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Local treats, gifts and events for Mother’s Day!

Show Mom How Much You Care in Reno Tahoe

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 11! Don’t forget to treat Mom to something special. Here are a few ideas for locally produced indulgences that mom will love  here in Reno Tahoe USA. With a plethora of local events, treats and gifts, there are so many ways to celebrate this wonderful holiday.

Treats & Gifts

Chocolate Eye Candy

The Kraken from Dorindas Chocolates

Satisfy Mom’s sweet tooth! It would be a good idea to swing by Dorinda’s Chocolates as you go by the beautiful Truckee River. The location alone is a great reason to walk inside. It is at 727 Riverside Drive, right behind the Lear Theater, and right next to Hub Coffee Roasters. You do not want to pass up a taste of the kraken, a handmade hazelnut praline truffle covered in dark chocolate. With its pastel floral accents, this is one of the prettiest chocolates in town.

Constant Coffee

Give mom the gift of silky-smooth, deliciously nuanced, small-batch roasted coffee—all year long. Show your eternal thanks with a subscription to Wood-Fire Roasted Coffee. Three, six, or 12 months of award-winning coffee bliss, delivered right to the door.

The Wood-Fire Roasted Coffee Company in Reno, located right next to the Grand Sierra Resort, imports the finest coffee beans and roasts them over an oak wood fire. And for an extra special mom, you can buy her a membership to the coffee of the month club to get some locally roasted coffee sent right to her home or office!

Spas

Of course, what does mom love more than being absolutely pampered? Here are a few deals at some of Reno Tahoe’s most luxurious spas and massage parlors that are sure to put you in your lady’s good graces.

The Atlantis Spa- Give mom some gratitude in the form of a Guava Mama body wrap. Mom will reach almost critical levels of relaxation with guava infused sugar scrub, guava body butter and coconut cream that will make her skin travel back in time! This 50-minute treatment is only $135, but if you throw in a 30-minute Swedish massage, it’s $185! For more options, click on the Atlantis Spa link above!

The Hyatt Regency at Lake Tahoe- Has mom ever had stone therapy using stones plucked straight out of Lake Tahoe? Tahoe natives know that the magical alpine water gives the stones special properties that induce extreme relaxation. Okay, so that might be a slight fabrication, but it will definitely still be relaxing! On Sunday, May 11, there will be a 30% discount of all services for Mother’s Day! Just remember to mention mom when you make a reservation! for the entire spa menu, check out the link above.

The Peppermill’s Spa Toscana- Until May 31st, the award-winning Spa Toscana is having a special $70 Mother’s Day treat pedicure package. For 50 incredible minutes, mom can enjoy a pedicure with strawberry scrub, a chocolate mask, and a foot massage. A 20% off discount is given to those with a Passport Rewards Card!

Events

AcesIt’s a Sunday in May, so the only dilemma you will face is choosing which of the many events to bring mom to in just one day! In a town that has over 300 days of sunshine every year, the weather is almost guaranteed to be amazing, so here is a list of a few things happening the weekend of May 11.

Take mom out to ballgame! For the mom who loves baseball, an Aces game is a great choice. Reno’s Minor League Baseball team is playing the Fresno Grizzlies for an afternoon game on May 11. The first pitch is at 1:05. If you cannot make Sunday’s game, the Aces are at home the entire week, from May 6 to May 13! Click here for their full schedule.

Make a splash in Mom’s heart at the Reno River Festival at downtown Reno’s beautiful whitewater park. There are kayak competitions, live music performances, food and art vendors, and even a zip line across the river! Click here to see more of what the festival is all about!

10250146_225024391041476_8490402043300655798_nRastro Reno is held every Sunday from 9am-3pm in downtown Reno at the ReTRAC Plaza (between the Eldorado Resort Casino and Whitney Peak Hotel) during the spring/summer. Start your Sunday with an open-air shopping experience of arts & crafts, farmer’s market and refreshments.  Plus, the first 100 moms to visit the Rastro will receive a complimentary cupcake from Delicious Designs and a flower! For vendor types featured, click here.

Exhibits to Visit in May 2014

May is a fantastic time to visit Reno Tahoe. There is Cinco De Mayo, the River Festival, Memorial Day, and the start of summer vacation for some! But did you know that there are some great exhibits at museums all throughout the city? Let this post serve as your guide for some of the great exhibits and learning experiences this month!

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Seniors get in free every Wednesday in May!

