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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
For Immediate Release
Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services

Contact: Margaret Kurtz
Telephone: 229-6993

 

City Of Las Vegas Celebrates Black History Month With Activities And Performances Through Feb. 28
Essay Contest & Banquet For Grades Four Through High School

 

The city of Las Vegas is offering several activities in recognition of Black History Month.

Students from fourth grade through high school are invited to participate in an essay contest. Fourth- and fifth-grade students will write a minimum of 150 words about Dr. Martin Luther King; middle-school students will write at least 250 words about a historical African inventor; and high school students will submit essays of at least 400 words on what has changed since the Civil Rights Movement. Essays are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at the East Las Vegas Community Center, located at 250 N. Eastern Ave. Finalists from each age division will recite their essays at a soul food banquet to be held in their honor Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. at the center. Winners will be announced at the banquet. For more information on the contest, see the instructions or call (702) 229-1515.

Ward 5 Councilman Ricki Y. Barlow will host invited local African-American community leaders at a community breakfast Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 7:30 a.m. in the Las Vegas City Hall NOW Café, located at 495 S. Main St. Those who attend the breakfast also are invited to stay for the 9 a.m. City Council meeting that day, where Councilman Barlow will present a ceremonial item celebrating Black History Month.

Additional Black History Month activities are listed below and in the Black History Month brochure:

“Peace Week 2014: Youth Who Dare To Dream”
Sunday, Jan. 19; 2-3 p.m. video presentations; 3-5 p.m. showcase performance.
Free and open to the public.
West Las Vegas Library Theatre, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd., (702) 507-3989.
This celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is cosponsored by the city of Las Vegas, Trinity Academy of Arts (under the artistic direction of Monica Armstrong), and the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District. For more information, call (702) 229-6125 or 507-3989.

“Harriet’s Return” (ages 13+)
Starring Karen Jones Meadows
Friday, Jan. 24, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Free and open to the public.
West Las Vegas Library Theatre, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd., (702) 507-3989.
This one-woman show is based on the legendary life of Harriet Tubman, famed Underground Railroad conductor. This remarkable production chronicles her private and public life that spanned nine decades. The presentation is an official event of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program, and is cosponsored by the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District and the Clark County School District. For more information, call (702) 229-4800 or go online to http://www.artslasvegas.org/.
 
Doolittle Goodtime Fish Fry (ages 50+)
Thursday, Feb. 6, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cost: $7.
Doolittle Senior Center, 1930 N. J St., (702) 229-6125.
Enjoy a great meal of delicious catfish with all the trimmings. Advance registration and payment required by Feb. 4. Call (702) 229-6125 for more information and registration.

“Soulful Delight”
Friday, Feb. 7, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $15 in advance or $20 at the door.
Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. 4th St., (702) 229-3515.
Line and step dance enthusiasts, enjoy a night of dancing to old skool and R&B music!  The Arts Factory will host a cash bar. Tickets are available in advance at Dula Gym (441 E. Bonanza Road) and the Doolittle Senior Center (1930 N. J St.). Call (702) 229-6307 or 229-6125 for more information.

Mid-Day Inspirational Showcase & Luncheon: Daring to Dream, Inspiring Others
Tuesday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m. Showcase, 1 p.m. Luncheon.
Showcase free and open to the public; $7 per person for lunch at Doolittle Senior Center immediately afterwards.
Showcase at the West Las Vegas Library Theatre, 951 West Lake Mead Blvd.
Luncheon at Doolittle Senior Center, 1930 N. J St., (702) 229-6125.
Enjoy singing, dancing, poetry and guest speakers at this annual showcase for all ages, cosponsored by the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District. Luncheon requires registration and payment by Feb. 4. Call (702) 229-6125 for registration.

The World Famous Ink Spots Concert (all ages)
Saturday, Feb. 15, 3 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
West Las Vegas Library Theatre, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd., (702) 507-3989.
The faces may be different, but the sound remains the same. These four Ink Spots — Lou Ragland, Edward “Coco” Stancil, Fleury Bursey and Yusef Sudah — sing the songs generations have heard and loved, as well as new ones of their own. Enjoy these hits and more: "If I Didn't Care," "Java Jive," "I Don't Want To Set the World on Fire," "We Three," "Do I Worry?" and "Which Ever Way the Wind Blows," their latest release. The event is cosponsored by the Las Vegas–Clark County Library District.  For more information, call (702) 229-4800 or visit http://www.artslasvegas.org/.

Afternoon of Jazz with Freddie Jackson
Saturday, Feb. 22, 2 p.m.
Free admission and open to the public.
West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd., (702) 229-4800.
Enjoy classic video concerts featuring all-star legends of jazz, such as Earl Hines, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Louie Armstrong and Lionel Hampton, in their finest form. Join 91.5 FM KUNV radio host Freddie Jackson, “The Doctor, “while he explores musical moments in jazz history followed by commentary over tea and music.  For more information, call (702) 229-4800 or visit http://www.artslasvegas.org/.

“Step Up” Spoken Word (age 21+)
Friday, Feb. 28; doors open 7 p.m., event 8 to 10 p.m.
Admission: $10.
The 25 CLUB,  4531 Las Vegas Blvd.
Enjoy a night of spoken-word performances in honor of Black History Month hosted by Tara Bliss Manor.  Some of the brightest local artists will perform, including Adrian Parker, Audeo Piauz, Jess Flo, Godz Poet, LaBlaque, Keith Brantley and Tara Bliss Manor, with a musical intermission by Dion Binion. Cosponsored by the city of Las Vegas and Kerwynn William. Call (702) 229-6125 for more information.

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