Greetings District A,
October is here and Clark County has a lot of fun things in store for you. The Renaissance Fair will be held Oct. 8. Soon after, Halloween will be here and there is plenty to do around town, from events at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve to to the Halloween Howl at the Animal Foundation on Oct. 30. In this newsletter we have also included some Halloween safety tips for parents to keep their little trick-or-treaters safe.
Don't forget that Nevada Day is Oct. 31. On that day in 1864, Nevada became the 36th state in the United States of America. Nevada Day has been an official state holiday since 1939, giving us all a day to celebrate our state and, coincidentally, giving kids (and parents) a day off from school to prepare for their Halloween adventures.
Also, don't forget Oct. 2 is the last day to register to vote without going into the Elections Department office. You can do so by registering online.
In This Issue
October Monthly News Roundup
Clark County commissioners had a full agenda to deal with last month. In case you missed it, Commissioner Steve Sisolak weighed in on several issues. Here's what you missed in the news:
Item 1 -- Commissioner recommends changes to the coroner’s inquest process.
Item 2 -- Commissioners will review coroner’s inquest process during next board meeting.
Item 3 -- Commissioner airs evidence of firefighters abusing sick leave.
Item 4 -- Commissioners select new UMC advisory board members.
Item 5 -- Commissioner calls for ending firefighters’ bonus “premium pay.”
Item 6 -- RJ editorial supports Commissioner’s call for ending “premium pay.”
Item 7 -- Commissioners Oppose Court’s Plan to Hire Ex-legislator as Lobbyist. (Additional coverage)
Item 8 -- Commissioner Calls for Cooling Off Period for Legislators.
Item 9 -- Commissioner Lauded for Push to Televise Coroner’s Inquest.
Medieval Festival Takes Over Sunset Park Oct. 8
For the 17th year, a medieval kingdom will take over Sunset Park with lavishly costumed knights, knaves, fine ladies and wenches as Clark County Parks and Recreation presents the annual Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival, Oct. 8-10.
The festival is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 8 and 9, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 10 at Sunset Park, 2601 E. Sunset Road. Admission is $10 per day for adults and $5 per day for seniors and children ages 5 to 12, ages 4 and younger are free. Three-day passes are $25 for adults and $10 for children, ages 5 to 12, and seniors, ages 55 and older. All tickets are available through Ticketmaster. Three-day passes are only available through Ticketmaster and can be redeemed at the event box office for a wristband on Oct. 8, the first day of the fair.
Several stages located throughout the festival will feature entertainment with costumed performers presenting more than 50 shows per day along with historical re-enactments, jousting tournaments, medieval pageantry and more than 100 artisans – including blacksmiths, stained glass designers, jewelers, wood workers, toy makers, perfume blenders, stone carvers and sword, dagger and armor craftsman – to demonstrate and sell their wares. Authentic food, from fish and chips to an English feast, also will be available as well as beer and ales for adults with proper identification.
The main stage will feature the Irish rock sounds of The Mahones, The Tossers and Seven Nations. Although they all share a genre, the bands’ sounds are truly individual.
The Mahones, Irish punk rockers from Canada, formed in 1990 by Dublin-born Finny McConnell and Barry Williams. They later brought on board Dominic “The Bomb” Whelan on drums; Sean Ryan on bass and vocals; Katie McConnell on accordion and vocals and a revolving lineup of musician friends from around the world. Throughout the years, The Mahones have shared the stage with Dropkick Murphys, Shane MacGowan and the Popes, Billy Bragg, The Band, The Buzzcocks, The Tragically Hip, Sinead O’Connor, Flogging Molly, Van Morrison and The Pogues, just to name a few. The fact the band’s name rhymes with The Ramones is no accident as their Irish punk style transcends traditional Irish and punk music genres. Eight CD releases after their first gig on St. Patrick’s Day, the band is celebrating its 20th anniversary tour.
