NVHCA Perry Foundation recognizes Nevada’s top-performing health care facilities and professionals

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Contact: Robert Kidd, President, NVHCA Perry Foundation
702.439.4323
robert@nvhca.org

The Perry Foundation Endeavor Awards recently recognized the state’s top-performing health care facilities and health care professionals working in long-term / post-acute care with an event at the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks on June 2.

The Perry Foundation is a non-profit organization that improves the quality of care residents receive in Nevada’s Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Communities by providing education to the health care professionals working in these communities. The Endeavor Awards are the annual program, honoring these individuals whom excel in providing outstanding care.

“Endeavor Award” recipients in Northern Nevada:
 Achievement in Social Work – Tara Rasmusson, Gardnerville Health & Rehab
 Extraordinary Therapist – Nolan Cassidy, Gardnerville Health & Rehab
 Activities Program Excellence – Carol Wilson, Carson Valley Senor Living
 Innovation in Dining – Terri Graeber – Gardnerville Health & Rehab
 Distinguished Nurse Educator – Kirsten Cornista, Renown Skilled Nursing
 Outstanding Nurse Leader – Samantha Moore, Renown Skilled Nursing
 Certified Nurse Assistant of the Year – Eliza Duran, Renown Skilled Nursing
 Administrator of the Year – China West, Brookdale Northwest Reno
 Gold Endeavor Award – For Quality of Care in an Assisted Living Community Park Place Assisted Living, Reno
 Silver Endeavor Award – For Quality of Care in an Assisted Living Community Arbors Memory Care, Sparks
 Bronze Endeavor Award – For Quality of Care in an Assisted Living Community Reed’s Manor, Reno
 Award of Excellence – For Superior Quality of Care in a Skilled Nursing Facility Rosewood Rehabilitation Center, Reno. This award is a statewide recognition, recognizing this facility as #1 in the state.
 Silver Endeavor Award – For Quality of Care Excellence in a Skilled Nursing Facility Life Care Center of Reno, Reno
 Bronze Endeavor Award – For Quality of Care Excellence in a Skilled Nursing Facility Carson Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Carson City

“The Perry Foundation promotes quality care by recognizing the top-performing
communities and health care professionals,” said Robert Kidd, foundation
president. “We spend a great deal of time, analyzing the needs of the
caregivers of which we build educational programs around, all with the goal of
improving the quality of care the residents in the buildings are receiving.”
According to Kidd, the Foundation last year awarded more than 2,000
continuing education units to licensed administrators, executive directors,
licensed nurses, and social workers throughout Nevada. The Foundation has also
provided hundreds of hours of in-house education and training for health care
facilities and communities. In 2016, the Foundation has embarked on a
collaboration with the Sanford Center for Aging at UNR to bring the Culture
Change movement to Nevada. In addition, the Foundation has been approved
for a grant from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare to launce the Nevada
Music & Memory Initiative, bringing the nationally acclaimed Music & Memory
program to Nevada. This will improve the quality of life for over a thousand
individuals residing in Nevada Nursing Homes with Alzheimer’s or other dementia
related diseases.

About the Perry Foundation
The NVHCA Perry Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-provider-based charitable
foundation that, through community awareness and donor support, is
committed to providing education to Nevada’s post-acute provider and
regulatory community. Through this education, the foundation improves the
quality of care provided to the residents of Nevada’s post-acute community,
which includes skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. For more information,
visit: www.NVHCA.org/PerryFoundation.

Danger: Contents Under Pressure

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By: Dr. Danika Bowen, Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs and Accreditation Liaison Officer

 

Feeling overworked?

 

Try being a heart!

 

When you are working – it’s working.

 

When you are playing – it’s working.

 

When you are sleeping – it’s working.

 

Your heart is under pressure to perform 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And if you are among the one in three adults in the United States living with high blood pressure, you run the risk of your heart “quitting” on you at any time – and you probably don’t even know it.

 

Virtually symptom-free, the American Heart Association (AHA) estimates that while more than 78 million people in the United States have high blood pressure, half don’t even know it. Uncontrolled and untreated high blood pressure can lead to stroke, heart attack, heart failure, erectile dysfunction, aneurysm, kidney failure, atherosclerosis (fatty buildup in the arteries) and even blindness.

 

May is High Blood Pressure Education Month. There is no better time to understand the risk factors that lead to high blood pressure and how to best combat this silent killer.

 

Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is the force of blood on the walls of the blood vessels as blood flows through them. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), this pressure naturally rises and falls during the day, but when it is consistently too high, it is considered high blood pressure. The medical term is hypertension.

 

Blood pressure is usually expressed as a fraction, where the first number – called systolic pressure – measures the force in the arteries when the heart pumps, and the second number – diastolic pressure – measures the heart at rest. Blood pressure measuring 120/80 is considered in the normal range.

 

High Blood Pressure

If your blood pressure is closer to 120-139 systolic or 80-89 diastolic, you are considered to have prehypertension. If your blood pressure is above 140 systolic or above 90 diastolic, you are considered to have high blood pressure, or hypertension.

 

While the exact cause of high blood pressure is unknown, the AHA reports the following potential risk factors to developing the condition:

  • Obesity
  • Inactivity
  • Smoking
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • High-sodium diet
  • Stress
  • Heredity
  • Race – African-Americans develop high blood pressure at a higher rate than any other race
  • Age – Men are more likely to develop high blood pressure after age 35; women are more likely to develop high blood pressure after menopause

 

Combating High Blood Pressure

Among the easiest ways to reduce slightly elevated blood pressure or prehypertension:

  • Lose weight
  • Add foods with potassium, magnesium, calcium, lean proteins and fiber to your diet
  • Limit foods with sodium, trans fats and saturated fats to your diet
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Quitting smoking and avoiding second hand smoke

 

If you develop hypertension, depending on the severity, the above tactics are recommended in combination with one or more prescribed medications, all of which should be done under a doctor’s care.

 

Our hearts beat approximately 100,000 times a day, and for someone suffering from high blood pressure, that’s 100,000 beats closer to a number of deadly conditions.

 

In observance of National High Blood Pressure Education Month, Carrington College’s 18 campuses nationwide are attempting to set a Guinness Book World Record for the most blood pressure tested in an eight-hour period on May 21, 2015. To join in this World Record attempt and get your blood pressure checked for free, visit Carrington College located at 5740 S Eastern Ave #140 in Las Vegas on May 21 anytime from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. No appointment necessary.

 

Carrington College offers a variety of programs that lead to a certificate or associate degree. Programs prepare students for careers in the medical, dental and veterinary fields.  For more information, visit carrington.edu.

 

 

Age of Disruption 2015 Tour

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17th Annual Senior Celebration

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PRESS RELEASE
Senior Service Network  PO Box 1126 Carson City, NV 89702
CONTACT: Michelle Cagle, President
Senior Celebration Committee Chair
775-686-8384
mcagle@colhospice.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Senior Service Network of Carson City is proud to announce the 17th annual Senior
Celebration. THIS IS A FREE EVENT FOR EVERYONE.
Carson City, Nevada (April 18, 2015) – Senior Service Network of Carson City invites the community and local media to the Seventeenth Annual Senior Celebration on Thursday, May 21, from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm in the Carson City Nugget Ballrooms.

The Senior Celebration is Northern Nevada’s largest health and information fair in honor of Older Americans month, it will include, entertainment, games and giveaways with free health screenings and the Nevada Health Centers Mammo Van will be on-site. Adult immunizations will be offered by Carson Health and Human Services. Seniors are encouraged to bring their insurance/Medicare cards to the event (there will be some vaccines for the uninsured also). All proceeds benefit Northern Nevada seniors.

For more information, call 775-686-8384.
The Senior Service Network is an experienced team of Volunteers. Our mission is to have a positive impact on the quality of life of seniors by networking, sharing expertise, and staying current on issues important to the senior community. Through fundraising and community donations, we are able to serve as a safety net for seniors by providing a one time, emergency financial intervention to those in dire situations, when no other resource exists. For more information, visit www.SeniorServiceNetwork.us.
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Senior Health Expo – Nevada Senior Guide

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Press Release – Death Cafe

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Paradise Salon~Spa~Wellness and Circle Of Life Community Hospice co-host a Death Café.

(Carson City, NV) Paradise Salon~Spa~Wellness and Circle Of Life Community Hospice are co hosting a “Death Café”.

Death Cafe, a growing movement that started in Europe, brings adults together to discuss death, dying and advance care planning over coffee.

The Death Cafe Web site states the goal of these cafes: “To increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.”

Sociologist Bernard Crettaz, who started hosting the first “cafe mortals” in Switzerland in 2004, said that fellowship brings out truth. “I am never so in tune with the truth as during one of these soirées. And I have the impression that the assembled company, for a moment, and thanks to death, is born into authenticity,” he wrote in “Cafés Mortels: Sortir la Mort du Silence.”

 

See more at: http://www.lifemattersmedia.org/2013/02/death-cafe-a-movement-discusses-end-of-life/#sthash.7lqF4WFb.

 

Located at 3430 Executive Point Way, Carson City, NV 89706

Please Contact Joan Adam at jadam@colhospice.com  775-901-2546 or 775-827-2298

For more information

 

Please join us for tea, scones, cake, and interesting, confidential discussions on death, dying, and living.

 

Moderated by Paula Schneider RN, and Shirley VanDamme, Spiritual Counselor – Circle of Life Community Hospice.

Centenarian Resident On the Go at Friendship Village of Schaumburg

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Rather than simply experiencing her triple digit age, Kathryn Marwitz is enthusiastically embracing it and enjoying just about every minute. The 104 year old may be the oldest resident of Friendship Village but her energy, sense of humor and charisma belie her advanced years. “I call her busy body,” said Areta Rodgers, activity manager of Willows Assisted Living at Friendship Village. “Not that she’s nosey. She’s just busy. Whenever I see her she’s on the go.”

Kathryn has lived at Friendship Village for twenty years. Until this summer, she was in a two bedroom independent living apartment. After a serious fall and extensive rehab, she transferred to Willows Assisted Living where she has assistance if she needs it. The fact is however, that she’s not often around her apartment. “I get out everyday. I know many people and like to keep in contact. There’s not enough hours in the day,” she said. “I think one of the key things in your life is keeping busy and interested. If you lose interest, there’s nothing left.”

During daytime hours, Kathryn is visiting with friends and participating in programs. She’s a fashionista who loves to shop and be pampered. “Kathryn’s always dressed to the nines,” said Areta.

“I recently met with a cosmetician who did a makeover. A gal needs something besides medicine you know!” Kathryn finds time in her busy schedule for weekly manicures.

In the evening, Kathryn is a bit of a night owl, staying up late doing puzzles and reading,

Kathryn said that she finds herself surprised at her own longevity. “I’m just an ordinary person doing the best I can. I never thought I’d live to be this age. I don’t know why I have. My motto has always been to do everything with integrity. You should always give 100%,” she said adding that Friendship Village is a wonderful home. “I’ve made a lot of friends and have a feeling of security. I know I’ll always be well taken care of.”

Areta said that Kathryn “always does everything with a positive attitude. “When you see her, her spirit just carries her in the most positive way. You’ve got to smile when you see her. When you visit with Kathryn you know you’re going to have a good laugh.”

Friendship Senior Options is the not-for-profit organization that sponsors two of the Chicago area’s leading Continuing Care Retirement Communities: Friendship Village of Schaumburg and GreenFields of Geneva. We are at the forefront of developing innovative solutions to satisfy the critical needs of the senior living marketplace. Friendship Senior Options provides a range of services for seniors in Chicago including independent living assisted living, skilled care, rehabilitation therapy, home services and memory support. For more information, visit www.FriendshipSeniorOptions.org or call 847-884-5300.

Scholarship for Writers to Become Published Authors

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Leigh St John, author of over 20 published books, has released two free scholarships to a 12 month training and coaching program, the focus of which is to assist writers to become published authors on Amazon.com.

“My absolute passion is for helping writers live their dream of being published and with this program we guarantee that as long as you follow the steps, you will become a published author,” commented Ms St John.

The two scholarships are available – one for a current college student and one for a senior citizen (65yo+).

The Program covers all elements of becoming a self-published author from the early stages of structuring the book, through to the actual publishing on Amazon.com as well as each of the various marketing steps to promote and sell the participant’s book.

Additionally, participants in the program are able to access weekly group coaching calls.

More information on the Program can be found at http://www.guaranteedauthor.com

To apply, send an email to admin@guaranteedauthor.com with a short essay on why the applicant wants to become a published author.

Application is open from August 15th to August 30th, 2014.

Decision will be made strictly on the essay and all applicants will be advised of the outcome.

“Best of Home Care” Award – Third Year in a Row

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No Place Like Home Senior Care today announced that it has been recognized with Home Care Pulse’s “Best of Home Care” Provider of Choice distinction.  Awarded to the top 25% of agencies in client and employee satisfaction scores from Home Care Pulse, No Place Like Home Senior Care is ranked among a select few of the best agencies in the country.

What is the Best of Home Care® Award?

Agencies with the highest quality receive the Best of Home Care Award® from Home Care Pulse, the leading quality assurance firm for home care. This award is based on client and caregiver satisfaction scores from several categories, including Compassion, Work Ethic, Communication, and Training.  “As of June our combined last 12 month client satisfaction rating is 98.2% and our combined last 12 month caregiver satisfaction rating is 97.8%” advised Founder/Executive Director Rick Ackerson.

Why Choose a Best of Home Care® Provider of Choice?

When you choose a Best of Home Care® Provider of Choice, you can be confident you are choosing the right home care agency for you and your family.

An agency recognized as a Provider of Choice is best-in-class for quality care. Their client satisfaction scores rank in the top percentile nationally in one or more categories. These scores are based on monthly third-party phone interviews with the agency’s clients, conducted by Home Care Pulse. As a client of a Best of Home Care® Provider of Choice, your agency will be preferred home care provider with award-winning care.

“We want to congratulate No Place Like Home Senior Care for winning the “Best of Home Care” award and commend their commitment to placing high priority on client and employee satisfaction,” concluded Aaron Marcum of Home Care Pulse.

About Home Care Pulse

Home Care Pulse was launched in 2008 and is a company specializing in measuring and benchmarking client and employee satisfaction for private duty home care agencies.  Recently Home Care Pulse conducted the largest study ever performed on behalf of the private duty industry.

About No Place Like Home Senior Care

No Place Like Home Senior Care is the premier non-medical home care agency in Northern Nevada and Lake Tahoe, providing a wide range of in-home care services. No Place Like Home Senior Care has expanded services to Lake Tahoe and Reno/Sparks.

Providing Certified Caregivers & Hospice Specialist.

Further information can be found at www.NvNoPlaceLikeHome.com or call 775-392-2000.

Abrams Eye Institute – State of the Art Eye Care in Nevada

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State of the Art Eye Care in Nevada

The only double board certified ophthalmologist in Southern Nevada with cornea fellowship training, Dr Abrams is currently the Chief of Ophthalmology and Medical Director of Eye Trauma for Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center.

“We are delighted to be able to provide state-of-the-art facilities and services to local Nevada residents,” commented Dr Abrams.

Dr Abrams was the first Ophthalmologist to introduce Laser Blade-less cataract surgery and now provides this innovative surgery as well as LASIK surgery and cosmetic eyelid surgery to residents in Southern Nevada.

“The Nevada Senior Guide is all about supporting those who support seniors and their community, and so we were thrilled to hear that one of our locals was stepping up to support our seniors and others in this community with a level of care they may not be able to receive elsewhere here in the Valley,” said Megan Mathis, Publisher of the NV Senior Guide.

Founded in 2005 by Jack Abrams, M.D., Abrams Eye Institute provides a full range of advanced, comprehensive ophthalmologic services at three different locations in Southern Nevada.

For your convenience, they have three locations to serve you; our Southwest Location 6450 Medical Center Street Suite 100  Las Vegas, Nevada 89148, Henderson Location 8605 South Eastern Ave  Las Vegas, Nevada 89123 and 1470 East Calvada Blvd  Suite 300  Pahrump, Nevada 89048.

For additional information, contact:

Abrams Eye Institute

SOUTHWEST LOCATION

6450 Medical Center St. #100 Las Vegas,  NV  89148

Phone:  702-304-9494

HENDERSON LOCATION

8605 S Eastern Ave Las Vegas,  NV  89123

PAHRUMP LOCATION

1470 E. Calvada Blvd. Suite #300 PahrumpNV  89048

Phone:  775-537-2020

Arbors Memory Care Community Wins Family Owned Business Award

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Stutchman Family Business Recognized with “When The Going Gets Tough” Award

For the past 40 years the Stutchman family has been in the business of senior care, presently owning and operating Arbors Memory Care Community. During their tenure they’ve seen highs and lows in their business, including economic downturns and the death of a husband/father/principal partner.  Through it all though, they’ve not only survived, but they’ve been able to thrive.

The Stutchman family was recently recognized by the Nevada Business Magazine through the publication’s annual Family Owned Business Awards.  They received the award for “When The Going Get’s Tough.”  The winner of this award is defined as “A business that faced adversity and made changes to adapt to what was sure to be a tough time.”

The magazine received several hundred nominations and narrowed those down to three finalists and then one winner in 10 categories for both the South and North part of the state.

Nevada Business Magazine had this to say about the Arbors, “Founded by Connie and Tom Stutchman, Arbors Memory Care Community is in a tough business, assisted living.  Couple that with the recent economic downturn and the Arbors had to adapt to survive.  Run today by the Stutchman’s daughter, Gina and her husband Jason Lewis, the organization has found a way to adapt their business model and provide affordable, yet quality assisted living.”

Some of the ways the Arbors has adapted is to add triple occupancy to their room mix, creating a more affordable option for families who need care for their over one with Alzheimer’s.  They also began to offer fixed-rate, all-inclusive pricing which enabled families to count on a consistent monthly amount for care throughout their family member’s entire stay.  Lastly the Arbors remodel project has just begun as well which will provide an even brighter and more inviting environment for residents and staff.

“We are absolutely thrilled to win this award and to be recognized by the business community for our years of dedication to quality senior care in Northern Nevada.  We look forward to caring for our seniors and providing jobs in the Reno/Sparks community for another 40 years,” says owner Gina Stutchman.

Arbors Memory Care Community is a locally owned and operated residential community providing care for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.  The Arbors, which is licensed for 72 beds, consistently receives an A grade in state inspections.

For more information, please contact Arbors Memory Care Community at (775) 331-2229 or visit www.arborsmemorycare.com.

Free Senior Safety Fair – Seniors And Law Enforcement Together – (S.A.L.T.) Council and the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP)

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The Seniors And Law Enforcement Together – (S.A.L.T.) Council and the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) are asking for support at an important annually sponsored event.

 

The SALT Council and SMP will be holding it’s free “Senior Safety Fair” on Wednesday, May 14th 2014 at Clark County’s Paradise Community Center located at 4775 South McLeod Drive 89121.

The SALT Council is comprised of core members to include but not limited to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, North Las Vegas Police Department, State of Nevada Elder Protective Services, Southern Nevada Senior Law Program, Nevada Senior Services, Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP), Nevada State Attorney General’s Office, City of Las Vegas, Clark County, City of Henderson, Clark County District Attorney, ITN Las Vegas Valley, S. Nevada Transit Coalition, Nevada 2-1-1, Social Service Providers, Professional Senior Service Providers, and Volunteer Senior Citizens and Clark County Coroner and Medical Examiner’s Office just to name a few.

 

S.A.L.T. is a full non-profit 501c3.

 

The group is looking assistance in getting the word out to all southern Nevada senior citizens about this free safety event to help increase all safety and prevention methods for our seniors residents.

 

If you have any questions please contact Kim Harney-Moore (SMP) or Carol Ferranti (LVMPD) (contact info are listed below):

 

Kim Harney-Moore; SMP Director
Nevada Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP)
Empowering Seniors to Prevent Healthcare Fraud
702-486-4323
kkharneymoore@adsd.nv.gov

 

OR

 

Carol Ferranti; Crime Prevention Specialist
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department – South Central Area Command (SCAC)
4860 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Office: 702-828-8163
C7859F@lvmpd.com

Local New York Life Agent Jennie Kim Offering Added Protection and Security through AARP Products

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Jennie Kim from the Las Vegas General Office] of New York Life, is now authorized to offer AARP branded life insurance and lifetime income annuity products to AARP members.  It is the first time these group life insurance products are offered by authorized-to-offer Agents.

 

Ms. Kim is among a select group of New York Life agents who became authorized to offer her clients AARP Guaranteed Acceptance Life; AARP Level Benefit Term; AARP Permanent Life Insurance, all from New York Life and New York Life’s Guaranteed Lifetime Income Annuity.  She is a Licensed Insurance Agent andpassed courses specific to AARP.

 

Ms. Kim has been providing insurance and financial services for over 15yrs specializing in Life Insurance, Long Term Care, Retirement Planning and Estate Planning.  She has served on the Boards of Chambers and Non-Profits Boards and works with many multiple charity organizations including United Way.  She is a member of National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), Women in Finance Industry (WIFI), and many more. She resides in Las Vegas, Nevada with her three children.

 

Since 1994, AARP group life products from New York Life have been available via direct mail to AARP members.  The Company has also been the provider of group lifetime income annuities to AARP members since 2006.

 

New York Life Insurance Company, a Fortune 100 company founded in 1845, is the largest mutual life insurance company in the United States* and one of the largest life insurers in the world.  New York Life has the highest possible financial strength ratings currently awarded to any life insurer from all four of the major credit rating agencies: A.M. Best (A++), Fitch (AAA), Moody’s Investors Service (Aaa), Standard & Poor’s (AA+).**  Headquartered in New York City, New York Life’s family of companies offers life insurance, retirement income, investments and long-term care insurance.  New York Life Investments*** provides institutional asset management and retirement plan services.  Other New York Life affiliates provide an array of securities products and services, as well as retail mutual funds.  Please visit New York Life’s website at www.newyorklife.com for more information.

New Vertical Platform Wheelchair Lifts Announced by Butler Mobility

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New Vertical Platform Wheelchair Lifts Announced by Butler Mobility

Butler Mobility’s vertical platform wheelchair lifts are durable, easy to operate and virtually maintenance free.

Butler Mobility’s new Vertical Platform Wheelchair Lifts are a safe and economical solution to make any home accessible.   Indoors or outdoors, the Butler Mobility Vertical Platform Lift is a practical alternative to installing cumbersome, slow grade ramps.

Butler Mobility has a long history of manufacturing the “Lifts that Last” with their popular Inclined Platform Lift for wheelchairs.  Applying some of the same features and design concepts used in the Inclined Platform Lift, Butler Mobility is proud to introduce the next in line of high quality residential wheelchair accessibility products.

Our Vertical Platform Wheelchair Lift is a perfect solution for direct access to almost any area in your home.  This Platform Lift is adjustable to lift or lower to the exact height required by the individual consumer.  The easy to use control paddle and key lock make it a safe and reliable means of staying independent and mobile.

Standard safety features include 42” high solid side panels, automatic folding access ramp, emergency stop switch, non skid platform and ramp, powder coated finish with weather sealed controls, manual emergency crank, constant pressure control with key lock, and bottom safety pan.
The Butler Vertical Platform Lift is easy to install, and comes with a standard 5-year conditional warranty.
These quiet and durable wheelchair lifts for home use are built to last, providing years worry-free use.

For more information about Butler Mobility’s Vertical Platform Wheelchair Lift, visit www.butlermobility.com or call toll-free 888-847-0804.

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Actor Lee Majors Joins Flu + You Campaign to Raise Awareness of Risks of Flu for People 65 and Older

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Actor Lee Majors Joins Flu + You Campaign to Raise Awareness of Risks of Flu for People 65 and Older

National Council on Aging Launches Second Year of Education Program for Older Adults and Those Who Care for Them Aimed at Helping to Protect More Older Adults from the Flu

Actor Lee Majors, best known for his iconic roles on The Big Valley, The Fall Guy, and The Six Million Dollar Man, is joining the National Council on Aging (NCOA) Flu + You program to help protect older adults from influenza (commonly known as “the flu”). Flu + You aims to inform adults 65 and older, their caregivers, and those who care about them, about the dangers of the flu, the importance of annual vaccination, and available vaccine options.

As a part of his involvement in the Flu + You campaign, Majors will appear in a public service announcement (PSA) that follows him as he embarks on an important and action-packed mission: learning about his vaccine options and getting vaccinated against the flu. The PSA will educate the public about the increased risk of flu in adults 65 years of age and older and the importance of knowing your vaccine options and getting a flu vaccine, even for tough guys like Majors.

Every year in the United States, roughly nine out of 10 flu-related deaths and more than six out of 10 flu-related hospitalizations occur in people 65 and older. Older adults are at a greater risk for flu due, in part, to the weakening of the immune system that typically occurs with age. This means that no matter how healthy or youthful we feel, as we age we become more vulnerable to the flu and its related complications.

“The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine as the single best way to protect yourself from the flu, yet a third of people 65 and older still don’t get vaccinated,” said Richard Birkel, PhD, MPA, NCOA Senior Vice President for Healthy Aging and Director of NCOA’s Self-Management Alliance. “As NCOA continues to educate older adults about the flu and the potential severity of the illness, we hope to encourage more people to protect themselves and their loved ones by getting an annual flu shot.”

The flu vaccine offers the best defense to protect against the flu, and adults 65 years of age and older have several vaccine options. In addition to the traditional flu vaccine (which helps protect against three strains of the flu virus), there is also a quadrivalent vaccine (which helps protect against four strains), and a higher dose vaccine that was designed specifically for adults 65 and older. By improving the production of antibodies in older patients, the higher dose vaccine can provide a stronger immune response to the flu than traditional vaccines. All flu vaccines are covered as a Medicare Part B benefit, which means there is no copay for Medicare beneficiaries 65 years of age and older.

“I get the flu shot every year and encourage my peers to do the same – it’s a simple step you can take to protect yourself from the flu,” says actor Lee Majors.  “I urge everyone 65 years of age and older to talk to their health care provider about their vaccine options this flu season.”

The flu can make existing health conditions worse, and it is especially dangerous for people with lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, and cancer—conditions that commonly affect older adults. Nationwide, 86 percent of adults 65 years of age and older have at least one chronic health condition and approximately 66 percent of Medicare beneficiaries have two or more chronic conditions, putting them at increased risk of the flu and flu-related complications, which can be severe and include hospitalization and even death.

For more facts about flu, and to order free educational materials, including a brochure and fact sheet, visit www.ncoa.org/Flu.

About Flu + You
Flu + You is a national public education initiative, from the National Council on Aging with support from Sanofi Pasteur, to educate adults 65 years and older about the dangers of the influenza virus, the importance of annual vaccination, and available vaccine options. Older adults and their caregivers can learn more on the Flu + You website, www.ncoa.org/Flu, which features a public service announcement with Lee Majors and facts about the flu. Also available on the website is a calendar of Flu + You events that will be held in 12 cities throughout the United States in September and October. At the events, older adults will have the opportunity to learn more about their risks for flu and available vaccine options, as well as talk to a health care provider and receive a flu vaccination.

About NCOA
The National Council on Aging is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. NCOA is a national voice for millions of older adults—especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged—and the community organizations that serve them. It brings together nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults. NCOA works with thousands of organizations across the country to help seniors find jobs and benefits, improve their health, live independently, and remain active in their communities. For more information, please visit:

www.NCOA.org | www.facebook.com/NCOAging | www.twitter.com/NCOAging

 

CONTACT: Dana Kinker, (212) 301-7181, dkinker@wcgworld.com

Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Changes Are Expected, Allsup Explains

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Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Changes Are Expected, Allsup Explains

New Medicare plan options for 2014 will be available Oct. 15, but Health Insurance Marketplace enrollment could confuse beneficiaries 

There are only a few weeks before the Medicare annual open enrollment period begins Oct. 15. This year’s Medicare season crosses calendars with the rollout of the Health Insurance Marketplace, so it’s important Medicare-eligible beneficiaries understand the differences between the two government programs, according to Allsup, a nationwide provider of Medicare plan selection services.

During the Medicare annual enrollment period, Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, all Medicare beneficiaries have the option to change their Medicare plans for the coming year to better match their needs. This includes anyone using original Medicare, Medicare Advantage or Part D prescription drug plans.

“Because the federal and state-run health insurance exchanges open for business just two weeks prior to Medicare enrollment, some people may be confused,” said Paula Muschler, manager of the Allsup Medicare Advisor®, a Medicare plan selection service offering personalized help that includes customized research and enrollment assistance.

“Medicare beneficiaries may falsely think they need to enroll in an exchange plan to avoid penalties. Or, they may be so flustered that they don’t carefully evaluate their Medicare plan options for 2014, which could be detrimental if their plan or their needs have changed,” Muschler said.

Another potential area of confusion is for those individuals turning 65 during Medicare annual enrollment. “Because some seniors become Medicare eligible during this time period, they need to look at their Medicare selections for coverage that takes them through year-end 2013, as well as coverage that will begin Jan. 1, 2014,” Muschler said. “These first-time enrollees can benefit from the help of a Medicare specialist like Allsup when it comes to navigating their Medicare plan decisions.”

What to Expect: Medicare Coverage 2014

Nearly 50 million people are enrolled in Medicare. Each year, annual open enrollment brings with it changes that can affect their Medicare plan selections.

Following are factors to keep in mind for 2014 coverage:

Medicare is not part of the Health Insurance Marketplace. Anyone with Medicare is considered covered and won’t face penalties for being uninsured under provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Medicare annual open enrollment runs Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. (Note: Health Insurance Marketplace enrollment is from Oct. 1, 2013, through March 31, 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).)

Medicare recipients reaching the drug donut hole will benefit from lower costs. The gap in prescription drug coverage starts when someone reaches the initial coverage limit, estimated at $2,850 in 2014. It ends when they have spent $4,550, when catastrophic coverage begins. (These are reductions of $120 and $200, respectively, from 2013.) During the donut hole, all costs are covered by individuals out of their own pocket. In 2014, those who reach the donut hole can receive a 52.5 percent discount on brand-name drugs and 28 percent discount on generic drugs (an increase from 21 percent in 2013).

Under catastrophic coverage, they are responsible for a co-pay of $2.55 for generic or preferred multisource drugs (down from $2.65 in 2013) with a retail price up to $51 and $6.35 for all other drugs (down from $6.60 in 2013) with a retail price up to $127. For 2014, however, beneficiaries are responsible for a 5 percent cost-sharing fee for drugs over those retail prices.

Medicare Part B premium changes are expected. In each of the past three years, Part B premiums have increased. The 2013 monthly premium for Medicare Part B (medical insurance) was $104.90, an increase from $99.90 in 2012. In addition, because Part B premiums are based on the beneficiary’s income and those income levels are frozen at 2010 levels, more individuals could see their premiums change. Information on the standard Part B premium for 2014 should be available by the time Medicare annual open enrollment begins Oct. 15.

Prescription drug Part D plans will see slight changes in deductible and premiums. The Part D initial deductible decreases by $15 to $310. HHS also recently reported the Part D monthly premiums will remain relatively stable, at $31 for a basic prescription drug plan in 2014. This is close to the reported average premium of $30 for the past three years (2011-13). Part D premiums are subject to the same income-based thresholds as Part B.

Changes anticipated for Medicare Advantage plans. Not all plans change every year, but common changes include costs, such as premiums, deductibles and co-pays, and changes to covered procedures, tests, medical facilities and other provisions. Some plans may be eliminated, which means beneficiaries will need to select a new plan or default to original Medicare Part B. Enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans continues to grow with 14.4 million people enrolled, an increase of more than 1 million from 2012, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Most Medicare participants will receive their Annual Notice of Change (ANOC) and Evidence of Coverage (EO) from their current Medicare Advantage and Part D providers by Sept. 30, according to Muschler. “It’s crucial people review materials as soon as they receive them and asses their current healthcare needs,” she said.

“Healthcare costs are a critical line item in most people’s budget, and especially so for seniors and people with disabilities,” Muschler added. “Believing your current plan will continue to cover your needs in the same way can lead to unexpected and costly surprises.”

Medicare specialists such as Allsup are available to help consumers and their family members review Medicare plans and choices for 2014 coverage, Muschler added.

“For many people, this can be a time-consuming, confusing and complex evaluation process, especially when comparing Part D plans or Medicare Advantage plans,” Muschler said. “Many Medicare beneficiaries are pleased to find out there are Medicare specialists like Allsup who look at the comparative details of the plans, and then provide them the assistance they need to make choices that suit their needs and budget in the coming year.”

The Allsup Medicare Advisor is an affordable, flat-fee based service for Medicare-eligible individuals.

For an evaluation of Medicare options, call an Allsup Medicare Advisor specialist at (866) 521-7655 or visit Medicare.Allsup.com to learn more about the service.

The Allsup Medicare Advisor also has features that help financial advisors guide their clients to the Medicare plans that match their specific lifestyles and healthcare needs. Employers also use Allsup Medicare Advisor for their employees who are retiring and transitioning to Medicare. For more information, go to FinancialAdvisor.Allsup.com, or call (888) 220-9678.
ABOUT ALLSUP

Allsup is a nationwide provider of Social Security disability, veterans disability appeal, Medicare and Medicare Secondary Payer compliance services for individuals, employers and insurance carriers. Allsup professionals deliver specialized services supporting people with disabilities and seniors so they may lead lives that are as financially secure and as healthy as possible. Founded in 1984, the company is based in Belleville, Ill., near St. Louis. For more information, go to http://www.Allsup.com or visit Allsup on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Allsupinc.

The information provided is not intended as a substitute for legal or other professional services. Legal or other expert assistance should be sought before making any decision that may affect your situation.

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Contact:
Rebecca Ray, (800) 854-1418, ext. 65065, r.ray@allsupinc.com
Mary Jung, (773) 429-0940, mtjung@msn.com

105-Year-Old Woman Surprised With New Car from Anonymous Fan

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105-Year-Old Woman Surprised With New Car from Anonymous Fan

Gift enables California’s oldest driver to continue volunteering regularly at Direct Relief

California’s oldest driver, 105-year-old Edythe Kirchmaier, received a big surprise when she was gifted a brand new car from an anonymous fan.

Kirchmaier has a perfect 86-year driving record with no accidents, parking, or moving violations. She renewed her driver’s license this January after passing her test with flying colors.

The longtime Santa Barbara resident garnered international attention earlier this year with appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Access Hollywood Live in which she inspired the world to make a difference by raising awareness for her beloved charity, Direct Relief.

As the oldest registered Facebook user, Kirchmaier’s 105th birthday wish was to get 105,000 people to like Direct Relief’s Facebook page by lighting a candle on the world’s largest virtual birthday cake that the humanitarian organization created for her.

Kirchmaier was given a brand new 2013 Honda Civic after the anonymous fan heard her 1997 minivan was having lots of break downs and needing many repairs, jeopardizing her ability to continue volunteering at Direct Relief, as she has for the past 40 years.

Driving since she was 19, Kirchmaier learned to drive on a Ford Model T.  

About Direct Relief
Direct Relief is a leading medical relief organization, active in all 50 states and in 70 countries. It works with more than 1,000 health clinics across the U.S. to assist in emergencies and an ongoing basis, providing them with free medications for people in need. The organization has been among the world’s largest medical suppliers in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, has top charity ratings, including four-star and “top-notch” rating from Charity Navigator, and a 99% fundraising efficiency rating from Forbes magazine. For more information visit www.DirectRelief.org.

CONTACT:
Kerri Murray, (805) 452-7599
kmurray@directrelief.org

5 Tips for Healthy Aging of the Eyes

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5 Tips for Healthy Aging of the Eyes

September is Healthy Aging Month, making it an ideal time to shed some light on an important issue that impacts millions as we age – our eyesight. With around 1.75 million people in the country having age-related macular degeneration, according to the National Institutes of Health, and another 2.2 million suffering from glaucoma, vision is a crucial issue as we age. The good news is that there are things you can do in order to help your eyes age healthily.

“Healthy eyesight is one of those things that people don’t pay much attention to until there is a problem,” explains Dr. Edward Kondrot, founder of the Healing The Eye & Wellness Center. “Ideally, it’s best to take measures to avoid those problems. Many of the problems people have with their vision as they age can be avoided, and even reversed.”

