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town advisory meeting planned

The Spring Valley Town Advisory Board is scheduled to meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today. The meeting will be at Desert Breeze Community Center, 8275 Spring Mountain Road. For an agenda, visit clarkcountynv.gov.

A.R.T. evolution to host meet-and-greet

A.R.T. evolution has scheduled a “Meet the Artist” reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday . The private event will feature works from two artists at Building B in the DLC Empire in Corporate Center, 8860 W. Sunset Road. Stella Vittorio, founder and chief atelier of the Stella Vittorio Collection, a Las Vegas-based design accessory manufacturer, will have her signature handbags on display through September.

Several pieces from Mitchell Todd’s “Rock and Roll” series will also be showcased. Todd’s work focuses on acrylics, oils and mixed media in his sometimes controversial art.

To reserve a spot at the event, call Pam Cirulli at 257-2345 or email pam@brandltd.com.

Lifeguard games set for Saturday
at Pavilion Center Pool

The Southern Nevada Lifeguard Games are slated for all ages from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Pavilion Center Pool, 101 S. Pavilion Center Drive.

Enjoy the show as lifeguards compete from across the valley.

Admission is free. For more information, call 229-1488.

Jewish Genealogy Society to meet
at Sahara West Library

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Southern Nevada plans its monthly meeting for 1 p.m. Sunday at the Sahara West Library, 9600 W. Sahara Ave.

The topic will be “Every Artifact Tells a Story.”

There is no charge to attend meetings, which are open to members and nonmembers. The group meets at 1 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month.

For more information, call
528-4334 or visit jewishgen.org/jgs/jgs-southernnevada.

24-Hour Radiothon to benefit
The Caring Place

“The 24-Hour Radiothon,” beginning at 10 a.m. July 22, is set to be broadcast from the Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road, for 24 hours.

The event will benefit The Caring Place, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to easing the journey of those affected by cancer. Local and national sports and entertainment celebrities along with ESPN Radio 1100/98.9 have confirmed their participation. ESPN Radio listeners and others from around the country will have the opportunity to bid for a one-hour co-hosting spot with one or more of the participating celebrities, with most opening bids beginning at $100. Online bids can be placed at wearelv.com, with all proceeds benefiting The Caring Place.

A cocktail reception for the Sportsperson of the Year award will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., providing guests an opportunity to mingle with celebrities and sports figures. Tickets to the event are $75 per person or $600 for a table of 10 and can be purchased by calling 871-7333.

Problem gambling council relocates

The Nevada Council on Problem Gambling has a new home in town.

The council is now at 5552 S. Fort Apache Road, Suite 100. The group’s mission is to generate awareness, promote education and advocate for quality treatment of problem gambling in the state.

For information on the council, visit nevadacouncil.org. For confidential assistance, call the Problem Gamblers Help Line at 800-522-4700.

BABY ITEMS NEEDED FOR MILITARY FAMILIES

Cannery Casino Resorts is teaming with Operation Showers of Appreciation to host a large baby shower for local military moms. Often military wives and enlistees come to Southern Nevada as part of a relocation where they’re away from family and friends. Others are pregnant while their spouse may be serving overseas.

Anyone can drop off of new baby items, clothing and diapers at the valet area at any Cannery Casino Resorts property, including the Rampart Casino, 221 N. Rampart Blvd.

Donations will be accepted through July 23. About 100 expectant or recent mothers will be presented with the gifts during a shower planned for July 30 at the Eastside Cannery, 5255 Boulder Highway.

For more information, call 507-5900.

Bank of America awards grants
to nonprofit groups

Bank of America has awarded more than $500,000 in grants to 35 Nevada nonprofit organizations with an emphasis in social services during the first four months of 2011.

The grants, ranging from $2,500 to $60,000, provide general operating support and funding for specific programs and services to housing and social assistance organizations.

Last year, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation provided more than $1.2 million in grants to nonprofit groups, and bank employees volunteered more than 9,000 hours for community service across Nevada.

Locomotives seek new mascot
through contest

The Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League are seeking an energetic entertainer to take on the role of their Diesel Locomotive team mascot.

