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Youth basketball league starts Friday

Youth basketball league starts Friday

The Walnut Recreation Center’s youth basketball league starts Friday with a mandatory skills test.

The non-competitive basketball league is for kids ages 6 to 8. The skills test is 7 p.m.

Practices will be at 6 p.m. Mondays or Wednesday, the player can choose which day they want to attend.

League play will be from Friday, Sept. 12 through Friday, Nov. 7. All practices and league play will be held at the recreation center, 3075 North Walnut Road.

The league will be working with kids to encourage teamwork, sportsmanship, safety, fair play and fun. Registration is open and is $40.

To get more information, call the center at (702) 455-8402. 

Free concert and health fair planned for Friday at Freedom Park

Teens can enjoy a free concert and get important health information at an event planned for Friday.

The Teen City Affair Block Party will be from 3 to 7 p.m. at Freedom Park, 850 North Mojave Road.

The event is sponsored by the city of Las Vegas Youth Neighborhood Association Partnership Program, the Southern Nevada Health District's Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program.

The health fair is designed for teens ages 13 to 19. 

County offering swim lessons in time for summer

County offering swim lessons in time for summer

Clark County's parks and recreation is opening registration for swim lessons and other aquatics programs May 15.

The lessons are available at 10 of the 14 county aquatic facilities. Lessons are offered twice per week in four-week sessions through out the summer. The cost is $35 per session.

Mail-in registration starts May 15, Online registration starts May 17 and walk-in registration starts May 19.

Last year, more than 18,800 people enrolled in the county's aquatic programs.

Besides swim lessons, the county offers the Lifeguard Education Awareness Program or LEAP. The program offers swimming instruction, lifeguard training, CPR certification and information about water-related careers.

The program is available at only four recreation centers, space is limited and there are age restrictions. For more information, call (702) 455-8505.

County Offering Spring Break Day Camps

County Offering Spring Break Day Camps

Clark County will be opening registration this Friday for its spring break day camps.

The day camps are for children 6 to 12 who need a fun and safe place to be during spring break. The camps will take place at Desert Breeze, Hollywood, Paradise and Walnut recreation and community centers.

The camps will be held from Monday, April 14 through Friday, April 18. The cost is $15 per day or $70 per week per child. Activities vary by center but they will include games, arts and crafts, sports and other recreational activities.

Mail-in registration starts Friday. Walk-in registration starts March 24.  Camps fill up on a first-come, first-serve basis. To apply, go to clarkcountynv.gov.

Campers must bring their own lunch and snack. 

Local Chef Shows Off Healthy Cooking

A local chef is doing his part to help fight obesity in the Las Vegas valley.

Chef Darnell Hess went to Bracken Elementary School Wednesday to help educate the kids about healthy eating. The demonstration was part of an effort by the nonprofit Create A Change Now to improve children's health.

Organizers say the best way to teach kids how to take responsibility for their health is to give them an understanding of where their food comes from.

"It gives them some more hands on information about the food and how to cook it," Julie Sanders, Volunteer Coordinator with Create a Change Now, said.

Some of the vegetables the chef used to make the dishes for the kids were from the garden at the school.

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:

Pool Party at Freedom Park Set for Saturday

Pool Party at Freedom Park Set for Saturday

The annual summer pool party is back at the Freedom Park pool.

Ward 3 City Councilman Bob Coffin will host the party from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free and includes popsicles, slushy cups, bottled water, raffles and games.

"The Freedom Park pool is very popular in the summer," Councilman Coffin said. "But it's even more fun for the youth when it's free, with games, refreshments and prizes."