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Recreation Briefs

CITY’S PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT RECEIVES NATIONAL HONOR

The city of Las Vegas Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department has been selected by the National Recreation and Park Association as a leader in using best practices out of 10 parks chosen nationally. As a result, the department was invited to participate in a best practices roundtable in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The information compiled during the roundtable will be a part of the organization’s national conference this fall in Anaheim, Calif. A final report/guidebook utilizing the data contributed by the roundtable’s participants and the national survey is set to be released this fall. The resource will help other communities approach and develop meaningful partnerships.

Two other cities selected to participate are Henderson and Portland, Ore.

The association has also announced that July is Parks and Recreation Month. The 2012 Park and Recreation Month theme of "Get Wild" encourages individuals, families and friends to venture into their local parks and join some of the association’s initiatives, which include a geocaching contest and a pledge to "Get Wild" at local parks and recreation areas in July.

For more information, visit npra.org/july.

YANKEE DOODLE AT THE POOL EVENT PLANNED AT VALLEYWIDE LOCATIONS

An all-ages celebration of Independence Day is planned today at several valleywide pool locations. Participate in water games and activities from 2 to 6 p.m. at Doolittle Pool, 1950 N. J St., or from noon to 4 p.m. at Baker Pool, 1100 E. St. Louis Ave.; Carlos L. Martinez and Darrio J. Hall Family Pool at Gary Reese Freedom Park, 889 N. Pecos Road; the Municipal Pool, 431 E. Bonanza Road; or Pavilion Center Pool, 101 S. Pavilion Center Drive.

The cost is $1 for ages 4 to 17, $2 for ages 18 to 49 and $1.50 for ages 50 or older. It is free for children 3 or younger.

For more information, call the Doolittle Pool at 229-6374, the Municipal Pool at 229-6309 or the Pavilion Center Pool at 229-1488.

SPIRIT SPLASH NIGHT PLANNED

A free Spirit Splash Night is set from 6 to 8 p.m. July 25 at various pool locations. Open to all novice team participants in the city’s recreational competitive water polo, synchronized swimming, diving and swim teams, the events are set to be at Baker Pool, 1100 E. St. Louis Ave., 229-1532; Carlos L. Martinez and Darrio J. Hall Family Pool at Gary Reese Freedom Park, 889 N. Pecos Road, 229-1755; Doolittle Pool, 1950 N. J St., 229-6374; Municipal Pool, 431 E. Bonanza Road, 229-6309; and Pavilion Center Pool, 101 S. Pavilion Center Drive, 229-1488.

ADULT FITNESS CLASSES AVAILABLE

Numerous fitness classes for adults are available at community centers valleywide. Classes include cardio and weightlifting training, belly dancing, Pilates, boxing, Zumba and more. For times, locations and fees, visit tinyurl.com/fitnessclasses.

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR SUMMER YOUTH CAMPS

Registration is open for summer youth camps (ages 6-15) at a variety of locations. Camp hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, through Aug. 24. There will be no camps Wednesday.

The cost is $75 per child for the week and $70 for each additional child in the family.

Summer camps will promote fun, fitness, adventure and education in a safe and friendly atmosphere. Registration will close when the programs are full. All locations will have limited enrollment. Contact each location for details. The locations are as follows:

Cimarron Rose Community Center, 5591 N. Cimarron Road, 229-1607. Ages 6-11.

Doolittle Community Center, 1950 N. J St., 229-6374. Ages 6-15.

East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave., 229-1515. Ages 6-15.

Stupak Community Center, 251 W. Boston Ave., 229-2488. Ages 6-15.

Children can expect a variety of age-appropriate activities, including field trips, sports, special events, physical fitness and games, arts, crafts and nutrition training, under the supervision of trained staff members.

For more information, visit lasvegasnevada.gov/Find/recreation.htm.

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR SPECIALTY SUMMER YOUTH CAMPS

Registration is open for specialty summer youth camps (ages 6-15) at two locations.

Camp hours 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, through August. There will be no camps Wednesday.

The cost is $115 per child for the week, $110 for each additional child in the family, for most camps.

