Carson area has summer fun for the whole family

There are some great events coming this week to enjoy the great weather and help several wonderful causes.

Last year I attended the Fireman's Ball Fundraiser & Music Festival and had a great time with the live music, great food, dancing and shopping at the vendors in the park. The bonus is that it helps the local volunteer fire department and the community of Silver City. The Fireman's Ball is legendary, dating back to the early 1970s. All proceeds this year will go to rebuilding the Silver City Schoolhouse Community Center, which burned down in 2004. It's now finally reopening but could use some money to keep it beautiful. Admission is free and you can enjoy the free music and dancing.

2008 Fireman's Ball Fundraiser & Music Festival

WHO: Silver City Volunteer Fire Department, established in 1863

WHAT: Great live music, food, dancing, vendors. Performing will be Michele Lundeen "the Queen of Steam" with Blues Streak all the way from San Diego, and local favorites Red Rose, Trippin Buddhas, the Downwinders, and special guests.

WHERE: Silver City Town Park in Silver City is located just four miles south of Virginia City.

WHEN: Saturday, starts at 4 p.m. and ends late

COST: Free admission.

CONTACT: (775) 720-0543

Web site: www.silvercityfiredepartment.org

PROCEEDS BENEFIT: Silver City Schoolhouse Community Center

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If you live in Indian Hills, get your blanket and lawn chairs and head over to James Lee Park for the outdoor concert. Again, this event is free and you can enjoy great music and a relaxing time outdoors. There is food and drinks available and all proceeds go to support local recreation events.

INDIAN HILLS OUTDOOR CONCERT

WHAT: Bring the whole family, blankets and chairs to sit on to enjoy the band. Barbecue and drinks will be available for purchase.

WHERE: 3394 James Lee Park on field #3

WHEN: Saturday, 6-9 p.m.

COST: free

CONTACT: (775) 267-2805, ext.28

PROCEEDS BENEFIT: Indian Hills GID

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If you are going to check out Artown's events I highly recommend the Food for the Soul World Music Concert Series. This coming Wednesday, you'll hear Sol de Mexico, which was formed by Jóse Hernàndez in 1981. Sol de México was created to reflect the vision of an inspiring, artistic mariachi ensemble. Sol de Mexico is one of the nation's premier mariachi groups. Come check it out and the admission to each concert is free with a suggested donation of $10 or two cans of food to benefit the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.

Food for the Soul

What: ARTOWN Ð Food for the Soul World Music Concert Series: Sol de Mexico.

WHERE: Wingfield Park, Reno

WHEN 7-9:30 p.m., Wednesday.

COST: Free Admission

CONTACT: 322-1538

Web site: www.renoisartown.com

PROCEEDS BENEFIT: Food Bank of Northern Nevada

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If you are out checking this summer's outdoor concerts and your child says he or she would like to learn to play music, check out the Strings in the Summer program at the Children's Museum of Northern Nevada. The music introductions are Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. They're free with the price of admission to the museum and included "Fiddlin' Fun and String Ensemble."

STRINGS IN THE SUMMER

WHAT: "Strings in the Summer," a free program for string players.

WHEN: 8:30-10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesday, Thursdays

WHERE: Children's Museum of Northern Nevada

COST: Free with the cost of admission to the museum

CONTACT: For information, call (775) 297-3437 (Sue Kitts)

Web site: www.cmnn.org/Calendar.html

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The Young Shakespeare Program will present an interactive, one hour interpretation of Shakespeare's Classic "A Midsummer Night's Dream" set in contemporary times and created with the young audience member in mind. This work of the bard is presented in collaboration with The Nevada Shakespeare Company and the Carson Valley Arts Council.

LAKE TAHOE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL PRESENTS YOUNG SHAKESPEARE

WHAT: All performances are free to young people of all ages and their chaperones. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and reservations are required for these performances.

WHERE: C.V.I.C, 1604 Esmeralda, Minden and the Community Center in Carson City

WHEN: In Minden, the show starts at July 23 at 10 a.m. and Carson City the show begins at 2 p.m.

COST: Free admission and you can reserve free tickets online

CONTACT: (775) 832-1616

Web site: www.laketahoeshakespeare.com/education

• To have your information included, contact Kim Riggs at kimriggs@att.net .

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