So much to do

We usually just pick one Eco-Event per week, but there’s a lot of environmental stuff going on this week. Could it be Earth Day soon? Here’s a list of a handful of them:

• The Alternative Transportation Club holds its meeting April 17 at 5:30 p.m. at the Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive. Chuck Swackhammer will be giving a talk called “Electric Vehicles and Batteries: Present and Future.” For more information, call 826-4514, or visit

• The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival is coming to the Joe Crowley Student Union Theater at UNR on April 18. Featuring award-winning adventure and environmental films that span the globe, the film fest is presented by Patagonia and benefits Snowlands and the UNR Environmental Action Team. Doors open at 6 p.m. for displays; films start at 7 p.m. $7 for students, $13 adults in advance, $15 at the door. For tickets, call (530) 265-6424. For more information, visit

• Waste Management is holding its annual Free Dump Week from April 19-27. Residents can take their trash for free disposal to Lockwood Landfill, (I-80 East to Mustang Exit). No vouchers are needed. For more information, visit the Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful website at

Robin Powell, the Audubon director of Bird Conservation for Nevada, is giving a talk April 22 at 7 p.m. called “The Effects of Urban Weeds on Avian Populations.” This is the Lahontan Audubon Society’s monthly meeting. Social hour starts at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting begins a 7 p.m. South Valleys Library, 15650A Wedge Parkway. For more information, call 324-2473, or visit

• If you think Reno should get in on the move to ban or reduce plastic bags in grocery stores (or have the opposite opinion), a plastic bag ban update is part of the April 23 City Council meeting at City Hall on 1 E. First St. at 10 a.m. You can also email your comments to the city clerk— and—to be part of the council members’ packet and on the public record.