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North Las Vegas Neighborhood News

POLICE OFFICERS SERVE THANKSGIVING FEAST AT SENIOR CENTER

North Las Vegas Police officers served an early Thanksgiving feast to seniors at the Rose Gardens Senior Center, 1632 Yale St., on Nov. 14. Festivities began with bingo and included lunch. Donations from local community members allowed officers to continue the seventh iteration of the annual tradition.

LVSSR PLANS TO KICK OFF SAFETY AND EDUCATION CAMPAIGN IN JANUARY

The Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort and Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Center plan to present the seventh annual free Lids on Kids safety education campaign from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Jan. 5. The program provides free helmets to youths.

In past years, LVSSR provided more than 1,000 free helmets. The program is scheduled to run through Feb. 2 and coincides with the National Ski Area Association Safety Week and Learn to Ski/Snow Month.

The program launched in 2006 after a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report that said wearing a helmet while skiing or snowboarding could prevent or reduce the severity of 53 percent of head injuries for those younger than 15.

THE COSMOPOLITAN ANNOUNCES ITS MERRY MIXER CONTEST

The Cosmopolitan, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South, opened its Merry Mixer contest for valley residents to nominate their workplace to receive a free luxury holiday party at the Strip hotel for up to 50 employees. Those interested must enter a short description of why their business should win. Photos and videos may be considered.

All submissions should be made at cosmopolitanlasvegas.com/merrymixer, and the winning entry will be chosen by a panel Wednesday.

SENIOR AWARENESS PROGRAM PLANNED

The Nevada State Contractors Board with Assemblyman Richard Carrillo and representatives from the Health and Human Services Aging and Disability Services Division plan to host a senior awareness event at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Whitney Senior Center, 5712 Missouri Ave. The free event plans to highlight a variety of scams that target seniors and help seniors identify the warning signs, provide tips and tools and offer information about reporting incidents of abuse.

Refreshments will be available. For more information, call Jennifer Turner at 702-486-1139.

MOUNT CHARLESTON SEEKS SNOW HOST VOLUNTEERS

The U.S. Forest Service at Mount Charleston is looking for volunteers to be snow hosts, providing roadside information about snow play opportunities and engaging visitors at those sites. Snow hosts will help visitors have fun in the snow while reducing the impact on the forest environment. Experience volunteering in a similar setting is not a requirement. Volunteers should be at least 18 years old and able to work outdoors in the cold. Volunteer hours will be on the weekends and holidays, and the average shift will range between three and six hours.

A minimum commitment of two shifts per month is required, and volunteers are needed until the end of March.

An orientation for interested volunteers is scheduled at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 and 18 at REI, 710 S. Rampart Blvd.

For more information, call Cody Dix at 702-515-5408 or visit gomtcharleston.com/volunteer.html.

SEVEN HOMES FOR SALE AS PART OF NEIGHBORHOOD STABILIZATION PROGRAM

The North Las Vegas Neighborhood Stabilization Program has seven homes for sale to qualified buyers.

The homes have been upgraded with an emphasis on energy efficiency. Detailed listings are available at cityofnorthlasvegas.com. For more information, call Tracy Green at 702-513-1293.

CITY ANNOUNCES COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM

North Las Vegas’ Housing and Neighborhood Services Division announced the availability of the Community Development Block Grant Public Service and Construction applications for 2013-14. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Thursday, and applications are available at zoomgrants.com.

Eligible organizations include public and private agencies and nonprofits with 501(c)(3) status.

Projects and activities must serve low- and moderate-income residents and meet one of three objectives: benefit low/moderate-income persons; prevent or eliminate slum or blight; or meet other urgent community development needs.

For more information, call the Housing and Neighborhood Service Division at 702-633-1441 or visit cityofnorthlasvegas.com.

LAS VEGAS GREAT SANTA RUN SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY

The Las Vegas Great Santa Run is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at Town Square Las Vegas, 6605 Las Vegas Blvd. South.

The 5K run registration costs $40 for adults, $35 for team captains, $25 for children 2 to 12 and $10 for dogs. Day-of-event registration is $50 for adults and $35 for children. The registration fee includes a five-piece Santa suit and gifts, and all proceeds benefit Opportunity Village, 6300 W. Oakey Blvd.

