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November 2016 Events and Activities in the Reno Region

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Daylight Saving Time ends - Sunday, November 6, 2016. Set clocks back 1 hour.

Off Beat Arts and Music Festival - Thursday through Sunday, November 3 - 6, 2016. This 2nd annual festival will feature 100+ bands and solo artists at 14 venues around town. Most acts are local, but some are coming from New York, Oakland, San Francisco, and London. Some venues are all-ages, the others being 21+. There are various ticket options depending on what you want to see and do. Ticket information is available online.

Chemistry of the Cocktail at The Discovery - Friday, November 4, 2016, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Learn about the artistry of mixology by taking a hands-on look at the science behind the craft of tiki-themed cocktails. At The Discovery's premier annual fundraising event, explore your favorite libations in ways you've never experienced before. Add to that delicious fare from local culinary hot spots, silent and live auctions, and museum exploration. This is an adults-only fundraiser for The Discovery, 490 S. Center Street in Reno. Tickets are $95 or $150 for the VIP experience. (775) 786-1000.

Fall Showcase with Note-Able Music Therapy Services - Saturday, November 5, 2016. Over 100 of the participants of Note-Able Music Therapy Services will be performing their hearts out on the big stage at the Nugget Celebrity Showroom, 1100 Nugget Avenue in Sparks. The evening will be full of music, dance, and joy. Please join us for one of the most heart-warming events of the year. The show is from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $12, kids 5 and under are free. Tickets are available online or by calling (775) 324-5521.

Free Fall Photo Hikes - Saturday, November 5, 2016. Join Washoe County park rangers to explore some of the Reno area's most scenic hiking trails. These hikes provide amateur photographers and hiking enthusiasts with the opportunity to capture their own spectacular fall photography. This final hike in the series is the Galena Creek Trail.

TMPF Talks: After Dark - Saturday, November 5, 2016, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Presented by Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation, this free and open to the public event will include guest speakers who will answer your probing questions about the cosmos. Speakers are members of the Astronomical Society of Nevada. It will be at Laxalt Auditorium: Warren Nelson Building, 401 W. 2nd Street in Reno. (775) 453-0836.

Run with the Girls - Sunday, November 6, 2016. Choose from a 5K walk or run or a 10K run. A portion of the proceeds go to Girls on the Run-Sierras program. Boy and men are encouraged to run or walk, too. This is a great event for competitive runners, recreational runners, race rookies, event veterans and walkers of all abilities. It will be at Damonte Ranch High School in south Reno, starting at 8:30 a.m. Visit the website for registration and cost details. (775) 825-3399.

Downtown Reno Ice Rink at Greater Nevada Field - opens for the season on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. On opening day for the 2016-2017 season, Reno's ice skating rink will offer skating from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. After that, ice skating sessions will be available daily (weather and ice conditions permitting) through January. Check the "Reno Ice Skating Rink Schedule" for more details.

Biggest Little Theatre Festival at Brüka Theatre - Thursday through Sunday, November 10 - 13, 2016. Enjoy one or all of various performances at Reno's downtown live performance theater. Visit the website for the schedule of dates, times, and plays. For ticket information and reservations, call (775) 323-3221. Box office hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Reno Veterans Day Parade - Friday, November 11, 2016. Honor our troops and enjoy this parade of ROTC groups from regional high schools, university and high school marching bands, honor guards and other groups representing all the services, other groups wanting to honor the military service of our veterans, and groups representing various veterans' organizations. The parade traditionally gets underway at 11:11 a.m. and marches down Virginia Street through downtown Reno.

Barrels & Bites benefit for the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows - Friday, November 11, 2016. Northern Nevada's premier event for food, wine, beer and spirit connoisseurs. In addition to more than 500 wines from world-renowned vineyards, attendees sample fine beers, spirits, specialty cocktails and cuisine within themed areas in the venue. A silent and live auction with all proceeds benefiting the Boys & Girls Club. Tickets are $50 in advance, $65 at the door. The event is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Tuscany Ballroom at the Peppermill Reno, 2707 S. Virginia St.

