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Keep shopping dollars local this holiday season by supporting more than 50 North Lake Tahoe businesses offering discounts, gifts and refreshments while shopping during the 2008 Shop Local Week, Dec. 1 through 7.

Shop Local Week will run in conjunction with the North Lake Tahoe Shop Local Contest, held Dec. 1 through 21. Pick up a Shop Local Contest Card at any participating merchant and receive a stamp for every $20 spent at a participating retailer. At the end of the contest, all returned cards will be entered into a raffle for prizes, including a kayak donated by Enviro-Rents, from North Tahoe businesses.

The North Tahoe Business Association and the Tahoe City Downtown Association have organized both events to encourage locals and visitors to shop in the North Lake Tahoe area. Call 546-9000 or visit for information.

Slow Food Lake Tahoe’s Holiday Dine-Around hits historic Truckee this evening at 4 p.m. The Dine-Around is Slow Food Lake Tahoe’s biggest fundraiser and a celebration of food and wine brought to you from local producers and farms.

The evening features Dragonfly, Moody’s Bistro, Pacific Crest Grille, Pianeta Ristorante and The Pour House. The Dine-Around was created to highlight what our local restaurants can chef up with local, seasonal fare, allowing participants to “dine-around” at each venue to enjoy an appetizer and wine pairing.

The evening is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 4 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. ” plenty of time to linger at each of the five restaurants to savor the flavors of fresh, local food and sip delicate, smooth wines.

Tickets for the event are on sale and available at The Pour House in downtown Truckee, 10075 Jibboom St. Tickets are $70 for Slow Food members and $80 for non-members. This price includes appetizers and wine tastes at all five locations.

Slow Food Lake Tahoe works to promote food that is good, clean and fair through education in the local community. Slow Food is an idea, a way of living and a way of eating. It is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world, visit

Join us Thursdays, Dec. 4, 11 and 18 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Village at Northstar for this Northstar Resort Holiday tradition.

The tree lighting ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. and Santa will be there to find out what’s on Christmas lists and to have pictures taken. Bring a can of food for a local food bank and skate rentals are free at the ice rink. Fire pits will warm you, carolers from the Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus at Sierra College will serenade you. Decorate cookies and ornaments, find holiday shopping deals and much more. Visit for a complete list of events.

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