North Las Vegas neighborhood news July 16-22


CHURCH TO OFFER BIBLE SCHOOL

Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4601 W. Lake Mead Blvd., invites children of all ages to a traditional vacation Bible school 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 22-26.

Bible schools include songs, games, crafts and refreshments to teach simple lessons about living a Christian life. Children are divided into classes with others approximately their age. There is also is a class for adults. This school is free and open to anyone, including those belonging to other churches or not affiliated with any.

For more information about the Bible school or classes, call 702-648-8437 or visit wpcvegas.org.

NORTH LAS VEGAS ‘TORNADO’ MOSTLY HOT AIR

A tornado-like system caused damage to structures, destroyed a fireworks stand and uprooted 15 to 20 trees in North Las Vegas on July 2.

Firefighters were alerted around 11 p.m., according to Fire Department spokesman Cedric Williams.

“I talked to the captain on duty last night, and he said he thought the fire station’s roof was coming off,” Williams said Wednesday. “He said it sounded like a train landed on top of the station.”

Missing roof tiles, power outages, vehicle damage and flying debris were reported from the blocks surrounding the intersection of Ann Road and Simmons Street, Williams said.

“We see that quite a bit around here when thunderstorms develop and rain evaporates,” National Weather Service meteorologist Barry Pierce said. “The drier the air is, the quicker (evaporation) rises from the surface. So once it hits the surface, a release of wind can spread from the base of the ground.”

Similar systems, which Pierce called “microbursts,” are responsible for some of the fiercest wind events ever recorded in the Las Vegas Valley.

There were reports of minor injuries but no transports to the hospital.

BOOTHS AVAILABLE FOR BUSINESS MIXER

Booths are now available for Las Vegas’ Largest Mixer, Texas Station’s ninth annual “ultimate networking event,” set for Sept. 18 at 2101 Texas Star Lane. Tickets are $15. For more information, call 702-631-1000 or visit largestmixer.com.

LEGO CLUB TO MEET AT NORTH LAS VEGAS LIBRARY

The North Las Vegas Library Lego Club is set to meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. July 31 at the North Las Vegas Library, 2300 Civic Center Drive. Children of all ages may show off their creative abilities, and puzzles are to be provided. The group plans to meet the last Wednesday of every month. For more information, call 702-633-1070 or visit nlvld.org.

ALIANTE LIBRARY WRITERS CLUB TO MEET MONTHLY

The Aliante Library Writers Club is set to meet monthly from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on select Tuesdays at the Aliante Library, 2400 Deer Springs Road. The next planned meetings are Aug. 6 and Sept. 3. The group gathers for networking, readings and learning about writing. For more information, call 702-839-2980, visit nlvld.org or email Glory Wade at glorywadewriter@gmail.com.

JEWISH GENEALOGY SOCIETY TO MEET JULY 21 AT SAHARA WEST LIBRARY

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Southern Nevada plans to meet at 1 p.m. July 21 at the Sahara West Library, 9600 W. Sahara Ave.

The speaker will be JGSSN board member Paul Johnson, covering adoption research involving techniques for finding long-lost relatives. The event is free and open to the public. The group meets at 1 p.m. the third Sunday of each month.

For more information, call Abe Simon at 702-523-9874, email abe_simon@cox.net or visit at jgssn.org.

BLM COLLECTING ENTRIES THROUGH SEPTEMBER FOR PHOTO CONTEST

The Bureau of Land Management is celebrating Nevada’s Sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary, by seeking photos that highlight residents’ adventures and activities on public lands and historic sites.

Winning photos will be featured in the BLM Nevada 2014 planner and on the BLM Nevada web and social media sites and could appear on BLM’s national social media sites.

Photos will be selected from the following categories: Adventure & Outdoor Recreation; Historical & Cultural; Scenic, Seasons & Landscapes; and Animals. Photo must have been taken between Jan. 1, 2011, and Sept. 30, 2013. Contest entries will be accepted up to Sept. 30. Winners are to be announced Oct. 31.

