COMMUNITY | Spanish Classes

Spanish classes for one- to five-year-olds involving finger play, chanting, songs, and dance. The adults in the class learn right along with the children. Info: $18/drop in, $102/6 weeks; 11:40 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5 to 5:50 p.m., Conecta Tahoe, Truckee; 9:30 to 10:20 a.m., Kings Beach;

Nov. 12 and 13

COMMUNITY | Girls Giving Back Fundraiser

Visit Le Nails for a manicure or pedicure, and the owners will generously donate 20 percent of the proceeds to the Girls Giving Back fund. The Tahoe/Truckee based youth group focuses on philanthropy and has successfully launched its first annual youth grant cycle. Info: all day long, Le Nails and Spa, 10015 Palisades Dr., Truckee

Nov. 13, 27 and Dec. 7

MUSIC | The Streets of Truckee

Locals’ talented favorite Richard Blair puts on a dinner show with all original songs that celebrate Truckee’s history. Enjoy a special meal while watching this impressive re-enactment. Info: $45/person, seating at 5 p.m., show at 6:30 p.m., Cottonwood Restaurant, Truckee,

Tuesday, Nov. 15

ARTS & CULTURE | Meet the Author

The author of the 2016 Nevada Reads book Grind Mark Maynard will be at the Incline Village library for a book discussion. Publishers Weekly raves, “Throughout the volume’s eight tenuously linked tales, lives and fortunes are lost, and the city of Reno emerges as a locus of shattered souls. Maynard’s debut collection bursts with idiosyncratic characters.” Info: free, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Incline Village Library,

Wednesday, Nov. 16

SPORTS | Winter Predictions and Backcountry Decision-Making

Come interact with weather forecasters and avalanche professionals to learn about problem-solving real life winter situations during this exciting and innovative session. Representatives from NOAA, The Sierra Avalanche Center, and Tahoe Mountain School will be talking about decision-making as a factor in avalanche incidents. Info: free, 6 p.m., Tahoe Mountain Sports, 11200 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee,

Nov. 16 and 17

MUSIC | Yarn and Todd Sheaffer of Railroad Earth

Two very special nights of musical story-telling and bone-shakin’ rock ’n’roll are coming to Tahoe City. Todd Sheaffer will perform a solo acoustic set to kick off each of the two shows followed by two sets with Yarn. There’s sure to be some musical co-mingling. Info: $20, 8 p.m., Moe’s Original BBQ, Tahoe City,

Nov. 16 and 30

FOOD | Community Soup Nights

Slow Food Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Food Hub partner with a local restaurant for community building in an effort to further a more sustainable food community. There will be live music, a raffle, and plenty of delicious soup. Info: $5/soup and bread, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Nov. 16, Red Truck Café, and Nov. 30, Mellow Fellow,

Thursday, Nov. 17

SPORTS | Alpenglow Sports Winter Film Series #1

Kicking off this winter’s festival will be Dave Nettle and the film Ski Mountaineering in the Tyrol: Hut to Hut Ski Touring the Stubai Alps. Armed with the best Euro exchange rate in years, and a lot of ski days under the belt from a fantastic backcountry season in Tahoe, the crew was able to make the most of what the Austrian Tyrol is all about. Info: free, 7 p.m., Olympic Valley Lodge,

Friday, Nov. 18

COMMUNITY | Bud Fish Tree Lighting and Downtown Holiday Festival

Celebrate the holiday season with Santa, singing, hot chocolate, and the annual lighting of the trees in Truckee downtown. Info: free, 4:15 to 6 p.m., downtown Truckee,

Thursday, Nov. 24

COMMUNITY | North Tahoe’s Annual Thanksgiving Celebration

All are welcome to this community Thanksgiving event. To donate to the cause bring an unwrapped toy, canned goods, or a potluck dish to share. There are opportunities to help cook, decorate, clean up, or serve food during the event. Info: $2/suggested donation per person or $5/suggested donation per family, 2 to 6:30 p.m., North Tahoe Event Center,

Friday, Nov. 25

COMMUNITY | Notoriously Non-Existent No-Go Gala

Don’t worry about getting dressed up, hiring a baby sitter, eating a sterno-warmed chicken, or forcing small talk. Each ticket to this no-go gala, which raises funds for public art and education in Truckee, enters purchasers in a raffle to win cool prizes, and the ticket itself is a beautiful, limited edition piece of art. Only 300 tickets will be sold to increase the odds of winning. And you don’t even have to leave your house to “attend.” Info: $25 minimum donation, tickets on sale at Truckee Donner Community Recreation Center, Gallery 5830’, Backstreet Framers and online at

Nov. 25 to Dec. 24

COMMUNITY | Show Your Love — Shop Local Holiday Contest

Calling all shoppers! Buy your friends and family local gifts this year for a chance to win a North Lake Tahoe Staycation valued at $1500 or $500 in cash. Enter by picking up a contest card at any participating retailer in Truckee/North Lake Tahoe. Get a sticker on your card with any $25 purchase from participating retailers. Shoppers with 12 stickers will be entered to win the grand prize. Info: free to enter,

