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Top 4 Reasons To Visit the Animal Ark

After a long winter, the Animal Ark reopens its doors to visitors March 28 for the spring season! The Animal Ark is Reno’s non-profit wildlife sanctuary and educational center that provides a home for life for wildlife that have been injured, abandoned or are otherwise non-releasable. The sanctuary is truly unique to our area and a great place for animal lovers to check out when they visit Reno Tahoe.

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Here are 4 great reasons to visit the Animal Ark this season:

  1. The educational opportunities- The Animal Ark is a great place to see and learn about wildlife in a new setting. Employees have extensive animal experience and knowledge to share with those who visit the site and are ready to answer any question you may have. The Animal Ark educates tens of thousands of children and adults every year and visitors of all ages can learn something new. Visitors learn about the animals through the educational tours and special programming events.5371196042_7a7f4133c7_b
  2. The events- The Animal Ark hosts a variety of events for visitors to attend throughout the season. The events are a great way to see the animals up close and in action, and make great photo-ops. Upcoming events include Pinatas and Predators on May 2, see the predators break open boxes filled with treats, Cheetah 500 on May 24, see cheetahs run at top speeds around the run field completely off-leash, CSI: Animal Ark on July 11, be a Cat Science Investigator and receive hands-on training for identifying feline characteristics, and more. The full details of these events, and more can be seen on their website.homepage-slide1000-santos
  3. To make your own contribution- You can personally make a difference in the lives of the animals and with the Animal Ark sanctuary through a number of ways. If you would like to make an in-kind donation, the Animal Ark is always in need of things like food, such as raw meats (except pork), apples, raisins, raw nuts, rolled oats, brown rice, and more, Simple Green, peroxide, and chlorine-free bleach, glass cleaner, folding sandwich bags, heavy trash bags, postage stamps, copy paper, office supplies, AA batteries, and Dogloos or crates in good condition.  If you are more of a hands-on type of person, you can volunteer your time with the sanctuary. They are always looking for people to help as docents, wildlife educators, facility maintenance, animal keeper/educator, and on the ambassador team. If prefer to make a monetary donation, you can do so through their website.IMG_9778
  4. The animals- And of course, the animals are the best reason to visit the Animal Ark. There is a large number of rescued animals to check out at the sanctuary. These animals include black bears, an arctic fox, coyotes, gray wolves, a kit fox, and red foxes, bobcats, a mountain lion, a Bengal tiger, Canadian lynx, a jaguar, and cheetahs, a barn owl, an American kestrel, a red-tailed hawk, a great-horned owl, desert tortoises, an American badger, and a raccoon. Come see these animals in person on your next visit to the Animal Ark!IMG_9752

For information all about the Animal Ark, visit their website.

Spend Your Spring Break in Reno Tahoe

Goodbye winter, hello spring! Along with the arrival of spring, comes spring break, a perfect week to escape everyday life to ski, attend a concert, or enjoy a drink. Whether you want to spend your time with a beer in your hand, celebrating a much needed break from school with friends, or you want to take your family on vacation to have quality time together, Reno Tahoe has what you are looking for to make the most of your spring break. And with Condé Nast Traveler naming Reno, Nevada as one of the top drivable destinations with great value for spring, do you need any more reason to make Reno Tahoe your spot for spring break?

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For those looking to party with friends:

The Reno Leprechaun Crawl is March 14, starting at 8 pm. Grab your festive St. Patrick’s Day costume and an official crawl cup to see what the downtown Reno bar scene has to offer. There will be drink specials and costume contests throughout the night. Check out more St. Patrick’s Day fun in Reno Tahoe here and festive dining options here.

The next Downtown Reno Wine Walk is March 21, starting at 2 pm along the Truckee River in downtown Reno.  For only $20, you will get a wine glass, a wristband, map of participating vendors and wine tastings from 25+ vendors.8343237391_dcd9acf843_o

The WinterWonderGrass Festival is March 20-22 in Squaw Valley. This winter bluegrass music and craft beer festival will feature 15+ brands and 12 California breweries. Headliners include Trampled by Turtles, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters and Elephant Revival, and more.

College Week at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort is March 23-27 and March 30-April 3. With valid college ID, students can hit the mountain by getting an all day lift pass for only $62. On March 24 and 31, enjoy live music and happy hour specials after a long day on the slopes at the resort’s Locals Après Hour at the Sierra Pub.

