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8th annual Concert for the Birds Sunday

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Submitted to the Optic

The Eighth annual Outdoor Concert for the Birds and Kids Fun in Nature Day will take place from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday at the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters, just east of the city.

There are many fun events throughout the day. This year there will be very popular hayride beginning at noon. Another event will be archery lessons beginning at 1 p.m.

Throughout the afternoon there will be nature hikes for adults and children, crafts, games and piñatas after the concert. Hot dogs, fruit, cookies and beverages will be served. Also a silent auction will be held, with many items to be auctioned off. Door prizes will be given. Blue Goose, a refuge mascot will pose for pictures.

The Concert for the Birds starts at 3 p.m. and will feature local musicians, Carl Bernstein, a classical guitarist, and Marilyn Priddy, a vocalist, cellist and percussionist. The duo will join in vocal and instrumental interpretations of jazz, folk and classical pieces along with their own original material.

The classical guitar has been Bernstein’s focus since he was 16. He has been a guitar teacher for 40 years, including 20 years teaching at New Mexico Highlands University and United World College-USA.

Priddy began her musical career at 18, singing in a folk duo in her native state of Texas, expanding into jazz, blues and lyrical folk music.

She teaches piano and voice. Together, the artists are well known in the Las Vegas area for their rich musical offerings.

Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs to this free event.