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Henderson resident Frank Meoni has been gambling most of his life. Whether it was with his safety as a firefighter or a hand of cards as a poker dealer, the 63-year-old considers himself lucky.
Alan Livingston’s debut novel “Gabriel’s Creek” shares the story of an enchanted bucket list round of golf on a course described as “magical.”
Protagonist Ruby Rose faces many of the same challenges of any teen in Las Vegas author Jessie Humphries’ young adult contemporary thriller “Killing Ruby Rose.”
Tony Sacca is a singer, actor, television host, producer and now, with the publication of “Tony Sacca: Las Vegas Ambassador of Entertainment A 50 Year Journey,” he’s the subject of a biography by local author Arlene Krieger.
Frank and Dolores Kology have a goal. They want to walk to the North Pole. It’s a tongue-in-cheek goal, but it is still quite an effort for the couple. He’s 93, and she’s 91. Their trek begins from their Sun City Summerlin home. They walk a circuit of 1½ miles every night. It’s something they’ve done for the past three years without fail.
Henderson resident Jean Bowles Jenkins, 99, was a pioneer in the real estate industry in Southern California and the Las Vegas Valley, from designing open-kitchen floor plans to convincing home builders to offer sales commissions to real estate agents.
Part-time Southern Nevada resident Joseph Baldi Acosta melds his experiences living in Brazil, Jordan and Ecuador with his love for America in “My Life in Metaphor” an book of reflective poetry on “life, death, and everything in between.”
“It’s a way to remember and pay tribute to America’s greatest generation,” said Dan Roberts, the executive director of Spirit of ’45 Nevada. The event is scheduled April 16 at the Henderson Pavilion.
Gina Moreno Wilson shares the story of her family’s struggle with her father’s illness in “Donald’s Story: One Family’s Journey Through the Tangled Darkness of Alzheimer’s: How to Cope and Survive as Your Loved One Slips Away.”
After 53 years of marriage, Liz and Dave Dameron don’t think the romance is gone, but it sure has changed over time.
The Silver Statesmen Barbershop Chorus plan to offer singing valentines Feb. 14-16. Teams of barbershop quartets hope to fan out over the valley and sing to hundreds of sweethearts.
It’s been four years since Sara Dobson’s husband, James, died from lung cancer. She feels his absence every day, but her life is full. Work and her connection to her four children and her grandchildren keep the 50-year-old widow going. While preparing for her youngest child’s 21st birthday, Sara rediscovers a side of herself she thought had died with James. Harboring secrets she can’t share for fear of hurting the people she loves, she turns in frustration to her grandfather clock, a 146-year-old heirloom she learns holds generations of her family’s darkest tragic secrets. Sara’s discovery is shared in Janet Coursey’s novel “The Secrets of Time,” which is set to be followed by “The Secrets of Time — Treasures of the Heart.” Coursey, who moved to Las Vegas in 1989 with the intention of opening a feed store, is a social media specialist for a local car dealership and is co-host of the radio show “Aspects of Writing” with James Kelly and Dana Micheli. The show is broadcast at 2 p.m. every other Tuesday and can be found at klav1230am.com. For more on the author, visit janetcoursey.com.
The Las Vegas Improvisation Players create on the spot scenes, songs and poems in a format similar to the popular TV program “Whose Line is it Anyway?” They tend to keep the comedy swift, fun, clean and family-friendly. They often perform once a month at the American Heritage Academy. This will be a feature on the performers.
In a valley packed with events, it’s never too early to start planning your year. Here’s a look at some of the entertainment happenings scheduled for 2014 including shows at The Smith Center, Helldorado Days, Electric Daisy and more.
Henderson writer David L. Berger shares his life as a Beverly Hills private eye in the book “Case Book of a Private Investigator.” Covering his life from the ’50s to the ’70s, Berger’s essays detail his exploits from the glamor of Tinseltown to the underbelly of Los Angeles. Accounts include tales of a diamond thief who stole a gem with his tongue, a prostitution ring broken up by a simple flash camera and an organ company janitor who spent years stealing the pieces of a giant church organ and reassembling them in his garage. He might have gotten away with it if the neighbors wouldn’t have complained about the earthquake-like noise. Berger’s work in security had him mixing with notable people of the day from Frank Sinatra to President Lyndon Johnson. Since his move to Henderson, Berger has served as a forensic security consultant, an expert witness and as a police academy instructor.
Neon Museum programs include special one-night events, such as an upcoming free stargazing night and monthlong celebrations of culture, such as February’s Black History Month, when the museum is set to highlight the work of Paul Revere Williams, the creator of many works of classic googie architecture, a style typified by strong curves and geometric shapes and a dramatic use of steel and glass. Williams designed the building that serves as the museum’s lobby, the restored and relocated lobby of the La Concha Motel.
“Sweet Tomatoes: Poetry for Children” was written by Henderson resident Barbara Botch for her grandsons, Oliver Raymond Botch and Joseph Michael Botch, “who taught (her) that love continues to find us and each time it is sweeter than the time before.” The book, illustrated by Lisa J. Michaels, explores Botch’s grandson’s adventures through baseball, gardening, favorite foods, puppy play time, holiday fun and more. Botch is scheduled to read from her book at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 17 at the 567 N. Stephanie St. Barnes & Noble.
After years of serving people who are battling homelessness or food insecurity, the Friends in the Desert Foundation has gotten a glimpse of the population it serves. A study conducted by UNLV students looked at the organization, which offers a hot meal to those in need, and was able to identify its demographics.
“A 9/11 Christmas: A Christmas to Remember,” written and illustrated by Las Vegas author Michael Pascoe, follows the journey of a Douglas fir tree from Christmas Valley, Ore., to New York City in the wake of the Sept. 11 World Trade Center attacks. Can Doug bring joy to a city in sorrow? At least one little girl who lost her father in the disaster finds comfort in the tree’s presence. In addition to writing, Pascoe has worked in magazine design and as a magician. For more information, visit tinyurl.com/9-11christmas.
In honor of Nevada’s 150th anniversary, the Clark County Museum has set up an exhibit called “Welcome to Las Vegas, Arizona” that looks at the founding of Nevada and how close Clark County and Las Vegas were to being part of the copper state.
Fresh out of World War II, a young doctor named Joseph M. George Jr. boarded a train to California. During the steam-powered locomotive’s stop in downtown Las Vegas, he spoke witha bellhop about his plans to set up a medical practice. Las Vegas needed doctors, too, the bellhop told him, and George never got back on the train.
When is a book more than just words on paper? When it is sitting in a Little Free Library.
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