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Volunteer Opportunities for Amgen Tour of California’s Lake Tahoe Stages

Biking TahoeThe 2011 Amgen Tour of California, the largest cycling event in North America, recently announced that volunteer opportunities have been posted on their official website  for the race, including opportunities for Stage 1 and 2 in Lake Tahoe. 

Approximately 500 volunteers are needed for the Overall Start, Sunday, May 15 in South Lake Tahoe and the Stage 1 Finish in North Lake Tahoe at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, as well as the Stage 2 Start taking place nearby at Squaw Valley USA on Monday, May 16.

Several assistants are needed to provide support for the 75 professional course marshals who travel with the tour and help the local law enforcement agencies. They’ll have an opportunity to be on the race routes, close to the cyclists, with responsibility for monitoring pedestrian traffic, barricades and road closures.

According to the race officials, more than 4,500 volunteers in communities throughout the state participated in last year’s race, making it seamless and successful from start to finish and solidifying it as the largest sporting event in the state of California.

Positions include:

  • Course Marshalswill be assigned a designated area along the racecourse to assist with the coordination and safety of the field of play for all race venues. They’ll aid in keeping the course clear of pedestrians, spectators, cars, etc., and will keep spectators informed as the race in is progress. These positions are for local stages only; traveling Course Marshals are not being recruited at this time.
  • Media in Start Cities will help with the distribution of media credentials at check-in. Volunteers in Finish cities will support tour media operations staff in the media office, including credential distribution, serving as “runners,” and assisting with general Q&A and office set-up.
  • Security will work with Tour Security Staff regarding access-control, including on-course, hospitality, awards, green room and press conferences (special Security t-shirt will be provided).
  • Volunteer Check-in will assist LOC Volunteer Coordinator with set-up, check-in/registration.

Amgen RouteVolunteers must be 18 or older or accompanied by an adult. The online sign-up form allows individuals to rank their top-three job preferences with every attempt made to match their area of interest. Respondents will be notified soon thereafter by the local organizing committee.

“Volunteering for the Amgen Tour of California is an opportunity to help us showcase all that Lake Tahoe has to offer,” said Director of Tourism Andy Chapman of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association. “You’re not just a volunteer; you’re an ambassador for the entire Lake Tahoe region.”

“Sign me up, or better yet I’ll sign my kids up,” said Carol Chaplin, executive director of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. “Having volunteers fired up about the race starting in South Lake Tahoe is what we need to have a successful event.”

Beginning with the inaugural race in 2006, the Amgen Tour of California quickly became the most successful race in the United States with economic benefits to the state, global recognition and a high level of competition. The race also set records in attendance for a single sporting event in California, as well as any cycling event ever held on U.S. soil, with more than 2 million spectators in previous years.

The North Lake Tahoe Resort Association and the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority are spearheading promotional and sponsorship efforts for the Lake Tahoe Stage 1 Start, Stage 1 Finish and Stage 2 Start, and serve on the Amgen Tour of California Lake Tahoe Local Organizing Committee. Stage 1 of the race is presented by Michelob Ultra, and Stage 2 is presented by the California Travel & Tourism Commission (CTTC).

In previous years, the race has drawn some of the world’s most recognizable and respected riders, such as top Tour de France competitors, world champions and Olympic medalists including Tom Boonen, Oscar Freire, Paolo Bettini, Fabian Cancellara, Carlos Sastre, Ivan Basso, George Hincapie, Mark Cavendish and Andy Schleck.

Amgen Tour VictoryThe 2011 Amgen Tour of California will cover 800 miles and visit 15 Host Cities for official stage starts and finishes, while other cities along the route also will have the opportunity to witness the excitement of elite professional cycling.  Stages for the 2011 Amgen Tour of California include:

  • Stage 1, Presented by Michelob Ultra: Sunday, May 15 – South Lake Tahoe to North Lake Tahoe-Northstar at Tahoe Resort
  • Stage 2, Presented by the California Travel and Tourism Commission: Monday, May 16 – North Lake Tahoe-Squaw Valley USA to Sacramento
  • Stage 3: Tuesday, May 17 – Auburn to Modesto
  • Stage 4, Presented by UnitedHealthcare: Wednesday, May 18 – Livermore to San Jose
  • Stage 5, Presented by Rabobank: Thursday, May 19 – Seaside to Paso Robles
  • Stage 6, Presented by Herbalife: Friday, May 20 – Solvang Individual Time Trial
  • Stage 7, Presented by Nissan: Saturday, May 21 – Claremont to Mt. Baldy
  • Stage 8, Presented by Amgen: Sunday, May 22 – Santa Clarita to Thousand Oaks

For best viewing points, where to catch the riders up close, a complete list of events (including the Tahoe 10-Day Countdown leading up to the race) and lodging accommodations, click to www.TahoeAmgenTourofCalifornia.com follow us on Twitter and Facebook. For details about the Tour and information about volunteering, visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

2011 AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA ANNOUNCES LAKE TAHOE ROUTES

The 2011 Amgen Tour of California, the largest cycling event in North America, today announced the Stage 1 and Stage 2 race routes for Lake Tahoe.

Amgen RouteLake Tahoe’s first-ever involvement in the race as the official Overall Start is Sunday, May 15 and begins at South Lake Tahoe at 6,300 feet, the highest start elevation in the six-year history of the competition. Stage 1 wraps up in North Lake Tahoe at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, with the Stage 2 Start taking place nearby at Squaw Valley USA on Monday, May 16.

Cyclists will begin at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa on the California/Nevada border in South Lake Tahoe. The peloton will loop past Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course around Heavenly Village, past the starting line again and onto Lake Tahoe Boulevard (Highway 50) through the casino corridor then clockwise around the 72-mile perimeter of Lake Tahoe.

Riders will gain 700 feet in elevation as they wind up switchbacks on the West Shore. Upon reaching the top of scenic Emerald Bay, one of the most photographed places in the world and the first of three King of the Mountain finishes, they will descend 500 feet while exceeding speeds of 40 miles per hour until the flats of Homewood, home to Lake Tahoe’s oldest marina. Athletes will cruise along the historic West Shore, making their way to North Lake Tahoe and the heart of downtown Tahoe City and then onto Kings Beach.

Cyclists will leave the California side of the lake and enter Nevada, the first out-of-state course for the Tour, and pass through Incline Village. The group will skirt by spectacular Sand Harbor State Park and the legendary Thunderbird Lodge along the East Shore at lake level before a long and steady 1,000-foot ascent to Spooner Summit at an elevation of 7,150 feet.

Speeds here will increase to 45 miles per hour as they descend back toward the lake and through the tunnel at Cave Rock. Racers will then pass Zephyr Cove Resort, returning to Stateline, Nevada, the scene of the overall start.

Amgen TourAfter crossing the state line and back into California at South Shore, the peloton returns to Emerald Bay with its remarkable views and the second King of the Mountain finish. Here some riders may gain separation from the pack before their second descent onto the West Shore.

After passing Tahoe City for a second time, there’s a short ascent to Dollar Point before turning left up Brockway Summit (Highway 267) at North Lake Tahoe to 7,000 feet and one last chance for the climbers to dictate the race outcome with the third and final King of the Mountain finish. After cresting the summit, the lead group plunges down a rapid descent into a hard left turn onto Northstar Drive, where both sprinters and climbers will set-up for a high-speed blast to the finish line at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort. 

The spectator-packed finish line is also home to the Amgen Tour of California Lifestyle Festival, which features a health and fitness expo, cancer awareness education, cycling gear, family activities, bike safety, food and entertainment. Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort will also host a Break Away from Cancer Walk on Sunday, May 15.

Upon completing Stage 1, competitors will have ridden a lap-and-a-half around Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in the country, conquering 119 miles and three mountains passes in approximately five hours and a total elevation gain of 5,500 feet.

North Lake Tahoe is hosting the Stage 2 Start of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California at Squaw Valley USA, home of the 1960 Winter Olympics, the following morning, Monday, May 16. The action starts directly under the historic Olympic rings at the center of the Village at Squaw Valley with riders peddling the cobbled corridors before turning onto Squaw Valley Road and then descending to the Olympic Flame entrance and a left-hand turn onto Highway 89.

