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Squaw Valley offers soup and a movie night on Feb. 8

Two favorite locals' events are joining forces to bring North Lake Tahoe an even bigger and better experience.

Tahoe Food Hub's Community Soup Night will partner with Alpenglow's Winter Film Series for "Soup & A Movie" on Thursday, Feb. 8. The event takes place at Squaw Valley's Olympic Valley Lodge.

"Community soup Night and the Alpenglow Winter Film Series are all about bringing community together. Bringing the two events together under one roof on the same night will be the ultimate community event," said Susie Sutphin, Tahoe Food Hub's director.

Soup will be served from 5-6:30 p.m. followed by the movie screening at 7 p.m.

"We actively seek to pair with local nonprofits making a tangible difference in our North Lake community," added Brendan Madigan, owner of Alpenglow sports.

"We are excited to welcome Tahoe Food Hub and their partner, Slow Food Lake Tahoe, to host their popular Community Soup Night in collaboration with the Winter Film Series on Feb. 8 for even more nonprofit fundraising goodness!"

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From enjoying a delicious, healthy meal to connecting with fellow community members and supporting local nonprofits, below are the top five perks that come with joining in on this fun local event.

1. Nutritious, Delicious & You Don't Have to Cook

"Community Soup Night provides a warm, affordable and delicious meal made from fresh, local and sustainably grown ingredients sourced by the Tahoe Food Hub," Sutphin said.

The soup will be Thai Curry Vegetable and is both vegan and gluten free. Ingredients come from within 100 miles of Lake Tahoe and are masterfully prepared by Squaw Valley's executive chef, Tiffany Swan, and her culinary team.

Soup and bread are just $5, and a green salad can be added for just $2 more.

In addition to soup, drinks will be available for purchase as well as slices from Fireside Pizza.

2. Soupers Reduce Waste

This community meal event encourages guests to take the family feel one step further.

Guests are encouraged to bring their own soup bowl and spoon to reduce waste generated during the event.

There will be compostable options for guests unable to bring their own bowl.

"We will have multiple soup stations set up so we can serve a lot of people at once and keep the line flowing and the ladles pouring," Sutphin said.

3. Community Networking

Whether it's date night, a time to catch up with friends, a time to get the family out for some good, clean fun, or to meet new people in your community, Soup & A Movie is an affordable and fun way to spend the evening.

Madigan encourages people to come early since their free movie showings have been drawing bigger crowds each time.

4. Exciting Entertainment

"The Alpenglow Winter Film Series inspires, motivates and educates the Lake Tahoe community on adventures stateside and overseas," Sutphin said.

Madigan added that Hilaree O'Neil, a top mountaineer and one of The North Face's biggest athletes, will present a multimedia slideshow on her adventures in two parts.

"Part one is on a trip she did to the Indian Himalaya to a peak she's been trying to ski for 15 years or so. The other part is about skiing some of the biggest lines in the west last winter, as well as an ascent from Denali; and she did all of this in a period of about eight weeks," he said.

O'Neil will be around throughout the event and attendees will have the opportunity to meet her after the presentation.

5. Share the Love

Proceeds from each soup night event will go toward Tahoe Food Hub and Slow Food Lake Tahoe's initiative to educate and reconnect the local community to the importance of a sustainable and local food system.

Alpenglow's Film Series have raised more than $150,000 for local nonprofits in the past 12 years, and Madigan says thanks to new donors they are now generating $7,000 to $10,000 each night through raffle ticket sales.

"It's such a great help for these smaller nonprofits. It's a huge deal for the Tahoe Food Hub or for Search and Rescue because they get a huge portion of their operating budget taken care of in one night," he said.

Cassandra Walker is a features and entertainment reporter for the Sierra Sun. She can be reached at cwalker@sierrasun.com, 530-550-2654 or @snow1cass.

Soup & A Movie Night

Enjoy delicious soup and an inspiring presentation by athlete Hilaree O’Neil during “Soup & A Movie Night,” presented by Tahoe Food Hub in partnership with Alpenglow Sports.

Where: Olympic Valley Lodge | 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley

When: Thursday, Feb. 8 | Soup: 5-6:30 p.m., Show: 7 p.m.

Cost: Soup & bread: $5, Salad: $2

Online: http://www.tahoefoodhub.org” target=”_blank”>class=”Hyperlink”>www.tahoefoodhub.org