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Five events to check out: Thaw your turkey edition


Thanksgiving sure has gotten more interesting over the past few years, between COVID-19 and politics that is. If you’re traveling, be sure to check ahead for road conditions and airport advisories. If you’re staying home to deep fry a turkey, it’s worth a few minutes to study up on why they tend to explode. Also, it’s time to start thawing your turkey if you’ve yet to take it out of the freezer.

It’s a quiet week for Reno events, picking up over the weekend—perhaps not unlike your need for quiet time alone. Here are five events to check out, four of which include feel-good chances to give back.

  1. Not on our event calendar, but it should be. This week volunteers at the Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission will serve a full Thanksgiving Dinner to hundreds of men, women and children at their downtown location and at several senior citizen centers. They have limited volunteer opportunities, mostly for servers. Call Mariah Peaslee at 775-323-0386, ext. 16, to sign up. If you miss this one, check back for Christmas dinner.
  2. For those who sleep in on Black Friday, Gear Hut’s #GreenFriday Urban Clean-Up is a mid-day alternative to shopping. The gear shop is teaming up with Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful for an urban street cleanup in the Wells Avenue corridor.
  3. We’re not sure if The Price Is Right has adjusted their games to account for recent inflation. You may want to keep that in mind if you’re going to “come on down” to the Nugget for one of the four The Price is Right Live shows. *This is the only event this week where you could win an appliance.
  4. Sierra Watercolor Society’s Art Angels Silent Auction and Raffle may be a way for you to beat inflation and supply chain woes as you shop for Christmas gifts. The artists have donated paintings to raise funds for the in-schools Art Angels program. Details here.
  5. For those who would rather ask others for gifts than win them or buy them, Santa will be taking orders at the first-time tree lighting at The Village at Rancharrah. There’s also a chance to donate gifts to the Toys for Tots program at the celebration, which will have carolers, free drinks and “bites”—small snacks, not a cranky Claus. Details here.

Please remember to check with event organizers for COVID-19 restrictions.

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