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Meet the candidates running for Reno mayor

Wednesday April 23, 2014

A forum that will include all filed candidates for the office of mayor of Reno is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29.

City of Reno, Nevada, NV
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The forum will be held in room 100 of the Jot Travis Building on campus at the University of Nevada, Reno. The address is 1664 N. Virginia Street. If you can't make it, there will be a live stream on KNPB.org and RGJ.com.

A debate will follow on Thursday, May 29, but it will only include the 10 most viable candidates. The first five will be on from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and the next five will be from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. Just who those turn out to be will be based on social media followers, reader and viewer voting, and fundraising. The Reno-Gazette Journal and KNPB are the main sponsors of these events.

By the end of the filing period (March 14, 2014), 20 people had become candidates for the office of mayor of Reno. That number is down to 18. Eric Fromelius has withdrawn and Tony Perri was found dead in his Reno apartment last week. Perri's name will remain on the ballot for the June 10 primary election. Polling places will have signs informing voters of Perri's death.

According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, 16 of the remaining 18 candidates will be at the April 29 forum. Besides the two mentioned above, Brian Lee Flemming and Mark Markel will not be in attendance.

For more information on the race for Reno mayor, refer to "Reno Mayor Election 2014."

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Reno and South Lake Tahoe Earth Day Events

Monday April 21, 2014

Reno's Earth Day 2014 Celebration will be on Sunday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Reno Earth Day Celebration at Idlewild Park Reno's Earth Day Celebration at Idlewild Park.
Photo © Stan White

As always, admission to the Earth Day celebration is free. You will enjoy live entertainment, booths with earth-friendly goods and services, and plenty of food and drink. Earth Day will be centered at the usual location in Idlewild Park. There will be a number of theme areas, including Great Outdoors, Earth Innovations, Artists' Grove, Future of Transportation, and The Garden. You'll have an opportunity to recycle some of your old electronics e-waste, thanks to ComputerCorps of Carson City. Animalia Kingdom will be a pet friendly area offering doggie day care while you check out other aspects of Earth Day. Dogs won't be allowed in any other areas.

Earth Week at UNR - The University of Nevada, Reno is holding three days of public events celebrating Earth Day. Events at Gateway Plaza in front of the Joe Crowley Student Union will be on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 22 and 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Friday, April 25, an Arbor Day tree planting will be held at the southwest entrance to the West Stadium Parking Complex, just north of Lawlor Events Center.

South Lake Tahoe Earth Day Festival - On Saturday, April 26, the South Lake Tahoe Earth Day Festival will be held in Bijou Community Park, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring the family to learn about alternative energy, water conservation, sustainability, and reducing our ecological footprint. Enjoy live music and check out educational booths, conservation activities, and Washoe culture. Food and local crafts will be available for purchase, and a Kid Zone will keep children busy with Earth Day crafts, hands-on activities, face painting, story time, and the bounce house. Admission is free.

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Submit your events to Reno / Tahoe

Sunday April 20, 2014

Those of you who have sent event information to RenoTahoe.About.com by using the online submission system may have noticed that it doesn't work any more. You can actually still enter information and I receive it, but the mechanism whereby I can publish it to the website for others to see no longer functions. This is a known glitch in the system, but if or when it will ever be fixed is not known.

I was not immediately aware of this situation and apologize to those of you who submitted events that never made it on the site. At the same time, I thank those of you who send information that helps me keep a wide variety of events and activities up to date.

To address this state of affairs, I have created an article with information about how to submit your events, with details about what type of events and activities will be considered for publication and what types will likely not be considered. To learn more, go to my "How to Submit an Event" article.

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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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Save big bucks at Reno area thrift stores

Thursday April 10, 2014

These are not your grandfather's thrift stores, where you had to root through haphazard piles of not-so-clean stuff, hoping to find what you were looking for, or perhaps a hidden treasure.

Assistance League Thrift Store in Reno, Nevada, NV
Assistance League Thrift Store in Reno, Nevada.
Photo © Stan White

Today's thrift stores have evolved, becoming places where people from all walks of life shop, not just those down on their luck with little money to spend. People looking to save money, which is just about everyone these days, freely patronize Reno area thrift stores. In many cases, whether they know it or not, shoppers are also supporting a wide variety of charitable causes in the community.

Joining traditional thrift stores, such as Goodwill and the Salvation Army, are a new generation of stores specializing in the latest fashions and buying items from individuals in order to keep fresh merchandise on the racks. "Gently used" is how they describe their stock and they are in it for a profit, which doesn't mean you won't save a bundle over brand new stuff from the big box stores. A couple of these are Plato's Closet and Clothes Mentor, both part of multi-store chains. Junkee Clothing Exchange operates on a similar model, but it is locally owned and not a chain or franchise.

Other places to shop for bargains (except clothing) are Reno and Sparks pawn shops. These too have changed and aren't the shady establishments often portrayed in popular culture. Check them out for things like tools, jewelry, and collectibles.

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Sierra snowpack mighty thin

Tuesday April 8, 2014

Late season snow and rain added measurably to dry conditions we've experienced through the 2013-2014 winter season. That's the good news.

Truckee River flowing through west Reno, Nevada, NV
Truckee River flowing through west, Nevada.
Photo © Stan White

The bad news is that the Sierra snowpack is still way below normal and subsequent runoff through the summer will be significantly reduced for northern Nevada. In fact, this may be the driest year on record, ever. According to water officials, runoff in area streams and rivers will be from 30 percent to 50 percent of normal. Our water company, the Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA) says "Supplies will be adequate from the (Truckee) river throughout the summertime."

Even as desert dwellers used to living in a dry place, we should be a bit more vigilant in conserving water during 2014. And be on extra alert for wildfire danger once the heat cranks up this summer. Vegetation is going to be extremely dry.

Here are the numbers at the end of March - Lake Tahoe Basin at 60 percent of normal, Truckee River watershed at 52 percent of normal. By comparison, the extra dry years of 2012 and 2013 were both 69 percent and 63 percent respectively.

Sources: Reno Gazette-Journal, National Weather Service.

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April hands/ON! - A Wild Rumpus at the Nevada Museum of Art

Sunday April 6, 2014

The free monthly event for families and children at the Nevada Museum of Art (NMA) - hands/ON! on 2nd Saturdays - will be on Saturday, April 12. It's also a day of free admission for all NMA visitors.

hands/ON! on 2nd Saturdays at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno
Image courtesy Nevada Museum of Art

The April theme for hands/ON! is "A Wild Rumpus." The April schedule for hands/ON! is in my article about events and activities at the NMA. This month's hands/ON! has some special activities, including a showing of the movie "Where The Wild Things Are." Remember, free admission to the NMA includes hands/ON! on 2nd Saturdays and all current exhibits, so be sure to check my article for many more things to see and do at the only accredited art museum in Nevada.

While enjoying hands/ON! on 2nd Saturdays and free admission to the NMA, be sure to see the exhibit titled "Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works." This is a an exhibition of 50 select artworks by the late author, artist and illustrator Maurice Sendak, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication Where the Wild Things Are, his revered children's book. There are several other activities at the NMA during April related to the Sendak exhibit and many others for you to enjoy during your visit.

The Nevada Museum of Art is located at 160 W. Liberty Street in downtown Reno.

Source: Nevada Museum of Art.

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