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Girl Scouts Head Out on a “Capital Caravan”

Girl Scouts Head Out on a “Capital Caravan”

Bright and early, 13 Girl Scouts departed Saturday on a “Capital Caravan” that will take them to Carson City for six days of exploring advocacy and leadership activities.

On April 21, the girls will participate in Girl Scout Government Day. The girls will meet with their local representative to advocate issues important to girls in Southern Nevada. They will also sit with legislators during a floor session, as well as observe committee testimony in an effort to better understand our legislative system.

Another highlight of the trip is an environmental service project with the Nevada Department of Wildlife where the girls will either help to restore trails at the Oxbow Nature Study Area or install protective covers for tree saplings to ensure their survival.

The girls will tour the University of Nevada, Reno campus with an alumnae from Girl Scouts, and visit the planetarium and The Wilbur D.

High School Essay Contest Offers Big Prizes

High School Essay Contest Offers Big Prizes

Advantages Online Private School invites all Clark County high school students to take part in a $1,500 Scholarship Essay Contest. Students can enter by visiting www.AdvantagesSchool.com, filling out an entry form and completing a 200-word essay. 

The submitted essay should describe, from the perspective of the student, the biggest challenge they face in high school (as related to education) and how they are conquering it.

When the contest concludes on April 29, Advantages founders will select two winners and each will receive a $750 scholarship to cover the cost of a single course. Winners can select from various mathematics, language arts, social science and science courses, as well as Spanish or French I and II.

"We are excited to offer this scholarship contest to public or private school students throughout Clark County," said Pam Dion, director and co-founder of Advantages Online Private School.

NFL Star Mark Sanchez Visits Boys & Girls Club

NFL Star Mark Sanchez Visits Boys & Girls Club

Mark Sanchez, the quarterback of the NFL's New York Jets, visited the Lied Memorial Clubhouse of the Boys & Girls Club of Las Vegas on Thursday afternoon. He was joined by George Maloof, owner of the Palms Casino Resort.

The visit coincides with National Boys & Girls Club Week and gave the kids the opportunity to toss the football and interact with Sanchez and Maloof. There are nine locations of the Boys & Girls Club throughout the Las Vegas valley.

Applications Available for Teen Leadership Camp

Issue Concerning Adolescents of Nevada (I.C.A.N.) will host its 2011 Leadership Camp from June 20-26 at Camp Lee Canyon.

Applications for the camp are now available for children and teens ages 11 through 17 and will be accepted through May 1.

Camp Lee Canyon is located 45 miles northwest of the Las Vegas Valley in the Toiyabe National Forest. The event will consist of speakers, workshops and curriculum to educate and empower young adults to be self-reliant, inspirational peer and community role models.

Through the leadership training experienced at camp, participants learn how to make smart decisions, maintain their stress levels and educate others on drug prevention. Of last year's participants, all claimed to have found at least one friend who will help them stay drug-free.

The cost is $250 per child and includes food, lodging, workshops, speakers, a T-shirt, materials and activities, including a dance, campfires and talent show.

Springs Preserve Hosts Children's Festival

Springs Preserve Hosts Children's Festival

Springs Preserve will host its second annual Día del Niño festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 9.

The festival offers fun for children of all ages, including clowns and magicians, dancing and singing groups, and interactive games including a live soccer match, as well as traditional Mexican food and drink, hands-on arts and crafts workshops and a magical theatrical rendition of the "Wizard of Oz." Children can also participate in Telemundo TV-39's "sustainable" talent show.

Celebrated worldwide at various times throughout the year, notably in countries such as Mexico, Día del Niño is all about the little ones. Visit www.springspreserve.org or call 822-7700 for more information. Tickets can be purchased in advance online and will cost $1 less than at the door.

Touch-a-Truck opens at The Orleans

Las Vegas-- Kids will get a chance to get up close to the trucks and cars that keep our city running. The annual Touch-a-Truck event goes from 9:30am until 2pm on Saturday, March 19th at The Orleans. Interesting trucks and cars from around the city from firetrucks and police cruisers to construction equipment and even a 8 Newsnow Live Van will be on display in the Northwest parking area. Kids will get a chance to see all the vehicles and go inside some. There will be a special no-horn hour for special needs kids between 8:30am and 9:30am. Besides the trucks kids will get to see firefighters demonstrate the Jaws of Life and they'll get to see a real shark from The Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay. Tickets are $6, kids under 2 get in for free. All the proceeds go to Family to Family Connection, a non-profit that helps educate and support parents. The organization is facing cuts because of state cutbacks.

Local Music Students Compete for $36,000 in Prizes

Local Music Students Compete for $36,000 in Prizes

Local middle school and high school students will compete Saturday for $36,000 in cash prizes for their music programs in the “Notes to Grow” music contest.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Myron Leavitt Middle School, 4701 Quadrel St., and admission is free.

Middle school and high school musical groups submitted applications and performance video for the contest for online evaluation and public voting. The four middle school and four high school groups receiving the most votes were invited to perform on Saturday.

Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or low folding chairs to be more comfortable during the event. Local Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores sponsored the prize money for the competition.

Call 229-2524 or visit http://bbgilv.com/hsnotes/jump.html online for more information.