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Virginia City

Piper’s Opera house celebrates 120th birthday

Piper’s Opera House will celebrate its 120th birthday from noon-6 p.m. April 24.

Festivities will include: an unveiling of the recently restored Piper’s Opera House Uncle Tom’s Cabin painted advertising oleo “the Slave Auction in New Orleans;” a lecture by historian Scott Casper who teaches and studies the Civil War; the issuance of commemorative 1885 Carson City freshly minted Piper’s Opera House coin; and in true John Piper tradition, a rocking celebratory New Orleans-styled jazz party with the 19-piece Reno Jazz Orchestra.

Piper’s is throwing a party to say thanks to all the good people who have helped along its 132-year institutional history. Two previous audience chambers were devastated by fires in 1875 and 1883, the third and current auditorium dates from 1885.

The UNR Reno Jazz Orchestra will be providing the back beat for this shimmering, razzle-dazzle Piper’s 120th Birthday fête. The 19-piece UNR Jazz Orchestra celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month is appearing courtesy of the Music Performance Fund & Recording Industries of America and the American Federation of Musicians, local 368 Reno.

Admission is Free. The opera house is at the corner of Union and B streets, in Virginia City.


Meeting on Douglas WNCC MBA program coming up

A meeting on the Master’s of Business Degree being offered at Western Nevada Community College, in Minden, is scheduled for 6 p.m. April 27. The meeting will be at the Douglas campus at 1680 Bently Parkway South. Anyone interested in the MBA program is encouraged to attend.

The program is offered through the University of Nevada, Reno, with support from GE Energy Services and Starbucks Corp. Classes begin Aug. 29 at the Minden campus and will be taught two nights per week during the fall and spring semesters, for two classes each semester.

An accelerated evening format will be used in the summer. Students in the program will take all 17 classes together to completion.

Seating is limited. The deadline for the program is June 15. Anyone interested can call Reed Scull at UNR Extended Studies at 687-6406. Information on the program can be found at

Carson City

Seminar to teach the how-tos of interlocking pavers

Greenhouse Garden Center will host a free seminar on paver installation at 11 a.m. April 23. Learn about interlocking paver stone styles that are easy to install, maintain, and that will enhance your landscape design.

For information, call 882-8600.


Register now for summer classes for teachers at UNR

Extended Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno is offering a one-graduate credit workshop “Special Topics: Words Your Way Conference – EDS 694” beginning June 16 in Reno.

Classes meet June 16 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; June 17 and 18 from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in the William J. Raggio Building, Rooms 1001-1003, University of Nevada, Reno. The course is intended for primary and intermediate teachers (K-6) and administrators.

Fees: $130.50, one graduate credit; workshop fee in addition to tuition: $450 per individual; $395 per team member. Fee includes some word study materials, continental breakfasts, lunches and a copy of the Words Their Way book with CD. For information and to preregister for one graduate credit, call Extended Studies at the university, 784-4062 or 1-800-233-8928. For conference information and conference registration, contact Judy Otteson at the university, 784-4951 ext. 8.

For information about other Summer Institutes, visit: Early registration is required.