North Lake Tahoe-Truckee in 72 hours March 13-15 | SierraSun.com

North Lake Tahoe-Truckee in 72 hours March 13-15

Marcia Ball brings "Peace, Love andamp; BBQ" to the CBC, not to mention her crazy swamp-rock piano playing.
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Skate Ski ClinicRoyal Gorge will hold a free Skate Skiing Clinic for strong beginner and intermediate skiers to develop skate skiing skills. Trail passes are available for $15 to participants, and rentals will be provided for half-off. Call (530) 426-3871 for details and reservations.

Ability Challenge ski raceDonors and sponsors team up with disabled skiers for a fun day of ski racing and on-hill activities at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort. The races begin at 10 a.m. and the apres ski party/awards ceremony will be held at 3:30 p.m. This event comes on the heels of a week long of activities celebrating wounded warriors returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Support your troops and the abilities of all by showing up to the races to cheer on these courageous athletes. Call (530) 581-4161 for details.

Meet the Cantiga Wineworks wine makerMeet wine maker Rich Rorden of Cantiga Wineworks at Bacchus andamp; Venus, downstairs from Dragonfly at 10018 Donner Pass Road in Downtown Truckee. Rorden will be pouring a flight of his outstanding wines from the Sierra Foothills. Cantiga is a small family-run winery that makes exceptional and affordable wines. Try them all for $8. Light appetizers will be served. For questions, call (530) 550-9800.

Aladdin andamp; Jasmine: A Mythic Tale of the Magic Lamp Sierra Nevada Dance and Arts For the Schools have teamed up to produce a spectacular show about friendship, family and the fight between good and evil in this play featuring more than 100 actors and dancers at the Truckee High School Theatre. General admission is $15 for adults, $5 students/seniors. Visit http://www.artsfortheschools.org or call (530) 582-8278 for tickets.

Zepparella rocks out at the Tahoe Biltmore Zepparella are four women intent on bringing the passion, the beauty, the aggression, and the musicality of Led Zeppelin alive. The girls take on the challenge of balancing their devotion to playing the songs as close to the original as possible, while taking advantage of their own musical communication and carrying the audience away on the ride. Tickets are $20 and available at http://www.renegadeshows.com, Tahoe Biltmore, Jobys, Tahoe Hemp, New Moon Natural Foods, Tahoe Hemp, and Recycled Records. 21-and-over only.

Dusty Rhodes and the River Band return to the Red RoomIf youve ever drunk away all your money, or even if you havent, Dusty Rhodes and the River Band will likely have you singing and dancing along with their mournfully catchy lyrics at this free, high-energy Red Room show. Featuring influence from Hank Williams, Simon andamp; Garfunkel, The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Flaming Lips and Pink Floyd, this band is not your typical West Coast indie group.

Get Green n Fuzzy Why wait til Tuesday to get your green on? High Mountain Productions will bring its Freaky Friday the 13th party to the Village Pub on March 13. Itll be a good way to go green with a green-n-fuzzy costume ball theme. Expect an all-night dance party with The Dirty Sounds of The Underground, and deejays Micah J, Morgan Farrand, Bim Tim and Lucky (certainly fitting for an Irish party). Live acapella music by Hell Yess, live art by The Monkey and live M.C. by Osiruss the Linguist is also on the agenda, plus go-go dancing and prize giveaways. And did we mention the hot massage available on-site by Sheri? Surely a night not to miss at Village Pub, located at 848 Tanager, Incline Village, starting at 10 p.m.

Pirate Dress Up DayThe weather couldnt be more fantastic, so why not walk your own personal celebration plank? Homewood Mountain Resort is hosting its Dress Up Like a Pirate day all-day Saturday. For an incentive theyre also offering $5 off an all-day lift ticket for folks in pirate garb, but is it really even about the money? Go have fun. Bring the kids to Homewoods first-ever mini slopestyle event for skiers and riders starting at 11 a.m. And enjoy live bluegrass by the Free Peoples outside North Lodge from 1-4 p.m.

Tahoe Mountain Sports Lake Tahoe Snowkite SeriesIts the last chance for snowkiting lessons, gear demos, sick freeride sessions, and all around snowkiting fun for the 2009 season this weekend. For beginners and folks who just want to know what snowkiting is all about, there will be free trainer kite lessons and a lot of experienced pros to talk to. For those more proficient at the art of flying kites, there will be private lessons available as well as free demos of the latest kites from Ozone and Slingshot. The event will be capped off with a raffle with prizes from the events sponsors for everyone who participates. Call (866) 891-9177 for details.

