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Maryland Parkway Music Festival – The Main Drag of Vintage Vegas

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Labor Day Weekend In Vintage Vegas will really be rocking! 3 Different venues on Maryland Parkway. 3 days of non stop music.

Huntridge Circle Park To Host The Friday and Saturday evening events of the Maryland Parkway Music Festival

We’re especially pleased that the newly re-opened HUNTRIDGE CIRCLE PARK will have it’s first major event in the last six years. Having served on the original re-design committee 10 years ago, and as a leading proponent of getting Circle Park re-opened during the last 5 years, I’m happy to see it used for a major event.

For 60 plus years, Circle Park was a meeting place for all the now Historic Neighborhoods that surround the park. Hopefully this will generate renewed interest and lots of future events and programs.

The Sam Ash Music parking lot at Karen and Maryland Parkway will host the Saturday afternoon line-up.

UNLV will host the Sunday line-up from Noon to 9 PM, at Harmon Avenue and Maryland Parkway.

The complete calendar and list of acts that are performing are on the Maryland Parkway Music Festival Website

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Breaking News – Rick’s Restoration Now Open In the Downtown Las Vegas Arts District

First – on a personal note:

I’ll be appearing on the TV show “American Restoration” on FRIDAY, AUGUST 26 at 9pm. It’s on the History Channel – 43.

Vintage Kelvinator on sale at Rick's Restoration in Downtown Las VegasIn February, I had put out a call on this blog to help Rick and his team find stuff to restore for the TV show. I offered them up what had been a piece of yard art at my house. They accepted it, but I’m forbidden to reveal anything about what they restored for me, or anything about the filming of the episode. You’ll just have to watch to see.

It’s one thing to make regular tv appearance on local news shows, or at a City Council meeting, but his is a big time national cable broadcast. I’m dying to find out if I come across as nervous as I really was.  

They’re gearing up to start filming a new series, and you can still submit items to be restored.


And now…Let’s Welcome Rick’s Restoration as the newest addition to the Downtown Las Vegas Arts District!

While I was at their old “secret” location – they told me that they would be moving the entire operation to Downtown Las Vegas. I was sworn to secrecy, but the new location is now open, and I took the tour today with Tyler.

ShowroomThey’re now on Commerce Ave, 2 driveways south of Charleston. They’re open 9–5 Monday thru Friday and you can just walk in and take a tour, visit the show room, gift shop and see watch all the restoration work taking place thru huge picture windows into each workspace. 







Rick's Restoration in the Downtown Las Vegas Arts DistrictTours are given whenever you walk in during regular business hours. I’m encouraging them to be open for First Friday.

Rick’s Restoration Showroom and Shop is the newest reason to visit the Art’s District. I think having tourists lining up will help drive a lot of weekday traffic into the Arts District.

Welcome, Rick, as well as all of your crew – to Downtown Las Vegas and The Arts District.  










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Can The Veteran’s Memorial Be Built At Heritage Park In Cultural Corridor??

UPDATE 8/17/2011 2pm – At this morning’s City Council Meeting it was an unanimous vote to change the location of the proposed Veteran’s Memorial to Heritage Park in The Cultural Corridor.

Original post from 8/16/11 begins here.

Huntridge Circle Park is back in the news again.

The new Ward 3 City Councilman Bob Coffin has suggested that the proposed Veteran’s Memorial be changed to Heritage Park which is in the Cultural Corridor along Las Vegas Blvd.

The original proposal, to have the memorial at Huntridge Circle Park was not loved by the surrounding neighborhoods, but was accepted as a means to get the park opened again.

Since the discussion is to be held at tomorrow’s council meeting, there’s not a lot of time to give them feedback.

If you’d like the Veteran’s Memorial changed to Heritage Park in the cultural Corridor, please call Bob Coffin’s office, 229–6405 and tell him.

Or if you have the time, you can email to all of the City Council members from the webpage for the council. Unfortunately, there’s no way to send one email to all of them. You’ll have to click on each of the wards, and email separately.

Here’s the whole story:

On August 17, 2011 at 9am the Las Vegas City Council will convene. One of the items on the agenda will be the relocation of the proposed Veterans Memorial from Huntridge Park to Heritage Park on Las Vegas Boulevard North. The relocation of the memorial from Heritage Park would be a more fitting location to remember our fallen heroes than Huntridge Circle Park.

