Smiles and celebration abound at senior center open house
The line for birthday cake snaked around the lobby as friends joyfully greeted each other and laughter became part of the song being played by the piano in the next room. The last Friday of every month is a cause for celebration at the Sparks Senior Center, located at 97 Richards Way. Seniors can have their blood pressure tested for free by Sparks firefighters before enjoying lunch and a slice of birthday cake. Everyone receives raffle tickets...
Sinatra in Nevada: Finis
Kudos should go to the Turner Classic Movie channel for the excellent job they did in making the month of May a tribute to one of the great performers of all time, Frank Sinatra.
Spencer Remembers...Sinatra in Nevada: Part 3
In this space for the past two weeks, we have chronicled a couple of times that Frank Sinatra had been in northern Nevada. In each case it was at a low point in his professional and personal life. The first occurred when he appeared at the Riverside Hotel in the early ’50s, having been dropped by his record company and his marriage in distress. The second was in 1963 when he was here to deal with his son’s kidnapping from South Shore Lake Taho...
Talent, hard work and community service pay off
Twenty-five high school seniors were honored on Tuesday for their worthy pursuits of academic excellence and community involvement. John Ascuaga's Nugget celebrated their achievements and supported the dreams of these graduating seniors during its 53rd annual scholarship awards luncheon. Scholarships of $1,000 each were awarded to students representing all areas of northern Nevada, including students graduating from Sparks, Reed and Spanish Sp...
'Shake, rattle and roll!'
Northwestern Reno has been the scene of a swarm of earthquakes in the past 10 days, supposedly totaling more than a couple of hundred in number. Citizens in Mogul and the Somersett areas have suffered the most violent shaking and the most damage.
Tooth fairy tells local kids to brush off the 'sugar bugs'
The tooth fairy and her army of helpers flew all the way from Truckee Meadows Community College to teach some local children how to fight the "sugar bugs" attacking their teeth. A group of 19 dental assistant students shared their knowledge with students at Greenbrae Elementary School in Sparks on Tuesday in creative ways. The future dental assistants were armed with skits, a giant toothbrush, jump rope "floss," smiley tooth costumes and a bun...
Autism awareness month raises regional responsiveness
Toni Richard is busy this month. Between caring for her 7-year-old autistic son, Tyler, and serving as president of the Reno Autism Information Network (RAIN), Richard serves on the board directors for the Autism Coalition of Nevada, works for the state's Medicaid commission and runs the Independent Living Autism Program. Even as her time is stretched thin, Richard says her biggest struggle is getting children with autism the help that they ne...