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.

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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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

Craig ranch regional park

Fee Free Days on Public Lands Announced for 2014

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), in conjunction with other agencies within the Department of the Interior, will waive recreation-related fees for visitors to the National System of Public Lands for

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Jan. 20, 2014)

Presidents’ Day weekend (Feb. 15-17 2014)

National Public Lands Day (Sept. 27, 2014 )

Veterans Day (Nov. 11) in 2014.

Site-specific standard amenity and individual day-use fees at BLM recreation sites and areas will be waived for the specified dates. Other fees, such as overnight camping, cabin rentals, and group day use, will remain in effect. More details about fee-free days and activities on BLM-managed public lands are available online.

Information at the US National Parks Website 

Information at Bureau of Land Management Website 

Iron Mountain Ranch Neighborhood Clean up on January 23rd 2014

Thank you city councilman Steve Ross.  This is from his latest newsletter:


Together with Republic Services and the city of Las Vegas Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services, I am sponsoring a neighborhood clean-up for the neighborhood north of Kitty Ward Elementary School Thursday, Jan. 23.

The clean-up will include the area north of Horse Drive to Iron Mountain Road, from Jones Boulevard to Bradley Road. This is an opportunity for residents of the neighborhood to get rid of unwanted items, trash and debris.

Please place items in a tied bag if possible; have tree limbs and brush bundled in lengths of six feet or less; and have doors removed from refrigerators, stoves, washers and driers for the safety of children.

Hazardous materials, such as dry or liquid chemicals, paints, oils, tires, batteries, railroad ties, medical waste, propane cylinders or compressed gasses cannot be accepted.

Additionally, please separate out any appliances that contain Freon or other refrigerants, such as refrigerators, freezers, or home or auto air conditioners; and further separate out any other metal items other than those containing refrigerants such as Freon.

2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 38,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 14 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Where to Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree Recycling Program Under Way From Dec. 26-Jan. 15

Crews work to turn recycled trees into mulch.

Instead of throwing away your Christmas tree after the holidays, you can recycle it for free by taking it to a drop-off site in the community.

The Christmas Tree Recycling Program operates from Dec. 26 to Jan. 15 with drop-off sites set up at some Clark County parks, the Las Vegas Springs Preserve and other locations throughout the valley.

The trees are recycled into mulch, and the mulch is put to good use in public parks and gardens to help conserve water and keep plants healthy. Any items that could damage the chipper or contaminate the mulch such as tinsel, wire, ornaments and similar objects, should be removed from the trees. Last year, Southern Nevada residents recycled more than 15,000 trees, which created 130 tons of mulch for landscaping projects.

A committee comprised of local government agencies, nonprofits and businesses started the program in 2001 to keep Christmas trees out of local landfills. Since then residents have recycled approximately 100,000 Christmas trees or the equivalent of over 12,600 cubic yards of solid waste.

This year most area Lowe’s stores also are serving as drop-off sites. Other drop-off locations include:

Clark County

  • Sunset Park, 2601 E. Sunset at Eastern
  • Desert Breeze Park, 8275 Spring Mountain Road at Durango (behind the community center)
  • Lone Mountain Park, 4445 N. Jensen near Jensen and Helena

Las Vegas Springs Preserve

  • 333 S. Valley View Blvd.

UNLV Rebel Recycling Program

  • Flamingo & Swenson, SE Corner behind the 3 solar dishes/UNLV Solar site

Summer Business Institute Applications Open Until February 28, 2014

This is an excellent opportunity for Clark County High School Sophomores thru Seniors to learn about business. The interest form is now available online.  The official application goes up on the website in January 2014.

Founded in 1996, the Summer Business Institute represents a collaborative effort between the Clark County Human Resources Department, Clark County School District, UNLV and the local business community. The focus of the program is to give youth opportunities to experience a corporate environment from working inside. The Summer Business Institute features an eight-week internship, which includes business mentoring, life skills training, financial management and a civic engagement project.

The program is designed for current high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Students are required to complete an online application, provide a high school transcript, a high school statement and (2) letters of recommendations. Online applications for the 2013 internship closed on Monday, February 11, 2013. Qualifying students will be interviewed during Spring break 2013. The program generates hundreds of applications and interest annually. The students benefit from both on-the-job experience and workshops.

The workweek is divided into two parts. The first four days of each workweek the students will perform on-the-job training at their job sites, where a supervisor provides them with meaningful projects. On Fridays, the students participate in workshops designed to complement what they learn on the job. The weekly workshops are a critical component, where students gain insight into future career paths, as well as receive information regarding entrepreneurial opportunities. The workshops are designed to focus on financial management and life skills training.

The curricula were designed by The National Endowment For Financial Education in partnership with Cooperative Extension Systems, America’s Credit Union and UNLV. The workshops are taught by professional instructors complemented by invited guest speakers. As part of giving back to the community, each year the SBI interns are asked to participate in a civic engagement project. The interns have always taken these projects to a higher level of giving each year.

Application deadline is February 28th. 

Click here to apply.

Clark County is accepting on-line applications for the summer 2014 Summer Business Institute – a summer paid internship program for current high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The SBI paid internship is eight (8) weeks in duration. The program will begin on June 16, 2014 and will end on August 7, 2014. Please apply only if you are committed to participating for the full eight weeks. 

Students must have at least a 2.0 grade point average and must be a current high school sophomore, junior or senior at the time of application.

NOTE: Students interested in this position MUST submit an on-line application at, no later than 5:00 PM on the closing date.

Also students MUST attach to their application, fax or deliver the following four (4) documents:

1) Most recent school transcript listing all the grades you have earned while attending high school.

2) Two (2) current (dated within the last two months) letters of recommendation from a non-family teacher, school administrator, religious leader, employer, etc. The letters must be on letterhead and/or have the signature of the person providing the recommendation.

3) A current signed and dated statement from the school principal, counselor or dean indicating that the student is in good standing and recommending the student for participation in the SBI program. Please note that this statement is in addition to the letters required above.

All required documents must be attached to the application, or faxed to (702) 868-2504 attention Kaveida Allen. Documents may also be hand carried or mailed to the Human Resources Office at the Clark County Government Center. Required documents must be attached or received before 5:00 PM (PST) on the closing date listed on this announcement.


Smoke Free Housing Directory Now Available for Clark County Nevada

Smoke-free housing directory available 

Looking for a new apartment without the stench of smoke or risk of secondhand smoke from neighboring smokers? Check out the new smoke-free housing directory compiled by the health district’s Tobacco Control Program. Listings are organized by property type, and include low-income housing as well as senior living dwellings.

Visit the website to view the directory.

Tis the Season to Enter the Mojave Max Emergence Contest

Mojave Max is a real desert tortoise who lives at Red Rock Canyon. He emerged from his burrow this spring on March 14, at 1:45 p.m. He goes into brumation in the fall when the weather cools down.

Entries are now being accepted for the 2014 Mojave Max Emergence Contest.

Mojave Max is a real tortoise that lives at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.  Every fall when the hot Las Vegas weather cools off, Max goes into his burrow to begin brumation (tortoise speak for hibernation). In the spring, when the weather begins to warm up, Max emerges. The person who guesses as closely as possible to the correct day, hour and minute when Max will emerge from his burrow wins!

Anyone can enter the contest, but only one K-12 student enrolled in a Clark County, Nev., public, private or registered home school is eligible to win.  The grand prize winner and his or her class will win T-shirts, a pizza party and a field trip to Red Rock Canyon National Recreation Area.  The winner also receives a laptop computer, a digital camera, and a year-long pass to federally managed fee areas.  The winner’s teacher will receive a laptop computer.

To enter the contest, log on to and click on the “contest” button. Since the contest was launched in 2000, the earliest Max has emerged was Feb. 14 at 11:55 a.m. in 2005. The latest he has emerged was April 17 at 12:41 p.m. in 2012.

The Mojave Max Education Program is provided by a partnership among Clark County, the Clark County School District, the Bureau of Land Management, the Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association and Friends of Red Rock Canyon.

Free Holiday Light Festival at Heritage Park December 13 & 14

Tis the season for some holiday cheer on Heritage Street at the Clark County Museum.

The Clark County Museum is hosting the Heritage Street Holidays festival from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, and Saturday, Dec. 14. The museum is located at 1830 S. Boulder Highway.

The free, two-night festival is the only time of the year when Heritage Street is open during the evening. The museum’s unique collection of houses and buildings, including the train depot, wedding chapel, and the newly-opened railroad cottage, are decked out with holiday lights and decorations. Museum Guild volunteers get into the spirit of the event by dressing up in period outfits to welcome visitors. Members of Green Valley High School’s acclaimed Madrigals choir stroll along Heritage Street singing carols. The festivities also include a craft project for children and visits with Santa.

The festival is in its third year. The restored homes and buildings of Heritage Street are open for self-guided tours. The street will be decorated for the holidays from Saturday, Dec. 7 through Saturday, Jan. 11. The buildings represent different periods of Las Vegas and Southern Nevada history dating to the early 20th century.

The 30-acre museum also features an indoor exhibit hall with displays about the area’s history from prehistoric to modern times. The museum operates daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children. The phone number is (702) 455-7955. The museum is closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Last Weekend of the Season for Gilcrease Orchard November 16th

This is our last day that we will be open for the season so now is the time to get your decorative pumpkins for thanksgiving as well.

There are still green tomatoes, okra and a few beets left. We still have a lot of kale.

We will be sold out of apple cider on Saturday. We won’t have any more until next August.


The following are available to pick:

  • Kale,  Spinach,BokChoi and Arugula

     $2 lb ( bring shears or knife to cut)

  • Okra $1 lb

  • Eggplant $1 lb (very few)

  • Green Tomatoes $1 lb (medium size)

  • Beets $1 lb (small to medium)

  • Pumpkins $2 each


The following are available at the checkout stand:

  • Asparagus $2 per bunch

  • Pumpkins $2 each

  • Apple Cider Donuts 6 for $2

  • 1/2 gallon apple cider – $4 each

  • Dark and Gritty peanut butter $5.50 each

We are not charging for an entrance fee at this time. Please leave your pets at home for food safety reasons.

Open Saturday from 8:00 am to noon.  Then we will be closed for the season. We should reopen in Late February or March. We will send out the newsletter to let you know what day we will begin selling again.

YMCA Childcare for School Breaks

School-Age Child-Care Programs

When it comes to filling the time gaps before and after school safely, creatively and constructively, no one does it better than the YMCA. Your kids can express their talents in the arts, sports and other interest areas, taking advantage of all the YMCA has to offer. We set aside time for homework, and adults are always available to help. Our trained staff members are skilled at listening to youth and challenging them too. Best of all, everyone has fun at the YMCA!

One-Day Camps

Staff Development Days and One-Day Camps (5-12 years)
When school is out, the YMCA is in! Your camper will enjoy a day off from school filled with fun activities like sports, games, arts and crafts, character development programs and more.

When: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

  • October 24 and 25, 2013
  • November 4, 11 and 29, 2013
  • January 20, 2014
  • February 14 and 17, 2014
  • May 19, 2014
  • June 5 and 6, 2014

Cost: $40/day

Click here for downloadable 2013-2014 calendar.

Holiday/Break Camps

Winter Break Camp (5-15 years)
Fall into winter at the Y’s winter break camp offering loads of ways to stay active. Your kids will make friends, learn tips for healthy living and have a ball. Sign up soon, space is limited.


  • Week 1: December 23, 26 and 27, 2013, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Week 2: December 30 and 31, 2013 and January 2 and 3, 2014,  7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Cost for Week 1: $84
Cost for Week 2: $112
Daily Drop Ins: $47

$40 individual/$55 family program registration fee

Contact the location of the YMCA closest to your home. 

Holiday Shopping Events with Childcare

I will post these events as I get notice of them.  Throughout Las Vegas there are several events designed so kids can take a break and have fun while parents shop for the holiday.


Helen Meyer Community Center

When:Saturday December 14, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Where:Helen Meyer Community Center, 4525 New Forest Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89147
What:  We will watch your child or children in the safety of our center, while you go shopping. There will be only 20 spots open, so reserve your spot as soon as possible.

Children must be 5 to 12 years of age to attend. Must bring lunch.

Cost: $10.00, Register with the front desk by December 11, 2013

For more information call (702) 455-7723.

Winter Break Day Camp Registration Starts Nov 22nd

winter day campClick Here to download the flier and registration form.  This program fills up so register early!

What parents need to know?

  • Day Camp is for children ages 6 – 12 (may be age 5 and have completed kindergarten)
  • Hours: Monday – Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on designated dates
  • Participants are required to bring a lunch and two snacks that do not need heating or refrigeration.
  • All day camp participants will be required to take a swim test prior to participating in any swim activities or field trips where swimming is included. Swim dates and times will be announced in advance at each location. Parents may escort their child to any Clark County pool in order to obtain a swim test certificate.
What can my child do at Day Camp?

  • Paint, draw, make crafts and do special theme projects.
  • Play sports, games, take field trips, and have free time in the gymnasium.
  • Enjoy skits, drama, movies, and science projects.
  • Have fun with friends.

How do I reserve a spot for my child?

  • Payment in full is required to reserve a spot.
What does it cost to join Day Camp?

  • $15 per day or $70 per week, per child
  • We accept Las Vegas Urban League CCAP
  • A late fee will be assessed for children picked up after 6:01 p.m. $5 fee for every ten minutes late.
  • Refunds for Day Camp will be issued if notice is given by Tuesday of the prior week
That’s a lot of money up front.  Do I have any payment options if my child will be attending for several weeks?

  • Yes, if your child will be attending more than two full weeks consecutively, you can reserve your spot by paying for the first two weeks. The remaining payments will be due by 6:00 p.m. each Wednesday for the upcoming week. Your spot will not be held if payment is not received by the deadline. Remember: this optional payment plan is for consecutive full weeks only. Breaks in attendance, or partial weeks, do not qualify for this payment plan.



Where is the nearest program?

Cambridge Recreation Center
3930 Cambridge St. 89119
Maryland & Flamingo
(702) 455-7169
Desert Breeze Community Center
8275 Spring Mountain Rd., 89117
Spring Mountain & Durango
(702) 455-8334
Hollywood Recreation
& Community Services Center

1650 S. Hollywood, 89142
Hollywood & Sahara
(702) 455-0566
Paradise Recreation Center
4775 McLeod, 89121
McLeod & Tropicana
(702) 455-7513
Walnut Recreation Center
3075 N. Walnut 89115
Las Vegas Blvd. & Cheyenne
(702) 455-8402

Southern Highlands Fire Station Open House December 14th

The Clark County Fire Department will hold an Open House at Station 65 at 3825 Starr Ave. near Valley View Boulevard and Southern Highlands Pkwy. from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. station open house

The Open House is free to the public. Every other month the department hosts an Open House to allow residents to get better acquainted with the fire personnel who serve their neighborhoods. The department also takes this time to educate residents about drowning prevention and safe evacuation should your home catch fire.

The Southern Nevada Child Drowning Prevention Coalition, American Red Cross, Nevada Child Seekers, Nevada Healthy Homes and staff from Clark County’s Business License and District Attorney’s offices will be on hand. Additionally, the fire department will have its fire safety house and Captain Be Safe on exhibit to teach children how to get out of their homes in the event of a fire and McGruff the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police crime dog will be there.