Community Briefly June 9

Healthy Communities June 9 meeting set

The Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey will host a meeting to discuss a multiple agency, one- or two-day triage-style free health services event in Lyon County.

The June meeting will be at 9 a.m. June 9 held at the Silver Springs Community Center. This will be the first in a series of planning workshops with the goal of multiple agencies and volunteers working together to deliver free primary care, dental care, and other medical services to those who have no insurance or are under-insured.

Coalition Director Christy McGill explained that this type of large-scale event could also possibly double as a practice event for disaster preparedness in Nevada.

To volunteer or for more information, call McGill at 351-8242.

Sign up for summer swim lessons

Summer swim lessons are just around the corner. Sessions will begin June 13 and are open to children 3 years and up.

Registration is ongoing at

For more information including times, cost and session dates, please call 887-2242 or visit the website.

Historic barns on tour

Tickets are on sale for the Douglas County Historical Society's Tour of Historic Barns of Carson Valley. The event will take place 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 25.

Tickets are $25 and include guided tours of six historic barns. Also included in the price is free admission to the Courthouse Museum Genoa and the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center at any time during that day. For an additional $10 you can enjoy an open range lunch at Dr. Eliza Cook's historic home.

Tickets can be purchased at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center in Gardnerville or Courthouse Museum Genoa. Tickets can also be ordered by phone at 782-2555.

Proceeds from the "Historic Barns of Carson Valley" tour benefit the Douglas County Historical Society and help with the operation of The Genoa Courthouse Museum and the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center.

Carson Water Subconservancy District offers free program

The Carson Clear Water Revival Program is a free educational program to help Carson City property owners install Best Management Practices to help protect the streams and the Carson River. BMPs can reduce flooding and erosion problems on property and enhance landscaping.

The workshop is from 10 a.m. to noon June 18 at Hampton Inn and Suites. The agenda will include:

• Dirt Hurts - How and why this program got started

• BMPs Rock! - What are BMPs and what do they have to do with you and your property

• Rock-It Science - Designing BMPs for your location

• How you can win up to $2,500 in BMP materials and labor

Refreshments will be served and a number of useful items will be raffled off during the workshop. Raffle tickets will be free to all workshop participants.

For more information about the program, go to the website:

For those who have property drainage or erosion problems on their property or just want to learn more about the program should plan to attend this workshop.

To sign up, call thge CWSD at 887-9005. The Carson Clear Water Revival Team looks forward to working with residents.

Vote for Most Beautiful Hospital

After receiving almost 250 nominations, the panel of experts at Soliant Health narrowed down the list to the top 50 hospitals to go up for a nationwide vote to make their list of The Top 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in America for 2011

Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center needs residents to vote to see it recognized as one of the 20 most beautiful hospitals in the nation.

From now until June 19, vote daily by going to

Retirement reception planned for St. Teresa teacher

St. Teresa of Avila Catholic School announces the retirement of Jolena Johnson.

Past and present students, parents, colleagues, and parishioners are invited to join us in honoring her 23 years of service, commitment and dedication to Catholic education at a reception 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 12 Sunday in Chartz Hall at St. Teresa of Avila Church.

Refreshments will be served, and there will be a slide show presentation highlighting her career. Letters, photos and memories for a scrapbook can be brought to the reception or to the school office at 567 S. Richmond Ave. or call Tracey Taylor at 775-450-6223. 

Nevada State Museum presents Long Beard: Warren Wasson

Author and historian, Robert W. Ellison, presents a lecture, Long Beard: Warren Wasson, Indian Agent & U.S. Marshall, from 7-8 p.m. June 23 at the Nevada State Museum.

The lecture is based on Ellison's book, "Long Beard: Warren Wasson, Nevada Pioneer, Indian Agent, U.S. Marshall, Inventor and Enigma," published by Hot Springs Mountain Press in Minden. A limited number of books are available through the Museum Store.

Ellison is a resident of Carson Valley, an area rich in history.A lover of heritage and a good story, Ellison spent more than four decades traveling the Nevada and California ground that Warren Wasson and his contemporaries traveled.

He received his bachelor's degree from Cal State at Fullerton, his master's from UNR, and did doctoral work at Claremont Graduate School. Ellison previously published two other works about Nevada's past: The Territorial Lawmen of Nevada, Vol. 1 and First Impressions, a history of the Emigrant Trail through Carson Valley.

Warren Wasson was a frontiersman, a 49er, a scout, an Indian Agent, a deputy U.S. Marshall, then U.S. Marshall, a U.S. tax assessor, a delegate to two constitutional conventions, and a military advisor to three of Nevada's Governors. In his spare time, he was a father, farmer, miner and inventor. In the end, with his disappearance, he became an enigma.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for exhibit viewing in the main building. Museum members and children 17 and under are free; non-member adult admission is $8. For more information, contact Deborah Stevenson, curator of education: or 775/687-4810, Ext. 237.

NARFE hosts annual picnic

Nevada Association of Retired Federal Employees Min-Gard Chapter 2167 will hold its annual picnic on June 28 at Aspen Park, 1380 Centerville Lane in Gardnerville from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

A salad or dessert dish is appreciated. Bring tableware and own drink. All federal active and retired employees are invited.

For more information, call John Palen at 775-265-9500.

Jenny Craig celebrates with month-long promotion

Jenny Craig was just named the Number One diet program in America, according to a spokesperson for Jenny Craig.

Carson City residents are invited to join them for a month of celebration with a free 30-day membership.