The team is hosting the “Who Can Be Diesel?” competition. Interested parties should be 18 or older and have a background in gymnastics, dance, theater or the performing arts. A contest entry form at can be downloaded at lasvegaslocos.com.

Applications must be returned to the Las Vegas Locomotives office at 750 Pilot Road, Suite A, Las Vegas, NV 89119 by 5 p.m. Wednesday. Semifinalist candidates will be drawn from the applications for preliminary interviews. From this group, a finalist will be chosen whom the fans can vote on to choose the new “Diesel.”

Those applying for the position must be willing to perform as Diesel for all four home games in addition to select team activities throughout the community during the season. The winning candidate will receive paid compensation for performing as Diesel throughout the season.

Gymnastics summer camps available

Flip For Me Gymnastics, 5905 W. Wigwam Ave., has scheduled recreational gymnastic camps from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday to provide children with a safe and fun environment to experience gymnastics, tumbling, athletic games, arts and crafts, open gym time and more. To reserve a spot for your child, call
202-0020.

Get ideal hair and benefit charity

Style DQ, 5540 S. Fort Apache Road, Suite 120, began a hair fundraiser June 10 for the Shade Tree shelter, 1 W. Owens Ave. The salon plans to raise $100,000 through $10 haircuts of any style. It is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 566-4247.

Show your love for pets with a ‘like’

For every person who “likes” the Facebook page of the Silverton, 3333 Blue Diamond Road, during July, the casino will donate $1 to the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The campaign, aimed at helping pets in need, started in June and hopes to raise $5,000.

Foreclosed Upon Pets seeks
foster homes for animals

Foreclosed Upon Pets Inc. is in urgent need of foster families to house animals until forever homes are found. The all-volunteer group takes in pets left behind in the rocky home mortgage situation. It is running at capacity and can accept no more animals without more foster parents.

For more information, call 272-0010 or visit forecloseduponpets.org.

SPRING VALLEY PHOTOGRAPHER
hosting FLORIDA GALLERY SHOW

Spring Valley resident Lamar Marchese’s work, “PRIDE (and prejudice),” a photo essay, is featured in a monthlong run at the Studio 620 gallery in St. Petersburg, Fla., through Saturday.

“PRIDE (and prejudice)” documents the 2009 and 2010 Gay Pride Parades in St. Petersburg, one of the largest such events in the Southeast with more than 80,000 attendees.

It focuses primarily on parade participants and spectators and secondly on a minority of protestors.

Nominations being taken
for Caregiver of the Year

Homewatch CareGivers, a provider of full-service home care, will be accepting nominations for its National Family Caregiver of the Year award through July 29.

Semifinalists will win a yearlong scholarship to Homewatch CareGivers University, where they can take various courses on gaining an educational foundation, skill set and confidence to continue improving their caregiving. The semifinalists also will be given eight hours of respite care. One winner will be awarded the $10,000 grand prize and the title of National Family Caregiver of the Year.

For more information on the program, visit homewatchcaregivers.com.

SIGN-UPS FOR CHURCH SUMMER CAMP OPEN

Camp Hope, a two-week summer day camp, is scheduled from Aug. 1-12. Good Samaritan Lutheran Church, 8425 W. Windmill Lane, is hosting the camp for children who will be in kindergarten through fourth grade in the upcoming school year.

Camp Hope will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with before and after care available.

To register, call 873-3589 or visit gslclasvegas.org.

Enter to win an iPad 2
through winder farms

For every product purchased at Winder Farms, a home delivery grocery service at 6420 Cameron St., Suite 203, customers will be entered to win an iPad 2. The giveaway lasts through Aug. 31.

Winder Farms specializes in delivering farm-fresh products, such as milk in glass bottles or half-gallon jugs, various dairy products, organic fruits and vegetables and natural meats.

To sign up to be a Winder Farms customer, visit winderfarms.com.

Nv Energy launches checkme plus
air conditionING program

Is your air conditioner ready to handle the heat in Southern Nevada? NV Energy has launched the CheckMe Plus Air Conditioning Program, offering customer rebates to tune up or replace air conditioners that are not operating efficiently. To save energy and money, check out the CheckMe Plus A/C Program at nvenergy.com/ac or call
855-625-6404.

Design a logo for Nevada Arts Academy

The Nevada Arts Academy is seeking a logo design to represent the academy on print materials (fliers, letterheads, business cards, etc.) and on the academy’s website. The designer of the winning entry will receive a $500 prize. For complete contest rules, visit musicartslv.com or call 248-1288.

Summer camp to help children
deal with loss

Camp Mariposa, the Nathan Adelson Hospice-hosted bereavement camp for children, is taking registration for the 2011 camp session scheduled for July 15-17 at Torino Ranch.

Now in its 21st year, the overnight camp is designed to facilitate the natural grieving process and provide opportunities for bereavement exploration, balanced with arts and crafts, sports, music, storytelling and other recreational activities.

Camp Mariposa is open to children ages 7 to 12.

The camp is funded by Nathan Adelson Hospice, with no cost to families of accepted campers.

To request an application or volunteer for the camp, call 796-3167 or visit the Center for Compassionate Care, 4131 Swenson St.

For more information, go to nah.org.

Registration open for september’s youth flag football

Registration is open for the NFL Youth Flag Football leagues.

Beginning in September, games will be played on Saturdays at All-American Park, 1551 S. Buffalo Drive.

Children ages 6 to 14 are eligible to play.

The $65 fee includes a team jersey.

Call the Mirabelli Community Center, 6200 Hargrove Ave., at 229-6359 for more information.

Camping near Red Rock Canyon
closed for summer

The campground at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is closed until Sept. 1 due to summer’s low usage.

It is approximately two miles east of the Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center on state Route 159 (West Charleston Boulevard) and is the only developed campground within the conservation area.

Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of other camping opportunities in the area, including backcountry camping at Red Rock Canyon with permit, 515-5050; Valley of Fire State Park, 397-2088; Lake Mead National Recreation Area, 293-8990 or 293-8906; Death Valley National Park, 760-786-3200; Mojave National Preserve, 760-252-6100; USDA Forest Service Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest, 515-5400; Spencer W. Kimball Scout Reservation, 968-8138; and Potosi Pines Camp, 875-1980.

Camping is allowed on Bureau of Land Management land outside of the Las Vegas Valley for up to two weeks without charge.

For more information, go to blm.gov.

Day camps available at YMCA

The YMCA of Southern Nevada offers wallet-friendly solutions for families looking for child care and ways to stay active this summer. The YMCA is taking day camp registrations and selling Sizzlin’ Summer passes, which provide four months of unlimited access to its locations: the Bill & Lillie Heinrich YMCA, 4141 Meadows Lane; Durango Hills Community Center YMCA, 3521 N. Durango Drive; Centennial Hills Community Center YMCA, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive; and the YMCA’s newest location, the SkyView YMCA in North Las Vegas, 3050 E. Centennial Parkway.

YMCA day camp is for kids 5 to 15 and runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 13 through Aug. 26. Free care for campers is available from 7 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. and is provided for working parents. Weekly camp prices range from about $100 to $200, and a daily drop-in rate of $45 is available. No one is turned away because of an inability to pay. Financial assistance is available.

The Sizzlin’ Summer Pass provides unlimited access to the YMCA’s water parks, swimming pools, wellness centers and classes. Prices are $109 (individual) and $209 (family). For a list of amenities by location, go to lasvegasymca.org.

TRAVEL CLUB TO MEET AT TAP HOUSE

The Las Vegas Single Social and Travel Club for Mature Adults invites prospective members to its meetings, which are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. the last Tuesday of the month at the Tap House, 5589 W. Charleston Blvd.

The meet-and-greet portion is set to start at 6 p.m. Meeting discussions focus on day trips, local events, in-state and out-of-state traveling, cruises and international traveling. A guest speaker frequently is featured. The meeting closes at about 7:30 p.m., and appetizers are served as the group mingles.

For more information, call 888-324-2028.

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