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New Activities Planned for November First Friday

New Activities Planned for November First Friday

 

After a successful restart of First Friday in October, the organizers have announced even more events for the monthly festival set for November 4. The downtown art fair will partner with the Vegas Valley Book Festival and Blinking Man for next month's festivities.

Blinking Man is an innovative way to listen to poetry and ride a bicycle at the same time. Riders will meet at 5:30 p.m., at Casino Center and Colorado Avenue. From there, they will ride through the downtown area while the person leading the pack reads poetry. The group will also stop at galleries to enjoy the artwork and listen to more readings. Plus, the Regional Transportation Commission will be on hand for bike tune-ups. The first 25 riders to show up at the event who do not have a light will get one thanks to Blinking Man and First Friday staff.

City Transfers Park to Smith Center

City Transfers Park to Smith Center

 

The city of Las Vegas transferred a park site into the hands of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.

The transfer was approved Wednesday during the city council meeting. The park provides 1.7 acres of green space for the new performance center. The park will now be called the Donald W. Reynolds Symphony Park.

The park will be both a place for people in the neighborhood to enjoy the outdoors, and it will provide a space for outdoor concerts, festivals and community events. The Smith Center will own and operate the park.

Theater Starts Casting 'Oliver!'

Theater Starts Casting 'Oliver!'

 

Rainbow Company Youth Theater will hold auditions for the musical “Oliver!” on Saturday, October 22.

The auditions start at 1 p.m., at the Charleston Heights Arts Center. The group is looking for adults and children as young as 10 to fill roles in the production. The theater company encourages those auditioning to prepare a song and be in clothing that will let them dance. There are a few non-singing roles for adults.

The music will be performed December 9 through 18 at Charleston Heights Arts Center. The Rainbow Company Youth Theater is a nationally-recognized theater group. It performs four shows a year. It also offers workshops and classes for children of all ages.

State Museum Will Feature New Exhibits

State Museum Will Feature New Exhibits

Officials with the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas announced it will have fresh exhibits when it opens its new facility at the end of the month.

The museum is moving to the Las Vegas Springs Preserve. The move will double the size of the museum from its current location at Lorenzi Park. The new exhibits will include a video detailing behavior of some of Nevada’s wildlife. The video will be projected on a huge screen using multi-projection technology. There will also be a display of some of the small specimens of dinosaur fossils found in the state and an interactive display about the Comstock Lode.

“With this larger museum, we are able to create visitor experiences that focus on the entire state — something we were not always able to offer in our former, smaller space,” said Peter Barton, administrator for the Nevada Division of Museums and History. “Before, we focused on southern Nevada, but now we’re trying to interpret the whole state.”

Free Parking for Restart of First Friday

Free Parking for Restart of First Friday

The popular arts festival First Friday restarts Friday night.

The new organizers of the event promise more art, more music, more food and more parking. The city of Las Vegas will allow free parking in the Stewart Avenue Parking Garage on the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Stewart Avenue.

“It is really a community event and this thing goes on officially or unofficially without us. So we are just happy to be a part of it,” said Joey Vanas the Managing Partner with First Friday.

Parking will be free starting at 5 p.m. Enforcement of parking fees will start again Saturday morning. There will be free shuttles from the parking garage to various First Friday sites. The city says it is working on more parking solutions for future events.

An Expanded First Friday Returns

An Expanded First Friday Returns

 

A popular monthly art festival is returning Friday with more art, more food and more parking.

First Friday Las Vegas is under new ownership and already it is expanding. There are several more exhibits and installations some geared towards the whole family. The event starts at 6 p.m., with a Pumpkin Art Installation at Casino Center and Colorado Avenue. The first 100 families to arrive will get a free pumpkin.

 Live music starts at the Lyon’s Den Stage on California Avenue between Casino Center and 3rd Street at 6 p.m. Several local bands are set to take the stage. Another stage of music will be at Casino Center and Colorado Avenue. The International Academy of Design and Technology Stage will feature local bands, and students from the academy will provide technical support.

Springs Preserve to Host Haunted Harvest

Springs Preserve to Host Haunted Harvest

'Spooktacular' fun for all ages awaits those who dare enter the Springs Preserve’s Haunted Harvest during select weekends in October from 5-9 p.m.

The family-friendly event will feature trick or treat stations, carnival games at the Midway of Madness, a scarecrow display, live entertainment and a haunted house. Haunted Harvest is open October 14-16, 21-23 and 28-31.

Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for ages 4 and under. Annual pass members receive half off the regular admission price. Haunted Hayrides also will be available for an additional fee.

Tickets may be purchased at the gate or in advance at the Springs Preserve box office or at www.springspreserve.org.