Residents of Reno, Sparks and Washoe County are encouraged to register now for the 2017 session of the Reno Citizens Institute (RCI) program provided by the City of Reno. The registration deadline is July 28, 2017. Sign up ASAP as enrollment is limited to the first 40 participants.

Participants meet with elected officials, department directors and city staff to gain an understanding of city government, processes, and services through hands on exercises and presentations.

The free ten week RCI program is held on Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at various City facilities and venues. The first class will be on August 10 and they will continue through graduation day on October 12.

Here are the 2017 RCI class sessions…

  • August 10 – City Manager’s Office
  • August 17 – Community Development #1 – Housing and Code Enforcement
  • August 24 – Community Development #2 – Business License, Buiilding Division, Planning and Engineering
  • August 31 – Reno Fire Department
  • September 7 – Parks, Recreation and Community Services
  • September 14 – Finance, Human Resources and City Clerk’s Office
  • September 21 – Public Works
  • September 28 – City Attorney’s Office and Municipal Court
  • October 5 – Reno Police Department
  • October 12 – Graduation

The Great Community Cleanup is an annual event sponsored by Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB), along with numerous co-sponsors from throughout the area. The morning event involves spiffing up selected publicly-owned areas and parks by picking up trash, clearing illegal dump sites, performing minor maintenance, and pulling invasive weeds. Volunteers are needed to help out on Saturday, May 6, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Following the cleanup, volunteers are invited to an appreciation picnic.

Volunteers can choose where they want to help from a big list of sites throughout the Truckee Meadows and other nearby areas. Go to the volunteer signup page to register and pick your site. If you are not sure about where you might want to help, there is a map showing cleanup locations. For more information, call KTMB at (775) 851-5185.

Source: Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful.

Nevada Humane Society, Fido Fest, Reno
This event is sponsored by Nevada Humane Society and features everything for the dog lover (and pet lover) by bringing together local businesses and adoptable dogs for one big celebration. Fido Fest is hosted by and at The Summit in South Reno and will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Adoptable dogs and vendors will be located in the Center Plaza between Vans and Tilly’s. There will be food trucks, specials at some Summit stores, give-aways, and live entertainment.

There will be a Fido Fest After Party at Nevada Humane Society in Reno with even more dogs for adoption. The shelter is open until 6:30 p.m. Families looking to adopt are encouraged to bring kids and other dogs to make sure everyone gets along.

The shelter is located at 2825 Longley Lane in Reno and is open Sunday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. For more information, call (775) 856-2000.

Source: Nevada Humane Society press release.