Moana Nursery to host irrigation seminar this weekend


Moana Nursery logoMarch 16: Irrigation Primer for Home Owners and Renters

If you live in a home with an irrigation system and haven’t a clue as to how to turn it on, much less what comprises the system or how it works, this seminar is for you! Western Nevada Supply Irrigation Expert Joe Gilbert and Moana Nursery Irrigation Specialist Ryan Morgan will walk you through the basics: how to operate your system, the differences between drip and lawn irrigation, how to determine if your system is cost effective and giving adequate coverage without wasting water and trouble shooting. They will also suggest who to call if you need help or would rather have someone do it for you.

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. Please arrive 15 minutes early, as seating is limited to 60 and is first come, first served. Visit or call (775) 825-0600 for more information.

Sugar Bowl Resort offers spring skiing events

Spring Skiing is thriving at Sugar Bowl Resort; there are several events left in the season for skiers of all ages and expertise. Backcountry skiing adventures, a Learn to Ski and Ride class, St. Patrick’s Day events, Easter fun, a wine tasting and a USSA event are scheduled.

Backcountry 1-Day Adventure

From one-day backcountry tours through Anderson Ridge, Four Peaks Tour, Lost Trail Backcountry to a two-day trek from Sugar Bowl to Squaw Valley, Sugar Bowl has many options for all levels of skiers to take advantage of the newest pristine powder in the backcountry.

Take part in the next one-day backcountry adventure hosted by the professionals from Alpine Skills International this spring season. The next one-day backcountry adventure is scheduled for March 16-18.

The backcountry adventure combines lift access to thousands of acres of untracked snow around Sugar Bowl. Enjoy the outdoors, but also practice procedures for leaving the ski resort with a tool pack, avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel, choosing terrain to reduce the hazards and tour smoothly and effectively with climbing skins. Skiers will be guided as a team by a professional ski guide. Sugar Bowl provides AT, telemark skis or splitboard with skins.

To take part in longer backcountry adventures, visit

Learn to Ski and Ride at Sugar Bowl this Spring

Beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders can learn to ski and ride this March at Sugar Bowl Resort with an affordable package that includes rentals, instruction and a lift ticket for $89. The Learn to Ski and Ride packages continue the weekend of March 16-17. The deal includes modern equipment rentals (typically priced at $50) and a full lesson with a professional instructor in groups of three or fewer skiers or snowboarders. Lessons are offered at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Mountain Sports Learning Center. Use your all-day lift ticket to practice your new skills before and after your lesson. Ages six and older are eligible for the package.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Sugar Bowl Resort and Royal Gorge Cross Country 

Bay Area group the Steve Pile Band will perform March 16 and 17 at Sugar Bowl. The band will grace the stage at Judah Lodge, where it has drawn big crowds in the past. The great musicians of the Steve Pile Band produce a hybrid of American rock, blues, African music that is all their own.

The Pot O’ Gold Hunt will be held March 17 at Sugar Bowl. The hunt is an all-day adventure hunt across Sugar Bowl’s four majestic peaks. Sign up for Sugar Bowl texts to receive clues about where the prizes are hidden. Participants can win a range of prizes, with a few lucky participants winning season passes for next year.  Details: 530-426-9000.

The Sugar Rush 16-K cross-country race takes place in Van Norden Meadow in Royal Gorge. The adventure race kicks off at 10 a.m. After the Sugar Rush, take time to relax with one of the many other fun St. Patrick’s Day events or just hang out in the Belt Room Bar sipping one of Sugar Bowl’s signature Bloody Marys. Registration is $35, available at

Celebrate Easter, March 31, at Sugar Bowl 

Spend your Easter on the scenic mountains of Sugar Bowl. Families and kids are invited to join the festivities and spend the morning hunting for Easter eggs. Each egg contains prizes and some lucky finders will go home with 2013-2014 Sugar Bowl season passes.

Wine Down

While the kids have fun on the mountain, Sugar Bowl will be hosting its signature Wine Down. Adults will fill the Lodge to sample delicious wines at this one of a kind wine tasting. Curl up by the fire place or sit on the patio, no matter which way you turn there is sure to be a beautiful site with lots of entertainment this Easter at Sugar Bowl.

