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Tahoe Film Fest returns to North Shore

The 6th annual Tahoe Film Fest will return for 2020, despite looking a bit different with an auidence wearing masks, the festival that highlights inspiring, award-winning films and is known for showing captivating environmental, American and International Independent films will return to the Incline Village Cinema and the Crystal Bay Club starting Thursday.

The festival goes from Dec. 3-6.

When the Tahoe Film Festival Director, Robert Roussel secured the 27 films for the festival in late July of this year, COVID-19 cases had decreased and Roussel said that “things were doing okay”.

Movie theaters, salons and restaurants were open at limited capacity, but still open to the public.

“Everything was on track until late October,” he said. COVID-19 cases began to increase once again. Due to California’s regulations regarding COVID-19, NorthStar Cinema which was one of the venues for the film fest, is now temporarily closed.

Between Incline Village Cinema and the Crystal Bay Club, 21 films will be shown this year. Purple Mountains directed by Josh “Bones” Murphy, is one of the much anticipated films being shown Dec. 3 at the Incline Village Cinema.

Purple Mountains follows professional snowboarder and mountaineer Jeremy Jones on his journey to find a common ground with people of diverse political backgrounds while finding key uniting shared values.

In a mission to bring attention to climate change, Jones first tries to understand people’s hopes and fears surrounding it.

Jones plans to be in attendance of the showing of this film.

Other outdoor, environmental films include Solving for Z, Akashinga: The Brave Ones, The New West and the Politics of the Environment and Gunda.

Other films include Parasite, Critical Thinking, Citizen Penn, Ema, Sibyl, Shirley, Clemency, Monsters & Men, and The Cave.

The festival will also be showing several films about prominent musicians including Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things, Billie, The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash, Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time, Miles Davis: The Birth of Cool, Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President.

While the Incline Village Cinema and Crystal Bay Club Casino Crown Room are still open, they are operating at 25% capacity. Both venues are allowing up to 50 people inside.

The Crystal Bay Club Casino Crown Room has capacity for 750 people, but they are erring on the side of safety and will be allowing 50 people for extra space.

Roussel said that he thought Gov. Steve Sisolak was going to shut down operations again during Sunday’s press conference. “We were ready to postpone, but he didn’t so we are going forward,” said Roussel. “It is going to be very safe. Our priority is safety and guidelines are in place.”

Regulations will include masks, social-distancing and there will be contactless check-in at the box office. Temperatures will also be taken upon entry.

The 6 films that were to be screened at the NorthStar Cinema, will be part of Tahoe Film Fest’s upcoming virtual, “Best of the Best” showing. It will include the past ‘best’ films along with the 6 films that were not shown during the festival which include Blood on the Wall, That’s Wild, Rebuilding Paradise, Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin, Public Trust, and Kiss the Ground.

Tickets can be purchased individually for each film, or purchase an All Access Pass for $50.

Tahoe Film Fest ticket sales go towards science research and education at U.C. Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center.

Online ticket sales end at midnight the night before each film’s showing.

Tickets will be available each day at the theater box offices 30 minutes prior to the start of each film as long as seats are available.

There will be no refunds, however, if the festival is postponed due to COVID, all tickets will be honored at the rescheduled event.

Check the Tahoe Film Fest Event Facebook Page for ticket availability updates during the festival. For more information, visit tahoefilmfest.com.

Cheyanne Neuffer is a reporter for the Tahoe Daily Tribune, a sister publication of the Sierra Sun.

Mountain Area Preservation hosts 5th Wild and Scenic Film Festival

While the in-person 5th annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival was postponed for 2020, catch the virtual lineup of the festival hosted by Mountain Area Preservation. This festival celebrates and encourages activism with inspiring, thought-provoking films from all over the world.

At 6 p.m., on Friday, Nov. 6, tune in to the virtual event, the films begin at 6:30 p.m.

The festival will showcase 17 award-winning films on climate change, conservation, female empowerment, Native American heritage and adventure.

The festival’s feature film will be Forever Wild. The film presents a community that prevails through grassroots activism for conservation with a testament to nature and democracy. The film has been available but will be for Friday’s virtual event.

“We are excited to be able to bring the event back to Truckee-Tahoe as a virtual event this fall,” said Alexis Ollar, executive director of MAP. “The films are really inspiring this year and we hope to encourage environmental stewardship through the stories that will be showcased at the festival.”

