ACLUNV’s 50th Anniversary Gala: The event celebrating American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada is scheduled at 7 p.m. June 11 at Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Artist and designer John Van Hamersveld has created custom artwork for the gala and a limited-edition poster for VIP attendees. Before the formal gala program begins, there will be a one-hour meet-and-greet with Van Hamersveld, along with additional Nevada and national VIPs. The event is set to include dinner, entertainment, a silent auction and honoree recognition. Tickets are $250 or $350 for VIP. Visit aclunv.org/50thAnniversary.
Elks membership: The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, founded 150 years ago, is an organization of adults seeking to engage in charitable work at the local and national levels. Membership is open to men and women. Examples of efforts include providing scholarships to high school graduates in an amount annually second only to the federal government, providing school supplies to at-risk schools in the local community, food baskets to families in need during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, participating in drug awareness programs in local schools and being active in veterans and veteran organizations. Meetings are planned for 7 p.m. the first and third Thursday of the month except for July and August. Contact the Henderson/Green Valley Lodge 2802, 631 E. Lake Mead Parkway, at 702-565-9959 or visit tinyurl.com/elksgv.
Help for Heroes recommendation letters: Walker Furniture is seeking recommendation letters for the company’s third annual Help for Heroes program to help wounded U.S. Military personnel and veterans in Clark County who need specialized furniture. The program relies on letters from the community describing the situations of prospective recipients. Walker Furniture will provide certain necessary items that are not generally available through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, such as lift chairs, adjustable beds, new mattresses, dining sets and a variety of other possibilities. Each delivery will be specific to the needs of each recipient. The deadline for submitting a letter is June 30. Letters received by Walker Furniture will be reviewed and evaluated by an independent panel headed by Commander Tim Gomez of the American Legion Paradise Post 149. The post commander and post members will personally visit each prospective recipient to evaluate their individual needs. The furniture items will be delivered shortly after a special presentation event, to be held in early July. Letters should be sent to: Larry Alterwitz, CEO, Walker Furniture/Help For Heroes, 301 S. Martin Luther King Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89106, faxed to 702-384-7772, hand delivered, emailed to email@example.com or submitted at walkerhelpforheroes.com.
Downtown Cares event: Downtown Cares, a day of volunteerism founded by El Cortez Hotel & Casino and Moonridge Group in 2012, is set to host its sixth community event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 4 at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, 1501 Las Vegas Blvd North. Over 100 volunteers are set to serve food to more than 1,200 people in need.
County seeks past clerks’ information: Clark County Clerk Lynn Marie Goya is seeking the public’s help in locating historical photos, documents and information about past Clark County Clerks for a photo wall. While the office has a photo of the first clerk, Harley A. Harmon, it seeks photos of the next five clerks: Florence S. Doherty, William L. Scott, Lloyd S. Payne, Gertrude Massengale and Helen Scott Reed. Anyone with a photo or information is asked to contact the Clerk’s Office at 702-671-0708 or clerkem@ClarkCountyNV.gov.
Sprat Classes: Sprat Artistic Ensemble, a New York City-based multi-generational ensemble under the direction of Ryan Elisabeth Reid, is partnering with Core Academy and Coordinated Living of Southern Nevada for Sprat Classes to encourage art and theatre collaboration between local students and seniors. The classes are to take place multiple times every month at various senior communities connected with Ovation Property Management. Sprat classes for this season will run from May 2016 – May 2017, culiminating in a final exhibition in June 2017 featuring the art and performances of participating teens and seniors. Email Ryan Marquardt at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit sprattheatreco.com or core-academy.org.
Chamber music grant: The Cultural Arts Program of Clark County Parks and Recreation, with its grant partner, the Arab Music Ensemble of Las Vegas, is one of the eight 2016 grantees in the Residency Partnership Program of Chamber Music America, the national service organization for ensemble music professionals. The grant, with a match from the county, will fund 18 free concerts in Clark County schools over the course of a year starting in September, as well as free public concerts at McCarran International Airport and ticketed concerts at Winchester Cultural Center.
