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Positively Fourth Street

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The merchants on fourth street are tired of fourth street’s reputation. They want you to know 4th street is a lively street of local businesses, not hookers and bums. To combat the image of fourth street, local business owners created the annual event, which will consist of an open-air market between Center St. and Wells Ave. This year, Positively Fourth Street is Occurring tomorrow, Saturday 6/14/14 from 10am until 9pm.

The primary businesses behind this initiative are Bodega Nightclub, Bootleg Courier Co, Cuddleworks, Reno Bike Project, Under The Rose and Valley Arts. The event will consist of  a farmers market, public art installations, kids activities, a pop-up dining experience, biking, bus tours and more. Local restaurants Homage, Campo and Süp will serve brunch, and Heritage and Tournant will serve dinner in the Cuddle Works art space. Be sure to check out Porterbeer Ice Cream, Reno’s first bicycle-based ice creamery. How much does it cost you ask? Nothing, it’s free. Enjoy the event on your own schedule.

4th streetIn addition to what I’ve already mentioned, there will be a beer garden at the back of Under the Rose Brewery. The food trucks the Electric Blue Elephant and Full Belly Deli will be there to provide food. Kids activities will include dunk tanks, petting zoo and kids art. String Beings four-piece will perform in the back alley in the evening. There will also be a backpack drive for Volunteers of America. Anyone who donates a backpack or school supplies will receive a 1 year membership to the Reno Bike Project or dollar off beer specials at Under the Rose. A list of the events can be seen to the left. (Photo Credit.)

 

It’s nice to see members of Reno taking charge to change perceptions. It’s something the city desperately needs. It would be great if the 4th street initiative were extended to all of downtown. Although I respect this initiative, I don’t know that it would entice me personally. If I had kids, the event would probably be much more appealing. Would you like to see more initiatives to change perceptions while promoting local businesses in Reno? If so, leave me a comment and let me know what you have in mind.

 

 

 

 

BBQ, Blues and Brews

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I just heard about this event and I’m excited to check it out, as it’s 3 amazing things in one festival. The name really hits it home: BBQ food, 50 microbreweries and blues music. Musicians will include: “John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band and Friends, including Alex Ligertwood of Santana and Wally Palmer of The Romantics.” The BBQ Blue and Brews festival will be held on June 20-21 from 2-8pm.

If you’re rich you can buy a VIP pass for $100 single day pass, or a $120 2 day pass, which will include:

  • One commemorative tasting mug with unlimited beer tasting wrist band
  • One 64oz Growler filled once with choice of Brew Brothers micro beer
  • One BBQ platter from main food booth
  • *Two day pass includes unlimited beer tasting wrist band for both days.

I’m going to elect for the $30 1 day tasting package. There will be microbreweries from around the world. Last year’s list included: “Battle Born, Lagunitas, Sam Adams, Anheuser-Busch, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Alaskan Brewing Co., Kona Brewing Co., High Sierra Brewing Co., Deschutes Brewery, Moab Brewery, Lost Coast Brewery and many more.” Since the ElDorado is sponsoring the event, beers on tap from Brew Brothers will also be available.

Eldorado_BrewFestCrowd_(2)_resizedThere will be 2 stages for music. On Friday the music starts at 3pm and ends at 7pm. On Saturday the music starts at 11am and ends at 7pm. I don’t recognize a single person on the line up, but I can appreciate any good blues music. If I’m drinking good beer and the music is good, I don’t need to recognize the musicians. You can see the lineup, and photo credit, HERE. 

Although the festival itself sounds great, I have bigger plans for the day. I want to assemble a large group to float the river from Mayberry park to downtown before proceeding to the event. That’s why I love Reno. Where else can you float down a river, get out in the middle of downtown and walk to an awesome event that revolves around good beer, food and music? Nowhere. Have you attended this event in the past? Do you have some feedback to provide? Leave me a comment and let me know!

 

You’re Friends are Visiting, What To Do?

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CrewOn Memorial day weekend I had three friends from Oregon visit. One was my former roommate in the dorms, Reilly (left,) who very recently survived cancer! It was so good to see him healthy and happy again. I had not seen the other 2 of them since my undergraduate days, and not one of them had been to Reno. The video below summarizes our adventures, and the pictures below give you a more accurate image.

 

 

Eagle LakeMy friends arrived on Friday night, and we hung out since we were all tired. On Saturday we awoke from the dead, grabbed a few sandwiches from Capriottis and started our adventure to Eagle Falls. We hiked up Eagle Falls to Eagle Lake. The views were amazing and the Oregonians felt at home. The hike was pretty easy and it was perfect for Reilly.
Next we grabbed a baguette, salomi and cheese, and we hung out at King’s beach. The water was still pretty cold and so I opted for playing frisbee. After spending a few hours at the lake, we went to downtown Truckee and grabbed some food and drinks. Afterwards we went up to my family’s cabin, where we said hello to my parents and relaxed for awhile. Eventually we headed back to Reno and prepared for a night in downtown Reno. We got out in downtown late, but I managed to take the Oregonians to Imperial, Old Bridge and the Cal Neva. It was Katie’s first time in a casino and it was funny to listen to her reaction. The Oregonians weren’t particularly amazed with downtown Reno, so we called it a night.

