Today is Nevada Day – Hooray!

But what is Nevada Day?  Many people that have recently moved to the Silver State have no idea what Nevada Day commemorates – so I am here to give you a quick history lesson.

Nevada Day is a state holiday celebrated in Nevada and commemorates the state’s entry into the United States as the thirty-sixth state on October 31, 1864, and also celebrates this state’s frontier legacy. This holiday used to be celebrated on October 31s, the date of the state’s admission into the Union, but it was moved in 2000. Instead, this holiday is now celebrated on the final Friday in October.

The Nevada State Legislature decided that the holiday should always be celebrated on a Friday. And that’s because a 3-day long holiday weekend is more likely to bring tourists into the state and would generate a lot more interest in the holiday. As a result, they voted to change Nevada Day to the final Friday in October.

The following are some fun and interesting facts about our wonderful state.  The name of the state of Nevada comes from the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.  Nevada was one of two states added to the Union as a state during the Civil War (West Virginia was the other).

Other interesting facts are Nevada is the home to over 300 mountain ranges and over 300 natural hot springs.  We are also the largest gold-producing state in the United States.  From 1951 to 1992, over 900 nuclear tests were conducted at the Nevada Test Site.  Las Vegas has more hotel rooms than any other city on Earth and Nevada is the only state in the United States where prostitution is legal.

Nevada Day is a state holiday, which means that some banks, schools and businesses are closed in Nevada on this day. However, some banks do remain open but close their branches early. While parades and other celebrations happen across the state of Nevada, there is a particular concentration of them in Carson City (state capital).  There is a huge parade that has been held since the 1930s in Carson City and there are a number of events on this day. Events which include sporting events, concerts, a rock drilling contest and even a contest that judges who has the best beard.

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Dress up Your Dogs for the “Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest”

The 3rd annual “Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest” will be held on October 31st in Downtown Summerlin and The Animal Foundation invites you and your fur babies to join in the fun at Treat Street.

There is a $20 event donation per entry for your first dog and an additional entry donation of $10 each for second or third dogs – all the proceeds go directly to The Animal Foundation.

Bring the entire family to this adorable event – everyone will fall in love with the cutest dogs in costumes – by the end of the festivities everyone will want an addition to the family.  Remember its Halloween so the family can be decked out in costumes as well.

So dress up your fur babies to win in one of the three categories – 1: Best owner/Dog Costume Combination, Funniest Dog Costume and lastly Most Creative Dog Costume.  The prizes are valued at $250+ and all is for a great cause.

You and your dogs will have a howling good time – check in begins at 4:30 p.m. and the contest starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Macy’s Promenade. All participants must purchase entry prior to event on October 31. Pre-registration will close at 2pm on October 31st; participants may then, sign up at eventOn-Site registration is welcome pending space available. The first 50 participants will receive a tail-wagging goodie bag for donation entry.

The following are the Contest Rules

  • Entrants will be provided a participant number which must be worn / held and visible at all times
  • Dog(s) must remain on a leash at all times
  • Each dog must be accompanied by an adult (16 year or older)
  • The Judges decisions are final
  • No motorized vehicles are allowed within the event space
  • One dog / entry is not eligible for more than one prize or goody bag

Photographers and videographers will be on-site and taking photos / video of all contestants and winners for use on social media and other channels. Winners may be featured in The Animal Foundation and Downtown Summerlin post event coverage online so make sure you and your dog are “photo ready”.

Please email esheldon@animalfoundation.com with any questions pertaining to this event.

If you decide to change the dog you are entering in the costume contest you are welcome to however this change must be made before October 31 at 2 p.m.

Email esheldon@animalfoundation.com with any changes to your registration. All changes must be complete by October 31st at 2pm. Please bring your ticket to the event or have a screenshot of it on your phone. A valid ID will also be requested at event.

There is no refund policy.  If you cannot make it your registration money is donated to the animal shelter and it is tax deductible, which is fine, right?

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“Oh What a Night” at the Summerlin Library

Who loves Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons?  Everyone!  Good news for Las Vegans –“Oh What a Night” will be performed at the Summerlin Library from October 17 to November 10 by Signature Productions.

