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Benvenuto to the 29th Annual Eldorado Great Italian Festival!

ItalianfestAs the air gets a little more crisp across Reno it can only mean one thing—the Eldorado Great Italian Festival is almost here!  The 29th Annual event celebrates the food, culture, music and traditions of Italy on Saturday, October 9 and Sunday, October 10. 

Start the weekend on Friday, October 8 with the Eldorado’s Fall Crush party featuring the wines of Ferrari-Carano Vineyards.  Celebrate the vineyard’s harvesting season with all different varieties of Ferrari-Carano wines paired with the Eldorado’s spectacular hors d’oeuvres in the Eldorado Convention Center.  Tickets are available for just $40 per person—call 775-786-5700 or visit the Eldorado Information Desk to reserve.

The party hits the streets on Saturday as the 29thAnnual Great Italian Festival kicks off! One of the most anticipated events of the year, the main feature of the Festival is the authentic homemade Italian cuisine. This year’s menu consists of both traditional Italian dishes and Italian favorites with contemporary flair.  Six different booths will feature everything from ravioli, lasagna, risotto, Italian pizzas and polenta.  For those looking for a new Italian dish, try the New York Steak Flatbread or the Garlic Parmesano fries.  No meal would be complete without dessert!  Stop by the homemade Gelato booth or grab a piece of melt-in-your-mouth tiramisu.

This is also the chance for Italian families across the West Coast to compete in the highly anticipated Great Italian Festival Sauce Cookoff!  Hailing from Lombardia, Puglia, Sicily and so many more, each family has a “secret recipe” for sauce that guests can sample for themselves!  Pasta bowls are available at 2 p.m. each day, but careful, they go fast!

Italian Fest 2Free live entertainment adds to the fresh air and Italian faire, with Festival favorites like Ray Massa and the EuroRythms, Moreno Fruzzetti, Pasquale Esposito and Dick Contino, the legendary virtuoso of the accordion.  The ladies of Tre Bella will also be heating up the stage with everything from their new hit dance track to pop, R&B and the Italian classics.  A new, young face with a booming, Sinatra-esque voice will also wow the crowds.  Mitch Franco may only be 16 but boy this kid can sing!

Kick off those shoes and take part in traditional Italian activities like the Grape Stomp, where guests actually get into a barrel of grapes and compete against others to find the master of grape-mashing!  Play Bocce Ball on the lawn or browse through the Italian-inspired arts and crafts booths to find a souvenir.  Children’s games and face painting are also available.

The fun continues inside the Eldorado with the Famous Italian Buffet, served nightly at The Buffet on the mezzanine level beginning at 4 p.m.  Guests can also enter to win a Mediterranean Cruise by stopping by our Promotion Center for details.

Join in the fun at the 29thAnnual Eldorado Great Italian Festival on Saturday, October 9 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information on the Italian Festival visit www.eldoradoreno.com or call 775-786-5700.

-Diana Rogers

Spectator Tips for a Worry-Free Time at the Great Reno Balloon Race

BalloonsEvent organizers of The Great Reno Balloon Race, scheduled for Sept. 10 – 12at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, have put together some helpful tips to ensure that all spectators have a wonderful weekend at the Balloon Race. Tips include important information on transportation to the event, where to park, what to wear and other dos and don’ts:

  • Admission is free, but make sure to bring money for tethered rides, souvenirs or food and drink from a variety of vendors, including a VIP breakfast catered by High Pointe Catering.
  • Dress in layers; September in northern Nevada tends to bring chilly mornings.
  • Weather information is available at www.kkoh.com or News Talk 780.
  • Arrive early on Saturday and Sunday, in time to watch the Glow Show at 5 a.m., to get VIP seating for a $5 donation, or prime blanket area for free.
  • Please leave your pets at home. The abundance of people along with strange noises and surroundings can make animals anxious and confused.
  • Smoking is always prohibited on the launch field.
  • Don’t forget your camera so you can catch every moment of this spectacular event.
  • Please remember to recycle while at the event, you’ll not only be keeping our community clean, but you’ll be helping out the NorthStar District Boy Scouts Troup #168, who will use the recycling as a fundraiser. The more you recycle the more money they’ll raise.
  • Visit the kids play area on Balloon Boulevard, the vendor area, after Mass Ascension.
  • Stay in your pajamas on Saturday, Sept. 11 for The World’s Largest Pajama Party. Come in your best (or worst) bed-head to enter in the Bed-Head Competition. Judging starts at 8 a.m. at the Pajama Party tent.

