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Area Briefing

CELLPHONE DONATION DRIVE TO BENEFIT OVERSEAS MILITARY PERSONNEL

RMI Management has partnered with Cell Phones for Soldiers to conduct a cellphone donation drive through the end of the year in the Las Vegas Valley.

The public is encouraged to drop off gently used cellphones at 630 Trade Center Drive, Suite 100, and 7951 Deer Springs Way, Suite 170.

The cellphones will be recycled, and the proceeds will be used to purchase calling cards for military personnel deployed overseas. Late-model cellphones are preferred, but any type may be donated.

For more information, call RMI Management at 737-3360 or visit cellphonesforsoldiers.com.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE OPEN, SHIFT4 CORP. SEEK HERO NOMINATIONS

The Shift4 Corp. and the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open recently announced the Who’s Your Hero campaign.

If you are a Southern Nevadan and have a friend, a relative or a neighbor who works in firefighting, the military or law enforcement, this campaign is an opportunity to tell their story.

To nominate a hero, visit shift4.com/hero until July 31 and fill out a form with the name of the hero and why he is being nominated. Any active or retired public safety member within Southern Nevada is eligible, and there is no limit on the number of nominations participants may make.

Winners of the campaign will be selected by Shift4 and a panel of local celebrity judges and given VIP treatment at Shift4’s public safety appreciation station at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, set for Oct. 1-7 at TPC Summerlin, 1700 Village Center Circle.

Perks that winners are scheduled to receive include special seating, catered meals and the chance to meet and mingle with PGA players.

For more information, visit shrinershospitalsforchildren.org, jtshrinersopen.com or call 873-1010.

CITY BUILDING AND SAFETY DEPARTMENT EXPANDS HOURS TO INCLUDE WEEKENDS

The city of Las Vegas building and safety department has expanded its inspections to seven days per week.

The city hired two employees who are available for inspections with water, patios and other services on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

To schedule an inspection Monday to Thursday, call 229-4677. To schedule an inspection Friday to Sunday, call 229-4076.

SAFE SUMMER NIGHTS EVENT planned

A Safe Summer Nights celebration is set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at Kelly Elementary School, 1900 J St., to promote peace and safety and give residents a chance to get to know each other while enjoying free entertainment and food. 

City of Las Vegas officials, local nonprofit groups and neighbors are invited to enjoy music, children’s games, face painting, refreshments and fun. Free hot dogs, chips and water will be served while supplies last. Residents also can learn about summer youth activities, health services, community safety, money management programs, adult education opportunities, living assistance and more.

Partners in the annual Safe Summer Nights program, which kicked off May 31 this year, include the city of Las Vegas, the Sunrise Children’s Foundation, the Nevada Early Childhood Advisory Council, Walmart, KCEP-FM 88.1, Univision and the Clark County School District.

For more information, call 229-5406.

PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE TO SPAN FROM LAS VEGAS CITY HALL TO THE SMITH CENTER

Construction of the Symphony Park Pedestrian Bridge was set to begin July 23 to connect the Las Vegas City Hall parking garage, 500 S. Main St., to the parking lot at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 361 Symphony Park Ave.

The prefabricated steel bridge will aim to improve pedestrian access between downtown and Symphony Park, adding to the area’s walkable community improvements, according to the city of Las Vegas.

Plans include a concrete deck, elevators, stairs, landscaping and irrigation. The bridge is slated to be constructed over Union Pacific Railroad tracks and right-of-way and be lifted into place by a crane.

The $4.5 million project is expected to take roughly eight months, with most work scheduled Monday through Friday, starting at 6 a.m.

The start of construction is expected to have minimal impact on the 500 S. Main St. parking garage. Toward the end of construction, parking restrictions may occur on the west end of the garage’s third and top levels so crews can stage power, low-voltage and irrigation lines that will connect to the bridge from the garage.

During the placement of the bridge by crane, parking and pedestrian traffic along the garage’s west wall is scheduled to be blocked off. The construction activity primarily will be in The Smith Center’s temporary-surface parking lot nearest to the train tracks.

Funding comes from a $500,000 Federal Highway Administration grant, $3.6 million from federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality funds and $400,000.

SUNDAY CHURCH SERVICES TO HONOR POLICE, FIREFIGHTER, MILITARY PERSONNEL

A service to honor and celebrate military, police and firefighters is planned during the 8 and 10:45 a.m. services Sunday at Lamb of God Lutheran Church, 6220 N. Jones Blvd.

The Celebrity City Chorus is slated to perform.

A free luncheon for military personnel and their families is planned after the 10:45 a.m. service.

For more information, visit lambofgodlv.com or call 645-4998.

LIFEGUARD CAMP PLANNED AT PAVILION CENTER POOL

A Junior Lifeguard Camp for children ages 12 to 15 is planned for Aug. 6-10 at the Pavilion Center Pool, 101 S. Pavilion Center Drive.

Participants will receive American Red Cross adult CPR certification and learn essential pool lifesaving skills. The cost is $45 per week.

For more information, call 229-1488.

POLICE LAUNCH COLLABORATIVE EFFORT TO FIGHT GRAFFITI

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has partnered with area agencies to fight graffiti, considered one of the valley’s most costly property crimes.

The initiative aims to implement enforcement, abatement, prevention and education. The goal is to unite public agencies with the community to fight graffiti and protect the valley from graffiti vandalism and any related crime.

The department has teamed with the city of Las Vegas, Crime Stoppers of Nevada, the Clark County School District and other Southern Nevada Graffiti Coalition partners for the initiative.

A kickoff for the effort, dubbed Graffiti-Free Las Vegas, took place June 26 at Martin Middle School, 200 N. 28th St.

For more information, call 828-3111 or visit lvmpd.com.

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