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Community Briefs

Democrats to hear of presidential campaigns

The Boulder City Democratic Club will meet at 6:30 tonight at the Boulder City Library, 701 Adams Blvd.

Field organizers for the presidential campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton will speak about the efforts of their candidates. A representative of Nevadans for Background Checks will speak about the initiative to be voted on next year.

All interested people are welcome to attend. Contact the club at 702-530-6604 or bouldercitydemocraticclub@gmail.com with any questions.

Columnist to address Retired Public Employees

The Boulder City Chapter of the Retired Public Employees of Nevada will have its monthly meeting at 11 a.m. today at The Homestead of Boulder City, 1401 Medical Park Drive.

The guest speaker will be Jane Ann Morrison, a columnist with the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Afterward, members will have lunch.

Reservations are requested. For reservations or more information, call Bernard at 702 294-0636.

Republican women's group to install officers

The Boulder City Republican Woman's Club will hold its monthly meeting today in the banquet room of the Railroad Pass Hotel and Casino, 2800 S. Boulder Highway, Henderson.

New officers will be installed during the luncheon event, which is set to start at 11:45 a.m. Also, radio personality Heidi Harris will sing Christmas carols.

Cost is $21 per person. For more information, call 702-393-1228.

Blood drive to be held today at church gym

Area residents are being asked to donate blood for the Boulder City community and Boulder City Hospital blood drive. It is scheduled from 1-7 p.m. today in the gymnasium at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 916 Fifth St.

Appointments can be made online at www.unitedbloodservices.org using the code bouldercity or by calling Lee McDonald at 702-795-8335.

Red Mountain Choir brings holiday music to stage

Red Mountain Choir will perform "Christmas on Stage" at the Elaine K. Smith Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The concert will spotlight songs, old and new, from movies, stage plays and George Frideric Handel's "Messiah," which "burst onto the stage" of Musick Hall in Dublin on April 13, 1742.

The Red Mountain Choir, conducted by Lisa Gillespie and accompanied by Ashley Peel, will be joined by select students from King Elementary School, conducted by Lanette Coker.

Joining the choirs will be musicians Adam Hallan on percussion, Tim Thomas on bass, Cory Jones on guitar and Lindsay Sommerhalder on flute.

Tickets are $10 for adults and free for children and students. They can be purchased at the door or Boulder City Chamber of Commerce, 465 Nevada Way. Children younger than 5 will not be admitted.

Wreath ceremony at veterans cemetery Saturday

Area residents are invited to join this year's Wreaths Across America ceremony, set to take place at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive.

Organizers expect to place about 1,000 wreaths on the graves at the cemetery. Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison is scheduled to deliver the keynote address.

Dec. 12 is National Wreaths Across America Day, with events happening nationwide.

For more information, visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.

Ugly sweater contest part of wine walk

The Best Dam Wine Walk presented by the Chamber of Commerce continues its series of walks from 4-8 p.m. Saturday. Those attending are invited to wear their ugliest Christmas sweater; winners will be announced at the end of the evening.

Stop by the Chamber of Commerce at 465 Nevada Way first to get a glass and map of participating locations.

The event is part of Second Saturday, which also includes family-friendly activities such as human foosball, a giant corn hole and entertainment.

Cost of the wine walk is $25 a person or $45 a couple.

Handbell concert rings in the holidays

Boulder City United Methodist Fellowship is hosting a handbell concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Senior Center of Boulder City, 813 Arizona St.

Harmony Handbells, which is under the direction of Brad Hendricks, will perform traditional and contemporary Christmas songs and a song celebrating Hanukkah.

Harmony Handbells is a community choir of 12 experienced ringers from throughout the Las Vegas Valley.

The concert is free, but a good-will offering will be taken.

'Blue Christmas' service focuses on seasonal sadness

The Christmas season isn't always full of cheer and can be a difficult time of year for many people. To help address the sadness and grief that often accompany the season, Boulder City United Methodist Church in partnership with St. Christopher's Episcopal Church will be leading a special worship service at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday.

"Blue Christmas" is designed to remember those who are not with us this year and acknowledge that Christmas isn't always a happy and joyful time.

The service will be held at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 812 Arizona St.

Everyone is welcome.

For more information, contact the Rev. Sandy Johnson at 702-293-7240 or visit the church website at www.bouldercityumc.org.

