- become a KTMB Beautiful Business
- volunteer by yourself, or with your co-workers or community organization (volunteer signups coming soon!)
- enter our photo contest, The Weirdest Thing I’ve Found, by posting photos on ourFacebook or Twitter pages
The holiday season is here and Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful's Christmas Tree Recycling program is just around the corner. Help keep our community clean by recycling your Christmas Tree at Shadow Mountain Sports Complex in Sparks every day from Friday, December 26 through Sunday, January 11, 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. A $3 donation is requested to cover the cost of the program, and every donation is matched dollar for dollar by the NV Energy Foundation Wreaths, fake and flocked trees are not accepted. Mulch is used for weed abatement and soil erosion projects at area parks so please make sure trees are clean. Volunteers are also needed to cover daily shifts throughout the duration of the program. To volunteer, visit ktmb.org/volunteer to register online or call Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful at 851-5185 for more information.
Crafts for Christmas
Friday, November 28 – Noon to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 29 – 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 30 – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
JA Nugget and Williams LLC presents: Crafts for Christmas
A wide variety of Christmas Craft & Gift Booths Christmas Food Demonstrations
Sparks Florist Holiday Arrangement Making Exhibitions
Holiday Performance by Local Youth Bands & Dance Groups Caroling by the Great Basin Carolers
The Polar Express Read by Teri Geer, Enzo and Piper
Gift wrapping with donation to Spanish Springs High School Band
Christmas Food & Cheer
And a free visit with Santa Claus from noon – 3:00 p.m.
Free admission – Free parking
For more information: 356-3300
Sparks Annual Hometowne Christmas Celebration
The City of Sparks is well known for their events - “It’s Happening Here,” as the city’s motto suggests. From fundraising walks at the Marina to car shows downtown to 4th of July, we find ways to celebrate heritage, culture, food, sports, and the grand-daddy holiday of them all, Christmas. This year, the Sparks Hometowne Christmas parade is a celebration of all special events. This year’s theme is “It’s Happening Here All Year Round: A Celebration of Our Hometowne Events!” Parade goers can expect Santa on a jet ski, snowmen eating ribs, and elves driving a sweet ’65 Mustang.
Come downtown on Saturday, December 6, 2014 for a traditional Christmas parade along with entertainment, photos with Santa, and arts and crafts. The tree lighting ceremony will be the night of Friday, December 5, 2014 with the parade on Saturday at 1:00pm.
Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday December 5, 2014 6:30-7:00 pm
Gather ‘round the tree as Mayor Martini turns on the glorious lights on the tree. Event includes carolers and great entertainment. New surprises are afoot. Come and be a part of the fun.
Hometowne Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Come down early and get hot chocolate compliments of Living Stones Church. Check in on Santa at Santa’s Village at the Schoolhouse, the elves at the Boys and Girls Clubs keep the Santa in the “ho-ho-ho” mood. Enjoy great Christmas shopping (and get out of the cold) at the Hometowne Craft Faire in the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, Victorian and Pyramid Highway.
Our fee structure for applicants is as follows:
Early Registration 07/03/2014 – 09/08/2014 $35*
Regular Registration 09/09/2014 – 11/10/2014 $40*
Late Registration 11/11/2014 – 11/30/2014 $60 *
Week-of-Event 12/01/2014 – 12/02/2014 $100*
*Please, be aware that EventBrite also includes a small fee for online payments.
Interested craft vendors wanting more information about participating in the Hometowne Craft Faire can contact Shelly Jackson . Products must be hand crafted. No buy and sell or multilevel marketing.
We are not accepting any applications for food vendor booths.
The Scheels Turkey Trot at the Sparks Marina has become a Thanksgiving tradition in the Truckee Meadows. It's a great place to spend time with family and friends, and a healthy way to start a day usually filled with a whole lot of eating. The Thanksgiving Day event starts and finishes in the parking lot of Scheels at Legends at Sparks Marina. Participants can choose from a 10K (6.2 miles) run (timed) or a 2-mile walk or run (not timed). The courses are user-friendly for both runners and walkers. The 10K race begins at 8:30 a.m. and will utilize city streets and the local bike path. The 2-mile run/walk will start at Scheels and circle around the Sparks Marina Park. Register online at active.com or download the entry form here. Cost: $25 by November 20, $30 online only November 21 -23, or $40 November 24-26 at pre-packet pick up only (9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.). $60 registration on race day.
