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Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions!

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Happy 2015 Reno Tahoe! Every 365 days we take a few hours to celebrate the start of a new year, which brings promises of change and the chance to rebuild and reinvent ourselves. Many people embrace this opportunity by making New Year’s Resolutions, but the majority of resolutions are broken or forgotten soon after the celebration has died down. We searched for a few common resolutions and are here to help you stick to them!

  1. Exercise more. Fortunately, we are situated in the perfect area to keep up with this popular resolution. With such a beautiful environment right outside our homes, getting your heartrate up outdoors is easy! Hiking is a great way to get some exercise and take in the wonderful Nevada scenery. The trek up Mt. Rose is a popular one, and the 6 mile trail is tough but the view from the peak is worth it. For an easier hike, the Glacier Meadow Loop is a .5 mile trail through the Tahoe National Forest dotted with informational signs that explain the role of glaciers in shaping the landscape. Opt to hit the slopes for an exercise that makes you forget that you’re actually exercising. Skiing or snowboarding is the perfect way to get exercise in the colder months, and it’s so much fun that you won’t mind that its hard work. Head up with friends or family to make it even more enjoyable. Biking is another exercise option that allows you to take in the nature of our area. Cruise around the Riverwalk District and along the Truckee River for an easy and relaxing ride, or visit Northstar California for mountain biking trails, races, and clinics and camps for bikers of all levels.
  2. Eating healthy. With the recent shift in Reno’s focus from casino boom to small and local comes more healthy food options. In the past few years we’ve seen many local shops and restaurants that focus on locally sourced, organic, natural, and/or seasonal ingredients that make eating healthier deliciously simple. Great Full Gardens is an eatery that caters to those with specialized dietary needs (such as vegan or Paleo), and their menu features items from local vendors, farmers, and their own greenhouse. Their menus, which cover breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between, are made up of fresh, healthy food options that everyone will enjoy. Laughing Planet Café is a quick-service restaurant that offers nutritious food to “heal your body, mind, and spirit.” Their core principles focus on being environmentally conscious, eco-friendly, and obtaining organic products whenever possible. At The Studio yoga, massage, and wellness center you will find The Seed, which is a raw café that serves a purely organic and gluten free menu. They use local ingredients whenever possible to provide customers with organic juices, smoothies, salads and more.
  3. Learn/ try something new. Every year Reno Tahoe has an incredible lineup of events that will educate participants and inspire you to step outside of your comfort zone. If you’re looking to expand your knowledge on a specific subject or just to attempt something you have always wanted to do, there is always a way to discover something new in our area. The Nevada Museum of Art has guided tours throughout the year for groups and individuals led by trained docents who will educate visitors on permanent and temporary exhibits throughout the museum. The NMA also offers a number of talks given by scholars, writers, and artists on a variety of subjects, as well as workshops for seniors, and hands-on activities to encourage visitors to make art themselves. The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum is not just for kids! They have seminars on various grown-up topics throughout the year like the science and technology that goes into creating our favorite movies (January 31, 2015). For those who are interested in something a little more out of this world, visit the Fleischmann Planetarium & Science Center for exhibits on various topics such as meteorites and NASA projects. They also show educational films such as Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions, Seasons of Light and Seasonal Stargazing, and Pink Floyd’s The Wall music and lights show.

For any ambitious resolution go-getters who are looking to make your resolution solution work double-duty (like getting more exercise AND learning something new at the same time), many of our local ski resorts are recognizing January as Learn to Ski & Snowboard month! To celebrate this movement resorts are offering great deals on first-timer ski and snowboard lessons all throughout the month of January, so its the perfect excuse to get out there and meet with an experienced trainer. With many different learning environments such as one-on-one or group lessons at a number of our unique resorts, Learn to Ski & Snowboard month will have something for everybody! For more information on resort offerings and what you can do to boost your snow skills, please head to our Ski & Board blog post!

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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.

Animal Ark

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!

El Santo the Janguar at Animal Ark, Reno, NV

A NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM

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nd (2)ndIn advance of its Sept. 10 grand opening, the world-class Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery) is auctioning off an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The Discovery will welcome the winning bidder and 24 guests to be the first to spend a ‘Night Under the Clouds’ in the museum. The 25 lucky individuals will experience more than 12 hours of unlimited access to the museum and each of its eight hands-on galleries. The auction will close on Thursday, Sept 1 at 9:20am with 100 percent of the proceeds to benefit the museum’s annual operational costs. Bidding starts at $1,000 and can be entered at http://www.nvdm.org/firstnight/.

The ‘Night Under the Clouds’ will include food, refreshments and an abundance of fun activities throughout the evening, incorporating a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum, uninterrupted play in each gallery and group activities lead by The Discovery’s educators. Each member of the winning bidder’s party will receive a $25 museum store gift certificate and commemorative t-shirt. Additionally, the winning bidder will receive a one-year Traveling Membership for their family.

The Discovery, located in the former Reno City Hall building, is home to eight hands-on learning exhibits that focus on the northern Nevada region, nature, science, art and society. The museum serves children birth to 12 years old and offers a unique educational learning environment that inspires creativity and innovative thinking. For the latest information on The Discovery, to purchase memberships, or to sign up as a volunteer, visit www.nvdm.org or call (775) 786-1000.

ABOUT THE DISCOVERY

The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum will inspire curiosity, creativity and the joy of lifelong learning for all children and families. Upon opening, the museum will provide opportunities to discover science, art and local history through open-ended, interactive and fun exhibits and hands-on educational programs. Explore a cave, build a house, race across Nevada, and climb into the clouds – these are just some of the many adventures offered at The Discovery.

RENO ACES ‘DISCOVER’ NORTHERN NEVADA’S NEWEST ADDITION

news_acesday_tshirtacesGilligan’s Island’s May Ann is greeting Aces fans this Sunday, August 7, at the Aces Stadium for Discovery Day.

“Why?” You may ask?

Only one month away from its grand opening, The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery) is taking over the Reno Aces ballpark with a Gilligan’s Island theme in honor of Terry Lee Wells Foundation chairman, Dawn Wells. Wells, aka Mary Ann Summers on the popular 1960s television comedy “Gilligan’s Island,” will be outside the main entrance of the ballpark to greet fans, take pictures and sign autographs beginning at 5pm.

Don’t arrive late because Wells is teaming up with Aces mascot, Archie, to perform a special on-field skit and throw the first pitch. Additionally, themed contests will offer entertainment for parents and children alike with activities including a hula hoop contest, swim fin race and a variety of Gilligan’s Island trivia competitions.

Discovery ticket packages, which are available for general admission and outfield reserved seating, include a commemorative T-shirt and a portion of the proceeds benefit The Discovery. Packages can be purchased by visiting renoaces.com or by calling the box office at (775) 334-3700 and mentioning special offer code, “discovery.”

ABOUT THE DISCOVERY

The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum will inspire curiosity, creativity and the joy of lifelong learning for all children and families of northern Nevada. Upon opening, the museum will provide opportunities to discover science, art and local history through open-ended, interactive and fun exhibits and hands-on educational programs. Explore a cave, build a house, race across Nevada, and climb into the clouds – these are just some of the many adventures offered at The Discovery.

At nearly 70,000 square-feet, The Discovery is located in the former Reno City Hall building and will serve children from birth to 12 years old. Each of the museum’s eight galleries contains numerous hands-on learning exhibits focused on the northern Nevada region, nature, science, art and society.  Still underway is a membership campaign that will conclude upon the Discovery’s grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 10. For the latest information on The Discovery, to purchase memberships, or to sign up as a volunteer, visit www.nvdm.org or call (775) 786-1000.