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.
The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series will be held for its third year in a row. Event better for 2014, Wild West Motorsports Park will host 2 LOORS events. The first round for WWMP is May 30-31. 900 horsepower trucks will be racing door to door at the Wild West Motorsports Park. The Lucas series is like NASCAR, NHRA, MONSTER TRUCKS and UFC fighting rolled into one action packed show.
Help homeless dogs and cats while having a great time at the Nevada Humane Society Pet Walk at the Sparks Marina! Details
On Saturday, May 3 Lowe’s will host Truckee Meadows Habitat for Humanity’s 2nd Annual Playhouse Build-a-Thon. Volunteer teams will compete in building playhouses that will be sold at Lowe’s in an effort to raise donations and awareness for Truckee Meadows Habitat for Humanity. This event will be in front of the Lowe’s in Legends in Sparks from 9am-5pm, Judging for the best Playhouse will occur promptly at 4:30pm!
This fun, family friendly Playhouse Build-a-Thon will be free to the public. The public will also have the chance to cast their cash donation vote for the best playhouse, buy raffle tickets to win one of two playhouses raffled off at the event, participate in carnival games, buy any of the playhouses built, watch as teams build playhouses, all while enjoying food and live entertainment.
Food to include, the Waffle Wagon food truck and Papa Murphy’s pizza. Raffle Prizes to include a basket of tools from Lowe’s, a gift cards to Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria, Olive Garden, Target, Scheels and much more. Watch as volunteers from Lennar Homes, Creative Gardens, and more compete to build playhouses. Enter for a change to win one of two playhouses built by Lowe’s stores of Northern Nevada and Truckee Meadows Habitat for Humanity.
Truckee Meadows Habitat for Humanity has been in operation locally since 1991 and has built over 30 homes for local low-income families. “We are excited to give the local community a hands-on experience that will help families get into a home of their own.” –Christine Price, Executive Director of Truckee Meadows Habitat for Humanity.
For more information about the 2nd Annual Playhouse Build-a-Thon,
Astronomy Day at Sparks Marina - Come by and see the sun through solar telescope. Solar flares, sun spots, and prominences will be on display. That night Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars will be a delight to your eyes. The Orion Nebula will be your prime deep space object for the night’s viewing. A great variety of telescopes will be on display for use by the public. Refractors and reflectors from 4 inches to a giant 20 inch mirror telescope can be used by the public. There will be an 8 PM raffle for a simple to use but powerful 6 inch mirrored telescope. Yes, you can see the rings of Saturn with it! One dollar a ticket. 20 tickets gets you a free 1 year Membership. Stop by and see several displays on astronomy and astronomical events. FREE handout for the public too. Do you want to see forever? Come by Sparks Marina May 10 from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Details: www.astronomynv.org