underground tunnel (with a former lion cage) and Boat House, home to the “Thunderbird,” a 1939 wooden boat. Ages 6+ only. No on-site parking. Tours by reservation only.

100,000 AF

DONNER 3,165 | The historic town of Truckee was settled in 1863, and grew quickly as a stagecoach stop and route for the Central Pacific Railroad. During these early days, many of Truckee’s historical homes and buildings were built including The Truckee Hotel (1868) and the Capitol Building (1868). Stop by the Depot for a walking tour of historic downtown. Paid parking downtown with free lot on Donner Pass Road next to Beacon. TART

Tallac Historic Site

CAPACITY CAPA P CITY: T : 40, 40,870 0

PROSSER 13,978

Olympic Museum

(530) 582-7892 | The Donner Memorial State Park features exhibits and artifacts on the Donner Party (184647) at the visitor center, and see the towering Pioneer Monument. TART


STAMPEDE 203,527

North Shore


Summer | (530) 583-3279 | This 1920s-era building features a history of the field station, current UC Davis research projects, interactive exhibits and demonstration garden. Ages 8+. TART

Thunderbird Lodge

LAKE LEVEL Lake Tahoe Natural rim 6,223’ BOCA 21,499

North Shore Tahoe City is popular for shopping and dining with historical sites. At the junction of highways 89 & 28, visitors may see the Tahoe City Dam, Lake Tahoe’s only outlet, and Fanny Bridge. Peer into Watson Cabin (1909) in the center of town for a glimpse at pioneer life. Free parking at Commons Beach, Grove Street, Jackpine Street and 64 acres at Highways 89 & 28. TART

South Lake Tahoe

Hellman-Ehrman Mansion

Tahoe City

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

South Lake Tahoe

Fannette Island

Incline Village




Oct. 4-10, 2018







n a brilliant victory for nature nerds everywhere, 10 years ago the U.S. Forest Service put out a Lake Tahoe Basin Big Tree Register for the Lake Tahoe region. In it, Forest Service folks are pictured proudly smiling in front of the local behemoths of tree-dom. After reading the fascinating book “The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring” by Richard Preston, about a group of quirky botanists who spent years wandering through the redwoods looking for the world’s biggest trees, I became enamored with finding these Tahoe monsters. There is something truly special about standing next to an ancient tree. Finding the trees was a cause for celebration — searching for them, however, turned out to be the fun part.

Two days later we set off on an 11-mile hike from Barker Pass to Ward Creek on the Tahoe Rim Trail. The first few miles dish out a paradise of monster hemlocks, red firs and western white pines that love the deep snow. We were in search of the largest hemlock, which was said to sit close to the trail 2 miles north of Barker Pass near the North Fork of Blackwood Creek.

Three of the trees described in the Big Tree Register were located in Blackwood Canyon, so I set off on an adventure

ABOVE: Standing next to a humongous aspen tree,

which apparently is not the biggest one that we couldn’t find; LEFT: Largest hemlock, located near the headwaters of Blackwood Creek just off the Tahoe Rim Trail; RIGHT: Largest western white pine, located on the Tahoe Rim Trail in Killebrew Canyon south of Kingsbury Grade.

to find them. Fortunately, the largest western white pine is located literally right next to the Tahoe Rim Trail, about 4 miles south of Kingsbury Grade. You can’t walk past it without saying, “Whoa, look at the size of that monster!” After that, it began to get complicated. While the western white pine stood by itself, most big trees are surrounded by trees almost as big in a perfect niche for maximum growth. In addition, the descriptions of where to find the trees are a bit vague for amateurs. Here is the one for the biggest aspen: “This tree is located on the south side of Blackwood Canyon about 1 mile west of Highway 89 in Placer County, Calif. at an elevation of 6,350 feet.”


Download the Big Tree Register

Finally, some of the trees were found and measured over a decade ago, which is important for trees such as cottonwoods and aspens that have relatively short lives. Perhaps the biggest ones were on their last legs and have fallen down.

BLACKWOOD CANYON Three of the trees described in the register were located in Blackwood Canyon, so I set off on an adventure to find them. The region’s biggest cottonwood was relatively easy to find; where Barker Pass Road passes over Blackwood Creek it sits upstream with a big “V” shape like the picture in the register. Locating the aspen, however, was a different story. We parked about 1 mile up Barker Pass Road and started tromping through the woods. We crossed the creek, walked along eroding banks and frequently

stopped to declare: “Is that big one over there an aspen or a cottonwood?” After an hour of floundering, we found our way back to the car, drove to where the mega cottonwood is, and then set off on the hiking trail along the southern edge of the canyon. We took frequent forays through the downed trees and brush to aspen gaze without success. Finally, about to give up, we met a silver-haired couple who had spent years walking this trail. They suggested we would find the tree at the bog. Twenty minutes later after following a spring upstream through perhaps the world’s greatest concentration of burrs and stickers, we located a grove that contained the largest aspens I’d ever seen. There were at least a dozen huge trees more than 80 inches in circumference, with the largest clocking in at more than 90 inches. It was an amazing discovery, until we arrived back at the car just before dark and read that the tree we were looking for was actually 125 inches around. Had the super biggie fallen down? Was it somewhere else? Hell if we knew, but what we decided it was worth the search. We witnessed an amazing grove of aspens, as well as views of the creek and canyon that you don’t get unless you wander off trail.

As we dropped down into the canyon, we found our grove: a thick stand of very healthy hemlocks. But, still it took some time and back and forth glances at the photo in the register to figure out which was the tree. The next step was getting to it. While it sat only a few hundred feet below, it was steep and rocky, so we approached from below, working our way across the sticker minefield and back up the slope to its base. It truly was an enormous and powerful experience standing next to this tree. While hemlocks never reach the size of a Jeffrey pine or red fir, to see a tree this size when the majority of hemlocks are only about half as big, was an inspiring find. One common component to all the trees that we went in search of was a picture of Dave Allesio standing in front of them in the Big Tree Register. Allesio was employed by the Forest Service for decades, working in the woods, planning and constructing the Tahoe Rim Trail. “We measured trees as we went,” said Allesio. “There have been a couple changes since I left. The largest white fir fell over. The largest Jeffrey also fell over. The aspen we finally decided turned out to be the largest aspen in California.” Apparently, we were not very good at stumbling on that largest aspen in California. That’s okay. It means we need to set out on another adventure to locate it. Perhaps we can find the biggest Jeffrey and whitebark pine and juniper … | 




O C T. 4 - 1 1 , 2 0 1 8 Matchstick Productions’ “All In” Olympic Village Lodge | Olympic Valley | Oct. 5

This concept is spearheaded by a talented group of hard-charging women who wanted to disrupt the male-dominated ski film formula. Watch the trailer at 8 p.m. |

Tamarack Trail Days

FESTIVAL SMELLS FISHY Celebrate the annual fall migration of the Kokanee salmon during the Fall Fish Fest at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center on Oct. 6 and 7. This two-day event held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. celebrates the dramatic and colorful spawning behaviors of the Kokanee salmon and a variety of fish species that live in Lake Tahoe and its rivers. Taylor Creek and the Stream Profile Chamber provide a closeup look at fish habits. The family event encourages participation by children and their parents. Back this year will be the Salmon Feed; a treasure hunt; fish painting; visits from Smokey the Bear, Lulu the Lahontan Cutthroat and Sandy the Rocky Salmon; educational programs and booths. | (530) 543-2674, In addition, on Oct. 7, Tahoe Mountain Milers Running Club is sponsoring Kokanee Trail Runs — 5K, 10K and a half marathon — on area trails as part of the festival. The Tadpole Trot starts at 10:30 a.m. |

Join trail days this year scattered around the lake to make new connections or to make old trails more rideable. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free |

Unseen: Anne Brigman Art Hike Donner Ski Ranch | Norden | Oct. 6

Join artists, musicians, dancers and poets near Donner Pass. This unique outdoor trail experience retraces the steps of Anne Brigman and includes multiple art stops inspired by Brigman’s photographs and experiences in the Sierra. 9:30 a.m. | (530) 426-3635,

Oktoberfest at Camp Richardson Camp Richardson Historic Resort & Marina South Lake Tahoe | Oct. 6, Oct. 7

Enjoy great food, music, family games and activities, and the famous Beer and Wine Garden. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. |

Adrian Ballinger and Emily Harrington climb the routes of the new Via Route during construction. | Courtesy Alpenglow Expeditions Photo Credit | Photographer?

Courtesy U.S. Forest Service

Mt. Rose trailhead | Incline Village | Oct. 6

“A Liars Cruise” fundraiser Tahoe Gal Pier | Tahoe City | Oct. 6

Enjoy an evening of tall tales, bottomless bubbly and endless hors d’ouevres while cruising the fabulous West Shore down to Sugar Pine Point State Park and back to benefit Sierra State Parks Foundation. 4-6:30 p.m. | (530) 583-9911,

Dine Out For Boosters Conversation Café

Help with computers

Aspen Grove Community Center Incline Village | Oct. 4, 11

Kings Beach Library | Oct. 4, 11

This is a drop-in conversation forum every week except holidays. Participate with people sharing diverse views and a passion for engaging with others over topics and news. 10:15-11:15 a.m. | (775) 832-1310


Call (530) 546-5995, ext. 110, to be included in Home Improvement.

