December Calendar

Compiled by Stina Fausone

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Drive-By Food Drive
Nov. 30 – Dec. 8
Times vary with days
Genoa Fire Department — Genoa
Share your holiday food this Christmas with the Genoa Fire Department! GFD will be hosting a food drop-off point at the GFD Fire Station through Dec. 8. Volunteers will transfer all the donated food Dec. 9 to the Channel 2 News “Share Your Christmas” Holiday Drive-By Food Drive drop off at the Carson Valley Inn. For details, visit http://www.genoanevada.org/calendar_2016.htm#December

Eat a Red Apple Day
Thursday, Dec. 1

World AIDS Awareness Day
Thursday, Dec. 1

Reno Art Walk
Thursday, Dec. 1
5:30 p.m.
Downtown — Reno
Enjoy an evening strolling through the Downtown/Riverwalk area on a guided tour! Learn about the art featured in local businesses and galleries as you stroll the chilly streets and support local! The guided tour leaves at 5:30 p.m. from West St. Market, 148 West St. Tickets are $10. Join in the fun for the after-party, Loud As Folk, at Pignic Pub & Patio, 235 Flint St. This month, a portion of the Art Walk Reno proceeds and donations from Loud As Folk will benefit Reno Little Theater. For details, visit artspotreno.com

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Outreach Clinic
Thursday, Dec. 1
1 – 3 p.m.
Downtown Reno Library — Reno
Food Bank of Northern Nevada will be hosting SNAP outreach clinics to assist low-income families and individuals in applying for SNAP benefits. First come, first served. For details, visit https://fbnn.org/

Carson Valley Christmas Kickoff Event
Thursday, Dec. 1
4:30 – 7 p.m.
Heritage Park — Gardnerville
Enjoy fireworks, food, and family at this Christmas kickoff event! Come down to Heritage Park for a perfect holiday soirée. For details, visit http://www.visitcarsonvalley.org/calendar/987-carson-valley-christmas-kickoff.html

First Thursday: King Finger Art & Music Event
Thursday, Dec. 1
5 – 7 p.m.
Nevada Museum of Art — Reno
Stop by the Nevada Museum of Art on the first Thursday of every month and jam to live music, enjoy specialty craft cocktails, and check out some of the unbelievable featured galleries. For details, visit https://www.nevadaart.org/calendar/

Museum Store: Holiday Sale
Dec. 1 – 3
Times vary with individual days
Nevada Museum of Art — Reno
Do your holiday shopping during this annual sale and find one-of-a-kind gifts for every art lover on your long list of friends and family. Support local and choose from handmade bags and jewelry, to the Museum’s unmatched books; the entire store is on sale. Members receive 20% savings, 10% for everyone else! For details, visit http://www.nevadaart.org/calendar/2016/12/

Tahoe Film Fest
Dec. 1 – 4
Times vary with individual showings
Locations vary between Northstar and Incline Village cinemas
Presented by Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships (SWEP), Tahoe Film Fest will present a select group of films and special events that will bring together an exclusive mixture of celebrities, film buffs, students, entertainment industry professionals, and members of the community to shed light on Lake Tahoe and surrounding environments. For details, visit http://tahoefilmfest.org/

Toys for Tots Toy Drop-Off Event
Dec. 1 – Dec. 23
Times vary with days
Gilmor Coons Real Estate Group — Genoa
Gilmor Coons Real Estate Group will host a collection for new and unwrapped toys this year! Toys will be handed out by community volunteers to local children in need. For details, visit http://www.genoanevada.org/calendar_2016.htm#December

Quick & Easy Indian Food Class
Thursday, Dec. 1
6 p.m.
Nothing To It! Culinary Center — Reno
Indian cuisine is an art all of its own. Known for it’s unique blend of herbs and spices, this NTI class will teach you how to master this foreign cuisine for dinner parties to come. For details, visit http://nothingtoit.com/index.asp?page=classes&action=detail&record=3464

National Fritters Day
Friday, Dec. 2 Minden’s Holiday Weekend Event
Friday, Dec. 2
5 p.m.
Downtown — Minden
The Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce presents Minden’s Holiday Weekend boasting live music, great food, lights, love, laughs and fun holiday events for children. For details, visit http://www.visitcarsonvalley.org/calendar/998-minden-s-holiday-weekend.html

Christmas Holidays in Genoa Events
Friday, Dec. 2
6 p.m.
Downtown — Genoa
Enjoy Christmas caroling at Genoa Community Church; the Genoa tree lighting, and a visit from Santa on this wonderful family get together in Genoa this year! For details, visit http://www.genoanevada.org/calendar_2016.htm#Dec.

