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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.

A Safe Summer on Lake Tahoe

Here we are!  Spring has finished thawing into Summer and the long nights of winter are so far away that they are the last thing on our minds right now.  With the sun gearing up to go full power, we’re all looking forward to cooling off the all-natural way, by taking a dip in the lake.

Before you take that dive though, it’s important to make sure that however you plan on spending a day at the lake, that you come back safe and sound from doing so.  Because the best vacations are the ones you can take again!

Dress for the occasion

Make sure you have the right clothing and gear when you step outside.  Light clothing that covers your skin but also lets you breath, hats and sunglasses to keep the sunlight out of your eyes, and sunscreen to protect yourself from the effects of long-term sun exposure.

The sun is a great friend, but stick around him too long and that sunburn will have you regretting the day you too first met.  Even if you’re going to be swimming, put on some waterproof sunblock, as sunburns are possible even in the water.

Know the rules

Whether you’re going to be swimming, paddling a kayak, or riding in a boat, make sure you are informed about the rules of the water.  Nothing ruins a good time like a surprise fine that could easily have been avoided.

Don’t look at any set of rules and regulation as annoying little guidelines.  They exist for the purpose of keeping everyone safe.  Knowing the areas for boating, swimming and other activities will help keep an unfortunate incident from happening.

Bring your friend(s)

One of the best ways to keep safe is to have a buddy tag along that will look out for you, the same way that you would look out for them.  Even the most experienced swimmers can have an accident, and one bad wave on the water and a bad landing might mean you’re in trouble if nobody else is around to help you.

Bring your gear

If you’re taking a boat out onto the water, or any other kind of watercraft, make sure to bring along all of the required safety equipment.  Life vests, flares, horns, and any other federally or locally required equipment should be with you, and life vests should always be worn when out on the water.

Leave the booze on the shore

It’s no secret alcohol impairs judgment, and if you don’t think it does, well, put down that beer and let someone sober take the wheel.  The impaired judgment and decreased reaction times are a recipe for disaster, so just leave those ingredients out of that equation.

Situational awareness

Check out the weather conditions before you go.  People are often surprised by how windy it can get on the lake, and that surprise can cause some serious accidents, especially for people in light-watercraft such as kayaks.

Be aware of designated activity areas, and be aware of other people on the water.  Swimming into a lane for jet-skiing puts both you and the jet-skier at risk.

Get your fun on!

Don’t look at safety as a hassle, remember that rules are there to protect everyone, and by sticking to them you’ll not only have a great time out there, but you’ll live to enjoy it again!

Author:Tristan Roberts is a husband, father, and lake-lover who is lucky enough to live near the Lake Tahoe beaches. He works with CB Lake Tahoe selling beautiful lakefront real estate.

Celebrating 18 Years of Amazing BBQ, Brews and Blues!

Fire up the grills, tap the kegs and crank up the tunes! The 18th Annual Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews and Blues festival is set for Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22. The event is equal parts barbeque block party, micro-brew tasting event and music festival with two stages featuring non-stop rock and blues.

3671750931_b8c20c0ae4_zHeadliners for this year’s event include Blood Sweat & Tears, Greg Kihn Band and Tommy Castro and The Painkillers. Festival favorites like the Shane Dwight Band, Maxx Cabello Jr. and Jason King Band will be returning with newcomers like Carolyn Dolan & Big Red, Rick Hammond Blues Band, The Schall Adams Band, Valentine Rodeo and Whiskey Hauler rounding out the line-up.

Attendees can wash down the hot rock and blues with some cool brews! A selection of the Eldorado’s own Brew Brothers’ custom microbrews will be on tap along with more than 40 microbreweries from around the world including; Battle Born, Lagunitas, Sam Adams, Anheuser-Busch, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Alaskan Brewing Co., Kona Brewing Co., High Sierra Brewing Co., Deschutes Brewery, Moab Brewery, Lost Coast Brewery and many more. Beer lovers will appreciate the flat rate tasting fee instead of using tokens to sample brews. The $30 daily or $50 weekend tasting package includes an eight ounce souvenir cup and unlimited tastings during the festival tasting times of 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday. Plus they’ll determine which brew is crowned the winner of the “People’s Choice” award.

