There are hundreds of big events by so many fine groups taking place this spring in western Nevada. We’ve highlighted just 30 of them below. See also the very bottom of the list for ONGOING programs, classes, initiatives and projects:
Ongoing: Free art classes on the second and the last Tues of each month for kids ages 5 to 12 at St. Mary’s Art Center in VC (R Street, next to VC High School). These free classes include lessons on painting processes by Classical French painter Stephane Cellier, using the Art Seeds program. Stephane will take students through the painting techniques from Cave Art through Renaissance to Contemporary art. Register by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. This class is supported and funded by St Mary’s Art Center. Classes will culminate in an exhibition party, showing some of the children’s works. http://stmarysartcenter.org/calendar/
Dayton, Nevada – March 19th Community Roots nursery opens early for the season! This branch of the nonprofit Healthy Communities Coalition gives back to the community with technical and material support for area school and community gardens and vocational rehabilitation for adults and teen job skills training. The nursery is located at Hwy 50 and 2nd Avenue in Dayton, NV. Find out more at https://www.facebook.com/CommunityRoots.NV
Dayton, Nevada- Monday March 23rd free cooking class with dinner: HCC’s next free cooking class will be at the Dayton Community Center on Monday, March 23rd at 5:30pm. Please join us – we’ll be making angel hair pasta with ham and baby peas! For more details about the cooking demonstrations, see https://healthycomm.org/2015/03/18/free-cooking-class-and-dinner-in-dayton-on-march-23rd/
Rural Housing Authority – March 24 Welcome Reception for Bill Brewer as new Deputy Director for Nevada Rural Housing Authority is Tuesday, March 24th from 4pm-7pm at the Governor’s Mansion Banquet & Meeting Hall, at the Larry Ruvo Stateroom / Nevada Room at 606 Mountain St, Carson City. “Enjoy a drink and appetizers and listen to some jazz to celebrate this wonderful new chapter in the Nevada Rural Housing Authority story.” RSVP to Victoria Blanford by March 20th at VictoriaBlanford@nvrural.org
Nevada Humanities – March 26 Nevada Humanities Awards at the Governor’s Mansion: Each of the ten awardees for the annual Nevada Humanities Awards will be on hand to accept their awards during the ceremony held at the Governor’s Mansion Nevada Room Annex in Carson City on March 26, 2015 with a reception at 5:00 pm, and program beginning at 6:00 pm. Following the awards presentations, Gailmarie Pahmeier, the City of Reno’s inaugural Poet Laureate, will join Joe Crowley, Carolyn Dufurrena, Shaun Griffin, Laura Wetherington, and Lindsay Wilson in a reading of a selection of poetry by Nevada poets. The program is free and open to all, however Nevada Humanities requires that attendees RSVP to its Reno office at 775-784-6587 as space is very limited. More details here: http://www.nevadahumanities.org/programs/nevada-humanities-awards
Tuesday, March 31st at 7pm JoAnne Northrup of the Nevada Museum of Art speaks at the BRIC in Carson City, 108 E Proctor Street. Free public presentation titled, “Bringing the World to Northern Nevada.” For more info: http://arts-initiative.org/2015/03/2942/
April 2nd Agriculture Day at the Legislature: More here: http://www.nevadacattlemen.org/
Dayton, Nevada – April 4th Art Show featuring emerging artists of the Dayton region. Don’t miss this exciting show at the Dayton Valley Community Center at 170 Pike Street from 4:30pm-6:30pm, featuring Rebecca Bishop, Kapono Fuller, Mallorie Gribble, Blake Carter, and Delia Diaz. The public is cordially invited. There is no entrance fee.
Carson City- Opening Reception April 6th: “Always Lost: A Meditation on War,” a memorial that brings home the costs of war and honors those who died in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as those who made it home, returns to the Legislative Building 2nd floor Atrium April 6-22. There will be a brief Opening Ceremony at 10:00 a.m. on April 6 in Room 1214. Created in a classroom at Western Nevada College, this unique arts and humanities exhibition has been shown across the U.S. “Always Lost” includes The Wall of the Dead (faces and names of U.S. military service members who died in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars since 9/11), Pulitzer Prize-winning combat photographs courtesy of The Dallas Morning News, literary work by Nevada writers, and more. “Always Lost” will be on display in the second floor Atrium of the Legislative Building April 6 until April 22. Viewing hours: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. Hours may be extended during the legislative session; please inquire at 684-6800. Free and open to the public. More here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/SocialCalendar/reports/scReportByID.cfm?eventID=1001
Storey and Lyon Coalition–Thursday, April 9th at 9am at the Silver Springs Community Center: Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey public meeting will feature presentations by CASA in Lyon County (Court Appointed Special Advocates for children), and by Nevada Legal Services’ (Yerington office). As usual, the meeting will also include a brunch buffet and updates and discussion on a broad range of topics of regional interest in promoting community vitality. Call HCC at 246-7550 for more information.
Virginia City, Nevada – April 10th Susy Bogguss performs in VC: Please support our good friends at Community Chest Inc (CCI) by attending their annual fundraiser featuring fantastic musical performer Suzy Bogguss at Piper’s Opera House on April 10th. CCI helps fund programs in both Lyon and Storey communities, and beyond, with programs like the Classroom on Wheels (COW Bus); library services in Mark Twain, Lockwood and VC; adult employment and job skills case managers in Silver Springs, VC and Dayton (AdultWorks); and much more. For three years, CCI has also written and managed grants that provide additional funding to HCC’s Silver Stage Food Pantry. CCI’s annual fundraiser will be at Piper’s Opera House in Virginia City on April 10th. This is their 6th Annual “A Night to Imagine” event. To purchase tickets, call Community Chest at 847-9311 or click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/suzy-bogguss-tickets-15817367171
Silver Springs, Nevada– April 11th 5K Walk/Run at 8am in Silver Springs: Silver Stage Stand Tall team is hosting their annual 5K Walk/Run for the community on April 11th at 8 a.m. at the Silver Stage High School. This year, organizers are encouraging runners to dress as their favorite superheroes, and will provide prizes for best costumes. All proceeds go toward the annual Stand Tall scholarship fund. Registration can be completed on the day of the event, or by calling Tammy Sutton for a pre-registration form at 775-301-8543. More info here: https://healthycomm.org/2015/03/18/superhero-community-5k-walkrun-event-in-silver-springs-on-april-11/
April 11th Spring Into Health Fair in Silver Springs begins at 10am: See this link for more details: https://healthycomm.org/2015/03/19/spring-into-health-fair-in-silver-springs-on-april-11th/
Wed April 15th Snapshot Day at the Storey County Library: The library is among those participating in the statewide program Snapshot Day. Snapshot Week for Nevada is next week, April 12-18. Participating libraries pick a day during this week to take photos, video, and surveys of an average day at their library to demonstrate patron usage. Storey County Library has chosen Wednesday, April 15 for theirs – operating hours for that day are 2 pm – 7 pm. Everyone’s welcome to stop by, fill out a survey, and have their picture taken. Regular storytime is from 2 pm – 2:30 pm, but staff also does storytime for drop-ins.
