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Sparks Hometowne Christmas 2013

Sparks is kicking off their holiday season with a holly jolly weekend of festivities!

The Hometowne Christmas Parade: Celebrating 150 years of Nevada Heritage honors the Sesquicentennial – 150 years of Statehood for Nevada!  Come downtown on December 7 for a traditional Christmas parade along with entertainment, photos with Santa, and arts and crafts. The tree lighting ceremony will be Friday night with the parade on Saturday at 1pm.

Hometowne Christmas

Tree Lighting Ceremony

Friday December 6, 2013 6:30-7:00 pm

Gather ‘round as Mayor Martini turns the lights on the glorious tree. Event includes carolers and great entertainment. New surprises are afoot, come and be a part! Refreshments courtesy of John Ascuaga’s Nugget.

Hometowne Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 7, 2013, Parade: 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Come down early and get hot chocolate compliments of Living Stones Church. Check in on Santa at Santa’s Village in the Schoolhouse, where the elves from the Boys and Girls Clubs keep the Santa in merry mood. Warm up with great Christmas shopping at the Hometowne Craft Faire in the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, at Victorian and Pyramid Highway.

Ugly Sweater Run

Saturday, December 7 at 10:00am.

Registration available at Scheels Customer Service starting November 1, 2013.

FEE: $20 OR New Toy Donation  – 100% of the proceeds will benefit Toys for Tots!

7 Ways to Celebrate Nevada Day This Weekend

Happy 149th Birthday, Nevada! Here are seven ways to celebrate Nevada’s big day, this weekend:

  1. Watch the Nevada Day Parade in Carson City on Saturday, Oct 26 – it’s the biggest event. The parade goes from 10am-1pm. This will be the 75th parade!
  2. Look up for the Balloon Launch before the big parade, at 8am, followed by a…
  3. Military Aircraft Flyover from Fallon Naval Air Station and Nevada Air Guard.
  4. Attend the UNR vs UNLV football game for the Freemont Cannon on October 26, at Mackay Stadium in Reno. (Go Pack!)
  5. Dig in to the 19th Annual Chili Feed hosted by Lt. Governor Brian K. Krolicki at the Carson Nugget at 2:00pm on Parade Day, Oct 26.
  6. Get moving at the Nevada Day Classic Run/Walk in Carson City – 8k  Run and 2 Mi Run/Walk – at 8am, Oct 26.
  7. Enjoy Free Museum Admissions: Sparks Museum for Nevada residents on October 25, and Nevada State Museum during the Parade in Carson City, October 26.

Click here to view the complete list of events and festivities!

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Halloween in Reno Tahoe 2013

Figuring out Halloween plans can be a little spooky, so here is a guide to some of the special Halloween festivities happening in Reno Tahoe this month!

Trick or Treat at The Discovery Museum

The event will feature trick or treating from gallery to gallery, Halloween themed art projects, and spooky science demonstrations. Admission to the event is $2 for member and nonmember adults and children. Children under age 1 are free.

Reno Zombie Crawl

Who hasn’t wanted to take part in an actual zombie hoard!?! October 26, in Downtown Reno, find thousands of zombies combing the streets not only in search of drinks and a good time, but also helping to support local charity and businesses.

For only $5, Reno Zombie Crawl attendees purchase a commemorative cup and map and are treated to drink specials, no cover, contests and more at downtown taverns. Before the crawl, people of all ages also participate in a massive thriller dance!

1_a-spooky-family-has-fun-at-the-national-automobile-museum-(2)Trick or Treat in the Streets

Take this year’s trick-or-treating to the streets – inside the National Automobile Museum! Parents will enjoy more than 200 cars and authentic street scenes with facades, cars and artifacts from each era while kids collect candy. The first thousand children will be able to participate in a Book Walk, so arrive early. The only tricks allowed at this event will be in the magic show!

Faces 4 Fun

Paint up for trick-or-treating, costume parties or even Reno beer crawls with Circus Circus Reno’s pro face painters in downtown Reno! Popular packages include pirates, zombies and even Santa’s for those highly-anticipated beer crawlers. Prices vary based on requested designs, packages are also available – complete with accessories.  Located on the Mezzanine at Circus Reno.

Toll House Pumpkin Patch

Time to take the family on a fall outing to pick that perfect pumpkin at a traditional Pumpkin Patch! Festivities galore accompany the massive patch: kids will be bouncing up and down for the inflatable bounce houses; animal lovers will go wild over the petting zoo and pony rides; and adrenaline junkies will surely seek out the Haunted House and mini ATVs.8343233813_3dc197dfa6_b

Adults Take Over The Discovery

The Discovery Museum will open its doors after hours for another “Social Science,” a 21 and over event featuring libations from local brewers and fare from food truck favorites. Inside the museum guests can take part in a variety of hands-on science demonstrations and art activities while exploring the museum’s expansive galleries and exhibits. Attendees are encouraged to come in costume to this special Halloween-themed event.

