June 6, 2011 

Teacher Appreciation Walk
Join me in showing support for area teachers at the Clark County Teacher Appreciation 5k run/walk on June 11. The event, which is sponsored by OneVillage, will begin at 7 a.m. at Findlay Chevrolet, located at the 215 and Rainbow Boulevard, in the southwest part of the city. The cost will be $20 per person until the day of the run. A panel of teachers will decide how best to use the funds raised to support teaching and learning in our schools. To register or for more information, call 370-0370.

Celebrate Grand Opening Of Cultural Corridor Pedestrian Bridge June 9
Bridge Provides Access to Seven Cultural Attractions in Downtown Las Vegas

You are invited to join Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman, members of the Cultural Corridor Coalition and me at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 9, to celebrate completion of a pedestrian bridge that will provide residents and tourists with convenient access to seven downtown cultural institutions. The event will take place at the Natural History Museum parking lot, located at 900 Las Vegas Blvd. North.

The bridge, located near Cashman Center, sits between Lied Discovery Children's Museum/Las Vegas Library and the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, and also provides access to The Neon Museum, the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort and State Historic Park and the Reed Whipple Cultural Center. The bridge features an LED artistic design created by David Griggs. The artistic design, dubbed by Griggs as “Vegas Arabesque,” was inspired by the legacy of Las Vegas, its unique setting in the Southwest and the location of the bridge among Las Vegas' cultural institutions. Vegas Arabesque also pays homage to vintage signs located nearby at the Neon Museum.

“In colors associated with the Southwest, this sculptural form alights across a bridge that is the gateway to the city's cultural institutions,” Griggs said. “The shapes used in the design build a rhythm that suggests the visual splendor of a Vegas chorus line. In vaguely figurative forms, the design dances across the bridge in the playful spirit of Las Vegas' own Americana.”

The bridge is part of a larger Cultural Corridor Trail project currently under construction. The work includes installing sidewalk ramps, new banner poles, stamped concrete sidewalk panels and concrete embellishments for 12 city blocks along the urban trail that leads to the cultural institutions. 

Funding for the $1.3 million Cultural Corridor pedestrian bridge was provided by the Bureau of Land Management through the sale of public lands, as authorized by the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act. This act allows money from Nevada federal land sales to be used in the state for park and trail projects. The bridge's artistic element was paid for and coordinated through the city of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs.

CCSD Offers Two Summer Sessions for Students to Earn Credits
Registration Deadline for Summer School Is June 16

Although the 2010-11 school year is coming to a close for the Clark County School District, middle and high school students who would like to enroll in summer session classes will need to register by June 16 in order to attend the first session that will take place June 20-July 8.

Summer session classes provide opportunities for students who are credit deficient or those who are seeking to earn additional credits. Day and evening courses will be available in subjects like English, Algebra, Math, Reading, Science, Biology, Chemistry, Geometry, World History, U.S. History, U.S. Government, Physical Education, Lifetime Sports, Health and Driver's Education. Courses will be offered at nine different schools within the Las Vegas area and the courses will vary from location to location, depending upon enrollment. The cost will be $100 per half credit hour, per student. Students also must pre-register with their school counselors. The second summer session will take place July 11-28.

For detailed information on the summer session courses and locations, visit online or call 799-5304.

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