Community education opportunities abound in the Reno area. Three institutions of higher education offer college credit, non-credit personal enrichment (recreation, creative) and professional development courses. These are Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC), the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), and Western Nevada College (WNC) in Carson City.

The largest selection of community education courses is offered by Workforce Development and Community Education (WDCE) at TMCC. There are a number of career certificate programs and a big selection of personal enrichment classes.

At UNR, Extended Studies offers professional development courses, certificate programs, online courses, and academic credit courses and programs. In addition, Extended Studies supports numerous programs that are of interest to the community at large. A couple of these are Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and the Fleischmann Planetarium.

Community / Continuing Education at Western Nevada College offers a wide variety of courses, including career development, self-improvement, and just fun.

Get more details about all of these programs from “Community Education in Reno.”

2017 Lunar New Year Festival

February 16, 2017

Bring in the Chinese New Year at the 2017 Lunar New Year Festival in Reno. The celebration will be at the Downtown Reno Ballroom on Friday and Saturday, February 17 – 18, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. both days. The Downtown Reno Ballrooom is at 401 N. Center Street. (775) 525-0788.

Your host will be the Chinese Association of Northern Nevada. Everyone in the community is invited to this special annual Lunar New Year celebration to learn about Chinese culture, customs and history. Enjoy traditional Chinese food, professional lion and dragon dancing, Kung-Fu, and other performances.

The annual Discover Science Lecture Series presents its first speaker of 2017 on Thursday, February 16. He will be Michael Dickinson, award winning endowed chair at the University of Washington. Dickinson will present his discoveries on insect behavior, physiology and evolution.

Other upcoming speakers in the series during the first half of 2017 will be Carolyn Porco (March 16) and Harry Greene (May 9). Each will provide a presentation in their respective areas of expertise.

“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 campus.