University Fraternity hosts Board Game Marathon to support Veterans guest house


cropped-logo2.pngOmega Delta Sigma (ODS), Nevada Alpha, which is the co-ed veterans fraternity at the University of Nevada, will be holding a 30-Hour Board Game Marathon. A portion of the proceeds will support The Veterans Guest House.  The public is welcome to attend and play.

Since 2011, the Nevada ODS chapter has been dedicated to assisting Reno area veterans and the Reno community.  This year, ODS will be hosting the Board Game Marathon as a way to support The Veterans Guest House., a “home away from home” For US Military Service Veterans receiving medical treatment and for families of veterans who are receiving care in the Reno/Sparks Nevada area.

Starting on Saturday, April 5th, which is International Table Top Gaming Day, ODS members will remain awake and participating in board gaming for 30 hours.  Each hour is being sponsored by generous donators.

The event is not only open to the public, but people are encouraged to come by and participate. Music, game demonstration and tutorials and food will be provided.  There is donation-tier pricing on the event’s website ( for those who wish to pull up a seat and game alongside members. There is discounted-tier pricing for those who reserve a seat prior to the event, and/or a student at UNR or TMCC. Gamers who come sponsored at the minimum of $2 per hour are admitted free.

For those who cannot make the event, every hour will be broadcast on Twitch Tv!! Watch as members try to make sense of Candy Land at four in the morning.

ODS looks forward to building  great relationships with the Reno community, sponsors, gamers, Veterans and  press, and board-game fans—and with only two days until kick off, the Brothers and Sisters of Omega Delta Sigma are in full gear to ensure a good time is had by all.

For more information, please visit  Here you will find links to reserve a seat, donate, learn more about ODS, learn about Merwins Game Shoppe (who is allowing to use of their shop for the weekend), and visit The Veterans Guest House at


Cooperative Extension offering classes on extending growing season

High Desert Farming Initiative at UNR
High Desert Farming Initiative at UNR

High Desert Farming Initiative at UNR

With Nevada’s climate, more farmers are looking for ways to extend the growing season. The University of Nevada, Reno’s High Desert Farming Initiative is offering a two-day course for Nevada’s agricultural producers, “The Business of Season Extension Farming,” to provide information on field-tested methods for extending the growing season, as well information on reducing risk, low-cost marketing and financial planning. The courses will be presented April 11-12 in Reno, April 25-26 in Pahrump, and May 2-3 in Elko.

Season-extension farming, using hoop houses, row covers or other methods, has gained interest over the past few years as a way for Nevada farmers to provide customers with locally grown produce earlier and later, and to help farmers increase their incomes.

“This two-day class aims to give agricultural producers the information they need if they are looking to add season-extending methods to their operations,” said Jennifer Ott, project manager for the University’s High Desert Farming Initiative.

The Reno class will be held at the University of Nevada, Reno; the Pahrump class will be held at the Nye County Cooperative Extension; and the Elko Class will be held at Great Basin Community College. The Reno class will offer an afternoon at the hoop houses on the High Desert Farming Initiative site to view and discuss hoop-house design, irrigation setup and trellising systems. The Pahrump class will include an afternoon tour at a locally built hoop house to discuss building techniques, irrigation setup and maintenance. The Elko class will offer a hoop-house building workshop to review the techniques of raising and covering a hoop house.

The course will be taught by Rod Jorgensen and Ben Tedore of the Nevada Small Business Development Center, part of the University’s College of Business, and by Rick Lattin of Lattin Farms.

The $40 fee for the class includes course materials and lunch each day, and preregistration is required.

The High Desert Farming Initiative includes eight hoop houses, two greenhouses and a washing/storage facility. It is a collaboration among the University of Nevada, Reno’s College of Business; College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources; and Cooperative Extension; as well as community groups. It is located at the University’s Valley Road Field Labs and Greenhouse Complex on the eastern side of campus.

The Initiative was made possible by the University’s Nevada Small Business Development Center in collaboration with Sen. Harry Reid and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. HUD provided $500,000 to help fund the project.

For more information on the Initiative or The Business of Season Extension Farming courses this spring, go or contact Ott at or 775-784-1717.

Church youth host Christian Easter production

The Youth Department of New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church will present a production showing the Resurrection of Christ. Adults and children are welcome.


When: April 19, 2014 – 7:00 P.M.

Where: New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, 1315 Prater Way, Sparks, NV 89431

Contact: Jessika McAlister or Justin McAlister: (775) 331-0330



Mark Twain historian to read at Sundance Books and Music



BohemiansCoverWhat: Historian Ben Tarnoff will read from his new book, The Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Changed American Literature (Penguin Press, March 2014).

