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Art Walk Reno - Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Stroll along the Truckee River and throughout the downtown Arts District to the 18 locations showing art. The walk begins at 6 p.m. at West Street Market, 148 West Street. Tickets are $10, which includes a glass, raffle ticket and program for the evening. A portion of ticket sales every month goes to a local nonprofit. Art Walk Reno is part of Art Spot Reno, the main portal for accessing information about what’s happening in Reno's dynamic arts scene.

Reno Bighorns Basketball - Wednesday, March 1, 2017. The Bighorns take on the Windy City Bulls at the Reno Events Center, tip off at 11 a.m. Other home games this month are on March 3 (Raptors 905), March 13 (Ft. Wayne Mad Ants), March 20 (Texas Legends), and March 29 (Los Angeles D-Fenders).

North Lake Tahoe SnowFest - March 3 - 12, 2017. Centered in the North Lake Tahoe area, SnowFest is a multi-day winter carnival celebrating life in the High Sierra, with events and activities for all ages. Snow events will be at Squaw Valley USA, Alpine Meadows, Homewood, Diamond Peak, and Northstar California. Participate in special events, parades, races, parties, concerts, theater, dining, drinking, and more. See what's happening and when with the SnowFest Events Calendar.

"Mountains Majesty" concert by the Reno Pops Orchestra - Friday and Saturday, March 3 - 4, 2017 at 7 p.m. The free concert (donations appreciated) will be at North Valleys High School Theater, 1470 East Golden Valley Road in Reno. The Reno Pops info phone is (775) 673-1234.

70th Annual Kerak Shrine Circus - Friday through Sunday, March 3 - 5, 2017. The biggest show in town will be at the Reno – Sparks Livestock Events Center, 1350 North Wells Avenue in Reno. Performances will be on Friday at 7 p.m., on Saturday at 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 7 p.m., and on Sunday at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. General admission is $14 for children 1 to 12 years and $16 for adults. Reserved and box seats are available at extra cost. For more information, call (775) 688-5771.

"Bakersfield Mist" by Restless Artists's Theatre - March 5, 12, 19, 2017 at 2 p.m. and March 3, 4, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 2017 at 7 p.m. Maude, a fifty-something unemployed bartender living in a trailer park, has bought a painting for a few bucks from a thrift store. Despite almost trashing it, she's now convinced it's a lost masterpiece by Jackson Pollock worth millions. Online tickets are $15 general, $12 students, seniors, and military, plus service fee. Restless Artist's Theatre is at 295 20th Street in Sparks

Sparks Shamrock Shuffle - Saturday, March 4, 2017. Dress in the green and come participate in this 5K fun run at Victorian Square in Sparks. Enjoy great music, green-themed aid station, hilarious course markers, costume contests with trophies, photo booth and lots more fun. Runners over 21 get a Shamrock Shuffle pint glass and green beer and can go to the after-party at O'Skis pub. You can register online as an individual or group.

Gardening in Nevada: The Bartley Ranch Series - Tuesday, March 7, 2017. This free class is titled "Training and Pruning Fruit Trees," presented by Certified Arborist and Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Michael Janik. He will discuss the basics of fruit tree pruning, pruning to maximize production and the art of espalier (training fruit trees to grow on trellises or against a flat surface). Classes are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bartley Ranch Regional Park in Reno.

Shooting the West - March 7 - 12, 2017. The ultimate Nevada Photo Experience is an annual event held in Winnemucca, about 160 miles east of Reno on I80. There are numerous workshops, symposium, photo contests, talks from top photographers, field trips, and more. Registration is available online or by calling 877-623-3501.

26th Annual Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry - Saturday, March 11, 2017, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Go up to Virginia City for this popular event. Cooks from around the west fry, smoke or grill these delectable concoctions in a way that will make you forget what you're really eating. This is also the day for the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, a part of the whole St. Patrick's Day weekend of activities, which include the Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry, the Ball Breaker Saloon Crawl, music, costume contest and beer garden.

Come in from the Cold Family Entertainment Series - Weekly performances through March 18, 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 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.

Science Saturdays at the National Automobile Museum - Saturday, March 11, 2017. Join in on an adventure that is out of this world - "Living and Working on Mars." 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.

Hands ON! Second Saturdays - Saturday, March 11, 2017. Come to the Nevada Museum of Art for a day of fun activities and free admission for all. The program is new each month and frequently related to a current exhibit. Enjoy live performances, hands-on art activities and storytelling in this free monthly program for families. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Leprechaun Crawl - Saturday, March 11, 2017. Enjoy a fun roving party that celebrates St. Patrick's Day in downtown Reno. Crawling starts at 8 p.m. and goes until 4 a.m. for those who last that long. There's no cover at the 25+ participating establishments. Dress in your St. Patrick's Day finery and enjoy a rousing evening with thousands of other party animals. For more information, call (775) 342-9565.

