Seeing Winter’s Light Photo Class
Feb
25
9:00 AM09:00

Seeing Winter’s Light Photo Class

This one-day workshop with distinguished artist Troy Corliss will focus on seeing and capturing the beautiful landscape surrounding Sorensen’s Resort.  Learn to plan and set up a shoot, look at forming compositions with light and shadow, and discuss how the camera sees light through time and aperture.  Learn about importing and cataloging your images and exploring the basics of the digital darkroom. Beginning to advanced photographer’s welcome.  Bring your digital camera. One that allows for exposure control is strongly encouraged. Dress for the winter outdoors.

DATE:  February 25, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

COST:  $60 guests/$95 non-guests (lunch available for purchase from Sorensen’s Café)

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Winter Sketching Workshop
Jan
7
9:00 AM09:00

Winter Sketching Workshop

Acclaimed nature artist John “Jack” Muir Laws will join Sorensen’s once again to provide his popular Winter Sketching Workshop.  Learn techniques for fast sketches, drawings and paintings.  Keeping a field journal will heighten your senses and enrich your memory.  Bring a sketchbook, binoculars, and your favorite lightweight drawing materials.  No experience necessary. Jack is the author of easy-to-use Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada, Laws Guide to Drawing Birds, and The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling.  All available at Sorensen’s Bookshop.

DATE:  January 7, 9:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m. 

COST:   $60 guests/$95 non-guests (lunch extra from Sorensen’s Café)

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Holiday Wreath Making Class
Dec
9
9:00 AM09:00

Holiday Wreath Making Class

Come and learn the techniques of attractive and personal design by decorating your own special holiday wreath. Enjoy a morning of creativity and fun as you prepare for the holidays. We provide the hot cocoa and cookies while you provide the inspiration. Create your own beautiful display to take home for all to enjoy!

Date:  December 9, 9:00 a.m. to noon

Cost:   $60 guests/$90 non-guests

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Alpine Aspen Festival
Oct
7
to Oct 8

Alpine Aspen Festival

The best of Alpine County shows up as the trees show off their fall finery during the annual Alpine Aspen Festival.  Celebrate these tree that paint the Sierra with fall color at this two-day event in the heart of Hope Valley, always a top spot to catch the fall foliage show. Enjoy music and special events and activities, including Dutch-oven cooking, fly-fishing lessons, horseback riding, disc golf and history and nature walks. Try a yoga class, or, after dark, join a star party. Learn about conservation, local history, and more at a free tent Talk. Enjoy good food and family fun as we celebrate our love of the land. You can even adopt an Aspen Tree! For more information and to volunteer go to http://www.alpineaspenfestival.org or call (775) 721-0487

 

Dates:  October 7 & 8

Cost:     Admission is free (fees for some activities & food)

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Historic Emigrant Trail Trek
Sep
6
to Sep 7

Historic Emigrant Trail Trek

Long were the days of our early emigrants. And, the hardest part of the 1849 Gold Rush was over nearby Carson Pass, most notably the treacherous Devil’s Ladder. Join us on a walking, hiking, and driving tour that follows the very same paths where emigrants followed in oxen-pulled wagons. Enjoy the tales of this remarkable journey, excerpted from authentic diaries. Celebrate the triumphs and note the endeavors and hardships of those who made their way across America. Feel their fears, and know their hopes and dreams for a better future. Historian Dianne Jennings will lead the way. (Non-hiking alternatives offered). Enjoy an evening slide-show the night before the hike. For trek and/or lodging reservations, call Sorensen’s at (800) 423-9949 or (530) 694-2203. 

 

Dates:  June 19-20; August 2-3; September 6-7

Cost:    $65 Sorensen’s guests ($95 non-guests); $30 children ages 6-13. 

       Prices include snacks, beverages and trailside lunch.

 

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Historic Emigrant Trail Trek
Aug
2
to Aug 3

Historic Emigrant Trail Trek

Long were the days of our early emigrants. And, the hardest part of the 1849 Gold Rush was over nearby Carson Pass, most notably the treacherous Devil’s Ladder. Join us on a walking, hiking, and driving tour that follows the very same paths where emigrants followed in oxen-pulled wagons. Enjoy the tales of this remarkable journey, excerpted from authentic diaries. Celebrate the triumphs and note the endeavors and hardships of those who made their way across America. Feel their fears, and know their hopes and dreams for a better future. Historian Dianne Jennings will lead the way. (Non-hiking alternatives offered). Enjoy an evening slide-show the night before the hike. For trek and/or lodging reservations, call Sorensen’s at (800) 423-9949 or (530) 694-2203. 

