I used to do stuff and things at City Club, and in the Leland in general.
(But no one is allowed to know where in the basin I live.)
Personally I can't recommend the local group, or LoF. But if you want to give both a try have at it. Like fishy said get in contact with the regionals list. On top of that there is a Google Group email list for the area, and a Facebook group as well. The yahoo email group isn't in use anymore so skip it if it comes up in a search.
If you have a question feel free to shoot me a PM. Or just post it.
A heads up, the drive isn't that bad. It's just long. One of the tricks I've found is to split it up in a way that I can deal with it and cover a lot of ground. So I end up doing two days worth of driving instead of three or four. But I am stopping for a few days at the first stop location, so that's how it's manageable for me.
Also you have no real need nine times out of ten to go to Reno. Fernley has stores that can provide the food, and last minute stuff you might need.