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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.

Dance Inferno Now Open in the Eldorado Showroom

Eldorado Reno’s summer show is sizzling!

“Dance Inferno,” is an electrifying dance show that has turned the Eldorado Showroom stage into a glittering disco club. This non-stop party performed by a dynamic cast of 20 talented singers and dancers showcases glittering costumes and dazzling choreography. Perfectly capturing the era, they perform ABBA’s biggest hits as well as other disco classics from the Bee Gees, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Gloria Estefan, Village People and more.

Dance Inferno Eldorado

Feel the heat of “Dance Inferno” in the Eldorado Showroom. Tickets start at just $24.95 with dinner and show packages available from $38.95. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday at 7 p.m. with an additional 9:30 p.m. showing on Saturday nights. For more information on show times and tickets call 800-648-5966 or visit www.eldoradoreno.com.

Lucas Oil adds second race at Wild West Motorsports Park

The Wild West Motorsports Park will host two Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series events this summer, showcasing northern Nevada as a premier racing site and giving fans double the action!

LOORS_Driver Facebook Graphics_40428The Lucas Oil Series announced that Wild West Motorsports Park will host weekend races May 30-31 in addition to the race planned for Aug. 22-23. This is the third year in a row Wild West Motorsports Park has hosted a Lucas Oil Off Road Race and the first time there has been two races in one season.

Fans have come to enjoy watching Brian Deegan, Jeremy McGrath, Carl Renezeder, Rodrigo Ampudia and the top racers of the sport reach speeds of 90 MPH and jump 100-plus feet through the air in 900 horsepower trucks.

One of the newest plans for both races is the addition of lights and nighttime racing. It goes back back to old-school Friday and Saturday night racing that happened all across our country. It’s a whole new experience watching the action under the lights.

Wild West Motorsports Park is located only 10 minutes east from downtown Reno.

July 2014 Artown

The full interactive calendar of events is on Artown’s website: www.renoisartown.com.

Artown has grown into something so unbelievably vital, uplifting, admirable and much more. The event organizers explain…

149A – Accessibility. Artown is about the community – it is Reno’s Festival.  It gives locals (and visitors) a means to have access to national and international performances that are unsurpassed in terms of enriching our lives.   Everyone is invited to be a part of the 32 days in July; with 77% of the events and performances free, everyone has access to the multi-disciplinary experiences.

R – Reactionary.  Artown reacts to the ever-changing world in which we live using the arts as a mechanism to broaden the global scope of our lives.  We challenge audiences to expand their definition of culture by offering a festival that pushes boundaries and enriches lives.

T – Transformational. That is exactly what we have done over the 19 years with Artown.  We have transformed our community into a thriving arts and culture region.  From the transformation of Midtown, to The Holland Project, The Terry Lee Wells Discovery Museum, new art galleries, and river walks, art walks and district walks – we are constantly transforming the soul of Reno.

O – Outstanding.  This truly describes the month of July in Reno.  Where else can children discover the arts, become a balloon character in the Wizard of Oz, or attend a family-friendly fire art experience with Compression.  Artown boasts local children performing in a production of Rapunzel on one end, to a closing night extravaganza in the park with hip hop rock sensation Ozomatli, and living legend Don McLean as he serenades us with American Pie.  The depth of the Festival is outstanding.

W – Whimsical. Quirky, unusual, imaginative, original, creative, amusing, playful.

Artown provides a platform for the entire community to create their personal Artown.  Because we have so many events from Music, Children’s Events, Dance, Theater and then…..Controlled Burn, Doors to Recovery, Artists Riverside  Lofts, Steinway Gallery, exhibits, tours, literary crawls, pipe organs, Shakespeare, storytelling, ensemble concerts, opera, cultural fairs, camps and more.  Create your own July and experience it all at www.renoisartown.com.

N – Never. We never want to go back to the way Reno was.  Remember 19 years ago when the vision was to transform Reno into a vital and economic cultural center.  There was no Kayak Park, no arts district, no reveling in Wingfield Park, just hot summers.  No way.   Reno is truly Artown!

Join us on opening night in downtown Reno’s Wingfield Park for artists  Mountain Heart with opening act, Sherrie Austin.  Come, experience rock, bluegrass and a little country.

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.

Boomtown Reno Celebrates 50 Years

Boomtown Casino Hotel celebrates its 50th birthday in April and showcases a multi-million dollar casino remodel while reflecting upon the history that started as a small café on I-80.

Get excited for new twists to the famous “All-You-Can-Eat” Lobster Buffet, the new Bistro 2100, Market Fresh Deli, Baja Mexican and Peet’s Coffee. Plus, additional features will be debuted, including:

  • New Guitar Bar: Featuring live entertainment every night
  • New Carpet: In the 40,000 square-foot casino
  • New Slots: Featuring a variety of your favorite games
  • New VIP Area: Featuring new machines and private bathrooms
  • New Arcade Games: In the Fun Center, a kid & family friendly zone
  • New Sports Book: Wall-to-wall TVs with improved soft and comfortable seating

“This is a fun and friendly casino,” said Boomtown Chief Executive Officer Dean DiLullo. “The improvements we have made to the property are exciting; however, they are not as important as the fabulous guest service our team provides each and every day at Boomtown.”

