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SUMMER AT SPARKS MARINA

Summer is in full swing in Reno Tahoe- the sun’s beaming, the temperature’s blazing, and every day is full of activities to undertake, events to attend, and good times to be had. At the Sparks Marina, all the same rings true! With walking paths, trees, and sandy beaches surrounding a 77-acre lake, the Sparks Marina is a wonderful place for a sunny-day outing and a must-add to your summer to-do list. Better yet, the Marina is conveniently located in the heart of Sparks, right off Interstate 80 and next to Legends Outlet Mall… just a few miles from downtown Reno!

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The Marina contains an estimated 1 billion gallons of water with a naturally occurring aquifer that replenishes the lake with 2 to 3 million gallons of fresh water daily. All this water is put to good use with an assortment of recreational activities offered.

Water activities include:

  • Windsurfing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Scuba diving
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Kayaking
  • Paddle boarding

Furthermore, the marina contains an array of additional activities and facilities. Whether you want to host a large family picnic, throw a friend a birthday party, take the kids swimming, visit the dog park with your pup, stroll the quaint path around the lake, or just relax and soak up some rays, you can do all of this and more at the marina.

Amenities Include:

  • Beaches (2)sparks marina bench
  • Picnic areas
  • Fishing pier
  • 2-mile walking path
  • Volleyball courts
  • Playgrounds
  • Concession Stand
  • Restrooms
  • Canopies (2)
  • Dog Park

Click here for directions and more information on the Sparks Marina.

Celebrating 19 Years of Amazing BBQ, Brews and Blues!

New Beer and Food Pairing Event to Kick-Off Festival This Year

Equal parts barbeque block party, micro-brew tasting event and rock and blues festival, the Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews and Blues festival has become synonymous with summer. The unofficial kick-off to summer happens a little earlier this year with a newly added Samuel Adams beer and food pairing event held at the BuBinga Lounge inside the Eldorado Resort Casino on Thursday, June 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will kick-off the 19th Annual Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews & Blues Festival, which is set for June 20-21.

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Street side on Friday and Saturday, the Eldorado will have the perfect complement to the festival’s variety of microbrews. Food booths will line Virginia Street serving a variety of tasty options from traditional barbecue fare such as slow smoked brisket, St. Louis style ribs and whole hog pulled pork served with creamy coleslaw, baked beans and cornbread. All American favorites like Geno’s smoked New York steak sandwich, buffalo style chicken wings, hotdogs and grilled hamburgers can also be found. More eclectic offerings like BBQ Asian Ribs with Pho Mein Special BBQ Sauce and fire roasted corn with roasted poblano-cilantro crema and ground cotija cheese will also be available. Those with a sweet tooth can indulge in fruit cobbler and ice cream.

Attendees can wash it all down with a selection of the Eldorado’s own custom microbrews from The Brew Brothers or the more than 50 microbreweries from around the world. The $30 daily or $50 weekend tasting package includes an eight ounce souvenir cup and unlimited tastings. VIP packages are also available for one-day at $100 or two-day for $120. The packages include a commemorative tasting mug with unlimited beer tasting wrist band (for one or two days), a 64-ounce Growler filled once with choice of The Brew Brothers beer and a BBQ platter from main food booth.

Northern Nevada breweries pouring samples at this year’s event include; The Brew Brothers, Battle Born, BJ’s Brewery, Brewer’s Cabinet, High Sierra Brewing Co., Stoneyhead Brewery, Brasserie Saint James, Great Basin Brewing Co. and Ruby Mountain Brewing Co. Additional stateside breweries include; Alaskan Brewing Co., Anderson Valley Brewing Co., Anchor Brewing Co., Anheuser Busch, Bison Brewing Co., Boulder Beer Co., Brooklyn Brewing, Big Sky Brewing Co., Black Diamond Brewing Co, Boston Brewery, Deschutes Brewery, Drakes Brewing Co., Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Full Sail Brewing Co., Grand Teton Brewing Co., Green Flash Brewing Co., Joseph James Brewing Co., Lagunitas Brewing Co., Lost Coast Brewery, Mammoth Brewing CO., Miller Coors Brewing, New Belgium Brewing Co., Ninkasi Brewing Co., North Coast Brewery, Oskar Blues Brewery, Pyramid Brewery, Rogue Brewing Co., Rubicon Brewing Co., Santa Fe Brewing Co., Speakeasy Brewery, Tenaya Creek Brewery and more.

