RENO WEB VERSION
July 21-25, 2012
Note: This information will be updated periodically.
WELCOME TO RENO
Reno-Tahoe is one of the few places where you can still see the country, or rediscover the sky, valleys and
mountain ranges too beautiful to put into words. It’s a place where you can do things you just can’t do at home.
It’s a place where you get a feeling of freedom you won’t find just anywhere. The Reno-Tahoe area has something
for everyone, whether you are a casual vacationer, weekend warrior or budding triathlete. Reno-Tahoe offers you
as much recreation as the earth, water and sky will allow. Many recreation possibilities are within an hour’s drive of
Reno-Sparks: Located at the base of the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, 13 miles east of the Nevada-
California state line on Interstate 80. Lake Tahoe: Bisected by Nevada-California borders, Lake Tahoe is 40
minutes southwest of Reno in the Sierra Nevada.
Six major airlines service the Reno-Sparks area making it accessible from most U. S. cities.
Reno-Sparks averages more than 300 days of sun each year with wide variations in temperatures during a 24-hour
period. Its dry, mild climate makes it attractive to visitors year-round. Rand McNally rates the area #1 for outdoor
Average temperature in Reno during July: High – 90, Low-58, Lake Tahoe: High 80s, Low-40s
WHAT TO WEAR
A general guideline for attire for the convention is business casual for meetings. For VFW members, it is always
appropriate to have your cap on hand for meetings. Jackets are not required unless you are an award recipient (for
example, Community Service Post, All American Commanders) and may be on stage to receive your award as
photographs are taken during those functions. You may wish to bring and wear patriotic themed apparel for the
Tuesday night Patriotic Rally. (See Patriotic Rally information in this document).
The airport is 10 minutes from downtown. Most hotels, offer complimentary airport to hotel shuttle service. Taxis,
limousines, buses and shuttles provide airport service to anywhere in the valley.
Taxis, buses and rental cars are available. Visit www.visitrenotahoe.com for additional information.
RTC RAPID is a limited-stop bus service designed to move swiftly along its route, similar to a light rail system. RTC
RAPID makes only six stops as it traverses Virginia Street between downtown Reno and the Meadowood Mall. An
electronic system permits drivers to control traffic signals as they approach intersections, eliminating long waits at
red lights. RTC RAPID is equipped with new articulated 60-foot hybrid diesel/electric buses.
RTC RAPID runs every 10 minutes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. It's every 30 minutes from 6 a.m.
to 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, RTC RAPID service is every 12 minutes from
6:36 a.m. to 7 p.m. and every 30 minutes from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Parking at most hotels is complimentary. Parking information, costs etc., for the convention center will be available
at a later date.
For additional visitor information go to www.visitrenotahoe.com
See on site convention agenda (event guide) for times and locations of registration/packet pick-up. Registration for
both VFW and Ladies Auxiliary is in Hall 2 of the Reno Sparks Convention Center.
Shuttle service will be provided from the following hotels: Silver Legacy, Peppermill and Ascuaga’s Nugget.
The Atlantis hotel is connected via walkway to the Reno Sparks Convention Center. The following is a tentative
schedule. If you require special transportation (handicap/scooter/wheelchair), contact the shuttle provider at the
number on your event schedule (obtained on-site). A final shuttle schedule will be included in the on-site event
guide and will be updated on the VFW convention web page prior to the convention dates.
Saturday, July 21, 2012
6:30 a.m.-8p Tuesday, July 24, 2012
5:45 a.m. – 9p
Sunday, July 22, 2012
6:00 a.m. – 6p Wednesday, July 25, 2012
7:00 a.m. – 6:30p
Monday, July 23, 2012
5:45 a.m. – 8p
Monday, Sunday, July 22 and Monday, July 23, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. both days.
Location: Exhibit Hall 1a – Reno-Sparks Convention Center
Parade Headquarters at Reno-Sparks Convention Center –A14 (meeting room subject to change)
Housing opens in February – you may access a housing information, reservations form beginning in February by
going to www.vfw.org at the convention website. The four official convention hotels for the 113 National
Peppermill – VFW Headquarters hotel
Silvery Legacy – Ladies Auxiliary headquarters hotel
Parking at each of the four VFW Hotels is complimentary.
If you wish to store your luggage at the hotel before you check in, or after checking out before departure, please
make arrangements with guest services.
You are responsible for all gratuities during your stay. Tipping is personal, as a guideline, we recommend gratuities
of $1 per day for your housekeeper and $1 per bag for taxicab drivers and hotel porters.
Messages may be left with the hotel operator, who will make sure you get them as soon as you return to your hotel.
