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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. 

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. 

Don't Do it Alone – Community Foundation Launches Caregiver Support Initiative Email Group

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Submitted by lbenisano14_415 on Mon, 07/27/2020 - 19:21

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The Caregiver Support Initiative email discussion group is a new virtual forum that allows people to connect with other family caregivers. 
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The Community Foundation of Western Nevada launches email discussion group for caregivers during COVID-19.

COVID-19 has been hard on everyone. It brings a lot of uncertainty to people, which can be anxiety-inducing. Now, imagine going through a pandemic and having to be responsible for another person and their needs. The pressure for family caregivers taking care of others during this time can be overwhelming. With the lack of in-person support groups available due to COVID-19, the Community Foundation is determined to connect family caregivers with one another during this time. 

Are You Looking For a Family-Friendly Way to Go Camping?

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Submitted by lisa_624 on Tue, 07/21/2020 - 14:35

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Sierra Nevada Journeys has you covered with the expansion of Family Camp.
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"You mean I can relive summer sleepover camp WITH my kids? You mean I could get in that camping trip I promised them without having to pitch a tent or cook on a camp stove? Sign. Me. Up.” *Lynnette Bellin
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Sierra Nevada Journeys, a STEM education nonprofit, is making the best of its situation by opening Grizzly Creek Ranch for families to get outdoors and go camping.

With the travel restrictions due to COVID-19, many families are staying close to home and have turned to camping as an alternative to other types of vacation. Additionally, the RV dealerships are seeing an increase in sales by 30 percent over last year. With this influx of new campers and several months of closed campgrounds this past spring, it has been challenging to secure a camping reservation for this season.

Prepare Girls for Kindergarten with Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada’s Virtual Events Series

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Submitted by jschirrick_593 on Mon, 07/20/2020 - 21:40

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Social and emotional skills are imperative for success in kindergarten, and Girl Scouts is filling this critical need that has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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“This pandemic has affected our children in so many unexpected ways. Our programming will help young girls stay on track to becoming the dreamers, thinkers, and leaders our world so desperately needs.” *Ann Nelson, GSSN CEO
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Girl Scouts is launching a free “Make New Friends” virtual event series to ensure that all girls are prepared to start kindergarten with confidence.

Staying Positive During Coronavirus

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Submitted by info_605 on Tue, 06/16/2020 - 21:23

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A great way to create positive emotions is by intentionally becoming aware of what you are grateful for. Start by making a list of things you are grateful for, then ask yourself how you can act in ways to show your gratitude.
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Family Behavioral Health offers 5 tips for staying positive during the COVID crisis — from validating your feelings to getting exercise.

If you are feeling anxious, overwhelmed, stressed, sad or even angry about coronavirus, you are not alone. We have all been affected in some way. Coronavirus is a global phenomenon, and Reno/Sparks, Nevada is not an exception. In a short span of time, our “normal” at home, school and in our community has changed.

Any change requires an adjustment. Abrupt change, like what we face with coronavirus, can lead to a rollercoaster of painful emotions. That is why we are sharing with you our top five things to do to stay positive during these trying times.

Here's to the Magical Moms

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Sun, 05/10/2020 - 04:37

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Celebrating Mother's Day with Words of Gratitude
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“I love that my mom has always been tough as nails — nurses can be like that — but loves deeply and unconditionally." * Devon Reese
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For Mother's Day, we posed this question: "What do you love about your mom?" Here are your heartfelt answers.

My mom has created the world’s most magical backyard. 

I honestly have no idea how she does it. Even during quarantine, she manages to have fairy lights twinkling, hanging baskets overflowing with cascading flowers and an emerald green lawn. My 7-year-old daughter is 100 percent convinced fairies make their home there, and her 46-year-old mom (yes, I’m talking about myself in the third person) just about believes it, too. 

"They’re way smarter and more capable than I realized"

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Wed, 05/06/2020 - 14:44

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Pandemic Inspires Local Parents to Discover Insights About their Kids
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“I have learned that my children actually like me and I like them too. I’m enjoying hanging out with them, playing games, cooking, baking, watching movies. Who knew?” ~Kate C.
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Though it can be difficult being cooped up with our families 24/7, these are also opportunities to learn more about them.

It’s safe to say that none of us received training on how to parent during a global pandemic. And most of us have had limited experience, if any, at home schooling. Yet here we are. As much as we love our kids, it can be — um, challenging — to be cloistered in such close quarters with them 24/7. And we think we can all agree that most teachers should be paid much, much more than they are.

With all that in mind, here are some of the insights local parents have learned about their kids while they all #StayHomeForNevada.

My Guardian Angel

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Submitted by leekiplan_571 on Sat, 04/18/2020 - 04:25

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In the past eight years, Kathy has knitted more than 100 blankets, all of which provide comfort to adults and children who are going through some form of life-threatening illness. * Kip Lee
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Reno resident Kip Lee shares his deep gratitude for his sister-in-law, who was by his side during his cancer treatment and has since knitted more than 100 blankets for transplant patients.

My name is Kip Lee, and at the age of 42, I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma and found myself sitting in a patient room at the Huntsman Cancer Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah.

I was unsure of my future, because I had just finished the final stage of my autologous transplant. I was shivering uncontrollably and having an allergic reaction to the stem cells that were cryogenically frozen and were now being given back to me into my blood. I recall the nurse placing multiple warm blankets over me; however, nothing appeared to help.

Close Quarters Bring New Realizations About Our Partners

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Mon, 04/13/2020 - 14:39

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“Now that Cassie has licked her cancer and her sense of humor has returned just in time, now more than ever I so appreciate her company.” ~Steve Funk
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Being stuck at home comes with a fair amount of challenges, but it can also be an opportunity to learn more about our partners.

Yes, many of us are trapped at home — and we’re spending the kind of time with our families that we probably never have before. While that can be challenging, it also gives us a chance to learn surprising things about the people we love.

We reached out to our Facebook friends to ask them what they’ve learned about their partners during this crisis.  

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