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Residential & Commercial (530) 581-2343 or (530) 412-2703 CA & NV Licensed & Insured

Ongoing computer help. First Thursdays of the month: “Exploring the Interweb,” second Thursdays: “Computers Questions with Carl LeBlanc,” third Thursdays: “Everything iPhone” and fourth Thursdays are differing themes about technology. 3-4 p.m. |

Support the Booster Club and Truckee High School. La Bamba will generate a portion of proceeds to the Boosters, which supports sports teams, clubs and scholarships at Truckee High. The evening will follow the last Truckee High Football home game. Enjoy a great meal and help our students. 4-9 p.m. | (916) 217-9841,

South Shore Candidate Forum

Trail workdays

Lake Tahoe Community College Board Room South Lake Tahoe | Oct. 4

Area venues | Truckee | Oct. 6

Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce is hosting a candidate forum. Each will provide opening and closing remarks, as well as answers to moderator and community questions. 5:30-7:30 p.m. |

Entrepreneurs Assembly Startup Roundtable Lake Tahoe Yoga | Zephyr Cove | Oct. 4

A great professional networking and growth opportunity. Roundtable workshops are confidential and provide the best practices for navigating the hurdles in creating a successful business. 6:45-9:15 p.m. |

Cool Car Cruizen Fridays Heavenly Village | South Lake Tahoe | Oct. 5

Join the fun every Friday until Oct. 12. All cool vehicles welcome. 5-8 p.m. Free |

Bubbles & Bowties

It’s time to schedule your yard winterization!


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La Bamba Mexican Restaurant | Truckee | Oct. 6

The Landing Tahoe Resort & Spa South Lake Tahoe | Oct. 5

Your attendance means that kids with type 1 diabetes will get to attend a summer camp designed just for them. Also, you get to drink, dance, dress-up and win prizes. 6-10 p.m. |

Volunteers are needed to help work on local trails. |

Fall Fish Fest Taylor Creek | South Lake Tahoe | Oct. 6, 7

Celebrate the annual fall migration of the Kokanee salmon with kids’ activities, walks, races, educational activities and more. | (530) 543-2600,

Shaffer Memorial Golf Tournament Gray’s Crossing Golf Course | Truckee | Oct. 7

All are welcome, golfers and non-golfers. A day filled with friendship, fun, competition and family, which is exactly what Coach Shaffer brought to Truckee for 20 years. Live music starting at 3 p.m. 8:30 a.m. |

Tahoe Rim Trail Annual Celebration Northstar California Resort | Stateline | Oct. 7

Join us at the Annual Tahoe Rim Trail Celebration and Fundraiser. Enjoy a ride up the gondola, a fun-filled silent auction, the everpopular State of the Trail Address and more. 3-6 p.m. $60 | (775) 298-4490, (530) 562-2267,


Via Ferrata opens at Squaw

Alpenglow Expeditions, a North Lake Tahoe area-based guide service, has opened the first route on Tahoe’s only Via Ferrata, located on the Tram Face at Squaw Valley Resort, as first reported at Via Ferrata, an Italian term meaning Iron Road, is a protected climbing route with permanent steel anchors and cables that allow participants to be safely connected to the rock via a Continuous Lifeline System. The Tahoe Via Ferrata will ultimately consist of two routes allowing those with no climbing experience the opportunity to scale the rock face, topping out more than 1,000 vertical feet above The Village at Squaw Valley. | 

Tour Meeks Bay project site The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit will host a public tour on Oct. 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. on the Meeks Bay Restoration Project. The proposed project would include building a new pier, boat launch, parking area and walking paths, along with reconstructing the campground and removing the marina to restore Meeks Lagoon. The project would also restore Meeks Creek and include other environmental improvements. The tour is part of the public notice on the proposed improvements to the area and public comment period. Meet at the Main Lodge. |

Oct. 4-10, 2018


Family Fun Visit the Event Calendar at for a complete list of events. Pre-Schooler Story Time

Halloween Harvest Festival

Tahoe City Library Tahoe City | Oct. 4, 11

Resort at Squaw Creek Truckee | Oct. 5

For ages 5 and younger. 10:30-11 a.m. | (530) 583-3382,

Mother Goose on the Loose South Lake Tahoe Library South Lake Tahoe | Oct. 4, 11

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

Preschool story time Truckee Library | Truckee | Oct. 4, 11

For ages 3 years and older. A half-hour stay-and-play after the reading. 11 a.m. | (530) 582-7846,

Enjoy the annual Harvest Fest celebration Oct. 5 to 7 and 12 to 14 with an apple bobbing contest, fishing derby, face painting, pumpkin decorating and more. | chamber.

Sensory Time Truckee Library | Truckee | Oct. 6

A relaxed story time open to all, designed to accommodate the needs of children with sensory processing sensitivities. 10:30 a.m. | (530) 582-7846,

Lego Club Truckee Library | Truckee | Oct. 6

Ongoing for kids on Saturdays. 12-1 p.m. | (530) 582-7846,

Toddler Story Time Incline Village Library Incline Village | Oct. 4, 11

With stories, puppets, music and movement for ages 18 months to 3 years. 11:1511:45 a.m. | (775) 832-4130

Teen Center Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe Kings Beach | Oct. 4, 5, Oct. 8-11

Pumpkin Patch Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe Truckee | Oct. 6

Guests can hand pick pumpkins to decorate in celebration of the fall spirit. Additionally, there will be a make-your-own candy apple station. 12-2 p.m. |

KIDS NEED A NIGHT OUT, TOO Kids, ages 4 to 9, can take a break from their busy lives and enjoy an evening of fun at Northwoods Clubhouse from 5 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 5, leaving their parents to do — whatever. The first and third Fridays of every month are Kids Night Out in Tahoe Donner. The night includes games, dinner, arts and crafts, a movie, a bedtime story and more. Another night out is on Oct. 20. The cost is $20 per kid for Tahoe Donner members and $25 per kid for nonmembers. | Register (530) 587-9400,

Young Adult Writers’ Meetup

Teen Center at Boys & Girls Club for 7th graders and older. Computers, TVs, video games, books, pool table and board games. Open gym Wednesday-Friday 6-7 p.m. 7 p.m. | (530) 546-4324,

South Lake Tahoe Library South Lake Tahoe | Oct. 6

Meet with fellow writers for discussion and writing. Laptops available. Snacks provided. 3-4 p.m. | (530) 573-3185

Raising readers story time and play group

Early Literacy Storytime

Fall Fish Fest

South Lake Tahoe Library South Lake Tahoe | Oct. 5

Taylor Creek | South Lake Tahoe | Oct. 6, 7

This weekly family literacy event will feature hands-on learning materials for little ones. Each week will focus on a new topic and include parenting tips, an interactive story time and child development support for ages birth to 5 with their parents/caregivers. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free | (530) 573-3185,

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

Family Fun Fridays KidZone Museum | Truckee | Oct. 5

Play-based class designed to inspire exploration and discovery through art. For ages 5 and younger. 11 a.m. |

Kids Night Out Northwoods Clubhouse | Truckee | Oct. 5

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

Teen Scene Kahle Community Center Stateline | Oct. 5

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

Celebrate the annual fall migration of the Kokanee salmon with kids’ activities, walks, races, educational activities and more. | (530) 543-2600,

Youth Sports Day Truckee Recreation Center & Swimming Pool Truckee | Oct. 7

South Lake Tahoe Library South Lake Tahoe | Oct. 10

Tahoe Valley Elementary School South Lake Tahoe | Oct. 10

Story time

Lace up those sneakers and come try out new sports. Sign up for sports of your choice and learn the basics from local coaches and student athletes. 8:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Zephyr Cove Library | Oct. 10

Kids playtime

Make and Take

Truckee Library | Truckee | Oct. 8

Incline Village Library | Oct. 10

Truckee Library hosts an unstructured playtime for children and parents. Toys are provided. 4:30-5:30 p.m. | (530) 582-7846,

My Reading Buddy

Enjoy stories, songs, activities and coloring. 11:30 a.m. | (775) 588-6411, catalog.douglas.

Read animal stories with a dog partner and win fuzzy prizes. A trained canine listener, animal books and tutor provided free. Program provided by the Lake Tahoe Humane Society 4-5 p.m. Free | (530) 573-3185,

Paws To Read Incline Village Library | Oct. 11

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

Children in Kindergarten to fifth grade are invited to make a DIY craft and take it home. The library will provide all the materials and directions. 4-4:45 p.m. | (775) 832-4130,

Toddler Time Truckee Library | Truckee | Oct. 9

For ages 18 months to 3 years. A half-hour stay and play after the reading. 10:30 a.m. | (530) 582-7846

Tech Tuesdays


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Incline Village Library Incline Village | Oct. 9

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

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Story Time Truckee Library | Truckee | Oct. 10

For ages 6 months to 2 years. A half-hour stay and play after the reading. 10:30 a.m. | (530) 582-7846,

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Public art


Unseen: Anne Brigman Art Hike


“DA OW A GA” “Da ow a ga” is a Washoe term meaning “edge of the lake.” The 11-foot-tall structure will weigh about 9,500 pounds and is comprised of a variety of elements — steel, stone and wood — that will represent Tahoe’s natural environment. Moten will fabricate “Da ow a ga” with large curved 10

plates of steel that will look like the Sierra Nevada, stainless steel waves reminiscent of the lake, granite rock to showcase Lake Tahoe’s basin and wood features to mimic Tahoe’s expansive forest. Moten spent his childhood in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and then moved to Reno, opening a studio called Infinity Forge where he specializes in architectural work, blacksmithing and fabricating ferrous and non-ferrous metals. “ ‘Da ow a ga’ is an impressive piece of art that tells a story of history,” says Tahoe Public Art founder, board chairman and president Steve Miller. “Once we have the permit we can start building. ‘Da ow a ga’ is a six-month process to build, so they could both be installed in the spring or one in the fall and one in the spring. Weather plays a big role in it, too; once the snow starts flying we’ll have to wait until the spring.”

“Da O Wa Ga” | Brett Moten

“ESTRELLA” Berry says he’s eager to start as soon as possible on “Estrella,” and says that he ordered materials before the price of stainless steel goes up. “I hate waiting. I wanted to get started on this yesterday,” Berry says.

