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Take it to 4th StreetOn Saturday April 23, 2016 Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada will be participating in the inaugural Take It To 4th Street community block party. Businesses along 4th Street between Lake and Elko will all take part with various activities that will allow the public to learn more about their organization. There will be 40+ attractions, including interactive art, live music, performers and much more!

At Catholic Charities, they will offer a vintage sidewalk sale outside St. Vincent’s Thrift Shop, tours of our campus, a farmers market, and a live mural painting outside the St. Vincent’s Food Pantry.

Reno muralist Erik Burke will be painting images of three local veterans on the pantry wall facing 4th Street.The mural will only be visible during certain times throughout the day, depending on the angle of the sun.

The event is free and open to the public and will take place from 11 a.m. to 6p.m. Don’t forget to gas up before you go – the closest Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center location is on Lakeside & Moana.

Donate Goods to St. Vincent’s and Fight Poverty from CatholicCharities NorthernNevada on Vimeo.

During the summer months there are more vehicles traveling on the road, which includes motorcycles and bicyclists. Due to the heavier traffic during these months, safety becomes an issue, which is why every precaution should be taken when practicing safe driving.

Motorcyclists are at a huge risk while on the road, as their vehicles offer less stability, less protection, and they are less visible on the road. With more people in the United States riding motorcycles today than ever before, motorcyclist safety is an important public health concern.

Nearly two-thirds of all motorcycle accidents are caused by a driver violating a motorcycle rider’s right-of-way, here are some tips for safe maneuvering:

  • Stay back. When riding behind a motorcycle,  increase your following distance. Leave an extra buffer zone for safety.
  • Let them swerve. This is necessary for bikers to miss potholes and other road debris which may not seem important in a car, but can mean life or death for a biker.
  • Double-check when turning. Please, look twice and save a life! If you are looking out for small vehicles, you are sure to see everything else.
  • Share the road. Bikers can only do so much to protect themselves, so make a mental note to keep a look out for them.
  • Practice defensive driving techniques when motorcycles are on the road.

Let’s keep our rider’s safe. They are our friends, neighbors, family members, and co-workers. Follow these motorcycle safety tips, share the road, and please, drive safely!

When you ride your motorcycle, follow these tips to stay safe:

  • Always wear a DOT-approved helmet.
  • Watch your speed. Motorcycles accelerate the fastest of all vehicles, so exercise caution when passing other vehicles.
  • Wear protective clothing. Leather clothing, boots with nonskid soles and gloves can protect your body from severe injuries. Upper body clothing should also have bright colors or reflective materials, so other motorists can see you more easily.
  • Avoid tailgating and watch for driver’s blind spots.
  • Maintain a safe speed and exercise caution when traveling over slippery surfaces or gravel.
  • Always ride with your headlights on.

Here are some tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and AAA as a friendly reminder:

  • Remember that motorcycles are vehicles with the same rights and privileges as any other vehicle on the roadway. Allow the motorcyclist a full lane width. Don’t try to share the lane.
  • Keep in mind that motorcycles are more difficult to see. Make the extra effort to look twice. Remember, it’s more difficult to judge the speed and distance of an approaching motorcycle.
  • Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic. This allows the motorcyclist to anticipate traffic flow and find a safe lane position.
  • Remember that motorcyclists are often hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot or missed in a quick look because of their smaller size. Always make a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections.
  • Don’t be fooled by a flashing turn signal on a motorcycle. Motorcycle signals usually aren’t self-canceling and riders sometimes forget to turn them off. Wait to be sure the motorcycle is going to turn before you proceed.
  • Don’t forget that road conditions that are minor annoyances to you pose major hazards to motorcyclists. As a result, motorcyclists may change speed or adjust their position within a lane suddenly in reaction to road and traffic conditions, such as potholes, gravel, wet or slippery surfaces, pavement seams, railroad crossings and grooved pavement.
  • Allow more following distance – three or four seconds – behind a motorcycle so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency. In dry conditions, motorcycles can stop more quickly than cars.
  • Be extra cautious on weekends, when more motorcyclists take to the road.
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Non-Profit Organizations we have
supported in the past, with the
Gas for Goodness Program.

There are so many worthwhile local causes that we would love to support, but we cannot seem to keep up with all of them. That is where you come in, we need your help!

We would like to find a different charity each month that supports our community in a beneficial and rewarding way. If you are part of a charity or would like to nominate a charity for us to consider for our Gas for Goodness program, please submit your suggestion at our Main Office through our online form.

Each charity chosen will be highlighted in our monthly e-mail newsletter, Facebook, and blog article to further publicize the program, cause, event, or charity. Our goal is to work with you to get the word out about your cause and give back to our community at the same time.

Please refer your favorite causes, programs, charities, organizations so that we may extend our financial support. Together we can help build a better world.

Send more than one recommendation as we will need more for the future as well. Thank you for your time and continued support.

For more information,visit:
Thanks for supporting our community!

Do you know a local charity you’d like us to consider supporting?
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This Sunday we would like to encourage you to attend the Sparks Strong Concert, Bike, and Car Show Fundraiser to help support the victims of the Sparks Middle School shooting that happened October 21, 2013.

Sparks Strong Fundraiser for Sparks Middle School ShootingThe purpose of this fundraiser is to help the families affected, who may not be in a position to pay for their hospital bills. As a community we should come together to help these families that have been impacted by this horrific event.

Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center will be donating some vehicle services and gas cards to benefit the fundraiser. Also, donation bins will be available for SPARKS STRONG at our 5 locations around the Reno/Sparks area to benefit the families affected.

SPARKS STRONG has also been named our “Charity of the Month,” which means that we will donate a portion of sales from the pump at our Sierra Car Care locations, and a portion of new tire sales from MST Tire Center (formerly Mill Street Tire), to benefit SPARKS STRONG.

The event details are as follows. Anything helps!

Benefiting: Sparks Middle School Victims

Location: Summit Racing, 960 E. Glendale, Sparks, NV 89431

When: Sunday, November 3, 2013

What: Music / Rock Show FREE for the kids
Car / Bike Show $10 buy-in or donation of raffle item
Entertainment for kids: Bounce Houses, Face Painting, Art, Games and More!

Food $5 suggested donation per plate. Kids eat FREE.

100% of the proceeds go to the victims and their families. An account has been setup at Wells Fargo for the money donations. Go to any Wells Fargo and ask to donate to SPARKS STRONG.

Volunteers are still needed. If you are interested please contact:
Jerry Baker at 775-233-9819
Rob at 775-287-8675
Keia at 775-324-5433

Here is a link to the SPARKS STRONG benefit on Facebook

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