Wow 100!!!

Girls Scouts of America is celebrating their 100th anniversary! Can you believe it’s been 100th years, helping and teaching girl’s leadership, confidence, courage and values. This organization has been around since our grandmothers, great-grandmothers and even great-great grandmothers. Ourselves, a family member or even friends that we know have been a part of this organization.

We have all help out the Girl Scouts at one point or another; I can say I do every year by buying my favorite cookies. I bet all of you guys and girls do too!! Everyone loves the girls scout cookies and you can find them everywhere in mid-spring time when their cookies sales come out. I think I brought 10 boxes this year and gave some away in gift baskets.

The Girls Scouts of the Sierra Nevada is having a celebrating for their 100th Anniversary. It’s going to be at Peavine Pavilion in Reno starting at 9:00am. This is an all-day even which goes on until 5:30pm. They are having so many fun events, that if you can go in the morning, you can catch some of their events in the afternoon.

What is Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada?
The goal of Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada is clearly stated in our mission — to help girls build courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. To accomplish this goal, we work every day to provide a quality leadership experience for girls and volunteers, so that we can all contribute to the advancement of young women. Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada is the preeminent organization for and leading authority on girls, serving over 4,500 girls with assistance from 2,000 volunteers in 23 counties in northern Nevada and eastern California.

In partnership with committed adults, girls develop the values that will serve them throughout their lives; strong ethics, community service and a conviction about their self-worth.

So come and explore our site. We hope you decide to become a Girl Scout!

Wow! Girl Scouts is turning 100! Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada is excited about all of the possibilities that the 100th Anniversary holds for our council, and we look forward to celebrating with our Girl Scout family!
Upcoming Events:
Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada 100th Anniversary

Round Up!
Do not miss this very special, once-in-a-lifetime event! We have planned a day to celebrate the past, present and future of Girl Scouts. From Campfires and s’mores to science projects and rock climbing, there is something for every girl. This is an amazing opportunity to connect with other Girl Scouts in your community and from across the GSSN council. Click here for just a few of the more than 30 activities planned for the day.

When: Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Schedule of the day’s events!
9:00 a.m. Opening Ceremony @ Peavine Pavilion
9:15-11:00 a.m. Pancake Breakfast @ Peavine Pavilion
(tickets pre-sold in advance only)
9:00 a.m. Activity Booths Open
(More than 30 hand-on activities provided by GSSN and our Community Partners.)
10:00 a.m. Dutch oven cooking demonstration
11:00 a.m. Bridging Ceremony (pre-registration required)
11:30 a.m. Teen (13-17) Geocaching
12:00-5:00 p.m. Campfire Program
1:00 p.m. Dutch oven cooking demonstration
2:00 p.m. Bridging Ceremony (pre-registration required)
2:30 p.m. Teen (13-17) Geocaching
3:00 p.m. Dutch oven cooking demonstration
5:00 p.m. Activity Booths Close
5:30 p.m. Closing Ceremony and GS Vortex

Where: Rancho San Rafael Park ,1595 N. Sierra St. Reno, NV 89503
Click here to see a map of the event.
Who: Girl Scouts, volunteers, family members, friends, alumnae, supporters and our community!!
Cost: FREE!! Registration is still requested.
Register: Help us plan adequately for the event by calling 775.322.0642 ext 222 to RSVP.
Deadline: May 31, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. After this date, no additional patch orders, pancake breakfast tickets or Bridging Ceremony participants will be accepted.

All information is provided by Girls Scouts Sierra Nevada website:

RJG did a great article on this event:



Did your Candidates win last Tuesday?

Last Tuesday was the primary elections today! The poll started at 7:00 am and close at 7:00pm. This was the day that you can exercise your right to vote and make a change. This is your chance to make a difference by picking you want to be in office.

Did your favorite candidate win last Tuesday? I know three of my friends lost their primary elections. In this blog I have listed the candidates that won and who the will be facing in the November elections.

Now from November is your chance to do the research and pick the right person to represent you in your city and District. Go and meet with the candidates. Pick their brains and tell them your concerns. You have five months to really get to know your candidate and to pick the right one. Make November count and go out and VOTE!

Washoe County 2012 Primary Election Results
• DEM – Democratic Party
• REP – Republican Party
• IA – Independent American Party

Ward 1
• Brekhus, Jenny
• Carter, Bernie

Ward 3
• Delgado, Oscar
• Young, Cliff J.