The main festival program will be available for 24 hours after the start of the event on Nov. 6 and the bonus festival will be available for viewing until Nov. 13 which is an additional 13 films.

MAP has also partnered with Alibi Truckee and Tahoe Art Haus for festival specials that can be added to your festival ticket at checkout.

Food and drink options are for local pickup only.

The virtual auction benefiting MAP’s conservation work will go live at noon on Nov. 6 and includes great items from Truckee-Tahoe artists and businesses.

Tickets range from $15-100.

For more information, visit mountainareapreservation.org.

The Tahoe Daily Tribune is a sister publication of the Sierra Sun.

Celebrating spooky season around Lake Tahoe

As if 2020 isn’t spooky enough, Halloween is just around the corner. While this Halloween will be different, we still have several excuses to get dressed up and celebrate this spooky season around the Tahoe Basin.

For the first time since 1944, during World War II, stargazers can witness the rare blue moon on Hallows Eve. Treat your eyes to this rare beauty that will have us all howling at the moon. Grab a loved one, a blanket, somes treats and head outside to witness the second full moon of the month that will light up the sky.

If you want to show off your costume (or your pet’s costume) here are some socially-distant events.


Halloween Show in the Beer Garden

Come get spooky with Alibi Ale Works – Incline Public House on Saturday night. They will be celebrating Halloween with an outdoor show in the beer garden. From 5-8 p.m., DJ Mr. D will be providing spooky tunes. The show will also feature Kandy Xander from Metal Echo along with performances by Tahoe Flow Arts. Make sure to dress for the occasion because there will be a costume contest with prizes.

This will be a $10 reserved seating socially distanced outdoor show. To make reservations please call 775-831-8300.

Drive Thru trick-or-treat

From 6-9 p.m., on Halloween take your trick-or-treaters to Christmas Tree Village in Incline for a drive-thru trick-or-treating experience.


Class A Roofing is hosting a family-friendly, pet-friendly Halloween celebration. From 2-7 p.m., the event will include a silent auction, wine wheelbarrow, sign artwork and live music by Jacked-Up band. At 5 p.m., there will be a pet costume contest. $10 entry fee includes first drink, $15 entry for a drink in a signature glass of beer and wine. The event will be at 876 Tanager St in Incline Village.

Socially-Distanced Haunted Hotel

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino will be transforming their second floor into a socially distanced haunted hotel for Halloween. Each guest room will be decorated with a different theme.

The haunted hotel will be open from 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. All ages are welcome, however, the Hyatt will ensure social distancing at checkpoints and staging areas. Hyatt will also provide Halloween-themed activities for overnight guests throughout the weekend.

Guests checking in on Friday, Oct. 30 or Saturday, Oct. 31, will receive “Squirmy S’mores” kits with gummy worms included and children will receive “Goblin Goodie Bags.” The resort will also feature a “Skeleton Scavenger Hunt” at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, and a complimentary “Witches Brew” hot apple cider available at the poolside fire pit at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

The haunted hotel will raise food donations for Sierra Community House. While it is complimentary for overnight resort guests, non-resort guests must bring at least one food donation to participate. The organization is seeking healthy, non-perishable foods.

A list of Sierra Community House’s food donation guidelines can be found by visiting the following link: https://sierracommunityhouse.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/FoodDonationGuidelines.pdf.

Reservations for the haunted hotel are required and are available by visiting: hyattregencylaketahoe.eventbrite.com.

Tahoe City Halloween Hunt

Tahoe City’s Parks and Recreation and Tahoe City Downtown Association have partnered to put on Tahoe City’s Spooktacular Scavenger Hunt. The hunt will start at noon on Oct. 30 and will run for 36 hours until the clock strikes midnight on Halloween.

The hunt will feature digital activity challenges around Tahoe City so break out your costume and take to downtown to safely explore the city to earn and track points via the Goosechase App (which is available on both Android and iPhone). Earn the most points to earn prizes for your team. Visit https://www.tcpud.org/tahoe-city-halloween-hunt for more info.

