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!

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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.

Rainbow Company Summer Children’s and Teen Conservatories Summer 2014

Rainbow Company Summer Children’s and Teen Conservatories 

This two-week conservatory, June 16-27, 2014 offers young actor training for every experience level, with a performance on the main stage of Charleston Heights Arts Center. Guest artists and award-winning staff of Rainbow Company Youth Theatre conduct the classes and rehearsals.

Price: $225

  • Morning session for ages 8-11, 8 a.m.-noon, Monday-Friday for two weeks
  • Afternoon session for ages 12-16, 1 -5 p.m., Monday-Friday for two weeks

For more information, call 229-6553.

Military Appreciation Day at Craig Ranch Park May 17th

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Do You Live in Nevada Assembly District 13? Check Out the Map

assembly-district-13-mapYou can always check your voter record online with Clark County Nevada to see what races you will be voting on this November.

Online Voter Information

If you live in Assembly District please vote for Christine Kramar a voice for the people of our district.

Learn more at ChristineKramar.comKramar 2014

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Smoking Notes Jazz Festival at Providence Community April 19th

The first Smokin’ Notes outdoor festival features live jazz, BBQ, sauce competition and a safety fair
April 19 event at Providence’s Knickerbocker Park

Be the first to check out the classic sounds of the saxophone and aroma of fire-cooked meat during the first Smokin’ Notes jazz and barbecue festival on Saturday, April 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Knickerbocker Park, located on 10695 Dorrell Lane in the Providence Master Planned Community. The free family-friendly event is being presented by KXPT-97.1 FM The Point and the Providence Master Planned Community and Providence Master Homeowner’s Association.

Barbecue food and sauce will be available to purchase and smooth jazz music and live entertainment will be provided by 97.1 FM The Point. Attendees are invited to bring blankets, picnic baskets and well-behaved, leashed dogs.
The inaugural Smokin’ Notes will feature a Safety Fair presented by members of the nonprofit Southern Nevada Traffic Safety Coalition (SNTSC) including: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (Metro), Nevada Highway Patrol, Henderson Police Department, and Clark County Fire Department. SNTSC Safety Fair activities will include motorcycle course demonstrations, beer goggle demonstrations on adult tricycles, mounted police, canine unit, zero fatality information, and more.

SNTSC representatives will compete against each other for bragging rights during a barbecue sauce-making competition, with event attendees getting to taste their creations. There also will be a dedicated children’s activity area.
In addition to Smokin’ Notes festivities, Knickerbocker Park features tot lots, a swing set, a dog park with small and large dog areas, splash pad, youth baseball field, multi-use events field, jogging path with exercise stations, picnic areas, and spectacular views of the entire Las Vegas Valley.

For more event information, visit or call (702) 216-2020.

Aviation Open House March 29th at North Las Vegas Airport

North Las Vegas, Nevada, Saturday March 29th, 2014 – The Clark County Aviation Association in conjunction with the Clark County Department of Aviation will be hosting the 7th Annual Aviation Open House.

About the Open House:

The event invites the community to come and see aircraft first hand up close, talk with Aviation businesses, pilots and aircraft owners. The show itself will have a wonderful assortment of aircraft from almost every era of aviation from some of the truly antique to the more modern General Aviation aircraft.

This is an event for all ages and is designed to stimulate interest in aviation as well as answering safety issues that the public may have. There will be something for everyone including a hands on aviation simulator(s), radio controlled model aircraft exhibit, car display and gifts for the youngsters – while supplies last. A sample of exhibitors includes Clark County Department of Aviation, Civil Air Patrol, the 99’s (Women in Aviation), Flight Schools and the FAA.

Free Admission, Everyone is welcome.

About the Clark County Aviation Association:
The Clark County Aviation Association was established in 1996 to represent pilots, aircraft owners and Aviation enthusiasts in Clark County Nevada. It is the only pilot/aviation organization in Clark County Nevada that is dedicated to promoting & protecting general aviation. And dedicated to resolving issues associated with the use of local airspace and the reliever airports of Boulder City, Henderson, Jean, North Las Vegas and Overton.

About the Clark County Department of Aviation:
Clark County Department of Aviation is a part of the Clark County, Nevada government. McCarran and the five general aviation facilities in the Clark County Airport System are owned by Clark County, Nevada and operated under the policy direction of the Board of County Commissioners, the authority of the County Manager and the management of the Director and Deputy Director of Aviation.

Car Wash to Help Daniel O’Brien’s Family

This is a tragedy no parent would ever want to face.  The O’Brien family has lost their 18 year old son to sudden heart failure.  Please stop by if you can and help this family this Saturday.

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Red Cross of Southern Nevada is Hiring!

Date Night in Las Vegas:

Share the word that the local Red Cross is hiring.

Originally posted on American Red Cross, Southern Nevada Chapter Volunteer Blog:

Several positions have become available at the Southern Nevada Red Cross chapter. Have a look at the links below to see if you’d like to join our team. Please also share this with your friends!

Volunteer Services Manager – Las Vegas, NV –

The Volunteer Services manager will lead the department and team to recruit, engage, and recognize volunteers in delivering the Red Cross mission. This position supervises department staff in Southern Nevada as well as Northern Nevada. The position is based in Las Vegas. It reports directly to the CEO. Some travel (less than 25%) to Northern Nevada (Reno and surrounding area) will be required. This is a full time position at $46,530 plus benefits.

Volunteer Services Specialist – Las Vegas, NV –

The Volunteer Specialist will work as part of a volunteer placement team to in-process and place new volunteer candidates. They will also support departments…

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Sticks for Kids Program at Municipal Par 3 Golf Course

Golf is an excellent forum to introduce youth to physical activity, to increase youth’s environmental awareness and to provide an opportunity to learn a lifetime sport.

The Sticks for Kids program provides as many children as possible with a set of clubs to use while learning to play the game of golf. The Par 3 golf course is proud to offer the Sticks for Kids clubs and are available for use at no cost.

See the pro shop staff for more information.


324 E. Brooks Ave.
North Las Vegas, NV 89030
(702) 633-1833 office (702) 633-7138 fax
Hours of operation:
6:00 a.m. or Dawn (later time applies) to Dusk*
Last tee time is 4:30 p.m.
Tee Time Reservations: (702) 633-1833
Tee Time Reservations can be made 7 days in advance.

Garden Plots Available at Craig Ranch Regional Park


The community garden offers 62, 5 x 13 personal garden plots that are available for reservations annually.

Applications for the Community Garden are available online at and can begin being submitted January of 2014.

The annual fee is $150.00 per plot and includes water usage.

For more information please contact: The Park Reservation Desk at (702) 633-2418

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Camp Broadway Summer Theater Camp at the Smith Center in Las Vegas Summer 2014

Camp Broadway offers summer camps, workshops, and performance opportunities to theatre-loving kids, aged 6-17. Offered in New York City and in select cities across the country, we promise that you will have an authentic, enlightening and joyous theatre arts experience taught by trained Broadway professionals. Inspired by Broadway’s cherished works and steeped in its grand traditions, every program is designed to build confidence, inspire creative expression, and instill well-being in both aspiring artists and future audiences.

Camp Broadway Las Vegas will take place at The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas, NV  89106.

Shining Stars Camp:
July 7-11, 2014
AM Session 8:00am-12:30pm
PM Session 1:30pm-5:30pm
A week long ½ day camp for children between the ages of 6 – 9.
Price: $450

Click here to view Shining Stars Camp FAQS
Click here to download and complete Shining Stars Camp registration form
Click here to download and complete Shining Stars Supplemental registration documents

Classic Camp:
July 21-25, 2014
A week long full-day camp for children between the ages of 10 – 17.
Price: $695

Click here to view Classic Camp FAQS
Click here to download and complete Classic Camp registration form

For more information email or call Education at 702-749-2538.

Develop Your Character
“Character” is a defining principle with equal relevance both on and off the stage. Studies have shown that one’s social, emotional, ethical and creative skills are the building blocks to the development of “Character.” Camp Broadway’s programs adhere to the belief that engagement in the theatre is an effective strategy in helping parents and educators teach their children about becoming responsible, ethical people. Camp Broadway enables our “Cast of Characters” to immerse themselves in musical theatre and drama as a way to study real and fictitious characters whose stories are told through dialogue, song and dance. In the process, they learn the necessary skills to perform successfully at every stage of life.

Company Overview
At Camp Broadway®, you will have an authentic, enlightening and joyous theatre arts experience taught by trained Broadway professionals. Inspired by Broadway’s cherished works and steeped in its grand traditions, every program is designed to build confidence, inspire creative expression, and instill well-being in both aspiring artists and future audiences. As such, our programming is presented in a positive, respectful and safe environment.

