Chefs for Kids logoMake plans now to ring in the new year with the largest chef’s run ever done! The Chefs for Kids 5K Run/1 Mile Fun Walk is scheduled for Saturday, January 21, 2012. Each runner/walker receives a chef’s coat and hat and goodie bag. Plus, for the first time ever, participants receive a pancake breakfast! The start time is 9:00 a.m. at Wayne Bunker Family Park (7351 West Alexander Road, LV 89129).

Las Vegas Track Club (LVTC) will provide race bibs and computerized timing. Trophies will be awarded for the 5K for the top three overall male and female runners, plaques for the top three (50+) male and female runners and certificates for the top three male and female runners in each age category. Age categories begin at 12 and under through 80+.

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Poster for Christmas Tree RecyclingCooperative Extension is once again partnering with community organizations for the annual recycling program. Christmas trees are one of the recognized traditions of the holiday season. But what happens after the holiday season? Most people simply throw their Christmas trees away, yet trees are a valuable organic material that can be recycled and chipped into mulch. This mulch is used in public gardens and parks across the valley to help conserve soil moisture and keep plants healthy. Recycling your tree is a gift that will keep on giving back to the community.

Drop-off your Christmas tree for free at over 20 convenient drop sites from December 26  to January 15. Remove all non-organic objects such as lights, wire, tinsel, ornaments and nails. Foreign objects contaminate the mulch and damage the chipper. Flocked trees cannot be recycled.

Last year, Southern Nevada residents recycled over 15,000 trees, which created 130 tons of mulch for landscaping projects at local parks! Since 2001, residents have recycled approximately 100,000 Christmas trees or the equivalent of over 12,600 cubic yards of solid waste which was diverted from the landfill to a beneficial use.

For drop-off locations and more information, click here!

Lincoln County’s Cooperative Extension office helps the communities coordinate Lincoln County holiday season activities and extend them to people beyond.

If you are interested in visiting Lincoln County to enjoy the country activities or in cutting your own live Christmas tree (which helps the ecosystem), please contact the Lincoln County office at 775-726-3109 or email gatzkeh@unce.unr.edu.

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Woman pruning plantCooperative Extension’s Master Gardener Orchard is offering two winter pruning classes in December. Learn how to prune your fruit trees correctly for high-quality fruit production. Classes begin at 9 a.m. and repeat each hour until Noon.

Robert “Bob” Morris, professor emeritus for Cooperative Extension and horticulturist will be leading the instruction. The topic for December 10 is peaches and nectarines and December 17, apricots, plums and pluots.

Reservations are not required.  A $5 donation is requested for the classes to help support educational research at the Orchard.  For directions to the Orchard and for more information, click here!

Master Gardener LogoCooperative Extension will hold an information and registration session for the upcoming Spring 2012 Master Gardener Training on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. at the Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89123. The Master Gardener volunteer program is open to all adults who accept the training and volunteer commitments. Individuals do not need a horticulture background – only an interest in gardening and a desire to share what you’ve learned with the community.

Spring semester classes will be offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) beginning March 12, 2012. There are twenty classes.

The Master Gardener program teaches sustainable desert gardening practices, including proper plant selection and care, disease and pest management and water-efficient gardening.  To become a Master Gardener, an individual must complete 80 hours of horticultural instruction and volunteer 50 hours on community projects each year.

Volunteer projects are on-going at Acacia Park, the Nathan Adelson Hospice and the Las Vegas Springs Preserve. Additional projects include the Doolittle and Lieburn Senior Center Community Gardens, the Master Gardener Orchard and Nellis AFB Environmental Grove.

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