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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. 

Know Someone Deserving of Some Pampering?

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Mon, 11/23/2020 - 17:42

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Local Medical Spa Seeks Nominations for Giveaway
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This year has been difficult for all of us, and as a small business owner in the Reno community, I want to be able to recognize those who are deserving of a luxury treatment. *Dr. Tiffany McCormack
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Learn about a giveaway that can help pamper a local do-gooder with a $2,500 spa treatment package from M Spa.

We all know people in Northern Nevada who are spending their days saving lives, going out of their way to protect their families and contributing to the safety of our community. A local medical spa, M Spa, wants to turn the tables by helping five deserving locals feel pampered. And they need your help. 

‘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. 

4 Fast Fun Facts with Contributor Lisa Blauth

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 11/17/2020 - 12:10

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I hope the can-do spirit of Northern Nevadans and helping one another, will get us through this pandemic. *Lisa Blauth
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We have a new series on Just the Positive called "4 Fast Fun Facts," where you learn a little about the fabulous contributors to our website. For our second edition, we're spotlighting Lisa Blauth – one of our contributors and the Director of Marketing for Sierra Nevada Journeys.

In our second "4 Fast Fun Facts" spotlight on Just the Positive, learn about contributor Lisa Blauth. She is the Director of Marketing for the local non-profit Sierra Nevada Journeys.

Coffee & Conversation on Preventing Financial Scams

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Submitted by lbenisano14_415 on Fri, 11/13/2020 - 16:22

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The Community Foundation of Western Nevada's Preventing Financial Scams Initiative protects our community. They invite you to a virtual Coffee and Conversation on Preventing Financial Scams.

The Community Foundation of Western Nevada's Preventing Financial Scams Initiative protects our community. We invite you to a virtual Coffee and Conversation on Preventing Financial Scams. 

Thursday, December 3, 2020 from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM on Zoom

To register, click here.

Corporate giving: a win-win-win for everyone

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Submitted by tiffany_464 on Thu, 11/12/2020 - 17:09

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Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada encourages local businesses to set up giving programs as the holiday season nears
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It's a win-win-win situation: Companies can positively impact their community and engage their workforce, their employees can give back and feel great about the organization they work for, and vulnerable populations can get the resources they need.
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As the weather turns colder and the global pandemic's economic impacts continue, more individuals and families in northern Nevada are worried about how they will meet their basic needs. How will they find shelter from the snow and ice? How will they afford warm coats and clothes? How will they secure enough food to sustain themselves and the ones they love?

As the weather turns colder and the global pandemic's economic impacts continue, more individuals and families in northern Nevada are worried about how they will meet their basic needs. How will they find shelter from the snow and ice? How will they afford warm coats and clothes? How will they secure enough food to sustain themselves and the ones they love?

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. 

Cyclist Rides Through Reno on Thousand Mile Ride to Raise Money for Addiction Treatment

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Submitted by don.butterfield_351 on Thu, 10/15/2020 - 20:41

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“I started the Run4Recovery to give hope to those suffering from addiction. I do this for the addict who can’t see any way out of addiction." *Robin McGeough
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Run4Recovery is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Puente House Foundation. The foundation offers scholarships to assist those in recovery to pay for sober living housing in their community. All funds raised in Reno will stay in Reno.

Robin McGeough is an endurance athlete who recently biked through Reno on a thousand-plus mile ride to raise awareness and funds for those in addiction recovery. Run4Recovery is a cycling trek over 18 days, crossing three states and 1,124 miles. McGeough started his journey Oct. 7 in Portland, OR, and will arrive in Covina, CA, on Oct. 24. He recently rode through Reno, making a stop at Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital.

Strength, Sisterhood and Stilettos: B2B Transforms Lives

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Thu, 10/15/2020 - 13:26

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Strange to say, but breast cancer saved me. I’ve learned so much about me that I wouldn’t have thought was possible. I’m brave, I’m strong, and I have so much to be grateful for. * Sally Kinter
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Read the inspiring story of breast cancer survivor Sally Kinter, who found sisterhood and strength as part of the Breast Cancer 2 Bikini program.

During our recent interview, Sally Kinter remained composed nearly the entire time she recounted her breast cancer story — from diagnosis and treatment to joining Breast Cancer 2 Bikini (B2B). But when asked why she applied to B2B — a rigorous training program that prepares breast cancer survivors for a public bodybuilding competition – her voice cracked. “I lost a lot of friends when I got cancer — people who had a hard time dealing with my diagnosis. I wanted to build a community of fellow survivors.”

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