August 25, 2011 



A Note from Lois

Many of our neighborhood associations, churches, and community and youth groups spent hundreds of hours in Ward 1 over the last 12 months on projects focused on keeping our neighborhoods clean and safe. They painted over graffiti, neighborhood perimeter walls, hydrants, curbs and light poles. They also picked up trash, pulled weeds and identified areas in need of future attention.

The city can provide paint for these improvements (one of the city colors, so it will be easy to match in the future), and we also can provide brushes, rollers, gloves, etc. My office is happy to bring snacks and drinks to nourish the volunteers, as well.

If you have a project in mind, but don’t feel you would have enough volunteers from your neighborhood, there are several local volunteer groups who are happy to assist anywhere in the Las Vegas valley. Please call my office at 229-2299 and let us know if you are interested in helping out in your area of Ward 1, or if you would like to sign up to be on our volunteer list (either as an individual, as a neighborhood or as a corporate group).  


Storm Drain Construction Closes Charleston Boulevard Aug. 25-29
As part of a $3.1 million storm drain project, Charleston Boulevard will close to all traffic in both directions between Arville Street and Essex East Drive starting Thursday, Aug. 25, at 9 p.m., through Monday, Aug. 29, at 5 a.m. (weather permitting). There will be business access only and lane restrictions on Charleston between Decatur Boulevard and Essex East Drive, and from Arville to Valley View Boulevard. This closure is required to allow for the installation of a 23-foot-wide storm drain under Charleston. During the closure, eastbound traffic on Charleston will be detoured to Sahara Avenue at Decatur; westbound Charleston traffic will be detoured to Sahara at Valley View. Motorists should expect traffic delays as a result of the closure and are encouraged to avoid the area. The construction work will continue around the clock in order to have Charleston Boulevard open to traffic in time for the start of school on Monday, Aug. 29. The city of Las Vegas Public Works department is overseeing the project, which includes installing large box storm drains under Charleston Boulevard from Decatur Boulevard to Hinson Street. The project began this month and is expected to take approximately one year. Funding is provided by Clark County Regional Flood Control District.


Back-to-School Immunizations Available at the Health District
The Southern Nevada Health District is urging parents and guardians to skip the back-to-school rush for immunizations and get their children immunized now. Immunizations are available at public health centers year round. In addition to the health district public health centers, community clinics are being offered at various locations throughout the valley. The health district’s immunization hotline is updated each week with current location information. To access the hotline, call 759-0850 and select option 5 after selecting your language preference. Clinic location information also is available on the health district website.

Families new to the Clark County School District should note that Nevada requires children to be immunized for chicken pox and hepatitis A – immunizations that are not required in every state. Parents must provide immunization records for each child at the time vaccines are being administered. Children with no records will have to begin the immunization sequence from the beginning. Non-custodial adults may accompany a child; however, written consent must be provided to the health district from the parent or guardian at the time of service. An administrative fee of $16 per patient for one immunization or $25 per patient for two or more immunizations will be collected. Some vaccines may require an additional fee.

The Clark County School District requires the following vaccinations for students enrolling in public or private school: chickenpox (varicella); hepatitis A; hepatitis B; polio; tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap); and measles-mumps-rubella (MMR). All children entering the Clark County School District for the first time are now required to have a second dose of the chickenpox vaccine and a fourth dose of polio vaccine. If the fourth dose of polio vaccine is given BEFORE the child’s fourth birthday, it is invalid for school admission. Children entering seventh grade must be immunized against Bordetella pertussis. The health district provides the Tdap (tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis) vaccine to meet the mandate. College freshmen younger than 24 years old who will live in on-campus housing at a Nevada college or university are required to receive the Neisseria meningiditis (Meningococcus) vaccine.

The Southern Nevada Health District also offers immunizations for teens and adults, travelers’ immunizations, flu shots, and a workplace vaccination program. Updated information about the Southern Nevada Health District can be found on Facebook, on YouTube  and Twitter.


Free Pet Vaccines for Life!
Every dog or cat adopted during August 2011 from The Animal Foundation will get free vaccines for life. Plus, if you spay or neuter your current pet this month at the foundation's low-cost clinic, the animal will get free vaccines for life. The Animal Foundation operates Lied Animal Shelter and the low-cost clinic at 655 N. Mojave Road from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Visit online for more information. Call 384-3333, ext. 137, for a clinic appointment.


