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May 2018
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Eclectic Observer
by Janet Ross
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May is easily one of the best months to be out and about.

Janet Ross
Janet Ross

The weather is usually fine, neither too hot or too cold. Nevada's often background brown color has changed to green in May, even though it doesn't linger long. Outside activities ramp up in advance of summer's arrival in June.

First on the out-and-about list is a “who knew?” for me. The Spring edition of AAA's magazine, Via, had a feature on Western waterfalls. In a prominent spot was Kings Canyon Waterfall in Carson City. A half-mile walk (uphill) from a parking area below will get you there. For all the information about the Falls, Google “Kings Canyon Waterfall, Carson City” to see several useful websites and a handy map. Kings Canyon Waterfall is considered a five-star attraction, so dig out those hiking boots and a camera.

The City of Sparks has a pair of special May events. First up, on Friday May 25th, is a “Last Friday in Downtown Sparks” featuring free admission to the charming Sparks Heritage Museum, train and Glendale School house from 5 to 10 p.m. There will be a free movie for kids at the Amphitheater as an added bonus for your outing. Saturday, May 28th, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Sparks Marina you'll find the second annual Stars & Stripes Honor March scheduled to benefit the Nevada Veterans' Memorial Plaza. The march and walk around the Marina will be a great way to demonstrate your patriotism and support for our Military.

Head up to Virginia City on May 19th and 20th for “Chili on the Comstock.” This 35th annual event features 30 of the West's best chili cooks … plus a 5k Run and the Fireball Saloon Crawl. It's another great, free outing. You'll find additional details at

If you haven't discovered the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe's Museum and Visitors Center in Nixon, a May visit is worth the ride. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. To 4:30 p.m., you'll enjoy cultural exhibits, Native American arts and crafts, and information about the reservation and area. The unique architectural design of the building adds to the appeal of your visit. Admission is by donation. (More details are available at www.pyramidlake. us/pyramid-lake-visitorcenter. html.)

Back in Reno, Midtown's popularity continues to expand. There are art and food walks plus special tours (some require reservations and/or a fee). The best way to check on what's happening when you're ready to get out and go is the website at www.renomidtowndistrict. com. There are ten blocks of shops, places to dine and drink, services, and lifestyle purveyors on S. Virginia Street, plus clusters of additional businesses on side streets to the East and West. Get your May on … and go!