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Homespun entertainment, free folk music and storytelling

Summertime is perfect for relaxing with acoustic music and stories of everyday life. The Western Nevada College Foundation is offering just such an opportunity for local residents to kick back and enjoy a free concert and two free workshops, Friday-Saturday, July 30-31.

Singing/songwriting duo Tom May and Chris Kennedy will offer “Music That Makes a Difference,” toe-tapping, hand-clapping songs that they have taken on the road for several decades, playing throughout the country.

In return, the foundation hopes participants will help support the college’s two athletic teams. At each free event, attendees who wish to will be able to make a donation to help defray ongoing expenses for the WNC Wildcats intercollegiate baseball and softball teams.

May and Kennedy will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Friday, July 30 in Sarah Winnemucca Hall. Seating is limited, but seats may be reserved at no charge by calling the WNC Foundation: 445-3240.

On Saturday, July 31, May will facilitate a free workshop on campus about surviving as a professional in the music business, and Kennedy will perform railroad songs at the Nevada State Railroad Museum.

May’s workshop, “How to Establish a Living, Survive, and Thrive in the Music Business” will be 1-2 p.m. in Cedar Building 109. Kennedy will offer the humanities workshop, “Railroad Songs and Stories” at 4 p.m. in the Nevada State Railroad Museum, 2180 S. Carson St.

May is a folksinger/songwriter and guitarist who has toured and recorded for nearly 40 years.

Kennedy’s songs focus on trains and travel, wild places, and western changes. The longtime Wyoming resident has performed throughout the country along with Boxcar Willie, Tom Paxton and Bob Gibson.

Workshop on helping people with learning disabilities

WNC and Landmark College of Vermont are partnering to offer a daylong workshop on how to support individuals with a variety of learning or developmental difficulties. “Understanding and Supporting Individuals With Diverse Cognitive Profiles” meets 8:30 a.m.-

5 p.m. Wednesday, July 28, at the WNC Cedar Building, Room 206. Cost is $50 in advance or $75 at the door. To register call Susan Trist, 445-3275.

Presenter is Dr. Steve Fadden of Landmark College, who specializes in cognitive psychology, human perception and applied human factors research. Participants will experience how different areas of cognitive processing are affected by having language-based learning disabilities; attention, memory and math issues; and Asperger’s Syndrome/high-functioning autism; and how these issues can affect classroom behavior.

The event should be especially useful to secondary and postsecondary educators, transition coordinators, vocational rehabilitation specialists, counselors, social workers, school and program administrators, technology education specialists, and mentors.

Orchard/berry workshop coming

The Western Nevada College Specialty Crop Institute will offer a daylong workshop on orchard and berry production for the small farm, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, at the Carson City campus. The event will include classroom lecture, lunch, and an on-farm tour of Agape Orchards in Washoe Valley, a certified organic apple orchard. Cost: $35 ($10 late fee after Aug. 31).

Enrollment is limited. Contact Ann Louhela, 351-2551.