April 11th through May 16th NAMI Western Nevada offers Family-to-Family, a free course for family caregivers of individuals living with mental illness. Class meets on 6 consecutive Saturdays from 9AM to 3:00 PM at First United Methodist Church at 412 W. Musser, Carson City with lunch provided. Advance registration is required. Contact Linda at 775) 448-6397. See this link for other NAMI classes in Lyon and Carson and western NV region: http://www.nami.org/Local-NAMI/Programs?state=NV
Minden, Nevada–April 15-17th: Rural Round-Up, the annual rural Nevada tourism conference, takes place in Minden this year, with informative speakers including Silver City native Mary Works Covington of the Nevada Arts Council. More here: http://www.ruralroundup.com/
April 16th at WNC FALLON Campus, Virgil Getto Hall, Room 302 Fallon, Nevada. Farmers in Africa are adapting crop production to the stresses of drought. WNC Specialty Crop Institute hosts visiting Fulbright Scholar Afwa Thameur from Tunisia for a free lecture on Research on Crop Tolerance to Drought Stress in Arid Regions. To attend, RSVP to email@example.com, or call 775-423-7565, Ext. 2260.http://www.wnc.edu/…/ce/sci/2015_fulbright_scholar_flyer.pdf
Reno, Nevada – U.S. Drought Monitor Forum in Reno, April 16: This biennial meeting brings together authors of the USDM as well as a larger group of federal, state, and local contributors to explore the current drought situation, drought impacts, and provide a forum on improvements. The final day of the forum, Thursday April 16th, will be dedicated to a special session related to the California-Nevada drought. This session will focus on improving inter-agency and stakeholder collaboration with the USDM. More at this link: http://www.dri.edu/us-drought-monitor-forum
Fri April 17th Global Youth Service Project in Silver Springs: Everyone is welcome to come and be involved! This Global Youth Service day project starts at 1:00pm on April 17th at the Silver Stage Food Pantry in Silver Springs, Nevada. For more details, call Tammy at 301-8543.
Mon April 20th at 5:30pm Cooking Class: All are welcome at Healthy Communities Coalition’s monthly free “Cooking Demonstrations” with dinner at the Dayton Community Center. Doesn’t Apricot Chicken and Pear and Celery Root Slaw sound delicious? Thank you to teachers Rebekah and Kim for bringing your expertise to these classes each month. 775-342-7675 if you have any questions.
April 20, NAMI Western Nevada Legislative Reception at the Governor’s Mansion from 6pm to 8pm. Please RSVP by 4/15/15 to firstname.lastname@example.org . Legislative Reception by National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Nevada
April 21 Tourism Day at the Legislature. Tourism is the No. 1 industry in Nevada, accounting for $2.7 billion in state and local tax revenue, or nearly 30% of the state’s total tax revenue. Travel and hospitality is a serious business with endless ripples through the state’s economy. The importance of this industry cannot be overstated, and on Tourism Day, you can help take that message to the Legislators. More here: http://www.leg.state.nv.us/socialCalendar/reports/scReportByID.cfm?eventID=764
April 22 Arts Day in Nevada: On Wednesday, April 22, everyone is welcome to join representatives from Nevada’s cultural and civic organizations, and its remarkable legion of grassroots advocates, to speak to members of the Nevada Legislature about the value of public policies and funding for the arts and arts education. SCHEDULE: 10:00 Gather in the lobby of the Nevada State Legislative Building .11:00 Legislature in Session. Sit with a member of the Assembly during the floor session. 12 Noon Luncheon at the Carson Nugget, with Keynote Speaker – Donald D. Snyder, Chairman of the Board, The Smith Center 1:30 Meetings with Legislators and Legislative Staff.3:00 Tea at the Governor’s Mansion. Registration for luncheon and tea is $40. To register please RSVP to: www.nvartsadvocates.org If you’re from Vegas or rural areas more than 100 miles round trip from Carson, check with Nevada Arts Council for possible Professional Development Grants (PDG) to cover your travel expenses, etc.
April 22nd “Night of the Arts” event each year at Dayton High School so that the entire community can view students’ art work and also to enjoy the performances of the choir and band and appetizers by the Culinary Arts students. This year the event takes place on April 22nd from 5:30-7:30 at Dayton High.
April 25 Zumba Zin class – fun times for a great cause! Curves of Dayton is once again generously hosting a fundraiser to benefit HCC’s DaytonFood Pantry. The event is at Dayton High School on Sat. April 25th beginning at 10 am and lasting until noon.Tickets are available at Curves (140 Douglas Street).