Thursday, April 24, 6:30 p.m.

Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave., Reno

About the Book:

The Bohemians begins in 1860s San Francisco. The Gold Rush has ended; the Civil War threatens to tear apart the country. Far away from the front lines, the city at the Western edge roars. A global seaport, home to immigrants from five continents, San Francisco had become a complex urban society virtually overnight. The bards of the moment are the Bohemians: a young Mark Twain, escaping conscription and seeking adventure; literary golden boy Bret Harte; struggling gay poet Charles Warren Stoddard; and beautiful, haunted Ina Coolbirth, poet and protectorate of this band of lost boys. Historian Ben Tarnoff’s elegant, atmospheric story tells how together these four pioneering Western writers would create a new American literature, unfettered by the heavy European influence that dominated the East.

Early Praise:

“Stylish and fast-paced literary history…. Tarnoff breathes fresh life into his narrative… giving us a rich portrait of a lost world overflowing with new wealth and new talent.” – San Francisco Chronicle

“Tarnoff’s glimmering prose lends grandeur to this account of four writers (Mark Twain, Bret Harte, Charles Warren Stoddard and Ina Coolbrith) who built “an extraordinary literary scene” in the frontier boom town of 1860s San Francisco.” -Publishers Weekly

About the Author:

Ben Tarnoff has written for The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and Lapham’s Quarterly, and is the author of A Counterfeiter’s Paradise: The Wicked Lives and Surprising Adventures of Three Early American Moneymakers. He was born in San Francisco. His website is

More Details: Learn at

This event is made possible through a partnership with Nevada Humanities and with support from the Nightingale Family Foundation.

Celebrating 52 years of Reno Jazz, 1962-2014 – featuring finest emerging talent

Reno Jazz Festival

142524840_38b2109209Considered one of the best of its kind in the world, and lauded by the San Francisco Chronicle as “showcasing music’s future,” the Reno Jazz Festival at the University of Nevada, Reno has been bringing jazz superstars and the finest emerging young artists to town for more than five decades. Celebrating 52 years of jazz, 1962-2014, the Reno Jazz Festival hosts three days of concerts, competitions and events on the University of Nevada, Reno campus, April 10-12, including Grammy nominee Kneebody and trumpeter Avishai Cohen, named a 2012 Rising Star by DownBeat.

Joining the 2014 University of Nevada, Reno Jazz Festival in concert, trumpeter Avishai Cohen kicks off the festival Thursday, April 10 at 7:30 Nightingale  Concert Hall, performing with the University’s faculty jazz ensemble, The Collective.

Cohen has earned renown as an ever-creative player-composer open to multiple strains of jazz and active internationally as a leader, co-leader and sideman. He records with his trio Tiveni and tours as part of the prestigious SF Jazz Collective as well as with his family’s renown ensemble, The 3 Cohens Sextet. Cohen is also co-leader of Third World Love, exploring the sounds of the Middle East, Africa, Iberia and beyond.

Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel, Cohen began performing in public in 1988 at age 10, eventually touring with the Young Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra to perform under the likes of maestros Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur and Kent Nagano. He arrived as an experienced professional musician when he took up a full scholarship at Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 1997, he established an international reputation by placing third in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Trumpet Competition.

Of his work, The New York Times has declared “Cohen is a multicultural jazz musician, among whose ancestors is Miles Davis. Like Davis, he can make the trumpet a vehicle for uttering the most poignant human cries…Avishai can play bebop and ballad lines and outer-limit trumpet sounds with tireless fluency.”

Cohen and his siblings of The 3 Cohens Sextet — sister Anat and brother Yuval — are also emerging as somewhat of a jazz dynasty, according to All About Jazz: “To the ranks of the Heaths of Philadelphia, the Joneses of Detroit and the Marsalises of New Orleans, fans can now add the 3 Cohens of Tel Aviv.”

Friday, April 11, the Grammy-nominated quintet Kneebody performs at 7:30 p.m. in Lawlor Events Center. Known for explosive rock energy paralleled with high-level nuanced chamber ensemble depth, Kneebody takes a no-holds-barred approach to improvisation and has created a genre and style all its own. The quintet met in their late teens while at the Eastman School of Music and Cal Arts and established Kneebody during the vibrant and eclectic Los Angeles music scene in 2001.

