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WINTER 2016-17 EDITION
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D E C E M B E R 17–31, 2016
MERRY DAYS & HOLLY NIGHTS Holly Feet & Grinch’s Groove Show Moonlit Snowshoe Tour & Dinner Toccata Symphony Reno Jazz Orchestra NYE Celebrations FEBRUARY 18–25, 2017
Kid Friendly Activities MARCH 9–12, 2017
2017 AUDI FIS SKI WORLD CUP MARCH 25–APRIL 23, 2017 Saturdays and Sundays
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WINTER COMES EARLY IN TAHOE Thanks to an early gift of fresh, deep powder, winter arrived in full force in the Tahoe Sierra in time for Thanksgiving and has continued to bring fresh powder to the mountains. Many of the downhill ski resorts are open (see our list of Downhill Ski Resorts in this issue), along with several of our cross-country ski areas. Snow lovers have also been enjoying the fresh powder on sleds and tubes, snowshoeing in snow-clad forests, earning their turns on back-country slopes and snowmobiling on Sierra trails. There’s something for every snow enthusiast to enjoy as the holidays approach.
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… the mighty Sierra, miles in height, and so gloriously colored and so radiant, it seemed not clothed with light but wholly composed of it, like the wall of some celestial city... Then it seemed to me that the Sierra should be called, not the Nevada or Snowy Range, but the Range of Light.
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Lake Tahoe sits at an average elevation of between 6,223’ and 6,229.1’. The top 6.1’ of water is controlled by the dam in Tahoe City and holds up to 744,600 acre feet of water.
Size: 22 miles long, 12 miles wide
Age of Lake Tahoe: 2 million years
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.
Natural rim: 6,223’
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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.
Maximum depth: 1,645 feet
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Average depth: 1,000 feet
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Watershed Area: 312 square miles Zephyr Cove
Average Water Temperature: 42.1˚F Emerald Bay
Average Surface Water Temperature: 51.9˚F
Average Surface Temperature in July: 64.9˚F
Shoreline: 72 miles
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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.
Highest Peak: Freel Peak at 10,881 feet Ta h oe
Average Snowfall: 409 inches
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How the lake was formed
About 3 to 5 million years ago, the valley that would become the Tahoe Basin sank between parallel fractures in the Earth’s crust as the mountains on either side continued to rise. A shallow lake began to form in the resulting valley. Roughly 2 to 3 million years ago, erupting volcanoes blocked the outlet, forcing the lake to rise hundreds of feet above its current elevation, and eventually eroded down to near its current outlet. Between 1 million and 20,000 years ago, large masses of glacial ice covered the west side of the Tahoe Basin. Current geologic theory suggests an earthen berm (moraine) left by a receding glacier near Olympic Valley acted as a dam, causing the lake level to rise and then draw down rapidly when the dam catastrophically failed. Between
7,000 and 15,000 years ago, a four-mile segment of the West Shore collapsed into the Lake causing a massive submerged debris avalanche, widening the Lake by three miles and creating McKinney Bay.1 The Tahoe Basin is mostly granite, with little topsoil, and therefore few nutrients have washed into the lake to promote the growth of algae and other organisms that make water murky. As well, 40 percent of the precipitation falling into the Tahoe Basin lands directly on the lake. The remaining precipitation drains through the decomposed granite soil found in marshes and meadows, creating a good filtering system for water. Urbanization of the Tahoe Basin has eliminated 75 percent of its marshes, 50 percent of its meadows and 35 percent of its steam zone habitats. About 85 percent of all wildlife in the Tahoe Basin use these habitats.
About the lake Lake Tahoe is located in the states of California and Nevada, with two-thirds in California. It is fed by 63 streams and two hot springs. The Truckee River is Tahoe’s only outlet and flows from the dam in Tahoe City east through Reno and eventually drains into Pyramid Lake in the Nevada desert. However, water releases are not permitted when the lake surface level falls below the natural rim at 6,223.’ The lowest lake level on record (measured since 1900) was 6,220.26’ on Nov. 30, 1992. The Lake of the Sky appears blue in color as other colors in the light spectrum are absorbed and blue light is scattered back.
Lake clarity The University of California, Davis, operates the Tahoe Environmental Resarch Center, which monitors, among other
things, the clarity of Lake Tahoe. Clarity has been measured since 1968 and was first recorded at 102.4’. The waters of Lake Tahoe were clear to an average depth of 73.1’ in 2015. The lowest average depth on record was 64.1’ in 1997. Lake Tahoe is losing clarity because of algae growth fueled by nitrogen and phosphorus.
Lake Tahoe’s discovery The first recorded discovery of Lake Tahoe by white explorers was on Feb. 14, 1844, when John Charles Frémont and Charles Preuss spotted the lake from atop Red Lake Peak. The lake went through several names before it was officially named Tahoe in 1945. Tahoe is a mispronunciation of the first two syllables of the Washoe’s word for the lake – Da ow a ga, which means “edge of the lake.”
Learn more: Visit the Tahoe Science Center in Incline Village or tahoesciencecenter.org. Sources: Tahoe Environmental Research Center, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Forest Service, “Tahoe Place Names” and David Antonucci (denoted by 1).
ATTRACTIONS Cave Rock
Courtesy Donner Summit Historical Society
Eagle Rock, one of the lake’s famous natural sites, is a volcanic plug beside Highway 89 on the West Shore. TART
South Lake Tahoe
(530) 542-2908 | cityofslt.us Urban Trailhead at base of Heavenly Gondola with local exhibits and programs. BlueGo
(530) 541-3030 | parks.ca.gov 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.)
REGIONAL SNOW LEVELS Kirkwood Base Depth: 20”
Heavenly Base Depth: 20”
Readings taken on Monday, November 28, 2016 Mt. Rose Ski Area Base Depth: 10“- 22”
Donner Summit, just west of Truckee, holds the record for the United States’ snowiest April. On April 1, 1880, a storm dumped 4’ of snow on the Sierra Nevada west slope within 24 hours. A massive snow slide near Emigrant Gap buried Central Pacific Railroad’s tracks under 75’ of snow, ice and rock. For the rest of the month, storm cycles continued to flow in, dropping a total of 298”.
South Lake Tahoe
(775) 586-7000 | skiheavenly.com Enjoy a 2.4-mile ride on the gondola to the top with panoramic views of Lake Tahoe and the Carson Valley. BlueGo
Drive through one of the area’s natural wonders - 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.
$10 parking (530) 525-7232 Park | (530) 583-9911 Tours Home to the historic Ehrman Mansion (open for tours in the summer), see boathouses with historic boats, and General Phipps Cabin built in the late 1800s. TART
northtahoebusiness.org 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
North Tahoe Arts Center
Wed.-Mon. | Free (530) 581-2787 | northtahoearts.com Featuring exhibits of work by local artists and works for sale by local artists. TART
Tahoe Art League Gallery
Base Depth: 25”- 34”
Sugar Bowl Base Depth: 50”
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Measured in Feet | Natural rim 6,223’
Elevation 6,222.77 | Elevation in 2015 6,221.48 6 221 48
(800) 403-0206 | squawalpine.com Aerial tram rides with views of Lake Tahoe, Olympic Heritage Museum, ice skating, events and more. Ticket required. TART
visittahoecity.com 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 the 64 acres at Highways 89 & 28. TART
Tallac Historic Site
(530) 544-2313 | talart.org Featuring local artists and workshops. Second location at Ski Run Center. BlueGo
South Lake Tahoe
(530) 541-5227 | tahoeheritage.org 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
Taylor Creek Visitor Center South Lake Tahoe
South Lake Tahoe
(530) 543-2674 | fs.usda.gov Features Stream Profile Chamber to view slice of Taylor Creek, nature trails & more. BlueGo
Truckee truckeehistory.org | truckee.com 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 in-cluding 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
Parking fee (530) 541-3030 | (530) 525-9529 ADA parks.ca.gov or vikingsholm.com Tour the grounds of Vikingsholm Castle, see Eagle Falls and Fannette Island (the Lake’s only island), home to an old Tea House, and explore snowshoeing trails. TART
Opens late June (530) 583-1762 | northtahoemuseums.org 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. TART
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A storm blankets Alpine Meadows. | Courtesy Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows
Donner Memorial Visitor Center
Incline Village & Crystal Bay Historical Society Incline Village
Tahoe Maritime Museum
Daily | Free | tahoehistory.org Features local history exhibit focusing on 1870-1970, along with “Bonanza” exhibit. Inside Starbucks building. TART
(530) 583-9283 | tahoemaritimemuseum.org Featuring guided tours, exhibits and handson activities for kids on Tahoe’s maritime history. TART
Lake Tahoe Museum
Tahoe Science Center
South Lake Tahoe
(530) 541-5458 | laketahoemuseum.org Features Washoe artifacts and exhibits on early industry, settlers, and archival films of Tahoe. BlueGo (530) 582-7892 | parks.ca.gov 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
Donner Summit Historical Society
donnersummithistoricalsociety.org 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
Kings Beach State Rec. Area, (Thurs.-Mon., summer)
South Lake Tahoe 3066 Lake Tahoe Blvd., (530) 541-5255
Tues.-Fri. & by appt. | Free (775) 881-7566 | tahoesciencecenter.org 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
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Stateline 169 Hwy. 50, (775) 588-4591
Tahoe City 100 North Lake Blvd., (530) 581-6900
Truckee 10065 Donner Pass Road (Depot), (530) 587-8808
U.S. Forest Service | Incline Village 855 Alder Ave., (775) 831-0914 (Wed.-Fri.)
as Shoppe Tues.-Sun. & Florist | Locals’ first Tues. half price (530) 587-5437 | kidzonemuseum.org Beautiful One-of-a-Kind Gifts * OrFor kids up to age 7 with interactive exhibits, as Trees * Candles * Cards For All science & art classes, the BabyZone for ers * Jewelry * Fountains * Fresh Flower newborns to 18 months & the Jungle Gym for toddlers and older. TART and more!
Fri.-Sun. | Free (530) 426-3313, ext. 113 | auburnskiclub.org Showcasing the history of skiing, exhibits include snowshoes from the 1850s, ski equipment from the 20th-Century and a pair of 8-footlong skis used by John “Snowshoe” Thompson, a legendary mail carrier. Located at Boreal off I-80. TART
Indian Basket Museum and local historical memorabilia. TART
KidZone combine boxes 2&3Museum into one big box, Children’s
969 Tahoe Blvd., (800) 468-2463
Truckee Railroad Museum Squaw Valley
Western SkiSport Museum
Daily | Free Features official 1960 Winter Olympic items such as skis, promotional literature, collection of official Olympic photographer Bill Briner. Learn the history of skiing in the Sierra. Inside Boatworks Mall. TART
Old Jail Museum
DailyColors look great; hopefully d today also. (530) 583-1762 | northtahoemuseums.org current ad came outhistoric too dark. Featuring photos, the Steinbach
Museum of Sierra Ski History & the 1960 Olympic Winter Games Tahoe City
(530) 582-0893 | truckeehistory.org One of a few surviving 19th-Century jailhouses of its kind in the West used from 1875 until May 1964 (open for tours in the summer). TART
(800) 403-0206 | squawalpine.com Squaw Valley, host of the VIII Winter Olympic Games in 1960, celebrates its Olympic History with the symbolic Tower of Nations and Olympic Flame at the entrance to the valley. The Olympic Museum at High Camp features historic memorabilia and photographs. Tram ticket required. TART
U.S. Forest Service | South Lake Tahoe Truckee
Sat.-Sun. & holidays truckeedonnerrailroadsociety.com 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
35 College Dr., (530) 543-2600
U.S. Forest Service | Tahoe City 3080 N. Lake Blvd., (530) 583-3593 (Fridays)
U.S. Forest Service | Truckee 10811 Stockrest Springs Road, (530) 587-3558
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OUTDOORS & RECREATION, EVENTS & MORE
The best skier
...YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF S T O R Y B Y J . B . G R E E N · P H O T O S C O U R T E S Y S Q U AW VA L L E Y
he snow that’s falling is wet and heavy, even by Lake Tahoe standards. I do my best to keep my back to the storm and keep my gloves under my jacket, but with each passing minute the goal of staying dry becomes more and more hopeless. It’s pounding snow, the wind is steady and as I hold my place in line for third chair at KT-22 on a powder day at Squaw Valley, I continue to wonder when the mountain will open. Nine in the morning comes and goes. At first there was a mechanical problem with the lift. So we continue to wait. Now ski patrol wants to make another bomb run. Then another. Ten in the morning comes and goes. Red Dog opens, and skiers start to bail out of the back of the line. What to do? Cut my losses and go to Red Dog? No. Keep waiting. The clock ticks past 10:30 a.m. Now do I bail? No. I’m committed. I don’t care how cold and wet I get. I’m getting my line. Finally at 11 a.m. KT-22 opens. While standing there, I can’t help but smile and think about how many amazing skiers were in line that morning. The guy in the red jacket with the new 4FRNT Renegades – what’s his story? I wonder how good he is. Or that guy on the Armadas, talking and laughing with his friend in the blue jacket on the Salomons. I wonder who he is. A local pro? Maybe. I wonder. Who are those guys? Some of the best skiers you’ve never heard of. The Lake Tahoe area is legendary when it comes to producing talented skiers. Shane McConkey, Kent Kreitler, the Gaff-
Christmas tree lots Local venues
Christmas tree lots to benefit local groups are open throughout the season. The Truckee Optimist lot is at the Truckee Crossroad Shopping Center from 1 to 5 p.m. weekdays until Dec. 6 and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends. Daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Dec. 6 to 23. (530) 559-1466. Boy Scouts Troop 267 will be selling trees at Mountain Hardware in Truckee until the trees are gone. (530) 448-9441. Boy Scouts Troop 266 is selling trees at the Lighthouse Center in front of CVS in Tahoe City from 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends until Dec. 23. (530) 412-1219
Preschoolers wanted Kings Beach
Kings Beach Library offers Preschool Story Time from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays. Each week is themed. | (530) 546-2012
Toddler Time Truckee
Truckee Library hosts Story Time every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. for ages 18 months to 3 years. | (530) 582-7846
Like gliding on snow Tahoe City
amid the sounds of boot buckles being clamped down and conversations about what lines will be filled in, you invariably wonder: Who are these guys? Some of the best skiers you’ve never heard of.
DECEMBER 1-15, 2016
Among the mass of goggles, helmets and jackets,
ney brothers, Cody Townsend and a host of other legendary names have come out of Olympic Valley — and for good reason. They spent decades building reputations as some of the most talented and experienced skiers in the western U.S. But behind them – or beside them in a Fingers Race on a powder day – are plenty of other skiers who have dedicated their lives to the sport in the same way. They spend their summers working their fingers to the bone so that they can spend their winters skiing their home mountain as many days as possible, traveling to other ski destinations, building relationships with photographers, entering competitions
and living the life of a sponsored skier. Patrick White, one of the grizzled veteran, sponsored skiers at Squaw Valley, described the mentality of waiting in line at KT-22 on a powder day as: “I don’t care who you are, I’m going to the Fingers, too.” Epicenters of skiing such as Lake Tahoe are full of skiers like Patrick White. Whitey, as he is affectionately known to his friends, spent his time as a sponsored skier exploring epic lines all over the world from South America to Europe, Canada to Alaska. He went to Chamonix, France, five times with ski mountaineering partner Kip Garre. He did the Spearhead Traverse near Whistler, Canada, with Trevor Petersen.
And, he has spent the last 17 years making trips to Alaska, including multiple first descents in the Chugach Mountains and Chilkat Range. But there are only so many pictures available in ski magazines and only so many segments available in ski movies. So even though most of them never reach the point where the random kid in New Jersey knows their name, they continue to work diligently each year to hone their craft, simply because they love to ski. Now at age 45 with a wife and two kids, Whitey juggles running his business, introducing his kids to skiing and finding time to charge his favorite lines at Squaw Valley. “When the heyday is over, it’s still about skiing. It’s still about having fun. You are choosing to make it not stop,” he said. So if you are at Squaw Valley one day and you see a guy dressed all in black making Nose to Alternates laps like he could do it in his sleep, he may be Whitey. If you happen to sit next to him on your next ride up KT-22, feel free to ask him about some of his first descents in Alaska. If the skier on the other side of you on the chair has a quick smile and an easy laugh, maybe he’s Kris Thomas. You can ask Kris what life is like on the freeride competition circuit. The next time you’re in line at KT-22, waiting diligently for ski patrol to open the mountain as the storm clouds and wind continue to pile up snow, take a minute to look around at who else is in line. Among the mass of goggles, helmets and jackets, amid the sounds of boot buckles being clamped down and conversations about what lines will be filled in, you invariably wonder: Who are these guys? Some of the best skiers you’ve never heard of. J. B. Green is a Littleton, Colo., freelance writer who was inspired to pen this story after a ski trip to Tahoe during the 2015-16 season.
Take free intermediate Skate Ski Lessons and free introductory cross-country lessons every Thursday until February at Tahoe Cross Country Center. Intermediate lessons are at 9:15 a.m. Introductory lessons are at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Trail passes and rentals separate. | tahoexc.org
Babes in Bookland Truckee
Truckee Library hosts Story Time every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. for ages 6 months to 2 years. | (530) 582-7846
Like gliding on snow Tahoe City
Free introductory skate skiing lessons every Wednesday until February at Tahoe Cross Country Center. At 9:15 a.m. Trail passes and rentals separate. | tahoexc.org
Just heavenly South Lake Tahoe
Wine Wednesdays at The Loft in Heavenly is from 4 to 7. Free wine tasting from different featured winery each week. Half off all house and selected wines by the glass. Free corkage with any entrée. Free guest speaker and/or tasting notes from featured winery. | (530) 523-8024
Discuss what’s happening Incline Village
The Conversation Café is a drop-in conversation forum hosted by the Senior Programs staff at Aspen Grove Community Center from 10 to 11:15 a.m. every week except holidays. Participate with people sharing diverse views and a passion for engaging with others over topics and news. $2 donation includes continental breakfast. | (775) 832-1310
Story Time Tahoe City
Tahoe City Library hosts Pre-Schooler Story Time for ages 5 and younger every Thursday from 10:30 to 11 a.m. | (530) 583-3382
Toddler Story Time Incline Village
Incline Village Library hosts story time every Thursday from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. with stories, puppets, music and movement for ages 6 months to 3 years. | (775) 832-4130
Preschool story time Truckee
Truckee Library hosts Story Time every Thursday at 11:30 a.m. for ages 3 years and older. | (530) 582-7846
December 1-14, 2016
Kings Beach Library offers ongoing computer help from 2 to 3 p.m. First Thursdays of the month are “Beginners Basic Instruction,” second Thursdays are “Computers Questions with Carl LeBlanc,” third Thursdays are “Everything iPhone” and fourth Thursdays are differing themes about technology. | (530) 546-2021
Join the tradition Northstar
Northstar California hosts Noel Night every Thursday in the Village from 5 to 8 p.m. Enjoy s’mores by the fire, free ice skating, hot cocoa, shopping specials, holiday carolers, photos with Santa and more. | northstarcalifornia.com
Wine voyages Olympic Valley Dive into the cellar at PlumpJack Bar & Café to learn about wine varietals, regions and discover new worldly wines to love. Flights available from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Dec. 8 to Jan. 26 on Thursdays. | squawalpine.com
Watching as a family Tahoe Donner
Enjoy a free family movie every Friday at Northwoods Clubhouse at 6:30 p.m. with G and PG movies. Canceled Dec. 2 and 16. | (530) 582-9669
Love a parade Northstar
The Ripperoo Parade around the ice rick at Northstar’s Village is every Saturday through April 4, 2017 at 4 p.m. Meet at the Kid’s Ski School entrance at 3:45 pm to participate. Noisemakers and toys will be provided. | northstarcalifornia.com
Like gliding on snow Tahoe City
Free introductory skate skiing lessons every Wednesday until February at Tahoe Cross Country Center. At 9:15 a.m. Trail passes and rentals separate. | tahoexc.org
Like gliding on snow Tahoe City
Free introductory skate skiing lessons every Wednesday until February at Tahoe Cross Country Center. At 9:15 a.m. Trail passes and rentals separate. | tahoexc.org
DEC. 1 | THURSDAY State of the water Truckee
Truckee River Watershed Council hosts River Talk, a one-hour virtual tour of projects and core programs throughout the watershed at 5 p.m. Learn more about work to protect, enhance and restore local rivers, streams and meadows and share comments and feedback. Free. | RSVP (530) 550-8760, ext. 5
Truckee Roundhouse grand opening Truckee
The Truckee Roundhouse makerspace hosts a grand opening from 5 to 7 p.m. featuring live demonstrations and interactive activities, food and more. | truckeeroundhouse.org
Back country know-how Incline Village
Sierra Nevada College offers a Know Before You Go presentation about being safe and knowledgeable in the back country from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be guest presenters, food and a raffle. A fundraiser for the SNC Free Ride Skiing Club. | sierranevada.edu
Entrepreneurs welcome South Lake Tahoe
students to the community and local environment through comprehensive watershed education and service learning. Festival features screenings at Incline Village and Northstar Village cinemas of new environmental films, American independent films, Latin American films and a special filmmaker tribute. | 4swep.org
A Man Called Ove
Help with computers Kings Beach
Tree-mendous fest South Lake Tahoe
Barton Health’s Festival of Trees and Lights kicks off the holiday season with the spirit of giving back to the community. The 8th annual fundraiser at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa includes Christmas tree and wreath decorations, local entertainment, a gift auction and a visit from Santa Claus. This year’s proceeds will benefit Barton Health’s Cancer Wellness Programs. | festivaloftreeslaketahoe.com
DEC. 2 | FRIDAY Share and write Incline Village
Lifescapes, a memoir-writing program for seniors, is from 2 to 4 p.m. at Incline Village Library. First and third Fridays of each month. All are welcome. | (775) 832-4130
Hops for Huskies Truckee
Enjoy brews from Tahoe Mountain Brewing’s Taproom from 3 to 8 p.m. to benefit Tahoe Husky Rescue, with a raffle from 5 to 8 p.m. $1 from every beer goes to the organization. Held first Friday of every month. | Tahoe Husky Rescue on Facebook
Kick off the decorations Incline Village
Incline Community Business Association mixer is at Raley’s Shopping Center from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be light refreshments, music, networking, raffle prizes and a storefront decorating contest kick-off. | visitinclinevillage.com
F is for festive Truckee
Festive Fridays are from 4 to 8 p.m. in Historic Downtown Truckee where several of downtown’s unique shops, boutiques, art studios and eateries keep the doors open later and offer special promotions, activities, demonstrations, food and beverages, music and more. Participating shops and restaurants will display Festive Friday Flags. | historictruckee.com
Heli Santa Meyers
The Meyers Community Foundation will hold its sixth annual tree lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. in the Divided Sky/Downtown Café parking lot. The Christmas fire truck and Santa will return via CALSTAR helicopter. There will be popcorn, hot chocolate and other goodies. | (530) 545-0340
Taste and learn Incline Village
Sierra Nevada College will host “A Taste for Learning” wine-tasting program from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Prim Library. Friends and supporters will share fine wines and hors d’oeuvres in celebration of this season of gratitude. $85 per person. | RSVP sierranevada.edu
Pray for Snow Party Mount Rose
TAHOE FILM FEST
Tahoe Film Fest returns for its second annual film festival which will take from Dec. 1 to 4 with screenings at the Incline Village Cinema and the Village Cinemas at Northstar California presented by the Sierra Watershed Education Partnership. The Opening Night Party is Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. at the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach, with a Film Premier Party on Dec. 2 at 9:30 a.m. at the North Tahoe Event Center. Films are shown daily and are $12 per screening with an all-access pass available for $100. As the environment plays a major force in the festival, new environmental feature films will be presented: “When Two Worlds Collide,” “Unlocking the Cage,” “Sherpa,” “Before the Flood,” “Landfill Harmonic,” “Seasons, Antarctica: Ice and the Sky” and “Sonic Sea.” Another section of American Independent and Documentary films include: “Certain Woman,” “The Architect,” “For the Love of Spock,” “The Last Laugh,” “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You,” “Small Apartments,” “Thank You for Your Service” and “Casting By”. There will also be a section of special screenings to include “A Man Called Ove” (Sweden), “Ruta Madre” (Mexico), “Mr. Pig” (Mexico), “Habana Instant” (Cuba) and “Me estas matando Susana” (Mexico). The SWEP Gala will be on Dec. 4 with a choice of two environmental films being screened at Village Cinemas at Northstar California at 4 p.m. followed by a Gala reception in the Village at Northstar featuring appetizers, drinks and a silent auction. Tickets are $50 per person. | tahoefilmfest.org
DEC. 3 | SATURDAY Glenshire Elementary School hosts its annual Santa’s Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Visit Santa, enjoy a pancake breakfast, listen to the choir, enjoy crafts, face painting and games. $7 per person or $25 for family of four or more. | facebook/ gesbreakfastwithsanta
For a hero’s handshake Tahoe venues
Film not everywhere Stateline, Nev.
Help usher in winter at Sky Tavern with the Pray for Snow Party with a bonfire, s’mores, food, kid-friendly drinks, an art car, auction, music and a raffle. The festivities will begin at 6 p.m. with a showing of the Matchstick Productions ski movie “Ruin and Rose” at 7:30 p.m. | skytavern.org
“Help a Child, Hand a Hero a Toy for Tots” is an event happening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kings Beach Safeway, Tahoe City’s Geared for Games and Olympic Valley’s Resort at Squaw Creek. Bring a toy for the program and get to meet and shake hands with local heroes. | firstname.lastname@example.org
Warren Miller’s film, “Here, There & Everywhere,” will be shown at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. (See Powder for details.) | warrenmillermovie.com
Toy raising party Tahoe City
Shop local, give global South Lake Tahoe
Have your pet’s and family’s photo taken with Santa at Hot Diggity Dog & Cat from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free, donations welcome to Wylie Animal Rescue Foundation. | (530) 546-2725
“Are you growing your dream business?” The mentor-based Entrepreneurs Program meets the first Thursday of every month from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Aspen Room at Lake Tahoe Community College. Free to all. | Register tahoechamber.com
Zawadisha’s annual; Holiday Bazaar is at Blue Angel Café from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Celebrate local artisans, crafters and entrepreneurs, as well as have a chance to help. Proceeds from the event become small loans for rural Kenyan women. | (530) 544-6544
Hear from the best Olympic Valley
Film not everywhere Stateline, Nev.
Squaw Valley kicks off its ski racing season and upcoming 2017 Audi FIS World Cup at Squaw Valley with a Kids Après S’mores Party from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. between the Funitel and Exhibition lifts, a performance by artist David Garibaldi at 4:30 p.m. at KT Base Bar, the SAF Chili Cook Off at 5 p.m. at Olympic House, a Mago ChoCho Kids Magic Show at 5:30 p.m. at Olympic House, and a Kids Disco Dance at 6 p.m. at Olympic House, end the day at a performance by Foverland at 7:30 p.m. at Olympic Village Lodge to benefit Creekside Charter School. Most events free. Chili Cook $5 per person or $20 per family; Foverland concert $28 in advance; $35 at the door. | squawalpine.com
DEC. 1-4 | THURSDAY-SUNDAY Tahoe Film Fest Area venues
Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships promotes environmental stewardship by connecting
Furry, merry Xmas Incline Village
Pet Network Humane Society hosts Santa’s Workshop and photos with your family and fourlegged friends with photographer Dayle Hoevel for a minimum donation of $25 for a print. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Help Santa’s elves create fun decorations, gifts, write letters and meet the furry residents. Preregister for the photos. | petnetwork.com
Flip for Santa Truckee
North Tahoe Toys for Tots is holding parties to help collect toys for kids this Christmas and have fun while doing so. Rosie’s is hosting board games starting at 7 p.m.; music starts at 9 p.m. Bring a new unwrapped gift or cash donation for admittance. Adults only. | email@example.com
Alpenglow Winter Film Series showcases locals and athletes sharing their adventures in the mountains. Red Bull athlete Will Gadd will discuss ice climbing Niagara Falls and paragliding on mountaintops with “30 Trips of a Lifetime in 60 High-Speed Minutes.” At the Olympic Valley Lodge at 7 p.m. Free. (See Powder Report for details.) | squawalpine.com
OUT & ABOUT
Warren Miller’s film, “Here, There & Everywhere,” will be shown at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. (See Powder Report for details.) | warrenmillermovie.com
DEC. 2-10 | FRIDAY–SATURDAY Gear up for winter South Lake Tahoe
Winter Ignite 2016 at Heavenly is a kickoff celebration to the season. Hit the slopes all day and après ski party all afternoon. There are DJs outdoors and indoors and live music, also indoors and outdoors. Half price drinks and food specials. Something new every day. | skiheavenly.com
It’s mountain time Olympic Valley
DEC. 4 | SUNDAY Pet photos with Santa Kings Beach
Pancake breakfast Truckee
Benefit pancake breakfast is offered on the first Sunday of every month from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at Truckee Senior Apartments to benefit Senior Meals on Wheels. $7, $3 children younger than 12.
Shoot the stars South Lake Tahoe
Tahoe Institute for Natural Science offers Starry Skies at Tahoe Meadows from 5:30 to 7 p.m. It’s a fun night viewing celestial objects and the first day of the annual Geminids meteor shower. Learn a bit more about our place in the universe, neighboring planets, our home galaxy, stars, constellations and more. Bring warm clothes warm and a headlamp. | tinsweb.org
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Bring toys mixer Truckee
Zano’s Family Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria will host the Truckee Chamber mixer from 5 to 8 p.m. This is a Toys for Tots collection party. | trcukeechamber.com
Catch up and donate Tahoe City
Tahoe XC Opening Party is at Jake’s on the Lake. There will be a beef, chicken and fish option on the buffet plus other delicious sides. Catch up with friends and raise funds for the nonprofit TCCSEA. For every meal purchased, Jake’s will donate $10. Drinks and registration at 5 pm. Buffet opens at 5:30 p.m. $25 adult, $15 child. | tahoexc.org
DEC. 6 | TUESDAY Morning breakfast meeting Tahoe City
Join the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association for First Tuesday Morning Breakfast Club from 7 to 8:30 a.m. $15. | gotahoenorth.com
DEC. 9 | FRIDAY F is for festive Truckee
Festive Fridays are from 4 to 8 p.m. in Historic Downtown Truckee where several of downtown’s unique shops, boutiques, art studios and eateries keep the doors open later and offer special promotions, activities, demonstrations, food and beverages, music and more. Participating shops and restaurants will display First Friday Flags. | historictruckee
Toy raising party Tahoe City
North Tahoe Toys for Tots is holding parties to help collect toys for kids this Christmas and have fun while doing so. Sunnyside is hosting from 5 to 7 p.m. with drinks, appetizers and music. Bring a new unwrapped gift or cash donation. Chamber mixer, as well. | firstname.lastname@example.org
Help for test stress Incline Village
Cram Night for the ACT exams is at Incline Village Library from 6 to 9 p.m. Study time for juniors and seniors with snacks, food and drinks. Free. | (775) 832-4130
DEC. 7 | WEDNESDAY Sing to the Grinch Incline Village
In-Tune Tales presents the musical rendition of “The Grinch” at Incline Village Library from 4 to 5 p.m. Musical dialogue against a backdrop of characterization, holiday songs and sing-a-longs. | (775) 832-4130
Toy raising party Tahoe City
North Tahoe Toys for Tots is holding parties to help collect toys for kids this Christmas and have fun while doing so. River Ranch is hosting at 5 p.m.; music from North Tahoe High School Jazz Ensemble. Bring a new unwrapped gift or cash donation. | email@example.com
All things business Incline Village
Sierra Nevada College hosts Entrepreneurs Assembly from 6 to 9 p.m. Students and community members with business ideas and businesspeople who need help are welcome tom attend. The event is open to potential mentors for business students, as well. | sierranevada.edu
DEC. 8 | THURSDAY Artisan Fair Truckee
Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation hosts an Artisan Faire from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Tahoe Forest Hospital featuring handmade goods by hospital staff, family and friends. | (530) 582-6277
Dogs love literature Incline Village
Paws 4 Love is a reading program where beginning readers read to a nonjudgmental, gentle dog. Children receive a free book after the program. From 4 to 5 p.m. | (775) 832-4130
Chemical stress stressed Incline Village
Dr. Andrew Whitehead will give a talk on “Climate Change Models Using Ocean Species” at the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center
at Sierra Nevada College. From 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nohost bar. $5 suggested donation. | terc.ucdavis.edu
Semi-Rad author to speak Tahoe City
Brendan Leonard will present stories from his newest book, “Sixty Meters to Anywhere,” at 7 p.m. at Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema. This Denverbased author publishes funny and inspirational essays on semi-rad.com, in Backpacker and Outside magazines and “The Dirtbag Diaries” podcast. $11 advance, $14 at the door. | tahoearthauscinema.com
DEC. 10 | SATURDAY Flapjacks anyone? Truckee
Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1073 hosts a pancake breakfast the second Saturday of every month at the Truckee airport from 8 to 10 a.m. All welcome. | eea1073.org
a magic show, arts and crafts, raffle prizes, a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus and much more. Presented by the Tahoe Family Solutions in collaboration with IVGID. | RSVP (775) 298-0004
Let the skating begin Tahoe City
Tahoe City Winter Sports Park and Tahoe City Ice Rink will open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Santa’s Party with Tahoe City Rotary is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by the official ribbon cutting ceremony at 1 p.m. Free. There will be free rental skates and ice skating from 2 to 6 p.m. Café Zenon is open with lunch, dinner and full bar. Open to public. | wintersportspark.com
Ski like a Claus Incline Village
Get into the holiday spirit at the mass Santa Ski Down at 11 a.m. at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe. Dress in your finest Kris Kringle red and white clothing or come as an elf, a candy cane or Mrs. Clause on skis or snowboards. Discounted $59 lift tickets to all who don the outfit (and not just the hat). Meet at the base of Northwest Magnum 6 Lift. | skirose.com
Lighting extravaganza Northstar
The third annual Northern Lights Festival at The Village at Northstar, illuminated in celebration of all-things-glow, starts at 12:30 p.m. with a DJ and includes light-games, glow face painting and balloon twisting from 3 to 7 p.m. Kids and kidsat-heart are invited to play throughout The Village and gaze upon the Fireworks Grand Finale at 7 p.m. | northstarcalifornia.com
Holiday Bazaar Tahoe Vista
Tahoe Flow Arts hosts the 4th Annual Holiday Bazaar from 3 to 10 p.m. with a yoga nidra workshop, vendor fair, and Fired Up on Love live performance by Tahoe Flow artists and local musicians telling a tale of Love vs Fear. Enjoy raffle prizes, food and drink. Benefits a youth scholarship fund. Donations welcome. | tahoeflowartsstudio.com
Kids Night Out Tahoe City
Hike with locals Soda Springs
Local guide Carmen Carr will lead a hike to Donner Summit’s Andesite Ridge at 9 a.m. Take the Boreal exit off of I-80 to meet at the PCT trailhead. Bring snowshoes. | (530) 550-5192
Drop off the little ones, ages 5 and older, at Rideout Community Center from 4 to 10 p.m. every second Saturday of the month. Kids can enjoy a dinner, crafts, movies and games. Preregistration is required. $15 per child. | (530) 583-3440
Santa Fly In Truckee
Film not everywhere Olympic Valley
Bring the kids to the Truckee Tahoe Airport at 10 a.m. to watch Santa Fly In on a special plane, enjoy hot chocolate and holiday treats and more. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and receive a gift for kids. Free. | truckeetahoeairport.com
Jolly ol’ breakfast Tahoe City
Breakfast with Santa is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tahoe City Golf Course with a visit from Santa. Local vendors with handmade holiday gifts. Free breakfast. | tcpud.org
Brunch with elves Incline Village
Brunch with Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves at the Chateau. This family event features activities,
Call (530) 546-5995, ext. 100, to be included in Shop Local.
Warren Miller’s film, “Here, There & Everywhere,” will be shown at Olympic Village Lodge at 6 p.m. Presented by Dave’s Ski & Boards where advance tickets are available. Free musical performance by Orange Mandolins following the movie. (See Powder Report for details.) | warrenmillermovie.com
Tahoe Adventure Film Festival South Lake Tahoe
This fun high-energy evening will fuel a passion for action and ignite the senses for adventure at MontBleu Casino and Resort from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Highlighted are the best adventure sports films of the year and showcase the action sports world best talent. The night includes special guest speakers, action photo displays, break-dancers, DJs and a few surprises. (See Powder Report for details.) | laketahoefilmfestival.com
DEC. 11 | SUNDAY Literary Arts & Wine Truckee
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Join a monthly reading series held the third Sunday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Truckee. This is an opportunity for local, regional and visiting writers to share their work and help generate enthusiasm for the craft. | literaryartsandwine.com
Wine Tahoe & Boisset Collection offers FREE WINE TASTING experiences. DEC. 13 | JAN. 17 | FEB. 21 Tuesday Evenings 5:30 p.m to 7:00 p.m. Reservations: (925) 683-1520 firstname.lastname@example.org North Tahoe Event Center Kings Beach
Space is limited. Sorry no walk ins.
DEC. 12 | MONDAY Libraries are thriving Tahoe Donner
Tahoe Silicon Mountain presents Tara Radniecki and Chrissy Klenke on “Beyond Books: How Libraries of the Digital Age Can Foster Innovation and Entrepreneurship” from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pizza on the Hill. Tara Radniecki, engineering librarian, and Chrissy Klenke, geosciences librarian, at the DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library at the University of Nevada, Reno, work with students, faculty, and members of the greater northern
Nevada community to find information, prototype innovations, develop new literacies, and support teaching and learning on campus. | tahoesiliconmountain.com
DEC. 13 | TUESDAY What’s your genre South Lake Tahoe
Tahoe Writers Works is an open writers’ workshop of all genres that meets every other Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Charter Advertising Design. | bonafidebooks.com
Guided wine tasting Kings Beach
Wine Tahoe offers free guided wine tasting and wine education at North Tahoe Event Center from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Featuring wines from Napa, Sonoma and Burgundy. Wines available for purchase. Limit 18 people. | RSVP (925) 683-15230 or winetahoe.com
Moonlit treks Tahoe Vista
Tahoe Adventure Company offers a Full Cold Moon trek on snowshoes from 4 to 7 p.m. No experience necessary. Fee includes equipment, guides, hot drinks, trail snacks and permits. | tahoeadventurecompany.com
DEC. 14 | WEDNESDAY Rise and shine Truckee
Good Morning Truckee is held from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at the Truckee Tahoe Airport on the second Tuesday of every month. Open to everyone. $12, $10 chamber members; includes breakfast. | (530) 587-8808
A Claus party Incline Village
Incline Village Library will host a Christmas story time and party with the Santa and Mrs. Claus from 4 to 4:45 p.m. Stories, songs and crafts for children of all ages. | (775) 832-4130
Mountain know-how Truckee
Tahoe Mountain Sports presents Master the Mountain series of free in-store avalanche education at 6 p.m. Beacons and Beers will show how to properly use avalanche safety beacons and the history and technology behind avalanche transceivers. | tahoemountainsports.com
Thrilling author South Lake Tahoe
Friends of the Library presents South Lake Tahoe author John Hindmarsh, who writes science fiction and thrillers with crossover appeal, at South Lake Tahoe Library at 6 p.m. | bonafidebooks.com
DEC. 15 | THURSDAY State of the water Truckee
Truckee River Watershed Council hosts River Talk, a one-hour virtual tour of projects and core programs throughout the watershed at 8 a.m. Learn more about work to protect, enhance and restore local rivers, streams and meadows and share comments and feedback. Free. | RSVP (530) 550-8760, ext. 5
Bilingual story time Incline Village
Incline Village Library hosts a bilingual story time from 4 to 4:45 p.m. All ages. | (775) 832-4130
Visitor center open house Tahoe City
The North Lake Tahoe Visitor Center hosts an Open House from 4 to 6 p.m. with live music, appetizers, drinks for all ages and more.
Cozy up and shop Stateline, Nev.
The League to Save Lake Tahoe presents Winter Wonderland, a holiday open house from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the office on Lake Tahoe Boulevard. Cozy up by the fire and enjoy an evening of light appetizers, drinks and music while shopping discounted prices on Keep Tahoe Blue gifts for the holidays. Bring a jar or cup and recreate it into a keepsake. Canned food and new toy donations will be collected. Free. | RSVP keeptahoeblue.org
Visit TheTahoeWeekly.com for a complete list of Events.
December 1-14, 2016
OUT & ABOUT
(530) 403-0206 | squaw.com Olympic Ice Pavilion at High Camp. Hockey or figure skating rentals. TART
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE
Snow Play Area on Fairway Blvd., next to the Chateau, on the driving range. Bring own equipment.
MOUNT ROSE Near the Mount Rose summit, enjoy sledding in Tahoe Meadows off Highway 431. Bring equipment.
(530) 542-6262 | citiofslt.com Indoor facility open year-round. BlueGo
TAHOE CITY WINTER SPORTS PARK (530) 583-1516 | wintersportspark.com
Ice skating & rentals. Club House. Opens Dec. 10. TART
NORTH TAHOE REGIONAL PARK
(530) 546-0605 | northtahoeparks.com End of National Avenue off Hwy 28. Rentals available. TART
TAHOE CITY WINTER SPORTS PARK (530) 583-1516 | wintersportspark.com
(530) 582-7720 | tdrpd.com At Truckee River Regional Park. Skate rentals, broomball leagues, ice dancing & hockey lessons. Skate rentals & season passes available. TART
Sledding & cross-country trails. Rentals available. Club House. TART
(530) 452-4511 | squaw.com Tubing & mini snowmobiles. TART
(775) 832-1300 | inclinerecreation.com 25-yard, 8-lane indoor pool at Incline Recreation Center, swim lessons, aqua fitness, 1-meter spring diving board, inflatable slide (weekends).
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE
(530) 644-2324 Highway 50 at Echo Lake Road. Bring equipment.*
(800) 403-0206 | squaw.com
Swimming Lagoon & Spa at High Camp at Squaw Valley, free form lagoon with 50-meter lap lanes, two islands with waterfalls and native boulders. Reopens spring 2017. TART
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE
On Lake Tahoe Blvd. Bring equipment. BlueGo
Highway 89, north of Camp Richardson Road. Bring equipment.* BlueGo
(530) 542-6056 | citiofslt.com 25-yard indoor/outdoor year-round pool. Lessons. BlueGo
(775) 586-7271 | douglascountynv.gov
(530) 582-7720 | tdrpd.com Indoor pools with competition pool and warm water pool, diving board, swim training, hydraulic lift and lessons. TART
Off Highway 207. Bring equipment. BlueGo
GRAND OPENING of the
Saturday, December 10th 1:00 pm
Free Skating & Skate Rentals 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Spend the day by Lake Tahoe at NORTH LAKE TAHOE’S ONLY ALL-INCLUSIVE WINTER RECREATION FACILITY ICE SKATING · SNOWSHOEING · SLEDDING · CROSS COUNTRY SKIING
TRUCKEE & BEYOND
ROCK CLIMBING WALLS
South side of I-80, Castle Peak exit beyond Boreal Inn frontage road. Bring equipment.*
Community Recreation Center offers 29’ climbing wall & 12’ bouldering wall. All ages & levels. Lessons available. TART
(530) 582-7720 | tdrpd.com
(530) 587-9437 | tahoedonner.com At Trout Creek Recreation Center. No personal sleds. Family events all season.
SLEDDING & TUBING
Highway 49 at Yuba Pass. Bring equipment.*
State park open for general snow play. Bring equipment.
HOPE VALLEY AREA
Snowplay area off Hwy. 89, 3 miles south of Tahoe City. Bring equipment.*
Highway 88 near Carson Pass. Bring equipment.*
(530) 581-7533 | granlibakken.com
HOPE VALLEY Highway 88 at Blue Lakes Road. Bring equipment.*
Machine-groomed snow play area; no tubes or toboggans allowed. All ages.
Highway 88 near Carson Pass. Bring equipment.*
Gentle slope on Highway 89 South, one-eighth mile south of the wye. Bring equipment. TART
Call (530) 546-5995, ext. 100, to be listed in Family Fun. ALL ACTIVITIES ARE WEATHER DEPENDENT.
