The winners of this year’s gingerbread house competition at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center have been announced. We hope you had a chance to visit the museum and see the houses for yourself. Congratulations to all the winners and we thank all who participated for their entries. We also thank all who voted and those who judged. We’ll be announcing the Christmas tree winners in a couple weeks. If you haven’t had the opportunity to see the gingerbread houses or the decorated Christmas trees, come visit us at the museum in Gardnerville Monday through Saturday, except holidays, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Right now you can still vote for the decorated trees of your choice. And what more unusual place to shop for Christmas presents and stocking stuffers than our Main Street Bookstore. Remember, the best gift of all is an annual DCHS membership. You are preserving our history and your recipient gets to enjoy it. The museum in Gardnerville is open to students accompanied by a family member with no charge on the first Saturday of every month. Prizes will be given for completing a museum scavenger hunt. The next Student Day will be Jan. 5. The Douglas County Historical Society will be starting its 13th Young Chautauqua season Jan. 8, 2013, with an informational meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. in the meeting room at the museum, 1477 Highway 395 North in Gardnerville. All students in third through eighth grade are welcome to attend. Call Iris at (775) 392-1772 for more information. Bowling for funds is Jan. 13, at the Silver Strike Lanes in the Gardnerville Ranchos. We will bowl from 2 to 5 p.m. for $15 per person for all three games. This includes shoe rental.All you need to do is get a team of four together, make up a team name, then sign up at the museum. All ages welcome. For more information, please call 782-2555. Melodrama news this time of year always reminds you to get those tickets as soon as possible. We will sell out and it will be much sooner than previous years. Call 782-2555 and charge the tickets to your credit card. Don’t miss the top entertainment production of the winter season. 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.