Fun Activities And Camps For Fall School Break, October 7-11th

The "Washoe County School District 2019-2020 School Year," has fall break 2019 coming up October 7th - 11th. You still have time to plan some fun activities for the little ones. Art, museums, movies, theater, and more.

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Activities for Kids and Families at the Washoe County Library (Free)

You'll find fun activities at your local library branch during fall break, October 7 to 11. The Washoe County Library System offers many free events, activities, and presentations. Children of all ages, families, and adults will find something of interest at every library branch in Washoe County. A couple of examples are "Code Crew Fall Break: Lego Mindstorms" on October 8 at Incline Village Library and "Fall Break Art Camp" on October 8 at Sierra View Library.

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Go to the Movies ($)

The Reno area offers five multi-screen theaters, a low-cost cinema at the Grand Sierra Resort, feature films and star shows at the Fleischmann Planetarium, and in Sparks, an IMAX theater and one of the few real-live drive-in theaters in America still showing movies.

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Great Basin Naturalists at Galena Fall Exploration Camp ($)

October 7 - 11, 2019. Camps provide outdoor experiences emphasizing environmental science and physical activity for kids ages 8 to 12. Camp sessions are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with early drop-off and late pick-up available. Fee is $195 for the week. Scholarships available. You can register online or by calling (775) 849-4948. Visit the website for all the details.

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Fall Break Camp Discovery at The Discovery Museum ($$)

October 7 - 11, 2019. The Discovery Museum in Reno is hosting a set of fall break camps. The number of kids is limited, so sign up as soon as you can if you want your child to attend. Online registration is available at the Camp Discovery web page. The information phone number is (775) 786-1000. Each camp goes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day of fall break. The cost is $210 for members, $235 for non-members. There are camps for different age groups, from 1st through 4th grade - Ultimate Engineers (grades 1 - 2) and Robot Revolution (grades 3 - 4). Early drop-off and late pick-up are available for an additional fee. Financial assistance is available. For registration assistance, call (775) 398-5954.

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Fall Creativity Camps at Arts for All Nevada ($)

October 7 - 11, 2019, ages 6 to 10. Lake Mansion, 250 Court Street and Arlington Avenue in Reno. You can choose between a morning session (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.) or afternoon session (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.). Kids (ages 6 to 10) get creative through instruction in both the Visual Arts and Creative Moving/Drama. $125 for all 5 days. (775) 826-6100 x2#.

Sparks Parks & Rec Fall Break Programs ($)

October 7 - 11, 2019. Fall break programs available for kids in Kindergarten through 3rd grade. Active games, arts and crafts, board games, free play, swimming, skating, various field trips and group activities are planned for this full-day program. Daily sessions are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Contact Sparks Parks & Recreation at (775) 353-2376. Full week is $156 or $130 resident discount. Drop-in is $48 or $40 resident discount per day.

New for 2019 is a program just for 4th and 5th grade students. It features age appropriate activities such as pool, ping pong, foosball, arts and crafts, active games, fieldtrips and more. Daily sessions are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Full week is $156 or $130 resident discount. Drop-in is $48 or $40 resident discount per day.

Vacation Station from Reno Parks & Rec ($)

October 7 - 11, 2019. During fall break, the City of Reno Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department is presenting Vacation Station for kids ages 6 to 12.5. These camps will be from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Activities will include sports, games, reading, field trips, and arts and crafts. The fee is $105 for the week or $30 a day.

  • Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center, 1301 Valley Road

  • Plumas Park and Gym, 475 Monroe Street (no daily fee available)

  • McKinley Arts & Culture Center, 925 Riverside Drive (no daily fee available)

  • Alice Smith Elementary School, 1070 Beckwourth Drive (no daily fee available)

  • Glenn Duncan Elementary School, 1200 Montello Street ($60 weekly, no daily fee available)

For more information, call (775) 334-4280. Kids should bring a lunch. A waiver of liability for is required for field trips to various local fun spots. Scholarships are available. Visit the website for more details about each location.

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Fall Break at Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows ($)

October 7 - 11, 2019. The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows is having fall break activities at these club locations - Donald W. Reynolds Facility, Neil Road and Lemmon Valley, William N. Pennington Facility, and Donald L. Carano Youth Center. Each location features different activities and field trips. The registration fee is $40, with optional field trips costing extra. Registration forms and more information are available for each location from the School Break Programs web page. Program hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The information phone number is (775) 331-5437. Children must be members of the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows in order to attend the Fall Break Program.

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Fall Break Camps at the Nevada Museum of Art ($)

Fall Break Clay Camp - October 7 - 11, 2019. For kids ages 7 to 12. Instruction will include basic hand building, throwing on the wheel, and sculpture. Children will learn about the basics of pottery, glazing and the transformation of their pieces from the heat of kiln. This will be a fun and educational class. All works will be fired in the Museum's kiln. Snack and materials are included. Sessions are from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The cost is $185, $165 for Museum members.

Fall Break: Art Camp for Kids - October 7 - 11, 2019. For kids ages 7 to 12. Children will have fun exploring a variety of art mediums in this fun and interactive camp. Over this five-day camp, participants will have the opportunity to hand-build clay sculptures, paint mini-masterpieces and sketch in the Museum galleries. A daily snack and all materials are included with registration. 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The cost is $185, $165 for Museum members.

