August 30, 2011 

There are some exciting events coming to Ward 5 during the next two weeks that I think will interest you, as well as some great opportunities for youth. I look forward to seeing you at some of these events!

Coffee with the Councilman Sept. 1
I would like to invite residents to join me for coffee, tea and conversation about the community from 9 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Starbucks at 751 N. Rancho Drive. You will have the opportunity to talk directly with me on issues of concern. For more information, call my office at 229-5443 or visit the Ward 5 website to learn more about what is happening in Ward 5 and the city of Las Vegas.

Vegas Valley Book Festival Pre-Festival Events Start Sept. 3
Plan to enjoy this year’s Vegas Valley Book Festival pre-festival events Sept. 3-Oct. 27. The first event welcomes children to the Cultural Corridor Saturday, Sept. 3, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., for a day of entertainment and bookmaking sponsored by the city of Las Vegas and the Nevada Arts Council. Learn about all the upcoming pre-festival events here.

The 10th annual Vegas Valley Book Festival will take place Nov. 3-6, 2011, with most programs scheduled at the downtown Historic Fifth Street School, located at 401 S. Fourth St. The largest literary event in Las Vegas, the book festival will bring together more than 100 authors for panel discussions, readings, book signings, workshops, poetry readings, spoken word performances, exhibitions and other special programs. Most events are free and open to the public. The four-day festival will offer the Children’s Book Festival, Comic Book Festival, contests, awards and the popular “Feasting on Words: The Literature and Food Fair” with Rick Moonen and other celebrated chefs.

This year’s festival programs have special emphasis on our region, with panels focusing on fiction about Las Vegas, Las Vegas nostalgia and the history of women as part of the casino work force. Free writing workshops will cover topics such as poetry, memoir, science fiction/fantasy and travel writing. For more information about the Vegas Valley Book Festival, please call (702) 229-5431 or go online.

Las Vegas Unites to Remember Tenth Anniversary of Sept. 11th
Las Vegas, through the 911 Remembrance Organization, is part of a national effort to “Ignite the Spirit of Unity” through several events commemorating the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. On Friday, Sept. 9, downtown Las Vegas will play host to opening ceremonies, including the lighting of the same blue lights that replaced the twin towers in New York a decade ago. A car show will honor the wounded warriors of the military. On Sept. 10, a 9.11-kilometer run will take place and will be limited to 3,063 registrations, each running for a fallen victim of Sept. 11. Simultaneously, 6,000 people will participate in a one-mile walk for fallen service members in the wars since Sept. 11. Up to 25,000 motorcyclists from across the country will ride five separate runs in honor of the survivors of Sept. 11. Finally, a 91.1-kilometer bicycle ride around the Las Vegas valley will also take place for the survivors of Sept. 11. On Sept. 11, the Fallen Heroes Parade will take place in downtown Las Vegas, led by Grand Marshall Lt. General Buck Bedard, a Pentagon survivor. The parade and ceremonies will begin in simulcast with East Coast events at 5:46 a.m. on the Fourth Street parade route from Charleston Boulevard to Ogden Avenue. For more information, please visit the event website, or contact Esther Carter at or 229-6672.

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 onlineApplications will be accepted through Oct. 10. Ward 5 had the most requests for funding last year, and I would like to continue with that momentum while these funds remain available. For more information regarding the grant programs, please contact YNAPP Coordinator Lisa Campbell at (702) 229-5406 or email her at

Get Free Online Homework Help at the Library
The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District offers a special "Homework Help" section that can be used from home, at the library or from school on its website. A library card and a computer with Internet access is all that is needed. Just select "Homework Help" under "Quick Links" on the Kids or Teens pages to find information on a variety of subjects organized by subject and grade level. In addition to websites, databases and other resources to help with a research project, write a report or complete an assignment, the Homework Help page offers "HelpNow" from Brainfuse, an online tutoring site that can be accessed through the button that says “Online Tutors & Tests.” The site connects to a live tutor, and students can work with the tutor in the subjects of English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies and Writing.

The Skills Building feature on Homework Help allows students to interact with tutors to understand the broader concepts of the subjects they are studying. The Writing Lab gives students the opportunity to submit their writing to a tutor and receive expert feedback. At the Test Center, students can take practice standardized tests such as SAT and ACT, as well as practice subject specific tests. Receive online help with Spanish language homework from fluent Spanish language tutors at the Language Lab, and use 24/7 to submit questions any time of day and receive a response within 24 hours. Explore Brainfuse’s HelpNow for professional homework assistance, a free resource through the library with your library card! For more library information or to try "Homework Help," visit the library website. Please take advantage of these special programs your library has to offer. The library is a tremendous resource in our community and I encourage all ages to be more involved this year. Have a safe return back to school!

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