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The North Las Vegas Planning Commission has scheduled a special meeting for 6 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 2200 Civic Center Drive. The commission is expected to discuss the adoption of a new Title 17, the city’s zoning ordinance. The adoption would comprehensively amend regulations pertaining to all land use within the city. To see the agenda or for more information, visit cityofnorthlasvegas.com.

Wine for a Purpose scheduled Wednesday at unlv

A fundraiser to benefit nonprofit recycling organization Repurpose America (formerly Greener Vegas) is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Foundation Building at UNLV, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway. Wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and live music are planned. Repurpose America is at 4606 Andrew St., Suite 1. For more information or to preregister, email wineforapurpose@gmail.com or go to repurposeamerica.org.

City Council expected to adopt
final budget may 17

The North Las Vegas City Council is expected to adopt a final budget during a 4:30 p.m. special meeting May 17 at City Hall, 2200 Civic Center Drive.

Lagging property tax and other revenues over the past fiscal year will leave the city with a projected $22.6 million shortfall for fiscal year 2011-2012. The city’s property tax revenue fell by 6.02 percent from last year.

City administrators told the council they have frozen discretionary spending and are taking steps to open talks with employee unions to reduce costs. As a result of a third Budget Reduction Plan, the city could be forced to reduce the workforce by late June.

The city must submit its final budget to the state by June 1.

North Las Vegas firefighters release audit results

The North Las Vegas Firefighters released results April 14 from an internal audit commissioned by the North Las Vegas City Council. According to the findings, they have the lowest sick leave in Southern Nevada. On average, the city’s firefighters take 4.3 days of sick leave annually compared to the national average of 8.5 days per year.

“The city’s internal audit clearly shows that North Las Vegas firefighters are not abusing sick leave,” said Jeff Hurley, president of Local 1607. “Firefighters have been scrutinized by the public and elected officials for the misappropriations of a few men and women. I am proud to say that sick leave abuse is not a problem in the North Las Vegas Fire Department, and it is not tolerated by anyone.”

North Las Vegas chamber of commerce to host community events

The North Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce is scheduled to host a home buyer’s education class from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at 1849 Civic Center Drive. For more information, call 649-0998.

North Las Vegas traffic to be diverted on beltway for bridge construction

Traffic on the Las Vegas Beltway at North 5th Street between Losee Road and Aliante Parkway will be diverted for six months. Both westbound travel lanes will be redirected onto the new North 5th Street ramps to get traffic off and on the main line beltway. No westbound access will be provided to North 5th Street to the south, to and from the beltway, in order to construct the North 5th Street Bridge.

Eastbound traffic will remain diverted to the street’s ramps. Construction is part of an $11.8 million project that completes the interchange at North 5th Street and is expected to be completed by this fall.

For more information about the closure, visit clarkcountynv.gov.

North Las Vegas chamber chief
resigns for post in Tucson

Mike Varney resigned April 6 as president and chief executive officer of the North Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce to take a position as the new president and CEO of the Tucson, Ariz., Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber of Commerce named board member and local construction company executive Curtis Cummings as its new president.

Varney will begin work at his new job on or by June 6, replacing longtime CEO Jack Camper, who is retiring.

Local teens’ event to benefit
Rett Syndrome Foundation

Miss Clark County’s Outstanding Teen 2011, Jayda Frazier, is scheduled to host a dinner dance fundraiser from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Nevada Partners, 710 W. Lake Mead Blvd. All proceeds will benefit the International Rett Syndrome Foundation. Rett Syndrome is a rare and non-curable developmental and genetic disorder that affects about 100,000 people in the U.S.

For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, visit missgreaterlasvegas.com.

Fitness classes for kids and adults scheduled at Walnut Recreation Center

From 7:15 to 8:15 a.m. Monday through Friday, Body Tune-Up is set for those 16 or older who prefer a self-guided physical fitness routine but enjoy the discipline of a class. The free session focuses on cardio, strength and flexibility training. The class is ongoing and free at Walnut Recreation Center, 3075 N. Walnut Road.

