Jan. 16, 2014 



BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATIONS
The city of Las Vegas is sponsoring several activities in honor of Black History Month! See all the details online or download the brochure. See even more activities at www.kingweeklasvegas.com/.

“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.

F STREET CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS
Las Vegas Paving Corporation plans to mill the roadways on F Street between Washington and I-15 and on McWilliams between E and F streets starting Monday, Jan. 20. Milling operations are planned from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday until complete.  On-street parking will not be available during operations. See the letter delivered to residents and business owners for more details.

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR DAY PARADE
Monday, Jan. 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
Downtown Parade Route on Fourth Street from Gass to Ogden avenues
Bring the family to enjoy the annual Martin Luther King Day parade downtown starting at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20. Staging will begin on Coolidge, Hoover and Gass avenues at 7 a.m. Monday, with full road closures along the parade route expected between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

RTC TRANSIT HOLIDAY CHANGES
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) will operate its transit system on a Saturday schedule for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday, Jan. 20. The alternate schedules are implemented due to traditionally lower ridership and less traffic on holidays. Also on Jan. 20, the RTC will have various route detours in place from approximately 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. due to street closures from the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. parade. The RTC recommends riders refer to full detour details, which are available online at rtcsnv.com. Riders with questions may also call the RTC’s Customer Service line at (702) 228-RIDE (7433).

RECOMMENDING MEETING JAN. 21
The Las Vegas City Council Recommending Committee will meet to consider new bills before the City Council Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 9 a.m. in the Las Vegas City Hall City Clerk’s Conference Room, located on the second floor at 495 S. Main St. The public is welcome to attend. The complete agenda is available online. Please join me for the meeting if your schedule allows.

AFRICAN-AMERICAN LEADERS IN THE COMMUNITY BREAKFAST
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
Las Vegas City Hall NOW Café, 495 S. Main St., second floor
You are invited to join me for breakfast and for the City Council meeting that morning, where I will make a ceremonial presentation in honor of Black History Month. Space is limited. Please RSVP your attendance to (702) 229-2330. See the invitation

REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY & CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS JAN. 22
The Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency will meet at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, in Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall, located at 495 S. Main St. The City Council meeting will follow immediately afterwards. The complete agendas for both meetings are available here. There may be items on both agendas of interest to you. Please join me for the meetings if your schedule allows, or share your comments on the agendas online.

WARD 5 “ACCESS CITY COUNCIL” TV SHOW
The “Access City Council” television show featuring Ward 5 news, events and opportunities airs on KCLV-TV channel 2 beginning Jan. 23. See the broadcast schedule or watch the show online at www.kclv.tv/.

YOUTH ESSAY CONTESTS
Students from fourth grade through high school are invited to participate in an essay contest in conjunction with Black History Month. 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.

“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 www.artslasvegas.org/.

CHILDREN'S GARDENING PROGRAM
The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension will offer a Junior Master Gardeners Children's Gardening Program February through May at two locations. Participating youth ages 7-12 will meet on Saturdays twice a month. The cost is $50 per student. See the flier, email johnsonk@unce.unr.edu or call (702) 257-5523 for detailed information or registration.

WARD 5 BLUEGRASS IN THE PARK
Sunday, Feb. 2, 1 to 3 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
Lorenzi Park Lake Band Shell, 3333 W. Washington Ave.
Bring the entire family and join me for this free event to enjoy the music of local bluegrass and acoustic bands playing traditional American music with banjos, fiddles, guitars and mandolins. For more information, call (702) 229-5443 or visit www.lasvegasnevada.gov/ward5.

WARD 5 COFFEE WITH THE COUNCILMAN
Thursday, Feb. 6, 9 to 10 a.m.
Starbucks, 751 N. Rancho Drive at Bonanza Road.
Join me for coffee and conversation on how to improve Ward 5 and the city of Las Vegas!

THE SMITH CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, located in Ward 5 at 361 Symphony Park Ave., has wonderful programming available for all ages. Explore the centers website and see what is coming up!


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