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“Lettuce” Make Summer “Grape” for Your Kids!

Urban Roots

As you know, COVID-19 brought new, unexpected challenges to every mom. All the hikes in the world or baths without interruptions don’t seem to help with stress as much as they used to.  My husband and I juggled trying to teach three kids, do housework (seriously, how is there so …

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What I Wish I knew Before My 3-Year-Old Son Drowned

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I have 16 photos of my 3-year-old son on what would be his final day of life. In 14 of them, he is wearing a life jacket or puddle jumper, time-stamped photos of my boy, grinning proudly as we unknowingly marched toward the end. Our precious Levi, drowned in June …

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Why You Should Seek Joy

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Most of us ponder the meaning of life. In all my trips around the sun, I found that this last one gave me the most insight into the simplest way to find the meaning of life. It all started with some conversations I had with my parents and my in-laws. They’re …

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Here’s How Local Teens Can Get Free Prom Attire for a Limited Time

Lexie's Gift Prom Boutique

Think back for a moment about your prom. Whether it was full of fun and frilly dresses — or a nightmare because the dude you were with was expecting to reach third base, and you weren’t ready — it was likely still an event that inspires abundant memories and maybe even a …

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Arte Italia Makes for a Fun Date Destination

Jackie Shelton and her boyfriend Clay at arte italia's "Neorealismo" exhibit

By Jackie Shelton, Guest Contributor This season is so different from falls of the past: My kids are grown, my boyfriend’s kids are grown, and we find ourselves able to spend some time together on a weekend afternoon enjoying the abundant cultural opportunities that Reno has to offer. Which is …

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All Families Can Afford This FREE Exhibit at Arte Italia

Enrico Pasquali "Children, outskirts of Comacchio"

When I wrote the book “100 Things to Do in Reno Before You Die,” I wrote about “Thing” #77, arte italia, almost entirely from the perspective of their culinary arts programs — a few times a year, the downtown destination invites revered visiting chefs to cook for lucky attendees in …

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Testing the Waters at Silver Bear Swim School

Ringing the Bell

I didn’t learn to swim until I was 11 years old. I remember being frustrated when I went to the pool with my friends and I couldn’t hang out with them in the deep end as easily. There was one time, I remember trying to play “lifeguard” with my cousin and …

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I’m Being Auctioned Off on Saturday. Here’s Why.

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Today I was confronted by the “what ifs” of my worst nightmare. I walked through the doors of the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation (NNCCF) thinking about the sober reality underscoring the need for this non-profit: It is one of the first places families come after a cancer diagnosis of a child. …

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