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Reno Redefines Jazz

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The 52nd Reno Jazz Festival begins this Thursday, April 10 until Saturday, April 12. Throughout the day, schools from all over the nation will perform in front of judges at various locations around the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

On Thursday night, trumpeter Avishai Cohen will play at Nightingale Concert Hall at 7:30 PM. Straight out of Tel Aviv, Israel, Cohen has made a name for himself in the world of 21st century jazz. The New York Times has declared, “Cohen is a multicultural jazz musician, among whose ancestors is Miles Davis. Like Davis, he can make the trumpet a vehicle for uttering the most poignant human cries.” check out his website, www.avishaicohenmusic.com to hear his stuff!

Friday night, at 7:30PM at Lawlor Events Center, UNR invites Kneebody: a genre defying super band complete with drum, guitar, bass, sax, and trumpet. They have been described as electric jazz, but they don’t subscribe to any one genre. To learn more about Kneebody, check out this interactive YouTube video.

Click here for information on how to get tickets to the Reno Jazz Festival!

The festivities at the Reno Jazz Festival will spill onto Circus Circus Reno in the best way with a jam session. Check out Dos Geckos Cantina, Friday, April 11th at 9 p.m. for a free jam session. With amazing food and amazing drinks, make a night of it. This event is perfect for jazz lovers, music lovers and people who just love good food and drinks.

Blues more your thing? Don’t miss the Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival, June 20-21!

Time to go Wild… Animal Ark is Now Open

Animal Ark is now open after winter hibernation! With 18 special events, free educational lectures by local wildlife professionals, keeper talks, and interactions with  animals and raptors, it’s a great year to visit the sanctuary.

Animal Ark is about a 25 minute drive from Reno, and definitely worth the drive. The staff of volunteers is extremely helpful and knowledgeable about every species that call Reno home. Ever see a black bear playing tether ball? How about two gray wolves wrestling? And for the major thrill seekers, staring a jaguar in the eyes will surely get your heart racing. If you come to the animal ark on a Thursday, you will get to see the cheetahs run around the track at speeds up to 70 mph!

Animal Ark Reno
Admission: $9.50 for Adults, $8 for Seniors, $6.50 for Children (3-12), free for 2 & under

Opening hours: April 1 through Nov. 2, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday

Directions
: From Reno, take Highway 395 North, right on Red Rock Road, go 11.5 miles, then right onto Deerlodge Road to our driveway at 1265 Deerlodge Rd.

Exhibits to Visit in April 2014

April is here, which means baseball, gorgeous weather, and great exhibits and events at local museums. There is so much going on this month, so hopefully this post provides some ideas of how you all can make the most of one of the most eventful months in Reno!

50 Years, 50 WorksNevada Museum of Art

Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works

Who doesn’t love the illustration of Where the Wild Things Are? The Nevada Museum of Art is currently showing an exhibit that is dedicated to the memory of Maurice Sendak, who illustrated the children’s classic and many other works of art. The exhibit closes on April 27 though, so make your way to the Museum of Art if you want to see this once-in-a-lifetime display! Click on the picture for more details!

The Discovery Museum

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Would you like to learn how to build with wood? Does holding a baby duckling sound like a great time? Would you like your child to have some great hands-on building experience with trained professionals? April is a great time to visit the Discovery Museum! There is going to be a baby animal week, where visitors can play with and learn about young critters, building with wood classes, and tool exploration. This month at the Discovery is sure to captivate any young scientist or builder. There is even an adults-only social on April 25! All of the fun of the Discovery with other adults and food and beverages! Click on the little scientists for a complete calendar of events.

Museum of Natural History at the University of Nevada

Imagine a place in Reno where you can view over 92,000 different species of plants, hold a taxidermy bat, and check out a tier 0ne university all at the same time. What you have imagined probably is not too far off from the new Museum of Natural History at the University of Nevada. As a combined project from the university’s biology and natural resources and environmental science programs, this collection of living and non-living species represents the discovery of life throughout the history of Northern Nevada.

Animal Ark

The famous Animal Ark opens this Tuesday April 1! The collection of rare and exotic animals at this place is epic! They have cheetahs, tigers, wolves, tortoises, coyotes, even a lynx! What is a lynx!? Find out by going to the opening of the Animal Ark season!

El Santo the Janguar at Animal Ark, Reno, NV

National Championship Air Races taking off Bigger than ever in 2014

The runway has  cleared, and all systems are ready. Prepare for takeoff in 3…2…1…AND THEY’RE OFF!

The National Championship Air Races of Reno Nevada plans to return this September with more music, more buzz, and of course more planes!

The Reno Air Racing Association has revamped many of its planning strategies allowing for more efficiency, effectiveness, and creativity for the 51st event. These changes allow spectators to experience not just a few races, but a “full festival of flight.” Attendees will enjoy more interactive exhibits, more live music, and more racing events.

The 51stannual event is the only closed course pylon racing event in the world, and is the world’s longest running air race. Six different race plane classes battle just 60 feet from the ground, with the Unlimited and Jet classes reaching speeds over 500 mph! Besides the on-your-feet action of the races, spectators have close-up access to racing aircraft, pilots and crews in the “pits.” There’s a world-class air show, military display and demonstrations, aircraft display and great concessions. Experience the action of the “World’s Fastest Motorsport”!

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