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Discover the fun at one of our camps Nov. 19-21.

Who doesn't love donuts? Las Vegas has a number of original, locally-owned donut shops to try.

Events Dec. 17 - 31
12/13/2018 8:00:00 PM
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Annual Holiday Tea (ages 50+)

Tuesday, Dec. 18, 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $7/person; advance registration required. 

Las Vegas Senior Center, 451 E. Bonanza Road, 702-229-6454.

Wear your fanciest attire to enjoy this annual holiday tea with fresh scones, finger sandwiches, and different teas. This event fills up fast, so register early by calling 702-229-6454.

*Gift Wrapping Help for Seniors (ages 50+)

Thursday, Dec. 20, 11 a.m.

Free, limit of five items.

Lieburn Senior Center; 6230 Garwood Ave., 702-229-1600.

Holiday Luncheon (ages 50+)

Thursday, Dec. 20, 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $5/person, advance registration required.

Las Vegas Senior Center, 451 E. Bonanza Road, 702-229-6454.

Enjoy a multicultural experience as we explore all the different holiday traditions of the season. Call 702-229-6454 for information and registration.

Downtown Cultural Series

Las Vegas Academy Choir Winter Concert

Friday, Dec. 21, noon to 1 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse, Jury Assembly Room, 333 Las Vegas Blvd. South.

Enjoy an afternoon of traditional holiday music performed by the students of the Las Vegas Academy. This award-winning choir performs Christmas carols and musical arrangements in traditional Dickensian garb. For more information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

*Parents Night Out (ages 5-12)

Friday, Dec. 21, 6 to 9 p.m.

Cost: $20 per child.

Veterans Memorial Community Center, 101 N. Pavilion Center Drive, 702-229-1100.

Children will enjoy dinner, snack, fun games, and arts and crafts projects in a supervised environment while parents enjoy a night out. 

Holiday Movie Nights (all ages)

Saturday, Dec. 22 at 6 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Historic Fifth Street School Centennial Plaza, 401 S. Fourth St.

Nothing says Christmas like gathering with loved ones under the stars with a cup of hot cocoa and great holiday movies. Bundle up and take a journey to downtown’s Historic Fifth Street School for favorite holiday films under the stars. Though the weather outside is hardly frightful, it can be a bit chilly this time of year, so bring your blankets, lawn chairs and some Christmas spirit for festive and fun evenings. For more information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS( 2787).

  • Disney’s “A Christmas Carol” | Rated PG
    Saturday, Dec. 22, 6 p.m.
    Jim Carrey stars as Ebenezer Scrooge in this adaptation of Dickens’ classic holiday tale about the value of generosity and the true meaning of Christmas. Carrey also plays the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. 
    Cast: Jim Carrey, Bob Hoskins, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and Leslie Zemeckis.

Ward 3 Annual Navidad en el Barrio

Monday, Dec. 24, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave.

Call 702-229-5428 for more information.

Doolittle Winter Break Kids Camp (ages 5-11)

Monday-Friday, Dec. 24-28, Dec. 31-Jan. 4; no camp Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

Camp hours 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays.

Cost: $56 per child per week.

Doolittle Community Center, 1950 N. J St., 702-229-6374.

Activities will include arts, crafts, sports, games, music, life skills, physical fitness and fun! Advance registration required; registration opens Nov. 19. Limited to the first 40 youth.

Mirabelli Winter Break Camp (ages 6-12)

Monday-Friday, Dec. 24-28, Dec. 31-Jan. 4; no camp Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

Camp hours 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays.

Cost: $112 per child per week; $10 discount for a second child from same family.

Youth will enjoy sports, games, holiday-themed arts and crafts under the supervision of trained staff. Advance registration required; registration opens Dec. 8.

Winter Break Camp (ages 5-11)

Monday-Friday, Dec. 24-28, Dec. 31-Jan. 4; no camp Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

Camp hours 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays.

Cost: $90 per child per week.

Cimarron Rose Community Center, 5591 N. Cimarron Road, 702-229-1607.

Children should bring a sack lunch, two snacks and a reusable water bottle each day.

*Kickoff New Year's Eve Bash (ages 50+)

Friday, Dec. 28, 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $5, includes lunch. Advance registration required.

Derfelt Senior Center, 3343 W. Washington Ave., 702-229-6601.

Call 702-229-6601 for information and registration.

Kwanzaa - UJAMAA (all ages)

A Celebration of African Values, Culture & Community

Saturday, Dec. 29, noon to 6 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd., and West Las Vegas Library Theatre, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd.

In the spirit of UJAMAA, the community will celebrate the fourth day of Kwanzaa, “focusing on cooperative economics, which means coming together to build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.” This event features a marketplace, youth poetry showcase, the life of Paul Robeson and the 2018 Girls & Boys Rites of Passage.

