Centennial Neighborhood News, Dec. 24-30

SITES TO ACCEPT CHRISTMAS TREES FOR RECYCLING

The Southern Nevada Christmas Tree Recycling Committee is set to recycle Christmas trees at more than 20 locations across the valley.

The trees are set to be chipped into organic mulch for public gardens and parks. All nonorganic objects, including lights, tinsel and nails, should be removed before donation. Flocked trees cannot be recycled.

Last year, Southern Nevada residents recycled 15,000 trees.

Trees can be dropped off from Dec. 26 to Jan. 15 at the following locations: Lowe’s, 6050 W. Craig Road; Lowe’s, 7751 N. El Capitan Way; Nevada Division of Forestry Nursery at Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs, 9200 Tule Springs Road; Sunny Springs Park, 7620 Golden Talon Ave.

For more information, visit www.cdsn.org/christmastreerecycling.html.

FLOYD LAMB PARK TO HOST HEART ASSOCIATION EVENT DEC. 31

Commitment Day, a supporter of the American Heart Association’s My Heart. My Life healthy living initiative, which aims to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent by 2020, is slated for 3 p.m. Dec. 31 at Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs, 9200 Tule Springs Road. A 5K course is planned.

The entry fee is $30 or $25 for Life Time Fitness members and those 17 or younger who are registering with an adult.

For more information, call 702-228-2611.

O2 SUPPORT GROUP MEETS MONTHLY

The O2 on the Go Support Group meets from 10 a.m. to noon the third Friday of each month at the MountainView H2U Office, 3100 N. Tenaya Way.

The group is for sufferers of pulmonary diseases including asthma, chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema and pulmonary fibrosis.

For more information, contact the group at 702-255-5404.

WILDLIFE REFUGE GROUP HOSTS MONTHLY MEETINGS

Friends of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex meet at 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offices, 8050 Paradise Road.

The group provides volunteers and other support to the National Wildlife Refuge, located 30 miles northwest of Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs.

For more information, visit the group’s Facebook page or contact Harry Konwin at 702-515-5494.

LIBRARY TO HOST OBAMACARE WORKSHOP

The multipurpose room inside the Centennial Hills Library, 6711 N. Buffalo Drive, is set to host a workshop on the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 22.

Organizers of the AARP co-hosted workshop plan to offer information on the new health care law, important dates and resources on how to protect against health care program-related fraud.

Admission is free. For more information, contact the library at 702-507-6100.

LAS VEGAS SKI & SNOWBOARD RESORT REPORTS NO INCREASED AVALANCHE RISK

Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort’s snow safety team reports no ill effects from this summer’s Carpenter 1 Fire, according to a release issued this month.

A Dec. 5 statement from resort president and general manager Kevin Stickelman highlights no increased risk of avalanches as a consequence of wildfire damage in nearby Kyle Canyon.

A November avalanche advisory had asked visitors to avoid the resort while crews prepared for its Nov. 29 grand opening, a move resort officials say was aimed at allowing safety workers to catch up with conditions created by fresh snowfall.

Stickelman said LVSSR’s snow safety team does a full and thorough assessment of avalanche conditions every time the resort sees new snowfall and routinely posts updated conditions on the resort’s website.

For more information, visit skilasvegas.com.

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP HOSTS WEEKLY MEETINGS

GriefShare, a national program for those dealing with loss, meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Canyon Ridge Christian Church, 6200 W. Lone Mountain Road. Weekly meetings including video showings and discussion. For more information, contact the group at 702-481-5833.

CHRISTMAS TREE CUTTING NOT ALLOWED IN SPRING MOUNTAINS

The U.S. Forest Service reminds the public that Christmas tree cutting is not allowed in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, including Mount Charleston.

Law enforcement actively patrols Mount Charleston to prevent illegal tree cutting. Violators can face misdemeanor charges up to $250 and receive a $500 fine per tree.

The closest locations that Las Vegas residents may purchase permits and cut Christmas trees are in Caliente and St. George and Pine Valley, Utah.

For more information, visit www.nv.blm.gov.

J.R. PONY FARM SEEKS PUBLIC HELP

J.R. Pony Farm, 1744 Leonard Lane, is asking for the public’s help in securing Clark County commissioners’ approval for a three-year extension to bring its septic tanks and bathrooms into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Address letters of support to J.R. Pony Farm, 1744 Leonard Lane, Las Vegas NV, 89108. All letters must be received by Jan. 5.

Support is also welcome at the Clark County Commissioners meeting set to begin at 9 a.m. Jan. 8 at 500 S. Grand Central Parkway.

For more information, contact the farm at 702-631-4142.

CITY TO HOST WINTER CAMP

Registration is open for a youth winter camp offered in the city of Las Vegas.

Holiday Kids Camp, open to ages 6 to 11, is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Jan. 3 at the Cimarron Rose Community Center, 5591 N. Cimarron Road. The center will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. The cost is $75 per week for the first child and $70 for each additional child in the same family. Programs for boys and girls are planned, including arts and crafts, games, sports, cooking, movies and more.

For more information, call the center at 702-229-1607.

AUDUBON SOCIETY HOSTS BIRD WALKS

The Red Rock Audubon Society hosts bird walks at Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs, 9200 Tule Springs Road, starting at 8 a.m. on the third Saturday of every month. Walks last about two hours and are geared toward beginners and casual walkers. Attendees meet in the last parking lot in the group picnic area. For more information, visit redrockaudubon.org.

MOUNT CHARLESTON SEEKS SNOW PLAY VOLUNTEERS

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking volunteers to be a Snow Play Host on Mount Charleston. Every winter weekend, thousands of people flock to the mountains to play in the snow, and hosts will look to encourage visitors to have fun while reducing impact on the forest.

Hosts will also be asked provide roadside information about snow play opportunities and engage visitors at snow play sites.

Volunteers must be 18 or older and able to work outdoors in cold conditions. Hosts are expected to work weekends and holidays, with shifts of three to six hours, from mid-December through March.

For more information, contact the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area at 702-515-5408 or volunteer@gomtcharleston.com.

FRUIT AND VEGGIE SALE SET AT GILCREASE

The Gilcrease Orchard, 7800 N. Tenaya Way, plans to offer fruit and vegetables for sale from 7 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. Attendees can purchase from the stand or pick their own. Apple cider is also available.

For more information, contact the orchard at 702-409-0655.

CENTENNIAL HILLS LIBRARY HOSTS STORY TIME

The Centennial Hills Library plans to host story time for children ages 3-5 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. most Wednesdays at 6711 N. Buffalo Drive. Organizers plan to offer stories, songs and other activities to help boost literacy skills. For more information, call the library at 702-507-6100 or visit lvccld.org.

CENTENNIAL HILLS ACTIVE ADULT CENTER OFFERS WEEKLY SENIOR FITNESS CLASSES

The Centennial Hills Active Adult Center plans to offer 25 weekly fitness classes for adults 50 or older from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays at 6601 N. Buffalo Drive.

Classes include yoga, cardio dance and tai chi. Cost is $15 per month and includes free use of the YMCA weight room and indoor lap pool for a limited time.

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

CENTENNIAL HILLS ACTIVE ADULT CENTER TO HOST KNITTING GROUP

The Centennial Hills Active Adult Center plans to host a low-cost knitting group for adults 50 or older at 9 a.m. Wednesdays at 6601 N. Buffalo Drive. The group is free to those with a $2 annual adult center membership. For more information, contact the center at 702-229-1702.

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 jrponyparties.com.

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.

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 smft.org.

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