Locals Only: Quick, quick, run St. Nick!

If you think it’s hard explaining to your little ones how Santa Claus manages to be inside every shopping mall at once, just wait till they get a load of thousands of them running through the streets of downtown.

Opportunity Village’s ninth annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run is set for 10 a.m. Saturday at the Fremont Street Experience.

Shania Twain will serve as the fundraiser’s grand marshal, and runners raising money for Team Shania will receive prizes ranging from a T-shirt for $50 in donations to two VIP tickets and a meet-and-greet at her Caesars Palace show for $1,000 in donations.

Entertainment will be provided by the Jabbawockeez, “Jersey Boys” star Jeff Leibow and Opportunity Village’s all-Elvis dance troupe.

The 5k run starts at 10 a.m. with the one-mile Kris Kringle Jingle walk immediately following.

Adult registration is $40 in advance or $50 on Saturday. Youth registration is $25 in advance or $35 on Saturday.

Runners can pick up their Santa suit packets in advance from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday or 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday at the Opportunity Village Thrift Store, 390 S. Decatur Blvd.

For more information or to preregister, visit lasvegassantarun.org.

Those were the days

Looking for a different blast from the Vegas past? The historical photos of “Reflections of the Ebony Guys, Dolls &Techs” focuses on dancers and technicians of color who performed in the chorus lines — or worked behind the scenes — of past Strip extravaganzas. The free exhibit opens Saturday and runs through Jan. 25 in the Community Gallery of the West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays; for more details, call 702-229-4800 or visit www.artslasvegas.org.

All eyes on the pies

Pizza Rock, 201 N. Third St. in the Downtown 3rd District, has introduced a weekly series, Kids in the Kitchen, which begins this Saturday. In the classes, which begin at 10:30 a.m., kids and parents will learn such skills as handling dough and topping and cooking pizza. It’s $10, and all proceeds will benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. For more information or to register, call 702-385-0838.

Remembering a friend

The Jimmy Wilkins Big Band pays tribute to one of its own, Las Vegas saxophone great Billy Root, who died last summer. It’s a jazzy afternoon Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the E-String Bar and Grill, 2031 Sunset Road, Henderson. Cover charge is $10; reservations are recommended; call 702-453-8451.

Many colors of jazz

Toscha L. Comeaux brought the King’s music to life in “Viva Elvis.” But Saturday, the singer explores “The Hues of Jazz and Rhythm &Blues” in a 7 p.m. show at the Baobab Stage in Town Square, 6587 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Tickets are $20; call 702-369-6649.

Bring on the punk

He was the original singer of the Dropkick Murphys, then Mike McColgan left the band to become a firefighter. Now, McColgan fronts Boston punks the Street Dogs, a band every bit as rugged as their frontman’s background suggests. See them at 8 p.m. Saturday at LVCS, 425 Fremont St. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 day of show; call 382-3849.


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