Archive | March 2012

Boys & Girls Nite Out

Mark your calendars for April 18!! It’s a Wednesday nite stating at 4:30 until 7:00pm. This is one of my favorite events. It’s free and you will make new friends. Every year the Boys and Girls does a kids nite out. This event is held at the Donald W. Reynolds Facility, which is on 2680 East Ninth Street, Reno.

What is this event? This event is held for the kids of the Boys and Girls Club. It’s give the kids to be kids. When you volunteer at this event, you will get three to four kids to take around to play games, watch circus acts, petting zoo, bounce houses and many other fun actives.

This is such a great opportunity to give back and it doesn’t cost anything, just 3 hours of your time. After doing this, I have felt so honor to hang out with these kids. These kids appreciate the time that you spend with them. They are so happy to make new friends and to have fun.

Boys & Girls Club Week

Join in on the festivities and celebrate National Boys & Girls Club Week with the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows and thousands of other Clubs across the nation April 16-21, 2012. The week is free to all Club members and packed with fun-filled, themed events each day, highlighted by Wednesday’s “Boys & Girls Nite Out,” a carnival atmosphere at the Donald W. Reynolds facility at 2680 E. Ninth Street in Reno, where hundreds of kids are paired with adult volunteers from 4:30-7:30 p.m.

To volunteer for our Boys & Girls Nite Out contact our volunteer coordinator Gayle Farley at gfarley@bgctm.org.

Here a link to their website: http://www.bgctm.org/calendar/annual-events/boys-girls-club-week/

Step 1. Second Annual Bowling Tournament

It’s time for Bowling!!! Step 1. is hosting a bowling tournament on April 7th.  The cost is $20 for three games and a cute pair of bowling shoes, which in my case are not high heels!! This is Step 1. Second Annual Bowling Tournament.  Last year was a success, let make this year one too!!

Come on out and bring your friends and family. This will be a wonderful event that you will have fun at and help raise money for a wonderful organization.  Help us keep Step 1 open, so they can do what they do best!!

 What is Step 1? Step 1 has been serving the men of Northern Nevada since 1993. Step 1 reaches out to men who are homeless as a result of their substance/alcohol abuse, criminal and antisocial behavior, but who have a strong motivation to change their lives for the better. Men requesting transitional housing enter the program directly from a homeless shelter, state institution, an inpatient or a residential treatment facility for substance dependence.

 These gentlemen are in desperate need of housing, treatment and re-integration services; without which, they remain homeless and at increased risk for relapse to substance use and criminal activity to support themselves. The model of supportive transitional housing provided by Step 1 is unique to northern Nevada. Housing and basic needs such as food, clothing and vital services are combined with structured peer-to-peer and professional staff support creating an environment that promotes responsible, pro-social values. The philosophy of Step 1 is: “Do the next right thing.”

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]Step 1 mission statement “Serving the community by providing transitional housing and supportive services to adult men who have been diagnosed with a substance use disorder and who seek to enter society as self-sufficient, responsible citizens.”

Here the link to their website: http://step1inc.org/

Reno-Tahoe Open’s Birdies & Brushes

Last Wednesday night the Reno-Tahoe Open hosted Birdies & Brushes. This event took place at the Eldorado Hotel and Casino. This was a new event for the Reno-Tahoe Open, in years past they had Noodle This!, which had local celebrates serving pasta to the guest, in which the guest would tips them.

This year they had Michael Israel come and do his art work in front of a live audience, which the audience was able to bid on the art work. They also had a live and silence auction for this event. The event also honored the late Senator William Raggio. Senator Raggio was a big part of the Reno-Tahoe Open.

This event raised thousands of dollars in which it benefited the Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation and the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum. The Reno-Open Foundation is one of the biggest contributors to all of the local charities in Northern Nevada.

The Art of Inspiration

“SportHaus presented Birdies & Brushes, an incredible art event that took place March 21, 2012 and featured the world renowned artist Michael Israel. Israel took the stage for one night only to perform his impassioned work in front of a live audience, including a special tribute piece to the late Senator Raggio. Six one-of-a-kind creations were crafted in front of the audience and then auctioned off with proceeds benefiting the Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation and the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum. To bring the children’s benefit to light, guests also enjoyed the famous Eldorado cuisine with a kid twist, such as gourmet macaroni and cheese and pulled pork sliders. Over $60,000 was raised in a single evening off of painting sales alone.

If you missed your chance to see him in person, we encourage you to visit Michael Israel’s website or see some of the moving videos available on YouTube to learn more about his performances.

A special Thank You goes out to the event photographers for the evening, Fielding Fotography and High Sierra Imagery.”

