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Reno Aces Will Host Reno’s Ice Rink This Winter

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Reno’s popular ice skating rink is moving to a new location this winter: Reno Ace’s Ballpark! This new “Ace Skating” spot should be a positive change, as it gives skaters a fun place to go and allows the Reno Aces to stay connected to fans and locals during their off season. With 20 downtown area lots within walking distance from the ballpark, parking should be hassle-free for anybody who is heading to the rink. For pre- and post-skating indulgences, the Aces Ballpark has options such as Arroyo Mexican Grill and the Freight House District, along with the abundance of dining spots throughout Downtown Reno. The rink will open on November 25 and is said to be open through February with special times for holiday sessions. The Aces are hosting a Family Skate Day on November 28, so bring all of your relatives to the rink to continue your Thanksgiving family fun! Session prices vary by age, but you can also purchase a 10-Visit Punch Pass if you know you’ll be doing a lot of skating this winter!  Ice skating is the perfect activity for the winter/holiday season. It’s reasonably priced, convenient, and fun for people of every age, so don’t miss out on this Reno winter tradition!

If you’re excited about ice skating but aren’t quite ready to brave the cold, City of Reno has a webcam on the rink so that we can all check out what’s going on the ice when we’re not there!

For information on hours, ticket pricing, and any other stuff you can think of head to the Reno Aces website to find the answers to all of your questions!

Have You Been to Legends Outlets at Sparks lately? Here’s Why You Should!

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Legends and the Outlets at Sparks is a great destination for shopping, dining, and movie viewing and you should definitely add it to your must-go the next time you go out!

The mall is open seven days a week (Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm and Sunday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm). The Outlets have both outlet and factory stores for popular brands at lower prices, such as Nike, COACH, Banana Republic, Levi’s, and Converse. They also have big-name stores such as Forever21, Scheels, Target, and Best Buy. The mall website even lists most store sales when they happen so that you can easily get the best savings. There is definitely something for every style, age, and budget so this mall is a one-stop shop; perfect for all the holiday shopping that needs to get done!

If you’re tired of shopping and want to relax a bit, the Galaxy IMAX Theatres are now open. This new Luxury + theater has all the components that make up a unique movie-going experience: an IMAX screen, plush reclining power seats, all digital sound and projection (with Dolby Atmos surround sound), two giant 4K screens, top-of-the-line MasterImage 3D systems, and guest service that goes above and beyond most movie theaters. For example, guests have the ability to reserve their preferred seats before they arrive at no extra cost. The theater always has the most recent and hottest movies for you to see, and we all know that this time of year brings blockbusters to the big screens! It’s things like this, and so much more, that make this theater a great place to go.

If your time at the Outlets at Sparks and Legends is making you hungry there are plenty of places to eat throughout the complex. For quick snacks check out Freshberry Frozen Yogurt Cafe or Perk Up Coffee Shop. For a more substantial meal there is Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, Fudruckers, and Subway. Or you could check out two of the newest restaurants on the property, O’Cleary’s and CBQ. With so many options at the Legends, nobody in your party will go hungry while in Sparks!

When it comes to shopping or entertainment, Legends Outlets at Sparks is a great place to go. They have everything you’ll need to get your shopping done and to have a great time while doing it, so be sure to head out to Sparks the next time you’re looking for a good time.

Thanksgiving Fun For Everyone!

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Thanksgiving is a time for family and close friends, and the long weekend gives us all plenty of time to relax and have some fun. The Reno area has quite a few events to celebrate the holiday, and whether you’re looking to bring your family along or trying to escape them for a little while, there will definitely be something that you can look forward to!

Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary will be open during Thanksgiving Weekend, both Friday and Saturday, from 11:00 to 3:00. The park is typically closed during the colder months, but they are opening during the holiday weekend to give visitors a chance to see their predators in their thick winter coats. Animal Ark staff encourages visitors to bring raw turkey necks, gizzards, and any leftover uncooked low-sodium turkey mean for the animals. The predators love raw poultry, and donations will really help the Ark throughout the winter. Be sure to layer your warm clothing because the weather this time of year tends to be fickle! Tickets are as follow: Adult $12, Seniors $11, Children $10, and children 2 and under are free.

