January 21, 2010 



**Please See The Updates Under Upcoming Meetings For Group Homes And Upcoming Town Hall Meetings.***

A Note From Lois

We are starting 2010 with some trepidation. Is that small step up in the economy a foreshadowing that the recession is reaching its end? And, if so, how much longer before Nevada begins a strong turnaround?  For many who have jobs, the full strength of a falling economy is just now hitting hard.  For many more, the economy has insidiously eroded their earning power – their home ownership –  their providing for family needs.  They are carrying a knot of fear within them.

In 2007, the city began cutting city budgets, cost-of-living increases, bonuses, etc.  This year we are facing salary cuts of 8 percent and another 8 percent next year.  We are facing layoffs.  There is a fear rolling though our staff just as there is within most areas of the economy.  We can succumb to this fear or we can unite and tough it out until the recession is truly over.  The latter is the choice I feel we must make and we must do it with courage and strength.  By working together, we can become leaders and heroes in our own small corner of the world.

In an effort to assist financially within the city, all of the Executive and Appointive employees, which includes those staff who work for the council members, have agreed to take an 8 percent decrease.  The council will also be asked to take an 8 percent decrease. We are waiting to hear from the unions as to their response. What is difficult for our Appointive staff is that this will be the third year in a row their salary and/or benefits have been reduced. Our city's financial specialists have told us quite strongly that if we do not have all our workers, including union personnel, take the 8 percent cut, then individuals would need to be laid off.  I hope we do not reach that point.

Last week, I attended the first two neighborhood meetings in my 2010 series. The leaders of these two groups, Katherine Martin and Chuck Godman, are heroes in their neighborhoods.  Whenever there is an area problem, they have led their groups into correcting the problem.  They have been alert, quick to respond and intelligent in using city resources.  They have been open to help and willing to make the consistent effort needed for improvement.

Each neighborhood can do the same.  For example, within their neighborhood boundaries, graffiti is almost eliminated.  Volunteers formed into a group, contacted the city at our suggestion, and obtained paint and brushes to use to quickly cover up any graffiti.  They have been doing this successfully for months. Specialists in graffiti tell us the important thing to do to stop taggers is to cover the graffiti as soon as possible.  This discourages taggers and they go someplace else.  This is one way residents can help.  This is citizen empowerment.  This is neighborhood improvement.  This is our goal.

Help Victims Of The Earthquake In Haiti

The city of Las Vegas and other local agencies have received calls from residents wanting to help those individuals affected by the devastating earthquake in Haiti. At this time, the best way to help is by making an online contribution to the American Red Cross at http://www.redcross.org/ . The American Red Cross has made it easy to make a donation via text messaging. Simply text the word "HAITI" to 90999 to make a $10 donation. For more information on making a text message donation, visit the American Red Cross Web site.

Residents can also find information on Haiti relief efforts and the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund on the Department of Homeland Security Web site and the White House Web site. The White House Web site also includes information on the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund text message donation process. Similar to the American Red Cross program, text the word “QUAKE” to 20222 to make a $10 donation.

Upcoming Meeting Regarding Group And Recovery Homes

The city of Las Vegas invites you to two upcoming community meetings regarding Group and Recovery Homes taking place on Thursday, Feb. 4. The first meeting will take place from to 2-4 p.m. at Las Vegas City Hall Council Chambers, located at 400 Stewart Ave. The second meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at the Las Vegas Valley Water District, Mead Room. At the meetings, there will be a discussion of proposed changes to the local codes and licensing requirements in relation to federal rules and regulations pertaining to "group homes" including Alzheimer's homes, homes for recovering addicts (drug and/or alcohol), and homes for the elderly.

City Now Accepting Applications for the 2010 City of Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Citizens Fire Academy

This is an exciting chance to see what Las Vegas Fire & Rescue is all about!  During this 10 week class, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue open their doors to the citizens of Las Vegas.  Acadeny members will not only learn all aspects of LVF&R, they will also have the opportunity learn about our current fire department as well as the history of fire fighting, learn important tips for fire prevention, use a fire extinguisher simulator, get CPR certified, and even ride along with a LVF&R shift! The deadline to turn in applications is today Jan. 22, 2010. If you are interested, visit: http://www.lasvegasnevada.gov/files/2010_Application_Package.pdf.

City Schedules Additional Free Seminars For Local Business Owners
Advance Registration Required By Friday, Jan. 29

Due to overwhelming demand, the city of Las Vegas Office of Business Development, in conjunction with the Adam Hodson CPA firm, is sponsoring an additional series of free business seminars that will be held at the Historic Fifth Street School in downtown Las Vegas, 401 S. Fourth St. The city and Adam Hodson CPA firm held presentations this month that were heavily attended.
 