Cheer on Olympic hopefuls in an uphill cross country race April 8

Cross country enthusiasts can enjoy even more cross country skiing in April. Sugar Bowl Resort will host the Women’s Freestyle Hill Climb and Men’s Freestyle Hill Climb on April 8. The United States Ski & Snowboard Association (USSA) SuperTour finals are the foremost cross country skiing races in the world. The racers’ times from the four mini-tour races are used to determine the yellow bib (overall winner), the green bib (best sprinter), white bib (best jr, U19), and the polka-dot bib (best climber). The races begin April 4 and the SuperTour Final Awards Ceremony will be April 8, 2013 at Sugar Bowl Resort.

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Saint Mary’s Health Plans and Scolari’s partnering to host NuVal Nights – dietitians to help consumers understand nutritional values

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scolari's logoSAINT MARY’S HEALTH PLANS NEWS RELEASE – Saint Mary’s Health Plans and Scolari’s Food & Drug Company are once again partnering to host NuVal Nights on Friday. The goal of the monthly event is to help consumers understand nutritional labels and Scolari’s NuVal scoring system, which ranks similar products with a nutritional score.

“A healthy lifestyle begins with diet, and shopping wisely is an important step,” said Peggy Nipp, manager of SMHP’s Health Management department. “We love being out interacting with shoppers and enjoy helping people in their quest for healthy living.”

NuVal Nights will be held the third Friday of each month at various Scolari’s locations. This month’s event is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on March 15 at the Scolari’s located at 6255 Sharlands Avenue East.

A SMHP registered dietitian will be on hand to answer questions about smart shopping and nutritional values and will provide a complimentary recipe for a quick and healthy meal or snack. Shoppers can also participate in an in-store scavenger hunt to earn a coupon for $10 off of a $65 purchase.

Saint Mary’s Health Plans (SMHP) was established in Reno, in 1993, initially as a health maintenance organization (HMO) affiliated with Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center. Through substantial growth it now consists of Saint Mary’s Preferred Health Insurance Company, Preferred Health Care Network (PHCN), CDS Group Health and HealthFirst – an HMO/POS that is nationally accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and was named the top plan in Nevada in the NCQA Private Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2012-2013. SMHP’s access to network providers includes 34 hospitals and more than 3,500 providers statewide, in addition to providers outside of Nevada through network lease arrangements. For more information, visit or find Saint Mary’s Health Plans on Facebook andTwitter.

Scolari’s Food & Drug Company is an independent food store chain currently operating 13 supermarkets in Northern Nevada with locations in the Reno/Sparks metropolitan area and in the communities of Gardnerville, Fernley, Yerington and Tonopah. The company is headquartered in and conducts its purchasing, distribution, administration and accounting in Reno, Nev. Stores vary in size, sales volume and marketing strategy with conventional supermarkets, box stores operating under the trade name Sak ‘n Save, and superstores which offer one-stop shopping convenience with specialty departments such as full service bakery/deli, pharmacy, full service meat/seafood and floral. Scolari’s takes great pride in providing a high level of customer service and Joey and Jerry Scolari are very much hands-on owners, spending time in each store regularly. For more information,

Event announcement: Lunch with NNMC’s Dr. Chad Bidart


Power Lunch with Dr. Chad Bidart, cardiologist at Northern Nevada Medical Center

Join us for our monthly Power Lunch where we network with the area’s leading professionals.

Date: Thursday, March 21

Time: 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cost: $10 members/$20 non-members

Location: Northern Nevada Medical Center

To RSVP contact

Dr. Chad Bidart, MD, FACC – Cardiologist

Dr. Chad Bidart, MD, FACC is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and cardiac electrophysiology. He specializes in the treatment of heart arrhythmias. A native of Winnemucca, and a fourth generation Nevadan, Dr. Bidart earned his undergraduate and medical degree at the University of Nevada Reno and completed his residency and fellowship in general cardiovascular disease at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. He then went on to complete an additional fellowship in cardiac electrophysiology at the University of California Los Angeles.

After completing his training, Bidart joined Sierra Nevada Cardiology Associates in 2007. He recently joined the Northern Nevada Medical Group where he provides heart and arrhythmia care at Northern Nevada Medical Center’s Accredited Chest Pain Center. His professional interest’s focus on cardiac electrophysiology and his primary professional goal is to provide comprehensive and compassionate care to his patients.