ZombieThe next day we went to Archies to take advantage of the $3.50 bloody Mary special and the breakfast burritos. MMM. Then we bought a ton of ammo for my AR-15, and shot it for hours up on Peavine. I had a Zombie target that had spaces to insert clay pigeons. I inserted a bottle into the slot in the Zombie’s mouth. When I shot the bottle, it exploded in such a way that it actually severed the zombie’s head! I felt accomplished, as everyone know you can;t kill a zombie unless you shoot it in the head. Check out the photo.

 

 

 

 

PyramidNext we got camping supplies and ventured to pyramid lake. We spent the remainder of our night around a campfire, under the stars. Aside from the brief windstorm and bug infestation, it was gorgeous. Pyramid Lake is such a mystical place. The next day we walked over to the forbidden zone and climbed on the rocks. After that we packed up the campsite, drove back to Reno and I had to say goodbye to the Oregonians.

They all commented on how diverse and fun the weekend was. They also noted that they would never be able to show someone a similar weekend in Portland. If you liked my Memorial Day adventure, tweet it to your friends!

Review: The MBA Program at UNR

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Let me begin by saying you need to get your MBA for the right reasons: If you are looking to make a career change from another field to the business world then it’s a good option, especially considering you don’t need any educational background in business to be accepted. That was my purpose for pursuing the program. If you’re looking to advance your career by getting your MBA, it may not be a good decision. Unless your company vows to promote you once an MBA is achieved, I would argue your time and money is best spent working to earn a promotion, or gain the necessary credentials and experience to transfer to another company.

Jim McClenahan_350If you’re interested in the program for networking purposes, I would say it’s ok. When I started over 2 years ago, there wasn’t any formal networking in place. Now I have helped create the Nevada Business Connection Club, which should assist in creating a platform for MBA students to network with each other, as well as business professionals in the community. This effort and similar efforts are being promoted with the assistance of Jim McClenahan, Director of Corporate Outreach. You can see his beautiful face to the left. I’m confident that networking within the program will grow sustainably from this point forward. (Photo Credit)

The Program was ranked at the #4 part time MBA program in the country for the last few years, one slot above Berkeley’s part time program. Unfortunately we dropped to #24 this year. The program gets ranked on criteria such as affordability, #students per class, etc. I have certainly learned a lot in the program, and more importantly it has changed the way I think about business. However, I think there is room for improvement.

Here is the course curriculum for the MBA program. In my opinion, all of the core classes are not valuable. They’re almost no different than undergrad classes and they usually don’t add true value to real working environments. I think they should be revised completely. The “breadth” and elective courses have generally been much more valuable, and the level of value really depends on which classes you pick. Most of them require group projects/presentations and much of the coursework revolves around case studies. Therefore there is good real world application. Certain professors provoke discussions where you better learn to think on your feet, as you will get called on randomly. These are my favorite classes, as they are engaging.

The program is a lot of work, but it has given me a good business background that I didn’t have previously. Overall, I’m MUCH more satisfiedd with my education at UNR than I was at the University of Oregon, where I received my undergrad. I’m currently taking ENT 693 Entrepreneurship Topics, and it’s one of the best classes I’ve ever taken in my life. It would be great if the core courses in the program were restructured in an entrepreneurial context. For example: rather than learn about operations in a broad, forgettable manner, you would have to build a company and make the operations efficient by applying the concepts you learn in class. If you found some information in this article useful, buy me a beer the next time you see me.

Nevada Day

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I grew up in California and I did my Undergrad in Oregon. We never celebrated the fact that we lived in those places, unlike Nevada. Nevada has an entire day to celebrate being A Nevadian and it’s called Nevada Day. This is a legitimate, state holiday recognized holiday that is celebrated on the last Friday in October. It’s actually the “largest statehood celebration in the nation.

The history of Nevada Day of Nevada is not very extensive from what I have been able to find. Nevada became a state on October 31 of 1864 and that is the reason behind the celebration. It’s a tradition that never died, even considering every other state achieved the same thing and it happened 150 years ago. The link to the website above describes it as, “It is Nevada’s Heritage Celebration, a gathering of community spirit on the last week of October to salute our state’s past and look ahead to its future.”

nevadaday_logo-NV150On this fine holiday, all government offices, schools and most libraries are closed. Some private businesses also close at their own discretion. So what can you do with an extra day off? In addition to pursuing one of the million things I’ve blogged about, you can partake in the variety of Nevada day activities, which occur all weekend long. The most popular and recognizable event is the parade in Carson city. (Photo Credit)

