“Lend Jimi a Hand” – friends of injured local artist hold fundraiser to cover overwhelming medical expenses

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jimmydamoneFRIENDS OF JIMI DAMONE NEWS RELEASE – Friends of longtime Reno artist, James “Jimi” Damone, 29, have organized a fundraiser to help pay his overwhelming medical expenses after he lost three fingers on his right hand in an accident on August 26, 2013.

The fundraiser will be held on Friday, September 13 at Public House located at 33 St. Lawrence Ave. Beginning at 6:00 p.m., Public House will be offering themed drink specials, including “Three Fingers of Jim” (Jim Beam) as well as hosting live performances from local bands. Local artists and business owners have donated artwork, gift certificates and services for the live auction and raffle that will be taking place during the event. Families are encouraged to attend the outdoor portion of the fundraiser (live music, auction, and raffle) from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. and all proceeds from the evening will directly benefit the “Lend Jimi Damone a Hand Fundraiser”. In conjunction with the fundraiser, Ace’s Tattoos will be offering special edition “Bad Luck Friday the 13th tattoos” for $20 each. All proceeds will benefit Damone. Reno residents can also help fundraising efforts by mentioning Jimi’s name at Freeman’s Natural Hot Dogs on Friday, where owners are donating 50% of every sale to the fund.

“Our art community is a close knit group, always working hard to see each other succeed,” said Angela Watson, owner of Black Hole Body Piercings and Event Organizer. “Jimi is a wonderful part of our group, and he needs the help of this community.”

For the past 13 years, Damone was living and working in the Reno area. He was an active member of the community working with many organizations including the Reno Bike Project, Great Basin Community Food Co-Op, and The Holland Project. Two months ago, Damone relocated to Portland, OR to pursue his artistic career as a leather tooler and wood worker. Unfortunately, Damone did not have insurance at the time of the accident. The friends of “Lend Jimi a Hand” are asking the community to help cover his medical bills, physical therapy and living expenses.

“I have an amazing group of friends. They’re going above and beyond for me right now,” Damone said. “I can’t stress it enough of how thankful I am for such a great group of people.”

Damone has kept a positive attitude over the past week and already wants to get back to work. However, having lost his livelihood in the accident, Jimi’s closest supporters are asking everyone who can help to attend the fundraising events on the 13th and help give back to someone who has given so much to the community. For more information please contact Chelsie Rose at 775-291-8211 or to donate directly, please visit https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/s4z2/jimi-damone

High Sierra Industries brings indie music festival to Reno on September 14

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allenstonepic-625GIANT SECRET MUSIC FESTIVAL NEWS RELEASE – Giant Secret Music Festival will bring together an all-star line-up of national and local musicians to benefit High Sierra Industries (HSI) – Washoe Ability Resource Center (WARC), which provides jobs, job training and supportive services to adults with disabilities. The festival will feature national headliner Allen Stone and a local lineup including Whitney Myer, Jellybread and The Mark Sexton Band. The all-ages music festival will take place Saturday, September 14, in Wingfield Park in Reno from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and will appeal to music lovers of all ages and walks of life. Tickets are $45 and are available for purchase at the Melting Pot World Emporium in Reno and online at GiantSecret.com.

Giant Secret is an all-ages music festival with diverse activities including a silent disco, custom art installations, a chakra village as well as local food trucks and beer vendors. With all-day performances and activities, music lovers of all ages will enjoy the best of Reno arts and culture. Additionally, Giant Secret Music Festival will feature national touring musician Allen Stone. With his socially conscious lyrics and soulful composition, Stone describes himself as “a hippie with soul” and has been referred to by USA Today as a “pitch-perfect powerhouse.”

“Giant Secret is more than just a concert,” said Chari Smith, event organizer and qualified developmental disabilities professional. “With Giant Secret, we’ve created an event that really stands apart. This will be one giant, awesome event that will benefit a great organization as well as the City of Reno.”

As music festivals gain mainstream popularity across the country with events such as Bonarooo and Outside Lands, event organizers hope to expand the Reno arts and culture scene with the addition of this all-ages indie music festival.

“Our amazing staff is committed to the mission of providing top-of-the-line services to those in need. They work really hard with limited funds, ” said LaVonne Brooks, HSI – WARC Executive Director. “This festival will help us continue our import work of providing important services that are the best in the state.”

HSI – WARC has been supporting people with disabilities for over 96 years (collectively) and Giant Secret will help raise the funds necessary to keep up with the ever-increasing cost of providing services to some of the city’s most vulnerable citizens. With a system of innovative program services from employment training and placement, a day habilitation center, a pre-vocational job training center co-located with major customer and community partner International Game Technology, to 24-hour residential services, HSI – WARC is working to be one of Nevada’s leaders in providing services to people with disabilities.