Spring challenge winner: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Nevada, Southern Nevada Health District and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership gave a grand prize check presentation on May 20 to Tate Elementary School for the Fire Up Your Feet Spring 2016 Challenge, which encourages Clark County School District kindergarten through eighth-grade students and their families to be more physically active. There were more than 16,300 participants in the Spring 2016 Challenge.
Hospitality presentation: On May 23, The International School of Hosipitality, in conjunction with the Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association, presented a morning of hospitality training for 32 students from the Marketing/Hospitality & Tourism Program from East Career & Technical Academy. The students in attendance heard from hospitality industry professionals in four sessions focusing on the areas of front desk operations, guest service/concierge, leadership and events/weddings. Visit tisoh.edu or call 702-947-7200.
Discover parks: Nevada residents and visitors are invited to Discover Nevada State Parks on June 11. Park visitors will receive free day use admission and free fishing (no license required) at all of Nevada’s 23 state parks. Visit parks.nv.gov.
Show supports autism foundation: Blue Man Group’s partnership with the Grant a Gift Autism Foundation continues for the second consecutive year with a sensory-friendly show, suitable for children with autism spectrum disorders. It is planned for 4 p.m. June 12 at the Luxor, 3900 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Tickets are $36, with net proceeds from the event going to the nonprofit. Visit grantagiftfoundation.org.
Medicare Information Session: The free meeting is planned at 2 p.m. June 14 at the Rainbow Library, 3150 N. Buffalo Drive. A representative from Nevada State Health Insurance Assistance Program is set to answer questions about Medicare, Prescription D and other plans, deductibles and co-pays, how to file a claim and more. Call 702-507-3710.
Clothing drive: Mattress Firm plans its Kids Clothing Drive through June 26. All stores in Las Vegas will accept new clothing items and monetary donations to help provide foster youths with the items they need to adjust to a new home and succeed in a new environment. The donations will be distributed to Fostering Futures of Las Vegas at the end of the eight-week drive. Visit stores.mattressfirm.com/nv/lasvegas or mattressfirm.com/foster-kid-heroes.html.
Free law classes planned: The Clark County Law Library and Nevada Legal Services are offering free classes on Bankruptcy and Consumer Rights in Nevada every other month through June. The class is being offered as a community service by Nevada Legal Services. Classes are planned from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays every other month at the Clark County Law Library, 309 S. Third St., Suite 400. The next class is set for June 21. Topics include whether to file for bankruptcy, the difference between Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy, debt collector harassment and how to receive free help. Qualified participants may apply for a pro bono attorney after attending class. Seating is limited. Call 702-455-4696 to reserve a seat.
Election workers needed: The Clark County Election Department is looking for workers during early voting and election days, June 14 and Nov. 8, respectively. The pay is $10 an hour for early voting and $120 for the day on Election Day. Applicants must be registered voters in Clark County, not a candidate or relative of a candidate, endure long hours or have flexibility for a variable schedule. Visit ClarkCountyNV.gov/vote or call 702-455-2815.
Volunteer coaches: Elite Las Vegas Wildcats, comprising tackle football and cheerleading for youths 7 to 14, is a nonprofit within the National Youth Sports League, affiliated with USA Football, a partner of the NFL. The Wildcats are looking for volunteer coaches for over 135 student athletes. No experience is required. Coaching clinics and course opportunities will be provided. Each volunteer will be required to submit a background check (a $10 fee). Football coaches will be required to obtain USA Football Certification for coaching (a $25 fee for online membership). Email email@example.com or call Katie Grossardt at 702-426-9039.
Monorail for residents: Nevada residents with valid identification can purchase $1 fares for the Las Vegas Monorail every day. For a list of ticket offices, visit LVMonorail.com or call 866-466-6672.
