Sundance Books and Music plans Woody Guthrie sing-along


What: Sundance Books and Music will host a birthday sing-along celebration in honor of legendary folk artist Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday. Guthrie is the most famous and influential folk music composer and performer in the history of the United States. His most popular song, “This Land is Your Land,” has become the country’s unofficial national anthem, known to every school child since the 1960s. Local folksinger and songwriter David Fenimore will lead the sing-along with special guest Tim (“Pete Seeger”) Gorelangton (and as many of the Almanack Singers as happen to show up–including you!).

Where: Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave., Reno.

When: Saturday, July 14, 3:30 – 5 p.m.

About the Musicians:
Like Woody Guthrie, David Fenimore hopped a freight train once and has parlayed that experience into an entire career of impersonating a working-class folk singer. In his spare time he teaches in the English Department at UNR and spends his summers donning wigs, beards and nineteenth-century frock coats onstage for various Chautauqua venues around the country. At home in Truckee with his wife Amy Horne, he diddles away his days on his great aunt’s baby grand piano, which he plays about as well as Woody played the guitar.

Tim Gorelangton is a Reno-area folksinger and songwriter. Much of the inspiration for his music can be found in the people and places of the American West. The songs he writes have much the same background as the stories of old. Pete Seeger is one of his heroes, and he shares Pete’s vision of inclusion, community, justice and the power of song. Tim accompanies himself on a vintage Guild 12-string guitar and an original Vega “Pete Seeger” model banjo. He encourages everyone to sing along!

4th of July safety tips for dog owners

Nov.-Dec. 2003


Fourth of July fireworks are no fun for dogs. Historically, Washoe County Regional Animal Services is flooded with calls from pet owners searching for dogs that became lost while trying to flee from the loud noise of the fireworks.

On July 4 and 5 of 2011, Regional Animal Services retrieved 73 lost dogs over a 24-hour period.

“Most lost dog reports involve dogs that were left out in the yard during the fireworks,” Regional Animal Services Manager Barry Brode said. “But we have had reports of dogs taking more extreme measures, such as jumping through open windows, in their effort to escape the noise.

“These dogs are often found many miles from home and we’ve heard stories of dogs hiding under decks or sheds for days after the fireworks.”

Regional Animal Services offers the following safety tips to pet owners for the Fourth of July holiday:

  • Before the fireworks start, bring and keep your dog inside.
  • Keep windows and doors closed.
  • Leave a radio, television, fan or air conditioner on as these will help to lower the noise from outside.
  • If you know your dog does experience extreme anxieties to loud noises, it may be worthwhile to contact your veterinarian to see what recommendations they have.
  • The best way for everyone to get the most enjoyment from a firework display is to leave your pets at home.

Regional Animal Services staff also encourage dog owners to make sure all pets have identification tags and microchips just in case they do get lost. This will expedite getting pets and their families reunited.

“Our goal is to help all members of your family enjoy a happy and safe Fourth of July celebration,” Brode said.

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office celebrated 150 years of proud service and community partnership in 2011. Sheriff Michael Haley is the 25th person elected to serve as the sheriff of Washoe County. His office continues to be the only full service public safety agency operating within northern Nevada and is responsible for operating the consolidated detention facility, regional crime lab, Northern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center, Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, court security, service of civil process, traditional street patrols and Regional Animal Services.

Nevada Chapter AGC Safety Awards: Firms recognized at Golden Hard Hat Luncheon


As construction site safety issues continue to grab national attention, the Nevada Chapter of the Associated General Contractors today recognized its most conscientious companies.

The Nevada chapter held its 15th Annual Golden Hard Hat Awards Luncheon today in the Harrah’s Convention Center in downtown. Companies including building and engineering general contractors, specialty contractors and suppliers were recognized for AGC of America Awards based on no lost time from accidents.

In conjunction with June as National Safety Month, AGC also presented its prestigious Golden Hard Hat Award, awarded to the “Best of the Best” in safety. AGC of America Awards were given to more than a dozen local firms. This award recognizes a quality safety record by comparing safety records against the average of national AGC members of similar size and type. These companies have a zero incidents rate or are 25 percent or more below the Division average.

