■ Chicken barbecue at the Genoa Volunteer Fire Department, noon to 6 p.m. Thursday Cost, $12. Information, 782-2590.
■ Pops in the Park 4:15 p.m. Thursday at Mormon Station Park. Festivities start at 1 p.m. and features the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra with Jason Altiereri conducting. Other entertainment includes Carson Chamber Singers, Reno Philharmonic Chorus. Chorus of the Comstock, the roving violinist John O’Neill, the percussion petting zoo, Doc-O and Squeaky the Clown, a silent auction and the firing of live cannons with the 1812 Overature. Sponsored by the Sierra Philharmonic League.
Hometown Celebration Fourth of July 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday in Minden Park. Bike decorating at 10:30 a.m. for the Patriotic Park parade at 11:30 a.m. The Carson Valley Pops Orchestra, conducted by Elizabeth Eubanks, presents their Independence Day concert 12:30 p.m. Bounce house, water games, free apple pie and ice cream. Food and drinks available for purchase. Information, 782-5976 or www.townofminden.com.
■ Freedom 5K Fun Run/Walk and Yankee Doodle Chalk Artfest” 7 a.m.- noon Thursday at Heritage Park. Come dressed in patriotic colors and enjoy a run/walk around Heritage Park, Trail and Track. Cost to register for the Fun Run/Walk is $30 the day of event. Families with children under 12 can visit the”Family Chalk Doodle Fun Zone” free from 8 a.m.-noon. The Carson Valley Lions Club will host a pancake breakfast 7-11 a.m. The $6 breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, sausage and beverage. Information, 782-8027.
■ Valley Christian Fellowship church in the park 10 a.m. July 7 at Lampe Park. Horseshoe and volleyball tournaments, bounce house, barbecue. Information, 265-4100.
The Star Spangled Fourth Lights on the Lake begins about 9:45 p.m. Thursday at Tahoe’s South Shore. The fireworks are launched from offshore barges and can be seen from all corners of town. South Shore offers access to viewing areas via public transportation, paved bike trails, and nearby park and walk venues.
Parade starts at noon Thursday. Comstock Cowboys concert at 5 p.m. and fireworks start at dark after concert. Information, 847-7500.