Artown’s closing night concert and celebration in Wingfield Park will feature A Tribe Called Red. The free event will be on Monday, July 31, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Artown closing night concerts are extremely popular and the park will be packed out. If you really want a good viewing spot to set up a chair or spread a blanket, get there early. Even if you are back a ways, these shows are worth attending. This closing night will feature Native American art, food, and cultural cdlebrations.A Tribe Called Red plays at 7:30 with a modern take on pow wow music and dancing.

If you have enjoyed Artown during July, consider donating to the “Keep Artown Free” campaign. With most events free, Artown is soliciting a few extra bucks to support this non-profit organization. The goal is to increase individual contributions so Artown can continue to present the high-caliber free programming attendees have come to expect. You can donate at various venues during Artown or go to the website and kick in a few bucks online.

If you like a good murder mystery, and might enjoy getting involved with a top sleuth in solving the crime, head over to the Wilbur D. May Museum for the new exhibit titled “Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery.”

Visitors get a Detective Guide upon entering the exhibit and are then transported back in time to Victorian London. Start at the clocktower murder scene, then work your way through other locations while searching for clues. Enter the study when you think you’ve identified the murderer. Sherlock Holmes (played by a live actor) will ask questions about your conclusions and the mystery will be dramatically solved.

“Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery” will be at the May Museum from Saturday, July 29 through Sunday, October 29, 2017. (Rated PG – parental discretion advised. Exhibit shows murder scenes and murder victims.)

The Wilbur D. May Museum is in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra Street in Reno. This is one of Reno’s most outstanding parks and there is free parking.

Beginning in May or June, the Truckee River through Reno usually flows at levels just right for tubing, rafting, and general water play on hot days. Not so this year.

The Truckee River is flowing high, fast and really cold due to continuing snowmelt from the epic snowpack dumped on the Sierra Nevada last winter. We around 200 percent of average snowfall, there’s still a lot of snow and it’s going to be a while before enough of it melts to let the river subside to lower flows. Until that happens, please heed these river safety guidelines from the Reno Fire Department.

  • River flows are extremely fast this year and river recreation by the general public is not advised at this time.
  • Consider waiting to float or swim the Truckee River until flows subside.
  • An unprepared person entering the water may experience hypothermia within several minutes, affecting their ability to swim and make decisions, leading to drowning.
  • If you do decide to go in the river, always wear a life jacket, helmet, thermal protection and sturdy shoes for river recreation.
  • Do not drink alcohol or use drugs when boating or tubing.
  • Never go into the river alone.
  • Have a plan and a rendezvous point in case you become separated.
  • Let a friend or family member know when you plan to return.

Even later in the summer, the river is likely to remain higher and colder than most people are used to. Use care and common sense to make your river play fun rather than tragic. Meanwhile, there are several public swimming pools and splash parks in Reno, Sparks and Washoe County where cooling off on hot days is a safe bet.

Truckee River, Reno, Nevada, NV

Truckee River flowing high and cold through Reno, Nevada. Photo © Stan White

Source: City of Reno press release.