Community Briefly Sept. 16

'Still Lifes for Cowpokes' exhibition opens today

The Capital City Arts Initiative presents an exhibition of Mick Sheldon's Still Lifes for Cowpokes at the CCAI Courthouse Gallery from today through Jan. 6.

CCAI will host a reception for the artist from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the Courthouse at 885 East Musser St. The exhibition and reception are free and the public is cordially invited.

The exhibition features 18 still life paintings by artist Mick Sheldon, a Reno native and UNR alum. This exhibition's paintings grew out of an assignment the artist gave to his students and to himself as well: Paint a still life.

"The gourds, the skulls, the thick rope, the student-made lopsided pots and bottles, the cactus, the bullet-riddled cans, the broken glass, and especially the cloth kept tumbling around and over each other" revealed themselves to be players in the rodeos and cowboy western movies he remembered from his youth: skulls as the cowboys, cacti as the pine trees, desk lamps as the light source.

For additional information visit CCAI's website at

Casting call for 'The Music Man, Jr.'

The Brewery Arts Center is holding a casting call for talented young performers.

The BAC's BAC Stage Kids will host an open audition for the upcoming production of "The Music Man, Jr." at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Maizie Harris Jesse Theatre, 449 W. King Street, Carson City. The auditions are open to students from kindergarten through 12th grade.    

Those wanting a lead role should come prepared with a 1 1/2 minute monologue and a 1 1/2 minute song choice (sound system and pianist available). Every participant will have the opportunity during the auditions to dance, read and sing for ensemble roles. Please dress appropriately.  

This is an open audition and no roles have been pre-cast. 

For further information, contact Tami Castillo Shelton, director, 775-883-1976 ext.114,   Performances will begin in November.

Annual Pooch Plunge Saturday

Parks 4 Paws' Third Annual Pooch Plunge will be Saturday at the Carson Aquatic Center's outdoor pool, 841 N. Roop St.

Help your pooch beat the heat at the annual pool party for pooches.

Times will be at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Cost for first dog is $8, and $5 for each additional dog.

For more information and a registration form, go to

Relationships to be discussed at worship service

Western Nevadans are invited to learn more about relationships at a service at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Carson City Community Center. The "The Secret of Relationships" is sponsored by Eckankar, Religion of the Light and Sound of God.

During this free, one-hour meeting a skilled facilitator will give a brief talk, followed by readings, a small-group discussion and a short contemplation.

For more information, call Clay Brant at (775) 358-9013.

Visit ECKANKAR's national web site at:; the Nevada web site is:

Free life insurance for education offered to eligible families

Families in the Northern Nevada will have the opportunity to provide a quality education for their children in the event of an unexpected loss in their family. The event, hosted by Abowd & Rose Financial Group and The Boys & Girls Club and previously scheduled for Saturday, has been moved to 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 15 at The Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Nevada, 1870 Russell Way in Carson City. Applicants must apply in person.

The financial group has teamed with MassMutual Life Insurance Company to offer eligible families $50,000 in term life insurance coverage free of charge. MassMutual pays all policy costs, and the $50,000 benefit can be used by families to cover educational expenses for children in the event a parent or legal guardian passes away unexpectedly. Since the program launched in 2002, MassMutual has given away more than 12,000 policies totaling over $600 million in coverage.

"We are excited to be able to bring this unique opportunity to families in our community. This program can help working families level the playing field by providing an educational safety net for their children's education", said Eric Abowd, President & CEO of Abowd & Rose Financial Group.

Parents and legal guardians between the ages of 19 and 42 can apply for the program. To be eligible, applicants must also have one or more dependent child under the age of 18, be working full or part-time with a total annual family income between $10,000 and $40,000 and be permanent, legal residents of the United States. Applicants must also be deemed in good health by MassMutual's underwriting guidelines.

Refreshments and activities for children will be provided. For more information, contact Abowd & Rose Financial Group at (775) 885-8300.

Murder mystery event to benefit Children's Museum

Who killed Flabbius Corpus? Was it Maximus Testosterus, or maybe Bogus Fortunatus?

You have the opportunity to solve this ancient Roman murder at the Children's Museum Murder Mystery on Oct. 1. Cocktails are at 5 p.m. with dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Enjoy a tri-tip dinner and meet the eight prime suspects as we work to unravel the clues to this mystery. And, if you would like, wear a toga to get into the scene.

