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TAHOE, Calif. – Content for the weekly community briefs section is selected from e-mail submissions to Please include the 5w’s: who, what, when, where and why, website and contact information.

Lake Tahoe SummerFest to celebrate orchestral music

Aug. 2-18 on the campus of Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village. The Lake Tahoe SummerFest Orchestra is comprised of 40 virtuoso musicians. From Beethoven to Brubeck, classical music will once again be celebrated. A 500-seat acoustically designed concert tent will offer pure sound without amplification, and tiered seating for unencumbered sightlines. The concert evening will be enhanced by featured local food and select wines. SummerFest Concerts will be held Aug. 2-4, Aug. 9-11 and Aug. 16-18. Orchestra programs are Friday evenings at 7 p.m., and family concerts are Sunday afternoons at 4 p.m. On Saturday evenings at 7 p.m., chamber music concerts highlight the virtuosity of individual orchestra members performing in an intimate setting. Individual ticket prices are $75, $50 and $25. A VIP subscription for all nine concerts with premium seating includes a reception with Maestro Revzen and members of the orchestra and keepsake mementos. Visit, or call 775-832-1606. Find them on Facebook at

Bats: Truth or Tales at Washoe Lake State Park

Bats are misunderstood animals. Learn what bats eat, where they live and why they are important from local bat expert Brian Buttazoni. Participants will also hear the sounds they make and see photos of bats from around the world at Bats: Truth or Tales, Saturday, Aug. 3, 8:30-9:30 p.m. Meet at Washoe Lake State Park’s equestrian area pavilion. Washoe Lake State Park is 18 miles south of Reno and five miles north of Carson City. Travel on U.S. 395 and take the Eastlake Boulevard (Exit 44); the park entrance is on the left. There is no charge for the program, but there is a $7 per vehicle entry fee; Nevada residents receive a $2 discount.

TOCCATA continues Tahoe Summer Musicfest

TOCCATA, Tahoe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, will continue 2013 Summer MusicFest with the NorthStar Chamber Players. The two-concert series opens at Squaw Valley Chapel, ​Sunday, Aug. 4, 5 p.m., 444 Squaw Peak Road in Olympic Valley, Calif. The concert will be repeated Tuesday, Aug. 6, 7 p.m. in the Steinway Gallery, 500 East Moana Lane, Reno. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors at all concerts, $5 for students under 23 with a valid student ID, and youth 18 and under enter at no charge for admission. These concerts are supported by a grant from the Kling Family Foundation.

TOCCATA finishes its 2013 Summer MusicFest Sept. 11-17 with Elizabeth Pitcairn performing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major on the legendary Red Stradivarius violin. Two exclusive fundraising soirees with Ms. Pitcairn will be on Sept. 7 and 8 in Incline Village. For more concert information visit Call 775-267-1720 if you would like to perform with TOCCATA.

Lake of the Sky Garden Club supports community

Lake of the Sky Garden Club’s 25th anniversary event was another sell-out of all 500 tickets, which brought in more than $12,000. This money will go toward scholarships for Ruby Wood and Donny Palmer from Truckee High School. Ruby will attend UC Santa Cruz, and Donny Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. The following will receive grant funds for community beautification projects: Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society, Incline Village; Sugar Pine Foundation, North Tahoe Middle School, Tahoe City; Sierra State Parks Foundation, Ehrman Mansion, Sugar Pine Point State Park; Parasol AmeriCorps Program, Incline Elementary School, Incline Village; UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, Tahoe City Fish Hatchery, Tahoe City; Tahoe City PUD, Rideout Community Garden, Tahoe City; Tahoe Food Hub/Truckee Community Farm, Truckee; North Lake Tahoe Demonstration Garden, Sierra Nevada College, Incline Village; North Tahoe PUD, North Tahoe Regional Park Community Garden, Tahoe Vista; and Incline Village Rotary Club, Incline Village.

Meet Pony Express re-ride riders

The National Pony Express Association conducted a re-ride of the Pony Express Trail last month. The ride, including a portion of the Tahoe Rim Trail, was a non-stop event including more than 600 riders and horses. On Friday, Aug. 9, meet Pony Express re-ride participants, Petra Keller and her horse Tiara Nevada (“T”), among others, on the Tahoe Rim Trail as part of the inaugural Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge, a self guided adventure open to the public.

“Adults are keen to meet our equestrian friends and learn more on the Tahoe Rim Trail, and kids love feeding carrots to our horses,” said Keller, a Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA) board of directors member. Ranked among the most remarkable feats of the American West, the Pony Express was in service from April 1860 to November 1861. T’s mother, a Nevada mustang named Charlie, will be on site 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Everyone donning a Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge T-shirt is eligible for giveaways.

Tahoe Treasures Tour with tea and tapas

The first Tahoe Treasures Tour, a self-guided tour of Incline Village gardens, homes, and stunning art collections, will be held on Sunday, Aug. 10, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tea and goodies will be served in the native alpine garden of a Lakeshore Drive home. Tapas and lemonade will be offered at a hillside garden with a lake view. Buy boutique treasures and raffle tickets for Tahoe Medical Spa services; a visit to historic Filoli and its gardens in Woodside, Calif.; entrance to the Hall of Flowers in Golden Gate Park; and a night’s stay in San Francisco.

Among the nine stops are a “green,” silver LEED-certified log home on Lakeshore Drive, a home filled with art and antiques, the studio of printmaker Liz Paganelli, a private collection of images of world-renowned photographers, a garden recently landscaped by Barbara and Bill Dohrmann, and Incline’s only home built over a creek.

The tour begins at the North Lake Tahoe Demonstration Garden at Sierra Nevada College, 999 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village. Tickets will be available with a map and home descriptions provided. All ticket sales and boutique/raffle proceeds benefit the AAUW Tahoe Nevada college scholarship program for local women. Advance tickets are $35 before Aug. 1, or $40 after. Purchase from an AAUW member, at The Potlach of Lake Tahoe, or mail your check to AAUW Tahoe Nevada, PO Box 5465, Incline Village, NV 89450. For more information contact Debbie at 775-843-0775 or email

Concours d’Elegance winetasting

Take part in the first ever Wine Tasting Village at the 41st Annual Lake Tahoe Concours d’ Elegance Wooden Boat Show, Aug. 9 and 10 in Carnelian Bay and receive a commemorative toasting glass.

Relax in the shade tents and enjoy an array of wines. Tickets are $20 and provide you with unlimited wine tastings, exclusive access to the Wine Village, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on either Friday or Saturday of the show, as well as the opportunity to purchase bottles of your favorites. The Wine Village is expected to sell out. Reserve your ticket now at or by calling Liquid Blue Event at 775-851-4444.

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