There's a paunchy, nearly toothless bewhiskered old guy who's always wearing a goofy grin and has been a familiar figure on Victorian Avenue in Sparks for more than 50 years — since it was still B Street in fact. When he became suddenly homeless in 2014 a number of local folks made a big effort to help get him cleaned up, rehabbed and relocated. Last Chance Joe has finally returned to his old neighborhood, but across the street, in front of the Sparks Heritage Museum. You can't miss him, he's 32 feet tall. Joe had stood for 56 years at the entrance to the Sparks Nugget when a new owner decided he was old and in the way. Now, after four years in limbo he's back on the Avenue, all spruced up and glowing with . . . fresh paint. All this has been accomplished at considerable expense and effort; the whole Last Chance Joe story is here.Read more
Beetle BioBlitz Great Basin National Park will host its 10th Annual BioBlitz on June 12-14, 2018. This year focuses on beetles (Order Coleoptera), and Nevada State Entomologist Jeff Knight will lead participants to find beetles all over the park, day and into the night. The event is timed for the New Moon so that it is easier to attract the flying nocturnal beetles. There will be a variety of field trips, plus a potluck dinner, star gazing, and a final catered lunch. RSVP for the lunch count by June 1 to GRBA_BioBlitz@nps.gov; no RSVP is needed for other activities, but sending an email helps for planning purposes. Participants are welcome to come for as little or as long as they like. Great Basin Café After a cave tour or a hike in the park, you might be feeling hungry.Read more
by Dick Dreiling The original image of Last Chance Joe was designed in 1952 by Roscoe E. "Duke" Reading of Boise Idaho for Dick Graves. NOW Available at Your Local DMV Office! The Last Chance Joe Charity License plate is available for cars, trucks, motorcycles and motorhomes at license plate issuing offices of the Nevada DMV. Cost of the plates for the first year is $62 plus a $6 transfer fee, then drops to $30 for subsequent years. Since the Museum receives $20 for each plate sold, we offer a Free 1-year Museum membership when you buy one. The plates remain valid as long as they are renewed annually, but we must get a minimum of 1,000 plates in circulation or the plate will be discontinued for sale. Please sign up for one — or more if you have more than one vehicle — and urge family and friends to give Joe and Sparks some love as well!
Welcome June in northern Nevada. Carson City Check out 2018 Stewart Father's Day Powwow in Carson City on June 15th and 17th. If you have been to a Powwow then you know the excitement and pageantry that comes with a gathering of talented dancers and drummers. This is a free event with over 200 dancers, over 40 arts and crafts vendors, Indian Tacos, and community spirit. As with all Powwows this an alcohol and drug-free event. For More Information email the event organizer or call 775-687-8333. Reno The Hans Meyer-Kassel exhibit at the Nevada Museum of Art is a must-see for anyone interested in Nevada Art, or Nevada History for that matter. Backstory: This acclaimed painter immigrated to the United States at the end of World War I to escape the postwar turmoil of his native Germany .
Jampacked June for Bicycling in Nevada-by Curtis Fong, “The Guy From Tahoe” Holly Molly! Did you see how fast that Peloton was moving through Carson Valley? Amazing Race! Women’s Stage 2 The 13th Annual Tour of California, Men’s Stage 6 and Women’s Stage 2, provided excitement and drama as both races came through the Carson Valley and climbed up and [...]
Bicycling Nevada, the look ahead-by Curtis Fong, the guy from Tahoe In recent years, bicycling has become an integral part of attracting tourism to the state of Nevada. Bike the West was at the forefront of promoting bicycle tourism since 1992 and in 2018 continues to produce the 27th Annual America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride – Lake Tahoe, on [...]
Slow down the pace this month to find your inner vibe and stretch your mind, body, soul, and sole. This is not a misprint! Yoga has been circling around Las Vegas hot and heavy for the past year, and events have already been set through November at Red Rock Resort, Green Valley Ranch and Westgate [...] Continue Reading
Aquarius Holds Colorado River Chef’s Food Fest The Colorado River Chef’s Food Fest will be held in the Pavilion Ballroom at the Aquarius on Thursday, June 7 at 5:30 p.m. The annual friendly evening competition features chefs from food and beverage departments at the Laughlin resorts and local restaurants, along with food and wine distributors. [...] Continue Reading
Memorial Day Weekend in Lake Tahoe marks the start of tourist season and a lot to see and do on the North Shore. Now that the snow is melted, you can go hiking, biking, dining, and get out on the lake. Along with our Tahoe outdoor adventure staples, here are some events to officially usher [...] Continue Reading
Ride the Rails in Nevada! On Friday morning April 27 in Boulder City the Nevada State Railroad Museum, home of the Nevada Southern Railway woke up early. The little depot on Yucca Street was bustling — not with choo-choos but with railbikes. These are industrial grade quadricycles-built-for-two that run on railroad tracks when pedaled, and [...] Continue Reading