Southwest and Spring Valley Neighborhood News

Preventative dental clinic open for at-risk students

Las Vegas City Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian joined Clark County School District Trustee Chris Garvey Sept. 16 to open the new Future Smiles Dental Center for education and prevention of oral disease for at-risk children from birth to 18 years.

The new clinic is in a modular building at Clark High School, 4291 W. Pennwood Ave.

The clinic will be open regularly for students to access preventative oral health care.

Business mixer planned for tonight at Palace Station

The Las Vegas Largest Mixer VII is scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Palace Station, 2411 W. Sahara Ave.

Las Vegas-area chambers and business organizations are invited to attend to meet new clients, work with other companies and learn to grow.

Tickets are $15.

For more information, call 769-7799 or visit

Job search workshop set for saturday at Spring Valley Library

A workshop set from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday is designed for those unable to find a job in this economy.

The Spring Valley Library, 4280 S. Jones Blvd., will host the class in Room AB . The class is part of a series of hands-on workshops to teach the fundamentals of job searching, resume writing and more. Registration is required.

Call 507-3821 to sign up or for more information.

Teen advisory group sets meeting

The Teen Advisory Group at the Spring Valley Library, 4280 S. Jones Blvd., needs new members.

The group is scheduled to meet from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday in the story room. The board helps create, plan, promote and run library programs. For more information, call 507-3820.

Nevada Cooperative Extension offers information on invasive species

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteers are working with community members to maintain the health of Nevada’s urban forests. Through the Citizens Monitoring for Invasive Bark Beetles program, Master Gardeners provide information on maintaining tree vigor by recognizing problems as they first arise, before extensive damage occurs.

The information is offered free of charge. Homeowners, landscapers and community groups can arrange to have a Bark Beetle workshop on their site or at the Cooperative Extension office in Las Vegas.

For more information, contact Dr. Angela O’Callaghan at 257-5581 or email

Kidnapped for a Cause event to support Southern Nevada Children First

Starting at 1 p.m. Oct. 7, Southern Nevada Children First (SNCF) will be organizing its first Kidnapped for a Cause event in which local business and community leaders will volunteer to be "kidnapped for a cause" and taken to an undisclosed location — at the Queen Victoria Pub inside the Riviera, 2901 Las Vegas Blvd. South. These participants will have to call family, friends and coworkers to raise their "ransom money," which is set at $1,500 per participant. This amount sponsors a young mother who is ready to move into her own apartment with her baby after successfully graduating from SNCF’s Life skills and Transitional Housing program.

SNCF is a nonprofit organization at 720 W. Cheyenne Ave., Suite 30, that provides long-term transitional living and life skills training to homeless pregnant and parenting teens and young adults, ages 16 to 22. Individual donations in cash, check or credit card payments will be accepted at the Queen Victoria Pub inside the day of the event. For more information, go to

Vendors needed at church’s community yard sale

Vendors are needed for a community-wide craft and yard sale planned from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 8 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4601 W. Lake Mead Blvd. Vendors need not be affiliated with the church and may sell any legal product except food. To reserve a sale space or ask questions, call 648-8437 between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

A donation of $5 will be requested if the vendor provides his own table and $10 if the church provides it.

NV Energy accepting solar rebate applications

NV Energy is accepting applications through Sept. 28 for its solar rebate program. Customers who submit their application within that time period will be part of the application process Sept. 30 for the available rebates.

More rebates will be available in the first half of 2012; customers also can take advantage of other rebate programs, including solar hot water heating and wind and hydro rebates.

Interested parties must first visit the website, as there are steps that need to be taken before applying. Visit and click on "save energy" then "solar, wind and hydro rebates."

Southern Highlands to host charity walk and fall festival

Southern Highlands is scheduled to host its seventh annual fall festival 5K and one mile walk on Oct. 22.

The race is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Goett Family Park, along Southern Highlands Parkway, south of Somerset Hills.

The festival, which is free, starts after the walk.

Registration prices for the race vary based on when you sign up and for which race.

Proceeds will benefit the Southern Highlands Charitable Foundation, the Southern Highlands Boys & Girls Club, the Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada and We R Community.

Last year, the event raised more than $100,000.

For more information or to register, visit or call 263-1000.

City of Las Vegas youth grant applications being accepted

The city of Las Vegas is currently accepting grant applications for youths looking to help improve their communities. As part of the Youth Neighborhood Association Partnership Program (YNAPP), the city is offering grants of up to $1,000 for young people to create and implement neighborhood-based service learning projects of their own design. Schools, school classes, churches, community and civic groups that are youth-driven are encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted through Oct. 10 by visiting YNAPP is designed to use the gifts and talents of young people while helping them grow into community leaders. The program challenges youths to take stock of their community, identify a community need or issue and then develop a project to address that need, with the assistance of YNAPP funding provided by the city of Las Vegas. Grants are available for projects that are developed and implemented by youth with adults serving as advise rs, address a neighborhood need, occur within Las Vegas city limits, match grant funds with volunteer labor and partner with a neighborhood association located in city limits. For more information regarding the grant programs and how to obtain grant applications, contact YNAPP Coordinator Lisa Campbell at 229-5406 or email her at lcampbell@lasvegas

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 fourth 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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