Jazz today at Providence

Come spend a beautiful afternoon outside with your family and friends, listening to jazz and enjoying the smoked and zesty flavors of barbecue, against the backdrop and spectacular views of the Las Vegas Valley.

Today’s first-ever Smokin’ Notes is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Knickerbocker Park, 10695 Dorrell Lane in the Providence master-planned community. It’s free and presented by the master plan, Providence Master Homeowners Association and KXPT 97.1 The Point

Smokin’ Notes includes entertainment by The Tommy Thompson Project, a previous best local jazz band winner in the Review-Journal’s Best of Las Vegas; barbecue, smoked meats and all the fixins’ from Smoken Sams available to purchase; children’s activities; and other festivities.

A variety of interactive and educational activities will be available as part of a safety fair by the nonprofit Southern Nevada Traffic Safety Coalition. It has motorcycle course demonstrations, beer goggle demonstrations on tricycles, mounted police with two horses and a safety sing-a-long from local music producer and recording artist George Dare, who has created theme songs for numerous nonprofit organizations.

Promoting Nevada’s Zero Fatalities and the PART Traffic Safety campaigns, coalition members want to remind the public to be mindful that accidents can happen any time; vehicles do not discriminate; every distraction can be an impairment; importance of using crosswalks; and everyone wants to make it home safely.

Southern Nevada Traffic Safety Coalition members — comprised of local safety, law enforcement and emergency services personnel and others interested in road and pedestrian safety — will compete against each other in a barbecue sauce competition. Each group will have the same ingredients from which to make their sauce for bragging rights as the inaugural Smokin’ Notes barbecue sauce champion. Event attendees can sample their creations.

The dedicated children’s area features chalk drawing, kid-friendly obstacle course and the CenturyLink Demo Depot, which includes a 20-foot-long interactive mobile, digital unit with three flat screen televisions, three laptops and an Xbox. Children also can play on Knickerbocker Park’s tot lots, swings, splash pad and youth baseball field; and there’s a dog park, jogging path with exercise stations, multiuse field and picnic area.

P.D., Providence’s lovable canine mascot, will be strolling around to greet guests and pose for pictures. Subaru of Las Vegas, the official event auto sponsor, is bringing several models, and Tireworks is doing air pressure checks.

Following the event, attendees are invited to tour the 1,200-acre master plan and many neighborhoods by its nationally recognized homebuilder partners, such as KB Home, Lennar, Pardee, Richmond American Homes, Ryland Homes, Warmington Residential Nevada and Woodside.

Providence is the country’s seventh fastest-selling master-planned community and Nevada’s second best-seller, according to leading real estate advisory firms. It encompasses the traditions of small-town America and features wide tree-lined boulevards, trails and parks; a third park is opening this year. Providence is minutes from schools, shopping, dining and 215 Beltway and U.S. Highway 95 access; and close to Nellis and Creech Air Force bases.

Recently KB Home’s Cambridge neighborhood added a larger 1,992-square-foot floor plan to its lineup with four other models from 1,520 to 1,930 square feet. The plan features four bedrooms, loft, 2½ baths and kitchen opening to the great room.

KB Home is an Energy Plus builder with Cambridge offering many energy-saving features. The community also has a tot lot. Prices start in the high $100,000s. For information, call 702-266-8590 or visit www.kbhome.com.

Home sites are selling fast in Richmond American Homes’ neighborhoods, which are both near Providence parks. Chestnut Hill is in closeout with a few sites left. Quick move-in homes are priced from the mid-$200,000s. From 1,750 to 2,400 square feet, they have great rooms and available first-floor bedrooms.

In Highgate, only a few cul-de-sac and Estates sites remain. The single-story gated community’s homes are priced from the low $300,000s and range from 2,250 to 4,000 square feet. Both communities’ plans include maple cabinets, stainless-steel appliances, granite kitchen countertops, ceramic tile flooring and more. For information, call 702-638-4440 or visit www.richmondamerican.com.

For event or Providence information, visit the information center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at 7181 N. Hualapai Way, Ste. 150 (at the 215 Beltway).