CONCERNED CITIZENS ALLIANCE SET TO MEET
The North Las Vegas Alliance of Homeowner Associations and Concerned Citizens is set to hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Aliante Library, 2400 Deer Springs Way. The agenda is to include a report on the State of the City Address and the upcoming municipal elections for mayor and two City Council seats. For more information, call Richard Cherchio at 702-325-6708.
NORTH LAS VEGAS JUSTICE COURT NAMES CHIEF JUDGE
North Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Chris Lee was named Chief Judge of North Las Vegas Justice Court starting Jan. 7. Justice courts with three or more judges elect a chief judge. Lee will oversee North Las Vegas Justice Court, working with former Chief Judge Natalie Tyrrell and newly elected Judge Kalani Hoo, who replaced Stephen Dahl after he retired in 2012. Lee holds the Department 3 Justice of the Peace position and has served the North Las Vegas Township since January 2009. Justice Court handles misdemeanors, traffic matters, felony arraignments, civil disputes less than $10,000, small claims and landlord tenant disputes.
BLENDED FAMILY CONFERENCE SET FOR MARCH
Nehemiah Ministries Christian Church plans to host the Blended Family Conference from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 9 at 3606 N. Rancho Drive, Suite 144. The conference will require a registration fee of $25 per person or $40 per couple, and trained workshop facilitators plan to explore different topics, including "Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace (Discussing Your Parental Concerns Before You Say I Do)" and "Who's On First (How to Define and Develop the Roles and Rules of the Biological and Stepparent)." The conference will include workshop materials, lunch and giveaways. Registration is under way. For more information, call 702-645-2544.
HEALTH DISTRICT RECOMMENDS FLU IMMUNIZATION
The Southern Nevada Health District reminds valley residents to get vaccinated. Southern Nevada experienced moderate influenza activity on Jan. 11, but the district expected cases to increase locally. The influenza season typically peaks in Southern Nevada in January or February, and influenza immunization is the best method to prevent illness, it said. For more information, contact the district's immunization clinic at 702-759-0850 or visit snhd.info.
LOCAL BUSINESSES INVITED TO MEET YOUR CUSTOMER DAY EVENT
Purchasing analysts and other staff members from numerous Clark County departments are scheduled to meet with local business representatives at the Meet Your Customer Day event planned from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Clark County Government Center rotunda, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway.
Local minority-owned, female-owned, small, physically challenged, veteran and disabled veteran business enterprises interested in supplying Clark County's business needs will have a chance to meet various representatives of Clark County departments and purchasing analysts in partnership with agencies, including: the Nevada Small Business Development Center's Business Success Center; SCORE Counselors to American's Small Business-Southern Nevada Chapter; the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada; the State of Nevada, the Governor's Office of Economic Development; Akers and Associates Inc.; the Foundation for Independent Tomorrow (FIT); University Medical Center; and the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. Purchasing staff members will be available to assist businesses with registering in the county's Supplier Registration Database, which is used to notify businesses when opportunities arise to provide supplies and services. Advanced registration is not required. For more information, call 702-455-4432 or 702-455-3092.
SOUTHERN NEVADA TEEN PREGNANCY PREVENTION COALITION PLANS WORKSHOPS
The Southern Nevada Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition plans to host a series of free workshops for parents and guardians who want to develop skills to talk with their pre-teen and teen children about sexual relationships, preventing teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Nevada ranks No. 2 in the country for teenage pregnancies and No. 10 for teenage births, according to the Southern Nevada Health District. The first workshop is scheduled for 6 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Walnut-Cecile Community Center, 3075 Walnut Road. More workshops are planned to be scheduled in ZIP codes identified as high risk, including: 89119, 89115, 89030, 89106, 89101, 89102 and 89109. According to the Nevada State Health Division, in 2008, youths living within these ZIP codes represented 23 percent of teen births in Clark County.
For more information or to sign up for a workshop, call 702-759-0831 or visit snhd.info.
SKI RESORT kICKs OFF SAFETY AND EDUCATION CAMPAIGN IN JANUARY
The Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort and Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Center were scheduled to kick off the seventh annual free Lids on Kids safety education campaign Jan. 5. The program provides free helmets to youths and runds through Feb. 2.
In past years, LVSSR provided more than 1,000 free helmets. The program coincides with the National Ski Area Association Safety Week and Learn to Ski/Snow Month.
The program launched in 2006 after a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report that said wearing a helmet while skiing or snowboarding could prevent or reduce the severity of 53 percent of head injuries for those younger than 15.
DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY SERVICES SEEKS FOSTER HOMES
The Clark County Department of Family Services is seeking members of the public willing to become foster parents. The program involves individuals and families providing safe, stable and loving environments for children in need of temporary out-of-home care.
Information packets are available and include an overview of the program and the latest session schedule. For more information or to request a packet, call 702-455-0181.
REBUILDING TOGETHER ACCEPTING HOMEOWNER APPLICATIONS
Rebuilding Together Southern Nevada is accepting applications from North Las Vegas homeowners for National Rebuilding Day on April 27. The organization plans to repair and renovate 25 to 30 homes with the help of 1,500 volunteers in one day. To be eligible for home repairs, the applicant must own and live in his house; be low-income in accordance with the Department of Housing and Urban Development guidelines; be at least 60 years old, a person living with disabilities, a veteran of family of an active duty military service member of a multigenerational family; and be current with mortgage and real estate taxes. For more information or to apply, call Therese Elliot at 702-259-4900 or visit rtsnv.org.
