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Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions!

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Happy 2015 Reno Tahoe! Every 365 days we take a few hours to celebrate the start of a new year, which brings promises of change and the chance to rebuild and reinvent ourselves. Many people embrace this opportunity by making New Year’s Resolutions, but the majority of resolutions are broken or forgotten soon after the celebration has died down. We searched for a few common resolutions and are here to help you stick to them!

  1. Exercise more. Fortunately, we are situated in the perfect area to keep up with this popular resolution. With such a beautiful environment right outside our homes, getting your heartrate up outdoors is easy! Hiking is a great way to get some exercise and take in the wonderful Nevada scenery. The trek up Mt. Rose is a popular one, and the 6 mile trail is tough but the view from the peak is worth it. For an easier hike, the Glacier Meadow Loop is a .5 mile trail through the Tahoe National Forest dotted with informational signs that explain the role of glaciers in shaping the landscape. Opt to hit the slopes for an exercise that makes you forget that you’re actually exercising. Skiing or snowboarding is the perfect way to get exercise in the colder months, and it’s so much fun that you won’t mind that its hard work. Head up with friends or family to make it even more enjoyable. Biking is another exercise option that allows you to take in the nature of our area. Cruise around the Riverwalk District and along the Truckee River for an easy and relaxing ride, or visit Northstar California for mountain biking trails, races, and clinics and camps for bikers of all levels.
  2. Eating healthy. With the recent shift in Reno’s focus from casino boom to small and local comes more healthy food options. In the past few years we’ve seen many local shops and restaurants that focus on locally sourced, organic, natural, and/or seasonal ingredients that make eating healthier deliciously simple. Great Full Gardens is an eatery that caters to those with specialized dietary needs (such as vegan or Paleo), and their menu features items from local vendors, farmers, and their own greenhouse. Their menus, which cover breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between, are made up of fresh, healthy food options that everyone will enjoy. Laughing Planet Café is a quick-service restaurant that offers nutritious food to “heal your body, mind, and spirit.” Their core principles focus on being environmentally conscious, eco-friendly, and obtaining organic products whenever possible. At The Studio yoga, massage, and wellness center you will find The Seed, which is a raw café that serves a purely organic and gluten free menu. They use local ingredients whenever possible to provide customers with organic juices, smoothies, salads and more.
  3. Learn/ try something new. Every year Reno Tahoe has an incredible lineup of events that will educate participants and inspire you to step outside of your comfort zone. If you’re looking to expand your knowledge on a specific subject or just to attempt something you have always wanted to do, there is always a way to discover something new in our area. The Nevada Museum of Art has guided tours throughout the year for groups and individuals led by trained docents who will educate visitors on permanent and temporary exhibits throughout the museum. The NMA also offers a number of talks given by scholars, writers, and artists on a variety of subjects, as well as workshops for seniors, and hands-on activities to encourage visitors to make art themselves. The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum is not just for kids! They have seminars on various grown-up topics throughout the year like the science and technology that goes into creating our favorite movies (January 31, 2015). For those who are interested in something a little more out of this world, visit the Fleischmann Planetarium & Science Center for exhibits on various topics such as meteorites and NASA projects. They also show educational films such as Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions, Seasons of Light and Seasonal Stargazing, and Pink Floyd’s The Wall music and lights show.

For any ambitious resolution go-getters who are looking to make your resolution solution work double-duty (like getting more exercise AND learning something new at the same time), many of our local ski resorts are recognizing January as Learn to Ski & Snowboard month! To celebrate this movement resorts are offering great deals on first-timer ski and snowboard lessons all throughout the month of January, so its the perfect excuse to get out there and meet with an experienced trainer. With many different learning environments such as one-on-one or group lessons at a number of our unique resorts, Learn to Ski & Snowboard month will have something for everybody! For more information on resort offerings and what you can do to boost your snow skills, please head to our Ski & Board blog post!

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The Eleventh Nevada Chamber Music Festival Begins!

We’re just hours away from the first concert in the 11th annual Nevada Chamber Music Festival!

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Tickets are still available for all the Festival concerts. Purchase them online, or by calling the RCO office at (775) 348-9413. You can also buy tickets at the door starting 45 minutes before each performance.

