Rice Krispies and Johnny Cash

This was a blog post I wrote for the Algerian Youth Leadership Program. This program consisted of 20 Algerian students and 10 Nevada high school students who came together to make a change in their community:

Learning about different cultures and making new friends has been a common theme throughout the course of this week. Having a chance to sit down and just talk with an Algerian student is such a rewarding experience. Whether you are from the state of Nevada or the country of Algeria, as young adults, we have so many things in common.  Just from my personal experiences, these past three days I have learned so many wonderful things about the country of Algeria and I have realized that our backgrounds do not matter.

Today, the students went to visit their community organizations for a second time. Teams Blue and Orange were assigned to the organization, The Children’s Cabinet. The Children’s Cabinet focuses on helping Nevada’s youth stay safe and keeping families together.  With all differences and backgrounds put aside, both Algerian and Nevada students were able to participate with kids in the Children’s Cabinet program.  

After the Algerians had a chance to enjoy peanut butter Rice Krispy Treats for the very first time.  I was concerned because of how quiet it became, but as I looked around everyone had a smirk of indulgence on their face.  The afternoon continued with a group debate. The Algerian students, eager to participate, were the most vocal. They learned this activity was specifically designed for the Children’s Cabinet kids to let out their concerns and opinions about any situation.

Algerian students learning about the programs within the Children's Cabinet

Algerian students learning about the programs within the Children’s Cabinet

 Once the AYLP students had a chance to voice their opinions, they talked about the importance of a discussion and how everyone is entitled to their own opinions. The take away from this activity was that no matter what our differences are, we all have opinions and they all matter.

The final activity at the Children’s Cabinet was the Algerian students’ favorite. The t-shirt print shop, called Cabinet Ink, allowed all of the students to make their own shirts, creating a memory that will last forever. Each student was prompted to pick out a shirt or sweatshirt, ranging in different colors and styles. Once the machines were ready to go, each student eagerly formed a line to learn the process of how an image or logo is pressed onto a shirt. While waiting for everyone to finish, I had a chance to talk and spend time with a few students.  As the radio was playing softly in the background, the Algerians suddenly recognized the artist, Taylor Swift, and we all started dancing shamelessly.  This struck up a conversation about our favorite singers, and surprisingly there were a lot of common favorites. “I really like Johnny Cash,” one student said. I was shocked that one of America’s classics was also an Algerian favorite.childrens-cab-2

Being a part of this amazing program has allowed me to make a difference in these students’ lives and build new friendships. The most rewarding experience has been learning, and truly witnessing that it does not matter where you are from. We all have similarities. At the very beginning of the program, it was interesting to see the differences between our countries and cultures, where as now, just three days in, it is all about our similarities. 

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Press Release (2)

Below is a press release that I wrote for my client, Nancy Maes. The intention behind this release was to send it to a local business magazine to promote recent classes that Nancy has completed:

Nancy Maes

           Nancy Maes, esthetician at Suite Serenity in Salon 55, recently completed a class on pigmentation and discoloration of the skin at Image Skincare. Through this class, she has learned about a new treatment that will help her clients with uneven and blemished skin tones. “Clients will feel confident about their inner beauty with this new special skin treatment,” said Maes.

Maes has been an esthetician for more than 25 years helping clients feel beautiful about their skin.  She initially trained in the Bay Area and continues to attend classes.

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Suite Serenity is a local salon that provides relaxing and rejuvenating spa treatment.  In addition to skin treatments, Suite Serenity specializes in makeup lessons. As the winner of the “2013 Folsom’s Best Esthetician,” Suite Serenity’s staff is of quality level, only offering the best to its customers. For more information, please visit http://SuiteSerenityMakeupandSkincare.com.   

Press Release (1)

Below is a press release that I wrote for my client, Nancy Maes. The intention behind this release was to send it to a local business magazine to promote recent skin and nutrition classes Nancy completed:

Nancy Maes

Nancy Maes, esthetician and owner of Suite Serenity in Salon 55, recently completed a class on nutrition and skin at The International Dermal Institute. Through this class, she has enhanced her skills in understanding about vitamins and how they affect skin. “By eating a healthy diet and supplementing vitamins, skin will be enhanced and have self healing abilities,”said Maes.

Maes has been an esthetician for more than 25 years helping clients feel beautiful about their skin. She initially trained in the Bay Area and continues to attend classes.

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Suite Serenity is a local salon that provides relaxing and rejuvenating spa treatment.  In addition to skin treatments, Suite Serenity specializes in makeup lessons. As the winner of the “2013 Folsom’s Best Esthetician,” Suite Serenity’s staff is of quality level, only offering the best to its customers. For more information, please visit http://SuiteSerenityMakeupandSkincare.com.   

 

Strategic Email Promotions to Clients of Suite Serenity

Below is a sample email with promotions I wrote for my client this past semester, Nancy Maes, esthetician and owner of Suite Serenity:

                                                          

Happy holidays from Suite Serenity and ’tis the season of giving and receiving!

Below are three packages for the holiday season at Suite Serenity:

Mistletoe Package: The mistletoe package is the perfect gift for someone in need of relaxation and rejuvenation. At a special offer of only $90, this gift package includes an hour facial with a scalp massage and a hand & foot massage with heated mittens and booties. Treat your special someone to a delightful afternoon.

Snow Belle Package: Looking to spice up your makeup for the holidays? Suite Serenity’s makeup lessons are just the gift for you. We are experienced in the latest trends and will create a look that will update your style. The Snow Belle includes a 1-hour private makeup lesson with $15 credit towards any makeup purchase, all for only $65. These step-by-step lessons will help create the ideal look for you just in time for the holiday season.

Give and Receive: This is your chance to give a gift of relaxation and rejuvenation and receive a little something in return. By purchasing a gift certificate valued at $75 or more, you will receive a $10 voucher for yourself that can be applied to any treatment.* Why not give yourself a little treat after the busy holiday season?

 

Be sure to stop by or visit SuiteSerenityMakeupandSkincare.com for more information and other special offers in time for the holidays.

 

 

 

 

*This voucher cannot be combined with other coupons, packages, or discount.

The Nevada Opera Presents: Don Giovanni

Coming soon to the Pioneer Center for Performing Arts, the Nevada Opera is performing Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

Don Giovanni will be at the Pioneer Center May17-19, 2013 Photo Courtesy of the Nevada Opera

Don Giovanni will be at the Pioneer Center May17-19, 2013
Photo Courtesy of the Nevada Opera

The weekend of May 17th-19th, audiences will enjoy one of the greatest operas ever written. Don Giovanni is a mix of comedy, drama, and explores the supernatural.

Fun Fact: Mozart’s Don Giovanni was first performed in 1787.

What is so unique about this production of Don Giovanni is that the Nevada Opera is putting on two different versions.

In the original Mozart’s Don Giovanni, the opera focuses on the character of Don Giovanni, an arrogant and promiscuous nobleman who abuses and upsets the rest of the characters.

The second version of this opera will revolve around the idea of vampires. This opera will appeal more to the younger crowd of kids and teens who enjoy vampire novels and movies. The story line for this version will follow Giovanni’s character and actions as a vampire. The setting for this production will also be smaller and scarier due to its location at the Pioneer Underground in the Pioneer Center for Performing Arts.

It is great that organizations, like the Nevada Opera, are creating productions like these to bring in a different audience. If you are a theater fan and would like to attend an opera, what opera would you want to see? And if the Nevada Opera took another opera and gave it a modern twist, would it make you want to attend the production?

If this is your first opera that you plan on attending, check out my post on Opera tips.

Performance Dates:

Don Giovanni

May 17th, 7:30pm

May 19th, 2:00pm

Giovanni, A Vampire Tale

May 18th, 12:00pm and 3:00pm

For more information about this opera or to buy tickets visit the Nevada Opera’s website.

Tips for Attending an Opera

After discussing and advertising for local operas in the Reno area, I realized that most likely many people in the Reno area have never attended an opera before. Therefore, I want to give some tips for attending an opera. These tips cover the basics of becoming familiar with opera and making sure that you have an enjoyable experience.

Opera House

One of the world’s most famous Opera Houses, The Sydney Opera House. Photo Courtesy of Balthus Van Tassel on Flickr.

 

So, here are 5 tips that will help with attending your first opera:

1. Don’t worry about attending an opera that is in a different language. It is best to put aside the language barrier because mostly all operas in the United States have subtitles that are projected above the stage for all to read. I personally went to an opera with subtitles a few weeks ago and it was not very much different from watching a foreign movie with subtitles.

2. Choose a good opera to attend your first time. It is best to see an opera that is very well known so you understand the plot line before even entering the theater. Don Giovanni is a great opera to start with because not only is it a well known piece, but it is full of suspense and comedy.

3. Buy the music or some of the music from the opera you are about to attend. This will help you become familiar with the music and appreciate it more. And you never know, maybe it will become your favorite opera.

4. Buy your tickets well in advance. This means that if you are going to attend an opera, it is probably best to buy your tickets at least a year in advance. Popular operas sell out fast and it is important that you get the best seats as possible. I always like to sit in the orchestra section or lower mezzanine because you have a great view of the stage.

5. It is important to get a good night’s sleep the night before attending the opera. Remember a good night’s rest will ensure that you will have a better appreciation for the opera. Opera’s are typically 3 hours long and require a lot more listening than your typical Broadway show. This means that it will require your brain to really think, so it is best to not walk in to the performance tired.

Jazz Fest is Finally Here!

For those of you who enjoy a good concert the Reno Jazz Festival is coming to the University of Nevada, Reno this weekend, April 25-27!

 Darling Harbour Jazz Festival 06 Jun 09
Photo courtesy of Crouchy69 on Flickr

This is the Jazz Festival’s 51st year and features performances by more than 300 schools nation wide as well as guest artists and workshops.

Ironically, my old high school is performing this year. Actually,  Folsom High School has been performed at the Reno Jazz Festival for quite a few years now and every year they always come out as winners.

When I was in the 8th grade I was a part of my middle school’s Wind Ensemble and every one who was in the band dreamed of becoming a member of Folsom’s High’s Jazz Band. You see, my old high school’s jazz band is nationally ranked and there performance is always top notch. Last year at the Jazz Festival they won first place in all the categories except for one.

I have been the UNR for 3 years now, and still have not had a chance to go and see Folsom High perform. This year I would love to attend and show my school support. However, attending the Reno Jazz Fest for me is to not only about being a proud FHS alumni, but to experience all of the great, and talented musicians that will be performing.

I encourage everyone to try and attend this fantastic event. It is a chance to experience and enjoy the sounds of jazz music. For more information about the Reno Jazz Festival visit the Reno Jazz Festival webpage or for tickets visit the Lawlor Events Center website.