Nevada Arts Council hands out annual honors

The Nevada Arts Council recently announced the recipients of the 28th Annual Governor’s Arts Awards.

Sally Ahlstedt of Henderson, Candy and Sen. Mike Schneider of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Little Theatre are among the eight honorees to be recognized at the awards ceremony March 27.

Ahlstedt is the recipient of the Leadership in the Arts: Individual award for more than 25 years of service in the Southern Nevada arts community. The Schneiders are the recipients of the Distinguished Service award for supporting the arts and arts education in Nevada. And, the Las Vegas Little Theatre is the recipient of the Leadership in the Arts: Organization award.

The awards ceremony will be held at 7:30 p.m. March 27 at Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St. A light buffet will precede the awards at 6 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person. For more information call 486-3700.

In other news:

* The Siemens Foundation, which honors student and teacher achievements in math, science and technology, recently announced the recipients of the 2007-08 Siemens Award for Advanced Placement. Phillip Bombino, the advanced placement calculus teacher at Clark High School, is one of 50 AP teachers nationwide selected by the foundation and will receive a $1,000 award.

The foundation also recognized 50 schools for their achievements in supporting AP education. Advanced Technologies Academy was named the Nevada recipient and will receive a $1,000 grant to support math and science education.

* Julie Hession, of Las Vegas, won the Heinz Field National Tailgate Recipe Contest in February. With her winning recipe of Undefeated Chipotle Maple Chicken Wraps with Tangy Cabbage Slaw, Hession won a prize package that included tickets to the Super Bowl XLII in Glendale, Ariz. In addition, Hession was a finalist in the second annual Simply Manischewitz Cook-Off held Feb. 27 at the New York Marriott Downtown. Hession competed with her Beef Tenderloin with Marsala Mushroom Sauce recipe in the cooking competition along with five other finalists. Joy Devor of New York won the competition.

* Chef Rebecca Peizer, a faculty member at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Las Vegas, won the Taste of Elegance Pork Board competition at the Food Educators Network International 10th Annual FENI Educators Summit held Feb. 21-23 in Las Vegas. Peizer, who competed against eight local chefs in the competition, received $1,000 and advances to the national competition in San Diego in May.

* The Thomas & Mack Center and UNLVtickets recently donated more than $16,000 to the Public Education Foundation. The nonprofit organization received 50 cents from each ticket sold during the “Walking with Dinosaurs — The Live Experience” show in January.

* The College of Southern Nevada School of Applied and Advanced Technologies is the recipient of a $100,000 grant by the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers. The grant is part of a three-year commitment by the association to support CSN’s slot technician degree program. Funds from the grant will be used toward expanding recruiting efforts and increasing technical support for the program, in addition to supporting a full-time lab technician. CSN will also use the grant toward the program’s online courses and helping to establish a train-the-trainer workshop with gaming businesses.

If you know of a worthy candidate for this column, mail information to Newsmakers, Las Vegas Review-Journal, P.O. Box 70, Las Vegas, NV 89125-0070, or send faxes to 383-4676.

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