The peloton will follow the picturesque Truckee River corridor as they make their way on Highway 89 toward Truckee and through the two roundabouts near the Interstate 80 overpass. Riders will then turn left onto historic Donner Pass Road before riding the ramp over Interstate 80 and past Donner Memorial State Park, home to the infamous Donner Party.

The pack will continue along the northern shoreline of Donner Lake as they make their approach to the steeps of Old Highway 40 on their way to Donner Summit and the day’s first King of the Mountain finish. With some of the best views of the approaching riders and Donner Lake far below, this spot is sure to jammed-packed with enthusiastic spectators.

From there, athletes speed pass Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, Donner Ranch Ski Resort and Soda Springs Ski Resort and descend into California’s Gold Country via Highway 20 and the finish line for Stage 2 at the Sacramento State Capitol.

“Lake Tahoe is pulling out all the stops to provide cyclists and spectators with an unforgettable experience,” said Tourism Director Andy Chapman of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association. “This is our golden opportunity to make our mark on the cycling community, and businesses and organizations are eager to welcome the thousands of visitors who will be traveling to the lake, many for the first-time ever.”

“Hosting the overall start in South Shore will not only provide economic impact this year and beyond, but it will also further brand Lake Tahoe as a ‘must ride’ biking destination,” said Carol Chaplin, executive director of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority.

Beginning with the inaugural race in 2006, the Amgen Tour of California quickly became the most successful race in the United States with economic benefits to the state, global recognition and the level of competition. The race also set records in attendance for a single sporting event in California, as well as any cycling event ever held on U.S. soil, with more than 2 million spectators in previous years.

The North Lake Tahoe Resort Association and the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority are spearheading promotional and sponsorship efforts for the Lake Tahoe Stage 1 Start, Stage 1 Finish and Stage 2 Start, and serve on the Amgen Tour of California Lake Tahoe Local Organizing Committee. Stage 1 of the race is presented by Michelob Ultra, and Stage 2 is presented by the California Travel & Tourism Commission (CTTC).

In previous years, the race has drawn some of the world’s most recognizable and respected riders, such as top Amgen Tour VictoryTour de France competitors, world champions and Olympic medalists including Lance Armstrong, Tom Boonen, Oscar Freire, Paolo Bettini, Fabian Cancellara, Carlos Sastre, Ivan Basso, George Hincapie, Mark Cavendish and Andy Schleck.

The 2011 Amgen Tour of California will cover 800 miles and visit 15 Host Cities for official stage starts and finishes, while other cities along the route also will have the opportunity to witness the excitement of elite professional cycling.  Stages for the 2011 Amgen Tour of California include:

  • Stage 1: Sunday, May 15 – South Lake Tahoe to North Lake Tahoe-Northstar at Tahoe Resort
  • Stage 2: Monday, May 16 – North Lake Tahoe-Squaw Valley USA to Sacramento
  • Stage 3: Tuesday, May 17 – Auburn to Modesto
  • Stage 4: Wednesday, May 18 – Livermore to San Jose
  • Stage 5: Thursday, May 19 – Seaside toPaso Robles
  • Stage 6: Friday, May 20 – Solvang Individual Time Trial
  • Stage 7: Saturday, May 21 – Claremont to Mt. Baldy
  • Stage 8: Sunday, May 22 – Santa Clarita to Thousand Oaks

- Pettit Gilwee

Great Reno Balloon Race Prepares for Event Milestone

Reno BalloonThe Great Reno Balloon Race will be proudly showing its colors for the event’s 30th anniversary this Sept. 9, 10 and 11. This year’s milestone event promises lots of surprises for friends and family, but it can only happen with the support of the community through sponsorships, which are available now.

“The Balloon Race has been such a special part of the community for three decades,” said Pilar Aldecoaotalora, Board President. “This is why sponsorships are so important. We wouldn’t have the same spectacular event if it wasn’t for the support of our sponsors.”

In addition to a one-of-a-kind experience, all sponsorship levels are a great way to show client or employee appreciation, celebrate a birthday or anniversary,  promote company team-building and support this one of a kind community event. Sponsorships, which range from a $899 Family Sponsorship to the customizable Major Sponsorship, are truly the only way to fly during the event. Sponsors who sign up early will receive recognition in the Balloon Race e-newsletter and Balloon Race Web Site as an early sponsor.

