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12 Days of Giving: Helping Hands of Vegas Valley
Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017
Helping Hands of Vegas Valley started in 2000 to provide transportation to seniors who couldn’t drive or use public transportation. Its services expanded to include a food pantry and a food-delivery service ...
12 Days of Giving: Nellis Area Spouses' Club holds Airmen Cookie Drive
Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017
The Nellis Area Spouses’ Club has manned the Nellis Thrift Shop on the Air Force base since the 1970s, using money from its sales to fund scholarships for service members and their families ...
Step by step to sobriety: Addicts find freedom and family through a housing program
Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017
Andrew Keeler had attempted to become sober many times at many different transitional living housings, but his time at Freedom House, one of Southern Nevada’s few nonprofit rehabilitation centers, was different.
12 Days of Giving: Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth
Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017
The Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth is hosting the second-annual Holiday Wrap Block Party today in partnership with the MGM Grand at its drop-off facility, 4981 Shirley Street ...
Nominations sought for Smith Center’s teacher recognition awards
Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017
Myron Martin, president and CEO of the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, remembers the day his fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. Fletcher, changed his life. She took the class to ...
Raiders pledge $10,000 to help Las Vegas domestic violence group
Friday, Dec. 8, 2017
For Raiders President Marc Badain, the cause hits home ...
Children fleeing violence have protectors in Las Vegas
Monday, Dec. 4, 2017
With the help of a local law firm, UNLV’s Immigration Clinic continues its work helping kids who are scared and alone.
How to help on Giving Tuesday in Las Vegas
Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017
Started in 2012 by the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact, the campaign utilizes social media and community partnerships to create a global movement of giving ...
Schools, local business use gardens to educate students on farming, finance
Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017
Local schools have partnered with Zappos and Green Our Planet to create gardens and farmers markets that are helping teach students about the challenges and rewards of running a business.
Inside the wild world of animal rescues
Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017
If you want a dog or a cat, you probably know an animal rescue in town where you can adopt one. But pigs, rabbits, snakes and other animals are in need of care, too, and a number of small, volunteer-based groups pour their time and talent into filling that need. We introduce you to just a few of them.
Small Business Saturday sells low-key community cheers
Friday, Nov. 24, 2017
Small Business Saturday is branded as the antithesis to the chaos often associated with Black Friday. ...
Stores galore! A shopping season guide to Las Vegas retailers
Monday, Nov. 20, 2017
Holiday shopping is about the experience — sumptuous decorations, nostalgic music, the singular perfume of warm spices and evergreen, and the electric buzz of crowds. Even children having meltdowns on Santa’s lap are part of the backdrop to finding just the right gifts for your favorite people. In every season, Las Vegas is uniquely skilled at the atmospheric aspect of bricks-and-mortar retail. From the Strip to the suburbs, destination shopping abounds, and development of experiential extras is being driven by ...
Students echo national debate on today's issues
Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017
The Las Vegas Sun Youth Forum, one of the largest and longest-running programs of its kind in the country, assembled some of the valley’s brightest young minds earlier this month to celebrate, debate and have their voices heard. ...
To help unaccompanied minors, UNLV Immigration Clinic launches program
Friday, Nov. 17, 2017
In 2014, the UNLV Immigration Clinic received a grant to provide legal assistance to unaccompanied young immigrants who have fled abuse and gang violence in Central America. On Nov. 1, that funding dried up ...
Project Homeless Connect breaks barriers for struggling Southern Nevadans
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017
On Oct. 14, Project Homeless Connect tore down some of the barriers that keep people trapped in cycles of poverty and homelessness.
Las Vegas teens answer the question, 'Do you approve of President Trump's performance?'
Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017
Nearly 1,000 students from 52 local high schools gathered Nov. 8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, attending discussions moderated by thought leaders from diverse sectors.
Sun Youth Forum tackles gun control, nuclear threats and American identity
Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017
A universal thread connecting the different discussions was what exactly it means to be an American. Students dug into the question of national identity, trying to settle on what ...
Nearly 1,000 students debate big issues at 61st Sun Youth Forum
Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017
For six decades, Las Vegas' brightest high school students have busted out of the classroom, letting professors, police chiefs, judges and CEOs know where ...