Kneebody keyboardist Adam Benjamin, trumpeter Shane Endsley, bassisst Kaveh Rastegar, saxophonist Ben Wendel and drummer Nate Wood draw upon influences spanning D’Angelo’s Voodoo to music by Elliot Smith, Bill Frisell and Miles Davis. Their live shows are known for intense sonic landscapes of the Radiohead ilk, the rhythmic intensity of Queens of the Stone Age, and the improvisational freedom of Brad Mehldau. The group paired with vocalist Theo Bleckmann to release the album, “12 Songs of Charles Ives,” which earned a Grammy nomination in the classical-crossover category.

The New York Times says of the quintet, “There isn’t a handy term or genre for the music that Kneebody creates. It’s a band thoroughly acquainted with 1960s free-bop, 1970s jazz rock, 1990s hip-hop and postmillennial indie rock; along with classical post minimalism. (I’m leaving something out, I’m sure.) Whatever the terminology, this group has an audience…”

The finest jazz educators and musicians on the planet travel to the University of Nevada, Reno each spring to perform and teach at the Reno Jazz Festival and this year is no exception. In addition to evening concerts by world-renowned guest artists, the Reno Jazz Festival also offers daytime competitions, workshops and clinics by scores of professional jazz artists and adjudicators for more than 9,000 young jazz musicians from throughout the West. The three-day festival culminates in a showcase concert and awards ceremony Saturday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Lawlor Events Center, to honor the best and brightest young standouts.

Individual tickets for trumpeter Avishai Cohen with The Collective, April 10: General $20/Senior $17/Student $10. The performance is also included in the festival’s Jazz Fan Pass (preferred seating), which provides entry to all festival concerts and events April 10-12: General $60/Senior $50.

Individual tickets for Kneebody, April 11: General $27/Senior $24/Student $18/ UNR Student $5. The performance is also included in the festival’s Jazz Fan Pass (preferred seating), which provides entry to all festival concerts and events April 10-12: General $60/Senior $50.

Individual tickets for the Reno Jazz Festival Showcase and Awards Ceremony, April 12: General $18/Senior $15/Student $11. The Reno Jazz Festival Showcase and Awards Ceremony is also included in the festival’s Jazz Fan Pass (preferred seating), which provides entry to all festival concerts and events April 10-12: General $60/Senior $50.

To purchase the Jazz Fan Pass, call Extended Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, 775- 784-4046 or 1-800-233-8928, email or visit.

To purchase individual tickets in advance (with a convenience fee), visit the Reno Jazz Festival website, or call  775-784-4046.

The University of Nevada, Reno Jazz Festival is funded in part by the University of Nevada, Reno School of the Arts and Extended Studies; the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; the City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission; and For the Love of Jazz. Accommodations for guest artists are provided by the Circus Circus Reno Hotel and Casino. For more information visit .

Founded in 1874 as Nevada’s land-grant university, the University of Nevada, Reno ranks in the top tier of best national universities. With nearly 19,000 students, the University is driven to contribute a culture of student success, world-improving research and outreach that enhances communities and business. Part of the Nevada System of Higher Education, the University has the system’s largest research program and is home to the state’s medical  school. With outreach and education programs in all Nevada counties and home to one of the largest study-abroad consortiums, the University extends across the state and around the world. 

“Lacrosse Jamboree” draws hundreds of local youth

The Fallon Bighorns take on the North Reno Outlaws at last year's Youth Jamboree1

The Fallon Bighorns take on the North Reno Outlaws at last year's Youth Jamboree1High Sierra Lacrosse will hold its annual Youth Lacrosse Jamboree on April 12. Boys and girls teams from North Reno, South Reno, Sparks/Spanish Springs, Fallon, North Tahoe, and Truckee will compete in scrimmages throughout the day. Players will range in age from 8 to 15. The event is free and open to the public—bring the family! The Jamboree will also feature: raffle prize giveaways throughout the day, local food trucks, lacrosse gear and apparel from Sling It Lacrosse.

The event is Saturday, April 12, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Bishop Manogue Catholic High School, 110 Bishop Manogue Drive, in Reno.

High Sierra Lacrosse is committed to providing fun and motivational lacrosse instruction for youth at all levels. Our support of local grade school, high school and college programs create an environment capable of supporting the future growth of the sport for student athletes. For more information visit

Celebrate Reno’s birthday – The Riverwalk District presents the “Biggest Little 5k Run”

riverwalkRIVERWALK DISTRICT NEWS RELEASE – Reno’s ever-popular Riverwalk District presents the City of Reno with a birthday celebration not to be missed – the Biggest Little 5k Run/Walk – on Saturday, May 17. Join the Riverwalk Merchants Association for a full day of celebration including Reno’s most popular event the “Reno Wine Walk” from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., and the Biggest Little Street Fair inside West Street Market, hosted by the Riverwalk District and TMCC Alumni.

