PHOTO/WIKI COMMONS: Helicopters are used to chase wild horses toward traps on federal rangeland.

Wild Horse Freedom Rally

A National Wild Horse Freedom Rally is scheduled at the Nevada State Capitol, 401 S. Carson St. in Carson City, on Saturday, April 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. The event is aimed at drawing attention to the federal government’s “Path Forward” policy of rounding up wild horses on public land. Organizers contend the policy is aimed at eliminating the free-roaming wild horses and burros, leaving only small, token herds in the wild.

 The 10-year Path Forward plan asserts, based on unpublished population models, that 15,000 to 20,000 horses should be rounded up and removed from the open range each year for the first three years and then 5,000 to 10,000 should be removed each year for the next seven years in order to “get the population close” to federal regulators’ desired management levels. The horses that aren’t gathered will be subjected to birth control methods, including surgery and drugs, which wild horse advocates say will skew the sex ratios of the equines left on the range.

Wild horses in the Virginia Range east of Reno.

 Rally organizers said the federal government is operating contrary to the core intent of the Wild Free-roaming Horses and Burros Act that was unanimously passed by both Houses of the U.S. Congress 50 years ago. The website for the National Wild Horse Freedom Rally provides details of the event.

IMAGE/SARAYUT THANEERAT: This year marks the 52nd Earth Day, said to be the world’s most popular secular holiday.

Reno Earth Day celebrations

The City of Reno and ReLEAF Reno invite the public to celebrate Earth Day at Liston Park, 1633 Yori Ave,  on Friday, April 22 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. This is a low-waste event, so volunteers and attendees are encouraged to bring their own water bottle and recycle at the event.

The Liston Park event will include the planting of two trees, donated by ImpactNV. ImpactNV is leading the first statewide initiative that brings together law enforcement, the business community, public sector, and community partners to address critical urban heat island, environmental justice, and equity needs through tree-planting and community education events during the week of Earth Day/Arbor Day 2022 in northern and southern Nevada.

The annual Reno Earth Day celebration is scheduled on Sunday, April 24, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Idlewild Park in Reno. The event, across 20 acres of the downtown Reno park, features more than 350 exhibits and activities for all ages. Exhibits and activities include arts and crafts booths and booths sponsored by sustainability businesses and local non-profit organizations.  Entertainment is provided from four stages, and vendors include specialty foods, local breweries, workshops, games and prizes.

Motorcycle race in Virginia City

On April 30 and May 1. the historic streets of Virginia City will be transformed into a motorcycle arena as nearly a thousand off-road bikes gather for the Virginia City Grand Prix, a competitive race. Races begin on C Street so spectators can get an up-close view of the high-speed contest before the racers zoom on to the off-road portions of the course.

 The annual two-day event is a battle of racers against rough terrain. First run in 1971, the Virginia City Grand Prix has established itself as a unique off-road competition. It combines a challenging race experience with the energy and charm of an authentic “Old West” mining town, designated as a National Historic Landmark.

Reno Little Theater shows

“Teens Speak Out: Identity Isn’t a Crime” will be performed at the Reno Little Theater April 23 and 24. The evening shows are slated at 7:30 p.m.  both days and a matinee is scheduled at 2 p.m.  April 24. The vignette play examines questions of identity and what happens when someone doesn’t fit in the way everyone expects them to. Gender, family patterns, traditions, labels…Are you ready to have these conversations?

 Brews, Brats and Ballet at the Reno Little Theateris scheduled at the Reno Little Theater April 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m. The show isSierra Nevada Ballet’s popular intimate fun evening with new works by six different choreographers.  The celebration of new choreography is modeled after Sacramento Ballet’s highly successful tradition of Beer and Ballet. The performances feature new short choreographed works by local and out-of-state dance artists. Audience members will have the opportunity to hear about the creative process that each individual choreographic artist practices prior to seeing the dancers of the Sierra Nevada Ballet perform each new choreographic work.

Native American jingle dancers lead the Women’s march in downtown Reno in 2019.

Missing and murdered

The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Solidarity Walk is scheduled May 5 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Pyramid Lake Museum, 709 State St. in Nixon. Organizers said participants are encouraged to wear red for the national day of awareness and will gather together in prayer and walk to honor lost sisters. A screening of the film “Justice for Our Sisters and Earth Mother” is scheduled, as is a community discussion.

The Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women: Red Dress Powwow is scheduled for Friday, May 6, from 7 to 10 p.m. in Reno. The Red Dress Social Powwow honors Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit people (MMIWG2S). May 5th is a national day of awareness for MMIWG2S and this year Indigenous women in Reno are kicking off the Red Dress Powwow to honor those who have lost their lives to the violence of the patriarchy and white supremacy. Details and registration for the event are available online. 

Midtown blooms in May

Midtown First Thursday May 5 celebrates the places that make Midtown the Heart of Reno. The day includes deals at Midtown retailers, services, bars and restaurants.

Local businesses plan in-store events including food and beverage tastings, local art exhibits, live music and more. Merchants plan their own event, so check each listing for individual hours and details.

Reno River Festival

The Reno River Festival, May 7 and 8, is a celebration of outdoor adventure in downtown Reno. This event features live music with performances by nationally recognized artists, food, shopping, family-friendly rides and attractions, a Craft Beer Experience, a Hard Seltzer Experience, a Mother-Daughter Look-a-like contest, and the Reno River Roll: a unique bike ride. The full-scale music fest within the Reno River Festival features more than 20 artists performing a wide array of genres from country, to pop, to rock, and beyond. The bike ride,  The Reno River Roll, is a laid back, moving concert that weaves through some of Reno’s most iconic streets.

The Reno Tahoe Adventure Park boasts a summer carnival atmosphere and a large collection of obstacles, rides, challenges, and games. The river also takes center stage during the May 21 Wine Walk, hosted by the small businesses of the Riverwalk Merchants Association along the Truckee River and neighboring streets in downtown Reno.

May Arboretum Plant Sale

The May Arboretum Society Spring Plant Sale is scheduled from May 13 to 15 at the Wilbur D. May Arboretum Burke Garden, 1595 N Sierra St. in Reno. The annual event, in the Burke and Plaza gardens, offers 5,000 plants for sale. All plants are zoned for the Truckee Meadows area and most are unavailable  in local garden shops, including varieties of shrubs, flowers, cactus, tomatoes and more.  On Friday, between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., society members are invited to get in ahead of the crowds for VIP access to the sale. Membership includes special access to events and local nursery and flower shop discounts. Details for membership may be found online.

The sale is open to the public on Saturday — which features a cactus and succulent garden demonstration as well as gardening and ornamentation vendors – from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and continues Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until the plants are sold out..

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  1. I have watched this disgusting ? act since I was a child, now in a great grandmother, DONT we think enough time has passed to say that this finally has to come to a HALT, STOP THIS, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, SOOO BLODFY CRUEL, TERRIFYING FOR THEM, PLEASE..SIGN THIS WITH US! I thank you sooo very much!

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