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Sparks Xtreme Beach Sports Festival

June 30-July 1

060212-215The Sparks Marina Park, is the location of the EVP Volleyball Tour and the UWP Watercross Tour, the first time these combined events will be visiting the west coast!

Both tours are the largest of their kind in the country with hundreds of All-American male and female athletes expected to compete.

Watch great beach pro volleyball action on the shore, and handle bar-to-handle bar race action on the lake.

Spectator admission is FREE to all events.

EVP Pro Beach Volleyball

Two-person teams compete for a $5,000 purse starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 30.

  • A clinic with EVP pros starts at 11 a.m.
  • Semi-final games start at 3:30 p.m.
  • The finals start at 5 p.m.

Grand Prix of Watercross

beach sports festivalMore than 200 watercraft teams from across the country vie for $10,000 in prizes from

10:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday June 30

9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday July 1

  • Pro Roundabout races are 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday
  • Autograph sessions with the pros on Saturday and Sunday at 11:20 a.m., 11:50 a.m., 12:50 p.m. and 1:20 p.m.
  • Pro freestyle finals are at 12 p.m. Sunday

Food, beverages, entertainment

  • Food and beverages from several local vendors will be available

Fun on the Fourth of July

nuggetfireworksThe region’s preeminent holiday celebration and fireworks display – Star Spangled Sparks – takes place on July 4 with events at locations including Victorian Square in downtown Sparks, the Sparks Marina and the Legends at Sparks Marina destination retail center. The fireworks show, launched from John Ascuaga’s Nugget and viewable from Victorian Square at 9:30 p.m., is equally impressive.

  • Reno’s new baseball team is offering its own show with fireworks launched at Aces Stadium in downtown Reno after the game.
  • In North Tahoe/Truckee, several shows in Incline Village (Incline Beach), Tahoe City (Commons Beach) and Donner Lake (West End Beach) start at 9:30. If you’re headed to Truckee be sure to check out the parade downtown.
  • And in Carson City, Mills Park offers revelers a party atmosphere highlighted by fireworks at 9:15 p.m.



Legends announces new retailers



The fountain at the Legends at Sparks Marina


The Legends at Sparks Marina, a new destination shopping center located at the Sparks Marina in Northern Nevada announced the commitment of more A-list retailers and restaurants to the development, scheduled to open Fall, 2008.

Companies that have committed so far include: Scheel’s All Sports (240,000 square feet), T-Rex, Adidas, America’s Roadhouse, BCBGirls, Brooks Brothers, Forever 21, Harry and David, Hot Dog Hall of Fame, Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen, Lane Bryant, Off Broadway Shoes, Saddle Ranch Chop House, Sunglass Station, Saks Off Fifth, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, Ann Taylor, AT&T, Banana Republic, Gap, Patsy Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizza, Dickinson Theatres + IMAX, The Big Bang Dueling Piano Bar, Strasburg Children, Tuscanos Brazilian Grill, Blowfish Sushi, Hofbrauhaus, Olive Garden, Best Buy, Deegie’s Carma, Jones New York, Anne Klein, Easy Spirit, Nine West and Mountain Family RV.

The development also includes a 1,000-room upscale casino-resort-spa.

-Jim Scripps