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Spring Valley resident Lamar Marchese will have his work, PRIDE (and prejudice), a photo essay, featured in a monthlong run at the Studio 620 gallery in St. Petersburg, Fla., June 16-July 16. PRIDE (and prejudice) documents the 2009 and 2010 Gay Pride Parades in St. Petersburg, one of the largest such events in the Southeast with more than 80,000 attendees.

It focuses primarily on parade participants and spectators and secondly on a minority of protestors.


Super Summer Theatre is back for another season. Stage Door Entertainment is scheduled to bring “Annie” to life at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, June 15-18 and 22-25 at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park as the first production in the summer series. The show tells the tale of Little Orphan Annie in one of Broadway’s most popular productions.

Tickets can be purchased for $12 and $15 at the door. Children 5 or younger are free. Patrons are welcome to bring blankets, picnic dinner, snacks, patio chairs and drinks.

For more information, visit


The Spring Valley Library, 4280 S. Jones Blvd., is scheduled to host a puppet show for kids younger than 11 at 11 a.m. Saturday .

The One World, Many Stories Puppet Show will kick off the library’s summer reading program. Admission is free.

For more information, call 507-3820.


The Windmill Library, 7060 W. Windmill Lane, is scheduled to host Around the World Summer Reading Kickoff at 11 a.m. Saturday .

The event is part of the library’s summer reading program. People can sign up and get a reading log. For more information, go to

DJ Tony teaches kids at LIBRARY

DJ Tony is set to teach new dance moves to kids ages 6 to 12 at 3 p.m. June 16 at the Windmill Library, 7660 W. Windmill Lane. Admission is free.

For more information, call 507-6030.

Thomas & Friends Live!

The live stage production of Thomas & Friends Live! On Stage in “Thomas Saves the Day” features Thomas the Tank Engine in a 90-minute musical adventure. The show is scheduled to play at 3 and 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at The Orleans, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave. Tickets cost between $23 and $45. For more information, call 284-7777 or by visit

Town hall meeting set

A building, air quality and desert conservation town hall meeting is set for 4 to 6 p.m. June 15 at the Development Services Presentation Room, 4701 W. Russell Road. Discussion topics include air quality, the Clark County seismic site map, setbacks from faults and the desert conservation program. For more information, call Dawn Rivard at 455-8367 or email


The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension announces the Nuts and Bolts of Grant Writing, a one-day session, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and June 28 at the Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Road.

Nonprofit and government organization participants will learn how to develop a community needs assessment; set goals; write outcome objectives; create a working budget; develop a budget; and write a budget narrative.

The class instructor is Pamela Kahn-Van Pelt, a grant and resource specialist for the Cooperative Extension. Space is limited. Register by calling 257-5502 or email There is a $25 fee due the day of the class to cover the cost of materials.


The Day of Champions Football Camp is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon June 20-21 at Clark High School, 4291 W. Pennwood Ave.

The camp is for kids 7 to 14 years old. Admission is free.

For more information, contact coach James Pryor at 928-919-1908.

Summer camp to help children
deal with loss

Camp Mariposa, the Nathan Adelson Hospice-hosted bereavement camp for children, is taking registration for the 2011 camp session scheduled for July 15-17 at Torino Ranch.

Now in its 21st year, the overnight camp is designed to facilitate the natural grieving process and provide opportunities for bereavement exploration, balanced with arts and crafts, sports, music, storytelling and other recreational activities.

Camp Mariposa is open to children ages 7 to 12.

The camp is funded by Nathan Adelson Hospice, with no cost to families of accepted campers. A $25 refundable deposit reserves a space. Reservations must be received by July 1.

To request an application or volunteer for the camp, call 796-3167 or visit the Center for Compassionate Care, 4131 Swenson St.

For more information, visit

Camping near Red Rock Canyon
closed for summer

The campground at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is closed until Sept. 1 due to summer’s low usage.

It is approximately two miles east of the Red Rock Canyon 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 other camping opportunities in the area, including backcountry camping at Red Rock Canyon with 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; USDA Forest Service Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest, 515-5400; Spencer W. Kimball Scout Reservation, 968-8138; and Potosi Pines Camp, 875-1980.

Camping is allowed on Bureau of Land Management land outside of the Las Vegas Valley for up to two weeks without charge.

For more information, visit


Child’s Play, 7260 S. Cimarron Road, Suite 100, is scheduled to host a playtime preschool for kids 18 months to 4 years at 9:45 a.m. each Thursday. The class will include group activities in language development, music, early reading, math, science and writing. Classes run in six-week increments and vary in cost. The center offers classes in dance, yoga, gymnastics, arts and languages.

For more information, visit

Day camps available at YMCA

The YMCA of Southern Nevada offers wallet-friendly solutions for families looking for child care and ways to stay active this summer. The YMCA is taking day camp registrations and selling Sizzlin’ Summer passes, which provide four months of unlimited access to its locations: the Bill & Lillie Heinrich YMCA, 4141 Meadows Lane; Durango Hills Community Center YMCA, 3521 N. Durango Drive; Centennial Hills Community Center YMCA, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive; and the YMCA’s newest location, the SkyView YMCA in North Las Vegas, 3050 E. Centennial Parkway.

YMCA day camp is for kids 5 to 15 and runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 13 through Aug. 26. Free care for campers is available from 7 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. and is provided for working parents. Weekly camp prices range from about $100 to $200, and a daily drop-in rate of $45 is available. No one is turned away because of an inability to pay. Financial assistance is available.

The Sizzlin’ Summer Pass provides unlimited access to the YMCA’s water parks, swimming pools, wellness centers and classes. Prices are $109 (individual) and $209 (family). For a list of amenities by location, visit

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