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New garden club to pick name, hear of wildlife habitats

The new Boulder City garden club will hold its second organizational meeting at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Boulder City Library, 701 Adams Blvd.

Paula Garrett will present “Creating a Backyard Wildlife Habitat.”

Also, those attending will select a name for the club, create committees and get to know each other.

Refreshments will be served.

Call Libby Powell at 702-293-9064 for more information.

Elks to hold hoop shoot event for children on Tuesday

Boulder City Elks Lodge No. 1682 will participate in the national hoop shoot event at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the city’s Recreation Center, 900 Arizona St.

The event tests the basketball free throw skills of children ages 8 to 13. It is open to any child who lives in Boulder City. Participation is free.

Additional information is available at http://www.elks.org/hoopshoot/default.cfm.

Cruisin’ Association event will benefit Toys for Tots

Boulder City Cruisin’ Association and the 3 Other Guyz will present a pancake breakfast and cruise in at 8 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Boulder City Elks Lodge, 1217 Nevada Highway.

Participants are asked to bring an unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more to be donated to Toys for Tots.

Call 702-812-6900 or 702-400-9276 for additional information.

Republican women to mark holiday, install officers

Boulder City Republican Women’s Club will hold its annual Christmas party Dec. 11 at the Railroad Pass, 2800 S. Boulder Highway. New officers will be installed and there will be a holiday music sing-along.

Festivities start at 11 a.m.; lunch follows at 11:45 a.m.

Cost is $21 per person. Reservations are required and must be made by noon Dec. 4. For reservations or more information call 702-393-1228 or email bcgop@yahoo.com.

Community blood drive scheduled for Dec. 11

The next Boulder City Community and Boulder City Hospital blood drive will be held from 1-7 p.m. Dec. 11 in the chapel gymnasium at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 916 Fifth St.

All donors will receive a voucher for a buy one get one free meal from Braddah’s Island Style restaurant.

To schedule an appointment, visit www.unitedbloodservices.org and use the code bouldercity or call Lee McDonald at 702-795-8335.

See Spot Run sponsors pet food drive for needy

See Spot Run is holding a pet food drive that will benefit Emergency Aid of Boulder City. The food will be given to needy Boulder City residents for their cats and dogs.

Donations of canned or dry cat and dog food, and kitty litter are needed.

The food drive is scheduled through Christmas Day.

They can be dropped off at See Spot Run’s dog park at Veterans’ Memorial Park, 1650 Buchanan Blvd. Donations should be placed inside a large black trash can inside the gate; they will be picked up each evening.

Those who need help with heavy bags can call 702-539-7526 or email seespotrun@bcseespotrun.com.

Also, the group is offering 2015 calendars featuring local dogs playing at the dog park. The calendars are being sold for $15 each. Sales proceeds will help the nonprofit group maintain and operate the dog park.

The group also plans to participate in the city’s Santa’s Electric Night Parade Dec. 6.

VFW to award bicycle, rocking horse through raffle

Veterans of Foreign Wars, Matthew J. Commons Post 36, will raffle off a new bicycle and solid-wood rocking horse as part of its membership drive.

Post member Arthur Monetti donated the bike, a Next PX 26-inch mountain version with front and rear suspension. Post member Mark Westrich made the rocking horse.

Tickets can be purchased from members between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Dec. 7 outside of Albertsons, 1008 Nevada Highway.

The drawing will be held at the post meeting/Christmas social at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Senior Center of Boulder City, 813 Arizona St.

The winner does not need to be present and will be notified.

Churches plan special ‘Blue Christmas’ service

Boulder City United Methodist Church and St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church are collaborating for a special Blue Christmas service at 6:45 p.m. Dec. 17 at St. Christopher’s, 812 Arizona St.

The service is designed for those who are sad during the holiday season, and will acknowledge that Christmas is not always a joyful and happy time. It also will remember those who have died in the past year.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

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

Emergency Aid to collection donations at credit union

Emergency Aid of Boulder City has received permission from Boulder Dam Credit Union to collection donations to support needy residents during the holiday season.

Volunteers are needed to staff the collection station weekdays.

For more information or to volunteer, call Mike Derby at 702-280-1709, Jack Edwards at 702-300-6187 or Joe Rowe at 702-722-4273.

Tickets available for annual Santa Train at railroad museum

Tickets are on sale to ride the annual Santa Train at the Nevada State Railroad Museum, 601 Yucca St.

Train rides with Santa and Mrs. Claus will depart hourly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21.

