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New Plans for JA Nugget in Sparks

The international architecture and design firm Cuningham Group Architecture Inc. has been selected to assist in the redesign of John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada.

NuggetGamingFloorCuningham Group put together a comprehensive design plan for the Nugget that reflects the resort’s strategy to reinvigorate and reposition the property as THE place to go in Northern Nevada. The design will feature upgraded finishes, colors and lighting to evoke a sense of fun, excitement and energy.

The renovations will feature new experiences in  food and beverage, entertainment, gaming and rooms offerings intended to honor traditional Nugget values while generally broadening their appeal.  The Nugget’s new owners plan to invest up to $50 million dollars into the property in the coming years to update and renovate the Nugget’s casino floor, hotel rooms, restaurant concepts and entertainment venues.

Fans of laid-back, all-stops-out, down-country good times will have a new place to party when the Sparks Nugget casino resort debuts Gilley’s Reno Sparks later this spring.  Gilley’s will offer Northern Nevadans a unique combination of total entertainment, including a restaurant, nightclub, live entertainment, DJs, dancing, those charming Gilley Girls and more. Line-dancing, two-stepping and boot-scooting will take center stage on the dance floor, supplemented by world-class barbecue including steaks, pork, and chicken, and following in the rich tradition of the annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off.

Those who follow pop culture–and almost anyone in search of quality recreation–will recognize Gilley’s as the iconic dance hall and saloon featured in the country classic film, Urban Cowboy. That concept has been replicated successfully at clubs in Texas, Oklahoma and Las Vegas, but it’s an exciting first for the Reno/Sparks area, as well as a fitting and fun nod to Northern Nevada’s rich ranching history.

And Yes, There Will Be A Bull.

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Gilley’s will open with 10,000-plus square feet in the space formerly occupied by the venerable Trader Dick’s restaurant and lounge.

Sparks Hometowne Christmas 2013

Sparks is kicking off their holiday season with a holly jolly weekend of festivities!

The Hometowne Christmas Parade: Celebrating 150 years of Nevada Heritage honors the Sesquicentennial – 150 years of Statehood for Nevada!  Come downtown on December 7 for a traditional Christmas parade along with entertainment, photos with Santa, and arts and crafts. The tree lighting ceremony will be Friday night with the parade on Saturday at 1pm.

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Tree Lighting Ceremony

Friday December 6, 2013 6:30-7:00 pm

Gather ‘round as Mayor Martini turns the lights on the glorious tree. Event includes carolers and great entertainment. New surprises are afoot, come and be a part! Refreshments courtesy of John Ascuaga’s Nugget.

Hometowne Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 7, 2013, Parade: 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Come down early and get hot chocolate compliments of Living Stones Church. Check in on Santa at Santa’s Village in the Schoolhouse, where the elves from the Boys and Girls Clubs keep the Santa in merry mood. Warm up with great Christmas shopping at the Hometowne Craft Faire in the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, at Victorian and Pyramid Highway.

Ugly Sweater Run

Saturday, December 7 at 10:00am.

Registration available at Scheels Customer Service starting November 1, 2013.

FEE: $20 OR New Toy Donation  – 100% of the proceeds will benefit Toys for Tots!

Halloween Parties for Adults in Reno Tahoe

Adults deserve to play dress-up, too! From wild dance parties to hoedowns, free concerts to a bloody bash,  here’s a list of a few of the major Halloween parties for all types of party goers in Reno Tahoe:

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The 8th annual Skin & Scare Halloween Party is back at EDGE Nightspot! Go all out on the costumes, because $7,500 in cash prizes will be given away in costume contests. The amazing DJ ERock is spinning the party. Doors open at 10 pm on Halloween.

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The most wild Halloween party is happening at the Silver Legacy Grand Exposition Hall. Take the elevator home, and get a discounted room rate at The Silver Legacy by using code: WILD13. There will be $3,000 in cash and prizes given away in the costume contest and more!

Scream!

On All Hallows’ Eve, “Scream!” at BuBinga Lounge with DJ Loczi. Cash giveaway for the scariest and best overall costumes. $10 cover or free in costume.

Halloween Hoedown

The Nugget in Sparks is having their third annual Halloween Hoedown, October 26. This free party and $1,000 costume contest will cast a spell on the Casino Cabaret from 9 p.m. – midnight. Guests will enjoy the best in country music and dancing with host DJ Jamie G.

