We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and we wish all of you a very Happy New Year. May 2013 be a great year for all of us. We suggest that you start the year out with a bang. How? Get your ticket to this year’s Melodrama, “Take a Gamble on Nevada” or “This May Be Your Last Harrh!” You don’t want to miss out on all the singing, dancing and zany gambling humor at the Casino Mindenville. Right now you have four shows to choose from starting on Feb. 7 and going through Feb. 10. Thursday’s show is a no-host cocktail show starting at 6:30 p.m. with tickets at $10 per person. Friday and Saturday’s shows are $20 per person dinner shows starting at 6 p.m. And the Sunday show is the popular hot dog lunch show catered by the Tahoe/Douglas Elks. This $15 per person show starts at 1p.m. DCHS will be starting its 13th Young Chautauqua season Jan. 8. The first informational meeting of Young Chautauqua will take place Jan. 8 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the meeting room at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Gardnerville. All students in third through eighth grade are welcome to attend. Call 775-392-1772 for more information.Jan. 5 is Student Day at the CV museum. All students accompanied by an adult family member are admitted for free and there is a museum scavenger hunt with prizes for all who complete it. Hours are 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. If you are a bowler, get a team together and register with the CV museum at 782-2555. Our Bowling For Funds is Jan. 13, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Silver Strike Lanes in the Ranchos. Cost for three games and shoe rental is only $15 per person. Our annual Women in History celebration is March 23. In a recent column we offered help writing and/or presenting nominees to anyone who was interested in nominating someone but intimidated by the application process. We need your nominees. We’ll help you with the rest of the process. Call 782-2555 for more information. Also upcoming on April 20 is our History Mystery Luncheon. New this year, the History Mystery fun will feature searching for answers to an assortment of questions concerning various displays in the museum. Following will be a luncheon and a featured speaker. Look for more information as we get closer to the event. 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.