In the land of plenty, 14.3 percent of Americans now live in poverty, according to the latest U.S. Census figures.
The number of poor has climbed to the highest level since 1965. And as the recession has shown, Southern Nevada is far from immune to poverty and hunger.
Fortunately for many valley residents, the Three Square food bank continues to come up with creative ways to feed the hungry and raise awareness in Southern Nevada.
The group has outdone itself this time with DISH Las Vegas “interactive culinary arts event” Sept. 30 at the Palms Pool & Bungalows.
Top chefs and restaurants will provide the cuisine, and Smash Mouth will make an appearance with proceeds benefiting the food bank, which helps feed some of the thousands of hungry Southern Nevadans.
Three Square feeds more than 31,000 children monthly in the valley, where 48 percent of all schoolchildren qualify for free or reduced-price meals.
For more information, contact threesquare.org.
LOCKED, LOADED: Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle has been criticized plenty for her “Second Amendment remedies” comments.
It’s only fair that her press spokesman, Jerry Stacy, gets a chance to return a full volley. He writes in an e-mail, “Sharron Angle has responded to this question numerous times and it’s just another attempt at fear mongering from Senator Harry Reid in order to distract voters from the main issue of this race, which is the broken economy in Nevada that has been injured by Senator Reid’s failed policies. The Review-Journal’s most recent poll shows that the state’s economy is the overwhelming focus of voters. It’s the most important issue of 72 percent of the voters in the state. Furthermore, most independent voters blame Obama and Reid for the economy, which is a major problem for Senator Reid. Harry doesn’t want to talk about this, so he’s trying to change the subject.”
Meanwhile, Reid appears to define “Second Amendment remedies” differently. He pushed through millions of federal dollars to support the creation of Clark County’s new shooting park.
SAHARA REUNION: Maybe some day someone will decide that perhaps the best place to hold a reunion of Sahara employees is at the Sahara. Until then, the Fertitta family has been kind enough to make space available for the Sahara’s former dealers, waiters and bosses.
The reunion is set to start at 3 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Palace Station, organizer Mike Gnatovich says. All former employees are welcome, and some are sure to arrive wearing their old Sahara uniforms, which always irritates me. I can’t fit into clothes I bought last week.
MIRACLE LEAGUE: The Las Vegas Miracle League, which enables children with disabilities to play baseball in a ballpark designed especially for them, starts its fall season Sept. 25 with 10 teams and more than 120 players.
If you haven’t had a chance to catch a game, the field is located at 101 S. Rancho Road next to First Christian Church.
What you’ll see will inspire you.
If you would like to help out or have an athlete who would like to participate, contact miracleleaguelasvegas.com for more information.
Nationally, more than 80,000 young people with disabilities participate in the Miracle League.
ON THE BOULEVARD: Pink Paper Day is coming. Don’t be alarmed, but on Sept. 30 the Review-Journal will blush as never before with proceeds to benefit the Susan G. Komen For the Cure foundation that supports breast cancer research.
BOULEVARD II: Former Nevada Rep. Jim Santini has joined “Republicans for Reid.” I’m so old I remember when Santini was a Democrat.
Santini on Thursday lauded Reid’s efforts to stop the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository project and slammed Angle as, you guessed it, too “extreme and dangerous” to lead Nevada.
As the race grinds toward November, expect more moderate Republicans to stand up for the embattled Reid.
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