Movies, crafts, meetings scheduled at library

Boulder City Library, 701 Adams Blvd., has several activities planned for the coming weeks.

These include:

*Teen holiday craft and movie, 3 p.m. today in the community room. For those 13 and older.

*Movie, 6 p.m. Friday in the community room. "Raiders of the Lost Ark" will be shown.

*Teen and adult craft, 1 p.m. Saturday in the community room. Participants will learn how to make a calendar wheel. Registration and a $5 refundable deposit are required by 8:30 p.m. today.

*Movie, 5:30 p.m. Monday in the community room. "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" will be shown.

*Teen time, 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the community room. Those 12 and older are invited to come play games, work on homework or just hang out.

*Family story time, 6 p.m. Wednesday in the community room.

*Library board of trustees meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesday in the board room.

Call 702-293-1281 for details, reservations or more information.

Holiday events, marathon on tap at Lake Mead

Lake Mead National Recreation Area has a variety of special events happening in the coming week.

These include:

*Holiday open house, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Alan Bible Visitor Center, 10 Lakeshore Road. Join rangers for chats, cookies and hot beverages throughout the day.

*Dock of Lights, 7 p.m. Saturday at Callville Bay. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus while strolling along the dock to see boats decorated with holiday lights. Visit www.thelakemeadyachtclub.com for more information.

*Hoover Dam Marathon, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Nearly 700 runners will race through the recreation area. It will start and finish at Boulder Beach and travel along multiple trails. Visit http://bit.ly/1OONIFt for more information.

*Ranger chat: "Endangered Species," 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday at the Alan Bible Visitor Center, 10 Lakeshore Road. Participants will learn about endangered species such as the desert tortoise, peregrine falcon and Las Vegas bearpoppy that can be found in the park.

Call 702-293-8990 for additional information or to make reservations.

See Spot Run collecting pet food for needy

See Spot Run is helping Emergency Aid of Boulder City and is seeking donations of pet food for those in need.

Dry or canned dog and cat food and bird food, as well as cat litter are among the items needed. All donations must be in their original packaging and be closed and not expired.

A large container for donations will be placed at the nonprofit dog park at Veterans' Memorial Park, 1650 Buchanan Blvd. They will be picked up daily.

Donations will be collected now through Dec. 24.

Also, donations can be brought to Professional Pet Room & Groom, 707 Canyon Road.

Anew group will hold holiday party Dec. 19

Members of the Boulder City Anew Women's Network will gather for a Christmas holiday party at 2 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Boulder City Library, 701 Adams Blvd.

The group is for women whose husbands have died and offers resources, speakers and friendships.

A free lunch will be served.

For further information, call Fran Jordan at 702-293-0620 or Marjorie Kitchell at 702-839-7773.

Therapy dogs make testing ‘stress free’ at King Elementary

Test anxiety is a common concern for teachers, parents, and students, especially this time of year for King students as they prepare to take the state test for the first time.

Statehouse daughter heads services to veterans

It’s not out of the ordinary for journalists to sometimes leave the profession and try something new. Especially when they feel a family connection urging them to enter into a divergent field of employment. That’s what happened to one local individual.

Howard turns passion into full-time job

For many self-published authors, the passion to put words on a page ends up being a hobby they do when everyday life frees up a few minutes here and there to do so.

BCHS gearing up for spring play

Spring is in the air and life is abuzz in the Boulder City High School Theatre Department. While residents all over town are packing their winter clothes and embarking on spring cleaning projects; students in the drama department are collaborating on their spring performance of “Yard Sale” by Tim Kelly.

Andrew Mitchell Elementary goes beyond 7 Habits

As a Leader In Me School, Mitchell Elementary frequently refers to the 7 Habits. As a matter of fact, each day at our morning ceremony, students and staff recite our mission statement, which refers specifically to the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

LMNRA has deep roots in Boulder City

We at Lake Mead National Recreation Area are constantly amazed and grateful for the support from the Boulder City community. We also strive to provide great service to the people of this great town.

Local business funds memorial bench at King

For over a year, the staff at Martha P. King has been working with the Giamanco family to create a memorial bench for their little girl, Emilee.

A river runs through it

To say that Kathleen Wood knows the portion of the Colorado River between Hoover Dam and Willow Beach like the back of her hand is definitely an understatement.

All for a good cause

For decades, the Injured Police Officer’s Fund has been there to help provide support to Southern Nevada officers in their time of need.