March 21, 2012 



A NOTE FROM LOIS 

My staff and I moved to the new City Hall in February. The City Council and Planning Commission have already held their first meetings in the new council chambers on the second floor. 

Public tours of the new Las Vegas City Hall are available Wednesday, March 28, between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you are interested in taking a guided tour of the building located at 495 S. Main St., please contact Esther Carter at 229-6672 to schedule a tour. Tours are approximately 25 minutes in length.

When you do visit City Hall, please bring the parking garage ticket that you receive upon entering the garage at 500 S. Main St. The first two hours are free with validation. Parking for official meetings is also free with validation. 

Now that the weather is getting a little warmer, we are preparing for more activities in Ward 1. Please join me for the Ward 1 Puppy Love Event on Saturday, March 31, from 10 a.m. to noon in Woofter Park on the northwest corner of Vegas and Rock Springs Drive.  We will have a dog parade, raffles and snacks for both our two- and four-legged friends.  See the event flier.

In addition, mark your calendars for Friday, June 8, at 6:30 p.m. for Summer Splash at the Bill & Lillie Heinrich YMCA on Meadows Lane. I enjoyed seeing many members of our active neighborhood associations last year. I hope you can join us again this year. 

Finally, the second annual Neighborhood Appreciation Celebration is taking place on Thursday, June 21, at 6:30 p.m. at Arizona Charlie's. Active neighborhood board and committee members in Ward 1 are invited to a complimentary dinner and show. Please call 229-6405 for more information or to R.S.V.P.   

NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS  

Provident Community Garden

Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman, Ward 6 Councilman Steven D. Ross, and I joined members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and other local officials for the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the Provident Community Garden on Saturday, March 10. The community garden, which is located near Redwood and Oakey, will be the largest raised grow box community garden in the West.  There are 90 grow boxes, which are 10 feet long by four feet wide, in Phase I. Master Gardeners are offering gardening classes to members of the community garden. The Provident Community Garden is open to the public.  More information is contained on their website.

Metro Introduces Alert ID

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) has partnered with a community messaging program called ALERT ID.  This is a free online web service to provide current public safety information to our community. You can receive free mail or text alerts about crimes that Metro is responding to in your area. For example, you could use your home address as the geographical point at which to search and can choose the distance around your address and the types of alerts you would like to receive. Or, you may want to use a work address, a school address, etc. Or, a combination of addresses. The suggestion would be to choose a limited geographical area  (not more than one mile) so as not be overwhelmed with information. However, you can sign-up and edit your selections as you become more familiar with ALERT ID.
 
To learn more, or to sign-up, go online. Select the "Enroll Now" tab and you are ready to begin. Alert ID will provide some other features as well:
  • The Report/Tip tab is a link to contact information for both LVMPD and Crime Stoppers.
  • The Engage tab is similar to an on-line Neighborhood Watch feel and is similar to other social media outlets.
  • The Prevent tab will display crime prevention information tailored to the specific crime you are viewing.
  • Many of you are familiar with the "Crime View" feature that has been on the website for quite some time. This is similar, but contains a bit more information. Crime View will continue to be available.  

Future Smiles

Terri Chandler, trained as a dental hygienist and involved in dentistry for 30 years, founded Future Smiles in 2009 to increase access to dental health care for underserved sections of the community. It is a small group of dental hygienists who have public-health endorsements, which enables them to go into schools and provide dental hygiene care without being under the supervision of a dentist. 
One of the areas in which they are working is Clark High School, where the group's coordinator is based. At those sites, they provide dental cleanings, sealants, fluoride varnish, education and screenings. 

Ward 1, through the city of Las Vegas, has teamed with Future Smiles at the Clark High School site by providing space for the dental program through an unused module at the Clark High School campus. Future Smiles redid the module with equipment and furnishings, as needed, and hygienists are providing services to children. There is no charge for the services. Ward 1 residents are encouraged to spread the word around their neighborhood to let families know, wherever they live, that this service is available to them. 