Kwanzaa is an African-American and Pan-African holiday that celebrates family, community and culture from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. Its origins are in the first harvest celebrations of Africa, from which it takes its name. The event is co-presented by the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District. For more information, visit www.artslasvegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

Dec. 19 City Council Meeting
12/12/2018 8:00:00 PM
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Las Vegas City Council will meet on Wednesday, Dec.19, at 9 a.m. at City Hall. 495 S. Main St. Below are some agenda items that may be of interest. Get the agenda here. Watch live at kclv.tv/live.

Agenda Item 12 – Project Enchilada Neon Signs: A fund request in the amount of $762,000 was approved by the Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial at the July 30, 2018 Board meeting for the expenses related to the restoration, installation and maintenance of the neon signs for Project Enchilada. Per the operating agreement with the Commission of the Las Vegas Centennial, any funding over $100,000 must have council ratification.

Agenda Item 16 – $15,000 Donation for West Las Vegas Art Center: In August 2018, Frank Hawkins donated $15,000 for the West Las Vegas Performance Ensemble to travel to the International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference in Dayton, Ohio in January 2019. Frank Hawkins’ recent donation in the amount of $15,000 will be used to support the performing and visual arts programming provided by the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs to high-risk youth, ages 10-15, who reside in low-income areas of the city. Frank Hawkins is a long-time supporter of the program and a member of the West Las Vegas community.

Agenda Item 41 – Strong Start Academy at Wardelle: The Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority (SNRHA) is redeveloping the site located at Wardelle & Bonanza to increase comprehensive community services being provided in one central area to families. SNRHA reserved 1.5 acres for the city to construct the Strong Start Academy at Wardelle, an early childhood education center. If approved, the city will enter into a long-term lease at no-cost with SNRHA for the land. The Strong Start at Wardelle is expected to cost $7.5 million dollars of which $7 million will be obtained by bonding the RDA Education Set-Aside; the remainder will be covered by CDBG funding previously approved by the City Council to build a pre-K center. The Strong Start Academy at Wardelle will be a 10,000 square foot building licensed for up to 200 children. The Clark County School District is in support of this project.

Agenda Item 43 – Clark County School District Report: Clark County School District Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara will make a presentation to provide updates on various education related matters.

Agenda Item 44 –MOU with Downtown Las Vegas Alliance (DVA): If approved, City Council will allocate $50,000 from the General Fund for the advancement and promotion of downtown Las Vegas. The purpose of the DVA is to serve as a collaborative leader, devoted to creating an attractive, vibrant, diverse and sustainable downtown. The partnership between the city and the DVA supports the continued growth of the DVA, provides community engagement and educational events, and increases communication and coordination between the two entities. The MOU allows for three (3) one-year renewal options.

Agenda Item 46 – Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for 2017/18 Fiscal Year: The city is required to conduct an annual audit of financial statements through an independent public accounting firm.  Piercy Bowler Taylor & Kern was hired to conduct the audit and will report to City Council on the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for approval.

Cold Weather Safety
12/10/2018 8:00:00 PM
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The southeastern United States is recovering from a major winter storm that left more than 15 inches of snow in some areas. While the Las Vegas metropolitan area is unlikely to experience that much snowfall, areas near Las Vegas (such as Mount Charleston or southern Utah) are susceptible to winter storms.

That’s why it’s important to plan for cold weather events.

If you are under a winter storm warning,

Find shelter, stay indoors, stay off the roads and listen for emergency information and alerts.

If you live in an area that experiences frequent winter storms, 

Prepare your home now. Insulate your outdoor pipes. Cover your outdoor plants with blankets during overnight hours when freeze warnings are in effect. You can also protect your home with insulation, caulking or weather stripping.

Prepare emergency supply kits for your home and your vehicle. 

Kits should include extra batteries, flashlights, non-perishable food, warm clothes, blankets, bottled water, medication and supplies for your pet(s).

Know the differences between frostbite and hypothermia.

Frostbite occurs (typically in the body’s extremities) when blood vessels constrict to conserve body heat. Signs include: numbness and skin that is discolored (white, red, purple or black). Frostbitten areas should be warmed slowly in warm (not hot) water. Do not massage or use a heating pad. Wrap affected areas in dry, sterile dressing.

Hypothermia is more severe and occurs when the body temperature dips below 95 degrees. Hypothermia victims will seem lethargic, confused and/or apathetic. They may be shivering, exhausted and may be slurring their speech. Move the victim to a warm room and/or wrap the victim in a blanket or sleeping bag; cover from head to toe. Provide warm, sweet drinks and food to a conscious victim. If the victim is conscious, place him or her in a warm bath. Don’t allow him or her to walk around. Place an unconscious victim in the recovery position.

