The ESL In-Home Program holds classes at no cost for ESL and English conversation in the areas in which English language learners live.
The classes are open to anyone who wants to practice or improve their English.Learn more »
USDA Rural Development will hold a workshop on its Value Added Producer Grant June 11 to help Nevada farmers, ranchers and food entrepreneurs learn about the program and whether they wish to apply for grants funds. More than $30 million nationwide is available to fund the grants.
VAPG grants can be used to develop new product lines from raw agricultural products or additional uses for already developed product lines. Military veterans, socially disadvantaged, and beginning farmers and ranchers; operators of small and medium-sized family farms and ranches; farmer and rancher cooperatives; and applicants that propose mid-tier value chain projects are given special priority in applying for VAPGs.Learn more »
Relay for Life, the American Cancer Society’s biggest fundraiser to help cancer prevention and research, is happening from noon to midnight Saturday, July 11, in Mills Park.
Committee meetins take place at 6 p.m. Thursdays at Holiday Inn Express, 4055 N. Carson St.Learn more »
Registration is underway for the 21st Gourmand Golf Scramble, a tournament hosted by the Cracker Box, Café at Adele’s and Js’ Old Town Bistro that benefits the Carson City Community Counseling Center.
This year’s event takes place on Sunday, May 31, on the Eagle Valley West Course.Learn more »
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Nevada is busy planning this year’s Kids Auction & World’s Greatest Luau, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 13, at Marv Texeira Pony Express Pavilion.
Organizers expect more than 800 attendees, who will partake in dinner, an auction, music and more.Learn more »
Carson Water Subconservancy District is hosting its Get on the Bus Carson River Watershed Tour, an annual two-day tour of Hope Valley, Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park, TNC’s River Fork Ranch, Lahontan Dam, Stillwater and more, June 9-10.
The tours run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days. The event includes discussions and videos to keep time on the bus lively and informative.Learn more »
For the last 15 years, Carson City’s nonprofit ComputerCorps has offered Tech Camps for youths 10 to 15 years of age. The program has sent many students on to working with computers in business and schools.
Students at the Tech Camp have fun, learn about computer science and technology and even build a computer system for themselves or to donate to a local family in need.Learn more »
United Blood Services Nevada needs to collect more than 9,500 pints of blood and platelets before May 31 to keep a steady and ample supply.
Memorial Day is the beginning of summer for the Blood Bank, when donations decrease just as the demand increases. United Blood Services is issuing a 9,500 Donations Summer Kick-off Challenge, in which it’s thanking donors with a pint of ice cream courtesy of Model Dairy at all fixed site locations in Carson City, Reno and Sparks.Learn more »
More than 65 vendors will be offering bargains on flea market items and crafts at Dayton Valley Dog Park’s seventh annual flea market from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 30 at Dayton Valley Dog Park, at the corner of Como and Dayton Valley roads.
Animal adoptions will be available at the event. Food will be provided by Dayton Valley Lions Club, which sponsors the Dayton Valley Dog Park.Learn more »
The Carson City Redevelopment Authority Citizens Committee is canceling its meeting planned at 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 1, in the Sierra Room of the Community Center.
The next meeting is planned on Monday, July 6. For more information, go to www.carson.org.Learn more »
The Lyon County Republican Central Committee will elect its chairman for 2015-2016 at its next meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 6, at the Fernley High School Library, 1300 Highway 95A, Fernley.
The public is invited to attend and learn more about grassroots politics and meet with Republican officials. Also members of the Committee will be representing the LCRCC at Oodles of Noodles in Old Town Dayton on both Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7. Anyone who stops by the booth can learn more about the club and register to vote.Learn more »
Liberia has been declared as Ebola-free and religious statesman Rajan Zed points out that multi-faith clergy praying together helped.
Faith leaders from various traditions prayed together in Nevada Governor’s Mansion in Carson City on Nov. 13 seeking God’s mercy on Ebola and for its worldwide victims and their loved ones and care providers.Learn more »
First Baptist to hold parking lot sale today
First Baptist Church of Carson City will hold a huge parking lot sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. It’s being hosted by FBC AWANA and the proceeds go to support youth ministries such as AWANA, youth camp and other church ministries. Items offered will include tools, furniture, Christmas decorations and many more treasures. First Baptist Church is located at 1750 N. Mountain Street at the corner of Bath and Mountain. For more information call 775-882-1851.Learn more »
Bob Truesdale hosts line dancing from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays at Beercade, 1930 N. Carson St., adjacent to Carson City Inn.
