Northern Nevada Family
Northern Nevada Family Calendar of Events


Northern Nevada Family welcomes information about events of interest to families in the Northern Nevada area.
For the
February/March 2004 issue and for this web site, send your information by January 15th to:
Northern Nevada Family, PO Box 2458, Carson City, NV 89702-2458, fax us: 267-5976 or email us.

Information about events is subject to change. Please use listed phone number to verify dates, times, cost and questions about the age appropriateness of an event. Some activities may require pre-registration. Area code for listings is (775) unless indicated otherwise.

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Winter Fun On Ice -Rink on the River:
11/28/03 – 2/29/04; Hours: Mon-Tues/11am-1pm & 3-5pm; Wed.-Thurs/11am-1pm & 3-9pm; Fri./11am-1pm & 3-11pm; Sat./11am-11pm; Sun./11am-6pm; Adm., $5./adults (13+), $3/youth (3-12) &seniors (55+); $2/skate rental. Call for info: group lessons & special holiday dates/hrs.10 N. Virginia St., Reno. City of Reno. 334-2262 http://www.cityofreno.com/

Light & Color:
9/23-12/31; Visitors are invited to view the amazing life-like holograms; split white light into a rainbow of colors & view their reflections from some rather odd angles. There are nineteen fascinating exhibits in all, covering topics from light refraction to florescence to color blindness. This exhibit is made possible through grants from Mervyn's, Target & Soroptomist International. The Children's Museum of Northern NV, Carson City. 884-2226

Fleischmann Planetarium & Science Center:
9/03-1/4/04; "Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West" & star the show: "Forty Years in the Stars" are playing daily at 2:30, 4, 5:30 & 7pm with additional shows on Sat., Sun. & Holidays at 11:30am & 1pm. Call for further details. $7/adults (13-59yrs.), $5/children/seniors. N. Virginia St., at 16th, Reno. 784-4811 http://planetarium.unr.nevada.edu/

Victorian Christmas:
All month, December; Displays of antique Milagros & vintage Christmas ornaments. Each room is decorated in a different style. Free adm. Dake House Antique Emporium, 2242 Main St., Genoa. 782-4951

The Gift of Lights:
11/21–1/4/04; 5-9pm, Mon.-Thurs. & 5-10pm, Fri.-Sun.; drive through a mile long path in Idlewild Park to see over 100 exciting animated & twinkling holiday light displays, including the spectacular “Tunnel of Lights” with over 250,000 lights. Scene after scene will come to life with a special holiday display. $10/per vehicle, $1/per passenger-buses (minimum $10). It is estimated that it will take approximately 20 minutes to drive through the display. The event will be open wind, snow or shine! Reno. 329-0474

Christmas on the Comstock:
December 1-31; Reindeer races & many other activities taking place in Virginia City. 847-0311

Tucker: Remnants of a Motoring Dream Changing Exhibits Gallery:
10/14-2/27/04; The National Automobile Museum, The Harrah Collection, corner of Lake & Mill, Reno. 333-9300

Huge Sale:
Ends 12/31; 10am-4pm, Tues.-Sat.; jewelry marked 1/2 off, beautiful winter & holiday note cards at bargain prices & all items related to the 2003 theme of “barns” greatly reduced in price. Even the well-made barn wood bird & bat houses are marked down. Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 1477 Hwy 395 N., Gardnerville. 782-2555

Marilyn Newton:
10/10-12/30; 10am-5pm; Mon.-Sat.; News Photographer, a special exhibit highlighting the work of this award-winning journalist. $3/adults, free/under 18. Nevada Historical Society, Reno. 688-1190

Coats for Kids:
12/1-1/31/04; Sponsored by the Sierra Nevada Active 20-30. Drop off your used, in good condition coats or sweaters for infants-adults at Manoukian Professional Bldg., 1466 Hwy 395, Gardnerville or call for other locations. 691-3982

North Pole Calling:
share the experience of Christmas with your little ones with a special call from Santa! Calls will be made between 4:30-7:30pm; 12/16-18. (3-6yrs). Deadline for forms, 12/12. Sparks Parks & Rec. 353-2385

Squaw Valley Festival Of Lights:
12/6-1/1; Meander through Squaw Valley's base village & enjoy the peaceful ambiance of winter in the mountains, shop, dine & enjoy the spirit of the holidays as Squaw Valley sparkles with decorations & cheerful activities. All shops in the new Village will extend shopping hours until 9pm, Fri.-Sun. thru 12/25 & the many base village restaurants will be open. The fun culminates in the Torchlight Parade on 12/24. (530) 583-6985

