Discovering Jack London in the Sonoma Valley |

Discovering Jack London in the Sonoma Valley

During his event-filled life, acclaimed writer Jack London traveled around the world. But when it came time to put down roots he chose the lush green hillsides, moss-covered charter oaks and serenity of the Glen Ellen area in California's Sonoma Valley.

Born in 1876 in San Francisco, California, London, who lived a hard-scrabble early life and attended but did not graduate from the University of California, Berkeley, sold his first story while still in high school.

By the early 20th century, London had written numerous short stories as well as several extremely popular novels, including "Call of the Wild" (in 1903) and "The Sea Wolf" (1904) and was already being considered one of America's most successful writers.

In 1905, he discovered the Sonoma Valley and purchased a 130-acre ranch in Glen Ellen, a village located about 10 miles west of Sonoma. He named the spread, Beauty Ranch.

London, an avowed socialist, soon began expanding and developing the ranch, which he envisioned as a model for a cooperative, agrarian society.

At the same time, he also began work on "The Snark," his prized sailing ship that was to take he and second wife Charmain on a seven-year cruise around the world. The trip only lasted 27 months (although they made it to the South Pacific and Australia) because London started experiencing health problems.

The Londons returned to the ranch, which Jack continued to grow (he ultimately owned 1,800 acres in Glen Ellen). He also began planning the "Wolf House," a massive grand stone home in the foothills.

From 1910 to 1913, London spent more than $80,000 (in pre-World War I dollars) designing and constructing this rustic palace. Unfortunately, on the day the Londons were to move into their dream castle, the building mysteriously caught on fire (the source of the fire has never been determined) and was destroyed.

The destruction of the house and the resulting financial setback were harsh blows to London. He continued to write and made small improvements to a small ranch house that he'd previously been living in on the ranch but dreamed of trying to rebuild the Wolf House.

In 1916, however, despite being only 40 years old, London died of gastrointestinal uremic poisoning — a result of his rough-and-ready lifestyle, manic work habits, diet and heavy alcohol consumption. The Wolf House was never rebuilt.

Today, visitors can tour the impressive ruins of the Wolf House as well as the ranch house where he died while sleeping on the front porch, the grave sites of both London and his wife, and a small museum.

The latter is housed in a beautiful stone structure, called "The House of Happy Walls," built from 1916-22 by his widow. It served as her home for more than 30 years and it was her wish to have it made into a museum after her death.

Inside, visitors can find first editions of many of London's works, displays describing his adventures, historic photographs, personal artifacts and effects, furniture and manuscripts. Naturally, it's also a good place to purchase books by and about London.

The former London property is now part of the Jack London State Historic Park, which encompasses about 1,400 acres of the Beauty Ranch and includes orchards, barns, silos, a manmade lake constructed by London and, of course, the ruins of the Wolf House.

Interpretive trails lead through the park and up into the slopes of Sonoma Mountain and the surrounding countryside.

The Jack London State Historic Park is located at 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen, CA 95442. For more information call 707-938-5216 or go to

Rich Moreno is taking a break from Nevada and takes his Silver State readers to California this week.

Carson City to be full of cars this weekend

The cars are coming to Carson this weekend, with multiple events to satisfy any kind of vehicle enthusiast.

Rockabilly Riot, Karson Kruzers Run Whatcha Brung and the National T-Bucket Alliance convention will all be setting up a variety of car shows around Carson City Thursday through Sunday.

"It is just a gathering of vehicles," said Loretta Marcin, president of the Karson Kruzers. "It is like art you can appreciate and look at a lot of different vehicles."

The Karson Kruzers will kick off their event Friday night at the Max Casino where they will have music and registration set up for the event. The registration will run from 6 to 8 p.m. with the music until about 10.

They will start again at 7 a.m. Saturday in Fuji Park for registration. During the day, the park will be filled with vehicles, vendors and family fun for anyone to come and enjoy.