Great May Center Pumpkin Walk

Families will light up with excitement as they stroll through hundreds of hand-carved jack-o-lanterns on display through the May Museum and Arboretum. Costumed volunteers will pass out candy and treats to kids along the way, and a warm cup of hot chocolate or cider will be waiting at the end.

The Great Tahoe Sternwheeler Race!

The Great Sternwheeler RaceThe Lake Tahoe area is full of fun, unique traditions, but my favorite may be the Great Sternwheeler Race. This year will be the 21st annual ‘paddle battles,’ and like most Tahoe residents I can’t wait.

There has always been a sort of friendly rivalry between the California and Nevada citizens who each feel an equal amount of pride and ownership of our beautiful lake, and that competition is given form each year when these two giant crafts fight for supremacy.

California’s Tahoe Queen and Nevada’s MS Dixie II will push off from their respective harbors on August 31st and work their way around the shoreline, six miles back to their starting point. Passengers often dress in 19th century period costume and the ships themselves are decked out in their finest.

Tahoe QueenThis proper sternwheeler race is the only one of its kind west of the Mississippi, and the winner is awarded the Korbel Cup. In past years the loser has been presented with the Barton bedpan, another Tahoe tradition. This is to point out to them that they would have been better off staying in bed, and unfortunately for the California supporters, it has been the Tahoe Queen for 12 of the 20 races run so far.

Both boats board at 10am and passengers are offered a delightful brunch. They push off at 10:30 and the race itself begins at 11am. It usually lasts about an hour and a half. This year tickets will cost $25 for adults and $13 for children, plus $10 for parking at the marina if necessary.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Tristan Roberts is a native of South Lake Tahoe who can’t quite help but root for the Tahoe Queen. He currently sells lakefront real estate in the Tahoe area

Google’s “Field Trip” app granting free admission to The Discovery

Beginning Wednesday, July 3 and continuing for an unspecified limited time, Google’s Field Trip smart phone app, is granting lucky users free admission to 23 museums, science centers and zoos across the U.S. including the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery) in Reno, Nevada.

315975-field-trip-ios-appThis summer, users of Google’s Field Trip app can receive free admission to the Exploratorium in San Francisco, the Museum of Contemporary Art in L.A., The Field Museum in Chicago, and 19 other attractions around the country. Field Trip, which was built by Niantic Labs, a division of Google, helps users find prominent cultural attractions and lesser known facts about the places they live and visit.

Google’s Field Trip app is available free for both Android and iPhone.

For more information about The Discovery, visit the museum’s website at www.nvdm.org.

FREE Fishing Day

Go Fishing… Get Hooked! Saturday, June 8, 2013, is Nevada’s Free Fishing Day!

2532233942_3cf5d2a6fd_bFree Fishing Day is your one chance during the year to get hooked, and hook others, for free! No license or trout stamp is needed for adults or children on this date.

During our annual Free Fishing Day, anglers may fish in any public fishing water in the state without needing a fishing license or trout stamp.*

Events

Sparks Marina is hosting a special event for kids, offering commemorative T-shirts, fishing poles, face painting, hot dogs and more (for FREE)! At Idlewild Park, kids are encouraged to bring their own poles, however 300 poles will be available on a first come first served basis. Both events go from 7 to 11 a.m.

*All limits and other regulations apply.

Sparks Farmers’ Market Sweetens Summer

Lemons, tomatoes and pears… o my! The 2013 Sparks Farmers’ Market is back, every Thursday, on Victorian Avenue, directly in front of John Ascuaga’s Nugget.

Each week of the Farmer’s Market offers new themes, community group involvement, exciting stage music and street performers. The event takes place every Thursday evening, June 6 – August 22, 2013 (except July 7 and August 8) from 3:00pm to 8:00pm.

Shoppers will be able to buy fresh fruits and vegetables directly from local and regional farmers, along with items from various vendors, and try out food from some of our local food trucks.

There will also be a Kids’ Area, complete with fun and educational activities for children, on the plaza near the movie theater. The Sparks Farmers’ Market is a family-friendly event.

Whole Foods Hometowne Farmer’s Market

Reno Earth Day 2013

Celebrate Earth Day at Idlewild Park, April 21, as performance groups, vendors, and educational booths unite with a foundation based on a three-point theme: The Natural World, Many Cultures and Green Technologies. This free festival is for all senses – with music from around the world, sights to inspire, tastes and smells from a variety of food selections, and many hands-on activities.

Animalia Kingdom

The new Animalia Kingdom of this years event is a pet friendly zone! With doggie daycares available for you to utilize while you visit the rest of the event!  In this section you will find pony rides, numerous dogs and cats available for adoption.

4857713854_3f00006bce_bArtists’ Grove

This creative corner will be a new installation showcasing artists, the local art world, and artsy activities for attendees.

Conservation Zone

Organized by The Nature Conservancy and NV Energy this year, this area will include interactive and educational activities for kids and adults. There will also be a “Picnic for Earth” area with available picnic blankets so that visitors can relax on this beautiful day.

