Fall 2008 

Doolittle Senior Center To Re-Open Later This Month
I have some very exciting news to share with all of you. Later this month, we will be celebrating the re-opening of the Doolittle Senior Center. This senior center is one of the busiest in our city and serves as a meeting place for neighbors and a place to make new friends.

The center has been closed to make room for some much-needed improvements. The improvement project expanded the facility by approximately 4,700 square feet. The renovated center will feature rooms for fitness and games, arts and crafts, health services, dance and exercise and an Arts Commission art component. During construction, some senior programs were relocated to the Doolittle Community Center next door.

We hope that you will be able to join us as we celebrate the re-opening at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22. The center is located at 1930 N. J Street.

Councilman Barlow recognized National Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, which takes place Oct. 19 through 25, at the Wednesday, Oct. 15, City Council meeting in an effort to bring awareness to the dangers of lead poisoning.

Lead is very harmful to children. It affects their brains and makes it harder for them to learn. There could be lead in your home if you have:
• Lead-based paint — often found in homes built before 1978
• Lead-contaminated dust or dirt
• Imported candies or toys
• Ceramic and clay vessels
• Certain home remedies, including white or bright powders

Children with lead exposure may not look or act sick. A blood test is the only way to know if a child has lead in his or her blood. All children should be tested for lead exposure at the ages of 12 and 24 months. Ask your primary care provider for more information. 

During National Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week families will be able to screen their children for lead exposure at three different sites throughout the valley. The test is free for children 6 years of age and younger, and no appointment is necessary. 

Wednesday, Oct. 22
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Southern Nevada Ravenholt PHC
625 Shadow Lane
Blood screenings and product testing for lead

Thursday, Oct. 23
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Catholic Charities WIC
1511 N. Las Vegas Blvd.
Blood screenings

Friday, Oct. 24
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Urban League Pearson Center
1625 W. Carey Ave.
Blood screenings

Saturday, Oct. 25
9 a.m. to noon
Southwest Medical Center, 650 N. Nellis Blvd.
Blood screenings

For more information about this program, call the Southern Nevada Health District Lead Hotline at 759-1283 or visit http://www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/index.php.

From Oct. 15 through Nov, 3, 2008, city of Las Vegas employees will be collecting non-perishable goods for the Jude 22 Senior Nutrition Program, thanks to Councilman Barlow’s food drive initiative. Councilman Barlow wants to ensure our seniors in need are able to have food to sustain them during these difficult economic times. When times are tough, seniors who live on very low incomes often give up eating in order to keep a roof over their heads or to pay for expensive medications. Without proper nutrition, their health could eventually deteriorate, affecting their ability to remain independent. 

The October food drive will collect canned and dry goods to replenish the cupboards at Jude 22, which has been handling an increased demand for emergency food assistance. Jude 22 is a nonprofit organization, serving low-income individuals who are 60 years old and older. Since its inception in 2001, the number of seniors served had gradually increased until this past April when more than 930 seniors sought assistance, up from 782 the month before. Councilman Barlow counts on the generous hearts of city employees to help with donations for this worthy endeavor.

Donations will be accepted on the 2nd and 10th floors of City Hall, located at 400 Stewart Ave., and at the Development Services Center, located at 731 S. Fourth St.

The city of Las Vegas encourages residents to plan activities throughout the month of October in recognition of Make a Difference Day. Councilman Barlow has teamed up with several community partners to “Make a Difference” in Ward 5.

Starting at 9 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, Councilman Barlow will be teaming up with more than 50 volunteers from Windermere Prestige Realty and Starbucks to repaint fading red curbs and house numbers. The project will take place in the area of Lake Mead and Decatur. This project is a part of a neighborhood organizing effort and will give residents the opportunity to get to know their neighbors while brightening up the community.

To find other local projects in the community, visit the Make a Difference Day Web site.

The city has many fall and Halloween activities planned for the coming weeks. Below are just a few of the upcoming events. For a complete listing of events, please download the Halloween Happenings Brochure.

Haunted Bone Yard Tour
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Advance registration required.
Fee: $2 transportation fee, $3 entrance fee, plus lunch cost.
Las Vegas Senior Center, 451 East Bonanza Road, (702) 229-6454
We’ll search the valley for all the haunted spots then conclude the spooky adventure by walking through the Neon Museum’s historic marquee signs.

Oktoberfest Celebration & Luncheon (ages 50+)
Wednesday, Oct. 22, noon. Advance registration required.
Fee: $5
Derfelt Senior Citizens Center, 3343 W. Washington Ave., (702) 229-6601
Enjoy bratwurst, sauerkraut, hot German potato salad, sweet and sour beans and Black Forest cake.

Murder Mystery Luncheon: The Mystery at Devil’s Gulch (ages 50+)
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Advance registration required.
Fee: $4
Las Vegas Senior Center, 451 East Bonanza Road, (702) 229-6454
Dress for the costume ball and figure out “who dun it.”

Free Haunted Halloween Carnival (all ages)
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 6 to 8 p.m.
Doolittle Community Center, 1950 N. J St., (702) 229-6374
Bring the family and friends to enjoy carnival games, a haunted house and lots of fun.

