Hearts Alive Village Las Vegas Rescue Dog Featured In Chicken Soup for the Soul, Plus This And That

A story about Hearts Alive Village Las Vegas (HAVLV) alumni Butters, is featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Dogs (Chicken Soup for the Soul, LLC; Amy Newmark; July 14, 2020, 978-1-611590678, $14.95). This anthology highlights the human-dog bond (especially during the COVID-19 pandemic) and will have dog lovers laughing, tearing up, and nodding their heads in recognition as they dive into 101 heartwarming and often hilarious stories about all the ways in which dogs enrich our lives, become part of our families, and make us better people.


Bodhi Reading

Butters (now Bodhi) is an 8-year-old Chihuahua/Corgi mix who sat in the shelter for 8 months before being pulled by Hearts Alive Village in January. “The shelters got hit really hard the first week of the pandemic,” says Sheryl Green, Director of Communications for Hearts Alive Village and adopted mom to Bodhi. “I offered to foster one of our dogs so we could make space for anyone coming in from the shelter. I had no idea when I took him home that he’d become a permanent part of the family.”


While fostering doesn’t always end in adoption, it’s an essential part of animal rescue. Without a temporary solution for the animal, rescues have no place to house them and can’t pull the pet from the shelter. Fosters provide a safe home for the animal and the “family experience” while the rescues provide food, medical care, and networking to find the pet a permanent home. As bittersweet as it is to say goodbye, fostering truly saves lives.  “We knew that the bonding experience during this crazy time would be intense,” said Christy Stevens, Executive Director of Hearts Alive Village. “Many of our temporary fosters decided to become forever parents. We never call it a ‘foster fail’ but rather a ‘foster to forever.’”


Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Dogs

The book is available through Amazon, with proceeds going to American Humane, and can also be purchased at the Hearts Alive Village Pet Supply Store (1750 S. Rainbow Blvd # 4) with all proceeds going to Hearts Alive Village Las Vegas. Green hopes her story will spread awareness for the importance of fostering and will help raise some money for the organization’s life-saving programs.


Chicken Soup for the Soul publishes the famous Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. With well over 100 million books sold to date in the U.S. and Canada, more than 250 titles, and translations into more than 40 languages, the phrase “chicken soup for the soul” is known worldwide and is regularly referenced in pop culture. Today, 27 years after it first began sharing happiness, inspiration, and hope through its books, this socially conscious company continues to publish a new title a month. It has also evolved beyond the bookstore, with a podcast, education programs, dog and cat food, licensed products, and video, television and movies through its subsidiary, Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment.


Hearts Alive Village is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to nurture a compassionate society where animals are supported both in their homes and on the journey to find a home. The multidimensional organization provides a variety of programs including; Kendall’s Kupboard a pet food pantry, Charlie Mike a program that matches veterans with support animals, and provides access to resources like training, financial assistance for veterinary costs and more, Foster & Adoption Program where strays, animals acquired from shelters, and owner surrenders are placed in foster homes until forever homes are secured, Humane Education to youth groups throughout the valley teaching responsible pet ownership, safety, and empathy, Pet Supplies offers new and gently used pet items such as toys, beds and more, and their newest expansion, a Veterinary Clinic and Wellness Center. HAVLV’s headquarters is located at Hearts Alive Village Adoption Center and Pet Supplies, 1750 South Rainbow Unit #4 Las Vegas, NV.  http://www.heartsalivevillage.org.



Stopped at one of my favorite entertainment, restaurant, and bar hangout the other night. Of course you have to know that’s the Italian American Club, at 2333 E Sahara Ave, 89104, to see what was going on and to have a great dinner. My friend, Joan T., and I had a wonderful table for two in the “Main Showroom,” where, because of the pandemic, the club could properly space the tables for dinner, with a little bit of entertainment while you dine. As usual Ben Spano, one of the best hosts in town, stopped by our table to say hello, buy us a drink, and make sure we were taken care of.

Naturally, the service was supreme, and our food was perfectly prepared. The club is open from Wednesday through Sunday, and I suggest you call for reservations.  As to entertainment it comes with the meal free of charge, and is live from 6:00 p.m. to about 9 or 10:00 p.m. When you call 702-457-3866 for your reservation you can ask who will be entertaining during your particular night, as it varies from night-to-night. Enjoy some great music, fantastic food, and good booze. Say hello to Ben. Tell him Norm sent me.


Golden Entertainment, Inc. has announced the promotion of Kim Ast to vice president of digital strategy and creative services. Ast, who has been with the company for more than 15 years, oversees strategic planning, creative design, brand standards and digital marketing for all of Golden Entertainment’s casinos and taverns throughout Nevada and Maryland.


Most recently, Ast has been instrumental in rebranding initiatives for Golden Entertainment and The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod and new brand positioning for Arizona Charlie’s Casinos. “Kim Ast has long been a pillar of Golden Entertainment and has demonstrated, time and time again, her marketing expertise and unwavering work ethic,” said Brad Goldberg, senior vice president of marketing for Golden Entertainment. “Kim has played a pivotal role in the company’s growth with her enthusiastic leadership and creative direction.”

