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$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.

Pianist Fortenberry Moves to Center Stage with Cabaret Show

Pianist Fortenberry Moves to Center Stage with Cabaret Show

The musician lands an unusual role in a TV movie.

Michael Douglas could study Liberace’s mannerisms and body language all day. He could talk like him, walk like him, “ostentate” like him. But he and everyone else involved with “Behind the Candelabra,” the HBO film about Liberace and his former lover, knew he could never play the piano like him.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Redevelopment Meetings Scheduled for Public Input

Redevelopment Meetings Scheduled for Public Input

The City of Las Vegas plans redevelopment work in two of its wards and wants input from the affected communities.

The city’s Redevelopment Agency (RDA) seeks to redevelop areas of Wards 3 and 5. The RDA uses new property taxes from new development to finance investment. Property owners have the option to opt out of being part of the redevelopment area expansion.

The currently scheduled meetings will take place:

Maryland Parkway Public Transit Meeting Set

Maryland Parkway Public Transit Meeting Set

County transportation officials continue to study one of the most heavily traveled public transportation corridors in southern Nevada.

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) will host a third public workshop on improvements along Maryland Parkway between McCarran International Airport and Downtown Las Vegas. The workshop is scheduled for 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. June 27 at The Boulevard Mall, Center Court.

Public input on how to best utilize public transit in the area and on potential street design changes will be sought at the meeting.

Maryland Parkway carries an average of more than 9,000 passengers per day.

Health Fair and Free Pool Admission to Celebrate Father's Day

Health Fair and Free Pool Admission to Celebrate Father's Day

The city of Las Vegas has a number of events planned for this weekend to celebrate Father’s Day.

Doolittle Senior Center, 1930 North J Street, is planning an afternoon of activities starting at 1 p.m. Thursday.  Advance registration is required. It is for people 50 years and older. The cost is $1 per person. Call 229-6125, to register.

East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 North Eastern Avenue, is hosting a Ward 3 Fit for Life Father’s Day Family Fun Festival.

The event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. There will be light refreshments and live music.

The festival is also a chance to double check dad’s health. Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Coffin has partnered with Ventanilla de Salud Program and the Nevada Youth Alliance to offer free health screenings, including diabetes and blood pressure checks. There will also be flu shots, vaccinations, eye exams and massages.