Chiara and Ron Gajar
Archive for the ‘Cultural Event’ Category
Monday, December 17th, 2012
Our local are gallery has released their winter events calendar. I highly recommend going to hear Grant Korgan speak. He is truly inspirational.
Winter Events Calendar: For an Unparalleled Experience
DECEMBER 20 THROUGH JANUARY 31
Holiday specials on framed art and jewelry
DECEMBER 21 6 – 8 PM
Book signing with Grant Korgan,
Keoki’s team mate on the PUSH to the South Pole
DECEMBER 29 6 – 8 PM
New Image Release and Artist Reception
JANUARY 19 6 – 8 PM
Meet the Artist Reception and Presentation
FEBRUARY 9 THROUGH 14
Valentine’s Day Specials on art and jewelry
FEBRUARY 16 6 – 8 pm
New Image Release and Artist Reception
MARCH 1 THROUGH 31 9 AM – 5 PM
Keoki Flagg featured artist at the
Tahoe City Visitor Center
MARCH 30 6 pm – 8 pm
Meet the Artist Reception and Presentation
All events open to the public and family friendly.
No RSVP required.
Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
On Saturday September 1, Gallery Keoki is holding two great events. From 4-7pm there is a book signing and author/artist reception for a book called Snowcial. “Snowcial — an inspirational story told from the eyes of two children aboard the ICE AXE Expedition Clipper in Antarctica; authored by Chelsea Prince, spotlighting vibrantly colorful and stunning photography by Keoki Flagg, will be vailable for an exclusive preview, Q&A and purchase.” I plan to go done with the family to get a book. I know they will love the information and photos. Then from 7-9pm there is an invitation only jewelry showing with Judy Klimek where she will be showing her private collection. I went to this last year and the pieces are stunning and fun to try on. If you know Judy, Keoki or the gallery staff get in touch with them. It should be a fun evening.
Wednesday, August 8th, 2012
Summer, Squaw and Music… they seem to go together. Wanderlust barely ended with a large selection of musical talents, Bluesdays Tuesdays is still happening weekly. Now this weekend is the Blues, Jazz & Funk Fest and annual summer happening in The Village. It is on Saturday and Sunday starting at 2pm. $5 donation to enter and then $4 beers from a variety of vendors to enjoy while you listen to the music. Here is the lineup. Should be a fun event and always a chance to bump into friends.
|The Robert Walter Trio
|The Lee Boys
|Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk
|George Porter Jr. & his Runnin Partners
|On the Spot Trio
Monday, August 6th, 2012
Potluck in the Park
Squaw Valley Park is a gem in our little community
what a good spot for a Squaw Valley party
a potluck in the park will be on the 26th of August
if you own property in Squaw, attendance is a must
come join in some wholesome family fun
food, games, friends, family, something for everyone
This event is co-sponsored by the Squaw Valley Property Owner’s Association, the Squaw Valley Public Service District and the Squaw Valley Fire Department. Hot coals on the BBQ, paper products, non-alcoholic beverages and dessert will be provided. Please bring a side dish to share and… meat for the BBQ, additional drinks if desired, folding chairs, balls, Frisbees, games, and ?
Come and have some fun and celebrate our community.
August 26, 2012
3 to 7pm
Friday, July 20th, 2012
Every fall art and nature are combined in the Trails and Vistas art hikes. If you have never been on one you should check it out. It is such a beautiful combination of where we live highlighted with very talented artists. Here are the details for this year’s event.
Trails and Vistas announces “The Dreaming Tree” art hikes with views of the Sierra Nevada on Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9,
2012 at Donner Ski Ranch, just ten minutes from Truckee-Tahoe, CA.
More than thirty artists including world musicians, dancers, storytellers and visual artists will present the signature art hikes.
In addition to tapping local creative talent, artists come from the San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Cruz, Chico, Davis and Utah.
Trails and Vistas’ art experiences are the only guided art hikes of their kind. Attendees chose from one of many morning and afternoon guided hikes and experience original dance, live music, poetry and performances along a two-mile hike that creatively blends art and nature.
