Paradise/Downtown briefs


The Las Vegas City Council granted approval Sept. 7 for the Las Vegas Shakespeare Theatre Company to move into the Reed Whipple Cultural Center, 821 Las Vegas Blvd. North.

Upon its early 2012 opening, the company’s regional headquarters will be called the Las Vegas Shakespeare Theatre. The 33,000-square-foot facility will house two performance spaces, scene and costume shops, rehearsal space, offices, classrooms, a gift shop and storage.

The company creates about 200 part-time jobs annually for Las Vegas actors and technicians, union and nonunion, according to Dan Decker, the company’s artistic director.

For more information about the company, visit or call


The Lady Silvia, 900 Las Vegas Blvd. South, inside the Soho Lofts, officially opened in early September.

The bar is open from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, the bar stays open until 4 a.m.

Plans are still being finalized for a grand opening, but owner Sam Cherry said it is slated for late October.

For more information about downtown’s newest urban lounge, visit its Facebook page at

First Friday ownership changes hands

When First Friday resumes Oct. 7 after a summer hiatus, it will do so under new ownership.

The new ownership group, First Friday Las Vegas LLC, includes executives Tony Hsieh, Fred Mossler and Steve Hill, along with downtown developer Andrew Donner and Joey Vanas.

First Friday founder Cindy Funkhouser and Whirlygig Inc. will consult on the event for the next two months to ensure a smooth transition.


Cancer sufferers and survivors are invited to Look Good … Feel Better from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at the Breast Center at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, 3006 S. Maryland Parkway, Suite 250.

The free program aims to help those with the disease improve self-esteem and manage treatment and recovery with greater confidence. RSVPs are required. For more information, call 784-1947.


HIV/AIDS nonprofit group Golden Rainbow is seeking tenant applicants for its two-bedroom town home in Sunrise Mountain.

Golden Rainbow has been offering permanent housing for people affected by HIV/AIDS in Southern Nevada.

Applicants will be asked to participate in an interview process and drug evaluation.

The two-bedroom home is one of three housing locations owned and operated by Golden Rainbow. The home will be available for occupancy to qualified applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested individuals can call Golden Rainbow at 384-2899.


Valley Hospital Medical Center, 620 Shadow Lane, opened a 16-bed acute inpatient rehabilitation unit Sept. 1.

Features include a physical therapy gym that includes a private treatment area, a LiteGate ambulation system and exercise equipment.

There also is an occupational therapy center designed to help patients regain functional independence in areas of self-care and daily living activities. Speech therapists also are equipped to use E-Swallow, an advanced neuromuscular electrical stimulation used in the treatment of dysphagia.

For more information, call 388-4669.


Joe Pistone was considered one of the most legendary undercover agents of all time and lived a double life as Donnie Brasco with members of the Mafia in New Jersey from 1976 to 1981. Pistone’s life story is one of the many accounts of law enforcement and organized crime that will featured in The Mob Museum, 300 Stewart Ave., when it opens to the public in February 2012.

Admission will be less than $20, with discounts available. For more information, visit or

Doolittle senior center to host
healthy recipes class

Food for Health and Soul is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. every Thursday through Sept. 29 at the Doolittle Senior Center, 1930 N. J St. The event, slated for those 50 or older, is free with a $2 annual membership. Registration at least one week in advance is required. This five-class series is designed to help participants prepare family recipes for better health. Enrollees must commit to attending all five classes. The event is sponsored by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.


Las Vegas residents 50 or older are invited to celebrate National Active Aging week Sunday through Oct. 1 by participating in the Expand Your Experience Downtown Walk.

The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 28 at the Neon Museum Boneyard, 810 Las Vegas Blvd. North. Free parking will be available at 749 Veterans Memorial Drive.

Participants will check in and walk up to two miles before ending at the Dula Gymnasium, 441 E. Bonanza Road. The first 50 registered participants will receive a T-shirt. Register at or call 229-6459.

For more information about Active Aging Week, visit


Residents can learn about gardening in small places with an upcoming seminar with the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.

The seminar, which will focus on vegetables, is planned from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 1 at the Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Road.

Topics such as types of containers to use, differences in potting mixes, using artificial light, fertilizers, success with seeds and more will be covered. Homeowners and other interested residents are welcome to attend.

Class space is limited, and pre-registration is required. The $20 fee includes class materials.

To register, contact Elaine Fagin at or call 257-5573.

Kidnapped for a Cause event to support Southern Nevada Children first

Starting at 1 p.m. Oct. 7, Southern Nevada Children First will be organizing its first Kidnapped for a Cause event in which local business and community leaders will volunteer to be “kidnapped for a cause” and taken to an undisclosed location at the Queen Victoria Pub inside the Riviera, 2901 Las Vegas Blvd. South.

These participants will have to call family, friends and co-workers to raise their “ransom money,” which is set at $1,500 per participant. This amount sponsors a young mother who is ready to move into her own apartment with her baby after successfully graduating from SNCF’s Life skills and Transitional Housing program.

SNCF is nonprofit organization at 720 W. Cheyenne Ave., Suite 30, that provides long-term transitional living and life skills training to homeless pregnant and parenting teens and young adults, ages 16 to 22.

Individual donations in cash, check or credit card payments will be accepted at the Queen Victoria Pub the day of the event.

For more information, go to


NV Energy’s Solar Energy Rebate Program is open for applications through Sept. 28.

Customers who submit their application in the two-week period will be part of an application process on Sept. 30 for the available rebates. More rebates will be available in the first half of 2012.

Customers also can take advantage of other rebate programs, including solar hot water heating, and wind and hydro rebates. Customers can visit for more information about how to apply.

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