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Photos/Video: La Tomatina en Reno

La Tomatina en Reno brought America’s Biggest Food Fight to Reno on Saturday at the Reno City Plaza. Nearly 5,000 participants threw 50,000 pounds of tomatoes in the inaugaral event, raising thousands for cancer research. Check out these photos and be sure to catch next year’s event:



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Videos of the event have also been popping up:

11th Annual Pacific Island Festival comes to Reno

pacificfestival_900x325Celebrate the vibrant cultures of the Pacific Rim during the 11th Annual Pacific Island Festival of Reno, July 24-26. Opening Ceremonies kick off Friday, July 24 at 3 p.m. and the festival continues Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. All festivities will be on the Downtown Plaza on 4th and Virginia Street and inside the Reno Ballroom.

Part of Reno’s Artown Celebration, this free event is presented by Pacific Exchange Productions and Silver Legacy Resort Casino. The Opening Ceremony features the blowing of the conch shell and a performance by Tahitian dance ensemble ‘Ote’a ‘Api to the roaring sounds of Toere and Pahu, Tahitian drums. Entertainment, dancing, contests and great food will be served all weekend long.

For more information about the Pacific Island Festival of Reno, call 1-800-687-8733 or visit online at www.silverlegacy.com.

Fun on the Fourth of July

nuggetfireworksThe region’s preeminent holiday celebration and fireworks display – Star Spangled Sparks – takes place on July 4 with events at locations including Victorian Square in downtown Sparks, the Sparks Marina and the Legends at Sparks Marina destination retail center. The fireworks show, launched from John Ascuaga’s Nugget and viewable from Victorian Square at 9:30 p.m., is equally impressive.

  • Reno’s new baseball team is offering its own show with fireworks launched at Aces Stadium in downtown Reno after the game.
  • In North Tahoe/Truckee, several shows in Incline Village (Incline Beach), Tahoe City (Commons Beach) and Donner Lake (West End Beach) start at 9:30. If you’re headed to Truckee be sure to check out the parade downtown.
  • And in Carson City, Mills Park offers revelers a party atmosphere highlighted by fireworks at 9:15 p.m.



Only in Reno: Michael Jackson tribute by Elvis impersonator (video)

File it under “Only in Reno.” It’s a Michael Jackson tribute, by an Elvis impersonator singing karaoke at Club Cal Neva. That’s like four great things all mixed together.

Four-by-four in Downtown Reno: Rock crawling comes to the Biggest Little City

Terrible’s Sands Regency Casino Hotel is bringing extreme rock crawling to downtown Reno. The W.E. Rock Western US Rock Crawling Nationals will take place as part of Reno Rocks 4×4.com over Father’s Day weekend.

Two additional events scheduled for Reno Rocks 4×4.com will give amateur drivers the unique opportunity to test their skills on the manmade W.E. Rock course, the Surplus City Jeep Parts High Sierra Rock Crawling Championship and Northern Nevada 4×4 Club Challenge Crawl.

Other Reno Rocks 4×4.com highlights include a Wheelers for the Wounded Tour Stop, 4×4 Show & Shine and 4×4 Rough & Tough competitions, the Surplus City Jeep Parts Teeter Totter and Ramp Travel Index (RTI), a People’s Choice Team Tire Climb, Beauty and the 4×4 Beast Contest, New 4×4 Showcase, Military and Public Safety 4×4 Vehicle Displays, a Manufacturers Midway, a Friday night pool party with men’s and women’s swimsuit competitions, and free live music in the casino Friday and Saturday nights. For more information on any of the events taking place at Reno Rocks 4×4.com, visit www.RenoRocks4×4.com and follow the Forum links.

Spectator season passes for Reno Rocks are now available at www.sandsrenoevents.com. Participant registration packages are also available.

See Spot jump: Dock-diving competition is for the dogs

Reno’s Tamarack Junction Casino will host the best athletes from the canine world at the Splash Dogs Summer Solstice Dock Jumping Competition on June 19-21.

The event, open to dogs of all shapes, sizes and abilities, takes place in the casino parking lot and features a portable pool and dock. And for the non-athletes, there’s plenty of barbecue, drink and fun on-site.

Check out event details here, and come on out for a good time.


Event Schedule

Friday, June 19

  • Registration opens – 2PM
  • Open Practice Dock – 2PM
  • Wave #1 – 4:00 PM
  • Wave #2 – 6:00 PM
  • Dock Closes – 7PM

Saturday, June 20

  • Registration opens – 9AM
  • Open Practice Dock – 9AM
  • Wave #3 – 3:00 PM
  • Wave #4 – 5:00 PM
  • Super Vertical – 7:00 PM
  • Dock Closes – 8PM

Sunday, June 21

  • Registration opens – 8AM
  • Open Practice Dock – 8AM
  • Wave #5 – 9:00 AM
  • Wave #6 – 11:00 AM
  • Lap Dog Finals – 1:00PM
  • Junior Handler Finals – 1:00PM
  • Open Finals – 1:00PM
  • Pro Finals – 2:00PM
  • Pro Final 4 – 2:00PM
  • Dock Closes – 6PM

Beers, food and fun at EuroFest, June 5-7

eurofestThe Hills are alive in Reno-Tahoe, as the 11th Annual EuroFest takes over the parking lot at Terrible’s Sands Regency this weekend, June 5-7.

