The City of Reno has a number of programs for older citizens offered through the Department of Parks, Recreation, & Community Services. These include arts and crafts programs, dancing, organized outings to local and nearby locations and events, and much more. In addition to ongoing programs, the city publishes a monthly 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.

Sparks and Washoe County also have programs and activities just for senior citizens. For more information and links to these resources, visit “Reno Area Senior Services, Resources & Programs.”

“Senior Fest 2017” is coming up on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Held at the Reno Town Mall, Senior Fest provides seniors with the opportunity to connect with senior service providers and businesses. Over 50 businesses and agencies will be on hand offering a wide range of resources for seniors, boomers, and retirees. The event is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is free and open to the public. The Reno Town Mall is at the corner of S. Virginia Street and Peckham Lane, across from the Atlantis Hotel Casino.

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You are “Never too old for Gold” at the Reno-Tahoe Senior Summer Games. The Games feature a series of competitions loosely organized in Olympics fashion, with gold, silver, and bronze medals awarded to the top three finishers in each event. The Summer Games will run from August 4 through 26, 2017. The finale is a closing ceremonies luncheon at Idlewild Park in Reno. Participants compete by age group and must be 50+.

Registration is now open for both individuals and teams. The basic fee is $25, plus an additional fee for each event. Get more details about registering from “2017 Reno-Tahoe Senior Summer Games.” Registration closes on August 1, 2017. Here are the events…

  • Opening Ceremonies
  • Lunch / Closing Ceremony
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Basketball Skills
  • Beanbag Baseball
  • Billiards/8-Ball
  • Bocce Ball
  • Bowling
  • Card/Chance/Games\
  • Climbing Wall
  • Croquet
  • Fly Casting
  • Go Karts
  • Golf
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature Golf
  • Obstacle Course
  • Pickleball
  • Pictionary
  • Shuffleboard
  • Soccer Skills
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Walk Race

The goal of the Reno-Tahoe Senior Summer Games is to promote fitness programs and activities for Reno area seniors. Sponsors are the City of Reno Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services and the City of Reno Senior Advisory Committee.

Community education opportunities abound in the Reno area. Three institutions of higher education offer college credit, non-credit personal enrichment (recreation, creative) and professional development courses. These are Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC), the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), and Western Nevada College (WNC) in Carson City.

The largest selection of community education courses is offered by Workforce Development and Community Education (WDCE) at TMCC. There are a number of career certificate programs and a big selection of personal enrichment classes.

At UNR, Extended Studies offers professional development courses, certificate programs, online courses, and academic credit courses and programs. In addition, Extended Studies supports numerous programs that are of interest to the community at large. A couple of these are Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and the Fleischmann Planetarium.

Community / Continuing Education at Western Nevada College offers a wide variety of courses, including career development, self-improvement, and just fun.

Get more details about all of these programs from “Community Education in Reno.”