You are invited to a reception to honor those who provided the decorated Christmas trees and the gingerbread houses for our holiday enjoyment. The reception is Saturday, starting at noon at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center. Light refreshments will be served and the winner of the gingerbread contest will be announced. While you are there, continue voting for your favorite trees as that contest is continuing and don’t miss the Washo Tree in the Washo Room behind the main gallery. This tree features baskets with pine nuts, picked in the Pinenut Hills which were destroyed by the fire this summer. Women in History Month is coming up in March. We still need your nominations for our local celebration of Douglas County women. To make things easier for you, we have added a few helps. First, there is a list of who has previously been honored at the front desk to make checking on your nominee easier. Second, nomination forms are downloadable from our website at historicnevada.org. Now, if the thought of completing the nomination form or presenting your nominee to the audience seems daunting, we have come up with some help for you there as well. We have writers who will help you write the presentation and speakers who will help you present your nominee. We’ll help you out, if you’ll help us out by nominating some of our Douglas County women as Women in History. Your nominee need not be a native of the county. She may be living or deceased, but her contribution must be to Douglas County while she lived here. Call 782-2555 for more information. DCHS will be starting its 13th Young Chautauqua season Jan. 8. Imagination and history come together in this program which is specifically for students. Young Chautauquans travel back in time to create a portrayal of famous and infamous characters of their choosing over a six-month time frame. Meetings are held at the CV museum from 6-7 p.m. every other Tuesday from January until June Volunteer leaders are in attendance to help each child individually. For more information call Iris Blaisdell at 775-392-1772. Bowling for funds will be held at the Silver Strike Lanes in the Gardnerville Ranchos on Jan. 13, from 2–5 p.m. Come join DCHS for an afternoon of fun. The cost is $15 per person for three games, including shoe rental. Get a team of four together and sign up at the CV museum. All ages are welcome. For more information, call 782-2555. Melodrama rehearsals have started and tickets are selling fast. Don’t miss this year’s spoof on Carson Valley. Tickets are available by credit card at 782-2555 or by coming into the CV museum Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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 www.historicnevada.org. Contact Ellen Caywood by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.