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by Janet Ross
June promises to be a month of memorable experiences. First up for me will be a return visit to Dragonfly Bath & Body (728 S. Virginia Street, Reno). Several months ago I tried their Alpha Hydroxy Skin Therapy crèam and my face responded with a huge, “At last you're doing something really good for me!” I've been a fan of the locally produced product ever since. However, Dragonfly is so much more than just the location for a face cream I love. This is a 100 percent local business as owners Lauren and Mike Dunne and Rachel Golden are happy to tell you. The store's atmosphere is light, airy and totally soothing. As for what you'll find there (also locally produced) how about tie dye Tshirts, body lotions, moisture sprays, bath bombs, jewelry, lip gloss, essential oils, men's toiletries (including beer soaps!) and so much more. Dragonfly Bath & Body is open MondaySaturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
As long as I'm visiting Dragonfly, there are three possibilities for a meal in the same small center: Two Chicks (“eggceptional” breakfasts), the Mustard Seed (down home Southern cooking), and Mari Chuy's Mexican Kitchen. Also sharing the space are the Fountain of Youth Spa, an interior design firm, Hello Yoga Apparel and the Sierra Belle Boutique (trendy clothing with a pair of adorable doggie greeters). There's onsite parking, but availability depends on the time of day.
Moving on, the Nevada Museum of Art has two stellar exhibits during the month of June. The Paltenghi collections of Maynard Dixon drawings and paintings showcase America's West. Sponsored by the Bank of America, Miradas displays ancient roots in modern and contemporary Mexican art. Both collections will disappear in midJuly, so go now! The Nevada Museum of Art is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with a late closing on Thursdays.
Heading East from Midtown in Reno, Sparks has several special June experiences on tap – and you can take that as a pun when Craft Beer Week begins June 2nd on Victorian Square. The festive event closes with the NCBA's CollaBREWation Gala on Saturday, June 10th in downtown Sparks. (Details at www.renocraftbeerweek.com) The Sparks Museum and Cultural Center will host its own event with a lecture June 3rd at 2 p.m. by Jan Loverin on Nevada's First Ladies. Coming up later in the month will be the exhibit of Mountain Picassos: Basque Arborglyphs. You can call the Museum for more information at 775-355-1144.
June also hosts Farmer's Markets all over the Reno/Sparks area. My favorite, and most likely the smallest, is the Market each Tuesday on the parking lot of the Sparks Methodist Church at the NW corner of Pyramid Way and Oddie Boulevard. From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Tuesdays beginning June 6th, you'll find California and Nevada produce the primary focus at this popular location. Over the years the Farmer's Market in downtown Sparks has endured numerous changes in focus and attendance, at one time it became the location for rowdy partygoers. With a new name, 39 North Marketplace, will combine local artists with farm fare and childrens' activities from 4 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning June 8th.
Patty's Tours has two daytrips scheduled in June. There's one to historic Susanville, California on June 7th and the other is to the Wakamatsu Historic Site near Placerville, CA on June 23rd. For cost and registration information, either call 775-453-1794 or check out www.pattystours.com.
Last on my June agenda will be a daytrip on my own with a return to Genoa for another stroll through this small, historic town (Nevada's oldest) and a meal at the charming Pink House, open TuesdaySaturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday 11-5 p.m. Reservations are not a bad idea; call 775-392-4279.
Tip: make your drive to or from Genoa via Jacks Valley (from Hwy 395) for some spectacular Sierra views.