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In brief: Learn a language at the library, AFAN’s free HIV testing and more


SPEAK EVERYTHING If you’ve ever wanted to harness Haitian Creole, brush up on Spanish or bank key words in Swedish (snuskhummer!), now’s the time to do it—free. The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District launched Transparent Languages Online, offering 100-plus courses in dominant and lesser-known tongues (Bakshir, anyone?). Learn to say “hello” in languages you didn’t know existed at —Kristy Totten

FAST AND FREE Aid for AIDS of Nevada started offering free HIV testing at its offices (1120 Almond Tree Lane) March 17. HIV rapid-screening tests—which use a finger-prick blood sample, the same testing technology that Southern Nevada Health District uses—are administered at AFAN’s campus Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m., with results available in less than 20 minutes. Appointments aren’t required, but those interested must be over 13 years old to be tested. —Mark Adams

HERE COME THE BRIDES? Remember when Vegas was the wedding capital of the world? According to the new Las Vegas Wedding Chamber of Commerce, nuptials are down nearly 40 percent here since 2004. “It’s a steep dive, considering the business used to generate about $2 billion for Clark County,” says a story in Weekly sister publication Vegas INC. Acting as a unifying voice for the local industry, the fledgling chamber is focused on guiding best practices and rebranding the Vegas wedding idea (Elvis ministers, stay tuned). —Erin Ryan

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