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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.

Local Indian Festival Upcoming

Vaisakhi Mela 2011 will be held April 9 in the downtown area of the valley.

Entertainment will include Malkit Singh and Enkarma. There will also be children's games, face painting, jupmers, clowns and jugglers. Indian food and snack stalls will be available.

The event runs from noon-8 p.m. at 500 S. Grand Central Pkwy, next to the Las Vegas Premium Outlets. Admission is free.

For more information, contact Amar Chadha at 807-1737, Raj Dhaliwal at 429-7354 or Sarbdeep Singh at 741-3387.

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.

Free Movie Night Offered at Drive-In Theater

The Las Vegas 5 Drive-In will be hosting a free movie night on April 14, featuring recent movie blockbusters. Tangled, Megamind and Just Go With It.

Tickets to the drive-in regularly cost $6.50 per adult, and $1 for children 5-11 years old. Kids under 5 are free. Double features are offered each night.

Drive-in presentation has changed considerably over the years. The biggest improvement in presentation is the addition of Technalight, which produces a picture seven times brighter than before, along with upgraded Dolby stereo sound that comes right through the car stereo.

Las Vegas 5 Drive-In is located at 4150 West Carey Avenue, at Rancho Drive.

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.