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Emilio Parga Citizen of the Year
Emilio Parga, founder of The Solace Tree, has been honored with RGJ's Reno Citizen of the Year 2007. Heather and I have worked closely with Emilio on projects such as videography and photography and have long realized the amazing work he's put into his organization. The Solace Tree aims to provide grief sharing and counseling for kids and teens throughout the Reno / Tahoe area through meetings, arts, games, and outings like Camp Solace.

Congrats to Emilio on his award. Check out The Solace Tree website if you are interested in learning more about how you can be a part of organization.

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A great discussion has erupted on the Fuze Blog related to Reno's new official district, SoDo.  This district is located between South Virginia and Holcomb Ave north to Stewart Street.  The area spawns many of Reno's most unique shops and restaurants like Maytan Music, LouLou's, M Home, Sup, and many more.

Although I think the idea of naming an official district is a start, I think it might be more beneficial to actually start to spice up that part of town.  I'd like to see more trees, bike lanes, etc.

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reactable-music-instrumentI recently stumbled across new "music instrument" called the Reactable. According to the instrument's web site, the reactable is a "collaborative electronic music instrument with a tabletop tangible multi-touch interface."  The surface looks like a glowing table in which objects are moved by multiple musicians.  As objects are moved on the surface, different synth sounds are created.

The Reactable is poised to make music more collaborative using several performers.  In addition, it's aimed at being very intuitive and easy to use and master.  It's well suited for novices and advanced musicians alike.  Icelandic singer Bjork utilizes this tool of music on her tours. 

Though I'm still a big fan of an eight foot grand Steinway, the Reactable could soon be my next great joy.  That is if someone would love to buy one for me.

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Talking Jesus Action FigureTalking Jesus Dolls, my top holiday gift this season, has apparently completely sold out at Wal-Mart.  If you're still in the market for the Holy One, Target has a "limited-supply" available.

In an article I read, Target's Joshua Livingston noted, "We feel blessed that the toys are now in the hands of thousands of children, teaching them the word of God. We knew that the toys would make great Christmas gifts, but to see them sell so well before the Christmas buying season begins proves that parents want alternatives in the toy aisle."

Curious how many of these dolls will end up at White Elephant Parties around the world.

Talking Jesus Nearly Vanishes