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NEW FACILITY TO BE PART OF SENIOR COMMUNITIES

Construction has begun on the 75 one- and two-bedroom independent senior units of Decatur Pines 2 Senior Apartments, 6741 N. Decatur Blvd.

Decatur Pines 2 is slated join the existing Decatur Pines and Silver Sky at Deer Springs. All three communities are designed to serve the needs of low-income senior citizens in Southern Nevada.

The general contractor for the project will be HAND Construction Company Inc., an affiliate of Nevada Housing and Neighborhood Development Inc. The construction is projected to be completed in October 2012.

The nonprofit Nevada H.A.N.D. is to develop the project, which completes the third and final phase of the Deer Springs Campus.

In March 2011, Nevada H.A.N.D. was awarded $1.5 million in HOME federal funds from the city of Las Vegas and $600,000 in HOME funds from Clark County. The project is also being funded by a low-income housing tax credit program partnership with the National Equity Fund.

For more information, visit nevadahand.org.

WEDDING BUSINESS OFFERS FREE NUPTIALS

Local wedding business Scenic Las Vegas Weddings is to offer free weddings to up to 25 couples Feb. 14 at its outdoor gazebo, 7575 Norman Rockwell Lane, Suite 7-150, in the Village of Centennial Springs.

Owners Trey and Melissa Tomsik said offering free weddings and photography on Valentine's Day is their way to give back.

Interested couples are to register at sceniclasvegasweddings.com for a 30-minute time slot.

A valid Nevada marriage license at the Clark County Marriage Bureau must be presented to the wedding officiant at the time of nuptials. Each couple is to have the choice of a civil or religious ceremony and 15 professional photos on DVD. A witness will be provided if needed.

For more information, email info@ sceniclasvegasweddings.com or call 866-921-7547.

TOASTMASTERS TO WELCOME PUBLIC AT JAN. 26 OPEN HOUSE

Learn more about building or sharpening public speaking skills at a free open house for Centennial Hills Toastmasters planned for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at Centennial Hills Toyota, 6551 Centennial Center Blvd.

Local Toastmasters are to highlight how the program helps organize thoughts, build confidence and develop public speaking skills vital to professional success.

For more information, email toastie3dtm@cox.net or call 497-8730.

CHURCH PLANS BLOOD DRIVE AND OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY

Lamb of God Lutheran Church and School is to host a blood drive and open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at its worship center, 6220 N. Jones Blvd.

All donations of new or gently used school-suitable books are to benefit Fyfe Elementary School, 4101 W. Bonanza Road.

For more information, call 635-2283.

RAPTORS star in springs preserve show

Raptor experts and educators David Kanellis and Alyssa Collins plan to present "Wings Over the Springs" from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through March at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd.

The show is free for members or with paid admission into the preserve, and patrons get live interaction with nonnative hawk eagles, falcons, owls and other species in the free-flight presentation.

The couple co-founded Airborne Raptors Unlimited, a Centennial Hills-based organization dedicated to raptor awareness and education.

For more information, visit airborneraptors.com or call 580-1386.