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SUMMER AT SPARKS MARINA

Summer is in full swing in Reno Tahoe- the sun’s beaming, the temperature’s blazing, and every day is full of activities to undertake, events to attend, and good times to be had. At the Sparks Marina, all the same rings true! With walking paths, trees, and sandy beaches surrounding a 77-acre lake, the Sparks Marina is a wonderful place for a sunny-day outing and a must-add to your summer to-do list. Better yet, the Marina is conveniently located in the heart of Sparks, right off Interstate 80 and next to Legends Outlet Mall… just a few miles from downtown Reno!

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The Marina contains an estimated 1 billion gallons of water with a naturally occurring aquifer that replenishes the lake with 2 to 3 million gallons of fresh water daily. All this water is put to good use with an assortment of recreational activities offered.

Water activities include:

  • Windsurfing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Scuba diving
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Kayaking
  • Paddle boarding

Furthermore, the marina contains an array of additional activities and facilities. Whether you want to host a large family picnic, throw a friend a birthday party, take the kids swimming, visit the dog park with your pup, stroll the quaint path around the lake, or just relax and soak up some rays, you can do all of this and more at the marina.

Amenities Include:

  • Beaches (2)sparks marina bench
  • Picnic areas
  • Fishing pier
  • 2-mile walking path
  • Volleyball courts
  • Playgrounds
  • Concession Stand
  • Restrooms
  • Canopies (2)
  • Dog Park

Click here for directions and more information on the Sparks Marina.

HellsGate Grand Prix

Just received news that this EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. Spectators who pre-purchased HellsGate tickets can expect a full refund.

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Come to Wild West Motorsports Park, July 19, for a day packed with motorsport thrills.  Two main events will be happening, the HellsGate Grand Prix and the DownHill DeathBox Derby.

The HellsGate Grand Prix will leave spectators on edge as they watch 500 horsepower 4WD vehicles and UTVs race about a struggling course of daunting rocky obstacles with a 1,500-foot elevation change!

The DownHill DeathBox Derby is a hardcore take on soapbox derby!  Teams will race each other in this intense event down a steep dirt hill that finishes with a teeth-clenching jump.  These gravity-powered vehicles will be judged on style and speed. With plenty of skilled moves and hijinks happening from the high hill at the starting line to the jump at the finish line, it is an event made to be watched in person.

The Wild West Motorsports Park offers a great seating arrangement for 10,000 spectators who will be able to see 75% of the race course. If that isn’t close enough to the action, head to the pits to closely eye the racing monsters.

General admission is $20 with the coupon discount, and ages 10 and under get in free! For more information and ticket purchases go to the events website.

Schedule for Saturday, July 19

9:00am                          Gates Open at Wild West Motorsports Park

10:00am                        HellsGate Grand Prix Vendor Midway Opens

10:00-10:30am               HellsGate Grand Prix Sportsman Practice

10:45-11:15am               HellsGate Grand Prix UTV Practice

11:30am-12:00pm          HellsGate Grand Prix U4WD Bronze& Silver Practice

12:15-12:45pm               HellsGate Grand Prix U4WD Gold Practice

12:45pm                         DownHill DeathBox Derby Calcutta Auction

1:00-1:45pm                   HellsGate Grand Prix Bronze U4WD Main Event

1:45pm                           DownHill Deathbox Derby Heat 1

2:00-2:45pm                   HellsGate Grand Prix Sportsman Cup Main Event

2:45pm                           DownHill DeathBox Derby Heat 2

3:00-3:45pm                   HellsGate Grand Prix Silver U4WD Main Event

3:45pm                           DownHill Deathbox Derby Heat 3

4:00-4:45pm                   HellsGate Grand Prix SXSPerformance UTV Challenge

4:45pm                           DownHill Deathbox Derby Main Event

5:00-5:45pm                   HellsGate Grand Prix U4WD Gold Main Event

The 2014 Hydro-Turf Pro Watercross Tour to Make a Splash (Or Two) at Sparks Marina