Fall Break Young Artist Series: Hand Building and Wheel Throwing Techniques - October 7 - 11, 2019. For kids ages 11 - 16. Instruction will include basic hand building, throwing on the wheel, and sculpture. Students will learn about the basics of pottery, glazing and the transformation of their pieces from the heat of kiln. Works will be fired in the Museum's kiln. All materials are included. Classes are from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $185, $165 for Museum members.

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KIDS University Fall Break Camps ($$)

October 7 - 11, 2019. There will be two age groups at this camp titled "KIDS U Explores the University." There will be a session for grades 2 - 4 and 5 - 8, both held on the UNR campus at the Continuing Education Building. These camps will explore the college experience through interactive tours with many of the colleges and fun, hands-on activities. Sessions are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with free before and after care available. The cost is $275 for the week and you can register online.

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Mars Exploration Camp at Sierra Nevada Journeys

October 7 - 9, 2019. Join the Desert Research Institute (DRI) for a three-day, two-night voyage to Mars. This camp is FREE to attend. Grizzly Creek Ranch will be our mission control center as we journey through a series of activities transporting us from Earth to the Red Planet. Through hands-on exploration, participants will explore the many factors NASA scientists and engineers have to consider when planning human missions to Mars. For 6th to 8th grade students. Transportation will be provided to/from Reno. Meals and lodging are also included. At Grizzly Creek Ranch in Portola, CA, with Sierra Nevada Journeys. You can fill out the application online. (775) 673-7380.

ACTOUT 2019 Fall Camp from Reno Little Theater ($)

October 7 - 11, 2019, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. At "The Great Pumpkin Patch Fall Camp," kids 6 to 12 will get a chance to explore the retelling of this beloved Halloween story. With music from Snoopy the musical and fun ghostly dancing thrown in, it's sure to be a spooky good time. Visit the website for more information and to register online. Before and after care available. Lunch and snacks not provided.

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Super STEAM Hero Camp from Challenge Island ($$)

October 7 - 11, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. You and your tribe will channel your extraordinary powers into a universe of challenges inspired by your favorite Super STEAM Hero and SHero characters. This camp promises to be a Super-Duper and unforgettable adventure for every boy and girl. For kids ages 5 to 12. Cost is $230, with before and after care available for an additional fee. Presented by Challenge Island of Reno/Sparks, located at 1331 E. Plumb Lane in Reno. (775) 846-6733.

Fall Break Full Play Camp from KidScape Productions

October 7 - 11, 2019. Full play "The Culmination of Human Achievement" camp. This camp ends with a free community performance on October 11. Kids will work on this story at Damonte Ranch High School. The cost is $335. It is for ages 7 to 17 and you can register online. Limited to 35 actors and 15 backstage. Pre-registration required. For more information, call (775) 313-3900.

Please find more information at: http://newtoreno.com/fall-break-camps-activities-reno-sparks.htm



Top 5 Reno Sparks area Pumpkin Patches you must see!

Which patch to pick this year? Early Fall fun picks for a variety of delight at a favorite or new to you punk'n patch in or near Reno and Sparks. 

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Andelin Family Farm Harvest Festival Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze

The Andelin Family Farm Pumpkin Patch is located on a real working farm in the Spanish Springs area of Sparks, at 8100 Pyramid Highway, about half a mile north of Lazy 5 Park. Pumpkin Patch admission is $7 per person (kids under 2 are free) and includes a hayride, cow train, meeting farm animals, hay bale maze for kids, cart track, and lots more. The Corn Maze is $7 (kids 4 and under free). Combo admission for both attractions is $12. For more information, call (775) 530-8032. No Dogs, except certified service animals.  

Opened Saturday, September 21, 2019! - Pumpkin Patch times are Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed Sundays and Mondays.  Various possibilities include a hay ride, cow train, meeting farm animals, the corn shed, hay bale maze, and others. The Corn Maze is open Tuesday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m or the scary Corn Creepers haunted corn field open from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.  A popular attraction is Zombie Paintball, where you can do battle with the un-dead, war wagons roll on October 3, 2019. Visit the website for more details: https://www.andelinfamilyfarm.com/

Toll House Pumpkin Patch & Fall Festival

Toll House Pumpkin Patch is at 12185 S. Virginia Street in Reno, on the west side just south of Bishop Manogue Drive. Hours are Sunday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Rides close at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., with rides closing at 8 p.m. The information phone number is (503) 551-0397. 
 
The Toll House Pumpkin Patch is a well know attraction with kid-friendly activities, like the kiddie Ferris wheel, petting zoo, pony rides, climbing wall, face painting, train ride, and other picks. Tickets for the attractions are $1 each, with the number of tickets required varying for each activity. A book of 22 tickets is $20.  

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Ferrari Farms Fall Festival

Ferrari Farm is at 4701 Mill Street in Sparks, a block east of Rock Boulevard. Get more information at (775) 997-FARM (3276).  Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, Friday and Saturday till 10 p.m starting September 29 through October 31, 2018.

Ferrari Farm puts on a well-known Halloween event. There is a pumpkin patch, corn maze, bounce house, farm animals, hay rides, haunted corn field, zombie paintball hunting, a train ride, with pumpkins and squash for sale. Entry is free with activities individually priced. If you get hungry, you can get burgers and hot dogs at the grill. 

