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Ask a Girl Scout: What Did You Do Today?

What did you do today? It’s a question we ask our children every day. Their answers could range from working on a school project, to sports or attending a dance class.

At Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada, this question has a whole new meaning. Ask a Brownie and she could say she earned a first aid badge for learning CPR. Pose the same question to a Girl Scout Senior and her answer might be “I started a service project to help keep music alive in the classroom.”

Extracurricular activities help engage children and offer many benefits, such as learning how to be part of a team or developing new skills. Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada offers local girls a variety of activities to help them earn badges and make new friends. Camping, hiking, healthy cooking, financial literacy and first aid are just a few of the activities offered. And the annual Girl Scout cookie season teaches girls how to be part of a successful business; setting goals, selling cookies and developing good customer service skills.

With traditional troops, Supertroops and Juliettes, Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada also makes it easy for families to find options to enroll their girl and volunteer their time.

“We have options for every family’s busy schedule,” says Liz Ortenburger, CEO of Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada.

For more information on the different troop options or to register, please call 702-385-3677 or visit

Chefs for Kids 6th Annual Golf Tournament

Brown Blankfeld Group hosted its sixth annual Chefs for Kids Golf Tournament raising $16,233 for the program. The sold out four-man Florida Scramble style tournament at Painted Desert Golf Club took place Sunday, October 9.

“Through community supporters like Brown Blankfeld Group, our education programs are made possible,” said Chef Christopher Johns, Chairman of Chefs for Kids. “You’ll want to sign”

“up next time because this team gets creative with famous fun holes that have you teeing off with various kitchen items like a cheese grater. It takes the game to a whole new level of fun and philanthropy.”

Dr. Eva Littman, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

Practice Director – Red Rock Fertility Center

Dr. Eva Littman is one of the Las Vegas Valley’s most trusted, knowledgeable, and honored fertility experts.  As the Founder and Practice Director of Red Rock Fertility Center, she has successfully guided the Center to produce extremely high pregnancy success rates.  She also offers an outstanding level of empathy and a broader amount of compassion for her patients given that she has personally undergone some of the procedures involved with fertility treatment.  Dr. Littman has three children of her own and she understands the desires of her patients to conceive. Dr. Littman frequently assists patients with less than a five percent chance of pregnancy to welcome new lives into their families. 

Dr. Littman completed her medical training at some of the world’s leading medical centers and universities, including Stanford University and Duke University.  She opened Red Rock Fertility Center in 2008, in one of the worst economic periods ever.  Due to her drive and perseverance, the practice has grown each year and she has since brought over 1,000 babies into the world. 

Dr. Littman has also contributed to worldwide knowledge of specific infertility problems by publishing numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals and regularly presenting at international meetings and local conferences.  She also helps mentor future OB/GYN residents by serving as a Volunteer Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of OB/GYN at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. 

For more information about Red Rock Fertility Center, or to schedule a consultation, please call (702) 789-6568 or visit

Founded by Dr. Eva Littman M.D., F.A.C.O.G. (Voted Top Infertility Doctor in Las Vegas 2012-2016), Red Rock Fertility Center has established itself as a place where patients are treated as people, not as numbers. It is a boutique-styled, calming environment where our physician and highly trained medical staff specialize in treating challenging cases and yielding high first cycle pregnancy success rates. 

Making Family Time a Priority

In today’s society, it is easy to become overwhelmed by work demands, family responsibilities, children’s activities, and other obligations. Parents and children often find themselves stressed out and overscheduled, leaving little time to be together. With the many demands on our time, family relationships often take a back seat, and children end up getting only the leftovers of parents’ time. Carving out time for family takes some effort, but it is crucial to maintaining a healthy and happy family.

Successful families don’t happen by chance; rather, they are the result of deliberate effort to be together and support each other. Parents need to take the lead to make family time a priority. Holding regular family meetings to discuss the calendar for the week can help families plan to be together. In addition to including school, extracurricular activities, weekly religious/family obligations, work, meal times, homework, etc., it is important to schedule family time. This can include going to a child’s/sibling’s game or performance, playing board games, or watching a show together. Going for ice cream or a walk on a less hectic day can also count as quality family time together. Some families give each family member a different color on the calendar so it is clear who is doing what and when. Hang the calendar in a place where everyone can see it and check it regularly.