Tickets are $5 per person for anyone older than 1. Advance purchase is recommended as trips usually sell out.

New for this year is an evening Pajama Train, with excursions departing at 5 and 7 p.m. Dec. 5, 6, 12 and 13. The night time trips will include hot chocolate and cookies aboard the train, stories and visits with Santa.

Pajama Train tickets are priced from $14 to $20, with advance purchase recommended.

For additional information or to buy tickets online, visit www.nevadasouthern.com.

Library schedules variety of activities, events

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

n Computer class, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the community room. Participants will learn the basics about the Windows operating system, including Windows 7 and 8. Class is limited to five people. Reservations and a refundable $5 deposit are required by Sunday.

n Craft hour, 10 a.m. in the community room. For all ages.

n Family holiday movie, 6 p.m. Wednesday in the community room. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” will be shown. Bring blankets and snacks.

n Teen and adult craft, 1 p.m. Dec. 6 in the community room. Participants will learn to use nail polish to make jewelry. For those 12 and older. Reservations and a $5 refundable deposit are required.

The library will be closed today for Thanksgiving.

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

Lend A Hand raffling trips in airplane, helicopter

To raise money for the services it offers to Boulder City senior citizens and to help the disabled remain independent, Lend A Hand is holding a raffle for three sightseeing tours.

The tours are:

■ An airplane tour to the Grand Canyon’s west rim,

■ A nighttime helicopter tour of the Strip,

■ A helicopter trip to the floor of the Grand Canyon.

All tours are for two people. They have been donated by Scenic Grand Canyon Airlines 5 Star Grand Canyon Helicopter and Serenity Helicopters.

Raffle tickets are $5 each and may be purchased from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Mondays through Dec. 5 in front of the Boulder Dam Credit Union, 530 Avenue G. They also are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the Chamber of Commerce, 465 Nevada Way, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays at the Lend A Hand office, 400 Utah St.

Winners will be announced at about 5 p.m. Dec. 6 during the Santa’s Electric Night Parade festivities. The winner does not need to be present.

Call 702-294-2363 for more information.

Myriad special events on tap at Lake Mead

Lake Mead National Recreation Area has a variety of special events happening in the coming weeks. These include:

n Turkey Trot. About 1,000 people are expected to race through the recreation area today. The 12k travels from Hoover Dam and back along the Railroad Trail. There also are 5k and one-mile courses. Visit www.mountainmanevents.com for details.

n A talk, “Public Lands: Treasures of Southern Nevada,” will be presented at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday at the visitor center. Rangers will share information about the public lands surrounding the Las Vegas Valley.

Call 702-293-8990 for more information.

Support group helps families of people with breathing woes

Area residents are invited to attend the Friends and Family of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease support group. The group meets at 10 a.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the Senior Center, 813 Arizona St.

Vital Care’s Bruce Borchard leads the group, which explores ways for better living with COPD, asthma and emphysema. It is sanctioned by the Better Breathers and American Lung Association.

Walking group meets at Veterans Park

Boulder City United Methodist Fellowship has a walking group that meets at 8 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Veterans’ Memorial Park, 1650 Buchanan Blvd. Group members walk 30 minutes before they begin their day.

Everyone is invited to come, improve their health and make new friends. They meet at the duck pond next to Pratte Field.

For more information, call the Rev. Sandy Johnson at 702-293-7240 or email sandy_L_johnson@hotmail.com.

American Association of University Women to meet

The Boulder City Branch of American Association of University Women meets at 6 p.m. the third Monday of each month in the Boulder Dam Hotel, 1305 Arizona St. Meetings are open to the public and held in the Gene Segerblom meeting room.

For more information, leave a message at 702-290-5592. Your call will be returned as soon as possible.

Free tai chi classes offered Saturdays in Broadbent Park

A local tai chi master is offering free classes at 9 a.m. Saturdays in Broadbent Park, 1301 Fifth St.

The sessions will focus on physical strengthening and conditioning, and self-defense applications.

For more information, visit www.elementaltaichi.com or call instructor Dale Napier at 702-478-9413.

Bing Crosby’s niece to hold book signing

Carolyn Schneider, the niece of the late performer Bing Crosby, will hold a signing for her book “Bing: On the Road to Elko” Sunday inside the Boulder Dam Hotel, 1305 Arizona St.

She will be there from 9 a.m to 4 p.m.

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Hours of operation: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday at 813 Arizona St., 702-293-3320. Visit the center’s website at www.seniorcenterbouldercity.org.

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