UNR Ski Swap - Friday and Saturday, November 11 - 12, 2016. The UNR Ski Swap is the place to buy used winter sports and recreation gear and sell the stuff you no longer need or use. The event will be at the Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. Second Street in Reno. Get information about times and tickets from the website. If you want to be a seller, visit Sell Your Gear for details. The event is a fund raiser for the UNR Winter Sports Club.

Artisan Craft Fair by Reno Gem & Mineral Society - Friday through Sunday, November 11 - 13, 2016. Local artists and members of the Society will be selling creations of jewelry, home decor, and much more. Many of the items are made from stones found from around Nevada. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. At the Reno Town Mall, corner Peckham Lane and S. Virginia Street. Free admission and parking.

Wolf Pack Football - Saturday, November 12, 2016. The Nevada Wolf Pack football team takes on the San Diego State Aztecs at Mackay Stadium in Reno. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Go Pack!

Hands ON! Second Saturdays - Saturday, November 12, 2016. Come to the Nevada Museum of Art for a day of fun family activities and free admission for all. The theme on this Second Saturday is "Fall Fun" with the Washoe County Library System as co-host. Enjoy free admission and activities at the Museum. Participate in hands-on art projects and storytelling. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Science Saturdays at the National Automobile Museum - Saturday, November 12, 2016. Join in on the adventures that are out of this world, with "Uncovering Secrets of the Sun." Admission is $12 per person for children and adults, which also includes admission to the Museum. For participants age 8 and up. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required approximately two days before the event. Call the Museum at (775) 333-9300 for more information.

Library Book Sale - Saturday through Sunday, November 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. A day for Friends members only is on Friday, November 11, 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.

Holiday Senior Giving and Stuff a Bus Program - Tuesday, November 15 through Wednesday, December 7, 2016. The City of Reno, Washoe County, the Reno Aces and the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) are partnering to sponsor this program. The purpose is to help collect new, unused items to help senior citizens in our community. All appropriate donations will be delivered to Washoe County Senior Services for distribution to our seniors in need. On Wednesday, December 7, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., we'll wrap things up by "stuffing" an RTC bus parked at Greater Nevada Field. Bring by a new item to help stuff the bus and receive a free ice skate rental coupon valid for certain days in December and January. Visit the website for a list of suggested items to donate. Donations can be dropped of between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday - Friday, at Stuff a Bus barrels at the following Reno locations:

  • Reno City Hall, 1st and 2nd floors - 1 East First Street
  • Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center - 1301 Valley Road
  • Teglia's Paradise Park - 2745 Elementary Drive
  • Washoe County Administrative Building - 1001 E. Ninth Street, Building A
  • RTC Administrative Offices - 1105 Terminal Way

Polar Express on the V&T Railroad - First trip in 2016 is on Thursday, November 17. Plan ahead - getting advance tickets is a must for those wanting to ride the Polar Express to the North Pole this holiday season.

Home 4 the Holidays - November 18, 2016 through January 1, 2017. There's no place like Home for the Holidays and Nevada Humane Society is asking for your help in finding homes for 1,200 dogs and cats during the Home 4 the Holidays Pet Adoption Drive. Adoptions are available at Nevada Humane Society shelters in both Reno and Carson City. (775) 856-2000.

Reno Bighorns Basketball - Saturday, November 19, 2016. The Reno Bighorns open their season at the Reno Events Center with a game against the Oklahoma City Blue. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.

Wolf Pack Football - Saturday, November 19, 2016. The Nevada Wolf Pack football team takes on the Utah State Aggies at Mackay Stadium in Reno. Kickoff is TBA. Go Pack!

Meet the Turkeys Family Open House at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park - Saturday, November 19, 2016. Celebrate the season of the turkey by bringing the family to Rancho San Rafael Regional Park for this free event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Activities include crafts and activities inside the Discovery Room, a scavenger hunt, and a chance to meet some live turkeys. Bring your camera for fall and Thanksgiving photos with the turkeys.