 Transportation/Parking Tips:

  • There is a limited amount of parking at the event so be sure to arrive early. There is free parking available at the University’s north lots, but all cars must be removed by 10 a.m. Parking is also available at N. Sierra St. and McCarran Blvd. or the Coleman St. parking lot for a $5 donation to the Reno South Rotary Club children’s charities. Parking is prohibited along McCarran Blvd and violators will be towed.

 

  • Transportation to and from the event is provided by RTC RIDE, which offers direct, nonstop service to the entrance of the park on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 11 and 12, from 4 to 10 a.m. Each of the three stops in downtown Reno, Reed High School in Sparks and the Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority Convention Center on south Virginia, are serviced every 30 minutes. Round trip fares are $5 for adults and $2.50 for youth (ages 6 to 18) and seniors/disabled. For more information call (775) 348-RIDE.

 

  • Handicap parking is available at the Washington St. entrance to the park for those with a handicapped placard or license plate.

 

  • If you’d rather ride your bike to the event, you can leave it with the bike valet at the Washington St. entrance for a donation to the Reno Bike Project.

 For a full schedule of events and more information about this year’s event, please visit www.renoballoon.comor call the Great Reno Balloon Race hotline at (775) 826-1181.

 Thanks to the continued support of generous sponsors, The Great Reno Balloon Race continues as a free event for its 29th year. This year’s major sponsors include: Wells Fargo Bank, Wilbur D. May Foundation, Silver Legacy Resort Casino,  Peppermill Hotel Casino, Harrah’s Reno, City of Reno, Jack in the Box, Great Basin Internet Services, News Talk 780 KOH, Bonanza Casino, Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority. With a special thanks to our Founding Sponsors: Circus Circus, IGT, Sands Regency Casino Hotel, Muckel Anderson CPAs and the University of Nevada, Reno.

-Written by Rebecca Wikler, special to VisitRenoTahoe

Ride in a T-6 Airplane during the Great Reno Balloon Race!

BalloonThe Great Reno Balloon Race, thanks to the generosity of the National Championship Air Races, is auctioning off six exclusive airplane ride packages on eBay. The winning bidders will get to ride in T-6 airplanes during the “Missing Man” formation while the National Anthem is sung. The package will also include an official Balloon Race poster and pins.

The package is valued at more than $800 and bidding will start on eBay at $300. The “Buy it Now” bid will also be available for $1,000. Three packages will be auctioned off between Monday, Aug. 23 and Sunday, Aug. 29. Three more packages will also be available for bid starting Monday, Aug. 30 and ending Sunday, Sept. 5. Bidding will close promptly at 3 p.m. on Sunday each week. The last day to bid will be Sunday, Sept. 5. Visit the Reno Balloon Race website to be directed to the eBay auction page.

The Great Reno Balloon Race is the largest free hot-air balloon festival in the nation, and the proceeds from this auction will go directly toward the event’s operating expenses. Those who are unable to bid, but would still like to support the Balloon Race may also make donations at the event’s Web site.

-Rebecca Wikler, special to the Reno Tahoe Blog

Powerful, Soulful and Sassy: the Reno-Tahoe Blues Festival is Back!

Blues FestBack for its 6thyear, the Reno-Tahoe Blues Fest brings nine blues artists to Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater at Bartley Ranch Regional Park for three intimate nights of live music Aug. 27 – 29, 2010. Performances include headliners Barbara Carr, Floyd Taylor and Miss E.C. Scott. Additional artists are Tia Carroll, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Ms. Jody, Chick Willis, Zac Harmon, Alabama Mike and The 3rd Degree and host Larry La La. Tickets are now available online

Scott is a fixture on the Bay Area blues scene in San Francisco and Oakland and honed her chops singing her blend of classic soul and gospel mixed with a dose of 90s funkiness. She began singing in clubs at just 16 and released her debut “Come Get Your Love” in 1995 after building a strong following and touring for several years on the festival circuit. Since then she’s continued on to release three more albums including “The Other Side of Me.”

