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South Lake Tahoe celebrates 50th anniversary with Saturday gala

Caitlin Row
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As part of the City of South Lake Tahoe’s 50th anniversary celebration, city officials held a community photo shoot at the Live at Lakeview Summer concert series Thursday, Aug. 27.
Courtesy / City of South Lake Tahoe |

The City of South Lake Tahoe is celebrating its 50th anniversary in style — with a “golden gala” Saturday, Nov. 7, at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel. A welcome reception kicks off the party from 5-6 p.m. It will be followed by a three-course meal, a special video, music and dancing.

“The gala is vital to celebrate what we’ve accomplished and the community, and it shares our pride,” said councilwoman Wendy David. “I’ve lived here for 42 years, so for me it’s also a very personal celebration of my time here and I’m just really looking forward to it.”

David noted that the city’s official birthday is Nov. 30. Other celebratory events this year included a parade in September and a community photo in August.

The sold-out event will showcase area accomplishments, leaders, community members and more. Tickets were gone after only three days.

“The city is thrilled that the community has expressed such interest in this event,” said Tracy Franklin, the city’s spokeswoman.

According to Franklin, children and relatives of the city’s first five council members will be part of the festivities, along with “past mayors, council members, retired city staff, and multiple organizations that have created this community together.”

“The city began working on a 50th Anniversary commemorative book and video in the winter of 2014,” she explained. “City staff and community members invested countless hours going through archives and personal photos and videos in an effort to create these historical documents that chronicle the City of South Lake Tahoe’s first 50 years. Both the book and video will be presented at the gala this Saturday.”

Shannon Earley, Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce’s communications director, said the group’s board of directors, plus some staff, will attend Saturday’s event.

“It’s exciting because the city is our partner and we really love celebrating all the momentum that is going on and the past,” she said, adding that 2015 is also Tahoe Chamber’s 60th anniversary.