Artown Takes Over Reno

Artown is back for the 24th year in a row for the entire month of July!

The month-long art festival has paraded into Reno, quite literally kicking off the very first day of festivities with a parade and workshop for kids at Wingfield Park. The New Breed Brass Band then took the stage and blew the audience away with their smooth melodies.

The park also had food and drink vendors, merchandise for sale, plus additional groups putting on mini shows from juggling to painting and hula-hooping. The crowd filled the park with blankets and chairs, plus there were many other artists and musical performers all along the charming Reno Riverwalk.

The festivities continue every single day in the month of July. Artown first began in 1996 as a way to encourage more Reno residents to visit the city center. The arts themed festival was the result of much effort from civic leaders, business people, and the arts community in the Biggest Little City.

This year, July is “Plastic-Fee Month”! Artown has taken the initiative to commit to sustainability and will not be selling bottled water at any of the events marked with a water droplet. You can buy one of Artown’s cool and vibrant reusable cups for $10, or bring your own water container. AND you’ll even get a dollar off from any beer vendor just for using your cup!

You can pick up a cup at the Artown office or at any of their awesome events. You can check out their full calendar of events on their website. Text or call me if you plan on going to one of their events and I will try to join you! (775) 544-6400

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Coffee Culture in NV

Coffee is an essential part of my daily life – how about yours?

Nevada is chock-full of culture and it’s background in java is no exception! I recently attended a lecture by Jaime Gonzalez Canon about how coffee came to the Silver State. Just like many other things in our wonderful state, coffee originated in Virginia City in the 1800s.

Mr. Abel Leigneau was a coffee businessman in Nevada and opened his first shop on 142 C Street in VC. His claim to fame was importing “pure java coffee” from the largest coffee houses in San Francisco, selling it cheaper than any other coffeehouse in the state. They even incorporated Mexican chocolate and spices into their menu!

Coffee Culture in Reno today is SO interesting! We are blessed with a few fantastic roasting houses full of coffee connoisseurs.

The Roasting House is now recognized as the badge that represents coffee in the present Virginia City and carries different coffee varieties from Panama, Costa Rica and Ethiopia while proudly carrying on Mr. Laigneau’s tradition of grinding and roasting coffee.

Lighthouse Coffee is another great local business. They have a coffee selection from Guatemala, Ethiopia and Mexico, all of it organic and fair trade. Their whole bean program is a unique partnership with local business.

In 2009, we were graced with Hub Coffee Roasters. The owner, Mark Trujillo, has been promoting coffee culture and community since the company’s inception. Their coffee is the best in promoting the aromas and flavors of the most wonderful coffee niches out there!

“The result of these exciting ventures has been delicious and inspiring, as every shipment of beans comes with a personal story from the communities that forms the heart of the coffee industry.” – Mark Trujillo

I encourage you to visit these coffee shops and experience the culture, science and thoughtfulness that goes into producing your daily cup of joe. Drop me a line and let me know which was your favorite, or if you’d like me to join you!




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Learn to Make Delicious Gourmet Chocolates!

Who doesn’t love chocolate? What if you could make your own gourmet chocolates at home? Sign me up! 

Sugar Love Chocolates had added several kinds of classes to their existing classes at TMCC. Krysta Bea Jackson is the owner of SLC and she is an excellent teacher while also being a true chocolatier. She’s also a kind, caring individual and it shows in her craft.

I give out these delicious treats in my Welcome to Reno package when giving tours to prospective buyers! They are a classy, thoughtful addition to any gift – or perfect for a little pick-me-up treat during your day.

From intensive chocolate classes to easy beginner courses, Truckee Meadows Community College now offers three different Sugar Love Chocolate-making classes.

Beginner’s Chocolate Course

This introduction course involves basic truffle making. This class is held at least three times per year (twice in the fall and once in the spring). You will learn the basic traditional French hand-rolled truffle and roughly two pounds of confections to take home!

One Day Chocolate Intensive Course

This course covers an introduction to tempering chocolate and making molded chocolates. It covers tempering dark chocolate (with notes about both milk and white chocolates as well) using simple tools and materials that you can find at home. You will leave with some creations you made yourself as well as a deeper understanding of designing high quality chocolates. This course is offered roughly four times a year and classes are limited to eight students.

Advanced Bonbon Making Course

This course takes place over an entire month, meeting once a week. The first day is an intensive day long course covering some of the basics of high-end chocolate as well as the history, economics and wonderful chemistry of chocolate. The following three weeks are three-hour sessions and will show you how to work with dark, milk and white chocolates. They discuss working with fresh ingredients, using molds and using colored cocoa butters. The course is offered once or twice a year. The classes require at least two students and max out at six.