Here’s a link to their Reno-Tahoe Open Website: http://www.renotahoeopen.com/index.php/charity/birdies_brushes_20122/

What’s going on Northern Nevada

Step 1. is having a Spaghetti dinner and Not-So-Ridiculous Raffle on March 22, 2012.  This is a fabulous event at is affordable for everyone to do!! It’s only a $10 donation.  It’s a chance to see Step 1. and help a wonderful organization.  I have been on the board for all most a year and I can tell you that this is an outstanding group of people that I have meet. This organization has been suffering, in November 2011 we were close to closing the door after the first of January but our November Spaghetti Fundraiser saved us. 

 As a board member, we are doing everything we can to keep this organization running and being successful! I truly encourage you to do something nice this next week and come to Step 1’s Spaghetti dinner.  I know there are tons of great causes out there but this one really needs our help.   It’s a small fee but it means the world to Step 1.         

 What is Step 1?

Step 1 has been serving the men of Northern Nevada since 1993. Step 1 reaches out to men who are homeless as a result of their substance/alcohol abuse, criminal and antisocial behavior, but who have a strong motivation to change their lives for the better. Men requesting transitional housing enter the program directly from a homeless shelter, state institution, an inpatient or a residential treatment facility for substance dependence.

 These gentlemen are in desperate need of housing, treatment and re-integration services; without which, they remain homeless and at increased risk for relapse to substance use and criminal activity to support themselves. The model of supportive transitional housing provided by Step 1 is unique to northern Nevada. Housing and basic needs such as food, clothing and vital services are combined with structured peer-to-peer and professional staff support creating an environment that promotes responsible, pro-social values. The philosophy of Step 1 is: “Do the next right thing.”

 Here’s the link to their web-site: http://step1inc.org/

Spaghetti dinner & Not-So-Ridiculous Raffle

 

When: Thursday, March 22, 2012 from

Time:  5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Where: 1015 N. Sierra St.

Spaghetti, salad, and garlic bread will be provided for a small suggested donation of $10.

Here the link for the Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000516046177&ref=tn_tnmn#!/events/342185382485061/

 

What’s going on Northern Nevada

Talk about giving back to your community, well that what Project 33 does.  This group is led by Dee-Dee Hill, who with other comes up with different projects to do.  They do 33 projects a years.  As a group they get together and pick out different types of project for them and their children to do. 

 Dee-Dee wanted to make sure that her children were doing project and so she and a group of moms and dads got together and started Project 33.  Having the children give back to the community is really what’s important to this group.  Showing them how to help and give back.

 This is a great way to start volunteering.  This group is always looking for new volunteers and it’s a great way to get your children involve.  I was very privilege in October of 2010 to honor this group with a certificate from the Governor. I have Dee-Dee since high school, this is such an amazing group that she started.

 What is Project 33?  From their web site “Project 33 finds as many ways as possible for families and children to give back to the community through volunteering, fund raising and every day good deeds. Get children involved in giving back teaches them empathy and gives them a view of the world they may otherwise lack. Children will teach each other and learn from each other and through working together they will build a better future for themselves.

 What’s Important to them? Get children involved in giving back teaches them empathy and gives them a view of the world they may otherwise lack. Children will teach each other and learn from each other and through working together they will build a better future for themselves.

The plan of action: Project 33 collects clothing for homeless children, raises funds to find a cure for cancer, promotes literacy in children of poverty, and works with other organizations to send forth a cleaner, healthier plant.

 Project 33 is coming into it’s fourth year of service and in honor of this milestone, we are challenging all of our loyal volunteers and new friends to complete 33 acts of kindness on your own this year. This might include a day serving food to the homeless, taking a shelter animal for a walk, or just buying coffee for the person in line behind you. This discussion post will be a place for you to record your acts of kindness, keeping track of how many you do and also sharing ideas so we can all join in with new things we may not have thought of before. You are welcomed to wear your Project 33 shirt to these individual events and represent our amazing group, encouraging others to join in. In addition to logging your hours here, post on your facebook page and/or the Project 33 Group page what you did and how others can do it too. Lets make 2011 about planting the seed of giving in more people through our own individual good deeds.

 Serving others and planting the seed of giving in our children’s hearts.

 GO Help Someone!

 Project 33 dedicates its service to the memory of George Ostrander who inspires us to continue giving back, one project at a time.

