Children show off musical talents; Kiwanis luau a success |

Children show off musical talents; Kiwanis luau a success

Nevada Appeal Staff Reports

The Carson City Music Club’s third annual student recital will be Monday at the Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall.

About 30 students will perform 24 different pieces.

“We’ll have violin solos and duets, piano solos, vocal solos and a vocal ensemble,” said Jane Theiss, club president and piano instructor.

Other instructors whose students will perform include violin teachers Carol Seebach and Annette Halford, piano teachers Shirley Bierman and Liz Tetz, and vocal instructors Judy Monson and Nancy Mielke.

The show starts at 7 p.m. and will run until about 8:30. Tickets are $3, or free for club members. Refreshments will be served. For details call 882-9517.

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Carson Kiwanis raised almost $15,000 with its annual luau Saturday.

“We did spectacularly,” said event chairwoman Ronni Hannaman. “We made more money than we’ve ever made – every penny of which goes back into the community.”

Guests enjoyed a grand party set to the theme of Elvis’ “Blue Hawaii.” Courtesy mai tais were served at the door. Inside, the Bird of Paradise dancers performed, as did the dueling Elvises – young and old. Wesley Kikuchi from Douglas County played the younger, and Len Semas, editor of the Sierra Sage, did an older Elvis in a white jump suit.

“They were just incredible – people were in the aisles dancing,” Hannaman said.

Kiwanis will filter the money back into the community through scholarships, Meals on Wheels, the Boy Scouts and many other projects.

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If you’re wondering what happened to my 4Runner, good news: I drove it home on Friday night after three weeks at Elko Toyota. Bad news: I paid $3,300, and it runs terribly.

It shudders when idling, and the cruise control cuts out after five minutes.

Saturday, I found loose, orange wires hidden under the floor mat. Tuesday, I drove it up Kingsbury Grade, and it wouldn’t go more than 35 mph. Later there was a strong odor of gasoline from the engine.

I called the service manager at Elko Toyota, and he said they left the wires out as “a courtesy.”

I called the guy I bought the rig from to ask if he knew the truck was a lemon. (There is no chance I could intimidate this guy – he’s a full contact fighter who competes in Ultimate Fighting Championships.) He changed the subject to how he had been diagnosed with mouth cancer and was given a 40-percent chance of survival. He explained, with perfect pronunciation, how his tongue had recently been cut out and 21 lymph nodes removed. If he does, in fact, have cancer, I have to wonder if it’s car kharma.

I called the regional Toyota office. The woman apologized profusely, took down all my information, then read me a line about how the owners of individual dealerships set their prices and there is nothing they can do. She said she would “register my complaint” at the national office (which does exactly squat for me) and recommended that I call my attorney general.

I finally got some encouragement from Nevada’s Consumer Affairs Division. Turns out state law requires a mechanic to get the customer’s signature on a written estimate before work is done. If the work exceeds the estimate by $100 or 20 percent, the garage is required to get another signature. I never signed anything.

I’ll dispute the charges and look for a new vehicle. If you see a black 4Runner in the classifieds soon, don’t buy it. Maybe my car kharma will be better if I trade it in.

Contact Karl Horeis at or 881-1219.