The show is packed with many of the group’s songs so you will be dancing in your seats and maybe in the aisles.  Take the whole family to see this performance – Signature Productions always does a great job with any play they produce and the you would never guess that the actors are all amateurs.

Signature Productions began in 1989 as a nonprofit community theatre company by Dr. Karl M. Larsen a local Optometrist, and attorney Victor J. Austin. Originally, the company moved into a 3500 sq. ft. storefront unit at the corner of Charleston and Decatur where they built a small 200 seat theatre. Currently, they are housed in the Summerlin Library and Performing Arts Center, where they rent the space for each production.

The goal of Signature Productions is to provide a venue for young performers, designers and technicians to grow and develop their natural abilities while veteran performers, designers and technicians teach and inspire! The company has 2-3 major productions per year, usually musicals, which require approximately 4 months per production. The auditions have drawn as many as 350 aspiring artists to audition.

The Summerlin Library Theatre has 284 seats and every seat has a great view of the stage.  This is a great place to see a show (I have seen at least 3 there).  Tickets cost $30, and offers a senior (60 and over) discount as well as student discount of $28 per ticket and children tickets are $20.

For tickets and more information go to https://www.showtix4u.com/boxoffice.php?submit=Search+for+Events&begin=1542968&current_client=0919260609022

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Coming soon – Summerlin Festival for the Arts

Get ready for the outdoor Festival of the Arts in Downtown Summerlin and its Free!!  The weekend event will be held October 13 and 14 between the hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the lawn at Downtown Summerlin.

The festival is not just an art festival; it also features music, entertainment and food.  If you have not been, the area is very walkable and the weather should be incredible- as you know October is one of the best months in the Las Vegas valley.

At this point (and I’m sure more will be added) there will be 100 creative fine artists displaying artwork for sale.  There will be an area for children’s activities as well as an area for entertainment and music.  And of course the restaurants of Downtown Summerlin will be offering delicious food to keep you fueled for all the activities.

There will be products for sale like artisan food products, basketry, batik, clay and ceramics, drawings, glass, gourds, jewelry, leather crafts, metal, photography, printmaking, sculpture and much more in the Consumer & Carnivals, Gifts & Handicrafts industries.

I’m sure more information will be available as we get closer to the weekend of the festival so I will likely be following up this blog with another to keep you apprised.

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The Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade – Only 1 Week Away

It’s really hard to believe that July 4th is only one week away – this year has just flown by. My family and I love the Summerlin Patriotic Parade so much. It has become a tradition for us to get up early on the 4th of July and find a perfect spot up front on the parade route to set up our little shade structure. In fact, a few times Nicole & Emma have gotten up even earlier to run the Firecracker 5K run (this year it is the evening before at 7:00 pm for some reason). I don’t run ☺

We always have a great time and besides watching a great parade we get to meet other families that are as excited as we are to see the pageantry float by.

This year is very special as the Summerlin parade celebrates its 20th year. There are 70 bands, balloons and floats – the parade gets better every year with additions to the festivities. This year there will be a float for the Las Vegas Golden Knights to show how beloved they are in the community.

The parade travels along flag-lined streets from Hillpointe Road and Hills Center, then south on Hills Center Drive concluding on Trailwood Drive at the entrance of the Trails Village Shopping Center. Arrive early to get a prime viewing area along the route.

You get to see neighbors wrangling the big balloons and marching bands keeping in time. Some of the floats are aimed at young children with their favorite stories as the theme of these floats.

The feeling you get watching everyone taking great pride in our country and our city is pure joy and how proud we all are to be in this incredible country. There is nothing quite like it. For parade details, just go to: http://summerlink.com/patriotic-parade

I want to wish everyone a happy and safe 4th of July. And please be careful if handling fireworks. The air is extra dry and you can easily start a fire, or get hurt. Maybe you just want to let the professionals handle it and watch the fireworks at Red Rock Casino or at Green Valley Ranch Hotel?

