Veterans Appreciation BBQ set for Memorial Day Weekend

Members of the Douglas High School Jr. ROTC served Tahoe-Douglas Elks for their Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Members of the Douglas High School Jr. ROTC served Tahoe-Douglas Elks for their Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Local outreach organization Reach for Joy hosts their 3rd annual Veterans Appreciation BBQ lunch on Saturday, May 27 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., or as long as supplies last.

U.S. military veterans are welcome to bring their spouse, significant other or a buddy to enjoy a complimentary meal in the dining hall at High Sierra Fellowship, 1250 Gilman Ave. in Gardnerville.

The lunch includes choice of tri-tip or chicken, beans, coleslaw, rolls, and a dessert bar featuring frozen yogurt and assorted toppings.

Reach for Joy Team Leader Kara Miller said the BBQ event has continued to grow each year, and over 400 meals were served at the 2022 lunch.

“We’re hoping for even more people this year,” Miller said.

Call High Sierra Fellowship at 775-782-7486 for more information about this free event.

Nature Conservancy hosts Science and Nature series

Through October 2023, the Nature Conservancy’s River Fork Ranch Preserve invites the community to attend their special Science and Nature series held the fourth Thursday of each month. Sessions take place from 6-7 p.m. inside the Whit Hall Interpretive Center.

Experts from The Nature Conservancy in Nevada and partner organizations will share their expertise on a variety of topics including water, photography, native seeds, renewable energy, wildlife, and more. A $10 donation is suggested for each session.

On May 25, landscape photographer Chip Carroon will present “Capturing the Essence of a Landscape.” TNC Rangeland Ecologist Kevin Badik, Ph.D., discusses “Native Seeds of the West” on June 22, and TNC Conservation Scientist Michael Clifford, Ph.D., explores “Lithium Extraction in the US” on July 27. Additional programming will be announced soon.

River Fork Ranch Preserve is located at 381 Genoa Lane in Minden. Questions about the Science and Nature series can be directed to Preserve Manager Lori Leonard at 702-533-3255 or To learn more about the preserve, visit

Douglas Disposal hosts spring clean up week

Douglas Disposal’s spring clean up week takes place May 22-26. Active weekly residential customers in Nevada can place up to six 32-gallon cans (maximum weight 50 pounds) and/or bags (maximum weight 35 pounds) roadside on their regular pickup day for no extra charge. One-foot by 3-foot tied bundles are also accepted.

Appliances, computers, furniture, hazardous materials, tires, and TVs are not included in this offer.

Garbage totes, cans, and/or bags be placed “roadside,” meaning in the gutter or at the drivable road’s edge. Photographic representations of correct placement are available online at

Questions can be directed to Douglas Disposal at 775-782-5713.

Cinco de mayo celebration at the elks lounge

On May 5, the Tahoe-Douglas Elks served a festive dinner in celebration of springtime birthdays and Cinco de Mayo. Elks member Dave Stewart said the Douglas High School JROTC helped support the event by serving “all the hungry patrons.”

In other news, Tahoe-Douglas Elks Exalted Ruler Anne Marie Neacy recently presented Elks member Bob Haug with a special award in recognition of his outstanding work on local school scholarships. The Elks award a number of different scholarships to graduating high school seniors.

To earn more about the Tahoe-Douglas Elks, including upcoming events and their different service committees, visit

Amy Roby can be reached at


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