And in the midst of it all are two outdoor stages featuring non-stop rock and blues. Headlining this year’s event are Tommy Castro & The Painkillers and John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band and Friends, including Alex Ligertwood of Santana and Wally Palmar of The Romantics. Additionally attendees can see the U.S. Air Force Band, Mobility; American roots music artist, Shane Dwight; critically acclaimed rock and blues guitar groover, Eric Sardinas; soulful South Bay guitarist and vocalist Maxx Cabello Jr.; high-energy harmonica and horns blues band Delta Wires; plus festival favorites the Jason King Band, Carolyn Dolan Blues Band, Rick Hammond Blues Band and Buddy Emmer Blues Band.

There’s no better way to celebrate summer than with the 19th Annual Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival, set for Friday, June 20 from 2 until 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 21 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.

Full Schedule for the 19th Annual Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews & Blues Festival


Third Street Stage

Friday, June 20

4 p.m. – U.S. Air Force Band, Mobility

6 p.m. – Shane Dwight Band

Saturday, June 21

11:30 a.m. – Rick Hammond Blues Band

1:30 p.m. – Carolyn Dolan Blues Band

3:30 p.m. – Delta Wires

5:30 p.m. – Eric Sardinas

Fourth Street Stage

Friday, June 21

3 p.m. – Jason King Band

5 p.m. – Buddy Emmer Band

7 p.m. – Tommy Castro & The Painkillers

Saturday, June 21

11 a.m. – Buddy Emmer Blues Band

1 p.m. – Maxx Cabello Jr.

3 p.m. – U.S. Air Force Band, Mobility

5 p.m. – John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band and Friends

Alex Ligertwood, lead singer of Santana

Wally Palmer, lead singer of The Romantics

7 p.m. – Shane Dwight Band

Summer 2014 Bucket List

Ever feel like summer flies by so fast that you aren’t able to get to half the activities you wanted to? With so much going on in the Reno Tahoe area, we can hardly blame you. Make sure summer doesn’t slip away from you this year by creating a bucket list with exciting events and new activities to make the most out of your summer! Here are some must-do’s to add to your list:

1. Explore Tahoe

Not only does North Lake Tahoe offer relaxing beaches with incredible mountain views, it also has some of the clearest blue water that you truly have to see to believe. Go explore more than the beach by trying out a fun water activity like paddle boarding. Or, take on new heights by parasailing over the lake, an unforgettable experience that offers a panoramic view of the lake.

Kayak, boat, Jet Ski, sail, row… so much to do, so little time!

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2. Attend a summer Festival

Who doesn’t love live music, cool brews and good eats? Don’t miss out on the opportunity to enjoy all of that and more! There is no shortage of exciting festivals in Reno Tahoe during the summertime. Kick off summer by spending the first day of summer at Eldorado’s BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival. And, don’t miss out on The North Tahoe Beer and Bluegrass Festival. Check out all of the exciting festivals!

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3. Tell your friend to “Take a hike…”

… with you on one of the wonderful trails Reno Tahoe has to offer! Whether it’s the mountains of Tahoe or the hills of Reno, soak up the rays while staying active and exploring new areas. If you’re more experienced, pack a lunch and give Mt. Rose a go, traversing 10 miles while enjoying breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe. More of a beginner? Not a problem. Start with the Cross Peak trail- an hour long hike that reveals expansive views of Reno and Sparks. Don’t forget to sign the guest book at the top of the summit to prove you made it!

No matter what trail you decide to take, remember to enjoy the journey- don’t forget to stop and smell the pine trees every once and awhile!

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4. Laugh all the way to the River Bank

Located at the heart of Reno’s downtown, surrounded by local eateries and shops, enjoy the Truckee River and all it has to offer is a must-add to your bucket list. Escape the heat and take a dip in the river at Wingfield Park- a free water park. Feeling more adventurous? Reserve a professional guide and whitewater raft down the river, a fun and exciting journey beginning in Truckee and ending in downtown Reno.

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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.

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.

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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).