NEVADA 150 NEWS — Many events are scheduled throughout the Silver State in the month of May. 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 between May 17 and May 31.
The Discover GOLD in Dayton Again will take place on May 17 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Old Town Dayton. Time travel back to the 19th century with many activities, live music, dancing and plenty of food. For more information, visit www.daytonnvhistory.org or call 775-246-3527.
On May 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. the Reno Philharmonic Gala, “Home Means Nevada” will take place at the Downtown Reno Ballroom. This event celebrates Nevada’s Sesquicentennial with an annual fundraising gala event. The event includes a reception, dinner, program and performances with special honorees. The event is cocktail attire and tickets are $250 each. For more information, visit www.renophil.com or call 775-323-6393.
Join the Historic Reno Preservation Society for the Roads and Rails, Historic Fourth Street Walking Tour on Saturday May 17 at 10 a.m. in Reno. Discover the historic origins of the Lincoln Highway and the Nevada, California and Oregon Railroad, stopping to appreciate the Barengo/NCO building, Flanigan warehouse, and other vestiges of the corridor’s heyday. For more information or to register, visit www.historicreno.org or call 775-747-4478.
The Biggest Little 5K Birthday Run will take place on Saturday, May 17 at 10 a.m. in Downtown Reno. It’s time to put on your favorite birthday attire, tutus and tiaras and help us celebrate Reno’s birthday month with a special 5k supporting the Riverwalk District’s beautification program. 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. For additional information or to register visit www.renoriver.org or call 775-825-WALK (9255).
Join the Historic Reno Preservation Society (HRPS) for the Mid-Century Modern Walking Tour on Tuesday May 20 at 3 p.m. in Reno. Be part of the statewide effort to honor Mid-Century Modern architecture! The Nevada Assembly passed a resolution designating May 20, 2014 as MCM Day. HRPS is celebrating by offering a special tour with in-depth, interior visits to the Downtown Reno Library, “old” City Hall (now the Discovery Museum), “new” City Hall (formerly FIB building) and the Pioneer Center. For more information or to register visit www.historicreno.org or call 775-747-4478.
From May 22 to May 25 the High Desert International Film Festival will take place at the Pahrump Nugget. An international and domestic film competition, a Q&A session with filmmakers and a writing competition for prizes will be featured at this event. For more information, visit www.HighDesertIFF.com or call 775-751-9411.
Join the Historic Reno Preservation Society for the Newlands Neighborhood Walking Tour on Saturday, May 24 at 10 a.m. in Reno. Enjoy an architectural walk through one of Reno’s oldest and most prestigious neighborhoods. Knowledgeable tour guides offer a glimpse into the Biggest Little City in the World’s historic neighborhoods. For more information or to register visit www.historicreno.org or call 775-747-4478.
One of the biggest celebrations in the state of Nevada, Jim Butler Days, will take place on May 24-25 in Tonopah. Jim Butler Days is a great time for fun, parades and honoring this town’s historic past. Head out to Tonopah on Memorial Day Weekend to experience a small-town flavor that’s a complete blast for the entire family. For more information, visit www.TonopahNevada.com or call 775-482-6336.
Blacksmithing as an Art Class will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 24 and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 25 at the Tonopah Historic Mining Park. This event is designed for those who have an interest in learning the fundamentals of blacksmithing. Classes are catered to meet each student’s individual skill levels. For more information about class fees and registration, visit www.TonopahHistoricMiningPark.com or call 775-482-9274.
The Nevada State Mining Championships will take place on May 24 at 12 p.m. and at 10 a.m. on May 25 at the Tonopah Historic Mining Park. Join professionals and amateurs as they compete for big dollar prizes to be named champion. For more information, visit www.TonopahHistoricMiningPark.com or call 775-482-9274.
The Virginia and Truckee Railroad will celebrate its 80 years of existence on May 28 at 7 p.m. at the Laxalt Theater in Reno. Steven Drew will present an illustrated and elaborate look at this longtime Nevada fixture, its people, operations, facilities and legacy in Reno. For more information, visit www.historicreno.org or call 775-747-4478.
The Desert Wine Horse Show will take place May 28 to June 1 at Horsemans Park in Las Vegas. This first annual 9 Breed Equestrian Event is USEF “A” Rated and will feature many horse breeds including Arabians, American Mini’s, Welsh Ponies, Andalusian, Frisians, Hunters, Jumpers, Saddlebred and Morgans. For additional information, visit www.desertwinehorseshowassociation.com or call 702-721-6610.
From May 29 to June 1 the Las Vegas Super Show will take place at the South Point Equestrian Center in Las Vegas. This National Barrel Horse Association sanctioned event will have a payout of $125,000 and is free to watch. For additional information, visit www.nbha.com or call 702-755-3836.
The Nevada Sesquicentennial Stamp Unveiling Ceremony will take place on May 29 at 11 a.m. at The Smith Center for Performing Arts in Las Vegas. The United States Postal Service and the Nevada Sesquicentennial Commission invite the public for the unveiling of the Nevada Sesquicentennial commemorative stamp. The United States Postal Service will be issuing a special commemorative stamp to honor the Silver State and its people. For more information, visit www.nevada150.org or call 775-687-0608.
On May 30 at 5 p.m. at the Nevada State Museum in Las Vegas the Every Age is Information Age: 150 Years of Communication in Nevada Exhibit Reception will take place. This event is a new exhibit at the Nevada State Museum that traces how our current reliance on communication technology is far from new. For more information, contact Crystal R. Van Dee at [email protected] or call 702-822-8751.
Join the Historic Reno Preservation Society for the Parsons-Mills Architecture Walking Tour on Saturday, May 31 at 10:00 a.m. in Reno. Stroll one of Reno’s most unique neighborhoods to view some designs of Reno architects Edward Parsons and Russell Mills, who sometimes collaborated on designs. Hear about the families who first lived in these homes. For more information or to register visit www.historicreno.org or call 775-747-4478.
Nevada Women’s Legacy -150 Years of Excellence will recognize and celebrate the achievements of notable women at Recognizing Women of Boulder City on Saturday, May 31. From 2-4 p.m. at the Boulder Dam Hotel, Sara Denton, Mimi Rodden, Laura Kelly Smith, Sharon Heher and Joan Kirshner Tinker will be honored. For additional information please visit www.nevadawomensvirtualcenter.org and www.bcmha.org or call 702-293-3510.
The Surveys of the California-Nevada Boundary Exhibit Open House will take place on May 31 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Mineral County Museum. This event will celebrate the dispute between the two states over many years about the establishment of territory. The exhibit will display old maps depicting how Aurora was shown in California and then in Nevada. This event is open to the public and will provide refreshments for all guests who attend. For more information about the exhibit or open house call 775-945-5142.
On Saturday May 31 take a Behind Closed Doors Tour of Austin. Austin opens the doors to ten impressive sites and buildings that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Begin your historic journey at the Austin Museum, 180 Main Street, where you will find an annotated map of the city. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to peer behind the closed doors of Central Nevada’s historic treasures. For additional information, visit www.austinnevadamuseum.com or call 775-354-9244.
From May 31 to June 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. California Trail Days will take place at the California Trail Interpretive Center in Elko. Guests will experience musical presentations, historic interpreters, hands on crafts and fun for the whole family. For more information, visit www.californiatrailcenter.org or call 775-738-1849.
To view all the upcoming events for the Nevada 150 celebration, please visit www.nevada150.org.