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Language class for young children offered

Boulder City Parks and Recreation is offering a Language for Tots class that will introduce youngsters ages 3 to 5 to Spanish, German, Italian and French.

It will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays in March, April and May at the recreation center and in June and July at the ABC Park administration building. Cost for the program is $32 per month.

Instructor Beatrice Werner teaches at College of Southern Nevada and has a master of arts from the School of Languages of Middlebury College. She speaks five languages and has taught people of all ages.

For more information, call the recreation department at 702-293-9256.

Homestead to host program on coyote awareness

Coyotes have been seen on numerous occasions near The Homestead at Boulder City and Quail Ridge Manor Apartments.

To help people understand coyote behavior and how to react when confronted by the animal, a representative from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will give a presentation on coyote awareness at 10 a.m. today in the library at The Homestead, 1401 Medical Park Drive.

The program is open to the public

Retired Public Employees will meet today

The Boulder City chapter of the Retired Public Employees of Nevada will meet at 11 a.m. today at The Homestead at Boulder City, 1401 Medical Park Drive. The guest speaker will be Trish Beckwith, training officer for the Southern Nevada Health District, office of public health preparedness. A no-host lunch follows the meeting at an area restaurant.

All public employees 50 and older and vested in PERS are eligible to join.

For further information, contact President Bernard Paolini at bernardpaolini@cox.net.

High school students to present melodrama

As this year’s spring offering, Boulder City High School theater department will present “D.K. Molar The Devious Dentist or … There’s Gold in Them Thar Teeth” by Billy St. John. The student-directed melodrama will play at 7 p.m. today through Saturday.

The tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults; they may be purchased by the school banker during school hours or at the door. For more information, call 702 799-8200.

Inaugural bridal show starts at 3 p.m. today

Boulder City Bridal and Gifts will present its first bridal experience, “Business Before Pleasure,” a bridal vendors forum and fashion show featuring vintage bridal attire, from 3-6:30 p.m. today at Boulder Creek Golf Course, 1500 Veterans Memorial Drive.

The event is the opportunity for future brides and potential vendors to learn about Boulder City Bridal’s new one-stop shop for weddings and industry trends. Special guest speakers include Kendra Wright of American Family Insurance in Boulder City, who will talk about wedding insurance; Kemi Ott, a bridal consultant who will talk about themed and destination weddings; and Cherie Lawlar, owner of Sundee Morning Hat, who will talk about the Boulder City Bridal experience.

Tickets are $35 each and include appetizers and beverages. They can be purchased at the door or online at www.bouldercitybridal.com.

Registration begins Monday at Grace Christian Academy

Registration for the 2014-15 school year at Grace Christian Academy begins at 8 a.m. Monday in the school office.

A $140 nonrefundable registration fee and a copy of the child’s birth certificate and immunization record are required. Half-day and full-day kindergarten classes are offered.

The complement the school’s core curriculum, specialty classes include art, physical education, music, music theory, explorations, and technology classes.

Grace Christian Academy, a ministry of Grace Community Church, is at 513 California Ave.

For more information or to schedule a tour, call the office at 702-293-3536 or visit www.gracechristianacademybc.org.

Area artists will open studios for visits

The Desert Sculptors, a local nonprofit organization, is holding a fundraising tour of artists’ studios from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 29.

Sculptors participating in the event are opening their workshops to the public for the first time. Attendees will have the opportunity to see works in progress and techniques such as bronze pouring, marble and stone carving and metal work.

Many of the participating artists have pieces on display in Boulder City’s Reflection Park and in the downtown area through the city’s Public Art Scape project. There will be demonstrations, a chance to talk to the artists and pieces of art for sale. It is a self-guided tour. Tickets are $20 each. For tickets or more information, call 702-501-9219.

Community Club sets potluck lunch, line dance event

The Community Club will meet at 12:30 p.m. today in the multiuse building near the intersection of Avenue B and School Drive. A potluck luncheon is planned. Lynn Williams, an instructor for the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, and members of her line dancing class will present the afternoon’s program.

Gospel concert on tap at Bethany Baptist

Bethany Baptist Church will present the gospel group Beyond the Ashes at 6 p.m. March 9 at the church, 210 Wyoming St. The group has received the 2011 Breakthrough Artist of the Year award at the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards in Tennessee. Additionally, it has been seen on the Daystar television network and the Gaither Homecoming.

There is no cost to attend, but a freewill offering will be taken.

Alumni sought for softball game fundraiser

Former Boulder City High School softball players are invited to participate in the first alumni vs. varsity seven-inning softball game. It will be played at 5 p.m. April 5 at Bravo Softball Field.

“I would like to start this tradition with our program and it should be a fun event, playing the game we love and reconnecting with old teammates and making new ones,” said Angelica Moorhead, head softball coach at the high school.

Registration is requested by March 21. Alumni players will receive a team T-shirt.

Additionally, the game will be a fundraiser for the Eagles softball program. Tickets for a prize drawing are being sold for $1 each, with the grand prize a 42-inch flat-screen TV.

