Muggles and Harry Potter unite at library program

Want to keep the kids entertained and cool this Wednesday? Check out what Cory King has whipped up with Harry Potter and his friends. Let the Muggles unite and be transformed into the world of Harry Potter to celebrate the release of the sixth in the series of Harry Potter books, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."

Activities and entertainment brewing in the cauldron include coloring, trivia contests, costume contests, munchies worthy of the Hogwarts banquet hall and many other surprises. Several books will be on display for check out. The day begins with participants drawing names out of the sorting hat to put them into one of the four houses: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin. So don't be late!

This isn't the only event that the Carson City Library has going on this summer for the children so check out its Web site.

Celebrate'Harry Potter and thEHalf-Blood Prince'

Where: The Carson City Library, 900 N. Roop St.

When: 3 p.m. Wednesday

Who: Ages 8-13.

Cost: Free

Contact: 887-2244 ext. 1004

Web site:

I caught all the fun up in Virginia City this Fourth of July and it was nonstop, from shopping at Bubba and Deeks to a refreshing drink at the Delta.

When you think of Virginia City, you think of the Camel Races in September or the Rocky Mountain Oyster cookoff. But there are events for everyone all summer long, like Thunder in the Canyon, which goes hand in hand with Reno's Street Vibration.

Next month, Virginia City will present Down on the Rails, and this month, it will have the Union Brewery's Virginia Poker Run, just to name a few events. To check out what is going each month, visit the Web site listed below.

This weekend you can enjoy a fun day at the Comstock at Miners Park. The Bluegrass and Old Time Music Event includes food and beverages vendors.

Virginia City's events

When: All year round

Where: Virginia City

Contact: 847-0975

Web site:

Bluegrass and Old Time Music on the Comstock

When: 10 a.m.Ð8 p.m. Friday-Sunday

Cost: $25 for the whole weekend; $5 on Sunday; camping fees are $25 per night;

Contact: (800) 889-1240

F riday through Sunday is "Ride the Rails" at the Nevada State Museum from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. You can mosey along the engines and check out the train museum and enjoy the beautifully restored trains.

Ride the Rails

Where: Nevada State Railroad Museum, 2180 S. Carson St.

When: 10 a.m. Ð4 p.m. Friday-Sunday

Contact: 687-6953

The fourth annual Capital Auto Insurance Golf Tournament is in August.

Each year, Jeff Creelman raises funds to help homeless children throughout Carson City. He has sent children to summer camps, purchased shoes for the needy, makes sure children who cannot afford a pair of glasses get them - these are just a few things his tournament money supports.

Last year, we had a blast with Shannon Bell and her husband, Kelly. They own Bell Tile & Marble and took the day off to support the homeless children.

If you can't golf, sponsor one of the 18 holes and help Jeff help all year long. Heather at Vital Signs also will make very cool sponsorship card holders for each of the sponsors.

Fourth annual Capital

Auto Insurance Golf Tournament

When: 11 a.m. Aug. 26

Where: Silver Oaks Golf Course

Cost: $110, includes 18 holes of golf, lunch, beverages on the course, prime- rib dinner, prizes and raffle. Or sponsor a hole for $100.

Contact: Jeff Creelman, 883-9020

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