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Young students learn computer programming and 3D design at UNR summer camp

The fourth graders worked at the computer screens for hours, fingers dancing over the keyboard and figures on the screen spinning, growing and changing colors. And, their parents were happy. The students weren’t playing games; they were designing and building things like a whistle, buildings, hot air balloon, cars, DNA models, bracelets, airplanes and more, using a 3-D modeling and CAD design program.

NV150 Fair in Carson City opens with free entry and nonstop entertainment

UPDATE: Thursday at 11 a.m., the Wells Fargo coach will be delivering Governor Brian Sandoval, Carson City Mayor Robert Crowell and Wells Fargo Regional Manager Chad Osorno and Wells Fargo Northern Nevada Area Manager Sean French to Fuji Park in south Carson City to preside over the official opening and ribbon cutting of Carson City’s contribution to the NV150 Anniversary event, the NV150Fair.

The NV150Fair will feature over 90 4-H and Future Farmers of America kids from around the region showcasing their animals and farm knowledge.

How To Win Every Argument, Every Time

Several days ago, my dad and I had a conversation. Our conversation started like most other people start theirs. He expressed his thoughts and concerns and I parried back with mine. At the end of the day we were both frustrated with the whole conversation. It was a stalemate. He didn’t understand me and I didn’t understand him. Which seems very familiar with some of the conversations I’ve had with my wife.

How can two people in the same room, speaking the same language, not understand each other? How many conversations like that, have you had?

Women to Women with Diane Hansen

This week’s Women to Women is with Diane Hansen, Chief Inspiration Officer of What Works Coaching, a coaching firm that has helped people worldwide with their businesses, careers, mindsets, and profit margins. The Texas native received her bachelor’s degree from California State University-San Bernardino College of Business and Public Administration respectively.

Active 4-H clubs in Northern Nevada empower youth with agriculture education

As we countdown to the NV150 Fair in Carson City, we want to honor the kids that make the fair so very special. These are the kids who raise the animals so lovingly, yet are willing to release them for sale. These are the kids now bringing attention to the farm-to-table movement and are learning the value of a job well done.

As the late Whitney Houston sang, “I believe children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way.”
4-H clubs were formed to teach our children the importance of agriculture and to learn new ways to better farm or raise their animals.

Carson City dog headed to Italy for competition

India is a 2 year-old Belgian Malinois. In May she took 2nd and earned high scoring female at the Mondioring National Championships, earning her a spot at the world cup in Italy this October. Her owner and handler, Michon Mills, says she never intended for India to be a competition dog.

Author, ag expert to have 'kitchen table' conversation during Carson City Farmer's Market

New York Times author Novella Carpenter will be at the 3rd and Curry Street downtown Carson City Farmer’s Market on July 19 at 11 a.m. to chat about her bestselling memoir, Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer.

Carpenter and northern Nevada agriculture expert Mark O’Farrell, of Hungry Mother Organics, are set to engage in a kitchen-table visit. Under a large tent, with seats for 100, the conversation will be led by northern Nevada’s KTVN news anchor Erin Breen. The special event is aimed at raising awareness about the vital role farmers play in our lives.

New app lets users find things fast in Carson City

Visiting a new place, even after a lot of planning, can be disorienting. Must-see attractions and the best locals-favorite eateries get left off the vacation schedule if you just don’t know what’s out there or where to look.

Carson City has fixed it so that anyone who comes to town — or lives in the area — can find nearly every restaurant, hotel, motel, RV park, museum, hiking trail, sports tournament, tourist attraction, special event, fitness center, fishing stream and shopping center in seconds.

Carson Now goes to China

Event Date: 
August 6, 2014 - 5:00pm

UPDATE: The Chamber Travel Club meeting has been changed to Aug. 6 at 5 p.m. at Red's 395.

Carson Now focuses on local news, but for eight days next spring, we will expand our view all the way to China.

In cooperation with the Carson City Chamber of Commerce, I will be embarking on a tour of China with a group of Carson City residents and businesspeople on April 7-15, 2015.

Women to Women with Kris Smith

This week's episode of Women to Women features Kris Smith, a mortgage banker from Bank of The West in Carson City.

