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Democratic Club to hold meeting tonight at library

The Boulder City Democratic Club’s monthly meeting will be at 6:30 tonight at the Boulder City Library, 701 Adams Blvd.

Club members, guests and the public are invited to meet candidates.

The club encourages citizens to register to vote. The last day to register by mail for the primary is Saturday. Registration status can be checked at http://bit.ly/1pHoMEg.

For information, contact the club at 702-530-6604 or bouldercitydemocraticclub@gmail.com.

‘Planes’ kicks off Chamber’s summer movie series

Boulder City Chamber of Commerce Movies in the Park kicks off its summer series Saturday night with “Planes.”

The family-friendly film will be shown at 7:30 p.m. in Bicentennial Park, 400 Colorado St.

For information, contact the chamber office at 702-293-2034.

University Women’s wine, chocolate event Saturday

American Association of University Women will present a wine and chocolate tasting from 7-9 p.m. Saturday on the patio at the Boulder Dam Hotel, 1305 Arizona St.

This year, the association will be selling wine glasses, courtesy of the hotel, for $10 and providing free wine and chocolate.

Tickets for the glasses can be purchased at the hotel, from AAUW members, Boulder City Chamber of Commerce at 465 Nevada Way, and at the event.

Restoration of historic homes focus of free workshop

In recognition of May’s observance of National Preservation month, the Boulder City Historic Preservation Committee is presenting a free restoration workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Elaine K. Smith Center, 700 Wyoming St.

The workshop will feature speakers who will address topics such as challenges and resources for restoring architecture in Boulder City, hardwood preservation/restoration in the desert, lighting and hardware reproductions and issues to be aware of in older homes.

Topics and a list of guest speakers are available at www.bcnv.org.

The event will feature informational displays. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, call Chris at 702-501-9219.

Lend A Hand schedules training class for volunteers

Lend A Hand is having a volunteer training class at 9 a.m. May 20 at its office, 400 Utah St.

The nonprofit organization helps senior, disabled and handicapped residents of Boulder City, driving them to appointments across the Las Vegas Valley and providing help, respite and companionship so they can remain in their homes.

Additionally, Lend A Hand is presenting a fundraising nonevent, inviting local residents to stay at home in their pajamas and send donations online.

For more information about the class, volunteer opportunities or the fundraiser, call 702-294-2363 or visit www.lendahandbouldercity.org.

Golf tournament to raise funds for Guilian Grasso

A golf tournament to benefit Guilian Grasso’s Head Strong G medical fund, will be at 7 a.m. Saturday at the Boulder City Municipal Golf Course, 1 Clubhouse Drive.

The tournament, hosted by the Grasso family, helps raise funds to offset medical costs for the 17-year-old Boulder City resident who was injured in a skateboard accident. It also helps celebrate his second year of recovery.

The entry fee is $100, which includes lunch. Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third places.

Online registration is at www.active.com. For information, contact Kayla Grasso at 702-232-2135.

Reducing pain of arthritis topic of free program

“Put Pain in its Place — How to Get Osteoarthritis Under Control” is an educational program to be presented at 10 a.m. May 15 by Boulder City Hospital. The session will be at the Senior Center of Boulder City, 813 Arizona St.

The goals of the program are to provide older adults with knowledge about osteoarthritis pain and to prepare them with strategies to relieve it.

Arthritis is the nation’s leading cause of disability. The Arthritis Foundation aims to reduce the number of people suffering from arthritis-related disability by 20 percent by the year 2030.

Class material is limited to the first 25 people. Reservations are required by Friday and can be made by calling the hospital’s rehabilitation department at 702-294-5726.

Republican Women to gather for luncheon May 15

The Boulder City Republican Women will meet Republican candidates for state comptroller at 11:30 a.m. May 15 in the banquet room at Railroad Pass, 2800 Nevada Highway.

An 11 a.m. social time precedes the 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.

All interested people are welcome.

Museum’s Third Thursday event features mammals

“Desert Mammal: Adaptations and Distribution of Small Mammals in Southern Nevada” will be the title of the Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum’s Third Thursday at the Museum at 6 p.m. May 16 in the Segerblom Theatre inside the museum, 1305 Arizona St.

