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Reed Whipple Cultural Arts Center’s namesake was a champion for downtown

Reed Whipple, the namesake for the Reed Whipple Cultural Arts Center, 821 Las Vegas Blvd. North, is credited with conceiving the idea for municipal parking garages downtown to handle the city’s congested streets. He also was instrumental in negotiating the deal for the Foley Federal Building to be located at 300 Las Vegas Blvd. South, near Bridger Street.

City of Las Vegas quietly reopens Huntridge Circle Park

The swift silent reopening of Huntridge Circle Park last month came as a surprise to many in the neighborhood. Las Vegas city officials didn’t announce the Memorial Day weekend opening. Crews just began hanging up signs with hours and days open. As of press time, even the city’s website still listed the troubled park as closed.

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Sweet Tomatoes plans to support Easter Seals Southern Nevada by offering a free bag of cookies and a coupon toward each diner’s next visit as a thank you for making a donation of $2 or more during June.


James Leonard, a student at Cashman Middle School, will participate in the U.S. Naval Academy’s Summer Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program Monday through June 11 at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

Hawaiian group aims to preserve island heritage

Las Vegas has been dubbed the “ninth island” of Hawaii, and a number of residents are spreading the aloha to an ever-growing number of transplants in a variety of ways.

Beans have rotten time in cool spring

Bean plants could suffer collar rot when springtime weather is cool and causes soil to retain moisture.

Keyhole Canyon’s rocks a canvas for nature, ancient art

If you can hit the trail early on these days of late spring, you can still sneak into a few lower-elevation destinations before temperatures soar into the misery range. A good point for such a dawn attack might be Keyhole Canyon in the western foot of the Eldorado Mountains about 20 miles south of Boulder City.

Starbright Theatre show celebrates the glamor and nostalgia of Las Vegas showgirls

“Showgirl Follies … A Life In Feathers & Rhinestones” is set to be performed at Starbright Theatre this weekend. The show celebrates the concept of the showgirl and all she exemplified. It includes a fan number, a Latin number and a swing number. The costumes are from actual shows.

Literary Las Vegas

Las Vegas writer Deborah S. Howell shares her secrets about what it takes to heal from pain and make sense of life in her book “Straight to the Heart of What Matters: Why We Do What We Do.”

Book briefs

‘A Pet for Miss Wright’ is just right

Imagine if you went to school and you were the only kid in class.
You’d have to read to yourself and play games alone. There’d be nobody to practice spelling with. Nobody to draw or color with. Nobody to laugh at your stupid jokes.
Going to school all alone would be weird. And it would be no fun.

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