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WATCH: The Arts Take Center Stage

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas is transforming into a cultural mecca, and this weekend, 8 News NOW takea you inside as the arts take center stage.

From the new Smith Center for Performing Arts, to the Neon Boneyard and Arts District, Las Vegas is doing more with arts and theater than ever before.

8 News NOW and our Community Pride sponsors will be the first to take you through the new buildings and give you a sneak peak at what's to come in the next year in our special.

Station Casinos Emerges from Bankruptcy

Station Casinos Emerges from Bankruptcy

Station Casinos announced Friday that it had emerged from bankruptcy after almost two years.

The restructuring means that all of the Station Casinos properties will remain under the company's control. It also means that Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta will remain in control of the company because they are majority stockholders. The Fertittas invested nearly $200 million dollars and own 45 percent of the shares.

“We are pleased to have completed the restructuring process and we look forward to this exciting new chapter in the Station Casinos story,” said Frank Fertitta III, Chairman and CEO of Station Casinos.  “Lorenzo and I believe in the future of Las Vegas, which is why we remain committed to the Company and the community”.   

Bigmista Grilling at Fresh & Easy Saturday

You can eat free barbecue from Bigmista at Fresh & Easy Saturday afternoon near Summerlin.

The market partnered with Neil Strawder, a.k.a. Bigmista, an award-winning grilling expert, to cook for customers.  Along with high-quality sides, he’ll be serving up grilled chicken, mild Italian pork sausages and quarter-pound beef burgers, all for free while supplies last.

The event takes place from 4-6 p.m. at 9475 W. Desert Inn Rd.

Design a Grocery Bag to Win at Fresh & Easy

Ten people will win $100 gift cards and one grand winner will get groceries for a year from Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market through the company’s Design-A-Bag contest.

The contest runs now through May 15 for California, Nevada and Arizona residents 13 years and over. They must submit an original design for the next Fresh & Easy reusable bag and a panel of judges will choose 10 finalists – each of whom will receive $100 gift cards for their efforts.

From the top 10, the winner will be selected by a group of customers called “Friends of Fresh & Easy.” The winning design will be made into a reusable bag and sold in all Fresh & Easy stores. The winner will get the grand prize of a year’s supply of groceries.

Dry Cleaner Goes Green with New Machine

Dry Cleaner Goes Green with New Machine

Tiffany Couture Cleaners recently was tapped as the only dry cleaner in Southern Nevada to be invited to purchase and operate the SystemK4 machine utilizing SolvonK4 non-toxic, biodegradable solvent. 

Bridal Show Arrives Saturday

Bridal Show Arrives Saturday

The Summerlin Bridal Show arrives Saturday, sponsored by Las Vegas Bride Magazine.

The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa. Brides, their friends and family are invited to attend and meet more than 200 of the city’s premier providers of catering, floral design, party rentals, ice sculptures, photography, wedding gowns and formal wear, entertainment, jewelry, professional planning services and much more.

NV Energy Grants $25,000 to Spread the Word Nevada Literacy Programs

NV Energy Grants $25,000 to Spread the Word Nevada Literacy Programs

NV Energy recently awarded a $25,000 grant to Spread the Word Nevada, a children's literacy nonprofit organization serving low-income children and families in the Las Vegas Valley and Clark County School District.

The grant will allow Spread the Word Nevada to continue providing children's books, family literacy events, and reading mentors to the 23 elementary schools adopted since the organization started in 2001.

"We are grateful for NV Energy’s continued financial support and belief in our children’s literacy programs," said Lisa Habighorst, Executive Director of Spread the Word Nevada. "Our mission of distributing books and promoting reading to the underprivileged children within our communities is so successful due to community partners like NV Energy.