Area Briefing, May 8-14


LAS VEGAS, HENDERSON PLAN DROWNING PREVENTION EVENTS AT COMMUNITY POOLS

The cities of Las Vegas and Henderson plan to host free Super Summer Safety Fair events this month in collaboration with the Southern Nevada Child Drowning Prevention Coalition.

The Las Vegas event is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. May 30 at the Municipal Pool, 431 E. Bonanza Road, and the Pavilion Center Pool, 101 S. Pavilion Center Drive. Participation is free.

The Henderson event is scheduled from 3 to 8 p.m. May 30 at the Henderson Multigenerational Center Activity Pool, 250 S. Green Valley Parkway.

The events are being held simultaneously at Southern Nevada Child Drowning Prevention Coalition partner pools across the valley to educate parents, guardians and day care providers about infant and child safety in and around the water.

Participants will receive information about safeguarding their homes, preventing accidents and how to respond during emergencies. Information about sun safety will also be provided.

Those attending the Las Vegas safety fair between 6 and 8 p.m. will receive free admission to the pool between 7 and 8 p.m. Children younger than 7 must be supervised by an adult within arm’s reach at all times.

Visitors attending the Henderson safety fair between 3 and 6 p.m. will receive free admission to the activity pool between 4 and 8 p.m. Children younger than 8 must be supervised by an adult within arm’s reach at all times.

For more information on the Las Vegas event, call 702-229-4726 or visit lasvegasnevada.gov. For more information on the Henderson event, call 702-267-5836 or visit cityofhenderson.com.

MOUNT CHARLESTON EVENTS TO PROMOTE WILDFIRE AWARENESS MONTH

The Clark County Fire Department is partnering with local, federal and state agencies to promote May as Wildfire Awareness Month and remind residents about the potential for wildfires during spring and summer, when vegetation is driest.

Dry vegetation combined with a hot, dry and windy environment can provide fuel for brush fires in the urban and rural valley, said Clark County Fire Chief Bertral Washington.

Upcoming wildfire awareness events are:

— Living With Fire Community Preparedness, planned for 5:30 to 9 p.m. May 20 at The Resort on Mount Charleston, 2755 Kyle Canyon Road. The event is set to feature a wildfire preparedness conference sponsored by Living With Fire, a partnership between the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, the Nevada Division of Forestry and other state agencies. The Clark County Fire Department also is slated to attend. For more information and wildfire prevention tips, visit livingwithfire.info.

— Mount Charleston’s annual Pine Needle Pickup & Barbecue, scheduled for June 7. A 7 a.m. cleanup is planned, followed by a free barbecue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mount Charleston Fire Station 81, 25 Ski Chalet Place off Highway 157 in Kyle Canyon. For more information, call Liz Claggett at 702-387-3111.

RACE, COMMUNITY FAIR AT RED ROCK CANYON TO RAISE WILDFIRE AWARENESS

The Bureau of Land Management plans to host a free half marathon and 5K race at 7 a.m. May 18 at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, 1000 Scenic Loop Drive. A free community fair is scheduled to follow.

The event, being put on in conjunction with Wildfire Awareness Month, is limited to the first 300 entrants and is sold out, but organizers encourage residents to cheer on the runners. Race participants will run and hike through a rolling trail. The race will highlight some of the best trails in the Las Vegas Valley mountains, according to organizers.

The community fair, planned for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is set to feature firetrucks and other apparatus, federal, state and local firefighter representatives, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension staff members and more.

Free information will be available about how to protect homes against wildfires. For more information about the race and community event, visit desertskyadventures.com/wild-land-51814 or contact Vanessa Marquez at 702-515-5107. To learn more about Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month, visit livingwithfire.info.

STATE PANEL, PRESENTATIONS PLANNED AT SENIOR SAFETY FAIR

The Seniors and Law Enforcement Together Council and the Senior Medicare Patrol plan a senior safety fair from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 14 at the Paradise Community Center, 4775 McLeod Drive.

The event will include crime prevention tips, disaster preparedness information, a personal and home safety presentation, a K-9 unit demonstration, a fire safety presentation, a collection point for unwanted prescription drugs and a state panel scheduled to discuss scams.

A senior service resource fair, light refreshments and door prizes also are planned.

For more information, call 702-486-3403.

WARD 4 EVENT TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL LAW DAY

A Ward 4 National Law Day Celebration is set for 6 p.m. May 22 at Police Memorial Park, 3250 Metro Academy Way.

The event is free. For more information, email skouson@lasvegasnevada.gov or call 702-229-2524.

FIREFIGHTERS PLAN BOOT DRIVE FOR MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION

Valley firefighters and the Muscular Dystrophy Association plan the annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to benefit those affected by muscle disease in Southern Nevada.

Firefighters from Clark County and the cities of Henderson, North Las Vegas and Las Vegas are scheduled to take part in the event at various sites in May.

Funds will help support the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s programs of worldwide research, specialized health care services and day-to-day support, which includes sending children affected by muscular dystrophy and related diseases to a weeklong summer camp at Apple Canyon Center in Mountain Center, Calif.

For more information, visit mda.org.

HENDERSON POLICE PLAN SPECIAL ENFORCEMENT OF PEDESTRIAN SAFETY

Henderson Police Department traffic officers plan to conduct special patrols through May 13 to monitor roads for motorists disregarding pedestrians in crosswalks and pedestrians crossing streets irresponsibly and illegally.

