Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey Counties is involved with a wide range of free community events this September. Below are 11 highlights:
Sept 7th Free Vaccines in Silver Springs: Free pneumococcal vaccines for ages 18 and over, and free shingles (Zoster) vaccinations for ages 60 and up will be offered on Wednesday, Sept 7th from 11am-qpm at the Silver Stage Food Pantry at 3585 Ramsey Weeks Cutoff in Silver Springs (near the corner of Spruce Avenue and Ramsey Weeks). For more details, call 720-2252 or 250-7884. This event is a joint effort between Lyon County Human Services and the nonprofit Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey (HCC).
Wednesday Weight Loss Support Group and Zumba Gold: Healthy Communities hosts a weight loss support group which meets every Wednesday at 5:15pm at the Dayton Valley Community Center at 170 Pike Street. There is an option to also attend a Zumba Gold class after each meeting ($5 per Zumba class). Zumba Gold is a modified Zumba® class that recreates the original dance exercise moves at a lower-intensity. The Weight Loss group meetings are free, although members are asked for a once a month donation of $5 to the Dayton Preservation Committee for use of the historic building. The purpose of the group is supporting area residents who would like to support each other in safe, healthy ways to lose excess weight and increase wellness. Classes are open to men and women of all ages. For more information, contact Lisa Selmi at 246-7550.
Yerington Task Force Meeting: HCC’s Yerington Task Force meets on Sept 7th this month. The next at 5:15pm at the Boys and Girls Club’s Teen Center on Main Street in Yerington. Members will be discussing volunteer recruitment for the region’s upcoming free dental, vision and medical clinic with Remote Area Medical (RAM) and HCC and partners. They’ll also share updates on the work of HCC’s school resource coordinator and Stand Tall team in Yerington.
Sept 8th HCC’s Monthly Public Breakfast Meeting: Join us for discussion and action planning on a wide range of issues of regional importance on Thursday at 9am at the Silver Springs Community Center.
Sept. 10th Dayton Walk in Memory: On Sept 10th, more than a dozen communities throughout Nevada are participating in the annual Walk in Memory, Walk for Hope event. The goal of the event is to increase awareness of the effects suicide has on our nation and state, and to remember those who have been lost to suicide. At the Dayton Community Center (170 Pike Street), keynote speaker Kim Desroches will describe some of the region’s many suicide prevention resources that can help instill hope and promote healing. A Dayton resident, Kim is part of the History Faculty at Western Nevada College, and is a certified safeTALK trainer and a probationary ASIST trainer who has been a volunteer in suicide prevention since 2006, and a trainer since 2013. Kim’s talk will be followed by a “Walk in Memory, Walk for Hope” through Old Town Dayton. In Nevada, the Walk is sponsored by the Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention and supported by the Nevada Office of Suicide Prevention, along with many community partners. In Dayton, Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey is one of the community partners helping to organize a walk. For more information on times and locations for each community walk in Nevada, plus the Walk registration form, please visit the Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention website:
Sept 17th Free Workshop: “Everyone’s an Asset Builder”: Adults are invited to this free workshop and lunch in Fernley. This highly interactive workshop will appeal whether you’re a community leader, coach, teacher, parent, or grandparent. Learn about the things that are essential for young people’s success in school, work, and life. Discover opportunities in your everyday life for making a positive difference. RSVP at the link below to reserve a spot for this workshop that will be held in the multi-purpose room at Fernley Intermediate School at 320 HWY 95A from 9am-12:30pm. Funded through Healthy Communities Coalition. Click on the link below to register and RSVP, or call Jenny at 246-7550 at HCC:
Sept 17th, Free Workshop: “Family Strengths”: Free event in Fernley for any parenting adult on September 17th from 1pm-3pm in the multi-purpose room at Fernley Intermediate School (320 HWY 95A). Find out about the 5 family strengths that really matter and learn how to build on your family’s strengths. Please RSVP at the link below to reserve your seat. There will be free resources for the first 25 participants to register. Also, the first 50 parents to respond will be invited to a free lunch. (Or if you attend the free “Everyone is an Asset Builder” workshop on the same day from 9am-12:30m, you can also attend the lunch.) Funded through Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey. Click on the link below to register and RSVP, or call Jenny at 246-7550 at HCC:
Sept 20th Spaghetti Fundraiser at Js Bistro from 4pm-8pm, $15: Js Bistro in Dayton is hosting yet another fundraiser to benefit the community! For just $15, you’ll have a delicious spaghetti dinner in historic Old Town Dayton at 30 Pike Street. Their fundraiser benefits a Remote Area Medical event in September that will bring desperately needed free dental, vision and medical care to Northern Nevadans of all ages. For more information about the RAM events serving Nevada, see ramusa.org.
