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Carson City and Northern Nevada community announcements

Public employees to meet Tuesday

Representatives of Waddell & Reed will offer potential replacement options for Voya, which took over the deferred compensation program from Massachusetts Mutual, at the next Retired Public Employees of Nevada, or RPEN, meeting on Tuesday at the Carson City senior center, 911 Beverly Drive.

RPEN’s board will meet at 1 p.m., and the general meeting will follow at 2 p.m. Anyone can attend either or both meetings. Refreshments will be provided.

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Artist’s talk on photography Tuesday at BRIC

Dr. Catherine Zurmoskis will present “Photography in the Everyday: The Lives of Images,” an illustrated talk presented by Capital City Arts Initiative’s Nevada Neighbors series, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Business Resource Innovation Center, 108 E. Proctor St.

Zurmoskis, an associate professor of art and art history at the University of New Mexico, believes personal photographs are significant to the way the individual understands his or her personal relation and place in society. Her presentation will examine the language of everyday photographs, including everyday snapshots, and what they mean in a broader social context.

Zurmoskis is the author of “Snapshot Photography: The Lives of Images.” She’s scheduled to giver her talk to arts students and faculty at Douglas High School and Sierra Nevada College.

An informal reception will preceed the event at 6:15 p.m. The reception and presentation are free.

The Capital City Arts Initiative supports artists and arts and culture in Carson City and surrounding areas through art projects and exhibitions, live events, arts education programs, artist residencies, and online projects.

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Free events offered at Sierra Place

Sierra Place Senior Living, 1111 W. College Parkway, is hosting free events in March.

Mike Thomas will present about man-made wonders at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 10.

Grace Notes Light, a hand bell choir from Carson City First Presbyterian Church, will perform patriotic and folk tunes at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 17.

Alicia Barber, author of “Reno’s Big Gamble,” will talk about the evolution of Reno at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19.

Bob Nylen, curator of history at the Nevada State Museum, will talk about the history of the use of camels in Nevada. Nylen’s presentation will include a display of camel bells.

For more information, call 775-841-4111.

Exhibit on famed Nevada explorer closing March 8

The exhibit “Finding Fremont: Pathfinder of the West” at the Nevada State Museum will close at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 8.

John C. Fremont, the Republican Party’s first presidential candidate, led an 1843 expedition that covered Northern Nevada. The exhibit features parts of the carriage and barrel experts believe is the lost cannon Fremont left behind.

The Nevada State Museum and the Des Chutes Historical Museum of Bend, Ore., partnered to produce the exhibit to celebrate Nevada’s Sesquicentennial. It’s set to reopen at the Oregon museum in May.

Among the artifacts featured is a sword that was presented to Fremont in 1848 by the citizens of Charleston, S.C., on loan from Arizona Historical Society. Cases show an 1856 presidential campaign flag, commemorative and campaign medallions, original photographic prints and engravings, and books and excerpts from Fremont’s journal.

Admission is $8 for adults, free for museum members and children 17 and younger. The program is included with regular admission.

The museum is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday at 600 N. Carson Street. For more information, call Gene Hattori at 775-687-4810, ext. 230.

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 would be recommended for free evaluations conducted by the district.

Families who 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 is holding 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

Dinner on March 7 honors emergency responders

Tahoe/Douglas Elks Lodge is hosting a steak dinner and awards program to honor East Fork Fire and Paramedic Districts personnel on Saturday, March 7, at 1227 Kimmerling Road in the Gardnerville Ranchos.

Social hour starts at 5 p.m. with dinner following at 6 p.m. Dinner is $18; the cost includes, salad, steak, potatoes, vegetables and dessert.

For tickets or more information, call John Wise at 775-266-3941.

Meeting about Dayton’s dog park March 10

Dayton Valley Dog Park Committee will discuss dog training classes, fundraising ideas, maintenance of Dayton’s dog park and an upcoming flea market at its next meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 10 at Dayton Valley Senior Center, 320 Old Dayton Valley Road.

For more information, call Andrea at 775-246-0814.

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 will be 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.

Douglas painting group meets March 12

The Carson Valley Desert Brushes invites painters of all levels to create Zentangle designs at 10 a.m. March 12 at Johnson Lane Firehouse, 1400 Stephanie Way in Minden.

For more information, call Maryellen at 775-885-8166 or Carol at 775-883-9340.