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Day of Dead Festival at Winchester Cultural Center

Day of Dead Festival at Winchester Cultural Center

Winchester Cultural Center will host the 13th annual Day of the Dead Festival.

The two-day festival will feature workshops, art exhibits and live entertainment from some of Las Vegas valley's best known mariachi bands and folk dance troupes.

There will also be a display of ofrendas, or altars, which are built by families and other groups in memory of someone who has died.

Artisans will be showing people how to create traditional crafts associated with the celebration, including sugar skulls, basket weaving and Mexican flowers.

There will also be food and art vendors offering their wares for sale. Admission to the festival is free; however, some workshops will require a small fee.

The festival starts at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.  For more information, go to clarkcountynv.gov

Redevelopment Meetings Scheduled for Public Input

Redevelopment Meetings Scheduled for Public Input

The City of Las Vegas plans redevelopment work in two of its wards and wants input from the affected communities.

The city’s Redevelopment Agency (RDA) seeks to redevelop areas of Wards 3 and 5. The RDA uses new property taxes from new development to finance investment. Property owners have the option to opt out of being part of the redevelopment area expansion.

The currently scheduled meetings will take place:

Maryland Parkway Public Transit Meeting Set

Maryland Parkway Public Transit Meeting Set

County transportation officials continue to study one of the most heavily traveled public transportation corridors in southern Nevada.

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) will host a third public workshop on improvements along Maryland Parkway between McCarran International Airport and Downtown Las Vegas. The workshop is scheduled for 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. June 27 at The Boulevard Mall, Center Court.

Public input on how to best utilize public transit in the area and on potential street design changes will be sought at the meeting.

Maryland Parkway carries an average of more than 9,000 passengers per day.

Jewelry and Metals from Crimes to be Auctioned Saturday

Jewelry, precious metals and stones from nationwide crime cases will be auctioned Saturday morning in Las Vegas.

The U.S. Marshals Service is selling more than 300 lots of gold and silver bullion and coins, loose diamonds, jewelry and watches from in a live and Web simulcast auction at 10 a.m. Saturday in Las Vegas and online at www.txauction.com.

A preview will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Room N114.

Money from the auctions is used to compensate victims of crimes and support law enforcement programs.

Some of the cases with assets being sold are as follows:

Police, Community Groups Partner on Family Event

Police, Community Groups Partner on Family Event


Metro Police will team with community organizations to provide a safe Easter event for families in a troubled area of Las Vegas.

Along with the 10,000 Kids Partnership, Shield Of Hope and various churches, police will offer what is called a “safe family day” with a message of non-violence. The event will feature a barbecue, games, egg hunt and live music.

It is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Molasky Family Park, 1065 E. Twain (near Cambridge.) For more information, contact Pastor Troy Martinez with 10,000 Kids at 358-9222 or lv10000kids@yahoo.com.

Event for Struggling Homeowners Next Week

Event for Struggling Homeowners Next Week

Another workshop for struggling homeowners will come to town next week.

Making Home Affordable and the HOPE NOW Alliance are bringing the nation’s largest mortgage servicers, along with several non-profit housing counseling organizations, to work one-on-one with those in need of assistance.

The event will take place from 1-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 and from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, March 20  at the Paradise Event Center at the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, 3000 Paradise Road.

This will be the fourth time that Making Home Affordable and HOPE NOW have co-hosted a homeowner event in the Las Vegas area since 2009. The previous three co-sponsored events been attended by more than 4,100 local homeowners, according to event organizers.

RTC Bike Event Registration Opens

RTC Bike Event Registration Opens


Registration recently opened for one of the most anticipated cycling events of the year, set for September 2013.

The sixth annual RTC Viva Bike Vegas, put on by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) will take place Saturday, Sept. 21.

The event will offer routes for all skill levels, including a 103-mile Gran Fondo, a 60-mile Metric Century, and a 17-mile ride. All routes will begin on the Strip, and the longer routes will ring the valley, taking riders into the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and near Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

“We envision making Viva Bike Vegas the ultimate one-day cycling experience on the West Coast,” said Fausto Pinarello, president of Pinarello cycling, the bicycle manufacturer and official sponsor of Viva Bike Vegas.