Picturing Mexico May 10-August 17: An artist of great significance, Alfredo Ramos Martínez (1871–1946) developed his own distinctive contribution to modernism. This exhibition explores Ramos Martínez’s work through four sections—Many Women, Religious Piety, Los Angeles Stories, and Forever Mexico—and how he produced an individual response to Mexico from Los Angeles. This exhibition also offers visitors an opportunity to understand the constant cultural exchange between the United States and Mexico in new ways.

And on Saturday May 10, come to the museum for free and enjoy hands-on art and storytelling!

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Every Wednesday, admission is $4 after 4PM!

Lucky Lizards: On Saturday May 17, local herpetological expert Dave Boland will visit the Discovery with many lizard friends. Patrons will learn the difference between a snake and a lizard and maybe even get to feel the scales on a lizard!

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Okay, so it’s not really an exhibition of art or science, but this festival is sure to capture the attention of anyone who finds river sports fascinating. Not only will there be competitions for different river events, but live music, food, and many other vendors. Spend a day at the beautiful Truckee River in the heart of downtown Reno at the Wingfield Whitewater Park. The festival will take place May 10 and 11 from about 9AM-7PM.

Reno Redefines Jazz

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The 52nd Reno Jazz Festival begins this Thursday, April 10 until Saturday, April 12. Throughout the day, schools from all over the nation will perform in front of judges at various locations around the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

On Thursday night, trumpeter Avishai Cohen will play at Nightingale Concert Hall at 7:30 PM. Straight out of Tel Aviv, Israel, Cohen has made a name for himself in the world of 21st century jazz. The New York Times has declared, “Cohen is a multicultural jazz musician, among whose ancestors is Miles Davis. Like Davis, he can make the trumpet a vehicle for uttering the most poignant human cries.” check out his website, www.avishaicohenmusic.com to hear his stuff!

Friday night, at 7:30PM at Lawlor Events Center, UNR invites Kneebody: a genre defying super band complete with drum, guitar, bass, sax, and trumpet. They have been described as electric jazz, but they don’t subscribe to any one genre. To learn more about Kneebody, check out this interactive YouTube video.

Click here for information on how to get tickets to the Reno Jazz Festival!

The festivities at the Reno Jazz Festival will spill onto Circus Circus Reno in the best way with a jam session. Check out Dos Geckos Cantina, Friday, April 11th at 9 p.m. for a free jam session. With amazing food and amazing drinks, make a night of it. This event is perfect for jazz lovers, music lovers and people who just love good food and drinks.

Blues more your thing? Don’t miss the Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival, June 20-21!

Discover the New Natural History Museum at UNR!

Imagine a place in Reno where you can view over 92,000 different species of plants, hold a taxidermy bat, and check out a tier 0ne university all at the same time. What you have imagined probably is not too far off from the new Museum of Natural History at the University of Nevada. As a combined project from the university’s biology and natural resources and environmental science programs, this collection of living and non-living species represents the discovery of life throughout the history of Northern Nevada.

The front part of the museum is filled with brilliant displays made by students of the graduate program. There are rare plants, huge preserved animals (including the state mammal, the bighorn sheep), butterflies, and a lot of other regional wildlife. Behind the scenes, however, is a catalog of thousands of different species of plants and animals, where museum curator Arnold (Jerry) Tiehm will be more than happy to show different species of beetles, birds, and even pine cones!

The museum is open on weekdays during university hours, 8-5. Call 775-784-1105 for more information or to schedule a visit. Admission is FREE!

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2014 Guide to Aceball Season

First game balls have been placed in the humidor, lucky caps are once again seeing daylight after the long winter months, and Aceball fans are anxiously awaiting Opening Day at Aces Ballpark, April 3! Study up on the new hydration stations, food offerings, and themed nights!

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Theme Nights

2-for-$22 Tuesdays presented by KTVN Channel 2 News
Winning Wednesdays presented by KTVN Channel 2 News, featuring $1 food items. In addition to the $1 food items on Wednesdays, all fans in attendance will receive a general admission ticket to the next Wednesday home game if the Aces win.
Thirsty Thursdays™ $2 Coors specials on Coors Light presented by ESPN Radio 94.5 FM and the Reno News and Review
Fireworks Friday with Saint Mary’s presented by KRNV News 4
Kids Eat Free Sundays presented by Sam’s Club, popchips and Reno Media Group, with 500 kids 12 and under receiving a voucher for hot dogs, popchips and a drink.

