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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The Nevada Museum of Art (NMA) in Reno is offering some outstanding exhibits in August. Some will end soon, so get over to the NMA soon to enjoy the works of art. Here is a partial list of the current displays…

  • Hans Meyer-Kassel: Artist of Nevada
  • Manet to Maya Lin
  • Celebrating Israel’s 70th Anniversary: Michal Rovner and Tal Shochat
  • The Nuclear Landscape
  • Judith Belzer: The Panama Project
  • Andrea Zittel: Wallsprawl
  • Ugo Rondinone: Seven Magic Mountains
  • Maya Lin: Pin River – Tahoe Watershed
  • BLOOM: Ken Goldberg, Sanjay Krishnan, Fernanda ViĆ©gas, and Martin Wattenberg
  • The Lasting World: Simon Dinnerstein and The Fulbright Triptych
  • History of Transportation: A Mural Study by Helen Lundeberg

“Hands ON! Second Saturdays” is the monthly free family event at the Nevada Museum of Art (NMA). On Saturday, August 11, 2018, Museum visitors can enjoy activities related to Burning Man. Each month, Hands ON! has a different focus, frequently related to one of the current exhibits or a significant northern Nevada event.

Even if you don’t participate in Hands ON!, admission to the NMA on this day is free for all visitors. Learn more about the current exhibits, activities, and classes by following the links from my “Enjoy the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno” article. For more information, call the NMA at (775) 329-3333.

Source: Nevada Museum of Art

Rev up the hotrods and make way for the Elvis impersonators – Hot August Nights is about to hit the streets of Reno and Sparks. The 2018 edition fires up on Tuesday, August 7, and goes through Sunday, August 12.

The fun begins up in Virginia City, roaring through the Comstock on Friday and Saturday, August 3 and 4. The official pre-kickoff party is on Sunday, August 5 at the Bonanza Casino in Reno.

Hot August Nights event, Reno, Nevada, NV

Hot August Nights brings thousands of classic cars to the streets of Reno and Sparks, Nevada. Photo © Stan White

Most Hot August Nights activities are free and open to the public, but if you’ve got some spare cash, you can get your own classic car at the Motorsport Auction Group (MAG) car auction at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. If you have a car and need parts and accessories, check out the swap meet or pick up one of many whole cars that will be on sale. For even more goodies, try the Big Boy’s Toy Store in downtown Reno.