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16 things to do this week in the Reno area


A.V.A. Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” Photo: Patrick Kennedy

Welcome to our weekly column of things to do in the Reno area! This week, middle school students are hosting a benefit dinner for suicide awareness, creative professionals are having a winter ball, storytellers are sharing tales at a coffee shop, local musicians are performing and raising money for charity, and much more.

Monday, December 9

Groove to some Soulful Tunes
9:00 p.m., The Loving Cup
Dance to some soul music at The Loving Cup’s weekly event: Motown on Mondays. DJs gather each week with special guests to listen to some classic tunes as well as modern re-mixes. This event is perfect for party-goers, music lovers, and DJs alike.


Tuesday, December 10

Aid Suicide Prevention Efforts
4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Campo
Support the community by attending this benefit dinner for suicide awareness and prevention hosted by middle school students from the Honors Academy of Literature. Proceeds from the evening will go toward the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Nevada Chapter. Call (775) 737-9555 to make a reservation.
Tickets: $25


Network with Communications and Creative Professionals at the Mingle Bells Ball
6:00 – 8:00 p.m., The Discovery – Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum
Expand your network and celebrate the season at the Mingle Bells Ball. Hosted by AAF, AIGA, PRSA, PSN, and Reno AMA, this is a fabulous (and fun!) way to connect with creative professionals. There are plenty of appetizers and drinks as well.
Tickets: $30-35


Wednesday, December 11

The Eddy House Youth Resource Center. Photo: CFWN

Support at-risk Youth at the Eddy House’s Holiday Fundraiser
6:00 – 8:00 p.m., 888 Willow Street, Reno, NV 89502
The Eddy House is unveiling its new facility at its holiday fundraiser, benefiting local at-risk youth. Not only will you be able to enjoy cocktails and appetizers, but you can tour the new facility and will have the chance to hear an exciting new announcement. If you cannot attend, think about making a charitable donation to Eddy House instead.
Tickets: $50


Test Your Trivia Knowledge
7:00 p.m., The 395 – Craft Beer and Spirits
Escape the cold and win bar tab prizes along with bragging rights at The 395’s weekly trivia night!


Thursday, December 12

Visit the North Pole
4:00 – 9:00 p.m., Victorian Square Plaza
Take photos with Santa, listen to live music, enjoy a free train ride, and vote for the most dazzling display of lights in Sparks’ Griswold Challenge, where local families and businesses compete in a light display contest. Other activities are going on as well, and this is a fantastic way to celebrate the season. The winter wonderland event will be open through Dec. 14.



Experience Live, Local, Storytelling!
7:00 p.m., Coffee N’ Comics
Bring blankets and pillows with you when you attend Coffee N’ Comic’s first live monthly storytelling evening. The event features five Reno locals sharing stories falling under the theme of “origins”. The only rules for the night are all tales have to be true, told without notes, and must be from the teller’s life.


Laugh Aloud at a Comedy Show
7:30 p.m., Pioneer Underground
Comic Taylor Tomlinson, who has appeared on Netflix, MTV, Comedy Central, and Last Comic Standing, performs at the Pioneer Underground. Tomlinson has been performing stand-up since she was 16 and was recently recognized as a Comedian to Watch at the Montreal Comedy Festival.
She will also be performing Friday, Dec. 13 starting at 9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $10


Friday, December 13

Start Friday off with an Evening of Comedy
6:30 – 8:00 p.m., LEX Nightclub
Comedian Lance Woods performs at Lex Lounge in the GSR. His clever punchlines and witty tales will have you rocking with laughter. He has performed all over the U.S. and is someone you will want to see if you enjoy comedy shows.
Tickets: $10


Jam out to a Benefit Concert
5:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m., Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor
Don’t miss out on an outstanding lineup of musicians Saturday evening. Local bands are performing at Marianarchy Winter Ball, and all proceeds will go to the Foreman’s. The benefit also features a silent auction and a raffle.
Suggested donation: $10


A.V.A. Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”. Photo: Patrick Kennedy

Attend the Classic Ballet Performance of “The Nutcracker”
8:00 – 10:00 p.m., Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts
Enjoy the magic of Tchaikovsky’s music at the A.V.A.’s annual performance of “The Nutcracker”. Performances are Friday, Dec. 13 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14 at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15 at 1:00 and 7:00 p.m. There will also be an exclusive sugar plum fairy party for children following the Saturday and Sunday afternoon performances where children can meet the characters.
Tickets start at $27


Saturday, December 14

Celebrate the Holiday Season with some Jazz
2:00 p.m., Cargo Concert Hall
The Reno Jazz Orchestra brings in the holiday season with their “Home for the Holidays” show featuring world-renowned trombonist Bob McChesney and vocalist Calabri Foti headlining the 17-piece orchestra. Another performance takes place on Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $20


Santa Crawl 2013. Image: Victoria Janicke.

Check out the Largest Santa Pub Crawl in the Country
7:30 p.m., Downtown Reno
Don your gaudiest red and white outfit, head outside, and jingle your way to all of Reno’s participating bars. Save time before the event and purchase crawl cups online. Purchases help local schools.
Crawl Cups: $5.50


Repair and Fix-up Bikes for Kids
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., 635 East Fourth Street in Reno
Join the Reno Bike Project as they fix-up and beautify bikes for kids in need. Last year, volunteers cleaned up around 270 bikes, which they then donated to the Children’s Cabinet, Reno Housing Authority, Ashlee’s Toy Closet, and the Walker River Paiute Tribe. Repairing bikes with the Reno Bike Project is a fun way to give back to the community and help kids who live in shelters or temporary housing.


Experience Frog and Toad’s Friendship on Stage
3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Damonte Ranch High School
Take the evening off and watch the musical “A Year with Frog and Toad” based on Arnold Lobel’s well-loved children’s books. Attending the show will be fun for the whole family fantastic as well as an excellent way to support the local arts.
The show is also on Dec. 15 at 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10 for children (3-12) and seniors 65+, $12 for teens and adults.


Sunday, December 15

Shop at the Annual Holiday Fair!
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Lakeridge Golf Course – 19th Hole
Shop local and handmade this holiday season when you stop by the Annual Holiday Fair featuring local artists, craftsmen, and small businesses. There is also a raffle to benefit the Veterans Guest House.


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Have a fabulous week!

Tabitha Mueller
Tabitha Mueller
Tabitha Mueller is a freelance writer and multimedia journalist based out of Reno, Nevada. She is fascinated by storytelling, place, and the intersection of narrative and data analysis and holds a bachelor’s degree in Geography and English and American Literatures from Middlebury College. When she is not tracking down a story or listening to podcasts, you can find her hiking Nevada’s gorgeous terrain, perusing local bookstores, playing Quidditch, and discovering Reno’s hidden stories.