Nothing says summer like barbecue and the Eldorado has the perfect complement to the festival’s variety of microbrews…grilled chicken, ribs, sausage and more fresh from the outdoor charbroil grill. Food booths will line Virginia Street serving a variety of tasty options.

There’s no better way to celebrate summer than with the 18th Annual Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival, set for Friday, June 21 from 2 until 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 22 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Visit www.eldoradoreno.com for more information or call 1-800-648-5966 to book your stay.

Sparks Farmers’ Market Sweetens Summer

Lemons, tomatoes and pears… o my! The 2013 Sparks Farmers’ Market is back, every Thursday, on Victorian Avenue, directly in front of John Ascuaga’s Nugget.

Each week of the Farmer’s Market offers new themes, community group involvement, exciting stage music and street performers. The event takes place every Thursday evening, June 6 – August 22, 2013 (except July 7 and August 8) from 3:00pm to 8:00pm.

Shoppers will be able to buy fresh fruits and vegetables directly from local and regional farmers, along with items from various vendors, and try out food from some of our local food trucks.

There will also be a Kids’ Area, complete with fun and educational activities for children, on the plaza near the movie theater. The Sparks Farmers’ Market is a family-friendly event.

Whole Foods Hometowne Farmer’s Market

Barrett-Jackson holds inaugural collector car auction during Hot August Nights Aug. 8-10

WHO: Hot August Nights and Barrett-Jackson

6BarrettJacksonChromeLogo_186WHAT: The inaugural Hot August Nights Auction presented by Barrett-Jackson will take place Thursday, Aug. 8, through Saturday, Aug. 10 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. Bid on some of the most recognizable and historic automobiles in the world and purchase your dream car at “The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™.” Tickets are available at http://www.barrett-jackson.com/reno-tahoe/tickets.

WHEN:                 Thursday, Aug. 8 through Saturday, Aug. 10

WHERE:              Reno-Sparks Convention Center – 4590 S. Virginia St. Reno, NV 89502

WHY: Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Barrett-Jackson specializes in providing products and services to classic and collector car owners, astute collectors and automotive enthusiasts around the world. The company produces “The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™” in Scottsdale, Ariz., Palm Beach, Fla., Las Vegas, Nev., and Reno Tahoe, Nev. Barrett-Jackson also endorses a one-of-a-kind collector car insurance offering for collector vehicles and other valued belongings. For more information about Barrett-Jackson, visit http://www.barrett-jackson.com or call (480) 421-6694.

Barrett-Jackson Announces Three Bonus Hours Of Live TV Coverage During Inaugural Hot August Nights Auction August 8-10, 2013

Aceball Tickets on Sale March 16

Defending Triple-A National Champions, the Reno Aces are ready for another home run season. Tickets are on sale now, at the lowest prices of the season! Be sure to note the daily park specials, game day giveaways and the dates of the All-Star Championship Game and Home Run Derby held in Reno this summer!

Tickets on Sale

3419116889_68d7d04662_bBeginning March 16 at 10 a.m., fans can purchase regular season single game tickets at RenoAces.com, by calling (775) 334-7000 or by visiting the Aces Ballpark Ticket Office. For the March 16 on sale, all tickets will be available at their lowest-possible price in all seating locations.

A select number of tickets for the Triple-A All-Star Game and Home Run Derby, as well as the All-Star Fan Fest, will be available for purchase beginning at 11 a.m. on March 16.

All-Star Game Held in Reno

The Aces will host the crown jewel event of Minor League Baseball with the Fan Fest July 13-14, Home Run Derby July 15 and the All-Star Game July 17.