Scheels Turkey Trot takes place on Thanksgiving morning beginning at 8:30 am. The Trot starts and ends in the Scheels parking lot at Legends. Participants have the choice between either a 10K timed race, which will take runners through city streets and bike paths or a 2-mile walk/run that will circle around the Sparks Marina Park and is not timed. Both courses are great for both runners and walkers, so participants are able to take their chosen course and their own pace. Registration costs vary between $25 and $60 depending on how and when you sign up for the race. Every participant will receive a Turkey Trot sweatshirt, fruit, and refreshments at the race. Ticket proceeds benefit Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful and the City of Sparks Scholarship Fund. For more information and how to register for the run, visit the Scheels website or call (775) 353-7898.

Grand Sierra Resort will host a Vietnamese Thanksgiving concert on Saturday, November 29. The show will take place in the Grand Theater at 8 pm and will feature 12 Vietnamese performers including: Tuan Ngoc, Huong Thoy, Manh Quynh, MC. Giang Ngoc, Hoang Thug Linh, Baovy-Boa Liem, Andy Quach, Lilian, Thien Kim, Nugyen Hong Nhung, and Mai Thanh Son. The evening will be filled with song and dance to celebrate Thanksgiving. Tickets are on sale on GSR’s events website.

Skiing is also a popular Thanksgiving event, and a great way to burn off some of those extra turkey-related calories! A few ski resorts, such as Mt. Rose, Northstar, and Heavenly Lake Tahoe are scheduled to open before Thanksgiving. Check out our ski blog to see which resorts will be open and running during the holiday weekend.

Reno Aces Ballpark is the new home of Reno’s ice rink! The rink is set to open on November 25, but they will have holiday hours for Thanksgiving (10 am to 10 pm). Admission prices are as follows: $7.50 for teens and adults (ages 13-54) and $5.50 for children (ages 3-12) and seniors (ages 55+). Skate rental costs each guest $2.50, but the rink is offering a discount for groups of 20 or more who make reservations in advance, so bring the whole family! Ice skating is perfect for family members of (almost) all ages, and it’s a great way to spend some time together during the holiday!

For special Thanksgiving menus and deals around town, read our blog on eating out for Thanksgiving 2014.

Happy Thanksgiving, Reno. We hope you have a wonderful holiday!

Tesla Charging Stations

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With its recent arrival into our area, Tesla has brought plenty of charging stations with them. Tesla has worked with resorts in our community to install powerful electric vehicle (EV) charging stations throughout Reno. These locations, which are in partnership with Tesla Motors, are a part of the “Destination Charging” program. This program gives hotels, restaurants, and resorts High Power Wall Connectors (HPWC) that give users more than 2x the power of a standard charging station. In Reno’s case, many Resorts and Casinos are receiving these connectors as a way to benefit both Tesla and the resorts by driving Tesla users to these special locations. Since the “Destination Charging” program began last spring hundreds of High Power Wall Connectors have been installed around the country, and the best part is that they are free for any Tesla owner to use. These destination chargers recharge Model S’ 265 miles of range in about 5 hours, which is ideal for weekend trips (like those many visitors make to Reno). So far, Tesla has installed these Destination Chargers at Pepermill Resort Spa & Casino, Atlantis Casino Resort & Spa, and Eldorado Resort & Casino. “The Eldorado is pleased to be included in the ‘Destination Charging’ program,” said Eldorado VP and GM, Gene Carano. “We are constantly looking for ways to improve our guests’ experience so working with Tesla to offer the charging stations as just one more amenity was an easy decision.” These locations, among many other spots in the Reno area, also offer a range of other EV charging options.

In addition to these Destination Charging stations, Tesla announced in August the opening of more charging stations through ChargePoint. These are not Destination HPWC Chargers or Superchargers, but they do offer Tesla owners the opportunity to charge their vehicles while away from home. Harrah’s in Reno and Harvey’s in South Lake Tahoe were among the first to install these stations, but many other locations have caught up with them. Squaw Valley recently installed a few stations for visitors who want to charge their vehicles while they hit the slopes! Visit ChargePoint’s website for a complete map of charging stations in the area, estimated charging fees, and even to see which stations are being occupied so that you don’t have to spend time driving around in circles until one opens up! Travis Johnson, EV Program Manager with NV Energy encourages users to “Make sure to let the Manager know that you are staying/skiing with them BECAUSE they installed charging stations.” Supporting businesses that have taken these steps to making charging stations easily accessible for Tesla owners is important for program growth.

Tesla has also installed a Supercharger station along I-80 near Truckee, CA (about 30 miles SW of Reno). This station, which contains six charging bays that are available 24/7, is meant to make recharging easier and more convenient for those who are travelling along I-80.