Officers plan to target drivers who are speeding and intersections with clearly marked crosswalks. Henderson police will be joined by other area officers for the patrols.

The Henderson Police Department received $188,000 in federal funding through the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety for the Joining Forces program. The grant provides funding for enforcement and education to reduce deaths and injuries on Nevada roadways. Enforcement efforts during the year will focus on pedestrian safety, seat belt use, speeding, distracted driving and impaired driving.

PARAGON POOLS PLANS 11TH ANNUAL FLOAT LIKE A DUCK EVENT

The 11th annual Float Like A Duck water safety event is scheduled for 1-4 p.m. May 24 at the Bill & Lillie Heinrich YMCA water sports park, 4141Meadows Lane.

Duckie, the official water safety mascot, is set to attend the free event, which will include exhibits, hands-on activities, learn-to-float classes and open swimming. A firetruck also is set to be on display.

Attendees younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent.

For more information, visit paragonpoolslv.com/floatlikeaduckwatersafety.htm.

TRAFFIC DISRUPTIONS EXPECTED ON MAIN STREET FROM BONNEVILLE TO OGDEN AVENUES

NV Energy plans to relocate underground electrical conduits on Main Street from Bonneville to Ogden avenues in preparation for the city of Las Vegas Main Street Improvement Project.

The conduit relocation is scheduled to be completed in July and will start at Bonneville and progress north to Clark Avenue, city officials said. The project will then move to Bridger Avenue and progress north to Ogden.

The Main Street Improvement Project includes a new storm drain and sanitary sewer and streetscape improvements. It is expected to last from June 2014 to fall 2015.

The conduit relocation will include lowering existing conduit duct banks at Bonneville Avenue to facilitate the city’s storm drain and sanitary sewer installation. The work is expected to restrict traffic along Main and Bonneville. A single lane will be maintained both ways at all times, according to the city. Access to businesses will also be maintained.

NV Energy is funding the conduit relocation work, and Rice Construction is the contractor.

SAFE SUMMER NIGHTS TO FEATURE MUSIC, ENTERTAINMENT AND INFORMATION

Residents are invited to enjoy free entertainment, refreshments, health services and a resource fair while getting to know each other during upcoming Safe Summer Nights events put on by the city of Las Vegas.

Music, children’s games and face painting are planned, and free hot dogs and water will be available while supplies last. Attendees also can learn about community resources, including summer activities for youths, health services, community safety, money management programs and adult education opportunities.

The events are set for:

— 4-6 p.m. May 9 at Hewetson Elementary School, 701 N. 20th St.

— 5-7 p.m. May 23 at McWilliams Elementary School, 1315 Hiawatha Road.

— 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 30 at Booker Elementary School, 2277 N. Martin Luther King Blvd.

— 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 25 at the Stupak Community Center, 251 W. Boston Ave.

— 6-8 p.m. July 18 at the East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave.

For more information, contact Lisa Campbell at 702-229-5406 or lcampbell@lasvegasnevada.gov.

BICYCLING AND PEDESTRIAN LEADERS AWARDED

Bicycling and pedestrian advocates from the Las Vegas Valley were recognized March 11 during the Nevada Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Board’s annual awards program.

The awards, presented during the 12th annual Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Summit in Reno, honored individuals, agencies and groups for improving bicycle and pedestrian facilities, safety and advocacy.

Honorees included Erin Breen, director of the Safe Community Partnership program at UNLV; the city of Henderson; and Ron Floth, outreach coordinator at the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada.

Bicyclists and pedestrians make up to 12 percent of all trips in the U.S., according to Nevada officials. Bicycling and pedestrian planning across Nevada have shown a surge in public interest in bicycling and walking, with more than half of vehicle users surveyed saying they would drive less if other forms of commuting were available, state officials said.

The Nevada Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Board was created by the Nevada Legislature to advise state agencies on policies, programs and facilities and to promote programs and facilities for the safe use of bicycles and pedestrians.

For more information, visit bicyclenevada.com.

COURSE TO PROVIDE CERTIFICATION FOR ASPIRING HOPE FOR PRISONERS MENTORS

Hope for Prisoners plans a 14-hour certification course for residents who are interested in becoming a certified reentry mentor for the nonprofit.

The training is planned for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 17, 6-8 p.m. May 20 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 24 at the nonprofit’s offices, 3430 E. Flamingo Road, Suite 350.

Hope for Prisoners aims to help adults and young adults exiting the judicial system to re-enter and effectively function in mainstream society.

To complete an application for training, visit hopeforprisoners.org and click Become a Mentor.

INFANT AND CHILD CPR CLASSES AVAILABLE AT UMC

University Medical Center plans an infant and child cardiopulmonary resuscitation class at 2 p.m. May 15, 9 a.m. June 7 and 2 p.m. July 8 at the Family Resource Center, 1120 Shadow Lane.

The class requires a refundable $10 deposit.

For more information or to register, call 702-383-2229.

CONTRACTORS BOARD PLANS HEARING ON PROPOSED REGULATION CHANGES

The Nevada State Contractors Board plans a public hearing at 9 a.m. May 15 at 2310 Corporate Circle, Suite 200, Henderson, regarding proposed board regulation changes.

For more information, visit nvcontractorsboard.com or read the workshop and hearing notice of intent via PDF at tinyurl.com/nscbregulations.

 

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