Here is a list of reasons why Heritage Park is a better location:

- Heritage Park is located on Las Vegas Boulevard, a designated National Scenic Byway
- The Veterans Memorial when built, will be located within walking distance of the Las Vegas Veterans of Foreign Wars Fred S. Pennington Post 1753
- The Veterans Memorial will be located within walking distance from Veterans Memorial Drive
- The Veterans Memorial will be located within walking distance from the American Legion Post #8 located on Veterans Memorial Drive
- It will be located near the historic neighborhood of Biltmore Bungalows. The bungalows were originally built to house airmen stationed at the Air Gunnery Range which would later become Nellis Air Force Base
- The memorial will be located near the US Vets Inc. Las Vegas housing center on Bonanza Road. US Vets provides services for veterans with comprehensive housing and employment services
- The memorial will be located in the heart of the Cultural Corridor. The Cultural Corridor is home to the world famous Neon Museum, Las Vegas Natural HistoryMuseum, Lied Children’s Museum, Las Vegas Library, Cashman Field – home of the Las Vegas 51’s AAA Baseball Team, the Mormon Fort, where Las Vegas began
- Heritage Park is located 1 mile north of historic Fremont Street and the Fremont East Entertainment District
- Heritage Park is located next to the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, which has ample parking. In addition the park is set back from the traffic of Las Vegas Boulevard where it allows for a quiet and more contemplative experience.


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Historic Mid Century Modern Las Vegas Construction Photos That Need To Be Identified

Our Secret Mystery Historian needs our help again. Here’s 3 photos that we need to identify. All of them are from either the late 50’s or early 60’s during the heyday of what we now call Mid Century Modern Architecture. I’m sure some of you will recognize enough clues in each picture to help us figure it out.

These photos are not for reproduction, or for use in any capacity except by express written consent from VeryVintageVegas.

If you click the thumbnails, they’ll expand to a much bigger size, and may take a few extra seconds to load due to the size of the originals.


mid century modern neighborhood being constructed in Las Vegas C-1962The first one is pretty easy, as it has a major element of Mid Century Modern architecture and design. It’s interesting to see the asymmetrical shapes of the homes, and some of the elements of the design starting to merge. I’m also fascinated by the depth of field that causes the mountains to loom so large.

Which direction are we facing? What are the 2 non-residential buildings that are in the picture? What streets might these be?



Mid Century Modern School - under construction - in Vintage Las VegasThe second picture is one of our historic Mid Century Modern Schools in Las Vegas. It’s not finished enough to look like any school I recognize. I wish they’d taken the photo from above the chain link fence rather than thru it, but unless someone wants to photoshop the fence away, we’ll have to work with what we have.





 10011-19 unknown neighborhood -reducedOur third picture is a mid century modern neighborhood somewhere in Central Vintage Vegas.

I’m totally baffled. The only thing I’ve decided for sure is that the open pathway between the homes is not the street, but is instead the area that will eventually be backyards. But I could be wrong.

These seem to be mostly ranch style homes, compared to the “desert modern” themes of the first picture.

Please use the comment button to give us your guesses, clues and observations.


If you’d like to see the other “mystery photos” that our secret historian has found over the years, they’re all here in this link. This post will show up first, but keep scrolling down.

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Helen Stewart – The First Lady Of Las Vegas

We haven’t done much about Las Vegas History lately. We’ll have to do more of it, since I’m now the newest commissioner on the City of Las Vegas Historic Preservation Commission. Most of the work regarding Helen Stewart and the Old Morman Fort has already been dealt with by the Commission. I’ll update you on the projects we’re working on as I get up to speed. I guess I should have made an official announcement about having been appointed. I’ll just pretend I’m a politician and announce that I’m going to announce it.

In case you missed this episode of Tom Hawley’s Video Bank on August 11, you’ll want to see it. It’s tells the story of Helen Stewart. Her ranch which encompassed 1800 acres was centered on what is now the Historic Old Las Vegas Morman Fort State Park on the corner of Las Vegas Blvd and Washington.

Most of the 1800 acres eventually became the original City of Las Vegas when it was sold to the railroad. There’s plenty more on Helen Stewart in the RJ’s excellent series on the “First 100” of those who shaped Las Vegas.

The new statue of Helen is scheduled for unveiling on December 3rd.



