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New parking available downtown

New parking available downtown

The city of Las Vegas has partnered with Downtown Project to allow for two new parking lots downtown.

The lots will be east of Las Vegas Boulevard. The Downtown Project will empty its parking lots to allow for temporary parking area for special events like First Friday. There will also be metered parking and monthly parking for the next three years.

The first lot, called the Llama Lot, will be on 9th and Fremont streets. There will be 395 spaces available. Special event parking prices will vary from $5 to $15.

The second lot, called the Gold Spike Lot, will be on the northeast corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Odgen Avenue.  There will be 76 spaces available. Special event parking will vary from $10 to $30.


"Nutcracker" Exhibit Opening at Discovery Children's Museum

The Discovery Children's Museum in downtown Las Vegas is gearing up for an exciting month-long event partnering with the Nevada Ballet Theatre for All Things Nutcracker.

Members of the ballet performed scenes from the "Nutcracker" during a special presentation Friday.

On Dec. 7, the museum will roll out a series of Nutcracker-themed exhibits and even give guests a chance to meet and greet with some of the characters.

Zappos Signs On to Sponsor Bike Event

Zappos Signs On to Sponsor Bike Event

Already the primary sponsor of the marathon in Las Vegas, Zappos is jumping behind another major outdoor athletic event.

Zappos will be the platinum title sponsor of RTC Viva Bike Vegas 2013 Gran Fondo Pinarello Sponsored by Zappos.com, a cycling event that will take place on Saturday, Sept. 21.

The event, put on by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, is expected to attract between 2,500-3,500 cyclists. Proceeds from the ride will benefit four local charities: Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, After-School All-Stars Las Vegas, Communities in Schools of Nevada and Nevada Child Seekers.

Park Place Infiniti to Sponsor Bottled Water Drive to Benefit The Shade Tree

Park Place Infiniti to Sponsor Bottled Water Drive to Benefit The Shade Tree

Park Place Infiniti will be sponsoring a month-long bottled water drive for The Shade Tree. In July, the dealership at 5605 W. Sahara will be a public donation site seeking to collect at least 364 cases of water, one for every resident that The Shade Tree can shelter.

The dealership is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., during July.

“Both Park Place and The Shade Tree have a long history of helping the community,” said Mark Kinard, sales director at Park Place Infiniti. “For the last 25 years, Park Place has been committed to supporting community organizations, and we are proud to hold this bottled water drive for The Shade Tree, which has been providing shelter to women and children in Las Vegas for over 20 years."


$4 Dog and Cat Adoptions at Shelter's "Petriotic" Weekend

$4 Dog and Cat Adoptions at Shelter's "Petriotic" Weekend

The summer months can be a perfect time to welcome a new family member, and the Animal Foundation is offering great deals for the holiday weekend.

From Thursday to Sunday, the Animal Foundation is celebrating Independence Day with $4 adoption fees on all pets that have been waiting for homes for more than three weeks.

The Animal Foundation’s “Petriotic Weekend” celebrates longtime residents and shelter officials believe more than 60 dogs, cats, and other pets will qualify for the deal.

During the summer months, the shelter can receive more than 200 lost, unwanted, and abandoned animals each day. While some pets are quickly adopted, shelter staff hope this event will encourage people to take a closer look at some of the pets that have been waiting.

First Friday Focuses on Freedom

First Friday Focuses on Freedom

This month's First Friday will be dedicated to freedom with the theme of Free to Be.

The monthly party starts at 5 p.m. Friday. The Arts District at Casino Center and Colorado Avenue will showcase more than 100 artists, live bands and DJs. There will also be more than 30 food trucks.

The area will also be home to the KidZone presented by Disney Fine Art. Kids will get a chance to get art lessons from animators. There will also be a science class from Mad Science of Las Vegas.

There are also activities along Third Street, including more food trucks and art displays.

People visiting the event for the first time are encouraged to visit the Welcome Tent at Casino Center and Charleston Boulevard. People can get a program guide app for their phones and get a lesson on how to use it.

For more information about the event, including parking and shuttle options, go to firstfridaylasvegas.com.