In these challenging economic times, business owners, operators and entrepreneurs can use all the assistance they can get, particularly when it's free. The first free presentation, which will focus on starting a company, will be held on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, beginning at 9 a.m. The presentation will include information on state and local business licensing, basic accounting requirements and saving money through acceptable tax write-offs.

On the following three Thursdays thereafter, additional one-hour seminars will cover a variety of business-related topics, including:

  • Basic Quickbooks training
  • Advanced financial analysis, growth and cash-flow strategies for small business owners
  • Effective marketing, branding and networking strategies

Seminar size will be limited to 40 people. Space is available on a first come, first served basis. While the cost to attend is complimentary, advance registration is required. Those interested in attending the first session will need to contact Darren Harris at 229-6862 no later than Friday, Jan. 29. Separate registrations for each class will be required at future dates.

College Preparation Workshops Scheduled For Clark County Students And Parents
Free Workshops Feb. 20 And March 20 At City Of Las Vegas Community Centers

The city of Las Vegas invites all Clark County high school students and their parents to a free college preparation workshop. "College: The Real Life" will give students and their parents a real-life perspective of obstacles they will face while preparing for college, as well as what to expect once they become college students. Presentations will include information on testing/admission exams, financial aid, life skills, college life, credit and money management, and parent information.

The first workshop will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20, at Mirabelli Community Center. The center is located at 6200 Hargrove Ave., near U.S. 95 and Jones Boulevard. For directions to the center, call (702) 229-6359. The second workshop will be held on Saturday, March 20, at Doolittle Community Center, 1950 N. J St. For directions to Doolittle, call 229-6374.

The workshops will take place from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. Refreshments will be served. Registration forms are available at www.lasvegasnevada.gov/files/College_Real_Life_Flier_and_Registration_2010.pdf online, at the center, or by calling (702) 229-1100. Students may pre-register or register at the event.

Upcoming Town Hall Meetings

You are encouraged to attend one of the upcoming Town Hall meetings being hosted by the city of Las Vegas. These meetings are being held in various locations throughout the city at various times with city council representatives from respective wards attending.

As part of the "Your City, Your Way" Initiative, Las Vegas residents weighed-in on city services and resources, and on what works and what doesn't through several forums including focus groups, a phone survey and on-line survey. The resident input is being used by city management and the City Council to help make informed, strategic decisions based on resident priorities. During the town hall meetings, city staff will present information on the city's budget shortfall and potential reductions. Staff will also present information on Census 2010, followed by a question and answer period.

Mayor Goodman and I will be attending the two Town Hall meetings in Ward 1, which will take place:

  • Feb. 27, 10 a.m. to Noon. YMCA Meadows Lane, 4141 Meadows Lane
  • March 4, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m . Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.

View the full schedule of meetings

Nixle Alert from Metro Police

Robbery Risk: In parks/open spaces be aware of your surroundings and do not display valuables/small electronics. Incidents of robbery have occurred to victims providing opportunity when out in public. This includes parks, recreational areas, bus stops, etc. Displaying items of value attract the criminal and make you a target. Also, if driving and parking your car before using a park/open space, do not leave valuables visible in your vehicle. Having a cell phone and identification with you are recommended but avoid being distracted and talking or listening to electronic devices. 

For full details, go to http://local.nixle.com/alert/855782/

FightFraud.nv.gov

Fightfraud.nv.gov is a wonderful tool to help assist you in protecting yourself and your loved ones from fraudulent activities.  This site is spearheaded by the State of Nevada's Department of Business & Industry and it is a one-stop shop for everything fraud related.  It includes information to help you recognize scams and tips on what to do if you or someone you know is a target of fraud.  This includes everything from charity-related fraud, to online scams, to fraudulent crimes against senior citizens, etc. This Web site has an outstanding amount of information, so PLEASE take the time to check it out. 

Upcoming Arts & Community Events 

Everyone is invited to enjoy the "Magia Mexicana Mexican Dance Showcase" by Ballet Folklorico Xyachimal on Friday, Jan. 22, at the East Las Vegas Community/Senior Center Ballroom, 250 N. Eastern Ave. The troupe of more than 70 members, founded in Las Vegas to present Mexican culture through traditional folk dance, will showcase its vibrant and colorful dances in a 7 p.m. performance. Tickets to the show, priced at $5 for ages 13+, $3 for youth ages 6-12, and free for ages 5 and younger, will be available at the door. Call 229-1515 for tickets and information.

Scottish Country Dancing (ages 13+)
Friday, Jan. 22, 6:30-8:45 p.m.
Cost: $5 general admission, $4 for Southern Nevada Old Time Contra Dancers members.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., 229-6383.
Cosponsored by Southern Nevada Old-Time Contra Dancers, the National Folk Organization, and the city of Las Vegas. This class is not suitable for younger children unless they have previous dance experience. Scottish Country Dancing is the beautiful "ballroom" dance of Scotland. The dances may be lively and joyful or gentle and graceful. From the first chord to the final bow, dancers are inspired by the driving reels, jaunty jigs, snappy strathspeys or lilting slow airs. And thanks to the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, any dancer can be welcomed by a local group almost anywhere in the world.