Starting at 9:00 AM on Saturday, June 28, the Pro Watercross Tour will be providing a weekend full of screaming engines and strong wakes at the Sparks Marina. Deemed as the “NASCAR of Watercross,” this high-adrenaline sport will leave spectators screaming as racers reach top speeds of 90 mph while racing around buoyed courses!

sparks_1The US Open of Watercross is the third stop on the Hydro-Turf Pro Watercross Tour. Top USA and International competitors and race teams will be in attendance.  These riders will utilize some of the most advanced equipment and technology, and engage in a fierce battle of skill, technology and innovation on and off the water.

When the race is set, heavily modified watercrafts and their daring drivers will wait anxiously in the side-by-side gates. Upon command, the half-machine/half-man cyborgs will jolt to life as the opening gates release the racers to scream past the crowd at racing speeds of up to 90 miles per hour. High adrenaline leave the ringing memory of a great experience in your ear.

Witness the potential for history to be made on June 28, as the title for Guinness World Records “Most Consecutive Back Flips on a Personal Watercraft” will be attempted.  This trick-filled day will surely leave any age in awe.

Schedule your visit accordingly to get the best experience out of this full throttle event. For more information visit www.prowatercross.com/sparks.com

Weekend Schedule of Events (Sparks Marina)

Saturday, June 28

9:15am              Practice session for racers

10:15am             Amateur racing begins

11:00am             Opening ceremony with prayer and national anthem, Pro Runabout Open – MOTO 1

11:20am             Pro Ski GP – MOTO 1

11:40am             Pro Runabout Stock – MOTO 1

12:00pm             Pro Freestyle – MOTO 1

1:00pm              Intermission – autograph session with pros

1:30pm              Racing continues, all classes

5:00pm              Racing ends for the day

7:00pm              Guinness World Record setting event (Sparks, NV only)

Sunday, June 29

9:15am              Amateur racing

11:00pm             Pro Runabout Open – MOTO 2

11:20am             Pro Ski GP – MOTO 2

11:40am             Pro Stock – MOTO 2

12:00pm             Pro Freestyle (finals)

1:00pm              Pro Runabout Open (finals) – MOTO 3

1:20pm              Pro Ski GP (finals) – MOTO 3

1:40pm              Pro Runabout Stock – MOTO 3

2:00pm              Amateur racing

4:00om              Awards ceremony

Golf Haven – Lake Tahoe

If ever there was a golf haven, it must be in Lake Tahoe. With 24 golf courses within an hour’s drive of North Lake Tahoe, and the sparkling blue of Lake Tahoe in the background, this is most assuredly one of the most diverse and splendid golf spots in the world.

Diversity is the keynote of this area. One can play golf in mountainous, pine-studded fairways or putt on open desert-fringed greens, all with a backdrop of alpine mountain lakes at the home of the 1960 Winter Olympics.

Here are just a few highlights of some of the best courses around Lake Tahoe.

  • Old Brockway Golf Course: A lakeside course that dates back to the 1920’s and was host of the first Bing Crosby Annual tournament. This course has seen the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and President Dwight D. Eisenhower playing its links.
  • Incline Golf - Talbot.IVCIncline Village: There are two spectacular courses at Incline Village, the Championship and the Mountain course. Robert Trent Jones, Sr. designed the Championship course, calling it “the ideal mountain layout with a challenge you won’t want to miss and views you will never forget.” His son, Robert Trent Jones, Jr., designed the Mountain Course at Incline Village. This course has spectacular green sites and contours and demands more accuracy than distance. A par-58 course that continues to challenge even the best golfers, every hole is unique with many unrivaled views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains.
  • The Resort at Squaw Creek: This breathtaking course is located at the base of Squaw Valley, surrounded by six majestic Sierra mountain peaks. Robert Trent Jones Jr. also designed this course. with the purpose to preserve the unique beauty, natural wetlands and wildlife habitat of Squaw Valley. He succeeded with a resulting natural, fantastic golf course that blends harmoniously with its beautiful mountain surroundings. This course features nine holes on the meadow of Squaw Creek and nine in the rolling forest at the edge of the Squaw Valley ski resort, host of the 1960 Olympics.
  • Northstar Golf Course: Designed by prolific golf course architect Robert Muir Graves, this par-72 course serves up a magnificent view of Mount Rose and a variety of nine holes of mountainous, wooded fairways plus another nine of open, meadow-side holes. Built to incorporate Tahoe’s mountainous landscapes with Martis Valley’s open meadows, this is truly a vibrant and exciting course.

