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Chicken barbecue

The Douglas County Democrats will host a chicken barbecue today, 6-9 p.m., at the CVIC Hall in Minden. Admission is a canned or boxed foodstuff to be donated to the Carson Valley Community Food Closet. All Democrats are welcome. New voter registration will be available on site. Advanced reservations required, 887-4042.

Radio show

Bob Balzar, director of the Take Control Program for Sierra Pacific Power, will be the guest on Around Douglas with Jane Lehrman KGVM-FM radio show, today at 8:25 p.m. and Sunday at noon.

Balancing

A workshop on energy balancing, an everyday guide to natural health, will be held today and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Sacred Spiral Studio, 1558 First St., Minden. Information, Michelle Gabler, 782-4313.

Rodeo

Douglas County High School Rodeo will be held Sunday, Douglas County Fairgrounds. Information, Alton Anker, 782-5957.

Benefit

“Tahoe’s Animal Ark,” an on-the-Lake benefit event for the Tahoe Animal Rescue Shelter, will be held Sunday, 6-8:30 p.m., on the Sunset Party Cruise (5:30 p.m. boarding). Cost is $30 per person. Tickets are limited. Advance sales only through Hornblower Cruises at (530) 541-3364 or Lake Tahoe Humane Society and SPCA at (530) 577-4521.

Fair

A Home School Curriculum fair will be held today, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Calvary Chapel. 1004 Dresslerville Rd., Gardnerville. Speakers include Steve and Sue Balkenbush, Shannon Johnson and representatives from the proposed Lutheran high school. Registration at 9:30 a.m. is $5. Child care is $1 per child for first session only. Information, Carla MacMillan, 782-4392, or Tammy Claughton, 267-2467. All homeschoolers and those interested in homeschooling welcome. Participants should take lunch.

Reception

The East Fork Gallery in Gardnerville will hold the group’s annual spring reception today, noon-5 p.m. The public is invited and refreshments will be served. This year’s reception, “Spring Fling,” will feature the Nevada watercolor paintings of Janice Powell Shedd, one of the gallery members. Hand-painted eggs, created by Elfriede Short and Jo Linda Smith, will be available. The gallery is located at The Record-Courier Center, 1503 Highway 395 Suite K, Gardnerville.

Wellness lecture

Registered dietitian, Laura Dick from Barton Memorial Hospital, will give a wellness lecture on “An Alternate to Dieting.” The lectures will cover alternatives to traditional diets and formal exercise programs. Free body fat testing and blood pressure checks will be provided prior to the lecture from 4:30-5:30 p.m. The lecture will be held 5:30-6:30 p.m., April 3, Carson Valley Medical Center conference room, 1107 Highway 395, Gardnerville. Information, (530) 542-2945.

Hike

The St. Gall Activity Club will hike at Joy Lake Road on April 4. Participants should meet at Stephanie Rd. and 395 at 9 a.m. April 11, the group will snow shoe and cross country ski depending on snow. Participants should call for location. April 2 the group will go on a Jumbo Ride to Goldhill. Participants should meet at Stephanie Rd. and Highway 395 at 9 a.m. Everyone is welcome. Information, Terry and Ed Sutor, 267-5366, or Mike Shearer, 782-7820.

Soup

Lenten Soup Supper will be held April 4 and 11, 6:30 p.m., Coventry Cross Episcopal Church, 1361 Esmeralda Place, Minden. All are welcome to enjoy the homemade soups.

Clinic

A public health nurse from the Mono County Health Department will conduct general clinics including blood pressure screening at Marine Base Housing Community Center, April 4, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and Antelope Senior Center in Walker, April 18, noon-2 p.m. The nurse will do blood pressure screening, immunizations, confidential HIV testing, TB testing, pregnancy testing, health education and answer questions about health department programs. Information, (760-932-7485.

Alcohol screening

April 5 is National Alcohol Screening Day, and Behavioral Health Services of Carson-Tahoe is offering a free, anonymous education session where people may take a written self-assessment for alcohol problems, ask questions and talk to certified health professionals – all for free at the Behavioral Health Services outpatient clinic, 1177 N. Division St., Ste. 1, Carson City, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Information, 885-4774.

