Downtown Neighborhood News

Main Street Station, 200 N. Main St., is a top 10 finalist for the 2011 America’s Best Restroom Contest, presented by Cintas Corp. Voting is open to the public through Sept. 19. The nominated restroom is described as “a graffiti-covered segment of the oppressive wall that once separated East and West Berlin now serves as an appropriate function in the gentlemen’s restroom in the main casino area, as it holds the urinals.” Las Vegas has made it to the finals before, but no bathroom from Nevada has won the top honor. For more information or to vote, visit Voting is scheduled to continue through Sept. 19.


Aid for AIDS of Nevada, 701 Shadow Lane, has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities for a three-year period for its programs and care services. AFAN, a nonprofit organization that has provided HIV services in Clark County since 1984, has demonstrated that it meets the international standards for quality.


Open auditions for the Rainbow Company Youth Theatre student ensemble and for roles in “Charlotte’s Web” are scheduled at 1 p.m. every Saturday in August at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St. Participants are encouraged to dress comfortably in clothes that allow for movement. No prepared material is needed.

On Saturday , serious drama students between 10 and 18 are invited to audition for the student ensemble. Tuesday night meetings and classes are mandatory, and students are required to work on all four of the company’s productions.

An open audition for roles in “Charlotte’s Web” is scheduled on Aug. 27. Performances are scheduled Oct. 7-16 at the center.

For more information about scheduled auditions or how to join the student ensemble, call 229-6553.


Artist Angela Bellamy’s “The Pano Project” is scheduled to run Aug. 25 through Oct. 27 at Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St. Gallery hours are 12:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. A free artist reception is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 25. For more information, visit angela or call

“The Best Little Pet Show in Vegas!” exhibition is scheduled to run Sept. 1 through Oct. 27 at the Bridge Gallery on the second floor of City Hall, 400 Stewart Ave. Gallery hours are 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, excluding holidays. For more information, call 229-1012.

Artist Nja Onê is scheduled to show “Art Coming to Life/ Visual Arts Exhibit” from Sept. 14 through Nov. 5 at the West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Meet the artist during a one-woman show, “Pennies from Heaven,” at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at the center. Call 229-4800 for more information.


Crash a Wedding for breast cancer from 6 to 11 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd. All proceeds from the event will benefit the American Cancer Society and its programs. The schedule includes music, dancing, comedy, magic, carriage rides, silent auction, raffle and door prizes for participants who will be the guests at a real wedding.

For more information, visit


The Las Vegas Harvest Festival, one of the largest indoor arts and crafts festivals in the West, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 9 and 10 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Cashman Center, 850 Las Vegas Blvd. North.

General admission is $9 or $7 for those 62 or older. Tickets for teens 13-14 are $4, and children 12 or younger will be admitted free with an adult. Group tickets are $5 each for groups of 10 or more if purchased in advance.

Adults and seniors can get a $2 discount with a donation of paper products, baby food, baby wipes or formula. The donations will be given to Safe Nest, a shelter for women and children.

Local charities also will benefit from Miss Spider’s Tea Party, a series of interactive storyteller tea parties to be put on by the Royal Tea Society throughout the day Sept. 10 and 11. Tea is $5 per person, and children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, visit or call 451-0344.


The Bill & Lillie Heinrich YMCA, 4141 Meadows Lane, is participating in the National School Lunch Program, a federally assisted meal program providing nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to students.

Children 2 to 18 can receive a free lunch at the Heinrich location from
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday through Aug. 26.

For more information, call 877-9622.

Animal Foundation offers
low-cost sterilization

Pet owners who make and keep an appointment to have their dog or cat spayed or neutered at the Animal Foundation’s Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic, 655 N. Mojave Road, during August will receive free core vaccinations at the low-cost shot clinic for the remainder of the pet’s life. The August Hot Shots promotion is introduced as summer temperatures and intake numbers continue to rise.

The Animal Foundation, Nevada’s largest open-admission animal shelter, receives more than 50,000 animals annually. The foundation’s intake numbers are higher than those of New York City and Los Angeles.

To reduce the number of unwanted pets in Southern Nevada, all four valley jurisdictions passed mandatory spay and neuter ordinances in 2010.

Procedures at the foundation’s clinic start at $65. Core vaccinations include DAPPV, rabies, bordetella and deworming for dogs and FRVCPC, rabies and deworming for cats. For more information, call 384-3333.

