The “Compost Your Combustibles” group will meet today, 2-4 p.m., Douglas County Extension Office, 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville. On the agenda are planning the spring 2001 collection, discussion of project continuance and celebrating grant completion. Information, Steve Lewis, 782-9960.
The St. Gall Activity Club will snowshoe and cross-country ski at Spooner Junction today. Participants from Carson Valley should meet at Stephanie and Highway 395 at 9:30 a.m. Information and meeting time and place for Carson City residents, Terry and Ed Sutor, 267-5366, or Mike Shearer, 782-7820.
Lenten Soup Supper will be held today and April 4 and 11, 6:30 p.m., Coventry Cross Episcopal Church, 1361 Esmeralda Place, Minden. All are welcome to enjoy the homemade soups.
The Northern Nevada Development Authority breakfast meeting will be at the Carson Nugget today, 7:30 a.m. Guest speakers will be John Berkich, Carson City manager, Dan Holler, Douglas County manager, and Steve Snyder, Lyon County manager. They will review current development projects and proposed construction activity. Reservations are required. Fax the NNDA office, 883-0494, to make reservations. Cost is $12 for NNDA members and $15 for guests.
The Douglas County Building Industry Association meeting will be held 6:30 p.m., today, Carson Valley Inn, Minden. Guest speaker’s Rob Anderson of R.O. Anderson Engineering, who will speak on “Your Building Rights in Douglas County, and What About TDRs?” Information, 783-1782.
USDA Food Surplus food recipients may pick up supplies from 8 a.m. until noon March 29 (a one-day-only service for Douglas County recipients) at the Carson Valley Community Food Closet, 1255 Waterloo Lane, near Lampe Park in Gardnerville. Those receiving food must present identification and a food voucher. The emergency food assistance program is geared to those individuals who are on the food stamp program, seniors and those on Social Security who qualify. Proof of income is required. Information regarding qualifications, Diane Malone, food closet director, 782-3711, Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 1 to 4 p.m.
“Brachytherapy: Non-Surgical Treatment for Early Stage Prostate Cancer” will be presented by Dr. James Cunningham, March 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Carson-Tahoe Hospital summit room. The seminar is free to the public with registration at the door. Two hours of education units are offered from the Nevada State Board of Nursing. Information, 885-4705.
“What would Jesus have done?” is the title of a free lecture sponsored by the First Church of Christ, Scientist, 801 S. Carson St., Carson City, March 30, 7 p.m. Lecturer Earline Shoemake is a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship. She is a professional spiritual healer, teacher and lecturer and bases her work on the Bible and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy. She has been active with many non-profit organizations and as a prison chaplain. Information, 883-2178.
The Douglas County Democrats will host a chicken barbecue March 31, 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.
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, March 31 at 8:25 p.m. and April 1 at noon.
A workshop on energy balancing, an everyday guide to natural health, will be held March 31 and April 1, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Sacred Spiral Studio, 1558 First St., Minden. Information, Michelle Gabler, 782-4313.
Douglas County High School Rodeo will be held April 1, Douglas County Fairgrounds. Information, Alton Anker, 782-5957.
“Tahoe’s Animal Ark,” an on-the-Lake benefit event for the Tahoe Animal Rescue Shelter, will be held April 1, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Home School Curriculum fair will be held March 31, 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The East Fork Gallery in Gardnerville will hold the group’s annual spring reception April 1, 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.
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.
– Tax-Aide. Taxpayers of all ages can get help with tax returns at AARP Tax-Aide sites through April 15 in Gardnerville at the Douglas County Senior Services Center, Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for appointment, call 782-8267; in Minden, at the Minden Medical Center, Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., call for information, 841-6266 or 265-1093; and in Topaz Ranch Estates at the South County sheriff’s substation, Mondays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., for appointment, call 266-1028.
– Winter reading program. “Hi-Bear-Nate with a Good Book” is the theme of the winter reading program at the Douglas County Public Library. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and McDonald’s. Children off-track and on-track are welcome to participate, as well as preschoolers and homeschoolers. Children must read one hour a day for 16 days or any combination of time to accumulate 16 hours. For pre-readers, there is a Read-to-Me program. Children are to read for 20-30 minutes, then color a picture of a Teddy bear. When 20 bears are colored, they will receive a bookmark, prize from the treasure chest, McDonald’s certificate and a paperback book. Beginning readers may participate by reading 20-30 minutes a day. The program runs through National Library Week, April 1-7. Reading records may be turned in through the month of April. Information, 782-9841.
– Winter coats. Sierra Nevada 20-30 Club has drop-off points for children’s winter coats at Two Guys from Italy, 1488 Highway 395, and Rancho Grande, 1404 Highway 395, both in Gardnerville. The drive will continue through March. Information, 782-3729.
– Museum hours. The Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395, Gardnerville, is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., closed major holidays. Information, 782-2555.
– Thrift store. The Family Support Council Thrift Store is located at 1224 Pep Circle, Gardnerville, open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Information, 783-8869.
– FISH. FISH (Friends in Service Helping) thrift store is located at 811 Short Court, Suite C, Gardnerville. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Saturday. Information, 265-6522.
– Thrift shop. The Coventry Cross Thrift Shop has relocated to 1418-A Industrial Way, Gardnerville. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday through Saturday; noon-4 p.m. on Monday. Information, 782-9410.
– Used cartridges. The Gardnerville-Carson Valley Kiwanis Club is collecting used computer printer cartridges to benefit the community by keeping cartridges out of the landfills and generating money for the service club’s youth and senior projects. The used cartridges that may be recycled are empty inkjet, laser, copier and fax cartridges – all sizes, all brands. Businesses, county and state departments, schools and individuals may donate used items. The main drop-off point is at the office at Scolari’s Food and Drug Center, Gardnerville. For pickup and drop-off site information, 265-5141.
– CHDP medical care for children. The California Child Health and Disability Prevention program provides free health exams for children (birth-20 years) by trained medical staff for low- to moderate-income families. Health exams include well-baby care, routine physicals, school and sport physicals, teen check-ups, immunizations and vision/hearing/dental screenings. CHDP is for families uninsured or insured or with MediCal, MediCal Share of Cost, foster/legal guardian children. Call the Mono County Health Department, (760) 924-5410, for eligibility requirements.
– Volunteers sought. The Carson Valley Historical Society needs volunteers for the museum in Gardnerville to greet visitors and work in the gift shop, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1-4 p.m. Information, 782-2555.
– Library hours. Library hours at the main Douglas County library, off County Road in Minden, are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Lake Tahoe branch library, Zephyr Cove Park, Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Monday.
– Pool hours. Public swim (children 6 and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult) is offered weekdays 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Weekdays, slides are open 2:30-4 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Lap lanes are always open: 6 a.m.-8 p.m. on weekdays, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturdays and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sundays. Various programs are offered for children, adults, disabled persons and senior citizens. Call ahead for information, 782-8841.