North Lake Tahoe-Truckee in 72 hours March 6-8 |

North Lake Tahoe-Truckee in 72 hours March 6-8

Head back to the 80s at the Crystal Bay Club with Tainted Love, Saturday, March 7.

Geo-Snow Quest AdventureHosted by the Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships (SWEP), learn how to use GPS, maps and avalanche beacons in this snowbound adventure quest. Participants of all ages search on skis for clue caches hidden around the trails of the Tahoe Cross Country Center. Win prizes and stay to have hot cocoa in the Winter Discovery Center Yurt at the Tahoe Cross-Country Center, Highlands, two miles east of Tahoe City.

Bridgetenders 2nd Annual Rib-Fest Enjoy the great ribs at the 2nd Annual Rib Fest, an outdoor extravaganza of barbecued ribs takes place on the outside patio and bar of Bridgetender in Tahoe City at the Y. Its like being in a snow cave, with lots of great ribs and drink to be had by all. Proceeds to benefit the Chris Park Memorial Scholarship Foundation. For details, call (530) 583-3342.

Kings Beach Dragon Snow Sculpture UnveilingSee the final Snow Sculpture that has been being constructed all week long in Downtown Kings Beach by local resident Jeremiah Johnson and his crew of snow sculptors.

ART on the Wild Side North Tahoe ARTS presents its ART on the Wild Side exhibit opening reception at 380 North Lake Blvd. in Tahoe City. See writer and photographer Anne Chadwicks contributions came from the Galapagos Islands, Cheri Degenhardts beautiful baskets, Ann Grogans illustrated poem, Jim Markles whitewater photography and more.

Joe King Poker TournamentKings Beach came to be in 1925 when Joe King allegedly acquired the land after an all-night poker game. Joe took his poker winnings to develop Kings Beach from five small cabins to a flourishing, funky beach town. Re-live the 1920s and try your luck at becoming the Honorary Mayor of Kings Beach at the 2nd Annual Joe King Poker Tournament (Texas Hold-em tournament) at the Tahoe Biltmore in Crystal Bay, Nev. Proceeds to benefit the North Tahoe Business Association. More info:

Live music at the CottonwoodTruckee original Richard Blair has been on a winter whirlwind songwriting jag and will be debuting more than 20 new songs when he plays in the Fireplace Room at the Cottonwood. No cover charge.

The Hammond Cheese ComboThe Hammond Cheese Combo includes all the ingredients for a memorable live jazz show, including a groovy B3 sound, tenor sax, soul-jazz grooves and a fat, yet slinky guitar. During any show, the music evolves from funky to wild to go-go-ish sandwiched between soulful jazz tunes with a danceable groove. The Hammond Cheese Combo will play two free shows at Baxters Bistro andamp; Lounge on Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7.

Micro Wrestling Federation For something a little more unique, and surely a bit crazier, youve got to check out the Micro Wrestling show at the Crystal Bay Casino on Friday at 9 p.m. This is a nonstop, hardcore action wrestling show, said Jack Darrell, who owns the Nashville, Tenn.-operated Micro Wrestling Foundation. Where: Crystal Bay Casinos Crown Room. Action starts at 10 p.m. Cost is $23.

Punk Rock KaraokeGet on your leather chokers and studded wristbands baby and head over to the screamin good show at the Tourist Club in Truckee.

Pancake for Playgrounds 2009! Community EXPO North Tahoe PUD Recreation and Parks Commission presents a pancake breakfast and Community EXPO at the North Tahoe Conference Center. Join your neighbors in supporting a new playground while eating delicious pancakes, strawberries, sausages and all the fixins, coffee and orange juice at this SnowFest! Tradition. This year, the proceeds will go to the Playground Project through the Friends of the Park Fund for a new playground which will have separate play areas for children age ranges 0-5 and 5-12. This will replace play equipment in the North Tahoe Regional Park that was removed due to non-compliance with current safety guidelines. Breakfast to be held at the North Tahoe Conference Center Kings Beach, 8318 N. Lake Blvd.

Dress Up Your Dog ContestSponsored by the Truckee North Tahoe Transportation Management Association, the Dress Up Your Dog Contest will have several categories this year, along with a grand prize going to the Best Dressed Transit Dog at the North Tahoe Conference Center Kings Beach, 8318 N. Lake Blvd. Proceeds to benefit TNT-TMA, SnowFest, and NTBA.

Hip hop up to Boreal for 3rd Rail JamBoreal Resort will host the third and final stop of the 3rd Rail Jam Saturday, March 7 showcasing some of the best in snow sports, hip hop music, graffiti art and fashion. Complete with open mens, womens and under 15 year-old ski and snowboard rail jam, the event will unite Tahoes best skiers and riders with the old days of hip-hop culture. Cash prizes, MC battles, DJ performances, graffiti royalty Pose II on mountain demo and a performance by Pigeon John and Self Expression Musics own Grins andamp; Lam will mark an event thats high octane from start to finish.

