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‘Tis The Season to Make Merry at The Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts in Reno   Leave a comment

By Michelle Portesi



The holiday’s are upon us already, and amidst the whirl of shopping, baking, parties and such, be sure to slow yourself down a tad and treat yourself to some of the local cultural events to put you in that holiday spirit.

The Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Reno is an intimate theater with not a bad seat in the house. Their 2015-16 season is well under way and tickets are selling fast.

As of this writing, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas on Nov. 29th is nearly sold out already with only a few seats left. Call the box office, you might get lucky…
However, seats are still available for The Pioneer’s other events.
For more holiday fare, the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra performs ‘Spirit of the Season’ on Dec. 5 & 6. If you’ve never experienced our local Philharmonic, now is the perfect time as Reno’s Philharmonic is top notch.




On Dec. 11-13, the Nutcracker Ballet returns to the Pioneer performed by the A.V.A. Ballet and backed by the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky’s beloved score. I’ll admit to this performance being a personal favorite, and this coming from someone who has lived here long enough to remember the local performances of the Nutcracker a few decades ago being fairly amateur. Not anymore! You’ll not leave disappointed in this holiday favorite. Billed as a children’s ballet, even the kids will sit enthralled at this favorite holiday story told through dance.



The AVA Ballet performs the Nutcracker. Photo from


But hey, why stop the cultural fun once the holidays end?

Get inspired.  TEDx University of Nevada is a local, independently organized event held in the heart of downtown Reno at the Pioneer Center Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our event will strive to re-create the unique experience found at TED, where the world’s leading thinkers gather to share ideas with the hope of changing attitudes, lives, and ultimately the world.


Broadway comes to reno


Broadway comes to Reno in 2016 starting with The Book of Mormon February 9-14. The first Broadway Musical by Matt Stone and Trey Parker the Creators of South Park. God’s favorite musical…and apparently Broadway’s too. Playing to rave reviews, this I’m told is a must see!

Ragtime, the Musical plays from March 11-13. Based on the novel by E. L. Doctorow, Ragtime tells the story of three groups in the U.S. in the early 20th century.

From April 15-17, comes  ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’,  a musical with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The story is based on the “coat of many colors” story of Joseph from the Bible’s Book of Genesis

From April 29- May 1st plays The Million Dollar Quartet, the new smash-hit musical inspired by the 1956 recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley for the first and only time.

For more information or to buy tickets, go here:

And don’t forget to have dinner before the show at one of Reno’s up and coming dining establishments. The area is becoming a real ‘foodie’ enclave.





Magical Memories at the Resort at Squaw Creek!   Leave a comment

Magical Memories hi rez Gingerbread House

By Tim Hauserman

Looking for a way to quickly immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit? Then head to the 11th Annual Magical Memories festival at the Resort at Squaw Creek in Squaw Valley. It begins with the Gingerbread Village Unveiling and Grand Tree Lighting ceremony on November 25th, and continues all the way through until Bloody Mary breakfast on New Year’s Day. If you have never seen the Gingerbread Village at the Resort, it cannot help but get you excited for the holidays. The amazing gingerbread houses are made right on site at the resort.

The Resort is holding family-friendly events, food and drink specials, holiday dining, ice skating, and live music throughout the Thanksgiving to New Year’s period. There will be a Thanksgiving Dinner, Breakfast with Santa’s events every weekend from Thanksgiving until Christmas, and Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dinners.

You can also dine for a cause at the Resort at Squaw Creek by joining in the Dine Out for the Truckee Tahoe Humane Society on December 10th, and Dine Out for the High Fives Foundation on December 17th.

New Year’s Eve and Day at the Resort at Squaw Creek brings a series of potential options for revilers. You can go full bore at the New Year’s Eve Grand Celebration with dinner, live band, dancing and champagne (the earlier you reserve your spot the lower the price). Or you can skip the food and go for the 9 pm admission to the party to get you through the end of the year in style. For the kids, there is a Teen’s Night Out New Year’s Eve bash for those over 13 years old, and a Kid’s Night Out Bash for those between 4-12 years old.

Need a way to ease into the New Year after all that partying? Hit the Resort’s Bloody Mary Breakfast on January 1st.

For information on all the events, go to




Wishing you and yours a wonderful, happy and safe holiday!  Thank you for joining us at Lake Tahoe/Truckee and me, Lynn Richardson, Your Friend in High Places.



Hike the Meeks Bay Loop!   2 comments



Controlled burn near Meeks Bay


By Tim Hauserman

The Meeks Bay trail is one of the easiest and most popular routes into Desolation Wilderness. At just ten miles south of Tahoe City, it is also the closest trailhead into Desolation if you are coming from Truckee or North Lake Tahoe. While the five mile tromp into Crag Lake is certainly a worthwhile endeavor, Meeks Bay can also be a perfect locale for an easy walk before the snow gets too deep.

I headed out on the Meeks Bay trail on a brisk Saturday afternoon. The first mile is almost level, and follows the sandy surface of an old dirt road. In about a mile, the dirt road reaches a junction. The trail into Desolation Wilderness heads uphill on single track to your right, and the the road continues straight ahead and stays in the meadow.

From this junction, if you go straight, the road peters down to trail, and soon reaches the remains of Camp Waisu, a former girl scout camp. All that is left now is the concrete foundation of the main building, and a few ancient latrines with all the walls and roof gone, but the seats still proudly waiting for a posterior to come along.

If you stay on this trail, you soon reach Meeks Creek. You can turn around here, or cross it and follow the creek downstream back towards Lake Tahoe. Tucked up against the north facing moraine of the edge of the valley, this side of the valley is moister and more lush than the main trail.

On my trip, a controlled burn was in the process and the valley was full of smoke. I passed several smoldering dead trees and the smoke gave off a fun, eerie feeling. I should have come here on Halloween. Eventually, the trail hits a dirt road, which then meets a paved driveway, which bring you to dirt trail and back to the highway, just a 100 yards south of the main trailhead.

To get there: Take Highway 89 (West Lake Blvd.) 10 miles south of Tahoe City, the trailhead is on your right at the big turn in the highway.



Controlled burns help keep Tahoe’s forests healthy






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