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The 2005 Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival officially opens today with the first-ever performance of “Macbeth” and the classic “The Comedy of Errors” on the Sand Harbor State Park stage in stunning Lake Tahoe.

The 33rd season of the festival will run for 34 nights, concluding Aug. 21. The 2005 season boasts new food vendors, wine and whiskey samplings and much more, making an evening with the Bard even more enticing than before.

To reserve tickets or for more information about this annual Lake Tahoe tradition, visit http://www.LakeTahoeShakespeare.com or call (775) 832-1616 or 800-74-SHOWS (800-747-4697).

Reggae, brewmeld Sunday

Warm sun, good food, great beers and the balmy tropical sounds of Sweetfoot & His Caribbean All-Stars will transform the Valhalla lawn into a Jamaican paradise from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday when Reggae & Brews comes to the Tallac Historic Site.

Reggae revelers will enjoy the festival overlooking the clear blue waters of Lake Tahoe under a summer sky. Brewers and distributors from all over the West will be represented with many finely crafted brews available for sampling. Included will be dark ales, porters and stouts to pale ales, bocks wheat beers, lagers and everything in between – all crafted with the finest ingredients and the purest techniques.

Admission is $20 for a beer mug and $10 for designated drivers, who also receive three non-alcoholic drink tokens. Barbecue and refreshments will be available for purchase.

The event is a fund-raiser for the cultural arts programs of the Tahoe Tallac Association and the restoration of the Tallac Historic Site. For more information call (530) 541-4975.

Valhalla is located on the Tallac Historic Site, three miles north of South Lake Tahoe on State Route 89.

Democrat party to talk education

The monthly Lake Tahoe Democratic Club meeting will begin at 7 p.m. tonight at the El Dorado County Library, 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd.

Excerpts from the documentary, “From First to Worst,” dealing with the state of education in California, will be viewed and discussed. Additional discussion will focus on the impact of the governor’s initiatives relating to education and teachers.

For more information call (530) 541-1883.

Singles to meet at Squaw Valley

Tahoe Singles for a TGIF will gather at the Auld Dubliner, No. 44, 1850 Village Square Road, in Squaw Village, Squaw Valley. Meet on the bar deck from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Participants will be able to listen to the free concert from the events center.

Anyone interested in the sunset hike that starts at 7 p.m. should be at the top of the cable car by 6:30 p.m. The cost of the hike and cable car is $12. Check in with the ranger when you arrive at the top. Remember to dress warmly with winter jacket, hat and gloves and bring flashlight, walking stick and water.

For more information on the hike call (530) 587-4430.

Meeting of the minds

The Sierra Nevada Alliance will host its 12th annual conference July 29 through July 31 at the North Tahoe Conference Center, Kings Beach.

The conference will focus on the opportunities for individuals working on water, forestry, habitat, recreation, land use and wildlife to come together to network, share knowledge and learn about the latest conservation issues.

Conference topics include:

— The new Sierra Conservancy and its newly formed Sierra subregions.

— Planning for Sierra climate change.

— Integration of land and water conservation.

— How to influence county general plans.

— Fire and forest restoration.

— Watershed assessment indicators.

— The future of fish in the Sierra.

— State and federal environmental protection laws.

— Several great field trips.

The conference will emphasize learning how to use the new subregional structure to integrate local efforts to create a significant region-wide effort. It will also provide information on organizational needs such as social marketing and income diversification. This year the conference will include workshops for youth delegates. The conference welcomes teens ages 14 to 18 to attend youth track workshops throughout the conference which discuss the specific needs in teen environmental organizing.

Speakers include Terry Tamminen, Gov. Schwarzenegger’s cabinet secretary; Andrea Mead Lawrence, former member for the Mono County Board of Supervisors; and Lynn Sadler, Mountain Lion Foundation executive director.

Individuals, groups and youth who are interested in Sierra conservation issues may register by calling (530) 542-4546 or by visiting http://www.sierranevadaalliance.org.

– Provided to the Tribune


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