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Lucas Oil adds second race at Wild West Motorsports Park

The Wild West Motorsports Park will host two Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series events this summer, showcasing northern Nevada as a premier racing site and giving fans double the action!

LOORS_Driver Facebook Graphics_40428The Lucas Oil Series announced that Wild West Motorsports Park will host weekend races May 30-31 in addition to the race planned for Aug. 22-23. This is the third year in a row Wild West Motorsports Park has hosted a Lucas Oil Off Road Race and the first time there has been two races in one season.

Fans have come to enjoy watching Brian Deegan, Jeremy McGrath, Carl Renezeder, Rodrigo Ampudia and the top racers of the sport reach speeds of 90 MPH and jump 100-plus feet through the air in 900 horsepower trucks.

One of the newest plans for both races is the addition of lights and nighttime racing. It goes back back to old-school Friday and Saturday night racing that happened all across our country. It’s a whole new experience watching the action under the lights.

Wild West Motorsports Park is located only 10 minutes east from downtown Reno.

July 2014 Artown

The full interactive calendar of events is on Artown’s website: www.renoisartown.com.

Artown has grown into something so unbelievably vital, uplifting, admirable and much more. The event organizers explain…

149A – Accessibility. Artown is about the community – it is Reno’s Festival.  It gives locals (and visitors) a means to have access to national and international performances that are unsurpassed in terms of enriching our lives.   Everyone is invited to be a part of the 32 days in July; with 77% of the events and performances free, everyone has access to the multi-disciplinary experiences.

R – Reactionary.  Artown reacts to the ever-changing world in which we live using the arts as a mechanism to broaden the global scope of our lives.  We challenge audiences to expand their definition of culture by offering a festival that pushes boundaries and enriches lives.

T – Transformational. That is exactly what we have done over the 19 years with Artown.  We have transformed our community into a thriving arts and culture region.  From the transformation of Midtown, to The Holland Project, The Terry Lee Wells Discovery Museum, new art galleries, and river walks, art walks and district walks – we are constantly transforming the soul of Reno.

O – Outstanding.  This truly describes the month of July in Reno.  Where else can children discover the arts, become a balloon character in the Wizard of Oz, or attend a family-friendly fire art experience with Compression.  Artown boasts local children performing in a production of Rapunzel on one end, to a closing night extravaganza in the park with hip hop rock sensation Ozomatli, and living legend Don McLean as he serenades us with American Pie.  The depth of the Festival is outstanding.

W – Whimsical. Quirky, unusual, imaginative, original, creative, amusing, playful.

Artown provides a platform for the entire community to create their personal Artown.  Because we have so many events from Music, Children’s Events, Dance, Theater and then…..Controlled Burn, Doors to Recovery, Artists Riverside  Lofts, Steinway Gallery, exhibits, tours, literary crawls, pipe organs, Shakespeare, storytelling, ensemble concerts, opera, cultural fairs, camps and more.  Create your own July and experience it all at www.renoisartown.com.

N – Never. We never want to go back to the way Reno was.  Remember 19 years ago when the vision was to transform Reno into a vital and economic cultural center.  There was no Kayak Park, no arts district, no reveling in Wingfield Park, just hot summers.  No way.   Reno is truly Artown!

Join us on opening night in downtown Reno’s Wingfield Park for artists  Mountain Heart with opening act, Sherrie Austin.  Come, experience rock, bluegrass and a little country.

Biggest Little Birthday Party

The City of Reno will host a Biggest Little Birthday Party event on Saturday, May 10 from 2 to 5 p.m. The festivities are taking place at and around the historic Virginia Street Bridge. 10308219_10152042101377050_3827381683256984145_n

103Residents are invited to join in the celebration and show their pride in the Biggest Little City. There will be a variety of entertainment options, and birthday cake will be served. The event will be happening during the annual downtown Reno River Festival.

Attendees of the Biggest Little Birthday Party will be able to participate in a special historic walking tour while using the new Reno Historical app or website. Each stop on the tour, which will be 12 different historic sites in Reno (see list below), will contain volunteers — many in period costumes — who will hand out play money. Tour participants will be asked to answer history trivia questions, download the new app and post about their experience on Facebook, Twitter and other social media.

At 4:30 p.m., participants can use their fake money to bid on and win a keepsake deed during a reenactment of an 1868 auction of lots. While March 16, 2014 marks the 111th birthday for the incorporated City of Reno, this event is intended to commemorate and bring to life the events that occurred on May 9, 1868, the day that the first public auction of lots in the City was held.

The event is an official Nevada 150 event. The State of Nevada is currently celebrating its 150th birthday, or sesquicentennial. For more information about the City of Reno’s Nevada 150 campaign, visit Reno.gov/NV150.