“Estrella” | Roger Berry

He has been sculpting for 45 years. Berry started his artistic career building soapbox racers when he was a young kid; he took a sculpting class in college and was hooked. He studied at a time when many artists focused on a fusion of sculpture and architecture. He became interested in monuments such as Stonehenge. He then turned his attention to stainless steel. “I was interested in the shadow of the sun, changing from winter to summer,” he says. He has life-size installations in California and other states. He specializes in making large sculptures, welding and grinding pieces to make them look like a singular object. “Estrella” will have at least eight rings and 144 pieces of steel with 100 feet of welding on each ring. To come up with the design, Berry reflected back to his childhood and spending time in the Tahoe Sierra. “What I remembered most was the sky,” he says, noting that the lack of light pollution in Tahoe at night is a blessing. “I want [my sculpture] to be bright, reflect light. When you put headlights on it, it shines.” He also tried to tie in the Olympic rings at the entrance to Olympic Valley into the design. “I want it to convey an experience. As you travel around this piece, the lines will fold into one another — it’s furling and unfurling. You can’t stand in a single view and necessarily understand what the other views are; it’s constantly engaging, morphing and changing as you go around it,” he says. At any one time Berry has around 20 sculptures in various stages of development, so when one starts to take life-size form, it elevates him to a new level. “When it starts to become a sculpture, it’s a little bit like falling in love,” Berry says. “This is who I am and what I do. I just hope people will see it, understand it and personalize their experience. I want to see engagement and acceptance of it. I live on a ranch and am a full-time sculptor, part-time grape grower. Very much of what I do as a sculptor is influenced as what I do as a farmer. Both require patience and acceptance of things that happen that’s out of your control. “If we start [installation] in the next couple of weeks, then I’m hopeful that we can get it done by Nov. 1, 2018. It’s a fairly straightforward process and doable, but things can happen. I’m really excited about building this piece and seeing it in place.” | 

Anne Brigman


ublic art could soon grace the roundabouts in Kings Beach as early as this fall after a three-year process. In 2015, Tahoe Public Art began the process to select two art pieces to go into the roundabouts constructed in the center of Kings Beach. Through a juried process, finalists were selected, with the community making the final selections of the two art pieces. However, due to issues over copyright with one piece and Caltrans disallowing the second piece because it was kinetic, two other finalists were chosen – “Estrella” by Roger Berry of Clarksburg and “Da ow a ga” by Brett Moten of Reno, Nev. As soon as the final encroachment permit from Caltrans is approved, the artists will get to work, with installation likely to happen in the spring of 2019. However, Berry has said he could finish “Estrella” quickly for a possible fall installation if approval comes through and weather conditions permit.

Join artists, musicians, dancers and poets on Donner Summit on Oct. 6 for this unforgettable 2-mile art hike organized by Trails & Vistas, held in conjunction with the Nevada Museum of Art’s exhibit on Anne Brigman. The art hike includes multiple art stops inspired by Brigman’s photographs and experiences in the Sierra. Read about the exhibit at All art hikes last 2 to 2½ hours and leave from Donner Ski Ranch Lodge every 30 minutes from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Registration is required and space is limited. The hike is led by a trail guide along a dirt and stone single-track trail, rated easy to moderate with some inclines and uneven trail surfaces. No pets. | Tickets

Tahoe Film Fest returns

Tahoe Film Fest, a celebration of American independent films and new films from Latin America, returns from Dec. 6 to 9. The festival also features a Filmmaker Tribute. The premiere section of the programming is environmental films, with a focus on new and important environmental films to showcase. This year’s film will include “The Push,” “Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable,” and “Stay Human.” The festival benefits the Sierra Watershed Education Partnership, which promotes environmental stewardship by connecting students to the community and local environment through comprehensive watershed education and service learning. Tickets will be available starting Nov. 1. |

Oct. 4-10, 2018



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RACE OR CHOOSE YOUR PACE The third annual Great Trail Race is an epic point-to-point route between Truckee and Tahoe City that participants can either ride or run on Oct. 7. Choose one of two course options, Elite or Classic. Both courses start in Truckee and finish at the Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Area in Tahoe City. Proceeds benefit Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue. | Register

“Homeward Bound” Aimee Had | Riverside Studios



Riverside Studios features the oil and mixed media art of Aimee Had during the month of October. Mastering the art of freeform whimsy with a touch of gravitas, Tahoe painter Had is interested in the magical undercurrent of life. Influenced by Van Gogh, Edvard Munch, Seuss and others, Had is drawn toward compelling characters and seeking what lies beneath life’s surface. Music and song lyrics frequently influence Had’s artistic inspiration. The natural world’s astonishing ability to surprise her in the most unlikely of spots also plays a significant role. Like a seed taking root within a fissure or a crack in the manufactured world, Had’s work is an expression of spontaneous ideas cultivated into art. There will be an Artist’s Reception on Oct. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. with music and refreshments. |

Dealers of Dreams


Tahoe Maritime Museum Tahoe City | Oct. 4-Jan. 6

Mountain Minds Monday

This exhibition explores the special relationship between boats, buyers and Tahoe, and the people that brought them together. |

North Tahoe Arts Portrait Collection North Tahoe Arts | Tahoe City | Oct. 4-26

This juried exhibit explores a collection of both traditional and contemporary translations of likeness throughout our time. | (530) 581-2787,

The T-Files: the Search for Tessie Tahoe Maritime Museum Tahoe City | Oct. 4-Jan. 6

This exhibits presents the stories of monsters that have a significant history, passed down from indigenous peoples, medieval travelers or reputable explorers. Join us in the search for Lake Tahoe’s own monster, Tahoe Tessie. |

Sierra Nevada College | Incline Village | Oct. 4-19 Salov’s work examines the qualities of a moment, or the idea of a moment in physical form. Her recent work focuses on the central theme of “remains and skeletons revealing the fragility within.” |

Andy Skaff exhibit Wolfdale’s | Tahoe City | Oct. 4-Dec. 31

Skaff’s love of the West provides the inspiration for his light-filled, vibrant landscapes and cityscapes. His work ranges from classic, impressionist paintings to abstract distillations of familiar subjects. |

Tahoe Silicon Mountain’s Mountain Minds Monday is a monthly networking group. Typical topics of discussion are technology, startups, local businesses, communities and the environment. 6-8 p.m. $5 |

Candidate Forum North Tahoe High School Auditorium Tahoe City | Oct. 8

The North Lake Tahoe Chamber I Resort Association will a community forums, giving local candidates in the 2018 election an opportunity to speak directly to voters. 6:30-8:30 p.m. |

Good Morning Truckee: California Propositions Truckee Tahoe Airport-TRK | Truckee | Oct. 9

This November, voters will have 11 propositions to weigh in on including affordable housing funding, the price of gas, rent control and more esoteric issues. 7-8:30 a.m. |

Fiber Art Group South Lake Tahoe Library | Oct. 5-Nov. 2

Hosted every Friday. Open to those who enjoy knitting, crocheting, embroidery, hand sewing and other fiber arts. Bring projects or start new one. All skill levels welcome. 2-3 p.m. | (530) 573-3185,

Small Business Seminar North Tahoe Event Center | Kings Beach | Oct. 9 Learn how to create intriguing, industry specific imagery and content for social media channel(s). 8-9:30 a.m. |

55+ Take a Hike Free Writing Workshop for Veterans Lake Tahoe Community College South Lake Tahoe | Oct. 8-Dec. 3

Amanda Salov Exhibition

Pizza on the Hill | Truckee | Oct. 8

The El Dorado Arts Council is expanding their Veterans’ Voices Writing Workshop. The free, drop-in workshop is open to all veterans and all skill levels are encouraged. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free | (530) 295-3496,

Knitting Group Atelier | Truckee | Oct. 9-Dec. 31

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

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Incline Village Recreation Center | Oct. 9

Meet in Incline Village Recreation Center lobby. Bring water, lunch and wear appropriate clothing and shoes. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. | (775) 832-1310,

Climate Change Talk Incline Village Library | Oct. 9

Electric Mountain Bike Summit Northstar Meeting Room | Truckee | Oct. 10

An educational and community-building event to help understand and manage electric mountain bikes. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. |

Public Tour, Meeks Bay Restoration Project Meeks Bay Resort | South Lake Tahoe | Oct. 10

The U.S. Forest Service will host a public tour to announce the proposed action and public comment period for the Meeks Bay Restoration Project. Details on project at 2-4 p.m. |

Senior Tech talk Incline Village Library | Incline Village | Oct. 10 A group of tech-savvy seniors from Incline High School will be available to help seniors with computer questions. Bring your laptop, tablet, phone or other device. 2-3:30 p.m. | (775) 832-4130,

Diamond Peak Winter Job Fair Diamond Peak Ski Resort | Incline Village | Oct. 10 Full-time, part-time and junior positions (ages 14+) are available. Meet managers and interview. 3:30-6:30 p.m. | (775) 832-1177,

South Shore Networking Mixer Ten Crows BBQ | South Lake Tahoe | Oct. 10 Join the mixer at Ten Crows BBQ. 5:308:30 p.m. |

150th Anniversary of Transcontinental Railroad meeting Truckee Airport, Community Room | Oct. 10

Learn how best to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Golden Spike at this introductory planning meeting. 6 p.m. |

Chamber Mixer

An influx of wildfires, unprecedented snowfall and Reno’s hottest summer ever recorded. What’s going on, and why is our climate changing so rapidly? Join the discussion and guest experts on this timely topic. 6:30-8 p.m. | (775) 832-4130,

Join a celebratory evening to mark Granite Peak Management’s 20th anniversary North Lake Tahoe! Casa Andina Building, 150 Alpine Meadows Road. RSVP. 4:30-6:30 p.m. |

Fibs, Fakes and Falsehoods-Mistake Tahoe

Lisa Berry Wildflower Slideshow

Camp Richardson | South Lake Tahoe | Oct. 9

Lake Tahoe Community College South Lake Tahoe | Oct. 11

Much of the information and facts about Lake Tahoe that appear in print and on the Internet are inaccurate. Find out the real answers and other long-held Tahoe fictions with David Antonucci. 7 p.m. |

Granite Peak Management | Tahoe City | Oct. 11

Join Lisa Berry for a tour of the wildflower season on Carson Pass, the foothill flowers that bloomed before the Ferguson Fire and more. 7-9 p.m. |




