Southwest and Spring Valley Neighborhood News


CRUISE & VACATION SHOW TO BENEFIT CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF SOUTHERN NEVADA

The 18th annual Cruise & Vacation Show is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at The Orleans, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave.

Travel representatives from around the world are expected to be available. Scheduled exhibitors include cruise lines, tour operators, tourist boards, hotels, resorts and other travel-related services. The program will include Holland America's Alaska Travel Show, river cruising in Europe and Asia, Tauck tours in Australia, South America and Africa and American Express Vacations' luxury villa rentals.

Free entry tickets are available at any Prestige Travel office, or pay $3 at the door. Entry proceeds will be donated to Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada.

NEVADA SCHOOL OF DANCE PLANS 'NUTCRACKER' AUDITIONS

The Nevada School of Dance is planning open auditions for its second production of "The Nutcracker" from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at 6072 S. Durango Drive.

Openings are for the parts of mice, bon bons, angels, party children, soldiers and Chinese dancers for children 5 to 10 with or without previous ballet experience. Male and female preteen and teen dancers with ballet experience may audition for the snowflakes dance, snow princess and prince, Spanish dancers, Russian dancers, Arabian dancers and the waltz of the flowers.

Adults are welcome to try out for the party parents' scene. Auditions are free. If selected, a participation fee will apply.

For the past seven years, the school's director Luz Morante has cast young dancers to perform the main parts and the entire corps de ballet, offering a full-length professional production in which kids are the stars.

Performances are scheduled for Dec. 21 and 22 at the Faith Lutheran Jr/Sr High School Performing Arts Center.

Nevada School of Dance is the dance division of Nevada Arts Academy. For a detailed schedule and instructions, call 248-1288 or visit nevadaschoolofdance.org.

CHURCH STAKE PLANS LIVING FAIR

The Sandstone Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints plans Provident Living Fair at 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the LDS church, 221 South Lorenzi St., near the intersection of Rainbow and U.S. Highway 95.

Classes available include: Employment; Medication and First Aid; Emergency Shelters; Fall Planting; Emergency Sanitation; Food Storage; Effective Parenting; Wills and Trusts; Family Finances; Water Purification and Storage; Family Emergency Planning Physical and Emotional Wellness; Social and Emotional Strength; Fruit Trees: Planting and Maintaining.

There is no cost to attend, and the public is invited.

More information is available at sandstonestake.com.

AARP TAX-AIDE SEEKING VOLUNTEER HELP

AARP Tax-Aide NV, which prepares free personal income tax returns for residents in the lower- to middle-income brackets, is seeking unpaid volunteers to prepare taxes, greet clients and program computers in early 2013. Training is scheduled for Jan. 7-11 on the west side of the Las Vegas Valley and Jan. 21-25 on the east side. For more information or to volunteer, email taxesbarb@cox.net or jerrytaxes@cox.net.

PC USERS GROUP PLANS MEETING

The Las Vegas PC Users Group is planning a meeting from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday in the meeting room in the rear of the NV Energy building, 6226 W. Sahara.

The group tries to answer computer questions, give demos and advice.

For more information, visit lvpcug.org.

LAS VEGAS WALGREENS COLLECTING DONATIONS FOR HELP OF SOUTHERN NEVADA

Walgreens drugstore's 80 valley locations are collecting donations to benefit HELP of Southern Nevada through Sept. 30. The nonprofit provides assistance to low-income families, homeless teens and adults to become more self-sufficient. For more information, call 369-4357 or visit helpsonv.org.

PUBLIC RELATIONS COMPANY PLANS SCULPTURE CONTEST

The Firm Public Relations & Marketing, 6157 S. Rainbow Blvd., invites the public to celebrate National Play-Doh Day, officially Sept. 16, with a sculpture contest.

Participants are encouraged to utilize Play-Doh or another type of modeling compound, create a sculpture, take a photo of it and send the photo to create@thefirmpr.com.

The top 20 finalists are set to be announced Monday via The Firm's Pinterest page: pinterest.com/thefirmpr.

A representative from the Brett Wesley Gallery, brettwesleygallery.com, will select a winner from the 20 finalists. The winner will receive a new iPad. Also, the photo on Pinterest receiving the most likes by 5 p.m. Sept. 13 will garner the sculptor a $100 American Express gift card.

The Firm plans to announce the winners on Sept. 14 on its website and via social media.

Participants must be 18 or older. For more information, visit thefirmpr.com/create.

REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION SEEKS INPUT ON 20-YEAR PLAN

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada is seeking public input on the region's transportation priorities as it prepares its 20-year Regional Transportation Plan (RTP).