The advance cost is $30 general admission and $10 for ages 5 to 12. If tickets are still available on the day of the hike, the cost is $40.
Visit trailsandvistas.org for tickets.
“My art is about connection – to a place, to the earth, to people’s lives. The Dreaming Tree will inspire, surprise and delight our senses,” shares Nancy Tieken Lopez, Trails and Vistas’ director and founder who began designing art hikes while earning a Masters of Fine Arts from San Jose State University.
Trails and Vistas’ mission is to create art experiences in nature that inspire environmental awareness. Today the distinctive art hikes are a collaborative effort led by Lopez and co-director Elizabeth Archer with vital support from volunteers and regional organizations including the Truckee Donner Land Trust, InnerRhythms Dance Theatre and the KidZone Museum.
Friday, April 20th, 2012
Squaw Valley has a full day of events planned for their Earth Day Celebration tomorrow, April 21. Stroll through the Village to learn and shop, green and recycle friendly. Enjoy music and performances including the local Trashion Fashion Show where high schoolers have created fashion out of trash and show it off while teaching about the environment. The Squaw Valley Earth Day celebration is a fun day in the valley and you are bound to bump into frineds enjoying the mountain spring day.
Thursday, February 2nd, 2012
We attended the welcoming reception for the team members of The Push: A South Pole Adventure organized by Squaw Valley Institute. This was the first public welcome of the team since their return from the South Pole. The Push was a goal for the first ever adaptive skier to push himself to the South Pole and arrive on the 100th year anniversary of the first explorer to the South Pole. Goal accomplished. I learned so much about the whole adventure, the planning, the motivation and the strength of the human spirit, as did a large group of attendees…the place was packed. Here is a brief synopsis. All the team members had a chance to get up on stage and share their empowering experiences. Video clips and photos were shown to give a taste of the adventure. A movie is in the making.
Roy Tuscany and Doug Stoup
Roy Tuscany: President and Co-Founder of the High Fives nonprofit organization spoke about High Fives and their involvement in The Push. They have given $300,000 to athletes with life altering injuries from winter sports in just the 3 short years they’ve been in existence. Originally Roy was supposed to be the adaptive athlete in The Push but he was so involved in getting High Fives going that he didn’t want to take time away from that to train. I’m sure quite a few athletes are grateful for that decision. What a well spoken and vibrant guy.
Director Steve Siig
Steve Siig: Director of The Push. Based on the photos and video clips it is going to be an amazing and emotional movie. Siig has been involved from the beginning and sounds really excited to tell the story. The Push was a year in planning and training before the actual event. I can’t wait to see the movie.
Doug Stoup and Tal Fletcher: Guides to the South Pole. These two men were the knowledge and know how to guide Grant Korgan to the South Pole one push at a time. Each push moved Grant about 2 feet on his sit ski. If he stopped moving for more than 30 seconds he would risk hypothermia. He would wake each morning and push himself for 12 hours a day, non stop. Doug and Tal guided, motivated, and even fed Grant along the way.
Steven Siig and Keoki Flagg
Keoki Flagg: Camera man extraordinaire. Keoki talked while the slide show was playing giving the audience insight to the adventure. He shared feelings about the peace, solitude and the human soul as he motivated himself through the adventure, continually looking for the best angle to capture the team as they pushed over the white frozen landscape. He kept his batteries in his under layers so they had life when they came out in the cold. The images he shared were stunning and so full. ( Tom Day and Petter Nyquist, the other crew/camera men were not there to share that night).
Grant Korgan, an amazing person and athlete
Grant Korgan: Saving the best for last, the adaptive athlete who pushed himself to the SouthPole and actually got out of the sit ski and walked the last 100 feet. Grant is an amazing story teller, so comfortable and charismatic on stage. He shared with us on so many levels getting the audience to both laugh and cry during his talk. Not knowing Grant personally, it sounds like his life may have changed for the worse at first and then for the better when he injured his back in 2010 changing the course of his life. It is to hard to summarize all the stories and emotions that were shared but I am sure the story will be well told by Steve Siig when the movie comes out. We had a chance to briefly meet Grant at the end of the evening. What a charming athlete.