Jingle & Mingle Gala
Friday, Dec. 2
6 – 9:30 p.m.
Whitney Peak Hotel Ballroom — Reno
This is Step2Reno’s largest fundraising event! All proceeds and donations go to Step2Reno’s fundraising programs that help women with substance abuse issues to rebuild their lives. For details, visit http://step2reno.org/

Parade of Lights Event
Saturday, Dec. 3
5 p.m.
Minden Park — Minden
Bring the whole gang to this fun parade! Grab your blankets and chairs to watch the Floats, Marching Bands, Color Guard and of course, special guest form the North Pole, make their way along Hwy 395 from Eddie St. to Minden Park. For details, visit http://www.visitcarsonvalley.org/calendar/950-21st-annual-parade-of-lights.html

The Grinch Made Me Do It Saloon Crawl
Saturday, Dec. 3
5 p.m.
Downtown — Virginia City
Kick off the Christmas Season with a little bit of holiday fun, where designated drivers are rewarded for being "Rudolph." Sample a wide variety of holiday-themed specialty drinks that the saloons of Virginia City are known for. Designated drivers receive a special cup good for unlimited free non-alcoholic beverages throughout the day as well as a Virginia City Christmas on the Comstock Santa hat, plus the chance to win a $50 gas card! The crawl makes stops at every saloon located within the heart of the historic district, approximately a mile long! All crawl participants receive discounts on full specialty drink orders. Visit all the saloons and be entered to win the grand prize. For details, visit http://visitvirginiacitynv.com/events/christmas-on-the-comstock.html

Virginia City’s Parade of Lights
Saturday, Dec. 3
5 p.m.
Downtown — Virginia City
The Comstock shines bright with Christmas cheer during the month of December but it shines brightest during the Parade of Lights! Watch as cars and locals dress to impress themselves, their cars, and their homes; and guess what, you’re free to join the festive parade! For details, visit http://visitvirginiacitynv.com/events/christmas-on-the-comstock.html

Second Hand Prose Holiday Open House
Saturday, Dec. 3
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Northwest Reno Library — Reno
Buy gifts for the bibliophile, including book themed gift baskets, activity kits to amuse and educate children of all ages, ornaments and stocking stuffers. Light refreshments will be served. Enjoy harp, flute, and violin music performed by local musicians. Free and open to the public. For details, visit https://www.washoecountylibrary.us/libraries/northwest-reno.php

Guided Art Tours
Saturday, Dec. 3 
1 – 2 p.m.
Nevada Museum of Art — Reno
Tour the Nevada Museum of Art with the Museum’s trained docents during the regularly scheduled guided tours offered Thursdays at 6 p.m. (except First Thursdays); Saturdays at 1 p.m., and Sundays at 1 p.m. The tour will consist of the featured exhibit that is most current. Reservations are not needed and the tour is free with admission fee. For details, https://www.nevadaart.org/calendar/2016/12/

Christmas on the Comstock Event Weekend
Saturday, Dec. 3
Times vary with individual events
Downtown — Virginia City
Join in the fun in downtown Virginia City for the annual Christmas on the Comstock celebration! St. Mary’s Art Faire will host the annual holiday faire, displaying the works of artist and artisans from around the community; The Christmas Craft Faire will have booths from fudge and knitted apparel to Christmas crafts and face painting! You’ll find these events and more at this year’s Christmas on the Comstock. For details, visit http://visitvirginiacitynv.com/events/christmas-on-the-comstock.html

City of Sparks Hometown Christmas Parade
Saturday, Dec. 3
10 – 1 p.m.
Victorian Square — Sparks
Scheels is kicking off this annual Christmas Parade with the Ugly Sweater Run! Sweat your hearts out as you run through historic downtown Sparks. After the run, head out to see Santa for the parade with marching bands, floats, animal groups, and of course, the big man himself! For details, visit http://www.cityofsparks.us/christmasparade

Culinary Boot Camp Class
Saturday, Dec. 3
9:30 a.m.
Nothing To It! Culinary Center — Reno
This is the “Reader’s Digest Version” of general culinary techniques and ingredients. Learn the skills that are most important in the kitchen! You will learn fundamental cooking methods, sauces, knife skills and baking methods that you will be able to use in everyday cooking for years to come. For details, visit http://nothingtoit.com/index.asp?page=classes&action=detail&record=3448

Cupcake Day Celebration with the Nevada Humane Society
Saturday, Dec. 3
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Nevada Humane Society — Reno
There’s no place like “Home for the Holidays,” and there is nothing yummier than holiday cupcakes and goodies! Nevada Humane Society (NHS) hosts their Home 4 the Holidays Cupcake Day. Bring your friends and family and enjoy hundreds of cupcakes in different styles and flavors that will be provided by local bakeries and volunteer bakers. Visitors can sample and take some home to share with family and friends for a small donation that will directly benefit the care of homeless pets. Santa Paws will be available for photos too—whether dog, cat, or other small creature, your pets are welcome to sit on Santa’s lap for a photo you will cherish this holiday season! For details, visit http://nevadahumanesociety.org/event/pet-photos-santa-paws-cupcake-day/

Breakfast with Santa at Genoa Event
Saturday, Dec. 3
8:30 a.m.*
Genoa Town Hall — Genoa
Santa is here! Santa will be visiting with children and their families throughout the pancake breakfast today. Fluffy pancakes, coffee and orange juice will be served at this annual event. *Times vary for each visit 8:30 a.m., 9:40 a.m., 10:50 a.m. For details, visit http://www.genoanevada.org/calendar_2016.htm#Dec.

