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Southwest and Spring Valley Neighborhood News

PROFESSIONAL TOURISM GROUP PLANS MEETING AT MUSEUM

The next meeting for the Destination Services Association is set for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Art and Shirley Goldstrom’s private auto collection and memorabilia museum, Nostalgia Street Rods, 5375 Cameron St., Suite M. The professional tourism group is to tour the museum that includes one building that houses more than 176 restored vehicles and two other buildings with history and memorabilia from the space era, entertainment legends and more. The association plans to collect food at this event for an animal shelter and gently used clothing items for one of the lower-income schools.

The cost is $15 per person, and guests are welcome. Members may RSVP at meetup.com/dsa-lasvegas, and nonmembers may email dsanevada@aol.com.

The museum offers free tours by appointment from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For more information, call 702-876-3652.

THEATER ANNOUNCES CLASSES FOR YOUTHS

The nonprofit and nonprofessional Las Vegas Little Theatre has announced its LVLT Summer Youth Theatre Academy. Weekly classes for students ages 7 to 13 are set to start in June. Students may register for one or more sessions to gain hands-on experience in one or more facets of theater and acting. Each week is to end with a performance by the students in the LVLT Black Box theater.

Classes are set from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday on the following topics:

n June 17-21: Improvisation: Whose Line Is It Anyway?

n June 24-28: Theater 101: There is No Business like Show Business!

n July 8-12: Musical Theater: Triple Threat Theater

n July 15-19: Comedy: Make ’Em Laugh

n July 22-26: Drama: Why the Long Face?

n July 29-Aug. 2: Mystery: Who Done It?

n An Audition Workshop is planned for July 1-3 and is open to students ages 7 to 18.

The LVLT Summer Youth Academy is conducted by Emily Fagan, a certified speech, theater and English teacher. Classes are $250 per week for each student; three weeks are $350; and all six weeks (excludes audition workshop) are $1,300. The three-day workshop is $150 per student.

For more information, call 702-362-7996 or visit lvlt.org.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CLEANUP
OF west flamingo PARK

Real estate professionals from the Commercial Alliance Las Vegas are seeking volunteers to help them clean up trash and graffiti at 10 a.m. April 20 in West Flamingo Park, on Flamingo Road west of Jones Boulevard and east of Guinn Middle School. With help, paint and supplies from Clark County, CALV volunteers and their families will clean and paint over graffiti in this park as part of their continued commitment to maintaining local neighborhoods and improving the quality of life in Southern Nevada. For more information, visit calv.org or call 702-784-5050.

SOUTHWEST CAREER AND TECHNICAL ACADEMY PLANS OPEN HOUSE MAY 17

Southwest Career and Technical Academy, 7050 W. Shelbourne Ave., plans to host an open house from 5 to 7:30 p.m. May 17. The event will feature tours of the campus and a chance to talk to current students. The school’s fashion design students plan to put on a fashion show. For more information, call 702-799-5766.

BARKING DOGS GROOMING BOUTIQUE OFFERING FREE MONTHLY CONSULTATIONS

Barking Dogs Self-Wash & Grooming, 9325 S. Cimarron Road, No. 145, has announced a monthly Meeting of the Minds event, set for 1 to 3 p.m. every second Sunday, in which attendees can consult with experts in nutrition, behavioral training and holistic treatments for their pets. For more information, call 702-247-9274.

CAMP SOLARI TO OFFER
FREE BEREAVEMENT CAMP

Camp Solari, a weekend-long bereavement camp sponsored by the Solari Hospice Foundation, 5550 S. Jones Blvd., plans to offer children ages 6 to 17 and their surviving caregivers a free opportunity to learn healthy coping strategies and honor the memories of their loved ones. The next camp is scheduled for May 3-5 at the Mt. Charleston Lodge at the end of state Route 157. Applications for Camp Solari must be completed by March 11 to be considered for the spring camp. Planned activities include art, music, talk therapy, drumming, dancing and nature walks.

The hospice also offers free weekly bereavement support groups from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays.

Camp Solari attendees are chosen based on need. To request an application, call 702-870-0000 or visit solarihospicefoundation.org.

DIVORCE INFORMATION GROUP PLANS MONTHLY MEETINGS

Second Saturdays Las Vegas is offering workshops from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the second Saturday of the month at the Women’s Group Empowerment Center, 6445 S. Tenaya Way, Suite 120. The workshops offer information to women seeking or going through a divorce.

Following the business model of wife.org, the originator of the Second Saturday Divorce Workshops program, Second Saturdays Las Vegas has created a monthly seminar featuring financial advisers, divorce attorneys, family therapists and mediators to guide women through the next steps of divorce.