To close, a few intersting tid bits shared by the team…
- it took two hours every morning to boil enough snow to make soup for the team for the day
- water, not kept in a thermos, froze solid in about 90 minutes
- the crew/camera men would pack up the tents in the mornings, catch up to the team, weave on and off the track as they captures photos, then hurry ahead to get the tents set up for when Grant, Tal and Doug arrived
- Grant’s toes were hooked to wires so he could monitor their temperature, the got to 23 degrees at one point halting the progress to immediately warm him up
Grant and his wife with my two kids.
Monday, September 19th, 2011
Tough Mudder Start
What a weekend for Squaw Valley. Bringing Tough Mudder to the valley in September made what would usually be a quiet weekend look like a mid winter powder day with the number of cars and people here. That being said it was very well organized from parking and registration to the actual event. I think it worked out because of the staggered start times of the approximately 18,000 participants over a two day period. This was not only an event to particpate in, it also had a cause. Tough Mudder has donated over $1 Million to the Wounded Warrior Project.
We challenged ourselves on Sunday and lucked out with an early start time of 8:40am. 600 people started ever 20 minutes for this 13 mile course with 24 obstacles around Squaw’s skiable terrain. Our team, “Fadders and Mudders”, consisted of Ron and I and another couple who are good friends of ours and also competitive adventure racers. Yeah, they have done Primal Quest and Eco Challenge and races of that sort.
Fadders and Mudders
We were the 3rd wave of starts, so approximately 1200 people were in front of us when we gathered on the start line. Before starting we heard the National Anthem and raised our right hand for the Tough Mudder pledge that basically said… this is not a race but rather an event to be completed, no whining because kids whine and comradirie and team spirit are of upmost importance. Having checked out the start on Saturday, we knew getting to the second obstacle at the beginning of our wave prevented us from waiting in a bottleneck lineup to complete it. So our team decided it would make sense to run up the first hill and get to the “Kiss of Mud” within the first 50 people or so.
The horn blasted and off we went up the Sunnyside of the mountain run and we were kissing the mud within the first 15 people. We had to belly crawl under barbed wire through muddy water about 18 inches deep. Yep, about a half mile into the 13 mile course and we were soaking wet and had bits of gravel in our shoes and gloves (a recommended bit of apparel). We chuckled as we looked at ourselves, glanced back at the bottleneck forming behind us and headed off on our hike up the mountain run.
Kiss of Mud
We hiked at a steady and fast pace, slowly gaining on people from the waves in front of us and being passed by a handful of people running up the mountain run. We stopped for a mid mountian obstacle where we waded through a large garbage container full of cold muddy water in which we had to dunk under a few walls to get across. You can’t stop and contemplate how it is going to be or feel. We just got in, got it done and kept on hiking, dripping wet again.
The top of the mountain had us doing a variety of obstacles including a childhood P.E. classic rope climb, monkey bars over water (some bars rotated), another garbage container full of ice and water with walls to dunk under (burr to the fullest extent of the word) and probably the hardest to accomplish… a slippery quater pipe wall. This curved and slippery wall was probably more than 12 feet high at the top. The side offered a few 2×4 planks to step up almost within arm reach of the top. You really had to depend on teamwork and help from other teams to accomplish this.
Over the next several miles we made our way to the top of Emigrant and the top of the Palisades with a few obstacles to accomplish along the way like Devil’s Beard, Log Jamming and Hold your Wood. The views were amazing, the weather was perfect and it seemed every time we were drying out a bit another water obstacle was in front of us. I kept commenting on how I was ready for another swim.
Next we approached the Mid Mountain area around Goldcoast and Siberia. We did Berlin Walls, two 12 foot high walls that we hoisted each other up and over. As I pushed off for this one my calf muscles had a severe charlie horse cramp. Luckily it passed with a little stretching and I was well aware of my movements the rest of the race to prevent it from happening again. We also did Walk the Plank, a 20ft jump into the cold Goldcoast pond, then swim over to 3 floating barrels that you had to dunk and swim under. I liked these ones however the water was colder than I expected. My biggest concern was possibly having a leg cramp but I swam gingerly enough that it didn’t cramp and actually the cold water probably did me good.
