A.V.A. Ballet Theatre Presents the Rock Ballet Vortex

The Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater at Bartley Ranch will come alive with
ballet grace and passionate rock, dance, Broadway and alternative music as A.V.A. Ballet
Theatre presents the rock ballet Vortex July 20th and 21st as part of the Artown celebration.

Artistic director Alexander Van Alstyne has choreographed an exciting contemporary ballet
that will be like no other you have ever seen. Imagine ballerinas performing grande jetés to
music by popular rock artists. The stage will feature scaffolding and exciting props and sets
that will create a visual spectacle that can not be missed.

Featuring a cast of extremely talented performers from Reno and starring guest artists from
Ballet West, the rock ballet Vortex will feature demanding and passionate movement inspired
by the dynamic of the music.

The performances of Vortex are at 8:30pm July 20th and 21st at the beautiful Bartley Ranch
Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater. Ticket prices are $15 and $20 for adults. Students with
I.D. only $10. This is a PG 13 show. Special VIP tickets that include wine/beer and hors
d’oevres are available for $40. The gates open at 7:30pm for picnicking and the VIP party.
Tickets can be purchased online at avaballet.com, by calling 775-762-5165 or at the Bartley
Ranch box office the nights of the shows.

A.V.A. Ballet Theatre is the resident ballet company for the Pioneer Center for the
Performing Arts. They are northern Nevada’s largest company under the instruction of a
professional faculty with years of performing experience in renowned metropolitan ballet and
production companies across the United States and Europe.

Vortex during the month of July is part of the 17th annual Artown festival, July 2012. The
month-long summer arts festival features more than 400 events produced by more than 100
cultural organizations and businesses in locations citywide. Artown receives major funding
from the City of Reno, and is sponsored by Grand Sierra Resort, U.S. Bank, NV Energy,
JLH Inc., Waste Management, Basin Street Properties, Reno Gazette-Journal, KOLO 8 News
Now, KTHX-FM and KNPB with additional support from the Nevada Arts Council and the
National Endowment for the Arts.

Nevada Humanities Presents “Nevada Humanities Chautauqua 2012: Saints and Sinners”

Nevada Humanities celebrates the 21st anniversary of the Nevada Humanities Chautauqua festival, June 25-28, at the Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater at Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, Reno. Explore the lives of legendary characters such as Robert E. Lee, Benedict Arnold, Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, Eleanor Roosevelt, Malcolm X, and George Wallace. Also share in the final performances of our talented Young Chautauquans. Evening events begin with a musical performance followed by two theatrical Chautauqua presentations. Gates open at 5:00 pm, music starts at 6:00 pm, and Chautauqua presentations begin at 7:00 pm.

Plenty of comfortable seats are available as well as a lawn area for those who prefer to bring their own blanket or low-rise chair. Seat tickets are $25 per night/$60 per three-day pass; lawn tickets are $10 per night. Children 12 and under are free. Online ticket sales begin April 1 atnevadahumanities.org. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the gate the evening of the performance. Feel free to bring a picnic, or enjoy the excellent food provided by Men Wielding Fire, which will be available for purchase each evening at the entrance to the amphitheater. Parking is plentiful and free. For more information contact Nevada Humanities at 775-784-6587 or visit nevadahumanities.org.

Founded by Nevada Humanities in Reno in 1992, Nevada Humanities Chautauqua is one of the longest running Chautauqua festivals in the country. The multi-day celebration features workshops, roundtable discussions, and other daytime events hosted by community partners throughout Northern Nevada, as well as the evening theatrical performances. More information about daytime programs will be available closer to the event. Please visitnevadahumanities.org for details and program updates.

Chautauqua is a living history program in which scholar/performers, in costume and in character, bring historical figures to life. Educational and entertaining, Chautauqua programs provide dramatic insights into the people and events that have shaped our nation, and also provide a historical lens for looking at contemporary issues.

Nevada Humanities Chautauqua Event Details
Date: Monday, June 25 – Thursday, June 28, 2012. Doors open at 5:00 pm, music begins at 6:00 pm, and Chautauqua performances begin at 7:00 pm
Where: The Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater, Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, Reno
Tickets: Available at nevadahumanities.org beginning April 1 and at the gate the evening of the performance. Seat tickets are $25 per night/$60 per three-day pass; lawn tickets are $10 per night. Children 12 and under are free. Admission to the Young Chautauqua evening program on Monday, June 25, is free.

