Prime View Briefs for Nov. 2012

insurers withdraw medicare advantage health plans

Wellpoint Inc. and UnitedHealth Group Inc. have withdrawn Medicare Advantage health plans that enrolled more than 7,800 Medicare beneficiaries in Clark County.

These insurers may offer other plans next year.

People with Medicare can sign up for, or switch, their Medicare health and prescription drug plans during Medicare’s open enrollment period, which ends Dec. 7. Beneficiaries losing their health plans also have the option of switching to Original Medicare, which enables members to choose their own doctors, hospitals and other providers.

Find out which Medicare health and prescription drug plans are available at medicare.gov/find-a-plan or call 800-633-4227.

Free health fair planned for federal government employees

A free health fair for current and retired federal government employees and their spouses or survivors has been scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 9 in the second-floor ballroom at the Suncoast, 9090 Alta Drive. The event is sponsored by the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association.

Representatives from the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, including Blue Cross-Blue Shield, GEHA, Mail Handlers, United Healthcare and the Health Plan of Nevada are expected to attend and answer questions about 2013 health benefits.

For more information, contact Jerry Mork at jmork26621@aol.com.

Women’s group PLANS holiday auction and buffet dinner

The Evening Mesquite Club has scheduled a buffet dinner, holiday auction and raffle featuring handcrafted items at 6 p.m. Nov. 15 at the group’s 702 E. St. Louis Ave. clubhouse.

Proceeds will benefit a scholarship fund for two Clark County high school senior girls and the Senior Homebound Service.

Tickets are $20, and raffle tickets will be sold at the door. Call 702-734-5978 for more information.

North Las vegas recreation center to host trip to primm for seniors

The Silver Mesa Recreation Center, 4025 Allen Lane, is planning a trip to Primm from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 15.

The excursion is limited to the first 20 participants to register. Transportation is provided by Parks and Recreation vans. The cost to participate is $5. Participants are responsible for their own lunch costs. Call 702-633-2550 for more information.

Thanksgiving luncheons planned at various senior centers

The East Las Vegas Community/Senior Center has scheduled a Thanksgiving luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 14 at 250 N. Eastern Ave. The cost is $5. Register by Nov. 9. Call 702-229-1515 for more information.

The Doolittle Senior Center has scheduled a Thanksgiving meal at 11 a.m. Nov. 20 at 1930 N. J St. The cost is $7. Register by Nov. 13. Call 702-229-6125 for more information.

The Las Vegas Senior Center has scheduled a Thanksgiving lunch at noon Nov. 20 at 451 E. Bonanza Road. The cost is $5. Call 702-229-6454 for more information.

Talent showcase planned

The Doolittle Senior Center plans to host an I’ve Got Talent Showcase and a Mix and Mingle event at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 15 at the West Las Vegas Library Theatre, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd.

Seniors can show their talents in music, poetry and dance. The Mix and Mingle is scheduled after the showcase at the Doolittle Senior Center, 1930 N. J St. Admission is $5. Call 702-229-6125 for more information.

MAKE HOLIDAY GIFTS IN YOUR KITCHEN

The Lieburn Senior Center is planning a class to give seniors ideas for making gifts at home.

The class is scheduled for 11 a.m. Nov. 27 at 6230 Garwood Ave.

The cost is $5. Call 702-229-1600 for more information.

Cookie exchange and craft project event planned at senior center

Bring two dozen of your favorite cookies to share, take home a variety of cookies and make a simple holiday pin at a holiday event scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Las Vegas Senior Center, 451 E. Bonanza Road. Call 702-229-6454 for more information.

HANDICRAFT SALE SCHEDULED

The Las Vegas Senior Center plans a sale of handcrafted items including ceramics, artwork, jewelry and quilts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 29 at 451 E. Bonanza Road. Crafters 50 or older can rent a table for $10 to $15 to sell their items. Call 702-229-6454 to rent a space.

Attend a tree trimming and potluck

Help decorate the Centennial Hills Active Adult Center’s Christmas tree, bring a dish to share and enjoy meeting new friends at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 3 at 6601 N. Buffalo Drive. Registration is required and begins Nov. 19. For more information, call 702-229-1702.

Enjoy a slumber party brunch

Come dressed in your pajamas and slippers to a brunch scheduled for 10 a.m. Dec. 6 at the East Las Vegas Community/Senior Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave. The cost is $3. Registration is required by Nov. 30.

Call 702-229-1515 for more information.

Volunteers needed to transport patients to cancer treatments

Every day, thousands of Las Vegas cancer patients need a ride to their cancer treatment but don’t have a means to get there. The American Cancer Society Road to Recovery program provides transportation to and from treatment for people unable to drive themselves. The program has just 50 drivers enrolled and the current need demands at least 100 to meet all the requests.

“We’re in desperate need of volunteers,” said Debra Armstrong, Quality of Life Manager in Las Vegas. “It’s the perfect opportunity for students, members of retirement communities or anyone with just a few hours a week to step forward. We can raise all the money in the world, but if these patients can’t get to their treatment, we’re not meeting their needs.”

Volunteer drivers must have a valid Nevada driver’s license, a safe, reliable vehicle, proof of automobile insurance, a safe driving history and be in good health. The commitment is about four hours a week however it works with volunteers’ schedules.

For more information, call Armstrong at 702-891-9023.

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