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March 2016 Events and Activities in the Reno Region

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Gardening in Nevada: The Bartley Ranch Series - Tuesday, March 1, 2016. This free class is titled "Training and Pruning Fruit Trees," presented by Certified Arborist and Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Michael Janik. He will discuss the basics of fruit tree pruning, pruning to maximize production and the art of espalier (training fruit trees to grow on trellises or against a flat surface). Classes are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bartley Ranch Regional Park in Reno.

Art Walk Reno - Thursday, March 3, 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.

Monster Jam - Friday through Sunday, March 4 - 6, 2016. See the huge trucks put on a great, family-friendly show. Check the website for times each day and tickets. Monster Jam will be in the Main Arena at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center, 1350 N. Wells Avenue in Reno.

North Lake Tahoe Snowfest - March 8 - 13, 2016. Centered in the North Lake Tahoe area, SnowFest is a ten day winter carnival celebrating life in the High Sierra, with events and activities for all ages. Snow events will be at Squaw Valley USA, Alpine Meadows, Homewood, Diamond Peak, and Northstar California. Participate in special events, parades, races, parties, concerts, theater, dining, drinking, and more. See what's happening and when with the SnowFest Events Calendar.

International Women's Day - Tuesday, March 8, 2016. Come and celebrate International Women's Day and the Power of Womanhood in a fun and relaxed atmosphere at MidTown Wine Bar. Enjoy drinks, appetizers, Jeopardy, and Bingo games with fun prizes during a wonderful evening from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are available online. MidTown Wine Bar is at 1527 South Virginia Street in Reno. Sponsored by Worldwide Partnership, Inc.

Discover Science Lecture Series - Wednesday, March 10, 2016. Ethnobotanist Paul Cox travels the world searching for plants that will lead to curing diseases. His free lecture will be at 7 p.m. in the Redfield Auditorium in the Davidson Mathematics and Science Center on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

Fido Fest at Nevada Humane Society - Saturday, March 12, 2016. Fido Fest is a "Celebration of All Things Dog," bringing together local businesses and adoptable dogs for one big celebration. The free event will be at The Summit in South Reno. Adoptable dogs and vendors will be located in the Center Plaza between Vans and Tilly's. Fido Fest runs from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Fido Fest will include a Dog Marketplace, dogs available for adoption, and special deals and giveaways at various Summit stores. A Fido Fest afterparty will be at Nevada Humane Society until 6:30 p.m., 2825 Longley Lane in Reno and 3770 Butti Way in Carson City.

"Brave & Free" concert by the Reno Pops Orchestra - Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. The free concert (donations appreciated) will be at Truckee Meadows Community College, 7000 Dandini Boulevard in Reno. The Reno Pops info phone is (775) 673-1234.

Come in from the Cold Family Entertainment Series - Weekly performances through March 12, 2016. "Come in from the Cold" is held on Saturday evenings in the Western Heritage Interpretive Center at Bartley Ranch Regional Park in Reno. The doors open at 5 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.

Science Saturdays at the National Automobile Museum - Saturday, March 12, 2016. Join in on an adventure that is out of this world - "Chasing Storms on Mars." 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.

Hands ON! Second Saturdays - Saturday, March 12, 2016. Come to the Nevada Museum of Art for a day of fun activities and free admission for all. The March program is "Horsing Around," related to a new exhibit named "The Horse." Enjoy live performances, hands-on art activities and storytelling in this free monthly program for families. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wolf Pack Yo' Basket - Saturday, March 12, 2016. Free Easter Egg hunt and spring celebration, hosted by Argenta Hall at the University of Nevada, Reno. The festivities will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Washoe County Library Booksale - March 12 - 20, 2016. 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. Preview day for Friends members is on the first Friday of each sale period, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. If you aren't a member, you can join Friends at the door. The sale is open to all every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Leprechaun Crawl - Saturday, March 12, 2016. Enjoy a fun roving party while celebrating St. Patrick's Day in downtown Reno. Crawling starts at 8 p.m. and goes all night to 6 a.m. for those who last that long. For more information, call (775) 342-9565.

