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January 2019 Events and Activities in the Reno Region

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January happenings...

Happy New Year! - Tuesday, January 1, 2019.

Winter Break Camps and Activities - through January 11, 2019. To keep the kids occupied during winter break, check out the many things happening around the Truckee Meadows.

Restless Artists' Theatre presents "Artificial Jungle" - Weekends, January 11 - 27, 2019. Chester Nurdiger lives in the back of his pet shop with his mother and his bored wife. One day a drifter comes along and they hire him to work in the shop. Sparks are ignited between the bored wife Roxanne and the slick Zachary Slade. They plot to murder Chester and feed him to the piranhas. Visit the website for additional details and to purchase tickets online. The venue is at 295 20th Street in Sparks. (775) 525-3074.

Winter Trails - January, 2019. Winter Trails is month-long event where you can try snowshoeing and/or cross country skiing at participating ski resorts and parks in the Lake Tahoe region and across the nation. People new to these sports will learn how easy it is to get started, pick up information about buying needed equipment, and get information about places to enjoy being outside during winter.

Come in from the Cold Family Entertainment Series - Saturdays, January 12, 19, 26, 2019. "Come in from the Cold" is held on Saturday evenings in the Western Heritage Interpretive Center at Bartley Ranch Regional Park in Reno. The 2019 series is in January, February, and March. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. with performances starting at 7 p.m. Seating is limited to 200, so arriving early at this popular event is a good idea.

Cabin Fever Winter Series - Mondays in January and February, 2019, 10 a.m. Join us to learn about nature in the winter. Each session will feature a short lesson, a story, an indoor activity, and a guided outdoor exploration. At the Wilbur D. May Center in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park. $5 donation/session or $30 for full series. For children ages 4 to 6, with accompanying adult.

  • Jan. 7: Let's Go On A Color Hunt
  • Jan. 14: Arctic Animals
  • Jan. 21: The Mitten
  • Jan. 28: Snowflakes Are "Sew" Cool
  • Feb. 4: Ice is Nice
  • Feb. 11: A Winter Adventure Hunt

Sheep Dip Show - Friday and Saturday, January 11 - 12, 2019. This parody for charity is an annual event with skits, songs, dances and the infamous Shaft Award, exposing the foibles and follies of the Truckee Meadows. The show is performed by area locals, members of the media and a few of our (infamous) politicians. This is a charity event and Sheep Dip has supported a variety of organizations over the years. The show will be at Eldorado Hotel Casino in Reno. Tickets online are $40 per person. For tickets by phone, call (775) 786-5700. This will be the final performance of the Sheep Dip Show. The Board of Directors has decided it's time to end the tradition.

Hands ON! Second Saturdays - Saturday, January 12, 2019. Come to the Nevada Museum of Art for a day of fun for the whole family, including storytelling, art activities, live performances, and all current exhibits. Admission to the Museum is free for all on Second Saturdays. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Junior Naturalist Program - Saturday, January 12, 2019. The Junior Naturalist Program is a free, monthly, nature-focused program for children of all ages from Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation (TMPF). Along with their parents and guardians, children will be able to explore a local park, identify and discover the natural world, and play games. Children will discover plants, animals, and the environment in their own backyard, as well as allow parents to experience and learn alongside their children. This month's program is at Idlewild Park, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. For more information, call (775) 410-1702.

Science Saturdays at the National Automobile Museum - Saturday, January 12, 2019. Join in on an adventure that is out of this world - "Training Future Astronauts." 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 12:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required approximately two days before the event. Call the Museum at (775) 333-9300 for more information.

"The King and I" at the Pioneer Center - Friday through Sunday, January 18 - 20, 2019. Two worlds collide in this musical, based on the 2015 Tony Award®-winning Lincoln Center Theater production. Tickets available online. The Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts is at 100 S. Virginia Street in Reno.

Wild Winter Weekends at Animal Ark - Saturday and Sunday, January 19 - 20 and February 16 - 17, 2019. Come enjoy Animal Ark's residents in a winter setting, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Animal Ark is at 1265 Deerlodge Road north of Reno. Take 395 north to Red Rock. Go right for 11.5 miles, then right on Deerlodge. 1-775-970-3111 (Must dial 1-775 even from Reno area).