"Not a lot of car clubs have car shows anymore in this area, now we have a lot of venues that do that, so that fact that we are still one of the last car clubs to still hold the show is impressive in itself," Marcin said.

Then the fun begins at 6 p.m. All of the vehicles participating will line up at the North Carson Street Bully's and parade down the road to show off their vehicles. The cruise will end at the Nevada State Railroad Museum for a photo shoot.

"We will all be working together to make it a really cool thing," Marcin said. "We will hopefully have some of the Rockabilly and T-Bucket vehicles join so that will be fun to all get together and cruise."

Marcin said they anticipate seeing about 150 cars out on Saturday.

"You really see a variety of cars and it is nice because we usually have a lot of out of state ones so you get to see something different," Marcin said. "It is great atmosphere, people and a variety of cars so it's a great reason to come out."

Any make or model of car is welcome at the event.

To register for the Run Whatcha Brung, contact Marcin at 775-883-0927.

Also coming to Carson City will be the Rockabilly Riot and T-Bucket Alliance shows at Mills Park on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The two events will feature cars from around the world — with the classic 1907-1927 Model T-Ford to classic hot rods.

"It is a great time," said Paul Sampson, Rockabilly Riot promoter. "It is all about the people who build and drive these cars."

This will be the second year both shows have been in Carson City. The Rockabilly Riot moved from Reno to Carson City last year, and the T-Bucket convention was last here in 2013.

"Downtown Reno wasn't where it should have been," Sampson said. "We are happy to be here for a second year."

In addition to the car show, Rockabilly Riot will also be celebrating its pinup culture associated with the hot rods with a pin-up show, sock hop, music and vendors.

Sampson said they can expect to see nearly 500 cars throughout the weekend. Car owners can register to participate before or the day of the event at the entrance of the park on Saliman Road.

Registration will close Saturday at 4 p.m.

"You will just see unbelievable cars," Sampson said.

Carson City live entertainment for June 21-27

Steve Lord at 6 p.m. today at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden.

Dave Leather's acoustic Americana at noon today at Comma Coffee, 312 S. Carson St., and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Sassafras Eclectic Food Joint, 1500 Old Hot Springs Road.

Ev Musselman from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Max Casino, 900 S. Carson St.

Tully Green from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Bella Fiore Wines, 224 S. Carson St., Suite 8, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the 3rd and Curry St. Farmers Market.

Blues, rock and pop by Mo'z Motley Blues at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park in Minden.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at 7 p.m. Friday at the Minnesota Street Stage near the Brewery Arts Center.

The Kid and Nic Show at 7 p.m., Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden.

Live music with Terri Campillo and Craig Fletcher from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. through Saturday at Glen Eagles, 3700 N. Carson St. Campillo and Fletcher are joined by Mick Valentino Thursdays and Rocky Tatterelli on Friday and Saturday.

An open mic for all ages and skill levels at 7 p.m. Friday at A to Zen, 1801 N. Carson St.

Karaoke from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday at the Y-Not Saloon, 152 E. Long St.

Brian Lester from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Js' Old Town Bistro, 30 Pike St., Dayton.

Tom Miller from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Sassafras Eclectic Food Joint, 1500 Old Hot Springs Road.

Live comedy by Keith Ross Nelson at 8 p.m. Friday at the Carson Nugget, 507 N. Carson St. Tickets for $15 are at or the casino's guest service center.

Karaoke by J&M Productions from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Carson Nugget's Alatte Coffee & Wine Bar, 507 N. Carson St.

Route 66 at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Max Casino, 900 S. Carson St.

Two Way Street at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Casino Fandango, 3800 S. Carson St.

Corky Bennett from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at La Posada Real, 3205 Retail Drive.

Musicians of all genres and styles are welcome at a jam session from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at A to Zen, 1801 N. Carson St.

John Palmore at 6 p.m. Monday at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden.

CW and Dr. Spitmore at noon Tuesday at Comma Coffee, 312 S. Carson St.

Adam McDonald at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden.

