April 2009 



A NOTE FROM LOIS
Sunrise Gardens is one of the newer neighborhood associations in Ward 1. It consists of a senior citizens complex on El Conlon Street. The foundings of the association began when a senior woman was accosted after she left the deli across the street from the complex and was returning to her apartment. This incident was reported to the city by several of her apartment neighbors who voiced concerns about other similar occurrences. There was a problem with youthful gang members loitering by the deli and then following senior citizens as they left.

Members of Metro’s Bolden Area Command and staff from the city’s Neighborhood Services Department began a series of meetings at Sunrise Gardens. A very strong leader, Rebecca Medrano, emerged at the complex. She worked hard to organize the neighborhood association. At first she had very little help and very few residents of the complex attended meetings. Often they were negative, rather than positive, about working together. She did not give up, however, and soon more and more people began to attend and her last meetings had had a packed house. The key to her success was her persistence and her passion for uniting her neighbors to better protect themselves.

A few weeks ago a 73-year-old woman was sexually assaulted near the complex on Sahara Avenue and Valley View Boulevard. Rebecca immediately organized a meeting to present information that might prevent a similar occurrence from happening again. Bolden Area Command’s Captain Pat Neville and Crime Prevention Specialist Denise Stride spoke at the meeting as did members of the Las Vegas Rape Crisis Center. Information emphasized means by which better protection can be obtained. The Rape Crisis Center members profiled the psychology behind such assaults and listed preventative measures that could be taken. They distributed key chains where a pin can be pulled, releasing a loud, attention-getting noise. It was an excellent meeting. All neighborhood associations should be aware that such speakers are also available for their meetings.

Currently, Rebecca is working at her complex to have several surrounding apartment complexes become part of a neighborhood watch team. She also is helping neighbors obtain better, more protective locks for their doors. Rebecca shows the significant difference a person can make in helping others. 


EVENTS IN WARD ONE

Lions Institute Presents Free Health Seminar
The Lions Institute of Health Sciences is hosting a FREE health seminar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, at R. Guild Gray Elementary School, located at 2825 S. Torrey Pines Drive.

Topics include:

  • How early detection of life-threatening diseases may save your life
    or help you to avoid long term disability caused by a stroke, heart
    attack or cancer.
  • Discover the latest break-throughs on age management. Learn how to keep your mind sharp and body healthy through nutrition, exercise and fitness programs.
  • Learn the latest advances in medical treatments for cancer, heart attack and stroke victims.
  • Find out how to get the most out of Medicare, and understand Medicare’s role in preventative health care.
  • Nurses will be on hand to provide a FREE blood pressure check.

R.S.V.P. for the event by calling (702) 739-6393.

Metro First Tuesdays
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's 1st Tuesday program is an excellent opportunity for the citizenry of Las Vegas to get involved with their police department. The first Tuesday of every month we open the doors to our substations from 7 to 8 p.m. in order for our community to have an open forum of communication with the police officers who patrol their neighborhoods.

Bolden Area Command
1851 Stella Lake, off Martin L. King Blvd. just north of Vegas Drive
(702) 828-3347

Northwest Area Command
9850 W. Cheyenne Ave., just west of Grand Canyon
(702) 828-3426

Enterprise Area
6975 W. Windmill Lane
(702) 828-2843 and 828-2844
Nevada Senior Games Announces 2009 Event Schedule

Nevada Senior Games, Inc. (NSG) announced the opening of the 2009 season with three exciting events for adults 50 and better.

The kick-off events include:

Softball Tournament Co-Hosted by Las Vegas Senior Softball Association from April 18 through May 5;

The 3rd Annual 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament on May 16 and 17,

On May 30 and 31, the Nevada USA Track and Field Championships, co-hosted by Nevada USATF and UNLV. This is a very special event and is unique in that competitors from ages 16 through their 90’s are invited to participate. This intergenerational event offers competitors of all ages the opportunity to share and learn while competing.

Upcoming events include volleyball, and golf tournaments and more, culminating in the fall with the Nevada Senior Olympics.

For those concerned about their health and wellness, but not athletically or competitively inclined, Nevada Senior Games also offers a FREE weekly indoor walking program for adults 50 and better.  Each session features a 1-hour walk, fresh fruit, bottled water, blood pressure readings and a weekly door prize. The walking program provides a non-stressful introduction to a regular exercise program. You do not have to walk for the full hour to participate. For those who already are exercising, the program offers a change of pace and a chance to meet new people.

In addition, Nevada Senior Games will soon be offering a series of health and wellness events and informational programs dedicated to improving the health and wellness of adults 50 and better.

For entry or more information about any of these events, the walking program or to receive updates about future events, contact Nevada Senior Games at (702) 242-1590 or nevadaseniorgames@earthlink.net.  Please include complete contact information. You may also contact Jason E. Golub, DC, director of Health & Wellness for Nevada Senior Games, Inc., 3925 S. Jones Blvd., Suite 1123, (702) 324-2934.

