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.


Super Bowl 50 parties in Reno, Nevada
There will be big parties all over the Reno / Sparks area for 2018’s Super Bowl LII (52). Sports fans will have numerous Super Bowl Sunday parties from which to choose, with food, drink, contests, and giveaways designed to entice Super Bowl LII fans. You’ll be able to party in whatever style suits you, from just relaxing with a beer to really getting it on with a big crowd.

Super Bowl LII on Sunday, February 4, will feature the Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots. This year’s Super Bowl will be played at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN (home of the Minnesota Vikings). Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Reno time. Doors at the Super Bowl parties open a hour or so earlier.

Should you be the betting type, you can wager on the game at most casinos in town, which is handy since that is where most of the big parties will be. There are a bunch of other bets you can play besides just the ultimate winner.

Reno’s 2018 State of the City address will be on Thursday, January 18, 2018. It will be held at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts (2 blocks south of City Hall at 100 S. Virginia Street) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Doors to the Pioneer Center open at 5 p.m., theater doors open at 6 p.m. and presentations begin at 6:30 p.m.

This event will be quite a bit more than just a speech by Mayor Hillary Schieve, which is to begin around 7 p.m. Other local politicians and dignitaries will be there as well, along with entertainment and Reno’s first ever Community Engagement Fair. The meet-and-greet style fair offers citizens an in-person opportunity to engage with their local government and learn about key city programs, provide input through surveys and discover how they can get involved with through a variety of commissions and boards. A variety of city departments from Arts, Culture and Special Events to Fire and Police will set up booths in the Pioneer Center’s Exhibit Hall.

The theme is “Big Arts Little City” and the event will include arts and culture entertainment by Controlled Burn Reno, Note-Ables, Reno Jazz Orchestra, Sierra Nevada Ballet, TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada and A.V.A. Ballet Theatre.

The event is free and open to the public. Attendance will be on a first-come, first-served basis. No RSVP or tickets required. You will need to get in line for one of the available seats and hope you are able to get in since the Pioneer Center has seating for only 1,488 people.