Christmas is easily my favorite holiday of the year in Reno. The air just seems to be filled with magic and everyone tends to be more cheerful, especially now that Black Friday is over. When making plans to spend the holiday season with your loved ones, it’s easy to forget that many senior citizens don’t have anyone coming to see them. Also, since many of them are on a fixed income, it can be a struggle to keep up with the day-to-day items they require. You can help by visiting a Reno Senior Giving Tree 2013 and help make a Reno senior citizen feel like there is someone who cares.
What: Reno Senior Giving Tree 2013
Where: City Hall, 1 E 1st St
When: Now through December 17, 8am to 5pm, Mon to Fri
Contact: (775) 334-4636
City Hall’s first and second floors will house the Reno Senior Giving Tree 2013 holiday trees during normal business hours until December 17th. If you can’t make it to Reno City Hall, click here for a list of items on the Reno seniors’ wish lists. Some of the things our Reno seniors need in particular are jackets, sweat pants, hats, gloves, socks, Depends briefs, cleaning supplies, RTC bus/ACCESS passes and more. Once you purchase the items you wish to donate, drop them off at Reno City Hall during regular business hours. Make sure they are new and unwrapped. Everything collected during the Reno Senior Giving Tree 2013 event will be given to the Washoe County Senior Services Program to distribute to local Reno area seniors as needed.
Fill your heart with the Christmas spirit. Donate a new, unwrapped wish list item from the Reno Senior Giving Tree 2013 anytime between now and December 17th. Without our senior population, we would not be here today. Your small donation could make a big difference in how a Reno senior spends their holidays this year.
You have relatives coming in from out of town to spend the extended Thanksgiving holiday weekend with you. You’ve planned out the turkey, fixin’s and dessert. However, you’re stymied about how best to show off Reno to your guests. Since Thanksgiving occurs so late this year, I think it’s best to jump right into the Christmas holiday. Bring the out-of-towners as well as local friends and family to the official Reno Christmas tree lighting ceremony 2013 on Tuesday night.
What: Official Reno Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony 2013
Where: 10 N Virginia St
When: November 26, 2013 5pm
Who says you have to wait until after Thanksgiving to get into the Christmas spirit. Reno residents want to get started now! Before the official Reno holiday tree is lit up, enjoy hot cocoa or apple cider and listen to live musical entertainment. Once the tree lighting ceremony is over, take a spin around the Rink on the River on its opening night of the season. If you bring a donation of new gloves, socks, hats and/or scarves, you can will receive a free skate rental on opening night. All donations will be given to the local Reno Salvation Army.
Why wait until Black Friday to get your holiday juices flowing? Bring your friends and family to the official Reno Christmas tree lighting ceremony 2013 on Tuesday, November 26, 2013. There’s nothing like it here in Reno. So, you don’t want to miss it!
One of the benefits of living in the Reno area is our access to some spectacular skiing. This winter is no exception. This Friday, Saturday and Sunday marks the Northstar California opening weekend 2013 near Reno and there are several fun events planned to start the season off right.
What: Northstar California Opening Weekend 2013
Where: Northstar California Resort (5001 Northstar Dr, Truckee, CA)
When: November 22-24, 2013
Time: Lifts start up at 8am
Contact: (800) 466-6784
During Northstar California opening weekend 2013, skiers will be the first to receive opening weekend gifts and prizes from the Northstar California Resort. For example, an exclusive Epic Pass Club beanie awaits the first 150 people in line. From 8:30am to 4pm on Friday, you can pick up a free Nature’s Valley oatmeal square to keep your strength going on the slopes (while supplies last).
The Starbucks in the Village at Northstar marks the start of the coffee cup scavenger hunt that will take you throughout the Village and onto the slopes. They will also be handing out free coffee mugs at 3pm (S’mores O’Clock to those who aren’t in the know) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday while supplies last.
For the social media-savvy skier, pose for a pic in front of the Northstar California’s Ticket & Season Pass Office between 8am and 4pm. Then, activate your free EpicMix account (available for download through your phone’s app store). Keep your friends and family up to date with a “wish you were here” post on your favorite social media platforms. It’s simple to start, easy to use and fun to show off.
