Friday, November 1, 2013


    I don’t know about you, but anything at the movie theater these days is just way too expensive. With movie tickets costing about $10 each and snacks costing as much as a meal, it almost doesn’t seem worth it to go to the movies anymore. Sneaking candy into the movies has never been more enticing than it is today, but those extra snacks may be even worse than you think. Not only are movie theater snacks extremely expensive, but they are full of calories as well.
   Have you ever wondered the nutrition value of movie theater snacks? Wonder no more, today’s infographic, The Scary Truth About Movie Theater Snacks is all about how bad movie theater snacks are. For example did you know a large popcorn with butter is the equivalent of having four cheeseburgers, or 1500 calories? What if you decided you wanted a small package of candy instead? It’s smaller it’s bound to be better for you right? Wrong, an 8 oz package of Reese’s pieces is 1200 calories. Ultimately a worse amount of food to calorie ratio.

Movie Theater Unhealthy Snacks


    The Great Reno Balloon Race is the largest free hot air ballooning event in the Nation. During three days in early September, you can look up into the Reno skies and see a rainbow of hot air balloons soaring about. From its humble beginnings in 1982 with just 20 balloons, The Great Reno Balloon Race has taken flight with more than 100 balloons each year. Taking place just a few miles north of downtown Reno, the event enchants both young and old with its vibrant colors and inspiring music. The Balloon Race has won many awards over the years including 'Best Special Event in Reno' and 'Best Special Event in Northern Nevada.' With an average of 150,000 spectators attending the event each year, the number of lives touched by the beautiful spectacle continues to rise just like the balloons themselves.


    Twenty balloons participated. The idea was to create an event that would keep visitors in town the weekend between the State Fair and the Reno Air Races.


    The pre-dawn flight known as Dawn Patrol is a new phenomenon in the world of hot-air ballooning. In 1978, Federal Aviation officials approved strict flying regulations and standards that all pilots must use in predawn flight. These regulations include flying within an hour of sunrise along with special navigation lights that are located under the basket. In the late 80’s the Balloon Race Board of Trustees patented Dawn Patrol and began one of the community’s most popular traditions in 1990. Balloon rallies around the country use The Great Reno Balloon Race as a model in orchestrating their pre-dawn events.



    The Community Launch was added. The goal is to direct the balloons to a point on the launch field. This offers the audience a new perspective of the skill needed to fly a balloon as spectators witness the pilots navigating through the wind currents to get to a spot directly in front of them.


    Addition of the Glow Show, which was added to offer spectators an attraction as they wait for Dawn Patrol on Saturday and Sunday. It also helps to showcase our major supporters (on Saturday) and Special Shape balloon visitors (on Sunday). The Glow Show begins at 5 a.m.

Getting ready for a night take off


    Washoe County school children get involved with the event in the Tissue Paper Balloon Launch. This event gives school children a chance to positively interact with their community. One of the major goals of this project is to make sure that no funding comes out of the pocket of school teachers. The thrill of winning big goes airborne as the Biggest Little City in the World hosts the biggest card game, Balloon Blackjack. The casino-style action gives pilots a chance to throw two extra markers at huge face cards placed on the launch field. Those pilots hitting the highest hand most accurately win prizes.


    Regional art gets representation at the event due to an affiliation with the Sierra Arts Foundation and the Reno Gazette-Journal. Over a dozen artists were on-site featuring works at the Sierra Artists’ Tent, representing that the arts are alive in Reno. The Tissue Paper Balloon Launch received the prestigious

    Judges’ Choice Award given by the Sierra Nevada Chapter of the Public
Relations Society of America.

She just couldn't wait anymore!

    Attendance soared to new record levels at the 19th annual race, as over
135,000 spectators visited the event.


    The Great Reno Balloon Race celebrated its 20th Anniversary with the Birthday Cake balloon.


    ABC’s Good Morning America appeared at The Great Reno Balloon Race for live cut-ins of Dawn Patrol during their Friday morning show.


    The Great Reno Balloon Race hit record attendance with over 140,000 spectators attending the three-day event. Also,

    Serena’s Song, the only wheelchair accessible balloon in the United States, offered free tethered rides for wheelchair uses and people with disabilities throughout the weekend.


    The 25th Anniversary Great Reno Balloon Race was one for the record books! Saturday’s Balloon Race crowd of 75,000 was the highest in history. Throughout the event an estimated 175,000 spectators braved the early morning chill to celebrate 25 years of high-flying fun.

    CNN attended the event and The Great Reno Balloon Race also got coverage in worldwide media including Prestige Hong Kong, Every Day with Rachel Ray and The History Channel Magazine.

