Grow your own in Nevada

September 14, 2017

No, this isn’t about pot, it’s about food. “Grow Your Own, Nevada! – Gardening classes in Reno,” is where you can learn how to grow vegetables and other plants in northern Nevada. It is a series of presentations sponsored by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE).

The classes are for home gardeners and small scale growers. They impart basic horticultural information and also provide information about new and alternative growing methods. If you are interested in food safety, self – sufficiency, and have a desire to eat locally grown food, these classes are for you.

The first class in the fall series is on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. This one is about bringing beneficial insects to the garden. Subsequent classes (8 in total) will be held on on Tuesdays and Thursdays in September and October, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Reno UNCE office, 4955 Energy Way. If you live elsewhere in Nevada, your local UNCE office may be offering this series as well.

The cost is $15 per class or $60 for the entire series. Refer to my Grow Your Own, Nevada! article for information about registering and the topics of all classes in the series.


The Nevada Wolf Pack football team kicks off its 2017 season schedule of home games at Mackay Stadium on Saturday, September 9. This follows the season opener at the Northwestern Wildcats the previous weekend.

This first Wolf Pack home game of the season starts at 4 p.m. and will be against the Toledo Rockets. A couple of upcoming games feature big name opponents – Idaho State Bengals on Sepember 16 in Reno and the Washington State Cougars on September 23 in Pullman.

Nevada Wolf Pack football team schedule, Reno
The biggest and most important Nevada Wolf Pack football game of every season is the intrastate Battle for the Fremont Cannon against the UNLV Rebels. This year, the game will be in Reno, kickoff at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 25, 2017. The Pack beat UNLV last year (45 – 10) in Las Vegas and will be seeking to retain their trophy. No matter how each team is doing, this game is almost always exciting due to the rivalry.

There are a bunch of 2017 summer camps for kids available in the Reno / Sparks area. Choices range from outdoor adventures with Great Basin Naturalists to art-centered camps at Arts for All Nevada and the Nevada Museum of Art. Many camps fill fast, so now is the time to register for the best selection.

There are plenty of other options as well. UNR offers a diverse selection of summer fun for kids of all ages with Wolf Pack sports camps, KIDS University and Lake Tahoe Music Camp. More possibilities include Girl Scout camps, backcountry camps, acting and theater camps, rockclimbing camps, camps for disabled kids and adults, city recreation department camps and lots more.

Learn about available summer camp opportunities from “Summer Camps and Recreation for Reno / Tahoe Kids.” Some summer camps offer sessions on a daily basis, so if you miss the initial registration, you still have chances to get you kids into several summer camp experiences.