You can get a free radon test kit until February 28, 2018. Radon is a radioactive, colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that seeps up from the ground and accumulates in homes and other buildings. Radon-caused lung cancer kills more people than secondhand smoke, drunk driving, falls in the home, drowning and house fires combined. This type of lung cancer is preventable, but the only way to know if a home has elevated levels is to test it.

Free radon test kits are available through February 28, 2018, at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offices and partner offices statewide. The Reno office is at 4955 Energy Way.

The final Nevada Radon Education Program presentation of 2018 in the Reno area will be at the Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive in Reno. It’s on Saturday, February 24, starting at 2 p.m. Free test kits will be available at the presentations.

Learn more from “Radon Hazard in Reno Area Homes and Businesses.” Check this Nevada Statewide Radon Potential map and you’ll see that Reno and much of the surrounding area are among the highest risk zones. In fact, a home tested with the highest radon reading in Nevada was in the Reno area.

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Learn how to grow fruit, vegetables and other plants in northern Nevada from a series of free classes at Bartley Ranch Regional Park titled “Gardening in Nevada: The Bartley Ranch Series.” The series is brought to you by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE).

These classes enable you to profit from the experience of local experts who know how to bring forth vegetables and other plants from our Great Basin climate and soil. They will be taught by UNCE horticulturists and experts, and Cooperative Extension’s certified Master Gardener volunteers.

The gardening class series will be every Tuesday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. during February and March, 2018. The first, on February 6, is titled “Selecting and Caring for Fruit Trees.”

Bartley Ranch Regional Park is at 6000 Bartley Ranch Road in south Reno. For more information, call UNCE at (775) 784-4848.

The annual Discover Science Lecture Series presents its first speaker of 2017-2018 on Thursday, October 12, 2017. He will be Scott E. Page, the Leonid Hurwicz Collegiate Professor of Complex Systems, Political Science and Economics at the University of Michigan. His talk is titled “The Diversity Bonus.”

Other upcoming speakers in the series include Julie Robinson from NASA, theoretical physicist Sylvester James Gates Jr. and UNR Foundation Trustee Mick Hitchcock on bio-pharmaceutical research about HIV.

“Discover Science Lecture Series at UNR” presentations are free and open to the public on a first come basis. Tickets are not required. Lectures begin at 7 p.m. in the Redfield Auditorium in the Davidson Mathematics and Science Center on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.