After more than 50 years of performing, Carr still brings crowds of fans to their feet with her soulful blues voice. She started her musical career in the church as The Crosby Sisters in St. Louis. She became interested in R&B and later founded her own group, The Comets Combo, based on the inspiration from blues greats. From then on she performed with numerous groups and as a solo artist even making her way into country for a time. Truly dynamic, Carr is now recognized internationally for her amazing blues sound.

Taylor returns to Reno after performing at the fest’s 2008 kickoff party. The son of legendary bluesman Johnny Taylor, he began singing in church at the age of five. He honed his skills throughout his school years and then on the blues stages of Chicago. In 1998 he was named Chicago Blues Society’s Entertainer of the Year.

Blues Fest 2For 2010 the fest has changed its format offering a more intimate experience in the Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater at Bartley Ranch Regional Park. Accommodating just over 900, the setting features an amphitheater-style area as well as general admission lawn area. 

The fest kicks off nightly at 6:30 p.m. and presents three artists each night. Tickets are on sale now with three-day reserved seat packages just $125 per person. Single day tickets are $30 per day for general admission lawn and $45 per day for reserved seating. Parking on site is free. For more information, click here.  

-Content courtesy of Reno-Tahoe Blues Fest

The Reno-Tahoe Blues Fest, founded in 2005, was created to bring world-class blues to the Reno-Tahoe region and to celebrate the history, culture and spirit of the blues. The multi-day festival attracts audiences from around the country to hear some of the biggest names in blues including Etta James, Clarence Carter, Buddy Guy, Bobby Rush, Keb Mo, Mavis Staples, Jonny Lang and others. Established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Reno-Tahoe Blues Fest supports music education for youth in the Reno-Tahoe area through a scholarship program and ongoing assistance for school music equipment purchases and jazz band programs. Funds for the festival are raised through corporate sponsorships and ticket sales. 

Only Three Concerts Left in the Lake Tahoe Music Festival!

Lake Tahoe Music FestivalCrisp mountain air, crystal blue waters, the laughter of friends and family and a concert under the stars – that’s the Lake Tahoe Music Festival. It’s a summer music destination and you truly have to be here to feel it. Combining Broadway and classical, classic rock, jazz, big band swing and even a little country, the festival’s six-concert summer series attracts more than 12,000 attendees annually to scenic venues throughout North Lake Tahoe and Truckee, California with tickets starting from $25.

In its 28th season, the Lake Tahoe Music Festival brings another spectacular lineup through August 7. In the remaining three concerts, enjoy the company and musical talents of Natalie Cole, Michael McDonald and Wynonna, the festival’s first foray into country music.

On Saturday July 31st, spend a night with Wynonna at Northstar-at-Tahoe – marking the first time in the festival’s history it has taken place at Northstar. In addition to being once named “Top Female Vocalist of the Year” by the Academy of Country Music, Wynonna has also been referred as “the greatest country singer since Patsy Cline” by Rolling Stone Magazine.

“Adding a country star to our concert series is a first for us but we wanted to do it right and Wynonna fits the bill perfectly,” Lisa Krueger, chief executive officer of the Lake Tahoe Music Festival, said. “In the past five years we’ve booked our concert lineup based on feedback from attendees and in our last annual survey a majority of respondents asked for country music and we listened. Wynonna’s a talented and industry-recognized sensation who goes beyond country, offering a diverse musical range that we’re certain our attendees will embrace.”

Ever since her record-breaking, quintuple platinum debut solo CD, 1992’s “Wynonna,” which reached No. 1 on the country chart and loomed in the top five of Billboard’s “Top Albums” chart, the singer has remained  a recognizable, yet unpredictable icon. Wynonna’s latest album, “Sing: Chapter 1” pays homage to country, rock, blues and soul-baring standards originated by legendary artists that have formed the unique soundtrack to her own life.

On Thursday August 5th, spend the evening with 9-time Grammy Award winner, Natalie Cole. Cole’s performance in Tahoe is just a mere five days after a show in Istanbul, Turkey. Daughter of crooner Nat King Cole and former Duke Ellington Orchestra singer Maria Cole, Natalie Cole began performing at age 11. Her slew of hit songs includes “Pink Cadillac”, which was covered by Bruce Springsteen and made into a movie.

The Lake Tahoe Music Festival will wrap up the festivities with Michael McDonald on Saturday August 7th. Described as a “blue-eyed soul” singer, McDonald has a distinctive husky baritone voice. He is known for his work as a member of the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan.

