The downtown branch of the Washoe County Library System is about to launch an exciting new service. It’s The Quad makerspace, with a grand opening set for Sunday, August 19, 2018, from 10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Quad is a makerspace for the community to learn, explore, create, make, and enjoy.

Downtown Reno Library, Washoe County Library System, Nevada, NV

Downtown Reno Library, a branch of the Washoe County Library System. Photo © Stan White

The grand opening will feature demonstrations and opportunities for hands-on exploration. Following the launch, The Quad will be available on Thursday afternoons from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Here are some of the features you can work with…

  • 3D Printing
  • Button Making
  • Sewing Machines
  • Vinyl Cutter
  • Soldering
  • Leatherworking
  • Picture Framing
  • Laminator (may not be available opening day)
  • Dye-sublimation Printer (may not be available opening day)
  • Heat Press (may not be available opening day)

The Downtown Reno Library is located at 301 S. Center Street, corner with E. Liberty Street. The general information number is (775) 327-8300.

Each month, all branches of the Washoe County Library System have lots of free activities and events for patrons. Get the details on what’s happening from “Free Events and Programs at Washoe County Libraries.”

Source: Washoe County Library System.

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Reno area dog parks

August 8, 2018

Every public park, sidewalk, and open space is not there for dog owners to let their pets run wild and poop all over the place. We have six nice dog parks between Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County where dog owners can let their animals run off-leash and socialize, without being a nusiance and hazard to the general public.

These formal dog parks are spread around the Truckee Meadows. Here’s the list…

  • Virginia Lake Park in Reno
  • Whitaker Park in Reno
  • Biggest Little Dog Park in downtown Reno
  • Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno
  • Hidden Valley Regional Park in Washoe County
  • Sparks Dog Park at Sparks Marina

This is really a public safety issue I’ve talked about in the past. Refer to “It’s the law – leash your dog and scoop its poop” for more about misbehaving dog owners in Washoe County.

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.