Honoring Veterans at the Reno Air Races

The Reno Air Races graced the desert sky just north of the city from Wednesday, September 11 through Sunday, September 15.

The air races have something for everyone. There are many static displays of old and new aircraft from private jets to WWII planes. The demonstrations from the Air Force Thunderbirds and the commemorative flights by the WWII planes are always special.

The old veterans really enjoy these blasts from the past! There are many different classes of racing from bi-planes to jets. Everybody has their favorite but the most beloved are the unlimited racers mostly made up of P51’s from WWII. It’s not only the speed but the sound of their engines that is so impressive.

I was invited this year to sit out at a pylon where the planes have to travel around to stay on the course. Needless to say these pilots are clipping that pylon flying sideways very low and fast. Just look at how close they are in my photos above. It was a thrill I’ll never forget! Watch the video below for the REAL sounds of an aircraft such as these:

About the Reno Air Races:

The STIHL National Championship Air Races is the last event of its kind, carrying on the tradition of the Cleveland Air Races of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. In 1964, Bill Stead organized an air race near Reno, Nevada, and the Reno National Championship Air Races were born. The event that Bill Stead started in the Nevada desert more than 53 years ago is still going strong. The event has only been canceled once in September of 2001 when all aircraft in the United States were grounded following the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.

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The New Housing Affordability Index and How to Use It

Housing affordability has been a hot topic of conversation in our area in the past few years. A sophisticated new tracking tool has just been released and has good news and bad news to share about housing in Washoe County.

The gist of the bad news is that the typical Washoe County family still doesn’t have a high enough income to afford an average priced home. The good news is that housing is getting just slightly more affordable as time goes on.

Economists Eugenia Larmore of EKAY Economic Consultants and Brian Bonnenfant of UNR’s Center for Regional Studies developed the new index.

How does it work? By combining median housing prices, mortgage rates, and median family incomes they were able to come up with a tool that tracks affordability quarter-by-quarter. A score of 100 means that median incomes are enough to buy a median-priced home. A score below 100 indicates that there are problems.

This spring, Reno MSA Housing Affordability Index stood at 84.89, which means the median family income (roughly $75,000) is about 15 percent below the level that’s needed to buy a median-priced $400,000 house.

Incomes are beginning to rise and mortgages are becoming cheaper, so the second-quarter index showed an improvement of 3.5%.

I reached out to Brian Bonnenfant, Project Manager for the Center for Regional Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. He had these thoughts on the index:

“The affordability index improved due to income growth and falling mortgage rates, not because homes are now less expensive. Although we are now seeing appreciation rates (existing homes) that reflect a normal, healthy economy (approx. 4% per year), prices for new homes and rents for new apartments are still faced with increasing land, labor, and material costs. Thus, new product will continue to be expensive and branded as “luxury”. The developers have no choice to sell/rent at high prices in order for their projects to “pen out”. Hopefully this problem does not creep into Fernley, where new homes are more affordable.”

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The HRPS 10th Annual Harvest of Homes Tour

The Historic Reno Preservation Society (HRPS) will proudly present the 10th annual edition of their Harvest of Homes Tour on Saturday, September 21 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

As usual, there will be an exciting line-up of six interesting historic homes for you to see! Attendees are encourage to visit the homes in any order of their choosing, including starting at any of the six homes. There are friendly check-in volunteers at each location ready to sign you in and provide you with your wristband and a program.

The HRPS is adding a fun feature at each home: an antique vehicle from that same home’s era! History buffs, car and home fanatics, you don’t want to miss this year’s tour and lineup.

The six homes each have a unique history that makes them so interesting to explore. You will be able to wander through the HRPS Encore Home, proudly situated on an important corner in the Powning’s Additon. There are two gorgeous structures in Newlands Manor, part of the Newlands Historic District which was established in January 2017 and is now in the National Register of Historic Places. The fourth home is a stone cottage that was begun by Edmund and Elizabeth Plumb in the late 1880s and was once part of the Plumb Ranch. The fifth home is a 1939 brick two-story built in Crampton’s Addition, which was designated in 1906. This charming brick home has also been named this year’s Adaptive Reuse property! The sixth and final home is a mid-century modern ranch home built in the Southwest Terrace subdivision in 1963.

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Tickets for the tour go on sale September 1 and will be available for purchase until September 20 at these locations:

  • Kelekia Toys & Gifts, 3886 Mayberry Dr. Ste. B
  • Labels Consignment Boutique, 601 W. 1st St.
  • Marcy’s Gallery & Gifts, 6135 Lakeside Dr.
  • Moana Nursery, 1100 W. Moana Ln.
  • Rail City Garden Center, 1720 Brierley Way, Sparks
  • St. Ives Florist, 700 S. Wells Ave.
  • Stork, 606 W. Plumb Ln., #12
  • Sundance Bookstore, 121 California Ave.
  • The Freckled Frog, 13925 S. Virginia St., Ste. 204 (in Summit Mall)

The Historic Reno Preservation Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Truckee Meadows’ past through education, advocacy, and leadership. I have been a proud and active member for many years – I hope that you will join me for an event one day!

