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Veterans creative workshop

An Iliad: Activating Veterans Histories has been awarded funding by Nevada Humanities to do a creative writing/monologue workshop for veterans, active military and family members.

The project is recruiting veterans for the workshops, which take place in the following dates/locations:

Oct. 6, 6 p.m. — GBC Theatre, Elko

Oct. 8, 1:30 p.m. — Brewery Arts Center, Carson City

Oct. 8, 6:30 p.m. — UNR Redfield Studio (CFA 101), Reno

Oct. 21, 2 p.m. — Rosemary Clarke Middle School, Pahrump

Those interested can contact Jacqueline Viskup at 949-463-0074 (text or call) or email Each workshop can host up to 10 participants.

Healthy Teaching Kitchen

Join the upcoming VA Women Veterans Healthy Teaching Kitchen classes. Learning how to cook can be one step toward getting healthier foods on your plate.

The Healthy Teaching Kitchen program at the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System, 955 Kirman Ave., in Reno, provides veterans with nutrition knowledge, cooking skills, and guided practice to build confidence in cooking at home with healthy, minimally processed foods.

Classes occur the first Wednesday of every month from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. and you can participate either in-person at the VA or virtually.

Veterans Upward Bound

Veterans Upward Bound at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno can help with academic advisement, college applications, educational benefits, academic review and referrals to community resources.

Veterans Upward Bound is a U.S. Department of Education program. For information call 775-829-9007 or email The website is

AUSA dinner

The Association of the United States Army William C. Westmoreland Veterans Day dinner will be Nov. 10 at the Tamarack Junction in Reno.

The guest speaker will be Lt. Gen. Leslie Smith, USA retired, the AUSA vice president of Leadership and Education.

For information contact

Stand Down

Stand Down: Elks Help Veterans in Need is Oct. 7 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center’s gym, 851 E. William St.

Transportation will be available (Free JAC rides all day for veterans). Reserve your resource table, make a donation or volunteer your time. For information, call or text 775-301-0605. You may also email

Mental Health Summit

The third annual VA VISN Mental Health Summit is Oct. 5 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

The seminar will be held virtually through Webex:

This is a free event, and all community members, veterans, providers and families are welcome.

Speaker topics include “Moral injury after Combat: How War’s Violence Can Impact Veterans’ Lives,” “Moral Injury in War: Conceptualization and Treatment,” and “Moral Injury and Spirituality.”

To register using Webex, use this link:

Nevada Transition Assistance Program

A career and resource fair hosted by the Nevada Department of Veterans Services is Saturday, Sept. 30 from 1-4 p.m. at the American Legion Hall Duby Reid Post 30, 730 4th St., in Sparks.

For veterans, service members and military families, discover the state and local benefits designed to assist you during life’s transitions. Register at

Exhibitors can set up at 8 a.m., and an exhibitor program is from 9 a.m. to noon. Register at

If you register as an exhibitor, do not double register as a participant. Space is limited.

Veterans, spouses job center

AARP and Blue Star Families will host a free, virtual event on Thursday, Sept. 28 at noon to help veterans and military spouses accelerate their careers as well as find flexible or remote career paths. The event will feature key resources and tools from AARP, such as AARP’s Veterans and Military Spouses Job Center.

Although 90% of military spouses have either some college or a graduate or other professional degree, they often struggle with unemployment and underemployment.

During the free event, participants will also learn about certification opportunities from AARP’s Skills Builder for Work and get exclusive, free access to accredited courses to help them develop sought-after digital and leadership skills.

To register go to For information, email Daniel Alarcon at

VFW Post 10053 spaghetti feed

VFW Post 10053 in Verdi is having its annual spaghetti feed Oct. 7 from noon to 4 p.m. No-host bar opens at 11 a.m. The cost is $10 donation per plate. The grand prize drawing is $500 in cash.

Nevada Guard monthly meetings

• The Nevada Air Guard’s monthly breakfast is on the second Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. at the Reno Elks Club. Cost is $10. For information or to confirm, email

• The Nevada Army Guard’s breakfast is on the second Monday of the month at 8 a.m. at the Carson City Elks Club. Cost is $8. For information or to confirm, email

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