Before the dinner, bid on auction items that include Disney park-hopper tickets, Kirkwood and Mammoth ski packages, tickets to area sporting events, area hotel dine-and-stay packages, and many more.

Plan to get your tickets early since seating is limited and a sell-out crowd is expected. Tickets are $35 and available at the Children's Museum at 813 N. Carson St.

Call 884-2226 for more information or go the website at Tickets can be purchased from the Children's Museum cashier everyday during September. The museum is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee to meet

City leaders are meeting to assess risks posed by natural and manmade disasters and identify ways to reduce those risks identified city's Hazard Mitigation Plan.

This plan is required under the Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 as a prerequisite for receiving certain forms of federal disaster assistance, and the plan can be found on the city's website at

This meeting of the Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee will be held Sept. 29, at 1:30 p.m. at the Carson City Fire Department, 777 S. Stewart St., Carson City.

Public comments and participation are welcomed. For additional information or to request to participate, or to submit comments, call Gary Dunn, Carson City Emergency Management, at 775-283-7163 or

Celebration of life for Reed Robbins

A celebration of life will be held for Reed Robbins at 2 p.m. Sept. 24 at Friends In Service Helping.

Reed, director of human resources for FISH for 17 years, died July 27.

From clients and volunteers to court-assignees, Reed guided and monitored innumerable people in the Carson City community, said organizer Robert Simpson.

All those who knew Reed and all those whose lives were affected by him are invited to attend and bring cookies, Danish or cake. FISH will supply the coffee.

All are encouraged to wear a hat in Reed's honor.

FISH is located at 138 E. Long St.

For more information, call 775-882-3474, Ext. 107

Dayton High alum sought

Dayton High School is searching for alumni. Students from the classes of 1991, 2001, and 2011 are invited to attend football games and be apart of Dayton High's "Maroon Army." If interested contact

Community Roots' 'Name Your Price Sale' is Saturday

Community Roots, a nonprofit nursery at the corner of Highway 50 East and Second Avenue in Dayton, is hosting their third annual "Name Your Price Sale" on Saturday from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The end-of-season clearance sale takes place during Dayton Valley Days and is perfect timing for fall planting, with hundreds of items, including maple, oak and mulberry trees. All reasonable offers will be considered.

Community Roots operates a nonprofit nursery and summer farmers' market, the sales from which help fund community projects including implementation of school gardens, community gardens, nonprofit farmers' markets, an annual regional toy drive, and job training, volunteer and service learning opportunities for adults and teens.

Community Roots is a nonprofit business of Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey.

For more information, contact Wendy Madson at 250-7884.

Resume workshop for job-seekers

Carson City Library will sponsor a resume building workshop at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

This workshop is open to anyone looking for a new job, anyone seeking to change jobs, and especially to those having a difficult time finding a job.

Seating is limited. RSVP to Andrea at 775-887-2244 Ext.1019 or email

This workshop will include the seven key principles to create an effective resume; how to make your resume stand out; how to use your resume to get a job in any job market; what employers look for when reviewing your resume; and the resources available through the Carson City Library that will help fine tune your resume.

The instructor, Vishnu Subramaniam, has reviewed and critiqued hundreds of resumes and hired employees in the private and non-profit sectors.

Bring your resume for a review. The library is located at the corner of Roop and Washington Streets.

Workforce job fair offers opportunity to find employment

With unemployment in Carson City over 12 percent, many area residents are looking for work. The Carson City Human Services Workforce Development Program is ready to give them a hand by organizing and sponsoring a job fair 1:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Carson City Senior Center.

The job fair is open to any local resident who wants to meet with prospective employers. Job fairs are a great opportunity for people who are unemployed to meet with many employers who are hiring, all in one place. Anyone who wishes to participate should bring several copies of their resume and be ready to talk to hiring managers from participating companies.

Some of the employers who will be attending the job fair include: A.2.Z Staffing, LLC; Adecco; Advanced Home Health; Aerotek; Fusion Salon; Kelly Services; Right at Home; Spherion; and the U.S. Army. Any other employers who wish to take part should contact the Workforce Development Office to reserve a table.

For those who may require a bit more help to enter the job market, the Workforce Development Program has a Case Manager who is willing to assist with writing a resume, searching for jobs, and setting individual employment goals. Their office, located in the Health and Human Services building at 900 E. Long Street, strives to place workers in jobs that are well-suited to their interests and skills. Anyone can make an appointment to receive advice on searching for jobs.

For further information please call Kelly Ibarra, Workforce Case Manager, at 283-7579 or email

Historical Society hosts member's potluck

The Carson City Historical Society's annual member's potluck picnic will be at 4 p.m. Sept. 25 at 310 Meyer St.

Reservations are required by calling 775-884-1448 before Tuesday.

Those who wish to attend but are not members can join at the picnic. Bring a potluck dish.

Circles Initiative meeting set

Capital City circles Initiative is hosting a recruitment and informational meeting from 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at 2621 Northgate Lane. For more information, call 315-9469.

Help offered for Medicare recipients

Lyon County Human Services staff are trained to enroll Medicare recipients in programs that help pay the premiums, deductibles, and co-payments for Medicare Part B (doctor visits, etc.) and Medicare Part D (prescriptions).

Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs) provide assistance in paying Medicare Part B premiums, deductibles, and co-payments. The Low-Income Subsidy (LIS) offers "extra help" in paying the premiums, deductibles, and co-payments for Medicare Part D.

The 2011 monthly income limits for Medicare Part B are $1,225 per month for an individual and $1,654 per month for a married couple. Medicare Part D income limits are $1,361 per month for an individual and $1,839 per month for a married couple. Other resource and asset limits may apply.

Appointments are available to receive assistance in completing the Medicare Savings Programs / Low Income Subsidy application. Staff will help individuals get answers to questions, review Medicare plans and determine if the individual might be eligible for the assistance. There will also be outreach events held at the Senior Centers on the following days in October:

Dayton Senior Center - Thursday, Oct. 20. Contact for appointment Lisa Young 246-6210.

Fernley Senior Center - Wednesday, Oct. 19. Contact for appointment Debby Stevens 575-3370.

Silver Springs Senior Center - Friday, Oct. 21. Contact for appointment Rod Sanchez 577-5014.

For more information, contact Carlyn Grocholski or Sara Brower at 577-5009.

Leisure Hour Club begins 115th year

The Carson City Leisure Hour Club will celebrate the beginning of its 115th year, and initiate the 2001-2012 year with a dinner and a presentation titled "A Look Back at Carson City." The meeting will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Carson Nugget banquet room.

The session will take several steps back into Carson City's history, the people who made that history happen, and how those events have shaped the Carson City of today.

Presenting will be Jed Block, the son of a long-time Carson City family. He was born and raised in Carson City, graduated from Carson High School in 1982, then pursued his bachelor of arts degree from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif.

Block is an active member of the Carson City community, where he serves as president of the State Agent and Transfer Syndicate, Inc.

The Leisure Hour Club of Carson City is the oldest continuously meeting organization in the city, having been founded in September 1896. The group continues in its goal of promoting knowledge on important issues, science, music and literature.

For more information, or reservations call Dorothy at 885-2542.

The Legend of Bobby Walthour Sr.

Carson City Library will host South Lake Tahoe author Andrew Homan at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Homan has written a riveting account about one of America's most famous athletes, Bobby Walthour Sr. The book, "Life in the Slipstream: The Legend of Bobby Walthour Sr.," is about a great American professional cyclist nearly forgotten by time.

Life in the Slipstream chronicles Bobby Walthour's rise from a lowly bicycle messenger in Georgia to a two-time national and international cycling champion. Prior to World War II bicycle racing was a hugely popular spectator sport in the United States. Walthour's career parallels the surging popularity of the bicycle in America. This biography depicts his life against the backdrop of the bicycle craze that swept America in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Carson City Library is open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, located at the corner of Roop and Washington Streets. For more information, call 887-2244 or checkout our website at

NARFE meeting set

NARFE Chapter 2167, Min-Gard's next meeting is 2 p.m. Sept. 27 in the United Methodist Church in Gardnerville. We will have a speaker from Carson Valley Senior Living.

For any questions contact John Palen or call 775-265-9500.

Harvest Book Sale at the Carson City Library

The Friends of the Carson City Library will be offering for sale over 12,000 recently donated books at their Harvest Book Sale 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 23 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 24 and a preview sale for members of the Friends 5:30 -7 p.m. on Sept. 22. If you're not a member you can join at the door.

The sale will be held at the library, 900 N. Roop St. in Carson City. For more information, call 882-5458.

Minden fabric store donates quilts to IHOP survivors

A Minden fabric store extended its Quilts of Valor project to include the three surviving victims of the Carson City IHOP shooting

Two National Guardsmen and a civilian woman were injured in the shooting. The two soldiers received their quilts shortly after the shooting; and the woman soon will be given a quilt made by volunteers of Fabric Chicks Creative Oasis in Minden.

According to Beth Watts, owner of Fabric Chicks, the two soldiers use their quilts to bolster their injuries while in bed. The civilian woman is still in ICU in a Reno hospital.

The store's Quilts of Valor project has made and donated 25 quilts to Sgt. Major CSM Brown of the Nevada Army National Guard. Some of the quilts have been sent to soldiers at Walter Reed Hospital and another quilt was donated to the mother of a soldier killed in Afghanistan.

On the first Saturday of each month, quilters gather at Fabric Chicks, 1166 Annie Ct. #C, Minden, to make quilts for the Quilts of Valor project and to assemble kits for squares that patrons can piece together at home.

Fabric Chicks and its patrons wish to extend their sympathies and prayers to all who have been effected by this tragedy.

Carson Chamber Singers to begin rehearsals

Carson Chamber Singers, conducted by Judy Monson, begins rehearsals for the 2011-12 season on Sept. 27, at First United Methodist Church in Carson City. The first performance will be the Holiday Treat, a joint concert with the Carson City Symphony, on Dec. 12 at the Bob Boldrick Theater in the Carson City Community Center.

The Carson Chamber Singers, an affiliate of the symphony, has immediate openings for tenors and basses. Rehearsals are at 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Singers who are interested in auditioning should contact Director Monson at 775-882-7464 or the Symphony at 775-883-4154.

Carson Chamber Singers, founded in 1985, participate in the Symphony's annual "Holiday Treat" and "Pops Party" concerts in Carson City and the Reno Philharmonic's July Third and Fourth concerts at Bartley Ranch in Reno and Mormon Station Park in Genoa. They have sung at several venues in Carson City; and in Reno, Virginia City, Minden, Genoa, and Fallon.

Wing Off competition to heat up Carson Station

Best Western Carson Station Hotel Casino announces the Carson Station Wing Off, a chicken wing cook-off event, presented by the Great International Chicken Wing Society Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in the Carson Station parking lot, at 900 S. Carson St. in Carson City.

Organized by W.R. "Willie" Davison a.k.a. the "Chicken Wing King", restaurants and bars will compete to see whose chicken wings reign with attendees and tasters - chicken hawks- helping choose the winners, including a "People's Choice Award." Davison is well known for his popular annual chicken wing cook off in downtown Reno.

Sample the best sauces, enjoy live music and DJ, shop for arts and crafts and bring the kids for games and an affordable weekend of family fun. Then go inside the newly remodeled Carson Station Hotel Casino for cash giveaways and special promotions.

Admission is free to the Chicken Wing Off and chicken wing sampler plates start at only $3. The Carson Station Wing Off winners will be crowned at 2 p.m. on Oct. 2.

Schedule: Sept. 30, noon to 7 p.m.; Oct.1, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Oct. 2, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with awards presentation for the top four best-tasting chicken wings at 2 p.m.

Teach an adult to read

Carson City Literacy Volunteer Organization will hold training sessions for new tutors from 6- 9 p.m. Oct. 19 and 20, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 22. All sessions must be completed to become certified to tutor. The sessions will be held at 430 Jeanell Dr. Suite B. Cost is $25.

The training gives people the tools and confidence needed to tutor without prior teaching experience. Tutors will be trained to help adults learning to speak English as well as English speakers who want to improve their reading skills. Once certified, tutors will be matched with a student and work with that student for two one hour sessions a week.

For information or to register, call Jan Whitemore at 775-885-1010.


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