In its third season, Women to Women Nevada, hosted by Carol Paz of Carson City, is televised on Charter Media every Thursday at 7 p.m. on Channel 190 in Carson City, Gardnerville, Dayton, Reno, Sparks, Fernley, Fallon and Lake Tahoe. The program also airs Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays at 8-8:30 p.m. and on Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Episodes also appear every Friday on Carson Now.

Carson City Visitors Bureau 'beat the heat' photo contest still open

There's still time to enter the "beat the heat" photo contest sponsored through the Carson City Visitors Bureau.

The contest is designed around summer visitors to Nevada's capital city and beating the heat. Participants have a chance to win lodging, dining and entertainment passes, rodeo tickets and more.

Carson City was recently recognized nationally as the fastest warming city in the United States. To remind the world that we do not live in a dry, barren, hot wasteland Visit Carson City is hosting a “Beat The Heat” photo contest on Facebook.

Nevada railroad museum in Carson City celebrates a July 4 weekend of trains

With all the flavorings of the Old West, the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City will showcase several of its trains for the July 4 weekend.

It's living history on the rails when steam locomotives V&T No. 25 and the famous Inyo will operate along with the historic, self-propelled McKeen motor car Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Rides will be available behind the 25 and on the McKeen car every 45 minutes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

It's Your City with St. Peter's Episcopal Church director Father Jeff Paul

This week's It's Your City is with Father Jeff Paul, director of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Carson City. Founded by James Nye and Henry Yerington, St. Peters is often consider the jewel of the Carson City Historic District. The congregation began in 1863 during the Civil War, celebrating its 150th anniversary last year.

Lake Tahoe license plate owners get free parking access July 12 to popular beaches

The Tahoe Fund has partnered with Nevada State Parks to offer free access July 12 to Sand Harbor, Cave Rock and Spooner Lake to current owners of Lake Tahoe license plates. The event is designed as a gesture of appreciation to those who support Lake Tahoe with the purchase of license plates.

“We are thankful to the thousands of people who choose to buy and renew their Tahoe license plates,” said Jay Howard of Nevada State Parks. “Our Lake Tahoe parks benefit greatly from those funds, with beach improvements, watershed restoration work, and new hiking trails.”

Women to Women with Rebecca Ortiz

This week's Women to Women features Rebecca Ortiz, an 18-year-old Carson High School graduate. Rebecca plans on attending University of Nevada, Reno for premedical studies this September.

She is the youngest woman ever to be interviewed on Women to Women, but it is the encompassing aspect of her senior high graduation project that brought her into local and statewide attention.

Volunteers invited to clean up Lake Tahoe area beaches July 5

Event Date: 
July 5, 2014 - 9:00am

The League to Save Lake Tahoe will host its annual Keep Tahoe Red, White and Blue Beach Cleanups at five locations throughout Lake Tahoe on July 5. Volunteers of all ages and abilities are invited to join the effort from Tahoe City to Nevada Beach and South Shore.

'Following in Their Footsteps' tour takes Carson City man to Italy

Easy Company, 506th parachute infantry regiment, 101st Airborne Division was not the only band of brothers. Most of the 16 million men who served our country during WW II became closer to their shipmate or foxhole buddy than their own family. The First Special Service Force, the Black Devils, was a brigade of commandos from two nations, 60 percent USA and 40 percent Canadians.

A Taste of Downtown Is a Taste of Success

The 21st annual Taste of Downtown kicked off Saturday evening and continued early into Sunday morning in Carson City. From Fifth Street on the event covered 13 city blocks, packing the sidewalks with locals and visitors. With restaurants and bars from near and far all setting up stands with the hopes of being voted Carson City's best, there was no shortage of food, drinks or fun in the thriving heart of downtown.

Regional chili competitions to spice up Carson City this weekend

UPDATE: Get it while it's hot this Saturday and Sunday in Carson City. The Honor Flight Nevada program and Glen Eagles will host the High Sierra Regional Chili Cook-Off and Craft Fair this weekend.

International Chili Society chefs will compete for a chance to go to the World Cook-Off in Las Vegas. The public is invited to sample red and verde chili as well as salsas. Tasting kits are $3 each. The "People's Choice" Chili award will be determined by the vote collected by everyone who samples.

WNC College for Kids offers two weeks of youth day camps

Looking for summer activities for Carson City youth? Western Nevada College has added a College for Kids camp during the last two weeks of July.

