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April 20 will be a TITANIC evening in Reno Tahoe

Spend an evening  in Reno Tahoe with Dr. Robert Ballard, learn about the TITANIC discovery

Among the most accomplished and well known of the world’s deep-sea explorers, Dr. Robert Ballard is best known for his historic 1985 discovery of the sunken R.M.S. Titanic. Dr. Ballard has succeeded in tracking down numerous other significant shipwrecks, including the German battleship BISMARCK, the lost fleet of Guadalcanal, the U.S. aircraft carrier YORKTOWN (sunk in the World War II Battle of Midway), and John F. Kennedy’s boat, PT-109. He is also one of the world’s foremost oceanographers and has for many years used submersibles to explore the hidden features of the deep ocean. Hear his personal accounts of discovery Tuesday, April 20 at 6 p.m. at the Peppermill Hotel Casino.

His discoveries also include sunken remains of ships along ancient trade routes in the Mediterranean Sea; two ancient Phoenician ships off Israel, the oldest shipwrecks ever found in deep water; and four 1,500-year-old wooden ships, one almost perfectly preserved in the Black Sea. Dr. Ballard’s Black Sea project seeks evidence of a great flood that may have struck the region thousands of years ago.

His 1997 best-selling book, Lost Liners, tells the story of the great transatlantic liners through memorable wrecks he has visited. Dr. Ballard was also a special advisor on Steven Spielberg’s futuristic Sea Quest, DSV television show.

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About Dr. Robert Ballard:

Ballard was born June 30, 1942, in Wichita, KS but moved to California at a very young age and grew up exploring the shore in San Diego. Dr. Ballard has a Ph.D. in marine geology and geophysics from the University of Rhode Island. He spent 30 years at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where he helped develop telecommunications technology to create “tele-presence” for his JASON Project and Immersion Learning, which allows hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren to accompany him from afar on undersea explorations around the globe each year. In 2001, he returned to the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island where he is presently a tenured Professor of Oceanography and Director of the Center for Ocean Exploration and Archaeological Oceanography.

ship wreckDr. Ballard has 21 honorary degrees and six military awards. He was also a Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve, serving in the Navy from 1967 to 1997. He received the National Geographic Society’s prestigious Hubbard Medal in 1996 for “extraordinary accomplishments in coaxing secrets from the world’s oceans and engaging students in the wonder of science.” Dr. Ballard has published numerous books, scientific papers, and a dozen articles in National Geographic magazine. Dr. Ballard also has been featured in several National Geographic television programs, including the record-breaking “Secrets of the TITANIC.”

In addition to being a National Geographic Society Explorer-In-Residence and a commissioner on the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, Dr. Ballard is the founder and president of the Institute for Exploration (IFE) in Mystic, CT.

For additional informaton contact Dawn Coots at (775) 674-7555.

Reno Tahoe Tweetaway: A contest for the digirati

twitter-contestIn our neverending effort to promote the virtues (and sometimes fun vices) of Reno Tahoe, we give away a lot of stuff — and we do a lot of giveaways online. And now we are stepping up the giveaways to our ‘Tweeps’ on Twitter.

If you’re a Twitter user, but you aren’t following @renotahoe, take a moment and do so here – you won’t regret it. Once you are following, check out our contest: We’re giving away a 3-day, 2-night stay in Reno Tahoe to a random Twitter user on Aug. 3. All you have to do to enter is add 10 characters to any tweet – #renotahoe – between now and Aug. 2 and that constitutes an entry. Enter early and enter often for your chance to win.

Contest details:

  • The prize is a three-day, two-night getaway to a Reno Tahoe hotel casino
  • Winner will be chosen randomly from tweets containing the phrase “#renotahoe
  • Multiple #renotahoe tweets constitutes multiple entries (through Aug. 2)
  • Winner will be announced on Twitter and on our contest page Aug. 3


  • Contest runs July 15 – Aug. 2.
  • Participants are encouraged to enter multiple times.
  • To enter, follow us on Twitter and include the #renotahoe hashtag in your tweets. Each tweet sent with the #renotahoe hashtag constitutes one entry.
  • A winner will be chose at random Aug. 3, and the winner will be announced on the @renotahoe Twitter account and on the this contest page.
  • Winner will be contacted via direct message on Twitter and must respond within 5 days via e-mail. A redeemable voucher will be sent to the winner via U.S. Mail within 10 days of receipt of mail details.
  • No purchase is necessary to enter.

