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Mommas On A Mission
I was excited to learn more about a group of dedicated men and women who provide support for families with special needs children and adults.

Mommas On A Mission was founded by Lilianna Medina and Francisco Santos (pictured below) three years ago. Their two children, Leonardo and Israel, are autistic and after traveling to Las Vegas to find support groups, they got the idea to start their own group here in Mesquite.

Events are organized whereby adults and children with any type of disability have fun and socialize in a safe environment along with their families. This past April, there was an autism walk where more than 60 people showed up.
On July 29 there will be a family pool party at the Mesquite Recreation Center from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Laura Zambrano (pictured on right) is a key organizer who works with other members of the team to ensure gatherings run smoothly. Laura says about 60 people typically show up, but they want others in the community to know who they are and what they do. The group communicates through Facebook which is where you can RSVP. One page is private for families to support each other. The other is public which can be accessed HERE.

If you want to learn more, please reach out. More than ever, we need to support each other.
Angela Poole, Special Ed Teacher
Angela Poole has been at Virgin Valley Elementary for five years as a special education teacher. Her teaching career has spanned more than 20 years in special needs, self-contained and resource classes.

When I was talking with Angela, I mentioned that my granddaughter, Chloe, has a special needs child, my dear great-grandson, Liam, who would like to go to school.

Angela stepped right up.
She helped Chloe gather up the required paperwork and ensured it was properly filed with the Clark County School District in Las Vegas.

Everything worked out. Liam will start school on August 8 and attend class five days a week. The school bus will pick him up and take him back. Liam and his parents could not be more excited.

I want to thank Angela for caring about my family and for her professionalism in handling Liam's enrollment. She has been a true gift to Liam.
Back To School Supply Drive
A proclamation was passed by city council declaring July as Back to School Supply month in the city of Mesquite. This is part of an annual nationwide effort that our city is proud to support. Read the proclamation HERE.

Members of our community are asked to step up and donate everyday school items to ensure all students have what they need when they head back to school in August.

These school items will be distributed to our teachers who will determine what supplies are needed by which students.

There will be three locations set up as collection points. The lobbies of Mesquite City Hall, Mesquite Recreation Center and the Clark County Library.

Here is what is needed -- backpacks, notebooks, pencils, pencil sharpeners, erasers, ballpoint pens, highlighters, markers, glue sticks, crayons (Crayola preferred), zippered pencil holders, safety scissors and hand sanitizers. They do not need lined paper.

Please be generous this school season. Our teachers and students have been through such a challenging time these past few years. If we deliver a bounty of supplies to our schools, it will show our teachers how much we appreciate their dedication to our children, and it will show the children how much we care about them.
A Memorable Memorial Day
I want to commend Mayor Al Litman for another well-done Memorial Day service honoring our veterans lost to war. He has been organizing this event for as long as I can remember and it is one that I cherish attending.
4th of July Is Around the Corner
Is it the 4th of July, already? We are planning some fun!

The Recreation Center will open the pool for a free swim from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Monday, July 4, and will have poolside festivities, games and raffle prizes.

But there is more.

R.A.I.S.E. is sponsoring a vehicle parade at 8 a.m. called "Wheely Good Fun." You can decorate your bike, scooter, wagon or anything on wheels in the brightest and best patriotic decor and be part of a patriotic parade around the field at the Recreation Center. (sorry, but no electric bikes, scooters or hoverboards).

Registration will be taken that morning before the event and is open to all ages. Anyone under 18 years of age must be signed in by their parents.

R.A.I.S.E. will be handing out prizes to the most creative entries. Show up and wave your colors!
The Eureka Casino Resort will continue its tradition of presenting a fireworks show "Rockets Over the Red Mesa" on Monday, July 4, 2022 at 9:00 p.m. The fireworks will be launched from the mesa behind the casino. This year there will not be live music, but a patriotic playlist will accompany the fireworks and be broadcast on 88.1 FM.

“Rockets over the Red Mesa”, is one of the best fireworks shows around. It is produced by Las Vegas Display Firework Inc., and you can find great viewing from many areas in the city including the Eureka parking lots. Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs and tailgate.

You are, however, invited to enjoy an All-American buffet in Town Square featuring BBQ classics. The buffet runs from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.

I want to thank the Eureka for continuing to offer the community such a wonderful 4th of July tradition. Please visit EurekaMesquite.com for the most up-to-date information.
Mesa View Hospital Update
At the June luncheon sponsored by the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce, guest speaker Kelly Adams, CEO of Mesa View Regional Hospital, announced that new imaging equipment was being installed at the hospital as a result of nearly two million dollars in grants.

One of the programs, the Leona Helmsley Charitable Trust Foundation, provides grant opportunities for improving rural healthcare in the western states. Through an application submitted by the Nevada Community Foundation Inc., Mesa View Regional Hospital was awarded funding for advanced digital imaging, improving the quality and accessibility of diagnostic equipment among providers. In addition, the hospital was able to purchase new lab equipment to expand its capabilities as well as new CT scan and ultrasound equipment.

Through CDC funds, Southern Nevada Health District has provided the hospital with a COVID test kit vending machine available to the public for free. Using the health district's online website registration process at http://www.snhd.info/testkit.com, you can obtain up to five antigen swab tests per month. 

Mr. Adams also remarked they have now contracted with Intermountain Healthcare to bring additional cardiology services to Mesquite.

Medical students from the University of Reno will now be serving as interns at the hospital and there is a new streamlined system for checking in for appointments.
Golf For First Responders
Last year, the first Eagles Landing Charity Golf Tournament for First Responders was a smashing success. This is the second annual event. It will be held at Conestoga Golf Course and registration is still open. If you are interested, call Kenny Huff at 775-385-5925.

What could better? You can play your favorite game and support the men and women who keep us safe.
Family Time
I had such a lovely Mother's Day with my family and we look forward to celebrating Father's Day each year.

Many of us have moved here from somewhere else and I am particularly blessed to have four generations living in Mesquite and enjoying all that our community has to offer.

Doug and I wish you a Happy Father's Day.
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