BEREAVEMENT GROUP TO MEET DEC. 4 AT TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM
A bereavement support group, facilitated by Rita Tell, is planned for 10:30 am Dec. 4 at Temple Beth Sholom, 10700 Havenwood Lane.
Those who have lost their spouses can find support, understanding and friendship from others in the same situation.
Additional meetings are set for Dec. 18 and Jan. 8 and 22.
For more information, call 702-255-0043.
JEWISH FEDERATION PLANS 8TH CANDLE OF CHANUKAH EVENT AT TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM
The 2013 Jewish Federation of Las Vegas annual meeting plans to present the 8th Candle of Chanukah featuring The Honorable David Siegel, Consul General of Israel, as guest speaker at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at Temple Beth Sholom, 10700 Havenwood Lane.
A dessert reception is set to follow the program, which will also include Jewish Federation accomplishments, election of officers and board of directors and presentation of awards.
Admission is free, and the public is welcome. For reservations, call Dana Yavitz at 702-732-0556 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
LIBRARY DISTRICT TO PRESENT INFORMATION SESSIONS ON AFFORDABLE CARE ACT
The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District plans to host free informational sessions regarding the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, including important dates and resources, how the act affects individuals and families and how to enroll in a health plan.
Nevada enrollment for health plans is scheduled to close in March. To assist those members of the community who are not covered by employer- or government-provided (Medicare) health care, federally approved navigators/enrollment assisters will be available to guide the public through their various health care options.
Sessions are planned from 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Dec. 5, 10 and 17 at the Sahara West Library, 9600 W. Sahara Ave., and from 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Dec. 3, 9 and 16 at the Rainbow Library, 3150 N. Buffalo Drive. To register at either location, call 702-836-9033.
LIBRARY TO HOST CLASS ON HOW TO BUY AN E-READER
The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District plans to offer a free class on how to buy an e-reader at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 6 at the Summerlin Library, 1771 Inner Circle Drive.
Learn about the different types of e-readers and how to choose the one for your needs. For more information, call 702-507-6300.
JEWISH SINGLES CLUB PLANS HANUKKAH PARTY
The Jewish Singles 55 Plus Social Club for men and women will not host a general meeting in December but instead plans a Hanukkah party Dec. 8 at a private home. For more information, call 702-233-8618.
BANK OF AMERICA HOSTING TOY DRIVE THROUGH DEC. 13
Bank of America plans to host a toy drive for the Make-A-Wish Foundation through Dec. 13. The public is invited to drop off new, unwrapped toys at any Bank of America banking center in Southern Nevada. The toys will be presented to Make-A-Wish kids and their families at the organization’s annual holiday party.
For more information, visit bankofamerica.com.
98.5 KLUC TO HOST TOY DRIVE DEC. 5-16
The 15th annual 98.5 KLUC Chet Buchanan & The Morning Zoo Toy Drive is set to run Dec. 5-16 at 6226 W. Sahara Ave., with Buchanan living on the 30-foot scaffolding throughout the drive. After the drive, HELP of Southern Nevada will distribute the toys to more than 3,000 families in need.
Volunteers are needed from midnight to 6 a.m. Wednesdays through Sundays during the drive. For more information, contact Joan Lima at email@example.com.
APPLICATION INTAKE PEOPLE NEEDED FOR HELP HOLIDAY PROGRAMS
Volunteers are needed between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. through Dec. 16 to assist clients with their applications for holiday programs at HELP of Southern Nevada’s main campus, 1640 E. Flamingo Road.
To volunteer or for more information, contact Joan Lima at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACTIVE SENIORS GROUP TO HOST JON RALSTON DEC. 17 AT TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM
The next Active Seniors meeting is planned for 1:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at Temple Beth Sholom, 10700 Havenwood Lane.
The guest speaker is set to be Jon Ralston, host of the television program “Face to Face.” The community is invited to attend this free event.
For more information, call 702-233-3785 or 702-382-6456.
LEARN THE ART OF PUBLIC SPEAKING AT LUNCH WORKSHOP SERIES
Las Vegas Recovery Center’s inaugural Food for Thought Continuing Education Unit monthly lunch workshop series is set for noon Dec. 18 at Central Recovery, 3321 N. Buffalo Drive, Suite 100.
Registration is set to begin at 11:30 a.m. Nationally renowned interventionist Ed Storti plans to present The Art of Public Speaking at noon. Lunch is planned for all participants at 1 p.m.
There is no cost. A one-hour continuing education unit has been approved for this workshop by the Nevada State Board of Examiners and Nurse Practitioners.
To RSVP, contact Darcy Yurek at email@example.com.
FIREFLY PLANS HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE THROUGH DEC. 20
Firefly Tapas Kitchen & Bar plans to host a toy drive, Toys for Tapas, through Dec. 20 to benefit foster children, including those at Child Haven.