Donated cellphones give sexual assault victims a lifeline
Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017
“Unfortunately, these victims tend to be among the most vulnerable members of our society and without communication, their ability to recover immediately and in the long term is compromised."
Connecting the community's dots, one statistic at a time
Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017
Making data come vibrantly to life, United Way of Southern Nevada's new online hub is designed to help anyone understand and act on some of the community's core issues.
Get floored: Revamp your home’s visual foundation
Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017
The argument for investing in a good mattress is that we spend a third of our lives sleeping. Apply that idea to the time our feet spend in contact with floors, and you might plot your next upgrade more strategically.
Halloween fun, from doggy costumes to a 'Harry Potter' party
Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017
Families, party animals, scare seekers and treat lovers, we've got the skinny on your Halloween fun.
Pride parade makes for lively show of unity in downtown Las Vegas
Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017
The air filled with confetti, bubbles, rose petals and a giant Chipotle burrito air balloon. Adding to the parade scene were horse-drawn carriages, dancing acrobats, lavish floats and participants sporting feather boas, rainbow flags and signs of solidarity ...
Book fest is back for its 16th edition, featuring Lemony Snicket
Friday, Oct. 20, 2017
Bibliophiles young and old, rejoice! The annual Las Vegas Book Festival celebrates its Sweet 16 this Saturday. And author Daniel Handler — aka Lemony Snicket — is excited to be on the stage and in the audience.
Stories of heroism and resilience in the face of Las Vegas mass shooting tragedy
Monday, Oct. 9, 2017
Survivors of the mass shooting on the Strip describe chaos, terror and carnage, but many of the stories that linger are about heroism. Not just shown by the first responders who ...
Why misinformation is like 'wildfire' after tragedies like Las Vegas shooting
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017
In times of crisis, we seek contextual details to make sense of a world that no longer makes sense, said Manhattan-based psychotherapist Jonathan Alpert. People “crave information that will provide some degree of calm and predictability, even if that information isn’t entirely accurate."
Counselors come out in force to soothe a grieving city
Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017
The cataclysm that unfolded on the Strip during the Route 91 Harvest music festival Sunday left 58 people dead, nearly 500 injured and an entire city in mourning. Many local therapists and organizations are offering their services to help heal those grieving losses or just feeling shaken.
GoFundMe drive raises $2.5 million; MGM offering free rooms for victims, families
Monday, Oct. 2, 2017
Blood donations are in needed for the wounded. All blood types are in need, especially Type O. Because of long lines, officials urge to make an appointment and are scheduling people days out. Here's how to make an appointment ...
How school gardens, food 'rescues' are helping Nevada's hungry
Monday, Oct. 2, 2017
One in seven households in Clark County is food-insecure, defined by Three Square Food Bank as not having access to sufficient nutritious food. In the valley’s hardest-hit ZIP code — 89106, near downtown — that share leaps to more than 25 percent. And society’s most vulnerable make up ...
Which mattress should you take to bed?
Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017
Some people sleep better on a firm surface, others a soft one. For some people, cost is a concern, while for others money is no object. In five minutes, we’ll make you an expert on shopping for the best place to spend a third of your days.
The grape generation: Millennial wine-love is shaping the market
Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017
The “Mad Men” generation had three-martini lunches, and millennials are showing a strong taste for wine. In fact, they’re on the verge of toppling baby boomers as the most grape-loving group.
Hidden figure: UNLV student helps NASA delve into survival on other planets
Monday, Sept. 4, 2017
Amber Turner tried to balance working and going to school full time, but when she passed out in her economics class from exhaustion, she knew it wasn’t possible ...
Southern Nevada task force joins Harvey relief effort
Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017
A team of Southern Nevada emergency responders deployed for Texas on Monday to assist with rescue efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey ...
Volunteers needed to advocate for Southern Nevada’s foster kids
Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017
Clark County's CASA Foundation has for three decades been supporting the work of volunteers who advocate for foster children in the court system and with the Department of Family Services. They are a crucial point of stability, and there aren’t enough of them.
What is Las Vegas doing about burgeoning feral rabbit problem?
