LOW-COST MAMMOGRAMS AVAILABLE IN OCTOBER
Southern Hills Hospital, 9300 W. Sunset Road, is offering $75 digital screening mammograms through Oct. 31.
Approximately one in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. The best way to reduce the risk is through a combination of regular mammograms, routine breast exams by a health care professional and monthly self breast exams.
To schedule an appointment, call 731-2888.
DRESS FOR SUCCESS TO HOST SHOP FOR A CAUSE SATURDAY
Dress for Success Southern Nevada plans to host Shop for a Cause from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at its boutique, 3400 W. Desert Inn Road, Suite 25.
The boutique is transitioning its clothes for the new season.
Expect designer clothes and professional attire in top condition for reduced prices.
All proceeds are to benefit Dress for Success Southern Nevada.
For more information, call 684-6412 or visit dressforsuccess.org.
SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS PLANS FALL FESTIVAL, FITNESS CHALLENGE
Southern Highlands is planning its eighth annual Fall Festival, debuting a fitness challenge, set from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at Stonewater Park in the 3800 block of Stonewater Lane. Admission is free to the festival, and fitness challenge registration is $20 for adults and $10 for children 13 or younger.
The festival is set to feature a pumpkin patch, a kids’ zone, carnival games, raffle prizes, a costume contest, a coloring contest, trick-or-treating for children, food and drinks, and other activities.
The fitness challenge includes two components: the fitness course and the competition zone. The course consists of eight obstacles with a range of difficulty to fit every age and experience level. Participants are to receive a T-shirt and Fall Festival dog-tag necklace for completing the course. The competition zone is composed of six fitness stations with challenges such as push-ups and sit-ups. Professional trainers are to monitor form and track scores. Awards are planned.
The event is sponsored by the Southern Highlands Charitable Foundation and Southern Highlands Community Association with proceeds benefiting Southern Highlands Boys & Girls Club and Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada.
For more information, visit shfallfestival.com or call the Southern Highlands Charitable Foundation at 220-6565.
RESCUE GROUP BEGINS CAMPAIGN TO FUND PERMANENT SHELTER
Area animal rescue Adopt a Rescue Pet has launched its Beggin’ for Bucks: 65,000 Pet Lovers Wanted campaign to support the organization’s effort to build a no-kill animal sanctuary and canine retirement ranch. The goal is to reach $650,000 by collecting $10 from 65,000 people by Monday.
The sanctuary, slated to be located on several acres in Amargosa Valley, will house 300 dogs.
To support the effort, visit facebook.com/arplasvegas.
GRIEF CAMP TAKING APPLICATIONS
Applications are being accepted for Camp Solari, which offers a nurturing environment for children 6 to 17 and their surviving caregivers to learn to cope with grief. The next camp is planned for Friday through Sunday at the Mount Charleston Lodge, 5375 Kyle Canyon Road.
All weekend activities, including art, music, talk therapy, drumming, dancing and nature walks, as well as lodging, meals and materials, are free to camp participants.
Solari Hospice Foundation covers these costs through fundraisers and charitable donations.
For an application or to learn more about how you or your organization can donate to Camp Solari, go to solarihospicefoundation.org, call 877-795-8760 or email jamie@solarihospice foundation.org.
SMILES FOR SURVIVORS PLANS BLOW OUT BREAST CANCER FUNDRAISER
The Smiles for Survivors Foundation plans to host its second annual Blow Out Breast Cancer fundraising event from 4-11 p.m. Oct. 20 at Square Colour Salon + Spa, 1225 S. Fort Apache Road, Suite 160.
The event is open to men and women and is set to include cocktails, food, a silent auction, live entertainment and beauty treatments.
Tickets are $35 in advance for event admission and $50 for admission and a blowout and can be purchased at Square Salon. Admission is $40 at the door. Appointments for salon services are highly recommended and can be made by calling 255-7050.
All proceeds will benefit Smiles for Survivors, a Las Vegas-based nonprofit organization that raises awareness of potential oral side effects from cancer treatment and provides dental treatment for breast cancer patients and survivors through a network of dentists.
For more information, visit smilesforsurvivors.org.
COMMUNITY DAY OF SHARING TO ASSIST FIVE NONPROFITS
Albertsons Sav-on’s CommUNITY Day of Sharing will combine five nonprofit groups for a donation drive, culminating Oct. 20.
The effort will unite Catholic Charities, The Salvation Army, Three Square food bank, United Way of Southern Nevada and Goodwill of Southern Nevada, with the goal of impacting the lives of those who need help with shelter, food, employment or other basic needs.
Donate gently used clothing, home goods, nonperishable food items and new hygiene products to any Albertsons location from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20.
The Albertsons store at 4055 S. Durango Drive at Flamingo Road will serve as the main event site from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day, with music, prizes and a community barbecue planned.
WINDER FARMS PLANS FARMERS MARKET
Southwest area-based Winder Farms plans to hold a farmers market from 4 to 8 p.m. Fridays through Oct. 26 in the south parking lot of Galleria at Sunset mall, 1300 W. Sunset Road in Henderson.
Companies are encouraged to sign up and become a vendor at the Winder Farms Farmers Market. For more information on how to become a vendor, email Sean McCrady at email@example.com.
For more information, visit winderfarms.com.
CLARK COUNTY BUILDING DEPARTMENT PLANS TOWN HALL MEETING
The Clark County Building Department invites residents to its town hall meeting set from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 20 at the department’s presentation room, 4701 W. Russell Road. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FLU VACCINATIONS AVAILABLE ACROSS THE VALLEY
The Southern Nevada Immunization and Health Coalition and its partners plan to host no-cost flu immunization and health clinics from 7 to 10 a.m. Oct. 23 at St. Rose Dominican Hospitals Barbara Greenspun WomensCare Center, 7220 S. Cimarron Road, Suite 195; 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 14 at the St. Rose Dominican Hospital San Martin Campus’ Aljian Conference Center, 8280 W. Warm Springs Road; and noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Clark County Fire Department Station 26, 4030 El Capitan Way.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends that everyone 6 months or older receive the flu vaccine each year. The clinics will provide shots on a first-come, first-served basis. Children older than 6 months, adolescents and adults are eligible for the inoculations.
For more information, visit snicnv.org.
HELP OF SOUTHERN NEVADA SEEKS HOLIDAY VOLUNTEERS
HELP of Southern Nevada is calling for volunteers to assist with a number of programs this holiday season. Assistance is accepted from individuals who can donate any amount of time.
Areas where volunteers are needed include: Assisting clients with their applications for holiday programs at HELP’s main campus, 1640 E. Flamingo Road; assisting in receiving donated Thanksgiving turkeys at various locations (turkeys will be given to more than 1,200 families); and assisting in receiving holiday gifts for selected clients in the Adopt-A-Family program.
To volunteer, contact Joan Lima at email@example.com or 369-4357.
SOLARI HOSPICE CARE SEEKING BEREAVED LOVED ONES FOR MEMORIAL SERVICE
Solari Hospice Care, 5550 S. Jones Blvd., is planning its annual Celebration of Life memorial service in which loved ones of the hospice’s deceased clients may gather to mourn their passing, scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd. The hospice has sent invitations to those on its records, but any member of the public is welcome to attend the nondenominational service, which is set to include comments from administrators and staff members, words of inspiration, a message of comfort and the reading of patients’ names. For more information, call 870-0000, visit solarihospice.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
COATS FOR KIDS DRIVE SET THROUGH NOV. 3 AT ALBERTSONS
The 13th annual Coats for Kids drive is scheduled through Nov. 3 at Albertsons stores across the valley.
Bring gently used coats to any Albertsons store and place them in the marked box at the front of the store. Aramark Uniforms will pick up the coats and drop them off at Al Phillips The Cleaner, which has cleaned all the coats free for the past 13 years. They are distributed to children in need by The Salvation Army’s Family Services.
As part of the Lucky 13 theme for this year, anyone who donates a coat can enter a drawing for one of 13 pairs of free tickets to see Carrot Top’s show at the Luxor. Entry forms are available at the Albertsons service desks.
FREE BEREAVEMENT SESSIONS OFFERED FOR TEENS
The Center for Compassionate Care division of the Nathan Adelson Hospice is offering a series of free bereavement support groups for teens 13 to 18 who have experienced a significant loss.
The support group plans to meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, ending Nov. 14, at The Center for Compassionate Care, 4131 Swenson St.
The program will explore grief, loss, emotional responses to memories and events surrounding loss, and coping skills.
To register, call 796-3167 or Christine Zazzeri at 796-3126. For more information, visit nah.org.
IN PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE GALA TO RECOGNIZE NOBEL PRIZE WINNER WIESEL
The eighth annual In Pursuit of Excellence Gala is planned for 6:30 to 11 p.m. Nov. 17 at The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South.
It will honor Holocaust survivor, Nobel Peace Prize winner and "Night" author Elie Wiesel for his literacy and activism in human rights. Live and silent auctions, a dinner and dancing are planned.
Tickets start at $250 per person. To purchase tickets or make a donation, visit adelsoncampus.org or contact Davida Sims, Adelson Educational Campus director of development, at 515-8203.
NEW ROTARY CLUB ESTABLISHED FOR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS
Rotary International chartered the first club for young professionals in Southern Nevada, Red Rock Rotary of LV, Sept. 15. The club is primarily made up of people in their 20s and 30s.
It is scheduled to meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at O’Aces Bar & Grill, 9050 W. Post Road. New members and interested parties are welcome. For information on joining or finding ways to work with the Rotary Club in the community, visit redrockrotarylv.org or email email@example.com.
MASTER GARDENERS PLAN TOURS OF DEMONSTRATION GARDEN
The Master Gardeners of Southern Nevada plans monthly tours of the Demonstration Gardens at the Clark County/University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Road. Tours are free and open to the public. Groups of five or more people are requested to call program coordinator Ann Edmunds at 257-5587 at least two weeks in advance.
HELP OF SOUTHERN NEVADA DISTRIBUTES DONATED WATER BOTTLES
HELP of Southern Nevada, in partnership with Whole Foods Market and Real Water, acquired 14,784 bottles of water, or 616 cases, during its HELP2O bottled water drive this summer.
From June through August, the nonprofit teamed up with all four Whole Foods Market locations in the Las Vegas Valley for the effort. Real Water, a Las Vegas-based bottled water company sold at Whole Foods Market, matched all Real Water purchases made during the campaign.
HELP of Southern Nevada staff are regularly distributing the bottles to homeless citizens around the valley. The inventory is expected to last into the winter season.
For more information, call HELP of Southern Nevada at 369-4357 or visit helpsonv.org.
AARP TAX-AIDE SEEKING VOLUNTEER HELP
AARP Tax-Aide NV, which prepares free personal income tax returns for residents in the lower- to middle-income brackets, is seeking unpaid volunteers to prepare taxes, greet clients and program computers in early 2013. Training is scheduled for Jan. 7-11 on the west side of the Las Vegas Valley and Jan. 21-25 on the east side. For more information or to volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
FORECLOSED UPON PETS NEEDS FOSTER FAMILIES
Foreclosed Upon Pets Inc. needs foster families for dogs and cats that have been relinquished by owners, left in foreclosed homes, found on the street or need a new home when the owner dies or is deployed.
Fostering usually involves short-term stints, typically ranging from a few weeks to a few months. Assistance is given to foster families, if needed, in the way of food, toys, medicine and veterinary care.
Foreclosed Upon Pets Inc. does its best to match foster families with a short-term companion that suits their lifestyle.
Foster families increase an animal’s chance of being adopted by providing feedback on the temperament, activity level and likes and dislikes.
For more information, complete the foster form online at forecloseduponpets.org/, call 272-0010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ANIMAL FOUNDATION SEEKING DONATED LINENS
Nonprofit The Animal Foundation, 655 N. Mojave Road, one of Nevada’s largest open-admission animal shelters and pet adoption centers, is seeking donations of new and gently used linens, including towels, blankets, sheets, pillowcases, T-shirts and sweat shirts.
During summer, The Animal Foundation receives more than 100 animals per day. Donated linens are used to make the animals more comfortable and to keep the young and underweight animals warm.
Due to the cleaning procedures for donated linens, items must be washed in a high bleach-to-water concentration, which breaks down materials quickly. Additionally, once an item has been torn, it cannot be used again. Items with stuffing (comforters, pillows, dog beds, etc.) can be used only once as they cannot be completely disinfected.
Linens can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily at the shelter. For more information, visit animalfoundation.com.
MAMMOVAN SCHEDULED TO OFFER LOW-COST BREAST CANCER SCREENING
Thanks to a $10,000 grant from Food 4 Less, Nevada Health Center’s Mammovan is scheduled to offer its last low- to no-cost breast cancer screening from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 21 at 2255 Las Vegas Blvd. North. For more information, visit nvhealthcenters.org.