In case of emergency, call the VFW National Headquarters 816-756-3390.
SAFETY TIPS (See hotel information located in room)
On-Site Scooter/Wheelchair Rental located inside Health Fair (Reno-Sparks Convention center Lobby)
Information to be found at www.vfw.org - We encourage individuals requiring scooters to make those
arrangements prior to arriving on-site in Reno as scooters will be based on availability and first-come, first-
Special Screenings (Information available on-site at Health Fair located in Registration Lobby of Reno Sparks
First Aid Room Location - Reno-Sparks Convention Center, open during convention hours Saturday, July
21-Wednesday July 25 (2p)
Emergency--Emergency after hour’s numbers provided before convention or call 911.
Catholic Mass is scheduled for Saturday, July 21 at 6p and Sunday, July 22 at 7a at the Reno Sparks Convention
Center. Protestant Services are scheduled for Sunday, July 22, at 7 a.m. Check on-site event form for room
VFW MEMORIAL SERVICE
The VFW Annual Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, July 22, 8:30a at the Reno Sparks Convention Center
in Hall 4&5.
VFW PATRIOTIC RALLY
Patriotic Rally, Tuesday, July 24, 6:30p-8:30p. You won’t want to miss enjoying the entertainment by the winner of
the Military’s Operation Rising Star as well as other Patriotic Rally favorites. Rally to be held at the Reno Sparks
Convention Center in Hall 4&5.
To keep in the Patriotic Spirit of this yearly event, why not buy some patriotic apparel? Go to
See tentative web agenda at www.vfw.org 113 National Convention information. A final agenda will be provided
The VFW will hold a silent auction from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, July 21, through Monday, July 23. Winners will
be listed at the Auction booth Tuesday morning, July 24. Items may be paid for and picked up from 8:00 a.m. until
3:30 p.m. If an item has NOT been picked up prior to 3:30 p.m., it will be returned to National Headquarters to be
dispersed from there.The winners will be contacted for a shipping address and shipping costs will be applied to
their bid. The following credit cards will be accepted: Visa, Master Card and Discover. Silent auction items that are
donated by VFW Departments may be previewed in Exhibit Hall 2 of the convention center. Auction proceeds will
benefit The VFW National Home for Children.
THINGS TO DO IN AND AROUND RENO
The Truckee River Whitewater Park: The man-made whitewater park runs through the heart of downtown Reno
creating an unparalleled urban-meets-outdoor experience. The $1.5 million Park, which opened in 2004, is
designed for kayaks, canoes, rafts or inner tubes and is accessible for all level of water enthusiasts. Each May, it
attracts the world’s best kayakers who come to compete at the annual Reno River Festival.
National Automobile Museum: The National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection) sets the standard for
world-class automobile museums and is ranked one of the “Top Ten” automobile museums in the nation by Car
Collector magazine. The museum features one of the most comprehensive public displays of automobiles in the
Western Hemisphere, with more than 200 cars.
National Bowling Stadium: This tournament-only facility has been called the “Taj Mahal of Tenpins,” by the Los
Angeles Times and “Pin Place” by USA Today; the stadium features 78 championship lanes, a video wall, an
IWERKS large-format theater and the world’s longest screen scoring display.
The Nevada Historical Society: Founded in 1904, the society is Nevada's oldest museum. The NHS also maintains
a unique research library.
The Nevada Museum of Art: Nevada’s only accredited art museum and features an array of traveling and local
exhibitions on display including modern, classic and impressionist painting and sculptures.
Pyramid Lake: The last remnant of a prehistoric sea, Pyramid Lake is today regarded as one of the best trophy
lakes in the world for the Lahontan cutthroat trout and is known for its jagged rocks, tufa formations and
chameleon-like waters that change with the seasons.
Sparks Marina Park: An 80-acre lake with fishing, swimming, boating and a beach located in Sparks also features
a 2 ¼ mile paved path and will be bordered by a nautical-theme development.
Virginia City: Known as “The Liveliest Ghost Town in the West,” Virginia City is the famed site of the Comstock
Lode, the world’s most spectacular gold and silver discovery; tour the town, go underground into actual gold and
silver mines and enjoy a variety of yearly events and the area’s rich Western heritage.
Wild Island: Located in Sparks, this water-fun resort features a water park, 36-hole miniature golf course, go-cart
raceway and complete game center and arcade.
Wilbur D. May Museum and Arboretum and Great Basin Adventure: Located at Rancho San Rafael Park, the
museum and arboretum offer visitors a children’s educational museum and in the summer a petting zoo, log flume
ride and gold panning.
For more information:
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Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority (RSCVA)
3/21/12 - updated