Lessons for beginners and advanced dancers and coupls are available. Raffle prizes are also offered at each event.Learn more »
The University of Nevada, Reno is holding its spring commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday, when 2,454 degrees and certificates will be conferred — 1,908 bachelor degrees, 476 advanced-degree certificates (master’s and doctoral degrees and education specialist certificates) and 70 University of Nevada School of Medicine degrees. The University awarded 2,251 degrees last spring and has seen a 37 percent increase in degrees awarded since 2007 due to increased enrollment and improved graduation rates. When combined with the Winter Commencement, more than 3,500 degrees are awarded by the University annually.
The commencement exercises will take place in three ceremonies on the University’s historic Quadrangle, located on the southern part of campus. Each ceremony focuses on particular colleges and, for the first time, confers both undergraduate and graduates degrees for each of those colleges.Learn more »
Nevada’s oldest operating hotel, established in 1861, is reopening Friday after a three-month renovation and remodel of the restaurant, lounge, bar and hotel.
New owners of the Gold Hill Hotel and Crown Point Restaurant, Robert and Nikki Wilkenson, also owners of Palace Restaurant in Virginia City and Heidi’s Family Restaurant in Carson City, said they wanted to complete the renovation to modernize the look of the historic property while remaining true to its Comstock and Gold Hill heritage.Learn more »
To celebrate May as National Foster Care Awareness Month, National Division of Child and Family Services is hosting events, from casual picnics to formal dinners, to thank foster parents for their role in providing care and support to children. The division is also displaying a “thank you” banner on Carson City this week to show appreciation to foster families.
Foster care needs arise when the safety and protection of a child is not met by their parents or caregiver. If relatives cannot be located for a child who needs out-of-home placement services, DCFS helps by arranging foster care placement. The removal of a child from his or her natural environment is taken only as a last resort, as part of the overall continuum of services provided by DCFS.Learn more »
Carson High School cheer team Drive for Your School fundraiser SaturdayLearn more »
The Carson City Board of Supervisors is looking for volunteers to fill two openings on the Carson City Planning Commission, which oversees all matters pertaining to Carson City’s planning and zoning, land use and growth management.
Members of the Carson City Planning Commission are expected to serve 12-16 hours a month. Meetings take place at 5 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month in the Sierra Room of the Community Center.Learn more »
Fingerprinting background check business opens in Carson City
Fingerprinting Express, a business founded in 2003 that specializes in fingerprint background checks, is hosting a grand opening celebration of its Carson City location from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday.Learn more »
Access to the boat ramp at Cave Rock will be unavailable on Wednesday, May 13, while the ramp undergoes maintenance.
Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park will be combining several small projects at this facility that will make the one-day closure necessary. The park will be cleaning rock and sediment off the Cave Rock launch lane, repairing the dock and assisting a barge company with access to the lake for dredging activities in South Lake Tahoe.Learn more »
Members of National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association will talk about reports from their state convention; summer activities and pending legislating impacting federal employees at their next meeting on Tuesday, May 19, at Grandma Hattie’s Restaurant, 2811 S. Carson St.
Social time begins at 11:30, with a business meeting following at noon. Anyone, not just NARFE members, is welcome to attend.Learn more »
United Latino Community, 1711 N. Roop St., is offering a free tutor training workshop from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday.
United Latino Community volunteers say there are more than 100 adults in Carson City who are seeking to learn how to speak, read and write in English.Learn more »
Music & art fundraiser planned in Carson City to help Native American studentsMay 7, 2015 —
Local bands and others from France and Israel will perform in Loud as Folk, a fundraiser for a new scholarship at University of Nevada, Reno, at 7 p.m. Sunday at Sassafras, 1500 Old Hot Springs Road.
The event, which will also offer food and drink specials and local art, is put on by Stephanie Painter, a UNR student who created the Native American Media and Fine Arts Scholarship.
The scholarship will help Native American students attend UNR for media and fine arts studies.
The show is all ages. Painter is asking attendees to donate $5 or more. Contributions will go to the scholarship, along with art sales and some food and drink proceeds.
Texan satirical band visiting Piper's Opera House SundayMay 7, 2015 —
A satirical band from Austin, Texas, that spoofs on politics, religions, popular culture and other topics is visiting Virginia City Sunday at Piper’s Opera House.
The Austin Lounge Lizards, a five-time winner at the Austin Music Awards, is putting on a Mother’s Day show at 7:30 p.m.
The band, whose music was featured in Michael Moore’s documentary “Sicko,” features Hank Card on rhythm guitar; Darcie Deaville on fiddle and mandolin; Conrad Deisler on guitar and mandolin and Bruce Jones on bass.
Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $15 before 3 p.m. Saturday and $20 each at the door.
