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Foster Kids Celebrate and Perform Harlem Shake

Foster kids and their supporters capped off National Foster Care Month by participating in an internet craze known as the Harlem Shake.

The event held at the Clark County Government Center Thursday was not just about having fun performing a dance. It was also about celebrating the 3,000 kids in foster care in southern Nevada, as well as the 550 licensed homes that support them.

"There are so many great people involved and willing to help. I think it is great that we can really celebrate them, and celebrate the great kids that we have," former foster child Anny Anderson said.

Kids and parents enjoyed live entertainment and food. Plus, they were given information about resources meant to help foster kids succeed.


Bolden Area Command Hosting Block Party

Bolden Area Command Hosting Block Party


Metro Police is holding a block party this weekend in the 89106 zip code of downtown Las Vegas.

The party will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Bolden Area Command. It is being hosted by the command center and the Black Police Officer's Association.

There will be food, drinks, games, a bounce house and face painting. People can also pay $1 to try to dunk a cop at the water dunking station.

The officers want the entire community to come out and talk with them about crime, safety and quality of life in the area.

Helldorado Days Hits Downtown This Weekend

Helldorado Days Hits Downtown This Weekend


Helldorado Days return to downtown Las Vegas this weekend, keeping alive the longest-running event in city history.

The rodeo-focused event begins Thursday and runs through Sunday. Started in 1934 by local Elks Lodge No. 1468, Helldorado Days features family events and raises money for charity.

Road closures for the event are under way. Now through May 31, Sixth and Seventh Streets will be closed between Stewart Avenue and Mesquite. Other closures include:

Safe Summer Nights Events for Free Family Fun

Safe Summer Nights Events for Free Family Fun


The city of Las Vegas is hosting a handful of Safe Summer Nights events to draw residents out for community gatherings.

The events will include music, children’s games, face painting and free hot dogs and water while supplies last. City of Las Vegas staff will be joined by local non-profit representatives, neighbors and others to provide information about summer youth activities, health services, community safety, adult education opportunities and more at these events.

Safe Summer Nights events will be held at the following locations:

New Playground Built in One Day

New Playground Built in One Day


There is a new playground up and ready for children to enjoy, after just one day of work.

More than 250 volunteers from DirecTV, the Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada and nonprofit playground provider KaBOOM worked to build the playground Monday at the Down Syndrome Organization headquarters near Vegas Drive and Michael Way.

The new area will provide a safe place for children with Down Syndrome and their siblings to play. It will also be important in the center's therapeutic efforts.

"The purpose of this all is for our children with Down Syndrome and their families to have fun, and we are also going to implement the playground into our developmental and physical therapy programs," a director at the Down Syndrome Organization Deann Cline said.

The new playground is based on drawings submitted by children during a design day in February.