April 27, 2005
IMPORTANT DETAILS FOR MEDIA REGARDING ACCESS TO KEY CENTENNIAL BIRTHDAY EVENTS
Las Vegas' birthday is a few weeks away and we're so excited to ring in its 100th with the entire community. We have many exciting events taking place in May and want to make you aware of the big ones so you can begin to plan your reporting needs and interests accordingly. In the coming days, we will be sending you a media credentialing form and will also post it on our media center at www.lasvegas2005.org to better assist you in meeting your production, staffing and interview needs. We want to make Las Vegas' birthday as accessible and fun for you to cover.
If you have any questions, please contact R&R Partners at any time:
Lori Nelson, R&R Partners (702) 318-4209; firstname.lastname@example.org
Erica Johnson, R&R Partners (702 318-4269; email@example.com
May 2-May 10
Media credentialing into Birthday events.
Download forms off the "media center" at www.lasvegas2005.org or wait for an e-mail from R&R Partners.
Post Modern events at the Historic Downtown Post Office
The downtown post office is transformed and open to the public to highlight the cultural aspects of the Centennial. Guests will get to tour and enjoy it for the last time before the doors close for a major renovation into a downtown cultural center.
Post Modern Vegas VIP exhibit
Enjoy the story of Downtown presented in an exhibit of historic photos, artifacts and vintage postcards. Eras on display include: Early Vegas 1905-1932; The Federalist Era, 1933-1945; The Atomic Age, 1946-1962; Post-Modern Las Vegas, 1963-2005 and The Best is Yet to Come, a glimpse into the future of the Post Modern and its plans to become a downtown cultural center. Exhibit hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Closed Sunday.
May 4, 11, 18, 25
Post Modern Community Conversations from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Moderated panel discussions focus on the evolution of our town. Topics include the history of the legal community, history of the Westside and the African American community, the role of women in the commerce of the valley and the role of unions in the development of Las Vegas.
Friday, May 6
Post Modern Celebrates Downtown from 5 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Join the local arts community to open the Centennial edition of First Friday with a reception from 5 p.m. -7 p.m. and performances by award winning Collage Dance Ensemble. Special Post Office trolleys on a route that includes the Government Center (free parking) and sites in the Arts District.
Friday, May 6 at 1:30 p.m.
Centennial Air Parade/85th Anniversary of Flight press conference/ airplane preview
Get a sneak peak at more than 20 aircraft ranging from WWII warbirds to vintage aircraft at the North Las Vegas airport. The planes will take flight just above the Las Vegas Strip in what will be the first air parade of this magnitude in the city's history.
Saturday, May 7 at 10 a.m.
Centennial Air Parade/85th Anniversary of over Las Vegas Strip and Downtown Las Vegas
More than 20 vintage aircraft will take a unique flight just above the Las Vegas Strip in a half-hour parade. The rare sight will also celebrate another historic milestone, the 85th Anniversary of the first passenger flight to Las Vegas by Randall Henderson, a WWI pilot and barnstormer who was the first person to fly into Las Vegas on May 7, 1920
Tuesday, May 10 from Noon to 2 p.m.
Founder's Luncheon at Lawry's The Prime Rib
Descendents of pioneer families from 1930 and earlier will gather for a reunion to share stories and honor their families' contributions to the early days in Las Vegas.
May 12-15 from Noon Midnight
Salute to Helldorado Days at the Fremont Street Experience featuring daily entertainment, the Western Village, Kangaroo Court and more!
Thursday, May 12 at 6 p.m.
Whiskerino Beard Growing Contest at the Fremont Street Experience as part of the Salute to Helldorado Days.
Friday, May 13 at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Fremont Street Experience's debut of a new Viva Vision show "Lucky Vegas" as part of the Salute to Helldorado Days.
Friday, May 13 at 9 p.m.
Free concerts at the Fremont Street Experience by Paul Revere and the Raiders and Asleep at the Wheel as part of the Salute to Helldorado Days.
Saturday, May 14 at 10 a.m.- 2 p .m.
Helldorado Days parade, downtown Las Vegas off 4th Street
Hundreds of parade entries including classic cars, costumed characters, floats and school bands will take over the streets of downtown.
Saturday, May 14 at 10 a.m.
Free concerts by Pam Tillis and Chubby Checker at Fremont Street Experience as part of the Salute to Helldorado Days.
Saturday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m.
"The Best Is Yet to Come" gala honoring the Honorable Lloyd D. George at Post Modern (Historic Downtown Post Office)
Sunday, May 15 from 3 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Construction of the World's Largest Birthday Cake at Cashman Center Exhibit Hall A.
Hundreds of volunteers together with Sara Lee will construct a 130,720 pound cake that measures 102 feet long by 52 feet wide.
Sunday, May 15 at 10 a.m.
Recreation of the Land Auction that marked Las Vegas' founding day as part of the Salute to Helldorado Days at the Fremont Street Experience.
Sunday, May 15 at approximately 10:30-10:45 a.m.
First Historical Marker unveiling in front of The Plaza following land auction as part of the Salute to Helldorado Days at the Fremont Street Experience.
Sunday, May 15 from 2 p.m.- 5 p.m.
Viewing of World's Largest Birthday Cake, Cashman Center Exhibit Hall A
The entire community is invited to view and have their picture taken in front of the 130,720 pound cake.
Sunday, May 15 from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Scheduled Media interviews with Mayor Oscar Goodman at Cashman Center Exhibit Hall A
Sunday, May 15 at 5:15 p.m.
Birthday Cake Cutting Ceremony
Join Mayor Goodman and hundreds of members of the Centennial's 5-15 Club (those locals who are lucky enough to be born on May 15, the day Las Vegas was founded) to cut the 130,720 pound cake and serve it up to thousands of party goers.
Sunday, May 15 from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Birthday celebration at Cashman Field
Flying Elvi descend into Cashman Field to celebrate Las Vegas' birthday. Kool and the Gang continue the festivities with a free concert and the evening ends with a 6-minute fireworks show by Grucci.
Monday, May 16 at Noon
Additional Red Hot Chili Peppers tickets released for locals at Southern Nevada Ticketmaster locations
Tuesday, May 17
The Las Vegas Centennial goes to D.C.