HSI – WARC was founded in 1977 and 1953 respectively and are 501(c)3 non-profits that provide services to people with disabilities. HSI-WARC delivers a system of services including community employment, assessment and placement services, behavioral consultation, adult habilitation and pre-vocational day programs as well as 24-hour residential host homes, and other customized services. For more information about HSI – WARC or to find out how you can volunteer, donate or tour the facilities, visit hsireno.com.

Gregorian Chant classes coming to Reno – Stanford professor and chant authority to help teach ancient craft

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300px-Graduale_Aboense_2REGINA PACIS CANTORUM NEWS RELEASE — This September, Regina Pacis Cantorum, Northern Nevada’s traditional a cappella Gregorian chant and polyphony choir, will be offering the public “The Living Tradition of Gregorian Chant,” a series of four Saturday classes on how—and why—to sing this timeless art form. It will conclude with the singing of a Mass on Saturday, September 28.

Effectively eliminated from most Catholic churches after Vatican II, Gregorian chant has made a comeback in recent years thanks partly to its appeal in popular music. This summer, a chant CD by a group of Benedictine nuns topped the Billboard classical charts. Also, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s 2007 encyclical Summorum Pontificum has made the celebration of traditional Latin Masses more accessible. However, chant’s popularity goes well beyond Catholicism, and participants in these classes are not required to be Catholic.

Regina Pacis is privileged to have as one of its presenters Dr. William Mahrt, Stanford University musicology professor, president of the Church Music Association of America, and one of the world’s foremost authorities on Gregorian chant. Also presenting the classes will be Father Francisco Nahoe, OFM Conv., rector of St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral in Reno; Deacon Joe Bell, also of the Cathedral; and Kathy Reinheimer, director of Regina Pacis Cantorum.

“The Living Tradition of Gregorian Chant” classes are Saturday, September 7, 14, 21, and 28, 1:30 p.m. — 4:30 p.m. (with 5:00 p.m. Mass following the Sept. 28 class), at St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral, 310 W. 2nd Street, Reno. There is a suggested $25 fee for the series. Registration is required. Those interested in doing so should contact Kathy Reinheimer at 775-345-6106, or e-mail her at bkreinh@gbis.com. St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral website, stacathedral.com. Regina Pacis Cantorum website, rpchoir.blogspot.org.

2 free summer concerts remaining at Lazy 5 Park

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Washoe CountyWashoe County’s Lazy 5 Regional Park in Spanish Springs continues its ninth annual free Wednesday evening concert series Wednesday featuring Contraband. Due to exceptional support from the community, this summer’s series was expanded to 12 concerts and will close out Aug. 28 with a special performance by the Bystanders with Katy Simon.

All concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evenings at the Lazy 5 Regional Park at 7100 Pyramid Way. Patrons can enjoy a free hamburger or hot dog courtesy of the series’ sponsor, Summit Christian Church, and raffle prizes will be offered during every show. For more information, call (775) 823-6500.

Remaining Lazy 5 concert line-up:

  • August 21: Celtic, Bluegrass & Contemporary by Contraband
  • August 28: The Bystanders with Katy Simon

Summit Christian Church is the series sponsor with program sponsors Western Village, NV Energy, and Desert Wind Homes. Co-sponsors include Laurie Brazier of State Farm, Pack N’ Post of Spanish Springs, First Independent Bank, Heritage Bank of Nevada, Simply Thai and Nevada Outdoorsman Unlimited.

The Novelists perform at the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park

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MINDEN, Nev.-The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park is the setting for an outdoor concert by The Novelists on Sunday, August 25.

The Novelists is a nationally touring acoustic group with multiple lead singers. The Reno-based quartet has built their sound around storytelling and four-part harmonies, with a focus on acoustic guitars, bass and other stringed instruments.

Carson Valley’s Vanessa Littrell, a vocalist, introduces the evening in the style of Sarah McLachlan and Norah Jones.

Joyce’s Fine Jewelry in Gardnerville is the event’s sponsor. The Carson Valley Lions Club will be selling hamburgers, snacks and soft drinks, while the non-profit Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch will be selling beer and wine. Concert-goers also have the option to bring their own food and beverage if they choose, and must bring seating if desired.

The concert begins at 5:00 pm on the park’s east lawn. Tickets are $10/adults, free for 16 and younger. Advance purchase is recommended, and tickets are available locally at Joyce’s Fine Jewelry, Battle Born Wine, Plant It Nursery and The Entertainer. On-line ticketing options and more information are at www.dangberghomeranch.org. The park is located at 1450 Highway 88, Minden, Nevada, one-half mile south of the Carson Valley Swim Center.

