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All Aboard The Polar Express Train Ride

If you believe…

All aboard the enchanting Polar Express this holiday season! V&T Railroad by Rail Events, Inc. and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. invite you to believe. The classic The Polar Express story comes to life on a roundtrip journey from Carson to the North Pole.

IMG_4378Kids are encouraged to dress in their pajamas as they ride in the historic passenger cars. Sing along with carolers, and meet Santa on this magical adventure.

The ride includes:
• Hot cocoa, cookies and caroling
The Polar Express read aloud
• Visits by characters from the story
• Your first Christmas present of a keepsake silver bell. (Will they always hear it ring?)

Carson City is giving believers the opportunity to WIN tickets! Enter by November 16. Click here for details.

For the answers to frequently asked questions about The Polar Express story and Train Ride, as well as a short video, visit www.polarexpressride.com.

The Polar Express, pulled by the V&T’s diesel engine, departs from the Carson City Eastgate Depot, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings (5:00pm, 6:30pm and 8:00pm), from November 23 through December 23. Fares for the one-hour, roundtrip experience are:

IMG_4406• Ages 13 and older – $34
• Ages 2 to 12 – $25
• Toddlers and infants sitting on parent’s lap – free

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Dress warm and bring extra blankets. Because the schedule and seating are limited, early reservations are highly recommended. Be sure your family doesn’t miss The Polar Express this season!

*Based on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ book and characters TM & © 1985 by Chris Van Allsburg. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved. THE POLAR EXPRESS and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. V&T and V&T Railroad used by permission of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad Co., Virginia City, NV.

Happy Veterans Day! Parades and Discounts:

First, huge thanks to all of our veterans for bravely serving our country! Here’s how Reno Tahoe is celebrating Veterans Day:

Downtown Reno

The 5203083442_f1c55b8fce_oparade marches through the heart of downtown Reno, honoring those who have sacrificed to protect our country. ROTC units, marching bands and flag-waving citizens turn out in full force to show their appreciation and support of our nation’s heroes.

Harrah’s Reno

All Veterans and active military personnel are eligible to receive a free buffet on Sunday, November 11, and Monday, November 12.  Simply show your military identification to the Carvings Buffet cashier. Carvings features a 16-foot carving station with all the finest meats, fresh seafood daily, wood-fired pizzas, sushi and your favorite Italian, Mexican and Asian dishes.  An extensive selection of delectable desserts is waiting to top off every meal.  Sunday Brunch is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the Sunday and Monday dinner buffet hours are 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Squeeze In

Veterans can enjoy a free meal – up to $15 – with proof of ID on Monday, November 12.

Virginia City

At the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval joins the Virginia City, Nev. Veteran’s Day Parade alongside Korean War veterans.  The parade, held Sunday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m., takes place along C Street – the town’s main drive.

NEW RENO TAHOE USA APP COMES WITH INTRINSIC BENEFITS

Plan and experience all that Reno Tahoe USA has to offer. From event listings to coupons, snow reports to golf information, this application has everything you will need to make the best out of your trip. If you are already in town, simply turn on the location service and only see things that are within walking distance.

Here is what you can do with the Reno Tahoe USA application:

  • Search and view all of the amazing events happening now and in the future
  • Browse our complete hotel database and find the perfect place to stay
  • Find a restaurant that matches your mood
  • Explore all of the shopping available in Reno and Lake Tahoe
  • View coupons from many of our great partners – For you golfers, the app displays everything you need to pick a course, including yardage, par, cost and much more
  • And for the skiers, boarders and snow lovers, the app has everything you need to pick the perfect resort including pricing, lift status and more

Reno Tahoe USA APP

“There are so many choices for entertainment, special events, outdoor adventure and relaxation in Reno, Sparks and North Lake Tahoe that it can be difficult for visitors to narrow down their options before they get here,” said RSCVA President and CEO Christopher Baum. “More and more visitors are relying on mobile technology to point them in the right direction for information on their passions at any given moment, and the new Reno Tahoe USA app provides visitors with more information, and more control, of their overall travel experience.”

The Reno Tahoe USA app provides potential visitors with information on which hotels may be best suited to their needs; what concerts, events and entertainment will be offered during their visit; where they can get outdoors to enjoy the fresh air, ski resorts and golf courses; as well as where they might find a great restaurant, a world-class spa or unique shopping throughout the destination. Once visitors are here, the app uses their location to help them find activities of interest within walking distance. The app also provides easy access to a variety of coupons, deals and discounts offered by dozens of local businesses.

In support of the popular “buy local” campaigns being launched in destinations across the country, the RSCVA worked with Reno-based KPS3 Marketing to develop the Reno Tahoe USA app, which it designed to maximize, and to simplify, the number of options presented to visitors.

“Travelers have come to depend on their phone for guidance in new destinations,” said KPS3 Vice President of Creative and Technical Services Rob Gaedtke. “This application puts visitors in control of that experience and allows the RSCVA to share the myriad offerings found in the Reno Tahoe area.”

