Carson City news in brief

Display’s focus is on local African-American experience

From Douglas County’s highest tax payer who could neither read nor vote, to the doctor who performed the first simultaneous removal of a gall bladder and appendix in Nevada, African-Americans have consistently participated in the evolution of Nevada’s 150 year heritage.

150 Facts about the African-American Experience in Northern Nevada is the title of an exhibit previewing at the Nevada State Legislature from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Thursday.

For more information, go to, or call Ken Dalton at 775-741-5103.

Carson artist revealing ‘Magic of Masks’ Tuesday

Carson City’s Michelle Lassaline invites the public to meet and interact with some of her fanciful creations, a series of hand-made papier-mâché animal masks titled “The Magic of Masks,” from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Legislature.

Lassaline’s work has been featured at the Nevada Museum of Art, Sierra Arts Foundation, St. Mary’s Art Center, UNR and Sierra Nevada College.

The presentation is part of “The Work of Artists,” a series of programs scheduled throughout the legislative session. Admission is free.

The series is presented by the Nevada Arts Council, a division of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, SENarts and Capital City Arts Initiative.

For more information, go to, or call 775-687-6680.

NV Energy offering scholarships to high school seniors

NV Energy’s Powerful Partnership Scholarship Program, administered by the Community Foundation of Western Nevada, is accepting applications from high school seniors, who may be awarded $1,000 based on the program’s selection criteria and number of applications received.

These one-time scholarships of $1,000 can be used at any accredited university, college or trade school. Recipients will be invited to an award ceremony in May in Reno.

Students must complete the application, available at scholarships-2/, by March 15.

Since the program’s start in 2000, NV Energy has awarded nearly 800 scholarships to students statewide. Last year, $20,000 in scholarships was awarded to 20 high school seniors in Northern Nevada.

For more information and a full list of requirements, go to

Outreach center offering free clothes to job seekers

St. Hugh of Lincoln Episcopal Outreach Center, 4280 Highway 50 in Silver Springs, has a variety of men’s and women’s business clothes available for job seekers.

The center is open from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Wednesdays. For more information, call Norma Kennemer at 775-577-9606.

Scholarships in memory of Gov. Guinn available

Applications for the Kenny C. Guinn Memorial Scholarship, which awards two college students, one from Northern Nevada, the other from Southern Nevada, majoring in education who are entering their senior year, are being accepted.

The Kenny C. Guinn Memorial Scholarship provides two scholarships per year, up to $4,500, to qualified Gov. Guinn Millennium Scholarship students to supplement the students’ current GGMS award.

Students must be an eligible Millennium Scholar at the time of application; they must be entering his/her senior or last year of college with 90 or more credits at an eligible institution; they must be enrolled in and remain enrolled in a course of study leading to licensure in elementary or secondary education; they must maintain a college grade-point average of not less than 3.5 on a 4.0 grading scale; they must state a commitment to teaching in Nevada upon graduation; and they must have a commendable record of community service.

Applications are available at Aside from three letters of recommendation, applicants must complete a short essay describing what receiving the Kenny C. Guinn Memorial Scholarship would mean to them personally and how the recipient would use their education degree to benefit the people of Nevada. Applications must be returned to the State Treasurer’s Office by midnight on April 1.

For more information, go to, or email

To donate to the scholarship fund, send checks to State Treasurer’s Office; 101 N. Carson Street, Suite. 4, Carson City, NV 89701.

Carson High offering children’s cheer camp

Cheerleaders from Carson High School will host a junior cheer camp for boys and girls in grades kindergarten through eighth from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday in Senator Square at Carson High School.

The camp focuses on team and leadership skills. All participants will perform for their families at 11:45 a.m. on the day of the camp and at the Mr. Carson High pageant at 6:30 p.m. March 6 at the Carson City Community Center.

The camp costs $30 for returning camp attendees and members of Pop Warner or Sierra Youth Football League. Registration for everyone else costs $35. Children with special needs are admitted free.

Registration forms can be mailed to Carson High School, 1111 N. Saliman Road, Carson City, NV 89702, or they can be dropped at Carson High School’s athletics office. Participants can also register at the event.

Registration fees, which benefit the Carson High cheer program, include a cheer bow and one free general admission ticket to Mr. Carson High.

For more information, call Coach Sheila Story at 775-283-1675.