With a huge selection of beers ranging from Spaten, Warsteiner, Kronenbourg and Stella Artois, to Hoegaarden, Bass Ale, Young Chocolate Stout and Monty Pythons’ Holy Grail Ale, there’ll be no shortage of beverages to quench any thirst brought on by dancing to the live music.

Also, sample a variety of European cuisine, including specialties from Germany, England, Spain (including Basque country), Poland and Italy.

EuroFest, as always, is free so bring your friends and have a great time at the Sands.

Buy a bachelor at fundraiser

Silver Legacy, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Alice 96.5 are teaming up to help find a cure. The first annual “Buy a Bachelor, Find a Cure” auction is on Thursday, June 4 at 6 p.m. in Aura Ultra Lounge.

Alice’s own Connie Wray will MC the event, as local celebrities and eligible bachelors are auctioned off to the highest bidder, all to help find a cure for blood cancers. Hors d’oeuvres will be served during the bachelor preview at 6 p.m. with the bachelor auction starting at 7 p.m. Guests can sip on the signature drink for the evening, the “Incredible Hunk.” A portion of this drink’s sales and all proceeds from the bachelor auction will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The winning bachelor and his bidder will win dinner at Silver Legacy’s Sterling’s Seafood and Steakhouse. Other prizes include dinner packages at Café Sedona and Fairchild’s Oyster Bar.

The event also includes a silent auction featuring items such as spa treatments, Silver Legacy dinner and show packages, gift certificates for local eateries, wine tasting packages, comedy club tickets, Aces family pack of tickets and more.

Legends at Sparks Marina prepares for June 18 opening


Calling this a “shopping center” doesn’t do it justice. It’s a shopping experience.

The Legends at Sparks Marina, a destination retail center under construction in Sparks, Nev., is almost ready for its June 18 first-phase opening. And developers of the mega-mall are going big. Really big.

From a huge tower that anchors the center of the center, to common areas with statues depicting Nevada historical figures, features and wildlife, the concept behind Legends is to create a mecca for shopping and socializing. The first phase is expected to bring 28 tenants online, with a total of 47 tenants open for business by Aug. 1. Several tenants are already wowing visitors, including Scheels, the World’s Largest All Sports Store (at nearly 300,000 square feet) and Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen. By next spring there will also be a 13-theater movie complex, complete with an iMax screen – and tentative plans call for a destination casino hotel resort to anchor the north end of the project, as well as a concert venue that can seat up to 9,000 for big-name acts.

Bringing the “legends” to Legends

“The idea is to celebrate the history, people and places of Nevada,” said Dennis McGovern, Legends general manager. “When the first phase is finished you’ll see three ‘living room’ areas surrounded by artist depictions of the bristlecone pine (Nevada’s state tree), bighorn sheep, desert tortoise, a statue of Samuel Clemens …”

Common areas are replete with waterfalls, firepits, and lush landscaping. McGovern says developers are planting 1,600 trees and 26,000 shrubs at the site. The landscape is also varied – elevation changes enhance the feeling place and reflect the diverse topography of Northern Nevada.

Designed to appeal to all of the senses, a 151-speaker sound system will be installed at Legends, along with spaces for public events, including a five-story Christmas tree during the holiday season.

But it’s (mostly) about the shopping

On Wednesday 500 workers were on site – installing fixtures, punching out final touches on storefronts, hanging signs, pouring concrete and powering the huge electrical infrastructure.
“This place is changing every day,” McGovern said. “You can barely walk through here right now, but by June 18 this won’t even look like a construction site.”

The tenant mix will be 60 percent outlets – good news for deal seekers. Stores that have signed on the dotted line include:

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Hotel/Casino

Restaurants

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Celebrate Reno-Tahoe’s newest destination

Although the ribbon will be cut June 18, Legends is going to stretch the party all summer long. A grand opening celebration runs July 31-Aug. 9.  Events include a summer concert series, fashion show, celebrity appearances, fireworks and more. The opening events coincide with the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open PGA Tour event and Hot August Nights.

Eldorado serves up Mother’s Day brunch and show special

menopauselogoTreat mom to something special this Mother’s Day with champagne brunch at the Eldorado Hotel Casino’s newly renovated restaurant, The Buffet. Mother’s Day brunch will be served from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 10. Buffet prices are $20.99 for adults, $9.99 for children under 10 and $17.99 for Gold Card members and above.

Guests can continue their Mother’s Day celebration with a special matinee showing of Menopause the Musical at 3 p.m. in the Eldorado Showroom. Due to popular demand, “Menopause” has been extended to Sunday, July 26. Tickets are available from $29.95 for adults; from $24.95 for children and seniors; and dinner and show packages are available from $39.95. For show ticket reservations and information, please call 800-648-5966 or (775) 786-5700 in Northern Nevada.