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Old Las Vegas Remembered with Neon Museum Park

Old Las Vegas Remembered with Neon Museum Park

Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman cut the ribbon on a new Neon Museum Park in downtown.

The $2 million dollar park features picnic benches, walking trails, parking and a storage area for neon signs that aren't currently on display. The park sits beside the Neon Museum. Funding for the park was provided by the Bureau of Land Management's land swap program where land owned by the bureau was sold to buy park and sensitive areas around the state.

The mayor also broke ground for the new Neon Museum visitors center. The center will be an entryway into the Neon Museum Boneyard. 

"The Neon Museum is one of the most beloved cultural attractions in Las Vegas, drawing national and international attention and acclaim," said Bill Marion, chairman of the board.

National September 11 Flag Will Stop in Las Vegas

National September 11 Flag Will Stop in Las Vegas

The United Way of Southern Nevada Volunteer Center will host the National 9/11 Flag Tour on Thursday. The flag will be at the center at the Historic Fifth Street School between noon and 3 p.m. 

People are being encouraged to go to the event and stitch fabric from a retired American Flag onto the National 9/11 Flag. The National Flag was recovered from Ground Zero after the attacks on America. It is being sent around the country to communities in all 50 states. When it is finished, the flag will be placed at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City.

 

 

AmeriCorps Volunteers to be Honored for Exceptional Service

AmeriCorps Volunteers to be Honored for Exceptional Service

In conjunction with AmeriCorps Week, Nevada Volunteers, the state commission on national and community service, will recognize two southern Nevadans for their exemplary service to Nevada.

Don Edwards and Jessica Perlick of the AmeriCorps National Service Programs from Las Vegas will be presented with awards during the National 9/11 Flag Tour Ceremony on Thursday afternoon in Las Vegas. This ceremony will bring together local service heroes from the public sector and the military to add a stitch to the National 9/11 Flag that will hang in the museum at Ground Zero.

Nevada’s AmeriCorps programs enlisted 3,784 Nevadans this year to give back to their community through intensive service programs with 430 nonprofit, governmental, educational, and faith-based organizations statewide.

Residents Graduate from Citizens Fire Academy

 Residents Graduate from Citizens Fire Academy

Valley residents will graduate tonight from a Citizens Fire Academy held by Las Vegas Fire and Rescue. 

Twenty-two people went through the program this year. They learned everything about the fire department from the way administration works to communications, fire safety and emergency medical services.

The graduates also went on a ride-along with city fire crews to get a hands-on idea of how they respond to emergencies. This is the 12th year of the program.

The graduation ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. at the Charleston Heights Art Center, 800 Brush Street. 

Helldorado Days Storm Back into Las Vegas

Helldorado Days Storm Back into Las Vegas

It’s almost time to welcome back Helldorado Days once again.

The annual Las Vegas Helldorado Days will be celebrated downtown May 11-15 with community and Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) rodeos, carnival, parade, fireworks, exhibits, food vendors and special tributes. 

Planned events include:

  • Sahara Coins Helldorado Treasure Hunt April 30-May 15;
  • Helldorado Shootout Charity Golf Tournament & Banquet at Siena Golf Course May 6-7;
  • Ranch Sorting at the Downtown Rodeo Grounds 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 11-12;
  • “Cowboys for a Cure” Wear Pink Night Helldorado Rodeo at the Downtown Rodeo Grounds 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12; arena pre-show 6 p.m.
  • Helldorado Carnival, Exhibits and food vendors at the Downtown Rodeo Grounds May 12-15;
  • “The Final Ride” Tribute to Mayor Oscar B.

CAI Nevada Accepting Nominations for Annual Heroes Awards

CAI Nevada Accepting Nominations for Annual Heroes Awards

The Nevada chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAI), a national membership organization for HOA management companies, volunteer board members, professional service providers and business partners, is hosting its annual Heroes Awards to honor everyday individuals who have displayed acts of bravery and community mindedness in the spirit of 9/11.

The Heroes Awards originated in 2002 from an overwhelming desire to remember those lost and to recognize those involved in the relief efforts of 9/11. It is now an annual commemorative event for CAI Nevada.

High Schoolers Win Laptops for Green Essays

High Schoolers Win Laptops for Green Essays

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) in partnership with Coca-Cola awarded laptop computers to the 40 winners of an essay contest that asked local high school seniors to write a 500-word essay on how they can reduce their carbon footprint by using the services offered by the RTC.

"The level of participation was remarkable. We received hundreds of essays from students on how they use our growing transit system, bicycling amenities and other environmentally friendly services to reduce our carbon footprint," RTC General Manager Jacob Snow said.

The essay contest was open to all high school seniors graduating in 2011. Each essay was judged equally on its content and the quality of the writing.