North Lake Tahoe in 72 Hours – Feb. 13-15 |

North Lake Tahoe in 72 Hours – Feb. 13-15

It’s time to take a break. This weekend many of us will get even more time off with the President’s Day holiday. Our advice? Make the most of Friday through Sunday and take Monday to just relax. And happy snow to all!

Valentine Wine Tasting The Pour House, located at 10075 Jibboom St. in Downtown Truckee, will be hosting Charles Smith of K Vintners. He will be pouring and talking about his very hip Washington wines. Proceeds from this tasting are going straight to the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, to be distributed where the need is greatest. Call (530) 550-9664 for details.

Chair andamp; Pole Dance InstructionIncrease your vocabulary in terms of body language at a special Valentines Fitness Special. Plus, learn a chair dance routine to bring home to your sweetie. Class taught by Amy Rosen, certified personal trainer and the creator of the newly released Polateaz, vol. 1 and vol. 2 DVD set. Get a free DVD with the class fee of $45. Call Amy Rosen at (530) 545-1354 to reserve your space.

Laugh at LakesideComedians Tom McGillen, Tom McClain and Aaron Wilson will have you in stitches as this hilarious line-up takes over Lakeside Pizza, behind Safeway in Tahoe City. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 day of show. Call (530) 546-5880 for details.

Tea Leaf Green andamp; The Mother HipsThe party will be rocking all night long when two of Northern Californias hottest, up-and-coming rock/jam bands take over the Crystal Bay Casinos Crown Room. Tea Leaf will open for The Mother Hips. Tickets are $23 in advance, $25 day of show. Visit http://www.crystalbaycasino for details.

Poker on the MountainSki to collect cards from four locations. Best hand by 3 p.m. wins $1,000. The event will begin at the base of Squaw Valley at 8 a.m. Buy your hand or hands in advance for $15 per hand or $20 per hand on the day of the event. Visit for details.

Wheres the Love? Scavenger Hunt at Squaw Search for hearts hidden around the mountain with your Valentine and bring those hearts to the Plaza Bar from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. to claim your Valentine rewards. Prizes include a wide range of fun items with lift tickets, wine tasting, food gift certificates and lesson packages to ice skating, night skiing and goggles. Visit for details.

Guided Snowshoe TreksJoin the folks at the Tahoe Rim Trail Association to experience the peace, serenity and beauty of snowshoeing. This easy, free, guided hike will embark from Page Meadows. The approximate distance of the hike will be three miles. Bring your own snowshoes. For more information, call (775) 298-0012.

Valentines Couples RaceIs there any doubt whos the faster skier/rider of your loving twosome? Take it to the slopes at Northstar in the Valentines Couples Race from on Upper Main Street. Race is free to enter with a Northstar lift ticket. Visit for details.

Qualifying rounds of the Silver Belt Banzai Its back and you can test your mettle if youre up for a piece of the $10,000 prize purse. Sugar Bowl has resurrected the Silver Belt Banzai, a skiercross that sends competitors straight down the gut of Silver Belt as fast as possible. Entry fee is $100, but you only need a lift ticket to watch. Visit for details.

Books, Art andamp; Massage Illustrator Karen Frances and author Terry Lowey will be at the Vista Gallery, located at 7081 North Lake Blvd. in Tahoe Vista, from 1 to 4 p.m. to sign copies of their book, The Secret of the Wizards Wand. Thomas Bachand, author and photographer of the coffee table book, Lake Tahoe: A Fragile Beauty, will also be on-hand to sign copies of his book. And visitors to the Vista Gallery receive a free short massage! Refreshments will be served and ceramics by Ronald D. Patterson and Renee Rose as well as mixed-media artwork by Douglas E. Taylor will be on display. Call (530) 546-7794 for details.

Jibbing for JacksonsCheck out the all-new Monster Energy terrain park, plus 100 hot skiers and riders wholl be competing in a Best Tricks Jam Session on Squaw Valleys Searchlight under the bright lights while slopeside DJs spin tunes. No lift ticket necessary to watch. $20 to compete and every time judges see a skier or rider stomp a trick worthy of a Jackson, Monster Energy officials will hand that competitor a $20 bill. Visit for details.

Black Tie and TailsThe Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe invites you to its inaugural Black Tie andamp; Tails event. This unique evening features elegant dining and dancing plus everything your dogs heart could desire on Valentines Day. The glamorous, black tie (optional) event will be held at The Resort at Squaw Creek in the beautifully appointed Alpine Ballroom. Guests, with or without their canine companions, will experience a Hollywood-style red carpet entry, bubbly champagne reception, dining, live music provided by The Nibblers, featuring members of Mumbo Gumbo, and unexpected canine-themed entertainment. Tickets are $100/person with one dog entry included and $25 for each additional dog. Purchase tickets online at or call Dale Lawrence at (530) 587-5948.

