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Clothing donations being accepted
to benefit valley children

Donations of new or gently used school clothes and uniforms are being collected at four northwest locations through Aug. 12 to prepare needy children for a new school year.

On Aug. 13, a general store-type setup will be constructed for families to shop for the goods at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7600 Tule Springs Road. The event is free.

Donations will be accepted at the worship center; Retro Bakery, 7785 N. Durango Drive, Suite 130; Streets of New York pizza parlor, 7570 Norman Rockwell Lane, Suite 120; and the Centennial Hills YMCA, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive.

For more information or to make special donations, call Holly Hutchings at 545-5657.

Arts and crafts fair to raise funds
For resident’s heart transplant

Mark calendars for what organizers are calling their largest community arts and crafts fair, planned for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 17 at Centennial Hills Park, 7101 N. Buffalo Drive.

The event also is a fundraiser for northwest resident Sean Semon, who is need of a heart transplant.

Admission is free. There will be a free goody bag for the first 100 guests. The event is hosted by Marketplace Expos.

Vendors from businesses such as Tupperware, Mary Kay and Avon cosmetics and Scentsy are slated to attend.

Donations must be made to The zHeart Foundation in Semon’s name.

For more information about the foundation, contact Jacqueline Morris at 589-1432 or jmorrisislabella@gmail.com or visit zorate.com/zHeart.

Vendors also are needed for the event.

To reserve a space, call Tina Marie Heptner at 220-3229 or email info@

WOmen of Color conference to include networking, lectures and workshops

Network with other female professionals, celebrate diversity and mingle with other career women at the fifth annual Women of Color Conference planned for Aug. 1-3 at Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South.

The Women of Color Conference is open to all women and men and offers a forum for career development and networking, featuring nationally recognized speakers and executive development experts.

Due to demand and exceptional attendee turnout in its previous four years, the fifth annual Women of Color Conference will feature an enhanced schedule, expanding from one to three days.

All conference proceeds will benefit organizations serving women and girls.

The early registration fee is $150. Registration includes the conference and all workshops, lectures, access to the Career Center, where participants obtain advice from certified career coaches, and the conference’s signature Empowering Our Future luncheon. Reduced student registration (with valid college ID) is available for $75.

For more information, call Kameelah Shareef, MGM Resorts Corporate Diversity, at 650-7424 or email kshareef@mgmresorts.com.

See snakes at Springs Preserve

A new live animal show called “Venom!” is scheduled to run at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily through Aug. 14 at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd.

The rotating lineup of reptiles to be featured includes rattlesnakes, the desert night snake, gopher snakes and a Gila monster. Animals will be separated from the audience by an enclosure.

For more information, visit springspreserve.org or call 822-8722.


Lied Discovery Children’s Museum, 833 Las Vegas Blvd. North, is one of 500 finalists in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program, which will award vehicles to 100 nonprofit organizations based on votes from the public.

The program, which began May 9, showcases five nonprofit groups each day at facebook.com/toyota. Page visitors can vote once a day. The museum is scheduled to be highlighted Saturday.

Should the museum win a vehicle, it will be used to expand the House Calls Outreach Program, which provides interactive health and science education in Southern Nevada classrooms.

For more information about the museum, visit ldcm.org or call 382-3445.


Professional and amateur photographers older than 21 are invited to participate in Capture Downtown! — a photography competition sponsored by the city of Las Vegas, the Downtown Las Vegas Alliance, Symphony Park and the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Entry categories include Lifestyle: depicting everyday life/work/play in downtown Las Vegas, Stars: interesting people who live/work downtown, and Icons: to include downtown landmarks, neon signs and historic buildings.

There will be first-, second- and third-place winners in each category. Winners are to be announced in October during the Symphony Park Lecture at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St. A People’s Choice Award also will be given, and the entry photos will be hosted on lvrj.com from Sept. 1-22 for voting.

Prizes include gift certificates from downtown retailers and hotels, downtown merchandise and more. The entry deadline is Aug. 15. All entries must be submitted digitally to downtownlasvegasalliance.com/captureddowntown.


Cannery Casino Resorts is teaming with Operation Showers of Appreciation to host a large baby shower for local military moms. Often military wives and enlistees come to Southern Nevada as part of a relocation where they’re away from family and friends. Others are pregnant while their spouse may be serving overseas.

Anyone can drop off of new baby items, clothing and diapers at the valet area at any Cannery Casino Resorts property, including the Rampart Casino, 221 N. Rampart Blvd.

Donations will be accepted through July 23. About 100 expectant or recent mothers will be presented with the gifts during a shower planned for July 30 at the Eastside Cannery, 5255 Boulder Highway.

For more information, call 507-5900.

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