Honorable Mentions (out of area):

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Bishop's Pumpkin Farm

Located at 1415 PUMPKIN LANE, WHEATLAND, CA 95692.  Pets are not allowed.  Open September 14th through November 3rd, 2019 Weekend hours are 9 am – 7 pm, but weekdays open at 10 am in September. October hours are Sun – Thurs 9 am – 8 pm with Friday & Saturday until 9 pm.  Halloween through Nov. 3rd hours are 9 am to 5 pm. 

Bishops Farm features hayrides to the pumpkin field to search for the perfect pumpkin, get lost in the Corn Maze and take a spin on Charlie’s Carousel. Don’t forget about dessert with a warm chocolate chip cookie from Babe’s Cookiactory or a piled-high Slushakie from the Cider Mill, as well as other fun activities.

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The Corley Ranch

Located at 859 U.S. Hwy 395 N, Gardnerville, NV 89410.  During October hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11 am to 5 pm Closed Mondays. Weekend General Admission:  Adults & Children - $8.00 (Children 2 & under are Free) Included in the WEEKEND Corley Ranch General Admission price:  Hay Slide, Kiddie Land, Straw Maze, Farm Animals, Miniature Golf, Pig Races, Hay Wagon Rides & the Corn Maze. Seniors 55+ - $6.00 Visit the website for more details: https://corleyranch.com/home

Pumpkin Sales & Country Store are open 7 days a week from 11 am to 5 pm. Weekdays (Tues.-Friday) Admission $5.00/person. Some of the attractions may be limited. We do not offer pig races, giant sling shot or wagon rides on the weekdays. EXTRAS that are not included in the Weekend General admission: Giant Sling Shot; $1.00 for 3 apples; Train Rides $2.00 and Buy Pumpkins (cost varies)


2019 GREAT RENO BALLOON RACE

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SEPTEMBER 6-8, 2019

Parking

With over 125,000 spectators coming out for the event over three days, parking tends to be a challenge. If you were not able to snag one of their VIP Parking Passes this year, there are still several options to get you into the park. There are two parking lots at Rancho San Rafael Park that make for a short walk to the launch field. For $10 you can park at the Sierra Street/McCarran lot or the Coleman Street lot starting at 3:30 a.m. University of Nevada, Reno offers their north parking lot to the public for free parking, but cars must be out of there by 10 a.m. RTC will also be offering rides from several spots around Reno and Sparks. For more information and specifics on parking, check out their Parking & Transportation page.

Shopping

Balloon Boulevard is filled with everything you want on a chilly morning. You can find dozens of food vendors with everything from hot coffee to breakfast sandwiches to gourmet pastries. Of course, you’re free to bring your own food and beverages to cozy up on the field with, it just never hurts to grab a little something special to add to the mix. You’ll also find toys for the kids, gorgeous balloon memorabilia and the official GRBR merchandise tent. Don’t forget to get your hands on the 36th anniversary pin!

Children’s Activities

Children of all ages are drawn to the whimsical nature of the event, making for a family-friendly environment every year. Kids are free to run and play in the large regional park(but make sure to watch for other people and balloons!) and there is an entire section of Balloon Boulevard dedicated to kids. Bounce houses and slides provide additional entertainment once the balloons have flown off the field. Designated balloons will be giving tethered rides (for a small donation) to anyone wanting to experience the joy of flight. Be sure to meet and greet with the pilots, too! They will be handing out special trading cards so kids can try to collect as many as possible.

Helpful Tips

Keep in Mind:

  • Be sure to layer. It can be very chilly in the morning, but once that sun comes up, the heat is on.

  • Don’t forget your camera! You are guaranteed to capture amazing and memorable moments at this event (that you can later enter into the official photo contest for the event!)

  • Bring cash. Some vendors will take cards but cash makes transactions much smoother.

  • Leave earlier than you think you should to arrive. Traffic can get extremely backed up and it can be quite a walk to the field depending on where you park. You won’t want to miss any part of the show!

  • A balloon launch may be cancelled due to wind. Just because you don’t feel it, doesn’t mean it isn’t dangerous 100 feet above you. This event takes safety very seriously and takes all precautions to keep pilots and their passengers safe. Your understanding is much appreciated!

Please Avoid:

  • Smoking. Smoking is prohibited on the launch field due to the large amounts of propane in use. Cigarettes can also damage the balloon envelope if they get too close!

  • Bringing your dog. The loud sounds from the burners combined with the crowds, especially in the dark, are not a good environment for your pup.

  • Bringing strollers onto the launch field. Pilots and crew members will be running around to inflate their balloons and strollers can be hard to maneuver out of the way. Feel free to push the little ones around at the south end of the park and shop balloon boulevard.

  • Playing with laser pointers and drones. It interrupts the beautiful show and drones can be a serious danger to the fabric of the balloons.

  • Getting in the way of pilots and crew. Be aware of your surroundings and be prepared to move if in the way of a balloon.

    Article courtesy of visitrenotahoe.com

BEST IN THE WEST NUGGET RIB COOK-OFF

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AUG 28, 2019 - SEP 2, 2019

Named “Best BBQ Festival” by USA Today Top 10 Readers Choice (2016)!

Calling all rib lovers! This 30th annual ultimate rib-lovers event transforms the Labor Day holiday into a must-attend culinary, music, craft, and family end-of-summer affair. Enjoy ribs from 23 of the best cookers from across the world! Shuttles, admission and live entertainment are free.  A massive amount of pork ribs, 240,000 pounds to be exact, are served to the hungry crowds.

