Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Rare Foresight

In 1991, the Clark County Library District convinced Las Vegas voters to approve a bond issue for new libraries. At that time, Clark County’s population was about 742,000. When construction commenced on the buildings approved by the bond issue, Las Vegans immediately decried the “Taj Mahals” and questioned the wisdom of giving the Library District money. Las Vegas voters haven’t passed any library funding issue presented since – and today our population is 1.7 million. With Las Vegas growing faster than a depressed woman with an unlimited supply of ice cream, those 1991 voters who are still around should congratulate themselves. Today the Las Vegas Art Museum – connected to the Sahara West Library pictured here – hosts internationally recognized work. Our community depends on the amphitheaters, museums, galleries, and story-time rooms funded with those 1991 dollars. Residents looking for off-Strip events can find family movie nights, plays, author readings, and other non-neon activities. Without the foresight of LVCCLD, Las Vegas would be even more culturally challenged – what a scary thought.


Pioneer Days
Spring Mountain Ranch
See demonstrations of blacksmithing, black powder shooting, spinning, weaving, and square dancing.
Saturday 10-14, 10:00 – 4:00
$5 Park Admission

Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival
Sunset Park
October 13 - 15
Come all ye lords and ladies!
$10 Admission

K9 Trials
Orleans Arena
October 15, event beings at 8:00
If you’d like to see what police dogs do, head to the Orleans for this event. It’s the closest you’ll get to a police dog unless you’re being arrested.
Admission is free

Lake Las Vegas Fine Arts Festival
October 14 and 15, 10:00 to 5:00

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