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Free Admission to the National Automobile Museum for One Day Only

Auto MuseumThe National Automobile Museum, The Harrah Collection, in downtown Reno will be one of more than 1,000 museums and cultural institutions nationwide opening their doors free of charge to Smithsonian magazine readers and visitors to www.Smithsonian.com on “Museum Day,” Sat. Sept., 25, 2010.

To take advantage of free admission to the National Automobile Museum on the corner of Lake and Mill Streets in Reno, attendees must present a Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Admission Card.

 The Museum Day Admission Card is available in the September issue of Smithsonian magazine and a downloadable version is available on the Museum Day website at www.smithsonian.com/museumday.   

Presented by Smithsonian magazine and Toyota, Museum Day celebrates culture, learning, and knowledge and it reflects the spirit of the magazine.  The event follows the free-admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, DC-based facilities.

Anyone can download the Museum Day Admission Card from the Smithsonian website. Museum Day Admission Cards from the magazine or downloaded from the website provide free admission for two people. Only one free admission card is allowed per family; two people maximum.  Additional family members pay the regular price.

“Museum Day is a great opportunity to introduce visitors to the National Automobile Museum and it’s a terrific time for others to rediscover it,” says Museum Executive Director, Jackie Frady.  “Once visitors see our impressive collection, the displays in our Changing Exhibits Gallery and Masterpiece Exhibits they’re very likely to return. Even more importantly, they’ll probably tell their friends about their experience here and that word-of-mouth promotion for us is priceless.”

Last year, approximately 200,000 people participated in Museum Day nationwide.  More than 1,000 museums in all 50 states are expected to participate in the event.

The National Automobile Museum is the only museum in Reno participating in Smithsonian Museum Day.

Auto Museum 2In addition to enjoying the entire collection and two films in the Museum Theatre, Museum Day participants will be able to see two special exhibits at the National Automobile Museum.

 

Motoring Tourist: National Parks Adventure

See the incredible role the automobile played in shaping how we play in this Masterpiece Exhibit. Discover the role the 1910s automobile-loving public played in the creation of a National Park-to-Park Highway, a 5,000-mile scenic loop through 11 western states, connecting 12 national parks. Automobiles connected man and nature like never before and national parks allowed them to mingle. National parks embraced the motoring tourist and suppliers of car camping gear clamored to meet the needs of the traveling public. 

WW I Gets Motorized

 In the Changing Exhibits Gallery see the impact motorized vehicles have had on warfare. Since the dawn of organized warfare, the principle means of military transport was on the backs of men and animals or wagons drawn by them.  World War I would change that. See the 1917 Locomobile Model 48 staff car ordered for General John J. Pershing’s use.  The General would travel by train to battlefields with his Locomobiles on board the train with him. The General would then drive by Locomobile to the battle.  Also see a 1916 GMC WWI ambulance.  The exhibit includes personal treasures of a young WWI sailor – a poignant reminder of the youth who have fought our battles for freedom.

Costs and Contact: The Museum is open Mon. – Sat. from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sun. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $4 for children 6 to 18 years.  Children age 5 and younger are free.   Family memberships are available for $70 per year, which includes parents, their children and grandchildren under the age of 19. Free parking is available in the Museum’s parking lot, off Mill Street.   For more information, call (775) 333-9300 or visit www.automuseum.org.          

-Content courtesty of Carol Infranca

The Country’s Largest FREE Showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show

Rocky HorrorThe nation’s largest free showing of the 1975 cult film “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” returns to Reno for the 11th year! Starting in 1998 as a small gathering of “Rockyphiles” in downtown Reno’s Wingfield Park, this event outgrew the venue, moving to the Reno Hilton Amphitheater. The Reno Hilton played host through 2006. By then, this free event had gained notoriety as being the largest free showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show in the nation with an estimated 2006 attendance of 4,000.

In 2007, the Reno News & Review and Lawlor Events Center produced the event, moving it from July to late August in an effort to provide students with a fun, free activity during their first week on campus. Attendance grew that year by about 1,000 people, to over 5,000. For 2008, Lawlor Events Center and the RN&R established a new record with attendance topping 6,500. The 2009 Rocky Horror Reno event was canceled in 2009 due to lack of sponsor support.

With the help of Lawlor Events Center and participating sponsors, the Reno News & Review presents the 11th free showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. The event happens Saturday, August 21, 2010at Reno’s Lawlor Events Center. Doors open at 7pm, event begins at 8pm. San Francisco’s “Bawdy Caste” will be on hand to give the audience the full Rocky Horror Experience, with a costume contest, prizes and a “Time Warp” dance lesson.