Follow these steps to join the hunt:

1. Download the Goosechase App to your phone

2. Find the “Tahoe City Halloween Hunt” game in Goosechase

3. Register your team

4. Start playing and complete as many challenges as possible


Trunk or Treat

Pick 6 Sports Bar and EJ’s Cafe is hosting ‘Trunk or Treat’ Halloween celebration. Starting at 1 p.m. until 4 p.m., on Halloween come by Pick 6’s back parking lot with your decorated vehicle trunk. Fill your trunk with candy so kids can treat-or-treat. The top three best decorated trunks win prizes. There will also be a free hot chocolate bar and popcorn for kids. Make sure to reserve your spot by calling 707-718-7318.

Hocus Pocus Viewing Party

Calling all adults 21 and older who love Hocus Pocus or just love Halloween. Come in costume ready to watch a Halloween favorite. From 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., The Brewery at Lake Tahoe is hosting a Hocus Pocus viewing party with $1 jello shots and a prize for best costume — Hocus Pocus themed costumes are highly encouraged — along with a special Halloween cocktail and appetizer menu.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Call 530-600-4141 for more information.

Howl-O-Ween Party

Don’t leave our four-legged friends out this Halloween, Earthwise Pet Lake Tahoe will be celebrating with their inaugural Howl-O-Ween Party. Dress Fido in a costume to win prizes.

Earthwise Pet will have free samples, raffles, discounts, a photo booth and more. The costume contest starts at 2:30 p.m. There will be a pet parade at the shopping center following the contest. Dogs must be kept on a leash, up-to-date on vaccinations and well-socialized. Also, be sure your dog is dressed safely and comfortably.

If you don’t have a pup don’t fret, cats are welcome as well. The event is outdoors, however social distancing is still encouraged and masks are required for humans. Get in contact by emailing laketahoe@earthwisepet.com to reserve your entry into the contest or register day of the event by 2 p.m.

Pet Costume Contest

The Coachman Hotel is having their inaugural pet costume contest. From 2-4 p.m., bring your houndy and show off their best outfit and for a chance to win a $100 gift card for Tahoe Best Friends. Each dog who enters receives a party gift-bag. There are bonus prizes for people that dress up with their pets. Happy Hour lasts all day and kids can join in on pumpkin carving. A tarot card reader will also be on site.

Funds raised from local keg and food sales go to support the Truckee Tahoe Humane Society. The event will be held on the lower and upper deck outside of the hotel.

Cheyanne Neuffer is a Staff Writer with the Tahoe Daily Tribune. She can be reached at cneuffer@tahoedailytribune.com.

Going global: Alpenglow Sports kicks off 15th annual virtual Winter Speaker Series with Tahoe local Dave Nettle

On Thursday, Nov. 19, Alpenglow Sports will be welcoming local guide Dave Nettle as the first speaker of the 15th annual virtual Winter Speaker Series, presented by Peak Design. Established in 2006, the Alpenglow Sports Winter Speaker Series is a free event designed to motivate, inspire and educate. Traditionally held at Squaw Valley’s Olympic Village Lodge, the Winter Speaker Series is a five-part series that showcases one show per month from November through February. Due to the global pandemic, Alpenglow Sports will take the 2020-21 season “on the road” to living rooms around the globe in a virtual capacity. Past speakers include Lynn Hill, Jeremy Jones, Tommy Caldwell, Chris Burkard, Alex Honnold, Emily Harrington and more.

In addition to Dave Nettle’s kick-off, other presenters at the 2020/21 season include famed athletes Cody Townsend, Angel Collinson, Ingrid Backstrom and Vasu Sojitra. According to Alpenglow owner and series coordinator Brendan Madigan, “While we will miss the electrifying in-person evenings the series provides, this is the next best thing and we’re excited to open the series up to a global audience.” Madigan added, “We know that the larger mountain community around the world will appreciate the power of adventure storytelling that the Winter Speaker Series embodies … as well as the magnitude of our fundraising for local nonprofits.”

In his kick-off show “Sheltering in Place,” Dave Nettle will blend challenge and adventure into classic stories and images about a couple of climbing trips to Alaska on Moose’s Tooth and Mount Huntington and an expedition into the Kichatna Spires.  Nettle will depict how on these climbs he and his partners found themselves unintentionally experiencing what it means to “shelter in place” while literally “stuck in place” tent bound deep in a remote mountain range for over two weeks of intense, continual snow storms.  In traditional fashion, Nettle will bring lighthearted humor and fun to the soul-crushing effect of what so many days of uncertainty look like while trapped in the middle of nowhere with limited supplies and at the complete mercy of the weather.  Nettle will round out his show with a couple of recent COVID influenced rock climbing adventures that allowed him to pursue his passion closer to home while following required and common-sense pandemic restrictions.

