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Celebrate 70 years with Northgate Christian Church

Northgate Christian Church, as it is now known, was started in August 1941 as Las Vegas Foursquare by the Rev. Ralph Barber.

The church has changed names and locations a few times through its seven-decade run, but now services are hosted at Canyon Springs High School, 350 E. Alexander Road, and church operations are based out of 2553 E. Washburn Road.

A new building is slated for construction at the corner of Washburn Road and Donna Street.

The congregation is opening up its weekend celebration to the public during "Celebrating 70 Years of Promise A Family Reunion." Festivities kick off at 6:30 p.m. Friday with a service at Casa De Dios, Iglesia Internacional de Las Vegas, 501 N. Mojave Road.

On Saturday, a golf tournament, a reunion of youth group members and banquet are planned.

At 10 a.m. Sunday, a celebration service honoring former pastors is planned at Canyon Springs High School.

Dr. Glenn Burris, president of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, is slated to speak at the event.

For more information, contact the church office at 384-6960.

Enroll in Kiddie Kollege

The City of North Las Vegas' Kiddie Kollege program at the Neighborhood Recreation Center, 1638 N. Bruce St., is now enrolling for the 2011-2012 session.

Classes run through May.

Kiddie Kollege offers a positive recreational learning environment using creative art, music and constructive play for children 3, 4 and 5 years old.

Programs are offered two days per week: Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday. Classes are two-hour sessions. Walk-in registration is accepted at the Neighborhood Recreation Center. For more information, call 633-1600.

Harvestfest planned Oct. 15 for Aliante residents

The first Harvestfest event for Aliante Master Association residents is planned from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 15 at Deer Springs Park, 6550 Aviary Way. Planned entertainment includes pumpkin decorating, hay rides, an inflatable slide and train maze, square dancers, a DJ, mini-Ferris wheel, carnival games and prizes. Candy, caramel apples, funnel cakes, cotton candy and bottled water will be free for Aliante residents. Donations -- such as wide-ruled filler paper, Fiskar scissors, large pink erasers, liquid soap, 24-count Crayola crayons, Post-it notes, glue sticks and assorted highlighters -- will be accepted for Theron and Naomi Goynes Elementary School.

Young scientists to demonstrate wind energy

Youths from the 4-H program in Clark County are set to join millions of young people across the nation to become scientists for the day during the fourth annual 4-H National Youth Science Day on Wednesday.

Local 4-H youths will demonstrate wind energy technologies at 3:30 p.m. at the Neighborhood Recreation Center, 1638 N. Bruce St. As part of 4-H National Youth Science Day, youths will participate in Wired for Wind: the 2011 National Science Experiment which will demonstrate how young people can implement alternatives to traditional energy production and have a positive impact on their communities and ecosystems. For more information, contact Steven Hollingsworth at 257-5597 or email

City Manager replacement hired

North Las Vegas city officials hired Timothy R. Hacker on Sept. 21 for the city manager position to replace outgoing Acting City Manager Maryann Ustick. The City Council approved Hacker's open-ended contract, which includes an annual salary of $180,000 and a benefits package comparable to what the city provides department directors.

Hacker has 22 years of experience in local government, most recently as city manager in Mesquite. He holds a master's degree in public administration from Southern Illinois University and a bachelor's degree in community and regional planning from Iowa State University. Ustick accepted an offer last month to take the post of city manager in Destin, Fla.

New adopt-a-park cleanup program begins in Deer Springs Park

About six businesses and neighborhood groups partnered with North Las Vegas officials to clean up Deer Springs Park, 6550 Aviary Way, as part of the city's new adopt-a-park pilot program.

The event at the 10-acre park drew about 30 to 50 volunteers from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 24. For more information about the city's community outreach services, call Kathi Thomas-Gibson at 633-5632. Vendors needed at church's community yard sale

Vendors are needed for a community-wide craft and yard sale planned from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4601 W. Lake Mead Blvd.

Vendors need not be affiliated with the church and may sell any legal product except food.

To reserve a sale space or ask questions, call 648-8437 between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

A donation of $5 will be requested if the vendor provides his or her own table and $10 if the church provides it.

City participates in emergency preparedness month

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has declared September as Emergency Preparedness Month. The group launched "READY," a national public service advertising campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies, including natural disasters and terrorist attacks.

The goal of the campaign is to get the public involved and ultimately to increase the level of basic preparedness across the nation. For more information about North Las Vegas resources, visit For more information about the national campaign, visit

North Las Vegas unveils new electronic billing system for utilities

The city of North Las Vegas' utilities department is offering a free online service for electronic billing. Sign up for the new E-Bill at Once you have subscribed to the online service, an email notification will be sent that contains a link to the secured website to sign in, review and pay your utility bill.

Once you sign up and return an email confirmation, all utility bills will be electronically generated every month, and paper bills will no longer be mailed. For more information about the electronic billing process, call 633-1484.

Kidnapped for a Cause event Friday to support SNCF

Starting at 1 p.m. Friday, Southern Nevada Children First (SNCF) will be organizing its first Kidnapped for a Cause event in which local business and community leaders will volunteer to be "kidnapped for a cause" and taken to an undisclosed location -- at the Queen Victoria Pub inside the Riviera, 2901 Las Vegas Blvd. South.

These participants will have to call family, friends and coworkers to raise their "ransom money," which is set at $1,500 per participant. This amount sponsors a young mother who is ready to move into her own apartment with her baby after successfully graduating from SNCF's Life skills and Transitional Housing program.

SNCF is a nonprofit organization at 720 W. Cheyenne Ave., Suite 30, that provides long-term transitional living and life skills training to homeless pregnant and parenting teens and young adults, ages 16 to 22.

Individual donations in cash, check or credit card payments will be accepted at the Queen Victoria Pub the day of the event. For more information, go to


The North Las Vegas City Council is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 2200 Civic Center Drive. For more information or to obtain a copy of the agenda, visit and click on "Meetings & Agendas" on the left-hand side.