Two upcoming family-friendly events on Saturday July 29!

The Smog of the Sea Film Screening

smog of the sea

Where: Sun Valley Community Center

Join Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful for a screening of The Smog of the Sea, a documentary by filmmaker Ian Cheney that chronicles a research expedition through the Sargasso Sea and makes an artful call to action for rethinking single-use plastic. Marine scientist Marcus Eriksen invited on board an unusual crew to help him study the sea: renowned surfers Keith & Dan Malloy, musician Jack Johnson, spearfisher woman Kimi Werner and bodysurfer Mark Cunningham become citizen scientists on a mission to assess the fate of plastics in the world’s oceans.

Check out the trailer here.

Discuss strategies for reducing your plastic waste and get inspired to make your own personal plastic free commitment! Make the switch to reusable bags and water bottles, say No to plastic straws, and purchase products without microbeads or plastic packaging.

Learn about the Truckee River Watershed and how to be conscientious community members in this family friendly event entertaining for ALL ages. Call or email Kylie, Outreach Coordinator, at (775)851-5185 or

Click here for a link to the event’s Facebook page.

A Night in the Arboretum

night in the arbo

Where: Wilbur D. May Center

Have you ever wondered what the Arboretum is like at night? Well wonder no more! Join the Wilbur D. May Arboretum & Botanical Garden, and the Astronomical Society of Nevada for a star party on July 29th from 8:30 pm -10 pm. Follow the stars onto the lawn in front of Rancho San Rafael Park’s ranger office where telescopes will be pointed at the night sky. Come to the gardens at 8:30 pm to learn about the upcoming solar eclipse on August 21st (eclipse viewers will be available with a $2 donation). Star and planet gazing will begin at 9pm. Get a close up view of Saturn and its rings, and learn about the constellations we see in our night sky! Bring a blanket to lie out on the lawn, a red light flashlight to navigate your way around, and your curiosity of the night sky!

If you have any questions please call the Arboretum educator, Mandy, at 775-785-4153 or email her at

Click here for a link to the event’s Facebook page.


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