Earth Innovations – Science Rules!

A large component of Earth Day goals is sustainability – whether that is renewable fuel and energy sources, new technologies for reducing or cleaning up pollution and other human impacts, conservation of natural resources through both technologies and habits, new agricultural technologies – this could go on forever. Earth Innovations seeks to explore and engage the ideas of our young minds in these areas as young minds are key to a sustainable future. This year this will include a Science Fair with all Washoe County high schools invited to participate.

7296256550_20cec8340e_bThe Garden

Another new section of the event this year that will focus on green growth, plants of all kinds and local farming. A Farmer’s Market will also be included in this section.

Future of Transportation

Test Driving hybrid vehicles, and learn about the future of electric cars, alternative fuels, transit, rail, bicycle taxis and more.

There is no parking within the park, but there is FREE PARKING at Reno High School, just a block away with Bike Taxi’s to drop you off at the Future of Transportation!

Easter is on Its Way to Reno Tahoe

Spend Easter weekend in Reno Tahoe with family and friends. Enjoy eggstravagant dining specials, egg hunts and springtime in the Sierra.  We’ve already hunted down a few activities to entice you to  hippity hop that cottontail to town.

BYOB – bring your own basket – is encouraged!

Underwater Egg Hunt at The Incline Village Rec Center

Saturday, March 23rd from 12:00pm – 1:30pm for some

Some eggs will be weighted and some will float. Every child gets a prize. Children can participate in a series of hunts. The Big Bunny will also make an early appearance! To volunteer or donate to this event or for more information, please call (775) 832-1310. Recreation Center members are free; non-members $4. Click here for the flyer.

Spring Eggstravaganza Community Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 30, 2013 at Incline Beach

easter-egg-hunt-reno-300x197It’s a FREE event! Ages infant – 11-year-olds are invited to hunt. Come at 10:30am to have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny and to check out the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Engine. Click here for the flyer.

Easter Egg Hunt and Festivities at Northstar

March 31

Celebrate the Easter holiday on the slopes with festive activities for all ages. There will be an egg hunt across the Village at Northstar starting at 10:30 a.m. The Easter Bunny himself will be posing for photo opportunities around the rink in the Village and skiing on the mountain!

Golden Eggs will be spread between the mountain and in the village. These eggs will be filled with a ticket that you will need to take to season pass to redeem for prize. A variety of prizes from Maui Jim, Petra, Mikuni, Rubicon Pizza, Villager Candle, California Jean Bar, Apex Adventure, and many more will be up for grabs!

Scheels Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt

March 30

Answer the Easter Egg Clues to make your way around the store and get candy! Please meet under the Scheels Awning. Ferris Wheel rides will be FREE during the Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt.

This event is for ages 4 – 12 and limited to the first 1,000 children to participate.

Aceball Tickets on Sale March 16

Defending Triple-A National Champions, the Reno Aces are ready for another home run season. Tickets are on sale now, at the lowest prices of the season! Be sure to note the daily park specials, game day giveaways and the dates of the All-Star Championship Game and Home Run Derby held in Reno this summer!

Tickets on Sale

3419116889_68d7d04662_bBeginning March 16 at 10 a.m., fans can purchase regular season single game tickets at RenoAces.com, by calling (775) 334-7000 or by visiting the Aces Ballpark Ticket Office. For the March 16 on sale, all tickets will be available at their lowest-possible price in all seating locations.

A select number of tickets for the Triple-A All-Star Game and Home Run Derby, as well as the All-Star Fan Fest, will be available for purchase beginning at 11 a.m. on March 16.

All-Star Game Held in Reno

The Aces will host the crown jewel event of Minor League Baseball with the Fan Fest July 13-14, Home Run Derby July 15 and the All-Star Game July 17.

Daily Specials

Sunday: Renown Children’s Hospital Family Fundays

Monday: Margarita Mondays

Tuesday: 2-for-$22 Tuesdays allow fans to purchase two tickets, two hot dogs and two sodas for $22

Wednesday: Dollar Wednesdays, featuring either $1 hot dogs or $1 ribs

Thursday: Coors Light Thirsty Thursdays™

Friday: Saint Mary’s Fireworks Fridays presented by KRNV News 4

6905787412_062e279418_zDefending Champs

The Aces begin their defense of the Pacific Coast League Championship and Triple-A National Championship on Thursday, April 4 in Colorado Springs. Reno will host the Aces Ballpark home opener on Friday, April 12, with first pitch slated for 6:35 p.m.

Game Day Giveaways

Magnet Schedules (April 12), Championship Ring Replicas (April 13), Championship Banners (April 14), Fleece Blankets (April 27), Brett Butler Championship Bobbleheads (May 25), Baseball Card Sets (June 1), All-Star Replica Jerseys presented by Dillard’s (June 8), Archie All-Star Garden Gnomes (June 22), Duffle Bags (July 20), Tumbler Cups (July 27), Playing Card Decks (Aug. 10), and Tin Lunch Boxes (Aug. 24).