New local park and rock music — hark! — highlight latest Net Notes

A new park near the heart of the city, a rock-n-roll flashback weekend and bypassing automated answering systems are featured in today’s edition of Net Notes.

The Springs Preserve


Las Vegans are about to receive a gift in the form of a 180-acre park. The Springs Preserve, at Alta Drive and Valley View Boulevard, is set to celebrate its grand opening June 8-10. A concert by Jewel is scheduled for 8 p.m. on June 9 in the 1,800 seat outdoor amphitheater. Tickets are $45 and are available at

Be sure to visit on the robust and attractive Web site for the park which features historical photos and stories and previews of the trails and exhibits. A unique feature of the site navigation gives users the option to "jump" or "travel" to a page. Without spoiling it, I strongly urge you to click on the "travel" option. Be ready for a unique trip through the site and virtual park.

Admission fees to the park range from $6.95 for Nevada resident children to $18.95 for nonresident adults. Nevada resident adults will pay $14.95; students and seniors age 65 and older will pay $13.45. Children under age 5 are free. Annual passes are $40 for an individual and $75 for a family.

The Fest For Beatles Fans


Yeah, Yeah, Yeah! Beatles fans have a weekend to call their own as The Mirage hosts the July 1-3 festival. Details of the guest performers, including Pete Best and His Band and Peter and Gordon are on the site.

A Beatles sound-alike contest will wrap up the weekend. Bands can sign up on the site until June 14; tryouts are set for July 2. The audience will act as contest judge.

Advance tickets are $45 per day or $100 for the weekend. Prices will be higher at the gate.

It’s Only Rock-N-Roll


All rock ‘n’ roll fans have through June 2 to bid on more than 1,500 lots of memorabilia ranging from a previously unknown Beatles Shea Stadium concert poster to a Miles Davis trumpet.

The complete catalog, which also includes items from Elvis Presley, Pink Floyd, the Jackson 5, Jimi Hendrix and many other rock legends, is open for bidding.

Get Human


Getting caught in a voice mail merry-go-round when you call customer service is nobody’s idea of a good time. The site features shortcuts for bypassing the automated babble and heading directly to a human being.

There are no guarantees you’ll get the help you want, but at least there’s someone to hear your complaint.

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