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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.

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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

LET THE GOOD TIMES, AND RAPIDS, ROLL

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Grab some Buds because the dam gates are open and the river is rolling. After a long winter with near-record snowfall, the Truckee River has finally opened for safe summer river rafting.

We are going to bypass attempting to explain the unimaginable beauty the Truckee River holds. You’ll need to get your toes wet in order to absorb the true breath-taking scenery and experience the refreshing chill of the Truckee yourself. Two, of many, self-guided rafting companies are Truckee River Rafting and Truckee River Raft Company; both offer five mile floats down the Truckee River.

Most trips are leisurely and take two to three hours to complete, but don’t assume you have to stay in your raft the whole time, jump in and go for a swim! And, if you get hungry, row off to the side and enjoy a picnic lunch on a sandy shore.

When your trip has come to an end, a free shuttle will take you back to your vehicle in Tahoe City any time before 6:00 p.m. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily (weather permitting) and footwear is mandatory. Trips include parking, shuttle, paddles, life jackets and commercial rafts for 2-20 people.

We know a long day on the river will brew up an appetite and there is no better way to satisfy your hunger than dining alfresco at one of North Lake Tahoe’s premier restaurants. River Ranch Lodge is always a favorite, especially with its outdoor patio that gives guests a front row seat to rafters exiting the Truckee River. Locals rave about the pulled pork sandwich served on ciabatta with bleu cheese coleslaw and southern barbeque sauce. River Grill in Tahoe City is also a hotspot and has one of Lake Tahoe’s best happy hours. Definitely try the macaroni and cheese with applewood smoked bacon, tomato and New York sharp white cheddar. And for some of the best margaritas in town, head to the historic Blue Agave in Tahoe City and take a load off where Baby Face Nelson hid out from the authorities back in Tahoe’s heyday.

For more information about rafting and raft companies go to www.GoTahoeNorth.com or www.VisitRenoTahoe.com.

SUPERHEROES AND VILLANS WILL SAVE THE WORLD, ONE DRINK AT A TIME

The only thing Superheroes, Super-zeros and Villains can agree on: a giant pub crawl. On July 16, identities will be masked, evil will pause and good times will prevail.

We know you have to get to making your unarguably awesome costumes, so we’ll keep the details short:

$2 and $3 drink specials

17 participating bars

Cash and other prizes! (How often are you paid to drink with your friends?)

Cost: $5 gets you a cup and a map

Upgraded VIP Cup: Only $40 buys you admission and one $5 drink at each of the 17 stops. FYI: that’s $85 worth of booze!

Be Safe, don’t drive. The Silver Legacy Resort Casino has discounted hotel rooms exclusively for Crawlers. Enter code SUPER11.

Start time: 8pm

End time: You make the call. You’re in Reno.

Start Location: Biggest Little City Club at 188 California Avenue

The Superhero Crawl’s mission is to save the World, one drink at a time. So, just in case you needed one more reason to party, a portion of the proceeds is donated to support the Washoe County School District.

Check out the costumes from last year and let your imagination decide your pseudo-character for the night.

FREE GUIDED HIKES THROUGH TAHOE’S BACKCOUNTRY

WildflowerMeadow (2)Mice_Meadows (2)Desolation 123 (2)Our late snow melt is providing impeccable hiking conditions all summer! Reno Tahoe has the perfect combo: spring’s rolling green hills with late blossoming flowers and summer’s warm weather.

This July, join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for FREE guided hikes every week. There are hikes for all abilities so anyone can discover this fun and easy way to exercise, socialize and visit beautiful vistas during the summer months in the Tahoe Basin.

Saturday, July 9 – Grandma, Grandpa & Me Hikes

10am, at the Tahoe Meadows Trailhead

10am, at the Big Meadows Trailhead

Happening at two locations due to popular demand, kids will learn about neighboring animals, their habitat and wilderness safety on this unforgettable adventure.

Saturday, July 9 – Castle Rock

8am, at the Kingsbury Grade North Trailhead

Hike the awe-inspiring Tahoe Rim Trail over rolling terrain with panoramic views of Lake Tahoe along the way to Castle Rock.

Saturday, July 16 – Dardanelles Lake

8am, at the Big Meadows Trailhead

Passing through shallow creeks, strikingly beautiful cliffs and the Big Meadow, you’ll reach the Dardanelles Lakes.

Saturday, July 23 – Echo Lakes

8am, at Echo Summit North Trailhead

This 10.6 mile trek will pass spectacular granite formations, allowing you to enjoy the deep blue surface of Lower and Upper Echo Lakes.

