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A Conductor’s Major Orchestration

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Tue, 11/24/2020 - 18:45

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"We wanted to save music in schools. A segment of kids only come to school because of their love of music and the sense of belonging from being part of an ensemble." *Steve Martin
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COVID was wreaking havoc on music programs across the country, until a local conductor and his team created a way for musicians and music students to perform together virtually.

What does a conductor do when music starts to fade from the scene during a pandemic? For conductor and owner of GPG Music, Steve Martin, DMA, (ASCAP), it meant a major pivot from selling scholastic sheet music to creating  Our Virtual Ensemble (OVE), curriculum and a platform for performing arts educators to continue teaching and inspiring their students through adjusted learning environments. 

‘Tis the Season to Give Back to the Community

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Tue, 11/17/2020 - 19:31

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Sadly, we even get kids coming into foster care on Christmas Day. *Joseph Galeta
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There are many different ways to give back this holiday season, from homemade wreaths and blankets to dog supplies and Old Navy gift certificates.

Yes, it’s officially time to start holiday shopping (for those who didn’t start in August), which means it’s also a good time to support local community organizations and their holiday wish lists. Luckily for us, they have made it very fun to do so!

Here are just some of the ways to support our Northern Nevada organizations and the underserved people in our community that they’re helping. 

Performing Arts Groups Find A Way

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Wed, 11/04/2020 - 13:07

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“By sharing our favorite holiday songs and joining in at home, this event will surely be a joyful afternoon of holiday cheer for all of us.” *Sarah Toney
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In November and December, you’ll have the chance to watch some of your favorite local performing arts groups from your home.

Though it’s not currently safe for crowds to gather in person, that doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate fall with some of our favorite local performing arts groups! Many have gotten very creative in figuring out ways to bring their performers together (either in person or virtually) to entertain their fans through the magic of technology.

The Purple Pumpkin Pursuit

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Mon, 10/19/2020 - 19:27

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“We knew we couldn’t safely bring everyone together this year, so we challenged Liquid Blue to come up with something else just as fun." *Lisa Bonie
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PumpkinPalooza is happening this year, but in a different way to ensure safety and social distancing.

PumpkinPalooza has been a fall staple for the last eight years, attracting more than 23,000 people to Victorian Square in Sparks in 2019. Last year’s event was so successful that the team started making 2020 plans right away, but they realized within a few months of the COVID pandemic hitting that their original plans were not to be. 

Expert Advice for Navigating a Pandemic: Focus on the Small Things

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Mon, 08/31/2020 - 15:00

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“Try to identify one thing you’ve been handling well during the crisis, and use that as an opportunity for self-compassion and less self-criticism.” *Dr. Kristen Davis-Coelho
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Everyone is feeling extra pressure these days. Here, a local behavioral health expert offers advice on how to get through these tough times.

So here we are, smack-dab in the middle of a global pandemic, and almost every aspect of our lives has changed — at least for the short-term. While we can’t control those external forces (unless you happen to be a scientist working on a vaccine), there are ways we can there are ways we can examine our lives in this new context in an effort to either learn about or improve ourselves — in the short- and long-term.

Staying Connected During Quarantine

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Mon, 08/17/2020 - 14:55

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“Nothing like a good ol' fashioned three hour phone call.” *Missy Smithart Evenson
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It looks like the corona-quarantine is going to be around for the foreseeable future, so just holing up and hermiting isn’t going to work for the long run. Here are some ideas to stay connected in a safe and responsible way.

Now that the novelty has worn off of pandemic living (for most of us at least), maintaining social connections is more important than ever. With all of the stressors out there right now, it’s important not to add social isolation and loneliness. 

The Importance of Being Nice

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Tue, 07/07/2020 - 11:53

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“I can’t smile and I can’t hug, but I can pass these out and know I’m doing something.” *Debbie McCarthy
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The “Together We Are One” wristbands are a reminder to be nice to one another as we navigate this new world.

Before the global pandemic brought local events to a grinding halt, “About Town Deb” — aka Debbie McCarthy — spent most of her time attending events and fundraisers, traveling and  helping our community in other ways. So when the COVID shutdown sent everyone home, she didn’t know what to do with herself.

To make matters worse, she was sidelined at a time when people needed her positivity more than ever.

Doubling Down on HOPES

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Tue, 06/23/2020 - 13:47

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“They’re dealing with health and addiction issues and a number of other problems, but it’s always a happy place. Clients, employees and volunteers are treated well.” *Bob Lissner
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Donations made to the Northern Nevada HOPES COVID-19 response fund in the month of June were matched (up to $25,000) by local developer and HOPES volunteer Bob Lissner.

Self-proclaimed workaholic Bob Lissner was looking for a place to share his experience and abilities after retiring from his position as the founder of Lifestyle Homes. He found that and more at Northern Nevada HOPES, where he has been volunteering for many years.

“I believe in their mission,” he says. “They’re providing medical care for people who wouldn’t otherwise have access.”

Talk It Out Tuesdays Provides Good Information During Difficult Times

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Thu, 06/04/2020 - 17:13

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“The way to alleviate that anxiety and stress is to talk about it. It’s important to reach out and get help.” ~Rachelle Pellissier
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Crisis Support Services of Nevada helps tens of thousands of people through crises every year. And the need for their services became even more critical as our community and the world were impacted by a global pandemic, forcing many to face additional health and economic challenges.

For many, the global pandemic has been a crisis “perfect storm” — economic struggles, fears about health and personal challenges all coming together at the same point in time, resulting in unmatched emotional and physical turbulence.

Doorstep Disco Brings the ‘Funn’ (and Philanthropy)

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Tue, 05/26/2020 - 12:21

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“They’re encouraging people to pay it forward, and spread joy and laughter with their music.” *Wendy Mulligan
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Dancing is a great way to shake off the pandemic blahs. And DJ Funn is here to help you do just that — all while benefiting the community and a local charity.

Think back to every wedding, prom or birthday party you’ve ever been to. What made it fun? Of course the people did, but what else? I’m guessing it had something to do with the fantastic, exactly-right-for-the-occasion tunes — the songs that required you to get up and dance, or at least tap your foot.

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