Two weeklong sessions are available. Choose one class for one week at $56 per class; choose two morning or afternoon classes for one week for $90, or choose both daily sessions for $120 per week.

Women to Women with Nevada Magazine Publisher Janet Geary

This week's episode of Women to Women features Janet Geary, publisher of Nevada Magazine.

In January 1936, Nevada Highways and Parks, known today as Nevada Magazine, was introduced by the state highway department. Always an information source for Nevada residents and tourists, what started as a digest-sized bulletin has grown into a colorful magazine.

Pink Day at Evergreen Gene's Inc.

Event Date: 
June 28, 2014 - 10:00am

Join in the fun as Pink Day once again comes to Nursery and Gift store - Evergreen Gene's Inc.
1811 N. Carson St. Carson City, Nevada 89701
June 28, 2014 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

20% of the proceeds from any pink plant or item goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Evergreen Gene's will have Vendors:
Local Authors, Sandie La Nae and Mary Randall, Burton's Creations, Miniatures by Claudio Schaal, Bridger Mountain Boutique, MORE!

And Entertainers:

It's Your City with Carson City Greenhouse Project Manager Camille Jones

On this week's It's Your City, Camille Jones, manager of the Carson City Greenhouse Project discusses spring and summer activities at the facility, located behind Carson High School.

Carson City Library serves up the Saturday pancakes

A feast of pancakes and books were the order of the morning Saturday at the Carson City Library. Kalani Munoz, 1, eats with the family at the annual Pancake Breakfast and Summer Reading Program kick off at the Carson City Library in Carson City, Nev., on Saturday, June 14, 2014. In the second photograph, locals enjoy the annual event.

Bicycles light up downtown Carson City during Saturday's 'Blinky Man' Summer Solstice ride

Event Date: 
June 14, 2014 - 7:30pm
Blinky Man, Carson City’s summer costumed night time bike ride with lights, will be blinking and biking its way through town this Saturday, June 14.

Riding the success of last year’s two events, this creative and inclusive bicycle community rides throughout town stopping at some of the best thirst parlors and restaurants around.

Fully costumed from head to tire, the group spreads smiles and good times to all that come in contact while supporting local businesses. Meeting Spot will be at Caterpillar’s Hookah Lounge between 6:30pm – 7:30pm.

Washoe Lake State Park hosts Summer Solstice astronomy party

Event Date: 
June 21, 2014 - 8:30pm

Discover the wonders of the night sky at Washoe Lake State Park on Saturday, June 21 as local astronomy experts Jay Lawson and Adam Kremers will have telescopes set up to view Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, and all the best objects of the summer Milky Way.

The Summer Solstice Astronomy Party runs from from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. or later at the Maze/Playground (Overflow) parking area inside Washoe Lake State Park.

WNC’s observatory offers free summer lecture series

Saturday evenings will be stellar this summer at the Jack C. Davis Observatory of Western Nevada College. A series of free slide lectures will be offered, June 14 through August 23. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. lectures.

Mike Thomas will offer lectures on June 14, July 12, August 9 and August 23. John Dykes will offer a lecture on July 26. On all Saturday evenings, the observatory will continue its Saturday Star Parties featuring free telescope viewing at the Carson City location.

Lecture Topics include:

Carson City Library to host Spokes America 2014

Carson City Library will host the 2014 Spokes team Monday as they ride through town. The group of seven students and alumni from Harvard, MIT, and Columbia are biking from San Francisco to Washington, D.C.

Spokes America is a bike trip across the United States designed to make STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) accessible to students everywhere. The Spokes team will be at the Carson City Library with plans to run a “Learning Festival” during their June 16 visit.

Women to Women features Lisa Schuette of the Carson Animal Services Initiative

Lisa Schuette is this week's guest on Women to Women. Lisa is founder and chair of the Carson Animal Services Initiative, a non-profit organization with a mission of raising money to assist Carson City as it builds a safe and modern animal shelter.

Boys and Girls Club of Western Nevada partners with Johnny Rockets for fundraiser

The Boys and Girls Club of Western Nevada have picked Johnny Rockets restaurant inside the Carson Lanes in Carson City as their spotlight business of the month. This means for the entire month of June, general manager Tamara Jennings, the Johnny Rockets staff and customers will be collecting funds for a donation to the Boys and Girls Club of Western Nevada.

