One look at the snow covered mountains this week and we are all reminded that the Holidays are coming up fast. Thanksgiving is only a month away and Christmas isn’t far behind. It’s time to get ready for some great holiday events. First, come visit the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center on Nov. 8, to hear Doug Gist, retired Captain from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office in Reno. Doug spent 19 years as a member of the Honor Guard. He also served as the agency’s unofficial historian and researched, collected and shared the history of the Sheriff’s Office with others, teaching at the academy and making presentations to groups on behalf of the sheriff. In 2007, Doug brought together a group of friends and fellow law enforcement honor guard members and unleashed a vision of creating a national focus law enforcement museum in the Reno area. In July of 2009, the Silver State National Peace Officers Museum opened its doors. Doug will speak to us about that museum. The doors will open at 6:45 p.m. and the lecture will start at 7 p.m. Admission is free for DCHS members, $3 per person for non-members. Speaking of DCHS, our annual Gallery of Trees is still taking applications from organizations, businesses, or individuals who wish to participate in our 2012 Decorated Christmas Tree contest. Set up of trees will be held Monday through Friday, Nov. 26-30. The application is now on the web site at historicnevada.org. The grand opening of our Holiday Gala is Dec. 1, at the Gardnerville Museum. To receive an application form in the mail, contact Mary Jane Harding at 782-2555. And what a Gala that will be. There will be our usual cookie walk, decorated Christmas trees, gingerbread houses and photos with Santa. Following all this, the Parade of Lights will start at Heritage Park at 5 p.m. This will make the Gardnerville Museum a prime spot to watch the parade. We invite all the members of DCHS, their family and friends to join us at 4 p.m. Beverages and light snacks will be served then stake out your viewing area in our front lawn to enjoy the Parade of Lights. Be at the museum by 4 p.m. as Highway 395 shuts down early. Be sure to save some time during the Gala or before the parade to browse the museum book store. We have a great selection of merchandise suitable for all ages to help fulfill your holiday shopping needs. We have collector Christmas ornaments, unusual cards and books to pique the interest of all the readers in your family. Have any small children on your gift list? We have the best selection of coloring books in the county. If you are a DCHS member, you will get 10 percent off your purchase as a part of your membership benefits. If there is somebody special on your list, somebody you don’t want to give just any old gift to, think about giving that person a one year membership in DCHS. It’s the gift that keeps giving back in discount tickets to events, fundraisers and lectures as well as a 10 percent discount on purchases from the bookstores. What a great way to wish someone a Merry Christmas all year long. All monies donated to DCHS are 100 percent tax deductible and go to keep our doors open. The Douglas County Historical Society receives only occasional financial assistance from our County and State governments. We are here solely to preserve the history of this wonderful valley and to make sure you have the opportunity to enjoy it. If you have any questions about anything mentioned here, please call the Douglas County Historical Society at 782-2555 or visit our website at http://www.historicnevada.org/. Contact Ellen Caywood by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.