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Holiday TAP Calendar | December 2016

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COMMUNITY | Boy Scout Troop 267 Christmas Tree Lot

Buy a locally cut Christmas tree that supports sustainability and your community. Troop 267 harvested these Christmas Trees themselves according to a sustainability program managed by the Truckee Donner Land Trust to ensure overall forest health. Stop by their lot to pick up a tree for the holidays. Info: Mountain Hardware, Truckee

COMMUNITY | Free LED Holiday Light Swap

The Truckee Donner PUD is lighting up the town this holiday season — while keeping the environment in mind. Bring up to three strands of old incandescent holiday lights and TDPUD will swap them for energy efficient strands of LED lights. Info: regular business hours until supplies last, TDPUD Office, Truckee,

Dec. 11 and 18

COMMUNITY | Festive Fridays

Merchants in downtown Truckee are keeping their doors open late on Fridays in December. There will be promotions, holiday cheer, and discounts galore. Info: 4 to 6 p.m., downtown Truckee,

Saturday, Dec. 10

COMMUNITY | Holiday Bazaar
The fourth Annual Holiday Bazaar at Tahoe Flow Arts Studio is a by-donation event that includes a free yoga nidra workshop, live performances, live music, vendors, food and drink, and raffles to raise money for the Tahoe Flow Arts’ Youth Scholarship Fund, which gives children access to an expressive and strength-building outlet through aerial arts, dance and yoga in a safe, supportive and creative environment. Info: donation event, 3 to 10 p.m., Tahoe Flow Arts Studio,

Dec. 10 and 11

MUSIC | Holiday Glow Concert

The Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus of Sierra College presents its annual holiday concert with two performances this year. The fifty-voice chorus, now in its 15th year, was founded by Chris Nelson and is currently directed by Susan K. Horst. TTCC, in keeping with its mission to promote a quality choral music curriculum in the schools, established the Truckee Tahoe Youth Chorus three years ago, and they will perform several delightful selections. Info: $15/advance, $20/door, $5/18 and under, 7 p.m. on Dec. 10, 2 p.m. on Dec. 11, Squaw Creek Resort,

Sunday, Dec. 11

COMMUNITY | Sixth Annual Nevada City Winter Craft Fair

Just in time for those searching for one-of-a-kind gifts for the holidays, the Winter Craft Fair showcases more than seventy of the local region’s top Etsy vendors, artisans, designers, do-it-yourself crafters, and features their handcrafted, original, and repurposed art, clothing, accessories, jewelry, and housewares, along with an assortment of vintage goods. Info: $3/general admission, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Miners Cultural Foundry, Nevada City,

Tuesday, Dec. 13

COMMUNITY | A Property Owner’s Guide to Placer County

Get an overview of new and improved processes that help home and business owners make changes to their property. County and TRPA staff will talk about recent changes to streamline permitting, new online tools, the application process, and the Tahoe Basin Area Plan. Questions-and-answers sessions will follow short presentations by both TRPA and Placer County planning staff. Info: free, lunch talk from 12 to 1:30 p.m., TCPUD Board Room, Tahoe City,

SPORTS | Full Moon Snowshoe

Watch the sunset and stars come out while trekking through a snowy and tranquil forest lit up by the full moon with Tahoe Adventure Company. Cap the evening off with some hot drinks, snacks, and more stargazing. Trips include snowshoes, poles, knowledgeable guides that cover a comprehensive safety talk and instruction, as well as natural and human history discussions. Info: $65/person, Tahoe Adventure Company, Tahoe Vista,

MUSIC | Alibi Ale Works Second Anniversary Party with Chad Wilkins Trio

Alibi is turning two years old! Come help them celebrate with their local brews and live music. Info: free, 6 to 9 p.m., Alibi Ale Works, Incline Village,

Wednesday, Dec. 14

SPORTS | Beacons and Beers

Practice the basics of avalanche rescue and learn the history and technologies behind transceivers. This is part of an avalanche series from Tahoe Mountain Sports not meant to replace an official Level I AIRIE class, but to give a taste of the type of information you can expect from a formal avalanche education. Each class will offer light refreshments and special in-store deals. Info: free, 6:30 p.m., Tahoe Mountain Sports, Truckee,

Thursday, Dec. 15

COMMUNITY | Live Painting Event with Sara and Sara

What happens when two artists with two different styles co-create live? Come by to see what transpires. The final artwork will be auctioned off to benefit the High Fives Foundation. Info: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tahoe University, Truckee,

FOOD | Tahoe Food Hub Store Reopens

The farm shop is opening up earlier than ever this year. Stop by after skiing for local fruits, veggies, meats, eggs, and specialty products. Info: Thursdays and Fridays, 12 to 6 p.m., Alpine Meadows,

Friday, Dec. 16

COMMUNITY | 2017: The Year Ahead

Join astrologer Michele Hagan as she discusses the upcoming astrological cycles, eclipses and transits for 2017. She will provide practical tips for each astrological sun sign. No astrology knowledge or experience necessary to attend. Info: free, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Incline Village Library