Daily Specials

Sunday: Renown Children’s Hospital Family Fundays

Monday: Margarita Mondays

Tuesday: 2-for-$22 Tuesdays allow fans to purchase two tickets, two hot dogs and two sodas for $22

Wednesday: Dollar Wednesdays, featuring either $1 hot dogs or $1 ribs

Thursday: Coors Light Thirsty Thursdays™

Friday: Saint Mary’s Fireworks Fridays presented by KRNV News 4

6905787412_062e279418_zDefending Champs

The Aces begin their defense of the Pacific Coast League Championship and Triple-A National Championship on Thursday, April 4 in Colorado Springs. Reno will host the Aces Ballpark home opener on Friday, April 12, with first pitch slated for 6:35 p.m.

Game Day Giveaways

Magnet Schedules (April 12), Championship Ring Replicas (April 13), Championship Banners (April 14), Fleece Blankets (April 27), Brett Butler Championship Bobbleheads (May 25), Baseball Card Sets (June 1), All-Star Replica Jerseys presented by Dillard’s (June 8), Archie All-Star Garden Gnomes (June 22), Duffle Bags (July 20), Tumbler Cups (July 27), Playing Card Decks (Aug. 10), and Tin Lunch Boxes (Aug. 24).

$25 Million in Renovations at Grand Sierra Resort and Casino

It’s time to celebrate. The Grand Sierra Resort and Casino will unveil their $25 million in renovations, August 25, at the BE GRAND party. Guest will notice the new look right when they step into the main entrance; featuring, the original chandelier from the MGM Hotel and Casino, lounge-style seating, and five LCD, flat-screen televisions, highlighting a number of Reno Tahoe adventures visitors can explore just outside their walls.

PARTY

From the pool to the casino floor, it’s the don’t-miss party of the summer. How so? For starters, there’s a $1,000,000 Grand Millionaire Giveaway.

  • Begin earning entries August 19
  • August 25 Drawings: 2pm, 5pm, 8pm and 11pm
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UPGRADES

The lobby area has upgraded carpet, and brand new check-in counters, decked out in Sierra Rubbed Bronze, Elliptical Rubbed Bronze, and Sierra Brushed Aluminum laminates.

6863947268_2f209666ca_zAnother noticeable change, WET, is Reno’s new premier ultra-lounge and bar, located right at the heart of the casino floor.  Flair bartenders mix up some of the Biggest Little City’s most intricate and exquisite cocktails, while live music, ranging from DJs to cover bands, fills the air.

Finally, Reno’s tequila market just got hotter with the opening of Cantina and it’s exclusive selection of over 115 tequilas.  From Justin Timberlake’s 901 to Cabo Wabo Reposado, the Mexican small plate cuisine restaurant provides an authentic and exclusive experience that’s unique to the Northern Nevada area.

Still to come for the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, include improvements to some of the on-site amenities including the convention center, health club and spa, Xtreme, and Lucky’s Sports Book.  For now, the Grand Sierra welcomes you to check out our work-in-progress by stopping in for a fine steak at the best steak restaurant in Reno, a round of bowling at our 24-hour bowling alley, or an upcoming concert at the Grand Theatre.

Ladies Poolside Spa & Splash Every Thursday at Harrah’s Reno

pool-dayHarrah’s Reno has found the perfect summertime relief from the work week stress!  Harrah’s Reno announces the Ladies Poolside Spa and Splash, every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Harrah’s Reno 5th floor Pool and Spa.

Pamper yourself poolside with fabulous and fancy summertime cocktails, and put the finishing touches on that summer tan.  The evening comes complete with complimentary appetizers as well!  Want more?  Add more color to your life!  Express manicures and pedicures are available for just $30 dollars as well.

spaTreat yourself!  Grab your girlfriends and come relax poolside and delight in complimentary appetizers, as well as half price manicures and pedicures, and enjoy everything with cocktail in hand.  Changing rooms and towels are always available, so throw the bikini in the work bag, and swing by the Harrah’s Reno Poolside Spa and Splash on your way home, every Thursday!  You deserve it!

