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Monday about more than a chance to shop

Monday isn't just about good deals at the store or a day off from school or work.

Commonly known as Presidents' Day, Monday replaced two separate holidays honoring George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Their actual birth dates, Feb. 22 and Feb. 12, respectively, were combined and are now celebrated on the third Monday in February as part of the 1971 Uniform Monday Holiday Act. Although some states still observe both birthdays, the single holiday is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents, both past and present. In honor of the day, this Monday the Carson Valley Lions Club will place American flags at about 120 businesses in Minden and Gardnerville. When you spot them, please take a moment to think about their meaning.

■ Main Street Gardnerville is calling on residents to pitch in and help make downtown beautiful this summer. You can sponsor one of the 68 flowering baskets hung on lampposts for a donation of $85. Hurry though, because the cost goes up to $95 after March 1. Proceeds from sales benefit area schools and go toward the town's flower program. The hanging baskets make Main Street look attractive and you can take pride in being a part of that. If you'd like to learn more about the flower committee, join their meeting at 10 a.m. Feb. 20. For information, to make a donation or to confirm the meeting schedule, call 782-8027.

■ Grab your boots and join the fun at an evening to benefit Austin's House — the Austin's House Cowboy Mardi Gras is from 6-10 p.m. Feb. 24 at Carson Valley Inn. For those unfamiliar with the organization, Austin's House provides care to boys and girls who are unable to be maintained in their own homes until they can either be reunited with their families or long-term placement is made. Austin's House supports each child's educational, health, and emotional needs. Tickets for this fundraiser are $60 per person and include a Western BBQ, music and dancing, raffles and a silent auction. Proceeds go toward providing a haven for any child in need. Your contributions also helps prevent child abuse and neglect. Call 267-6711 or purchase tickets online at austinshouse.org.

■ Rehearsals are in full-force at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center for their annual melodrama fundraiser. This year's show, "The Lynching of Lucky Bill, A Comic Interpretation of a Tragic Event," is old-style vaudeville entertainment of the most improbable wild west story ever fabricated. There are only three performances, Feb. 24-26. Friday's is a show-only with a no-host bar. Saturday's includes hors d'oeuvres, and Sun. is a "hot dogs and champagne matinee." Tickets range from $15 to $30 and are available at the museum or by phone, 782-2555.

Contact Anita Kornoff at museummatters1@gmail.com