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Check out other Twitter users’ hashtags of #renotahoe here

Take a stroll during Art Walk in downtown Reno

Reno’s first Riverwalk District Art Walk on Thursday, April 30, from 4-9 p.m. will feature art openings, fashion shows, jewelry designs, live music, museum entry discounts and a parade of vintage race cars throughout downtown Reno.

The Art Walk, presented by the Riverwalk Merchants Association, will follow the popular Wine Walk model where individuals can visit their favorite merchant to get a brochure listing all events and entertainment.

Art Walks are scheduled on the last Thursday of every month through October.


There are 40 merchants involved who will present one-of-a-kind art exhibits, author showcases, theater performances, live music and at the West Street Market, a display of vintage race cars from the field of more than 100 that will compete in the Reno Historic Races May 1-3 at the Reno-Fernley Raceway.

For more information on the Art Walk, visit or call 775-825-WALK (825-9255).

WAC tourney taking over Reno-Tahoe

The Western Athletic Conference men’s and women’s 2009 basketball tournament is underway at the University of Nevada in Reno, with the University of Nevada men set to take the court Thursday night vs. San Jose State.

WAC 2009 tournament schedule:

Men’s basketball

  • Thursday
    : Boise State (4 seed) vs. New Mexico State (5)
    2:30 p.m.
    : Utah State (1) vs. Fresno State (9)
    6 p.m.
    : Nevada (2) vs. San Jose State (7)
    8:30 p.m.
    : Idaho (3) vs. Louisiana Tech (6)
  • Friday
    Semifinals (TBD): 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
  • Saturday
    Championship (TBD)
    : 7 p.m.

* Hawaii eliminated during play-in game Tuesday

Women’s basketball

  • Wednesday
    2:30 p.m.: Fresno State (1) vs. Hawaii (8)
    6 p.m.: Nevada (3) vs. Boise State (6)
    8:30 p.m.: Louisiana Tech (2) vs. New Mexico State (7)
  • Friday
    Semifinals: noon and 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday
    Championship: 1 p.m.

* San Jose State eliminated during play-in game Tuesday; Idaho eliminated during overtime game Wednesday

For live stats, ticket and schedule information, log on to or call the University of Nevada’s Ticket Office at 775-348-PACK (7225).

Feeling the Furlough? Reno-Tahoe offers deal to California state employees on furlough

snowboarder300We all need to get away now and then, so Reno-Tahoe is offering a dose of fun for our furloughed neighbors in California who might appreciate using the unexpected time off to get out of town.

Local hotel-resorts have gotten together to offer State of California workers on furlough an unprecedented buy-one-get-one-night “Extra Day Getaway” deal on hotel stays with a valid state employee identification card or paystub, and a valid photo ID.

So, if you book a night at participating properties, get another night free to extend your weekend or getaway.

Visitors who stay any Friday or Saturday you could get Thursday or Sunday free. Or stay any day Sunday through Thursday and receive the second day of equal or lesser value free (Friday and Saturday are not eligible for free nights).In addition to the free night stay, properties are also offering special “furlough relief offers” to California state employees.

To view getaway offers online, log on the

Are you ready for some football?

tailgate7300With excitement of college bowl season passed, and the National Football League conference champs determined, it’s time to start thinking about the big game … the granddaddy of them all: The Super Bowl.

Whether or not you like to bet on the big game, Reno-Tahoe’s casino resorts treat it like an event, luring potential customers with big promotions, parties and great room rates.