Regardless of one’s age, it is never too early or too late to do things to maintain healthy eyes. Here are 5 tips for doing just that:

  1. Be proactive. Those who do nothing to protect their vision may find they have problems as they age. Just like being proactive to have a healthy heart or mind, it is important to make healthy vision a priority. This means purposely including healthy vision measures in your lifestyle.
  2. Eat healthy foods. Diet plays an important role in maintaining one’s vision. It is important to eat plenty of antioxidant-loaded fruits and vegetables. They are nutritional powerhouses that will help to protect the eyes. Also, it is crucial to opt for organic foods, so that your body does not take in all the harmful chemicals. Those chemicals provide a toxic overload, which impacts the eyes, as well as the rest of the body.
  3. Stay hydrated. Many people who have eye problems are also dehydrated. Staying hydrated is essential to maintaining good eye health. Start each morning with a full glass of room-temperature water. Drinking things like tea and coffee do not count. Add a little lemon if you prefer, which will also help to flush toxins.
  4. Watch the shades. Millions of people have taken to wearing sunglasses, but may not be choosing ones that actually protect their eyes. Worse yet, they may choose some that actually weaken them. Dark sunglasses are not necessarily a good choice, as many may believe. When selecting sunglasses be sure to opt for those that block ultraviolet A and B light to really offer your eye protection.
  5. Reduce eye stress. People stress their eyes in ways that they are not even aware of, such as sleeping in a room that has a night light, or light coming from an alarm clock or another room. Another way people stress their eyes is to watch television in a dark room. Both of these things can provide unnecessary stress that can cause damage over time.

“Healthy aging of the eyes can be done and is being done by millions,” adds Dr. Kondrot. “It comes down to being aware of what will help and harm the eyes and then taking measures to do what will benefit them in the long run.”

Dr. Kondrot is the author of three best-selling books, including “10 Essentials to Save Your Sight” (Advantage Media Group, July 2012), and president of the Arizona Homeopathic and Integrative Medical Association. He has founded the Healing The Eye & Wellness Center, located just north of Tampa, Fla., which offers alternative and homeopathic routes to vision therapies known as the “Kondrot Program.” The program focuses on such conditions as macular degeneration, glaucoma, dry eye, cataracts, and others. His advanced programs have helped people from around the world restore their vision. The center sits on 50 acres of land and features a 14,000-square-foot state-of-the art complex, an organic ranch, jogging trails, swimming pool, hot tub, and more. For more information, visit the site at www.healingtheeye.com.

About Health The Eye & Wellness Center

The Healing The Eye & Wellness Center is located 30 miles north of Tampa, in Dade City, Fla. Founded by Dr. Edward Kondrot, the Center offers world-class alternative therapies for vision conditions, including color and vision therapy, the treatment of glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, dry eye, and more. The center also offers a variety of seminars, webinars, and training sessions for others in the medical community. Dr. Kondrot is the world’s only board-certified ophthalmologist and board-certified homeopathic physician. He is also author of three best-selling books in the field. For more information, visit the site at www.healingtheeye.com.

Deserving Senior Caregivers to be Rewarded through “Caring for the Caregiver” Program Sponsored by Twilight Wish Foundation and Parentgiving

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Deserving Senior Caregivers to be Rewarded through “Caring for the Caregiver” Program Sponsored by Twilight Wish Foundation and Parentgiving

Caregiver nominations taken online at www.twilightwish.org until October 15

The national nonprofit Twilight Wish Foundation and Parentgiving are pleased to announce the “Caring for the Caregiver” award. According to a recently released Bureau of Labor Statistics survey, over 39 million Americans provide hours of unpaid care to someone over the age of 65. Caregivers often struggle with their own physical, financial and mental needs. This program was created to recognize and reward these deserving senior caregivers who often put their own needs last by providing a respite from caregiving duties.

“Often, caregivers are seen as hidden patients themselves,” said Cass Forkin, founder of Twilight Wish. “Although caregiving is a labor of love to many, the stress and strain of providing around-the- clock care often takes a toll on the caregivers, both mentally and physically.”

According to David Spain, CEO of Parentgiving, many caregivers are often not able to get the break from their responsibilities that they need. “This program offers caregivers the chance to relax and rejuvenate, away from their daily duties,” said Spain. “We want them to know that their selfless contributions and dedication are appreciated.”

Twilight Wish and Parentgiving chose August 21 to launch “Caring for the Caregiver” because it’s National Senior Citizens Day, first proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. “Older citizens are reinforcing their historical roles as leaders and as links with our patrimony and sense of purpose as individuals and as a Nation,” said the late president.

Anyone can nominate a deserving caregiver by filling out an application at www.twilightwish.org.  Caregivers can nominate themselves. Entries will be accepted through October 15, 2013. The winner will be notified in early November 2013. The “Caring for the Caregiver” award may be a two-night hotel stay, restaurant meal(s), spa treatment(s), or tickets to an event or any combination of these as chosen by the award winner. The winner will also receive free in-home caregiving services from a local senior homecare organization, ensuring a worry-free getaway.

Twilight Wish Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to honor and enrich the lives of deserving seniors through wish granting celebrations that connect generations. Since its founding in 2003, Twilight Wish has granted over 1,931 individual wishes to deserving, low-income seniors, thanks to volunteers, corporate and community involvement, and donations. Recent wishes granted include a visit from a string band for a nursing home resident’s 89th birthday, transporting a nursing home resident to Christmas Eve dinner with family, and hearing aids for an Army veteran who wished to be able to hear his grandchildren’s voices. For more, visit www.twilightwish.org.

Parentgiving.com is a leading online destination for seniors and their caregivers, offering a wealth of information on eldercare, news, Q&As with experts, and healthy aging resources as well as a store with thousands of homecare products and medical supplies, delivered right to the home. Bestsellers include walkers, bed rails, bath safety bars, incontinence supplies, and daily living aids. For more, visit www.Parentgiving.com. For more about Parentgiving’s mission, contact Julie Davis at 203-984-4424.

For more about the “Caring for the Caregiver Award,” contact Mary Farrell, Twilight Wish Director of Community Relations, 215-230-8777 ext. 103

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Convenience and Product Selection Encourage More People to Manage Incontinence Online, Parentgiving.com Survey Reveals

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Convenience and Product Selection Encourage More People to Manage Incontinence Online, Parentgiving.com Survey Reveals

For the first time in its five-year history, the senior wellness site Parentgiving.com conducted an opinion survey on incontinence, reaching out to nearly 5,000 of its customers who shop for self-care products in this category. The focus was to learn how people best cope with incontinence and if a greater awareness about it as a medical issue has erased its stigma and prompted more people to talk to their doctors about treatment. Respondents were also asked to share both their frustrations and their strategies for maintaining quality of life.

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Results show that progress is being made. Slightly over 70 percent have talked to their healthcare provider about incontinence—many of them are taking or have tried medications, and a few have had surgical procedures.

But nearly 30 percent of respondents have still not sought medical attention. Reasons are varied. A few people still feel too embarrassed to bring it up, even in front of a doctor, while some assume it’s just a normal part of old age (it’s not!) or don’t know that there are treatments that might help. Others say they have more life-threatening medical issues, from diabetes to stroke recovery, that take precedence when they’re at the doctor’s office. For a few, the possibility of yet another medication to add to their existing regimen would be financially out of the question.

More Key Points From the Parentgiving Survey

* Fear of accidents is the top concern.
Two-thirds of respondents ranked this as their number one worry. The lack of product selection came in second at 21%. People want more product choices, which will, in turn, help them feel more secure about avoiding accidents.

* Online is the way people want to buy products.
Nearly 46% buy products online where they can get the widest selection and have anonymity.

* Absorbency is the key feature in choosing products.
An overwhelming 81% ranked this first. Information on a product’s absorbency should be front and center on product descriptions, say the respondents. Comfort ranked second and the ability to buy a product online ranked a strong third at 36%, above both cost and anatomical design of items.

* Many people are satisfied with their incontinence products. In fact, 40% are very satisfied. However 44% are only somewhat satisfied—there’s room for better education about products to help people find those that are more effective for them and the respondents had numerous suggestions for incontinence product manufacturers to improve styles.

For complete survey results, go to http://www.parentgiving.com/elder-care/incontinence-survey-results/. There is also a companion article, “Survey Says: 50 Top Strategies for Managing Incontinence,” featuring respondents’ experiences and suggestions at http://www.parentgiving.com/elder-care/survey-says-50-top-strategies-for-managing-incontinence/. For more information, please contact Julie Davis, Chief Content Officer at 203-984-4424 or email.

About Parentgiving. Parentgiving.com is the online destination dedicated to the health and wellness needs of seniors and their caregivers. A comprehensive website, Parentgiving offers hundreds of informative articles on eldercare, plus Q&As with experts on healthy aging. The Parentgiving Store sells find thousands of products from medical supplies to practical tools for the activities of daily living. Everything can be ordered by phone or online with fast shipping right to the senior. For more information please visit www.Parentgiving.com or follow us on Twitter.

Local Las Vegas Company Launches New Crowdfunding Website BlessABuck.com

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Local Las Vegas Company Launches New Crowdfunding Website BlessABuck.com

 

Website created to bring dreams to fruition for entrepreneurs, charities

 

LAS VEGAS – July 23, 2013 – Local Las Vegas based company launches new crowdfunding website www.BlessABuck.com which is focused on helping people bring their ideas to fruition. The website and platform, created by ShoutLegacy, will help entrepreneurs from start to finish by providing campaigns with the essential tools and feedback needed to begin their progress. The new crowdfunding platform also has a section dedicated specifically to cause-related campaigns which will allow nonprofits to raise funds.

 

CLICK TO TWEET: Have an idea for a business or product but need funding? Does your favorite cause need money for a project? Visit www.BlessABuck.com today. http://clicktotweet.com/bn4ed

 

“Many people have great business ideas, although much of the time these dreams cannot be fulfilled due to lack of funding. BlessABuck was created to help bring dreams to life,” says Michael Durant, Creative Marketing Officer of BlessABuck. “We are people funding people. What makes us different, as a crowdfunding source is that every campaign matters; we also offer the business tools and strategic guidance to actually build and launch campaigns – even after the funds have been raised. Our goal is to provide a robust platform to help businesses and causes alike to grow and become successful.”

 

Starting a crowdfunding campaign on BlessABuck.com is free and easy. Users can log onto the website, create a profile and submit an idea for BlessABuck to review. Once BlessABuck has approved an idea, users can post a video and create campaign objectives and incentives.

In the launch phase, BlessABuck already has four live campaigns including a trip to Washington D.C. to visit historical monuments for Honor Flight Southern Nevada, a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all of their sacrifices. The campaign has received a significant amount of funds since its creation. For more information or to contribute to this campaign visit https://www.blessabuck.com/campaigns/honor-flights-of-southern-nevada/.

 

In 2012, more than $2.8 billion was raised through various crowdfunding platforms. According to an article at Forbes.com, this year global crowdfunding will double in annual revenue to $6 billion.
Crowdfunding is an innovative way to receive funds for an idea as the “crowd” determines which idea or campaign to “fund” by contributing a given amount of money. Funders can receive incentives for their contributions to a campaign based on a tier system. Campaigns remain live and active on the website for a set amount of time, usually 30-90 days.

 

BlessABuck focuses on four main types of campaigns:

 

  • Creative developments such as music, fashion and film

 

  • Tech campaigns such as apps/mobile, web and products

 

  • Cause campaigns such as community, education and environment

 

  • Entrepreneurial campaigns such as small business, food and sports

 

For more information or to create your own campaign please visit www.BlessABuck.com.

 

About BlessABuck

BlessABuck is a “people funding people” crowdfunding platform focused on innovative ideas, products, and social good. The platform was designed to help crowdfunders by providing feedback and services that assist in each campaign’s growth and overall success. Based out of Las Vegas, BlessABuck focuses on campaigns in four main areas: creative, cause, entrepreneurial, and tech. For more information call 702-589-3330 or visit www.BlessABuck.com.

 

About ShoutLegacy

ShoutLegacy is a Las Vegas digital agency focused on everything design such as creating logos, brands, print and media designs, websites, and applications. With an ever-expanding portfolio of in-house developed brands including www.BlessABuck.com, a crowdfunding platform and www.AtTheBlvd.com,  an app for Apple and Android and an online dream community for car and motorcycle lovers. For more information visit www.ShoutLegacy.com or call 702-589-3300.

For more information, contact:
Tana Shivers, Preferred Public Relations

Tana@preferredpublicrelations.com

702-254-5704

Choosing A Nursing Home For Your Parents

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CHOOSING A NURSING HOME FOR YOUR PARENT

So many of the most important decisions we make in life are made when we are least prepared to make them.   So it is, when the time comes to choose whether, or which nursing home facility in which to place an aging parent.  It’s estimated that 60% of nursing home admissions are made from a hospital, rather than from a home, or an assisted living facility.  Your loved one may have suffered a broken a hip or a stroke, or may be suffering from dementia.  The time constraints in this type of situation press care givers to make a quick decision regarding care of their love one, without the luxury of investigation and due diligence that such a decision deserves.

We will attempt in this post, to review resources which are available to help you make a decision of this kind, whether the situation is a hurried one or not.  Making such a decision depends, in large measure, on the condition of the parent and what types of care or treatment will be required for their individual circumstances.  It will largely depend on whether they are injured due to a broken hip, or other disabling condition, suffering from Alzheimer’s or other form of dementia, or other conditions.

There is a growing amount of information available online to assist in this process.  At the federal government level, there are many resources to assist.  The website, http://www.eldercare.gov/eldercare.NET/Public/index.aspx is a good place to begin.  You can either search by location or by topic to find resources available in your state or city.  There are a large number of resources listed on this site which address many of the concerns and problems faced by care givers to our aging populations.

Additionally, to assist with evaluating potential nursing homes, a publication called, Your Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home, (http://www.medicare.gov/pubs/pdf/02174.pdf)  presents a fairly complete outline of considerations when attempting to evaluate a place for an aging parent.   Subjects such as “Choosing the Type of Care You Need” to “Steps to Choosing a Nursing Home” are included.  The Nursing Home Checklist (http://www.medicare.gov/nursing/checklist.asp) will also provide many ideas for evaluating and screening potential facilities.

The federal government also funds state level Ombudsmen to assist in these matters.  The National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center website (http://www.aging.state.nv.us/) will allow you to find these resources in your state.  For Nevada, that contact information can be found here. (http://www.aging.state.nv.us/)  The Las Vegas office of the Ombudsman can be called at (702) 486-3545.  Concerns ranging from finding an appropriate care facility to reporting cases of elder abuse can be directed to the State Ombudsman’s office.

Among non-government agencies, there are many advocacy groups that can also provide assistance.  The Consumer Voice provides a Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home .

http://www.theconsumervoice.org/sites/default/files/advocate/A-Consumer-Guide-To-Choosing-A-Nursing-Home.pdf ) This organization also provides private ombudsman services to families and residents of nursing facilities.  Another privately funded website provides a registry and grading of nursing homes is http://www.memberofthefamily.net/.  This site provides listings of Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing homes and grades various aspects of the operations of the nursing home.

Beyond these and other resources that you may uncover in your search for a nursing home, many of the considerations you may want or need to consider have to do with costs.  Medicare will only pay for medically necessary care in a nursing home.  It will not pay for non-medical everyday assistance with normal living.  If your loved one needs assistance with walking or eating, these things are not covered.  Most nursing home costs are paid out of personal savings, social security benefits, Long Term Care (LTC)  insurance benefits, or Medicaid if the patient qualifies.  Nursing home costs are estimated to average $200 per day for patients, and this doesn’t include cost for treatment needed for additional services, such as dementia care, for example.  Long Term Care insurance must be purchased and in force, prior to your loved one’s need for services.

Once you’ve done the initial research, nothing replaces visiting the facility and seeing for yourself.  Visit often and at various unexpected times, to be sure that the facility is the type of environment you would want your parent or loved one to be exposed to.  Considerations include turnover rate of personnel in the home.  Does the home offer “consistent assignment” which means do nurses and aids treat the same patients on most of their shifts.  Consistency and familiarity are important considerations for your loved one.  Relationships built between patient and nursing home staff can provide a measure of security for your loved one.  If a home employs a high number of temporary workers, or turnover is high, that consistency can be lost.

Four items to think about in any nursing home placement include, how convenient is the home to all family members, quality of care for chronic conditions including dementia and/or physical disability, supportive environment for the potential resident, and do costs fall within an affordable range.  And once this decision is made and your parent or grandparent is now in such a facility, keeping an eye open for negligence or even abuse is important.  Unfortunately, this is a growing problem as our population ages and requires higher levels of care.  So if such a thing should happen to your loved one, the services of a trusted attorney may be required.  Our firm does provide such services, and more information can be found here.  (http://www.richardharrislaw.com/personal-injury/nevada-nursing-home-abuse-lawyer.php)

Additional resources:

http://www.medicare.gov/pubs/pdf/02174.pdf

http://www.medicare.gov/nursing/checklist.asp

http://www.theconsumervoice.org/sites/default/files/advocate/A-Consumer-Guide-To-Choosing-A-Nursing-Home.pdf

http://www.memberofthefamily.net/

http://www.eldercare.gov/Eldercare.NET/Public/Index.aspx

http://www.ltcombudsman.org/

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/best-nursing-homes/articles/2013/02/26/how-to-choose-a-nursing-home

http://guides.wsj.com/health/elder-care/how-to-choose-a-nursing-home/

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/20/health/20patient.html?ref=health&_r=0

http://www.richardharrislaw.com/personal-injury/nevada-nursing-home-abuse-lawyer.php

 

 

Inclined Platform Wheelchair Lift assists with daily life and mobility

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Inclined Platform Wheelchair Lift assists with daily life and mobility
The wheelchair lift designed by Butler Mobility Products provide numerous safety features

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Not your ordinary joe – National Wellness Authority, Joe Piscatella, offers SIX-week Wellness and Heart Health Program

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Not your ordinary joe – National Wellness Authority, Joe Piscatella, offers SIX-week Wellness and Heart Health Program

 

RENO, Nev. (Feb. 15, 2013) –One of the country’s foremost authorities on lifestyle habits and heart health, Joe Piscatella, will offer 6 Weeks to a Healthier Heart – a six-week wellness program designed to improve heart health. The program will focus on lifestyle changes that can have a lasting impact on overall and heart health.

Piscatella underwent coronary bypass surgery at age 32 – and according to his doctors, his prognosis wasn’t good. He found a way to stay faithful to a healthy lifestyle, turned his life around and now is one of the longest-living survivors of bypass surgery – 35 years and counting.

This program is designed specifically for people who could benefit from practical tips that can be applied to daily life to achieve lasting results. Piscatella’s seminars – which TIME magazine calls a “force for positive change” – have inspired millions to achieve a healthier, better-balanced life.

Cost for the six-week program is only $50, which includes all six sessions, as well as pre- and post-fitness profiles to track results. The fitness profiles include a blood draw to calculate total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol), LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol), triglycerides and glucose, as well as weight and Body Mass Index (BMI) measurements.

Program participants across the country have reported proven results upon completion of the program. “On average, participants have lost 10.5 pounds, reduced their LDL cholesterol by 6.2 percent and increased their weekly exercise and activity by 28 minutes,” Piscatella said. “What’s even more impressive is that participants continued to report positive results even five months after the program ends. It is truly inspiring to see people adopt healthy lifestyle habits and improve their health.”

Each weekly 90-minute seminar focuses on a specific topic. All seminars will be held 6-7:30 p.m. at Hyatt Place , 1790 E Plumb Lane in Reno .

  • Monday, April 22: Make Your Health Last As Long As Your Life
  • Wednesday, May 1: Eating Healthy In A Doubleburger.com World
  • Wednesday, May 8: Move It Or Lose It
  • Wednesday, May 15: Take A Load Off Your Heart
  • Wednesday, May 22: Raising Fit Kids In A Fast World
  • Wednesday, May 29: Healthy Cooking At Home

More information about the program, including online registration is available at www.renown.org/HeartEvents. For general inquiries, call 775-982-4892.

Special media opportunity: Does a program like this sound appealing to you or a loved one? Media interested in participating in the program and sharing their story are able to do so at no cost. Interested media should contact Ayse (I-Shay) Caglar at 775-982-4609.

Media Interview / Photo Opportunity: Joe Piscatella is available for in-person media interviews Monday, April 22. He is available for other media interviews before that time via phone. Please contact Ayse (I-Shay) Caglar at 775-982-4609 

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About Joe Piscatella

Joe Piscatella, President of the Institute for Fitness and Health, lectures extensively to a variety of associations, including Fortune 100 companies, professional and medical organizations. He has authored 13 best-selling books including “Don’t Eat Your Heart Out,” “The Road to a Healthy Heart Runs Through the Kitchen,” and “Positive Mind, Healthy Heart!”. Piscatella is a frequent guest on television and radio programs that include CNN, the “Today” show, “Fox News” and “Good Morning America,” and is a guest expert on WebMD. He serves on the Legislative Task Force on Youth Health which focuses on improving nutrition and fitness in elementary schools in Washington state. He is also the only non-medical member of the National Institutes of Health Expert Panel on Cardiac Rehabilitation.

About Renown Institute for Heart & Vascular Health

Renown Institute for Heart & Vascular Health has more than 30 years of recognition as the region’s leader in heart and vascular care. The Institute for Heart & Vascular Health has championed innovative heart care with a history of firsts including the region’s first open heart surgery, first angioplasty and first stent replacement. Today, the Institute for Heart & Vascular Health continues to lead the way in state-of-the-art technology like the da Vinci Si HD Robotic Surgical System, 64-slice CT scanner, nuclear medicine, cardiac catheterization and the region’s only D-SPECT cameras that rule out heart attacks faster so patients can be diagnosed and treated quickly. With 17 board-certified heart physicians – more than any other hospital in the region – the heart physicians at the Institute for Heart & Vascular Health offer a variety of specialties and more than 345 years of combined cardiology experience. And with several care centers in Reno , Carson City , rural Nevada and Northern California , patients have convenient access to quality heart care throughout the region. For more information, visit renown.org/heart.

 

 

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Opportunity Village Hosted “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” Viewing Party OVIPs enjoyed show featuring Penn Jillette as Project Manager

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Opportunity Village Hosted “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” Viewing Party OVIPs enjoyed show featuring Penn Jillette as Project Manager

LAS VEGAS , Nev. – Opportunity Village , Las Vegas ’ favorite charity, hosted a viewing party at its Engelstad Campus for an episode of “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.” The episode featured longtime Opportunity Village supporter and board member, Penn Jillette acting as Project Manager. Jillette and his team won the week’s task and Jillette was awarded two $20,000 checks for Opportunity Village .   “We are extremely grateful to Penn and The Apprentice. The money raised in this episode for Opportunity Village will help assist the nearly 3,000 OVIPs we serve each year,” stated Linda Smith, Associate Executive Director of Opportunity Village . “We can’t wait to continue watching this season and everyone at our organization, including our OVIPs, are rooting for him, along with the rest of Las Vegas !”

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Opportunity Village supporter and board member Penn Jillette presented his “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” winnings to Associate Executive Director of Opportunity Village , Linda Smith. Jillette is once again competing on “Celebrity Apprentice” on behalf of Opportunity Village and recently won $40,000 for the charity.

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Penn Jillette, longtime supporter of Opportunity Village , visited the organization’s Engelstad Campus to present two checks totaling $40,000 that he won for the charity by participating in “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.” Jillette’s visit to Opportunity Village aired on the Apr. 14 episode of “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.”

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OVIPs cheered on longtime Opportunity Village supporter and board member, Penn Jillette at a viewing party for “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” held on Thursday, Apr. 11.

ABOUT OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE MISSION Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people within our community with significant intellectual disabilities, to improve their lives and the lives of their families. Opportunity Village was founded in 1954 by seven families who were determined to give their disabled children the best lives possible. 59 years later, Opportunity Village is one of the most recognized and respected Community Rehabilitation Programs in the United States . Nevada ’s largest employer of people with disabilities, Opportunity Village serves more than 3,000 individuals annually, providing vocational training, employment, habilitation and social recreation programs and services that make their lives more productive and interesting.   Opportunity Village citizens – individuals who were previously considered unemployable – work at Opportunity Village’s Employment Resource Centers and in jobs throughout the community, collectively earning wages amounting to more than $7.6 million in 2012.  They are hard-working and diligent, proudly paying taxes and happily leading more fulfilling lives.   Primarily a self-funded organization, Opportunity Village generates the majority of its operational funding through its employment contracts and fundraising efforts such as the Magical Forest and Great Santa Run, saving Nevada taxpayers $33.7 million.

American Red Cross Blood Services is Seeking Volunteers

April 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Volunteers are an integral part of our country’s fabric.  Their dedication is felt in thousands of communities, including Las Vegas.  Nationwide, the American Red Cross relies on 500,000 committed volunteers who represent 94 percent of the Red Cross’ workforce. And that doesn’t even count the millions of individuals who voluntarily donate blood.  There wouldn’t be a Red Cross without volunteers.

 

Would you like to do something that really matters?  Become a part of the Red Cross.  The Red Cross needs you.  Right now, the Red Cross is looking for several men and women to serve as volunteers.

 

According to Vickie Morgan, regional volunteer supervisor for the Red Cross Blood Services Region, “We would like to find some great committed people in Las Vegas to help us with a critical volunteer position.”

 

Volunteer couriers are needed to help transport blood from collection sites to a processing center, and from the center to local hospitals. If you like to drive and are dependable, able to read and follow maps, and work well with others, then this is a great volunteer opportunity.  Prospective drivers must have a valid driver’s license, be able to lift at least 45 pounds and be willing to make a commitment to serve for at least six months to one year.  Driver’s training is required and will be provided by the Red Cross. Morgan added, “We currently have shifts of varying lengths available to volunteers between 5:00 AM and midnight.”

 

To volunteer, or for more information, contact Vickie Morgan at 801.892.4011 or email Vickie.Morgan@redcross.org.

Camping is S’more Fun Great American Backyard Campout Sponsored by National Wildlife Federation June 22, 2013

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RESTON, Va. (April 11, 2013) – On June 22, 2013, thousands of families across the nation will gather in their backyards, neighborhoods, communities, and parks and enjoy a night under the stars while helping fundraise for a leading conservation organization.  As part of the National Wildlife Federation’s “Be Out There” movement, the Great American Backyard Campout encourages people to get outside and connect with the natural world.  It is especially important for kids because, for the first time in our country’s history, we have an entire generation that is growing up disconnected from nature.  Spending time outdoors, like Campout, makes kids happier and healthier.

The National Wildlife Federation provides everything you need to head out into the great outdoors. The Campout website has packing lists, recipes, nocturnal wildlife guides, exploration activities, nature games, fundraising prizes, directory of Campouts by state to search for large groups to join, and more.  For more information, and to register, please go to: www.backyardcampout.org.

For more National Wildlife Federation news, visit: www.nwf.org/news.

National Wildlife Federation is America’s largest conservation organization, inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future.

Nevada Ballet Theatre Presents Romeo & Juliet for an unforgettable season finale

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SHAKESPEARE’S PLAY AND PROKOFIEV’S ENDURING SCORE BRINGS THE ‘MONTAGUES’ AND ‘CAPULETS’ TO LIFE IN THIS RIVETING BALLET CHOREOGRAPHED BY JAMES CANFIELD 

 “For never was a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”- William Shakespeare

 

Romeo & Juliet is Co-Sponsored by: Madeleine & Don Andress and Wendy & Richard Plaster

 

LAS VEGAS, NV (Wednesday, April 10, 2013) – Nevada Ballet Theatre (NBT) concludes its inaugural season at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts with the beloved Shakespearean tragedy, Romeo & Juliet. The classic tale of ill-fated love will be presented on Mother’s Day weekend: Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, May 12 at 1 pm in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 361 Symphony Park Avenue. Ticket prices range from $35-$128 (plus fees) and can be ordered by calling The Smith Center Box Office at (702) 749-2000 or by visiting www.nevadaballet.org.

Based on the play by William Shakespeare, NBT will transport audiences to 15th Century Verona through Sergei Prokofiev’s well-loved score, Romeo & Juliet, Op. 64. Minimalist – yet lush – sets and costumes, reminiscent of the time period, will complement the inventive choreography of Artistic Director James Canfield. Through comedy and tragedy, movement and miming, feuding families tell the tale of innocent love through street fighting, swordmanship and traditional court dancing in this two-act full-length ballet.

One of Shakespeare’s most performed and notable plays, Romeo & Juliet has successfully been adapted for various performance mediums over the centuries, including stage, opera and film. A challenging ballet for any professional dancer, it requires unique preparation in that performers must master a historically stylized look as well as a deep exploration into the art of acting. With an emotionally charged storyline, a concentration on character development is essential, so that the growth and change in each character is evident to audiences.

Romeo & Juliet is a significant ballet because it serves as a unique educational tool; in addition to the historical importance of William Shakespeare’s play, Romeo & Juliet explores cultural, familial and societal issues that are applicable to young people in our society today,” said Artistic Director James Canfield.  “Clark County students who attend our school matinee on Friday, May 10 at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts will gain a unique understanding into the growth and maturation of a character, similar to how we as human beings develop and change throughout our lives.”

As a benefit for Romeo & Juliet ticket holders, NBT will present Insights, a pre-performance perspective designed to engage, enlighten and entertain audiences in preparation for the performance they are about to see. Led by NBT’s Director of Education & Outreach, Terané Comito, Insights will be presented inside The Smith Center’s Troesh Studio Theater and will take place 45 minutes prior to curtain (Saturday, May 11 at 6:45 pm and Sunday, May 12 at 12:15 pm).

MOTHER’S DAY TEA with

Join us for the Mother’s Day Tea and a “Mommy and Me” Fashion Presentation featuring the designs of Paul Smith in The Smith Center Courtyard (adjacent to the box office). Guests will enjoy tea sandwiches, petit fours and specialty tea selections. Add to the beauty of the ballet experience by attending this special event prior to the matinee on Sunday, May 12 from 11 am – 1 pm. Tickets can be purchased for an additional $75 by calling 702-243-2623 ext. 222 or via email at specialevents@nevadaballet.org.

 

JEWELRY BOX” OPPORTUNITY with

Exclusively for Romeo & Juliet, purchase a “Jewelry Box” of 4, 6 or 8 seats. Purchase includes access to the Founders Room, concierge service as well as a $100 gift card for each guest to The Jewelers of Las Vegas. Call 702-243-2623 ext. 224 to make a reservation.

 

ABOUT NEVADA BALLET THEATRE

Under the artistic direction of James Canfield, Nevada Ballet Theatre is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Las Vegas and the largest professional ballet company and dance Academy in the state. Committed to the highest artistic standards, this classically-based company is at home in an eclectic repertory, moving easily from the classics to the high-energy contemporary ballets. The mission of Nevada Ballet Theatre is to educate and inspire statewide, regional and national audiences and vitally impact community life through professional company productions, dance training and education and outreach. Nevada Ballet Theatre is the resident ballet company of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.

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October 2013

A CHOREOGRAPHERS’ SHOWCASE

Nevada Ballet Theatre and Cirque du Soleil

Sunday, October 6 at 1 pm & Sunday, October 13 at 1 pm  

Mystère Theatre – Treasure Island

This October, we bring back A Choreographers’ Showcase, the collaboration by Cirque du Soleil® and Nevada Ballet Theatre presented at Treasure Island’s Mystère Theatre. This critically acclaimed partnership features new works created and performed by artists from both organizations.

 

November 2013

SWAN LAKE Act II and SLEEPING BEAUTY Act III (Aurora’s Wedding) A Tribute to TchaikovskyFriday, November 1 at 7:30 pm & Saturday, November 2 at 7:30 pm The Smith Center – Reynolds Hall

In November, ballet’s greatest love stories take the stage with Swan Lake Act II and the enchanting Act III of Sleeping Beauty (Aurora’s Wedding). These immortalized characters come alive on stage set to the timeless scores of ballet’s legendary composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Swan Lake Act II tells the classic tale of Odette – a beautiful maiden transformed into a swan by an evil sorcerer – and the prince who swears his enduring love for her. Sleeping Beauty Act III celebrates Aurora’s royal wedding with a cast of fanciful characters and luxurious scenery and costumes by Peter Cazalet.

 

December 2013

THE NUTCRACKER The Magic Continues December 14 – 22, 2013 (10 performances) The Smith Center – Reynolds Hall

 

The magic continues this December with The Nutcracker. From the moment the curtain rises, find out just how thrilling a tradition can be as you are transported to a world of magic and wonder. The first production of its kind built for the Reynolds Hall stage features grand sets, costumes and the choreography of Artistic Director James Canfield. This larger than life production returns this winter in its second year with added elements. This is the centerpiece of the holiday season and as a subscriber, you will be first in line for tickets.

March 2014 (FOR SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

THE STUDIO SERIES: OUTSIDE IN  A Spotlight on Dance in its Purest Form March 27 – 30, 2014 (6 performances) The Smith Center – Troesh Studio Theater

 

March brings The Studio Series, reserved exclusively for subscribers and gives audiences a rare glimpse into the essence of dance, as our dancers perform commissioned works and original pieces within the intimate setting of the Troesh Studio Theater. With production elements at a minimum, you will experience true emotion and enthusiasm.

 

May 2014

SPRING FINALE  A Performance Not To Be Missed Friday, May 9 at 7:30 pm & Saturday, May 10 at 7:30 pm The Smith Center – Reynolds Hall

Don’t miss this emotionally charged program as NBT crescendos to a grand finale including James Canfield’s own tango inspired Cyclical Night and the return of acclaimed choreographer Matthew Neenan’s bold work, At the border, with live musical accompaniment.

2013-2014 SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION  

Subscriptions will be available to the general public in early May. They can be ordered online at: www.nevadaballet.org  or by calling The Smith Center Box Office at 702-749-2847. Subscribers receive many benefits over single ticket purchasers including priority seating, free ticket exchanges, personalized service, invitations to special events and first opportunity to purchase additional Nutcracker tickets. Group Sales also available.

The Harrowing Medical Journey of a Cancer Survivor by Nina Kramer

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The Harrowing Medical Journey of a Cancer Survivor by Nina Kramer

“‘You have cancer’ are three of the scariest words you will ever hear,”
says Nina Kramer, author of the new book, The Harrowing Medical Journey of
a Cancer Survivor. “But how you react after hearing those words can mean
the difference between thriving and deteriorating.”

Kramer’s journey through the world of cancer treatment began in 2000 when
she was diagnosed with bladder cancer. Every year over 73,000 people are
diagnosed with the disease in the United States. Men are three times more
likely than women to develop it and about 5% will die from the disease, but
the death rate has been declining over the past twenty years.

Like many, Kramer’s journey began with a routine physical. What followed was
anything but routine.  Her first detour began with a trusted doctor. She liked him and
followed his instructions faithfully but, as she was to learn, he was not giving her the best and most advanced treatments. The number one rule when facing an illness as serious as cancer, she quickly discovered, is to do your research and seek out the best doctors and institutions that treat your disease.

The Harrowing Medical Journey of a Cancer Survivor is Kramer’s courageous
story as she copes with a severe illness that lasted more than a decade. It began with a diagnosis of low-grade bladder cancer, continued with the removal and/or reconstruction of vital organs, and ended with dialysis and a kidney transplant. Although the story is specific to bladder cancer and its aftermath, it covers aspects inherent in any serious,
and sometimes life-threatening, illness.

With candor, honesty and life-affirming messages, The Harrowing Medical
Journey of a Cancer Survivor shares:

* The impact of emotions on surviving a serious illness – fear, denial, anger, anxiety and depression can have devastating results
* The search for experts – the single most important thing you can do when
battling a severe illness is to find the best hospitals and doctors specializing in your disease
* The focus on other passions – engrossing yourself in activities other than the illness to relieve your mind from the constant anxiety of worrying about it
* The importance of cancer support groups and psychotherapy – talking to other people can help you explore your feelings so they don’t interfere with or hamper your recovery
* Spending time on what you love – do everything you can to fight your illness, but spend time doing the things that bring you pleasure and satisfaction
* Having sex – the human contact and intimacy, as well as the erotic pleasure, can be a wonderful antidote to pain and misery

“I wanted to share my story with other cancer victims,” adds Kramer. “As I travelled this frightening medical journey, I learned a lot about how to survive and even thrive under sometimes terrifying circumstances. I wanted to share this experience in the hope that it would help others undergoing frightening medical journeys.

Nina Kramer, is a published novelist and author of the new nonfiction ebook,
The Harrowing Medical Journey of a Cancer Survivor. She has held various
positions from journals manager to assistant vice president with medical,
scientific and technical publishers while pursuing her craft as a writer.
While undergoing cancer treatment, she made an arduous trip through some
remote locations in China—described in her Medical Journey book—as
research for her next novel set in the Middle Kingdom, Phoenix Rising; Tigers Flying. She divides her time between New York City and Stockbridge, MA.

Blog: http://ninaikramer.wordpress.com/cancer

The Harrowing Medical Journey of a Cancer Survivor is available in ebook format
through www.authorhouse.com. www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com,
and all online booksellers.

Review Copies Available Upon Request

Successful Summerlin Half Marathon kicks off Third Annual event this Saturday

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SUCCESFUL SUMMERLIN HALF MARATHON KICKS OFF THIRD ANNUAL EVENT THIS SATURDAY

600 runners and walkers are expected to make the 13.1 mile trek through Summerlin

WHAT:            The Summerlin Half Marathon is a 13.1-mile course that meanders through seven Summerlin villages on the community’s nationally recognized trail system. Participants will pass through the community’s most scenic parks and natural arroyos.  The event is a chip-timed run/walk.  Top male and female finishers in varying age groups are recognized; all participants receive medals and shirts.   A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Lili Claire Foundation, dedicated to easing the challenges faced by families of children with neurological disorders.

 

WHEN:            Saturday, April 13 @ 7 a.m.

 

WHERE:           J.W. Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa, 221 N. Rampart Boulevard

                        Las Vegas, NV

REGISTER:       To register visit http://www.desertskyadventures.com/summerlin2013. Registration is $85 per person.  Online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, April 11.

 

About Summerlin:

Developed by The Howard Hughes Corporation, Summerlin began to take shape in 1990 and has ranked in the country’s top 10 best-selling master-planned communities for nearly two decades.  Located along the western rim of the Las Vegas valley, Summerlin encompasses 22,500 acres with approximately 6,600 acres still remaining to accommodate future growth within the master plan. The community is currently home to more than 100,000 residents who enjoy an unparalleled list of amenities.  These include more than 150 neighborhood and village parks, more than 150 completed miles of trails, 26 public and private schools, 14 houses of worship, nine golf courses, shopping centers, medical and cultural facilities, business parks and more than three dozen actively selling floor plans. Homes are available in a variety of styles – from single-family homes to townhomes, condominiums and lofts – priced from the $200,000s to more than $1 million. Custom home sites in The Ridges are priced from the high $200,000s.  Luxury apartment homes offer monthly rents starting from the $800s. Visit www.summerlin.com for more information. 

Benefit Rocks Out for Homeless Canines

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Benefit Rocks Out for Homeless Canines

Strap on your guitar, put on your best dancing shoes and get ready to rock and roll for a good cause: helping the plight of homeless animals.

The local nonprofit organization called A Home 4 Sport will be holding a “Rockin’ Out for Canines” fund-raiser on Saturday, April 27 from 7 – 10 p.m. at Tommy Rocker’s. Tommy Rocker’s is located at 4275 Dean Martin Dr.

Entertainment will be supplied by Las Vegas’ own School of Rock. A raffle for prizes and a silent auction will also be part of the fun.

The event is open to those at least 21 years of age. Tickets will cost $15 online at ahome4spot.com or $20 at the door. Food and drink is included in the admission price.

All proceeds will benefit a local organization called A Home 4 Spot. The volunteer organization provides foster care and medicine while seeking permanent homes for abandoned dogs.

A Home 4 Spot began operations in March 2009. Since that time, the 501(c )(3) nonprofit organization has saved over 500 local dogs from being euthanized. Since the beginning of 2012, the organization has raised more than $53,000 for the medical treatment of animals that would otherwise be killed.  For more information, please contact ahome4spot@gmail.com or call 702.239.7986.

Northern Nevada Medical Center Pain Management Center First Program in Nation Awarded Certification in Low Back Pain

Sparks, NV, April 4, 2013 – Northern Nevada Medical Center’s Pain Management Program recently earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ in Low Back Pain. The program is the first in the nation to receive this certification.

This certification recognizes NNMC’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards. To achieve this prestigious certification, the hospital underwent a rigorous on-site evaluation by The Joint Commission. NNMC earned certification by proving compliance with nationally developed standards including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

The Pain Management Center is co-managed by NNMC and Nevada Advanced Pain Specialists and offers a multidisciplinary approach to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic pain.

“At the Pain Management Center, our goal is to return patients to a maximum level of functioning and independence by identifying the source pain and using advanced techniques to reduce the level of pain and suffering,” said Denis Patterson, DO, Medical Director of the Pain Management Center. “We are honored that The Joint Commission has recognized our program as a center of excellence.”

The Pain Management Center works with patients to identify the source of pain, which may be a specific disc, nerve root, joint or tendon. Physicians then use innovative image-guided techniques and therapies to target the precise area of the pain. 

“The Joint Commission certifications verify that NNMC’s Pain Management Center is truly a center of excellence for low back pain, and this is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide,” said Tiffany Meert, Chief Operating Officer, Northern Nevada Medical Center.

“In achieving Joint Commission certification, Northern Nevada Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its low back pain patients,” said Jean Range , M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process, and I commend Northern Nevada Medical Center for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

NNMC also has certifications in stroke, knee replacement, hip replacement and spine surgery by The Joint Commission. NNMC is also an Accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. NNMC is the only hospital in the state with all of these distinctions.

For more information about the Pain Management Center , contact 775-284-8650

Walters Golf To Offer Complimentary Round of Golf

In honor of the men and women who served our great nation,

Walters Golf is offering complimentary golf at their three nationally-ranked

Las Vegas Golf Courses.

Las Vegas, NV – April 4, 2013 – Walters Golf has announced it will offer a complimentary round of golf to all active and retired military personnel this Memorial Day weekend. On Sunday, May 26, 2013, all veterans with military issued ID are invited to enjoy one free round of golf at any of Walters’ three properties: Bali Hai Golf Club, which is located right on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, offering golfers 7,002 yards of pure, tropical golf paradise; Royal Links Golf Club, which faithfully recreates 18 of the best holes of the British Open; and Desert Pines Golf Club, a Dye-designed taste of the Carolinas.

 

“In honor of your service, we are at your service,” said Bill Walters, CEO and Founder of Walters Golf. “We wanted to find a special and unique way to thank our veterans and active duty personnel for their service to our country. We hope this shows our gratitude to everyone who has served” he added.

 

This is offered on a first-come, first-to-reserve basis and is based on available space. Reservations must be made in advance by calling 702-450-8159. For more details please visit online at http://www.WaltersGolf.com/MemorialDay

 

About Walters Golf:

Walters Golf, a division of The Walters Group, has become one of the fastest-growing and most widely respected golf companies in the country. From its first venture into the private country club market in 1995 to today’s ownership and operation of top-quality, daily fee golf courses, Walters Golf continues their commitment to quality and profitability while offering customers excellent value.

 

Led by businessman and avid golfer Bill Walters, Walters Golf is known in the national golf industry for developing first-class golf facilities. According to Executive Golfer, Walters is “Nevada’s leading golf entrepreneur” who “recognized the need for visitor and corporate friendly golf facilities and packages, and seized on the opportunity, investing millions in three magnificent properties.” In Las Vegas, the company owns and operates Bali Hai Golf Club, Royal Links Golf Club, Desert Pines Golf Club, Las Vegas Golf Getaways and Cili Restaurant.

City Of Las Vegas May 2013 Senior Special Events

Las Vegas Residents Invited To Celebrations, Luncheons & Activities At City Centers

The city of Las Vegas active adult and senior centers offer exercise, fitness, craft, arts, dance, music and computer classes; cards; games; discussion and social groups; luncheons; sports; and special events Monday through Friday to residents age 50 and better. Many of these activities contribute to wellness and a healthy lifestyle. A listing of classes and activities is published in the Beyond the Neon Leisure Guide, available in the centers and online at www.lasvegasnevada.gov/Find/recreation.htm. All activities are subject to change. Most activities require $2 annual membership to city of Las Vegas Senior Citizen Programs, available at all senior and active adult centers.  Centers are closed May 27 for the Memorial Day holiday.

 

New Walk with Ease Program (ages 50+)

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $5 drop in, or free with fitness pass purchase.

Lieburn Senior Center, 6230 Garwood Ave., (702) 229-1600.

Join this new walking group that is part of the Arthritis Foundation program.


Lieburn Matinee Movies
(ages 50+)

Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m.

Free admission.

Lieburn Senior Center, 6230 Garwood Ave., (702) 229-1600.

Popcorn and water will be provided. Call 229-1600 to learn which movies will be shown.

 

East Las Vegas Matinee Movies (ages 50+)

Fridays, 1 p.m.

Free admission.

East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave., (702) 229-1515.

Free popcorn for movie goers. Call 229-1515 to learn which movies will be shown.

 

Bunco (ages 50+)
Wednesday, May 1, 10 a.m. Registration opens April 22.
Cost: $5 with a current annual $2 senior programs membership.
Centennial Hills Active Adult Center, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive, (702) 229-1702.

Enjoy playing Bunco and having a light snack afterward. Advanced registration required.
Call 229-1702 to register and for more information.

 

Centennial Hills Active Adult Book Club (ages 50+)
First Wednesday of each month at 12:30 p.m.; May 1.

Cost: Free with a current annual $2 senior programs membership.
Centennial Hills Active Adult Center, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive, (702) 229-1702.

Come prepared to discuss this month’s book: “Defending Jacob” by William Landay.

 

May Day Brunch (ages 50+)
Thursday, May 2, 10 a.m. Advance registration is required by April 26.
Cost: $3.
East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave., (702) 229-1515.

Celebrate spring and the coming of summer!  Call 229-1515 to register.

 

Cinco de Mayo Luncheon (ages 50+)

Thursday, May 2, 11:30 a.m.  Advance registration required by April 29.

Cost: $5; $2 annual Senior Programs membership also required.

Las Vegas Senior Center, 451 E. Bonanza Road, (702) 229-6454.

Enjoy a fabulous Mexican meal! Call 229-6454 for additional information and registration.

 

Cinco de Mayo Luncheon (ages 50+)

Tuesday, May 7, at 11 a.m. Advance registration is required.

Cost: $ 5 per person.

Doolittle Senior Center, 1930 N. J St., (702) 229-6125.
Enjoy enchiladas, chips, salsa, Spanish rice and refried beans. Please call 229-6125 to register by May 3. Space is limited.

 

Mother’s Day Potluck Celebration and Glamour Shots (ages 50+)

Thursday, May 9, noon.

Cost: Bring a dish large enough to share. Includes one free glamour shot; extra shots may be purchased.

Doolittle Senior Center, 1930 N. J St., (702) 229-6125.
Enjoy the afternoon with a variety of foods and activities. Make appointments early for your free pose. Please register by May 6 by calling 229-6125. Space is limited.

 

Scrapbooking and Card Making (ages 50+)
Monday, May 13, 1 p.m.
Free with current annual $2 senior programs membership.

Centennial Hills Active Adult Center, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive, (702) 229-1702.

Share crafting ideas with others. Registration opens April 22. Bring your family, pet or vacation pictures and make a scrapbook page! Call 229-1702 for information and registration.

National Salad Month Luncheon (ages 50+)
Wednesday, May 15, 11:30 a.m. Advance registration is required by May 10.
Cost: $5.
East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave., (702) 229-1515.

Celebrate National Salad Month with surprising combinations and new tastes! No rabbit food –you are sure to get your fill! Call 229-1515 to register.

AARP Safe Driving Class (ages 50+)
Thursday, May 16, 11 a.m. Advance registration required; space is limited.
Cost: $12 AARP member, $14 non-member; plus $2 annual Senior Programs membership.
Lieburn Senior Center, 6230 Garwood Ave., (702) 229-1600.

Bring snacks/lunch and drinks. Expect to be in the class until approximately 3 p.m.

City Of Las Vegas Presents Snake Rattle Rattle Snake Concert Saturday, April 27, At The Historic Fifth Street School

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Music Marketing Seminar To Precede Concert

The Historic Fifth Street School, located at 401 S. Fourth St., will host a concert with Snake Rattle Rattle Snake and American Cream on Saturday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are now available on www.artslasvegas.org, at the Historic Fifth Street School and by calling (702)229-3514 or (702)229-6469.

Prior to the show, there will be a free seminar about effective marketing for artists in the digital age from 1-5 p.m. The seminar will be presented by Storm Gloor, a professor in the College of Arts and Media at the University of Colorado Denver.

Snake Rattle Rattle Snake formed in the Denver, Colorado underground scene in 2008. The band plays darkly atmospheric music with pulsing rhythms, and has played the historic Red Rocks Amphitheatre. For more information visit www.snakerattlerattlesnake.com/.

Originally from Las Vegas, American Cream seeks to resurrect the classic rock ‘n’ roll sound of the 60s and 70s and combine it with the indie rock of today. For more information visit www.americancreammusic.com.

This project received support from the Nevada Arts Council, the Western States Arts Federation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Northern Nevada Medical Center Pain Management Center First Program

Sparks, NV, April 4, 2013 – Northern Nevada Medical Center’s Pain Management Program recently earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ in Low Back Pain. The program is the first in the nation to receive this certification.

This certification recognizes NNMC’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards. To achieve this prestigious certification, the hospital underwent a rigorous on-site evaluation by The Joint Commission. NNMC earned certification by proving compliance with nationally developed standards including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

The Pain Management Center is co-managed by NNMC and Nevada Advanced Pain Specialists and offers a multidisciplinary approach to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic pain.

“At the Pain Management Center, our goal is to return patients to a maximum level of functioning and independence by identifying the source pain and using advanced techniques to reduce the level of pain and suffering,” said Denis Patterson, DO, Medical Director of the Pain Management Center. “We are honored that The Joint Commission has recognized our program as a center of excellence.”

The Pain Management Center works with patients to identify the source of pain, which may be a specific disc, nerve root, joint or tendon. Physicians then use innovative image-guided techniques and therapies to target the precise area of the pain.

“The Joint Commission certifications verify that NNMC’s Pain Management Center is truly a center of excellence for low back pain, and this is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide,” said Tiffany Meert, Chief Operating Officer, Northern Nevada Medical Center.

“In achieving Joint Commission certification, Northern Nevada Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its low back pain patients,” said Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process, and I commend Northern Nevada Medical Center for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

NNMC also has certifications in stroke, knee replacement, hip replacement and spine surgery by The Joint Commission. NNMC is also an Accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. NNMC is the only hospital in the state with all of these distinctions.

For more information about the Pain Management Center, contact 775-284-8650

Charleston Heights Arts Center Hosts Rainbow Company Musical And Summer Conservatory

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Musical “Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale” Presented April 26-May 5  

Join the fun as Rainbow Company Youth Theatre presents the hilarious musical “Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale,” created by the musical team of Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman of “How I Became a Pirate” fame.  Everyone knows Rapunzel has the longest hair, but “Lady Za Za” has the biggest hair in Rainbow Company’s wacky version of the favorite fairy tale. Off-beat and up-beat characters abound as the plot unfolds, and surprise after surprise will entertain audiences of all ages.

The play will be performed April 26-27 and May 3-4 at 7 p.m., and April 28 and May 4-5 at 2 p.m., at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, located at 800 S. Brush St. Tickets are available now at $7 for adults, $5 for teens/seniors/military; and $3 for children age 12 and younger. To purchase tickets, visit www.artslasvegas.org or call (702) 229-6383 or 229-6553.

The Rainbow Company also will be offering a two-week actor training conservatory June 17-29 for youth ages 8-16 of all theater experience levels. Guest artists and award-winning staff will conduct classes and rehearsals leading up to a performance on the main stage of Charleston Heights Arts Center June 29. The cost is $225 per youth. Space is limited. Registration is open now and will remain open until full. Youth ages 8-11 will attend morning sessions from 8 a.m. to noon; ages 12-16 will participate from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information about the Rainbow Company or to register for the conservatory, call (702) 229-6553 or go online to www.artslasvegas.org.

The Rainbow Company is a nonprofit, community theatre operated by the city of Las Vegas. The theater group holds auditions open to both adults and young people throughout the year. The staff offer classes in all aspects of theatre for ages 4 through high school at Charleston Heights Arts Center, and presents four productions annually that bring the magic of live theatre to family audiences. In its 35-year tenure, Rainbow Company has received numerous accolades, including the Governor’s Arts Award, Nickelodeon’s Parents’ Picks Award, the National Recreation and Park Association First-Place Dorothy Mullen Arts & Humanities Award, and many more.

Sierra Club Responds to NV Energy Proposal for Retiring Coal Plants

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Sierra Club Responds to NV Energy Proposal for Retiring Coal Plants

Coal retirements promising but questions remain on mix of renewables, energy efficiency, and gas

Carson City – A proposal being rolled out by NV Energy today in the state legislature would set new retirement dates for Nevada’s coal plants, including speeding up retirement of the controversial Reid Gardner plant. The legislation also increases new renewable energy and allows NV Energy to build several new gas plants.

In response, the Sierra Club Energy Task Force issued the following statement:

The Sierra Club welcomed news of NV Energy’s intention to retire the Reid Gardner coal plant by 2017 and to end its contract with Navajo Generating Station’s coal-fired power by 2019. The Club also expressed support for adding new renewable energy projects to replace some of the coal power.

“With this legislation, NV Energy unequivocally acknowledges that Nevada wants and needs to leave coal behind. Closing the Reid Gardner coal plant would clean up Nevada’s air pollution and reduce health risks for thousands of Nevadans,” said Jane Feldman, Sierra Club state Energy Task Force chair. “We strongly support closing that plant and fully cleaning up the site, including the polluted lands, air and water near the Moapa Band of Paiutes’ Moapa River Reservation.”

“Replacing that coal power with renewable energy will create jobs for Nevadans and a better future for our children. We are pleased to see additional renewable energy called for in this bill,” said Feldman.

However, Sierra Club said that concerns remain over NV Energy’s proposals to build new natural gas plants and suggested that more emphasis on energy efficiency and renewable energy is needed. “Energy efficiency can put money right back into the pockets of consumers every month,” said Feldman. “And if we build more renewable energy, costs remain stable for decades because the fuel costs for solar, wind and geothermal are free,” she continued.

Sierra Club is continuing to study the bill and will provide detailed input to the legislature as these proposals move forward.

Registration For Senior Idol Talent Showcase Auditions Under Way

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Registration For Senior Idol Talent Showcase Auditions Under Way

Auditions To Be Held May 8-9 

Registration for the 2013 Senior Idol Talent Showcase auditions is under way for the 10th annual competition that will be held Thursday, June 13, at 3 p.m., at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.

This showcase is for talented, performers age 50 years and older, and includes a variety of categories for individuals and groups to compete in. Categories include, but not limited to, singing, dance, musical instruments and comedy. Each year the array of talent has been some of the best Las Vegas has to offer, and this year will be no different.

To get a registration packet, contact the Las Vegas Senior Center at 229-6454, or stop by at 451 E. Bonanza Road. Packets must be completed and returned to the Las Vegas Senior Center by 6 p.m., Friday, April 26. Invitations to audition will be mailed out, and auditions will be held May 8 and 9at the Las Vegas Senior Center.

Mark Your Calendar For The Children’s Arts Festival June 1

Mark Your Calendar For The Children’s Arts Festival June 1

Free Family Festival At Centennial Hills Park Will Abound With Entertainment & Activities 

Mark your calendar now for the first annual Centennial Hills Children’s Arts Festival, scheduled for Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Centennial Hills Park. The city of Las Vegas invites the community to this family festival that will abound in music, entertainment and fun arts activities for children and adults. Admission is free. The park is located at 7101 N. Buffalo Drive, at Deer Springs Way.

Participants will enjoy award-winning musicians, including Aaron Nigel Smith, Justin Roberts & the Not Ready for Naptime Players, and Alex & The Kaleidoscope Band. Other performers include the Nevada School of the Arts, Broadway in the Hood, the West Las Vegas Arts Center Drum Ensemble, Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theatre, DJ Tony, and more. Children will participate in make-and-take art activities, interactive storytelling, drama, music and dance as they experience “The Zone.”  Youth will enjoy jump houses, face painting, balloon artists, two petting zoos, chalk on the walk, a recycling demonstration and workshop, photography contest and more.

The festival also will include a marketplace with an eclectic mix of local family-oriented businesses, organizations and food vendors.

Call (702) 229-3515 or 229-6383, or visit www.artslasvegas.org for more information.

Dewey Street, First of its kind Home for Crafting in Las Vegas Opens Doors

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Family business is only in the area to offer wide variety of  crafting lessons and long arm quilting 

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Three generations of love for crafting are the foundation for the newly opened Dewey Street, a store that offers lessons and long arm quilting, on South Durango in Las Vegas. Dewey Street prides itself as the only single gathering place for “crafty creatives” in Southern Nevada. Courses and quilting will be led  by the three founders: Cindy Nickerson and her two daughters, Lindsay and Laurie. Dewey Street is also welcoming other craft experts to teach in the professional space. The business additionally offers “open studio” time when the general public may come in to work on crafts with the assistance of Dewey Street staff.

Dewey Street is launching with several types of lessons including: indie, textile and art. Indie covers a wide range of techniques including a “mash-up” of traditional lessons with a modern aesthetic, book binding and paper printing. Textile uses fabrics as a canvas with exploration including bleach printing, pattern design and fabric printing. Art blurs the lines between craft and art, and focuses more on self expression with projects including collage and decoupage.

Additionally, Dewey Street is offering several types of series. Examples include sewing, home and garden, and guest teacher, which brings experts from across the Las Vegas area to teach the skill or craft they know best, broadening the offerings of Dewey Street. This translates into Dewey Street constantly evolving and incorporating new and innovative methods to customers.

Lessons at Dewey Street reach all ages and ability levels. Instruction will appeal to everything from the contemporary crafting movement to traditional techniques. All people aged from child to senior will find a niche and class at Dewey Street, or may take advantage of the “open studio” time.

The name and foundation of Dewey Street find roots with 90-year-old Joan Faust who lived on Dewey Street in West Springfield, MA for nearly all of her life and raised a family as she literally turned trash into treasures. Her influence inspired daughter Cindy, and Cindy’s daughters, to launch the new business in Joan’s memory. The lessons they pass to the Las Vegas community are Joan’s legacy.

Founder Cindy Nickerson has been sewing almost all of her life and can perform nearly all forms of stitchery. The gifted seamstress also ran a successful embroidery business for nearly 25 years in Massachusetts. Cindy operates one of the largest professional grade long arm sewing machines in the area. Her service offers a speedy and professional alternative to work that is commonly done in homes and a level of perfection through state-of-the art computerized technology. The precise stitching creates a high-quality, yet personalized piece that will last for generations.

Cindy’s daughter Lindsay carries on the legacy of quilting and sewing. She is a mother of two (soon to be three) and brings innovation to crafting with small children. Lindsay also  has a green thumb, which morphed into a complementing talent of creating vintage spoon plant markers.

Laurie, Cindy’s other daughter, cannot sew a straight line. However, she offers balance to the women of her family with strong artistic talent. Laurie keeps busy with her day job as Art Director for a leading Las Vegas firm and teaching a course at the Art Institute. Surprisingly, she finds enough spare time to move the artsy side of Dewey Street in the right direction. Her skills include painting, assemblage, book binding and perhaps most fun of all, puppet making.

Dewey Street’s interior reflects Laurie’s artistic vision. Lessons are taught around antique tables and a close look at the chair cushions will reveal a pattern of the Dewey Street logo. The walls are a soft blue and hanging art was designed and framed by Laurie.

The owners also advance Joan’s legacy by helping the community. The last Sunday of every month, Dewey Street offers its space, knowledge and time to a non-profit organization.

Dewey Street, located at 2960 S. Durango Suite 111 in Las Vegas, is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday in addition to regularly scheduled class times and appointments. More information is available by going to www.dewey-street.com.

CFP Board Releases Guide for Protecting Older Americans from Financial Abuse

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“Financial Self-Defense for Seniors” Describes “Red Flags” and Tips For Avoiding Scams

Older Americans are too often victims of financial fraud and abuse.  Recognizing this unfortunate trend, Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. today released a free guide, Financial Self-Defense for Seniors, which is informed by recent survey data on senior financial exploitation, to help older Americans and their families identify the warning signs of financial abuse and to better protect themselves and their loved ones.

“CFP Board remains deeply concerned about incidents of consumers – particularly senior citizens – being misled by those claiming to be trusted financial professionals,” said CFP Board CEO Kevin R. Keller, CAE.  “This guide to financial self-defense will help protect seniors from abusive, fraudulent and unethical financial practices.”

Financial Self-Defense for Seniors was written by CFP Board Consumer Advocate Eleanor Blayney, CFP®. It describes 10 “Red Flags” – common situations in which older Americans are vulnerable to financial abuse – and provides warning signs of financial abuse; real-life situations in which seniors are often taken advantage of; and advice for guarding against such abuse.

The 10 fundamental tips for seniors confronting typical “Red Flags” include:

  1. Look beyond the letters after a financial adviser’s name.
  2. If you don’t understand what’s being sold, don’t buy it.
  3. There’s no such thing as a free lunch.
  4. Just because a so-called expert recommends it, doesn’t mean it is right for you.
  5. If it sounds too good to be true, it’s probably not legitimate or safe.
  6. Don’t confuse familiarity with trust.
  7. The final sign-off should always be yours.
  8. Make sure the money others are making isn’t yours.
  9. Get the full story: who gains the most – you or the financial professional?
  10. You have rights as a homeowner.  Know them.

The guide draws upon CFP Board’s 2012 Senior Financial Exploitation Survey of more than 2,600 CFP® professionals, which found that more than half had personally worked with an older client who had been subject to unfair, deceptive or abusive financial practices in the delivery of financial advice or the sale of financial products.  Participating CFP® professionals estimated that only five percent of senior citizens actually report such financial abuse.

The survey also found that CFP® professionals were aware of a variety of abusive practices in the delivery of financial advice or the sale of financial products, including some practices that could violate state and federal regulations:

  • Nearly three-quarters (73%) were aware of older investors who have been invited to “free meal” seminars that were actually sales pitches;
  • 58% were aware of older investors who have received unsolicited pitches for financial products or services;
  • Nearly three-quarters (74%) of CFP® professionals were aware of older investors who have been offered unsuitable financial products; and
  • 58% were aware of older investors who have been subject to omission of material facts about financial products.

“CFP Board wants to shine a bright light on those who seek to abuse older Americans so that all seniors and their families can defend themselves against scammers,” Blayney said.  “Seniors have contributed so much to our families, communities and our country. We owe them our thanks, but also our protection, so that they may live out their remaining years in financial security.”

Financial Self-Defense for Seniors is part of CFP Board’s series of financial self-defense guides, including the Consumer Guide to Financial Self-Defense, released in 2010. The U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) will include the guide in its Fall 2013 Consumer Information Catalog. The public can access an online version by visiting www.cfp.net/financial-self-defense-for-seniors or requesting a hard copy by sending an email to mail@CFPBoard.org or calling 800-487-1497.

ABOUT CFP BOARD

The mission of Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. is to benefit the public by granting the CFP® certification and upholding it as the recognized standard of excellence for competent and ethical personal financial planning. The Board of Directors, in furthering CFP Board’s mission, acts on behalf of the public, CFP® professionals and other stakeholders. CFP Board owns the certification marks CFP®, Certified Financial Planner™, CFP® (with plaque design) and CFP® (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.  CFP Board currently authorizes more than 67,000 individuals to use these marks in the U.S.

 

CONTACT: Dan Drummond, Director of Public Relations P: 202-379-2252 M: 202-550-4372 E: ddrummond@cfpboard.org Twitter: @cfpboardmedia

Sometimes Little Things Can Be Huge!

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By Thair Phillips, President, RetireSafe

A small and relatively new product is making life easier for older Americans. It’s a simple thing, but unit dose laundry detergent packs (or pods) are helping seniors perform necessary laundry chores that they might not otherwise be able to do without help. The laundry packs’ small size and pre-measured, consistent content is perfect for aging hands and eyes. With ten thousand of our fellow Americans reaching the age of 65 each day, it’s a really big deal!

While younger Americans can choose from many options, the pods are a huge help to the frail and the disabled.  Consider those who suffer from arthritis, for example. According to 2007-2009 data from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), an estimated 50 million adults have self-reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis. That number is expected to grow to 67 million by the year 2030, per NHIS data. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States, negatively impacting function and mobility for millions of senior citizens. The laundry pods meet the need created by those who can no longer heft a jug of detergent and pour it into a measuring cup. The small (but not too small to handle) size detergent pod fits the bill for aging-in-place seniors who wish to remain self-reliant.

And then there are those who must struggle each and every day with impaired vision.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), individuals over the age of 65 accounts for roughly 30 percent of the U.S. population considered to be visually impaired. Dimming eyesight can reduce physical, functional, emotional, and social well-being.  Doing the laundry can be a chore for all of us, but trying to measure the exact amount of liquid or powder for the person who is vision impaired can be a laundry room disaster resulting in ruined clothes and dangerous messes. For age-in-place seniors with cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and/or diabetic retinopathy, a complication of diabetes that causes visual impairment, anything that can help simplify the laundry measuring process is truly a godsend.

Keep in mind that many older Americans in single family homes and apartments may well have to take their laundry and laundry supplies to a communal laundry room or a Laundromat.  Having the convenience of smaller, self-contained detergent pods to carry instead jugs of liquids and large boxes of powder is a big advantage for the elderly.  This is especially true for those navigating with canes or walkers, or those needing to keep one hand free for stability.

In short, pre-measured laundry detergent packs or pods are critical innovations for seniors. This is one small-sized product with a huge functional impact for seniors. In an aging America, we need every one of these impactful products, and many, many more.

RetireSafe is a nationwide organization of 4000,000 supporters that advocates on behalf of seniors on issues regarding Social Security, Medicare, health and financial well-being.

Contact Thair Phillips, (202) 628-5095

Attorney Receives National Community Service Award for Advocacy in Elder Law

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The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) is proud to announce the winner of the 2013 Powley Elder Law Award: Reginald H. Turnbull, of Jefferson City, Mo. This award is presented annually to a NAELA member who is recognized in his or her community as a leader in promoting a greater understanding of the rights and needs of the elderly and people with special needs, and of how Elder Law attorneys advocate for those rights.

The award was established in the memory of Wes and Helen Powley, grandparents of NAELA member Timothy L. Takacs, of Hendersonville, Tenn. Both Wes and Helen were active in civic affairs for all of their lives, and Wes practiced dentistry well into his 80s. The award is funded by a cash grant from the Takacs family to a nonprofit organization chosen by the Powley Award recipient.

For more than a decade, Turnbull has served as an officer and leader of the Missouri Chapter of NAELA, keeping fellow Chapter members up-to-date on important legislation and encouraging continuing education in the field through such legal education programs as the Chapter’s “Missouri Elder Law Fundamentals Institute.” He has been a Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation since 2003 and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

Turnbull frequently speaks at local and statewide events on public and private benefits for people who are aged and people with disabilities. He serves on the pro-bono attorney panel of the Samaritan Center.

Turnbull has also demonstrated his commitment to promoting the needs of the elderly and special needs communities as past Chair and Board Member of the Missouri End-of-Life Coalition; as a past general manager and member of the Special Needs Alliance, a national organization of Special Needs Law attorneys; current Chair of the Elder Law Committee and Vice Chair of the Probate and Trust Committee of the Missouri Bar Association.

Turnbull is a Co-Chair of MO-WINGS, the working interdisciplinary network of guardianship stakeholders, which is rewriting Missouri’s guardianship code. He serves as a member of the Advisory Council of the Mid Missouri Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and Ethics Committee of the Capital Regional Medical Center.

As part of his recognition, Turnbull can direct $1,000 from the Takacs family to charities providing services to people with disabilities. He has chosen to have $500 awarded to the Cole County Residential Services and $500 to the Jefferson City Area Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

Turnbull will receive the award at NAELA’s Annual Conference in Atlanta, being held May 2-4, 2013.

About NAELA
Members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) are attorneys who are experienced and trained in working with the legal problems of aging Americans and individuals of all ages with disabilities.  Established in 1987, NAELA is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations, and others.  The mission of NAELA is to establish NAELA members as the premier providers of legal advocacy, guidance, and services to enhance the lives of people with special needs and people as they age.  NAELA currently has members across the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit NAELA.org.

Connect Nevada annual survey reveals 75% of residents now subscribing to broadband service, up from 67% in 2011

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Carson City – Connect Nevada today released new data showing that broadband adoption in Nevada is increasing, with 75% of residents now subscribing to broadband service, up from 67% in 2011. Mobile broadband usage also increased from 46% in 2011 to 54%.  Despite this progress, not everyone in Nevada is benefitting from these advances in technology.

“We’re excited to see healthy growth in Nevada toward embracing the amazing educational, professional, and quality-of-life benefits that high-speed Internet provides,” said Connect Nevada Program Manager Lindsey Niedzielski. “However, this new study makes it clear that the expense of the service is now creating a digital divide. Connect Nevada is working hard to address broadband access, adoption, and use across the state so that every Nevada resident is offered the same opportunities for a bright and prosperous future, regardless of factors like age, race, income, or where they live in the state.”

The data are available via an interactive widget on the Connect Nevada website.

Among the key findings of the residential survey are:

  • Three out of four Nevada households subscribe to home broadband service, which is an increase of 8 percentage points from 2011. Despite this upward trend, more than half a million Nevada adults still don’t subscribe to broadband service at home.
  • Mobile broadband is also growing in popularity across Nevada. Statewide, more than one-half of Nevada adults (54%) use mobile broadband, up from 46% in 2011. This includes 55% of rural Nevadans.
  • Nearly half of Nevada’s low-income households do not have home broadband service, and approximately 48,000 low-income Nevadans rely exclusively on mobile broadband service.
  • Expense plays a role in whether Nevadans adopt both home and mobile broadband. Approximately 105,000 Nevadan adults who do not subscribe to home broadband service say that the monthly cost of service is too expensive, while 104,000 Nevadan cell phone owners do not subscribe to mobile broadband on their cell phones due to the monthly cost.
  • Nevada cell phone owners report that the main reason they subscribe to mobile data plans is for the freedom of being able to access the Internet while away from home.

Connect Nevada conducted this survey in support of statewide efforts to close the state’s digital gap. It explores the barriers to broadband adoption, rates of broadband adoption among various demographics, and the types of activities broadband subscribers conduct online, among other findings.

While the results show broadband adoption increasing, approximately 513,000 adults (25%) in Nevada still do not subscribe to the empowering technology of high-speed Internet. To address this digital divide, Connect Nevada offers the Every Community Online program, which offers free digital literacy training and low-cost computers and Internet access.

For the 2012 Residential Technology Assessment, Connect Nevada surveyed 1,201 adults across the state in late 2012. Connect Nevada conducted this survey as part of the State Broadband Initiative (SBI) grant program, funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, and by the American Recovery and Reinvestment of 2009.

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About Connect Nevada: The Governor’s Office and the Nevada Broadband Task Force are leading the initiative to increase broadband Internet access, adoption, and use across the state. Connect Nevada is a nonprofit organization that was commissioned by the state to work with all Nevada broadband providers, create detailed maps of current broadband coverage, and coordinate efforts with other Federal grant award recipients in the state. Connect Nevada is now supporting the development of a statewide plan for the deployment and adoption of broadband. The goal is to spread high-speed Internet across the state and make sure all Nevada residents have access to its life-changing benefits. For more information visit: www.connectnv.org.

Nevada Honors Impact of AmeriCorps during AmeriCorps Week

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[RENO/LAS VEGAS] — Nevada is taking part in AmeriCorps Week, March 9-17, a national celebration to recognize the vital work done by AmeriCorps members in communities across the nation and in Nevada since the national service program began 19 years ago.