 Here a link to their facebook web site: http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/282203940957/

Here a link to their web site: http://www.dosomething.org/project/project-33

What’s going on Northern Nevada

What’s a good way to do volunteer work, be out in the community, and get a scholarship for doing it? It’s Miss Nevada. All this month different women will be chosen to represent their city and then one of them will go on to be Miss Nevada. As Miss Nevada, that young lady will have a chance to win Miss America, which is held in our wonderful state of Nevada in Las Vegas, in January.

No this not toddler and tiaras, I know what your thinking. These woman are amazing individuals, who show poise, passion, and talent. In order to be Miss Nevada, these young ladies must have a platform, a talent, and must be involved in the community. It’s not all about beauty, she must also be enrolled in college or graduate school.

Did you know that one our state assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson was Miss Nevada, she was the third runner up in Miss America. Julianna Erdesz won both Miss Nevada America and the next year Miss Nevada USA, making her the third only in this state to hold both titles. Most of all of these women go on to have very successful careers! I have been very bless to have worked and friends with Teresa, Julianna and many others.

I just went Miss Reno, Miss Sparks, Miss UNR and Miss Reno/Sparks Miss Washoe outstanding teen this afternoon. This is a great event and it supports so many wonderful charities in our community. These ladies are amazing and talented. Go support them!

Here the Miss Nevada mission statement from their website;

To support education, advocate community service, and provide young women with a forum in which to express their talents, intelligence, and opinions and viewpoints in culture, politics, platforms, and the community to audiences throughout Nevada and other parts of the United States;

To provide unique opportunities for young women and to empower them to win financial assistance in the nature of scholarship awards as a means of achieving their educational goals, and to create and maintain a system of competition which will enhance opportunities and produce role models representing positive and wholesome American values;

To encourage the spirit of volunteerism throughout the Miss Nevada Organization’s network of local pageants, titleholders, and to promote goodwill, civic, and economic benefits in the towns and cities which host the competitions leading to the Miss Nevada and Miss Nevada’s Outstanding Teen titles;

To use the Miss Nevada Organization as a vehicle for statewide awareness of the Miss America and Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Programs, fundraising opportunities for scholarships, and implementation of community service projects;

To support a statewide organization of volunteers who operate throughout the year, who contribute time, resources, and scholarship money to the Miss Nevada and Miss Nevada’s Outstanding Teen Programs in cities and towns throughout the state.

Here an link to their website: http://www.missnevada.org/Local_Pageants.html

What’s going on Northern Nevada

 Mark your calendars for April 15, 2012, the American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb Reno.  This is a good time to give back.  Get your company, friends, and families to make a team and climb 36 flights of stairs at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino. This is an awesome event if you want to give back and get some excise.

 I personally can tell you that after 31 years of having asthma, my poor lungs feel like this after two flights of stairs, what some of you will feel after 36 flights.  I have asthma attacks which trigged by different things.  For me, it’s running (unless I’m in Hawaii), climbing stairs and unfortunately animals.  That’s a hard for me because I love animals, but my lungs don’t.  I still excise, I was an ice-skater and cheerleader, I just learn to listen to my lungs and take the right medications.  The only thing that they haven’t found a cure for is me having a dog or being around animals.

 What is asthma?  *Asthma (AZ-ma) is a chronic (long-term) lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. Asthma causes recurring periods of wheezing (a whistling sound when you breathe), chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. The coughing often occurs at night or early in the morning.

 Asthma affects people of all ages, but it most often starts during childhood. In the United States, more than 22 million people are known to have asthma. Nearly 6 million of these people are children.

Overview

The airways are tubes that carry air into and out of your lungs. People who have asthma have inflamed airways. This makes the airways swollen and very sensitive. They tend to react strongly to certain inhaled substances.

When the airways react, the muscles around them tighten. This narrows the airways, causing less air to flow into the lungs. The swelling also can worsen, making the airways even narrower. Cells in the airways may make more mucus than normal. Mucus is a sticky, thick liquid that can further narrow your airways.

This chain reaction can result in asthma symptoms. Symptoms can happen each time the airways are inflamed.

*This information was found at http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/asthma/

Why We Climb

When you join the American Lung Association in the fight for healthy lungs and healthy air, you help save lives today and keep America healthy tomorrow.

Campaign Progress

Turn up the heat! This thermometer is tracking our progress and we can’t wait for the day that it flows over the top. It will mean we have hit our goal and that the American Lung Association’s education, research, and advocacy will continue to thrive. Every person you ask to join your team and each time you ask for support is an opportunity to make a difference and watch the temperature rise! We’re well on our way. Keep up the great work! (http://www.lung.org/pledge-events/nv/reno-climb-fy12/)

For more information please see American Lung Association’s website: http://www.lung.org/pledge-events/nv/reno-climb-fy12/

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