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Solar living focus of Oct. 5 festival at Learning Center

The Conservation District of Southern Nevada invites the community to the second annual Solarbration Solar Festival from 2-7 p.m. Oct. 5 at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Road. The festival blends art, technology and outreach to promote renewable energy, inspire conservation and support sustainable communities.

There is no cost to attend the festival, which will include the opportunity to enjoy solar-powered art, live music, food and fun. There also will be solar demonstrations and information about sustainable energy.

The Solar Village will feature more than 35 exhibitors focusing on solar living and electric cars. Information will be available about rebate programs, energy-efficient home improvements, green homebuilders, Energy Star appliances and sustainable home products.

Additionally, there will be hands-on activities for children, including solar art projects make-and-take solar nightlights, as well as food trucks and live entertainment.

This year’s event is billed as “bike friendly,” and bicycle clubs are encouraged to ride to the festival.

Solarbration partners include Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition, Cooperative Extension, Natural Awakenings, Southwest Gas, Sun Solar, Energy Fit and Solar NV.

For more information, visit www.cdsn.org/solarfestival.html or like the Solar Festival – Las Vegas page on Facebook.

Juried art wreath festival will benefit ALS of Nevada

ALS of Nevada, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support and resources to those afflicted with Lou Gehrig’s disease, their families and caregivers, will hold its fourth annual Art Wreath Festival.

The juried event features more than 60 wreaths, holiday and nonholiday themed, from local artists, designers and members of the public.

The wreaths will be displayed starting Nov. 13 in the second-floor lobby and patio of Las Vegas City Hall, 495 S. Main St.

They will be available to purchase during a silent auction from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 14. Tickets to the cocktail reception and auction are $50 and include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

Dr. David Ginsburg, a neurologist, and the medical team for the monthly ALS of Nevada clinic will be honored at the event.

For more information and to purchase tickets to the cocktail reception, visit www.alsofnevada.org, scroll down to 2013 Art Wreath Festival or call the ALS of Nevada office at 702-777-0500.

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