The First Tee, an international youth non-profit organization, helps to promote life-enhancing values and healthful choices among youth by introducing them to the game of golf and its inherent values. Since 1997, The First Tee has delivered its golf and life-skills curriculum to more than six million young people at more than 700 locations, including golf courses, elementary schools, and military installations, in 200 different communities across the United States
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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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.
Color Me Rad stages 5K races that transform runners into mobile rainbows by launching cheerful barrages of colored cornstarch. Each color station along the racetrack flings a new, nontoxic pigment at passersby, who wear white shirts to enhance the chromatic onslaught's costuming effects. Brilliant neon-blue, green, purple, and yellow clouds dapple participants along the way, and the race concludes with a prismatic finish-line finale as sprinters chuck colors at each other in celebration. The race's noncompetitive credo shifts the emphasis from speed to silliness, and a portion of its proceeds go to local charities.
Upon registration, each runner collects a Color Me Rad T-shirt, sunglasses, sponsor gifts, and a race bib. Though they don't receive a gift packet, runners younger than 8 years old can sprint for free, provided they have a waiver signed by a guardian and won't give in to demands for gold from confused leprechauns.
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.
The certified trainers and staff at Saint Mary's Center for Health & Fitness believe that when clients have access to a wide variety of activities and amenities, they’ll be likelier to stick with their fitness goals. At this spacious center, members work up a sweat in the gym, which features free weights and a fleet of cardio and strength-training machines, but there’s far more here than at most public jungle gyms. Jog around the three-lane indoor track, or take a Pilates class in the private Reformer Pilates studio. There’s a separate spin studio, a giant group-fitness studio, and a large indoor pool, where members swim laps and gain lean muscle in Aqua Blast classes. Kids can come along, too, since there’s a complimentary, supervised children’s playroom, and when workouts are finished, clients can head over to the Internet lounge and café, where they can purchase snacks and beverages to refuel.