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Centennial Neighborhood News, Aug. 27-Sept. 2

ORIGAMI CLASSES PLANNED

Explore the ancient Japanese art of origami 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 4 in the story room at Centennial Hills Library, 6711 N. Buffalo Drive. The event is open to ages 6 to 11. Passes will be given out one-half hour before the program starts. For more information, call 702-507-6100.

LIBRARY PLANNING WORKSHOP ON SCHOOL SUCCESS

Centennial Hills Library is planning an all-ages workshop on back-to-school success from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 in the meeting room at 6711 N. Buffalo Drive. The library offers free resources from tutors to databases to help children succeed. For more information, call 702-507-6100.

LEGO CLUB SET TO MEET AT LIBRARY

The Centennial Hills Library is home to the LEGO Club’s meeting, planned from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 11 in the story room at 6711 N. Buffalo Drive. The meeting is open to ages 6 to 11. Passes will be given out a half-hour before the program starts. For more information, call 702-507-6100.

COUNCILMAN SET TO ATTEND LAST MOVIE IN THE PARK

Join Las Vegas City Councilman Steve Ross for “Rise of the Guardians,” this year’s last movie in the park, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Centennial Hills Park, 7101 N. Buffalo Drive. For more information, call 702-335-0000.

PONY PARTIES PLANNING PLAY DAYS

J.R. Pony Parties, 1753 Fairhaven St., plans to host play days and pony rides from 10 a.m to noon Tuesdays and no-school days through January. Admission for adults and kids is $5. For more information, call 702-631-4142 or visit www.ponyparties.com.

FREE TRAPPERS SET TO MEET in Spring Mountains

Spring Mountain Free Trappers meet for a black powder shoot the first weekend of each month at CC Spring and Lovell Canyon roads in the Spring Mountains southwest of Las Vegas. Locations vary depending on weather, so call Daniel Trousdale at 702-645-2658 before attending. For more information, visit www.smft.org.

BELLY DANCE CLASSES PLANNED AT active ADULT CENTER

Join members of the Centennial Hills Active Adult Center for belly dance classes set for 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays and Fridays at 6601 N. Buffalo Drive. Class members, led by instructor Jeanne Baer, have performed during luncheons at the Lieburn Senior Center and at a Chinese New Year celebration in Sun City Anthem.

For more information, call the center at 702-229-1702.

CROHN’S AND COLITIS FOUNDATION PLANS SUPPORT GROUP

The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s August support group plans to meet at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 27 at MountainView Hospital, 3100 N. Tenaya Way. Anyone affected by inflammatory bowel disease is welcome to attend.

To RSVP or for more information, contact Caitlin Shea at cshea@ccfa.org or 646-306-4472.

FOOD DRIVE TO HELP SENIORS IN SOUTHERN NEVADA

More than 80,000 seniors living in Southern Nevada are going hungry or are at risk of hunger.

Many live on fixed incomes and find themselves regularly choosing between purchasing needed medication, paying monthly bills and shopping for groceries.

Now, more than 60 locally owned outlets of The UPS Store in Southern Nevada are teaming up with AARP Nevada and Three Square for a special food drive to support seniors in need. Members of the community may drop off non-perishable food items at The UPS Store in their neighborhood through Sept. 2.

To find a location, visit theupsstore.com. A list of most-needed items can be found at threesquare.org.

IMMUNIZATION PUSH UNDERWAY

The Southern Nevada Health District offers extended hours and special Saturday shot clinics in August in preparation for the first day of school, Aug. 26.

All Nevada schoolchildren must be immunized. Vaccine costs vary based on the type of immunization required. The health district charges an additional administrative fee of $16 per child for one vaccine and $25 per child for two or more vaccines.

OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE TO HOST CHARITY BARBECUE

Opportunity Village plans a charity barbecue with U.S. Sen. Dean Heller at 6 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Bitter Root Ranch, 6828 Rio Vista St. Guests must RSVP by Sept. 13.

For more information, visit opportunityvillage.org or call 702-880-4068.

WEBSITE EXPLAINS PLANNED LAUNCH OF 725 AREA CODE IN CLARK COUNTY

A new website, dial10digits.org, has been created to explain the start of 10-digit telephone dialing in Clark County and the formation of the 725 area code.

Aug. 3 was scheduled to mark the beginning of a nine-month transition period to allow county residents to adapt before 10-digit dialing takes effect May 3, 2014, and the 725 area code debuts June 3, 2014.

Information also is available in Spanish at marca10digitos.org.

CHICAGO CLUB TO MEET SEPT. 1

The West Side Chicago Club is scheduled to meet at 2 p.m. Sept. 1 at the Sahara West Library, 9600 W. Sahara Ave. Jazz artist Rosanna Telford plans to perform.

The social group meets the first Sunday of each month. Guests who are from any part of Chicago are invited at no charge to join the club.

For more information, call June Edelman at 702-256-9542.

NEVADA SCHOOL OF DANCE TO HOST AUDITIONS FOR ‘THE NUTCRACKER’

The Nevada School of Dance plans to host free auditions for “The Nutcracker” from 3 to 7 p.m. Sept. 7 at 6072 S. Durango Drive.

Children 5 to 10 with or without ballet experience may try out, and preteen and teen male and female dancers with ballet experience may audition for such roles as Mouse King, Nutcracker Prince, snowflakes, dolls, Spanish dancers and the Waltz of the Flowers. Adults are welcome to audition for the party parents.

