Ready to plan your strategy for visiting holiday and craft bazaars? The Las Vegas Review-Journal presents its annual list of craft bazaars, festivals and events for those interested in starting their holiday shopping.
This year, Green Valley Presbyterian Church will have its 16th annual Gingerbread Fairy and Pantry from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The church is at 1798 Wigwam Parkway, Henderson.
Estelle Brennan, crafting coordinator of the event, says the church's biggest fundraiser features only homemade crafts and baked goods.
"We try and give quality items for as low a price as we can," Brennan says.
The church's Gingerbread Committee women's group consists of 38 members with husbands, sons and volunteers helping to set up on the big day.
"People start lining up before the doors open," Brennan notes. "They bring books and sit on the ground waiting for the doors to open."
After the holidays, the committee determines which charities will receive the proceeds. In the past, proceeds have gone to nonprofit organizations for veterans, homeless teens and food banks.
Items at this year's bazaar will include fall and holiday decorations, jewelry, angels, kitchen items, embroidered linens, pies, cookies, cakes, gingerbread, jellies, fudge, muffins and other items.
Here are other groups that responded to our solicitation for charitable holiday bazaars.
■ Community Lutheran Church, 3720 E. Tropicana Ave., will have a fall festival and craft expo from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature arts and crafts, a cake walk, silent auctions, children's activities, food and drawings. Proceeds benefit the church's outreach ministries, including an El Salvador mission, Family Promise, Military Ministry, Angel Tree and others.
■ First Christian Church of Las Vegas (Disciples of Christ), 101 S. Rancho Drive, will have its annual Oasis Fall Festival craft event featuring handmade crafts, holiday items, jewelry, quilts, food and other items, from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 to 4 p.m. Oct. 14. The craft festival will also include drawings, a farmers market, children's games, a petting zoo, pony rides and other activities. Admission is free. Proceeds benefit the missions of the church.
■ Green Valley Presbyterian Church's Gingerbread Fair and Pantry, featuring handmade crafts, fall and holiday decorations, baked goods and other items, will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1798 Wigwam Parkway, Henderson. Proceeds benefit the church's projects and local nonprofit organizations.
■ The PEO Sisterhood, Chapter K, will have a holiday boutique featuring knitted scarves, jewelry, aprons, potholders, "Chunky Monkey" stuffed animals, baked goods and drawings, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Senior Center of Boulder City, 813 Arizona St. Proceeds benefit the group's scholarships and philanthropies.
■ University United Methodist Church, 4412 S. Maryland Parkway, will have a bake sale featuring homemade baked goods, Halloween arts and crafts, knitted and crocheted items, kitchen towel sets, jewelry and other items, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit the ladies group's missions, including Safe Nest, Las Vegas Rescue Mission, Camp Potosi and others.
■ Desert Spring United Methodist Church's women's group will have a holiday bazaar featuring handcrafted items, handmade jewelry, knitted and crocheted accessories, toys, greeting cards, quilts, holiday decorations, baby clothes, preserves and jellies, and other items, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 120 N. Pavilion Center Drive. Proceeds benefit local and global missions.
■ The Community Affairs Committee of the Flamingo West Manufactured Homes Community is sponsoring an arts and crafts show featuring an assortment of knitted and embroidered items, baby blankets, bibs and aprons, Halloween and Christmas items, floral arrangements and other items, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the clubhouse at the seniors park at 8122 W. Flamingo Road. Proceeds assist the disadvantaged residents of the senior park community.
■ The Assistance League of Las Vegas will open its Holiday Shop, featuring decorations, trees, lights, candles, figurines, linens, clothing and more, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Assistance League Thrift Shop, 6646 W. Charleston Blvd. The holiday shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays through Nov. 17. Proceeds benefit Operation School Bell and other philanthropic programs benefiting children in the local community.
