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Homeless Summer Shelter Opens Downtown

Homeless Summer Shelter Opens Downtown


The brutal summer heat is not far away and those most impacted by hot weather will now have a place to get cooled off.     

The Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada opened its cooling center Wednesday morning.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. everyday, men with no where else to go can use the facilities to clean up, get cold water and stay out of the hot weather. A new feature this year is the ability for homeless men to stow their belongings.

"So many of our clients are carrying everything they have, on the streets with them and as they walk around trying to make a change in their life, trying to get employment opportunities. So, here they have an opportunity to be able to come in and check their luggage downstairs," Phillip Hollon with Catholic Charities said. 

The center will be open through September.

Bubble Run Set for Saturday, Will Disrupt Bus Service


Downtown will host a new take on the 5K charity run this weekend.

The Bubble Run will start at 9 a.m. Saturday. Runners and walkers dress in white and make their way through the course which includes Bubble Bogs. The bogs are full of colored bubbles. By the time runners finish, they are covered in colored bubbles and foam.

The run will benefit the Sign Design Theatre Company, which helps to connect deaf and hearing children through theater using American Sign Language, and Project 150, which helps the hundreds of homeless students in the Clark County School District.  

The bubble fun will disrupt some Regional Transportation Bus routes. From 2 a.m. to 2 p.m., the RTC will have to detour Route 108-Paradise, 109-Maryland Parkway, 113-MAX, 208-Washington, 215-Bonanza, 301-Deuce on the Strip and Boulder Highway Express.

Restaurants Pull Out All The Stops to Help Three Square

Three-course meals ranging from $20 to $50 will be offered throughout the valley.

Tao is a well-established restaurant at The Venetian on the Strip that opened in September 2005 and has a nightclub that's reportedly one of the most successful in the country.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Free Tax Prep Help Available This Weekend

Free Tax Prep Help Available This Weekend


Tax preparation for struggling and lower-income households is available for free this weekend.

Households with an income of less than $51,000 in 2012 can receive free tax preparation and may be eligible for an Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) refund of up to $5,891.

In addition to more than 30 VITA sites across the Las Vegas Valley that will be open January 28 through April 15, United Way is organizing two large-scale tax preparation days:

Super Saturday, February 23
8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
178 Westminster Way, Henderson

Super Saturday, March 16
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bill & Lillie Heinrich YMCA
4141 Meadows Lane

In 2010 through 2012, the “Earn It Keep It Save It” collaborative prepared more than 11,500 tax returns and provided more than $15.3 million in tax refunds back into the community.

Gala to Benefit Local Foster Children

Gala to Benefit Local Foster Children

Fostering Southern Nevada, The Adoption Exchange and Clark County will partner Saturday on an event to benefit foster children.

The 2nd Annual Open Your Heart Gala will take place at the Palace Station from 6-8 p.m. Saturday. Honorees will include Wells Fargo bank and a foster child who will be awarded the first-ever Game Changer Scholarship. The scholarship will provides foster care children with the opportunity to participate in activities such as summer camps and college tours.  

Event tickets can be purchased online at http://fsonv.com/open-your-heart-gala or by sending an email to fosteringsonv@gmail.com.  Businesses wanting to provide extra support are encouraged to consider corporate sponsorship, available from $800 to $5,000.

For more information, contact Audrey Rosenstein at 266-5042.