 

Dates:  June 19-20; August 2-3; September 6-7

Cost:    $65 Sorensen’s guests ($95 non-guests); $30 children ages 6-13. 

       Prices include snacks, beverages and trailside lunch.

 

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Medicinal Plants Walk
Jul
16
9:30 AM09:30

Medicinal Plants Walk

Our native tribes certainly knew the medicinal value of our Sierra plants and flowers. Their very own medicine cabinet covered the fields and mountains in and around Hope Valley.  In fact, the regional Lake Tahoe ranges are chock-full of what can be good for you. Join Dr. Kimball Chatfield, a medical botanist and Doctor of Oriental Medicine, for a fascinating treasure hunt, in search of wild blueberries, currants, yarrow, roses, onions, as well as mint, St. John’s Wort and other plants with surprising medicinal uses. Dr. Chatfield is author of Astragalus: Ancient Herb for Modern Times (available at Sorensen’s).  For information and reservations, call Sorensen’s at (800) 423-9949.

DATE:  July 16; 9:30 – 1:00 p.m.

COST:  $35 Sorensen’s guests ($50 non-guests); bring your own bag lunch, or purchase one at Sorensen’s (advance orders required).

Illustration by John Muir Laws

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Historic Emigrant Trail Trek
Jun
19
to Jun 20

Historic Emigrant Trail Trek

Long were the days of our early emigrants. And, the hardest part of the 1849 Gold Rush was over nearby Carson Pass, most notably the treacherous Devil’s Ladder. Join us on a walking, hiking, and driving tour that follows the very same paths where emigrants followed in oxen-pulled wagons. Enjoy the tales of this remarkable journey, excerpted from authentic diaries. Celebrate the triumphs and note the endeavors and hardships of those who made their way across America. Feel their fears, and know their hopes and dreams for a better future. Historian Dianne Jennings will lead the way. (Non-hiking alternatives offered). Enjoy an evening slide-show the night before the hike. For trek and/or lodging reservations, call Sorensen’s at (800) 423-9949 or (530) 694-2203. 

 

Dates:  June 19-20; August 2-3; September 6-7

Cost:    $65 Sorensen’s guests ($95 non-guests); $30 children ages 6-13. 

       Prices include snacks, beverages and trailside lunch.

 

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Springtime in the Sierra Watercolor Class
Jun
5
to Jun 8

Springtime in the Sierra Watercolor Class

In celebrating her 40th Art Anniversary this year, “Lady” Jill Mueller is also celebrating the four decades of love she has for Hope Valley and the surrounding areas. Jill loves to teach others the exciting art of transparent watercolors and she couldn't think of a better place to do it than Sorensen’s Resort. With this glorious winter, the scenes around the valley promise majestic snow covered peaks and a lush spring like no other. For more information and to sign up for this superb class, please email Jill at www.ladyjill.com.  For lodging, please call Sorensen’s Resort at (800) 423-9949.

 

Dates:  June 5-8; 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. daily

Cost:   $300 Sorensen’s guests ($375 non-guests)

 

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Galaxy Slideshow & Starwatch
May
20
8:00 PM20:00

Galaxy Slideshow & Starwatch

Crispy night skies, bright stars, galaxies and constellations.  Here at 7,000 ft., the dark Sierra night offers the casual to expert stargazer a host of opportunities to appreciate, identify and wonder about what’s out there. Join astronomers Adrienne Cool and Ron Marzke for this evening of learning and stargazing. Wrap up in a cozy jacket, then check out the celestial show using our telescopes and binoculars (or bring your own). Look for Jupiter’s moons, the great Hercules star cluster, and far-flung galaxies in the sparkling clear night sky. No experience required; kids of all ages welcome.

DATE:      May 20, 8 p.m. slideshow, 9 p.m. star viewing 

COST:         $10 person donation suggested (includes cookies and hot cocoa) Donations matched by Sorensen’s to benefit Alpine County school science programs.

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Spring Birding and Brunch
May
19
8:30 AM08:30

Spring Birding and Brunch

Have fun spying on the wily birds of the Eastern Sierra. Early spring finds many species returning from wintering grounds at lower elevations, giving sharp-eyed bird enthusiasts a chance to see these often-colorful species flitting about their summertime digs in Hope Valley and other parts of Alpine County. Let local birder Jim Woods share his broad knowledge of birds and other local wildlife as you explore their natural habitats. Dress warmly and be prepared for cold weather.  Guests will be asked to carpool to birding locations.  For information and reservations, call Sorensen’s at (800) 423.9949. 

DATE:        May 19, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

COST:       $60 Sorensen’s guests ($95 non-guests); includes brunch.

Illustration by John Muir Laws

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