City Of Sparks

Special Events

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 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 or call (775) 353-7898.

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:

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

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!

Go to 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 (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.


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

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.  

IHOP, 4752 Galleria Parkway - Sparks
Jul 29 2013 - 9:00am - Aug 1 2013 - 12:00pm

This four-day camp for young volleyball players will offer beginner through advanced levels of instruction on basic and advanced skills, effective offensive and defensive plays and more. A real must for students who are thinking about trying out for their school’s team. Register by July 10.

WHO: Girls, 3rd – 6th grade (as of fall 2013)

WHEN: Monday – Thursday

DATES: 7/29 – 8/1, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: Alf Sorensen Community Center

COST: $52 / $43 Resident Discount

DETAILS:  Call 353-2376

Alf Sorensen Community Center, 1400 Baring Blvd.
Aug 11 2013 - 8:00am - 2:00pm

Benefiting the Greater Sacramento and Northern Nevada

Muscular Dystrophy Association

Hosted by National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 2778

Sunday August 11, 2013 at Wildcreek Golf Course

Four Person Scramble    8AM Shotgun Start

$65.00 per player, Includes Green Fees, Cart, Range Balls, Lunch and Contribution to the Charity

Proceeds from a Long Drive and Closest to the Pin Contests Directly to the Charity

In Addition, a $10,000 Hole in One Contest

Awards Ceremony and Luncheon to Follow

Registration Deadline July 28, 2013

To Register contact Jim Cooper at 453-9728(home),

453-5288(cell) or 626-5339(work)


Come out and enjoy a round of golf while supporting a worthy charity!



Wildcreek Golf Course
Jun 15 2013 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Nevada Rural Housing Authority Presents:  Roadmap to Homeownership
Saturday June 15th 1-4pm
5650 Riggins Court, Reno -  across from the Meadowood Mall

Come join us in celebrating the month of homeownership with free information on the home-buying process! Learn what you need to do to get qualified for a mortgage loan. Visit with our exhibitors and lis-ten to guest speakers answer your questions.

 Lenders on Site
 Down Payment Information
 Inspection & Appraiser Info
 USDA Loan Info: Zero Down
 Title & Escrow Info
 Market Condition Infol
 Free Prizes During Event
 Gourmelt on Site
 Samples from Port of Subs
 Free Credit Reports
 Free Credit Repair Info
 Free to Attend

Find us on Facebook: Nevada Rural Housing Authority
Or visit our website for more information:

5650 Riggin Court - Reno, NV
Nov 2 2013

More details to come.

Victorian Square/Great Basin Brewery

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