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City Parks and Rec Department Honored

City Parks and Rec Department Honored

The City of Henderson received a handful of awards for its work at the Program Excellence Awards of the Nevada Recreation and Park Society (NRPS).

Dirk Richwine, recreation superintendent for the City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department, received the NRPS Citation Award for outstanding contribution to the field of public parks and recreation. Richwine received the award for his contributions on the local, state, regional, and national levels. He is a fellow of the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration and was appointed by the National Park and Recreation Association (NRPA) as its representative to the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Agencies from around the state submitted their work to NRPS for award consideration. Henderson’s Parks and Recreation Department received four Elmer Anderson Awards for excellence in parks.

Lake Mead, Lake Mohave Offer Free Memorial Day Entry for Safe Boaters

Lake Mead, Lake Mohave Offer Free Memorial Day Entry for Safe Boaters

The National Park Service is waiving lake use fees Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 30 on Lake Mead and Lake Mohave – a savings of $16 per vessel – for boaters who show proof of completing an approved boating course.

"Statistics show that the majority of boaters who are involved in accidents report that they haven't completed a formal boating education course," Superintendent Bill Dickinson said.

U.S. Coast Guard statistics showed that in 2009, 78 percent of boating accidents and 86 percent of boat fatalities involved operators with no formal boating education.

"We're announcing this early so boaters who haven't taken a course will have a chance to do so before the holiday weekend," Dickinson said.

Colliers International Hosts Charity Golf Tournament

Colliers International Hosts Charity Golf Tournament

Colliers International will hold its 16th Annual Links for Life Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday, May 5 at Las Vegas Country Club.

All proceeds raised through sponsorship, foursomes and donations, result in a direct contribution to Links for Life Foundation beneficiaries – Southern Nevada’s children in need.

The Links for Life Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit charitable organization, and over the past 15 years, the Foundation has donated $2,100,000 to local children’s charities. Quite often donations from Links for Life serve as the bridge between what a charity has already raised and the realization of a specific goal here in southern Nevada.

To help, Colliers International requests you become a sponsor or participant in the Links for Life Golf Tournament. They are also accepting donated auction items and packages for live and silent auctions, as well items for a raffle.

With questions, please contact Gina Jones at 735-5700.

City Offers Job Training Program for Teens

City Offers Job Training Program for Teens

The City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department is offering teens an enriching summer program that provides both career and life skills.

The purpose of the department’s Teens-N-Training (TNT) junior leader program is to train teens to become future recreation leaders and to provide assistance with the Parks and Recreation Department's summer programs. TNT encourages self-confidence and positive communication skills. Responsible teens selected to participate are assigned based on skills, interests, availability, and location preference.

Applications are available online at cityofhenderson.com (type TNT in the search box) and at all City of Henderson recreation centers. Participation is open to teens ages 14 and 15 at a cost of $110.

Open Houses Slated for Red Rock Canyon

Open Houses Slated for Red Rock Canyon

The Bureau of Land Management, Red Rock/Sloan Field Office will be holding open houses the third Thursday of each month. The open houses will be held to give the public an opportunity to meet staff, get information about projects and planning, and ask questions about the management of Red Rock and Sloan Canyon National Conservation Areas and Walking Box Ranch.

The first open house will be held Thursday. Open houses will run from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center. When participants enter the fee booth at the entrance of the Scenic Drive, they should tell the attendant that they are attending the open house and fees will be waived.

Girl Scout Summer Camp Registration is Now Open!

Girl Scout Summer Camp Registration is Now Open!

The Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada are now accepting summer camp registrations for the 2011 summer sessions, which begin as early as from June 19 to August 14th. Programs include activities such as hiking, biking, rock climbing, adventure courses, campfires, and more!

“Summer camp has been a tradition in the U.S. for more than 150 years. Girls spending time at Camp Foxtail this summer will find themselves on an adventure with fresh new challenges and pushing themselves to achieve them,” said Kelle Boteilho, Chief Operating Officer. “Girls will walk away with new friends and memories to last a lifetime.”

To find out more, call (702) 385-3677 or visit girlscoutsnv.org.

Whitney Ranch Recreation Center Hosting Open House March 19

Whitney Ranch Recreation Center Hosting Open House March 19

The Whitney Ranch Recreation Center and Aquatic Park will be hosting an open house of Saturday, March 19th to better acquaint the community with the many classes and activities the center offers. There will be demonstrations, tours, giveaways, and a chance to meet the instructors and ask questions. The first 50 people to sign up for classes at the event will even receive a free gift!

“Whitney Ranch Recreation Center is located near schools, parks and many neighborhoods, making it a convenient and fun place to spend some leisure time,” said Sarah Johnson, Recreation program coordinator, City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department. “On a typical day we serve hundreds of people with diverse interests, from adults playing basketball in the gym or working out in the fitness room to teens enjoying some social time and preschoolers taking part in enriching classes.”