The Biggest Little 5k Run starts at 10am under the Reno Arch. Walkers and Runners of all levels, families, children, and runners with dogs as well as those wearing spirited costumes are encouraged to participate in the celebration. A costume contest will be held prior to the event at 9:00 a.m. under the Reno Arch.

“We are thrilled to celebrate our city’s birthday while benefiting the Riverwalk District at the same time,” said Scott Dunseath, Riverwalk Merchants Association 2014 President and owner of Reno eNVy. “There are activities for the whole family to enjoy. Come for a run and stay for the fun!”

Registration fees for the fun run/walk are $25 for adults and $15 for participants 10 years old and younger. Sign up at

Proceeds from the event help fund the Riverwalk Merchants Association Beautification Project which oversees maintenance of landscaping and streets, installation of public art, support of public events and promoting Downtown Reno as a cultural, safe, and family-friendly area. More information at

The Riverwalk District is a coalition of more than 53 businesses located along the Riverwalk in downtown Reno. In addition to the Biggest Little 5k the Riverwalk is home of the ever-popular monthly “Wine Walk” the third Saturday of each month and the “Dine the District” seasonal food tours.

Darth Vader returns to Balloon Race in 2014



BALLOON  RACE NEWS — The Great Reno Balloon Race (GRBR), now in its 33rd year, secures the Darth Vader hot-air balloon for the 2014 event, which will take to northern Nevada skies this Sept. 5—7 at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno, Nev. The 86-foot tall Darth Vader balloon, which depicts the infamous black helmet from the Star Wars villain, travels from Belgium and is making its third flight at GRBR.

“Over the years, the Darth Vader balloon has become an iconic symbol of our event,” said Pete Copeland, executive director of GRBR. “Our fans love the balloon, and we are thrilled to announce its appearance early on. Over the next couple of months, fans can expect to learn more about our plans to incorporate the Darth Vader balloon into the overall experience of the event.”

As one of northern Nevada’s most celebrated family-friendly events, GRBR offers an experience unlike any other. This year, fans can expect to see upwards of 100 balloons, including 15 special shaped balloons and an extended glow show on Friday featuring 20-25 hot-air balloons illuminating the early morning skyline.

For more information about GRBR, including reserved VIP parking passes, volunteering and sponsorships, For the latest updates, like GRBR on Facebook at or follow GRBR on Twitter @RenoBalloon.

Local poets to read at Sundance Books and Music in honor of National Poetry Month


Sundance Books logo 2012What: Sundance Books and Music is hosting a series of readings by local poets throughout the month of April in honor of National Poetry Month.

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


Wednesday, April 2, 6:30 pm
Poetry by Lindsay Wilson, June Saraceno, Roy A. Chávez, Laura Wetherington

Wednesday, April 16, 6:30 pm
Poetry by William Wilborn, Ismael Santillanes, Tom Meschery, Barbara March

Wednesday, April 23, 6:30 pm
Poetry by Ann Keniston, Steven Nightingale, Joe Crowley, Karen Terrey

Wednesday, April 30, 6:30 pm
Poetry by Emma Sepúlveda, Jared Stanley, Suzanne Roberts, Ursula Carlson

MORE DETAILS:  Learn more about these poets at

This event is made possible through a partnership with Nevada Humanities and with support from the Nightingale Family Foundation.

Moana Nursery to host water-thrifty lawn seminar Saturday


(Photo): Moana Nursery offers year-round seminars.

(Photo): Moana Nursery offers year-round seminars.

March 29: The Secret to a Healthy, Water-Thrifty Lawn

Plant Doctor, Certified Arborist and northern Nevada gardener Jon Bruyn and Thomas Chaplin of Dr. Earth will share some simple steps to ensure your lawn will be its very best this year – from watering, feeding, weed control and mowing practices to animal and winter damage repair. They’ll also discuss other low maintenance, living alternatives to turf grass.

All seminars are free and held at Moana Nursery, 1190 W. Moana Lane, in our Landscape and Design Center unless otherwise stated. Seminars begin promptly at 10 a.m. and last one hour unless otherwise noted. Please arrive 15 minutes early as seating is limited to 60 and is first come, first served. Visit or call (775) 825-0602 for more information.