2011 AGC saftey awards

Golden Hard Hat
Reno Iron Works

No Lost Time

A-1 Steel Inc.
Basalite Concrete Products
Building Solutions, Inc.
Clark & Sullivan Construction
Construction Development Services
Core Construction Services of Nevada
Frank Lepori Construction, Inc.
Gerhardt & Berry Construction
Gradex Construction Company
Granite Construction – Dayton Materials
Granite Construction – Lockwood Facility
Granite Construction Company – Nevada
GuiDenby, Inc.
J & J Mechanical, Inc.
J.W. McClenahan Company
K7 Construction Incorporated
Lindell’s Painting Service
Lucky Concrete, Inc.
Northern Nevada Concrete
Omboli Interiors
Pape Machinery, Inc.
PAR Electrical Contractor, Inc.
PDM Steel Services Centers, Inc.
Quilici Construction
Raven Construction
Reno Iron Works
Reno Tahoe Construction
Silverado Excavating
TNT Construction, Inc.
United Construction Company
Valley Concrete Company, Inc.

Division Awards
Contractor – Building

Raven Construction–General Contractor Building Division Best Safety Record Under 50,000 hours
Core Construction Services of Nevada–General Contractor Building Division Best Safety Record Over 50,000 hours

General Contractor – Engineering

Gerhardt & Berry Construction, Inc.–General Contractor Engineering Division Best Safety Record Under 100,000 hours
Sierra Nevada Construction, Inc.–General Contractor Engineering Division Best Safety Record Over 100,000 hours
Granite Construction Company–General Contractor Engineering Division Best Safety Record Over 400,000 hours

Specialty Contractor

Reno Iron Works–Specialty Contractor Best Safety Record Under 50,000 hours
PAR Electrical Contractors, Inc.–Specialty Contractor Best Safety Record Over 50,000 hours
RHP Mechanical Systems–Specialty Contractor Best Safety Record Over 100,000 hours


Basalite Concrete Products–Supplier Best Safety Record

AGC of America Awards

Construction Development Services
Frank Lepori Construction
Gradex Construction Company Division
J & J Mechanical, Inc.
J.W. McClenahan
Lucky Concrete, Inc.
Northern Nevada Concrete, Inc.
Omboli Interiors, Inc.
PAR Electrical Contractors
Q & D Construction, Inc.
United Construction Company

The Nevada Chapter AGC was formed in 1939 by a group of Nevadans to replace the dangerous gravel roads in northern Nevada with modern asphalt. Now the group has become known for more than building roads. AGC members have battled floods, built hospitals, parks and schools. Nearly 300 members strong, the Nevada Chapter strives to support the image and awareness of the construction industry and the community quality of life with “Skill, Integrity and Responsibility.” The AGC is designed to create a cohesive environment in the construction field for the purpose of creating unity among members, building a professional work environment, increasing work satisfaction and improving job performance. The Nevada Chapter trains thousand northern Nevada construction professional in safety, technique and business practices each year. The Nevada Chapter AGC building is located at 5400 Mill St., Reno. Phone at 775-329-6116 or via e-mail

Prime Rib Nights and More July Dining at the Carson Valley Inn

Prime Rib nights and other high-value specials in Katie’s, a variety of dinner entrees plus an early dining Sunset Menu in CV Steak and plenty of different beverage and snack options in Job’s Perk are all on the menu at the Carson Valley Inn during July.

CV Steak is open from 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday with a special early-dining Sunset Menu served from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. featuring 3-course dinners for $18. The Inn’s Nevada-style steakhouse offers a selection of tasty appetizers and a generous assortment of entrées including steaks, chops, seafood, chicken and pasta dishes. CV Steak also has a bountiful wine list – by the glass or bottle – a specialty drink menu, a dessert menu and a special menu for children 12 and under.

