Dec. 12, 2013 

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Festival of Lights
Saturday, Dec. 14, noon to 6 p.m.
Car Show – Arts & Crafts – Entertainment – Food and Games – Pony Rides and Petting Zoo – Lighted Boat Parade . . .and it’s FREE! See all the details online

Join me, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC), other local elected officials, and cyclists of all ages and abilities for a Holiday Bike Ride Saturday, Dec. 14, at 8 a.m. at the RTC’s Westcliff Transit Center and Park & Ride, located at 25 S. Durango Drive. Bring a new, unwrapped toy and join local cyclists in festive holiday attire or a decked-out bicycle to deliver holiday cheer. I will kick off this guided bike ride from the transit center at 8:10 a.m. Riders will roll leisurely down the scenic bike route along Alta Drive, and then head south to end at NV Energy on Sahara Avenue, where Las Vegas City Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian will greet you with hot chocolate and candy canes. This fun 10-mile roundtrip ride will have you in the holiday spirit with free giveaways and prizes for the most festive holiday attire or bike decoration. Free parking is available at the Westcliff Transit Center.

This family-friendly ride will introduce cyclists to a bike-friendly part of Las Vegas – including the scenic Alta Drive that includes a dedicated bike lane – and also will serve as a means to help gather and donate new, unwrapped gifts to the 98.5 KLUC’s “Chet Buchanan and the Morning Zoo” Annual Toy Drive, which provides gifts to local children for the holiday season.

For more information on the ride and to register, visit online.

The highway off-ramp bringing traffic from westbound I-215 to the Airport Connector will be closed for repair work every night Dec. 1-14 and again Dec. 18-22. That ramp will be closed around the clock Dec. 15-17. Drivers expecting to use this off-ramp during those times should plan to give themselves additional time to reach their destination. Detours will be posted during the closures.

The closures scheduled for Dec. 1-14 and Dec. 18-22 will be from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. each night. The ramp will be closed all day and all night Dec. 15, 16 and 17.

This work is part of Clark County’s federally funded I-215 Airport Connector Phase 1 project, which includes widening a section of I-215 and bridges over Paradise Road, Warm Springs Road, Robindale Road, Duck Creek and the Airport Connector. The project is expected to be complete in January.

Visits with Santa, Train Rides & Sweet Shoppe Train Stop
Enjoy the holiday season at Tivoli Village with visits to Santa, train rides for children and a Sweet Shoppe Train Stop where you can get your fill of dipped apples, cupcakes, bags of candy, hot cocoa, cider and other sweet holiday offerings by B Sweet Candy Boutique and Cupkates by Kate.

Photography packages with Santa are available for as low as $5, train rides are $3 per ride or two rides for $5, and sweets are available from $1 to $6.  Hours of operation for Santa, train & Sweet Shoppe Train Stop are:

  • Fridays Noon-5 p.m.;
  • Saturdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 
  • Sundays 11 a.m.-5 p.m.;
  • Dec. 23 & 24: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Story time for Children hosted by Nannies & Housekeepers USA
Join Mary Poppins for a group sing-a-long and story-reading event for children.  Please join us 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 19 at Kabuki Japanese Restaurant. All children will receive a snack and goodie bag! 

For more information on Tivoli Village events, go online.

Nutcracker 2013
Dec. 19 and 20, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 21, 22, and 23, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Summerlin Library Theatre, 1771 Inner Circle, (702) 507-3860.
The Las Vegas Ballet Company will present “The Nutcracker.” For more information please call 240-3262.

Happy Humbug! (ages 1-11)
Saturday, Dec. 21, 11 a.m. to noon.
Summerlin Library Story Room, 1771 Inner Circle, (702) 507-3860.
Join in for some humbuggy holiday stories during storytime.

Glittering Lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Now open nightly at 5:30 p.m.! The first 15,000 vehicles through the gates will receive a goodie bag full of deals, coupons and show tickets! The cost is $15 per car Monday-Thursday $15 and $20 per car Friday-Sunday. This year the display includes a live nativity, presented in partnership with the United Methodist Churches of Las Vegas. The nativity is open Dec. 12-14, 19-24. See more details online.

Cultural Corridor in Downtown Las Vegas
Make it a December to Remember at the month-long celebration in the Cultural Corridor downtown. The museums and cultural organizations showcase holiday traditions from around the world with free and affordable family-friendly events and performances. For more information, visit online or see the news release

Rainbow Company Youth Theatre Presents “Scrooge, The Musical” (ages 5-adult)
Dec. 13 and 14 at 7 p.m., and Dec. 14 and 15 at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $5 per person. 
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., (702) 229-6383.
Most audiences are familiar with the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his miserly ways, but this production, with its upbeat and lyrical melodies, makes it one to cherish. Visit or call (702) 229-6383 for tickets and information.

Downtown Cultural Series - “Tenors 4U”
Friday, Dec. 20, noon to 1 p.m.
Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse, 333 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Jury Assembly Room.
Free and open to the public.
This “Christmas For You Too” concert by the Tenors 4U will celebrate the ending of the year and the bringing in of the new with vocal music that will entertain and inspire. Tenors Michael Rodrigues, Mark Thomsen, Marco Varela and Alfonse Anderson will present a mix of genres from pop to classical. Visit or call (702) 229-3515.

Happy Holidays at the E! (all ages)
Saturday, Dec. 21, 1 to 4 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave., (702) 229-1515.
Enjoy carnival games, face painting, entertainment and a visit with Santa at this holiday festival that will be fun for the whole family. Call (702) 229-1515 for more information.

Holiday Contra Dance (ages 8+)
Saturday, Dec. 21. Group lesson 6:30 p.m.; dance 7 to 10 p.m.
Admission: $10 adults; $5 members, students and military; $3 children under 16 and non-dancers; pay at the door.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., (702) 229-6383.
Dance to a live acoustic band playing joyful tunes, driving reels and a waltz or two. All dances are taught and called; newcomers and families welcome. No need to bring a partner. Wear comfortable flat-soled shoes and casual clothing. Presented by the Southern Nevada Old Time Contra Dancers, a nonprofit volunteer organization. For more information, call (702) 656-9513 or go online.

Holiday Kids Camp (ages 6-11)
7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday, Dec. 23-Jan. 3; closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
Cost: $75 first child; $70 for each additional child.
Cimarron Rose Community Center, 5591 N. Cimarron Road, (702) 229-1607.
Fun-filled program for boys and girls to participate in arts and crafts, games, sports, cooking, movies and much more! Registration will continue until full. Call (702) 229-1607 for registration and information.

Kwanzaa 2013 (all ages)
“A Celebration of African Values, Culture, & Community”
Saturday, Dec. 28, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public
West Las Vegas Library Theatre, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd.
Join in a communal Kwanzaa day-long celebration as we gather together to unite, reflect, dialogue, educate, honor, and share in the principles and meaning of “Kwanzaa,” celebrating the best in African culture, community, and humanity. Activities include marketplace vendors; “El Hajj Malik…A Play about Malcolm X” by playwright N. R. Davidson, Jr., (excerpt) directed by Kent Jackman, featuring community artists; a film screening presentation of “Soweto Gospel Choir” (excerpt); a musical selection by the Jester Hairston Music Association; community honors presentation, “elders tribute,” and the UMOJA – Boys & SISTA – Girls Rites of Passage graduation ceremony. Co-sponsored by the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District.  Call (702) 229-4800 or visit

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