Guest speaker will be Lois Merkler, who has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in wildlife science from the Oregon State University. She also has a doctorate. in biological sciences from UNLV. She teaches biology and ecology at the College of Southern Nevada.

Merkler has spent 10 years visiting mountains throughout the Great Basin and Mojave Desert surveying mammal diversity.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact the museum at 702-294-1988.

Sons of Norway plan May 17 celebration in park’s gazebo

The Sons of Norway, Desert Troll Lodge of Boulder City and Henderson, will hold its Syttende Mai celebration at 5 p.m. May 17 in a gazebo near the splash park at Veterans’ Memorial Park, 1650 Buchanan Blvd.

There will be food, a parade and games for children.

All interested people are welcome.

For more information, call Bob at 702-338-4918.

Orphans from Uganda to perform at church

The Ugandan Orphans Choir will perform at 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. May 18 at Grace Community Church, 1150 Wyoming St.

The 10 children from Uganda have been given hope through Childcare Worldwide’s sponsorship program and are spreading that hope across the United States. The choir has performed nationwide at churches, schools, Disneyland, the White House and Qwest Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks.

The choir will perform traditional African songs and dances.

Library schedules variety

of activities, events

Boulder City Library, 701 Adams Blvd., has several activities planned:

■ Science Exploration Club, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Friday in the boardroom. Explore science through stories, experiments and crafts. For children 3-6 and their caregivers.

■ Preschool story time, 10 a.m. Tuesday in the boardroom. For children 3-5 and their caregivers.

■ Toddler story time, 10 a.m. Wednesday in the boardroom. For children younger than 36 months.

■ Family story time, 6-7 p.m. Wednesday in the community room. There will be science, crafts, games, Legos and stories.

■ Children’s Book Week: For children 12 and younger. Show staff in youth services your book and get a prize. Themed days are: Earth, May 12; planets, May 13; stars, May 14; science projects, May 15; and dinosaurs, May 16.

■ Movie, 9:30 a.m. May 15. “Casablanca” will be shown. Bring blankets and snacks.

■ Computer class, 1:30-2:30 p.m. May 15. Learn job hunting skills with JobNow. Class size is limited to five people.

■ Magic Tree House book club, 3:30 p.m. May 16 in the boardroom. “Earthquake in the Early Morning” will be read. For children ages 6-11.

■ Lego challenge, 4-5 p.m. May 29 in the community room. The session is designed for those 6 and older.

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

Community blood drive will be held May 29 at church

The Boulder City Community blood drive will be from 1-7 p.m. May 29 in the gymnasium at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 916 Fifth St.

Those wishing to donation to should make an appointment at www.unitedbloodservices.org and enter the sponsor code BOULDERCITY or call Lee McDonald at 702-795-8335.

Performance class for children on tap at park

A performance class for children ages 7-10 is being offered at the ABC Park art center.

Classes will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays, with the first session June 10 through July 10, with a final performance for family and friends at 11:30 a.m. July 10. Cost is $150.

The second session is scheduled from July 29 through Aug. 21, with a final performance at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 21. The fee is $120.

The classes will be taught by Francyl Gawryn, music director, and Linda Nations, theater director.

Gawryn’s has been a music director for Youth Theater Northwest in Seattle; a music instructor for preschool, elementary school students and youths; and as a professional singer and composer.

Nations has served as director of children’s theater, Kirk of Kildare, in Cary N.C., and as an environmental educator for elementary school students and youths.

Register at 900 Arizona St.

Hospital auxiliary seeks volunteers for gift shop

Volunteers are needed to work in Goldies’ Gift Shoppe and in long-term care at Boulder City Hospital.

Anyone interested should contact the Boulder City Hospital Auxiliary by calling the hospital gift shop at 702-293-4111, visiting the gift shop or downloading an application on the auxiliary’s page on the hospital’s website at bchcares.org.

Dog obedience class offered by parks department

A dog obedience class is being offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. Sessions 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.

Registration underway at Grace Christian Academy

Registration for the 2014-15 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 closure

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.

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.

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, 999 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.

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 Drive. 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 the Friends and Family of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease support group 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.

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.

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.

Local churches join for weekday worship

Boulder City United Methodist Church and St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church offer 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 lead the service, with music direction by Bonnie McIntyre.

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 792-293-4275 or www.stchristopherschurch.org.

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