Famed local ski mountaineer Cody Townsend continues the series on Thursday, Dec. 3 with his show “The Best Three So Far: Stories Behind The Fifty Project.” Townsend is on a well-publicized and passionately followed webisode project to ski the fifty most challenging, beautiful and classic backcountry ski lines in North America. His show will take you behind the scenes of ski descents on the Grand Teton, Alaska’s coveted Meteorite and the highest peak in North America, 20,308-foot Denali.

The third show of the season welcomes the new year on Thursday, Jan. 7 with extreme skiing icon Angel Collinson. Her show “Another Half-Mile” will depict funny and serious stories from her childhood, her evolution as an extreme skier at Utah’s famous Snowbird Resort, and how she has utilized these life lessons during expeditions and on some of the most extreme ski descents ever captured on film. Collinson was the first woman to win Powder Magazine’s “Best Line” award and is a mainstay in annual Teton Gravity Research films.

Ingrid Backstrom, another extreme skier of international fame, will present at the fourth show of the 2020/21 Alpenglow Sports Winter Speaker Series on Thursday, Feb. 4. Backstrom, who established herself in Matchstick Production’s 2004 Yearbook, was the only female to be featured as one of Powder Magazine’s Future Big Mountain Heroes in 2002. She has also won the prestigious awards for performances in ski films including “Best Female Performance” and “Breakthrough Performance” at the 2005 Powder Magazine Video Awards. Backstrom resides in Washington with her husband and young daughter and her show “Little Big Mountain Skiing” will depict a few of her best trips and ski lines, followed by the transition of a continuing ski career while becoming a mother.

The Winter Speaker Series wraps on Thursday, Feb. 25, with a presentation from professional skier Vasu Sojitra. For 28 years, Vasu Sojitra has navigated life with one leg, an amputation that occurred when he was only nine months old. Now 29, Vasu is one of the top adaptive athletes and backcountry skiers in the world, and is known for putting down First Disabled Descents (FDDs). However, that’s not where he stops. His true passion lies in making the outdoors accessible to all. He has coined his approach to backcountry skiing as “ninjasticking,” and uses this to bring intersectionality to the outdoor space. Sojitra’s show will look at this intersectionality in-depth, and how reclaiming and breaking down stigmas that come with a Disability can change how transformation of outdoor spaces are viewed, welcomed and celebrated.

Admission for all virtual Winter Speaker Series shows is free of charge and all ages are welcome. To register for Dave Nettle’s show “Sheltering in Place,” and to purchase automatic entries into the giveaway, visit wildboundlive.com/events/alpenglownettle. Access to the event will be emailed following registration. 

The raffle will still be held in a virtual capacity with tickets available for purchase before each show. Proceeds from each raffle will benefit the five hand-picked nonprofit organizations for the 2020/21 season including, the Truckee Donner Land Trust, the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe, the Sierra Community House, the Tahoe Fund and Tahoe Institute for Natural Science. The Donor Party, an anonymous philanthropic arm of the Speaker Series, will supplement the funds raised via the raffle.

SnowGlobe Music Festival canceled due to coronavirus

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The SnowGlobe Musical Festival has been canceled due to safety concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic.

SnowGlobe would have been celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, but organizers made the decision to cancel after consulting with state and health officials, said a social media post.

“2020 has been a year of challenges and we wanted more than anything to be a bright spot in this otherwise black year — but after close consultation with local and state health officials regarding the impact of COVID-19, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s festival,” said a Twitter post. “The safety and well-being of our attendees, artists, partners, staff and the entire South Lake Tahoe community will always be our top priority. We are so grateful for the community that has supported us and made the last decade of shared experiences so memorable. Rest assured that when the world allows, we’ll be back and ready to celebrate.”

Thousands of electronic music fans flock to the playfields in South Lake Tahoe every year to take in the three-day event from Dec. 29-31 at Lake Tahoe Community College.

Source: Tahoe Daily Tribune

10th annual Tahoe Show is this weekend at new location

The 10th annual Tahoe Show takes place this weekend in Olympic Valley. The National Physique Committee brings in bodybuilders, figure, bikini, wellness and physique athletes to Squaw Valley for the annual event set for Sept. 26-27.

