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Nathan Adelson Hospice’s Pet Therapy Program Spearheads ‘4th Annual Dog Bed & Blanket Drive’ to Support Local Animal Shelters During Winter Months

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Nathan Adelson Hospice Pet Therapy

(Las Vegas) – With colder weather striking Las Vegas, Nathan Adelson Hospice’s Pet Therapy Program is once again helping its furry friends in local animal shelters. The Pet Therapy Program, which comprises 18 dogs, announced today it is holding its “4th Annual Dog Bed & Blanket Drive” to help keep animals warm this season.
From Jan. 1 through Feb. 28, 2015, community members are invited to donate new or gently used items at all the Nathan Adelson Hospice locations. The donations will then be delivered to the shelters throughout the two months. Items being collected include: dog beds; blankets; towels; and unopened dog food. Donations can be dropped off at any of the Nathan Adelson Hospice locations: 4141 Swenson St., Las Vegas; in the MountainView Medical Office Building, 3150 N. Tenaya Way (near Cheyenne), Suite 350, Las Vegas; 2270 E. Commercial Rd., Suite A/B in Pahrump; and 1201 Nevada State Drive in Henderson.
Lisa Browder, manager of the Complementary Therapies Program for Nathan Adelson Hospice, said more than 4,500 items were donated to local shelters over the last three winter seasons thanks to the generous collections received.
“As the colder weather enters Southern Nevada, we’re always worried about the well-being of the dogs and cats in the shelters,” Browder said. “Our program has several loving pet therapists, so we are happy to do our share in helping these homeless animals.”
The Pet Therapy Program is under the Bonnie Schreck Memorial Complementary Therapies Program, which was created in 1999 as a means by which the hospice could provide a greater range of valuable therapies to patients. Patients and loved ones are able to request various therapies and techniques, such as pet therapy, reiki, reflexology, massage, and aromatherapy, to help ease discomfort by providing a calming and soothing environment. The goal is to provide the most effective, innovative and compassionate care possible. The Pet Therapy Program’s innovative technique to improve the quality of life for hospice patients has been one of the most successful thus far. It has been shown that spending time with a friendly animal can lift depression, lower blood pressure and respiratory rates, and bring comfort.
Nathan Adelson Hospice, the trusted partner in hospice and palliative care for 36 years, is the largest non-profit hospice in Southern Nevada, caring for an average of 300 patients daily. In 1978, Nathan Adelson Hospice began providing home care hospice service in Southern Nevada with the mission to offer patients and their loved ones comprehensive end-of-life care and to influence better care for all in the community. In 1983, Nathan Adelson Hospice opened an in-patient hospice in Las Vegas, and today the hospice is recognized as a national model for superior hospice care.
The mission of the hospice is to be the Hospice of Choice, the Employer of Preference and a Training Center of Excellence. Its vision is simple: no one should end the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain. The hospice also is home to The Center for Compassionate Care, a non-profit counseling agency providing individual, group and family counseling services to address grief, loss and issues related to surviving life-threatening illnesses. For more information and to donate, visit www.nah.org.

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Matt Smith Physical Therapy Collects More Than 300 Toys for Light of the World Childhood Cancer Foundation

Matt Smith Physical Therapy Toy Drive

Matt Smith Physical Therapy Toy Drive

(Las Vegas) – Matt Smith Physical Therapy recently completed its annual toy drive, which benefitted Light of the World Childhood Cancer Foundation, an organization that aims to provide programs to those affected by childhood cancer that give spiritual, emotional and financial support, and assist families with finding resources to address practical concerns. The company collected more than 300 toys for the foundation.

This drive is part of Matt Smith Physical Therapy’s Changing Lives Campaign, an ongoing effort to aid the Southern Nevada community. In 2014 alone, Matt Smith Physical Therapy has hosted a school supply drive for Don E. Hayden Elementary School; continued its Latin Chamber of Commerce scholarship program for students seeking to study healthcare-related fields in college; JDRF support; collected 2,371 pounds of food for Three Square Food Bank; and launched the Change Reaction campaign with the Clark County School District. Change Reaction is a “pay it forward” effort in which several CCSD elementary schools will be giving gifts throughout the year to other schools involved.

In addition, Matt Smith Physical Therapy has made donations to the following charities: Paralyzed Veterans of America – Nevada Chapter, Heaven Can Wait Animal Society, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Opportunity Village, National Association for Mental Illness, 3 Feet For Pete, The Children’s Heart Foundation, Child Haven, Make-A-Wish Foundation, American Cancer Society, Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada, and Goodie Two Shoes Foundation.