All CV Steak entrees include tableside-tossed salad and, except for the pasta dishes, a vegetable and your choice of potato – baked, au gratin or a one-pound, twice-baked potato. CV Steak offers a combination of price, selection, ambience and service that make casual dinners or special occasions affordable and memorable. CV Steak reservations are recommended; please call 775-783-6650.

Katie’s complete Prime Rib Dinner every Friday and Saturday night for $9.99 includes a half-pound of slow-roasted prime rib of beef with au jus, twice-baked potato, creamed horseradish sauce and choice of soup or salad. This special is also available in a ¾-pound cut for $12.99 and a full pound cut for $15.99. “The Chandler” Southern Fried Chicken dinner continues its long run on Sundays in Katie’s and includes mashed potatoes, gravy, coleslaw and a biscuit all for just $5.99.

On Mondays in July, Katie’s offers a Beef Machaca Mexicali Plate with tortillas, refried beans, Spanish rice and salsa for $5.99. The Tuesday-night specials are a Breaded Pork Cutlet Plate with mashed potatoes, pan gravy and vegetable or a Chicken Parmigiana Plate with marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, broccoli and garlic bread. Both of these Tuesday specials are just $5.99 and the Chicken Parmigiana Plate is offered again on Wednesday nights for $5.99. Every Thursday in July, Katie’s serves a Roast Turkey Breast Plate with mashed potatoes, giblet gravy and stuffing for $6.99. Add soup or salad to any of the Monday through Thursday Katie’s plate specials for just $1.00!

Fresh-baked cakes, pies, cupcakes, brownies and cookies are made daily in the Carson Valley Inn Bakery and are available for purchase at the display case near the Katie’s cashier counter. As a special bonus for INN Club members during July, all Katie’s baked goods are half off on Mondays when purchased with INN Club points. Points are earned whenever using your card while playing the slots, table games or live poker at the Carson Valley Inn.

Katie’s 24-hour signature special is a $5.99 Hamsteak and Eggs plate with enough ham for sandwich leftovers the next day! There’s also a $4.99 “Loaded Pancakes” special mornings until 11 a.m. and a $5 lunch special is available Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Job’s Perk opens daily at 6 a.m. and is a convenient spot for morning or midday coffee and pastries, beverages or an afternoon/evening iced-coffee drink, fresh-baked cookie or smoothie. Job’s Perk also sells newspapers, sundries and CVI-logo apparel.

INN Club members can redeem earned points towards their restaurant checks at the Carson Valley Inn. Simply swipe your card in Katie’s or Job’s Perk or present your card to the server in CV Steak.


California Naturalist David Lukas Explores the Mystery of Bird Song at Sundance Books and Music

What: How do birds learn to sing such beautiful songs? And why do they produce so many different types of vocalizations? David Lukas will help answer some of these questions and share his insights into the magical world of bird song—from the ways we study bird song, to the anatomy of how birds produce sounds, to some of the social behaviors that explain common bird vocalizations.

Where: Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Avenue, Reno, NV 89509 When: Saturday, July 7, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

About the Author: David Lukas is a California naturalist and the author of five books, including Sierra Nevada Natural History and Wild Birds of California. David grew up in Oregon but has been living in the Sierra Nevada and leading bird programs in California for nearly 20 years. His newest book is called Sierra Nevada Birds and it is the first comprehensive guide to the status, life history, and distribution of all the birds that occur in the Sierra Nevada (

How To Connect With Artown

Artown’s 31 days of arts and culture starts Sunday, July 1 with an opening night celebration with “And Evening with The Mickey Hart Band.” 

Stay connected with Artown’s online tools including:

Searchable online calendar - “Like” the event to share on Facebook.

Download the mobile app for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry smart phones.

Live Tweeting and Artown questions answered. Hashtag is #artown

Event updates and what’s coming up highlights on Facebook.

View images from events throughout the month on Flickr.

Visit for complete details.


Richard P. Ganchan to be honored with Distinguished Physician Award

Richard P. Ganchan, M.D. Image provided by Renown Health.