Veterans Day 2014

Veterans Day is Tuesday, November 11th, and Reno is doing its part to celebrate our veterans and to have some fun!

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Idelwood Park will be hosting the Inaugural Veterans Day Run in Reno. The race will feature two options: a 5K run and a 1-mile walk/run for families and supporters. The 5K will begin at 4:11 p.m. with the 1-mile race beginning immediately after. The 5K will be professionally timed. Tickets are available on the Veterans Day Run website, and when purchasing your ticket you will be given the opportunity to make a donation to Operation Gratitude. This organization’s purpose is to “lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of our Active Duty and Veteran communities and provide volunteer opportunities for all Americans to express their appreciation to members of our Military.” Operation Gratitude sends over 100,000 care packages each year filled with snacks, entertainment, and letters of support to Veterans, new recruits, first responders, wounded warriors, care givers, and U.S. Service members deployed oversees. Making a small donation along with your race registration fee will be a huge help to this organization. After the race, all runners and walkers will receive a commemorative finishers pin, either a 5K finisher’s medal or a 1-mile finisher’s ribbon, a finisher’s certificate and finish-line refreshments. Participants also have the opportunity to purchase race T-shirts. Veterans and Active Duty Military Members will receive discounts on registration prices. For a schedule of race events, registration pricing, and more information check out the Veterans Day Race website.

The City of Reno will hold its annual Veterans Day Parade at 11 a.m. on November 11. The parade will begin at the historic Virginia Street Bridge and will end at the Fifth Street intersection. The theme of the parade, following Nevada’s big birthday, is “150 Years of Liberty Through Service”. The Grand Marshall is Army veteran Major John Riggs, who graduated from Reno High School in 1964. There are 75 entries to the parade this year, including local veterans associations and high school bands. Mayor Bob Cashell is also scheduled to speak at the beginning of the parade. Come out to Virginia Street Bridge on Tuesday to support our Veterans!

The Colin Ross Senior Music Program will be presenting a concert on Veterans Day and offering a workshop on Tuesday evening at the Neil Road Recreation center (at 3925 Neil Road). Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. and the concert and workshop will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. Admission is free for every Veteran (with a VA card) and a guest, and $5 for non-veteran participants. Pre-registration is encouraged and can be done by calling 334-2262.

Silver Legacy Resort and Casino is offering special discounts for Veterans on hotel rooms, meals, and drinks in honor of all servicemen and women. Weekend hotel package (available November 6-10 with a two night minimum) is priced at $39-$69 and includes a bottle of Ferrari-Carano’s Fume Blanc. Book online by using the promo code: VPKG. Active and retired military personnel and their families can stay at the Silver Legacy on November 10 and 11 for $39 using the code: Military. From November 7-11, Cafe Central, Pearl Oyster Bar and Grill, and Fresh Express Food Court will offer special Veterans Day meals. Active and retired Military members can enjoy 2-f0r-1 entrees at Cafe Central and Pearl Oyster Bar on November 11. All Silver Legacy Bars will offer two specialty drinks for $3. All offers will only be available to those with valid proof of military ID. Visit Silver Legacy Reno for more information and booking options.

Great Basin Brewery is offering a free pint of beer to all veterans today.

Wasting Arrows archery is letting veterans and active military shoot free all day.

New Non-stop between London and Reno Tahoe

The British are coming, the British are coming!

Just announced: a new non-stop flight between London Gatwick Airport and Reno-Tahoe International Airport beginning December 19, 2015.

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The twice-a-week service between Reno Tahoe and London, England on Thomas Cook Airlines will bring the lads to the Lake. This is the first ever non-stop scheduled service between Reno Tahoe and Europe, and it is the second international air service announcement for the Reno-Tahoe International Airport in the past 30 days. The airport announced a non-stop service to Guadalajara, Mexico on Volaris Airlines starting this December 16 (2014) and now next December, there will be a few more British accents on the slopes.

The twice-weekly flight will operate on Wednesdays and Saturdays and on an Airbus 330 and will run from December 19, 2015 through April 9, 2016, adding lift for the winter ski season.

Buy your cheap flight now! Enjoy world-class ski resorts and entertainment from £399 return.

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Are You Ready To Party Like It’s 1864?