North Pole Calling:
Santa will call to find out what your child, 3-6yrs. wants for Christmas. Hot-line forms available after 12/4, return by 12/9, Santa will call 12/11, Douglas County Parks & Rec. 782-9828. Forms available after 12/2, return by 12/12, Santa will call 12/15, Kahle Community Center: 586-7271

Christmas Crafts for Little Elves:
Reg.: 11/17-12/10; Activity will be 12/13; 9am-12pm; (3-6 yrs). Enhance your child’s Christmas holiday with this craft workshop. $18/res., $22/non-res. Alf Sorensen Community Center, Sparks. 353-2385

Artists’ Garage Sale:
1/2-2/28; Mon.-Fri.: 11am-5pm, Sat.: noon-5pm; Over 40 artists have scoured their studios to sell artwork that is one-of-a-kind, odds & ends. Prices are reasonable- this IS a garage sale. Artwork includes jewelry, watercolor, oil & acrylic paintings, photographs, wall hangings, hand painted silk pillows, wearable art, tile table art, ceramics, colored pencil drawings, collage, cast paper, gourds, lithographs, wood relief prints, glass fusion pieces, pen & ink, charcoal, stoneware & pottery. VSA arts of Nevada Gallery, 135 N. Sierra St., Reno. 826-6100

Galena Creek "Winter Funderland":
Jan-March. Get out & enjoy the snow! Join us for several free indoor & outdoor winter programs. The Safe Winter Recreation series is for 12-adult. Other all-ages events include a snowman-building contest & interpretive programs. Galena Creek Regional Park, Reno. 849-2511

Davis Creek Ice Skating Pond:
(Season varies, usually late Dec.-Jan.) Outdoor skating among the pines on a natural pond! Skating is free; no skate rentals avail. Call park before leaving home for conditions. Davis Creek Regional Park, Washoe Valley. 849-0684

Galena Creek Park Snow Play Hill:
Sledding & tubing are perfect winter family fun! Call to check snow conditions on our supervised Snow Play Hill or smaller "Kiddie Hill" for approx. 2-7yrs. Located inside the park's south entrance off the Mt. Rose Highway, about 6-7 miles west of the junction of U.S. 395 & State Route 431/Mt. Rose Hwy. If the snow is heavy enough, bring your cross-country skis to tour around the park! Washoe County's Galena Creek Regional Park, 18350 Mt. Rose Hwy., Reno. 849-2511

Pre-Season Ticket Discounts available for the 2003-2004 Performing Arts Series:
Featuring: 2/04: Windscape, 3/04: Toshiko Akiyoshi Quartet. For season or individual tickets, call the University Arts Box Office at 784-6847. Info. 784-4046, www.dce.unr.edu/arts. All performances: 7:30pm. Nightingale Concert Hall, UNR.

Washoe County Fall/Winter Recreation Programs:
New fall-winter programs for youth & adults are underway at Lazy 5 Regional Park (424-1801, Spanish Springs), North Valleys Regional Sports Complex (971-8561, Stead) & Sun Valley Community Park (674-8555, Sun Valley). Contact the center nearest you for information on programs like yoga, dance, martial arts, Story Time, Mobile Library, arts & crafts, Dog Training by PJ & more!
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Pioneer Family Dances:
7-10pm. 4th Sat. of each month. Healthy fun for the whole family. Each dance taught as we go. Reels, contras, squares, waltzes, even the polka! Live music. $7/adults & Kids Free! Upstairs at the B.A.C. (449 W. King St, Carson). 883-9351, NevadaMuse@aol.com

Toddler Tuesdays:
Arts & craft classes will be offered for children of all ages & their families every Tues., 10am-noon. Children's Museum, Carson City. 884-2226

Crafty Kids Crafts
11am-3pm; 1st & 3rd Sat. of the month. Free w/ paid adm.! Children's Museum, Carson City. 884-2226

Youth Volunteer Program:
If you’re looking for a fun way to make a difference, join the Sparks Parks & Rec. Dept.’s Youth Volunteer Program, (12-15yrs.). Eligible teens can earn points that can be used towards entry into programs & facilities. 353-2376

Teen Open Gym:
7-10pm, 7th-12th.The place to go! Hang with friends, play basketball, volleyball, foosball, ping-pong, board games & listen to music. On-site activities are supervised by Rec. Leaders. Fri: Carson Valley Middle School; Sat: Pau Wau Lau. FREE. Douglas County Parks & Rec. 782-9828

Wellness Fairs:
Carson-Tahoe Hospital, BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Variety of tests available from Comprehensive Metabolic Profile, to Body Fitness Analysis. Costs range from $4-$25. Free blood pressure check & wellness info; Carson Mall, N.E. outside entrance of Carson Tahoe Hospital Offices, Conference Room, 1122 S. Stewart St. & Minden Medical Center, 925 Ironwood Dr., Minden. Apt.: 885-4121; 885-4301

Monthly Health Fair:
Northern Nevada Medical Center; Variety of tests available from CBC to PSA blood test & exam to detect the presence of prostate cancer. Costs range: $5-$50. Free blood pressure check, fitness assessment & body fat test; 1st floor lobby at Northern Nevada Medical Center, Sparks. Reserv. are recommended. Call (800) 874-5775 for appt. & info.