Farther north around Truckee, are more noteworthy courses:

  • Martis Camp features a private club with a 2008 Tom Fazio designed, award-winning 18-hole, par-72 golf course. From the longest tees, it presents 7,751 yards of golfing, blending dramatic topography of the High Sierras with the magnificent landscape of the Martis Valley. The front-nine take advantage of awe-inspiring mountain views, while the next seven holes crisscross Martis Creek and wind through the valley floor. Majestic mountain vistas frame the final two holes with the 18th green in the shadow of a 70-foot rock promontory where the impressive 50,000 square-foot Martis Camp Lodge sits.
  • Coyote Moon: This course designed by Brad Bell, takes advantage of the natural setting in 250 acres of secluded rolling hills, with towering pines, enormous outcroppings of granite and the picturesque Trout Creek adding dramatic elements to your golf game.
  • Gray’s Crossing: Located at the Tahoe Mountain Club near Truckee/North Lake Tahoe, the Golf Club at Gray’s Crossing ranked in Golfweek Magazine’s “Top 50 Best New Courses” in 2008. This course combines the feel of a traditional private club with fast greens and tournament-like conditions daily. Peter Jacobsen and Jim Hardy designed this course for fun, yet challenging play and its towering pines and weaving fairways certainly deliver that. The natural mountain views of Mt. Rose in the background are breathtaking.
  • Old Greenwood: Also located at the Tahoe Mountain Club, this Jack Nicklaus Signature Designed masterpiece course was rated among Golf Digest’s “America’s Top 100 Greatest Public Courses” in 2011. Golf Magazine also rated it among the 10 Best New Public-Access Courses in the Country. Situated among 600 acres of towering pines in the mountains near North Lake Tahoe, the Old Greenwood course serves up 18 holes of golfing perfection. Since this course is just across the street from Gray’s Crossing, a golf vacation here could be a double-treat.
  • Tahoe Donner: Also in the Truckee area is this amazing, towering pine-lined course on 200 acres of pristine Sierra landscape. Tahoe Donner provides an 18-hole, 7,002-yard par-72 championship golf course. With stunning views and meandering creeks, granite rock formations, elevations changes and greens so consistently pure they are recognized as the “Best Greens in the Tahoe Region,” this is a true mountain course where golfers can enjoy the serenity of their natural surroundings.

A little bit further away, but still within an hour’s drive of North Lake Tahoe, you can find:

  • Montreux Golf 4x6Montreux Golf and Country Club: Located in Reno, Nevada, at this home of the Reno-Tahoe Open, you will find a Jack Nicklaus Signature Design course that he called one of his top five designs. This course winds through nearly 7,500 yards of rolling greens, drops in elevation and quiet meandering creeks bordered by towering pines. Trying to keep your eye on the ball and not get distracted by the magnificent scenery may be your biggest challenge here.
  • Graeagle Meadows Golf Course: is one hour north from Reno and Tahoe in Graeagle, CA. This location bordering the Tahoe National Forest and along the Middle Fork Feather River in Plumas County, offers more mountain views, tall pines and lots of water with elevated tees across its 6,725 yards of “extreme golf.”