Evening concerts continue at Lazy 5 Regional Park for two more Wednesdays

Lazy 5's splash play area another popular feature of the park. Photo courtesy of Joel T. from his Yelp review.

Lazy 5's splash play area another popular feature of the park. Photo courtesy of Joel T. from his Yelp review.

Lazy 5′s splash play area another popular feature of the park. Photo courtesy of Joel T. from his Yelp review.

WASHOE COUNTY REGIONAL PARK NEWS RELEASE – Washoe County’s Lazy 5 Regional Park in Spanish Springs completes its ninth annual free Wednesday evening concert series this month, featuring the celtic bluegrass band Contraband on August 21, and The Bystanders with Katy Simon on August 28. Due to exceptional support from the community, this summer’s series was expanded to 12 concerts closing with the special performance by the Bystanders.

All concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evenings at the Lazy 5 Regional Park at 7100 Pyramid Way. Patrons can enjoy a free hamburger or hot dog courtesy of the series’ sponsor, Summit Christian Church, and raffle prizes will be offered during every show. For more information, call 775-823-6500.

Summit Christian Church is the series sponsor with program sponsors Western Village, NV Energy, and Desert Wind Homes. Co-sponsors include Laurie Brazier of State Farm, Pack N’ Post of Spanish Springs, First Independent Bank, Heritage Bank of Nevada, Simply Thai and Nevada Outdoorsman Unlimited.

Lazy 5 Regional Park presents free summer concert series Wednesdays

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Washoe CountyWashoe County’s Lazy 5 Regional Park in Spanish Springs continues the ninth annual free Wednesday evening concert series Aug. 14 featuring Americana, Blues and Boogie with the Colin Ross Band. Due to exceptional support from the community, this summer’s series has been expanded to 12 concerts and will close out Aug. 28 with a special performance by the Bystanders with Katy Simon.

All concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evenings at the Lazy 5 Regional Park at 7100 Pyramid Way. Patrons can enjoy a free hamburger or hot dog courtesy of the series’ sponsor, Summit Christian Church, and raffle prizes will be offered during every show. For ticket information, call (775) 823-6500.

Lazy 5 Concert line-up:

  • Aug. 14: Americana, Blues & Boogie with Colin Ross Band
  • Aug. 21: Celtic, Bluegrass & Contemporary by Contraband
  • Aug. 28: The Bystanders with Katy Simon

Lazy 5 Regional Park is 85 acres and includes a 5,000 square foot community center with an outdoor patio and barbecue area, a children’s playground area, group and individual picnic areas, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits and a multipurpose field. The community center is available for business and social rentals and the park is open seven days a week. The water play park is open June through August. Covered pavilions may be reserved for birthdays and other special events. For more information on programs and special events, contact the Park Ranger at (775) 424-1866. For building or picnic pavilion reservations contact Parks Administration at (775) 823-6501.

SLIDESHOW: Wildstock festival puts spotlight on Wildflower Village

Wildstock 2013 participant.
Wildstock 2013 participant.

Wildstock 2013 participant. Photo by Miriam Wilding for ThisisReno.com.

By Miriam W. Hodgman

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International travelers, absinthe, native baskets, pink bear, music, art, magic, conversation and vision. These are just a few words that come to mind when introducing you to Wildflower Village, an enclave of imagination like a kaleidoscope “welcome mat” on West Fourth Street in Reno. Wildflower Village, sanctuary to art galleries, Reno’s only hostel, bar, café, and free-flowing art spilling onto the walls of its buildings, held its three-day Wildstock festival this weekend. The event was owner Pat Campbell’s effort to keep the space alive by helping pay back-taxes and also potentially connecting with investors who appreciate the Village’s entrepreneurial nature.

Can artists rekindle, revive, and restore neighborhoods in decline? Campbell, who formerly managed real estate for a major bank in Reno, believes so. When she saw the six-plus-acre site for sale 18 years ago, a property which reflected the pattern of decay common along West Fourth Street, the entrepreneur in her was kindled. Now many small businesses and peripheral artists operate under the Wildflower Village banner.

Pat’s commitment to community-based collaboration has prompted support. A cast of passionate volunteers came out over the weekend to support Wildflower. At the front gate Xelena “Empress of the Impossible” worked her magic, escaping from handcuffs and reading minds; professional sign language interpreter and Artown flash mob organizer Andrea Juillerat-Olivera painted faces; over twenty performers graced the stage, including Artown openers Jelly Bread and new acts like duo Kaitlin Oki and Gabe Hilton’s Ursa Loxodonta.

