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Veterans Day 2014

Veterans Day is Tuesday, November 11th, and Reno is doing its part to celebrate our veterans and to have some fun!

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Idelwood Park will be hosting the Inaugural Veterans Day Run in Reno. The race will feature two options: a 5K run and a 1-mile walk/run for families and supporters. The 5K will begin at 4:11 p.m. with the 1-mile race beginning immediately after. The 5K will be professionally timed. Tickets are available on the Veterans Day Run website, and when purchasing your ticket you will be given the opportunity to make a donation to Operation Gratitude. This organization’s purpose is to “lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of our Active Duty and Veteran communities and provide volunteer opportunities for all Americans to express their appreciation to members of our Military.” Operation Gratitude sends over 100,000 care packages each year filled with snacks, entertainment, and letters of support to Veterans, new recruits, first responders, wounded warriors, care givers, and U.S. Service members deployed oversees. Making a small donation along with your race registration fee will be a huge help to this organization. After the race, all runners and walkers will receive a commemorative finishers pin, either a 5K finisher’s medal or a 1-mile finisher’s ribbon, a finisher’s certificate and finish-line refreshments. Participants also have the opportunity to purchase race T-shirts. Veterans and Active Duty Military Members will receive discounts on registration prices. For a schedule of race events, registration pricing, and more information check out the Veterans Day Race website.

The City of Reno will hold its annual Veterans Day Parade at 11 a.m. on November 11. The parade will begin at the historic Virginia Street Bridge and will end at the Fifth Street intersection. The theme of the parade, following Nevada’s big birthday, is “150 Years of Liberty Through Service”. The Grand Marshall is Army veteran Major John Riggs, who graduated from Reno High School in 1964. There are 75 entries to the parade this year, including local veterans associations and high school bands. Mayor Bob Cashell is also scheduled to speak at the beginning of the parade. Come out to Virginia Street Bridge on Tuesday to support our Veterans!

The Colin Ross Senior Music Program will be presenting a concert on Veterans Day and offering a workshop on Tuesday evening at the Neil Road Recreation center (at 3925 Neil Road). Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. and the concert and workshop will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. Admission is free for every Veteran (with a VA card) and a guest, and $5 for non-veteran participants. Pre-registration is encouraged and can be done by calling 334-2262.

Silver Legacy Resort and Casino is offering special discounts for Veterans on hotel rooms, meals, and drinks in honor of all servicemen and women. Weekend hotel package (available November 6-10 with a two night minimum) is priced at $39-$69 and includes a bottle of Ferrari-Carano’s Fume Blanc. Book online by using the promo code: VPKG. Active and retired military personnel and their families can stay at the Silver Legacy on November 10 and 11 for $39 using the code: Military. From November 7-11, Cafe Central, Pearl Oyster Bar and Grill, and Fresh Express Food Court will offer special Veterans Day meals. Active and retired Military members can enjoy 2-f0r-1 entrees at Cafe Central and Pearl Oyster Bar on November 11. All Silver Legacy Bars will offer two specialty drinks for $3. All offers will only be available to those with valid proof of military ID. Visit Silver Legacy Reno for more information and booking options.

Great Basin Brewery is offering a free pint of beer to all veterans today.

Wasting Arrows archery is letting veterans and active military shoot free all day.

MEMORIAL DAY PARADE

Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in historic Virginia City, Nevada with the annual Celebration of Heroes Parade Saturday, May 24 at noon. Taking place down C Street, the parade honors the memory of those who gave their lives for this country.

Virginia City Memorial Day Parade

The grand marshal for this year’s Celebration of Heroes Parade is Richard Beaudette of Carson City, who served in both World War II and the Korean War. Beaudette was drafted into the Army in 1942 and served in Germany. After the tour of duty, Beaudette entered the Army Reserve.  Four and a half years later he was called back to active duty in Korea where he soon achieved the rank of Captain.

Beaudette was discharged in 1962 after more than 15 years of service. He has been a resident in Carson City for the past 50 years. Other parade entries include veteran’s groups, classic car clubs, equestrian groups and marching units. To join the parade, please go online to download a parade form or call 775-345-5803.

