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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.

24 Hours of LeMons: Poor-man’s NASCAR hits Fernley

24-hours-graphicIt’s loud. It’s fast. It’s competitive. And the cars are junkers.

24 Hours of LeMons is coming to Reno-Fernley Raceway this weekend (May 23-24), offering not-so-serious racing with not-so-serious cars in a not-so-serious LeMans-style format.

The race, part of a national series, challenges teams to get the most out of their old beaters and have some fun along the way. Although there is prize money at stake, the biggest bragging rights might come for the team(s) that get their cars chosen for crushing (incidentally, this is also a fan favorite). Check out this video of what to expect at the 24 Hours of Lemons and get out here.



There might be better ways to spend a Memorial Day weekend, but not many.

EVENT

Saturday, May 23

  • 8 a.m.: Gates Open
  • 10 a.m.: Drivers’ Meeting (Mandatory)
  • 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.: Race Session I

Sunday, 24 May ‘09

  • 9:30 a.m.: Drivers’ Meeting (Mandatory)
  • 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Race Session II
  • Noon: People’s Curse
  • 3 p.m.: Checkered Flag
  • 3:30 p.m.: Awards Ceremony
  • 7 p.m.: Gates Close

DIRECTIONS

Reno-Fernley Raceway is located in Fernley NV about 30 miles east of Reno.

From Reno: Take Interstate 80 East 30 miles to Fernley Exit 46. Turn right at the off-ramp and follow the road to 95A (at the stop light) and take a right. The track will be 5 miles down on the right.

40,000 expected for this weekend’s Reno River Festival

riverfestlogoIt’s a right of spring in the Sierra Nevada: The snow starts melting and the kayakers come out to play at the Truckee River Whitewater Park. The park, a manmade playground featuring rapids and pools, sits right at the entrance to downtown Reno, Nev., and it’s the host site of the annual Reno River Festival, taking place this weekend (May 8-10). One of the premier kayaking competitions in the country, the festival  offers a great time for visitors to Reno-Tahoe with live music, vendors and events all weekend long.

From humble beginnings

What began as a way to showcase and attract attention to the park for whitewater enthusiasts has grown with a multitude of events – some connected, some not so connected to kayaking. Last year 40,000 athletes and spectators made their way to the river’s edge for great weather and a great time under the spring sunshine.

The festival has followed the trajectory of the popularity of whitewater kayaking. In the U.S., there are few parks designed specifically for whitewater kayakers and only Reno’s is central to a metropolitan core.

Something old, something new

In addition to professional and amateur freestyle and boatercross kayaking events, the Reno River Festival features the Run Amuck fun run, where the goal may be the best costume, not necessarily the best finishing time. For a more spiritual experience, try yoga in the park or take in a fly-fishing casting demonstration. Each day’s party atmosphere is highlighted by live music in the park, craft beers and retail vendors. Dress code? Shorts and sandals.

More on the way

The wave of popularity in whitewater kayaking continues to grow and the Truckee River may become its epicenter in the West. Downriver, at Rock Park in Reno’s sister city of Sparks, a second iteration is under construction and ready to open this summer. The park’s kayaking features complement those of the Reno park, with improved riverbank landscaping, shade structures, and play structures, parking and better access for people with disabilities.

Reno River Festival

  • What: Kayaking, live music, food and drink
  • When: May 8-10
  • Where: Downtown Reno at the Truckee River
  • More: RenoRiverFestival.com


Reno Historic Races brings back the street machines of yesteryear

reno_25_09They may be up to 68 years old but they scream around hairpin curves and demolish straightaways at speeds of up to 185 MPH.

They’re historic race cars and more than 100 Corvettes, Ferraris, Jaguars and Porsches along with Formula One, Can-Am and Winston Cup NASCAR-type stock cars will be competing in the 6th annual Reno Historic Races on May 1-3 at the Reno-Fernley Raceway, 30 minutes east of Reno.

Select racecars will parade through downtown Reno April 30 starting at 5:30 p.m. and will be showcased on West Street in front of the West Street Market until 8 p.m. as part of the Riverwalk District’s first Art Walk.

This year the Reno Historic Races are honoring Corvette with Grand Marshall Bob Bondurant.

The Reno Historic Races deliver an exciting blend of historic production and special purpose-built racecars. The historic cars are divided into groups according to make, age and horsepower.

The National Automobile Museum, The Harrah Collection, a not-for-profit organization, will benefit from a portion of ticket sales.

Test and tuning practice at Reno-Fernley Raceway, 1855 Hwy 95A starts at 9 a.m. Fri., May 1st at the raceway with races on Sat. & Sun., May 2nd and 3rd from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets for the three-day Reno Historic Races are $20 and are good for practice and both race days. They can be purchased at the National Automobile Museum in downtown Reno at the corner of Lake and Mill streets.

For more information on the National Automobile Museum, call (775) 333-9300 or visit www.automuseum.org. For more information on the Reno Historic Races, call (818) 249-3515 or visit www.renohistorics.com.

- Courtesy National Automobile Museum.

Video: Get on board the Fun Train to Reno

Our own Jill Stockton went for a ride aboard Amtrak’s Fun Train for a scenic ride from Sacramento to Reno. But this was no tame sightseeing tour …

There may be no easier way to get to Reno-Tahoe than aboard the Weekend Fun Train or Midweek Snow Train. There is no other train like it in America. The Fun Train is ideal for anyone looking to have a good time while enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Donner Pass route – one of the most historic and scenic rail lines in America.

From departure to arrival, traveling on the Fun Train was, well, fun! I boarded the train in Sacramento and was greeted by ‘Fun Rick,’ a member of the Fun Train team. Fun Rick helped me feel welcome aboard and made finding my seat a breeze.  After boarding the train, which was decorated with a Western theme, we promptly departed for Reno. The ride through the Sacramento valley and along Donner Pass was simply spectacular. The views were amazing and fresh snow was falling, making this ride to Reno extra special.

The entertainment on board was outstanding. It was like nothing I’d ever seen before. Dozens of people dancing to the live music of the “FunAntics” while winding through the mountains headed for Reno. This is surely something that you’d never experience in a car or airplane!

If listening, not dancing, to live music is more your style, then the Piano Lounge Car is for you. With live entertainment in the Piano Car you can meet new friends, enjoy a drink from the cocktail bar and relax. The Fun Train also has strolling minstrels, musicians, and magicians to entertain you – if the beautiful scenery is not enough.

When we arrived in Reno, the good times just got better. After exiting the train, passengers were greeted by a jazz band directing them to their chartered bus which would take them to their designated hotel. The simplicity and ease of this trip was truly amazing.

The trip includes a roundtrip rail ticket from Emeryville, Martinez, Suisun, Sacramento or Roseville to Reno with reserved seat, two nights hotel accommodations, a Winner’s Book – good for discounted meals, 50 percent off the show at Harrah’s and more. For more information on packages and pricing information visit Key Holidays online or call (800) 783-0783.

‘Menopause’ comes to Reno

“The change” may cause consternation for some women – and their significant others – but that doesn’t mean it can’t be funny.

“Menopause the Musical” is coming to the Eldorado Hotel Casino in Reno for an engagement starting Feb. 25. Inspired by a hot flash and a bottle of wine, the original off-Broadway musical begins with four women at a Bloomingdale’s lingerie sale. These ladies have nothing in common – but a black lace bra, hot flashes, night sweats, memory loss, chocolate binges, not enough sex, too much sex and day-to-day challenges.

The women share their ups and downs through a collection of 25 re-lyricized baby boomer songs from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. It was written by Jeanie Linders and is produced by South Florida-based GFour Productions. It has been seen by more than 10 million people all over the world since it debuted in a 76-seat perfume-shop-turned-theater in Orlando, Fla. in 2001.

Tickets are available from $29.95 for adults, $24.95 for seniors. Dinner and show packages available from $39.95. Room and Show package from $49.95.

Hypnotist headlines Pioneer Underground in Reno

If you’ve ever wanted to know what it feels like to compulsively laugh, or even ballroom dance with a stranger, a new show in Reno might be just your thing. Hypnotist Chris Cady is bringing his powerful hypnotism performance to the Pioneer Underground (formerly the Magic Underground), for a downtown Reno engagement.

“Get Hypnotized” is an all-ages comedy hypnosis show that features volunteers from the audience. A master hypnotist, Cady takes the audience on a mind-blowing tour of “fast-trance hypnosis.” He combines comedy, drama, and the power of the mind to create a complete theatrical experience where audience volunteers are the stars of the show.

The family-friendly show runs most Thursdays through Sundays – with a matinee on Sundays. The Pioneer Underground is located under the Pioneer Center for Performing Arts at 100 S. Virginia Street in the heart of downtown Reno. For ticket information, go online, or call 775-324-7474. Tickets range in price from $20-$25.

Video: Sierra ski and board conditions are ideal

What started as a meager ski season with a couple good early season storms and then a long, warm lull, has evolved into a powder-seekers dream in the Sierra Nevada. The last week has brought several feet of new snow to area ski resorts, and another storm system is expected through Christmas Day to add a couple more feet to the total.

What does all this mean? It means it is time to take advantage of discounted rates and book a ski trip to Reno-Tahoe. You’ll be glad you did …

Helmet cam view of Alpine Meadows on Sunday:


Video: Backcountry ski and board at Incline Peak

Our own Michael Henderson got a chance Sunday to stretch his ski legs at Incline Peak on Lake Tahoe’s North Shore on Sunday. And he was kind enough to make a video. The latest series of storms have brought light powder to the Sierra Nevada, making for ideal ski conditions.

Winter Dew Tour headed to Northstar Feb. 19-22

Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort will serve as the host venue for the final stop on the Winter Dew Tour, Feb. 19-22! Building on the success of the five-stop AST Summer Dew Tour, a 3-stop nationally televised Winter Dew Tour has been created and will begin this December in Breckenridge, Colo. and travel through Mt. Snow, Vt. before crowning Tour Champions at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort.

The Winter Dew Tour will bring the top athletes in skiing and snowboarding to Northstar for four days of high-level competition, as well as extensive spectator entertainment and activities on the mountain and in the village.

For those not able to make it to the event, ABC, the USA Network, and MTV/MTV2 will be broadcasting the 3-stop tour. Check out this tour preview: