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Open-air market helped families in need get fresh food

Open-air market helped families in need get fresh food

Some of southern Nevada's hungry families got the chance to load up on fresh and healthy foods, during a special event Thursday.

"When I heard about it, it was like ‘oh! I better get there early because I know there is going to be a really long line." Glen Muramoto who was getting food at the market said.

The line was long for Lutheran Social Services of Nevada's open-air market at Pecos Road and Stewart Avenue. The nonprofit gave away fresh produce like melons and tomatoes to about 300 people in need.

It was all free of charge.

Everyone received up to 80 pounds of food, which creates about 96 meals per household.

"We're seeing a lot of new families come in, large size families that experienced a reduction in work hours, a loss of job and they need something to help keep their family together," Derrick Felder with Luthern Social Services of Nevada said.

Organ Donor Honored

A Las Vegas man will be honored for his decision to give the gift of life and be an organ donor.

Paul John Young was an emergency medical technician with the Clark County Fire Department and with private ambulance companies for 36 years. At the age of 55, he died from complications after a neurological surgery.

However, he helped to save and heal the lives of 30 people through donating his organs.

Now, Palm Mortuaries and Cemeteries and the Nevada Donor Network are honoring his decision by creating a floragraph that will go on the Donate Life float at the 125th Rose Parade on Jan. 1.

This weekend family and friends will be able to help complete the portrait, which was created out of floral and natural materials, at a the Clark County Fire Station 31 on Hollywood Boulevard.

Friends of the Young family and those who support organ donation are invited to attend.

Hammargren Home Open to Celebrate Nevada Day

Hammargren Home Open to Celebrate Nevada Day

It is a home people really have to see to believe, and Saturday it will be open to the public.

Former Lieutenant Governor Dr. Lonnie Hammargren is opening up his house for his 18th annual Nevada Day celebration.

Dr. Hammargren has gathered a unique collection of items in his home and backyard, including an Apollo space capsule and signs from the Las Vegas Strip.  

"You will see the oldest safe in the state of Nevada where all the records were originally kept before the courthouse burned down. You will see an underground mine with real mine paraphernalia and real mine elevators and shafts," Dr. Hammargren said.

People who visit the display won't just get to see some of the most interesting pieces from Nevada's history, but also enjoy live entertainment from a list of impersonators and local bands.

Commissioner Hosting Special Senior Luncheon Friday

County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly is organizing a special lunch for seniors and service groups for Friday.

The Fiesta Latina Senior Luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the East Las Vegas Community Center, 205 North Eastern Avenue.

Clark County Senior Services, Nevada HealthLink, Nathan Adelson Senior Services are just a few of the groups expected at the luncheon.

Seniors will get a chance to learn about services available just for them and allow people to connect with social opportunities in the Las Vegas valley.

Lunch will be provided by Leticia's Mexican Cocina and music will be provided by Las Vegas Salsa y Son.

Southern Nevada Strong Holding Open Houses

Clark County officials want to hear what people think about how to improve life in the Las Vegas valley.

The regional planning initiative known as Southern Nevada Strong aims to better join together transportation, housing and job opportunities throughout southern Nevada.

To reach that goal, the group is holding a series of open houses throughout August and September. The events will feature a brief presentation from Southern Nevada Strong. Residents will then be given a chance to review the priorities and rank what areas they think to be addressed.

The first open house is from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sahara West Library, 9600 West Sahara Avenue.

Here are the rest of the scheduled events:

County Fire Department to Host Open House

The Clark County Fire Department is hosting an open house Saturday, August 10 at Fire Station 33, which is on Desert Inn Road between Paradise Road and Maryland Parkway.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., residents can come to the fire station for free health screenings and low-cost immunizations. There will also be information on back-to-school safety.

There will also representatives from other county agencies, local nonprofits and the district attorney's office.

The fire department will have its fire safety house on display, which teaches kids how to get out of a smoke-filled home safely. Metro Police will also be there with McGruff, the crime dog.