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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.

Addiction fair to offer help for addicts and their families

The city of Las Vegas is hosting a fair for prevention of, treatment of and recovery from addiction problems.

The fair is part of the Mayor Carolyn Goodman’s faith initiative which works to address key community issues, including addiction, job creation, education, homelessness and human trafficking.

The community issues were identified by 120 faith leaders who represent 70,000 congregants across the Las Vegas valley.

Since 2012, the leaders and the city have worked to create solutions to those problems. The prevention, treatment and recovery fair is one of those solutions.

The fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 at the East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 N. Eastern Avenue.

KaBoom looking for volunteers to build playground at Child Haven

KaBoom looking for volunteers to build playground at Child Haven

help build a playground at Child Haven, the temporary home for children run by the Clark County Department of Family Services.

Child Haven sees about 300 different children per month have been put into DFS custody because of suspected abuse or neglect. Now, KaBoom wants to build a playground for those children. KaBoom is a national nonprofit which has built or improved more than 15,000 playgrounds around the country.

The organization is looking for volunteers to plan and prepare the playground area and volunteers to actual build. The preparation days will be April 11 through April 14. The building day will be April 15.

For more information, please contact the Department of Family Services Community Partnerships & Engagement Unit at (702) 455-1196

Any individuals or businesses interesting in volunteering must register by April 4 by emailing: dfspartnership@ClarkCountyNV.gov.

Latino Community Center of Summit

Latino Community Center of Summit

City of Las Vegas leaders took a step towards reaching out to the Latino community in southern Nevada.

The city put on a networking and leadership summit at the East Las Vegas Community Center Friday.

Hundreds of people turned out to learn about the economy, health and education services. Immigration was also a key topic.

City Councilman Bob Coffin, who hosted the event, says the goal was to help Latinos make connections.

"What I'm hoping the attendees take away is a feeling that they're part, really part, of a larger community. not just the Latino community, the entire community of Clark County and the city of Las Vegas," Coffin said.

Coffin helped organize breakout sessions where attendees got to discuss issues specific to them. Coffin says he will take those ideas back to city council to try to make resolutions.


Fire Station Open House Set for April 12

The Clark County Fire Department, County Parks and Recreation and Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins are joining forces to host a pancake breakfast at Fire Station 20, near Nellis and Lake Mead boulevards, in April.

From 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, the commissioner, firefighters and parks department will be serving up breakfast for the community. People will get a chance to meet firefighters, talk with Commissioner Collins and learn important safety information. The focus of the open house will be drowning prevention.

There will also be representatives from Help Kids Clinic, which provides free dental and health screenings along with immunizations to children.

Nevada Child Seekers, United Way of Southern Nevada, Trauma Intervention Program, and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department will also be on hand. Community partners will be raffling off free gifts, including two bicycles.

Coffee with a Cop Program Hopes to Bring Cops, Residents Together

Coffee with a Cop Program Hopes to Bring Cops, Residents Together

Officers from Metro Police's Northeast Area Command want to connect with people living in the neighborhood in a new program called Coffee with a Cop.

The inaugural event of the department's Community Oriented Policing Team's new program will be from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Farmer Boys World's Greatest Hamburgers on Lamb Boulevard and Craig Road.

The program has been successfully used in other communities around the country. The idea is to change the dynamic between officers and residents by getting them to interact in a more natural way.

All residents are encouraged to attend and coffee will be provided for free. If the program is successful in this area command, the hope is to bring it all of Metro's area commands around Clark County.

Students From After-School Program Get Served Special Meal

The Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts hosted some special guests at its academy restaurant Tuesday.

The school served 60 students from Von Tobel Middle School, who are enrolled in the After-School All-Stars Program, which provides after-school programs in at-risk schools.

The meal was a full Thanksgiving feast, served by Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Beers and local TV anchors, including 8 News NOW's Paula Francis. 

"I think Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and appreciate things and I think this is a great opportunity for the kids to feel very special, feel very valued, feel very privileged to be in a program like After-School All-Stars and also to be able to be served by such wonderful people here at Le Cordon Bleu. We can't thank them enough for this opportunity," executive director of After-School All-Stars Ranna Daud said.