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Henderson Neighborhood News for Nov. 20-26, 2014

DONATIONS SOUGHT TO STUFF STOCKINGS FOR DEPLOYED MILITARY MEMBERS

The city of Henderson and Blue Star Mothers of Henderson and Boulder City are seeking donations throughout November to assemble holiday stockings for troops deployed overseas.

Items such as candy canes, toiletries, ChapStick, batteries, granola bars and magazines are set to be accepted at Henderson City Hall, 240 S. Water St., Henderson recreation centers and businesses on Water Street.

Participants are encouraged to submit contact information of deployed Henderson military members at cityofhenderson.com so they can receive a personal stocking.

To view the list of requested items, visit tinyurl.com/o6sqfvo.

LIBRARY TO HOST COMPUTER CLASS DEC. 3

An introductory computer class is set for 10 a.m. Dec. 3 at the Paseo Verde Library, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway. The class is set to cover the basic components of Windows 7.

For more information, call 702-492-6580, ext. 5.

TEACHER NEEDS VOTES TO WIN $100,000 FOR SEWELL ELEMENTARY

Sewell Elementary School, 700 E. Lake Mead Drive, seeks support for winning $100,000 through the Farmers Insurance Dream Big Challenge. Teacher Brenda Moynihan is one of 15 finalists in the challenge and will receive the money for the school if she receives the most votes. The contest is set to run through Nov. 30. To vote, visit tinyurl.com/mhw7jj6.

LIBRARIES TO CLOSE FOR THANKSGIVING

Henderson District Public Libraries are set to close at 5 p.m. Nov. 26 and are scheduled to remain closed through Nov. 28 in celebration of Thanksgiving.

For more information, visit mypubliclibrary.com.

WALKER FURNITURE SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS PROGRAM

Walker Furniture is accepting nomination letters through Dec. 5 for its 21st annual Home for the Holidays program, which provides families in need with a houseful of new furniture.

Walker CEO Larry Alterwitz plans to help a record-breaking 30 families in need. HELP of Southern Nevada will identify which nominated families display the most genuine need for new furnishings.

Nomination letters come from teachers and students, health care professionals, social service workers, clergy, friends, neighbors and family.

Past recipients included a single-parent family of five, where one child had a brain injury that required ongoing therapy and the entire family was sleeping on the floor; a family that lost all of its possessions in a fire; four minor children whose mother was shot and killed by their father and are now being raised by their grandparents; and a single, working mother of five who was unable to provide her family with beds, chairs or a dining table.

Nomination letters can be sent to Larry Alterwitz, CEO Walker Furniture, 301 S. Martin Luther King Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89106, emailed to cnelson@walkerfurniture.com or faxed to 702-384-7772.

TURKEY DRIVE NEEDS YOUR HELP

Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada is calling on the community to help collect 2,000 frozen turkeys for this Thanksgiving holiday.

One of Catholic Charities’ annual traditions, for the last 28 years it has been organizing a Thanksgiving basket giveaway that provides a frozen turkey, nonperishable dinner fixings and pie to its most vulnerable clients. It is the valley’s largest turkey giveaway, serving approximately 4,500 families. Catholic Charities’ staff members store the frozen turkeys in freezer trucks. In addition, outside the campus, there will be a “turkey thermometer” keeping a count of how many turkeys have been donated each day.

Frozen turkey donations will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday through Nov. 24 at Catholic Charities’ Rainbow Thrift Store, 915 S. Rainbow Blvd.

Volunteers are also needed to help clients shop and assemble baskets to be given away until Nov. 24. Volunteers can sign up at catholiccharities.com or email volunteer@catholiccharities.com.

PARTNERSHIP SET TO GIVE AWAY A MORTGAGE-FREE HOME FOR VETERAN

Station Casinos and the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl are partnering with the Military Warriors Support Foundation to give away a home at the Dec. 20 football game.

The foundation awards mortgage-free homes to military service members who have severe and/or unique circumstances because of their injuries. In addition to the home, the families receive three years of family and financial mentoring.

Those interested can nominate oneself or someone in the community by visitingsclv.com/woundedheroes. Applications will be accepted through Nov. 28.

MILITARY MEMBERS CAN JOIN THE YMCA FOR FREE

To honor the military, the YMCA of Southern Nevada is offering half-price memberships and no joining fees to all active-duty military, veterans and those individuals’ immediate families, year-round. To receive the discount, those eligible must present a military ID and join in person at the Bill & Lillie Heinrich YMCA, 4141 Meadows Lane; Durango Hills YMCA, 3521 N. Durango Drive; Centennial Hills YMCA, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive; or the SkyView YMCA, 3050 E. Centennial Parkway. This offer will remain in effect until further notice.

After the 50 percent discount, the monthly membership rates for this offer are $31 for a family, $18 for an individual and $16 for a senior. The YMCA also waives its normal joining fee of $50 for an individual and $75 for a family. There are no joining contracts.

For more information, visit lasvegasymca.org.

UNITED WAY SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR HOLIDAY EVENTS

United Way of Southern Nevada is seeking volunteers to help stuff holiday stockings to be distributed to children at two of its partner preschools from 9 to 11 a.m. on the northwest side of the valley and from 1 to 3 p.m. on the east side on Dec. 2. A $15 donation is requested to help pay for refreshments and supplies. To register, visit tinyurl.com/uwvoldec. Volunteers are also needed to stuff stockings for clients of partner health clinics from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 2 and to stuff baskets of Italian food for clients of United Way’s financial stability center. For more information, visit uwsn.org/volunteer.

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