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Park Place Infiniti Fills Convertible with Donations for Families from HELP of Southern Nevada

Park Place Infiniti Fills Convertible with Donations for Families from HELP of Southern Nevada

Employees of Park Place Infiniti recently adopted two families from HELP of Southern Nevada and collected enough donations for the families to fill a G convertible being displayed in the dealership’s showroom.

The holiday donation drive was part of the Circle of Excellence program that Park Place brought to the local Infiniti dealership. Circle of Excellence is an employee-led program dedicated to raising money for worthwhile local charities. The employee group has plans for community outreach projects every month, with its first being the holiday donation drive for HELP.

“Park Place Dealerships has a long and proud history of being active community partners,” said Park Place Infiniti General Manager Stephen James. “Circle of Excellence allows our employees to select the charities that they want to support and coordinate the projects so everyone can be involved.”

Magical Forest Honors Victims of Connecticut Shooting Rampage

Magical Forest Honors Victims of Connecticut Shooting Rampage

 

 A Las Vegas tradition of the holiday season is doing what it can to honor the victims of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.

Opportunity Village's Magical Forest is giving free entrance to children under 12 for the next four days starting Monday.

There will also be a special place of reflection for people to remember the children who died at Sandy Hook Elementary Friday.

People are encouraged to bring a holiday message to the people of Newtown and sign a memorial book.

The messages, memorial book and art work created by people in the Opportunity Village Art Enrichment Program will be sent to the citizens of Newtown.

The Magical Forest is near Jones and Oakey Boulevards and features thousands of holiday lights, rides, food and, of course, Santa.  

Saint Anne Students Help Prepare Food Boxes For Thanksgiving

Saint Anne Students Help Prepare Food Boxes For Thanksgiving

Students at Saint Anne Catholic School took a brief escape from their school books this week to learn a different kind of lesson.

For about an hour, members of the eighth-grade class experienced what it's like to help those less fortunate. The students packed more than 50 food boxes that will go to families who are clients of the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority (SNRHA).

According to SNRHA, the average annual income of clients receiving housing assitance is approximately $10,450. The food boxes contain everything needed for a family of four to enjoy a holiday meal on Thanksgiving including a 10-pound turkey, dressing, mixed vegetables, gravy, cranberry sauce, potatoes, dinner rolls and pumpkin pie. The food boxes are part of the Arizona Charlie's Feed a Family program.

Lights of Las Vegas Beckon with Holiday Glow

Lights of Las Vegas Beckon with Holiday Glow

A good recap of where to find holiday light displays this year

The Ethel M Chocolates' Cactus Garden, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway's Glittering Lights and more holiday events will attract Las Vegas Valley residents and guests celebrating the holidays.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Balloons Released in Honor of Caregivers and Their Loved Ones

Balloons Released in Honor of Caregivers and Their Loved Ones

White balloons were released at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada for clients of its Respite Care program who have passed and for the family members who cared for them.

The balloon release was in honor of National Family Caregivers Month and according to the National Caregivers Association, more than 65 million family members around the country fill that role.

The Respite Care program gives people who are caring for elderly or frail family members time off. Workers attend to people in need by providing companionship, light housekeeping, medication reminders and more.

"Instead of clients, they are more like family. I have had too many people pass, and I wish I could do more for the caregivers who are on their own afterwards," Catholic Charities respite worker Linda Wolf said.

In all, 86 balloons were released for the clients who have died over the past two years.

Sidewalks Coming to Older Las Vegas Neighborhoods

Sidewalks Coming to Older Las Vegas Neighborhoods

 

Sidewalks are coming to some of the oldest neighborhoods in the city of Las Vegas.

A block grant is allowing the city to improve the walkability of neighborhoods downtown and in West Las Vegas, which is expected to improve the quality of life for residents.

The first phase will start November 12 with neighborhoods bounded by Carson Avenue, Maryland Parkway, Ninth Street and Charleston Boulevard. The first phase of the West Las Vegas effort will be in neighborhoods bounded by Owens Avenue, H Steet and I-15. The project will put new concrete sidewalks and ramps that are compliant with the Americans for Disabilities Act into neighborhoods. Any existing sidewalks will be repaired. 

Work is mostly scheduled for weekdays but some work will happen on weekends. There will be some lane restrictions and parking restrictions for on-street parking while crews work on the sidewalks.