Keyser Soze Halloween Concert

FREE concert with Keyser Soze in Peppermill’s Terrace Lounge on Halloween from 8 pm to midnight

Zombie Four Play

On October 26, BuBinga’s Four Play Saturday will be taken over by Zombies after the Reno Zombie Crawl. There will be $1,200 in cash giveaways for the scariest, sexiest and best zombie couple. $15 cover without costume, $5 cover in costume.

7934e1c5-8a61-46dd-88b6-5708ec225e20The Blood Brothers Halloween Bash

On October 25 and 26, The Brew Brothers will be hosting the town’s scariest Halloween Bash! Compete in the costume contest for a chance at $2,400 in prizes.

Sprites and Monsters Party

Dance the night away at the Sprites and Monsters Party on Halloween at Rise Nightclub. Get free entry if you arrive in costume before midnight. Costume contest for sexiest sprite and scariest monster.

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Holiday Travel from San Francisco/Sacramento to Reno for $1

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells….oh wait…it’s too early for holiday jingles. However, it’s not too early to book holiday travel on megabus.com. Book now for travel between San Francisco, Sacramento and Reno for as low as $1, now through Jan. 7, 2014. Yep, $1.

Megabus.com, the affordable alternative to flying and driving with tickets from $1, announced ticket sales today, valid through January 7, 2014. Megabus.com, which popularized yield-management pricing in the express bus industry, advises soon-to-be travelers to book now to secure the $1 fares and other affordable fares as they will not be easier and more abundant to find than today.

With very affordable fares on state-of-the-art double-decker buses (with free Wi-Fi!), megabus.com would be an ideal way to travel this holiday season.

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Megabus.com is the leader in the fastest-growing form of transportation by a comfortable margin (megabus.com now serves nine million passengers per year and more than 30 million passengers since 2006). With a 7.5 percent rate of growth between 2011 and 2012, city-to-city express bus travel now comfortably outpaces all other forms of transportation, yet this modern travel option remains a secret to some. Not only that, but a recent study shows that motorcoaches are the most environmentally friendly form of transportation, providing 207 passenger miles per gallon of fuel compared to 27 MPG for single passenger automobiles, making them the greatest value on the road.

Tigé MYWAKE Global Challenge

Wakeboarders, wakeskaters and wakesurfers compete against the rest of the world based on video footage of their riding.  Riders submit videos of themselves competing on wakeboard during June/July/August on their home turf.  Each month, judges from the Pro Wakeboard Tour will select the best riders in 20+ divisions.  Those winners are then invited to compete in the live event at the Sparks Marina.  2012 was the first year of this format and the finale was held in Orlando; about 50 finalists competed for the overall title.  The 2013 event has been expanded to include finalists in all age divisions as well as the men’s and women’s pros from around the world – 125 athletics are anticipated.   This is a made-for-media event and will be heavily promoted online.  It will also feature a live webcast and will be covered by Wakeboard Magazine – there is not a television broadcast component.  They will tentatively use JA Nugget as the event host hotel, due to World Sports & Marketing’s previous relationship with them for the Pro Wakeboard Tour.

Friday – amateurs compete

Saturday/Sunday – pros compete

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24-Hour Wakesurf World Record Attempt

_DSC0327To kickoff the highly-anticipated Live Main Event portion of its MyWake Global Challenge presented by Polaroid Action, Tigé has partnered with Day 1 Wake team rider Trevor Miller to attempt to become the first-ever athlete to successfully complete 24 consecutive hours of wakesurfing. The record setting attempt, to be certified by Guinness World Records, will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. at Sparks Marina in Sparks, NV. Spectators are encouraged to attend and witness the amazing feat, admission is free and open to the public.

Having spent the past five months training for the record setting attempt, Miller, a professional wakesurfer, will have technology on his side in addition to his natural skill set. Towing Miller for the entirety of the record attempt will be Tigé’s Z3 boat. With a wake specifically designed for progressive wakesurfing, Miller will have the luxury of going for the record behind one of the sport’s most capable boats.

To achieve the Marathon Wakesurf record, Miller must successfully ride for at least 24 hours straight. In accordance with the Guinness rules, he accumulates five minutes of break time for every full hour of riding completed. Falls are permitted, but riding must be resumed as normal with no delaying to give him a break.

For more information about the Tigé MyWake Global Challenge, including rules, regulations and entry, visit www.mywake.com.