About Matt Smith Physical Therapy

Locally owned and operated, Matt Smith Physical Therapy maintains 13 locations in the Las Vegas valley, each of which have a bilingual staff. The practice specializes in sports medicine, pilates, spine, hand therapy, pediatric orthopedic physical therapy, and foot and ankle orthotics. Founded by Matt Smith, the practice is committed to changing lives through physical therapy and community outreach. For more information on Matt Smith Physical Therapy, visit www.mattsmithpt.com.

 

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NEVADA LEARNING ACADEMY AT CCSD KICKS OFF ‘HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: HELP A HOMELESS TEEN DRIVE’ TO BENEFIT PROJECT 150

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(Las Vegas, Dec. 4, 2014) — Clark County School District’s Nevada Learning Academy at CCSD today announced the start of the Home for the Holidays: Help a Homeless Teen Drive to benefit Project 150, a nonprofit that offers support services to homeless high school students in the Las Vegas area. The campaign, which begins today, will run through Dec. 22.
Valley residents are invited to donate necessities, educational items and clothing for the homeless teens. Project 150 items needed include:

• Clothing: Jackets, sweaters, beanies, gloves, sock, new male/female undergarments
• School Supplies: Backpacks, college rule filler paper, notebooks, 1”- 2″ View Binders, highlighters, flash drives, regular and scientific calculators, protractor /compass sets, pencils, erasers, sharpeners, black ink pens, pocket folders, binder dividers and combination locks
• Hygiene Essentials: Hair spray, hair gel, shaving cream, razors, after shave, deodorant, colognes, perfumes, tooth paste, tooth brushes, mouth was, combs, brushes, sanitary napkins, tampons, make up sets, facial wipes, blow dryers and flat/curling irons
• Food: Gift cards for fast food eateries, granola bars, Pop Tarts, ready-to-eat bowls, oatmeal individual packs, snap-top can meal items, microwave popcorn bags and fruit cups
• Miscellaneous Essentials: Bus passes, and Payless Shoe Store gift cards, purses, custom jewelry accessories, belts, wallets, food and grocery store gift cards and department store shopping bags with handles
The Nevada Learning Academy at CCSD, 3050 E. Flamingo Road, will serve as one drop-off point. Additional drop-off locations are being provided by community partners Crazy Pita and Fisher & Phillips LLP. Staffers and students at Nevada Learning Academy will gather items and stuff backpacks on Dec. 23.

• Fisher & Phillips LLP
3800 Howard Hughes Parkway, Suite 950
Las Vegas, NV

• Crazy Pita
Downtown Summerlin
10975 Sage Park Dr. #100
Las Vegas, NV, 89135

• Crazy Pita
Town Square Las Vegas
6587 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV, 89119

• Crazy Pita
The District at Green Valley Ranch
2225 Village Walk Dr #175
Henderson, NV, 89052

“We are very happy to be able to give teens in need a helping hand,” said Jesse Welsh, academic manager, Innovative Learning Environments for Nevada Learning Academy at CCSD. “In addition to our holiday efforts, NVLA has wonderful programs that give high school and junior high students a convenient option to obtain their diplomas in even the most difficult of circumstances. We hope that kids struggling with homelessness won’t give up on their educations. We can help them succeed.”

ABOUT NEVADA LEARNING ACADEMY AT CCSD
The Nevada Learning Academy at CCSD is Nevada’s premiere online academy, serving students in grades 6 through 12. Courses are offered on a full- and part-time basis and are designed to meet the needs of students seeking opportunities for honors and advanced placement courses, those seeking the flexibility of schedule offered by online classes, better one-on-one student-teacher feedback, or those facing challenges that make attending a traditional brick-and-mortar school difficult. Students can participate in multiple course pathways including teacher led, independent study, and credit by exam courses. For courses with open enrollment, students can begin coursework any time in the school year.
Clark County School District’s Virtual High School and the Academy for Individualized Study High School are now part of NVLA at CCSD. For additional information on the educational options offered at NVLA, please visit nvlearningacademy.net or call (702) 855-8435.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Las Vegas Holds 2nd Annual ‘Adopt-A-Family’ Drive to Benefit Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation

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Guests who bring in donated items will receive one free medium hot or iced coffee, or donut

(LAS VEGAS) – Dunkin’ Donuts Las Vegas is gearing up for its second annual “Adopt-A-Family” drive benefitting Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation. From Nov. 16 to Dec. 13, a total of 16 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the Las Vegas area will each adopt a family supported by the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation. During that time, guests can visit any of the 16 stores and select an “ornament” from a holiday train listing an item needed for that family. Upon return to that Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant with their donated item, the guest will receive one free medium hot or iced coffee, or donut (excluding Croissant Donut).