The Ladies Poolside Spa and Splash takes place every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 12 through September 13.  That’s just 10 weeks!  Come spoil yourself!  Entry is always free!

2012 Reno Tahoe Summer Concerts

Reno Tahoe has a banging music scene, and headliners know this. Perhaps that’s why Don Henley is doing a special one-night show, only at the Reno Events Center! They love coming here, and we love having them. Get ready to raise the roof. Here’s the 2012 summer lineup:

Kix Brooks

May 24, at Cargo at CommRow

One half of the legendary duo, Brooks and Dunn, will perform at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25. Details at commrow.com, and at the second-floor box office, at CommRow.

SCORPIONS

June 8, at Reno Events Center

After four decades and 100 million albums, the SCORPIONS embark on The Final Sting Tour marking their last and final performances together ever. The tour includes a stop at Reno Event Center, on June 8th. Tickets are available for $35.50, $49.50 and $89.50, by calling 1-888-288-1833 or online at ticketmaster.com.

Don_Henley-BackDon Henley

June 28, at Reno Events Center

Don Henley, both as solo artist and as a member of the Eagles, has received countless accolades, numerous gold and platinum records and performed sold-out concert tours worldwide. Don’t miss the chance to see Don Henley in concert at the Reno Events Center – currently his one and only tour stop. Tickets on sale for $55, $75 and $95, by calling 1-888-288-1833 or online at ticketmaster.com.

MC Hammer

June 30, at Silver Legacy Resort Casino

The rapper known for the 1990 mega-hit “U Can’t Touch This” will perform at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $45-$59.50. Details at silverlegacy.com, and 800-687-8733 or 775-325-7401.

Love and Light

August 4, at The Knit Reno

The electronic band hailing from the Reno/Tahoe area will perform at 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $12-$27. Details and tickets at knittingfactory.com.

Van Halen

August 30, at Reno Events Center

The reformed ‘80s rock group known for hits such as “Jump” will perform at the Reno Events Center at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, which cost $69.50 to $149.50, go on sale May 14, on ticketmaster.com.

Dierks Bentley

Carrie Underwood, Oct 12August 31, at Reno Events Center

Tickets available on ticketmaster.com for $49.

Crosby, Stills & Nash

September 22, at Reno Events Center

The music of David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash is a cornerstone of rock ‘n roll.

Carrie Underwood

October 12, at Reno Events Center

Tickets available at Ticketmaster.com, by phone, at 800.745.3000, and at the box office.

For a complete listing, please go to VisitRenoTahoe.com.

This Labor Day, End your Summer Right with BBQ, Bikinis and Boisterous Comedians

4971351537_8589065dc7_z6288_102073263675_46717388675_2005487_1731932_n6528_119486398675_46717388675_2237168_7509093_nSummer is coming to an end and school will be back in full swing before you know it, but before you hit the books, come take advantage of all Reno Tahoe has to offer this holiday weekend to end your summer with a bang!

What better way to kick-off your Labor Day weekend than hitting The Beach? Grab your board shorts and bikinis and head over to the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino for Plunge Thursday. Relax next to the pool while enjoying drink specials from Skyy Vodka and Coors as guest DJs spin the hottest tracks.

If you’re hungry for one last summer BBQ, join the thousands that gather every year at Victorian Square in Sparks for the country’s most prestigious rib eating festival, The Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off. Enjoy finger-lickin’ ribs prepared by top cooks from across the nation as well as live music on the Main Concert Stage every night. This Labor Day favorite takes place August 31 – September 5.

Get your last laughs for the summer with comedians Dante Nero and K-von at Silver Legacy’s Catch a Rising Star. Funny man Dante Nero has been featured on Chappell’s Show and had a role in the hit movie Fighting, while K-von, star of the MTV’s “Disaster Date” has been featured on SHOWTIME and recently came off a two-year comedy tour. Performing August 30 through September 4, these comedic up and comers will have you in tears from laughter.

Enjoy this last holiday weekend of freedom in Reno-Tahoe!

Written by, Cody Haener