The Nevada National Guard Association has finalized most of the planned social events and activities at the 145th General Conference & Exhibition in Reno, Nevada, Aug. 18-21.
Some events are in or near the Sierra Nevada mountain range surrounding the host city.
The activities begin Aug. 18 with the NGAUS Golf Tournament at the Lakeridge Golf Course, which is perennially voted "Best in Reno."
The course's layout — designed by Robert Trent Jones — offers views of Reno and the surrounding mountains.
No. 15, Lakeridge's signature hole, is a world-famous par 3 set overlooking Lake Stanley with an island green.
Two other events on Aug. 18 will take participants into the mountains.
One is the NGAUS Vibrations Motorcycle Ride. Riders will start and end in Reno, but can choose between two different scenic routes.
The first route is a leisurely ride to and around Lake Tahoe, North America's largest alpine lake, before stopping at Carson City, Nevada's capital.
The second route is more challenging, with twisting roads, Lake Tahoe and a visit to the historic mining town of Virginia City. You can bring your own bike or rent one.
There is also a scheduled hike up Mount Rose on Aug. 18, which rises to become the highest and most topographically prominent peak of the greater Sierra Nevada range in the state.
The traditional conference mixers are the evening of Aug. 18.
Company-grade officers and warrant officers will gather at Greater Nevada Field in Reno for dinner, drinks, music and a minor-league baseball game.
Meanwhile, field-grade officers will head to the National Automobile Museum, which features more than 225 rare, one-of-a-kind, antique and collector cars. Food and drink will be served on the museum's south patio.
Traditionally the conference's last event, the States Dinner will be held downtown Aug. 19 at the Reno Events Center. Western Wear is the recommended attire. Entertainment will follow the dinner.
The Spouses Luncheon is downtown at the Reno Ballroom Aug. 20. Expect a 1920s Speakeasy theme with lunch and a theatrical production featuring a murder mystery. There will also be gifts for all participants and prizes for a lucky few.
Hospitality Night is the evening of Aug. 20.
Since every state and territory is staying in one of the interconnected hotels in The Row complex, you should be able to visit multiple suites this year.
The Governor's Farewell will conclude the conference Aug. 21 at the Reno Events Center. The event will feature food, drinks and a concert by a name performer.
Nevada Guard officials said that they will announce the act's identity soon.
Many of the conference's events are covered in the registration fee.
For further details, visit www.ngaus.org/events/145th-general-conference-exhibition.
— By John Goheen