Legends of SnowboardingThe Tahoe Legends of Snowboarding Vintage Snowboard Freeride returns to Donner Ski Ranch with competition from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., followed by a vintage costume party at 1 p.m. Legendary pro snowboarders will take two runs on the Palisades riding snowboards made before 1993. Others may compete on a vintage board for a $20 entry fee, which goes toward the prize purse. Registration is from 8:30-10:30 a.m. in the back room of the lodge. Live music will follow the competition, with the awards ceremony starting at 3 p.m.

Meet Squaw legendsIf youve ever wanted to meet Robb Gaffney, author of Squallywood, or Eric Deslaurier who wrote Ski the Mountain, nows your chance. Head on over to Mind Play in the Village at Squaw Valley for a double author book signing.

Last Tracks at Diamond PeakWhat a great weekend to finish your Saturday on the slopes with a few glasses of good wine, appetizers and a sunset run. Last Tracks is a unique wine tasting event where skiers and snowboarders taste fine wines and appetizers at the mid-mountain Snowflake Lodge overlooking Lake Tahoe before skiing down a freshly groomed run. Single tickets cost $32. Participants must be 21 years old to attend. This week, Last Tracks will feature Whitehall Lane Winery with Representative Tom Lenardini Jr. Visit http://www.diamondpeak.com for details and tickets.

Aladdin andamp; Jasmine: A Mythic Tale of the Magic Lamp Sierra Nevada Dance and Arts For the Schools have teamed up to produce a spectacular show about friendship, family and the fight between good and evil in this play featuring more than 100 actors and dancers at the Truckee High School Theatre. General admission is $15 for adults, $5 students/seniors. Visit http://www.artsfortheschools.org or call (530) 582-8278 for tickets.

Disabled Sports Ability BashHonor wounded warriors returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan while you sample fine wines and brews for more than 20 local wineries and breweries. The Ability Bash will be the culmination of the week and will feature a buffet dinner, fine wines and microbrews, live music by Sambada, a silent auction and a mystery raffle. The Bash has been one of North Tahoes premier events for 15 years and is a wonderful, uplifting evening. Entry tickets are $55 in advance or $65 at the door. Call (530) 581-4161 for tickets are visit http://www.disabledsports.net.

4th Annual Blues Summit The Crystal Bay Casino presents the Fourth Annual Blues Summit featuring Marcia Ball and Norton Buffalo andamp; the Knockouts. If youve ever seen Marcia you know that she keeps the audience on their feet throughout the performance with her high-energy, swamp-rock piano playing. Norton Buffalo andamp; the Knockouts will be opening the show and playing a complete set. Dont be surprised if the two got together at some point during the evening. This will be a dance party so bring your dancing shoes. Marcia be turning 60 on March 20, but judging by her latest album Peace, Love andamp; BBQ, theres no sign shes ready to slow down. The popular album received a Grammy nomination for the Best Contemporary Blues Album of the Year in 2008, as well, Marcia won the award for Best Blues Keyboards in the Blues Critic Awards 2008 Readers Poll and was nominated for the title of Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year and Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year. Tickets are $23 in advance and $25 on the day of show, visit http://www.crystalbaycasino.com to purchase online.

The New Mastersounds bring UK funk to the Biltmore The New Mastersounds are back in Tahoe with a show featuring songs from their new release, Plus andamp; Play. This exciting evening of music starts off with the band, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad with their relentless roots reggae and experimental dub sound. Advance tickets are $17 and can be purchased at the Tahoe Biltmore, Jobys, New Moon Natural Foods, and online at http://www.renegadeshows.com.

Tahoe Mountain Sports Lake Tahoe Snowkite SeriesIts the last chance for snowkiting lessons, gear demos, sick freeride sessions, and all around snowkiting fun for the 2009 season this weekend. For beginners and folks who just want to know what snowkiting is all about, there will be free trainer kite lessons and a lot of experienced pros to talk to. For those more proficient at the art of flying kites, there will be private lessons available as well as free demos of the latest kites from Ozone and Slingshot. The event will be capped off with a raffle with prizes from the events sponsors for everyone that participates. Call (866) 891-9177 for details.

Aladdin andamp; Jasmine: A Mythic Tale of the Magic Lamp Sierra Nevada Dance and Arts For the Schools have teamed up to produce a spectacular show about friendship, family and the fight between good and evil in this play featuring more than 100 actors and dancers at the Truckee High School Theatre. General admission is $15 for adults, $5 students/seniors. Visit http://www.artsfortheschools.org or call (530) 582-8278 for tickets.

Avalanche Beacon BasicsMeet at the Squaw Valley USA Ski Patrol building (in the Red Dog Complex and across the way from Squaw Kids) at 5:30 p.m. for a free avalanche beacon clinic. The course, which teaches avalanche safety and beacon use, is open to employees and public but all attendees are asked kindly to please register in advance by calling Squaw Valley Ski Patrol at (530) 452-7260.