 

“We are proud of and grateful to the AmeriCorps members who are getting things done in Nevada communities,” said Shawn Lecker-Pomaville, CEO of Nevada Volunteers, the Governor’s Commission on Service which distributes approximately 2 million dollars in federal funding and is the state authority on volunteering. Believing that AmeriCorps is a powerful pathway to career opportunities, Nevada Volunteers wanted to record testimonies directly from AmeriCorps members.  The video, “Everyone Can Serve,” highlights the benefits of AmeriCorps and how to get involved. To view the video, click here.

 

“It’s pretty humbling when you’re doing work that is bigger than yourself.  You’re having a greater impact and you realize just how small we are but how big of an impact we can have in our natural world,” said Nic Brancato, Nevada Conservation AmeriCorps member through the Great Basin Institute.

 

Governor Brian Sandoval joined Nevada Volunteers in recognizing AmeriCorps Week by proclaiming March 9-17 AmeriCorps Week in Nevada. To view the Governor’s proclamation, click here.

 

AmeriCorps members typically remain actively engaged in their communities long after their service is complete. An AmeriCorps longitudinal study found that AmeriCorps alums are more attached to their communities, aware of community challenges, and significantly more likely to go into public service careers.

 

To find out more about AmeriCorps in Nevada visit www.nevadavolunteers.org.

Veterans Village Las Vegas Receives $97,000 in Mattresses

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The Home Depot continues to support Veterans Village Las Vegas

 

The Home Depot Foundation (THDF) recently donated a truckload of mattresses valued at more than $97,000 to Veterans Village Las Vegas.  The Home Depot Foundation, which has been actively engaged in supporting VeteransVillage since its inception last year, continues to increase its support to help complete a comprehensive renovation of VeteransVillage’s physical facility, a former Econo Lodge Motel with 120 rooms.   Just last month, The Home Depot Foundation awarded VeteransVillage with a $600,000 grant – the largest grant to a single project and the largest grant in THDF’s western division.

“The miracle on the strip continues,” said Arnold Stalk, founder, Veterans Village Las Vegas.  “The Home Depot Foundation’s ongoing support allows us to give veterans a safe and comfortable place to stay. We are grateful and appreciative for all they have done and marvel at their ongoing support via unexpected donations like a truckload of mattresses.  The good folks at The Home Depot Foundation are true angels.”

 

In addition to providing temporary housing for vets and their families, Veterans Village provides a comprehensive roster of services to vets through partnerships with other community organizations and government agencies, including employment training and referrals, continuing education and degree programs, exercise training, medical services, mental health counseling and special veteran-centric activities and events.

 

The mattresses were donated through THDF’s partner, Good360 – a nonprofit that helps companies efficiently donate slow-moving, obsolete and seasonal inventory to charitable organizations. In 2012, the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy recognized Good360 and THDF with an Excellence Award for its exemplary partnership.

 

About Veterans Village:

Veterans Village is located at 1150 Las Vegas Boulevard in a repurposed Econo Lodge motel.  It serves as a temporary housing facility for U.S. veterans and their families and provides a comprehensive and holistic roster of services to help vets heal and succeed.  Services are provided through public and private collaborative partnerships with community organizations and government agencies and include housing, nutrition, life skills training, employment training and referrals, continuing education and degree programs, exercise training, medical services, mental health counseling and special veteran-centric activities and events. Veterans Village is managed by SHARE, a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1994 by Arnold Stalk and Karin Rogers to provide affordable housing for individuals in need.  SHARE oversees all operations of services for Veterans Village residents.  www.vvlv.org.

 

About The Home Depot Foundation:

The Home Depot Foundation is dedicated to improving the homes of U.S. military veterans through financial and volunteer resources to help nonprofit organizations. The Foundation has committed $80 million to these efforts over five years.  Through Team Depot, the company’s associate-led volunteer program, thousands of Home Depot associates volunteer their time and talents to positively transform neighborhoods and perform basic repairs and modifications to homes and facilities serving veterans with critical housing needs. Since its formation in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than $340 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local communities. To learn more and see our associates in action, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org.

CVS Caremark Emphasizes Commitment to Older Americans at Annual American Society on Aging Conference

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Company highlights the importance of medication adherence in helping seniors on their path to better health

CVS Caremark (NYSE:CVS) will highlight how medication adherence plays a vital role in helping older Americans on their path to better health at the 2013 Annual American Society on Aging Conference, which is being held in Chicago this week.

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CVS Caremark, a Titanium Sponsor of the conference, will also be participating in a number of general sessions and panels and will highlight its efforts to ensure customers and patients receive quality care and guidance as they age. David Casey, the company’s Vice President of Workforce Strategies and Chief Diversity Officer, will open the March 12 General Session: Mysteries of Population Aging.

As a pharmacy innovation company, CVS Caremark is committed to developing new ways to lower costs and improve health. By advancing the understanding of medication adherence through research collaborations, the company is gathering important information about why some patients take their medications as prescribed and why others do not. CVS Caremark is also refining the ways it interacts with patients through proven programs, such as Pharmacy Advisor and Maintenance Choice, that help patients stay on their medications and improve health outcomes.

“People age 65 and older typically take two or three times as many medications as younger Americans,” said Casey. “As we reinvent pharmacy care, we will continue to be a trusted health care partner to all of our customers, but particularly to aging Americans who are more likely to have chronic conditions and require more guidance.”

CVS Caremark is not only committed to its older customers and patients, it is also committed to recruiting mature workers and supporting older colleagues who are already part of the company.

“At CVS Caremark, we believe talent is ageless. Our mature colleagues’ knowledge and experience are important assets to our company. They provide us with insight into the best ways to serve our mature customers and sometimes become mentors to their younger colleagues,” added Casey.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4.7 percent of the nation’s workforce is age 60 and over. Currently, 6.9 percent of CVS Caremark’s workforce is age 60 and over, higher than the national rate. The number of CVS Caremark colleagues who are age 50 and over has grown from approximately 6 percent in 1990 to nearly 20 percent in 2013. To continue this upward trend, CVS Caremark is cultivating public and private partnerships at the local, state, and national level with the goal of recruiting more mature workers into all areas of its workforce.

About CVS Caremark

CVS Caremark is dedicated to helping people on their path to better health as the largest integrated pharmacy company in the United States. Through the company’s more than 7,400 CVS/pharmacy stores; its leading pharmacy benefit manager serving more than 60 million plan members; and its retail health clinic system, the largest in the nation with more than 600 MinuteClinic locations, it is a market leader in mail order, retail and specialty pharmacy, retail clinics, and Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans.  As a pharmacy innovation company with an unmatched breadth of capabilities, CVS Caremark continually strives to improve health and lower costs by developing new approaches such as its unique Pharmacy Advisor program that helps people with chronic diseases such as diabetes obtain and stay on their medications.  Find more information about how CVS Caremark is reinventing pharmacy for better health at info.cvscaremark.com.

Contacts:

Jeff Ventura
Corporate Communications
(401) 770-1990
Jeffrey.Ventura@cvscaremark.com

Making Home Affordable and HOPE NOW to Host Two Day Help for Homeowners Event in Las Vegas

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Major Mortgage Servicers and Non-Profit Counselors to Offer Face-to-Face Assistance to Struggling Homeowners in Nevada

 

(LAS VEGAS, NV) – Making Home Affordable and the HOPE NOW Alliance are bringing the nation’s largest mortgage servicers, along with several non-profit housing counseling organizations, to Las Vegas for two days next week to work one-on-one with struggling homeowners in Nevada.

The event will allow homeowners struggling with their mortgage payments the opportunity to review their options and learn about possible alternatives to foreclosure.

This will be the fourth time that Making Home Affordable and HOPE NOW have co-hosted a homeowner event in the Las Vegas area since 2009. The previous three co-sponsored events been attended by more than 4,100 local homeowners.

This free event will be held for two days – Tuesday, March 19th from 1:00pm – 8:00pm and Wednesday, March 20th from 9:00 am – 3:00pm, at the Paradise Event Center at the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, 3000 Paradise Road. Homeowners will be seen on a first come, first-served basis and are encouraged to bring all mortgage documents, income documents, and hardship letters. A full list of the necessary documents can be found at www.MakingHomeAffordable.gov and www.HOPENOW.com.

Many of the largest mortgage companies are scheduled to be in attendance including Bank of America, Chase, Citi Mortgage, GMAC Mortgage, Homeward Residential (formerly American Home Mortgage Servicing, Inc.), HSBC, Nationstar, Ocwen, OneWest, PNC, Select Portfolio Servicing, Seterus, US Bank and Wells Fargo.

Additionally, there will be several non-profit housing counselors from local organizations on-site and representatives from several state agencies.

“While more than 16,000 Las Vegas area homeowners currently have more affordable mortgage payments through the Administration’s Making Home Affordable Program, there are other homeowners out there who are still struggling and eligible for help,” said Treasury Chief of Homeownership Preservation, Darius Kingsley. “Far too often, families tell us they were unaware of their options.  This event offers homeowners a free opportunity to meet one-on-one with their mortgage servicer and a HUD-approved housing expert to discuss the options available to them based on their individual circumstances.”

“There are thousands of Nevada families struggling with their mortgage payments, due to unemployment, under employment, medical hardship or other financial issues, and I encourage all of them to attend this free event. There are many tools available to assist homeowners and this is a unique opportunity to meet face to face with a mortgage servicer or a non-profit housing counselor. Attendees will get good objective advice, and may even go home with an affordable solution that helps them stay in their home for the long term,” said Eric Selk, Executive Director of HOPE NOW.

The Making Home Affordable Program was created to help struggling homeowners modify or refinance their mortgage payments to make them more affordable, or transition to more affordable housing to prevent avoidable foreclosures. For more information, go to www.MakingHomeAffordable.gov.

HOPE NOW is the industry-created alliance of mortgage servicers, investors, counselors, and other mortgage market participants, brought together by the Financial Services Roundtable, Housing Policy Council and Mortgage Bankers Association, that has developed and is implementing a coordinated plan to help as many homeowners as possible prevent foreclosure and stay in their homes. For more information, go to www.HopeNow.com.

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) Celebrates 25th Anniversary

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Elder and Special Needs Law Attorneys Association Kicks Off Celebration at Annual Conference in Atlanta

Washington, D.C. — The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) is proud to celebrate “25 years of sharing and caring” through the Elder and Special Needs Law profession. Since 1988, NAELA’s mission has been to establish NAELA member attorneys as the premier providers of legal advocacy, guidance, and services to enhance the lives of people with special needs and people as they age. Through its meetings, publications, educational materials, and advocacy efforts, NAELA has established itself as a leader in Elder and Special Needs Law.

NAELA members go beyond traditional estate planning, helping their clients make complex decisions in areas such as how to plan for the rising cost of long-term care (especially for the Baby Boom generation that is living almost a decade longer than its parents) and transferring decision-making in the event of incapacity. In addition, NAELA members assist families with acquiring and maintaining public benefits to cover the lifelong costs of caring for those with disabilities. NAELA members are advocates for the rights of seniors and people with disabilities to have access to better medical care, the ability to stay in their own homes, and maintain self-respect and as much independence as possible.

“NAELA always has been at the forefront of Elder and Special Needs Law. Founded by a core group of 42 attorneys who were dedicated to meeting the legal needs of older Americans and persons with disabilities and special needs, NAELA now has a membership of 4,400 which continues to grow. NAELA members are the reason that the Academy has thrived, by contributing not only to NAELA but also to the communities they serve,” said NAELA President Gregory S. French, CELA, CAP.

NAELA is a founding member of the Elder Justice Coalition, a coalition of organizational members that support the fight against elder abuse, promote awareness of elder justice issues, highlight government’s responsibility to help create systems to ensure elder justice, and the passage of the Elder Justice Act (S.333).

NAELA also is a founding member of the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations, a coalition of aging organizations that serve older Americans and are dedicated to providing a voice for seniors and their families in the ongoing national debate on aging policy.

Visit the 25th anniversary website to learn more about NAELA’s history, read reflections by NAELA Past Presidents, view member photos, and more.

NAELA will kick off the 25th anniversary celebration at its Annual Conference, being held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Georgia, from May 2-4, 2013. The Annual Conference is an unparalleled venue for Elder and Special Needs Law practitioners to learn, network, and engage with leading experts in the field. Members of the media are encouraged to attend the Annual Conference. For more information, contact Abby Matienzo.

About NAELA
Members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) are attorneys who are experienced and trained in working with the legal problems of aging Americans and individuals of all ages with disabilities. Established in 1987, NAELA is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations, and others. The mission of NAELA is to establish NAELA members as the premier providers of legal advocacy, guidance, and services to enhance the lives of people with special needs and people as they age. NAELA currently has members across the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit NAELA.org.

New Recording Studio Opens in Las Vegas – Vegas View Recording Welcomes Professional Artists and Students at IADT Campus

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The International Academy of Design & Technology Las Vegas (IADT), a college offering Associate’s and Bachelor degrees in a variety of design and technology disciplines, announces the completion and opening of Vegas View Recording, a 2,500-sq-ft recording and mixing studio within its campus.  Designed by renowned studio architect Carl Yanchar and IADT’s Robert “Bobby” Ferrari, the industry standard recording studio is first and foremost a teaching studio for IADT students.  But Vegas View Recording at IADT is also available for hourly and daily lease by professionals and others seeking use of a high quality studio operated by seasoned professionals.

 

The studio includes a vocal booth, a 1,200-square-foot live recording room and industry current control room – all with a view of the Las Vegas Strip. The control room is equipped with an SSL-9080J console for mixing and recording on a large format analog desk.  The studio features a 48IO Pro Tools HDX system with a Waves Mercury Bundle, along with a compliment of outboard gear ranging from Neve 1073 Mic Pres, Summit Audio Pres, Eq’s, and Compressors, Bricasti Reverb, JCF Latté Convertors, and Dynaudio M3 Main Monitors with Lab Grupen Amps.

 

The acoustical design of the new facility is a modern take on the classic designs created by legendary designer, Bill Putman, dubbed by his peers as “the father of modern recording.” Traditional acoustic treatments, such as hard tile flooring, acoustical ceiling materials on the walls and acoustic absorbers near the floor for a deep low-end transmission, combine with modern technology in the control room to create a “new” version of a classic sound environment.

 

“We’re thrilled to offer to everyone – from the famous to the independent artist or group – these new professional quality services and recording facilities.  Vegas View Recoding has been designed as a top quality studio to record and experience working with professionals and students in a comfortable environment.  We are confident it will be a hit with recording artists, engineers, students and everyone who loves recording music,” said Ferrari, Studio Manager at IADT Las Vegas.

 

“This will be a great place in Nevada to learn the true art of modern recording techniques,” Ferrari added. “IADT students will experience what real sessions are like in a truly professional environment, learning the minutiae involved in operating and managing a facility of industry standards.”

 

Ferrari has a long and successful track record in Las Vegas of developing and operating recording studios.  In 1998, he oversaw the remodel and technical install of Lee Pepper Sound; advised and chief engineered Studio Vegas (now The Killers’ Battleborn Studios); performed gear upgrades for Digital Insight Recording; and co-designed, managed, and installed the TEC Award-nominated Odds On Records & Studios featured on the Cover of MIX Magazine in November 2009.

 

Vegas View Recording is located on the campus of InternationalAcademy of Design & Technology, Las Vegas, 2495 Village View Drive, Henderson, NV.   IADT Las Vegas is just minutes from McCarranInternationalAirport off Interstate 215, just west of Green Valley Parkway, overlooking the Las Vegas valley. For more information or a tour of Vegas View Recording contact Bobby Ferrari at 702-596-3219.

 

The studio officially opens for business on April 2. A grand opening is planned during the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas, April 9, 2013.

 

 

About the International Academy of Design & Technology Las Vegas:

With more than 30 years as an established institution, the International Academy of Design and Technology offers students a hands-on education with experienced faculty dedicated to providing students with the necessary skills, knowledge, support and guidance to pursue fulfilling career opportunities in the design and technology fields. The Las Vegas campus (IADT-Las Vegas), which opened in 2003, offers degree programs in audio production, cinema production, fashion design, graphic design, retail merchandise management and game production.  Students also have the opportunity to take a portion of their coursework online through IADT-Online. The school is accredited by the Accrediting Council for IndependentColleges and Schools (ACICS). ACICS is a national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. IADT-Las Vegas cannot guarantee employment or salary and is part of Career Education Corporation network of schools (NASDAQ: CECO). For more information, visit www.iadt.edu/Las-Vegas or call (866)400-4238.

Veterans Village Collaborates with Heaven Can Wait Animal Society

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Veterans to pilot dog adoption program 

 

WHAT:                 VeteransVillageLas Vegas, a comprehensive housing and resource facility for U.S. veterans and their families, is collaborating with Heaven Can Wait Animal Society (HCWAS) Las Vegas.  Two veterans will pilot a dog adoption program by volunteering to assume responsibility for the care of a dog while staying at the facility.  When they leave, veterans can opt to adopt the dog permanently at no charge.  The plan is to expand the program so that more veterans will enjoy the opportunity to have a loving companion, while helping to save dogs’ lives by giving them a safe home at VeteransVillage.

 

WHEN:                 Two veterans will officially adopt their dogs on Thursday, March 14 at 10 a.m.

Other dogs will be onsite to meet potential veteran owners to be considered for future adoption.

 

WHERE:               Veterans Village Las Vegas, 1150 Las Vegas Boulevard South

 

DETAILS:              Veterans are responsible for keeping their dog active, grooming, ensuring the dog is fed and, crated when left alone. HCWAS will properly train the dogs, provide food, treats and toys as well as assume financial responsibility for all veterinarian visits.  HCWAS will also train veteran residents how to properly care for their animal.

 

HCWAS offers many other services for animals in the Las Vegas area. In addition to finding safe homes for animals, HCWAS focuses its attention on eliminating companion animal suffering and pet overpopulation through spay/neuter, adoptions, community outreach programs and education. By pairing with Veteran’s Village, HCWAS hopes to reach its projected goals of better educating adults on the importance of spay/neuter for their pet and eliminating the killing of more than 30,000 cats and dogs annually in Las Vegas.

 

In addition to providing temporary housing for vets and their families, Veterans Village provides a comprehensive roster of services to vets through partnerships with other community organizations and government agencies, including employment training and referrals, continuing education and degree programs, exercise training, medical services, mental health counseling and special veteran-centric activities and events.

 

About Veterans Village:

Veterans Village is located at 1150 Las Vegas Boulevard in a repurposed Econo Lodge motel.  It serves as a temporary housing facility for U.S. veterans and their families and provides a comprehensive and holistic roster of services to help vets heal and succeed.  Services are provided through public and private collaborative partnerships with community organizations and government agencies and include housing, nutrition, life skills training, employment training and referrals, continuing education and degree programs, exercise training, medical services, mental health counseling and special veteran-centric activities and events. Veterans Village is managed by SHARE, a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1994 by Arnold Stalk and Karin Rogers to provide affordable housing for individuals in need.  SHARE oversees all operations of services for Veterans Village residents.  www.vvlv.org

 

About Heaven Can Wait Animal Society

Heaven Can Wait Animal Society, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) animal humane organization, was formed in 2000 by a group of 5 concerned citizens with the idea of building a beautiful 20 acre sanctuary to house all of the unwanted animals in our community.  In the meantime, though, animals were and still are dying at rate of around 30,000 per year in our local shelters with even more just dying in the streets.  Therefore, we decided to refocus our efforts slightly away from rescue and more toward promoting spay/neuter as the solution to the tragic pet overpopulation problem here in Las Vegas.www.hcws.org

“Rock Stars of Downtown Business”

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SYMPHONY PARK LECTURE SERIES ANNOUNCES NEXT PRESENTATION:

Panel discussion on the secrets of downtown’s successful business owners – large and small

WHAT:            During the next SymphonyPark lecture, a panel of successful business leaders, investors and entrepreneurs will share their diverse experiences as contributors to the downtown revitalization.

 

Titled, “Rock Stars of Downtown Business,” the free public lecture kicks off with a wine reception hosted by Downtown Las Vegas Alliance (DLVA), Downtown3rd and Faiss Foley Warren from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by panel discussion of downtown business owners from 6 to 7 p.m.

 

The discussion explores downtown business from a variety of perspectives: first-time entrepreneurs to seasoned executives, food to fashion, casinos to nonprofit organizations. Panelists will share the diverse experiences of their business endeavors, including the things they wish they had known when they started. Gain insights from lessons they learned the hard way, and learn about the vision of these trailblazers for the future of downtown.

 

The Symphony Park Lecture Series is a program presented by the Economic and Urban Development office of the city of Las Vegas and Newland Real Estate LLC, project manager of SymphonyPark, to engage the local community in compelling and pertinent topics germane to SymphonyPark, its anchor projects, downtown and other quality of life issues in Las Vegas.  The event is free and open to the public.

 

WHO:  

MODERATOR:

  • Flo Rogers, Nevada Public Radio

 

PANELISTS:

  • Seth Schorr – Triple George, MOB Bar, Cycle Pub, Downtown3rd Farmers Market, Downtown3rd, Downtown Grand
  • Sam Cherry – Soho, Resnicks, The Lady Silvia, Pop Up Pizza
  • Meghan Mossler – Stitch Factory
  • Marc Abelman – Inside Style, 18b Las Vegas Arts District
  • Linda Quinn – DISCOVERY Children’s Museum

 

WHEN:            Wednesday, March 13, 2013

  • Doors open at 5 p.m. for a wine bar hosted by DLVA, Downtown3rd and Faiss Foley Warren
  • Panel discussion runs from 6 to 7 p.m.

 

WHERE:         Fifth Street School Auditorium

401 So. Fourth Street, Las Vegas, NV  89101

(Free parking in Fifth Street School lot and City lot at southeast corner of Clark Avenue)

 

SPONSORS:  KNPR, CityLife, DLVA, Downtown3rd, Faiss Foley Warren

 

CONTACT:     For more information, visit www.symphonypark.com; or email info@symphonypark.com

ICBA Kicks off 2013 ICBA National Convention and Techworld® in Las Vegas

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Las Vegas, Nev. (March 11, 2013)—Today more than 3,300 community bankers and industry leaders gathered for the opening of the 2013 Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) National Convention and Techworld® at the Wynn Las Vegas and Encore. The convention, which runs through Friday, March 15, is the largest gathering of community bankers in the world and features an all-star lineup of speakers, more than 60 educational workshops and numerous networking opportunities.

“Community banks drive local economies throughout the nation by serving local residents and small businesses, so bringing them together in one place to discuss top-of-mind  issues and the future of the industry is something we all look forward to year after year,” Jeff Gerhart, ICBA chairman and chairman, president and CEO of Bank of Newman Grove, Neb., said. “This ICBA event is always a tremendous forum for community bankers and industry leaders to exchange ideas, discover the latest trends and learn about new developments. Most of all, it’s the perfect time for community bankers to come together and discover even more ways to empower their local towns and cities across the nation.”

Highlights of the convention include remarks from national newsmakers, including Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Martin Gruenberg, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray and Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry.

Other featured speakers include Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace, Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Foundation founder Jimmy Wales and legendary NFL quarterback Joe Montana.

Attendees can stay tuned to up-to-the-minute information on the convention with the ICBA 2013 Mobile App and by following the #ICBALV13 hashtag on Twitter.

For more information and a schedule, visit www.icba.org.

About ICBA
The Independent Community Bankers of America®, the nation’s voice for nearly 7,000 community banks of all sizes and charter types, is dedicated exclusively to representing the interests of the community banking industry and its membership through effective advocacy, best-in-class education and high-quality products and services. For more information, visit www.icba.org.

Seasons at Prince Creek West Celebrates 15,000 Square Feet Expansion– Grand Clubhouse Welcomes First Visitors

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Murrells Inlet, SC–Seasons at Prince Creek West, the active adult lifestyle community that has made its mark as one of the country’s most luxurious locales for active adults 55+, has announced the opening of its grand clubhouse.

Featuring 15,000 square feet, the new facility greets visitors with a breathtaking view of its resort-style outdoor pool.  A spacious foyer extends a warm welcome and houses a library and card room. Easily subdivided to host multiple events simultaneously, the grand hall/ballroom features a catering kitchen and dance floor and is outfitted with the latest in audio-visual equipment and lighting.  A well-appointed billiards room rounds out the facility and includes large-screen TV’s, pool tables, game tables and a wet bar. Opening onto a covered lanai with an expansive outdoor entertainment area, the clubhouse allows residents to take full advantage of this coastal community’s temperate climate year-round.

Amid much fanfare, the clubhouse recently welcomed its first guests: residents of Seasons at Prince Creek West. Long-time resident, Marge Mugno, praised the developer, Dock Street Communities, for delivering a product that according to Mugno, “is a perfect addition to an already perfect community.”

“The clubhouse was designed to meet the needs of our residents who enjoy a fun and active lifestyle. That’s exactly what Marge and her fellow residents did last week as they kicked up their heels at our inaugural dinner/dance. Our motto, ‘don’t just change your address; change your life’ paints an accurate description of our residents,” said Activities Director, Gail Lewis. “People love the fact that something is always going on.”

Seasons’ latest amenity complements an existing sports park which encompasses more than 30,000 square feet of tennis courts, bocce and shuffle board courts, indoor and outdoor pools, a state-of-the art fitness center, an outdoor kitchen/fireplace with a seated dining area, and a wilderness trail and dock.

Located within the pristine Prince Creek development in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, Seasons is in close proximity to the well-known Tournament Players Club, a five-star golf club operated by the PGA, and within minutes of world class shopping, dining, entertainment venues and medical facilities.

Developed by Dock Street Communities, Seasons at Prince Creek West has an estimated 450 single-story homes that today are enjoyed by approximately 700 residents. Luxury features include large covered and screened porches, natural gas, granite countertops, GE appliance packages, large master suites and spa-inspired baths.

Visitors are always welcome at Seasons. The sales center, located at 125 Sugar Loaf Lane in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  Tours may be scheduled by calling 843-650-6627.

For more information on the community and its exclusive lifestyle, visit Seasons at Prince Creek West online at: www.seasonsmi.com

About Seasons at Prince Creek West:

Seasons at Prince Creek West is an active adult lifestyle community for individuals 55+. Situated in Murrells Inlet, SC, this gated community twenty miles south of Myrtle Beach, SC features over 30,000 SF of amenities that include a sports park, fitness center, and grand clubhouse. Hiking and bike trails, the Atlantic Ocean and championship golf courses nearby really appeal to the outdoor enthusiast Seasons is served by the nearby Myrtle Beach International Airport.

About the Dock Street Communities:

Dock Street Communities, Inc., founded in 2005 by Sam Burns, is a privately held company specializing in acquisition, finance, development, construction, selling and management of communities including live/work townhomes, single family residential, and 55+ active adult lifestyle communities. Their developments span North and South Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee.

Photos on the new clubhouse and grand opening, as well as fact sheets on both Seasons at Prince Creek West and Dock Street Communities, are available by clicking on the following link:

http://www.marketingstrategiesinc.com/clients/seasonsatprincecreek.html

Link Includes:

Images:

•Clubhouse, Foyer

•Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening (l-r) Dennis Ouellette, Project Manager Dock Street Communities; Scott Trembley, Vice President of Sales Dock Street Communities; George Kieft, Resident and HOA Board Member; and Gail Lewis, Activities Director, Seasons at Prince Creek West

•Clubhouse, Covered Lanai

•Residents & Guests Welcome the New Clubhouse

Word Documents:

•Fact Sheets: Dock Street Communities and Seasons at Prince Creek West

Barbershop Chorus Selects New Director

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It is a great pleasure to announce that Jim Halvorson has been selected as the new director for the Silver Statesmen barbershop chorus.
Jim’s experience and ability to connect with every member of the chorus was very much in evidence during the audition process. There was stiff competition with two other highly qualified and experienced directors vying for the important position. The chorus and selection committee had their work cut out for them when deciding which candidate would best serve the goals and vision of this Las Vegas Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS).
By way of background, Jim currently holds a B.A. in Vocal Music Education from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, with graduate coursework in Music Ed. from UNLV. He taught elementary general music for 11 years (one year in MN, and 10 years in Las Vegas). Jim currently serves as the director of the choral program at Cheyenne High School, where he oversees four choirs enrolling about 150 students.
Jim has been a barbershopper for most of his life. He joined the BHS on May 30, 1983, with the Minneapolis Commodores at the tender age of 10. He sang and competed with the Commodores from 1983 to 1986. In 1986, Jim became a charter member of the Great Northern Union chorus and sang with them from 1986-1998. He moved to Las Vegas in 1998 and became a charter member (and musical director) of the City of Lights chorus from 1998 until 2003. In 2005, he took over as the musical director of the Celebrity City chorus of Sweet Adelines International. He served as the director from 2005-2011.
Jim currently sings in the quartet, 95 North, which is the 2012 Far Western District champions. He is also currently serving as the Chairman of Youth in Harmony for the Far Western District of the BHS.
The Silver Statesmen Chorus invites men of all ages to join. The chorus rehearses at 7 p.m., each Thursday, at the Christ the King Catholic Community Church, 4925 S. Torrey Pines Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89118.
For more information, visit www.silverstatesmen.com.

Renwon Offers Colorectal Cancer Home Screening Kits

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To emphasize Renown Institute for Cancer’s commitment to quality cancer care and the importance of getting screened, Renown Health is offering a colorectal cancer home screening kit for only $15 ($5 savings) during the months of March and April. The $15 screening kit, Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT), is a home screening for annual colon cancer detection.

 

Dr. John Gray and Dr. William Pfau created a fun, educational rap video on You Tube to raise awareness of the FIT Test and encourage patients to take the easy, at-home test which only requires “a swish and a flush.”

 

Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in the US with more than 100,000 Americans being diagnosed each year. Despite the alarming statistics, if detected early though regular screenings, colorectal cancer is preventable.

 

Colon cancer has an 85 percent survival rate if caught early. It is estimated that as many as 30,000 lives could be saved each year through regular screenings and exams.

 

In 2008, the AmericanCollege of Gastroenterology (ACG) published updated guidelines for colorectal cancer screening. ACG recommends either a colonoscopy every 10 years or an annual FIT screening as the preferred test for colorectal cancer screenings starting at age 50. African Americans should begin screenings at age 45. Patients with a family history of colorectal cancer should speak with their doctor about a different screening schedule.

 

The new ACG guidelines list FIT as a preferred strategy because it has more extensive data than the guaiac-based Hemoccult SENSA test, and because fecal DNA testing is expensive.

 

Home Screening Kit – This screening detects blood in the stool often caused by cancers and polyps. The FIT Test detects blood more successfully than older and more widely used stool-screening tests.
Key patient benefits of the test include:

  • More convenient for patients because it is easy to prepare and complete in the privacy of your own home
  • Only one sample required, as opposed to three consecutive samples with the previous guaiac tests
  • Higher sensitivity resulting in fewer false readings
  • No dietary or medication restrictions required
  • No physician referral required

 

. To order a kit, visit renown.org/FITTest or call 775-982-6830.

 

About Renown Institute for Cancer

Renown Institute for Cancer offers fully integrated cancer services right here at home allowing patients and their families access to advanced treatment options. With three cancer physicians, patients experience coordinated care, appointments and treatments all at one location. For general inquiries, contact 775-982-6830 or visit www.renown.org.

City Of Las Vegas April 2013 Recreation, Adaptive Recreation & Community Special Events

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All activities are subject to change. For links to facilities, programs, classes and activities in the current Beyond the Neon guide, go online to www.lasvegasnevada.gov/Find/recreation.htm. Most activities require advance registration. Register today to build your healthy lifestyle!

 

Spring Celebration and Foster Connect (all ages)
Saturday, April 6, noon to 4 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs, 9200 Tule Springs Road, (702) 229-8100.
Families will enjoy a spring celebration with amusement rides, jump houses, crafts, games, farmers’ market, community vendors, music and much more. Interested families will be able to receive information on becoming a foster family.

 

Summer Themed Specialty Camp Registration (ages 6-15)

Thursday, April 11, 8 a.m. registration packets are available for pick up.

Thursday, April 11, 5 p.m., registration opens for Summer 2012 alumni at Mirabelli.

Saturday, April 13, 8 a.m., open registration at both sites in person. No online registration.

Cost: $115 per week for the first child; $110 each additional child from the same family.

MirabelliCommunity Center, 6200 Hargrove Ave., (702) 229-6359.

VeteransMemorialLeisureServicesCenter, 101 N. Pavilion Center Drive, (702) 229-1100.

Two community centers will offer themed specialty camps with additional activities, cooking, and/or field trips from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, beginning June 10. A few specialty camps have higher prices. Mirabelli special camp list is available online.

For more information on summer camps, call 229-6175.

 

Summer Camp Registration (ages 6-15)

Registration opens Saturday, April 13, 8 a.m. in person at the following sites.

Cost: $75 per week for the first child; $70 for each additional child from the same family.

Lorenzi Adaptive Summer Camp, 250 N. Eastern Ave., (702) 229-6358.

CimarronRoseCommunity Center, 5591 N. Cimarron Road, (702) 229-1607; ages 6-11 only.

DoolittleCommunity Center, 1950 N. J St., (702) 229-6374.

EastLas VegasCommunity Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave., (702) 229-1515.

StupakCommunity Center, 251 W. Boston Ave., (702) 229-2488.

Camps will be offered from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, excluding holidays, beginning June 10; Lorenzi Adaptive camp will begin at 7:30 a.m. For more information on summer camps, call 229-6175. No online registration.

 

Ward 6 Free Shredding Event
Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m. to noon.
Centennial Hills Active Adult Center, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive.
Bring your documents that need to be shredded. Complimentary shredding takes place in the Centennial Hills Community Center Active Adult Center parking lot. Limit of five boxes per vehicle.

Dula Gymnasium Indoor Pickleball Tournament (ages 18+)

Friday, April 19, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: $15 if registered by April 5; $20 if registered after April 5.

Dula Gym, 441 E. Bonanza Road, (702) 229-6307.

Enter the Inaugural Promotional Pickleball Tournament. Four indoor courts will host Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles, Mixed Doubles and 50+ groups with A and B divisions. This is a double-elimination tournament. Minimum registration of four teams per division with a guarantee of three matches. First-place winners will receive awards. Please call 229-6307 for more information and registration flyer.

 

Ward 6 Free Movie in the Park – “Odd Life of Timothy Green”
Friday, April 19, 6:30 p.m.

Free admission.
Centennial Hills Park Amphitheatre, 7101 N. Buffalo Drive, Buffalo and Deer Springs.
Enjoy the PG-rated family film, the “Odd Life of Timothy Green” in the park. Bring a blanket or folding chair to be more comfortable. For more information, call (702) 229-5463.

 

Ward 1/Ward 2 Free Shredding Event

Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. to noon.

All AmericanSportsPark, 1551 S. Buffalo Drive

Bring your documents that need to be shredded. For more information, call (702) 229-4645.

 

Mayor’s Health Walk (all ages)

Saturday, April 27, 8 to 9:30 a.m.

Free admission and open to the public

Kellogg Zaher Sports Complex, 7901 W. Washington Ave. at Buffalo Drive.
For more information, call (702) 229-6720.

Adaptive Recreation

Lorenzi Adaptive Recreation Program (ages 7-21 with disabilities)

Monday-Friday, 1 to 6 p.m.  Closed school district staff development days and holidays.

Cost: $27 for 1-3 days; $36 for 4 days; $45 for 5 days, per person.

EastLas VegasCommunity Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave., (702) 229-1515.

Participants will enjoy a new recreation experience every week, community outings, sports, games, arts and crafts, swimming, movies, friends, and all around fun. Contact Andrea Anzalone at 229-4903 or 229-6358 for information and to register.

 

Leisure Connection (ages 22+ with developmental disabilities)

Leisure Connection is a social group. Community outings are planned each month to assist high-functioning adults with social skills and independence in the community. Activities include bowling, movies, lunch/dinner outings, sports events and leisure education classes. Call (702) 229-5177 to be placed on the activity schedule mailing list or e-mail jwinder@lasvegasnevada.gov.

 

New A.G.E. (ages 22+ with developmental disabilities)

Monday-Friday, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Closed school district staff development days and holidays.

Cost: $21 for 1-3 days; $28 for 4 days; $35 for 5 days each week.

CentennialHillsActiveAdultCenter, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive, (702) 229-1702.

