Paradise/Downtown Neighborhood News

CITY CLOSES RAFAEL RIVERA COMMUNITY CENTER IN BID AIMED AT EFFICIENCY

The Rafael Rivera Community Center, 2900 Stewart Ave., closed its doors Sept. 1 in an attempt by the city of Las Vegas to save costs and be more efficient, city spokeswoman Diana Paul said.

The community center is one of three buildings that city officials are soliciting proposals for to either purchase or lease.

The other two properties are the site of the Nevada State Museum’s old facility in Lorenzi Park, 3333 W. Washington Ave., and the Downtown Senior Services Center, 310 S. Ninth St., near Las Vegas Academy.

Paul said that all activities and classes have been moved to the East Las Vegas Community/Senior Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave, and that no programs have been eliminated.

Despite the closure, Rafael Rivera Park, 28th Street and Stewart Avenue, will remain open and park reservations will be unaffected.

Those interested in knowing more about the properties and proposal requests can download a solicitation package from demandstar.com.

Questions or concerns can be directed to Pam Hoffman in the City Purchasing and Contracts office via phone at 229-6006 or e-mail at phoffman@lasvegasnevada.gov.

2012 YEAR OF DOWNTOWN TO FEATURE OVERVIEW OF UPCOMING PROJECTS

Symphony Park is scheduled to host 2012: The Year of Downtown, an event celebrating projects set to start in the coming year. The event is free and open to the public and is set to begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Fifth Street School Auditorium, 401 S. Fourth St.

Newland and FFW Public Relations kicks off the event with a wine bar until 6 p.m. Capture Downtown! photo competition winners are slated to be announced at 6 p.m., and a one-hour panel discussion moderated by KNPR’s Flo Rogers is set to begin at 6:15 p.m. Panelists include Myron Martin, CEO of the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Linda Quinn of the Lied Children’s Discovery Museum, Danielle Kelly of the Neon Museum, Jonathan Ullman of the Mob Museum, Betsy Fretwell of Las Vegas City Hall and Zachary Ware of Zappos.com.

For more information, visit symphonypark.com.

HAUNTED HARVEST TO START FRIDAY
AT SPRINGS PRESERVE

The Springs Preserve’s annual Haunted Harvest event is scheduled to begin Friday at 333 S. Valley View Blvd.

The festivities are set to last from 5 to 9 p.m. and include live entertainment, a haunted house, trick-or-treat stations, carnival games and the winners of the Scavenger Scarecrow Contest. Haunted hay rides and trails also are available for an additional cost.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children 4 to 12 and free for those younger than 4. Annual pass members pay half the admission fee. The event is set to run every Friday to Sunday through Oct. 31.

For tickets and other information, call 822-7700 or visit springspreserve.org.

FOUNTAIN TURNS PINK AT STRIP RESORT
FOR BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. South, turns its fountain pink in honor of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All money tossed into the fountain this month goes to the Southern Nevada affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Water shows also occur from noon until 11 p.m. at the top of each hour. Visit miraclemileshopslv.com.

HOLIDAY CRAFT AND GIFT MARKET
PLANNED AT FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH

First Christian Church, 101 S. Rancho Drive, plans to host its 10th annual holiday craft and gift market from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature hand-crafted jewelry, pottery, sculptures, glassware and various types of decorations for sale. A handmade quilt will be raffled off. Baked goods, hot dog and barbecue lunches are set to be offered. Admission and parking on site is free. Call 384-1544 or visit fcclv.com.

BUSINESS OUTREACH WORKSHOP
PLANNED OCT. 18

Suppliers and local business owners are invited to participate in the city of Las Vegas’ Business Outreach and Workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St. The event consists of workshops and discussions on topics such as Nevada purchasing and public works laws, business licensing, small business incentives, city sustainability initiatives and more. Representatives from the Nevada Small Business Development Center also will be available for assistance.

For registration information, call 229-6231 or visit lasvegasnevada.gov/business.

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