Sparks Correspondence – January 2018


We made it through another year and Sparks just seems to be getting better and better. The new Pyramid & McCarran intersection opened up making it easier to get around, new schools are being built, special events throughout the year allow family and friends to get together and create long lasting memories, and more.

If you are like many other Northern Nevadans who have just made New Year’s resolutions such as spend time with loved ones, exercise, and learn new skills, then there are plenty of ways to start the year off right in Sparks. Here are some popular New Year’s resolutions and how Sparks can help:  

                                                      Making an art structure for Burning Man (Photo courtesy The Generator)

Want to learn something new? Then take a class at The Generator! Located at 1240 Icehouse Avenue in Sparks, The Generator is an inclusive art space with light industrial equipment, 3-phase power, and plenty of square footage to be able to spread out and create. Much like the rules of Burning Man, The Generator operates under its same principles year-round in decommodification, gifting time and resources, communal effort, civic responsibility, and radical participation. If you are ready to jump into the Sparks creative community, then consider joining a quilting class, learn chain mail basics, or take up welding in January.


Want to get in shape and have fun doing it? Then consider taking a paddleboard lesson or fitness class at Marina PaddleFit. The locally-owned rental company based out of the Sparks Marina specializes in getting people out on the water in kayaks or stand-up paddle boards. Paddleboarding can feel like you’re walking on water, and gives one an opportunity to enjoy the wildlife or even paddle from one side of the other and grab a coffee at Lighthouse.

                                            Lighthouse Coffee at Sparks Marina

Speaking of wanting to eat healthier in the New Year, Lighthouse Coffee (cafes located at the Sparks Marina and another one on Vista Boulevard) not only serves espresso drinks and smoothies but also has a delicious selection of homemade quiches, gluten-free baked goods, fruit bars, bagels, and scones.

For bigger meals, you can also set up a delivery service through Basket Case Organics. Headquartered on Industrial Avenue, Basket Case Organics delivers fresh farmers market quality fruits and vegetables to your home or office practically anywhere in Washoe County.

If you are looking for exciting things to do with the family, consider taking the kids to the Fly High Trampoline Park on Greg Street, go bowling at Wild Island Adventure Park’s Coconut Bowl, or brush up on your batting skills at Tommy’s Grandstand batting cages. For some good ‘ole fashioned country fun, be sure to check out David John and the Comstock Cowboys at the Nugget Casino Resort’s Celebrity Showroom on January 5-6.

— Kayla Anderson