Broadway Comes To Reno: Spirit of the Season
Dec. 3 – 4
Times vary with individual performances
Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts — Reno
This holiday tradition will play to packed houses for three shows: a matinee an evening performance on Saturday, and a matinee on Sunday. The Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Dr. Jason Altieri welcome a combination of singers, dancers, performers, students, Santa Tappers, Santa Claus and more! Look for many of your favorite local artists here. Spirit of the Season is certain to bring holiday joy for the whole family. Enjoy orchestral arrangements, jazzy numbers, traditional holiday tunes, and “joy-Phil-ed” carols wrapped in fantasy and fun for everyone. For details, visit http://pioneercenter.com/all-events/event/spirit-of-the-season/

Home Tours
Dec. 3 – 4
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Spend the day with friends and family while enjoying self-guided tours of homes in a neighborhood we have never seen before. Homes showcased can be enjoyed in one day or over both days. Check-in for the tour will be located at Red Hawk Golf Clubhouse at 6600 N. Winfield Pkwy. Please check in during tour times only. Upon check-in guests will receive a program booklet and map. Lunches available through Nothing To It! Culinary Center. Purchase your lunch tickets provided by Nothing To It! for $15 in advance online at STEP2reno.org or by calling 775-787-9411 ext. 2016.

V&T Candy Cane Express Railroad Tours
Dec. 3 – 4
Noon or 2 p.m.
V&T Railroad — Virginia City
Begin your holiday season aboard vintage, heated coaches this year! Savor hot chocolate, cider, candy canes and cookies during your magical trip through our beautiful Nevada scenery on these classic trains. *Children 2-12 years, under 2 yrs ride free on lap. $19 Adult / $8 Child! For details, visit http://virginiatruckee.com/theme-trains-events/

Magic of Santa Arts & Crafts Faire
Dec. 3 – 4
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center — Reno
Find beautiful hand made crafts from toll painted snowmen and beautiful doll clothes to fine wood work for yourself and the ones you love. Come support your local small family owned businesses. The parking is FREE and you can save a $1.00 off your admission if you bring a can of food to support Evelyn Mount's Community Outreach or a Toy for Casey's Project! Raffle Drawings for items donated by the vendors will be done every few minutes! For details, visit http://tannersreno.com/santa/

Sierra Chef Holiday Shopping Soiree Party
Sunday, Dec. 4
2 – 6 p.m.
Sierra Chef — Gardnerville
This complimentary event still asks for an RSVP! Enjoy bubbly, holiday appetizers, and a variety of special vendors. Sorno Toscana, Sunflowers of Provence, Sierra Chef, Tahoe See Co., Sagebrush Soap Co., Ginger’s Unique Boutique and Princess House will all be in attendance! Laugh and indulge with the best of the best our local community offers. For details, visit http://www.sierrachef.com/cooking-classes.html

St. Nicholas Day
Tuesday, Dec. 6

Pearl Harbor Day
Wednesday, Dec. 7

Biscuit & Scone Workshop
Wednesday, Dec. 7
6 p.m.
Nothing To It! Culinary Center — Reno
There’s nothing quite like walking into a kitchen after you first open your sleepy eyes to the smells of biscuits and scones. In this workshop you will learn how to take your batter to the next level, how to bake in a high altitude environment (all you Lake Tahoe, folk!), and learn a variety of flavor combinations. For details, visit http://nothingtoit.com/index.asp?page=classes&action=detail&record=3430

Educator Evenings
Wednesday, Dec. 7
4 – 6 p.m.
Nevada Museum of Art — Reno
Local educators are invited to attend a FREE series on the first Wednesday of every month (excluding January and July). This event will be followed by a reception with light refreshments. Teacher in-service credit is available for participating in the Educator Evenings. For details, visit http://www.nevadaart.org/calendar/2016/12/

Small Wonder Wednesday Early-Entry Event
Wednesday, Dec. 7
9 a.m.
Nevada Discovery Museum — Reno
Don’t miss this special treat every Wednesday for your little investigators. Children five years and under can enjoy story time and explore the museum a full hour before it is open to the public. For details, visit https://nvdm.org/events/

Toddler Art Adventure: Winter Wonderland Class
Wednesdays, Dec. 7 – 14
10 – 10:45 a.m.
E.L. Cord Museum School — Reno
This class is for ages 2 – 5 years with the accompaniment of a parent! Have a fun-filled day with your toddler as you delve into winter arts and crafts. For details, visit http://www.nevadaart.org/learn/e-l-cord-museum-school/class-schedule/youth/

National Brownie Day
Thursday, Dec. 8

Guided Art Tours
Thursday, Dec. 8 
1 – 2 p.m.
Nevada Museum of Art — Reno
Tour the Nevada Museum of Art with the Museum’s trained docents during the regularly scheduled guided tours offered Thursdays at 6 p.m. (except First Thursdays); Saturdays at 1 p.m., and Sundays at 1 p.m. The tour will consist of the featured exhibit that is most current. Reservations are not needed and the tour is free with admission fee. For details, https://www.nevadaart.org/calendar/2016/12/