Comedian bringing magic to BAC June 30

A comedian who doubles as a magician is bringing his bag of tricks to the Brewery Arts Center.

Justin Rivera, an entertainer from the Magic Castle in Hollywood, is returning to the capital city at 7:30 p.m. June 30.

Audiences may remember Rivera from NBC's "America's Got Talent," on which he was named a judges' favorite.

He also has been featured on "Fast Track to Fame" on the Speed Channel and "The Gong Show" on Comedy Central with Dave Attell and Adam Corolla.

His career includes opening performances for comedians Jo Koy, Russell Peters and Rex Navarrete.

Rivera's performance will be in the BAC's Performance Hall, 511 W. King St.

Tickets in advance are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12. At the door, the price goes up to $20 for adults and $15 for anyone under 12.

Also at the Brewery Arts Center, catch First Friday Funnies, an evening of live improv on the first Friday of the month, in the Maizie Harris Jesse Black Box Theater, 449 W. King St.

The next free show by the BAC Blowhards will be at 7 p.m. on July 7. Audience participation and donations are encouraged.

For information and tickets to Rivera's appearance, go to

Blues band on tap at Dangberg Park

The five-piece band Mo'z Motley Blues will perform blues, rock pop and soul at the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Monique DeHaviland and the Mo'z Motley Blues Band have been performing originals and five decades of cover music with blues infected rock, pop, soul, and country repertoire geared to make audiences move from the minute the music begins.

The band was founded in 2012 and members come from the surrounding Reno-Tahoe area. Band members are Monique DeHaviland, Samantha Moore, Mylo McCormick, Don Lalonde and Ian McDonald on horns.

"We're very excited to have the band return to Dangberg Historic Park. They are a favorite with our concert attendees and just plain fun," said Kim Harris, the park's events manager.

The concert is sponsored by SoaringNV, Douglas County, Bently Enterprises, Dr. James the Dentist, NV Energy, Ridge Tahoe Resort, Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce, A.B.E. Printing and Copy Center, Jacobs Berry Farm, Nevada State Bank and the Frances C. and William P. Smallwood Foundation.

The concert is also funded in part by the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Admission is $10 for adults, free for 16 and younger and $5 for members of Dangberg Home Ranch.

The park is located at 1450 Highway 88, a quarter of a mile north of the Carson Valley Veterinary Hospital. This is an outdoor event and visitors are welcome to bring their own seating. Dogs aren't permitted at this event.

Upcoming concerts at the park are The Sextones on June 29, Aurelia Chamber Players on July 20 and Ten Dollar Pony on Aug. 3.

For information and a schedule of the park's summer music lineup, go to

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Hundreds of American Indian dancers, drummers, artists, craftsmen and cultural enthusiasts will converge on Carson City this weekend for the annual Stewart Father's Day Powwow.

The event, which is free and open to the public, includes competition dancing, drum circles and a host of auxiliary activities, including a fun run. The events will be held on the Grass at the former Stewart Indian School, 5500 Snyder Ave., in Carson City.

Sherry Rupert, executive director of the Nevada Indian Commission, said the event draws participants from tribes around the West and visitors from around the world – some coming from as far as Germany to attend the powwow.

The three-day event will kick off Friday with grand entry scheduled for 7 p.m. It includes two sessions on Saturday, from 1-5 p.m. and 7-11 p.m. and will wrap up on Sunday with festivities from 1-4 p.m.

Gridley Hilpert of Sun Valley will serve as the Powwow's Master of Ceremonies and Hank Johnson of Hungry Valley is the arena director.

The inaugural Color Fun Run, which is being sponsored by the Washoe Tribe and benefits the Stewart Recreation Program. The cost to participate is $20 for individuals; $10 for youths or $80 for teams of 5.

The race will start and finish at the Stewart Community Wellness Center (better known as the gym) and will be run around the school's campus. Registration is at 8 a.m. and the run starts at 9 a.m. For more information about the fun run call Filomena Smokey at 775-883-7794.

