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Busy schedule for July 4

Holly Atchison

Before the sun is up on July 4, employees of Coldwell Banker, ITILDO Inc., their children and a group of Winhaven home owners will have already been at work, placing small American flags in the front yards of Minden and Gardnerville residents.

It’s been an ITILDO tradition for at least 10 years, according to Marsha Tomerlin, broker-owner of Coldwell Banker, ITILDO.

The gesture is not to advertise for the company, but to show love of the country, patriotism and celebrate the special day of America’s independence, she said.

As for the reactions of residents when they wake in the morning and find the flag in their yard, Tomerlin said people are usually pleased.

“We get a lot of very nice cards and comments,” she said. “It’s very rewarding, the responses you get from the people.”

A flag-raising ceremony and breakfast will be held July 4 at the LDS Church, Spruce and Deseret streets in Minden, from 7:30-10 a.m.

The public is invited to this event which will feature Jerry Maple as a guest speaker, Douglas High School Madrigals and a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, milk, juice and fruit.

The flag-raising is at 7:30 a.m. and breakfast will be served beginning at 8:15 a.m.

Cost for the event is $3 per person or $10 for a family of four or more.

The money will help send the young women of the church to Girls’ camp. Tickets will be on sale at the Video Connection and the Hairport and must be purchased by today.

Also in celebration of Independence Day, the Sierra Philharmonic League will sponsor the 14th annual July 4 Pops in the Park concert featuring the Reno Philharmonic at Mormon Station in Genoa.

As well as the performance from the Reno Philharmonic, children from the Carson Valley Violin School will perform two numbers, and the Carson Valley Chamber Singers will sing with the orchestra, according to Brenda Robertson of the Sierra Philharmonic League.

This year, the concert theme will be Stars and Stripes Forever, celebrating the 100th birthday of composer John Phillip Sousa.

“It’s fantastic,” Robertson said of the yearly event. “My kids come from Santa Cruz, Calif. every year just to hear it.”

The concert will begin at 5 p.m. and is free.

A blanket and picnic is recommended but food and drink will also be available to purchase.

Outside the Carson Valley, more July 4 activities are planned.

Carson City will honor America’s independence with the annual week-long Cavalcade of Spectaculars carnival at Mills Park.

The celebration begins at noon on Wednesday, July 2 and will last through Sunday, July 6.

At the Cavalcade, guests will find everything from carnival rides to live musical entertainment, arts and crafts and a variety of food and beverages.

On opening day, 2-for-1 unlimited ride passes for noon to 8 p.m. will be $10. Thursday, passes are $10 per person and are for unlimited use until 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday passes are $12 per person. Individual ride passes are available on Friday, July 4.

Live music performers will play July 4-6. Friday and Saturday night, Still Cruisin’ will play hits from the ’50’s, ’60’s and ’70’s. Peruvian band Raymy of the Andes Mountains will perform native Peruvian music on Saturday and Sunday.

Skateboard and rollerblade demonstrations will be performed at Mills Park new skateboard park.

For visitors interested in riding the rails of history, the Nevada State Railroad Museum hosts the Rails to Roads: A Transportation Fair July 4-6. Vintage automobile, antique fire fighting equipment and steam locomotives No. 8 and Virginia & Truckee No. 25 will be on display. Visiting locomotives include the geared logging train Gypsy from Eureka, Calif. and the narrow gauge steamer Seward from Fallon.

Track vehicle demonstrations on the Railroad Museum’s loop track will be held each day at 9 a.m. Rides aboard the steam engines are $2.50 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and under when accompanied by an adult. Hours for the fair are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free.

Adjacent to Mills Park, the Pony Express Pavilion will host the Nevada Fest Music Festival on July 4 from noon until dusk. This all-American picnic and music fest will feature traditional barbecue food, sack races, tug-o-war and a variety of street performers. Featured bands for the event are classic rock group Smokin’ Caterpillar and acoustical group Mickey n’ Jaime.

At approximately 9 p.m. on July 4, Pyro Spectaculars will launch fireworks into the sky in a show sponsored by the Greater Nevada Credit Union.

Admission and parking are free for each day’s events.

For more information on the Fourth of July activities in Carson City, call the Carson City Convention and Visitors’ Bureau at 1-800-NEVADA-1.

Festivities will also be held at Lake Tahoe again this year.

South Lake Tahoe will once again be the scene of one of the country’s most exciting Fourth of July celebrations, Lights on the Lake ’97.

Lights on the Lake ’97 is among the largest pyro-musicals west of the Mississippi, and is sponsored by the Lake Tahoe Gaming Alliance- Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Bill’s Lake Tahoe Casino, Harveys Casino Resort, Caesars Tahoe, Horizon Casino Resort and Lakeside Inn- in conjunction with the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, Embassy Suites and Lake Tahoe radio stations KRLT 93.9 FM and KOWL 1490 AM.

The aerial display begins at dusk, approximately 9:45 p.m., on the Fourth of July and can be seen almost anywhere along the South Shore.

Each firework shell is a high quality, competition grade, and is choreographed and computer synchronized to a patriotic soundtrack broadcasted on KRLT and KOWL.

The show will last approximately 30 minutes, ending with a grand finale of more than 1,400 shells and pyrotechnical fountains.

For more information on Lights on the Lake ’97, call 1-800-HARRAHS or the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority at 1-800-AT-TAHOE.