Monday, Aug. 7, 2017
Americans abandon rabbits more than any other domesticated animal, and the problem compounds because the bunnies reproduce rapidly. It takes just 30 days for a mother to ...
Countdown to first day: Here’s your back-to-school resource guide
Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017
School starts early this year in the Clark County School District, Monday, Aug. 14. Here’s a list of events and services to help parents and students prepare for the first bell. ...
Know your trash: What can be taken curbside? What do you do with stuff that can't?
Sunday, July 30, 2017
Old medication doesn’t belong in the toilet. Batteries aren’t supposed to get tossed with basic garbage. And that ginormous TV can’t be left on the curb. Or at least, none of these things should happen. In five minutes, we’ll make you an expert on how caustic everyday waste can be, and how to dispose of it the right way.
Study: Las Vegas has highest risk for OB-GYN shortage
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Las Vegas has the highest risk for an OB-GYN shortage compared to the top 50 major metropolitan areas in the U.S., according to a new report by Doximity, a social network for physicians and advanced practice clinicians.

Las Vegas' new center for homeless youth honors its namesake
Sunday, July 23, 2017
After eight years in development, the three-story, 37,000-square-foot shelter will house 166 youths at capacity.
Digital life comes with risk
Young girls are especially vulnerable to social media’s emotional pitfalls
Monday, July 17, 2017
Time spent on social media is considered a risk factor for mental health problems. The platform is too new for there to be scientific consensus on its effects, as studies alternately point to self-image and eating problems and benefits in terms of personal relationships and political engagement. But it has been shown to function like an addiction in teens that get fixated.
What does being American mean to you?
Monday, July 3, 2017
The United States is divided. The division goes back centuries to the roots of partisan politics, but there’s no question that emotions are heightened around how people define ...
St. Jude’s seeks more volunteers to bring siblings from broken families back together
Sunday, July 2, 2017
You might not think an afternoon of splashing around makes a difference, but relationships can fall apart because of lost contact, even escalate to permanent estrangement, according to the 2013 Child Welfare Information Gateway report on sibling issues that arise in foster care and adoption.
Prevent ‘summer slide’ with these educational adventures
Sunday, June 18, 2017
For all kids, we recommend a combination of reading for pleasure and taking advantage of the valley’s many venues offering “edutainment” — where learning is innate to stoking the imagination.
When childhood ends: Nevada youths at high risk, national study finds
Monday, June 12, 2017
In terms of harmful disruptions during the average childhood, the United States ranks 36th out of 172 countries, falling between Bosnia and Russia and lagging well behind France, Norway, the United Kingdom, Lithuania and Greece — some of which have experienced far more economic instability and a slower recovery from the recession than the U.S. Domestically, Nevada is among the bottom 10 states (No. 42) where childhood is most threatened, according to Save the Children’s 2017 End of Childhood Report.
Local students don't have to go hungry during summer vacation
Friday, June 2, 2017
More than 200,000 Clark County School District students will struggle to find food during summer vacation. The district and Three Square food bank are combating that reality.
Shadow Ridge student hasn't missed a school day
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
This Shadow Ridge High School in Las Vegas student didn’t miss a day ...
Recognize domestic violence: The incidence in Nevada is higher — and the spectrum broader — than most realize
Monday, May 29, 2017
Every 9 seconds, a woman in America is beaten or assaulted. And Nevada consistently ranks high in deaths related to domestic violence ...
Goodwill’s new center helps the unemployed find and train for jobs
Sunday, May 14, 2017
The brand known mostly for thrift stores provides vital services for locals seeking work.
With gardens in more than 100 local schools, Green Our Planet is transforming the desert
Monday, May 8, 2017
Last year, the nonprofit helped organize 125 markets through the Farmpreneur Program, a learning initiative that teaches fifth-graders the ins and outs of running a business. Some of the schools have expanded their market offerings from raw goods to candles and soaps made from herbs the students have grown.
New center for homeless youth taking aim at troubling statistics
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Nevada has the highest rate of unsheltered homeless youth in the country, at 81.5 percent of all those ages 14 to 24 unaccompanied on the streets. The new Shannon West Homeless Youth Center, slated to open this summer, will combat that troubling reality.

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