25 April – Reception 1pm-4pm for six new exhibitions opening at St. Mary’s Art Center at 55 North R Street in Virginia City: art, music, food, fun and artist talks. There will be music by Paula Frazer and Tarnation from San Francisco.Artists exhibiting include: Jenny Valloric, Textile Artist, from Colorado Carole-Ann Ricketts, Printmaker from United Kingdom and now Verdi, Nevada Gil Martin, Large Scale Painter, from Nevada Eva Stramer Nichols, Watercolor Painter, from Denmark and now Truckee, California Lisa Kurt, Illustrator, from Reno, Nevada
Wed April 29th from 4pm-8pm Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser for Remote Area Medical events in Lyon and Carson: Another generous fundraiser by Js Bistro to benefit the community! For just $15, they’ll serve you a delicious spaghetti dinner in their lovely restaurant at 130 Pike Street. $10 of each meal goes directly to the Oct 2015 RAM events that will bring desperately needed dental, vision and medical care to Nevadans. While you’re at Js, check out the 1933 Art Deco bar from the Pulman District of Chicago. Js is an historic stone building in the heart of Old Town Dayton with a past that is typical of the Old West. Built in 1860 of stone and timber, it still has its original six 12 foot entry doors made of wood from old growth Tahoe basin pine and hauled to Dayton by wagon in the 1800’s. More here: http://jsoldtownbistro.com/wp/?page_id=2141
May 9th Tour of Historic Schools on the Comstock: This tour features 3 nineteenth century schools on the Comstock – Silver City, Dayton and V.C. Although none are still used as schools, all remain active links with our history. The first school on the tour is the 1865 Dayton Grammar School, which is celebrating its 150th birthday this year. The second stop on the tour will be in Silver City. The final stop will be in Virginia City at the historic Fourth Ward School. Sponsors: Silver City Historic Preservation Society, Historical Society of Dayton Valley, and the Fourth Ward School Museum. Begins: at 135 Shady Lane, Dayton When: 1:00 pm. More information: Ron Reno of Silver City, (775) 846-3474 or RLReno@gbis.com. Cost/Admission: $15 per person; group limited to 25 people. Reservations: Required; please arrive early to sign in. Website: Silver City Historic Preservation Society (on Facebook at Silver City School House): https://www.facebook.com/pages/Silver-City-School-House/1511886055743937 S
torey and Lyon Regional Coalition- Thursday, May 14th at 9am at the Silver Springs Community Center: Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey’s monthly public meetings include guest presentations, a brunch buffet and updates and discussion and strategic planning on a broad range of topics of regional interest in promoting community vitality. Call HCC at 246-7550 for more information. HCC meets on the 2nd Thurs of each month except for July.
Silver City, Nevada – May 16 Nevada Historic Preservation Month Event in Silver City: On May 16th at 6:00 PM, Silver City Arts group will host a display of rarely seen photographs, newspaper columns, essays, books, posters, and other artifacts related to the “cultural re-population” of the historical community of Silver City, Nevada between roughly 1965 and 2005. The evening will also include a screening of the documentary film Rockin’ at the Red Dog- The Dawn of Psychedelic Rock by Mary Works Covington as part of this celebration of Nevada’s Historic Preservation Month. Mary Works Covington will introduce the film and she and other long time residents of Silver City will host a Q & A after the screening. The public is cordially invited to this free event at the Silver City School House/Community Center at 385 High Street in historic Silver City. For more information, contact Quest Lakes at (775) 847-0742.
2015 Nevada Economic Development Conference in Reno (May 19-21) features many speakers from Lyon and Storey towns, including Christy McGill, Freida Carbery, Deborah Loesch Griffin, Wendy Madson, Cheryl Bowles, Dean Haymore, Jason Van Havel, and many others. More here: http://www.wndd.org/2015/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/SET_Conference_Brochure.pdf
Save the dates: June 4-5, 2015 – “Arts @ the Heart”, the annual conference by Nevada Arts Council for Nevada arts agencies and organizations, will be held in Reno at the Sienna this summer. More here: http://nac.nevadaculture.org/index.html?option=com_content&view=article&id=1527&Itemid=392
Silver City, Nevada – Fine Art Exhibit Saturday July 18th, 2015 from 10am-3pm, Silver City Arts group will host a unique art exhibition to coincide with Northern Nevada’s July “Artown” events. The show will include work by acclaimed artists that Silver City residents have in their private collections. Artwork by Walter McNamara; Mick Sheldon; Joan Arrizabalaga; Dick Peitz; Edw Martinez; Gus Bundy; Lucy Nieder; Mike Hess; Jim McCormick; Mimi Patrick; Richard Bodner; Margery Hall Marshall; and many others will be on display at the Silver City School House/Community Center. The public is cordially invited to this free event.
