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Citizens Fire Academy Readies for Another Year

Citizens Fire Academy Readies for Another Year

 

If you’ve ever wanted to learn what it’s like to be a firefighter, now is your chance.

Applications are being accepted for the award-winning Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Citizens Fire Academy. The next academy is scheduled to begin Feb. 23, 2012, with graduation scheduled for May 3. For the past 12 years, more than 500 Las Vegas valley residents have completed the academy. The program has been recognized and is a member of the U.S. Fire Corps program.

The Citizens Fire Academy will meet once each week for three hours starting in February.  Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a field day where they will receive some hands-on training and demonstrations, and do a ride along with an actual fire crew to see how emergency calls are handled.

Free Music Summit on Fremont Street

Some of the most influential people in the music industry will be at the Vegas Music Summit starting Friday.

A free concert at 6th and Fremont Streets kicks off the events at 8 p.m. Friday. The summit is being held at the El Cortez Hotel and Casino. Panelists from all aspects of music will hold discussions starting at noon Saturday. Those events are open to people of all ages. Saturday night, there will be several live showcases in the Fremont Street East Entertainment District. A live concert featuring AWOLNATION, Imagine Dragons, Halloween Town and more will be at 6th and Fremont Streets starting at 8 p.m. The concert is open for people 18 and older.

For more information about the summit and to sign up for free tickets, go to vegasmusicsummit.com.

Metro Hosts Trunk-or-Treat Event

Metro Hosts Trunk-or-Treat Event

Metro Police want young children to have a safe and fun Halloween at their own event.

Metro is hosting a free Trunk-or-Treat event for the community from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today. The location will be the Downtown Area Command, 621 North 9th St. 

Officers will have numerous squad cars and specialized vehicles lined up at the event. The cars will be decorated for Halloween. Children will be able to go car-to-car to collect candy and interact with police officers. This is a great opportunity for people to come to an area command and meet the officers that police their community.

Metro officials want people to know the candy and decorations for this event were paid for by community partners and were not purchased with tax dollars.

El Cortez Celebrates Legendary Owner

El Cortez Celebrates Legendary Owner

The downtown hotel and casino El Cortez is celebrating the 91st birthday of Las Vegas living legend Jackie Gaughan.

Gaughan developed and ran several casinos around the city including the El Cortez. He is also credited with creating eye-catching slot promotions. He currently lives in the penthouse of the hotel.

“He has been a mentor and a leader for us for so many years and when I turned 21 there was nothing better than to come and to work for Jackie Gaughan,” said Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of the El Cortez. “His legacy is the way he took care of his employees and his customers.”

Events at the hotel will be going on until 6 p.m., Monday night. They are open to the public. 

Checkpoint, Patrols to Look for Impaired Drivers

Checkpoint, Patrols to Look for Impaired Drivers

 

Metro Police will operate a pair of sobriety events during the upcoming pre-Halloween weekend.

On October 28, officers near the Bolden Area Command will be conducting a checkpoint between the hours of 7 pm and 5 am near Valley View and Desert Inn. On October 29, a saturation patrol looking for impaired drivers will be held between the hours of 7 pm and 3 am in the area of Desert Inn and Paradise.  There have been 61 calls for service related to drunk drivers from April 2011 to September 2011 in this area.

Neighborhood Meeting On Tap

Neighborhood Meeting On Tap

 

Ward 5 Councilman Ricki Barlow will hold a neighborhood meeting on at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at Doolittle Community Center, 1950 N. J St.

Residents of West Las Vegas will receive an update on the numerous projects taking place in Ward 5, as well as information on the master plan for the community, the potential expansion of the redevelopment area, and more.

“There is so much excitement and energy taking place in Ward 5, that I wanted to have a meeting where I can update the public on all of the progress taking place in our community, be it new businesses opening, public works projects and more,” Barlow said. “I encourage everyone to attend to hear what’s taking place in their community, and to also give me their feedback.”

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.