In the Open Door Gallery local artists’ works were beautifully displayed. Ron Forinash, a Nevada resident attending the event, said that he was pleased with two hand-woven baskets he discovered at the gallery. Ron said, “I’m local and know when something is the real deal. I purchased reasonably priced art [baskets] to send my brother in Australia, who now enjoys authentic art from Nevada in his home.” Elsewhere in Wildflower Village, James Dilworth channeled automatic “writing,” via his Hermes typewriter. Give James a word or two and he’ll provide a spontaneous bit of prose that is more enlightening than shaking the proverbial 8-Ball. In Wildflower’s cozy Czech influenced bar, visitors can enjoy the “green fairie,” absinthe, and other tasty beverages like Murphy’s Stout or an Italian beer.

Everyone spoken with at Wildstock agreed — Wildflower Village is an exceptional place unlike any other in northern Nevada. It provides an alternative venue for groups like Burning Man to hold events, local artists to showcase their wares and perform, international visitors to launch their adventures in Reno from and much more.

According to event coordinators Mike MacMillan and owner Pat Cambell, by Saturday an estimated 300 tickets at $10 a piece had been sold.

Anyone interested in exploring ways to participate in Wildflower Village can call Pat Campbell at 775-747-8848, email Pat at patcampbellassoc@sbcglobal.net, or visit Wildflower Village on the web, at www.wildflowervillage.com.

Wildstock benefit organized to save the Wildflower Art Community

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Wildflower NanaWILDSTOCK NEWS RELEASE – August 9, 10 and 11, a multi-day festival has been organized to benefit the Wildflower Village arts community. Over 20 local bands are scheduled to perform including Artown openers Jelly Bread. Performances from Controlled Burn, Bohemian Burlesque, and the Reno Video Game Symphony. DJs and dancing under the stars with DJ Tigerbunny, Plan Cmajor, and Darkemeth. Included will be comedy, arts and crafts, artist demonstrations, vendors, and food trucks. Festival to be held at the Wildflower Village 4305 West 4th St. in Reno. Single day tickets are $10.00 and the three day pass is $25.00. Tickets now on sale at the Melting Pot in Reno (1049 S. Virginia St), Prism Magic in Sparks (2161 Pyramid Way), or by calling 775-747-8848. People interested in performing or having a booth at the festival can call 415-640-0389 or email their requests to roundstones@yahoo.com.

Expanded list of performers includes Jelly Bread, Controlled Burn, Bohemian Burlesque, Grace Hutchison, Todd South, Reno Video Game Symphony, The Grups, Tovah Goodman, Craig Prather, The Electric Catfish, Actors Killed Lincoln, Farewell Belladonna, Josiah Knight, Gabe Hilton, DJ Tigerbunny, Plan Cmajor, Darkemeth, The Refiners, The Bonfire Set, Love Like Wes, Weapons of Mass Creation, Lighter Theif (misspelling intentional), Transfer Effect, Interplanetary Vagabonds, Smiley Mikey, Freaks of Nurture, Small Drawings, and more to be announced.

Carson Tahoe Health Foundation to host contest for local singing groups

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Carson Tahoe Health Foundation (CTHF) is searching for talented singing groups to raise their voices and compete for a chance to be the opening act for the hit a cappella group Mo5aic at the 2013 HopeFest.

Mo5aic is a five-man vocal band that combines elements of funk, pop, jazz and R&B to create a musical experience produced entirely by the human voice. Mo5aic won the MTV show “Next Top Pop Group” and the CBS singing competition show “A Cappella Quest.”

The contest is open to all a cappella groups (voices only, no instruments) in the northern Nevada area. To enter, groups will need to record a video singing “Home Means Nevada” a cappella. The winning video will be selected from a panel of HopeFest 2013 judges, but views and shares via social media will help with the chances of winning. The winner will perform at HopeFest 2013 on Friday, Aug. 23, at the Carson Tahoe Cancer Center.

For a full list of contest rules, visit http://www.carsontahoe.com/voicesforhope

2013 will mark the 3rd annual HopeFest, which features an outdoor benefit concert by the nationally recognized group Mo5aic and local band Road Daddy. Guests will enjoy local hand crafted brews and barbeque, as well as raffle prizes that include a new car or $10,000 cash (donated by Dick Campagni’s dealership for the sixth year in a row). One hundred percent of proceeds from HopeFest go toward supporting local cancer patients in need. Funds are disbursed through the Carson Tahoe Cancer Resource Center, the only area organization supporting area cancer patients, as well as those living in rural communities.

About the Carson Tahoe Foundation
Since 1998, the CTH Foundation has been encouraging and accepting gifts of all types that contribute to the health and well-being of Northern Nevada and the surrounding areas. The Foundation was instrumental in the construction of the Carson Tahoe Cancer Center and housing for cancer patients through the Merriner Cottages. The Foundation comprises knowledgeable, caring staff and volunteers who direct the use of donations for equipment, facilities and services of Carson Tahoe Health. To learn more, go to www.carsontahoe.org.