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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.

Demand for Summer Camps Rises with Nine-Month School Schedule

Demand for Summer Camps Rises with Nine-Month School Schedule

The City of Henderson's summer camps aim to give parents and families plenty of options for activities for their children.

With summer break just around the corner and the Clark County School District on a universal nine-month schedule, the Parks and Recreation Department has increased its offerings. Parents can choose from a variety of convenient locations and programs for youth and teens.

Free Water Safety Event Held by City Parks and Rec

Free Water Safety Event Held by City Parks and Rec

The City of Henderson will hold a free water safety day at Black Mountain Aquatic Complex on Saturday, May 7.

May is National Water Safety Month, and the City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a free event designed to ensure parents know how to protect children in and around the water.

The free event takes place at Black Mountain Aquatic Complex, 599 Greenway Rd., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration is recommended, as space is limited. Register online at cityofhenderson.com/parks (activity code 136000-00) or in person at any City of Henderson recreation center or year-round pool.

Water Safety Day provides parents, grandparents, babysitters, and day care providers an opportunity to learn how to keep children safe in an aquatic environment and how to safeguard homes and pools. The event includes information about the City ofHenderson’s American Red Cross Learn To Swim programs as well as booths hosted by community partners such as the U.

Youth Tennis Tournament Hits Henderson

Youth Tennis Tournament Hits Henderson

The inaugural Henderson Dueling Deuces Youth Tennis Tournament, sponsored by the City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department and the United States Tennis Association, arrives May 14.

The event provides an outstanding opportunity for young players to compete against their comparably skilled peers in an atmosphere that promotes sportsmanship, determination, and skill.

"Parents often have the misconception that tennis is an expensive sport, but the reality is that the City of Henderson offers dozens of classes and lessons for all ages and skill levels, and it's very affordable and accessible," said Ted Lockamon, Recreation Services supervisor.

The tournament will be held at 9 a.m. at O'Callaghan Park,601 Skyline Rd. (at Horizon Drive) and is open to players ages 12-16.

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.

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.

 

Henderson Offers Spring Break Kids Camp

Henderson Offers Spring Break Kids Camp

No school during Spring Break? No problem. The City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registration for its Spring Break Kids Zone youth enrichment program.

The program is available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, April 18-22. Participation is $90 per child per week (ages 5-12), with sibling discounts available.

Two locations are available to choose from: Black Mountain Recreation Center, 599 Greenway Rd.; and Whitney Ranch Recreation Center, 1575 Galleria Dr.

Kids Zone provides a safe environment and a variety of supervised activities for kids while their parents work. Games, arts and crafts, sports, and positive peer interaction form the basis of the program. All activities are age-appropriate.

Registration is accepted at any City of Henderson recreation center or online at cityofhenderson.com/parks (activity 515000-16 for Black Mountain, and 515600-16 for Whitney Ranch).