Full Service Bar
* Sno-park permits required. Go to ohv.parks.ca.gov/snoparks or find locations at (916) 324-1222. BUS & SHUTTLE SCHEDULES
North Lake Tahoe & Truckee: laketahoetransit.com | South Lake Tahoe: bluego.org
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Chris Davenport dropping into Antarctica | Jim Harris
Visit TheTahoeWeekly.com for a complete Powder Report. Winter Film Series continues
N OT YO U R AV E R A G E
The 2016 Tahoe Adventure Film Festival debuts at its birthplace in South Lake Tahoe, on Dec. 10, at MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa. Films will begin at 7:30 p.m. Marking 14 years of adventure sports cinematography and culture, Tahoe Adventure Film Festival is the annual gathering of who’s who in outdoor adventure. The industry’s best filmmakers premier their latest adventure sports films for one night only hosted by festival creator and adventurer Todd Offenbacher. This year the festival will include edits that highlight the lifestyle of the action and adventure athlete, delving into how each adventurer lives his life to the fullest. Also, audiences will learn of the next recipient of the coveted Golden Camalot for 2016. For the past 11 years, Offenbacher has presented the Golden Camalot to honor action and adventure sports pioneers for their contributions. A raffle sponsored by Mammut will raise money for the nonprofit Sierra Avalanche Center and will include season ski passes to Lake Tahoe resorts, a Points North Heli-Ski trip, Stay and Ski packages and gear. | Tickets (775) 588-3515 or montbleuresort.com
Tahoe 3-D Movie Science Center
Lake Tahoe in Depth Project MANA
(Making Adequate Nutrition Accessible)
Emergency Hunger Relief Organization serving the North Shore and Truckee since 1991 Our mission is to reduce the incidence of hunger and its detrimental effects upon individuals, families, the community and the region.
(775) 298-4161 WEEKLY FOOD DISTRIBUTION LOCATIONS AND TIMES: MONDAYS TAHOE CITY | 3:00pm to 3:30pm Fairway Community Center, 330 Fairway Drive TUESDAYS TRUCKEE | 3:00pm to 3:30pm Community Arts Center, 10046 Church Street WEDNESDAYS KINGS BEACH | 3:00pm to 3:30pm Community House, 265 Bear Street THURSDAYS INCLINE VILLAGE | 3:00pm to 3:30pm St. Patrick’s Church ProjectMana.org 341 Village Blvd.
See it at the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center 291 Country Club Drive Incline Village, Nevada
Phone: (775) 881-7562 Email: email@example.com Hands-on science activities, Web: terc.ucdavis.edu
Guided tours & 3-D movies Open Tues.—Fri., 1—5 p.m.
(or by appointment, closed all holidays)
TahoeScienceCenter.org (775) 881-7566
Alpenglow Sports continues its 11th annual Winter Film Series, which this year is sponsored by Tahoe Weekly magazine. On Dec. 1, prominent Canadian ice climber and paragliding pilot Will Gadd will continue the series with his show “30 Trips of a Lifetime in 60 High-Speed Minutes: Winning the X Games, Ice Climbing Niagara Falls, and Paragliding Over the Grand Canyon.” Gadd, known as “Captain Adventure,” is a living legend in the truest sense. Year after year, the famous Red Bull athlete continually pushes the boundaries of ice climbing and, even after having won every major title from the World Cup to the Winter X Games, still manages to impress. Always eager to rise to a fresh challenge, Gadd also broke the world distance record on a paraglider not once, but three times. He was also the first person to cross the US by paraglider after a grueling seven-week trek. Series speakers include Tommy Caldwell on Jan. 5 who will present a once-in-a-lifetime show on his historic ascent of Yosemite’s Dawn Wall, the hardest traditional freeclimb on earth. On Feb. 23, high-altitude mountaineers Adrian Ballinger and Cory Richards will round out the series with a tandem show on their #EverestNoFilter oxygen-less, Snapchat-captured attempt of the world’s tallest peak, Mt. Everest. All shows are free and raffle prizes from sponsors are sold to raise funds for local nonprofit organizations. | (530) 583-6917 or alpenglowsports.com
Freeskiing voyage in ‘Here, There & Everywhere’ Area venues Warren Miller Entertainment returns to Tahoe with showings of its 67th fulllength feature film, “Here, There & Everywhere.” Narration by Olympic gold medalist Jonny Moseley and on-screen interviews with the legendary Warren Miller deliver the nostalgia of skiing’s roots and a zeal for discovering new terrain. Take a freeski voyage with industry veterans Ingrid Backstrom and Wendy Fisher in Crested Butte, tour Eastern Greenland by dog sled with Seth Wescott and Rob Kingwill, and follow Jess McMillan and Grete Eliassen on a Swiss holiday aboard the “Glacier Express.” Explore the back country of Western Montana’s Glacier Country with Tyler Ceccanti, Collin Collins and Keith Curtis, and catch a powder day with Kaylin Richardson, Matt Elliott, Marcus Caston and the Kicking Horse ski patrol in British Columbia. The film will be shown at Olympic Village Lodge on Dec. 10, which will also feature by a free concert with Mandolin Orange – the band that performed the music in the Squaw Valley segment. On the South Shore, there will be showing at Harrah’s on Dec. 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets for the North Tahoe shows are available at Dave’s Skis & Boards (Truckee, Squaw Valley, Tahoe City, Kings Beach) and at Sports LTD for the South Lake Tahoe shows. Tickets to all shows are available at warrenmillermovie. com. | skinet.com/warrenmiller
‘Nice’ sweater, dude Sparks, Nev. Scheels Ugly Fun Run is on Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants in their worst sweaters can join in this non-timed fun
run around the Sparks Marina. Strollers and pets are welcome. Participants will receive an event souvenir. All proceeds will benefit Toys for Tots. The fee is $20 or a new toy donation. Register at Scheels Customer Service. | scheels.com
Wax your xc skis Norden Far West Nordic presents The 10km Tannenbaum Classic on Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. from Tamarack Lodge. This fundraiser for the Eastern Sierra Nordic Ski Association includes a 5km for juniors and a 2km for kids. The Snowshoe Thompson Classic is on Dec. 18 from the Auburn Ski Club. Youth, ages 12 and younger, will start at 9:30 a.m. and the rest at 10 a.m. in intervals. There’s a 10 km and 5 km depending on categories. Register online for both. Paco’s Freestyle is on Jan. 1 and the President’s Cup is on Feb. 20. | Register auburnskiclub.com
Train with the best Olympic Valley S.A.F.E. A.S Women’s Avalanche Safety is offered at Squaw Valley on Dec. 10, 11 and 12 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Lel Tone, AIARE avalanche instructor/professional skier and other professional athletes including Elyse Saugstad, Michelle Parker, Jackie Paaso, Ingrid Backstrom and Robin Van Gyn and yoga instructor Sherry McConkey for a day of avalanche safety, skiing and après fun. Partial proceeds go to local nonprofits. The clinic includes yoga, in-class instruction, on snow group rescue training and freeskiing, a lift ticket, lunch and après party and raffle. This is for intermediate/advanced skiers and snowboarders ages 14 and older. Participants must have their own beacon, shovel, probe and backpack. The cost is $140 per person, $110 for high-school or college student. | squawalpine.com
Share your Diamond Peak history Incline Village During the upcoming 2016-17 winter season, Diamond Peak will celebrate its golden anniversary — 50 years of skiing and snowboarding — and the entire community of Incline Village, as well as the extended Diamond Peak family around the world, is invited to help commemorate the date. The projected opening day and anniversary kickoff party is Dec. 15. There are many ways to contribute to the Diamond Peak 50th Anniversary celebration. Season pass holders, from 1966 onward, can share stories, photos or videos. Those who worked at Diamond Peak in the past are encouraged to weigh in, as well. To contribute a story, historic photos, videos, a historic outfit or anything else to the 50th anniversary celebration, e-mail 50th@ diamondpeak.com or call (775) 832-1120 to speak with marketing manager Paul Raymore.
Santas on the run Reno, Nev. The Great Santa Dash is on Dec. 17 from 4 to 7 p.m. in downtown Reno. The festive 5km fun run through downtown includes hundreds of costumed participants with the real spirit of Christmas. This year there will be a new route and a new time. Runners start at City Plaza and run along the Truckee River, enjoying aid stations with cocoa and cookies. A great after-party is included. | (775) 624-8320 or renosantacrawl.com
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CABIN CREEK TRAIL
LEVEL: Easy to moderate A marked route of 3 to 6 miles follows old logging roads and Cabin Creek Road. This is a nice area for downhill practice while cross-country skiing. The terrain has gentle, rolling slopes. From Interstate 80, take Highway 89 south 3 miles, then turn right on Cabin Creek Road. The unmarked trailhead is 1 mile from the highway. Limited parking is available in a road cut, when plowed. There is moderate snowmobile use in the area.
DONNER MEMORIAL STATE PARK
LEVEL: Easy | (530) 582-7892
The park is mostly flat and open year-round. Skiers can enjoy the forests and boulder fields, glide down to the lake and meander through the park. There is an unmarked, 9.6-km, skier-packed trail starting near the Emigrant Trail Museum. For the more adventuresome, glide over the hills into Coldstream Canyon. TART
PETER GRUBB HUT/CASTLE PEAK LEVEL: Moderate to strenuous
A marked Nordic ski trail begins at the Castle Peak/Boreal interchange on Donner Summit off Interstate 80, west of Truckee. Take the Castle Peak exit and follow it for one-quarter mile to the intersection for the trailhead to the north that goes up Castle Valley and over Castle Pass. Follow unmarked trail to Peter Grubb Hut. For overnight stays at Peter Grubb Hut, call (530) 426-3632 for reservations.
POLE CREEK TRAIL SYSTEM LEVEL: Easy to strenuous
Unmarked trails follow roads along Pole Creek and Silver Creek Drainages. Trailhead 6 miles south of Truckee on Highway 89. Some parking on west side of highway. Trails follow U.S. Forest Service roads. Several loops.
LEVEL: Easy to moderate An unmarked route follows the road up to the creek bottom. Lateral roads offer many side trips. Trailhead at Sagehen Summit on the west side of Highway 89, 8 miles north of Truckee. Limited parking.
BROCKWAY SUMMIT LEVEL: Easy to strenuous
Brockway Summit off Highway 267 offers an abundance of areas to ski. Between Northstar and Kings Beach, there are turnouts on both sides of the highway where Nordic skiers and snowshoers can follow logging and utility roads.
LEVEL: Easy to moderate
On Mount Rose high above Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Meadows offers an expansive area where skiers can stretch their legs. Head up Highway 431 from Incline Village until you reach the meadows before the summit. This is a busy area on the weekends for skiers, snowshoers and snowmobilers, so try skiing during the week.
LEVEL: Moderate to strenuous The meadows in Blackwood Canyon offer a great place to get into the wilderness off Highway 89 on the West Shore. Follow Highway 89 south from Tahoe City and park at the Kaspian Recreation Area. Skiers can glide along the road (not plowed in winter) or through the meadows. For a longer outing, head up the mountain to Barker Pass. This area also is open to snowmobilers.
MEEKS MEADOWS LEVEL: Easy
Meeks Meadows on the West Shore off Highway 89 offers a vast area to ski. The trailhead is across from the Meeks Bay Fire Station; look for the log cabin with red trim. Follow the U.S. Forest Service road or meander through the meadow and down to Meeks Creek.
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LEVEL: Easy to moderate | (530) 525-7982 The Ed Z’berg/Sugar Pine Point State Park is a spectacular spot to cross-country ski or snowshoe among the dense forests of the West Shore or along Lake Tahoe’s shores. The park offers more than 18 km of marked ski trails. Three groomed trails begin at the campground, 9 miles south of Tahoe City, with two skier-packed trails on the lake side of the park, accessed from the Day Use entrance. Winter camping available. The park also offers a number of guided tours throughout the season including full moon snowshoe tours, ski tours of the 1960 Olympic crosscountry trails, historic snowshoe tours and the family Junior Ranger program; call for dates. No dogs allowed on trails. TART
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE
LEVEL: Easy | (530) 573-2600 Developed for beginners, this well-marked series of trails allows skiers to explore the area. Terrain is mostly flat and is good for the entire family. Take Highway 89 south around Emerald Bay to the Fallen Leaf Lake Area. Turn on Cathedral Road and park in the Sno-Park. Marked trails start at the parking lot with three trails near Fallen Leaf Lake. On the Lake side of Highway 89, follow the road to the Visitor Center to access the Tallac Historic Trail. SnoPark Permit required.*
Ski or snowshoe along an old road that meanders through a forest and into a cluster of meadows. Take Highway 89 south from Tahoe City, then turn right on Pine Avenue and right on Tahoe Park Heights Road. At the crest of the hill, take the middle fork, which becomes Big Pine Road, then take a left on Silver Tip. The parking area is at the top of the road.
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ruckee resident Tina Lensing has published an adult coloring book, “Change Your Mood by Changing Your Color.” The book is designed as a coaching tool for women to learn to be more present, mindful and empowered. It’s a dream that became a reality for Lensing, who after 10 years in social work, much of it helping veterans, has recently opened her business: Tina Lensing, Life & Business Coach. Lensing grew up on an organic dairy farm in a tiny town in Minnesota. Later she moved to Minneapolis and obtained a master’s degree in social work from the University of Minnesota. She worked for Veterans Affairs hospitals in Minneapolis, Fargo, N.D.; when her boyfriend got a job offer in Truckee, she transferred to the VA hospital in Reno. While she loved helping veterans, she recently took the plunge to open her own life coaching business. “I needed to receive some life business coaching myself to do the inner work first, to overcome the financial-security fear of going out on my own,” Lensing says. She learned about the law of attraction and focused on abundance and the week after she quit her job, three people called to hire her as a coach.
“ We get caught up in auto pilot doing things because we have to do them. I want people to be inspired to do them. To live a more passionate and intentional life.” Lensing says that women can use “Change Your Mood by Changing Your Color” as a tool to fuel themselves to move forward. There are lessons, mantras and a journaling aspect to the book, as well as a call to color the illustrations created by
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Lensing. The goal she says is to let women explore their feelings while developing mindfulness and creativity. Each section ends with a playful exercise where Lensing encourages the reader to go out into nature and experience it with five senses, spend a day looking everyone in the eye or being truly open to receiving a compliment. “I hope my clients learn how to be in the moment, mindful and present, have some fun and feel empowered to turn a negative mindset around into power,” she says. She is marketing the book to those facing eating disorders and addictions or other mental health issues, but also to anybody looking for a healthy alternative in her life, who wants to grow and develop.
ALPINE MEADOWS (530) 581-8374 | squawalpine.com 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets also good at Squaw Valley.
BOREAL MOUNTAIN RESORT (530) 426-3666 | rideboreal.com 9 a.m.-9 p.m. All tickets good until 9 p.m.
DIAMOND PEAK OPENS DEC. 15 (775) 831-1177 | diamondpeak.com 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Last Tracks Feb.-April.
DONNER SKI RANCH OPENS DEC. 15 (530) 426-3635 | donnerskiranch.com 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tubing hill.
GRANLIBAKKEN OPENS DEC. 19 (530) 581-7533 | granlibakken.com Fri.-Sun. & holidays only. Snow play area, open daily. Warming hut open daily.
HEAVENLY (775) 586-7000 #1 | skiheavenly.com 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays; 8:30 a.m. weekends. Sledding, tubing, cross-country and snow bikes available.
In addition to the book, Lensing has a passion for her next project helping women feel sexy and confident in their own body. “I want to focus a lot of my attention on that because, in our culture at such an early age, we are taught not to love our bodies,” she says. When Lensing was age 15 she was already 6 feet tall, which was something that everyone noticed and many people commented on. “At a young age it was hard. We are focused on whatever the body part is that we are concerned about. I see so many women saying, ‘I feel I can’t get my baby weight off. I have cellulite.’ At every age, these conversations are contagious,” she says. She says many women have closeted shame for the body. They will want to turn the lights out while having sex or not want to look in the mirror. She wants to help women love their bodies no matter what form they are in and be fine with showing themselves to others. “I want to teach them how to rewrite their body image story. I want to have fun with my clients and make them feel good with their body,” she says. “My motto for all my coaching is working from the inside out. Rather than focusing on wanting to lose weight or finding a partner, shift your mindset to be more confident and be more empowered. Get a sense of certainty about yourself, then take that next step.” Even though her primary targeted audience is women, she enjoys working with male clients, as well. Overall, her mission is to empower individuals to live with passion and take inspired action. “We get caught up in auto pilot doing things because we have to do them. I want people to be inspired to do them. To live a more passionate and intentional life,” she says. For more information, visit tinalensingcoaching.com.
HOMEWOOD MOUNTAIN RESORT (530) 525-2900 | skihomewood.com 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Snowcat skiing.
OPENS DEC. 9
KIRKWOOD (877) 547-5966 | kirkwood.com 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Cross-country ski, tube, dog sled, Snowcat tours.
MT. ROSE SKI TAHOE (775) 849-0704 | (800) 754-7673 | skirose.com 9 a.m -4 p.m.
NORTHSTAR CALIFORNIA (530) 562-1330 | northstarcalifornia.com 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tubing lanes and lift.
SIERRA-AT-TAHOE (530) 659-7475 | sierraattahoe.com 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; 8:30 a.m. weekends & peak times. Tubing, snowshoe trails.
SODA SPRINGS (530) 426-3901 | skisodasprings.com 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thurs.-Mon. & holidays Snow tubing 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily.
SQUAW VALLEY (530) 583-6955 | squawalpine.com 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dawn Patrol 7:40 a.m. select dates. Tickets also good at Alpine Meadows.
SUGAR BOWL (530) 426-1111 | sugarbowl.com 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Connects to Royal Gorge Cross Country.
TAHOE DONNER DOWNHILL (530) 587-9444 #2 | tahoedonner.com 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
OPENS DEC. 9
Base 6,835’ Vertical 1,802’
Base 7,200’ Vertical 500’
Base 6,700’ Vertical 1,840’
Base 7,031’ Vertical 750’
Base 6,200’ Vertical 300’
Base 6,540’ CA 7,200’ NV Vertical 3,500’
Base 6,230’ Vertical 2,510’
Base 7,800’ Vertical 2,000’
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Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding
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Novice 15% 2,010
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Novice 12% 2,300
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Base 6,330’ Vertical 2,280’
Base 6,640’ Vertical 2,212’
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Base 6,200’ Vertical 2,850’
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Kids Art Saturdays Free art workshops at North Tahoe Arts are for ages 2 to 12 on select Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m. Each workshop allows kids to create an art project to be taken home. On Dec. 3, Make an Ornament workshop will be at North Tahoe Arts. | northtahoearts.com
Get a call from Santa On Dec. 8 and 9, kids can send a note to Santa, and he or Mrs. Claus will answer all notes received from local boys and girls with a personalized phone call. Fill out a “Secret Santa” letter at Rideout Community Center or download one from the Web site. Letters must be submitted to the Tahoe City Recreation Office by Dec. 7. This service is free. | tcpud.org
Say it loud and proud Registration is under way for the 2017 Nevada Poetry Out Loud program and competition through Dec. 2. High-school teachers and students are invited to get involved in this dynamic program that focuses on memorization and performance of classic and contemporary poetry. Registration is open to all high-school-aged Nevada students. | poetryoutloud.org
Open casting call Sky Tavern Ski Area is looking for kids to star in a commercial. There will be a short audition at the Pray for Snow Party on Dec. 2 for those who wish to enter. There is no age limit; candidates need to speak clearly, follow a script and be confident while in front of a camera. Those interested, who cannot attend the party, should e-mail or upload a short video about why they like to ski/snowboard or why they like Sky Tavern to info@ skytavern.com. The deadline to submit an audition video is Dec. 7. A committee will select and contact finalists. The Pray for Snow Party will begin at 6 p.m., with a showing for the Matchstick Production film “Ruin and Rose” at 7:30 p.m. Sky Tavern will supply fire, s’mores, food, kid-friendly drinks, an auction, music and a raffle. | skytavern.com
Take-downs allowed Ages 5 to 17 can learn the introductory USA wrestling skills in folkstyle, freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling and compete in tournaments. The lessons will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Dec. 6 through March 9 at Truckee High School from 6 to 7:15 p.m. The tournament season runs from Jan. 4 to March 15 in Nevada and from February through June in California. Tournaments are optional and up to the discretion of parents. The fee is $85. | tdprd.org
Get in the ski groove Buddy Werner Development program is designed for ages 5 to 14 of all ski levels. It is on Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Dec. 4 through March 19 at Soda Springs, with trips to Alpine Meadows, Sugar Bowl and Homewood. The program includes five intra-squad races. The fee is $260. | truckeeskiteam.org
S A N TA C L A U S Join in the fun on Dec. 10 for a festive Brunch with Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves. Held at the Chateau at Incline Village, this family event features many fun activities including a delicious brunch, a magic show, arts and crafts, raffle prizes, a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus and much more. This community event is presented by the Tahoe Family Solutions in collaboration with IVGID. | Tickets (775) 298-0004
That’s the team spirit Incline Village Recreation Center offers Youth Basketball for Grades 1 to 8 is Wednesdays and Saturdays from early December to mid-March. This is open to players of all abilities to learn the fundamentals, skills and sportsmanship. Grades 1 to 4 are coed teams. Boys’ and girls’ leagues are for Grades 5 to 6 and Grades 7 to 8. | yourtahoeplace.com
Making smooth moves Truckee Ice Rink offers many classes and programs for skaters. Ice Skating lessons on Fridays are from Dec. 2 to Dec. 16 and on Saturdays from Dec. 3 to 17. Lessons are available for ages 3 to 6; beginners, ages 5 and older; and intermediate skaters, ages 5 and older. The fee, which includes skates, is $33 per session for three classes or $15 per drop-in class. Session 2 on Fridays starts on Jan. 6 and Session 3 starts on Feb. 3. Session 2 on Saturdays starts on Jan. 7 and Session 3 starts on Feb. 4. Ice Dancing lessons for intermediate or advanced skaters is on Saturdays starting on Dec. 3. This class will give skaters a new way to workout to music. Participants do not need to have partners to attend. The fee is $33 per three-class session or $15 per drop-in class. Session 2 starts on Jan. 7 and Session 3 starts on Feb. 4. Hockey League for ages 7 to 14 starts on Dec. 12 and runs until March 6. Ages 8 to 12 will meet on Wednesdays and ages 12 to 14 on Thursdays; times will vary between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. The fee is $95. Hockey Skills is on Mondays or Tuesdays for Grades 1 to 7. Skates are included; participants should bring mouthpiece, gloves, helmet, elbow pads
and winter clothing. Session 1 runs from Jan. 2 to 23 and Session 2 runs from Jan. 30 to Feb. 27. The fee is $50 per session when paid in advance. | tdrpd.org
School’s out for holiday Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District offers holiday camps when school is out for Grades K to 5 at the Community Recreation Center. Winter Wonderland Days during the Christmas break is in two sessions: Session 1 is Dec. 19 to 22 and Session 2 is Dec. 27 to 30. February Fun Days is offered during Ski/Skate Week from Feb. 21 to 24. Spring Fling Camp is during Easter break from April 10 to 14. Day times for all camps is 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Children will enjoy a number of activities indoors and outdoors. Snacks are provided daily at 4 p.m. Children must be preregistered. | (530) 582-7720 or tdrpd.org
Moving to the beat Incline Village Recreation Center offers dance on Friday afternoons for all ages with Miss Brittnee Bramy. Fairytale Ballet is for ages 3 to 5. Dancers will learn the basics of ballet while dressed as a favorite fairytale character. Kid’s Jazz is for ages 6 to 8. This introductory jazz dance course includes warm-up and stretches to energetic playful music. Hip Hop is for ages 9 to 11 and will focus on rhythm, syncopation and stage presence. Middle School Contemporary Dance is for middle schoolers who would like a class that incorporates all kinds of dance. | yourtahoeplace.com
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The Shop Local Holiday Contest has begun and continues until Christmas Eve. Participate by picking up a card and earning stamps for purchases made at participating businesses in North Tahoe and Truckee. Completed cards will be entered to win a $500 cash prize or a vacation valued at $1,500. | shopnorthtahoetruckee.com
Eldorado National Forest | Christmastree-cutting permits for pine, fir or cedar trees up to 6 inches in diameter at the base. Christmas-tree permits will be issued with tree tags for $10 each, with a limit of two per family or address. These permits must be purchased in person, are not transferable and are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. | fs.usda.gov/eldorado Plumas National Forest | Christmastree-cutting permits are available at forest offices or by mail. Walk-in permits are available through Dec. 24 while mail-in permits must be requested by Dec. 1. Permits are $10 and include a map of treecutting areas, as well as safety information and helpful tips. Two permits are allowed per household. | fs.usda.gov/plumas Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit | Christmas tree permits for $10 each, with a limit of two permits per family. Permits must be purchased in person, are not transferable and are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Permit holders may choose from a variety of pine, fir or cedar in designated cutting areas in the Lake Tahoe Basin. | fs.usda.gov/ltbmu On the South Shore, permits will be sold at the Forest Supervisor’s office. For more information, call (530) 543-2600. On the North Shore, permits will be sold at the Incline Village Forest Service office, For more information, call (775) 831-0914. In Tahoe City, permits will be sold at the North Lake Tahoe Visitor Center, For more information, call (530) 581-6900. The Every Kid in a Park program offers one free Christmas tree permit to fourthgrade students who present a valid paper voucher or durable Every Kid in a Park pass. Visit everykidinapark.gov for details.
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The Truckee Roundhouse makers’ space officially opens to the public on Dec. 1. The ribbon-cutting celebration is from 5 to 7 p.m. and Joan deRyk Jones, the mayor of the Town of Truckee, will cut the ribbon. During the opening, participants can view demonstrations on a variety of tools, buy a membership and sign up for classes. Truckee Roundhouse’s mission is to support the teaching, practicing and learning of a variety of arts, skills and technologies for our region. Local instructors, teaching a variety of skills, will offer classes. Members can use the space to create just about anything, from robots and drones, to coffee mugs and custom backpacks. The Roundhouse has equipment for welding, forging and machining and a CNC plasma cutter for computer-controlled cuts of sheet metal. The wood shop is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment; the ceramics studio is fully equipped. Participants can learn how to use an array of 3-D printers or learn how to use computer design software in the tech lab. Anyone can become a member of Truckee Roundhouse and have unlimited access to five shops in which to work with metal, wood, ceramics, textiles and electronics. | truckeeroundhouse.org -Priya Hutner
Pets for the year The Humane Society of TruckeeTahoe’s 2017 calendar is now available for sale online and in stores. Each year the Humane Society endeavors to develop an inspired concept for the calendar. This year’s theme is “This is You When …” Calendar sales benefit the Humane Society. Purchase calendars online or at the Humane Society of TruckeeTahoe’s shelter, Burger Me, Canine Country Truckee, Mountain Hardware & Sports, Tahoe Integrative Veterinary Care, Truckee-Tahoe Pet Lodge and Wild Cherries Coffee House. | hstt.org
Local help for Christmas Truckee Community Christmas, a nonprofit organization, has provided help in the form of a large box of food items, grocery store gift cards, toys and coats for more than 25 years to individuals and families identified as the most in need during the holiday season. This program, that vets recipients and depends on the generosity of locals, will benefit several 16
hundred Truckee families, teenage moms and their babies and low-income or homebound seniors. Food collection barrels for nonperishable items will be placed at SaveMart. Collection bins for toys will be at banks, real estate offices, schools, homeowners’ association clubhouses and businesses around town. Warm, clean, gently used winter coats can be dropped off at Church of the Mountains in Truckee and Tahoe Forest Church on Hirschdale Road. Donors can also provide necessities for seniors; Gratitudes in downtown Truckee is coordinating senior gift donations. In addition to goods and services, help is needed to sort, pack and wrap donated items at the SELS school gym on Donner Pass Road on Dec. 15 and 16. The food drive needs assistance from volunteers too. Tax-deductible contribution checks can be mailed to Truckee Community Christmas, P.O. Box 2955, Truckee, Calif. 96160 or visit truckeecommunitychristmas. com to donate online. | (530) 587-2757
Leadership North Lake Tahoe-Truckee is accepting applications for its Leadership Program 2017. The program will run from January through May and will be facilitated by Shannon Beets from Sierra Nevada College. The deadline to apply is Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. Download applications at tahoetruckeeleadership.com. | Karen Willcuts at (530) 448-4143 or karen@ tahoetruckeeleadership.com
Low-cost screenings offered Affordable community health screenings are available with no appointments necessary. This service is a low-cost laboratory screening that is not reimbursable by insurance companies. Incline Village Community Hospital offers the screenings on Dec. 9. | (775) 833-4100
Get creative An Arts In Wellness Creative Group is on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at For Goodness Sake until Dec. 15. The group, led by Susie Alexander, will follow the book “Rising Strong” by Brene Brown and explore how it relates to human experiences, spirit and individual archetypes. Each session will begin with 1 hour of discussion followed by 1.5 hours of creativity. All art supplies are provided. No experience necessary. There is a suggested donation of $15 per session. | Register artsinwellness.org
Help count Tahoe birds The Christmas Bird Count is widely regarded as the largest and oldest citizen science project in the world. Each year, from Dec. 14 through Jan. 5, tens of thousands of volunteers head out into the winter to count birds for a day. This tradition goes back to 1900, and in the intervening years, these birders have built a database on bird populations unmatched by any other wildlife census. Tahoe Institute for Science co-founder Will Richardson has coordinated the South Lake Tahoe bird count since 2004. This year, the South Lake Tahoe bird count has been scheduled for Dec. 17 at Cove East as a group and then split into groups. Interested volunteers should meet at Alpina Coffee Cafe at 8 a.m. A pizza party will conclude the day at 5 p.m. The 36th annual mid-winter Bald Eagle count is on Jan. 13, 2017, from 9 a.m. to noon. There are 26 stations located around the Lake Tahoe Basin that need volunteers. Participants will have to commit to showing up 15 minutes early and staying for the entire three-hour session. This year, TINS will be holding a special learn about the count dinner the night before the survey from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lake Tahoe Pizza Co. in South Lake Tahoe. The cost is $15 for the dinner. Purchase tickets for the dinner by Jan. 9, 2017. | RSVP sarah@ tinsweb.org
Permits for dead wood The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is selling personal use, fuel-wood permits at the Forest Supervisor’s Office in South Lake Tahoe and in Incline Village. Permits cost $20 per cord, with a two-cord minimum purchase and a limit of 10 cords per household. The permit is for collection of “downdead” wood up to a 30-inch diameter in designated fuel wood areas. Cutting any standing tree, whether dead or green, is not allowed. Permit holders must keep vehicles on National Forest System roads. No off-road travel is allowed. For more information, call the South Lake Tahoe office at (530) 543-2694 or the Incline Village office at (775) 831-0914.
Seeing-eye skiers needed Ski for Light is looking for experienced cross-country skiers to serve as ski guides for blind, visually and mobility impaired adults. Ski for Light, Inc. is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit corporation founded in 1975. It was created by a group of Norwegian-Americans who were familiar with a program in Norway, the Ridderrenn, and the success that program has enjoyed teaching blind/visuallyimpaired and mobility-impaired people the Norwegian national sport of cross-country skiing. | sfl.org
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Nevada Chamber Music Festival
Argenta Concert Series
Dec. 26-Jan 1 | Nightingale Concert Hall | Reno, Nev.
Feb. 2, March 9 & 28 | Nightingale Concert Hall | Reno, Nev.
Presented by the Reno Chamber Orchestra, the annual festival features 11 unique concerts showcasing world-class musicians and the best in classical music, culminating with a New Year’s Day celebration. The festival concerts feature soloists and small ensembles including many of the world’s most renowned classical musicians. Artists include leading players from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic. | renochamberorchestra.org
The Reno University ensemble-in-residence the Argenta Trio will present an evening dedicated to the music of the Americas was part of the ongoing concert series. Works of composers from both continents will be featured in an exciting evening in the hands of violinist Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, cellist Dmitri Atapine and pianist James Winn. The series continues with Gilbert Kalish in recital on March 9 and a piano concert with Leon Fleisher and Katherine Jacobson on March 28. | unr.edu
SnowGlobe Music Festival Dec. 29-31 | Lake Tahoe Community College | South Lake Tahoe Electronic music, winter, dancing and snow the only festival in Tahoe that gets us outdoors moving and dancing to some of the hottest DJs to hit the Lake. Come out and play in the snow, dance, fireworks and festival fun and ring in the New Year. | snowglobemusicfestival.com
TOCCATA: BRRRoque Masters Jan. 4, 6, 7, 8 | Area venues Händel Organ Concerto with David Brock, along with selections from Vivaldi, Fasch, Bach, the Charpentier Midnight Mass, along with other classics at venues throughout the Tahoe-Reno region. | toccatatahoe.com
Classix Three “Liberation” Jan. 15 & 17 | Pioneer Center | Reno, Nev. The Reno Phil celebrates victory by bringing together works by both Wagner and Brahms, with selections containing a strong connection to military, triumph or personal freedom. The concert set features Davidson Fellows Simone Porter on violin and Nathan Chan on cello. Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 9 in E-flat major, op. 70” concludes the evening. | renophil.com
Influences: Windflower and Wagner Jan. 29 | Nightingale Concert Hall | Reno, Nev. The Reno Chamber Orchestra presents Catherine Manoukian. The performance begins with the seldom performed, yet stunningly beautiful, Violin Concerto by the English composer Sir Edward Elgar. Performed by Canadian violinist Catherine Manoukian, the concerto is a marathon for both soloist and orchestra. The concert is rounded out by an early symphony of the Czech composer Antonin Dvorak considered heavily influenced by the German Richard Wagner. | renochamberorchestra.org 18
TOCCATA Soirees Feb. 11, 14, 18 | Area venues TOCCATA Tahoe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus present three soirees that feature Elizabeth Pitcairn with the legendary Red Stradivarius violin, Joy Strotz, soprano, Brad Perry, tenor and Emzy Burroughs, baritone. | toccatatahoe.com
Classix Four “Temptation” Feb. 12 & 14 | Pioneer Center | Reno, Nev. This performance includes a fittingly romantic program by the Reno Phil for the Valentine’s Day concert with a story of love, temptation and jealousy through Mozart’s “Overture to Cosi fan tutte.” Featuring Conrad Tao on piano, additional works include Prokofiev’s “Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, op. 26” and Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 6 in D Major, op. 60, B. 112.” | renophil.com
Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet Feb. 16 | Nightingale Concert Hall | Reno, Nev. The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet was founded in 1988 during the era of Herbert von Karajan, the first permanently established wind quintet in the famous orchestra’s rich tradition of chamber music. The quintet continues to impress audiences worldwide with its range of expression, tonal spectrum and conceptual unity. Many listeners and critics agree the ensemble has succeeded in redefining the sound of the classic wind quintet. In recent years, the members of the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet have intensified their teaching and coaching roles with youth through chamber music work-shops and instrumental instruction in many countries. | windquintet.com
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Classix Five “Brilliance” March 12 & 14 | Pioneer Center | Reno, Nev. Celebrate the arrival of spring with the energizing flutter of Barber’s “Violin Concerto” performed by an emerging star on the international stage, Benjamin Beilman, with the Reno Phil. The concert concludes with Mahler’s dramatic and thrilling “Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Titan.” | renophil.com
National Orchestra Ukraine March 18 | Pioneer Center | Reno, Nev. Reno Chamber Orchestra presents the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine Kiev live in concert. Formed by the Council of Ministers of Ukraine in November of 1918, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine is considered to be one of the finest symphony orchestras in Eastern Europe. Since 1993, the NSOUK has released more than 100 recordings which include both Ukrainian and international repertoires. | renochamberorchestra.org
Anoushka Shankar March 30 | Nightingale Concert Hall | Reno, Nev. Sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar is a singular figure in the Indian classical and progressive world music scenes. Deeply rooted in the Indian Classical music tradition, Shankar studied from the age of 9 under her father and guru, the late Ravi Shankar. She made her professional debut as a classical sitarist at the age of 13. As a composer, Shankar has encouraged cross-cultural dialogue while demonstrating the versatility of the sitar across musical genres. | anoushkashankar.com
WinterWonderGrass March 30-April 2 | Olympic Valley One of the best Tahoe music festivals to hit the area, WinterWonderGrass delivers. Mixing up the finest ingredients of Tahoe lifestyle and mountain culture the festival brings the best of Bluegrass, acoustic roots and Americana music (both traditional and alternative). National, regional and local musicians headline and the event features California craft beers, wines, spirits and local food in a winter wonderland. | winterwondergrasstahoe.com
CULTURE Great Basin Geek Convention Dec. 3-4 | Reno Town Mall | Reno, Nev. Calling all geeks and nerds to enjoy live gaming demos, crafts, music and panels all in celebration of geek culture. Meet the artists and minds behind favorite games, stories and comic books. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. | greatbasingeeks.com
Reno Latin Dance Fest Jan. 5-8 | Silver Legacy | Reno, Nev. The Reno Latin Dance Fest and Showcase is a Latin dance festival with workshops taught by professional instructors, night parties with hours of social dancing with some of the best Latin DJs, and an evening showcase, where dance couples and teams from all over the nation entertain the audience with their energy and creative performances. Enjoy an array of workshops and dance parties from other genres and styles, such as Bachata, Salsa, Cumbia, Hip Hop and the now popular Kizomba.| renolatindancefest.com
TEDx University of Nevada 2017 Jan. 21 | DeGrand Sierra Resort | Reno, Nev. Join Grand Sierra Resort and University of Nevada for a day of ideas and discourse. Twenty-two speakers and performers will take to the stage giving cutting-edge insights and ideas to promote TED’s mission: Ideas worth spreading. | grandsierraresort.com
Lunar New Year Festival Feb. 17-19 | Reno Ballroom | Reno, Nev. The Chinese Association of Northern Nevada will host the 2017 Lunar New Year Festival. CANN invites everyone in the community to enjoy this special annual Lunar New Year celebration and learn about Chinese culture, customs and history. Enjoy traditional Chinese food, professional Lion & Dragon dancing, Kung-Fu and other performances. | chinesenevada.org 19
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“THE LION KING KIDS” | DEC. 3 & 4
“The Importance of Being Earnest” Dec. 2-10 | Truckee High School | Truckee “The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People” by the great Oscar Wilde promises to be as funny and entertaining performed by Truckee High School Drama Club. | (530) 448-4629
“Dorothy in Wonderland: The Musical” Dec. 10 | Cargo Concert Hall | Reno, Nev. Dorothy, Toto and the characters of Oz get caught in another whirlwind that sweeps them off to Wonderland, where they meet Alice, White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, March Hare, the Cheshire Cat and many more. Dorothy, Alice and their friends join forces to defeat the queen at croquet, but will that be enough to return Wonderland to normal and get everybody back home? | cargoreno.com
“Calendar Girls” Jan. 13-29 | Reno Little Theatre | Reno, Nev.
Decadence Cabaret Dec. 1-Feb. 25 | Harrah’s | Reno, Nev. Remastered since its previous residency in Reno, take a new journey with the Decadence Cabaret. Join us in an escape from the monotony of everyday life. Decadence is an innovative blend of classic Broadway and old-time rock ‘n’ roll, mixed with today’s hottest hits and unique tracks. Prestige has taken the allure of Burlesque, beauty of showgirls, intensity of hip-hop, rawness of primal tribal dance, wows of acrobatics, contortion, and aerial arts and blushworthy comic relief to present a new taste of entertainment.| harrahs-reno.com
“The Boy Who Spoke With Animals” Dec. 2-3 | Nell J. Redfield Performing Arts Center | South Lake Tahoe “The Boy Who Spoke With Animals” centers around a boy’s adventures and interactions with animals he has rescued or befriended. Each of these animals sings and dances in his or her unique style. Taj the Dog sings a blues number, Poopsie the Bunny rocks out with an electric guitar, Bandit the Racoon sings hip-hop. The show will also help children see the world through a different perspective. In the end, this 70-minute production will leave audiences tapping their feet and humming a happy tune. | tmcc.edu
“Audition” Dec. 2-17 | Good Luck Macbeth Theater | Reno, Nev. It is the dead of winter in New England and a nor’easter blankets the seaboard. At the Berkshire Community Playhouse, an audition for A Play Yet To Be Named is set to begin. The well-known writer/director, who prides himself on finding talent in out-of-the-way places, runs late. A small group of unknown actors brave the storm, waiting for the chance to be in his next musical. “Audition” is a funny, heartwarming story that fully embraces American theater, including the audience as part of the show in an immersive musical experience. | goodluckmacbeth.org
“The Velocity of Autumn” Dec. 2-18 | Restless Artists’ Theatre | Sparks, Nev. The two-person play swirls around Alexandra, an 80-year old artist in a showdown with her family over where she’ll spend her remaining years. In Alexandra’s corner are her wit, her volcanic passion and the fact that she’s barricaded herself in her Brooklyn brownstone with enough Molotov cocktails to take out the block. But her children have their own secret weapon: estranged son Chris, who returns after 20 years, crawls through Alexandra’s second-floor window and becomes the family’s mediator. “The Velocity of Autumn” is a wickedly funny and wonderfully touching discovery of the fragility and ferocity of life. | restlessartiststheatre.org
“The Lion King Kids” Dec. 3 & 4 | Truckee Community Arts Center | Truckee This is adapted version of the Broadway production is great for the holiday. The show includes songs kids love from the musical. A family event also includes African-themed booths, tribal face painting, wild animal cookie decorating, totem creating and African jewelry, all for kids. | truckeecommunitytheater.com 20
When Annie’s husband John dies of leukemia, she and best friend, Chris, resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade friends to pose nude with them for an “alternative” calendar, with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence. The news of the women’s charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie’s friendship is put to the test under the strain of their newfound fame. Based on a true story. | renolittletheater.org
“Happy Birthday Wanda June” Jan. 13-Feb. 4 | Brüka Theatre | Reno, Nev. A woman with a little boy has two suitors – a doctor and a vacuum cleaner salesman. Her husband, a famous big game hunter and adventurer, disappeared years ago in the Amazon. She is about to be declared a widow when he returns with the pilot he had crashed with. It’s also his birthday and all present decide to celebrate. The cake had been intended for somebody named Wanda June, who apparently never got to celebrate at all. The adventurer turns out to be a wild champion of havoc, who alienates friends and demolishes violins. | bruka.org
“Motown The Musical” Jan. 24-28 | Pioneer Center | Reno, Nev. This is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers and shaped the lives of a generation. Featuring classic songs such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” experience the story behind the music. | pioneercenter.com
“Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind” Feb. 9-11 | Reno Little Theatre | Reno, Nev. “Too Much Light” is an attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes. Plays from The Neo-Futurists bring 30 plays and then the 60 minutes is up, the show is over; no matter the number of plays completed. | renolittletheater.org
“Dirty Dancing” Feb. 24-26 | Pioneer Center | Reno, Nev. The Classic Story On Stage is a record-breaking live theater sensation, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing. Featuring the hit songs “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart-stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” | pioneercenter.com
“Mother Hicks” March 10-26 | Reno Little Theater | Reno Nev. “Mother Hicks” is an evocative story, richly realized through all of the resources of theater including poetry, character and story. The setting includes various locations in and around Ware, Ill., in the late spring of 1935 during the Great Depression. This play is about three outsiders – a foundling known only as Girl; a deaf boy, eloquent in the language of his silence; and an eccentric recluse, Mother Hicks, who is suspected of being a witch. The tale, told with poetry and sign language, chronicles the journeys of these three to find themselves, and each other, in a troubled time. | renolittletheater.org
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SCREEN ALPENGLOW WINTER FILM SERIES | DEC. 1-FEB. 23
ON THE Tahoe Film Fest Dec. 1-4 | Area venues The Tahoe Film Fest presents an important selection of new and exciting Environmental and American Independent Films that have been screened at various festivals throughout the world. Also featured is a selection of American Independent films celebrating the art of maverick filmmakers with new ideas. Finally, Tahoe Film Fest celebrates Hispanic filmmakers and their recognition by the Academy Awards over the past several years. New Hispanic films that focus on the art of Mexican culture will be also featured during the festival. | tahoefilmfest.org
Alpenglow Winter Film Series Dec. 1-Feb. 23 | Olympic Village Lodge | Olympic Valley
Tommy Caldwell | Schaefer
“HERE, THERE & EVERYWHERE” | DEC. 2, 3 & 10
Back for its 11th year, the Alpenglow Winter Film Series will be showcasing its best line up to date. Hear from these locals and athletes as they share stories of their incredible adventures in the mountains. Many of these shows are a rare opportunity to meet and hear from these talented athletes. | alpenglowsports.com
“Here, There & Everywhere” Dec. 2, 3 & 10 | Area venues Warren Miller Entertainment returns to Tahoe with showings of its 67th full-length feature film, “Here, There & Everywhere.” Narration by Olympic gold medalist Jonny Moseley and on-screen interviews with the legendary Warren Miller deliver the nostalgia of skiing’s roots and a zeal for discovering new terrain. | warrenmillermovie.com.
