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Volunteer Opportunity for MLK Jr. Day

Volunteer Opportunity for MLK Jr. Day

 

United Way of Southern Nevada’s Volunteer Center encourages Las Vegans to make a difference in the community and commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. with a “Day ON, not a Day OFF.”

The nonprofit is seeking volunteers to assist with clean up, landscaping and mural painting at City Impact Center, 950 E. Sahara Ave., from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 16.

All attendees must register online in order to participate. Volunteers are asked to check in at the City Impact gymnasium at 8 a.m. and dress accordingly, as some projects may occur outdoors. Lunch will be provided. For more information and to sign up, please visit the event page.

Dream Fest Set for King Week

Dream Fest Set for King Week

 

The city of Las Vegas will host its first Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Fest on Monday, Jan. 16, from 2-6 p.m. at Edmond Town Center, located at H Street and Owens Avenue.

The event will be a free community gathering that will include food and cultural vendors, car, truck and motorcycle shows, a chili cook-off and entertainment and activities for the entire family.

Vendors, car owners and chili cookers interested in participating in the event should visit the Dream Fest web page at www.lasvegasnevada.gov/mlkdreamfest to print out an application form. The web page also has details on where the form can be mailed and how to pay any associated fees. Forms and payments must be turned in to the address listed on the applications by Dec. 21.

Youth Groups to Clean Up Cigarette Litter in Parks

Youth Groups to Clean Up Cigarette Litter in Parks

 

A number of local youth groups are partnering with Keep Las Vegas Beautiful, the American Lung Association and the city of Las Vegas to clean up cigarette litter in five city parks Saturday morning.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

Parks that will be cleaned around playgrounds, grassy areas and picnic sections include:

Downtown Businesses Step Up to Help Seniors

Downtown Businesses Step Up to Help  Seniors

The community is coming together Saturday to remodel and renovate a senior center on North 11th Street.

The effort is being led by Downtown Cares Las Vegas. The volunteer group includes diverse businesses like Zappos, Whole Foods, the El Cortez Hotel and Casino and 8 News NOW. There will also be volunteers from the city of Las Vegas, Las Vegas Fire and Rescue and the Metropolitan Police Department. Workers will be updating the Robert Gordon Senior Recreation Center, 450 N. 11th Street.

The seniors who use the facility have put together a wish list of improvements they would like to see done to their home away from home. Workers will be painting, gardening, improving the recreation area, and beautifying the patio. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and volunteering begins at 10 a.m.

The center primarily serves low-income seniors living nearby. 

Metro Hosts Trunk-or-Treat Event

Metro Hosts Trunk-or-Treat Event

Metro Police want young children to have a safe and fun Halloween at their own event.

Metro is hosting a free Trunk-or-Treat event for the community from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today. The location will be the Downtown Area Command, 621 North 9th St. 

Officers will have numerous squad cars and specialized vehicles lined up at the event. The cars will be decorated for Halloween. Children will be able to go car-to-car to collect candy and interact with police officers. This is a great opportunity for people to come to an area command and meet the officers that police their community.

Metro officials want people to know the candy and decorations for this event were paid for by community partners and were not purchased with tax dollars.

'Books and Buddies' Reading Mentors Needed at Local Schools

'Books and Buddies' Reading Mentors Needed at Local Schools

Books and Buddies is a reading mentor program sponsored by Spread the Word Nevada, a children's literacy non-profit group, that matches elementary school students from a list of 26 adopted schools with adult mentors from the community. The organization has been serving low-income children and families from the adopted schools within the Clark County School District since it was founded in 2001.

Volunteers interested in helping kindergarten through fifth-grade students improve their reading proficiency, comprehension, and verbal recitation skills are encouraged to make a minimum 12-week commitment for one hour a week. Training will be provided and fingerprinting for background checks will be required.

Volunteer Contact

Libbi Erickson

Office: (702) 564-7809

Libbi@spreadthewordnevada.org