Festival gates open at 5 p.m. and performances begin at 7 p.m.  The casual festival atmosphere is enhanced with gourmet food and wine for sale, and picnics are welcome.

The festival’s summer concert series supports an Educational Outreach Program (EOP) which introduces new audiences to classical music through education, exposure and programming for youth in the Truckee and North Lake Tahoe communities and nationally through the new Orchestra Academy. Through its mentorship programs and other music education opportunities, the EOP aids young musical artists and emerging ensembles, offering training, guidance and concert presentation.

Founded in 1982 by Edgar Braun, conductor of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, the Lake Tahoe Music Festival is a summer music destination presenting an annual concert series at scenic venues throughout North Lake Tahoe and Truckee. The Lake Tahoe Music Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that presents quality, diverse musical experiences and creates educational and performance opportunities for aspiring young musicians including the new Orchestra Academy. Funds for the Festival are raised through individual donations, corporate sponsorships and grants.

***Reno Tahoe USA has TWO pairs of tickets to giveaway! Visit our Facebook page to enter!

4th of July Festivities in Reno Tahoe USA

Courhouse at NightCan you believe we are officially more than half-way through the year? Time sure flies when you’re having fun in Reno Tahoe USA – and the fun happens 365 days a year here, by the way.

This weekend it’s time to celebrate our nation’s independence, and Reno Tahoe USA is packed with more barbecues, shows and family events than the biggest firework you’ve ever seen! Approximately 34.9 million Americans plan to travel this weekend. We’re willing to bet 33.9 of those wish they were here.

 We’ve put together a list of weekend festivities – from history-making celebrations, to music in the park, to the longest, most spectacular fireworks show in our region – we’re sure to have something for everyone. With daytime highs in the mid-80’s to low-90’s, whip out your red, white and blue – it’s time to get outside!

 ARTOWN – July 4th Weekend Events

Pops at the Ranch with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra

Saturday, July 3, 8 p.m., FREE, Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, 775-323-6393

To kick off the Reno Philharmonic’s summer concerts, the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra will perform patriotic music to get the crowd ready for the 4th of July weekend. The orchestra is led by Jason Altieri, conductor of the Reno Philharmonic Youth Orchestras and the UNR orchestra. For more information, click here.

SwedenCelebrates Virginia City with the Sigtuna Brass Sextet

Saturday, July 3, 7 p.m., Tickets $7.50 and $15

Pipers Opera House, Virginia City, 775-847-0433

Due to some key Swedish inventions like dynamite, nitro-glycerin and even the match, Virginia City was able to flourish. Alfred Nobel was pleased with Virginia City’s applications of his inventions for mining purposes. The Sigtuna Brass Sextet portrays the experience of those early days in uniform playing instruments and music of the day while celebrating Virginia City and the nation it helped build. For more information, click here.

 Patriotic American Fourth Concert, a Family Affair with MasterWorks Chorale

Sunday, July 4, 4 p.m., FREE, Wingfield Park, 1st St. & Arlington Ave., 775-324-1940

The MasterWorks Choralepresents a 4th of July patriotic and American folk music concert. Special music such as “Stars Spangled Banner,” “When I First came to this Land,” “Oh Susannah,” “Camptown Races,” “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” and “Shenandoah”, plus the well-known “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”  It’s music and fun for the whole family. For more information on Artown, click here or call the office at 775-322-1538.

Sparks, Nevada 4th of July Extravaganza

The Sparks Marina will be open for swimming from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m., and of course the newest whitewater park in Reno Tahoe USA is open to everyone!

The region’s preeminent holiday celebration and fireworks display – Star Spangled Sparks – takes place on Sunday, July 4, on Victorian Square in downtown Sparks. This 11th annual celebration of family and freedom is highlighted by a 20-minute state-of-the-art pyrotechnic display, framed by the Nugget’s picturesque hotel towers, making the fiery light exhibition the longest and most spectacular show in the region.

