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The Great Santa Dash 2013

Run before you Crawl and support the “claus”!

the-great-santa-dash-logoMax out on holiday cheer and participate in the Great Santa Dash the morning of the Reno Santa Pub Crawl! Sport a festive Christmas costume if you want to avoid Santa’s naughty list, plus all adult Santas (21+) will receive a FREE SANTA CRAWL CUP!

The start of the run is located in downtown Reno at Wingfield Park, December 14th, 2013 at 10am. Runners of all ages and levels are encouraged to participate.

Reindeer Charities will donate all of the proceeds from cups to local schools. In addition to giving to local schools, The Great Santa Dash will proudly support AIY Foundation which is the charitable portion of Athlete in You, LLC.  The AIY Foundation’s mission is to contribute athletic equipment, helps to restore physical education programs, and educate school children about the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle.

CLICK HERE to REGISTER

Rink on the River 2013

‘Tis the season to get on ice!

8343240151_90a06ef275_hLocated in downtown Reno next to the Truckee River, Rink on the River delights ice skaters with a charming holiday outing.  Rink on the River is scheduled to be open through Sunday, February 2.

The rink attracts everyone from first timers to pros, making the Rink on the River a cool outing for anyone this season. Lessons are available for those looking to take to the ice at the next level – even if that means letting go of the wall. Sign up for group lessons or private lessons are also available by appointment. Call (775) 334-2262 for more information.

The rink operates every day during the season to keep the holiday spirits flowing (unless the weather outside gets frightful)!

Rink on the River Regular Hours of Operation

  • Monday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Saturday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Reno Tree Lighting 2013

6691063845_f4cbb3a862_bThe annual holiday tree lighting will be Tuesday, November 26 at 5pm followed by the opening of Rink on the River.

This fun and magical event features musical entertainment and a much anticipated countdown of the tree lighting with City Council members to kick off the holiday season in downtown Reno. The tree is at the corner of S. Virginia and First Streets, next to the Rink on the River. Billinghurst Middle School Choir will sing holiday carols starting at 5 pm.

Bring a donation of new gloves, socks, hats or scarves for the Salvation Army and get free skate rental!

30-Foot Tall “Styrobot” Invades The Discovery’s Lobby

Reclaimed Styrofoam robot invites visitors to create a ‘bot of their own for a chance to win prizes -

The_Discovery-Styrobot_Challenge2A 30-foot tall robot made of reclaimed Styrofoam was recently constructed in the lobby at the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery). The robot, called a “Styrobot,” invites visitors of all ages to participate in the museum’s Styrobot Challenge.

Using solely reclaimed Styrofoam packing material and glue, participants can create their own Styrobot of any shape or size in this fun, at home challenge. Entries will be judged on five criteria: creativity, personality, originality, function and stability. Entries must be delivered to The Discovery by 5:00pm on Sunday, December 15, 2013. In addition to first, second and third place prizes, there will also be a people’s choice award (first place winner receives a one-year Family Fun membership (or renewal) to The Discovery—see website for a list of other prizes).

All entries in the Styrobot Challenge will be on display at The Discovery from December 21, 2013 to January 11, 2014.

For rules, judging criteria, entry forms and more information about the Styrobot Challenge and other activities at The Discovery, visit the museum’s website at www.nvdm.org.

Cirque Meets Ice in the Eldorado Showroom with “Ice Fantasy”

Dancing pink poodles? Check. Beatboxing clown? Duh. Insane stuntwoman? No doubt. Ripped contortionist? You betcha. Fire juggling?  Aerial Acrobatics? World-class ice skating? The talent in this show is unstoppable… be prepared for your jaw to be dropping with amazement the entire performance. Ice Fantasy at the Eldorado is definitely a must-go!

This holiday season, guests can experience the magic of “Ice Fantasy” – Where Cirque Meets Ice, on stage at the Eldorado Hotel Casino beginning November 19. This original theatrical production combines the beauty and athleticism of figure skating with the wonder and excitement of world-class specialty acts, all delivered within a humorous Cirque-style storyline.

Ice Fantasy

“Ice Fantasy” is created, produced and directed by well-known international ice and theatre producer, Jeb K. Rand, and choreographed by world renowned choreographer, Pasquale Camerlengo.  Camerlengo is a two-time Olympic Ice Dancer and the creative driving force behind more than two dozen World and Olympic medalists and is credited with choreographing more than 20 original ice and theatrical productions. He was most recently was awarded the Professional Skater’s Association (PSA) Choreographer of the Year – 2012.

“Ice Fantasy” is emceed by Ryan Stilwell, who has been seen by millions of people around the word beat-boxing, street dancing, performing ice acrobatics and creating sound effects and comedy routines on renowned shows such as X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent!, where he was a finalist. The featured specialty acts include a French aerialist and fire spinner; a Ukranian hula hoop artist and acrobat who can skate on her hands; a Cuban who performs a strength and contortion act; a Czech stilt skater; an incredible three-person strength act from Russia; and from Chile, The Cartoon Poodles, a creation of the Abuhadba family who are 6th generation circus performers and animal trainers specializing in the Poodle breed. The Cartoon Poodles have performed with Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus and many more.