Come to the Northstar California opening weekend 2013. Located just 45 minutes southwest of Reno, the Northstar California Resort offers an afternoon filled with snowy goodness. Don’t miss a minute of it this weekend!
Have you noticed an onslaught of male mustaches in Reno lately? The facial hair frenzy is more than an upper lip warmer. These guys could very well be celebrating Movember, an awareness campaign for men’s health. To celebrate Movember in Reno (and raise funds for the Movember movement), several restaurants, delis, bars and pubs in the Reno area will be selling a 2013 Papa Sibs Robust Porter. All of the proceeds from the sales of this beer will go directly to the Movember Charity Event.
The Movember movement helps raise awareness and funds for the research of prostate and testicular cancer. What October was for breast cancer, November is for prostate and testicular cancer. All “Mo Bros” began the month with a freshly shaved face, free from any hair other than their eyebrows and lashes. By the end of Movember in Reno, these men will have helped raise more than $1 million worldwide by asking their friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and anyone else they see to donate.
You don’t have to grow a “mo” to contribute to the cause, however. By visiting any of the following Reno area establishments anytime during the month of November and simply ordering the 2013 Papa Sibs Robust Porter, you will be making a contribution to the Movember in Reno cause.
- The Brews Brothers (Eldorado Hotel Casino)
- Cafe de Luxe (1690 S Wells)
- Craft Wine and Beer (22 Martin St)
- Foxy Olive (220 Mill St)
- Jungle Vino (246 W 1st St)
- Minden Meat and Deli (1595 Hwy 395 N, Minden, NV)
- Shenanigans (77 W Plumb Ln)
- 775 Gastropub (5162 Meadowland Mall)
Women’s health has been in the news for a while now. It’s time make sure men understand that their health is just as important. Please help support Movember in Reno.
If you weren’t aware of it, Veterans Day is next Monday, November 11, 2013. In observance, all government offices in Reno as well as public schools, the DMV and the local public libraries will be closed for the day. A special Reno Veterans Day Parade 2013 is scheduled throughout downtown Reno on Monday to honor those brave men and women who have fought for our freedom in the past.
What: Reno Veterans Day Parade 2013
When: November 11, 2013 11am to 12pm
Where: Powning Park to 5th St, Reno
Those marching bands you hear and the flag waving you see on Monday, November 11th will be the Reno Veterans Day Parade 2013. Since I know you aren’t going to want to miss getting a better view of it, I highly suggest you stake out your little piece of Reno real estate along the parade route beginning at Powning Park and traveling north to 5th Street in downtown Reno. There are always tons of people ready to pay homage to our heroes, both past and present. So, I suggest getting there a little early. Bring a chair with you so you can enjoy the parade in comfort.
The fun won’t stop there. Immediately after the Reno Veterans Day Parade 2013, guests are welcome to visit the parking lot of the Washoe County Courthouse for a free concert featuring military-themed music from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. This entertainment is provided absolutely free of charge. Various Reno area veterans organizations will be on-site to pass out information for and answer questions from veterans regarding services available.
As a side note, all Nevada National Parks will be waiving their entrance fees for the Veterans Day weekend (November 9-11, 2013). What an excellent opportunity to spend time with the family and/or friends in nature while saving a few bucks in the process. For more information on the Reno Veterans Day Parade 2013, please email Peggy Nelson-Aguilar. Whenever you see a member of the military, tell them “thank you” for all the sacrifices they have made so that you and I can continue to live in a free country.
Books are a wonderful way to pass the time. Reno libraries are a great resource to find classic novels as well as new releases. In addition to books, you can rent movies, surf the internet, learn how to work a computer and so much more. In the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives, sometimes, we forget when our books are due. This incurs a fine. For three weeks in November, you can put away your wallet and settle your debt with canned goods with Food for Fines at Reno libraries 2013.
What: Food for Fines at Reno Libraries 2103
Where: Washoe County Libraries
When: November 4-25, 2013
Cost: At least one non-perishable food item for each overdue book
Contact: Jennifer Oliver (775) 327-8360
With the Food for Fines at Reno libraries 2013, Washoe County library patrons are encouraged to pay past due fines with non-perishable food items, such as canned vegetables, fruit, beans and meat, pasta (mac and cheese, spaghetti, etc), pasta sauce, cereal, oatmeal, baby formula, baby food and powdered milk, to name a few. All food collected from Reno area libraries during this three week time period will be donated to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada and Project MANA.