The activities start on Victorian Square at 4 p.m., with kid’s rides, multiple food and drink vendors and a National Guard flyover. Fireworks begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. The Legends at Sparks Marina will run a shuttle from the shopping center to the Marina from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

FireworksNorth Tahoe July 4th Celebrations

Gene Hamilton’s BetterRide Downhill Camp to Northstar Resort

Date: Jul 2 (Fri) – Jul 4, 2010 (Sun)

BetterRide is putting on a 3-day downhill mountain bike camp at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort. This is an amazing opportunity to learn from one of the most experienced coaches in the sport. Learn to rail corners like Mitch Ropelato; fly through rock gardens like Graeme Pitts and race like Greg Minnaar. Sign up soon as this camp is limited to 14 riders to ensure the optimal athlete coach ratio! Designed for downhill racers and riders, this Downhill Camp focuses on the core skills that the BetterRide coached pros use, mental preparation and of course, FUN. For more information on costs, rules and registration email betterride@gmail.com or call 970.261.1869.

Tahoe Star Tours ~ War & Love Meet in the Sky at Northstar Resort

Date: Friday, Jul 2, 2010, 8:30pm-10:30pm

Guests interested in taking advantage of the resort’s unique mountain setting which is ideal for star gazing may choose to participate in a Tahoe Star Tour. Led by star guide Amateur Astronomer Tony Berendsen, these evening sky tours take guests on a trip across the heavens. Tours are highly interactive and allow guests to have a hands-on experience at amateur astronomy. Tahoe Star Tours meet at the top of the Highlands Gondola at the Ritz-Carlton Destination Club. From there, guests are escorted to the viewing location on the deck of the Big Springs Day Lodge, located mid-mountain at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort. Proper walking footwear is recommended. There is a cost to participate. All tours include a commemorative flashlight. For more information or reservations, click here.

Free Show! Austin Blues Great Carolyn Wonderland

Date: Jul 2, 2010 (Fri) at Crystal Bay Casino, Crystal Bay, NV, 10:00 p.m.

Carolyn Wonderland is the real deal. She’s an amazing guitar and trumpet musician and can she sing! A dollop of Janis Joplin, a slice of Stevie Ray Vaughan, and a big load of soulful individuality… that’s Wonderland, a seething-hot Texas singer-guitarist. For more information, click here.

Kings Beach’s 2010 Music Series, Kings Beach, CA

Date: Jul 2, (Fri) – Aug 20, 2010 (Fri)

The lineup has been confirmed for the 2010 Kings Beach Music on the Beach series. Local favorites the Blues Monsters will again kick off the series at the opening show on July 2. The ALWAYS FREE music series kicks off Friday, July 2 and runs every Friday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., until Aug. 20 at the Kings Beach State Recreation Area. The Trey Stone Band is slated for the series finale on Aug. 20. For the complete lineup call (530) 546-9000 or click here.

Red, White and Tahoe Blue Tahoe July 2-4 Events! Various Locations in Incline Village, NV

Date: Jul 2, 2010 (Fri)

This weekend event includes festivities during both day and night with all types of patriotic activities – barbecues, pancake breakfast, opening ceremonies, dress up doggie contest and Fireworks on the 4th. It’s fun for everyone! For all of the details, click here.

Run to the Beach: 5K and 10K ~ Starting at the North Tahoe Regional Park

Date: Jul 4, 2010 (Sun), 8:00 a.m.

Run to the Beach 5 and 10k starts at the North Tahoe Regional Park. From the park you have an option of participating in the 5 or 10k distance both of which finish on the “Big” beach in Kings Beach, CA. Kings Beach is a great place to spend your July 4th weekend. Fireworks are scheduled for the evening of July 3rd. For more information, clik here.

Reno July 4th Celebrations

Reno Aces

The Reno Aces return to Reno for July 4th for a four-game run against the Sacramento River Cats. Festivities will start at 2:00 p.m.

Although Sunday’s 6:35 game is completely sold out, fans are welcome to join the festivities on the plaza in front of Aces Ballpark beginning at 2 p.m. The plaza will be home to inflatables for kids, water balloon and potato sack races, a visit from Archie and more.

In addition, the newly-opened Beer Garden at the Freight House District will be holding volleyball and bocce ball tournaments throughout the afternoon. The Harters will play a pregame concert at 3:45 p.m., and a number of Aces players will participate in an autograph session at 4:30 p.m.

Fans are also welcome to view the game and the postgame fireworks show at the Freight House District, located at Aces Ballpark, from inside Bugsy’s Sports Bar and Grill, outside on the Bugsy’s Sports Bar Patio or on one of the more than 30 high-definition flat-screen televisions located throughout the Freight House District. Open year-round and seven days a week regardless of whether the Aces have a game or not, the Freight House District will be one of the premier viewing locations for the much-anticipated Aces Ballpark Independence Day fireworks show.

