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East-side venues prepare for year’s biggest party

Las Vegas has become one of the prime places to visit on New Year’s Eve, and while the activities on the Strip are well-known and televised, many locals don’t head in that direction on Dec. 31. There are many options on the east side of the valley.

Ballet ready to warm up right for ‘The Nutcracker’

There’s a sigh of relief at the Las Vegas Ballet Company. Performers had a full rehearsal schedule before this month’s show, something it wasn’t able to do for its last performance because of an increase in rental fees for Las Vegas-Clark County Library District facilities.

Paintings contain whimsical tips for the apocalypse

“How To’s,” a show of oil paintings by Whitney-area resident Jevijoe Vitug on display during regular business hours through Jan. 4 , is a whimsical look at survival.
“It’s really a look at the immigrant experience,” said Patrick Gaffey, cultural supervisor for Clark County. “He’s just telling that story in a very tongue-in-cheek manner.”

Heritage Holidays to light up Clark County Museum

The Clark County Museum isn’t just honoring the holidays but is also paying tribute to Las Vegas’ history during the season with its annual Heritage Holiday celebration.
During December, the museum, 1830 S. Boulder Highway, is expected to take its historical homes on Heritage Street, which depict certain Las Vegas houses throughout the decades, and decorate them with traditional ornaments, lights and fixtures true to their time.

Church Brings back performances of ‘The Living Christmas Tree’

The talent will be stacked tall this weekend at Community Lutheran Church. After a five-year hiatus, “The Living Christmas Tree: A Celebration of Christmas in Song” is scheduled to return, featuring singers standing in rows resembling a Christmas tree.

First Friday to feature holiday shopping bazaar, Winter Wonderland and more

The monthly First Friday arts festival returns from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday to the 18b Las Vegas Arts District. For more information, visit firstfridaylasvegas.com. Many area galleries plan exhibits opening Friday, and several are also open for preview Thursday. Activities and exhibits include: