I would like to invite you and your neighbors to join me for coffee, tea and conversation about the community from 9 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2, at the Starbucks at 751 N. Rancho Drive. Area residents will have the opportunity to speak directly with me on issues of concern to them.
I continue to work diligently to attract new businesses and to get neighborhoods organized and involved in historic, proud and progressive Ward 5. Please join me, and take advantage of the free and low-cost opportunities below for yourself and your family. Call my office at 229-5443 or visit the city's website to learn more about what is happening in Ward 5 and the city of Las Vegas.
Wishing you the best of holiday seasons!
Cultural Corridor to Kick Off Annual December to Remember Program with Pioneer Christmas at Old Mormon Fort
The Cultural Corridor in downtown Las Vegas will open its annual month of holiday cultural programming with a pioneer-style celebration at the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Park. Pioneer Christmas will be presented from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, with festivities including historic demonstrations, musical performances, refreshments, a visit from City Councilman Ricki Barlow and much more. Admission is free. The state park is located at 500 E. Washington Ave., just off Las Vegas Boulevard.
The Cultural Corridor, located on Las Vegas Boulevard between Bonanza Road and Washington Avenue, is a nonprofit coalition consisting of seven institutions: Cashman Center, Las Vegas Natural History Museum, Las Vegas Library, Lied Discovery Children's Museum, The Neon Museum, Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park and Reed Whipple Cultural Center.
December to Remember is the corridor's annual holiday celebration, a month-long program offering ongoing exhibits, performances, special events and hands-on activities that show how the diverse cultures of the world celebrate this special time of year. Admission to December to Remember events varies by institution.
December to Remember is produced with support from the city of Las Vegas, eurie creative, Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit the Cultural Corridor website.
"A Winter Holiday Celebration at the Tonopah Community Garden"
Saturday, Dec. 11, from 4 to 8 p.m.
Admission: $5/car and, if possible, an unwrapped gift for a child or senior citizen to be donated to local hospitals.
Tonopah Community Garden, 711 N. Tonopah Drive
Bundle up in warm coats, gloves and scarves, and bring the family to enjoy an old-fashioned holiday get-together at the Tonopah Community Garden. Funds will be raised for the garden, and gifts will be collected for needy children and seniors in our community. Enjoy Mr. and Mrs. Claus for family pictures; a gingerbread house contest; pony-drawn wagon rides for the kids; hot apple cider, cocoa and coffee; a bonfire for roasting homemade marshmallows; a chili cook-off; sweet potato pie contest — all entries will be judged and awarded a prize; tree trimming (bring an ornament to donate); singing holiday carols; craft making with the kids; and much more. Craft and food vendors interested in participating should call 683-0131 or 281-7031 for more information. See the flier for more information.
Citizen Design To Be Unveiled For F Street
The design by residents to reopen F Street will be presented to the community on Monday, Dec. 13, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Doolittle Community Center, 1950 N. J St. The design reflects significant community input obtained at three workshops where stakeholders collaborated with the design team. At the community unveiling, participants will have the opportunity to provide additional input on aesthetic details including colors, patterns, textures and light fixtures.
Nevada Assembly Bill 304, passed in June 2009, requires the city of Las Vegas and the state of Nevada to cooperate to fund and bring about the approval, design and construction of the project to reopen F Street. The bill calls for the city to use redevelopment funds of up to $2.5 million for the design phase. The bill further spells out that the city leverage its share of the county special 5-cent ad valorem capital project tax to provide up to $20 million in funding to reopen F Street.
More information on the F Street project is available through the F Street Connection Web page and by visiting the F Street Facebook page.
Residents Interested in Planning Process Invited to Sign Up for Upcoming Citizens Academy of Planning
Residents are invited to sign up for the inaugural Citizens Academy of Planning, which is a free educational program designed to give community members an overview of the planning process. All classes are taught by professionals from the city's Planning & Development Department staff or other subject experts who have hands-on experience in their respective topic areas.
The academy will begin on Jan. 26, 2011. The 10-week program will include workshops on a variety of topics, including the history of planning, the permit process, historic preservation and more. The 90-minute classes, which will consist of a one-hour presentation and a 30-minute discussion, will be held on Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The class concludes with graduation on March 30, 2011. It is requested that participants attend each class in order to enter the alumni class.
The academy will provide several benefits to the community, including the creation of familiarity with the terms and concepts of planning, which will allow for more informed input and allow the Planning & Development Department the ability to readily address concerns. It also will create awareness surrounding the zoning and entitlement process within the city and encourage new advocates for sound planning practices within a creative local government context.
For more information, or to be placed on the interest list forming now through Dec. 15, please visit the Citizens Academy of Planning Web page.
Ward 5 Chistmas Tree Lighting and Movie in the Park Dec. 17
I invite you to join me for the second annual Ward 5 Christmas Tree Lighting and Movie in the Park at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 17, at Lorenzi Park, located at 3333 W. Washington Ave. We will have picture-perfect carolers to keep in the holiday spirit and a horse-drawn carriage on hand for an even more cheerful atmosphere. Ward 5 elementary school children have been invited to make ornaments to decorate the tree. Once the Christmas tree is lit, we will walk over to Sammy Davis Jr. Plaza to get cozy and watch a movie, "Christmas with the Kranks," beginning at 6 p.m. Please plan to bring your favorite lawn chair or blanket to help enjoy the movie, and we will provide hot cocoa, cookies, popcorn and cotton candy, while supplies last.