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A Southern Nevada Devil Pups information meeting is scheduled at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Greater Nevada Marine Corps League at 4360 W. Spring Mountain Road. The leadership program is designed to train girls and boys 14 to 17 to participate in the regional Devil Pup program at Camp Pendleton in California.

The group meets Saturday mornings at Sunset Park, 2601 Sunset Road, for months of training. The best trainees are invited to the camp on the U.S. Marine base.

For more information, visit www.devilpups.com or call Marie Tomae at 285-4142 or Michael Holguin at 286-8469.

E Bunny asks for donations

The E Bunny program is asking for donations of Easter baskets and helping hands to make Easter special for needy children. The private, volunteer outreach group has grown in 21 years, from delivering 25 baskets the first year to 2,750 baskets in 2009. Last year’s effort was hampered by the economy but still provided 1,800 baskets to children.

Organizations that received baskets include City Mission of Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Rescue Mission, Straight from the Streets, Clark County Social Services, Lutheran Social Services, Nevada Social Services, Family Promise, S.A.F.E. House, Heads Up and the Las Vegas Housing Authority.

The effort relies on the generosity of local businesses and community support. For more information or to volunteer, visit reviewjournal.com/communitylink and click on “Charitable Groups” and then scroll to “E Bunny.”

Recycle used writing instruments
at Office Depot

Sanford Brands, Office Depot and TerraCycle Inc. are teaming up during Earth Month. Customers can bring their used writing instruments, regardless of the brand, to any Office Depot store through Saturday . In exchange for 10 pens, pencils or markers, customers will receive a coupon toward a new Sanford product.

The collected instruments will be sent to TerraCycle, an upcycling and recycling company, to be turned into new office supply products ranging from trash cans to desk organizers.

To further reduce waste, TerraCycle and Old Navy are partnering from Friday to May 21 to collect used flip-flops and recycle them into four public playgrounds. Simply deposit used flip-flops in designated collection bins at your area Old Navy store.

For more information, visit terracycle.net.

Yu-Gi-Oh! event set at library

Spring Valley Library, 4280 South Jones Blvd., has scheduled a Yu-Gi-Oh! event 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Open dueling is scheduled for every Saturday in April, and card trading is permitted, but no selling.

Free shots offered at library

The Southern Nevada Health District is scheduled to be at Spring Valley Library to offer free flu shots to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28. Anyone six months or older may receive a flu shot. No ID, no immunization records needed.

Children must be accompanied by a parent.

Children younger than nine years may require two doses.

For more information, please call 507-3821.

Flea Market to benefit Golden Retriever Rescue

A Flea Market sales event is planned at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 30 and May 1 at the Siena Town Center Mall to benefit the Golden Retriever Rescue of Southern Nevada. Siena Town Center Mall is at 10170 W. Tropicana Ave. at Hualapai Way.

Items available for sale will include clothing, toys, household items, furniture, electronics, appliances and re-gifts.

All proceeds will be used for shelter fees, medical costs and other expenses related to the rescue group. For more information, call Gretchen Papez at 510-4655 or email gbpapez@cox.net.

Las Vegas Cocker Rescue receives grant

The Las Vegas Cocker Rescue has received a grant as part of a Petfinder.com Foundation program to vaccinate dogs against canine influenza virus (CIV), a highly contagious disease that spreads easily from dog to dog. Because CIV is relatively new, most dogs have not built up immunity to it.

Dogs are contagious before they show any symptoms.

Dogs that go to doggie day care, boarding facilities, groomers and shows and are vaccinated for canine cough (Bordetella) also are at risk for canine flu.

Information about canine flu is available at doginfluenza.com.

FREE SHOTS GIVEN TO CHILDREN

The Southern Nevada Immunization and Health Coalition, along with the Consulate of Mexico and Nevada State Health Division, is sponsoring immunization clinics from Monday through April 30.

The health fair features no-cost immunizations for children 6 weeks to 6 years old, along with dental flouride and varnish, hearing and vision screening, lead testing, face painting and other activities for young children.

People can receive immunizations from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at the Consulate of Mexico, 823 S. Sixth St.; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at St. Rose Dominican De Lima, 102 E. Lake Mead Parkway; and Family to Family Connection, 31 Church St.; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27 at St. Rose Dominican Hospitals San Martin Campus, 8280 W. Warm Springs Road; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28 at Sunrise Children’s Foundation, 1000 E. Sahara Ave.; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 29 at Desert View Hospital, 360 S. Lola Lane; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Walmart Neighborhood Market Store, 6151 W. Lake Mead Blvd.; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 650 N. Nellis Blvd.

Shots are administered on a first-come first-served basis. For more information, visit snicnv.org.

Travel club to meet at tap house

The Las Vegas Single Social and Travel Club for Mature Adults invites prospective members to its meetings, which are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at the Tap House, 5589 W. Charleston Blvd. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday . The meet-and- greet portion is set to start at 6 p.m.

Meeting discussions focus on day trips, local events, in-state and out-of-state traveling, cruises and international traveling. A guest speaker frequently is featured. The meeting closes at about
7:30 p.m., and appetizers are served as the group mingles. For more information, call 888-324-2028.