Photo by David Calvert/Reno AcesFreight House District

Be sure to swing by the newly revamped FHD this season…  Duffy’s Ale House sports the largest draft selection in northern Nevada, 250 Lounge will be spinning the tunes and mixing cocktails, Arroyo Mexican Grill spices things up with their out-of-the-park grub, and the Heineken Stage and Tuaca Center Bar will be rocking the best bands in Reno under the open air patio canopy.

Ballpark Food w/ a Taunting Twist

Let’s start with the staple…a ballpark hot dog. Ace’s Stadium’s dog is not just any ordinary hot dog, it’s a Carson City Sausage Factory hot dog, made by a multi-generational sausage making family. It’s local, it’s the real deal. Pair it with one of the new WOW items like the full size souvenir helmet nachos, chocolate chip cookie cup ice cream sundae, or a fried chicken po’ boy that you’ll need a stack of napkins to finish.

NEW Beer Garden

There is more to right field than just an amazing view of the park and city this year…  it’s where you’ll find the brand new Craft Beer Garden. Over a dozen craft brews will be on tap from the likes of Blue Moon, Crispin, New Belgium, Sam Adams, Lagunitas, and Northern Nevada’s own Great Basin.

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Giveaways

The season kicks off on Thursday, April 3, with a magnet schedule giveaway for 9,000 fans, the first of ten giveaways in 2014. Other giveaways include Sleeved Blankets (April 5), Archie Piggy Banks presented by United Federal Credit Union (April 26), Replica Jerseys presented by Dillard’s (May 17), Floating Coolers (June 7), Cowboy Hats (June 21). A quartet of giveaways presented by KOLO 8 News Now will round out the slate: Bobbleheads (July 19), Snow Globes (July 26), Tin Lunch Boxes (Aug. 9), and Cereal Bowls (Aug. 23).

Take You and Your Friends Out to The Ball Game

Check out the schedule and buy your tickets now!

It’s not just baseball… it’s ACEBALL.

Spring’s Top 11 Things to Do in Reno Tahoe

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Ok, just take a look outside and you’ll see that spring has sprung in Reno Tahoe! Temperatures are warmer, trees and flowers are blooming and winter clothes are headed for storage, so that opens up a lot of fun activities and events for everyone to enjoy. That being said, here are our Top 11 picks for you and your family to check out!

1. Reno Aces Baseball – April 1st

Plaaaayyyy Baaallllll! It’s that time of year again, when the boys of summer take to the diamond, and begin a full season of America’s favorite pastime! The Reno Aces play (in our opinion) one of the most beautiful minor league parks anywhere in the country, and this season promises to be an exciting one as the Aces vie for the championship of the Pacific Coast League. So come out to the park, get a dog and a drink, sit back and enjoy a great evening of baseball!

2. Reno Jazz Festival – April 10-12

If you’re a jazz aficionado, this annual festival is the place to be! One of the world’s largest and most enduring celebrations of jazz, this three-day event hosts a variety of jazz artists, and this year be sure to see trumpeter Avishai Cohen and Grammy-nominated Kneebody.

3. Skiing, Golf and Grilling!

How many places anywhere in the world can boast of having great skiing and snowboarding resorts that are less than an hour away, and then have the option to end the day back in town, swinging the clubs or cooking outside in shirtsleeves and sandals? Well, the early days of spring in Reno Tahoe have all of that going for it! The snow typically stays fresh in the area ski resorts throughout the month of April, and the evening temperatures in the valley are nice enough to spend the evening outside, enjoying great food and great company. So fire up the grill, put on your best chefs apron, and try it – you’ll love it!

4. Virginia City Grand Prix – April 26-27

This outlaw motorcycle race is famous throughout the world and starts in historic downtown Virginia City. The racing heads out to the surrounding hills for more than four and a half hours of action-packed excitement, and the bikes reach speeds of up to 90 miles per hour! Catch some of the race, and then head to one of the many wonderful restaurants and bars in Virginia City – and also take in some of the great shopping that’s available there as well!

5. Reno River Festival – May 10-11

Few cities are lucky enough to have a river as beautiful as the Truckee wind through downtown, and every May there’s a festival to prove it! This premier outdoor event includes paddle sport whitewater competitions, yoga in the park, live music and entertainment, unique vendors selling their wares, and plenty of children’s activities. Dip your toes in the water, and join in the fun!

6. Go hiking and take in the wildflowers – all spring long!

The Reno Tahoe area is loaded with great hiking possibilities, so why not put on your boots and check out the beautiful scenery! There are some amazing overlooks, particular around Lake Tahoe, but you can stay closer to home and hike up some of the hills just outside of town! One of the added benefits of the spring season is the many beautiful species of wildflowers that seem to grow everywhere in a rainbow of different colors, so be prepared to be dazzled!

7. Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series – May 30-31

The Lucas Oil series is a nationally televised off-road racing series that matches action sports celebrities against motocross champions and racing legends. The series is held at the Wild West Motorsports Park, which offers fantastic, unobstructed views from the grandstands and lets fans really feel close to all of the racing action! Just imagine 900 horsepower trucks battling it out – it’s like a full contact MMA fight on wheels!

8. Spring Fever Revival – May 30-31

If you’re into classic cars and some good old-time rock and roll, twist your way back to the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s during a fun-filled weekend in downtown Reno! There’s plenty of food and beverage booths, vendors showing their wares and live entertainment for people of all ages.

9. Street Vibrations Spring Rally – June 6-8

Has your Harley spent the winter locked up in the garage? It’s time to take it out, tune it up, and enjoy a weekend of pure motorcycle fun! Street Vibrations will be held throughout the streets of downtown Reno and there will be live entertainment, bike games, competition ride-in-shows, poker runs and walks, lots of food and street vendors selling everything from apparel to bike parts! It’s the ultimate weekend for motorcycle lovers.

10. Bike riding on the Tahoe Flume Trail

Are you a dedicated trail rider or a newbie who wants to try a challenging course with beautiful scenery? The Tahoe Flume Trail may just be the challenge you’re looking for! The Flume Trail is constantly cited in magazines and blogs as one of the most scenic trails for mountain bikers and trail runners anywhere in the country. Just remember to be safe, and you might want to take along a camera to shoot some beautiful vistas of Lake Tahoe.

11. Reno Rodeo – June 19-28

Widely considered the “Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West,” the Reno Rodeo features 10 nights of best rodeo competition in the country. The rodeo is held at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Center and features over 750 athletes competing in events including team roping, professional bill riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing and bronc riding. Also take in the Double R Marketplace for western shopping, great food, a carnival and mutton bustin’!

Well, that’s just a small sampling of what’s available in Reno Tahoe in the spring! For more ideas be sure to check our website at www.visitrenotahoe.com

Off-Road Racing Mecca of the West

JA Nugget, the City of Sparks and Wild West Motorsports Park to host Silver State 4WD & UTV Jamboree July 14-19, 2014

A new kind of special event is coming to Northern Nevada this summer. In July, JA Nugget, the City of Sparks and Wild West Motorsports Park will host 4-wheel and off-road racers from all over the Western Region at the first Silver State 4WD & UTV Jamboree, July 14-19, 2014.

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“With space for unlimited motorized recreational activities and hotel rooms to accommodate off-road racers and enthusiasts, Sparks is uniquely positioned to become the off-road and 4-wheel racing mecca of the West,” said Jeff Knoll, Silver State 4WD & UTV Jamboree Organizer.

A former producer of the popular King of the Hammers event in California, Knoll studied the area carefully before selecting Sparks to host the Silver State 4WD & UTV Jamboree. Participants will be provided with a host of recreational opportunities that highlight Northern Nevada. Fly fishing or floating the Truckee River, kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, photography, UTV and 4WD trail riding are examples of the types of recreation available in the area. This event has nightlife, with OHV themed parties scheduled for most evenings in the Nugget Casino.

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In addition to racing at the Wild West Motorsports Park, Northern Nevada is close to two of the West’s most famous off-road trails, The Rubicon and Fordyce Creek Trail. Both are located within an hour of Reno-Sparks.

Motorized recreation, coupled with Northern Nevada’s hospitality industry, make the Silver State 4 Wheel and Off-Road Jamboree a unique opportunity to build an off-road event like no other.  Finally, an event the whole family can enjoy. Relax at the spa, have a drink poolside, take a Jeep or UTV trip, float the river, or just enjoy Nevada style gaming, this event offers the perfect summer vacation.

For more information, please visit www.janugget.com and www.silverstatejamboree.com.

Hunger Games Archery Coach and Five-Time Olympian at Wasting Arrows

May the odds be ever in your favor with the woman who taught “Katniss” all she knows as your archery coach!

Khatuna Lorig, five-time U.S. Olympian and bronze medal winning archer, will be in Reno this weekend hosting workshops at Wasting Arrows Indoor Archery Range. Hear all about her experiences, including coaching coaching Jennifer Lawrence as “Katniss” for the Hunger Games. After, be sure to stick around for a meet and greet, plus autograph signing session. Lecture will be March 14, from 7-8:40pm for $30. Workshops will take place Saturday and Sunday at Wasting Arrows.

