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April 2016 Events and Activities in the Reno Region

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Big events during April, 2016 include...

All Fools' Day - Friday, April 1, 2016. Also known as April Fool's Day. Don't get caught being foolish.

WinterWonderGrass California - Friday through Sunday, April 1 - 3, 2016. "Music, Brews and Mountains" is the theme for WinterWonderGrass Tahoe Festival and it's 2nd annual event in Squaw Valley. It's a winter bluegrass music and craft beer festival featuring around 18 bands, over a dozen breweries, and food and food trucks. This is a family-friendly event with activities for kids. The venue is the Village at Squaw Valley ski resort, south of Truckee off Highway 89.

Free April Events & Programs at the Washoe County Library - The Washoe County Library System features different programs and events every month. There are those for everyone in the family and some suited to certain age groups. Each library branch hosts certain events that are unique to that branch. All activities are free and open to the public.

Reno Senior Connect Newsletter - The April newsletter is full of great activities and things to do for the senior set in the Reno area.

Reno Aces Baseball - Thursday, April 7, 2016. The Reno Aces' season opening game is at Aces Ballpark vs. the El Paso Chihuahuas. Four games against the Chihuahuas will be followed by four vs. the Albuquerque Isotopes, making an 8 game home stand to kick off the 2016 baseball season in Reno. If you just can't wait, the annual exhibition game against UNR will be at 6:05 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5.

Art Walk Reno - Thursday, April 7, 2016. Stroll along the Truckee River and throughout the downtown Arts District to the 18 locations showing art. The walk begins at 5 p.m. at West Street Market, 148 West Street. Tickets are $10, which includes a glass, raffle ticket and program for the evening. A portion of ticket sales every month goes to a local nonprofit. Art Walk Reno is part of Art Spot Reno, the main portal for accessing information about what’s happening in Reno's dynamic arts scene.

Hands ON! Second Saturdays - Saturday, April 9, 2016. Come to the Nevada Museum of Art for a day of fun family activities and free admission for all. There is a different theme each month. Enjoy live performances, hands-on art activities and storytelling.

Spring Clean-up Day at the Wilbur D. May Arboretum - Saturday, April 9, 2016. Join Rail City Garden Center, News Talk 780 KKOH and the May Arboretum Society for the "Keep it Clean and Green" annual volunteer spring cleanup day at the Wilbur D. May Arboretum. This is an all-ages event with hands-on work throughout the County's public garden. The time will be 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The Arboretum is in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra Street in Reno. To volunteer, call Bill Carlos at (775) 785-4153.

Residential Dump Days - Saturday and Sunday, April 9 - 10, 2016. Residents of Reno and Sparks can take advantage of free and reduced fee dumping to get rid of household trash and large, bulky items like appliances, sofas, and mattresses. All residents of Washoe County are also eligible for free dumping days at the Lockwood Landfill on three weekends during April. With these services, there is no excuse for dumping in the desert.

Heels & Hounds, a Benefit for Homeless Pets - Sunday, April 10, 2016. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At the Atlantis Hotel Casino in Reno. Party for the pooches at Nevada Humane Society's inaugural Heels & Hounds, a fun-filled extravaganza to benefit homeless pets. It's everything women want - from boutique shopping to an exciting fashion show - plus you get to wear your best heels and enjoy complimentary champagne all morning long. Tickets are available online. Tables may be purchased at a variety of price levels. Individual tickets are $75. All proceeds benefit homeless pets. For sponsorship, vendor, or more event information, call (775) 856-2000.

Ribbon Cutting for the new Virginia Street Bridge - Tuesday, April 12, 2016. Join the festivities as Reno celebrates the new Virginia Street Bridge. Starting at 11 a.m., this public event will feature a procession of transportation history from the National Automobile Museum, a performance from the University of Nevada, Reno Marching Band, and a concert by the Reno Wind Symphony. Festivities will be centered at 1st and Virginia Streets, next to City Hall at the north end of the bridge.

