Summer in Carson Valley abounds with entertainment options |

Summer in Carson Valley abounds with entertainment options

A special reception for a show featuring the paintings of Charles Munroe and the photographic work of Nancy Raven is noon-2 p.m. Saturday at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center. Both honor the Washoe Tribe and neighboring tribal elders. Munroe returns to the museum not only with his painted gourds (shown at the 2015 exhibit) but has added a new selection of paintings made as a tribute to Washoe elders. Raven, an experienced photographer, also brings her collection of tribal portraits to share with the community. The exhibit runs throughout the summer. The Douglas County Historical Society will host a reception to meet the artists Saturday at the museum, located at 1477 Highway 395 in Gardnerville. Light refreshments and free admission. Visit or call 782-2555 for details.

Fourth of July choices:

Come to Heritage Park for a daylong Independence Day celebration. The Town of Gardnerville and Main Street Gardnerville host their fifth annual “Gardnerville Freedom 5K Fun Run/Walk” from 7 a.m.-10 a.m. followed by a patriotic music concert. Deck yourself out in a patriotic costume and show your spirit — you could win a prize for “best dressed.” Enjoy a run or walk around Heritage Park, Martin Slough Nature Trail and the Carson Valley Middle School cross country and running track. Pick up registration forms now at the Town of Gardnerville office or register online at No registration fee required for veterans and active military; you will need to fill out a form. There will be a free “Yankee Doodle Dash Obstacle Course” for kids 12 and under at 8 a.m. No preregistration is needed, but parents must sign a liability release. The Carson Valley Lions Club will be there to keep you fed throughout the day with a pancake breakfast from 8-10 a.m. The $7 breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee and orange juice. Ted Nagel of Rolling Thunder Music Co. will again emcee the event and entertain the crowd with patriotic and other music. The fun continues with a rousing performance by the Carson Valley Pops Orchestra. The Lions will remain on site from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. serving hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and beverages. Heritage Park is located at 1447 Courthouse Alley. This event is sponsored in part by the Record-Courier and Western Nevada Supply.

The Genoa Americana Celebration and Genoa Volunteer Fire Department July 4th Chicken Barbecue is a free admission event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the whole family at Mormon Station State Historic Park. The celebration kicks off at 10 a.m., followed by a children’s parade at 11 a.m. There will be five traditional music groups and a special Independence Day tribute performance by the Carson Symphony Orchestra at 4:30 p.m. Face painting, fun games for the kids (bring a towel) and a 50/50 raffle. Bring your own picnic or purchase a famous barbeque chicken dinner with all the fixin’s from the Genoa Volunteer Fire Department starting at 11 a.m. Root beer floats available too. See for more information.

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