Call 229-5177 or e-mail jwinder@lasvegasnevada.gov for registration packet and more information. The program offers a variety of activities and special events that promote individuality, self-esteem and independence

City Of Las Vegas April 2013 Senior Events

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Las Vegas Residents Invited To Celebrations, Luncheons & Activities At City Centers

 

The city of Las Vegas active adult and senior centers offer exercise, fitness, craft, arts, dance, music and computer classes; cards; games; discussion and social groups; luncheons; sports; and special events Monday through Friday to residents age 50 and better. Many of these activities contribute to wellness and a healthy lifestyle. A listing of classes and activities is published in the Beyond the Neon Leisure Guide, available in the centers and online at www.lasvegasnevada.gov/Find/recreation.htm. All activities are subject to change. Most activities require $2 annual membership to city of Las Vegas Senior Citizen Programs, available at all senior and active adult centers.

 

AARP Free Tax Form Preparation
Monday, Wednesday and Friday, through April 12, by appointment only.

Las VegasSeniorCenter, 451 E. Bonanza Road, (702) 229-6454.

Low-income residents can get free assistance in preparing their personal income tax forms.  Some restrictions apply; call 229-6454 for details and appointment.

 

AARP Free Tax Form Preparation (ages 50+)
Mondays and Thursdays, through April 11 by appointment only.
Free with appointment only.
CentennialHillsActiveAdultCenter, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive, (702) 229-1702.

Income restrictions apply. Call 229-1702 for information and appointments.

 

AARP Free Tax Form Preparation (ages 50+)
Tuesday afternoons, through April 9.
Free with appointment only.
LieburnSeniorCenter, 6230 Garwood Ave., (702) 229-1600.

Income restrictions apply. Call 229-1600 for information and appointments.

 

AARP Free Tax Form Preparation (ages 50+)
Tuesdays, through April 9, by appointment only.

EastLas VegasCommunity Center, 250 N. Eastern, (702) 229-1515

Income restrictions apply.  Call 229-1515 for information and to make an appointment.

 

VITA Free Tax Form Preparation

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., through April 11, by appointment only.
Doolittle Senior Center, 1930 N. J St., (702) 229-6125.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is an Internal Revenue Service program designed to help low- and moderate-income taxpayers complete their annual tax returns at no cost. All ages with income under $49,000 are welcome. Call 229-6125 for appointments.

Senior Idol Auditions (ages 50+)

Application packets available April 1-26.

Auditions May 8-9, by appointment only.

Las VegasSeniorCenter, 451 E. Bonanza Road, (702) 229-6454.

Residents interested in performing during the annual Senior Idol Talent Show are invited to complete an audition application packet. Singers, dancers, comedians, magicians, and musicians, both individuals and groups, are encouraged to apply. All performers must be at least 50 years old. Application packets will be available April 1 at the Las VegasSeniorCenter, and are due no later than April 26. Auditions will be selected from completed applications; applicants will be given an appointment May 8 or 9 at the Las VegasSeniorCenter. The show will be performed Thursday, June 13. Tickets go on sale May 1. Call 229-6454 for information and application packets!

 

Centennial Hills Active Adult Book Club (ages 50+)
First Wednesday of each month at 12:30 p.m.; April 3.

Cost: Free with a current annual $2 senior programs membership.
CentennialHillsActiveAdultCenter, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive, (702) 229-1702.

Come prepared to discuss this month’s book.

April’s book: “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein.

May’s book: “Defending Jacob” by William Landay.

Hop into Spring Brunch (ages 50+)
Thursday, April 4, 10 a.m. Advance registration is required by March 29.
Cost: $3.
EastLas VegasCommunity Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave. (702) 229-1515.

Start this spring off right with a sp-egg-tacular breakfast! Hop on over April 4! Registration opens March 1.

 

Scrapbooking and Card Making (ages 50+)

Monday, April 8, 1 to 4 p.m.  (second Monday of each month)
Free with a current annual $2 senior programs membership.
CentennialHillsActiveAdultCenter, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive, (702) 229-1702.

Bring a project you’re currently working on and share/receive crafting ideas. Registration opens March 18. Call 229-1702 for more information.

 

Root Beer Float Day (ages 50+)

Tuesday, April 9, 10 a.m. Register by April 2. Space is limited.

Cost: $1.

DoolittleSeniorCenter, 1930 N. J St., (702) 229-6125.
Have a tasty root beer float while enjoying good conversation.

 

International Guitar Month Luncheon (ages 50+)
Wednesday, April 17, 11:30 a.m. Advance registration is required by April 12.
Cost: $5.
EastLas VegasCommunity Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave. (702) 229-1515.

Enjoy lovely guitar music while you dine during the International Guitar Month Luncheon.  Registration opens March 1.

Picnic at the Garden (ages 50+)

Wednesday, April 17, noon. Register at DoolittleSeniorCenter by April 10. Space is limited.

Cost: $3.

DoolittleCommunityGarden, 1200 block of Blankenship Ave., (702) 229-6125.
Enjoy grilled burgers and hot dogs, feast on delightful side dishes and desserts, enjoy the scenery and catch up on all the fruits and vegetables grown in our community garden.

 

AARP Defensive Driving (ages 50+)

Thursday, April 18, 11 a.m.

Cost: $12 AARP member/$14 non-members AARP; plus $2 senior programs membership.

LieburnSeniorCenter, 6230 Garwood Ave., (702) 229-1600.

Bring snacks and drinks to enjoy while you take this defensive driving course to improve your skills!

 

Red Hat Rally (ages 50+)

Thursday, April 25, 11:30 a.m. Register by April 19. Registration opens March 1.

Cost: $10, plus current senior programs membership.

Las VegasSeniorCenter, 451 E. Bonanza Road, (702) 229-6454.

Calling all Red Hatters!  Join the city of Las Vegas and the Purple Passions Red Hat group from the Las VegasSeniorCenter for a luncheon and entertainment to celebrate you.  Door prizes will be awarded. Space is limited, so register early!

 

Seniors Helping Seniors (ages 50+)

Monday, April 29, 1:30 p.m. Register by April 25.

Free admission.

LieburnSeniorCenter, 6230 Garwood Ave., (702) 229-1600.

Learn about energy-saving programs coordinated by Southwest Gas.

Liberty Tax Service Salutes Police Officers, EMTs and Firefighters with Free Tax Preparation

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Liberty Tax Service once again is offering free tax preparation to salute firefighters, EMT/EMS personnel, police, and law enforcement officers. From March 4-10, 2013 at participating locations, Liberty Tax will prepare tax returns free of charge to those firefighters, police, and law enforcement officers who are first-time customers.

 

“This is just our way of honoring the courage and dedication of our men and women in law enforcement and public safety, to show our appreciation for their tireless efforts in keeping our community safe,” said Kyle Dever.

 

Taxpayers can find a local Liberty Tax location by calling 866-871-1040. Liberty Tax does take appointments but they are not necessary.

 

 

About Liberty Tax Service                           

Founded in 1997 by CEO John T. Hewitt, Liberty Tax Service is the fastest-growing tax preparation franchise ever. Liberty Tax Service has prepared over 10 million individual income tax returns to date. Liberty Tax Service and its nationwide network of over 30,000 tax preparers are ready to offer their assistance at any time.

According to the International Franchise Association’s Franchise Business Economic Outlook, the number of franchise units in the United States declined from 2009 until 2012.  Currently there are approximately 27,000 fewer total franchise establishments operating in the United States than there were in 2008. (774,016 in 2008 compared to 746,828 in 2012).  In spite of this downward trend, Liberty Tax Service increased its number of locations from 2,695 in 2008 to 4,183 in 2012.

Liberty Tax Service stands behinds community enrichment efforts by sponsoring various non-profit organizations and urging their employees and franchisees to give back to their communities. To extend that community support, Liberty also offers an online tax service, eSmart Tax, which enables some to do their own taxes wherever there’s a computer. eSmart Tax is backed by the tax professionals at Liberty Tax Service and its nationwide network of over 30,000 tax preparers, ready to offer their assistance at any time.

 

For a more in-depth look at Liberty Tax Service, visit http://libertytax.com or the Give Me Liberty! Magazine. Follow Liberty Tax on Facebook at  http://facebook.com/LibertyTax and on Twitter at  http://twitter.com/libertytax or check the blog at http://libertytax.com/taxlounge or contact Liberty Tax directly at 1-877-at-Liberty.

City of Las Vegas Cultural Arts April 2013 Calendar Of Events

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City of Las Vegas Cultural Arts

April 2013 Calendar Of Events

495 S. Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89101

Contact:  Margaret Kurtz, (702) 229-6993                              Feb. 28, 2013

Cultural Arts & Community Events programs: www.artslasvegas.org

City of Las Vegas website: www.lasvegasnevada.gov

 

 

 

PROGRAMS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

 

Ethnic Express International Folk Dancing (ages 8+)

Wednesdays, 6:30-8:45 p.m.
Admission: $4 dollars per person per week at the door.

CharlestonHeightsArtsCenter, 800 S. Brush St., (702) 229-6383.
Have an evening of fun learning international dance styles, including Arabic, Armenian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Greek, Israeli, Macedonian, Russian, Serbian and Turkish folk dances. No need to bring a partner. For more information, call (702) 656-9513 or go online to www.ethnicexpresslasvegas.org.

 

Scottish Country Dancing (ages 13+)

Fridays, 6:30 to 8:45 p.m.

Admission: $5 per person at the door; $4 for members of Southern Nevada Old Time Contra Dancers.

CharlestonHeightsArtsCenter, 800 S. Brush St., (702) 229-6383.
Scottish country dancing celebrates the beautiful ballroom dance styles of Scotland. Dances can be joyfully energetic or graceful. From the first chord to the final bow or curtsey, participants will be inspired by the driving reels, jigs, strathspeys or lilting airs. Dancers should wear comfortable clothes and soft shoes. Presented by the Southern Nevada Old Time Contra Dancers, a nonprofit volunteer organization. For more information, call 656-9513 or go online to www.lasvegascountrydance.org.

 

Contra Dance (ages 8+)
Saturday, April 13. Group lesson 6:30 p.m.; dance 7 to 10 p.m.
Admission: $10 adults; $5 members, students & military; $3 children under 16 & non-dancers; pay at door.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., (702) 229-6383.
Dance to a live acoustic band playing joyful fiddle tunes, driving reels and a waltz or two. All dances are taught and called; newcomers and families welcome. No need to bring a partner. Wear comfortable flat-soled shoes and casual clothing. Presented by the Southern Nevada Old Time Contra Dancers, a nonprofit volunteer organization. For more information, call 656-9513 or go online to www.lasvegascountrydance.org.

 

Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’Ole Concert (all ages)
Saturday, April 13, 7 p.m.
Cost: $10 in advance, $15 event day.
Historic Fifth Street School Auditorium, 401 S. 4th St., (702) 229-3515.
Five-time Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winner Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole was honored at the 2009 awards as Male Vocalist of the Year.  An accomplished hula dancer and singer in the Hawaiian language, he brings a love of the Hawaiian culture to his performance. For more information on the artist, go to www.kaumakaiwakanakaole.com/. For tickets and information, call (702) 229-3515 or (702) 229-6469, or visit www.artslasvegas.org.

Downtown Cultural Series – Rocky and Ruthie Lombardo Songs from the “American Songbook” (all ages)
Friday, April 19, noon to 1 p.m.
Free and open to the public.

Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse, Jury Assembly Room, 333 Las Vegas Blvd. South.
Bring your lunch to enjoy a concert by Rocky and Ruthie Lombardo. The jazz duo will offer selections from the American Songbook featuring American composers from 1920 to the present. For more information, visit www.artslasvegas.org, or call (702) 229-3515.

Poets’ Corner

Friday, April 19, 7:30 p.m.

Admission is free.

West Las Vegas Arts Center Community Gallery, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd., (702) 229-4800.

Hosted by Keith Brantley, this monthly forum for established poets and open-mic participants features the best local poetry talent.

 

USA Ballroom Dance (ages 13+)
Saturday, April 20, 7 to 11 p.m. Dance lesson at 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $5 members, military and students ages 13-25; $10 for non-members. Pay at door.

CharlestonHeightsArtsCenter, 800 S. Brush St. (702) 229-6383.
Presented by USA Dance Las Vegas Chapter #4038, a local chapter of the national volunteer organization, dedicated to the promotion of ballroom dancing. For more information, call (702) 813-6694 or go online to www.usadancelasvegas.org.

 

Rainbow Company Youth Theatre Presents “Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale”

April 26 and 27, May 3 and 4 at 7 p.m.; April 28, May 4 and 5 at 2 p.m.

Cost: $7 adults; $5 teen/senior/military; $3 children age 12 and younger.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., (702) 229-6383.
The classic fairy tale of Rapunzel comes to life in this lively musical appropriate for the whole family. Enjoy the new twist on the old tale, from the writing team that created “How I Became a Pirate.” This production is ideal for anyone of any age who loves to laugh! For tickets and information, call 229-6383 or 229-6553, or visit www.artslasvegas.org.

 

African-American Midwives Film Series — “Bringin’ In Da Spirit” (ages 14+)

Saturday, April 27, 3 p.m.

Admission is free.  Call (702) 229-4800 to reserve a space.

West Las Vegas Arts Center Community Gallery, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd., (702) 229-4800.

“Bringin’ In Da Spirit” is a film about the history of African-American midwives from slavery to current times. This film was able to capture the interviews of “grand” midwives that worked in the segregated South. Most African-Americans born in the segregated South prior to the mid-1960s were born into the hands of a midwife. The sparse number of black physicians and the poverty of many blacks meant that not only did midwives “catch” babies, but they did most of the “doctoring” in the community. With the development of Medicaid and other social and political changes, midwives were no longer relied upon for healthcare. Martha-Marie Drohobyczer will moderate a discussion after the film to examine some of the reasons African-American women have the highest infant mortality rate in the United States, three times the rate of white Americans, and what we can do to reduce this rate.

Exhibitions

 

“African-American Heritage”

Artist Lolita Develay

Through April 18, Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closed holidays.

Free admission and open to the public.

Las Vegas City Hall Chamber Gallery, 495 S. Main St., Second floor, (702) 229-1012.

Lolita Develay is a 2014 Master of Fine Arts candidate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She lived in Hollywood, Calif., prior to moving to Las Vegas in 2008. Her works are well painted surfaces which reflect her interest in traditions of realism, often focusing on the intrigue of light acting on an object. For more information, call 229-1012 or go online to www.artslasvegas.org.

 

“Sculptures in Glass”
Artists Larry Domsky and Barbara Domsky

Through May 30, Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closed holidays.

Free admission and open to the public.

Las Vegas City Hall Grand Gallery, 495 S. Main St., First floor, (702) 229-1012.

Glassworks designed and created by this husband-and-wife team will be displayed. The work will include newer pieces that fit the format and space of City Hall as well as pieces from their collection of glassworks. For more information, call 229-1012 or go online to www.artslasvegas.org.

 

“Spirit Journeys”

Artist Rainer Bertrams

March 21-May 4, Wednesday-Friday, 12:30 to 9 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Artist’s reception March 21, 6 to 8 p.m.

Free admission and open to the public.

CharlestonHeightsArtCenter, 800 S Brush St., (702) 229-6383.

The images will focus on meditative subjects and themes that explore human kind’s existential struggles for a universal understanding of human nature. For questions about this exhibit or the gallery program, call 229-1012 or visit www.artslasvegas.org.

 

“Equinox”

March 28-June 8, during reception and by appointment only.

Artists’ reception March 28, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Admission is free.

HistoricFifthStreetSchool, Mayor’s Gallery, 401 S. Fourth St.

For more information, call 229-1012 or go online to www.artslasvegas.org.

 

“Celebrating Life! 2013” (ages 50+)

Tuesday-Wednesday, April 23-24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. entry submission drop off.

CharlestonHeightsArtsCenter, 800 S. Brush St., (702) 229-6383.

This is the 13th annual juried exhibit for ClarkCounty resident artists age 50 and better. It is free to enter and each artist may submit only one entry. There are six media categories, each awarded first, second, third and honorable mention awards: Drawing/Pastel, Painting, Mixed Media, Photography, Sculpture and Ceramics, Watercolor and Gouache. There is also a best of show award. This program is sponsored by the city of Las Vegas Arts Commission. For more details, or to receive a prospectus, call (702) 229-1012.

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Editor’s Note: Photos are available for download at

ftp://ftp.lasvegasnevada.gov/ls/Exhibitions/.

ftp://ftp.lasvegasnevada.gov/ls/April_2013/

No password is required.

The Vision Council Launches Online Resource for Low Vision and Saving Sight

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The Vision Council is pleased to announce the launch of www.whatislowvision.org — a new web site created to educate the public on low vision, its symptoms, and the resources available to help.

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As America’s baby boomers enter their senior years, they may notice a gradual loss in some areas of sight. Loss of peripheral or central vision could indicate low vision, a visual impairment that cannot be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses, pharmaceuticals or surgery. More than 2.9M people in the U.S. suffer from low vision and it is most common in people age 60+.

What is low vision?
“More likely than not, everyone knows someone with low vision — maybe a mother, sister, neighbor, or co-worker,” said Dr. Paul Michelson, Chair of The Vision Council’s medical arm — known as the Better Vision Institute — and  a low vision consultant.  “Recognizing the symptoms of low vision early and taking the proper actions may help preserve sight and in some cases, lessen the advance of low vision.”

Low vision can impair the ability to complete activities of daily living or follow routines and enjoy pastimes — such as reading — that people take for granted.

Symptoms
At first, people might notice a bit of distortion in their vision.  An object that is straight in reality — a telephone pole, for example — may appear curved or wavy to a person with low vision.  A low vision diagnosis is often the result of age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, or another aging eye disease.

Low vision differs from presbyopia, which is when the ability to focus on near objects diminishes. Presbyopia, which can be corrected with reading glasses or other optical solutions, typically emerges between ages 40 and 45.  Signs of low vision are broader than presbyopia and include:

  • Areas of blurred or distorted vision or spots and blotches in your vision
  • Shadowed or darkened field of view or noticeable loss of peripheral vision
  • A gradual loss of central vision
  • Cloudy and blurred vision or exaggerated “halos” around bright lights
  • Blind spots in your field of view

Preventive Measures and Resources
Seeing an eye doctor at the first sign of any visual changes can help to detect the diseases that result in low vision.  In general, seeing an eye doctor is an important step in maintaining eye health.  The onset of low vision is a slow progression of symptoms and the ultimate goal is to maintain remaining sight and prevent further deterioration in vision.

Sometimes, a pharmaceutical or surgical solution may stop further development of one of the diseases associated with low vision, but there are also eye care providers who specialize in low vision.  These specialists can introduce patients to low vision devices such as stand magnifiers, closed-circuit TVs, and telescopic lenses that help people affected by low vision maintain independence and improve their ability to perform daily tasks.

Dr. Michelson continued, “We urge people to check on family, friends, and neighbors who might be experiencing some of the signs of low vision. Vision training, vision rehabilitation, and low vision devices can help people maintain and optimize visual function, and preserve as much sight as is possible.”

At the onset of any symptoms of low vision, The Vision Council reminds people to:

  • Seek an accurate diagnosis and develop a good relationship with an eye care provider
  • Know the risk factors of not maintaining sight and the overall prognosis

To learn more about low vision and find resources, visit www.whatislowvision.org.

”The information and resources on this new website can teach people more about the changes they are experiencing and help them make the most of their remaining vision — which can lead to increased independence and quality of life,” said Dr. Michelson.

About The Vision Council
The Vision Council is the global voice for vision care products, practices, and services.  We represent eyewear manufacturers and suppliers in the optical industry by providing education, consumer outreach and advocacy.  The Vision Council also serves as a resource to the public who want to learn more about options in glasses and sunglasses, eyewear trends, and advances in technology.  Learn more at www.thevisioncouncil.org or find us on Facebook.

 

CONTACT: Erin Hildreth, The Vision Council, +1-703-548-5089; or Susan Caldwell, Access Public Relations, +1-540-204-4033

Social Services and Education Programs

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March calendar of social services and education programs for individuals, caregivers, and family members impacted by the diseases we treat.  All of these programs are open to the community and are offered free of charge.

 

Lending Library (4th Floor)

Featuring hundreds of books, videos and brochures for patients, families and the community-at-large.  Open to the public Monday – Thursday, 10 am – 2 pm.  Receive a free tote bag when you check out a book.

 

Healthy Living: Up2Me

New 6 week session begins Mar 29, 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us for this proven six-week program designed to help caregivers and individuals with chronic diseases set goals and develop skills for success.  Free and open to the public, advance registration is required.  Contact Susan, 483-6055, solorzs@ccf.org.

 

Lunch & Learn

 

Wednesdays, 12 noon – 1 pm

888 W. Bonneville Avenue, Las Vegas

Bring your lunch, drink & dessert are provided; open to the public.

 

Mar 6: Brain Stimulation to Improve Movement, Brach Poston, PhD, Project Scientist, Cleveland Clinic

 

Gain an understanding of non-invasive brain stimulation techniques shown to improve the motor skills of individuals with Parkinson’s Disease as well as in older adults.  Learn about current Cleveland Clinic projects using these techniques along with their future therapeutic potential.

 

Mar 13: In Case of Emergency, Rodney Anderson, MHA, Department Supervisor, Cleveland Clinic

 

Learn tips and strategies to prepare for emergency situations and to keep you and your loved ones safe.

 

Mar 20: Healthy Meal Ideas, Master Chef Gustav Mauler, Spiedini

 

Answer the age-old question, “what’s for dinner” with quick, simple, and nutritious meal ideas.  Recipes and samples will be provided.

 

Mar 27: Interior Design – Supporting Daily Activities, Attila Lawrence, Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

 

Discover inspiring ideas for the design of interior spaces to improve the quality of independent living for individuals and caregivers.

 

Cleveland Museum of Art Series

 

Dynamic conversations about art through videoconferencing.

 

All art education programs are held at the LouRuvoCenter for Brain Health Library, 888 W. Bonneville Avenue, Las Vegas; open to the public.

 

America’s Story through Art: America Emerging; 1700s

Mar 5, 11:00 am – 12:00 noon

America Emerging is a discussion of the 1700s.  This program includes the developing American identity, folk art, the influence of the Age of Reason, the effect of the mercantilist economy, and underlying causes of the Revolution.

 

America’s Story through Art: America Expanding; 1801 – 1861

Mar 19, 11:00 am – 12:00 noon

Art in the first half of the 19th century was a reflection of American values, identity, and political culture.  America Expanding explores frontier life, the results and impact of westward expansion, landscape painting, Jacksonian democracy, and genre art.

 

Contact Susan Solorzano, 483-6055 or solorzs@ccf.org for additional information.

 

Support Groups

 

MEMORY LOSS SUPPORT GROUP

Wednesdays, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Meetings are held weekly for adult members who provide care for loved ones with memory loss.  Contact Donna, 483-6035, municd@ccf.org.

 

PARKINSON’S DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP

Mar 12, 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm

(Held the 2nd Tuesday of every month)

 

Separate groups for early stage individuals and adult family members.

 

Contact Jennifer, 483-6036, gayanj@ccf.org.

 

HUNTINGTON’S DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP

Mar 26, 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm

(Held the 4th Tuesday of every month)

 

Separate groups for gene-positive individuals (asymptomatic and early stage) and adult family members.

 

Contact Jenna, 483-6054, cliffoj@ccf.org.

 

 

 

 

 

Social Services

LouRuvoCenter for Brain Health

Cleveland Clinic |  888 W Bonneville Ave  |  Las Vegas, NV89106

Desk: (702) 331-7042  |  Fax: (702) 260-9797 |  E-mail: louruvosocialserv@ccf.org

Connect:  www.keepmemoryalive.org

Symphony Park Lecture Series Announces Next Presentation

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“Rock Stars of Downtown Business”

Panel discussion on the secrets of downtown’s successful business owners – large and small

WHAT:            During the next SymphonyPark lecture, a panel of successful business leaders, investors and entrepreneurs will share their diverse experiences as contributors to the downtown revitalization.

 

Titled, “Rock Stars of Downtown Business,” the free public lecture kicks off with a wine reception hosted by Downtown Las Vegas Alliance (DLVA), Downtown3rd and Faiss Foley Warren from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by panel discussion of downtown business owners from 6 to 7 p.m.

 

The discussion explores downtown business from a variety of perspectives: first-time entrepreneurs to seasoned executives, food to fashion, casinos to nonprofit organizations. Panelists will share the diverse experiences of their business endeavors, including the things they wish they had known when they started. Gain insights from lessons they learned the hard way, and learn about the vision of these trailblazers for the future of downtown.

 

The Symphony Park Lecture Series is a program presented by the Economic and Urban Development office of the city of Las Vegas and Newland Real Estate LLC, project manager of SymphonyPark, to engage the local community in compelling and pertinent topics germane to SymphonyPark, its anchor projects, downtown and other quality of life issues in Las Vegas.  The event is free and open to the public.

 

WHO:  

MODERATOR:

  • Flo Rogers, KNPR

 

PANELISTS:

  • Seth Schorr – Triple George, MOB Bar, Cycle Pub, Downtown3rd Farmers Market, Downtown3rd, Downtown Grand
  • Sam Cherry – Soho, Resnicks, The Lady Silvia, Pop Up Pizza
  • Meghan Mossler – Stitch Factory
  • Marc Abelman – Inside Style, 18b Las Vegas Arts District
  • Linda Quinn – DISCOVERY Children’s Museum

 

WHEN:            Wednesday, March 13, 2013

  • Doors open at 5 p.m. for a wine bar hosted by DLVA, Downtown3rd and Faiss Foley Warren
  • Panel discussion runs from 6 to 7 p.m.

 

WHERE:         Fifth Street School Auditorium

401 So. Fourth Street, Las Vegas, NV  89101

(Free parking in Fifth Street School lot and City lot at southeast corner of Clark Avenue)

 

SPONSORS:  KNPR, CityLife, DLVA, Downtown3rd, Faiss Foley Warren

 

CONTACT:     For more information, visit www.symphonypark.com; or email info@symphonypark.com.

Nevada Volunteers to Present over $600,000 to Legislature

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Nevada Volunteers, the Governor’s Commission on Service, will present the Nevada Legislature in Carson City on February 28, 2013 at 9:45 a.m., a check of $679,276.  Nevada Volunteers distributes the AmeriCorps*State funding allocated to Nevada from Congress and is the state authority on volunteer information.

 

“This check represents the value of AmeriCorps members and all the volunteers they recruited last year to address unmet needs throughout Nevada” said Shawn Lecker-Pomaville, CEO of Nevada Volunteers.  “By providing the modest state match to this federal funding and investing in service as a strategy to solve problems, Nevada’s leaders saved the state $679,276.”

 

AmeriCorps*State is a cost-effective program that provides direct, results-driven services in the areas of education, human services, public safety and the environment.  AmeriCorps service gives individuals an avenue to help their communities while gaining real world experience and  earning an education award. During the grant year of 2011-2012 alone, 308 AmeriCorps members served 259,930 hours and recruited an additional 3,579 volunteers.  This impact in Nevada communities continues to multiply each year.

 

Upon completion of a member’s term of service, he or she is offered an education award  equal to the Pell Grant, which  can be used to pay for college, graduate school, vocational training, purchase educational supplies, or to repay student loans.  Those 55 and older during their time of service, can transfer their Educational Award to children, grandchildren or foster children.

Free Vision Forum At Las Vegas Senior Center March 7

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No-Cost Basic Skills Workshops For Visually Impaired

 

Living as a blind or visually impaired person is such a challenge! How do you find where you’re going, achieve your potential, or complete your education? Join other visually impaired individuals, their families and those who serve them for a free one-day event with workshops on basic skills and a vendor area with high- and low-technology equipment and community resources. The eighth annual Vision Forum is scheduled for Thursday, March 7, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Las VegasSeniorCenter, located at 451 E. Bonanza Road.  The vendor exhibit area will be open from 8 to 10 a.m. in the adjacent Dula Gym.

 

Workshop topics will include fitness, nutrition, technology tips, low vision resources, health advocacy, goals, Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines, blindness training, transportation, education and family discussion. The event is sponsored by Blindconnect, the city of Las Vegas, Nevada Council of the Blind and the Veterans Administration Vision Program. Those who pre-register by 5 p.m. Feb. 27 are guaranteed a free lunch, raffle ticket and expedited Paratransit service. Download the registration form and brochure at www.lasvegasnevada.gov/files/2013_Vision_Forum_brochure.pdf, register at the senior center, or call (702) 229-6454 to register by telephone. Registration March 7 opens at 8 a.m. at the senior center.

Top Five Tips To Save Your Vision: EyeCare America Encourages Prevention and Early Detection

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Many people take their vision for granted, but what if you lost your peripheral vision, developed a black spot in the center of your visual field, or even went blind altogether?  For more than 4.2 million Americans living with serious vision loss or blindness,  these and other vision challenges can make it difficult to enjoy life’s simple pleasures such as reading, playing cards, or watching grandchildren grow. Vision loss can also make it difficult to live independently, work, or drive. That’s why it is so important to prevent eye disease and vision loss whenever possible.

Often, preventive care and lifestyle choices can help keep your vision healthy. Ophthalmologists – eye physicians and surgeons – encourage seniors to follow these top five tips to safeguard vision:

  1. Get an eye exam. To protect healthy vision, seniors age 65 and older should have a dilated eye exam every 1-2 years, or as recommended by their ophthalmologist. Visit www.eyecareamerica.org to find out if you or a loved one qualifies for an eye exam at no out-of-pocket cost with one of EyeCare America’s volunteer ophthalmologists.
  2. Know your family history. Eye diseases like age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and glaucoma can run in families, so it’s important to know your family’s history of eye disease and talk to your ophthalmologist about any possible genetic risk factors.
  3. Don’t smoke. Tobacco smoking is directly linked to many adverse health effects, including cataracts and AMD. Studies show that current smokers and ex-smokers are more likely to develop AMD than people who have never smoked.
  4. Eat right. A variety of vegetables, especially leafy green ones, are an important part of an eye-healthy diet. Researchers have found people on diets with higher levels of vitamins C and E, zinc, lutein, zeaxanthin, omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA are less likely to develop early and advanced AMD. For delicious recipes that incorporate these essential nutrients, EyeCare America offers a free, downloadable cookbook, called Feast Your Eyes on This.
  5. Protect your eyes from injuries. An estimated 2.5 million eye injuries occur in the U.S. each year, so it is critical to wear proper eye protection to prevent eye injuries, especially during home projects like gardening and cleaning. Eye injuries can also be prevented by securing loose rugs, railings, or other hazards that could cause falls or slips.

Seniors age 65 and older are at the greatest risk for eye disease and vision loss, and because diseases like AMD and glaucoma often have no early symptoms, comprehensive eye exams are especially important. EyeCare America provides care at no out-of-pocket cost to seniors age 65 and older through its corps of volunteer ophthalmologists across the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

EyeCare America is designed for people who:

  • Are U.S. citizens or legal residents;
  • Are age 65 and older;
  • Have not seen an ophthalmologist in three or more years; and,
  • Do not receive eye care through an HMO or the VA.

To see if you or a loved one age 65 or older is eligible, visit www.eyecareamerica.org. EyeCare America is co-sponsored by the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc., with additional support provided by Alcon. The program is endorsed by state and subspecialty ophthalmological societies.

About EyeCare America
Established in 1985, EyeCare America, a public service program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, is committed to the preservation of sight, accomplishing its mission through public service and education. EyeCare America provides year-round eye care services to medically underserved seniors and those at increased risk for eye disease through its corps of nearly 7,000 volunteer ophthalmologists dedicated to serving their communities. More than 90 percent of the care made available is provided at no out-of-pocket cost to the patients. Since its inception, EyeCare America has helped more than 1.7 million people.  More information can be found at: www.eyecareamerica.org.

City Of Las Vegas March 2013 Recreation, Adaptive Recreation & Community Special Events

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City Of Las Vegas March 2013

Recreation, Adaptive Recreation & Community Special Events

 

All activities are subject to change. For links to facilities, programs, classes and activities in the current Beyond the Neon guide, go online to www.lasvegasnevada.gov/Find/recreation.htm. Most activities require advance registration. Register today to build your healthy lifestyle!

 

Ward 1 Puppy Love Event (all ages)

Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m. to noon.

WoofterPark (DogPark), 1600 Rock Springs Drive (Corner of Rock Springs Drive & Vegas Drive).

Prepare to enjoy the Dog Costume Parade (with prizes), food trucks, vendors, raffles and information booths. Pet adoptions will be available. Spay and neuter clinic information will be available. Hosted by Ward 1 Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian. For more information, please contact Kimberly Reid at (702) 229-2299 or kreid@lasvegasnevada.gov.

 

Corporate Challenge Opening (all ages)

Saturday, March 2, 8 a.m. Torch Relay; 3:30 p.m. Family Fun; 5:30 p.m. Executive Relay; 7 p.m. Opening Ceremonies

Free admission.

Fremont Street East between Las Vegas Boulevard and Seventh Street.

Opening ceremonies will include a parade of flags and banners, a Corporate Challenge Light Show and musical entertainment.

 

Ward 5 Coffee With The Councilman

Thursday, March 7, 9 to 10 a.m.

Free admission and open to the public.

Starbucks, 751 N. Rancho Drive, at Bonanza Road.

Join Ward 5 Councilman Ricki Y. Barlow for coffee and conversation about your ideas to improve Ward 5 and Las Vegas.

 

The Fast and the Furriest Dog Walk & Health Fair (all ages)
Saturday, March 9, 10 a.m. to noon. Walk begins at 10:30 a.m.
Free and open to the public.
Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs, 9200 Tule Springs Road, (702) 229-8100.
Bring your four-legged friends and family out for a walk in the park. Community vendors will be participating in this event to provide information to help you, your family and your four-legged friends stay healthy this year. The animal foundation will share information about low-cost spay and neuter, microchip and vaccination clinic.

Coffee With The Mayor

Thursday, March 14, 8 to 9:30 a.m.

Free admission and open to the public.

Starbucks, 751 N. Rancho Drive, at Bonanza Road.

Residents looking to meet and converse with Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman and Ward 5 Councilman Ricki Y. Barlow will have the opportunity from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Coffee with the Mayor is an opportunity for residents who have issues to discuss, or would simply like to meet the mayor.

 

Spring Youth Flag Football Leagues (ages 6-14)

Games on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 16-May 11. Advance registration required.

Fee: $75, includes NFL jersey, black shorts, flags, and trophies or medals.

CimarronRoseCommunity Center, 5591 N. Cimarron Road, (702) 229-1607.

VeteransMemorialLeisureServicesCenter, 101 N. Pavilion Center Drive, (702) 229-1100.

For boys and girls ages 6-14. Birth certificate is required at registration. Practices will be held once or twice each week for 1-1½ hours in locations to be determined. There will be 6-8 games, based on size of league. Divisions: Pee Wee (ages 6-8), Juniors (9-11), and Seniors (12-14). Participants must purchase their own mouth pieces and rubber cleats. Coaches are always needed. There will be a city championship for the top four teams in each division for an additional $10 fee.

 

Ward 3 Free Shredding Event

Saturday, March 16, 10 a.m. to noon.

Kmart, 5051 E. Nellis Blvd. on east side near Nellis.

Ward 3 Councilman Bob Coffin sponsors this complimentary shredding event. Bring your documents that need to be shredded. Limit five boxes per vehicle. For more information, call 229- 4623.

 

Spring Break Splash Camp (ages 6-11)

Monday-Friday, March 25-29, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Cost: $110 per child

Municipal Pool, 431 E. Bonanza Road, (702) 229-6309.

Camp activities include daily swim lessons and more. Excursions will be included for an additional fee. Campers should bring a sack lunch, beverages, swim suit, towel and a change of clothes each day. Limited to 25 youth. Advance registration is required. Call 229-6309 to register.

 

Spring Break Kids Camp (ages 6-11)

Monday-Friday, March 25-29, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost: $75 first child, $70 each additional child.

CimarronRoseCommunity Center, 5591 N. Cimarron Road, (702) 229-1607.

VeteransMemorialLeisureServicesCenter, 101 N. Pavilion Center Drive, (702) 229-1100.

Youth need to bring a sack lunch and snacks each day. Enjoy sports, games, arts, crafts and more fun.

 

Free Souper Spring Egg Hunt (ages walking-13)

Saturday, March 30, 10 a.m. to noon.

Dula Gym, 441 E. Bonanza Road, (702) 229-6307.

