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495 S. Main St., 89101
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Councilwoman Tarkanian HeadshotLois Tarkanian was sworn into office as the Las Vegas City Councilwoman representing Ward 1 Feb. 2, 2005. She was re-elected in 2007, 2011 and 2015. Councilwoman Tarkanian currently serves as Mayor Pro Tem. 

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 African ­American 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.


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Yankee Doodle at the Pool (all ages)

Wednesday, Jul. 3, 12 to 4 p.m.

Cost: $2 ages 4-17, $3 ages 18-49, $2 ages 50+, free ages 0-3. 
Garside Pool, 250 S. Torrey Pines Drive, 702-229-6393.

Participate in many water games and activities as we celebrate our independence — splash style!

Safekey and Ignite Registration for 2019-2020 School Year

Monday, Jul. 8, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays

Cost: $20 registration fee plus $7 per morning session and/or $10 per afternoon session. 
Safekey Office, 416 N. Seventh St.

Safekey is available to students in grades K-5; Ignite is available at select middle schools for students in grades 6-8. Visit the Safekey/Ignite webpage or call 702-229-KIDS (5437) for list of participating schools and more information. Registration also will be available at participating schools.

Children's Summer Concert Series - Okee Dokee Brothers

Wednesday, Jul. 10, 10:30 a.m.

Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.
Tickets for each show are $5 plus tax and fees. A series FLEX Pass is available with 10 tickets that can be redeemed at any time during the series; the pass offers savings off the single ticket price, a one-time processing fee and the best available seats at the time of redemption. Groups of 11 or more are eligible for group pricing by using promo code GROUP or by calling 702.229.ARTS (2787).

Okee Dokee Brothers: The Grammy Award-winning folk music duo has been exploring the outdoors together since they were kids; now, Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander put the natural world at the heart of their Americana music. With songs written under wide-open skies and harmonies fine-tuned around the campfire, they will perform songs from their new album. The duo make room for kids to dance, for parents to share stories and for everyone to gain respect for nature, each other and the world we live in.  For more information for these and more events, visit  www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

Children's Summer Concert Series - The Lucky Band

Wednesday, Jul. 24, 10:30 a.m.
Ticket: $5 (plus tax/fees); group rates available for 10 or more
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.

The Lucky Band has been crowned the first and only American group to win a Latin GRAMMY in the Children's Album category! Straight off of live appearances on CNN, Sprout, and Univision along with a nationwide tour, husband and wife duo Lucky Diaz and Alisha Gaddis were named "The face of kindie music" by the Washington Post, "Superstars" by Red Tricycle, "The Rolling Stones of Kids Music" by Style Network, and People Magazine called their album "The #1 in COOLEST kids music!" The Lucky Band is an all-star group that lights up the stage with their many #1 Sirius XM Kids Place Live Hits!  Iconic brand Coca-Cola chose their song 'Falling' as their national summer campaign anthem, playing on television and movie theatres everywhere. Get ready for a hip-shaking, head- bopping dance party explosion of indie fresh pop rock beats at this fun family event.                 

Summer Splash Bash

Saturday, Jul. 27, 6 to 9 p.m.

Cost: $4 per person. 
Garside Pool, 250 S. Torrey Pines Drive, 702-229-6393.

Bring the family to enjoy dancing, swimming, games and a DJ playing music at this party. All pool rules apply; swimsuits required.

Children's Summer Concert Series - Story Pirates Create-A-Show

Wednesday, Jul. 31, 10:30 a.m.
Ticket: $5 (plus tax/fees)
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.

When the Pirates take the stage, you'll be amazed at what happens next... and so will they! That's because the 45-minute show they're performing has not been written. The Pirates will steal your kids' ideas and incorporate them on the spot into an interactive show that validates the imagination of every child in the audience. Laugh as your sons and daughters invent monsters, dancing ninjas, superhero tomatoes - or any other idea they call out - and watch the Story Pirates bring their ideas to life. Create-A-Show is as crazy, hilarious and unexpected as kids themselves.                 
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