Event Hours & Food Booths

• Wednesday–Sunday: 10:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
• Monday: 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Food and concessions will be available during event hours only. The Kids’ Area is open every day. Pets and non-service animals are not permitted on Victorian Square, per local regulations.

Rib Village (VIP eating area, tickets required)

• Wednesday-Sunday: 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
• Saturday and Sunday Ribster Lunch: 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
• Monday: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Rib Village is a VIP area within the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off where you can get UNLIMITED ribs and drinks. Tables will be available for purchase; click here for more info. Single-seat tickets are available for selected days.

Live Music Schedule

Free live music is a huge part of the celebration! Featuring an impressive array of talented musicians. In August, the full entertainment schedule will be announced. Concert schedule.

FREE Event Shuttles / Event Map

The best way to get to the event is by using the FREE shuttle service offered from two convenient locations. Street parking in/around Victorian Square will be in extremely short supply and valet parking at the Nugget will be limited to hotel guests only. Rib lovers are encouraged to use the hassle-free options of shuttle service! The event map highlights rib cookers, beverage stations, entertainment stages, event merchandise, Crafter’s Corner, shuttle stop and restrooms.

Article courtesy of www.visitrenotahoe.com

Hot August Nights 2019 Schedule of Events

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More than 6,000 classic vehicles are expected to return to Northern Nevada from August 2 through August 11, 2019. More than 320 events are also scheduled for the annual classic car event centered around Reno. Multiple Show-n-Shines, evening cruises, Drag Races, an Auction, and much more!

“The 10-day celebration commences in the historic mining town of Virginia City, Nev. on Friday, Aug. 2 to Saturday, Aug. 3,” organizers announced today. “Then it’s down the mountainside to the Main Event in Reno-Sparks, Nev. starting Monday, Aug. 5 through Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019.”

HAN increased classic car requirements this year from 1976 to ’79, which will allow more cars to be a part of the event.

Get more details and the full schedule here.

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

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There will be two productions featuring beautiful costumes, stunning sets and one of the most talented professional acting companies in the West! For ticket information and to purchase online, click here.

  • The Taming of the Shrew – The only thing that stands between Bianca and a bevy of eligible suitors is her quick-tempered, elder sister Katherina. That is until fortune-hunting Petruchio takes up the challenge to “tame” Kate and make her his wife. A madcap marriage and much mayhem ensues in a beguiling battle of wits and wills between the sexes which ultimately reveals an unlikely romance. Can love tame a shrewish heart and surprise an unbridled bachelor?

  • Million Dollar Quartet – On December 4, 1956, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley fatefully found themselves together in a Memphis recording studio. The historic rock ‘n’ roll jam session that resulted was electrifying. Step back in time to experience this irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets and celebrations – which boasts powerhouse performances and an incredible score of rock ‘n’ roll, R&B and country hits, including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Walk the Line,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog” and more.

Monday Night Showcase

A multi-event Showcase Series augments the Festival’s main-stage productions and includes a diverse array of live music and entertainment from a variety of genres. A different performance will be featured each week; for the featured performances, click here. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling (800) 74-SHOWS.

Dining and Drinks

The LTSF entertainment experience is complemented by al fresco dining at its on-site restaurant – Shakespeare’s Kitchen, which offers a wide variety of food and beverage options. Patrons may choose to bring their own food or drink for picnicking. The main gate and amphitheater opens at 5:30 p.m. allowing early access to the concession area which includes Shakespeare’s Kitchen, The Bar and BardWare (merchandise souvenirs). Arrive early and enjoy a pre-show cocktail, mingle with family and friends in the newly renovated and expanded dining area, marvel at the awesome views of Lake Tahoe or simply bask in the afternoon sunshine.

D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare Program

The Festival’s series of education programming is highlighted the D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare Program. Free performances produced for younger audiences at Lake Tahoe and throughout Northern Nevada.

Parking, Location & Misc. Info

Warren Edward Trepp Stage
The Theater at Sand Harbor
Sand Harbor State Park
2005 Highway 28
Incline Village, NV

Gates - 5:30 p.m.
Show starts - 7:30 p.m., ends approx, 10 p.m. (with a 15 minute intermission)

Parking is $10 (valid for entry of 5 p.m. or later). Passes can be purchased online or at the gate. 

Where to watch Fourth of July fireworks in the Reno-Tahoe area

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RENO

Biggest Little Fireworks Show

  • Where: Greater Nevada Field

  • When: On July 4 after the Reno Aces vs. Sacramento River Cats game. The fireworks will take place after the game, which begins at 6:35 p.m.

  • Cost: Admission to the game ranges from $23-$55, but fireworks can be seen from outside the stadium.

  • For tickets and more information, go here.

American Salute

  • Where: Wingfield Park, Downtown Reno

  • When: July 4 after the Reno Phil Orchestra and Chorus performance, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks are the begin around 9:30 p.m.

  • Cost: Free

  • More information on the event can be found here.

Damonte Ranch

  • Where: Damonte Ranch Park, 1950 Steamboat Parkway

  • When: July 4, live entertainment to run from 4:00 p.m. with a fireworks display at 9:15 p.m.

  • Cost: Free

  • More information can be found here.

