Duck Race and Festival, Nevada Humane Society, Reno
If you haven’t already done so, adopt a rubber duck (or several) now for the 2018 Nevada Humane Society Duck Race and Festival. On Sunday, August 19 in Wingfield Park, around 20,000 bright yellow rubber ducks will race to the finish line in the Truckee River, raising money and awareness for the homeless pets in our community. All entries have a chance of winning a 2018 Toyota Corolla donated by Dick Campagni’s Carson City Toyota Scion.

The free festival in Wingfield Park, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will have family-friendly things to enjoy including live music and entertainment, a carnival, clowns, face painting, a photo booth, food trucks, pet adoptions and more. The exciting Duck Race launches at 4 p.m.

Ducks can be adopted for $5 each at Nevada Humane Society (NHS), 2825 Longley Lane, Reno and online from NHS. There are adoption tables at a variety of community events, farmers’ markets, shopping centers and businesses until the day of the event. For more information, call Nevada Humane Society at (775) 856-2000.

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It may still be summer, but the traditional school year for 2018-2019 begins on Monday, August 6. You can learn about important dates for this session from “Washoe County School District Calendar: 2018-2019 School Year.”

Your student(s) vaccinations must be up-to-date before they can be enrolled with the Washoe County School District. Learn more about vaccination events and other information about obtaining immunizations for your children from “Student vaccinations for the Washoe County School District.” Contact the Washoe County School District for more information.

School or not, there are still lots of family friendly activities happening around the Truckee Meadows in August. Among these are Hot August Nights, Reno Aces baseball, music events, Reno 1868 FC soccer, and lots more. See what’s up at “August 2018 Events and Activities in the Reno Region” and on the NewToReno events calendar.

Seniors and friends are invited to participate in a whole month of activities during May, 2018. “May is Older Americans Month” and various organizations around the Truckee Meadows are sponsoring quite a variety of things to do.

The theme of the 2018 celebration is “Engage at Every Age,” emphasizing that you are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It also celebrates the many ways in which older adults make a difference in our communities. Among other things, participants will enjoy nutritious food, music and stage performances, classes, learn how to get involved, or just come out for some good old fashioned fun.

The opening ceremonies for Older Americans Month begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at the Washoe County Senior Services Center, 1155 E. 9th Street in Reno. This event is free.