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Local treats, gifts and events for Mother’s Day!

Show Mom How Much You Care in Reno Tahoe

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 11! Don’t forget to treat Mom to something special. Here are a few ideas for locally produced indulgences that mom will love  here in Reno Tahoe USA. With a plethora of local events, treats and gifts, there are so many ways to celebrate this wonderful holiday.

Treats & Gifts

Chocolate Eye Candy

The Kraken from Dorindas Chocolates

Satisfy Mom’s sweet tooth! It would be a good idea to swing by Dorinda’s Chocolates as you go by the beautiful Truckee River. The location alone is a great reason to walk inside. It is at 727 Riverside Drive, right behind the Lear Theater, and right next to Hub Coffee Roasters. You do not want to pass up a taste of the kraken, a handmade hazelnut praline truffle covered in dark chocolate. With its pastel floral accents, this is one of the prettiest chocolates in town.

Constant Coffee

Give mom the gift of silky-smooth, deliciously nuanced, small-batch roasted coffee—all year long. Show your eternal thanks with a subscription to Wood-Fire Roasted Coffee. Three, six, or 12 months of award-winning coffee bliss, delivered right to the door.

The Wood-Fire Roasted Coffee Company in Reno, located right next to the Grand Sierra Resort, imports the finest coffee beans and roasts them over an oak wood fire. And for an extra special mom, you can buy her a membership to the coffee of the month club to get some locally roasted coffee sent right to her home or office!

Spas

Of course, what does mom love more than being absolutely pampered? Here are a few deals at some of Reno Tahoe’s most luxurious spas and massage parlors that are sure to put you in your lady’s good graces.

The Atlantis Spa- Give mom some gratitude in the form of a Guava Mama body wrap. Mom will reach almost critical levels of relaxation with guava infused sugar scrub, guava body butter and coconut cream that will make her skin travel back in time! This 50-minute treatment is only $135, but if you throw in a 30-minute Swedish massage, it’s $185! For more options, click on the Atlantis Spa link above!

The Hyatt Regency at Lake Tahoe- Has mom ever had stone therapy using stones plucked straight out of Lake Tahoe? Tahoe natives know that the magical alpine water gives the stones special properties that induce extreme relaxation. Okay, so that might be a slight fabrication, but it will definitely still be relaxing! On Sunday, May 11, there will be a 30% discount of all services for Mother’s Day! Just remember to mention mom when you make a reservation! for the entire spa menu, check out the link above.

The Peppermill’s Spa Toscana- Until May 31st, the award-winning Spa Toscana is having a special $70 Mother’s Day treat pedicure package. For 50 incredible minutes, mom can enjoy a pedicure with strawberry scrub, a chocolate mask, and a foot massage. A 20% off discount is given to those with a Passport Rewards Card!

Events

AcesIt’s a Sunday in May, so the only dilemma you will face is choosing which of the many events to bring mom to in just one day! In a town that has over 300 days of sunshine every year, the weather is almost guaranteed to be amazing, so here is a list of a few things happening the weekend of May 11.

Take mom out to ballgame! For the mom who loves baseball, an Aces game is a great choice. Reno’s Minor League Baseball team is playing the Fresno Grizzlies for an afternoon game on May 11. The first pitch is at 1:05. If you cannot make Sunday’s game, the Aces are at home the entire week, from May 6 to May 13! Click here for their full schedule.

Make a splash in Mom’s heart at the Reno River Festival at downtown Reno’s beautiful whitewater park. There are kayak competitions, live music performances, food and art vendors, and even a zip line across the river! Click here to see more of what the festival is all about!

10250146_225024391041476_8490402043300655798_nRastro Reno is held every Sunday from 9am-3pm in downtown Reno at the ReTRAC Plaza (between the Eldorado Resort Casino and Whitney Peak Hotel) during the spring/summer. Start your Sunday with an open-air shopping experience of arts & crafts, farmer’s market and refreshments.  Plus, the first 100 moms to visit the Rastro will receive a complimentary cupcake from Delicious Designs and a flower! For vendor types featured, click here.

Exhibits to Visit in May 2014

May is a fantastic time to visit Reno Tahoe. There is Cinco De Mayo, the River Festival, Memorial Day, and the start of summer vacation for some! But did you know that there are some great exhibits at museums all throughout the city? Let this post serve as your guide for some of the great exhibits and learning experiences this month!

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Seniors get in free every Wednesday in May!

Picturing Mexico May 10-August 17: An artist of great significance, Alfredo Ramos Martínez (1871–1946) developed his own distinctive contribution to modernism. This exhibition explores Ramos Martínez’s work through four sections—Many Women, Religious Piety, Los Angeles Stories, and Forever Mexico—and how he produced an individual response to Mexico from Los Angeles. This exhibition also offers visitors an opportunity to understand the constant cultural exchange between the United States and Mexico in new ways.