The 2013-35 RTP is a comprehensive, long-range plan for the transportation system in Southern Nevada that is required by the federal government. The plan will be drafted this fall and then made available to the public for further comment. Currently, the transportation commission is asking the public for initial feedback to a survey regarding various planning priorities. The feedback to the survey will be taken into account as the RTP is drafted in the upcoming months.

The RTP survey is available at rtcsnv.com. Residents can also obtain the survey by emailing stidhama@rtcsnv.com or calling 676-1606. Surveys are also available at the transportation commission's Administrative Office, 600 S. Grand Central Parkway or the Bonneville Transit Center, 101 E. Bonneville Ave. To make a request in Spanish, call 676-1606.

Responses will be accepted through 4 p.m. Sept. 13.

ChILDHOOD CANCER SUPPORT RACE PLANNED AT MOUNTAIN'S EDGE

To honor September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the Candlelighters 5K & One Mile Race for Our Kids is planned at 6:30 a.m. Saturday at Exploration Peak Park in Mountain's Edge, 9275 S. Buffalo Drive.

Opening ceremonies are set for 7:30 a.m.; the 5K competitive run is set for 8 a.m.; and the 5K run and one-mile stroll are set for 8:15 a.m. Other activities are to continue until 11 a.m.

Food and refreshments, raffle prizes - including a Disneyland trip for four - children's play and art areas, a bone marrow drive, an awards ceremony and booths and exhibitors are planned.

To participate, costs are: $25 per team member, $30 for individual adults, $20 for seniors 65 or older, $15 for children 3-12 years old, $40 for race-day registration, and free for childhood cancer survivors, children younger than 3 and non-participants. Leashed pets are welcome.

Presented by Mountain's Edge and Walmart, the annual fundraiser, now in its 22nd year, benefits the nonprofit Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada, 8990 Spanish Ridge Ave., which raises funds to support children and their families affected by cancer. Families, friends, businesses and co-workers are encouraged to organize, join or donate.

For more information or to register, visit candlelightersnv.org or call 737-1919. The online registration deadline is today.

SIGN UP NOW FOR SATURDAY'S RED ROCK 5K

The Red Rock 5K is slated for 9 a.m. Saturday at the Arroyo Golf Course at Red Rock Country Club, 2205 Red Springs Drive.

The course is scenic and challenging, following the rolling landscapes of the area. For more information, visit rynorunning.com.

CHURCH SCHEDULES FINANCIAL SEMINARS

Good Samaritan Lutheran Church is set to host Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace seminar beginning Sept. 20. The nine-week class will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays in the New Hope Christian Academy building on the church campus at 8425 W. Windmill Lane.

The class shows participants how to get rid of debt, manage money, spend and save wisely.

The seminar cost is $95 per family.

For more information and/or to register, contact facilitator Kristin Poteet at 623-521-1515 or skpoteet@hotmail.com.

THIRD ANNUAL ROCKIN' WALK PLANNED FOR SEPT. 30 TO BENEFIT GOODIE TWO SHOES

The third annual Rockin' Walk to benefit the nonprofit Goodie Two Shoes Foundation is slated for 9:30 a.m. Sept. 30 as part of the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin, 1700 Village Center Circle.

The outdoor, family-friendly walking event will raise funds to provide disadvantaged children with new shoes and socks. It is sponsored by the Brenden-Mann Foundation.

Participants can choose from the one-mile mixed hole, 2.5-mile back-nine or five-mile 18-hole walking options and enjoy the scenic views of TPC Summerlin, live entertainment and prizes. Each registered walker also will receive a souvenir T-shirt and a single-day admission ticket for the tournament, which is scheduled for Oct. 1-7.

Early registration fees are $15 for children 3 to 17 and $30 for those 18 or older until Sept. 14. Fees will increase by $5 after the early registration deadline. A new pair of shoes and five to six pairs of socks can be provided to needy children for every $25 raised. Walk participants can preregister online or the morning of the walk, and space is limited to the first 1,500 walkers.

For more information, visit jtshrinersopen.com/en/scheduleofevents/sundaysep30.aspx. To register, visit goodietwoshoes.org or call 617-4027.

RESCUE GROUP BEGINS CAMPAIGN TO FUND PERMANENT SHELTER

Area animal rescue Adopt a Rescue Pet has launched its Beggin' for Bucks: 65,000 Pet Lovers Wanted campaign to support the organization's effort to build a no-kill animal sanctuary and canine retirement ranch. The goal is to reach $650,000 by collecting $10 from 65,000 people by Oct. 15.

The sanctuary, slated to be located on several acres in Amargosa Valley, will house 300 dogs.

To support the effort, visit facebook.com/arplasvegas.