Nation’s Greatest Eaters to Compete in the Nugget World Rib Eating Championship

Top ranked Major League Eaters will battle cheek-to-jowl at the 8th Annual Nugget World Rib-Eating Championship in Sparks, Nevada on Wednesday, August 28, 2013.  The 12-minute, all-you-can-eat contest will kick-off the 25th Annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino Resort over an extended Labor Day weekend.  At stake is a $5,000 cash purse and the title of Best in the West Nugget World Rib Eating Champion.

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Joey “Jaws” Chestnut of San Jose, CA, the #1-ranked eater in the world and six-time July 4th Hot Dog Eating Champion, secured his sixth Nugget World Rib Eating Championship title here last year by downing 8 pounds of pork rib meat in 12 minutes.  Chestnut will face #7-ranked eater, Miki Sudo, who defeated Chestnut in a 6-minute rib contest earlier this year in Chicago. Sudo has the speed, but can she endure over the grueling 12-minute marathon at the Nugget? Or will Chestnut’s experience in the long-form event pay off?

Chestnut also faces #4-ranked eater, Matt Stonie, who defeated Chestnut in another discipline this year, and came second at the Nugget in 2012. Both Sudo and Stonie will push Chestnut like he has never been pushed before in 2013. He faces his biggest challenge in an event he has dominated for years.

Other top-contenders vying for a spot in the rib eating record books will be Juan “More Bite” Rodriguez  and Erik “The Red” Denmark.  More than a dozen eaters will compete for the title of Nugget World Rib Eating Champion. Ranked Major League Eaters Dax Swanson and Steve Hendry are making their Nugget debuts. Joining them will be Reno comedian Drake Nelson.

The contest will feature St. Louis-style ribs and will conform to the MLE judging model, where ribs are weighed before and after competition to determine the exact amount of rib meat eaten by each competitor.

Hosted by John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino Resort, the 25th Annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off features 24 of the world’s most decorated rib cookers vying for prize money and bragging rights. The rib cook-off attracts more than 500,000 people every year to devour more than 230,000 pounds of ribs over the extended Labor Day weekend. For more information, visit www.nuggetribcookoff.com or www.janugget.com.

Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off 2013

“If you like ribs, there’s no better place to be than this great gastronomic feast that competes to win over your taste buds. Music, meats, and crafts (of the art and beer variety) make for a family-friendly way to cap off the summer.” – Salon.com

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This summer, 24 of the nation’s top competitive rib cookers will vie for the coveted first place trophy, cash prizes and the People’s Choice Award as 500,000 hungry BBQ-lovers consume more than 233,400 pounds of ribs over an extended Labor Day weekend. The crowd also loves the annual Best in the West Nugget World Rib Eating Championship, featuring pros from Major League Eating, including the #1-ranked competitive eater, Joey Chestnut.

Entertainment lineup:

Free Main Stage Entertainment:

Diego’s Umbrella
7:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 28

A mix of soul, punk and gypsy rock, this band from the Bay area will wow audiences on the first night of the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off.  Diego’s Umbrella is sure to get people dancing with their high-energy, funky music.

Keller Williams
7:00 p.m., Thursday, August 29
This musician really is a jack-of-all-trades. Keller Williams plays music reminiscent of jazz, funk, reggae, bluegrass, folk and more. He creates his own evocative sound and is often described as a ‘one-man jam-band’ due to his frequent use of live phrase looping with multiple instruments.

The Fabulous Thunderbirds
7:00 p.m., Friday, August 30

This blues rock group started in 1974, and will be sure to get people up on their feet dancing. They’re best known for their hit “Tuff Enuff.” Sure to be a crowd-favorite!

Mark Chesnutt
7:00 p.m., Saturday, August 31

Country-favorite Mark Chesnutt propelled into the spotlight with his late-1980’s album, Doing My Country Thing. Since then, he’s charted more than 30 singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs, including eight #1 singles.

Bad Company with Brian Howe
7:00 p.m., Sunday, September 1

This popular English rock band formed in 1973 and the group has included many popular rockers throughout the years. The band is best known for their hit songs “Can’t Get Enough,” “Bad Company,” and “Good Lovin’ Gone Bad.”


Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen
3:00 p.m. Monday, September 2

Mixed styles of country, rock and bluegrass music will entertain rib-eaters on the last day of the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off. The band is known as a pioneer in incorporating Western Swing into its music, and became known for marathon live shows.

US Open of Watercross

Sparks Marina will be the host site of the 2013 US Open of Watercross, June 29-30, 2013.