Participating locations for Food for Fines at Reno libraries 2013 include:
- Downtown Reno Library (301 S Center St, Reno)
- Duncan/Traner Library (1650 Carville Dr, Reno)
- Incline Village Library (845 Alder Ave, Incline Village)
- North Valleys Library (1075 North Hills Blvd #340, Reno)
- Northwest Reno Library (2325 Robb Dr, Reno)
- Senior Center Library (1155 E 9th St, Reno)
- Sierra View Library (4001 S Virginia St, Reno)
- South Valleys Library (15650 A Wedge Pkwy, Reno)
- Spanish Springs Library (7100 A Pyramid Lake Hwy, Sparks)
- Sparks Library (1125 12th St, Sparks)
- Verdi Community Library (270 Bridge St, Verdi)
Even if you don’t have an overdue library book that has incurred fines, please feel free to drop off a donation for the Food for Fines at Reno libraries 2013 event anytime from November 4-25, 2013. This program has allowed Washoe County libraries to donate more than 7,000 lbs of food in the past. Help feed a hungry family this holiday season. Your generosity is always appreciated.
If you’re like me, you haven’t bought your Halloween pumpkin yet. After you carve them, you only have a few good days before they become a wilted, soggy mess. Instead of purchasing your pumpkin at the supermarket, head to one of these Reno pumpkin patches 2013. Not only do you get to choose your pumpkin from local vendor, but you’ll enjoy lots of other fun activities at the same time.
Andelin Family Farm Pumpkin Patch
Where: 8100 Pyramid Hwy, Spanish Springs
When: Now through Oct 31, 2013
Hours: 10am to 3pm Mon through Thurs, 10am to 6pm Fri & Sat
Contact: (775) 530-8032
Admission: $6 per person + $1 extra for hayride
Features: Corn maze ($2 per person + admission price or $5 by itself Thurs through Sat only), pony and horse rides ($4 each, only available on Sat), art barn, hay bale maze, spider web climber and garden play area. Since this is a real working farm, there are plenty of farm animals to see as well. If you wear your Halloween costume when you visit on Oct 26th, you will receive $2 off the price of admission and get in some trick-or-treating practice in the barnyard.
Ferrari Farm Pumpkin Patch
Where: 4701 Mill St, Reno
When: Now through Oct 31, 2013
Hours: 9am to 8pm every day
Contact: (775) 856-4962
Features: Corn maze ($5 per person), hay rides ($3 per person/$10 per family), bounce house ($2 per child), pony rides ($4 each). Pick your own pumpkin directly from the field.
Toll House Pumpkin Patch
Where: 12185 S Virginia St, Reno
When: Now through Oct 31, 2013
Hours: 9am to 8pm Sun through Thurs, 9am to 9pm Fri & Sat
Cost: $1 per ride or book of 22 tickets for $20
Contact: (775) 636-5100
Features: Pumpkins (of course), bounce house for the kids, Caterpillar Crawl, train ride, petting zoo, pony rides, haunted house and more. Don’t know how to decorate your jack-o-lantern this year? Pick up a pumpkin carving kit that includes unique patterns. There’s even a gift shop on-site where you can pick up Halloween or fall themed decorations to get your Reno home ready for the holidays. Help them clear out all the pumpkins to make way for the Christmas trees coming later this year.
Visit any of these great Reno Pumpkin Patches 2013 before Halloween. Get the whole family involved in the process. Happy Halloween, everybody!
What is Reno Decompression 2013? You’ve probably heard of Burning Man. That’s the celebration of all things artistic in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert held every summer. A whole city springs up out of the barren desert, a community thrives and it is all torn down and returned back to nature by the end of the festival. Reno Decompression 2013 is Reno’s answer to Burning Man on a much smaller scale.
