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Downtown Neighborhood News

Learn about First Friday’s hiatus, city meetings, plans for the historic Las Vegas Grammar School Branch No. 1 campus and Variety Early Learning Center sites, downtown events, gallery exhibits and more.

Odd Fellows and Rebekahs continue to serve despite diminished numbers

Decades ago, the local chapter of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Rebekahs was located in downtown’s booming Glitter Gulch.
At that time, there were more than 300 members ready and willing “to improve and elevate the character of man.” Las Vegan Helen Leonard has watched the local membership at the Oasis Rebekah and Artesia Odd Fellow lodges dwindle down to a few dozen members.

School district looks to improve performance at nine Prime Six schools

In an effort to improve test scores at underperforming schools in the downtown and North Las Vegas areas, the Clark County School District is recommending a dozen reform initiatives for the coming school year. A public input session regarding the district’s plan is scheduled from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. today at Nevada Partners, 710 W. Lake Mead Blvd.

United Way resource centers encourage parents to take early role in children’s education

Parents at some preschools have more of a reason to stick around after dropping off their kids. The United Way of Southern Nevada has sponsored seven Success By 6 Family Engagement Resource Centers within Las Vegas Valley preschools to engage parents to interact more with their children and each other.

Couple find love, place of their own after living in tunnel

For Chantall Everett to describe herself through her 43-year life, some unsavory identifiers would pop up with some triumphant ones. The Louisiana native spent about 18 months in a community of about a dozen people who called the mouth of the Flamingo Road-Swenson Street wash home. She met her fiance among them, a fellow addict but no less a comfort and protector.

Youth theater program taps Strip and Art’s District talent to help put on ‘ASAP Superhero Academy’

This summer the superheroes aren’t just in the summer blockbusters and being featured at your friendly neighborhood comic shop. They’re at the Winchester Cultural Center in the original Winchester Players Production “ASAP Superhero Academy.” “ASAP stands for all super, all powerful, and it’s about all these superheroes on a floating island,” said Susan Swanson, who directs the Winchester Players with her brother, Chris Swanson. “It’s a place like ‘Brigadoon.’ All the superheroes wait there until they’re needed.”

Las Vegas teens struggle to secure summer jobs

Nevadans know unemployment better than anyone else. Youngsters here are getting used to it, too. The unemployment rate of Nevadans ages 16 to 19 is 34.5 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, second behind Georgia. Charles Nguyen, Jaime Estepa and Shane Haddad, 17-year-old valley residents, are finding out firsthand how tough it is.

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ opens July 25

Signature Productions plans to present “Little Shop of Horrors” July 25 through Aug. 27 at the Summerlin Library Performing Arts Center. The show, which has a cult following, saw plenty of actors lined up for roles.

Book Review: Kids will want to dive right into ‘Pig Kahuna’

Have you ever been scared of something? Really scared? Sure you have, and there doesn’t even have to be a reason. You might be scared of the dark because it’s… dark. Maybe you’re scared of dogs, because they make a ferocious noise. Or you’re scared of clowns, because they look funny. You might not be able to put your finger on why you’re scared, but it doesn’t matter.

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