The Tossers were born out of the neighborhoods in Chicago’s south side in the early 1990s. Traditional Irish instruments such as the mandolin, fiddle, tin whistle and banjo mix with the hard edge of guitar, bass and drums, ranging “between rage and raucousness” but never too hard for a good ole Irish ballad. The band currently celebrated its fifth full-length CD release “Agony,” the second on Victory Records. The Tossers has held its own on stage with the likes of the Popes, Dropkick Murphys, Stiff Little Fingers, Black 47 and Flogging Molly.
The “Lancaster Intelligencer Journal” pinned down Seven Nations’ sound with one quote – “Seven Nations taught a crowd of nearly 10,000 one important lesson: bagpipes rock.” The band, which gets its roots as much from folk as dance and fusion rock, began in New York City in 1993 and has been touring full-time for the last 16 years. In that time, the band has played every state in America along with stops in Europe, Canada and Puerto Rico and at major events such as the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, New Year’s Eve at Scotland’s Royal Mile for more than 40,000 spectators and the New York City Marathon. A distinctive bagpipe and fiddle-heavy sound has garnered the band attention from the advertising world to the orchestras of America. Along with stints with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony and the South Carolina Philharmonic, Seven Nations was the first Celtic rock band to perform with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra at the outdoor Dublin Irish Festival.
Along with concerts all weekend, the fair will host a royal parade with kings, queens, warriors and peasants on Saturday and Sunday. The festival also offers full-contact jousting tournaments; no-holds-barred gladiator battles; black powder demonstrations, strolling minstrels, contortionists, magicians, storytellers, jokers, jugglers, flame eaters, belly dancers, trained parrots and pirates. Additional attractions include bow and arrow and axe target games, medieval barber and surgeon demonstrations and Renaissance guilds. In the 16th-century village, German, Italian, Ottoman Turk, French, Celtic, Polish and British military encampments meet on the Field of Honor for battle.
No carry-in food or beverages, pets, lawn chairs or weapons are allowed inside the festival area. Patrons may bring one sealed bottle of water. No unauthorized vending, concessions, merchandise, literature or promotions allowed. Any participants in costume must have all related props or weapons peace tied, or those items will be denied at time of entry. No re-entry is allowed.
Event sponsors include the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Miller Lite, 98.5 KLUC, KXNT News Radio 840, 107.5 Xtreme Radio, My LVTV, The CW Las Vegas, 100.5 Jack FM, Mix 94.1 FM and KYDZ Radio. Those interested in the Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival can also call (702) 455-8200. Clark County Parks and Recreation events also can be found on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
Register to Vote at Area Malls Saturday; Online Voter Registration Still Available
The Clark County Election Department is holding voter registration drives at four area malls from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, which is also the last day to register to vote in the general election without appearing in person at an Election Department office.
Election Department officials will be accepting voter registration applications at the Las Vegas Outlet Center, 7400 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas; the Boulevard Mall, 3528 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas; the Galleria Mall, 1300 W. Sunset Road, Henderson; and the Meadows Mall, 4300 Meadows Lane, Las Vegas. Also on Saturday, the Election Department offices at the Clark County Election Center, 965 Trade Drive, Suite A, North Las Vegas, and at the Clark County Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway, Las Vegas, will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
In addition to these special hours and locations, Clark County residents with a Nevada driver’s license or DMV-issued ID can also choose to register to vote online through Oct. 2. Individuals wishing to register online should go to the Election Department website and click on the “Register to Vote” button. Once the information they will be asked to provide has been validated, they will receive immediate feedback that they have successfully registered. The process takes less than five minutes to complete.
After Saturday, individuals who wish to register and vote in the general election can only register in person at either of the two Election Department offices through Oct. 12. During the 10-day in-office registration period, Oct. 3 through Oct. 12, both Election Department offices will be open for extended hours. The days and hours are: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 3; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, Oct. 4–7; and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday through Tuesday, Oct. 8–12.
Voter registration applications are also still available at many convenient locations, including libraries, banks and post offices. These applications can still be mailed but must be postmarked no later than Oct. 2 to be eligible for the Nov. 2 general election.
Individuals with a question about registering, or who are unsure if they are registered to vote in Clark County, should check their registration status by entering their name and birth date in the Voter Information Lookup box on the front of the Election Department Website at www.accessclarkcounty.com/elections. People without access to the Internet may also call (702) 455-VOTE (8683).
Early Voting Starts Soon
While Election Day is Nov. 2, early voting for the general election begins Saturday, Oct. 16 and runs through Friday, Oct. 29.
Any registered Clark County voter may vote at any early voting location. A complete list is available through the Election Department website.
In recent elections, about half of those who voted cast their ballots at an early voting site or by mail ballot.
Don't Make Halloween Scary
Article courtesy of Safe Kids Clark County
Halloween can indeed be scary. Children are four times more likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than any other night of the year. Parents should discuss the following safety tips with their children before leaving the house for trick-or-treating:
- Decorate costumes, bags and sacks with reflective tape and stickers.
- Use costumes that are light or bright enough to make children more visible at night.
- Consider using glow sticks to make yourself more visible.
- Teach children to walk, not run, while trick-or-treating.
- Remind children to stop at all street corners before crossing. Tell them to cross streets only at intersections and crosswalks.
- Teach them to look left, right and left again before crossing the street and to continue looking both ways as they cross.
- Slow down in residential neighborhoods.
- Look for pedestrians at intersections before making turns.
- Obey all traffic signs and signals.
For younger kids
- Adults should accompany children under age 12 on their trick-or-treat rounds.
- Attach the name, address and phone number (including area code) of children under age 12 to their clothes, in case they get separated from adults.
- Parents should bring treats home and check them to ensure that items have not been tampered with and are safely sealed.
For older kids
- Instruct children to travel only in familiar areas and along a pre-established route.
- Instruct children never to enter a home or an apartment building unless accompanied by an adult.
- Remove breakable items or obstacles such as tools, ladders and children's toys from your steps, lawn and porch.
- Keep walkways, steps and landings well-lit.
Tidy Up Moapa Valley on Oct. 2
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is asking for volunteers that want to get out of the house and help clean up Moapa Valley on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 8 a.m. to noon.
Volunteers will meet at the Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge to help beautify the area. Over time various unwanted growth and unsightly debris has accumulated at the refuge. Fallen dead palm fronds have created a fire hazard, overgrown weeds have become unsightly, and some construction debris remains from recent activity. Please join the USFWS staff in tidying up the Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge.
Children coming to the clean up must be 8 years or older. Children under 18, must be accompanied by an adult.
Anyone interested in helping can register ahead of time.
Haunted Harvest Festival Oct. 15
Article courtesy of Las Vegas Springs Preserve
Kids of all ages love the Halloween season. The air is crisp, the leaves are turning colors and the promise of costumed ghosts and ghouls is just around the corner. What better way to enjoy the season than at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve during our Haunted Harvest?
Celebrate the harvest from Oct. 15 throught Oct. 17 beginning at 5 p.m. with a haunted maze, live entertainment, carnival games, creepy characters, food concessions and much more. On top of everything else, see the winners of our annual, community-wide Scavenger Scarecrow Contest.
Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 5 to 12 and free to those 4 and under. Annual pass members receive half off the regular admission price.
Awards for the best entries will be presented in adult and youth categories. Individuals and groups are welcome to enter. Entries must promote the use of recycled and sustainable materials, while encouraging the exploration of Halloween folklore.
The scary scarecrows will be on display from Oct.15 throught Oct. 31, along with 299 other scarecrows that will dot the gardens, grounds and walls at the Springs Preserve.
Springs Preserve Grapes and Hops Festival Oct. 9
Article courtesy of Las Vegas Springs Preserve
Join wine aficionados and beer enthusiasts from throughout Southern Nevada on Saturday, Oct. 9, from 5 to 9 p.m. to raise money for a good cause at the Springs Preserve's inaugural Grapes & Hops Festival.
Tickets are $30 per person, $50 per pair in advance (includes sampling glass and unlimited samples), $35 per person on the day of the event. Members receive $5 off.
