World Market Center donates furniture

World Market Center Las Vegas donated a variety of new furnishings and accessories to area charities Monday during its annual Furniture Donation Day. This year's recipients were the Salvation Army and Opportunity Village.

The Las Vegas-based charities use the donated furniture, home accessories and artwork for shelters, fundraising purposes and to brighten the homes of local families.

Major William Raihl, Clark County coordinator for the Salvation Army, said the furniture will be used to furnish a number of apartments for low-income families and in the Salvation Army's transitional housing complex. The nonprofit also plans to use some pieces for program facilities and will sell others in its thrift shops.

"It is always a joy to receive such quality gifts at any time, but especially at the end of the year when budgets are tight and replacement furnishings are hard to come by," Raihl said. The furnishings will enhance our ability to provide services to those who need it most by helping us to have the necessary funds available."

Linda Smith, chief development officer for Opportunity Village, said Furniture Donation Day will help furnish and equip the new Engelstad Family Campus in southwest Las Vegas and selected items will be used in an upcoming silent auction to raise funds to help operate Opportunity Village, which aids people with disabilities through its employment training centers and programming.

"The executives and staff of World Market Center partnered with Opportunity Village after first arriving in Las Vegas. Proceeds from the public sales and from the Furniture Donation Day are a beacon of hope for thousands of disabled citizens and their families."

Robb & Stucky to host free design workshops

Robb & Stucky Interiors at Town Square Las Vegas invites area residents to attend its free Thursday afternoon interior design workshops. January's sessions will focus on getting the most value in your design budget, furniture fashion trends for 2009 and the power of color.

"Design-onomics: Make Every Design Dollar Count!" is the title of the Jan. 15 workshop. Participants will learn which design elements give a décor the most "bang for the buck" and how to prioritize choices to get the most impact from each item. Lighting, proper space planning and accent furniture will be discussed.

On Jan. 22, Tom Leonhardi, Robb & Stucky's merchandise manager, will present photos offering an overview of the hottest colors and trends seen at the International Home Furnishings Market in High Point, N.C.

The emotional quality of colors will be the focus of the Jan. 29 workshop. Designers Kim Falaniko and Kellie Miller will illustrate how to select a color scheme to suit the mood you want to create for your home.

Each session is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

Reservations are requested and can be made by calling 531-0531, option 4.

The store is located at 6521 Las Vegas Blvd. South.