Two events that will be held preliminary to the Powwow include a Stewart Alumni Reception on Thursday and an art reception for the Great Basin Native Artists on Friday.

The alumni event honors a female, male and posthumous Stewart Indian School alumni. It will be held at the Carson Plaza Events Center, 801 S. Carson St., beginning at 5:30 p.m. For details, call Chris Ann Gibbons at (775) 687-8333, e-mail

The Great Basin Native Artists event, which is hosted by the Carson City Visitors Bureau, takes place in Building #1 (the former Administration Building) at Stewart Indian School from 5-7 p.m. on Friday. Exhibiting artists include Linda Eben Jones, Joyce McCauley, Steve Nighthawk, Tork Rains and Scott Tyzbar.


Fort Churchill State Historic Park announces its third annual amateur photo contest.

Visitors to Fort Churchill and Buckland Station are invited to submit photos of scenery, plants, wildlife and cultural resources found within the park. The top three winners will receive a Nevada State Parks Passport Permit, good for free entrance to any Nevada State Park for an entire year.

Entries must be submitted as an 8 x 10 or smaller photograph and dropped off at Buckland Station on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. or mailed to Nevada State Parks, Fort Churchill Photo Contest Entry, 16799 Lahoantan Dam, Fallon, NV 89406.

Entries are due by Oct. 1, and will be on display for public voting at Buckland Station from Oct. 7-Dec. 31.


Nevada artists Scott Hinton and Paul Ford share a common concern for the environment, though they express their views in unique and contrasting ways.

Hinton, a photographer and educator who serves as the coordinator of photographic research at the University of Nevada, Reno, has spent the past 20 years documenting urban sprawl through the use of panoramic photographs.

Ford, who graduated from San Diego State with a degree in sculpture and print making, has incorporated a lifelong interest in anthropology into his artwork. He mixes natural elements, such as sand and sticks – along with some unnatural elements – plastic bottles and other man-made objects – into his art.

Both artists have been honored with Governor's Arts Award commissions and their work is being shown together at a new exhibit titled "Environmental Perspectives" at the Nevada Arts Council's OXS Gallery in Carson City.

The exhibit will be in place through Aug. 18. Managed by the Nevada Arts Council's Artist Services Program, the gallery is located at 716 N. Carson St., Suite A, Carson City and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

An artists' reception and talk is scheduled for Aug. 8 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Hinton said his ongoing fascination with panoramic photography started with the first photo he made in 1995.

His landscape research documents and advocates for open space preservation in a time of development densification and growth transformation in the once unspoiled scenic vistas of the rural American West.

Ford uses materials in his art to emphasize the challenging environmental circumstances the planet faces.

"There is a high level of certainty the environment is at risk, whether it be simply our backyards or the planet itself," Ford said. "For nearly 50 years I have studied the objective, scientific research on climate change and have made art about the impact of the human era. At present, global warming is accelerating at an alarming pace yet, at the same time, the environmental progress that has been made during the last five decades is being challenged. I chose to come out of retirement and again use art as my pen to express myself for what I perceive as the greater good."

The Nevada Arts Council, a division of the Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, was founded in 1967 as the state agency charged with ensuring that state and national funds support cultural activity and encourage participation in the arts throughout Nevada.

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Get your tickets for V&T Train Rides now. This year features the return of an all-new Dinner & Melodrama Train Ride, plus a new Dinner & Murder Mystery Train Ride and the ever-popular Toast of the Canyon Wine Tasting Train!

But of course, you can still take the fully-narrated excursion into historic Virginia City to explore one of the country's largest National Historic Districts, too. For information call 877-724-5007.


As the Nevada Northern Railway Museum rumbles back to life for its 30th anniversary excursion season, the working historic railroad brings back visitor favorites and adds new events guests will love.

The Nevada Northern is unique among railroad museums, not only offering visitors the chance to see history, but to experience it as it was a century ago with rides and other events on this living, working railroad.

New for 2017 is the Pony Express Limited in June, with special, celebratory postage, Pony Express horseback riders and photo opportunities.

Also new this year is a train ride taking advantage of one of the wonders of the solar system – a solar eclipse excursion on Aug. 21 called the Eclipse Express. Departing at 9:15 a.m., special eclipse viewing glasses will be on.

For more information and a complete schedule, go to


A new release, "Andy and Spirit Go on a Day Count," is written by Fernley author Mary Jean Kelso. It is the sixth in a series for children that features a wheelchair-dependent boy and an albino therapy horse. The illustrations were painted by award-winning artist KC Snider.

A longtime resident of Nevada, Kelso has written about 30 books. She has won several awards for her writing.

Kelso is a member of Made in Nevada, the Fort Churchill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, The Catherine Cynthia Overton (Kelso's second great grandmother) Chapter of The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, The Alamo Defenders Descendants Association and The Alamo Society.

Kelso's books, including "Andy and Spirit Go on a Day Count," are available through the regular online outlets, at, and her website, Contact Kelso at or look for her at author signings locally.

She will be signing at The Lights of Christmas' "Christmas in July Craft Show" at the Fallon Convention Center on July 22. Proceeds from booth rentals are donated to Toys for Tots and seniors in need.

Following Robert Louis Stevenson IN THE NAPA VALLEY

Writer Robert Louis Stevenson is generally known for his rollicking adventure stories of the high seas, such as "Treasure Island" and "Kidnapped," or his famed horror novel of the duality of man, "Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde."

But before achieving success as a world-famous author, Stevenson, who was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1850, was a bit of a drifter, traveling the world in search of his muse.

In 1879, having fallen in love with a divorced woman, Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne, he traveled overland to San Francisco, where she was residing. The journey nearly killed Stevenson, who suffered from respiratory problems, but he managed to connect with Fanny and the two were married in May 1880.

A few months later, the two, joined by Fanny's young son, Lloyd, set out for the Napa Valley, where the family decided to homestead in a bunkhouse of an abandoned mining camp adjacent to an old quicksilver mine on the slopes of Mount St. Helena.

Stevenson found the clean mountain air and sunshine helped him regain his strength. While his time there was brief—only a few months—he was so impressed by his surroundings that he maintained notes about the people he met and the sights he experienced, which he later published in the form of the book, "Silverado Squatters."

Part of the reason that Stevenson and his new wife had stayed in California was because she was a divorced and Stevenson's family initially did not approve of the marriage. Eventually, however, his family came around to accepting her and they were able to relocate in Scotland.

Over the years, a kind of Stevenson cult has cropped up in the Napa Valley, which, appropriately, commemorates his stay in the region. The former site of the bunkhouse, which is located about a mile up from Highway 29, as it winds around Mount St. Helena (at a point about eight miles northwest of the town of Calistoga), is now part of the Robert Louis Stevenson State Park.

The park is rustic, with no services. But visitors will find miles of hiking trails winding to the top of Mount St. Helena, which is the tallest peak in the area.

A shorter trail leads to the bunkhouse site, which is marked by a large, marble monument carved in the image of an open book. Writing on the tablet notes his stay in the area and includes a quote from "Silverado Squatters."

Standing on the site, you sense that there is something almost religious about the spot. The sun peeks through the tall trees, a slight wind rustles the leaves, and you recognize the place from the way he described it: "A clean smell of trees, a smell of the earth at morning, hung in the air. Regularly, every day, there was a single bird, not singing, but awkwardly chirruping among the green madronas, and the sound was cheerful, natural and stirring . . . the freshness of these morning seasons remained with me far into the day."

In addition to the state park, the quaint town of St. Helena, located about 18 miles east of the park via Highway 29 is home of the Silverado Museum, a facility devoted to Stevenson's life. There, you will find more than 8,000 letters, manuscripts, first editions, historic photographs and plenty of other Stevenson memorabilia.

The Silverado Museum is located at 1490 Library Lane in St. Helena. For more information call 707-963-3757 or go to

Rich Moreno is taking a break from Nevada and takes his Silver State readers to California.

