Fleetwood Mac album producer to discuss ‘Making Rumours’ at Sundance


What: Ken Caillat, coproducer of Fleetwood Mac’s classic 1977 album “Rumours,” signs and discusses his new book “Making Rumours: The Inside Story of the Classic Fleetwood Mac Album” (Wiley).

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

When: Thursday, July 5, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

About the Book: “Making Rumours” tells the fascinating, behind-the-music story of the making of Fleetwood Mac’s classic 1977 “Rumours,” written by the producer who saw it all happen. The album topped the Billboard 200 for 31 weeks and won the Album of the Year Grammy. More recently, Rolling Stone named it the 25th greatest album of all time and the hit TV series “Glee” devoted an entire episode to songs from Rumours, introducing it to a new generation. Now, for the first time, Ken Caillat, the album’s co-producer, tells the full story of what really went into making “Rumours”—from the endless partying and relationship dramas to the creative struggles to write and record “You Make Loving Fun,” “Don’t Stop,” “Go Your Own Way,” “The Chain,” and other timeless tracks.

About the Author:  Ken Caillat coproduced Fleetwood Mac’s classic 1977 album “Rumours,” for which he won the Grammy for Album of the Year. He also produced the group’s “Tusk,” “Mirage” and “Live” albums, as well as their box set, “The Chain.” He has worked on albums with everyone from George Carlin, engineering his epochal “Class Clown,” to Paul McCartney, to Herbie Hancock with the London Symphony Orchestra. He is the father of Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat, and he produced her No. 1 album “Breakthrough.”

Carson Valley Inn entertainment schedule through July 17, 2012


The Carson Valley Inn features ongoing nightly free live entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge with no cover charge and no drink minimum. Special concerts are also held in the Valley Ballroom with the next event on July 22 featuring Mark Chesnutt. Cabaret Lounge entertainment is Sunday through Wednesday from 6:00 to 10 p.m., Thursday from 8:00 p.m. to midnight and Friday and Saturday from 8:00 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Paul Covarelli, June 24 – 26:  Veteran musician Paul Covarelli is a talented guitarist and vocalist. He started the group Jo Mama over 20 years ago and also plays with other groups in the area covering jazz, swing, blues, Latin and more styles.

Vinny Messina, June 27: Vinny Messina and his band perform the hits of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, Louis Prima, Elvis, Santana and more as they bring back the nostalgia and fun of the old days.   Vinny describes his performances as the best of the transition period that bridges the days of the standards with the early days of classic pop.

After Dark: June 28 – 30: Playing your favorites from the 50’s through today, this high-energy rock n’ roll band will get you out of your seat and on your feet.  After Dark’s band members have a collective 125 years of performance experience and the group has a continually growing song catalog.

Paul Covarelli, July 1 – 2: Veteran musician Paul Covarelli is a talented guitarist and vocalist. He started the group Jo Mama over 20 years ago and also plays with other groups in the area covering jazz, swing, blues, Latin and more styles.

The Motifs, July 3 – 7:  Featuring brothers and lead vocalists Al and Phil Velasquez, The Motifs have been entertaining Nevada audiences for over 30 years with a variety of music including current hits, 50′s and 60′s medleys, country (old and new), pop, big band hits and some great Salsa songs.  The Motifs have worked every town in Nevada including some of the top casinos in Las Vegas, Tahoe and Reno.  The Motifs captivate their audiences with their great smiles, personality, charm, sincerity, showmanship and professionalism – a combination that creates a fun and feel-good evening!

Steve Lord: July 8 – 10: Playing guitar and offering dynamic vocals, Steve is a main stage performer on the west coast. Known as the man of a thousand songs, Steve presents an evening of oldies, country, pop, blues, jazz, soul and rock & roll

Vinny Messina, July 11: Vinny Messina and his band perform the hits of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, Louis Prima, Elvis, Santana and more as they bring back the nostalgia and fun of the old days.   Vinny describes his performances as the best of the transition period that bridges the days of the standards with the early days of classic pop.

Midnight Express, July 12 – 14: Midnight Express is a 4-piece band with three strong lead vocals. The group entertains with classic rock, country rock and blues – everything from ballads to dance music. Midnight Express will perform special hours on Friday and Saturday, 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Lee Alverson as Elton John, July 13 & 14:  Lee Alverson captivates audiences with his singing and his dazzling rock ‘n’ roll piano playing. He has performed well over 3,000 shows with appearances in 38 states including corporate shows for clients such as Intel Corp, Universal Studios and Coca Cola. For the past 10 years, Lee has taken on the role of “Tribute Artist” becoming one of the most successful Elton John Impersonators in the world with endorsements’ by United Tribute Artists International and The Elton John International Fan Club. He will be performing one show each night at 8 p.m.