Evergreen Blitz! at the Wilbur D. May Center - January 19, 2019, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Explore the wintry world of the May Arboretum and learn to identify beautiful evergreens. This class will feature an indoor lesson on plant identification and uses, followed by a guided outdoor adventure. Open to everyone 10 years old and up. Children must have a parent with them. Meet at the Ranch House in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park. The event is free, but registration is required: call Katie Bird at (775)785-4153 or

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Monday, January 21, 2019. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is an official national holiday observed across the country, with most federal and local government offices closed for the day. There are celebrations and activities to celebrate the day in the Reno area, plus ways you can volunteer as part of the concurrent Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.

2019 Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service - Monday, January 21, 2019. As part of the National MLK Day of Service, Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation (TMPF) will be hosting a bioblitz in Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The Day of Service Bioblitz is free and open to volunteers of all ages. We will be cataloging all living things in the park as part of a annual phenology project, to garner a better understanding of the plants, animals, and other wildlife and how their populations are changing. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park is located on the corner of Coretta Way and Kennedy Drive in Reno. (775) 410-1702.

Free UNR Extended Studies Open House - Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The community is invited to the free 2019 UNR Extended Studies Open House to learn about the continuing education program at the University of Nevada, Reno. Come learn more about professional development short courses and certificates, academic credit courses and online degree programs, and activities for youth and senior learners offered by Extended Studies. Participants will enjoy free refreshments and can receive discounts for on-site registration of select courses, and enter to win certificates toward course fees and other prizes. The free event will be in south Reno at the University's Redfield Campus, 18600 Wedge Parkway, in the Nell J. Redfield Building A. Parking is free.

Free Days at National Parks - The first free day in 2019 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 21. There are several more during 2019. There are many free days on USFS and BLM land as well. Enjoy your public lands and save money while doing it.

Reno Wine Walk - Saturday, January 19, 2019. 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).

Monthly Reno Beer Crawl - Saturday, January 26, 2019. 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.

Reno Bridal Showcase & Greater Reno Women's Expo - Sunday, January 27, 2019, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reno's largest, most diverse and elegant wedding event for couples planning their special day. It's a one stop and shop for all your wedding needs under one roof. The event is at the Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. 2nd Street in Reno. General admission is $12. Visit the website for a discount coupon for $2 off.

Reno-Tahoe Senior Winter Games - January 30 through February 14, 2019. Now is the time to sign up for this series of Olympic-style competitions. The Games are open to citizens 50+. The deadline for all entries is Monday, January 14, 2019.

Free history presentations from Historic Reno Preservation Society - Wednesday, January 16, 2019. Reno is one of many examples of a small but thriving LGBTQ community. As far back as 1882, Reno had an LGBTQ presence, which the talk will cover through the Great Recession, including the history of the Reno Gay Rodeo and its effects on the world. Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Brew HaHa 2019 - Saturday, January 26, 2019. Brew HaHa is a benefit for Sierra Arts Foundation, featuring a huge selection of micro and macro Beer tasting plus live entertainment featuring Left of Centre. VIP admission is 7 p.m., with general admission at 8 p.m. VIP Tickets are $70 (plus tax & fee), general admission is $50 (plus tax & fee). Each is $10 more the day of the event. Tickets are available online or by calling (775) 356-3300. Brew HaHa will be at The Nugget, 1100 Nugget Avenue in Sparks.

Free history presentations from Historic Reno Preservation Society - Sunday, January 27, 2019. Cultural geographer Dr. Engrid Barnett, curator of the Nevada Historical Society’s recent exhibit, "The Biggest Little Orchestra in the World," will discuss the history of the Reno Philharmonic, which this year celebrates its fiftieth anniversary. Downtown Reno Library, 301 S. Center Street, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

"The Lost World of Dragons" at the Wilbur D. May Museum - January 31 through May 12, 2019. The Lost World of Dragons is a world of fantasy and adventure. Discover the stories and mythology of dragons throughout history and around the world. Get a thrill from larger-than-life animatronic dragons. Try out a virtual reality experience that lets you ride a flying dragon. Sit on a throne and sneak through a dragon's lair, and much more. 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.

Super Bowl LIII (53) - Super Bowl Sunday 2019 is on February 3. It will be played at Mercedes -Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. There are lots of big parties in the Reno area where you can enjoy food, drink, and cheer for your favorite team with lots of other fans. Justin Timberlake will be the featured performer during the halftime show.

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