Valleywide recreation briefs for Sept. 4-10, 2014

COOPERATIVE EXTENSION OFFERS JUNIOR GARDENING CLASSES

The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Junior Master Gardener program is set to begin in September. Children ages 7 to 12 can experience hands-on gardening activities while learning about plants, water, soil, veggies and more.

The 4-H program is an eight-session-per-semester class with a fee of $52. Classes are planned from 9 a.m. to noon every other Saturday. For the north part of the valley, classes are planned at the Research Center & Demonstration Orchard, 4600 Horse Drive, beginning Sept. 6. In the south part of the valley, classes are planned at the Lifelong Learning Center’s Outdoor Education Center, 8050 Paradise Road, beginning Sept. 13.

For more information or to register, contact Karyn Johnson at 702-257-5523 or johnsonk@unce.unr.edu. Students must register to participate. For more information on the nationwide Junior Master Gardener program, visit jmgkids.us.

CLIF BAR CROSSVEGAS PLANNED SEPT. 10

The eighth annual Clif Bar CrossVegas is planned Sept. 10 at the Desert Breeze Soccer Complex, 8275 Spring Mountain Road. The USA Cycling races for area and local racers are set to begin at 4 p.m., and the Elite Women and Men racing are set for 8:20 and 9:30 p.m., respectively.

The course combines road bike speed with mountain bike terrain, often forcing riders to jump off and carry their bikes while running over barriers and obstacles on the course. Spectator tickets are $10 each and are available at crossvegas.com.

GOLF FOR GOODWILL EVENT PLANNED

Veterans event Golf for Goodwill Southern Nevada is planned Sept. 12 at the Rio Secco Golf Club, 2851 Grand Hills Drive. Registration is set for 10:30 a.m. with the shotgun start planned at noon. An award reception is planned after the tournament. A silent auction and raffle also are scheduled. For more information, visit golfforgoodwill.com.

RAINBOW SOCCER LEAGUE SIGN-UPS AVAILABLE

Rainbow Youth Soccer League sign-ups are planned from 6 to 7:30 p.m. through Sept. 13 at the Desert Breeze Soccer Complex snack bar, 8275 Spring Mountain Road. The league is coed youth soccer for ages 2 to 18. The cost is $120, and sign-ups require a copy of birth certificate and wallet size photo. The fee includes 10 games, complete uniform and picture plaque. For more information, visit ryslsoccerleague.com.

VIVA BIKE VEGAS PLANNED TO BENEFIT LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS

The seventh annual Viva Bike Vegas is planned for Sept. 13. After this year, the event is set to be called El Tour de Vegas. Participants can ride 25, 50 or 100 miles or participate in the Fun Ride of a quarter-mile, 5 or 10 miles.

The start time for all rides is 6 a.m., except for the Fun Ride, which is set for 8 a.m. A one-day bicycle expo and packet pickup is planned from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 12 at The Linq, 3545 Las Vegas Blvd. South.

Viva Bike Vegas benefits Discovery Children’s Museum among other local organizations. All cyclists riding for Discovery Children’s Museum can receive a family four-pack of museum passes as a benefit of their support. The deadline to register to ride for Discovery Children’s Museum was Aug. 29. After Aug. 29, there is a late fee of $50.

For more information about riding for the museum, email info@discoverykidslv.org.

For more information about Viva Bike Vegas, call 855-745-2033 or email info@perimeterbicycling.com.

ONE-DAY BASKETBALL CAMP PLANNED FOR YOUTHS

The Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada has partnered with the Tarkanian Basketball Academy to announce the Ultimate 1-Day Basketball Camp for grades 2 through 12, set from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 14 at Tarkanian Basketball Academy, 2730 S. Rancho Drive.

The program includes age-appropriate skill development and advanced fundamentals followed by full-court games with an emphasis on shooting, passing/catching, rebounding, ball handling, footwork and offense/defense strategies. Each participate receives a reversible team jersey, official camp water bottle, framed group photo, official camp shirt and more. A kosher lunch and Gatorade is provided as well as MVP trophies for a selected few.

Space is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis. The price for the full-day program is $79 for JCC members and $99 for non-members. Visit jccsn.org or call 702-794-0090.

PEDAL TO THE MEDAL EVENT SCHEDULE

The Special Olympics Nevada Pedal to the Medal is planned to start at 6:30 a.m. Sept. 27 at the West Career & Technical Academy, 11945 W. Charleston Blvd.

Bike routes and registration fees offered include: 25-mile ride, $40; 50-mile ride with optional hill climb, $50; and a 100-mile century ride with optional hill climb, $65.

Registration includes ride, rest-stop support, lunch, a commemorative T-shirt and swag bag. In order to guarantee a T-shirt and swag bag, registration must be done by Aug. 29.

For more information or to register, visit sonv.org or contact Kimberly Carter-Schlotthauer at 702-474-0690, ext. 207 or KimberlyC@SONV.org.