The RSCVA and its partners are also making the new Reno Tahoe USA app more than just a source of information. One new user of the Reno Tahoe USA app will be given a three-day, two-night stay, at their choice of the Eldorado Hotel Casino or Silver Legacy Resort Casino, each month through October 2013.

The Reno Tahoe USA app can be downloaded at the iPhone Mobile App Store, the Android Google Play Store or at www.VisitRenoTahoe.com/mobile.

Children’s Day at The Discovery

FREE admission, FREE face painting, and FREE Italian Ice for all children 17 and under on Wednesday, Spet. 26.

Celebrate National Children’s Day with The Discovery! The museum has invited a number of child-centric community agencies and organizations to providing hands-on activities such as:

  • childrensday_facepaintingKNPB will provide a visit from Bob the Builder.
  • The Nevada Museum of Art is hosting a “Monster Box” making workshop.
  • The Fleischmann Planetarium will offer activities related to comets and the solar system.
  • The National Automobile Museum will display the museum’s antique fire truck.
  • High Desert Fencing Alliance will offer fencing demonstrations and classes.
  • Live music by members of the Reno Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra.

childrensday_firetruckAdmission for adults is $8.00 per person from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. After 4:00 pm, adult admission is just $4.00. The museum is open from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Participating organizations include: The Children’s Cabinet, Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows,Nevada Museum of Art, Fleischmann Planetarium & Science Center, KNPB, Reno Philharmonic, Sierra Nevada Journeys, Washoe County Library System and HighDesert Fencing Alliance.

For more information about Children’s Day and other activities at The Discovery, visit the calendar of events on the museum’s website at www.nvdm.org.

NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Face-offs in Reno

43rd annual National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity, September 17 – 29, in Reno.

The Reno-Sparks Live Stock Events Center will be filled with the nation’s top triathletes, September 17 – 29. This triathlon’s events: herd work, rein work and fence work. Nope, this is not your typical triathlon, nor is it your typical horse show… it’s NRCHA’s Snaffle Bit Futurity. Total payout is over $1 million this year, and the crowned Futurity Open Champion will come home $100,000 richer.

Once you go, you’ll be hooked for every year to come. Fans are equally compelled to the action outside of the arena, with horse sales, trade show shopping and hanging out with other die-hard fans.

The last three days of the event (Sept. 27-29) are the only days with an entry fee of $15. The special events and nail-biting action of the finals competitions will be well worth admission.

Highlights from this year’s schedule:

Thursday, Sept 27

The giant video screen is up, and the herd settle begins early at 7:30 a.m. to determine the winner of the Cinch Futurity Intermediate Open and Futurity Limited Open Finals. Open Hackamore and Open Bridle finalists follow to compete for their respective titles.

Friday, Sept 28

Action-packed Futurity Non-Pro finals begin at 4:00 p.m. At 8, cheer on your favorite entry in the Celebrity Cow Horse Fence Work Competition with famous faces such as singers Juni Fisher and Trent Willmon, and Tom McMillan from “Tom’s Wild Life” show on GAC.

Saturday, Sept 29

Futurity Open Finals start at 1:30 p.m. beginning with herd work. At 7pm, enjoy the Open Finalists for rein and cow work finals. After the Futurity Open Champion is crowned, enjoy a live performance by country music artist Trent Willmon.

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For more information, please visit www.NRCHA.com.

Happy 1st Birthday, The Discovery!

Four-day celebration with art projects, science demos, musical performances, discounted admission & more

IMG_2322Come celebrate the birthday party of the summer. Thursday, September 6 through Sunday, September 9, the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery) will celebrate the museum’s first birthday. The celebration will include birthday themed art projects, science demonstrations, a discounted admission day, exhibitions of Denny Daniel’s “Museum of Interesting Things,” a performance by Whitney Myer and more.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Create a birthday card or button – During museum hours
Visit Art Alcove to create a birthday card for The Discovery. Cards will be displayed throughout the museum during the birthday celebration.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Create a birthday card or button in Art Alcove – During museum hours
Use a variety of art materials to create a birthday card for The Discovery.Cards will be displayed throughout the museum during the birthday celebration.

Denny Daniel’s Museum of Interesting Things – 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm
Don’t miss this interactive demonstration of antiques and inventions that are certain to inspire creativity and inspiration.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Museum hours extended, $5 admission all day – 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Take advantage of a longer day to learn and play for just $5 admission per person. Children age 1 and under are free. Members are always free.

Member receive double discount in the Museum Store – During museum hours
Members can double their discount to 30 percent on the Museum Store’s huge selection of educational toys, games books and more. Become a member and immediately take advantage of this discount.

Create your own party hat in Art AlcoveDuring museum hours
Use a variety of art supplies to create your very own party hat to wear during the museum’s birthday festivities.

Create a mini piñata in Art BurstDuring museum hours
Create your very own miniature version of this popular birthday tradition in this open studio.