LOCAL COMPANY DONATES LIGHTS TO AREA SCHOOL

High Tech Lights of Las Vegas, 6280 S. Valley View Blvd., has announced the donation of $5,000 worth of LED lights to Las Vegas Urban League Partner 100 Academy of Excellence, 2341 Comstock Drive. The location is a kindergarten through eighth-grade public charter school. For more information, visit hightechlights.com or 100academy.com.

BLOOD DONORS TO GET FREE TICKETS

United Blood Services of Las Vegas is offering two free to tickets to "The Mentalist" to donors throughout August.

Donors supplying blood or plasma are eligible to receive the free entertainment vouchers. "The Mentalist" plays Tuesdays and Thursdays at the V Theater inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort, 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. South.

Currently, UBS has a critical need for type O negative blood, which is the universal donor and can be given to all other blood types.

To schedule an appointment or to donate blood, visit one of United Blood Services' three Southern Nevada locations: 6930 W. Charleston Blvd.; 601 Whitney Ranch Drive, Suite 20, in Henderson; and 4950 W. Craig Road.

For more information, visit unitedbloodservices.org.

WINDER FARMS PLANS FARMERS MARKET

Southwest area-based Winder Farms plans to hold a farmers market from 4 to 8 p.m. Fridays through Oct. 26 in the south parking lot of Galleria at Sunset mall, 1300 W. Sunset Road in Henderson.

Companies are encouraged to sign up and become a vendor at the Winder Farms Farmers Market. For more information on how to become a vendor, email Sean McCrady at sean.mccrady@winderfarms.com.

For more information, visit winderfarms.com.

FORECLOSED UPON PETS NEEDS FOSTER FAMILIES

Foreclosed Upon Pets Inc. needs foster families for dogs and cats that have been relinquished by owners, left in foreclosed homes, found on the street or need a new home when the owner dies or is deployed.

Fostering usually involves short-term stints, typically ranging from a few weeks to a few months. Assistance is given to foster families, if needed, in the way of food, toys, medicine and veterinary care.

Foreclosed Upon Pets Inc. does its best to match foster families with a short-term companion that suits their lifestyle.

Foster families increase an animal's chance of being adopted by providing feedback on the temperament, activity level and likes and dislikes.

For more information, complete the foster form online at forecloseduponpets.org/, call 272-0010 or email forecloseduponpets@hotmail.com.

ANIMAL FOUNDATION SEEKING DONATED LINENS

Nonprofit The Animal Foundation, 655 N. Mojave Road, one of Nevada's largest open-admission animal shelters and pet adoption centers, is seeking donations of new and gently used linens, including towels, blankets, sheets, pillowcases, T-shirts and sweat shirts.

During summer, The Animal Foundation receives more than 100 animals per day. Donated linens are used to make the animals more comfortable and to keep the young and underweight animals warm.

Due to the cleaning procedures for donated linens, items must be washed in a high bleach-to-water concentration, which breaks down materials quickly. Additionally, once an item has been torn, it cannot be used again. Items with stuffing (comforters, pillows, dog beds, etc.) can be used only once as they cannot be completely disinfected.

Linens can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily at the shelter. For more information, visit animalfoundation.com.

MAMMOVAN SCHEDULED TO OFFER LOW-COST BREAST CANCER SCREENINGS

Thanks to a $10,000 grant from Food 4 Less, Nevada Health Center's Mammovan is scheduled to offer low- to no-cost breast cancer screenings at selected Food 4 Less locations. Stops are scheduled from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at 1955 N. Nellis Blvd., today at 1301 S. Boulder Highway and Nov. 21 at 2255 Las Vegas Blvd. North. For more information, visit nvhealthcenters.org.

WINDER FARMS PLANS BREAST CANCER SUPPORT INITIATIVE

Winder Farms plans to make a donation to the local affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure for every Winder Farms strawberry milk sold through Oct. 31 (Breast Cancer Awareness Month). To remind customers of the charitable initiative, labels on 16-ounce and half-gallon bottles have been changed and will now feature the Susan G. Komen for the Cure pink ribbon.

Winder Farms has also created a Friends of the Farm offer to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. For every new customer who signs up for Winder Farms using the promotional code "KOMEN," $25 will go to the charity. For more information, visit winderfarms.com.

VACATION TRADE SHOW PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT CATHOLIC CHARITIES

The 18th annual Cruise and Vacation Show is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at The Orleans, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave. Travel representatives from around the world are scheduled to be available to present the latest in travel trends. Free entry tickets are available at any Prestige Travel office. Entry costs $3 at the door with all proceeds benefiting Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada. For more information, call 253-9909.

 

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