Instead of canceling this year’s show, the producer of the Tahoe Show, Chris Minnes, changed locations to the Resort at Squaw Creek for more flexibility regarding coronavirus restrictions with an outside venue in California. The Tahoe Show had taken place at Montbleu Resort Casino & Spa at Stateline for the past nine events.

Event officials plan to attract over 200 athletes and over 500 spectators throughout Saturday and Sunday. Outdoor pavilion open-air stages will be set up for competitors to compete with a backdrop of the village and surrounding mountains.

The 10th annual Tahoe Show will feature competitors as young as 18 and some even as old as 80. Spectators will get to see the months of dedication and perseverance from each competitor.

IFBB Pro Bikini will be headlining this year’s Tahoe Show, bringing in 25 of the best bikini athletes from around the world to be qualified for 2020 Bikini Olympia, to win $4,000 and receive the Tahoe Show trophy.

Contestants include Ashley Kaltwasser, a 3-time Bikini Olympia champion along with Olympian Breena Martinez, Australian Leif Baker, Italian Alessia Faccin, Natalie Mathews and former University of Nevada head cheerleader Hope Harper.

The show will also include the traditional ‘big’ bodybuilders along with modern bodybuilding which includes eight different divisions that include bikini, figure, men’s physique, classic physique, women’s physique, wellness and fitness.

Athletes compete for custom handmade trophies, free registration, hotel stays at the NPC Worldwide Russia International Championship, National Qualification, and also the chance to be featured in the 2021 Tahoe Show marketing campaign.

The show will have several different fitness vendors with their latest products and services. The Tahoe Show is also geared for any family and friends who also want to be inspired to embark on a journey to improve health, fitness and physique.

With the current state of the world and most events being cancelled, the producer said in a press release that he did everything he could to allow the competitors to compete. Minnes has competed himself and understands the dedication it takes to compete. The Tahoe Show plans to go on with stringent COVID-19 guidelines.

Several safety measures have been implemented by the state of Calif., the Resort at Squaw Creek, and Center Podium Productions. Mandatory temperature checks at entry, masks, reduced capacity, and social distancing are a few of the measures being taken. People who are not feeling well are strongly encouraged not to come to the event.

The show will be live streamed at http://www.centerpodium.com for $25.

For more information about this year’s Tahoe Show, visit http://www.centerpodium.com.

The Tahoe Daily Tribune is a sister publication to the Sierra Sun.

Tahoe Film Fest plans for December

The 6th annual Tahoe Film Fest plans to take place Dec. 3-6.

Beginning over six months ago, movie production was halted, movie theaters were closed and film festivals were postponed.

On Sept. 2, Venice Film Festival brought together eight of the top film festival directors from Europe to the red carpet and opened their festival in Italy.

It was a celebration of films and a celebration to reopen movie theaters and film festivals. Many films are now back in production as well as several television series which have been given a greenlight to start their new season.

Tahoe Film Fest has begun to invite films and filmmakers for this year’s festival in December. While remaining vigilant, Tahoe Film Fest organizers are optimistic about the date.

The festival will be different with social-distancing, masks and other safety protocols.

For more information visit, www.tahoefilmfest.com.

Local writer publishes travel memoir, ‘Bad Tourist’

Local writer Suzanne Roberts has published her collection of travel essays she wrote as she explored four continents and 15 countries on a search for the love of her life and herself.

Her book, “Bad Tourist: Misadventures in Love and Travel” highlights her eye-opening experiences, her adventures showing what she learned to avoid while traveling and how to travel in a more meaningful way.

Not being unfamiliar to living in a tourism driven city, Roberts learned about herself and also how she can be a better, more respectful tourist.

The book is set to be released in October by University of Nebraska Press.

The book recounts Robert’s journey trying to be a good tourist, but her goal is often questioned during her travels when she finds that cultural barriers and differences make it unknowingly difficult. She looks at the experience through a humorous lens while making important points about how she is learning to travel respectfully.

“I think that most of us when we travel, we try to not be a bad tourist but I think that when we are outside of our lives, our own cultures and our own comfort zones, we ultimately fail,” Roberts said.

Cultural etiquettes like eating with your hands in India is a small example of how immersing yourself in another culture can be challenging and unfamiliar. Roberts sees how many people love to travel but don’t put in the effort to understand the cultural differences.