Weatherization program: HELP of Southern Nevada is accepting applications for its Weatherization program, which assists low-income households occupied by seniors, those who are physically challenged and homes with children, to prepare for extreme summer and winter weather. This year, Southwest Gas is teaming up with the nonprofit through its Energy Share program, a bill assistance program to help those facing economic hardships. Through the program, customers in need can seek support on past-due natural gas energy bills. Qualified individuals may also receive assistance in replacing a natural gas appliance. Once an application is accepted, trained weatherization staff members will visit and examine homes and perform an energy audit. Repairs may include weather stripping, blowing insulation, broken windows, testing gas appliances, heating and air conditioning evaluations, refrigerator efficiency checks and installation of solar screens and other energy-saving devices. Visit helpsonv.org, call 702-795-0575 or visit the nonprofit at 1640 E. Flamingo Road between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Recreation center employees sought: Clark County Parks and Recreation is seeking part-time employees for year-round day camps and summer camps at local community and recreation centers. Desert Breeze Recreation Center, 8275 Spring Mountain Road, is seeking an art instructor to plan and execute all age-appropriate arts and crafts activities for summer camp participants. The applicant must have a high school diploma or equivalent and have previous experience teaching art to school-age children in a school or recreation setting. A college degree in art, recreation, education or a related field is preferred. Hourly salary is $10 to $12. The center also is accepting applications for a program assistant for year-round day camp programming at the center. The employee would be responsible for the supervision of children ages 6 to 12 in an active recreation program as well as facilitating activities such as group games, sports, arts and crafts and mentoring. Hourly salary is $8.45 to $9. Call 702-455-8334. Applications can be picked up at any Clark County Parks and Recreation facility or can be downloaded at accessclarkcounty.com/depts/parks/Documents/Application.pdf.
Sunset Stewards volunteers: Volunteers are sought for Clark County Parks and Recreation’s Sunset Stewards program, which involves patrolling Sunset Park for at least four hours each month. Stewards report problems and interact with park patrons in a positive way in order to educate them about what behavior is appropriate at the Sunset lake and elsewhere on the grounds of the 323-acre regional facility. Volunteers are to be trained about how to interact with park patrons in a nonconfrontational manner. Volunteers are required to undergo a police background check and asked to have a cellphone with camera capabilities in order to document graffiti, vandalism or other concerns that they may encounter on their rounds. They will be provided a volunteer vest and have the option of being provided a trash grabber to pick up small pieces of garbage. Call 702-455-8200 or email sunsetstewards@ClarkCountyNV.gov.
Business license kiosks: City of Las Vegas Business Licensing has deployed two kiosks providing English- and Spanish-speaking customers with alternate methods of conducting business with the city of Las Vegas. The first one is in the first-floor lobby at the Development Services Center, 333 N. Rancho Drive. The second is at the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, 575 Symphony Park Ave., Suite 100. Some of the tasks that can be completed on the new kiosks include: apply for a business license; manage business license; pay business license renewals; visit required state websites; print forms; take customer surveys; and report problems. Call the Business Licensing department at 702-229-6281.
Nominate veterans for veteran of the month: Nevada’s Veteran of the Month award recognizes veterans statewide who contribute their time and energy in support of veterans and the military, and/or who take pride in caring and nurturing their local communities. The program is managed by the Nevada Department of Veterans Services, which continuously seeks potential honorees. Anyone can nominate potential candidates. Submissions must be on an official form and will be reviewed by members of the Veterans Service Commission at its quarterly meetings. The members then make final decisions on who is chosen. Submissions are accepted throughout the year, and nomination deadlines are three weeks prior to each VSC quarterly meeting. To nominate:
— Read the attached VOM guidelines at veterans.nv.gov.
— Download and complete VOM nomination packet under “Services.” Nomination packets must include a copy of the nominee’s DD-214 Form and a photo of the nominee. For assistance in obtaining a copy of a DD-214 form, call the Nevada Department of Veterans Services, VAST Section, at 775-321-4880.
— Nomination packets can be filled out online, saved, printed, signed and mailed to: Nevada Department of Veterans Services, Attn: Pamela Roberts, 6880 S. McCarran Blvd., Bldg. A, Suite 2, Reno, NV 89509.
— Completed packets can also be scanned and emailed to Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 775-688-1656.