General admission tickets are free for the asking at Keva Juice locations throughout Reno and Carson City. A limited number of floor tickets are available at Reno and Carson City Keva Juice locations, free with the purchase of a smoothie. Official “Rocky Horror” after-parties are scheduled at Red’s Little Waldorf and the 5-Star Saloon in Reno. 

For more information, please call John Murphy, 775-324-4440, ext. 3515.

-John Murphy, special to the Reno Tahoe blog

Grab Yer Planner, Mateys! Pirates Take Over Reno & Your Kid Can Fish, Free!

The weather is finally heating up and as is customary for this time of year in our neck of the woods – there is never a dull moment in Reno Tahoe USA. We’re helping you plan your weekend with a long list of fabulously funky events in our region. If you’re bored this weekend, it’s your own fault! Get outside and smell the sunshine! (Free attractions are highlighted by an asterisk.)

THURSDAY

Farmers Market*Sparks Hometown Farmers Market

Thursday, June 10, officially kicks off the farmers market at Victorian Square in Sparks, Nevada. Buy fresh and local at the weekly summertime celebration of good grub and family fun that runs through August 19. The markets features more than 100 vendors offering fresh-picked pro­duce, breads, pastries and gourmet foods, plus cooking demon­strations, live entertainment and unique items for the home and garden. The Farmers Market is held on Thursday evenings from 4–9 p.m. at Victorian Square in Sparks. Call 775-353-2291 for details or visit the City of Sparks’ Web site.

Octanefest

Head to Fallon, Nevada this weekend for a four-day powerhouse jamboree otherwise known as Octanefest that kicks off Thursday, June 10. The weekend will be packed with Rock Crawling, Arena Rock Racing, Mud Drags, Truck & Tractor Pulls, Tuff-Cross (Arena Enduro Racing), Motocross, Tuff-Truck and topped off with Grand Marshal Jeff Ward, Jeremy McGrath, Ricky Johnson and other amazing drivers behind the wheels of SuperLite trucks that will catch huge air on the custom built track. The racing action is just a start to the weekend.  There will be music, a vendor show, a show and shine and a motorsports swap meet.  This is event is sure to be fun for the entire family.

*Budget Friendly Cool Down for the Kids

Thursday, June 10, the Melio Gaspari Water Play Park at 7100 Pyramid Lake Highway, in Spanish Spring’s Lazy 5 Regional Park opens. For only $3, the little ones can cool off in the water play park that’s open five days a week through Sunday, August 29. Features include a giant sunflower sprinkler, spilling buckets, “spitting” horses, a water tower, and other cool stuff out of the Old West. Covered pavilions may be reserved for birthdays and other special events. Daily admission is $3 or it’s FREE for children under 3. Call (775) 424-1804 for more information. For more family ideas, click here.

FRIDAY

Carson City Rendezvous

This Friday through Sunday experience a Civil War reenactments, cowboy stunt shows, camel rides, a blacksmithing competition and live music, arts and crafts at the Carson City Rendezvous.

Museum of Art*Nevada Museum of Art: Free Admission!

The second Saturday of each month enjoy FREE admission to the state’s only accredited art museum! Check out the spectacular exhibits on display right now, including Fernando Botero’s Baroque World or The Human Touch. Afterward, treat yourself to a delicious lunch at the museum’s Café Musée.

SATURDAY

*Free Fishing Day!

Nevada’s annual Free Fishing Day will be Saturday, June 12. Anglers may fish in any public fishing water in the state without needing a fishing license or trout stamp. All limits and other regulations apply.

Once again, the Sparks Rotary Club, Nevada Department of Wildlife and the City of Sparks Parks and Recreation Department have joined forces to offer a special community event for the area’s children. Kids will enjoy a fun-filled morning of fishing along the south shore of the Sparks Marina from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Commemorative t-shirts and fishing poles will be distributed at the registration area until supplies run out. There will be fun games and face painting for all ages, and a free barbecue lunch will begin at 9 a.m. with hot dogs, soda and ice cream for registered children.

2 weavers*Western Heritage Festival

Celebrate life in the West at the SparksMuseum’s 2nd Annual Western Heritage Festival on Saturday, June 12th.  This free to the public, outdoor event will be held from 2 pm to 7 pm on the grounds surrounding the museum, located on the on the corner of Pyramid Way & Victorian Avenue.