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Beautiful Townhome Amongst the Trees in The Villas at Lakeridge

This beautiful two story townhome was built in 1974 in The Villas at Lakeridge, a gorgeous community with mature landscaping, abundant trees, green grass and serene ponds where you can hear the ducks quacking during your morning coffee.

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This newly remodeled home has a fabulous and functional kitchen that opens to a great room that is perfect for entertaining. There are hardwood and travertine floors throughout the home, adding to its luxurious feel and charm.

Upstairs are the two bedrooms, one with a cozy deck that is the perfect place to enjoy these warm summer nights. A modern and newly remodeled bathroom with beautiful cabinet and tile work is also upstairs.

The courtyard and patios are the perfect place for outdoor relaxation and the Lakeridge area is conveniently located near shopping, restaurants, and many different events. The neighborhood is zoned for Huffaker Elementary School, Reno High School and Swope Middle School.

1936 Villa Way S, Reno, NV 89509  |  2 Bed  |  1.5 Bath  |  1,224 sq. ft.

Offered at $329,000 – Watch the virtual tour here!

Contact me with any questions, or to see this gorgeous home: (775) 544-6400

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Epic Views of Emerald Bay and Eagle Lake

Lake Tahoe is gorgeous in any season, but there is something special about the summer. I recently discovered a new favorite Tahoe hike – Emerald Bay to Eagle Lake.

This easy to moderate trek will take your breath away with all of its epic views! You start the hike at the top of Emerald Bay with the sparkling blue waters of Lake Tahoe in the background. This last winter we had a ton of snow and it shows with the lake level and crystal-clear clarity.

On the way up to Eagle Lake from Emerald Bay, there is even more of nature’s beauty to behold! Tahoe is full of hidden gems and this hike was certainly no exception. Here you are, just hiking along and suddenly on the way up there is this stunning waterfall. Wow! For a hot summer day, this hike wasn’t all that crowded either. It’s the perfect length to hike up to Eagle Lake and have a quick lunch by the water’s edge.

The hike is 1.8 miles in-and-out and hikers of all abilities would be more than comfortable. You can park at the entrance to the hike, if you get there early on a busy weekend you will still be able to find a good spot. There is a 433 foot elevation gain and the trail is also dog-friendly! You will definitely want to save some time to hang out at the lake when you reach the top.

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Artown Takes Over Reno

Artown is back for the 24th year in a row for the entire month of July!

The month-long art festival has paraded into Reno, quite literally kicking off the very first day of festivities with a parade and workshop for kids at Wingfield Park. The New Breed Brass Band then took the stage and blew the audience away with their smooth melodies.

The park also had food and drink vendors, merchandise for sale, plus additional groups putting on mini shows from juggling to painting and hula-hooping. The crowd filled the park with blankets and chairs, plus there were many other artists and musical performers all along the charming Reno Riverwalk.

The festivities continue every single day in the month of July. Artown first began in 1996 as a way to encourage more Reno residents to visit the city center. The arts themed festival was the result of much effort from civic leaders, business people, and the arts community in the Biggest Little City.

This year, July is “Plastic-Fee Month”! Artown has taken the initiative to commit to sustainability and will not be selling bottled water at any of the events marked with a water droplet. You can buy one of Artown’s cool and vibrant reusable cups for $10, or bring your own water container. AND you’ll even get a dollar off from any beer vendor just for using your cup!

You can pick up a cup at the Artown office or at any of their awesome events. You can check out their full calendar of events on their website. Text or call me if you plan on going to one of their events and I will try to join you! (775) 544-6400

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Coffee Culture in NV

Coffee is an essential part of my daily life – how about yours?

Nevada is chock-full of culture and it’s background in java is no exception! I recently attended a lecture by Jaime Gonzalez Canon about how coffee came to the Silver State. Just like many other things in our wonderful state, coffee originated in Virginia City in the 1800s.

Mr. Abel Leigneau was a coffee businessman in Nevada and opened his first shop on 142 C Street in VC. His claim to fame was importing “pure java coffee” from the largest coffee houses in San Francisco, selling it cheaper than any other coffeehouse in the state. They even incorporated Mexican chocolate and spices into their menu!

Coffee Culture in Reno today is SO interesting! We are blessed with a few fantastic roasting houses full of coffee connoisseurs.

