Mark your calendar now for the Northern Nevada International Dragon Boat Festival at Sparks Marina on Saturday, August 19th, beginning at 9 a.m. Sounds like something unique and great fun – plus it's free. In addition to the dragon boat races there will be vendors, a beer garden, food trucks and a kids' fun zone.
Also in Sparks for your consideration, there's finally an Indian restaurant, Cafe Masala in the area. Location is a strip mall at the NW corner of Prater Way and Sparks Boulevard (formerly Rigo's Mexican eatery). Their Dosa is my menu favorite, but you will find a fair selection of Indian specialties to choose from, in addition to an American menu for the less adventuresome. Another relatively newbie to the Sparks dining scene is Siu Chinese Express and Bubble Tea at the SE corner of Prater Way and McCarran. The interior is fresh and minimal, and the Chinese menu limited, but there are bubble tea selections in abundance. Next door is Siu Korean BBQ for a more leisurely (and expensive) experience.
New (only to me) is Ginna's Cafe inside Scheels at the Outlets in Sparks. They have gelato! Wonderful flavors! Lots of space to sit and enjoy. From now on every visit to the IMAX, just steps away, will include a sweet treat after the film.
To balance all the eating, why not tuck into a good August read? I have five recommendations, available through Washoe County Libraries. First up is Sarah Dunant's historical novel about the notorious Borgias, powerful in Italy during the 1500s, In the Name of the Family. There are detailed portraits of Pope Alexander VI (father of the brood), Cesare (son and warrior), and Lucrezia (daughter and political pawn). This is the Italian Renaissance at its most exciting and filled with intrigue.