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Lake Tahoe and Truckee December Events   Leave a comment

The holidays are here, the snow has arrived, and Lake Tahoe and Truckee are gearing up for another busy season. There are plenty of events to enjoy and you will be sure to find some that appeal to the whole family.

Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus

Get yourself into the spirit of the season with a holiday concert by Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus.

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And here are some more holiday events to get you in the mood.

Truckee Community Christmas La Galleria will partner with Truckee Community Christmas for the fourth year by accepting food donations which help feed families in the local community. Bring in a small bag of non-perishable food items between December 4th and December 20th and receive 15% off one item!

Festive Fridays in Downtown Truckee!
Stores are open late Dec. 4th, Dec.11th and Dec. 18th! Come downtown and enjoy specials in your favorite stores! Stop by La Galleria and receive a complimentary bird for your tree!

Local school performances
Until Dec. 16 | Resort at Squaw Creek | Olympic Valley
Enjoy holiday performances every Wednesday by students from local schools at the Resort at Squaw Creek. Be sure to check out the huge ginger bread houses made by the Resort’s chefs. The holiday decor is always lovely, and you can even take a few turns on their ice rink. |

“The Polar Express”
Until Dec. 22 | Carson City Depot | Carson City, Nev.
Take a ride on “The Polar Express” featuring entertainment and Santa with one-hour rides. |

“Ebenezer: A Musical Christmas Carol”
Until Dec. 27 | Eldorado Casino | Reno, Nev.
The musical “Ebenezer” based on Charles Dickens’ classic holiday masterpiece, “A Christmas Carol,” is being presented at The Eldorado Theatre. Get into the holiday spirit and bring the entire family to “Ebenezer.” |

“The Nutcracker Ballet”
Dec. 11-13 | Pioneer Center for Performing Arts | Reno, Nev.

“A Christmas Carol”
Dec. 11-26 | Laughing Owl Productions | Reno, Nev.
Laughing Owl Productions presents “A Christmas Carol” directed by Dave Anderson. Dramatized with flair and with in a version first performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company, this adaptation of the ageless story captures Charles Dicken’s ironic point of view while it creates a panoramic view of Victorian London. |

“Handel’s Messiah”
Dec. 12-18 | Area venues | Reno and Tahoe
Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus hosts the 10th annual production of Handel’s “Messiah.” The TOCCATA production is a celebration of the holidays and includes favorite selections from Messiah Parts One and Three, as well as seasonal carols. Performances will be held at five locations. |

Jazz for the Holidays
Dec. 19-20 | Nightingale Hall, UNR | Reno, Nev.

Courtesy Reno Philharmonic
The Reno Jazz Orchestra brings Jazz for the Holidays to Northern Nevada for all to enjoy at Nightingale Hall at the University of Nevada, Reno.



‘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.






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