For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (775) 353-7898.
Swing your club for a good cause at the Sparks Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament, happening October 24 at 10:00 a.m. at the Resort at Red Hawk on The Lakes Course. Proceeds from this annual event benefit at-risk youth in the community who have limited access to recreational programs due to financial hardships.
Now in its 12th year, the Mayor's Cup features a four-person scramble format and plenty of fun with hole-in-one prizes and contests for closest to the hole and longest drive. Lunch and awards will follow play. The entry fee is $100 per player. Hole sponsorships with signage are also available for $100 each.
Registration for the Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament ends October 20. Entry forms are available online at www.sparksrec.comor at any City of Sparks recreation facility, as well as at Sparks City Hall, 431 Prater Way.
For more information, call (775) 353-7857 or email email@example.com. The Resort at Red Hawk is located at 6600 N. Wingfield Parkway in Sparks.
Discover Your Parks Weekly Walk highlights Wedekind Park on July 24. It's probably gonna be hot on this one, so be sure to bring your hat, sun screen and some extra water! We'll be exploring 1.2 miles of some of the last open space in Sparks. Great views from a lookout are attained after moderate climb of a few hundred yards. We'll look at what desert species can survive three years of drought and discuss the mining history of this interesting area.
Directions: There are two trailheads to Wedekind Park. We are accessing from the southern trailhead at 4th Street. From 395 North, take exit 70B and merge onto McCarran Blvd heading East. Turn left (north) onto Pyramid Way and take your first right onto Emerson Way. Turn left (north) onto 4th St. and follow that until it dead ends at the Trail Head. We'll see you there! Note: There is no address, but 3800 4th St. Sparks, NV 89431 should work for your GPS and google maps (not so much on Mapquest).
A special NV150 birthday bash, this year the Western Heritage Festival celebrates everything that makes Nevada unique. Featuring the industries that built Nevada – Ranching, Mining, Railroading, Gaming and the Military. Celebrate 150 years ofNevada’s history and heritage with live music, cowboy poets,crafters, hands on demonstrations, children’s activities,
The Western Heritage Festival is a free to the public event drawing local and regional residents together to gain an understanding and appreciation of traditional Nevada arts and culture through experiential learning.
Demonstrations in basketmaking, spinning and weaving, quilting, saddle making, etc. are planned. Additional activities will include children’s dummy roping, stick horse barrel racing, antique engine displays and square dancing. Throughout the afternoon stage performances highlight cowboy poets, musicians and dancers.
The Western Heritage Festival has something for the whole family from tiny tikes to Grandpa. A shopping extravaganza of hand crafted goods including native beadwork, clothing, pottery, paintings, saddles, leather goods, homemade jams and much more.
Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation in cooperation with the City of Sparks, Washoe County and the City of Reno, will be leading interpretive hikes in area parks every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. this summer as part of the Discover Your Parks Series. Explore a new park and learn about the unique and varied natural and cultural history of each location. Plan on spending a little more than one hour on the walk. Distances range from .5 miles to 1.5 miles. The next hike will be at the Sparks Marina Park on June 12. The walks are free and open to everyone.
Schedule of featured parks:
June 12, Sparks Marina Park, 300 Howard Drive
June 19, Sun Valley Regional Park
June 26, Virginia Lake Park
July 3, Rock Park, 1515 S. Rock Blvd.
July 10, Bartley Ranch Regional Park
July 17, Oxbow Nature Study Area Trail
July 24, Wedekind Regional Park, 11 Disc Drive
July 31, Rancho San Rafael and May Museum Tour
August 7, Paradise Park
August 14, Pah Rah Trail and Golden Eagle Sports Complex, 6400 Vista Blvd.
August 21, Crystal Peak Park
August 28, Tom Cooke Trail
To learn more about the Discover Your Parks Series go to www.tmparksfoundation.org.