In addition to the photo contest, the BLM will also be producing a children’s activity book, developing 150 themed geocaches and highlighting the BLM’s role in the state’s history.

For more information, contact Kaitlin Godbey at 775-861-6471 or kgodbey@blm.gov.

USTA-NEVADA GATHERING USED TENNIS RACKETS

The United States Tennis Association-Nevada, a nonprofit organization that promotes the sport, is in need of gently used tennis rackets, including wooden ones. USTA-Nevada offices are at 1333 N. Buffalo Drive, Suite 130.

For more information, call 702-792-8384 or visit ustanevada.com.

HELP OF SOUTHERN NEVADA LAUNCHES 10TH OF THE MONTH DONOR PROGRAM

HELP of Southern Nevada is launching its $10 on the 10th recurring donor program, which encourages Southern Nevada residents to help make a difference in their community by donating $10 on the 10th of every month.

To sign up, visit helpsonv.org, click “Get Involved” and scroll down to donate, labeling $10 on the 10th in the description. Donors have the option to select the frequency of a recurring donation by using the drop-down box. Sign-ups on behalf of someone else are also available as gifts.

BANK OF AMERICA INITIATIVE PLANNED TO BENEFIT VETERANS SUPPORT GROUPS

Bank of America has announced a fundraising initiative called Express Your Thanks to benefit veterans of the Wounded Warrior Project and Welcome Back Veterans, an initiative of Major League Baseball Charities.

The project’s goal is to raise $1 million for these charities. Running through Veterans Day (Nov. 11), anyone can participate by taking a photo, creating a video or writing a message of support and sharing it on bankofamerica.com/troopthanks. They also can post on Twitter with the hashtag #troopthanks. For every message posted, Bank of America will donate $1 to Wounded Warriors and Welcome Back Veterans.

NEVADA CHILDHOOD CANCER FOUNDATION PLANS CAMP CARTWHEEL FOR JULY

Registration is open for the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation’s 17th annual Camp Cartwheel Summer Camp for critically ill children and their siblings, planned for July 17-20 and 24-27 at Torino Ranch in Lovell Canyon, about 40 miles southwest of Las Vegas. The event is a medically supervised, outdoor and overnight camp experience for children diagnosed with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses.

The free camp includes five days of swimming, scuba diving, arts and crafts, canoeing and outdoor games for more than 190 campers, ages 5-17.

For more information, call 702-735-8434 or visit nvccf.org.

SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN OPEN OFFERS FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITY

The Shriners Hospitals for Children Open offers the opportunity for local charities and schools to raise funds for their programs by selling daily ticket vouchers to the 2013 tournament, scheduled for Oct. 14-20 at TPC Summerlin, 1700 Village Center Circle.

By selling tickets to the annual PGA tournament through the Tickets for Charity and Tickets for Schools programs, organizations retain 100 percent of the proceeds. Participating organizations can include parent-teacher associations, sports clubs, academic clubs and local nonprofits.

Last year’s program raised more than $30,000 to support more than 30 local nonprofits in addition to assisting more than 25 school systems to defeat budget cuts. Merryhill School’s parent-teacher organization led the participating schools last year in raising $2,700 for their programs. Additionally, the International Public Safety Leadership & Ethics Institute sold more than 300 tickets to the tournament to raise $3,220.

Programs interested in participating should contact Stephanie Maes at 702-873-1010 or smaes@shrinershospitals open.com.

For more information, visit shrinershospitalsopen.com.

HELP OF SOUTHERN NEVADA LAUNCHES BOTTLED WATER PROGRAM FOR HOMELESS

HELP of Southern Nevada invites the community to be part of its HELP2O campaign, which donates bottled water to the homeless.

Patrons can donate water at any Las Vegas-area Whole Foods Market through Aug. 31. For every bottle of Real Water brand purchased at Whole Foods Market during the campaign, the Nevada-based Real Water company will donate a bottle of Real Water.

Collection points for donated water include: Whole Foods Fort Apache, 8855 W. Charleston Blvd.; Whole Foods Tenaya, 7250 W. Lake Mead Blvd.; Whole Foods Town Square, 6689 Las Vegas Blvd. South; and Whole Foods Henderson, 100 S. Green Valley Parkway.

Bottled water donations can be purchased in-store and donated or purchased elsewhere and dropped off. The water will be collected on a regular basis and distributed to area homeless.

Additionally, monetary donations can be made with HELP of Southern Nevada change jars at all four Whole Foods Market locations or by submitting a donation through the nonprofit’s website at helpsonv.org.

COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS INSTITUTE ACCEPTING AWARD NOMINATIONS

The Nevada chapter of the Community Associations Institute is accepting nominations for individuals and charities statewide for its annual Ordinary People Extraordinary Measures Awards. The institute is a trade organization representing homeowners, homeowners associations, community managers and industry partners.

Formerly known as the Annual Heroes Luncheon, the awards program was redeveloped in 2012 to honor small charitable organizations that make a difference. Nominations are due July 15. For nomination forms, visit cai-nevada.org and click on “Events.” Winners are to be honored during the chapter luncheon slated for Sept. 10 at the Gold Coast, 4000 W. Flamingo Road.

MDA SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR AUGUST CAMP

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is looking for volunteer counselors and medical professionals to care for children with muscular dystrophy and related diseases at the Southern Nevada MDA Summer Camp, slated for Aug. 4-10 at Apple Canyon Center in Mountain Center, Calif.

Volunteer counselors must be at least 16. Campers’ ages range from 6 to 17. Each counselor is a companion to an MDA camper, helping with camp activities (sports, horseback riding, arts and crafts, etc.) and day-to-day activities (eating, bathing and dressing).

Also, the association is seeking physicians, nurses, emergency medical technicians, physical therapists and other medical professionals to volunteer for the camp’s medical staff. Medical staff members supervise and maintain the health and well-being of all camp participants.

To volunteer, contact the local MDA office by visiting mda.org/locate.

MEET COUNTY JUDGES EVENT SLATED FOR AUG. 17 AT CANYON SPRINGS

Veterans In Politics plans to host a Meet Your Clark County District Judges event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 17 at Canyon Springs High School, 350 E. Alexander Road.

The event aims to educate voters in advance of the 2014 Clark County general election and improve access to the county judicial system through a Shadow a Judge For a Day program for Canyon Springs High School students.

Students will look to share their judge-shadowing experiences before joining a moderated discussion set to include more than a dozen judges from Clark County’s civil, criminal and family justice departments.

For judge registration and event participation, contact Steve Sanson, president of Veterans In Politics International, at 702-283-8088 or visit veteransinpolitics.com.

For student registration in the Shadow a Judge for a Day program, contact Nancy West, magnet theme coordinator, at 702-799-1870.

FOUNDATION SEEKS EXCHANGE STUDENT HOST FAMILIES

Face the World Foundation is registering volunteer host families for the fall semester of high school. Host families provide a loving home, meals and a bed while learning firsthand about another culture and establishing friendships that will last a lifetime. The nonprofit foundation provides a community representative for the host family and the student during his time in the United States. Call 760-247-5964 or email jodie@facetheworld.org for more information.

CAMP THAT REUNITES SIBLINGS IN FOSTER CARE SEEKS DONATIONS

Camp To Belong Nevada, which reunites siblings who are apart due to foster care, is in need of donations from the public for its summer camp program. Camper supplies such as water bottles, flashlights and cans of Gatorade powder are needed.

A full list can be seen at Child Focus, 2685 S. Rainbow Blvd., Suite 112, or call 702-436-1624.

MASTER GARDENERS PLAN TOURS OF DEMONSTRATION GARDENS

The Master Gardeners of Southern Nevada plan 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.

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 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.

NORTH LAS VEGAS 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.

 

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