WGU offering nurse scholarships: WGU Nevada is offering up to $20,000 in scholarships for nurses across the state and is set to award up to 10 scholarships to nurses who wish to pursue a bachelor’s or master’s degree program in WGU Nevada’s College of Health Professions. Each WGU Loves Nurses Scholarship is valued at up to $2,000, or $500 per six-month term for up to four terms. New and enrolling students can apply for these scholarships through July 31 at nevada.wgu.edu/wgulovesnurses. To be eligible, scholarship applicants must be officially admitted to WGU Nevada, complete the scholarship application, which includes an essay, and be interviewed by a scholarship counselor. Visit nevada.wgu.edu/wgulovesnurses.
Cybersecurity and Information Assurance degree: WGU Nevada is now accepting applications for its newest online master’s degree program, Science in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance. The new program offers coursework that aligns with the latest standards from national security organizations, including the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense and the National Security Agency. The program is designed for experienced information systems professionals or individuals with real-world IT experience who are seeking a master’s degree and planning to become certified in ethical hacking or computer forensic investigation. WGU Nevada’s terms are six months long, and students may enroll on the first of any month, completing as many courses as they are able for a flat-rate tuition of about $3,000 per term. Visit nevada.wgu.edu/cybersecurity.
Leadership Academy enrollment: Leadership Academy of Nevada is enrolling students for the 2016-17 school year. LANV focuses on developing leaders through delivery of a liberal-arts education via cutting-edge technology in grades six through 12 throughout Nevada. Regularly scheduled Enrollment Information Meetings are held online and in Las Vegas so that parents and students can learn more. A list of Enrollment Information Meeting dates, times, and places can be found at lanv.org.
Teaching scholarships: WGU Nevada is partnering with the Nevada Department of Education to offer up to 20 full-ride scholarships to residents who wish to pursue a career in teaching. In 2015, the Nevada Department of Education provided $240,000 to WGU Nevada as part of the Nevada Legislature’s Teach Nevada Scholarship Initiative. Individuals interested in applying are required to complete WGU Nevada’s Alternate Route to Licensure program for elementary and secondary teaching. The ARL program is an accelerated pathway for individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree but do not have a teaching license. After successful completion of the accelerated program, students will have completed a series of rigorous courses, in-person observations, and clinical experiences in a public school classroom that prepares them to be highly effective teachers. Winning scholarship recipients will be awarded $3,000 per term, not to exceed a total of $12,000 per student. Scholarships are available to new students who possess a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a non-education related field from an accredited university. To learn more about the scholarship, email email@example.com. Visit nevada.wgu.edu.
Latin Chamber scholarship: In collaboration with the Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce, WGU Nevada is encouraging professionals to embark on continuing education by offering more than $30,000 in scholarships to members of the chamber through its Las Vegas Otto Merida Scholarship program. The scholarships, valued at up to $3,200 per student, will be applied at the rate of $800 per six-month term, renewable for up to four terms. Scholarships are available to new students looking to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree in any of WGU Nevada’s more than 50 degree programs in information technology, business, teacher education, or health care. Potential awardees must be a member of the chamber, or belong to a member company, which comprises more than 800 members. The WGU Nevada Otto Merida Scholarship was created in honor of the founder and chief executive officer of the Latin Chamber of Commerce. Visit nevada.wgu.edu/LVLCC.
Host families sought for exchange students: International Experience USA, a nonprofit high school student exchange organization approved by the U.S. Department of State, is seeking host families in the Las Vegas Valley to provide room and board, help with transportation and provide emotional support to exchange students. The students provide their own insurance and personal spending money. Visit ie-usa.org or contact Carol Myint at 507-301-3615 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health trials and other volunteer-oriented information:
Shingles clinical trial: The FV-100 shingles clinical trial has several sites in Las Vegas and is currently enrolling to test a potential treatment for shingles that could prevent long-lasting post-herpetic neuralgia pain for patients who are able to recognize the early signs of the disease and receive treatment within 72 hours of the first signs/symptoms of shingles. Patients must meet the following criteria to prequalify for the study: be 50 or older; able to receive the first dose of study medication within 72 hours of a possible shingles rash appearing; have not received the shingles vaccine; have a history of no more than two episodes of shingles; and the onset of shingles must not be on face, eyes, or mouth. Visit GotShingles.com. The website allows for a ZIP code search to find participating physicians in your area.