Grand Sierra Resort, Reno -Centennial Celebration: Johnson vs. Jeffries

Exactly one hundred years ago on this July 4, the whole world was watching Reno, Nevada, in perhaps one of the most important events in American Boxing History. 20-thousand boxing fans from around the world poured into Reno to witness the “Battle of the Century”. (That was 5-thousand more people than Reno’s population at the time!) It was a matchup between Jim Jeffries and Jack Johnson, the first African American to hold the World Heavyweight Championship. Johnson was an intimidating boxer and was considered a pariah amongst white America because of his refusal to live his life according to the bigoted social norms prevalent during 1910.

Now, exactly 100 years later, the city of Reno will honor the legacy of this most famous of fights with a three-day celebration, July 2-4, 2010, featuring boxing celebrities, family members of those involved in the original fight, as well as live professional boxing at the Grand Sierra Resort, which will be aired by Fox Sports Net.

The list of professional boxers includes Reno native and super middleweight Joey Gilbert (19-2, 15 KOs), former Jr. flyweight champion Ulises Solís (30-2, 21 KOs) and undefeated up-and-coming middleweight Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales (12-0, 9 Kos).

Visitors to the 100-year anniversary celebration will have the opportunity to tour the original fight site as well as the locations of both Johnson’s and Jeffries’ pre-fight training camps.

Dates, times and more details about these and other events planned for the Johnson-Jeffries 100-year anniversary celebration can be found here , along with more history of the original fight and information about lodging packages available for the weekend.

RSCC FireworksPeppermill Resort Casino

July 3, don’t miss an exciting night of Rock! Arnel Pineda of “Journey” plays his Love To Rock concert with Rachelle Ann Go and the Ammo Band in Peppermill’s state-of-the-art Tuscany Event Center. Ticket prices start at $48 and are available online or on site at Peppermill’s Information Booth or Hotel Front Desk, or by phone at (877) 525-7469.  Doors open at 7pm.

 Eldorado and Silver Legacy Resort Casino

There’s quite a bit to do at the Eldorado and Silver Legacy for 4th of July weekend. Here’s the rundown:

The Eldorado:
“Shake, Rattle & Roll” – Special Summer Pricing, tickets starting at just $19.95 for adults

Silver Legacy:
Cafe Sedona – All American Burger and Fries, with Soda $6 with beer $8
Bud and Bud Light $2.50 at all casino bars

Co-Sponsored Events:
The Great International Chicken Wing Society Cook Off – July 3-5 on Virginia St.

It’s spiciest, most affordable 4th of July festival to ever hit Downtown Reno—Silver Legacy Resort Casino is hosting the 9th Annual Great International Chicken Wing Society Cook-off on Virginia Street this 4th of July weekend!

From Saturday, July 3 to Monday, July 5 you’ll have a chance to sample the best sauces, taste top-notch wings and watch the best in the business compete for poultry pride. Nearly a dozen restaurants and bars will be on hand to compete, including last year’s defending champ from right here in Nevada, the “Havin’ an Affair” sweet and spicy sauce from Las Vegas. For more information, click here.

Chinese Concert – July 4 at the Reno Ballroom, 8 p.m.

Vietnamese Concert – July 4 at the Pioneer Center, 6 p.m.

Pops in the Park, presented by the Sierra Philharmonic League
Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, Jason Altieri conducting
July 4, 4:30 p.m. Mormon State Park, Genoa NV, FREE
The Reno Philharmonic Orchestra has performed at “Pops in the Park” in Genoa to capacity crowds for over 25 years, and could be a best kept secret in Reno. The Sierra Philharmonic League organizes the family friendly event with clowns, strolling musicians, along with silent and live auctions.

Love is in the Air – Literally.

BalloonsMany people know exactly how their dream wedding will play out, right down to the flowers, music, weather and cake flavor. Are you among those who have fantasized about getting married in the sky?