The Roasting House is now recognized as the badge that represents coffee in the present Virginia City and carries different coffee varieties from Panama, Costa Rica and Ethiopia while proudly carrying on Mr. Laigneau’s tradition of grinding and roasting coffee.

Lighthouse Coffee is another great local business. They have a coffee selection from Guatemala, Ethiopia and Mexico, all of it organic and fair trade. Their whole bean program is a unique partnership with local business.

In 2009, we were graced with Hub Coffee Roasters. The owner, Mark Trujillo, has been promoting coffee culture and community since the company’s inception. Their coffee is the best in promoting the aromas and flavors of the most wonderful coffee niches out there!

“The result of these exciting ventures has been delicious and inspiring, as every shipment of beans comes with a personal story from the communities that forms the heart of the coffee industry.” – Mark Trujillo

I encourage you to visit these coffee shops and experience the culture, science and thoughtfulness that goes into producing your daily cup of joe. Drop me a line and let me know which was your favorite, or if you’d like me to join you!

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Learn to Make Delicious Gourmet Chocolates!

Who doesn’t love chocolate? What if you could make your own gourmet chocolates at home? Sign me up! 

Sugar Love Chocolates had added several kinds of classes to their existing classes at TMCC. Krysta Bea Jackson is the owner of SLC and she is an excellent teacher while also being a true chocolatier. She’s also a kind, caring individual and it shows in her craft.

I give out these delicious treats in my Welcome to Reno package when giving tours to prospective buyers! They are a classy, thoughtful addition to any gift – or perfect for a little pick-me-up treat during your day.

From intensive chocolate classes to easy beginner courses, Truckee Meadows Community College now offers three different Sugar Love Chocolate-making classes.

Beginner’s Chocolate Course

This introduction course involves basic truffle making. This class is held at least three times per year (twice in the fall and once in the spring). You will learn the basic traditional French hand-rolled truffle and roughly two pounds of confections to take home!

One Day Chocolate Intensive Course

This course covers an introduction to tempering chocolate and making molded chocolates. It covers tempering dark chocolate (with notes about both milk and white chocolates as well) using simple tools and materials that you can find at home. You will leave with some creations you made yourself as well as a deeper understanding of designing high quality chocolates. This course is offered roughly four times a year and classes are limited to eight students.

Advanced Bonbon Making Course

This course takes place over an entire month, meeting once a week. The first day is an intensive day long course covering some of the basics of high-end chocolate as well as the history, economics and wonderful chemistry of chocolate. The following three weeks are three-hour sessions and will show you how to work with dark, milk and white chocolates. They discuss working with fresh ingredients, using molds and using colored cocoa butters. The course is offered once or twice a year. The classes require at least two students and max out at six.

Find out more about classes and get signed up here.

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NV Museum of Art Pays Tribute to Chinese Transcontinental Railroad Laborers

The 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad was on May 10 and the Nevada Museum of Art had a panel discussion and ceremony to commemorate it. Chinese laborers played a huge role in the construction and completion of the railroad and the celebration paid great tribute to them. Artists Zhi Lin and Hung Liu joined Ann Wolfe, deputy director of the Museum, in a discussion of their work (also on display at the museum).

Traditional Chinese instruments were played as the artists read the 800 known names of Chinese laborers who died building the railroad. On May 10, 1869 the driving of the “golden spike” into the final railroad tie was performed in a ceremony in Promontory, Utah, to celebrate the linking of San Francisco and New York. The event was immortalized in a photo that features railroad officials and selected employees, but no Chinese laborers.

In 1865, the Central Pacific Railroad (CPRR) was running behind schedule and desperate to catch up. They hired the first 50 Chinese laborers, who proved to be hardworking and reliable so they began hiring Chinese workers en masse. By 1866, almost 90% of CPRR’s workforce were Chinese and they worked around the clock, seven days a week for almost four years to finish the transcontinental railway. Chinese civic organizations retrieved the bodies of more than 1,200 deceased Chinese laborers, but there was never any record maintained of their death by the railroad.

“The completion of the railroad—which linked the United States from east to west—is often celebrated as the grand achievement of America’s Manifest Destiny and the 19th-century rallying cry for westward expansion of the United States,” wrote Ann Wolfe in a press release for the event. “Zhi Lin provides us with an important opportunity to connect with forgotten stories, and to broaden our knowledge of our region’s history.”

An exhibit of Lin’s work, “ZHI LIN: CHINESE RAILROAD WORKERS OF THE SIERRA NEVADA,” is on display at the Nevada Museum of Art through November 10, 2019. Join me for this fantastic exhibit about Nevada and U.S. History. We must never forget the hard workers who gave their everything to build these railroads.

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