Find fun things to do in North Lake Tahoe, California. There’s a fabulous variety of totally fun tourist attractions and things to do in North Lake Tahoe to suit every taste, from skiing and snowboarding in winter to fishing and water sports in the summer. Plus, there is plenty of dining, shopping and activities when it’s time to come inside. Whether you’re looking to hit the slopes or hit the shops, restaurants, spas or the casino tables, you’ll find it all in beautiful Lake Tahoe, California. The Squaw Valley Lodge provides the perfect spot to experience it all!

Local Artist Feature: Alena Grace Photography

May in Yosemite Valley. Photo credit Alena Grace Photography.

The Lake Tahoe region is a mecca for incredible artists who seek to truly capture its awestruck beauty and magnificent terrain. Alena Saporsky, of Alena Grace Photography, is no different.  While living in Alaska in 2003 Alena could not take her eyes off the fascinating surroundings, and began shooting landscapes as a hobby.  After 7 years of exploration with landscape and wildlife photography, she became “addicted and obsessed.”

Wild Mustang in Reno, NV. Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography.

Bodega Bay Spring. Photo credit Alena Grace Photography.

Alena’s passion for the outdoors is evident in her photography, and demonstrates a keen eye for the purity of her natural surroundings.  She has resided in all kinds of environments, ranging from the urban sprawl of Anaheim, CA to the heat of Palm Desert, CA, from the rugged mountains of Denali, AK to the alpine community of Lake Tahoe, CA.  Alena is inspired by the work of Ansel Adams, Peter Lik, and Georgia O’Keefe, who were all visionaries and tremendously influential in their artistic mediums.  Alena enjoys living in an area where she can easily shoot The Yosemite Valley, Lassen Volcanic National Park, the beaches of Big Sur, and San Francisco just hours away.

Cobalt and Turquoise. Photo credit Alena Grace Photography.

When asked what is her greatest challenge as a photographer, she remarked, “When you see something beautiful and you can’t enjoy it because you didn’t snap the photo, thus, you can’t share it with people. Or while driving you can’t pull over when you see something amazing, having the shot pass and you did not capture it. For example, I saw a full rainbow over Martis Valley the other morning at 7am formed by frozen fog (I think) and by the time I could pull over, it was out of my sight. Sometimes I wish I could take all the images I have seen with my eyes and turn them into photos.”

Alena Grace Photography is picking up speed in the area as a local landscape photography favorite, but Alena offers other services such as portrait sessions, wedding and event photography. The Resort at Squaw Creek recently chose Alena Grace Photography images exclusively for their 2012 calendar. Be sure to pick one up, or request one, when you have a chance!

To see more of Alena’s work and further information about booking, please visit Alena Grace Photography or contact alenagracephotography@gmail.com.


North Tahoe Arts: The Weekly 30 Year Anniversary Exhibit

If you’re a vintage buff, then be sure to check out the exhibit of Lake Tahoe’s local magazine, The Weekly, at North Tahoe Arts Center in Tahoe City from January 5th to February 27th!

The Weekly celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2012, and pays homage to its history by displaying one cover picked from every year of publication from its inception in 1982.  An Opening Reception for the exhibit is January 13th from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Arts Center, is free to the public and locals and tourists alike are  invited to attend.

The 30 years of covers on exhibit feature winter and summer recreation, local faces, local events and a fantastic look at Tahoe and Truckee for the past 30 years. The highlight of the exhibit is the first edition, which published on February 18, 1982, as “North Tahoe Week.” The first edition was 12 pages and featured a photograph by Vance Fox of a skier cliff jumping near the horse trails in Squaw Valley.

The Weekly is celebrating its 30th year with a redesign of the magazine, debuting on January 12th, along with a special 30th anniversary edition on February 9th.  They will host a 30th anniversary party on February 11th, for all attend.  At this time the location is TBD.

For further information please e-mail editor@tahoethisweek.com.


Holiday Events at Squaw Valley: Magical Memories

Photo courtesy of Alena Grace Photography

Snow, steaming hot cocoa and sleigh rides. There is so much happening this year at the 7th Annual Magical Memories, we don’t know where to begin!

Resort at Squaw Creek has crafted a bevy of holiday activities for all ages, which runs from November 25, 2011 to January 8, 2012. We’ll just whet your appetite for winter wonderland galore with these options: holiday caroling, cookie decorating, wine and cheese tastings, s’mores roast and hot cocoa by the bonfire, breakfast with Santa, stories with Mrs. Claus in the lobby, snowman making competition, sleigh rides and more!  To see a detailed list of events by date and more information, click here!

If you are music buff, then be sure to set aside these dates and get your ticket while you can! Handel’s “Messiah” in the Grand Sierra Ballroom is a local’s favorite, and not one to miss.

Musical Event Details:

11/30, 12/7, 12/14 at 5 PM: Live Local School Performances. Complimentary!

12/10 and 12/11: The Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus of Sierra College presents “Sing Christmas”;  for tickets click here.

12/16: The Orchestra and Community Chorus of the Tahoe Area (TOCCATA) presents a special version of Handel’s “Messiah” in the Grand Sierra Ballroom. Buy your  tickets here!


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