Mini BioBlitz with Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation - Saturday, March 11, 2017, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Researchers will lead groups of community volunteers through each designated park to help collect data and gain a better understanding of biodiversity in the Truckee Meadows. The March event is at Crystal Peak Park in Verdi. It's free to participate and open to all ages. This event is part of a series, which in 2017 will include Bartley Ranch Regional Park, Hidden Valley Regional Park and Mayberry Park. (775) 453-0698.

Daylight Saving Time Begins - Sunday, March 12, 2017. Set your clocks forward at 2 a.m. on Sunday morning. If you don't plan on being awake then, do it before going to bed on Saturday night.

Leprechaun Race - Sunday, March 12, 2017. See if you can beat the leprechaun to the finish line on this fun race through Reno's Midtown and Wells Avenue districts. This is a family-friendly 5K event. Last day to drop off registration in person is Thursday, March 9. Online registration closes Wednesday, March 8. There will be no race day registration. The Leprechaun Race is a benefit for the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum.

Guided snowshoe hike at Spooner Lake - Sunday, March 12, 2017, 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Join a Park Ranger on a two-mile snowshoe hike at Spooner Lake State Park. The hike is fairly easy and all skill levels are welcome. Bring your own snowshoes, water and dress in layers as temperatures can vary. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed. Meet in the parking lot to the right after the driveway splits. Spooner Lake State Park is located .25 miles north of Highway 50 on State Route 28. Event is free, but park entrance fees apply. Entry is $7 per vehicle, $5 for Nevada residents. (775) 831-0494.

Discover Science Lecture Series - Thursday, March 16, 2017. Carolyn Porco is a veteran of the Voyager mission and is leading the imaging science of the Cassini Mission presently in orbit around Saturn. Her free lecture will be at 7 p.m. in the Redfield Auditorium in the Davidson Mathematics and Science Center on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

St. Patrick's Day - Friday, March 17, 2017. Lots of parties and green beer all around the Reno / Tahoe region. Check this article because some activities are during the previous weekend of March 12 - 13.

Free Classes about Gardening in Nevada - Continuing every Tuesday through March 28, 2017. 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.

"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 Expo 2017 - March 17, 18, 19, 2017. This big event is actually 4 shows for one ticket. All will run simultaneously at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, 4590 S. Virginia Street in Reno. Admission is only $5 for all four shows. Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Reno Off-Road & Motorsports Expo
  • Reno Boat & Recreation, Travel & Vacation Show
  • Reno Spring Home & Garden Show
  • Reno Pet Show (Saturday and Sunday only)

Reno Wine Walk - Saturday, March 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).

Washoe County Schools Spring Break - March 20 - 31, 2017. Check out all of the cool spring break camps and other fun activities happening during this break in the school action. There are lots of choices, so check it out and sign up early for the best selection of activities and camps.

First Day of Spring - Spring begins with the Equinox on Monday, March 20, 2017.

CannaGrow Expo - Saturday and Sunday, March 25 - 26, 2017. CannaGrow Expo is open to all, 18+, and is intended for cannabis growers, grow managers, dispensary owners, and grow enthusiasts to explore the latest cannabis cultivation technology, tools, and techniques. Educational sessions and over 100 vendors. No pot allowed at this venue. Online registration is available. The event is at the Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. 2nd Street in Reno.

Monthly Reno Beer Crawl - Saturday, March 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.

Reno 1868 FC Soccer - Saturday, March 25, 2017. Reno's new professional soccer team, Reno 1868 FC, will be playing its first regular season home game at Greater Nevada Field on Saturday, March 25, 2017. Their opponent will be the Orange County Soccer Club. The game starts at 7 p.m. Single-game tickets, group tickets and other options are available online.

The Truckee Meadows Irrigation Ditches - Sunday, March 26, 2017. This free program is brought to you by the Historic Reno Preservation Society. It is one of a series, with another scheduled on April 30. All programs start at 1 p.m. and are held in the Downtown Reno Library, 301 S. Center Streeet. These presentations are popular - arrive early if you want to get in. There is usually lots of nearby parking available.

WinterWonderGrass California - Friday through Sunday, March 31 - April 2, 2017. This is the 3rd annual event in Squaw Valley. It's a winter bluegrass music and craft beer festival featuring around 18 bands, over a dozen breweries, and food and food trucks. This is a family-friendly event with activities for kids. The venue is the Village at Squaw Valley ski resort, south of Truckee off Highway 89.

PTSD Discussion Group Meetings - March 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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