Day of events planned for dads & daughters

Virginia City’s Father-Daughter Day and Dance on Saturday will offer the opportunity for dads to make their daughters feel like a Victorian-era princess.

The event includes a day on the Comstock with a flower for daughters, old-time photo portraits, lunch, hot cocoa or coffee, fudge and tickets to the dance at 3 p.m. at Piper’s Opera House.

Tickets, available at, are $15 for children and $25 for adults.

For more information, go to, or call 775-847-7500.

Area school raising money through reading challenge

Jacks Valley Elementary School is challenging students to read 30 books in 30 days through its Read 30 Challenge, a program held in March in conjunction with Nevada Reading Week.

The school wants to raise $15,000, an amount that would support educational software, books, student assemblies, classroom supplies and scholarships and other items that are not included in the school’s annual budget.

Individuals or businesses that would like to donate money or prizes are asked to call Jacks Valley Elementary School at 775-267-3267 for a sponsorship form.

Dog obedience classes start at Fuji Park

Carson City Recreation’s basic dog obedience program, instructed by Guy Yeaman, starts March 3 and runs through April 7. Classes meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Fuji Park, across from Costco.

The class covers basic obedience commands and addresses individual problems and behaviors.

Each dog needs a training collar (choke chain, Halti, Martingale, harness, etc.) and a leash 4- to 6-feet in length. Dogs must be current on all shots through rabies; written record must be shown at the first class.

The 6-week course costs $80 per person. Register with Carson City Recreation at the Carson Aquatic Facility or online at

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

Free digital learning classes offered in March

@ Two Digital Learning Center at the Carson City Library hosts free monthly digital learning classes.

Introduction to Windows 7 will be from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, and from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 25.

A session about Excel will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, and from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 31.

Introduction to PowerPoint will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 5.

Introduction to Word will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, and from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 24.

Email with Gmail will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 11.

Facebook for beginners will be from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 12.

Computers for beginners will be from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, and from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 26.

Getting started with OverDrive will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 18.

A session about web browsing will be from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 19.

To register, go to, or visit the desk at @ Two Digital Learning Center.

Free Child Find screenings offered March 7

Douglas County School District will offer free Child Find screenings, a procedure for 3-to-5-year-olds who may have delays in early childhood development, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 7 at the Heritage Building, formerly Gardnerville Elementary School, 1286 Toler Ave. in Gardnerville.

The event is for Douglas County children who have not entered kindergarten. With school district staff, families can discuss concerns about delays with speech, language, cognitive, social, emotional or motor skills.

If children are suspected of having a developmental delay, he or she may be eligible for school services and will be recommended for free evaluations conducted by the district.

Families that are unable to attend but would like an evaluation can call Douglas County School District Special Services at 775-265-5262, ext. 4.

Lyon Republicans meeting March 7

The Lyon County Republican Central Committee will hold its next meeting, in which anyone is welcome to drop in and meet Republican officials and learn about grass roots politics, at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 7, at Smith Valley Library, 22 Day Lane, Smith.

For more information, call Richard at 775-843-8488, or go to

Classes geared for aging gardeners

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is offering “Gardening Smarter as We Mature,” a series of three free classes for maturing gardeners at 11 locations statewide.

The classes, taught by Anne Lindsay, health, nutrition and exercise physiology specialist, and Angela O’Callaghan, social horticulture specialist, will focus on the biomechanics of the body, covering gross and fine motor skills, core strengthening, cardiovascular health, strength and endurance. Participants will learn practical gardening applications, such as simplifying gardening life, prioritizing tasks, using lower-maintenance plants and gardening in raised beds.

Classes run from 10 a.m. to noon March 11, April 8 and May 14. The sessions are held at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Lifelong Learning Center in Las Vegas, but will be available via interactive video at the following locations — Carson City Cooperative Extension, 2621 Northgate Lane, Room 12; Churchill County Cooperative Extension, 111 Scheckler Road, Fallon; Douglas County Cooperative Extension, 1325 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville; and Lyon County Cooperative Extension, 504 S. Main St., Yerington.

Registration is required. RSVP to the Cooperative Extension office where you plan to attend. The Carson City office is at 775-887-2252; the Fallon office is at 775-423-5121; the Gardnerville office is at 775-782-9960; and the Yerington office is at 775-463-6541. Persons in need of special accommodations or assistance are asked to call at least three days prior to the event.

For more information, call JoAnne Skelly at 775-887-2252.


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