In the Spotlight for Jan. 29

Friends of the Library

Do you love your library and want to help promote library programs for people of all ages? Join officers and board of trustees of the Friends of the Douglas County Library at the annual membership reception, 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, at 1625 Library Lane, Minden. Refreshments served and door prizes awarded. Annual event is to thank members for their support, and to encourage new members to join. Information, or 782-9841.

Skills for life workshop

The skills for life workshop for sixth-grade through middle school students begins 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the Douglas County Public Library, 1625 Library Lane, Minden. Free classes taught by a human resources instructor develop self-esteem and personal strengths, show how to set goals and establish good study habits. The workshop series continues Feb. 6, Feb. 20 and Feb. 27. Information,

Senior sweetheart dance

The Douglas County Senior Center's community sweetheart's dance is 7-10 p.m. Saturday at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 920 Dump Road, Gardnerville. Dancing for singles and couples in a smoke-free atmosphere to music by Don & Nadine. Cost is $5 per person. Raffle and door prizes. Refreshments available for purchase. Information, Amanda Reid, 783-6455.

Faith journey at St. Gall

The spring session of the Why Catholic? faith journey begins Feb. 16. The program focuses on pillars of the Catholic faith: what Catholics believe, sacraments of the church, walking with God and Christian prayer. Groups spend a year on each pillar. The faith journey groups are designed to meet parishioner's needs through a variety of meeting times and places. All groups meet Feb. 16 for the session.

Information, Kay McHale, 782-6900 or at

Garden workshops Feb. 20

The Thriving Community hosts a workshop 1-3 p.m. Feb. 20 at Sierra Crest Academy in Minden.

January's workshop covered methods for winter gardening: using a greenhouse, winter sowing, and indoor gardening using materials found around the house.

Members of the Thriving Community have the opportunity to reach more people at workshops at Sierra Crest Academy. Leaders Gertie and Dianna Lightfeather and Sierra Crest staff integrate workshops into the school's curriculum. Students observe and water seedlings at the school, figure logistics and collect data on workshop projects.

People interested in being self-sufficient are invited to join the Thriving Community at the next workshop.

Workshops are the second-to-last Saturday of each month. Children welcome. A $5 donation requested to cover materials. Information,


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