HCC’s Community Harvest “Community Supported Agriculture” basket program: https://healthycomm.org/events-happening-now/
Silver Stage Co-Op: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Silver-Stage-Co-Op-Association/242747915836689
HCC’s Dayton Farmers Market at Community Roots: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dayton-Farmers-Market/661868453894971
HCC’s Free Weight Loss Support Group meets each Wed in Dayton: More here: https://healthycomm.org/2015/01/11/supportive-fun-weight-loss-support-group-and-zumba-class-meeting-in-dayton/
Yoga class meets weekly in Silver Springs: https://healthycomm.org/2015/02/18/hatha-yoga-in-silver-springs-for-all-ages/
HCC’s Tobacco Use Cessation classes (free): Call Kathy McIntosh to sign up for the next class, or see the link below: https://healthycomm.org/2015/02/17/free-tobacco-cessation-program-begins-feb-26-2015/
HCC’s Diabetes Self Management Classes (free): Call Tammy Sutton to sign up for the next class, or see this link for more info: https://healthycomm.org/2015/02/17/free-diabetes-self-management-program/
HCC’s Dayton Food Pantry: https://cmcgillblog.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/dayton-food-pantry.pdf
HCC’s Silver Stage Food Pantry: Click on the flyer to enlarge to see hours and location: https://healthycomm.org/2015/03/19/silver-stage-food-pantry/
Silver City Arts group: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Silver-City-Arts/618872294885649
HCC’s Yerington Community Task Force: https://www.facebook.com/groups/204128249721650/
Fernley STEM Council: VISION: Increase community awareness of professional, technical, and educational opportunities and the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) capacity of the workforce in Fernley through partnerships with Lyon School District, UNR, Western Nevada College, City of Fernley, local business partners, and others. Increase community awareness of professional, technical, and educational opportunities and the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) capacity of the workforce through partnerships with Lyon School District, WNC, the City of Fernley, local business partners, and others. More here: http://www.perspectivescientific.com/fernley-stem-council.html
HCC’s Silver Stage Stand Tall: https://www.facebook.com/pages/SSHS-Stand-Tall/1702262733333816
HCC’s Dayton Stand Tall: https://www.facebook.com/dayton.tall
HCC’s Fernley Stand Tall: https://www.facebook.com/FernelyStandTall
HCC’s Yerington Stand Tall: contact Jessica Angle
Boys and Girls Clubs of Mason Valley has programs in Silver Springs, Dayton and Yerington: http://bgcmasonvalley.org/default.aspx
Silver Springs, Nevada fan page: https://www.facebook.com/silverspringsnv
Global Voice (in Lyon and Storey): This international service -learning program with youth is expanding into Lyon County communities, and also continues to thrive in Storey County. Adult leaders include Healthy Communities’ board president Brian Kirkley (Fernley), HCC Resource Coordinator Tammy Sutton (Silver Stage area), HCC Community Health Advocate Jocelyn Lozano (Dayton area), CCI’s Kallie Day (Storey County region), etc. Contact Community Chest (847-9311) or Healthy Communities for more information (246-7550).
In school and out of school youth job, academic and life skills programs (in Storey and Lyon): http://communitychestnevada.net/programs/in-schoolout-of-school-youth/
Home Visiting Program for families in Lyon and Storey communities: https://healthycomm.org/2015/01/13/679559-for-new-program-serving-lyon-and-storey-parents/
The Healthy FOOD Hub: https://healthycomm.org/food-hub/
Health Services Hub in the Lyon Region: https://healthycomm.org/health-services-hub/
Health Hub in the Storey Region: http://communitychestnevada.net/health-and-wellness-hub/