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Runners Highlight Veteran Effort at UNLV


UNLV students and veterans will be running through campus to draw attention to a special program designed to help veterans transition from the military life into the campus life.

The run starts at 6 a.m. Thursday in front of the student union. Runners have signed up to run for a certain amount of time, so runners will be seen on campus until 6 p.m. The event is to bring attention to Rebel Vets, an office on campus that helps veterans get back into being a student.

It is estimated that 1,000 students are also veterans. Current Air Force and Army ROTC members will also be running. At 8 a.m., near the Veterans Memorial Site, runners will stop for reveille and the raising of the American flag. 

Hammargren Home Open for Nevada Day

Former Nevada Lieutenant Governor Dr. Lonnie Hammargren is again opening his home to visitors Sunday for Nevada Day celebrations.

The home, 4318 Ridgecrest Drive, is loaded with memorabilia. Everything from pieces of long-gone casinos to objects from the space race is on display. The newest items include the sign from the House of Lords Steak House and the entire entrance from the Casbar Lounge, both from the now closed Sahara Hotel and Casino. 

Live entertainment featuring impersonators and tribute artists will be from 1 p.m to 5 p.m. Personalities from three shows featuring Las Vegas will be at the home. Rick Harrison from "Pawn Stars", Rick Dale from "American Restorations" and the crew from the new Animal Planet show "Tanked" are expected.

The organizers of the event are asking visitors to park with courtesy to the rest of the neighbors. There will be shuttles to run people from parking lots at Flamingo and Sandhill Roads to the house on Ridgecrest.

New Zen Center Campus Opens

New Zen Center Campus Opens


The Zen Center of Las Vegas recently completed its new property at 2461 E. Harmon. The campus includes walking paths, a waterfall and turtle pond, and an outdoor altar.

Guiding Teacher and Abbott Thom Pastor, who received inga (certification to teach) from Korean Zen Master Seung Sahn in 2002, leads zen practice on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m. and Sundays at 9 a.m.  

The Zen Center also offers morning Zen meditation practice, retreats, outdoor yoga classes, and Qui Gung. For beginners, the Zen Center offers a monthly introductory class. Most events are offered on a donation basis; the Zen Center is a 501-(c)3 and all donations are tax deductible.  

A full schedule and additional information are available at the Zen Center’s website, http://www.zencenteroflasvegas.com.

Spread the Word Nevada Featured in First G-Team Campaign in Las Vegas

Spread the Word Nevada Featured in First G-Team Campaign in Las Vegas

Spread the Word Nevada is excited to announce their campaign on G-Team Las Vegas, Groupon’s philanthropic arm.

Each week, G-Team features a local campaign that enables Groupon followers to do good, have fun, and make a real impact in their community. From Tuesday to Thursday, the Spread the Word Nevada G-Team campaign will raise money and increase awareness about its children's literacy programs. Spread the Word Nevada has been providing books and literacy services to the low-income youth in Southern Nevada and the Clark County School District since 2001.

Vegas PBS "Keeping Kids Fit" 5K Run & 1-Mile Walk Features Walkaround Elmo ™

Vegas PBS "Keeping Kids Fit" 5K Run & 1-Mile Walk Features Walkaround Elmo ™

Vegas PBS will host its second annual 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk to benefit Keeping Kids Fit, an educational outreach program targeting childhood obesity.  The event will kick-off at 7 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Vegas PBS building, 3050 E. Flamingo Road.  Registration is open now at VegasPBS.org/KKF5K.  

Sesame Street star and children’s favorite Walkaround ElmoTM from Sesame Street TM will be on hand at the event, as well as a high energy DJ spinning Top 40 favorites, informational booths, healthy refreshments, and awards and prizes for the family-friendly crowd.

Achievement Awards Given to Girl Scouts

Achievement Awards Given to Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada honored 34 Girl Scouts during its recent 2011 Young Women of Distinction ceremony at The Orleans Hotel & Casino.

The Gold Award is Girl Scouts highest earned honor, and is an opportunity for a girl to put her leadership skills, career interests, and personal values together to serve her community. Gold Award recipients:

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.