The next Reno Beer Crawl is March 28, starting at 2 pm in downtown Reno. $5 gets you a commemorative beer crawl glass, a wristband, map of participating vendors and $1 6 oz beer refills (6 oz is equal to half a beer!!)

Other places to check out during your visit:

LEX Nightclub- Reno’s newest nightclub at the Grand Sierra Resort  is open Thursday through Saturday from 8 pm to 4 am. LEX will be hosting djs DVBBS on March 13 and 3LAU on March 21. Tickets for these events, as well as guest list and table services are available online.

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The Brew Brothers- One of Reno’s most popular downtown bars is located inside the Eldorado Hotel Casino. Every day from 2 to 5 pm is Happy Hour. Every Thursday the bar has live djs and $7 wristbands for all you can drink Brew Brother’s beer from 10 pm to midnight for Student Body Thursdays.

For those looking for some family time:

The Monster Jam will be coming to the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center March 13-15. Tickets for the world’s largest monster truck tour range from $27 for adults and $12 for kids ages 2-12.

The Gold Nugget Kids Race at Royal Gorge is open March 14-16. A free obstacle course will be open on the mountain starting at 10 am for kids and adults to try out on the Summit Station Start. There will be a prize for the skier/snowboarder with the fastest race times!7304105598_bb59e456b8_o

The 68th Annual Shrine Circus will be at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center March 20-22. Bring the whole family to see elephants, exotic animals, trapeze, motorcycles, clowns, face painting and more. Proceeds from the circus will benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Tickets are $12 for kids under 12 and $14 for adults.

Other places to check out during your visit:

Nevada Museum of Art- The Reno located museum is currently featuring exhibitions such as Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Paintings, Victoria Sambunaris’ Taxonomy of a Landscape, Dave Eggers’ Insufferable Throne of God, and many more. The Hands On! Second Saturdays event offers free admission for everyone to the museum and free activities like art projects and storytelling. Upcoming dates include March 14 and April 11.

Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum- Also known as “The Discovery,” this Reno located museum offers hands-on art, history, nature and science exploration for kids. Current interactive exhibits include Truckee Connects, Nevada Stories, Da Vinci’s Corner, and more. Admission to the museum is $8 for adults and children, Wednesdays after 4 pm, admission is just $4!

Get Ready for Reno’s Steampunk Weekend!

EXPO 2015 handbill 800 pxIt’s time to dust off your top hats and goggles! The High Desert Steam’s 4th Annual Steampunk Expo is coming to the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center Exhibition Hall, April 18-19! The expo is back and bigger than ever! It will offer a weekend full of entertainment, dancing, gaming, art, and more. At this years event, you will see the Aether Brigade onstage and offstage, teaching workshops from Barbara Smith who has 20+ years of Contra Calling experience, Six Mule Pile Up playing music for lessons and the dance, Saturday Night Contra Dance, the Infamous Steampunk Undress, Art Cars, Steampunk Laser Tag, an Art Gallery full of 2D and 3D art, Victorian Parlor Games, Steampunk Board Games, Tea Dueling, 30+ vendors selling handmade items, classes, workshops and panels, daily fashion shows, and music! This event is open to Steampunk lovers everywhere and newbies who want to come and see what this unique culture is all about. Costumes are highly encouraged, but not required. Tickets are $15 for 2 days and $10 for one day, Children 12 and under are free. Tickets are available for purchase here.  Make sure to purchase tickets early to guarantee your attendance to the expo!

STEAM15-Poster-11x17After the first night of the expo, bring the party downtown for the official after party of the Steampunk Expo! The 2nd Annual Steampunk Tavern Stroll is April 18, starting at 8 pm at 1864 Tavern in Reno’s midtown. Pick up the official premium steel crawl cup during the pre-sale, starting in mid-March, or the night of, at the start location for only $10. In addition to enjoying premium mixed drinks at six fancy taverns, crawlers can get a reading at the Steampunk Tarot tablor  and get a photo taken at the Steampunk Photo Booth! Come dressed in your finest Steampunk fashion or show off your latest Burning Man getup to participate in the costume contest! The crawl is a great way to make the most of your Steampunk filled weekend in Reno Tahoe.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Reno Tahoe

It’s almost time to paint the town green! Between the “Testicle Festival,” leprechaun runs and crawls, and traditional Irish pubs, there is a pot full of golden reasons to celebrate the Luck of the Irish in Reno Tahoe this St. Patrick’s Day. Locals and visitors alike will find what they are looking for to make the most of the holiday. Follow the rainbow to one of these events to find your own pot of gold here in Reno Tahoe!

