October 11, 2011 

There is so much happening now!  Please enjoy as many of the wonderful activities and events below as you can!

Ward 5 Free Movie in Kianga Isoke Palacio Park at Doolittle Complex
Bring the family, blankets and lawn chairs and join me for a free movie in the park Friday, Oct. 14, at Kianga Isoke Palacio Park at Doolittle Complex. We'll enjoy the animated, PG-rated "Monster House" film starting at dusk. Admission is free. Refreshments will be available for purchase. The park is located at 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd., at J Street. Mark your calendar to join me for a future movie in Kianga Isoke Palacio Park at Doolittle Complex Nov. 12 ("Soul Surfer") and the annual holiday tree lighting and "Polar Express" movie Dec. 16 in Lorenzi Park.

Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team vs. LV Fire & Rescue Firefighters
Join me in supporting our troops at the softball doubleheader between the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team and the Las Vegas Fire & Rescue team on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 1 p.m. at Lorenzi Park field No. 1. I will present a proclamation to the Wounded Warrior team on behalf of the mayor, City Council, and all of Las Vegas. This team represents some of our nation's bravest and most determined heroes, soldiers and veterans. These young men have sustained severe injuries resulting in amputation while serving in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and through extensive rehabilitation and perseverance, they have become competitive athletes again. The Warriors have challenged our fire department – come watch this softball showdown! For more information on the Wounded Warrior Amputee team, go online.

YNAPP Deadline Extended to Oct. 17
The deadline to apply for a Youth Neighborhood Association Partnership Program (YNAPP) grant has been extended to Monday, Oct. 17. Grant applications and instructions are available online. For more information regarding the grant programs and how to obtain grant applications, please contact YNAPP Coordinator Lisa Campbell at (702) 229-5406 or email her at lcampbell@lasvegasnevada.gov.

RTC Bike Center To Host Free Cycling Clinics Oct. 12-29
Throughout the month of October, the Regional Transportation Center (RTC) Bike Center will host free cycling clinics every Wednesday and Saturday at the Bonneville Transit Center, 101 E. Bonneville Ave.  Each clinic will provide a fun and educational opportunity to learn more about bicycle maintenance and safety. Working together, we have greatly increased the number of bike lanes on the streets of Ward 5 in recent years. I encourage everyone to take advantage of the bike lanes, and these opportunities for bike safety education. These are wonderful opportunities for adults, families and youth to learn to be safer and more skillful.

Clinic topics include:

  • Drivetrain Care - Wednesday, Oct. 12, 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Wheels & Brakes - Saturday, Oct. 15, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Laws of the Road -  Wednesday, Oct. 19, 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Physical Safety - Saturday, Oct. 22, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Saddle Choice - Wednesday, Oct. 26, 6 to 7 p.m.
  • How to Ride on Two Wheels (and leave your training wheels behind), plus Bicycle Safety Tips - Saturday, Oct. 29, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. (ages 5+)

For more information visit the RTC website or e-mail Mary Polidoro at polidorom@rtcsnv.com.

City of Las Vegas To Unveil New Trail That Highlights Cultural Amenities In Ward 5 Oct. 15
The public is invited to join the city of Las Vegas Arts Commission, city officials and guests for an arts walk, reception and dedication of new artworks and the Cultural Corridor Trail in downtown Las Vegas. Festivities will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Neon Museum Boneyard Park at 810 Las Vegas Blvd. North. Participants will dedicate the "Pole Dancers" suite of 46 banners designed by Martin Kreloff and the "Flourishes" series of sidewalk embellishments designed by Denise Duarte on the newly completed trail.

The arts walk begins at 10 a.m. at the park and will proceed north on Las Vegas Boulevard to the Old Mormon Fort. The two featured Las Vegas artists will lead the walking tour and will stop at key sites on the Cultural Corridor to discuss their works – the Reed Whipple building (now home to Las Vegas Shakespeare Company), Las Vegas Library, Lied Discovery Children's Museum, Cashman Center and Las Vegas Natural History Museum. A reception cosponsored by the Las Vegas Arts Commission and the Cultural Corridor Coalition will be offered at the Old Mormon Fort.

Work on the trail included installing sidewalk ramps, new banner poles, stamped concrete sidewalk panels and concrete embellishments along the urban trail that leads to the cultural institutions. 

Kreloff, known for his graphic pop art portraiture, themed his banner suite on the hand as a creative instrument that creates and defines culture. He designed a specific image for each of the neighborhood institutions.

Duarte, who works primarily in ceramics, created eight colorful and unique sidewalk flourishes and a wing image that repeats in several locations. The flourishes provide a visual narrative of each institution but overall are inspired by signs in the Neon Museum, while the wing images reflect eddies and swirls of the Las Vegas Creek that once flowed through the area.

The Cultural Corridor Trail spans a total of 12 blocks, starting at The Mob Museum, located in the historic post office at 300 Stewart Ave. The trail continues north on Casino Center Boulevard from Stewart, then east on Bonanza Road to Las Vegas Boulevard, and north on Las Vegas Boulevard to Washington Avenue.

The new artworks were commissioned for the trail by the Las Vegas Arts Commission as part of the city's urban trails program. Funding for the $461,544 in improvements 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 contractor was Preferred Contracting, Inc. A third artwork on the trail is "Vegas Arabesque" by David Griggs. It decorates a pedestrian bridge over Las Vegas Boulevard near Cashman Center Drive and was dedicated this summer.

Business Outreach & Workshops Oct. 18
The city of Las Vegas will hold a Business Outreach and Workshop event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the Historic Fifth Street School, located at 401 S. Fourth St. This event will include opportunities for current and potential businesses to attend a series of "table topics" workshops, which will address subjects such as understanding Nevada purchasing and public works laws, city sustainability initiatives, business licensing, small business incentives, and information on bidding and Request for Proposal submissions, and more. Business Consulting Services with the Nevada Small Business Development Center also will be available. This Business Outreach and Workshop event is geared to help bring the city department staff face to face with local businesses, suppliers, and people who would like to open a business in the city. Admission is free. For more information, those interested in attending should call 229-6231 or visit www.lasvegasnevada.gov/business to register.

West Las Vegas Neighborhood Meeting Oct. 18
I invite all residents of West Las Vegas to a neighborhood meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 6 p.m. at Doolittle Community Center, located at 1950 N. J St. I want to update you on the numerous projects taking place in Ward 5, as well as information on the master plan for the community, the potential expansion of the redevelopment area, and more. There is so much excitement and energy taking place in Ward 5, that I want to have a meeting where I can update the public on all of the progress taking place in our community, including new businesses opening, public works projects and more. I encourage everyone to attend to hear what's taking place in our community, and to also give me their feedback.

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