Self Esteem Event for Teen Girls on March 8th

This quarterly workshop consists of a self esteem workshop, learning about makeup and it’s proper application, and a photo shoot. This is an all day event starting at 10 am and going until 3 pm. Teens will come away feeling new and confident guaranteed.

As always No Teen is turned away for inability to pay.  Scholarships are available.  Please email for more info on scholarships

Go to the website below to sign up:

Self Matters- Self Esteem Girl’s Workshop Ages 12-19

Host: Regina Bailey

Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PST)

Henderson, NV

Henderson Multigenerational Center
250 S Green Valley Pkwy
Henderson, NV 89012

Lifeguard Jobs with Clark County for Teens 15 1/2 and Older – Summer 2014

Clark County Parks and Recreation is currently recruiting to fill positions for the 2014 pool season.

A summer job opportunity awaits those 15½ and older with pay ranging from $8.50 to $15 per hour based on experience and certifications. The Aquatics Department is seeking applicants to fill cashier, lifeguard, water safety instructor and management positions. Those who currently hold the American Red Cross lifeguard certification or who are interested in cashier positions can fill out an application available online at summer

Those who wish to apply for a lifeguard or other water-related position must complete the Lifeguard Training Course at either Hollywood Aquatics Center, 1550 S. Hollywood Blvd., near Las Vegas High School or Desert Breeze Aquatic Facility, 8275 W. Spring Mountain Road, near Durango Drive. There are currently 10 urban facilities and four rural facilities in Indian Springs, Logandale, Overton and Laughlin seeking applicants.

Those ages 15 and older can take the Lifeguard Training Course for the reduced rate of $70 if they sign an employment contract with Clark County Parks and Recreation. The cost is $140 to take the course without the contract. The course includes lifesaving skills, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, automated external defibrillator (AED) and emergency first aid. Pre-requisite skills include 300-yard continuous swim and a retrieval of a weighted object from 7 to 10 feet of water. All classes must be attended to successfully complete the course. The five-day course is held multiple times from now until the last course which begins May 5.

Those who are interested in lifeguard training, but may not yet be ready to complete the pre-requisites, can attend a lifeguard preparation course at Hollywood Aquatics Center. Trained staff will work with students to prepare them to pass pre-requisites for entry into the Lifeguard Training Course. After the class, students can come to practice and receive tips from staff. The class is offered 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Fridays for the following dates: Feb. 28, Mar. 21, and April 11. The cost for the preparation course is $10.

Registration, as well as dates and times for all classes, can be found on the Parks website under Pools & Aquatic Centers. Applicants also can register for preparation and lifeguard courses online or at any Clark County Parks and Recreation community center. Those interested can call Clark County’s Aquatics Department at (702) 455-8508. Clark County Parks and Recreation also can be found on Facebook.

Clark County Elections Seeking Students to Work on June 10th Election Day

pg1 student election workers

Students get started NOW!

pg2 student election workersSocial studies teachers have the applications to turn in ASAP so you can schedule the training you will need to participate in working at the polls on election day.  

  This is a great opportunity for work experience and to see democracy in action. 

@VegasVikingGang Scholarship Time!

Locals of Norwegian Descent May Apply for Scholarships

Published on Fri, Feb 14, 2014 (9:52 p.m.)

Submitted by Sons of Norway Vegas Viking Lodge

The Sons of Norway’s Vegas Viking Lodge is seeking applicants for its 8th annual scholarship for post-high school studies. The postmark deadline is April 19, 2014.

To be eligible, an applicant must be of Norwegian descent; a legal resident of Clark County or Alamo, Nev., or a member of the Vegas Viking Lodge or a child or grandchild of a member of the lodge; at least a high school senior; and an ongoing full-time student. The scholarship value is at least $500. Last year, the lodge gave away six $500 scholarships, and it has given away more than $20,000 in scholarships.

Applications are available online at Winners are chosen based on grades, financial need, involvement in extracurricular activities, and the content and quality of their essays, including how they express appreciation for their Norwegian heritage. The number of scholarships depends on funds available from various lodge fund-raising activities plus private donations.

Last year six outstanding Clark County high school graduates with Norwegian ancestry were awarded $500 scholarships, including Kyle Amundson, a Palo Verde High School graduate, now enrolled at the University of San Diego; Jessica Reed, a Spring Valley High School graduate, now at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa; Michael Kelso, a Boulder City High School graduate, now at the Colorado School of Mines; Michael Mortenson, a Palo Verde High School graduate, now at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah; Ricardo Sevilla of Henderson, a Green Valley High School graduate, now at the University of Nevado, Reno; and Amanda Stenberg of Mesquite, a Virgin Valley High School graduate, now at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona.

Tax-deductible contributions to the scholarship fund—including naming gifts—are welcome. If preferred, a donor’s name can be kept confidential. To donate, a check payable to the Vegas Viking Sons of Norway Scholarship Fund should be mailed to Treasurer Warren Halvorsen, 830 Kingston Springs Way, Las Vegas, NV 89123-3643. For more information, call Suzan Sibert, (702) 645-6666, co-chair of the scholarship committee.

The Vegas Viking lodge ( ) was organized in May 1992 and has been involved in a wide variety of special events featuring traditional and contemporary programs having a Norwegian-American flavor ever since. As part of the Sons of Norway, it is a fraternal benefit and cultural society dedicated to preserving Norwegian and Scandinavian heritage in North America and strengthening the ties between North America and modern Norway. Vegas Viking also helps local charities through donations.

Fun Coming this Spring to the Las Vegas Natural History Museum

March 2014 – Balloon Physics Fun!

•       3/1 (11 am & 1 pm) and 3/2 (1 pm)
o       Balloon Rockets:  Make balloon rockets using Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion.

•       3/8 (11 am & 1 pm) and 3/9 (1 pm)
o       LEGO® Balloon Car:  Use a balloon to power a LEGO® car.

•       3/15 (11 am & 1 pm) and 3/16 (1 pm)
o       Marshmallow Shooter:  How far can you make a marshmallow fly?  Come find out with this fun experiment and test Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion.

•       3/22 (11 am & 1 pm) and 3/23 (1 pm)
o       Balloon Blow-Up:  Can you inflate a balloon without using your breath?  Find out how during an exciting workshop about chemical reactions.

•       3/29 (11 am & 1 pm) and 3/30 (1 pm)
o       Balloon Race:  What do static electricity, balloons, and race tracks have in common?  Discover what it is and then see if you can enter our Winner’s Circle.

April 2014 – Colorful Science

•       4/6 (11 am & 1 pm) and 4/7 (1 pm)
o       Acid/Base Rainbow of Color: Let you imagination run wild and paint a picture with a solution and color it using acidic and base chemicals.

•       4/12 (11 am & 1 pm) and 4/13 (1 pm)
o       Magical Chromatography: Have you ever wondered what colors make up the color black and other non-primary colors?  Use chromatography to separate them out.

•       4/19 (11 am & 1 pm) and 4/20 (1 pm)
o       Garden Artist:  Can you color a picture using food?  Explore pigments found in plants in this incredible workshop.

•       4/26 (11 am & 1 pm) and 4/27 (1 pm)
o       The Natural pH Indicator:  Make your own pH indicator and learn how to test if a solution is an acid or a base.

May 2014 – Digging Up the Past: Archaeology Style!

•       5/3 (11 am & 1 pm) and 5/3 (1 pm)
o       Egypt Pyramid Race:  Make your way to the finish line in this exciting race.

•       5/10 (11 am & 1 pm) and 5/11 (1 pm)
o       Be an Archaeologist For a Day!: Use the clues that are left behind in our dig site to identify who lived here before we got here.

•       5/17 (11 am & 1 pm) and 5/18 (1 pm)
o       Ancient Pottery:  Learn what clay and pottery can tell us about ancient civilizations and make pottery of your own.

•       5/24 (11 am & 1 pm) and 5/25 (1 pm)
o       Petroglyph Stories:  Decipher petroglyphs and pictographs from ancient and modern times.  Draw your own petroglyphs and make your own story about them.

•       5/31 (11 am & 1 pm) and 6/1 (1 pm)
o       Egyptian Cartouche Creations:  Learn about the Egyptian alphabet and how to write your name in hieroglyphs.

For more details always check out the

Las Vegas Natural History Museum Weekend Science Page

YMCA Job Fair February 22nd 9am – Noon

The Y is hiring for 200 positions! Need a seasonal, summer job? Looking for part-time long-term work? Join us 2/22. See for a list of positions and job descriptions.