Ask-A-Lawyer program open
to those facing foreclosure

The Ask-A-Lawyer program is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon April 26 at the Regional Justice Center, 200 Lewis Ave. Registration begins at 8 a.m. the day of the session.

Homeowners who are going through foreclosure and have elected foreclosure mediation in an effort to save their homes and have questions in preparation for their mediations can receive free legal advice at the Regional Justice Center’s Self Help Civil Law Center through a program run by the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada.

For more details about all of the Foreclosure Mediation resources available through Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, visit lacsn.org or call 386-1070.

Homeowners can get legal advice about foreclosure

Homeowners who are going through foreclosure and have elected foreclosure mediation in an effort to save their home and have questions in preparation for their mediation can receive free legal advice at the Regional Justice Center’s Self Help Civil Law Center through a program run by the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada. This free Ask-A-Lawyer program is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon April 26 at the Regional Justice Center, 200 Lewis Ave. Registration is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. the day of the session.

For more details about all of the foreclosure mediation resources available through Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, visit lacsn.org or call 386-1070.

Spring Mountain Republican Women to meet April 28

The Spring Mountain Republican Women plans to host its monthly luncheon meeting at 11 a.m. April 28 at Spiedini Restaurant at the JW Marriott, 221 N. Rampart Blvd.

The speaker is slated to be Ward 4 Las Vegas City Councilman Stavros Anthony.

The cost is $25 per person. Attendees are asked to RSVP by Monday.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Betty Rumford at 869-0390.

Donating parties are eligible for tax advantages. For more information, visit giveshoes.org or clothes4souls.org.

DJs for PJs plans drive for April 29

The ninth annual DJs for PJs event is scheduled from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 29 to collect new pajamas for children in crisis and to benefit charities throughout the Las Vegas Valley.

Local disc jockeys will encourage donations by broadcasting from five on-site locations, including Kohl’s at 8671 W. Charleston Blvd.

Local celebrities and elected officials also are involved in the effort to collect pajamas and raise public awareness about the needs of children in distress.

For more information, visit djsforpjs.org or call 944-2464, ext. 21. To date, the effort has supplied roughly 57,000 pairs of pajamas to children in crisis.

Water Authority accepting
nominations for Landscape Awards

The Southern Nevada Water Authority’s 13th annual Landscape Awards competition is taking applications.

The contest is open to local residents and landscape professionals interested in showing off their water-efficient landscapes.

Full information and applications are available at snwa.com through May 12. Applications also are available by calling 258-7283.

ENERGIZER BUNNY semifinalists
NEED YOUR VOTES

Angela Daffron of Henderson and Kelsey Kinsel of Las Vegas have been selected as two of 100 semifinalists in the running to become the 2011 inductee into the Energizer Keep Going Hall of Fame. They are being recognized for their energetic commitment to making a positive impact.

It’s up to America to determine the 2011 inductee. Vote for your favorite of the 10 finalists at energizer.com/halloffame.

Voting is through May 14. Each finalist vote will trigger a $1 donation from Energizer to the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, up to $10,000.

The 2011 inductee will receive a $10,000 cash prize, plus a $5,000 donation to his or her favorite charity.

Charities invited to sell
Helldorado Days tickets

Charitable organizations can partner with the Las Vegas Elks Lodge No. 1468 to sell tickets for the Helldorado Days rodeo and receive $5 for their organizations for every ticket sold.

The rodeo will seat approximately 5,000 spectators each night. General admission seats in each section are $15. Premium seats are $25.

Rodeo tickets are available for May 12, 13 and 15. Helldorado Days 2011 is scheduled for May 12-15.

The Elks can custom-make packages for each organization. The group produces events throughout the year to raise funds for youth groups and underprivileged children. Since 2009, the rodeo has become the flagship event of Helldorado Days, which takes place in the downtown area.

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB FUNDRAISeR

The Boys & Girls Club of Las Vegas has scheduled Girls Day 2011 at 10:30 a.m. May 21 at 2850 Lindell Road.

The event will match women from the community with girls from disadvantaged and single-parent homes for a day of fun, food and games.

The event is free to young club members. A $50 donation is requested.

For more information, call 253-2824.

United Way to announce
fundraising results MAY 25

United Way of Southern Nevada is set to hold its campaign finale at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 25 at the Gold Coast, 4000 W. Flamingo Road. Presented by sponsors NV Energy, Southwest Gas Corp. and USAA Savings Bank, United Way will announce the community’s impact on the total dollars raised during the annual campaign season. Tickets are $40 per person or $400 for a table of 10, and they are available through May 18. For more information, call 892-2371 or visit uwsn.org/finale.

Soles4Souls seeks shoe donations

Soles4Souls is asking for shoe donations. It collects and distributes usable shoes to people in need around the world.

Since 2005, Soles4Souls has given away more than 13 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes (one pair every 7 seconds). The shoes have been distributed in 125 countries, including Haiti, Kenya, Nepal and the United States.

