From 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23, the Reno News & Review is presenting its RN&R Art Talks Benefit, a fundraiser for the Independent Journalism Fund. The IJF helps fund independent local journalism in Northern Nevada and California, journalism that is not beholden to hedge funds or faceless corporate overlords thousands of miles away.
The Quick Draw portion of the event features prominent local artists creating works of art in 90 minutes. The Boneyard is a silent auction of works donated by artists and supporters. Guests at the benefit can watch the Quick Draw artists as they work and bid in the silent auction as they enjoy drinks and appetizers.
The event takes place at the home of local businessman and philanthropist Jim House, 175 Juniper Hill Road in West Reno. Suggested ticket donation: $50. Visit here for details/tickets.
To donate by credit card, visit the Independent Journalism Fund, then click on the Donate button. Or, mail a check made out to IJF/Tides Foundation, with Reno in the memo line, to P.O. Box 7474, Reno, Nev., 89510.
Legends of Beer Festival at Outlets at Legends
From 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 11, the Outlets at Legends, 1310 Scheels Drive, is presenting its Legends of Beer Festival featuring more than 30 craft beers, plus food.
The event also features Beer Mile Relay competitions, one for beverage professionals and one for the public, in which each relay member runs 1/4 mile and chugs a beer before the next leg can begin. The first relay starts at 11:30 a.m. Tickets: $10-65. Visit here for purchase/details.
Get deals with new local food and drink passport
The Biggest Little Bites Pass, a digital passport offering deals and discounts at food and drink establishments in Reno and Sparks, recently launched. Twenty spots are currently participating in the passport.
Cost: $25. Visit here for passport purchase and details. The passport is delivered via email or smartphone text. There is no app to download. Passport good for 30 days from date of purchase. Deals/discounts can be redeemed once.
Brunch is a drag in September at Café Whitney
From 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 18, Café Whitney in Whitney Peak Hotel, 255 N. Sierra St., is presenting a drag brunch featuring performances by members of Haus of Does Moore. Brunch, cocktail and bottomless mimosas menu will be offered.
Seats are $20 and must be purchased in tables of two, four or six. Arrive no later than 11 a.m. Visit here for details/tickets.
Fiesta on Wells during Hispanic Heritage Month
Fiesta on Wells, a celebration of Latinx heritage, runs 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 19 on South Wells Avenue. The Fiesta takes place during National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) and features food, music, booths, dance and other entertainment. Visit here for details or call 775-378-7025.
Johnathan L. Wright is the food and drink writer for Reno News & Review. Follow him on Twitter at @ItsJLW or on Facebook personally or at @FoodNevada. Sign up here for the Reno News & Review free weekly newsletter highlighting our most recent stories.