Belly dancing classes are set from
10:15 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays for those 16 or older. Cost is $18.

A tai chi class is set from 11 a.m. to noon on Mondays for those 16 or older. The class is ongoing and free. Registration is required.

A karate class is slated for those 6 or older. The class is scheduled for 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost is $37.

For more information about class schedules or prices, call 455-8402 or visit clarkcountynv.gov/parks.

ENERGIZER BUNNY SEMIFINALISTS NEED YOUR VOTES

Angela Daffron of Henderson and Kelsey Kinsel of Las Vegas have been selected as two of 100 semifinalists in the running to become the 2011 inductee into the Energizer Keep Going Hall of Fame. They are being recognized for their energetic commitment to making a positive impact.

It’s up to America to determine the 2011 inductee. Vote for your favorite of the 10 finalists at energizer.com/halloffame.

Voting is through May 14. Each finalist vote will trigger a $1 donation from Energizer to the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, up to $10,000.

The 2011 inductee will receive a $10,000 cash prize, plus a $5,000 donation to his or her favorite charity.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO provide transportation for CANCER PATIENTS

The American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program is seeking volunteers to provide transportation to cancer patients to and from medical appointments.

Rides are provided by volunteer drivers who donate their time and the use of their personal vehicle. Rides are offered to cancer patients who have no means of transportation and/or who are too ill to drive themselves. Many patients need daily or weekly treatment over the course of several months. The program is in dire need of drivers in the southwest and northeast parts of the Las Vegas Valley.

Volunteers must complete an application and attend a training/orientation, and all volunteers are screened.

Volunteers must have the following:

n A current, valid driver’s license issued by the state in which they will perform their volunteer driving duties or in the state where they reside

n A good driving record, which will be checked by the DMV

n Access to a safe and reliable vehicle

n Maintain sufficient limits of automobile liability insurance for their personal vehicle

n Must be in good health

n Must complete the volunteer driver’s application and attend a training/orientation

For information, call 866-500-3272 or visit www.cancer.org.

Architectural views

A Las Vegas News Bureau art exhibit titled “Architectural Retrospective” is on display through June 7 at the Centennial Hills Library, 6711 N. Buffalo Drive, offering a photographic journey into Las Vegas’ mid-century modern resorts and marquees. For all ages. 507-6100 or lvccld.org.

Vegas Pub Quiz

A free trivia pub quiz, hosted by Vegas Pub Quiz, is planned at 7 p.m. every Thursday at Texas Station, 2101 Texas Star Lane. For more information, visit vegaspubquiz.com.

BlindConnect to host three-course dinner

n Nonprofit Blindconnect plans to host Blind Date, a blindfolded three-course meal at 7 p.m., May 5, at Texas Station, 2101 Texas Star Lane. A silent auction, cash bar and presentation of the video “Angela’s House” are also planned at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50.

The deadline to register is April 28. To register, contact Blindconnect at 631-9009 or visit blindconnect.org.

Spring Fling at the Shooting park

n A rifle, pistol, shotgun and archery spring fling competition is set from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Clark County Shooting Park, 11357 N. Decatur Blvd. Competitions are split according to type of weapon, ages and distances. Prizes will be given daily, and awards will be given at 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Shotgun Center. For more information, call 455-2007, 455-2008 or email kstetz@clark
countynv.com.

Safe business practices class

n The Metropolitan Police Department’s Northwest Area Command plans to host a Safe Business Partnership class from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday at its facility, 9850 W. Cheyenne Ave. The class will be an overview of safe business practices and will include free training materials. Participants will learn how to prevent and respond to crime at their businesses. The program is free for property managers, store managers and on-site security personnel, but seating is limited, and RSVPs are required. To RSVP, email crime prevention specialist Kathy Perkins at k2482p@lvmpd.com.

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