For more information, contact Moorhead at awmoorhead@embarqmail.com or call 702-499-2829.

Episcopal church to host pancake supper Tuesday

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church will host its annual pre-Lenten Pancake Supper Tuesday at the parish hall, 812 Arizona St. The men of the parish will be cooking and serving starting at 6 p.m.

The Shrove Tuesday celebration represents the English tradition of “Fat Tuesday,” the last chance to eat rich, fattening foods before the fasting of Lent, according to a church spokesperson.

For additional information, call the church at 702-293-4275 or 702-293-7454.

Nomination sought for state’s senior of year

The search for Nevada’s Senior Citizen of the Year is underway.

The National Silver Haired Congress Nevada Delegation, in partnership with the Aging Services Directors Organization, established the award last year.

Frank Pati, a 76-year-old Mesquite resident, was honored by Gov. Brian Sandoval and the congressional delegation as the first recipient.

The competition is open to all those who are age 60 and older and have lived in Nevada for five years. The nomination guidelines and forms are available at www.nevshc.org.

The deadline for nominations is March 31. The award will be presented in May.

Library schedules variety of activities, events

Boulder City Library, 701 Adams Blvd., has several activities planned for the coming weeks. These include:

n Lego Challenge: 4-5 p.m. today in the community room for children 6 and older.

n Magic Tree House book club: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Friday in the board room for children 6-11. “Civil War on Sunday” will be the featured book.

n Craft, book purse: 1 p.m. Saturday. Learn how to make a purse out of a book. A supply list is available or you can purchase a supply kits. Reservations are required at least 48 hours in advance.

n Movie: 4:30 p.m. Monday. “Arsenic and Old Lace” will be shown. Those attending are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner as well as comfortable chairs and blankets.

n Craft, beginning beading: 3 p.m. March 6: Learn the basics of beading. A supply list is available or you can purchase a supply kits. Reservations are required at least 48 hours in advance.

n Tech class, Facebook: 6:30 p.m. March 11. Learn the basics of Facebook including creating an account, using your timeline and privacy control. The course is limited to five people. Reservations are required.

n Craft hour: 10-11 a.m. March 12

n Movie: 6 p.m. March 12. “Red” will be shown. Those attending are encouraged to bring snacks, beverages and comfortable seating.

n Magic Tree House book club: 3:30-4:30 p.m. March 14 in the board room for children 6-11. “Revolutionary War on Wednesday” will be the featured book.

Additionally, an open craft time has been scheduled for Saturday and the first Saturday of April. The sessions are open to crafters of all ages and are intended to encourage socializing. People are welcome to bring in whatever project they are working on, as well as food and beverages.

Call 702-293-1281 for details, reservations or more information.

Applications available for community garage sale

Applications are available at the Boulder City Chamber of Commerce, 465 Nevada Way, for the annual community garage sale that will be held in conjunction with a Volkswagen car show April 5 at Bicentennial Park, 400 Colorado St.

Residents and businesses may sell items other than food or drink at the sale.

The sale will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the car show is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information about the garage sale, call 702-812-6449 or email cscsgate23@gmail.com.

Talented residents sought for show

Local residents are invited to audition for the annual BC’s Got Talent show, which will be May 17.

Applications to audition are available at the Chamber of Commerce office, 465 Nevada Way. Auditions will be from 9 a.m. to noon April 5.

Call 702-812-6449 or email cscsgate23@gmail.com for more information.

Vendor sought for 10th annual barbecue event

Applications are available online for those seeking to become vendors at the 10th annual Best Dam Barbecue challenge, which will be held May 23 and 24 in Bicentennial Park, 400 Colorado St.

The annual event, presented by the Rotary Club of Boulder City, will feature Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned competition in beef, chicken, pork and brisket.

Visit www.bestdambarbecue.com for additional information about the festival or a vendor application.

Rehearsals underway for Red Mountain Choir

Rehearsals for Red Mountain Choir’s spring concert are underway and continue from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays at the Elaine K. Smith Center, 799 Wyoming St.

The concert will be presented March 28-29.

This is a nonauditioned choir for all who enjoy singing.

For additional information or to join the choir, call Rose at 702-293-5455.

Writers group meets every Thursday at library

The Boulder City Writers Group meets from 7-8:20 p.m. each Thursday in the community room at Boulder City Library, 701 Adams Blvd.

Writers of all levels are welcome to learn more about writing and receive feedback on their work.

Membership is free.

For more information, email jenballif@gmail.com.

American Legion breakfast served Thursday mornings

All veterans and their families are invited to the American Legion’s varied menu breakfast from 7-9 a.m. Thursdays at the American Legion Hall, 508 California Way, between Boulder Bowl and Grace Christian Academy.

Legionnaires and eligible veterans are invited to the American Legion meeting at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at the hall.

Call Cmdr. Wayne Curtis at 702-293-6622 for more information.

Health care meetings explain Affordable Care Act

Boulder City Library and CARE NV will host a meeting March 14 at the library, 701 Adams Blvd., to assist residents with understanding and signing up for health care under the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. The visits are scheduled by appointment; call 702-836-9033 to make an appointment.

