Dedicated to collecting, preserving, and exhibiting the iconic neon signs of Las Vegas’ past for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment, The Neon Museum is the perfect place to celebrate Black History Month this February. Here, you can learn about important contributions of local Black leaders to Las Vegas history.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the La Concha Motel, which was designed by the pioneering African American architect Paul Revere Williams and houses The Neon Museum’s visitor center. Born on Feb. 18, Williams not only designed La Concha but also Berkley Square, a housing development in West Las Vegas that is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Neon Boneyard also has several signs with interesting stories of notable Black Americans associated with businesses or sites that have deep roots in Las Vegas history, including:
Moulin Rouge – the location of a pivotal civil rights meeting in March 1960 that ultimately led to an agreement that was the beginning of the end of segregation in hotels and casinos. Additionally, the first African American woman in Nevada to receive a gaming license for a club in Hawthorne, Sarann Knight-Preddy owned the Moulin Rouge for many years and was committed to restoring it to its former glory. The Moulin Rouge sign was reassembled and re-illuminated last year to its original layout in the Neon Boneyard.
The Silver Slipper – the site of a 1950’s NAACP program for Black History Month, at a time when it was almost impossible to rent a room for a Black event in a Strip or Downtown hotel/casino.
Fitzgerald’s – Don Barden, owner of the former Fitzgerald’s Hotel and Casino (now The D) was one of the few African American casino owners in the country.
These Black History facts are credited to the late Dorothy Wright, a long-time board member and an early architect of The Neon Museum. Her largest project was the relocation and reconstruction of the La Concha Motel lobby.
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Touchdown! PT’s Taverns will host “Beer Game Sunday,” a Big Game celebration with party pack bites, buckets of beer, takeout specials and giveaways on Sunday, Feb. 7.
In addition to broadcasting football’s biggest game on dozens of high-definition TVs, PT’s will offer three Big Game food packages and party packs for football fans: the Big Game Party Pack, which will include a sampling of wings, pretzel bites, crispy mozzarella sticks, French fries or tater tots, a pub classic burger and one beer bucket of six beers, priced at $50 for two and $75 for four; the Big Game Munchie Box, served with crispy mozzarella sticks, boneless and classic chicken wings, pretzel bites, seared pot stickers, French fries and dipping sauces, priced at $55, with the option to add a cheese or pepperoni pizza for $10; and the Nacho Party Box, priced at $40. Chicken or beef may be added to the Big Game Sunday nacho box for $12.
Beer buckets of Budweiser, Bud Light, Coors Light, Miller Lite, Michelob Ultra, Corona or Heineken will be available during the big game. A bucket of 12 beers will be available for $45 and a bucket of 24 beers will be available for $70.
Guests will receive a 15% discount on all pre-orders made over the phone or in person at any PT’s location and a 10% discount on all takeout orders placed on Sunday, Feb. 7. All preorders should be made by Friday, Feb. 5.
Bud Light merchandise giveaways will take place in participating taverns on Sunday, Feb. 7. Football squares will also be available at select locations. Participating taverns and more information may be found here.
Recently awarded “All-Time Best of Vegas” for its happy hour, PT’s offers daily drink specials, available at all taverns from 5 to 7 p.m., and midnight to 2 a.m. Specials include a 50% discount on wines by the glass, premium spirits and all craft and import beer, including craft brews and customer favorites like Michelob Ultra and Blue Moon. Happy hour is available at all locations currently open. A list of all open taverns may be found here.
As part of Golden Entertainment, Inc., all of PT’s Taverns are part of the company’s “Golden Commitment” to the health and safety to guests and team members. A full outline of the company’s Golden Commitment is available at www.goldenent.com/commitment.
Hearts Alive Village Las Vegas has teamed up with Vitalant, the largest blood provider in the state of Nevada, to transform the lives of hospital patients and rescue animals throughout the month of February. From February 1st through February 28th, all blood donors will receive $25 off an approved adoption, a 10% discount to the Hearts Alive Village Pet Supply Store, and a gift for the first 300 customers. To make a blood donation appointment at a Vitalant donor center or blood drive, visit Vitalant.org or call 877-25-VITAL to receive this special offer. The two organizations are working together to promote the importance of being a hero for humans and animals alike.