SPARKS 

Star Spangled Sparks

  • Where: Victorian Square, Sparks

  • When: July 4. Festivities including food, beverages, arts and crafts booths and live music will begin around 4:00 p.m., before the fireworks will be set off from the roof of Nugget Casino at 9:45 p.m.

  • Cost: Free

  • For more information, go here.

    LAKE TAHOE

  • Kings Beach

  • Where: King's Beach State Recreation Area

  • When: July 3, vendors, food and music to start around 7 p.m. with fireworks to follow at 9:30 p.m.

  • Cost: Free, but limited preferred seating tickets are available for $25/seat

  • More information can be found here.

Tahoe City

  • Where: Commons Beach in Tahoe City

  • When: July 4 at 9:30 p.m.

  • Cost: Free

  • More info can be found here.

Crystal Bay

  • Where: Fireworks are set off from Incline Beach, but can be seen from around Incline Village and Crystal Bay

  • When: Around 9:30-10 p.m.

  • Cost: Free

  • More information can be found here.

South Shore

  • Where: The fireworks are set off from South Shore but can be seen all over South Lake Tahoe. Best views are from the lake itself, Nevada Beach, Timber Cove Marina and Lakeside Beach.

  • When: Fireworks begin at 9:45 p.m. on July 4.

  • Cost: Certain beaches may require parking fees.

  • More information can be found here.

    VIRGINIA CITY

  • Where: 86 S. C St., Virginia City

  • When: Festivities take place all day. A parade is at noon with a concert at 6 p.m. and fireworks to begin around 9 p.m.

  • Cost: Free

  • More information and a complete schedule can be found here.

    TRUCKEE 

    Donner Lake

  • Where: West End Beach on Donner Lake

  • When: July 4, beach gates will open at 9 a.m., with music and games to follow at 1:30 p.m. and fireworks to begin at 9:30 p.m.

  • Cost: $6 for Truckee residents. Non-residents will not be allowed inside West End Beach but can view fireworks from outside and around the lake.

Thinking “For Sale by Owner”? There Is A Better Way

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You may have experienced it first-hand, or perhaps you know someone who chose the “For Sale by Owner” option over the expensive alternative of retaining a professional real estate agent to sell their home.

The motivation is simple: You would like to keep as much equity as possible when selling their home… equity that you need to close on your new home, or equity that can use for retirement. However, the challenges and pitfalls of the “For Sale by Owner” option can be overwhelming.

The good news is there is a better option for sellers that offers the best of both worlds. Assist-2-Sell® is an innovative, low fee real estate brokerage that provides a unique “Full-Service with savings!” concept that enables sellers to retain more equity while enjoying all the services associated with a high cost “traditional” real estate agent.

Under our “Direct-to-Buyer” program, we will market any home for a low fee and with no up-front or hidden fees. This program includes all the mainstream marketing services associated with traditional real estate firms, including advertising, phone inquiries from buyers, showing the home, handling all of the paperwork, and overseeing the closing. You get all the services you would expect from a expert local real estate agent at a fraction of the cost.

So before you put that For Sale By Owner sign in your yard, contact Assist2Sell and get the best of both worlds.

Find Your Local Assist2Sell Office

4 Unique Benefits You Can Only Get With Assist2Sell

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Not all realty services are created equal. Assist2Sell does things a little differently than the average real estate company. We believe friends don’t let friends pay six percent. What does this mean for you? With Assist2Sell, you don’t have to fork out six percent or more of the value of your home to get outstanding realty services. Assist2Sell charges a flat fee instead of commission to save you money. That’s not all – explore all the ways we’re different from our competitors below. Then, let us sell your home!

Full-Service Discounted Commission Realtor

Assist2Sell is in an entirely different category from most of its competitors. We aren’t a high-commission real estate office like most traditional firms. We also aren’t a limited-service discounted commission group. Instead, we are a full-service discounted commission real estate group. We give our clients the best of both worlds – a discounted price and full real estate services. We do this by taking clients on a flat-fee basis instead of charging commission on sales. Assist2Sell provides full service with savings. This is the number one thing that sets us apart from the average realty service, but our benefits don’t end there.


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Expert Agents at Low Prices

Don’t let the word “discount” make you think our real estate agents are anything less than experts in their fields. You can save thousands of dollars on commission and still receive the very best real estate services on the market with Assist2Sell. We don’t compromise quality to bring our clients affordable services. Instead, we understand the desire to save money and enjoy full-service real estate capabilities. We employ real estate experts to help our clients achieve the results they want.

Sellers Make the Marketing Decisions

Many property owners are emotionally attached to the homes they’re selling. It might have been the family residence for the last decade, or a house-flipping project that took weeks of hard work to finish. Whatever the case, Assist2Sell knows how important it is for most owners to have the final say when it comes to marketing. Our expert agents will provide marketing tips and tricks and promote your home to the fullest extent of our abilities – but we give you the final say in marketing. Putting you in control means the campaign will go exactly how you want it, with results we can achieve through aggressive promotion strategies.

Aggressive Marketing Services

Our aggressive promotion tactics include social media marketing, property showings, arranging for agents to show your home, internet marketing on top real estate websites, and handling phone calls and inquiries to the property. We’ll take care of everything marketing-related while you focus on other aspects of property ownership. We’ll give you as much or as little marketing responsibility as you want, while filling in the gaps with our extensive industry knowledge and network. We have the resources you need to sell for top dollar, faster.

