HEALTHY COMMUNITIES COALITION NEWS RELEASE – The nonprofit Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey will hold its monthly public meeting on Thursday September 12, at 9:00 a.m., at St. Mary’s Art and Retreat Center at 55 North “R” Street in Virginia City, located next to the high school football field.
This month’s meeting will include two special treats: a tour of St. Mary’s Art Center by director Rita Wheeler, and a poetry reading by Shaun Griffin from his latest book on the poet Hayden Carruth. In addition, Gary Aldax from HAWC Community Health Centers will give an update on the Virginia City health clinic, and Shaun Griffin, director of Community Chest, Inc., will give updates on the Virginia City library and the Classroom on Wheels (COW Bus). The meeting will also include updates and discussion on a new school-based health hub; on Nevada’s new Cottage Food Industries law; on job skills programs and sheltered employment in the region; and on the Coalition’s healthy food hub strategies.
The Coalition’s monthly public meetings include discussion and collaborative, multi-sector strategic planning on issues of regional importance that impact residents’ quality of life. Meetings typically include updates from Coalition volunteers and local, state, federal and tribal group partners. Meetings also include staff updates on Stand Tall youth leaders’ work, and on access to health care services, good nutrition, and to arts, job training and education.
Coalition meetings also include updates on the region’s developing healthy food hub which includes many school and community gardens and farmers markets, Silver Stage Food Co-Op, Community Roots garden center, volunteer-powered food pantries, agriculture-related student and adult micro-businesses and teen garden internships.
For more information about the Coalition meetings, please contact Quest Lakes at 775-287-7598.