What: Reno Decompression 2013
Where: 555 E 4th St, Reno
When: October 19, 2013, 8pm
Cost: $10 presale, $20 at the door (must be 21+ years old)
Unlike the annual Burning Man Festival that can take anywhere from a week to a month to complete, Reno Decompression 2013 will be held in a single night. Attendees and participants will have the opportunity to enjoy and interact with local artists of all sorts as well as their works, including dancing, hula hooping, live music, visual arts, performing arts and theme camps created by local Reno area artists. There is something for everyone here.
If you are interested in volunteering for the Reno Decompression 2013 crew, please visit the Reno Decom Volunteer page to sign up. You can purchase tickets in person at the Melting Pot (714 California Ave, Reno), Prism Magic Clothing (2161 Pyramid Way, Sparks) or Comma Coffee (312 S Carson St, Carson City) or online at InTicketing. For more information about Reno Decompression 2013 or to find out if you can bring your own artwork to the experience, please email Reno Burners. This is definitely an experience of a lifetime anyone with a flair for the creative or a simple admirer would be upset to miss.
Real Italian living is all about la dolce vita…enjoying the good life. We associate Italy with good food, great company and a relaxed lifestyle that is so far removed from the daily grind of life in America. Italians seem to understand and embrace every moment of the day. Eldorado Hotel Casino again brings the sweet life to our fair city with the Reno Italian Festival.
What: Eldorado Italian Festival
Where: Eldorado Hotel Casino (345 N Virginia St, Reno)
When: October 12, 2013 10am to 6pm & October 13, 2013 10am to 5pm
At the Reno Italian Festival, guests can sign up their team for the Bocce ball tournament. The entry fee is $10. The cash prize awarded will be determined by the amount of entries total. For that real Italian experience in Reno, try the grape stomp. The public is welcome to sign up anytime after 10am on Saturday. All kids ages 3-11 are invited to compete in the gelato eating contest on Sunday at 3pm.
Do you like pasta? You’re in for a real treat! Part of the Reno Italian Festival includes a pasta sauce cook-off. Beginning at 2pm on both Saturday and Sunday, festival goers can purchase bowls of pasta at 4th and Virginia in downtown Reno. With each bowl purchased, you will receive a ballot. With that ballot, you will help determine the winner of the cook-off.
What goes better with great Italian food than good wine? For the 21+ crowd, take a trip along the Reno Wine Walk. Ten wineries will be on-site offering unlimited samples of their best vintages from 1pm to 4pm both days. You will need a wristband to participate. They can be purchased at the Grape Stomp Stage for $20 per day.
Of course, you can’t have an Italian Festival without some good old fashioned Italian food, right? For just $26.99 + tax for adults and $13.99 + tax for kids, sample several different traditional Italian dishes at the CVC Italian Dinner Buffet. The buffet will be available beginning at 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Live musical entertainment from Italian-inspired artists will fill the air waves during the entire weekend at the Reno Italian Festival. For more information, please call the Eldorado Hotel Casino at (800) 879-8879. Experience la dolce vita this weekend in Reno. Bellisimo!
Humans aren’t the only ones who get to enjoy the changing of the seasons. The staff at Reno’s Animal Ark Sanctuary utilize pumpkins for their Fall behavioral enrichment program. You can watch the tigers, bears, owls, foxes and other animals discover their favorite foods served inside a pumpkin during the Reno Animal Wildlife Harvest Festival this Saturday, October 5, 2013.
What: Reno Animal Wildlife Harvest Festival
Where: Animal Ark Sanctuary (1265 Deerlodge Rd, Reno)
When: October 5, 2013, 10:15am to 2:30pm
Animals are fascinating creatures any day of the week. However, when you throw in a unique wrapper for their meals (like the pumpkin), they become even more amazing to watch as they try to figure out what this new object in their environment is and how to get inside it to feast on their favorite treats. Different animals in the sanctuary will be fed at different times throughout the Reno Animal Wildlife Harvest Festival. So, make sure to bring your camera to capture their behavior.
Admission for adults is $15 each, seniors (ages 62+) are $13.50 each, kids ages 3-12 are $12 each and kids under the age of 3 are free. Come see Shere Khan, Milo, El Santo, Gracie and all their pals as they enjoy tempting treats they receive during the Reno Animal Wildlife Harvest Festival this Saturday, October 5th. You’re not going to want to miss a second of it! For more information, please call Reno Animal Ark at (775) 970-3111.