For more information about events in Virginia City, go to www.VisitVirginiaCityNV.com.
Carson City Library hosting memoir writing workshop TuesdayMay 7, 2015 —
Ursula B. Carlson will talk about how writing a memoir can be done as a short piece or on a larger scale at a memoir-writing workshop sponsored by the Carson City Library at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Digitorium.
Carlson, who earned her Ph.D. in English in 1976 from the University of Detroit, will guide the process with suggestions for a well-organized structure.
As professor of English from 1993 to 2011 at Western Nevada College, Carlson taught several writing courses, including poetry writing, and literature classes, receiving tenure in 1997. She is the author of several books, most recently “The California Campaigns of the U.S.-Mexican War,” and “Mercenaries in Medieval and Renaissance Europe.” Both books are co-authored with Hunt Janin. Carlson is a columnist for the Nevada Appeal.
For more information, call 775-887-2244.
Comstock History Center Museum opens mining photo exhibitMay 7, 2015 —
The Comstock History Center Museum is presenting a new historic photo exhibit, “Vanishing Icons: A Look Back at Comstock Mines and Mills.”
In 1980, a documentation project was undertaken on the Comstock to record the remains of historic mine and mill sites originally built throughout Virginia City, Gold Hill, Silver City and Dayton during the late 1800s and early 1900s. The exhibit features 16 large-format, black & white photographs from this project.
As part of the Historic American Engineering Record, the project was sponsored by the United States Department of Interior and conducted by the National Park Service. It involved surveying, photographing and creating a written description for the structural remains of each mine or mill, including historical, operational and architectural data.
Until now, these images have never been publicly displayed.
“This is a fascinating and historically significant exhibit,” said Rebecca Palmer, state historic preservation officer.
The Comstock History Center Museum is at 20 N. E St. in Virginia City, two blocks downhill from the Bucket of Blood Saloon. Admission is free, and the museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.
The Comstock Historic District Commission’s goal is to encourage preservation of the Comstock Historic District, one of the nation’s largest and most significant landmarks. The Comstock Historic District is also the second most visited historic sites in the state, second to Hoover Dam. The commission issues construction permits, educates the public, and promotes special programs. The commission gives guidance to federal agencies working within the district, and provides public education focusing on historic resources.
Carson City Ward 2 Supervisor Bonkowski holding breakfast meeting FridayMay 5, 2015 —
Carson City Ward 2 Supervisor Brad Bonkowski will hold his first Breakfast with Brad meeting at 7:30 a.m. Friday at the Cracker Box, 402 E. William St.
The monthly Breakfast with Brad meetings take place on the first Friday of each month. May’s event is coordinating with the Cracker Box’s 35th anniversary.
Any Carson City resident is invited, and Bonkowski buys the coffee.
Nevada Humane Society holding annual kitten shower SaturdayMay 5, 2015 —
Nevada Humane Society, 2825 Longley Lane in Reno, is hosting its annual kitten shower, an education event about orphaned kittens in shelters, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The event offers items for kittens and information about foster caregivers, volunteers who offer temporary homes to underage kittens and puppies. A foster care information session about how to bottle feed neonatal kittens and socialize older kittens to prepare them for adoption will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Items to provide to kittens, such as kitten formula, pet heating pads or microwavable heat discs, nursing kits and bottles and dry and canned kitten food, are being collected.
Donations are tax-deductible and will help care for the hundreds of kittens that are expected to arrive at the shelter this season. Other gift requests are available online at http://tinyurl.com/l98wzbp.
For more information about the Nevada Humane Society, go to NevadaHumaneSociety.org.
Annual Police Memorial Parade to honor law enforcement SaturdayMay 5, 2015 —
The sixth annual Police Memorial Parade, which pays tribute to officers killed in the line of duty and celebrates law enforcement, will be at noon Saturday on C Street in Virginia City.
The event will include bagpipers, honor guards, vintage emergency response vehicles, mounted officers, and representatives from various law enforcement agencies.
The parade will also be highlighted with songs by singer Sandy Selby, from the Abbacadabra Abba Tribute Show, followed by songs by retired North Las Vegas Police Officer Bill Flynn. The Cops & Customs Car Show will take place immediately following the parade and is presented jointly by the Museum and Comstock Classic Car Club of Virginia City. Pre-parade entertainment beginning at 11 a.m. on C Street.
For more information about the parade, call the Silver State National Peace Officers Museum at 775-847-7800, or go to www.peaceofficersmuseum.org.
The Silver State National Peace Officer’s Museum is located in the historic jail in the Storey County Courthouse in Virginia City. It features a collection of United States law enforcement history dating back to the early 1700s.