Carson-Tahoe Hospital
offers numerous CPR, first aid classes & Smoking Cessation support groups throughout the year. Reservations required: 885-4301

CPR & First Aid Classes:
offered at Sparks Parks & Rec. 353-2291 & Douglas County Parks & Rec. 782-9828

Birthday Blowouts:
“Recreate” a magical day when you celebrate your child’s birthday. Packages include decorations, cake, room use & indoor playground. (3-10yrs). Kahle Community Center, Stateline. 586-7271

Kids Club:
(Douglas County Parks & Rec.) Operates Mon.-Fri., at every elementary school, holidays & teacher workdays excluded. 7-8:45am & 3-6pm. Info. & fees: 782-9828

Vacation Camp:
7am-6pm. (K-6th).This camp is for all single-track schools & will be offered during the months when the single-track schools are out. (July-Aug, Dec. & April). Pre-registration is required. Douglas County Parks & Rec.: 782-9828

Year Round; 7:30-8:45am &/or 3-6pm. Mon.-Fri.; A quality recreational enrichment program for children who need a safe, supervised environment before & after school. Activities offered include introduction to sports, cooperative games, arts & crafts, snack & homework assistance. Reno Parks & Rec. 334-2262

Vacation Station:
Year Round; 7am-6pm. (6-14yrs) $80/per week. During school track break. N.E. Community Center. 334-2262

Kids Klub Preschool:
Register now for the 2003-2004 school year. The best kept secret in town! Mom, take a break while your child prepares for kindergarten. Carson City offers a preschool program for 3-5yrs. 887-2290

The Nevada Stamp Study Society Junior Program:
invites you & your children to Junior Stamp meetings at two locations in Reno & Sparks. This is for kids who want to discover how to get the most out of stamp collecting (philately). Call for more info & meeting locations. 355-1461

VSA Arts of Nevada:
year-round visual art, creative movement & theater art workshops for children & adults in Reno & Sparks. 826-6100

REMSA Child Safety Seat Inspections – Get it Right & Get it Tight!:
Call for dates & locations. REMSA also offers a KIDCARE program designed for young adults, 11-16yrs. who want to become great baby-sitters. 858-KIDS (5437) or visit http://www.ots.state.nv.us/checks.htm

Project Santa Claus-Douglas County:
Each year Project Santa Claus provides children of needy families in Douglas County with a little Christmas joy in the form of new presents. Project Santa Claus is assisted by the Kiwanis Club of Gardnerville & Minden, who year-round collect used, repairable ONLY; bicycles, scooters, tricycles & wagons. They are then refurbished & donated to the project. Clothing barrels are placed in a number of businesses in the community for the collection of good condition ONLY; winter clothing for all ages. Marilyn Malkmus: 782-4931. Project Santa Claus is under the patronage of the Carson Valley Community Food Closet.

Toddler Rhythm & Tunes:
this program will open your toddler’s world of animated, imaginative play/exercise through dance, low impact movement & creative expression. Instructor Tami Nichols will lead the children in coordination enhancement, balance, cooperation & listening activities. Select from a Mon./Wed. class, 10:30-11:30am or Tues./Thurs. same time. 353-2385 recinfo@ci.sparks.nv.us

Blends 2 of the hottest fitness regimens around. On-going class, Fridays, 10:40-11:40am. Mats provided or bring your own. Sparks Family YMCA, 850 Baring Blvd. 323-9622 x101

Cardio Salsa:
Have a blast working out to fun Latin beats. Boost your metabolism as you burn calories. Ongoing classes meet Mon. & Thurs., 5-5:45pm. Sparks Family YMCA, 850 Baring Blvd. 323-9622 x101

Great Basin Genealogical Society:
Meets 4th Wed. of each month. 6pm; The year's emphasis is on how to Prepare to Publish Your Family History; outlining beginning steps on gathering information, verification of sources, & numbering records. Finding recorded material now, if only for family interest, is vital, because of the divisions occurring so often among the family unit. Classic Residence by Hyatt, (auditorium), 3201 Plumas St., Reno. Visitors welcome. 826-7848 email: chuckmac@nvbell.net

Fourth Fridays:
Extended hours from 5-9pm on fourth Fri. of each month. The $10 admission includes appetizers & wine. National Automobile Museum, Reno, 333-9300.

