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Hot August Nights 2014 is Revving Up Excitment in Reno Tahoe

HotAugustNights2Thermometers are rising and the faint sound of nostalgia is growing loud as Hot August Nights and Hot August Nights Auction Presented by Barrett-Jackson gear up for the week ahead (July 29-August3) in the Reno-Sparks area (the Official Kick-Off Party is July 28 at Peppermill Resort Spa Casino).  For the 28th annual celebration, Hot August Nights will turn back the clock to the 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s where flapper skirts and leather jackets meet among fleets of smoking rides. After a week full of non-stop action the region-wide event will cool down on Sunday, August 3 with thousands classic cars parading through the streets of downtown Reno.

“It’s little wonder hundreds of thousands enjoy revisiting the great era, whether it be a sock hop or drag racing, to craft fairs and exhibitions, to the Big Boy’s Toy Store and Swap Meet, to Show-n-Shines offering over $150,000 in cash and prizes or to witness the extraordinary sight and sounds of an auctioneer at the Hot August Nights Auction presented by Barrett-Jackson. It’s not only a great family vacation destination, but it is worth checking off your bucket list for,” said Tony Marini, Executive Director of Hot August Nights. “Not to mention unequaled entertainment featuring the incredible and memorable musical icons of the 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s such as Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone or The Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley and with this year adding a Country Night for the first time, 28 years has never been younger.”

Whether a participant or a spectator, the ten days of Hot August Nights will surely zoom past.  To schedule your trip, visit the Hot August Nights event schedule. Here are a few great events that should not be missed:

Hot August Nights Auction Presented by Barrett-Jackson

For the participants who yearn for something more than to vicariously live through a classic car owner’s life, or for the seasoned car-collector wanting another set of keys, Barrett-Jackson will be holding three days of auctions at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.  From Thursday, July 31 – Saturday, August 2, buyers will bid on classics at the “World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions.”  For ticketing information, and to view the docket of cars, visit Barrett-Jackson’s website.

Hot August Nights Autocross

To view smoking tires push the limits of hot rod racing, Hot August Nights Autocross at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center will provide the full experience, Thursday, July 31 to Saturday, August 2, from 9:30 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. Also at the Livestock Events Center is the traditional Swap Meet. This event features pre-1976 automotive parts, services and nostalgic items offered for sale by well over 700 vendors in 1500+ outdoor spaces as well as 250 covered spaces. Swap Meet attendees will also see well over 400 Collector Vehicles offered “For Sale” in the outdoor car corral that is adjacent to the swap area. No matter if you come for the cars, the competition, or the concession, this event will offer enough thrill for the entire family.  Racing and admission is free for Hot August Nights registered car participants, and if you’re not registered, the Autocross and Swap Meet Admission is $6 daily.

Hot August Nights Drag Race and Burnouts

From 6:00 P.M. until midnight, Wednesday, July 30 to Sunday, August 3, the stars of the streets will be racing down the track located at the Nugget in Sparks.  The modified drag strip at the Nugget offers the full race experience to street legal cars showcased at Hot August Nights.  Rivals will push the limits of their pre-1976 cars in order to get the best time, and as if pushing a classic car to the limit was not enough pressure, all the races will be done in front of a sea of spectators.  Admission for non-Hot August Nights registered participants is $10, and if you are a participant in Hot August Nights, you might need the drag race registration information!

Second Annual Barrett-Jackson Cup

The Barrett-Jackson Cup Show-n-Shine will display the best Hot August Nights cars in the streets of downtown Reno.  This showcase will kick-off on Wednesday, July 30 and last until Friday, August 1.  Cars will be parked from 9:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. on 4th Street just between Center and Sierra Street. This event will display impeccable show car creations, traveling masterpieces, and extremely rare one-of vehicles, making this a spectator must!

For more information on Hot August Nights visit the event website where you can find all of the daily happenings that will populate the Reno-Sparks area!

The 2014 Hydro-Turf Pro Watercross Tour to Make a Splash (Or Two) at Sparks Marina

Starting at 9:00 AM on Saturday, June 28, the Pro Watercross Tour will be providing a weekend full of screaming engines and strong wakes at the Sparks Marina. Deemed as the “NASCAR of Watercross,” this high-adrenaline sport will leave spectators screaming as racers reach top speeds of 90 mph while racing around buoyed courses!

sparks_1The US Open of Watercross is the third stop on the Hydro-Turf Pro Watercross Tour. Top USA and International competitors and race teams will be in attendance.  These riders will utilize some of the most advanced equipment and technology, and engage in a fierce battle of skill, technology and innovation on and off the water.

