What to get out and do in 2011
Auditions for TOAD’s stage production of Disney’s “Cinderella” are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School, 701 Long Valley Road, Gardnerville Ranchos.
Students age 5-11 should prepare a one-minute song.
Rehearsals begin Sunday. Performances are March 25-27 and April 1-3.
Tuition is $100. Financial assistance available. Sign up for auditions with TOAD Artistic Director Kris Garrett, toad.vpweb.com or (775) 219-3577.
TOAD presents master classes in musical theater and dance audition with choreographer Erin McDowell on Saturday. McDowell choreographed the Pau-Wa-Lu production of “Grease,” and will choreograph “Guys & Dolls Jr.”
The musical theater dance class is 10 a.m. Saturday, with an audition workshop at 11 a.m. Bring a song with accompaniment to perform and be critiqued. Classes are $20 each, with discounts for multiple classes. Sign up with Kris Garrett, firstname.lastname@example.org or (775) 219-3577.
Carson Valley Community Theatre hosts an acting workshop with producer, director, acting teacher and coach Peter Frisch, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at the Carson Valley Arts Council Building, 1572 Highway 395, Minden.
The class is open to 12 students. Cost is $150 for the two-day, 8-hour seminar. Register with Lucille Rao, (775) 843-3493. Information, http://www.TheFrischStudio.com
An informational meeting for the Douglas County Historical Society’s Young Chautauqua program is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395, Gardnerville. Students in fourth to 12th grades are invited to choose a character from history to research and present in the first person.
The group meets every other week for 11 sessions starting Jan. 18, and performs in character under the tent at Mormon Station State Historic Park, June 15 – 16.
There is no charge for this program. Young Chautauqua is funded in part by AVID. Information, Grace Bower, 782-2555
Workshops at Lone Tree
Jan Rollenhagen offers gourd art workshops, 1-4 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month continuing through May at Lone Tree Gallery in Minden. Cost of $36 per workshop includes materials and use of equipment. Other workshops include two-day pastel classes with Thaleia Georgiades on Friday and Saturday, and Jan. 14-15, silk painting with Louise Noel on Feb. 5. Classes include weekly oil painting with Greg Drinkwine, and private watercolor lessons with Don Fotine. Information on Lone Tree classes and workshops at http://www.lonetreegallery.net or 782-2522.
Artist Reiko Hervin offers drawing and watercolor classes February through April at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension office, 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville. Each class includes 30 minutes of still-life drawing and two hours of watercolor painting and critique.
Beginning class A: step-by-step for absolute beginner, six classes, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Thursdays starting Feb. 10.
Intermediate class B: For less than three years’ painting experience, six classes, 1-3:30 p.m., Thursdays starting Feb. 10.
Advanced class C: For advanced amateurs with more than five years’ painting experience, 1-3:30 p.m. Thursdays starting Feb. 3.
Western, cowboy, and Southwest Indian artists are invited to participate in art galleries during the Genoa Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival on May 5-8.
The juried art show begins with a preview reception followed by two days of gallery shows where artwork is offered for sale. The jurying fee is $20. After acceptance in the jurying process, the gallery fee is $125.
Applications and information about vendor opportunities available at the Town of Genoa, 782-8696.
The Genoa Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival, sponsored by the Town of Genoa and the Carson Valley Arts Council, features cowboy poets and musicians and workshops on storytelling, blacksmithing, leather tooling, and saddle making.
A complete schedule and Genoa Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival information at http://www.cowboypoetrygenoa.com
Get a hobby,
cut a rug
Parks and recreation
Douglas County Parks & Recreation offers activities and classes for children to seniors. Activities include dog obedience, scrap booking, ballroom dance, tai chi, yoga and concealed weapon certification. Registration is required. Information at 1327 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville, or 782-9828.
Ballroom, square dancing
Dance is a great way to work off holiday pounds while having fun and learning new skills. An evening of dancing can equal a three to four mile jog while strengthening bones, lowering blood pressure, improving cholesterol, and conditioning the cardiovascular system. And it’s more fun than a treadmill.
Dance instructor Larry Ward presents dance classes beginning this month. Ballroom dance includes instruction in cha-cha, waltz, fox trot, salsa, East Coast swing, Texas two-step, and American tango.
Ballroom Dance for adults and teens is 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays Jan. 5-April 13 at the Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada, 813 N. Carson St. Registration accepted through the Jan. 12 class. Cost is $8 adults, $5 teens, per person per class.
Ballroom Dance for teens meets 5:30 p.m. Sundays from Jan. 9-April 10 at Genoa Town Hall, 2289 Main St., Genoa. Registrations accepted through Jan. 16. Cost is $5 per person per class.
Ward and George and Nellie Dudoit teach a 13-week course on square dance and line/country dance, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 4-March 29, at Genoa Town Hall. The class is sponsored by the Genoa Town Twirlers.
Cost is $6, per person per class. Couples and singles welcome. Register through Jan. 18 at 461-0474.
See a concert
Jazz singer Halie Loren performs 5 p.m. Sunday at Tahoe Ridge Winery, Marketplace & Bistro, 1644 Highway 395, Minden. Loren’s musical style has been compared to Norah Jones. Her recently released “Stages” features jazz classics and original songs. Information about Loren at halieloren.com
Tickets are $12.50. Information, tahoeridge.com or 783-1566, ext. 103.
The Carson Valley Arts Council’s concert series features Acadian band Vishten, Jan. 15, at the CVIC Hall in Minden. The four-piece band incorporates step-dancing and fiddle, guitar, accordion, penny whistle, banjo, mandolin, piano, and percussion instruments into their music. Information about the band at vishten.net
Wine reception at 6 p.m., concert at 7 p.m. Tickets $20, or $17 for arts council members, purchased at cvartscouncil.com, 782-8207, or at the door.
Look at the birdy
The ninth annual Eagles and Agriculture event is Feb. 25-27. Eagles & Ag provides an opportunity to experience the influx of bald eagles and other birds of prey that come to Carson Valley during the winter calving season. The interaction between nature and agriculture attracts photographers, birders and nature-lovers who come to observe bald and golden eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, and other birds and wildlife.
Almost 4,000 attended last year’s Eagles & Ag event. This year’s programs include a reception and dinner, a private ranch and eagle tour, and the Owl Prowl.
Eagles & Ag is presented by the Carson Valley agricultural and ranching community, Carson Valley Visitors Authority, Lahontan Audubon Society, the Nature Conservancy, Western Nevada Resource Conservation & Development Office, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.
The tours and workshops demonstrate how agricultural stewardship benefits wildlife and their habitat in Nevada. Proceeds benefit local wildlife, conservation and agriculture projects. Tours and events are staged at or hosted by the Carson Valley Inn on Highway 395 in Minden. Early registration is encouraged to sign up soon as space is limited for all Eagles and Agriculture events.
Event schedule, registration, and special lodging rates available at http://www.visitcarsonvalley.org or at the Carson Valley Visitors Authority, (800) 727-7677.