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Las Vegas Little Theatre is host to the Vegas Fringe Festival

The ninth annual Vegas Fringe Festival has begun with performances from June 8 – 17 at the Las Vegas Little Theatre at 3920 Schiff Drive near the corner of Spring Mountain and Valley View with performances in both the Mainstage and Black Box Theatres.  There are many new and established plays and performances being performed several times through the dates of the festival and the performances are no longer than 90 minutes. I, myself am performing in one of the shows entitled “Any Body for Tea?”, a whimsical story about a handsome homicide detective who learns his neighbors would “kill” to have tea with him!

So what is a Fringe?  The Fringe started in 1947 as an alternative festival that played concurrently with the Edinburgh International Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. Though not invited to participate, groups of actors, musicians, and the like decided to perform at various venues on the fringe of the EIF. Robert Kemp, a local journalist,  in 1948 gave the festival the name Fringe: “Round the fringe of official Festival drama, there seems to be more private enterprise than before…” Kemp wrote.

In the United States no one organization or individual owns, controls or regulates the name “Fringe”. There are no national rules for how each individual festival operates; festival content, finances, and structure vary from city to city.  Generally, all festivals are committed to an open forum of expression that minimizes the financial risks for both artists and audiences. Fringes work hard to keep production fees and ticket prices low so that more people can participate in the festivals.

The performances are not censored – you will find anything from bawdy to family-friendly.  Fringes are a vast variety of genres and feature a wide array of original material—sometimes by design, but usually because that’s what Fringes do naturally well.  The festivals take place in many different cities and countries and can last a few weeks.  In Las Vegas the Fringe lasts for 10 days.

Now you know what a Fringe is – so what is stopping you from getting tickets – there is still time. The website is http://www.lvlt.org/fringe2018

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The Free Jazz in the Park Concert Series is back for the 29th Year

Most visitors think Las Vegas is all about gambling and glitzy shows, however we locals know better.  The Clark County Parks and Recreation District has offered the Jazz in the Park Concert Series for the last twenty-eight years and has already kicked off its twenty ninth series.

The concerts are held at the Clark County Government Center Amphitheatre located at 500 S. Grand Central Parkway and the concerts are and the parking are free!  If you are planning to go with a picnic basket along with a blanket or low back chairs seating starts at 5 p.m. with performances starting as early as 6:30 p.m.  There is food and beverages for sale on site as well.

The next performance is this Saturday May 26 featuring Diane Schuur.  Ms. Schuur nicknamed “Deedles”, is an American jazz singer and pianist.  She has been blind from birth and has the ability of absolute pitch memory plus a clear vocal tone.  Schurr has won Grammy awards for best female jazz vocal performance in 1986 and 1987 as well as three other Grammy nominations.

Schuur has released 23 albums and has started to her jazz range to include the spirit of country music, pop and Latin gospel.  Diane Schuur and the Count Basie Orchestra was her most successful album- it stayed at number 1 on the Billboard Jazz Charts for 33 weeks.  She has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center and the White House.

On June 2 the show will be The Groove Project, that is comprised of three well recognized artists: Oli Silk who is a British smooth jazz keyboardist as well as producer and composer,  the Saxophonist Marcus Anderson is the golden child shining among stars who has topped the charts on Billboards Smooth Jazz and Sirius XM’s Watercolors, and Guitarist JJ Sansaverino is an outstanding performer who has a “take no prisoners” performance attitude. Over the past 25 years, he has reached millions touring the world with his “a la Santana meets Benson” musical style.

On June 16 Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers will be performing.  Abair has had two Grammy award nominations – she is a vocalist as well as a saxophonist and author.

In her solo career she has produced ten number 1 radio singles as well as two number 1 Billboard Jazz CD. Abair performed with the rock band Aerosmith for their 2012 Summer Tour and has joined Bruce Springsteen and Max Weinberg for a night at the Beacon Theatre.

Past performances this year included Ghost-Note, Bill Frisell, and Tony Scherr & Kenny Wollesen.

For more information you can call Clark County Parks and Recreation at (702) 455-8200 or visit their website at http://bit.ly/2x2zX5b. Clark County Parks and Recreation also can be found on Twitter and Facebook

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Choose to have an amazing day…..Jeff