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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. For information, call 1 (800) 344-4867.

Guinn also joined governors across the country in issuing a proclamation declaring that May 1-5 is “Healthy America Week,” to raise awareness of the need for all Americans to live healthier and more active lifestyles. For information, visit http://www.nga.org.

Chili cooks wanted for Cinco de Mayo

Chili cooks are being sought for the Virginia City Cinco De Mayo Fiesta and ICS Chili Cookoff Saturday and Sunday.

The two-day fiesta, sponsored by the International Chili Society and the Nevada Commission on Tourism, will also include strolling mariachi musicians Saturday, piñatas for children both days and a parade Sunday.

To enter the chili contest, call 847-9016. To enter the parade, call 847-0311 or 847-4FUN.

Booth space still available for events

Two Northern Nevada events are seeking craft booths. The Lyon County Fly-In and Air Fest, May 20-21 at the Silver Springs Airport in Silver Springs; and the Carson City Rendezvous, June 9-11 at Mills Park are still accepting reservations for craft and vendor booths.

Applications for both events are at http://www.eventsnevada.com.

Those without access to the Web can call 887-1294.

Douglas County

Douglas County Senior Services Advisory Council meets today

A special meeting of the Douglas County Senior Services Advisory Council will be at 8 a.m. today at the Douglas County Senior Center at 2300 Meadow Lane in Gardnerville. Call 783-6455.

Reno/Sparks

Soroptimist International presents cowboy poetry

Soroptimist International of Reno will hold its first Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering on Aug. 11 and 12 at Bartley Ranch Regional Park in Reno.

Tickets go on sale today at http://www.renocowboypoetry.org.

Sundance Bookstore in Reno to hold signings

The Sundance Bookstore in Reno, 1155 W. Fourth St., No. 106, will host two book signings. Mike White, author of “50 Classic Hikes in Nevada: From the Ruby Mountains to Red Rock Canyon” will sign at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The signing will be accompanied by a slide show .

At 7 p.m. May 8, Christopher Coake, author of “We’re In Trouble: Stories,” will sign and do a reading.

Call 786-1188.

EDAWN holds annual luncheon at John Ascuaga’s Nugget

The Reno/Sparks/Tahoe Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada will be holding its annual luncheon at 11 a.m. Tuesday at John Ascuaga’s Nugget in Sparks.

Steve Wright, a technical director for the Salesforce Foundation, will discuss community partnerships and social responsibility.

Tickets are $65 per person, or $600 for a table of 110. For tickets or information, call 829-3700 or visit http://www.edawn.org/luncheon.