The impact of COVID-19 has been detrimental for animals and the blood supply. Hearts Alive Village has become the Pet Food Disaster Distribution Center for the State of Nevada, feeding more than 8,000 animals in over 2,600 households that are experiencing financial hardships due to the pandemic. Vitalant has been leading the efforts to collect convalescent plasma donations from recovered COVID-19 patients to help those currently suffering with the virus. Due to business and school closures, over 14,000 blood drives have been canceled, resulting in a loss of over 364,000 uncollected blood donations and the need for blood donations is greater than ever. Together, the two organizations have partnered during this time to further support our community during the pandemic to help the people and animals affected by the pandemic.
Hearts Alive Village is a 501(c)3 animal rescue focused on keeping pets in their original homes whenever possible by providing solutions for struggling pet owners. In addition to their rescue and adoption services, they have a variety of owner support programs such as their pet food bank and affordable, full-service veterinary care. Started in 2013, the rescue has now saved more than 4,600 animals from being lost in the shelter system, and thousands of others from ever entering it in the first place.
“Pets and people are inextricably linked,” says Hearts Alive Village Executive Director Christy Stevens. “You can’t save one without saving the other. This partnership will allow us to spread the message of the importance of animal adoption as well as blood donations in Las Vegas.”
The Hearts Alive Village Pet Supply Store is located at 1750 S. Rainbow Blvd # 4, just a few minutes from the Vitalant West Charleston Donor Center. The store features discount pet supplies such as dog and cat food, treats, collars, leashes, litter, dog beds, cat trees, kennels, and much more. Customers do not pay sales tax as the rescue is a nonprofit, and all the proceeds from sales go back into their life-saving programs.
Vitalant (“Vye-TAL-ent”), formerly United Blood Services, is the largest blood supplier in the state of Nevada. Vitalant is also the nation’s largest independent nonprofit blood service provider, supplying comprehensive transfusion medicine services for nearly 1,000 hospitals and health care partners for patients in need across 40 states. Vitalant inspires local communities to serve the needs of others and transform lives through the selfless act of donating blood. Every day, almost 5,000 blood donations are needed to meet the needs of people throughout the country, and Vitalant’s 800,000 donors supply 1.8 million donations a year. In addition to blood products, Vitalant offers customers transfusion services, medical consulting, quality guidance, ongoing education, research and more. For more information and to schedule a donation, visit vitalant.org or call 877-25-VITAL (877-258-4825). Join the conversation about impacting the lives of others on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Hearts Alive Village Las Vegas (HAVLV) is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to nurture a compassionate society where animals are supported both in their homes and on their journey to find a home. The multidimensional organization provides a variety of programs including Kendall’s Kupboard a pet food pantry, and Charlie Mike a program that supports veterans and their pets, providing access to resources like training, financial assistance for veterinary costs, temporary boarding, and more. Programs also include the Foster & Adoption Program where strays, animals acquired from shelters, and owner surrenders are placed in foster homes until forever homes are secured. The Humane Education program delivers information in a fun way to kids about pet ownership, safety, and empathy. The Pet Supplies retail location offers new and gently used pet items such as toys, beds and more. This past fall, Hearts Alive Village opened the first nonprofit, affordable, full-service veterinary clinic in Nevada. HAVLV’s headquarters is located at Hearts Alive Village Adoption Center and Pet Supplies, 1750 South Rainbow Unit #4 Las Vegas, NV.
Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar will reopen for dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 5 p.m. Dinner hours will be 5 to 11 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday and 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Guests can look forward to indulging in favorites such as Ferraro’s Lasagna alla Gino, Gnocchi with house pomodoro sauce and a seasonal Branzino dish, where grilled Mediterranean Sea bass comes with parsnips, lacinato baby kale and fig-guanciale juice.
As Las Vegas’ longest running, family-owned and operated restaurant offering authentic Italian cuisine in a fine-dining atmosphere, Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar has offered guests a five-star experience since 1985. Specializing in freshly made pastas and sauces, legendary osso buco, savory risottos, expertly prepared all-natural meats, Safe Harbor® seafood, as well as an extensive award-winning wine list, Ferraro’s is famous for its attention to detail, welcoming environment and passion for food that runs in the family.
“We look forward to welcoming patrons again,” says Gino Ferraro, owner, Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar. “On behalf of all of us, we have missed you tremendously and can’t wait to see you again.”
The Ferraro family members devote themselves to ensuring each guest has a memorable experience, whether for lunch, dinner, late-night or private parties and events. Ferraro’s is located at 4480 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nevada 89169 (across the street from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas). For reservations, call (702) 364-5300.
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