Professionals presenting information include: the divorce process and legal fees, protecting yourself legally and financially, child custody and child and alimony support, information about dealing with a hostile spouse, helping your family cope with the stress of divorce and rebuilding self-esteem, preparing for divorce; dividing property and the tax consequences of divorce and avoiding divorce court and the benefits of the collaborative law process.

For more information about Second Saturdays Las Vegas and upcoming workshops, visit secondsaturdayslv.com.

SHAREHOLDERS IN LIFE BANQUET PLANNED

The 28th Shareholders in Life Banquet & Silent Auction benefiting the Women’s Resource Medical Centers of Southern Nevada Inc. is set for
5:30 p.m. April 26 at the Rio, 3700 W. Flamingo Road. The silent auction is set to run from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., and the dinner and program are set from 7 to
9:15 p.m. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is set to be the keynote speaker. Individual tickets are $100 per person or $1,000 per table of 10. Premium seating is $200 per person or $2,000 per table of 10. Only 1,200 seats are available. For more information, visit wrmcsn.org/banquet.html.

NEVADA’S BIG GIVE TO PUSH ONLINE GIVING APRIL 25

The second statewide online giving initiative, Nevada’s Big Give, is scheduled for April 25, and Nevada’s Big Give is encouraging local charities to sign up online. The giving day initiative is open to all state nonprofit organizations to participate.

Nevada’s Big Give is a day of online giving that benefits charities across the state. This initiative, launched by NevadaGIVES, is designed to bring new donors and dollars to nonprofit organizations in Nevada.

To sign up, charities can visit nvbiggive.org by Monday and follow the instructions to register and create a homepage on the site. Charities that participated last year are automatically signed up.

Nevada’s Big Give urges participating nonprofits to encourage their supporters to donate on the giving day. To further help meet charities’ fundraising goals, Nevada’s Big Give will hold professional development workshops for nonprofits.

Established in 2003, NevadaGIVES is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to increase awareness of philanthropy so more people give back in a way that is meaningful to them.

ART CONTEST TO TAKE SUBMISSIONS

Each year the city of Las Vegas Arts Commission and the city of Las Vegas sponsor the Celebrating Life! fine arts competition for artists 50 or older in Clark, Esmeralda, Lincoln, Mineral and Nye counties. Entries for the 13th annual juried event are being accepted from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 23-24 at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St. There is no fee to enter.

Artists may enter original works in the following fine art media categories: drawing and pastel, mixed media, painting, sculpture and ceramics, watercolor and gouache, and photography.

Only one work per artist may be submitted.

A public reception and awards ceremony is scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 24 at the Charleston Heights Arts Center. The exhibition is slated be displayed there May 24-July 13.

Entry forms and submission criteria are available at lasvegasnevada.gov/files/celebrating_life_brochure_2013.pdf. For more information or to request a form, call 702-229-4631 or 702-229-1012.

TRIAL TO LOOKS AT DRUGS FOR AUTISM

The Center for Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine in Las Vegas, 7351 Prairie Falcon Road, Suite 160, is taking part in ConnectMe, the largest global clinical research program in children 6 to 12 with autism, Asperger disorder and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS).

This Phase II clinical research program is enrolling participants in the Las Vegas area and is evaluating the safety, tolerability and efficacy of the investigational drug, memantine, on social interaction and communication. There are no FDA-approved drugs that treat any of the three core symptoms of autism: impaired social interactions; impaired communication; restricted interests, repetitive behaviors and stereotyped mannerisms.

ConnectMe, sponsored by Forest Research Institute Inc., is being led locally by Dr. Ann Childress, president of the Center for Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, and her team. For more information, visit connectmetrial.com.

WOMEN’S CLUB OF SUMMERLIN TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR DARE TO DREAM GRANTS

The Women’s Club of Summerlin is taking applications through May 16 for its Dare To Dream grant program. Grants of up to $3,000 are offered to women who need assistance with educational opportunities, learning new skills or endeavouring to improve their lives in a responsible manner. Women who apply must be at least 21 and live in Las Vegas.

For applications, visit womensclubofsummerlin.org. For more information, call 702-804-5188.

MEN’S CHORAL GROUP PLANS
WEEKLY MEETINGS

The Silver Statesmen Chorus invites men of all ages to join its group. The chorus rehearses at 7 p.m. each Thursday at Christ The King Catholic Community, 4925 S. Torrey Pines Drive.

For more information, visit silverstatesmen.com.

HOSPITAL NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center, 5400 S. Rainbow Blvd., is looking for volunteers to help at its facility. For more information, contact marketing director Naomi Jones at 702-853-3308 or naomi.jones@uhsinc.com.

NONPROFIT IT’S ALL ABOUT KIDZ
RUNNING 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.

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