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Walk and learn event planned for Wednesday at Kellogg and Zaher park

The city of Las Vegas is offering several special activities at its park for the month of July in celebration of national Parks and Recreation Month.

The events are being organized by the Outside Las Vegas Foundation, which is dedicated to connecting the community with southern Nevada’s outside spaces.

From 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday July 9, people can take a leisurely hike through Charlie Kellogg and Joe Zaher Sports Complex park, 7901 West Washington Avenue.

Volunteers and staff will also take people to check out Bonanza Trail and educate people about the city’s urban trail system.

The event is open and free to everyone. People interested can gather at the Outside Las Vegas Foundation banner 15 minutes before the start of each event.

Wet 'n' Wild offering ways to get into park for free

Wet 'n' Wild offering ways to get into park for free

Enjoying a day at a water park is one of the best ways to beat the summer heat and this year Wet ‘n’ Wild is offering several different ways to get into the park for free.

Straight-A students can get a free general admission ticket. The offer is good for a one time ticket only and is good for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. To redeem the offer, students need to present a year-end report card at the ticket window.

The park is also offering free admission for people 65 years and old through the month of July. They just need to show their Nevada’s driver’s license or identification card at any ticket window.

People who have VIP, Gold and Season Passes for the Wet ‘n’ Wild in Las Vegas can also get free admission into Wet ‘n’ Wild parks in Hawaii, Phoenix, Palm Springs and Houston. They just need to show their pass at the ticket window.

New slide opens Saturday at Wet 'n' Wild

New slide opens Saturday at Wet 'n' Wild

Wet 'n' Wild is gearing up for its second season with a new ride. The tornado slide takes riders on through a 45-foot-wide funnel where they spin back and fourth through the eye of the storm.

Park employees got to test out the new slide Friday before it officially opens to the public Saturday. However, it's not the only big thing helping Wet 'n' Wild kick off its summer season.

"This Memorial Day weekend we're kicking it off with a DJ and some special events, including a Twister game, which actually benefits our friends over at Opportunity Village," Trevor Wilson with the water park said.

This is the second year the park has been open. It starts its daily schedule Saturday. This year they are also offering more parking and shaded areas along with longer hours.

 

Summer safety fair planned for two city pools

Summer safety fair planned for two city pools

The city of Las Vegas and the Southern Nevada Child Drowning Prevention Coalition will host two summer safety fairs at two city pools in time for the summer pool season.

Both fairs will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 30. One will be at the Municipal Pool, 431 E. Bonanza and Pavilion Center Pool, 101 S. Pavilion Center Drive.  The fairs are open to the public.

The focus will be on preventing drowning by showing parents, guardians and day care providers about infant and child safety around water.

People will also get information about safety around the home, preventing accidents and how to respond in an emergency.

People who come to the safety fair will get free admission to the pool between 7 and 8 p.m. Children under the age of 7 must be supervised by an adult within arm's reach at all times.

Wet 'n' Wild opens Saturday for special spring break activities

Wet 'n' Wild opens Saturday for special spring break activities

Wet 'n' Wild will open its season this weekend just in time for spring break for most students at Clark County School District schools.

Opening week will feature special activities and prizes in addition to the 25 slides and attractions at the water park. There will be competitions and contests, including limbo, dancing, hula hooping, scavenger hunts and trivia. There will also be music from current hits to classic songs from the 50s and 60s.

Wet 'n' Wild will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., starting Saturday through April 18. The park will continue that schedule on select weekends through Memorial Day weekend.

The regular summer schedule will start Memorial Day weekend. The new Tornado extreme water slid will also open that weekend.

Free Tennis Lessons For All Ages Through September

Tennis clubs around southern Nevada will be hosting free tennis lessons throughout the month of September for Tennis Month.

The lessons are being made possible by the Cities of Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas and Clark County. There are also several corporate partners.

To participate in the lessons, register at ustanevada.com/getmainscreen.event or call (702) 792-8384. When people register, they will get a certificate for a free clinic and a free loaner racquet at the nearest facility. No experience is necessary and all ages are eligible.

Kids 10 and under who register get a free one-year USTA junior membership, a value of $19. The membership allows gets to participate in USTA-sanctioned leagues and tournaments.

The following tennis and country clubs are participating:

Zappos Signs On to Sponsor Bike Event

Zappos Signs On to Sponsor Bike Event

Already the primary sponsor of the marathon in Las Vegas, Zappos is jumping behind another major outdoor athletic event.

Zappos will be the platinum title sponsor of RTC Viva Bike Vegas 2013 Gran Fondo Pinarello Sponsored by Zappos.com, a cycling event that will take place on Saturday, Sept. 21.

The event, put on by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, is expected to attract between 2,500-3,500 cyclists. Proceeds from the ride will benefit four local charities: Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, After-School All-Stars Las Vegas, Communities in Schools of Nevada and Nevada Child Seekers.