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Tahoe City Day Party and Barbecue

Aug. 8, 5-8 p.m., Tahoe City Golf Course. Celebrate the 151st birthday of Tahoe City with a concert featuring The Roemers!, burgers, putting contest, bocce ball tourny, and more. All are welcome. Check out the Facebook events page for event updates.

Good Dirty Fun trail work

Truckee’s beloved trails need love each year — ongoing maintenance to keep them in safe and sustainable condition. For five years the Truckee Trails Foundation (TTF), in partnership with the Truckee Donner Land Trust and United States Forest Service (USFS) has held volunteer days. This year, a generous grant from the Vail Echo Resorts Program is funding planning and crew leaders for volunteer days.

The TTF has volunteer trail days scheduled. TTF will provide crew leaders, tools and safety equipment for trail work on Aug. 9 and 10, Hole in the Ground Trail sponsored by Tahoe Dave’s Boards & Skis and Olympic Bike Shop and Sept. 6, Emigrant Trail sponsored by Biking for a Better World.

Register at or email for more info.

Lake Tahoe premiere of ‘Last Weekend’

Outdoor screening on the lawn overlooking Lake Tahoe, Saturday, Aug. 9, 6-8 p.m. at the Tahoe City Golf Course, 251 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City. In this dark comedy of manners, Last Weekend unfolds over Labor Day weekend at Lake Tahoe, painting the end of an era for a family and the steps one must often take in order to create new beginnings. Writer and co-director Tom Dolby will be in attendance. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets. Food and drink will be available for sale.

Last Weekend is a Sundance Selects release, runs for 94 minutes and made its world premiere at the 57th San Francisco International Film Festival on Friday, May 2.

Calling all artists

The Truckee Public Arts Commission is calling for submissions for the fall exhibit at the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park Districts Community Center, “Water.” The Water exhibit will feature paintings, drawings, sculpture and photography. All media will be accepted. Submissions are due Sept. 5. Everyone is encouraged to participate. Water will be on display from October 2014 to January 2015. Guidelines and entry forms are available in the “Latest News” section at An opening reception will be held on Oct. 10, 5-7 p.m. at the TDRPD Community Center.

Tahoe Truckee Flyfishers fundraiser

The Tahoe Truckee Flyfishers (TTFF) will hold their 30th Annual Barbecue and Fundraiser on Aug. 9, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Truckee River Regional Park. Everyone interested in local fly fishing, beginner to master, is welcome for grilled salmon and chicken, soft drinks (take your alcoholic beverage of choice) and sides.

Advance registration $20 tickets, which includes entry in door prize drawing. At the door cost is $25. Children 12 and under are free. Contact TTFF at for registration or more information. Visit

Final Maritime annex open house

Saturday, Aug. 16, 2:30-4:30 p.m. The majority of Tahoe Maritime Museum’s boat collection is housed at its Truckee annex.

Filled with rare boats too large for the Homewood site, a visit to the Truckee Annex is a must for hard core boat lovers. Tahoe Maritime Museum, 5205 West Lake Blvd., Homewood. For information call (530) 525-9253 or visit

Empty Museum Party

Sierra State Parks Foundation will present a celebration of Truckee’s pioneer heritage with an Empty Museum Party, featuring the new Donner Visitor Center under construction at Donner Memorial State Park.

The building is complete and ready for the party before the exhibits arrive.

On Saturday, Aug. 16, 6 p.m., the evening will start with facility tours and exhibit previews. A fully catered chuck wagon dinner will be provided.

Washoe tribe members will perform a spiritual dedication. Richard Blair will entertain with songs fro the streets of Truckee. Take a turn at square dancing in your favorite pioneer costume and enter the “Get in the Pioneer Spirit” costume contest.

Raise funds to provide support for Donner Memorial State Park visitor center. Tickets are $45 available at

Build trail for wheels, hooves and feet

The Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA) annual Tahoe Rim Trail Back Country Camps will be held at the Marlette Peak Campground Aug. 16 and 17.

Meet new people, work up a sweat, and enjoy a few nights under the stars. At this year’s camp the TRTA aims to reconstruct the Marlette Peak Trail to reopen it for equestrians and mountain bikers. Camp out, work hard, and enjoy food prepared by camp chefs.

To join, register at, or call 775-298-4492.

World Peace Concert

Truckee Tahoe Peace Project is proud to collaborate with Trails and Vistas for the 2014 World Peace Concert on Saturday, Sept. 6 at Sand Harbor.

Music, dance and art transcend all cultures and nationalities — a common language that touches the hearts of people worldwide. Citizens of the world may come together to celebrate diversity and cultural traditions in a spirit of peace, harmony and joy.

Trails & Vistas World Concert, an original blend of award-winning musicians, aerialists and dancers, celebrates the arts with music from around the globe.

The World Concert is a collaborative event with the Truckee Tahoe Peace Project and opens with a duet by Rivera on the Violin of Peace and Licater on Native American flute.

Concert tickets: $23 and up, or 800-747-4697.

Thunderbird Lodge wine and cheese tours

Historic Thunderbird Lodge is offering a wine and cheese tour for visitors every Friday afternoon during August. Regular public tours of George Whittell’s 1930s mansion will operate through Oct. 18.

All visitors to the Thunderbird Lodge will learn the lore of the adventurous and unconventional Captain George Whittell, Jr., including tales of his big game animals, high-stakes poker games, Duesenberg automobiles, and more. Legend springs to life as visitors discover the Lighthouse Room, Old Lodge, servants’ quarters, and the 600’ secret underground tunnel leading to the legendary wooden speedboat, Thunderbird. This magnificent mahogany craft was built in 1939 and is powered by twin Allison V-12 1150 horsepower engines used in vintage WWII fighter aircraft.

Reservations are required for all tours and visitors may choose to arrive by shuttle bus, boat or kayak. Tours typically last 90 minutes and require walking approximately 1/3 mile. We recommend comfortable walking shoes and a warm jacket.

Land tours depart the Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitors Center at 969 Tahoe Blvd. (Highway 28) in Incline Village and cost $39 per person and $19 for children ages 6-12. The Friday afternoon wine and cheese tour is priced at $100 per person (age 21 and over) and $50 of that amount is a charitable contribution to preserve Thunderbird Lodge and Yacht. For land tour reservations call 800-GO-TAHOE or visit

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