Also opening Memorial Day Weekend is the Virginia & Truckee Railroad,  kicking off their season Saturday, May 24. For a list of the schedule and to purchase tickets visit V&T online.

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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Happy Veterans Day! Parades and Discounts:

First, huge thanks to all of our veterans for bravely serving our country! Here’s how Reno Tahoe is celebrating Veterans Day:

Downtown Reno

The 5203083442_f1c55b8fce_oparade marches through the heart of downtown Reno, honoring those who have sacrificed to protect our country. ROTC units, marching bands and flag-waving citizens turn out in full force to show their appreciation and support of our nation’s heroes.

Harrah’s Reno

All Veterans and active military personnel are eligible to receive a free buffet on Sunday, November 11, and Monday, November 12.  Simply show your military identification to the Carvings Buffet cashier. Carvings features a 16-foot carving station with all the finest meats, fresh seafood daily, wood-fired pizzas, sushi and your favorite Italian, Mexican and Asian dishes.  An extensive selection of delectable desserts is waiting to top off every meal.  Sunday Brunch is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the Sunday and Monday dinner buffet hours are 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Squeeze In

Veterans can enjoy a free meal – up to $15 – with proof of ID on Monday, November 12.

Virginia City

At the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval joins the Virginia City, Nev. Veteran’s Day Parade alongside Korean War veterans.  The parade, held Sunday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m., takes place along C Street – the town’s main drive.

Reno Tahoe Celebrates Nevada Day 2012

1_nevadaday_logo-purpleWe love Nevada, and we have a feeling we are not alone. The jubilant mood spreading amongst Nevadans as we near October 31 is not only because we get a holiday at work and school (conveniently near/on Halloween) to honor the place we live – although it’s certainly a perk – but we have some serious pride in our state. Below is a listing of events where you can join us in celebration of our favorite holiday, Nevada Day!

Sparks Historic Walking Tour

October 26, in Sparks

Celebrate Nevada Day and learn about the history of downtown Sparks.  This one hour walking tour includes 18 buildings and spots that have played an important role in the history and development of Sparks and Nevada.

Your guide, Scott Carey, grew up in Sparks and since working on the Sparks Centennial Commission has been actively working on projects to preserve and enhance the history of this great community.

Tours are every hour on the hour. All Proceeds benefit the Sparks Museum.

Nevada Day Parade

October 27, in Carson City

Celebrate the Silver State’s 148th birthday with the largest formal statehood celebration in the nation! Enjoy the parade, arts show, carnival, pancake breakfast, run/walk, music, World Championship Single Jack Drilling Contest, Beard Contest and a slate of other activities.

Visit NevadaDay.com for a complete listing of Nevada Day events throughout the Silver State.

A Hometown Holiday Weekend Lights Up the Start of the Season

Festivities and activities to nativities and sugar plum fairies,  December is here and Reno Tahoe USA is wasting no time jumping into the holiday spirit!

SPARKS HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS ~ Dec 2-3

5330823374_5ab658c20d_zThe spectacular tree lighting ceremony happens tonight, followed by the extensive Christmas Parade on Saturday. The Parade’s Grand Marshals include: Ian Petrella (played Randy, Ralphie’s younger brother in “A Christmas Party”), American Idol finalist Kimberley Locke and Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer Natalie Caughlin. The parade will travel from east to west on Victorian Avenue, from 1:00pm-3:00pm.

CHRISTMAS ON THE COMSTOCK PARADE OF LIGHTS ~ December 3

Let the traditional holiday light cruises drive past you this year. This quaint community hosts an early evening parade, in which the floats and marching bands must incorporate lights. It’s a celebration of the holidays with a hometown ambiance.

THE NUTCRACKER ~ December 3-4

The holidays wouldn’t be complete without the retelling of one of the season’s most beloved tales. Experience the season’s joy as Tchaikovsky’s classic music guides you on a journey through a world full of beauty and magic, dancing snow flakes and sugar plums, and a war betwixt rat and a charming heroic prince. For more performances of the Nutcracker in the Reno Tahoe region, click here!

SPIRIT OF THE SEASON ~ December 3-4

The traditionally popular, Spirit of the Season holiday show is finally here. The hair on the back of your neck – be warned! This year’s guest artist Kip Wilborn – an SF Opera performer and former “Phontom” – is lending his amazing pipes to the music of the holidays. The concert set will be held on Saturday, December 3 (7:00 p.m.) and Sunday December 4 (2:00 p.m.) at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts.

