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Gov. Kenny Guinn has issued a proclamation declaring May to be Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month. The proclamation is a recognition of MS walks and annual awareness and fundraising events vital to the success of support programs in Northern Nevada. Call 1 (800) 344-4867.

Douglas County

WNCC holds bird identification class

Western Nevada Community College, Douglas County Campus, will be holding a class on bird identification. Classroom instruction takes place from 7-9 p.m. May 11 at the WNCC Douglas Science Lab. The morning field trip takes place the following weekend. Cost is $35.

For information or to register, call 267-3580, or visit http://www.wncc.edu.

Virginia City

‘Texture and Weave’ to show at St. Mary’s

“The Texture and Weave of the Traditional Art,” an exhibit celebrating Nevada artists, will be showing from May 6 through June 11 at St. Mary’s Art Center at 55 North R Street in Virginia City. Call 847-7774.

‘Between Fences’ to show in Virginia City

The traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibition “Between Fences” will show throughout Virginia City from May 6 through June 14. The Historic Fourth Ward School, the Comstock History Center, the Firemen’s Cemetery, Piper’s Opera House, and others have collaborated to bring this exhibition to Northern Nevada. Call 847-0975.

Reno

‘Show ‘n’ Shine’ to benefit Special Olympics

Special Olympics Nevada is looking for the best 80 motorcycles in the area to participate in the “Biggest Little Motorcycle Show ‘n’ Shine” May 7 to benefit the Special Olympics program.

Entries are now being accepted. The Show ‘n’ Shine will be held at the Krispy Kreme Donuts at 5050 Kietzke Lane in Reno. There is a $20 entry fee. Call 334-2455.

Free Chinese railroad worker program today at Rancho San Rafael

A free public program exploring the life, culture, and contributions of Chinese railroad workers will be held at 3 p.m. today at the Wilbur D. May Museum at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno. Call 785-5961.

Sundance Bookstore in Reno hosting two book signings in early May

The Sundance Bookstore in Reno, located at 1155 W. Fourth St. No. 106, will be hosting two book signings. The first is with author Mike White, author of “50 Classic Hikes in Nevada: From the Ruby Mountains to Red Rock Canyon,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday. This signing will be accompanied by a slideshow presentation.

The second will take place at 7 p.m. May 8 with author Christopher Coake, author of “We’re In Trouble: Stories.” This signing will be accompanied with a reading. Call 786-1188.

Soroptimist International presents cowboy poetry

Soroptimist International of Reno will be holding the first Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering on Aug. 11 and 12 at Bartley Ranch Regional Park in Reno. Tickets go on sale May 1.

For information visit http://www.renocowboypoetry.org.