Find out more about classes and get signed up here.




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NV Museum of Art Pays Tribute to Chinese Transcontinental Railroad Laborers

The 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad was on May 10 and the Nevada Museum of Art had a panel discussion and ceremony to commemorate it. Chinese laborers played a huge role in the construction and completion of the railroad and the celebration paid great tribute to them. Artists Zhi Lin and Hung Liu joined Ann Wolfe, deputy director of the Museum, in a discussion of their work (also on display at the museum).

Traditional Chinese instruments were played as the artists read the 800 known names of Chinese laborers who died building the railroad. On May 10, 1869 the driving of the “golden spike” into the final railroad tie was performed in a ceremony in Promontory, Utah, to celebrate the linking of San Francisco and New York. The event was immortalized in a photo that features railroad officials and selected employees, but no Chinese laborers.

In 1865, the Central Pacific Railroad (CPRR) was running behind schedule and desperate to catch up. They hired the first 50 Chinese laborers, who proved to be hardworking and reliable so they began hiring Chinese workers en masse. By 1866, almost 90% of CPRR’s workforce were Chinese and they worked around the clock, seven days a week for almost four years to finish the transcontinental railway. Chinese civic organizations retrieved the bodies of more than 1,200 deceased Chinese laborers, but there was never any record maintained of their death by the railroad.

“The completion of the railroad—which linked the United States from east to west—is often celebrated as the grand achievement of America’s Manifest Destiny and the 19th-century rallying cry for westward expansion of the United States,” wrote Ann Wolfe in a press release for the event. “Zhi Lin provides us with an important opportunity to connect with forgotten stories, and to broaden our knowledge of our region’s history.”

An exhibit of Lin’s work, “ZHI LIN: CHINESE RAILROAD WORKERS OF THE SIERRA NEVADA,” is on display at the Nevada Museum of Art through November 10, 2019. Join me for this fantastic exhibit about Nevada and U.S. History. We must never forget the hard workers who gave their everything to build these railroads.




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HRPS Walking Tours are Back!

The Historic Reno Preservation Society (HRPS) is such a great resource of Nevada history. This area that we live in is such an interesting place and the more I learn, the less I feel that I know! Reno will always surprise you with its rich and interesting history. As a part of the Gold Rush and the settlement of the West, Reno is so much more than just an old gambling town.

Reno originally began as the preferred crossing point of the Truckee River as prospectors made their way back from the California Gold Rush. When the Comstock Lode was discovered, mining and agriculture began to grow in the area. Reno was officially established the same year as the transcontinental railroad reached the town in 1868.

From May to September, HRPS offers walking tours where you will learn about decades of history in just a couple of short hours. The next three walking tours are just around the corner, be sure not to miss out on this amazing opportunity to learn more about Nevada History!

Saturday, May 25, 10:00 a.m.   |  WEST OF WELLS — Discover an often overlooked treasure trove of fascinating Reno history. Join us as we walk the neighborhood West of Wells Avenue, along the former path of the V&T railroad. Experience unusual architecture unique to this neighborhood and learn the history of the colorful characters who gave birth to Reno’s neighborhood on the other side of the tracks. Meet outside Silver Peak at 140 Wonder Street. Tour guide: Barrie Lynn.

Tuesday, May 28, 6:00 p.m.  |  TRUCKEE RIVER WALK — A relaxing stroll along the Truckee River from the McKinley Arts and Cultural Center to the Lear Theater reveals eclectic architecture grounded by rich political histories and spiced with colorful anecdotes. Meet in front at the McKinley Arts and Cultural Center, 925 Riverside Drive. Tour guide: Joan Collins.

Saturday, June 1, 9:00a.m.  |  PARSONS AND MILLS ARCHITECTURE – Stroll one of Reno’s most unique neighborhoods to view some designs of Reno architects Edward Parsons and Russell Mills, who sometimes collaborated on designs. Hear about the families who first lived in these homes. Meet at the corner of Marsh Avenue and LaRue. Tour guides: ZoAnn Campana and Teri Barti.

Click here for more walking tours from HRPS!




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100 Year Anniversary of Churchill County

On March 12, I went to the 100 Year Anniversary of Churchill County lecture and the corresponding event on March 16. The curator of the W.M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum at Mackey School of Earth Sciences gave the talk and it was EXCELLENT. Here’s an excerpt from the Galena Creek Newsletter:

“In 1859, Virginia City was a new mining camp on the slopes of Mount Davidson. By 1875, Virginia City had grown into a metropolitan, industrialized city with several mines, over 40 mills, and close to 30,000 residents. In this talk, we will discuss how Virginia City made this meteoritic rise and what it would have been like to work in these mines over 2,500 feet underground 100 years before federal mine safety regulations.”