Turd's Nest- cargo net
Eventually we made our way across Headwall and over to the KT horse trail area. We hiked and jogged along the ridge up to the top of KT22 where the 4th and last water station was. We grabbed a sip and breezed by 30 or so people lingering at the top. I know this was not a race but we are all athletes and there is just something inside that makes you feel accomplished as you pass others along a course. It was all downhill from there and we jogged our way down completing 2 tasks on the way. The last mile or so were switch backs down the face of Red Dog which brought us to the last 3 obstacles: crossing a cargo net suspended off the ground, crossing a balance beam over Cushing pond (3 of the 4 of us didn’t make it and took a final swim) and lastly a dash through live electric wires. This was one of the obstacles I was most nervous about but figured if thousands of people had done it yesterday I would be fine. I got one really big jolt on my leg that made me yelp and go down onto one knee but I was up and out of there quick. We all crossed the finish line together. It took us 3 hours and 35 minutes which I would guess was on the faster side but they don’t time you so who really knows. As we walked across the finish line we were handed a bright orange Tough Mudder head band, a t-shirt and a nice cold beer.
There was definitely a cross section of people participating but I would say the majority were ages 25 to 45 and looked fairly fit. We did pass people who looked like they may have never come down a rocky mountain trail, unsure with their feet. I heard there were people being rescued from the Goldcoast pond because they couldn’t swim. We heard of one heli vac from early in the competition on Saturday. We heard about big pile ups at the obstacles for people who started later in the day.
Chiara- a Tough Mudder
Ron- looking tough
We had a goal of finishing the entire event, safely and to have fun doing it. We definitely completed our goal and actually had more fun doing it than expected.
We did the Tough Mudder event because it was in our “backyard”. I’d have to say if it came to Squaw Valley again I’m pretty sure Ron and I would be signing up!
Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
They say Tough Mudder is the toughest event on the planet. Well this tough event is coming to Squaw Valley this coming weekend and it is going to be something. There are 10,000 participants each day, both Saturday and Sunday, doing this toughest event ever. 500 people start every 20 minutes on an 11 mile course up through the peaks of Squaw Valley with 22 or so challenging obstacles, including fire run, 12 foot walls and greased monkey bars to name a few.
So why am I writing about Tough Mudder, well first off it is a local bit of news, but secondly Ron and I are doing the event on Sunday. We have created a 4 person team with another couple and our team name is Fadders and Mudders. I guess I am going to find out if I am really a tough mudder (or rather mother). So now you are probably wondering if we have been training? Well we are in shape and active and swim in the cold water of the Sierras all summer, but we have not been army crawling under cargo nets through the mud or scaling shale mountains or running through live electrical wires. That will all be part of the experience of the toughest event on the planet. And now you may want to know why are we doing it? Well it is here in Squaw Valley so we might as well give it a try.
We are looking forward to the challenge and hope for nice warm weather. Wish us well.
Thursday, August 11th, 2011
This morning Ron and I went for an early morning pull with some friends on their 2010 water ski boat. The sun was shining bright, the lake was glassy, the air temperature comfortable and the rush…perfect. The wake behind this boat was smaller than I have ever skied over in the past. And our friend was a studette, she took a super long pull going 34mph on a shorter than average rope. I’m certain I could only be at the level when we have a boat of our own, if then. All in all, it was such a beautiful way to start a summer day.
Speaking of summer, the action is in full swing here in Squaw Valley and the broader Tahoe/Reno area. If you are not filling your days with any of the array of sports Tahoe has to offer, then you can certainly fill up plenty of days with events and festivals. This weekend alone there is the 10th Annual Brews, Jazz & Funk Festival in Squaw Valley, Tahoe Nalu Paddle Festival in Kings Beach, the Concours d’Elegance Wood Boat Show in Carnelian Bay and Hot August Nights is happening in Reno. Those are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head. With so many options it is hard to choose what to do for a little extra fun this weekend, but whatever it is it will certainly be fun.