J oseph R. Walker | A M a n t o M a t c h t h e M o u n t a i n s , P a r t I I I James Reed, pictured, ignored Joseph Walker’s advice. | Courtesy Sutter’s Fort Archives


here were 2,700 pioneer emigrants on the trail rolling west during the summer of 1846, with about 1,500 of them intent on reaching California. A substantial percentage of these argonauts kept diaries, wrote letters and a few published books about their experiences on the trail. One wagon company among the long caravan that year was named the Donner Party, after its elected captain George Donner. The tragedy that ensued on this group’s late attempt to cross Donner Pass in early November 1846 is an iconic drama in California’s storied history. The migration in 1846 was a sharp reversal from the year before when a similar number traveled overland to the Pacific Coast, but only 260 took the California Trail over Donner Pass in 1845. The majority followed the Oregon Trail to start farms and sawmills in the Pacific Northwest. Fort Bridger, Wyo., was filled with apprehensive young families and large herds of restless cattle. Jim Bridger’s trading post was a vital stop for wagons and an important place to get news and advice on the route ahead. Mountain man Joseph Walker spent part of the summer of 1846 at Fort Bridger, looking for work opportunities and giving experienced advice to the seemingly endless line of rookie pioneers heading west. There were several reasons for the big increase in California-bound traffic in HISTORIAN & AUTHOR


1846. President James Polk had campaigned on westward expansion and the American concept of Manifest Destiny in 1844 and it became a rallying cry among frontier communities. Politicians and clergy encouraged migration to California. In 1845, an Ohio attorney turned California land promoter named Lansford Hastings published a popular guidebook for settlers heading west. In it he wrote about the advantages of California and mentioned a shortcut leading from Fort Bridger over the Wasatch Mountains and across the vast Utah desert south of the Great Salt Lake. Walker did his best to steer people away from unnecessary risks on the trail. He was joined by his friend frontiersman James Clyman at Fort Bridger. Clyman was traveling east from the Sacramento Valley and along the way he also cautioned westbound emigrants about Hastings’ Cutoff. Most took the mountain men’s advice except for a few wagon trains, including the one captained by 60-year-old George Donner from Springfield, Ill. Clyman and Walker specifically warned Donner and his co-captain James Reed about the perils of the shortcut, but the two men felt compelled to take Hastings’ route to save time and distance. Several women in the party were against the decision, including George’s wife, Tamzene, but they dutifully demurred to their husbands. Edwin Bryant, a newspaper editor from Kentucky, was on the trail that year. He later wrote the book “What I Saw in California.” Bryant befriended Tamzene Donner along the way. Both were welleducated and intent on publishing books about their journey to California. Bryant spoke with Walker at Bridger’s fort. The Donner wagons were still a few days behind. In his diary, Bryant noted that Walker advised against Hastings’ shortcut: “Captain Walker spoke discouragingly of the new route via the south end of the Salt Lake.” Bryant had been considering going with Hastings who was guiding wagons, but instead took the mountain men at their word and decided to stick to the

established route. That afternoon a cold rainstorm blew through leaving fresh snow on nearby summits. It was July. Bryant wrote, “The mountains are covered as deeply with snow as if it were the middle of winter.” The shocking summer snowfall alarmed Bryant and caused him to change his mind again and follow Hastings. Bryant wisely sold his wagon and team of oxen and replaced them with pack animals purchased from Jim Bridger.

Joseph Walker did his best to steer people away from unnecessary risks on the trail. Bryant realized that the Donner families and others in wagons would find the route impassable. He wrote letters telling them to avoid Hastings Cutoff. In his diary he scribbled: “Although such was my new determination [to take the short cut], I wrote several letters to my friends among the emigrant parties in the rear, advising them not to take this route, but to keep to the old trail, via Fort Hall. Our situation was different than theirs. We were mounted on mules, had no families, and could afford to hazard experiment and make explorations. They could not.” Bryant gave the packet of letters to Bridger to pass them along. Bridger promised to distribute them as the late wagons arrived, including the Donners. Bridger never delivered the cautionary messages. In general, he was a relatively honest man but he was worried about another alternate route siphoning off traffic. The Sublette-Greenwood Cutoff first opened in 1844 and although it required crossing 50 miles of desert country, it lopped off seven days of travel time and bypassed Fort Bridger completely on the way to Fort Hall, the last trading post on the trail. Concerned that too many emigrants might circumvent his operation and put him out of business, Bridger supported Lansford Hastings and his effort to establish the new route that started at Bridger’s Fort. To encourage traffic via Hastings Cutoff, Bridger did not pass along Bryant’s letters, but


instead lied to George Donner telling him that the road ahead was level with plenty of water and grass. He added that their friend, Edwin Bryant, had gone that way. By ignoring seasoned advice from men such as Clyman and Walker, and ignorant of Bryant’s explicit warnings due to Bridger’s treachery, George Donner and James Reed made a crucial decision that ultimately led to the tragic deaths of nearly half the party. The life of a 19th-Century mountain man was exciting, but violent and usually brief. One fur-trading outfit employed about 180 men over the course of six years. Of those hired, 94 were killed by Indians. That doesn’t include the men who died from grizzly bear attacks, blizzards, hypo-thermia or drowning. Testament to Walker’s survival skills, the formidable mountain man lived to be nearly 78 years old. After Walker’s death near Mount Diablo in October 1876, historian Hubert H. Bancroft wrote: “Capt. Joe Walker was one of the bravest and most skillful ofthe mountain men; none was better acquainted than he with the geography or native tribes of the great basin; and he was withal less boastful and pretentious than most of his class.” 


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Skip McConnell teeing off of Hole 2.


ucked into a quiet residential neighborhood on the northern end of Sparks, Nev., is The Links at Kiley Ranch, a fun, accessible 9-hole golf course that can be played in an hour and a half or so. There is also a separate footgolf setup with bigger holes.

If you are yearning to get a quick round in or are simply looking for a quiet spot to chill out in a friendly atmosphere, then The Links at Kiley Ranch will fit the bill. It all starts at the end of a cul-de-sac where a two-story blue house serves as a golf course check-in, bar and hangout. Designed by professional golfer Patty Sheehan, The Links at Kiley Ranch was built in 2006 and is open all year long, weather permitting. Since the course is fairly flat and about 1.5 miles long, many people opt to walk the course. It’s a great way to get outside, exercise and squeeze in a quick round between meetings or on a leisurely day off.

After checking in with bartender/superintendent/golf instructor Brian Bosma, I met groundskeeper Skip McConnell, who showed me around the course in a golf cart; although, I felt a little lazy riding in one since most golfers were walking. McConnell grabbed his golf clubs from his house on Hole 1 and joined me for my round. The first hole I played from the blues (153 yards) and had a fairly straight, easy shot to the green; my ball sailed over a slightly contoured fairway and past a family of quail. I had backto-back birdies on Holes 3 and 4, the greens rolled like water. However, I broke my lucky streak on Hole 5 when I came up short on my drive. Fortunately, McConnell was able to follow through and knock his ball into the hole in two effortless shots. We both played decently on the next few holes, hitting cleanly down the fairways and putting in two shots or so. Before I know it, McConnell and I are back at the blue clubhouse. I indulged in an ovenbaked pizza at the bar, watched the Golf Channel with a neighborhood local and bragged about my back-to-back birdies. | (775) 354-2100, 

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Black Wall.

The massive cliff looms above us as Matt Pietras and I pull off the road below. We sit in the truck for a minute glancing up through the windshield. There is no visible trail and the hike appears to be straight up. Grab the guidebook, gear, rope, water. Check. And off we go, adventuring up the steep hillside. The trail is rugged and meandering. Named for the dark color of the granite, Black Wall is the first climbing area you come to as you drive up Old Highway 40. It is Donner Pass’s largest cliff, home to almost 100 single and multi-pitch trad climbs. Even though there are 10 other cars parked along the roadside, this is a great place to avoid the weekend crowds at the shady Snowshed Wall and other smaller crags.

NAMED FOR THE DARK COLOR OF THE GRANITE, B L A C K WA L L I S D O N N E R PA S S ’ S L A R G E S T C L I F F, HOME TO ALMOST 100 SINGLE AND M U LT I - P I T C H TRAD CLIMBS. It was here that I stumbled on a gem of a climb on a hot summer’s day. It seemed like the perfect solution to escape the heat. We arrived at 1 p.m., a little early because the cliff sees full sun until midafternoon, and the heat had us searching for shade. Straying from our original climbing plan, we hiked toward the right side of the cliff, toward the shadiest area, perusing the guide for options.


If you’ve ever climbed at Black Wall, you may have noticed a rope leading into a crack on the far right side of the cliff, no climber anywhere in sight. The other end trails down to a supposed belayer somewhere below, overtaken by the shrubbery. Just a few broken cracks in an unassuming cliff face. You would never know a labyrinth exists here.


This climb only receives one star in the guidebook, but it receives a lot of smiles from me. Rated 5.6, this little number will give you a run for your money if you don’t like to chimney. The guidebook touts: “Spelunkers will enjoy this atmospheric journey as it tunnels deep inside of the cliff ... headlamps are useful, but not necessary.” Merriam-Webster states, “Ancient Greek legends tell of King Minos of Crete, who had the inventor Daedalus create a labyrinth beneath his palace in which was housed the Minotaur, a fearsome monster with the head of a bull and body of a man. The Minotaur was said to have been slain by the Greek hero Theseus, who then managed to find his way out of the labyrinth with the aid of a ball of thread that had been given to him by Ariadne, the daughter of Minos.” Just something to chew on as you begin to explore this passageway back into the rock. What lives in the blackness of those deep recesses? Your belayer pays out rope, your thread, as you find your path through the labyrinth. The climb can be done in one pitch or up to three pitches. It’s only 100 feet. But, we choose to do it in two to accommodate the rope drag. We begin on a left trending crack and Pietras climbs to the ledge below the chimney. Up he goes, gaining the steep face just below the crack and when the crack is wide enough, he disappears from sight. I can hear the effort of his progress as the rope inches slowly into the crack. Finally, silence and stillness.