Experience the magic of “Ice Fantasy” in the Eldorado Showroom November 19, 2013 through January 26, 2014. Tickets for “Ice Fantasy” start at just $24.95 for adults, $19.95 for children ages 3-12. Dinner and show packages available from $38.95 and room and show packages from $49.90. Performances nightly except Monday.  For more information on show times and tickets call 1-800-648-5966 or visit www.eldoradoreno.com.

Thanksgiving Weekend Menu of Events

Make spirits bright after the gravy is gone with this menu of weekend starters, Thanksgiving dinner options and post-dinner delights!

Weekend Starters

1_thaksgivingbash-320x320Get Basted

Wet your palate at the ultimate Friendsgiving Feast with $5 Turkey Basters, $3 Coronas, $4 Fireballs and good tunes. Catching up with family and friends available on the side.……………………… Nov. 27

Turkey Trot

A guilt-free appetizer fresh from the world’s largest all-sports store. The annual 10k fun run on Thanksgiving will give you the head start you need on the candied yams and pumpkin pies.

Lighter options available: 2 mile run or 2 mile walk.……………………… Nov. 28

Thanksgiving Dinner

Click here to refer to the Thanksgiving dining blog for delectable options.

After Dinner Delights

1_rodneycarringtonCountry Craze

Choose between two hunks of country music – Rodney Carrington or Gary Allan; both bringing platinum albums to the table.……………………… November 29 and 30 respectively.

UNR Football

Two competing ingredients, UNR and BYU try to steal the spotlight. Served with intense fans. Beer included.……………………… November 30

Sharp Shoppers

A shopoholic’s favorite! Holiday Shopping Guide (Coupons included!), Crafts for Christmas and Magic of Santa Art & Crafts Faire are stuffed with rich goodies.……………………… All weekend.

1_pinkArtists A La Mode

A variety of palate pleasing options and artistic flavor to top off the weekend – all catered to your liking. Recommendations include: Sinbad if you’re craving a good laugh, Artown Encore Presents: Pink Martini for a dash of musical delight, Ice Fantasy for a flavorful mash-up, and The Addams Family to please the kids.……………………… Click on events for dates.

For more side options, check out our events calendar!

Archery Hotspot is Catching Fire

Try the latest sport whose popularity can’t be contained in Reno Tahoe USA! While Hunger Games: Catching Fire is released in theaters this week, release your inner Katniss Everdeen or Peeta Mallark at Wasting Arrows – Reno Tahoe’s archery range. Shoot – you’ll be hooked!

The high demand sport’s popularity has increased by 54% in the past five years, thanks to popular movies, games and the heated competition at the last Summer Olympics.

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Avid archers themselves, husband and wife team Lystra and Deana Pitts opened Wasting Arrows in November of 2012, and are Certified USA Archery (USAA), National Field Archery Association (NFAA), and National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) archery instructors, plus officers of the Nevada Bowhunters Association (NBHA). They provide a safe environment for a wide range of skill levels, from beginner to expert.

DSC_9919Wasting Arrows has 22 archery lanes with equipment available for rental or purchase. Family night, date night, birthday parties, classes and events are all offered.

For the more advanced archer, league and tournament shooting is available at Wasting Arrows. Featuring quality Spyderweb targets for high-speed compound bows, plus aerial targets thrown by a Laporte Archery Trap Machine – the only in the region.

Wasting Arrows’ range is open to the public daily with no appointments required, from noon to 5:00 p.m. on Mondays, noon to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sundays. Hourly rates start at $12, and equipment rentals at $5. Frequent Feather cards can be obtained for repeat guests.

For more information call (775) 360-6556, or visit www.WastingArrows.com.

Holiday Discount Guide for Local Reno Businesses

This season, downtown businesses have generated a one-of-a-kind shopping guide that is packed full of hundreds of dollars in savings, discounts and freebies.

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Through December 31st, shoppers can pick up what’s called a holiday dash guide filled with dozens of deals towards local brands and local flavors with big savings for services, retail, cocktails and seasonal dining in the cities hippest and fastest growing neighborhoods. The coupon guide is available HERE for instant download and at participating merchant locations in all three districts.

The offers include everything from a 2-for-1 drink discount, $300 gift certificates towards your next tattoo, $1 tacos, salon packages and discounts on specialty coffee!

Andy Warhol’s Athletes Exibit in Reno

Through January 4, at Nevada Museum of Art

269The Nevada Museum of Art is pleased to announce the opening of Andy Warhol: Athletes, a collection of 10 paintings by the iconic artist featuring some of the most celebrated sport stars of the 1970s.

Andy Warhol: Athletes immortalizes 10 athletes in Warhol’s signature style of screen-printing – a project commissioned by his friend and collector Richard Weisman. The exhibition also includes a portrait of Weisman painted by Warhol.

The exhibition exemplifies the changing nature of fame in the twentieth century as sports figures became celebrities in American popular culture. The athletes featured in this series benefitted from newfound celebrity status following the series due to Warhol’s international fame. Featured sport stars include Muhammad Ali, O.J. Simpson, Tom Seaver, Rod Gilbert, Jack Nicklaus, Dorothy Hamill, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Chris Evert, Willie Shoemaker and Pelé.

Come see!

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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