When the race is set, heavily modified watercrafts and their daring drivers will wait anxiously in the side-by-side gates. Upon command, the half-machine/half-man cyborgs will jolt to life as the opening gates release the racers to scream past the crowd at racing speeds of up to 90 miles per hour. High adrenaline leave the ringing memory of a great experience in your ear.

Witness the potential for history to be made on June 28, as the title for Guinness World Records “Most Consecutive Back Flips on a Personal Watercraft” will be attempted.  This trick-filled day will surely leave any age in awe.

Schedule your visit accordingly to get the best experience out of this full throttle event. For more information visit www.prowatercross.com/sparks.com

Weekend Schedule of Events (Sparks Marina)

Saturday, June 28

9:15am              Practice session for racers

10:15am             Amateur racing begins

11:00am             Opening ceremony with prayer and national anthem, Pro Runabout Open – MOTO 1

11:20am             Pro Ski GP – MOTO 1

11:40am             Pro Runabout Stock – MOTO 1

12:00pm             Pro Freestyle – MOTO 1

1:00pm              Intermission – autograph session with pros

1:30pm              Racing continues, all classes

5:00pm              Racing ends for the day

7:00pm              Guinness World Record setting event (Sparks, NV only)

Sunday, June 29

9:15am              Amateur racing

11:00pm             Pro Runabout Open – MOTO 2

11:20am             Pro Ski GP – MOTO 2

11:40am             Pro Stock – MOTO 2

12:00pm             Pro Freestyle (finals)

1:00pm              Pro Runabout Open (finals) – MOTO 3

1:20pm              Pro Ski GP (finals) – MOTO 3

1:40pm              Pro Runabout Stock – MOTO 3

2:00pm              Amateur racing

4:00om              Awards ceremony

The Ultimate Fourth of July in Reno Tahoe

Sport your Red, White and Tahoe Blue as sparks fly on the Fourth of July in Reno Tahoe USA! Reno, Sparks and North Lake Tahoe will light up the night with the largest firework shows in the region, good eats and treats for the kids.

Lake Tahoe

Go to North Lake for sun, sand and the largest fireworks display in Lake Tahoe for the 4th! The sixth annual celebration offers good old-fashioned fun for all ages, with a parade and festival, aerial and land military demonstrations, beer and wine tastings, and carnival. Voted by MSN.Travel.com and AOL.com as one of the “Top Ten 4th of July Festivals in America.”

Photo: Howard Hawk

Sparks

The region’s longest, most spectacular fireworks display is set off from the roof of JA Nugget while thousands of revelers celebrate July 4th on Victorian Square below. Live entertainment for the whole family, a kid’s area and an array of food choices complete the evening.

Star Spangled Sparks

Reno

Celebrate the Fourth with America’s pastime. Grab a hot dog, watch the Reno Aces baseball team take on Sacramento, sip on a cold local brew, and sit back for a major pyrotechnic presentation after the game at Aces Stadium! It doesn’t get much more American than that.

Downtown Reno will spice up the All-American weekend with the 13th annual Wing Fest! Sample sauces, get wigged out on wings and jam to (free!) live entertainment!IMG_1353

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.

IMG_2081Fun for the Entire Family

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.

Hot August Nights and the Downtown Properties Present Spring Fever Revival

To keep the flames ablaze Hot August Nights and the Downtown Properties present Spring Fever Revival Friday, May 30 and Saturday May 31, from 10a.m. to 9p.m.

Registration for the event is open to all 1976 and older vehicles with free entry for Hot August Nights 2014 registered car participants. All contributors will receive a commemorative dash plaque, a two for one buffet at Silver Legacy and lunch provided by A&W. For non-registered participants there is a $25 entry fee.

“With over 600 classic cars that participate and free live entertainment provided by the Silver Legacy this is a great kickoff to  get the crowd excited for our main event, July 29 through August 3 ,” said Tony Marini, Executive Director of Hot August Nights. “This event grows each year with the commitment and collaboration of our downtown sponsors, Silver Legacy, Eldorado, Circus Circus and Harrah’s, we are grateful to have their participation.”

