North Las Vegas neighborhood news July 23-29


NLVPD SEEKS SCHOOL CROSSING GUARDS

The North Las Vegas Police Department is looking for school crossing guards to work near various elementary schools during the upcoming school year. The position is part-time and pays $9 an hour. Crossing guards typically work from 6:30 to 9:15 a.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. weekdays, depending on school assignment.

Applicants must possess a high school diploma or GED, pass an NLVPD background and drug test and possess a valid Nevada driver’s license. Those interested should apply online at cityofnorthlasvegas.com.

For more information, call the crossing guard supervisor at 702-633-1017, ext. 6671.

AREA NONPROFIT SEEKS INPUT ON REGIONAL PLAN

Regional planning nonprofit Southern Nevada Strong plans to hold an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. July 29 at the Culinary Academy, 710 W. Lake Mead Blvd., the first in a series of neighborhood meetings aimed at gathering community input on the group’s efforts to better integrate transportation, housing and job opportunities throughout Southern Nevada. Open houses are to include a brief presentation on Southern Nevada Strong and will provide residents an opportunity to review priorities for the nonprofit’s regional plan. Community members are also invited to rank areas throughout the valley they feel are best positioned to better connect transportation, housing and economic development through Ipad surveys.

For more information, contact Southern Nevada Strong spokeswoman Brittany Markarian at 702-267-1532 or visit southernnevadastrong.org.

MYSTERY SUBSTANCE KNOCKS OUT FEDEX WORKER

A FedEx mechanic was overcome by unknown fumes at the company’s North Las Vegas shipping center July 16.

North Las Vegas Fire Department spokesman Cedric Williams said the adult male mechanic was transported to the hospital to rule out possible exposure concerns and released that afternoon. No other exposures or injuries were reported. Fire department hazardous materials crews responded around noon to the facility at 1121 W. Cheyenne Ave. and found occupants in the building’s garage area had already been evacuated by company personnel.

Williams said hazmat crews found and tested a 50 gallon drum of an unknown liquid substance before the container was resealed and carted off by a local hazardous materials company.

“It took about 45 minutes to get to the point where we were able to test (the substance),” Williams said. “We cleared the area just before 2 p.m.”

The results of Las Vegas Fire Department-administered lab tests on the substance had not been released as of press time.

DONATION DRIVE TO ASSIST MOUNT CHARLESTON FIRE VICTIMS

Golden Gaming will accept donations to support victims of the Carpenter 1 Fire at all Clark County tavern locations through July 31. All 40 PT’s Pub and Sierra Gold locations across Southern Nevada will let patrons add a donation to the top of their food and beverage bills with proceeds going directly to the Red Cross’ Fire Hurts Red Cross Helps campaign. For more information, visit pteglv.com or redcross.org.

CANNERY DONATES ROOMS TO DISPLACED FIRE VICTIMS

Cannery Casino Resort, 2121 E. Craig Road, offered 40 hotel rooms to families displaced by the Carpenter 1 Fire through July 19.

Many of the more than 500 Mount Charleston residents evacuated to shelter from the 26,000-acre wildfire had been staying at the Red Cross’ temporary camp at Bilbray Elementary

To make a donation to Southern Nevada fire victims, visit redcross.org or contact the Red Cross at 702-369-3674.

CHURCH SET 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. through July 26.

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 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 SET 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.

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, or visit blm.gov/nv/st/en/prog/recreation/nevada_150.html.

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.

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.

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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