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The Nevada Museum of Art is hosting a steampunk-themed celebration this Saturday, November 1, in honor of Nevada’s 150th anniversary. The celebration starts at 3:00pm with Honest Abe’s Imagination Celebration street festival. Enjoy live music by The Novelists, Tyler Stafford, and Six Mule Pile Up to get you in the steampunk spirit! The festival will take place on Hill Street (outside the museum) between Liberty and California, and will be filled with retail stands and food vendors along with the live music. Cheers to Nevada’s 150th birthday and sip on Nevada-themed drinks at 1864 Tavern. The street festival will close at 8pm and admission is free for all guests. 1864 Tavern will also be hosting Abe’s post-party at the end of the night.

After you enjoy the sips, sights, and sounds at the street festival, be sure to head inside the Nevada Museum of Art for the big event: Honest Abe’s Imagination Celebration. The party, which is part steampunk ball and part carnival, will celebrate our state’s “visionary spirit” and “grand re-imagining of the future through the wondrous lens of the past.” Guests can view the original Emancipation Proclamation, which has been lent to the Nevada Art Museum from the National Archives for just this weekend, in honor of this event. All guests are encouraged to dress in costume (The Nevada Art Museum says “think Civil War meets Jules Verne meets the wild subconscious of a boyhood Lincoln.”). Need a costume? Several local businesses can help you find appropriate attire, such as PolyEsther’s, Junkee Clothing Exchange, Melting Pot World Emporium, and Neon Dragonfly. Tickets are on sale now and include complimentary treats and desserts. This Imagination Celebration begins at 7:30pm and goes until 11:pm.

Visit the museum’s website for more information on this once-in-a-lifetime event!

Uber Has Joined The Reno Family!

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Uber -a smart phone app-controlled ride service – has just launched its new branch in Reno. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Uber, you’ll soon be hearing all about it from both locals and out-of-town visitors. The service is managed by both the driver and passenger completely through the Uber app, which provides people with a safe, friendly, and convenient way to travel around town. The Uber app can show you where your driver is, how long it will take them to arrive at your pick-up destination, an estimate of your fare, and it allows you to communicate with your driver before being picked up. Every transaction is completed through a credit card that you enter into the app, including tip, so no cash is ever exchanged between passengers and drivers. Every detail of the Uber program has been created with the passenger’s safety and convenience in mind.

Uber officially launched in The Biggest Little City on October 24 and is very excited to be a part of our community. “Nevada has become a magnet for innovation. Tesla and others have found that investing in Nevadans is not just good for business, but there is a welcoming community. After seeing thousands of people open the Uber app in the Biggest Little City, we are excited to make the Biggest Little announcement – we’ve arrived in Reno.” Uber is working hard to provide Reno users with the best experience possible.

For more information on Uber Reno and the program, head over to the Uber blog or the official Uber website.

Reno Zombie Crawl 101

If you’re looking to meet someone who will love you for your brains, this is the event for you!

This Saturday, Oct. 25, the undead will awaken for a night of drinking, dancing, and crawling from bar to bar with fellow zombie friends. For those of you who are new to the Reno bar crawl scene, or anybody looking for a bit of guidance, we have created a Reno Zombie Crawl guide to help you prepare for the night! Plus, it was recently voted one of the “10 Best: Halloween Costume Parties” by USA TODAY for 2014!

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Who: You and all of your zombie friends (21 and older, of course)!

What: The Reno Zombie crawl is on again for its 7th year of zombie fun. The bar list includes over 50 bars throughout Reno (mostly downtown), over 100 different drink specials, a flash-mob style Thriller dance underneath the Reno Arch, and tons of costume contests throughout the night. The night draws in thousands of attendees from the surrounding area, and Reno’s no last call policy means that the event goes until 6:00 am the following day. Participants are encouraged (but not required) to dress in your best undead gear in order to make the night as fun and as thrilling as possible! Rip your t-shirt, throw on some fake blood, and get into the zombie spirit!

When: Saturday, October 25th. Sign-in for the Thriller dance begins at 6pm and the actual crawl is set to begin at 8pm.

Where: With the participation of over 50 bars throughout Reno and thousands of crawlers, the Zombie Crawl might seem intimidating to some. The Reno Zombie Crawl site has pinned crawl start locations on a map for us to help ease into the event. There is also a complete list of participating bars on the crawl site, as well as each bar’s drink specials and entertainment for the night.

