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Fireworks at Station Casinos for Independence Day

Fireworks at Station Casinos for Independence Day

Locals at opposite ends of the valley will be able to see fireworks away from the Strip on July 4.

Station Casinos will set off fireworks at both Green Valley Ranch and Red Rock Resort sometime after 9 p.m. on Independence Day.

The “We Love Locals’ July 4th Fireworks Blast” will be a nine-minute fireworks show to honor the nation’s birthday.

The fireworks show will be produced by the Gruccis of New York.

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:

Whole Foods Holding Donation Day for Grief Center

Whole Foods Holding Donation Day for Grief Center

A grocery store is doing what it can to help kids in the community who are dealing with grief.

Whole Foods Market on Fort Apache Road and Charleston Boulevard will be donating five percent of all sales from Wednesday, June 26 to Adam’s Place, Grief Center for Children and Teens.

Adam’s Place is a local charity that was established in 2010. It gives kids, who have lost a parent or sibling, a place to talk with other grieving children.

The effort is part of Whole Foods’ Community Support Day program.

Charity Cycling Tour to Stop in Las Vegas

Charity Cycling Tour to Stop in Las Vegas

The philanthropy arm of a national fraternity will bring a national charity cycling tour to Las Vegas.

Three dozen cyclists participating in Journey of Hope will visit Las Vegas June 19-20 as a stop on their 4,000-mile cycling event across the country to raise money and awareness for people with disabilities.

The team will arrive at noon June 19 at Veterans Memorial Leisure Services Center, 101 N. Pavilion Center Drive. City representatives will present a proclamation from Mayor Carolyn Goodman. Team members will participate in a wheelchair basketball demonstration with local athletes, present a disability-awareness puppet show and make a bicycle safety presentation for summer campers at the center.

Best Guesser Meets Mojave Max

Best Guesser Meets Mojave Max

 

The student who most accurately guessed the time that Mojave Max would emerge met the desert tortoise, during a visit to his habitat Wednesday.

Fourth-grader Kayla Marshall of Gehring Elementary School was joined by her whole class in the visit to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Visitor's Center.

Besides meeting Max, the students got T-shirts and a pizza party. She also received a digital camera, a laptop computer and free year-long pass to federally managed lands.

Kayla missed the actual time that the tortoise would emerge from his burrow by only two minutes. Max left his burrow at 1:45 p.m. March 14. He had been in a state known as brumation, which is the reptile version of hibernation, since the fall.

When the weather warms up and there is more daylight, the tortoise makes his way out of his burrow. It is considered one of the most accurate signs of spring in the Mojave Desert.

Clothing Drive Underway for Homeless Vets Event

 

A health insurance company is helping local homeless veterans by collecting clothing for an upcoming charity event.

Humana will be collecting clothing at both of its guidance centers now through March 6. Donations of shirts, pants, socks, undergarments and hats are requested, along with duffel and tote bags.

The clothing will be cleaned, repaired and sorted. It will then be distributed during Veterans Stand Down, a event hosted by U.S. Vets where charities and social services agencies from around southern Nevada gather in one place to provide help to homeless veterans.

During last year's drive, Humana collected more than 400 clothing items to be donated to veterans in need.

This year's Veterans Stand Down is set for March 27 and 28 at Cashman Center.

Donations can be dropped off at:

New Citizens Take Oath of Allegiance at Red Rock Canyon

New Citizens Take Oath of Allegiance at Red Rock Canyon

 

More than 100 people became new citizens of the United States of America Monday, during a ceremony at the Red Rock National Conservation Area.

The ceremony was scheduled for Martin Luther King Jr. Day to mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

This is the first naturalization ceremony to be held at Red Rock Canyon. U.S. District Court Judge Philip M. Pro administered the Oath of Allegiance to the new citizens that hailed from dozens of different countries.

"We come from India and we definitely don't have this kind of opportunity and freedom.  We find America very embracing, and that equality and freedom we highly value. We do not take that for granted," Michelle and Annie Abraham who became U.S. citizens said.

It can take years from the time that immigrants apply for citizenship for their paperwork to be finished. For the Abrahams, it took five years to get to this day.