Free air conditioners will be awarded by contractors through Cool Off program

The Nevada State Contractors Board and the Southern Nevada Air Conditioning Refrigeration Service Contractors Association have started their seventh annual Mission Cool Off program. The program provides selected individuals/families in Southern Nevada a free air conditioning unit that has been donated by licensed contractors who are also members of the contractors association.

The first 100 applications received by Feb. 29 will be considered for selection. Selections will be made by a committee of individuals and determined based on a person’s or family’s special circumstances.

The program is not open to tenants, landlords or owners who do not reside at the residence or mobile-home owners. All applicants who qualify must complete and submit all required forms, including the application and media release form, in order to be considered. The forms can be downloaded at or by calling Ranya Botros at 486-1165.

Completed forms can be faxed to 486-4665, or mailed to Ranya Botros, Nevada State Contractors Board, 2310 Corporate Circle, Suite 200, Henderson, NV 89074.

Master gardener to teach tomato class

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension master gardener Helen Brown will teach a free, one-hour class titled “Time for Tomatoes!” at Whole Foods Market Henderson on Feb. 11.

To participate, visit the market at 100 S. Green Valley Parkway at 11 a.m.

Brown, a master gardener since 1997, is a local expert on growing vegetables, especially tomatoes and vine crops. Las Vegas has two tomato seasons: spring/early summer and fall/early winter. Now is the perfect time to start tomato seeds indoors and get a bountiful first crop before the summer temperatures stop production.

Brown, along with more than 300 active master gardeners, is a university-trained community volunteer who shares her knowledge and desert gardening skills via community projects. Master gardeners are experienced in successfully growing plants in the harsh, hot, dry and windy climate of the Mojave Desert. This is an environment unfamiliar to many newcomers. By teaching what to plant and how to properly care for landscapes or gardens, master gardeners save people money on water, soil amendments, plant materials, etc.

For more information on the master gardener program or the tomato class, contact Ann Edmunds at 702-257-5587 or email

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