Duck Race and Festival, Nevada Humane Society, Reno
If you haven’t already done so, adopt a rubber duck (or several) now for the 2018 Nevada Humane Society Duck Race and Festival. On Sunday, August 19 in Wingfield Park, around 20,000 bright yellow rubber ducks will race to the finish line in the Truckee River, raising money and awareness for the homeless pets in our community. All entries have a chance of winning a 2018 Toyota Corolla donated by Dick Campagni’s Carson City Toyota Scion.

The free festival in Wingfield Park, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will have family-friendly things to enjoy including live music and entertainment, a carnival, clowns, face painting, a photo booth, food trucks, pet adoptions and more. The exciting Duck Race launches at 4 p.m.

Ducks can be adopted for $5 each at Nevada Humane Society (NHS), 2825 Longley Lane, Reno and online from NHS. There are adoption tables at a variety of community events, farmers’ markets, shopping centers and businesses until the day of the event. For more information, call Nevada Humane Society at (775) 856-2000.

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Rev up the hotrods and make way for the Elvis impersonators – Hot August Nights is about to hit the streets of Reno and Sparks. The 2018 edition fires up on Tuesday, August 7, and goes through Sunday, August 12.

The fun begins up in Virginia City, roaring through the Comstock on Friday and Saturday, August 3 and 4. The official pre-kickoff party is on Sunday, August 5 at the Bonanza Casino in Reno.

Hot August Nights event, Reno, Nevada, NV

Hot August Nights brings thousands of classic cars to the streets of Reno and Sparks, Nevada. Photo © Stan White

Most Hot August Nights activities are free and open to the public, but if you’ve got some spare cash, you can get your own classic car at the Motorsport Auction Group (MAG) car auction at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. If you have a car and need parts and accessories, check out the swap meet or pick up one of many whole cars that will be on sale. For even more goodies, try the Big Boy’s Toy Store in downtown Reno.

You are “Never too old for Gold” at the Reno-Tahoe Senior Summer Games. The Games feature a series of competitions loosely organized in Olympics fashion, with gold, silver, and bronze medals awarded to the top three finishers in each event. The Summer Games will run from August 17 through September 1, 2018. The finale is a closing ceremonies luncheon at Idlewild Park in Reno. Participants compete by age group and must be 50+.

Registration is now open for both individuals and teams. The basic fee is $30, plus an additional fee for each event. Get more details about registering from “2018 Reno-Tahoe Senior Summer Games.” Registration closes on August 3, 2018. Here are the events…

  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Basketball Skills
  • Billiards / 8-ball
  • Bocce Ball
  • Bowling
  • Climbing Wall
  • Croquet
  • Fitness/Weightlifting
  • Fly Casting
  • Go Karts
  • Golf
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature Golf
  • Obstacle Course
  • Pickleball
  • Shuffleboard
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Walk Race

The goal of the Reno-Tahoe Senior Summer Games is to promote fitness programs and activities for Reno area seniors. Sponsors are the City of Reno Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services and the City of Reno Senior Advisory Committee.