January 19, 2012 

Join me for coffee and conversation on Thursday, Feb. 2, from 9 to 10 a.m. at Starbucks, located at 751 N. Rancho Drive at Bonanza Road. Let's discuss our vision for Ward 5 and what we can do together to achieve those goals. This is a great way to talk with me about exciting events I am planning for this year! There are so many ways to be involved with our community, so join me for a cup of coffee or tea – on me! 


In honor of Black History Month, at the Las Vegas City Council meeting on Feb. 1, I will be honoring KCEP Power 88.1. Radio for 40 years of service. In addition, there are a number of events taking place in the community that I encourage you to attend.

The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District will offer a variety of programs throughout the month of February to celebrate African-American History Month and the contributions African Americans have made to our community. Visit www.lvccld.org or call 507-3989 for more information. All events are free and open to the public. Support provided by the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Foundation. Highlights of the month include:

What’s All That Jazz About?
Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 2 p.m.
Las Vegas Library, 833 Las Vegas Blvd. N., 507-3500.

Saturday, Feb. 4 at 10:30 a.m.
Spring Valley Library, 4280 S. Jones Blvd., 507-3820.
Through a combination of live performance, lecture and prepared listening examples, jazz saxophonist Shenole Latimer educates his audience how to follow along with jazz tunes, as well as learning how to listen to and appreciate music from the jazz idiom. 

Friday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 4, at 1 p.m.
West Las Vegas Library, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd., 507-3989.
After the collapse of the levees in New Orleans, a white man and his teenaged son rent half of a shotgun duplex from an African-American woman, whose father has lost his home and moved in with her.  For mature audiences.  Written by John Biguenet, directed by Crestcenia Ortiz, and produced by Broadway in the Hood, A Source of Joy Theatricals, Inc. and Torrey A. Russell.

African-American Authors Symposium
Saturday, Feb. 4, at 2 p.m.
Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 507-3459.
Book fair and panel discussion featuring local African-American authors in the children's literature industry. 

Our Music, Our Culture:  A Journey through Jazz History
Saturday, Feb. 4, at 4 p.m.
Windmill Library, 7060 W. Windmill Lane, 507-6030.
Join jazz saxophonist Shenole Latimer for a multi-media journey through the history of jazz, with an emphasis on African-American roots and why it has been called America's classical music.

Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater
Friday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. (An Evening of Dance)
Saturday, Feb. 11, at 1 p.m. (An Afternoon of Dance)
West Las Vegas Library, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd., 507-3989.
Enjoy moving dance performances by the Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater, under the artistic direction of the company's founder Bernard H. Gaddis, associate director emeritus Kevin C. Gibbs, and associate director Marie-Joe Tabet.

Blacks in Hollywood and Film
Workshop for Youth
Saturday, Feb. 11, at 3 p.m.

Film Screening:  “Sounder” (rated G)
Sunday, Feb. 19,  at 2 p.m.
West Las Vegas Library, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd., 507-3989.
Explore the history of African-American actors, actresses and behind-the-scenes professionals.  Guests include UNLV Professor of Theatre Nate Bynum, singer Merald "Bubba" Knight, singer/actress Mary Wilson, actress/instructor of theatre Rayme Cornell, singer/actress/dancer Primrose Martin, rapper/producer Tony Madd KD, and more.  Co-sponsored by the Las Vegas Chapter of the Links, Inc.

Gospel Brunch Inspirational Showcase
Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 11 a.m.
West Las Vegas Library, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd., 507-3989.
Enjoy singers, dancers, poets and speakers followed by a light brunch. Call 229-6374 to R.S.V.P. by Feb. 7. Co-sponsored by the city of Las Vegas.

African-American Youth Leadership Conference 2012
Friday, Feb. 17, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
West Las Vegas Library, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd., 507-3989.
Join Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly and County Liaison Kelly Benavidez for an educational conference for youth.

The World Famous Ink Spots in Concert
Saturday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m.
West Las Vegas Library, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd., 507-3989.
The Ink Spots will sing the songs generations have heard and loved, as well as new ones. Co-sponsored by the city of Las Vegas, Office of Cultural Affairs, West Las Vegas Arts Center.

West Prep Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Competition and Festival
Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 5 p.m.
West Las Vegas Library, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd., 507-3989.
Students from across the Vegas Valley showcase and celebrate their formal oratorical and art skills in this recitation and performance oratory competition. Co-sponsored by the Clark County School District.

Author's Speakeasy
Saturday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m.
West Las Vegas Library, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd., 507-3989.
Author Keith Brantley ("Swimming in a Cesspool") shares his latest work and artistry in a communal in-gathering. Facilitated and moderated by playwright, poet and spoken word performance artist, Ms. China.

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