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Vintage Las Vegas, Facebook and Jack LeVine’s Back

I’ve been happily blown-away swamped for the last 3 months or so. All my listings are under contract or closed. Lot’s of my buyer clients are already moved in, and lots of them are anxiously awaiting their turn. Lots of them are still in the search mode. Prices have stabilized and there’s even selective price increases in some of the historic neighborhoods. Sitting down to write blog posts on a regular basis is probably the only thing I’m not happy about.  

Though loathe to admit she’s right….Pam at Retrorenovation helped me realize why I’m so reluctant to sit down and type. I sit and type a lot, but it’s mostly email, these days. I actually miss writing for you on a daily basis, but my back is always hurting, and by the time I’m done with the daily work part of selling Vintage homes in Las Vegas, I’m usually too scrunched up and/or heat exhausted to start a new 2 or three hour typing session. But, once again, I’ll tell you that … I’m going to try to do better.

Facebook-logoWhat I HAVE been doing some of, is posting and sharing and commenting on facebook. I know a lot of readers just “don’t do Facebook” or have stopped. I stopped for a while when it got too confusing, but I think I’ve figure it out again.

I’m about to ask all my 1068 “facebook friends” to follow me on my VeryVintageVegas facebook page, which I think I’ve forgotten to mention.

It’s the LIKE button when you get there. I’m eventually going to stop posting on my personal page.


Here’s a few of the hot stories you might have missed if you weren’t following me on Facebook:

FIRST FRIDAY in the Downtown Las Vegas Arts District

It’s a go! Only the “official” First Friday is on Hiatus. There’s been a lot of confusion, but the most recent press – RJ, SUN, VIEW, and the TV news now has it right.

Come on out anyway. All the shops and restaurants and galleries and everything else is open.

First Friday South - new this month in the Las Vegas Arts DistrictThere’s even a new First Friday South – car show, tents and more on 3rd Street

First Friday has actually become an all night celebration of ALL of Downtown Las Vegas.  Huge crowds start out at First Friday in the Arts District and then move on to Fremont Street Experience, and Fremont East Entertainment District.


If you really need to know the background story, several of the Arts District business owners were on KNPR State of Nevada on Thursday morning to discuss it.

Every Friday Art WalkAND – this just in – An ART WALK EVERY FRIDAY! reported on Enculturate Las Vegas – which is where you’ll find the most comprehensive coverage of the arts and culture of Las Vegas. If you are on Facebook, Brian Paco Alverez is the best source for everything. He’s always posting everything that’s art and culture related.



Former Mayor Oscar Goodman To Open Restaurant In The Plaza Hotel On Fremont Street

from the Las Vegas Sun 

Oscar's in the Plaza Hotel of Downtown Las VegasIt was inevitable, of course. Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman is opening a speak-easy, and yes it will be named after him.

The mob lawyer-turned-public servant-turned-entrepreneur is opening a steakhouse and bar this fall in the Plaza downtown, in the space previously occupied by tapas restaurant Firefly…….

A Place In Paradise – A Photographic Retrospective of Paradise Palms, The Boulevard Mall, and The Celebrities Who Lived There

Brian Paco Alvarez installs the finishing touches on Yes, it’s Brian Paco Alvarez again – wearing his day-job-hat as Curator of the Las Vegas News Bureau.

The show is in the food court of the Boulevard Mall. It’s free, and open during all mall hours this month.



A Place In Paradise - a photographic retrospective of Paradise Palms and the Boulevard MallThere’s a special gathering and showing on Saturday – August 6th for the residents of Paradise Palms. 5 to 7 PM. It’s a public place and they can’t (and don’t want to) keep you away. If you’re curious about a VERY special neighborhood in Vintage Las Vegas, and want to meet a truly engaged and active group of neighbors, then this is a great opportunity to do so.

This link will take you to just about every post I’ve ever written about Paradise Palms.

If you want to see what a terrific neighborhood website looks like – check out Paradise Palms Las Vegas. It should be the template for every historic neighborhood. All it takes is someone like Clay Heximer to make it happen. If you want to see the Paradise Palms Facebook Page, just click away.

Clay Heximer and Brian Paco Alverez will be the guest on KNPR State of Nevada FRIDAY, AUGUST 5 to discuss the photo retrospective. The link will be up after the show on the KNPR website.

IMG_0220And if you want to see what all the Paradise Palms buzz is about in person, take a drive behind the Boulevard Mall. Paradise Palms is on BOTH sides of Desert Inn between Maryland Parkway and Eastern Ave.

And of course talk or email me if you’re buying and selling in any of the Historic Neighborhoods of Las Vegas.


