Off the couch
• An exhibition of drawings at Caffeine Gallery inside Comma Coffee, 312 S. Carson St., with artists reception 5-6 p.m. Free, featuring drawings by Shelby Moulden and Milan Delvechio, through Sept. 30. Call 287-2252.
• 12th annual Brewery Arts Center Beer Tasting Fund-raiser, 5:30 p.m. at the BAC, 449 W. King St. Donation $25 per person; call 883-1976.
• Senior dance from 7:30-10 p.m. at Kahle Community Center, 236 Kingsbury Grade, Lake Tahoe. Features The Tahoe Dance Band, refreshments and raffle drawing. Cost $5; call (775) 586-7271.
• Potters House Healing Crusade, 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday at Carson High School, 1111 N. Saliman Drive. Features Evangelist Duane Rens. Call 841-4544.
• 45th annual Virginia City International Camel Races through Sunday. The 1890s Camel Hump Ball is from 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the Delta Saloon. Races at the rodeo arena; $10 general admission; $30 for VIP (includes covered seating, food and drinks); family pack $25, juniors/seniors and military $8. Call 887-1294.
• C Hill Flag Rally, meet at 8 a.m. at C Hill saddle area. Go west on Rhodes to saddle. Free hot dogs, hamburgers and refreshments. Call Gil Ayarbe at 882-1681 or 722-3558.
• BAC Stage Kids open auditions at 10 a.m. at the Brewery Arts Center, 449 W. King St., for “Honk, Jr.” Auditioners ages 6-16 should be prepared with a song of 1-minute or less and a cold reading from script with short movement. Call Pat Josten at 883-1976 or 887-0438.
• Public Sept. 11 Observance, 11 a.m.-noon at the Capitol honoring Nevada’s law enforcement, emergency personnel and disaster volunteers, with Gov. Kenny Guinn, Adjutant General Giles Vanderhoof, George Togliatti and Caroline Punches. Patriotic music by McQueen High School Marching Band; free hand-held American flags to first 1,000 attendees. Call 684-4554.
• Carson Valley Desert Brushes’ special introductory class for new painters, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call VeAnne Stowell at 884-4565.
• 11th annual Boys & Girls Club Barbecue and Auction, 3-8 p.m. at Mills Park, Pony Express Pavilion. Features a concert by Collin Raye; tickets $250 celebrity seating; $100 preferred seating; $50 general admission (concert only). Call 882-8820.
• Governor’s Tin Cup Tea and Chuck Wagon Barbecue, 6-10 p.m. at the Governor’s Mansion, 606 N. Mountain St., hosted by Gov. and Kenny Guinn and first lady Dema Guinn. Cost $45. Call 687-4810, ext. 222.
• “Get Your Kicks on Route 66,” presented by the Chorus of the Comstock and Sierra Mountainaires barbershop singers, 7 p.m. at Piper’s Opera House, Virginia City. Tickets $12 general; $5 students, children. Available at door or Java Joe’s in Carson City. Call 885-8663.
• Seventh annual Jr. Championship Air Races and Fun Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Valley’s Regional Sports Complex. Features remote- control airplanes, helicopters, gliders and cars, free activities for kids. Call 971-8561.
• “The Big Dig,” 9 a.m. east of Reno, an opportunity to operate construction equipment, a fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society. Tickets $150 for two operator tickets. Take I-80 east to Patrick exit, go right then first right into large parking lot with construction equipment. Call Susan Robinson at 329-0609.
• Railroad Days in Truckee at the Union Pacific Rail Yard. Features exhibits, model trains, motorcars, handcars, parade, live music, presentation, kids’ carnival, food and vendors Saturday and Sunday. Admission $5 adults, children 3-12 $3, 2-younger or 65-older free. Call (530) 546-1221.
• Roberts House Tea at noon, 1207 N. Carson St. Features tea sandwiches, scones with toppings, fresh fruit, breads, desserts, teas and more. Cost $15; call 887-8865.
• Carson Valley Christian Singles Ministry garage sale, 8 a.m. to noon at 931 Stephanie Way, Minden. Includes furniture, jewelry, plants and more. Call 265-0171.
• Piper’s Opera House Ice Cream Social, free for all camels and friends of camels in Virginia City, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 287-1931.
• Annual Hispanic Heritage Day, Reno Hilton; begins with Mass at 10 a.m., scholarship presentation, El Grito at noon, live entertainment until 8 p.m. and vendor booths. Call 789-2340.
• Reno Philharmonic season-opening concert, 4 p.m., Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts. Features pianist Jon Nakamatsu. Tickets, information: 323-6393.