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Summer Food Program Provides Nutritious Meals for Kids

Summer Food Program Provides Nutritious Meals for Kids

Three Square Food Bank and its partners launched the Summer Food Service program Wednesday to ensure southern Nevada children do not go hungry this summer.

When school is out, kids who use the free and reduced lunch program often do not have access to nutritious meals. The summer food program works to fill that gap.

"It is scary when you think about families that can't put food on the table because they are making choices to pay rent, pay their utility bills, that are higher during the summer," president and CEO of Three Square Food Bank Brian Burton said. "These are very unacceptable choices. They shouldn't have to choose to go without food."

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, kids 18 years and younger can receive free lunches now through August 23.

One partner for the program is the YMCA. Lunches are available at all four YMCA's throughout the Las Vegas valley.

Locations include:

Free Family Movie Planned for Friday

Free Family Movie Planned for Friday


The community is invited to enjoy a free movie this Friday at Centennial Hills Park.

The movie "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" will be screened starting at 6:30 p.m. at the park's amphitheatre.

The movie is rated PG. Families are encouraged to bring blankets, folding chairs and picnics.

The Slidin' Thru truck will be at the park for people to purchase food.

The event is being sponsored by Las Vegas City Councilman Steve Ross for all the residents of Ward 6.


Children's Arts Festival Slated for Northwest Valley

Children's Arts Festival Slated for Northwest Valley


Summer activities already are being planned for kids in the city of Las Vegas.

The Centennial Hills Children’s Arts Festival is scheduled for from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 1 at Centennial Hills Park, 7101 N. Buffalo Drive, at Deer Springs Way. The free festival will feature music, entertainment and arts activities for children and adults.

Attendees can enjoy award-winning musicians and dancers. There will be jump houses, face painting, balloon artists, two petting zoos, chalk on the walk, a recycling demonstration and workshop, and photography contest.

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

City of Las Vegas Offers Summer Camps for Kids

City of Las Vegas Offers Summer Camps for Kids


Open registration starts April 11 for the City of Las Vegas' summer youth camps.

The camps are available at six area community centers and are open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., starting June 10.

The camps offer age-appropriate activities, including field trips, sports, physical fitness, arts, crafts and nutrition training. All camps are supervised by trained staff.

Two community centers, Mirabelli and Veterans Memorial Leisure Services, will offer themed week-long specialty camps. For most camps, the cost is $115 per child for the week and $110 for additional children. A few camps will be higher priced.

Ski Resort to Host Carnival for Kids

Ski Resort to Host Carnival for Kids


The Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort is hosting its annual Kids' Carnival Weekend, starting Thursday.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, there will be all kinds of activities for kids of all ages, including a snow scavenger hunt, carnival games and treats.

The event is sponsored in part by Centennial Hills Hospital. A lift ticket or season pass is required to participate.

The ski resort will also host its annual Easter Sunday celebration at 8 a.m. Sunday. There is no charge to ride the lift to attend the non-denominational mountain top service. Those who wish to ski will still need to pay for lift tickets.

Kids will also get a chance to get photos taken with the Easter Bunny, go on an egg hunt and a bunny chase. There will also be an egg hunt for adults.

A detailed and updated list of events for the weekend is available at skilasvegas.com.  

Dropout Prevention Program to be Recognized

Dropout Prevention Program to be Recognized


Students at Desert Pines High School will be celebrated for their participation in a dropout prevention and job competency program.

Desert Pines High School and the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program will host a celebration from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday to induct chapter officers and recognize more than 30 students participating in JAG. The inaugural dinner will take place in the school, 3800 Harris Avenue, Las Vegas, and will include remarks from Governor Brian Sandoval, who serves on the National JAG Board and helped bring the program to Nevada.

The program, which is in its pilot year in the school district, provides dropout prevention, dropout recovery and school-to-career strategies for students. The program assists juniors and seniors to stay on track to graduate and also provides support for young adults to pursue college or jobs with career advancement opportunities.

Police Patrol Mt. Charleston for Senior Ditch Day


Nevada Highway Patrol, Metro Police and Clark County School District truancy officers partnered to find southern Nevada students skipping school for senior ditch day Tuesday. Law enforcement made a special effort in the area of Mount Charleston.

School principals will call law enforcement when they hear students are planning to skip school. A billboard is set up letting kids know there is a checkpoint ahead. Students who are 18 years old were sent back in their car. Students younger then 18 were taken back to school in a van.

"There is always a kid missing school for some reason or another. The problem is it is district wide, all at the same time, on the same date. So, you are talking about large volumes of kids, all with the same idea," Sgt. Andrew Legrow said.