Bring a canned good or non-perishable food item and receive an extra ticket to win a prize egg.  Donations will be delivered to Three Square Food Bank. Children will be released at listed times in designated areas of Dula Gym to search for eggs filled with treats and discoveries. Tots ages walking-4, gym floor 9:30 a.m.; ages 5-6, dance room 9:50 a.m.; ages 7-8, fitness room 10 a.m.; ages 8-9, computer lab 10:10 a.m.; and ages 10-13, gymnasium floor 10:20 a.m.

Ward 2 Spring Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza (all ages)

Saturday, March 30, 10 a.m. to noon.

Free and open to the public.

VeteransMemorialLeisureServicesCenter, 101 N. Pavilion Center Drive, (702) 229-1100.

Bring the family to enjoy DJ music, photos with Easter Bunny, egg hunts, craft projects, games, face painting, jump houses and raffle drawings.

 

Adaptive Recreation

8th Annual Vision Forum (all ages)

Thursday, March 7, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Free admission. Those who pre-register by Feb. 27 are guaranteed a free lunch, raffle ticket and expedited Paratransit service, if requested.

Las VegasSeniorCenter, 451 E. Bonanza Road, (702) 229-6454.

Registration and vendors exhibit hall in the adjacent Dula Gym will be open 8-10 a.m. Workshops scheduled 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. include fitness, nutrition, technology tips, goal setting, ADA guidelines, blindness training, transportation, education, health advocacy, low-vision information and a family session. The day is sponsored by the city of Las Vegas, Blindconnect, Nevada Council of the Blind and the Veterans Administration Vision Program. For more information and a registration form, call 229-6454.

 

Lorenzi Adaptive Recreation Program (ages 7-21 with disabilities)

Monday-Friday, 1 to 6 p.m.  Closed March 25-29, school district staff development days and holidays.

Cost: $27 for 1-3 days; $36 for 4 days; $45 for 5 days, per person.

EastLas VegasCommunity Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave., (702) 229-1515.

Participants will enjoy a new recreation experience every week, community outings, sports, games, arts and crafts, swimming, movies, friends, and all around fun. Contact Andrea Anzalone at 229-4903 or 229-6358 for information and to register.

 

Leisure Connection (ages 22+ with developmental disabilities)

Leisure Connection is a social group. Community outings are planned each month to assist high-functioning adults with social skills and independence in the community. Activities include bowling, movies, lunch/dinner outings, sports events and leisure education classes. Call (702) 229-5177 to be placed on the activity schedule mailing list or e-mail jwinder@lasvegasnevada.gov.

 

New A.G.E. (ages 22+ with developmental disabilities)

Monday-Friday, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Closed school district staff development days and holidays.

Cost: $21 for 1-3 days; $28 for 4 days; $35 for 5 days each week.

CentennialHillsActiveAdultCenter, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive, (702) 229-1702.

Call 229-5177 or e-mail jwinder@lasvegasnevada.gov for registration packet and more information. The program offers a variety of activities and special events that promote individuality, self-esteem and independence.

Fashion Show Salutes Youth Volunteers For Exceptional Community Service

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More than 30 high school young men and women from National Charity League Las Vegas and

Young Men’s Service League take the runway at Fashion Show

 

WHAT:                        In recognition of thousands of hours of community service performed by local youth, Fashion Show hosts a special runway show to salute and recognize the good works and community contributions of two local youth service organizations – National Charity League (NCL) Las Vegas chapter and Young Men’s Service League (YMSL).  More than 30 young men and women from area high schools and members of these organizations will participate in a special runway show underwritten and hosted by Fashion Show, Best Agency and Faiss Foley Warren Public Relations.   The young women and men, along with their mothers, are members of the National Charity League and Young Men’s Service League Las Vegas chapters, respectively, and have collectively performed thousands of hours of community service at dozens of non-profit organizations in our community.  NCL’s mission is to promote volunteerism, cultivate leadership and provide an opportunity for mothers and teen daughters to forge a bond through service.  YMSL encourages young men and their mothers to improve their relationship by pursuing philanthropic opportunities in their community.

 

The show is free to the public with special reserved seating for NCL and YMSL members.

 

WHEN:                       Saturday, February 23, 2013

Runway shows at 1 and 3 p.m.  

 

WHERE:                    On the runway in the Great Hall

Fashion Show, 3200 Las Vegas Boulevard South

 

FASHION SHOW:    

Fashion Show is the largest shopping destination on Las Vegas Boulevard.  It is located at 3200 Las Vegas Blvd., South and can be accessed from Spring Mountain Road, just west of Las Vegas Boulevard or via Mel Torme Way, just off of Industrial Road.  Anchors include Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, Dillard’s, Bloomingdale’s Home, Nordstrom and Forever 21.  Underground, covered, garage and valet parking are offered. Please call Fashion Show at 702-369-8382, or visit www.thefashionshow.com for more information.

 

NATIONAL CHARITY LEAGUE:

Established in Los Angeles, California in 1925, and incorporated in 1958, National Charity League, Inc. is the premier mother-daughter organization, serving women and their daughters in grades 7-12. The NCL Experience inspires and empowers women to succeed as confident, well-rounded and socially aware contributors in their communities.  Currently the membership organization has 168 Chapters in 17 states, providing valuable philanthropic, leadership, and cultural experiences to its members and striving to meet critical needs of local communities through hands-on volunteer support. For more information, visit our Website at www.nationalcharityleague.org.

 

YOUNG MEN’S SERVICE LEAGUE:

Founded in Plano, Texas in 2001 by Pam and Julie Rosener, Young Men’s Service League is an organization that allows mothers and their high school sons an opportunity to work together in support of those in need within the community.  The National YMSL organization was formed in 2005 and has grown to over 30 chapters in five states.  In addition to volunteering and completing service hours, the young men are required to attend meetings where they develop leadership, social and life/practice skills as well as learn about health/nutrition and making smart decisions in life.

Ophthalmologists Consider Five Tests and Treatments that Would Benefit from Doctor-Patient Conversations

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American Academy of Ophthalmology Joins Choosing Wisely® Campaign to Advance Quality Eye Care and Promote Health Care Savings

The American Academy of Ophthalmology today announced it is participating in the Choosing Wisely® campaign, a national initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation to encourage conversations between patients and their doctors about treatment options and efficient use of health care dollars. The Academy is one of 17 organizations joining Choosing Wisely today – representing more than 350,000 physicians, nurses, pathologists, radiologists and other health care professionals – to release lists of commonly performed tests, procedures and treatments that patients and physicians should discuss.

The United States spends more on health care than many other industrialized nations, yet often does not achieve better health outcomes. This may be explained in part by an overuse of unnecessary and duplicative medical tests. Choosing Wisely, which promotes best practices and better management of health care resources, complements physicians’ efforts to use evidence-based medicine to meet patients’ needs.

To ensure that the best care options are considered for ophthalmic patients, the Academy has identified five common tests and treatments that ophthalmologists and patients should discuss:

  1. Preoperative Medical Tests: Don’t perform preoperative medical tests – such as an electrocardiogram or blood glucose test – prior to eye surgery unless there are specific signs indicating a need for them.
  2. Imaging Tests: Don’t routinely order imaging tests when there are no symptoms or signs of significant eye disease.
  3. Antibiotics for Pink Eye: Don’t prescribe antibiotics for pink eye that is caused by an adenovirus.
  4. Antibiotics for Eye Injections: Don’t routinely provide antibiotics before or after injections into the vitreous cavity of the eye.
  5. Punctal Plugs for Dry Eye: Don’t treat dry eye by inserting punctual plugs before attempting other options, such as medical treatments with artificial tears, lubricants and compresses.

“Some experts estimate that up to 30 percent of health care delivered in the U.S. may be unnecessary or duplicative,” said David W. Parke II, M.D., CEO of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. “Not only does this represent significant waste, but it also underscores patients’ unnecessary exposure to risks associated with any test or procedure. The American Academy of Ophthalmology is participating in Choosing Wisely as a way to support evidence-based medicine and promote greater patient involvement in their eye care. By increasing conversations between ophthalmologists and those they treat, we can better guarantee that patients receive the right eye care at the right time.”

The Academy’s health policy committee led the development of the list of five tests and treatments with input from members and ophthalmic subspecialty societies. Numerous recommendations and supporting evidence were researched and reviewed under the leadership of William L. Rich III, M.D., the Academy’s medical director of health policy.

“In medicine, more isn’t necessarily better,” said Dr. Rich. “Conversations around the five tests and treatments identified by the American Academy of Ophthalmology can reduce the potential for over-treating our patients. We will continue our work to identify treatments that could benefit from better conversations between ophthalmologists and their patients.”

To date, twenty-five specialty societies have released lists through Choosing Wisely. The lists released today will be promoted nationwide through the Choosing Wisely campaign’s consumer partners, including Consumer Reports, AARP, Wikipedia and the National Business Coalition on Health.

The Academy’s participation in the Choosing Wisely campaign is one component of its ongoing efforts to promote responsible use of health care resources, without sacrificing quality of care. The Academy also provides a wide variety of educational programs, products and services to ophthalmologists — medical doctors specializing in the diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment of eye disease and conditions — and the patients they serve in order to improve patient care. The organization’s EyeSmart® program features the most trustworthy and medically accurate consumer information about eye diseases, conditions and injuries.

To learn more about Choosing Wisely and to view the complete lists and details about the recommendations, visit www.ChoosingWisely.org. To learn how patients can start conversations about the five ophthalmic tests and treatments above, visit www.geteyesmart.org.

About the American Academy of Ophthalmology
The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the world’s largest association of eye physicians and surgeons — Eye M.D.s— with nearly 32,000 members worldwide.  Eye health care is provided by the three “O’s” – ophthalmologists, optometrists, and opticians. It is the ophthalmologist, or Eye M.D., who can treat it all: eye diseases, infections and injuries, and perform eye surgery. For more information, visit www.aao.org  The Academy’s EyeSmart® program educates the public about the importance of eye health and empowers them to preserve healthy vision. EyeSmart provides the most trusted and medically accurate information about eye diseases, conditions and injuries. OjosSanos™ is the Spanish-language version of the program. Visit www.geteyesmart.org or www.ojossanos.org  to learn more.

About the ABIM Foundation
The mission of the ABIM Foundation is to advance medical professionalism to improve the health care system. We achieve this by collaborating with physicians and physician leaders, medical trainees, health care delivery systems, payers, policy makers, consumer organizations and patients to foster a shared understanding of professionalism and how they can adopt the tenets of professionalism in practice. To learn more about the ABIM Foundation, visit www.abimfoundation.org, read our blog blog.abimfoundation.org, connect with us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

About Choosing Wisely
First announced in December 2011, Choosing Wisely is part of a multi-year effort led by the ABIM Foundation to support and engage physicians in being better stewards of finite health care resources. Participating specialty societies are working with the ABIM Foundation and Consumer Reports to share the lists widely with their members and convene discussions about the physician’s role in helping patients make wise choices. Learn more at www.ChoosingWisely.org.

City Of Las Vegas March 2013 Senior Events

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City Of Las Vegas March 2013 Senior Events

Las Vegas Residents Invited To Celebrations, Luncheons & Activities At City Centers

 

The city of Las Vegas active adult and senior centers offer exercise, fitness, craft, arts, dance, music and computer classes; cards; games; discussion and social groups; luncheons; sports; and special events Monday through Friday to residents age 50 and better. Many of these activities contribute to wellness and a healthy lifestyle. A listing of classes and activities is published in the Beyond the Neon Leisure Guide, available in the centers and online at www.lasvegasnevada.gov/Find/recreation.htm. All activities are subject to change. Most activities require $2 annual membership to city of Las Vegas Senior Citizen Programs, available at all senior and active adult centers.

 

AARP Free Tax Form Preparation
Monday, Wednesday and Friday, through April 12, by appointment only.

Las VegasSeniorCenter, 451 E. Bonanza Road, (702) 229-6454.

Low-income residents can get free assistance in preparing their personal income tax forms.  Some restrictions apply; call 229-6454 for details and appointment.

 

AARP Free Tax Form Preparation (ages 50+)
Mondays and Thursdays, through April 11 by appointment only.
Free with appointment only.
CentennialHillsActiveAdultCenter, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive, (702) 229-1702.

Income restrictions apply. Call 229-1702 for information and appointments.

 

AARP Free Tax Form Preparation (ages 50+)
Tuesday afternoons, through April 9.
Free with appointment only.
LieburnSeniorCenter, 6230 Garwood Ave., (702) 229-1600.

Income restrictions apply. Call 229-1600 for information and appointments.

 

AARP Free Tax Form Preparation (ages 50+)
Tuesdays, through April 9, by appointment only.

EastLas VegasCommunity Center, 250 N. Eastern, (702) 229-1515

Income restrictions apply.  Call 229-1515 for information and to make an appointment.

 

VITA Free Tax Form Preparation

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., through April 11, by appointment only.
Doolittle Senior Center, 1930 N. J St., (702) 229-6125.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is an Internal Revenue Service program designed to help low- and moderate-income taxpayers complete their annual tax returns at no cost. All ages with income under $49,000 are welcome. Call 229-6125 for appointments.

Bunco (ages 50+)
Wednesday, March 6, 10 a.m. Advance registration required.
Cost: $5 with a current annual $2 senior programs membership.
CentennialHillsActiveAdultCenter, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive, (702) 229-1702.

Enjoy playing Bunco and having a light snack afterwards.

Centennial Hills Active Adult Book Club (ages 50+)
First Wednesday of each month at 12:30 p.m.; March 6.

Cost: Free with a current annual $2 senior programs membership.
CentennialHillsActiveAdultCenter, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive, (702) 229-1702.

Come prepared to discuss this month’s book.

March book: “The Given Day” by Dennis Lehane.

April’s book: “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein.

May’s book: “Defending Jacob” by William Landay.

8th Annual Vision Forum (all ages)

Thursday, March 7, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Free admission. Those who pre-register by Feb. 27 are guaranteed a free lunch, raffle ticket and expedited Paratransit service, if requested.

Las VegasSeniorCenter, 451 E. Bonanza Road, (702) 229-6454.

Registration and vendors exhibit hall in the adjacent Dula Gym will be open 8-10 a.m. Workshops scheduled 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. include fitness, nutrition, technology tips, goal setting, ADA guidelines, blindness training, transportation, education, health advocacy, low-vision information and a family session. The day is sponsored by the city of Las Vegas, Blindconnect, Nevada Council of the Blind and the Veterans Administration Vision Program. For more information and a registration form, call 229-6454.

 

Springtime Tea Party (ages 50+)

Thursday, March 7, 10 a.m. Register by March 1. Space is limited.

Cost: $2.
Doolittle Senior Center, 1930 N. J St., (702) 229-6125.
Wear your fancy spring hat and bring your favorite teacup to enjoy a variety of teas, fruit, cookies, cakes, music and a raffle.

 

Waffle Day Brunch (ages 50+)
Thursday, March 7, 10 a.m. Advance registration is required by March 1.
Cost: $3.
EastLas VegasCommunity Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave. (702) 229-1515.

Enjoy waffles, waffles, and more waffles at this brunch.  Come hungry!

Final Arrangements and Wills Lecture (ages 50+)

Monday, March 11, 1:30 p.m.  Must register by March 8.
Free admission.
LieburnSeniorCenter, 6230 Garwood Ave., (702) 229-1600.

Palm Mortuary representative will lecture on final arrangements and wills.

St. Patrick’s Luncheon, Under the Rainbow (ages 50+)

Thursday, March 14, 11:30 a.m. Advance registration required by March 8. Space is limited.

Cost:  $5; must have senior programs membership.

Las VegasSeniorCenter, 451 E. Bonanza Road, (702) 229-6454.

Enjoy a meal of corned beef and cabbage, a traditional St. Patrick’s Day lunch, and entertainment by the Sun City Aliante Songsters.

 

Luck of the Irish Luncheon (ages 50+)

Thursday, March 14, noon. Register by March 8.

Cost: $5.

DoolittleSeniorCenter, 1930 N. J St., (702) 229-6125.
Enjoy corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, cornbread, dessert, green punch and great company!

 

St. Patty’s Luncheon (ages 50+)

Friday, March 15, 11:30 a.m. Must register by March 12.

Cost: $5.

LieburnSeniorCenter, 6230 Garwood Ave., (702) 229-1600.

Enjoy corned beef and cabbage with all the fixings.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon (ages 50+)
Wednesday, March 20, 11:30 a.m. Advance registration is required by March 15.
Cost: $5.
EastLas VegasCommunity Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave. (702) 229-1515.

Enjoy a traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal.  Wear green, so you don’t get pinched!

Waffle Day Breakfast (ages 50+)

Monday, March 25, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Advance registration required.

Cost: $4

Las VegasSeniorCenter, 451 E. Bonanza Road, (702) 229-6454.

It’s National Waffle Day!  Enjoy waffles, eggs and bacon for breakfast.

Café Latte owner brings deep Italian and culinary roots to new coffee spot

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Las Vegas – Café Latte has two new locations in downtown Las Vegas: inside  the Plaza Hotel on Main Street at 1 South Main Street; and on the first floor of inside the Molasky Corporate Center, 100 N. City Parkway.

 

According to owner Luigi Bomparola, both are doing well and filling a need for a perfect cup of coffee for those who work and live downtown. “I love the coffee business, there is nothing like the perfect cup of coffee any time of day. I only use the finest coffee, Illy, the premier coffee from Italy. My customers can taste the difference and sometimes travel great distances just for a cup of Illy.” In addition to coffee, Café Latte offers bakery items, smoothies, shakes, to-go lunch items and a retail outlet.

 

Bomparola, who says he will open more Café Latte restaurants as demand increases, plans to expand his menus to include new breakfast and lunch options.

 

Bomparola is from Milan, Italy where he learned to cook from his family, always with simple, good ingredients. His brother owns and operates one of arguably the best Italian delis and retail stores in Las Vegas, Siena Italian Authentic Trattoria & Deli 9500 West Sahara Avenue. Bomoparola also serves as vice president of the Italian food division for Shetakis Wholesalers, specializing in fine food products for local executive chefs and restaurants. He has been an executive chef for 32 years and came to Las Vegas to open Il Fornaio restaurant currently located in the New York New York Hotel & Casino. He also owns self-serve yogurt shops in Destine, Florida.

 

About Café Latte:

A stylish European espresso bar located inside the Plaza Hotel and Casino and at the MolaskyCorporateCenter.  Cafelatte offers a wide variety of coffee drinks, smoothies, shakes, panini, grilled pizzas, salads, continental pastries, desserts and an attractive selection of Italian ice creams and sorbets.

Café Latte offers to-go orders, special events catering, room service, and much more.

 

 

MON-SUN 6am-10pm

Cafelatte

Plaza Hotel and Casino

1 S. Main St.

Las Vegas, NV  89101

tel: 702-386-2232

fax: 800-821-0926

cafelatteplaza@gmail.com

 

MON-FRI 6am-4pm

Cafelatte

MolaskyCo.Center

100 City Parkway

Las Vegas, NV89106

tel:702-629-3400

fax: 800-821-0926

cafelattemolaksy@gmail.com

Queen’s study shows psychotropic drug dispensing increases on entry to care homes

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Queen’s study shows psychotropic drug dispensing increases on entry to care homes
 

 

A study by Queen’s University Belfast has found that the dispensing of psychotropic drugs to older people in Northern Ireland increases on entry to care homes.

According to the study, due to be published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, antipsychotic drug dispensing in older people more than doubled from 8.2 per cent before entry to care homes to 18.6 per cent after entering care.

The study was carried out by researchers from Queen’s Centre for Public Health in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences.  It analysed prescribing data for over 250,000 people, aged 65 years and over living in Northern Ireland from 2008 to 2010, and looked at drug uptake within the older population during the transition from community to care.

The study revealed that psychotropic drug use was higher in care homes than the community, with 20.3 per cent of those in care homes dispensed an antipsychotic in January 2009, compared with 1.1 per cent of those in the community.

Lead researcher on the Queen’s study, Aideen Maguire, who is based in the Centre of Excellence for Public Health Northern Ireland said: “Although drug dispensing is high in older people in the community, we have found that it increases dramatically on entry to care. This study showed that the high uptake of psychotropic drugs observed in care homes in Northern Ireland cannot be explained by a continuation of drug use initiated in the community prior to entering care.

“With an ageing population globally it is important that we look at the reasons behind this type of increase following admission to care. Antipsychotic uptake in Northern Ireland is similar to that in the rest of the UK and Ireland, and this study highlights the need for routine medicines reviews especially during the transition into care.”

Other key findings of the study included:

·         Of the 250,617 people studied, 6,779 (2.7 per cent) experienced a transition into care during 2008-2010.

·         The psychotropic drugs prescribed to patients included in the study were being prescribed for the first time for many.

·         Six months after admission, 37.1 per cent of all new residents had received at least one prescription for a hypnotic drug, 30.2 per cent for an antipsychotic, and 24.5 per cent for an anxiolytic.

·         1.1 per cent of those living in the community were dispensed at least one prescription for an antipsychotic in January 2009, (7.3 per cent for a hypnotic, and 3.6 percent for an anxiolytic).

·         Hypnotic drug dispensing increased from 14.8 per cent to 26.3 per cent after entering care.

·         This study shows that use of psychotropic medication in a small proportion of residents of care homes was a continuation of a prescription that had been started before entry, but one in six individuals with no history of psychotropic drug use in the six months before entry had been exposed to at least one antipsychotic prescription within six months of entering care.

Professor Carmel Hughes from the School of Pharmacy at Queen’s added: “This is an important study of national and international relevance, as with an ageing population, quality of care for older people is an ongoing public health concern.

“The number of older people entering care across Ireland is predicted to increase in the next 10 years, and studies further predict a 69 per cent increase in the Irish population aged over 65 years from 2006-2021, and a 40 per cent increase in the those aged over 65 years in Northern Ireland in the same time frame.  With a globally ageing population, it is vitally important that we look at the reasons behind the increase in the prescription of psychotropic drugs in care homes.”

For further information on the Centre for Public Health and Centre of Excellence for Public Health Northern Ireland is available online at

http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/CentreforPublicHealth/

Ends.

For media enquiries please contact Claire O’Callaghan on +44 (0) 28 9097 5391 or 07814415451 or at c.ocallaghan@qub.ac.uk

Notes to Editors

  1. Aideen Maguire is available for interview.  Interview bids to Claire O’Callaghan on +44 (0) 28 9097 5391 or 07814415451 or at c.ocallaghan@qub.ac.uk
  2. A photograph of Aideen Maguire has been issued to picture desks and is available on request.
  3. Audio interview clips of Aideen Maguire and an online ‘WhatQneedtoknow’ video will be available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/home/ceao/Qtv/
  4. The full report is available for ‘early view’ at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jgs.12101/pdf
  5. Other studies have looked at drug uptake in care and in the community separately.

 

 

 

The Little Engine That Could Earns Her Whistle

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Believing that anything is possible, believing that magic can be found anywhere, and above all believing in oneself are all lessons to be found in ArtsPower National Touring Theatre’s new musical version of the beloved children’s classic The Little Engine That Could™ Earns Her Whistle.  The Little Blue Engine, against all odds, finds a way to conquer her fears and demonstrate the extraordinary strength of “I think I can!”  This original production is being presented by the city of Las Vegas March 9, at 10:30 a.m., at the Historic Fifth Street School located at 401 S. Fourth St. All tickets are $3. Visit www.artslasvegas.org or call (702) 229-3515 or 229-6469 for more information.

 

At the Piney Vale Train Station, the overbearing the Silver Engine keeps things running efficiently and always on time.  Silver has no patience for the Little Blue, who – to everyone but dependable old Rusty – seems far too small to pull the Piney Vale Express.  Little Blue, not to be discouraged, expresses her desire to see the exciting world outside the train yard in the song “All Aboard!”

When Silver forces Rusty to retire, however, Little Blue’s dreams start to look like they may never be realized.  Even her erstwhile “best friend” Little Red, promoted to pull the Piney Vale Express in Rusty’s place, begins to question Little Blue’s resolve.

Little Red hurts her wheel and can’t pull the Piney Vale Express after all.  Suddenly, everything depends on Little Blue.  Rusty’s unflagging encouragement gives her even more confidence, and she tackles her challenging mission in “The Big Journey.”  At the show’s joyful conclusion, Little Blue completes the route successfully and can finally say “I thought I could!”

The Little Engine That Could™ Earns Her Whistle features a dynamic, Broadway-style score and colorful, inventive sets and costumes.  The production was adapted and directed by ArtsPower’s artistic director Greg Gunning; Greg also wrote the lyrics, while Richard DeRosa created and orchestrated the musical score.

Mark Blackman and Gary Blackman founded ArtsPower in 1985 and have been steering its course ever since.  ArtsPower has grown into one of America’s premiere producers of professional theatre for young and family audiences. Its 27 professional touring musicals and dramas have been seen by 12 million people in 48 states – from Alaska to Florida – in hundreds of the nation’s top cultural centers, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and Lincoln Center in New York.

“For many children, The Little Engine That Could™ Earns Her Whistle may be the first stage production they ever see,” says executive producer Gary Blackman.  “Our goal is not only to teach them valuable lessons about self-reliance, but also to instill in them a genuine love of theatre.”

For more information on the Verona, New Jersey-based company or any of its programs, please call 973.239.0100 or visit ArtsPower’s website at www.artspower.org.

 

Note to editors: Downloadable images of ArtsPower’s musical productions are available at www.artspower.org.  To request a hard copy photo or to arrange an interview with Gary Blackman, Mark Blackman, or Greg Gunning, please contact ArtsPower at 973.239.0100.

Save on a Summer Escape to Luxurious Moon Dance Resorts

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Jump at your chance to secure the lowest rates of the year at this distinctive boutique hotel and luxury villa collection poised on Negril’s dramatically scenic, seaside cliffs and its famed Seven Mile Beach

Negril, Jamaica – Plan a summer escape and enjoy the lowest rates of the year at Negril’s exclusive Moon Dance Resorts, a boutique hotel and luxury villa collection poised on ruggedly scenic oceanfront cliffs and a private stretch of one of the world’s top-rated beaches. Reduced off-season pricing for an idyllic Moon Dance escape starts at just $195 per night from April 7 through December 20, 2013.

Moon Dance offers two distinctive resorts in beautiful Negril, Jamaica. Moon Dance Cliffs resort features spectacular oceanview accommodations, luxurious amenities and a secluded, unique setting on the picturesque cliffs of Negril at Jamaica’s westernmost edge. Its sister property, the acclaimed Moon Dance Villas resort, is located up the coast on a private stretch of famed Seven Mile Beach–consistently rated one of the top 10 beaches in the world.

Moon Dance Cliffs is an ideal destination for both couples and families, offering spacious and luxurious accommodations that let you spread out, relax and enjoy your tropical home away from home.  These include 480- to 1,200 square-foot rooms and suites, along with 1-, 4- and 5-bedroom private, poolside villas. All the villas have private garden Jacuzzis and fully-stocked wet bars and some also feature full-size pool tables in the living rooms. Soak up some sun and gaze out to sea, wade into the resort’s oversized designer swimming pool–complete with a waterfall, island bridges, massage hut, hammocks and a swim-up bar —or relax with some seaside yoga.  Experience the gentle thrill of jumping from the resort’s lifeguard-attended cliffs and splashing into the warm Caribbean waters below. Other onsite amenities include the full-service Kalama spa and salon, with three treatments rooms – one created just for couples – as well as a unique seaside rock cove for outdoor massages, an infinity hydrotherapy spa and infrared sauna.  Moon Dance Cliffs also features delectable cuisine at Annie’s restaurant as well as a more casual sports bar and game area. All-inclusive dining options are available, as are some of Negril’s best restaurants just a short walk away.

Just 15 minutes up the coast, Negril’s strikingly, white sand beach is home to Moon Dance Villas, Jamaica’s premiere villa resort. Situated on its own private, pristine stretch of 7-Mile Beach, Moon Dance Villas feature luxurious one- to five- bedroom beachfront villas, ranging in size from 1,500- to 5,500-square-feet, that are all separated by lush, tropical gardens. Private pools and jacuzzis for each of the villas are sprinkled throughout the property, offering cool retreats from the hot Caribbean sun. Each villa has its own attentive, highly-trained staff—a gourmet chef, personal bartender, and housekeeper—who attend to your every need, ensuring your stay at Moon Dance Villas is a relaxing, unforgettable escape from the everyday.

In addition to their onsite amenities and activities, both Moon Dance Cliffs and Moon Dance Villa resorts offer easy access to some of the Caribbean’s best fun in the sun. Nearby outings and excursions include golf, tennis, horseback riding, river rafting, deep sea fishing, snorkeling, diving, ziplining, and much more.

For more information about Moon Dance Villas and Moon Dance Cliffs, visit http://www.moondanceresorts.com or call 1-800-621-1120.

About Moon Dance Resorts
With two beautiful locations in Negril, Jamaica, Moon Dance Resorts offer something for everybody. From fully staffed, luxury, beachfront villas at Moon Dance Villas to the modern Moon Dance Cliffs boutique hotel and villa resort on the dramatic cliffs, both are perfect island getaways. In the over 25 years we have been in business in Negril, we have welcomed innumerable guests, planned hundreds of weddings, and introduced many people to the beautiful island of Jamaica and its wonderful people. At both Moon Dance Villas and Moon Dance Cliffs we strive to provide the best service in Jamaica. Our friendly, amenable staff is there throughout your stay, ensuring your comfort and taking special care to make your stay at Moon Dance absolutely unforgettable.
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Pediatric Flatfoot – Cause for Alarm?

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Untreated Flat Feet in Children Can Result in Chronic Pain, Reduced Mobility

and an Increased Risk for Obesity

 

Parents keep a close eye on their growing children, watching for proper development and alert for any sign of a problem because small problems can have big implications. Surgeons at the Annual Conference of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) this week are conferring with one another on Pediatric Flatfoot, a childhood condition that, if left untreated, can result in permanent deformity in adulthood. Flatfoot deformity makes mobility and exercise painful, increasing the risk of reduced cardiovascular health and obesity.

“Parents never want their child to undergo a surgical procedure,” says Mary Crawford, DPM, FACFAS, an Everett, Washington foot and ankle surgeon and conference presenter. “But uncorrected symptomatic flatfoot can lead to chronic pain and instability as the child ages into adulthood. Children will be on their feet for a long time to come. It’s vital to keep those feet healthy. A foot and ankle surgeon can help parents understand the options – surgical and non-surgical – for treating pediatric flatfoot.”

 

Not all children have symptoms, but others will complain of pain, tenderness or cramping in the foot, leg, and knee. Parents may notice an outward tilting of the heel, awkwardness or clumsiness in walking and difficulty with shoes. Pediatric flatfoot makes participating in activities more difficult, so parents should take note if their child is unable to keep up with playmates, tires easily or voluntarily withdraws from physical activities.

 

To diagnose a pediatric flatfoot, a foot and ankle surgeon examines the child’s foot in weight bearing and non-weight bearing positions, both in and out of shoes. The physician also notes how the child walks and evaluates the foot’s range of motion. In some cases, flat feet are associated with issues of the hip and knee, so the physician may examine those as well.

 

For further detailed analysis, the physician may order imaging tests such as x-ray, a CT scan, MRI or bone scan. Family history will be evaluated as well, since the presence of flatfoot disorder in the family increases the possibility of flatfoot in the child.

 

“There are different types of flatfoot deformities,” notes Crawford. “Thorough testing helps us pinpoint the causes of the flatfoot disorder and develop an appropriate treatment plan.”

 

Pediatric flatfoot can be divided into two categories, flexible and rigid. Flexible flatfoot is characterized by a normal arch when non-weight bearing, or sitting, and disappearance of the arch when standing.  There may or may not be symptoms. In the case of rigid flatfoot, however, the arch is stiff and flat when both sitting and standing. In most cases, children with rigid flatfoot display symptoms associated with the condition. In either case, flexible or rigid flatfoot, there are a variety of underlying reasons, requiring different treatments.

 

Babies often appear to have flat feet due to cramped positioning inside the womb, and the symptoms will abate with time. In other cases, the surgeon recommends stretching exercises or a soft brace for a short period. Children who do not exhibit symptoms typically do not require treatment, but will be monitored and reevaluated periodically by the foot and ankle surgeon.

 

For children who do exhibit symptoms, the physician may recommend physical therapy, shoe modifications, anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen to reduce pain and inflammation, or an orthotic device. This device fits inside the shoe and supports the structure of the foot. In some cases, surgery is the best alternative.

 

For more information on pediatric foot and ankle conditions or injuries, visit the ACFAS patient health education website, FootHealthFacts.org.

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The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons is a professional society of over 6,800 foot and ankle surgeons.  Founded in 1942, the College’s mission is to promote research and provide continuing education for the foot and ankle surgical specialty, and to educate the general public on foot health and conditions of the foot and ankle through its consumer website, FootHealthFacts.org.

AmeriCorps* State Grant Funds Available

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MAKE AN IMPRINT ON NEVADA

Each year Nevada AmeriCorps grantees impact the quality of life in Nevada through national service funding provided through the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. Nevada received more than $2,109,000 in AmeriCorps funding for the 2013-2014 program year and is currently opening its Notice of Funding Opportunity for nonprofits, faith-based organizations, government entities or Indian tribes looking to make a positive imprint through development of a national service program in Nevada.

 

“In 2011-12, more than 308 Nevada AmeriCorps*State programs recruited and managed 3,579 more volunteers throughout the state, an economic impact of in excess of $6,000,000 worth of community service.  AmeriCorps members serve in core areas such as education, human services, public safety and the environment.  We invite new organizations to learn more about how they can become a part of meeting critical needs through national service in Nevada,” said Shawn Lecker-Pomaville, CEO of Nevada Volunteers, the Governor’s Commission on Service that develops and administers AmeriCorps*State programs in Nevada.

 

Applicants must be able to demonstrate the capacity to administer federal funds; implement a detailed plan of action to address a local unmet need; present strong connections to the community it serves, and have the ability to raise the required cash match, which averages $30,000. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an AmeriCorps Application Instructions webinar to apply.

 

  • National Service in Nevada: Determining How Your Organization Can Fit?

February 22nd at 10am or March 5th at 2pm

Advanced Registration Required

  • AmeriCorps Application Instructions Webinar

April 2nd at 10am or April 4th at 2pm

Advanced Registration Required

To reserve a place in the webinars and find more information on the Nevada Volunteers AmeriCorps Notice of Funding, visit www.nevadavolunteers.org.

All applications must be submitted electronically through eGrants by May 10, 2013 by 5 p.m. PST.

Fifth Street Gaming to Unveil Downtown Grand Model Rooms

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Complete Installation of Massive Building Signs

WHAT:                 Seth Schorr, CEO of Fifth Street Gaming, a Nevada-based casino management company overseeing the redevelopment of Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino, will unveil two of the hotel’s model rooms, showcasing the work of renowned architect and designer, Howard Fields.

 

Fields’ firm, HFA International is one of the world’s premier and most active hotel & resort master planners. Downtown Grand’s two guest towers, the 17-story EastTower and 25-story WestTower, encompass 650 guestrooms ranging in size from 350 to 1024 square feet and boast such design elements as marble baths, showers and sinks, setting a new standard for luxury, sophistication and style in downtown Las Vegas. 

 

Installation of two 95-foot by 44-foot exterior building signs will also be underway that day on the south-facing east and west towers of Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino. The signs feature photos of the King and Queen of Downtown, essential players in Downtown3rd’s upcoming advertising campaign, “Make Your Move.”

 

Active demolition and construction continues on Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino, which anchors Downtown3rd, an emerging metropolitan center that will eventually include 17 bars and restaurants on 3rd Street between Stewart Avenue and Ogden Avenue and the surrounding downtown neighborhood. Downtown Grand is expected to be complete and open before year-end 2013.

 

WHEN:                 Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

 

WHERE:               3rd Street between Stewart Avenue and Ogden Avenue – in front of Downtown Grand, Triple George and MOB Bar.  Parking at Downtown3rd garage on the corner of Ogden and 4th Street.