Event officials are also excited to announce the addition of a new sponsorship opportunity, the One-Day Sponsorship at $399, which gives sponsors the opportunity to fly on any one day of the Balloon Race while helping make a difference for the event.

The celebration will take place at its traditional location, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park. The Balloon Race, which began with just 20 balloons in 1982, has grown to showcase more than 100 balloons and pilots from as far away as New Zealand and Switzerland. On average, 150,000 spectators from all over the world come to share in the wonder of this three-day event, which has continued as a free event for 30 years only due to generous sponsor support. For more information about sponsorships, the 2011 event or to make a donation, call the Balloon Race hotline at (775) 826-1181 or visit www.renoballoon.com.

Thanks to the continued support of generous sponsors, The Great Reno Balloon Race
continues as the nation’s largest free hot-air ballooning event for its 30th year.

-Rebecca Wikler

Harrah’s Reno offers 80’s night and Ladies’ Specials

Experience Harrah’s Reno the first Saturday of each month and enjoy a trip back in time, all the way back to the 1980’s!  The Sapphire Lounge inside Harrah’s Reno will host an 80’s retro night featuring all of your favorite dance Harrah_'s_Sapphire_Loungehits from the vintage decade on the first Saturday of every month, starting February 5.  Prizes will be given out to folks in the most spectacular 80’s attire, and classic 80’s music videos will play on screens throughout the bar.  The fun starts at 9 p.m. and runs until 1 a.m. with no cover charge. 

If that’s not enough, the Sapphire lounge will also host a ladies’ night on the first Friday of every month.  The night starts and ends with 2-for-1 drink specials all night long for the ladies, and DJs playing today’s hottest hits.  Grab the gals and enjoy Sapphire’s signature martinis, classic mixed drinks, or beer.    The action starts February 4 inside the Sapphire Lounge at Harrah’s Reno.  No cover.      

Don’t miss out on the fun!  The next Friday ladies night and 80’s retro Saturday weekend won’t happen again until March 4 and 5. 

-Tom Crist

Hot New Theme Nights at Aura Ultra Lounge

Aura Lounge exteriorThe heat is on at Silver Legacy Resort Casino as Aura Ultra Lounge presents all new theme nights!  From salsa dancing to country swing, Aura is the best place to bring friends to party all week long!

Aura Lounge is the best place to be for intimate parties and more!  Service industry workers, spend your “weekend” with Aura!  Monday is The Biggest Little Locals Night with specials for service industry friends—fellow bartenders, waitresses, dealers and everyone else who spent Friday and Saturday night working can come down and enjoy an evening of fun!  

Come back for Ty Ku Tuesdays, a special tribute to the premium Asian Liqueur and Sake line.  Wednesdays Aura Aura Loung Interiorgets down for Country Night, just bring your cowboy hats and belt buckles and line dance the night away!  Thursdays it’s the ladies turn to take the mic with Ladies Karaoke all night long!

Not ready for the weekend to end?  Aura keeps the party going on Sundays with the spiciest Salsa Night in town!  VIP and Bottle Service are available by request; learn more at www.silverlegacy.com or by calling 775-325-7401. 

- Diana Rogers

Crazy Fans, Marching Bands, Cheerleaders and Chili Galore

Biggest Little TailgateThe teams have been decided and fans in Reno are excited, Super Bowl Weekend is right around the corner!  Join in the celebration of gridiron glory as Downtown Reno presents The Biggest Little Tailgate Party in the World on Saturday, February 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m!

Stake claim to the best spots along Virginia Street with the rest of Reno’s most dedicated football fans and prepare to have some fun!  Entertainment includes cheerleading performances from the Nevada Wolf Pack Cheer and Dance Squads and a marching band exhibition including Damonte Ranch, McQueen, Sparks, Reed and Douglas High Schools.  We’re also looking for super fans wearing their Sunday football finest to participate in the Best Fan Contest!