Clothes4Souls, a new division of Soles4Souls, provides hope for hurting people through the gift of new clothing from manufacturers, designers and retailers. Those who graciously give (rather than destroy) unused inventory are assured their donations are distributed to people around the world living in desperate need.

MGM Resorts employees donate
to Nevada Cancer Institute

Employees of MGM Resorts have donated more than $1 million to the Nevada Cancer Institute since 2002 through the employee-funded MGM Resorts Foundation. MGM Resorts has donated more than $1.5 million donations in cash and in-kind contributions. In response, NVCI has named its auditorium the MGM Resorts International Auditorium.

Nevada Cancer Institute, 1 Breakthrough Way, is the official cancer institute for the state, a nonprofit organization and the state’s first academic medical institution.

For more information, visit nevada
cancerinstitute.org.

HIGH SCHOOL REUNIONS SEEK CLASS OF ’45 MEMBERS from western, clark

The Western and Clark High Schools Classes of 1967 plans to celebrate their 45th reunion on Oct. 5 and 6. They are asking for help to find classmates. Between the two schools, there were more than 950 graduating students, approximately 100 of whom are deceased. Approximately 300 have been located.

For those with information on the remainder, call 336-7549, or email: Western High School, Barbara (Hackett) McCoy at mizzbarb@yahoo.com; Clark High School, Nita (Pierce) Augustus at nita1249@gmail.com.

FOOD DONATIONS NEEDED

With the unemployment rate still high and many families reaching the end of their savings, the Salvation Army is helping with food relief on an unprecedented scale.

To donate, call Charles Desiderio at 870-4430, ext. 112.

USA SONGWRITING COMPETITION
ACCEPTING ENTRIES

The 16th annual USA Songwriting Competition is accepting entries. Winning songs will receive radio air play in the United States and Canada. The top prize is more than $50,000.

Contestants may enter via songwriting.net, sonicbids.com or broadjam.com.

Nevada Cancer Institute offers smoking cessation courses

The Nevada Cancer Institute is offering A Smoke-Free Life, a free six-week tobacco cessation course for companies looking to reduce health care costs.

A Smoke-Free Life realistically addresses the challenges of ending tobacco use. A certified tobacco treatment specialist will help employees quit successfully by creating a quit plan, providing information on nicotine replacement therapy and helping participants develop the coping skills to stay smoke-free.

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, killing approximately 1,200 people every day, which is more than alcohol, AIDS, motor vehicle crashes, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined. Each year, Nevada spends $565 million in health care costs that are directly related to smoking. Only 22 percent of Nevadans currently smoke, according to Dr. John Ruckdeschel, director and CEO of NVCI.

Companies interested in offering the course can call 822-5299 or e mail jquade@nvcancer.org.

Baby’s Bounty asks for donations
of baby items

Baby’s Bounty, 2295 Renaissance Drive, Suite D, is in critical need of supplies and is asking for the donation of items such as portable cribs, car seats, baby clothing and diapers.

Baby’s Bounty is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 2008 by civic activist Kim Amato. It is devoted to helping babies born to disadvantaged families. Recipients include domestic abuse victims, teen mothers and those living in poverty.

For more information, call 485-2229 or visit babysbounty.org.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO provide transportation for CANCER PATIENTS

The American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program is seeking volunteers to provide transportation to cancer patients to and from medical appointments.

Rides are provided by volunteer drivers who donate their time and the use of their personal vehicle. Rides are offered to cancer patients who have no means of transportation and/or who are too ill to drive themselves. Many patients need daily or weekly treatment over the course of several months. The program is in dire need of drivers in the southwest and northeast parts of the Las Vegas Valley.

Volunteers must complete an application and attend a training/orientation, and all volunteers are screened.

Volunteers must have the following:

n A current, valid driver’s license issued by the state in which they will perform their volunteer driving duties or in the state where they reside

n A good driving record, which will be checked by the DMV

n Access to a safe and reliable vehicle

n Maintain sufficient limits of automobile liability insurance for their personal vehicle

n Must be in good health

n Must complete the volunteer driver’s application and attend a training/orientation

For more information, call 866-500-3272 or visit www.cancer.org.

Exxtreme Comedy

The Exxtreme Comedy Show with Wheels Parise is scheduled at 9 p.m. each day today through Thursday at Crown Theater inside the Rio, 3700 W. Flamingo Road. Parise is known for his appearances alongside Geechy Guy on HBO and as the opener for Andrew Dice Clay. For more information, call 888-746-7784.

Aquathlon event planned at park

A swim and lap race is planned from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Desert Breeze Park, 8275 Spring Mountain Road. Check in begins at 8 a.m., with the first race at 9 a.m. There is a $25 entry fee, and the age range is 6 to 11. Limited space is available. For more information, go to tinyurl.com/3qffnq6.

Rockabilly at Orleans

Viva Las Vegas is scheduled for all-day events Thursday through Sunday at The Orleans, 4500 Tropicana Ave. The event includes a car show, fashion shows and pool parties. For more information, go to vivalasvegas.net.

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