City Of Sparks

Special Events

Oct 10 2013 - Oct 13 2013

Frightmare is Northern Nevada’s Largest Haunted event. Conceived by two of the most recognized names in the industry, Frightmare has entertained more than 100,000 guests here in the Reno, Sparks area. The 2013 season opens on October 3 and runs through October 31 every Thursday - Sunday. The attractions open at 7 p.m.  

Entry fee for a single entrance into the Frightmare haunted house is $15 per person. For all three Frightmare attractions, the price is $20. For those who want a full terrifying experience, VIP tickets, which allow guests to bypass waiting in line, are $25. Group tickets are available and can be purchased online. Frightmare is located at Victorian Square, in front of Century Sparks 14 movie theater.

Location: 
Victorian Square - near Century Sparks 14 movie theater
Oct 3 2013 - Oct 6 2013

Frightmare is Northern Nevada’s Largest Haunted event. Conceived by two of the most recognized names in the industry, Frightmare has entertained more than 100,000 guests here in the Reno, Sparks area. The 2013 season opens on October 3 and runs through October 31 every Thursday - Sunday. The attractions open at 7 p.m.  

Entry fee for a single entrance into the Frightmare haunted house is $15 per person. For all three Frightmare attractions, the price is $20. For those who want a full terrifying experience, VIP tickets, which allow guests to bypass waiting in line, are $25. Group tickets are available and can be purchased online. Frightmare is located at Victorian Square, in front of Century Sparks 14 movie theater.

Location: 
Victorian Square - by Century Sparks 14 movie theater
Nov 1 2013 - 4:30pm - 6:30pm

Jack’s Carnival – A Sparks Community Tradition, 1924-2013. A great fall event with costume contests, carnival games, raffles and a parade. The event is held at Robert Mitchell Elementary School.  For more information email: tcieszko@washoeschools.net

Location: 
Robert Mitchell Elementary School, 1216 Prater Way
Dec 6 2013 - Dec 7 2013

Sparks Annual Hometowne Christmas Parade:

Celebrating 150 years of Nevada Heritage

We’re making all things new by celebrating all things old! Our Hometowne Christmas Parade: Celebrating 150 years of Nevada Heritage will not only kick off our holiday season, but also celebrate the Sesquicentennial - 150 years of Statehood of Nevada!  Come downtown on Saturday, December 7 for a traditional Christmas parade along with entertainment, photos with Santa, and arts and crafts. The tree lighting ceremony will be Friday night with the parade on Saturday at 1pm.

Tree Lighting Ceremony

Friday December 6, 2013 6:30-7:00 pm

Gather ‘round as Mayor Martini turns the lights on the glorious tree. Event includes carolers and great entertainment. New surprises are afoot, come and be a part! Refreshments courtesy of John Ascuaga’s Nugget.

Hometowne Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 7, 2013, Parade: 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 in the Schoolhouse, where the elves from the Boys and Girls Clubskeep 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.

City of Sparks Toy Drive:

November 7 to December 7

Last year, the City of Sparks gathered over 400 toys and $500 in donations for the first city-wide toy drive with Swire Coca-Cola and Toys for Tots. You can help out this year with a new un-wrapped gift for a kid in our community. Bring your gift to the Parade, drop it off at one of convenient locations or join in the fun with your favorite tacky Christmas attire with Sheels’ Ugly Sweater Run.

Give your gift directly to the Coca Cola Polar Bear and Marines during the parade as we STUFF THE TRUCK with toys for boys and girls in our area.

Ugly Sweater Run:  Saturday, December 7 at 10:00am.

Registration available at Scheels Customer Service starting November 1, 2013.

FEE: $20 OR New Toy Donation  - 100% of the proceeds will benefit Toys for Tots!

Toy Drop Off Locations:

Toys-R-Us Express at Legends

Scheels at Legends

Alf Sorensen Community Center, Baring Blvd.

City of Sparks City Hall

Swire Coca Cola

Sparks Police Department

Click here for more locations. 

Location: 
Victorian Square
Nov 28 2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am

Family Fun on Thanksgiving Day 

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 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 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 by November 21. Cost: $25 by November 21 or $40 November 25-27 at pre-packet pick up only (9 a.m. to 9 p.m.). Race day registration is $60 per person.   

Register now!

Every runner and walker receives a *commemorative sweatshirt, fruit and refreshments. Proceeds benefit Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful for local beautification projects and the City of Sparks Youth Scholarship Fund.

For more information e-mail tramociotti@cityofsparks.us or call (775) 353-7898.

Location: 
Scheels, 1200 Scheels Drive
Oct 4 2013 - Oct 6 2013

The MyWake Main Event scheduled to be held at the Sparks Marina Oct. 4-6, is going to be stacked with the worlds best professional and amateur wakeboarders, wakesurfers and wakeskaters. The hottest names in the industry have been competing all summer through the online portion of Tigé MyWake to receive their invitation to the Live Finals at the Main Event. The invited riders will compete in a pro-am style contest and will be the very first to ride behind a brand new series of Tigé boats! Details: http://mywake.tige.com/

Location: 
Sparks Marina Park, 300 Howard Drive
Sep 28 2013 - 8:30am - 12:00pm

 

The last Saturday in September, hundreds of Northern Nevada (and even Southern Nevada and California!) residents descend on the Truckee River to participate in KTMB's Truckee River Cleanup Day. The date/time is Sept. 28, 8:30 – noon. A  volunteer barbecue will be held at Rock Park in Sparks. For more information and to sign up to volunteer, go to www.ktmb.org.

