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Community Event Highlights Programs for Kids and Adults

Community Event Highlights Programs for Kids and Adults

A community night out Friday in North Las Vegas combines family fun with educational information.

The city of North Las Vegas presents Safe Summer Nights from 3- 7 p.m. at Richard Steele Health and Wellness Center, 2475 W. Cheyenne Ave., Suite 120.

The free event includes family games, music and face painting. In addition to the fun for kids, there will be money management programs and educational opportunities, as well as information on weatherization programs and health services.

Free immunizations for children will be available. Shot records must be provided.

For more information, call North Las Vegas Community Outreach Manager Kathi Thomas-Gibson at 633-5632.

Time to Plan for Back-to-School Shots

Time to Plan for Back-to-School Shots

With the 2013-14 school year approaching quickly, health officials are reminding parents to do required immunizations for their kids sooner than later.

The Southern Nevada Health District provides back-to-school shots at its public health centers. Pre-schoolers, kindergartners, and seventh-graders must get mandatory vaccinations.

The health district will offer extended hours for back-to-school immunizations the last two weeks of August. Immunizations are available:

Parents should bring immunization records. Children with no records might 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 child for one immunization or $25 per child for two or more immunizations will be collected. Additional vaccines fees might apply.

Shots are available at these locations:

Walnut Park Opening Celebration Set for Wednesday

County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly is inviting the community to the grand opening of Walnut Park.

The celebration will start at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The park is at 3820 Cecile Avenue, just west of the Walnut Recreation Center near Cheyenne Avenue and Walnut Road.

The park features a shaded playground area, picnic areas, and a perimeter loop with exercise stations along the path. There is also an open lawn area available for multiple uses.

“Walnut Park is an exciting new addition to the neighborhood,” said Commissioner Weekly, whose District D includes the park. “The park adds much needed green space to the area for kids to play on as well as a walking trail, shade trees and a new playground for younger children.”  

The park sits between a Metro Police substation and the Clark County School District’s early childhood development center.

Summer Food Program Provides Nutritious Meals for Kids

Summer Food Program Provides Nutritious Meals for Kids

Three Square Food Bank and its partners launched the Summer Food Service program Wednesday to ensure southern Nevada children do not go hungry this summer.

When school is out, kids who use the free and reduced lunch program often do not have access to nutritious meals. The summer food program works to fill that gap.

"It is scary when you think about families that can't put food on the table because they are making choices to pay rent, pay their utility bills, that are higher during the summer," president and CEO of Three Square Food Bank Brian Burton said. "These are very unacceptable choices. They shouldn't have to choose to go without food."

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, kids 18 years and younger can receive free lunches now through August 23.

One partner for the program is the YMCA. Lunches are available at all four YMCA's throughout the Las Vegas valley.

Locations include:

Healthy Eating, Physical Activity Win Awards for Students

Healthy Eating, Physical Activity Win Awards for Students

 

Winners recently were announced for the 6th annual UNLV Coaches Challenge, a program that encourages children to choose healthy food and participate in physical activity.

This year’s Coaches Challenge included more than 13,000 elementary school children from 112 schools. The program experienced its best success since 2007.

A UNLV head coach will visit each winning classroom throughout May to congratulate the students.

This year’s UNLV Coaches Challenge winning classrooms represent four elementary schools:

Immunization Clinics Available During Special Event Week

Immunization Clinics Available During Special Event Week

 

Nevada Infant and Immunization Week will provide a number of opportunities to improve the health and well-being of your children starting Saturday.

The Southern Nevada Immunization and Health Coalition (SNIHC) and many health partners and providers will sponsor a week of immunization clinics during Nevada Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) April 20-27, beginning with a kickoff event hosted by the Southern Nevada Health District.

Nevada Infant Immunization Week is an annual observance that highlights the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases, and serves as a call to action for parents, caregivers and healthcare providers to ensure infants are fully immunized against 14 vaccine-preventable diseases before age 2.

Dinosaurs to Touch, Ride on Display at Cashman Center

Dinosaurs to Touch, Ride on Display at Cashman Center

 

Kids will get a chance to get close up to some of the fierce creatures that once roamed the earth.

The Discover the Dinosaurs exhibit opens its doors this weekend at Cashman Center. The exhibit features 60 animatronic and museum-quality dinosaur replicas.

"It is a concept of an attraction plus a museum. We are priding ourselves on being educational and informative plus also having activities for kids to do," show manager Steven Rosholt said.

The display is not just to look at, kids will also get a chance to get up close and actually touch some of the replicas. Kids will even get a chance to ride the biggest, fiercest dinosaur in the Jurassic Period, the Tyrannosaurus Rex.  

"It is a lot of work that we have to put in to move them around, but once the show comes and you see the kids faces light up. It just makes all the work worth it," Rosholt said.