Benefiting Par for The Cure -- a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research -- Grapes & Hops will highlight tastings of amazing wines and a unique selection of beers, including selections from New Belgium Brewing. Fine food will be available from Nora's Wine Bar & Osteria, Fleming's, MacShack, El Segundo Sol, Mon Ami Gabi, P.F. Chang's and Stripburger, with a suggested donation. The festival also will feature live music at the amphitheater and a silent auction to benefit Par for The Cure.
Family Services to Receive More Than $300,000 in Adoption Incentive Funds
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $467,665 to the State of Nevada’s child welfare systems for increasing the number of children adopted from foster care, and more than $300,000 of the award will come to Clark County. These adoption incentive funds will help the County continue the momentum of progress and improve child welfare programs.
“Through restructuring our practices, policies and procedures, and with the re-allocation of staff and resources, we have made a significant impact on the lives of children in Clark County,” said Tom Morton, Director of Family Services. “In 2009, we saw nearly 50 percent more children adopted by loving families in our community than we did in 2007 and we’re on track to surpass last year’s accomplishment in 2010.”
Clark County has substantially increased the number of finalized adoptions for children in Family Services care over the past three years.
States receive $4,000 for every child adopted beyond their respective totals from a baseline year of 2007, plus a payment of $8,000 for every child age 9 and older and $4,000 for every special needs child adopted. Family Services will use the award to recruit additional adoptive homes and alleviate any backlog in paperwork, helping children and families through the adoption process in a more timely manner.
Southern Nevada Receives $43 Million for Neighborhood Stabilization
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $20 million to Clark County for its third round of funding from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.
The combined allocation for the state is approximately $43 million of which approximately $34 million will be directed to jurisdictions in Southern Nevada. Clark County's estimated share is $20.2 million, with some of that going to the City of North Las Vegas. The table below provides the allocations for Nevada.
State Of Nevada
This is the third round of federal funding to aid in relieving the foreclosure crisis. Like the earlier rounds of NSP grants, these targeted funds will be used to purchase foreclosed homes at a discount and to rehabilitate or redevelop them in order to respond to rising foreclosures and falling home values. Today, 95 cents of every dollar from the first round of NSP funding is obligated – and is in use by communities, buying up and renovating homes, and creating jobs.
Volunteers Needed for Homeless Connect Nov. 10
Sponsors and volunteers are needed to help make the Annual Project Homeless Connect event a success this year.
The daylong event will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 10, at Cashman Center, located at 850 N. Las Vegas Blvd.
Each year, sponsors and volunteers help care for the county’s homeless population by donating haircuts, dental and health checkups and meals. The event, formerly known as Stand Down for the Homeless, helps thousands of homeless people each year receive “a hand up, not a hand out.” This event is staffed by volunteers from local governments, charities, shelters, businesses and other agencies. Its intent is to end and prevent homelessness. The Nevada Homeless Alliance (NHA) and co-sponsor, the City of Las Vegas, coordinate the event. Project Homeless Connect is free to people who are homeless.
If you can volunteer your time, please visit the Volunteer Center of Southern Nevada for more detail.
Don't Shop, Adopt: Clark County's Problem with Lost and Unwanted Pets
Article courtesy of Animal Foundation
Did you know…The Animal Foundation receives over 50,000 homeless, lost, neglected, unwanted, and abused animals each year, and cares for 800 to 1,000 animals per day? To give this number perspective; more than 960 animals a week are dropped off at the shelter, which is 136 per day, or more than 15 per hour. In 2009, Animal Care and Control for New York City, the most populous city in the U.S., and four times the population of Las Vegas, took in 2,000 less cats and dogs than The Animal Foundation. Last year, The Animal Foundation found homes for more than 10,000 homeless pets, returned approximately 4,800 animals to their owners and transferred another 1,200 animals to rescue groups in the community. As you can determine from these statistics, until we receive fewer animals than the community is willing to adopt we will continue to experience the sad reality of euthanasia. While euthanasia is not our preference, somebody needs to take responsibility for these animals and at this time, we are the only resource capable of addressing this unfortunate community crisis. As an open-admission shelter, The Animal Foundation is contractually obligated to accept any animal brought to its facility by the public and our animal control partners (City of Las Vegas, City of North Las Vegas and Clark County). The valley’s “no-kill” shelters are able to manage their pet populations by being selective in accepting animals at their facilities. This said; we are all in this crisis together and must find ways to serve the animals in our community. We all must stress the need to adopt shelter pets, and provide low cost spay/neuter options.