 

WHO:                   Seth Schorr, CEO, Fifth Street Gaming, will conduct the tours

                               

About Fifth Street Gaming

Fifth Street Gaming (FSG) is a Las Vegas, Nevada-based casino management company led by CEO Seth Schorr and founded by Schorr and his partner, Jeffrey Fine. Fifth Street Gaming will own and operate seven Las Vegas gaming locations, including the Lucky Club Casino and Hotel, Opera House Saloon and Casino, Silver Nugget Casino, Little Macau Ultra Tavern, Gold Spike Casino & Hotel, Siegel Slots and Suites and MOB Bar.  Combined, these properties operate over 1000 machines, two dozen table games and 400-plus employees. FSG is also overseeing redevelopment and eventual operations of Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino, formerly Lady Luck Hotel & Casino.  Downtown Grand is scheduled to open in late 2013 and is planned to include 600 slot machines 35 table games and 650 employees. Through their successful management of these properties, Schorr and his highly experienced team have garnered a strong reputation for reinvigorating dated properties with new technology, systems and enhanced amenities.  The principals of Fifth Street Gaming also control, through affiliates, the LEV Restaurant Group, a Food & Beverage operation that owns and operates more than 35 restaurants in the Las Vegas area with combined revenues exceeding $25 million.  The LEV Restaurant Group is the local area developer for The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and Jamba Juice, and has a number of internally developed concepts including i♥burgers, Lobster ME and The Daily Kitchen & Wellness Bar.  For more information, visit www.fifthstreetgaming.com.

The Home Depot Foundation to Announce Significant Grant to Veterans Village

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HELP LAUNCH VEGAS LOVES VETERANS CAMPAIGN

 WHAT:                 Fred Wacker, COO of The Home Depot Foundation, will announce the awarding of a significant grant to Veterans Village Las Vegas at a brief ceremony that will also include dozens of associate volunteers from The Home Depot.  The Home Depot Foundation, which has been actively engaged in supporting VeteransVillage since its inception last year, is increasing its financial support to help complete a comprehensive renovation of VeteransVillage’s physical facility, a former Econo Lodge Motel with 120 rooms.

 

A 103-day fundraising campaign for Veterans Village Las Vegas – VEGAS LOVES VETERANS – will launch that day to encourage locals to donate what they can up to $103 ($1 per day from Valentine’s Day through Memorial Day 2013) – to show support of veterans from all conflicts who have defended our freedoms over the decades. ( www.vvlv.org – click on the Vegas Loves Veterans icon or donate button)

 

In addition to providing temporary housing for vets and their families, Veterans Village provides a comprehensive roster of services to vets through partnerships with other community organizations and government agencies, including employment training and referrals, continuing education and degree programs, exercise training, medical services, mental health counseling and special veteran-centric activities and events.

 

WHEN:                 Thursday, February 14

                                10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

 

WHERE:               Veterans Village Las Vegas

1150 Las Vegas Blvd. South (Just south of Charleston Blvd. on the west side of the street)

Las Vegas, NV89104

 

WHO:                   Fred Wacker, COO, The Home Depot Foundation

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman

Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Coffin

                                Arnold Stalk, founder and visionary, Veterans Village Las Vegas

 

About Veterans Village:

Veterans Village is located at 1150 Las Vegas Boulevard in a repurposed Econo Lodge motel.  It serves as a temporary housing facility for U.S. veterans and their families and provides a comprehensive and holistic roster of services to help vets heal and succeed.  Services are provided through public and private collaborative partnerships with community organizations and government agencies and include housing, nutrition, life skills training, employment training and referrals, continuing education and degree programs, exercise training, medical services, mental health counseling and special veteran-centric activities and events. Veterans Village is managed by SHARE, a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1994 by Arnold Stalk and Karin Rogers to provide affordable housing for individuals in need.  SHARE oversees all operations of services for Veterans Village residents.  www.vvlv.org

 

About The Home Depot Foundation:

The Home Depot Foundation is dedicated to improving the homes of U.S. military veterans through financial and volunteer resources to help nonprofit organizations. The Foundation has committed $80 million to these efforts over five years.  Through Team Depot, the company’s associate-led volunteer program, thousands of Home Depot associates volunteer their time and talents to positively transform neighborhoods and perform basic repairs and modifications to homes and facilities serving veterans with critical housing needs. Since its formation in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than $340 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local communities. To learn more and see our associates in action, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org.

Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam ® and Beads of Courage® Put Patients at Renown Children’s Hospital in Driver’s Seat

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Monster Jam Drivers Nicole Johnson and Chuck Werner Visit Patients and Distribute Monster Jam Bead of Courage ®

 

On March 8, Nicole Johnson, driver of Scooby Doo and Chuck Werner, driver of El Toro Loco celebrated the crushing power of courage and confidence with patients at Renown Children’s Hospital, 1155 Mill St., in Reno.

 

Patients spent one-on-one time with Nicole and Chuck, received autographs and took photos with the duo, who are performing at LivestockEventsCenter this weekend. In addition, Nicole and Chuck sat with patients and helped them create a Monster Jam Thriller Necklace – including the Monster Jam Bead of Courage ® and eight other beads to further encourage the children during their challenging journey. Patients at Renown Children’s Hospital were among the first in 2013 to receive the Monster Jam Bead of Courage ® – recognizing the importance of courage and confidence to conquer fears! Nicole and Chuck also took the time to visit patient rooms.

 

PHOTOS AND VIDEO

Attached with this press release are three photos from the visit, with caption information below. If you would like unedited video from the event, please call Mark Earnest, Communications, Renown Children’s Hospital, at (775) 982-6774, or write Mark at mearnest@renown.org

 

ABOUT BEADS OF COURAGE

Beads of Courage, Inc. is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization that strengthens resilience and coping in children coping with serious illness through innovative arts-in-medicine programs. Through the Beads of Courage Program, children are given

beads to represent significant treatment milestones during their journey. Beads of Courage programs have supported

over 30,000 children and their families in over 100 hospitals worldwide. Every bead tells a story of strength, honor and hope. More information is available at www.beadsofcourage.org.

 

ABOUT FELD MOTOR SPORTS ®

Feld Motor Sports®, Inc. is the world leader in specialized arena and stadium-based motor sports entertainment. Feld Motor Sports, Inc. productions include Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMA Arenacross Series, Nuclear Cowboyz®, and IHRA® Nitro Jam®. Feld Motor Sports, Inc. is a division of Feld Entertainment, the world’s largest producer of live family entertainment. For more information on Feld Entertainment, visit www.feldentertainment.com. Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam ® has the privilege of visiting hospitals nationwide in the cities they visit each year. Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam ® will be at Livestock Events Center in Reno on March 8, 9 and 10. For more information, visit www.monsterjam.com.

 

ABOUT RENOWN CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Renown Health, Reno’s only locally owned, not-for-profit integrated health network, is home to the region’s only NACHRI-affiliated Children’s Hospital; the region’s only hospital affiliated with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals; the region’s only Children’s ER; the region’s only Wilbur D. May Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, the largest Neonatal ICU in northern Nevada; The John & Sue Dermody Children’s Healing Garden; northern Nevada’s only Cystic Fibrosis Program; and the region’s only Children’s Specialty Care, treating patients with tumors, cancer, blood disease and other major illnesses. For more information, visit renown.org/children.

SLCC Joins National Program to Train Baby Boomers for Jobs

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Salt Lake Community College was recently chosen to join the Plus 50 Encore Completion Program, a national effort to train 10,000 baby boomers for new jobs in healthcare, education and social services. The program is sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

The College will assist adults age 50 and over in completing degrees or certificates in high-demand occupations that give back to the community. With many adults age 50 and over out of work or seeking to transition to a new career, the program offers skill updates and career makeovers. Salt Lake Community College will prepare older adults for careers such as pharmacy or ultrasound technicians and medical terminology specialists. In addition, the College’s Transition to Teaching program is offered in partnership with the State Office of Education to prepare students as elementary and secondary educators.

“The Plus 50 Encore Completion Program represents a meaningful, national validation of the work the College’s Division of Continuing Education has undertaken. The program will support individuals who want to design a second career—either out of practical necessity or personal interest,” said Jennifer Saunders, Associate Dean of Continuing Education. “People returning for education and training at this stage of their lives are building on rich employment histories, valuable interpersonal skills, and knowledge achieved through experiential learning. These resources are then being coupled with the most current workforce education.”

The program will be implemented utilizing a variety of strategies, including accelerated classes, flexible scheduling and cohort models, which provide groups of students with similar goals an opportunity to move through a program together.

Since 2008, AACC and its network of Plus 50 Initiative colleges have worked with baby boomers to help them prepare for new careers. An independent evaluation of AACC’s Plus 50 Initiative found that 89 percent of students agreed that college work force training helped them acquire new job skills, and 72 percent attributed landing a job to such training.
“Many adults age 50 and over want to train for new jobs that help others and are hiring, but they need to update their skills. Community colleges offer a supportive environment where baby boomers can train for new jobs quickly and affordably,” said Mary Sue Vickers, director for the Plus 50 Initiative at AACC.

In addition to grant funds to augment training programs, participating colleges gain access to toolkits and extensive marketing resources tailored to reach baby boomers. They’ll also benefit from the advice and support of staff at other community colleges that have successfully implemented programs for older learners and understand the unique needs of the plus 50 student population.

The Plus 50 Encore Completion Program is funded with a $3.2 million grant to AACC provided by Deerbrook Charitable Trust—supporting AACC’s work to increase the number of students who finish degrees, certificates, and other credentials. In April 2010, AACC committed alongside other higher education organizations, to promote the development and implementation of policies, practices and institutional cultures that will produce 50 percent more students with high quality degrees and certificates by 2020.

While the AACC Encore Completion Program focuses on serving the Plus 50 population, Salt Lake Community College welcomes anyone interested in making a career transition to learn more about the broad range of training opportunities available at: www.slcccontinuinged.com.

For more information about the Plus 50 Initiative at AACC, see: http://plus50.aacc.nche.edu.

The Encore Institute at Salt Lake Community College is an innovative program designed for adult learners who want to expand their knowledge through career and personal enrichment courses. The Institute offers flexible class scheduling, non-degree and degree learning experiences and affordable training to deepen or expand the personal and professional skills of students.

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is a national organization representing close to 1,200 community, junior and technical colleges nationwide. Community colleges are the largest and fastest growing sector of higher education, enrolling more than 13 million credit and non-credit students annually. More information is available at: http://aacc.nche.edu.

About the College: Salt Lake Community College is an accredited, student-focused, urban college meeting the diverse needs of the Salt Lake community. Home to more than 62,000 students each year, the College is the largest supplier of workforce development programs in the State of Utah. The College is the sole provider of applied technology courses in the Salt Lake area, with 13 sites, an eCampus, and nearly 1,000 continuing education sites located throughout the Salt Lake valley. Personal attention from an excellent faculty is paramount at the College, which maintains a student-to-teacher ratio of less than 20 to 1.

City of Las Vegas Cultural Arts March 2013 Calendar Of Events

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City of Las Vegas Cultural Arts March 2013 Calendar Of Events

495 S. Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89101
Contact: Margaret Kurtz, (702) 229-6993 Feb. 11, 2013
Cultural Arts & Community Events programs: www.artslasvegas.org
City of Las Vegas website: www.lasvegasnevada.gov

PROGRAMS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Spring Class Registration at Charleston Heights Arts Center (ages 2-adult)
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., (702) 229-6383.
March 1-April 3 registration for 7- to 8-week session of classes April 3-May 24.
Offered courses include ballet, jazz, hip hop, ballroom dancing, visual arts and private lessons in music and dance by appointment. For more information, call (702) 229-6383 or visit www.artslasvegas.org. Register for classes at www.artslasvegas.org/classes/register.htm beginning March 1.

Rainbow Company Youth Theatre Spring Drama Class Registration (ages 4-17)
Registration Opens March 1 for 7-week class sessions that begin the week of April 3.
Cost: Fees range from $49 to $70.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., (702) 229-6383.
To register or for more information, call (702) 229-6553 or 229-6383, or visit www.artslasvegas.org.

Ethnic Express International Folk Dancing (ages 8+)
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:45 p.m.
Admission: $4 dollars per person per week at the door.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., (702) 229-6383.
Have an evening of fun learning international dance styles, including Arabic, Armenian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Greek, Israeli, Macedonian, Russian, Serbian and Turkish folk dances. No need to bring a partner. For more information, call (702) 656-9513 or go online to www.ethnicexpresslasvegas.org.

Scottish Country Dancing (ages 13+)
Fridays, 6:30 to 8:45 p.m.
Admission: $5 per person at the door; $4 for members of Southern Nevada Old Time Contra Dancers.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., (702) 229-6383.
Scottish country dancing celebrates the beautiful ballroom dance styles of Scotland. Dances can be joyfully energetic or graceful. From the first chord to the final bow or curtsey, participants will be inspired by the driving reels, jigs, strathspeys or lilting airs. Dancers should wear comfortable clothes and soft shoes. Presented by the Southern Nevada Old Time Contra Dancers, a nonprofit volunteer organization. For more information, call 656-9513 or go online to www.lasvegascountrydance.org.

Contra Dances (ages 8+)
Saturdays, March 2 and 23. Group lesson 6:30 p.m.; dance 7 to 10 p.m.
Admission: $10 adults; $5 members, students & military; $3 children under 16 & non-dancers; pay at door.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., (702) 229-6383.
Dance to a live acoustic band playing joyful fiddle tunes, driving reels and a waltz or two. All dances are taught and called; newcomers and families welcome. No need to bring a partner. Wear comfortable flat-soled shoes and casual clothing. Presented by the Southern Nevada Old Time Contra Dancers, a nonprofit volunteer organization. For more information, call 656-9513 or go online to www.lasvegascountrydance.org.
Rainbow Company Youth Theatre Auditions for “Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale”
Saturday, March 2, 2013, 1 p.m.
No fee to audition.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., (702) 229-6383.
Auditions for the Rainbow Company musical production of “Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale” will start promptly at 1 p.m. Roles are available for ages 12 through adult. Comfortable clothes that allow for movement should be worn and a prepared song is strongly recommended. The show will be performed April 26-May 5. For more information, call 229-6553.

“The Little Engine That Could™ Earns Her Whistle” presented by Target and ArtsPower (all ages)
Saturday, March 9, 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $3 general admission.
Historic Fifth Street School Auditorium, 401 S. 4th Street, 229-3515.
ArtsPower’s “The Little Engine That Could™ Earns Her Whistle” tells the uplifting story of an ordinary train that performs an extraordinary feat of strength and courage. The story follows the adventures of The Little Blue Engine, who dreams of someday pulling the Piney Vale Ex¬press just like her best friend Rusty. For tickets and information, call 229-3515 or 229-6469 or visit www.artslasvegas.org.

USA Ballroom Dance (ages 13+)
Saturday, March 9, 7 to 11 p.m. Dance lesson at 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $5 members, military and students ages 13-25; $10 for non-members. Pay at door.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St. (702) 229-6383.
Presented by USA Dance Las Vegas Chapter #4038, a local chapter of the national volunteer organization, dedicated to the promotion of ballroom dancing. For more information, call (702) 813-6694 or go online to www.usadancelasvegas.org.

Downtown Cultural Series – Bill & Kate Isles Concert (all ages)
Friday, March 15, noon to 1 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse, Jury Assembly Room, 333 Las Vegas Blvd. South.
Bring your lunch to enjoy a concert by Bill and Kate Isles, an acoustic singer/songwriter duo based in Duluth, Minn. They tour nationally, entertaining audiences with a wide variety of musical styles, catchy melodies and memorable songs. For more information, visit www.billandkateisles.com or www.artslasvegas.org, or call (702) 229-3515.

Poets’ Corner
Friday, March 15, 7 p.m.
Admission is free.
West Las Vegas Arts Center Community Gallery, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd., (702) 229-4800.
Hosted by Keith Brantley, this monthly forum for established poets and open-mic participants features the best local poetry talent.

St. Patrick’s Day Dance (adults)
Saturday, March 16, 7 p.m.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., (702) 229-6383.
Admission: $10 in advance; $15 event day.
It’s easy to be green! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early by dancing to songs from the 1940s- 70s, from swing and foxtrots to Latin and jazz, performed by the Carl Grove Combo.
For tickets or information, call (702) 229-6383 or visit www.artslasvegas.org.
Women and Young Women’s Conference 2013 (ages 14+)
“The Spirit Of A Woman…Body & Soul”
Saturday, March 23, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Admission is free, but advance registration is required. Call (702) 229-4800 to register.
West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd., (702) 229-4800.
This dynamic event will promote personal empowerment and mentorship, with a focus on sisterhood. The purpose of the event is to strengthen communication between women and young women, creating and enhancing opportunities for understanding. A series of specialized workshops will be offered throughout the day to benefit and assist women as they share, teach, and learn from each other. Participants are asked to wear comfortable active wear for the workshops. Each adult participant is encouraged to bring a young lady or mentee of high school age, friend, mom, sister, or aunt to the event. The event is cosponsored by the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District.

Spring II Class Registration at the West Las Vegas Arts Center (all ages)
March 23-April 6 registration for 6-week session of classes April 10-May 18.
West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd., (702) 229-4800.
Cultural arts classes include African Drum; African Dance for Children and African Dance for Teens/Adults; Keep it Moving…Ballet & Tap; Ballet–Beginner/Intermediate; Modern Dance; Hip Hop; Zumba; Tae Kwon Do; Video & Documentary Creation; Music Production; Arts & Crafts – Kids Create and Craft It Up; and Private Piano/Voice lessons. To register, or for more information, call (702) 229-4800 or visit www.artslasvegas.org.

Folk Celebration and Stage Performance (all ages)
Saturday, March 23, 12:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Admission: $10.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., (702) 229-6383.
Admission includes a 2 p.m. theatre concert performance in the Jeanne Roberts Theatre, featuring international dance artist “Zarnia,” who specializes in Middle Eastern dances with elaborate costuming, musician RJ Fox playing Flamenco-style guitar accompanied by flamenco dancers, and talented Las Vegas Kaminari Taiko Drummers, a performance group affiliated with the Japanese American Citizens League. View demonstrations and information 12:30-1:45 p.m., take dance lessons 3:30-6:30 p.m. A concert ticket stub will provide half off admission to the Contra Dance at 6:30 p.m. A food vendor will be on site from 12:30 to 6 p.m. This event coincides with the 2013 National Folk Organization’s Las Vegas conference. For tickets or information, call (702) 229-6383 or visit www.artslasvegas.org.

Rainbow Company Spring Break Drama Workshop (grades 2-6)
Monday-Friday, March 25-29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $135. Advance registration is required.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., (702) 229-6383.
Students will enjoy five full days of drama, with a performance on the main stage Saturday, March 30. For information and registration, call 229-6553 or 229-6383 or go online to www.artslasvegas.org.

Spring Break Dance Camp (ages 12-18)
Monday-Friday, March 25-29, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $75. Advance registration is required. Registration opened Feb. 1.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., (702) 229-6383.
Dedicated young dancers will flourish within this weeklong intensive and disciplined atmosphere available to intermediate- and advanced-level students (or students with a minimum of one year of dance instruction). Instruction led by Jackie Koenig and Jennifer Kidder. Dance attire required; please bring snacks. A student demonstration for family and friends at 6:30 p.m. Friday will conclude the camp. To register or more information, call (702) 229-6383 or visit www.artslasvegas.org.
Spring Break Arts Workshop (ages 10-18)
Wednesday-Friday, March 27-29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission is free, but advanced registration is required.
West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd., (702) 229-4800.
This will be a heritage development workshop, exploring traditions and discovering individualities. Call (702) 229-4800 for information and registration.

Life Skills & Job Readiness Workshop (ages 14-19)
Saturday, March 30, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Admission is free, but registration is required.
West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd., (702) 229-4800.
Life Skills Training is a dynamic, skills-based program that promotes health and personal development. It is designed for those facing the new roles and responsibilities of becoming young adults transitioning into the workplace. The workshop focuses on goal setting, communication, decision making, risk, and maintaining relationships. The program is cosponsored by Nevada Partners. For more information and registration, call (702) 924-2134.
Exhibitions

“Narratives of Progress”
Artist Armin Mühsam
Through March 16, Wednesday-Friday, 12:30 to 9 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Free admission and open to the public.
Charleston Heights Art Center, 800 S Brush St., (702) 229-6383.
About his work, Mühsam says, “My work focuses on the relationship between the natural and the human-built. I imagine the land after technology has rendered it nearly uninhabitable, despite its promises to create a better world. I paint the absence of humans but not of humanity — man-made, sterile landscapes after the disappearance of the natural.” For more information, call 229-1012 or go online to www.artslasvegas.org.

“African-American Heritage”
Artist Lolita Develay
Through April 18, Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closed holidays.
Free admission and open to the public.
Las Vegas City Hall Chamber Gallery, 495 S. Main St., Second floor, (702) 229-1012.
Lolita Develay is a 2014 Master of Fine Arts candidate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She lived in Hollywood, Calif., prior to moving to Las Vegas in 2008. Her works are well painted surfaces which reflect her interest in traditions of realism, often focusing on the intrigue of light acting on an object. For more information, call 229-1012 or go online to www.artslasvegas.org.

“Sculptures in Glass”
Artists Larry Domsky and Barbara Domsky
Feb. 26-May 30, Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closed holidays.
Free admission and open to the public.
Las Vegas City Hall Grand Gallery, 495 S. Main St., First floor, (702) 229-1012.
Glassworks designed and created by this husband-and-wife team will be displayed. The work will include newer pieces that fit the format and space of City Hall as well as pieces from their collection of glassworks. For more information, call 229-1012 or go online to www.artslasvegas.org.
Nevada Watercolor Society’s 2013 Signature Members’ Exhibit
Feb. 28-March 23, during the reception and by appointment.
Artists’ reception Feb. 28, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Admission is free.
Historic Fifth Street School, Mayor’s Gallery, 401 S. Fourth St.
For more information about the city gallery programs, call 229-1012 or go online to www.artslasvegas.org. More information about the Nevada Watercolor Society can be found at www.nvws.org/.

“Spirit Journeys”
Artist Rainer Bertrams
March 21-May 4, Wednesday-Friday, 12:30 to 9 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Artist’s reception March 21, 6 to 8 p.m.
Free admission and open to the public.
Charleston Heights Art Center, 800 S Brush St., (702) 229-6383.
The images will focus on meditative subjects and themes that explore human kind’s existential struggles for a universal understanding of human nature. For questions about this exhibit or the gallery program, call 229-1012 or visit www.artslasvegas.org.

“Equinox”
March 28-June 8, during reception and by appointment only.
Artists’ reception March 28, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Admission is free.
Historic Fifth Street School, Mayor’s Gallery, 401 S. Fourth St.
For more information, call 229-1012 or go online to www.artslasvegas.org.

DLVA Announces New Executive Committee for 2013

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Rich Worthington of Molasky Group passes leadership role to Terry Murphy of Strategic Solutions

The Downtown Las Vegas Alliance, a group of business owners and stakeholders who believe in reclaiming downtown as the locals’ center of culture, commerce and community, announced its new chairperson and executive committee on February 6, 2013.

The member-elected DLVA executive committee is now led by Chairperson/President Terry Murphy of Strategic Solutions. Sam Cherry of Cherry Development Group serves as vice chairperson/vice president. Rich Worthington, of the Molasky Group of Companies, serves as treasurer, while Eric Louttit of Forest City continues to serve as secretary. Officers at Large include Lisa Robinson of Four Queens/Binion’s, Jonathan Jossel of Tamares Real Estate Holdings, Inc. and Seth Schorr of Fifth Street Gaming.

Rich Worthington stepped down as DLVA Chairperson after five years. In recognition of Worthington’s leadership and service, Mayor Pro Tem Stavros Anthony read a proclamation from the city of Las Vegas declaring February 6, 2013, Rich Worthington Day.
About DLVA:
The Downtown Las Vegas Alliance (DLVA) is a non-profit corporation comprised of downtown Las Vegas stakeholders – public, private and not-for-profit entities committed to enhancing business development and growth and quality of life in downtown Las Vegas. The DLVA provides a collective voice for established downtown-area businesses, provides information and assistance to new and potential downtown-area firms and works to enhance public awareness of downtown Las Vegas. Members enjoy affiliation with like-minded companies, access to important information relevant to the downtown area and inclusion in the DLVA’s public and community relations efforts. For more information, visit www.downtownlasvegasalliance.org; for membership information, please email info@downtownlasvegasalliance.com.

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria To Host Special Dinner for Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Southern Nevada

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“Grimaldi’s Pizzeria For the Cure” to serve three-course meal for $15 donation on Feb. 25

LAS VEGAS – Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, famous for its award-winning, hand-tossed, coal-fired brick oven pizzas, will host a special dinner for Susan G. Komen of Southern Nevada on Monday, Feb. 25 at the Rainbow restaurant (7155 S. Rainbow Rd.) A three-course meal, including salad, pizza and dessert, will be served for a cash-only donation of $15.

The event is open to the public and two seatings will be offered for guests. The first from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. and the second from 6:30 – 8 p.m. To RSVP for this event call Komen Southern Nevada at 702-822-2524.

“Komen Southern Nevada is a non-profit that is close to many of our employees’ hearts,” said Mikaela Clough, manager of S. Rainbow Grimaldi’s Pizzeria. “Raising funds for an organization that is vital to our community is our way of giving back and we hope that many people will come out and show support.”

“With so many very worthy charitable organizations in our amazing city, we are tremendously grateful to be chosen by Grimaldi’s Pizzeria to be a beneficiary of their fundraising efforts,” said Stephanie Kirby, Executive Director of Komen Southern Nevada. “Las Vegas is a large city based on population, but we are made up of people who feel so strongly about caring for our community and, more importantly, caring for others in our community. Grimaldi’s is a prime example of a business that is determined to make a positive difference.”

About Grimaldi’s Pizzeria:
In the world of pizza, Grimaldi’s is an institution that has garnered more awards than any other pizzeria in the country with more celebrity sightings than most 5-star restaurants. Using only the freshest ingredients, a “secret recipe” pizza sauce, handmade mozzarella cheese and dough, Grimaldi’s serves traditional pizza (as it began in Naples, Italy) in an upscale yet casual, family oriented pizzeria. The intense heat of the oven evenly bakes the pies to create Grimaldi’s famous crispy and smoky thin crust that Zagat has voted best pizza year after year. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria has five locations in Las Vegas and one in Sparks, Nev. Las Vegas locations include The Shoppes at The Palazzo, Rainbow and 215, Boca Park Fashion Village The Fashion Show Mall and Richmar Plaza. The Sparks restaurant is located in The Legends at Sparks Marina.

For more information on Grimaldi’s Pizzeria visit www.grimaldispizzeria.com
“Like” Grimaldi’s Pizzeria on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GrimaldisPizzeria
Follow Grimaldi’s Pizzeria on Twitter: www.twitter.com/grimaldispizza

About Susan G. Komen of Southern Nevada:

The Southern Nevada Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® – along with those who generously support the organization with their talent, time and resources – is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in our community. Through events like the Komen Southern Nevada Race for the Cure®, we have invested more than $6 million in local breast health and breast cancer projects in Southern Nevada over the past 17 years. Up to 75 percent of net proceeds generated by the Affiliate provide grants for innovative community programs that reduce breast cancer mortality through screening, treatment, education and safety-net services, while the remaining 25 percent supports groundbreaking breast cancer research grants. This year, the Affiliate funded over $837,000 in local breast health programs for the uninsured and underserved in Las Vegas and surrounding areas, while providing $150,000 to breast cancer research.

For more information on Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Southern Nevada visit www.komensouthernnevada.org

Like Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Komen-Southern-Nevada-Race-for-the-Cure/255100881352

Soak Up Summer Savings at Calabash Cove Resort & Spa

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Enjoy the lowest rates of the year–plus bonus early-bird savings when you book by February 28–at this luxurious, beachfront boutique resort on sunny Saint Lucia
St. Lucia, West Indies — What are you waiting for? Plan your escape to the Caribbean’s most beautiful island during its most festive season and enjoy the lowest rates of the year beginning April 14 at luxurious Calabash Cove Resort & Spa. Plus, when you book your stay at this beachfront boutique resort on stunning Saint Lucia by February 28 for travel through August 31, receive bonus savings of an additional 10% off rates!

Tucked away on gently sloping, tropical beachfront on the northwest coast of the island, Calabash Cove is offering reduced seasonal rates starting at $405/night, depending on accommodations and meal plan selected. Choose from the European Plan (EP), featuring a daily island breakfast buffet, or the Luxury Gourmet Plan (LGP), an all-inclusive option that includes all meals and beverages throughout your stay. All accommodations feature unparalleled views of the sea from your private balcony or porch. Choose from the following:

• Water’s Edge Cottages – Each of the nine handcrafted teak and mahogany Water’s Edge Cottages on the beach is replete with private plunge pool for late night dips, outdoor rain shower for tropical sensations, private Jacuzzi for sipping Champagne the right way, and a lazy patio hammock surrounded by tropical flora oft visited by the island’s hummingbirds. These luxurious hideaways offer unparalleled views of the bay with the majestic Pitons in the distance and exquisite Caribbean sunsets. When night and stars steal across the sky, curl up in the spacious living area as sea breezes drift gently through.

• Swim-Up Junior Suites – These unique, 620-square-foot junior suites offer luxury and comfort, including private Jacuzzis – and are located just steps from Sweetwaters, the oversized, infinity-edge pool, offering unrestricted and private access directly from the patio of your room. Swim across to the bar and watch the sunset while you enjoy one of the resort’s signature cocktails, or take a romantic midnight swim.

• Sunset Ocean View Junior Suites – Combining contemporary luxury with stunning ocean views, these junior suites feature private, furnished balconies, Jacuzzis, spacious living areas and luxury baths. Enjoy a view of Mount Gimie, the island’s tallest peak in the distance during the day, and the sparkling lights of Castries, the island’s capital, at night.

Calabash Cove is home to the full-service Ti Spa, which overlooks the oversized Sweetwaters infinity pool poised at bay’s edge and the wide expanse of the beach. Revitalizing treatments combine European technique with St. Lucia’s rich tradition of plant- and fruit-based curatives. Calabash Cove’s own Windsong Restaurant seasonally inspired dishes made from the freshest local ingredients. Unobstructed views across the Caribbean Sea enhance the menu’s sensory delights. Complimenting Windsong’s elegant milieu is the convivial C-bar, which serves international cocktails and fine wines from the Calabash Cove Cellars amid lively island music.

In addition to its stunning natural beauty, St. Lucia’s allure also comes from its broad array of exhilarating recreation and entertainment. From April 30 to May 12, for example, the cool sounds of live jazz, R&B and reggae and other international music mingle with sultry ocean breezes during the internationally renowned Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival. From May 26 through July 16, meanwhile, the island features a colorful collage of Saint Lucian culture during the annual St. Lucia Carnival celebration. Guests who prefer more active adventures will not be disappointed. Whether its hiking the island’s iconic Pitons, side-by-side volcanic peaks, or sailing on an authentic pirate’s galleon, soaking in hot springs, cooling off under a waterfall, zip-lining through a rainforest canopy, exploring a working cocoa plantation, and shopping in a quaint fishing village, St. Lucia has something to offer everyone. Calabash Cove will help to transform guests’ dreams into reality with full concierge service for those who wish to explore the island.

For more information or to make reservations at Calabash Cove Resort & Spa, visit www.CalabashCove.com, call 1-800-917-COVE (2683), or contact your preferred travel agent or e-mail reservations@calabashcove.com or Tammy@LMPInternational.com. Calabash Cove can also be booked through leading tour operators, including Travel Impressions, Vacation Express and the Mark Travel Company.

Fifth Street Gaming to Unveil Downtown Grand Model Rooms Complete Installation of Massive Building Signs

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WHAT: Seth Schorr, CEO of Fifth Street Gaming, a Nevada-based casino management company overseeing the redevelopment of Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino, will unveil two of the hotel’s model rooms, showcasing the work of renowned architect and designer, Howard Fields.

Fields’ firm, HFA International is one of the world’s premier and most active hotel & resort master planners. Downtown Grand’s two guest towers, the 17-story East Tower and 25-story West Tower, encompass 650 guestrooms ranging in size from 350 to 1024 square feet and boast such design elements as marble baths, showers and sinks, setting a new standard for luxury, sophistication and style in downtown Las Vegas.

Installation of two 95-foot by 44-foot exterior building signs will also be underway that day on the south-facing east and west towers of Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino. The signs feature photos of the King and Queen of Downtown, essential players in Downtown3rd’s upcoming advertising campaign, “Make Your Move.”

Active demolition and construction continues on Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino, which anchors Downtown3rd, an emerging metropolitan center that will eventually include 17 bars and restaurants on 3rd Street between Stewart Avenue and Ogden Avenue and the surrounding downtown neighborhood. Downtown Grand is expected to be complete and open before year-end 2013.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: 3rd Street between Stewart Avenue and Ogden Avenue – in front of Downtown Grand, Triple George and MOB Bar. Parking at Downtown3rd garage on the corner of Ogden and 4th Street.

WHO: Seth Schorr, CEO, Fifth Street Gaming, will conduct the tours

About Fifth Street Gaming
Fifth Street Gaming (FSG) is a Las Vegas, Nevada-based casino management company led by CEO Seth Schorr and founded by Schorr and his partner, Jeffrey Fine. Fifth Street Gaming will own and operate seven Las Vegas gaming locations, including the Lucky Club Casino and Hotel, Opera House Saloon and Casino, Silver Nugget Casino, Little Macau Ultra Tavern, Gold Spike Casino & Hotel, Siegel Slots and Suites and MOB Bar. Combined, these properties operate over 1000 machines, two dozen table games and 400-plus employees. FSG is also overseeing redevelopment and eventual operations of Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino, formerly Lady Luck Hotel & Casino. Downtown Grand is scheduled to open in late 2013 and is planned to include 600 slot machines 35 table games and 650 employees. Through their successful management of these properties, Schorr and his highly experienced team have garnered a strong reputation for reinvigorating dated properties with new technology, systems and enhanced amenities. The principals of Fifth Street Gaming also control, through affiliates, the LEV Restaurant Group, a Food & Beverage operation that owns and operates more than 35 restaurants in the Las Vegas area with combined revenues exceeding $25 million. The LEV Restaurant Group is the local area developer for The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and Jamba Juice, and has a number of internally developed concepts including i♥burgers, Lobster ME and The Daily Kitchen & Wellness Bar. For more information, visit www.fifthstreetgaming.com.

Former NAELA President Appointed to Long-Term Care Commission

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House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi appointed Judith Stein, longtime member, Past President, and Fellow of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), to the National Commission on Long-Term Care. Leader Pelosi’s other appointments include SCAN Foundation President Dr. Bruce Allen Chernoff, and activist and philanthropist George Vrandenberg.

The 15-member Commission was established by the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) to develop a plan to establish, implement, and finance a high-quality long-term care system that ensures long-term care services and supports for individuals with substantial cognitive and functional limitations for older Americans and individuals with disabilities. The Commission’s role is to examine the interaction between Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurers.

Charles P. Sabatino, fellow NAELA member and Director of the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Law and Aging, congratulated Stein on this tremendous achievement: “[She is] the foremost and most tireless national advocate for Medicare beneficiaries…this is also a conspicuous achievement in NAELA’s history in having one of its members appointed to such a high-level national body, charged with charting the nation’s course in meeting the long-term care needs of seniors and persons with disabilities. It is also a cause for some real optimism in our future.”

Stein is the founder and Executive Director of the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc. She has focused on legal representation of the elderly since beginning her legal career in 1975. From 1977 until 1986, Stein was the Co-Director of Legal Assistance to Medicare Patients (LAMP), where she managed the first Medicare advocacy program in the country. She served as NAELA’s 13th president from June 2000 – May 2001.

She has extensive experience in developing and administering Medicare advocacy projects, representing Medicare beneficiaries, producing educational materials, teaching, and consulting. She is also the editor and co-author of several books, articles, and other publications regarding Medicare and related issues. Stein has been lead or co-counsel in numerous federal class action and individual cases challenging improper Medicare policies and denials.

About NAELA
Members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) are attorneys who are experienced and trained in working with the legal problems of aging Americans and individuals of all ages with disabilities. Established in 1987, NAELA is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations, and others. The mission of NAELA is to establish NAELA members as the premier providers of legal advocacy, guidance, and services to enhance the lives of people with special needs and people as they age. NAELA currently has members across the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit NAELA.org.

