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July brings family events to the Valhalla arts festival

Outdoor education and culture will be featured during family-friendly events this month at the annual Valhalla Arts, Music and Theater Festival.

Monday through July 9, children age 4 to 15 are invited to discover their power to create in a series of expression painting classes. Created by Gina Stowell, the classes are designed to help children develop and discover the excitement of painting. Event sessions are at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Stowell’s expression painting sessions share art history and painting techniques followed by a free painting session encouraging creativity and self-expression. Students should wear sunscreen and a hat plus bring a healthy snack. The session runs from Monday through Friday at the Valhalla Grand Hall. The cost is $150 per child for the week including materials. The three-hour sessions are limited to 10 children. Sign up by calling (530) 541-4975.

Stowell is an art teacher who has been teaching art to children in the Lake Tahoe area for 11 years. In 2004, she incorporated a nonprofit arts organization and implemented the fine arts program in all five elementary schools in the South Lake Tahoe community with the help of 130 parent volunteers.

At 10 a.m. July 7, the whole family can head to the “In the Meadow Sing-a-Long” at the historic Boathouse Theater. Children age pre-school though 12 will enjoy an interactive nature and music presentation learning about bears, coyotes and geese in their natural habitat. It’s a free event and parental supervision is necessary.

Krissi Russel leads the group and is a singer, songwriter, and Spanish teacher living in South Lake Tahoe. She harmonizes a true to life tale of living in the mountains and close to nature alongside wild animals.

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For event and site visit parking, there is two-hour free parking to tour and/or buy tickets (excluding July 4 when there is no parking available). The parking lot is open daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.