Lakou Mizik plays at summer’s first outdoor concert

Lakou Mizik plays at the summer's first Outdoor in the Park concert on Saturday at Oats Park Centennial Stage.

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m.

Steeve Valcourt is the son of Haitian musical legend Boulo Valcourt a blues, jazz and roots musician who found fame in the eighties with the band Caribbean Sextet and has even played the White House. Steeve grew up partially in Haiti and partially on Long Island where he went to high school and college.

Jonas Attis was born in Jeremie on the southwest coast of Haiti. Known as "The City of Poets," Jeremie has a history of spawning politically engaged artists. Raised in a musical household by a family that practiced vodou, Jonas was surrounded by the country's deep traditions. Nadine Remy grew up in the Christian evangelical community. Her family, also originally from Jeremie, were vodou practitioners before her grandmother converted to Christianity when arriving in Port-au-Prince.

Nadine's pure voice made her a star of the church choir and gave her the motivation to go seek out the professional guidance of the legendary Boulo Valcourt — Steeve's father. Boulo, impressed with young Nadine's talent, started giving her lessons and eventually invited her to sing back up for him.

Sanba Zao (Louis Lesly Marcelin) is a founder of the Sanba and back to the earth movements in Haiti and has been on the musical scene for nearly 30 years. He is a master drummer with an encyclopedic knowledge of traditional songs and rhythms.

Zao is a ferocious front man with the energy of artists half his age. Zao became involved with the Lakou Mizik project through mutual friends. Originally, he came to give guidance and suggest collaborators.

Peterson "Ti Piti" Joseph and James Carrier are the young rara maestros that serve as the engine of Lakou Mizik's rhythm section. Rara is a traditional street music that has remained relevant and vibrant to this day.

Lamarre Junior is the Lakou Mizik bassist. He grew up playing in church and continues to lead church bands throughout Port-au-Prince. But for him there is no conflict between vodou and church music — his faith is something personal he is proud to be playing his country's cultural music.

Belony Beniste arrived recently into Lakou Mizik after the sudden death of original accordion player Allen Juste.

Sponsored by the city of Fallon, the concert is free, so the Churchill Arts Council encourages music lovers to bring their own chairs, refreshments and dinner.

Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be sold by Patacon Food Truck, which features Colombian foods. The Fallon Elks Lodge will sell beer and wine.

After the concert, the Art Center's galleries and bar will open.

Carson City live entertainment for June 14-21

Dave Leather's acoustic Americana at noon today at Comma Coffee, 312 S. Carson St., and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Sassafras Eclectic Food Joint, 1500 Old Hot Springs Road.

Ev Musselman from 6 to 9 p.m. today and June 21 at Max Casino, 900 S. Carson St.

Chris Twomey at 6 p.m. today at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden.

Live music with Terri Campillo and Craig Fletcher from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. through Saturday at Glen Eagles, 3700 N. Carson St. Campillo and Fletcher are joined by Mick Valentino Thursdays and Rocky Tatterelli on Friday and Saturday.

Tully Green from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Bella Fiore Wines, 224 S. Carson St., Suite 8.

The Justin Lee Band at 7 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 6 p.m. Sunday at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden.

Trippin King Snakes from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Cafe at Adele's, 1112 N. Carson St.

An open mic for all ages and skill levels at 7 p.m. Friday at A to Zen, 1801 N. Carson St.

Karaoke from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday at the Y-Not Saloon, 152 E. Long St.

Bob Gardner from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Js' Old Town Bistro, 30 Pike St., Dayton.

The Hollywood Stones, a musical tribute to The Rolling Stones, at 6 p.m. Friday at Minden Park, 1600 Sixth St.

Aaron Watson and Clare Dunn at 8 p.m. Friday at TJ's Corral, the Carson Valley Inn's outdoor concert venue.

Tom Miller from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Sassafras Eclectic Food Joint, 1500 Old Hot Springs Road.

