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Democratic club to hear candidates today

Boulder City Democratic Club will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 tonight at the Boulder City Library, 701 Adams Blvd.

Candidates for offices in the 2014 primary election are expected to speak on current issues.

Additionally, the club will recognize its new board members: Kiernan McManus, chair; John Alcala, chair-elect; Rose Ann Miele, treasurer; and Kathleen Kimball, member-at-large.

All interested people are welcome to attend.

For more information, call 702-530-6604 or email bouldercitydemocraticclub@gmail.com.

Estate planning seminar to be held today

Lend A Hand and Vegas PBS will present a free seminar about estate planning, “The Nuts and Bolts of Estate Planning,” from noon to 1:30 p.m. today at the Boulder City Library, 701 Adams Blvd.

Advanced registration is requested. For reservations, call Diana Morgan at 702-799-1010, ext. 5415.

Republican Women’s monthly luncheon set

The Boulder City Republican Women will meet Republican candidates for judicial positions in local district and family courts at its next meeting, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. April 17 in the banquet room at Railroad Pass Casino, 2800 Nevada Highway, Henderson.

All interested people are welcome to attend the luncheon meeting.

Reservations are required and must be made by noon today. They can be made by calling 702-393-1228 or emailing bcgop@yahoo.com.

Episcopal church to hold rummage sale Saturday

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church will hold its annual rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church, 812 Arizona St. The sale will include household goods, clothing, miscellaneous items and a bake sale.

All proceeds will benefit church outreach programs.

Art Guild’s fine arts festival set for Saturday, Sunday

Boulder City Art Guild will present its 29th annual Fine Arts Festival Saturday and Sunday in Bicentennial Park, 400 Colorado St.

More than 130 Southwestern artists will display work, including watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings, glass, sculpture, pottery, metalwork, photography and jewelry. Featured artists will be Brianna Gray, a photographer, and Karen Petrovich, who paints in oils.

The festival also will feature a fine art raffle, with proceeds benefiting a scholarship fund and musical entertainment.

Food and drinks will be available.

For additional information, visit www.bcfineartsfestival.com or call 702-293-2138.

Residents invited to spend time with ‘Head Strong G’

Area residents, especially those between the ages of 11 and 17, are invited to hang out with “Head Strong G” from 7-10 p.m. Saturday in the gym at ABC Park, 801 Adams Blvd.

There will be music, dancing, games, food and more at the event that will celebrate with Giulian Grasso.

The event is sponsored by The Generations Project in collaboration with the Nevada Community Prevention Coalition. It is free and open to all.

For more information, email Kevin Hawkins at generationhawk@outlook.com.

Lend A Hand to recognize volunteers

Lend A Hand will hold its annual Volunteer Appreciation Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at its office, 400 Utah St.

All interested people are welcome to join the celebration.

Library schedules variety of activities, events

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

n Science Exploration Club, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Friday in the board room. Children 3-6 and their caregivers will explore science through stories, experiments and crafts.

n Duffy Hudson presents “George Burns: Alive Again” at 1 p.m. in the community room.

n Movie, 1 p.m. Sunday. “Frozen” will be shown in the community room. Bring blankets and snacks.

n Craft hour, 10 a.m. Monday in the community room. People of all ages are welcome.

n Preschool storytime, 10 a.m. Tuesday in the board room. For children 3-5 and their caregivers.

n Toddler storytime, 10 a.m. Wednesday in the board room. For children younger than 36 months.

n Movie, 10 a.m. Wednesday. “Despicable Me” will be shown in the community room. Bring blankets and snacks.

n Family storytime, 6-7 p.m. Wednesday in the community. There will be stories, science, crafts, games and Legos for people of all ages.

n Wii and board game day, 10-11:30 a.m. April 17 in the community room. People of all ages are welcome.

n Computer Basics: Windows, 1:30-2:30 p.m. April 17. Participants will learn the basics of the Windows operating system. Class is limited to five people. Reservations required.

n Movie, 10 a.m. April 18. “Despicable Me 2” will be shown in the community room. Bring blankets and snacks.

n Magic Tree House book club, 3:30-4:30 p.m. April 18 in the community room for children 6-11. “Twister on Tuesday” will be featured.

n Movie, 1-2:45 p.m. April 19. “Oceans 11” from 1960 will be shown. Bring blankets and snacks.

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

Retired Public Employees to hear justice

The Boulder City Chapter of the Retired Public Employees of Nevada will hold its monthly membership meeting at 11 a.m. April 24 at The Homestead of Boulder City, 1401 Medical Park Drive.

Guest speaker will be Nevada Supreme Court Justice James Hardesty, who will discuss the Nevada Intermediate Court of Appeals Amendment.

Members will go to an area restaurant after the meeting for a no-host lunch.

All public employees, working or retired, are welcome to join.

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

Community Club scheduled end of year luncheon

The Community Club will have its end of the year luncheon at 12:30 p.m. April 24 at the Boulder Dam Hotel, 1305 Arizona St.

During the afternoon, new officers will be installed and Fran Haraway from the Boulder City Library will speak.

Cost is $9 per person. For reservations, call Beverly Parry at 702-293-7623.

