Sex Education Meetings – Must RSVP ASAP by September 8th

My apologies for the short notice.  I just learned about this meeting this morning.

First parents presently must opt-in their students to receive sex education at school. Many parents in the district make this choice for their children. Sex education starts in 5th grade in Nevada. Nevada had the 4th highest teen pregnancy rate in the country at 84 per 1000 teens compared to the national average of 68 per 1000.

Check out this article from the Las Vegas Sun:

10 facts you should know about sex education and teen pregnancy rates in Nevada

The meeting below is your opportunity to review information with the district about sex education and let your leaders know where you stand on the issue. 



The ACLU of Nevada is a proud member of the Nevada Teen Health and Safety Coalition (NTHSC). As part of the coalition, we invite you to participate in the Clark County School District Sex Education Community Input Forums scheduled for later this month. SIECUS (Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States) will be presenting on medically accurate sex education.

These forums are free, but you must register to attend. Please contact Shannon La Neve at or (702) 855-7081 to receive an invitation. You must RSVP by September 8.

Below are the dates, locations and times of the forums.

Tues., Sept. 16, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Cimarron-Memorial H.S., Room 200 2301

N. Tenaya Way Trustee Tew, District E Trustee TBD


Wed., Sept. 17, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Silverado H.S. Library 1650

Silver Hawk Ave. Trustee Corbett, District D Trustee Wright, District D


Thurs., Sept. 18, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Arbor View H.S., Room 505 7500

Whispering Sands Dr. Trustee Garvey, District B Trustee TBD


We look forward to seeing you at one of the forums and hearing from you. For questions or more information please contact the NTHSC at

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Donate Your Old Glasses and Help an Eagle Scout

Logan Crowther is trying to finish up his eagle project collecting glasses for those in need. If anyone has glasses to donate. There is a drop box set up at Flowers by Michelle (6510 N Buffalo Dr, Las Vegas, NV). It’s in the same parking lot as Taco Bell on buffalo near target and the centennial hills YMCA. Also if u need him to pick up call him at the number on the poster! Anything will help!

Back to School Fairs 2014

These are the Back-to-School fairs I have learned about so far this year for 2014.  Feel free to post in comments below any back to school events I missed so they can be added to the list. Thank you.

Back-to-School Fair and Movie in the ParkPhoto: Those dreaded words that all kids hate to hear and parents love,  BACK TO SCHOOL.  Join Councilman Steve Ross for this FREE family fun night on Friday, August 8.
Friday, Aug. 8, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
Centennial Hills Park 7101 N. Buffalo Drive (at Deer Springs Road).
Join Councilman Ross for the Back-to-School Fair and Movie in the Park.  Free school supplies and binders will be given out while supplies last. Light refreshments and beverages will be provided.  Enjoy a balloon artist, face painters and jump house, and the PG-rated movie “Despicable Me 2.”

Ward 1 Back-to-School Community Fair
Thursday, Aug. 21, 7 to 8 p.m.
West Charleston Lions/Essex Park, 600 Essex Drive at Charleston.
Join Councilwoman Tarkanian to enjoy the PG-rated “Frozen” movie in the park at dusk following a back-to-school fair and refreshments (while supplies last). For more information, call 702-229-6405.

Back-to-School Open House

Saturday August 16, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
50 E. Laughlin Civic Drive; Laughlin
The Clark County Fire Department is hosting a community Back-to-School Open House on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Station 76 located in Laughlin at 50 E. Laughlin Civic Dr. The Fire Department uses these open houses to become more acquainted with the residents of Clark County. These events provide useful information on how to keep your family safe and prepared in the case of a fire. Open houses also stress the importance of drowning prevention and give parents a resource for getting valuable information about agencies in the valley. The Fire Department is able to make accommodations for persons with disabilities. If you are disabled and would like to attend, please contact Assistant Fire Chief Sandra Baker at the Department at least five days prior to the event and notify her of your specific needs. To reach Assistant Chief Baker, please call (702) 250-8404.

Vegas for the Family Blog Publisher Christine Kramar is Running for Nevada Assembly District 13

As readers of this blog over the last 4 years know I am a committed community activist concerned about the issues that impact our families. When I first started writing this blog our families were struggling through the great recession, and many continue to make a slow recovery.

I have researched the issues and done my best to encourage us all to enter public comment when possible on the issues. Over the years I found that education in Nevada had become a game of “GOTCHA” politics where even those of us watching it closely were surprised by the changes made to our education system so swiftly. Unfortunately we always have had money for programs to serve corporations in their goal to make money off of our kids rather than actually listen to parents, students, and experienced classroom teachers about what will actually work for our students. Video End Bump

I attended hearings on education reform disappointed to see that these meetings were filled with special interest lobbyists at times when classroom teachers and parents busy working their jobs and raising their families never could make it to participate. The methods online to share your input are convoluted and not user friendly. Nor were lawmakers actively seeking those who would take exception to these new policies to have their voices heard. Few if any keep a blog or manage a website dedicated to constituent outreach to keep concerned citizens in the loop on important legislation that will later affect the lives of citizens.

Then I followed the money. I was disappointed to see that the same group of lobbyists have paid off both political parties to push through this agenda.

I got mad. First I tried to find a candidate to run for office. Few people want to speak truth to power no matter how committed they are to the principle because it is tremendously time consuming and for an inexperienced candidate it is both an expensive and daunting task. Given my experience operating grassroots campaigns and social media I had no other choice than to look in the mirror.

Don’t for a second pass off my candidacy as a politically naive homemaker doing this as a hobby. I have political experience and knew what this race would entail – and I did it anyway. Yes, my opponent is a prolific fundraiser and will outspend my campaign on nasty photoshopped pictures of me. He will pull out some vague half truth and try to run with it. That’s politics. What I can offer is that I will be an active force in the community my opponent had his opportunity to be his one session in office and passed on it.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns about my campaign. I am not a single issue candidate.  Education however was the final draw that made me file for this election cycle. I am well versed on all of the legislative issues which is why I have held my own and earned the endorsement of several community organizations.

What I will do different is to fully engage the community as I have done on every cause I have worked on. I know that parents have the right to speak up and I will bring forward hearings in our own district to make this happen. Our district is impacted by many issues that have outreach events done by legislators on the other side of town – but never in our district. That has to change.


If you are big enough to do it – Be big enough to own it. I will own my position as your next Assemblywoman with job number one to be a voice for our families. The economy is coming back and its important that our views be at the table to ensure the budget cuts to essential services are restored before corporate special interests get new tax breaks.

I am not the candidate hand picked by the political establishment to keep the status quo rolling of finger pointing and kicking the can down the road. I don’t owe any political favors. My job will be to represent the people of the assembly district I call home in the far northwest Nevada assembly district 13.

Please consider joining my campaign at or on social media below:

Kramar 2014



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Comprehensive Sex Education Offered in the Community

Parents have asked where comprehensive sex ed is offered in our community because Clark County Public Schools does not teach it.

This program is open to youth age 13 -18. It is open to students of any background. Parents are welcome to contact the center in advance with any questions.

This is in answer to a need in the community among parents who do want their children to learn comprehensive sex education on a voluntary basis.

Contact TheCenterLv for more information.