Visiting scientist: Dave Boland from the Reno Herpetological Society10:00 am
Dave Boland, vice president of the Reno Herpetological Society, will visit The Discovery along with his snakes, lizards and other scaly friends.

Performance by Reiko Shimbo’s Reno Taiko Tsurunokai – 1:00 pm
Enjoy a heart pounding performance from Reiko Shimbo’s Reno Taiko Tsurunokai.

Denny Daniel’s Museum of Interesting Things – 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm
Don’t miss this interactive demonstration of antiques and inventions that are certain to inspire creativity and inspiration.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Member receive double discount in the Museum Store – During museum hours
Members can double their discount to 30 percent on the Museum Store’s huge selection of educational toys, games books and more. Become a member and immediately take advantage of the double discount.

Create your own party hat in Art AlcoveDuring museum hours
Use a variety of art supplies to create your very own party hat to wear during the museum’s birthday festivities.

Performance by the Whitney Myer Band12:00 pm
Join former contestant on “The Voice” and Reno’s favorite family band for a special performance on the plaza in front of the museum.

Decorate a birthday cupcakeNoon to 3:00 pm (While supplies last)
Decorate a tasty birthday treat in honor of The Discovery’s birthday and then enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Denny Daniel’s Museum of Interesting Things – 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm

Don’t miss this interactive demonstration of antiques and inventions that are certain to inspire creativity and inspiration.

The 2012 Reno Air Races

Whether you’ve been a loyal air race fan for the better part of two decades or have yet to be reeled in, we invite you to experience the “World’s Fastest Motorsport” first hand in September at the Reno Stead Airport.

Five days of racing action. Six classes of aircraft and speeds exceeding 500 mph. It all adds up to the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada. Legendary champions will make triumphant returns while up-and-coming pilots vie to challenge the rule. The thunderous roar of aircraft will storm across the Reno skies.

Win Tickets!

Reno Tahoe USA and the National Championship Air Races are teaming up together to give away 50 sets of tickets. Each set includes general admission entry for 2 to both Saturday and Sundays event. Pick me!

Air Show Performances

Even between races, the entertainment doesn’t stop. An illustrious group of aerobatic performers will flip, spiral, and soar overhead, in addition to military demonstration teams. Past military demonstration teams include the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron – Blue Angels, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds.

Reno Events Center Upcoming Concerts

Top artists know where to find a good time, Reno Tahoe USA.eventscenter

Dierks Bentley
Friday, August 31

Big Time Rush
Thursday, September 20

Crosby, Stills & Nash
Saturday, September 22

Mac Miller
Wednesday, September 26

Train
Thursday, September 27

Lynyrd Skynyrd
Saturday, September 29

Carrie Underwood
Friday, October 12

Eric Church
Sunday, November 11

The Who
Saturday, February 2

What to expect at Burning Man

A note to first-time burners: First moments on the playa.

In less than a week, burners will return “home” after a year away from their temporary address in temporary Black Rock City, population: 60,000+. Playa neighbors will embrace as if they’ve known one other for a lifetime, hugging notably tighter if meeting for the first time. As a newbie, the friendliness and sincerity of the Burning Man community will push all your expectations off balance. Succumb to falling flat on your butt, un-grounding the dry desert dust that’s now clouding your body and mind. As the puff of dust slowly unveils the world around you, surrender to its clearness, its normalities… if there is such a thing. Regain balance, release the shame that has built up from being so taken back by no-strings-attached kindness, drop any persona you uphold in your everyday workweek, and let your Burning Man virginity shatter at your feet.

A hug from a burner will be undoubtedly the warmest embrace you’ll ever experience; it’s endearing, welcoming… real. Without hesitation, burners lend a hand to help set up their new friends’ camps, not expecting or wanting anything in return, just sharing a heart-warming smile. Burners are more than friends. They get to see the real you. Whether “you” is skipping through the dust singing aloud and proud that song stuck in your head, passing out thousands of hand-crafted necklaces tired fingers have been stringing for months, or admiring world-class art, bare-bum naked… nothing is ordinary or unordinary on the playa, it is truth.DSC_0042

Presidential Pig Race 2012 to Predict America’s Next President

WHAT: 2012 Presidential Pig Race
WHEN:  11 a.m., Thursday, August 30th, 2012, during The Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off
WHERE:  The corner of 11th & Victorian in Sparks, just outside of John Ascuaga’s Nugget

nugget rib cook off logoJohn Ascuaga’s Nugget is putting the “pork” in politics at this year’s Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off at John Ascuaga’s Nugget!  In a completely unscientific method of predicting America’s next Commander in Chief, pigs dressed to represent “Obama” and “Romney” will race down Victorian Avenue, oinking for your vote.

Just like the real 2012 Presidential candidates, these little piggies will be pounding the pavement!

See which pig “squeals” the top spot, and wins by a snout!

If your prediction falls short, you can always join the half-a-million people chowing down on more than 100 tons of ribs at one of the largest BBQ festivals in the country. The 24th Annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off runs from August 29 – September 3, 2012.