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Henderson seeks entries for WinterFest

Henderson seeks entries for WinterFest

The holiday season is just around the corner and the city of Henderson is getting ready for its annual holiday celebration WinterFest.

The city is looking for entries for its evening light parade, Festival of Trees and gingerbread house competition.

The theme of this year’s celebration is It’s a Fairy Tale Christmas. The festival is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 11 through Saturday, Dec. 13. at the Henderson Events Plaza, 200 Water Street.

The Festival of Trees will be limited to the first 12 applications. The evening light parade has three categories and prizes will be given to the top three entries for each category. The gingerbread houses must be 90 percent edible and made of gingerbread, icing and candies.

Each of the competitions have different application deadlines and rules. For more information, go to hendersonlive.com

Teen lounge mural is Henderson-raised artist’s way of giving back

A local artist, who started his career painting for the City of Henderson, is thanking them with a new library mural.

Jamal Norris gave thanks to the city of Henderson for his 15-year employment with a mural for the teen lounge at Whitney Ranch Recreation Center. “I was almost like the resident artist for the city,” Norris said of his history. “I did any artwork for any event. I created backdrops, built parade floats and painted murals. That was kind of my forte.”

Read more in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Henderson hosts slip and slide event to kick off summer

The city of Henderson is again inviting the community to slide into summer with its slip and slide event.

The Slide Into Summer event will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Anthem Hills Park, 2256 North Reunion Drive.

The event features a giant slip and slide, mini slip and slides for the little ones, a bounce house and lawn games.  There will also be food concessions for purchase.

"Slide Into Summer truly signals the end of school and the start of summer vacation," said Mayor Andy Hafen. "Over the last two years, this event has attracted hundreds of children and adults who are ready to experience the thrill of a giant slip and slide. It's a one-of-a-kind adventure."

Admission is $5 per person. Kids who want to slide must also have a signed waiver, which are available for purchase at the event and at city recreation centers.

Three Girls Lead Fundraising for Ransacked Classrooms

Three Girls Lead Fundraising for Ransacked Classrooms

A group of 6th grade girls are doing their part to make a difference in the community this year.

They have organized a fundraiser to help two teachers at Schorr Elementary School get back on track after their portable classrooms were ransacked over winter break. The people responsible even put paint and water on the computers.

Macaiah Honable, Sydney James and Callie Addleman  made a video to let the public know what happened and what they are doing about it.

The girls now go to Silvestri Junior High, but say they have to help because the teachers who were targeted were two of their favorites when they were younger.

"We heard that our favorite teacher's portable got vandalized. So, we were brainstorming at lunch to see what we could do to help," Macaiah said.

"They're such amazing teachers. They've done so much things for us, and now it's our turn to return the favor," Sydney said.

City Hall at the Mall Event Saturday

City Hall at the Mall Event Saturday

The city of Henderson will be hosting its annual City Hall at the Mall this Saturday at the Galleria at Sunset.

The event is an informational fair featuring city departments. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the public will be able to visit the fair to talk with representatives from city departments to talk about available services, programs and projects. People are encouraged to give feedback about city issues that they feel need to be addressed.

There will also be a special presentation of the five winning essays from the "If I Were the Mayor of Henderson" 5th grade student essay contest. The presentation will start at 3 p.m. in the upper level food court. 

Holiday Lights Return to the Cactus Garden

Holiday Lights Return to the Cactus Garden

A southern Nevada holiday tradition returns for its 20th year Tuesday.

Once again, the Ethel M Chocolates' Factory will light up its Cactus Garden for the holiday season.

The celebration will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday with the lighting ceremony set for about 6:10 p.m. The celebration will include live music, local officials, comedian George Wallace and a visit from Santa Claus. Tickets to the event are available at the factory.

The garden is free and open to the public starting Wednesday and will be open through January 1.

Every year the garden, which is situated behind the Ethel M Chocolates' Factory, is fitted with half a million lights over three acres. There is also live entertainment Fridays and Saturdays. Santa pictures are available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Southern Nevada Strong Holding Open Houses

Clark County officials want to hear what people think about how to improve life in the Las Vegas valley.

The regional planning initiative known as Southern Nevada Strong aims to better join together transportation, housing and job opportunities throughout southern Nevada.

To reach that goal, the group is holding a series of open houses throughout August and September. The events will feature a brief presentation from Southern Nevada Strong. Residents will then be given a chance to review the priorities and rank what areas they think to be addressed.

The first open house is from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sahara West Library, 9600 West Sahara Avenue.

Here are the rest of the scheduled events: