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Shop Local This Holiday Season!

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The holiday season is always full of shopping, and Reno-Sparks is urging you to support locally owned businesses this winter. Saturday, November 29 (the day after Black Friday) was American Express Small Business Saturday, but we hope to continue this movement all season long! To make things easier on you, we have compiled a short list of locally owned businesses that would love to be a part of your holiday shopping! This is not an all-inclusive list, but the City of Reno has a map of many more of our local businesses, and the Buy Local movement has a list of local businesses in town.

For locally owned Reno gear, visit Reno Envy in downtown. From T-shirts to key chains to mugs to hats, Reno Envy has all your Reno-related gifts. Their logo, a simple trailer, was meant to be a parody of the John Deere logo that consumers loved enough to make it permanent. Their playful spirit and understanding of Reno’s culture makes them the perfect retail representative for our city. If you venture into Reno’s up-and-coming Midtown District you’ll find Junkee Clothing Exchange, a store filled with recycled clothing, accessories, antiques, and furniture that you won’t find anywhere else. Their funky, retro vibe combined with a heightened understanding of current fashion makes Junkee the perfect place to find a new unique piece that is totally you. Also in Midtown is The Melting Pot World Emporium. This store isn’t your typical retail spot; it’s Reno’s main place for Burning Man preparation. Filled with Steampunk accessories like goggles and belts, and clothing designed with Reno’s counterculture in mind, The Melting Pot is a great place to shop for your not-so-typical holiday list items. Bigtruck Brand in Lake Tahoe is a local “American cut and sew head wear supplier”. Their products have gained to support of various celebrities and professional athletes and are the perfect gift for any hat-wearing, Tahoe-loving person on your holiday shopping list. For avid skiiers, Sparks is home to a Moment Skis shop. These high-quality skis are handmade in Sparks and are popular among local (and national) ski fanatics.

Happy Happy Joy Joy is Reno’s local toy shop for people of every age. They have a wide variety of classic and collectible toys, retro games, and independent books. The store is all about fun, so head there to add some fun to your holidays! Sundance Books and Music is located in the historic Levy Mansion and has books and music to fit everybody’s tastes. They have hundreds of new and used books and music (CDs and Vinyl), as well as DVDs, magazines, journal and other gifts. To make things super easy, Sundance has created a Holiday Gift Guide to help you with your shopping.

If you’re looking to please a foodie, Big Horn Olive Oil Company is a great place to go. They carry ultra-premium, certified Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars that are absolutely delicious. Whispering Vine is the spot for a bottle (or two) of wine for those big holiday dinners and parties. They have well-known crowd pleasers, as well as unique small-batch wines that you wouldn’t expect to find here. They carry wines from all over the world, in tons of varietals, and are always more than happy to help you find something delicious that fits your needs. Whispering Vine also has a holiday guide on their website to finding the perfect wine for your special occasion. For the sweet tooth visit Dorinda’s Chocolates for a plethora of chocolates, caramels, cookies, and more to satisfy every dessert craving this holiday season.

Downtown Reno Welcomes Riders for Street Vibrations® Spring Rally

Those bone-chilling temperatures are finally gone and Street Vibrations® Spring Rally, the official kickoff to the riding season, will roar into downtown Reno, NV June 6-8 for; live entertainment, bike games, competition ride-in shows, a scavenger hunt, more than 80 vendors, VIP parties for registered participants and more.

“The annual spring event is a three day party with non-stop music from live bands, great food, motorcycle vendors and plenty of eye candy,” said Randy Burke, president of Roadshows®, Inc., producer of the event.

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Street Vibrations® Spring Rally is free to the public.  Motorcycle participants pay a $40 fee to; participate in a poker run, bike competitions and games, attend VIP parties, receive an official rally shirt and ride pin and enjoy premium, secured bike parking.

Crowd pleasing, live entertainment is scheduled simultaneously on stages throughout downtown Reno.  Live bands will perform on outdoor stages at the Silver Legacy, Harrah’s Plaza, the Eldorado and Circus Circus throughout the three day event.

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Enjoy a variety of bands performing a wide spectrum of music throughout the event.