This took 3 hours, my back is killing me, and still, I’m most pleased to have typed out a real blog post again.

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First Friday Will Happen No Matter What – The Downtown Las Vegas Arts District Is Better Than Ever

Regardless of what Channel 8 reported last night – there will still be a First Friday in the Downtown Las Vegas Arts District.

What won’t happen for 2 months will be the “street fair” on casino center. No street closure. No bandstand stage. No fences. No tents. No Trolley buses. That part of First Friday is operated by the non-profit organization called Whirly Gig.

The biggest part of First Friday will go as usual. The Arts Factory, Gypsy Den, Retro Vegas and the shops and galleries and venues on Main Street, Casino Center, Charleston etc will all be open.

Facebook is all a buzz on the topic (especially on Brian Paco Alverez’s page. Primarily the chatter is that First Friday is SO MUCH BIGGER AND BETTER than just the fenced off street fair of Casino Center and California. There’s going to be a big push to make the August 5th and September 2 First Friday’s into the biggest and best events ever.

Among the more poignant comments:

Brian Paco Alverez says – “Like I said earlier I will report on First Friday as usual and encourage everybody to come down and have some fun. Lets brand the next First Friday Hot August Nights in Downtown…

David Moses says – “Most of the art-loving public doesn’t draw a distinction between those parts of First Friday that Whirly-gig produced versus all the rest of the parts that are produced by local business and gallery owners in 4 or more separate and distinct…areas of downtown. The local business and gallery owners throughout downtown, including those south and west of the 18b Arts District, those in the 18b proper, and those in the Fremont East Entertainment District and most notably, Emergency Arts, will all be open for business and receiving visitors on First Friday as well as Preview Thursday. ONLY the Whirly-gig stuff is on hiatus. Everything else lives on. The noted absence of those “security” gates will only help to ensure the inclusion of those businesses and galleries located on the outside fringes of the “official” Whirly-gig zone. The only truly big net loss to the business and gallery communities is the trolley that shuttled visitors between El Cortez and the 18b on First Friday. Oh, but never mind, we still have the ACE and Deuce buses doing just that. As much as I appreciate 8NewsNow, this was pretty poor reporting because none of the actual businesses or galleries in and around the 18b Arts District were even featured in the still shots they screened.”

Earnest Hemmings says: It will still exist. The fence wasn’t there before.The fence just meant more children. Without the fence it will be a much more adult event. It will actually have a greater impact for the artists AND the patrons.

Ann Davis Mulford says: “THERE WILL BE NO “HIATUS” of FIRST FRIDAYS….As the President of the Board of Directors of the Contemporary Arts Center, located in the Arts Factory and 22 YEARS STRONG; we are also the CORNERSTONE of the Arts Community and First Fridays, …long before First Fridays was a glimmer in several peoples eyes…let me just say, OFFICIALLY, we will be hosting PREVIEW THURSDAYS AUGUST 4th and FIRST FRIDAYS AUGUST 5th as usual, at the ARTS FACTORY; and EVERY Preview Thursdays and EVERY First Friday from now until the last art patron in Vegas goes looking elsewhere for interesting art and individuals to interact with…not in my lifetime I hope! Media people and anyone else who wants to hear the TRUTH; PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, from now on PLEASE, seek a comment at the very least from one of us who are truly involved in the day to day, let alone help make this monthly celebration of the Arts in Las Vegas grow and flourish as it has done and will continue to do, for many months and years and decades into the future.

And I SAY: Channel 8 makes it sound like First Friday “as a whole” will be on hiatus. Obviously from the buzz I’m getting and certainly based on the comments here…..the next two First Fridays might well be the biggest and best ever. There’s going to be lots of other stories done, and perhaps even the most publicity ever during the next 18 days. I vote for Paco’s branding of it as “HOT AUGUST NIGHTS” in the Downtown Las Vegas Vegas Arts District.

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Happy 4th Of July

VeryVintageVegas and  Jack LeVine wish you a happy 4th of JulyIt’s always my favorite holiday. I can’t really explain it, unless it’s about there being no gifts, cards, flashing lights, endless commercials, religiousiosity, sappiness, overeating, candy, masks, visitors, or hangovers.

It’s “just” a simple celebration of one of the most important events in human history - AND we get fireworks, one of my favorite things in the world.

