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National program allows recent graduates to guide at-risk students

The Teach For America program offers recent graduates of all degrees a chance to become educators, placing them at schools in at-risk communities. TFA is a national nonprofit organization that recruits college students for two-year teaching commitments.

Las Vegas Valley airports keep plans in wings for various emergencies

Las Vegas Boulevard is unusual for many reasons, but among them is the presence of two major airports on the valley’s best-known and busiest roads. In any major disaster, the airports would be involved.

Things to Do in Paradise and Downtown

The Rainbow Company Youth Theatre plans to present “Charlotte’s Web” Friday through Oct. 16 at the Charleston Heights Arts Center. The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, 3800 Las Vegas Blvd. South, is offering free admission to visitors from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. The Atomic Testing Museum, 755 E. Flamingo Road, is hosting “Area 51: Special Projects.” Learn more about these and other events in this week’s Things to Do.

Silver Bowl Park to host Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival

It’s time to strap on that corset, kilt or suit of chain mail that’s been hiding in your closet and head to the Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival. But if you head to the festival’s longtime home at Sunset Park you’ll be there alone. The annual event is set to fill Silver Bowl Park while Sunset Park undergoes renovations.

Desert winds can shred peach tree leaves

Question: I hope you can help with a small problem with our dwarf peach tree. Something is shredding the leaves, and I cannot see anything after a close inspection. Could this be a nocturnal pest?

Put Pine Creek Canyon on top of your short list of hikes to take

With the temperatures in our region finally cooling off, now is a good time to head out to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. There are many canyons to explore in the park but Pine Creek Canyon should be tops on your short list.

Literary Las Vegas: Morgan St. James

Whether she’s writing Silver Sister Mysteries under her own name or penning romantic suspense novels under the pen name Arliss Adams, Las Vegas author Morgan St. James is the picture of prolific. In addition to her fiction, St. James recently released “Writers’ Tricks of the Trade: 39 Things You Need to Know About the ABCs of Writing Fiction,” a how-to book designed to help others pursue the dream she realized at age 68 when her first novel, “A Corpse in the Soup,” was published. For more on the author, visit morganstjames-author.com.

Newsmakers

Edward Gonzalez of Las Vegas and Ajit Kundanani of North Las Vegas received the Agency Hands in the Community Award from The Allstate Foundation for their commitment to helping others in their area.

Book Briefs

Check out this week’s Book Briefs for information about Readings in the Pumpkin Patch, a children’s book event tied to the Vegas Valley Book Festival, and signings for Imani True’s “Strawberries, Stilettos and Steam” and Deborah Wall’s “Base Camp Las Vegas: Hiking the Western States.”

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