And on Saturday May 10, come to the museum for free and enjoy hands-on art and storytelling!

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Every Wednesday, admission is $4 after 4PM!

Lucky Lizards: On Saturday May 17, local herpetological expert Dave Boland will visit the Discovery with many lizard friends. Patrons will learn the difference between a snake and a lizard and maybe even get to feel the scales on a lizard!

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Okay, so it’s not really an exhibition of art or science, but this festival is sure to capture the attention of anyone who finds river sports fascinating. Not only will there be competitions for different river events, but live music, food, and many other vendors. Spend a day at the beautiful Truckee River in the heart of downtown Reno at the Wingfield Whitewater Park. The festival will take place May 10 and 11 from about 9AM-7PM.

Boomtown Reno Celebrates 50 Years

Boomtown Casino Hotel celebrates its 50th birthday in April and showcases a multi-million dollar casino remodel while reflecting upon the history that started as a small café on I-80.

Get excited for new twists to the famous “All-You-Can-Eat” Lobster Buffet, the new Bistro 2100, Market Fresh Deli, Baja Mexican and Peet’s Coffee. Plus, additional features will be debuted, including:

  • New Guitar Bar: Featuring live entertainment every night
  • New Carpet: In the 40,000 square-foot casino
  • New Slots: Featuring a variety of your favorite games
  • New VIP Area: Featuring new machines and private bathrooms
  • New Arcade Games: In the Fun Center, a kid & family friendly zone
  • New Sports Book: Wall-to-wall TVs with improved soft and comfortable seating

“This is a fun and friendly casino,” said Boomtown Chief Executive Officer Dean DiLullo. “The improvements we have made to the property are exciting; however, they are not as important as the fabulous guest service our team provides each and every day at Boomtown.”

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Reno Redefines Jazz

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The 52nd Reno Jazz Festival begins this Thursday, April 10 until Saturday, April 12. Throughout the day, schools from all over the nation will perform in front of judges at various locations around the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

On Thursday night, trumpeter Avishai Cohen will play at Nightingale Concert Hall at 7:30 PM. Straight out of Tel Aviv, Israel, Cohen has made a name for himself in the world of 21st century jazz. The New York Times has declared, “Cohen is a multicultural jazz musician, among whose ancestors is Miles Davis. Like Davis, he can make the trumpet a vehicle for uttering the most poignant human cries.” check out his website, www.avishaicohenmusic.com to hear his stuff!

Friday night, at 7:30PM at Lawlor Events Center, UNR invites Kneebody: a genre defying super band complete with drum, guitar, bass, sax, and trumpet. They have been described as electric jazz, but they don’t subscribe to any one genre. To learn more about Kneebody, check out this interactive YouTube video.

Click here for information on how to get tickets to the Reno Jazz Festival!

The festivities at the Reno Jazz Festival will spill onto Circus Circus Reno in the best way with a jam session. Check out Dos Geckos Cantina, Friday, April 11th at 9 p.m. for a free jam session. With amazing food and amazing drinks, make a night of it. This event is perfect for jazz lovers, music lovers and people who just love good food and drinks.

Blues more your thing? Don’t miss the Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival, June 20-21!

Your Guide to Easter in Reno Tahoe

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Everyone’s clothes are a little bit brighter, the flowers are blooming, and that giant bunny we all love is coming out of hibernation! Easter is on April 20, and there are plenty of egg hunts, festivals, and meet and greets with Mr. Bunny himself here in Reno, as well as other traditional events with a little Easter twist. Here are a few events that will be held at Reno Tahoe:

Community Easter Egg Dash at Idlewild Park – On Saturday April 19, the Easter Bunny will making an appearance at Idlewild Park! The festivities begin at 11 A.M. and end at 12:30. It is completely FREE, but food donations will be accepted for the Bridge Food Pantry to help people in need in the Reno community. Call (775) 323-7141 for more information.

Easter Bunny Festival -If you find yourself in Sparks on April 19, the Sparks Crossing Shopping Center is having a Easter festival! There will be goodie bags, games, prizes, a petting zoo, face painting, and a bounce house! The party stars at 11:00AM and ends at 3PM.

Reno Wine Walk- Just like every month, the Reno Wine Walk will be on the third Saturday of April, which means it is right in the middle of Good Friday and Easter Sunday! Relax by the river with friends and sip some delicious wine from 25 different bars! The theme this month is wear your bunny ears! For more info, click here!

Virginia City Easter Bonnet & Pet Parade- Taking a road trip to Virginia City for this annual family-friendly event will definitely be worth it. This parade will be on Saturday, April 19 and will start at 12:00PM. Bring your dog, cat, lizard, or your family and participate in a wholesome parade! There will be delicious food, great people. and of course great atmosphere (it’s Virginia City, what do you expect!?)