When I was a kid, my mother not only gave us birthday parties, she also gave us half birthday parties. She always said that there just couldn’t be too many reasons to have a cake. I’ve always treated the 4th of July as the half birthday of the year. Have some cake this weekend as an extra special treat!

All my best to all of you for a safe and happy 4th of July

Uncle Jack

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Sahara Hotel Liquidation Sale Starts June 16th

Sahara Hotel Liquidation SaleSad as it is….. this should be one interesting sale.

Sahara Hotel and Casino Liquidation Sale – here’s the official website from NCL LOTS OF PICTURES IF YOU FOLLOW THE LINK

Note the 10.00 admission fee.


2535 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NevadaSALE STARTS JUNE 16TH AT 10 A.M!

Continues Daily 10-7 Monday – Saturday & 12-5 Sunday Until Sold Out!

FEATURING:1720 Guestroom & Suite Furnishings including: Color TV’s, King & Full Size Beds, Armoires, Nightstands, Dressers, Pedestal Tables, Lamps, Pictures, Mirrors, Uph. Chairs, Sofas, Loveseats, End Tables, Coffee Tables, Sofa Tables, Flat Screen TV’s, Dining Tables & Chairs, Chandeliers & Sconces, Wet Bars, Bar Stools and 100′s more!  Also, Sahara Memorabilia, Commercial Kitchen Equipment, Bar & Restaurant Furnishings, Ice Machines, Lobby Furnishings, Casino Tables & Chairs, Slot Stools, Neon Signs, Fountains, Pool & Patio Furniture, China, Glassware, Flatware, Theater Equipment, Stage Lighting, Banquet Tables & Chairs and 1,000′s more!


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Rental Properties In The Downtown Historic Neighborhoods Of Las Vegas

Amongst the far too many things I’ve neglected to blog about during the last few months is that I’ve left Keller Williams Realty. The exciting part of that news is that I’ve joined forces with Jason Delk and we’ve created our own brokerage – Bella Vegas Homes Realty.

Jason is also a downtown neighbor and currently is the Vice President of the Southridge Neighborhood Association. Jason is a permitted property manager, though I’m not. Property Management is considered a specialty classification, and also requires a real estate license. Jason is managing property for homeowners and investors all over Las Vegas. I’m helping with the homes in “Vintage Vegas”.

1808 8th Place - For Lease - Mid Century Modern Home in Downtown Las VegasRenting and leasing, like buying and selling, are 2 sided transactions. The landlord usually doesn’t know the laws, how to screen the tenants, and can get totally overloaded with the details of leasing their property. The tenants on the other hand, want to know that any problems can get resolved quickly and easily, and that their deposits weren’t used for other expenses. Property Managers take care of everything – for both the landlord and the tenant.

The  rental market has changed dramatically in the recent months. Many of the homes being bought as foreclosures are now on the market as “fixed up” rentals. Far too many current tenants are being told they have to move when their landlord goes into foreclosure. Many of the people who were once owners and have lost their homes are in the rental market. Rental prices have dropped slightly from where they were a year ago, as there’s slightly more rentals available than tenants who are looking for them. The well managed, interesting and properly priced rentals don’t stay on the market long. That’s something that’s never changed.

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that prospective tenants be very wary of properties that are NOT managed by professional property managers. Craigslist is full of scammers. I often hear of stories where the same house has been rented to multiple people at the same time. Often it’s on the weekend before the “landlord” loses the house to foreclosure. Be very wary. Property managers are required to disclose the true status of the home in regard to the owners late payments or foreclosures status.

All of the homes and condos that are listed in the MLS are handled by Realtors. Even Realtors like me, who are not property managers can list the properties and assist in finding the tenants, and even though we’re not property managers, we still have to obey the law, and treat people honestly and fairly.

The MLS SEARCH function at VeryVintageVegas has the ability to help you search for rentals, but you have to tell it to do so. In the property types – you can scroll down to “Rental”. It’s also a good place for future landlords to get a feel for what they can rent their home for. The mapping function can help you isolate certain areas or neighborhoods by drawing a box and allowing the map to narrow your search.

If you want to talk about renting out your home – Contact Jason Delk [email protected]  702–203–2722

If you’re searching for a new home to rent, contact me, Jack LeVine [email protected] 702–378–7055

If you’re buying or selling – again, it’s Jack LeVine who can help you.

Mid Century Modern Rentals In The Historic Downtown Las Vegas Neighborhoods

Here’s two of the Mid Century Modern properties that Jason and I are representing. We’re looking for great tenants who want to rent from a great property manager.

