November 16, 2010 

I hope you are enjoying our beautiful fall weather!  I want to make you aware of three upcoming opportunities.

Catholic Charities Will Give Turkeys & Pumpkin Pies for the Holidays
Catholic Charities currently is taking sign-ups for Thanksgiving turkeys and pumpkin pies for those in need. The Social Services hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Catholic Charities may be called at 387-2291. In order to receive a turkey, you must present the following documents prior to the day the turkeys will be given out, while committed supplies last.
1) Photo Identification;
2) Birth certificates for all children under 18 years of age;
3) Social Security card; and
4) Proof of residence during the past 30 days.

Once this information is provided, you will receive a "Turkey Buck." Registration for the "Turkey Buck" must be submitted in person.  On Saturday, Nov. 20, turkeys will be dispensed, along with a pumpkin pie. Sign-ups for turkeys and pies for Christmas will begin Monday, Nov. 29. 

Cheyenne Avenue, Between Buffalo Drive and Tenaya Way, to Close from 9 p.m. Nov. 16 through 6 a.m. Nov. 17
Starting at approximately 9 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 16, and continuing through 6 a.m., Nov. 17, Cheyenne Avenue will be closed to traffic between Buffalo Drive and Tenaya Way. The temporary closure is necessary as crews work to place a pedestrian bridge across Cheyenne as part of a city of Las Vegas trail improvement project.

Business access will be maintained on the north side of Cheyenne. During the closure, eastbound traffic on Cheyenne will be detoured south on Buffalo to Smoke Ranch Road. Westbound Cheyenne traffic will be detoured north on Tenaya to Gowan Road. Cheyenne should reopen to access by 6 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17.

This work is part of a $4.7 million improvement project that is under way to install trail improvements and three pedestrian bridges throughout the city. Construction started in June and will take approximately 12 months to complete. Part of this project includes construction of a 12-foot-wide concrete trail segment within the west side of the Buffalo flood control channel, between Vegas Drive and Lake Mead Boulevard. This segment will complete the Lone Mountain Trail from Washington Avenue to Alexander Road. (See map.) The trail segment will be enhanced with lighting and a five-foot-tall decorative wrought iron fence adjacent to the channel. Additionally, approximately 600 feet of six-foot-wide concrete trail section will be constructed north of Cheyenne. Lighting and fencing will also be included in this segment.

The project includes the installation of two pedestrian bridges, which will create trail continuity for pedestrians and bicyclists across Lake Mead Boulevard and Cheyenne. A pedestrian bridge is also being constructed across Las Vegas Boulevard in the heart of the Cultural Corridor between the Lied Discovery Children's Museum/Las Vegas Library and the Las Vegas Natural History Museum. 

Funding is provided by the Bureau of Land Management through the sale of public lands as authorized by the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act. This act allows money from Nevada federal land sales to be used in the state for park and trail projects. The contractor is Martin-Harris Construction. Parsons is providing construction management services. The city's Public Works Department is managing the project.

Ward 1 Senior Holiday Potluck and Health Fair
Ward 1 residents age 50 and older are invited to senior holiday potluck and free health fair on Thursday, Dec.16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bill & Lillie Heinrich YMCA, located at 4141 Meadows Lane. Please bring a dish to share. Call 229-5392 for more information. 

Residents Interested in Planning Process Invited to Sign Up for Upcoming Citizens Academy of Planning

Residents are invited to sign up for the inaugural Citizens Academy of Planning, which is a free educational program designed to give community members an overview of the planning process. All classes are taught by professionals from the city's Planning & Development Department staff or other subject experts who have hands-on experience in their respective topic areas. 

The academy will begin on Jan. 26, 2011. The 10-week program will include workshops on a variety of topics, including the history of planning, the permit process, historic preservation and more. The 90-minute classes, which will consist of a one-hour presentation and a 30-minute discussion, will be held on Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The class concludes with graduation on March 30, 2011. It is requested that participants attend each class in order to enter the alumni class.

The academy will provide several benefits to the community, including the creation of familiarity with the terms and concepts of planning, which will allow for more informed input and allow the Planning & Development Department the ability to readily address concerns. It also will create awareness surrounding the zoning and entitlement process within the city and encourage new advocates for sound planning practices within a creative local government context. 

For more information, or to be placed on the interest list forming now through Dec. 15, please visit the Citizens Academy of Planning Web page

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