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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.  

Gingerbread Festival to Benefit Rape Crisis Center

Gingerbread Festival to Benefit Rape Crisis Center


An up coming festival will celebrate one of the great traditions of the holiday season and raise money for a worthy cause.

The We Knead the Dough Gingerbread Festival will be from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, December 4 at Faith Lutheran Middle/High School, 2015 South Hualapai Way.

The festival will feature a display of dozens of gingerbread houses, 1,000 gingerbread people, a pizza lunch, a visit from Santa Claus, carnival games and children’s activities.

Chef Jesus Castillo from MGM Grand and Monte Carlo Resort and Casino will be giving gingerbread-making and decorating demonstrations throughout the event.

Admission is $15 and includes a gingerbread cookie decorating kit, pizza buffet and games. Guests who pay $50 will get all of those items plus a chance to decorate their own gingerbread house.

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.

Trunk or Treat Event Planned for Northwest Center

Trunk or Treat Event Planned for Northwest Center


Labor Day is in the past and it’s time to start thinking about Halloween.

Las Vegas residents can take part in a Trunk or Treat Car Show and free Halloween festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. October 13 at the Veterans Memorial Leisure Services Center, located at 101 N. Pavilion Center Drive. The event is free.

A costume contest, jump houses, face painting, music and Halloween craft projects and games, as well as trunk-or-treating at the car show, are available for kids.

Beers, Kermit Headline Back-to-School Event

Beers, Kermit Headline Back-to-School Event


Consider yourself a true Las Vegas political junkie if you knew about the tie between Bob Beers and Kermit the Frog.

Las Vegas Councilman Beers invites residents to join him for a free back-to-school fair and movie in the park from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on August 9 in Ansan Sister City Park.

Free backpacks, school supplies, light refreshments and beverages will be distributed in the park at 7801 Ducharme Ave. (at Buffalo Drive near Alta) while supplies last.

Residents are invited to bring blankets and picnic baskets and enjoy numerous children’s activities until the PG-rated “The Muppets” movie starts at dusk. 

“I’ve been a big fan of Kermit the Frog since I first saw him pick up a banjo,” Councilman Beers said. “In the latest movie, which we will be showing Aug. 9, he actually graduates to a five-string instrument.”