George Pickard, July 15 – 17:  George is an accomplished performer, believable impressionist, captivating entertainer and successful song writer. He co-wrote “What Did You Do with Your Old Forty Fives” for Bobby Vinton and he backed up many acts from the fifties and sixties including The Shirelles, The Diamonds and The Platters. He was also one of the Kingsmen (Louie, Louie) for awhile. George has played the Fillmore in San Francisco with acts such as Santana, Big Brother and the Holding Company and Jefferson Airplane.

The Carson Valley Inn (www.carsonvalleyinn.com) is located on US Highway 395 in Minden, NV near the start of State Highway 88, twenty minutes from Lake Tahoe’s south shore and 45 minutes south of Reno.  The property includes a recently-remodeled casino and 150-room hotel, 74-room motor lodge, 59-site RV Park, free nightly entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge and a convenience store with Shell gas and diesel fuel.  Three dining facilities include Katie’s (recently remodeled), Job’s Perk and CV Steak, a Nevada-style steakhouse featuring steaks, seafood, chicken, pasta and more.

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ young professionals committee to host charity poker night

The Young Professionals Committee (YPC) of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Northern Nevada will host its inaugural charity poker tournament on Friday, June 29, at 7pm at the Grand Sierra Resort Poker
Room. Registration begins at 6pm.

This is the first major fundraising event hosted by the newly formed YPC. The group’s mission is to combine their professional strengths to raise awareness, grow donations and recruit more Bigs (Mentors) for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada.

“We are excited to host our first major charity event for Big Brothers Big Sisters,” said Rich Williamson, of the BBBSNN YPC. “The YPC is a talented group and we are all passionate about positively affecting kids in our area. The program needs donations in order to continue to offer the mentoring services.”

The BBBSNN uses donations to recruit new big brother and big sister volunteers, cover the costs of background checks, and enable continuous supervision and relationship support for every Big, Little (Mentee) and Little’s family members.

The BBBSNN also pursues fundraising activities to train professionals and properly match Littles to Bigs. The BBBSNN YPC is seeking a $50 donation for tournament buy-in. All proceeds will go directly to BBBSNN. Players will receive $1,000 in tournament chips, and the tournament winner will receive a $500 cash prize. Consolation and raffle prizes are also up for grabs. No pre-registration is required and participants may purchase tickets at the tournament.

For more tournament rules and information on the BBBSNN and YPC partnership please visit: www.http://www.bbbsnn.org/YPC

Reno musicians unite for faire and fan fest June 23, 2012

Who: Musicians, instructors, bands and the general public are invited


What: Musician Faire and Fan Fest that benefits the Washoe County School District Music Department and the Northern Nevada Food Bank.

Where: Turner Crossing Business Park at 587 Dunn Circle, Sparks, NV 89431.

Date: June 23, 2012

Time: 11:00am – 4pm

More Information: Go to www.kdot.com or call the Musician’s Rehearsal Center at 775-355-9494.

This is a great opportunity for the public to meet and interact with the Reno’s music scene.

For more questions please contact: Martina Davis, Martina@lotusradio.com

Panther Valley Park bicycle pump track grand opening Friday


Tomorrow, from 4 to 5 p.m., the city of Reno, Poedunks, Inc. and the Tahoe Area Mountain Bike Association will be celebrating the grand opening of the bicycle pump track at Reno’s Panther Valley Park at 850 Link Lane.

This new track is the first public pump track to open in Reno. A pump track is an endless loop of rollers and berms where bicycle riders propel themselves through the track by shifting their body weight, or “pumping,” in conjunction with the track contours, rather than having to pedal. It is used for recreational and skills development in addition to being a great community gathering place for off-road bicycle riders to play.

The Panther Valley Park pump track can be used by all age groups and all experience levels and will be open daily from sunrise to sunset.

The benefits of a pump track include promoting healthy, physical outdoor activity; a low risk environment for cyclists of all ages and skill levels; affordable fun for all families (no cost to use the track); a sustainable recreation with minimal environmental impact and low initial costs along with low maintenance costs.

The grand opening celebration will include a ribbon cutting and demo rides by bicycle riders. Black Rock Bicycle will be hosting hot dogs and beverages.

The track was built through volunteer efforts of the Poedunks, Inc. (www.poedunk.org) and the Tahoe Area Mountain Bike Association (www.mountainbiketahoe.org) along with many in-kind donations. In May, the Reno City Council approved a recommendation by the Ward 4 North Valleys Neighborhood Advisory Board and the Recreation and Parks Commission for the project.