Ward 4 Clean Sweep in 2010 (all ages)
Saturday Jan. 23, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Durango Hills Community Center (YMCA), 3521 N. Durango Drive, 240-9622.
Bring your personal papers to be shredded, lightly used items and housewares to donate to Opportunity Village, small tools for Habitat for Humanity and old cell phones for the Cell Phones for Soldiers program. Local community vendors will offer tax service tips and other information and services. Opportunity Village will provide shredding services (limit five boxes of shredding per car).

Killian's Angels Concert (all ages)
Saturday, Jan. 23, 2 p.m.
Tickets $7 all seats
Reed Whipple Cultural Center, 821 Las Vegas Blvd. North, 229-6211.
This fantastic all-female band offers an amazing spectrum of tunes, arrangements and styles from contemporary Celtic to country and classic rock. Killian's Angels will set your toes to tapping and your hands to clapping. Each lovely and accomplished musician sings and plays a variety of instruments including violin, tuba, mandolin, tin whistle, guitar, keyboard, harmonica, drums, bodhran, spoons, bass and more. This concert also will feature Sharon Lynn and the Celtic Storm Dance troupe.

Saturday Contra Dancing (all ages)
Cosponsored by the Southern Nevada Old-Time Contra Dancers
Saturday, Jan. 23, 7 to 10 p.m.; introductory group lessons 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $7 adults; $5 members, students, active military; $3 children.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., 229-6383.
Dance to the live music of an acoustic band playing joyful fiddle tunes, driving reels, circle mixers and a waltz or two. These lively community dances recapture aspects of New England and frontier barn dances, with more modern twists. All dances are taught and called. Newcomers and families are welcomed. No partner is necessary. Wear comfortable, soft-soled shoes and casual clothing.

Upcoming Recreation, Sports & Adaptive Recreation Special Events

Women's NWBA Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (adults)
Jan. 23-24; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon Sunday
Fee: $350 per team. Free for spectators.
Chuck Minker Sports Complex, 275 N. Mojave Road, 229-6563.
Four teams from Arizona, Louisiana and Edmonton, Canada compete. For more information, call 229-4796.

Division III NWBA Men's Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (adults)
Jan. 23-24; 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
Fee: $350 per team. Free for spectators.
Dula Gymnasium, 441 E. Bonanza Road, 229-6307.
Eight teams from Nevada, California, Ohio, Utah, Arizona and Washington compete. For more information, call 229-4796.

Youth Recreational Basketball League (ages 3-14) 
Begins Saturday, Jan. 23.
Cost: $45 ages 3-4; $55 ages 5-6; $65 ages 7-14
Becker Community School 9110 Hillpointe Road, 229-2482.  
Youth play in age divisions 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14. Register in advance.

Vegas Vengeance Quad Rugby D-II Tournament (adults)
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 29-31
Fee: $400 per team
Chuck Minker Sports Complex, 275 N. Mojave Road, 229-6563.
For more information, call 229-4796.

For a complete list of activities, programs and classes, go online to http://www.lasvegasparksandrec.com/ for the Fall Leisure Guide and to www.lasvegasnevada.gov/information/5168.htm for the Adaptive Recreation guide and programs.  Most activities require advance registration.

Upcoming Senior Special Events

Voices of Freedom Luncheon (ages 50+)
Friday, Jan. 22, 11 a.m. Advance registration required by Jan. 20.
Fee: $4
Lieburn Senior Center, 6230 Garwood Ave., 229-1600.
Enjoy shepherd's pie, salad, punch, dessert and coffee.

Free Country Kickers Social (ages 50+)
Friday, Jan. 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Doolittle Senior Center, 1930 N. J St., (702) 229-6125.
If you enjoy country music, then this is the social you want to join. Bring your favorite music and enjoy, yee haw!

Free Ask a Lawyer – General Legal Self-Help Seminar (ages 50+)
Tuesday, Jan. 26, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Centennial Hills Active Adult Center, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive, 229-1702
Join an elder law attorney from the Senior Citizens Law Project for a free general legal seminar on issues relevant to seniors. Space is limited; call 229-6596 for more information or to reserve a seat. Individual appointments are not available at the seminar.

Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament (ages 50+)
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 12:30 p.m.  Advance registration required.
Fee: $2
East Las Vegas Community/Senior Center Ballroom, 250 N. Eastern Ave., (702) 229-1515.
No cash buy-in!  Call 229-1515 to register.

