Sunrise/Whitney Neighborhood News, Oct. 15-21


WHITNEY LIBRARY HOSTS FACEBOOK CONTEST FOR TEENS

The Whitney Library, 5175 E. Tropicana Ave., is set to celebrate Teen Week Oct. 15-19 with a Facebook contest. Teens are invited to “like” the library’s Facebook page at facebook.com/whitneylibrary. Those who like the page and post the name of their favorite book on the library’s timeline will be entered into a drawing to win prizes.

For more information, call 702-507-4010.

STREET TEENS CHOSEN AS FINALIST FOR 50 STATES OF GOOD CONTEST

The nonprofit group Street Teens was chosen as the finalist for Nevada for the Tom’s of Maine 50 States of Good contest. The organization focuses on helping homeless youths with shelter, food and clothing.

Street Teens is asking people to vote through Oct. 15 at tomsofmaine.com/community to help the organization win $10,000.

SESSION TO PROVIDE INFORMATION ON AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

The Whitney Library, 5175 E. Tropicana Ave., has partnered with East Valley Family Services to guide and enroll community members in a health plan from 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Oct. 16 and 31.

Assistants will guide participants through the process of satisfying the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. For more information or to register for an enrollment session, call 702-631-7098.

The Sunrise Library, 5400 E. Harris Ave., is partnering with AARP to provide a free information session on the Affordable Care Act at 2 p.m. Nov. 16. Information will cover important dates, resources and how to enroll in a health plan. Nevada enrollment for health plans begins in October and closes March 2014.

For more information, call 702-507-3907.

ESL CLASSES SET FOR ADULTS AND SENIORS AT WHITNEY LIBRARY

The Whitney Library, 5175 E. Tropicana Ave., is scheduled to offer free English as a Second Language classes for adults and seniors starting at 10 a.m. Oct. 21. Classes are scheduled Monday through Thursday for six weeks.

Those interested are advised to sign up for the testing and orientation set for Oct. 21. For more information, call 702-507-3530.

FREE COMPUTER CLASSES PLANNED FOR BEGINNERS

Free computer clases for beginners are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday Oct. 21-30 at the Whitney Library, 5175 E. Tropicana Ave.

The classes are offered by the Virtual Library of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District. Registration is required. To register, call 702-507-6300.

LAS VEGAS WASH COORDINATION COMMITTEE CELEBRATES 15TH ANNIVERSARY

The Las Vegas Wash Coordination Committee celebrates its 15th anniversary in October. The committee was formed in 1998 by the Water Quality Citizens Advisory Committee and was tasked with addressing erosion issues among other matters at the Las Vegas Wash.

Most recently, the committee has teamed up with the Southern Nevada Water Authority to provide plants for future re-vegetation efforts. The committee plans to meet from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 22 in Colorado River Rooms 1 and 2, 100 City Parkway.

TOWN ADVISORY BOARDS TO MEET

The Winchester Town Advisory Board is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 McLeod Drive.

The Paradise Town Advisory Board is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Paradise Recreation and Community Services Center, 4775 McLeod Drive.

The Whitney Town Advisory Board is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Whitney Recreation Center, 5712 Missouri Ave.

The Sunrise Manor Town Advisory Board is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Hollywood Recreation and Community Services Center, 1650 S. Hollywood Blvd.

HEALTH DISTRICT TO OFFER NEW FLU VACCINES

The Southern Nevada Health District is scheduled to begin offering a new flu vaccine in October. The quadrivalent influenza vaccine contains two strains each of influenza A and B and will be used to protect against four strains of the flu. The quadrivalent flu shot is $40, and the quadrivalent flu mist is $43.

The flu vaccine will be available at the East Las Vegas Public Health Center, 560 N. Nellis Blvd., Suite D-1, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

For more information, visit southernnevadahealthdistrict.org.

INTERNATIONAL CREDIT UNION DAY TO RAISE FUNDS FOR CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK OCT. 17

The Clark County Credit Union is set to participate in International Credit Union Day Oct. 17 by donating 25 cents per debit or Visa card transaction to the Children’s Miracle Network via St. Rose Dominican-Siena Hospital. In conjunction, each branch will be handing out Halloween bags. The credit union anticipates donating $2,500 to $3,000. For more information, visit ccculv.org.

