With the arrival of fall comes the countdown to the fast approaching holidays.
To help those who like to start their holiday shopping early, and to support good causes, the Las Vegas Review-Journal presents its annual list of craft bazaars.
This year, the Children’s Service Guild will have its 40th annual Holiday Boutique from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Elks Lodge, 4100 W. Charleston Blvd. The proceeds benefit Child Haven and children touched by the family court system. Funds go toward clothing for the children, medical, dental and vision expenses, holiday gifts, to support Peggy’s Attic and help sponsor the Spring Mountain Youth Camp. Past proceeds have gone toward building a playground on the campus and a rope course for the teen boys and girls.
The guild, which features more than 35 members, plans and prepares for the annual holiday boutique year-round.
Elise Rigatuso, a board member and historian for the guild, says the members are “really dedicated and very involved.”
“This group I’m with is amazing. We all love the children so much and work really hard for them,” Rigatuso says.
For this year’s boutique, Rigatuso has created pet Christmas cards, shadowboxes and other items, and the guild’s president, Lynda Kreitlow, has created wreaths. Other items for sale will be centerpieces, holiday items, pet stockings, baby items, knitted and crocheted scarves and hats, jams and jellies, and a variety of baked goods including cakes, cookies and fudge.
This year’s drawing features gift cards and services donated by businesses. Among the prizes are a mini staycation at The Venetian and passes to Disneyland. Tickets for the drawing are $1 apiece or six tickets for $5.
The boutique will feature holiday music performed by the Las Vegas High School Madrigal Choir, and a “surprise visitor” is expected. Admission and parking are free.
Here is a list of other organizations that responded to our solicitation for charitable holiday bazaars.
University United Methodist Church, 4412 S. Maryland Parkway, will have the Methodist Women Patio and Bake Sale featuring Halloween decorations, kitchen items, books, toys, crocheted and knitted items, baked goods, candies and other items, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit the church’s missions, which include the Las Vegas Rescue Mission, Safe Nest, Camp Potosi, East Valley Family Services, Partnership for Homeless Youth and others.
Green Valley Presbyterian Church’s Gingerbread Fair and Pantry, featuring handmade crafts, fall and Christmas decorations, jewelry, angels, pet gifts, baby items, floral arrangements, baked goods and other items, will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1798 Wigwam Parkway, Henderson. Proceeds benefit the church’s projects and local nonprofit organizations.
The PEO Sisterhood, Chapter K, will have its annual holiday boutique featuring handmade crafts, jewelry, baked goods and other items, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Senior Center of Boulder City, 813 Arizona St. Proceeds benefit the group’s projects and scholarships.
The Assistance League of Las Vegas will have its Holiday Shop grand opening, featuring decorations, trees, lights, candles, figurines, linens, clothing, glassware and other items, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Assistance League Thrift Shop, 6646 W. Charleston Blvd. The holiday shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays through Nov. 8. Proceeds benefit the Assistance League’s Operation School Bell and other philanthropic programs benefiting children in the community.
First Christian Church of Las Vegas (Disciples of Christ), 101 S. Rancho Drive, will have its annual Holiday Craft and Gift Market featuring handmade crafts, jellies, gifts, raffle prizes, a kids’ craft area, food and free goodie bags for the first 50 customers, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 17 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 18. Proceeds benefit the church’s music department.
Christ the King Catholic Community, 4925 S. Torrey Pines Drive, will have its annual Pumpkin Patch event featuring craft booths and a country store with handcrafted items, fall arrangements, jewelry and other items, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will begin with a pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. and a garage sale from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., and activities throughout the day will include food booths, bounce houses, a trackless train ride, games, drawings and more. Admission is free. Proceeds benefit the church’s children’s ministry.
Green Valley United Methodist Church, 2200 Robindale Road, Henderson, will present its “Green Valley on the Hill Craft Fair” featuring handmade items, crocheted items, ornaments, holiday items, paper art, baked goods and other items, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds benefit missions of the church.
The Just Sew Club will have its annual craft fair featuring handmade items, centerpieces, placemats, handmade dolls, an American Girl doll auction and other items, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Desert Vista Community Center, 10360 Sun City Blvd. Proceeds benefit the club’s charitable endeavors including sewing items for patients at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, baby items for disadvantaged mothers at UMC, items for Peggy’s Attic, dog beds for animal shelters and others.
The Community Affairs Committee of the Flamingo West Manufactured Homes Community is sponsoring an arts and crafts show featuring an assortment of Halloween and Christmas items, knitted and embroidered items, baby blankets, bibs, aprons, floral arrangements and other items, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 24 and 25 in the clubhouse at the seniors park at 8122 W. Flamingo Road. Proceeds assist the disadvantaged residents of the senior park community.
