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Downtown Arts District Getting New Signs to Stand Out

Downtown Arts District Getting New Signs to Stand Out


New signs started going up Monday to help the 18B Arts District downtown stand out.

Crews with the city of Las Vegas will be placing 50 new metallic banner signs on streetlights in the district, which is bounded by Fourth Street to the west, Colorado Avenue to the north, Hoover Avenue to the south and Commerce Street to the east.

The project is expected to be finished by the end of summer. There will also be 17 new streetlights installed in the district. 

Metro and Community Leaders Holding Rally Against Violence

Metro and Community Leaders Holding Rally Against Violence


Metro Police and community leaders want to rally neighbors in one Las Vegas valley neighborhood in the wake of a shooting early Saturday morning.

Officers were called to a neighborhood near Owens Avenue and H Street just after midnight Saturday for reports of a shooting. When police got to the scene, they found that a group of people were having a party at a home in the area, when unknown assailants started shooting at the group.

Six people were hurt, one critically. At first, witnesses and victims were not cooperative with police. As the investigation has continued, however, police have been able to generate several leads.

At 5 p.m. Tuesday at in the 1700 block of Curran Way, where the shooting happened, officers and community leaders will hold a rally in hopes of gathering more information about the crime and to help the community heal.


Kids Battling Cancer Receive Jars of Joy from Olympic Medalist

Kids Battling Cancer Receive Jars of Joy from Olympic Medalist


Southern Nevada children battling cancer got a gold medal surprise Tuesday, when four-time Olympic medalist Kaitlyn Sandeno visited them. She did not arrive empty handed.

Patients at Children's Hospital of Nevada were given these brightly colored JoyJars filled with toys.

Sandeno is the spokesperson for the Jessie Rees Foundation, which was founded by Sandeno's friend while she was battling inoperable brain cancer. Rees passed away last month.

"My friend Jessie started JoyJars simply to spread joy to kids who where going through what she was going through," Sandeno said.

So far, the group has given out more than 50,000 Joy Jars, serving more than 200 children's hospitals and every Ronald McDonald House in the country.



Civil Rights Movement Recognized in Display


A monument dedicated to the civil right movement will be unveiled later this month at Palm Downtown Mortuary.

The event will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, and will feature the Civil Air Patrol’s Color Guard, as well as performances by the Las Vegas Mass Choir.

The Garden of Dreams is intended to help educate about and mark the struggles and successes of the journey toward equal rights.

Each year, Palm Downtown Mortuary and Cemetery will reward a local student showing a “demonstrated commitment to community service and the ideals of freedom, equality and justice” with a scholarship to be used at a Nevada institution of higher learning.

The Garden of Dreams physically incorporates the struggles and successes of the civil rights movement with several unique features.

Historic District to be Recognized at Event

Historic District to be Recognized at Event


Las Vegas city officials will recognize the Berkley Square Historic District at an event Feb. 9.

Councilman Ricki Y. Barlow and Las Vegas artist Joseph Watson will unveil and dedicate 34 banners that will recognize the district at noon. The unveiling, part of the city’s celebration of Black History Month in February, will take place at the corner of F Street and Leonard Avenue.

Parking is available at the Elks Lodge at 600 W. Owens Ave. The banners will be located on the existing streetlight poles in the area bounded by D Street, Owens Avenue, H Street and Byrnes Avenue.

Five Projects Receive Mayor's Accolades

Five Projects Receive Mayor's Accolades


Five projects in the city of Las Vegas were given the Mayor's Urban Design Award during Thursday's State of the City Address.

Each of the projects received the award because they foster the city's commitment to sustainability and livability.

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts won the Building and Environment category. The center was noted for its distinctive art deco style, and it is a Leadership in Energy and Enviromental Design, or LEED,-certified building.

The artwork in front of the Smith Center was name as the Public Art winner. "Pipe Dream" by artist Tim Bavington is based on the sheet music for the classic "Fanfare for the Common Man" by Aaron Copeland. It features painted vertical steel poles.

The new Las Vegas City Hall won in the Public Places category. The new, seven-story government center was built to LEED standards and has helped coordinate city services into one place.

City and United Way Launch Downtown Ambassador Program

City and United Way Launch Downtown Ambassador Program


The city of Las Vegas and the United Way of Southern Nevada are launching a new program for volunteers dedicated to downtown Las Vegas.

The Downtown Ambassador Program aims to bring volunteers downtown and raise awareness of businesses in the area. It is based on similar programs in other cities, including Phoenix where the ambassadors provide tours, promote businesses and answer questions.

As part of the program, the United Way will use its already substantial volunteer force for at least two downtown clean-up efforts every year. It will also create the specific plan and manage the ambassador  program.