Capture DOWNTOWN! photography COMPETITION voting to begin Sept. 1

Select your favorite photos online in the Capture Downtown! competition due to be hosted at from Sept. 1 through Sept. 22. Winners in the competition sponsored by the city of Las Vegas, the Downtown Las Vegas Alliance, Symphony Park and the Las Vegas Review-Journal are scheduled to be announced in October during the Symphony Park Lecture at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St.

For more information, visit


“Justin Favela: New Paintings” is scheduled to run through Sept. 24 at Kleven Contemporary, 520 E. Fremont St., inside the Emergency Arts building. For more information about the exhibit or gallery hours, call 501-9093.


The Las Vegas Chapter of 100 Black Men plans to sponsor a free career development seminar from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Urban Chamber of Commerce Business Development Center, 1951 Stella Lake Drive. Registration deadline is Thursday. Space is limited to 25 attendees. For more information or to register, call 648-6222.

Smokey bear exhibit on display
at lied discovery children’s museum

“Smokey Bear & Woodsey Owl: Home Sweet Home” is scheduled to be on display through Sept. 25 in the Cultural Gallery at the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum, 833 Las Vegas Blvd. North.

The exhibit was developed by the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service to spread the messages of wildfire prevention and wildlife conservation.

For more information, visit or call 382-3445.

Lights FC coach Eric Wynalda lost his home in California wildfire
Eric Wynalda, coach of the Las Vegas Lights FC soccer team, talks about losing his home in the deadly California wildfires during an interview in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Nov. 17, 2018. (Ron Kantowski/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Women face issues from Essure birth control implants
DeVonna "Kat" Normand said she had complications from the Essure birth control implants. Normand uses her Sin City Heat show at 22.3 TakeOver Vegas Radio internet radio station in Las Vegas as a platform to raise awareness about Essure and connect with other women who have used the device. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Truancy And Clark County Schools
North Las Vegas Water Meters
Randy DeVaul shows off the new water meters that the city is installing.
Project 150 Thanksgiving 2018
About 100 volunteers for Project 150 box Thanksgiving meals for high school students and their families in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Nov. 14.
Three Square’s Maurice Johnson Talks About Food Waste
Three Square’s director of operations Maurice Johnson talks about food waste.
Parade preparation nears completion
Downtown Summerlin prepares for its annual holiday parade.
Clark County Wetlands promotes 2019 Wetland Walker Program
This year the park will be celebrating the Northern Flicker. The program is designed to teach about that bird, and encourage people to visit the Wetlands and walk the same distance the bird migrates each year.
Poet’s Walk Henderson introduces storytelling
Residents enjoy a storytelling activity.
Downtown Summerlin hosts its annual Festival of Arts
People crowd to Downtown Summerlin for the 23rd annual Summerlin Festival of Arts in Las Vegas, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. (Caroline Brehman/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Clark County educators debate alternative grading systems
Spring Valley High School principal Tam Larnerd, Spring Valley High School IB coordinator Tony Gebbia and retired high school teacher Joyce O'Day discuss alternative grading systems. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Grandparents on the fire that killed three family members
Charles and Doris Smith talk about the night an apartment fire took the lives of three of their family members. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
New York artist Bobby Jacobs donated a sculpture to the Las Vegas Healing Garden
Bobby Jacobs, an artist from upstate New York, has spent much of the past year creating a sculpture of two separate angel wings. He donated the sculpture to the Las Vegas Healing Garden. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Weather will cool slightly through the end of the week
The weather will cool slightly through the end of the week., but highs are still expected to be slightly above normal for this year. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Mayor announces new public-private partnership
Mayor Carolyn Goodman announced the creation of the Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE, a public-private partnership that will allocate money to the city’s neediest.
Fremont9 opens downtown
Fremont9 apartment complex has opened in downtown Las Vegas. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Fall fairytale gets cozy at Bellagio Conservatory
Bellagio Conservatory introduces its fall-themed garden titled "Falling Asleep." (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
What the house that Ted Binion died in looks like today
Casino heir Ted Binion died in this Las Vegas home in 1998. Current home owner Jane Popple spent over $600,000 to restore and modernize the home. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Rescue Mission employees terminated
Don James, a former employee for the Las Vegas Rescue Mission, talks about the day his team was terminated. (Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Raiders Cupcakes at Freed's Bakery
Freed's Bakery will have Raiders-themed cupcakes available in store and for order during football season. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
51s fans say goodbye to Cashman Field
Las Vegas 51s fans said goodbye to Cashman Field in Las Vegas, Monday September, 3, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
51s owner Don Logan's last weekend at Cashman Field
Don Logan, owner of the Las Vegas 51s, gives a tour of Cashman Field before the team's final weekend using the field. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
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