The Heat Is On (ages 50+)
Monday, Feb. 1, 1 to 3 p.m. Advance registration is required.
Fee: $1
East Las Vegas Community/Senior Center Ballroom, 250 N. Eastern Ave., (702) 229-1515.
Meet new people and make new friends at this fun event. Call 229-1515 to register.

Intermediate Computer Classes (ages 50+)
Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., starting Feb. 2. Advance registration required.
Fee:  $25 for six weeks instruction and materials. $2 deposit must be paid with pre-registration.
Derfelt Senior Center, 3343 W. Washington Ave., 229-6601.
Do you know the basics of using a computer but want to learn more about the Internet and e-mail? This class is the next step to broaden your computer knowledge. Current city of Las Vegas Senior Citizen Programs membership required.

Lieburn Breakfast  (ages 50+)
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 9 a.m. Advance registration required by Feb. 1.
Fee: $2
Lieburn Senior Center, 6230 Garwood Ave., 229-1600.
Enjoy Valentine's Day pancakes, bacon, juice and coffee.

Free Wellness Seminar – What Is A Carb? Blood Glucose And Your Diet (ages 50+)
Thursday, Feb. 4, 9 a.m.   
Derfelt Senior Center, 3343 W Washington Ave., 229-6601
Learn a variety of topics from health professionals and enjoy a light, healthy breakfast. Current city of Las Vegas Senior Citizen Programs membership required.
 
Goodtime Fish Fry (ages 50+)
Thursday, Feb. 4, 11 a.m.
Fee: $7
Doolittle Senior Center, 1930 N. J St., (702) 229-6125.
Enjoy a catfish fry with cole slaw, spaghetti, hush puppies, and a drink.

Casanova's Sweet Cuisine Luncheon (ages 50+)
Friday, Feb. 12, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Advance registration required.
Fee: $4
Las Vegas Senior Center, 451 E. Bonanza Road, (702) 229-6454.
Celebrate Valentine's Day with style! Registration begins on Jan. 4.

National Pancake Day Celebration (ages 50+)
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please register in advance.
Fee: $1.50 per stack or $3 for full meal 
Las Vegas Senior Center, 451 E. Bonanza Road, (702) 229-6454.
Enjoy delicious pancakes at this national day celebration. Due to this festivity, there will be no Hamburger Tuesday on Feb. 16.

American Blood Center - Blood Drive (ages 50+)
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., by appointment.
Free
Doolittle Senior Center, 1930 N. J St., (702) 229-6125.
United Blood Service is partnering with the Doolittle Senior and Community Centers for a community blood drive.  Give the gift of life and receive refreshments.  Please call 229-6125 to schedule an appointment.

Chocolate Festival (ages 50+)
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 1 p.m.  Advance registration required.
Fee: $4 per person
East Las Vegas Community/Senior Center Ballroom, 250 N. Eastern Ave., (702) 229-1515.
Sample a variety of chocolates including candies, cakes and pastries. Call 229-1515 to register.

Cultural Cuisine - Korean Meat Jun (ages 50+)       
Thursday, Feb. 18, noon. Advance registration required Feb. 1-12.    
Fee: $3          
Centennial Hills Active Adult Center, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive, 229-1702.
Sample authentic Korean food.  Current city of Las Vegas Senior Citizen Programs membership required.
 
Bunco & Dinner (ages 50+)
Monday, Feb. 22, 4 p.m. Advance registration required Feb. 1-12.
Fee: $5
Centennial Hills Active Adult Center, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive, 229-1702.
Play bunco with friends, then enjoy a light meal. Current city of Las Vegas Senior Citizen Programs membership required.

Free Ask a Lawyer – General Legal Self-Help Seminar (ages 50+)
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Doolittle Senior Center, 1930 N. J St., (702) 229-6125.
Join an elder law attorney from the Senior Citizens Law Project for a free general legal seminar on issues relevant to seniors. Space is limited; call 229-6596 for more information or to reserve a seat. Individual appointments are not available at the seminar.

Chinese New Year Luncheon (ages 50+)
Friday, Feb. 26, 11 a.m. Advance registration required by Feb. 24.
Fee: $4
Lieburn Senior Center, 6230 Garwood Ave., 229-1600.
Enjoy Chinese cuisine, egg rolls, rice and dessert.

The city of Las Vegas active adult and senior centers offer exercise, fitness, craft, arts, dance, music and computer classes; cards; games; discussion and social groups; luncheons; outings; sports; and special events Monday through Friday to residents age 50 and better. A listing of classes and activities is published quarterly in the Las Vegas Active Adult, available in the centers and online at http://www.lasvegasparksandrec.com/. All activities are subject to change. Most activities require $2 annual membership to city of Las Vegas Senior Citizen Programs. Centers will be closed Feb. 15.


 


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