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Mayors Bet on Heart of Dallas Bowl Game

Mayors Bet on Heart of Dallas Bowl Game

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman is showing her support for the UNLV Rebels Football team by betting on the team in the upcoming Heart of Dallas Bowl game.

Goodman has arraigned a bet with Denton, Texas Mayor Mark Burroughs. Denton is home to the North Texas Mean Green, which will face the Rebels New Year's Day.

It is the first bowl game for the Rebels in 13 years.

According to the city, the mayors have agreed that the loser of the bet must wear the winner's team shirt to an council meeting and pay $100 to the winning school's athletic department.

The game is even more interesting because former UNLV president Neal Smatresk recently became the president of North Texas.

Free Tennis Lessons For All Ages Through September

Tennis clubs around southern Nevada will be hosting free tennis lessons throughout the month of September for Tennis Month.

The lessons are being made possible by the Cities of Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas and Clark County. There are also several corporate partners.

To participate in the lessons, register at ustanevada.com/getmainscreen.event or call (702) 792-8384. When people register, they will get a certificate for a free clinic and a free loaner racquet at the nearest facility. No experience is necessary and all ages are eligible.

Kids 10 and under who register get a free one-year USTA junior membership, a value of $19. The membership allows gets to participate in USTA-sanctioned leagues and tournaments.

The following tennis and country clubs are participating:

Registration Opens for Swimming Lessons at County Pools

Registration Opens for Swimming Lessons at County Pools


Registration opens Thursday for swimming lessons at Clark County's pools.

The swimming lessons are offered in two-week sessions throughout the summer. They are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis at all 14 of the county's pools and water parks, including facilities in Laughlin, Overton and Indian Springs.

Programs and schedules vary at each location. To see brochures for each location, go to clarkcountynv.gov.

Important dates to remember:

Sunset Park Celebrates Completion of Major Renovation

Sunset Park Celebrates Completion of Major Renovation


A dedication ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday near the new splash pad and playground area just north of the administrative building to celebrate the grand reopening of Sunset Park.

The renovation project started in June 2011. Seventy-five of the park’s 325 acres have received improvements. Much of the upgrade occurred around Sunset Lake, including the addition of a walking loop with exercise stations, lake-edge lighting, pedestrian plaza, restroom, and a remodeled dock for remote-controlled boats. A new playground features a tree house, swinging bridge and slides that look like petrified logs. The nearby splash pad offers water fun during the hottest weather. Picnic spots have new shade structures, and turf areas are more spacious. A new roadway opened in the fall of 2012 to improve access to parking areas and other features in the park.

Grand Opening Saturday for Nature Center at Wetlands Park

Grand Opening Saturday for Nature Center at Wetlands Park


A grand opening and dedication Saturday will mark the opening of the new Clark County Wetlands Park Nature Center.

The park is located at 7050 Wetlands Park Lane, about a mile east of Boulder Highway off Tropicana Avenue. The dedication ceremony will be held on the raised observation deck near the new exhibit gallery.

The deck features views of the 210-acre Nature Preserve, which has 13 miles of hiking trails and is home to more than 200 species of birds and more than 70 species of mammals and reptiles.

Clark County Wetlands Park was created in 2001 during the building boom to preserve natural wetlands and habitat area, improve water quality and control erosion along the Las Vegas Wash. Reclaimed water from the Las Vegas urban area flows through Wetlands Park and allows a permanent plant community to live.

Lift Ticket Specials for Service Workers in March

Lift Ticket Specials for Service Workers in March


If you serve the public in some way in southern Nevada, the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort will give you a deal at some point in March.

The resort will offer a two-for-one lift ticket special to various service workers throughout the month, beginning with public service workers.

The schedule is as follows:

Grapevine Springs Park Set for 'New' Debut

Grapevine Springs Park Set for 'New' Debut


A revamped neighborhood park will celebrate a grand re-opening next weekend.

Grapevine Springs Neighborhood Park will be feted at noon Saturday, Oct. 13. The park is located at 5280 Palm St., near Hacienda Avenue.

There will be children’s games, snow cones and popcorn at the event. Also featured are three new dog runs at Grapevine’s new dog park. Other new amenities include a playground for toddlers, a covered play area, a walking track within a large exercise area, a horseshoe pit, several picnic tables with pavilion shade structures and barbeques, and a new bathroom facility.

Grapevine Springs will also pilot a new type of call box designed to be impervious to vandals. The 14-foot-tall yellow box contains a help button to report police or medical emergencies. A blue rotating light comes on when the button in pressed.

The opening of Grapevine Springs was scheduled for August, but was delayed by flood damage.