Patient and Family Advisory Council: HealthInsight Nevada is creating a Patient and Family Advisory Council to help better understand the health care system from the patient’s viewpoint. Patients, families and caregivers participating in the council will share their personal stories and health care experiences. HealthInsight Nevada is recruiting members from many different backgrounds from all regions of Nevada. Contact Gina Pirozzi at email@example.com or 702-933-7326.
Alzheimer’s study: The Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health are recruiting participants for their new, multicenter Alzheimer’s disease treatment trial EMERGE. The main purpose of the study is to determine if the experimental drug B11B037 can slow the progression of symptoms in early AD. Men and women 50 to 85 diagnosed with AD and experiencing mild cognitive impairment with common symptoms, such as memory loss, are needed to complete the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Additional study requirements include having a Clinical Dementia Rating-Global score of 0.5, a positive amyloid Position Emission Tomography scan and a reliable caregiver. Study participants will visit their respective trial sites to receive monthly injections during the course of the 78-week trial. The severity of dementia and changes in functional and cognitive impairment in participants will be measured and compared to evaluate the drug’s ability in slowing the progression of AD. Tests and assessments to monitor participants’ health include the completion of several interviews and questionnaires to measure how they are thinking, feeling and performing in everyday activities; physical examinations; Magnetic Resonance Imaging scans; PET (positron emission tomography); and measurements of vital signs. Call 216-445-9009. To enroll at Lou Ruvo, call 702-483-6000 or call Monica Guerra at 702-701-7893. For more information about ongoing trials, visit ClevelandClinic.org/clinicaltrials.
Ongoing health events and blood drives:
Yoga For Seniors: Atria Seville, 2000 N. Rampart Blvd., plans to offer a chair yoga and meditation class for seniors from 2 to 3 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. The class is led by master Mitch Menik and is open to the public. Sign in at the front desk. Visit atriaseville.com or call 702-804-6800.
Yoga with Christian: The sessions are slated from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursdays at the MountainView Hospital Medical Office Building, H2U, Suite 114, 3150 N. Tenaya Way. The cost is $5 per class. Registration is required. Call 702-233-5474 or visit mountainview-hospital.com.
Southern Nevada Health District app: The Walk Around Nevada app is a free, online program that helps participants increase physical activity by virtually logging 1,442 miles as they walk around the state. It can be downloaded through the Apple store for iOS devices or from Google Play for Android. Visit gethealthyclarkcounty.org or SNHD.info/apps.
Free blood pressure screenings: The screenings are scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays at the MountainView Hospital Medical Office Building, H2U, Suite 114, 3150 N. Tenaya Way. Registration is required. Call 702-233-5474 or visit mountainview-hospital.com.
MS Stretch & Flex: The events are planned for 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays at the MountainView Hospital Medical Office Building, H2U, Suite 114, 3150 N. Tenaya Way. This class is free for people with multiple sclerosis and current members of H2U. There is a $5 fee for others. Registration is required. Call 702-233-5474 or visit mountainview-hospital.com.
Bladder Cancer Support Group: The group is set to meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month at Summerlin Hospital Medical Center, 657 N. Town Center Drive. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Cervical Cancer Support Group: The group is set to meet at Summerlin Hospital Medical Center, 657 N. Town Center Drive, and is facilitated by Branda Kent, Nevada Chapter leader for the Cervical Cancer Coalition. For upcoming meeting information, call Ginger Fidel, Summerlin Hospital Oncology Program coordinator, at 702-233-7751.
Walk with a UMC Doc: Free Walk with a UMC Doc events are planned at 9:30 a.m. the third Thursday of the month at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd. Visit umcsn.com.
Free STD testing available: Free weekly STD screenings are available at the Gay and Lesbian Center of Southern Nevada and the Richard Steele Boxing Facility. Visit snhd.info/sexual-health-clinic. Free testing is also available from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Aid for AIDS of Nevada offices, 1120 Almond Tree Lane. No appointments are necessary, and anyone 13 or older will be tested. Visit afanlv.org.