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Extreme cold can be deadly. Taking a few precautions can protect you from the elements.

Five Pastries To Try Before You Die
12/9/2018 8:00:00 PM
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The holiday season is upon us and that means it is time to splurge on some treats you normally would pass on as you try to stay fit. Think about it this way, so you have to spend a little more time at the gym over the holidays after enjoying one of these luscious pastries, but that is an extra hour you can be away from your in-laws, so it’s a win win.

Pastries are where it is at. These are treats that your average baker may not have the skill or patience to make. We can all roll out some chocolate chip cookies or a cake from a box, but sometimes we need an expert to construct us something special. Therefore, without further ado, here are five pastries you will want to try this holiday season.

Cake World Sweet Bread

Can we talk about smells for a minute? Just go to Cake World midmorning and breathe in the smells. You can smell all the bread and baking goodness. It is amazing, and worth your time, even if you don’t buy any of the succulent treats.

Of course, you are going to get a pastry and the one you want is the sweet bread. Cake World has all the Mexican pastries you know and love, concha, abrazo, orejas and more. You will want to get a variety, but the simple Pan Fino is our choice. A sweet bread with a slightly crunchy exterior and a soft interior that is chewy not unlike a traditional cinnamon roll.

This popular choice features a pink sugar paste that weaves through the dough and is made from sugar, vanilla, water, flour and shortening. The highlight is the sugared outside that brings another texture into play.

German Bread Bakery Apple Strudel

First off, the people at the German Bread Bakery are awesome. You will fall in love with them and their wonderful creations. Serving the Desert Shores and Summerlin area since 2011 this bakery specializes in traditional German breads and pastries. They even sell bags of pretzel crumbs to coat your schnitzel.

Schnitzel aside, you need to get the apple strudel here. A flakey crust with a sweet glaze packed with apples. The crust to apple ratio is perfect and they use both apple slices and cubed apples resulting in apple in every bite. Just eat it, you’ll thank us.

Kneaders Chocolate Mousse Dome

Chocoholics rejoice! This one is for you. Chocolate cake topped with a mound of imported Swiss chocolate mousse and covered with a rich dark chocolate ganache. Add a dollop of whip cream and some chocolate shavings and you are ready to reach chocolate nirvana.

Kneaders is an Orem, Utah import that began in 1997 and now has two Las Vegas locations. They pride themselves on old-world bread baking techniques. Sounds fancy, but really I just want more of the chocolate domes.

Seriously, if you can finish an entire dome you will need a nap. So save room during those holiday gatherings and then unveil these beauties to cap off the meal.

La Belle Terre — Pistachio Sponge Cake

Ok pack your bags for France people. La Belle Terre translates to the beautiful earth. Impressive name, but the pastries fit the bill.

All the French favorites make an appearance in the pastry case here from croissants to macarons and napoleons. Their bakers are always coming up with new treats, and we recommend the pistachio sponge cake.

A base of sponge cake with a vibrant green pistachio buttercream and layers of tempered dark chocolate. Add some pistachios for crunch and you have a perfect treat for a special occasion.

PublicUs — Raspberry Crossada

The recent food trend of the cronut, a croissant fused with a donut has had its time in the sun. Now I introduce you to the crossada! That is right we aren’t just marrying a croissant to a donut we are going to get the hook up with a malasada.

A malasada is a deep fried Portuguese donut that is more airy than its American cousin is. Combine it with the yeast-leavened buttery layers of a croissant and the mad scientists at PublicUs have created a masterpiece.

The crossada is a sugar-covered horn that has dense buttery layers once you crack the gloriously crispy outer shell. Just for good measure, PublicUs adds a tart raspberry jam to bring it to another level.

Amazingly instagrammable, the crossada also will not disappoint your taste buds.

-Jace Radke

Dec. 11 Planning Commission Meeting Recap
12/6/2018 8:00:00 PM
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Planning Commission met Tuesday, Dec. 11. Here are a few of the notable items on the agenda and their results. 

Agenda Items 21 to 25 — KB Home at Deer Springs Way and Grant Montecito Parkway — The applicant is proposing to develop 60.53 acres located on the west and east sides of Grand Montecito Parkway, north of Deer Springs Way. The proposed development includes 491 multi-family units and 303 detached single-family residences. Staff recommends approval on the General Plan Amendment (21) proposed to eliminate Town Center Collector Trails, Town Center Arterial Trails and a Town Center Multi-Use Trail located adjacent to and within the subject site as the existing trail alignments were only connected to Grand Montecito Parkway from within the site and not to Oso Blanca Road, which has become a preferred method of travel for a variety of travelers. However, recommend denial on the following:

  • (22) Variance to allow 641 parking spaces where 811 is required
  • (23) Special Use Permit to allow a private street without a gate and multiple gated communities with private streets because it is not the preferred means of providing public right-of-way
  • (24) Site Development Plan for the proposed two apartment complexes and detached, single-family residential subdivision
  • (25) Tentative Map which allows private streets to terminate in dead-end stubs and modified hammerheads where cul-de-sacs or hammerheads are required

APPROVED subject to (amended) conditions. 