Mathew Neben named UNR’s 2012 Herz Gold Medalist

Mathew Neben graduates from the University of Nevada, Reno this spring with the highest grade-point average. The Carson High School alumnus is awarded the 2012 Herz Gold Medal for outstanding scholarship. Photo by Theresa Danna-Douglas, University of Nevada, Reno.


The University of Nevada, Reno named Mathew Neben the recipient of the 2012 Herz Gold Medal for outstanding scholarship, presented at each commencement ceremony to the graduating senior with the highest grade-point average.

Neben graduated today with a bachelor’s degree, majoring in economics and finance and minoring in journalism. He originally started his academic career at the University as an “apathetic, undecided freshman” but eventually was inspired to succeed because of the enthusiasm and encouragement of fellow students and University faculty.
“Did I have the personal capability to get involved and excel as a leader before I enrolled at the University?” Neben said. “Yes. Would I have ever attempted to apply myself without the support of my faculty and friends? No.”
As a student, Neben became a member of a social fraternity, was elected to the Associated Students of the University of Nevada senate and participated in many additional co-curricular activities.
The Herz Gold Medal is the University of Nevada, Reno’s oldest and most prestigious award, and was established in 1910 when the University was only 36 years old by brothers Richard, Carl and Otto Herz. This is the 20th consecutive year that the recipient of the award has graduated with a 4.0 GPA.
Funding for the award is now being provided by the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation and the Thelma B. and Thomas P. Hart Foundation, a Reno-based charity. The foundations wish to continue honoring the Herz family and will keep the name of the award.

Nevada’s land-grant university founded in 1874, the University of Nevada, Reno has an enrollment of more than 17,000 students. The University is home to the state’s medical school and one of the country’s largest study-abroad programs, and offers outreach and education programs in all Nevada counties. For more information, visit www.unr.edu. The University of Nevada, Reno is part of the Nevada System of Higher Education.

Poetry Slam champ comes to The Holland Project May 22



Buddy Wakefield, the two-time Individual World Poetry Slam Champion featured on NPR, the BBC and HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, is performing Tuesday at The Holland Project.

The event begins at 7 p.m. and is all ages. The door price is $7.

Wakefield recently signed to Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records. In 2004 he won the Individual World Poetry Slam Finals thanks to the support of anthropologist and producer Norman Lear. He later successfully defended that title at the International Poetry Festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands against the national champions of seven European countries with works translated into Dutch.

Also performing will be Reno’s Spoken Views and Two Shits poets.

WHAT: Buddy Wakefield and local poets at The Holland Project
WHO: The event is open to the public
WHEN: Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at 7 p.m.
WHERE: The Holland Project, 140 Vesta Street, between Wells and Virginia, diagonal from Rapscallions.
COST: $7.00
CONTACT: The Holland Project, hollandreno.org, 775-742-1858.

Modeled after successful projects nationwide, including Holland’s sister organization The Vera Project in Seattle, Holland was started by a group of dedicated teens, musicians, artists, teachers, activists, business owners and community leaders in 2006. With immense community and City of Reno support, Holland officially opened its doors in the spring of 2007 and has put on more than 600 events including music shows in nearly every genre, gallery exhibits, dance performances, workshops, special events, fashion shows, film nights and more. The Holland Project serves more than 10,000 youth each year.

School of Medicine to hold free respite informational seminar

UNR School of Medicine


The Nevada Geriatric Education Center, in partnership with the University of Nevada School of Medicine and with support from the Aging and Disabilities Services Division, will hold an interactive video seminar entitled “Information and Referral for Respite” on Thursday, June 7, from 8:45 to 11:15 a.m. in the following communities: Battle Mountain, Elko, Ely, Eureka, Fallon, Gardnerville, Las Vegas, Lovelock, Reno and Winnemucca. Specific information about these locations is available upon registration for the event.

Family and professional caregivers are encouraged to attend this free training presented by Cheryl M. Dinnell, the Nevada Lifespan Respite Care program coordinator. Her objectives include explaining how to begin the respite conversation and how to recognize signs of burnout, explaining the impact of giving care on the caregiver’s health, discussing strategies to help caregivers get respite and reviewing respite resources that are available for caregivers.

Pre-registration is required by June 4. Contact Diann Jones at (775)682-8470 to register or visit www.medicine.nevada.edu/ngec to learn more. Continuing Education Units are available.

The University of Nevada School of Medicine, a research-intensive, community-based, statewide medical school, has served Nevada for more than 40 years as its only public medical school. Our mission is improving the health of Nevada’s diverse population through world-class biomedical research, an innovative curriculum integrating basic and clinical sciences, and highly competitive residency and fellowship programs that complement a statewide network of urban and rural clinical facilities. Through targeted growth and investment in research, clinical services and education, we are a resource for improving health care regionally and across the country.

County manager encourages community to bike to work on Friday


Pedaling her way to work this week, county manager Katy Simon is hoping to encourage others to do the same this Friday for a fantastic closing day of Bike to Work Week 2012. Simon, along with members of the Washoe County Green Team, took advantage of the beautiful Northern Nevada weather this week to commute to work.

Simon says, “I had a great ride into work this morning, and even found a new path to get to the County Administrative Building from my house. I would love to see as many county employees and citizens take the Commuter Challenge and bike to work this Friday, not only to reduce pollution and car use, but to get some exercise and feel good.”

Bill Whitney, acting director of community development and the head of the Washoe County Green Team, says, “It was fun riding to work this morning with Katy. The weather couldn’t have been better and what a great way to start the day. Bike to Work Week reminds me how impressed I am with my fellow employees who commute to work year round; they are “for real.”

Go to www.BikeNevada.org, where you can register individually to find a list of coffee shops offering free coffee to riders and enter a raffle to win $500 to spend at a participating bike shop or a $50 voucher for bike commuter merchandise. County employees who work at the administrative complex (9th and Wells) are encouraged to use the outside bike boxes to secure their bike or use the underground garage bike rack. BYOL (bring your own lock).

Ron Paul to be honored with Barry Goldwater Award at 2012 Conservative Leadership Conference


LAS VEGAS – The 2012 Conservative Leadership Conference announced today that Texas Congressman Ron Paul has been selected as this year’s recipient of the event’s Barry Goldwater Award, named after the late Conscience of a Conservative United States senator from Arizona who was the GOP’s presidential nominee in 1964.

“While Sen. Goldwater ‘lost’ in 1964,” said Chuck Muth, president of Citizen Outreach and co-host of the annual event, “his candidacy launched the modern-day conservative movement which eventually helped elect Ronald Reagan president and returned Republicans to majority status in Congress after 40 years wandering in the political wilderness.”

Although, barring a miracle, this year’s GOP presidential nominee is not going to be Paul, his candidacy has nevertheless similarly inspired a new grassroots “liberty” movement which has the same long-term potential to remake the Republican Party over the coming decades that Goldwater’s did in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s.

As Brian Doherty, Reason magazine’s senior editor, wrote this week, Ron Paul “is leaving in his wake a set of institutions, and a set of hundreds of thousands of energized intelligent youngsters who are unquestionably going to shape American politics moving down the line.”

“His fans understand that Ron Paul is not just out to win an election,” Doherty continued. “Even if the [party bosses] shut the door in his face at the Republican convention as they did in 2008…the ideas he injected into the party are not going away anytime soon.”

Goldwater was also widely considered the most consistent, principled and dependable constitutional vote in Congress during his career, often serving as a “political weather vane” for other members who were unsure of their positions on some very important and controversial issues.

 “Ron Paul has served a similar role in Congress over his many years in the House of Representatives,” Muth added, noting that Paul is retiring this year.

Lama Marut Signs and Presents A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide the Good Life

What: Lama Marut signs and presents A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life (Atria Books/Beyond Words).

Where: Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Avenue, Reno, NV 89509

When: Tuesday, May 29, 3 – 4 p.m.

About the Book
Delivered with fearless candor and disarming humor, Lama Marut introduces a simple set of exercises that offers a revolutionary yet wholly practical approach to creating and sustaining happiness in a complex modern age.

Integrating the ancient teachings of Tibetan Buddhism into the everyday grind, A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life presents a fresh take on our quest for a joyful existence. Each chapter includes an action plan designed to elicit true happiness and forge a clear path toward fulfillment.

About the Author:

Venerable Sumati Marut, (a.k.a. Brian K. Smith) is the son and grandson of Baptist ministers, a motorcycle enthusiast, a former surfer, a Ph.D. of Comparative Religions and a fully ordained Buddhist monk. Lama Marut has been teaching religion for 25 years. As a Sanskrit scholar and Professor of Comparative Religions, he taught at Columbia University and the University of California, Riverside, where he is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies. For the past decade, he has been a popular teacher of Buddhist and yoga philosophy, spirituality and meditation.