Richard P. Ganchan, M.D., cardiologist, will be honored at Magic 2012, Renown Health Foundation’s gala benefiting Renown Children’s Hospital. During the event, Dr. Ganchan will receive the Arthur J. Lurie, M.D. Distinguished Physician Award in honor of the genuine difference his work has made in the community.

Magic 2012 is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27, at 6 p.m. in the Reno Ballroom. The evening’s program will consist of music and stories of the miracles that occur daily at Renown Children’s Hospital, as well as the award presentation.

“Dr. Ganchan is very deserving of this significant recognition,” said Jim Miller, Renown Health president and chief executive officer. “We are pleased that he was selected by fellow physicians for this award and pleased to have him as part of the Renown Health Team.”

The Arthur J. Lurie, M.D. Distinguished Physician Award is given in memory of Arthur J. Lurie, M.D., a respected pioneer in cardiovascular surgery. Dr. Lurie performed the first open heart surgery in northern Nevada at Renown Health in 1977. A nominating committee of Renown physicians and other individuals selects the award recipient.

Dr. Ganchan is a Texas native. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He attended medical school at Baylor University College of Medicine in Houston. He completed a medical residency in internal medicine and neurology at the University of Utah Affiliated Hospitals. He was also the chief medical resident at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Salt Lake City. He completed a fellowship in cardiology at the University of Utah from 1974 to 1976.

A specialist in cardiology, Dr. Ganchan has been board certified in internal medicine since 1974 and board certified in cardiovascular disease since 1977. He worked for Reno Heart Physicians from 1976 to 2011. In 2011, he joined the Renown Institute for Heart and Vascular Health.

People interested in attending Magic 2012 can contact Renown Health Foundation at 775-982-5545. All proceeds from the event will benefit Renown Children’s Hospital.

About Renown Health Foundation

Renown Health Foundation, established in 1985, supports northern Nevada’s healthcare leader by raising funds to acquire state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, conduct research, offer community health programs and provide educational training for our healthcare professionals.  As the foundation’s operating budget is underwritten by Renown Regional Medical Center, 100 percent of the donations go directly toward funding important programs and equipment purchases.

About Renown Children’s Hospital

Renown Children’s Hospital is the only dedicated children’s hospital in northern Nevada, and it offers a variety of programs and services designed specifically to care for the community’s families. It has the region’s only Children’s ER, Pediatric ICU and Children’s Specialty Care, which treats children and adolescents with cancer. Children’s Specialty Care is also home to the region’s first Children’s Infusion Center. Renown Children’s Hospital is the only hospital affiliated with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in the region, and local CMN Hospitals’ programs and events directly benefit children in the Truckee Meadows. It is also the only hospital in the region affiliated with NACHRI (National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions). For more information, visit

Reno Bike Project Hosts Summer Bike Social

The Reno Bike Project will be kicking off its summer “Bikes and Brews” bike social this Thursday at 8pm at the Lincoln Lounge bar on Fourth Street.

This event will feature a Goldsprints competition open to any patrons eager to prove that they’ve got the fastest legs in the west. The Goldsprints competition sets up two riders on stationary bikes connected to a computer that tracks how fast and how long they have pedaled. RBP will be also raffling prizes from local businesses like Granite Street Eatery, Craft Wine and Beer, White Industries, and Bootleg Courier. Drink specials courtesy of New Belgium Brewery will be keeping thirsty attendees happy.

The region’s only bike social is a great opportunity to mingle with like minded people who love bikes, brews and having a good time. The event is 21 and over and will continue June-September on the last Thursday of each month.

Nominations for being accepted for ‘Ordinary People – Extraordinary Measures’ awards


Community Associations Institute, Nevada Chapter, is seeking nominations for its new ‘Ordinary People – Extraordinary Measures’ 2012 Awards Program. The program is aimed at bringing recognition to Nevada residents who have shown remarkable efforts and acts towards others.


