I had the pleasure of meeting fellow NevadaGram contributors David Toll and Dana Nollsch in Sparks a couple of weeks ago to celebrate the restoration of Last Chance Joe! Thanks to Crown Painting, Joe’s holes are patched up, he’s repainted, and the gap-toothed 32-foot optimistic icon is ready to greet Northern Nevada visitors once again. However, it takes a good amount of funds to keep Joe looking fresh, so consider sharing your Sparks love by making a donation or buying a Joe license plate.
Besides the celebration of Last Chance Joe getting back on his feet, it seems that June is foodie month in Sparks. So if you are looking for reasons to indulge in delicious dishes and drinks with friends and family (while also supporting the community), then check out these exciting events:
June 1 — Free Doughnuts at The Dapper Doughnut
Kick off summer by celebrating National Doughnut Day at The Dapper Doughnut on June 1st! Located on 1353 Baring Boulevard, The Dapper Doughnut is giving away sugared doughnuts to commemorate the members who served the sweet baked goods to soldiers during WWI. Who doesn’t love free doughnuts?
June 3 — A Taste of Poland at O’skis Pub & Grille
If you are a Polish/polka fan then A Taste of Poland is an event that you can’t miss! From 1-3pm, dance to live polka music played by local accordion players, sip on Sobeski vodka drinks, enjoy great food, and more! The cost is a $5 donation to participate in the fun, or supplies to support the Nevada Humane Society.
June 23 — Chipotle Fundraiser for Safe Embrace
If you have a household of Chipotle connoisseurs like I do, then schedule your weekly trip to the 1560 East Lincoln Way Ste. 120 location during a time when you can give back to the local community. On June 23 from 4-8pm, make your dinner a selfless act … when you bring in this flyer via in print or on your smartphone, then you can make sure that 50 percent of your purchase will be donated to Safe Embrace.
June 24 — Sierra Nevada Lavender and Honey Festival
This “scent-sational” event is back in Victorian Square to feature all things honey and lavender. Bring the family out to enjoy arts and crafts, food, presentations in the amphitheater about beekeeping and cooking with lavender, free train rides, live music, and more! A few months ago I had a taste of some lavender lemonade that will be featured at the event (it is a perfect thirst-quencher on a hot day). The Sierra Nevada Lavender and Honey Festival kicks off at 10am, is free and fun for all ages.
June 27 — Sprouts Farmers Market Grand Opening
The rumor circulating around town that a Sprouts Farmers Market is opening up on 125 Disc Drive is finally becoming a reality! On Wednesday, June 27 at 7am, Sprouts is welcoming in the public to buy fresh produce, bins of bulk foods, natural meats, and more. Sprouts will be hosting giveaways, food tastings, and if you are one of the first 200 shoppers to walk through the doors then Sprouts will hand you a coupon for 20 percent off your entire purchase.
— Kayla Anderson