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Man wheels cross country for spinal cord research

A Perris, Calif., man, Chet Dyreson, is trying to help those trying to find a cure for paralysis. by wheeling across America.

"I am excited to do something to help in finding a cure for paralysis. With help from Next Steps Foundation, I decided to take my gas-powered wheelchair on the road. What better way to get my message out to the great people of the United States than to do it in a wheelchair?" Dyreson said.

Dyreson set out in his wheelchair from the state capitol in Sacramento, on May 23 on a journey to Washington, D,C. to rally an audience of U.S. congressmen to raise awareness to cure paralysis.

"I was injured racing motocross on May 21, 2000. Since my injury, there have been great advancements toward curing paralysis, but much more needs to be done. It is my quest to educate people about the need to support spinal cord research to cure paralysis," Dyreson said.

"There are many veterans, accident victims, athletes, and many others that need our help. Along with donations, we also need to get our congressmen involved in backing spinal cord research. Most people know someone in a wheelchair, how great would it feel if you could do something to help them out of it?" he said.

Dyreson built his motorized vehicle by hand and is expected to come through Carson City in the next couple of days.

Butler to judge meat competition

Retired University of Nevada Meat Specialist Bob Butler has been selected as a judge for the National Cured Meat Competition to be held in Reno June 16-18.

The competition is in conjunction with American Association of Meat Processors annual convention with more than 500 independent meat processors across the nation in attendance. There will be 26 different product categories to be judged, from bacon and ham to fresh and smoked sausages/salami to speciality game meats.

Butler is a long-time resident of Carson City and the previous owner of Butler Meat Co. and the Hickory Hog. 

Toccata presents TRIO BRIO

The Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (Toccata) presents TRIO BRIO in "Chamber Music Charmers" in a series of concerts Sunday through June19.

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

Openings available at campus preschool

The Child Development Center located on the Carson City campus of Western Nevada College has several full- and part-time preschool openings for children from 3-6 years of age.

For more information of to register, contact Andrea Doran at 445-4265 or by email to or Linda Jacobsen at 445-4262 or e-mail her at

Openings will be filled on a first-come first-served basis. Information is also available at for additional information.

Horsemen's association offers trail trial

The Lyon County Horseman's Association Trail Trial will be June 25, Horse Camp area at Fort Churchill State Historic Park. Sign-in is at 8:30 a.m. with first riders out around 9:30 a.m.

There are youth, adult, senior divisions, and all divisions have novice, intermediate and advanced skill levels.

Cost is $30 youth, $35 adult ($5 discount if pre-entered by June 20), $10 schooling/companion rider.

The group will also be offering poker hands, $5 each, and will have some great raffle items at $1 per ticket. Lunch is included with entry fee.

Prizes and raffle items donated by Sierra Tack and Feed in Reno and 1 Stop Ranch and Feed in Sparks.

For more information or to pre-enter, call 577-0227 or e-mail or go to

Coin show raffle tickets now on sale

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Nevada Territory, the Nevada State Museum staff designed a raffle prize to celebrate the Aug. 26-27 coin show.

Raffle tickets are now on sale for the grand prize, featuring three commemoratives: one ounce .999 fine silver medallion, celebrating the 150th anniversary; copper Abraham Lincoln medallion; and brass Nevada State Seal medallion. This prize is framed with a photo of the Carson City Mint and valued at $600. Other prizes include a $500 gift certificate to Northern Nevada Coin, and three 1884 GSA Carson City silver dollars, donated by Northern Nevada Coin.

The prizes are on display in the Dema Guinn Concourse. Tickets are $1 each or six for $ 5, and can be purchased over the phone by calling 775-687-4810, Ext. 237. Proceeds from the sale of the raffle tickets support education and exhibits at the museum.

The grand prize drawing will take place at 3 p.m. Aug. 27; lesser prizes will be raffled throughout the show. Winners not need to be present to win.

The Carson City Mint Coin Show features coins and collectibles, food sales by Friends of the Nevada State Museum, music, gold panning, numismatic education, and Coin Press No. 1 demonstrations. Silver Sponsors include the Nevada Appeal, and Northern Nevada Coin; sponsors include Downtown Coin and Friends of the Nevada State Museum.

The Nevada State Museum is at 716 N. Carson St. It is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday. Enter through the Dema Guinn Concourse. Admission: $8 for adults and free for children 17 and under and museum members. For information, call 775-687-4810.

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.

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; nonmember 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 No. 1 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.

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

Literacy Volunteers for Children is seeking volunteer tutors to work with struggling K-12 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.

Register online for kids' Summer Kamp 2011

Online registration is available 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 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.

Carson City Airport announces open house event

The Carson City Airport announces its annual open house will be from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. June 18.

The popular event usually attracts more than 3,000 visitors, and it is free to the public. Activities include flybys, plane and helicopter demonstrations, plane and hot air balloon rides, and food and beverages during a day filled with family activities.

Proceeds raised through raffle and T-shirt sales will be donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Nevada, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

The event kicks off at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast provided by the Experimental Aircraft Association.

Flybys begin at 9:30 a.m., and include sky divers and a field of planes: P-51 Mustang, Army Lakota, War Birds, T-6 Texan, Cobra Helicopter, T-33 Shooting Star, F-86 Sabre Jet and much more. Aircraft also will be landing at the airport for public viewing.

Events include hot air balloon rides, plane and helicopter rides, a bouncy house, face painting, paper airplane contests, various craft and food and drink vendors, as well as performances from local dance, tumbling and martial arts studios.

For more information, visit or call 775-841-2255.

Help available for vets returning to work

Nevada Job Connect, Veteran Services, assists military veterans with returning to work, including help with resume composition, job search and interview skills.

The state agency does not charge a fee.

Go to 1929 N. Carson St., or call 684-0400 for more information.

Library to support youth in national competition

The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Ill., has launched a Summer App Challenge, a national contest for teens to design a mobile app that gets other teens to be physically active in whatever way that they like. Five finalist ideas will be built into working app prototypes, and one winning concept will be professionally produced and published as an iPhone and Android app by MSI.

The Carson City Library is supporting local youth who are interested in entering the contest. The Summer App Challenge is meant as a creative exercise for teens who may not think of themselves as programmers to experiment in a new medium. It is also an opportunity to gain the real-world project skill of developing, refining and communicating a creative concept effectively enough to be executed.

To enter, teens will develop a proposal that communicates their idea in the same way real designers do - including a conceptual overview, clear goals, user research, storyboards, and a pitch on how and why teens would use it.

The Challenge is open to all teens entering grades eight through 12 in the 2011-12 school year. The library is hosting an entry clinic from 6-8 p.m. June 20.

"What we love about this competition is that kids get a chance to unleash their own power of imagination in this real world way. We are happy to help them ... so those good ideas are taken seriously," said Carson City Library Deputy Director Tammy Westergard.

Full contest details and entry forms are available at For more information, call the library at 887-2244.

Fundraiser to benefit Girls State delegates

The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 4, Carson City, will host a Girls State Tea at the Governor's Mansion from 5-7 p.m. June 17.

Proceeds from the Tea will benefit Girls State delegate scholarships from Carson, Dayton and Douglas high schools. These delegates have been interviewed and selected based on leadership qualities both in school and in thier communities.

There will be a silent auction and raffle, and admission tickets are $5. Tickets must be purchased prior to the event. For information, contact Louise Seidel 885-0269 or Chris Ritger at 782-9791.


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