WATER AUTHORITY PUBLIC WORKSHOPS PLANNED
The Southern Nevada Water Authority has announced a series of public workshops to review three options being considered by its board of directors to pay for critical water infrastructure.
In the Summerlin area, the meeting is planned for 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Becker Middle School, 9151 Pinewood Hills Drive.
The open house-style meetings will provide residents and business owners an opportunity to ask questions and provide input before the SNWA Board of Directors votes on the matter at a special meeting Feb. 29.
The three options under consideration include one based entirely upon monthly water use, a flat rate determined by meter size, and a hybrid of the two.
For the average residential customer -- who uses a little more than 12,000 gallons of water a month -- the monthly consumption-based increase comes to a little less than $10, while the flat charge is $5, and a hybrid is more than $5 depending on consumption.
For business customers, the increase will depend upon the size of their meter and their monthly consumption.
To help customers compare the three options, an online "bill estimator" has been created at snwa.com.
INTERPRETIVE SOCIETY PLANNING CHILDREN'S OWL PROGRAM
The Red Rock Interpretive Association is planning a children's program on owls for Saturday at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Visitor Center, 1000 Scenic Loop Drive.
Kids can learn about owls through stories, activities, music and a craft. If the weather is good, the program will go outside, so wear sturdy shoes, sunscreen, and bring water for a short hike.
It is geared for children ages 2 to 6, and siblings are welcome.
Call 515-5367 to register.
During February, Red Rock's hours are as follows: scenic drive and visitor center are from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the Visitor Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Visitors are encouraged to check the weather before they go.
For more information, call 515-5350.
BRING OLD FAMILY PHOTOS TO BE SCANNED AT GENEALOGY SOCIETY MEETING
The Jewish Genealogy Society of Southern Nevada is planning its next meeting at 1 p.m. Sunday on the first floor of the Sahara West Library, 9600 W. Sahara Ave.
February's speaker is Michael Brenner, who will discuss using Google's Picasa program for photo restoration. Prior to his program, attendees will have the chance to scan up to five items. A flash drive is needed to participate.
The group meets the third Sunday of each month. Meetings are free and open to the public.
For more information, call Earle Malkin at 528-4334, visit jgssn.org or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RED ROCK INTERPRETIVE ASSOCIATION HIKE PLANNED FOR MONDAY
The Red Rock Interpretive Association invites people to its Oak Creek/Potato Knoll Nature and Geology Hike planned for 1:30 p.m. Monday at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.
Join naturalist Jen Vincent and geologist Nick Saines on a moderate hike in Oak Creek Canyon to the base of Potato Knoll. Potato Knoll is a slump block that broke off from the Wilson Cliffs thousands of years ago. The trek will cross the creek, which should be flowing, several times on the hike. The hike is rated moderate and covers about three miles. It is appropriate for hikers ages 1 and up. Space is limited. For more information or to register, call 515-5367.
SHOW YOUR LOVE FOR YOUR VALENTINE
BluNoir, a women's neo-vintage apparel and accessories boutique in Tivoli Village, 302 S. Rampart Blvd., is hosting a Valentine's Day photo contest through Feb. 29.
Participants must create a photo showing what "love" means to them and email the photo to email@example.com for an opportunity to win $1,000.
For more information, call 478-5279 or visit blunoir.tumblr.com.
FREE FITNESS CLASS OPEN TO THOSE 50 OR OLDER
Seniors who are looking to get in shape or for some extra fitness can join the Senior Fitness Program from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at Mountain Crest Neighborhood Services Center, 4701 N. Durango Drive. There is no cost to attend the class.
Adaptable to all needs, the class allows those 50 or older to work with 1- to 5-pound weights, fitness balls and ropes to strengthen and stretch muscles. The program is also great for socialization.
For more information, call 455-1905 or visit clarkcountynv.gov/parks.
TIME TO START TRAINING FOR HALF MARATHON
The Summerlin Half Marathon is planed for April 14, beginning and ending at the JW Marriott, 221 N. Rampart Blvd.
Registration fees start at $65.
Those who need coaching can find more information at sites such as desertskyadventures.com/summerlin, rockinrunners.com or rynorunning.com.
CHURCH HOSTS GROUP OF CAREGIVERS
The Caregiver Encouragement Group plans to meet at 3:30 p.m. the fourth Sunday of each month at Desert Spring United Methodist Church, 120 N. Pavilion Center Drive, across from Palo Verde High School. The next meeting is scheduled for Feb. 26.
For information, call Rev. Cameron Johnson at 233-3378.
GET GARDENING TIPS FROM MASTER GARDENERS
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners announce that an Ask a Master Gardener table is to be manned between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Whole Foods Market, 8855 W. Charleston Blvd., every Saturday in February.
The next two weekly topics are: Saturday, Raised Beds; Feb. 25, Cool and Warm Season Veggies.