Open house, boutique and workshop

Computer Corps will hold an open house, Easter boutique, volunteer reunion potluck, free computer workshops and a computer stripping contests April 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at their new Donations Center. Food, refreshments, music and prizes will be offered. The Computer Corps building is located at 6373 Highway 50 East, Carson City. Information, (775) 883-2323.

Open house

April is Child Abuse prevention month.West Coast Tae Kwon Do and Fox Safety 911 will hold an open house in support of the cause April 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Family Support Council, 1255 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville. Entertainment will include fingerpainting, super jump castle and free popcorn and drinks. The DARE car, canine unit and polaroid ID will also be available. Sponsored by the Smallwood Foundation. Information, 782-8692.

Topaz chili cookoff

Forty chefs will compete for trophies in red and green chilis, and best salsa will also receive an award, dozens of craft booths, live entertainment, prize drawings all afternoon, food, beverages and contests are offered at the Topaz Chili Cookoff 10 a.m.-5 p.m., April 21, at Topaz Lodge and Casino, Highway 395, Topaz Lake. Admission is free. Sponsored by Carson Valley Sertoma, proceeds will go to charity. Information, 266-3468.

Horse health

Spring inoculations, de-worming, health checks, acupuncture and chiropractic are just some of the treatments that will be available at a discount at the Horse Health Fair Day, with all the proceeds benefiting the therapeutic riding program of the Sierra Nevada Handicapped Riding Association Inc. April 21 horse owners can take their horses to Fuji Park in Carson City from 9 a.m. to noon. Call Terri Colthrop at 828-RIDE for further information or to reserve time at the health fair. Time and space are limited.

Dance to the tunes

Reminisce will play for a dance April 21, Douglas County Senior Services Center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Admission is $4. The public is welcome.

Fly casters dinner

The High Sierra Fly Casters fourth annual Pre-Festival Dinner will be held April 21, Shannon Ball Room, Carson Valley Inn and Casino. Mel Krieger will be guest speaker. A live auction and no host bar will be available at 6 p.m., dinner will be at 7 p.m. with prime rib or salmon (your choice). A limited number of tickets are available at Angler’s Edge, 1420 A Highway 395, Gardnerville; Lone Tree Frame Co. and Gallery, 1598 Esmeralda Ave. in Minden; Leigh Miller, 783-9434; Jim Norton, 782-2277 or Gene Young, 720-4363.

Festival

The High Sierra Fly Casters will hold the seventh annual Fly Fishing Festival April 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., the Carson Valley Inn, 1627 Highway 395, Minden. The “Share the Art of Fly Fishing” event will feature internationally-know guest speaker Mel Krieger. A variety of exhibitors, seminars on fly tying and a variety of fly fishing subjects, a casting pond, door prize, raffle and silent auction will be available. Admission $5 per non-members, under 16 free, $10 per family, and free to paid-up members. Everyone is welcome.

Bingo

Douglas County Senior Services, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville, will offer the Young at Heart Bingo party April 22. Doors will open at noon and early bird games start at 1 p.m. Regular games start at 1:30 p.m. Bingo is open to the public, and you must be 18 years and older to play. Free coffee and popcorn will be offered. The winnings have been increased. Information, Bill Saurer, 782-0223.

Library carpet

The main library of the Douglas County Public Library at 1625 Library Lane, Minden, will be closed to the public April 23 and April 24. The public area of the library will be recarpeted. Regular telephone service will be available for renewals and inquiries, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. From April 25 through April 28, the library will be open to the public, but certain areas of the library may be restricted to staff use only as the recarpeting continues. The project should be finished by April 28. Information, 782-9841.

Town meeting

The Minden Town Board will meet April 4, 6 p.m., 1604 Esmeralda Avenue, Minden. On the agenda are discussion and possible action on presentation for the bus service within Douglas County, discussion and possible action on review and update on Carson Valley and Carson City water resource planning and discussion and possible action on award of bid for acceptance of organic yard waste for recycling. The 2001-2002 budget final approval is also on the agenda. Information, 782-5976.

DCCA-TV

The public is invited to attend the Douglas County Community Access Television Board of Directors Meeting April 10, 3:30 p.m., Minden Inn, Room 102 (1594 Esmeralda Ave., Minden). DCCA-TV is a non-profit organization which provides community access television in Douglas County. Information, 782-6010.

