Holiday open house and block party in downtown Gardnerville Nov. 16-17 |

Holiday open house and block party in downtown Gardnerville Nov. 16-17

Staff Reports

The holiday season is here, and six specialty shops in downtown Gardnerville are hosting a holiday open house and block party 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 16-17.Battle Born Wine, Classical Glass, Fresh Ideas, Heirloom Antiques, Quail Cottage Antiques, and Ruby Rose Cowgirl Clothes will be offering specials, treats, and gift ideas. For more information, call 392-3033.

The monthly meeting of Women Inspiring Service & Education (WISE), formerly WE of Carson Valley, will be held on Nov. 15 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.The meeting is an opportunity for members and guests to meet, greet, and network. In addition to lunch, WISE features a speaker or an activity designed to help businesses grow. This month’s speaker is Debbie Humphrey of Guild Mortgage. Member of the month is Charlotte Weaver, massage therapist and owner of Angel Hands Spa.Check-in time is from 11-11:30 a.m. The meeting begins at 11:45 a.m. and ends promptly at 1 p.m. Cost is $17 for members, $20 for guests. RSVPs are required by Monday at 5 p.m. To RSVP and pay at the luncheon, send your name in an email to with “WISE RSVP” as the subject or visit is a group of women who work together to inspire service and education in the community while growing and supporting local business. WISE accomplishes this through monthly meetings, local rallies and mixers, and regional conferences.

Karen Rinasz recently passed the Travel Agent Proficiency test. Developed by the Travel Institute and the American Society of Travel Agents, the standardized test measures the basic knowledge and skills of travel agent professionals and can serve as a first step toward occupational professionalism.A resident of Gardnerville, Rinasz owns Travel With Kare, LLC. She now joins nearly 7,200 other travel professionals who have passed the TAP test. The test is administered on seven national testing dates at 100 testing locations across the United States, including Hawaii, Alaska and also the Island of Guam. There were a number of travel industry organizations that contributed to the test’s development such as, Airlines Reporting Corporation, Cruise Lines International Association, and the International Airlines Travel Agent Network. Travel organizations such as Marriot Hotels, AMTRAK, WORLDSPAN, Virtuoso, and Carlson Wagonlit Travel have also announced their support in endorsing the TAP test, according to a press release of the Travel Institute.The test is geared for recent travel school graduates and entry-level travel agents that want to earn an industry credential that can be listed on their resumes. Agency owners and managers are using the TAP test as a hiring tool for screening new, qualified employees, the Institute said.For more information, visit

The Lowe’s Heroes Program has decided to help students and staff maintain the community garden at Jacks Valley Elementary School.“We are proud to be a part of Jacks Valley Elementary’s community garden and appreciate the opportunity to help grow awareness for the growth and care of the garden, through working with the children and teachers and other community groups that may help us,” the company said in a press release. “It’s all about the future — educating children is the future.“We embrace team work as a core value and a key ingredient in maintaining an engaged workforce.”For more information, visit