You’ll find contemporary rock from Adrenalin, non-stop blues from The Jason King Band and Blues Monsters, pure, naked, bold, rock and roll from the Lucky Tongue Band, rhythm and blues from Boogie Daddies and “crunchy western” from Valentine Rodeo.


Ceremonial Flag Raising

“We’re having our traditional ceremonial flag raising performed by the Spanish Springs High School Junior ROTC on the Silver Legacy entertainment stage at 5:45 p.m. on Fri., June 6 and Sat., June 7,” Burke Said.

“We’re really pleased to again have Nevada showroom entertainer Tamara Evans, sing the National Anthem,” he added.  “We have a lot of veterans who participate in our events and our flag raising ceremony gives us an opportunity to thank them for their service to our country.”

Special Event Locations

Most Street Vibrations® Spring Rally event activity will start, end or take place entirely in downtown Reno but the rally has expanded to include some additional locations.

Chester’s Reno Harley-Davidson is an official Street Vibrations® Spring Rally Venue and the Market Street dealership will be hopping throughout the weekend with live entertainment and great deals.

Virginia City and Carson City will welcome riders participating in the poker run on Sat., June 7.

Sponsors

Street Vibrations® Spring Rally is sponsored by: Circus Circus Reno, Eldorado Hotel Casino Resort, Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Harrah’s Reno Casino and Hotel,  City of Reno,  Club Cal-Neva downtown Reno, Chester’s Reno Harley-Davidson®, Reno Tahoe USA, Virginia City Tourism, Coors / Miller High Life, Coca-Cola, Tamarack Junction Casino, Biker Clothing, Reno-Sparks Cab Company,  Blue Agave Restaurant, Tahoe City and Rail City Casino.

Contact Information

To see a complete Street Vibrations® Spring Rally schedule and a detailed program visit www.roadshowsreno.com.  For more event information call 775-329-7469.

Dance Inferno Now Open in the Eldorado Showroom

Eldorado Reno’s summer show is sizzling!

“Dance Inferno,” is an electrifying dance show that has turned the Eldorado Showroom stage into a glittering disco club. This non-stop party performed by a dynamic cast of 20 talented singers and dancers showcases glittering costumes and dazzling choreography. Perfectly capturing the era, they perform ABBA’s biggest hits as well as other disco classics from the Bee Gees, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Gloria Estefan, Village People and more.

Dance Inferno Eldorado

Feel the heat of “Dance Inferno” in the Eldorado Showroom. Tickets start at just $24.95 with dinner and show packages available from $38.95. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday at 7 p.m. with an additional 9:30 p.m. showing on Saturday nights. For more information on show times and tickets call 800-648-5966 or visit www.eldoradoreno.com.

“Ring of Fire” Burns Bright in Eldorado Showroom

“Ring of Fire,” a musical tribute based on the music of American singer-songwriter, Johnny Cash, is now appearing in the Eldorado Showroom. The production is not a retelling of Cash’s turbulent life, but it does use more than 30 of his songs to celebrate the essence of an American experience – life, love, loss and everything in between.

Ring of Fire - Johnny CashThe talented cast of 10 includes three women and seven men who all sing, dance and play multiple instruments. The audience is treated to furious fiddle-playing, thumping percussion, soulful harmonica and more guitars than you can count.

“Ring of Fire” includes some of Cash’s most beloved songs such as Daddy Sang Bass, Ring of Fire, I Walk the Line, I’ve Been Everywhere, Boy Named Sue, The Man in Black, Folsom Prison Blues as well as Cash and June Carter Cash tunes such as Jackson, Far Side Banks of Jordan and I Still Miss Someone.

The real story of Johnny Cash is told in his music which is not presented chronologically in the show but instead categorically. Dividing the show into four parts–Boyhood Years, Opry and Fame, Dark Years, Redemption and Celebration–gives the audience the chance to see the influence that Cash’s life experiences played in the creation of his music.

Those looking to celebrate the Man in Black’s birthday can attend the Biggest Little Johnny Cash Birthday Bash on Friday, February 28 beginning at 6 p.m. in the showroom. There will be cake, a meet and greet with the Ring of Fire cast and prize giveaways including a limited edition boxed set of “The Legend” by Johnny Cash valued at $300, t-shirts and other Johnny Cash memorabilia as well as dinners, rooms and show tickets from the Eldorado.