In addition to providing care for persons of the Truckee Meadows, Bidart maintains an active presence in the rural communities. Once to twice a month Bidart travels to clinics, primarily in north central Nevada, Winnemucca, but also assists his colleagues in providing rural outreach to eastern California and all of northern Nevada. Personally, this allows Bidart to maintain the close knit relationships he has established growing up and being educated here in the Silver State.

Project Vesto announces Thurs. finalists in business competition

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Project Vesto LogoSUBMITTED NEWS

WHO: Project Vesto and the Nevada Institute for Renewable Energy Commercialization

WHAT: The finalists for the $100,000 business plan will be announced during a live simulcast event Thursday March 14, 2013 in both Reno and Las Vegas.


Reno: The City of Reno is located at: 1 E 1st St, Reno, NV

Las Vegas: Rob Roy’s InNEVation Center powered by Switch is located at: 6795 Edmond St, Las Vegas, NV

The Reno announcement ceremony will take place inside Reno City Hall hosted by Vesto Program Manager Daniel Herr with the honors announced by Reno City Council Chair Hillary Schieve. Las Vegas Event Host will be the InNEVation Center General Manger Richard Ethington.

WHEN: Each announcement event will begin at 5:00 pm. After opening remarks from the Project Vesto organizers, the finalists will be announced in a back-to-back fashion, switching between Reno and Las Vegas.

The two ceremonies will be broadcast live for all attendees to witness, in order to create unity throughout the state. The finalist announcement will be followed by closing remarks, at which time the ceremony will finish at an estimated 6:00 pm.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: The event is open to public and all 232 participating teams were invited to attend. RSVP to attend either event at A full list of finalists will be sent immediately following the unveiling and voting details announced at a later date.

Bigfoot expert to give presentations March 23-24

Bigfoot sightings have been reported in almost every state, including Nevada — but some people remain skeptical. Take a look at the latest scientific evidence March 23 and 24, when Bigfoot expert Jeff Meldrum visits the Wilbur D. May Museum inside Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra St.

Meldrum, who teaches anthropology and anatomy at Idaho State University, will speak at 4 p.m. March 23 at the Wilbur D. May Museum. The event will include a question-and-answer period as well as a book sale and signing of Meldrum’s “Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science.” Cost for the lecture is $5.

Meldrum also will give a short talk and a demonstration on footprint casting techniques at noon March 24 at the museum. The demonstration is free with admission to the museum’s Creatures exhibit.

Meldrum has conducted extensive research on Bigfoot throughout the Pacific Northwest, as well as in Canada, China and Russia. He has appeared on NPR, the Today Show, National Geographic, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, SyFy Channel, Animal Planet and other outlets.

The lecture is part of the museum’s Conversing with Creatures lecture series, which is geared toward adults and which continues through June 2 with experts from around the West on dinosaurs, sea monsters and more. Details: 775-785-5961 or

Located within Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, the Wilbur D. May Center is managed by the Washoe County Community Services Department and continues to receive generous support from the Wilbur May Foundation.


One woman, one dog, one horse and 450 miles across Nevada



This spring, one Reno woman will embark on the adventure of a lifetime to help wild horses. Along with her horse and dog, Samantha Szesciorka will make a solo journey 450 miles across Nevada, through some of the state’s most remote and challenging terrain. Through this effort, Samantha hopes to encourage wild horse adoption and raise money for the Wild Horse Preservation League.

On May 25, the trio will set out from Baker, Nevada on the Utah border. One month later they will ride into Reno, having crossed mountains and deserts, ghost towns and wilderness areas, sand dunes and state parks. The Nevada Discovery Ride is fully supported by Nevada State Parks, Nevada Trail Expeditions, and the American Discovery Trail. In addition, several corporate sponsors have donated supplies and gear.

What: Nevada Discovery Ride
When: Saturday, May 25 – Friday, June 21 (end date is tentative)
Where: Baker, Nevada to Reno, Nevada
Contact: see below

Samantha Szesciorka is a former U.S. Army combat journalist. She currently works for Washoe County Parks, and attends the University of Nevada, Reno. Her horse, Sage, is a formerly-wild mustang from Nevada, and her dog, Bella, is a spunky mutt from the Humane Society.

Samantha, Sage, and Bella are available for interviews prior to the ride. Contact Samantha at (775) 762-3444 to arrange a meeting. To arrange coverage during the ride, please contact American Discovery Trail Coordinator Ted Oxborrow at (530) 305-9835.

