During November and December, Healthy Communities is hosting a blood drive, a Third Thursdays event, and a holiday open house at Community Roots & Shoots. Our food pantries in Yerington, Dayton and Silver Springs are seeking donations such as canned yams, green beans, and boxed stuffing for holiday meals. In Fernley, check out the Monday evening yoga classes in November and December. Find details about all this and more below:
Blood Drive Nov. 21 from 3pm-6:30pm: Healthy Communities’ hosts a blood drive in loving memory of Don Carbery each year. This year, Vitalant’s bloodmobile will be at HCC’s offices at 209 Dayton Valley Road on Thursday, November 21 from 3pm-6:30pm. For more information, call Alisha Moss at HCC at 246-7550. To make an appointment, go to BloodHero.com and use sponsor code N1DHC.
Third Thursday Nov. 21 form 4pm-7pm: Healthy Communities hosts another free Third Thursdays event on Thursday, November 21st from 4pm-7pm at our main offices at 209 Dayton Valley Road. There will be family friendly games, crafts, hot chili, cornbread and treats! Together is the place to be.
Holiday Open House Sat. Dec. 7 from 11am-6pm: Save the date for opportunities to shop small and local at HCC’s Community Roots & Shoots annual holiday open house on Sat. Dec. 7 from 11am-6pm (209 Dayton Valley Road, Dayton). The floral and gift shop offers unique gifts, holiday and all occasion floral arrangements and cards, wreaths, Christmas trees, plus art, handcrafted jewelery and clothing by dozens of locals, and honey, pasta sauce, jams and jellies from our region’s farmers. Everything will be 10% off on Dec. 7. We’ll have treats and hot cocoa for all, and Santa will visit from 2pm-6pm!
FREE yoga classes take place in Fernley every Monday night at 6pm through the rest of this year at Kaia Fit (886 US HWY 95A). Healthy Communities funds the classes through the office of the Attorney General through Volkswagen Settlement Funds. Males and females ages 12 years old and up are welcome. Yoga can be a wonderful alternative for pain management, pain reduction and pain prevention, in addition to improving fitness, mood and psychosocial well-being.
HCC’s December 2019 meeting will be in Silver Springs at the Community Center, Thursday December 12th at 9am. Guest speakers will be from Veterans Resource Centers of America. They’ll describe resources available from the community-based nonprofit which focuses on the overall wellness and reintegration of military veterans from all eras. The primary focus is on housing assistance, behavioral health treatment, and case management, with a holistic approach to addressing the individual needs of each veteran.
Kathy McIntosh of Silver Springs was named NAMI Western Nevada Volunteer of the Year “for the amazing work she is doing as a NAMI instructor and group leader.” Kathy is also the manager of HCC’s Silver Stage Food Pantry. For a list of resources and classes, see the NAMI Western Nevada website at https://namiwesternnevada.org/
Healthy Communities Coalition is excited to hire a Healthy Aging Program Coordinator. The successful candidate will have experience working with diverse populations, particularly seniors, in service delivery and program coordination. This position works as a member of the SNAP-Ed team administering the Stay Strong, Stay Healthy Program and the Seniors Eating Well Program at three (3) sites across Lyon County. For full details about applying, see https://healthycomm.org/2019/11/06/job-opportunity-with-healthy-communities-coalition/
HCC’s Yerington Food Pantry would like to thank The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for their wonderful donation that will make so many families’ Thanksgiving turkeys possible! The Pantry is seeking side dish donations such as canned vegetables, cranberry sauce and boxed stuffing. The Pantry is located at 124 West Bridge Street in Yerington and is open 8am- 4pm Mon-Fri. https://healthycomm.org/food-hub/food-pantries/
Healthy Communities is grateful to the Webstaurant Store in Dayton for their donation of $4,300! Their generous gift will help advance Silver Stage schools lunchroom to the next stage in their innovative Family Dining pilot program. The schools’ next goals include acquiring enough of the types of dishware needed so students can pass serving bowls for a truly family style dining atmosphere. For several years now, they’ve had lovely cloth table coverings, seasonal centerpieces, and teachers joining students at each table to model friendly dinner table conversation. The schools also have organic gardens and hoop houses that contribute to the schools’ fresh produce salad bar, and a nationally recognized student-led campaign to create a zero waste campuses (and they’re almost to this goal)!
Golf Tournament Raises Funds for HCC’s Dayton Food Pantry: Thank you to the great group of partners, volunteers and more than 80 golfers who gathered on the links at the Dayton Valley Golf Course this October to help make sure their friends and neighbors in Dayton are food secure this winter! Special thanks to Js Bistro and the Dayton Valley Golf course team all their support. This is going to be an annual event.