North Las Vegas neighborhood news, June 11-17

BARRON BEATS HARDY IN WARD 1

Isaac Barron became North Las Vegas’ first elected Latino City Council member June 4, topping fellow teacher Jared Hardy by 18 points on his way to winning a Ward 1 City Council seat.

Barron, 42, collected 59 percent of ballots tallied in the runoff.

Hardy, the 38-year-old son of longtime City Councilman Warren Brent Hardy, picked up 41 percent.

Hardy and Barron, both election rookies, were the only two candidates to survive an April 2 primary that saw lopsided victories for Ward 4 City Councilwoman Anita Wood and Mayor Elect John Lee.

Barron, a Rancho High School teacher and former community organizer, is set to replace term-limited City Councilman Robert Eliason beginning July 1.

LEGO CLUB SET TO MEET
AT NORTH LAS VEGAS LIBRARY

The North Las Vegas Library Lego Club is set to meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. June 26 at the North Las Vegas Library, 2300 Civic Center Drive. Children of all ages may show off their creative abilities, and puzzles are to be provided as well. The group plans to meet the last Wednesday of every month. A future meeting is set for July 31. For more information, call 702-633-1070 or visit nlvld.org.

ALIANTE LIBRARY WRITERS CLUB
TO MEET MONTHLY

The Aliante Library Writers Club is set to meet monthly from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Aliante Library, 2400 Deer Springs Road. The next planned meetings are July 2, Aug. 6 and Sept. 3. The group gathers for networking, readings and learning about writing. For more information, call 702-839-2980, visit nlvld.org or email Glory Wade at glorywadewriter@gmail.com.

COMMUNITY MEETING PLANNED
AT ALIANTE LIBRARY

The North Las Vegas Alliance of Homeowner Associations and Concerned Citizens is set to meet at 6 p.m. June 13 at the Aliante Library, 2400 Deer Springs Road. Don Schaefer, president of the Sun City HOA and activist, is to report on the final outcome of state legislation passed that will affect North Las Vegas communities and residents over the next two years. It has been requested that newly elected Ward 1 City Councilman Isaac Barron and current Councilwoman Anita Wood attend.

For more information, contact Richard Cherchio at 702-325-6708.

ASTRONOMY IN THE PARK SET FOR JUNE 15 AT LAS VEGAS SKI & SNOWBOARD RESORT

An Astronomy in the Park event with free viewing of the night sky through telescopes is scheduled for June 15 at the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort, 6725 Lee Canyon Road at Mount Charleston. Observing is set to begin at 8:30 p.m., and a laser-guided tour of the night sky is to begin at 9:30 p.m.

The viewing area is at the circular turnaround at the end of state Route 156. For more information, call Rob Lambert at 702-461-1390 or visit lvastronomy.com.

COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS INSTITUTE ACCEPTING AWARD NOMINATIONS

The Nevada chapter of the Community Associations Institute is accepting nominations for individuals and charities statewide for its annual Ordinary People Extraordinary Measures Awards. The institute is a trade organization representing homeowners, homeowners associations, community managers and industry partners.

Formerly known as the Annual Heroes Luncheon, the awards program was redeveloped in 2012 to honor small charitable organizations that make a difference. Nominations are due July 15. For nomination forms, visit cai-nevada.org and click on “Events.” Winners will be honored during the chapter luncheon slated for Sept. 10 at the Gold Coast.

SIGN-UPS BEGIN FOR CHILDREN’S BEREAVEMENT CAMP

Registration for Camp Mariposa, an annual free children’s bereavement camp hosted by the nonprofit Nathan Adelson Hospice, is open for the planned June 28-30 camp session, which takes place at Camp Potosi in Lovell Canyon, 25 miles west of Las Vegas. It is open to any child between the ages of 7 and 12 who has lost a loved one.

To request an application or volunteer for the camp, call 702-796-3167 or visit the Center for Compassionate Care at 4131 Swenson St. in Las Vegas. Information can also be downloaded from nah.org.

AT&T LOOKS TO BOOST NORTH LAS VEGAS WIRELESS COVERAGE

AT&T recently unveiled a new cell site location in North Las Vegas. The site, one of five Southern Nevada locations activated May 22, looks to give a performance boost to residents and businesses around the intersection of Aliante Parkway and Deer Springs Road.

A report released recently by consumer watchdog RootScore saw the telecommunications giant tied with rival Verizon for an award based on “overall call quality, text performance, and mobile Internet speeds” in the valley. PCWorld/TechHive, another consumer group, has twice ranked the company’s network fastest in the region.

For more information, visit wireless.att.com.

MDA SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR AUGUST CAMP

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is looking for volunteer counselors and medical professionals to care for children with muscular dystrophy and related diseases at the Southern Nevada MDA Summer Camp, slated for Aug. 4-10 at Apple Canyon Center in Mountain Center, Calif.

Volunteer counselors must be at least 16. Campers’ ages range from 6 to 17. Each counselor is a companion to an MDA camper, helping with camp activities (sports, horseback riding, arts and crafts, etc.) and day-to-day activities (eating, bathing and dressing).

Also, the association is seeking physicians, nurses, emergency medical technicians, physical therapists and other medical professionals to volunteer for the camp’s medical staff. Medical staff members supervise and maintain the health and well-being of all camp participants.

To volunteer, contact the local MDA office by visiting mda.org/locate.

MEET COUNTY JUDGES EVENT
SLATED FOR AUG. 17 AT CANYON SPRINGS

Veterans In Politics plans to host a Meet Your Clark County District Judges event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 17 at Canyon Springs High School, 350 E. Alexander Road.

The event aims to educate voters in advance of the 2014 Clark County general election and improve access to the county judicial system through a Shadow a Judge For a Day program for Canyon Springs High School students.

Students will look to share their judge-shadowing experiences before joining a moderated discussion set to include more than a dozen judges from Clark County’s civil, criminal and family justice departments.

For judge registration and event participation, contact Steve Sanson, president of Veterans In Politics International, at 702-283-8088 or visit veteransinpolitics.com.

For student registration in the Shadow a Judge for a Day program, contact Nancy West, magnet theme coordinator, at 702-799-1870.

FOUNDATION SEEKS EXCHANGE STUDENT HOST FAMILIES

Face the World Foundation is registering volunteer host families for the fall semester of high school. Host families provide a loving home, meals and a bed while learning firsthand about another culture and establishing friendships that will last a lifetime. The nonprofit foundation provides a community representative for the host family and the student during his time in the United States. Call 760-247-5964 or email jodie@facetheworld.org for more information.

MASTER GARDENERS PLAN TOURS
OF DEMONSTRATION GARDENS

The Master Gardeners of Southern Nevada plan monthly tours of the Demonstration Gardens at the 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.

CAMP THAT REUNITES SIBLINGS
IN FOSTER CARE SEEKS DONATIONS

Camp To Belong Nevada, which reunites siblings who are apart due to foster care, is in need of donations from the public for its summer camp program. Camper supplies such as water bottles, flashlights and cans of Gatorade powder are needed.

A full list can be seen at Child Focus, 2685 S. Rainbow Blvd., Suite 112, or call 702-436-1624.

MASTER GARDENERS PLAN TOURS
OF DEMONSTRATION GARDENS

The Master Gardeners of Southern Nevada plan monthly tours of the Demonstration Gardens at the 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.

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.

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.

NORTH LAS VEGAS 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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