Showcases, Conferences, Exhibitions And More Scheduled For City's 40-Year Celebration

 

The city of Las Vegas invites the community to celebrate Black History Month with a variety of events in January and February. The city has participated in Black History Month activities in many ways over the last 40 years. View the flier; all activities are subject to change.

For more information, call 702-229-PLAY. Parents can subscribe here to receive a monthly email, or text LV PARENTS to 468-311, about upcoming events and activities for their kids. 

 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Basketball Tournament

Jan. 10-11, 4 to 6 p.m.; Jan. 12, 10 a.m. to noon

Doolittle Community Center, 1950 N. J St.
Single-elimination youth basketball tournament for the historic Westside schools. This tournament will be free to all participants that qualify through their respective schools or youth programs. For more information, call 702-229-6374 or 702-229-1642.

 

Stay Prepared Mid-School Supply Drive

Saturday, Jan. 12, 11 a.m.
Doolittle Community Center, 1950 N. J St.

Students and families from Kermit R. Booker, Matt Kelly, H.P. Fitzgerald, Wendell P. Williams, Kit Carson, Agassi Prep, Detwiler and Rainbow Dreams schools are invited to come out for a day of food, fun and resources. For more information, call 702-229-1113.

 

Annual African-American Trailblazer Awards Breakfast

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 8:30 a.m.
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 361 Symphony Park Ave.
The annual African-American Trailblazer Awards Breakfast honors local residents who have made outstanding civic accomplishments and significant contributions to the Las Vegas community. RSVP required by Jan. 3 to attend; please call 702-229-3401.

 

Las Vegas My Brother’s Keeper Alliance No Student is Unreachable: School and Community Solutions for Success

Thursday, Jan. 17; registration begins at 8 a.m. Event time is 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public; registration is required. 
Texas Station Hotel-Casino, 2101 Texas Star Lane
The conference focuses on trauma-informed responsiveness in schools, school climate, safety and critical legislative issues. Speakers include Akbar Cook and Wes Hall. Principal Cook was featured on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" for his effective trauma-informed approach to meeting the needs of his students in Newark, New Jersey. Hall is an author and weekly radio talk show host and created the Young Men of Color Initiative for the Los Angeles Unified School District. To RSVP, contact lquick@lasvegasnevada.gov or call 702-229-6052.

 

“After Images” Exhibition: Featuring the artwork of Vicki Richardson

Jan. 17- April 11, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; closed weekends and holidays.

Reception: Thursday, Jan. 17, 4-6 p.m.

Free and open to the public. 
City Hall Chamber Gallery 495 S. Main St., second floor.

This annual exhibit features the work of an African-American artist who lives and works in Las Vegas. This year, Vicki Richardson, artist and owner of the Left of Center Gallery and studio, was selected as the featured artist. For information, visit www.artslasvegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS.

 

"A Night of Expressions 4" Auditions (ages 8-22)

Monday-Tuesday, Jan. 18-19.

Free and open to the public ages 8-22.

Municipal Pool, 431 E. Bonanza Road.

Youth are invited to audition for the "A Night of Expressions" family showcase to be performed Feb. 8 at the Charleston Heights Arts Center. Singers, dancers, musicians and spoken word artists are welcome. Call Willie Henderson at 702-229-2473 for information and to make an appointment to audition.

 

Peace Week 2019

Sunday, Jan. 20, 3 to 5 p.m.

Free and open to the public.
West Las Vegas Library Theatre, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd.

Join us for Peace Week 2019, celebrating the life, legacy and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and hosted in recognition of Living the Dream/Extending the Dream. Co- sponsored by the city of Las Vegas, Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, OSC and Trinity Conservatory of Arts, under the direction of Artistic Director Monica Armstrong. For more information, please call the West Las Vegas Library at 702-507-3989 or the city of Las Vegas at 702-229-6125. 

 

Sankofa Conversations: Continuing the Journey (ages 13+)

Saturdays, Jan. 26, Feb. 16, and March 23; 2 to 4 p.m.

Free and open to the public.
West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd.