Live comedy by Carla Rea at 8 p.m. Friday at the Carson Nugget, 507 N. Carson St. Tickets for $15 are at or the casino's guest service center.

Karaoke by J&M Productions from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Carson Nugget's Alatte Coffee & Wine Bar, 507 N. Carson St.

Arizona Jones at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at The Loft at the Carson Nugget, 507 N. Carson St.

Road Daddy at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Max Casino, 900 S. Carson St.

Live music is planned as part of the Carson City Off-Road event on Saturday in downtown Carson City — 4 Piece Puzzle will play at 11:30 a.m.; Trippin King Snakes from 1 to 3; Greta Van Fleet at 5; Barrington Levy at 6:30; and Controlled Burn at 8:15 p.m.

Elizabeth Tully from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Comma Coffee, 312 S. Carson St.

Corky Bennett from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at La Posada Real, 3205 Retail Drive.

Canyon White from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the 3rd and Curry St. Farmers Market.

Brian Lester from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Js' Old Town Bistro, 30 Pike St., Dayton.

Earl Dutton playing old style country at 7 p.m. Saturday at A to Zen, 1801 N. Carson St. The $5 admission buys $5 in the store.

The Wesley Orsolic Band from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Sunday Porch Party planned at Genoa Bar, 2282 Main St., Genoa.

Musicians of all genres and styles are welcome at a jam session from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at A to Zen, 1801 N. Carson St.

Cliff and Dave at 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden.

CW and Dr. Spitmore at noon Tuesday at Comma Coffee, 312 S. Carson St.

Recipe: Gluten-free quiche by Tina Galhaut

Gluten-free quiche

Makes 8-10 first course servings or 6 main dish servings

Ingredients for the filling:

12 asparagus spears, tough ends cut off, and diced into 1/4 inch rounds

1 1/4 cups Swiss or sharp cheddar cheese (or combination), grated

5 organic eggs

1 1/2 cups organic half and half

Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Ingredients for the pastry dough:

1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour

1/2 cup gluten-free quick cooking oats*

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1/2 cup organic butter, cut into small squares

1 organic egg


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare pastry dough: mix dry ingredients, then add cubed butter, mixing together with your fingers until the butter is evenly distributed and broken down into small "pebbles" through the flour, then add the egg.

Mix well, form into a ball and turn mixture out onto a gluten-free floured surface. Using your hands press and flatten the ball into disk, moving the dough often to prevent sticking, until it's the size of the 10-inch pie pan.

Slide the dough into the pie pan and continue to press and flatten with your fingers until the dough is evenly distributed. This dough is resilient — don't worry about tears, just keep "patting" them back together.

Scatter the uncooked asparagus into the pie shell, add the grated cheese, then add the egg mixture.

Finish by grating the fresh nutmeg onto the top of the quiche and place on the lowest oven rack.

The quiche should cook for about an hour. Insert a toothpick into the center to be sure it's cooked thoroughly. Be sure to turn the quiche during the baking process to get an even heating and browning process.

Let quiche stand for 10 minutes before cutting. If made ahead, you can cover and refrigerate for up to two days. Serve with a garden-fresh salad and a crisp white wine.

The next time you're invited to a picnic or potluck, bring a quiche! Be creative with the ingredients using what you have in the kitchen or what your garden is producing in abundance this summer! Turn your favorite "sandwich" into a quiche, think BL(A)T with the bacon and tomato in the quiche and the lettuce as a salad with avocado!

*Note: I usually add gluten free quick oats to my pies and breads as it adds a bit of texture and makes the mixture less silky and easier to handle. Feel free to omit this ingredient and replace it with gluten free all-purpose flour.

Tina Galhaut has been cooking, baking and living gluten-free these past four years, testing many recipes on her teenage son, Logan, until they are as good or better than the original. As wife, mother and co-owner of Z Bistro in North Carson, Tina and her chef husband Gilles offer many gluten-free selections on their menu. Contact Tina by email at