The Animal Foundation passionately advocates for the humane treatment and responsible ownership of all animals in Southern Nevada and is dedicated to reducing the number of lost and unwanted animals in our community. We are committed to managing Nevada’s largest open-admission shelter and animal adoption center with strict adherence to proven industry best practices, while continually seeking innovative and sustainable solutions. The foundation is a private, non-profit organization housed on a multi-purpose 8-acre campus, which currently consists of two permanent structures: The Lied Animal Shelter that houses Public and Animal Control Receiving, Lost & Found and the Shelter Veterinary Clinic; and The Greenspun Family Dog Adoption Bungalows that consists of 22 bungalow units, each housing 12 individual kennels.
For more information please visit the Animal Foundation website and commit to helping us by spay/neutering your pet, adopting a shelter animal, volunteering, fostering or donating to support the voiceless animals in our community.
Each month, we feature a pet of the month to highlight the many proud animal owners in District A. This month, we will begin a new feature called Bandit's Buddies to shed light on the growing number of unwanted adoptable pets in Clark County. If you are considering a pet, save a life and adopt one. Thank you.
Hi. My name is Cami. I am a female, tricolor and brown Tibetan Terrier. I have been at Lied Animal Shelter since Sept. 15. The shelter staff thinks I am about 2 years old. You can give me a new home by adopting me at the shelter. My identification number is ID# A490532.
Hi, my name is Bubba. I am a neutered male, gray and white domestic longhair. I am about 3 years old and I have been at the shelter since Aug. 12. My identification number is A490390.
Hi, my name is Tipper. I am a black shorthaired rabbit. I have been at the shelter since Sept. 18, and the shelter staff think I am about 1 year and 6 months old. My identification number is A498800.
Hi, my name is Victoria. I am a spayed, blonde German Shepherd mix. I am about 11 months old and I have been at the shelter since Sept. 2. My identification number is A491624.
This month the Animal Foundation will be holding its Third Annual Halloween Howl event and fundraiser on Oct. 30. The event will be held at 880 Ranch Circle from 6:30 to 11 p.m. and supports needy animals in the community. Proceeds go to the foundation.
Each month, we will feature pets to highlight the many pets out there in need of homes. The pets featured this month may not be available, but please search online to find other available pets or visit the shelter at 655 N. Mojave Road, Las Vegas, Nevada 89101. You also may call (702) 384-3333 for more information.
Attend First Tuesday and Learn About Reporting Suspicious Activity
Article and graphics courtesy of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's 1st Tuesday program is an excellent opportunity for citizens to get involved with their police department.
On the first Tuesday of every month, police open the doors to local substations from 7 to 8 p.m. for the community to have an open forum of communication with the police officers who patrol their neighborhoods.
On Oct. 5, local area commands will open their doors to residents. This month's topic is "Crime Prevention," learning how to prevent dangerous situations.
Here are locations of the substations in District A. Find one near you and get connected:
- 6975 W. Windmill Lane
- Las Vegas, NV 89113
- (702) 828-2843 and (702) 828-2844
Southeast Area Command
- 3675 E. Harmon Ave. (At Pearl and Harmon)
- (702) 828-3206
South Central Area Command
- 4860 Las Vegas Blvd. South (at Las Vegas Boulevard South and Russell)
- (702) 828-8272
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Clark County Park Events
Clark County's Department of Parks and Recreation has plenty of things going on around town. Find out what is happening in your area. Also see this special listing of events and activities offered in our outlying areas.