The Reno Arch is known worldwide as a symbol of our city. The structure is, however, getting a bit tired and is in need of maintenance, repair and updating.

Enhancement and preservation efforts will include painting, electrical maintenance and replacement of the metal skin on the legs of the Arch. It could also include color-changeable display options. Citizens can have a say in just how this plays out by taking a survey to express their preferences about proposed changes to the Arch’s look and functionality. You will be helping to decide how over $200,000 of your tax money will be spent.

There are several ways to participate in the survey, which will run through December 7, 2017.

  • Online at Reno.gov/Arch.
  • In person on the first floor of Reno City Hall, starting on November 3, 2017. City Hall is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on City-observed holidays.
  • In person at one of the November Neighborhood Advisory Board (NAB) meetings, starting on November 2, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at McKinley Arts and Culture Center. The other NAB meetings this month are on November 7, 14, 16 and 30.

Reno Arch, Nevada, NV

Reno Arch in downtown Reno, Nevada. Photo © Stan White

Source: City of Reno press release.

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From November 1 through 30, 2017, you can bring non-perishable canned or boxed food items to the Washoe County Library in lieu of fines and help feed the hungry. Food barrels will be placed at all library locations and the Washoe County Law Library at 75 Court Street and the Family Division Self Help Center located at 1 S. Sierra. Donations will be delivered to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. In Incline Village, donations will be given to Project MANA.

Library patrons are asked to bring one non-perishable food item for every overdue book or other item. Food cannot be exchanged for lost or damaged books and other items. Foods especially needed include canned meats and fish, peanut butter, macaroni & cheese, pasta meals, powdered milk, baby formula and baby food, complete meals in a can such as stew, chili, ravioli and hearty soups, canned fruits, juice, vegetables, dry cereal, oatmeal, rice and pasta.

While at the library, be sure to check out all of the free events and activities during the month – “Free Events and Programs at Washoe County Libraries.”

Source: Washoe County Library press release.

Discover & Go is a new service for Washoe County Library patrons. The program is a partnership between libraries and cultural attractions that offers library cardholders free and low-cost tickets to theaters, aquariums, zoos and science centers.

At this early stage of the program in Washoe County, the library is partnered with the Nevada Museum of Art, the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum, and the Fleischmann Planetarium. Over in California, currently participating attractions include the DeYoung Museum, the Oakland Zoo, the Sacramento Children’s Museum, the Exploratorium, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Washoe County Library cardholders can sign in to Discover & Go with their Washoe County Library card number and PIN. You will see a list of attractions and available dates up to three months in advance. For details and rules on reserving passes, go to the “Discover & Go: Museum Passes” website.

This is far from the only free activity and service available to Washoe County Library System patrons. To see what’s currently going on at various library branches, go to “Free Events and Programs at Washoe County Libraries.”

Source: Washoe County Library press release.