National Guard September 2012 : Page 100

C ONFERENCE EX TR A theaters and galleries. Don’t miss the Sierra Arts Gallery in the Riverside Hotel or the Nevada Museum of Art, which includes a rooftop sculpture garden. The Nevada Historical Society is Nevada’s oldest museum. It serves as the repository of much of Nevada’s in-teresting history. And the Keck Miner-als Museum is a must for rockhounds. Bowling aficionados should stop by the National Bowling Stadium, dubbed the “Taj Mahal of Tenpins” by the Los Angeles Times , to visit the world’s largest and most technically advanced bowling center. This six-story building has 80 championship lanes. Within a short walk is also the Reno Aces Ballpark, home to the Reno Aces, the AAA affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team. The sta-dium will serve as the location of the Governor’s Reception on Sept. 10. Adjacent to the ballpark is the Freight House District, a collection of restaurants and bars, some featur-ing live music. It will play host to the Company Grade/Warrant Officer Mixer on Sept. 9. Popular day trips include the 72-mile loop drive around Lake Tahoe or a visit to the historic state capital of Carson City. Or step back in time at Virginia City, a 19th century mecca for silver and gold fortune seekers. All are located less than 40 miles from Reno. And the conference is sandwiched between two of city’s biggest annual events. The Great Reno Balloon Race, the nation’s largest free hot-air ballooning event, runs from Sept. 7 to 9, above the Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, less than two miles from downtown Reno. And the National Championship Air Races and Air Show flies into town Sept. 12 to 16 to showcase the “world’s fastest motorsport” at the Reno Stead Airport. Reno. It’s more than just a gaming destination. —Staff report T he city at the base of the Sierra N evada M ountains hosts this year’s big event ENO IS NEVADA’S second largest gaming destination, but it’s not Las Vegas in miniature. Dubbed “The Biggest Little City in the World,” it has its own unique set of attractions. Nestled at the foot of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada, with the Truckee River winding through its center and a lively population, Reno is a city with as much recreation to offer outside as it does inside. Most attendees of the 134th Gen-eral Conference and Exhibition will likely spend their evenings near their accommodations downtown, which features six blocks of sparkling energy. Much of can be seen by walking or Reno R using the public transit system. Start at the conference hotels as each offers its own diversions and more than 20 restaurants, such as the Brew Brothers Microbrewery, Sterling’s Seafood Steakhouse and Smokin’ Gecko’s BBQ. The Grande Walkway is the sec-ond-floor promenade that seamlessly connects the three conference hotels, which are often referred to as the Tri-Properties. You’ll find comedians, dueling pianos and other performers, not to mention slot machines by the hundreds, gaming tables and sports betting. The Riverwalk Arts District is home to a thriving collection of shops, 100 | Na tional Guard

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The city at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains hosts this year’s big event<br /> <br /> RENO IS NEVADA’S second largest gaming destination, but it’s not Las Vegas in miniature. Dubbed “The Biggest Little City in the World,” it has its own unique set of attractions.<br /> <br /> Nestled at the foot of the snowcapped Sierra Nevada, with the Truckee River winding through its center and a lively population, Reno is a city with as much recreation to offer outside as it does inside.<br /> <br /> Most attendees of the 134th General Conference and Exhibition will likely spend their evenings near their accommodations downtown, which features six blocks of sparkling energy.Much of can be seen by walking or using the public transit system.<br /> <br /> Start at the conference hotels as each offers its own diversions and more than 20 restaurants, such as the Brew Brothers Microbrewery, Sterling’s Seafood Steakhouse and Smokin’ Gecko’s BBQ.<br /> <br /> The Grande Walkway is the second- floor promenade that seamlessly connects the three conference hotels, which are often referred to as the Tri-Properties. You’ll find comedians, dueling pianos and other performers, not to mention slot machines by the hundreds, gaming tables and sports betting.<br /> <br /> The Riverwalk Arts District is home to a thriving collection of shops, theaters and galleries. Don’t miss the Sierra Arts Gallery in the Riverside Hotel or the Nevada Museum of Art, which includes a rooftop sculpture garden.<br /> <br /> The Nevada Historical Society is Nevada’s oldest museum. It serves as the repository of much of Nevada’s interesting history. And the Keck Minerals Museum is a must for rockhounds.<br /> <br /> Bowling aficionados should stop by the National Bowling Stadium, dubbed the “Taj Mahal of Tenpins” by the Los Angeles Times, to visit the world’s largest and most technically advanced bowling center. This sixstory building has 80 championship lanes.<br /> <br /> Within a short walk is also the Reno Aces Ballpark, home to the Reno Aces, the AAA affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team. The stadium will serve as the location of the Governor’s Reception on Sept. 10.<br /> <br /> Adjacent to the ballpark is the Freight House District, a collection of restaurants and bars, some featuring live music. It will play host to the Company Grade/Warrant Officer Mixer on Sept. 9.<br /> <br /> Popular day trips include the 72- mile loop drive around Lake Tahoe or a visit to the historic state capital of Carson City. Or step back in time at Virginia City, a 19th century mecca for silver and gold fortune seekers. All are located less than 40 miles from Reno.<br /> <br /> And the conference is sandwiched between two of city’s biggest annual events.<br /> <br /> The Great Reno Balloon Race, the nation’s largest free hot-air ballooning event, runs from Sept. 7 to 9, above the Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, less than two miles from downtown Reno.<br /> <br /> And the National Championship Air Races and Air Show flies into town Sept. 12 to 16 to showcase the “world’s fastest motorsport” at the Reno Stead Airport.<br /> <br /> Reno. It’s more than just a gaming destination.

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