Lawyer in the Library - Wednesday, April 13, 2016. The Northern Nevada Women Lawyers Association and the Washoe County Law Library are hosting Lawyer in the Library at the Washoe County Second Judicial District Court. There will be licensed Nevada attorneys present to consult the public on a variety of legal topics including probate, family law, civil law, bankruptcy, and the sealing of criminal records. Participants can receive up to 20 minutes of free legal consultation from an experienced attorney in the area of law requested. Registration is required. Contact Jessica Burgoon at jessica.burgoon@washoecourts.us or Jennifer Gibbs at jennifer.gibbs@washoecourts.us to register. The court is located at 75 Court Street in Reno. The event is from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, contact the Law Library at (775) 328-3250, or the Self Help Center at (775) 325-6731.

Free Admission to National Parks - Saturday through Sunday, April 16 - 24, 2016. During National Park Week, it's free admission to all parks and other sites operated by the National Park Service. This includes places around the west like Yosemite, Lassen Volcanic, Death Valley, and Great Basin. Other fees, such as for overnight camping and cabin rentals, will still apply.

Reno Wine Walk - Saturday, April 16, 2016. The Riverwalk Merchants present this fun event every third Saturday of the month. Visit any of the participating merchants with $20 and receive your wine glass and hand stamp (with photo ID), then make the rounds sampling wines at numerous businesses in the area. This is a 21+ event. Pets and strollers are not advised. For more information, call 775-825-WALK(9255).

Explore the Outdoors 5K Fun Run / Walk - Saturday, April 16, 2016. The Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation will be holding this annual benefit event at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno starting at 9 a.m. The race will consist of a 5K Run / Walk and a 1K free Kids Fun Run for ages 12 and under. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be games, crafts and activities at the Explore the Outdoors spring event, brought to you by KNPB Channel 5 and Washoe County. You can register online for both events. To have a registration form mailed to you or for questions, call (775) 453-0713.

Free Community E-Waste Event - Saturday, April 16, 2016. Bring your old computers, LCD monitors, small electronics, cords, printers and other miscellaneous electronic devices to this event for proper recycling and disposal. Certain items will not accepted - CRT TVs and monitors, refrigerators, car parts, batteries, kitchen appliances, air conditioners, medical equipment. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 6100 Neil Road in Reno (NV Energy). Sponsored by New2U Computers and other community partners. For more information or to volunteer to help, call (775) 329-1126.

Discover Science Lecture Series with Hubble Telescope Project Director - Thursday, April 21, 2016, 7 p.m. Robert Williams is a senior research astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute. The institute, along with Goddard Space Flight Center, operates the Hubble Space Telescope for NASA. Williams will be presenting his talk "Hubble Space Telescope: Piecing Together the Workings of the Universe" for the Discover Science Lecture Series at UNR in the Davidson Mathematics and Science Center. The presentation will include photos and information about the telescope and how it has been a guiding force in our understanding of the evolution of the universe from the most primitive times to the present day.

Earth Day - Friday, April 22, 2016.

Monthly Reno Beer Crawl - Saturday, April 23, 2015. This event is in downtown Reno where all of the participating bars, pubs, and restaurants are within walking (or crawling) distance. It costs $5 to participate and you can just show up at one of the start bars - advance tickets not required. Crawling is from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

4th Street Victory Way Block Party - Saturday, April 23, 2016. Celebrate the vision of Reno's emerging 4th Street brewery arts district at the inaugural Victory Way block party. Tour the local businesses, learn the history of the district once known as Victory Way, and become part of the story of Victory Way's future. Between Virginia Street and Elko Street, the area will be open to biking, walking, dancing, playing, and socializing. The event is free, family-friendly and will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Social Science: Robots & Drones at The Discovery - Saturday, April 23, 2016. Explore, interact, and investigate the robotic and drone technologies of the future, including flight simulators, a drone dissection zone, Sumo Bots, humanoid robots Baxter and NAO, learn how virtual reality can help control wild fires, and much more. This is an adults-only (21+) event at The Discovery Museum, with beer, wine, and food treats. It is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The cost in advance is $15 for museum members, $20 for non-members. It's $25 at the door.

Reno Earth Day Celebration - Sunday, April 24, 2016. Come to Idlewild Park between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to enjoy Reno's big annual Earth Day celebration. There will be numerous events, exhibitors, food and drink, live entertainment, and activities for both kids and adults. This great Reno event just gets bigger and better every year. Check my article for more Earth Day events in Reno at up at Tahoe Truckee and South Lake Tahoe.

Baby Animal Days at Andelin Family Farm - Friday and Saturday, April 22 - 23 and 29 - 30, 2016, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This event features farm babies, including chicks, ducklings, bunnies, piglets, lambs, goat kids and calves along with our other friendly and cute farm animals. Farm visitors will be able to hold and pet chicks, as well as interact with and pet goat kids, lambs and calves. Admission is $6 per person and includes hay ride, cow train ride, fun track, face painting, bunny hop activity, straw bale maze, barn yard activities and all the fun baby animals. Pony and horse rides are $4 per ride. The farm is at 8100 Pyramid Way in Sparks - (775) 530-8032.

The Truckee Measdows' Open Lands Project; A Visual Survey of our Past - Wednesday, April 27, 2016. This free program is brought to you by the Historic Reno Preservation Society and is one of a series. All programs start at 7 p.m. and are held in the Laxalt Theater in UNR's Nelson Building, 401 W. Second Street in downtown Reno. These presentations are popular - arrive early if you want to get in. There is some parking available in front of the buildings.

54th Annual Reno Jazz Festival - Thursday to Saturday, April 28 - 30, 2016. The Reno Jazz Festival brings to Reno both talented students and renowned professional artists. There will also be many workshops with some of the finest clinicians and performers in the country. Concerts will be at venues on campus at the University of Nevada, Reno. The website has complete information about the concerts. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 1-800-325-7328. There is no convenience fee on tickets purchased in person at the Lawlor Events Center Box Office.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration - Friday to Sunday, April 29 - May 1, 2016. Northern Nevada's biggest annual celebration of Latino heritage is at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno. Come enjoy live music, Mexican dancing horses, food and drink, arts and crafts, carnival rides, live music, games, and much more. Admission is $5. The Grand Sierra Resort is at 2500 E. 2nd Street in Reno.

Reno Pajama Crawl - Saturday, April 30, 2016. This themed crawl lets you run around drinking in your PJs. It's a cozy night out in downtown Reno from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., for those who last that long. There are special deals in Reno hotels so you don't have to worry about getting home till later. If you like this sort of thing, you'll find more at "Beer Crawls in Reno."

Great Community Cleanup - Saturday, April 30, 2016. The Great Community Cleanup involves volunteering to help maintain public spaces and parks throughout the Reno / Sparks area. You can volunteer to perform this vital work, sponsored by Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB) and other public and private organizations. It will be from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, followed by a volunteer appreciation BBQ lunch at Bartley Ranch Regional Park.

April 2016 at the Pioneer Center - April shows at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts include those listed below. Click the links for more show and ticket information.

Sssnakes Alive! at the May Museum - through April 10, 2016. Snakes are the animals everyone lives to hate, but they are fascinating creatures and you can learn their ins and outs at the "Sssnakes Alive!" interactive exhibit at Reno's Wilbur D. May Museum. Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for children and seniors.

6th Annual Dining Out For Life - Thursday, April 28, 2016. When you dine out at a participating restaurant on this day, you'll be helping to end HIV in Nevada. It's a fun and tasty way to support a great local clinic and contribute to the fight against HIV. Just go to one of the participating DOFL restaurants for breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks and part of the proceeds will go to supporting Northern Nevada HOPES for HIV programs and services. There are more than 30 locations participating all over the Reno, Sparks and Carson City areas.

PTSD Discussion Group Meetings - April 13 and 27, 2016, 6 p.m. VFW Post 9211 is sponsoring a PTSD discussion group that meets at the historic "Battle Born" bunker post every 2nd and 4th Wednesday. All individuals with a diagnosis of PTSD are invited to join this group. This is NOT restricted to veterans or VFW members. Any member of the community is invited, including civilians and service persons such police, firefighters, and medical personnel. VFW Post 9211 is located a block west of the Virginia Street / Moana lane intersection. The Post number is (775) 825-7007. Direct questions to the Post Surgeon, Dr. Schwartz, at (775) 409-4561.

45th Annual Virginia City Grand Prix - Saturday and Sunday, April 30 - May 1, 2016. Experience legendary racing in historic Virginia City where thousands of motocross riders challenge themselves in the surrounding hills. Racing takes place both days. This being Virginia City, there will be lots of related activities and things to do while the motocross racers are zipping around the rugged high desert.

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