Great Las Vegas Music

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The bars, lounges, supper clubs and joints around town are filled with another week of great entertainment.

Start the weekend early with Mark Giovi at Casa di Amore. Reviewed by one website as, “Vegas, the way it used to be,” Casa di Amore remains a favorite of locals and a destination for visitors worldwide. A 7-year Strip headliner, Giovi’s classic music stylings have been tailored for the supper club venue perfectly. Giovi performs regularly Wednesday-Saturday, 6:30-10:30 PM. Casa di Amore is just minutes east of Las Vegas Blvd., 2850 E Tropicana Ave. Click here to view the menu.

For Boulder City folks, Mike Vaughn, another Checkmates alumnus, has a Wednesday-Saturday run at the Hacienda Hotel, 7:30 PM-Midnight. Vaughn has assembled a great band that pays tribute to legendary blues artists, including Stevie Ray Vaughn, Bo Diddley, the Allman Brothers and more.

“Casual” is the word for Thursday, when Kent Foote and the Vegas Good Fellas bring their 5-member band to Siena Deli, 9500 W. Sahara. Foote’s vibe welcomes all guests and Chef Giancarlo’s menu satisfy nearly every taste with a menu ranging from great appetizers to specialty sandwiches, salads, not-your-everyday pasta selection, meat, fish and chicken entrees. The 3-hour music set begins at 7:30 PM. Friday, Foote and his keyboard plater, Chicago Paul Stevenson Sinatra-cizes their repertoire beginning a 4-hour set at 6:00 PM at Ferraro’s, rated by one magazine as the #1 restaurant…period! Ferraro’s, at 4480 Paradise Road, offers a 50% food discount to locals. Whether visiting. Siena or Ferraro’s, go early…and stay. You’ll love it!

Lisa Gay and hubby Tony Drake have quickly established themselves as one of Las Vegas’ “must sees.” Resident headliners at Alexis Park Resort’s newly remodeled Pegasus Room, the couple, whose roots go back to Lou Rawls, the Fifth Dimension and many more walk-of-famers have developed a following that attracts local and visiting celebrities. The 9:00 PM Friday show features guests Toscha Comeaux and Donna Lynne. Alexis Park is across from the Hard Rock Casino, 374 E. Harmon Av.

Get ready to sweat! Ricco “The Las Vegas Showman” Diamante expects everyone (but me) on the dance floor. He’s packed his glitter and sequins, loaded up the car and is on a local mini-tour, first Friday night at the Silverton Casino 7:00-10:00 PM Friday night, Feb. 8 before returning to the Fiesta Rancho Saturday night, 8:30 PM – 12:30 AM. This Las Vegas Showman regularly attracts an audience that provides as much glitz, glamor and excitement off stage as Ricco does on stage. Ricco packs his high energy performances with rock, Motown, R & B and the great dance songs of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s with a touch of classic ballads like “the Platters “Only You.” Watch for a bit of Elvis thrown in. If you haven’t seen Ricco before, the time is right because he’s coming to a venue near you. If you have seen him before…well, if you have seen him before, you’ll probably be back this weekend. No cover either night.

America’s Got Talent finalist Seth Grabel brings what he calls his own brand of “acromagic” to the stage, blending flips, leaps with sleight-of-hand and large-scale illusions. Grabel’s real appeal is his easy comedic charm and his ability to grasp nail-biting dramatics to make his shows an exercise in nerve-wracking tension and breath-catching release. On America’s Got Talent, Grabel amazed millions of viewers by making a DeLorean appear out of thin air but the surprises weren’t over yet. Emerging from the futuristic vehicle were mini versions of the shows judges, Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mandel and Piers Morgan. Grabel appears every Thursday through Sunday at the Royal Resort (formerly Debbie Reynolds Casino), 99 Convention Center Dr., just a half block off The Strip. Showtime is 6:00 PM. If you hurry, there may still be discount tickets available on line. Go to www.Groupon.com
Vocalist Treasure Guffy and her band have made the Stratosphere’s 107 Lounge high on many people’s must-visit list. The sultry singer keeps it mellow with her jazz, light blues and R & B, all tailored to the room, the mood and the audience, both in the lounge and a flight down in the Stratosphere’s revolving restaurant. The breath-taking views of The Strip are unequaled as are the mood and music created by Guffy and her three fine musicians. Treasure’s band is scheduled to perform 6:00-10:00 PM Wednesday through Sunday through the end of March. Happy hour specials run 4:00-7:00 and include half price amazing appetizers and everybody’s favorite martini, the 2-For-1 in a variety of blends. Hurry in though, because rumor is that management is bringing in a DJ and music-in-a-box. Goodbye atmosphere.

Don’t know what to expect Sunday night at Artifice, described on their website as an “urban lounge” and having “three rooms with an eclectic mix of music and entertainment,” but that’s the thrill of discovery. Sunday Artifice hosts a rare performance by Wendy Fleming, who will be appearing in one of those three rooms. I first saw Wendy backing up Bobby Brooks Wilson at Bootlegger when he respectfully handed her the mic and she stunned the audience with her slow, sultry version of “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess. Since then, Wendy’s local appearances have been few but Sunday night she’ll be part of KC Live with saxophone player Sid the Kid beginning at 7:30 PM. Artifice is located at 1025 S 1st Street.

Some Save-The-Dates…or You’ll Wish You Had

February 15: Peter Pavone is the guest of Lisa Gay, Tony Drake and their Gentlemen of Thrill Band at Alexis Park. Pavone has appeared extensively around the world paying tribute to Dean and Frank in Rat Pack Shows. He’s also a regular around Las Vegas, often appearing with Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Tribute. Pavone has also won rave reviews for his Hello-I’m-Johnny-Cash tributes. Alexis Park is across from the Hard Rock Casino, 375 E. Harmon Av.

February 21: The Vegas Underground that’s writing Las Vegas entertainment history takes their show to House of Blues prestigious Foundation Room in Mandalay Bay. Vegas Underground, subject of a front page story in the Los Angeles Times, burst on the scene two years ago with a classic Rat Pack-type anything-goes show every Monday at west side’s Tap House. Drummer LJ Harness promises the same you-never-know who-will-show-up type of top entertainers but has leaked that Paul Shortino (of Quiet Riot) Frankie Scinta and David Perrico of Pop Evolution have expressed an interest. Vegas Underground regulars include host Mark Giovi, saxophone player Steve Poncar (of Las Vegas Good Fellas), Ned Mills on keyboard and guitar player Keith Neal.

February 23: Pia is Back! Flying under the radar for too long, Pia Zadora (pictured) has returned to the stage after a 15-year absence with the grace, style and energy that belies that decade and a half hiatus. After a stunning performance on stage at the Smith Center, Pia knocked ’em dead at the Vegas Underground’s sponsored Toys for Tots gala, singing and kibitzing with comedian and Academy Award performer Steve Rossi. Tickets for her Sun Coast performance are available on line by clicking here.

April 13 and 14: The Bronx Wanderers who makes us remember what we loved about the Doo Wop era return to the South Point Casino to reprise the sold out shows the past two years. The 5-man band is anchored by vocalist dad Vinnie and sons Vinnie Jr and Nicky. More than a tribute band to “The Wanderer” icon Dion DiMucci, the stage erupts into excitement when surprises too good to reveal jump off the stage to the delight of all audiences. Although tickets are not yet available, mark your calendars to see this exciting group.

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New International Federation on Ageing Report Declares Vision Loss No Longer an Inevitable Part of Ageing

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Calls for Investments in Preventive Eye Health to Reduce Social and Economic
Burdens of Vision Loss

The International Federation on Ageing (IFA) today released a new report describing the health, social and economic burdens of vision loss on a global society that is rapidly ageing. The report calls for increased public education and awareness programs, improved public policies and greater integration of preventive eye health interventions into public health systems.

The report, titled “The High Cost of Low Vision: The Evidence on Ageing and the Loss of Sight ,” highlights that vision loss is no longer an inevitable part of the ageing process, as people can now age with strong, healthy vision, given 21st-century innovations in diagnosis, biomedicine, nutrition, technology and preventive care.

“The economic implications are equally huge as we now have it in our grasp to delink vision loss from ageing, which will have great impact on active, productive and more enjoyable ageing. This shift in the traditional perception of ageing is truly transformative,” said Jane Barratt, BSc, MSc, PhD, Secretary General of the IFA. “As 80 percent of vision loss is preventable, it is our ethical responsibility and a public health imperative that we take action now.”

“As the 21st century’s seminal challenge of population ageing leads to increasing prevalence of deteriorating vision, it brings about huge social, personal and economic consequences,” said Kathy Spahn, President and CEO of Helen Keller International. “This report is both timely and critical as a tool for raising awareness of and driving solutions for preventable vision loss, which can have a positive and profound impact on economic growth and the human condition.”

The over-60 population is expected to reach 2 billion by mid-century. As this cohort rapidly grows to become the largest population segment of many societies globally, rates of preventable vision loss are also soaring. Today, 285 million people around the world are visually impaired, including 39 million who are totally blind, and that number will explode without preventive measures. The direct costs of vision impairment worldwide are estimated to reach $2.8 trillion by 2020, and the indirect costs will add another $760 billion.

“IFA’s report highlights the critical need for action and investment in preventive eye health,” said Francisco Rodriguez, MD, Retina and Vitreous Specialist and Scientific Director, Fundación Oftalmológica Nacional in Colombia. “Across the globe, new policies to improve the diagnosis, management and care associated with preventable eye diseases – especially among ageing populations – will go a long way in alleviating the burdens triggered by age-related vision loss.”

“As millions around the world are living longer – bringing about increasing prevalence in visual impairments – global institutions, governments, the scientific and medical communities, payers, patient groups, NGOs and businesses must partner to find innovative solutions to treat and prevent vision loss – one of the greatest challenges of global population ageing,” said Dr. Kemal Malik, Head Global Development at Bayer Healthcare.

The report emphasizes that measures to prevent vision loss are cost-effective and calls for urgent attention in key areas: Download the Executive Summary
Download the Report
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About the International Federation on Ageing
The International Federation on Ageing (IFA)is an international non-governmental organization with a membership base of NGOs, the corporate sector, academia, government, and individuals. IFA aims to generate positive change for older people throughout the world by stimulating, collecting, analyzing, and disseminating information on rights, policies, and practices that improve the quality of life of people as they age.
“The High Cost of Low Vision: The Evidence on Ageing and the Loss of Sight” was made possible through an unrestricted educational grant by Bayer Healthcare to the International Federation on Ageing.

“Best of Home Care” Award – Second Year in a Row

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No Place Like Home Senior Care today announced that it has been recognized with Home Care Pulse’s “Best of Home Care” Provider of Choice distinction. Awarded to the top 25% of agencies in client and employee satisfaction scores from Home Care Pulse, No Place Like Home Senior Care is now ranked among a select few of the best agencies in the country.

What is the Best of Home Care® Award?

Agencies with the highest quality receive the Best of Home Care Award® from Home Care Pulse, the leading quality assurance firm for home care. This award is based on client and caregiver satisfaction scores from several categories, including Compassion, Work Ethic, Communication, and Training. “Our combined current client satisfaction rate is 96.8%” advised President/CEO Rick Ackerson.

Why Choose a Best of Home Care® Provider of Choice?

When you choose a Best of Home Care® Provider of Choice, you can be confident you are choosing the right home care agency for you and your family.

An agency recognized as a Provider of Choice is best-in-class for quality care. Their client satisfaction scores rank in the top percentile nationally in one or more categories. These scores are based on monthly third-party phone interviews with the agency’s clients, conducted by Home Care Pulse. As a client of a Best of Home Care® Provider of Choice, your agency will be preferred home care provider with award-winning care.

“We want to congratulate No Place Like Home Senior Care for winning the “Best of Home Care” award and commend their commitment to placing high priority on client and employee satisfaction,” concluded Aaron Marcum of Home Care Pulse.

About Home Care Pulse

Home Care Pulse was launched in 2008 and is a company specializing in measuring and benchmarking client and employee satisfaction for private duty home care agencies. Recently Home Care Pulse conducted the largest study ever performed on behalf of the private duty industry.

About No Place Like Home Senior Care

No Place Like Home Senior Care is the premier non-medical home care agency in Douglas County and surrounding areas, providing a wide range of in-home care services. No Place Like Home Senior Care is a locally-owned and operated company and is passionate about serving seniors and those in need throughout Northern Nevada.

Only agency in Northern NV providing Certified Companion Aides & Certified Hospice Companion Aides.

Further information can be found at www.NvNoPlaceLikeHome.com or call 775-392-2000.

Northern Nevada Medical Group Announces Two Additional Cardiologists

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Northern Nevada Medical Center welcomes two additional local cardiologists to their team of physicians affiliated with the Northern Nevada Medical Group.

Chad Bidart, MD, FACC and Colin Fuller, MD, FACC, FACP, FSCAI, are providing heart and vascular care at Northern Nevada Medical Center’s Accredited Chest Pain Center. They join Northern Nevada Medical Group cardiologists Dr. Kosta Arger, Dr. Michael Newmark, Dr. Tom Nylk and Dr. Thomas Truong.

“We sincerely welcome these prestigious local cardiologists to our family,” said Tiffany Meert, Chief Operating Officer at Northern Nevada Medical Center. “The Accredited Chest Pain Center at NNMC has long been known for quality and expedient cardiovascular care. These cardiologists bring a breadth of experience and multidisciplinary skills, and they will continue to serve our community well.”

Dr. Bidart is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and electrophysiology. He specializes in heart arrhythmia. A native of Winnemucca, NV, Dr. Bidart earned his medical degree at UNR and completed his residency and fellowship in cardiovascular disease at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. He also completed a fellowship in cardiac electrophysiology at UCLA.

Dr. Fuller is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease. He specializes in peripheral arterial disease, cardiac sports medicine, and clinical and preventive cardiology. He is also a team physician for UNR Athletics. Dr. Fuller earned his medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston and completed his residency at UC, Davis. He completed his fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas.
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The cardiologists’ office is located on the Northern Nevada Medical Center campus at Sparks Medical Office Building, 2385 E. Prater Way, Suite 205, and they are also seeing patients in south Reno at 5575 Kietzke, just south of the Neil roundabout. To ensure continuity of care, Dr. Bidart and Dr. Fuller will continue to see their existing patients. They are also accepting new patients and are on most of the areas health plans including Medicare. To schedule an appointment please call (775) 352-5300.
The Chest Pain Center at Northern Nevada Medical Center is accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers for its ability to assess, diagnose, and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. By becoming an Accredited Chest Pain Center, NNMC has enhanced the quality of care for the cardiac patients, and demonstrated a commitment to higher standards. When it comes to a heart attack, minutes matter.

The Home Depot Foundation to Announce Significant Grant to Veterans Village

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HELP LAUNCH VEGAS LOVES VETERANS CAMPAIGN

WHAT: Fred Wacker, COO of The Home Depot Foundation, will announce the awarding of a significant grant to Veterans Village Las Vegas at a brief ceremony that will also include dozens of associate volunteers from The Home Depot. The Home Depot Foundation, which has been actively engaged in supporting Veterans Village since its inception last year, is increasing its financial support to help complete a comprehensive renovation of Veterans Village’s physical facility, a former Econo Lodge Motel with 120 rooms.

A 103-day fundraising campaign for Veterans Village Las Vegas – VEGAS LOVES VETERANS – will launch that day to encourage locals to donate what they can up to $103 ($1 per day from Valentine’s Day through Memorial Day 2013) – to show support of veterans from all conflicts who have defended our freedoms over the decades. ( www.vvlv.org – click on the Vegas Loves Veterans icon or donate button)

In addition to providing temporary housing for vets and their families, Veterans Village provides a comprehensive roster of services to vets through partnerships with other community organizations and government agencies, including employment training and referrals, continuing education and degree programs, exercise training, medical services, mental health counseling and special veteran-centric activities and events.

WHEN: Thursday, February 14
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: Veterans Village Las Vegas
1150 Las Vegas Blvd. South (Just south of Charleston Blvd. on the west side of the street)
Las Vegas, NV 89104

WHO: Fred Wacker, COO, The Home Depot Foundation
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman
Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Coffin
Arnold Stalk, founder and visionary, Veterans Village Las Vegas

About Veterans Village:
Veterans Village is located at 1150 Las Vegas Boulevard in a repurposed Econo Lodge motel. It serves as a temporary housing facility for U.S. veterans and their families and provides a comprehensive and holistic roster of services to help vets heal and succeed. Services are provided through public and private collaborative partnerships with community organizations and government agencies and include housing, nutrition, life skills training, employment training and referrals, continuing education and degree programs, exercise training, medical services, mental health counseling and special veteran-centric activities and events. Veterans Village is managed by SHARE, a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1994 by Arnold Stalk and Karin Rogers to provide affordable housing for individuals in need. SHARE oversees all operations of services for Veterans Village residents. www.vvlv.org

About The Home Depot Foundation:
The Home Depot Foundation is dedicated to improving the homes of U.S. military veterans through financial and volunteer resources to help nonprofit organizations. The Foundation has committed $80 million to these efforts over five years. Through Team Depot, the company’s associate-led volunteer program, thousands of Home Depot associates volunteer their time and talents to positively transform neighborhoods and perform basic repairs and modifications to homes and facilities serving veterans with critical housing needs. Since its formation in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than $340 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local communities. To learn more and see our associates in action, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org.

More Than 7,300 Youth From Around The World To Participate In Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup International Soccer Showcase Feb. 16-18

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Event Will Bring An Estimated $10+ Million Into Local Economy

The largest international youth soccer tournament in the country will take place in Las Vegas Presidents’ Day weekend, Feb. 16-18. An expected 452 youth soccer teams from around the world will compete during the annual Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup International Showcase tournament. More than 7,300 soccer players, ages 14 to 19, from 12 foreign countries and 28 U.S. states, will square off in soccer fields around the valley. The event is co-hosted by the city of Las Vegas and the Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club, and is expected to bring more than $10 million into the local economy, according to Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club President Roger Tabor. The event also will attract more than 250 college soccer coaches and recruiters from across the country to scout for both male and female athletes. Spectator admission and parking are free at all games.

“We look forward to welcoming these young athletes from all over the world,” said Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman. “They will enjoy our wonderful spring weather, make new friends, play the sport they love, connect with college recruiters and have the time of their lives in fabulous Las Vegas. They boost our local businesses with the money they spend here and bring our Las Vegas youth some great soccer competition. This will be our biggest Mayor’s Cup tournament yet, and a win-win for everyone involved. Can it get any better?”

Matches will be played from 8:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Teams are guaranteed four games. Championship games will be played on Monday at Bettye Wilson Soccer Complex, 7353 Eugene Ave., starting at 10 a.m. Medals and trophies will be presented to winning teams following each championship game, beginning about 11 a.m. Monday and continuing to approximately 4 p.m. There will be no matches Friday, Feb. 15, to allow teams to attend the Las Vegas ProSoccer Challenge between the Colorado Rapids and Chivas USA at Sam Boyd Stadium.

Teams are expected from Australia, the Cayman Islands, Canada, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Mexico, Poland and the United States.

Accepted teams, player profiles, college coaches expected to attend, tournament schedule and program, participating hotels, and more information is available on the event website at www.LVMayorsCup.com. Updated information and results will be posted there as they are finalized. The tournament has received the top rating — Premier Elite Tournament — from Gotsoccer.com, the nation’s top rating service for youth soccer.

Downtown 3rd hosts the International Vendor Village during the second annual Chinese New Year in the Desert

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Festival takes place in downtown Las Vegas February 8-10

LAS VEGAS – The Year of the Water Snake kicks off with the second annual Chinese New Year celebration in downtown Las Vegas, February 8 -10, as the area is transformed into a spring festival. Throughout the three-day event, guests can visit the International Vendor Village, located at Downtown 3rd – 3rd Street between Ogden Avenue and Stewart Avenue. As its name implies, the International Vendor Village features international flavors from multiple food vendors, including SATAY, Dragon Grille, Sauced, Wok Express, Gyoza-San, Triple George, Coast 2 Coast, Sin City Snoballs, Haulin’ Balls food truck, Ben’s BBQ and more.
Prizes and giveaways will be offered throughout the weekend.
Chinese New Year in the Desert starts Friday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. on the 3rd Street Stage at Fremont Street Experience. It includes three days of events such as the Miss Asian American Pacific Islander USA Pageant, a fashion show by Macy’s, the American Heart Association Heart Walk and the McDonald’s Las Vegas Spring Festival Parade. The International Vendor Village is open at Downtown3rd throughout the entire two and a half-day event.
About Fifth Street Gaming
Fifth Street Gaming (FSG) is a Las Vegas, Nevada-based casino management company led by CEO Seth Schorr and founded by Schorr and his partner, Jeffrey Fine. Fifth Street Gaming will own and operate seven Las Vegas gaming locations, including the Lucky Club Casino and Hotel, Opera House Saloon and Casino, Silver Nugget Casino, Little Macau Ultra Tavern, Gold Spike Casino & Hotel, Siegel Slots and Suites and MOB Bar. Combined, these properties operate over 1000 machines, two dozen table games and 400-plus employees. FSG is also overseeing redevelopment and eventual operations of Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino, formerly Lady Luck Hotel & Casino. Downtown Grand is scheduled to open in late 2013 and is planned to include 600 slot machines 35 table games and 650 employees. Through their successful management of these properties, Schorr and his highly experienced team have garnered a strong reputation for reinvigorating dated properties with new technology, systems and enhanced amenities. The principals of Fifth Street Gaming also control, through affiliates, the LEV Restaurant Group, a Food & Beverage operation that owns and operates more than 35 restaurants in the Las Vegas area with combined revenues exceeding $25 million. The LEV Restaurant Group is the local area developer for The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and Jamba Juice, and has a number of internally developed concepts including i♥burgers, Lobster ME and The Daily Kitchen & Wellness Bar. For more information, visit www.fifthstreetgaming.com.

US Senator Dean Heller, recently appointed member of Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, to Tour Veterans Village Las Vegas Tomorrow

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WHAT: US Senator Dean Heller will tour Veterans Village Las Vegas tomorrow. Recently appointed as a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Heller will learn first-hand about Veterans Village Las Vegas, a comprehensive and highly innovative housing and resource facility for U.S. veterans and their families.

Veterans Village opened in 2012 in a renovated Econo Lodge Motel with 120 rooms. Thanks to the ongoing generosity of the Home Depot Foundation and hundreds of hours provided by Home Depot employees, the facility is undergoing a comprehensive retrofit and update. In addition to providing temporary housing for vets and their families, Veterans Village provides a comprehensive roster of services through partnerships with other community organizations and government agencies, including employment training and referrals, continuing education and degree programs, exercise training, medical services, mental health counseling and special veteran-centric activities and events.

WHEN: Friday, February 1
10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

WHERE: Veterans Village Las Vegas
1150 Las Vegas Blvd. South (Just south of Charleston Blvd. on the west side of the street)
Las Vegas, NV 89104

WHO: US Senator Dean Heller
Sylvia Allen, president, 100 Black Women of Las Vegas
Arnold Stalk, founder and visionary, Veterans Village Las Vegas
About Veterans Village:
Veterans Village is located at 1150 Las Vegas Boulevard in a repurposed Econo Lodge motel. It serves as a temporary housing facility for U.S. veterans and their families and provides a comprehensive and holistic roster of services to help vets heal and succeed. Services are provided through public and private collaborative partnerships with community organizations and government agencies and include housing, nutrition, life skills training, employment training and referrals, continuing education and degree programs, exercise training, medical services, mental health counseling and special veteran-centric activities and events. Veterans Village is managed by SHARE, a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1994 by Arnold Stalk and Karin Rogers to provide affordable housing for individuals in need. SHARE oversees all operations of services for Veterans Village residents.

iHop Serves Hospitalized Children Free Pancakes Day Early

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On the eve of National Pancake Day, International House of Pancakes (IHOP) is delivering short stacks to patients at Renown Children’s Hospital. The “breakfast for lunch” will be served with special toppings to children without diet restrictions at the hospital from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Feb. 4.

The annual National Pancake Day effort is designed to raise money and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children, by raising funds for children’s hospitals throughout the United States.

Tuesday, Feb. 5, IHOP guests can enjoy a free short stack of pancakes between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. at any local IHOP in Reno, Sparks, Carson City and South Lake Tahoe. In return IHOP asks that guests donate what they would have spent on the pancakes to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. On this day, the restaurant chain hopes to raise more than $3 million nationally to kick off the 2013 fundraising year for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Guests are also encouraged to buy a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals paper balloon for an additional dollar that will be placed on the wall with a name. “Miracle Balloons” will be sold for $1 and $5 each. Miracle Balloon sales offer guests another way to show their support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and contribute to the fundraising effort locally in northern Nevada.

This will mark the eighth year that IHOP has held National Pancake Day, which to date has raised more than $10 million dollars nationally for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities. In northern Nevada, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has partnered with IHOP since 2006 and has raised more than $38,800 to benefit Renown Children’s Hospital. All funds raised at local IHOP restaurants will be donated directly to Renown Children’s Hospital.

“Our IHOP team does look forward to National Pancake day because they know that their efforts and all monies raised stay local and go to Renown Children’s Hospital,” said Peter Kouis, regional manager for IHOP. “They know this event impacts not only their own children but also other children in our community as well.”

To find a local IHOP or to donate online, visit www.ihoppancakeday.com.

To download b-roll footage or for more information about National Pancake Day, please click here. All media must be escorted on hospital property. To ensure access for interviews and photographs, contact Dan Davis, Public Relations Business Partner at (775) 691-7308.

About Renown Children’s Hospital
Renown Health, Reno’s only locally owned, not-for-profit integrated health network, is home to the region’s only Children’s Hospital; the region’s only hospital affiliated with the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals; the region’s only Children’s ER; the region’s only Wilbur D. May Pediatric Intensive Care Unit; the largest Neonatal ICU in northern Nevada; The John & Sue Dermody Children’s Healing Garden; northern Nevada’s only Cystic Fibrosis Program; and the region’s only Children’s Specialty Care, treating patients with tumors, cancer, blood disease and other major illnesses. For more information and to follow the hospital’s progress, visit renown.org/children.

City Of Las Vegas Presents Musical Theatre And Concerts Feb. 15-17

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Enjoy Rainbow Company’s “Across The Truckee” At The Historic Fifth Street School

The city of Las Vegas offers family entertainment options Feb. 15-17. The Rainbow Company Youth Theatre’s upcoming production of “Across The Truckee” combines musical theatre, Nevada history and audience participation in a “one-of-a-kind” experience that is bound to please audiences of all ages. “Across the Truckee” is the latest original chapter in the company’s on-going “Nevada Series.” Each year a play with music is developed that highlights Nevada’s exciting history and colorful characters. This season, four of Nevada’s most unusual historic figures are included: Eilley Oram, known as “The Washoe Seeress”; Henry T. Comstock, of Comstock Lode fame; Timothy H. O’Sullivan, ground-breaking photographer of the Civil War; and Adolph Sutro, known as the “the king of the Comstock.” The ending of the play may vary from performance to performance, since the audience will participate with choices! The show will be performed Feb. 15-17 at the Historic Fifth Street School, located at 401 S. Fourth St. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with additional 2 p.m. shows Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $5 for teens/seniors/military and $3 for children ages 12 and younger. For tickets and information, visit www.artslasvegas.org or call (702) 229-6553 or 229-6383.

Bring your lunch at noon Friday, Feb. 15, to enjoy the latest installment of the city of Las Vegas’ Downtown Cultural Series of free concerts at the Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse Jury Assembly Room at 333 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Open to the public, the hour-long concert will feature the Emanuel Schmidt Quartet, led by guitarist Emanuel Schmidt. Swiss-born Schmidt earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance at the Wesley Institute in Sydney, Australia, as well as a doctorate in Communication Processes in Jazz Performance from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. A versatile musician, he plays drums, keyboards, bass and guitar, and composes/arranges music for a full orchestra. For more information on the artist, go online to http://emanuelschmidt.com/ or call (702) 229-3515 for more details.

Tickets are on sale now for the 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, Guy Davis concert at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, located at 800 S. Brush St. Davis is a musician, composer, actor, director and writer. But most importantly, Davis is a bluesman. The blues permeates every corner of Davis’ creativity. Throughout his career, he has dedicated himself to reviving the traditions of acoustic blues and bringing them to as many ears as possible through the material of the great blues masters, along with African-American stories and his own original songs, stories and performance pieces. For more information on Davis, visit www.guydavis.com/. Priced at $10 in advance and $15 on event day, tickets are available online at www.artslasvegas.org or by calling (702) 229-6383.

Nine simple ways you can improve your heart health

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Ten minutes a day is all you need to be heart healthy. Walking the dog, knowing your numbers, eating your greens – those are a few heart-healthy things that only Take 10.

Since 1963, to urge Americans to join the battle against heart and vascular diseases, Congress has advised the president to proclaim February “American Heart Month.” To celebrate American Heart Month this year, Renown Institute for Heart & Vascular Health is offering a variety of educational and screening events and opportunities for disease prevention and to support the fight against heart disease and stroke.

1. Beginning Feb. 1 though Feb. 28, Renown is helping people commit to improve their heart health in just 10 minutes a day. Every day in February, visit the Take 10 tab on the Renown Health Facebook page. From heart-savvy information and healthy recipes to useful apps, Renown will reveal a simple health tip that takes 10 minutes or less. Also enter to win an Ultimate Health Screening Package ($219 value).

2. Friday, Feb. 1, people are encouraged to promote awareness of heart disease by dressing in red on National Wear Red Day.

3. Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 5 and 6, Renown South Meadows Medical Center will host the life-saving services of Life Line Screening, the nation’s largest provider of preventive screenings. The screening event is designed to help local residents identify their risk of stroke, vascular disease and osteoporosis before the life-changing effects of these conditions can occur. The event is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Northview Conference Room. Call 1-800-690-0295 to schedule an appointment.

4. Throughout February: Low-cost health screenings. These events include a variety of health screenings for cholesterol, diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and more. No appointment required. The schedule includes:

Feb 6, 8 – 10 a.m.: Renown Medical Group, 202 Los Altos Parkway.
Feb 13, 8 – 10 a.m.: 850 Mill St.
Feb 20, 8 – 10 a.m.: Renown Medical Group, 1343 W. Newlands Drive, Fernley
Feb 27, 8 – 10 a.m.: Renown South Meadows Medical Center, Northview Conference Room

5. Saturday, Feb. 9, Renown will participate in the Save a Heart – Simple 7 Health Expo featuring the American Heart Association’s Simple 7, steps to heart healthy living: Get Active, Control Cholesterol, Eat Better, Manage Blood Pressure, Lose Weight, Reduce Blood Sugar and Stop Smoking. The expo takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Scheels, Legends at Sparks Marina. The event is open to the public. No RSVP needed.

6. Friday, Feb. 15, at 12 noon, Renown will host a free Online Health Series webinar on the link between gout and heart disease. Renown Health Rheumatologist Malin Prupas, MD, FACP, will be the featured presenter. Register for this webinar at renown.org/onlinehealthseries.

7. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 12 noon, Renown will host a free Online Health Series webinar on the early warning signs of heart attacks. Karen Meskimen, DNP, RN, will be the featured presenter. Register for this webinar at renown.org/onlinehealthseries.

8. Thursday, Feb. 28, Renown will host its annual Save Your Heart Luncheon featuring Letitia Anderson, MD, FACC. The educational luncheon will be from 12 noon to 1 p.m. at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, Paradise Ballrooms D & E. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $10 and includes lunch. To RSVP, call 775-982-6483.

9. Friday, March 1, the American Heart Association will host its annual Go Red For Women Luncheon from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa:

Free Personal Income Tax Form Preparation Assistance At City Of Las Vegas Senior Centers

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Trained Volunteers Will Assist Seniors And Lower-Income Residents

Volunteers from AARP will offer residents age 50 and older free assistance with personal income tax form preparation and electronic filing at four city active adult and senior centers beginning in February. In addition, participants in the Internal Revenue Service Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will offer similar free assistance to Nevada residents at the Doolittle Senior Center starting Feb. 19. Income restrictions will apply to qualify for assistance. Advance appointments are required at all locations. Bring a copy of your 2011 income tax return and all of your applicable 2012 paperwork to the appointment. Call a center below between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays to schedule an appointment. Centers will be closed Feb. 18 for holiday observance.

AARP Free Tax Form Preparation
Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Feb. 1-April 12, by appointment only.
Las Vegas Senior Center, 451 E. Bonanza Road, (702) 229-6454.
Call 229-6454 for details and to make an appointment.

AARP Free Tax Form Preparation (ages 50+)
Mondays and Thursdays, Feb. 4-April 11, by appointment only.
Centennial Hills Active Adult Center, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive, (702) 229-1702.
Call 229-1702 for information and appointments.

AARP Free Tax Form Preparation (ages 50+)
Tuesday afternoons, Feb. 5-April 9, by appointment only.
Lieburn Senior Center, 6230 Garwood Ave., (702) 229-1600.
Call 229-1600 for information and appointments.

AARP Free Tax Form Preparation (ages 50+)
Tuesdays, Feb.12-April 9, by appointment only.
East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 N. Eastern, (702) 229-1515.
Call 229-1515 for information and to make an appointment.

VITA Free Tax Form Preparation
Tuesday-Thursday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Feb. 19-April 11; by appointment only.
Doolittle Senior Center, 1930 N. J St., (702) 229-6125.
The VITA program is designed to help low- and moderate-income taxpayers complete their annual tax returns at no cost. All ages with income under $49,000 are welcome. Call (702) 229-6125 for appointments after Feb. 5.

Caesars Foundation Presents the 12th Annual 5K Run for a Wish to benefit Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada

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Who: Make-A-Wish® Southern Nevada
What: 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Fun Walk
When: Registration 7:00 a.m., Saturday, February 2, 2013; Run begins at 9:00 a.m.
Where: Town Square Las Vegas, Stoney’s Rockin’ Country Parking lot
(Las Vegas, Nev.) January 30, 2013 – Caesar’s Foundation presents the 12th Annual “5K Run for a Wish” to benefit Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada. The walk will be held on Saturday, February 2nd at Town Square Las Vegas in the parking lot in front of Stoney’s Rockin Country.
“By sponsoring Make-A-Wish’s 12th Annual 5K Run For a Wish, Caesars Foundation is proud to bring the community together to help children and their families during trying times,” said Thom Reilly, Executive Director of Caesars Foundation. “Even if just for a few days, the pain and fear of treatments and numerous hospital visits disappear as they create wonderful memories that last a lifetime.”
The Honorable Mayor Carolyn Goodman will act as grand marshal, and KSNV News 3 and Mix 94.1 are the main media sponsors. Platinum Sponsor Allegiant will offer participants and attendees free sunscreen and a chance to win a weekend getaway to Phoenix or Reno.
“UnitedHealthcare has been a supporter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada for many years,” said Don Giancursio, chief executive officer for UnitedHealthcare Nevada. “As a health and well-being company, we work every day to make a difference in our community. In addition to events such as the Run for a Wish, each year UnitedHealthcare helps Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada grant wishes to children.”
“Last year we raised over $170,000, and our goal this year is $250,000,” said Caleen Johnson, Executive Director of Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada. “All of the funds raised stay right here in southern Nevada to help make wishes come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions. We are so grateful for our many supporters and friends who make this event possible!”
For more information or to pre-register, call 702-212-WISH (9474) or go to www.runforawish.com.
Since 1980, Make-A-Wish® has given hope, strength and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions. From our humble beginnings with one boy’s wish to be a police officer, we’ve evolved into an organization that grants a child’s wish in the U.S. every 40 minutes and has blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon reaching for than 250,000 children around the world.” For more information about Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada, visit www.snv.wish.org.

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  • Senior Industry Network Group Events

    Monthly SING Meetings are held the first Thursday of every month at our NEW location below:

    Desert Canyon - HealthSouth
    9175 W. Oquendo Rd.
    Las Vegas, NV 89148

    S.I.N.G. Agenda:
    - Coffee and bagels will be served
    - A time to show gratitude by thanking those who have sent you referrals
    - Announcements around the room
    - One minute commercials
    - Open Discussion on topics of Self Empowerment

    * When? The 1st Thursday of every month. Networking starts at: 8:00am | Meeting starts at: 8:30am

    * How Much? It’s free!