Why: Recently voted one of the “10 Best: Halloween Costume Parties” by USA TODAY for 2014, the Reno Zombie Crawl and annual Thriller dance under the Reno Arch will awaken the undead once again. Reno Zombie Crawl has been attracting attendees for seven years, and that must mean that they know how to throw one heck of a party! The crawl committee and all participating bars are dedicated to providing crawlers with a safe and fun environment, and they are doing everything they can to make sure that attendees can just focus on having a great time! With new additions to the crawl like red open container barrels at the exit of each bar, which allow crawlers to dispose of any unfinished beverages before leaving each location (and thus avoiding an “open container” citation), Reno Zombie Crawl understands how to balance safety and rules with having fun. The fun is going to be bigger and badder this year, as we can see with the new and improved Thriller Under The Arch. This year the city is closing off Virginia Street from Commercial Row to 2nd Street from 5 pm to 8 pm in order to give dancers more room to celebrate! There will be various performers for attendees to watch while everyone gets staged, and at 7pm the dance will begin! Be sure to arrive on Virginia Street early in costume to join in on one big Thriller flash-mob under the Reno Arch. Reno Zombie Crawl has videos on their site to help you learn the moves to Michael Jackson’s famously spooky song before the big night arrives.

How: Begin preparing for the crawl by purchasing a Zombie Crawl Cup for $5 at various locations before the event (either in advance or at the beginning of the crawl at start bars). These cups will be your ticket to the crawl, giving you access to drink specials, contests, and clubs cover-free. Remember to get a map of participating bars along with your cup so that you can plan your crawl ahead of time! Participating retail stores are a great place to get your cups because they have staff members full prepared to help you put together your best crawl outfit! Retail locations include: Junkee Clothing Exchange, Chocolate Walrus, and Adam & Eve Carson City. Visit the Reno Zombie Crawl “Buy Cups” page for a full list of where to get your cups in advance!

Not sure how to zombie-fy yourself? Check out our Pinterest page for zombie makeup ideas, or head over to Reno Zombie Crawl’s website for costume ideas and video tutorials that show you how to look your best for the night, as well as a list of local shops that have everything you need from costumes to makeup to get you ready.

For those who are looking to make their entire night vehicle-free Reno Zombie Crawl has teamed up with a couple of hotels to offer special room discounts for the night of the crawl. Booking a discounted room in the area is a great way to stay safe even when you’re finished crawling. For even more convenience guests can purchase two Zombie Crawl Cups with their reservation to be waiting for them when they check in. Learn more about these special crawl rates and which hotels are participating on Reno Zombie Crawl’s hotel page.

For a safe and hassle-free Zombie Crawl, please be sure to follow all laws and city policies. Do NOT drink and drive. The crawl is called a crawl for a reason, so join the fellow zombies and travel with your friends on foot from bar to bar. For those of you who opt out of the hotel discounts, be sure to have a designated driver lined up before the evening starts.

Happy Crawling!

Update: Check out our photo blog of crawler Instagram pics from the event!

Google Awards Reno as Nevada’s 2014 eCity

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Google has named Reno as the 2014 eCity for the State of Nevada. The eCity Awards recognize the strongest online business communities in all 50 states. The businesses in these communities are embracing the web to find new customers, connect with existing clients, and fuel their local economies. Reno joins the ranks of America’s leading cities in the digital economy.
Small businesses across the city have leveraged the Internet to grow and reach new customers. For example, Reno Fly Shop, which was founded by four local fisherman, utilizes the web to advance the business by selling flies specifically chosen for best performance at the local Reno area fisheries.
“Reno serves as a prime example of how innovation and growth in e-commerce can successfully contribute to bolstering economic progress and competitiveness,” says Emma Ogiemwanye, a representative from Google. “Google is proud to recognize Reno’s accomplishment and the role it plays in creating Nevada jobs.”
“This award is a credit to our small business community, which is leading the state when it comes to embracing the power of the web to grow and thrive,” Reno Mayor Bob Cashell says. “I’m proud of Reno for its smart, creative use of technology and innovation, and it is my great pleasure to accept this award on behalf of our local businesses.”
BACKGROUND:
Ninety-seven percent of Internet users look online for local products and services. Businesses need to be where their customers are and in 2014, that is online. The impact of being online is significant; businesses that are online grow twice as fast and are twice as likely to create jobs as their offline counterparts.
Google and independent research firm, Ipsos, analyzed the online strength of local small businesses across all 50 states. They weighed a variety of factors to determine the leading cities and towns across the US, including the likelihood of small businesses to have a website, use a blog, promote themselves on a social network, sell goods directly from their webpages and whether they had a mobile-friendly website. The winning cities exhibited strong engagement and potential for growth within the digital economy. This is the second year Google has announced a list of eCities for the United States.

For more information visit google.com/ecities.
(This blog was originally written and posted by City of Reno).