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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.

North Las Vegas Clinic Celebrates Federal Funding

North Las Vegas Clinic Celebrates Federal Funding


A family health clinic in North Las Vegas is re-introducing itself to the neighborhood after getting some help.

The North Las Vegas Family Health Center and WIC North Las Vegas recently received funding from the federal government, which was used for building upgrades.

The open house held Thursday showed off some of those upgrades and gave the nonprofit to talk to the community about services.

"The company's mission statement is to provide quality care to patients regardless of their ability to pay. So, we do see Medicaid patients. We accept most private insurances, and we see patients who don't have insurance. We have a great sliding fee program which allows patients to pay based on their ability to pay," Dr. Tamina Winn-McMillan, a pediatrician at the clinic, said.

School Police Holding Safety Fair Friday

School Police Holding Safety Fair Friday


The Clark County School Police Department will be holding a safety fair Friday at Lois Craig Elementary, 2637 East Gowan Road.

The Spring School Safety Fair will be from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. The event will feature a bike and pedestrian rodeo, fire truck tours and several informational booths.

People can also enter a free raffle for tickets to the Circus Circus Adventuredome, along other prices including bicycles, bike helmets and car seats.

Panda Express will provide free food.

Group Working for Summer Free of Tragedy

Group Working for Summer Free of Tragedy


Austin Sonetti has little brain function and suffers seizures. He is only 9 years old.

Austin is this way because he fell into a backyard pool when he was just 17-months-old. His brain was deprived of oxygen for 39 minutes. He survived but barely.

"He is now left in a vegetative state. He suffers seizures. He has a trach (tracheotomy tube). He has recurrent pneumonias," Austin's mother Cierra Sonetti said.

Austin is an example of just how dangerous a body of water can be. Three adults were in the backyard with him when he silently slipped into the pool in April 2005.

It is a case like the Sonetti family that the Southern Nevada Child Drowning Coalition is hoping to prevent this summer.

The group held an April Pool's Day event Monday at a pool in North Las Vegas to get the word out about the dangers of pools.

Young Author Shows Off Talent to Friends at Tartan Elementary

Young Author Shows Off Talent to Friends at Tartan Elementary


A student turned author showed off her talents during a special reading for Nevada Reading Week.

Bailey Scow was just 5 years old when she created "Bluebell's Surprise," a book about a butterfly's efforts to find a birthday flower for her best friend Bluebell, a bird.

"She started working on a story about flowers because she loves flowers and went through the whole writing process.  She did many drafts and did her research about flowers," Bailey's mother Julie Scow said.

Bailey won the 2011 Vegas PBS Kids Go! writers contest in the kindergarten age group.

The young author read her book to her peers at Tartan Elementary School. She also signed some copies and donated them to the school library.

"Hopefully, it inspires other kids to do the same thing and too work hard and share their talents with others," the writer's mother said.

Kids in Need to Get More Meals from Safekey

Kids in Need to Get More Meals from Safekey


For some schoolchildren in southern Nevada, the meals they eat at school and Safekey after-school programs are their only nutrition.

With that difficult reality in mind, the Clark County School District, City of Las Vegas and Three Square Food Bank are partnering to expand food offerings at 44 Safekey sites in Las Vegas. 

The Las Vegas City Council approved an agreement with Three Square at Wednesday’s council meeting.

The program will expand a pilot program between the city, Three Square, and the school district started last year. The Safekey Snack Enhancement pilot program began at 15 Safekey sites, which were selected based on geographic area, program enrollment and the school’s Free and Reduced Lunch participation percentage.

Teen Pregnancy Workshops Scheduled in High-Need Areas

Teen Pregnancy Workshops Scheduled in High-Need Areas


Workshops aimed at helping parents talk to kids about teen pregnancy are scheduled for later in the month.

The Southern Nevada Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition will host a series of free workshops for parents and guardians interested in talking to their pre-teen and teen children about sexual relationships, preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

The first workshop is scheduled for 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 at the Walnut Cecile Community Center, 3075 Walnut Road.