The Great Reno Balloon Race is offering that once-in-a-lifetime experience this fall! On September 11, 2010 you can get married at The Great Reno Balloon Race! All eyes will be on you as the first bridal couple to wed at this internationally renowned hot-air balloon festival. Featured on the graceful rolling hills of Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, this dramatic event is the perfect backdrop to your dream wedding. Experience the beauty and excitement of a glorious morning wedding as a rainbow of hot-air balloons drift above your magical and romantic ceremony; this will be a spectacular wedding to remember! The Love is in the Air Wedding* will be awarded to the highest bidding couple. This exclusive destination wedding package will be provided to the lucky bride and groom by the Weddings of the West Association.

The All inclusive premier Wedding Package is valued at over $58,000+ and includes:

  • Wedding and reception for 25 guests at The Great Reno Balloon Race
  • Hot-air balloon ride directly following wedding***
  • Wedding consultant
  • Catering
  • Decorating****
  • Florists****
  • Music/musicians****
  • Tuxedos****
  • Limousine service
  • Bridal Suite & fine dining
  • Choice of two unique honeymoons
  • Hair & make-up for bride****
  • Make-up for bridal party****
  • Officiants
  • Photographers****
  • Videographer
  • Wedding Invitations and collateral
  • Wedding cake

The current bid is $9,600 and bidding closes TONIGHT at the stroke of midnight!

For more information please click here, call 775-826-1181 or email wedding@renoballoon.com. All proceeds from this wedding package go to The Great Reno Balloon Race, which is a non-profit community event.

Raise Your Own Chickens and Bees and Drink Some Green Beer!

Earth Day RenoSure, you’re sopped in on Earth Day 2010, but it is after all HER day and Mother Earth can do as she pleases. Plus, you can let your sprinklers take a break and let her do all of the work.

People across the Reno Tahoe area are getting creative on ways to give back to the planet on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day celebrations. Below you’ll find a list of events in Reno Tahoe starting tonight and lasting through your weekend. (We’re expecting some sunshine by Friday!)

Tonight, April 22, take your little ones on a kid-friendly sunset stroll guided by Galena naturalists from the Great Basin Institute. The evening walk through the forest at Galena Creek Regional Park is from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Enter the park through the north entrance and meet near the restrooms. The stroll is subject to weather conditions, so please call (775) 674-5475, ext. 4, on the day of the program to confirm and RSVP. All ages are welcome and the suggested donation is $2 per person. Galena Creek Regional Park is at 18350 Mt. Rose Highway.

The Siena in downtown Reno is saluting Earth Day on Thursday, April 22 with 99-cent green beer, mixers, live music, a special fashion show and unique Earth Day Spin to Win which could net players $500. The Siena will match every dollar won in free play with the purchase of Emission Reduction Credits.  The fashion show kicks off at 7 p.m. in the Loft, featuring styles from Night Kind Burner Gear, Prism Magic’s Lucious Ladies, Vicki Lowell McGuiness, Junkee Recycled Clothing, Kalifornia Jean Bar, Veronica Coleman and others.  A live D.J. will spin the tunes and drink specials. To learn more visit the Siena’s Web site.

Saturday, April 24 check out the Bourgeouis Gypsies as they perform at the Alpine Meadows Spring Music Series. Straight from Sierraville, the Bourgeouis Gypsies have wandered across the country sharing their “hillbilly” mix of country, blues, swamp ballads, and homespun hillbilly heartbreaks. This five-member band shows exactly how much heart they have through the depth of their music. For more information visit their Web site.

Learn how to raise your own poultry and other animals, including ducks, rabbit s and bees, in the garden on Saturday, April 24 at the River School in Reno. Visit their Web site for more information.

People of all ages are invited to attend the Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 24 at Squaw Valley USA. Families can learn about recycling, composting, alternative energy, sustainability, watershed and forest health. The festival will feature numerous vendors, speakers and live music! Visit their Web site for more information.

Sunday, April 25 take the whole gang (minus your pet – sorry, City of Reno policy) down to Idlewild Park for Reno’s 21st Annual Earth Day celebration. (The forecasted high that day is 71°!) The day will feature music on a biofuel-powered stage, sustainability workshops, children’s activities, a sustainable farmers’ market, free recycling for stuff like cell phones, booths with earth-friendly food, goods, and services. Over 200 vendors will be there and you’ll enjoy a variety of live entertainment all day.

Earth Day Reno 2Earth Day is organized by Nevada EcoNet. Activities will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. Free parking and a free shuttle service to Idlewild Park will be available at nearby Reno High School, 395 Booth Street. If you ride a bike, roller blades, or skateboard, free valet service at Idlewild Park will be offered by the Reno Bike Project. For more information, call Nevada EcoNet at (775) 323-3433.