Variety magazine said “Ring of Fire is Hot” and USA Today praised the show, noting, “Fire Burns Brighter, Truer and with More Imagination than Most.”

Performances of “Ring of Fire” run nightly except Mondays with showtimes Tuesday and Friday at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 7 and 9:30 p.m.  Tickets prices start at just $24.95 with dinner and show packages from only $38.95. For more information on show times and tickets call 1-800-648-5966 or visit www.eldoradoreno.com.

Holiday Discount Guide for Local Reno Businesses

This season, downtown businesses have generated a one-of-a-kind shopping guide that is packed full of hundreds of dollars in savings, discounts and freebies.

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Through December 31st, shoppers can pick up what’s called a holiday dash guide filled with dozens of deals towards local brands and local flavors with big savings for services, retail, cocktails and seasonal dining in the cities hippest and fastest growing neighborhoods. The coupon guide is available HERE for instant download and at participating merchant locations in all three districts.

The offers include everything from a 2-for-1 drink discount, $300 gift certificates towards your next tattoo, $1 tacos, salon packages and discounts on specialty coffee!

Halloween Parties for Adults in Reno Tahoe

Adults deserve to play dress-up, too! From wild dance parties to hoedowns, free concerts to a bloody bash,  here’s a list of a few of the major Halloween parties for all types of party goers in Reno Tahoe:

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The 8th annual Skin & Scare Halloween Party is back at EDGE Nightspot! Go all out on the costumes, because $7,500 in cash prizes will be given away in costume contests. The amazing DJ ERock is spinning the party. Doors open at 10 pm on Halloween.

Wild Erotic Ball

The most wild Halloween party is happening at the Silver Legacy Grand Exposition Hall. Take the elevator home, and get a discounted room rate at The Silver Legacy by using code: WILD13. There will be $3,000 in cash and prizes given away in the costume contest and more!

Scream!

On All Hallows’ Eve, “Scream!” at BuBinga Lounge with DJ Loczi. Cash giveaway for the scariest and best overall costumes. $10 cover or free in costume.

Halloween Hoedown

The Nugget in Sparks is having their third annual Halloween Hoedown, October 26. This free party and $1,000 costume contest will cast a spell on the Casino Cabaret from 9 p.m. – midnight. Guests will enjoy the best in country music and dancing with host DJ Jamie G.

Keyser Soze Halloween Concert

FREE concert with Keyser Soze in Peppermill’s Terrace Lounge on Halloween from 8 pm to midnight

Zombie Four Play

On October 26, BuBinga’s Four Play Saturday will be taken over by Zombies after the Reno Zombie Crawl. There will be $1,200 in cash giveaways for the scariest, sexiest and best zombie couple. $15 cover without costume, $5 cover in costume.

7934e1c5-8a61-46dd-88b6-5708ec225e20The Blood Brothers Halloween Bash

On October 25 and 26, The Brew Brothers will be hosting the town’s scariest Halloween Bash! Compete in the costume contest for a chance at $2,400 in prizes.

Sprites and Monsters Party

Dance the night away at the Sprites and Monsters Party on Halloween at Rise Nightclub. Get free entry if you arrive in costume before midnight. Costume contest for sexiest sprite and scariest monster.

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Eldorado Great Italian Festival Highlights

Sights, Sounds and Flavors of Italy Come to Downtown Reno during the Eldorado Great Italian Festival, October 12 and 13.

For 32 years, the Eldorado has brought the sights, sounds and flavors of Italy to downtown Reno during the Eldorado Great Italian Festival. The festival, held each year over Columbus Day weekend, is a celebration of Italian culture and traditions.

1265017_10151900723901461_935297455_oSet for October 12 and 13, the festival transforms downtown Reno into Little Italy with a grape stomp, sauce cookers competition, an Italian farmer’s market, bocce ball, kids’ gelato eating contest, Ferrari car display, Italian Buffet and incredible, free, live entertainment all weekend long.

