Nov. 4, 2013 

Councilman Beers at 2013 Trunk or Treat2013 TRUNK OR TREAT
A car show and Halloween festival on Oct. 19 at Veterans Memorial Leisure Service Center allowed princesses, goblins, ghouls, ninjas, superheroes, fairies and characters of all sorts to stroll among the classic and new cars while collecting treats.  Creatures in and around the decorated cars amused, some even moved.  Everyone had an opportunity to vote for personal favorites.  Games, prizes, a bounce house, face painting, two costume parades and other amusements kept everyone entertained. Red Rock Ramblers and Stuck in Reverse provided bluegrass music, and karate and Zumba students demonstrated their skills.

Actors performed eight snippets of famous Shakespeare plays to the delight of those attending at Hills Park Oct. 5. This was in addition to stage sword training, crafts, face painting and balloon artists for the kids. Families purchased a variety of food or brought their own snacks while spreading blankets to watch and enjoy the entertainment on a beautiful day.

A youth group from Faith Lutheran High School has committed to working 50 hours on a weekday morning to Keep Las Vegas Beautiful, in this case especially Ward 2, with a clean-up of Bruce Trent Park. This park is heavily used by residents and hosts a fabulous (and very busy) farmers market on Wednesday evenings each week. These young people will be sifting the playground sand, raking other play areas, cleaning the parking lot and possibly painting handicap curbs. The Outside Las Vegas Foundation and city staff will supervise the project.

Join the city of Las Vegas active adult/senior centers, and the Las Vegas Senior Citizens Advisory Board, in collecting non-perishable items from now through Nov. 15, to be donated to the Jude 22 Senior Nutrition Center. Jude 22 is a nonprofit food pantry that supplies supplemental food for seniors who have low, moderate or zero income. Donations may be dropped off at seven senior/community centers, including Veterans Memorial Leisure Services Center at 101 N. Pavilion Center Drive. For more information, see the flier.

Saturday, Nov. 16, 7:30 a.m. arrival; race starts at 8 a.m.
Cost: $15 pre-registration; $20 event day.
Pavilion Center Pool, 101 S. Pavilion Center Drive, (702) 229-1488.
Participate in a 1.5-mile run beginning at Pavilion Center Pool, followed by a 300-yard swim.  Registration is open now through race day.  Those who participate must be able to swim 100 yards successfully.  Participants will receive a goodie bag after they finish.  Call (702) 229-1488 for details.

Saturday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m. to noon.
Veterans Memorial Leisure Services Center, 101 N. Pavilion Center Drive, (702) 229-1100.
Bring your documents that need to be shredded. Complimentary shredding takes place in the southern parking lot. Limit of five boxes per vehicle. This is a safe and convenient way to get rid of old documents. Call 229-6405 for more information. 

Monday, Nov. 18, 8 to 9:30 a.m.
Starbucks, located at 1990 Village Center Circle.
Residents looking to meet and converse with Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman will have the opportunity at this Ward 2 Starbucks. Councilman Bob Beers is scheduled to attend. Coffee with the Mayor is an opportunity for residents who have issues to discuss, or would simply like to meet the mayor.

Thursday Nov. 21, 5:30  to 7:30 p.m.
John Cutter Grill & Tavern, 11770 W. Charleston Blvd. (west of 215 in Albertson’s center)
Join the Councilman for an adult libation, lively conversation, Thursday Night Football and discuss anything that interests you.

The city of Las Vegas’ annual Youth Neighborhood Association Partnership Program (YNAPP) grant application process is open now through Nov. 22. YNAPP offers grants for up to $1,000 for youth to create and implement neighborhood-based service learning projects of their own design. The program requires youth to match the city’s grant with cash, volunteer time or in-kind services and goods donated to the project. Projects are required to take place in city limits. Applications will be reviewed by the YNAPP board, whose members are appointed by the City Council. Funding recommendations will be presented to the City Council for final approval in February 2014. For more information on the YNAPP program, visit the YNAPP grant application Web page or contact Lisa Campbell at (702) 229-5406 or via e-mail at   

The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District is partnering with AARP, whose representatives will hold free informational sessions regarding the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as “ObamaCare,” including important dates and resources, how the Affordable Care Act affects individuals and families, and what to do to enroll in a health plan. Nevada enrollment for health plans begins in October and closes March 2014. To assist those members of the community who are not covered by employer-provided or government-provided (Medicare) healthcare, federally approved navigators/enrollment assisters will be available to guide the public through their various healthcare options.

Information Sessions:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 6 p.m.
    Summerlin Library, 1771 Inner Circle Drive, (702) 507-3866.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m.
    West Charleston Library, 6301 W. Charleston Blvd., (702) 507-3964.

For more information, go online.  

Century Link recently announced that it will expand its fiber network pilot to Las Vegas, enabling Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps). CenturyLink’s enhanced fiber network will deliver this ultra-fast broadband technology to residential and small business customers in select Las Vegas neighborhoods beginning this fall, including Centennial Hills.

The company also will use fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology to deliver some of the fastest Internet speeds available in the United States to select homes and small businesses in Las Vegas. With this highly advanced service, customers will be able to download a high-definition movie in seconds and stream it from multiple devices, gain instant access to cloud services and applications on demand, and download or upload large multimedia files – all at the same time.

CenturyLink’s 1 Gbps service is equivalent to 1,000 megabits (Mbps) – an Internet speed that is 100 times faster than average broadband speeds – and will have a direct connection to the company’s recently upgraded global network, designed to accommodate today’s bandwidth demands. This next generation fiber technology also enables CenturyLink to provide a symmetrical service, meaning customers can download and upload information at identical speeds of up to 1 Gbps.

One Gbps symmetrical speed provides a tremendous economic advantage for small businesses because it allows them to purchase their information technology infrastructure through the cloud, while substantially lowering operating costs. This capability is key to growing a vibrant start-up and tech community in Las Vegas.

CenturyLink will make its 1 Gbps service available to residents in its first Las Vegas community this fall and intends to launch the service in additional communities into 2014. Small business customers in select locations also will be eligible for 1 Gbps service in early 2014. For information detailing the benefits of CenturyLink’s 1 Gbps fiber service in Las Vegas, visit

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