Parents can also establish regular routines that include family time. Routines such as family dinners, bedtime stories, or family prayer help establish time to connect daily and nurture relationships with one’s children and spouse. This also helps establish structure and predictability, which is beneficial for children.

Finally, parents can create opportunities for connection by including children in some of their responsibilities and errands. Take them grocery shopping with you and allow them to help find things on your list. Work together with them doing chores around the house. Talk with them about some of the work you do and ask their opinion on certain things.

Many parents struggle with managing all of their obligations and prioritizing. Covey’s Quadrants (from 7 Habits of Highly Effective People) is a tool that can help:

Quadrant I: Urgent and Important (crises, upcoming deadlines)
Quadrant II: Not Urgent, but Important (relationship building, planning, recreation)
Quadrant III: Urgent, but Not Important (some emails/messages, some meetings)
Quadrant IV: Not Urgent and Not Important (time wasters, busy work, some emails/updates, social media)

Taking a few minutes to break your to-do list into these four categories will allow you to know what should be done now, what can be done later, and what doesn’t really need to be done anytime soon. Consider where your family relationships fall. If your marriage and family are important, then they should be given sufficient time.

Managing a busy lifestyle that requires attention to family, careers, and so forth is not easy. It requires organization, work, and commitment. Incorporating some of these tips into your life can create better balance, giving you more of the family time that you desire and the closeness that our children and spouses crave.

Dr. Stephen Fife is an Associate Professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at UNLV. Valentina Pishchanskaya-Cayanan is a graduate student in the MFT Program. E-mail Dr. Fife at

Las Vegas Valley Humane Society 25th Anniversary Celebration

As a thank you to the Southern Nevada Community The Las Vegas Valley Humane Society is hosting an event with free admission, entertainment, food, demonstrations, contests, vendor goodies and much more.

Join the Humane Society at the beautiful Craig Ranch Park Garden Plaza for a day of fun. The Las Vegas Valley Humane Society is wholly supported by tax-deductible, voluntary contributions from the public. The society receives no funding from local, state or federal governments. All money received is used solely for the animals. The LVVHS is constantly in need of funds to pay for medical needs of rescued animals, and for food for our foster animals. Volunteers are continually looking for ways to raise funds, including fundraising and special events.

Las Vegas Valley Humane Society

25th Anniversary Celebration
When: Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Craig Ranch Regional Park, 628 W Craig Rd.
Cost: FREE

Fun family activities, free ice cream for the kids, entertainment, gourmet food trucks, pet friendly activities include parade of rescues, dog bone hunt and costume contest.


*Dog Adoptions *
Raffle Tickets
NEW!!! $1.00 discount tickets for every $5.00 donation of cash or purchase of a $5.00 raffle ticket you will receive a $1.00 discount ticket to be used at any food truck or vendor table.

Free Ice Cream
Ice cream truck will be there handing out free ice cream while supplies last!

Magic Show
Christopher James has been a professional Magician for over 40 years and has dazzled guests from all over the world including Japan, China and South Africa also parts of Europe. Christopher has been on several television specials including Johnny Carson. He has also performed on HBO and the Disney Channel.

Flyball Demonstration
Flyball is a relay race between two teams of four dogs. It is a sport for all dogs, regardless of their breed, shape or size.

Vegas Velocity Flyball team is all about enjoying a fun sport where you can spend quality time with your K-9 buddy, have a good time and meet some great people.

Parade of Rescues
If you’ve adopted a pet from us then please join “The Parade”! We want your Las Vegas Valley Humane Society rescue pet to strut their stuff and receive a gift from us.

Registration will start October 1st. To register please send your name, phone number, pet’s name to: and indicate parade of rescues.

Ask A Vet

One of our local veterinarians will take questions from the audience.

Ask A Dog Trainer
Have a question about how to get fluffy to stop chewing up everything? Ask a local trainer and you might be surprised.

Kathy Meisler, a.k.a. Kat the Dog Trainer, is the owner of Who’s Walking Who? Expert Dog Training for all Breeds. Kat has been training dogs for over 25 years, the most recent 9 years in Las Vegas. Who’s Walking Who? specializes in creating calm, confident companion animals and obedient, reliable therapy and service dogs through private and group training programs. Using clear communication, strong leadership and great handling skills, Kat empowers handlers to become great masters.

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