Gingerbread Workshop
Thursday, Dec. 8
4 – 5 p.m.
6 – 7 p.m.
E.L. Cord Museum School — Reno
Ornament a festal gingerbread house to take home and enjoy for the holiday season. Children will have a ball frosting their houses and decorating them with an assortment of candies to create that perfect snowy scene. Dress for a mess! For details, visit http://www.nevadaart.org/learn/e-l-cord-museum-school/class-schedule/youth/

Holiday Mixology Class
Thursday, Dec. 8
6 – 8 p.m.
Sierra Chef — Gardnerville
Impress your guests at your Christmas party this year with this mixology class from Sierra Chef! Spots are filling quickly, so sign up today! For details, visit http://www.sierrachef.com/cooking-classes.html

Conversational Spanish Gallery Tours
Thursday, Dec. 8
5 – 6 p.m.
Nevada Museum of Art — Reno
Join in the fun for a feature gallery tour and informal conversation completely in Spanish. Designed for native and non-native Spanish speakers alike. Reservations aren’t required and the class is included with price of admission. The class is FREE for students with ID! For details, visit http://www.nevadaart.org/calendar/2016/12/

Laughing Owl Productions Presents: A Christmas Carol
Dec. 8 – 23
Times vary with individual performances
Laughing Owl Productions — Reno
Sensationalized with flair and wit in a version first performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company, this adaptation of this classic story captures Dickens' ironic point of view while it creates a panoramic view of Victorian London.  This is a Holiday Tradition for the whole family! For details, visit http://www.laughingowlproductions.com/

National Pastry Day
Friday, Dec. 9

Not Your Mom’s Crockpot Class
Friday, Dec. 9
1 – 4 p.m.
Sierra Chef — Gardnerville
It’s okay if you use your mom’s crockpot, but we’re about to shake up all the old recipes! Learn how to make hearty, healthy and delicious meals in your old (or new!) crockpot. For details, visit http://www.sierrachef.com/cooking-classes.html

Art Afternoon: Workshop and Social for Seniors
Friday, Dec. 9 
1 – 3 p.m.
Nevada Museum of Art — Reno
A guided tour, studio art class, and light refreshments are offered at the Nevada Museum of Art this afternoon and are designed for any and all senior participants. These monthly sessions are held on the second Friday of each month. Registration is available online or day of and is sponsored in part by the Leonette Foundation Seniors and Art Endowment. General admission is $7 or $6 for museum members. For details, visit http://www.nevadaart.org/calendar/2016/12/

39 North Pole Village Market
Dec. 9 – 10
4 – 10 p.m.
Victorian Avenue — Sparks
Downtown Sparks becomes a sparkling winter wonderland as the Nugget Casino Resort and 39 North Downtown team up to host 39 North Pole Village.  Stroll through the holiday lights and enjoy visits with Santa, kids activities and much more! Kick off your holiday season with the best of the best. For details, visit http://www.nuggetcasinoresort.com/events-en.html

The A.V.A Ballet Theatre & the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra Present: Nutcracker Ballet
Dec. 9 – 11
Times vary with individual performances
Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts — Reno
The stage at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts will be alive with the sugar plum fairy and the amazing dancing mice as A.V.A. Ballet Theatre presents the annual Nutcracker Ballet! The A.V.A. Ballet Theatre’s artistic director Alexander Van Alstyne has choreographed an exciting rendition of the popular holiday ballet, as the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s moving score. Laura Jackson will conduct the orchestra! For details, visit http://pioneercenter.com/all-events/event/the-nutcracker-featuring-the-reno-phil/

Ugly Christmas Sweater Picasso & Shine Art and Wine Event
Saturday, Dec. 10
6 – 9 p.m.
Seven Troughs Distillery — Reno
In this two hour class you’ll delve into paint and cocktails as you try your hand on 11x17’ canvas! Materials such as aprons, easels, paints, and great music will be provided. Reserve your spot today! https://sites.cimplebox.com/events/m/registration.aspx?s=4180&c=2384&eid=259913&r=0.8942769

Museum School Open House and Hands ON! Second Saturdays Art Event
Saturday, Dec. 10
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Nevada Museum of Art — Reno
Children and families are invited to enjoy faculty demonstrations in the E.L. Cord Museum School, free hands-on art activities, performances, storytelling, and a docent guided tour. For details, visit http://www.nevadaart.org/calendar/2016/12/

Carson Valley POP’s Winter Concert
Saturday, Dec. 10
7 p.m.
C.V.I.C. Hall — Minden
The Carson Valley Pops Orchestra is a 501©3 organization made up of musicians in the community who donate their time and talent to provide free concerts to Carson Valley. There are about 35 – 40 members consisting of amateur and professional musicians; middle school, high school and college students, as well! CV Pops has awarded scholarships to graduates the last 4 years, and brings the love of music to you this year for their winter concert! For details, visit http://www.visitcarsonvalley.org/calendar/984-carson-valley-pop-s-winter-concert.html

