Main Street winter wine walk Feb. 17 |

Main Street winter wine walk Feb. 17

Staff Reports

Main Street Gardnerville will host the first wine walk of the year before spring sunshine can melt winter ice.

The Let’s Wine About Winter wine and chocolate walk in the downtown district is 4:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 17.

Participants are encouraged to bring a flashlight for the later hours while exploring the town. The registration booth will be located inside the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395. Registration booth hours are 4:30-7 p.m.

To participate, wine walkers will need to pay a $10 registration fee and purchase a $5 2011 commemorative wine glass. That same wine glass can be used at future 2011 wine walk events. Thirsty Third Thursday wine walks resume the third Thursday of each month from May to September.

Business owners within the Main Street Gardnerville district who would like to participate should call 782-8027 or e-mail

Deadline for businesses to sign up is Feb. 1.

Main Street Gardnerville has accepted the resignation of board member Ken Miller. Miller was elected to serve on the Gardnerville Town Board. Per Main Street bylaws, he is required to step down.

The Main Street board is now seeking candidates to fill this vacancy. The person chosen will serve until June 2013, at which point a request can be made to remain on the board for a three-year term.

Applications will be accepted until Feb. 10. Applications should be sent to Main Street Gardnerville, 1407 Highway 395, Gardnerville, NV, 89410. Board applications are available both at the town offices and on line at

The Main Street four-point approach is based on simultaneous work in the areas of organization, promotion, design, and economic restructuring, with emphasis on grassroots volunteerism and public participation.

Nationally, the Main Street approach is credited with creating 82,909 new businesses, 370,514 new jobs, and 199,519 building rehabilitations. Statistics from the National Main Street Center website show a return on investment of $25.76 for every $1 a community spends on the program.

The Main Street Gardnerville Board of Directors meets the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Gardnerville Town Hall. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

For more information, call 782-8027.

Main Street Gardnerville is looking for food and dessert vendors for their second annual fundraising event, Blankets, Burgers & Brews, scheduled for 5-10 p.m. July 23 at Heritage Park on Gilman Avenue in Gardnerville.

Food vendors should feature a burger item on their menu, but can provide additional items as well. Dessert vendors are excluded from this stipulation.

The family-oriented event features live music from Rick Hays and American Steel, food and fun.

Those interested in participating should contact Main Street Gardnerville at 782-8027 or via e-mail at by March 1.

Main Street Gardnerville is a community-based self-help program with various members of the community volunteering to revitalize the downtown. Even though Main Street Gardnerville focuses strictly on the downtown district, the program benefits the entire community and surrounding areas, said program manager Paula Lochridge.

Main Street Gardnerville has access to low interest-rate funds for their current loan pool until June 1.

Once approved, the money is available to current business members and to those wishing to open a business within the district.

The loan program offers below-market interest rates, loan amounts of $1,500 and above, and a repayment plan of 1-5 years.

The money can be used for business improvements and additions, such as remodeling or renovation of interior or exterior of building, purchase of additional equipment or fixtures, purchase of additional inventory, or signs and awnings.

Send e-mail to plochridge for more information or call 782-8027.

The loan process is confidential and handled by a loan committee comprised of individuals from the banking community. The loan program was made possible through a partnership with USDA Rural Development via a Rural Business Enterprise Grant.