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Area Briefing

SALVATION ARMY SUFFERS $19,000 LOSS
DUE TO THEFT AT ADMINISTRATION BUILDING

The Salvation Army expects to spend $19,000 to conduct repairs and replace stolen items at its administration building, 2900 Palomino Lane, after thieves broke in March 25, the nonprofit said.

Thieves covered security cameras and disabled an electric gate to gain entry to the property, where they stole two HVAC units and damaged two others to obtain the copper, according to the organization. The thieves also broke into storage sheds to take maintenance equipment.

The Salvation Army’s insurance will cover a portion of the losses, but the expense will result in a reduction of services to beneficiaries, said Maj. Robert Lloyd, Clark County coordinator for the organization.

Those who wish to help The Salvation Army recover from the loss can call 702-870-4430 or visit salvationarmy.org to make a donation.

ANNUAL FLOAT-LIKE-A-DUCK EVENT
TO PROMOTE DROWNING PREVENTION

Floating lessons for kids and water safety tips will be available during Paragon Pools’ 10th annual Float Like A Duck event, set for 1 to 4 p.m. May 25 at the Bill & Lillie Heinrich YMCA Water Sports Park, 4141 Meadows Lane.

The event is slated to feature exhibits, hands-on activities, floating classes, open swimming and appearances by Las Vegas Mayor Pro Tem Stavros Anthony and local news personalities Ted Pretty, Heidi Hayes and Bryan Scofield.

Las Vegas Fire & Rescue plans to have a firetruck on display. Paragon Pools water safety mascot Duckie and the Metropolitan Police Department’s McGruff the Crime Dog also are scheduled to attend the free event. Participants younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent.

For more information, visit paragonpoolslv.com/floatlikeaduck
watersafety.htm.

VEHICLE SAFETY SEAT TRAINING PLANNED

The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension plans a training program from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Road, to teach residents how to install child safety seats.

The first hour is classroom instruction, with the second hour being hands-on training with a vehicle and car seat.

Judges can refer safety seat law violators to the program to reduce or waive fines.

The curriculum, instructor approval and program policies are administered by the state’s Nevada Child Passenger Safety Task Force.

For more information, contact Penny Blair at 702-397-2604, ext. 3, or blairp@unce.unr.edu.

BANK PLANS FREE SHRED-A-THON
APRIL 19 AT VALLEY SITES

City National Bank plans its third annual free shred-a-thon from 9 a.m. to noon April 19 at three valley branches.

The limit is four boxes per person. The branches are at 10801 W. Charleston Blvd., 8475 S. Eastern Ave. and 4130 W. Cheyenne Ave, North Las Vegas.

For more information, visit cnb.com.

PROJECT TO INSTALL FLASHING YELLOW ARROWS PASSES HALFWAY POINT

The valley is more than halfway finished installing flashing yellow arrow traffic signals at about 400 intersections.

Since 2009, more than 200 flashing yellow arrow signals have been installed in Southern Nevada, and another 189 are planned to come online during the next few years, according to valley safety and transportation officials.

The milestone was announced March 26 by top officials from the Nevada Department of Transportation, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, Clark County, the Metropolitan Police Department and the cities of Las Vegas and Henderson.

The arrows are meant to provide more efficient movement of traffic and reduce driver frustration, NDOT director Rudy Malfabon said. The arrows tell drivers they can turn left if they yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians.

A Federal Highway Administration study showed flashing yellow arrow traffic signals help prevent and reduce crashes, move more traffic through an intersection and provide additional traffic management flexibility.

For more information, visit nevadadot.com, clarkcountynv.gov or rtcsouthernnevada.com.

APPLICANTS SOUGHT
FOR POLICE EXPLORER PROGRAM

Residents can apply for the Metropolitan Police Department’s Explorer program through April 24.

The career-based program exposes young adults to the realities of a career in law enforcement. Explorers see what it takes to be an officer, how to process crime scenes and how to handle 911 emergency calls.

The program is a branch of the Boy Scouts of America’s Learning for Life program, developed to help build good moral character, promote good citizenship and develop personal and mental fitness.

Participants must be ages 16 to 20, be of good moral character, have no felony convictions or lengthy criminal history, pass a police background investigation and be motivated to volunteer in the community.

Explorer posts are at each of the department’s area commands, the crime scene investigations section, the communications bureau and the Clark County Detention Center, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway.