Reno Santa Crawl
Saturday, Dec. 10
7:30 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Downtown — Reno
Support the Clause this year for the annual Reno Santa Crawl! To-date, the Reno Santa Crawl have given more than $200,000 to local charities in the area! More than 12,000 people are expected this year dressed to the nines in their Santa gear! Get your cup, grab your crew, and ring in the New Year. http://renosantacrawl.com/

Kids Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen Class
Saturday, Dec. 10
1 – 3 p.m.
Sierra Chef — Gardnerville
How sweet would it be for your child to present a holiday treat all their own to the family? In this class your child will learn how to perfectly create some holiday treats to share with your loved ones. For details, visit http://www.sierrachef.com/cooking-classes.html

Oh Snow You Didn’t Concert
Saturday, Dec. 10
7 – 9 p.m.
Grand Sierra Resort and Casino — Reno
Jam out with 104.1 KRZQ at the Grand Sierra Resort for Oh Snow You Didn’t show! This year’s artists are the Dirty Heads, Atlas Genius, and Night Riots. For details, visit https://www.grandsierraresort.com/entertainment-and-nightlife/oh-snow-you-didnt-3?highlight=WyJvaCIsInNub3ciLCJ5b3UiLCJ5b3UnbGwiLCJ5b3UncmUiLCJ5b3UnZCIsInlvdSd2ZSIsInlvdSciLCJkaWRuJ3QiLCJvaCBzbm93Iiwib2ggc25vdyB5b3UiLCJzbm93IHlvdSIsInNub3cgeW91IGRpZG4ndCIsInlvdSBkaWRuJ3QiXQ==

Guided Art Tours
Saturday, Dec. 10 
1 – 2 p.m.
Nevada Museum of Art — Reno
Tour the Nevada Museum of Art with the Museum’s trained docents during the regularly scheduled guided tours offered Thursdays at 6 p.m. (except First Thursdays); Saturdays at 1 p.m., and Sundays at 1 p.m. The tour will consist of the featured exhibit that is most current. Reservations are not needed and the tour is free with admission fee. For details, https://www.nevadaart.org/calendar/2016/12/

Mary Kaye’s “A Cowboy Christmas” Concert
Saturday, Dec. 10
Doors open: 5:30 p.m. 
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Historic Genoa Town Hall — Genoa
Dinner and a show at the Historic Genoa Town Hall! This exciting event boasts popular cowboy songs, original Christmas cowboy tunes, and original pieces by Mary Kaye herself. Enjoy chili and baked potatoes with all the trimmings. Adult tickets are $35, and children 12 years and under are $25. Doors to the event will open at 5 p.m., with dinner hosted by Friends of Genoa. All proceeds from this fun family event will benefit Genoa’s free summer concert series, Concert on the Green.  For details, visit http://genoanevada.org./christmasingenoa.html

Dorothy the Musical in Wonderland
Dec. 10 – 11
1:30 – 9 p.m.
Cargo Concert Hall — Reno
Dorothy, Toto, and the characters of Oz get caught in another adventure! Get swept off to Wonderland as you watch the gang meet Alice, the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, March Hare, the Cheshire Cat and many more! It’s truly a mad adventure! For details, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dorothy-in-wonderland-the-musical-tickets-29063885865

V&T Candy Cane Express Railroad Tours
Dec. 10 – 11
Noon or 2 p.m.
V&T Railroad — Virginia City
Begin your holiday season aboard vintage, heated coaches this year! Savor hot chocolate, cider, candy canes and cookies during your magical trip through our beautiful Nevada scenery on these classic trains. *Children 2-12 years, under 2 yrs ride free on lap. $19 Adult / $8 Child! For details, visit http://virginiatruckee.com/theme-trains-events/

Learn New Appetizers Class
Sunday, Dec. 11
1 – 3 p.m.
Sierra Chef — Gardnerville
Holiday parties, dinner dates and the season call for food. This year, learn how to wow your family and friends with some new appetizers! For details, visit http://www.sierrachef.com/cooking-classes.html

Guided Art Tours
Sunday, Dec. 11 
1 – 2 p.m.
Nevada Museum of Art — Reno
Tour the Nevada Museum of Art with the Museum’s trained docents during the regularly scheduled guided tours offered Thursdays at 6 p.m. (except First Thursdays); Saturdays at 1 p.m., and Sundays at 1 p.m. The tour will consist of the featured exhibit that is most current. Reservations are not needed and the tour is free with admission fee. For details, https://www.nevadaart.org/calendar/2016/12/

P’Opera’s Winter Wonderland
Sunday, Dec. 11
5 – 9 p.m.
Napa Sonoma South — Reno
Napa Sonoma South presents the always popular “P’Opera!” Napa Sonoma brings back the many reasons to gather together with friends and family this year as they present an elegant evening of Holiday Music at Napa-Sonoma South. There are two shows to choose from, so plan to complete the evening with a delectable selection of food and beverages, sold separately thru Napa-Sonoma, to satisfy your appetite. For details, visit http://poperanv.org/

Roast Chestnuts Day
Wednesday, Dec. 14

Small Wonder Wednesday Early-Entry Event
Wednesday, Dec. 14
9 a.m.
Nevada Discovery Museum — Reno
Don’t miss this special treat every Wednesday for your little investigators. Children five years and under can enjoy story time and explore the museum a full hour before it is open to the public. For details, visit https://nvdm.org/events/

