Domestic Violence 101

Wild Iris will be hosting a “Domestic Violence 101” Seminar in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month coming up in October. The seminar is designed to be an introduction to the dynamics of domestic violence, and will cover a number of topics including the Cycle of Violence, Common Myths about  Domestic Violence, the Effect of Domestic Violence on Children, Red Flags of an Abusive Relationship, a discussion on the common question, “Why Doesn’t She Just Leave?,” a review of national and local statistics and much more.

Classes are free of charge, and will be held on Tuesday October 7, in Mammoth Lakes from 3-5pm, and Thursday October 9 in Bishop, from 2:30 pm-4:30pm. Light refreshments will be served.

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Hashtag Empowerment

The release of video footage from February of NFL star Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancée unconscious has thrown the media for a loop. Social media, in particular, has exploded with opinions about domestic violence, the Rice's particular situation, and the NFL's response to the whole ordeal ("Oh, you mean that kind of knocking your fiancée unconscious!") Since the …

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Eat Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf for a Good Cause?

We don't know about you, but we think this dinner fundraiser to benefit Wild Iris, St. Timothy's Anglican Church, and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates of the Eastern Sierra) sounds pretty great! Buy your tickets today!

• Date:              October 25, 2014

• Time:              5pm to 8pm

• Location:       Tri County Fairgrounds, Home Economics Building

• Caterer:         Pickled Pellet Heads-Award winning "Smokers"

• Tickets:          $25 each- You can purchase HERE or by calling the office.

• Menu:   Smoked meatloaf wrapped in bacon or by calling the office.
                Smoked chicken
                Smoked beef brisket
                Smoked new potatoes
                Smoked seasonal vegetables

Where We've Been

Wild Iris staff worked with high-risk, low-income children this summer in collaboration with the Inyo County Behavioral Health's Children's Program. We loved spending time with the kids hiking, swimming, camping, and learning about everything from friendship to coping skills.

At the Tri County Fair Executive Director Lisa Reel and CASA case manager Ginnie Bird spread the word about Court Appointed Special Advocates and the amazing work they are doing to speak up for children here in Inyo and Mono Counties

Ann Marie Brysiak from Mono County Behavioral Health and Wild Iris's own Julie Aseltine collaborated on the Walker Community Free Garage Sale that took place Sept. 5. You might be wondering how a “free garage sale” works. Wild Iris and the Walker Wellness Center wanted to put on an event that benefited the local community.  The idea was to bring what you don’t want, and take what you need. One community member joked, “How am I supposed to haggle?!”

The event was a huge success, many families and locals made it out. Wild Iris and the Walker Wellness Center are tentatively planning another “free garage sale” in Spring.

Wish List Updates

• Non-perishable foods

• Diapers

• Bassinet

• Check out the rest of the items on the list.


September Self-Care Reminder

Mistakes happen to everyone, but how we handle them can make all the difference in our daily lives! Find other self-care tips and more on our Pinterest page!