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Several Churchill County High School clubs are uniting efforts once again for the CCHS Fall Carnival.

Join us on Oct. 8 between noon and 4 p.m. on the CCHS campus for a family fun-filled afternoon of carnival games, food and activities. Some of the fun activities include a cake walk, bean bag and ring toss, guess the weight, face painting, bounce house, win-a-goldfish, and a gypsy fortune teller. Join us for lunch as we’ll have hot dogs, water, soda, cotton candy, popcorn, and candy apples.

This event will help the various clubs at the high school raise money for their activities during the upcoming school year.


The Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation will be hosting its annual Halloween fundraiser, A Night With Dr. Caligari.

Screening the 1920 classic German horror film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, will take place in the Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 21.

The film will be accompanied by live music featuring Jake Houston & The Royal Flush and The Future Criminals of America. Additional activities include: carnival games, a raffle, costume contests, face painting, pumpkin decorating, and a photo booth.

Tickets: $10 and can be bought online at http://www.tmparksfoundation.org, or at the door.

Members and children 12 and under are free.


Churchill County Museum’s 2016 Lecture Series on Tuesdays features STEAM (the acronym for science, technology, engineering, art and math).

The free Lecture Series continues through Oct. 18, showcasing speakers Kent Tarver, Tarver Propellers owner, Michael Mikel, aka “Danger Ranger,” founder of Burning Man, and Lynda Weist, UNR Professor. All performances are presented at Churchill County Museum, 1050 S. Maine St.. Call 775-423-3677 for information.

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Tickets for the Virginia & Truckee Railroad’s wildly popular holiday adventure to the North Pole via THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride are on sale.

The schedule of enchanted train rides runs from Nov. 17 through Dec. 23. For the past five years, every seat on every train has sold out for the V&T’s magical trip to the North Pole, making it imperative for parents and grandparents to make arrangements early.

To purchase tickets, call 877-724-5007 or 775-291-0208 or visit http://www.vtrailway.com. Info is also available at http://www.polarexpressride.com.

Set to the sounds of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ motion picture soundtrack, families aboard the holiday train can relive the story’s magic in a one-hour journey filled with music, songs and a cast of characters all the way to the North Pole. Once onboard, hot chocolate and treats are served as passengers read along with the classic children’s book “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg.

Santa Claus and his helpers greet passengers at the North Pole and then board the train, where each child is given the first gift of Christmas – a silver sleigh bell. Elves in each train car lead families in Christmas carol favorites on the ride back to Carson City.

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride begin Nov. 17 with evening runs at 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 8p.m. Thursday-Sunday with special final runs up to the week of Christmas.

Limited VIP tickets aboard the historic 32-seat Parlor Car are available with additional entertainment, extra time with Santa, a special holiday treat, and an exclusive THE POLAR EXPRESS™ ceramic hot chocolate mug. Passengers in this car enjoy the best views of the North Pole and room for dancing and games during the trip.

VIP tickets are $82 for adults and $72 for children 2-12 — free for children under 2 who sit on a lap. Coach tickets are $46 for adults and $36 for children. Arrival at the station 30 minutes prior to departure is recommended. The V&T’s engine and holiday decorated passenger cars leave the Carson City Eastgate Depot (seven miles east of downtown Carson City) and travel nearly two miles before stopping at Santa’s North Pole retreat.

The boarding area at the Carson City Depot, Eastgate Siding Road offers indoor heated areas where riders can take photos with Santa Claus and purchase holiday souvenirs. Each ticket includes hot chocolate, cookies, entertainment, a reading of “The Polar Express” and a keepsake silver bell.


The spirit of adventure lives at the Wilbur D. May Museum at Reno’s Rancho San Rafael Regional Park this fall with the opening of two new safari-themed exhibitions through Oct. 20.

See the world through the eyes of pioneering explorers who documented disappearing landscapes, wildlife, and cultures of remote areas of the world in the early 20th century – leaving an important source of ethnological and zoological material for researchers of today.

“Married to Adventure” tells the story of Martin and Osa Johnson — daring naturalists, filmmakers, photographers, explorers, and American heroes of the 1910s-1930s.

The Johnsons brought the adventure and fascination of far-away lands into the homes of millions of Americans with their sold-out movies, books, and lectures.

Together, Martin and Osa escaped cannibals in the South Pacific, filmed wild animals in Africa, and more.

Osa Johnson was a role model for women everywhere as she published books, hosted her own wildlife series for television, and even designed her own line of safari clothes for women!

This fascinating exhibition is on loan from the Safari Museum in Chanute, Kansas and features more than 100 original photographs, movie posters, and artifacts that capture the romance and adventure that characterized Martin and Osa’s life together.

“On Safari” comes from the May Museum archives and features never-before-seen photographs and artifacts from Wilbur May’s first African safari in 1929. At the age of 30, Wilbur traveled to Africa alongside famed hunter and guide Sir Denys Finch Hatton (portrayed by Robert Redford in the film Out of Africa). Wilbur documented the months-long expedition in photographs of the people, places, and animals of the countries he visited.


The School of the Arts is entering an exciting time. After years of dreaming and campaigning, the University of Nevada, Reno is in the final design and concept phase for the new “Act Two” building that will expand the reach and capacity for the art and music programs at the University.

The facility will be connected by a bridge to the Church Fine Arts building and will feature a recital hall, art museum, fabrication lab, rehearsal spaces and a recording studio.

Meanwhile this fall, the School will showcase some of the best talents locally and worldwide. Audiences can look forward to musical performances from world-renowned musicians such as pianist Wu Han, violinist Philip Setzer, cellist David Finckel and jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas.

Our own professor Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio will present a concert celebrating the release of her recording, “Soaring Solo.”

The public also can explore expressions of physical intensity in Janine Antoni and Stephan Petronio’s “Honey Baby,” human interconnectivity in Cullen Washington’s mixed media paintings, and historical and ecological narratives in Heather Green’s work. The Performing Arts Series will bring R. Carlos Nakai, BodyVox + Amphion String Quartet: “Cosmosis” and Julie Fowlis to the Nightingale stage.

The Theatre and Dance department will present Meredith Willson’s classic “The Music Man.”

Sign up to get the newest copy of the Arts 365 calendar at http://www.unr.edu/NVArts365. It is packed with art, dance, theater and music events for the entire semester. University students can attend School of the Arts events for just $5, and many for free

The School of the Arts invites you to join them for the 2016-17 Performing Arts Series for another stunning season at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Season tickets for the programs are on sale now.

Tickets are available online at http://www.unr.edu/pas or at the box office at Lawlor Events Center, 1500 N. Virginia St., lower level entrance, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Tickets also can be bought one hour before performances at the Church Fine Arts Building box office.

The fall lineup includes Julie Fowlis on Oct. 13, and BodyVox + Amphion String Quartet on Nov. 3.

All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Building south of 14th Street on North Virginia Street.