Although today Black Rock Solar empowers nonprofits, schools, and underserved populations by providing low-cost energy, its beginnings were less defined. In the sweltering Black Rock Desert of northern Nevada a volunteer group installed a solar array for the 2007 Burning Man event—themed that year as the Green Man. Their giant array provided more than 50,000 people with energy while they partied, but afterward, when the ash of the burning figure settled, the solar panels remained. The group donated the array to the school system of Gerlach, the tiny desert town nearby, and the seeds of Black Rock Solar were sown.
From those beginnings, Black Rock went on to build solar arrays at reduced prices for partners such as Pershing General Hospital, Pyramid Lake High School, the Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe, and other organizations that could benefit from low-cost energy but lacked the means to procure it. The arrays help reduce the organizations' utility bills so they can devote more resources to their central causes. Also by spreading solar power, Black Rock actively involves these organizations and the public at large in environmental stewardship, spreading clean energy and education.
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Trevino Golf Institute's class A PGA trainers perfect clients' golf game with diagnostic golfing technology, club fittings, and individual lessons. Tutorials give students experience on the course, while trips to the indoor academy hone skills on the putting green and hitting stalls without the risk of losing balls to a low hanging moon. The linkside lyceum soars into the digital age with FlightScope which tracks shot statistics to chip away at draws and fades. For individualized swing analysis, the K-Vest captures the body movements to find the most efficient practices, such as not empathetically closing your eyes just before hitting the ball.
Iconic comedy duo Cheech and Chong engulf audiences in non-carcinogenic giggles on their first tour in over 25 years. After nine hit albums, eight hit movies, and the suspicion of countless K-9 units, Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong return to mix new bits with classic routines such as “Where’s Dave” and “Let’s Make a Dope Deal.” The Grande Exposition Hall's cutting-edge audiovisual equipment ensures that the loopy, hazy atmosphere the pair generates is transmitted with crystal-clear fidelity to the 1,600-seat space.
Beck's Brew House saturates empty glasses and sates parched palates with a comprehensive selection of crafted beers, quality wines, and a full-service bar. Take off on a flight of hop-fueled fancy featuring five 10-ounce brews from Beck's premium-draft assembly. A lineup of the brew house's unusual suspects helps patrons decide which beer has the best body, which has the most flavor, and which stole their shoes on the subway. Seasonal drafts are presented from breweries such as Rogue Ales, Lost Coast Brewery, and Lagunitas Brewing, driving back beer boredom with a suds-soaked barley torch.
Buckbean Brewing Company pours out a flavorful cascade of canned craft beers to the Reno area, their eclectic sampler showcasing a four-pack of each of their three year-round brews and one seasonal beer. The Original Orange Blossom Ale blooms with a unique blend of real orange flowers and light caramel, and the robust Tule Duck Red Ale tickles taste buds with its caramel malt and oat-touched tail feathers. The Black Noddy Lager was ranked second in Bon Appétit's list of Top 10 Artisanal Canned Beers, its mild, roasted flavor and hints of coffee helping drinkers stay awake through seventh-inning stretches and physically taxing marathons of Hungry Hungry Hippos.
My Gym has created an extraordinary program and facility devised to help children 6 weeks to 9 years of age develop physically, cognitively and emotionally. Imaginations soar and children triumph at My Gym Children's Fitness Center.