WNC hosts social gathering Friday for Journey of Hope cyclists

Western Nevada College and the Nevada Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities will host a Journey of Hope Celebration on Friday in Carson City for 35 cyclists who are riding from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., to support those with disabilities.

Friday’s free social gathering, which promotes disability awareness and community education, is open to the public and runs from 5 to 8 p.m. in front of the Dini Student Center at WNC.

Women to Women with Dr. Robin Titus

This week's Women to Women is with Dr. Robin Titus from Smith Valley, Nev. She is running for Nevada Assembly, District 31.

In its third season, Women to Women Nevada, hosted by Carol Paz of Carson City, is televised on Charter Media every Thursday at 7 p.m. on Channel 190 in Carson City, Gardnerville, Dayton, Reno, Sparks, Fernley, Fallon and Lake Tahoe. The program also airs Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays at 8-8:30 p.m. and on Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Episodes also appear every Friday on Carson Now.

Food Truck Festival Saturday at Carson Valley Inn

Event Date: 
May 31, 2014 - 12:00pm

Food trucks are all the rage these days and so are festivals dedicated to gourmet specialities prepared on board the mobile kitchen ships.

The Carson Valley Inn will host the Valley Food Fest this Saturday, May 31, from noon to 8 p.m. at the TJ's Corral Outdoor Events Center in Minden. A variety of food trucks serving up everything from gourmet to all-American standards plus desserts and other treats.

Nevada 150 Events Held Throughout June

Many events are scheduled throughout the Silver State in the month of June. These Nevada 150 events help celebrate all things Nevada and bring awareness to the state’s 150th Anniversary of Statehood. The following are events held June 3 through June 15.

Nevada Prison Preservation Society achieves nonprofit status

The IRS has conferred nonprofit status on the Nevada State Prison Preservation Society, a significant step in the group’s effort to save the historic structure. The first donation to NSPPS under its designation as a public charity was made this week by Carson City Assemblyman Pete Livermore.

Livermore’s legislation in 2013 set the stage for planning by state agencies on the 152-year-old prison’s future as a historic site and museum, as well as possible uses for other buildings on the property.

Adopt-a-Tahoe-Beach program launches clean-up efforts

South Lake Tahoe area agencies have partnered to launch an Adopt-a-Beach-Tahoe program that will coordinate beach clean-up dates regularly from June 15 to Sept. 15, 2014.

The City of South Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, League to Save Lake Tahoe, the US Forest Service Basin Management Unit, and Douglas County have developed the theme, “Caring is Cool - Lake Tahoe’s clarity starts with you, and there are a number of ways to help!”

Carson Area 4-H spring community service benefits Reno veteran’s home

For the last several months members of the Silver Sage 4-H Community Club and the Bouncing Bunnies 4-H Club collected, organized and delivered food and cleaning items to the Veterans Guest House in Reno.

Wild West window seats aboard historic V&T Railroad begin Memorial Day weekend

It is full steam ahead aboard Nevada's premiere window seat into the Wild West with the 2014 season of the historic Virginia & Truckee Railroad taking to the rails beginning Memorial Day weekend.

Steam train rides from Carson City to the 1860s boom-era mining town of Virginia City will begin May 24 and extend weekends through Oct. 19. Friday diesel train tours will begin June 20.
 

These eggs are made for dropping

More than 30 local kids participated in an egg drop competition Saturday at the Carson City Library. The contest involved creating protective packaging for an uncooked egg, which was then dropped from the roof.

Prizes were awarded for creativity and successfully protecting the egg. The month-long Discover Tech exhibit, which introduces kids to all aspects of engineering, is open through May 24 and wraps up this week with the Trebuchet catapult competition on Friday at Mills Park.

Women to Women with Natasha Gibson

This week's Women to Women features Natasha Gibson whose husband, Don Gibson, is running for Carson City Sheriff. Natasha is a Nevada native, born to Reno.

Natasha was raised mostly in Carson City as a youngster and graduated from Pioneer High School. She and her husband share Brandon, 2-years-old and Dylan, 13. Natasha is employed by Advanced Industries by Design.

Mrs. Gibson credits her husband with helping her through an extremely difficult period of her life, and the insight that he gave her is one of the strengths that he is able to give others, according to Natasha.

Carson City goes head-to-head in Outside's Best Towns 2014 reader contest

Carson City is going head-to-head with 63 other towns across the country in Outside Magazine's online edition of Best Towns in the country. The contest, in its fourth year, is pitting towns against towns in a readers poll.

Carson City Bartender Wins Cocktail Challenge

This past Monday, area bartenders, mixologists, and industry insiders descended upon the Reno Aces Stadium for the Wirtz Beverage Craft Spirits and Specialty Expo.

Six people, chosen at random, competed in an Iron Style Cocktail Competition: 10 minutes to create a beverage for the 4 US Bartenders Guild judges. Steven Sedillos, Adele's server and bartender/mixologist at The Blue Bull, tied for first place with his Basil-Berry Sparkler.

Nevada State Museum program offers insight into John C. Fremont, topo mapping

Families are invited to a special Nevada State Museum program, “Exploring Topographical Maps,” from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 17 in Carson City. The activity continues the museum’s Family Fun Saturdays series, this time with a focus on helping children discover the beauty and intrigue of maps.

The program complements the museum’s sesquicentennial exhibit, “Finding Fremont: Pathfinder of the West,” on display through spring 2015.

Engineering concepts explored with putters and Wednesday lecture at Carson City Library

Parents and children turned the Carson City Library into a mini golf course Friday as part of the month-long Discover Tech program. The event featured engineering concepts as participants built ramps, tunnels and obstacles to create the course.

Carson City Historical Society lecture to focus on Reno underworld era 1900 to 1950

Event Date: 
May 15, 2014 - 6:00pm

Dr. Michael Fischer will present a lecture on "Reno's Dark Underbelly of Prostitution and Drugs from 1900 through the 1950s" on Thursday, May 15, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. at the Business Innovation Resource Center (the BRIC), 108 E. Proctor Street, Carson City,

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Carson City Historical Society in cooperation with the Carson City Library and is part of the Society's "Third Thursday" series of lectures.

Free Space Lecture at WNC Observatory: Were There Once Ancient Alien Astronauts?

Event Date: 
May 10, 2014 - 7:30pm

Get acquainted with the wonders of the night skies with Saturday evening ‘Star Parties’ at the Jack C. Davis Observatory at Western Nevada College.

Popular lecturer Mike Thomas will offer free astronomy talks on on Saturday evenings, May 10 and May 24, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

May 10: "Ancient Alien Astronauts" will discuss whether there could have been extra-terrestrial visits to our planet in the past. This slide-show lecture separates fact from fiction.

Historic McKeen Car to run this weekend at Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City

Event Date: 
May 10, 2014 - 10:00am

The Nevada State Railroad Museum’s historical 1910 McKeen motor car, a National Historic Landmark, will carry passengers from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the museum, 2180 S. Carson St. in Carson City.

The McKeen motor car will operate for only four days in 2014; two of those days are this weekend. The event celebrates National Train Day, which is May 10.

This weekend, the McKeen will run every 30 minutes between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Rides are $8, $4 kids ages 4-11; free for children younger than 4.

Friendship Ball crowns its king and queen

There was a prom king and a queen to be crowned yet again at the 2014 Friendship Ball this last Saturday. The event took place from about 6:30-9 P.M. at Carson High School’s Senator Square.

The annual friendship ball is the prom made exclusively for the special needs students within Carson High School. One of the biggest disabilities that affect the students is Autism.

CHS hosts is annual Senior-Senior Prom

Carson High School hosted its annual Senior-Senior Prom this last Friday. Senior-Senior Prom is a perfect blend of generations with senior citizens within the community and seniors within Carson High School.

The event takes place once every year around this time. “It has become a tradition at Carson High School to host the event,” says leadership advisor Ann Britt. “It is just a really fun and creative way to get involvement from the community in all aspects of the demographics.”

First in a series: Women to Women with Phyllis Furlong

This week's featured guest on Women to Women Nevada is with Phyllis Furlong, wife of Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong. The program is the first installment of a three featuring the wives of candidates for Carson City Sheriff.

Phyllis was born in Arkansas, but came with her family as a young child to Carson City. She really considers herself as a full-fledged Carsonite-Nevadan.

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