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Performances for Kids Hit Downtown This Summer

Performances for Kids Hit Downtown This Summer

A number of exciting children’s performances will take place downtown this summer.

The city of Las Vegas will present concerts and theatre especially for children of all ages this July at the Charleston Heights Arts Center and at the downtown Historic Fifth Street School.

Tickets are priced at $3 per person or $10 for a family four-pack for each of the four events. Large group discounts are available. Purchase tickets online at www.artslasvegas.org. For more information or to purchase tickets by telephone, call 229-6383 or 229-3515.

  • Leland Faulkner will perform his “World of Wonder” show at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, at the Charleston Heights Arts Center at 800 S. Brush St. The “World of Wonder” is theatre designed for the whole family — a show that combines the amazing and lost art of shadowgraphs (hand shadows), comedy, a mime's skill, an actor’s imagination and the conjuror's craft.

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.

Author O'Neill Entertains Students, Hosts Book Discussion

Author O'Neill Entertains Students, Hosts Book Discussion

Local elementary students will learn ways to inspire and "perform" stories, and to expand on the writing process in lively, interactive assemblies this week with Alexis O'Neill, author of the book "The Recess Queen."

Tuesday assemblies will be at Scherkenbach Elementary in the morning and Fitzgerald Elementary in the afternoon. Wednesday assemblies will take place at Kesterson Elementary in the morning and Adcock Elementary in the afternoon. The events are only open to school students, but O'Neill will host a public book discussion at the Centennial Hills Library at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The locations for the assemblies resulted from a random drawing process with the participating elementary schools.

O'Neill shares insights from the world of professional writing and the importance of persistence when learning a new skill or following a dream.

YMCA, North Las Vegas Partner on New Rec Center

YMCA, North Las Vegas Partner on New Rec Center

The new North Las Vegas SkyView Multi-Generational Center, which opens June 1, will be operated by the YMCA of Southern Nevada.

The recently completed 36,000-square-foot facility at 3050 E. Centennial Parkway is between Losee Road and N. Pecos Road south of the 215 Beltway.

Along with the YMCA-owned Bill & Lillie Heinrich YMCA, and Y-operated City of Las Vegas' Durango Hills and Centennial Hills Community Centers, the City of North Las Vegas SkyView Multi-Generational Center becomes the Y's fourth branch operation.

"This unique private-public partnership model gives us the opportunity to offer programs that support healthy living and youth development in North Las Vegas," said Mike Lubbe, YMCA president and CEO. "North Las Vegas constructed a stunning facility for its residents.

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.

Squires Students to Participate in Mock Trial

Squires Students to Participate in Mock Trial

Local fifth-graders will participate in a mock trial beginning at 12:20 p.m. Tuesday in Department 2 at North Las Vegas Justice Court, 2428 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., Building ‘A,’ which is at the corner of Martin Luther King and Carey Avenue

The mock trial is the highlight of the Kids in the Court program designed to teach children about the operation of the courts and to encourage them to stay in school. The Tuesday mock trial will feature a fictional case in which a student maliciously sprays another child’s bicycle with paint.

"I am very proud of Kids in the Court," said North Las Vegas Chief Judge Natalie L. Tyrrell, who will try the case in her Department 2 courtroom. "This is the 10th year the court has partnered with C.P. Squires, an at-risk school in North Las Vegas.

Eastside Cannery "Lights It Up Blue" for Autism Awareness

The iconic Eastside Cannery building will attract even more attention on April 1st and 2nd, especially during the nighttime hours.  That's because the structure will be illuminated in blue. "Light It Up Blue" is a nationwide effort to encourage businesses and residences to light up their structures in blue light in recognition of those families affected by autism.  The Eastside Cannery, on Boulder Highway is able to change the colors displayed on the building quite easily.  There are roughly 16,000 LED lights on the exterior of the building which can be programmed to change colors or illuminate one particular shade of color.  The blue lights will be visual Friday, April 1st and Saturday April 2nd, which is World Autism Awareness Day.  Every 1 in 110 children is affected by the autism disorder.  More information on Light It Up Blue can be found at www.lightitupblue.org and www.autismspeaks.org.