The downtown branch of the Washoe County Library System is about to launch an exciting new service. It’s The Quad makerspace, with a grand opening set for Sunday, August 19, 2018, from 10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Quad is a makerspace for the community to learn, explore, create, make, and enjoy.

Downtown Reno Library, Washoe County Library System, Nevada, NV

Downtown Reno Library, a branch of the Washoe County Library System. Photo © Stan White

The grand opening will feature demonstrations and opportunities for hands-on exploration. Following the launch, The Quad will be available on Thursday afternoons from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Here are some of the features you can work with…

  • 3D Printing
  • Button Making
  • Sewing Machines
  • Vinyl Cutter
  • Soldering
  • Leatherworking
  • Picture Framing
  • Laminator (may not be available opening day)
  • Dye-sublimation Printer (may not be available opening day)
  • Heat Press (may not be available opening day)

The Downtown Reno Library is located at 301 S. Center Street, corner with E. Liberty Street. The general information number is (775) 327-8300.

Each month, all branches of the Washoe County Library System have lots of free activities and events for patrons. Get the details on what’s happening from “Free Events and Programs at Washoe County Libraries.”

Source: Washoe County Library System.

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The Nevada Museum of Art (NMA) in Reno is offering some outstanding exhibits in August. Some will end soon, so get over to the NMA soon to enjoy the works of art. Here is a partial list of the current displays…

  • Hans Meyer-Kassel: Artist of Nevada
  • Manet to Maya Lin
  • Celebrating Israel’s 70th Anniversary: Michal Rovner and Tal Shochat
  • The Nuclear Landscape
  • Judith Belzer: The Panama Project
  • Andrea Zittel: Wallsprawl
  • Ugo Rondinone: Seven Magic Mountains
  • Maya Lin: Pin River – Tahoe Watershed
  • BLOOM: Ken Goldberg, Sanjay Krishnan, Fernanda Viégas, and Martin Wattenberg
  • The Lasting World: Simon Dinnerstein and The Fulbright Triptych
  • History of Transportation: A Mural Study by Helen Lundeberg

“Hands ON! Second Saturdays” is the monthly free family event at the Nevada Museum of Art (NMA). On Saturday, August 11, 2018, Museum visitors can enjoy activities related to Burning Man. Each month, Hands ON! has a different focus, frequently related to one of the current exhibits or a significant northern Nevada event.

Even if you don’t participate in Hands ON!, admission to the NMA on this day is free for all visitors. Learn more about the current exhibits, activities, and classes by following the links from my “Enjoy the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno” article. For more information, call the NMA at (775) 329-3333.

Source: Nevada Museum of Art

Reno area dog parks

August 8, 2018

Every public park, sidewalk, and open space is not there for dog owners to let their pets run wild and poop all over the place. We have six nice dog parks between Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County where dog owners can let their animals run off-leash and socialize, without being a nusiance and hazard to the general public.

These formal dog parks are spread around the Truckee Meadows. Here’s the list…

  • Virginia Lake Park in Reno
  • Whitaker Park in Reno
  • Biggest Little Dog Park in downtown Reno
  • Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno
  • Hidden Valley Regional Park in Washoe County
  • Sparks Dog Park at Sparks Marina

This is really a public safety issue I’ve talked about in the past. Refer to “It’s the law – leash your dog and scoop its poop” for more about misbehaving dog owners in Washoe County.