Kung Hei Fat Choi!

tigerchineseHappy Chinese New Year!  The year of the Tiger will be celebrated in several locations throughout Reno Tahoe.

Join the Reno Pops Orchestra, Saturday, Feb. 6 at 7:00 PM, in a celebration of the Chinese New Year in UNR’s Nightingale Concert Hall. Follow Marco Polo along the Silk Road to China through music, and end with a Chinese New Year celebration. They will feature two young local soloists from the Huang family on a variety of Chinese folk instruments, as well as other performers. The Orchestra program includes “On the Steppes of Central Asia”, “Procession of the Sardar”, themes from “Mulan”, and some unique pieces for Chinese orchestra arranged for western orchestral instrumentation. The concert is Free, but they are always happy to receive donations to help cover the cost of the concert.

Come see a special Chinese Concert featuring Michael Tse, Jordan Chan and Alice Lau on Saturday, February 20, 2010 at the Reno Events Center.
Jordan originally entered the entertainment business as a backup dancer, before switching to a successful career as a comedian. In 1994 he released his debut Cantonese-language album and established his unique position in Hong Kong pop music for over a decade now.
Alice Lau is well known for her acting; people generally know her from her performance in “I have a date with Spring.” She is also known for her Cantonese-language music.
Michael Tse graduated from TVB’s Dance Training Class and worked with TVB as a dancer for 5 years. He then left TVB and formed a boy band called Wind Fire Sea with Jordan Chan and Jason Chu. Tse participated Hong Kong’s first modern musical Snow Wolf Lake in 1997.

The Silver Legacy will be ringing in the year of the Tiger with an authentic Lion/Dragon dance in celebration of Chinese New Year!
The lion and dragon dance symbolizes good luck and prosperity for the year to come and is an important ritual of Chinese culture. The Chinese consider Lions as guardians and are used to exorcise evil spirits and summon luck and fortune. Dragons are considered to be friendly and helpful creatures associated with strength, good fortune, wisdom and longevity.
The ceremonial lion and dragon dance will happen Feb 13-15 and 19-21Click here for all times. The Lion/Dragon will make its way through the mezzanine level of Silver Legacy Casino and the Mezzanine, spreading its good luck where ever it goes. The colorful spectacle will feature a parade of dancers and musicians dressed in elaborate costumes playing authentic music.

恭喜發財,利是逗來

Up, up and away: The 2009 Great Reno Balloon Race takes off

It was nearing our scheduled 7 a.m. launch time, and pilot David Wakefield was busy with last-minute details: checking rigging, test-firing the burners, tethering the balloon to the bumper of the chase vehicle. And he was doing it all with a grin stretching from ear to ear.

Such is the life of a balloon pilot during the Great Reno Balloon Race. Safety is first, but fun runs a close second. And Wakefield was obviously having fun.

“When you love something this much, it never gets old,” he said. He ran from one side of the balloon to the other, all the while trading jokes with our fellow passengers and doing the “work” of preparing for our ascent in the Harrah’s-sponsored balloon.


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Thursday’s media day event was a scaled down version of what visitors to Reno’s Rancho San Rafael Park (map) can expect this weekend (Sept. 11-13). About two-dozen balloons were set out in the park’s green pastures, propane burners blasting hot air as the colorful nylon bloomed all around us. My first ride in a balloon offered perfect conditions, as the sun peaked over the Virginia Range to the east. It was majestic.

Our route took us in a box formation about 1,500 feet up where we mingled with other balloons and traded positions with fellow fliers. The silence is the striking thing – interrupted only by the occasional burner blast that would give us our lift. From our vantage point, we could see all of the Truckee Meadows, with the cities of Reno and Sparks laid out before us. We floated east, then south above the University of Nevada campus. With predictable wind, and luck of the draw, a draft brought us back almost directly to where we started.

With a master’s touch, Wakefield set us down about 100 feet from our original launch site. And with my first flight under my belt, I stepped out of the basket, grinning from ear to ear. This would never get old.

The Great Reno Balloon Race 2009

  • When: Sept. 11-13
  • Where: Rancho San Rafael Park, Reno
  • Cost: FREE!
  • Time: Events starting at dawn
  • On the Web: www.RenoBalloon.com