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Literary Las Vegas: Lindsey Leavitt

“I write books, chase kids and eat cookies. Sometimes exclusively, sometimes simultaneously,” Las Vegas resident Lindsey Leavitt writes on her website lindseyleavitt.com. The former elementary school teacher is the author of the Princess for Hire series and “Sean Griswold’s Head.” Unlike many authors who write for young adults, Leavitt said she loved being a teen, and growing up in Las Vegas she got involved in “sports, theater, student council, honor society… yeah, I was that hyper girl you wanted to dial down. Or punch.”

Hammargren’s Nevada Day Open House

Dr. Lonnie Hammargren and his wife, Sandy, opened their home at 4318 Ridgecrest Drive during a Nevada Day open house on Oct. 30. Hammargren estimates about 3,500 people showed up to see the collection of artifacts and oddities he keeps in his three adjacent houses. For more information on Hammargren’s home, visit nevadadays.org.

Things to do in Centennial

This week in the Centennial area, you can catch Gilcrease Orchard’s picking season before it ends or listen to Walt Aldridge and Brad Crisler at Nashville Unplugged.

Ex-senator’s namesake school is near park honoring his wife

Joseph and Estelle Neal have their corner of Las Vegas staked. They host thousands of visitors a year, and about 700 of them each day come and go having learned a thing or two. It’s not their house, but Neal Elementary School and Estelle Neal Park in Centennial Hills.

Centennial Nighborhood News


Reading devices, Web add growing twist to book business’ storyline

The Centennial Hills literary outlook is a complicated read. One of the final Borders bookstores to close this summer was a Centennial Hills neighbor and across the street from a chain competitor. A family-owned book shop in the neighborhood says its business strategies change day by day. Budget woes pushed the Centennial Hills Library to adjust to reduced hours and manpower.

Looking for Pat Cassedy? Try the lane that bears his name

Even if Pat Cassedy hadn’t lived most of his life in the same house, there’s little chance he’d forget the address. He lives on Cassedy Lane, and that isn’t a coincidence. It’s named for him.

Things to do in Sunrise/Whitney

Clark County Parks & Recreation’s Strut Your Mutt canine competition, Day of the Dead celebrations at the Winchester Cultural Center and more top the list of events this week in the Sunrise/Whitney areas.

Sunrise/Whitney Neighborhood News

Check out photos from President Barack Obama’s visit to a neighborhood near Las Vegas High School and more in this week’s neighborhood news.

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