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VISITOR CENTER OPEN HOUSE, PARADE OF LIGHTS SATURDAY AT LAKE MEAD

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Date: November 30, 2009

LAS VEGAS – Free holiday events at Lake Mead National Recreation Area begin this Saturday, Dec. 5 at Lake Mead with the Parade of Lights along Boulder Beach and visitor center open house. The following Saturday, Dec 12, the  Dock of Lights event will be held at Callville Bay Marina.

SATURDAY, DEC 5. EVENTS:

-   9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Lake Mead Visitor Center Open House
    US-93 at Lakeshore Dr

    Join rangers at the Lake Mead visitor center for cookies and hot
beverages. Enjoy the Desert Discovery Center and ranger-led programs
through out the day. All items in the visitor center bookstore will be
discounted 15-percent during the open house. It’s a great time to pick up
some last minute stocking stuffers for your junior rangers. Come meet local
artist Sharon Schafer who will be showcasing her new exhibit, “The Art of
Nature,” at the visitor center and autographing posters.

-  3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
   National Park Service Headquarters Open House
   601 Nevada Way, Downtown Boulder City

   Ranger-led programs will continue at the park headquarters during the
Boulder City’s Electric Night Parade. Rangers will be roasting smores and
leading sing-alongs for youngsters and the young at heart.

-  7 p.m.
   33rd Annual Parade of Lights
   Las Vegas Boat Harbor / Parade along Boulder Beach

   After the Boulder City Electric Night Parade, the 33rd Annual Parade of
Lights will shine on Lake Mead. The decorated boats will gather Saturday
morning at the Lake Mead Marina/Las Vegas Boat Harbor complex where they
will put on the final touches and be inspected before the parade. The
parade will leave the marina to parade along Boulder Beach at 7 p.m. For
more information contact parade chair Barbara Wagner at 702-561-7727.
Presented by Lake Mead Boat Owners Association and Las Vegas Boat Harbor.

   Beginning at 2 p.m., the National Park Service will waive entrance fees
for anyone attending the Parade of Lights. Just let the ranger at the
entrance station know you are there for the Parade of Lights.

SATURDAY, DEC. 12 EVENT:

-  4:30 p.m.
   Dock of Lights 2009
   Callville Bay Marina

   Bring the family to see Santa’s village on the water. Visit with Santa
and Mrs. Claus, enjoy hot chocolate and stroll through a winter wonderland
of holiday scenes and lights galore all on boats! Presented by Forever
Resorts Callville Bay Marina and Lake Mead Yacht Club.

   Beginning at 2 p.m., the National Park Service will waive entrance fees
for anyone attending the Dock of Lights. Just let the ranger at the
entrance station know you are there for the Dock of Lights.

DECEMBER & JANUARY

-  Sharon Schafer’s “The Art of Nature” exhibit.
   Lake Mead Visitor Center
   US-93 at Lakeshore Dr

   Boulder City artist Sharon Schafer has a varied background ranging from
painter and photographer to wildlife biologist and river guide. Now as a
full-time artist she combines two loves – nature and art. See her new
exhibit of artwork inspired by the wildlands of Southern Nevada.

   “It is my hope that, by looking at these images, the viewer will come
away changed; no longer seeing the desert as a barren and lifeless land
that is baked by the glaring sun and beaten by relentless winds, but rather
as a miracle of life’s inventiveness and tenacity against great odds. It
was once said that the Mojave is pure bone. It is just that. A land
stripped of non-essentials, a land that is not so much harsh but rather
unrelentingly real,” says Schafer.

   Meet Sharon Schafer during the Lake Mead visitor center open house on
Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Did You Know?

Jimbilnan Wilderness - taken by Brian Beffort

"In a country where nature has been so lavish and where we have been so spendthrift of indigenous beauty, to set aside a few rivers in their natural state should be considered an obligation." -- Senator Frank Church