HEMOPHILIA FOUNDATION PLANNING WALK

The Nevada Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation is planning to host a Hemophilia Walk on Sept. 27. The Las Vegas event includes a 1-mile walk or a 5K, set to start at 8:30 a.m. with on-site registration at 7:30 a.m. at Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs, 9200 Tule Springs Road. Visit hfnv.org or call 702-564-4368.

PROFESSIONAL TENNIS EVENT PLANNED

The Red Rock Pro Open Challenger, a USTA women’s $50,000 Pro Circuit, plans to return Sept. 21-28 to the Red Rock Country Club, 2250 Red Springs Drive.

The tournament features a 32-player field in singles and 16 doubles teams.

For more information, visit redrockproopen.com.

SENIOR YOGA, TAI CHI CLASSES AVAILABLE

Atria Seville, 2000 N. Rampart Blvd., is set to host a one-hour Senior Tai Chi & Yoga Class every at 2 p.m. Wednesdays. The class is led by master Mitch Menik. The Atria Seville residents participate and invite local seniors to attend. It includes seated and standing tai chi, yoga, laugh yoga and ends with a traditional tea tasting. Sign in at the front desk when entering. The class is complimentary to seniors. The location is just south of the Lake Mead Boulevard intersection in Summerlin. For more information, visit atriaseville.com or call 702-804-6800.

GARDENING WORKSHOPS PLANNED AT LIFELONG LEARNING CENTER

The next Gardening in Small Places workshops are using native plants in the landscape, Sept. 20; tree selection and care, Oct. 4; and growing fruit at home, Nov. 15 at the Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Road. Many classes are limited in size and have a registration fee for materials.

To register, email Elaine Fagin at fagine@unce.unr.edu or call 702-257-5573.

FENCING CAMPS PLANNED BY RED ROCK FENCING CENTER

Introduction to Fencing Camps for ages 5 to 9 and 9 to 15 are planned from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the Red Rock Fencing Center, 8352 W. Warm Springs Road.

Participants will learn sportsmanship, the art and skill of fencing and have fun in the process. Fencing teaches focus, determination, coordination and thinking skills. Participants should bring lunch, but equipment will be supplied.

Camp fees are $200 per week, with an early drop-off fee of $20 per day from 7:30 to 9:15 a.m. The camp offers a 20 percent discount for siblings.

For more information, visit redrockfencingcenter.com, email staff@redrockfencingcenter.com or call 702-222-1901.

TOURACADEMY OFFERING GOLF INSTRUCTION

The TOURAcademy, which provides personalized golf instruction and skill development programs for golf enthusiasts of all ages and ability levels, recently launched new golf training programs and junior golf programs.

The local TOURAcademy location is TPC Las Vegas, 9851 Canyon Run Drive.

For times and fees, visit pgatourexperiences.com or call 800-766-7939.

MASTER GARDENERS PLAN MONTHLY TOURS

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners plan free, monthly guided tours at the Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Road.

The Demonstration Gardens contain more than 500 species of desert-appropriate landscape plants, including trees, shrubs, perennials, palms, cacti and agaves. Plants are identified by botanical and common names. The grounds are open for self-guided walks from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

To join the monthly tour, meet in the courtyard by 10 a.m. on the specified date. Walking shoes, water, hats and other appropriate items are suggested. Groups of five or more people are asked to call program coordinator Ann Edmunds at 702-257-5587 at least two weeks in advance.

For more information, email lvmastergardeners@unce.unr.edu or call 702-257-5555.

CENTENNIAL HILLS ACTIVE ADULT CENTER OFFERS WEEKLY SENIOR FITNESS CLASSES

The Centennial Hills Active Adult Center plans to offer 25 weekly fitness classes for adults 50 or older from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays at 6601 N. Buffalo Drive.

Classes include yoga, cardio dance and tai chi. The cost is $15 per month and includes use of the YMCA weight room and indoor lap pool for a limited time.

For more information, call 702-229-1702.

NEIGHBORHOOD REC CENTER OFFERS SENIOR ACTIVITIES

The Neighborhood Recreation Center, 1638 N. Bruce St., offers senior activities for adults 55 or older from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

Daily leisure activities, classes and monthly trips are offered to Social Senior members who pay a $3 annual membership fee.

For more information, call 702-633-1492 or 702-633-1600.

WEEKLY CLASSES AVAILABLE IN CENTENNIAL HILLS

The Centennial Hills Active Adult Center, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive, offers 29 weekly aerobics, tai chi cardio dance and yoga classes, led by a team of four instructors. Registration is required. Call 702-229-1702.

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, BLM PLAN FEE-FREE DAYS FOR 2014

The National Park Service is offering opportunities in 2014 to enjoy national parks without paying an entrance fee.

The dates are Sept. 27, National Public Lands Day; and Nov. 11, Veterans Day weekend.

In Nevada, Death Valley National Park and the Lake Mead National Recreation Area are slated to participate. For more information, visit nps.gov.

The Bureau of Land Management-administered Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area also is slated to participate in fee-free days Sept. 27 and Nov. 11. For more information, visit blm.org.

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