Citizens of Mesquite,

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In addition to being your council member, I am your representative for the Southern Nevada Health District and I will always update you on the latest news in that area.

This is a busy time of year, there is a lot going on.
Health News

Covid-19 Booster Shots are available in Mesquite by appointment only online through the pharmacies listed below.
For people who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at six months or more after their initial series
     65 years and older
     Age 18 and older who live in long-term care settings
     Age 18 and older who have underlying medical conditions
     Age 18 and older who work or live in high-risk settings
For people who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, booster doses are recommended for those who are

     18 years and older and those who were vaccinated two or more months ago:

Smiths Food and Drug
The Southern Nevada Health District will begin to administer booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines after final guidance from the Nevada Division of Health and Human Services is provided and internal processes are finalized. This includes “mixing and matching” booster doses.

I'm getting my booster next Wednesday and I suggest you do, too.
CDC Guidelines for Covid-19 Booster Shots
Additional vaccination information is available at
Mobile COVID-19 testing at The Jimmie Hughes Campus is administered by Curative, Tuesday and Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. This is a shallow nasal PCR test, is self-collected and painless.

Walk-ups are welcomed but appointments can be made by visiting Results are typically back within 48 hours.
Got Your Flu Shot? I Did!

A flu shot is recommended for everyone six months of age and older, especially for those at higher risk of developing serious complications from the flu.

By appointment:

Smith's Pharmacy

Southern Nevada Health District, Tuesdays and Thursdays
Mesquite Public Health Center is located at The Jimmie Hughes Campus, 150 N. Yucca St., Suites 3 & 4, Mesquite, NV 89027.



Walmart in Mesquite
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
One Thousand Flags Over Mesquite
This is a unique event that my family and I enjoy visiting each year. It is sponsored by the Exchange Club of Mesquite.

In 1911, the first Exchange Club was formed in Detroit, Michigan, and Charles A. Berkey is credited as the founder. He called it “Exchange” because he wanted to exchange ideas and information with like-minded individuals about how to better serve their communities. It became a national organization with local chapters.
We are fortunate to have our very own non-profit “Exchange Club of Mesquite” and is the only one in the whole State of Nevada! 

Paul Benedict, our current club president, tells me they are hosting the 15th Annual “One Thousand Flags over Mesquite” tribute from November 7 through the 14 at the Mesquite Recreation Center field to honor or in memory of those who have served in our nation’s military. 
Local veterinarian Dr. Peggy Purner was inspired by visiting a healing field in Utah where more than three thousand flags were on display in remembrance of the 9-11 attacks. Dr. Purner started this Virgin Valley tradition here, and it has been overwhelmingly popular with our community. 
Each year they estimate more than a thousand visitors at all times of the day and night walk among the flags and reflect on the sacrifice of our brave men and women in the Armed Forces. Illuminated at night, the flags are a beautiful sight to see while driving by or traveling the Interstate freeway through Mesquite.
For $35 (in advance) you can sponsor a flag to honor a service member, in memory of someone you know who has served, or anyone you wish to honor. Dedication ribbons are attached to each flag. Following the week-long event, you can take the flag home or donate it to fly another year. Business sponsors may be added to the event program for donations of $100 to $2,500. Your donations go toward community and Veteran-based programs.
if you are interested, here is the application form.

Volunteers help with this event by setting up the flags, standing watch over them, removing and distributing the flags. Would you like to volunteer? If so, call 702-610-5196.

You are invited to the ceremony on Veteran's Day. Thursday, November 11 at 6:00 p.m. The large flag to be displayed in front was previously donated to the Exchange Club by Congressman Steven Horsford and was flown at the US Capital on Nevada Day in 2013. City Shoppes & Embroidery will be selling patriotic merchandise at the concession stand during the week.
2013 Flag Presentation
The Exchange Club Meets twice a month. To find out more information, call Paul Benedict at 702-346-6633.
Veteran's Day Parade

Mesquite's Veteran's Day Parade will be held on Saturday, November 6 at 10:00 a.m. This year's theme is "Forever Strong, Forever Serving." There will be a Memorial Service before the parade at 7:45 a.m. at Memorial Park.
Mesquite Senior Games

Mesquite Senior Games held its Fall 2021 Golf Celebration, October 18-19, with competitions in putting, long drive, closest-to-the pin, and nine-hole tournaments at various courses in our town. Announced by the bagpipes played by Dennis Hangey, the celebration concluded with a dinner and awards presentation at the Oasis Golf Club Redd Room. 

Much thanks to Executive Director Amy Bradshaw, Golf Director Brenda Yocum, President John Rosen, Volunteer Coordinator Beth Caplinger, and the wonderful participants and volunteers.

For more information see
Gina Mendez, Director of Human Resources

Gina Mendez has worked for the City for 19 years. She is responsible for the recruitment, screening, interviewing and selection process for all new employees. She also handles compensation and benefits, engages employees in HR training and compliance, workplace safety and risk management. She mediates conflict and handles overall employee relations for the City. 

Due to the digital revolution, Gina's office no longer has stacks of applications all over it because recruitment is now 100% digital and streamlined. Managers like Gina are able to review the skills and abilities without seeing the personal information of the applicant which has helped to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace.

Gina knows that employees are the City's biggest asset who are on the frontlines for customer service and interactions with the public. She wants them to be proud to work for the City of Mesquite and feel valued when coming to work every day.

Gina has three children and a dog. She likes to share salsas with co-workers, traveling and is learning how to rock climb.
Health Fair

Here is an opportunity to gain information on local health care providers and how to improve your health. Please consider signing up to donate blood.
Happy Halloween!
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