October 2011



Join us for our Next Neighborhood Leadership Forum



Our next Neighborhood Leadership Forum will be held December 6, 2011, 7:30-10:00am, at the Henderson Convention Center. The topic will be "Connecting Your Neighborhood: Tools for Community Building.”


Staff from Neighborhood Services and HPD will present information on City resources that support the sometimes-difficult task of bringing neighbors together. Four Henderson neighborhood leaders will also share their experiences working to connect their communities.


The event will also include our annual award ceremony, which recognizes HOAs and NHAs that have made a difference in the community. Previous winners include the non-HOA community, The Meridian, for their neighborhood cleanup, Sun City MacDonald Ranch for the creation of the Community on Patrol (C.O.P.) Program and Palm Hills HOA for their community Easter egg hunt - just to name a few!


 If you know an an HOA or NHA that has gone above and beyond, nominate them by November 17, 2011,to be recognized at the December Neighborhood Leadership Forum.


For more information, contact Heather Rosich at (702) 267-2026 or by email. You may also visit our website.









ITU Triathlon

The ITU Long Course Triathlon World Championship will be held SATURDAY, November 5. Hundreds of athletes from across the globe will compete in the race, which takes racers throughout the Henderson community from Lake Las Vegas to Green Valley, crossing the finish line at the Henderson Pavilion.

To ensure the safety of the competitors and race spectators, a number of streets and traffic lanes in Henderson will be closed between 4:30am – 6pm. A complete list of closures and detour routes for the ITU Long Course Triathlon World Championship are available at HendersonLive.com.

Shakespeare in the Park
The city of Henderson will bring Shakespeare in the Park to a park in your neighborhood! Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the complimentary series will feature several productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, featuring the Las Vegas Shakespeare Company, throughout October.

Residents should expect an increase of traffic near River Mountain Park, Lake Las Vegas, Discovery Park, Sonata Park and surrounding areas. Slight delays may occur during the following dates, times and locations:

  • October 22, River Mountain Park, 5pm-7pm & 9pm-10pm

For more information on these and other upcoming events, please contact the City of Henderson Cultural Arts & Tourism Department at (702) 267-2171 or visit HendersonLive.com.




Lisa's Landscape Corner

by Lisa Ortega, City of Henderson Urban Forester

In Southern Nevada, October is the best month to plant trees*. Our cool fall weather is a welcome break and allows time for root establishment to take place. If you're thinking about planting this year, consider these tips:

Find a tree that fits your space - Make sure the space you have available will accommodate the tree's mature size. That not only includes the space above ground, but the same amount for the roots as well. Yes, roots need that much space! Without it, you can expect the tree to do poorly, lift your hardscape, damage landscape walls or even your home.

Think about the tree's attributes - Trees bloom at different times during the year and different colors are available. For example, the Sophora secundiflora, or Texas Mountain Laurel, is a small evergreen tree that grows large pendulous purple blooms that smell like grape kool-aid! They come in a dark green leaf or a gray-green leaf. Both are wonderful. Or, how about the Pistachia chinensis? It’s a rather large deciduous shade tree that throws down the best orange and red fall color display in the valley!

Go to www.lvsnag.org for a complete list of trees, shrubs, cacti, vines and groundcover that all do well in our climate.

One final note: Please remove the stake that comes on your tree, and replace it with stakes located farther out of the planting pit to stabilize the tree if it needs it. And remember, always plant a woody shrub or tree at the same depth as it came in the container and water in well at the time of planting.

Happy planting!

*The only exception is palms, which are not actually trees. Palms need to be planted and cared for when the weather is hot, so let’s hope October is out!


Want to give back to the community?  Here are two great ways!


Join Project GREEN: Friends of Pittman Wash on Make a Difference Day - Saturday, October 22.

Registration will begin at 8:30 am at the north end of Pecos Legacy Park, 150 Pecos Rd. Henderson, NV 89074.

Volunteers will be working on our Legacy Learning Loop -- constructing concrete signposts for interpretive signs, rebuilding washed out of sections of trail, and removing litter.

A FREE pizza lunch will be served at 11:30 am!. View the full brochure.


Participate in Nevada’s Big Give on November 17; a one day online giving initiative to spur philanthropy for nonprofits throughout Nevada. Whether you have $10 or $100 to give, Nevada’s Big Give will make it simple to give back. 

The goal: to raise $1 million for Nevada nonprofits that help improve the quality of life in our community.

Learn more about Nevada’s Big Give and don't forget to mark your calendars to visit them online on November 17!






It's that time of year again! Join staff as we bring City Hall to the Galleria at Sunset from 10:00am - 6:00pm on Saturday, November 19. Tables will be located on the 2nd floor near the Food Court.


Stop by to learn about local government, meet City staff, get information on programs and discuss current projects. There will be many interactive booths and even a face painter to keep the kids entertained!

In conjunction with City Hall at the Mall, the five 5th-grade winners of the "If I Were the Mayor of Henderson..." Essay Contest will read their winning entries.

Contact Heather Rosich at (702) 267-2026 or by email for more information.


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City of Henderson
Neighborhood Services

Barbara Geach, Manager of Neighborhood Relations

(702) 267-2000





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