Biggest Little Birthday Party Schedule of Events:

Riverwalk at Virginia Street Bridge
2 p.m. Magician Justin Rivera
2 to 4:30 p.m. Gold Panning and Photo Props
3 p.m. Nevada Cadet Band
3:40 p.m. Third Wheelers
4:30 p.m. Reenactment of Historic 1868 Auction of Lots – Live Auctioneer

Riverwalk near Campo
2 to 4:30 p.m. Reno Antique Police Car and Fire Trucks, National Automobile Museum Exhibit

Washoe County Courthouse
2 to 4:30 p.m. Young Chautauqua Performances

Wild River Grille
Signature cocktails throughout the day

Historic Sites:

  • Belle Isle
  • First Methodist Church
  • Lake Mansion
  • Masonic Temple
  • Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts
  • Riverside Hotel (former)
  • Ross Manor
  • Trinity Episcopal Church
  • U.S. Post Office (former)
  • Virginia Street Bridge
  • Washoe County Court House
  • 20th Century Club

The Golf Courses at Incline Village Open May 9th

The Championship Course and the Mountain Course are set to open on May 9th! This has been the earliest ever that the Mountain Course has opened and the first time that both courses have opened on the same day. Thank you, warm weather!

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Located at 955 Fairway Blvd. in Incline Village, designer Robert Trent Jones Sr. called the course “the ideal mountain layout” with “views you will never forget”. With tightly cut fairways and fast greens, it demands accuracy and distance. Golfweek Magazine rated the Championship Course a “Top 10 Best Course You Can Play in Nevada”. The course also boasts a top-of-the-line restaurant, the Grille, a driving range and chipping area and putting green and they’re celebrating their 50th anniversary!

The Driving Range at the Championship Course is open 7 days a week 10am-5pm (weather permitting).

The Mountain Course

Located at 690 Wilson Way in Incline Village, this 18-hole, par 58 course is fun and affordable. You can play and be back with the family to enjoy the rest of your day. It features incredible views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains. Events like Nine & Wine and Family Fun Days are a non-intimidating way to play the course.

Specials and Events

Sundays are Family Fun Days at the Mountain Course

Family Fun Days Start Sunday, May 11th

Bring the family out to play some golf during special Sunday fun days! Anyone under 18 plays FREE with a paying adult! Every Sunday the whole family can also enjoy these events:

-          On each hole, tees are set up with special (shorter) yardages.

-          There are two cups on every hole- a regular 3” and a giant 8” cup.

-          A small 3-hole putt-putt course is set up on the practice green for an extra fun challenge.

-          Starting May 25th, a kid-friendly menu is available (including ice cream sundaes!)

Nine & Wine: A Popular Mountain Course Event

A Popular Thursday Event Back for its 9th Year

Back by popular demand, Nine & Wine is kicking off on Thursdays at 5:30pm starting June 24th! Four-person teams play a 9-hole scramble before enjoying wine paired with 3-course appetizers afterwards. A different vintner is featured every week with 5-6 different wines per event. The cost is $35 PPH/$40 visitor, includes cart. Please reserve your spot by calling (775) 832-1150 at least two weeks in advance for the day you’d like to attend (a waiting list is available for last-minute reservations). 2014 Nine & Wine Dates: June 26/ July 10, 17, 24, 31/ Aug 7, 14, 21

NEW Thrill & Grill on Sunday Afternoons

Enjoy a Relaxing Round on the Back 9 Followed By a BBQ-Style Dinner

Start out your Sunday afternoon at the Mountain Course Build-Your-Own-Bloody Station before a 3pm shotgun start on the back nine! The round on the back nine is designed in a fun, non-intimidating format with silly rules switching up the game (and you shoot into the 8” cups used for Family Fun Day). Afterwards, a delicious BBQ-style dinner is served (featuring a different meat each week), with a draft beer included with your meal. $30 PPH/$35 visitor; includes cart. Reserve your spot for the Thrill & Grill by calling (775) 832-1150. 2014 Thrill & Grill Dates: June 22, 29/ July 6, 20, 27/ Aug 17, 24

NEW Friday Night Horserace

$20 Buy In, Last 3 Teams Remaining Win Cash Money

This fast-paced and exciting event starts out with 2-man teams teeing off from the same hole at 5:30pm on Friday nights. Alternate shot, blind draw partners, $20 per person “buy in” (with an option to “buy back in” at $20 per team). The Beverage Cart follows the crowd and the last 3 teams to make it to hole #9 win cash money. Need to have a verifiable USGA handicap to play. Reserve your spot by calling (775) 832-1150; the Mountain Course starts taking reservations at 9am the morning of event. $5 cart fee per team. 2014 Friday Night Horserace Dates: June 27/ July 11, 18, 25/ Aug 1, 8, 15, 22

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!

Animal Ark Reno
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.