Ward 5
• Jardon, Neoma
• Jung, Kitty K.

• Schieve, Hillary
• Ward, David

U.S. Senator
• Berkley, Shelley (DEM)
• Heller, Dean (incumbent) (REP)

U.S. Representative, District 2
• Amodei, Mark (incumbent) (REP)
• Koepnick, Samuel (DEM)

State Senate, District 13
• Martin, Kathy (REP)
• Smith, Debbie (DEM)

State Senate, District 15
• Brower, Greg (REP)
• Leslie, Sheila (DEM)

State Assembly, District 24
• Bobzien, David (DEM)
• Waterman, Heidi (REP)

State Assembly, District 25
• Hickey, Pat (REP)

State Assembly, District 26
• Kirner, Randy (REP)
• Petzak, Rodney R. (DEM)

State Assembly, District 27
• Benitez-Thompson,Teresa (DEM)
• Larkin,Yvonne (REP) (withdrew before election)

State Assembly, District 30
• Lightfoot, Ken (REP)
• Sprinkle, Michael (DEM)

State Assembly, District 31
• Daly, Richard “Skip” (DEM)
• Espinosa, David (REP)

State Assembly, District 32
• Hansen, Ira (REP)

State Assembly, District 40
• Dunn, Rich (DEM)
• Livermore, Pete (REP)

Washoe County Commissioner – District 1
• Diss, Andrew (DEM)
• Kachurak, Skyler (DEM)
• Berkbigler, Marsha (REP)

Washoe County Commissioner – District 4
• Hartung, Vaughn (REP)
• Gutierrez, Jesse (REP)

This information can be on:

For more information about candidates and the November election please visit these websites:
And Ross Mill, Secretary of State Website:

Miss Reno Rodeo is?

Well it’s rodeo week in Reno and what perfect way to talk about it in blogs. As you all know I grew up in a big city and knew nothing about rodeo. But after living here half my life I have learned about The Wildest Richest Rodeo, here in Northern Nevada.

Today blog, we are going to talk about Miss Redo Rodeo. This is not your regular beauty pageant. These girls work really hard for this pageant. It takes more then a pretty face to be Miss Reno Rodeo.

What does it take to be the next Miss Reno Rodeo? There’s horsemanship, written test, speech, commutation, appearance, personality and photogenic. This is no easy pageant. Once they win it’s even more work. But these girls love what they do and are very dedicated to the Rodeo. This year winner who was crowned on Friday night was Tara Bowlby.

When you go to the rodeo this and see these women don’t think oh another Beauty Queen, go other and congratulated them. They work just as hard as the bull riders if not harder.

“Miss Reno Rodeo
2013 Queen Pageant
June 5 – 8, 2012

Tuesday, June 5
Community events and sponsor visits
Judges reception and contestant orientation

Wednesday, June 6
Horsemanship Competition and interviews
KOLO TV interviews
Community events

Thursday, June 7
Personality interviews
Rodeo Luncheon
Impromptu speeches
Written exam-Rodeo knowledge
Community events

Friday, June 8
KBUL 98.1 FM / KOH 780 AM / Wild 102.9 and Magic 95 FM media interviews
Queen’s luncheon, modeling, speeches and Impromptu Coronation Dinner- Peppermill”

This information was found at the Reno Rodeo website:
Here’ s the website of all the rules and regulars for Miss Reno Rodeo:,com_docman/task,doc_download/gid,7/Itemid,122/

Here’s the website about the 2013 Miss Reno Rodeo from rgj:

Sparks Hometowne Farmers Market

It’s that time again, it’s Thursday night Farmer’s Market at Victorian Square in Sparks.  If you haven’t been, there’s something for everyone.  To fresh produce all the way down to fried zucchini. All different types of food for you to buy and try.

 If you have nothing fun to do on Thursday night, come out and get some fresh produce from your favorite local farms.  Meet some of your friends or make some new ones and enjoy what the farmers market has to offer you.

 The Sparks Hometowne Farmers Market starts today at 3:00 until 8:00pm and go through August.  Make sure you go and check it out, you do have the whole summer for this fun filled event.

