Tickets for the 2017 Polar Express™ are now on sale. If you want to ride the Polar Express™ to the North Pole this holiday season, get your tickets soon or you’ll be left out in the cold.

The Polar Express™ excursion train on the V & T Railroad has sold out in all past seasons, making early ticket purchases imperative. Tickets must be purchased in advance – you can’t buy them at the depot. Polar Express™ tickets are available online and by phone.

There will be three types of tickets in 2017 – regular coach, VIP and Twilight Trains. The trips are on the same train, but VIPs ride on a separate parlor car that includes additional entertainment, extra time with Santa, a special holiday treat, and more. Everyone, however, receives the special Christmas gift of a silver sleigh bell from Santa, hot chocolate and cookies, and a reading of the Polar Express™ story by Chris Van Allsburg.

During the 2017 holiday season, the Polar Express™ will provide service to the North Pole on select dates starting on November 18 and running through December 30.

Bowers Mansion Pool is the site of this non-competitive kids triathlon, sponsored by Washoe County Parks. The pool is located in Bowers Mansion Regional Park just south of Reno in Washoe Valley.

The Bowers Mansion Pool Kids Triathlon is a great introduction to the world of triathlon races for children of all ages. The triathlon will feature swimming in the historic Bowers Mansion Pool, and biking and running on a course within the park. Each age group has specific distances appropriate for their ages.

The triathlon is part of the Nevada Recreation and Parks Society’s 2017 Northern Nevada Triathlon Series, Carson City Parks and Recreation and Carson Tigersharks swim team, and the City of Sparks Parks and Recreation. The cost is $35 per participant. If you did not pre-register, registration can be processed at Bowers Mansion Pool. Start times are staggered by age group – oldest kids (ages 13 – 18) start at 7:45 a.m. For more information, call (775) 849-1825.

The final triathlon in the 2017 series will be on September 10, 2017 at Alf Sorensen Pool in Sparks, 1400 Baring Boulevard. This one is being put on by Sparks Parks and Recreation.

Source: Washoe County Parks and Open Space

There are big doings during the weekend of August 11 – 13, 2017. A bunch of events and activities are scheduled for this time, giving you numerous choices of fun things to do. With a little planning, you can manage several of these.

For even more things to do this weekend and during the rest of August, refer to “August 2017 Events and Activities in the Reno Region.” If you are heading to the mountains, be sure to check the highway conditions and weather forecast so you’ll know what to expect.