The music line-up includes festival favorites such as, Ray Massa’s Eurorhythms, Moreno Fruzzetti, Tre Bella, Bella Ciao, Capuano n’ T Rock and Primo Basso. Joining the festival this year are the Nevada Opera, Martin Bonventre, and Italian pop singer and world-class whistler, Michael Barimo.

A crowd favorite year after year continues to be the Great Italian Festival Sauce Cook-off.  Italian families from across the West Coast bring their recipes to life right on the street for guests to taste. Pasta tasting bowls will be sold for $3 at the pasta booth on the corner of 4th and Virginia streets starting at 2 p.m. daily.

No Italian Festival would be complete without plenty of homemade Italian food! The Eldorado’s Famous Italian Dinner Buffet will be served in the Eldorado Convention Center on Saturday and in The Buffet on Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m. Guests can enjoy an array of Italian specialties including handmade pasta dishes, osso bucco, eggplant parmesan, clamari with lemon butter, capers and basil, and many others as well as an assortment of homemade Italian salads and desserts, including the Eldorado’s famous gelato and tiramisu!

There are plenty of offerings street side as well— traditional Italian fare including house-made pastas, deep fried raviolis, meatball and sausage sandwiches, garlic bread, grilled flatbread, the Eldorado’s famous mushroom ravioli and more.

Festival Highlights:

-        Wilson_H F2011 RSCVA Italian Festival_0001Pasta bowls for sauce tasting will be sold for $3 at the pasta booth on the corner of 4th and Virginia streets starting at 2 p.m. daily.  Don’t wait, they go fast!

-        Grape stomping is fun, free and open to the public Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. Members of the media, politicians and local celebrities stomp Sunday starting at 11 a.m. The grape stomping stage is located on the train trench plaza on the south side of the Eldorado.

-        The Ferrari Club of America will have more than 30 specialty cars in a special Ferrari display on 4th Street all weekend.

-        A bocce ball tournament for competitive players begins Saturday at 8 a.m. on the train trench plaza on the south side of the Eldorado. There is a $10 sign-up fee.  Stop by Sunday for free beginner and family play starting at 10 a.m.

-        An Italian Farmers Market with fresh fruits and vegetables will run all day Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

-        An Italian Mercado, located on Virginia St between 3rd Street and Commercial Row, will feature cannolis, garlic bread sticks, sourdough flutes, gelato and coffee from the Eldorado Coffee Company. The Mercado will also have items such as olive oils, vinegars, aprons, fresh cut flowers, Italian cookbooks, dried pastas, Italian meats and more.

-        The Eldorado’s Famous Italian Dinner Buffet will be served in the Eldorado Convention Center at 4 p.m. on Saturday and in The Buffet at 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday for $26.99 for adults, $13.99 for kids 10 and under and $21.99 for Eldorado Gold Card members and above.

-        A Kids’ gelato eating contest will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the grape stomp stage.

Italian Festival Entertainment Schedule:

Saturday, October 12

ROME STAGE – 4th and Virginia Streets

9:30-10:15       Nevada Opera

10:30-12:00     Michael Barimo

12:30-2:00       Tre Bella

2:00-2:15         Grease

2:30-4:00         Moreno Fruzzetti

4:30-6:00         Ray Massa’s Eurorhythms

VENICE STAGE – 3rd and Virginia Streets

10:30-11:30     Martin Bonaventre

12:00-1:30       Ray Massa’s Eurorhythms

2:00-3:30         Bella Ciao

4:00-5:30         Capuano n’T Rock

Direct from Italy


Sunday, October13

ROME STAGE – 4th and Virginia Streets

9:30-11:00       Bella Ciao

11:30-1:00       Michael Barimo

1:15-1:30         Grease

1:45-3:15         Ray Massa’s Eurorhythms

3:45-5:15         Moreno Fruzzetti

VENICE STAGE – 3rd and Virginia Streets
10:00-11:30     Primo Basso Band
12:00- 1:30      Tre Bella
2:00 – 3:00      Martin Bonaventre
4:00 – 5:30      Capuano n’ T Rock
Direct from Italy

Bowling’s U.S. Women’s Open Event Guide

On June 27, the stars of women’s bowling will compete under the stars in downtown Reno!