Natives and Newcomers Club

An Easter hat parade is planned for the Carson City Natives and Newcomers Club luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m., April 12, at the Carson Nugget in Carson City. Prizes will be awarded for the most original, the prettiest and the funniest. Heidi DePuy will be featured speaker, showing slides of her scuba diving adventures in the South Seas, as well as slides and commentary on our national parks. Visitors are welcome. Reservations must be made by April 9, 882-9200.

Support group

The Carson Prostate Cancer Support Group will meet April 12, 7 p.m. Topic is keeping mentally healthy with guest speaker therapist Don Toral at Carson-Tahoe Hospital Cancer Resource Center, 990 N. Minnesota St., Carson City. Information, Dave Bernard, 882-5264.

Library week

In honor of National Library Week, the Douglas County Public Library will host an appearance by Amelia Bedelia, preschool storytime, Teen Mystery Night and a volunteer breakfast. Library Community Program Coordinator Carol Rapacz will perform as “Amelia Bedelia” at 5 p.m., April 2. Nevada Young Reader’s Award books and new books will be featured April 4 at Storytime. Teen Mystery Night will be April 6, 6:30 p.m. with pizza and prizes for solving the mystery. Registration is required for grades 7-12. The Volunteer Breakfast will be held April 6. Members of the community will be thanked for their help. Information, 782-9841.

Art, spaghetti

Sierra Nevada 20/30 Club will hold its first art show and spaghetti feed, “Kids on Kanvas, Plus Pasta,” showcasing the artwork of Douglas County School District elementary students, April 3, 6 p.m., in the commons at Douglas High School. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Tickets, Marly Barainca, 265-6929, or Teresa Rose, 265-6608.

Teen night

Douglas County Public Library presents Teen Murder Mystery Night for grades 7-12. “Rock ‘n’ Roll Over Dead,” a play, will be presented April 6, 6-8:30 p.m. Pizza and prizes will be available for participants. The library is located at 1625 Library Lane, Minden. Information and to register, Maria Pearson, 782-9841.

Portraits fund-raiser

Portraits will be taken of children April 7, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Kid Pix Studio, Minden Plaza North, 1687 Highway 385, Suite 8, Minden. Kids may have their pictures taken with the Easter Bunny. First photo is $5, each additional photo is $3.50. All proceeds will be donated to the Carson Valley Community Food closet. Information, Kid Pix Studio, 783-0880.

Egg hunt

The Douglas High School Block D club will sponsor a free Easter egg hunt April 8 in Minden Park. The hunt is open to children 11 years and younger accompanied by an adult. The hunt will be held at 11 a.m. Information, Ernie Monfiletto at 782-5136, ext. 1948.

Genoa egg hunt

An Easter egg hunt will be held April 15, 1 p.m., Genoa Town Park, Nixon St., Genoa. People are asked to provide two dozen filled plastic eggs for each child they are taking to the hunt, delivering them to the gazebo in the park by noon or dropping them off at the town office or the Unity Church office during the week. The hunt is sponsored by the Genoa Events Committee. Information, Kathy Rapoport, 783-9175.

AARP

Carson Valley AARP, chapter #3683, will meet April 5 at 4 p.m. at the Douglas County Senior Services Center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville. Speaker will be Marlene Rengert, acting AARP state president. There will be a potluck and silent auction following the business meeting. Everyone should provide a dish to share and an item for the silent auction. Information, Marion Weissheimer, 782-6010.

Seminar

ElderCare Advisors of Nevada will hold a free seminar on “Life Planning – legal aspects of long-term care, tax deductibility of care costs, care, caregiving and guardianship issues.” The seminar is for spouses and adult children of a person with Parkinson’s disease, dementia, or other type of disabling condition and will be held at Merrill Gardens, 1566 Virginia Ranch Rd., Gardnerville, April 7, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Presenters are Henry W. Cavallera, elderlaw attorney; Felice Cavallera, CPA; Dennis Travers and Kim Spoon, private guardians; and Donna J. Shilinksy, geriatric care manager. Reservations, (775) 334-4431.