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The historic home of Antonio Morelli, the famed musical director and orchestra conductor of the Sands Hotel's legendary Copa Showroom, stands tall as a reminder of the city's illustrious past. The house is a charming example of Midcentury Modern architecture, featuring glass walls, an open floor plan and the use of natural building materials; a style that was typical of the houses constructed during the 1950s and 1960s in Las Vegas. While the architecture of the house alone is emblematic of Las Vegas in the 1950s, the house was also an after-hours meeting place for the Rat Pack, including the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Nat King Cole. Although a little known treasure, the Morelli House is a place of pilgrimage for fans of the midcentury legends of entertainment. The Morelli House was rescued, relocated and restored by the Junior League of Las Vegas, and now serves as their administrative headquarters. Tours, open days and special events are often organized, however, if you would like to visit at any other time you must schedule a visit by contacting the Junior League.
A group of five friends found a creative outlet by opening Banger Brewing, one of the city's first microbreweries. Located in the heart of the city, it features a lively patio and a dining room with full view of the brewing equipment. On most days, you can arrange for group tours around the brewery and learn about the brewing process first hand. Some nights also feature bingo and fun quiz games that test your beer-related trivia. Sample their specialty brews like Scarecrow Pumpkin Ale, Amber Does Vegas Red Ale, Hop Bang Boom Imperial IPA, and Morning Joe Coffee Kölsch inspired by German beer. You can also shop for merchandise like t-shirts, hoodies and growlers at their in-house store.
Masjid (Mosque) Haseebullah could be your Mecca in the midst of the hot desert of Nevada. An oasis of faith and worship, take your time out from the fun and frolic of Las Vegas and become a part of crowd that throngs the mosque everyday for the prayers. If you are interested in learning about Islam, you can surely avail the facilities here at the Islamic Learning Center. Started in 1998, the center has a good record as a cultural center and has also done commendable social work with the Nevada Department of Corrections.
Located just a few feet from the Las Vegas Bowl, the Silverbowl Park is the ideal spot to head for if you like the outdoors. Spread over 96 acres (38.8 hectares), the park comprises two softball diamonds as well as walking paths. Head here for an evening stroll, or take the whole family out for some good fun outdoors, catching a softball match or two, or, perhaps, a for picnic together. The park is also the venue for several community events like the Renaissance Festival. Call to know more.
This stunning architectural marvel was built by the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints as a place where members go to perform sacred ordinances. While admittance to the interior of the temple is reserved for members in good standing, the grounds are spectacular and the view of the city is one of the best available. Information on the church is available from their Web site or from any temple worker.
A place that can make any admirer of books feel content, the Centennial Hills Library is a state-of-the-art facility under the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District. Located near the northwestern edge of the city, this library has a rather functional appearance, but, as they instruct one to not judge a book by its cover, so too, perhaps, one should not judge the keeper of the books. Inside, the 32,431 square-foot (3012.9 square-meter) library boasts an impressive collection of books, periodicals, magazines, CDs, and more. Also, the library can be rented for events. See the website or call to know more.