U.S. TENNIS ASSOCIATION SEEKS DONATED ITEMS
The United States Tennis Association-Nevada is asking for donations of old wooden tennis rackets, usable tennis rackets, old trophies, ball machines, items for a silent auction or raffle, a digital photo camera, an office phone system and computers or laptops.
Items can be dropped off at the USTA-Nevada office, 1333 N. Buffalo Drive, Suite 130.
For more information, call 702-792-8384 or email email@example.com.
HOSPICE PET THERAPY PROGRAM SEEKS DOG BEDS AND BLANKETS
Nathan Adelson Hospice's Pet Therapy Program is promoting its second annual Dog Bed & Blanket Drive to benefit local animal shelters.
Through Jan. 31, Nathan Adelson Hospice and the Jolley Urga Wirth Woodbury & Standish law firm will be collecting new or gently used dog beds and blankets, towels and unopened dog food.
Donations can be dropped off at any of the Nathan Adelson Hospice locations: 4141 Swenson St.; in the MountainView Medical Office Building, 3150 N. Tenaya Way, Suite 350; 1401 S. Highway 160, Suite B, Pahrump; and 1201 Nevada State Drive, Henderson. They also can be dropped off to attorneys Holly Fic and Jennifer Poynter-Willis at the Jolley Urga Wirth Woodbury & Standish law firm, 3800 Howard Hughes Parkway, Suite 1600.
Last year's campaign generated more than 2,000 items for local shelters. For more information, call 702-870-0000.
NONPROFIT IT'S ALL ABOUT KIDZ BEGINS SPONSORSHIP CAMPAIGN
Nonprofit It's All About Kidz launched a sponsorship campaign calling for any company, organization or individual to sponsor a mother and child who is enrolled in the sober living program. The southwest-area group focuses on providing a sober living environment to women and their children while providing services for them to become self-sufficient. The nonprofit also serves as a foster care agency to provide temporary living arrangements for children. September marked the organization's one-year anniversary, and people looking to get involved can participate by becoming a foster parent, offering financial support and/or participating in the New Beginnings Coat and Shoe Drive started Dec. 1 at the Behavioral Treatment and Foster Care Agency at 3450 W. Cheyenne Ave., Suite 500. For more information, call 702-631-0230 or visit aakidz.org.
WATER AUTHORITY REMINDS RESIDENTS ABOUT WINTER RESTRICTIONS
The Southern Nevada Water Authority reminds residents that winter watering restrictions are in effect, and watering is limited to one assigned day a week through Feb. 28.
Watering restrictions also apply to drip irrigation systems. Sunday is not an optional watering day.
If you notice that frost or a freeze has damaged a plant, leave it alone until warmer weather arrives and new growth appears. Pruning or transplanting a plant during the winter months can hurt or even kill it. Watering should be done in mid-morning to avoid afternoon winds that make sprinklers less effective and avoid the risk of icing.
For more information, visit snwa.com or call 702-258-7283.
AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD SERVICES SEEKS SITES FOR BLOOD DRIVES
The American Red Cross Blood Services is the predominant supplier of blood products for Southern Nevada and has increased staffing to increase the number of blood drives in Las Vegas.
The Red Cross invites community-minded businesses, churches, schools and other organizations to host blood drives in locations across the city.
To meet the demand for blood products in the Las Vegas hospitals it serves, the Red Cross needs to schedule two or more blood drives every business day. It is estimated that in the coming year, about 48,000 Las Vegas patients will need a red blood cell transfusion in a hospital the Red Cross serves.
North Las Vegas residents interested in sponsoring a blood drive or donating blood should call 702-522-4000.
MASTER GARDENERS PLAN TOURS OF DEMONSTRATION GARDENS
The Master Gardeners of Southern Nevada plans monthly tours of the Demonstration Gardens at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Road. Tours are free and open to the public. Groups of five or more are requested to call program coordinator Ann Edmunds at 702-257-5587 at least two weeks in advance.
DONATIONS ACCEPTED TO AID NONPROFIT
Help homeless, pregnant and parenting teens by donating time, money or new or gently used items to assist clients of Southern Nevada Children First, 720 W. Cheyenne Ave., Suite 30.
Volunteers and donations are always needed to support the nonprofit.
For more information, visit childrenfirst-nv.org or call 702-487-5665.
MISS NEVADA PAGEANT COMING TO TEXAS STATION IN SUMMER
The Miss Nevada Organization announced that it plans to host the 2013 Miss Nevada and Miss Nevada's Outstanding Teen competitions at Texas Station, 2101 Texas Star Lane, June 14 and 15. Winners will represent Nevada at the Miss America and Miss America's Outstanding Teen competitions. Tickets for the pageant will go on sale in the spring.
For more information, visit missnevada.org.
KIWANIS CLUB WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS
The Kiwanis Club of North Las Vegas, a chapter of the international service organization, is scheduled to meet at 6:15 p.m. each Tuesday at T.G.I. Friday's in the Aliante Hotel + Casino, 7300 Aliante Parkway.
Club community projects have included canned food drives, car shows, kites in the park events and charity fundraisers.
The fourth meeting of the month is limited to members only.
For more information, visit nlvkiwanis.com or call 702-399-0332.
LOCAL ROTARY CLUB TO MEET
The North Las Vegas Rotary Club of Las Vegas meets at 7:15 a.m. Fridays at the Painted Desert Golf Club, 5555 Painted Mirage Road.
The weekly breakfast meetings include guest speakers, networking, education workshops and service projects.
For more information, visit nlvrc.org/newsite or call Bob Lillis at 702-340-9735.