In Conclusion:
No matter what courses you choose to play in this golfing haven, you are sure to find the scenery breathtaking, the courses challenging and your experience at Lake Tahoe delightful.

About the Author: Joe Laing is the Marketing Director for El Monte RV, a nationwide RV rental company.

Summer 2014 Bucket List

Ever feel like summer flies by so fast that you aren’t able to get to half the activities you wanted to? With so much going on in the Reno Tahoe area, we can hardly blame you. Make sure summer doesn’t slip away from you this year by creating a bucket list with exciting events and new activities to make the most out of your summer! Here are some must-do’s to add to your list:

1. Explore Tahoe

Not only does North Lake Tahoe offer relaxing beaches with incredible mountain views, it also has some of the clearest blue water that you truly have to see to believe. Go explore more than the beach by trying out a fun water activity like paddle boarding. Or, take on new heights by parasailing over the lake, an unforgettable experience that offers a panoramic view of the lake.

Kayak, boat, Jet Ski, sail, row… so much to do, so little time!

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2. Attend a summer Festival

Who doesn’t love live music, cool brews and good eats? Don’t miss out on the opportunity to enjoy all of that and more! There is no shortage of exciting festivals in Reno Tahoe during the summertime. Kick off summer by spending the first day of summer at Eldorado’s BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival. And, don’t miss out on The North Tahoe Beer and Bluegrass Festival. Check out all of the exciting festivals!

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3. Tell your friend to “Take a hike…”

… with you on one of the wonderful trails Reno Tahoe has to offer! Whether it’s the mountains of Tahoe or the hills of Reno, soak up the rays while staying active and exploring new areas. If you’re more experienced, pack a lunch and give Mt. Rose a go, traversing 10 miles while enjoying breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe. More of a beginner? Not a problem. Start with the Cross Peak trail- an hour long hike that reveals expansive views of Reno and Sparks. Don’t forget to sign the guest book at the top of the summit to prove you made it!

No matter what trail you decide to take, remember to enjoy the journey- don’t forget to stop and smell the pine trees every once and awhile!

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4. Laugh all the way to the River Bank

Located at the heart of Reno’s downtown, surrounded by local eateries and shops, enjoy the Truckee River and all it has to offer is a must-add to your bucket list. Escape the heat and take a dip in the river at Wingfield Park- a free water park. Feeling more adventurous? Reserve a professional guide and whitewater raft down the river, a fun and exciting journey beginning in Truckee and ending in downtown Reno.

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For all of the Fathers – Festivities in Reno Tahoe

In honor of the many words of wisdom and encouragement over the year’s from good ol’ Pops, it’s time to show him how much you listened. Tread Dad to a day catered to him, and show him how much his little reminders have stuck with us through the years.

1. Get some fresh air.

Shut down your computer, step away from the TV, set down your phone (unless your snapping a father-son/daughter photo), and refresh in the great outdoors.

Hike, kayak, bike, boat, paddle board, bum on the beach… just get outside!

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2. Give it your best shot.

Hit up Wildcreek Golf Course this Father’s Day from 11am-3pm for their TaylorMade Demo Day! Give new clubs a shot while scoring a hole-in-one with Dad. TaylorMade Golf will have a special tent set up right by the driving range. Their staff of professionals will be showing their complete line of clubs, and even custom-fitting clubs right there on-site! Dad can fantasize over the latest drivers, irons, wedges and putters on the driving range, followed by the entire family can playing a round on Wildcreek’s beautiful 18-hole championship course.

With over 50 courses within 90 minutes of Reno, there’s a course for every level of play!

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Another gift idea for the golfing dad: Buy-1-Get-1 Good-Any-Day tickets to the Reno-Tahoe Open with code DAD2014.

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3. Be flexible.

Dad taught us to never be afraid of trying something new or to make an adjustment when things don’t go exactly as planned. Give him something new to try this Father’s day – or help him relax.