Happy Holidays!

Virginia City Salutes Veterans With Traditional Large Parade

Veterans Day Parade VCVirginia City will hold its annual Salute to Veterans on Thursday, Nov. 11 with the Veteran’s Day Parade. John Koch, a Virginia City man who served in the Aleutian Islands during World War II, will be the grand marshal.

The parade will begin at 11 a.m., in recognition of the date and time the Armistice was signed ending World War I, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th year. Lineup will begin at 10 a.m. at the Fourth Ward School, 527 South C Street, Virginia City.

A free spaghetti lunch for parade participants will be held at the Storey County Senior Center, E and Mill Streets, following the parade. Also, all veterans with ID will receive free admission to the Silver State Peace Officer’s Museum on B Street.

Koch was born and raised in Texas, but moved to Los Banos, Calif. at 17. He was drafted in 1941 and was assigned to an anti-aircraft 90 mm gun unit in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska. Koch participated in the battles of Attu and Kiska, and stayed in Alaska until the end of the war.

Thursday’s parade will feature many veterans groups as well as about a half-dozen high school ROTC units and two marching bands, the Carson Middle School Band and the Dayton Intermediate School band.

To enter the parade, call 775-691-5687 for a parade form, or e-mail your entry to comstockwriter@yahoo.com.   You may also find an online form at www.VisitVirginiaCityNV.com or register at www.VirginiaCityNews.com using the guest book section. Those entering should include their name, address and phone number and a brief description of their entry for the parade announcers.

To be part of the advance lineup, entries must be received by Nov. 10; however, late entries are welcome and will be placed at the end of the parade.

This is a large parade and advance entries help things run smoothly.  After the parade there is still a lot to do in Virginia City. Stop at the visitor center to purchase your Silver Line Express discounted attraction passes and tour the town.

For overnight accommodations and more information on this and other events happening in Virginia City, log on to www.VisitVirginiaCityNV.com or call the Virginia City Visitor Center at (775) 847-4FUN (4386) or (800) 718-SLVR (7587).

Nevada Day: Celebrate the Silver State

Each year the floats come out … along with the horses, the Shriners in their little cars, kids and high school bands from miles around during the Nevada Day Parade.

Nevada has the distinction of being the state with the largest formal celebration honoring its admittance into statehood. This year, it will commemorate 145 years of statehood during the annual Nevada Day Celebration, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 in Carson City.

The highlight of the celebration is the Nevada Day Parade on Oct. 31 with the theme for our 2009 parade “A Salute to President Lincoln.”
Come see the Silver State shine on the streets of Carson City.

Video: Visit Historic Virginia City

The past is alive in historic Virginia City. The preserved western frontier town was once the center of commerce and culture during the gold and silver booms of the late 1800s. The old buildings, wooden boardwalk, museums, steam train and shops bring that history to life for families seeking a taste of the Wild West. Watch the Video:


Time change for Reno vintage race car parade

corvette-paradeSelect vintage race cars from the field of 100 competing in the Reno Historic Races May 1-3 at the Reno-Fernley Raceway, will parade through downtown Reno Thursday, April 30 starting at 4:30 p.m.

While the historic race cars will hit speeds of up to 185 MPH on the track, they’ll travel a bit slower on their parade route from the National Automobile Museum parking lot on the corner of Mill and Lake streets, through downtown to be showcased in front of the West Street Market.

The racecars will remain downtown until 8 p.m. as part of the Reno River walk District’s first Art Walk.

The Reno Historic Races, now in its 6th year, is honoring Corvettes with Grand Marshall Bob Bondurant.

The National Automobile Museum, The Harrah Collection, which benefits from a portion of the sale of race tickets, will have a booth near the racecar display.

Race tickets are $12 each for the public and $10 each for museum members. The group rate for five or more tickets is $10 each. Children age 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets are good for all three days.

For more information on the parade, contact the National Automobile Museum at 775-333-9300.  For more information on the Reno Historic Races call 818-249-3515 or visit www.renohistorics.com.