Buying a Home: 12 Tips for Cruising From Contract to Closing

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The spring home buying season is fast approaching and many people are preparing to take advantage of low interest rates and a great selection of homes. Buying a home is exciting but it can also be overwhelming. Here are some tips to make the process a little easier:

1. Get pre-approved (not just pre-qualified) for a mortgage before making an offer on a home or even doing a home search. A pre-approved home-buyer is effectively the same as a cash buyer, which makes you stronger in the eyes of the seller.

2. Deliver all requested documents (e.g. bank statements, pay stubs, and landlord affidavits) to your lender in a timely manner.

3. Check from time to time to make sure your lender has verified the details of your mortgage application—sometimes a little nudging from you is needed to keep the application moving along.

4. Be careful not to do anything that may affect your mortgage application. Remember, the lender can withdraw the approval if your situation changes substantially. Don't apply for new credit cards, take out a loan, or make any major purchases (like cars or furniture). Also, now is not the time to change jobs.

5. Make sure you and your significant other are on the same page about neighborhoods, home price, home size, amenities, etc. before you start the home search.

6. Work closely with a real estate agent you trust and are comfortable with. He or she will help you learn about the current market and home values, so you'll be ready to act with confidence when the time comes to make an offer. A purchase agreement is a binding contract. The time to do research is before you sign on the dotted line.

7. Have confidence in yourself and in the professionals you chose to guide you. It’s fine to seek guidance from trusted advisors, but once you make the decision to purchase a home, stop looking for confirmation that you’re doing the right thing. Everyone has an opinion but unless they’ve done the research, like you, don’t rely on them for validation.

8. Direct all communications through your real estate agent. He or she will work with your lender, home inspector, and other parties throughout the entire home buying process.

9. Understand that no home is perfect and every purchase involves some compromise. On resale homes, repairs or deferred maintenance may be necessary. Hire an objective home inspector who won’t try to sell you on hiring their firm to make identified repairs. Then review their report with your real estate agent, and focus on items that indicate major repairs and/or replacements.

10. Avoid closing the last week (and certainly the last Friday) of the month, if possible. Everyone is trying to get their sales closed by the end of the month, which means overworked title companies, lenders, etc. Better to close a week early and have more time for the move. Also, if there is a last-minute glitch, you'll have time to get it fixed.

11. Try not to let your emotions guide your decision-making process. Buyer’s remorse happens to nearly every home buyer. Accept that it is a normal emotion, and don’t let it distract you too much.

12. Make this home-buying experience an opportunity to learn. If you have questions, ask them. Chances are, you'll buy and sell several homes during your lifetime.


Before You Move To Reno, Here's 12 Things To Know

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#1 – It’s Gorgeous

Thanks to it’s location at the base of the Sierra Nevada, you will enjoy stunning scenery. Many people who live and work in Reno love to spend time outdoors, and it is easy to see why.

#2 – It’s Bigger Than You Think

More than 400,000 people live in the Reno-Sparks metro area.

#3 – The Temperature Can Get Up There

In the summer, there is plenty of warm weather to go around in Northern Nevada. The average high temperature in both July and August is above 90*F, and it is not uncommon to see triple digits.

#4 – It Can Be Cold

The average high in December and January is right around 45*F, and there is an average of just under 22’’ of snow in the city per year.

#5 – Lake Tahoe is Nearby

Lake Tahoe is only a short drive away if you want even more to see. In less than an hour, you can visit one of the most-popular tourist destinations in the country.

#6 – You Can Gamble!

Gambling is legal is the state of Nevada. There are several large hotel/casino properties in the city, so having a fun night out on the town is never a challenge.

#7 – It’s a College Town

Reno is a proud college town. The University of Nevada, Reno is located in the city, and it employs more than 4,000 people from around the area.

#8 – Sports for All

A partial list of the sporting events you can enjoy in the area includes minor league baseball, minor league basketball, PGA Tour golf, college events for the Nevada Wolf Pack, and more.

#9 – Steady Growth

If you look at the population history of the city of Reno, you will see a steady growth trend with each passing decade. More and more people are choosing to live in Reno each year, which tells you a lot about what this city has to offer.

#10 – Vegas for the Weekend

You can easily travel south to Las Vegas either by plane or by car. The trip will take around seven hours on the freeways, or just over an hour in the air.

#11 – Tourism Driven

One of the key components of the economy in Reno is tourism, thanks to the many hotel/casinos that are found in town. Not everyone comes to Reno just to gamble, however, as there are also plenty of outdoor activities for tourists to enjoy.

#12 – Housing Diversity

You have your pick of a number of different types of housing when you shop for a home in Reno. You can live close to the middle of the city, or you can live out on the outskirts of town with plenty of open space all around.

Nevada's Oldest Hotel Is Also One Of The Most Haunted Places You’ll Ever Sleep

Nevada is a state with a ton of history, so naturally, we’re also home to all sorts of haunted attractions. From creepy old graveyards to haunted saloons, we’ve got it all. And of course, we’re home to a haunted hotel or two. The hotel featured below is considered the oldest in the state, so it makes sense that there have been some eerie occurrences here. Today, this hotel is bursting with nostalgic charm, but come nighttime, you might find yourself sleeping with one eye open. Take a look and decide for yourself whether or not this haunted hotel is all it’s cracked up to be.