5:00-7:00pm       Street Festival (adjacent to the bowling lanes) on N. Virginia Street

7:00pm                 Opening Ceremonies (under the Reno Arch)

7:30pm                 Competition begins (approx. 2 hours)

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Bowling’s US Women’s Open is bowling’s most prestigious event. This is the first US Open brand event to be held in Reno!

Over 300 of bowling’s greatest women players will go head to head in qualifying rounds to earn one of five coveted spots in the finals, which will be held on the evening of June 27, literally under the stars in downtown Reno. Four bowling lanes are being constructed on N. Virginia Street, with the Reno arch as the backdrop. One of these five finalists could potentially win a $1,000,000 if they bowl a perfect match!

The competition will be televised on ESPN2 next week (July 3) – see if you make it in the crowd shots!

There will be several large screens positioned along the street festival area so everyone is sure to catch the action. (There is limited reserved bleacher seating, for event sponsors and their guests.)

Street Festival:

There is plenty more than just bowling balls rolling around the streets of downtown Reno. Located adjacent to the competition lanes, enjoy a FREE admission to the street festival! Food and beverage will available for sale, courtesy of the Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus. Stop by the Reno Tahoe USA special events displays, as well as displays from the major bowling sponsors.

THE FORCE WILL BE STRONG AT THE 2011 RENO BALLOON RACES

darth_vader5Prepare yourself for something far from expected at this year’s Great Reno Balloon Race. While walking on Rancho San Rafael’s scenic fairgrounds between the nylon walls of traditional, vibrantly colored hot air balloons, take a moment to stand back and gaze at the sprouting horizon as you might spot a balloon that stands out amongst its cheery peers.

Fans will come face to face with their favorite Sith Lord. The highly anticipated 86-foot tall Darth Vader balloon will be traveling all the way from Belgium for the 30th Anniversary of the Great Reno Balloon Race. Pilots Benoit and Michel Lambert have traveled all over the world with the balloon, making appearances in countries such as France, Thailand and Canada.

As this is Darth Vader’s first journey to the Biggest Little City, we encourage you to welcome the Dark Side of the Force by sporting your best Star Wars gear to the Balloon Races.

Other unique shapes to be seen at this year’s race include: The Bonanza Casino sponsored soccer ball, The Wilbur May Foundation’s Hopper T. Frog, and Betty Jean, a new butterfly balloon. For more information on this year’s participating balloons and sponsorship options, visit www.renoballoon.com or call (775) 826-1181.

May the force be with you.

For more information go the Event Calendar at VisitRenoTahoe.com.

DRAG RACING EVENT FUEL INJECTS THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY HOT AUGUST NIGHTS CELEBRATION

40278_417588031460_36087236460_5210075_2478651_nA fan favorite gone for many years makes a repeat appearance for the Hot August Nights 25th Anniversary. The Official Hot August Nights Classic Car Drag Racing event will take place from August 10th through August 13th in the west parking lot of John Ascuaga’s Nugget.

The smell of burning rubber and gasoline paired with classic eye candy and high adrenaline creates a habitual dynamic draw to the Hot August Nights Drag Races. Ten years ago, 2001 marked the last year the Drags were conducted at the Reno-Stead Airport. The popular event had to be cancelled indefinitely, until now.

Full Throttle Performance and John Ascuaga’s Nugget decided to bring back a beloved element of Hot August Nights to contribute to a successful 25th year celebration.

The drag race event consists of approximately an eighth of a mile track and will take place in the west parking lot of John Ascuaga’s Nugget from 12pm to 10pm August 10-13. Hot August Nights volunteers and car participants will gain free entry into the event. The gate fee for the general public is $10 daily. To enter your car in a race, vehicles must be 1972 or older, with an American or European make. The cost to race is $25 per vehicle, per day for registered car participants and $45 per vehicle, per day for non-registered car participants. Tires must be D.O.T. approved (no slicks), no nitro/nitrous and no racing fuels allowed. Daily prize for the fastest overall time will be awarded.

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More information can be found at http://www.hotaugustnights.net.