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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.”

School Adopts Spread the Word Nevada Literacy Programs

School Adopts Spread the Word Nevada Literacy Programs

Spread the Word Nevada, a non-profit children's literacy group, last week partnered with the Windsong Trust and adopted Vail Pittman Elementary School in Las Vegas.

This marks Spread the Word Nevada's 25th school adoption since it was founded in 2001, and the second of three schools funded by the Windsong Trust through a $100,000 grant awarded to continue the organization's mission of advancing childhood literacy. A total of three schools will be adopted by the end of the year through this community partnership.

The adoption celebration took place in the school's multipurpose room with two kickoff assemblies presented to approximately 600 students, followed by a distribution of one book bag and five books to each student. PBS Inside Education joined the celebration and covered the event for a segment on its regular show, which will air at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Cultural Festival Planned for Fremont Street Experience

Local organizers in Las Vegas are bringing a one-day culture festival to the Fremont Street Experience.

Officials say the sixth annual Las Vegas Culture Fest will be held Sept. 24 from noon until midnight, with entertainment, vendors and a book and instrument drive. The proceeds will benefit William H. "Bob" Bailey Middle School.

Officials say the event is free to attend.

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Ruvo Brain Center Lights Up

Ruvo Brain Center Lights Up

The Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health will be lighting up part of its building in honor of the Labor Day holiday.

The stunning building downtown was designed by noted architect Frank Gehry. The Keep Memory Alive Event Center will be lit up with red and blue lights on Monday evening. The Labor Day holiday is just one of three important days where the building will have special lighting. The building will also be lit up for the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 and the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah which is September 28 through 30. 

The Keep Memory Alive Event Center is a space open for rental with all proceeds going to research at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.  

Spread the Word Nevada Receives Grant from MGM

Spread the Word Nevada Receives Grant from MGM

MGM Resorts Foundation selected Spread the Word Nevada to receive a $27,000 grant. 

The grant will fund the Breakfast with Books program. The program distributes books to children but it also works to spread the love of reading to the whole family. Last year, more than 21,500 books were distributed during these family literacy events. This year, the group plans each month to serve an average of 3,900 students and their families by adopting 26 elementary schools in Clark County. 

"This generous grant by MGM Resorts Foundation will ensure that the low-income families in the Las Vegas Valley have an opportunity to participate in a program that will bring them  together to share quality time, while receiving  literacy tips, books, and activities to use at home as a family," stated Lisa Habighorst, Executive Director of Spread the Word Nevada. 

Local Memorial Service to be Held for Norway Victims

Thursday morning Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman met with members of the Norwegian community and signed a book of condolences for the victims of the massacre there last week. 

Locals will get a chance to sign the book at a memorial being held Thursday night. The community is invited to take part in the service to be held at 7 p.m. for the victims of the bombing in Oslo and shooting spree at a nearby youth camp. The event will be held at Christ Lutheran Church, 111 N. Torrey Pines Drive. 

The service will be conducted primarily in English but will include Norwegian elements. Local Norwegians who own traditional folk wear called “bunads” are encouraged to wear them.

National Night Out Next Tuesday

National Night Out Next Tuesday


The city of Las Vegas will mark National Night Out Tuesday, Aug. 2, with a back-to-school fair and community celebration from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Cashman Middle School, 4622 W. Desert Inn Road.

School supplies will be distributed to children ages 5 to 16 and light refreshments will be served, while supplies last. Low-cost vaccinations will be available. No child will be refused vaccination for inability to pay, but parents must bring each child’s shot records.

The Las Vegas Fire & Rescue department, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) units, a shredding truck and community vendors also will participate. The event is sponsored by city of Las Vegas Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian, Keeping Everyone’s Eyes on the Neighborhood, Metro Police, Target, Anthem Institute and Terrible Herbst Oil Company. For more information, call 229-6405.