Parts of park’s Wetland Trail to close temporarily

Portions of Wetland Trail in Lake Mead National Recreation Area will be temporarily closed through June 30 during the construction of a grade control structure in the Lower Las Vegas Wash.

The trail head and parking area on Northshore Road along with adjacent areas will be closed hiking and other recreational uses.

The grade control structure will reduce erosion in the Las Vegas Wash to protect the stability of the bridge. It also will reduce sediment transported from erosion in the wash into Lake Mead, as well as protect Lake Las Vegas Dam and outlet works.

Funding for this nearly $2.5 million project is provided by the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act. The contractor is Wadley Construction Inc. of Las Vegas.

The National Park Service regrets any inconvenience this temporary closure may cause.

Tortoise Group seeks new members

The Tortoise Group, which is devoted to the proper care and welfare of desert tortoises, is seeking new members.

Annual membership in the nonprofit organization includes a newsletter, discounts on tortoise-related items and member-only events such as a field trip to the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center.

Annual membership is $25.

For details, visit www.tortoisegroup.org.

Support groups help with memory loss, dementia

The Homestead at Boulder City is offering its Alzheimer’s support group, memory loss support group and dementia workshops on the third Thursday of each month. The groups will meet in library at The Homestead, 1401 Medical Park Drive.

The Alzheimer’s group meets from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; the memory loss group meets from 1-2 p.m.

There is no cost for these workshops and refreshments will be served. Those attending are welcome to bring a loved one, who will be cared for during the meeting.

Support group helps family of those with breathing problems

Area residents are invited to the Friends and Family of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease support group. The group meets at 10 a.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the Senior Center, 823 Arizona St.

Bruce Borchard of Vital Care leads the group, which explores ways for better living with COPD, asthma and emphysema. It is sanctioned by the Better Breathers and American Lung Association.

Fitness classes for children offered at recreation center

The Boulder City Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of fitness classes for children, including Zumbatomics, jujitsu, tennis, belly dancing and Mindful Yoga for kids.

For more information on these or any of classes, call the recreation department office at 702-293-9256 or visit www.bcnv.org.

Walking group meets at Veterans Park

Boulder City United Methodist Fellowship has a walking group that meets at 8 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Veterans Memorial Park, 1650 Buchanan Blvd. Group members walk 30 minutes before they begin their day. Everyone is invited to come out and improve their health and make new friends. They meet at the duck pond next to Pratte Field. For more information, contact the Rev. Sandy Johnson at 702-293-9240 or email sandy_L_johnson@hotmail.com.

Emergency Aid needs help

Emergency Aid of Boulder City is seeking donations. The nonprofit organization’s funding is used throughout the year to provide utility and rental assistance to those in need. For more information or to donate, call 702-300-6187.

Local churches join for weekday worship

Boulder City United Methodist Church and St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church have begun a weekly worship called WOW or “Worship on Wednesday.” The 6:45 p.m. worship service is at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 812 Arizona St., and is a combination of contemporary praise music, prayer and a short reflection. The Revs. Sandy Johnson and Jim Lyons will lead the service.

The service is casual and all are welcome. For more information, call Johnson at 702-293-7240 or visit www.bouldercityumc.org; or Lyons at 702-293-4275 or www.stchristopherschurch.org.

Association of University Women local branch to meet

The Boulder City Branch of American Association of University Women meets at 7 p.m. the third Monday of each month in the Boulder Dam Hotel, 1305 Arizona St.

Meetings are open to the public and held in the Gene Segerblom meeting room.

For additional information, leave a message at 702-294-42047 and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

Howard turns passion into full-time job

For many self-published authors, the passion to put words on a page ends up being a hobby they do when everyday life frees up a few minutes here and there to do so.

BCHS gearing up for spring play

Spring is in the air and life is abuzz in the Boulder City High School Theatre Department. While residents all over town are packing their winter clothes and embarking on spring cleaning projects; students in the drama department are collaborating on their spring performance of “Yard Sale” by Tim Kelly.

Andrew Mitchell Elementary goes beyond 7 Habits

As a Leader In Me School, Mitchell Elementary frequently refers to the 7 Habits. As a matter of fact, each day at our morning ceremony, students and staff recite our mission statement, which refers specifically to the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

LMNRA has deep roots in Boulder City

We at Lake Mead National Recreation Area are constantly amazed and grateful for the support from the Boulder City community. We also strive to provide great service to the people of this great town.

Local business funds memorial bench at King

For over a year, the staff at Martha P. King has been working with the Giamanco family to create a memorial bench for their little girl, Emilee.

A river runs through it

To say that Kathleen Wood knows the portion of the Colorado River between Hoover Dam and Willow Beach like the back of her hand is definitely an understatement.

All for a good cause

For decades, the Injured Police Officer’s Fund has been there to help provide support to Southern Nevada officers in their time of need.

For Mills, it’s been a wild ride

In the 35 years since he got on his first BMX bike, Ryan Mills has seen his fair share of tail ships, crankflips and nac nacs.