To add to the celebration there will also be a Celebrity Choice Show-n-Shine with ten winners on Saturday, Food & beverage booths, memorabilia and street faire vendors. Keeping with the tradition, as Virginia Street lines with cars from our past, DJ Smerk will spin us into the live performances by Travelin Band, Decades and Nathan Owens.

Entertainment Schedule Provided by the Silver Legacy:

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10:00 am – 4:00 pm         DJ Smerk

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm             Travelin Band

5:45 pm – 6:45 pm             Travelin Band

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm             Travelin Band

5/31/14 (Saturday)

10:00 am – 12:00 pm       DJ Smerk

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm          Decades

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm             Decades

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm             Decades

3:45 pm – 4:30 pm CHANGE OVER

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm             Nathan Owens

5:45 pm – 6:45 pm            Nathan Owens

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm            Nathan Owens

As Spring Fever Revival rumbles on for the last two days of May, it will also play a part in this year’s main event registration as the discounted price of $170 will increase on June 1st. The $170 package includes admission into the Spring Fever Revival show, the main event on July 29 – Aug. 3, dash plaque, hat, pin, t-shirt, an admission into the Hot August Nights Auction presented by Barrett-Jackson, Swap Meet and more.

Take a step back in time, and join us for the kickoff to the premiere classic car event in the world. For more information please call the Hot August Nights Office with questions (775) 356-1956 or visit www.hotaugustnights.net.

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.

Thanksgiving Weekend Menu of Events

Make spirits bright after the gravy is gone with this menu of weekend starters, Thanksgiving dinner options and post-dinner delights!

Weekend Starters

1_thaksgivingbash-320x320Get Basted

Wet your palate at the ultimate Friendsgiving Feast with $5 Turkey Basters, $3 Coronas, $4 Fireballs and good tunes. Catching up with family and friends available on the side.……………………… Nov. 27

Turkey Trot

A guilt-free appetizer fresh from the world’s largest all-sports store. The annual 10k fun run on Thanksgiving will give you the head start you need on the candied yams and pumpkin pies.

Lighter options available: 2 mile run or 2 mile walk.……………………… Nov. 28

Thanksgiving Dinner

Click here to refer to the Thanksgiving dining blog for delectable options.

After Dinner Delights

1_rodneycarringtonCountry Craze

Choose between two hunks of country music – Rodney Carrington or Gary Allan; both bringing platinum albums to the table.……………………… November 29 and 30 respectively.

UNR Football

Two competing ingredients, UNR and BYU try to steal the spotlight. Served with intense fans. Beer included.……………………… November 30

Sharp Shoppers

A shopoholic’s favorite! Holiday Shopping Guide (Coupons included!), Crafts for Christmas and Magic of Santa Art & Crafts Faire are stuffed with rich goodies.……………………… All weekend.

1_pinkArtists A La Mode

A variety of palate pleasing options and artistic flavor to top off the weekend – all catered to your liking. Recommendations include: Sinbad if you’re craving a good laugh, Artown Encore Presents: Pink Martini for a dash of musical delight, Ice Fantasy for a flavorful mash-up, and The Addams Family to please the kids.……………………… Click on events for dates.

For more side options, check out our events calendar!

7 Ways to Celebrate Nevada Day This Weekend

Happy 149th Birthday, Nevada! Here are seven ways to celebrate Nevada’s big day, this weekend:

  1. Watch the Nevada Day Parade in Carson City on Saturday, Oct 26 – it’s the biggest event. The parade goes from 10am-1pm. This will be the 75th parade!
  2. Look up for the Balloon Launch before the big parade, at 8am, followed by a…
  3. Military Aircraft Flyover from Fallon Naval Air Station and Nevada Air Guard.
  4. Attend the UNR vs UNLV football game for the Freemont Cannon on October 26, at Mackay Stadium in Reno. (Go Pack!)
  5. Dig in to the 19th Annual Chili Feed hosted by Lt. Governor Brian K. Krolicki at the Carson Nugget at 2:00pm on Parade Day, Oct 26.
  6. Get moving at the Nevada Day Classic Run/Walk in Carson City – 8k  Run and 2 Mi Run/Walk – at 8am, Oct 26.
  7. Enjoy Free Museum Admissions: Sparks Museum for Nevada residents on October 25, and Nevada State Museum during the Parade in Carson City, October 26.