Saturday, Dec. 17

FAMILY | Community Tree Lighting and Holiday Festival

Incline Village gets festive with caroling, music, Santa, and other fun holiday activities for the whole family. The community will have their opportunity to cast their vote for the business with the best storefront decorations, and the winners will be announced. Info: free, 4 to 7 p.m., The Chateau, Incline Village,

ARTS | Lala Jewelry Pop-Up Shop

Opening Dec. 9, with a grand opening party on the 15th, this local artist pop-up shop is not-to-miss. There will be bluegrass Christmas carols, refreshments, and treats to accompany this festive holiday shop. Info: 4 to 8 p.m., Tahoe City

MUSIC | Blue Oyster Cult

Come see the iconic band rock out in South Lake Tahoe. Don’t Fear the Reaper has never sounded so good. Info: $44.95, 6:30 p.m./doors, 7:30 p.m./show, South Shore Room, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe,

Sunday, Dec. 18

COMMUNITY | Girls Giving Back Local Shopping Day

TTCF’s Queen of Hearts junior arm, Girls Giving Back, invites you to shop at Ela Chapman clothing store this day. Owner Lisa Burns has generously committed to donate 20 percent of all proceeds to the Girls Giving Back group, which provides a $2,500 grant to a Tahoe/Truckee-based youth organization. Bring your friends. Info: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Ela Chapman, Truckee,

Monday, Dec. 19

ARTS | Holly Feet and Grinch’s Groove

Kids and parents alike will be captivated as Utah Ballroom Dance Company waltzes and swings to your favorite Christmas songs and Truckee Dance Company grooves to a Grinch-themed hip hop piece. Intermission will feature a Grinch look-alike contest for a chance to win a prize from Santa. Info: $25/adults, $15/kids, Olympic Village Lodge, Squaw Valley,

Dec. 21 and 28

SPORTS | Tahoe Star Tours

Stargaze while snowshoeing the trail to see all the Tahoe sky has to offer. Tours are led by local astronomer Tony Berendsen, who pairs each tour with a lively science-based talk about the cosmos and a poetry reading. Guests will have an opportunity to gaze at the sky with the naked eye as well as through a high powered telescope. Info: $63/adults, $45/kids ages 10 to 12, $21/snowshoe rentals, Northstar California, reservations can be made online at

Wednesday, Dec. 28

FOOD | Farm to Table Dinner with Olympians

A cozy and family-friendly Farm to Table dinner prepared by our talented Squaw Valley chefs in collaboration with the Tahoe Food Hub. Gather and indulge in the company of some of our region’s most renown athletes. It will be an intimate evening of stories, camaraderie, and history in the making over delicious food and drinks. Info: $59/adults, $29/kids, Olympic Valley Lodge, Squaw Valley,

Thursday, Jan. 5

ARTS | Alpenglow Winter Film Festival

The third installment of this fest will feature international rock climber Tommy Caldwell. He will present a multi-media tour de force, “A Year of Firsts: An Enchainment of Patagonia’s Fitzroy Massif, Yosemite’s Dawn Wall and an Infant Son.” Caldwell has completed never-before accomplished rock climbing and mountaineering feats of staggering physical endurance. Info: free, 6:15 p.m./doors, 7 p.m./show, Olympic Village Lodge, Squaw Valley,

Friday, Jan. 13

COMMUNITY | 36th Annual Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Count

Every year volunteers are paired up and stationed at 26 vantage points throughout the Tahoe Basin, mostly around the lakeshore, to count bald eagles. The count is part of the national mid-winter bald eagle survey that was initiated by the National Wildlife Federation in 1979. Info: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., visit to register

Jan. 12 to 16

ARTS | Wild & Scenic Film Fest

Film-goers are transformed into a congregation of committed activists, dedicated to saving our increasingly threatened planet, at this fest. A collection of environmental and adventure films that illustrate the earth’s beauty and challenges facing our planet will be screened. Wild & Scenic raises resources and awareness for SYRCL’s initiatives to recover California’s wild salmon and to protect and restore the Yuba River. Info: for full schedule of films and ticket pricing visit

Friday, Feb. 24

COMMUNITY | Kings Beach Streetlight Banner Art

NTBA is inviting the proposals for streetlight banner art to be displayed along main street Kings Beach. The banners for this art call will be selected based on design and content. Proposals from artists of all experience levels, young and old, established and emerging, are encouraged. Info: free to enter, send proposals to,

Saturday, March 25

COMMUNITY | Shane McConkey Eco-Challenge

Join the circle of awesomeness and enter this eco-challenge. Get together with a team of students and identify an environmental challenge in your school or community. Problem-solve with your team to implement a solution. Document your findings to enter and your school could win up to $6,000 to keep the momentum going. Info:

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