Lake Tahoe Film Festival Dec. 10 | MontBleu Resort | Stateline, Nev. This fun high-energy evening will fuel your passion for action, and ignite your senses for adventure. Highlighting the best adventure sports films of the year and this festival showcases action sports world best talent. All of the films are specially selected and edited to fit the festival’s fast pace format and is both exciting and entertaining on and off the screen. The night includes special guest speakers, action photo displays, break-dancers, DJs, and always a few special surprises. | laketahoefilmfestival.com
Local Freshies film night Dec. 26 | Diamond Peak Ski Resort | Incline Village, Nev. Local Freshies, in association with 4Frnt Skis, will host showing of “Here and Now” along with “Tahoe: The Daily Routine.” “Here and Now” showcases the skiing of Eric Hjorleifson, David Wise, Wiley Miller, Thayne Rich and Cam Riley with friends and their escape to the outdoors. “Tahoe: The Daily Routine” highlights the local businesses that give Lake Tahoe its flavor and show its culture is alive and well. | localfreshies.com 21
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CHRISTMAS ROCKS TOUR | Dec. 23
HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS “The Polar Express” Until Dec. 23 | Carson City Depot | Carson City, Nev. Take a ride on “The Polar Express.” During the holiday season, characters, entertainment and Santa bring the story to life, with a souvenir silver sleigh bell to remember the journey. The one-hour long rides are fun for the whole family. | visitcarsoncity.com
Noel Nights & Northern Lights Festival Until Dec. 31 | Northstar California Kick off the holiday season with Noel Nights every Thursday throughout December featuring carolers, sleigh rides, face painting, holiday crafts and pictures with Santa. The holiday celebrations culminate with the Northern Lights Festival on Dec. 10 featuring live music and DJs and a fireworks finale. | northstarcalifornia.com
Magical Memories Until Dec. 31 | Resort at Squaw Creek | Olympic Valley
Brian Setzer Orchestra
“MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET” | UNTIL JAN. 1
Experience the magic of the holiday season at annual Magical Memories holiday celebration. Holiday festivities include Gingerbread Village Unveiling, Grand Tree Lighting Ceremony and holiday music. | squawcreek.com
“Sister’s Christmas Catechism” Dec. 1-2 | 7 p.m. | Carson Valley Inn | Carson Valley, Nev. From the author of Late Nite Catechism, Sister takes on the mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages: Whatever happened to the Magi’s gold? Retelling the story of the nativity, as only Sister can, this hilarious holiday production is bound to become a yearly classic. Employing her own scientific tools, assisted by a local choir, as well as a gaggle of audience members, Sister creates a living nativity unlike any you’ve ever seen. With gifts galore and bundles of laughs, “Sister’s Christmas Catechism” is sure to become the newest addition to your holiday traditions. | carsonvalleyinn.com
Festival of Trees and Lights Dec. 1-4 | MontBleu | Stateline, Nev. The Festival is a multiple-day holiday extravaganza. The family friendly event features lavishly decorated holiday trees, wreaths and décor, local entertainment, a kids’ craft area, photos with Santa, a Teddy Bear Hospital and opportunities to give back to the community through the silent auction and raffle. | montbleuresort.com
“Buttcracker 7: Ozmosis” Dec.1-5 | Brüka Theatre | Reno, Nev. The annual holiday production of “Buttcracker” is a parody based on the two-act ballet “The Nutcracker Suite.” Bruka’s version is wild and wildly danced and hilarious and for ages 12 and older only. | bruka.org
“The Santaland Diaries” Dec 1-11 | Reno Little Theater | Reno, Nev. Love the Christmas season? This show is for you. Hate the Christmas season? This show is for you, too. “The Santaland Diaries,” based on the essay by David Sedaris (widely regarded as one of America’s most pre-eminent humorists), is based on Sedaris’ time-served working as an elf in Macy’s Santaland. It’s the perfect antidote to holiday madness with its bad Santas and naughty elves. | renolittletheater.org 22
“Miracle on 34th Street” Until Jan. 1 | Eldorado Resort | Reno, Nev. The heartwarming musical “Miracle on 34th Street” is based on the classic 1947 holiday movie of the same name. The story revolves around single mother, Doris Walker, who doesn’t want her 6-year-old daughter’s head filled with romantic notions about Christmas. That is, until they both discover that the Macy’s department store Santa Clause may be the real Kris Kringle. | eldorardoreno.com
Christmas on the Comstock Dec. 3 | Area venues | Virginia City, Nev. Step back in time this holiday season and celebrate Christmas as they did in the 19th Century. Historic Virginia City hosts its annual Christmas on the Comstock with a Sierra Concert with David John and the Comstock Cowboys at Piper’s Opera House and don’t miss the Grinch Made Me Do It Saloon Crawl, Parade of Lights, photos with Santa and V&T Candy Cane Express. | visitvirginiacitynv.com
Sparks Hometowne Christmas Parade Dec. 3 | Victorian Square | Sparks, Nev. The Sparks Hometowne Christmas Parade, a Northern Nevada tradition as deep rooted as the spirit of the season itself, features marching bands, Christmas costumes, adorable animals and festive floats all representing “A Season of Giving.” | cityofsparks.us
Parade of Lights Dec. 3 | Downtown Carson City | Carson City, Nev. The 21st annual Parade of Lights offers floats, marching bands, color guard and the special guest from the North Pole. | visitcarsonvalley.org
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Spirit of the Season
Merry Days & Holly Nights Music
Dec. 3-4 | Pioneer Center | Reno, Nev.
Dec. 17-31 | Squaw Valley
The Reno Philharmonic Orchestra delights audiences with this annual tradition for the whole family. The dynamic Dr. Jason Alteri leads this seasonal classic with the renowned Reno Phil Chorus, the Santa Tappers, singers, student performers and special guest Santa Claus. | renophil.com
Squaw Valley welcomes national performing artists, including two nights of the Holly Feet & Grinch’s Groove show featuring the Utah Ballroom Dance Company, Truckee Dance Factory and a Grinch Look-a-Like contest for kids judged by Santa True himself. | squawalpine.com
“The Nutcracker” Dec. 3-4 | Grand Sierra Resort | Reno, Nev. Kick off the Christmas season with a favorite the whole family will love. Grand Sierra Resort will be hosting “The Nutcracker” in its newly renovated Grand Theatre. | grandsierraresort.com
“Peanutcracker: The Story In A Nutshell” Dec. 4 | Carson Community Center | Carson City, Nev. Based on Marius Petipa’s original ballet “The Nutcracker,” this 45-minute narrated version is designed for families with younger children to introduce them to the wonderful world of ballet. | sierranevadaballet.org
“The Nutcracker” Dec. 9-11 | Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts | Reno, Nev. The stage at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts comes alive with sugar plum fairy and dancing mice as A.V.A. Ballet Theatre presents the annual “Nutcracker.” A.V.A. Ballet Theatre’s artistic director Alexander Van Alstyne has choreographed an exciting rendition of the popular holiday ballet and the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s moving score. Laura Jackson will conduct the orchestra. | pioneercenter.com
Jazz for the Holidays: A Gospel Christmas Dec. 17, 18 & 21 Nightingale Concert Hall | Reno, Nev. The spirit of Christmas comes to life as the 17-piece Reno Jazz Orchestra and The Pat Esters Gospel Choir bring Christmas favorites with a few surprises mixed in for three performances of feel good music. The performance begins with the Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra. | renojazzorchestra.org
Heavenly Holidays Dec. 19-31 | Heavenly Resort | South Lake Tahoe Celebrate the season at Heavenly during our two-week festival at Heavenly Village. Featuring ice sculptors, holiday music and a 16-foot interactive snow globe where kids can get their photos taken with Santa. | heavenlyresort.com
Gingerbread Festival and Competition
Christmas Rocks Tour
Dec. 10 | Wilbur May Museum | Reno, Nev.
Dec. 23 | Grand Sierra Resort | Reno, Nev.
Enter your favorite Gingerbread creation for the Gingerbread Festival. Ribbons will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category. A ribbon will also be awarded to the “People’s Choice,” determined by a vote of the general public attending the Gingerbread Festival. | mayarboretumsociety.org
A unique combination of rock and roll, rockabilly and big band swing, Stray Cats frontman Brian Setzer kicks off the Christmas holiday with his 18-member orchestra, the first big band (complete with trumpet, trombone and saxophone sections) led by a guitar. Kick the holiday into high gear with a performance that will be the highlight of the season. | grandsierraresort.com
Reno Santa Crawl Dec. 10 | Reno, Nev. It’s the time of year when thousands of Santas descend upon downtown Reno to enjoy good spirits and yuletide cheer. The Reno Santa Pub Crawl is the largest Santa Pub Crawl in the country with 15,000 holiday-clad revelers. | renosantacrawl.com
Holiday Glow Dec. 10 & 11 | Resort at Squaw Creek | Olympic Valley The Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus of Sierra College presents its winter concert series. The program features a colorful array of musical styles and traditions depicting the warmth and glow of the Holiday Season. This holiday concert series features a string quintet with local musicians. | truckeechorus.org
Holiday Celebration Dec. 10 & 11 | Nightingale Concert Hall | Reno, Nev. This concert has become a tradition with members of the Reno Wind Symphony. Truly one of the highlights of this concert is the recitation of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” by KOH Radio personality Ross Mitchell, accompanied by the Reno Wind Symphony. Mitchell will also be the vocal soloist on “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” | renowindsymphony.com
WinterFest Dec. 10-23 | Area venues TOCCATA announces its annual production of Handel’s “Messiah” for the holiday season with five performances. The Reno-Tahoe-TruckeeCarson communities continue enjoying the wonderful holiday tradition of TOCCATA’s production. The production also features seasonal carols with the audience invited to join in. | toccatatahoe.com
“Elf The Musical” Dec. 16-18 | Pioneer Center | Reno, Nev. One of the most beloved Hollywood holiday hits of the past decade is live on stage. “Elf The Musical” is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. | pioneercenter.com
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RING IN THE
NEW YEAR Tahoe New Year’s Eve Dec. 30-31 | Crystal Bay Casino | Crystal Bay, Nev. Celebrate with North Mississippi Allstars and the Monophonics and after party with Mojo Green on Dec. 30 and then during the CBC New Year’s Eve, Tahoe style with North Mississippi Allstars and special guests John Medeski and Marc Broussard. Jelly Bread rocks the after party. | crystalbaycasino.com
Heavenly New Year’s Eve Celebration Dec. 31 | Heavenly Village | South Lake Tahoe
New Year’s Eve at Northstar Dec. 31 | Northstar California Ring in the New Year with live music, ice skating and roasting s’mores by the fire at Northstar. Enjoy a fireworks exhibition and fun with the whole family. | northstarcalifornia.com
Kirkwood New Year’s Eve Celebration
Burton Mountain Festival
Dec. 31 | Kirkwood Ski Resort
Feb. 6-8 | Northstar California
Ring in the New Year with an evening of fun at Kirkwood Mountain Resort with the Kirkwood Torchlight Parade followed by a spectacular fireworks display viewable from the Village Plaza area. The Wall Bar and K-Bar in the Village Plaza will be open before the festivities and there will be an on-snow bonfire. | kirkwood.com
The Burton Mountain Festival will be storming Northstar this winter and it’s bringing a full payload of product demos, parties and positive vibes. Kids will enjoy free snowboard lessons in the Riglet park. Rail jams, live music and après parties round out the fun. | northstarcalifornia.com
Mountain Festival Winter Feb. 18-27 | Area venues Alpenglow Sports announces the third winter edition of the Alpenglow Mountain Festival. The nine-day festival is a celebration of human-powered mountain sports, events, clinics, equipment demonstrations and critically acclaimed films. Geared toward beginner and intermediate winter recreation enthusiasts, the Alpenglow Mountain Festival will showcase some of the best activities Lake Tahoe has to offer from Nordic skiing, backcountry skiing and splitboarding, snowshoeing and natural history events. | alpenglowsports.com
The Persian Snow Festival Feb. 24-27 | Heavenly Ski Resort The Persian Snow Festival is an action-packed weekend of snowsports including skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, snow tubing, snowshoeing, snowman making and more. | persiansnowfestival.com
SnowFest! March 3-11 | Area venues Every spring since 1982, North Lake Tahoe comes alive with 10 fun-filled days and nights, jam packed with events and activities for all ages. On and off the mountain, at North Tahoe’s resorts and vibrant lakeside neighborhoods, there’s something for everyone. Enjoy on-snow events, participate in special events, parades, races, parties, concerts, theater and more. | tahoesnowfest.org
World Cup March 9-12 | Squaw Valley | Olympic Valley The Audi FIS Ski World Cup marks the return of World Cup ski racing to Squaw Valley for the first time in nearly 50 years and adds to a total of 16 World Cup events scheduled to take place in the U.S. for the 2016-17 race season, the second highest ever. | worldcupsquaw.com
Tom Sims Retro World Championships March 24-26 | Boreal | Soda Springs Remember how snowboarding started? Stunt ditches and hard boots, slalom racing, onesies, zinc oxide, headbands and razorblade sunglasses. Boreal is bringing it back. Enjoy three awesome days of crazy fun and rubbing elbows with legends and heroes of snowboarding’s history from the Great Race and The Beach Party Hand Shaped Old School Pipe Session. | rideboreal.com 24
The evening is packed with world-class music, games, fireworks and the world’s only Gondola Ball Drop. Entertainment includes an outdoor concert, ice sculpting performances, fire dancers, a photo booth and face painting. The party continues into the night at one of the many casino nightclubs. | skiheavenly.com
In A New York Minute New Year’s Celebration Dec. 31 | Piper’s Opera House | Virginia City, Nev. Join the celebration and Piper’s Opera House benefit as we usher in the New Year, New York style. Live streaming of the celebration in Times Square along with a countdown and balloon drop. Dance the night away with the big band sound of Deep Groove. | facebook.com/pipersoperahouse
The Loft New Year’s Eve Party Dec. 31 | The Loft | Stateline, Nev. New Year’s Eve “Magic Fusion” dinner and show features a three-course meal with dessert, a bottle of champagne for each table. Experience the jaw-dropping, mind-bending tricks of master magician Robert Hall. DJ “Roger That” will spin music throughout the party with a wide range of sounds, including chill and deep house early in the evening to high-energy, top-40 dance music, R&B, and classic dance floor favorites until 2 a.m. | thelofttahoe.com
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Ring in the New Year in style at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows with free live music in The Village, fireworks and all night parties. Enjoy the Torchlight Parade, a kids’ torchlight parade, fireworks and more. | squawalpine.com
Bounce Heavy: New Year’s Eve Dec. 31 | Tahoe Biltmore | Crystal Bay, Nev. Celebrate New Year’s Eve electronic style. Fresh Bakin’, Bass Heavy and the Bounce bring you Bounce Heavy New Year’s Eve with two rooms featuring live and electronic music to ring in 2017. | freshbakin.com
Squaw Valley Prom Dec. 31 | Olympic Village Lodge | Olympic Valley Back for its 13th year, the Squaw Valley Prom is hosted by the High Fives Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for athletes who have suffered a life-altering injury while pursuing their dream in the winter action sports community. | squawalpine.com
New Year’s Eve at MontBleu Resort Dec. 31 | MontBleu | Stateline, Nev. Three unbelievable New Year’s Eve parties. Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Tahoe’s largest party inside MontBleu. Enjoy your all access pass to three parties in Opal Ultra Lounge, Blu Nightclub and the newly renovated convention center. | montbleuresort.com
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Stremmel Gallery presents Phyllis Shafer’s “Nature Divine: Landscape Paintings of the American West,” until Dec. 10. Shafer’s exhibition of new paintings catalogs her observations of the Sierra Nevada, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve in Carmel and the vast spaces of Wyoming. This will mark the sixth solo exhibition for the South Lake Tahoe artist at Stremmel Gallery. “With nature as my subject, I am never short of rich material from which to draw,” Shafer says. “I do think, however, that this exhibition marks a shift in my attention. I am eager to paint more moonlight paintings, just to explore the quality of mystery that moonlight provides.” | stremmelgallery.com
Holly Arts for the holidays Tahoe City Holly Arts is a North Tahoe Arts tradition at the Art Center. Every year the shop dresses up for the holidays with new items that make perfect gifts with handmade items and artist made holiday cards. There be a Holiday Open House and a Kids Art Saturday on Dec. 3. The kids’ art event is from noon to 2 p.m., with the Open House from noon to 4 p.m. with hot cider and cookies. | northtahoearts.com
What’s at SNC Incline Village, Nev. “Leaching Fire” by Ian Wieczorek will be on display from Dec. 8 to 16 at the Garage Door Gallery at Sierra Nevada College. The student is in the BFA program. | sierranevada.edu
Moonrise Phyllis Shafer | Stremmel Gallery
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Incline Village, Nev. Cobalt Artist Studio presents glass artist Pam Sutton exhibiting through December. Sutton is a professional glass artist creates jewelry and objects for the home and garden that reflect harmony with nature and occasionally humor. She will be displaying new oil paintings. Norma Cili oil paintings will be displayed until Dec. 31. She is inspired by life and everyday events. Recently, she has focused on the art of plein air painting, which represents a different challenge than studio work. There will be an artist’s reception on Dec. 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. that is open to the public. Workshops at the studio include: Painting Winter Aspen Trees in oil with a palette knife on Dec. 3 and Watercolor Painting in the Batik Method on Jan. 21. | cobaltartiststudio.com
Truckee Until Dec. 31, Liz Robb’s soft sculpture will be on display at Atelier. Based in San Francisco, she works sculpturally to create textured surfaces and forms with natural materials such as wool, cotton, jute and indigo. Robb has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally and has most recently completed a residency at the Icelandic Textile Center in Blönduós, Iceland. Atelier hosts many workshops, including a Knitting Group on Tuesdays. Holiday workshops include: Holiday Waxed Ornaments on Dec. 17, Holiday Wrapping Paper on Dec. 22 and Pine Cone Fire Starters on Dec. 23. | ateliertruckee.com
Reno, Nev. The Sierra Watercolor Society returns to the Wilbur D. May Museum, with a new exhibition of original watercolor paintings until Dec. 18. Local and regional artists were asked to paint places they have visited or want to visit, favorite views, special events and other scenes. The result is the “Around the World in 40 Days” exhibition, featuring dozens of paintings that evoke the allure and beauty of travel. All paintings in the exhibition are available for purchase. Visitors are also invited to vote for their favorite painting to win the coveted “People’s Choice Award.” | (775) 785-5961
Making art with fabrics Reno, Nev. “FABRICation” features seven artists — Erin Castellan, Kristy Deetz, Virginia Derryberry, Reni Gower, Rachel Hayes, Susan Iverson and Natalie Smith — who incorporate a textile sensibility in their artwork through elements of fabric and fabrication. The exhibition, presented by University of Nevada, Reno School of the Arts will be on display until Dec. 15 at Sheppard Contemporary, Church Fine Arts. | (775) 784-4278
Reno, Nev. Gallery East in McKinley Arts & Culture Center hosts University of Nevada, Reno graduate and local artist Ashley Follmer until Dec. 30. “Filtered” is a series of oil paintings that portrays the effect of mobile devices on interpersonal communication. By using a figurative realist style each intimate vantage point explores how the digital landscape has altered our perception of experience with the use of mobile technology. | (775) 334-6264
Highlighting local talent
The art of the book
Tahoe City Photographer Geoff McGilvray’s works are on display at the North Lake Tahoe Visitors’ Bureau. McGilvray is an award-winning landscape and nature photographer based out of Incline Village, Nev. He has lived in the Lake Tahoe Basin since 1975 and has developed a keen eye for great composition and timing for capturing the different moods and the beautiful lighting of the Lake Tahoe region and the surrounding high Sierras. | gotahoenorth.com
Reno, Nev. Gallery West in McKinley Arts & Culture Center hosts “Book + Publication Arts: Student and Staff Works From the Black Rock Press” until Dec. 30. The Black Rock Press preserves the history and traditions of the art of the book while simultaneously turning a creative and critical eye toward its relevance in contemporary art and culture. Its publishing and outreach activities support and strengthen the academic pursuits at its heart, connecting
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A new, non dimension Reno, Nev. Metro Gallery in City Hall hosts abstract painter Monique Rebelle until Dec. 30. “Nonobjective Dimension” is a series of oil paintings that deals with transcendence and a breakthrough in perception. Monique Rebelle was born in Poland and has lived internationally including England, Amsterdam and L.A. before currently living and working in the Reno area. She has a long history with experimental styles that include neo-expressionism to neoconstructivism. | (775) 334-6264
woodworking to Northern Nevada. On Jan. 6 at noon Art Bite presents Christina Barr on the Ties That Bind: How Traditional Arts Bring Us Together. Folklorist Barr has documented traditional art forms, communities and cultural issues around North America and abroad. On Jan. 7 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. there will be an evening of storytelling and films based on “The Makers - The Stories of Craft, Creativity and Skill.” On Jan. 20 at noon Art Bite presents Wild Woman Katherine Case on Linoleum-cut Printmaking. Case converses about artistic traditions, her work in the community and the California and Nevada artists and crafts(wo)men that inspire her. | nevadaart.org
Home is who we are Carson City, Nev. Capital City Arts Initiative presents Amelia Currier’s “Glyphs and Houses” until Feb. 24, 2017 at Carson City Community Center Sierra Room. Currier views the “house as our first and most primordial symbol, the first image we draw in kindergarten and the seat of our desire for wholeness.” These images represent her interest in the ability to shade memories between reality and fantasy. As inspiration, Currier researched Etruscan tomb carvings and Chinese, Japanese and Hebrew characters that represent the door/home symbol or glyph. | arts-initiative.org
From humble folk Reno, Nev. Nevada Museum of Art welcomes works by 19th-Century rural American artists “A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America” examines how makers, craftspeople and painters created fine objects that exemplified the breadth of American creative expression during a period of enormous political, social and cultural change in the United States. Folk art is not typically made by professionally trained artists and does not attempt to emulate art made in urban centers by classically trained artists. The exhibit will remain on view through Jan. 22, 2017 at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for the Visual Arts, E. L. Wiegand Gallery. Consisting of more than 60 works, the exhibit showcases rare and fine portraits; vivid still life and landscapes; figurative and animal sculptures; whimsical trade signs; furniture and other household objects from artists living across New England, the Midwest the Mid-Atlantic and the South between 1800 and 1925. Along with the exhibit are talks and presentations at the museum. On Dec. 2 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Art Bite presents Doug Groves on Craft and Tradition of the Nevada Buckaroo, mainly the history of rawhide: its traditional uses as horse gear and how ranching history is passed on with this skill through stories and folklore. On Dec. 3 from 2 to 3 p.m. Collector Barbara R. Gordon will share her journey as a collector navigating the wonderfully intuitive and accessible designs, colors and shapes that make up American folk art. On Dec. 9 at noon Art Bite presents Eric Freyer on Raw Wood and Craft. He discusses the process behind creating studio furniture and the importance of craft and tradition in the community. On Dec. 16 at noon Art Bite presents Toys and Tradition with the Nevada Woodchucks, dedicated to teaching the skills of
Ian Wieczorek SNC Garage Door Gallery | Until Dec. 8
Phyllis Shafer Stremmel Gallery | Until Dec. 10 Robert Adams Nevada Museum of Art | Until Dec. 11
“FABRICation” UNR Church Fine Art | Until Dec. 15
“Around the World in 40 Days” Wilbur D. May Museum | Until Dec. 18
Ashley Follmer McKinley Arts & Cultural Center | Until Dec. 30 Calotypes OXS Gallery | Until Dec. 30 Monique Rebelle Metro Gallery | Until Dec. 30 “Book + Publication Arts” McKinley Arts & Culture Center | Until Dec. 30
Pam Sutton Cobalt Artist Studio | Until Dec. 31 Mel Smothers, Carol Brown & Cynthia Hipkiss Tahoe Art League | Until Dec. 31 Orbital Reflector Nevada Museum of Art | Until Jan. 1, 2017
La Vonne La Tulip Vasick Copeland Gallery | Until Jan. 2, 2017
Nevada Day Art Brewery Arts Center | Until Jan. 6, 2017
Anthony McCall Nevada Museum of Art | Until Jan. 8
Leiko Ikemura Nevada Museum of Art | Until Jan. 15, 2017
Dennis Parks Nevada Museum of Art | Until Jan. 17, 2017
“Pocket Ziggurat” CCAI Courthouse Gallery | Until Jan. 19, 2017
Cinnamon Ornaments Nancy Olson | North Tahoe Arts Center
“A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America” Nevada Museum of Art | Until Jan. 22, 2017
Live art painting benefit
Art Center features new artists
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Truckee Join artists Sara Zimmerman and Sara Smith for a live art painting event, “WAT?! Women’s Art Tribe” on Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tahoe University to benefit the High Fives Foundation. In this live event, the duo will simultaneously and collaboratively create a large painting of Squaw Valley, co-creating in front of the Truckee Tahoe community in partnership with the High Fives Foundation, who will be filming the event throughout the day. Together, these female visual artists will work on location, merging their styles as they incorporate randomly selected artistic challenges throughout this live art event. The final artwork will be auctioned as a fundraiser benefitting the High Fives Foundation. | womensarttribe.com
South Lake Tahoe Three artists are showing their work for the first time the Tahoe Art League’s Art Center Gallery. The first is abstract painter Mel Smothers, who participated in this year’s Studio Tour. Next, there is woodblock printer, Carol Brown, who carves her own blocks and will be teaching woodblock printing at Bona Fide Books. Lastly, Cynthia Hipkiss, ceramic sculptress, with her charming creative sculpture is showing, too. The exhibits will be on display through the end of the year. | thenewtalart.org
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“Blue Brilliance” Incline Village Visitors’ Center | Until Jan. 30, 2017
Truckee’s Big Life Community Recreation Center | Until Jan. 31 2017 Andy Skaff Wolfdale’s restaurant | Until Jan. 31, 2017
Tarek Al-Ghoussein Nevada Museum of Art | Until Feb. 19, 2017
“Glyphs and Houses” Carson City Community Center | Until Feb. 24, 2017
Peter Stichbury Nevada Museum of Art | Until May 2017
A Place in the Country Nevada Museum of Art | Until June 2017
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For centuries, the month of June has been the most popular choice for weddings. One of the purported reasons was that some hundreds of years ago, this time was just after May’s annual bath, so the happy couple and the guests were about as clean as could be hoped. Junior Whirl: 1. Pence, 2. Pendant, 3. Penguin, 4. Penname, 5. Pennant, 6. Penchant, 7. Pendulum, 8. Pentacle (five-pointed). Differences: 1. Bow is missing, 2. Sweater design is missing, 3. Jacket is shorter, 4. Book is missing, 5. Arm is moved, 6. Trash can is missing.
