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Groundbreaking Set for New Pagoda

Groundbreaking Set for New Pagoda

The Chaiya Meditation Monastery has been a part of the southwest Las Vegas community for the past three years. Since it opened its doors in 2008, it has welcomed thousands of people looking for a place to worship and find a peace of mind. Now a groundbreaking is set for Sunday, May 15 for a golden Buddhist pagoda at the monastery, the first one ever built in Nevada.

A pagoda is typically a tiered tower structure typically found in many Asian countries including Thailand, China, and Japan. It is considered as a house of worship and usually holds sacred relics of the lord Buddha. Many Buddhist people see pagodas as a place where the Buddha lives on in spirit.

At the Chaiya Meditation Monastery, the pagoda will be built in the middle of its outdoor garden. Master Chaiya who runs the monastery said he welcomes people of all faiths and religions to come and experience the pagoda once it is built.

Windmill Library Opens Saturday in Southwest Valley

Windmill Library Opens Saturday in Southwest Valley

A new library in southwest Las Vegas throws its doors open to the public with a ribbon-cutting ceremony this weekend.

The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday to open the Windmill Library, 7060 W. Windmill Lane.

The ceremony will include brief remarks by Executive Director Jeanne Goodrich, Library District Board of Trustees Vice Chair Kelly Benavidez and Clark County Commissioner Susan Brager. Light refreshments will be served.

The branch and an adjacent service center housing administrative and support functions are built on a 15-acre site located on West Windmill Lane at the intersection of South Rainbow Boulevard in the Valley’s southwest.

 “We are extremely pleased to bring badly-needed library services to a part of the Valley that has seen tremendous growth.

Performances for Kids Hit Downtown This Summer

Performances for Kids Hit Downtown This Summer

A number of exciting children’s performances will take place downtown this summer.

The city of Las Vegas will present concerts and theatre especially for children of all ages this July at the Charleston Heights Arts Center and at the downtown Historic Fifth Street School.

Tickets are priced at $3 per person or $10 for a family four-pack for each of the four events. Large group discounts are available. Purchase tickets online at www.artslasvegas.org. For more information or to purchase tickets by telephone, call 229-6383 or 229-3515.

  • Leland Faulkner will perform his “World of Wonder” show at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, at the Charleston Heights Arts Center at 800 S. Brush St. The “World of Wonder” is theatre designed for the whole family — a show that combines the amazing and lost art of shadowgraphs (hand shadows), comedy, a mime's skill, an actor’s imagination and the conjuror's craft.

Proceeds from Mountain's Edge Country in the Park to Benefit Local Children's Charity

Proceeds from Mountain's Edge Country in the Park to Benefit Local Children's Charity

This year's Country in the Park hits town Saturday from 2-9 pm. The free annual event will be held at Exploration Park at 9275 S. Buffalo Drive in Las Vegas. Proceeds from the pony rides and petting zoo will benefit Spread the Word Nevada, a nonprofit organization that offers literacy services and distributes new/gently used books to low-income students at 23 elementary schools in the Las Vegas Valley and Henderson. Spread the Word Nevada will be handing out coloring books to children at the event.

The festivities will include children's activities, food/beverage vendors, Budweiser Beer Garden (adults 21 and older), and Mountain's Edge homebuilders informational booths.

Pet-A-Palooza Returns Saturday

Pet-A-Palooza Returns Saturday

The 12th Annual Pet-A-Palooza festival in support of animals in need returns Saturday near Sam Boyd Stadium.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and takes place at Star Nursery Fields at Sam Boyd Stadium, 7000 Russell Rd.

Admission is an $8 donation for adults and is free to children 3 and under, day of/at the door only - advance tickets will not be available for purchase. Parking is $7 per vehicle.

Attendees can receive $2 off the admission price with a donation of pet canned food item at the gate. Additionally, a portion of every ticket sold will benefit one of the 40 non-profit Animal Rescue groups onsite for the event to help feed Las Vegas' hungry animals.

Those Left Behind Foundation Vaccination Clinic is offering free vaccinations at Pet-a-Palooza. Animals must be eight weeks old and not older than 10 years.

Headline entertainment includes artists Train, American Idol’s David Cook, Andy Grammer and FeFe Dobson.

Rainbow Theatre Holds Auditions for Adults, Children

Rainbow Theatre Holds Auditions for Adults, Children

The City of Las Vegas Rainbow Company Youth Theatre will hold auditions for the musical production, "How I Became a Pirate" at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, at the Reed Whipple Cultural Center, 821 Las Vegas Blvd. North.

Roles are available for adults and young people ages 9 and up. Comfortable clothing that allows for movement should be worn, and a prepared song is strongly recommended.

The show is scheduled to run June 3-12 at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St. For more information, call 229-6553.

Artist Ruel James to Open Local Gallery

Artist and sculptor Ruel James will open a gallery at a Friday night ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The Ruel James Gallery is located at 2121 Industrial Rd., Suite 215, in Las Vegas. James will be joined by entertainer Tony Sacca at the event, which begins at 6 p.m.

James just completed a major project for The Las Vegas Mob Experience at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in which he created eight sculptures of famous mob figures including Bugsy Siegel, Sam Giancana, Meyer Lansky, Tony Spilotro, Mickey Cohen, Lefty Rosenthal, Lucky Luciano and Frank Costello. He also created a Reverse-Mold of each head and the sculptures’ eyes actually follow you wherever you go. The effect is not mechanical; it’s just a special technique that James created.

Proceeds of the silent auction and sales will benefit the Las Vegas Valley Humane Society.