Home 4 the Holidays Craft Fair - Saturday, November 19, 2016. Home 4 the Holidays Craft Fair will feature a wide variety of local vendors selling handcrafted art, jewelry, and many pet related gifts and pet supplies that will make great holiday gifts for the animal lovers on your shopping list. Participating artists will be contributing a percentage of their sales to help the homeless pets at Nevada Humane Society. Event is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2825 Longley Lane in Reno. (775)856-2000 x335.

Tipsy Turkey Wine Walk - Saturday, November 19, 2016. The Riverwalk Merchants present this fun event every third Saturday of the month. In November, it's themed for Thanksgiving and costumes are encouraged. Visit any of the start locations 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 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. This is a 21+ event. Pets and strollers are not advised. For more information, call (775) 825-WALK (9255).

Lights Up at The Summit - Saturday, November 19, 2016. The Lights Up celebration will include the official lighting of The Summit's holiday decorations and tree, arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, a live concert from Hunsberger Elementary School and JamPro Music Factory students, a fireworks show, free hayrides, enter-to-win prize packages, and more. The event will be at Center Plaza near Vans and Tilly's, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Summit is at the corner of Mt. Rose Highway and S. Virginia Street.

Pie it Forward Bake Sale - Sunday, November 20, 2016. This bake sale, a fundraising event for the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, will be at the Peppermill, 2707 S. Virginia Street in Reno. Get fresh baked pumpkin pies for only $5. Pies will be available for purchase from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the hotel lobby next to the Bell Desk. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Food Bank.

Thanksgiving Day Weekend - Thursday, November 24, 2016. There are lots of things to do on Thanksgiving Day and throughout the Thanksgiving weekend.

Dining Out on Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, November 24, 2016. Reno area hotel/casinos and some restaurants put on big spreads for Thanksgiving dinner. Look these over if eating out sounds better than cooking all day and then cleaning up.

Magic of Christmas Parade - Friday, November 25, 2016. This is a long-time tradition here at Shoppers Square. Come to this free event at 11 a.m. and see holiday characters, marching bands, and more at Reno's only Christmas parade. The big finale will feature a visit from Santa Claus. Shoppers Square is at the corner of S. Virginia Street and E. Plumb Lane in Reno.

Crafts for Christmas - Friday through Sunday, November 25 - 27, 2016. Come to The Nugget in Sparks to shop among over 100 craft and gift booths at this annual marketplace. Enjoy cooking, cocktail, and floral arranging demonstrations. Santa will visit and there will be activities for kids. Free admission and parking. Friday 12 noon to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Buttcracker 7 - Ozmosis - Friday and Saturday, November 25 - 26, 2016. Brüka Theatre presents the ridiculous parody: "Buttcracker 7 – Ozmosis," based on the holiday favorite "The Nutcracker." Suggested for ages 8 and up. Advance tickets are $20 for students, seniors and military, $22 general admission. All tickets are $25 at the door. Shows start at 8 p.m. Reservations are available through the box office at (775) 323-3221. Tickets available online from Brown Paper Tickets.

Black Friday in Midtown - Friday, November 25, 2016, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shop local and help others in our community. Donate $20 and receive a limited-edition Black Friday in Midtown shopping pass. With this pass, you will receive freebies and discounts at over 30 Midtown merchants, restaurants, and bars. All proceeds benefit students in need at Mount Rose School / Children in Transition.

Small Business Saturday - Saturday, November 26, 2016. Forget the Black Friday shopping frenzy after Thanksgiving. Use your shopping time and dollars to support locally owned businesses in the Reno area - keep your money here in the Truckee Meadows to improve our own economy and support your friends and neighbors rather than faceless corporations sucking money out of Nevada. The Small Business Saturday website has information for both business owners and shoppers.

Pray for Snow Beer Crawl - Saturday, November 26, 2016. Join the fun for a special edition of the monthly Reno beer crawl. Added attractions will include chances to win free passes and snow gear. 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, but you can buy tickets online if you wish. Crawling is from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

PTSD Discussion Group Meetings - Wednesdays, November 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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