Ward 1 Leisure Services Events
Below is just a small sample of the activities offered at the city’s recreation centers. For a complete listing, visit the events calendar Web Page. The Lieburn Center is located at 6230 Garwood Ave., the Mirabelli Community Center is located at 6200 Hargove Ave. and the Charleston Heights Arts Center is located at 800 S. Brush St.

 Date  Time  Event  Location  Phone
 April 20  1 p.m.  Free Lieburn Lecture Series  Lieburn  229-1600
 April 20  10 a.m.  Photo Editing Workshop  Lieburn  229-1600
 April 24  11 a.m.  Lieburn Cowboy Poetry Luncheon  Lieburn  229-1600
 April 25  7 p.m.  Saturday Contra Dancing  CHAC  229-6383
April 25   10 a.m.  Mommy & Me Scrapbooking  Mirabelli  229-6359
 April 25  11:30 a.m.  Beginning Scrapbooking  Mirabelli  229-6359
 Wednesdays  6:30 p.m.  Ethnic Express Folk Dancing  CHAC  229-6383

Town Hall Meeting
To answer questions regarding the addition of pay commuter lanes on 1-15, Project Neon and the possible rerouting of Rancho Drive near Sahara Avenue representatives from the Nevada Department of Transportation and the city of Las Vegas Public Works department will join the councilwoman for a Town Hall Meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21. The meeting will take place in the Las Vegas Valley Water District Community Room located at the corner of Valley View and West Charleston boulevards.

Earth Day Fair 2009
Councilwoman Tarkanian invites you to join her Saturday, April 25, 2009 in the Wal-Mart parking lot located at W. Charleston Boulevard and Decatur for the opening of Earth Day Fair 2009 at 9 a.m. Learn how to go green from community vendors while enjoying the entertainment. The fun continues until 2 p.m. Call 229-3516 for information.

CommUNITY Fair and Bike Rodeo
The 6th Annual CommUNITY Fair will be held at E.W. Griffith Elementary School located at 324 East Essex Drive for neighbors, families and friends to meet and gather valuable information from community vendors. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 9. Free refreshments while supplies last, jump house, face painting, balloon artists and much more.  Learn bike safety tips and be sure to bring your bike for the bike rodeo.

Senior Juried Art Competition Returns For 2009 Show
In celebration of Senior Month, the city of Las Vegas Arts Commission is sponsoring the annual fine arts competition, “Celebrating Life!” to recognize the talents of Las Vegas artists age 50 and better. This is the ninth year for this popular art competition for seniors.

Entries will be accepted on Tuesday May, 12, and Wednesday, May 13, at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, located at 800 S. Brush St. Entries will be accepted between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on both days. There is no fee to enter, but only one work per artist can be submitted for jury.

A “meet-the-artists” reception and awards ceremony will be held on Friday, May 22, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Charleston Heights Arts Center.

Eligible fine art media categories include: Drawing and Pastel; Mixed Media (2-D); Painting; Sculpture and Ceramics (3-D); Watercolor; and Photography. The work must be ready for display, completed within the past three years and not previously juried into Celebrating Life!

Due to positive response, artists whose artwork is not juried into Celebrating Life! 2009 will have the option to have it displayed in the Salon de Refuse exhibit in the Charleston Height Arts Center Gallery. This exhibit will remain on display from May 22 through June 11, 2009.

This year’s judges will be photographer Randa Bishop and retired UNLV Art professors Jim Pink and Bill Leaf, who will select the artwork for the final exhibition, which will run from May 22 through July 1, 2009 at the Charleston Heights Arts Center. 
 Entry forms and submission criteria are available for pick-up at the city of Las Vegas senior centers and various locations throughout the city and county. For further information or to request a form, please call 229-4631 or 229-1012. 

Award winning pieces from this year’s exhibit will be displayed in the City Hall Bridge Gallery from July 10 through Sept. 18, 2009.

NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS

Mini March Madness Invitational Youth Basketball Tournament
The city of Las Vegas Department of Leisure Services, in collaboration with Councilwoman Tarkanian, Councilman Ricki Y. Barlow and the Neighborhood Services Department, sponsored the fourth annual Academics First Mini March Madness Invitational Youth Basketball Tournament held Monday, March 30, through April 4, at Doolittle and Mirabelli community centers for youth in grades four through seven. This free event promotes the importance of balanced academics and sports.

The Academics First Mini March Madness Invitational Youth Basketball Tournament initiated by Councilman Barlow is designed to promote academics first. The vision was to get the minds of our student athletes off the glamour of the NBA/WNBA only and start to reshape their thinking towards college and how proud they should be to be student athletes and strive to attend a college, university or technical institution of higher learning.

The event began with an opening ceremony and welcome from Councilwoman Tarkanian and Councilman Barlow, a special appearance from the UNLV men's and women's basketball team, and a keynote address by former NBA star Jerome Williams. The second day of the event highlighted the education forum, where local educators, business men and women, former basketball players and city of Las Vegas Leisure Services staff spoke to the youth about the importance of getting an education and promoting academics first, and not placing all of their emphasis on becoming a professional athlete. In the educational sessions, participants, parents and coaches received information on SAT, ACT and proficiency test requirements, as well as gang awareness training, nutrition advice and the value of making positive choices.