Summer camps will promote fun, fitness, adventure and education in a safe and friendly atmosphere. Registration will close when the programs are full. Both locations will have limited enrollment. Contact each location for details and enrollment. Children can expect a variety of themed specialty camps with age-appropriate activities under the supervision of trained staff members. Both centers have a separate camp list with more details and registration codes.

The locations are:

Mirabelli Community Center, 6200 Hargrove Ave., 229-6359. Ages 6-15. Camps end Aug. 17.

Veterans Memorial Leisure Services Center, 101 N. Pavilion Center Drive, 229-1100. Ages 6-14. Camps end Aug. 24.

For more information, visit lasvegasnevada.gov/find/recreation.htm.

SWIMMING LESSONS AVAILABLE FOR VALLEY RESIDENTS

Las Vegas Swim Academy has begun registration for swimming lessons. Private, semiprivate, Baby & Me and swim team groups are available.

Baby & Me classes are scheduled as follows:

8 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, through July 18

8 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, through July 19

5 p.m. Wednesdays, Aug. 29 through Oct. 17

All Baby & Me classes are 30 minutes long. Class size ranges from four to six students. The cost is $100 for eight classes. The pool is heated to more than 90 degrees.

For more information on other swim lessons, visit lvswimacademy.com. To register by phone, call 360-2255.

FIND ALTERNATIVE CAMPING SITES AT RED ROCK CANYON

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area’s developed campground, Red Rock Campground, is scheduled to temporarily close through Aug. 30 during this low-usage period.

Red Rock Campground is in the conservation area approximately two miles east of the Visitor Center on state Route 159 (West Charleston Boulevard) and is the only developed campground within the conservation area.

Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the many other camping opportunities in the area, including: backcountry camping at Red Rock Canyon with a permit, 515-5050; Valley of Fire State Park, 397-2088; Lake Mead National Recreation Area, 293-8990 or 293-8906; Death Valley National Park, 760-786-3200; Mojave National Preserve, 760-252-6100; U.S. Forest Service Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, 515-5400; Spencer W. Kimball Scout Reservation, 968-8138; Potosi Pines Camp, 875-1980; and the Clark County Shooting Park, 455-2000.

Camping is allowed on Bureau of Land Management land outside of the Las Vegas Valley for up to two weeks without charge. Popular primitive (no facilities) sites include Bitter Spring Back Country Byway, Gold Butte Back Country Byway, Knob Hill, Virgin Mountains, Christmas Tree Pass and Logandale Trails System.

The BLM reminds residents that summer is the dry season and to be careful with campfires.

NBA SUMMER LEAGUE PLANNED AT THOMAS & MACK CENTER

A record 24 teams are set to compete at the 2012 NBA Summer League from July 13 to 22 at the Thomas & Mack Center and the Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway.

The lineup includes 23 NBA teams, 11 that participated in the NBA playoffs, as well as a team of NBA D-League Select players.

The 2012 competition will mark the eighth summer that the league has been in Las Vegas. Each of the participating teams will play five games for a total of 60 games over the course of the event’s 10 days.

Tickets and ticket packages vary. For more ticket information, call 739-3267 or visit unlvtickets.com.

For more information, including a list of competing teams, visit nba.com/2012/news/05/24/summer-league-participants/index.html

PROGRAM OFFERED FOR ADULTS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

New A.G.E., a program for people 22 or older with developmental disabilities, is set for 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through Aug. 17 at the Centennial Hills Active Adult Center, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive. The program offers a variety of activities and special events that promote individuality, self-esteem and independence.

The location will be closed Wednesday and for staff development days.

The cost is $21 for one to three days; $28 for four days; and $35 for five days each week.

For more information or a registration packet, call 229-5177 or e-mail jwinder@lasvegasnevada.gov.

FISHING CLINIC PLANNED FOR ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES

Project D.I.R.T., a fishing clinic for people 22 or older with developmental disabilities, is set from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 14 at Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs, 9200 Tule Springs Road.

The cost is $2 per person. Advance registration is required.

For registration or more information, call 229-4796 for registration and information.

OVERNIGHT TENT CAMP SCHEDULED FOR ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES

Project D.I.R.T., an overnight tent camp for people 22 or older with developmental disabilities, is set for 11 a.m. July 28 to 1 p.m. July 29 on Mount Charleston.

The cost is $30, and advance registration is required. The cost includes meals and tent. Bring your own sleeping bag.

For more information or to register, call 229-4796.

TROPICAL-THEMED GATHERING SCHEDULED AT PAVILION CENTER POOL

Another Hot Tropical Night, an all-ages gathering, is set for 6 to 9 p.m. July 14 at Pavilion Center Pool, 101 S. Pavilion Center Drive. The cost is $3 per person. Enjoy dancing, swimming, games and a disc jockey playing music.

For more information, call 229-1488.

DASH & SPLASH PLANNED

A Dash & Splash event is planned for 7:30 a.m. July 21 at Pavilion Center Pool, 101 S. Pavilion Center Drive. Participants will do a 1.5-mile run through Veterans Memorial Park followed by a 300-meter swim in the pool. There is no age limit, but participants must be able to swim 100 meters successfully.

The cost is $15 for preregistration and $20 the day of the event.

For more information, call 229-1488.

JUNIOR LIFEGUARD CAMP OFFERED

A junior lifeguard camp for those ages 12 to 15 is scheduled for Monday through July 13 and Aug. 6-10 at Pavilion Center Pool, 101 S. Pavilion Center Drive. The cost is $45 per week.

Participants will receive American Red Cross Adult CPR certification and learn essential pool lifesaving skills.

For more information, call 229-1488.

COED YOUTH FALL FLAG FOOTBALL AVAILABLE

Registration for coed youth flag football is open through Aug. 30 for those ages 6 to 14. Play is set for Saturdays beginning in September at the Cimarron Rose Community Center, 5591 N. Cimarron Road; the East Las Vegas Community/Senior Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave.; and the Veterans Memorial Leisure Services Center, 101 N. Pavilion Center Drive. The cost is $75 per child. It includes a jersey, award and all practices and games.

For more information, call 229-1607 for the Cimarron Rose location, 229-1515 for the East Las Vegas location or 229-1100 for the Veterans Memorial location.

A birth certificate is required to register.

WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL PRACTICE OFFERED AT FREMONT MIDDLE SCHOOL

Wheelchair basketball practice for those ages 14 to adult is available from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Fremont Middle School, 1100 E. St. Louis Ave. For more information, call 229-4796.

ADAPTIVE RECREATION PROGRAM SET FOR SUMMER

The Lorenzi Adaptive Recreation Program for people ages 7 to 22 with disabilities is set from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday through Aug. 17 at the East Las Vegas Community/Senior Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave. Participants can try a new recreation experience every week, community outings, sports, games, arts and crafts, swimming, movies and make new friends.

There will be no camp Wednesday.

The cost is $75 per child for the week, and $70 for each additional child in the family.

For more information, call 229-1515 or call Andrea Anzalone at 229-4903 or 229-6358 to register.

POOL GATHERING FOR WARD 5 RESIDENTS SET FOR JULY 14

A Ward 5 Summer Splash event is planned from 2 to 6 p.m. July 14 at Doolittle Pool, 1950 N. J St. The event is for all ages and is free. For more information, call 229-6374.

POOL GATHERING PLANNED july 21 FOR WARD 3 RESIDENTS

A Ward 3 Summer Splash Pool Party is planned for people of all ages from noon to 2 p.m. July 21 at Carlos L. Martinez and Darrio J. Hall Family Pool at Gary Reese Freedom Park, 889 N. Pecos Road. Enjoy complimentary pool entry and free refreshments while supplies last. Admission is free.

For more information, call 229-1756.

QUAD RUGBY PRACTICE OFFERED

Quad rugby practice for players ages 14 to adult is available from 5:50 to 7:30 p.m. Fridays at the Minker Sports Complex, 275 N. Mojave Road. For more information, call 229-4796.

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