Vertical Challenge at Diamond Peak Test your thigh strength and stamina at the 4th Annual Vertical Challenge. The best woman/man and youngest/oldest who skis/telemarks/snowboards the most vertical feet in a seven-hour period will win Diamond Peak mini-passes. The event will have two separate divisions for men and women and the contestants who slide more than 50,000 vertical feet will receive $50 off a 09/10 full season pass. The entry fee is only $10 and includes a commemorative T-shirt. Registration will be held in the base lodge from 8-9 a.m. and the event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Details:

Java Huts 2nd Annual Dodgeball TourneyShow off your style and grace at the 2nd Annual DodgeBall Tourney. This fun-filled sporting event will consist of teams made up of 6-10 persons. Prizes will be awarded for best-dressed team as well as Dodge Ball Champions. Advanced sign ups suggested, but not required. Forms available at Java Hut in Kings Beach. Proceeds to benefit the Boys and Girls Club. Cost is $100 per team, for more information call (530) 546-0602.

Doggie Agility Course of SnowTails by the Lake and the Village at Squaw are hosting this fun and crazy doggie agility race, featuring fire hydrants, tunnels and bone-shaped hurdles made of snow at the Village at Squaw Valley courtyard. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. Proceeds to benefit The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe. Entry fee is $10.

Kings Beach Winter Celebration SnowFest! ParadeCome out for the SnowFest! closing weekend parade, presented by the North Tahoe Business Association, in Downtown Kings Beach. This parade has grown tons in the past few years and is definitely not something to be missed. Lots of color, beads, and fun to be had by all.

Winter Beach PartyTahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area will host a Winter Beach Party from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 7. Come to the Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area for some tropical fun, including live music from Truckee Tribe, a kids bounce house, and beach-themed family games. This is a free event.

Calientes After-Parade PartySee what all the heats about Southwest South of the Border at the after-parade party at the new Caliente! at the east end of Kings Beach. 8791 N. Lake Blvd. Enjoy the famous chucacabras, and all the post parade festivities. The drawing for the SnowFest! Queen Raffle will take place here as well, tickets available on-site.

1st Annual Ta-Hoe Nalu Arctic Standup Paddleboard RaceGet your chill on for this new annual SnowFest event – one-mile Stand-Up Paddle Sprint Race on Lake Tahoe. Make sure to stick around afterwards for the festivities including music by the Truckee Tribe. Meet at the Blue Onion Cafe in Tahoe Vista on the corner of Highways 267/28 – Brassie Ave, Kings Beach, next to Safeway. Details:

Lakeside Pizzas Tricycle Obstacle RacesJoin in the fun on the Red Bull tricycles tonight as you weave and steer to make the winning run on these oversized adult tricycles. 21-and-over only.

Full Moon Snowshoe TourSugar Pine Point State Park and West Shore Sports invite you to their moonlight snowshoe tours. Park Rangers will lead adventures out into the moonlight around the Ehrman Mansion and along Lake Tahoes magical West Shore. For those new to the sport of snowshoeing, there will be a beginners clinic at 6:30 p.m. All proceeds from these tours support the Sierra State Parks Foundation. Reservations required, call (530) 525-9920. Space is limited.

Open Mic Finals CompetitionTahoes up-and-coming musicians will gather at Sandys Pub at the Resort at Squaw Creek for a night of friendly competition for their chance at a real-live gig. Cheer them on. Must be 21-and-over. Details: (530) 584-4018.

Tainted Love is backTahoes favorite 80s band takes concert-goers on a time warp with with sensual crooning, searing synthesizers, pulsating bass lines and pounding electronic drums, carrying a message of love, politics and sexual being. Go New Wave at the Crystal Bay Casinos Crown Room. Tickets are $20 advance, $23 day of show.

River Ranch Snow Sculpture Contest Twelve invited teams build themed snow sculptures to be judged on the banks of the Truckee River at the River Ranch on Hwy 89 and Alpine Meadows Road. Prizes awarded to the best teams. Live music, barbecue and drink specials. More info: or (530) 583-4264

4th Annual Tahoe Donner Association I-dida-RunThis Donner Party themed dog pull race will pit dogs against dogs while pulling covered wagon sleds over a course. View this event from the comfort of the The Lodge Restaurant in Tahoe Donner at 12850 Northwoods Ave. Proceeds to benefit the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe andamp; The National Kidney Foundation in the memory of John Carr. Entry fee is $20, call (530) 587-9424 or visit for details.

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