Better Breathers Club plans meetings: The American Lung Association in Nevada invites those with lung health disease, their loved ones and caregivers to a Better Breathers Club meetings planned at the following locations and times each month:
Second Tuesdays, noon to 1 p.m. in the conference room at Centennial Hills Hospital, 6900 N. Durango Drive; RSVP by calling 702-835-9898.
Last Fridays, 3 to 4 p.m. at Prestige Care at Mira Loma, 2520 Wigwam Parkway; 702-431-6348.
First Thursdays, 1 to 2 p.m. at St. Rose Women’s Care and Outreach Center, 2651 Paseo Verde Parkway; 702-616-4910.
First Wednesdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m., United in Hope: Lung Cancer Survivors Support Group, at Kindred Hospital Las Vegas, 2250 E. Flamingo Road; at 702-353-2039 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fibromyalgia group meetings: The Fibromyalgia Friends Support Group of Southern Nevada is scheduled to meet during lunch and evening sessions the second and third Thursday of the month. Lunch meetings are set from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Fiesta Henderson buffet, 777 W. Lake Mead Parkway. Evening meetings are planned from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Barbara Greenspun Women’s Care Center, 2651 Paseo Verde Parkway, Suite 180. Visit fmfriends.org.
Breast cancer empowerment group: A free Breast Cancer Empowerment/Support Group is set to meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Summerlin Hospital Medical Center, 657 N. Town Center Drive. Topics vary and include guest speakers, resources and open discussion with the goal of helping to empower and support women. RSVP by calling 702-233-7155.
Stroke support group: The Stroke Support Group is set to meet at various times monthly:
From 3 to 4 p.m. the fourth Thursday of the month at Summerlin Hospital Medical Center, 657 N. Town Center Drive, 702-233-7061.
From 3 to 4 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Centennial Hills Hospital, 6900 N. Durango Drive, 702-629-1309.
From 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of the month at the South Magna Conference Center, south of the Desert Springs Hospital main entrance, 2075 E. Flamingo Road, 702-369-7560. Recommended parking is off Bruce Street. Lunch is provided.
From 10 to 11:30 a.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month on the fourth floor of Valley Hospital, 620 Shadow Lane. Call 702-388-8441 or 702-388-4619. Light refreshments will be served.
From 2 to 3:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month on the fourth floor in the acute rehabilitation unit in the dining room at Valley Hospital, 620 Shadow Lane. Call 702-388-8441 or 702-388-4619. Light refreshments will be served.
Cardiac support group meetings:
At 10 a.m. the third Saturday of the month in the cafeteria at Desert Springs Hospital, 2075 E. Flamingo Road. Call 702-369-7560.
From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month in Conference Room B at Spring Valley Hospital, 5400 S. Rainbow Blvd. RSVP by calling 702-388-4888. This support group provides peer-to-peer patient support and education including meeting others living with heart disease, learning how to live with heart disease and having your questions answered by knowledgeable staff members.
At 10:30 a.m. the third Wednesday of the month in Classroom 1A at Summerlin Hospital Medical Center, 657 N. Town Center Drive. RSVP by calling 702-233-7470. Topics vary and include guest speakers, resources and open discussion by helping those with cardiac issues continue their recovery, provide education and encourage ongoing exercise.
Bloodmobile drives planned across valley: UBS Bloodmobile drives are planned at multiple times and locations around the valley. Call 702-233-9620 or visit unitedbloodservices.org and enter the code, if available.
American Red Cross blood drives scheduled around the valley: The American Red Cross encourages residents to donate. Blood drives are planned continually across the valley. All blood types are needed, especially O negative, A negative and B negative, on a regular basis. To schedule a donation appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-733-2767. Recently, Red Cross announced a new RapidPass program, which allows donors to complete predonation reading and health history questions online on the day of their donation using a computer at home or work, reducing the time spent at blood drives by approximately 15 minutes.