A cup o’ cheer

Reno’s shopping centers may have holiday bargains to sooth your wallet, but the downtown area holds the promise of warm holiday cheer to sooth your mind and tummy. The Riverwalk Merchants Association’s monthly Wine Walk will take a holiday-themed turn this month at its Holiday Eggnog Walk. Participants can stroll from shop to shop sampling eggnog, warm cider and more. "It’s an opportunity for everyone to come down and meet the merchants," says Terri Montague, owner of Esoteric Coffeehouse and Gallery. "And this time, it’s an opportunity for everyone to get warm." The free event will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 15 at participating shops in the downtown area, including Java Jungle, River Gallery and Gallery Cui-ui, where the annual Bead Art Show (pictured) is in full swing. The walk will end at 4:45 p.m. at the Siena Hotel Spa Casino with a drawing for prizes. Parking is available at the Parking Gallery. Call 786-1111.