CITY OF NORTH LAS VEGAS ANNOUNCES HOLIDAY CLOSURES
Several city of North Las Vegas facilities and services are scheduled to be closed for the holidays, including: Neighborhood Recreation Center, 1638 N. Bruce St., Monday, Dec. 25, 31 and Jan. 1; the Silver Mesa Recreation Center, 4025 Allen Lane, Monday, Dec. 25, 31 and Jan. 1; Municipal Court, 2332 Las Vegas Blvd. North, Monday, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 (open from 7 a.m. to noon Dec. 31); the finance department at City Hall, 2250 Las Vegas Blvd. North, Monday through Jan. 1; the business license division Monday through Jan. 1; city manager, mayor and council offices Monday through Jan. 1; North Las Vegas Library District Dec. 25 through Jan. 1; the North Las Vegas and Aliante libraries plan to close at 4 p.m. Monday and Dec. 31. Police and fire emergency services will continue to operate during the holiday season. Safekey Holiday Day Camp will also continue at the Silver Mesa Recreation Center. For more information, visit cityofnorthlas vegas.com.
ALIANTE CASINO + HOTEL COLLECTING TOYS FOR MILITARY CHILDREN
Aliante Casino + Hotel, 7300 Aliante Parkway, is collecting toys for the children of Nellis Air Force Base as a thank you to those serving and their families. The drive runs through noon Friday and asks for new, unwrapped toys for children of all ages as well as gifts for teenagers such as clothing, beauty products and gift cards. Drop-off stations are located throughout the casino property and at the front desk and rewards center. For more information, call 702-692-7777.
NONPROFIT IT’S ALL ABOUT KIDZ BEGINS SPONSORSHIP CAMPAIGN
Nonprofit It’s All About Kidz launched a sponsorship campaign calling for any company, organization or individual to sponsor a mother and child who is enrolled in the sober living program. The southwest-area group focuses on providing a sober living environment to women and their children while providing services for them to become self-sufficient. The nonprofit also serves as a foster care agency to provide temporary living arrangements for children. September marked the organization’s one-year anniversary, and people looking to get involved can participate by becoming a foster parent, offering financial support and/or participating in the New Beginnings Coat and Shoe Drive started Dec. 1 at the Behavioral Treatment and Foster Care Agency at 3450 W. Cheyenne Ave., Suite 500.
For more information, call 702-631-0230 or visit aakidz.org.
PRUNING CLASSES PLANNED AT UNCE ORCHARD
Pruning classes with View gardening columnist and horticulturist Bob Morris are planned at 9 a.m. Saturday at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Orchard at UNLV’s Center for Urban Horticulture and Water Conservation, 4734 Horse Drive. For more information, visit www.unce.unr.edu.
HEALTH COMPANY DONATES TO LOCAL VETERANS
Humana donated more than 350 knitted caps, scarves and afghans to U.S. Vets-Las Vegas, 525 E. Bonanza Road, Nov. 30.
The items were knitted and crocheted by the Humana Charity Crafters. The group meets from 1 to 4 p.m. Fridays at 1000 N. Green Valley Parkway in Henderson and from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays at 8975 W. Charleston Blvd.
The group is open to anyone, and all materials are provided free by Humana. For more information, visit humana.com.
BLM AND SIERRA CLUB MISSION OUTDOORS HOST ESSAY CONTEST
The Bureau of Land Management and Sierra Club Mission Outdoors kicked off their first Veterans Day essay and photo contest centered on the theme "what my public lands mean to me."
They encourage veterans, active-duty military and their families to submit photos, essays and video about their memories in America’s public lands by Thursday. Through Friday, the public will be able to vote on favorite entries, and the three most popular entries will be featured on the BLM and Sierra Club websites and social media platforms. For more information or to submit an entry, visit mypubliclands.challenge.gov.
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.
NATHAN ADELSON HOSPICE SEEKS DONATIONS THROUGH DEC. 31
The nonprofit Nathan Adelson Hospice is accepting donations through Dec. 31 for families that have gone through the hospice process and seek assistance in their time of need. The Families in Need program assists those patients and families at Nathan Adelson Hospice that might not always be able to afford everyday necessities. The hospice provides care and support to more than 450 patients and families each day as their loved ones make their end-of-life journey.
Among the items are gift cards from Walmart, grocery stores, Babies R Us and Target, as well as gasoline cards. Nonperishables needed include peanut butter, jelly, tuna, spaghetti sauce, dry pasta, soups and non-refrigerator microwaveable items.
Items can be dropped off at any Nathan Adelson location: 4141 Swenson St.; in the MountainView Medical Office Building, 3150 N. Tenaya Way (near Cheyenne Avenue), third floor; and 1401 S. Highway 160, Suite B, in Pahrump. For more information, call Stephanie Forbes at 702-938-3910.
WATER AUTHORITY REMINDS RESIDENTS ABOUT WINTER RESTRICTIONS
The Southern Nevada Water Authority reminds residents that winter watering restrictions are in effect, and watering is limited to one assigned day a week through Feb. 28.
Watering restrictions also apply to drip irrigation systems. Sunday is not an optional watering day.
If you notice that frost or a freeze has damaged a plant, leave it alone until warmer weather arrives and new growth appears. Pruning or transplanting a plant during the winter months can hurt or even kill it. Watering should be done in mid-morning to avoid afternoon winds that make sprinklers less effective and avoid the risk of icing.
For more information, visit snwa.com or call 702-258-7283.
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. today 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.
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 Monday .
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.
RADIOTHONS 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, radiothons 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. Thursday and 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, X107.5 FM and Ultimate Fighting Championship plan to host a radiothon in the parking lot at Walmart, 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.
SOLARI HOSPICE OFFERING GRIEF SUPPORT
The holidays can be a hard time for those grieving the loss of a loved one. To help individuals find healthy ways to heal and cope, Solari Hospice Care offers two free ongoing weekly grief support groups from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and from 10 a.m. to noon Fridays in the Solari Hospice Care Administrative Building, 5550 S. Jones Blvd. All members of the public are invited to attend. For more information or to register, call Chris Kopoew, bereavement counselor, at 702-870-0000.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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.