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Kids & Staff Create Bonding Experience

Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada recently completed year-long mentoring programs. This program was possible thanks to a generous funding from the Office of Justice Programs. To celebrate the completion of the program we hosted an End of the Year Celebration with the kids and staff/mentors. Over 300 people joined in games, prizes, face painting, entertainment, snacks and a delicious meal provided by our friends at PDQ!

Fuel for Life Southwest Gas Supports Youth

Donations are heating up for youth thanks to Southwest Gas Employees!

Southwest Gas Corporation Fuel For Life program is a way for SWG employees to contribute to local non-profit organizations either by making a one-time gift or via ongoing payroll deduction. This year were fortunate enough to be one of their 10 charities in Southern Nevada chosen by the Fuel For Life employee committee.

Since the program began in 2012, Southwest Gas employees have donated over $5 million to non-profit agencies.

During their 2015/2016 campaign:

Approximately 67% of Southwest Gas employees participated in our FUEL for LIFE program. Approximately $1.47 million was donated company wide to 183 non-profit agencies. In the Southern Nevada area, Southwest Gas Employees donated over $697,000 to local non-profit agencies.

Letter From the Publisher

Two years ago I took over Parents Guide. Since that time, I have been overjoyed at the response and gratitude I have received from the community for running a free, local publication. I have done all I can to provide information for parents in the Las Vegas Valley, publishing information about politics, local businesses, and events throughout the city. I look forward to continuing to serve the community in the best ways possible.

With that in mind, I am reaching out to you, the reader, to understand how Parents Guide can best reach out to the community with information and distribution. So far, we have been distributed all over the Valley, mainly in grocery stores, to reach the most people possible. However, we need to reach out to more parents and businesses to have greater impact with our distribution and content. As a reader of this publication, and as a fellow local, I need your help. If there is a business or location you frequent where you would like to pick up Parents Guide, please let them know! This way, we can distribute the magazines in such a way where we have greater reach throughout the community and our information will better reflect the interests and patterns of our readers. We are trying to grow the magazine and help even more parents in Las Vegas get the information they need to navigate the city. I hope you will help me learn the best strategies for reaching the most parents and attain the most relevant content for the community. Any business, organization, or individual can contact me at any time to provide feedback, information or suggestions for distribution and content. I hope you all had a great holiday season and look forward to another great year serving parents in Las Vegas in 2017!


Mark Rudy

Floating On Ice - 4 Vegas Skate Rinks


Downtown Summerlin’s

premier ice skating rink is open through mid-January. Highlights include multi-colored light shows with music every hour and a view of an impressive 30-foot holiday tree overlooking the rink.

Ages: all ages are welcome
When: New Year’s Eve: 10am - 6pm, January 3rd – January 15th, Monday – Thursday: 4pm - 9pm, Friday: 4pm - 10pm, Saturday: 10am – 10pm, Sunday: 11am – 8pm, *MLK Day: 10am – 8pm
Where: located near the Pavillion on the Lawn at Downtown Summerlin
Cost: Rentals start at $15

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Las Vegas Ice Center at Flamingo and 215

One of the largest rinks and best values in Las Vegas. Two hours are available for open skate.

Ages: all ages are welcome
When: open daily 7 am – 10:30 pm
Where: 9295 W Flamingo Rd,
Las Vegas, NV 89147
Cost: General admission: $10 (includes skates), child (and under) $6 (includes skates)
Ask about the free “Learn to Skate” class for beginners.

(702) 320-7777


The Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan

For the fifth year in a row, the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas transforms into a winter wonderland high above Las Vegas Boulevard with the return of The Ice Rink. Overlooking the heart of The Strip, you can skate across 4,200 square feet of real ice, roast s’mores by the fire, and indulge in seasonal food and beverage offerings.

Ages: open to ages 2 and up
When: open daily the the holiday season, 12pm Noon – Midnight
Cost: $20 daily, $10 local ID or hotel guest. Admission includes all-day skating access and skate rentals. There is no cost to enter and enjoy the Ice Rink


SoBe Ice Arena at The Fiesta Rancho

Features an NHL regulation-sized 31,000 sq. ft. ice rink. Home to several youth and adult hockey leagues, also feature public skating, lessons, an arcade and a private party room.

Skate School: Tuesday & Saturday classes for ages 3-99! 20% off the first month of classes for new students.
Ages: open to ages 3 and up
When: Times vary, public skate often open from 2 pm – 5 pm, check website for details


Helping Your Child Learn to Read

Reading books aloud is one of the best ways you can help your child learn to read. This can be fun for you, too. The more excitement you show when you read a book, the more your child will enjoy it. The most important thing to remember is to let your child set him own pace and have fun at whatever he is doing. Do the following when reading to your child:

  • Run your finger under the words as you read to show your child that the print carries the story.
  • Use funny voices and animal noises. Do not be afraid to ham it up! This will help your child get excited about the story.
  • Stop to look at the pictures; ask your child to name things he sees in the pictures. Talk about how the pictures relate to the story.
  • Invite your child to join in whenever there is a repeated phrase in the text.
  • Show your child how events in the book are similar to events in your child’s life.
  • If your child asks a question, stop and answer it. The book may help your child express him thoughts and solve him own problems.
  • Keep reading to your child even after he learns to read. A child can listen and understand more difficult stories than he can read on him own.

Listening to your child read aloud

Once your child begins to read, have him read out loud. This can help build your child’s confidence in his ability to read and help him enjoy learning new skills. Take turns reading with your child to model more advanced reading skills.

If your child asks for help with a word, give it right away so that he does not lose the meaning of the story. Do not force your child to sound out the word. On the other hand, if your child wants to sound out a word, do not stop him.

If your child substitutes one word for another while reading, see if it makes sense. If your child uses the word “dog” instead of “pup,” for example, the meaning is the same. Do not stop the reading to correct him. If your child uses a word that makes no sense (such as “road” for “read”), ask him to read the sentence again because you are not sure you understand what has just been read. Recognize your child’s energy limits. Stop each session at or before the earliest signs of fatigue or frustration.

Most of all, make sure you give your child lots of praise! You are your child’s first, and most important, teacher. The praise and support you give your child as he learns to read will help him enjoy reading and learning even more.

Learning to read in school

Most children learn to read by 6 or 7 years of age. Some children learn at 4 or 5 years of age. Even if a child has a head start, he may not stay ahead once school starts. The other students most likely will catch up during the second or third grade. Pushing your child to read before he is ready can get in the way of your child’s interest in learning. Children who really enjoy learning are more likely to do well in school. This love of learning cannot be forced.

As your child begins elementary school, he will begin him formal reading education. There are many ways to teach children to read. One way emphasizes word recognition and teaches children to understand a whole word’s meaning by how it is used. Learning which sounds the letters represent—phonics—is another way children learn to read. Phonics is used to help “decode” or sound out words. Focusing on the connections between the spoken and written word is another technique. Most teachers use a combination of methods to teach children how to read.

Reading is an important skill for children to learn. Most children learn to read without any major problems. Pushing a child to learn before he is ready can make learning to read frustrating. But reading together and playing games with books make reading fun. Parents need to be involved in their child’s learning. Encouraging a child’s love of learning will go a long way to ensuring success in school.

Source: Helping Your Child Learn to Read (Copyright © 1999 American Academy of Pediatrics)

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