PHOTO/SUSAN SKORUPA MULLEN: Volunteers Connie Douglas, center, and Sharon Fabbri, in foreground, prepare for the May Arboretum Society’s Mother’s Day Plant Sale.

A plant sale, train rides, brunches, cocktails and the annual Moms on the Run fundraiser top the list of Mother’s Day events in Northern Nevada.

The May Arboretum Society Mother’s Day weekend Spring Plant Sale is scheduled for Friday, May 12, for members, and Saturday and Sunday, May 13 and 14, for the general public at the Wilbur D. May Arboretum, 1595 N. Sierra St. in Reno. The annual event, in the Burke and Plaza gardens, offers 3,800 plants for sale, including 270 different varieties of shrubs, flowers, cactus and more. All plants are zoned for the Truckee Meadows area, and most are unavailable in local garden shops. Membership includes special access to events, as well as local nursery and flower shop discounts. Learn more at

Pinocchio’s Moms on the Run has become a Mother’s Day family tradition in the Truckee Meadows. The event takes to the starting line at 7 a.m., Sunday, May 14, with a 5K walk ’n’ talk, a 5K run and a quarter-mile kidlet race. This year, the starting point has been moved to the new Hug High School, 3530 Sullivan Lane in Sparks. The annual event, which began in 1999, is a benefit for women in the community battling breast or gynecological cancer. Pinocchio’s Moms on the Run provides support for everyday living expenses including mortgages, rent, food, utilities, car expenses and insurance, to help offset patients’ medical expenses;

The Nevada Museum of Art is celebrating Mother’s Day with a Chef’s Table Mother’s Day Music Brunch featuring the Judith and Rocky Band, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 13. The event features a chef’s selection of house-made pastries, salads, fruits, smoked seafood, omelet and carving stations, and classic breakfast fare. Reservations may be made by calling 775-284-2921. The cost is $39 for adults, and $20 for children 12 and under; museum members receive a 10% discount;

The Mother’s Day Boutique at the McKinley Arts Center, 925 Riverside Drive in Reno, is scheduled from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., both Sunday, May 7, and Sunday, May 14. Organizers said the event is the largest craft market of the season, featuring handmade art and craft items created by more than 100 local artisans. The market also offers fresh produce and artisanal foods, adult libations, a kids’ village, free yoga, painting stations for all levels, and low-cost professional family photos;

The V&T Railway invites families to take moms on a 24-mile steam-train ride between Carson City and Virginia City. The trips scheduled on Saturday and Sunday, May 13 and 14, feature spectacular scenery and Wild West history, followed by a brunch and shopping opportunities in Virginia City. The rides begin at the V&T Depot in Carson City at 4650 Eastgate Siding Road. The cost for adults is $65, and reservations are available online.

The Z Bar at 1074 S. Virginia St., in Reno, is hosting its first Mother’s Day cocktail competition on Sunday, May 14, a fundraiser for the Everywhen Project. The upscale craft cocktail bar will be pitting its mixologists against one another to “capture the spirit of motherhood in a drink.” Patrons are invited to be judges for a $15 fee that covers a flight of three competing cocktails. Search for details.

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