LAS VEGAS MUNICIPAL COURT MOVING TO FOUR-DAY BUSINESS WEEK

Effective Monday, April 2, the Las Vegas Municipal Court will be moving to a four-day business week. All public functions will be closed on Fridays. Las Vegas Municipal Court public business hours will be Monday - Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Critical function areas, such as Pre-Trial Services, which interfaces with the jail on matters such as own recognizance releases, and limited electronic monitoring services for defendants on house arrest, will remain open extended hours, seven days a week. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Spring Break Youth Dance Workshop April 2-6
Camp For Ages 7-17 At Charleston Heights Arts Center

The city of Las Vegas Charleston Heights Arts Center will offer its second annual Spring Break Youth Dance Workshop Monday through Friday, April 2-6, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. each day. This workshop will offer dance instruction in classical ballet and jazz for students ages 7 to 17, regardless of experience. These five days of fun will build self-confidence, coordination and motivation while developing an appreciation for dance as an exciting performing art form. Students will showcase their talents and hard work in a performance for family and friends at week's end. The total cost for the workshop is $75 per student. 

Absolute beginners through intermediate students are encouraged to register. All participants must attend a 30-minute placement class Wednesday, March 28, at 5 p.m. Workshop registration closes March 31. To register or for more information, call (702) 229-6383 or go online. The Charleston Heights Arts Center is located one block west of Decatur and Charleston boulevards at 800 S. Brush St., Las Vegas, Nev. 89107.

Other dance classes offered at the Charleston Heights Arts Center for all ages include hip hop, jazz, ballet, ballroom and zumba.  Monthly class fees are affordable. Registration is easy. For details and to register, call (702) 229-6383 or go online.

SENIOR AND CULTURAL EVENTS IN WARD 1

Senior Idol Talent Showcase Auditions (ages 50+)
Applications are available beginning March 26 at the front desk of the Las Vegas Senior Center. Auditions will take place Wednesday-Thursday, May 9-10, by appointment only.  No cost to audition or perform in the Senior Idol Talent Showcase.
Las Vegas Senior Center, 451 E. Bonanza Road, (702) 229-6454.
If you have a talent in singing, dancing, comedy, group or individual, we want you to try out for the Senior Idol Talent Showcase! Applications for group or individual acts must be turned in no later than Friday, April 27. The showcase will be performed Thursday, June 14, at the Charleston Heights Arts Center.

Free National Take a Walk in the Park Day (ages 50+)
Friday, March 30, 9 a.m.
Lieburn Senior Center, 6230 Garwood Ave., (702) 229-1600.
Join the group celebrating the day with a walk at one of our neighborhood parks.

Rainbow Company Spring Break Drama Workshop (grades 2-6)
Monday-Friday, April 2-6, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $135 per youth. Advance registration required.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., (702) 229-6383. Rainbow Company’s annual five-day drama workshop will include theatre games, acting exercises, improvisation, rehearsal skills and fun! A final performance for family and friends will be held Saturday morning, April 7, on the main theatre stage. Go online or call (702) 229-6553 for more information or to register.

USA Ballroom Dance (ages 13+)
Saturday, April 7, 7 to 11 p.m.; dance lesson at 7:30 p.m. Cost: $5.00 for USA Dance Members, military, and students ages 13-25; $10 for non-members. Pay at the door.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., (702) 229-6383.
Cosponsored by the USA Dance Las Vegas Chapter #4038, a local chapter of the national organization USA Dance. USA Dance Las Vegas is a volunteer organization, dedicated to the promotion of Ballroom dancing. Call (702) 813-6694 or (702) 229-6383 for more information, or go online.

Free National Scrabble Day Celebration (ages 50+)
Friday, April 13, all day.
Lieburn Senior Center, 6230 Garwood Ave., (702) 229-1600.
Celebrate National Scrabble Day by bringing your friends in for a rousing game.

Contra Dance with live band (all ages)
Saturday, April 14.
Group lesson 6:30 p.m.; dance 7 to 10 p.m. Cost: $7 adults; $5 members, students and military; $3 children under 16 and non-dancing adults. Pay at the door.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., (702) 229-6383. Dance to the live music of an acoustic band playing joyful fiddle tunes, driving reels and a waltz or two. All dances are taught and called; newcomers and families are welcomed. No need to bring a partner. Wear comfortable flat-soled shoes and casual clothing. For more information, call 656-9513 or 229-6383. Cosponsored by the Southern Nevada Old Time Contra Dancers.

DJs FOR PJs ON APRIL 20

The 10th anniversary of DJs for PJs is on Friday, April 20, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. The event benefits abused and neglected children and teens in southern Nevada. Residents are invited to drop off new PJs, in sizes for infants through adults, at participating locations on April 20. Cash donations are also accepted with checks made payable to DJs for PJs.  The closest location to Ward 1 is at Kohl's at 8671 W. Charleston Blvd. To donate online or to order pajamas in advance and learn about special offers, you may go online.  You can also call (702) 944-2464 ext. 21 for more information.

