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495 S. Main St., 89101
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Brian Knudsen was elected to represent Ward 1 in June 2019, enabling him to continue to pursue his passion of public service. Since moving to Las Vegas in 2005, Councilman Knudsen has built programs and services for people and populations in Las Vegas and continues to serve the community as a member of the City Council.

For nearly a decade, he worked in the city of Las Vegas on initiatives that shaped the downtown core, redefined the educational landscape and rethought how city services are provided to Las Vegas residents.

Councilman Knudsen has worked alongside nonprofit partners, community leaders and elected officials to expand after-school meal programs for children, and helped launch a city- and community-led initiative to improve education in our downtown core.

Councilman Knudsen has more than 15 years of experience in city and state governments as well as time spent as the chief executive officer of a large nonprofit organization and as the owner of a small business. His experience covers multiple functions of government and nonprofit organizations and has focused on creating efficiencies, strategic planning and policy development.

He is a founding member of Downtown Achieves, which became the city of Las Vegas’ inspiration for creating the Department of Youth Development and Social Innovation. In addition, he is a founding member of Nevada’s Big Give, a one-day, online giving event that has raised nearly three million dollars for Nevada charities. He also has served as vice chair of the Downtown Las Vegas Alliance, vice president of the McNeil Neighborhood Association and as a member of the Adoption Exchange Board.

Councilman Knudsen has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Utah in health education and mass communications. He also has a Masters of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California.

Brian is happily married and he and his husband have adopted two children. Councilman Knudsen believes that his children, and all Las Vegans, deserve leadership committed to making Las Vegas an even better place to live, work and play. He plans to continue to build a community that ensures equal opportunity, has great schools, provides strong public safety, preserves our neighborhoods and strives to be world class in all we do. 

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Ward 1 Creature Feature Movie & Trunk or Treat (all ages)

Thursday, Oct. 24, 7 to 9 p.m.

Free and open to the public. 
Mirabelli Community Center, 6200 Hargrove Ave., 702-229-6359.

Bring the family in costume to enjoy trunk-or-treating, 7-7:30 p.m. and stay for a free showing of the “Hocus Pocus” movie under the stars at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Dia de los Muertos Celebration (Day of the Dead)

Saturday, Nov. 2, 4 to 10 p.m.

Free and open to the public. 
Sammy Davis Jr. Festival Plaza in Lorenzi Park, 720 Twin Lakes Drive

Call 702-229-4924 for details on entering the ofrenda contest or participating as an artisan or food truck vendor. This is a family festival.

Brews with Brian

Thursday, Nov. 21, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Open to the public.
Tap House, 5589 W. Charleston Blvd.

Join Councilman Knudsen for beverages and conversation about issues of concern in Ward 1. 

Lightwire Theater: “A Very Electric Christmas” (all ages)

Saturday, Nov. 23, 2 p.m.

Tickets: $25 adults/$12.50 youth, plus taxes/fees.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.

Brighten your holidays with Lightwire Theater’s “A Very Electric Christmas.” Audiences of all ages will treasure this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday hits. In this wonderful story, Santa’s helpers are putting the final touches on presents as a young bird named Max and his family head south for the winter. Poor Max gets blown off course during a snowstorm, and he ends up alone and lost at the North Pole. As he tries to make his way home, his adventure begins when he encounters friendly caroling worms, dancing poinsettias, Nutcracker soldiers, mischievous mice and the evil Rat King. This delightful holiday production will make children wide-eyed with delight and warm even in the smallest of hearts. For tickets, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

Camp Thankful Fall Break Camp (ages 5-11)

Monday, Nov. 25, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Monday-Wednesday, Nov. 25-27, 2019 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: $90 per child for three days.
Mirabelli Community Center, 6200 Hargrove Ave., 702-229-6359.

Children will enjoy swimming, crafts, games and so much more during the school break! Registration is open now; call the center for details. Advance registration is required.

Annual Adaptive Recreation Holiday Dance (ages 13+)

Saturday, Dec. 7, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Cost: $20, per person, includes dinner, pictures and door prizes.
Lieburn Senior Center; 6230 Garwood Ave., 702-229-1600.

Kick off the holiday season with a night of food, music and dancing. Call Jennifer at 702-229-5177 for more information or to RSVP.

"A Charlie Brown Christmas" presented by the Rainbow Company Youth Theatre

Saturday, Dec. 7, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Dec. 6, 7, 13, and 14 at 7 p.m., and Dec. 7, 8, 14* and 15 at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $5.50 plus taxes/fees.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.

A beloved holiday classic springs to life in this faithful adaptation of the TV special that debuted in December 1965. Join Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Sally, Snoopy and friends as they embrace the holiday season with classic favorites like "Christmas Time is Here" and search for meaning among the holiday traditions. After the performance, gather in our indoor Winter Wonderland with family and friends to sing along — warm apple cider in hand — to your favorite holiday tunes, accompanied by local choir groups. *This performance includes an American Sign Language interpreter for the hearing impaired. For tickets, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

Winter Break Camp (ages 6-11)

Monday, Dec. 23, Hours 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day (except only until 3 p.m. Dec. 24 and Dec. 31).

Four days/week, Dec. 23-27 and Dec. 30-Jan. 3; no camp Dec. 25 or Jan. 1.
Priced per week: $95/4 days.
Mirabelli Community Center, 6200 Hargrove Ave., 702-229-6359.

Registration is open now until full. Advance registration is required. Call the center at 702-229-6359 for details and registration.

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