National Lemon Cupcake Day
Thursday, Dec. 15

French Wine Dinner at chez louie
Thursday, Dec. 15
6 p.m.
chez louie — Reno
Enjoy a five-course French-inspired dinner with fantastic wine pairings at chez louie! Tickets are $100 per person. Call 775.284.2921 for reservations, this event will sell out quick! Museum members will receive a 10% discount on their tickets. For details, visit http://www.chez-louie.com/#about

Christmas in Provence Class
Thursday, Dec. 15
6 p.m.
Nothing To It! Culinary Center — Reno
Learn how to cook like a local of Provence in this NTI cooking class. It’s hard to find another culture that celebrates Christmas like the village of Provence! Learn what “thirteen desserts” and “big supper” mean, a variety of delicious entrees, and more. For details, visit http://nothingtoit.com/index.asp?page=classes&action=detail&record=3474

Guided Art Tours
Thursday, Dec. 15
1 – 2 p.m.
Nevada Museum of Art — Reno
Tour the Nevada Museum of Art with the Museum’s trained docents during the regularly scheduled guided tours offered Thursdays at 6 p.m. (except First Thursdays); Saturdays at 1 p.m., and Sundays at 1 p.m. The tour will consist of the featured exhibit that is most current. Reservations are not needed and the tour is free with admission fee. For details, https://www.nevadaart.org/calendar/2016/12/

National Chocolate Covered Anything Day
Friday, Dec. 16

Couples – A Wine Country Christmas Class
Friday, Dec. 16
6 p.m.
Nothing To It! Culinary Center — Reno
Enjoy a stress-free holiday night out with your other half this Friday. Explore amazing wines paired perfectly with delectable appetizers and main dishes. For details, visit http://nothingtoit.com/index.asp?page=classes&action=detail&record=3476

Broadway Comes to Reno: Elf the Musical
Dec. 16 – 18
Times vary with individual performances
Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts — Reno
ELF The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy (like the feature film starring Will Ferrell), a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole! This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF! For details, visit http://pioneercenter.com/all-events/event/elf/

Reno Wine Walk
Saturday, Dec. 17
2 – 5 p.m.
Downtown — Reno
The original, and still the best! The Reno Riverwalk District presents the Reno Walk every third Saturday of the month along the Truckee River and neighboring streets of downtown. Join us for the fun! For details, visit http://renoriver.org/features/wine-walk/

National Maple Syrup Day
Saturday, Dec. 17

Holiday Truffle Workshop
Saturday, Dec. 17
10 a.m.
Nothing To It! Culinary Center — Reno
Treat yo’self this holiday! This amazing and delicious candy class will make you feel like a true chocolatier. Brian Wilkin, owner of Grimaldi’s Fine Chocolates & Marshmallows will teach you the ins and outs of what it takes to make a perfect truffle. You can even gift them! For details, visit http://nothingtoit.com/index.asp?page=classes&action=detail&record=3477

Great Santa Dash
Saturday, Dec. 17
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Wingfield Park — Reno
A festive 5K fun run through downtown Reno where hundreds of costumed participants will get a chance to experience the real spirit of Christmas! Enjoy a new route this year and many new faces as you dash around this holiday season. For details, visit https://www.visitrenotahoe.com/reno-tahoe/what-to-do/events/12-17-2016/great-santa-dash

Holiday Waxed Ornaments Workshop by Atelier Truckee
Saturday, Dec. 17
12 – 5 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe — Truckee
During this workshop, you will learn how to color and design your own Tahoe holiday themed ornaments! Learn how to preserve the elusive mulberry paper keepsakes by dipping into encaustic wax, be the master of your holiday season! For details, visit http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/california/lake-tahoe

Guided Art Tours
Saturday, Dec. 17 
1 – 2 p.m.
Nevada Museum of Art — Reno
Tour the Nevada Museum of Art with the Museum’s trained docents during the regularly scheduled guided tours offered Thursdays at 6 p.m. (except First Thursdays); Saturdays at 1 p.m., and Sundays at 1 p.m. The tour will consist of the featured exhibit that is most current. Reservations are not needed and the tour is free with admission fee. For details, https://www.nevadaart.org/calendar/2016/12/

Bake Cookies Day
Sunday, Dec. 18

Santa’s Gingerbread Workshop
Sunday, Dec. 18
4 – 5:30 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe — Truckee
Kids and kids at heart are invited to work alongside the Ritz-Carlton pastry chef in this unique workshop! You will work together with your family to build a personalized gingerbread house fit for the North Pole, and your home! Holiday beverages will be included and reservations are required at least 48-hours in advance by contacting Restaurant Reservations at 530-562-3051. Cancellation policy applies. $195 per family of four! For details, visit http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/california/lake-tahoe

Sushi and Sake Class
Sunday, Dec. 18
1 – 3 p.m.
Sierra Chef — Gardnerville
Learn how to make all of your sushi favorites in this Sierra Chef class! Master the art of fresh cut fish and sticky rice. Gain the confidence to create these dishes in your own kitchen with Sierra Chef! For details, visit http://www.sierrachef.com/cooking-classes.html

