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Earth Day events begin

Friday April 18, 2014

The first in a series of area Earth Day events is this weekend at the Village at Squaw Valley. The forecast says you will enjoy beautiful spring weather up in the Sierra.

The Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival will be on Saturday, April 19, at the Village at Squaw Valley, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The largest environmental event at Lake Tahoe, the Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival provides an opportunity to learn about recycling, composting, alternative energy, sustainability, watershed and forest health, and reducing our carbon footprint. This event is free and offers plenty of fun things to do for the kids.

The following weekend, two more Earth Day events are scheduled. On Saturday, April 26, the South Lake Tahoe Earth Day Festival comes to Bijou Community Park in South Lake Tahoe. And on Sunday, April 27, Reno's own Earth Day Celebration will be at its traditional location in Idlewild Park. Read my "Earth Day in Reno and at Lake Tahoe" article to learn more and look for additional information coming soon to this space.

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Reno / Tahoe Easter Egg Hunts and Easter Sunday Dining

Wednesday April 16, 2014

On Easter weekend 2014, take the kids to an Easter egg hunt at one of these Reno or Sparks locations. There will be a variety of both church-sponsored and non-denominational Easter egg hunts and events from which to choose. If you are going to be up in the mountains for the weekend, there are several Easter egg hunts and other Easter activities at various places around Lake Tahoe. Note that most of these Easter egg hunts will be on Saturday, April 19, the day before Easter Sunday.

Easter Egg Dash at Idlewild Park in Reno, Nevada, NV
Easter Egg Dash at Idlewild Park in Reno, Nevada.
Image courtesy The Bridge Church

Easter weekend also presents opportunities to enjoy some special dining with family and friends, and there are numerous choices. Before you decide where to go on Easter Sunday, though, check out these selections - "Easter Brunch Dining in Reno and Sparks" and "Easter Brunch at Lake Tahoe". You just might find something attractive you didn't know about.

If I missed mentioning an event you know about, let me know and I will include it in my list of community Easter events. You can either post your information as a comment to this blog or send me an email - renotahoe@aboutguide.com. Be sure to include date, time, location, what activities will be available, website address if there is one, and a contact phone number for people who want to call for more information.

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Spring rolls out at Galena Creek Visitor Center

Monday April 14, 2014

For fun family activities during April, 2014, check out the offerings at Galena Creek Visitor Center in south Reno.

Galena Creek Visitor Center near Reno, Nevada, NV
Logo image courtesy Great Basin Institute

Organized activities include spring guided treks, programs for kids from toddlers on up, bird walks, information about Lake Tahoe, plein air painting, growing vegetables, wildfire safety, and more. Coming up are the Great Basin Naturalists Summer Exploration Camps, providing educational fun for children and teens while they are out of school.

You don't have to join an organized activity to enjoy visiting Galena Creek Visitor Center and Recreation Area. The park is open daily until dusk for things like hiking, snowshoeing, picnicking, and bird watching. During winter, the Galena Creek Visitor Center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday through Sunday. Summer season hours begin on May 1 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday). Parking is free and there are no park entry fees.

Galena Creek Visitor Center and Recreation Area is part of Galena Creek Regional Park, located at 18350 Mt. Rose Highway in south Reno. For more information, call (775) 849-4948.

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Medical marijuana sales now legal in Nevada

Saturday April 12, 2014

For a state with legal prostitution and 24/7 gambling and drinking, Nevada has been remarkably reluctant to embrace liberalizing its marijuana laws. That situation changed for the better on April 1, 2014.

Medical marijuana in Reno and Sparks, Nevada, NV
Medical marijuana.
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Medical marijuana has been legal in Nevada since 2001. However, there was a glaring omission in the law - no provision was made for dispensing marijuana to patients legally registered to receive it. If you needed the medicine, you had to grow your own. Obtaining it by any other means made patients, registered or not, criminals under Nevada law.

That began changing with a law passed by the 2013 Nevada Legislature, which set up the framework for medical marijuana sales, growing, testing, and taxing. The new law is being administered by Nevada's Division of Public and Behavioral Health. Regulations for setting up legal marijuana operations were released on April 1.

The state regulations allow local governments to ban the establishment of medical marijuana facilities in their jurisdictions. Some places in Nevada are doing so, but Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County are moving ahead with getting regulations in place to accommodate medical marijuana. The big issues seem to be zoning and licensing - i.e., where marijuana dispensaries, food preparation, and growing facilities can be located and how the businesses will be licensed. All three local governments say they are working on this. Estimates I've seen indicate things should be ready to go by the end of 2014 or thereabouts. Look for more information as it becomes available.

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