Daylight Saving Time Begins - Sunday, March 13, 2016. Set your clocks forward at 2 a.m. on Sunday morning. If you don't plan on being awake then, do it before going to bed on Saturday night.

Leprechaun Race - Sunday, March 13, 2016. See if you can beat the leprechaun to the finish line on this fun race through Reno's Midtown and Wells Avenue districts. Last day to drop off registration in person is Thursday, March 10. Online registration closes Wednesday, March 9. There will be no race day registration. The Leprechaun Race is a benefit for the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum.

St. Patrick's Day - Thursday, March 17, 2016. Lots of parties and green beer all around the Reno / Tahoe region. Check this article because some activities are during the previous weekend of March 12 - 13.

Free Classes about Gardening in Nevada - Continuing every Tuesday through March 29, 2016. Learn from experts about growing a vegetable garden and other plants in northern Nevada. All classes will be at Bartley Ranch Regional Park in Reno.

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.

First Day of Spring - Spring begins with the Equinox on Sunday, March 20, 2016.

Reno Expo 2016 - March 18, 19, 20, 2016. This big event is actually 4 shows for one ticket. All will run simultaneously at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, 4590 S. Virginia Street in Reno. You can get a $5 ticket discount by going online and printing the coupon, then bring it to the show.

Washoe County Schools Spring Break - March 21 through April 1, 2016. Check out all of the cool spring break camps and other fun activities happening during this break in the school action. There are lots of choices, so check it out and sign up early for the best selection of activities and camps.

High Desert Steam Con 2016 - Friday through Sunday, March 18 - 20, 2016. Steam Con comes complete with entertainment, dancing, gaming, art and more. Whether you are new to Steampunk or a seasoned veteran, this is an amazing event and one you just can't miss. You can get tickets online. They come in a variety of prices depending on what you want to do. It will be at The Nugget in Sparks, 1100 Nugget Avenue.

Reno Wine Walk - Saturday, March 19, 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).

69th Annual Kerak Shrine Circus - Friday, March 18 through Sunday, March 20, 2016. The biggest show in town will be at the Reno – Sparks Livestock Events Center, 1350 North Wells Avenue in Reno. Performances will be on Friday at 7 p.m., on Saturday at 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 7 p.m., and on Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. General admission is $14 for children 1 to 12 years and $16 for adults. Reserved and box seats are available at extra cost. For more information, call (775) 856-3330.

Reno's Fabulous Town House and its Cousin, The Country Club - Wednesday, March 23, 2016. This free program is brought to you by the Historic Reno Preservation Society. It is one of a series, with another scheduled in April. 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.

Monthly Reno Beer Crawl - Saturday, March 26, 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.

The Passion according to St. Matthew by J. S. Bach - Saturday, March 19, 2016. Location TBA. Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (TOCCATA) continues its Winter MusicFest with the 11th annual presentation of J. S. Bach's masterpiece, The Passion according to St. Matthew. The program will feature selections from part two of The Passion and will be performed in English. Tickets are available at the door or online. General admission is $25 adults, $20 seniors, $5 students aged 19 to 23 with valid ID. Preferred seating is $35 and $15 for youth/students. Youth under 19 years of age are admitted free, in non-reserved seating, to most regular season concerts in 2015.

  • Sunday, March 19 - St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in south Reno. 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 22 - St. Theresa Catholic Church in South Lake Tahoe. 7 p.m.
  • Friday, March 25 - St. Patrick's Episcopal Church in Incline Village. 7 p.m.

Free Easter Egg Hunts - Saturday, March 26, 2016. There are several free Easter Egg hunts around Reno and up at Lake Tahoe on this day before Easter. Some of these are big productions. Check out my list to find one near you. Note that a few are on Easter Sunday.

Easter Sunday - March 27, 2016.

PTSD Discussion Group Meetings - March 9 and 23, 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.

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