NO-COST FLU IMMUNIZATION CLINICS PLANNED

The Southern Nevada Immunization and Health Coalition and its partners plan to host multiple no-cost flu immunization clinics through Dec. 7 in the Las Vegas Valley. The Centers for Disease Control recommends everyone 6 months or older get a flu vaccine each year. The 2013-14 flu vaccines will protect against both the H3N2 and the H1N1 flu virus. The clinics will offer flu vaccine on a first-come, first-served basis. Anyone age 6 months or older is eligible if they are uninsured or underinsured. Those with health insurance are encouraged to talk to their doctor or pharmacist about getting vaccinated.

To learn the dates and locations where the clinics are slated to be held, visit vaxvegas.org.

DISABILITY AWARENESS DAY SET FOR OCT. 19 AT PIONEER PARK

Join Ward 1 Las Vegas City Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian for the 22nd annual Disability Awareness Day, which is set from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 19 at Pioneer Park, 7449 Braswell Drive.

The event aims to raise awareness about available services for the disabled and offer information and entertainment. More than 60 providers of services for those with disabilities plan to participate. Free wheelchair safety checks and free lunch for the first 500 people will be provided by AAMCO Medical.

Admission and activities are free. For more information, visit lasvegasnevada.gov.

LOSE A POUND WITH YOUR HOUND FUNDRAISER WALK COMING OCT. 27

The Lose A Pound With Your Hound fundraiser walk to benefit Heaven Can Wait Animal Society is set for 10 a.m. Oct. 27 at W. Wayne Bunker Family Park, 7351 W Alexander Road. Registration is scheduled for 9 a.m.

Walkers raise money for homeless animals by recruiting sponsors. Dog-less walkers are also welcome.

After the walk, booths will offer information and goods from pet-related vendors. Entertainment, contests and fun events, such as a psychic paw reader, also are planned.

Particpants get a T-shirt and a goodie bag. For more information, visit hcws.org.

HARDEST HIT FUND PROVIDES MORTGAGE HELP

With one of the highest foreclosure rates in the nation, Nevada was selected to be a beneficiary of the U.S. Treasury’s Hardest Hit Fund program, which provides assistance to help prevent avoidable foreclosures and keep Nevada homeowners in their homes.

The Nevada Hardest Hit Fund will assist eligible applicants by paying up to a maximum of $1,000 monthly toward their impounded first mortgage payment, including principal, interest, property tax and insurance for up to nine months. The applicant’s contribution will be a minimum of $75 or any amount that exceeds the $1,000 maximum assistance per month.

Applicants must be unemployed and actively looking for work or be able to validate at least a 35 percent reduction in income/wages since 2008 and must be facing imminent default.

To apply, homeowners can call 855-428-4357 or visit nevadahardesthitfund.nv.gov.

BLM ASKS FOR PUBLIC INPUT ON PROPOSED LAND SALE

The Bureau of Land Management has asked the public to weigh in on the proposed sale of 440 acres of public land in 28 parcels across Clark County.

Funds generated by the sales would be used for park, trail and public land restoration projects around the state.

Written comments should be mailed to the BLM Las Vegas Field Office, 4701 N. Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130 by Oct. 28.

For more information, contact BLM realty specialist Manuela Johnson at 702-515-5224 or manuela_johnson@blm.gov.

SHAKESPEARE INSTITUTE TO OFFER ACTOR CLASSES

The nonprofit Shakespeare Institute of Nevada recently launched a series of acting workshops for Southern Nevada residents focusing on teaching students to try new material and prepare audition pieces while receiving feedback from professional actors and directors. The workshops are suitable for all ages and all acting levels and are planned from 10 a.m. to noon Fridays and 6 to 9 p.m. Saturdays at 7220 S. Cimarron Road.

The fee is $80 for 10 classes. The first class is free to audit.

For more information or to register, email shakesinstnv@gmail.com or call 702-896-9517.

 

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