Agenda Items 30 —Proposed Drive Thru Restaurant at Park Paseo and S. Las Vegas Boulevard — This is a request for a Site Development Plan Review for a proposed Restaurant with Drive Though use at 1141 South Las Vegas Boulevard. Due to the requested Waiver setback, anticipated increase in residential neighborhood traffic and deficient parking, staff recommends denial. If approved, it will be subject to conditions. DENIED.

Agenda Items 31 to 34 — Condominium Complex near Tenaya Way and Sky Pointe Drive — The applicant is proposing to construct a 91-unit condominium complex, consisting of 19 two-story buildings on approximately 6.05 acres located on the west side of Tenaya Way, approximately 198 feet north of Sky Pointe Drive. In addition, the applicant has requested an associated Tentative Map to utilize the development as condominiums. Staff recommends approval of the Major Modification as it conforms to the existing Town Center General Plan designation. However, as the proposed development does not adequately address trash service and is inconsistent with Title 19 development standards pertaining to residential adjacency, staff recommends denial of the associated Variance, Site Development Plan Review and Tentative Map request. APPROVED.

Agenda Items 35 to 38 — Family Residential Subdivision near Bradley Road and Turkey Lane  — The applicant is proposing to construct a 43-lot single-family residential subdivision on a 10.31-acre undeveloped property located on the east side of Bradley Road, approximately 279 feet south of Turkey Lane (northeast corner of Clark County 215 and Bradley Road). Staff recommends approval. ABEYED TO 2/12/2019.

Agenda Items 39 to 42 — Retail Center Remodel at 5000 W. Charleston Boulevard — This is a request for a Major Amendment to a previously approved Rezoning for a 1,911 square-foot addition with exterior facade modifications and parking lot reconfiguration to an existing 16,941 square-foot retail development with a waiver to allow service bay doors to face the right-of-way where such is not allowed on 1.17 acres. Staff recommends denial. APPROVED subject to conditions.

Agenda Items 49 and 50 — Mixed Use Development at 110 E. Charleston Boulevard — The applicant is requesting to construct a two story, 35-foot tall mixed use development with 8,800 square feet of commercial floor space and six one-bedroom multi-family residential units. The proposed development is inconsistent with Appendix F Interim Downtown Las Vegas development standards pertaining to the architectural design and setbacks. In addition, the proposed development does not comply with Title 19.12 parking requirements as the subject site provides zero onsite parking spaces where 141 parking spaces are required, which will negatively impact surrounding areas. Therefore; staff recommends denial. APPROVED subject to conditions. 

Agenda Items 53 and 56 — Proposed Short Term Rentals – Staff recommends approval for Special Use Permits to allow short term rentals at:

  • 6417 Peppermill Drive (ABEYED 1/8/2019)
  • 9121 Dolente Ave (APPROVED subject to conditions.) 

Agenda Items 54, 55, 57, 59 to 63 - Existing Short Term Rentals – Staff recommends approval for Special Use Permits for the following existing short term rentals:

  • 1501 Montessouri St. (DENIED)
  • 3408 Casa Grande Ave. (APPROVED subject to conditions.)
  • 1231 Shadow Lane (WITHDRAWN)
  • 3736 Dorrington Drive (APPROVED subject to amended conditions.)
  • 8876 Crestwood Drive (APPROVED subject to amended conditions.)
  • 1101 S. 6th St. (APPROVED subject to amended conditions.)
  • 1908 Chapmagne Drive (APPROVED subject to conditions.)
  • 2017 Casa Vista Drive (APPROVED subject to amended conditions.)

 

Agenda Item 58 — Short Term Rental — 150 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Unit 1113 - Special Use Permit to allow a zero foot distance separation where 660 feet is required at The Ogden. Staff recommends denial. DENIED

Agenda Item 64 — New Municipal Court Building — The request is for a 138,943 square-foot government facility at the southeast corner of Clark Avenue and 1st Street. The proposed municipal courthouse is located in close proximity to other civic uses such as the Regional Justice Center, the Bonneville Transit Center, the United States Federal Court, and City Hall. The proposed courthouse is aesthetically pleasing, furthers the goals of the Civic and Business District of the 2045 Downtown Master Plan, and it is consistent with the vision for this area of downtown Las Vegas. Staff recommends approval of the request and all associated waivers. APPROVED subject to conditions.