Holland Project’s “Lucky Draw” winner-take-all raffle features thousands in prizes

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The Holland Lucky Draw is a winner-take-all raffle extravaganza that directly benefits Holland Project’s all-ages programming efforts for teens and young adults in the Truckee Meadows. Lucky Draw (formerly known as Blaffle Pop) is one of Holland’s biggest fundraising events, with a goal this year of raising $10,000.  All proceeds directly fund Holland’s all-ages arts and culture programming and development of the Holland Workshop Lab. This year, for the first time ever, Holland will present THREE incredible prize packages for THREE lucky winners.

The three prize packages aimed at different areas of interest are 1) ART & MUSIC; 2) FOOD & DRINK; and 3) LOCAL & RETAIL. Purchasers can pick a preference or buy a combination.  Each prize package is valued at thousands of dollars and represents an incredible range of prizes from small gift certificates to one-of-a-kind large prizes like a two-night stay at Tahoe’s new Basecamp Hotel, season tickets to the NV Opera, or special personal tastings with the owners of Campo, Craft, Brasserie St. James, and Magpie Coffee.

“The local business, arts, and hospitality communities have really come through for Holland in support of all-ages arts and music opportunities for teens. Their support of the Holland Lucky Draw is astounding and has helped us create three great prize packages that we’re very proud to offer,” says Holland Board Member Mark Dunagan. “Our three lucky winners are going to have a terrific year.”

Tickets are 1 for $30, 2 for $50, or 3 for $ 70 and can be purchased at Crush Hair Studio, Bibo on Mt. Rose, Great Basin Community Food Co-op, St. James Infirmary or online at www.hollandreno.org/buytickets.

Winners will be announced at a special reception on August 9 at 6pmat Craft Wine & Beer on Martin Street in Reno’s Midtown District.  You need not be present to win, but those in attendance will be privy to surprise giveaways, live music, and more.

A full list of each prize package is available online: www.hollandreno.org/donate/luckydraw. Ticket sales will be capped at 150 tickets for each category, so each purchaser has a good chance at taking home the prize. For more information on the Holland Lucky Draw, please contact Mark Dunagan at markd.esq@gmail.com, Clarissa Alesevich at calesevich@gmail.com, call 775.742.1858, or visit www.hollandreno.org.

HHS announces health care innovation awards in Nevada


Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius yesterday announced that innovative programs in Nevada are recipients of the second batch of Health Care Innovation Awards, among 81 new awards released nationwide.

Made possible by the health care law – the Affordable Care Act – the awards will support projects nationwide that are designed to deliver high quality medical care, enhance the health care workforce and save money. Combined with the awards announced last month, HHS has now made awards to 107 projects that intend to save the health care system an estimated $1.9 billion over the next three years.

“Thanks to the health care law, we are giving people in local communities the resources they need to make our health care system stronger,” said Sebelius.

The awards are notable for their geographic diversity; projects will be located in urban and rural areas, all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Projects in Nevada include:

  • Regional Emergency Medical Services is receiving $9.9 million to establish Community Health Early Intervention Teams and new non-emergency phone numbers to reduce non-emergency ambulance responses in Reno and rural Washoe County.
  • The University of North Texas Health Science Center, in partnership with Brookdale Senior Living, is receiving $7.3 million to expand Brookdale Senior Living’s Transitions of Care Program for nursing home residents to independent living, assisted-living and dementia communities, and others.  At the end of three years, advanced practice nurses will be training care transition nurses in Nevada and 34 other states to lower avoidable hospital admissions rates for residents in senior living.
  • St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center, Ltd. is receiving $11.8 million for remote intensive care unit monitoring and care management in Nevada and two other states.  Critical care for patients in ICUs will be provided by physician “intensivists,” teaming up with other providers on site and from a central monitoring unit.

Awardees were chosen for their innovative solutions to the health care challenges facing their communities and for their focus on creating a well-trained health care workforce that is equipped to meet the need for new jobs in the 21st century health system. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services contracted with an external organization with extensive experience in managing independent grant review processes to administer the award review process to ensure an objective review of each application.

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation within CMS will administer the awards through cooperative agreements over three years.

For more information on the awards announced yesterday, go to innovations.cms.gov/initiatives/innovation-awards/project-profiles.html.

To learn more about other innovative models being tested by the Innovation Center, please visit innovations.cms.gov.

Chautauqua Comes to the Library

As part of Nevada Humanities Chautauqua 2012 “Saints and Sinners”, Washoe County libraries will present  free programs between June 25-28. Visit the library and enjoy an informative and entertaining workshop. Please note: These workshops are not Chautauqua performances in costume or in character.


