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Reno Bighorns Basketball - Wednesday, February 1, 2017. The Bighorns take on the Iowa Energy at the Reno Events Center, tip off at 7 p.m. Other home games this month are on February 3 (Salt Lake City Stars) and February 24 (Santa Cruz Warriors).

Groundhog Day - On Thursday, February 2, 2017, Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow, or not. Depending on which way it goes, Phil's 100% accurate powers of prediction will indicate an early spring or six more weeks of winter.

Library Book Sale - Saturday through Sunday, February 4 - 12, 2017. Read Again Bookstore, a function of Friends of Washoe County Library, holds several book sales during the year. Sales are in the book store next door to the Sierra View Library in the Reno Town Mall. A day for Friends members only is on Friday, February 3, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. If you aren't a member, you can join at the door. All other days are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A Note-Able Evening of Romance - Enchanted Masquerade - Saturday, February 4, 2017. Note-Able Music Therapy Services is hosting the 13th annual A Note-Able Evening of Romance at 8 p.m. at the Grand Sierra Resort. Evening of Romance is a magical evening of music, dance, champagne and desserts. Guests are encouraged to wear formal wear and masks. Tickets are $65 per person, $650 for a reserved table of ten, and are available online or at (775) 324-5521. Proceeds go to support Note-Able Music Therapy Services.

Come in from the Cold Family Entertainment Series - Saturdays, February 4, 11, 18, 25, 2017. "Come in from the Cold" is held on Saturday evenings in the Western Heritage Interpretive Center at Bartley Ranch Regional Park in Reno. The 2017 series is in January, February, and March. The doors open at 5 p.m. with performances starting at 7 p.m. Seating is limited to 200, so arriving early at this popular event is a good idea.

Super Bowl LI (51) - Super Bowl Sunday 2017 is on February 5. It will be played at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. There are lots of big parties in the Reno area where you can enjoy food, drink, and cheer for your favorite team with lots of other fans. Lady Gaga will be the featured performer during the halftime show.

79th Regular Session of the Nevada Legislature - begins Monday, February 6, 2017. The Nevada Legislature meets every other year (biennial) for 120 consecutive days. The ending day will be June 5, 2017.

Free Classes about Gardening in Nevada - Beginning on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 and continuing every Tuesday through March 28. Learn from experts about growing a vegetable garden and other plants in northern Nevada. All classes will be at Bartley Ranch Regional Park in Reno. The first class it titled "Selecting and Caring for Fruit Trees."

Climate in the Truckee Meadows - Wednesday, February 8, 2017. This free talk, sponsored by Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation, is about global atmospheric processes and how they affect our daily lives. The talk will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the California Building at Idlewild Park in Reno.

Mardi Crawl - Saturday, February 11, 2017. This is an event on Reno's growing beer crawl calendar. Collect beads at every bar, enter costume contests, get pictures in the photo booth, hotel discounts, and more. Starts at 8 p.m. and goes till 6 a.m., for those that last that long.

Hands ON! Second Saturdays - Saturday, February 11, 2017. Come to the Nevada Museum of Art for a day of fun family activities and free admission for all. The theme is February is "Paint the Desert: Aboriginal Inspirations." Enjoy hands-on art activities, storytelling, a docent-guided tour, live performances, and community collaborations.

Science Saturdays at the National Automobile Museum - Saturday, February 11, 2017. Join in on an adventure that is out of this world. Admission is $12 per person for children and adults, which also includes admission to the Museum and free refreshments. For participants age 8 and up. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. The event is from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pre-registration is required approximately two days before the event. Call the Museum at (775) 333-9300 for more information.

Full Moon Hike at Washoe Lake State Park - Saturday, February 11, 2017, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Explore the park by the light of a full moon on this moderate 1.5-mile ranger-guided night hike to the gazebo on the Deadman's Creek Trail. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (775) 687-4319 or e-mailing washoelake@hdiss.net. The hike is free, but there is a park entrance fee of $7 per vehicle. Nevada residents receive a $2 discount. Cash or checks are accepted. Meet at the Maze parking lot (turn left past the fee booth, and it will be the first parking lot on the right).

Valentine's Day Dining and Activities - Tuesday, February 14, 2017. Valentine's Day this year falls on a Tuesday. There are romantic Valentine's Day dining opportunities available, along with other fun things to with your sweetheart.

Discover Science Lecture Series - Thursday, February 16, 2017. This presentation features Michael Dickinson, insect expert from the University of Washington. Lectures start at 7 p.m. in the Redfield Auditorium in the Davidson Mathematics and Science Center on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. Admission is free and on a first come basis.

"Toytopia" at the Wilbur D. May Museum - through April 16, 2017. Both grown-ups and kids will enjoy "Toytopia." It is inspirational for children and adults can revisit fun times from childhood. This entertaining and educational exhibit will be at the Wilbur D. May Museum in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno, 1595 N. Sierra Street. (775) 785-5961.

Reno-Tahoe Senior Winter Games - The Games are open to citizens 50+ and will be held at various places around the area from January 30 through February 14, 2017.

Lunar New Year Festival - Friday and Saturday, February 17 - 18, 2017. Bring in the Chinese New Year at the 2017 Lunar New Year Festival in Reno. The celebration will be at the Downtown Reno Ballroom from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. both days. Everyone in the community is invited to enjoy traditional Chinese food, lion and dragon dancing, Kung-Fu, and other performances. The Downtown Reno Ballroom is at 401 N. Center Street.

Reno 1868 FC Soccer - Saturday, February 18, 2017. The first exhibition game before the regular season for Reno 1868 FC, the new pro soccer team in town, will be against Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes. This is the beginning of the first season for Reno's United Soccer League team. The team is affiliated with the Earthquakes. Games will be played at Greater Nevada Field (home of Reno Aces baseball). Tickets start at $13 for general admission and can be purchased online.

Reno Wine Walk - Saturday, February 18, 2017. The Riverwalk Merchants present this fun event every third Saturday of the month. Visit any of the participating merchants with $20 and receive your wine glass and hand stamp (with photo ID), then make the rounds sampling wines at numerous businesses in the area. This is a 21+ event. Pets and strollers are not advised. For more information, call 775-825-WALK(9255).

President's Day - Monday, February 20, 2017. Schools, libraries and government offices will be closed.

"The Bremen Town Musicians" from Bruka Theatre For Children - February 23, 24, 25, 2017 at 10 a.m. Bruka presents an original modern adaptation of the obscure classic Grimms tale of "Bremen Town Musicians." Tickets are available online; $5 for kids 12 and under, $10 for everyone else, plus service fee. Bruka Theatre is at 99 N. Virginia Street in downtown Reno, just north of the Virginia Street Bridge. (775) 323-3221.

Broadway Comes to Reno - "Dirty Dancing" - Friday through Sunday, February 24 - 26, 2017. This show at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts. The Broadway Comes to Reno series is popular, so get your tickets in advance if you want to go.

Monthly Reno Beer Crawl - Saturday, February 25, 2017. This event is in downtown Reno where all of the participating bars, pubs, and restaurants are within walking (or crawling) distance. It costs $5 to participate and you can just show up at one of the start bars - advance tickets not required. Crawling is from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Keck Museum and Its Collection - Sunday, February 26, 2017. This free program is brought to you by the Historic Reno Preservation Society. It is one of a series, with others scheduled in March and April. All programs start at 1 p.m. and are held in the basement auditorium of the downtown Washoe County Library in Reno at 301 S. Center Streeet. These presentations are popular - arrive early if you want to get in.

PTSD Discussion Group Meetings - February 8 and 22, 2017, 6 p.m. VFW Post 9211 is sponsoring a PTSD discussion group that meets at the historic "Battle Born" bunker post every 2nd and 4th Wednesday. All individuals with a diagnosis of PTSD are invited to join this group. This is NOT restricted to veterans or VFW members. Any member of the community is invited, including civilians and service persons such police, firefighters, and medical personnel. VFW Post 9211 is located a block west of the Virginia Street / Moana lane intersection. The Post number is (775) 825-7007. Direct questions to the Post Surgeon, Dr. Schwartz, at (775) 409-4561.

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