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Big events during April, 2017 include...

All Fools' Day - Saturday, April 1, 2017. Also known as April Fool's Day. Don't get caught being foolish.

WinterWonderGrass California - Friday through Sunday, March 31 - April 2, 2017. This is the 3rd 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.

Library Book Sale - Saturday through Sunday, April 1 - 9, 2017. Read Again Bookstore, a function of Friends of Washoe County Library, holds several book sales during the year. Sales are in the book store next door to the Sierra View Library in the Reno Town Mall. A day for Friends members only is on Friday, March 31, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. If you aren't a member, you can join at the door. All other days are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Reno 1868 FC Soccer - Saturday, April 1, 2017. Reno's new professional soccer team, Reno 1868 FC, will be hosting the Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 at Greater Nevada Field. The game starts at 7 p.m. Single-game tickets, group tickets and other options are available online.

Grow Your Own, Nevada! Gardening Classes - Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Grow Your Own, Nevada! is for homeowners and other small scale growers. It concentrates on imparting basic horticultural information and also provides information about new and alternative growing methods. Workshops will be held twice weekly through April, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The registration fee for classes is $15 each or $60 for all 8 classes.

Discover Your Parks Free Walks - Thursday, April 6, 2017. The first walk in the 2017 series will be at Mayberry Park and Tom Cooke Trailhead. More walks at Reno and Sparks parks will be held every Thursday evening through September. Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation is leading these free walks. Each week, you can explore a new location and learn about the unique and varied ecology and history of parks in our area. Walks are open to everyone.

Healthy Parks Healthy People Day - Saturday, April 8, 2017, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation, in partnership with Washoe County, presents this free family-friendly day of fun at Bartley Ranch Regional Park in Reno. The event will include games and activities presented by local non-profit organizations and regional land management agencies. The goal is to celebrate regional parks and public lands, while promoting the concept that healthy parks and open spaces lead to healthy people. There will be a free 1K Kids Fun Run and a 5K Fun Run and Walk that is a fund-raiser. Register online at the website. (775) 453-0789.

Reno Aces Baseball - Tuesday, April 11, 2017. The Reno Aces' first season home game at Greater Nevada Field is vs. the Albuquerque Isotopes. First pitch will be at 6:35 p.m. Four games against the Isotopes will be followed by two vs. the El Paso Chihuahuas, making a 7 game home stand to kick off the 2017 baseball season in Reno.

Hands ON! Second Saturdays - Saturday, April 8, 2017. 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, storytelling and live performances.

Science Saturdays at the National Automobile Museum - Saturday, April 8, 2017. Join the adventure with "Night of the Titanic." Admission is $12 per person for children and adults, which also includes admission to the Museum and free refreshments. For participants age 8 and up. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. The event is from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pre-registration is required approximately two days before the event. Call the Museum at (775) 333-9300 for more information.

Heels & Hounds, a Benefit for Homeless Pets - Sunday, April 9, 2017. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At the Atlantis Hotel Casino in Reno. Party for the pooches at Nevada Humane Society's 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 x320.

"Toytopia" at the Wilbur D. May Museum - through April 16, 2017. Both grown-ups and kids will enjoy "Toytopia." It is inspirational for children and adults can revisit fun times from childhood. This entertaining and educational exhibit will be at the Wilbur D. May Museum in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno, 1595 N. Sierra Street. (775) 785-5961.

Free Admission to National Parks - April 15 - 16 and 22 - 23, 2017. During National Park Week, it's free weekend 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 15, 2017. 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).

Earth Day - Saturday, April 22, 2017.

Reno Earth Day Celebration - Sunday, April 23, 2017. 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 and up at Tahoe Truckee and South Lake Tahoe.

Monthly Reno Beer Crawl - Saturday, April 22, 2017. 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.

Baby Animal Days at Andelin Family Farm - Friday and Saturday, April 21 - 22 and 28 - 29, 2017, 10 a.m. to 7 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 $5 per ride. The farm is at 8100 Pyramid Way in Sparks. (775) 530-8032.

The Newlands District - Sunday, April 30, 2017. This free program is brought to you by the Historic Reno Preservation Society and is one of a series. All programs start at 1 p.m. and are held in the basement auditorium of the Washoe County Library in Reno at 301 S. Center Street. These presentations are popular - arrive early if you want to get in.

55th Annual Reno Jazz Festival - Thursday to Saturday, April 27 - 29, 2017. 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 - Saturday and Sunday, April 29 - 30, 2017. 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 $10 for adults, $5 for kids under 12 and seniors 65+. The Grand Sierra Resort is at 2500 E. 2nd Street in Reno.

Reno Steampunk Stroll - Saturday, April 22, 2017, 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. The Reno Steampunk Stroll is a themed bar crawl that brings together both a possible future and a re-imagined past. It merges the Victorian era with a Buck Rogers sensibility, so if you love to put together costumes and immerse yourself in another world, you'll have a great time at this event. If you like this sort of thing, you'll find more at "Beer Crawls in Reno."

Spring 2017 Nevada Women's Expo - April 22 - 23, 2017. Billed as the premier consumer show for women of all ages and lifestyles and businesses that market to them. Offering women the best in fashion, style, health, careers, business, lifestyle, entertainment and more. The event is at the Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. 2nd Street in Reno.

April 2017 at the Pioneer Center - April shows at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts include those listed below.

  • April 9: Brain Candy Live
  • April 23 - 25: Classix Six-Infinity
  • April 28 - 30: The Illusionists

Cinco De Mayo in Reno - Saturday and Sunday, April 29 - 30, 2017. If you want to have some authentic Cinco De Mayo fun, come to northern Nevada's big annual celebration of Latino heritage at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno. It's $10 for adults and $5 for kids under 12 and seniors. Once you are in the entertainment is free.

46th Annual Virginia City Grand Prix - Saturday and Sunday, April 29 - 30, 2017. 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.

PTSD Discussion Group Meetings - April 12 and 26, 2017, 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.

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