University of Nevada Cooperative Extension will offer free defensible space workshops as a community service to help homeowners learn more about protecting their homes from the threat of wildfire while still maintaining attractive landscapes. The workshops will be held: today, Round Hill Fire Station, 193 Elk Point Road, Round Hill, Lake Tahoe; and 7-8:30 p.m., Oct. 5, Genoa Volunteer Fire Station, 2289 Main Street, Genoa. Information, Steve Lewis, extension educator, or Ed Smith, natural resources specialist, at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, 782-9960.
The Northern Nevada Development Authority will meet for breakfast today, 7:30 a.m., Carson Valley Inn, Minden. Speaker will be Roy Farrow, counsel to the law firm of Hale Lane Peek Dennison Howard and Anderson, who will discuss the Tech/Alliance@New Nevada, an organization that fosters technology and entrepreneurial development in Nevada. Reservations are required; call 883-4413. Cost is $12 for NNDA members and $15 for guests.
The Douglas County Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol will meet today, 7 p.m., at the Minden-Tahoe Airport squadron building, 1144 Airport Road, Minden. The squadron’s mission is to participate in search and rescue missions, aerospace education and the mentoring of cadets. The public as well as visitors interested in becoming members of the CAP are welcome. Information, deputy commander Cpt. Dennis Rosenberg, 265-6679, recruitment officer Lt. Connie Glashsan, 885-8789, and for cadet programs, Lt. Keri Callison, 783-9191.
A co-parenting after divorce workshop, “Helping Children through the Changing Family,” will be held Sept. 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Family Support Council, 1255 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville. Pre-registration is required, and free babysitting will be provided. Cost is $20 for materials. Information, registration, 782-8692.
There will be a homecoming parade Sept. 30, 6:30 p.m., from Minden Park to the football field at Douglas High School. A bonfire, featuring performances by the band and the cheerleaders, will follow the parade. The football team will play the Reno Huskies Oct. 1. Junior varsity will play at 4:45 p.m. and varsity will start at 7:30 p.m. Information, James Jackson, ASB president, 782-5136.
“Understanding Cancer: Prevention, Detection and Treatment,” is the title of a free, two-hour workshop to be held at Pinon Plaza in Carson City with Dr. John Kelly, sponsored by Carson-Tahoe Hospital, Sept. 30, 7-9 p.m. A free blood pressure check will be offered 5-7 p.m.
Genoa Game Night will be held at the Genoa Town Hall, 7 p.m., Oct. 1. Information, 782-0810 or 782-8696.
A sidewalk sale will be held Oct. 2 and 3 to generate funds for the medical expenses for John Moran, a bartender for Lily Langtree’s in the Ranchos, who recently had triple heart bypass surgery. He has no insurance. There will be raffles, a bake sale, barbecued ribs and hot dogs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Information, 265-8841.
Linda Thompson, executive director of Barton Hospital Foundation, will be the guest on Around Douglas with Jane Lehrman, KGVM-FM radio show, Oct. 2 at 8:25 a.m., and Oct. 3 at noon.
The 35th annual Antelope Valley Lions Club Deer Hunters Family Barbecue will be held Oct. 2, 5 p.m., at the Walker Community Building, Walker, Calif., off Highway 395, 15 miles south of the Nevada border. On tap are a traditional deep pit barbecue with all the trimmings, a giant raffle with grand prize of deer rifle and scope, a multitude of door prizes and prizes for kids. Information, John Harvey, (530) 495-2808.
Smith Valley Fun Day
The 31st annual Smith Valley Fun Day, eighth annual Country Cruise Show and Shine Classic Car Show and the first Antique Tractor and Engine Show will be held Oct. 3, Dressler Park, Highway 308, Wellington. A 4-H breakfast will be held at 7 a.m., and arts and crafts, turkey shoot, pedal tractor pull for kids, closest to the hole golf tourney, exhibition, ’50s and ’60s music, barbecue, raffle and an appearance by Bertha and Angel, the elephants from John Ascuaga’s Nugget are on tap. The event is the Smith Valley Rotary’s Club’s major fund-raiser. Information, Martin Petersen, (775) 465-2354, or Chris Sorensen, 782-2240 ext. 256.
A candlelight march and vigil to promote and end domestic violence in Douglas County through awareness, advocacy and action will be held Oct. 4. The march will begin at Lampe Park pavilion at 7 p.m. and end at the Family Support Council of Douglas County’s parking lot on Waterloo in Gardnerville. T-shirts commemorating the event will be sold for $10 each, and refreshments will be served. Information, Cora Hansen, 782-1045, or Liz Bricker, 265-3539.
A public forum will be held at Douglas High School Oct. 7, 7 p.m., for parents and students to learn the latest information on the Millennium Scholarships, which are funded from the state’s $48 million share of a national settlement with major tobacco companies. Scholarships will help pay for tuition and other expenses at Nevada’s state-supported colleges and universities.
Soroptimist International of Carson Valley will present the group’s annual murder-mystery dinner “Whatever Happened to Amelia Airhead?” Oct. 8 in the Carson Valley Inn’s Shannon Ballroom. The event begins with cocktails at 6 p.m., and dinner follows at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person and may be obtained from any Soroptimist member or at the Record Courier, 1503 Highway 395 N. Suite G, Gardnerville.
The Sierra Nevada Sams chapter of the Good Sam Club will hold the last campout of the season at Weed Heights, Oct. 5-8. Cards, horseshoes, bocce ball and other games plus a campfire will be offered each night. A potluck Tuesday evening and continental breakfast and meeting will be held Wednesday morning. Area RVers are welcome. Information, Ben Reynoso, 265-4223.
Master gardener presentation
Master Gardener Jim Harlan will give a free presentation on preparing lawns and gardens for winter at the Carson City senior center, 901 Beverly Dr., Carson City, 10-11:30 a.m., Oct. 7. Information, 884-2132.
The Parkinson’s Disease Good Vibrations Support Group will present the 10th video in a 12-part series, “Living With Parkinson’s Disease,” Oct. 7, entitled “Research Initiatives.” The meeting will be held noon-2 p.m. at the Pizza Factory, 811 Short Ct., Gardnerville Ranchos. Information, Group Leader Carol Hathaway, 266-340.
Carriage club event
The Nevada Carriage Club’s 1999 Extravaganza featuring horse driving and riding events, demonstrations of horse-drawn farm implements, log skidding, musical tires and costume classes, will be held Oct. 9 at Fuji Park (Highway 395 N. just over the Douglas-Carson City border), 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Food and drinks will be available. Information, President Cub Wolf, 267-1269.
Field show competition
The Douglas High School Band and Music Boosters will host the second annual “Best of the West” field show competition at the DHS football field, Oct. 9, 1 p.m. The public is welcome and cost is $3 per person. The concession stand will be open for food and drinks. Marching bands from around the state will compete.