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Discover the New Natural History Museum at UNR!

Imagine a place in Reno where you can view over 92,000 different species of plants, hold a taxidermy bat, and check out a tier 0ne university all at the same time. What you have imagined probably is not too far off from the new Museum of Natural History at the University of Nevada. As a combined project from the university’s biology and natural resources and environmental science programs, this collection of living and non-living species represents the discovery of life throughout the history of Northern Nevada.

The front part of the museum is filled with brilliant displays made by students of the graduate program. There are rare plants, huge preserved animals (including the state mammal, the bighorn sheep), butterflies, and a lot of other regional wildlife. Behind the scenes, however, is a catalog of thousands of different species of plants and animals, where museum curator Arnold (Jerry) Tiehm will be more than happy to show different species of beetles, birds, and even pine cones!

The museum is open on weekdays during university hours, 8-5. Call 775-784-1105 for more information or to schedule a visit. Admission is FREE!

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Ballers, Bowties and Benefiting Charity Weekend with Pro Athletes and Nevada Alum

A weekend of Ballers, Bowties, and Benefiting charity is coming to Reno, Feb 23-24.

Dontay Moch (Nevada Alum and current Cincinnati Bengal) is hosting a series of events to benefit the Make a Wish Foundation and Strikes for Kids, beginning with a bowling tournament on Feb 23, continuing with a party in EDGE Saturday night, and ending with a poker tournament at Peppermill on Sunday. Athletes will also be honored at a Nevada baseball game, 11 am on 2/23 and will be throwing out the first pitch!

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Call: 800-648-5555

Athletes from a number of pro sports teams will be in attendance  – many are Nevada Alum!

Appearing Athletes include:

Dontay Moch, Cincinnati Bengals/Nevada Alum

James Michael Johnson, Cleveland Browns/Nevada Alum

Brandon Marshall, Jacksonville Jags/Nevada Alum

Kaelin Burnett, Oakland Raiders/Nevada Alum

Tray Session, Oakland Raiders/Nevada Alum

Jonathon Amaya, Miami Dolphins/Nevada Alum

Kevin Basped, NY Jets (Retired)/Nevada Alum

Ezra Butler, New Orleans Saints/Nevada Alum

Virgil Green, Denver Broncos/Nevada Alum

Robert Sands, Cincinnati Bengals

John Griffin, NY Jets

Ryan Christenson, LA Dodgers

Schedule of events:

Feb 23 Nevada Baseball Game, 11 am. Throwing out the first pitch

Feb 23 Bowling Tournament, 4 pm to 7pm – National Bowling Stadium

Feb 23 Ballers & Bowties, EDGE party to benefit Make a Wish, doors at 10 pm.

Feb 24 Charity Poker Tournament, 1 pm – Peppermill Reno ($10,000 prize pool!)

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Pack Fans – Fly to See Your Team in Action

After a nail-biting win over Boise St. at home, the Wolf Pack went on the road to defeat LA Tech, leading the Pack to the Kraft Fight-Hunger Bowl in San Francisco January 9, 2011 in AT&T Park!

Wolf Pack fans looking to watch Nevada play in the same park the Giants play in have several flight options available through Reno-Tahoe International Airport. 

With over 1,000 seats scheduled to the San Francisco Bay Area on Friday and nearly 900 seats scheduled on Saturday, Wolf Pack fans can easily score a seat to the big game. The pictured chart of flights below offers all of the available non-stop and one-stop flight options between Reno and the Bay Area. It is important to note that Southwest Airlines, the largest air carrier at Reno-Tahoe International, does not offer fares through travel service web sites like Expedia, Travelocity or Sidestep. Travelers should check airline web sites directly for the latest fares and availability.

 “Reno-Tahoe International offers numerous flights that can help you follow the Wolf Pack to the Kraft Bowl,” Krys Bart, President/CEO of Reno-Tahoe International Airport, said. “With fares as low as $59 each way, it is the perfect time to hop on board a flight and help support the WAC Conference champions as they take on Boston College in the last game of a history making season.”

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The Reno Tahoe Bighorn Walks to Cure Diabetes

JDRF NevadaOn 10.10.10 at 10 a.m. over 5,000 people will participate in the Walk to Cure Diabetes on the campus of University of Nevada, Reno (UNR).  The walk, also known by many children with juvenile (or type 1) diabetes as the Day of Hope, is the largest annual fundraising event for the Northern Nevada Branch of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). 

JDRF has a singular mission: to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. The Reno based Walk raised over a quarter of a million dollars last year to help bring a cure home to Northern Nevada for the over 250,000 residents with diabetes.

The Walk ventures around the University campus twice and each loop is approximately 2.5 miles. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with the Walk starting at 10 a.m. from a new location – in front of the new Knowledge Center and Student Union.  The event is both family and dog friendly, offering all the Starbucks you can drink, lunch and activities along the route. 

JDRFDiabetes is a chronic, debilitating disease affecting every organ system. There are two major types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2.  Taking insulin does not cure any type of diabetes nor prevent the possibility of its eventual and devastating effects: kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage, amputation, heart attack, stroke, and pregnancy complications.  Diabetes is the single most costly chronic disease.  24 million American adults and children have diabetes and in the next 30 seconds another person will be diagnosed. Yearly, diabetes accounts for a staggering $174 billion in health-care costs in the U.S. and in the state of Nevada alone, it accounts for $167 million annually. And sadly, one out of every three children born in the U.S. from the year 2000 on will develop some form of diabetes in their lifetime.

Make the Power of Ten work for all children with juvenile diabetes on 10.10.10, and join the Reno Tahoe Bighorn while you’re there! Call 786.1881 or email for more information on powering a difference.

WAC basketball: Get your WAC Three-Pack

logo1The Western Athletic Conference men’s and women’s basketball tournament starts next week (March 10-14), so it’s time to get your tickets.

In addition to single-game and full-session passes, the tournament is offering a WAC Three-Pack so attendees will receive the same seat for the men’s quarterfinals (afternoon or evening session), semifinals and championship.

Fans who purchase the Three-Pack get a discount of $10 to $15 depending on whether they are attending women’s or men’s games.

To purchase a WAC Three-Pack or tickets to any of the WAC tournament games, call the Lawlor Events Center Ticket Office at (775)348-7225 or visit online at

Renowned bassist Edgar Meyer to play University of Nevada

edgar_meyer_with_bassBassist Edgar Meyer, a winner of the MacArthur Fellowship “Genius” grant who has been hailed by The New Yorker as “the most remarkable virtuoso” of his instrument, will perform his own Double Bass Concerto and a virtuoso work by Bottesini at the University of Nevada’s Nightingale Concert Hall. A March 14 concert will be held 8-10 p.m., while a March 15 concert will be held 2-4 p.m. The concerts are presented by the Reno Chamber Orchestra.

Also on the program, led by Chamber Music Director Theodore Kuchar, are the Concerto in D by Stravinsky and Mozart’s “Prague” symphony. Tickets are $40 for general admission, $35 for seniors and $15 for students, and free for everyone 18 years old and younger.

For tickets or more information, contact the Reno Chamber Orchestra at (775) 348-9413 or visit