Dog obedience class offered by parks department

A dog obedience class is being offered by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. Sessions are set to begin May 19 and July 14.

The six-week course is designed for those 10 and older, with children 10-14 requiring an adult to participate. It will teach five basic obedience commands.

Classes will be from 7 to 8:15 p.m. in the multiuse building at Broadbent Park, 1204 Sixth St. Dogs should not be brought to the first session.

Cost is $50 per session.

Participants must bring motivational treats and a 15-foot leash.

Call 702-267-7864 for more information.

Lopez Memorial Tennis tourney scheduled

The second annual Jimmie Lopez Memorial Tennis Tournament will be April 26 at the city’s tennis courts in Broadbent Park, 1301 Fifth St. Tournament play will be divided into several age divisions.

Participants need to be at the tennis courts by 7 a.m. Play is set to begin at 7:30 a.m.

Registration now through the day of the tournament will be $20.

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

Science Day on tap at Cooperative Extension

4-H, a University of Nevada Cooperative Extension youth development program, invites residents to its 4-H Science Day April 17.

The day’s events, scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., will include hands-on activities and demonstrations on rocketry, chemical reactions, electricity, geocaching and wind energy.

Science Day will be at the Cooperative Extension’s Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Road, Las Vegas.

Language class for young children offered

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

It will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays in 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 CSN 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.

According to Werner, introducing young children to multiple languages offers a variety of benefits and changes the way their brains are structured by forming connections that otherwise would not be found. Studies have shown that children who have studied a second language do better in seemingly unrelated areas such as math and logic.

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

Registration underway at Grace Christian Academy

Registration for the 2014-2015 school year at Grace Christian Academy is underway in the school office.

A $140 nonrefundable registration fee as well as a copy of the child’s birth certificate and immunization record are required.

Half-day and full-day kindergarten classes are offered.

To 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.

Lake Mead experiences temporary closures

Portions of Wetland Trail in Lake Mead National Recreation Area are 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 to access, 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.

Additionally, Virgin River Basin is closed through May 12. The closed area includes the northern tip of the recreation area where the Virgin River meets Lake Mead. A map of the closed area is available at www.nps.gov/lake/parknews/2014impoundment.htm.

The Bureau of of Land Management, Southern Nevada District Office, and National Park Service are taking steps to resolve a long-standing cattle trespass on federal lands. The closure is needed to ensure the safety of the public, federal employees and contractor personnel as unauthorized cattle are gathered.

Emergency Aid seeks volunteers to work in office

Emergency Aid of Boulder City is seeking volunteers from 9-11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday. Volunteers are needed to work in the office, assist clients or help with small office-type projects. The ability to work on a computer would be beneficial.

Emergency Aid is housed at the Department of Water and Power Building, 600 Nevada Way.

Emergency Aid is an all-volunteer organization.

Vendors sought for 10th annual barbecue event

Applications are available online for those seeking to become vendors at the 10th annual Best Dam Barbecue challenge 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 Barbeque Society-sanctioned competition in beef, chicken, pork and brisket.

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

Activities for children sought for annual Damboree

Organizers of the city’s Damboree on July Fourth, are seeking nonprofit organizations to offer activities for children such as face painting and games.

The festivities will be in Broadbent Park after the parade ends until 3 p.m.

At 4 p.m. Veterans Memorial Park will be the site of activities. For-profit vendors are sought to present games and offer food.

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

Sponsors sought for HELP’s annual golf tourney

HELP of Southern Nevada will present its 20th annual Golfers’ Roundup fundraiser and is seeking sponsorships for the tournament.

The event will tee off at 8:30 a.m. June 24 at Cascata Golf Course, 1 Cascata Dr. The entry fee is $350 for an individual or $1,400 for a team of four. Sponsorships are available starting at $1,500.

The nonprofit organization helps those in need, including the homeless or those in a crisis situation.

For additional information, contact Abby Quinn at 702-836-2130 or aquinn@helpsonv.org.

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 attend 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.

Support group helps family of those with breathing problems

Area residents are invited to attend 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, 813 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.

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.

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.

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 the 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.

Cool down your home with hot-weather tips

It’s that time of year again when triple digits fill the week’s weather forecast. We know with rising temperatures come rising utility bills (often accompanied by rising blood pressure, yikes).

A popular Eagle tradition

The annual Boulder City High School Grad Walk was held this past Friday.

May the Fourth Be With You (a day early)

LEFT: Sophomore Delaney Loeslein gets some assistance during the class challenge of Hungry, Hungry Hippo at Friday’s BCHS year-end assembly.

DIY could be more costly and risky than DIFM

Back in the days of my home-show appearances, attendees would often ask me the same kind of question—“Do you think I could renovate my own bathroom (kitchen, bedroom…)?” To which I would always answer, “Do you know how to replace a light switch?” That would always make them chuckle.

Therapy dogs make testing ‘stress free’ at King Elementary

Test anxiety is a common concern for teachers, parents, and students, especially this time of year for King students as they prepare to take the state test for the first time.

Statehouse daughter heads services to veterans

It’s not out of the ordinary for journalists to sometimes leave the profession and try something new. Especially when they feel a family connection urging them to enter into a divergent field of employment. That’s what happened to one local individual.

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.