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Fundraiser to help bring yoga to at-risk youth in Las Vegas

Cheryl Slader, the owner of Blue Sky Yoga, sings kirtan at the Vegas Gone Yoga! Festival
DK Howe

This weekend, November 15 and 16, yoga teacher and owner of Blue Sky Yoga Cheryl Slader and Lululemon will present an evening of performance called The Connect Effect at the West Las Vegas Library to raise funds for Cheryl’s non-profit Seeds of Peace that brings yoga to at-risk-youth in Las Vegas.

The evening will include a variety show with dance, gymnastics, aerialists and a short video to show what Slader and her non-profit are doing.

In an conversation with Cheryl, she explained, “I was inspired by the day after Christmas when the Metro Police Department asked me to go into one of the schools in Las Vegas; they weren’t sending the kids home because there was too much violence in the homes. That inspired me to do this and to get to more of these schools, especially the at-risk schools and especially the schools that aren’t going home for breaks, to try to spread more peace to these kids and then they can spread it to their families and to their communities.

“I’ve been doing this as a volunteer for the last ten years in Las Vegas, but I realize that there are so many schools and kids in need that I want to get a team of teachers out there. So what we’re trying to do is raise funds so we can at least pay the teachers gas money to get to the schools and then also we’re going to try to buy some mats for each school so we don’t have to lug them back and forth, so we can start a regular weekly program for any school that will have us or any youth program.”

The Connect Effect will take place 7 - 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 15 and 2 - 3:30 on Nov. 16 at the West Las Vegas Library Theater, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd. Both performances are free and open to the public. A silent auction will take place in the theater lobby.

If you can’t attend but would like to donate to Seeds of Peace, go to Cheryl’s Blue Sky Yoga website and click the Seeds of Peace icon on the home page.

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