JOIN ATRACT: Active Teens Rallying Against Chew & Tobacco:
Meetings every Fri., 3:30-5:30pm, Washoe County Health Dept., Bldg. B, Conference Rm. A, Reno. 770-6391

Come & Play on the Yellow Submarine:
Every Sat. 1-4pm. our new yellow submarine is a 21' inflatable pool toy that is great fun for kids of all ages. $3/adults, $2/youth, $1.50/child. N.E. Community Pool Center, Reno. 334-2262

The Nevada Stamp Study Society:
10-11:30am. Invites all people interested in philately (stamp collecting) to our meetings on the 2nd & 4th Sat. of every month. Sparks Heritage Museum (corner of Victorian/Pyramid). 853-3137

Interested in Chess?
If you are a player or interested in learning call!! Carson City Rec. Div. 782-2105

Project School Days:
Some children in the Douglas County elementary & middle schools can't afford all the personal materials they need for their school work & special projects. This program will provide materials to the teachers so they can confidentially provide these materials to students in need. This program works with the support of Douglas County services clubs, businesses, organizations, churches, youth groups & individuals donating materials, time & money. 782-8131, 782-4931

Socrates Café:
a fresh taste of philosophy. Free & open to all thinkers. Invigorating discussions, challenging thoughts, be apart of a new & lively discussion group based on the best selling book: “Socrates Café” by Christopher Phillips. Meetings at Comma Coffee, Saturdays at 9:30am. For more info call: Michael Scott at 884-0618

mission is to involve children & communities in multi-cultural & quality arts experiences. AFtS hopes to connect you to music, dance, cultural events & educational opportunities. Connections are the stuff that communities are made of. AFtS helps children find a voice of expression by putting artists into classrooms, providing assemblies in schools, helping teachers use the Arts through in-service workshops & enabling students to see performances on stage. Be sure to keep an eye in our Calendar of Events beginning in Oct. for show listings or call: (AFts) (530) 546-4602

United Blood Services:
Have you ever needed blood? Did you know that 4-&-a-half million people will need blood transfusions this year? Patients suffering from trauma, cancer, leukemia, kidney & heart disease, premature birth, hemophilia, sickle cell anemia...all require life saving blood transfusions. You can help, donate blood. Reno: 329-6451 & Carson City: 887-9111

The Brewery Arts Center
in Carson City has many events taking place. Call for event schedule. 883-1976

The City of Sparks Parks & Rec. Dept.
is now offering automated phone registration for many of its programs. The registration system is easy to use & offers the convenience of registering for healthy & fun recreational programs day & night from a touch-tone phone. To obtain your personal access numbers, call 353-2376.
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Nevada Women's Expo:
4/3-4; The Nevada Women's Expo is a high energy, top quality, fun event designed by women for women. The expo was developed to enrich the lives of women through exhibits, speakers, demonstrations, sampling & services including: beauty & fashion; body & fitness; health & wellness; job & career development; recreation, banking & finance, small business development; mind & spirit; education; fashions, cosmetics; skincare; & much, much more. Reno-Sparks Convention Center. http://www.NevadaWomensExpo.com

Christmas Light Decorating Contest:
If you love to decorate your house for the holidays, this is the contest for you! Santa’s elves will view each entry on 12/13 & choose one winner (receive a special plaque). Entry fee: $5/per house. Reg. early. Sparks Park & Rec. 353-2376
Your local Parks & Recreation Departments and YMCA offer many more programs such as concerts, day camps, workshops, gymnastics, Parent & Tot classes and much more for you and your children. To find out what else they are offering please contact them for further information.
Carson City Rec. Division
887-2290 ext. 101
Sparks Parks & Rec. Dept.
Reno Family YMCA
Douglas County Parks
& Rec. Dept. - 782-9828
Truckee-Donnor Rec. & Park District
Sparks Family YMCA
Reno Parks & Rec. Dept.
Washoe County Parks & Rec. Dept.


Call these locations for pool opening dates & info:
Alf Sorenson Community Center
Sparks: 353-2385
Carson Valley Swim Center,
Minden: 782-8841
Incline Village Rec. Center:
Northeast Community
Center Pool, Reno: 321-8333
Bowers Mansion Pool,
Washoe Valley:
675-8555, 849-0644
Deer Pool,
Sparks: 353-2385
Moana Pool, Reno:
Sun Valley Pool:
674-8555, 673-0754
Carson City Swim Center:
Idlewild Park Pool,
Reno: 334-2267
Northwest Pool, Reno:
Traner Pool, Reno:
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