IMG_00471808 8th Place – A classic Mid Century “Desert” Modern home. In fact it’s one of the homes that was on my “list of 13” that I have considered buying myself over the years.

All the pictures are available in our featured property section in the left column, or this link will take you right to them.

It’s a 2 bedroom, 2 bath, and is offered at $995/month.












07Livingroom2201 Santa Paula Avenue

Lovingly restored to its original Mid Century Modern glory.

1 year lease at 1085/month – Available August 1st.



All the pictures are available in our featured property section in the left column, or this link will take you right to them.


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Chris Giunchigliani For Mayor Of Las Vegas

In case you haven’t had a chance to meet Chris Giunchigliani, my friends Lee and Laura, and I are hosting a meet and greet bar-b-que at their home in the Crestwood Subdivision on Wednesday, June 1, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  This is not a fundraiser, and Lee and Laura are springing for the hot dogs and snacks.

Chris will be there simply to meet you, and to answer any questions you may have about her desire to become the Mayor of Las Vegas.

The event will be at 1941 Houston Drive at the corner of Crestwood Avenue.

Jack LeVine Endorses Chris Giunchigliani For Mayor Of Las Vegas

Chris GI first got to know Chris G. in 2001, when we were both appointed to the re-design steering committee for the Huntridge Circle Park. Prior to that, I only knew her as my State Assemblywoman, though I didn’t pay much attention to politics then. Once I got to know her, I became deeply impressed by her passion and commitment to what ever task or cause she took on.

Chris Giunchigliani was right there with us for every battle that re-developing historic neighborhoods had to face. Chris stood with us in the fight against the Stratosphere’s scorpion tail roller coaster, commercial intrusion into the neighborhoods, Circle Park, Huntridge Theater, Neighborhood Clean-up Campaigns, and she’s always stood up for historic preservation causes.

Chris understands the workings of Government – at all levels. Her wealth of knowledge and experience about all levels of government can’t be denied, and is desperately needed to re-invigorate Las Vegas.

I’m truly proud to call her my friend, and I’ll be even prouder to have Chris G as the Mayor of Las Vegas.

Stop by on Wednesday, June 1st from 5:30 to 7:30 pm to meet her in person. No speeches, no fundraising, just a chance to talk one on one. You’ll know immediately why I’m supporting Chris Giunchigliani for Mayor of Las Vegas.


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Huntridge Circle Park To Re-Open – Sort of….

Huntridge Circle Park re opensBIG NEWS!

I’m 2/7th happy that the Huntridge Circle Park will be opening again – at least on weekends.

Bob Coffin, who I am supporting for the Las Vegas City Council will bringing donuts at 10am on SUNDAY MORNING May 29. Please come out to support him and the park.

Others are calling for picnic at 11 on Saturday. This isn’t officially organized yet, but as the word spreads, I’m sure it will turn into something big.

There’s plenty of comments flying on the Huntridge Circle Park facebook page. Be sure to “like” it.

Bring the dog, bring the kids, bring some food, bring a frisbee.  Let’s show them how 2/7th happy we are.

One important note is that NO ONE including and especially Gary Reese, the current City Councilman for ward 3 should get credit for this. We’re very curious that not even the President of the Huntridge Neighborhood Association was notified, none the less any of the other neighborhood presidents or activists who have begged, pleaded, scolded and demanded – for 5 long years – that the Huntridge Circle Park be re-opened. Where did we hear about it? Some one heard it at an Adrianna event.

At least we get it open on weekends, even if it’s nothing but a political ploy.

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Sahara Hotel – The Last Of The Original Las Vegas Strip Hotels

The Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas - Circa 1950There’s been plenty of coverage, and not much left to say about the Sahara Hotel.

Our old friend Lynn at the Classic Las Vegas Blog has lots of fun pictures, and some great memories of the Sahara.

Quoting from Classic Las Vegas: “When the Sahara opened in 1952, the Las Vegas Strip was much different from today.  The El Rancho was across the street, the Hotel Last Frontier and the Flamingo were further down the two lane highway.  Owner Milton Prell called it, “a jewel in the desert.”  He brought in comedian Stan Irwin as entertainment director and comics like Don Rickles and Buddy Hackett rotated the Casbar Lounge with Louie, Keely and Sam.It was a mythical era in Las Vegas history and the Sahara had a major role in that mythology.”