She says that she sees this common theme being played out in Tahoe as well regarding garbage, illegal fires, crowding and not social distancing during a pandemic.

“It comes down to a sense of entitlement,” she said. “Often in this country, many people get so few weeks of vacation. We’ve worked hard and feel entitled to a certain kind of experience but what we don’t realize is that people who live in the places that we go, don’t get to leave or they don’t get a vacation at all.”

Roberts says that this mentality not only makes us bad tourists but also makes people bad locals in some respects as well. She says we should be a good model for tourists.

“When we live closer to wild animals and a place we are trying to preserve, we understand the ethics of living in a wilderness,” she said. “I think people come and they just don’t understand. They don’t get that you shouldn’t feed bears or have a bonfire in your backyard. We as locals know the devastating effects of those actions.”

She says that she realized it with herself too, but some people feel like that should be able to do what they want because they have spent time and money to do so.

“As locals we could do better as well to model this,” she said.

The book has surprises, twists and brings up a sense of relatability to living in a place like Tahoe.

“If I tell my own story it might shed some light on some instances that other people have had,” she said.

This book doesn’t just apply to tourism but it shares how traveling can bring out different parts of ourselves. Roberts says that when we travel, we experience ‘freer’ versions of ourselves that might be more brave than we usually are at home which her experiences in the book exemplify.

Roberts has been working on this book since 2011. Her first intentions were not to write a book on being a bad tourist, but more of a travel memoir.

The book started as essays detailing her travels with lessons and experiences she had, some of which date back to 2002. After her travels, she would sort certain pieces of her writing where she felt she wasn’t necessarily a good tourist. She would put these pieces in a file that she labeled ‘Bad Tourist.’ After years, she realized that this file had over 100,000 words. She organized the files to be a sort of “anti-guidebook” along with her memoirs of festivals, food, sleeping, etc.

One of the many lessons she learned is that staying longer in a place and making an effort to learn the language are important components of traveling.

“This creates opportunities to communicate with people who live there in ways that aren’t just grounded in consumerism,” Roberts said.

She recommends going places as a guest, not a tourist or even a traveler and to figure out a way to become a small part of the culture.

Her experience in traveling also helped her overcome societal pressures while helping her love herself and accept the mistakes she made. The book also follows as she works on becoming the best version of herself through confidence, independence, acceptance and happiness that she learned on her travels.

The book is available at most local bookstores around the basin including Cuppa Tahoe, Gaia-Licious Global Gifts, Word after Word, Sundance Bookstore and more.

Roberts’ other books include the 2012 National Outdoor Book Award-winning Almost Somewhere: Twenty-Eight Days on the John Muir Trail and four collections of poetry. Named “The Next Great Travel Writer” by National Geographic’s Traveler magazine, Roberts’ work has appeared in many anthologies and journals, including Best Women’s Travel Writing, The New York Times, CNN, Creative Nonfiction, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She teaches for the low residency MFA in Creative Writing at Sierra Nevada University and lives in South Lake Tahoe.

For more information, visit the author’s website: www.suzanneroberts.net.

Skate the Lake goes virtual in 16th year

The 16th annual Skate the Lake will take place Saturday, but due to the outbreak of COVID-19 the fundraiser will take place virtually.

Instead of skating around Lake Tahoe’s West Shore, participants are being encouraged to take to their local trails in an effort to raise $30,000 for Boarding for Breast Cancer’s education, prevention, and survivorship programs.

“In lieu of Covid-19, I’m extremely excited about the 16th Annual Skate the Lake,” said Curtis Sterner, Co-founder of Skate the Lake and Boarding for Breast Cancer’s Operations Manager, in a news release. “This year the entire event will be virtual. Now people worldwide can participate in this awesome event, and get educated on breast cancer prevention while being active in their communities.”

Virtual participation will be highlighted on Boarding for Breast Cancer’s (@B4BC) Instagram story through shared hashtags #push4b4bc and #skatethelake. Swag bags and additional prizes will be awarded to participants for best costume, best spirit, and best homemade T-shirt.

Each participant is required to raise a minimum of $25 to join, which is half the price of registration of the annual 28-mile group skate from the west side of Tahoe, up to Squaw Valley, and then to the finish line in Tahoe City. Registration includes three virtual raffle tickets for prizes from Yeti, Traeger Grills, Blendtec, The North Face, Pura Vida, Suja, Vans, GoPro, Smith, Gnu, Nikita, Dakine, Arbor, VonZipper, and Tahoe Longboards. Raffle tickets can also be purchased online for $10.