Sunday, July 24 – Birds, Views and Falls

7am, at the Mount Rose Trailhead

Hike from the Mount Rose Trailhead to Galena Falls to enjoy the birds and soak in great views before arriving at Galena Falls and the surrounding alpine meadows. Possible avian participants are Green-tailed Towhee, Clark’s Nutcracker, Mountain Bluebird and MacGillivray’s Warbler.

Saturday, July 30 – Barker Pass

8am, at the Barker Pass Trailhead

Not only will you enjoy some great vistas and wildflowers on this hike, but you will also learn how TRTA Trail Builders build and maintain this incredible trail. Don’t worry, this is a “hands-off” trail building lesson.

THREE PEAKS IN THREE WEEKS

Friday, July 15 – Mt. Rose

7am, at the Mt. Rose Parking Plaza and Trailhead

Friday, July 22 – Freel Peak

6:30am, at the Big Meadows Trailhead

Friday, July 29 – Mt. Tallac

7am, at the Glenn Alpine Trailhead.

FULL MOON HIKES – TRTA Members Only

Friday, July 15

7:30pm, at the Tahoe Meadows Trailhead

Not a member of the TRTA? Join! Afterwards, enjoy a three mile moonlit tromp through the Tahoe Meadows up to the Tahoe Basin ridge. Expect casually paced hikes for all ages, while slowing down to enjoy the flora and fauna and to explore with your nighttime senses.

You must register in advance for these summer hikes. Online registration is now required for all TRTA programs and can be completed on the TRTA website at www.tahoerimtrail.org. For more information call 775-298-0012 or email Tom at programs@tahoerimtrail.org.

For more Lake Tahoe hiking trails click here.

HAPPY HIKING!

“THE WILDEST RICHEST RODEO IN THE WEST” – IT’S NO LONGER A PHRASE, IT’S AN ATTITUDE

4712225674_787391a6ab_zWhy is this ultimate American pride event famously known as “The Wildest Richest Rodeo in the West?” We will break it down for you.

Wild.

“There ain’t a bull that can’t be rode and ain’t a rider that can’t be throwed.” Toss aside your city-slicker suit, put on your boots and cowboy up. From the rock ’em toss ’em chaos in the arena to the hoedown at the Jack Daniel’s tent, you’ll need to tighten your spurs to survive this event.

Rich.

Bulls in the chute, cowgirls in miniskirts and beer in hand, does more need to be said? I guess we can mention the contestants are competing for over $500,000 in prize money. This year’s Rodeo will definitely be rich with cash and culture.

Rodeo.

Here, you either “do it right or get off the horse,” literally. Willingly riding a bucking bull or bronco is not easy and those eight seconds could be the longest of your life. Luckily, fans get to soak up the summer evening and relax instead of being tossed around. The only thing we need to worry about is kicking a cow patty after a hot day.

West.

There’s a reason the famous phrase is the “Wild Wild West.” Out West we do things bigger, better and a little different. The Reno Rodeo never disappoints. It’s truly the best in the West.

We will see you there for a bucking good time! For more information visit www.renorodeo.com.

WALKING ON WATER… SORT OF

paddleboardHot summer weekends are finally here and you can jump into the summer season by enjoying Tahoe’s “coolest” attraction. Lake Tahoe is renowned for its cobalt blue waters, providing a clear view of depths up to 75 feet. And hey, what better way to explore its depths than to skim its surface via paddle? Here’s something unexpected: Lake Tahoe is the largest stand up flat-water paddleboard venue in the country!

“Stand up paddle boarding is one of the most scenic and green ways to take in Lake Tahoe,” said Ernie Brassard, president of the 2011 Quiksilver Ta-Hoe Nalu Stand-Up Paddle Classic, August 13-14 in Kings Beach. “You get a completely different perspective of the lake and the surrounding mountains from the water than you do from the trail.”

The sport continues to skyrocket in popularity, as evidenced by a recent increase in Tahoe rental shops and outfitters, as well as festivals taking center stage during the summer and fall months.

A popular event you won’t want to miss is the Jam from the Dam, July 9, which has participants racing six miles from Commons Beach in Tahoe City to the Waterman’s Landing – a new restaurant and stand up paddleboard shop. Like the Ta-Hoe Nalu, it’s a great opportunity for spectators to demo equipment in a fun and festive environment.

Need equipment? Tahoe Paddle & Oar caters to the canoe and kayak audience with rentals available, including wetsuits and life vests, along with on-water lessons. If it’s a lazy Sunday and you want your paddleboards and beaches all in one place, rentals are available at one of Tahoe’s most well-known beaches, Sand Harbor State Park, located outside of Incline Village. Kayaks and paddleboards are a must to explore San Harbor’s hidden coves, cathedral of massive white boulders and lively beach activities. The infamous white sand is also a great picnic spot!

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