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Weekend Briefs: Ski resorts open, Retro party, more

Squaw Valley open for skiing and riding Dec. 6-7Squaw Valley USA will open for skiing and riding for the weekend of Dec. 6-7. Squaw Valley USA kicks-off the season with beginner and intermediate terrain on the lower mountain. Squaw Valley SnowSports School will be open for adult beginner and intermediate group and private lessons, and Squaw Kids will be open for morning half-day, afternoon half-day and full-day lessons.The Cable Car ticket window and Ticket Portal A open at 8:30 a.m. and the Exhibition/Searchlight lift will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Early season reduced-rate lift ticket prices in effect this weekend are $32 for adults, $10 for Children 12-and-under, $24 for Youth and Seniors (65-75) and free for all seniors age 76 or older. Afternoon half-day tickets are $24 for adults and $10 for children, youth and seniors.In addition to skiing and riding, Papoose will be open for snowtubing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. High Camp, el 8,200′, will be open for ice skating from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for lunch and drinks at the Terrace overlooking Lake Tahoe from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Beginning at 10:40 a.m., Saturday and Sunday, the Cable Car will be leaving every 20 minutes, with the last trip up at 3:40 p.m. and the last trip down leaving at 4:40 p.m. All lift tickets include Cable Car access.The main rental shop will be open for ski and snowboard rentals and Village and base area shops and restaurants will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.Following the weekend of Dec. 6-7, Squaw Valley will close for skiing and riding for the week, with lifts reopening on Saturday, Dec. 13.The most up-to-date resort operation schedules, pricing, events and season pass information is available on http://www.squaw.com.

Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort is officially opening for skiing and riding for the winter 2008-09 season on Saturday, Dec. 6.The resort will operate three chairlifts; Arrow Express and Vista Express will open at 8:30 a.m., providing access to five beginner and intermediate ski trails, and Bear Paw will experience a late opening that will provide access to beginner terrain in the resorts teaching area. A variety of terrain park features including boxes and rails will also be offered. Early season lift tickets are available for $45 for adults and young adults, and $15 for children ages five through 12 (under five ski for free).Additionally, ski and snowboard lessons will be offered for adults and children through the resorts Ski andamp; Snowboard School, rental and demo equipment will be available, and food and beverage locations both in the Village at Northstar and at mid-mountain will be open.Monday through Friday, from opening day through December 19, Northstar Resort invites first-timers ages 13 and older to learn to ski or ride for just $25. This offer includes a two and a half hour lesson, lift ticket accessing beginner terrain and rental equipment, and can be purchased in advance online at http://www.NorthstarAtTahoe.com, or on the day of at the resorts rental equipment shop.The 35 shops and restaurants in the Village at Northstar and the Village Skating Rink are open daily. Access to the rink is complimentary; skate rentals are available for just $5. The rink is open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., conditions permitting.New this season, guests can track weather patterns in real time over precise locations at the resort with Northstar Resorts new Interactive Radar, available online at http://www.NorthstarAtTahoe.com. Call (530) 562-1330 for more information.

Kick off the winter season at Sandys Pub at the Resort at Squaw Creek with the inaugural Retro Ski andamp; Snowboard Theme Party starting at 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. In Squaw Valley tradition, partygoers must dress to impress in retro ski and snowboard gear. Prizes will be awarded to those donning the sweetest retro outfits.Squaw Valleys finest, DJ Nasty Nate, will be spinning tunes until 2 a.m. Cover for the party is only $3 and all retro Bunnies and Barneys attending must be 21 or older.Sponsors include Porters, Elite Feet, Smith, Neff, SnowBomb, Squaw Valley USA and the Resort at Squaw Creek. The most up-to-date operations schedules, event calendar, lift ticket deals, and season pass information are available at http://www.squaw.com.

Truckee Donner Historical Society will host its annual Christmas at the Cabin event on from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6. Each year members of the society and members of the community are invited to join together at the Research Cabin for light refreshments, holiday treats and good cheer. The Society has made changes to their Research Library and this is an opportunity to stop by and see this valuable resource which is available to our community. Local history books and vintage photo reproductions from the extensive collection will be available for purchase. Also available this year, a vintage jewelry sale made available as a result of a donation received from former owners of the Donner Trading Post, Dan and Laura Horman, of their left over inventory from their shop which closed in 1970. Stop by the open house event, and share the holiday cheer at the Gateway Cabin located at 10115 Donner Trail Road on the west end of Meadow Park behind the Truckee Donner PUD and do some holiday gift shopping. For additional information, contact TDHS at (530) 582-0983 or info@truckeehistory.org.

Tahoe Dance School and Arts For the Schools present a cherished Christmas tradition, The Nutcracker, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 at North Tahoe High School, with delightful dancing to Tchaikovskys exquisite score, gorgeous costumes, and new scenery.Advance tickets (online at http://www.artsfortheschools.org) are $15 for adults, $8 for students. Tickets will also be available at the door for $17 for adults and $10 for students. Special student tickets are available Sunday for $5. Net proceeds from both performances benefit Arts For the Schools. North Tahoe High School Theater is locatied at 2945 Polaris Road, Tahoe City, Calif. For more information, call (530) 582-8278.

The Auburn Ski Club is hosting an orientation / information meeting about its weekend cross country skiing program called Super Sliders. If you have kids betweem 4 and 12 years old who are interested in having fun on cross country skis, come on up on Sunday and check out our facility, cross country trails and program. Ski equipment is also available for lease. The club house and trails are located at the far west end of Boreal’s Parking Lot.The Super Sliders andamp; The Sonic Race Team meets Saturdays, from Dec. 13 (depending on snow) through March. Call (530) 426-3313 or go to http://www.auburnskiclub.org.

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The Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus will present Songs of the Holidays, at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7. The featured choral composition is the Gloria, by the noted contemporary English composer John Rutter. This work, conducted by Susan K. Horst, features brass, organ and percussion. Other contemporary composers included on the program are Morton Lauridsen and Eric Whitacre. The balance of the program features an entertaining line-up of holiday pieces. Another program highlight will be to invite the audience to join the chorus in singing traditional carols. The chorus is directed by co-conductors Susan K. Horst and Chris Nelson. The Community Chorus is pleased to share the festive holiday spirit with the community. The 60-member chorus is sponsored by Sierra College in Truckee. Concerts are co-sponsored by Squaw Valley Institute and the Resort at Squaw Creek. For tickets and information, please go to http://www.truckeecommunitychorus.com. and http://www.squawvalleyinstitute.org or call (808) 651-8397.

Tahoe Conservatory of Music announces a Holiday Music Recital at the North Tahoe Community Conference Center in Kings Beach. Elementary students perform beginning at 4:30 p.m. High School and Intermediate students begin performance at 6:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity for prospective students and parents to learn about Tahoe Conservatory of Music and its influence on students in the community. This year we are once again partnering with Project Mana’ to collect food for the holidays. We do not charge admission but we do encourage you to bring at least one non-perishable food donation for the food bank and enjoy watching your young friends and neighbors perform. Call (530) 546-2356.

North Tahoe ARTS is accepting applications for the ARTisan Shop located in Tahoe City, Calif. The shop is looking for artists who want to exhibit and sell a body of work either 3-dimensional or 2-dimensional and will volunteer one day a month in the ARTisan shop. Artists will find an application for the shop at our website at http://www.northtahoearts.com. Please email any questions to info@northtahoearts.com, or call (530) 581-2787. Application deadline is Dec. 22, 2008.