Rainbow Company Youth Theatre Holds Auditions Aug. 27
The award-winning Rainbow Company Youth Theatre will hold open auditions for roles in “Charlotte’s Web” on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 1 p.m. at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St. A number of challenging roles are available for adults, as well as young people age 8 and older. “Charlotte’s Web,” the classic story of a remarkable spider who saves Wilbur the pig from an untimely demise, will be performed Oct. 7-16 at the Charleston Heights Arts Center. Participants are encouraged to dress comfortably in clothes that allow for movement. No prepared material is needed.

The nationally recognized Rainbow Company Youth Theatre holds auditions, for both adults and young people, throughout the year. The award-winning staff offers classes in all aspects of theatre for ages 4 through high school at the Charleston Heights Arts Center. Four productions are produced annually that bring the magic of live theatre to family audiences. There also are spring break workshops and a summer conservatory. Rainbow Company is a program of the city of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call (702) 229-6553 or visit online.


Free Day at the Springs Preserve Sept. 5
This Labor Day holiday, Monday, Sept. 5, visitors will have unlimited access to all Springs Preserve attractions, museums and exhibits, thanks to a generous donation from Target. Admission is free from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information on the Springs Preserve, go online or call (702) 822-7700.


Grant Monies Available for Youth to Better Their Communities
The city of Las Vegas currently is accepting grant applications for youth looking to help improve their communities. As part of the Youth Neighborhood Association Partnership Program (YNAPP), the city is offering grants of up to $1,000 for young people to create and implement neighborhood-based service learning projects of their own design. YNAPP is designed to use the gifts and talents of young people while helping them grow into community leaders. Schools, school classes, churches, community and civic groups that are youth driven are encouraged to apply. Applications and additional information are available online. Applications will be accepted through Oct. 10. For more information regarding the grant programs, please contact YNAPP Coordinator Lisa Campbell at (702) 229-5406 or email her at lcampbell@lasvegasnevada.gov.


Bob Baskin Park
Bob Baskin Park, located at 2801 Oakey Blvd., will be closed for minor repairs on Saturday, Oct. 8.


Ward 1 Back-to-School Fair & National Night Out
On Aug. 2, the Bolden Area Command and Ward 1 staff held our annual Back-to-School Fair and National Night Out in the K.E.E.N. area south of Sahara Avenue. Roughly 600 backpacks with school supplies were distributed to school children. The event also featured an Opportunity Village Shredding Truck, Metro’s SWAT Team, immunizations from the Southern Nevada Health District, Mojave Max, City of Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, and numerous vendors. We would like to thank Cashman Middle School for hosting the event, as well as our sponsors – Anthem Institute, Terrible Herbst, Opportunity Village and Target.  


Ward 1 Back-to-School Fair and Movie-in-the Park Celebrated the Rededication of Rotary Park
We hosted the Ward 1 Back-to-School Fair and Movie in the Park on Thursday, Aug. 11, at 6 p.m. in Rotary Park, located at 901 Hinson St. The back-to-school fair included free backpacks and supplies, local vendors and arts and crafts. The Southern Nevada Health District provided immunizations at Las Vegas Fire Station No. 5 across the street. The back-to-school fair was held in partnership with my office, the City of Las Vegas and Believers in Christ Ministries. Afterwards, we rededicated Rotary Park, which had undergone major renovations, including adding picnic tables and parking, a new splash pad and new landscaping. To cap off the evening, residents and their families enjoyed popcorn and the PG-rated movie, “Furry Vengeance.”


Ward 1 Neighborhood Appreciation Celebration
I was extremely pleased to recognize neighborhood association board members and organizations for their volunteer service at the annual Ward 1 Neighborhood Appreciation Celebration that was held at Arizona Charlie’s June 27. More than 15 groups took part in this year’s event. These groups painted over graffiti, held the best potlucks, improved landscaping and lighting, communicated effectively with residents, and so much more. The various groups shared their success stories while receiving plaques to commemorate their achievements over the last year. 


