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Open-air market helped families in need get fresh food

Open-air market helped families in need get fresh food

Some of southern Nevada's hungry families got the chance to load up on fresh and healthy foods, during a special event Thursday.

"When I heard about it, it was like ‘oh! I better get there early because I know there is going to be a really long line." Glen Muramoto who was getting food at the market said.

The line was long for Lutheran Social Services of Nevada's open-air market at Pecos Road and Stewart Avenue. The nonprofit gave away fresh produce like melons and tomatoes to about 300 people in need.

It was all free of charge.

Everyone received up to 80 pounds of food, which creates about 96 meals per household.

"We're seeing a lot of new families come in, large size families that experienced a reduction in work hours, a loss of job and they need something to help keep their family together," Derrick Felder with Luthern Social Services of Nevada said.

Emancipation Proclamation celebration held at historic home

Emancipation Proclamation celebration held at historic home

A week of events in remembering the Emancipation Proclamation started Monday at an historic home in Las Vegas.

A community cleanup and recycling effort took place at the Harrison house. It is dedicated to the preservation and sharing of African-American history in Las Vegas.

The home on F Street and Adams Avenue was a private residence for Geneva Harrison built in 1942, but it provided temporary housing for African-American entertainers and prominent black Americans during the 1940s and 50s.

"Our goal is to let the world know how important this place is, not only to Nevada but for America, because we're celebrating Nevada's 150th birthday. We've been a state 150 years, and we want to show the role that African Americans played in Nevada's statehood," committee chairperson Katherine Duncan said.

The Harrison House was just one of several boarding houses in the neighborhood. Now, it is the only one that is still standing.

Irish Firefighter Parade Turns Downtown Green

Irish Firefighter Parade Turns Downtown Green

Fremont Street turned green Monday afternoon for the first Las Vegas Irish Firefighter St. Patrick's Day Parade and Firefighter Fun Challenge.

The parade, which was along Fremont Street to Las Vegas Boulevard, included bagpipes, honor guards and floats.

The Firefighter Fun Challenge included a wheel barrel race, dummy throw and hose toss. It was open to all departments, stations, and platoons.

"This is our way of integrating and supporting the community. We have the whole city government inside on a retreat today. This is just another great way to show our community support," Downtown Grand CEO Seth Schorr said.


The family-friendly festivities including live music, entertainment by Irish step dancers and face painting sponsored by Hogs & Heifers Saloon were held at Downtown Third until 6:30 p.m.

New Shoes for the Homeless

As the temperatures start to drop in the Las Vegas valley, many are reaching out to help the homeless population through the winter.

One way to help people get back on their feet is with a pair of shoes. On Friday, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Troy Watson teamed up with the Clark County Salvation Army to give out 844 pairs of shoes and socks to those who don't have any.

People who work with the homeless say this type of donation is often overlooked but is one of the most vital.

"Their mode of transportation is their feet and so shoes are a vital part of being able to get that dignity to be able to have that self sufficiency to be able to feel good about themselves," Phillip Hollon with the Salvation Army said.

Dr. Watson also offered free foot exams. Shoes were donated from local businesses like Zappos and members of the community.

Las Vegas Park Gets a Facelift

Las Vegas Park Gets a Facelift

A Las Vegas park got a much needed facelift Tuesday.

More than 100 volunteers planted trees and painted curbs red at Lorenzi Park. All of them were Starbucks employees who donate their time for service projects.

Las Vegas city leaders says there is a 60 percent increase in the amount of groups like this one that have been doing volunteer work for the city since the economic downturn.

"This is an awesome thing for the city, especially with the reduction of staff that we have been seeing because of the economy. It has been awesome to see the community really step up and fill the gaps to help maintain our parks and our communities and make the city vibrant," neighborhood outreach specialist for the city of Las Vegas Harry Williams said.

Tuesday's project is just one of many beautification projects planned this week for Las Vegas. The city says there will be about 40 service activities like this one this year.

City Hall Becoming Rainbow Flag for Pride Parade

Las Vegas City Hall will be covered in rainbow light Friday night in honor of the city's lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender community.

Lighting the city hall with rainbow lights is part of the annual LGBT Pride Parade, which will head down 4th Street to Gass Avenue, starting a 8 p.m.

Several local groups worked with the city to turn the side of the building into a gigantic rainbow flag.

Downtown Barcade will Host Hometown Heroes Exhibition

Downtown Barcade will Host Hometown Heroes Exhibition

The whole family is invited to an event this weekend to benefit the Downtown Boys & Girls Club.

The downtown bar and arcade Insert Coin(s) will host the second annual Hometown Heroes Exhibition Sunday.

From 1 to 7 p.m., guests will be able to watch BMX demonstrations, participate in raffles and enjoy a street party in the Fremont East Entertainment District.

Following the street party, Insert Coin(s) will host an after party inside its venue for guests 21 and over. Bar proceeds from the entire night will be donated in support of the Downtown Boys & Girls Club.

The entire event will be hosted by BMX pro and MTV reality star Richardo Laguna.