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Birthday Parties with Extra Meaning

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Tue, 07/16/2019 - 15:54

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“Every child deserves to be celebrated on their birthday." -– Linda Grace
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The community helps create fun celebrations every month for the families living at the Family Shelter.

Birthday parties are an integral part of growing up. They’re a chance to be special for a day, spend time with friends, eat fun food and of course, get presents. But for some children whose parents are struggling with homelessness, a birthday celebration can be pushed to the bottom of the priority list.

It Takes a Village to Create a Village

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Tue, 07/09/2019 - 13:09

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​​​​​​​“The impact of Village on Sage Street ... created and strengthened vital community relationships, bringing together many groups with a shared vision of a better Northern Nevada and the potential we have to do more good things together.” – Chris Askin
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A unique collaboration of private individuals and businesses, public agencies and social nonprofits have come together to help address Reno’s housing need with the Village on Sage Street. 

A person working full-time for minimum wage in Nevada grosses $1,320 a month. With rents in Reno averaging $1,239, residents in our area are facing untenable housing costs. This is particularly a challenge for members of our community who are elderly, low-income or who have disabilities.

More Than A Feeling

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Thu, 07/04/2019 - 18:01

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"It is anthemic, fist-shake inspiring, and brings out my rebellious side which neck-punches the blahs to oblivion.” ~Deb C.
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While music does have power to soothe the savage beast, it can also help lift us up when we’re feeling down. Read on to learn more about the science (and emotions) of music.

Most of us know the power of music from experience. We hear a song that brings us straight back to high school or a Christmas carol that reminds us of a long-ago family tradition. We also have that one (or maybe more) song that can bring us out of a funk and get us back on track to slay all the items on our to-do list.

Feeding the Hungry — And So Much More

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Fri, 06/07/2019 - 18:40

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"It fills our hearts to know that we can help make a difference in the Reno/Sparks area." ~Sara Biggs
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After a lifetime of working in retail and giving back in their personal lives, Dean and Sara Biggs have found a way to combine their passions into a company that takes care of its neighbors.

Dean and Sara Biggs moved to Northern Nevada when they purchased the Grocery Outlet location in Lemmon Valley in 2013. Four years later they opened the Spanish Springs location in 2017.

After careers built in retail, one of the reasons they wanted to own their own stores was so they could make independent decisions that would best help their local communities. In addition to stocking items in higher demand in their specific locations, they like to give back.

Experience An Affur to Remember

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Wed, 05/01/2019 - 20:42

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“When you foster an animal, you’re opening your heart and home to an animal that is not ready to be adopted out.” ~Laura Van Antwerp
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Are you looking for an event where you can dress up, play bocce ball and hang out with your furry friend? Look no further than the SPCA of Northern Nevada’s annual fundraiser.

We love food. We love drink. And we love raising money for worthwhile causes. The challenge comes when we have to leave our beloved canines at home to do so.

Eskimo Kisses, Chicken Nuggets, Melted Ice Cream Pops

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Tue, 04/30/2019 - 11:49

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Moms Recovering from Addiction Write Healing Lullabies
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“This project has helped me recognize that all the doubts I had about myself are illusions.” ~Victoria
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Reconnecting with a child can be more complicated for some parents, particularly mothers recovering from addiction. Three local organizations have teamed up to help them use lullabies to do just that.

In addition to the physical, emotional and financial challenges of recovering from addiction, many women face the additional strain of being separated from their children.

Guiding Puppies Toward a Life of Service

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Mon, 04/29/2019 - 18:39

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“You’re proud of them and know they’re going to eventually go off to a good home where they’re giving someone the freedom to be independent." ~CJ Manthe
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There are approximately 30 puppies being raised in the Northern Nevada area that will grow up to help people with visual disabilities better navigate their surroundings and live independent lives. Get to know Lakeshore and her puppy raisers, CJ Manthe and Denny Sauer.  

CJ Manthe and her husband Denny Sauer are volunteer puppy raisers.

While that does sound like the best volunteer job ever, it does come with a huge responsibility. These puppies go on to work with people with visual disabilities, providing them with the support they need to live their lives more independently.

Bringing Families Together

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Wed, 04/10/2019 - 21:40

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“I’ve seen this over and over again in the 35 years I’ve lived here. It’s all about the energy of creativity. I want to help do for them what art did for me when I was a kid.” -Joseph Galata
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Joseph Galata and the Sierra Association of Foster Families use education and the arts to help local foster children and their families thrive.

Joseph Galata grew up in the woods outside of Pennsylvania in sheer poverty, but he says his family gave him three things: a sense of identity, a sense of belonging and unconditional love.

Creating an Attitude of Gratitude

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Wed, 04/10/2019 - 21:30

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“When something I usually have no control over angers or saddens me, I often think about how I can turn it around. Can I take a small step toward a good resolution, at least in my corner of the world? If I can, I take that step, and it makes me very grateful to have the power to do so!” ~Christel H.
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We know being grateful can improve our mental and physical well-being, but how can we experience gratitude on a regular basis? Our readers shared their answers to this important question.

We’ve all heard the platitudes about why we should be grateful. And most of us can manage it on a semi-regular basis, perhaps during the holidays or on our birthdays. But the reality is that living a life of consistent gratitude helps us in real, tangible ways.

Local Celebrates 1,000-Day Running Streak

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Thu, 03/07/2019 - 18:17

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“Now it’s what I do every day. I don’t know how to stop.” -Mariah Erickson
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Mariah Erickson has accomplished her goal of running every day for 1,000 days. Impressed? We are!

When Mariah Erickson’s then 10-year-old daughter started summer break a couple of years ago, the Double Diamond first-grade teacher knew she wanted to promote healthy habits for her. They decided they would run together every day for 1,000 days.

The rules? The runs had to be outside and they had to be at least a mile. That’s every day. For 1,000 days. Rain, sleet, snow or shine. No matter where they happened to be, how they felt, or if their running clothes were clean.  

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