Valley Voices & Vices Toastmasters Club meets at 7:30 a.m. Fridays at Nevada Federal Credit Union, 2645 S. Mojave Road, Suite C (454-8266).

High Noon Lectern Toastmasters Club meets at noon Fridays at Denny’s, 3081 S. Maryland Parkway (798-3700).

New Life Trailblazers Toastmasters Club meets the first and second Sunday of each month at 5 p.m. at New Life Christian Center, 1229 E. Carson Ave. (387-5433 or 845-7198).


The U.S. Navy Cruiser Sailor Association will have a luncheon meeting at noon Friday at Boulder Station, 4111 Boulder Highway. The meeting is open to all Navy and Marine personnel. Reservations are required (242-2792).


The Poets’ Corner will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday at the West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd. The event will feature both established and open mic poets. The program is free (229-4800).


The Las Vegas Pinochle Club meets at 5 p.m. Saturdays at Boulder Cascade Clubhouse. The group is open to new members (338-5770).


Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority meets at 11 a.m. the first Saturday of each month at Sunrise Library, 5400 Harris Ave. (263-9718).


The Jewish War Veterans of the USA, Sgt. Manny Peven Post 65, meets at 9:30 a.m. the first Sunday of each month at the clubhouse at Wildhorse Golf Club, 2200 W. Warm Springs Road, Henderson. A brunch is served (307-5306).

The Jewish War Veterans of the United States, Murray L. Rosen Post 64, will have an installation luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Arizona Charlie’s, 740 S. Decatur Blvd. The cost is $15 (256-6439).


The Chicago West Side Club of Las Vegas meets at 2 p.m. the first Sunday of each month at Sahara West Library, 9600 W. Sahara Ave. (256-9542).


The Heritage Singers & Friends will present "Festival of Praise," a Christian benefit concert, at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Cox Pavilion at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Tropicana Avenue and Swenson Street. Proceeds will benefit Living Water’s Mission Building Project and DARE — Drug Abuse Resistance Education — of Southern Nevada. Tickets are $18-$38 (866-388-3267).


University Medical Center’s Family Resource Center offers many classes throughout the month at 1120 Shadow Lane. Appointments are required (383-2229).


A new social networking group for single parents in Las Vegas and Henderson is being formed that will offer family-friendly activities (436-5204).

Compiled by Jean Bard. Around the Valley is produced by the Review-Journal as a public service for readers interested in the meetings, events and other activities presented by local nonprofit organizations and clubs. Qualified organizations are asked to submit complete written information at least 10 days before the desired publication date. For more information, contact Jean Bard at 383-0245 or write c/o Las Vegas Review-Journal, P.O. Box 70, Las Vegas, NV 89125.

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