Carson City — Several events are planned throughout the Silver State to ring in the Sesquicentennial year.  These Nevada 150 events help celebrate all things Nevada and bring awareness to the state’s 150th Anniversary of Statehood.

Women of Diversity Productions, Inc. is hosting “First Ladies First”, an afternoon conversation among the public with five former First Ladies of Nevada:  Kathryn List, Bonnie Bryan, Sandy Miller, Dema Guinn and Dawn Gibbons.  This historic event will take place on Jan. 11 at Caesar’s Palace.  To reserve a free ticket, visit www.nevadawomensvirtualcenter.org.  For more details about this signature Nevada 150 event, call 702-655-2146.

Held Jan. 17-19, the White Pine Fire and Ice Festival in Cave Lake near Ely will feature a snow and ice sculpture competition, fireworks on the lake, food, ice bowling, golf, sledding, skating and ice fishing.  For more information, visit http://www.elynevada.net/events/icesculpture.html or call 800-496-9350.

The 50th Annual Sheep Dip Show, held on Jan. 17-18 at John Ascuaga’s Nugget, is an annual “Roast of the Town” that lampoons those in politics and business who have transgressed in the past year with cheap and superficial acts.  The slogan for this year’s show is, “50 Years of Parody for Charity”. Proceeds from the 50th Annual Sheep Dip Show will benefit:  The Children’s Cabinet, For Kids Foundation and Evelyn Mount’s Community Outreach.  For more information, visit http://sheepdipshow.org/ or call 775-626-4141.

The Sheep Dip 50 Gala Reception will celebrate the Sheep Dip’s 50th Show and support this year’s charitable recipients:  The Children’s Cabinet, For Kids Foundation and Evelyn Mount’s Community Outreach.  The pre-show reception, held on Jan. 18 at John Ascuaga’s Nugget, will feature appetizers and no-host cocktails, a silent auction and music and entertainment.  For more information, visit http://sheepdipshow.org/ or call 775-233-5215.

On Jan. 18, The Masterworks III Battle Born Nevada Proud Concert will shine the spotlight on the talents of University of Nevada, Reno graduate and San Francisco Symphony resident conductor, Donato Cabrera and Reno-born, Grammy award-winning UNLV alumnus, composer Eric Whitacre. This concert takes place at The Smith Center. For more information, visit http://lvphil.org/concert_schedule/masterworksIII.php or call 888-880-5885.

The Nevada Northern Railway Fireworks Express features fireworks shot off the back of a moving steam train.  Held on Jan. 18 at the East Ely Railway Depot, this event started as a celebration of Locomotive 93’s Centennial Celebration in 2009, and the Nevada Northern Railway have been doing it ever since.  For more information, visit www.nnry.com or call 775-289-2085.

The Mineral County Museum in Hawthorne invites all Nevadans to attend the opening of its new exhibit on Nevada’s First Constitution, commemorating the 150th year of Nevada’s Statehood on Jan. 18.  Join the museum for a special open house of this exhibit, the museum’s first special exhibit to be held during the Sesquicentennial Year.  For more information visit, http://web2.greatbasin.net/~mcmuseum/events.htm or call 775-945-5142.

On Jan. 25, join Women’s Contributions to Cal-Nev-Ari, Laughlin and Searchlight at the Searchlight Community Center in Searchlight.  This is an informal gathering with discussions by six women of Searchlight, Laughlin and the Cal-Nev-Ari communities, which will feature Cheryl Crow, Dottie Lewis, Nancy Kidwell, Debbie Dauenhauer, Verlie Doing and Jane Overy.  This is a Nevada Women’s Legacy – 150 Years of Excellence Sesquicentennial signature event. For more information, visit http://womenofdiversity.org/ or call 702-297-1642.

The 30th Annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is a grand celebration of western people and their lifestyles and traditions.  As January turns to February, cowboys, ranchers, rural and urban people travel en masse to the small community of Elko, Nev., to join with friends, family and all those who share their love of rural life in the West.  Held at the Western Folklife Center, the event takes place Jan. 27 – Feb. 1.  For more information, visit http://www.westernfolklife.org/National-Cowboy-Poetry-Gathering-General-Info/national-cowboy-poetry-gathering-home-page.html or call 888-880-5885.

On Jan. 29, The Nevada State Museum in Carson City will host a free opening reception for the museum’s sesquicentennial exhibit, Finding Frémont: Pathfinder of the West.  Guests are invited to enjoy refreshments, the Silver Strings quartet from the Carson City Symphony, songs by students of Frémont Elementary School and presentations by officials of the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service, key sponsors of the exhibition.  For more information, contact dstevenson@nevadaculture.org, ghattori@nevadaculture.org, or call 775-687-4810 ext. 237.

To view all the upcoming events for the Nevada 150 celebration, please visit www.nevada150.org.

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ABOUT NEVADA 150

Nevada’s Sesquicentennial, the 150th anniversary of Nevada’s admission to the Union, will provide opportunities for celebration and reflection as we come together statewide to commemorate our shared history and build a foundation of cultural appreciation for generations to come.  Nevada’s one of a kind and diverse history will be celebrated throughout the state for an entire year in order to promote pride in the shared heritage of all Nevadans.  Nevada’s Sesquicentennial celebration will commence on Nevada Day 2013 and conclude with an expanded Nevada Day celebration October, 2014. For more information, please visit www.nevada150.org.

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