Sunshine Tahoe donates $10,000 to Trails & Vistas |

Sunshine Tahoe donates $10,000 to Trails & Vistas

“I am so proud to honor the creativity and sheer sense of wonder inherent in Trails & Vistas’ annual art hikes. To recognize and support Nancy Tieken Lopez’ imagination and incredible talent, Sunshine Tahoe has donated $10,000 for Trails & Vistas 10th anniversary,” said Christina Stoever-Young, principal of Sunshine Tahoe and avid supporter of arts, culture and the environment.

Trails & Vistas’ art hikes blend world-class artistic expression with walking in nature. Following the public art hikes, local third grade students have the opportunity to experience Trails & Vistas field trips in Donner Park.

10th Anniversary Art Hikes and Concert

On Sept. 7 and 8, 2013 attendees will hike along the Pacific Crest Trail on Donner Summit and experience award-winning live music, dance, storytelling, sculpture and painting. The theme for Trails & Vistas 10th anniversary art hikes is “Reflections.” More than 30 participating artists, including musicians, dancers, poets, singers and visual artists, will perform aside stunning alpine lakes and breathtaking vistas.

The guided art hikes will be offered every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Advance purchase is highly recommended (the event has sold out every year). Tickets cost $30 for adults and $10 for children.

In addition to the art hikes, a 10th anniversary concert will take place at the Truckee Regional Park Amphitheatre from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7.

Performers include double-neck guitarist Ian Ethan Case from Boston, Mass., Reno Taiko Tsurunokai, a Japanese drum group from Reno, Nev., the 40-piece San Jose State Symphony Orchestra plus an opening act by Ann Licater, a world flutist from Los Angeles.

Artist Susie Alexander from Truckee will paint while the orchestra plays and a ballerina from Inner Rhythms will be painted on stage — both performance art pieces are expected to wow the audience.

Concert tickets are available online and are 50 percent off when combined with art hike tickets, or $20 for general admission.

After four successful years running Truckee’s Historical Haunted Tour, the October 2013 Tour, a fundraiser for Trails & Vistas, has been canceled. In lieu of the event, Sunshine Tahoe, the founder and producer of the Tour, is donating $10,000 to Trails & Vistas.

“The purpose of Trails & Vistas is to reestablish bonds between individuals and others and individuals and nature. Putting art in this context changes the experience and the audience. We are so grateful for Sunshine Tahoe’s past and ongoing support,” said Lopez, Trails & Vistas founder and executive director.

About Sunshine Tahoe

From big-picture thinking for special events to the logistical minutiae of communications guidelines, crisis management, public relations and advertising support, Sunshine Tahoe brings together nonprofits and the business community. Learn more at

About Trails & Vistas

Trails & Vistas is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that seeks to create experiences of art in nature that inspires environmental awareness. Partnered with Truckee Donner Land Trust, Inner Rhythms Dance Theatre and the KidZone Museum, Trails & Vistas and the partnering organizations believe the annual art hikes strengthen the ties between the Land Trust and arts organizations in the Lake Tahoe Truckee region.

It also increases participants’ commitment to build a stronger community and environmental stewardship through creative expression.

In addition to art hikes, the organization’s programs include Helping the Wild and contributing an original painting to the 20 mile museum created by the Donner Summit Historical Society. Learn more at

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