Opportunity Village is a nonprofit organization that serves people with significant intellectual disabilities. Registration opens and entertainment begins at 8 a.m.

For more information or to register, visit lasvegassantarun.org or call Crystal Kovacs at 702-880-4038.

NOVEMBER IS AMERICAN DIABETES MONTH

The Southern Nevada Health District and its community partners are offering education, self-management classes and support for people with diabetes and their families in recognition of American Diabetes Month. For more information, contact the health district’s Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at 702-759-1270 or visit gethealthyclarkcounty.org.

SOUTHERN NEVADA HEALTH DISTRICT NO LONGER OFFERING TUBERCULOSIS TESTING

As of Nov. 1, the Southern Nevada Health District no longer provides tuberculosis testing for health card applications. TB tests are required for all health card applications except food handlers and health club attendants. Applicants must still present their TB test results to the health district when they apply for their health card. Alternative testing resources can be found at snhd.info.

WRITE A LETTER TO SANTA, HELP A CHARITY

Residents throughout the Las Vegas Valley can write a letter to Santa Claus and drop it off to the Santa letterbox at any valley Macy’s store to benefit Make-A-Wish of Southern Nevada. For each stamped letter received, Macy’s will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to $1 million.

Letters can be delivered through Dec. 24.

HEALTH DISTRICT OFFERS ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

The Southern Nevada Health District offers environmental health services at its new main facility, 330 S. Valley View Blvd., near the Meadows Mall and Springs Preserve. Services already offered at the new facility include flu shots, adult and childhood vaccines, travel vaccines and newborn screenings.

Client-accessed environmental programs offered out of the Valley View facility include plan review services for pools, food establishments, body art establishments, child care facilities, schools and special events. Previously these services were offered out of the health district’s Henderson and Spring Valley public health centers.

For more information, visit snhd.info or call 702-759-4636.

HELP OF SOUTHERN NEVADA SEEKS HOLIDAY VOLUNTEERS

HELP of Southern Nevada is calling for volunteers to assist with a number of programs this holiday season. Assistance is accepted from individuals who can donate any amount of time.

Areas where volunteers are needed include: assisting clients with their applications for holiday programs at HELP’s main campus, 1640 E. Flamingo Road; assisting with receiving donated Thanksgiving turkeys at various locations (turkeys will be given to more than 1,200 families); and assisting with receiving holiday gifts for selected clients in the Adopt-A-Family program.

To volunteer, contact Joan Lima at jlima@helpsonv.org or 702-369-4357.

RADIO-THONS TO BENEFIT THREE SQUARE FOOD BANK

Three Square’s Fight Holiday Hunger program is happening through Dec. 31. The food bank has partnered with Barrick North America, Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, IGT and Towbin Automotive so all cash contributions are matched dollar for dollar.

As part of Fight Holiday Hunger, radio-thons are planned from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. For two days, KJUL 104.7 FM is asking listeners to phone in monetary donations. Similar to telethons, various prizes will be offered, such as show tickets and dinners. The call-in number is 702-258-6060, or visit kjul1047.com.

Also, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 13 and 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 14, X107.5 FM and Ultimate Fighting Championship plan to host a radio-thon in the parking lot at Wal-Mart, 7200 Arroyo Crossing Parkway. Morning radio personalities Dave Farra and Jason Mahoney will welcome special on-air guests, including UFC fighters, who will sign autographs and meet with fans. X107.5 will be asking for non-perishable food items and/or cash and check donations.

To make a donation or for more information, visit fightholidayhunger.com or x1075lasvegas.radio.com.

WINDER FARMS’ TURKEY DRIVE TO BENEFIT THREE SQUARE

Winder Farms plans to conduct a turkey drive to benefit Three Square food bank through Dec. 31.

Winder Farms asks customers to donate by clicking on Donate a Turkey to the Food Bank, then Add to Next Delivery during their regular online shopping at winderfarms.com. The cost of the turkey will be added to the customer’s next bill, and Winder Farms will deliver the turkey to Three Square.