With an emphasis on creative and branding, Ast oversees creative services, paid media, website design, budgeting and more for Golden Entertainment’s 10 casino resorts and 66 PT’s Taverns. A hospitality and gaming industry veteran with more than two decades of marketing, advertising, and creative experience, Ast previously held marketing positions with Palace Station Hotel & Casino and Silverton Hotel, Casino & RV Resort. Ast, who is a native Las Vegan, was designated among Vegas Inc.’s esteemed “40 under 40” in 2013.

Golden Entertainment, Inc.’s casino, tavern and distributed gaming operations include 17,600 slots, 150 table games, and 7,300 hotel rooms. The company’s 10 casino resorts include The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod, Arizona Charlie’s Decatur, Arizona Charlie’s Boulder in Las Vegas; Aquarius Casino Resort, Colorado Belle Hotel & Casino Resort, and Edgewater Hotel & Casino Resort in Laughlin, Nevada; Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Flintstone, Maryland, and Pahrump Nugget Hotel & Casino, Gold Town Casino, and Lakeside Casino & RV Park in Pahrump.. The company’s signature rewards program, True Rewards, offers players the opportunity to earn and spend rewards at over 140 locations. More information is available on the company’s website: http://www.goldenent.com/.


The Vegas Golden Knights announced today that the organization has entered into a partnership with Homie, a tech-based real estate brokerage company. The partnership designates Homie as an official partner of the Golden Knights.

“We are tremendously excited to partner with Homie,” said Vegas Golden Knights President Kerry Bubolz. “It’s evident that Homie and the Vegas Golden Knights share a common goal of strengthening and advancing the remarkable Las Vegas community that we are all proud to call home.”

Founded in Utah in 2015, Homie has operated in Las Vegas since March of 2020. As part of its Homie Helps initiative, Homie is currently waiving all listing fees for those who must now sell their home because of personal financial hardship due to COVID-19. The company is also donating up to $100,000  to the United Way Southern Nevada’s Emergency Assistance and Community Needs Fund to help Las Vegans most impacted by COVID-19 avoid home foreclosure and pay utility bills. Homie donated an initial $10,000 and will donate $500 for every home bought or sold with the company in Southern Nevada.

“We are so excited to partner with the Golden Knights who will help to spread the word about how we are working to keep people in their homes amidst this terrible economic and healthcare crisis,” said Kris Cuaresma-Primm, general manager for Homie in Las Vegas. “We know how beloved the Golden Knights are in Las Vegas and to have them have our back in this effort is tremendous.”

As an official partner of the Golden Knights, Homie will also be promoted during the team’s official home games at T-Mobile Arena, including a “Saves For Charity” sponsorship, with Homie contributing funds for each save made during a game to its Homie Helps initiative.

Homie is a real estate technology company changing the way real estate is bought and sold by eliminating high fees and commissions. The company simplifies an outdated and overcomplicated process through a combination of technology and full-service real estate agent support. Homie is the #1 listing brokerage office in the state of Utah and is growing quickly in Arizona and Nevada. With real estate, home loans, closing services, and insurance, the Homie Tech family is making every aspect of buying and selling a home simple, affordable, and enjoyable. Finally, the way modern real estate should be. To learn more, visit www.homie.com.


Boyd Gaming is offering one of its highest regional linked Pai Gow Poker progressives in recent history, with the progressive jackpot nearing a half-million dollars at Aliante, The Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast, Sam’s Town, and Cannery. With six Boyd Gaming destinations participating in the Company’s regional linked Pai Gow Poker progressive in Las Vegas, players have a shot at winning much larger jackpots than individual properties can offer. As of today, the Boyd Gaming citywide progressive stands at more than $490,000 and is rising by the day.

Pai Gow Poker pits players against the dealer in a unique game where both the player and the dealer each receive seven cards and place them into a five-card hand and a two-card hand.  The goal of this table game is to have both hands beat the dealer’s respective hands to win. To learn more about Boyd Gaming’s gaming entertainment offerings, visit www.boydgaming.com.


The Smithsonian Affiliated National Atomic Testing Museum, 755 E. Flamingo,  this Thursday, July 30th at 6:00 PM (PT) Dr. Brent Park, the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, will speak to a gathering of those interested in hearing what the government is doing to prevent nuclear weapons proliferation.

Atomic Testing Museum

Dr. Park, a nuclear physicist, with 30 years of experience at DOE National Laboratories, now leads NNSA’s efforts to prevent nuclear weapons proliferation and reduce the threat of nuclear and radiological terrorism around the world. You must pre-register at https://nationalatomictestingmuseum.org/.


Well, gang, there really isn’t much entertainment to write about except the above mentioned Italian American Club. Thus, local happenings and events.

I’m outa here!

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