The Academics First Mini March Madness Invitational Youth Basketball tournament ended with both a girls and boys championship game with the winners being recognized by Councilwoman Tarkanian and Councilman Barlow for their successful participation in the program and being positive role models. All participants also received recognition from Jerome Williams. Special thanks to Joanne Lauster of Vegas Trophies for her support and assistance with the trophies for the winning teams.

Moving forward, our goal is to expand this great program to the entire city.

Students Across Las Vegas To Take Pledge Against Crime Of Graffiti
Students in schools across Las Vegas will attend signing ceremonies promising to care for the community and pledging not to commit the crime of graffiti. The Las Vegas City Council in partnership with the Southern Nevada Graffiti Coalition has declared April as Graffiti Awareness Month. The signing ceremonies are part of many events planned to stem the tide of this growing crime and to promote community pride. Neighborhood graffiti cleanups are also planned for communities across the city.
Signing ceremonies will be held at schools and events including:

• April 16, 1:30 p.m., Kit Carson Elementary School, 1735 D St. 
• April 17, 10 a.m., Dorothy Eisenberg Elementary School, 7770 Delhi Ave. 
• April 20, 2:30 p.m., Roy Martin Middle School, 200 N. 28th St.
• April 21, 2:15 p.m., Walter Jacobson Elementary School, 8400 Boseck Drive 
• April 21, 10 a.m., Ernest May Elementary School, 6350 W. Washburn Road
• April 25, from 2 to 4 p.m., Hip Hop Culture Festival, Sammy Davis Jr. Festival Plaza, Washington   Avenue and Twin Lakes Drive 
• April 30, 2 p.m., Vegas Verdes Elementary School, 4000 El Parque Ave.

Schools that have not yet planned signing ceremonies are encouraged to sign on to stop tagging in their neighborhoods. Call 229-2330 to learn how.

Graffiti has been recognized as the most expensive property crime in the city of Las Vegas. Approximately $30 million is spent each year to clean up the vandalism in the Las Vegas valley. An important message that will be conveyed to the student participants is that permission is the difference between graffiti and art; if you don’t have permission to paint an area, it’s a crime. 
To report graffiti in the city, call the graffiti hotline at 229-6615. Callers may remain anonymous.

Neighborhood Spotlight -  Torrey Pines Neighborhood Preservation Association
The Torrey Pines Neighborhood Preservation Association (TPNA) formed in April 2005 to preserve the neighborhood and protect homes, families and investments. The association members take pride in their neighborhood and are active in a variety of ways. 

As part of the Adopt-A-Block/Clean Neighborhoods program, residents paint over graffiti as it appears in their neighborhood and remove illegal signage from utility poles. They also inform the city about problems related to code and parking enforcement.  When a community cleanup was held, association members assisted neighbors in need of help with pulling items curbside. With another project, residents painted red curbs and fire hydrants to maintain access for emergency responders. 

TPNA holds a safe neighborhood event as part of Fire Prevention Month in October. In October 2008, the association hosted a Halloween block party for the neighborhood children and invited the city’s fire department to participate. 

Recently, the association created a Web site to share information with its neighbors and encourage greater participation in the association’s efforts. 

The association has partnered with Rose Warren Elementary School. TPNA members painted safety information on the curbs as part of the “Look Out – Kids About” program. They helped Rose Warren students at a Bike Safety Fair and shared information about the neighborhood association with parents. The association has also supported playground upgrades. 

The association continues to volunteer beyond its neighborhood boundaries.  The President Chet Daugherty co-coordinated a Ward 1 National Neighborhood Day event and designed the shirts for the 40 attendees. He also co-coordinated the "Keep America Beautiful" event at Garside Elementary School that consisted of painting hydrants and red curbing for the Charleston #11 Neighborhood Association. In another "Keep America Beautiful" event, the TPNA painted over graffiti along a trail behind Mirabelli Community Center. 

In April 2007, association President Chet Daugherty was recognized as the city’s Citizen of the Month for his neighborhood preservation efforts. 

Crime Prevention Tips
Below are some personal crime prevention tips from Metro’s Northwest Area Command

  • Use the buddy system and don’t go out alone. Go with a friend or relative.
  • Do not wear expensive items that attract attention.
  • Have a noise maker like a whistle or personal alarm to draw attention to yourself if someone threatens you.
  • Let someone know where you are going and take familiar routes.
  • Only carry what you really need.  Do not carry extra cards and information.  Copy the contents of your wallet and keep it in a safe place.
  • Pepper spray is something to consider carrying
  • Protect your identity. Use a cross-shredder.
  • Be careful of scams and cons.
  • Be observant at ATM machines and banks.
  • Phony solicitors and con men/women go door-to-door more often during these times taking advantage of your generosity. Ask for ID and how and where the donation will be spent.
  • Trust your instincts if something makes you feel uneasy. Leave the area immediately!

 


 


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