Locals Only: Christmas tradition means a lot at Ethel M

Sure, Halloween was just last week. But it’s almost never too early to get in the Christmas spirit.

Especially since many stores have had their holiday items on display since, oh, the Fourth of July.

Along those lines, Ethel M Chocolates is hosting the 20th annual lighting of its cactus garden from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at 2 Cactus Garden Drive in Henderson

George Wallace will host the event that will include holiday performances by Michael Grimm and Mo5aic, as well as chocolate samples, face painting, balloon artists and photo opportunities with Santa Claus.

Through Tuesday, guests can drop off one new, unwrapped toy at the Ethel M factory in support of the KLUC toy drive in exchange for a pack of four tickets to the lighting ceremony.

The cactus garden, featuring more than 500,000 lights, will be open to the public from 5 to10 p.m. Wednesday through Jan. 1. Admission is free.

For more information, see www.ethelm.com.

Jazz Ensembles

Can’t get enough of all that jazz? The beat goes on when one of UNLV’s award-winning Jazz Ensembles assembles for a free 7 p.m. concert at the Flamingo Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road. For more information, call 702-507-3459 or visit www.lvccld.org.

Harvest Fest

The Autumn Harvest Festival sponsored by fresh 52 farmers market is from 8 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Tivoli Village, 440 S. Rampart Blvd. Activities will include a chili cookoff with Tivoli Village chefs competing, plus face painting, kids’ arts and crafts, a petting zoo, a beer truck and live entertainment. Admission is free.

Rat Pack Tribute

No one’s going to confuse Sam’s Town with the Sands, but Friday night lets us pretend a little. There’s a ticketed Rat Pack tribute in the main room, Sam’s Town Live, and the first of two nights of “Vintage Vegas Bandstand” in Roxy’s Lounge. Art Vargas, who often performs as Bobby Darin in “Legends in Concert,” promises to get the dance floor swingin’ at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 5111 Boulder Highway. There is no cover.


Halloween may be over, but the season lives on in the hooky horror punk of the Misfits. See them at 9 p.m. Tuesday at LVCS, 425 Fremont St. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of show; call 382-3531.


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