Summerlin Area Neighborhood News, Dec. 4-10, 2014

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS CANCELED AT THE LAKES

The Festival of Lights, a long tradition at The Lakes that included a lighted boat parade, a car show, live music and a Christmas toy drive, will not be held this year.

Greg ​and Donna ​Toussaint, the original organizers of the festival that has grown larger every year since it started 13 years ago, said they were unable to keep up with the many demands of the all-volunteer effort. They said they arranged for the city of Las Vegas to take the reins for 2014, but the city learned that, due to legal restrictions, it is prohibited from conducting the event.

City spokesman Jace Radke said that in order for the city to put on the event, more insurance would have been required. Another issue was that, in the past, the event was funded almost entirely by donations solicited by the Toussaints.

“The city can’t directly solicit donations,” he said.

An alternative is the Dock of Lights event planned at 5 p.m. Dec. 13 at Callville Bay Resort and Marina at Lake Mead. Presented by the Lake Mead Yacht Club, the event is set to feature a wonderland of holiday scenes displayed on boats docked at the marina and a drive-through Trailer Village Festival of Lights.

Admission is free. For more information, visit callvillebay.com.

TIVOLI VILLAGE TO HOST PET ADOPTIONS

Tivoli Village, 450 S. Rampart Blvd., plans to host pet adoptions for a Home 4 Spot Animal Rescue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 7. The Las Vegas Hot-Diggity Dachshund Club and Rescue is slated from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 28.

For more information, visit tivolivillagelv.com.

OPEN HOUSES SET FOR SCENIC LOOP DRIVE IMPROVEMENTS

The Bureau of Land Management’s Red Rock/Sloan Field Office plans to host public meetings on proposed Scenic Loop Drive and parking lot improvements at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Meetings are set for 2 and 6 p.m. Dec. 10 in the classroom at the Visitor Center, 1000 Scenic Loop Drive. Specialists will be on hand to answer questions, and short presentations are planned at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. The entrance fee will be waived for those attending the Dec. 10 meetings (tell the fee booth staff you are there for the public meeting).

The proposed improvements are set to be posted online Dec. 15 at blm.gov/q3ld. Written comments can be sent to m1spence@blm.gov through Jan. 5.

HOMELESS HELPERS TO ASSIST LOCAL FAMILIES IN NEED

The Nevada Chapter of Community Associations Institute plans to assist more than 30 families through the Homeless Helpers organization. The nonprofit was awarded for its community involvement and charity by the Nevada Chapter in 2012, and the chapter has since provided meals, water and clothing to Homeless Helpers on many occasions.

Homeless Helpers’ long-term goal is to obtain a shelter where its services can be expanded to include counseling, job placement, identification/document assistance, free medical care and nighttime shelter.

For more information, visit homelesshelpers.org. For more information about CAI, visit cai-nevada.org.

JEWISH SINGLES CLUB TO HONOR MAYOR GOODMAN

The Jewish Singles 55-plus Social Club plans to host an award ceremony honoring Mayor Carolyn Goodman at 6 p.m. Dec. 10 at Temple Sinai, 9001 Hillpointe Road. The public is welcome. For more information, call 702-243-1761 or 702-243-9472.

FUNDS RAISED FOR CANCER RESEARCH

Michael I. Kling, founder of Kling Law Offices, completed his sixth annual LoToJa race in September. The one-day, 200-plus-mile bicycle race is from Logan, Utah, to Jackson, Wyo., and included three mountain passes in the first 110 miles.

Kling participates as a Hometown Hero, raising money for cancer research. Through donations, Kling raised $14,531 for the 2014 race, which set a LoToJa Hometown Hero donation record.

Overall, the Hometown Heroes raised $180,000 for cancer research.

For more information, visit klinglawoffices.com.

CHICAGO GROUP TO MEET DEC. 7

The Westside Chicago Club plans to meet at 2 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Sahara West Library, 9600 W. Sahara Ave.

The group meets the first Sunday of each month and consists mostly of people who have retired to Las Vegas. Monthly meetings start with a short business meeting followed by a program. The group is open to all who want to visit and meet folks from all parts of Chicago, not just the west side.

For more information, call president June Edelman at 702-256-9542.

VICTORIAN RAILROAD LADIES TO GATHER DEC. 8 AT TIVOLI VILLAGE

The Victorian Railroad Ladies, a Las Vegas Railroad Society Museum women’s club, is set to meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8 at Cafe Leone at Tivoli Village, 302 S. Rampart Blvd. The club supports children’s education in Las Vegas and offers monthly activities and hobby classes. Look for women wearing hats.

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

RAILROAD WORKERS TO GATHER DEC. 16

The National Association of Retired and Veteran Railroad Workers plans to meet at 10 a.m. Dec. 16 at Mad Matty’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 say connected, meet others who worked in the industry and share tales from days on the job.

For more information, visit narvre.info.

RED ROCK CANYON SEEKS ARTISTS FOR 2015 RESIDENCIES

Applications are being accepted for the spring 2015 artists’ residencies at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. All artists working in any field, including writers, musicians, sculptors, painters and performance artists, are invited to apply for residencies lasting two or three weeks in March, April or May.

The Red Rock Canyon Artist-in-Residence program will select three artists, with each receiving a $1,000 stipend for developing their work in response to Red Rock Canyon and leading a community engagement project of their design. Artists will be selected by a panel of arts professionals, community members and Bureau of Land Management staff members.

Applications are being accepted with a postmarked deadline of Jan. 31. For more information, visit rrc-air.org.

CITY OF LAS VEGAS TO OFFER WINTER CAMPS

The Holiday Kids Camp for first- through fifth-graders is set to be offered by the city of Las Vegas. Parents can register their child from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 22 to Jan. 2 (no camp Dec. 25 and Jan. 1) at the Cimarron Rose Community Center, 5591 N. Cimarron Road.

The cost is $100 per child per week. Registration is limited.

Expect arts and crafts, games, sports, cooking, movies, field trips and more.

For more information, call 702-229-1607.

AARP SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR FREE TAX PREPARATION PROGRAM

The AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide program plans to offer free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income. In its 46th year, the program is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention to the older population. The service is offered in conjunction with the IRS and is open to anyone, not just AARP members.

Last year in Nevada, 260 volunteers helped more than 12,700 people file federal tax returns and answered tax-related questions. The program is offered at senior centers, libraries and other convenient locations.

The program needs volunteers. Tax volunteers must complete a tax preparation workshop from the IRS before working with taxpayers. There is also a need for grass-roots leadership, on-site greeters and those who can provide language assistance in Spanish, Mandarin or Cantonese.

For more information, visit tinyurl.com/4r34r8v or call 888-227-7669.

USTA-NEVADA OFFERS FREE TENNIS LESSONS FOR ALL AGES

The United States Tennis Association-Nevada is offering free tennis lessons to all ages. Participants are asked to visit ustanevada.com to complete the registration form. They will be emailed a certificate to take a free tennis lesson at any of the participating facilities.

Free loaner tennis rackets are available through USTA-Nevada’s Racquet Recycle Program. Everyone who registers will receive a free Nevada Tennis Association membership, which includes a newsletter and special invitations to community tennis events.

For more information, email freetennis@ustanevada.com or call 702-792-8384, ext. 101.

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