Disney's love for trains on display
Trains were an important part of Walt Disney's life. He grew up next to a railroad in Missouri, and, after becoming a success, built a live steam railroad in the yard of his Hollywood estate.
Anyone who has ever visited Disneyland can see the influence of railroads in the train encircling the park and in railroad mechanics used on many of the rides.
Trains are featured in a number of Disney cartoons and films, including "The Great Locomotive Chase," which used equipment now on display at the Nevada State Railroad Museum.
The museum celebrates Disney's love for trains on Friday and Saturday. Disney historian Michael Broggie, whose father worked with Disney, will give a free presentation on Disney and the railroads at 7 p.m. Friday.
Saturday features steam train rides, train model demonstrations, 4-H guide dog training, a program featuring Disneyland's first publicist Janice Ayres at 7 p.m. and a showing of "The Great Locomotive Chase."
The last steam train ride departs at 6:20 p.m.
The museum is a 2180 S. Carson St. Call 687-6953.
Deadline coming up for water seminar
Friday is the last day to register for the seminar on water pollution control offered by the Builders Association of Western Nevada.
Cliff Lawson, PE staff engineer for the state's Bureau of Water Pollution Control, will be the speaker.
The seminar is from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Plaza Hotel, 801 S. Carson St. Call 882-6087.
It is free to BAWN members, but seating is limited.
TOPS weight-loss group chapter forms in Carson City
A new chapter of Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) has formed. The chapter meets at 7:30 a.m. each Monday at the First Christian Church, 326 E. John St.
TOPS, a nonprofit organization providing weight-loss support since 1948, has more than 200,000 members nationwide.
They meet weekly to give each other moral support and encouragement as they use good nutrition and exercise to take off pounds sensibly.
For information call Cindy Seaman, (775) 635-8585 or go to www.tops.org.
Deadline slated for humanities grants
The next deadline for grant applications to Nevada Humanities is Oct. 10. Matching grants from $1,000 to $10,000 are available to any nonprofit group or public agency in Nevada.
Nevada Humanities seeks proposals for public humanities programs in all formats - exhibits, lectures, conferences and other public programs, including historical characterizations (Chautauqua presentations). Grants are also available for publications (including Web-based projects), teacher institutes and programs for youth.
Grant guidelines can be reviewed online at www.nevadahuman-ities.org/grants.
For information, call Nevada Humanities at 784-6587.