Click here to view the complete list of events and festivities!

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Haunted Halloween in Virginia City

What better place to celebrate Halloween than a place that is known as one of the three most haunted towns in the country? With Virginia City’s rich history, there are plenty of ghost stories to go around. If you can handle it, we invite you to come see what Halloween on the Comstock is all about.

Several spooky events take place throughout the month of October to celebrate this haunted holiday. Virginia City Ghost Tours offer a chilling overnight ghost walking tour on select nights throughout the month. On October 31, kids can come dressed in their costumes and enjoy the Halloween Parade then trick-or-treat down C Street. The V&T has a special Halloween night train, the Witches Delight Train. The cemetery, usually closed at night, opens for night-tours Halloween night only. This is not for the faint of heart! .

There’s plenty more ghostly stuff happening in Virginia City. Check online for more information.

Virginia City street view

Feeling Brave? Stay in One of The Haunted Hotels

If you really want a scare, stay overnight to get the full haunted Halloween experience in Virginia City. There are quite a few haunted bed and breakfasts, hotels and motels to choose from, each with their own stories of ghosts and other unexplained mysteries.

The Silver Queen Hotel & Wedding Chapel offers 28 beautifully restored rooms and one of the most notably haunted sleeps in Virginia City. It is said to be haunted by a woman who killed her own baby, then committed suicide in one of the rooms. The Silver Queen offers ghost tours Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

The Gold Hill Hotel, opened in 1861, is the oldest hotel in Nevada. It is also supposedly haunted. In 1869 a terrible fire killed dozens of miners at the nearby Yellowjacket Mine. It is said these miners have stayed around. Other ghostly appearances at Gold Hill Hotel include a woman that emits a rose fragrance and sounds of giggling children.

If you’d rather stay somewhere less haunted, Virginia City has more lodging options online.

Real Ghost Stories

Not sure if Virginia City is haunted enough for you? Check out these recent stories and YOU decide what’s real:

It’s Always Haunted in Virginia City – Huffington Post

Who You Gonna Call? – AZ Sports & Lifestyle

We Need Ghosts More Than They Need Us – Psychology Today

Spectator’s Guide to Ironman North Lake Tahoe

It’s race week of the inaugural Ironman Lake Tahoe! Cheer on the insanely fit Ironman athletes as they compete in a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run race. The event takes place September 22, with 2,500 athletes competing for a slot in the Ironman World Championships and a piece of the $75,000 purse. These athletes are excited to compete in stunning Lake Tahoe… after all, the event registrations sold out in less than 24 hours!

First-Impression_Ironman_2012Here are some of the best places to watch the event according to Ironmon event producers:

BEST PLACE TO WATCH THE SWIM:

Kings Beach State Park, athletes will enter the swim from Kings Beach State Park, and Transition is in the parking lot adjacent to the beach. The best place to park will be at Kings Beach Elementary School, a few short blocks from the beach off Steelhead Ave.

BEST PLACE TO WATCH THE BIKE:

Spectators have a number of great places to watch athletes on the bike course. Spectators can watch athletes at two “hot corners” where athletes will pass multiple times. One is at the entrance to Squaw Valley under the Olympic flame where you can see your athlete pass three times. The second will be in Kings Beach at the Corner of 267 and 28 where athletes will be starting their day on the bike, and then passing 3 additional times. The Town of Truckee will also be having a street celebration closing down Donner Pass road thru old town Truckee with the athletes racing down the middle of the street. There will be live music, activities for kids and adults, and food at restaurants adjacent to the course.

BEST PLACE TO WATCH THE RUN:

The run course has a number of lively spots to catch your athlete multiple times. The

Squaw Valley Village will be an ideal location, close to the finish line, with food, music, the Ironman Village expo, and athletes making multiple passes in the area before finishing. Easy parking also makes this an ideal location to spend the day. The “hot corner” under the Olympic flame will also be a location where athletes can be cheered on three times on the bike, and 4 times on the run.

Be sure to hop over to Reno before or after the race – it’s close enough that the Ironman runners could probably run there!