Firefly will be accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys at its Summerlin-area location, 9560 W. Sahara Ave. Toys will be donated directly to the Clark County Department of Family Services for distribution.
For each toy donation, patrons will receive one free tapas of the day or a voucher for a glass of sangria, good through Jan. 31.
For more information, visit fireflylv.com.
FOOD BEING COLLECTED FOR RESCUE MISSION
Urology Specialists of Nevada is taking part in the Las Vegas Rescue Mission’s 2013 annual food drive by collecting donations at its three office locations through Dec. 31.
All nonperishable food items will be accepted at its MountainView campus office, 3150 N. Tenaya Way, Suite 165.
For more information, visit vegasrescue.org.
NATHAN ADELSON HOSPICE HOSTING DOG BED AND BLANKET DRIVE&NBSP;
The Pet Therapy Program at Nathan Adelson Hospice is holding its third annual Dog Bed & Blanket Drive to help keep shelter animals warm this season.
Through Jan. 31, the hospice is collecting new or gently used dog beds, blankets and towels, as well as unopened dog food, to deliver to local animal shelters. In the valley, donations can be dropped off at 4141 Swenson St., 3150 N. Tenaya Way, Suite 350, next to MountainView Hospital, or 1201 Nevada State Drive in Henderson.
More than 3,500 items were donated to local shelters over the last two winter seasons through the drive. For more information, visit nah.org.
CITY OF LAS VEGAS PLANS HOLIDAY CAMPS
Registration is open for two school break camps offered by the city of Las Vegas.
Holiday Kids Camp for children 6 to 11 is slated from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 23-Jan. 3 at the Cimarron Rose Community Center, 5591 N. Cimarron Road. The center will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
The cost is $75 per week for the first child and $70 for each additional child. Programs will include arts and crafts, games, sports, cooking and movies. For more information or to register, call 702-229-1607. Space is limited.
Winter Camp for children 6 to 14 is planned from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 23-Jan. 3 at the Mirabelli Community Center, 6200 Hargrove Ave. Campers will be involved in a variety of activities and special events centered on winter fun. The center will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
The cost is $115 per week for the first child and $110 for each additional child in the same family. A participation form must be completed before camp start dates. For more information, call 702-229-6359.
PALM MORTUARIES OFFERING IN MEMORY OF HOLIDAY ORNAMENTS
Palm Mortuaries and Cemeteries across the Las Vegas Valley are offering holiday ornaments that can be engraved with the names of lost loved ones as part of Palm’s annual Tree of Memory Holiday Services. This year, all proceeds from the personalized ornaments will benefit the American Diabetes Association.
Last year, funds raised from the ornaments and matched by Palm Mortuary resulted in $10,000 being donated to the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.
Personalized ornaments can be ordered at all Palm Mortuary locations daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The engraved keepsakes are available throughout the holiday season. Ornaments range in price from $10 to $25.
For more information, call 702-464-8300. For locations, visit palmmortuary.com.
RESCUE GROUP TO OFFER GIFT WRAPPING
Golden Retriever Rescue Southern Nevada plans its holiday gift-wrapping fundraiser through December.
Shop at participating stores and meet some golden retrievers. The gift-wrapping effort is free, but donations will be accepted. Donations help fund the rescue group’s various programs and cover costs such as veterinary care.
Volunteers are needed to fill various shifts at the following locations in the Summerlin area: Barnes & Noble, 8915 W. Charleston Blvd.; GAP, Rampart Commons Shopping Mall, 1055 S. Rampart Blvd.; and Pottery Barn, Rampart Commons Shopping Mall, 1085 S. Rampart Blvd.
To volunteer or for more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 702-598-4653.
MOJAVE MAX EMERGENCE CONTEST KICKS OFF
The annual Mojave Max Emergence Contest has kicked off, offering participants the chance to guess when Mojave Max, a live tortoise who lives at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, will leave his burrow in the spring. Participants are encouraged to try to guess as closely as possible the correct day, hour and minute when Max will emerge.
Anyone can enter the contest, but only one kindergarten- through 12th-grade student enrolled in a Clark County public, private or registered home school is eligible to win prizes. The grand prize winner’s class will receive T-shirts, a pizza party and a field trip to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. The winner also receives a laptop computer, a digital camera and a yearlong pass to federally managed fee areas. The winner’s teacher will receive a laptop computer.
To enter, visit mojavemax.com and click on “Contest.” Since the contest launched in 2000, the earliest Max has emerged was 11:55 a.m. Feb. 14, 2005. The latest was 12:41 p.m. April 17, 2012.
VOLUNTEER TO HELP WITH AARP FREE TAX PREPARATION PROGRAM
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service. Volunteers are needed to help prepare tax returns.
Volunteers will be trained in a classroom atmosphere the first full week in January. To register, visit aarp.org/taxvolunteer or call district coordinator Jerry Allen at 702-233-1918.