For more information about University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, visit unr.edu and type in "master gardener."
PHOTO COMPETITION FOR TEENS ANNOUNCED
Clark County youngsters from grades six through 12 can enter the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District's Visual Poetry, a photographic art competition for teens. Submissions are due by Feb. 29. Awards are $150 for best of show, $100 for first place, $75 for second and $50 for third.
The awards reception is planned for 5 to 6:30 p.m. April 5 at the Sahara West Library, 9600 W. Sahara Ave.
For more information, visit lvccld.org/teen/specialprograms/visual_poetry. CQ
NEW TECHNOLOGY HELPS HOSPITALS HELP YOU
The hospitals of the Sunrise Health System -- Sunrise Hospital, MountainView Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and Sunrise Children's Hospital -- announce that they are the first hospital system in Nevada to use a new, secure software solution, AirStrip CARDIOLOGY, to read electrocardiographs (ECGs). The new technology allows clinicians to improve cardiac patients' care by providing near real-time ECG data to cardiologists quicker, more accurately and that is more easily shared with consulting colleagues.
AirStrip CARDIOLOGY has the capability to zoom in without distorting the image, giving cardiologists the ability to see changes in electrical cardiac activity that's as small as 0.5 millimeters. A change that small may indicate a serious heart problem or an emergency condition.
For more information, visit sunrisehealthinfo.com.
LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO HIKE?
The Southern Nevada Health District's Neon to Nature online tool helps locals and visitors locate walking and hiking trails throughout the area. The program highlights Southern Nevada's more than 600 miles of rural and urban, off-street trails based on difficulty, terrain, or location. Detailed information about each trail is provided -- location and length, surface type, level of difficulty, photos, and any amenities.
For information on any health district online programs, visit gethealthyclark county.org.
LEVEL THREE ACCREDITATION ACHIEVED
Southwest Medical Associates announced that it is the first medical group in Nevada to achieve a Level 3 accreditation -- the highest level possible -- from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH).
The PCMH accreditation program recognizes primary care providers that successfully achieve patient-centered care by working in teams to coordinate and track care. SMA has earned the accreditation by consistently ensuring patients receive the right care when and where they need it, and in culturally sensitive ways that include use of appropriate languages.
NCQA recognized Southwest Medical Associates for its advanced electronic communication for patients, including mysma.com www.MySMA.com, mobile applications for smartphones, portable and electronic medical records, and e-visits.
BOXER PRESENTS CHECK TO HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Seven-time world-champion boxer Floyd Mayweather presented a check for $50,000 to Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas in support of its Blitz Build project that is schedueld to start June 4.
Blitz Build 2012 is a program that brings the community and volunteers together to build a home for a deserving family in just five days. The house will be in Vegas Heights and is being constructed for a family of five.
For more information, visit habitatlasvegas.org.
HELP BEAT HEART DISEASE IN WOMEN
Nevada State Bank pledges to donate $1 to the American Heart Association for every person who "checks in" to a Nevada State Bank branch via foursquare through Feb. 29. The bank will also donate $1 for every new Facebook "like" it receives during February. The fundraising campaign supports the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women campaign, which raises awareness of women's risk of heart disease.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women, according to the American Heart Association, and more women die each year from heart disease than all forms of cancer combined.
To check in to Nevada State Bank on foursquare, access the foursquare application on any smart phone and check in. To "like" Nevada State Bank on Facebook, go to the Nevada State Bank Facebook page and click "like." For more information, visit nsbank.com/gored.
TRAVEL CLUB MEETS AT THE TAP HOUSE
The Las Vegas Single Social Travel Club for Mature Adults invites prospective members to its meetings scheduled for 7 p.m. the last Tuesday of the month at The Tap House, 5589 W. Charleston Blvd.
The meet-and-greet portion is set to start at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room. Some people arrive earlier to have dinner and talk in the lounge area. The meeting portion begins at 7 p.m. with discussions focused on traveling -- day trips, local events, in-state and out-of-state traveling, cruises and international traveling. A guest speaker is frequently featured. The meeting closes about 8 p.m. when appetizers are served and the group mingles.
The next meeting is set for Feb. 28. For more information, call 888-324-2028.
CITY HALL SET TO MOVE NEXT WEEK
Beginning Feb. 21, city of Las Vegas employees will be moving into a new City Hall at 495 S. Main St., between Main and First streets and Bonneville and Clark avenues. Residents planning on visiting the new location to do business should check the city's website at lasvegasnevada.gov/cityhall as departments will be moving on different days. The city will be closed on Feb. 20, in observance of Presidents' Day.
All departments should be moved in by Monday, Feb. 27. Beginning on March 7, City Council meetings will take place at the new City Hall. Planning Commission meetings will take place at the new City Hall beginning March 13. A public parking garage is located at 500 S. Main St.