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Sagittarius (Nov 21-Dec 21)
Gemini (May 21-Jun 21)
Like the sunlight bursting over the horizon at dawn, the time has come to shine your light more fully. You have been happy to step back and out of the limelight for a while, but that cycle is rapidly ending. You are finding your voice again and you have things to say, many things and you intend to be heard.
Capricorn (Dec 21-Jan 19)
You are determined to get to the bottom of things. Conversations emphasizing truths and principles versus theories and opinions are your preference. Through it all, you are likely to gain new perspectives. In fact, you are pushing to help yourself and others see things differently, more objectively.
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A push for power and perhaps for selfcontrol continues. Identifying what constitutes your true sense of individuality and authenticity is up next. This has been simmering for a while and now it will come to a boil. What you deem true at this stage of your journey is the main focus and it will come to the surface over the coming few weeks.
Aquarius (Jan 19-Feb 19)
A steady learning curve continues to guide your focus. Much is centered on the ever-changing status quo, especially in your professional and public life. What you want now is new tools and methods to solve lingering problems. Regarding relationships issues, honesty, humility and forgiveness are the timeless classics that still work wonders.
Leo (Jul 22-Aug 23)
Thoughts about rights, freedoms, truths and privileges are surfacing for you now. This trend will escalate as well. The time has come to take action and push through blocks, barriers, inner resistances and outer situations that have been at a stalemate. In some respects, it is your own perceptions that will change and the results will be evident.
What is next? Questions about how to best approach things in new ways are on your mind. Fortunately, a creative cycle has begun and will deepen over the coming weeks. Your main challenge will be to stabilize your focus. To avoid getting scattered, get organized even if you do have several projects on the go at the same time.
Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22) Pisces (Feb 19-Mar 20) The time has come to take action. Certain projects and activities have been as if on hold. Not due to lack of desire, but timing, and now the lights are green. Yet, you may have inner work to do and fears to confront and overcome. It is all about moving forward now; turning back is likely to cause problems. Advance strategically and faithfully.
Aries (Mar 21-Apr 20) Taking a philosophical view on things and seeing the bigger picture is important to you now. Questions of power are featured. In search of knowledge and tools that will strengthen your position, striking a balance between tradition and revolution is likely. One way or another, you are determined to break through.
Taurus (Apr 20-May 21) Deep thoughts, reflections and investigations about what is fair, right and true are on your mind. This process will continue over the coming weeks. Your confidence levels may be wavering these days but obtaining key knowledge and facts will help. On the high side, your creative power potential is steadily rising.
Nestling in close to home should prove extra satisfying now. You are entering a window of time when you will feel extra inspired to meditate and reflect on what you deem true and important. Practical considerations are featured as well and at least some of your thoughts will be directed to strategies linked to finances and investments.
Libra (Sep 22-Oct 22) Many new thoughts and ideas and being ignited in your mind. Some of your focus is directed to your home and linked to making improvements and feeling more inspired. Meanwhile, you also want to break free of any ruts, to get out to socialize and to play. This is your invitation to try new things to venture where you have not before.
Scorpio (Oct 22-Nov 21) You are in the process of revealing a new you to the world. One way or another you are keen to express a different side of yourself. It may be as much about exploring facets of your personality that have remained hidden until now. Beneath it all, you mean business, both literally and figuratively.
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Aaron Oropeza Truckee Tavern & Grill 5 p.m. SNC Community Choir St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church 7 p.m. 80’s music night Mellow Fellow Truckee 8 p.m. Mic Smith McP’s TapHouse 8 p.m. Rustler’s Moon Bar of America 8 p.m. Tony Furtado Moe’s BBQ 9 p.m. Live music Cabo Wabo 9:30 p.m. Stan Charles Pastime Club 10 p.m. DJ Parties DJ Roger That! The Loft 10:30 p.m. Open Mic & Karaoke Open Mic Classic Cue 8 p.m. Open Mic Alibi Ale Works 9 p.m. Lip Sync w/Dreu Murin MontBleu 9 p.m. Karaoke The Grid 9:30 p.m. Theater, Comedy & Dance Magic Fusion The Loft 7 p.m. Amir K and Thomas Dale The Improv 9 p.m.
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SunSquabi, Kevin Donahue explains, “Just as water has many forms, so does our music. Like water, our music is fluid, moving with many forms. Just like water can be liquid, gas or solid, we play multiple forms of funk. Our roots come from funk and hip hop.” Blending live music with electronic music, SunSquabi has a unique sound and like their name, (which they made up and is just who they are) the band looks to push the boundaries of their music. The band implements live music and electronics to create their sound. Formed in 2011, Donahue explains, “For a year and half I didn’t go out, I didn’t have a girlfriend I just worked and learned how to audio produce.” The group is from Colorado where there is a lot of bluegrass, punk and Americana sound. Phish, Widespread Panic and jam bands are big there, as well, according to Donahue. SunSquabi wanted to create a different sound. “We were inspired by Rat a Tat, Pretty Lights and Big Gigantic. Many of the funk bands have eight people or more in their band. We thought, why don’t we just write that?” says Donavan. “We don’t want to be pigeon holed into one sound. We want to be broad and
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cater to the audience, but sometimes you need to let it go and make music because you enjoy it. We want to keep it real and the audience can tell when a band is not being real. It is important to have a strong connection with your audience and see what the music is doing for the audience,” explains Donahue. A martial artist, Donahue is a first-degree
–Kevin Donahue black belt in Tae Kwon Do and a brown belt in Jujitsu. Through these practices he says that he has learned respect and discipline. “It’s important to me to respect all things. Our commonality with each other, the industry and in all things we do. It’s how we’ve learned to get around the music industry,” he says. Connectivity is important to Donahue. As the band has grown going from playing small ventures to playing festivals and touring, Donahue muses on the scale of connectivity with people. “There is a bridge that is created. You can see it, touch it and feel it. What is being transferred from the audience to us and what we are giving back is part of that bridge. It’s love. And it is important to be conscious of that bridge. When the message is from the heart that is what’s going to come through. Music is a tool to connect and transfer energy. If you’re not fulfilled, not doing what you love, if there’s tension, then that comes through in the music.” The band is also finishing a new, 5-track EP entitled “SunSquabi Deluxe,” which is being released soon. “We love playing Tahoe. It will be great to throw a party people won’t forget,” says Donahue. For information, visit facebook.com/moesoriginalbbqtahoe.
Gil Eldorado 4:30 p.m. Dave Leather Sassafras 6 p.m. The Nighthawks Carson Valley Inn 7 p.m. Terri, Craig & Mick Glen Eagles 7 p.m. Argenta Trio UNR Nightingale Center Hall 7:30 p.m. Decoy Silver Legacy 8 p.m. Bobbie R. & Paul J. Eldorado 8:30 p.m. Melissa Dru Atlantis 8 p.m. Pink Martini Grand Sierra 8 p.m. Bazooka Zoo’s Groovy Good Time Bash St. James Infirmary 9 p.m. Two Steps Down Gilley’s Nugget 9 p.m. Poperz Lex GSR 10 p.m. The Money Shot Eldorado 10:30 p.m. DJ Parties DJ & Dancing Gilley’s Nugget 6 p.m. DJ MoFunk Silver Legacy 8 p.m. DJ Trivia Singer Social Club 8 p.m. DJ Bobby G Living the Good Life 8:30 p.m. DJ Ivan Silver Legacy 9 p.m. RJ Steelz College Disco St. James Infirmary 9 p.m. Country Music Night Grand Sierra 10 p.m. DJ Montague Eldorado 10:30 p.m. Open Mic & Karaoke RocKaraoke Rockbar Theater 7 p.m. Karaoke Club Cal Neva 8 p.m. Karaoke West 2nd Street 8 p.m. Karaoke The Point 8:30 p.m. Karaoke Bottom’s Up Saloon 9 p.m. Theater, Comedy & Dance “Domino” Potentialist Workshop 7 p.m. “Miracle on 34th Street” Silver Legacy 7 p.m. Sister’s Christmas Catechism Carson Valley Inn 7 p.m. “The Santaland Diaries” Reno Little Theater 7:30 p.m. Sundra Croonquist & Allan Stephan The Laugh Factory 7:30 p.m. “Buttcracker 7” Brüka Theatre 8 p.m.
DEC. 2 | FRIDAY TAHOE & TRUCKEE Jody Sweet Piano Best Pies 11 a.m. Lee Jones Gunbarrel Tavern 11 a.m. Live music Northstar Village 2 p.m. Mel Wade & Gia Nakoma Resort 6 p.m. Lake Effect Jazz Fresh Ketch 7 p.m. Live music 968 Park Hotel Coffee Bar 7:30 p.m. Tahoe Dance Band South Lake Senior Center 7:30 p.m. Kick Duo MontBleu 8 p.m. Chris Costa Tahoe Biltmore 8 p.m. Steve & Tom Gar Woods 8 p.m. Killer Dueling Pianos MontBleu 9 p.m. Live music Steamers Bar & Grill SLT 9 p.m. Dingo Weasel Whiskey Dick’s 9 p.m.
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Polyrhythmics Crystal Bay Club 9 p.m. Live music Cabo Wabo 10 p.m. DJ Parties Northstar Village 5:30 p.m. Arty the Party Harrah’s 8 p.m. Guest DJ Classic Cue 9 p.m. DJ David Aaron MontBleu 10 p.m. Open Mic & Karaoke Punk Rock Karaoke Tourist Club 9 p.m. Karaoke Classic Cue 9 p.m. Theater, Comedy & Dance “The Importance of Being Earnest” Truckee High School 7 p.m. Magic Fusion The Loft 7 p.m. Amir K and Thomas Dale The Improv 9 p.m.
RENO & BEYOND Melissa Dru Atlantis 4 p.m. Gil Eldorado 4:30 p.m. Live music David Walley’s Hot Springs 6 p.m. Songwriters in the Round Comma Coffee 6 p.m. Craig, Terri, Rocky & D. Spiteri Glen Eagles 7 p.m. Lessons and Carols Shepherd of the Sierra Lutheran Church CC 7 p.m. Damage, Inc. Rockbar 7 p.m. Nevada Wind Ensemble UNR Nightingale Center Hall 7:30 p.m. Corky Bennett Reno Senior Center 7:30 p.m. The Nighthawks Carson Valley Inn 8 p.m. Decoy Silver Legacy 8 p.m. Whiz Kid Silver Legacy 8 p.m. Aaron Sion Java Jungle 9 p.m. Two Steps Down Gilley’s Nugget 9 p.m. Naked City Harrah’s 9 p.m. The Money Shot Eldorado 10:30 p.m. DJ Parties DJ & Dancing Gilley’s Nugget 6 & 11 p.m. DJ I Harrah’s 9 p.m. DJ Bobby G Living the Good Life 9 p.m. DJ Roni V & DJ Bob Richards Eldorado 10 p.m. DJ Romeo Reyes Lex GSR 10 p.m. DJ Travy St. James Infirmary 10 p.m. Country Music Nights Grand Sierra 10 p.m. Boggan and guest DJs 1 up 10 p.m. DJ Montague Eldorado 10:30 p.m. DJ Chris English Peppermill 1 a.m. Open Mic & Karaoke Karaoke Club Cal Neva 8 p.m. Karaoke w/Darren Castle Club Cal Neva 8 p.m. Karaoke West 2nd Street 8 p.m. Karaoke Bottom’s Up Saloon 9 p.m. Karaoke The Point 9 p.m. Karaoke Spiro’s Sports Bar 9 p.m. Theater, Comedy & Dance “The Boy Who Spoke With Animals” Redfield Performing Arts Center 2 & 7 p.m. Spirit of the Season Pioneer Center 2 & 8 p.m. “Domino” Potentialist Workshop 7 p.m. “Miracle on 34th Street” Silver Legacy 7 p.m. Sister’s Christmas Catechism Carson Valley Inn 7 p.m. “Elf Junior The Musical” Brewery Arts Center 7 p.m. “The Santaland Diaries” Reno Little Theater 7:30 p.m. “Audition” Good Luck Macbeth Theatre 7:30 p.m. Sundra Croonquist & Allan Stephan The Laugh Factory 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. “The Velocity of Autumn” Restless Artists’ Theater 7:30 p.m. Anjelah Johnson Silver Legacy 8 p.m. “Buttcracker 7” Brüka Theatre 8 p.m. Dennis Gaxiola Pioneer Underground 9 p.m.
DEC. 3 | SATURDAY
Theater, Comedy & Dance “The Lion King Kids” Truckee Community Arts Center 6:30 p.m. “The Importance of Being Earnest” Truckee High School 7 p.m. Magic Fusion The Loft 7 & 9 p.m. Gabriel Rutledge Hard Rock 8 p.m. Amir K and Thomas Dale The Improv 9 p.m.
RENO & BEYOND Reno Philharmonic Pioneer Center 2 & 8 p.m. Tuba Christmas 2016 Wilbur D. May Museum 3 p.m. Melissa Dru Atlantis 4 p.m. Gil Eldorado 4:30 p.m. Lessons and Carols Carson Valley United Methodist Church 5 p.m. GHI Jazz Living the Good Life 6 p.m. Live music David Walley’s Hot Springs 6 p.m. Corky Bennett Bavarian World 6 p.m. Craig, Terri, Rocky & D. Spiteri Glen Eagles 7 p.m. Spirit of the Season Pioneer Center 8 p.m. The Nighthawks Carson Valley Inn 8 p.m. Whiz Kid Silver Legacy 8 p.m. Two Steps Down Gilley’s Nugget 9 p.m. Justin McMahon Java Jungle 9 p.m. Naked City Harrah’s 9 p.m. Jackie & Cavalier 1 Up 10 p.m. The Money Shot Eldorado 10:30 p.m. DJ Parties DJ I Harrah’s 9 p.m. DJ Roni V Eldorado 9 p.m. DJ Bobby G Living the Good Life 9 p.m. DJ Miles Medina Lex GSR 10 p.m. Country Music Nights Grand Sierra 10 p.m. DJ Montague Eldorado 10:30 p.m. DJ Chris English Peppermill 1 a.m. Open Mic & Karaoke Karaoke w/Darren Castle Club Cal Neva 8 p.m. Karaoke West 2nd Street 8 p.m. Karaoke Bottom’s Up Saloon 9 p.m. Karaoke The Point 9 p.m. Karaoke Spiro’s Sports Bar 9 p.m. Theater, Comedy & Dance Spirit of the Season Pioneer Center 2 p.m. “The Nutcracker” Grand Sierra 2 p.m. “The Boy Who Spoke With Animals” Redfield Performing Arts Center 2 & 7 p.m. “Elf Junior The Musical” Brewery Arts Center 2 & 7 p.m. “Miracle on 34th Street” Silver Legacy 3 &7 p.m. “Peanutcracker: The Story in a Nutshell” CC Community Center 4 p.m. “Domino” Potentialist Workshop 5 p.m. Dennis Gaxiola Pioneer Underground 6:30 & 9:30 p.m. “Audition” Good Luck Macbeth Theatre 7:30 p.m. “The Velocity of Autumn” Restless Artists’ Theater 7:30 p.m. Sundra Croonquist & Allan Stephan The Laugh Factory 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. The Utility Players Sands Regency 7:30 p.m. “The Santaland Diaries” Reno Little Theater 7:30 p.m. “Buttcracker 7” Brüka Theatre 8 p.m. Lewis Black Grand Sierra 9 p.m. “Decadence” Harrah’s 10 p.m. Special Events Christmas on the Comstock-Concert in the Sierras Virginia City Magic of Santa Art & Crafts Faire Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center City of Sparks Hometowne Christmas Parade Sparks Great Basin Geek Con Sands Regency Parade of Lights Downtown Carson City
DEC. 4 | SUNDAY
TAHOE & TRUCKEE Jody Sweet Piano Best Pies 11 a.m. Tahoe for Standing Rock Tahoe Biltmore 1 p.m. Live music Northstar Village 2 p.m. Live music Donner Ski Ranch 5:30 p.m. Foverland Music Olymic Village Lodge 7:30 p.m. Steve & Tom Gar Woods 8 p.m. Kick Duo MontBleu 8 p.m. Chris Costa Tahoe Biltmore 8 p.m. Killer Dueling Pianos MontBleu 9 p.m. SunSquabi w/Maddy O’Neal Moe’s BBQ 9 p.m. Live music Classic Cue 9 p.m. Live music Steamers Bar & Grill SLT 9 p.m. Live music Cabo Wabo 10 p.m. Live music Pastime Club 10 p.m. DJ Parties Northstar Village 5:30 p.m. Arty the Party Harrah’s 8 p.m. DJ David Aaron MontBleu 10 p.m. Pump Up the Jams Rookies 10 p.m.
TAHOE & TRUCKEE Jody Sweet Piano Best Pies 11 a.m. Live music Northstar Village 2 p.m. SNC Community Choir St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church 7 p.m. Unkle Funkle McP’s TapHouse 9 p.m. DJ Parties Arty the Party Harrah’s 8 p.m. DJ Chris English Cabo Wabo 10 p.m. Open Mic & Karaoke Open Mic Pastime Club 9:30 p.m. Karaoke w/Andrew The Grid 9:30 p.m. Theater, Comedy & Dance “The Lion King Kids” Truckee Community Arts Center 2 p.m. Magic Fusion The Loft 4:30 & 7:30 p.m. “The Importance of Being Earnest” Truckee High School 7 p.m. Amir K and Thomas Dale The Improv 9 p.m.
RENO & BEYOND Tristan Selzer Brasserie St. James 12 p.m. Sunday Jazz Wild River Grille 2 p.m. Spirit of the Season Pioneer Center 2 & 8 p.m. Gil Eldorado 4:30 p.m. Deep Groove Red Dog Saloon 5:30 p.m. First Take Rockbar 6 p.m. Composers’ Concert UNR Nightingale Concert Hall 7:30 p.m. Bobbie R. & Paul J. Eldorado 8:30 p.m. The Money Shot Eldorado 10:30 p.m. DJ Parties DJ & Dancing Gilley’s 5 p.m. DJ Teddy P Silver Legacy 9 p.m. Open Mic & Karaoke Karaoke with Steve Starr Rockbar Theater 6 p.m. Premier Karaoke Show The Point 6:30 p.m. Karaoke West 2nd Street 8 p.m. Karaoke w/Darren Castle Club Cal Neva 8 p.m. Theater, Comedy & Dance “The Nutcracker” Grand Sierra 2 p.m. “Buttcracker 7” Brüka Theatre 2 p.m. “Elf Junior The Musical” Brewery Arts Center 2 p.m. “The Santaland Diaries” Reno Little Theater 2 p.m. “The Velocity of Autumn” Restless Artists’ Theater 2 p.m. “Miracle on 34th Street” Silver Legacy 3 & 7 p.m. Sundra Croonquist & Allan Stephan The Laugh Factory 7:30 p.m. Special Events Great Basin Geek Con Sands Regency Magic of Santa Art & Crafts Faire Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center
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Dec. 2 | 9 p.m. Crystal Bay Club | Crystal Bay, Nev. SEATTLE’S POLYRHYTHMICS is about to funk up Tahoe. The band continues to evolve and mature into a muscular live-unit painting vivid instrumental imagery, using complex rhythms and a unique precision that is redefining the term funk for 21st-Century audiences. | crystalbaycasino.com
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DEC. 5 | MONDAY TAHOE & TRUCKEE Lee Jones Gunbarrel Tavern 3 p.m. Mark Wilson McP’s TapHouse 8 p.m. Live music Cabo Wabo 9:30 p.m. Open Mic & Karaoke Open Mic Himmel Haus 9 p.m.
RENO & BEYOND CW & Mr. Spoons Comma Coffee 12 p.m. Gil Eldorado 4:30 p.m. Flute Oboe Bassoon UNR Nightingale Concert Hall 5 p.m. Bobbie R. & Paul J. Eldorado 8:30 p.m. DJ Parties Amp Ent DJ Silver Legacy 9 p.m. Open Mic & Karaoke Open Mic Java Jungle 7 p.m. Gold Hill Hotel 7 p.m. Karaoke West 2nd Street 9:30 p.m. Open Mic w/Tany Jane Sidelines 8:30 p.m. Blazing Mics! Jub Jub’s 9:30 p.m. Live Band Karaoke Eldorado 10 p.m. Theater, Comedy & Dance Magic Fusion The Loft 7:30 p.m.
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Dec. 10 | 7:30 p.m. South Shore Room Harrah’s | Stateline, Nev. ROBERT CRAY HAS created a sound that rises from American roots and arrives today both fresh and familiar. In just more than 40 years, Cray and his band have recorded 20 studio releases, 15 of which have been on the Billboard charts, and played bars, concert halls, festivals and arenas around the world. | harrahstahoe.com
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DEC. 6 | TUESDAY TAHOE & TRUCKEE SNC Vocal & Piano Concert SNC David Hall 7:30 p.m. Buddy Emmer Band Harrah’s 8 p.m. Grey Mitchell McP’s TapHouse 8 p.m. Particle, Kung Fu Moe’s BBQ 9 p.m. Live music Cabo Wabo 9:30 p.m. DJ Parties Lip Sync w/Dreu Murin MontBleu 9 p.m. DJ Keenan Whiskey Dicks 9 p.m. Open Mic & Karaoke Open Mic w/Ryan Taylor Mellow Fellow Truckee 8 p.m. Open Mic w/Lucas Arizu Fat Cat Bar & Grill 9 p.m. Karaoke Pastime Club 10 p.m. Theater, Comedy & Dance Magic Fusion The Loft 7:30 p.m.
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Dec. 2 | 9 p.m. Dec. 3 | 6:30 & 9:30 p.m. Pioneer Underground | Reno, Nev. DENNIS GAXIOLA IS one of the hottest comics in the country with appearances on Comedy Central’s StandUp Revolution, First Amendment StandUp on Starz, The Latin Kings of Comedy tour and Jamie Foxx’s Laffapalooza. This San Francisco Bay Area and Air Force veteran uses his diverse background to see the humor in today’s multicultural society. His comedy is for all audiences. | renotahoecomedy.com
CW and Dr. Spitmore Comma Coffee 11:30 p.m. John Shipley Eldorado 4:30 p.m. Steve Lord Carson Valley Inn 6 p.m. Canyon White Living the Good Life 6:30 p.m. Jazz Ensemble 1 & 2 UNR Nightingale Concert Hall 7:30 p.m. Black & Blues Jam Sidelines 8:30 p.m. Bobbie R. & Paul J. Eldorado 8:30 p.m. DG Kicks Big Band 3rd Street Bar 8 p.m. DJ Parties DJ Chris English Eldorado 10 p.m. Open Mic & Karaoke Karaoke Silver Legacy 8 p.m. Karaoke West 2nd Street 8 p.m. Theater, Comedy & Dance “Miracle on 34th Street” Silver Legacy 7 p.m. Mike Pace The Laugh Factory 7:30 p.m. Stand-Up Comedy Showcase Brewery Arts Center 8 p.m.
DEC. 7 | WEDNESDAY TAHOE & TRUCKEE Lee Jones Gunbarrel Tavern 3 p.m. Live music Cabo Wabo 9:30 p.m. Open Mic & Karaoke Open Mic Mellow Fellow Truckee 8:30 p.m. Karaoke Classic Cue 9 p.m. Auld Dubliner 9 p.m. Theater, Comedy & Dance Richard Blair’s “The Streets of Truckee” Cottonwood 7 p.m.
RENO & BEYOND Dave Leather Comma Coffee 12 p.m. L-Cubed Recital UNR Randall Rotunda 12 p.m. John Shipley Eldorado 4:30 p.m. Corky Bennett Polo Lounge 4:30 p.m. Steven Lord Carson Valley Inn 6 p.m. Terri & Craig Glen Eagles 7 p.m. Rick Metz Blues Jam Sands Regency 7 p.m. Toungestide Rockbar Theater 7 p.m. Reno Video Game Symphony UNR Nightingale Concert Hall 7 p.m. Rocky & Judith Living the Good Life 7:30 p.m. Bobbie R. & Paul J. Eldorado 8:30 p.m. Amine Edge & Dance 1 Up 9 p.m. Left of Centre Eldorado 10 p.m. DJ Parties DJ & Dancing Gilley’s 6 p.m. DJ Jamie G John Ascuaga’s 7 p.m. Johnny Bailey Vinyl Club St. James Infirmary 8 p.m. Bingo & Country Rock DJ Silver Legacy 8 p.m. Justincredible DJ Carson Station 9 p.m. Open Mic & Karaoke Open Mic Red Dog Saloon 7 p.m. Open Mic Firkin & Fox 7 P.m. Theater, Comedy & Dance “Miracle on 34th Street” Silver Legacy 7 p.m. Mike Pace The Laugh Factory 7:30 p.m. “Buttcracker 7” Brüka Theatre 8 p.m. Anjelah Johnson Silver Legacy 8 p.m.
DEC. 8 | THURSDAY TAHOE & TRUCKEE Aaron Oropeza Truckee Tavern & Grill 5 p.m. Ryan Taylor and Aaron Oropeza Cottonwood 7 p.m. 80’s music night Mellow Fellow Truckee 8 p.m.
Mic Smith McP’s TapHouse 8 p.m. Rustler’s Moon Bar of America 8 p.m. Live music Cabo Wabo 9:30 p.m. Stan Charles Pastime Club 10 p.m. DJ Parties DJ Roger That! The Loft 10:30 p.m. Open Mic & Karaoke Open Mic Classic Cue 8 p.m. Open Mic Alibi Ale Works 9 p.m. Lip Sync w/Dreu Murin MontBleu 9 p.m. Karaoke The Grid 9:30 p.m. Theater, Comedy & Dance Magic Fusion The Loft 7:30 p.m.
RENO & BEYOND In Stride Music Comma Coffee 12 p.m. Gil Eldorado 4:30 p.m. Dave Leather Sassafras 6 p.m. Justin Lee Carson Valley Inn 7 p.m. Terri, Craig & Mick Glen Eagles 7 p.m. Chamber Music UNR Nightingale Concert Hall 7:30 p.m. Brothers Osborne w/Lucie Silvas Cargo 8 p.m. Jaime Rollins Silver Legacy 8 p.m. Bobbie R. & Paul J. Eldorado 8:30 p.m. Sandy Nuyts Gilley’s Nugget 9 p.m. Bazooka Zoo’s Groovy Good Time Bash St. James Infirmary 9 p.m. Poperz Lex GSR 10 p.m. Left of Centre Eldorado 10:30 p.m. DJ Parties DJ & Dancing Gilley’s Nugget 6 p.m. DJ MoFunk Silver Legacy 8 p.m. DJ Trivia Singer Social Club 8 p.m. DJ Bobby G Living the Good Life 8:30 p.m. Country Music Night Grand Sierra 10 p.m. DJ Montague Eldorado 10:30 p.m. Open Mic & Karaoke RocKaraoke Rockbar Theater 7 p.m. Karaoke Club Cal Neva 8 p.m. Karaoke West 2nd Street 8 p.m. Karaoke The Point 8:30 p.m. Karaoke Bottom’s Up Saloon 9 p.m. Theater, Comedy & Dance “Domino” Potentialist Workshop 7 p.m. “Miracle on 34th Street” Silver Legacy 7 p.m. “The Santaland Diaries” Reno Little Theater 7:30 p.m. Mike Pace The Laugh Factory 7:30 p.m. “The Velocity of Autumn” Restless Artists’ Theater 7:30 p.m. “Buttcracker 7” Brüka Theatre 8 p.m. Justin Rivera Pioneer Underground 8 p.m.
DEC. 9 | FRIDAY TAHOE & TRUCKEE Jody Sweet Piano Best Pies 11 a.m. Lee Jones Gunbarrel Tavern 11 a.m. Live music Northstar Village 2 p.m. Tyler Stafford Nakoma Resort 6 p.m. Lake Effect Jazz Fresh Ketch 7 p.m. Live music 968 Park Hotel Coffee Bar 7:30 p.m. Tahoe Dance Band South Lake Senior Center 7:30 p.m. Chris Costa Tahoe Biltmore 8 p.m. Jason King Trio MontBleu 8 p.m. Steve & Tom Gar Woods 8 p.m. Killer Dueling Pianos MontBleu 9 p.m. Ragged Union Moe’s BBQ 9 p.m. Live music Steamers Bar & Grill SLT 9 p.m. Live music Cabo Wabo 10 p.m. Moon Boots The Loft 10:30 p.m. DJ Parties Northstar Village 5:30 p.m. Arty the Party Harrah’s 8 p.m. Guest DJ Classic Cue 9 p.m. DJ David Aaron MontBleu 10 p.m. Open Mic & Karaoke Punk Rock Karaoke Tourist Club 9 p.m. MontBleu 9 p.m. Karaoke Classic Cue 9 p.m. Theater, Comedy & Dance “The Importance of Being Earnest” Truckee High School 7 p.m. Magic Fusion The Loft 7:30 p.m. Special Events Mingle Bells Grand Sierra 5:30 p.m.
RENO & BEYOND Gil Eldorado 4:30 p.m. Live music David Walley’s Hot Springs 6 p.m. Craig, Terri, Rocky & D. Spiteri Glen Eagles 7 p.m. David M*ore Band Rockbar 7 p.m. Corky Bennett Reno Senior Center 7:30 p.m.
Thunder Cover Silver Legacy 8 p.m. Rebekah Chase Band Silver Legacy 8 p.m. John Dawson Band Carson Valley Inn 8 p.m. Lost 80’s Live Silver Legacy 8 p.m. Mel & Gia Java Jungle 9 p.m. Sandy Nuyts Gilley’s Nugget 9 p.m. Reckless Envy Harrah’s 9 p.m. Left of Centre Eldorado 10 p.m. DJ Parties DJ & Dancing Gilley’s Nugget 6 & 11 p.m. DJ I Harrah’s 9 p.m. DJ Bobby G Living the Good Life 9 p.m. DJ Roni V & DJ Bob Richards Eldorado 10 p.m. Dijital Lex GSR 10 p.m. DJ Travy St. James Infirmary 10 p.m. Country Music Nights Grand Sierra 10 p.m. Boggan and guest DJs 1 up 10 p.m. DJ Montague Eldorado 10:30 p.m. DJ Chris English Peppermill 1 a.m. Open Mic & Karaoke Karaoke Club Cal Neva 8 p.m. Karaoke w/Darren Castle Club Cal Neva 8 p.m. Karaoke West 2nd Street 8 p.m. Karaoke Bottom’s Up Saloon 9 p.m. Karaoke The Point 9 p.m. Karaoke Spiro’s Sports Bar 9 p.m. Theater, Comedy & Dance “Domino” Potentialist Workshop 7 p.m. “Elf Junior The Musical” Brewery Arts Center 7 p.m. “Miracle on 34th Street” Silver Legacy 7 p.m. “The Santaland Diaries” Reno Little Theater 7:30 p.m. “Christmas at the Trailer Park” Brewery Arts Center 7:30 p.m. “Audition” Good Luck Macbeth Theatre 7:30 p.m. “The Velocity of Autumn” Restless Artists’ Theater 7:30 p.m. Mike Pace The Laugh Factory 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Justin Rivera Carson Nugget 7:30 p.m. “Oh Snow You Didn’t 3” Cargo 8 p.m. “The Nutcracker” Pioneer Center 8 p.m. “Buttcracker 7” Brüka Theatre 8 p.m. Justin Rivera Pioneer Underground 9 p.m. Special Events 39 North Pole Village Sparks
DEC. 10 | SATURDAY TAHOE & TRUCKEE Jody Sweet Piano Best Pies 11 a.m. Live music Northstar Village 2 p.m. Handel’s “Messiah” Cornerstone Church IV 3 p.m. Live music Donner Ski Ranch 5:30 p.m. Holiday Glow Resort at Squaw Creek 7 p.m. Robert Cray Band Harrah’s 7:30 p.m. Chris Costa Tahoe Biltmore 8 p.m. Jason King Trio MontBleu 8 p.m. The Lique Crystal Bay Club 8 p.m. Steve & Tom Gar Woods 8 p.m. Killer Dueling Pianos MontBleu 9 p.m. Live music Classic Cue 9 p.m. Live music Steamers Bar & Grill SLT 9 p.m. Two Lions Whiskey Dick’s 9 p.m. Groove Foundry, Drop Theory, Serina Dawn Band Crystal Bay Club 9 p.m. Live music Cabo Wabo 10 p.m. Live music Pastime Club 10 p.m. DJ Parties Northstar Village 5:30 p.m. Arty the Party Harrah’s 8 p.m. DJ David Aaron MontBleu 10 p.m. Pump Up the Jams Rookies 10 p.m. Theater, Comedy & Drama “The Importance of Being Earnest” Truckee High School 7 p.m. Magic Fusion The Loft 7 & 9 p.m.
RENO & BEYOND Gil Eldorado 4:30 p.m. GHI Jazz Living the Good Life 6 p.m. Live music David Walley’s Hot Springs 6 p.m. Corky Bennett Bavarian World 6 p.m. Carson Valley Pops Orchestra CVIV Hall 7 p.m. Craig, Terri, Rocky & D. Spiteri Glen Eagles 7 p.m. The Reno Cypher & Toy Drive Jub Jub’s 7 p.m. Anchors for Airplanes, Different Season Rockbar 7 p.m. County Clarke Brewery Arts Center 7 p.m. Reno Wind Symphony UNR Nightingale Concert Hall 7:30 p.m. John Dawson Band Carson Valley Inn 8 p.m. Rebekah Chase Band Silver Legacy 8 p.m. Thunder Cover Silver Legacy 8 p.m. Wheatstone Bridge Java Jungle 9 p.m. Sandy Nuyts Gilley’s Nugget 9 p.m.
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Left of Centre Eldorado 10 p.m. DJ Parties DJ I Harrah’s 9 p.m. DJ Bobby G Living the Good Life 9 p.m. DJ Roni V & DJ Bob Richards Eldorado 10 p.m. Country Music Nights Grand Sierra 10 p.m. DJ Earwaxxx Lex GSR 10 p.m. DJ Montague Eldorado 10:30 p.m. DJ Chris English Peppermill 1 a.m. Open Mic & Karaoke Karaoke w/Darren Castle Club Cal Neva 8 p.m. Karaoke West 2nd Street 8 p.m. Karaoke Bottom’s Up Saloon 9 p.m. Karaoke The Point 9 p.m. Karaoke Spiro’s Sports Bar 9 p.m. Theater, Comedy & Dance “Elf Junior The Musical” Brewery Arts Center 2 & 7 p.m. “Dorothy in Wonderland, The Musical” Cargo 2 & 8 p.m. “The Nutcracker” Pioneer Center 2 & 8 p.m. “Domino” Potentialist Workshop 5 p.m. Justin Rivera Pioneer Underground 6:30 & 9:30 p.m. “Miracle on 34th Street” Silver Legacy 3 & 7 p.m. “Oh Snow You Didn’t 3” Grand Sierra Resort 7 p.m. “Audition” Good Luck Macbeth Theatre 7:30 p.m. “The Velocity of Autumn” Restless Artists’ Theater 7:30 p.m. Mike Pace The Laugh Factory 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. The Utility Players Sands Regency 7:30 p.m. “The Santaland Diaries” Reno Little Theater 7:30 p.m. “Buttcracker 7” Brüka Theatre 8 p.m. “Decadence” Harrah’s 10 p.m. Special Events 39 North Pole Village Sparks Santa Pub Crawl Reno venues Gingerbread Festival and Competition Wilbur May Museum PBA World Series of Bowling National Bowling Stadium
DEC. 11 | SUNDAY TAHOE & TRUCKEE Jody Sweet Piano Best Pies 11 a.m. Live music Northstar Village 2 p.m. Holiday Glow Resort at Squaw Creek 2 p.m. Unkle Funkle McP’s TapHouse 9 p.m. 40 Oz. to Freedon & Taking Root Whiskey Dick’s 9 p.m. DJ Parties Arty the Party Harrah’s 8 p.m. DJ Chris English Cabo Wabo 10 p.m. Open Mic & Karaoke Open Mic Pastime Club 9:30 p.m. Karaoke w/Andrew The Grid 9:30 p.m. Theater, Comedy & Dance Magic Fusion The Loft 4:30 & 7:30 p.m.
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DEC. 12 | MONDAY TAHOE & TRUCKEE Lee Jones Gunbarrel Tavern 3 p.m. Mark Wilson McP’s TapHouse 8 p.m. Moon Boots The Loft 8 p.m.
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DEC. 13 | TUESDAY TAHOE & TRUCKEE Buddy Emmer Band Harrah’s 8 p.m. Grey Mitchell McP’s TapHouse 8 p.m. Live music Cabo Wabo 9:30 p.m. DJ Parties Lip Sync w/Dreu Murin MontBleu 9 p.m. DJ Keenan Whiskey Dicks 9 p.m. Open Mic & Karaoke Open Mic w/Ryan Taylor Mellow Fellow Truckee 8 p.m. Open Mic w/Lucas Arizu Fat Cat Bar & Grill 9 p.m. Karaoke Pastime Club 10 p.m. Theater, Comedy & Dance Magic Fusion The Loft 7:30 p.m.
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DEC. 14 | WEDNESDAY TAHOE & TRUCKEE Lee Jones Gunbarrel Tavern 3 p.m. Live music Cabo Wabo 9:30 p.m. Open Mic & Karaoke Open Mic Mellow Fellow Truckee 8:30 p.m. Karaoke Classic Cue 9 p.m. Auld Dubliner 9 p.m. Theater, Comedy & Dance Dat Phan and Chase Durousseau The Improv 9 p.m. ElectroSwing Burlesque The Loft 9 p.m.
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DEC. 15 | THURSDAY TAHOE & TRUCKEE Aaron Oropeza Truckee Tavern & Grill 5 p.m. Shannon Carroll and Hunter Nichols Cottonwood 7 p.m. 80’s music night Mellow Fellow Truckee 8 p.m. Mic Smith McP’s TapHouse 8 p.m. Rustler’s Moon Bar of America 8 p.m. Stan Charles Pastime Club 10 p.m. Live music Cabo Wabo 9:30 p.m. DJ Parties DJ Roger That! The Loft 10:30 p.m. Open Mic & Karaoke Open Mic Classic Cue 8 p.m. Open Mic Alibi Ale Works 9 p.m. Lip Sync w/Dreu Murin MontBleu 9 p.m. Karaoke The Grid 9:30 p.m. Theater, Comedy & Dance Magic Fusion The Loft 7:30 p.m. Dat Phan and Chase Durousseau The Improv 9 p.m.
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Dec. 8 | 8 p.m. Cargo Concert Hall | Reno, Nev. TJ OSBORNE WAS the brother with the voice. He sang in a thick, low baritone, crooning like Johnny Cash before he was old enough to drive. Older brother John, on the other hand, was the family’s guitar shredder, his fingers capable of down-home bluegrass licks, arena-worthy rock riffs, country twang and everything in between. Combined, the two Osbornes play everything from traditional country music to rock ‘n’ roll, creating a broad, full-bodied sound. Lucie Silvas opens. | cargoreno.com
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SIERRA STORIES BY MARK McLAUGHLIN
The Sierra’s Snowiest Winter
rought-busting seasons come along every so often (we could use one now), but even after 110 years, the epic winter of 1906-07 continues to reign as the snowiest on record in the Sierra Nevada. Powerful Pacific storms that year buried elevations above 8,000 feet with a snowpack that averaged 30 feet deep. California established its greatest seasonal snowfall total of 884 inches — more than 73 feet — at Tamarack, south of Lake Tahoe. In 2011, Alpine Meadows ski area tallied more than 70 feet on its upper mountain, but measurements at resorts are generally not included in official snowfall records.