North Lake Tahoe Easter Festivities

The Underwater Egg Hunt at Incline Village Recreation Center kicks off Easter celebrations on April 12, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The pool at the Recreation Center will be filled with weighted and floating eggs. The Big Bunny will make an early appearance for pictures and encouragement. For more information, call (775) 832-1310. Price: Recreation Center members $2; non-members $4.

Get a head start on the festivities during Easter Weekend at Tahoe City’s Spring Eggstravaganza & Egg Hunt. Events include an egg hunt for the kids, a golden egg hunt for parents, face painting, games and more.  Activities start at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19th at Commons Beach in Tahoe City. Price: Free.

The community Egg Hunt at Incline Beach also begins on Saturday, April 19 with the Spring Eggstravaganza Community Egg Hunt. Grab your basket and join in the fun, starting at 11 a.m. The hunt is open to children up to 11 years old. Come early to take a picture with the Easter Bunny and check out the new North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Engine.

Northstar California will celebrate with daylong festivities for all ages. Starting with an egg hunt across the Village at 10:30 a.m., followed by a PEEPS® Diorama Contest. Take a ride around the ice-skating rink and a picture with Easter Bunny. Don’t miss the chance to catch the Easter Bunny skiing on the mountain during the day.

Squaw Valley’s annual on-mountain Easter egg hunt begins the moment the lifts open Easter Sunday. Remember to bring your Easter basket and hunt for the candy filled colored eggs hidden across the mountain from Gold Coast to High Camp, along Shirley Lake and all the way down Mountain Run.

Sugar Bowl- Join the kids for an Easter egg hunt on the morning of April 20th in America’s only snowbound Village, located at Sugar Bowl Resort. Then head out on the mountain to find the Golden Egg, which contains a free 2014/15 Midweek season pass.

Time to go Wild… Animal Ark is Now Open

Animal Ark is now open after winter hibernation! With 18 special events, free educational lectures by local wildlife professionals, keeper talks, and interactions with  animals and raptors, it’s a great year to visit the sanctuary.

Animal Ark is about a 25 minute drive from Reno, and definitely worth the drive. The staff of volunteers is extremely helpful and knowledgeable about every species that call Reno home. Ever see a black bear playing tether ball? How about two gray wolves wrestling? And for the major thrill seekers, staring a jaguar in the eyes will surely get your heart racing. If you come to the animal ark on a Thursday, you will get to see the cheetahs run around the track at speeds up to 70 mph!

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Admission: $9.50 for Adults, $8 for Seniors, $6.50 for Children (3-12), free for 2 & under

Opening hours: April 1 through Nov. 2, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday

Directions
: From Reno, take Highway 395 North, right on Red Rock Road, go 11.5 miles, then right onto Deerlodge Road to our driveway at 1265 Deerlodge Rd.

Exhibits to Visit in April 2014

April is here, which means baseball, gorgeous weather, and great exhibits and events at local museums. There is so much going on this month, so hopefully this post provides some ideas of how you all can make the most of one of the most eventful months in Reno!

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Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works

Who doesn’t love the illustration of Where the Wild Things Are? The Nevada Museum of Art is currently showing an exhibit that is dedicated to the memory of Maurice Sendak, who illustrated the children’s classic and many other works of art. The exhibit closes on April 27 though, so make your way to the Museum of Art if you want to see this once-in-a-lifetime display! Click on the picture for more details!

The Discovery Museum

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Would you like to learn how to build with wood? Does holding a baby duckling sound like a great time? Would you like your child to have some great hands-on building experience with trained professionals? April is a great time to visit the Discovery Museum! There is going to be a baby animal week, where visitors can play with and learn about young critters, building with wood classes, and tool exploration. This month at the Discovery is sure to captivate any young scientist or builder. There is even an adults-only social on April 25! All of the fun of the Discovery with other adults and food and beverages! Click on the little scientists for a complete calendar of events.

Museum of Natural History at the University of Nevada

Imagine a place in Reno where you can view over 92,000 different species of plants, hold a taxidermy bat, and check out a tier 0ne university all at the same time. What you have imagined probably is not too far off from the new Museum of Natural History at the University of Nevada. As a combined project from the university’s biology and natural resources and environmental science programs, this collection of living and non-living species represents the discovery of life throughout the history of Northern Nevada.

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The famous Animal Ark opens this Tuesday April 1! The collection of rare and exotic animals at this place is epic! They have cheetahs, tigers, wolves, tortoises, coyotes, even a lynx! What is a lynx!? Find out by going to the opening of the Animal Ark season!

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Discover the New Natural History Museum at UNR!

