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Pizza is a beloved food group, especially in Las Vegas. There are dozens of spots in Vegas from the neighborhood favorites to the places on The Strip.

A new documentary chronicling the formative years of the city of Las Vegas is now playing. 

Mayor's Fund for Las Vegas LIFE
12/3/2019 12:00:00 PM
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Established in September 2018, the Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE targets specific community needs in the areas of Livability, Innovation, Future and Education. A Mayor’s Fund is a vehicle for corporate and philanthropic partners to invest in solutions that address a community’s most pressing and complex challenges. The Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE was modeled after successful mayor’s funds in New York and Los Angeles. It was created to provide the private sector – individuals, businesses, foundations and nonprofits – with a way to support city programs and initiatives that enhance quality of life for Las Vegans, particularly for the city’s most vulnerable populations.

Since its launch, the fund has received more than $4.5 million from corporate, philanthropic and community partners. Over the past year, The Mayor’s Fund contributed to initiatives that support residents across the city:

Livability

  • Las Vegas Book Festival: Sponsored the celebration of the written, spoken and illustrated word, the largest literary event in Nevada.
  • Community Healing Garden: Supported maintenance of the garden and the recently released Las Vegas Healing Garden book.
  • Corporate Challenge: Partnered with 72 businesses and organizations to better employee wellness.
  • Courtyard Homeless Center: Served 6,921 guests, 4,218 of whom received supportive services to move toward self-sufficiency.
  • Public Art: Launched the Historic West Las Vegas mural campaign.
  • Youth Sports: Enrolled 171 youth in basketball, flag football and soccer.

Innovation

  • Las Vegas Connected: Provided more than 300 families living in public housing with internet access and devices preloaded with resources.

Future

  • Strong Future Youth Employment Program: Trained and placed 200 youth for spring/summer 2019 employment.

Education

  • Mid-Year School Supply Drive: Provided school supplies to more than 7,000 students at 19 community locations.
  • ReInvent Schools Las Vegas: Implemented the STEAM curriculum for approximately 585 students. Also hosted Safe Summer Nights, providing community and health related resources to more than 5,000 students and their families.
  • Strong Start GO! Mobile Pre-K Bus: First bus has the capacity to serve 40 students each day; a second bus will launch in August 2020.
  • Summer Learning Academies: Provided summer school to over 350 students in underperforming schools.

To learn more, visit www.mayorsfundlv.org or call 702-229-LIFE (5433).

The Nevada Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, serves as the fiscal agent, receiving all private donations and providing donors with charitable contribution tax documentation. The city of Las Vegas coordinates the Mayor’s Fund to ensure all programs are implemented as intended and supporters know the impact of their donations. An Advisory Committee of local business and community leaders also provides input and guidance to the Mayor’s Fund to ensure programs are set up for success.

Five Las Vegas Pie Spots You Need
12/1/2019 12:00:00 PM
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The holidays mean classic comfort food and lots of sweets! What goes better with a big meal than pie? Here are five local places to get a slice or a whole pie for your holiday celebrations:

Du par’s – If you like a historic pedigree to go with your pie, Du-par’s is your spot. The first Du-par’s was founded in 1938 in Los Angeles and there is an outpost in Las Vegas now. They have a large selection including old-fashioned egg custard to rhubarb, chocolate cream, pumpkin, banana cream and coconut cream.

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The Goodwich – You may not think to go to the “stacked-rite sandwich” shop for a slice of pie, but you really should. Available only a few times a week, these pies are baked with love by the owner’s mom. There is no set menu because she bakes what she wants to, when she wants to. Call ahead to find out if pie is available and reserve a slice because these slices go quickly.

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Honey Salt –This farm-to-table spot offers one pie, but it is all you need. The Brown Bag Apple Pie is a generous helping of large chunks of apples covered in an almost cobbler crust. This slice of heaven is served hot out of the oven with vanilla bean ice cream on the side.

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Lola’s – A Louisiana Kitchen – Southern food done right is the goal at Lola’s and they hit a home run with the delectable sweet potato pecan pie. Served warm this ode to all things homey brings the not too sweet potatoes together with candied pecans for an amazing bite. Pair it with the homemade Chantilly cream, and you have one of Las Vegas’ most unique bites.

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Lou’s Diner - Comfort food and friendly faces is what you will get at Lou’s Diner, a community fixture for 50 years. Servers at Lou’s are equal parts sweet and sassy and so is the diner-style pies. The daily pie offering range from pecan, cherry, apple, raspberry and more, all baked into a golden brown, flakey crust. Ask for it a la mode or with whipped cream.

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