“Going into our second year, we’re looking to make our ‘Adopt-A-Family’ initiative even more successful this holiday season,” said Charlie Mootz of LVDD, one of the participating local Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees. “While each of our stores will be responsible for collecting items for their individual families, we are looking to collect enough items to help even more families supported by Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation.”

Family wish list items will include, but are not limited to, casual and professional clothing, bed sheets, socks, undergarments, as well as craft-oriented items, book bags, toys, handheld games, card games, gift cards, bicycles, technology accessories, and educational games for all ages. Food and toiletry items will be needed as well. Any additional donated items beyond fulfilling each family’s wish list will go directly to the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation to help other families in need.

In addition, Dunkin’ Donuts is looking for corporate partners who are willing to conduct in-house drives among their employees. For more information, please contact Latoya Bembry, local PR representative for Dunkin’ Donuts, at 702-367-7771.

Guests can visit any of the Dunkin’ Donuts locations below to select an ornament:

Las Vegas
• 200 E. Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101
• 4125 S. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89119
• 3350 E. Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89121
• 5111 Boulder Highway, Las Vegas, NV 89122
• 5861 W. Craig Road, Las Vegas, NV 89130
• 6795 Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89103
• 7430 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89123
• 6295 S. Rainbow Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89118
• 6935 N. Durango Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89149
• 409 E. Silverado Ranch Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89183
• 11710 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89135
• 7400 South Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89123
• 3481 S. Durango Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89117
North Las Vegas
• 5485 Simmons Street, North Las Vegas, NV 89031
Henderson
• 10100 S. Eastern Ave., Henderson, NV 89052
• 171 Gibson Road, Henderson, NV 89014

For more information on the Adopt-A-Family Drive, please visit www.LVDonuts.com.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com or become a follower on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DunkinDonuts) and Twitter (the local feed is www.twitter.com/DunkinDonutsLV and the national feed is www.twitter.com/DunkinDonuts).

About Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation
The Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation (NCCF) is a local non-profit organization providing services in Southern Nevada since 1993. Our goal is to improve the quality of life for critically ill children and their families living in our community. When a child is diagnosed with cancer or other life threatening illness…they can look to the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation for support, hope, and courage.

The mission of the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation is to provide social, emotional, educational, and psychological support services and programs to families of ALL children diagnosed with life threatening or critical illnesses such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, sickle cell, hemophilia, renal disorders, and immunologic diseases and provide healing arts and wellness programs to adults touched by cancer and to chronically ill children and their caregivers.

About Dunkin’ Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for eight years running. The company has more than 11,000 restaurants in 33 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.
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Nathan Adelson Hospice Staffers and Volunteers Embrace New, On-Site Reiki Instruction

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(Las Vegas) – As end-of-life care and various therapies remain an important aspect to Nathan Adelson Hospice’s offerings, the hospice has taken another great step in this area by now providing on-site Level I Reiki training and certification.

“Nathan Adelson Hospice has been offering patients and loved ones various services from our Complementary Therapies program for years,” said Lisa Browder, manager of the Bonnie Schreck Memorial Complementary Therapies Program at the hospice. “But until recently, volunteers and staff members had to take Reiki classes off site to become certified. Starting this new program is a great, convenient way to bring this type of therapy to our patients in a more facilitated fashion.”

The addition of a Reiki Master to the Nathan Adelson Hospice staff has made it possible to offer this certified course in-house, making it easier for more people to become qualified. Additionally, they will be teaching the new Reiki practitioners how to effectively use essential oils in their hospice sessions with patients and family members.

“All of these programs are designed to make families and patients more comfortable,” Browder said. “Reiki can help with issues such as stress, grief, anger and anxiety. The ultimate goal is to have experienced Reiki practitioners that can take anticipatory grief appointments.”
Browder said the classes teach staffers and volunteers to feel energy and use it to help patients be more comfortable and relaxed. Many medical practitioners, including chiropractors, are beginning to offer complementary treatments like Reiki.
The complementary services program also offers pet therapy, reflexology, massage, aromatherapy, art therapy and music therapy.

About Nathan Adelson Hospice
Nathan Adelson Hospice, the trusted partner in providing hospice care and palliative medicine for 36 years, is the largest non-profit hospice in Southern Nevada, caring for an average of 300 patients daily. In 1978, Nathan Adelson Hospice began providing home care hospice service in Southern Nevada with the mission to offer patients and their loved ones with comprehensive end-of-life care and influence better care for all in the community. In 1983, Nathan Adelson Hospice opened an in-patient hospice in Las Vegas, and today the hospice is recognized as a national model for superior hospice care.

The mission of the hospice is to be the Hospice of Choice, the Employer of Preference and a Training Center of Excellence. Its vision is simple: no one should end the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain.

The hospice also is home to The Center for Compassionate Care, a non-profit counseling agency providing individual, group and family counseling services to address grief, loss and issues related to surviving life-threatening illnesses. For more information, visit www.nah.org.

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Twin Arrows Zenith Steakhouse Recognized With Wine Spectator 2014 Award of Excellence

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(Flagstaff, Ariz. – September 30, 2014) – Now there’s one more reason to visit Twin Arrows’ Navajo Casino Resort. Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Wine List Awards recently selected the resort’s Zenith Steakhouse to receive the prestigious Award of Excellence.

 

“We are honored to be recognized by the world’s leading expert on wine for the caliber of food and wine at Zenith Steakhouse,” stated Derrick Watchman, CEO of Navajo Gaming. “Our Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise and Twin Arrows Directors of Food and Dining and their teams have worked tirelessly to create a dining experience that will attract national and international guests to experience Navajo cuisine and culture at our four-diamond resort, Twin Arrows.”

Wine Spectator’s annual awards recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers. Additionally, Award of Excellence winners offer a well-chosen selection of at least 90 quality producers that match the restaurant’s menu in both price and style.

“Twin Arrows offers a larger wine section that any other restaurant in northern Arizona, said Joseph Diver, food and beverage director at the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise. “More importantly however, is how smoothly the wine list integrates with our menu in both pairings and theming.”

While only required to offer 90 selections as an Award of Excellence recipient, Zenith Steakhouse offers more than 250 hand-procured wines including new and old world favorites and as well as selections from Australia, South Africa, Italy, France and California. Additionally, Zenith Steakhouse features many unusual Arizona wines, or hidden local gems that wine aficionados can’t find anywhere else.

Zenith Steakhouse’s wine is priced to move and offered at half off to guests on Wednesday, Thursdays and Sundays. Additionally Twin Arrows guests enjoy weekly complementary wine tastings.

Zenith Steakhouse is Twin Arrow’s flagship restaurant. Its exhibition kitchen, fireplace and menu put a progressive twist on the traditional. Zenith serves the highest quality Navajo Beef and sustainable seafood paired with seasonal and regional produce to create exquisite steaks, chops, fish and shellfish entrees.

The architecture and décor of the restaurant were inspired by the high nest of the eagle. Its stone walls evoke the cliffs where eagles build their nests and sculptural birch branches create intimate dining zones. Custom light fixtures are woven from silver branches in the style of eagle nests. A Hogan ceiling is also replicated at the entryway portal.

To learn more about Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort or to book a room in its recently expanded resort, visit www.twinarrows.com

 

About Wine Spectator:

Wine Spectator is the world’s leading authority on wine. Anchored by Wine Spectator Magazine, a print publication that reaches more than 3 million reads worldwide, the brand also encompasses the Web’s most comprehensive wine site (WineSpectator.com), mobile platform, and a series of signature events. Wine Spectator examines the world of wine from the vineyard to the table, exploring wines’ role in contemporary culture and delivering expert review of more than 15,000 wines every year. Parent company M. Chanken Communications also publishes Cigar Afficianao, Whiskey Advocate, Food arts, Market Watch, Shanken News Daily and Impact.

 

About Navajo Gaming:

Navajo Gaming (The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise) is a Navajo Nation wholly-owned business entity created by the Navajo Nation in September 2006. NNGE is authorized by the Navajo Nation to develop and operate Navajo casinos in accordance with federal and Navajo Nation laws, as well as the negotiated Navajo Nation-applicable state compacts (New Mexico and Arizona).

 

Navajo Gaming opened its first Navajo Casino on Nov. 19, 2008 – Fire Rock Navajo Casino in Church Rock Chapter, near Gallup, N.M. The second Navajo Casino opened Oct. 13, 2010 – Flowing Water Navajo Casino in Tsé Daak’áán Chapter, near Shiprock, N.M. The third Navajo Casino opened Jan. 16, 2012 – Northern Edge Navajo Casino – in Upper Fruitland Chapter, near Farmington, N.M. The fourth Navajo Casino – Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort – is located in Leupp Chapter, near Flagstaff, Ariz. Currently, Navajo Gaming has 1,400 employees.

 

Navajo Gaming’s vision includes creating additional job opportunities for Navajos, to continue returning revenue to the Navajo Nation and continue building the Navajo Gaming and Hospitality brand.

 

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American Traffic Solutions Relocates Over 600 Employees to Waypoint

(PHOENIX) – Harvard Investments, Lincoln Property Company (LPC) and American Traffic Solutions (ATS) announced today that ATS will be relocating over 600 employees to Waypoint, a new Class A office campus located in Mesa, Arizona. ATS’s lease includes total occupancy of one of two new buildings planned by owner Harvard Investments and development partner LPC.

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