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Weeklong ‘Winter Party’starts Sunday at Tahoe

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It’s time to make those New Year’s resolutions. We have a few to get you started – ride more, ride at Lake Tahoe and most important, be at Ascent – The Winter Party at Lake Tahoe. The eight-day ski week from Sunday to March 5 is gearing up to be more outrageous than 2005.

Curve Magazine is getting in on the act. Along with Logo-TV, Curve is sponsoring the much talked about Drag Races at host ski area Heavenly Mountain Resort on March 4. You just need to wear something other than ski wear and no need to race, but you do need to be a little proficient on one or two boards because you’ll be riding down World Cup. Or you can just watch from the bleachers.

Curve is also working on bring some of the “L Word” ladies to town for Ascent. Major comedy is on tap – Kathy Griffin, Ant, Scott Kennedy and Howie Nave. More entertainers will be announced.

Is it possible that a gay love story could really rake in multiple Oscars? Ascent attendees have a special place to watch the Academy Awards on March 5. Although this is the last night of the eight-day ski week, it will be all about Oscar as the beneficiary Tahoe Arts Project puts on a stellar event. For tickets call (530) 542-3632 or e-mail executivedirector@tahoeartsproject.org.

Ascent is all about fun, but there is also a serious side. Proceeds from the eight-day party benefit eight charities: South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center, Tahoe Arts Project, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Sierra Recovery Center, Sierra Foothills AIDS Foundation, Tahoe Youth & Family Services, The Point Foundation and the Matthew Shepard Foundation. A portion of most ticket sales during Ascent goes to Lake Tahoe Gay Lesbian Events Ð the group bringing you Ascent.

One night is all about these beneficiaries and what they represent to the gay-lesbian-transgender-bisexual communities. A Rainbow of Hope on March 2 at Harveys Lake Tahoe will be a night to remember. This year’s theme is “Youth.” Who are the GLTB of today? What are their concerns? What future do they have? And how will they affect the future for the rest of us? Tickets may be purchased during Ascent at the registration desk on the convention floor at Harveys Resort & Casino.

Remember, room deals are available at host hotel Harveys and other casinos. For more information go to http://www.ascentlaketahoe.com.


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