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Clothing Drive Underway for Homeless Vets Event


A health insurance company is helping local homeless veterans by collecting clothing for an upcoming charity event.

Humana will be collecting clothing at both of its guidance centers now through March 6. Donations of shirts, pants, socks, undergarments and hats are requested, along with duffel and tote bags.

The clothing will be cleaned, repaired and sorted. It will then be distributed during Veterans Stand Down, a event hosted by U.S. Vets where charities and social services agencies from around southern Nevada gather in one place to provide help to homeless veterans.

During last year's drive, Humana collected more than 400 clothing items to be donated to veterans in need.

This year's Veterans Stand Down is set for March 27 and 28 at Cashman Center.

Donations can be dropped off at:

Liberty Sparkle Squad First of its Kind in Southern Nevada

Liberty Sparkle Squad First of its Kind in Southern Nevada

By Brittney Loiselle

Editor-in-Chief, Liberty Tribune

Years from now, Liberty’s Sparkle Squad will be known simply as “The First.”

For today, they are just trying to be seen, heard and have fun.

The Sparkle Squad teams cheerleaders with those who have disabilities and forms an inclusive pep squad that brings excitement to games and awareness to all who see them.

“We are the first squad to join the Sparkle Effect in southern Nevada,” adviser Erin Murray said.

Cheer team members teach routines to their teammates and perform with them side-by-side at games and other events. The first Patriot Sparkle Squad performance was October 19, during the football game against Eldorado on Freedom Field.

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

Time to Help Families in Need of Thanksgiving Dinner

Time to Help Families in Need of Thanksgiving Dinner

Helping families in need of a Thanksgiving meal in southern Nevada can be as easy as going to the grocery store.

HELP of Southern Nevada is readying the annual 97.1 The Point Turkey-Thon, a program which provides 1,200 Las Vegas families with a Thanksgiving meal, with donation opportunities at Albertsons from November 15-17. 8 News Now is a sponsor of the drive.

Donations of frozen turkeys and fixings also will be accepted from November 15 to 17 at three Albertsons locations:

  • 575 College Drive (Thursday, Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • 9725 S. Maryland Parkway (Friday, Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • 1650 N. Buffalo Drive (Saturday, Nov. 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Those wishing to donate money for the Turkey-Thon online can do so at www.helpsonv.org. Make sure to put “Thanksgiving” in the subject line on the donation page. A family of four can be fed with $35.

Home Holiday Decorating Contest Almost Here

Home Holiday Decorating Contest Almost Here


Time to tap into your inner Clark Griswold: Henderson’s holiday decorating contest is just around the corner.

City officials will accept entries for their 2012 Holiday Decorating Contest through 5 p.m. on November 28, but entry is limited to the first 50 received. Printable entry forms are available at cityofhenderson.com (type ‘decorate’ in the search box). The annual contest is sponsored by the Henderson Commemorative Beautification Commission (HCBC) and there is no cost to take part.

The outdoor decorating contest is open to any residential single-family home within the city. Participants can choose from several categories: children’s theme; Griswold, which includes homes with extravagant decorations such as those seen in the movie “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation;” 500 to 1,000 lights; street/neighborhood (minimum of three homes); best holiday theme; and most innovative.

Work Set to Start on Holiday Lights at Cactus Garden

Work Set to Start on Holiday Lights at Cactus Garden

Halloween decorations can be spotted around southern Nevada, but decorations for the holidays will start going up this week at one of the most popular spots for lights.

Ethel M Chocolates will start putting up more than 500,000 lights in its Cactus Garden starting Tuesday. It will take crews working seven days a week through November to finish putting lights on all the plants.

The cactus garden is more than three acres with more than 300 species of desert plants. The light display is set to open November 14 and will stay open through January 1. It is free and open to the public.

This year's display will include energy-efficient LED lights and meteor lights that when they're viewed through 3D glasses create the effect of falling snowflakes.


Little Miss Hannah Foundation to Hold Benefit Balloon Launch

Little Miss Hannah Foundation to Hold Benefit Balloon Launch

A charity event honoring the passing of Hannah Ostrea will take place Wednesday night in Green Valley.

The Little Miss Hannah Foundation will host the First Annual “Rainbows to the Sky” event from 5:30-9 pm at The District at Green Valley Ranch.

The event will feature music featuring DJ Miguel Guidos, activities from 93.1 FM, face painting, dance exhibitions by Gymcats, Legos building by Bricks 4 Kidz, kids’ karaoke, raffles, and other kid-friendly activities.