ACTIVITIES AT SPRINGS PRESERVE

Run Away with Cirque du Soleil
Join dozens of artists from Cirque du Soleil's Las Vegas shows and more than 1,000 community members for the 11th anniversary of Run Away with Cirque du Soleil at the Springs Preserve, A ONE DROP World Water Day Event, Saturday, March 24, at 7:30 a.m. In addition to the 5k run or 1-mile fun walk, participants will enjoy live entertainment by Cirque du Soleil musicians, massage therapy, a warm-up with Cirque performers and activities for children. Bring your camera for photo ops with Cirque's cast and crew. Be sure to arrive by 7:30 a.m. for pre-race activities and surprises!

Visit the Springs Preserve website for information about pricing and registration.

Spring Plant Sale
A variety of water-efficient plants will be available for purchase at the Springs Preserve's annual Spring Plant Sale Saturday, March 31, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sale will feature about 5,000 native and drought-tolerant plant species sold in container sizes ranging from 2 inches up to 5 gallons. Springs Preserve garden staff experts will be on hand to answer customers' questions about how to care for their new plants. Springs Preserve members will have exclusive access to the sale from 7 to 8 a.m. Don't forget to bring a cart or wagon to carry your plants as there is a limited supply available during the plant sale event. Admission to the plant sale is free; however, regular admission prices will apply for access to museums and galleries.

Tomatoes Workshop
Add "salsa" to life as you learn there's more than one way to grow tomatoes. Our two-hour workshop shows you how to grow tomatoes that thrive in the desert!

Saturdays and Sundays in March
8:30- 10:30 a.m.
Location: Activity Center
Admission $10 members, $15 non-members
No reservations required.

Drip Irrigation
In just three hours, learn how to design a drip-irrigation system, select and assemble components and install it yourself.
April 14, May 12, Sept. 8, and Oct. 13
9:00 a.m.-noon 
Location: Call for details
Call (702) 822-7700 for more information
Admission is free
Reservations are required. Call (702) 862-3760 to pre-register.

LIBRARY DISTRICT GALLERY EXHIBITS 

Gallery Exhibits at the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District are free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For more information, go online

Through May 15
West Charleston Library, 6301 W. Charleston Blvd., 507-3940
The Lou Hendrickson Photo Competition
An exhibition featuring the high school and college award winners.

Through May 1
Rainbow Library, 3150 N. Buffalo Drive, 507-3710
Re-Cycled Metal Art Sculptures by Dave Thompson
Sculptures created from discarded or recycled metal pieces.

MASTER GARDENERS CELEBRATE 20th ANNIVERSARY WITH "GARDEN GALA"

In 1992, a seed was planted with the hopes of creating a community volunteer gardening program. Twenty years later, the Southern Nevada Master Gardener program is in full bloom. To mark the anniversary, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners are hosting a number of celebratory events. The first, a Garden Gala on Saturday, April 21, is free and open to all gardening enthusiasts. Master Gardeners - past and present - plus interested community members are invited to become a part of this wonderful celebration!

The Garden Gala will be held at the Lifelong Learning Center and Outdoor Education Center located at 8050 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89123. Cooperative Extension's demonstration and teaching gardens will be open. Garden tours and talks will be offered every half hour from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Throughout the day there will be a native plant sale, an "Ask a Master Gardener" information booth and community project displays. Horticulture expert Linn Mills, who started the local Master Gardener program, will be honored, as will Master Gardener Mary Rider, from the first training class. Cutting of the anniversary cake and a reunion of current and former Master Gardeners will commemorate the day.

Over the years, more than 1,000 individuals have become certified Master Gardeners and 300 are still actively sharing their knowledge in the community. In contrast to purely vocational training, Master Gardeners are required to share their gardening knowledge with others. Master Gardeners make a commitment to volunteer a minimum of 50 hours annually on community service projects. Since the local program began in 1992, UNCE Master Gardeners of Southern Nevada have contributed more than 273,827 volunteer hours. The cash value is $5,709,293 (based on 2009-2010 volunteer valuation of $20.85/hour).

Volunteer Master Gardeners assist government and non-profit community partners on more than 20 project sites across the valley and staff the Help Desk at the Lifelong Learning Center, Monday- Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for community members to bring in their gardening queries.

For information on the Garden Gala 20th Anniversary community open house or the Master Gardener program, email Antoinette Edmunds, program coordinator, at edmundsa@unce.unr.edu, or call (702) 257-5587.

PERSONAL SAFETY & ROBBERY AWARENESS
As a reminder, here are some basic personal safety and robbery prevention tips from Metro Police:

  • Remaining audibly and visually aware of your surroundings.
  • Trusting your gut instincts when seeing or hearing something out of the ordinary or suspicious.
  • Not allowing yourself to be in close contact with someone who may be trying to get your attention or engage you in conversation.
  • Not allowing individuals you do not know into your home or car.
  • Not displaying targeted items such as cash, jewelry, exposed wallets, etc.
  • Trying to be with another person when doing errands or being out - especially at night.
  • Not traveling in areas you are unfamiliar with.
  • Be cautious of groups of individuals that may be paying attention to you.
  • Being aware of who is around you and what they are doing and paying attention to.
  • Being aware of fake emergencies or reasons people might give you to make you feel they need help. You can place an emergency call for someone and still limit your personal contact with them depending upon the circumstances. 

Keeping in mind that a robber can be just about anywhere, looking like a threat or an ordinary person, and it is wise to be cautious of those situations and individuals you can not verify. Pre-planning for different situations can help you have a clearer plan of action. If a confrontation is unavoidable, remain calm, cooperative, and willing to part with your valuables to protect your well-being. Do not argue, resist, or escalate violence. Be aware of methods used to gain your attention and cause you to put your guard down. Be alert at all times.

Safety at Health Clubs and Public Recreational Facilities

Metro Police would like to raise awareness for users of health clubs and public recreational facilities about the risks of losing your personal items to theft while they are left unattended. Theft of personal belongings is a consistent problem at these locations.

Vulnerabilities include vehicles and lockers where wallets, keys and other valuables are left for a period of time. Also, personal spaces, such as where your towel and belongings are left, while swimming, etc. Plan ahead for any visit to a health club or public recreational facility:

  • Limit what you carry and leave valuables at home.
  • Do not leave any valuables inside an unattended vehicle.
  • Any personal electronic device is a target for theft in any unattended vehicle or locker.
  • Only bring those items necessary for your workout.
  • Have a specific way to carry your ID, club membership card, small amounts of cash, etc., such as a fanny pack or workout container that you can keep on your person.
  • Do not use a locker to store personal valuables, such as jewelry, credit cards, cell phone, etc. Always use a heavy-duty theft resistant personal lock.
  • Look for a facility that has safety elements built in, such as cameras, personnel monitoring those entering / leaving the facility, lockers placed in non-isolated areas, roving employees who are on the lookout for suspicious individuals or activities, well-lit parking lots, etc.

Traffic Safety Tips
Metro Police would like to remind residents that traffic safety in our valley is the responsibility of everyone who uses our roadways and walkways. The following information is provided to remind drivers and pedestrians of some basic traffic safety information.

Characteristics Of A Safe Driver/Pedestrian:

  • Alertness
  • Preparedness
  • Patience
  • Appropriate Reactions

Tips for Pedestrians

  • Walk in designated areas and avoid walking in traffic.
  • Always use a designated crosswalk.
  • Do not jaywalk.
  • Avoid using any electronic item that interferes with your ability to observe and listen to your surroundings.
  • Stay alert to what vehicles are doing and do not challenge them, even if you have the right of way.

Tips for Motorcyclists

  • Wear proper clothing, shoe protection and head protection.
  • Do not pull out or in front of vehicles or pedestrians who may not see you.
  • Adhere to posted speed limits and avoid reckless maneuvers.

Tips for Vehicle Drivers

  • PAY ATTENTION AND AVOID SELF-CREATED DISTRACTIONS! Do not eat, read, apply cosmetics, talk or text, etc. when driving. Driving is not a multi-tasking activity! 
  •  Do not allow road rage or hostile actions by other drivers to cause you to be at risk.
  • Do not create road rage or hostile actions by being impatient, aggressive, or rude.
  • Pay attention to and FOLLOW ALL POSTED TRAFFIC SIGNS/SIGNALS including red, yellow and green lights, speed limits, stop/yield signs, crosswalks, etc.

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