Family events this weekend: Leprechaun Race, Monster Jam, more
Monster Jam shows March 9-11 at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center, 1350 N. Wells Ave. Shows are scheduled 6:30 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday and again at 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets for lower-level seating starts at $15.
Looking for fun family events that will knock your socks off during the upcoming week? The days ahead promise to be anything but dull, particularly if you want to hear a theoretical physicist speak, dream of running a 5K in your best green or even attending a free Italian festival and concert at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts.
Sport all the green that you can during this annual 5K race benefitting the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum. The event starts at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, just adjacent to the children's museum, 490 S. Center St. Be sure to look for the special green leprechaun running in the race because if you beat him, you could win a special prize. Last-minute registration occurs during packet pick-up, 4 to 7 p.m. Friday or 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Eclipse Running, 3438 Lakeside Drive. Registration costs $20 for kids and $35 for adults. Participants also receive free admission to the children's museum on Sunday.
A festival celebrating all-things Italian begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, 100 S. Virginia St. Learn about Galileo, make Venetian masks and watch a performance on a rare violin. At 10 a.m., take a seat to hear the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra perform fantastic Italian music under the direction of a guest conductor hailing all the way from Padua, Italy. Enjoy pizza bites and gelato afterward. The bonus is that this is a free festival and family concert, supported by the Edwin L. Weigand Trust event.
If trucks doing crazy jumps and turns is your idea of fun, then be sure to check out the Monster Jam shows occurring this weekend at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center, 1350 N. Wells Ave. Shows are scheduled 6:30 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday and again at 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets for lower-level seating starts at $15.
Listen to leading scientist James Gate, Jr. talk about the possibility of evolution in the context of the mathematical laws of the universe. His lecture, titled "The inchoate Epoch," is scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight at UNR. Gate, a theoretical physicist, is unafraid of charting new territory when it comes to supersymmetry, supergravity, and even superstring theory. The lecture takes place as part of the university's "Discover Science Lecture" series, occurring in the Davidson Mathematics and Science Center's Redfield Auditorium, Room 110. Seating for this free lecture is available first-come, first-serve. Free parking can be found on the first floor of the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex on North Virginia Street.
Kids of all ages can have fun at the Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free for all visitors, and children can participate in ongoing art activities all day as well as storytelling scheduled at 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. "Art Investigators" activities scheduled at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. let children take a closer look at artwork and discuss key pieces with museum staff.
The last few games of the Big Sky Conference are here, with the championships right around the corner. Catch men's quarterfinal games today at 12:05 p.m., 2:35 p.m., 5:35 p.m. and 8:05 p.m. at the Reno Events Center, 400 N. Center St. Women's semi-finals are scheduled 12:05 p.m. and 2:05 p.m. Friday followed by men's semi-final games at 5:35 p.m. and 8:05 p.m. The championships occur Saturday, with the women's final game at 12:05 p.m. and the men's final game at 5:05 p.m. Prices vary, but typically start around $27.
Who doesn't enjoy a little mystery theater, especially when comedy is involved? Take the family to see "Death by Design," which features a backdrop of a country estate, a cut telephone wire, intriguing guests and, of course, a murder. Why are you waiting? Performances for this show are scheduled 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Reno Little Theater, 147 E. Pueblo Street, Reno, with additional shows scheduled upcoming weekends. Tickets are $25 general admission, $15 for students and $20 for seniors and military members.