Local briefly Oct. 28

Time to adopt a senior

The Carson City Senior Citizens Center is looking for donors to participate in the Annual Adopt-A-Senior program for the homebound in Carson City.

Adopt-a-Senior is a program which allows people to make anonymous donations to benefit select seniors who struggle to care for themselves, are in financial distress, or have few family members or friends in the area.

Homebound seniors submit gift wish lists and the Carson City Senior Citizens Center matches local businesses and private community donors.

People can help by providing a gift, making cash donations, or donating a gift card from a local grocery or department store.

There are two goals for the Adopt-a-Senior program - to identify seniors in need of assistance and to let donors bring some joy and happiness to those in need.

Thanks to the generosity of community-minded businesses and individuals, thousands of homebound seniors have benefited from the program.

Anyone who would like to participate personally or as a business can call the senior center at 883-0703.

Dog obedience class offered

Carson City Recreation Department's Basic Dog Obedience Class, instructed by Guy Yeaman, begins again on Tuesday and runs through Dec. 6.

Classes are held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. every Tuesday for six weeks at Fuji Park.

Registration will be 6-6:30 p.m. the first night of class in the exhibit hall. Cost is $75 for the six-week session.

By using positive training methods, participants will learn all the basic commands: Heel, sit, stand, recall, etc. Results are guaranteed.

Each dog needs a training collar - choke collar, Halti, Martingale, head harness, etc. and a 4-foot to 6-foot leash. Dogs must be current on all vaccinations including rabies. Shot records must be brought to the first class for verification.

For more information, call Guy Yeaman at 775-265-4530.

Douglas Historical Society offers November lecture

The Douglas Historical Society lecture for Nov. 10 will be held at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395 in Gardnerville.

The lecture begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $3 or free to members.

Richard Potashin and Nancy Hadlock will speak about Basque culture, history of aspen tree carving and sheep-herding. They have been researching Basque culture for many years.

Nancy has been a park ranger for 30 years and is currently employed at Lava Beds National Monument. Richard worked as a park ranger at ManzanarNational Historic Site.

For more information call 782-2555.

Pinkerton Ballet offers Nutcracker for Thanksgiving

Step up to the holidays and get into the spirit of the season as Pinkerton Ballet Theatre presents the 23rd annual production of The Nutcracker Ballet on Thanksgiving weekend at the Carson City Community Center.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 25 and 26, and at 2 p.m. Nov. 27.

There will be special guest appearances by Mayor Bob Crowell, Sheriff Ken Furlong and Assessor Dave Dawley.

Tickets are available at Carson City Florist, 1954 Highway 50 East, or by phone with credit card at 775-887-1717. General admission is $22; seniors and students are $18. Group discounts available. For more information, call 775-297-5007.

NARFE to meet

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, Chapter 2167, meets at 2 p.m. Nov. 15 at Carson Valley United Methodist Church, 1375 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville.

Guest speaker will be Sergeant Jim Halsey of the Douglas County Sheriff's Department

For more information, contact John Palen at 265-9500, or jepalen@charter.net.

It's an apple cider party

Do you have apples ripening on your tree? A local group of volunteer fruit foragers would love to come by and pick the ripening fruit.

The Fruit Barons harvest unclaimed fruit and donate surplus to a number of local organizations. This year they will also recover apples to make cider for a social event hosted by Healthy Trees.

Anyone with ripening fruit can bring in their own apples or call the Fruit Barons at 220-6330 or 224-3827.

Donate apples for a cider-making event to be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 5 at 2578 South Curry Street, #5, in Carson City. This location for Healthy Trees is south of the Greenhouse Garden Center and behind Liaison Salon.

Anyone who loves local apple juice can join this social. Bring knives for cutting up fruit, a comfortable chair to work from, jugs for the cider and large buckets. Five-gallon buckets move the fruit from the washing station to the cutting tables to the cider press.

Dave Zahrt, a recent transplant from Iowa, has a cider press mounted on a trailer, which grinds the sliced fruit and presses the apple mulch into delicious apple cider.

According to Zahrt, it takes about a bushel of apples to make a gallon of cider. Enthusiasts who have their own apple press are invited to join in the event and assist with production.

For more information, call David Zahrt at 882-1662 or Tom Henderson at 224-3827.

Carson City goes extra mile

Carson City Mayor Robert Crowell has joined more than 215 other U.S. mayors to declare Nov. 1 "Extra Mile Day." This is a day acknowledging the capacity people have to create positive change in families, organizations, communities and the world.

In association with the Extra Mile America Foundation, mayors in all 50 states have come together to remind people that individuals and organizations each have the ability to create change by their willingness to do more, give more and go the extra mile.

Extra Mile America started in 2009 with non-bicyclist Anderson's symbolic 4,000-mile solo bike ride across the U.S. during which he interviewed 200 people identified as "going the extra mile" in either accomplishing something unique or in overcoming major tragedy.

This year, mayors will join Anderson to share the message that positive change in our families, organizations, communities and world begins with us personally.

To learn more about the Extra Mile America Foundation, go to http://www.extramileamerica.org/.

Art exhibit and reception scheduled

Geographical Divides: Finding Common Ground will be shown in the OXS Gallery of the Nevada Arts Council in the Washing Square Building, 716 N. Carson St., Ste. A, in Carson City through Dec. 2.

A reception and artist talk by Sharon Tetly will be from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in the gallery.

Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 775-786-6680.


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