Ward 1

Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian

Councilwoman Lois TarkanianLois Tarkanian was sworn into office as the Las Vegas City Councilwoman representing Ward 1 on February 2, 2005.

Dr. Tarkanian holds a bachelor of arts in education, a master of arts in speech pathology and a doctorate in leadership and human behavior. Prior to serving on the City Council, she served for 12 years as a member of the Clark County Board of School Trustees.

As an educator, she has held positions as a classroom teacher, a speech pathologist, principal, central office administrator and Nevada Community College and California State University instructor. In private practice she founded Oralingua, the first private day school for deaf children in California, and also initiated Nevada’s first full inclusion program for deaf children in the demonstration pre­school at the Community College of Southern Nevada. She also held national clinical certification in speech pathology, language, and audiology and did clinical work with autistic, deaf and aphasic children.

She currently serves as a board member on a number of different organizations including the Clark County Public Education Foundation, FACT ­ Family and Child Treatment Center for Abused Children, Oralingua School for the Hearing Impaired, Nevada PEP – Professionals Empowering Parents, Emerge ­ mentoring emerging women leaders and as chairwoman of the Advisory Committee for the Teacher Education Academy at Clark High School.

In addition, Dr. Tarkanian has been honored by such designations as Humanitarian of the Year by Catholic Community Services, Silver Lily Award as Humanitarian of the Year by March of Dimes, Citizen of the Year by Westcare, Golden Book of Deeds Award by Kiwanis Club, Nevada Woman Silver Heart Award, Las Vegas African­American Award for Distinguished Service, Citizen of the Year by the Nevada Family and Child Treatment Center and Friends of Education Annual Award by the Nevada State Education Association. She also has been presented with honorary lifetime memberships in the National Congress of Parents and Teachers and the Nevada Congress of Parents and Teachers. On May 6, 2006, she was honored with the “Spirit of Leadership” Award by the Lili Claire Foundation and has been selected to receive the Lifetime Education Achievement Award from the Public Education Foundation. In August 2006, the Tarkanian Middle School, named in her honor, was opened by the Clark County School District. On April 10, 2008, she was also honored by Las Vegas Diversity Development Inc. with the “Ladies of Victory Everlasting (LOVE)” Award.  On March 7, 2009, Lois Tarkanian received the “Florence Lee Jones Humanitarian” Award from the Junior League of Las Vegas. Most recently, in fall 2012, she received the 2012 Community Partner Award from the Foundation for Recovery, the Spotlight 2012 Straight from the Heart Award from Helping Hands of Vegas Valley and a Leadership Award from the American Planning Association ­Nevada Chapter for applying her considerable community experience to champion key planning initiatives such as expanding community outreach and improving neighborhoods.

As a city councilwoman, Dr. Tarkanian serves on the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada board, the Clark County Regional Flood Control District Board, the Southern Nevada Health District Board, the Making Recycling Work Committee, the Springs Preserve Board of Trustees and the Audit Oversight Committee.  She has also been appointed to the Nevada Commission on Nuclear Projects by former Governor Jim Gibbons. Previously she chaired the city of Las Vegas Recommending Committee, was the vice chair of the Debt Management Commission and served on the Southern Nevada Water Authority Board, the Colorado River Commission and the Oversight Panel for School Facilities. Dr. Tarkanian was married to former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian for 53 years. She has four children and 11 grandchildren.

Upcoming Events

Ward 1 Movie in the Park
Friday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
Pioneer Park, 7449 Braswell Drive
Bring the family to enjoy the PG-rated, 2016 version of "The Jungle Book."  A food truck will offer refreshments for sale. Bring a low-back lawn chair or blanket to be more comfortable. Call 702-229-6405 for more information. See the flier.

Ward 1 National Night Out Walk and Soccer Game
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 5 p.m.; soccer game at 6 p.m. at LV Indoor Sports Center.
Free and open to the public.
Cashman Park, Sirius at Cameron, to LV Indoor Sports Center at 3055 S. Valley View Blvd.
The city of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Spring Valley Area Command will host a National Night Out walk from Cashman Park on Sirius (at Cameron) to the Las Vegas Indoor Sports Center at 3055 S. Valley View Boulevard. A friendly soccer game with police and youth will take place at 6 p.m. at the Las Vegas Indoor Sports Center.

Ward 1 Shredding Party
Free and open to the public.
Saturday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m. to noon.
Opportunity Village Parking Lot, 6300 W. Oakey Blvd.
Call 702-229-6405 for more information.

25th Annual Disability Awareness Day (all ages)
Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
Mirabelli Community Center, 6200 Hargrove Ave., 702-229-6359.
Participants will have the opportunity to meet and learn from more than 60 disability service providers in the community, ranging from independent living to recreational activities to potential employment. Enjoy live entertainment, games, Halloween costume contest, trick or treating, great door prizes, a complimentary wheelchair wash and safety check, and getting to know elected officials. Lunch will be provided, courtesy of Amerigroup – An Anthem Company. Co-Sponsored by the Southern Nevada Center for Independent Living, the city of Las Vegas, Nevada Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, State of Nevada Department of Employment Training and Rehabilitation, Amerigroup – An Anthem Company and The Challenger newspaper. For more information, go online to http://www.sncil.org/disability-awareness/ or call 702-889-4216 V/TDD or 702-649-3822 V/TDD. See the flier.

Beers with Beers & Tarkanian (ages 21+)
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Steiner's Pub, 1750 N. Buffalo Drive
Join Councilwoman Tarkanian and Ward 2 Councilman Bob Beers for an adult beverage and conversation about your concerns and working together to improve the city of Las Vegas. Call 702-229-2144 or 229-2420 for more information.
First Tuesday Program
On the first Tuesday of every month, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department opens its doors to valley substations from 7 to 9 p.m. in order for the community to have an open forum of communication with the police officers who patrol their neighborhoods. This is an excellent opportunity for the residents of Ward 1 to learn more about what is going on in their community. Learn more about upcoming First Tuesday events

Check Out Downtown’s First Fridays
The air is light and the spirit festive in downtown, where, once a month, the pedestrian-­friendly streets transform into a huge block party during First Friday.

First Friday is a stage for local galleries and Las Vegas' vital downtown cultural scene. It's a place to meet friends new and old, and rejoice in the preservation and innovation of an historical neighborhood. Visitors come from near and far to people-watch, sample new restaurants and revel at area bars. Learn more about First Fridays

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City Hall
495. S. Main St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101



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