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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.

Grade School Author Hosts Book Signing

Grade School Author Hosts Book Signing

Aspiring 10-year-old author McKenzie Wagner will host her first book signing Saturday in northwest Las Vegas.

The signing will run from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, 8915 W. Charleston.

Her first two books were accepted with Tate Publishing – the first publishing company to which she submitted – and her first two volumes were combined into her first book, "The Magic Meadow and the Golden Locket" with the bonus volume, "The Blue Lagoon and the Magic Coin." The book was first released in December 2010.

Wagner wrote her first volume, "The Magic Wall Series", after finishing first grade.

NOVA science series presents Japan’s Killer Quake March 30 on Vegas PBS

NOVA science series presents Japan’s Killer Quake March 30 on Vegas PBS

NOVA science series presents Japan’s Killer Quake, an original one-hour documentary at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30 on Vegas PBS. The program takes viewers moment by moment through Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami. The program gives scientific context to the chain of events responsible for one of the most destructive disasters in recorded history with first-person accounts from those who survived, and from experts and scientists currently on the scene.

Japan’s March 11 earthquake was the world’s fourth largest earthquake since record keeping began in 1900. The tsunami rushed Japan’s coast with 30-foot waves and traveled six miles inland, wiping out entire towns in minutes.

Escobedo, Legacy Win Big at Music Competition

Escobedo Middle School and Legacy High School's Chamber Ensemble claimed top honors at the "Notes to Grow" music competition for local middle and high schools Saturday at Leavitt Middle School.

Both schools received $8,000 for their first-place finishes. A total of $36,000 in prize money sponsored by Las Vegas area Walmart and Sam's Club stores was divided among seven area schools’ music programs.

Local middle school and high school musical groups submitted applications and performance video for the contest for online evaluation and public voting.

Local Music Students Compete for $36,000 in Prizes

Local Music Students Compete for $36,000 in Prizes

Local middle school and high school students will compete Saturday for $36,000 in cash prizes for their music programs in the “Notes to Grow” music contest.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Myron Leavitt Middle School, 4701 Quadrel St., and admission is free.

Middle school and high school musical groups submitted applications and performance video for the contest for online evaluation and public voting. The four middle school and four high school groups receiving the most votes were invited to perform on Saturday.

Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or low folding chairs to be more comfortable during the event. Local Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores sponsored the prize money for the competition.

Call 229-2524 or visit http://bbgilv.com/hsnotes/jump.html online for more information.

Free snowshoe hikes offered at Mt. Charleston

Free snowshoe hikes offered at Mt. Charleston

Free snowshoe hikes at Mt. Charleston are being offered through the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (SMRNA) Education Department until the end of March.

A naturalist will outfit hikers with snowshoes and lead them on a one-hour hike of about a mile on a trail rated easy to moderate. Hikers experience the snow while discovering how the plants and animals survive the cold. Recent participants viewed animal tracks in the snow on the mountain.

"It's pretty active out there," said Jennifer Falkof with SMRNA. "If the naturalist sees something she can show you, she certainly will."

Snowshoes are one size fits all and it is recommended hikers be at least 6 years old.  For safety reasons, no dogs are allowed on hikes.

Participants should wear clothing that protects their heads, hands and feet from snow, cold, and wind. These interpretive walks are provided for individuals, families and groups every Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m.