Official Silver Belt Banzai After Party The official after party for the Silver Belt Banzai, FiftyFifty will take over the entire courtyard at The Rock, with a DJ playing from 7 to 9 p.m. There will be an outdoor bar ready to serve up some frothy brews, and ski movies for everyones viewing pleasure. The outdoor party is open to all ages. At 10 p.m., the party moves inside, with yet another DJ, more frothy brews, and lots of drink specials to quench anybodys thirst. Open to ages 21 and over, there is no cover for round 2 of the festivities. So come reminisce and celebrate the days events with fellow athletes and spectators.

Russell Henrys Drifters Revue If there ever was a group who best conveyed the unique blend of fifties rhythm andamp; blues sound with the soul music of the sixties, it was The Drifters. Russell Henrys Drifters are Russell Watts, Ronnie Doyle, and Al Boyd. Keeping in the tradition of members drifting in and out, this performance will follow in those very same footsteps by featuring the fabulous Palmores Brothers Band, also former Drifters members, as the back-up band.Listen to Drifters classics like Save the Last Dance for Me, Under the Boardwalk, There Goes My Baby, and many more. Dinner and show price is $39. A scrumptious pasta dinner, prepared by the Cal-Neva chef, will be served at 6 p.m. and the show begins in the historic Frank Sinatra Showroom at 8 p.m. For tickets please call the Cal-Neva Resort at: (775) 832-4000.

Squaw Valley Institute, Tahoe Comedy North pair upFor those looking for a date with laughter, Squaw Valley Institute and Tahoe Comedy North brings comedian and actor Tom McGillen to PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn for a one-night show on Valentine’s Day. A no-host bar opens at 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8:30 p.m. You may recognize McGillen from his appearance with Jay Leno and Rodney Dangerfield or in the movie Joe Dirt. Well-known for his three-character spoof of the Godzilla movies, his stand-up routine is a must-not-miss event. McGillen will be joined onstage by Tom Mclain, with the event hosted by Tahoe local Rowie. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For tickets, more information, visit or call (530) 581-4138.

Poor Mans Whiskey plays Bar of AmericaThrough the years Poor Man’s Whiskey has developed a sound that is eclectic and engaging. It is a musical tapestry influenced by American music. Rooted in acoustic music, PMW’s sound spills into rock, funk, pop, blues, and even disco. Their songs range the gambit of emotions, inviting the audience to dance, laugh, sing, ponder and reflect. At their core they are story tellers. Weaving tales of everyday life that are easily accessible their songs will have you singing and dancing right along. Not bound by the rules of bluegrass tradition, PMW uses all the tools available to engage the crowd and themselves (from banjos and mandolins to screaming electric guitars and drums, from everyday casual wear to flashy and elaborate costumes).PMW has supported such acts as the Eagles, Phil Lesh and Friends, John Mayer, Hot Buttered Rum, New Monsoon, the Duhks, the Waybacks, etc., as well as playing such festivals as Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Strawberry Music Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival and more. Catch the band at 9 p.m. at Bar of America. Cover charge is $5.

Tea Leaf Green andamp; The Mother HipsDont freak out if you missed Friday, the party keeps rocking in the Crystal Bay Casinos Crown Room as two of Northern Californias hottest, up-and-coming rock/jam bands take over the stage. On this night, The Mother Hips will open for Tea Leaf Green. Tickets are $23 in advance, $25 day of show. Visit http://www.crystalbaycasino for details.

Silver Belt Banzai FinalsSee the best skiers take it to the slopes for an all-out skiercross from the top of Mt. Lincoln to the bottom of the chairlift down the famous Silver Belt run. Red Bull Energy Drink will be on hand, fueling the on-mountain action. Visit for details.

Face painting for the kids Stop by Village Toys, located at 869 Tahoe Blvd. in Incline Village, for free balloons and face painting from 1 to 3 p.m.

Be prepared. Know your BeaconJoin Squaw Valley instructors and guides for a free avalanche awareness class that teaches avalanche safety and beacon use. Class meets at the Squaw Valley USA Ski Patrol building. Pre-registration preferred, call (530) 452-7260.

Geek out with The SpazmaticsThis band lends its geeky charm to performing 80s hits complete with nerdography and spaztic movements as it returns to the Crystal Bay Casinos Crown Room for a show starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 day of show. Visit

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