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‘Shop with a Cop’ needs donations

The Lyon County Sheriff’s office will be doing the county’s first “Shop with a Cop” event, providing holiday assistance to children from underprivileged families and those who have been victims of crimes.

Deputy Julie Redmond is coordinating the effort and needs donations from Lyon County businesses which would be put 100 percent to this event.

The shopping will take place at the new Wal-Mart in Fernley.

Redmond said the goal is $100 per child for 10 children or more.

Call 246-6200 or e-mail

Christmas tree permits available

The Bureau of Land Management’s Carson City office is offering Christmas tree cutting permits to harvest pinion pine trees from a specific area of the range.

These are appropriate for resale as Christmas trees.

Businesses as well as nonprofit groups that need trees for fundraising may cut trees to sell in Christmas tree lots.

Trees are available for $5 each with no limit to the number that can be cut.

Permits are available at the BLM’s District Office in Carson City, 5665 Morgan Mill Road, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Fridays.

The area for cutting trees is 12 miles south of Dayton and 20 miles east of Carson City. Maps will be provided.

For more information, call the BLM-Carson City District Office at 775-885-6000.

Gold Hill

Christmas play at the Gold Hill Hotel

The Gold Hill Theater Troupe will perform “The Toys Take Over Christmas,” written and directed by Patricia Clapp and directed by Jan Parsons.

The play will be performed Dec. 3, 10, and 17 at 7:30 p.m., and can include dinner.

The cost is $10 for both adults and children for the play only; for dinner and show the cost is $13 for adults and $8 for kids up to eighth grade. Call 847-0111.

‘Christmas Calamity’ at Gold Hill

Paul Sweetwood and Jo Kilmer have gotten together for a new play, “A Christmas Calamity,” to be performed by the Gold Hill Theater Troupe at 8 p.m. Tuesdays from Dec. 2-16.

This original play focuses on fictional Gold Hill Hotel owner Edgar and his wife Helen, along with resident ghosts, who are not happy, so Edgar puts the hotel up for sale.

A buffet dinner is offered with the show from 5 to 7:30, with the show beginning at 8 p.m. Cost is $28 for dinner and show; $10 for show only.

Call 847-0111 or go to

Silver City

Community soup dinners set

Friday evening Soup Dinner Gatherings will take place at the Silver City Schoolhouse at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 and 19.

The Silver City Task Force is providing the soup base and meats, and residents are encouraged to bring other soup ingredients like vegetables, herbs and spices.

Community members are encouraged to participate in the soup and homemade bread preparation before settling in to watch a film or browse the library collection. If you have film suggestions call Quest Lakes at 287-7598.

Task force to meet

The Silver City Task Force will meet at 6 p.m. Monday for dinner and discussion on building a healthy community, at the Silver City Schoolhouse.

Upcoming plans include new youth-in-service community projects, an art contest, winter art classes and movie/dinner nights. Call Quest Lakes at 246-7550.

Silver Springs

Library to hold open house

The Silver Stage Library and Silver Stage Friends of the Library will host their annual Holiday Open House from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 17.

Christmas-themed baskets which will be raffled off as prizes and will include chocolate item themes, gift baskets for toddlers, youth and adults.

The community and businesses are asked to donate items to the baskets such as DVDs, books or other holiday-themed items.

Call 577-5015.

Christmas help available for needy children

Lyon County Human Services has a Christmas program going to aid struggling families so that children don’t go without gifts.

Parents or guardians can fill out an application to qualify for help from a program provided by the Silver Springs Task Force and Soul’d Out Ministries.

Parents can sign up for services at either Human Services in Silver Springs or the Stagecoach General Improvement Department. The application deadline is Dec. 12. For more information call 577-0904.

GED classes set

The Lyon County School District Adult Education program will provide classes for adults taking the GED test.

The Silver Springs GED Prep Center offers free, individually-paced GED prep classes in both the day and evening with an open-entry/open-exit format. The center will be open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 1-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call 575-5121.

Food for fines program

Silver Stage Library patrons with books or other library items overdue can participate in the Food for Fines program by bringing a can of food to the library at 3905 Highway 50.

Patrons who bring in a non-perishable food item can clear their fines.

The food drive runs from November through December. All food collected will be distributed to the local food bank.

Call 577-5015.

Virginia City

‘The Sunshine Boys’ to be performed

The Gold Hill Theater Troupe will perform Neil Simon’s “The Sunshine Boys,” in a dinner show starring and directed by Richard J. McGregor, at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays through Dec. 18 at Piper’s Opera House, 12 North B St., Virginia City.

The play is about a couple of vaudeville actors in New York who reunite for a special broadcast performance.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Call 847-0433 or 866-422-1956.

Cowboys Christmas show at Piper’s

David John and the Comstock Cowboys will perform their annual “Christmas in the Sierra” production at Piper’s Opera House for two shows, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29.

The band mixes Christmas songs cowboy-style with holiday originals and traditional carols. Santa will be on hand for the children.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors (55+) and veterans, and $12 for children younger than 12. Call 847-4768. Or 691-5687.

Christmas Parade of Lights set

Floats, marching groups and equestrians will be decorated for the annual Christmas on the Comstock Parade of Lights down C Street on Dec. 6.

The parade will begin at 5 p.m., with registration and lineup beginning at 4 p.m., at the Historic Fourth Ward School at the south end of town.

The parade, the kick off to Virginia City’s annual month-long Christmas on the Comstock festival, will feature many floats lit up for the season and Santa Claus.

Ribbons will be awarded to the best entries and late entries are welcome.

For a parade form, go to or call the visitors center at 847-4FUN (4386) or 800-718-SLVR.

Gingerbread social a chamber mixer

The Christmas on the Comstock Annual Gingerbread Social and Charity Auction will be presented at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Historic Fourth Ward School, 537 South C Street, Virginia City.

Visitors can bid on a gingerbread creation or enter one of their own. Prizes for both adult and child categories. Deadline for entries is Dec. 12. Entry fees are $10 for adults, free for children. Proceeds go to the Virginia City Community Chest food bank.

This event also is a mixer for the Virginia City Chamber of Commerce, which will supply refreshments and a no-host bar. Members from all the area Chambers of Commerce have been invited to join us.

Raffles will be held, and prize donations are welcome.

Call Sue Jones at 847-0692.