For more information on the program, visit lvmpdexplorers.com or contact officer Michael Rodriguez at m12717r@lvmpd.com. For area command locations, visit lvmpd.com.

ADULT CENTER TO OFFER
FREE DOCUMENT SHREDDING

The Centennial Hills Active Adult Center, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive, plans to host free document shredding from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday . The limit is five boxes per vehicle. For more information, call 702-229-1702.

RADON AWARENESS PRESENTATION
SET AT PASEO VERDE LIBRARY

The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension plans a radon awareness presentation at 6 p.m. April 25 at the Paseo Verde Library, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway, Henderson. Attendees will receive a free radon test kit.

Radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas in many homes, schools and other buildings, is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers, organizers said.

For more information, visit radonnv.com or contact radon program coordinator Laura Au-Yeung at 702-257-5550 or au-yeungl@unce.unr.edu.

NORTH LAS VEGAS PROMOTES
WATER SAFETY ON APRIL POOLS DAY

The North Las Vegas Fire Department put on its sixth annual April Pools Day on April 1 to promote drowning prevention.

The department conducted a mock drowning during the event at the Silver Mesa Recreation Center, 4025 Allen Lane.

Area organizations and agencies, including Safe Kids Clark County, the Southern Nevada Health District, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue and the Clark County Fire Department, distributed drowning prevention awareness materials throughout the valley during the event.

The event was part of a Southern Nevada Child Drowning Prevention Coalition campaign.

GRAFFITI CLEANUP SCHEDULED SATURDAY

A graffiti clean up is planned from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Whitney Community

Center, 5712 E. Missouri Ave., as part of Graffiti Awareness Week.

Participants are set to meet at 8 a.m. to organize into groups to pick up trash and clean graffiti in the area. Breakfast snacks will be available while supplies last.

For more information, contact Clark County Commissioner Mary Beth Scow’s office at 702-455-8531.

RAPE CRISIS CENTER SEEKS VOLUNTEERS
TO WORK WITH VICTIMS, COMMUNITY

The Rape Crisis Center is seeking volunteers 21 or older to assist in responding to sexual assault victims 24/7, among other tasks.

Volunteers assist the center’s staff in answering crisis calls around the clock, making referrals to victims and others who are seeking assistance. They also represent the center at community outreach and educational events and help with fundraising activities.

Committed to the prevention of sexual assault, center volunteers and staff members work with the Clark County School District to conduct educational events to help children identify signs of being molested or inappropriately touched. They also work with nightclubs to educate security personnel on how to identify sexual assault in the club. Volunteers also help organize community service campaigns targeted toward young women, the most vulnerable demographic for sexual assault, to educate them on how to avoid high-risk situations.

The center said that crisis response volunteers are its greatest need.

Volunteers must undergo 50 hours of training over the course of five weeks for three evenings per week. Volunteers must be able to complete a background check and commit to a minimum of six months of volunteer service and at least six hours per week on call.

Those who are interested should complete an application and set up an interview.

For more information, visit therapecrisiscenter.org and click on the volunteer icon or call 702-385-2153.

COUNTY SEEKS TO HIRE LIFEGUARDS,
OTHER WATER-SAFETY POSITIONS

The Clark County Parks and Recreation Department is seeking applicants to fill cashier, lifeguard, water-safety instructor and management positions for the 2013 pool season.

Jobs are available for those 15 or older, with hourly pay ranging from $9 to $15, based on experience and certifications.

Those who hold American Red Cross lifeguard certification or are interested in cashier positions can fill out an application at clarkcountynv.gov/parks.

Those who wish to apply for a lifeguard or other water-related position must complete the training course at the Hollywood Aquatics Center, 1550 S. Hollywood Blvd., or the Desert Breeze Aquatic Facility, 8275 Spring Mountain Road.

The training course costs a reduced rate of $70 if participants sign an employment contract with the county. Otherwise, the cost is $140. The course includes lifesaving skills, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, automated external defibrillator and emergency first aid. The five-day course is held multiple times until the last one, set to start May 2.

Prerequisite skills include the ability to complete a 300-yard continuous swim and retrieve a weighted object from 7 to 10 feet of water. Applicants with no prerequisite skills can attend a lifeguard preparation course at the Hollywood Aquatics Center for $10. The class is set for 5 to 6 p.m. Friday .

For more information, visit clarkcountynv.gov/parks or call 702-455-8508.

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