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WEST CHARLESTON LIBRARY TO HOST
INFANT MASSAGE LECTURE

Licensed massage therapist Regina Murphy is scheduled to host a lecture and discussion on infant massage from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday and July 29 at the West Charleston Library, 6301 W. Charleston Blvd. The talk will focus on the latest research and techniques of infant massage.

Admission is free. For more information, call 507-3964 or visit lvccld.org.

SOUTHWEST RIDGE OPEN HOUSE PLANNED

Clark County Commission Chair Susan Brager and the Clark County Comprehensive Planning Department have scheduled an open house from 4 to 7:30 p.m. July 25 in the meeting room at the Desert Breeze Community Center, 8275 Spring Mountain Road, to share information and solicit public input on plans for future parks and recreational amenities for the Southwest Ridge area on the western edge of the Las Vegas Valley.

Residents are encouraged to drop in anytime during the open house.

For more information, visit tinyurl.com/swridgeopenhouse.

ARENA SOCCER TEAM SEEKS DANCERS

The Las Vegas Legends professional arena soccer team plans to audition women for its dance team at 10 a.m. Sunday at The Beat Dance Academy, 1400 N. Rampart Blvd.

The dance team will entertain fans and help cheer on the team. Candidates must be 18 or older and previously trained in hip-hop, contemporary, jazz and ballet.

Twelve to 15 women will be selected. Dancers will be required to attend a minimum of two practices a week and learn 10 dance numbers for the season. Practices begin in September, and the regular season ends in early March. Home games will take place at The Orleans Arena, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave.

For more information, visit lasvegaslegends.com.

VALLEY ROTARY CLUB RECEIVES CHARTER

The Rotary Club of Las Vegas Red Rock became the newest chapter of Rotary International after District Governor Doug Fowler signed the charter application in June. The club’s 25 new members meet at 6 p.m. every Tuesday at O’Aces Bar & Grill, 9050 W. Post Road.

For more information, visit redrockrotarylv.org.

RADIO STATION MAKES SUMMER EXCURSIONS TO UTAH THEATER FESTIVAL

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

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.

SOLARI HOSPICE FOUNDATION LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

To help provide bereavement resources and information to children and their surviving family members, the nonprofit Solari Hospice Foundation has launched a new website, solarihospice
foundation.org.

The website includes information and schedules for Camp Solari, a bereavement camp for children 6 to 17 who, along with their surviving caregivers, come together for a weekend of camaraderie and healing. At Camp Solari, professional grief counselors teach children and adults healthy ways to express their emotions and move forward, while still honoring the memory of the deceased.

Camps are held in Las Vegas and Houston, with plans under way for a spring 2013 camp in Phoenix.

Bereavement resources are also listed on the website, including tips to cope with loss, dates and times of grief support groups offered free to the public.

Links are provided to Facebook and Twitter, so individuals can join in the conversation with other families that have suffered similar losses.

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 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.”

The Legends are scheduled to hold open tryouts Aug. 20 at The Orleans Arena.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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