Sign up for this weekend’s workshop or find out more information at WastingArrows.com, or by calling 775-360-6556.

Register for Khatuna Lorig’s lecture here.

LEX unveiled as name for Grand Sierra Resort and Casino’s new nightclub

Game-changing, 25,000 square-foot venue set to open in July

As part of its ongoing commitment to establish itself as the premier resort destination in northern Nevada, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino (GSR) announced, today, the name and opening date for its unprecedented new nightlife venue. LEX, a 25,000 square-foot, $15 million nightclub will rival the country’s top nightlife venues found in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami and New York. With an adult, indoor pool, three full bars, 31 VIP tables and some of the top nightlife entertainment acts in the country, “elegance will become unruly” beginning this July.

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While specifics on LEX’ grand opening celebration will not be revealed until later this spring, GSR has promised, not only an unforgettable debut, but nightlife entertainment equivalent to what is found in other premier nightlife destinations around the country. Announcements on LEX’ entertainment lineup will be made in the next few months.

LEX is just the latest in a series of aggressive renovations and upgrades that GSR has made since 2012, which have totaled more than $30 million. In addition to the new nightclub, renovations have been made to a majority of the property’s more than 2,000 resort rooms, the casino floor and dining establishments. Last year, the property also introduced a brand new William Hill Race and Sports Book and luxury spa.

“We believe that Reno has a bright and prosperous future, and it’s important for all of us to invest in creating a world-class community to live, work and play,” said Rosen. “We are confident that LEX, coupled with our other ongoing investments, will provide opportunity for our entire region.”

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Find LEX on Facebook, follow LEX on Twitter and Instagram or visit www.grandsierraresort.com.

LAKE TAHOE HONORED BY OUTSIDE TRAVEL AWARDS 2014

OUTSIDE, America’s leading active lifestyle brand, has selected Lake Tahoe as an honoree of their annual Travel Awards, which celebrate the top destinations, companies, products, and travel providers—in the U.S. and around the world—that inspire people to participate in an active lifestyle. Lake Tahoe, located in both California and Nevada, is honored as the Best Lake. The entire list of honorees appear in OUTSIDE’s April issue (on newsstands March 18), and online at www.outsideonline.com/travelawards.

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This year, OUTSIDE tapped its global network of correspondents, who traveled across America, to Belize, Switzerland, Italy, and beyond, identifying the best new adventures, stunning lakes, gorgeous new lodges and hotels, family vacations, secret getaways, high-tech airports, and foodie hotspots. The result is more than 50 spectacular trips, plus the best travel apps, tour guides, gear, tips for traveling green, and advice for traveling solo.

“We’re so proud to be honored with the ‘Best Lake’ title,” said Andy Chapman, chief marketing officer of the North Lake Tahoe Marketing Cooperative. “Not only is Lake Tahoe one of the most beautiful places on earth, it’s a mecca for human-powered sports on or off the lake year-round ranging from mountain biking to sailing. North Lake Tahoe is one of the only places you can ski and golf in the same day, and then cap it off with five-star cuisine and unbeatable hospitality. This recognition is a truly a tribute to all that we have to offer here in the Sierra.”

The 2014 award notes that Lake Tahoe “is freakishly perfect for just about every outdoor pursuit.” North Lake Tahoe is proud to offer 10 major downhill skiing resorts including the Squaw Valley, Sugar Bowl Resort and Diamond Peak. North Tahoe is also home to the largest cross country resort in the nation, Royal Gorge Cross Country Resort. In summer North Lake Tahoe offers miles of biking and hiking trails, dozens of beaches to explore by stand up paddleboard or kayak, award winning festivals like Autumn Food & Wine, Ta-Hoe Nalu and more.

“Whether you’re looking to go big for an expedition, splurge on a luxurious paradise, or plan an epic family trip, OUTSIDE has unearthed fifty travel gems that will inspire you to renew that passport,” said OUTSIDE Editor Chris Keyes.

This award adds to Lake Tahoe’s numerous other awards including “America’s Best Lake” by the readers of USA Today, #1 “Ski Destination”  with Rand McNally and  Orbitz, #1 “Travel Destination” with TripAdvisor and a top finisher in USA Today’s reader’s poll for “Best Ski Destination”.

The complete list of Travel Awards winners will be featured in the April issue of OUTSIDE, available March 18, and online at www.outsideonline.com/travelawards.

For more information about North Lake Tahoe, visit www.gotahoenorth.com. And for the best bargains, including lodging, check out the “Cool Deals” tab, which is updated daily.