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Cider Press Event

Hi folks –

Big weekend of Cider pressing coming up,  Families and friends welcome to attend and participate.  See details below.

CIDER PRESS – Saturday and Sunday, October 11 & 12, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Hi friends and neighbors,

We are on target to make cider again this coming weekend (October 11th and 12th.  If you have contacted me with a specific date you plan to attend we will hope to see you. If you plan to attend one or both dates and have not contacted me with a date, please do so by this Wednesday Oct. 8th, so we know approximately how many to expect.

We will again be renting the grinder and cider press this year and will accept donations toward the rental fee. We have information on how to pasteurize your fresh cider.  Know that 20 pounds of fruit will produce ~  approximately one gallon of cider. If you want enough to have some through the holidays, please plan to bring fruit.  We have not heard from anyone indicating a need for container(s). If you expect to need a container at this point, the Just Brew It shop in Carson City has a pretty good inventory.

This is a very fun activity for children of all ages since the flavors of the cider are MUCH more complex and satisfying than apple juice. The varieties of apples we have picked from the McCleary and Belli Ranches and local sites are from a wide variety of trees which should yield some wonderful and complex flavors.

Feel free to bring snacks and some to share.  Bottles of water would be a good idea.  Bring a knife to help with cutting up the apples.  If you have a canopy you’d be willing to bring, that would assist the volunteers with shade.  Let us know if you’re able to bring one.  Extra folding chairs would also be welcome.

Preparing apples, pressing and bottling
Location: 3220 Churchill Dr. Washoe Valley

Dates & Times
Saturday Oct. 11th (1:00 – 5:00 PM)
Sunday Oct. 12th (1:00 – 4:00 PM

If you plan to participate and have not yet contacted us, please call our house at 345-1515 or reply to this message by Wednesday (10/ 8). We look forward to having you join us.

Astronomy at Washoe Lake State Park

Junk The Junipers Day


The Nevada Division of Forestry is holding a “Junk the Junipers” morning on May 10 for all of us wanting a place to take our sagebrush, junipers and other woody vegetation for fire prevention and reduction.  They are very specific about what yard waste they will accept.  No lawn clippings, sod, tree stumps larger than 8″ or any lumber.  The offering is also sponsored by Moana Nursery, and UNNCE.  The two fire departments are also supporting this one-time event.  It is likely this will be the ONLY time we will be able to dispose of this vegetation without a charge.  Please take advantage of this to rid our area of fire hazards.  You will also receive a 30% off coupon for a “good plant choice” shrub at Moana.  It will be held at 885 Eastlake Blvd., Washoe Valley.

Celebrate Washoe Valley Saturday

Celebrate Washoe Valley

Free Event for Washoe Valley Residents!

When: Saturday, May 17, 2014

Where: Washoe State Park Group Day Use Area (Main Entrance)

The residents of Washoe Valley are invited to participate on Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 10am to 2pm at Washoe Lake State Park. This event will be an opportunity to introduce the group to the citizens of Washoe Valley. Joining us will be representatives from Washoe Lake State Park, Washoe County Parks, Truckee Meadows Park Foundation, Scenic Nevada, the Washoe Valley Garden Club and other organizations. We have arranged with the State Park to allow all participants free entry into the park for this event. The event is located at the Main Entrance on Eastlake Blvd at the Group Day Area. We hope you will join us for this event in which we celebrate the history, culture and scenic wonders of Washoe Valley. For more information call Marilyn Naylor at 849-1078 or Karen Critor at 849-2375 or go to washoevalleyalliance.org.

Kids Birding at Washoe Lake Need Volunteers

Please volunteer at least one morning if you can – it’s great fun and an opportunity to learn more about goings on in the valley!

Thank you, Susan Juetten,  Washoe Valley Alliance

“Washoe Valley Alliance is cooperating with the Lahontan Audubon Society (LAS) this year to help them with their field trips to Washoe Lake for schoolkids grades 1 through 7. LAS needs volunteers to help take kids to watch birds, look at water critters under a microscope, maybe try to build a bird nest, or learn about the local plants. No experience needed! Come once and you’ll learn everything you need to know (a lot of it is really just crowd control). We supply all the equipment and materials, you supply your time and enthusiasm.

The trips take place at the group picnic area at Washoe Lake State Park, from 10:00am to noon April-June. To participate choose one or more of the dates on the attached schedule and contact Alan Gubanich at renopopop@pyramid.net (or 857-0191) or Susan Juetten from Washoe Valley Alliance at artemesiaacres@gmail.com.”

State Park Star Gazing Next Saturday May 11

WASHOE VALLEY, Nev. – Discover the wonders of star and planet gazing. Astronomy experts Jay Lawson and Adam Kremers will set up high powered telescopes to view the moons of Jupiter, the Milky Way galaxy and many other fascinating objects in the night sky.

WHAT:  Stargaze Program

WHEN: Saturday, May 11 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

WHERE: Participants will meet at the overflow boat area.Washoe Lake State Park is 18 miles south ofReno and 5 miles north ofCarson City. Travel on U.S. 395, take the East Lake Boulevard exit 44 and travel approximately 3 ½ miles on East Lake Blvd. to park entrance.]

WHO: The event is open to the public.

COST:  There is no charge for the program, but there is a $ 700 per vehicle entry fee. Nevada residents receive a $ 2.00 discount.

CONTACT: Contact park staff at 775-687-4319 or at washoelake@hdissnet for further information.

MORE: This program may be cancelled if skies are overcast. Spring evenings can be cool so a jacket is recommended.

Washoe Fire Fund Donations Needed!

The Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department in cooperation with Pleasant Valley Elementary School has set up an account to allow the community to donate to the victims of the Washoe Drive fire. People wishing to donate can go to any Wells Fargo branch and reference; Pleasant Valley VFD Washoe Drive Fire Victims Fund acct # 9932426530. I am available any time for questions.
Shawn Wilburn, Chief
Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department
CELL: 775-846-2684

Gardening Pot Luck Saturday

Hello everyone –

…and winter!

I hope you’ve planned to attend the Fall Potluck Saturday (yes, THIS Saturday) with your fellow gardeners (or not yet gardeners) and enjoy and evening of good food and company.  Bring your favorite dish and your beverage of choice and meet everyone at 6:30 at Betty and Ron Hicks house on Chipmunk.  6:30 Saturday.  Let’s celebrate the success and failures we had this year and do it together.  Open to all, bring your friends.

Here are the directions:  Take Eastlake to Coyote (between Cottontail and Monarch) to the uphill direction (right or left depending on your direction).  Take Coyote to Chipmunk (the second street) and make a LEFT.  Drive to 2360 Chipmunk (on the uphill side).  If you need to call the Hicks’ their number is 849-3344.

It would be good to have an idea about how many might be attending for paper products, etc.  Would you email me your plans to attend?  Thanks.

Donna Murpy-Sharp