Bijou Bash intended to celebrate the community |

Bijou Bash intended to celebrate the community

The Bijou Bash is back, 15 years after community members last gathered for the city-hosted, locals-oriented event.

On Saturday, Sept. 12, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the community is invited to Bijou Park to sample food from an array of vendors, play in a kids’ fun zone, check out emergency-services vehicles and learn more about area nonprofits.

The free event will also feature performances by acts including the Black Bear Pipe Band and dancers from Marcia Sarosik’s studio. There will be demonstrations of skateboarding, roller derby, disc golf and dog agility.

But most importantly, the event is a way for participants to connect with fellow community members, organizers said.

“It’s a good time to see your neighbors, socialize,” said Gary Moore, director of the city’s Parks & Recreation Department, which is organizing the event.

The city hosted a similar event for several years during the early 1990s, up until about 1994, Moore said.

At that time, it was known as the Bijou Community Fair, and was initially intended to showcase the recently completed park.

South Lake Tahoe City Councilman Hal Cole proposed bringing back the event this year, and the rest of the council agreed.

“More things for the community are important – not just the tourists,” Cole said Thursday.

All the businesses and nonprofits setting up at the event will be local, Moore noted.

Those attending the Bash are asked to bicycle to the event, where a corral will be set up for storing the bikes. No parking will be available at Bijou Park. Instead, those who arrive by car are asked to park in the Lake Tahoe Community College parking lot, where a BlueGO trolley will be available to transport people to the park entrance.

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