Event Highlights

    The early morning hour acts much like a good cup of coffee without the side effects. The air briskly releases hints of fall. Looking around you see acres of billowing fabric, gently introducing panels of vibrant color into the landscape. As hot air encompasses the material, the liftoff begins and your spirits ascend with the hot-air balloons as they take flight.
    The Great Reno Balloon Race is proud to feature the following events for your pleasure and enjoyment.

Filling the balloon for flight

    E. L. Cord Tissue Paper Balloon Launch 
In conjunction with the Washoe County School District, and thanks to the generous support of the E.L. Cord Foundation, thousands of students will launch their hand-made tissue paper balloons into the air. This delightful sight is on Thursday and Friday at 9:30 am.

Glow Show
    Beginning at 5:00am on Saturday and Sunday, glowing balloons will act as a beacon to those sleepy spectators making their way to the launch field. Just follow the sound of "Dueling Banjos" and the distant glow of beautiful balloons. If that doesn't wake you up nothing will!

A night flight

Dawn Patrol
    A trademark of The Great Reno Balloon Race worth the early rise, the show features a handful of balloons that are qualified to fly in the dark. This is a dangerous task as atmospheric conditions change drastically as the sun begins to rise. Balloonists glow, twinkle and fly along with choreographed music across a darkened sky, leaving the crowd awe struck. Saturday and Sunday only.

    T-6 Formation Fly Over Each morning during the national anthem, just as the American flag is presented for Mass Ascension, spectators will be thrilled by a T-6 formation fly over. Thanks to our partnership with National Championship Air Races, visitors can experience just a brief taste of what the Air Races are all about.

Wells Fargo Mass Ascension Launch
    Starting at 6:45am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, over 100 balloons will launch from Rancho San Rafael Park. The splendor of these unique and beautiful balloons thrills the crowd as they enjoy the multitude of vibrant sights and sounds in the early morning light.

Balloon Boulevard
    Crafts, souvenirs, food and warm drinks await spectators at the concession line. Official posters may also be purchased here along with official Balloon Race clothing and memorabilia. We encourage you to visit and support our vendors as they are part of the reason this event continues to be free.

Teaching a little about hot air balloon aviation

Balloon Blackjack
    Pilots try their hand at throwing markers at jumbo-sized playing cards placed on the field. Those hitting 21, or closest thereto, at the centermost spot on the cards win the hand of the day!

Tethered Rides
   After Mass Ascension, the RE/MAX balloon provides tethered rides for children. These rides are available to the general public for a $5.00 donation to the "Children's Miracle Network."

Special Shapes

    Each year The Great Reno Balloon Race features a variety of special shaped balloons to the delight of our spectators. Check back often to see what balloons will be flying the Reno skies during this year's event.


Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies

We all know I have trouble saying no, and trust me, there is nothing heroic about doing for others, to the point of near-comatose exhaustion. No, friends that’s called stupidity. And since I’m talking about myself I can use such descriptors.

Oatmeal & Chocolate Chip Creme Cookies from Bakers Royale

It happens every time—I get to the end of another lost weekend from over commitments and I realize there are ten or more other things I forgot to do. In that moment of panic I commit myself to never repeating such insanity. Yet, I’m booked for another four weekends straight with this very same exercise.
Know what that means? Time to shut-up and put out. Yes, that’s right I’m just going to crank through it. Never mind actually learning from my mistake and modifying my behavior.
Who has time for such arduous self-training?
I hardly have time to weigh the importance of laundry vs posting. Obviously (and pretty much always), food first—so here you have it: oatmeal and chocolate chip crème cookies. Enjoy!

Oatmeal & Chocolate Chip Creme Cookies via Bakers Royale


YIELD: Makes 15 2inch sandwich cookies

Oatmeal cookies
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/3 teaspoon cloves (optional)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
Easy buttercream frosting
  • 2 cups confectioner sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened (to ice cream consistency)
  • 2-4 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  1. Sift flour and baking powder. Add rolled oats and whisk to combine; set aside.
  2. Place oil, cooled butter, eggs, both sugar and vanilla in a bowl and whisk to combine. Add in rolled oats mixture and using a sturdy spatula or wooden spoon stir to combine. Add in chocolate chips and stir to combine.
  3. Drop tablespoon size dough onto bake sheet. Press cookies slightly to flatten and bake at 375 degrees F for about 8-10 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown.
To make easy buttercream frosting
  1. Place confectioner sugar and butter in a stand mixer bowl fitted with a paddle attachment and beat butter and sugar on low until combined. Increase speed and beat for another 2 minutes. Add in vanilla extract, 2 tablespoons of whipping cream and beat until combined. Add remaining whipping cream if needed for spreading consistency or more confectioner for more stiffness.
  2. Add in 3 tablespoons of melted chocolate and gently stir until chocolate ribbons through buttercream.
  1. Place frosting on bottom side of one cookie and place a second cookie bottom side down on frosting.