“A Saint and Sinner and His Times:  The Chaotic 1960s and George Wallace”

Doug A. Mishler Workshop

Monday, June 25, 1 p.m., Spanish Springs Library, 7100A Pyramid Lake Highway, Sparks, 424-1800

The 1960s were one of the most chaotic times in American history. In this workshop, we will explore the many crises of the 1960s and how George Wallace responded to them, from threatening to run over “hippies” with his car to building schools for blacks. Wallace was a complex man in a very complex time. By exploring his story, we can learn a lot about American values in that time of crisis.

“Military Tactics and Strategies of General Robert E. Lee: The Views from Both Sides Now.”

  1. Theodore Kachel Workshop

Wednesday, June 27, 1 p.m., South Valleys Library, 15650A Wedge Parkway, 851-5190


Robert E. Lee is often regarded as one of the greatest military tacticians in American history. We will examine how Lee’s contemporaries, who fought with and against him in the field during and immediately after the war, understood Lee as a General. Then we will compare and contrast these views with recent studies of him as a military leader by contemporary historians inside and outside the military professions.


“Benedict Arnold: The making of an American Judas”

Frank X. Mullen Workshop

Wednesday, June 27, 2 p.m., Incline Village Library, 845 Alder Ave., 832-4130

Thursday, June 28, 2 p.m., Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive, 787-4100

The demonization of General Benedict Arnold began days after his treason and hasn’t let up in 232 years. We will examine how Arnold, the Continental Army’s greatest field commander until his treason and who twice saved the revolution, was painted by history as the devil incarnate while Robert E. Lee, a rebel with far more American blood on his hands, today is revered as a saint. In addition, reproductions of Revolutionary War era artifacts, from coins to weapons, will be on display.

“Coal Camp Memories”—Karen Vuranch Workshop

Thursday, June 28, 2 p.m., Downtown Reno Library, 301 South Center Street, 327-8300

Coal Camp Memories is a one-act play, written and performed by West Virginia scholar, Karen Vuranch. Karen has a MA in American Studies, focusing on coal history. In addition, she collected oral history from people who lived in mining communities known as coal camps. Karen created this play chronicling the life of a coal camp woman, Hallie Marie. Her story is a composite of many people who lived during those times. Vuranch ages in front of the audience and grows from an exuberant ten-year-old, to a demure teenager, to a young wife, to an old woman wise with years. During the scene changes, traditional music is performed. Coal Camp Memories is a tender and poignant story that recreates an era and delights audiences of all ages. Vuranch has performed this play throughout the nation and England and Wales, including at the prestigious Dylan Thomas Festival in Swansea, Wales.

These programs are presented in collaboration with Nevada Humanities. For information about Nevada Humanities Chautauqua events, see www.nevadahumanities.org or call 784-6587.

For more information about library programs and hours, please visit the library website at www.washoecountylibrary.us.

Moana Nursery to host culinary/medicinal herbs seminar Saturday


With so many herbs having multiple uses, a seminar at Moana Nursery this Saturday will be is a great opportunity to learn from local herb experts Kim Powers and Evert Broderick.  They’ll teach you about herbs you may already be growing (or want to grow) as well as some in your spice rack that work well for health challenges or just improve and maintain your already good health. They’ll also share helpful hints on how to prepare the herbs and offer a few tidbits for you to taste. 

Both Powers and Broderick have been on the path of learning and sharing about herbs and essential oils for many years, and recently completed teaching the first year of classes at Truckee Meadows Community College that fulfill the requirements for a Certificate in Herbal Studies.  They also teach at Headwaters Outdoor School in Mt. Shasta, Calif.  They live in the Virginia City area, where most of what they plant feeds the wildlife in the area — whether or not it was their intention to share!

The seminar is free and held at Moana Nursery, 1190 W. Moana Lane, in the Landscape and Design Center.  Seminars begin promptly at 10 a.m. and last one hour.  Please arrive 15 minutes early, as seating is limited to 60 and is first come, first served. Visit www.moananursery.com or call (775) 825-0600 for more information.

Family fun air shows coming up in the Reno area


There will be several family fun air shows in the Reno area over the next several weeks featuring vintage WWII aircraft, modern aircraft, experimental aircraft and the new light sport aircraft from Cessna, the C-162 Skycatcher featured by Reno’s own Flying Start Aero – Cessna Pilot Center.

The dates and locations of the shows are:

June 16, Carson Airport open house – FREE

June 30, Minden Airport Aviation Roundup – FREE

July 7, Truckee Tahoe Air Fair and Family Festival – FREE

Aug. 25, South Lake Tahoe Air Show – $5 walk in/$15 per car includes parking