“Never to be forgotten” traditions and skills are highlighted throughout the day in this fun for the whole family event.   Cowboy poet Larry Maurice leads the show as master of ceremonies. Virginia City native Rich Elloyan’s western music depicts not only his love for Nevada and songs of the land, but as a he adds a unique perspective on the history of the developing west. Lenny Walker a real life train conductor takes us back to Sparks founding singing songs of Railroad lore.

Youngsters get into the spirit with Dummy Roping and leather stamping. Demonstrators will be teaching handmade saddle making, lariat basket art, quilting, spinning, weaving and more.  Jewelers and other artists and crafters display their wares while the wild burros and horse bring the county to town.

Go back in time with Azteca Aztlan dancing in colorful costumes, the Little Warriors drumming the Paiute beat and the Reno Promenaders square dancing to John Hall’s call.

As an added bonus, the Museum is currently featuring Ellis Island: The Lost Mural by Andrew Sabori.  This 19 panel, 84 foot long mural depicts the role of the immigrant in the development of America. (Regular admission fees apply – Children under 12 are free, Adults $5).

High Tech Treasure Hunt

Spent your Saturday afternoon (June 12) along the shores of Lake Tahoe hunting for more than 100 prizes in the sand. Join hundreds of others as you explore South Lake Tahoe on an exciting high-tech treasure hunt. GPS Receivers and a downloadable Passport Clue Book will guide you to your prizes. Grab a partner (or not – that way you don’t have to share) and your adventure on!

Beer CrawlPirate Pub Crawl

When you’ve finished searching for treasure along the shores of South Tahoe, grab yer matees for the 2010 Pirate Crawl in downtown Reno on June 12th from 5 – 10 p.m. Complete with a Rum Tasting Competition, challenge ye fellow scalliwags to a night of shenanigans dressed in yer finest sea-faring rags. Wooden peg or not, we’ll accept you. Just leave that yapping parrot at home. We’ll have enough yo-ho’ing that night to keep the city awake all night.

Mark Twain’s Wild West Weekend

Take the kiddos to Zephyr Cove to celebrate Mark Twain style, with cherry pie eating contests, chili cook offs and cowboy poetry and music. The event runs from June 12-13 starting at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.

SUNDAY

Reno Film Festival

The 10th Annual Reno Film Festival is celebrating a decade of spectacular talent and renown directors from all over the world. Running from June 13-20, the annual event features a packed schedule of movie screenings, parties, discussion groups and Q&A sessions. This year, Pilar Alessandra is the keynote speaker. Alessandra is the director of the Los Angeles writing program and has worked as a senior story analyst for Dream Works and Radar Pictures. Don’t miss this opportunity to rub elbows with some truly talented folk.

Freezing our Feathers Off!

FREE Family Fun Snowshoe Hike

Birds of a feather flock together and fly south for the winter, right?
Well…almost right. Did you know that there are actually some birds that stick around and tough out the cold, sierra winters? Are they a bit cuckoo or do they actually like snowstorms and frigid temperatures? You will learn the answers to this question, and more when you convince your parents to join you on a FREE family snowshoe hike sponsored by the Tahoe Rim Trail Association! We will explore the amazing world of winter and try to determine how birds and other animals survive the winter months, all while practicing our snowshoe skills. And…after playing and having fun in the snow, there will be some hot chocolate, hot apple cider, and treats waiting for you at the end.

This hike will wind through the trees and flat meadow. This program will go from 10 am – noon. Families with children, ages six and up, are encouraged to sign up for this hike. Please leave your cute puppies at home! Because it can be so cold and windy in the meadows, it is a good idea to leave very small children and infants at home with a family member or caretaker. The hike will not be strenuous, and will be broken up with games, stories, and other hands-on activities. Please be prepared for the temperamental weather of the  Lake Tahoe Meadows. Please do not dress yourselves or your children in cotton, as it will leave all of you damp and cold. Gloves, beanies, mittens, long underwear, warm socks, waterproof boots and winter jackets are necessary. Each person in your group should have a couple water bottles, because walking and active games work up a good thirst! If you are bringing your own snowshoes or are renting snowshoes, please practice putting them on before the hike, so you know how the bindings work! Note that the high elevation level (8740 ft.) can be a challenge, especially for those of you who live at sea level.

Date: Saturday, February 27th, 10am – noon
Meeting Place/Time: Tahoe Meadows non-motorized side, down by the tree-line, 9:45 am, meeting time
Distance: 3 miles, approximately
Level: Easy
Hours: approximately 2

More Information: 775-298-0012 or programs@tahoerimtrail.org