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Jewelry by Denise Jenkins

All that Sparkles in Reno/Tahoe

By Annie Flanzraich

Nevada may be known as the Silver State. Still, along with all those precious minerals, there are also precious stones hiding in its austere earth.

“Most of the gemstones are agates and jaspers and turquoise,” says Webb Varnum of The Reno Gem and Mineral Society. “All of them can be found in Northern Nevada.” renorockhounds.com

Varnum, a geologist and a graduate of the University of Nevada Reno’s Mackay School of Mining, has spent his life rockhounding through the west coast, including California, Utah, Arizona, Nevada and Mexico. In addition to agates, jasper and turquoise, he also highlighted some less common stones, including dark red garnets from Ely, crystal beryl from Pershing County, and smooth dumortierite. Nevada’s state precious gemstone, the Black Fire Opal, comes from the Virgin Valley in Northern Nevada. It’s the only place in North America where the stone can be found in any significant quantity.

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Dinosaur named Sue

All-Weather Fun in the Sierra

In Reno/Tahoe, you never know what the weather might bring. It can be 80 degrees one day, then snow the next. Sometimes that happens in the same day. So, do you hunker down at home and wait to see the sunlight, bundle up and tackle the temperatures, or plan to do something weatherproof indoors? Don’t let the seasons rule your fun, here are some entertaining options for all ages, no matter the weather.

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Jaclyn Coleman

STAR Navigator Jaclyn Coleman

Star Navigator Jaclyn Coleman
By Jen Peng
When the COVID-19 shutdown first hit in March, Jaclyn Coleman, founder and owner of Muse Group creative marketing agency, knew she had to do something to help. She got together with Courtney Meredith, co-owner of Design on Edge, to brainstorm ways to help the community. From that, Reno Resilient was born.

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Drive-in Cinema Shirt

Lights! Camera! Drive-in Action!

Reno-Tahoe cinemas offer safe, socially distant option for entertainment.
By Mary Alice Haas
How about a nice movie from the comfort of your own vehicle? Here, we’ll explore three drive-in cinemas in the Reno-Tahoe area providing the perfect night out. If you’re yearning to get out of the house, grab some take out dinner or snacks, and watch a new film without leaving your car, we’ve got the perfect venues for you! Remember, most of the drive-ins operate through FM radio, so tune in on your car or bring a radio with you.

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Wild River Grille Patio

Dinner With a Cause

Located along the beautiful Truckee River in Reno’s Riverwalk District, Wild River Grille has been breathing life into the community since its doors opened in 2007. Their two-part vision includes energizing the downtown historic area of Reno and partnering with local businesses and nonprofits to support the local community. Now, more than ever, Wild River Grille is focused on serving Reno and extending its hand to as many local businesses as possible. wildrivergrille.com 

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