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JRS VOLUME #12; ISSUE #21

Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 12, Issue #21: THE RENO EDITION
August 4, 2008

[Ed Note: the Basura Sagrada donation link in the last issue was broken. Doh. Please visit http://www.basurasagrada.org/donate to find a working link, wouldja? Cool. Onward!]

OK, you've just rocketed down the eastern slope of I-80, firing out of the Sierras -- or came through Carson City on your way up Route 395 -- or started your initial descent into the regional airport ... and there you see it: the bedazzling neon Oz that is Reno, shimmering on the valley floor.

Not only is Reno a fascinating place, it's also your last chance for substantive civilization before you make the final push to Black Rock City. Where do you go now? How do you find what you need? What businesses should you patronize? And most importantly, where do you get a decent burger in this town?

In this issue, we give you all the information and resources you could possibly want to suss out the whats, wheres and wherefores of this, the ultimate pre- and post-playa pitstop, whether you're staying for a few hours or a few days.

And hey, please think of Reno as an extension of the playa, and bring those nifty Ten Principles with you, right? Particularly Leave No Trace. Well ... maybe not the full compliment of Radical Self- Expression ... wearing pants might be a good idea (unless you're Porky Pig, which you're not).

26 days, people.

-PQ (Associate Rabbit)

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RENO: THE BIGGEST LITTLE CITY IN THE WORLD
+ RENO INFORMATION PAGES ON BURNINGMAN.COM
+ BURNING MAN TICKET OUTLETS IN RENO
+ GREAT BURNER-ONLY HOTEL DEALS AVAILABLE THROUGH RENO-TAHOE VISITOR'S BUREAU
+ 2008 RECYCLING IN RENO -- TWO STORES, SIX LOCATIONS!
+ RIDESHARE LOCATIONS IN REN0-SPARKS
+ BIOTOUR SHUTTLES FROM SF <--> BRC AND RENO <--> BRC
+ THREE BIKE OUTFITS IN RENO-SPARKS - GET A PLAYA BIKE!
+ DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM RENO TO BLACK ROCK CITY
+ HOT SPOTS AROUND THE RENO / BLACK ROCK DESERT AREA?
+ THE MANGROVE ART INSTALLATION IN DOWNTOWN RENO: SEPT 6 - DEC 13
+ RENO'S BIGGEST LITTLE DECOMPRESSION - OCTOBER 18
+ ART AND CAMP MATERIALS STORAGE AVAILABLE IN RENO

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RENO INFORMATION PAGES ON BURNINGMAN.COM

To help you make the most of your time in Reno, whether it's for an hour's stop or multi-day layover, our website features incredibly broad, deep, and up-to-date information about Reno's most Burner- friendly businesses, restaurants, hotels, supply stores, garbage, recycling, water -- you name it -- all mapped out for your navigational planning (which is no mean feat in Reno).

These pages were painstakingly created by a dedicated team of Burners who've called Reno home for years ... they know whereof they speak, and they share their insider information to prove it. We think you'll find them worthy of a bookmark in your web browser. Check it out:

http://tinyurl.com/2dte6l

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BURNING MAN TICKET OUTLETS IN RENO

In case you missed it, BURNING MAN TICKETS ARE NOT BEING SOLD AT THE GATE THIS YEAR!! DO NOT WAIT. In Reno, you can get them at The Melting Pot, but only until Friday, August 22nd, so PLAN AHEAD!! The owners are longtime Burners, and good people. Plus, they have plenty of accessories and whatnots to enhance your Burning Man experience.

All tickets available at Walk-in Outlets are $295 each, with no additional service charges! They accept cash or money order/cashier's check ONLY! Money orders and cashier's checks should be made out to Burning Man. All payment must be made in US Dollars. BE PREPARED WITH EXACT CHANGE! Our outlets cannot make change for you. Absolutely no credit or debit cards, and no personal checks! Please do not burden our outlets with phone calls, they cannot hold tickets for you and they cannot answer any questions about Burning Man.

The Melting Pot
1049 South Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89502
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10:00am-6:00pm, Sat. 11:00am-6:00pm, Sun. 12:00pm-5:00pm

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GREAT BURNER-ONLY HOTEL DEALS AVAILABLE THROUGH RENO-TAHOE VISITOR'S BUREAU

Reno-Tahoe visitor's bureau is a non-profit group that assists visitors to the Reno and Lake Tahoe areas. They've been working with local hotels and the Reno airport to support Burners ... and they've been doing a great job of it. As they tell us: "The airport and the hotels are really embracing Burning Man – we have six partners this year! They are laying down the red carpet !"

Burner Hotel Page:
http://www.visitrenotahoe.com/burningman

General Visitor Info for the Reno-Tahoe Area:
http://www.visitrenotahoe.com

Reno Airport Information Table:
This year, there will be an "Air Playa Info" table at the Reno Airport, staffed by Burners, answering any questions about the Reno area, getting to Black Rock City, and more. Hit 'em up.

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2008 RECYCLING IN RENO -- TWO STORES, SIX LOCATIONS!

there are two stores (Whole Foods and Save Mart) with six locations, offering recycling services to Burners fresh off the playa.

