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Smart Money, Smart Kids: Teach Your Children to Win with Money

In Smart Money Smart Kids, financial expert and best-selling author Dave Ramsey and his daughter Rachel Cruze equip parents to teach their children how to win with money. Starting with the basics like working, spending, saving, and giving, and moving into more challenging issues like avoiding debt for life, paying cash for college, and battling discontentment, Dave and Rachel present a no-nonsense, common-sense approach for changing your family tree.

A Computer and Coding Kit For All Ages

Make a computer, learn what’s inside, play with code. Spark a lifelong passion for computing and the arts. Kano, the computer kit for kids to build is back on Kickstart with three new $99 kits.

Camera Kit, a powerful camera anyone can make. Learn focus and photography by making filters, spy cams, timelapses, tripwire sensor and more.

Pixel Kit, anyone can make a playful pixel grid. Light up sports scores, pixel art, games, music, and more. Add the Tilt Sensor, and get moving.

Speaker Kit, build a smart Bluetooth speaker and synthesizer. Learn and code electronic music. Make loop pedals, walkie talkies, disguise voices, and more. Add the Gesture Sensor, and bend sound. Learn more at

Monster Mash Pumpkin Dash

Sunset Park, October 29

Monster Mash 1K: Come dressed up in your favorite Halloween costume, strut your stuff at Sunset Park, as we offer the first annual Monster Mash Pumpkin Dash. We will offer a 1k fun run/walk showing off your favorite costume along an outdoor trick or treat walk path featuring all your favorite ghouls and goblins and the occasional treats throughout the walk path. Registration is available online at

Pumpkin Dash: Ever think about putting wheels on your decorated pumpkins? Now you can, as we offer pumpkin races for prizes and bragging rights. Just follow the rules (attached), or risk your pumpkin being smashed!

Registration: Registration is available online for the Monster Mash 1k or Pumpkin Dash event or on race day at the event location. All entrants must check-in on event day at the Information Table no later than one hour prior to your event start time.

Decoration & Design Judging: Pumpkin Racers competing for the Best Decoration and Design category will be displayed prior to the race from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm to be judged based on design, detail, creativity, and originality. Pumpkin Derby cars must be made from 1 pumpkin or fall gourd. Be sure to give your Pumpkin Racer a creative Title/Name.

Safe Trick Or Treating: We will be offering “FREE” safe trick or treating on site from 10a-2pm, from local community supports or local businesses, approved by Clark County Parks & Recreation. Local businesses interested in vending on site can download a vendor application (fees apply).

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Photos by Fred Morledge

Opportunity Village lost a great friend and hero

Thalia Dondero was, for all intents and purposes, an Opportunity Village founder, When seven families came together in 1954 to create what is now Opportunity Village, Thalia was there to help.

At Opportunity Village’s very first fundraiser, Star Shine, Thalia called on many of her friends to volunteer and shine shoes. The event raised desperately needed fund for what was then a struggling charity. When I arrived in town and took the job as Opportunity Village’s fundraiser, we created the Meatball Festival. Thalia, now a County Commissioner, led the charge to vote yes and removed every obstacle impacting our holding the event in a mall parking lot. Thalia, through all her years, was a fixture at every Opportunity Village event, and her many wonderful deeds to help Opportunity Village were recognized when she was bestowed the Order of the Village at Camelot.

Thalia wasn’t simply a friend and cheerleader for Opportunity Village, she was one of the last members of the Greatest Generation. Her insistence on equality, education and opportunities for all lives on as we enjoy the benefits of her hard work. Now, Thalia has joined her dear friends, Kitty Rodman and Claudine Williams, in heaven. There have never been three more powerful women watching over us. Over the years, their accomplishments have changed the face of Las Vegas and certainly changed the lives of people with disabilities.

Opportunity Village sends its love and sympathy to her son, Rob Dondero, one of our finest Foundation Board members, and the entire Dondero family. Thalia, may you keep watch over the people Opportunity Village serves and ensure that Las Vegas continues to prosper.

About Thalia Dondero

Thalia Marie Sperry Dondero lived in Nevada since 1942. She was the first woman elected to the Clark County Commission in 1974 and in 1996, she won election to the Board of Regents.

Thalia was born in Greeley, Colorado, and moved to Bakersfield, California, with her family in 1930. After finishing junior college she began to work with the Basic Magnesium Industries in Sacramento. The company transferred her to the Las Vegas area in 1942. She met Harvey Dondero, a teacher at Las Vegas High School and they were married in 1946. The couple resided in Carson City from 1946-1948 while he worked for the U.S. Department of Education, then they returned to Las Vegas where Harvey resumed his career as an educator and assistant superintendent of the Clark County School District.

Dondero became active in public education while her five children were in school. She first became involved in the Parents Teachers Association at the Mayfield Grade School where Maude Frazier mentored her. She was an active member of the Service League (now the Junior League). Dondero served as executive director of the Las Vegas Girl Scouts. Her appetite for politics developed during these years as well as her skills in achieving viable compromises.

In 1972, Thalia Dondero made her first bid for public office and ran for the Nevada state assembly. Although she lost that campaign, she learned about running one and in 1974 successfully ran for the Clark County Commission, a position she held until 1994. As the first woman commissioner and the first president, Dondero experienced a few controversies. In 1975 she refused to serve as secretary to the male members of the Commission and demanded equal treatment from her male peers. In 1996, she ran for the Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education and was elected.

Among her many accomplishments, Dondero lists expanding state owned recreational areas including Red Rock Canyon and Valley of Fire. As commissioner she oversaw the expansion of McCarran International Airport and flood control projects. As chair of the Las Vegas Valley Water District Board, she helped the valley find available and adequate water supplies.

The Pumpkin Patch at Gilcrease Orchard

Fresh food and fresh air is the experience at the Gilcrease Orchard. Sixty acres of agricultural land in the Las Vegas Valley offer a diverse choice of fruits and vegetables that you can select and pick yourself. The pumpkin path pumpkin patch opened on September 24th hours hours of operation have been extended until 2:00 pm. Crowds are generally large starting at 9 am.

There is a parking lot located on the South side of the street. Please use it rather than parking in the right away. Gilcrease is a u-pick orchard with a few exceptions.

Bring comfortable shoes and prepared to walk to the produce areas. Hats, sun screen, water are all Items that will make your stay more pleasant. Leave your pets at home. For food safety reasons, pets are not allowed into the orchard.

Gilcrease Orchard, 7800 North Tenaya Las Vegas NV 89131, 702-409-0655 and on the web at

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