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Summerlin Area Neighborhood News, Aug. 7-13, 2014

FUNDING GOAL REACHED AT LAS VENTANAS

In June, the Las Ventanas Foundation Committee exceeded its fundraising goal of $1.5 million in support of opening a new memory support component at Las Ventanas, 10401 W. Charleston Blvd.

Scheduled to open in fall 2015, the Ronald Reagan Memory Support Suites will be the only not-for-profit memory support community in Las Vegas and will be open to Las Ventanas residents and the public. An anonymous donor offered a matching gift of up to $250,000, and the community was able to raise the more than $1.5 million required to turn the project into a reality.

For more information, visit lasventanaslv.com or call 702-866-9637.

FUNDRAISING SET TO HELP GIRLS AT RISK

The Embracing Project, a local nonprofit foundation, is in a position to win several bonus prizes through the #OperationGirl Charity Challenge, a fundraising campaign launched by recording artist John Legend, RYOT and the Burkle Global Impact Initiative.

The Embracing Project is the only charity in Nevada in the campaign. Members of the community are asked to donate at crowdrise.com/theembracingproject-og by Aug. 18. The charity that raises the most throughout the challenge will get a $50,000 prize. Second place is $20,000 and third is $10,000. There also are weekly bonus challenges.

The money will fund scholarships for eight local high-potential graduates from The Embracing Project’s Free to Choose and Compassionate Healing programs to travel for humanitarian service in Liberia, Africa. There, the girls participate in projects serving orphans and at-risk children and meet with women activists and role models who helped end war in Liberia and address violence against women in their communities.

The girls will be required to visit detention centers and community groups in Las Vegas to act as mentors to other at-risk girls. The group’s initial trip to Liberia was in 2009 where the Las Vegas teens volunteered at orphanages, schools and clinics. They returned home leaving alcohol, drugs and petty crime behind, with new mind-sets of mentors and peace ambassadors.

MEDICAL OFFICE SOFTWARE COMPANY OPENS IN SUMMERLIN

Kareo Inc., a cloud-based medical office software and solutions provider for small medical practices, has opened an operations center at 1180 N. Town Center Drive.

In partnership with state and local agencies, Kareo plans to provide more than 100 high-wage tech jobs. The Las Vegas team supports thousands of medical practices by helping physicians reduce their focus on paperwork.

Based on Kareo’s current and projected growth rate for the billing solutions division, the company expects to maintain its hiring activity with several hundred employed by the end of 2015.

For more information, visit kareo.com.

COUNCILMAN BOB BEERS TO MEET WITH RESIDENTS AUG. 8 and 28

Ward 2 Coffee with the Councilman is slated for 7:30 to 9 a.m. Aug. 8 at Avery’s Coffee at Village Square Shopping Center, 9400 W. Sahara Ave. Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Beers plans to meet with residents to talk about what is happening in Ward 2 and the city.

Residents 21 or older are invited to a similar event planned for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at Embers Grill & Spirits in Boca Park, 740 S. Rampart Blvd.

For more information, call 702-229-2144.

READING WITH RASCAL SESSION SET FOR AUG. 9

The next Reading with Rascal is slated from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 9 in the multipurpose room of Desert Spring United Methodist Church, 120 N. Pavilion Center Drive.

Children can read to a certified therapy dog. Attendance is free and open to all.

For more information, call 702-561-4143 or 702-256-5933.

RAILROAD SOCIETY WOMEN’S CLUB TO MEET AT TIVOLI VILLAGE

The public is invited to meet members of the Victorian Railroad Ladies, a Las Vegas Railroad Society Museum Women’s Club, from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 11 at Cafe Leone at Tivoli Village, 302 S. Rampart Blvd. The club meets every second Monday of the month and supports children’s education in Las Vegas. It offers monthly activities and hobby classes.

Membership is free. For more information, visit lasvegasrailroadsociety.org or call 702-656-9705.

BLM TO HOST PUBLIC MEETING ON ROAD IMPROVEMENTS AUG. 12

The Bureau of Land Management’s Red Rock/Sloan Field Office plans to host a public meeting at 2 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area’s Visitor Center, 1000 Scenic Loop Drive, on proposed road improvements on state Route160 west from state Route 159 to Mountain Springs.