The Review Journal did a nice tribute video to the Sahara Hotel and it’s history on Friday. They also have a timeline of the historic events surrounding the Sahara, including it’s opening in 1952; when the Beatles stayed there in 1965, and when Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis were re-united during the 1976 MD Telethon.

Speed the Ride - Sahara Hotel - courtesy of Las Vegas Leisure Guide




Personally, I’ll miss “SPEED” – my favorite roller coaster ride in Las Vegas. I’ve ridden it at least a dozen times over the years.

Hopefully, they’ll find a way to re-model and re-open. If it’s imploded, I’m hoping it’s replacement will anchor a whole new re-birth of the north end of the Las Vegas Strip. (photo from Las Vegas Leisure Guide)


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Historic Morelli House – Downtown Las Vegas – To Hold Spring Open House






May is Historic Preservation Month. Among the events is the one that’s always my favorite isThe Morelli House Open House. If you’ve never been to the Morelli House, it’s an opportunity you shouldn’t pass up.   

The Morelli House, which is the crown jewel of the Mid Century Modern Preservation movement in Las Vegas will be holding it’s spring open house on Sunday, May 15th from 1 to 4pm. They’re also holding a simultaneous art fair which will showcase works that depict Las Vegas History and Landscapes.

The flyer below is clickable to see if full size.

The Morelli House was rescued by the Junior League. It originally was the home of famed Sands Hotel Band Leader Antonio Morelli, and was located at the the Desert Inn Country Club.

The back story about Antonio Morelli, the home, the rescue and relocation to downtown are all available in this link. The Historic Morelli House In Downtown Las Vegas















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Helldorado Days Celebration And Parade In Downtown Las Vegas

The city’s annual Hellorado Days festivities are a tribute to the anniversary of the city of Las Vegas. This year marks the 106th anniversary of the founding of Las Vegas. For more details, costs and entry information for events, and for volunteer opportunities, go online to www.elkshelldorado.com or call (702) 870-122. For more information, call 229-6672 or go online to www.lasvegasnevada.gov/helldorado.
Helldorado Days 2011 In Downtown Las Vegas

Bring the family to enjoy the 2011 Helldorado Parade, set for 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. Approximately 110 parade entries are expected to march down Fourth Street in downtown Las Vegas fom Gass Avenue to Ogden Avenue. (See parade map.) Thousands of people line the downtown parade route every year, and the parade also is broadcast live by Cox Communications on cable channel 96 and streamed online at www.Cox96.net . KCLV Channel 2 will re-broadcast the parade in the following days. A fireworks show will be launched from the Fremont Street Experience parking garage immediately after the parade.

Enjoy Advance Events, Rodeo, Carnival, Parade, Fireworks, Exhibits, Food Vendors

The annual Las Vegas Helldorado Days will be  celebrated in rapidly re-energizing Downtown Las Vegas 

 May 11-15 with community and Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) rodeos, carnival, parade, fireworks, exhibits, food vendors and special tributes. 

Planned events include:

·         Art Show & Auction through May 1 at Las Vegas Elks Lodge;

·         Sahara Coins Helldorado Treasure Hunt April 30-May 15;

·         Helldorado Shootout Charity Golf Tournament & Banquet at Siena Golf Course May 6-7;

·         Ranch Sorting at the Downtown Rodeo Grounds 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 11-12;

·         “Cowboys for a Cure” Wear Pink Night Helldorado Rodeo at the Downtown Rodeo Grounds 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12; arena pre-show 6 p.m.

·         Helldorado Carnival, Exhibits and food vendors at the Downtown Rodeo Grounds May 12-15;

·         “The Final Ride” Tribute to Mayor Oscar B. Goodman and Mayor Pro Tem Gary Reese, Friday, May 13; arena pre-show 7 p.m., rodeo 8 p.m.

·         Whiskerino Contest at the Downtown Rodeo Grounds 6 p.m. Friday, May 13;

·         PRCA Pro Rodeo at the Downtown Rodeo Grounds May 13-15;

·         Helldorado Parade 7 p.m. Saturday, May 14, downtown on Fourth Street between Gass and Ogden avenues;

·         Fireworks launched from the Fremont Street Experience parking garage parade;

·         Elks Hall of Fame Night at the Rodeo, 9 p.m., May 14; arena pre-show 8 p.m.

·         Tribute to Our Veterans Night at the Rodeo, 7 p.m., May 15.


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