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Bring Soup, Swim Free at Municipal Pool

Bring Soup, Swim Free at Municipal Pool

Teenagers can swim free at the City of Las Vegas Municipal Pool on July 30 for a donation of two cans of soup or other food.

The Souper Mid-Summer Pool Party runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at Municipal Pool, 431 E. Bonanza Road. All canned goods will be donated to a local food bank. Kids will enjoy swimming, snacks, music by a local DJ, and information tables for area youth councils and other youth opportunities. Call 229-6242 for more information.

The city of Las Vegas has many events and facilities that offer a wide range of activities for youth and adults to enjoy. These activities are intended to enhance the wellness and healthy lifestyles of a city population rich in diversity. For more information, go online to www.lasvegasparksandrec.com and www.artslasvegas.org.

Girl Scouts Depart for 19-Day Journey to India

Girl Scouts Depart for 19-Day Journey to India

What will you do this summer? Seventeen Girl Scouts departed July 6 for a 19-day journey to India. Before taking off on their international adventure, the girls participated in some local Las Vegas fun with Comedy Magician Mac King and Sumita Beauty.

On Tuesday, July 5, the girls enjoyed some laughter and magic at the Mac King Comedy-Magic Show at Harrah's Las Vegas. King is partnering with the Girl Scouts to help spread his literacy initiative, Mac King’s Magical Literacy Tour, overseas. During their visit, King presented the girls with plaid suitcases full of books.  On behalf of Mac King’s Magical Literacy Tour, the girls will distribute the books to children in India during their journey and spread the love of reading overseas.

Drive Brings in Hundreds of Diapers and Wipes

Drive Brings in Hundreds of Diapers and Wipes

Parents know you cannot go without diapers and they also know just how expensive the necessity can be. 

Now people in need have access to more diapers thanks to a diaper drive put on by the employees of the United Way of Southern Nevada. The United Way collected 1,910 diapers and 3,496 wipes during the drive on Tuesday. All the supplies will be donated to the United Labor Agency of Nevada. The ULAN has a food pantry and a diaper bank that provides supplies for families in southern Nevada in need.

The drive was part of the United Way Day of Action.

New Resource Center and Library Open

New Resource Center and Library Open

There is a new place for parents to get the help they need to improve their children's education.

The United Way of Southern Nevada recently opened the new Success by 6 Family Engagement Resource Center and Lending Library. The new center is part of the Variety Early Learning Center at D Street and Jefferson Avenue. The resource center provides books and resource materials for kids and parents. As part of the opening United Way volunteer Nancy Reel donated more than 1,000 children's books and teaching materials to the center.

The Vareity Early Learning Center provides low-cost full-day day care, early childhood development programs and testing. It has been serving the Las Vegas Valley for more than 50 years. It has been a partner of United Way for 30 years. 

Celebrate America's Independence at the Springs Preserve's Red, White & Tunes

Celebrate America's Independence at the Springs Preserve's Red, White & Tunes

Celebrate America’s independence with patriotic music and old-fashioned summertime treats as the Springs Preserve hosts the family-friendly Red, White & Tunes event, Saturday, July 2, beginning at 8 p.m.

Red, White & Tunes will feature music by the UNLV Community Band and other entertainers. Snow cones, hot dogs and other summertime goodies will be available for purchase. Please note that there will be no fireworks show at this event.

Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 6 and older. Children ages 5 and under are free. Family Pack tickets for $12 will be available for families with two adults and a maximum of four children. Guests are encouraged to bring their own small folding chairs to the event.

No reservations are required. Guests may purchase tickets in advance at the Springs Preserve box office or on the day of the event. For more information, visit www.springspreserve.org.

Celebrate the Start of Las Vegas at the Old Mormon Fort

Celebrate the Start of Las Vegas at the Old Mormon Fort

Catch a glimpse of the way Las Vegas once was at the Old Mormon Fort.

The fort is celebrating its 156th anniversary on Saturday with a pancake breakfast, historical re-enactments and a program honoring the first settlers to our valley. The fort opens at 8 a.m. and the program starts at 9:30 a.m. There is a small cost for the breakfast $5 per person and $10 for a family. The fort is next to Cashman Center at Las Vegas Boulevard and Washington Avenue.

The Old Mormon Fort is the first non-native, permanent settlement in the Las Vegas Valley. It was established by Mormon missionaries in 1855. This weekend's festivities will include people in period costumes portraying some of the men and women who built the fort, corral, gardens, workshop, fields and orchard.

Three Square Expands Summer Food Service Program

Three Square Expands Summer Food Service Program

For the first time in several years thousands more southern Nevada kids will be at risk for going hungry because the school year has changed. It is no longer year-round to but a nine-month schedule which means kids who get free or reduced meals at school won't have that resource this summer.

Starting Monday, the Summer Food Service Program launches to answer that need. This year, the non-profit Three Square is expanding that program to make up for the loss of school breakfasts and lunches.

Three Square plans on doubling the amount of food it provides for the summer and is doubling the number of places that kids can get meals. Officials at the non-profit say around 160,000 students get their meals through the school. Without that resource this summer an estimated 65,000 more kids could be at risk of going hungry.