The Nevada Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration, is completing an environmental assessment for the proposed project, and the BLM and the U.S. Forest service are cooperating agencies. The preferred alternative includes widening state Route 160 to four lanes, an 8-foot shoulder (bicycle compliant) and a 14-foot median (raised islands with left turn pockets into the Mountain Springs area) for its 11-mile length, along with other enhancements. The project is proposed to be constructed in two phases. The total estimated construction cost is $60 to $70 million.

To attend, alert the fee booth at the entrance that you are participating in the open house and fees will be waived.

For more information on this proposed project, contact Lynette Russell at lrussell@dot.state.nv.us or 702-671-6601 or James Caviola at james.caviola@c-agroup.com or 702-685-5945.

TRAIN MEMORABILIA NOW IN LAS VEGAS

When the Las Vegas Railroad Society, a local nonprofit organization, receives railroad gift donations, such pickup involves heavy trucks and equipment and Las Vegas corporations support the charity. Two years ago, the Tropicana Express Hotel & Casino in Laughlin donated its entire railroad and some railroad memorabilia to the society. It came with the casino’s promise that the society will still receive the rest of the casino’s railroad memorabilia in due time.

Soon after the society participated with the Helldorado Parade and won first place for Best in Floats, Trudy Platzer, founding chairwoman of the society, and others arranged for three large Budget rental trucks, offered at a discounted rate, and the free use of a forklift from United Rentals. Volunteers traveled to Laughlin to retrieve the additional railroad memorabilia from the hotel-casino. The memorabilia is now in Las Vegas.

For more information, visit lasvegasrailroadsociety.org.

JEWISH GENEALOGY SOCIETY TO MEET AUG. 17 AT SAHARA WEST LIBRARY

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Southern Nevada plans to meet at 1 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Sahara West Library, 9600 W. Sahara Ave.

The slated guest speaker is Mirta Ines Trupp, author of “With Love, The Argentina Family:Memories of Tango and Kugel.” In her self-published memoir, Trupp covers why her

family went to Argentina rather than the United States and why they eventually traveled to the U.S.

Meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, contact president Abe Simon at abe_simon@cox.net or 702 523-9874.

RAILWAY WORKERS TO MEET

The National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees plans to meet at 10 a.m. Aug. 19 at Mad Mattie’s, 8100 W. Sahara Ave.

One of the group’s goals is to keep people knowledgeable about political actions that affect their pensions. Meetings are a good way to stay connected, meet others who worked in the industry and share tales from days on the job.

For more information, visit narvre.info.

PRESTIGE TRAVEL TO HOST PRESENTATION ON ITINERARIES FOR CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA TRIPS

Globus Tours is set to present itineraries on Central and South America trips at 6 p.m. Aug. 20 at Prestige Travel, 6175 Spring Mountain Road. Speaker Kim Vincent is slated to discuss trips to Machu Picchu, the Galapagos Islands, Costa Rica, Chile and Patagonia and Easter Island. For more information, call 702-946.8710.

JOB FAIR FOR DOWNTOWN SUMMERLIN SLATED

Downtown Summerlin plans to host a job fair from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 27 in the Summerlin Ballroom at Red Rock Resort, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd.

The job fair will focus on full-time and part-time positions in management, sales, food service and administration. Applicants will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis and should have a current resume and a list of work-related references. Downtown Summerlin is set to open Oct. 9.

Participating retailers will be announced shortly. For more information, visit downtownsummerlin.com.

FOOD BANK BENEFITS FROM CENTURYLINK DRIVE

CenturyLink Inc. employees and the company’s local communities collected 666,204 pounds of food and $767,219 in the 2014 CenturyLink Backpack Buddies Feed the Children Food Drive, which took place June 2-13 in hundreds of company locations across the country.

The CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation contributed a $1 million match to local food bank beneficiaries through the drive. This is the fifth year for CenturyLink’s nationwide drive, with more than 27 million pounds of food donated since the program’s inception. It resulted in 11.2 million pounds of food going to food banks across the country.

Locally, more than 86,890 pounds of food (including monetary donations, actual food items and the foundation match) were raised for Three Square Food Bank.

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