 “The Sparks Hometowne Farmers Market is now known as the Whole Foods Hometowne Farmer’s Market, thanks to the City of Sparks teaming up with Whole Foods Market as the title sponsor of the event. The idea is to return the market to its original focus of being a place for families to come have a fun afternoon and enjoy indulging in fresh fruits and vegetables. The market is also produced by Shirley’s Farmers’ Markets of Sparks. There are some other changes, so read on.

 About the Sparks Whole Foods Hometowne Farmers Market

The 2012 Whole Foods Sparks Hometowne Farmers Market will be the 20th season of this popular event. The market will be in the Victorian Square Plaza, between Victorian Avenue and the Century Theaters. This location eliminates the hassle and expense of closing Victorian Avenue to traffic every week. The market will be on Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. The earlier opening time is intended to put an emphasis on local farmers and food, giving people an opportunity to take home locally produced food for meals at home. Opening day is Thursday, June 7, with the market repeating every Thursday through August 23.

 If you want to get real local, look for the “Nevada Grown” sign on produce vendor booths, which will ensure you are buying food from nearby Nevada locations like Fallon, Yerington, and even Reno. Our northern California neighbors are also well represented, particularly with fruits, berries, and vegetables more suited to their milder climate.

  A new feature at the Whole Foods Sparks Hometowne Farmers Market is food trucks. Several of our local Reno mobile eateries will set up on Victorian Square in front of the Nugget, including Kenji, Taste of New York, Dish Truck, and St. Lawrence Pizza Company.

Growers at the Whole Foods Sparks Hometowne Farmers MarketNumerous growers from northern Nevada and California bring their produce to the Whole Foods Sparks Hometowne Farmers Market. Here are some of the vendors from which you can buy fresh fruit and vegatables… “

This information can be found on:

Toast & Taste of Summer

Looking for something fun do this Thursday night, if your not taking an Econ final with me?  Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Northern Nevada is having a Toast & Taste of Summer.  This will be at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa at 6:00pm until 10:00pm.  The cost is only $35.00 if you buy them now and $45.00 at the door.

This is the second year of them doing this wonderful event.  Last year event was very successful.  If you weren’t able to attend or just could afford to go to their amazing Gala, this is a great chance for you to check out what JDRF does in our community.  I have worked this organization for the last five years and my family has been very involved for over 40 years. 

Come out and support a great cause and get some good summer food and drinks.  I’m sad that I’m missing this event.  Take the time and go for me.  You’ll meet great people, hear wonderful stories, eat amazing food and drink some wonderful wines and microbrewers.  There sometime for everyone. Let make this event successful for JDRF Northern Nevada.

 “Please join us at the 2nd Annual Toast & Taste of Summer on Thursday, June 7.

Where: Atlantis Casino Grand Ballroom

Reno, Nevada 

Starts: 06/07/2012 @ 6:00 pm

Ends: 10:00 pm

Check-in Time: N/A

Ticket Cutoff: 06/07/2012 11:45 am

Contact: Julie Malkin

Phone: 775-786-1881

E-mail Address:

This event will feature exquisite wineries, microbreweries, restaurants, sports vendors and  live entertainment by local band, decoy. Great eats will be served up by: Jazmine, The Cheeseboard, Midtown Eats, Un Café Bistro, The Men’s Club, The Gas Lamp, Campo, Bistro Napa, The Grove and more.

Confirmed wineries and microbreweries Include: Ancien Wines, Arietta, Bin 36, Eagle Eye, Educated Guess, Elyse, Four Vines, Grace Patriot, Grant Family Vineyards, Hahn Family, Milla Handley pouring Handley Cellars, Laird Family Estate, Kim Mettler pouring Mettler Family, Mi Sueno, Miner Family, Ole Spanish Imports, Opolo Vineyards, Quilici, Ric Forman pouring Forman, Rudi Wiest German Wines, Schulz Cellars, Sineann, Small Vineyards Italian portfolio, Yorba Wines, Tahoe Blue Vodka, Gera Vodka, Tahoe Moonshine Distillery, Indian Wells Brewery, Tenaya Creek Brewery and  Joseph James Brewery. “

Here’s the link to buy tickets:

And the Winner Is???

And the winner is??? The Silver State!!! Say what? You’re all thinking was I watching the same pageant? Yep, I know Rhone Island won. So how was Nevada the winner? Well having it in own backyard is how we win!

I know that my blogs are about what’s happening in Northern Nevada but I’m taking us South. This we just had Miss USA here in Las Vegas last night at the Planthollywood I thought it would be fun to blog about it.