The best in music get underway tonight at 7:00 at Nightingale Concert Hall, in the Church Fine Arts Building at the University of Nevada, Reno (1335 N. Virginia Street – click here for directions). Husband-and-wife pianists Robert Levin and Ya-Fei Chuang will present an exciting Festival-opening duo recital with music by Schubert and Rachmaninoff.

Tomorrow – Saturday, December 27 at 7:00 p.m. – go to Nightingale Concert Hall for “The Concertmasters of Berlin and Los Angeles,” featuring Noah Bendix-Balgley of the Berlin Philharmonic and Martin Chalifour of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. This will be a unique opportunity to hear the concertmasters of two of the world’s greatest orchestras!

Come a little early Saturday evening and enjoy a free pre-concert talk/festival preview featuring Theodore Kuchar, Festival Artistic Director and violist, in conversation with Chris Morrison. It gets underway at 6:15 p.m. inside Nightingale Concert Hall.

Of course there are many outstanding performances to follow on the 28th through the 31st. Read all about them at our website, where you’ll also find program notes, performer bios, and morNCMF 2012 Lenz Atapine Weiss smalle.

New Year’s Eve Celebration at The Grand Sierra Resort

Top off your New Year’s Eve with the RCO by joining the Festival musicians and fellow music lovers at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino for our Post-Concert Dinner-Celebration, which gets underway right after the Masterworks Concert No. 4 the evening of Wednesday, December 31. Cost is $110 per person. A package featuring tickets to both the Masterworks Concert No. 4 and the Post-Concert Dinner is also available for $135 per person. Deadline for Dinner signups is Monday, December 29 at 9:00 a.m. To find out more about the Dinner or to purchase tickets, call the RCO office at (775) 348-9413.

Christmas Wonderland Dazzles this Holiday Season

The Eldorado Resort Casino is ringing in the holiday season with one of London’s biggest Christmas shows. From the producers of “Spirit of the Dance,” the Eldorado Showroom presents “Christmas Wonderland” – a holiday extravaganza of pure Christmas magic through Dec. 27.

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Guests will be taken on an unforgettable Christmas journey in this glittering, dancing and singing seasonal spectacular. “Christmas Wonderland” is an enchanting holiday show with a dazzling costumes, breathtaking scenery and the highest kicking chorus girls this side of the North Pole.

The audience is invited to sing along to Christmas classics including White Christmas, Winter Wonderland, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Santa Clause is Coming to Town and many more.

Get into the holiday spirit with “Christmas Wonderland” in the Eldorado Showroom through Dec. 27. Tickets start at just $25.95, children 12 and under from $19.95 with dinner and show packages available from $35.95. For more information on show times and tickets call 800-648-5966 or visit www.eldoradoreno.com.

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!

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Ciao Reno!

The Eldorado Great Italian Festival is right around the corner! For 33 years the Eldorado has hosted an authentic celebration of Italian culture, and this year is going to be nothing short of fantastic. The festival typically takes place over Columbus Day weekend, but the Eldorado is getting a head start with a new wine and food event and Italian dinners in the buffet starting October 6. This new addition to the schedule of events allows guests to celebrate all week long.

On October 9 the Eldorado will debut a new Italian wine and food pairing event, Vintage Eldorado. This new event will feature Italian food stations, Italian wines, and Italian beer and spirits to sample and enjoy. The event will also include a silent auction to benefit the Boys & Girls club of Truckee Meadows. Ticket prices include a Riedel stemless “Swirl” wine glass souvenir to use throughout the event. October 11 and 12 are the days when downtown Reno will be transformed into Little Italy. Here guests can take on a grape stomp, taste sauces in the sauce cookers competition, stroll on a wine walk, shop at an Italian farmer’s market, cheer on a kids’ gelato eating contest, get their fix at the Italian buffet, and enjoy life free entertainment the entire weekend.

The fan-favorite sauce cook-off will take place throughout the holiday weekend each afternoon starting at 2p.m. Guests can enjoy different sauces brought from West Coast Italian families, which can be found at the pasta booth on the corner of 4th and Virginia streets. If you can’t wait for the weekend, The Buffet will feature an extended Italian menu starting Monday the 6th until Thursday the 9th and an Italian Seafood Feast on Friday, October 10. Here guests can enjoy traditional Italian meals, snacks, and desserts throughout the week to get in the Italian state of mind.

