Does it seem like the temperatures are warming up just a little bit? In February we usually get a few balmy days before the rest of winter sets in. We can only hope those warmer days come soon. Meanwhile, we at Douglas County Historical Society need a few good men to volunteer. Your historical society is run by a majority of women because women are the ones who love preserving local history. What we desperately need is a few good men who would be willing to help out with the heavy lifting. We need help with taking out the trash and climbing ladders to change light bulbs. And we desperately need help with shoveling snow as we are responsible for the sidewalk in front of the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center. If you are interested or know of someone who would be willing to help us out, please call 782-2555 and volunteer. The reward is knowing that you are helping preserve the history of this beautiful valley. And if enough of you call, you might only need to spend time here once or twice a month. Speaking of volunteers, it won’t be long before we will be opening the Genoa Courthouse Museum for the summer season. Once it is open (scheduled for May 4) we will need volunteers to staff the main desk seven days each week until the museum closes again in October. The Courthouse Museum is a lot of fun to work at, so be thinking about which days you could come out and volunteer. If you missed the start of Young Chautauquans this month, your child still has time to sign up and start participating. All students between the third and eighth grades who are interested in history, drama, or speech are welcome. Meetings are held at the Historical Society’s CV museum from 6-7 p.m. every other Tuesday. Home schooled students are encouraged to join. For more information call Iris Blaisdell at (775) 392-1772. Don’t forget that the CV museum is open to students accompanied by an adult and seniors 65 and over with no charge on the first Saturday of every month. Prizes will be given for students completing a museum scavenger hunt. The next Student-Senior Saturday is Feb. 2, only one week from now. The melodrama is only two weeks away and we are almost ready for primetime. If you don’t have tickets yet, call 782-2555 and ask. There might be one or two left. Meanwhile, we are rehearsing and getting eager for a live audience to play to. Your laughter and reaction to our antics is what makes it so much fun. If you are planning to attend our February lecture, please note that the lecture will be held on Thursday evening, Feb. 14. Even though it is Valentine’s Day, bringing your sweetheart to the lecture would be an unusual treat for her or him. You can always go out to dinner, but how often can you come to an historical lecture on Valentine’s Day? 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.