Widely known as the oldest hotel in Nevada, the Gold Hill Hotel can be found in the historic hot spot of Virginia City. A popular location for weddings and events, it's definitely not lacking on historic charm. However, there's a lot more to this place than meets the eye.

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During the 1860s, Gold Hill was just another mining town that was swept up with the craze of the Gold Rush. Boasting several mines beneath the city itself, there was one mine in particular that became victim to one of the worst mining accidents in Nevada's history. A fire broke out in the Yellow Jacket Mine, which ran right underneath the hotel, in 1869 and killed dozens of miners. It's now said that the souls of those miners haunt the hotel to this day.

One of the creepiest spots around the hotel is the old miner's cabin, situated near the back of the property. Considering the cabin is located right next to the mine shaft which contains the unretrevied bodies from the horrid accident, it's no wonder some paranormal activity has been felt here.

The hotel's rooms are another paranormal hot spot. Both "Rosie's Room" and "William's Room" have housed guests that have witnessed moving items, slamming doors, and even some actual apparitions. People who have entered "William's Room" have observed the strong aroma of tobacco, as if someone had just been smoking a cigar in the room. William is believed to be one of the miners lost in the Yellow Jacket Fire.

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The Great Room is also believed to be haunted. Both living and dead have been thought to hang out in the historic room, quenching their thirst with a beverage from the nearby bar.

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If you'd like to decide for yourself whether or not the Gold Hill Hotel is haunted, try spending a night or two in one of their rooms. Alternatively, the hotel holds legitimate ghost tours once a month, complete with spooky tales about the hotel's history.

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12 Days of Reno/Sparks Christmas Events

Sparks Hometown Christmas Celebration

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November 30th - December 1st

The parade will feature marching bands, folks in Christmas costumes, adorable animals and festive floats.

November 30th - 6:30PM-7:00 PM Tree Lighting

December 1st - 1:00 Pm - 3:00 PM - Parade

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Christmas on the Comstock

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December 1st

Holiday Arts & Crafts Shopping on the Comstock, Grinch Made Me Do It Saloon Crawl, Christmas in the Sierra Concert & Parade of Lights

All month long: Father Christmas at the Visitors Center & Nightmare Before Christmas by Piper’s Players

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NNVCOC Reno Toy Run

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December 2nd

Holiday meal, raffle, Santa, music & more!

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City of Reno Tree Lighting

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December 5th - 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Next to Reno City Hall on First Street between Virginia and Center Streets

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Hidden Valley Parade Of Lights

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December 7th - New Year’s Eve

Homes and yards are decorated with holiday lights and displays. Lights are on from 6:00-9:30 PM. If you’d like to enter the contest please call 857-2683 to leave your name, address, and phone number or have any questions answered. Judging the best street and top ten homes will take place on Friday, December 7 and Saturday the 8th.

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Santa Paws

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Nevada Humane Society

December 7th - 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM & December 8th - 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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The Nutcracker Ballet

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December 7th - December 9th at Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts

December 15th - 16th & December 21st - 23rd in the Celebrity Showroom at the Nugget

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The Polar Express Train Ride

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Now - December 24th

Characters, entertainment and Santa bring the story to life. The one-hour long rides are fun for the whole family.

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39 North Pole

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December 6th-8th

Victorian Square becomes a sparkling winter wonderland with thousands of lights in celebration of the holidays. Stroll through the holiday lights, enjoy photos with Santa, kids activities, decorating contests and vendors

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Winterfest

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Dec 7th-9th / 14th-16th / 21st-24th 

Greater Nevada Field
Fridays and Saturday 5pm-9pm and Sundays & Christmas Eve 4pm-7pm

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Santa Pub Crawl

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December 15th @ 7:30 PM - Downtown Reno

The largest Santa Pub Crawl in the country! The event gives all proceeds to local schools.

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Grinchmas at the Grove

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December 15th - 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM

The Grove at South Creek

Come in your best jammies and join the Grinch in the Grinchmas Pajama Parade. The event is a benefit for the Children's Cabinet.

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Preparing Your Home For Winter - 10 Tips

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When leaves are falling you know colder weather can’t be far behind.  Without proper precautions, freezing temperatures and harsh elements can wreak havoc on your property.  Here are the best tips to prepare your home for winter.

 

Prevent drafts.  According to the experts at Do It Yourself, your first line of defense is sealing cracks, gaps and holes in your home.  Leaving air leaks allows cold air to come in, lowering your home’s energy efficiency and making it feel drafty.  Save money on your heating and cooling bills all year and increase your comfort by installing weather stripping or caulking around doors and windows.  Damaged or very old, leaky windows may require coverage with plastic sheeting.  Home improvement stores and hardware stores sell shrink wrap material that allows light in but seals over those drafty windows. 

 

Windows and doors.  According to experts cited by Bob Vila, it’s important to replace screens in windows and doors with storm windows and doors.  You should also inspect wooden window frames for signs of deterioration and repair or replace them as necessary.  Some experts recommend adding thermal curtains to help insulate against winter’s chill.

 

Heating system.  Have your heating system serviced and inspected by a professional before using it this winter.  A certified technician will ensure your furnace is running properly, helping avoid breakdowns during cold snaps.  Also you should replace air filters every 90 days and clean air vents and returns.  If your heating system is fueled by propane or oil, top off the tank before winter.  You also should consider installing a programmable thermostat.  You can set the thermostat to be warmer during the hours you are home and lower the temperature while you sleep and when you are out during the day.

