Upcoming Events

July 26, 2017

“The Hammer of Witches” Basque Book Reading

“The Hammer of Witches” by Begoña Echeverria

Begoña Echeverria of the band NOKA presents on the burning of Basque “witches” in 1610, including passage readings from her historical novel “The Hammer of Witches” from 7 to 8 p.m. on July 26. The book was the Historical Novel Society’s Editors Choice for May 2015. Following the readings, NOKA will perform Basque witch songs. If time allows, a question and answer session will follow.

NOKA is composed of three women of Basque descent from Chino, California: Andréa Bidart, Begoña Echeverria, and Cathy Petrissans. NOKA sings contemporary and traditional Basque songs, with a special interest in those about women. NOKA is a familiar form of address, used only in speaking to women. It literally means to speak familiarly or informally to women, and was used throughout the Basque Country when addressing women or girls with whom one felt konfiantza (trust). Use of “noka” began to decline in the 19th century, though speakers from some small villages (many of whom immigrated to Chino) continue to use it.

“The Hammer of Witches” Basque Book Reading is sponsored by the City of Sparks.

Start: July 26, 2017 7:00 pm
End: July 26, 2017 7:00 pm
Venue: Sparks Museum & Cultural Center
Phone: 7753551144
Address:
814 Victorian Avenue, Sparks, NV, 89431, United States
Cost: Free

July 27, 2017

ñimiNOKA: Children’s Basque Sing-Along

Andréa Bidart, Begoña Echeverria and Cathy Petrissans of NOKA

ñimiNOKA teaches children and their parents simple Basque terminology and concepts through song from 11 a.m. to Noon on July 27. In this program, NOKA sings traditional Basque songs as well as those with original Basque-English lyrics with guitar played by Catherine Petrissans, accompanied by a multimedia presentation with images to scaffold the learning of the Basque terms. Begoña Echeverria has written lyrics to 30 songs to teach Basque vocabulary and concepts. She has used popular tunes such as “Old MacDonald” to teach Basque terms for animals; “de Colores” to teach color terms; and to teach the names of the seven Basque provinces, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”

NOKA is composed of three women of Basque descent from Chino, California: Andréa Bidart, Begoña Echeverria, and Cathy Petrissans. NOKA sings contemporary and traditional Basque songs, with a special interest in those about women. NOKA is a familiar form of address, used only in speaking to women. It literally means to speak familiarly or informally to women, and was used throughout the Basque Country when addressing women or girls with whom one felt konfiantza (trust). Use of “noka” began to decline in the 19th century, though speakers from some small villages (many of whom immigrated to Chino) continue to use it.

ñimiNOKA is sponsored by the City of Sparks.

Start: July 27, 2017 11:00 am
End: July 27, 2017 11:00 am
Venue: Sparks Museum & Cultural Center
Phone: 7753551144
Address:
814 Victorian Avenue, Sparks, NV, 89431, United States
Cost: Free

August 5, 2017

First Saturday: Virginia Street Bridge Project

Chris Martinovich presents “The Virginia Street Bridge Project” at 2 p.m. on August 5. This presentation is part of the First Saturday lecture series, where the Sparks Museum presents free programming 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month.

The presentation on the replacement of the Virginia Street Bridge will cover the following topics:

  • A brief history of the crossing and past bridges located at the site.
  • A summary of the bridge selection process.
  • A description of key bridge design elements.
  • Numerous photos of the work throughout the construction process with descriptions of the key concrete elements such as the arches, tie beam, and deck.
  • A summary and description of the entire construction process including the “Bridge Launch” as an innovative method to accelerate the construction.

Chris Martinovich has eight years of experience as a Professional Engineer with Jacobs Engineering. For the City’s Virginia Street Bridge Project, he was part of the design process by leading coordination between all design disciplines and the development of the roadway, structure, floodwall, and utility designs. He oversaw the completion of the environmental permitting process including coordination with agencies such as NDOT, FHWA, and the USACE. Chris was the project manager for the construction phase of the project and was responsible for construction management and daily coordination with the contractor.

Chris is a native Northern Nevadan and lives in Carson City.

Start: August 5, 2017 2:00 pm
End: August 5, 2017 2:00 pm
Venue: Sparks Museum & Cultural Center
Phone: 7753551144
Address:
814 Victorian Avenue, Sparks, NV, 89431, United States
Cost: Free

September 2, 2017

First Saturday: Bruce Van Voorhis and the Navy in Nevada

Paul Villa presents “Bruce Van Voorhis and the Navy in Nevada” on Saturday, September 2 at 2 p.m. This presentation is part of the First Saturday lecture series, where the Sparks Museum presents free programming 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month.

The presentation will discuss Nevada’s only Medal of Honor recipient, Bruce Van Voorhis of Fallon. Fallon Naval Air Station is named for Voorhis, and Villa will explain how he came to be awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously in WWII, and why the Navy still matters to Nevada.

Paul Villa is a professor at Truckee Meadows Community College.

