Tag: Annie Flanzraich

Denise Jenkins Jewelry

All that Sparkles in Reno/Tahoe

By Annie Flanzraich

Nevada may be known as the Silver State. Still, along with all those precious minerals, there are also precious stones hiding in its austere earth.

“Most of the gemstones are agates and jaspers and turquoise,” says Webb Varnum of The Reno Gem and Mineral Society. “All of them can be found in Northern Nevada.” renorockhounds.com

Varnum, a geologist and a graduate of the University of Nevada Reno’s Mackay School of Mining, has spent his life rockhounding through the west coast, including California, Utah, Arizona, Nevada and Mexico. In addition to agates, jasper and turquoise, he also highlighted some less common stones, including dark red garnets from Ely, crystal beryl from Pershing County, and smooth dumortierite. Nevada’s state precious gemstone, the Black Fire Opal, comes from the Virgin Valley in Northern Nevada. It’s the only place in North America where the stone can be found in any significant quantity.

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Acupuncture at Elevate Wellness

Fall into Wellness in Reno/Tahoe

Treatments to have you feeling fresh and renewed
By Annie Flanzraich

With leaves that shift from greens to browns and colder temperatures that abound, it’s fall and changes are all around. But, Mother Nature shouldn’t be the only one who gets to turn over a new, or old, leaf. These spas in Reno/Tahoe each offer wellness rituals for the hair, body, skin and more so that you too can restore and renew.

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The Loft Theater (Brian Walker)

Curtains Up

Curtains Up: Catch A Performance or Film at Reno/Tahoe Theaters. By Annie Flanzraich. William Shakespeare once wrote, “All the world is a stage.” So, it’s not a stretch to say that the theatrical arts are all around. From intimate venues to large performance halls, many places in the Sierra offer the chance to see a show. As a reformed actress (the highlight of my theatrical career included a performance as Orphan No. 76 during my high school’s production of the musical, Annie), I’m always keen to see a show or film. Here are some of my favorite venues.

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Get Your Art On

Get Your Art On

See some of the region’s most recognizable art pieces. By Annie Flanzraich. There is no shortage of art to see and experience in Reno/Tahoe. From large-scale sculptures of sea creatures to gold-plated vehicles, there’s an exhibit for every taste. It might be impossible to see every piece of art on one trip, so here are seven pieces we think you should cross off your bucket list.

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Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe Rachid Dahnoun

Go Parking

Explore California and Nevada’s state parks this summer. By Annie Flanzraich. When summer comes to the Reno/Tahoe area, my favorite activities happen outside. Hiking, camping, swimming, exploring, adventuring and lounging are best experienced with sunshine, fresh air, friends and a hefty dose of SPF. State parks can be an epicenter for all of the above, and luckily more than 20 parks are a 45-minute drive or less from Reno. Here are my favorite seven to visit.

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