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This will be 8th annual US Open of Watercross which has traveled from coast to coast bringing the best watercross riders throughout the USA and drawing competitors from all over the world, including Australia, Columbia, Kuwait, and Indonesia. These competitors will be vying for the prestigious title of the Sparks US Open of Watercross Champion and winning means earning a place in watercross history, this internationally recognized event will be one of the highest paid events in the country.

The Sparks US Open of Watercross is expected to draw one of the largest gatherings of competitors in the country; participants in pursuit of the US Open title and a cash purse of over $12,000.

On Saturday and Sunday, the premier watercross classes will begin at 11 am to 2pm, these classes will showcase the pro riders in each class. Each of premier classes on Sunday will be followed by awards, interviews and autograph sessions.

UWP would like to welcome the folks from  Jetavation Inc. to the Sparks US Open of Watercross on June 29-30 at the Sparks Marina Park.

The Jetovator has the capability of flying up to 30 feet in the air and diving down 10 feet below the water. You can fly at speeds of up to 25 mph and can perform aerial stunts such as back flips! The Suspension Landing Gear option allows experienced Jetovator operators to take off from, and land on, docks or boats decks. See the live demo right after freestyle on Saturday and Sunday!

EVENT SCHEDULE:

Saturday, June 29
9:00am Practice begins
10:15am National anthem is played and racing begins with novice and amateur
11:00am Pro Runabout Open – MOTO 1
11:30am Pro Ski GP – MOTO 1
12:00pm Pro Freestyle – MOTO 1
1:00pm Intermission – autograph session with pros
Pro Runabout Stock – MOTO 1
1:30pm Pro Ski Stock – MOTO 1
2:00pm Racing continues, all classes
4:30pm Racing ends

Sunday, June 30
10:15am National anthem, racing begins
11:00am Pro Runabout Open – MOTO 2
11:20am Pro Ski GP – MOTO 2
11:40am Pro Runabout Stock – MOTO 2
12:00pm Pro Freestyle (finals)
1:00pm Pro Runabout Open – FINALS
1:20pm Pro Ski GP – FINALS
1:40pm Pro Runabout Stock – FINALS
2:00pm Finals begin
4:30pm Racing ends; award presentation

Outlets at Legends Breaks Ground on Northern Nevada’s First IMAX Theatre

Galaxy Theatres officially breaks ground on northern Nevada’s first and only IMAX experience on June 18 at the Outlets at Legends.

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The new state-of-the-art theatre complex will feature all digital sound and projection in its 12 auditoriums along with 3D capabilities and a giant screen IMAX auditorium. The expansive, curved IMAX theatre screen will span from ceiling to floor and wall-to-wall, and be more reflective and brighter than traditional theatre screens to provide a true image from wherever moviegoers sit.
An audible difference will be heard as well, with IMAX’s six laser-aligned loudspeakers that distribute equal volume throughout the auditorium, and are more powerful with a wider frequency range than typical speakers.

President of Galaxy Theatres, Rafe Cohen, remarks, “We’ve had our eye on the northern Nevada market for years, and are thrilled to be making the region’s first IMAX theatre a reality at the Outlets at Legends. We feel it will become an integral part of the community, providing a state-of-the-art entertainment option, plus a venue for everything from school and corporate functions to special events.”

The construction of the theatre kicks off the next phase of development for the Outlets at Legends. In recent months, the property has added more than 45,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space, including TJ Maxx, Old Navy Outlet, and coming this fall, a new Buffalo Wild Wings.

Outlets at Legends General Manager Dennis McGovern states, “Our vision for Legends has been to create a 365-day destination that combines visitor attractions with appealing everyday retail and dining. We’re so pleased to be partnering with Galaxy Theatres to bring a new, top-notch movie going experience to Sparks.”

Sparks Mayor Geno Martini exudes, “Sparks is one of Nevada’s most vibrant, family-oriented cities. The Galaxy IMAX Theater will continue to support the city’s branding efforts as a place where there is always something happening, fun to do and see in northern Nevada!”

IMAX Corporation is a global entertainment technology leader specializing in immersive motion picture technologies. IMAX comes from the term “maximum image,” and was developed by a small group of Canadian experimental filmmakers who formed the IMAX Corporation in 1968.

Located at 1310 Scheels Drive in Sparks near the Outlets at Legends Tower on the west side of the property, the theatre is scheduled for completion in 2014. Throughout the construction, the new theatre will employ approximately 400 people, and another 50 upon opening.

The 62,000-square-foot theatre will open in 2014. For more information, visit www.OutletsatLegends.com or call 775-358-3300.