 

Insulation.  Proper insulation in your home helps your heating and cooling system run more efficiently by maintaining a more consistent temperature in your home.  Older homes are particularly well-known for needing better insulation.  Some experts advise having a professional inspect your home to see if you could benefit from an upgrade.  Blown-in insulation is especially efficient and can be used in home designs that make installation of sheet insulation difficult.

 

Plumbing.  Allowing pipes to freeze and burst could cause extensive and costly damage to your home.  Water lines in unheated areas such as crawl spaces and attics should have added insulation to prevent freezing.  Cover outside spigots with protective cases and remove and drain garden hoses.  Shut off water to irrigation systems, fountains and sprinklers and drain the lines.  Remove any residual water from the lines with compressed air.

 

Roof.  A damaged roof can mean ice and leakage during winter, quickly leading to costly deterioration of your home.  Remove remaining leaves, sticks and other debris from your roof.  Inspect your roof for any missing or damaged shingles and make repairs.  Clean debris from gutters to prevent damage from accumulating ice. 

 

Landscaping.  Cut branches back that overhang your house and electrical wires to prevent them from falling and damaging property when ice is heavy or wind is strong.  Aerate your lawn, reseed grass in weak areas, and apply a winterizing fertilizer for deeper root growth next spring.

 

Deck and patio.  Inspect your deck for signs of damage or decay and make repairs as needed.  Remove debris to prevent mildew and mold buildup.  Clean, dry and store outdoor furniture or cover it with a tarp. 

 

Pool.  Winterize your pool properly and cover the pool to protect children, wildlife and pets from tragedy.  According to the experts at Aqua Magazine, the safety of a protective cover can also have the added benefit of being part of your outdoor decor.  Consider adding a cover that works well with your landscaping and style.  Covers now come in a pleasing array of textures and colors, making them not such an eyesore through the chilly months. 

 

 

Winterize your home.  With the arrival of fall you know winter can’t be far behind.  The harsh weather and frigid temperatures can mean damage and costly repairs to your property.  Take steps to prepare your home so you can rest easy this winter. 

New Home Checklist - 10 Things To Do After Unpacking

1.  Change The Locks - Do you know how many spare keys there are to your new home?  Probably not.  Replace all locks on your doors and consider adding smart locks and deadbolts.

2.  Get Copied Of Your Housing Docs - Keep a copy of your documents in a fireproof safe and file a copy with your financial institution.

3.  Update Home Technology - Now is the perfect time to install things like security systems and familiarize yourself with your electrical system and fuse boxes.

4.  Deep Clean - Carpets, pools, jacuzzis, ceiling fans and windows have most likely accumulated dust and other dirt prior to your move.

5.  Update Your Mailbox - Be sure to update your name and replace worn out address numbers.

6.  Test Fire Safety - Check fire extinguisher expiration dates.  Also make sure your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are clean and working.

7. Heating & Air Conditioning - Make sure to change the air conditioning and furnace filters and ensure the air ducts aren't blocked.

8.  Update Interior - Change out window treatments, flooring, paint, cabinets and other items needing replacing early on.

9.  Change Your Address - Set up mail forwarding with your local post office.  Then change the address with the DMV, financial institutions and insurance.

10.  Have An Evacuation Plan - Find two ways to exit your home and set up a meeting place for your family in case of an emergency.  Invest in an escape ladder as well.

10 Tips to Improve The Curb Appeal Of Your Home

  • Your entryway deserves a facelift!  A new front door or a simple coat of pain will do wonders!
  • Always make sure your yard is landscaped.  Show buyers that the home was taken care of by having a well groomed lawn.
  • Lighting is important!  Be sure all outdoor light bulbs have been replaced and are in working order.
  • Wash inside and outside of all windows.  You don't want to block a great view with grime.
  • Clean out the garage.  Reserve a storage unit to store any items that aren't of immediate use.
  • Add a pop of color!  Plant flowers in front or on the sides of the house.
  • Don't forget your decorations.  Remove any lawn ornaments you will be taking with you to your new house.
  • Replace an old welcome mat with a new one before your showings start.
  • Make your address numbers more visible.  Replace old numbers with new ones or simply put on a new coat of paint.
  • Power washing sidewalks, driveways and siding will make them look brand new!

10 Tips to Make Sure Buyers Feel At Home In Your House

  • Clean!  A clean home will have buyers picturing themselves in the space with no distractions.
  • Every room needs a purpose.  Give each room an identity, even if it was just used as a bonus room.
  • Bring in the light!  Darkness makes rooms feel gloomy and small.  Keeping rooms bright makes them feel inviting and warm.
  • If it's broken, fix it!  If repairs are needed, buyers may offer less for the house.
  • De-clutter.  Show how much room is available by purging closet and pantry items.
  • Replace old carpet and throw on a fresh coat of paint.  These are the top 2 things you can do to help your home sell faster and for more money!
  • Make sure the kitchen is organized.  Clean all surfaces and store any small appliances.
  • Before showing, hide all dirty laundry and empty all trash cans.
  • Silence the noise.  Make sure no doors squeak and open and close smoothly.
  • Check the lighting.  Verify all switched work and replace old light bulbs .
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