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Saturday, December 12, 2009

City Of Las Vegas Cultural Arts & Community Events December 14 thru 20

-Caroling Karaoke (ages 50+)
Tuesday, Dec. 15, 10:30 a.m.
Doolittle Senior Center, 1930 N. J St., (702) 229-6125.
Join in holiday fun! Come sing your favorite song. Participation is free.

-Cookie Exchange (ages 50+)
Tuesday, Dec. 15, 12:30 p.m. Advance registration is required.
Fee: $1
East Las Vegas Community/Senior Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave., (702) 229-1515.
Bring three dozen cookies and get three dozen cookies for holiday treats.

-Free Holiday Cookie Exchange (ages 50+)
Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1 to 3 p.m. Advance registration is required.
Howard Lieburn Senior Center, 6230 Garwood Ave., (702) 229-1600.
Bring two dozen cookies homemade cookies and the recipe to swap for a variety of cookies.

-Las Vegas Youth Philharmonic Concerto Competition (all ages)
Tuesday, Dec. 15, 6:30 p.m. Free admission.
Reed Whipple Cultural Center, 821 Las Vegas Blvd. North, 229-6211.
Students perform solo, duo and trio recitals in classical and contemporary compositions.

-Gift Wrapping Extravaganza (all ages)
Weekdays, Dec. 16-23, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $1 per gift
Las Vegas Senior Center, 451 E. Bonanza Road, (702) 229-6454.
Have your gifts wrapped the last week before Christmas with a beautiful selection of paper and ribbon!

-Holiday Make It & Take It Workshop (ages 2-12)
Wednesday, Dec. 16, 4 to 5 p.m. Advance registration is required.
Fee: $5
Robison Community School, 4794 Harris Ave., (702) 229-2542.
Come join us for some holiday fun as we enjoy punch and cookies and make a craft.

-Winter Holiday Brunch (ages 50+)
Thursday, Dec. 17, 11 a.m. Advance registration is required.Fee: $ 7
Doolittle Senior Center, 1930 N. J St., (702) 229-6125.

-Free Cookie Exchange (ages 50+)
Friday, Dec. 18, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Advance registration required.
Derfelt Senior Citizens Center, 3343 W. Washington Ave., (702) 229-6601.
Bring three dozen cookies and the recipe and enjoy a peaceful morning together in celebration of the holidays. Coffee, cappuccino and cider will be served.

-Downtown Cultural Series – A Spectacular Phantom Holiday Concert (all ages)
Friday, Dec. 18, noon to 1 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse, 333 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 229-3515.
Cast members of “Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular” present a performance of beloved seasonal songs designed to highlight the reason for the season.

-Free Holiday Tree Lighting In Lorenzi Park (all ages)
Friday, Dec. 18, 5 p.m.
Lorenzi Park, 3333 W. Washington Ave.
Join Councilman Ricki Y. Barlow for a festive tree lighting in Lorenzi Park at 5 p.m., with holiday music, cocoa and cookies (while refreshments last).

-Parents Shopping Night (ages 4-10)
Friday, Dec. 18, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Advance registration required.
Fee: $10
Robison Community School, 4794 Harris Ave., (702) 229-2542.
The youth will enjoy pizza and entertainment while parents get holiday shopping done!

-Sprinting into the Holidays 5K and Fun Walk with Dogs for Charity (all ages)
Saturday, Dec. 19, 7:30 a.m. registration; 9 a.m. events begin; 10:30 a.m. winners announced.
Fee: $20 pre-registration at www.active.com; $25 at event; includes bib, Santa hat and candy cane.

Majestic Park, 3997 N. Hualapai Way (at Alexander Road).
Join Councilman Stavros S. Anthony and his dogs Jessie and Lexie in staying fit during the holidays with a 5K run or one-mile fun walk, with or without your dog. Please bring charitable donations: gently used items for Goodwill, pet care items for our local animal shelter, and your old cellular phone for the Cell Phones for Soldiers program. Bring your camera to take a photo with Santa! All proceeds from the event will benefit Goodwill of Southern Nevada. Enjoy children's performing groups and beverages provided by the Coca-Cola Company. Meet local community vendors offering cocoa, coffee and breakfast items for sale. There is a limit of one dog per person; each animal must remain on a leash. All dogs should wear a current rabies tag and be up-to-date on all vaccinations. Please do not bring dogs "in-heat" or that may be a threat to others. Event officials reserve the right to refuse aggressive animals. Participants are asked to clean up after their pets. A parent or guardian must sign the liability waiver for children under 18 years of age to participate. Call 229-2524 for more information.

-Happy Everything Day Celebration (all ages)
Saturday, Dec. 19, noon to 3 p.m.
Fee: $3 per participant. All those who arrive in a costume will receive a goody bag!
Municipal Pool, 431 E. Bonanza Road, 229-6309.
Celebrate all past and future holidays in one day! Hunt for eggs, bob for apples, eat iced chocolate, enjoy Independence Day balloon toss, costume contest, gift guessing contest, pumpkin slam contest, swimming games, Thanksgiving pie-eating contest, and lots more. Holiday music will be played.

-Big Band Pops Christmas Featuring Tony Scodwell (all ages)
Guest Appearance by Lisa Mayer
Saturday, Dec. 19, 2 p.m.
Tickets: $5 all seats
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., 229-6383.
Enjoy a big band Christmas program by the Tony Scodwell Big Band and vocalist Lisa Mayer.

-La Posada December Fiesta (all ages)
Saturday, Dec. 19, 5 to 8 p.m.
Free admission.
East Las Vegas Community/Senior Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave., 229-1515.
Join Mayor Pro Tem Gary Reese to celebrate the holidays with the traditional Hispanic custom that involves friends, family and the entire community. Enjoy live entertainment, traditional Posada, food vendors, a children’s raffle and a visit from Santa Claus. Sponsored by the city of Las Vegas, La Nueva 103.5 FM, Recuerdo 99.3 FM and Radio Variedades 870 AM.

-Free Holiday Synchronized Swimming Show (all ages)
Saturday, Dec. 19, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Municipal Pool, 431 E. Bonanza Road, 229-6309.
Synchronized swimmers from Henderson, Clark County and the city of Las Vegas will perform to holiday music. Refreshments will be served while they last.

- Saturday Contra Dancing (all ages)
Cosponsored by the Southern Nevada Old Time Contra Dancers
Saturday, Dec. 19, 7 to 10 p.m.; group lessons 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $7 adults; $5 members, students, military; $3 children 0-15.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., 229-6383
Dance to the live music of an acoustic band playing joyful fiddle tunes, driving reels, and a waltz or two. These lively community dances recapture aspects of New England and frontier barn dances, with more modern twists. All dances are taught and called, newcomers and families are welcomed. No need to bring a partner. Wear comfortable flat-soled shoes and casual clothing.

Media Contact:
Margaret Kurtz
Publicity Specialist
City of Las Vegas
400 E. Stewart Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89101-2986
(702) 229-6993
Cell (702) 249-1828
E-mail: mkurtz@lasvegasnevada.gov
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posted by Brian Paco Alvarez, Curator and Chronicler of Culture at


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