Last year’s Skate the Lake brought in more than a 100 participants, raising a record of more than $36,000. Since 2004 more than 2,200 people have participated in Skate the Lake events and have collectively raised more than $700,000 for Boarding for Breast Cancer’s programs, which also include additional support to facilities like the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Community.

“This will be the first time in 16 years that I don’t head up to Tahoe for my personal favorite Skate The Lake event. It saddens me both personally for the lost face-to-face interaction and laughter shared with our community, and the financial implications for our organization,” said Lisa Hudson, Boarding for Breast Cancer President, in a news release. “Still, I am encouraged and optimistic, knowing that our reach can be even broader virtually. Most importantly, we’re helping to keep our beloved Tahoe community safe while already counting days to return to the shores of the beautiful Lake Tahoe. We thank everyone for accepting this change, and continuing to support our education, outreach, and survivorship program. We need you now, more than ever.”

Registration can be done and donations can be made at www.b4bc.org/skatethelake/. As of Tuesday, nearly $14,000 has been raised for this year’s event.

Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. Contact him at jscacco@sierrasun.com or 530-550-2643.

Tahoe East Shore mural unveiling, ribbon-cutting set for Friday

A community mural art project that has been underway in the tunnel on the Tahoe East Shore Trail will be unveiled to the public following a socially-distanced ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. today.

The mural, painted by local husband and wife art and design duo, Tyler Rivenbark and Frida Ticehurst-Rivenbark, was completed with help from students at Lake Tahoe School in Incline Village.

“Designed to capture the idea of Lake Tahoe being a bright mirror of the light around it, especially with a full moon, the mural features both day and night scenes,” a news release states. “The night scene includes snow lines on the mountains, giving the mountains depth and light. The daytime scene on the opposite wall depicts the reflection of the mountains in Lake Tahoe’s crystal clear waters.”

The ceiling uses a multitude of colors to blend the designs of the day and night scenes.

“The ceiling helps expose how all colors of the rainbow appear in Lake Tahoe’s landscape as day turns to night, and the sun and the moon refract with the water, the snow and the clouds,” said artist Frida Ticehurst-Rivenbark. “For us, this mural is one of the most exciting visual experiences — leading people into and through the tunnel and from day to night — brightening the space with the colors of natural phenomena.”

The Rivenbarks have worked in shifts on the mural since Aug. 4, with the only full trail closure required that day. In addition, working in one-hour shifts over the course of the day on Aug. 17, students from Lake Tahoe School in Incline Village contributed their own perspectives to the mural. The students were asked to write in their own words, and within certain lines of the mural, what makes Lake Tahoe special to them.

Some of the ideas the students shared include: “beautiful all year around,” “a symphony of water,” and “the moments with family and friends.”

Artists were encouraged to focus the theme of their submissions on community and the surrounding environment. Requirements of the project asked artists to depict local life, involve local youth in the creation of the mural, and ensure its completion would be accomplished with minimal closure of the tunnel and trail.

The Rivenbarks’ mural concept was one of 34 artist submissions. They were selected by a panel of judges composed of representatives from the Tahoe Fund, Tahoe Public Art, Nevada State Parks, Nevada Department of Transportation, Raley’s, and Kelly Brothers Painting. Raley’s provided a stipend for the artists and Kelly Brothers Painting provided all of the paint for the mural, the news release states.

“Nature has provided us with an incredible setting for outdoor recreation and one of the most beautiful places in the world with Lake Tahoe and the East Shore Trail. This artistic addition will truly complement the already breathtaking scenery,” said Robert Mergell, administrator for Nevada State Parks. “Our hope is that this is something that residents will take great pride in, and which visitors from all over the world will be able to enjoy for generations to come.”

The Tahoe East Shore Trail, connecting Incline Village to Sand Harbor State Park, became an attraction for both residents and visitors interested in exploring Tahoe’s famed East Shore on foot or by bicycle since it opened in June 2019.

The Tahoe Fund, Tahoe Public Art and Nevada State Parks joined together to commission the mural to augment the natural beauty of the immediate surroundings and transform a utilitarian tunnel into an enjoyable, relevant art experience.