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Literary Las Vegas: Paul S. Bodner

Las Vegas resident Paul S. Bodner faced his 2012 Stage 4 lung cancer diagnosis with humor and a determination to squeeze something sweet out of the biggest lemon of his life. He shares his experiences before and after the news in “My Lemonade Life: A Memoir of Living With Love, Laughter and Now … Cancer.”

Husband-wife duo spread cheer as Santa and his Good Elf

Vegas Santa has had a busy holiday season, visiting a Christmas at Huntridge Circle Park, 1251 S. Maryland Parkway; a holiday party called Twisted Vegas at a private home; Doggie Date Night at the the Downtown Container Park, 707 Fremont St.; and the Santa Rampage, a holiday-themed downtown bar crawl.

Newsmakers, Dec. 25-31, 2014

Patti Shock, a founding member and academic consultant for The International School of Hospitality, has won three lifetime achievement awards this year. Shock received the first national Icon Award in July from the National Association of Catering and Events, and in October, she was inducted into the Convention Industry Council’s Hall of Leaders, the highest honor in the industry. Her latest achievement, the Legacy Award from the NACE Las Vegas chapter, was presented to her in November.

Santa dispatched for kids whose homes burned

While the American Red Cross of Southern Nevada assisted Winnie Roybal’s family with shelter and necessities, Operation Fire H.E.A.T. worked to rescue their holiday spirit.

Urban youths get outdoors education through nonprofit group

Instead of sidewalks, they trekked along a dirt trail. Instead of climbing stairs, they scrambled over boulders. On Dec. 6, the nonprofit Las Vegas Inspiring Connections Outdoors took a group of students who previously knew only city life on a hike in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation.

Woman says her crocheted items get best mileage at nonprofits

Karin Roelf thought she was donating hats and scarves to Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada on Dec. 12, but according to the nonprofit, what she was donating was love.

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