***WHOLE FOODS MARKET***
6139 South Virginia Street
Reno, Nevada
775-852-8023
Friday, August 22 through Wednesday, September 3
Open 24 Hours

Whole Foods Market (formerly Wild Oats) are going to have free, easy, no-strings-attached recycling available for Burners throughout the event. Containers will be available in the parking lot for you to simply drive into the parking lot and drop off your recyclables. Please have your recyclables as clean as possible and sorted before depositing in the appropriate containers.

Recyclabes accepted include glass, plastics (HDPE 1, 2, 4, & 5), aluminum, tin, cardboard, paper, alkaline and rechargeable batteries, and bicycles.

Egg-shells, coffee-grounds, and green-matter will also be accepted for composting, provided that it has not been in your mouth, or otherwise contaminated with pathogens or chemicals.

AND ... you can also drop off the rest of your garbage in the appropriate dumpsters!!!

Just PLEASE remember: reyclables clean and sorted into the respective reyclables containers, compost into the compost containers, and garbage into the garbage containers. Your participation and care is very much appreciated!

***SAVE MART*** (formerly Albertsons)
Reno:
525 Keystone Ave (back), 775-786-2150 (Open thru Sept. 6)
195 West Plumb Ln (back), 775-786-0138
10500 North McCarran Blvd, 775-746-8882

Sparks:
565 East Prater Way, 775-359-9450
9750 Pyramid Lake Hwy, 775-425-2700

This drive-thru recycling initiative is free and in its second year. Open 24 hours! Please have your recyclables as clean as possible and sorted before depositing in the appropriate containers. Garbage disposal will also be available to recyclers at $3 per 35-gallon trash bag. All proceeds raised from reyclables will be donated to support installation of free solar energy for local community services.

Your participation and care is very much appreciated! Thank you!!

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RIDESHARE LOCATIONS IN REN0-SPARKS

There are going to be four Rideshare locations in the Reno-Sparks area to seek or offer a ride to the playa during Burning Man: Whole Foods Market (formerly Wild Oats) and three Save Mart (formerly Albertsons) supermarkets.

Whole Foods is right next to US-395 in the southern stretch of Reno. Two of the Save Marts straddle the west and east parts of the region along I-80, and the other participating Save Mart is nearest to the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

These locations are populated by lots of Burners on their way to Black Rock City, and given previous rideshare tradition and success in this area, hooking up a ride to the playa should really not be a problem.

Please limit your seeking, awaiting, or offer of a ride to the front of these stores and their parking lots. Respect these store properties by Leaving No Trace! Please also remember that not everyone that shops at these stores are Burners, and that not everyone may want to be approached. There are going to be plenty of Burners coming through, all-day-and-night, and patience and courtesy will make for success with finding a ride easier for you and for all. Helping out with gas money can be a big help! Everyone must have a Burning Man ticket, as no tickets will be sold at the gate. If you offer a ride, check that your riders have their tickets!! Everyone in a vehicle must be wearing a seatbelt. And, most importantly, be comfortable with those you may share a ride with.

If you are flying into Reno, here are your best options for getting to one of the rideshare locations (the airport is itself not one of them). There will be an Air Playa Info table at the airport operated by Burning Man and staffed by volunteers; you may find it easy to meet Burners there, some of whom may be renting a car. You might end up with a ride to the playa, or at least to a rideshare location. You may find others willing to share a taxi (a cab to the closest location, the Plumb Lane Save Mart, is around $8 ... the next-closest location, Whole Foods Market, is around $12). There is also the local bus system, departing the airport nearly every half hour, but you'll need to transfer to another bus to get to any of the four rideshare locations -- www.rtcwashoe.com.

Here are the Rideshare locations:

Whole Foods Market (formerly Wild Oats and at a new location)
6139 South Virginia St - 775-852-8023
South Reno, next to US-395

Save Mart Supermarket
525 Keystone Avenue, 775-786-2150
West Reno, next to I-80

Save Mart Supermarket
195 West Plumb Lane, 775-786-0138
Nearest to the airport

Save Mart Supermarket
565 East Prater Way, 775-359-9450
Sparks, near I-80

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BIOTOUR SHUTTLES FROM SF <--> BRC AND RENO <--> BRC

BioTour is shuttling from San Francisco to Black Rock City and back, and also shuttling from Reno Airport to Black Rock City Monday thru Thursday. For more information, visit:

http://tinyurl.com/5qqlyb

All proceeds benefit BioTour (http://www.biotour.org), a sustainability education non-profit, with two vegetable oil powered buses (and a chase car of video crew) touring the nation for BioTour on the Campaign Trail, a campaign for sustainability and democracy.

Ethan Burke
Co-Founder & Director of Operations, BioTour

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THREE BIKE OUTFITS IN RENO-SPARKS - GET A PLAYA BIKE!

There are three bike projects in the Reno-Sparks area which rent or sell bicycles to Burners ... count on getting a trustworthy bike from any of these projects at a VERY fair price!