There is perhaps no better excuse to find yourself in Reno-Tahoe, than to watch Pittsburgh and Arizona battle it out after the Biggest Little Tailgate Party. If you aren’t one of the lucky few who has a ticket to the big show in Tampa Bay on Feb. 1, the Biggest Little Tailgate Party is the next best thing.

The outdoor party, held on Virginia Street near the Silver Legacy Resort Casino (the event sponsor) in downtown Reno’s casino corridor, features a $1 million football toss where one lucky “fan” will win a chance to throw the ball for the $1 Million prize. Former professional football players will be in attendance mingling with partygoers. For the true athletes, a $5 Beer Pong Olympics offers a chance to win bragging rights with friends. The event also includes the 2008 Madden Xbox Challenge sponsored by Red Bull with a snowboard as the grand prize.

The giant tailgate party will include a “You Be The Judge” Chili Cook-off. Judge’s tasting ballots will be available for $5 and include 6-ounce tasters of chili from Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Eldorado Hotel Casino, Circus Circus, Harrah’s Reno, Cal Neva and more, as well as a raffle ticket for the $1 Million Football Toss. Individual 12-ounce bowls of chili will also be available for purchase at a cost of $3 each. Attendees can vote by purchasing a Tasting Pass and filling out the ballot for their favorite chili recipe.

Other highlights include: Live stage entertainment with the University of Nevada, Reno cheerleaders and mascot, a media challenge where media personalities will compete in a football throwing contest in front of a live audience, and a visit by Joe Cahn, the self-proclaimed “Commissioner of Tailgating.”

Admission is free, and tailgate spots can be purchased for just $50. Visit the events page at for more information on this and other Reno-Tahoe Super Bowl events, or call 1-800-215-7721.

Ski blog keeps you connected to the slopes

snowboarder300Ski and board season is going strong in Reno-Tahoe, and we’re blogging about it at Ski and Board Reno-Tahoe, the region’s stop for snow sports news and events. Learn about deals, resort reviews and events and submit your own adventure online.

Planning a Reno-Tahoe ski getaway? Shop online for discounted packages.

E-card: Give someone you love a taste of Reno-Tahoe

Christmas is just a day away, and 2009 is on the horizon – perfect timing for that last-minute greeting for someone special on your list.

Check out the Reno-Tahoe Holiday Gingerbread Maker, and e-card personalized with Sierra Nevada winter images. Happy Holidays!

Reno disc golfers pumped up for tourney

Snow is slated to fall in the mountains, but in Reno local disc golfers are getting pumped up for the “Grinch Classic Tournament” at “The Ranch” disc golf course at Rancho San Rafael Park.

The tournament is being hosted by the Reno Disc Golf Association. The tournament check-in is at 9:30 a.m. with a 10 a.m. shotgun start. Here’s a course map.

Interested in playing? E-mail Mike at Winners of this casual event get cash and prizes – plus they get a round on Reno’s new course.

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Book tells the story of Lake Tahoe environment through photography

Photographer Thomas Bachand has a unique take on the Tahoe environment: His photos have a dreamy quality, often taken with long exposures to capture movement in nature … colorful yet subtle.

Bachand’s work reflects Tahoe’s delicate balance, so it is fitting that his new book “Lake Tahoe, A Fragile Beauty” works from that perspective.

In addition to photos illustrating the lake’s insurmountable beauty – they range from “Donner Summit Bridge” to handsome, simplistic shots like “Shadow light upon the Truckee Marsh” – Bachand writes of the dangers of development and climate change to this natural wonder. Those who know Tahoe’s history have witnessed the tense decades-long struggle to balance development with environmental preservation.

The book includes an introduction by preeminent Tahoe research scientist Dr. Charles Goldman, a poem by former U.S. Poet Laureate and 2008 Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Hass, and historical content by literary icon Mark Twain and 19th Century photographer Carleton Watkins.

“Lake Tahoe, A Fragile Beauty” is a must for any Lake Tahoe enthusiast’s bookshelf. Buy the book from Bachand’s Web site and check out more of his amazing photography.

- Submitted by Jessica Glasgow