Truckee Tahoe holiday happenings |

Truckee Tahoe holiday happenings

What could be lovelier than a holiday harp concert on a wintery afternoon? The historic Squaw Valley Chapel, will host harpist Marina Roznitovsky, principal harpist with the Reno Chamber Orchestra 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13.

Her Chapel concert last holiday season offered such favorites as and#8220;Greensleeves,and#8221; and#8220;O Holy Nightand#8221; and and#8220;Ave Maria.and#8221; This year Donna Axton, assistant professor and chair of the music program at Sierra Nevada College, Incline Village, joins to play the Chapeland#8217;s Yamaha concert grand piano.

The concert is a gift to the Squaw Valley community from the Chapel and the trustees of the Wayne and Sandy Poulsen Memorial Fund, an endowment fund of the Squaw Valley Chapel. Wayne and Sandy Poulsen donated the Chapeland#8217;s land, built for the 1960 Winter Olympics, as a place of worship for athletes, their families and visitors. Upon Sandyand#8217;s death in 2007, all donations to the chapel in her honor were used to start the endowment fund.

The harp concert celebrates Sandyand#8217;s love of music. There is no charge but a donation is requested. All donations will go to the Poulsen fund, from which only interest is spent. Refreshments will be served during the intermission and following the concert.

The chapel is located under the Squaw Valley Cable Car at 444 Squaw Peak Road. For information, contact Joanne Domingue at

The River Ranch is hosting a party to welcome the arrival of winter with festivities for the whole family to enjoy Wednesday, Dec. 16.

The North Lake Tahoe Jazz Ensemble will be performing a holiday concert to kick off the festivities from 6-6:30 p.m. This will include 18 members for the North Lake Tahoe High School performing holiday tunes. Hot yummy adult beverages and hot chocolate and hot apple cider will be available to warm your insides.

In celebration of winter, guests may warm up under the stars by one of the River Ranchand#8217;s new fire pits on the patio and children can roast their own marshmallows for a complimentary sand#8217;more.

The River Ranch will also be collecting toys for the Toys for Tots program sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club. Unwrapped toys collected for newborns through fifth grade will be distributed to local families on the North Shore in need. Children will be able to take home their Christmas craft making own creations.

A special $9.95 holiday entree and childrenand#8217;s menu will be offered. Bring a toy and enjoy holiday cheer at the river Ranch, on Highway 89 and Alpine Meadows Road. Call 583-4264 for more information or reservations. Visit

From 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13 at the North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation Temple. Features Sisterhoodand#8217;s brisket and latke dinner and a raffle to benefit religious school. Celebration is open to community and is $25 per family. RSVP is a must to Rose at 546-2559 or Pam at (650) 352-5216.

At 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Kings Beach Family Resource Center. Christmas stories, Christmas caroling, Christmas games, Christmas cookies, Christmas prizes. All children ages 5 to 12 are welcome. Please contact Barbara Brown, Lake Tahoe Child Evangelism Fellowship Representative, at 831-3653. Please RSVP if possible.

Santa Claus Visits the Village; take photos with Santa in the giant Village chair, Dec. 19 to 24, noon to 4 p.m. Sierra Nevada Carolers fill The Village with holiday cheer, Dec. 19 and 20, 4 to 6 p.m. Squaw Valleyand#8217;s Torchlight Parade, a spectacular procession of lights meandering down the Squaw peaks, Dec. 24, 6 p.m. New Yearand#8217;s Eve Fireworks, Dec. 31, 9 p.m.

Visit for full Village holiday events.