Below you will find two upcoming opportunities to get involved in Ward 5 and some important information to help keep you healthy during the flu season.
You are invited to join the Ward 5 councilman for coffee, tea and conversation about the community from 9 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 3, at the Starbucks at 751 N. Rancho Drive. Residents will have the opportunity to speak directly with their councilman on issues of concern to them.
Residents are also invited to get involved in the upcoming Helldorado Parade on May 14. The city is looking for entries in this year’s parade, which will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, in downtown Las Vegas. Applications are now available on the city’s website and from the city of Las Vegas Office of Administrative Services on the second floor of City Hall inside Human Resources. There is no fee to enter and the city will be accepting the first 120 entries now through April 25.
Thousands of people line the downtown parade route every year, and the parade is also broadcast live by Cox Communications on cable channel 96 and streamed online. KCLV Channel 2 will re-broadcast the parade in the following days. A fireworks show will be launched from the Fremont Street Experience parking garage immediately after the parade.
The city’s annual Hellorado Days festivities are a tribute to the anniversary of the city of Las Vegas. This year marks the city’s 106th anniversary of the founding of Las Vegas. Entrants are encouraged to consider these western roots when planning for their parade applications. The entries will be judged on appearance, theme and creativity. The winners will be notified after the parade. For more information, call 229-6776 or go online.
For more information, visit the city’s website to learn more about what is happening in Ward 5 and the city of Las Vegas.
Free Flu Shot Clinics
The Southern Nevada Health District has scheduled several free flu shot clinics throughout the Las Vegas Valley in addition to weekly flu shot clinics at five area high schools. The clinics are open to anyone over six months of age; parents must accompany minors. Free flu shots as well as the inhaled FluMist will be available. For information, contact the Southern Nevada Health District’s immunization program, (702) 759-0850 or go online.
The school-based clinics are held Tuesday and Thursday between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the following area high schools (except during school holidays or school events):
Chaparral High School
3850 Annie Oakley Drive
Las Vegas, Nev. 89121
Desert Pines High School
3800 Harris Ave.
Las Vegas, Nev. 89110
Durango High School
7100 W. Dewey Drive
Las Vegas, Nev. 89113
Mojave High School
5302 Goldfield St.
North Las Vegas, Nev. 89031
Silverado High School
1650 Silverhawk Ave.
Las Vegas, Nev. 89123
Additional flu shot clinics are scheduled throughout the community. For a full listing, go online.
In addition, flu shots and other immunizations are available at the health district’s public health centers between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday:
• Ravenholt Public Health Center, 625 Shadow Lane, Las Vegas
• East Las Vegas Public Health Center, 560 N. Nellis Blvd., Suite E12, Las Vegas
• Henderson Public Health Center, 520 E. Lake Mead Parkway, Henderson
• Mesquite Public Health Center, 830 Hafen Lane, Mesquite, Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m.-noon and
1– 4 p.m.
This year’s flu shot includes the 2009 H1N1 influenza strain. There are no vaccine shortages and the health district encourages everyone to get a flu shot, especially high-risk individuals including people age 50 and over, pregnant women, individuals over the age of six months with chronic medical conditions, health care workers, and household contacts of individuals who are at high risk. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that anyone over the age of six months old should receive an annual flu shot.