■ The Women's Guild of St. Viator Catholic Church will have its annual holiday bazaar featuring handcrafted items, jewelry, holiday decorations and ornaments, afghans, Gramma's Attic, a silent auction, drawings, bake sale, homemade candy, a cafe and more, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 2, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 3 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 4 at 2461 E. Flamingo Road. Proceeds benefit the parish and its school.
■ The Children's Service Guild Holiday Boutique, featuring fall and Christmas wreaths and centerpieces, ornaments, decorations, jams, jellies, baked goods and other items, will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 4100 W. Charleston Blvd. Proceeds benefit Child Haven and children whose lives have been touched by the Family Court Services.
■ The Crafty Ladies of Reformation Lutheran Church will have its annual holiday bazaar and bake sale featuring handmade items, ornaments, angels, snowflakes, Christmas table mats and runners, baked goods, breads, cookies, a silent auction and other items, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 580 E. St. Louis Ave. Proceeds benefit funding projects of the church.
■ Green Valley United Methodist Church, 2200 Robindale Road, Henderson, will have a holiday craft fair and rummage sale featuring handmade items, aprons, dog coats, children's cloth books, potato bags, scarves, pillow cases, jewelry, ceramics, handmade cards, baked goods and other items, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds will help people with financial difficulties transition to a more stable financial situation.
■ St. Joseph Husband of Mary Roman Catholic Church, 7260 W. Sahara Ave., will have its annual Christmas bazaar featuring crafts, gifts, jewelry, artwork, the "Land of Sweets Bakery," auction, door prizes and food court, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 3 and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 4. Proceeds benefit the church and its charities, including Poverello House, Catholic War Veterans and the Las Vegas Rescue Mission.
■ Congregation Ner Tamid's Sisterhood will have its annual holiday bazaar featuring jewelry, crafts, children's items, pet gifts, art, food and more, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 55 N. Valle Verde, Henderson. Proceeds benefit summer camp scholarships, various temple programs and community service.
■ PEO Chapter R will host a Sip and Shop event featuring jewelry, purses, kitchen items, candles, soaps, cake pops, holiday decorations and other items, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Black Mountain Golf and Country Club, 500 N. Greenway Road, Henderson. Admission is $5. Proceeds benefit local scholarships and national PEO projects.
■ Busy Hand Crafters of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church will have its annual craft and bake sale featuring fall and Christmas decorations, tree ornaments, beaded angels, crocheted and knitted afghans, baby blankets and other items, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 10 and 11 at 1811 Pueblo Vista Drive. Proceeds will benefit the parish.
■ The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will have its annual Holiday Boutique, featuring arts and crafts, baked goods and a drawing, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 900 Karen Ave. Proceeds will benefit the organization's Great Strides 2013 fundraiser.
■ The Mesquite Club, 702 E. St. Louis Ave., will have "Santa's Village Christmas Store," featuring Christmas decorations, gifts and jewelry, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds benefit local charities, including Shade Tree, The Salvation Army, Dress for Success and others.
■ The Vegas Viking Lodge 6-152 Sons of Norway will have its annual Scandinavian holiday bazaar featuring Scandinavian holiday items, rosemaled calendars, lefse bread, baked goods, drawings, children's activities, Grannie's Attic for gently used holiday items and crafts, and more, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Community Lutheran Church, 3720 E. Tropicana Ave. Proceeds benefit the organization's scholarship fund.
■ The National Association of Women in Construction will have its annual Hobby Auction, featuring handcrafted holiday decorations, jewelry, baby blankets, quilts, homemade jams and jellies, baked goods, gift baskets and other items, at 6 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 4100 W. Charleston Blvd. Admission is $40 to $45, and includes dinner. Proceeds benefit the association's programs and projects to the community and membership.
■ The Evening Chapter of the Mesquite Club will have its annual holiday craft auction, featuring handmade holiday items, at 6 p.m. at the Mesquite Club clubhouse, 702 E. St. Louis Ave. The auction will also include drawings for prizes. Admission is $20, and includes a buffet dinner. Proceeds benefit the club's scholarship program and Senior Homebound Service.
■ The Krafty Ladies of Living Water Baptist Church, 5400 E. Carey Ave., will have its annual craft and bake sale, featuring table runners, placemats, Advent calendars, handmade wood items, Christmas items, quilts and other items, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds benefit the church's youth camp and programs.
■ Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1730 N. Pecos Road, will have its Country Crafters Fair, featuring baked goods, canned goods, crocheted and knitted items, crafts for children, jewelry, Christmas decorations, stuffed animals, baby items, cakes, cookies, jellies, jams and other items, from noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 16 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 17. Proceeds benefit the church's 50th anniversary celebration.
■ The Los Prados Women's Club will have its annual holiday bake sale, featuring cakes, pies, cookies, candies, gift baskets, a cafe and other items, from 8 a.m. to noon at Los Prados Golf and Country Club, 5150 Los Prados Circle. Proceeds benefit local charities.
■ The Marthas and Marys of St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 2575 W. El Campo Grande Ave., North Las Vegas, will have a fall craft fair, featuring holiday items, gift baskets, children's items, jewelry, themed decorations and other items, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 17 and 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 18. Proceeds benefit the women's group's charitable projects.
■ St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 812 Arizona St., Boulder City, will have a harvest bazaar featuring knitted and crocheted items, crafts, holiday decorations, baked goods, pies for Thanksgiving, homemade soups and other items, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit the outreach programs of the church's women's group, including its annual stockings for the homeless event.
■ The Ladies Auxiliary of St. Joseph Husband of Mary Roman Catholic Church will be selling religious articles from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 25 and Dec. 16 at 7260 W. Sahara Ave. Items will include rosaries, Bibles, statues, jewelry, Advent wreaths, candles, night lights, and other items. Proceeds will benefit the women's group's charities, including Catholic Charities, St. Therese Center, Three Square food bank, Fawn House and nonprofit organizations of the parish.
■ The Boulder City Community Club will have its 38th annual Doodlebug Bazaar, featuring arts and crafts, holiday decorations, ornaments, jewelry, clothing, toys, drawings and more, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Boulder City Parks and Recreation Building, 900 Arizona St. Proceeds benefit nonprofit groups and organizations in Boulder City.
■ El Giza Temple No. 139's The Daughter of the Nile will have a holiday gift and craft show, featuring Christmas decorations, jewelry, crafts, holiday gift items, women's holiday fashions, food and more, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Masonic Memorial Temple, 2200 W. Mesquite Ave. Proceeds will assist the children at Shriners Hospital for Children.
■ The Los Prados Women's Club will have its annual craft fair, featuring handmade items including jewelry, purses, soaps, floral arrangements, crocheted and knitted items, holiday decorations and other items, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Los Prados Golf and Country Club, 5150 Los Prados Circle. Proceeds benefit local charities.
■ The North Las Vegas Emblem Club will have a holiday bazaar, featuring handmade clothes, decorations, jewelry, candles, toys, baked goods and other items, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Las Vegas Elks Lodge, 2939 Van Der Meer St., North Las Vegas. Proceeds benefit the club's local charities and scholarship programs.
■ Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 1753 is having a holiday craft bazaar and bake sale, featuring a variety of baked goods, handcrafted items, candles, kitchen items, Miche Bags, Avon and other items, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at 705 Las Vegas Blvd. North. Proceeds go to the organization's programs.
■ The Lakes Festival of Lights Arts & Crafts Show will feature handmade crafts from noon to 5 p.m. in an area south of Sahara Avenue between Durango Drive and Fort Apache Road, at the intersection of Lake East Drive and Lake Sahara Drive. The nonprofit event will benefit Safe Nest and Toys for Tots.
■ The Las Vegas Emblem Club No. 114 will have a holiday bazaar, featuring homemade crafts, jewelry, wreaths, afghans, baby clothes and other items, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 4100 W. Charleston Blvd. Proceeds benefit local charities.
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