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Dinner & Conversation about Preventing Financial Scams

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Submitted by lbenisano14_415 on Tue, 10/08/2019 - 17:43

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The Community Foundation of Western Nevada is hosting a free dinner and conversation about preventing financial scams on Oct. 15 at the Nevada Discovery Museum from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Join the Community Foundation of Western Nevada for dinner and conversation, and share your ideas about how to prevent financial scams on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Nevada Discovery Museum. Learn more and register by clicking here.

Get the Sleep of Your Dreams

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Mon, 10/07/2019 - 14:21

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Positive sleep practices, revealed
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First thing I coach people on how to get better sleep is to get the TV out of the bedroom! If you must screen time, then use blue-blocker glasses...because sometimes a movie after kids go to bed is also known as “date night.” ~ Carolyn D.
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What is sleep hygiene, and how does it contribute to a better night's sleep? Learn more, and also hear from locals as they give tips on positive sleep practices.

Want to know something totally sexy and awesome you can do every single night in order to be your most amazing self? 

SLEEP. 

Sure, it doesn’t sound sexy and awesome — but it is. In fact, it’s so sexy and awesome, there’s even a set of hygiene rules around it. Yes, hygiene

Celebrating Families Through Buddy Walks, Picnics and Bingo

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Sat, 10/05/2019 - 17:54

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There are plenty of people with Down syndrome who become entrepreneurs, hold down jobs and just lead normal lives.” ~Sarah Horsman-Ploeger
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October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, which is a time to celebrate people with Down syndrome, their abilities and capabilities. So we’re shining a light on the Down Syndrome Network of Northern Nevada and one couple celebrating a very special addition to their family. 

Sarah Horsman-Ploeger originally got involved with the Down Syndrome Network of Northern Nevada (DSNNN) eight years ago through her job at The Continuum, where she works with families of infants and toddlers with developmental delays.

Goat Sharing for Good

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Submitted by kpatriciabouwer... on Mon, 09/30/2019 - 11:25

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Local Business Features Green (and Adorable) Way to Mow Grass and Improve Fire Safety
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“I told my wife that they’re going to be livestock, not pets. Then, there I was feeding the baby goat with a bottle.” ~ Vince Thomas
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Goat Grazers is an innovative goat-sharing business founded by Vince Thomas. The herd may be rented by property owners to "mow" grass or clear around structures for defensible, fire-resistant spaces. Goats can reach steeper and rockier terrain where machines cannot roll, do not add hydrocarbons or noise to the air, promote the growth of native plants, and are more economical than machinery in most cases. And they are just plain cute.

It can definitely be a great deal of work to clear a defensible, fire-resistant space around structures during wildfire season. But don't tell that to the animal “employees” of one local goat-share herd, who are perfectly content to munch on what they consider candy — nuisance invaders like perennial pepper weed.

“They love coming to work … and they enjoy what they do,” said Vince Thomas, founder and owner of Goat Grazers, based in Sparks, Nev.

Good Elephant Yoga & T’ai Chi Classes Use ‘Pay As You Can’ Model

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Submitted by kpatriciabouwer... on Sun, 09/22/2019 - 00:46

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“I realized how many people were interested in coming to my classes, but they were too intimidated to come into the yoga studio." -Allison Reitz, CEO of Good Elephant
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GoodElephant.co connects yoga, meditation, and t’ai chi instructors with creative spaces — coffee shops, art galleries, community centers, parks, and other places — to offer ‘pay what you can’ classes to participants in an unintimidating, welcoming way.

Entrepreneurs often seek to start their own businesses with a market analysis and elevator pitch — on the other hand, Allison Reitz, CEO of Good Elephant, set out to solve three challenges unique to yoga instruction, and while she accomplished her goals just happened to create a new sharing-based company that has now expanded to four states and counting.

Saving Lives, Leaving a Legacy

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Tue, 09/17/2019 - 13:26

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The Gift of Organ and Tissue Donation
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“You just never know when organ donation is going to affect your family.” ~ John Lilley
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The team at Donor Network West has a heroic goal: to remind people of the importance of a single conversation that can save up to 75 lives. 

Yes, this is an article on a website called “Just the Positive”; so why are we talking about organ/tissue donation, which is presumably something that happens once a person has died? 

Because donation has everything to do with life. 

In fact, every person who registers as a donor has the ability to save or heal eight lives through organ donation and 75 lives through tissue donation. We think those are extraordinarily positive, even heroic numbers. 

Running (and Hiking, Skiing and Pedaling) Towards a Healthier Community

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Wed, 08/28/2019 - 13:51

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“We have a particular focus on encouraging youth and women to participate in the sport and Andy’s support has meant these groups can participate at little or no cost.” -Jenny Frayer, Reno Wheelmen Treasurer
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While all healthcare professionals play a role in health of their community, one Reno doctor goes the extra mile – literally – when it comes to supporting health, fitness and quality of life.

Add sousaphone player and marching band founder to the resume of this Reno doctor and philanthropist who has been helping people and organizations feel better and accomplish for more than 20 years.

When a Temple Becomes a Restaurant

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Wed, 08/21/2019 - 17:47

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“You put compassionate energy out, and then people come together who wouldn’t normally be together.” * Reverend Matthew Fisher
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The Moon Rabbit Café offers gourmet dining, while also helping to strengthen our community.

If you look carefully, you’ll see a rabbit in the moon instead of a man. The rabbit is the focus of a Buddhist Jataka tale, which are stories of Buddha’s previous lives. In one story, “The Rabbit in the Moon,” Buddha was reborn as a selfless rabbit, who eventually promised to sacrifice himself so that others could eat.

Every Father Can Be a Great Dad

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Thu, 08/15/2019 - 14:02

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Sometimes it takes a little help.
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“Otto taught me I can be a man of integrity, what that entails and how to practically live that. And my family is worth that.” *Tim McGivney
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We’ve all heard that parenting is the most important job we can have, but it rarely comes with training to help us be better at it. The Dad-E Academy is stepping in to help Northern Nevada fathers improve their dad skills.

Parenting can be difficult under the best of circumstances. But it becomes infinitely harder when you didn’t have a parent around to model those skills for you, you have a challenging relationship with the other parent, you become a parent earlier than you were planning or you experience any of the various complications that go along with being part of a family.

New Resource for Seniors Struggling with Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorder

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Submitted by don.butterfield_351 on Mon, 08/12/2019 - 16:59

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“Happiness and quality of life should never have to be sacrificed. This program is designed to help older adults to transition through life’s journey with dignity.” * Novia Anderson, Ph.D., LCSW, Director of Clinical Services at Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital
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In response to the epidemic of suicide in older adults, Transitions offers an inpatient program exclusively for older adults in Reno that treats both mental health and addiction.

Tragically, Nevada has the highest elderly suicide rate in the nation according to America’s Health Rankings. In Nevada, there were 50 deaths by suicide per 100,000 people in the 75-84 age bracket, compared to the U.S. rate of 18.1 per 100,000. Nevada sees significantly more deaths by suicide per 100,000 for all age groups 55 and over.

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