Awareness events for blindness, disability in Las Vegas

Hospital to host diabetes, health fair Saturday

Desert Springs Hospital, 2075 E. Flamingo Road, will host a Health & Diabetes Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Available in the main lobby will be free health screenings and information, giveaways and snacks.

White-cane event set at Blind Center of Nevada

The Blind Center of Nevada, 1001 N. Bruce St., will celebrate White Cane Day, a national day of awareness regarding blindness, with events from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 15. Participants can try a white-cane obstacle course, hear live music and speakers on blind safety, and sample food prepared by the Culinary Arts Academy’s first batch of chef graduates. Contact Gustavo Covarrubias Garcia, communications manager, to reserve a spot for the obstacle course and for lunch.

Walk with a Doc series continues on Sunday

The Walk with a Doc: Kids Time series of guided walks continues at 8:30 a.m. Sunday at Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd. Families with children and local doctors will take part in free 60-minute guided walks. A local doctor will will speak briefly on “Drug Drop-off Boxes: Know One, Use One, Save One” before the walk begins. Walk with a Doc is held the second Sunday of each month.

Disability Awareness Day features 60 organizations

The city of Las Vegas will host the 27th annual Disability Awareness Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Sammy Davis Jr. Festival Plaza at Lorenzi Park, 720 Twin Lakes Drive. Representatives from more than 60 organizations serving the disabled will be available to help guests with employment, independent living, recreational activities, financial planning, benefits counseling, transportation, housing and more. Admission and parking are free. October is national Disability Awareness Month.

Skye Canyon’s festival includes pick-a-pumpkin

Skye Canyon will host a pick-a-pumpkin fundraiser during the northwest valley master-planned community’s Chalktober Fest on Oct. 20. Kids can choose a free 6- to 15-pound pumpkin from 2-6 p.m. at the event, which will be in Skye Canyon Park. A suggested $2 donation per pumpkin will benefit Create a Change Now, a local nonprofit dedicated to educating families about preventing childhood diseases with good nutrition.

Mobile dental clinic has three stops this month

Nevada Health Centers’ Ronald McDonald Care Mobile offers affordable dental care for children, with three stops planned in October. Parents can make appointments for children by calling 702-597-3898. The vehicle is staffed with a dentist, hygienist, and dental and office assistants. Services include restorative and preventive care, exams, cleanings, sealants, fluoride treatments, fillings, extractions, x-rays and oral health education. It will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed for lunch from noon-1 p.m.) at all stops.

■ Oct. 16: Women, Infant, Children (WIC) Center, 3900 Cambridge St.

■ Oct. 17: WIC Center, 5085 West Sahara Ave.

■ Oct. 18: MLK Family Health Center, 1799 Mount Mariah Drive.

Celebrity photographer dedicates dance book to Las Vegas shooting victims
Behind the scenes with local celebrity photographer Jerry Metellus as he talks about his Dance For Vegas coffee book dedicated to the 58 victims of the October 1 shooting. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Dreamsickle Kids Foundation founder Gina Glass talks awareness
Gina Glass, 35, founded Dreamsickle Kids Foundation to raise awareness for sickle cell disease in Nevada. (Jessie Bekker/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The Meadows School founding kindergarten teacher retires after 34 years at the school
Linda Verbon, founder of the The Meadows School's kindergarten program and the first faculty member hired at the school, retired in the spring after 34 years at The Meadows. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Kids become firefighters at Fire Station 98 open house
Henderson residents wore fire hats, learned about CPR and met firefighters at the Fire Station 98 open house Saturday, August 11, 2018. (Marcus Villagran Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
People from all over the world attend RollerCon 2018
RollerCon 2018 is a five-day convention focused on the roller derby community and culture at Westgate in Las Vegas. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
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