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Fifth Graders Win RTC Art Contest

Fifth Graders Win RTC Art Contest


Two area fifth-grade students took top honors in a recent anti-graffiti art contest.

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) honored Carlos Gonzalez of Ruby Thomas Elementary School and Ashtyn Fink of the Meadows School as the grand prize winners of the Anti-Graffiti Art Contest at a special D.A.R.E. event hosted by the RTC Thursday night.

Their winning artwork was unveiled on a 40-foot RTC vehicle before an audience of friends and family.

All of the artwork was created by local fifth-grade students. More than 20 local elementary schools participated in this year’s contest, submitting more than 475 entries. The entries were narrowed down to 10, and the winners were selected by an online community poll.

Safekey Ready for Back to School

Safekey Ready for Back to School

Clark County School District schools start Monday and so do Safekey programs.

The 22 Safekey sites in North Las Vegas are set to open on the first day of school, Monday, Aug. 29. Potential recreation center closures resulting from recently approved budget reductions will not affect Safekey operations.

Parents can register for Safekey now or attend Clark County School District open house events, where City staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide registration forms.  Parents can register and pay their $5 enrollment fee at these events. Parents also can register online at www.cityofnorthlasvegas.com and at the Neighborhood Recreation Center, 1638 N. Bruce Street or Silver Mesa Recreation Center, 4025 Allen Lane.

Extended Hours for Vaccine Clinics Now Offered

Extended Hours for Vaccine Clinics Now Offered

The Southern Nevada Health District is offering special extended hours and even opening on two Saturdays to accommodate families who need to get their children vaccinated in time for school. 

Starting Monday through August 26 the Ravenholt Public Health Center on Shadow Lane will be open until 6 p.m. for vaccinations. The extended hours are just for immunizations no other health district business will be provided after 4:30 p.m.  The health district will also offer vaccination-only clinic hours on Saturday, August 20 and Saturday, August 27., between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

At the East Las Vegas Public Health Clinic on Nellis Boulevard and the Henderson Public Health Center on Lake Mead Parkway will be open for school vaccinations-only on Friday, August 26. from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Non-Profit Offers Free Dental Care

Non-Profit Offers Free Dental Care


The tough economy has hurt a lot of different facets of the Las Vegas community including children’s dental care but local non-profits are coming forward to fill that void.

Earlier this month, the United Way announced it was giving thousands of dollars to the group Future Smiles to run free dental clinics for kids 2 to 18 years old in southern Nevada.

"We'll clean their teeth and provide oral hygiene instruction which is very important; many of these children don't have that opportunity to learn about their teeth,” said Future Smiles Public Health Dental Hygienist Eileen Mohr.

Mohr has seen a lot of cases of gum disease and gingivitis but the group has been able to help more than 1,500 kids in the Las Vegas valley get dental care this year. The grant from the United Way is expected to help 900 more kids this summer.

More Money Provided for Dental Health

More Money Provided for Dental Health

A program to improve dental health of hundreds of kids around the valley received a boost in funding.

United Way of Southern Nevada approved $63,000 for Future Smiles. The program provides free dental care for uninsured kids in our valley. Right now the program is funding a dental clinic at Cunningham Elementary School Health Center at Jimmy Durante Boulevard and Flamingo Road. The clinic is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays in July from 8 a.m. to noon and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The clinic will be closed on Friday, July 22. The clinics are on a walk-in basis.

Additional days the clinic is open:

  • Thursday, July 21 and 28, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Monday, July 25, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

The free dental services include screenings, sealants, fluoride varnish, cleanings and education about the importance of oral health. Future Smiles and the United Way hope to provide services to 900 kids in need in southern Nevada by the end of this year.

Free Swimming at County Pools for Independence Day

Clark County is opening 11 pools and water parks for free for the Fourth of July.

The pools will be open for free swimming from noon to 4 p.m. on Monday. The county hopes the free time will introduce its facilities to people who have never tried them before. The water parks and pools include slides, play areas and shallow pools for young swimmers. 

Proper swimming attire is required. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Only floatation devices approved by the U.S. Coast Guard are allowed in the pool. No alcohol and no glass is allowed in the pool area. 

Here is a list of the pools open for free on Monday:

Dozens of Children Immunized in Shots 4 Tots Clinic

Dozens of Children Immunized in Shots 4 Tots Clinic

Dozens of southern Nevada children are now better protected against disease because of the latest United Way Shots 4 Tots event.

Nearly 150 kids got their vaccines during the event Saturday at the Walnut Recreation Center. This was the 50th time the Shots 4 Tots event has been held this year. So far, 20,900 children and infants have been immunized through the program. The United Way is hoping to increase the percentage of Nevada children who have been fully immunized. Kids get 80 percent of their vaccines in the first two years of life.

The event also gave families access to free dental exams through the UNLV Dental School and Safe Kids Clark County provided booster seats for the children in attendance.