The Reno Leprechaun Crawl is on March 14th beginning at 8 pm. With over 25 bars in downtown Reno participating this year, the crawl is sure to be bigger and better than ever. Make sure to pick up a crawl cup and dress in your craziest costume because there will be tons of drink specials and costume contests.

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The Sparks Shamrock Shuffle is a 5k fun run on March 14th at 10 am in Sparks. The event is open to runners at all levels and those running are encouraged to dress up in their St. Patrick’s Day finest. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Athlete in You Foundation. Participants who register by March 7th and are 21 years and older will receive a free Leprechaun Crawl cup to use later that night!

The 24th Annual Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry is on March 14th at 10 am in downtown Virginia City. Over 20 cooks will be coming together to face off in the oyster fry competition; come and taste all the varieties they have to offer! Starting at 5 pm, there will be the Ball Breaker Saloon Crawl at the unique Virginia City bars. Tickets for the oyster fry and cups for the crawl are available online.

The 3rd Annual Leprechaun Race is a 5k fun run/walk on March 15th at 8:30 am through Reno. A leprechaun will also be running the race, if a runner beats him across the finish line, they will win a prize! Proceeds from the race will benefit the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum and every entry will receive free admission into the museum on that day. Online registration closes March 11th, so make sure to sign up soon!

Scheels is hosting Kids Klub: Leprechaun Luck on March 16th at 6 pm at their location in Sparks. Kids will craft festive St. Patrick’s Day crafts and follow the rainbow to a pot of gold. All kids who attend will receive a free ride on the Scheels Ferris wheel. This free event is open to the first 100 kids, so make sure to be on time!

If you’re looking to feed your inner leprechaun on St. Patrick’s Day, a number of Reno Tahoe casinos, restaurants and pubs are offering a variety of Irish specialties March 17. Check out all the festive dining options in Reno Tahoe here.

36 Hours in Lake Tahoe

With new direct daily flights between Reno Tahoe and New York City beginning in May, The New York Times has put together a getaway guide for New Yorkers to keep Reno Tahoe at the top of their list for weekend getaways.

“The lake’s vastness can be absorbed only by being there — or better yet, skiing the dozen resorts surrounding it, their trails like frozen white waterfalls cutting through the fir-lined mountains. Lake Tahoe has two distinctive areas: the north side, where cowboy-chic cabins and semi-isolated shops and cafes overlook a quiet shoreline; and South Tahoe, which glitters with casinos, clubs and a slew of new upscale boutique hotels hovering above the lake. Skiing both sides in one weekend is an ambitious undertaking, but the lake’s wilderness spirit and surprising contrasts are compelling enough to pull you into its adventurous orbit…” Continue reading the full, original story with the suggested itinerary on New York Times Travel.

Be sure to watch this short clip with tips from locals and experts!

Exhibitions and Shows to Visit This March

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The Stremmel Gallery, located at 1400 South Virginia Street, will be showing the work of Charles Arnoldi starting March 12th. Arnoldi is an American contemporary abstract painter, sculptor, and print maker. His work displays an experimentation in a variety of colors and different mediums. This show will run until April 11th.

At the Nevada Museum of Art, Kevin Cooley’s video exhibition, “Primal Forces,” will be closing March 29th. His work examines simple meditative gestures and elements across expansive, powerful landscapes such as the Oregon Coast, Northern Iceland, Southern Utah, and Western Arizona, and how they developed over real time.

Another ongoing exhibition at the Nevada Museum of Art is Victoria Sambunaris’s “Taxonomy of a Landscape.” The exhibition comprises of over forty photographs of Sambunaris’s documentation of America’s vast landscape and terrain and will be at the museum until May 5th.

Starting March 6th at the Nevada Museum of Art, the artwork of the 2015 Scholastic Art Award winners will be on display. The winning artwork from Northern Nevada middle school and high school students can be viewed in the Donald W. Reynolds Grand Hall at the museum until April 10th.

ArtSpace, a part of the University Galleries and located at 144 West Street, will be showing the work of Amelia Currier starting March 5th. Currier is a Reno local print maker and her newest work will be on display at the gallery until May 2nd.

