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Reader-submitted photos and adoptable pets, Dec. 17-23

View Neighborhood News readers send photos of their pets and everday lives, and View features photos of pets ready for adoption each week. To submit a photo, email View copy editor Anne King at aking@viewnews.com or mail to Viewpoints, 1111 W. Bonanza Road, Las Vegas, NV 89125. Photos cannot be returned, and due to the high volume, they are often scheduled a month or two in advance.

Opening of Container Park, Zappos relocation among top 2013 news in Paradise/downtown areas

The news in Paradise/downtown in 2013 was dominated by Tony Hsieh and his projects. While the entrepreneur had a hand in downtown redevelopment previously, much of his work came to fruition over the past year. This isn’t to say the rest of the town sat back and watched.

Arts district businesses aim to attract more foot traffic

While First Friday fills the streets with crowds once a month, there are several businesses on the other side of the sidewalks trying to attract people to the 18b Arts District during the remainder of the month.

Fiction, nonfiction, children’s books make reviewer’s list of best books for 2013

Reading. Pfft. Who has time? Who can take hours and hours to actually read a book, especially if it’s not all that good? Why waste that kind of time? You wonder that often, which is where I come in. It’s my job to find the good stuff for you and, for this calendar year, these are the books I loved best that you shouldn’t miss.

Favorite Sons & Daughters, Dec. 31-Jan. 6

Anthony Jackson has graduated from Air Force basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio.

The place for pickleball

Pickleball is extending its reach into Summerlin. On Dec. 12, Las Vegas Mayor Pro Tem Stavros Anthony officially opened five new courts for the sport at Durango Hills Park, 3521 N. Durango Drive.

Flag football a safer option for youth who want to play

With spring comes Pop Warner football. But with news of former players suing the NFL for not doing enough to prevent head injuries, some parents are thinking twice before enrolling their children in the program.

Literary Las Vegas: David L. Berger

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 by night, museum puts signs in a new light

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.

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