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June 2016 Events and Activities in the Reno Region

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Summer Camps for Kids - Summer camps are starting. For the best choice and pricing, now is the time to get your kids signed up for the camps and activities they will enjoy during summer vacation.

Public Swimming Pools and Water Play Places - Check out all of the water fun available in Reno, Sparks, and other places in Washoe County. When the heat's on, head for the water.

2016 Kids' Summer Reading Program - June 1 through August 31, 2016. Go to one of your Washoe County Library branches to sign up. Kids earn points and collect badges for doing all kinds of stuff over the summer, like reading, playing games, going to library programs and experiencing things in your community. For other fun free stuff going on at the libraries, refer to "Free Events and Programs at Washoe County Libraries."

Discover Your Parks Walks - June 2 through August 25, 2016. Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation is leading free walks in different parks located in Washoe County. These walks start at 7 p.m. on Thursday evenings and vary in distance from half a mile to 2 miles. 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 all. Call (775) 453-0698 for more information.

Reno Aces Baseball - Wednesday, June 1, 2016. The Reno Aces' first home game in June at Aces Ballpark will be vs. the Las Vegas 51s, followed by 14 more home games during the month. Other opponents will include the Salt Lake City Bees and El Paso Chihuahuas. Two games are on Fridays, which will feature fireworks after the game.

2016 Nevada Humanities Festival and Chautauqua - June 1 - 24, 2016. Most performances are at Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater in Bartley Ranch Regional Park. The Nevada Humanities Festival features Chautauqua presentations, workshops, special events, book discussions, and more during June. Get details about times, tickets, and venues from the Nevada Humanities website.

Street Vibrations Spring Rally - Friday through Sunday, June 3 - 5, 2016. The annual event will feature live entertainment, bike games, competition ride-in shows, poker run, more than 80 vendor booths, and participant parties for registrants. The event is open and free to the public and will be centered in downtown Reno. Virginia City will host a poker walk, live entertainment, VIP bike parking and more. Chester's Reno Harley-Davidson will host open houses and special promotions.

Reno-Tahoe Odyssey - Friday and Saturday, June 3 - 4, 2016. This is a 178 mile running relay race that starts and finishes in Reno. Teams of up to 12 runners complete a big circle that includes climbing up to Lake Tahoe. Two sub-sections of the whole race will be run simultaneously on June 4 - the Capital Odyssey from Carson City and the Comstock Odyssey from Virginia City. To sign up and get all the details, visit the Reno-Tahoe Odyssey website.

EuroFest at the Sands Regency - Friday through Sunday, June 3 - 5, 2016. This free Oktoberfest themed event will feature lots of free live music, dancing, authentic European food, craft vendors, and many taps pouring a variety of Old World beers. The Sands Regency is located at 345 N. Arlington Avenue in Reno.

Quail Quest: Truckee Meadows Treasure Hunt - Saturday, June 4, 2016. Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation is hosting an all-day (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) photo scavenger hunt through Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County parks, trails and open spaces. It will be followed by a picnic and award ceremony in Idlewild Park at 4 p.m. There will be prizes, free beer and other beverages, and local food trucks. All ages are encouraged to participate. Registration is $10 per team member till June 3, then $15 per member. For more information, call (775) 276-5816.

Slide the City - Saturday, June 4, 2016. Slide the City is a family friendly slip-and-slide water party event. There will be live music, food, drinks, water, and the biggest slip and slide ever to hit asphalt. The padded slide is 1000 feet long. Bring your water buckets, floaties, and water guns (non-realistic), to squirt, spray, splash, and get all attending soaked. Visit the website for pricing and check out the FAQ for sliding rules and other information.

May Arboretum Society Annual Plant Sale - Saturday, June 4, 2016. Come shop for unique plants, hard-to-find varieties and native plants that will grow in our climate zone. Over 2,500 plants to choose from. The sale will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the May Arboretum in Reno's Rancho San Rafael Regional Park.

Guided Walking Tours from HRPS - Saturday, June 4, 2016. The first guided walking tour in June from the Historic Reno Preservation Society will be Mansions on the Bluff. Several more walks are scheduled for Tuesdays and Saturdays in June. Join in to learn about many aspects of Reno's colorful history.

Nevada State Fair - Thursday through Sunday, June 9 - 12, 2016. The Nevada State Fair is back after falling on hard times a few years ago. The new fair will be held in the Nevada state capital of Carson City. Family friendly as always, the event will have all the fun things to do fair goers have come to expect, from a midway carnival and rides to livestock and lots of entertainment. Fairgrounds entry and parking are free.

2016 Octane Fest - Thursday through Sunday, June 9 - 12, 2016. Three different high-powered events are sure to get your adrenaline pumping. Events include King of the West Sprint Cars, top fuel drag racing, demolition derby, a jamboree with monster trucks, truck and tractor pull, freestyle motocross and fireworks finale. Events are at different venues in Fallon, 60 miles east of Reno/Sparks. Visit the Octane Fest schedule for all the details.

Tour de Nez - Saturday, June 11, 2016. Professional bicycle criterium racing, handcycle racing and other events come to downtown Reno. This is a great spectator event with lots to see and do. For fun, there will be events like the Kids Race and Klunker Classic. Racing starts at 8 a.m. and goes all day to the championship finals in the evening.

Science Saturdays at the National Automobile Museum - Saturday, June 11, 2016. Join in on an adventure that is out of this world - "Roving Mars with Wendy Calvin." 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.

Arch Rivals Superhero Run - Saturday, June 11, 2016. Be whatever superhero (or villian) you want to be during this out-and-back fun run along the Truckee River. The race begins at 4 p.m. and the start-finish is at City Plaza next to the new Virginia Street Bridge. Register as early as you can - prices keep going up as race day approaches. After the race, there will be an after-party at Shelter Bar (21+) near the start-finish. If you like this sort of thing, check out "Beer Crawls in Reno" for more events throughout the year.

Kids Free Fishing Day - Saturday, June 11, 2016. Kids Free Fishing Day at Sparks Marina Park gives them the opportunity to catch their first fish. Free fishing poles for all kids who register. Fishing will be from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sponsored by Rotary Club of Sparks. During Nevada's annual Free Fishing Day, anglers may fish in any public fishing water in the state without needing a fishing license or trout stamp. All limits and other regulations apply.

Hands ON! Second Saturdays - Saturday, June 11, 2016. Come to the Nevada Museum of Art for a day of fun family activities and free admission for all. The theme varies for each Second Saturday, but there are always arts and crafts for kids and other special activities. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

"Discover Nevada State Parks" Day - Saturday, June 11, 2016. Park visitors will receive free day use admission and free fishing (no license required) at all of Nevada's 23 State Parks. Discover Nevada State Parks day is also an opportunity for visitors to take the passport challenge and add a stamp to their Nevada State Parks passport booklet, or if they don’t have one yet, to pick one up while visiting a state park. Once visitors have their passports stamped at 15 different parks, they will earn a free annual pass to all Nevada State Parks.

Cowboy Crawl - Saturday, June 11, 2016. The Cowboy Crawl is on Victorian Square in Sparks. Get your cowboy (and cowgirl) on while you ride between several participating watering holes. This country/western pub crawl includes dancing, mechanical bull riding and more. Cowboy Crawl cups are $5.40 purchased online.

Summer Music Series at Lazy 5 Regional Park - Wednesday, June 15, 2016. The first concert of the series will be an evening of Motown R&B with Escalade. Other concerts with a variety of entertainers will follow on Wednesday evenings through August 3. Concerts are free and begin at 6:30 p.m. Bring the family and a picnic to enjoy the show. No pets or glass containers allowed. Lazy 5 Regional Park is at 7100 Pyramid Way out in Spanish Springs.

Reno Rodeo - Thursday through Saturday, June 16 - 25, 2016. The Reno Rodeo is a huge event with lots of activities and things to do for the whole family in addition to the rodeo itself. You don't need to be a buckaroo to enjoy the fun and action at the "Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West."

Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews & Blues Festival - Friday and Saturday, June 17 - 18, 2016. The Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival is equal parts barbecue block party, microbrew tasting event with more than 40 microbrews from around the world and music festival with two stages featuring nonstop rock and blues. It's free to attend and enjoy the sights, sounds, and music in downtown Reno, but you'll have to bring money for the brews and BBQ. The party runs from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday.

28th Annual Juneteenth Celebration - Saturday, June 18, 2016. Juneteenth is the day African-Americans celebrate their independence. The Northern Nevada Black Cultural Awareness Society (NNBCAS) invites the entire community to join this celebration with a festival of music, arts, ethnic food, crafts, and entertainment. The event will be in Wingfield Park in downtown Reno.

Reno Wine Walk - Saturday, June 18, 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).

Father's Day - Sunday, June 19, 2016. There are lots of fun things you can do to treat your Dad on his special day.

First Day of Summer - Monday, June 20, 2016.

Monthly Reno Beer Crawl - Saturday, June 25, 2016. 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.

2016 Barracuda Championship PGA Golf Tournament - Monday through Sunday, June 27 to July 3, 2016. This Reno's big time PGA golf tournament, played at Montrêux Golf & Country Club in the Galena area of south Reno. Go to my article for information about attending the event - tickets, parking, spectator information, and more. If you are a golf fan, this event is for you.

Artown Opening Night Jubilee - Thursday, June 30, 2016. This big free event in Wingfield Park starts the 21st annual Artown festival in Reno. Come enjoy an evening of free music and other activities, then enjoy Artown events throughout the whole month of July.

PTSD Discussion Group Meetings - Wednesdays, June 8 and 22, 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 including EMT's and paramedics. This discussion group IS NOT formal therapy and is based on the original model of gatherings of Vietnam veterans before PTSD was recognized as a treatable condition by the VA or civilian medical community. VFW Post 9211 is located a block west of the Virginia Street / Moana lane intersection, adjacent to the baseball fields. The Post number is (775) 825-7007. Any questions should be directed to the Post Surgeon, Dr. Schwartz at (775) 409-4561.

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