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High Schoolers Win Laptops for Green Essays

High Schoolers Win Laptops for Green Essays

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) in partnership with Coca-Cola awarded laptop computers to the 40 winners of an essay contest that asked local high school seniors to write a 500-word essay on how they can reduce their carbon footprint by using the services offered by the RTC.

"The level of participation was remarkable. We received hundreds of essays from students on how they use our growing transit system, bicycling amenities and other environmentally friendly services to reduce our carbon footprint," RTC General Manager Jacob Snow said.

The essay contest was open to all high school seniors graduating in 2011. Each essay was judged equally on its content and the quality of the writing.

Local Teachers Receiving Free Tickets to See Gladys Knight

Local Teachers Receiving Free Tickets to See Gladys Knight

Gladys Knight is giving 50 tickets away each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening to local school teachers as a way of showing appreciation to these unsung heroes.

Through an arrangement with the Clark County School District, teachers from selected schools each week may obtain tickets from their principal to see Knight's new show at the Tropicana Las Vegas.

"Education is so important and with all the budget cut news for teachers these days, I wanted to give them a night to enjoy themselves, know that we appreciate them and provide some good news," Knight said.

In addition to their tickets, teachers will also receive a voucher for 10 percent off their purchase in the Gladys Knight Boutique.

Knight’s children and grandchildren attended school in Clark County when they were young and she was actively involved in their schooling throughout their education.

Trauma Support Program Seeks Volunteers

The non-profit Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) of Southern Nevada, Inc. is currently recruiting compassionate citizens to serve on its emergency response crisis team to help people on the worst day of their life.

TIP of Southern Nevada began serving the citizens of Clark County in 1994. TIP is committed to helping those in crisis by providing immediate on-scene support to those emotionally traumatized. TIP volunteers are requested by local police, fire and hospital personnel to respond to scenes of sudden or unexpected death, violent crimes, sexual assault and other traumatic events to provide emotional and practical support to family, friends, witnesses or victims.

TIP volunteers must have a clean criminal and driving history. Volunteers are required to attend a training academy, pass a three-month field training program and attend a monthly continuing education meeting. Volunteers are also required to commit to three 12-hour shifts per month.

Tree Planting Celebrates Company Anniversary

Tree Planting Celebrates Company Anniversary

To celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary, Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas performed an employee tree planting reflective of the company’s global commitment to sustainability earlier this month.

Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas partnered with the Public Lands Institute at the University of Nevada Las Vegas to plant 20 trees at the Desert National Wildlife Refuge - Corn Creek. Located approximately 20 miles outside of Las Vegas, this refuge was established for the preservation and management of desert big horn sheep and its habitat. To learn more about Four Seasons' living values, visit www.livingvalues.fourseasons.com.

"Feed a Pig, Help a Senior" Fundraiser PIG-OUT on April 28

On Thursday, April 28, Bahama Breeze is hosting the second "Feed a Pig, Help a Senior" fundraiser PIG-OUT, which benefits Helping Hand of Vegas Valley. HHOVV provides invaluable services to disadvantaged and homebound senior citizens in the Las Vegas valley - free transportation, a low-income food pantry and respite care vouchers. During the PIG-OUT, attendees are encouraged to empty their piggy banks, or adopt one in the race seen at http://www.piggy4seniors.org/.

"Feed a Pig, Help a Senior" takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. on April 28 at Bahama Breeze, 375 Hughes Center Drive. Happy hour specials are available from 4 to 6 p.m. Community groups, businesses and individuals sponsor Piggy Banks race until May 31, with all of the Piggies' funds to go towards HHOVV's general operating fund.

Spring Fling Events Starts Thursday at Town Square

Spring Fling Events Starts Thursday at Town Square

The Lili Claire Foundation has partnered with Town Square and Davis Amusements Cascadia to bring the Lili Claire Spring Fling to Las Vegas beginning Thursday.

The Lili Claire Spring Fling is an event the entire family can enjoy with carnival rides, as well as midway games, food and rock climbing walls. Entrance to the Spring Fling is free, and tickets for the rides and games can be purchased for a few dollars (depending on the ride) or attendees can buy a daily unlimited ride bracelet for $20 per person. The event will be located behind Guitar Center in the northwest parking lot of Town Square.

The event was created in honor of National Autism Awareness Month, which aims to increase awareness of children living with autism and other special needs such as Down Syndrome and Williams Syndrome.

"We are looking forward to building The Lili Claire Spring Fling into a signature event for the Las Vegas Valley," said spokesperson Jessica Saylor.

Great Gatsby Gala to Raise Money for Nevada Children's Center

Great Gatsby Gala to Raise Money for Nevada Children's Center

A Great Gatsby-themed dinner and dancing fundraiser for the Nevada Children’s Center (NCC) will be held Saturday night at the Las Vegas Hilton.

People in Gatsby attire will come together to raise funds to help the center provide therapeutic treatment for children with mental health and behavioral issues. The Las Vegas Hilton, Paragon Gaming and the Bennett Family Foundation are event underwriters. Nancy Houssels and the Houssels Family Foundation also generously contributed alongside other corporate and individual sponsors to make this year’s event possible.

A VIP reception begins at 6 p.m., with dinner and dancing slated for 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $200, both in advance and at the door.

NCC invites anyone who wants to attend to call 736-8100 to purchase tickets.