Summer Update from YMCA
The Bill & Lillie Heinrich YMCA has played host to thousands this summer. In addition to basketball tournaments, the annual Float Like A Duck water safety event, and a job fair that drew 5,000, the water park was the place to be June 3. Hundreds of families came out for Councilwoman Tarkanian's free Splash event, the perfect kickoff to summer. Games, giveaways, music, CPR training and good old-fashioned fun set the stage for a safe, family-oriented summer in Ward 1. The Heinrich YMCA saw more excitement on June 9, when a Liberty High School senior won a Honda Fit as part of Clark County School District's annual Drive for Excellence, held in the YMCA gym. You may have heard that in an effort to end hunger, the Heinrich YMCA participates in the summer food service program. Kids can get a free lunch from Three Square Food Bank Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, please call the YMCA at 877-9622.


City Releases "Corporate Report Card"
A world-class city like Las Vegas is full of excitement and activities, but among all the fun is a serious place where people choose not only to play, but to live, as well. The city of Las Vegas is charged with creating a place where individuals feel safe, have sufficient business opportunities and are connected to their community, among other things. This is a tough job, and with everything going on, it is sometimes hard to stop and reflect on how well the city is meeting the expectations of its citizens.

The Las Vegas City Council created priorities that provide a vision for the entire city, including residents, businesses, visitors and employees. These priorities are wide reaching and include those things which make Las Vegas a world-class city.

Measurements were developed for each of these priorities that will help the city tell the story as to how it’s doing. This city “report card” was developed to provide a snapshot into the city’s performance. While many of these measurements have data to help paint a picture, some are new and there is no data to measure yet. For those measurements without data, baseline information has been or is currently being gathered and will be compared to data gathered in future years. Read the Report Card here.


City of Las Vegas September 2011 Senior Special Events
Las Vegas Residents Invited To Celebrations, Luncheons & Activities At City Centers
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; sports; and special events Monday through Friday to residents age 50 and better. A listing of classes and activities is published in the Beyond the Neon Leisure Guide, available in the centers and online. The September senior special events calendar is available here. All activities are subject to change. Most activities require $2 annual membership to city of Las Vegas Senior Citizen Programs, available at all senior and active adult centers. Centers will be closed Sept. 5 for holiday observance.

Lieburn 8th Birthday Luncheon & Dance (ages 50+)
Friday Sept. 16, 11 a.m.to 12:30 p.m. lunch; 12:30 to 3 p.m. dance.
Fee: $7 for lunch and dance; $3 for dance only.
Lieburn Senior Center, 6230 Garwood Ave., 229-1600.
Dress in your poodle skirt, jeans and T-shirt, or just something comfortable, and celebrate with lunch and a ’50s dance. Lunch is baked apricot chicken, vegetables, salad, dessert, and beverage; dance will have goodies and beverages. Register by Friday, Sept. 9.

Make an Easy Apron (ages 50+)
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Fee: $10 for all supplies; bring a sewing machine.
Lieburn Senior Center, 6230 Garwood Ave., 229-1600.
Sew a fun apron to use for yourself or to give as a gift. Register by Friday, Sept. 16.


Report a Problem Via Your Mobile Phone
The city’s mobile website – m.lasvegasnevada.gov - is compatible with any mobile phone that has Web-browsing capability. No application needs to be downloaded. Citizens only need to go to m.lasvegasnevada.gov where they can report or check the status of any problem in the Las Vegas city limits, such as graffiti, a pothole, out-of-service street light, etc. The site can be accessed while people are out in the community and when they see a problem. 

From the site, residents can report where and what the problem is. If the problem is not located in the city of Las Vegas, the user will be directed to the appropriate jurisdiction. The user can get an optional text message confirmation that the problem has been received by the city. The text also includes details on how to check the status of the problem in the future, to make sure it has been addressed.
The alerts are received in real time by crews out in the field. So if, for example, a resident were to send a problem about graffiti, crews in the field would receive the notice and could respond to the area. This innovative site was created in-house by city staff at no additional cost.


Nevada's BIG GIVE DAY
A Statewide Giving Day
NevadaGIVES is leading a dramatic and engaging annual one-day state giving event this fall. The campaign creates opportunities for every charity, community institution and individual to be involved. The goal is to raise a total of $1 million on Nov. 17. Established in 2003, NevadaGIVES is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to increase awareness of philanthropy so more people give back in a way that is meaningful to them. For more information, please go online.


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