The tourism for these pageant is amazing. Do you know the these girls from all 50 states bring all of their family and friends to Las Vegas. Plus most of the former Miss USA state title holders come in to cheer the new girl and have reunions with the girls from their year. Talk about winning in the tourism for our State!

I was very lucky enough to have been invited to Miss USA two years ago. My best friend was Miss Nevada USA 2010. Sadly I was unable to attend because I was just starting my job with the Governor that Monday. But that same year Las Vegas was lucky to hold Miss Universe. 83 countries came into our State. Yet again we were a winner and that time I was able to go down to Las Vegas and represent our state for the Governor. That was an amazing experience!!

The history of Miss USA.

“Who would have thought that in 1952, a local “bathing beauty” competition spearheaded by Catalina Swimwear in Long Beach, CA would transform into an international annual tradition with countless young women around the world vying to become a part of Miss Universe history? As millions of fans have watched around the globe, the contest has evolved into a powerful, year-round,  international organization that advances and supports opportunities for these young women.

These women are savvy, goal-oriented and aware. The delegates who become part of the Miss Universe Organization display those characteristics in their everyday lives, both as individuals, who compete with hope of advancing their careers, personal and humanitarian goals, and as women who seek to improve the lives of others.”
This information was taken from the Miss USA website:

Get Set and Start Running: RTO

Who’s running in the Reno-Tahoe Odyssey on June 1-2, 2012? I’m not going to lie, when I heard RTO, I thought PGA golf. I was so wrong; it’s the other RTO which is the Reno-Tahoe Odyssey. I know a lot of my friends are running in it as we speak. I’m currently following them on Facebook.

This is its 8th year for the Odyssey relay run which was started by Eric Lerude. It will take place in Reno, Lake Tahoe, Carson City, and Virginia City. It’s over hour 24 hours of running and walking 178 miles. This is definably a great way to “Discover Your Nevada”.

There’s so much to do for the runners. There are many contests to be won, here’s a few Best Team Name, Best Team Shirt, Best Costume, Best Decorated Team Vans and Most Spirited Team. The runners can even get married in Virginia City. Everyone has a great time and this event help out local charities, the two that they picked this year are the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation and Tahoe Pyramid Bikeway.

Here is some fun and interesting facts that I found from their web site.

“It is a long wandering. A relay run ideally suited for teams of 12 runners on a 178 mile course. Starting in Downtown Reno along the Truckee River. Traveling through the Sierra Nevada mountains and along the shores of Lake Tahoe. Circling back through the Northern Nevada high desert to where you began in Reno.

The race begins Friday. It is a staggered start, with waves of teams starting every 15 to 30 minutes. The slower seeded teams will begin around 9 a.m. and the faster seeded teams will begin in the afternoon. Exact start times will be announced in the month before the event. Plan to get to Reno by Thursday night.

The only changes of fortune you will experience will be for the better. You will have a great time. And when you finish, you will enjoy an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment and teamwork. And be the special guests at a party to celebrate your achievement.

To explain this chart, please see the runner in the No. 1 slot. That runner will run Leg Nos. 1, 13 and 25. No. 1 is 4.8 miles and rated “easy,” No. 13 is 6.2 miles and rated “moderate,” and No. 25 is 3.2 miles and rated “easy.” That runner will run a total of 14.2 miles. We have ranked that set of legs as the 10th hardest (or 3rd easiest) group of legs, so the Runner 1 slot receives the No. 10 ranking.

The person that you put in the No. 4 slot in your runner line-up will have the most difficult set of legs, hence the no. 1 ranking. So assign your best runner to be the No. 4 runner.

The legs that we have rated as “most difficult” contain the steepest climbs on the course. No. 4 contains an approx. 3 mile climb up the Dog Valley Road, No. 14 contains an approx. 1.5 mile climb near Bliss State Park, No. 19 contains an approx. 2.5 mile climb to Daggett Pass, and Nos. 30 through 32 contain some steep sections in the Virginia City area. The other most challenging leg is No. 33 descending Geiger Grade. That is the longest downhill leg of the course.

Most the legs are rated “moderate” and “easy” and are relatively flat, with the difference in rating being a matter of distance.”

This information was taken from Reno-Tahoe Odyssey web site:

Here is a copy of the handbook:

Here is a copy of the Reno-Tahoe Odyssey video: