Reno Ice Skating Rink, Greater Nevada Field, Reno, Nevada, NV

The Reno Ice Skating Rink at Greater Nevada Field is a popular place for family fun during the depths of winter. Photo © Stan White

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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.”

Radon is a radioactive, colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that comes from the ground. It accumulates in homes and can cause lung cancer. Radon kills more people than secondhand smoke, drunk driving, falls in the home, drowning and house fires combined. This type of lung cancer is preventable. 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. Nevadans are encouraged to take advantage of this free offer to test their homes for this dangerous gas. The tests are easy to conduct. If radon is detected, there are fairly inexpensive ways to reduce the radon exposure to safe levels.

January is National Radon Action Month, and to help communities comprehend the dangers of radon, the Nevada Radon Education Program will offer presentations at various locations. Free test kits will be available at the presentations.

  • Jan. 17, 2018 – Verdi Community Library & Nature Center, 270 Bridge St., Verdi – 4 p.m.
  • Jan. 23, 2018 – Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, 128 Market St., Stateline – 6 p.m.
  • Jan. 24, 2018 – Carson City Senior Center, 911 Beverly Drive, Carson City – 6:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 7, 2018 – South Valleys Library, 15650 Wedge Parkway, Reno – 6 p.m.
  • Feb. 8, 2018 – CVIC, 1604 Esmeralda Ave., Minden – 6 p.m.
  • Feb. 15, 2018 – Storey County Senior Center, 100 Mill St., Virginia City – 12:45 p.m.
  • Feb. 21, 2018 – Incline Village GID, Public Works, 1220 Sweetwater Rd., Incline Village – 6 p.m.
  • Feb. 24, 2018 – Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive, Reno – 2 p.m.

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.