For more information, including photos, maps, detailed itinerary, and sponsor information, visit our website at

Exceptional teens to compete for Nevada Boys & Girls Club youth of the year honor

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB NEWS RELEASE – Seven teens from Nevada are competing for Boys & Girls Clubs’ State Youth of the Year title. Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. As Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier youth recognition program, the Youth of the Year title recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as personal challenges and obstacles overcome. As the national program sponsor, Tupperware Brands awards each state winner a $1,000 college scholarship and each regional winner a $10,000 scholarship. The national winner receives an additional scholarship up to $50,000 from The Rick and Susan Goings Foundation.

The 2013 Nevada Youth of the Year finalists include he following teens: Alicia Barchus, Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Nevada; Jorge Corral, Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas; Felix Cox, Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows; Sean Johnson, Boys & Girls Clubs of Henderson; Curtis Mitchell, Boys & Girls Clubs of Elko; Nathan Reuetten, Boys & Girls Clubs of Mason Valley; and, Angel Reynoso, Nellis Air Force Base

During the Youth of the Year Competition luncheon, on Wednesday, March 13, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., at the Governor’s Mansion in Carson City, a Club member will be chosen from among the seven outstanding finalists to represent Nevada at the next level, the regional Youth of the Year competition.

For more information or to RSVP please contact David Taylor, Marketing Director, Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows at 775-848-7995 or For more information on the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Youth of the Year program, visit


NPRI invitation to event featuring speaker from ALEC

Rich States, Poor States: A Guide to Economic Prosperity

NPRI logoFeaturing:

Jonathan Williams
Director, Center for State Fiscal Reform
American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)

Jonathan Williams is the director of the Center for State Fiscal Reform and the Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), where he works with state policymakers, congressional leaders and members of the private sector to develop fiscal policy solutions for the states.

Along with Dr. Arthur Laffer and Stephen Moore, Williams is the co-author of the annual Rich States, Poor States report, which details state-controlled factors in economic prosperity. His work has appeared in many publications including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Investor’s Business Daily.

March 15, 2013
7:00 a.m.

Plaza Hotel and Event Center
801 South Carson Street
Carson City, Nevada 89701

Sign up now for the Carson City policy breakfast

For more information or to make your reservation, please contact
NPRI at (702) 222-0642 or at

This event is open to anyone interested in state fiscal reform.

Junior League of Reno set for May 4 Derby Day Fundraiser

Kentucky Derby fashion and horse races come together at local event

Serving up fashion and fast-paced action, Junior League of Reno will host its second annual Juleps, Jockeys and Jazz Derby Day May 4 at Hidden Valley Country Club. The fundraiser brings together community leaders and League members who aspire to one mission, enriching the lives of women and children in northern Nevada.

“We are excited to host this unique fundraiser that supports our mission of helping women and children and enhances our ability to offer programming to the community,” Kristine Richter, Junior League of Reno president, said. “Last year’s event was a great success and this year promises to be even better.”

Last year’s inaugural event attracted more than 400 local leaders and community members and exceeded its fundraising goals. Junior League of Reno — an organization of volunteers committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving the community — will direct the proceeds of this year’s event to its Healthy for All projects.

Junior League of Reno has contributed to a better quality of life in northern Nevada by volunteerism efforts and by developing projects that identify and meet the child and family welfare needs of the community. Current and past projects include Kids in the Kitchen, the Ronald McDonald House, the Discovery Room at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, Safe Haven and the Washoe County Graffiti Van.

Individual tickets for Derby Day cost $65, and table sponsorships begin at $500. Tickets can be purchased by calling 826-0445 or emailing For more information about Junior League of Reno projects and to become a member, visit

Founded in 1978, the Junior League of Reno, a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization, has a rich history of community involvement. Membership is comprised of a diverse group of female volunteers committed to building a better community through education, advocacy and volunteerism. Members are directly involved in local community projects intended to positively impact women and children. Current projects include the Dick Taylor Universally Accessible Park, Nevada Discovery Museum, Kids in the Kitchen, and Kids on the Block. The League also supports local non-profit organizations through grants and service projects including the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, the Women and Children’s Center of the Sierra and the Reno Family Shelter. Junior League of Reno owns and operates Arlington Gardens Mall and the Country Garden Restaurant. For more information about Junior League of Reno, visit