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Final Dinner for Project Dinner Table Planned

Final Dinner for Project Dinner Table Planned


The date and chef have been set for the final Project Dinner Table event.

Chef Kim Chanteenwalla of Society Café will prepare the meal set for Sunday, November 13. The dinner will be held at Three Square, 4190 North Pecos Rd. It will benefit Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada and the Nevada Homeless Alliance.

The event starts at 2 p.m., with the meal starting shortly afterward. Chef Chanteenwalla’s menu will focus on the bounty of fall. After the passed hot and cold hors d’oeuvre, the five course feast will feature Nantucket bay scallops, red lentil soup, lobster agnolotti, smoked pork shoulder and a dessert menu with a 14-layer chocolate cake.

'Books and Buddies' Reading Mentors Needed at Local Schools

'Books and Buddies' Reading Mentors Needed at Local Schools

Books and Buddies is a reading mentor program sponsored by Spread the Word Nevada, a children's literacy non-profit group, that matches elementary school students from a list of 26 adopted schools with adult mentors from the community. The organization has been serving low-income children and families from the adopted schools within the Clark County School District since it was founded in 2001.

Volunteers interested in helping kindergarten through fifth-grade students improve their reading proficiency, comprehension, and verbal recitation skills are encouraged to make a minimum 12-week commitment for one hour a week. Training will be provided and fingerprinting for background checks will be required.

Volunteer Contact

Libbi Erickson

Office: (702) 564-7809



Facility that Helped At-Risk Kids Closed

A facility that helps at-risk kids closed its doors Tuesday.

Reaching Our Community’s Kids or, R.O.C.K., closed its doors because of a lack of funds. According to the group’s website, it was organized in 1998 by Allen and Kathy Love. The site says the group provides after-school programs for children with emotional and behavioral issues. It is contracted with the State of Nevada Division of Child and Family Services and with Nevada Medicaid.

The group says it uses biblical teachings as part of its programs. It also holds a Kids Church on Saturdays.  8 News NOW has contacted the organization for a comment but has not received a call back. Employees at the facilities on Sunrise Avenue were emotional about losing their jobs but did not comment on the closure.

Golden Rainbow Looks for Tenants

Golden Rainbow is looking for someone to move into its two-bedroom town home. 

The non-profit provides housing and financial assistance to people living with AIDS and HIV. The group will provide furniture for the town home and subsidized rent. Rent will only be 30 percent of a tenant's income. The space will be available September 15 on a first-come, first-serve basis. Anyone interested in applying needs to call the Golden Rainbow office 702-384-2899.

The non-profit has been providing permanent housing for men, women and children with AIDS/HIV for 25 years. They want their clients to have a safe place to live while still being able to pay medical expenses.

Spread the Word Nevada Featured in First G-Team Campaign in Las Vegas

Spread the Word Nevada Featured in First G-Team Campaign in Las Vegas

Spread the Word Nevada is excited to announce their campaign on G-Team Las Vegas, Groupon’s philanthropic arm.

Each week, G-Team features a local campaign that enables Groupon followers to do good, have fun, and make a real impact in their community. From Tuesday to Thursday, the Spread the Word Nevada G-Team campaign will raise money and increase awareness about its children's literacy programs. Spread the Word Nevada has been providing books and literacy services to the low-income youth in Southern Nevada and the Clark County School District since 2001.

Non-Profit Offers Free Dental Care

Non-Profit Offers Free Dental Care


The tough economy has hurt a lot of different facets of the Las Vegas community including children’s dental care but local non-profits are coming forward to fill that void.

Earlier this month, the United Way announced it was giving thousands of dollars to the group Future Smiles to run free dental clinics for kids 2 to 18 years old in southern Nevada.

"We'll clean their teeth and provide oral hygiene instruction which is very important; many of these children don't have that opportunity to learn about their teeth,” said Future Smiles Public Health Dental Hygienist Eileen Mohr.

Mohr has seen a lot of cases of gum disease and gingivitis but the group has been able to help more than 1,500 kids in the Las Vegas valley get dental care this year. The grant from the United Way is expected to help 900 more kids this summer.

Community Stepping in to Help School

Community Stepping in to Help School

An elementary school that has received national exposure for the troubling number of students that are homeless is getting more help from the community.

Cowtown Guitars, It's Sugar and Title I Hope are working together to collect food and personal hygiene items for Whitney Elementary School. The school garnered national attention after a CBS Evening News story. A majority of students at the school are homeless which means the principal, teachers and staff have come forward to fill the kids basic needs as well as giving them an education.