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Author O'Neill Entertains Students, Hosts Book Discussion

Author O'Neill Entertains Students, Hosts Book Discussion

Local elementary students will learn ways to inspire and "perform" stories, and to expand on the writing process in lively, interactive assemblies this week with Alexis O'Neill, author of the book "The Recess Queen."

Tuesday assemblies will be at Scherkenbach Elementary in the morning and Fitzgerald Elementary in the afternoon. Wednesday assemblies will take place at Kesterson Elementary in the morning and Adcock Elementary in the afternoon. The events are only open to school students, but O'Neill will host a public book discussion at the Centennial Hills Library at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The locations for the assemblies resulted from a random drawing process with the participating elementary schools.

O'Neill shares insights from the world of professional writing and the importance of persistence when learning a new skill or following a dream.

Middle School Night at Cimarron-Memorial This Week

Middle School Night at Cimarron-Memorial This Week

Students who will be entering Cimarron-Memorial High School next fall and their parents are invited to attend the middle school parent night on Wednesday. The event will take place from 6-8 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria, located at 2301 N. Tenaya Way, Las Vegas.

Parents and students at Becker Middle School, Brinley Junior High School and Molasky Junior High School that feed into Cimarron-Memorial High School are encouraged to attend. They will have the opportunity to learn about the Freshman Academy, develop their individual education plan and fill out a class schedule for next fall. Participants will also be able to meet members of the school's staff and learn about the various clubs and organizations that are eager to welcome new members

Parents with questions about the event can contact the school at 799-4400.


City Offers Spring Break Camps

City Offers Spring Break Camps

The city of Las Vegas offers several affordable spring break camps Monday-Friday, April 18-22, for kids ages 6-15.

Advance registration is required. Registration is available online, by telephone and at the centers that are offering the camps. Registration will continue until camps are full.

  • The Charleston Heights Arts Center, located at 800 S. Brush St., is offering both a drama workshop and a dance camp. The Rainbow Company Youth Theatre Spring Break Drama Workshop for youth in grades 2-6 costs $135 and runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. This popular annual workshop includes theatre games, improvisation, acting exercises, mime, rehearsal skills and plenty of fun. The participants will put on a free performance at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 23, on the main stage of the Charleston Heights Arts Center theatre.

High School Essay Contest Offers Big Prizes

High School Essay Contest Offers Big Prizes

Advantages Online Private School invites all Clark County high school students to take part in a $1,500 Scholarship Essay Contest. Students can enter by visiting www.AdvantagesSchool.com, filling out an entry form and completing a 200-word essay. 

The submitted essay should describe, from the perspective of the student, the biggest challenge they face in high school (as related to education) and how they are conquering it.

When the contest concludes on April 29, Advantages founders will select two winners and each will receive a $750 scholarship to cover the cost of a single course. Winners can select from various mathematics, language arts, social science and science courses, as well as Spanish or French I and II.

"We are excited to offer this scholarship contest to public or private school students throughout Clark County," said Pam Dion, director and co-founder of Advantages Online Private School.

Springs Preserve to Host All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival

Cool off with sweet treats by the scoopful – and listen to some great live music – as the Springs Preserve hosts its annual all-you-can-eat Ice Cream Festival, Saturday, May 14, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sponsored by MGM Resorts International and NV Energy, the event will feature stations serving ice cream sundaes and novelties and root beer floats, with entertainment for all ages including airbrush tattoos, a photo booth, a bubble play station and carnival games.

Helicopter to Drop Easter Eggs at Special Hunt

Helicopter to Drop Easter Eggs at Special Hunt

Tens of thousands of plastic Easter eggs will drop from the sky at Egg Drop Vegas on April 16.

The unique Easter egg event will take place at Seastrand Park in North Las Vegas from 9 a.m. to noon. Beginning at 9 a.m., the activities feature face painting, bounce houses, live music, delicious food and more. At approximately 10:30 a.m., a helicopter will hover over the park and drop 25,000 Easter eggs to kick off the giant Easter egg hunt. Children will collect empty plastic Easter eggs and then exchange those eggs for candy.

Visitors are encouraged to bring canned goods to help City Mission of Las Vegas. Egg Drop is a free community event sponsored by Grace Point Church, the City of North Las Vegas and other community organizations.

Visit www.eggdropvegas.com to pre-register your family or to get more information.

Free Movie Night Offered at Drive-In Theater

The Las Vegas 5 Drive-In will be hosting a free movie night on April 14, featuring recent movie blockbusters. Tangled, Megamind and Just Go With It.

Tickets to the drive-in regularly cost $6.50 per adult, and $1 for children 5-11 years old. Kids under 5 are free. Double features are offered each night.

Drive-in presentation has changed considerably over the years. The biggest improvement in presentation is the addition of Technalight, which produces a picture seven times brighter than before, along with upgraded Dolby stereo sound that comes right through the car stereo.

Las Vegas 5 Drive-In is located at 4150 West Carey Avenue, at Rancho Drive.