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May 2016 Events and Activities in the Reno Region

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Big events during May, 2016 include...

May is Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month - "Fire-Adapt Your Community". Every action you take at your home or in your community to reduce the wildfire threat and prepare for the next wildfire can help increase the odds of survival. Check the website for related events and other information about wildfire prevention.

Galena Creek Visitor Center - Sunday, May 1, 2016. Summer hours start - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., every day except Mondays. Surrounding Galena Creek Park is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Cinco De Mayo in Reno - Sunday, May 1, 2016. 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 $5 for adults and once you are in the entertainment is free. This is the last day of the weekend event.

Reno Aces Baseball - Sunday, May 1, 2016. The Reno Aces' first home game in May at Aces Ballpark will be vs. the Albuquerque Isotopes. It's an afternoon game starting at 1:05 p.m. More home games in May will include other opponents - Iowa Cubs, Omaha Storm Chasers, and Las Vegas 51s.

Discover Your Parks Walks for Seniors - Thursdays, May 5, 12, 19, 26, 2016. The Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation, together with the Reno Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department, is leading free walks in four different Reno parks during May, 2016. Walks start at 10 a.m. For more information, call (775) 453-0713.

Reno Sculpture Fest - Friday through Sunday, May 6 - 8, 2016. The Reno Sculpture Fest is a free community event featuring larger-than-life sculptures, art and sound stages, live music, late-night afterparties, and a variety of hands-on activities for kids and adults. The event will be held on the ReTrac Plaza in downtown Reno, near the Reno Arch and between the Eldorado Hotel Casino and the Whitney Peak Hotel. Hours each day are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Reno River Festival - Saturday and Sunday, May 7 - 8, 2016. The annual Reno River Festival will be at Wingfield Park in downtown Reno. This event is free to attend and has become one of the top draws among Reno's other big spring, summer, and fall events. This year, a new event open to everyone makes its debut - the Reno River Roll, a casual 5-mile costumed slow ride that starts and finishes at the new Virginia Street Bridge. Also this year, the USA Freestyle Kayaking National Championships will be held at the Reno River Festival.

Mother's Day - Sunday, May 8, 2016. There are numerous events and activities Mom might enjoy on Mother's Day. You can also take her out to one of the Mother's Day dining choices in the Reno area.

May Arboretum Society Hosts Herb Workshop - Wednesday, May 11, 2016. During this hands-on workshop participants will learn how to plant, care for and harvest herbs for cooking. During the evening workshop, participants will create their own herb garden choosing from a Culinary/Italian Garden, Fragrant Garden or Beverage Garden. The cost is $15 for members, $25 for non-members. The workshop will be from 6:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ranch House in San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 North Sierra Street in Reno.

33rd Annual Chili on the Comstock - Saturday and Sunday, May 14 - 15, 2016. Taking place along C Street, Virginia City's main drag, the event promises all the favorite flavors and brings the return of the Fireball Saloon Crawl, music and family-friendly activities. The event runs both days 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring the whole family to enjoy the chili and the Kids Zone, which includes bungee trampoline, giant slide and bounce house.

Science Saturdays at the National Automobile Museum - Saturday, May 14, 2016. Join in on an adventure that is out of this world - "Exploring Planet Earth with Meghan Collins." 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.

Reno Craft Beer Week - Friday through Sunday, May 13 - 22, 2016. A group of pubs, restaurants and breweries in and around northern Nevada are bringing us a series of events and parties to celebrate beer. Some associated events include Backwash at the Freight House District next to Greater Nevada Field (formerly Aces Ballpark), Strange Brew Festival, Bottomless Craft Beer Brunch at The Depot, and lots more all week. Check out the website for all event dates and details.

Hands ON! Second Saturdays - Saturday, May 14, 2016. Come to the Nevada Museum of Art for a day of fun family activities and free admission for all. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Washoe County Library Booksale - Saturday through Sunday, May 14 - 22, 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.

