News from around the Valley, Oct. 1-7, 2015

Bank donation: On Sept. 15, Bank of America hand-delivered big checks to several Southern Nevada nonprofits, with a focus on housing and community development. The recipient organizations were: Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas, Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Southern Nevada, Rebuilding Together Southern Nevada, Women’s Development Center, the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, and Nevada Public Radio. The grants, totaling $115,000, were delivered by Bank of America’s Las Vegas leadership team, who also met with the nonprofits’ leaders to discuss how they are helping spur local economic growth. Visit

Public outreach meetings: Las Vegas Valley residents are invited to participate in public outreach meetings on the updated Downtown Master Plan, set from 2 to 4 p.m. and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St. City leaders, along with a team of consultants led by RTKL, a global architecture and urban design firm, are midway through an 18-month process to create a new master plan to better facilitate the physical, social, and economic development of downtown Las Vegas over the next 20 years. At this event, participants will have an opportunity to respond to a new proposed vision for downtown Las Vegas, learn the results of an extensive economic market study and weigh in on new proposed alternative plans for downtown. Participation in these events is free, and valley residents 18 or older who have an interest in downtown Las Vegas are invited.

Business workshop: Local businesses are invited to a free, half-day event coordinated by the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law and the Association of Corporate Counsel Nevada that will address new policies and existing laws that affect their operations, practices and structure from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 2 at The Innevation Center, 6795 S. Edmond St. The event will feature complimentary breakfast; networking opportunities; a keynote presentation titled Your Guide to Nevada’s New Business Licensing and Tax Laws, delivered by local attorney Gina Bongiovi; and roundtable discussions led by local attorneys on topics such as employment law (hiring and firing), trademark and copyright law, entity formation, local licensing, and independent contractor vs. employee classification. To register, visit

Easter Seals program offers assistive technology: As part of Easter Seals Nevada’s ongoing commitment to assist individuals with disabilities meet their independence goals, it announces the launch of the Nevada Assistive Technology Empowerment program in October, with the goal to bring a one-stop resource to all Nevadans with disabilities to acquire assistive technology, learn about the devices that could help them and view available loan inventory. The NATE Project’s assistive technology drive is set to kick off at the Southern Nevada Centers for Independent Living’s 24th Annual Disability Awareness Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 17 at the East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave. Community members are encouraged to come out and donate any assistive technology they no longer use. LaaRee Drawantz, director of assistive technology at Easter Seals Nevada, is set to lead a discussion about the importance of recycling and reuse of assistive technology. This free event also is set to feature a variety of educational activities, along with live entertainment, wheelchair repair, a free lunch and raffle prizes. Individuals can also donate assistive technology at any time at Easter Seals Nevada, 6200 W. Oakey Blvd. Examples of items needed include power chairs, flat-screen monitors, GPS navigation systems, electronic magnifiers and digital recording devices. call 702-870-7050 to ensure there is a need for items prior to donation. Visit

Coats for Kids drive: The 16th annual Sweet 16 Harriet’s Coats for Kids drive is set for Oct. 1 through Nov. 2. Residents can drop off gently used or new coats at any Las Vegas Valley Albertsons store. The items will be picked up by Aramark Uniform and dry cleaned courtesy of Al Phillips the Cleaner. Donors may fill out a ballot to win two free tickets to this year’s show sponsor, Terry Fator at The Mirage. Winners will be drawn at the end of drive. Coats will be distributed by The Salvation Army’s Family Services. Call 702-233-2417.

Public input sought: The city of Las Vegas has prepared an updated self-evaluation and draft transition plan in response to expectations set forth in Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act to ensure the city’s programs, services and benefits offered to the public do not discriminate against people with disabilities. The city surveyed 146 public facilities based on compliance with the ADA for structural impediments that could pose a barrier to persons with disabilities and corrective measures were determined to address the potential obstructions. The transition plan identifies and prioritizes which barrier removal actions will have the greatest impact citywide to ensure maximum access and equality among city programs for all residents. The public is invited to review the updated 2015 self-evaluation and draft transition plan and to provide feedback on the proposed goals. The online forum is available through noon Oct. 31 at A hard copy of the draft transition plan can also be viewed in the Human Resources Department on the first floor at City Hall, 495 Main St.

Community awards: The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards has begun its search for Nevada’s top youth volunteers of 2016. The annual national awards program, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, honors students in grades 5-12 who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service. The top middle and high school volunteer in every state each receive $1,000, a silver medallion and an all-expenses-paid trip with a parent to Washington, D.C., for several days of national recognition events. State-level runners-up receive bronze medallions or Certificates of Excellence. Through Nov. 3, middle and high school students are invited to apply for 2016 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards at

Give A Meal food program: Three Square food bank has partnered with Bank of America and Feeding America to help address the issue of hunger in the Las Vegas community. Through Dec. 31, Bank of America’s Give A Meal program aims to increase hunger awareness and support. For every $1 donated, Bank of America Charitable Foundation will give $2 more. Last year, the Give A Meal program locally resulted in more than $12,000 benefiting Three Square — amounting to 36,000-plus meals provided to those in need in Southern Nevada. Visit and

Winter gear collection: During September, HopeLink’s SeniorLink, a 55-plus service for seniors living in poverty, will collect and sort new and gently used donations of winter coats, gloves and scarves to be distributed in October to senior communities in Southern Nevada. To donate, contact Don Miller, SeniorLink director at HopeLink, at 702-566-0576, ext. 305, or email Tax deductible contributions to the effort can be made at



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