April 1, 2013 

I invite you to join me and the residents of Las Vegas Manor to dedicate a new crosswalk in the 2100 block of North Decatur to the memory of Doris Stoehr at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 8. Family members also will be on hand for the dedication.

Stoehr was a Las Vegas Manor resident who had started the process of getting the crosswalk put in on Decatur between Vegas Drive and Lake Mead Boulevard. Tragically, she was hit and killed by a car crossing Decatur mid-block before the crosswalk was installed.

The new crosswalk includes flashing yellow lights as well as a sheltered area in the center median to assist pedestrians in crossing the busy street safely.

I miss Doris and I wanted to do something special to remember her. That’s why we’re dedicating this crosswalk to her. This was a tragic situation and I pray that people remember Doris and think about their safety and the safety of others as they walk, bike and drive on our roadways.

StoryCorps, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, sharing, and preserving the stories of Americans from all backgrounds and beliefs, will record interviews in Las Vegas April 4-27 as part of its cross-country MobileBooth tour. StoryCorps’ MobileBooth – an Airstream trailer outfitted with a recording studio – will be parked at Centennial Plaza, 401 S. Fourth St., for four weeks. Reservations can be made by calling StoryCorps’ 24-hour, toll-free reservation line at 1-800-850-4406, or visiting onlineSee the flier.

StoryCorps has partnered with KUNV 91.5 The Source and the city of Las Vegas to collect interviews with residents in the Las Vegas area. KUNV 91.5 The Source will air a selection of local interviews recorded in the StoryCorps MobileBooth, and create special programs around the project. Segments of select interviews also may air nationally on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition.”  With participant permission, all StoryCorps interviews will be archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

KUNV 91.5 radio station will host an opening day press event April 4 at 10:30 a.m. to introduce StoryCorps to the community, and allow press to interview StoryCorps staff and the first set of participants.

Enjoy the First Friday celebration downtown in the Arts District April 5. Go online to www.firstfridaylasvegas.com/ for all the details.  

Registration for the 2013 Senior Idol Talent Showcase auditions is under way for the 10th annual competition that will be held Thursday, June 13, at 3 p.m., at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St. This showcase is for talented performers age 50 years and older, and includes a variety of categories for individuals and groups. Categories include, but are not limited to, singing, dancing, musical instruments and comedy. Each year, the array of talent has been some of the best Las Vegas has to offer. To get a registration packet, contact the Las Vegas Senior Center at 229-6454, or stop by at 451 E. Bonanza Road. Packets must be completed and returned to the Las Vegas Senior Center by 6 p.m., Friday, April 26. Invitations to audition will be mailed out, and auditions will be held May 8 and 9 at the center.

Recently the Las Vegas City Council passed a new ordinance that allows RV owners to park their vehicle in a residential area for up to 48 hours in order to prepare for a trip. In order to utilize the 48-hour grace period, citizens must apply for a permit; however, the online permitting process is not yet functional. Until the permitting is available, parking services is honoring the 48-hour time limit without a permit. Parking Services can be reached at 229-6432, for any questions.

Applications now are being accepted for participation in the 2013 Helldorado evening parade. Floats, equestrian units, marching bands, performers, car clubs, motorcycle clubs, individual motorized vehicles, walking groups and other types of entries are welcome to participate. Entries should be themed on the traditions of past Helldorado Days, what Helldorado Days mean now, and/or the birthday of the city of Las Vegas. Each entry will be judged on appearance, theme and creativity. Participants will be notified after the parade if their entries won.

The parade will start downtown at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18, and is expected to last approximately two hours. The parade route heads north on Fourth Street from Gass to Ogden avenues. There is no fee to participate. The application with parade rules can be downloaded from the city’s website at www.lasvegasnevada.gov/helldorado and should be submitted no later than Monday, April 29. The first 120 qualified applications will be accepted. For more information on the Helldorado parade, call 229-6672.

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is seeking public comment on the Draft Environmental Assessment regarding the proposed Virgin River Bridge No. 6 rehabilitation project on I-15 at milepost 15.58. See the flier. Comments must be received by April 26 to be included in the Public Hearing Record for this project.

The city of Las Vegas invites parents to enroll children in summer day camp programs at six area community centers, including the Doolittle Community Center at 1950 N. J St. in Ward 5. Open registration begins April 11 at Veterans Memorial Leisure Services Center. Open registration for camps at the remaining five centers begins April 13 at 8 a.m. Registration must be done in person. Online registration and telephone registration will not be available for summer camps. Registration closes when the programs are full. All locations will have limited enrollment. See all the details here.

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