Family things to do: 'Sound of Music,' Reno Bighorns, more
Jordan Fisher is the winner of this season's 'Dancing with the Stars.' Fisher has averaged nearly 28 points out of 30 each week throughout the season. USA TODAY
This week is full of fun events for the whole family, including live music, sporting games and even "oyster"-cooking contests. To get in on the fun, head to the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts for the "Sound of Music" or the Grand Sierra Resort for ballroom dancing in a "Dancing with the Stars: Live" show. A Reno Bighorns game at the Reno Events Center is another action-filled option for families.
Whatever you choose, just don't sing your favorite Rodgers & Hammerstein's song too loudly in the car, or the family may kick you out.
Everyone knows that the hills are alive with the sound of music, but do they know that the seats of the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, 100 S. Virginia St., will be, too? Catch performances of "The Sound of Music" this weekend at 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday or 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday. If you loved the story of Maria and the Von Trapp family as a kid, you'll surely love this show, which features Rodgers & Hammerstein's songs like "Edelweiss" and "My Favorite Things." And who can forget Liesl's "Sixteen Going on Seventeen"? Ticket prices start at $55.
If musical hills are not your cup of tea, then maybe ballroom dancing is. A "Dancing with the Stars: Live" show starts 9 p.m. Friday at the Grand Theatre at the Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. Second St. Season 25 Mirrorball Champion Jordan Fisher headlines the show as well as well-known cast members and even finalist Frankie Muniz – yes, Malcolm from "Malcolm in the Middle." Ticket prices start at $32.11.
It may be time to see Reno's professional basketball team in action as they show off their best at the Reno Events Center, 400 N. Center St. Catch favorite players like Jack Cooley or Matt Jones at this home game, which also will feature the Lady Bighorns cheering them on. The Reno Bighorns, affiliated with the Sacramento Kings, are in the G league, the official minor league of the NBA. This game against the Ogden Raptors 905, aligned with the Toronto Raptors, is scheduled to start 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Reno Events Center. Single-game tickets start at $10.
Of course, the events going on this week extend far beyond music in the hillsides and ballroom dancing full of gusto and fire.
Here are a few more ideas:
27th Annual Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry: Head up to Virginia City to celebrate a one-of-a-kind Saint Patrick's Day, featuring a parade, costume contest, lively music and, of course, those "Rocky Mountain Oysters." Sample the variety of "oysters" prepared by different cooks who are competing for titles such as "Best Overall Taste" and "Most Creative Dish." The event is scheduled 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Virginia City. Go nuts about tasting "oysters" by purchasing a tasting pass that starts at $7.
Reno 1868 FC v Swope Park Rangers: Reno 1868 FC's home opener game against the Swope Park Rangers is scheduled for a 4 p.m. kickoff Saturday at Greater Nevada Field, 250 Evans Ave. A free Saint Patrick's Day hat will be offered to the first 1,868 fans to arrive to watch the city's professional soccer team in play. (Get it, 1,868?) The next home game is scheduled for March 31, so hustle to get tickets for the weekend game. Ticket prices start at $15.
A Tale of Two Cities: The Historic Reno Preservation Society provides free presentations twice a month to help locals learn more about the history that helped to shape the area. The presentation scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive, takes a look at two significant towns important to the Silver State's start: Virginia City and Reno. Head to this free presentation to find out more about the significance of these cities to one another.