Bike Week - Saturday through Friday, May 14 - 20, 2016. This weeklong bicycle awareness campaign is put on by the Truckee Meadows Bicycle Alliance and focuses on promoting healthy living and physical fitness through active transportation. There will be lots of free events with perks and prizes. There is way too much going on to list here - go to the Bike Week website to learn about local bike shops, the events, clinics, contests and prizes, families and kids, and much more.

Reno Craft Beer Week - Friday to Sunday, May 13 - 22, 2016. This is a collection of individual beer events all over the Reno and Sparks area in a variety of pubs, restaurants, and breweries. Go to the website for a list of beer week events.

Hot August Nights Spring Fever Revival - Friday through Sunday, May 20 - 22, 2016. The streets of downtown Reno will be packed full of classic cars, food and beverage booths, memorabilia, street faire vendors, a Celebrity Show-n-Shine with the winners at Greater Nevada Field prior to the Reno Aces baseball game. This event is open to all 1976 and older vehicles, with free entry for all Hot August Nights 2016 registered car participants. The entry fee for non-registered participants is $35. It's free for the public to attend and enjoy the fun. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Reno Street Food - Party in the Park - Friday, May 20, 2016. Come to Reno's Idlewild Park for an evening of fun, music, and lots of good things to eat and drink from Reno's fleet of food trucks. It's free to come enjoy the park from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., but the food and drink are for sale. The Idlewild Park train will be running during this event. Go to "Food Trucks and Food Truck Events in Reno and Sparks" for information about more food truck events.

Epic Crawl and Lightsabre Battle - Saturday, May 21, 2016. Come crawl Reno dressed in your favorite cosplay costume from the movies, video games, sci fi, fantasy or whatever. Bring your lightsabre to participate in a massive battle in downtown Reno before starting the crawl. Visit the website for all the details. Check out "Beer Crawls in Reno" for information about more events like this, including the famous Reno Santa Crawl in December.

Spring Wings Festival in Fallon - Friday and Saturday, May 20 - 21, 2016. Spring Wings is an annual celebration of shorebird and waterfowl migration through the Lahontan Valley of north-central America. Take part in guided tours, visit interactive and informative exhibits, see special talks and demonstrations and discover nature through hands on activities. Event headquarters is at the Churchill County multi-purpose building is at 225 Sheckler Road in Fallon. For more information, call (775) 423-5128.

Reno Wine Walk - Saturday, May 21, 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).

Mark Wellman's Adventure Day at The Marina - Sunday, May 22, 2016. People with disabilities and their friends and family members are invited to explore summertime sports at the Adventure Day event at Sparks Marina Park. The free event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with hand-cycling, kayaking, sailing, and adapted rock climbing in a fun, safe environment. For more information, call (775) 353-7815. Learn about more recreational opportunities in Sparks from the "Sparks Recreation Activity Guide."

Monthly Reno Beer Crawl - Saturday, May 28, 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.

Giant Yard Sale at Nevada Humane Society - Saturday and Sunday, May 28 - 29, 2016. Shop for a variety of treasures generously donated by the community. Proceeds benefit homeless pets. The yard sale will take place in the parking lot behind Nevada Humane Society, located at 2825 Longley Lane in Reno, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (no early birds, please). Goodies for sale will include furniture, kitchen items, art, interior decorations, tools, jewelry and accessories, pet items and more.

Wildfire Awareness Half Marathon and 5K Run - Sunday, May 29, 2016. The Bureau of Land Management, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Desert Sky Adventures and others present a half marathon and 5K-Trail Run in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park as part of Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month. This event is open to the public and highlights trails in park. The cost is $40 and limited to 300 participants. To register or for more information, go to Desert Sky Adventures. All proceeds will be donated to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.

Memorial Day Weekend - Memorial Day is observed on May 30, 2016, but there are numerous activities and events around Reno during this first big holiday weekend of the year.

PTSD Discussion Group Meetings - Wednesdays, May 11 and 25, 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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