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Turning Purple to Stop Bullying

Turning Purple to Stop Bullying

Dozens of Las Vegas icons on the Strip turned purple Friday in support of Spirit Day, a national day dedicated to standing up against bullying and showing support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.

The famous Welcome to Las Vegas sign and the fountains at Caesars Palace changed color, along with the marquees at the MGM Grand, Wynn and Encore, Venetian and the Palazzo, Treasure Island, The Tropicana and the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. All of the resorts turned their signs purple for 15 minutes Friday morning.

The Fremont Street Experience will also show support for the effort by turning millions of lights in canopy purple at 10 p.m.

Caesars Entertainment also encouraged team members to wear purple in support of the LGBT community. Spirit Day is being promoted by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, or GLAAD.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

Pool Party for Homeless Teens Set for Saturday


A pool party is set for Saturday for homeless teens around southern Nevada.

The Las Vegas Municipal Pool and Las Vegas City Councilman Ricki Barlow will host the Teen Luau from 2 to 5 p.m., at the pool at 431 East Bonanza Road.

The event is being organized by the Clark County Black Youth Caucus. The caucus was awarded a grant by the Youth Neighborhood Association Partnership Program. The program is giving out $1,000 grants to youth working to improve their communities.

In addition to the fun of the pool party, there will be resources for the teens, a motivational speech by councilman Barlow, plus food and beverages from 7-Eleven.

“I am most proud of this event because it is designed by our very own local youth to give homeless teens an opportunity to celebrate the end of summer with their peers,” Councilman Barlow said.

First Friday Features Food, Art, Yoga, 'Hair'

First Friday Features Food, Art, Yoga, 'Hair'

Entertainment options continue to grow at the downtown gathering.

Food trucks and music, yoga and art. It must be First Friday.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Crystal Bookmark Awards Seek Nominees

Crystal Bookmark Awards Seek Nominees

Nominees are being accepted for awards honoring those who champion literature in southern Nevada.

Nominations are open for the 2012 Vegas Valley Book Festival Crystal Bookmark Awards Southern Nevada recognizing an individual and an organization advancing the cause of literature. The submission form can be accessed at www.vegasvalleybookfestival.org/crystal-bookmark/. You also can call 229-5431 for a nomination form.

Nominees must live in southern Nevada, and the call is open until 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21. The two awards will be presented at the Vegas Valley Book Festival at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, in the auditorium of the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St.

Business Interns Host Event for Community Garden

Business Interns Host Event for Community Garden


An event focused on a downtown community garden is slated for Saturday evening.

Students in Clark County’s Summer Business Institute (SBI) internship program will host a senior and youth community fair from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Vegas Roots Community Garden, 715 N. Tonopah Drive.

The event will feature entertainment, a talent show, food and nutrition vendors, arts and crafts fair, carnival games and the unveiling of a new mural designed and painted by the students. Anyone interested in attending must bring paint supplies, gardening tools, or clear Christmas lights to donate in return for admission. The donated materials will be given to the community garden.