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Time to Plan for Back-to-School Shots

Time to Plan for Back-to-School Shots

With the 2013-14 school year approaching quickly, health officials are reminding parents to do required immunizations for their kids sooner than later.

The Southern Nevada Health District provides back-to-school shots at its public health centers. Pre-schoolers, kindergartners, and seventh-graders must get mandatory vaccinations.

The health district will offer extended hours for back-to-school immunizations the last two weeks of August. Immunizations are available:

Parents should bring immunization records. Children with no records might have to begin the immunization sequence from the beginning. Non-custodial adults may accompany a child, however, written consent must be provided to the health district from the parent or guardian at the time of service. An administrative fee of $16 per child for one immunization or $25 per child for two or more immunizations will be collected. Additional vaccines fees might apply.

Shots are available at these locations:

Registration Opens for Swimming Lessons at County Pools

Registration Opens for Swimming Lessons at County Pools

 

Registration opens Thursday for swimming lessons at Clark County's pools.

The swimming lessons are offered in two-week sessions throughout the summer. They are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis at all 14 of the county's pools and water parks, including facilities in Laughlin, Overton and Indian Springs.

Programs and schedules vary at each location. To see brochures for each location, go to clarkcountynv.gov.

Important dates to remember:

Winchester Cultural Center Hosts 20th Anniversary Children's Festival

Winchester Cultural Center Hosts 20th Anniversary Children's Festival

 

This year the Children's Festival returns to the park at the Winchester Cultural Center for its 20th anniversary.

The festival offers all kinds of activities designed just for children. There will be areas where kids can create their own art and craft projects, along with rides, exotic animals, storytelling, face painting, magic shows and carnival games.

There will also be live entertainment designed for kids, including dance performances and music.

Kids can also be part of historical re-enactments everything from knights in battles to churning butter.

Admission to the event is free; however, some of the rides and vendors will charge a small fee. Food and drinks will be available to purchase.

The festival is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

 

Grand Opening Saturday for Nature Center at Wetlands Park

Grand Opening Saturday for Nature Center at Wetlands Park

 

A grand opening and dedication Saturday will mark the opening of the new Clark County Wetlands Park Nature Center.

The park is located at 7050 Wetlands Park Lane, about a mile east of Boulder Highway off Tropicana Avenue. The dedication ceremony will be held on the raised observation deck near the new exhibit gallery.

The deck features views of the 210-acre Nature Preserve, which has 13 miles of hiking trails and is home to more than 200 species of birds and more than 70 species of mammals and reptiles.

Clark County Wetlands Park was created in 2001 during the building boom to preserve natural wetlands and habitat area, improve water quality and control erosion along the Las Vegas Wash. Reclaimed water from the Las Vegas urban area flows through Wetlands Park and allows a permanent plant community to live.

Long Term Follow Up Program for Childhood Cancer Survivors

Long Term Follow Up Program for Childhood Cancer Survivors

For those children who survive cancer, the battle isn’t always over after remission.

That’s why Nevada’s only nonprofit pediatric cancer outpatient center is now offering a program to specifically meet the needs of childhood cancer survivors. The Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada, a program of the Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, has created the Long Term Follow Up program for all childhood cancer survivors.  The personalized health screenings and long-term health monitoring are designed to keep survivors healthy far into their adult lives.

Drowning Prevention Workshop Planned for April

Drowning Prevention Workshop Planned for April

 

With the weather warming up, the risk of drowning increases, which is why a local group is holding a workshop to help make kids safer around water.

The Nevada Recreation & Park Society Aquatics Committee will hold a swim and safety fair Saturday, April 6 at the Justice Myron E. Leavitt Family Park and Jaycee Community Park, which is at St. Louis and Eastern Avenues.

From 10 to 11:30 a.m., families can learn about floatation devices, the proper way to help someone who needs help in the water, home pool safety technology and a thorough explanation of the ABC & D's of drowning prevention.

Several local groups focused on water safety will also be at the fair to answer questions and provide advice.

There will also be raffles and giveaways. No registration is required.

 

Police, Community Groups Partner on Family Event

Police, Community Groups Partner on Family Event

 

Metro Police will team with community organizations to provide a safe Easter event for families in a troubled area of Las Vegas.

Along with the 10,000 Kids Partnership, Shield Of Hope and various churches, police will offer what is called a “safe family day” with a message of non-violence. The event will feature a barbecue, games, egg hunt and live music.

It is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Molasky Family Park, 1065 E. Twain (near Cambridge.) For more information, contact Pastor Troy Martinez with 10,000 Kids at 358-9222 or lv10000kids@yahoo.com.