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Business Interns Host Event for Community Garden

Business Interns Host Event for Community Garden

 

An event focused on a downtown community garden is slated for Saturday evening.

Students in Clark County’s Summer Business Institute (SBI) internship program will host a senior and youth community fair from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Vegas Roots Community Garden, 715 N. Tonopah Drive.

The event will feature entertainment, a talent show, food and nutrition vendors, arts and crafts fair, carnival games and the unveiling of a new mural designed and painted by the students. Anyone interested in attending must bring paint supplies, gardening tools, or clear Christmas lights to donate in return for admission. The donated materials will be given to the community garden.

Seniors Prepare for Yarnstorming Day on Sunrise Bridge

Seniors Prepare for Yarnstorming Day on Sunrise Bridge

Local yarnstormers will adorn a pedestrian bridge over Maryland Parkway with crocheted and knitted art in the evening of Sunday, June 10 and complete it on Monday, June 11, with a public unveiling at 10 a.m.

The unveiling on the bridge, which leads to and from Sunrise Hospital near Desert Inn Road, coincides with International Yarnstorming Day. The bridge will be adorned with sunrise-inspired colored circles of all shapes and sizes. 

So far, the yarnstormers, who are 50 years old and over and are headquartered at the West Flamingo Senior Center, have crocheted enough circles to cover a central area on one side of the bridge.

Anyone 50 and over can participate in the yarnstormer group, which holds sessions on Wednesday afternoons to knit and crochet squares and rectangles incorporated into various yarn storming projects. Unlike many yarnstorming groups around the world, the West Flamingo group is for seniors only. However, the group is interested in partnering with teens and other yarnstormers under 50 to help install the works after they’ve been created.

Local Letter Carriers and Partners Collect More Than 202 Tons of Food

Local letter carriers in Southern Nevada, working with a number of dedicated partners, helped collect 404,028 pounds of non-perishable food during the 2012 National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

That is more than 202 tons of food, which was distributed to more than 20 local food pantries in Southern Nevada to help those who struggle with hunger.  Last year, this effort collected 372,789 pounds of food.

“We know we are making a difference,” said Glenn Norton, president of the Las Vegas branch of the National Association of Letter Carriers.  “As letter carriers, we see the need every day on our routes, which is why we look forward to this national food drive every year. But we couldn’t make the impact we do without the community’s support, or the support of our amazing partners. On behalf of all our member letter carriers, I offer a sincere thank you.”

Free Tax Preparation Offered Saturday

Free Tax Preparation Offered Saturday

 

The United Way of Southern Nevada is hosting a free tax preparation event Saturday.

The event is for people whose household income was less than $50,000 last year. The tax preparers are IRS-certified volunteers and are specially trained to maximize federal refunds. It is part of the United Way’s Earn It Keep It Save It collaborative.

The tax event is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Lied Memorial Boys & Girls Clubhouse, 2850 Lindell Road. For more information, visit eksnv.org.

Capture the Moment at Town Square

Capture the Moment at Town Square

Town Square wants people to “Capture the Moment” for its photo contest.

Officials at the shopping area are looking for people to submit pictures taken at Town Square with the chance to win a $500 gift card. There are two categories: lifestyle and architecture. The lifestyle photographs should include people, activities and events. The architecture pictures should focus on buildings and landscapes.

 “As we approach our five year anniversary in November, we want to encourage our guests to remember the past, enjoy the present and look forward to creating new memories in the future,” Jaimesen Mapes, marketing director for Town Square, said.

Crosswalk Safety Gets Boost from Businesses

Crosswalk Safety Gets Boost from Businesses

Mia Decker was only 6 years old when she was struck and killed by a car while crossing a busy street in North Las Vegas.  

In effort to prevent a similar tragedy from happening again, a group of business owners are banding together to make that crosswalk safer. They are looking to raise money for lights around the signs at the crosswalk at Bent Arrow and Camino Eldorado.  

They held a kickoff for “Shine a Light for Mia” Friday morning. Donna Botti at Villa Pizza is heading up the project. Her pizza place and neighboring businesses near Durango Drive and Desert Inn will be offering special deals and donating part of the proceeds.

“We are trying to raise money for lights where little Mia got killed,” Botti said. “Everybody is giving a discount on their products and above that donating so much to raise money.”

Mia’s mother is grateful for the effort. She believes there should be better signs for that crosswalk.

Preschoolers Send Cards to Troops in Afghanistan

Preschoolers Send Cards to Troops in Afghanistan

Preschoolers at Merryhill School in Las Vegas created handmade Valentine’s Day cards for U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan.

Throughout January, the students decorated patriotic cards to show gratitude and express their appreciation for everything troops do to protect American citizens. The cards will arrive just in time to give a few soldiers a special Valentine’s Day reminder of love and thanks.