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Northern Nevada’s premier event for wine, beer, spirit and food connoisseurs

One of Northern Nevada’s most celebrated events returns Sept. 26 with a new moniker, Barrels & Bites (formerly named Vintage Nevada). The ultimate festival of drinks and auction runs from 5 – 8 p.m. at the TuscanyBarrels & Bites Ballroom at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino. The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows is the official benefactor of the 24th annual event where attendees enjoy hundreds of specialty wines, beers and spirits, alongside a large selection of hors d’oeuvres and desserts and partake in silent and live auctions. The event organized by Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada raises funds for the Club, which serves more than 12,000 children annually in northern Nevada. Tickets are available online at for $50; $65 at the door.

“This event has evolved into the most amazing experience of fine wine, spirits and beer to be had in northern Nevada,” said Tony King, general manager, Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada. “Each year we are excited to raise the bar on the event and additional funds for the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows.”

The 24th annual event features wines from around the world, specialty beers, ales, lagers and premium liquors from a variety of purveyors. Barrels & Bites also offers attendees festive hors d’oeuvres and elegant desserts from Reno’s finest casino restaurateurs and retail establishments as well as exciting auctions including culinary trips, VIP winery visits and other cultural experiences. In addition, all Barrels & Bites attendees receive free admission to Edge Nightclub following the event.

Barrels & Bites tickets can be purchased online or at these retail locations: L’Uva Bella Wine Shop, both Whispering Vine Wine Shops, Ben’s on Lakeside and Ben’s on South Virginia. In Carson City, tickets can be purchased at Aloha Discount Liquor Store.

For more information about Barrels & Bites please visit or contact Donna Wylie, Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada at (775) 353-5314.

Tickets on sale for Barrels & Bites, Sept. 26

Barrels & Bites, presented by Southern Wine and Spirits, is northern Nevada’s premier event for food, wine, beer and spirit connoisseurs. The event takes place Friday, Sept. 26 at the Peppermill Resort Hotel. In addition to more than 500 wines from world-renowned vineyards, attendees sample fine beers, spirits, specialty cocktails and fantastic cuisine within themed areas in the venue. A silent and live auction rounds out the event with all proceeds from the evening benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. Barrels & Bites

Tickets are only $50 in advance, $65 at the door. In addition to event entry, each ticket grants free admission to the after party at Edge Nightclub to keep the festivities going. For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit or contact Allyson Bolton, (775) 360-2448 or

Over 500 wines from around the world; plus boutique wines, trendy varietals and impressive labels

Ultra-smooth whiskies, premium vodka, gin, rum, tequila, and specialty cocktails

Internationally renowned specialty ales and lagers

Festive hors d’oeuvres, entrees and elegant desserts

Culinary trips, cultural experiences, VIP winery visits, collectible wines and more

Free admission to Edge Nightclub following the event

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Great Futures Campaign launches

The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows recently set-up its 21st area location underneath the iconic Reno Arch during Hot August Nights, the region’s largest special event. This local Great Futures Rally (pop-up Club) was part of the national launch of the Great Futures Campaign for Boys & Girls Club of AmericaGreat Futures Rally

The Great Futures Campaign is an initiative to mobilize the country in support of kids and empower our nation’s youth to achieve success. The Campaign looks to elevate the critical role out-of-school time plays in a child’s chance for a great future. Every day, 15 million kids leave school with no place to go, putting them at risk of being unsupervised, unguided and unsafe.

As a leading advocate for youth, Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide want to ensure every child has access to a safe place after school and during the summer where they can build the knowledge, skills and behaviors to put them on the right path. Through the Great Futures Campaign, the Boys & Girls Club wants to transform the future of our kids, community and country.

For more information about the Great Futures Campaign please visit 

Making out-of-school programs a priority

A message from Executive Director, Mike Wurm

Summer ’14 has been GREAT! When we first proposed to build the new facility on Foster Drive, there were some who questioned the need for another large Boys & Girls Club facility. Those concerned thought the new facility would simply take members away from the current Donald W. Reynolds Facility on East 9th Street. Now that we are nearing the end of summer, I can tell you unequivocally that we did not draw kids away from the existing centers, but instead, have reached new highs at most of our traditional summer sites while far exceeding the expectations for the new building. In fact, as summer comes to an end, we are seeing nearly 1,200 kids a day just between the Donald W. Reynolds Facility and the William N. Pennington Facility, and that does not include our other summer youth sites at Billinghurst, Fernley, Neil Road and Lemmon Valley! It's 3 p.m.

As we look ahead to finishing a great summer and heading into the new school year, our mission remains stronger than ever. The issues our youth face locally mirror many of the concerns kids face nationally. Nearly a quarter of Washoe County high school students are overweight or obese, 23 percent of children under age 18 in Reno/Sparks live in poverty, and while we have made great strides towards improvement, 27 percent of local high school students are not graduating.

How do we reverse the most negative trends facing young people today? One way is by recognizing the importance of out-of-school time. The out-of-school environment—after school and summer—plays an essential, yet often overlooked, role in transforming kids’ lives and Nevada’s future. What happens during the hours between school and home can have a dramatic impact on a child’s future, especially in the areas of education, health and character development. By providing access to positive, productive programs and caring adult mentors after school and during summer, we can help change the future for our youth and our community.

Despite the transformational impact of out-of-school programs, every day there are still kids leaving school with no place to go, putting them at risk of being unsupervised, unguided and unsafe during these critical afterschool hours. Furthermore, during the summer, there are still children that lack access to expanded learning opportunities, which increases their risk of learning loss and falling behind before the next school year begins. If the next generation and our community are to succeed, it is imperative we redefine the opportunity equation for all kids by elevating the critical role that out-of-school time plays in a child’s future success.

The success of the William N. Pennington Facility certainly helps create a multitude of new opportunities for children, but we continue to ask you to make out-of-school programs a priority and help us empower the next generation to achieve a great future. We will continue to advocate on behalf of kids and work with public, private and nonprofit partners around our goal of ensuring every child and teen has access to a safe, engaging and productive environment during the out-of-school time. Together, we can provide access to life-changing programs after school and during the summer that enable kids to be successful in school and in adulthood, to be healthy and active, and to develop the strong character skills needed to become Nevada’s future leaders. Together, we can transform individual lives as well as the future of our community.