Looking for more ways to win?  Sign up for a tailgate spot along the street and compete in the Best Tailgate Setup Contest for a chance to win free beer for an entire year—that’s a case of brew per week for 52 weeks!  Tailgate spots are still up for grabs; sign up by January 31 to show the city how pre-game grilling is done!  

That’s not all!  Test those quarterback skills for a chance to become a millionaire!  The $1 Million Dollar Football Toss is back, just bring two non-perishable food items to the Registration Booth on the plaza or any of the participating Chili Cookoff Booths and receive a free entry card.  One lucky fan will get a chance to hit the target and win!  All food donations collected will go to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.

Tailgate Party-goers also get the chance to be the judge in a street-side Chili Cookoff between each of the Downtown Hotel/Casino Properties!  Purchase a tasting card for just $10 to get samples at all five different chili booths then vote for the best!  Each booth will have a ballot box and each participant will receive one free entry into the $1 Million Dollar Football Toss drawing. 

Take it from the pros; The Biggest Little Tailgate Party is the best place to pre-game on Super Bowl Weekend!  Join former NFL Players Phil Villapiano of the Oakland Raiders, Conrad Dobler of the St. Louis Cardinals and Tony Hill and Glenn Carano of the Dallas Cowboys out on the street for autographs, photos and more. 

Don’t miss the biggest pre-Super Bowl party in Reno!  Tailgating applications are available at Silver Legacy’s Star Rewards Desk on the main casino floor or online at www.silverlegacy.com under the Casino Promotions page.  For more details call 775-325-7401 or visit any participating Downtown Property’s website.  Celebrate the end of the NFL season with gridiron glory on the streets of Downtown Reno; plan to take part in The Biggest Little Tailgate Party 2011!

- Diana Rogers

The World’s Best Arenacross Racers Return this February

ArenacrossHigh intensity, bar-to-bar dirt-bike racing at its finest returns to Reno with the 2011 AMA Arenacross Series during its annual visit to the Livestock & Events Center Friday, February 18 and Saturday, February 19. Tickets for the longest-running round on the series that has affectionately become known as “ArenOcross” are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.com and the Livestock & Events Center box office beginning Monday, February 14.

Hundreds of the best Arenacross riders from around the globe will compete for their chance to be one of just 32 riders to make a pair of 16-rider main events in the AMA Arenacross and AMA Arenacross Lites classes. The national series travels throughout the country to several of the most renowned arenas in the United States, bringing in 150 truckloads of dirt to sculpt a man-made dirt battleground. Technical obstacles, close competition and impressive airtime combine to create one of the most unique spectacles in the sporting world.

Anything can and does happen in Arenacrossand the man left standing atop the podium at the end of the night with the coveted trophy will have earned his prize. Defending champion Josh Demuth leads a highly talented group of riders hungry to defeat him in his bid to claim a fourth AMA Arenacross Series title.

Last season at the Biggest Little City in the World, the AMA Arenacross Series’ two winningest riders of the 2010 season, Demuth and his Babbitt’s Monster Energy/TiLube Kawasaki and teammate Tyler Bowers, traded wins over two nights. The pair’s dominance at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center further establish the duo as the pair to beat for the coveted title. 

The AMA ArenacrossSeries is fun for the whole family! The always popular track walk and post-race autograph session gives an opportunity for fans of all ages to get up close and personal with the stars of Arenacross and get a coveted autograph from some of the best riders in the world.

 Don’t miss the chance to check out a truly memorable experience!

Kid’s seats are just $7! Adult admission is just $20!  Tickets are available at the Livestock & Events Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, and by phone at (800) 745-3000.

For more information on the AMA Arenacross Series log on to www.arenacross.com.

-Brandon Short

Treat Your Valentine to an Unforgettable Day at Spa Atlantis

Atlantis SpaCelebrate love with a relaxing day of wellness at Spa Atlantis. Valentine’s Day is a special time to shower your loved ones with gifts. A gift certificate to Spa Atlantis is the perfect romantic getaway to a place of tranquility.

