City Of Sparks

Special Events

Dec 31 2013 - 9:00am - Jan 12 2014 - 4:30pm

For the 23rd year, KTMB’s Christmas Tree Recycling program begins the day after Christmas at three locations for residents ready to recycle their trees: Bartley Ranch Regional Park and Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno, and Shadow Mountain Sports Complex in Sparks. The drop-off will be at a new location – in the Pagoda parking lot – at Rancho San Rafael this year.

“Our volunteers look forward to this program every year,” said Jaime Souza, program manager at Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB). “Everyone is in the holiday spirit, and you come home smelling like Christmas trees. But with about 10,000 people recycling trees every year, we always need more help.”

Locations will be open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Dec. 26, 2013-Jan. 12, 2014, and groups or individuals who are interested in volunteering can sign up at Trees must be free of any decorations, tinsel, lights, stands, and not flocked (covered in fake snow).

A $3 donation is asked to cover the cost of the program, and every donation is matched dollar for dollar again this year by the NV Energy Foundation. Recycled trees are chipped into mulch, and used year-round for weed- and erosion-abatement projects. Residents can also pick up free mulch at Bartley Ranch and Rancho San Rafael after the program is over.

KTMB’s Christmas Tree Recycling program is open to residents only, and no commercial drop-offs will be accepted. Commercial tree lots are encouraged to contact RT Donovan (Sparks) or Full Circle Compost (Minden) for disposal of excess trees.

In 2014, KTMB will celebrate 25 years of stewardship in the Truckee Meadows, and Christmas Tree Recycling is the sixth event in KTMB’s 25for25 Silver Celebration (#25for25). KTMB’s Christmas Tree Recycling is sponsored by NV Energy and is coordinated by Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful in partnership with the cities of Reno and Sparks, City of Reno Urban Forestry, City of Sparks Parks and Recreation, Washoe County, Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space, Sierra and Truckee Meadows Fire Protection Districts, Waste Management, YP, Allied Nevada Gold, Barrick Gold Corporation, IGT, Nevada State Bank, Signature Landscapes, Sun Valley General Improvement District, Tholl Fence, Washoe County Health District, Wells Fargo, 100.1 The X, and numerous volunteer groups and individuals.

Shadow Mountain Sports Complex, 3300 Sparks Blvd.
Jan 17 2014 - 12:00pm - Jan 19 2014 - 8:00pm
Who: Galaxy Luxury+ IMAX at the Legends
What: Job Fair  – hiring for all positions, floor staff, management &  projection
Where: The Legends Shopping Center – Suite B107 – directly across from the theatre site near Scheels
When: Friday January 17th, Saturday January 18th and Sunday January 19th 12pm – 8pm
Legends Shopping Center – Suite B107
Dec 31 2013 - 6:00pm - Jan 1 2014 - 2:00am

Dec 10 2013 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Public Workshop

 Regional License and Permit Program

Proposed regional technology fee

Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

City of Reno Council Chambers - First Floor, Reno City Hall, 1 East First Street, Reno 

The City of Reno, the City of Sparks and Washoe County, to include the Washoe County Health District, have the unique opportunity to provide regional-centric permitting and licensing services to our customers.  Our permit and license customers expect and demand the full range of on-line services.  Our customers want to have a choice on how they receive their license or permit, either on-line or in person at our service counters.

Unfortunately, with the exception of the City of Reno's building and planning permits, the current permit and license software applications and databases do not support the on-line service expectations of our customers.  Several of these applications are not even able to support the latest technology, such as mobile devices or migration to faster computer hardware platforms.

The three jurisdictions propose to implement a new Regional License and Permit Program.  This regional program will be located in the "cloud" and allow all three jurisdictions to fully leverage the latest in technology and to provide the on-line services expected by our customers.  

Staff from the three jurisdictions, to include the Health District, is proposing a regional technology fee to reimburse some or all of the initial capital outlay expenses to install and implement the regional program.  The regional technology fee will be an additional cost to our customers who will benefit from the regional license and permit program.

Staff is seeking public comments and suggestions on both the Regional License and Permit Program and the proposed regional technology fee.  Staff will provide any public feedback to our respective elected officials as part of future public meetings on the Regional License and Permit Program. 

For more information, please contact:

Michael Chaump, City of Reno Business Relations Manager, at 334-2090 or

Bob Webb, Washoe County Planning Manager, at 328-3623 or


Reno City Council Chambers, 1 East First Street
Dec 10 2013 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Please join us to support the SMS Compassion Fund


December 10, 5-7 pm

Open house reception with light appetizers

John Ascuaga’s Nugget, Orozko Lounge

RSVP to julia@juliaratti.comor call 250-0169


Host Committee

Serving districts that include Sparks Middle School:

Senator Debbie Smith

Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle

Sparks Mayor Geno Martini

Sparks City Councilman Ed Lawson

Washoe County Commissioner Kitty Jung

Washoe County School Trustee John Mayer


And friends of Sparks Middle School:

Assemblyman Skip Daly, SMS graduate

Reno Mayor Bob Cashell

Reno City Councilman Oscar Delgado, SMS graduate

Washoe County Commissioner Marsha Berkbigler, SHS graduate

Washoe County School Trustee Dave Aiazzi, SMS graduate

Sparks City Councilwoman Julia Ratti, Chair of the SMS Compassion Fund Committee


We need your help to provide support to the families and school directly impacted by the tragedy on October 21. The needs far outpace the resources raised to date and support of any amount will make a significant difference. The SMS Compassion Fund is professionally managed by the Community Foundation of Western Nevada with the first grants delivered to families within three weeks of the incident.


Checks can be made to the Community Foundation of Western Nevada. Please put SMS Compassion Fund in the memo line. If you can't join us, checks can be mailed to 1885 S. Arlington Ave., Suite 103, Reno, NV, 89509 or you can make a donation online at


Thank you in advance for any support you can provide.


John Ascuaga's Nugget - Orozko Lounge, 1100 Nugget Avenue
Dec 7 2013 - 11:00pm - 11:30pm
Participants of the City of Sparks Victorian Square Brick program, initiated in 1999, are invited to view the brick display’s new look and location on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 11 a.m. at the bandstand located just west of Bourbon Square Casino on the north side of Victorian Avenue. The Mayor and members of the City Council will be on hand for the presentation.
The original display featured keepsake bricks citizens purchased in memory of loved ones and important events.  The engraved brick tributes were to serve as commemorative plaques for years to come and were located on Victorian Square plaza in a highly visible and popular area for special events.  Heavy foot traffic coupled with weather and other elements caused the brick display to deteriorate and not hold up over time as anticipated. When the City of Sparks completed substantial improvements to the Victorian Plaza last fall, the bricks were removed. 
To provide a more permanent and safe location for the display, all of the original engraved messages were compiled and water cut into aluminum panels. The panels were recently installed at the bandstand located at the northwest corner of Victorian Plaza Circle and Victorian Avenue. 
The City is in the process of returning those bricks deemed presentable and intact.  Although a concerted effort has been made to contact the original purchasers, some have been difficult to locate.  For more information on the status of this process, call (775) 353-7857 or  
Bandstand on Victorian Avenue
Nov 29 2013 - Dec 1 2013

Crafts for Christmas Holiday Shopping Event Returns Thanksgiving Weekend

WHEN:  Fri., Nov. 29, Noon – 6 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 30, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 1, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

WHERE: John Ascuaga’s Nugget Rose Ballroom

COST: Free admission

Reno/Sparks, Nevada – Skip overcrowded Black Friday retail shopping, and spend the official holiday shopping weekend of the year at Crafts For Christmas at John Ascuaga’s Nugget. The holiday gift marketplace is free and open to the public on Thanksgiving weekend in the Rose Ballroom on Friday Nov. 29 through Sunday December 1, 2013.

Shoppers will enjoy more than 100 craft and gift booths, Santa Claus, cooking and cocktail demonstrations, floral arranging demonstrations, Christmas Carolers and much more.

FREE kids’ activities include:

- Visits with Santa from Noon – 3 p.m. each day during the event

- A special reading of The Polar Express by John Ascuaga on Sunday at 1 p.m.

- A Santa’s Workshop area where kids can create holiday artwork

The Nugget has also added a gift wrapping station to benefit Spanish Springs High School.  Volunteers will be on hand to wrap gifts for a donation to their group.

Crafts for Christmas will be open Friday, November 29 from Noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, November 30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, December 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking and admission are free.

Vendors and crafters who are interested in participating can contact Jason Williams at willltd@aol.comor 775-324-6435 for information.

John Ascuaga's Nugget is one of the few family-owned casino resorts left in the country. Founded as a coffee shop with a few slot machines on March 17, 1955, John Ascuaga has built the Nugget into a world-class, full-service gaming resort destination.  

John Ascuaga's Nugget, 1100 Nugget Avenue
Oct 24 2013 - 6:30pm

There will be a Community Prayer Night on Thursday, Oct 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sparks Nazarene Church locatd at 2200 El Rancho Dr. It will be a multi-faith event, led by student ministries from the community. For information, please contact Sparks Nazarene Church, 358-4066. 

Sparks Nazarene Church, 2200 El Rancho Drive - Sparks, NV
Oct 25 2013 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

The City of Sparks, in conjunction with the Washoe County School District, is planning a candlelight vigil to honor the victims of the tragic shooting earlier this week, along with the students and staff at the Sparks Middle School.  The ceremony will offer some community healing and will occur at the Sparks Marina Friday evening, Oct. 25. The vigil will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the peninsula on the west side of the Marina, and the public is invited to attend.

Sparks Marina - 300 Howard Drive
Dec 18 2013 - 2:30pm - 11:00pm

Sparks, NV - The Sparks Parks and Recreation Department's annual day trip to Nevada City for the Victorian Christmas celebration has been scheduled for Dec. 18. Nevada City's landmark historic district is transformed back in time with Christmas melodies and costumed characters taking visitors to another place and time. Participants will be transported by charter buses departing at 2:30 p.m. that day. The trip is for adults only. The cost is $40 per person and there is financial assistance available for eligible Sparks households. Reserve a space by Nov. 27. Details and to register: (775) 353-2376.  

Bus Departs Sparks Senior Center, 97 Richards Way

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