If you are a senior living in the Reno area, there are quite a few services and activities designed with you in mind. The City of Reno has a number of programs for older citizens offered through the Department of Parks, Recreation, & Community Services. In addition to ongoing programs, Reno publishes the Senior Connect Newsletter updated with activities and happenings during that month. The newsletter is available online and printed copies are available at senior activity locations around town. Starting in July, 2018, this will become a quarterly publication.

Sparks, Washoe County, and the University of Nevada, Reno also have programs and activities just for senior citizens. How about senior discounts? There are lots of those available if you know where to look. For more information and links to these resources (and many more), go to “Reno Area Senior Services, Resources & Programs.”


“Come in from the Cold” is a family entertainment series brought to you by Washoe County Parks and the performers themselves.

The series of performances is held in the Western Heritage Interpretive Center at Bartley Ranch Regional Park. All shows are on Saturday evenings starting at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. The first show in the 2018 series is on January 13 and they will be weekly through March 31. Here are the January shows. See the rest in my “2018 Come in from the Cold Family Entertainment Series” article.

  • January 13 – Northern Nevada Bluegrass Association: Monday Night Volunteers
  • January 20 – Chris Wessel’s Jazz-Dixie Review
  • January 27 – Kingfinger

The Bartley Ranch Regional Park Western Heritage Interpretive Center is at 6000 Bartley Ranch Road in south Reno. Seating is limited to 200 people and there are no reservations. If you really want to get in, don’t show up at the last minute or you will stay out in the cold. For more information, call (775) 828-6612 or (775) 823-6500. A $3 per person donation is requested to help support this and future park programs.

The 2017 Reno Celtic Celebration will be on Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8. This annual celebration of all things Celtic will be at Bartley Ranch Regional Park in Reno. The Celtic Celebration features Scottish and Irish dancing, music, pipe band competition, highland athletic games competition, plenty of Celtic-style food and drink, and a display of critters with a Celtic origin (but please leave your own pets at home). This is a fun and family-friendly affair with things for everyone to enjoy.

Bartley Ranch Regional Park has a great venue for performances with the Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater. Admission to the Reno Celtic Celebration at the gate is $15 or $25 for both days. Kids 12 and under free with a paid admission. Parking is free.