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MAGIKO showcases Carson Valley’s summer-full of fun

Staff report

MAGIKO, a two-week summer celebration taking place today through July 5 is in its second year and spotlights the many diverse activities that take place in the towns of Minden, Gardnerville and Genoa, as well as Topaz Lake.

MAGIKO’s sporting events provide visitors a chance to enjoy Carson Valley’s astounding natural beauty up close. A day-long bike tour, culminating in an ice cream social and barbecue, offers cyclists of all levels a chance to tour the agricultural surroundings by road, while the MAGIKO Summercross, a dirt track motocross event, and ATV Geocache excursions travel off the beaten path and into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. For those with the hunger for victory, the Greater Reno-Tahoe Regional Classic Golf Tournament will sate appetites.

Not only does MAGIKO offer exciting sporting events, but it also showcases the arts, culture and life in the Valley. Events kick off with the Minden Village Block Party, a community event located in Minden, featuring beer, wine, food, magic, music and fun. The art studios and galleries tours, art show and miniature art exhibit mix the beauty of the Sierra Nevada with a representation of the area’s culture.

Evening events consist of concerts at Heritage, Minden and Genoa parks, movies under the stars, the Wings of Change Hangar Dance, Fourth of July celebrations, including Pops in the Park featuring the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, and Porsches in the Park.

Vital to life in the valley is the Basque culture. Carson Valley will present Basque Sunday, a celebration of the culture highlighted with music, dancing and Basque cuisine from local restaurants, with a traditional picon punch. However, a Basque meal is not the only food one might want to indulge in as the Winemaker’s Dinner at Genoa Lakes Golf Club offers fine dining and breathtaking views of the Sierra Nevada foothills.

For a complete schedule of events, ticket prices or additional details, call (800) 727-7677.

All events free except as noted.

Today:

Minden Village Magical Summer Block Party, Minden Village, Minden

Friday:

Concert at Heritage Park – Sugarloaf, Heritage Park, Gardnerville

Historic Minden Arts Show Reception, CVIC Hall, Minden ($20)

NNDA’s Greater Reno-Tahoe Regional Classic Golf Tournament, Genoa Lakes Golf Club, Genoa ($189)

Second Annual Historic Minden Arts Show, CVIC Hall, Minden

Saturday:

Magiko Summercross, Douglas County Fairgrounds, Gardnerville ($15)

Opening Day on Lake Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe, Stateline

Sunday:

Concert on the Green featuring Marshall Brodeur, Genoa Town Park,

Tour of the Carson Valley, Barbecue and Ice Cream Social, Mormon Station State Park, Genoa ($25-$40)

Monday:

Self-Guided ATV Excursion and Geocache Hunt, Pinenut Mountain Range, Gardnerville

June 27:

Movies in the Park, Heritage Park, Gardnerville

Carson Valley Open Studios Art Tour 2008

Concert in Minden Park, Batdorf & Rodney, Minden Park, Minden

June 28:

Porsches in the Park , Heritage Park, Gardnerville

June 29:

Basque Sunday, Carson Valley Country Club Restaurant, Gardnerville ($18)

June 30:

Genoa Lakes/Tahoe Ridge Winery Winemakers Dinner, Antoci’s Supper Club, Genoa Lakes Golf Club, Genoa ($75)

July 3:

“Small Treasures” Juried Exhibit of Small Artworks, Minden, Gardnerville

July 4:

2nd Annual Red, White and Blue Celebration, Heritage Park, Gardnerville

4th of July Pops in the Park, Mormon Station State Park, Genoa

July 5:

Wings of Change Hangar Dance, Minden-Tahoe Airport, Minden