Centers offer variety of spring classes

Children and adults can explore their creativity and unleash their talent in a variety of arts classes available at the Charleston Heights Arts Center and East Las Vegas Community/Senior Center.

Registration opens March 29 for the six-week class session offered by the Arts & Community Events Division of the city of Las Vegas Department of Leisure Services.

Home-schooled children can take advantage of ballet and contemporary jazz dance classes at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.

In addition, children ages 4-7 can enroll in beginning ballet on Saturdays.

Ballroom, swing, private dance and Pilates are offered for adults, and private piano or voice lessons for ages 8 through adult may be scheduled. Call 229-6383 for information.

The East Las Vegas Community/Senior Center offers clay and pottery classes for children and adults as well as a pottery class that meets the Scout Merit Badge criteria.

The dance curriculum includes ballet forlklorico, hula, Latin dance workout and salsa.

Additional classes include computers, Spanish conversion, group and private music lessons, cartooning, drawing and weaving.

Teens and adults can learn how to make springtime paper flowers in a one-day, evening workshop on April 15.

Many of the classes are taught in English and Spanish. Call 229-1515 for details.

The class session runs from April 15 through May 25 and fees are $30 to $90. Call either of the centers for a spring class schedule.


Dance festival planned at local library theater

The seventh annual Critical Kondition Dance Fest will be held Saturday at the West Las Vegas Library Theatre, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd.

The hip-hop festival will include singing and dancing by special guests Hypnotic Dance Crew and Kappa League as well as performances by the Critical Kondition dance teams.

Local radio DJ D-Money will be master of ceremonies.

Tickets are priced at $7 in advance and $10 at the door, for ages 5 and older. Children under age 5 will be admitted at no charge when accompanied by a supervising adult. The event is appropriate for all ages, but parking and seats are limited.

Advance tickets are available at Gibson Community School, which provides supervised day camps, sports, recreation and leisure activities for youth and educational classes for adults. Gibson is located at 3990 W. Washington Ave., with office hours from noon to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The concert is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m.

Local groups interested in performing at the festival should contact Gibson Community School at 229-5096.

The event is sponsored by the city of Las Vegas Department of Leisure Services and the Gibson Community School Board.


Blind, visually impaired invited to Vision Forum

Blind and visually impaired adults, children and their families are invited to participate in the third annual Vision Forum on Wednesday, at the Las Vegas Senior Center and Dula Gym, 451 E. Bonanza Road.

Forum participants will have the opportunity to attend the keynote address by state Sen. Barbara Cegavske, R-Las Vegas, as well as presentations on assistive technology, mobility, diabetes, lobbying, recreation, gardening, Social Security, daily living skills, business and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The event also will include an exhibition by high- and low-tech local and national equipment vendors and service providers for the visually impaired from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Dula Gym.

This is a free event.

On-site registration will open at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. The program will begin at 9 a.m. and the day’s activities will continue until approximately 2:30 p.m.

For more information, call 486-5336 or 229-4904.

The event is sponsored by the city of Las Vegas Department of Leisure Services, Blindconnect, the Blind Center of Nevada, Bureau of Services to the Blind and Visually Impaired and Nevada Council of the Blind.

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