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Can a robot survive in the wilderness?

When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. She has no idea how she got there or what her purpose is—but she knows she needs to survive. After battling a fierce storm and escaping a vicious bear attack, she realizes that her only hope for survival is to adapt to her surroundings and learn from the island’s unwelcoming animal inhabitants.

From bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator Peter Brown comes a heartwarming and action-packed novel about what happens when nature and technology collide.

The Wild Robot is available in print at Barnes & Noble Bookstores or as an eBook online via Apple iBooks or Amazon.com. Read an excerpt at openbook.hbgusa.com.

Nathan Adelson Hospice Kicks off Annual ‘Back to School Supply Drive’ for Local Elementary Schools and Families in Need Program

Nathan Adelson Hospice, the largest non-profit hospice in Nevada, is collecting items for its annual ‘Back to School Supply Drive’ to help local students in the 2016/2017 school year. From now through Aug. 22, the hospice locations will serve as drop-off points for much-needed school supplies for the students at Robert L. Taylor and Sunrise Acres elementary schools The supply drive will also help Nathan Adelson Hospice’s Families in Need Program, which assists families utilizing hospice care and also employees in need.

Among school supplies needed are:

  • Backpacks
  • Paper
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Erasers
  • Glue sticks
  • Tissue boxes
  • Colored pencils
  • Pocket folders
  • Rulers
  • Binders
  • Paper towels
  • Zip lock bags

Items can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at one of the following Nathan Adelson Hospice locations: 4141 Swenson St. off East Flamingo Road; and 3150 N. Tenaya Way at the corner of Cheyenne Avenue, on the third floor of the MountainView Medical Offices building. The donations will be delivered to the schools prior to the first day of classes on Aug. 29.

“At Nathan Adelson Hospice, we always strive to be a strong community partner by helping others in need,” said Nathan Adelson Hospice President and CEO Carole Fisher. “Every year, we look forward to supporting these schools and providing their students with the essential tools that they need to succeed and start the school year off right.”

Fisher said Nathan Adelson Hospice adopted Robert L. Taylor Elementary School in 2009 after a prominent school educator, Cliff Kehoe, became a patient at the hospice. He was a dedicated educator and supporter of high-risk students, and Fisher promised him that “his work would continue to flourish” even after his passing in April 2009. The Nathan Adelson Hospice team expanded their efforts to include Sunrise Acres Elementary School in 2010.

Rainbow Company Youth Theatre to Hold August Auditions and Classes

Ensemble Program Designed For The Serious Theatre Student

Rainbow Company Youth Theatre will be holding important auditions and beginning fall classes in August at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St. Auditions for the Rainbow Company Student Ensemble will be held Saturday, Aug. 20, at 1 p.m.

An intense program designed for the serious theatre student, the Ensemble requires a large time commitment after school and on weekends. It is a great opportunity for the passionate theatre student. Young people ages 10-17 are welcome to audition. There is no charge to audition; if accepted into the company there is a $50 annual fee. For more information on upcoming auditions, call 702-229-6553.

Registration is available at recreation.lasvegasnevada.gov/. For more information go online to www.artslasvegas.org.

Pokémon GO Plus

Travel between the real world and the virtual world of Pokémon with Pokémon GO for iPhone and Android devices. With Pokémon GO, you’ll discover Pokémon in a whole new world—your own! Pokémon GO is built on Niantic’s Real World Gaming Platform and will use real locations to encourage players to search far and wide in the real world to discover Pokémon. Pokémon GO allows you to find and catch more than a hundred species of Pokémon as you explore your surroundings.

The Pokémon video game series has used real-world locations such as the Hokkaido and Kanto regions of Japan, New York, and Paris as inspiration for the fantasy settings in which its games take place. In Pokémon GO, the real world will be the setting!

Get on your feet and step outside to find and catch wild Pokémon. Explore cities and towns around where you live and even around the globe to capture as many Pokémon as you can. As you move around, your smartphone will vibrate to let you know you’re near a Pokémon. Once you’ve encountered a Pokémon, take aim on your smartphone’s touch screen and throw a Poké Ball to catch it. Be careful when you try to catch it, or it might run away! Also look for PokéStops located at interesting places, such as public art installations, historical markers, and monuments, where you can collect more Poké Balls and other items.

Pokémon GO Plus

A portable device called the Pokémon GO Plus will enable Pokémon GO players to enjoy the game even while they’re not looking at their smartphones. The device connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth and notifies the player about events in the game—such as the appearance of a Pokémon nearby—using an LED and vibration. In addition, players can catch Pokémon or perform other simple actions by pressing the button on the device. Look forward to the launch of the Pokémon GO Plus accessory in September 2016.

Sphero: A Robot for Kids

Sphero is the world’s first app-enabled robotic ball and a sophisticated companion for your smartphone or tablet. Learn, play, and explore with this awesome robot.

Sphero 2.0 rolls at speeds of up to 4.5 mph and pairs to your device via Bluetooth with a range of up to 100 feet. Powered by induction charging, Sphero 2.0 is three times brighter than the original and is pet proof, waterproof, and ready for any adventure. As a bonus, 2 ramps are included in each box and you can choose from over 30 apps to launch a whole new world of mobile gameplay.

Arcade Games

Hold Sphero for a different spin on handheld gameplay. Tilt and twist to control your spaceship in apps like Exile and then discover other games that you can play on the go.

Augmented Reality

Turn your world into a real life video game. AR apps put virtual 3D characters in any environment just by looking through the camera on your device. Welcome to the future.

Driving

Create obstacle courses and drive circles around your friends with the Sphero app. Or trace an on-screen path with Draw N’ Drive and watch Sphero replicate your design.

Programming

The SPRK Lightning Lab app empowers anyone to program their robot. Drag and drop actions, controls, operators, and more in the block-based interface to give your bot the orders.

Kids love Sphero, find out more at www.sphero.com/sphero or purchase at local retailers like the Apple Store.

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