WALKER FURNITURE SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS PROGRAM

Walker Furniture is accepting nomination letters on behalf of Clark County individuals and families for its 19th annual Home for the Holidays program, which supplies free furniture to families who have faced financial difficulty.

CEO Larry Alterwitz is expanding the program to assist 28 families. HELP of Southern Nevada will identify which nominated families display the most genuine need for new furnishings.

Past recipients have included: single-parent households facing financial difficulty; families with children suffering from physical or mental disorders; families that have lost their homes and belongings to fires; and families that have been affected by illness, domestic violence or sexual abuse.

Letters can be mailed or hand-delivered to Larry Alterwitz, CEO Walker Furniture, 301 S. Martin Luther King Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89106; faxed to 702-384-7772; or emailed to cnelson@walkerfurniture.com. Letters can also be submitted at walkerfurniture.com by clicking on the "Home for the Holidays" icon. The letters must be received by Dec. 7. Recipients are expected to be announced Dec. 19.

AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD SERVICES SEEKS SITES FOR BLOOD DRIVES

The American Red Cross Blood Services is the predominant supplier of blood products for Southern Nevada and has increased staffing to increase the number of blood drives in Las Vegas.

The Red Cross invites community-minded businesses, churches, schools and other organizations to host blood drives in locations across the city.

To meet the demand for blood products in the Las Vegas hospitals it serves, the Red Cross needs to schedule two or more blood drives every business day. It is estimated that in the coming year, about 48,000 Las Vegas patients will need a red blood cell transfusion in a hospital the Red Cross serves.

Las Vegas residents interested in sponsoring a blood drive or donating blood should call 702-522-4000.

MASTER GARDENERS PLAN TOURS OF DEMONSTRATION GARDENS

The Master Gardeners of Southern Nevada plans monthly tours of the Demonstration Gardens at the Clark County/University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Road. Tours are free and open to the public. Groups of five or more are requested to call program coordinator Ann Edmunds at 702-257-5587 at least two weeks in advance.

AARP TAX-AIDE SEEKING VOLUNTEER HELP

AARP Tax-Aide NV, which prepares free personal income tax returns for residents in the lower- to middle-income brackets, is seeking unpaid volunteers to prepare taxes, greet clients and program computers in early 2013. Training is scheduled for Jan. 7-11 on the west side of the Las Vegas Valley and Jan. 21-25 on the east side. For more information or to volunteer, email taxesbarb@cox.net or jerrytaxes@cox.net.

DONATIONS ACCEPTED TO AID NONPROFIT

Help homeless, pregnant and parenting teens by donating time, money or new or gently used items to assist clients of Southern Nevada Children First, 720 W. Cheyenne Ave., Suite 30.

Volunteers and donations are always needed to support the nonprofit.

For more information, visit childrenfirst-nv.org or call 702-487-5665.

MISS NEVADA PAGEANT COMING TO TEXAS STATION IN SUMMER

The Miss Nevada Organization announced that it plans to host the 2013 Miss Nevada and Miss Nevada’s Outstanding Teen competitions at Texas Station, 2101 Texas Star Lane, June 14 and 15, 2013. Winners will represent Nevada at the Miss America and Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competitions. Tickets for the pageant will go on sale in the spring.

For more information, visit missnevada.org.

KIWANIS CLUB WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS

The Kiwanis Club of North Las Vegas, a chapter of the international service organization, is scheduled to meet at 6:15 p.m. each Tuesday at T.G.I. Friday’s in the Aliante Hotel + Casino, 7300 Aliante Parkway.

Club community projects have included canned food drives, car shows, kites in the park events and charity fundraisers.

The fourth meeting of the month is limited to members only.

For more information, visit nlvkiwanis.com or call 702-399-0332.

LOCAL ROTARY CLUB TO MEET

The North Las Vegas Rotary Club of Las Vegas meets at 7:15 a.m. Fridays at the Painted Desert Golf Club, 5555 Painted Mirage Road.

The weekly breakfast meetings include guest speakers, networking, education workshops and service projects.

For more information, visit nlvrc.org/newsite or call Bob Lillis at 702-340-9735.

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