Sept 23-25, Remote Area Medical (RAM) Pop-Up Clinic: Remote Area Medical (RAM), an organization dedicated to providing free, quality health care services, is bringing a 3-day pop-up clinic for both adults and children to rural Silver Springs. There are no eligibility requirements and no identification is necessary. Services are provided on a first come, first served basis. The clinic will be located at the Silver Stage High School at 3755 West Spruce Avenue, Silver Springs, Nevada 89429 on September 23rd, 24th and 25th. Entry numbers are distributed at 3am, three hours before the clinic opens. Free services include dental cleanings, fillings, and extractions, eye exams and glasses, vaccinations for adults and children (including the zoster vaccination to prevent shingles in adults 60 and older), mental health screenings and referrals, general medical consultations, and referrals and connections to local follow-up care. The Nevada Health Center Mammovan will also be onsite to offer mammograms (8am -3:30pm on Sept 23-24 and from 8am -2pm on Sept 25th.) Volunteers are welcomed and can register at ramusa.org. For questions about the RAM event in Silver Springs, please call Healthy Communities’s RAM hotline at (775) 350-9250.
2016 Governor’s Points of Light Awards, Sept 29: Nevada Volunteers, the Governor’s Commission on Service, has announced the finalists for the 2016 Governor’s Points of Light Awards, the highest honor bestowed on a volunteer in Nevada. The award is given in 7 categories. Finalists, including Healthy Communities Coalition, have been invited to the Ceremony in Las Vegas where the winner for each category will be announced. The Governor’s Points of Light Awards honor individuals, community-based organizations and businesses for their contribution to communities through volunteer service. Award recipients are selected by a panel of leaders in business, government, and nonprofits from across the state based on criteria showing how their volunteerism exemplifies achievement, need, innovation, mobilization and endurance.
Poet David Lee is in Nevada, Aug-Dec 2016: While he’s in Nevada teaching a graduate level course on poetry at University of Nevada, Reno, acclaimed poet David Lee will also offer poetry readings on the Comstock in historic Silver City (dates to be determined). Lee, professor emeritus of language and literature of Southern Utah University, was named Utah’s first poet laureate in 1997. Dr. Lee has published 22 books of poetry, and was considered as a candidate for Poet Laureate of the United States. His book Last Call was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. The Utah Endowment for the Humanities declared him to be one of the 12 greatest writers to ever emerge from the state. The readings will be sponsored through the Resident Artist Program in Silver City with additional support through Healthy Communities Coalition.
What is HCC? Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey Counties is a regional, private nonprofit composed of community volunteers of all ages, plus diverse local, state, federal and tribal groups, a small staff and a dedicated board of directors. HCC uses strategies that include building hope, empowering people to help themselves and their communities, encouraging people and communities to recognize and build on their strengths and assets, all while practicing inclusion of all people and the belief that TOGETHER, there is enough. This approach has allowed HCC to engage diverse group partners, plus community volunteers of all ages and all walks of life, in initiatives broadly grouped around 1)a Healthy Food Hub (increasing access to affordable, locally grown food), 2) a Health and Wellness Hub (increasing access to affordable medical, behavioral health and dental care services, prevention and education), and 3) a Community Development Hub (job skills and leadership development, volunteer opportunities, arts in public spaces, etc.) The Coalition hosts monthly meetings on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 9:00 am, usually at the Silver Springs Community Center (location may vary). These breakfast meetings are open to the public and all are welcome. Please call the HCC office at 775-246-7550 to verify time and location for meetings.