Guided Art Tours
Sunday, Dec. 18 
1 – 2 p.m.
Nevada Museum of Art — Reno
Tour the Nevada Museum of Art with the Museum’s trained docents during the regularly scheduled guided tours offered Thursdays at 6 p.m. (except First Thursdays); Saturdays at 1 p.m., and Sundays at 1 p.m. The tour will consist of the featured exhibit that is most current. Reservations are not needed and the tour is free with admission fee. For details, https://www.nevadaart.org/calendar/2016/12/

Sunday Music Brunch: Colin Ross Art and Music Event
Sunday, Dec. 18
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Nevada Museum of Art — Reno
Enjoy live music every Sunday at the Nevada Museum of Art with brunch presented by chez louie. The menu will feature artful dishes, mimosas, and a Bloody Mary bar. For details, visit http://www.nevadaart.org/calendar/2016/12/

Sushi Class
Wednesday, Dec. 18
6 p.m.
Nothing To It! Culinary Center — Reno
Doesn’t the cook behind the counter look like he’s having so much creating those delicious sushi rolls? Well, NTI is going to teach you exactly how to recreate these incredible little rolls right in the comfort of your own kitchen. Learn how to cut the freshest fish, make the perfect sticky rice, and of course, learn how to master those neat bamboo-rolling mats! For details, visit http://nothingtoit.com/index.asp?page=classes&action=detail&record=3494

Oatmeal Muffin Day
Thursday, Dec. 19

Go Caroling Day
Tuesday, Dec. 20

Santa’s Gingerbread Workshop
Tuesday, Dec. 20
4 – 5:30 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe — Truckee
Kids and kids at heart are invited to work alongside the Ritz-Carlton pastry chef in this unique workshop! You will work together with your family to build a personalized gingerbread house fit for the North Pole, and your home! Holiday beverages will be included and reservations are required at least 48-hours in advance by contacting Restaurant Reservations at 530-562-3051. Cancellation policy applies. $195 per family of four! For details, visit http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/california/lake-tahoe

Christmas in Provence Class
Tuesday, Dec. 20
6:30 p.m.
Nothing To It! Culinary Center — Reno
Learn how to cook like a local of Provence in this NTI cooking class. It’s hard to find another culture that celebrates Christmas like the village of Provence! Learn what “thirteen desserts” and “big supper” mean, a variety of delicious entrees, and more. For details, visit http://nothingtoit.com/index.asp?page=classes&action=detail&record=3474

Winter Solstice Day (shortest day of the year!)
Wednesday, Dec. 21

Small Wonder Wednesday Early-Entry Event
Wednesday, Dec. 21
9 a.m.
Nevada Discovery Museum — Reno
Don’t miss this special treat every Wednesday for your little investigators. Children five years and under can enjoy story time and explore the museum a full hour before it is open to the public. For details, visit https://nvdm.org/events/

Winter Solstice Celebration, Potluck, & Book Signing by Gary Romano
Wednesday, Dec. 21
6 – 9 p.m.
River School Farm — Reno
In July & Winter: Growing Food in the Sierra, owner of Sierra Valley Farms Gary Romano details his knowledge from decades of experience growing food in the Sierra Nevada. Despite the challenging mountain climate and soil, Romano has successfully grown food on his 65-acre organic farm and shares his hard-earned tips in ten essential chapters for home gardeners and small farmers. Enjoy his discussion followed by a potluck and book signing! For details, visit http://www.riverschoolfarm.org/

Guided Art Tours
Thursday, Dec. 22
1 – 2 p.m.
Nevada Museum of Art — Reno
Tour the Nevada Museum of Art with the Museum’s trained docents during the regularly scheduled guided tours offered Thursdays at 6 p.m. (except First Thursdays); Saturdays at 1 p.m., and Sundays at 1 p.m. The tour will consist of the featured exhibit that is most current. Reservations are not needed and the tour is free with admission fee. For details, https://www.nevadaart.org/calendar/2016/12/

Holiday Wrapping Paper Workshop by Atelier Truckee
Thursday, Dec. 22
2 – 6 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe — Truckee
It's the most wonderful time of the year! Get crafty with Atelier Truckee just in time for the holidays. Design and hand stamp your very own wrapping paper in the Living Room at the Ritz! For details, visit http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/california/lake-tahoe

Pinecone Workshop by Atelier Truckee
Friday, Dec. 23
2 – 6 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe — Truckee
This 10 – 15 minute drop-in workshop will feature pinecones from the Lake Tahoe area and will show you how to make waxed fire starters! After dipping the pinecones in natural pine and vanilla scented soy wax, you will choose a salt to roll it in. The different salts will produce a variety of different flame colors. These can be used in your next campfire or in your home as a keepsake! For details, visit http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/california/lake-tahoe