It’s my turn to follow this pitch into the dim interior of the cliff. The rock is cool. Sweet relief. But my legs and shoulders pay the price, as I have only worn my summer shorts and a tank. Following a chimney traverse where the floor drops out below you is akin to being on lead. There is no gear here. It is definitely a no-fall zone. We wind up and around corners and giant features. Mild claustrophobia is overcome by the thrill of exploration. Following the light, we emerge abruptly and all too soon from a small opening on top of the cliff. I didn’t want it to be over. And I couldn’t wait to come back for a repeat, wearing more clothing of course. Truckee Donner Land Trust and its partners have made significant improvements to the access trail. It is still easier to begin on the left side of the main horseshoe-shaped trail, which begins up a large sloping rock ramp. Hike, scramble and wind up through giant boulders. Bushwacking can still be had on the right side of the trail because it can be a little more difficult to follow. The trails are unmarked. The side trails are less traveled and bushy. The Land Trust purchased Black Wall in 2015 and has since been working to accommodate the growing popularity of rock climbing on Donner Summit.

TOP TO BOTTOM: The morning light shines on Black Wall, high above Donner Lake; The path Labyrinth follows to disappear inside the crack and reappear on top of the cliff; hiking down the right trail.

With autumn’s cooler temperatures, now is the time to take advantage of quiet mornings with full sun exposure. Happy adventuring. For more information, visit or pick up a copy of “North Tahoe, A Rock Climber’s Guide” at a local shop. n





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OCTOBER 4 | THURSDAY Live Music Glen Eagles, Carson City, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. First Thursday: The Reno Swing Set Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, 5-7 p.m. Line Dancing Hellfire Saloon, Reno, 6:30-9 p.m. DJ Trivia MidTown Wine Bar, Reno, 7 p.m. Cirque Paris Eldorado Resort Casino, Reno, 7 p.m. Thirsty Thursday’s with DJ Trivia MidTown Wine Bar, Reno, 7-9:30 p.m. Throwback Thursdays Present: Trivia Night Lex Nightclub, Reno, 7-9 p.m. Bob Zany Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Reno, 7:30 p.m. Maytag Virgin Restless Artists Theatre, Sparks, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Steel Magnolias Valhalla Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe, 7:30 p.m. Acoustic Wonderland Sessions Paddy & Irene’s Irish Pub, Sparks, 8 p.m. Karaoke The Pointe, Reno, 8:30 p.m. The Wailin Jennys Cargo at Whitney Peak Hotel, Reno, 8:30 p.m. Greenriver Thrillers, Kanawha, Louisville Lip Shea’s Tavern, Reno, 8:30 p.m. Karaoke 5 Star Saloon, Reno, 9 p.m. Tony G’s Thursday Night Blues Jam Sparks Lounge, Sparks, 9 p.m. Joey Harkum w/The Glove Whiskey Dicks, South Lake Tahoe, 9 p.m. Said The Sky Wide Eyed Tour The BlueBird Nightclub, Reno, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Laugh Factory Eldorado Resort Casino, Reno


Oct. 5 | 7:30 p.m. | Harrah’s Lake Tahoe | Stateline, Nev.


ames “J.Y.” Young got the invitation to join musical upstarts TW4 for the Illinois version of Woodstock in the summer of 1970. Although he was mostly focused on writing original music at the time, he agreed to join the cover band so long as he could play his signature tune – “Foxey Lady” by Jimi Hendrix. “We ended up doing some original songs and got a standing ovation,” says Young. “I think people appreciated the blend. The Panozzo Brothers and Dennis DeYoung brought the everyman energy. I brought the cutting edge.” Growing up on the south side of Chicago, Young fell in love with the blues from a young age before being influenced by classic rock icons such as The Beatles, The Who, Cream and Emerson, Lake & Palmer. “We always believed in the philosophy that you take what you can and do your best with it,” he says. “We didn’t want to limit ourselves and we didn’t limit our-

“We’re here to bring joy to a group of people who know and love these songs. Everybody out there has a song or two, or five that played a pivotal role in shaping their existence.”

–James “J.Y.” Young

OCTOBER 5 | FRIDAY Live Music Glen Eagles, Carson City, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Reno Open Studios Area venues, Reno, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Comedy Collective Reno Tahoe Comedy, Reno, 5:30 p.m. Lee Kennedy Live Living the Good Life Nightclub, Carson City, 6-10 p.m. Robert Drake and Michael DiMartino Cottonwood Restaurant & Bar, Truckee, 6-9 p.m. Latin Dance Social Peppermill Casino, Reno, 7 p.m. Brother Dan Palmer Washoe Camp Saloon, New Washoe City, 7 p.m. Live Music Sands Regency Casino Hotel, Reno, 7-11 p.m. Black Map Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, 7 p.m. Fresh Bakin The Bluebird, Reno, 7 p.m. Dale Watson & Wayne “The Train” Hancock Cargo at Whitney Peak Hotel, Reno, 7-11:30 p.m. The Sextones CVIC Hall, Minden, 7-9:30 p.m. Styx Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Stateline, 7:30 p.m. CONTINUED ON PAGE 16


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selves. Everybody brings their own history to the party and in some crazy way you find a way to make it resonate.” In 1972, the group changed its named to Styx and signed a record deal with a little help from renowned talent agent Jerry Weintraub. “We didn’t know he was involved until later on,” Young says. “He was going in on a big Chicago thing at the time.” Styx proceeded to record four tripleplatinum records in a row. They are only band in history to claim this remarkable distinction. In 1981, they sold out more than 100 arenas in North America and Europe on the popularity of songs such as “Come Sail Away,” “Lady” and “Renegade,” which continue to see steady classic-rock radio airplay to this day. “As young men we were hell-bent to success,” says Young. “We’d drive anywhere crisscrossing the country to get a foothold in some small town.” Styx regularly receives letters from fans stating that certain songs changed their life, helped them through a troubled time or motivated them to do something great, says Young.

“We’re here to bring joy to a group of people who know and love these songs,” he says. “Everybody out there has a song or two, or five that played a pivotal role in shaping their existence. We always pulled on people’s heartstrings.” Styx’s 2017 concept album, “The Mission,” is based on the fact that NASA is planning to send human beings to Mars in the coming years. Composer Tommy Shaw used this idea to draw an analogy between the 34-million-mile journey and the oftdistant life of musicians on the road. “We as rock stars find a lot of separation from our families on tour,” says Young. “P.T. Barnum said, ‘The show must go on,’ and we subscribed to that. Real life intruded on rock ‘n’ roll every now and then, but, for the most part, we were separated for a lot of things we experienced in real time. For us, that was always a bit unsettling.” As far as thoughts on the vanishing genre of concept albums, Young remains a big advocate of this approach to composition. “A lot of times it’s difficult to come up with ideas from songs out of thin air,” he says. “Sometimes you get something that just comes from your emotions, but if

there is a story, it sort of sparks notions that help open a writer’s mind to different musical possibilities. Some would say it narrows things lyrically, but it also creates opportunities for cohesive thought.” Over the years, Styx shared the stage with many bands who have come to find a place in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, including David Bowie, Queen, AC/DC and Cheap Trick. “Our fans would like to see us in there,” says Young of the elusive invite. “For whatever reason it comes down to taste, so there’s a subjective element to whoever makes the decision. What can we do if we’re not on Seymour Stein’s list? It would be nice; it doesn’t keep me up at night. In the minds and hearts of our fans, we are already there.”


Watch Styx perform “Radio Silence”

At this point in his career, Young says it’s more about the fact that he can still go out on stage and perform with a solid lineup that dates back to 2003. “It’s a group of talented musicians that are playing some amazing music that has had great success over the last four decades. We figured we know how to put on a rock show by now,” he says. | 





Oct. 6 | 9 p.m. Crystal Bay Casino | Crystal Bay, Nev. DAVID BROMBERG’S incredible journey spans five and one-half decades and includes adventures with Bob Dylan, George Harrison and Jerry Garcia, and music and life lessons from seminal blues guitarist Reverend Gary Davis. A musician’s musician, Bromberg’s mastery of several stringed instruments and multiple styles is legendary; Dr. John declared him an American icon. In producing John Hartford’s hugely influential “Aereo-Plain” LP, Bromberg even co-invented a genre: newgrass. |




Oct. 4 | 8:30 p.m. Cargo Concert Hall | Reno, Nev. IMAGINE THREE gentle sisters emerging from fairy spring crooning the most beautiful harmonies you’ve ever heard and that just might begin to hint at what’s in store for The Wailin’ Jennys special appearance in Reno. |



Oct. 7 | 7 p.m. Nugget Casino Resort | Sparks, Nev. ITALIAN TENOR Pasquale Esposito takes the audience on a musical journey paying tribute to the most beautiful piazzas in Italy and dedicating to each of them a song celebrating their history, beauty and romance. |




Bob Zany Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Reno, 7:30 p.m. Maytag Virgin Restless Artists Theatre, Sparks, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Young Frankenstein Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company, Reno, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Steel Magnolias Valhalla Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe, 7:30 p.m. Steel Rockin’ Karaoke Ponderosa Saloon, Virginia City, 8 p.m. Chris Costa Tahoe Biltmore Lodge & Casino, Crystal Bay, 8 p.m. Creux Lies, Slate, Voidlock The Holland Project, Reno, 8-11 p.m. Justin Rupple Reno Tahoe Comedy, Reno, 8 p.m. The Midtown Men Eldorado Resort Casino, Reno, 8 p.m. Whiskey Preachers Hellfire Saloon, Reno, 8-11 p.m. Karaoke The Pointe, Reno, 8:30 p.m. Cirque Paris Eldorado Resort Casino, Reno, 8:30 p.m. Live music with Under the Radar MidTown Wine Bar, Reno, 8:30-11:30 p.m. Guest DJs St James Infirmary, Reno, 9 p.m. Stone Sour Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, 9 p.m. Public Eye Bar of America, Truckee, 9-9:30 p.m. The Breakfast Klub Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Reno, 9 p.m. Magic After Dark: Robert Hall The Loft, South Lake Tahoe, 9-10:15 p.m. Justin Rupple Pioneer Underground, Reno, 9 p.m. Velvet Duo Boomtown Casino, Verdi, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Greaser Zombie Dance Featuring Calling Kings Shea’s Tavern, Reno, 9 p.m. Minnesota & Charlesthefirst The BlueBird Nightclub, Reno, 9 p.m. Justin Rupple Reno Tahoe Comedy, Reno, 9-10:45 p.m. Silver + Pink Awful The Loving Cup, Reno, 9 p.m. Bob Zany Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Reno, 9:30 p.m. Soul Funk Disco The Loft, South Lake Tahoe, 10 p.m.

DJ Show Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Stateline, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Protohype & Game Genie at 1UP 1up, Reno, 10 p.m. Skyy High Fridays Circus Circus, Reno, 10 p.m. Bazooka Zac & Friends Crystal Bay Casino, Crystal Bay, 10 p.m. Laugh Factory Eldorado Resort Casino, Reno Boy George & Culture Club, The B-52s, Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey Reno Events Center, Reno Justin Rupple Lex Nightclub, Reno Throwback Thrillers with KWNK The Holland Project, Reno Slaughterhouse Greater Nevada Field, Reno

OCTOBER 6 | SATURDAY Live Music Glen Eagles, Carson City, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Holi Festival of Colors Reno San Rafael Regional Park, Reno, 11 a.m. J Brave Festival of Colors Reno, Reno, 11 a.m. World Championship Outhouse Races Downtown Virginia City, Virginia City, 12-3 p.m. Doug Benson’s “Doug Loves Movies” Reno Tahoe Comedy, Reno, 3 p.m. Oktoberfest at The Elm Estate The Elm Estate, Reno, 3:30-8 p.m. Cirque Paris Eldorado Resort Casino, Reno, 5 p.m. Steppn’ Back in Time, 1920s Historic Fourth Ward School Museum, Virginia City, 5-8 p.m. Dinner Murder Mystery Fundraiser Gold Dust West, Carson City, 5:30-10 p.m. Justin Rupple Reno Tahoe Comedy, Reno, 6:30-8:15 p.m. Live Music Sands Regency Casino Hotel, Reno, 7-11 p.m. The Novelists Tour Send-off Show Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater, Reno, 7-10 p.m. Hot Jersey Nights Harrah’s, Reno, 7:30 p.m. Bob Zany Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Reno, 7:30 p.m. Maytag Virgin Restless Artists Theatre, Sparks, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Young Frankenstein Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company, Reno, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Steel Magnolias Valhalla Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe, 7:30 p.m. Chris Costa Tahoe Biltmore Lodge & Casino, Crystal Bay, 8 p.m. Super Diamond – The Neil Diamond Tribute MontBleu Resort, Stateline, 8 p.m. Amanda Miguel & Diego Verdaguer Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, 8 p.m. Thedopestmatrix Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor, Reno, 8 p.m. Live music with the Monique Jade Band MidTown Wine Bar, Reno, 8-11:30 p.m. Justin Rupple Reno Tahoe Comedy, Reno, 8 p.m. Karaoke The Pointe, Reno, 8:30 p.m. Cirque Paris Eldorado Resort Casino, Reno, 8:30 p.m. Seduction Saturdays Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Reno, 9 p.m. Saturday Night Karaoke Farah & Sons, Sparks, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. The Breakfast Klub Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Reno, 9 p.m. Velvet Duo Boomtown Casino, Verdi, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. David Bromberg Quintet and After Party w/Shane Dwight Crystal Bay Casino, Crystal Bay, 9 p.m. Bob Zany Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Reno, 9:30 p.m. Public Eye Bar of America, Truckee, 9:30-10 p.m. DJ Show Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Stateline, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Revel Saturdays Circus Circus, Reno, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Red Cup Nation Lex Nightclub, Reno, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Shane Dwight Crystal Bay Casino, Crystal Bay, 11 p.m. Laugh Factory Eldorado Resort Casino, Reno Society of Seven Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, Reno Slaughterhouse Greater Nevada Field, Reno

OCTOBER 7 | SUNDAY Sunday Gospel Brunch The Loft, South Lake Tahoe, 12-3:30 p.m. World Championship Outhouse Races Downtown Virginia City, Virginia City, 12-3 p.m. Maytag Virgin Restless Artists Theatre, Sparks, 2-4 p.m. The Alex Hand Band Area venues, Reno, 2 p.m. Genoa Town Park Concert Genoa, 4 p.m. Cirque Paris Eldorado Resort Casino, Reno, 5 p.m. Jamie Rollins Boomtown Casino, Verdi, 6 p.m. Chris Costa Polo Lounge, Reno, 7 p.m. Sunday Services with Reverend Rory Dowd St James Infirmary, Reno, 7 p.m. Pasquale Esposito John Ascuagas Nugget, Sparks, 7 p.m. Bob Zany Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Reno, 7:30 p.m. Steel Magnolias Valhalla Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe, 7:30 p.m. Reel Big Fish Cargo at Whitney Peak Hotel, Reno, 8 p.m. Karaoke with Rock On Entertainment Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Reno, 9 p.m. Laugh Factory Eldorado Resort Casino, Reno Slaughterhouse Greater Nevada Field, Reno Reno Swing Set Artemisia MovieHouse, Reno

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Oct. 6 | 8 p.m. MontBleu Resort Casino | Stateline, Nev. SUPER DIAMOND BRINGS one of the world’s best Neil Diamond cover bands to Tahoe. Get ready to sing along to “Sweet Caroline” and “Cracklin’ Rosie” at full volume during this captivating performance lead by Surreal Neil, a dead ringer for the iconic singer’s younger self. |



OCTOBER 9 | TUESDAY Chihuahua Desert Boomtown Casino, Verdi, 6-10 p.m. Canyon Jam/Open Mic Living the Good Life, Carson City, 6:30 p.m. Fat Nick @ Jub Jub’s Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor, Reno, 7 p.m. Cirque Paris Eldorado Resort Casino, Reno, 7 p.m. DeZorah Park Place USA, Reno, 7 p.m. Vicki Barbolak Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Reno, 7:30 p.m. The Book of Mormon Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, Reno, 7:30 p.m. Autumn Big-Band Jazz Living the Good Life, Carson City, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Buddy Emmer and guest Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Stateline, 8 p.m. Comedy Night The Jungle, Reno, 9 p.m. Laugh Factory Eldorado Resort Casino, Reno

OCTOBER 10 | WEDNESDAY Live Music Glen Eagles, Carson City, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. DISCO’s Wii Wednesday Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Peter Pacyao Boomtown Casino, Verdi, 6-10 p.m. Open Mic with Doug Tarrant Red Dog Saloon, Virginia City, 7 p.m. Cirque Paris Eldorado Resort Casino, Reno, 7 p.m. The Von Tramps & Space Monkey Mafia Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor, Reno, 7 p.m. Caravan to WonderGrass California Alibi Ale House, Truckee, 7 p.m. The Book of Mormon Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, Reno, 7:30 p.m.

OCTOBER 11 | THURSDAY Live Music Glen Eagles, Carson City, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Line Dancing Hellfire Saloon, Reno, 6:30-9 p.m. DJ Trivia MidTown Wine Bar, Reno, 7 p.m. Cirque Paris Eldorado Resort Casino, Reno, 7 p.m. Thirsty Thursday’s with DJ Trivia MidTown Wine Bar, Reno, 7-9:30 p.m. Vicki Barbolak Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Reno, 7:30 p.m. The Book of Mormon Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, Reno, 7:30 p.m. Maytag Virgin Restless Artists Theatre, Sparks, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Young Frankenstein Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company, Reno, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Steel Magnolias Valhalla Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe, 7:30 p.m. Acoustic Wonderland Sessions Paddy & Irene’s Irish Pub, Sparks, 8 p.m. Thai Rivera Pioneer Underground, Reno, 8 p.m. Karaoke The Pointe, Reno, 8:30 p.m. Karaoke 5 Star Saloon, Reno, 9 p.m. Tony G’s Thursday Night Blues Jam Sparks Lounge, Sparks, 9 p.m. Laugh Factory Eldorado Resort Casino, Reno


Bob Carmichael

Au5 Cargo at Whitney Peak Hotel, Reno, 7 p.m. Jason Ross Cargo at Whitney Peak Hotel, Reno, 7 p.m. Seven Lions Cargo at Whitney Peak Hotel, Reno, 8 p.m.

Study Break - Pub Grub & Karaoke Incline Village, 8-9 p.m. Saints and Sinners Wednesday Night Blues Syndicate The Saint, Reno, 8 p.m. Space Monkey Mafia & The Von Tramps Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor, Reno, 8 p.m. Boss’ Daughter tour kick off w/Coyote Bred, Don Forgetti, Hector Shea’s Tavern, Reno, 8-11 p.m. Karaoke 5 Star Saloon, Reno, 9 p.m. Wacky Wednesday Karaoke Reno Pizza Baron, Reno, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Laugh Factory Eldorado Resort Casino, Reno


Oct. 10 | 6 p.m. Alibi Ale Works | Truckee


Oct. 4 | 9 p.m. Whiskey Dick’s Saloon | South Lake Tahoe FOLK SINGER Joey Harkum from Pasadena, Md., will bring his thoughtful, emotive brand of music to South Lake for one night only. |

FATHER AND SON DUO, Vince and Silas Herman, will represent WinterWonderGrass as they announce the 2019 Tahoe lineup. Dad founded slamgrass originators Leftover Salmon in 1989 and Silas plays mandolin in an up-andcoming indie/folk outfit Gispy Moon. |



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Oct. 5 | 6 p.m. Cottonwood | Truckee LOCAL MUSICIANS Robert Drake and Michael DiMartino share their unique take on guitar and percussion-driven Latin jazz at one of North Lake’s most intimate venues. |


Oct. 4-25

Ode to Muir

with Jeremy Jones Q & A

Oct. 26-27

Rocky Horror Picture Show with live shadow cast by Amber’s Sweets

Oct. 31

JonBob Productions’ Labor of Love Nov. 1

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

Libra (Sep 22-Oct 22)

Aries (Mar 21-Apr 20)

A process of taking pioneering initiatives continues. With your ruling planet, Venus, in Scorpio, finding the balance between yours and other people’s money and power, in general, is indicated. This may be the source of some measure of fear and stress. Overcoming these requires that you have a sense of direction and purpose.