Nurses of Achievement honors 11 nurses at Renown

Here are some of the honorees from Renown Health at the Nurses of Achievement event. Back row, left to right: Barbara Coruna, RN; Rosa Cortez, RN; Emily McClure, MSN, RN; Kristin Cleveland-Ceballos, RN. Front row, left to right: Bethany Wilson, RN; Shannon White RN; Becky Haase, MSN, RN; Ronnie Varney, RN; and Elizabeth Krayk, RN.


Eleven nurses from a wide range of disciplines at Renown Health were honored May 11 as 2012 Nurses of Achievement. The awards, given to nurses in northern Nevada, took place at the end of Nurses Week. Nine of the Renown Health winners took home honors from 13 award categories, while facility winners were named from Renown Regional Medical Center and Renown South Meadows Medical Center/Post Acute Services.

These Renown Health nurses were awarded in the following categories:
• Kristen Cleveland-Ceballos, RN, Critical Care
• Barbara Coruna, RN, Long Term/Rehabilitation
• Elizabeth Krayk, RN, Medical-Surgical
• Emily McClure, MSN, RN, Nursing Education
• Becky Haase, MSN, RN, Nursing Innovation
• Rosa Cortez, RN, Office/Outpatient
• Ronnie Varney, RN, Patient Advocacy (tie)
• Shannon White, RN, Patient Advocacy (tie)
• Bethany Wilson, RN, Rookie of the Year
• Stephanie Shuman, RN, Facility Winner, Renown Regional Medical Center
• Ashley McCoy, RN, Facility Winner, Renown South Meadows Medical Center

Recognizing the need to shine a spotlight on a profession founded more than 150 years ago by nurse Florence Nightingale, the Northern Nevada Nurses of Achievement Committee was formed in 1999. The goal of this committee of dedicated nurses was to honor colleagues, increase awareness of nursing as a profession and to promote the advancement of nursing education through scholarships.

Reno author to present ‘Egyptian Intrigue’ book launch


Join noted mystery series author Maggy Anthony for “Egyptian Intrigue: Thea Stangos Meets King Tut,” a free lecture, book launch and discussion, Sunday, May 20 from 2-3 p.m. at the Wilbur D. May Museum, 1595 N. Sierra St. at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno.

The event is free and held in conjunction with the May Museum exhibition “King Tut: Wonderful Things,” which features 130 handcrafted replicas of artifacts found at the opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922. Artisans from the Pharaonic Village in Giza spent more than 10 years recreating some of the most notable pieces of the famous excavation. Lecture participants will receive coupons for admission discounts to the exhibition, which has been extended through May 28.

Anthony, whose new book The Cup of the Ptolemies: A Thea Stangos Akashic Thriller recently launched on Amazon, will read excerpts from the work, which is set in ancient Egypt and modern Alexandria and New York, with historic references to mythology, archaeology and metaphysics. She will also talk about the notorious Curse of Tutankhamun, as well as her own experiences with Egyptian antiquities at the Louvre in Paris and the British Museum in London. A question and answer session will follow.

“In my college days I was a member of Britain’s Egypt Exploration Society and studied the Egyptian collection at the Louvre one summer,” says Anthony. “The Cup of the Ptolemies is the first in a new Thea Stangos mystery series, inspired in part by the intrigue of the ancient pharaohs who have captured the world’s imagination for centuries.”

Maggy Anthony is a retired family therapist who wrote her first book, Jung’s Circle of Women: The Valkyries, about the women she encountered during her studies at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich. She is also a novelist, poet and playwright and has taught extensively on mythology, dreams and issues of creative exploration, including at Esalen Institute and the University of California, San Francisco.

For more about the exhibition “King Tut: Wonderful Things from the Pharaoh’s Tomb” which runs through May 28 at the Wilbur D. May Museum, visit http://www.washoecounty.us/parks/museum/current.html or call (775) 785-5961.

For more about the free lecture May 20, call Maggy Anthony at (775) 830-8212 or email grammadragon@yahoo.com. For information on The Cup of the Ptolemies: A Thea Stangos Akashic Thriller, which is available on Amazon as a Kindle eBook, and other books by Maggy Anthony, visit http://www.maanthony.com or http://www.amazon.com.