Let the Good Times Roll – Mardi Gras 2015 in Reno Tahoe

Fat Tuesday feasts and Mardi Gras merriments are underway in Reno Tahoe. Come hungry, come thirsty, and come prepared for a wild weekend. Laissez les bons temps rouler! Let the good times roll!

Tuesday, February 17th, starting at 6 pm, the Rotary Club of Reno is having its 23rd annual Reno Mardi Gras Food, Wine & Spirits event inside the Reno Ballroom, located on Center Street. Guests come dressed in festive Mardi Gras attire and will experience live music and a spread of food from local restaurants and can indulge in drinks from more than two dozen wineries. There will also be a silent auction with a large variety of prizes. Funds raised will benefit local community programs. Tickets are $50 and can be bought through renorotaryclub.org.

10687532_10152692284427205_4861184253660099571_oReno Fun Train is ready to take you for a ride you won’t soon forget, or remember. There are only a few seats left on the epic Mardi Gras RENO FUN TRAIN Feb. 20 – 22, 2015. Call (800) 783-0783 for the best Mardi Gras party west of the Mississippi!

Saturday February 21, starting at 8 pm, the Sands Regency is hosting its own Mardi Gras event which will include face painting, live performers and music from CZ and the Bon Vivants, and drawings with winnings of $500 cash!

Mt. Rose Ski Resort is also gearing up to host a Fat Tuesday Mardis Gras Party on the deck of the Main Lodge on Tuesday, February 17 from 11:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. featuring live music by the Bourgeois Gypsies and food and drink specials including traditional “hurricanes,” Fat Tire beer specials, and Cajun burgers.There will be a Mardi Gras industry party at 9 p.m. on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 17, at The Brew Brothers with a $250 cash prize awarded to the person with the most beads and sounds by DJ Chris English and Montague.

Tuesday February 17th, Northstar California Resort is hosting a Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras event. The Saint Gabriel Celestial Brass Band will play on the Village stage from 1-4 pm. At Tavern 6330’ there will be a Fat Tuesday Whiskey Dinner with a five-course southern/ New Orleans inspired menu with accompanying whiskey for each dish, tickets are $85. If you can’t make the Fat Tuesday events, there is free Mardi Gras Mask Face Painting by Giggle & Grin Face and Body Art from February 14-17th onsite.

Nonstop Air Service to Reno Tahoe USA Continues to Grow

The nonstop lifestyle is pretty common in a 24-hour destination like Reno Tahoe USA. But with new air service at Reno-Tahoe International Airport, you can get the party started and keep it going without interruption from takeoff to touchdown.

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Among new nonstop offerings to Reno Tahoe USA, JetBlue Airlines promises to get travelers from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Aiport (JFK) to RNO a whole lot faster when service begins May 28, 2015.

“A nonstop link between Reno-Tahoe International Airport and New York City is long overdue,” said James Hnat, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Government Affairs, JetBlue. “New Yorkers will finally get direct service to an airport that is the gateway to so many great destinations: Reno, Lake Tahoe, Truckee, Eastern Sierra Mountains and Yosemite.”

But New Yorkers aren’t the only travelers being granted nonstop access to Reno Tahoe USA. Volaris Airlines recently launched new direct service from Guadalajara (GDL) to RNO, and Londoners will have the same advantage when Thomas Cook Airlines begins its nonstop service from Gatwick (LGW) in December 2015.

With more nonstop options from farther away than ever before, the time is right for your next vacation in Reno Tahoe USA. All Seasons ~ 1,000 Reasons.

Get Ready for the Year of the Goat!

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While the Gregorian New Year has already come and gone, the Chinese New Year won’t take place until February 19. 2015 is the Year of the Goat, which is predicted to be a year of well-being and prosperity. Several Reno resorts are hosting special events and dining options to celebrate the Year of the Goat.

The Eldorado Resort Casino is excited to celebrate Chinese New Year with you! The Buffet will have traditional Chinese plates on the 19th through the 24, including ginger sauce crab, five-spice shrimp, and roast duck, as well as Chinese roast pig every night. As part of the celebration the White Crane Lion Dancers will be giving multiple performances on February 14-16 and February 21-22. The Chinese Lion Dance is an important part of Chinese culture and is a tradition that has been around for more than a thousand years. The White Crane Lion Dance will make its way through the entire casino so that everyone has a chance to see. On Sunday, February 15 William So and Edmond Leung will be performing a concert a the Downtown Reno Ballroom.