For foodie father, check out Sparks’ newest summer event – The Sparks Food Truck Drive-In.

Literally, get Dad to be more flexible and treat him to a spa day, yoga day (paddle board yoga, anyone?) or stretch his limits with a day of rock climbing.  Spa Toscana has a Bourbon-inspired treatment this time of year or get dirty with a mud wrap at Atlantis.

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Speaking of dirt…..

4. A little bit of dirt never hurt anyone.

Show up at Country Crossroads with a little mud on your boots and you’ll fit right in! Eli Young Band, Terry Clark and Neal McCoy will be headlining the three-day celebration of great country music. In addition to the performances, enjoy the weekend-long western experience with the Redneck Rodeo Truck Show, the Cowboy (bar) Crawl, and the Country Crossroads party at Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que.

Octane Fest will have dirt and adrenaline flying. Spectators at this year’s Octane Fest will be treated to brand new events that will have race fans on the edge of their seats. The festival includes King of the West Sprint Cars at Rattlesnake Raceway, top fuel drag racing at Top Gun Raceway, and a jamboree featuring monster trucks, a truck and tractor pull, freestyle motocross, and a fireworks finale.

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5. Have fun.

Dad is always making sure his kids are enjoying life, even if it gets him in trouble with mom every once in awhile. Reno Tahoe USA is the perfect place to celebrate Father’s Day with the whole family.

For an official Father’s Day event, check out the Pops Party Concert. The beautiful back lawn of the Governor’s Mansion is the site of the Carson City Symphony’s 30th annual Pops Party Concert. The program features the Carson City Symphony, Carson City Symphony Chorus, Youth Strings and guest singer.

If you can’t make it to Reno Tahoe this weekend, Dad’s love Reno Tahoe year-round.

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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

Downtown Reno Welcomes Riders for Street Vibrations® Spring Rally

Those bone-chilling temperatures are finally gone and Street Vibrations® Spring Rally, the official kickoff to the riding season, will roar into downtown Reno, NV June 6-8 for; live entertainment, bike games, competition ride-in shows, a scavenger hunt, more than 80 vendors, VIP parties for registered participants and more.

“The annual spring event is a three day party with non-stop music from live bands, great food, motorcycle vendors and plenty of eye candy,” said Randy Burke, president of Roadshows®, Inc., producer of the event.

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Street Vibrations® Spring Rally is free to the public.  Motorcycle participants pay a $40 fee to; participate in a poker run, bike competitions and games, attend VIP parties, receive an official rally shirt and ride pin and enjoy premium, secured bike parking.

Crowd pleasing, live entertainment is scheduled simultaneously on stages throughout downtown Reno.  Live bands will perform on outdoor stages at the Silver Legacy, Harrah’s Plaza, the Eldorado and Circus Circus throughout the three day event.

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Enjoy a variety of bands performing a wide spectrum of music throughout the event.

You’ll find contemporary rock from Adrenalin, non-stop blues from The Jason King Band and Blues Monsters, pure, naked, bold, rock and roll from the Lucky Tongue Band, rhythm and blues from Boogie Daddies and “crunchy western” from Valentine Rodeo.


Ceremonial Flag Raising

“We’re having our traditional ceremonial flag raising performed by the Spanish Springs High School Junior ROTC on the Silver Legacy entertainment stage at 5:45 p.m. on Fri., June 6 and Sat., June 7,” Burke Said.

“We’re really pleased to again have Nevada showroom entertainer Tamara Evans, sing the National Anthem,” he added.  “We have a lot of veterans who participate in our events and our flag raising ceremony gives us an opportunity to thank them for their service to our country.”

Special Event Locations

Most Street Vibrations® Spring Rally event activity will start, end or take place entirely in downtown Reno but the rally has expanded to include some additional locations.

Chester’s Reno Harley-Davidson is an official Street Vibrations® Spring Rally Venue and the Market Street dealership will be hopping throughout the weekend with live entertainment and great deals.

Virginia City and Carson City will welcome riders participating in the poker run on Sat., June 7.

Sponsors

Street Vibrations® Spring Rally is sponsored by: Circus Circus Reno, Eldorado Hotel Casino Resort, Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Harrah’s Reno Casino and Hotel,  City of Reno,  Club Cal-Neva downtown Reno, Chester’s Reno Harley-Davidson®, Reno Tahoe USA, Virginia City Tourism, Coors / Miller High Life, Coca-Cola, Tamarack Junction Casino, Biker Clothing, Reno-Sparks Cab Company,  Blue Agave Restaurant, Tahoe City and Rail City Casino.

Contact Information

To see a complete Street Vibrations® Spring Rally schedule and a detailed program visit www.roadshowsreno.com.  For more event information call 775-329-7469.

MEMORIAL DAY PARADE

Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in historic Virginia City, Nevada with the annual Celebration of Heroes Parade Saturday, May 24 at noon. Taking place down C Street, the parade honors the memory of those who gave their lives for this country.

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The grand marshal for this year’s Celebration of Heroes Parade is Richard Beaudette of Carson City, who served in both World War II and the Korean War. Beaudette was drafted into the Army in 1942 and served in Germany. After the tour of duty, Beaudette entered the Army Reserve.  Four and a half years later he was called back to active duty in Korea where he soon achieved the rank of Captain.

Beaudette was discharged in 1962 after more than 15 years of service. He has been a resident in Carson City for the past 50 years. Other parade entries include veteran’s groups, classic car clubs, equestrian groups and marching units. To join the parade, please go online to download a parade form or call 775-345-5803.

Also opening Memorial Day Weekend is the Virginia & Truckee Railroad,  kicking off their season Saturday, May 24. For a list of the schedule and to purchase tickets visit V&T online.

Dance Inferno Now Open in the Eldorado Showroom

Eldorado Reno’s summer show is sizzling!

“Dance Inferno,” is an electrifying dance show that has turned the Eldorado Showroom stage into a glittering disco club. This non-stop party performed by a dynamic cast of 20 talented singers and dancers showcases glittering costumes and dazzling choreography. Perfectly capturing the era, they perform ABBA’s biggest hits as well as other disco classics from the Bee Gees, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Gloria Estefan, Village People and more.

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Feel the heat of “Dance Inferno” in the Eldorado Showroom. Tickets start at just $24.95 with dinner and show packages available from $38.95. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday at 7 p.m. with an additional 9:30 p.m. showing on Saturday nights. For more information on show times and tickets call 800-648-5966 or visit www.eldoradoreno.com.

Reno History in the Palm of your Hand

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Have you ever wondered about the historical significance of Reno’s fabulous Riverwalk district? Ever see a really old looking building on Virginia Street and wonder what it used to be? Are you interested in the history of trains and transportation in the 1800s? Now anyone with a smartphone has the opportunity to travel through time thanks to the many people who worked on the Reno Historical smartphone app.  Reno just turned 168, and in the past 168 years, a lot of hard work was put into developing the Biggest Little City into the fantastic location it is today. Now tourists and locals have the opportunity to cherish all that hard work with a simple smartphone app.

The brand new Reno Historical app for iPhone and Android allows you to walk the footsteps of Reno’s founders right on your smart phone! Using GPS, the app pinpoints historic locations, virtual tours of different areas in the city, and stories about the people who were integral in Reno history.

The Reno Historical website can be reached through this link: http://renohistorical.org/

Reno Historical is managed by Special Collections at the University of Nevada, Reno Libraries. Development partners and supporters include Nevada Humanities, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the Historic Reno Preservation Society, the Nevada Historical Society, the City of Reno Historical Resources Commission, the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, and the University of Nevada, Reno Communications Office.