Start: September 2, 2017 2:00 pm
End: September 2, 2017 2:00 pm
Venue: Sparks Museum & Cultural Center
Phone: 7753551144
Address:
814 Victorian Avenue, Sparks, NV, 89431, United States
Cost: Free

October 7, 2017

First Saturday: The Keck Museum and Its Collection

Garrett Barmore presents “The Keck Museum and Its Collection” at 2 p.m. on October 7. This presentation is part of the First Saturday lecture series, where the Sparks Museum presents free programming 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month.

Located in the Mackay School of Mines Building at the University of Nevada, Reno, the W. M. Keck Earth Science & Mineral Engineering Museum houses an outstanding collection of minerals, ores, fossil specimens and photographs, in addition to mining related relics. Museum Curator Garrett Barmore will discuss the treasures housed here. This presentation will also cover the Comstock, Nevada Statehood, and the founding of the University of Nevada, Reno.

Garrett Barmore earned his Bachelor’s degree from University of Nevada, Reno, and his Master’s in Museum Studies from the University of Washington. He is the administrator at the Keck Museum on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

Start: October 7, 2017 2:00 pm
End: October 7, 2017 2:00 pm
Venue: Sparks Museum & Cultural Center
Phone: 7753551144
Address:
814 Victorian Avenue, Sparks, NV, 89431, United States
Cost: Free

December 2, 2017

First Saturday: Best Strolls & Hikes Around the Truckee Meadows

Mike White and Mark Vollmer present “The Best Strolls & Hikes Around the Truckee Meadows” at 2 p.m. on December 2. This presentation is part of the First Saturday lecture series, where the Sparks Museum presents free programming 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month.

The Reno/Sparks area is one of the best communities in the nation for outdoor recreational opportunities, thanks to abundant sunshine and world class mountain and desert scenery. The weather beckons residents and visitors alike to step outside and enjoy a casual stroll in a city park, a stiff climb to the top of one of the area’s surrounding mountains, or just about anything in between. Author Mike White and photographer Mark Vollmer offer the most complete family-oriented and accessible guide for anyone who enjoys a stroll, walk, or hike to the best paths and trails in the greater Truckee Meadows region.

White and Vollmer will present a slide show and book signing for their University of Nevada Press collaboration, “50 of the Best Strolls, Walks & Hikes Around Reno.” Come get inspired by the beauty to be explored inside and outside our city limits for all ages and abilities.

Mike White lives in Reno with his pediatrician wife, Robin. A nationally award-winning author and full time writer, Mike has contributed to numerous outdoor guides, including Trinity Alps & Vicinity, Backpacking California, Backpacking Nevada, Top Trails Lake Tahoe, 50 Classic Hikes in Nevada, Afoot and Afield Reno-Tahoe, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Top Trails Northern California’s Redwood Coast, Top Trails Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Best Backpacking Trips in California and Nevada and Best Backpacking Trips in Utah, Arizona and New Mexico. He also has written articles for magazines and newspapers. A former community college instructor, Mike is also a featured speaker for outdoors and conservation organizations.

Sparks resident Mark Vollmer has shared his award-winning outdoor images and articles through books, magazines, scenic calendars, gallery exhibits, multi-media slide shows, photo/music DVDs, and class instruction for 30 years. He believes that nature is often our greatest teacher – a deeper awareness of our natural surroundings and its seasonal rhythms translates to better photography. In turn, photography makes one a better naturalist. A roster artist with the Nevada Arts Council, Mark enjoys sharing his love of science, visual arts & writing with school children and community audiences.

Start: December 2, 2017 2:00 pm
End: December 2, 2017 2:00 pm
Venue: Sparks Museum & Cultural Center
Phone: 775-355-1144
Address:
814 Victorian Avenue, Sparks, NV, 89431, United States
Cost: Free

March 3, 2018

First Saturday: Lake Tahoe’s Rustic Architecture

Peter Mires presents “Lake Tahoe’s Rustic Architecture” at 2 p.m. on March 3. This presentation is part of the First Saturday lecture series, where the Sparks Museum presents free programming 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month.

Lake Tahoe is the gem of the Sierra Nevada. Those who visit this beautiful “Lake of the Sky” may share Mark Twain’s impression of the place as he camped on its shore in 1861: “As it lay there with the shadows of the mountains brilliantly photographed upon its still surface I thought it must surely be the fairest picture the whole earth affords.” Twain’s quote, from Roughing It, includes the trinity of Tahoe’s landscape—sky, mountains, and lake—that people still find inspiring. This explains, in large part, why the man-made environment around the lake is predominantly rustic, a style of architecture noted for its compatibility with its surroundings through the use of natural materials in construction—logs, stone, and wooden shingle—along with muted shades of green and brown. Through its homes, resorts, and other assorted buildings, Lake Tahoe remains “the fairest picture.”

Peter Mires was born in the Green Mountain State when there were more cows than people. He received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire, M.A. from the University of Arkansas, and Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. Peter taught geography and anthropology at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and the University of Delaware. He now lives in Carson City, Nevada. When not reading or writing, he can be found hiking up at Lake Tahoe or exploring Nevada’s outback.

Start: March 3, 2018 2:00 pm
End: March 3, 2018 2:00 pm
Venue: Sparks Museum & Cultural Center
Phone: 775-355-1144
Address:
814 Victorian Avenue, Sparks, NV, 89431, United States
Cost: Free