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Garden Group Plans Pot Luck

Hi Gardeners –

Well, the weather sure changed last night. Now we’re actually into fall – maybe even winter. I hope you were able to save what was still in your gardens. What an amazing fall we’ve had.

The Fall Potluck is scheduled for Saturday evening, November 12 at 6:30 pm. Betty and Ron Hicks have graciously offered their home for the potluck. Please invite all your friends and neighbors and gardener-wanna-bees to come and just see how much fun we have. Bring a dish to share with everyone and come and just enjoy the company.

If there are valley residents who have hesitated coming to the Garden Group because they don’t have time for gardening or just don’t feel like they know enough, this would be a great time to introduce them to fellow gardeners and what is possible here. The 4 years Bill and I have been gardening here has been a process of trial-and-error and finding out what can work. And each garden is different based on what the gardener does also. We don’t have control over the weather, but much is possible with a little effort.

I’m attaching the flyer for the potluck. Please print out and share with your neighbors. I look forward to seeing you all there.

BTW, I received the minutes from the last CAB meeting for East Washoe Valley. They are sent out from Washoe County offices. If you want me to send you the email I received so that you may also be on their email list (and it also has the minutes attached), let me know and I’ll forward to you.

Warm regards,


Donna Murphy-Sharp

photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/33173530@N03/

Local Scholars Need Help

Just a note to let you know that we had two groups of “Valley Girls” win at the state level at U.S. History Day.  They have decided to go to the National competition in Washington DC.  There is a fund raiser on April 23 at the Postal Cafe. The girls are going to wait tables and all the tips will go funding the trip.  Also there is buckets at most of the store fronts on East Lake for donations.  They are looking for sponsors to help finance the trip. If you have any questions please contact me at 849-0862.  I also work at the Postal Cafe if you wanted to call  849-2722.  Trudy Gonzales

Local Band Gears Up For Season

From an email circling the valley:

“The NEW COOL RIVER BAND just had another great practice on this past Sunday up in the spectacular setting of the Virginia Highlands; – up by Virginia City and where the wild horses roam! We here in Reno – Tahoe – Virginia City and near to the wild open areas of Nevada are surrounded by something rather open, free, special and mystical…lest we forget.
The Gold Hill Hotel and Virginia City are still so representative of a time past: the Comstock in the 1800’s. – I am still amazed when I truly look around me: the Sierras, the Virginia Range, the roaming bands of wild horses, the high desert, the open terrain, etc..
After that we took our first promo pictures for our initial announcement regarding our dinner – show at The Gold Hill Hotel on May 12, 2009 – Tuesday up on the Comstock!
This flier will be posted on the Links / Tuesday at The Gold Hill Hotel site.  I really hope that my family and friends will join us for a great time and a lot of happy, uplifting music!”

Help Cleanup Washoe Lake This Weekend

RGJ reports that the Back Country Horseman’s group is organizing a cleanup of Washoe Lake State Park this Sunday, March 10th followed by a pot luck lunch at the park’s group picnic area. The lake’s east shore between the boat ramps will be the focus. All those interested are encouraged to participate and “you don’t have to be a horse person” according to the organizers.  Volunteers should provide their own gloves, hats and water while plastic bags will be provided.Washoe Valley Outing

An Idea For Artists and Equestrians Update

I’ve had a pretty good response to my post suggesting forming a group to bring western artists and period models together locally. There are two groups around and it might be a fun thing to get them together. One is western artists and photographers who need models and the other are those who love our western heritage and enjoy “dressing the part”.

I envision a loosely organized group with no dues or model fees. I suppose some sort of models release should be provided to prevent your image from being used in a million dollar car ad or something. Any ideas?

I put together a simple website for the group at http://wnahrc.wordpress.com/ where you can sign up by leaving a comment or just write the editor here at washoevalley.org. I’ll keep you posted by email and the site on the progress.

All the details have to be worked out so if you have any suggestions, ideas or comments or want to be a part of it, write in.

Super Bowl Party

The New Washoe Bar, formerly Scotty’s Bar, located at 3155 Eastlake Blvd, will host a Super Bowl Party on Sunday, February 1st. There will be live pregame entertainment. Sign up at the bar to bring a pot-luck style side dish to accompany the Brat’s and Dogs supplied by the bar. There will be drink specials. The new owners, locals LaVeta and Cher, encourage all to come and enjoy the rejuvenated bar. 849-1331.

Sign Up For Yoga!

For 2009 New Year Resolution, try a gentle yoga class in Washoe Valley.
Date:  Every Thursday starting 1/22/09.
Time:  6:00PM to 7:00PM.
Cost:  $8 per class or $30 for 4 classes.
Location:  145 Esmeralda Dr. (New Beginnings Church near 7-11).
Contact:  Ruth at 240-5831 or email yoga4life@msn.com.”

Christmas Caroling on Horseback Sunday

Join the mounted Christmas Carolers Sunday, December 14th at 1 pm at 235 Pintail in New Washoe City for their 12th annual event. They will provide hot chocolate and snacks before and after the event. A professional photographer will be on hand to take your photo with the carolers and their decorated horses for $5. If you live in the vicinity you can request they come to your home and carol. Call Donna at 849-9373 or Valerie at 849-3262 to RSVP.

Washoe Valley In The News

  • RGJ: The BLM will host an “Open House” public meeting today to let the public discuss the proposal to place 69 wind turbines up to 330′ tall on the ridges of the Virginia Range east of Washoe Valley. (Government agencies seem to be moving more towards open house type meeting to get away from the old question/answer/statement type format and minimize the input of individuals.-ed)
  • RGJ: The fate and effects of wild horses in the Virginia Range are discussed.
  • RGJ: County approves SVAP
  • National Wind Watch: BLM to hold open house on Virginia Range windmill farm.

editors note: sorry I didn’t see the notice about the wind farm meeting- if you see these things, please write in and let us know!

Christmas Gift Idea

Give the gift of Washoe Valley as local potter John Manley hosts a show and sale in his studio in Washoe Valley as explained in this press release:

John Manley, a Nevada potter for more than 20 years, will open his Washoe Valley studio for an annual Holiday Pottery Sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 6-7 at 2920 Lakeshore Drive, off Eastlake Boulevard in Washoe Valley. Details: 338-1535 or manleysclayworks.com