2013 Race RunnersThe A.C.F. Chefs of Las Vegas want to set a record and you can help. Make 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 18, 2014. Each runner/walker receives a Chefs for Kids T-shirt, goodie bag, free smoothies from Jamba Juice and a free pancake breakfast! There will also be a raffle. The start time is 9 a.m. at Wayne Bunker Family Park (7351 West Alexander Road, LV 89129). For more information and to register, click here!

Red RoseMary deCesare, Master Gardener and Consulting Rosarian, will speak on “New Rose Varieties for 2014” on November 21 at 7 p.m.  Find out the new names and types and where they can be purchased. Not all local nurseries will carry all varieties and so find out where else they can be found. Explore out of state nurseries and online nurseries. Details!

Team Course Challenge Team Course ChallengeIf a teamwork-based challenge is in your organization’s 2014 professional development schedule, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offers just the venue. Our Team Development Course™ encourages our clients to develop as individual professionals, grow as high functioning teams, improve customer service and excel as innovative organizations. Cooperative Extension’s Team Development Course program offers both an inside and outside hands-on, team experience.

The Team Development Course will provide a group challenge experience to hone team building skills such as listening, leadership, strategy and communication while embarking on an adventurous and challenging mission. Through fun activities participants acquire a deeper understanding of themselves and others, help them communicate more effectively with colleagues, help them to understand why they react to situations differently than others and helps them discover many valuable insights that have innumerable applications in work, family, and personal relationships.

The Team Development Course has two objectives: 1) Increase the decision making, problem solving and personal leadership skills of participants and 2) Increase the effectiveness of teamwork and how to work with others. For more information, click here!

If your interests are in gardening, consider becoming a certified Master Gardener volunteer. Master Gardener LogoThere are two orientation/registration sessions scheduled in January. Master Gardeners are volunteers who teach, assist and work with community partners on projects across the Las Vegas valley.

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. The Master Gardener title can only be used when performing volunteer work on behalf of the University. For more information, click here!