Imagine a place in Reno where you can view over 92,000 different species of plants, hold a taxidermy bat, and check out a tier 0ne university all at the same time. What you have imagined probably is not too far off from the new Museum of Natural History at the University of Nevada. As a combined project from the university’s biology and natural resources and environmental science programs, this collection of living and non-living species represents the discovery of life throughout the history of Northern Nevada.

The front part of the museum is filled with brilliant displays made by students of the graduate program. There are rare plants, huge preserved animals (including the state mammal, the bighorn sheep), butterflies, and a lot of other regional wildlife. Behind the scenes, however, is a catalog of thousands of different species of plants and animals, where museum curator Arnold (Jerry) Tiehm will be more than happy to show different species of beetles, birds, and even pine cones!

The museum is open on weekdays during university hours, 8-5. Call 775-784-1105 for more information or to schedule a visit. Admission is FREE!

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National Championship Air Races taking off Bigger than ever in 2014

The runway has  cleared, and all systems are ready. Prepare for takeoff in 3…2…1…AND THEY’RE OFF!

The National Championship Air Races of Reno Nevada plans to return this September with more music, more buzz, and of course more planes!

The Reno Air Racing Association has revamped many of its planning strategies allowing for more efficiency, effectiveness, and creativity for the 51st event. These changes allow spectators to experience not just a few races, but a “full festival of flight.” Attendees will enjoy more interactive exhibits, more live music, and more racing events.

The 51stannual event is the only closed course pylon racing event in the world, and is the world’s longest running air race. Six different race plane classes battle just 60 feet from the ground, with the Unlimited and Jet classes reaching speeds over 500 mph! Besides the on-your-feet action of the races, spectators have close-up access to racing aircraft, pilots and crews in the “pits.” There’s a world-class air show, military display and demonstrations, aircraft display and great concessions. Experience the action of the “World’s Fastest Motorsport”!

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2014 Guide to Aceball Season

First game balls have been placed in the humidor, lucky caps are once again seeing daylight after the long winter months, and Aceball fans are anxiously awaiting Opening Day at Aces Ballpark, April 3! Study up on the new hydration stations, food offerings, and themed nights!

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Theme Nights

2-for-$22 Tuesdays presented by KTVN Channel 2 News
Winning Wednesdays presented by KTVN Channel 2 News, featuring $1 food items. In addition to the $1 food items on Wednesdays, all fans in attendance will receive a general admission ticket to the next Wednesday home game if the Aces win.
Thirsty Thursdays™ $2 Coors specials on Coors Light presented by ESPN Radio 94.5 FM and the Reno News and Review
Fireworks Friday with Saint Mary’s presented by KRNV News 4
Kids Eat Free Sundays presented by Sam’s Club, popchips and Reno Media Group, with 500 kids 12 and under receiving a voucher for hot dogs, popchips and a drink.

Photo by David Calvert/Reno AcesFreight House District

Be sure to swing by the newly revamped FHD this season…  Duffy’s Ale House sports the largest draft selection in northern Nevada, 250 Lounge will be spinning the tunes and mixing cocktails, Arroyo Mexican Grill spices things up with their out-of-the-park grub, and the Heineken Stage and Tuaca Center Bar will be rocking the best bands in Reno under the open air patio canopy.

Ballpark Food w/ a Taunting Twist

Let’s start with the staple…a ballpark hot dog. Ace’s Stadium’s dog is not just any ordinary hot dog, it’s a Carson City Sausage Factory hot dog, made by a multi-generational sausage making family. It’s local, it’s the real deal. Pair it with one of the new WOW items like the full size souvenir helmet nachos, chocolate chip cookie cup ice cream sundae, or a fried chicken po’ boy that you’ll need a stack of napkins to finish.

NEW Beer Garden

There is more to right field than just an amazing view of the park and city this year…  it’s where you’ll find the brand new Craft Beer Garden. Over a dozen craft brews will be on tap from the likes of Blue Moon, Crispin, New Belgium, Sam Adams, Lagunitas, and Northern Nevada’s own Great Basin.

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Giveaways

The season kicks off on Thursday, April 3, with a magnet schedule giveaway for 9,000 fans, the first of ten giveaways in 2014. Other giveaways include Sleeved Blankets (April 5), Archie Piggy Banks presented by United Federal Credit Union (April 26), Replica Jerseys presented by Dillard’s (May 17), Floating Coolers (June 7), Cowboy Hats (June 21). A quartet of giveaways presented by KOLO 8 News Now will round out the slate: Bobbleheads (July 19), Snow Globes (July 26), Tin Lunch Boxes (Aug. 9), and Cereal Bowls (Aug. 23).

Take You and Your Friends Out to The Ball Game

Check out the schedule and buy your tickets now!

It’s not just baseball… it’s ACEBALL.