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News from around the valley, Jan. 14-20, 2016

Toy and clothing drive: Tivoli Village retailer Kidville is teaming up with nonprofit Dinosaurs & Roses to host a toy and clothing drive through Jan. 30 to benefit families in need across the valley. Bring in gently used items in exchange for a 15 percent discount off Kidville retail the day of drop off. Donated items will be distributed via Dinosaurs & Roses ongoing community outreach efforts. Call 702-277-3752.

Homeless Census volunteers needed: Volunteers are needed to help with the 2016 Southern Nevada Homeless Census, which will count the homeless in the Las Vegas Valley on Jan. 26 and 27. Census volunteers are needed to help with the overnight count of the homeless population from 11:30 p.m. Jan. 26 to 6 a.m. Jan. 27. Volunteers are also needed to help with the homeless youth count from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 27. Any individual or community group interested can register at helphopehome.org/get_involved_volunteer.html.

Pet bed and blanket drive: Nathan Adelson Hospice’s Pet Therapy Program is hosting its fifth annual Dog Bed & Blanket Drive through Feb. 28. All Nathan Adelson locations will serve as a drop-off point for new or gently used items, including: dog beds, blankets, towels, wash cloths, linens and unopened pet food. Locations are at: 4141 Swenson St.; in the MountainView Medical Office Building, 3150 N. Tenaya Way, Suite 350; 2270 E. Commercial Road, Suite A/B in Pahrump; and 1201 Nevada State Drive. Visit nah.org.

Artificial turf fields closed: The two artificial turf fields at McCarran Marketplace Park, 5800 Surrey St., in southeast Las Vegas are being closed until further notice. The artificial turf has experienced extensive damage and is worn to the sub-surface in many of the playable areas with complete material degradation in places, causing hazardous conditions. The rips and tears stem from general wear and tear but also from inappropriate use such as users playing in cleats, which are banned, and riding bicycles across them. Signage at the park makes clear what uses are prohibited. Since the fields opened in early 2007, excessively worn areas have been patched four to five times. The deterioration of the fields is such that a complete overhaul is necessary, officials said. The playground at the site will remain open. The artificial turf fields will remain closed until they can be fully replaced, which would cost more than $4 million to complete.

Recycle Christmas trees:The Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd., and the Christmas Tree Recycling Committee are set to host the Annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program through Jan. 15. Drop off cut Christmas tree for free at more than 34 locations around the valley. For a list of drop-off locations, visit springspreserve.org/apps/location/tree_recycle.

Henderson MLK observance: Henderson City Hall and Municipal Court will be closed Jan. 18 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Fire and emergency services will continue to work regular schedules. The Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve will be open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 18, but all other recreation facilities and pools will be closed. All online payment services will be available.

Adobe restoration complete: The city of Las Vegas this month completed restoration of the historic adobe hut at Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs, 9200 Tule Springs Road. The $98,000 project was funded by grants from the Nevada State Commission for Cultural Centers and Historic Preservation and the Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial. The entire project was completed for one-third of the estimated budget and in one half the time. The protective roof structure, installed when the park was owned by the state, has been removed. The structure is no longer needed now that a new roof with a water tight underlay has been installed. The building was also reinforced on the interior with hidden concrete beams to add stability should an earthquake occur, making the building fit for public access accompanied by city staff. Doors are closed and locked, but visitors may see inside through window openings with a wire mesh to keep animals out. A new fence surrounds the adobe, but gates are unlocked and can be reached via an accessible path. During the construction process, several historic artifacts were uncovered buried in the dirt in the interior of the adobe. Archaeologist Colleen Beck, also a member on the city’s Historic Preservation Commission, provided volunteer assistance to monitor the removal and storage of the artifacts. The artifacts will be cataloged and placed back inside the adobe so that they may be viewed from the windows.

Recycle used cooking oil: The Clark County Water Reclamation District asks residents to recycle their holiday cooking oil at four locations throughout the valley. The oil is recycled into biofuel. The cooking oil recycling program is a component of the Pain in the Drain outreach campaign, whose goal is to decrease the amount of sewer blockages and overflows caused by fat, oil, grease and grit disposed of in drains. Oil collection will be available through Jan. 15 during park hours at Desert Breeze Park, 8275 Spring Mountain Road; Pearson Community Center, 1625 W. Carey Ave.; Mountain Crest Park, 4701 N. Durango Drive; and Sunset Park’s administration building parking lot, 2601 E. Sunset Road. visit paininthedrain.com.

New downtown retail project: Renovations are starting on the newest retail project in the downtown Arts District, dubbed the Corner Building at Main and California streets. Demolition has begun at the project, which will include almost 11,000 square feet of retail space configured to units as small as 720 square feet to as large as 7,000 square feet and featuring a large courtyard area and a 6-foot-wide raised platform on Main and California streets. The end date is slated for mid-2016. There will be more than $1 million spent in renovations between landlord and tenant expenditures to complete the project and dozens of jobs will be created downtown both during construction and afterward. While renovations are taking place, the developer plans to offer pop-up events and artist showings. Contact Metroplex Realty at 702-900-0350.

Nominate veterans for veteran of the month: Nevada’s Veteran of the Month award recognizes veterans statewide who contribute their time and energy in support of veterans and the military, and/or who take pride in caring and nurturing their local communities. The program is managed by the Nevada Department of Veterans Services, which continuously seeks out potential honorees. Anyone can nominate potential candidates. Submissions must be on an official form and will be reviewed by members of the Veterans Service Commission at its quarterly meetings. The members then make final decisions on who is chosen. Submissions are accepted throughout the year, and nomination deadlines are three weeks prior to each VSC quarterly meeting. To nominate:

— Read the attached VOM guidelines at veterans.nv.gov.

— Download and complete VOM nomination packet under “Services.” Nomination packets must include a copy of the nominee’s DD-214 Form and a photo of the nominee. For assistance in obtaining a copy of a DD-214 form, call the Nevada Department of Veterans Services, VAST Section, at 775-321-4880.

— Nomination packets can be filled out online, saved, printed, signed and mailed to: Nevada Department of Veterans Services, Attn: Pamela Roberts, 6880 S. McCarran Blvd., Bldg. A, Suite 2, Reno, NV 89509

— Completed packets can also be scanned and emailed to Roberts at robertsp@veterans.nv.gov or faxed to 775-688-1656.

Mojave Max Emergence Contest: The contest opened Nov. 5 for Las Vegas Valley students to guess when Mojave Max, a tortoise at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Visitor Center, will come out of his brumation in the spring. The person who guesses as closely as possible to the correct day, hour and minute when Max will emerge from his burrow wins. Anyone can enter, but only one winner from Clark County in grades kindergarten through 12 who is enrolled in public, private or registered home schools is eligible to win. The grand prize winner and his or her entire class will win T-shirts, Mojave Max Olympic-style medals, a pizza party and a field trip to Red Rock Canyon to see Max. The winner also receives a laptop computer, a digital camera and an America the Beautiful yearlong pass to national parks and federal recreational areas. The winner’s teacher will receive a laptop computer. To enter, visit mojavemax.com and click on the “Emergence Contest” button. Visit clarkcountynv.gov.

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