Three unique workshops consisting of book discussions and dialogue using the past to understand issues impacting the African-American community for today and tomorrow. Reference books for this series include “The Classic Slave Narratives” by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl,” an autobiography by Linda Brent, and “Tears We Cannot Stop,” by Dr. Michael Eric Dyson. For more information, please call 702-229-ARTS, or visit www.artslasvegas.org.

 

Generation-2-Generation Old-School Softball Game

Saturday, Feb. 2, noon.

Free and open to the public. 
Kianga Isoke Palacio Park at Doolittle Complex, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd.

Come support our youth and enjoy food and fun. This event is held In conjunction with Palo Alto Pitching Machine. For more information, please call 702-229-1527.

 

Goodtime Catfish Fry

Thursday, Feb. 7, 11 a.m.

Cost: $10 per person, advance registration required.
Doolittle Senior Center, 1930 N. J St.
Fried fish, fixings and fun. Please register in advance by calling 702-229-6125.

 

"A Night of Expressions 4" Youth Talent Showcase

Friday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m.

Free and open to the public. 

Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 Brush St.

"Extending the Dream - Reaching Greatness through Our Youth” will be performed by youth ages 8-22. The event will showcase young singers, dancers and practitioners of the spoken word. For more information, call 702-229-2473. View the flier

 

Old-Time Gospel Melody

Friday, Feb. 8, 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $7 per person.
Derfelt Senior Center, 3343 W. Washington Ave.

The Doolittle Never Too Late Gospel Cortex singers will entertain at this luncheon. For more information, call 702-229-6601.

 

Sharing the History of Black Firefighters in Southern Nevada

Saturday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public.
Doolittle Senior Center, 1930 N. J St.
Join firefighters from around the community for the unveiling of a new, historic photo exhibit. For more information, call 702-229-6125.

 

Dive-In Movie "Pride"

Saturday, Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $4 
Municipal Pool, 431 E. Bonanza Road.

Enjoy the 2007 PG-rated film “Pride” - the 1974 Philadelphia true story of a black swim team and its mentors at the Marcus Foster Recreation Center. For more information, call 702-229-6309.

 

Doolittle Senior Center 40th Annual Mid-Day Inspirational Showcase & Luncheon

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 11 a.m.

Showcase is free and open to the public. Luncheon is $10 per person.
West Las Vegas Library Theatre, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd.

This free annual showcase features singing, dancing, poetry and guest speakers, followed by a soul food luncheon. Please call to RSVP for luncheon by calling 702-229-6125 by Feb. 5.

 

Heart of Black History Contests (ages 5-15)

East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave.

Submit your Black History Month contest entry on or before 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15. First- second- and third-place winners from each division will present their submissions at a Feb. 23 luncheon. Call 702-229-1515 for more information.

 

Share Your Heritage

Las Vegas Senior Center, 451 E. Bonanza Road.

Free and open to the public.

Everyone is invited to share their heritage throughout the month. Reserve some space in the center by Jan. 31 by calling 702-229-6454. Attend the heritage luncheon Feb. 6 at 11:30 a.m. for $5 per person (advance registration required).

 

No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m.

Cost: $20 adults; $10 for kids 18 and younger, plus tax and fees.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 Brush St.

Manual Cinema is a groundbreaking, live-performance film company, comprised of Ivy League practitioners with professional credits at Disney and Pixar. "No Blue Memories" will feature a screenplay by Eve L. Ewing and Nate Marshall and music by Jamila Woods and Ayanna Woods. The first African-American to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize, Gwendolyn Brooks was known for her poems reflecting the civil rights activism of the 1960s. "No Blue Memories" will be performed by Manual Cinema’s signature combination of shadow puppets, actors in silhouette and live music. For tickets and information, visit www.artslasvegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS.

 

Heart of Black History Essay Contest Luncheon

Saturday, Feb. 23, noon to 2 p.m.

Cost: $5 per person. Free admission for registered contest participants.

East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave.

All participants of the contests will be recognized and the winners will be announced at the banquet. For additional information, please call 702-229-1515.