Christ Episcopal Church, 2000 S. Maryland Parkway, will have its 44th annual Lobster Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fair will feature arts and crafts, food, drawings, live and silent auctions, and other activities. Admission is free. Lobsters purchased in advance are $17-$19, or $19-$21 at the fair based on availability. Proceeds benefit the missions of the church (lobsterfair.com).
The Las Vegas Emblem Club No. 114 will have a holiday bazaar featuring knitted and crocheted items, Christmas decorations, women’s apparel, jewelry, drawings and other items, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 4100 W. Charleston Blvd. Proceeds benefit local charities.
New Covenant Church, 2185 Windmill Lane, Suite 300, will have a craft sale featuring holiday decorations, Christmas gift baskets, anime posters, canvas prints, a bake sale, parking lot sale and drawing, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds benefit Serving Our Kids, Las Vegas Indian Center, Operation Christmas Child and the Women’s Ministry.
Our Lady of Las Vegas, 3050 Alta Drive, will have its annual Harvest Festival featuring craft items, baked goods, a silent auction, drawings and other activities, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the parish.
Busy Hand Crafters of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church will have its annual craft and bake sale featuring holiday decorations, handmade items, afghans, scarves, baby sets, doll clothes, baked goods and other items, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 1 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 2 in the church’s Parish Hall at 1811 Pueblo Vista Drive. Proceeds will benefit the parish.
St. Joseph Husband of Mary Roman Catholic Church, 7260 W. Sahara Ave., will have its 25th annual Christmas bazaar featuring Christmas decorations, afghans, wreaths, Advent wreaths, costume jewelry, baked goods, a food cafe, door prizes and more, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 1 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 2. Proceeds benefit Catholic Charities, Poverello House, St. Therese Center, Catholic Worker, Catholic War Veterans and the Las Vegas Rescue Mission.
The Women’s Guild of St. Viator Catholic Church will have its annual Christmas bazaar featuring handmade quilts, crocheted ornaments, holiday decorations and other items, a silent auction, cafe, bake sale and Grandma’s Attic, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 7 and 8 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 9. Proceeds benefit the St. Viator Catholic School band and art programs, and the church.
The Boulder Cascade Community Crafters will have a bake and crafts sale featuring handcrafted items, handmade cards, crocheted accessories, jewelry, holiday decorations wood crafts and other items, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 8 and 9 at Boulder Cascade, 1061 S. Sandhill Road. Proceeds will assist the disadvantaged residents of the senior park community.
The Children’s Service Guild’s 40th annual Holiday Boutique, featuring Christmas wreaths, ornaments, handmade quilts, baby blankets, pet items, fall and Thanksgiving crafts, baked goods and other items, will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 4100 W. Charleston Blvd. Proceeds benefit Child Haven and children whose lives have been touched by the Family Court Services.
Eagle Quest of Nevada will have its annual Cozy Cabin Craft Boutique featuring handmade crafts, jewelry, centerpieces, quilts, baked goods and other items, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 12-15 at 4612 Evan Ridge Court. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit organization, which supports foster children in Southern Nevada. For more information, visit cozycabincrafts.com.
The Evening Chapter of the Mesquite Club will have its 30th annual Holiday Craft Auction featuring holiday decorations, jewelry, quilts and other items, at 5:30 p.m. at the Mesquite Club clubhouse, 702 E. St. Louis Ave. Admission is $20 and includes a buffet dinner and a paddle for the live auction. Drawing tickets will be sold for $1 each for a variety of baskets of goods and services donated by local businesses. Proceeds will go to sponsor a holiday event for the Wounded Warrior Welcome Home Troops Program and to the chapter’s scholarship program.
The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary will have its Crafty Ladies Christmas Boutique featuring handmade crafts, cards, knitted and crocheted items, jewelry, fashion accessories and other items, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Salvation Army Southern Nevada, 2900 Palomino Lane. Proceeds will benefit The Salvation Army.
Grace Presbyterian Church, 1515 W. Charleston Blvd., will have its holiday craft bazaar featuring holiday home decorations, jewelry, crocheted and quilted items, homemade breads, cakes, pies, gift baskets and drawings, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds will benefit programs of the church.
Lamb of God Lutheran Church and School, 6220 N. Jones Blvd., will have a holiday craft bazaar featuring handmade holiday crafts and decorations, candles, doll clothes, jewelry, wood crafts, baked goods and other items, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds will support the missions of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League.
The North Las Vegas Emblem Club will have its annual holiday bazaar featuring jewelry, candles, toys, handmade clothes, home decor and decorations, drawings, baked goods and other items, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Las Vegas Elk’s Lodge, 2939 Van Der Meer, North Las Vegas. Proceeds benefit the club’s local charities and scholarship programs.
St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 2575 W. El Campo Grande Ave., North Las Vegas, will have its annual fall craft fair featuring handmade ornaments, centerpieces, hand-knitted and crocheted items, jewelry for all ages, Christmas items and other items, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 15 and 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 16. The craft fair will also feature gift card drawing prizes. Proceeds will benefit the parish and provide services within the community.
The Ladies Guild of Summerlin Evangelical Lutheran Church will have its bazaar featuring lap quilts, shawls, purses, ornaments, Christmas decorations, baby items, table runners and other items, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1911 Pueblo Vista Drive. Proceeds will be used for humanitarian aid to countries through the WELs Committee on Relief, and for chairs for the church’s fellowship hall.
The Vegas Viking Lodge 6-152 Sons of Norway will have its annual Scandinavian holiday bazaar featuring Scandinavian holiday items, table decorations, magnets, ornaments, rosemaled calendars, lefse bread, baked goods, a Grannie’s Attic for gently used items and more, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Community Lutheran Church, 3720 E. Tropicana Ave. Proceeds benefit the organization’s scholarship fund.
St. Jude’s Women’s Auxiliary will have its annual Christmas bazaar and luncheon from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Mardi Gras Room B at The Orleans, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave. The bazaar will feature Christmas items, jewelry, collectibles, clothing, baked goods and other items. Admission to the bazaar is free. The fee for the luncheon is $37 and reservations can be made by calling 702-431-5813. Proceeds will benefit local children’s charities.
To benefit the Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada, the 26th annual Festival of Trees and Lights holiday display and celebration will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Nov. 19 and 20 in Ballroom B at South Point, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Events will include children’s activities, crafts, entertainment, drawings and viewing of trees. For the viewing of trees, admission is $6 general admission, $4 for seniors and $4 for ages 2 to 12. For more information, visit dsosn.org.
The Krafty Ladies of Living Water Baptist Church, 5400 E. Carey Ave., will have its annual craft and bake sale featuring crafts, table runners, placemats, Advent calendars, aprons, baby items, wine bottles with lights, Christmas items and other items, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 21 and 22. Proceeds benefit the church and its programs.
Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1730 N. Pecos Road, will have its annual Country Crafters Fair featuring baked goods, canned goods, crocheted and knitted items, crafts for children, jewelry, Christmas decorations, baby items, cakes, cookies, jellies, jams, candies and other items, from noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 21 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 22. Proceeds benefit church improvements.
Congregation Ner Tamid’s Sisterhood will have its annual holiday bazaar featuring jewelry, crafts, pet gifts, children’s items, art, a “white elephant sale,” food and other items, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 55 N. Valle Verde Drive, Henderson. Proceeds benefit summer camp scholarships, various temple programs and community service.
The Boulder City Community Club will have its 40th annual Doodlebug Bazaar featuring arts and crafts, holiday decorations, ornaments, jewelry, clothing, toys, drawings and more, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Boulder City Recreation Center, 900 Arizona St. Proceeds benefit local nonprofit groups and organizations in Boulder City.
The Faith Lutheran High School Grad Nite Live will have its annual Crusader Christmas Boutique featuring holiday decorations, jewelry, women’s accessories, candles, household items, drawings and a bake sale, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Middle School and High School, 2015 S. Hualapai Way. Photos with Santa Claus will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free. Proceeds benefit Grad Night Live, an alcohol- and drug-free all-night graduation celebration for the high school’s seniors.
Las Vegas Academy, 315 S. Seventh St., will have its All Nations Holiday Festival featuring a silent auction, international foods, crafts, cultural booths, entertainment and baked goods, from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is $5 for students and $8 for adults. Proceeds benefit the academy’s choir students who need help paying for student touring trips and fees.
The Los Prados Women’s Club will have its annual craft fair featuring handmade items, holiday decorations and other items, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Los Prados Golf and Country Club, 5150 Los Prados Circle. Proceeds benefit local charities.
The Just Sew Club will have a craft sale featuring handmade items, holiday table runners, centerpieces, holiday gift card holders, handy market totes and other items, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mountain Shadows Community Center, 9107 Del Webb Blvd. Proceeds benefit the club’s charitable endeavors.
Temple Sinai, 9001 Hillpointe Road, will have its holiday bazaar featuring handmade crafts, crocheted items, handmade jewelry, baby onesies, artwork, food trucks, children’s activities and drawings, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the temple and its community programs.
The Fraternal Order of Eagles will have an arts and crafts fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1601 E. Washington Ave. The fair will feature jewelry, candles, fine art, beaded Christmas decorations, holiday floral arrangements, baby items, knitted and crocheted items, and other items. Proceeds benefit the Robert W. Hansen Diabetes Fund.