Harvest Festival Potluck & Bingo (ages 50+)
Thursday, Oct. 30, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fee: $2
Doolittle Senior Center, 1930 North J St., (702) 229-6125
Bring a dish and a story to share; then be prepared to play bingo!

Haunted Halloween Party & Mixer (ages 50+)
Thursday, Oct. 30, 11 a.m. Advance registration required.
Fee: $5
Derfelt Senior Citizens Center, 3343 W. Washington Ave.(702) 229-6601.
Enjoy fun, games, contests and spooky food. Costumes highly recommended.

Halloween Safe Night
Friday, Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m.
Pearson Community Center, 1625 W. Carey
Enjoy face painting, a costume contest, haunted house and more! For more information, call 648-0104.
Event flyer

Recently, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Deputy Chief Greg McCurdy provided information to area residents about the proposed Metro Police headquarters, which would be located at the intersection of Martin L. King Boulevard and Alta Drive. Metro is working on the project with private developer Mark Fine, who was also at the meeting.

Deputy Chief McCurdy explained that a central headquarters would improve communications and services to the public. The location at Martin L. King and Alta is ideal given the freeway access and proximity to City Hall, the Clark County Government Center and the Regional Justice Center.

The campus would consist of one 5-story building, two 4-story buildings and one 5-story parking structure for approximately 1,500 vehicles. Additional free surface parking would be available to the public. Metro will have an option to expand the campus on a adjacent 2.2 acre parcel. 

Metro would like to house all of the executive staff, administrative services staff, public information officers, detectives and crime scene analysts in the new headquarters building. The building would also contain a forensics lab, police records and fingerprinting services. Metro anticipates having one community room for public meetings. The campus would also include ground floor commercial such as a dry cleaner or coffee shop.

The Bolden Area Command on Stella Lane will continue to serve the day-to-day public safety needs of area residents and host monthly First Tuesday meetings for the general public.

The wait is over and the new Buy Low Market, located at 921 W. Owens Ave., is now open. Residents in the area have been calling for a nearby grocery store for several years now. Buy Low Market is a community-minded, full-service grocery store that specializes in providing “inner-city residents with affordably-priced foods in their local neighborhoods,” according to company officials. The owner of Buy Low Market, Inc. is a principal of K.V. Mart Co., which currently operates several grocery store brands in California.

The store is expected to boost the economy in the area. One way it is doing this is by providing more than 100 jobs. Applicants were able to get prepared for the job fair by attending Job Ready workshops offered at the city of Las Vegas EVOLVE Center. Employment professionals covered the skills needed to secure a job including: application completion, resume writing and interview skills.

Councilman Barlow, in partnership with the Neighborhood Services Department, Operation Lasting Peace (OLP) and the Nevada Youth Alliance, kicked off the summer with the first in a series of “Safe Summer Night” events at Matt Kelly Elementary School on May 3. Two additional events were held on July 24, and August 21. Evening activities included face painting, jump houses, games, food and a DJ. Area youth were encouraged to sign up for recreational activities and other agencies and organizations provided additional information to the community for health and education opportunities. These events also provided the neighborhood the opportunity to get to know each other.

On Aug. 7, Neighborhood Services staff, Metro Police and staff met with ten property owners and managers in the Sierra Oeste neighborhood to discuss the benefits of forming a neighborhood association. 

The property owners and managers will meet monthly to explore activities available for neighborhood children, traffic safety measures, lighting and renaming their subdivision. They agreed that by working together they had a greater chance of improving the quality of life in their community. The property owners and managers plan to elect officers at their next meeting and prioritize their top three goals to work on for the next year.  

For help in organizing your neighborhood, please contact the Neighborhood Services Department at 229-2330.

Councilman Barlow recently hosted a Summer Splash swimming party at Doolittle Community Center. Councilman Barlow’s goal was to entertain the youth in the community while promoting the importance of pool safety. Councilman Barlow kicked off the afternoon by doing a sommersault off the diving board.

During the festivities, Councilman Barlow halted the party and asked the children to gather around him as popsicles were served. He stressed the importance of following rules and directions given by lifeguards and adults. The children were attentive and were given an opportunity to ask questions.

This event was free to residents and the young and old participated. Light refreshments were served, a DJ provided music, the weather was beautiful and most of all, everyone appeared to have a marvelous time.

Councilman Barlow escorted 60 residents from Harry Levy Gardens and Louis Shell senior apartments to Mount Charleston. There they enjoyed Barlow Bingo and a fantastic luncheon. The seniors were ecstatic about the trip and were very impressed with the luncheon menu. “This was a wonderful trip and a good peace of mind,” stated one senior as she boarded the bus to return home, “This is a trip we will never forget!”

Councilman Barlow followed his successful trip to Mount Charleston with a trip to Mesquite for Doolittle Senior citizens. The trip included bowling and a complimentary buffet lunch. It was amazing to see how well many of our seniors from Doolittle could bowl!  Many of them taught Councilman Barlow a thing or two about his bowling technique. This was an amazing trip and our seniors were very happy that we took the day to spend with them. 


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