The Douglas County Public Library will host a Kwanzaa Celebration for the community at the library today, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Kwanzaa, which means “first fruits,” was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana “Ron” Karenga as a unique African American celebration and is based on seven principles, unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. Kwanzaa is officially celebrated from Dec. 26-Jan. 1. It is not a religious, heroic or political holiday. It is a cultural celebration. The Douglas County Public Library is located at 1625 Library Lane, Minden. Information, 782-9841.
Rebecca Judd, performer and producer of “WWII, SWAK” (World War II, Sealed with a Kiss, a one-woman show), will be the guest on Around Douglas with Jane Lehrman, KGVM-FM radio show, Dec. 25 at 8 a.m. and Dec. 26, at noon.
Booth participants are being sought for Your Health in 2000, a health fair sponsored by the Senior Services Division of Douglas County with support from the Carson Valley Inn and The Record-Courier, Jan. 19, 2000, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Spaces for booths at the event are available at a cost of $75. The health fair will cover a variety of health screenings, educational information and other services for seniors, although all ages are welcome. Information, Senior Services Division at 782-8267.
The Alpine New Year’s Eve Party for the Whole Family is open to the public and will feature pizza, soda, snacks, deserts, games, music and dancing plus dance and yo-yo contests. Prizes and other giveaways are planned. The party will be held beginning at 6 p.m. Dec. 31 until 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1 at Turtle Rock Park, between Woodfords and Markleeville on State Route 89. The party is alcohol and tobacco-free, and is supported by the Tobacco Education program (Prop. 99). Also sponsoring the event are the Alpine Children Center’s Family Resource, Alpine Children’s Center Home Visitor and Alpine Kids Programs. Information, (530) 694-2390 or 694-2934.
The Minden-Douglas Elks Lodge will hold a New Year’s Eve party to celebrate the turn of the century upstairs at Sharkey’s in Gardnerville. The event, billed as the New Year/New Century/New Millennium Celebration, will be held Dec. 31 from 9:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1, 2000, with dancing to Brian Farnon’s 17-piece Tahoe Big Band and music from the 1940s and ’50s. A midnight toast is planned, and dress is semi-formal. Party favors will be distributed, and there will be a no-host bar. Hors d’oeuvres will be offered during the party, and breakfast will be served at 1 a.m. Jan. 1, catered by the executive chef of Harrah’s five-star Summit Restaurant, Lake Tahoe. Seating is limited, and cost is $110 per couple. Reservations, Dave Trueblood at 782-3416 or Doug Tucker at 265-7208.
A volleyball clinic for girls in grades 6th, 7th and 8th will be held at Douglas High School Jan. 9, 2000, 1-5 p.m. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m., and the clinic starts at 1 p.m., sponsored by the DHS volleyball program. Information, David or Karen Myers, 782-2821, or Janis McCreary, 783-9760.
4-H Bug Club
The first meeting of the new 4-H Entomology Bug Club will be on Jan. 12, 2000, at 5 p.m. at the Nevada Cooperative Extension office. Anyone interested in joining this or many other clubs offered by the 4-H program offered in Douglas may call Nevada Cooperative Extension at 782-9960 or stop by the office at 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville.