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Birding Celebration Upcoming at Local Preserve

Birding Celebration Upcoming at Local Preserve

Earth Day and International Migratory Bird Day will be lauded at the City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department’s Birding Celebration. The free two-day event takes place from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. on April 22 and 23 at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, 350 E. Galleria Dr.

The event includes workshops on birding basics, migration, and attracting hummingbirds, as well as bird identification, educational displays, walks and Bird Mobile tours. The Bird Mobile seats six visitors and is an excellent way to tour the facility, particularly for those who find walking difficult. Children over the age of 6 may ride on the Bird Mobile, but each child must be accompanied by an adult.

The preserve is located on the eastern portion of the Pacific Migratory Flyway and serves as a welcome rest stop for many birds migrating through.

International Migratory Bird Day draws attention to the journey more than 350 species of birds take between their summer and winter homes.

Groundbreaking Set for Thursday on Wells Park Improvements

Groundbreaking Set for Thursday on Wells Park Improvements

A groundbreaking for improvements at Wells Park in Henderson will take place Thursday afternoon.

The park improvements are the result of several public feedback opportunities where residents shared their preference that their existing park be modernized and receive additional amenities instead of adding a new park. The $1.8 million improvement project to the 10-acre neighborhood park is moving forward through funding from the City of Henderson's Redevelopment Agency.

In addition to the traditional turning of dirt, students from neighboring Edna F. Hinman Elementary School will make a brief presentation about the history of the area and will sing a couple of songs.

The new Wells Park will have a more urban design style that provides creative ways to play with features such as a life-size chess board.

Henderson Receives Donation from Reader's Digest

Henderson Receives Donation from Reader's Digest

Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen welcomed representatives from the Reader’s Digest "We Hear You America" campaign last week as part of the "100 Cities in 100 Days" RV Tour.

Representatives from the publication presented a $1,000 check "to help stimulate the economy with publicity [and] to give the town the recognition it deserves," according to officials with the campaign.

Henderson was chosen as a site on the tour because Reader’s Digest “recognized some incredible pride [in the community]” in addition to personal stories about economic hardships submitted through the website www.rd.com by the city's supporters. Submissions included personal stories about difficulties finding jobs and housing problems in the current economy.

Also at the event were representatives from the city,s Neighborhood Services division as well as representatives from HopeLink, who accepted the $1,000 donation from Reader’s Digest.

Wine Walk Event Saturday at Lake Las Vegas

Wine Walk Event Saturday at Lake Las Vegas

White wine enthusiasts can look forward to Saturday afternoon, when Wine Walk – The White Affair will be held at Lake Las Vegas.

This event showcases local restaurants’ cuisine, paired with all white wines, cocktails, sake and beers from Wirtz Beverage Nevada. Most food will follow the white theme as well, with selections from Bernard's Bistro, Sonrisa Grill, Rocky Mountain Chocolates, Rick's Cafe, Roy's, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, The Melting Pot, Ravella Cafe and The Auld Dubliner.

Guests are encouraged to dress in white as well. Anyone who does will be entered into a drawing for prizes throughout the afternoon. You also can meet entertainers from popular Strip shows including the gentlemen from Thunder from Down Under, the ladies of Fantasy Girls, Doug Starks as Sammy Davis Jr. from The Rat Pack, John Pandon from Sin City Comedy as they volunteer their time to help pour wine and cocktails.

The event runs from 4-8 p.m.

Free Diabetes Workshop Offered at Desert Springs Hospital

Free Diabetes Workshop Offered at Desert Springs Hospital

The Nevada Diabetes Association is offering a free patient event April 30 at Desert Springs Hospital to help educate diabetes patients about the signs and symptoms of painful Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (pDPN).

Kenneth D. Grant, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Touro University, is going to emphasize the importance of speaking with a physician, getting a proper diagnosis, and tips on how help to manage the condition.

Approximately 20 percent of people with diabetes experience pDPN, which is characterized by burning pain, pins and needles, or shooting pain in the hands or feet.  It can become extremely debilitating, affecting patients' ability to participate in everyday activities, to sleep, and to exercise.

Diabetes is one of the most common chronic and progressive health conditions in the United States today; the incidence has skyrocketed in recent years.

UNLV Dental School Offers Free Care to Veterans

UNLV Dental School Offers Free Care to Veterans

The UNLV School of Dental Medicine will hold Saturday a free dental clinic for low-income veterans who do not qualify for treatment through the Veterans Administration.

Student doctors, overseen by licensed faculty, will perform a range of procedures from filling cavities to providing dentures and crowns. During the clinic, student doctors will be treating about 30 veterans and will perform all procedures.

This is the only such clinic currently in existence at American dental schools.

IRS Offers Free Tax Help Saturday

IRS Offers Free Tax Help Saturday

Taxpayers who may have difficulty scheduling a visit to an IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center during normal weekday business hours can visit the Las Vegas office at 110 City Parkway from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to get free tax assistance.

Help with account questions, such as collection or examination issues, is also available during Open House. In some instances, virtual assistance will be offered, as taxpayers will be assisted over the telephone by IRS employees who are working in other offices around the country. 

"We know some people are facing challenging economic times and we want to provide extra assistance on these Saturdays," IRS Spokesman Raphael Tulino said. "Our goal is to help them get what they need from the IRS."

In addition to the normal array of services, limited help preparing tax forms is available on a first-come, first-served basis.