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The epic winter of 1907 was not entirely unexpected. On Dec. 14, 1906, the Reno Evening Gazette reported: “Weather Prophets in various sections of the country and Nevada have been foretelling a long, hard winter, beginning immediately after Thanksgiving.” The two years before 1907 had been drier than normal, so in the fall of 1906, western farmers, ranchers and residents were hoping for a wet winter to break the drought and fill their rivers, lakes and reservoirs again. Long-range forecasts proclaimed by prognosticators were often wrong, but this time they got it right. True to predictions, heavy snow invaded the Tahoe Sierra on Nov. 21, 1906, the day before Thanksgiving. The storm was so cold that its northerly winds drove temperatures down to freezing in Los Angeles and San Diego. Snow fell near San Francisco and pond ice formed in Golden Gate Park. In Nevada, the temperature fell to minus 11 degrees on Dec. 1 at San Jacinto in Elko County. Carson City reported a low of 5 degrees on Dec. 6. The cold snap forced residents to burn coal and wood around the 34
Downtown Truckee, circa 1907 | Courtesy Truckee Donner Historical Society
clock. In many communities, fuel supplies dwindled rapidly in the bitter cold wave. When ongoing Sierra snowfall blocked the commercial woodcutter’s harvest, winter began to look grim indeed. On Dec. 11, a tremendous blizzard dumped nearly 4 feet of snow around Lake Tahoe in 24 hours. Hurricane-force wind gusts snapped power lines in the mountains and plunged Reno, Carson City and Virginia City into an eerie darkness. The next day, two seasoned Southern Pacific linemen, Peter Robinson and Fred Rogers, were ordered to find and repair the breaks in the mountains west of Reno. They finished their task near dusk and prepared to ski down, but the sun had set leaving a hard, icy crust on the snowpack. When Robinson began his descent, his long, single pole slipped from his grasp and he soon was hurtling at breakneck speed down the slope. Rogers sped recklessly after his friend. Nearing the bottom of the hill, both skiers aimed for a 20-foot-high snowdrift. Their impact buried them completely, but saved the pair from serious injury. On New Year’s Eve, a blinding snow-
storm and blustery wind was pummeling Tonopah, Nev., where the National Lightweight Boxing Championship was being held. The main event was a highly publicized prizefight between the reigning champ, pugilist Josephus Gans, and a feisty underdog challenger named “Kid” Herman. The Daily Nevada State Journal dubbed it the “First Fistic Battle in a Snowstorm.” To accommodate spectators, fight promoters erected a huge tent. The canvas arena withstood the buffeting wind and snow just fine, but attendance was poor due to the raging blizzard. With Gans rated a strong 10 to 4 favorite, few bettors were willing to put money on the overmatched opponent. Single-digit temperatures inside the tent forced grumbling sportswriters to wear thick gloves and Klondike overcoats while penning their stories. Shivering journalists hoped for a first-round knockout and quick end to their frigid assignment, but it took eight rounds before the champ finally knocked out The Kid.
Powerful Pacific storms in the winter of 1906-07 buried elevations above 8,000 feet with a snowpack that averaged 30 feet deep. Five days later in the mountains east of Gardnerville, Nev., two miners were trapped in an abandoned cabin where they had taken refuge. Chris Jepperson and Jack Reynolds had become isolated by 15-foot drifts and were stranded at the Winters Mine, located in the mountains east of Carson City. After three days snowbound without food, the men turned to their one possible savior – Jepperson’s cocker spaniel. They tied a written message around its neck, offered a few encouraging words and forced the dog out into the drifts to die or reach Gardnerville 20 miles away. The heroic canine struggled into town three days later and then it wandered around for two more days before someone noticed the emergency plea for
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help. Rescuers trailed the exhausted canine back into the mountains where they found Jepperson and Reynolds unconscious, but still alive. Frigid temperatures combined with a lack of fuel closed schools in Northern Nevada, forcing parents to keep their children home in bed wrapped in quilts and blankets for warmth. H.M. Yerington, general manager of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad, called on local men to dismantle the Union Bridge in Virginia City for the 200 cords of firewood it would yield. Nevada Governor John Sparks ordered emergency trainloads of coal from Southern Pacific’s fuel depot in Oakland. When the fuel arrived on Jan. 17, Gov. Sparks spent all night diverting shipments to suffering communities across the state. In February, the jet stream drifted further north and the harsh weather and frigid temperatures moderated. The welcome respite didn’t last long, however, and March arrived roaring like a lion. Rain and snow fell every day that month except on the 14th and 15th and from the 28th to 31st. In Nevada, where the greatest monthly precipitation was 16.85 inches at Lewers’ Ranch in Washoe County, it was the wettest March on record. High Sierra locations got plastered with wet, heavy snow, which added another 8 feet to the near-record snowpack. Despite the hardships and desolation, farmers and ranchers were happy that the drought had been broken and regional reservoirs were filled to the brim again. As always, behind newspaper headlines of disaster were stories that captured the stoic determination of those who call the volatile West home. During the spring flood, John Kleppe had to quickly evacuate his ranch outside Reno. A few days later, at the helm of a small wooden boat, Kleppe paddled back to his flooded house searching for his prized hunting dog. He found his cherished canine hungry but happy, relaxing on the family piano as it floated in the living room. Tahoe historian Mark McLaughlin is a nationally published author and professional speaker. His award-winning books are available at local stores or at thestormking.com. You may reach him at mark@ thestormking.com. Check out his blog at tahoenuggets.com, or read more at TheTahoeWeekly.com.
SKI DEVELOPMENT PIONEER Johnny Ellis arrived on Donner Summit in 1935, freshly graduated from Dartmouth College. Two years later, he installed a rope tow near the site of the future Sugar Bowl ski area. He claimed it was the first rope tow in the West, but the Sierra Club had one running nearby at around the same time. Ellis is one of the true pioneers in alpine ski development in the region. He recognized the economic opportunities of the sport and installed another tow at Signal Hill, the future site of Donner Ski Ranch.
Photograph and caption are from Tahoe historian Mark McLaughlin’s award winning book “Skiing at Lake Tahoe” available in stores or at thestormking.com. Donner Summit Historical Society | Norm Sayler Collection
FOOD & WINE, RECIPES, FEATURES & MORE
December 1-14, 2016
Break your fast S T O R Y B Y P R I YA H U T N E R
ow often have we been told that breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day? With the season of rich foods and tasty treats upon us, it’s even more important to start the day out healthy. There are a number of easy breakfasts that are healthy and delicious. Overnight Oats | Not your average oatmeal, but it’s quick, easy and ready when you wake up. Soak oats overnight in any kind of liquid you like. A common version is equal parts raw rolled oats, milk and yogurt. Leave out overnight and eat at room temperature in the morning or heat up in a pot on the stove.
Breakfast bowls | A fabulous twist on breakfast. My favorite is a brown rice, scallion, kimchi and scrambled egg bowl served on a bed of spinach or mixed greens with a touch of sriracha. It’s healthy, high in protein and totally satisfying. There are numerous variations of breakfast bowls. The smoothie bowl has grown in popularity. Make your favorite smoothie and add any variation of fresh fruit, granola, nuts and coconut flakes to
CHIA PORRIDGE 1 C chia seed 1 C water, plus more if necessary ½ can coconut milk 2 t cardamom or 4 to 5 pods 2 t cinnamon or 1 to 2 sticks Maple syrup or 1 banana, mashed to sweeten Berries and sliced banana
Mix chia, coconut milk and water and let sit for 30 minutes. Add more water to thin to a favorable consistency. Add spices, maple syrup and fresh fruit. Great when refrigerated overnight, too.
create a colorful and healthy breakfast. Breakfast salad bowls are also a favorite. Start with mixed greens, sliced avocado and grilled tomatoes and top with poached eggs or eggs over easy and a drizzle of balsamic- vinegar — delightful. Egg muffins | Easy and filling for breakfast, beat eggs with your favorite cheese and add sautéed mushrooms, onions and spinach to the mixture and pour into muffin tins. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes at 350° until brown and the egg mixture is set. These are easy to pack for on-the-go breakfasts. Buttered coffee | For a delicious twist on your morning coffee, try Buttered Coffee. This morning beverage is just plain delicious. The blender emulsifies the coconut oil and butter giving your coffee
Easy and filling for breakfast, beat eggs with your favorite cheese and add sautéed mushrooms, onions and spinach to the mixture and pour into muffin tins. a nice creamy latte effect. Try this version of morning Joe: 2 cups of organic strongbrewed coffee, 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Place all the ingredients into a blender for several seconds. It’s very tasty. Chia Porridge | A delicious morning food, Chia Porridge has been on the radar as a great breakfast alternative. Dani Spiekermeier, local massage therapist and
yoga teacher, makes one of the best chia breakfast dishes hands down. Priya Hutner is a writer, health and wellness consultant, and natural foods chef. Her business, The Seasoned Sage, focuses on wellness, conscious eating and healthy living. She offers healthy organic meals for her clients. She may be reached at pria78@ gmail.com or visit theseasonedsage.com. Visit TheTahoeWeekly.com to read more.
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holiday meal a success. Yes, trust me, I know how much work goes into cooking a meal — any meal. But a holiday meal is the equivalent of giving your car a full engine rebuild instead of just an oil change or adding on a new room to the house instead of getting a couple of new windows. There is nothing everyday about cooking a holiday meal from start to finish. First, there is the list to make. Unlike daily meals, there are so many side dishes and little things to remember, if you don’t make a list — and I mean a detailed list — then you know you’re going back to the store. Then, there are the pre-shopping arrangements to be made. You know what I’m talking about. Just take a quick peek in your refrigerator right now. Is there any way you are going to fit a 16- to 25-pound bird in there? That doesn’t account for all the other menu items that need refrigeration. It takes planning just be sure you have enough space in the fridge. Now, comes the really fun part — shopping. As a general rule, shopping isn’t one of my Top 10 things to do on a good day. Trying to weasel your way through the crowds packed at every bin you want to get to makes you want to buck the tradition and serve spaghetti. Cooking also is different from cooking the average meal. There you are trying to get this huge meal with multiple dishes ready and a dozen other people are hanging out trying to help. The person you want in the kitchen the most is your distant aunt on your Dad’s side because she is the one
that really likes eggnog and that is the help you need — with a little extra rum. Why does all the help insist on doing the things such as stirring the sauce that really just needs to simmer instead of washing the pots and peeling the potatoes? Oh well, at least you hear all the family gossip.
The person you want in the kitchen the most is your distant aunt on your Dad’s side because she is the one that really likes eggnog and that is the help you need — with a little extra rum.
For this column, I thought I would share a recipe for homemade cranberry sauce. This is something everybody wants to make fresh, but always settles for the canned. After all the work needed for other things, cranberry sauce is about as easy as it gets and so much better than the canned stuff. 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. To read archived copies of Smitty’s column, visit chefsmitty.com or TheTahoeWeekly.com. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or (530) 412-3598.
BASIC CRANBERRY SAUCE
From the kitchen of: Chef David “Smitty” Smith 1 12- to 16-ounce bag cranberries, frozen or fresh (wash, if fresh) 1 C sugar 1 C water Mix together in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer. Let simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes until all the berries have opened. The sauce will thicken as it cools. It can be served warm.
CRANBERRY SAUCE II 1 12- to 16-ounce bag cranberries, fresh and washed Zest of 1 orange (use the juice of that orange) 1 C sugar 3/4 C orange juice 1 pinch fresh nutmeg Pecans & blueberries (optional) Follow same directions as above. Also, add pecans or blueberries, if desired.
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THE GIFT OF WINES STORY & PHOTOS BY LOU PHILLIPS
I your holiday shopping is about to get f you’ve got vino lovers in your life,
easy as wine. What is their birth year or their child’s, the year their IPO popped or any other important year in their life? Get him or her a bottle from that cherished year.
The mini cellar is another great way to go. Utilize your own wine knowledge or your local wine-shop guru for a varied selection at whatever budget works for you.
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A gift favorite of mine that you can create is a personal mini cellar; a half case of interesting selections for budding oenophiles consisting of diverse wines he or she can enjoy and learn from. Better yet, think of your own theme that relates to your giftees. More good news is that you can create a memorable and meaningful gift at any price point. Let’s look at these ideas one at a time. An easy place to start is with their favorite wine. Let’s say you have a Cabernet fan. Maybe introduce him or her to an unfamiliar region that makes exceptional Cabernet. Washington is a great option and you can get something such as an Airfield Estates Winery version for about $20 or a single vineyard such as an Andrew Will Winery Ciel du Cheval for about $60. A hot tip is that Washington had exceptional vintages in 2007 and 2012 and both are readily available.
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Finally, wines such as Sauternes, Port, Sherry and Madeira can last for decades if properly stored. In the Sauternes area of Bordeaux, they use the Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc grapes that have been blessed with noble rot that creates intense, complex, sweet wines. Ports come in several different production styles. Look for “vintage” or “aged tawny” when selecting older bottles. Sherries and Madeiras are made in an oxidized style and also undergo heating processes that make them nearly bulletproof. Both produce dry and sweet versions that make them even more flexible.
Try Lou Phillip’s picks for the best holiday wines for less than $10
Next up is the special vintage. There is something available from almost any vintage in the past 50 years that will have a good chance of drinking well. The key is to know which regions had an exceptional performance in the year in question. This requires either accurate or specific knowledge. For example, in 1990 Napa had an average year and one would probably have to by an expensive bottle to have a chance of a special bottle. On the other hand, Tuscany and Bordeaux had spectacular vintages in 1990 and even a bottle from a merely good producer will likely rock the Casbah.
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Please feel free to contact me for suggestions. By the way, I hope you tried the lessthan-$10 holidays wines from the last edition. If you did, I’d love some feedback. Lou Phillips is a Level 3 Advanced Sommelier and his consulting business WineProwest.com assists in the selling, buying and managing wine collections. He may be reached at (775) 544-3435 or lou@ wineprowest.com. Visit TheTahoeWeekly.com for more wine columns.
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Truckee Tammy Garbarino offers a “PlantBased Cooking” class at the Truckee Community Recreation Center. Learn how to feed yourself and your family with satisfying, healthy home-cooked meals. Seasoned cooks and newbies can benefit from bringing variety to the kitchen and your palate. The class will be on Mondays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. until March. A $10 materials fee is due at class. | Register tdprd.org
Truckee Ritz-Carlton offers many memorable dining adventures. Winter Vintner Dinner Series is a delectable four-course meal featuring different Northern California wineries and fresh, local ingredients. The series is offered at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 12, Feb. 9 and March 9, 2017. This winter guests are invited to enjoy the Marshmology program, which takes place nightly at the fire pit from 4:30 to 5 p.m. Guests can learn about the history of the marshmallow and traditional ingredients while enjoying complimentary s’mores with winter-themed marshmallows. After a long day on the slopes, guests can imbibe in the Après-Ski Champagne Experience, offered daily from 3 to 5 p.m. by the resort fire pit for a lively après-ski hour, featuring Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial and a raw bar of chef favorites, including chilled shrimp cocktail, oysters on the half shell and ceviche. The Manzanita Chef’s Tasting Counter is offered nightly from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and features an interactive five-course tasting experience with views directly into the open kitchen and personal interaction with the chef. Designed for intimate dinners of up to eight guests, The Chef’s Table is a culinary journey featuring mountaininspired California cuisine. Guests will enjoy a private table adjacent to the exposition kitchen and personal interaction with the chef, who will prepare a tasting menu reflecting the innovative offerings of Manzanita. Craft cocktail lovers can participate in Art of Mixology every Sunday from 3 to 4 p.m., an educational experience that features freshly-cut herbs, classic ingredients and infused liquors to create three unique cocktails paired with appetizers. | ritzcarlton.com/laketahoe
A house for the North Pole
May Arboretum Society in Reno, Nev., hosts the 9th annual Gingerbread House Competition on Dec. 10 from noon to 3:30 p.m. at the Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Children, families, nonprofits, schools, culinary students, professionals and businesses are encouraged to participate in any of the nine different categories. All participants are expected to make a candied culinary creation. No experience is necessary. All gingerbread entries must be dropped off at the May Museum by 10 a.m. on Dec. 10. At the completion of judging, all the entries will be on display for the Gingerbread Festival. All interested parties must register to participate by Dec. 5. There is $10 fee per house entered. | mayarboretumsociety.org
Wine from all regions Olympic Valley Starting on Dec. 8 dive into the cellar at PlumpJack Bar & Cafe and learn about wine varietals, regions and discover new worldly wines to love. Each Thursday, from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., the Wine Voyage
will showcase different wine regions from around the globe. Participants can enjoy a taste of three wines and wine fact cards. December will feature New World Bordeaux Varietals from Washington, Southern California and Sonoma. Prices vary. | squawalpine.com
Jason’s Beachside Grill, a locals’ favorite for more than 30 years offers casual dining in a rustic atmosphere. Savor American classics like Slow Roasted Prime Rib, Teriyaki Chicken, Pasta, Blackened Salmon and Jason’s famous Baby Back Ribs, along with nightly specials. Jason’s boasts the largest salad bar on the North Shore and gourmet halfpound burgers and sandwiches. There’s a kids’ menu, and a large selection of spirits, wine and microbrews. 8338 N. Lake Blvd., Kings Beach, next to the North Tahoe Event Center | Daily 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. | (530) 546-3315
La Mexicana | Authentic Mexican
Taqueria La Mexicana opened in 1997 and brought the tried and tested family recipes from their taqueria in Norwalk, California that made them so successful. Tahoe locals instantly began to notice the fresh ingredients and authentic dishes and La Mexicana quickly became a local’s favorite for fast, affordable and delicious Mexican food all prepared fresh daily. Under the same roof you will find an authentic Mexican bakery (fresh bread is baked daily), carniceria, and a full line grocery store to meet your needs while visiting Lake Tahoe. Come taste the difference or order online through Eat 24. 8515 Brook Ave. Kings Beach | www.lamexicanakb.com | Daily 9am to 9pm | 530-546-0130
Dining for the schools Area venues The Excellence in Education 201617 Dining for Schools cards are on sale. The Dining for Schools card entitles the bearer to 50 percent off any individual dinner entree at more than 40 participating restaurants in the Truckee and North Tahoe area. The card is nontransferable but may be used an unlimited number of times at any participating restaurant during the valid period. All proceeds from the purchase of the cards benefit the foundation that provides grants, resources and partnerships to the educational community. Dining cards will be available at Mountain Hardware in Truckee, SaveMart in Truckee and Tahoe City, Safeway in Kings Beach and Truckee, The Store in Tahoe City and online. | exined.org
To be included in the Dining Guide, call (530) 546-5995, ext. 100.
Jason’s | American
Kids and kids at heart are invited to work alongside a Ritz-Carlton pastry chef in Santa’s Gingerbread Workshop on Dec. 18 or 20 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Holiday beverages are included. Reservations are required at least 48-hours in advance by contacting Restaurant Reservations at (530) 562-3051. The fee is $195 per family of four. | ritzcarlton.com
Lanza’s | Italian
Traditional Italian food since the 1930s, and Lanza’s has been a long-time favorite with locals, as well as visitors. It’s been voted best Italian restaurant for many years. Guests will find a great family atmosphere featuring family recipes and large portions. Most dinners are between $12 and $19. Lanza’s also offers a nice selection of Italian and California wines. Lanza’s now offers gluten-free pizza and spaghetti. Offsite catering available. 7739 North Lake Blvd., King’s Beach (next to Safeway) | No reservations | Dinner at 5 p.m. | Full Bar and Happy Hour 4:30 p.m. | (530) 546-2434
Las Panchitas | Mexican
Serving fine Mexican food since 1975 and at Lake Tahoe since 1982, delicious Chinga-Lingas head the appetizer list. Authentic Chili Relleños are made from fresh-roasted chiles stuffed with jack cheese, and Fiesta Tostadas are created from a flour tortilla with beans, ground beef, chile colorado, chile verde, lettuce, sour cream, guacamole and cheese. The Chicken, Shrimp and Sirloin Fajitas are enough for two. 8345 North Lake Blvd., Kings Beach | Full bar with delicious margaritas | Dinners from $10.95 | (530) 546-4539
Daughters Café | Hungarian
El Toro Bravo | Mexican
Located in a Victorian House on the corner of First and Bell Streets in the Downtown Truckee River District of Reno, Daughters Café offers unique homemade seasonal selections for breakfast and lunch. Choices include Hungarian Chicken Paprikas, Smoked Grits, Homemade Limoncello, fresh daily soup, eggs, omelets, sausage, salad and potatoes. They serve Magpie Coffee and all food is made to order and impeccably fresh. Family owned and operated by mom Barb, and daughters Skye and Bianca. This restaurant will hug you with warmth as if you have come home. Menu changes seasonally and is posted daily on the web. The Beignets alone are worth a visit during your holidays. 97 Bell Street, Reno, Nev. 89503 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m. TuesdaySunday (Brunch) | (775) 324-3447 | daughterscafe.com
Bacchi’s | Italian
Since 1932, this family owned restaurant has taken pride in serving family style Italian food in a checkered tablecloth setting with touches of Old Tahoe. Servers bring large tureens of minestrone soup, followed by a salad bowl for the table and a generous antipasto tray with some housemade delicacies. The menu has more than 40 selections including their renowned housemade ravioli. The large dining room easily seats big parties. 2905 Lake Forest Road (2 miles east of Tahoe City off Hwy. 28) | Dinner from 5:30 nightly | Bar opens at 4 p.m. | Extensive wine list and banquet room | (530) 583-3324
This is outstanding Mexican cuisine with recipes that have made El Toro Bravo a favorite in Truckee for 25 years. Located in a quaint, old-time, Truckee house, with a friendly ambience to go with your meal. Happy Hour Monday to F riday from 4 to 6 p.m. Topping the menu are tender Steak and Chicken Fajitas, Chimichangas, Tacoladas, Chili Relleños, Snapper Santa Cruz, Grilled Prawns and the unusual Oysters 444. Patio dining, weather permitting. 10816 Donner Pass Road, on the west end of Commercial Row, downtown Truckee | Service from 11:30 a.m. | Full bar | (530) 587-3557
Pianeta | Italian Cucina
One of the Tahoe area’s best, Pianeta transports the palate with sophisticated, yet rustic Italian food in a warm, cozy atmosphere. The Antipasti features Bruschetta Olivata, Filet Mignon Carpaccio, Housemade Grilled Sausages & Crab Cakes. Pianeta makes most pasta in house with dishes like Veal Meatballs with Pesto & Linguini Pasta, Chicken & Prosciutto Cannelloni with Porcini Cream Sauce & Ravioli della Casa. 10096 Donner Pass Road, along Commercial Row, downtown Truckee | Open for dinner nightly | Full bar and wine list | Happy Hour at the Bar Mon.-Fri. from 5 to 6:30 p.m. | (530) 587-4694
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