For a full schedule of events and prices go to http://www.eldoradoreno.com/reno-events/Eldorado-Great-Italian-Festival/.

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Exhibits to Visit: October Edition

Reno Tahoe museums contribute largely to the culture here in Reno, and there are always wonderful exhibits to visit around town. One exhibit you cannot miss is the celebration of Nevada’s 150th birthday, which will be featuring several iconic documents, including The Emancipation Proclamation. From birthday celebrations to wildlife exploration, here are a few major exhibits going on around town.

nevada art 2The Nevada Museum of Art is celebrating Nevada’s big day with a special exhibit that displays artifacts that tell the story of Nevada’s journey to statehood with their 36th Star: Nevada’s Journey from Territory to State exhibit (through November 1). Three of the museum’s galleries hold special documents and objects, such as the original copy of the Nevada State constitution, artifacts belonging to Nevada’s first governor, Nevada photographs taken by O’Sullivan that date back to 1867, and much more! This exhibit is a rare and special event, hosting historical objects that the museum tracked down and loaned from museums across the state and nation. It is a once-in-a-lifetime exhibit that provides visitors a unique opportunity to see all these historical objects in one place. The celebration continues on October 16 with a historical lecture by curator Toby Jurovics on Timothy O’Sullivan’s photography of the civil war. The birthday celebration comes to a close on November 1 with a steampunk ball and carnival, Honest Abe’s Imagination Celebration. At this event, visitors are encouraged to engage in the “grand re-imagining of the future through the wondrous lens of the past.” The Emancipation Proclamation will be on display at the event, as well as on October 30 and 31 and November 2, and visitors are encouraged to dress in costume appropriate for an 1864 party!  For more information on this event visit http://blog.visitrenotahoe.com/nevada-museum-of-art-the-36th-star/.

The Nevada Museum of Art is also showing films from the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour, which consists of six different session of more than 20 independent films from the festival. These films focus on wilderness, wildness, the great outdoors, culture, and environment. Starting with a Kids and Family session at 10:30 on October 18, the event continues until 7:00 that evening. Join others in exploring the wilderness that surrounds us and enjoy a day filled with films and a unique take on outdoor life.

The Sparks Museum & Cultural Center hosts the annual Western Heritage Festival on October 4. Celebrate Nevada arts, culture and traditions through experiential learning. Enjoy demonstrations in basket-weaving, spinning, quilting and saddle-making. There will be cowboy poetry, live music and dancers, displays and children’s activities.

An 11-month exhibit at Reno’s National Automobile Museum is coming to an end on October 10, 2014. The World War II Hits Home exhibit tells the story of WWII in Nevada. It demonstrates the commitments of America’s automakers to producing resources for the war, such as tanks, ammunition, and aircrafts. Learn of the impact on daily life, commitments of local families, and the history of the Tonopah Army Air Field. The exhibit is enriched by the presence of artifacts from private collections, and it is an exhibit that no history buff should miss.

Happy 150th Birthday, Nevada!

Nevada will be celebrating its 150th birthday this month! There are plenty of fun things to do in the Reno area all month long to cheers to Nevada pride until the big day on October 31st.

NV 150The Nevada Museum of Art exhibit titled The 36th Star: Nevada’s Journey from Territory to State displays significant objects and documents that tell the story of Nevada’s journey to statehood, including the transcription of Nevada’s State Constitution that was sent from Governor Nye to Abraham Lincoln by telegram, the original copy of the Nevada State Constitution, artifacts belonging to Nevada’s first governor, and Civil War-era muster rolls that have never been displayed. The exhibit is on display through November 2, 2014. For more information on this event please visit http://blog.visitrenotahoe.com/nevada-museum-of-art-the-36th-star/.

In various locations throughout Reno and Sparks, the Home Means Nevada event consists of a reading of the Nevada-themed story written by Mark Twain. This reading will be accompanied by music from Shiloh, which will be performed by Julie Machado & Tim Gorelangton. These readings take place on October 1, 2, 9, 19, and 29 of 2014.

The NV150 Western Heritage Festival pays tribute to Nevada’s most significant industries- ranching, mining, railroading, gaming, and the military, and it celebrates their important roles in our state’s history. The festival also celebrates Nevada’s culture and heritage through music, poetry, crafts, and more. It takes place on October 4, 2014 in Victorian Square, Sparks.