And, if you do not wish to take a bike all the way home with you, Save Mart Supermarkets and Whole Foods Market in Reno will take them off of your hands as part of their recycling projects, and all of the bikes will then be donated to the Kiwanis Bike Program for Kids! So please do this rather than abandoning them on the playa!

Black Rock Bicycles
7550 Hillview Dr – 775- 972-3336
The only bike outfit in Reno primarily catering to Burners. Brand new durable cruisers for women and men at great prices, for rent or purchase. To make rental arrangements, visit http://www.blackrockbicycles.com . To buy a bike or bike-accessories (lock, bell, lights, basket, rack), Black Rock Bicycles has also teamed up with three local Save Mart supermarkets to sell new cruisers at the stores, now and through the week of Burning Man. You can also find Black Rock Bicycles for purchase at Prism Magic Clothing. Locations:

Save Mart Supermarket
525 Keystone Avenue, Reno, 775-786-2150
195 West Plumb Lane, Reno, 775-786-0138
565 East Prater Way, Sparks, 775-359-9450

Prism Magic Clothing
2161 Pyramid Way, Sparks, 775-356-5577

Kiwanis Bike Program
2605 Comstock Road - 775-746-9310
Normally a bike program to benefit kids of all ages, the Kiwanis Bike Program receives large numbers of bikes from the region year-round, including bikes deposited by Burners for recycling -- and they set aside used bikes in good condition for Burners to purchase. Visit http://www.kiwanisbikeproject.org to purchase and arrange pick-up, or visit the Save Mart supermarket at 525 Keystone Avenue (next to I-80) in Reno during the event. Get them while they last!

Reno Bike Project
250 Bell Street - 775-323-4488
A used-bike seller and community bike shop operated by many Burners, selling used bikes in good condition at great prices. Get them while they last! Check out the website http://www.renobikeproject.com for further details, or email renobikeproject (at) gmail (dot) com.

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM RENO TO BLACK ROCK CITY

OK, so you've done what you need to do ... you've got your ride packed to the gills, you're gassed up, and you're ready to venture forth from Reno and out to Black Rock City. How the heck do you ...? Ahhhh, driving directions:

http://tinyurl.com/5udyw9

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HOT SPOTS AROUND THE RENO / BLACK ROCK DESERT AREA?

You want to check things out a bit? Well, you should ... the area around Reno and the Black Rock Desert is plenty beautiful and interesting, with wild horses, wildflowers, historic spots, hot springs, Pyramid Lake, and more. We have a round-up of some things to see and do in the area, here:

http://tinyurl.com/643shw

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THE MANGROVE ART INSTALLATION IN DOWNTOWN RENO: SEPT 6 - DEC 13

On your way back out from Burning Man, maybe you have some time to stick around for a few days? If so, you can check out the Mangrove art installation on the banks of the Truckee River in downtown Reno. Josie of the Black Rock Arts Foundation writes:

"The Black Rock Arts Foundation is proud to announce the exhibition of The Mangrove, a collection of tree sculptures, each by a different artist or artists' collective. First exhibited at Burning Man 2007, The Mangrove is an eclectic collection of artworks sculpted by five different artist collectives. Each work offers a different lesson, rendered with exquisite craft and detail, in how discarded materials can be reused to create beauty out of 'trash'.

The works will grace the bank of the Truckee River in downtown Reno, Nevada, on the corner of Sierra Street and Island Avenue. This currently empty lot transforms into an interactive art grove September 6, 2008, and remains on display, free to the public, until December 13, 2008.

You are invited to join us in celebration of these innovative artworks, and of our first Civic Arts project in Nevada, at the Mangrove's Opening Reception:

Saturday, September 6, 2008, 5:00pm-8:00pm
Sierra Arts Foundation Gallery
17 S. Virginia Street
Reno, NV

Visit the project's webpage for more information about the artworks and the artists at http://www.blackrockarts.org/projects/mangrove

The Mangrove is supported by the Black Rock Arts Foundation's Civic Arts program. BRAF extends our sincerest thanks to the The Freight House District, LLC, the City of Reno, United Rentals, Fernley Electric, Peppermill Hotel Casino Reno, and the Sierra Arts Foundation for their support of this project."

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RENO'S BIGGEST LITTLE DECOMPRESSION - OCTOBER 18

Finally, if you're in the Reno area in October, a little bird's told the Rabbit that Reno's official "Biggest Little Decompression" regional event will be October 18th, 2008. Daytime festivities at the Mangrove downtown (see above), nighttime activities, family fun, and more. They're looking for volunteers, performers, art, and much more ... from what we've seen, it stands to be quite a hoot. We'll have more details to come, but for now, save the date.

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ART AND CAMP MATERIALS STORAGE AVAILABLE IN RENO

Hi, my name is Tony. I have been serving the BRC Community since 1999, renting affordable trailers with NO cleaning fee and including trash removal. Also I have an affordable, fenced storage area in downtown Reno for art and camp materials that can be used next year. References from Burners are available upon request.

Contact: Tony
RVRental4Less (at) aol (dot) com cell: 775-657-0448

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