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AAUW hosting leadership conference Saturday at hotel

A leadership conference is planned for Saturday by the Boulder City branch of the American Association of University Women.

Guest speakers Joyce Destefanis, Byllie Andrews, Nancy Stiles and Caroline Punches from Northern Nevada AAUW branches will discuss leadership roles at the branch levels, providing advice that is meant to empower all women in various aspects of their lives.

The conference, which is open to all, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in The Spillway downstairs at the Boulder Dam Hotel, 1305 Arizona St. Lunch will be provided.

For additional information, contact laurapyzer@outlook.com

Mather, friends to present free concert Sunday

Boulder City residents are invited to the second annual Sunday Music in the Park presented by Justin Mather and friends.

The free concert is scheduled from 1-4 p.m. in Wilbur Square Park on Colorado Street.

Mather will be joined by Steve Bonacci, Carl Collison, Carlos Guerrero, Manfred Hein and Jeff Mix. They play Americana and country music.

Those attending are welcome to bring blankets and their own refreshments.

Friday night painting party will benefit Lend A Hand

Lend A Hand invites area residents to unleash their creativity while supporting the nonprofit organization with a Vegas Painting Party event Friday.

The event provides an opportunity to paint an original picture in a relaxed, social setting under the guidance of a professional.

The evening’s festivities are scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. at Lend A Hand, 400 Utah St.

The cost is $40 per person and includes all supplies.

For reservations, visit www.vegaspaintingparties.com.

Saturday reception at gallery to honor Southwestern artist

Boulder City Art Guild invites the community to a reception for Rosemarie Iliano, its featured artist for March and April. The reception will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday in the gallery at the Boulder Dam Hotel, 1305 Arizona St.

Iliano’s “Art of the Southwest” exhibit is on display at the gallery through April 25. She works in oils, watercolors and ink.

There is no cost to attend the exhibit or reception.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 702-293-3821.

Democratic club to elect new officers on March 12

The Boulder City Democratic Club will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 12 at the Boulder City Library, 701 Adams Blvd.

During the session, board members for 2015 will be elected. Also planned is a discussion of current issues in the state Legislature.

All interested people are welcome to attend. Contact the club at 702-530-6604 or bouldercitydemocraticclub@gmail.com for additional information.

Weather Channel founder to address Republican Women

The March meeting of the Boulder City Republican Women will be held March 19 at Railroad Pass Hotel and Casino, 2800 S. Boulder Highway in Henderson.

The doors will open at 11 a.m. for a social period, followed by the 11:45 a.m. meeting and luncheon.

Guest speaker for the session will be John Coleman, a co-founder of The Weather Channel. He retired after 60 years working in the television industry.

Cost for the lunch is $21. Reservations are required by March 12 and can be made by calling 702-393-1228 or emailing bcgop@yahoo.com.

Cleanup day at dog park scheduled for March 14

See Spot Run will hold a cleanup day March 14 at the nonprofit’s dog park in Veterans’ Memorial Park, 1650 Buchanan Blvd.

Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks between 9 a.m. and noon.

Library schedules variety of activities, events

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

n Poetry in Music by Primal Mates, 1 p.m. today in the community room. For all ages. A meeting of poetry and music in the tradition of classic song art.

n Graphics club, 3 p.m. in the boardroom for those in junior high grades.

n Bedtime Math Club, 3:45 p.m. Friday in the community room. The program features hands-on math games. For children in kindergarten through second grade.

n Craft, book safe, 1 p.m. Saturday in the community room. Learn how to make a hidden compartment in a hardback book. Reservations and a $5 refundable deposit are due at least 48 hours in advance. For those 12 and older.

n Family story time, 6 p.m. Wednesday in the community room.

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

Emergency Aid needs volunteers to help with its operations

Emergency Aid of Boulder City, a nonprofit organization that assists residents of Boulder City and those who travel through the community, needs volunteers to assist with its operations.

Emergency Aid operates a food pantry and provides financial assistance to those in the community who are in need. It is open from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday at the old Los Angeles Water and Power Building, 600 Nevada Way.

Volunteers are asked to work a minimum of three hours a week. There also are opportunities to help from your home.

Emergency Aid relies on volunteers, grants and private donations to operate.

For more information, call 702-293-0332 or email emergencyaid@lvcox.mail.com.

Cottonwood Cove cleanup event scheduled for March 14

Area residents are invited to join a March 14 ecology walk to clean up the desert and roads in the Cottonwood Cove area of Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

Registration for the Eco Walk begins at 8 a.m.; the event starts at 9 a.m. Lunch will be provided after the walk for all volunteers.

Those younger than 18 must have a signed parental approval form to participate.

For more information, contact Nancy Bernard at 702-293-8714 or Nancy_Bernard@nps.gov.

Artist/naturalist to help lead trip through Grand Canyon

Boulder City resident and artist/naturalist Sharon Schafer will join University of Nevada, Las Vegas geologist and professor Peg Rees in a week-long exploratory trip of the Grand Canyon by raft.

The eight-day trip is presented by the university’s continuing education program and if facilitated by a National Park Service concessionaire. Traveling about 200 miles, participants will learn about the natural and cultural history, as well as the geologic evolution of the area.

There will be short hikes each day to explore the region’s river, waterfalls and caverns. Nights will be spent camping along the river.

The trip begins with a bus trip to a hotel near Marble Canyon, where participants will spend the night before starting the raft trip. At the end of the journey, the group will travel by helicopter from Whitmore Wash to the canyon’s rim and catch a plane back to Las Vegas.

The course/trip is scheduled July 20-27 and costs $3,295 (double occupancy tent) An $825 deposit will hold a spot until Tuesday (March 10), when the remaining fee is due.

The fee includes round-trip transportation, one-night hotel lodging, all meals and beverages while on the river (except for sodas and alcohol), two-person tents, all camping gear and dry bags.

For additional information, call 702-895-5224 or email charlee.zingraf@unlv.edu.

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