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Southwest and Spring Valley Neighborhood News

SOUTHWEST JUNIOR GOLFER FALLS SHORT IN NATIONAL TOURNAMENT

Hunter Pate, a 12-year-old southwest golfer who qualified for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Tournament, June 18-23 in New Jersey, missed the cut after shooting back-to-back rounds of 82. Despite finishing tied for 147th, Hunter, the youngest golfer to qualify for the tournament, said she learned much from the experience.

"This was a big boost for her confidence," said Linda Pate, Hunter’s mother. "Now she knows she can compete with these adults and college-age women out there."

Incoming University of Southern California freshman Kyung Kim defeated 16-year-old Ashlan Ramsey of Milledgeville, Ga., 4 and 2 in the final round of match play to win the tournament. Hunter qualified for the Callaway Junior World Golf Championships July 9-13 at Rancho Bernardo Country Club in San Diego.

ORLEANS ARENA TO BE HOME TO NEW PROFESSIONAL INDOOR SOCCER TEAM

The Las Vegas Legends professional indoor soccer team was unveiled to the media as Las Vegas’ newest addition June 26 at the Orleans Arena, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave. The Legends join the Professional Arena Soccer League as the league’s 15th team. Legends general manager and president Meir Cohen introduced the team’s coach, indoor soccer player Greg Howes, and unveiled the team’s inaugural uniforms.

"As Las Vegans, we take pride in our city," Cohen said. "And the Las Vegas Legends is a team the whole city will be proud of."

PASL Commissioner Kevin Milliken was on hand to officially welcome the Legends to the league.

"Las Vegas is a great feather to have in the cap of the PASL," Milliken said. "I think it’s an excellent partnership and it’s going to be very successful."

For more information, call 888-0319 or visit lasvegaslegends.com.

FIREFIGHTERS COLLECTING DONATIONS FOR MOBILE HOME FIRE VICTIMS

The Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation will be collecting donations to cover funeral expenses for three children, ranging from 18 months to 2 years old, who died in their mobile home, which caught fire June 15 at Van’s Trailer Oasis, 3610 Las Vegas Blvd. North.

To make a donation, visit theburnfoundation.org. The foundation asks that donations be earmarked with the names of the children, David, Syler and Adriana. Donations can also be mailed to Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation, 3111 S. Valley View Blvd., Suite B-3111.

SAM’S CLUB TO SELL OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE ARTWORK AT TWO LOCATIONS

Local Sam’s Clubs are donating space in local stores to showcase artwork created by members of the Opportunity Village Art Enrichment Program. Half of the proceeds from the sale of the art will go directly to the artist and the other half will go toward the purchase of new art supplies for the program. Artwork will be for sale Thursday and Friday at the Spring Valley Sam’s Club, 7175 W. Spring Mountain Road, and July 26 and 29 at the southwest location, 7100 W. Arroyo Crossing Parkway. For more information, visit opportunityvillage.org.

HELP HOSTS CABANAS FOR A CAUSE

Cabanas at the Palms Pool, 4321 W. Flamingo Road, are scheduled to be available for purchase July 16 for $100, with all proceeds benefiting HELP of Southern Nevada. The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit palmspool.com or call 942-6832.

MAYOR PLANS MEET AND GREET OVER COFFEE

Mayor Carolyn Goodman is scheduled to meet with constituents over a cup of coffee at 8 a.m. July 16 at The Egg & I, 4553 W. Sahara Ave. Coffee with the mayor is a regularly scheduled event during which residents can discuss issues or simply meet with Goodman. City Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian is also scheduled to attend.

GOOD SAMARITAN LUTHERAN CHURCH TO OFFER DAY CAMP PROGRAM

Good Samaritan Lutheran Church, 8425 W. Windmill Lane, has scheduled three weeks of day camp for children entering kindergarten through fifth grade for the 2012-13 school year. Camp Hope is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays July 23-Aug. 10. Before and after care will be available at 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. for an additional cost.

The cost for the camp is $75 per week if registered before July 15. For more information, call 873-3589 or visit gslclasvegas.org.

4-H CAMP PLANNED AT LAKE TAHOE

The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Southern Area’s 4-H camp is planned for July 29-Aug. 4 at the Nevada State 4-H Camp at Lake Tahoe. Registration is open to campers 9 to 15 until the camp is full.

The cost is $350 and includes transportation, meals and activities. To sign up, contact Mary Regan at 257-5524 or reganm@unce.unr.edu.

SEE THE BEAUTY OF RED ROCK CANYON IN PHOTOS

More than 100 photos from the 2012 annual Red Rock Canyon Photo Contest are on display through Aug. 10 at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Visitor Center Gallery, 1000 Scenic Loop Drive.

The 2013 Visions of Red Rock Calendar is available at friendsofredrockcanyon.org (click on "store" and "books") and at the Elements Gift Store in the Visitor Center. The calendar features 14 images of Red Rock Canyon entered in the 2012 contest. The cost is $15 and $12.75 for members.

For more information, contact Friends of Red Rock at 515-5360 or email info@friendsofredrock canyon.org.

TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ANNOUNCES FARE CHANGES

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada recently approved changes to some of the Las Vegas Valley’s transit fares. Fares will be adjusted for Strip routes, paratransit service and reduced-fare passes. Regular fares for residential routes will not increase. The decision also changes some of the transportation commission’s policies governing paratransit service.

Residential routes, including Centennial, Westcliff Airport, Boulder Highway, Henderson, Downtown and Sahara Express routes, are introducing a 15-day pass for $34, which will replace the five-day pass currently offered, and changing the reduced-fare discount offered on residential transit routes to a flat 50 percent discount for all passes. Reduced-fare day passes will cost $2.50; reduced-fare 15-day passes will cost $17; and reduced-fare monthly passes will cost $32.50. Reduced-fare passes are available for youths 6 to 17, seniors 60 or older and persons with disabilities. These changes will be effective Sept. 30.

Paratransit service changes are replacing the $80 unlimited-ride monthly pass with a 46 single-rides coupon book for $80 or a 22 single-rides coupon book for $40. Passengers who wish to take additional rides will be charged the $3 single-ride paratransit fare. This change will be effective in July 2013.

Strip & Downtown Express Service and Deuce on the Strip Service changes are increasing the fixed-route Strip 24-hour all-access pass from $7 to $8 and increasing the fixed-route Strip two-hour all-access pass from $5 to $6. Strip fares are set to change Sept. 30. Locals who purchase residential passes may use them on any route, including the Strip, at no additional charge.

For more information, visit rtcsnv.com.

WINDER FARMS PLANS BREAST CANCER SUPPORT INITIATIVE

Winder Farms plans to make a donation to the local affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure for every Winder Farms strawberry milk sold through Oct. 31 (Breast Cancer Awareness Month). To remind customers of the charitable initiative, labels on 16-ounce and half-gallon bottles have been changed and will now feature the Susan G. Komen for the Cure pink ribbon.

Winder Farms has also created a Friends of the Farm offer to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. For every new customer who signs up for Winder Farms using the promotional code "KOMEN," $25 will go to the charity. For more information, visit winderfarms.com.

RONALD McDONALD HOUSE RECEIVES NEW PAINT JOB

The Ronald McDonald House of Greater Las Vegas, 2323 Potosi St., a nonprofit that provides a place for families that have a child being treated at Sunrise Children’s Hospital or the Children’s Hospital of Nevada at University Medical Center, received a donation of nearly 400 gallons of paint from Benjamin Moore & Co. The paint will be used to give the 12,944-square-foot, three-story facility a new look on its exterior.

GRANT WILL HELP STOCK FOOD PANTRY

Helping Hands of Vegas Valley has received a $10,000 grant from health care provider CareMore. The grant will help fund HHOVV’s low-income qualified food pantry, which serves an average of 355 clients monthly.

Helping Hands of Vegas Valley is a nonprofit organization that provides assistive services to senior citizens in Southern Nevada, allowing them to maintain their dignity and independence while improving daily living.

For more information, visit hhovv.org.

MAMMOVAN SCHEDULED TO OFFER LOW-COST BREAST CANCER SCREENINGS

Thanks to a $10,000 grant from Food 4 Less, Nevada Health Center’s Mammovan is scheduled to offer low- to no-cost breast cancer screenings at selected Food 4 Less locations. Stops are scheduled from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 4 at 1301 S. Boulder Highway; Aug. 16 at 1955 N. Nellis Blvd.; and Nov. 21 at 2255 Las Vegas Blvd. North. For more information, visit nvhealthcenters.org.

RADIO STATION MAKES SUMMER EXCURSIONS TO UTAH THEATER FESTIVAL

Nevada Public Radio is planning three bus trips this summer to the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Neil Simon Festival and the Tuacahn Amphitheatre.

The Utah Shakespeare Festival excursion is scheduled to depart July 14 with a boxed lunch provided before the matinee performances of either "The Merry Wives of Windsor" or "To Kill a Mockingbird" and evening performances of either "Les Miserables" or "Titus Andronicus." Guests are scheduled to stay overnight at the Abbey Inn in Cedar City and return to Las Vegas July 15.

The Neil Simon Festival excursion is scheduled to depart July 27 with a boxed lunch provided before the matinee performance of "Proposals" and an evening performance of "The Goodbye Girl." Guests are scheduled to stay overnight at the Abbey Inn in Cedar City and attend the matinee performance of "The Odd Couple" followed by an evening performance of "Driving Miss Daisy." Guests are scheduled to return to Las Vegas immediately following "Driving Miss Daisy."

The Tuacahn Amphitheatre excursion is scheduled to depart Aug. 4 with a boxed lunch provided before the matinee performance of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" and evening performance of "Hairspray." Guests are scheduled to stay overnight at the Abbey Inn in Cedar City and return to Las Vegas Aug. 5.

The cost of each theater excursion is $275 for single occupancy and $225 per person for double occupancy and includes theater tickets, hotel room, travel and boxed lunches. Proceeds must be purchased through Nevada Public Radio. For more information or to make reservations, visit knpr.org or call 258-9895.

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