Performances are slated for Dec. 20-21 at Faith Lutheran Middle School and High School’s Performing Arts Center, 2015 S. Hualapai Way.

For details, call 702-248-1288 or visit nevadaschoolofdance.org.

SOUTHERN NEVADA STRONG SCHEDULES COMMUNITY MEETING

Southern Nevada Strong is inviting the community to attend open houses to gather resident input.

The organization is a regional planning initiative looking to improve transportation, housing and job opportunities in Southern Nevada.

The next open house is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 4 at the Mary & Sam Boyd Boys & Girls Club, 1608 Moser Drive.

For more information, visit southernnevadastrong.com.

SYNAGOGUE WELCOMES NEW CONGREGATES

Congregation P’nai Tikvah is offering free high holiday programs and services to the public as a way to welcome, engage and connect with the Jewish community. Services are planned at Texas Station, 2101 Texas Star Lane, on Erev Rosh HaShanah, at 7 p.m. Sept. 4; Rosh HaShanah, at 10 a.m. Sept. 5; Kol Nidre — Yom Kippur evening, at 7 p.m. Sept. 13; and Yom Kippur Saturday, at 10 a.m. Sept. 14.

Reservations are required by calling 702-436-4900 or visiting the synagogue’s website at pnaitikvah.org.

BLM COLLECTING ENTRIES THROUGH SEPTEMBER FOR PHOTO CONTEST

The Bureau of Land Management is celebrating Nevada’s Sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary, by seeking photos that highlight residents’ adventures and activities on public lands and historic sites. Winning photos will be featured in the BLM Nevada 2014 planner and on the BLM Nevada web and social media sites and could appear on BLM’s national social media sites.

Photos will be selected from the following categories: Adventure & Outdoor Recreation; Historical & Cultural; Scenic, Seasons & Landscapes; and Animals. Photos must have been taken between Jan. 1, 2011, and Sept. 30, 2013. Contest entries will be accepted up to Sept. 30. Winners are to be announced Oct. 31.

In addition to the photo contest, the BLM will also be producing a children’s activity book, developing 150 themed geocaches and highlighting the BLM’s role in the state’s history.

For more information, contact Kaitlin Godbey at 775-861-6471 or kgodbey@blm.gov, or visit blm.gov/nv/st/en/prog/recreation/nevada_150.html.

USTA-NEVADA GATHERING USED TENNIS RACKETS

The United States Tennis Association-Nevada, a nonprofit organization that promotes the sport, is in need of gently used tennis rackets, including wooden ones. USTA-Nevada offices are at 1333 N. Buffalo Drive, Suite 130.

For more information, call 702-792-8384 or visit ustanevada.com.

HELP OF SOUTHERN NEVADA LAUNCHES 10TH OF THE MONTH DONOR PROGRAM

HELP of Southern Nevada is launching its $10 on the 10th recurring donor program, which encourages Southern Nevada residents to help make a difference in their community by donating $10 on the 10th of every month.

To sign up, visit helpsonv.org, click “Get Involved” and scroll down to donate, labeling $10 on the 10th in the description. Donors have the option to select the frequency of a recurring donation by using the drop-down box. Sign-ups on behalf of someone else are also available as gifts.

BANK OF AMERICA INITIATIVE PLANNED TO BENEFIT VETERANS SUPPORT GROUPS

Bank of America has announced a fundraising initiative called Express Your Thanks to benefit veterans of the Wounded Warrior Project and Welcome Back Veterans, an initiative of Major League Baseball Charities.

The project’s goal is to raise $1 million for these charities. Running through Veterans Day (Nov. 11), anyone can participate by taking a photo, creating a video or writing a message of support and sharing it on bankofamerica.com/troopthanks. They also can post on Twitter with the hashtag #troopthanks. For every message posted, Bank of America will donate $1 to Wounded Warriors and Welcome Back Veterans.

SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN OPEN OFFERS FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITY

The Shriners Hospitals for Children Open offers the opportunity for local charities and schools to raise funds for their programs by selling daily ticket vouchers to the 2013 tournament, scheduled for Oct. 14-20 at TPC Summerlin, 1700 Village Center Circle.

By selling tickets to the annual PGA tournament through the Tickets for Charity and Tickets for Schools programs, organizations retain 100 percent of the proceeds. Participating organizations can include parent-teacher associations, sports clubs, academic clubs and local nonprofits.

Last year’s program raised more than $30,000 to support more than 30 local nonprofits in addition to assisting more than 25 school systems to defeat budget cuts. Merryhill School’s parent-teacher organization led the participating schools last year in raising $2,700 for their programs. Additionally, the International Public Safety Leadership & Ethics Institute sold more than 300 tickets to the tournament to raise $3,220.

Programs interested in participating should contact Stephanie Maes at 702-873-1010 or smaes@shrinershospitals open.com.

For more information, visit shrinershospitalsopen.com.

FOUNDATION SEEKS EXCHANGE STUDENT HOST FAMILIES

Face the World Foundation is registering volunteer host families for the fall semester of high school. Host families provide a loving home, meals and a bed while learning firsthand about another culture and establishing friendships that will last a lifetime. The nonprofit foundation provides a community representative for the host family and the student during his time in the United States. Call 760-247-5964 or email jodie@facetheworld.org for more information.

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