At the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts in Reno you can come watch the Classix Two Home Means Nevada Concert. Over three days in October (the 11, 12, and 14) the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, along with the Washoe County School District 6th Grad Honor Choir and UNR piano professor Dr. James Winn, will perform a new arrangement of Home Means Nevada. This performance will also feature Desert Garden by Reno born composer Sean Shepherd, Lost Vegas by Michael Daughtery, and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

One more event before Nevada’s big day is the 4th Annual Nevada Day Governor’s Banquet. This event, which will be held on October 28, 2014 at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, is both a gala tradition and a fundraising event led by Nevada’s Governor Brian Sandoval. The evening will feature special guest speakers, live entertainment, a silent auction, a Nevada birthday cake cutting ceremony, and more! A portion of the proceeds will go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Nevada, as well as the non-profit Nevada Day, Inc.

On October 30 at 10am, Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki is inviting all Nevadans to join him for #NevadaSings, an attempt to set a record for the most people in an American state to sing the state song all at once. Nevadans are encouraged to join in at the designated time wherever they may be: schools, offices, parks, etc. Remember to take a photo or video of you and your group singing “Home Means Nevada”, as video or photo proof will be submitted to RecordSetter, a Las Vegas-based company, to verify the record. For rules, directions, “Home Means Nevada” lyrics, and where to submit your proof, visit www.Nevada150.org.

The celebration expands into Virginia City on October 31st with four events to keep the party going. Starting in the afternoon, an unveiling of Steven Saylor’s portrait “Nine Cheers for the Silver State”. This portrait depicts when Virginia City got the news of Nevada’s statehood. The unveiling of this portrait will be followed by a reception, where paintings will be sold to benefit the Comstock Foundation of History and Culture. After the reception, the Virginia City Statehood Parade will cruise down C Street and is expected to be the largest parade in the state for the celebration. Following the parade, children are invited to spend the night trick-or-treating around town. The child-friendly fun starts at 5pm with a costume contest, and all shops will be open late to make the event fun and safe for everyone. At 7pm the Nevada 150 Masquerade Ball begins at Piper’s Opera House. Participants are encouraged to don “period attire”, such as Victorian era or Steampunk costumes. The Ball is comprised of a meet and greet with dignitaries, champagne and hor d’oeuvres, and live music and dancing to bring our state’s birthday celebration to a close.
(For a full list of events and details please visit www.nevada150.org/events-calendar/ and www.NV150Ball.com)

The Nevada Museum of Art Shines Brights with its New Exhibit – “The 36th Star”

The Nevada Museum of Art, located at the heart of downtown Reno, is honoring Nevada in a huge way! In celebration of the “Battle Born” state’s 150th anniversary, the museum is holding a special exhibit that details Nevada’s journey from territory to state. Three galleries on the museum’s second floor house a unique combination of significant objects telling Nevada’s story; including, the 175-page transcription of Nevada’s State Constitution that was sent from Territorial Governor James Nye to Abraham Lincoln via telegram, the original copy of the Nevada State Constitution, never-before-displayed Civil War-era muster rolls of the Nevada Volunteers, artifacts belonging to Nevada’s first governor Henry G. Blasdel and Captain Joseph Stewart, commander of Nevada’s Fort Churchill, 20 Nevada photographs taken by O’Sullivan in 1867… and more! This once-in-a-lifetime exhibit provides the opportunity to see all these historical objects (which have been loaned from museums across the state and nation) under the same roof, in order to truly grasp Nevada’s journey toward October 31, 1864. This exhibit runs until November 2, and is a must-see for all, especially those whose “Home Means Nevada.”

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Programs & Events:

VIEW THE ORIGINAL EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION:

One of the most important documents in American history is coming to the Nevada Museum of Art! The Emancipation Proclamation, signed by President Abraham Lincoln, will make its way from the National Archives in Washington, D.C. to Reno, Nevada for a special appearance. It’s only here for four days, due to strict restrictions on how long it can be exposed to light each year, so don’t miss out on the rare opportunity to see the original document for yourself:

  • Thursday, October 30    10am-7pm
  • Friday, October 31    10am-5pm
  • Saturday, November 1     10am- 5pm
  • Sunday, November 2    10am- 5pm

Timed tickets to view the Emancipation Proclamation will be available on a first-come, first-served basis each viewing day.

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Join Nevada’s Museum of Art as they party like its 1864! Part steampunk ball, part carnival, this celebration of our state’s visionary spirit will be a “grand re-imagining of the future through the wondrous lens of the past.” At the celebration, you will have the opportunity to view the original Emancipation Proclamation as El Radio Fantastique rouses imaginations with a unique blend of sights, sounds, and musical styles. Dress in costume appropriate for the period!

Saturday, November 1    7:30pm-11pm
Tickets: $50.00

HISTORICAL LECTURES:

  • Nevada State Archivist Jeff Kintop on Nevada’s Historical Documents: Friday, August 8 12:00pm-1:00pm – Celebrate the opening of The 36th Star with Nevada State Archivist Jeff Kintop, who discusses the significance of historic objects highlighted in the exhibition.
  • Historian Ron James on Nevada in the 1860s: Friday, September 12 12:00pm-1:00pm – An examination of 1860’s Nevada. Learn what it means to be Battle Born.
  • Curator Toby Jurovics on Timothy O’ Sullivan: Thursday, October 16 6:00pm-7:00pm – Join guest curator Toby Jurovics as he discusses Timothy O’ Sullivan’s timeless Civil War photography featured in the exhibition.

    Circus Circus holds the first annual 24-Hour Mural Marathon

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    Stroll by Circus Circus anytime between 10:00am, July 13 – 10:00am, July 14 to witness seven artist battle to create the most unique and vibrant mural on the Virginia Street side of the building shown above.

    The idea of the Mural Marathon sparked from a conversation between Howard Rosenberg (UNR Arts Professor) and Richard Bartholet (president of the Regional Alliance for Downtown and UNR faculty member) while the two were observing the blank canvas of Circus Circus.

    “This mural concept started when Howard Rosenberg and I walked through the city from the Courthouse to the University. We saw there was a lot of potential to spruce up the Circus Circus Reno building facing Virginia Street, which would in turn do wonders for the community. Those discussions got the ball rolling to this Mural Arts Project with Circus Circus Reno” said Bartholet.

    The addition of murals to the outside walls of Circus Circus is part of the greater beautification project that has been taking Reno by storm. Murals in Reno’s Midtown District are found splattered across the map, and the migration to the downtown district is a pleasant sight to see.

    “One of the goals of the festival is to see art on every street corner and in spaces where you least expect to see it. This is a wonderful addition to the downtown and excellent use of blank canvases.” Says Director of Artown, Beth Macmillan.

    The 24-hour competition will be a new annual event added to Reno’s Artown calendar where each year a panel of judges will pick seven artists, three reserved for locals, to re-decorate the building and compete for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes.

    Being on-site during the competition will surely be a ecstatic experience, but between the brush strokes make sure to check out more Artown events available on their website’s event calendar.

    As You Like It – Shakespeare Festival 2014

    Imagine your toes in the sand, a fantastic bottle of wine nearby, a gourmet meal and first-class entertainment with your friends and family… All while basking in a perfect Lake Tahoe sunset. You’re not dreaming, you’re experiencing the enchantment of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor State Park. This summer’s featured show is “As You Like It”!

    Comic twists and turns abound in the fertile Forest of Arden, where a disguised Rosalind seeks refuge after being wrongfully banished by her uncle. Her unfortunate exile is transformed into a charming adventure when she encounters some of Shakespeare’s most beloved characters – colorful fools, witty rustics, and the handsome, lovesick Orlando. A clandestine, gender-bending courtship ensues, changing the lost into unexpected lovers, in a timeless and transcendent tale.

    Secure your seats today!

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    Shakespeare’s Kitchen cooks up a delicious onsite dining experience. You can even pre-order dinner and save time – just “add on” a meal when you purchase your ticket.

    The main gate opens at 5:30 p.m. allowing early access to the concession area which includes Shakespeare’s KitchenThe Bar and BardWare (merchandise souvenirs). This affords you the opportunity to mingle early with family and friends in our newly renovated and expanded dining area. Arrive early and enjoy a pre-show cocktail, marvel at the awesome views of Lake Tahoe or simply bask in the afternoon sunshine. The amphitheater also opens at 5:30 p.m.