Chefs for Kids logoThe Chefs for Kids (CFK) Dinner and Auction is Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Caesars Palace. The evening honors Dr. Brian & Kelly Iriye for their ongoing support of the program.

      The gala evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with a reception and silent auction.  Dave Courvoisier, KLAS-TV anchor, is Master of Ceremonies. A gourmet dinner is served at 7 p.m. with Christian Kolberg conducting the live auction. The evening continues with dancing to the music of Harbor Lights.

      The Chefs for Kids program is a joint venture of the American Culinary Federation Chefs of Las Vegas and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.  This program works to eliminate malnutrition and hunger through education and awareness. The nutrition education program is taught to high needs first and second grade students in Clark County. Often in a society where television and computers bring information to our doorstep, we assume that simple facts like knowing that a pear grows on a tree or that a balanced diet is essential to good health throughout a lifetime are well known by everyone. Surprisingly, many children lack the essential nutrition knowledge necessary to fight personal battles against poor eating habits. In addition to the educational program, the chefs provide monthly breakfasts and a healthy snack program to participating schools and Thanksgiving food boxes and holiday food gift cards to especially needy families in participating schools. Click here for more information!

Partners in Parenting LogoFinishing up the Family Storyteller Class at Cortez Elementary School. The book for the week was The Wolf’s Chicken Stew. The children enjoyed reading this book. The activity for the children was to make their own chef’s hat. The topic for the parents this week is to practice previewing the book, look at the cover and read the names of the author and illustrator. Great job Cortez families.

Next class begins 4/16/13. Visit Partners in Parenting on Facebook. Email or call YaeBin Kim at 702-257-5521 for more information!

Check your gardens regularly for signs of insects. Infestations are easier to control when populations are low… sometimes a spray of water or picking them off is all you need.

Lady bug and larvae

Lady bug and lady bug larvae

Master Gardeners have spotted these critters over the past week: Sophora Worms on Texas Mountain Laura (Sophora), White-lined Sphinx Moth (Hyles lineata – the adult form of the tomato hornworm) visiting Mock Orange (Pittosporum) at dusk, and Aphids feeding on many plants (including roses, brittlebush, pines, puya.)Lady bugs and lady bug larvae (see photo) were feeding on the sphids…make sure you know the “good” bugs from the bad!

Master Gardener LogoThe Master Gardeners will staff an information table at the Earth Day Farmers Market at Town Square on Friday April 19, from 3 to 7pm to answer questions, give gardening advice and offer free gardening publications.


The Master Gardeners will staff an information table at the Cactus Show and Art Fair at Moon-Sun Cactus & Koi Gardens (6430 McGill Ave., LV 89122-near Tropicana/Boulder Hwy). The Cactus Show is Saturday & Sunday, April 20 & 21 from 9am to 4pm.

For more info, email or call the Master Gardener Help Desk at 702-257-5555.


Getting Ready for Summer! April 13

WhatWentWrongThe workshop, taught by Dr. Angela O’Callaghan, is designed for anyone who gardens. In it you will learn how to look at your garden and recognize what’s happening there.  What’s healthy?  What’s not?  And if something has gone wrong, correcting it organically. Making sure your garden is ready for the Mojave Desert summer can mean the difference between success and failure. Learn how to properly prepare your garden for the summer heat so it will provide you with the best possible vegetables, fruits and flowers. Homeowners and other interested parties are welcome to attend. To register and for more information, please click here!