“Come in from the Cold” is a family entertainment series brought to you by Washoe County Parks and the performers themselves.

The series of performances is held in the Western Heritage Interpretive Center at Bartley Ranch Regional Park. All shows are on Saturday evenings starting at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. The first show in the 2018 series is on January 13 and they will be weekly through March 31. Here are the January shows. See the rest in my “2018 Come in from the Cold Family Entertainment Series” article.

  • January 13 – Northern Nevada Bluegrass Association: Monday Night Volunteers
  • January 20 – Chris Wessel’s Jazz-Dixie Review
  • January 27 – Kingfinger

The Bartley Ranch Regional Park Western Heritage Interpretive Center is at 6000 Bartley Ranch Road in south Reno. Seating is limited to 200 people and there are no reservations. If you really want to get in, don’t show up at the last minute or you will stay out in the cold. For more information, call (775) 828-6612 or (775) 823-6500. A $3 per person donation is requested to help support this and future park programs.


“A T. rex Named Sue” will be on exhibit at the Discovery Museum* in Reno through Monday, January 15, 2018. Don’t miss your chance to see something truly extraordinary that’s usually found only in really big cities.

(Update: The Sue exhibit will be extended through May 13, 2018. Check The Discovery website for additional information.)

Sue is a life-sized skeleton cast of the largest, most complete, and best-preserved T. rex ever discovered. We’re talking about a big dinosaur – 42 feet long and 12 feet high at the hips. In addition to the Sue skeleton, the exhibit includes digital and hands-on interactive elements that help you uncover Sue’s past and explore the field of paleontology. There is no extra charge for Sue – she is included with your regular museum admission.

(*Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum)

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January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. Ski areas around Reno / Lake Tahoe are offering deals designed to get new skiers and snowboarders on the slopes and to help veterans improve their technique during the ski season. Ski resorts are offering discounts on lessons, lift tickets, rentals and more, giving you incentives to try a new sport.

Not every ski area officially participates in Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, but even those that don’t have pretty good beginner packages for first-timers on the slopes. Check out “Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month” for some of the available offerings.

Of course, not everyone wants to slide down a mountain on skis or a snowboard. Learn more about just plain fun in the snow and perhaps some sledding or tubing from “Snow Play Areas in the Lake Tahoe Region.”