Nov. 25 and 26

MUSIC | The Bonanza Kings

Come sway along to this Northern California swing band at Moody’s. The fabulous five-member group is not-to-miss. Info: free, 8:30 to 11:30 p.m., Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats,

Nov. 25, 26, and Dec. 10

ARTS & CULTURE | Here, There & Everywhere Screening

Warren Miller’s 67th film brings the thrill of action snow sports to enthusiasts everywhere. Narration by Olympic gold medalist Jonny Moseley and on-screen interviews with the legendary Warren Miller deliver the nostalgia of skiing’s roots and a zeal for discovering new terrain. Info: $14, 7:30 p.m., Olympic Village Lodge, Squaw Valley,

Saturday, Nov. 26

SPORTS & OUTDOORS | Wilderness Survival: Winter Skills

Join REI Outdoor School for a wilderness self-reliance class that could save your life. During this class you will learn practical tips and strategies that every outdoor traveler should know, including about winter emergency kits and shelters. Info: $70/members, $80/non-members, Donner Summit Sno-Park,

MUSIC | Sierra Rose Strings

Come hear this talented strings trio including Ellen Flanagan on violin, Kati Dayner on viola, and Joseph Tatum on the cello. The group will be performing pieces from Mozart, Beethoven, and Dohnányi. Info: free, 7:30 p.m., Art Truckee,

Nov. 26 and 27

FAMILY | Santa’s Holiday Hunt

Calling all kiddos! Join in this fun scavenger hunt with lots of goodies to be found along West River Street including a gift bag with Northstar California lift tickets. Santa will be at Tahoe University passing out the scavenger hunt lists. Info: free, 1 to 5 p.m., Tahoe University, 10015 West River Street, Truckee,

Nov. 30 to Dec. 4


Cirque du Soleil presents this new touring show that is inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar. Through a riveting fusion of cutting-edge visuals, puppetry, and stagecraft buoyed by a soaring cinematic score, Cirque du Soleil applies its unique signature style to James Cameron’s imaginary world. Info: $25 to $110, 7:30 p.m., Golden 1 Center, Sacramento,

Thursday, Dec. 1

ARTS & CULTURE | Ribbon Cutting for Truckee Roundhouse

Come celebrate the opening of the Truckee Roundhouse, the area’s first makerspace.  Anyone can become a member of the Roundhouse and have unlimited access to the five shops to work with metal, wood, ceramics, textiles, and electronics. The much anticipated space will be open to the public with demonstrations of a wide variety of tools. Info: free, 5 to 7 p.m., Truckee Tahoe Airport,

SPORTS | Alpenglow Sports Winter Film Series #2

In the second installment of this year’s festival, alpine climber Will Gadd will present his show 30 Trips of a Lifetime in 60 High-Speed Minutes. Gadd’s techniques for ice climbing are cutting-edge, and he will be available for questions after the film. Info: free, 7 p.m., Olympic Valley Lodge,

Dec. 1 to 4

ARTS & CULTURE | Tahoe Film Fest

The Tahoe Film Fest features film screenings all around North Lake Tahoe. The festival will premiere new environmental films as well as important American independent films, Latin American films, and include a special filmmaker tribute. The festival is presented by Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships, which is dedicated to promoting environmental stewardship. Info: films starting at 5:30 p.m., various locations.,

Dec. 2 to 4

ARTS & CULTURE | Holiday Art Tour Sale

Explore studios in Glenshire for special deals and holiday pricing. Local artists include Brad Henry Pottery, Vicki Beads & Leather, Sierra Essentials, Krista Tranquilla Studio, and Barbara Glynn Prodaniuk. This tour is a great chance to shop locally this holiday season. Info: free, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., tour starts at 10024 Suffolk Place, Truckee

Dec. 4, 11, and 18

COMMUNITY | Festive Fridays

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

Friday, Dec. 9

ARTS & CULTURE | Felted Holiday Ornaments Workshop

This class introduces a technique known as “dry felting”. The workshop focuses on creating holiday ornaments by making a basic circular shape using white fleece and felting needles. The ornaments will then be embellished with colored fleece in a design of your choice. No previous experience required. This workshop is appropriate for ages 11 or older. Info: $45/includes materials, 12 to 3 p.m., Atelier Truckee,

Saturday, Dec. 10

FAMILY | Santa’s Fly-In

Watch Santa zoom in to Truckee Tahoe Airport in a special plane. There will be hot chocolate and yummy holiday treats as well as an opportunity to meet Santa! Info: free, 10 a.m., Truckee Tahoe Airport,

FAMILY | Northstar Northern Lights Festival

Returning for the third year, this celebration is an evening of light-filled revelry and activities, including glow-in-the-dark face painting, games, and a DJ, with a fireworks spectacular to round out the evening. Info: free, The Village at Northstar,

Dec. 10 and 11

MUSIC | Holiday Glow Concert

The Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus is back again this year to ring in the holiday season with favorite songs, old and new, performed by the fifty-voice chorus. The concert will feature the Truckee Youth Chorus, The Christmas Time String Quintet, and a holiday sing-along. Info: $15/advance, $20/door, $5/18 and under, 7 p.m. on Dec. 10, 2 p.m. on Dec. 11, Squaw Creek Resort,

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