Silver Legacy Resort Casino is another place to go for Chinese New Year festivities. The celebration begins a the Silver Legacy on February 15 when the entire resort gets decorated in colorful, elaborate decor, and ends on March 7. Leung’s White Crane Dance Association will be performing the Chinese Lion Dance through the Silver Legacy resort as well on February 14, 15, 16, 21, and 22. Many of their eateries will feature special Chinese menus, and Flavors! the Buffet will prepare a buffet featuring Chinese specialties every weekend during the celebration. There will also be a Karaoke show during the celebration, and Silver Legacy is also encouraging guests to attend the performance by William So and Edmund Leung in the Reno Ballroom on February 15.

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa will celebrate the Chinese New Year  on February 28, with an all-you-care-to-eat buffet featuring traditional Chinese dishes and an incredible comedy and magic show starring Mike Toy. His energetic and interactive performance will keep you laughing all night long! Check out their Chinese New Year Menu here.chinese-new-year-celebration-2015

For more information on these events, please visit each resort’s website. Happy Chinese New Year!

Up the Romance and spend Valentine’s Day in Reno Tahoe

Careful… your love might be showing if you swing one of these Valentine’s Day festivities this year!

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Romantic getaways are always a good idea, especially when Valentine’s Day weekend is also a three-day weekend thanks to President’s Day. So grab your bags and loved ones and get to Reno Tahoe! Here are a few of the most lovable to-dos this Valentine’s Day:

If your ideal outfit for going out on Valentine’s Day is your PJs, you’re not alone. Join Crawl Reno for their Valentine’s Pajama Crawl. Crawl to 10 different bars in downtown Reno in your coziest set of PJ’s starting at 8 pm at Waterfall. Don’t forget to purchase your crawl cup ahead of time at Junkee Clothing Exchange or on the night of the event at Waterfall. The night will be filled with drink specials and costume contests, so suit up in your bedtime best and have some fun!

It is going to be a hot weekend to go out. Party the night away at EDGE. This Valentine’s weekend, EDGE will have a live performances, a Latin Dance social (with salsa lessons!) and DJ Chris English making sure there is no lack of amorous events.

Ice Skating is always the perfect Valentine’s Day activity! Grab a date and head to the Reno Aces Ballpark to get out on the rink. Be sure to dress warm, however, because its cold on the ice! The rink is open until 11:15 pm on Saturdays. This great new location means that you can extend your date by hitting up one of downtown Reno’s great bars and restaurants. Some local favorites for date-night dining are Campo, Beaujolais Bistro, and The Chocolate Bar.

Find cupid at a concert. Kate Voegele, I Heart Rock N Roll, and Reel Big Fish with Less Than Jake will be rocking around Reno.

For the beer lovers, how does over 20 microbreweries under one roof with “all you can drink responsibly” beer sound? Over 150 types of beer will be available at Brew HaHa!

Head to Lake Tahoe ski resorts! Alpine Meadows is getting in on the Valentine’s Day action by hosting a Moonlit Snowshoe Tour and Dinner for February 14. Guests will take a snowshoe tour up to the moonlit Chalet at Alpine Meadows. Here guests will be served dinner that will feature Alps-inspired items such as chicken cordon bleu and apple strudel. The snowshoe tour will be dark and cold, but the view of the starry night sky will take your breath away! Visit their website to make reservations. Northstar California will have lots of Valentine’s Day events happening throughout the entire weekend. Starting at 10:30 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday the Cupid’s Course Valentine’s Fun Race will take off. Skiers and riders of all levels are invited to race at their EpicMix Race Venue. The first 150 racers will receive a Northstar Valentine’s Day pin, and 50% of all race fees collected will be donated to the Tahoe SAFE Alliance. For love birds who are looking to take full advantage of this romantic day, join Northstar California and many others for a group wedding ceremony at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. The ceremony will be complimentary for anyone who wants to renew their vows, be married for the first time, or profess their love! After the ceremony all couples are invited to the Cabana Bars for a celebration in The Village at Northstar where there will be drink specials and live music. On Saturday and Sunday look out for hidden prizes in the village and up on the mountain as part of the Valentine’s Scavenger Hunt. Continue the romantic day with a Star Gazing Snowshoe Tour. Trek through the starry forest and receive a laser tour of the stars and constellations, a telescopic viewing of the night sky, and end with some wine or hot cider around a fire pit.