For 10 years, volunteers have been participating in cleanup, weed-removal and drain-stencilling projects at sites along the river from Verdi to Lockwood, and then coming together after for a volunteer barbecue. KTMB’s Truckee River Cleanup Day is part of National Public Lands Day, celebrating 20 years in 2014!

Location: 
Go to KTMB.org to sign up for a cleanup site
Oct 5 2013 - 8:00am - 12:00pm

24th Pancake Breakfast & Open House with Sparks Fire Department

~Food, Fun, Displays, & Fire Station Tours ~

Join Sparks Fire Department for a great pancake breakfast & open house as we kick off National Fire Prevention Week, Saturday October 5.  Drop by the main fire station – 1605 Victorian Avenue – between 08:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon for Pancakes, Ham, Eggs, and more served by our own city leaders and firefighters.  Have fun, enjoy a great breakfast, and learn about the many ways Sparks Fire Department helps keep us all safe.

Unattended cooking is the #1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries.  NFPA chose the 2013 Fire Prevention Week theme – “Prevent Kitchen Fires” – to raise awareness of the need to practice safe kitchen behaviors and give folks the recipe for kitchen safety.  We will also continue to promote our Project SAFE – Survive A Fire Emergency by educating the public about residential smoke alarms and emergency evacuation plans.

Bring your family to discover the many services firefighters perform for our community and tour the fire station.  Meet your local Firefighters, watch a live vehicle extrication and High-Angle Rescue, take a picture with Sparky the Fire Dog, and try your luck at a raffle.  We may even have another special local Mascot appearance for the kids. You don’t want to miss the unveiling of our new Fire Safety Education Trailer.  Proceeds generated support local fire prevention activities and victims of fire.  Prices haven’t changed over time – Adults $5; Children & Seniors $2.  FREE PARKING & SHUTTLE SERVICE PROVIDED:  Park west of the theater on “C” street at Victorian Plaza; Look for the “Boys and Girls Club” Shuttle….

Kick-off Fire Prevention Week with us on Saturday, and learn simple steps to protect yourself and your home.  Remember that September 30th through October 6th is the perfect opportunity to “Bring home” life-saving messages – Literally.  One home fire starts in the U.S. every 80 seconds, with eight out of every ten fire deaths happening at home.  Learn how to prevent home fires and take action!

Get more information from the Sparks Fire Department Prevention Bureau online at www.sparksfire.com (just click on “Prevention”), or by phone at (775) 353-2266.

For further information, please contact Bob King, Division Chief/Fire Marshal, at 353-2261.

 

Location: 
Sparks Fire Department, 1605 Victorian Avenue
Sep 12 2013 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Movie Premieres Kick Off Fall Wildlife Season

The area's best wildlife shows are about to start at County and City Parks as thousands of resident and migrant water birds prepare to spend the winter in Reno. Their antics are fun, fascinating, free, and last for months. Armed with nothing more than warm clothes and a sense of adventure, you can enjoy hours of family entertainment and learn something new every day.

To kick off this year's Fall/Winter viewing season, Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation, in cooperation with its park partners and the Sparks Museum & Cultural Center, are hosting premiere showings of Free as a Bird. This 30-minute, light-hearted look at our region’s water birds from local filmmaker Carl Adams is a great way to get ready for the migratory season. A short discussion will follow each screening that will present opportunities for public support of our parks during these difficult economic times.

Free as a Bird is narrated by Gilbert, an urban goose with an attitude, and reveals exciting and largely unknown opportunities to enjoy our area's ducks, geese, herons and cormorants. Afterward, guests can enjoy a light snack and discuss their interests in parks while children enjoy fun and educational activities. The event is free and everyone is invited.

Premieres and receptions will run from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm and will be held at Sparks Museum & Cultural Center (814 Victorian Avenue, Sparks) on September 12th and Bartley Ranch’s Western Heritage Interpretive Center (6000 Bartley Ranch Road, Reno) on September 19th. Donations are greatly appreciated.

Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation, based in Reno, Nevada, is an incorporated, nonprofit organization founded in 2012 by members of the community concerned about the economic impact on parks within the geographic area known as Truckee Meadows. The Foundation strives to enhance the quality of life for all citizens of the Truckee Meadows by ensuring the long-term sustainability and improvement of our parks. The Foundation accomplishes its mission by offering park-based educational and recreational programs designed to increase community-wide awareness, appreciation, and stewardship of Truckee Meadows parks. Through the Truckee Meadows Parks Endowment, the Foundation provides strategic financial support for new and existing park infrastructure and programs, and administers opportunities to support parks in perpetuity through legacy gifts.

To learn more about Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation, go to www.tmparksfoundation.org.

Location: 
Sparks Museum & Cultural Center, 814 Victorian Avenue
Sep 21 2013 - 10:00am - 3:00pm

At IHOP, 4752 Galleria Parkway - A fundraiser for the VFW National Home for Children (Eaton Rapids, MI). IHOP is donating a percentage of sales to the VFW Home for Children Friday, Sept. 20 from noon to 10:00 p.m., Saturday Sept. 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 22 from 12:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Additionally, on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. there will be a POW MIA Recognition Ceremony in the IHOP parking lot. There will be Military Support Groups with information for Veterans. A silent auction will be held during the ceremony.  

Location: 
IHOP, 4752 Galleria Parkway - Sparks

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