"You just pay for food," the spokeperson said. "Try us out and see why we were voted Number One. We change lives. You can be next. Come in for a consultation and receive a free entree."

Jenny Craig has been in Carson City across from Smith's for more than 15 years.

For more information, stop in or call 884-0400.

Docents needed for LEGO exhibit

The Children's Museum in Carson City is in need of docents to assist during the summer-long LEGO art exhibit.

Nathan Sawaya's "The Art of the Brick" LEGO sculptures will be on display at the Children's Museum from June 24 until Aug. 19.

Adults interested in helping visitors through this exhibit are asked to contact the Children's Museum at 884-2226.

Docents selected to assist will receive free museum passes, and will function on a volunteer basis.

Children's Museum of Northern Nevada is located at 813 N. Carson St. For more information, go to:

Volunteers needed to help tutor

Struggling K-12 readers and spellers need people to help them.

Literacy Volunteers for Children is seeking volunteer tutors to work with these students 1-2 hours per week.

"We have been getting referrals for our tutoring services from Carson City School District Support Services, in addition to word of mouth, and have used up all available volunteers. We have a few people lined up but need many more," said Jan Whitemore.

Volunteers will need to have a background check completed or show proof of one already on file with the state. A six-hour training session will be held June 21 and 22 from 6-9 pm. A $25 donation to the program is requested.

To register call 885-1010.

New art gallery to host a grand opening

Artsy Fartsy Art Gallery will host a Grand Opening Party noon-7 p.m. Saturday at the new shop at 220 A. West Telegraph St., Carson City.

Light appetizers and drinks will be served. A portion of the sales and raffle ticket sales on grand opening day will go to the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Northern Nevada. The raffle features prizes donated by artists featured in the gallery.

For more information, call 775-885-2787.

Minden outdoor concert series continues

The Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department continues the 2011 GE Family Concert Series 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 24 at Minden Park with a free concert by Dave Russell. Bring a low back chair or blanket and enjoy an evening of music in the park. Food will be available to purchase provided by the Tahoe/Douglas Elks Lodge.

Dave Russell is from North Carolina, who has toured the country performing sold out shows in Nashville, San Antonio, Reno, Biloxi, and all over California. He is now based out of Sacramento, Calif. The combination of Russell's Southern inspired, born and bred, "Country-fied" voice and some of the best musicians the West Coast has to offer,(they have collectively more than 150 years professional playing as full-time musicians), will have you up on your feet, out on the floor and screamin' for more.

Additional concerts this summer include Evolution on July 15; Colour My World, A tribute to Chicago on Aug. 5; and Jeff Jones on Aug. 26.

Register online for kids' Summer Kamp 2011

Parents thinking about filling their children's summer with meaningful activities can go online to register for Carson City Recreation Division's new Summer Kamp 2011.

Summer Kamp offers parents supervised activities for their children throughout the summer, said Meagan Soracco, recreation program manager for youth.

Kamp is held weekdays for nine weeks - plus an extra three days so parents only have to find child care for two days before school starts. It runs from June 13 through Aug. 17. Hours are from 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. to make dropoff and pickup convenient for parents.

Cost for residents is $85 per week per child, and scholarships are available to those who qualify.

There are programs for children entering kindergarten through ninth grade. Carson City Recreation Division also offers a leader in training program for students entering ninth grade, or older.

Soracco said about 200 kids participate in the annual kamp. Activities include a lot of outdoor games, swimming, in-town and out-of-town field trips, arts and crafts, bowling, archery and, for an additional cost, swim lessons.

To register, go to Those who don't have computers may still register in person at 851 E. William St. For more information, call Soracco at 887-2290, Ext. 7428 or email to

Camp Intervention teaches STEM skills

Bethlehem Lutheran School will host the nationally recognized Camp Invention June 20-24.

Local children will construct life-sized clubhouses, investigate polymer science to understand balls technology, and explore innovative survival traits of the planet's wildest animals at Camp Invention's SPARK program this summer.

Created for children entering grades one through six, the Camp Invention program is a weeklong adventure in creativity that immerses its participants in engaging, hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, and math, as well as history and the arts.

Every program participant receives a Camp Invention T-shirt that features clever, new artwork each year. Discounts are available. To register a child for the program or to learn more, visit or call 800-968-4332, or contact local Program Director Tracey Taylor at

Bethlehem Lutheran School is located at 1837 Mountain St in Carson City.

Toccata presents TRIO BRIO

The Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (Toccata) presents TRIO BRIO in "Chamber Music Charmers" in a series of concerts June 12 -19.

Featured performers are David Brock, piano; Pat Crane, violin and viola; and Darrell Moore, clarinet performing works by classical, romantic, and 20th century jazz/impressionist composers including Mozart, Schumann, Bruch, Milhaud and Villiers Stanford.

Performances will be held:

• June 12, 6 p.m. at Squaw Valley Chapel, Olympic Valley, Calif. (benefit for Squaw Valley Chapel)

• June 18, 4 p.m. at the Steinway Piano Gallery of Reno

• June 19, 7:30 p.m. at the Valhalla Boathouse in South Lake Tahoe

Toccata includes musicians from around the Carson-Tahoe region.

Tickets are $20 adults and $35 preferred and are available at the door or at For the Valhalla Boathouse, tickets are available online at Preferred seating includes a wine and cheese gathering one hour prior to the concert.

For further information or questions call 775-313-9697, 775-781-4702 or visit


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