April 23, 2013 

Bring the family to Pirate Fest Las Vegas, a hands-on, family-oriented, fantasy festival of pirates and fairies sponsored by the city of Las Vegas at Lorenzi Park this weekend. Enjoy music, entertainers, vendors, food, games, educational activities and more! Plan to participate Friday, April 26, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; or Sunday, April 28, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. School children in kindergarten through eighth grade accompanied by a parent or guardian can enter for free Friday, April 26, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

I’ll be there to greet families at 4 p.m. Friday. I encourage everyone to dress in pirate, steampunk or fairy costume for even more fun!

Lorenzi Park is located at 3333 W. Washington Ave., west of Rancho Drive. See the website for festival hours, prices and details. The pirates will invade the Fremont Street Experience Friday and Saturday nights after the festival!

The MGM Resorts Foundation is now seeking proposals from nonprofit agencies providing direct services to people living in the communities where its employees live and work for the 2013/2014 Community Grant Fund program. The deadline for proposals is April 26 at 5 p.m. Applying agencies must provide services in one or more of the following areas: Southern Nevada, Northern Nevada, Tunica or Biloxi, Miss., or the Detroit, Mich., area. Go online for details and the application form or call (702) 650-7429.

The public is invited to attend town hall meetings and provide input about the direction the Clark County School District (CCSD) is taking, the reforms that are under way and the superintendent selection process. The Board of School Trustees appointed Deputy Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky interim superintendent of schools following the resignation of Dwight D. Jones. The meetings, presented by the CCSD Board of School Trustees, will be held through May 13, 2013.

School Board President Carolyn Edwards said, "We are having these meetings so that we can gather public input on the direction the district is going and what the board should be looking for in our next superintendent."

A meeting on April 24 will be streamed live online by Vegas PBS at http://ccsd.net/, and an opportunity will be provided for viewers to submit input and questions.

Two meetings will be held in Ward 5:

  • Saturday, April 27, 9:30 a.m., at Kermit R. Booker Sr. Elementary School, 2277 N. Martin L. King Blvd.
  • Saturday, May 11, 9:30 a.m., at Western High School Theater, 4601 W. Bonanza Road.

The Board will meet May 20 to review community input and discuss possible next steps related to the superintendent selection process. Visit online at http://ccsd.net/ for more information. 

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 Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency will meet at 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, in Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall, located at 495 S. Main St. The City Council meeting will follow immediately afterward.  Agenda items of particular interest to Ward 5 residents can be found here starting April 25. The complete agenda for both meetings will be available here beginning April 25. Please join me for the meetings if your schedule allows.

Join me for coffee and conversation on Thursday, May 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! 

Please mark your calendars and plan to join me for the celebration at the groundbreaking for F Street at 6 p.m. Monday, May 6. There will be a small ceremony and we would like you to attend. This event will take place on F Street just north of U.S. 95. We are inviting dignitaries and the community to participate.

The roadwork currently in progress on D Street from Washington Avenue to Owens Avenue is part of a city of Las Vegas enhancement project that began March 12 and is scheduled for completion by the end of this year. See the flier  for all the details on what is done, what is planned, and what happens next.

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