The focus now significantly involves relationships and you probably have some work to do. This work includes the classic themes of discerning between love, lust, desires and needs. These may be as much in question with significant others in your life as with you. The solution includes deciphering what constitutes a fair and balanced assessment of duties and responsibilities.

Scorpio (Oct 22-Nov 21)

Taking some time out to retreat, rest and reflect is a likely urge now. This may be understood as the early summons from your higher mind. In other words, you will soon enter a longer cycle of some 18-months when learning to listen within will become a higher priority. It has been calling you to engage in some kind of healing process and this will deepen.

Taurus (Apr 20-May 21)

The challenge of determining the difference between the voice of our heart and that of our mind is as old as is the human soul itself. This is the dilemma of reason and free will versus instinct. Free will is that chaos factor that can support us to beat the odds or to misjudge situations or lean on frailty and fail. Making the effort to listen to your heart at all is already in the direction of success.

Sagittarius (Nov 21-Dec 21)

It seems that you, more than others, have endured quite a lot of changes over the past several years, at least, both inner and outer. You have perhaps been able to enjoy some reprieve more recently, but you will be challenged again before the year is out to ‘let go and let God’, again. In fact, this process has already begun. The good news is that as you do you will feel liberated.

Gemini (May 21-Jun 21)

Balancing work with play is emphasized now. As is usually true, the scales are not static, they are shifting to and fro, to work, then to play, and then to work again… The work may especially include significant men in your life. Themes of letting go are indicated. As the scales swing your turn to do so will come and go over the coming weeks and will progressively lean towards work.

Capricorn (Dec 21-Jan 19)

A new round of exercising a deepened sense of responsibility has begun. This is a natural feature of your destiny. The challenge has been to let go of the past and determine a new and more realistic direction. This could be understood as a spiritual process including your higher mind overcoming the dictatorial attitudes of your lower mind, of your soul’s authority superseding that of your ego.

Aquarius (Jan 19-Feb 19)

Cancer (Jun 21-Jul 22)

Creating beauty close to home includes both your environment and you personally. After all, home is where your heart is, literally. Health is implied here, as it is the essence of beauty. Consider when nature if vibrant and full of life, the notion of further adornment does not arise. Creating a realistic and inspiring dwelling in such an environment is another matter and both are important.

Leo (Jul 22-Aug 23)

A process of learning to see a bigger picture has begun, on time, of course. That is how destiny works. The question is: are you ready and willing to consciously participate. Even though resistance is futile, regarding the flows of change, you may try. So, what does cooperative acceptance look like? Negotiation to achieve win/win deals is ever the wise answer.

A busy cycle is underway. Attending to a variety of fronts is likely. Clearing and cleaning is featured among the array. This process may well include your living space, but it can also imply overcoming old and limiting perceptions, beliefs and/or attitudes. In any case, you are destined to take a creative lead now, but one that is fair and democratic as well.

Pisces (Feb 19-Mar 20)

You have entered a mini cycle of change and transformation. Featured in it is a balance between long -cherished dreams coming true and work to be done. What is changing that you have longed for? Answering this question is important now so that you can acknowledge it and work consciously to cultivate new rhythms and patterns to adjust to its requirements.

Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22)

A process of deciphering your priorities continues. While this is an ongoing process due to the steady flow of change, it is emphasized now. Striking the balance between divergent fronts may include some apparent contradictions. For example, circumstances are directing you to assert your power and authority, on one hand, but surrender and let go of control, on the other.


I don’t like to bad-mouth metalworkers because I think people should respect their welders.

Hocus Focus differences: 1. Towel is missing, 2. Pocket is missing, 3. Ar,m is moved, 4. Airplane is missing, 5. Sand trap is smaller, 6. Club head is different.





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A Junction for Jerky Courtesy Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop

S T O R Y & P H O T O S B Y K AY L A A N D E R S O N

Linger downtown at

Wine Walk

Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop is on Oct. 6 from noon to 4 p.m. This annual event brings nearly 1,000 local and visiting participants to sip wine and sample local food tastings while enjoying shopping in historic downtown Truckee. Attendees will receive a commemorative wine glass to sample wine at 30-plus venues, as well as five food tickets and a map to all participating venues. This is a safe event, free cab rides will be available for attendees before, during and after the event within Truckee Town limits.


hen out on a long hike around the lake, camping in Desolation Wilderness or tearing down the slopes of Tahoe’s ski resorts, it’s important to take plenty of water and hearty snacks. Tahoe Truckee Jerky’s Tim Brown, who everyone knows as “Timbo,” recognized how well beef jerky pairs with outdoor activities. With his background as a butcher, chef and owner of Zano’s Family Italian & Pizzeria in Truckee, Brown knows meat and realized how he could fill a niche by providing protein-chocked tender and tasty snacks to outdoor enthusiasts. Brown moved to North Lake Tahoe in 1991 to ski Squaw Valley and like many never left: “I moved here for one winter of skiing and now I’m stuck,” he says. Aside from skiing, Brown also cooked and managed restaurants including Jake’s

Jerky Junction is stocked with tender mouth-watering driedmeat snacks ranging from its best-selling teriyaki beef to more interesting selections such as ostrich, Mako shark and rabbit.

Tickets are $45 in advance or $55 on the day of the event. Designated Driver tickets can be purchased for $10 for a non-alcoholic beverage at several stations, five food tickets and a map. |


chicken opens

Chicken in a Barrel has opened a location in South Lake Tahoe, offering a unique style of barbecue. The original Chicken in a Barrel opened eight years ago on Kauai and is now home to three locations. A fast-casual barbecue restaurant, the South Lake Tahoe location is the first to open on the mainland. Chicken in a Barrel smoke barbecues chicken, ribs, beef and pork each day in its unique, proprietary barrels using a special blend of rubs. In addition to barbecue, they offer Mexican-style plates using its smokebarbecued meats, hamburgers and side dishes including homemade chili beans, rice, Hawaiian-style coleslaw, macaroni salad, fries, onion rings and corn bread. Chicken in a Barrel is located at 2100 Lake Tahoe Blvd. | CONTINUED ON PAGE 28 20

On the Lake, Gar Woods Pier & Grill and Riva Grill. He opened Zano’s 18 years ago. Along with the restaurant, he inherited the big red caboose parked in front of the restaurant on Donner Pass Road; it used to be a high-speed Union Pacific train car. Now off the rails, the caboose serves as Jerky Junction, an outlet for the 30 to 40 jerky varieties sold there. Brown’s three teenagers run the space when they’re not in school. Jerky Junction is stocked with tender, mouth-watering, dried-meat snacks ranging from its best-selling teriyaki beef to more interesting selections such as ostrich, Mako shark and rabbit. The popular traditional or exotic meat selections are distributed at about 300

locations and sold at Boreal Mountain Resort, Northstar California and Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. He came up with a recipe called Squaw Candy that is a popular dried salmon jerky. “It sells out so fast, I can barely keep it in stock,” Brown says.

TOP TO BOTTOM: An old Union Pacific caboose now serves as Jerky Junction, an outlet for the 30 to 40 jerky varieties sold there; Tim Brown has filled a niche by providing protein-chocked tender and tasty snacks to outdoor enthusiasts.

Brown became serious about selling jerky about three years ago when he found a manufacturing plant in Carson City, Nev. He came up with about 10 jerky recipes in the beginning, but has since expanded the business to include dozens of different varieties. He enjoys playing with flavors and marinades. He sources good local beef, but exotic meats such as venison, elk and buffalo have also caught people’s attention. His personal favorite is the Whiskey Rabbit. Tahoe Truckee Jerky also has an impressive presence online; people who discover the jerky are likely to go back and tell their friends about it and buy more. The company also ships jerky to military members based all over the world. The most popular jerkies are teriyaki, black pepper, and sweet and sour versions. “They sell like crazy,” he says. Jerky Junction is open year-round and tourists regularly go in and buy one to two bags for themselves, then return to buy more bags for family and friends. “A couple will come here, buy some jerky, take it back to New York and then their friend calls me up the next week and orders 30 bags of it,” Brown says. “The caboose is good for gifts and local products. We also sell sauces and honey —Al Bees and Mother Lode.” Next, Timbo wants to take his jerky business to the next level and will be approaching larger distributors to help him get his jerkies out in more places. He also plans debuting an all-natural line of organic, high-end meats. Although he may be busy running Zano’s and Tahoe Truckee Jerky, Timbo still finds time to go skiing — and it gives him a good reason to spread his product. “[ Jerky’s] the best thing to tip with,” he says. | 



TA S T Y T I D B I T S Visit the Event Calendar at for a complete list of events. Seed to Cup: Ethiopian Coffee Cupping


The San Franciscan Roaster Company Carson City | Oct. 5

The Elm Estate | Reno | Oct. 6

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Join the San Franciscan Roaster Company with Slayer Espresso for a free Ethiopian coffee tasting presented by Catalyst Coffee Consulting. Register. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. |

BRING THE BRAT(WURST)S The 24 annual Camp Richardson’s Oktoberfest is on Oct. 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event promises fun and laughs for the whole family — and it’s free to attend. There’s great food, music, family games, activities and a Beer and Wine Garden. Participants can buy tickets for food and drink, which are for cash only. th

There’s a variety of entertainment and family-friendly activities to choose from including a bratwurst-eating contest, pumpkin patch, face painting, costume contests and bouncy castle. Enjoy entertainment from the Gruber Family Band and Miss Marcia and Her Dancers. Sip from souvenir beer mugs and sink your teeth into some IPA beer-infused bratwurst created specifically for the event while browsing the more than 40 craft booths. There’s free parking in Eagles Nest Campground and Bike Valet at Mountain Sports Center. |

