Winter is coming and Galena Creek Visitor Center will soon be switching to winter operating hours and days. Starting on Sunday, October 15, 2017, opens times and days will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday through Sunday. This schedule will continue through April 30, 2018, when summer hours will once again go into effect.

Fall and winter are great times to enjoy family fun at Galena Creek Visitor Center and the surrounding park. Here are some things going on during the rest of October, 2017.

Guided Hikes – Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Join a naturalist along one of the Galena Park trails and learn about the area. If there is snow, these hikes will be on snowshoes.

Galena Toddlers – Thursday, October 19, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Bring your toddler to the visitor center for story time, a craft/activity, and a nature walk. Specific activities may vary.

Basques in the West – Saturday, October 21, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Join Xabier Irujo, co-director of UNR’s Center for Basques Studies, as he discusses the presence of the Basques in the American West.

What Will the Weather Be? – Sunday, October 22, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Chris Smallcomb of the National Weather Service will give us an overview of what is known and the many unknowns about the coming winter.

A suggested donation of $5 for each activity is requested to help pay for programs. Galena Creek Visitor Center is at 18250 Mount Rose Highway in south Reno. For more information, call (775) 849-4948.

Source: Great Basin Institute.


Halloween in Reno, Nevada
Halloween pumpkin patches and corn mazes are already up and running in the Reno region. Many run continuously until Halloween and a few are just at specific times during October. Some of these are pretty elaborate, with lots of activities for both kids and adults. You can even visit the field and search for your own perfect Halloween jack-o-lantern.

Another popular Halloween activity taking place during October are a number of fun and spooky special train rides. In our local area, Halloween trains will be running on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad up in Virginia City and at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City. There are more ghoulish trains running at other Nevada locations and over in California.

Of course, you need Halloween costumes and supplies to properly participate in the festivities. These are available in abundance at any of several locations around the Reno region. Be sure to consider shopping at some of the locally owned businesses when gearing up for Halloween.

The annual Discover Science Lecture Series presents its first speaker of 2017-2018 on Thursday, October 12, 2017. He will be Scott E. Page, the Leonid Hurwicz Collegiate Professor of Complex Systems, Political Science and Economics at the University of Michigan. His talk is titled “The Diversity Bonus.”

Other upcoming speakers in the series include Julie Robinson from NASA, theoretical physicist Sylvester James Gates Jr. and UNR Foundation Trustee Mick Hitchcock on bio-pharmaceutical research about HIV.

“Discover Science Lecture Series at UNR” presentations are free and open to the public on a first come basis. Tickets are not required. Lectures begin at 7 p.m. in the Redfield Auditorium in the Davidson Mathematics and Science Center on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.