The love of your life may choose from a variety of unique and nourishing treatments.  Or better yet, plan a spa date!  Your perfect Spa Atlantis journey begins with the heat elements found in the Herbal Steam or Cedarwood Sauna.  Continue on to the Brine Inhalation – Light Therapy Lounge where cascading salt water emits positively charged ions enhancing the respiratory system, or languish in the dry heat of the Laconium Relaxation Lounge.  Thoroughly immerse yourself in the Aqua Lounge with alternating water temperatures found in the dual Jacuzzis and cold plunge bath.  Your journey culminates with one of the following specials.

For the One You Love Get in the mood with an hour long aromatherapy massage and relish the healing powers of holistic touch as essential oils are systematically worked into your skin and herbal scents soothe your conscientiousness. Continue your state of bliss with a half an hour facial including a brow wax to perfectly frame those windows to the soul, all for $180.

 Ultimate Love Renew your bond with a couple’s Terra Sigillata in the private Rasul Chamber.  The chamber fills with gentle herbal steam as you each artfully apply six mineral muds that draw out the impurities resulting in renewed skin. The ceremony is complete with a brief tropical shower.  Your ultimate treatment continues with a side-by-side couple’s Swedish massage.  This two-hour package is $330.

Love Your Skin The Swiss Alpine Facial features our exclusive Swiss Clinical line direct from Switzerland made with pure glacial water and botanical extracts.  A special Valentine’s Day gift of imported hand-made Swiss chocolates completes this ultra-hydrating facial and is yours for  $125, a 10% savings!

 Gift certificates can be purchased at Spa Atlantis or the Atlantis Gift Shop.  

 Atlantis Casino Resort Spa is located on the strip at the corner of South Virginia and Peckham Lane, in the heart of Reno’s new shopping and dining district. Atlantis offers eight award-winning restaurants, world-class casino action, live entertainment, complimentary valet service and acres of free self-parking. Visit www.AtlantisCasino.com for information on events, tournaments, dining specials, online reservations and more. For more information call (775) 825-4700 or toll-free at (800) 723-6500.

-Ashley Brune

Discovering Reno Tahoe’s Rock Art

Reno RockRock art is defined as markings, either painted (pictographs) or engraved (petroglyphs) on the surface of rock. Rock art gives unique insight into the culture and world of the artists who created it. Angus Quinlan wrote his doctoral thesis on prehistoric rock art in the Great Basin, is the executive director of the Nevada Rock Art Foundation, and is a recognized expert on rock art in the region.

 

Come join us at the Galena Creek Visitor Center Saturday, January 29 from 2-4 p.m.and learn about this remarkable, ancient form of art, and the insights that it can give us into a forgotten world. Angus Quinlan will be giving a slideshow presentation of his research and the work of his organization to document and protect rock art in the Nevada. While you’re here, you may also want to take in our new exhibits, or do a bit of shopping at our gift store.

 

Advance registration is required. Suggested donation is $5/person. To register for this event, or for more information, please contact the visitor center at: (775) 849-4948 or by email at: visitorcenter@thegreatbasininstitute.org. The Galena Creek Visitor Center is located at 18250 Mt. Rose Highway through the new north entrance, approximately 25 minutes from downtown Reno.

- Stefanie Givens

Chinwagging and Wine at the Galena Creek Visitor Center

Galena Creek Visitor CenterGalena Creek Visitor Center is kicking off a new environmental discussion series, Chinwagging and Wine, Friday, January 28 from 7-9 p.m. At this discussion series we’ll be learning about the work and research of local environmental academics, researchers, and professionals. After each presentation, we’ll be discussing the importance of this work in our ever more environmentally conscious world in a friendly atmosphere over wine and cheese. 

For our first event, learn about the ground we walk on with Dr. Dale Johnson, a soil scientist with University of Nevada, Reno! Dr. Johnson will be presenting his research, which explores the relationship between soils, nitrogen availability, post-fire erosion events, and cheatgrass. After the talk, we’ll be discussing the value soils research in order to better understand how to best conserve our soils and potentially starve out problematic invasive plant species, and the importance of soil health in times of a growing global population.

21 and older please. Advance registration is required.  $10/person donation strongly encouraged. To register for this event, or for more information, please contact the visitor center at: (775) 849-4948 or by email at: visitorcenter@thegreatbasininstitute.org.

-Stefanie Givens