Hop Harvest Dinner pairing Wine and Cheese Tour Thunderbird Lodge Incline Village | Oct. 5, 9

Explore the enchanting grounds of George Whittell’s Castle in the Sky and the legendary “Thunderbird” Yacht at special Wine & Cheese Tours. Sip fine wines and savor a artisan cheese and chef-prepared appetizers while learning about the history of the estate. 2-4 p.m. | (775) 832-8750,

Tahoe Mountain Brewing Co. Taproom Truckee | Oct. 5

Stop by and enjoy the local brews and $1 from every beer purchased benefits Tahoe Husky Rescue. 3-8 p.m. |

Art of Mixology The Ritz-Carlton | Truckee | Oct. 5

This entertaining, educational experience will feature freshly cut herbs, classic ingredients such as bitters and infused liquors to create three unique cocktails paired with appetizers. 4-5 p.m. $60 |

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Thursday mornings through Oct. 11. Enjoy fresh local produce, delicious food and incredible lake views. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Free | (530) 583-3348,

Tequila tastings Caliente | Kings Beach | Oct. 4

Admission is complimentary if you purchase one full-priced cocktail from the bar before the tasting. Participants must be age 21 and older to attend. Complimentary appetizers are included. 5:30 p.m. |

The Landing Tahoe Resort & Spa South Lake Tahoe | Oct. 5

It’s for a good cause. Your attendance means that kids with type 1 diabetes will get to attend a summer camp designed just for them. It will change their life and you will be just a little bit responsible for it. Also, you get to drink, dance, dress-up and win prizes. 6-10 p.m. |

Permaculture Pedal Tour 6 Different stops in Reno | Reno | Oct. 6

Walk, bike or drive to permaculture garden locations around the downtown Reno area. Grab a map at the Great Basin Community Coop and take a self-guided tour. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free | (949) 836-6603,

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Downtown Reno transforms into Little Italy with free live entertainment, a sauce cooking contest and of course, pasta. The fun-filled weekend also features craft vendors, lots of delicious food vendors, grape stomp and other activities. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | (775) 786-5700,


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Art Truckee | Truckee | Oct. 6

Wine tasting with Life Wine and live music by Peter DeMattei. |

Thunderbird Lodge Incline Village | Oct. 7

Thunderbird’s Chef Darren Weston will create a multi-course meal paired with some of the world’s finest spirits. This will be a seated event served in the Lighthouse Room with spectacular views of the lake. VIP tickets include pre-dinner cruise on “Thunderbird” yacht. 5 p.m. $495 | (775) 828-3536,

Reno Bite’s Restaurant Week Area Venues | Reno | Oct. 8-21

Reno Bites shines a spotlight on a multitude of mouthwatering local restaurants and the diverse dining experiences they offer. It encourages curious culinarians to find a new favorite, revisit some that have long been loved, or mingle with other like-minded food lovers at a fun event. |

South Lake Tahoe Farmers Market American Legion Hall Parking Lot South Lake Tahoe | Oct. 9

Enjoy the weekly farmers’ market every Tuesday until Oct. 9. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. | (530) 622-1900,

Evening of Food, Wine and Beer MontBleu Resort | Stateline | Oct. 9

Attendees will sip on incredible wine from 20 of Northern California’s top wineries, local breweries and sample a wide variety of delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts from 30 of the South Shore’s finest restaurants. 6-9 p.m. | (775) 588-3515,

Wine Wednesdays The Loft | South Lake Tahoe | Oct. 10

Free wine tasting from different featured winery each week. Enjoy free guest speaker and/or tasting notes from the featured winery. 4-7 p.m. | (530) 523-8024

Community Soup Night Area Venues | Truckee | Oct. 11

Carson City | Oct. 6

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Homewood Mountain Resort Homewood | Oct. 6

October Wine Walk

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Welcome the flavors of fall with four harvest-themed small plates, each paired with a unique beer from a different brewery. |

The Craft Beer & Food Truck Festival

The Craft Beer & Food Truck Festival returns to Homewood Mountain Resort for its third year of food, fun, brews and celebrations. 1-5 p.m. | (530) 584-6840,

Alder Creek Cafe | Truckee | Oct. 6

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Featuring live music from Jelly Bread, unlimited beer tasting, eight local breweries, authentic German food, contests and more. 21 and older only. 3:30-8 p.m. $35-$40 |

Stroll Downtown Carson City and enjoy wine poured from more than 35 locations. 1-5 p.m. |

Originally known as Project MANA’s Stone Soup, these soup nights bring family and friends together to enjoy a warm, affordable and delicious meal made from fresh, local and sustainably sourced ingredients. Each evening there will be local musicians, and a prize drawing, and custom merchandise from Slow Food Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Food Hub. 5:30-7:30 p.m. $5-$7 |


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New Wor ld | Part I


he so-called it wines of the moment are always in flux. Until the late 1800s your bottle of red Bordeaux was primarily Malbec. It took until the 1980s for Chardonnay to overtake Chenin Blanc as California’s top white. And in our most recent wine-trend pivot in the early 2000s, Pinot Noir did an Eddie Murphy-Dan Aykroyd “Trading Places” with Merlot.

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wines are already gaining notoriety and Tannat has also become the signature varietal of Uruguay. Tannat is finding a home in California as well, with a dandy coming from famed Tablas Creek Vineyard in Paso Robles.


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of factors influencing wine

There have been a myriad of factors influencing these trends — the current major one being climate change with heat making grapes in even major quality-wine regions less and less viable. But no matter the cause, change in wine preferences and the grapes that make them has always been the rule.

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This begs the question of what climate change will bring as far as what bit-player grapes will become matinee idols. Well, here is this pundit’s touts for grapes with a bright future. This will be a two-part feature with the first part setting much of the backstory, history and context. Because of their more protective skins, reds are most likely to thrive as climates warm. So, it makes sense to look at red grapes that love the heat and also do well with limited water. Additionally, we want to consider their potential to make exceptional wine. A dark horse in every sense of the word, the Tannat grape, which has stout tannins, color, high alcohol and the darkest of fruit flavors, has been used for centuries to bolster some of the world’s most famous wines. Tannat is a star on its own in the Madiran region not far from Bordeaux, where it is blended with Merlot. It seems to be an excellent marriage of the ripe plum and blueberry, soft, rich Merlot, which can lack structure and acid, and Tannat, which has all the stuffing any blend partner could ask for. Madiran

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Mourvèdre, which is a blending grape from the Southern Rhône, is another squid-ink-black wine with strong tannins and a beautiful feral quality the French call garrigue. In France, it only stars solo in the commune of Bandol where it has been cultivated for centuries. Sierra Foothills producers are making some rocking versions that rival their French counterparts, and Cline Cellars makes an incredible value Ancient Vines Mourvèdre from 100-plus-year-old vines that is widely available. By the way, both Tannat and Mourvèdre wines last decades and dance spectacularly with roast beef and vegetables, so go search some out and I’ll meet you here next week for Part II and at  Lou Phillips is a Level 3 Advanced Sommelier in Tahoe and his consulting business wineprowest. com assists in the selling, buying and managing wine collections. He may be reached at (775) 5443435 or Visit for more wine columns. Click on Wine Column under the Local Flavor tab.


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hen talking about squid as a menu item, it is normally called calamari. Calamari is quite delicious and can be prepared in a variety of ways. There are some things you need to know when it comes to cooking calamari. Although squid can be anywhere from 1 inch to 80 inches in length, we usually consume the ones that are in the range of 3 to 12 inches.

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If you don’t cook calamari properly, it can resemble a thick rubber band — something your palate would not enjoy.

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The meat is firm and white with a light, slightly sweet and nutty taste. It closely resembles abalone or conch in texture. The tentacles can be eaten but, especially with the larger squid, the body is the main focus. The most popular way to cook calamari is to fry it and accompany it with a dipping sauce, but it can also be braised, sautéed, boiled, grilled, baked or stuffed. Besides hot, it is awesome in salads either with other seafood or alone.

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There is one catch. If you don’t cook it properly, it can resemble a thick rubber band — something your palate would not enjoy. With that in mind, your two choices are to cook it fast, usually no more than 2 minutes, or long in about an hour. Anywhere in between those times and you risk eating a rubber band. There is one recipe that calls for a baking time of about 20 minutes but that is because you stuff the calamari so you need to heat the center and it also is in a sauce, which will help keep it the right texture. Think of a portion of about 12 ounces of whole squid or 6 ounces cleaned for each portion. For fast-cooked dishes, 4 to 8 ounces is a normal serving. For longer cooking, you will want to go heavy and count on closer to 8-ounce portions because there will be almost a 50 percent shrinkage during the cooking. If you are thinking of deep frying, look for a body length excluding the tentacles of about 5 inches or less; use the larger squid for long cooking. A 6-inch squid will probably weigh about 4 ounces. Give calamari a try and enjoy.  Smitty is a personal chef specializing in dinner parties, cooking classes and special events. Trained under Master Chef Anton Flory at Top Notch Resort in Stowe, Vt., Smitty is known for his creative use of fresh ingredients. Contact him at or (530) 412-3598. To read archived copies of Smitty’s column, visit or Click on Chef’s Recipe under the Local Flavor tab.

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1 lb. cleaned squid 1 T olive oil 2 lemons, 1 wedged 8 metal skewers ½ T fresh parsley, chopped ½ T fresh sweet basil, chopped Salt & pepper Rinse the calamari, dry with paper towel and slice the body down one side lengthwise so it lays open. If the tentacles are large, cut them in half so there are four to a half. Toss in a bowl with the oil, a squirt of lemon, a quarter of each herb and a little salt and pepper. Skewer the squid lengthwise to keep flat. Grill for 1 to 2 minutes at the most with a turn in the middle over high heat. The meat should be a little opaque. Sprinkle with the rest of the herbs and serve with the lemon wedges.

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