You can get a free radon test kit until February 28, 2018. Radon is a radioactive, colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that seeps up from the ground and accumulates in homes and other buildings. Radon-caused lung cancer kills more people than secondhand smoke, drunk driving, falls in the home, drowning and house fires combined. This type of lung cancer is preventable, but the only way to know if a home has elevated levels is to test it.

Free radon test kits are available through February 28, 2018, at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offices and partner offices statewide. The Reno office is at 4955 Energy Way.

The final Nevada Radon Education Program presentation of 2018 in the Reno area will be at the Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive in Reno. It’s on Saturday, February 24, starting at 2 p.m. Free test kits will be available at the presentations.

Learn more from “Radon Hazard in Reno Area Homes and Businesses.” Check this Nevada Statewide Radon Potential map and you’ll see that Reno and much of the surrounding area are among the highest risk zones. In fact, a home tested with the highest radon reading in Nevada was in the Reno area.

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The 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday is Monday, January 15. Government offices, libraries, and some businesses will be closed in observance of the civil rights leader’s birthday. Around Reno and Sparks, there will be some events and activities for those wishing to observe and celebrate Dr. King’s legacy. There will also be volunteer opportunities with the concurrent Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is one of the dates in 2018 when there is free admission to our national parks and other public lands. For more information about free admission days, refer to “Free Days to Visit National Parks and Public Lands.”

The natural Christmas tree that served you well through the holiday season can continue to be useful through proper recycling.

Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB), along with support from local governments and businesses, will be offering Christmas tree recycling at several locations around the Truckee Meadows and Washoe County. Trees will be accepted daily, between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., from December 26, 2017 through January 7, 2018. They will be chipped and the mulch used by local parks, landscapers, and residents. A donation of $3 per tree is asked to help support this and other KTMB programs. Get the details about recycling locations from “Christmas Tree Recycling in the Reno and Sparks Area.”

KTMB needs volunteers to help with the Christmas tree recycling project. You can sign up online and choose the location where you would like to work. For more information or to volunteer by phone, call (775) 851-5185.