Christmas Eve
Saturday, Dec. 24

National Chocolate Day
Saturday, Dec. 24

Christmas Eve Celebration at Genoa Church
Saturday, Dec. 24
Not time specific
Genoa Church — Genoa
The Genoa Church will be open Christmas Eve for those looking to attend service, candle lightings, Christmas caroling, and a Christmas story. For details, visit http://www.genoanevada.org/calendar_2015.html

Guided Art Tours
Saturday, Dec. 24 
1 – 2 p.m.
Nevada Museum of Art — Reno
Tour the Nevada Museum of Art with the Museum’s trained docents during the regularly scheduled guided tours offered Thursdays at 6 p.m. (except First Thursdays); Saturdays at 1 p.m., and Sundays at 1 p.m. The tour will consist of the featured exhibit that is most current. Reservations are not needed and the tour is free with admission fee. For details, https://www.nevadaart.org/calendar/2016/12/

Reno Beer Crawl
Saturday Dec. 24
2 – 6 p.m.
Downtown — Reno
If you're visiting Reno on the 4th Saturday of any given month, you will most likely enter the exciting world of the Reno Beer Crawl, it’s hard to miss! Purchase a celebratory cup or glass and get drink specials at more than 20 different locations. It's an easy walk (or crawl) to each beer crawl location as they are all in the heart of downtown Reno. For details, visit http://renobeercrawl.com/

Christmas Day
Sunday, Dec. 25

National Pumpkin Pie Day
Sunday, Dec. 25

The Reno Chamber Orchestra presents the Nevada Chamber Music Festival
Dec. 26 – Jan. 1
7 – 9:30 p.m.
Nightingale Concert Hall — Reno
Each December in Reno, a gathering takes place and the magic of the holiday season comes alive. Presented by the Reno Chamber Orchestra, the Annual Nevada Chamber Music Festival does 10 concerts over 6 days featuring some of the greatest classical musicians in the world.  For details, visit http://www.renochamberorchestra.org/

National Fruitcake Day
Tuesday, Dec. 27

Tacos & Tequilas Class
Tuesday, Dec. 27
6 p.m.
Nothing To It! Culinary Center — Reno
Mark Miller, forerunner of this versatile southwest cuisine, will guide you through creative taco recipes including a variety of fillings, salsas, wraps and shells. These make great entertaining appetizers, and you’ll enjoy some pretty delicious tequila as well! For details, visit http://nothingtoit.com/index.asp?page=classes&action=detail&record=3466

Small Wonder Wednesday Early-Entry Event
Wednesday, Dec. 28
9 a.m.
Nevada Discovery Museum — Reno
Don’t miss this special treat every Wednesday for your little investigators. Children five years and under can enjoy story time and explore the museum a full hour before it is open to the public. For details, visit https://nvdm.org/events/

Taste of Tuscany Class
Thursday, Dec. 29
6 p.m.
Nothing To It! Culinary Center — Reno
In this class you will learn why Tuscany is consistently called, “la dolce vita!” Learn what the sweet life truly means as you delve into this Italian cuisine. NTI chefs will guide you in preparing homemade pasta and sauces, as well as when to use balsamic vinegars and olive oils. For details, visit http://nothingtoit.com/index.asp?page=classes&action=detail&record=3495

Guided Art Tours
Thursday, Dec. 29
1 – 2 p.m.
Nevada Museum of Art — Reno
Tour the Nevada Museum of Art with the Museum’s trained docents during the regularly scheduled guided tours offered Thursdays at 6 p.m. (except First Thursdays); Saturdays at 1 p.m., and Sundays at 1 p.m. The tour will consist of the featured exhibit that is most current. Reservations are not needed and the tour is free with admission fee. For details, https://www.nevadaart.org/calendar/2016/12/

Bacon Day
Friday, Dec. 30 Bubbles & Bites Class
Friday, Dec. 30
6 p.m.
Nothing To It! Culinary Center
Ring in the New Year the right way with an elegant evening at Nothing To It! Explore the finest bubbly and perfectly paired appetizers to match. For details, visit http://nothingtoit.com/index.asp?page=classes&action=detail&record=3434

New Year’s Eve
Saturday, Dec. 31

Guided Art Tours
Saturday, Dec. 31 
1 – 2 p.m.
Nevada Museum of Art — Reno
Tour the Nevada Museum of Art with the Museum’s trained docents during the regularly scheduled guided tours offered Thursdays at 6 p.m. (except First Thursdays); Saturdays at 1 p.m., and Sundays at 1 p.m. The tour will consist of the featured exhibit that is most current. Reservations are not needed and the tour is free with admission fee. For details, https://www.nevadaart.org/calendar/2016/12/

New Year’s Eve Candlelight Labyrinth Walk
Saturday, Dec. 31
6 – 9 p.m.
Heritage Park Gardens — Gardnerville
The community is invited to Main Street Gardnerville’s 3rd Annual New Year’s Eve Candlelight Labyrinth Walk! Luminaries will light the way as you enjoy this newest tradition in the Carson Valley. “Walk out the Old Year and Welcome the New Year,” at this family friendly event on New Year’s Eve in Gardnerville. For details, visit http://www.visitcarsonvalley.org/calendar/993-3rd-annual-new-year-s-eve-candlelight-labyrinth-walk.html

 

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