Nominations will be accepted through July 15 and should be sent to CAI at 9171 W. Flamingo Road, Ste. 100, Las Vegas, Nev., 89171. Nominations can also be submitted via e-mail at:, or via fax at 702-240-9690.  CAI’s ‘Ordinary People – Extraordinary Measures’ Awards luncheon will take place in Las Vegas at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11 at the Gold Coast Hotel located at 4000 West Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89103.

Award nominees need not be a member of CAI.  Awards will be given in each of the following categories:


Community Service Volunteer

This award is given in recognition of someone who contributes to the community.  This effort must have been conducted for the benefit of others with no thought of self promotion or self benefit.


Fire Department/Police Department /First Responders/Medical and Social Services

While our Public Servants contribute to our community on a daily basis, this award should be for going “above and beyond” what is normally within their job descriptions.


Life Saving

This award is given in recognition of someone who put their personal safety “on the line” to help someone else.  This person saw someone in need and “jumped” in to help without any thought of his or her personal safety.


Northern Nevada Outstanding Citizen/Organization

This award is given in recognition of an outstanding individual or organization from our Northern Nevada area.  Performance must have been “above and beyond” with no intent for praise or recognition.


Southern Nevada Outstanding Citizen/Organization

This award is given in recognition of an outstanding individual or organization from our Southern Nevada area.  Performance must have been “above and beyond” with no intent for praise or recognition.



This award is given in recognition of a youth that consistently contributes positively to individuals, their school or their community.


Lifetime Achievement in Public Service

The purpose of this award is to recognize individuals who are committed to a cause greater than themselves, dedicating their time and energy to accomplish goals.


About CAI:

CAI is a 31,000-member international organization that represents homeowner and condominium associations and provides education, best practices and resources to the homeowner volunteer leaders and professionals involved in the governance and management of common-interest communities.  The Nevada chapter is one of 59 state and regional U.S. chapters. The Nevada chapter serves the educational, business, and networking needs of volunteer leaders and professionals throughout the Las Vegas and Reno areas. With more than 1,000 members including nearly 150 business partners, more than 300 professional managers and more than 400 community association volunteers, the Nevada chapter is one of the largest and most active of the 60 chapters in the nation. For more information, visit

Taste of Reno Tahoe pairing food and wine with great works

The Rotary Club of Reno Centennial Sunset Announces Wineries and Restaurants Participating in July 15, 2012 Wine Pairing Event
The Rotary Club of Reno Centennial Sunset recently announced the participating wineries and restaurants to date for its annual fundraising event, The Taste of Reno Tahoe, on Sunday, July 15, 2012 at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. This event is designed for the most discriminating palates; featuring original gourmet creations by creative chefs from the region’s finest restaurants, expertly paired with rare, premium wines of selected varietals from many of the most highly regarded boutique wineries in California and Nevada. A unique, exquisite culinary event where every guest feels pampered throughout the evening, the Taste of Reno Tahoe delivers an amazing experience. Attendees will enjoy the exceptionally good fare in an intimate setting and introductions to master wine makers and master chefs who reveal the sensual secrets about how flavors of certain gourmet foods come alive with just the right wines.
Taste of Reno Tahoe welcomes first time participants Famous Dave’s BBQ, Ling Louie’s Asian Bar & Grill, and the new Steakhouse at Tamarack Junction. The event welcomes back the following restaurants and wineries – with more to come as the event draws near – and we are pleased to recognize their years of participation in Taste of Reno Tahoe:
Whispering Vine Wine (6 years)
Twisted Oak Winery (5 years)
Klinker Brick Winery (5 years)
Macchia Wines (5 years)
Nevada City Winery (4 years)
Colibri Ridge Winery & Vineyard (4 years)
Quilici Vineyards (3 years)
Grace Patriot Wines (3 years)
Prager Winery & Port Wines (3 years)
Bray Vineyards (3 years)
Encore Beverage (dessert wine)
Hidden Valley Country Club (5 years)
Kimmie Candy (5 years)
Nothing To It Culinary (5 years)
Wild River Grille (4 years)
Longboards Grille at Graeagle (3 years)