The history and stories surrounding Virginia City are unique, rich and colorful – the town itself stands as a living, breathing example of the Pioneer spirit of the West and America’s fortitude and desire for success. Anyone can pay a visit to the historic town and walk with these past residents on the many walking and site tours available.

The 19th-century mining bonanza that turned Virginia City into the most important industrial city between Denver and San Francisco, was the result of the Comstock Lode. A rich deposit of silver ore discovered by Henry Comstock, part-owner of the property on which it was discovered, in June 1859. Prospectors from all over the world put their millions right back into the town of Virginia City. That silver money built the mansions, hospitals, churches, opera houses and schools that you can still find there today!

Discover more historic events like this:
Nevada Historical Society
Historic Reno Preservation Society
Galena Creek Visitor Center

HRSP Presents: ReTRAC Railroad Trench Project Build

In the early 2000s, the City of Reno decided that they needed to dig a trench to lower the railroad tracks running through downtown.

They hired a team of archaeologists associated with the ReTRAC (Reno Transportation Rail Access Corridor) to oversee the project. Not only did they have to design the trench, but they were presented with a unique opportunity: Explore evidence of thousands of years of human history.

The trench is only 2 miles long, 54-feet wide and 30-feet deep at its lowest point. Its location creates a cross-section through the oldest part of the city and that means that investigators were able to access eighty-three archaeological sites, two prehistoric and eighty-one historical. They found that humans have been continuously inhabiting the banks of the Truckee River for over 5,000 years!

Investigators took this time to learn how the earliest inhabitants of our great city responded to changing seasons and long-term climate change. They also studied the creation of Reno’s early and modern infrastructure.


This lecture was presented by the Historic Reno Preservation Society, of which I am a long-time member and volunteer. HRPS is located on the University of Nevada campus and is dedicated to preserving and promoting historic resources to the Truckee Meadows through advocacy, education and leadership. Join me at their next event!

Discover more historic events like this:
Nevada Historical Society
Historic Reno Preservation Society
Galena Creek Visitor Center

University of Nevada Arts Building Gets a Makeover

Last month was the official opening of the highly anticipated University of Nevada, Reno Church Fine Arts Building. This building is a pillar on campus as an epicenter for the arts and the grand opening went off without a hitch. Now, the building is open to the public for all to explore.

I went to visit this building to see for myself and I can attest that it is both stunning and functional! Not only is there beautiful new art on display at the Lilley Museum inside, but the building is incredibly important to the culture of students at UNR. You can also attend concerts, or just sit back and admire the modern architecture.

The building has been under construction since 2016 and students have been excitedly awaiting the re-opening. A large number of students attended, and some were performing in the new spaces designed for optimum acoustics. The buzz around the building is exciting and reflective our community’s emphasis on arts and culture.

Too often, arts education isn’t valued as much as other areas of study. The University doesn’t want that to happen and Northern Nevada is well-know in the state for its advanced art programs and museums. We can now add this revamped building to the long list of Reno’s accomplishments.

Any art-related activity you could imagine will have its home here at the University. The new Arts Building features a 287-seat recital hall, a new art museum, fabrication lab, electroacoustic lab, soundproof rehearsal spaces, music practice rooms, faculty offices, and a recording studio.

New talents and art will be showcased regularly, so make sure you make a trip to see it all!

Gorgeous South Reno Property with Views, Views, Views

This beautiful 4,100-sqft. home sits on 0.7 acres just off of Thomas Creek Road in South Reno. With 5-bedrooms, 4-bathrooms and a soaring great room, this home is perfect both for families and entertaining guests. Some of the unique design elements include beautifully detailed wooden floors throughout the home, a gorgeous kitchen with new marble and black walnut counter tops and a family room fireplace with custom paneling and marble surround. The kitchen also has a 6-burner range, stainless apron-front sink and appliances.

Enter the privately situated master bedroom and bath to discover an expansive walk-in closet, two-person travertine spa shower and a huge tub to soak in. The other four bedrooms are perfect for living, or you can use them as an office, a gym – or whatever your heart desires!

The outdoor patio has a full outdoor kitchen, var and beautiful barn-beam pergola for dining where you can see beautiful views of Mount Rose. There’s nothing better than enjoying a warm, Reno night with dinner under the stars. The large backyard has a six-foot fence making it completely private and also features a hot tub, field stone-terraced gardens and a new, in-ground trampoline.

You can park three cars in the garage and there’s even additional storage for summer toys. Off-street RV parking is available as a bonus. For our families, this home is zoned for Hunsberger Elementary, Pine Middle School and Galena High School.

This home is incredible! Don’t believe me? Watch the virtual tour for yourself!

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