The parade day starts with an 8am hot air balloon launch on Carson street near the Carson Mall. At 10am, military planes fly overhead and that signals the official start to the parade. The parade begins at the intersection of William and Carson Streets and it usually concludes between 1pm or 2pm. The parade is comprised of floats, marching bands and a variety of entertainment. There are usually around 200 entries for contributors to the parade.

let’s have a philosophical discussion for a second: Nevada is one of the whackiest and weirdest places in terms of its laws and culture. However we have the biggest celebration in the country for being the whackiest and the weirdest, and it’s brings all of us gun-slinging Nevadians together. How unique and awesome is that? Very. I love being different. What do you think state celebrations in other states would entail? I bet Oregon would have a lot of tye-dye booths and hemp products… Leave me a comment and let me know!

 

Good Hikes for Summer

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The days are getting longer and the air is getting warmer. The snow is practically gone, but it’s not quite warm enough for summer activities. It’s the perfect time of year for hiking, especially when the hiking revolves around waterfalls. Below are a few hikes to keep in mind.

1. Horsetail Falls

This hike is off of Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe, near Sierra, the ski resort. You have to start by venturing over a solid rock section, with no trail in sight. Eventually you will find the trail, which starts in a forested area. Once you pass the forested area you will begin to climb beside the waterfall on the rocky face, making the entire hike very scenic. There is an alpine lake at the top that is very cold, and there are beautiful views to be had. The hike was pretty long, several hours if I remember correctly, and the waterfall actually continued as far as the eye could see. It requires some endurance. Make sure to bring a lot of food and water, and leave early. Some day I would like to hike all the way up to its original source.

2. Eagle Falls

This hike is a short piece of cake. I don’t recall it being much over a mile and the trail is relatively flat and well maintained. Therefore it feels pretty touristy in comparison to other hikes. The views of Emerald Bay and the waterfall are spectacular. The views make it very worthy of your bucket list. The video below begins with shots of Eagle Falls and Horsetail Falls makes an appearance at 1:04.

3. Shirley Canyon

I haven’t done this hike but it’s on my list. Apparently you can hike up Shirley Canyon at Squaw Valley to Shirley Lake. I’ve been told it’s beautiful and full of waterfalls. I don’t believe their is an official trail and therefore you should be ready for an adventure if you pursue this hike. Stay close to the creek so you don’t get lost. Squaw Valley’s website describes the hike as “a great half day hike through a mountain canyon that passes by waterfalls and spectacular granite boulders.” Apparently there are some steep sections and therefore this is probably not a “beginner” hike. 

I’m sure there many more beautiful hikes with waterfalls near Lake Tahoe. Are there any you would recommend to me? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Upcoming Reno Events

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The weekend is approaching and you’re looking for something to do. You’re feeling adventurous and therefore you’re seeking something new. Where do you look to learn about events happening around here?  Below I will discuss some events coming up in the near future, and you can bookmark the sites for your future reference. (Photo Credit)

1. Dine the District

I don’t know much about this event, as I discovered it recently. From what i can gather, you pay for a ticket and you get to taste food at all of the 20 restaurants participating in the “Riverwalk District.” Since everybody likes to eat, theoretically everybody would like this event. It’s certainly a way to try new restaurants while adding a unique element to the day. This event is taking place May 3rd from 1-4pm.

2. Reno River Festival

wpid-reno_river_festival_art2This is an annual event, taking place this year on May 10th. If you’re into kayaking, this will probably be an enjoyable spectacle. If you’re like most people, you will go for the atmosphere. There are a ton of people, music, food and other small business vendors. I personally prefer activities with more adventure, but it can be a fun activity with a family. You can also click the event calendar on this website to see everything happening by the date. (Photo Credit)

3. Bob Saget

You can always check the Casino websites for entertaining events, but I learned about this one from a billboard. If you have never seen some of Bob Saget’s comedy, you should check it out. He’s very funny, and wildly inappropriate. The link to Bob Saget’s page is the Grand Sierra’s event calendar. If you’re not a Saget fan, perhaps one of the shows at other casinos will toot your horn. Check out events at John Ascuaga’s Nugget, The Silver Legacy,The El Dorado, and The Harrah’s.

4. Reno Event Center

The title of this place really gives it away. Coming up on May 3rd is Reno Ultimate Combat which is MMA cage fighting, (like UFC.) If you like watch bald guys punch each other because they’re angry about having no hair, this is for you. I’m just kidding, MMA fighting is pretty badass. If you don’t find anything cool on the Reno Event Center website, maybe you will prefer this website about downtown Reno events.

Hopefully this will give you a few more ideas to keep you and your date occupied in the coming month. There is a lot more happening in the Biggest Little City than many people realize. You have to be proactive to track down the good events and find the best musicians/comedians visiting Reno. If you would like to thank me for the wonderful ideas above, you can retweet this post and then buy me a beer next time you see me out and about.