weather icon Clear

East Valley Things to Do, April 16-22, 2015


The Down and Derby skate party is scheduled at 9 p.m. April 22 at the Gold Spike, 217 Las Vegas Blvd. North. More than 200 pairs of skates are to provided for the free event. Visit goldspike.com, sk8party.com or call 702-476-1082.

The third annual 18b Day is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. April 16 at Boulder Plaza, 1047 S. Main St. The event is set to include speakers, entertainment by body percussion performance ensemble Molodi, a silent auction, music and a presentation proclaiming Marty Walsh Day. Guerilla Kage, featuring live painting by local artists, is scheduled from noon to 10 p.m. Visit tinyurl.com/18bday3.

A Scottish luncheon for seniors 50 or older is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 16 at the Las Vegas Senior Center, 451 E. Bonanza Road. The cost is $5. Visit lasvegasnevada.gov or call 702-229-6454.

A performance of “The Odyssey: A Folk Opera” is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. April 16 inside the Marjorie Barrick Museum at UNLV, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway. Chicago-based musician Joe Goodkin is set to perform his 30-minute, one-man musical interpretation of Homer’s “The Odyssey” and lead a conversation about the timeless themes. Visit pac.unlv.edu or call 702-895-2787.

“An Evening with Garrison Keillor” is set for 7:30 p.m. April 16 in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 361 Symphony Park Ave. Tickets start at $29. Call 702-749-2000 or visit thesmithcenter.com.

Matt Lehrman plans to present the free workshop Get Smarter, Grow Stronger & Gain Audiences from 9 a.m. to noon April 16 at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St. Participants can learn how to use a whole-organization approach to understand their audience and use those insights to advance your mission. To RSVP, email gcordero@lasvegasnevada.gov or call 702-229-3515.

Seattle artist Dan Corson plans to discuss his public art projects during a free lecture set for 6:30 p.m. April 16 at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St. Call 702-229-4631. Visit dancorson.com.

“Peter Pan, the Play,” performed by participants of the Winchester Headliners Theater Program, is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. April 17 at the Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 McLeod Drive. Tickets are $7. Visit clarkcountynv.gov or call 702-455-7340.

“Howard Hughes: Footprints in the Desert Sand,” a free Chautauqua presentation by Brian Kral, is planned from noon to 1 p.m. April 17 in the jury room at the Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse, 333 Las Vegas Blvd. North.

Griot Nation, a Poet’s Corner National Poetry Month event for adults, is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. April 17 at the West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd. A diverse group of poets is set to present its works. Visit artslasvegas.org or call 702-229-4800.

The Clark County Children’s Festival is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 18 at the Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 McLeod Drive. The event is set to include dance and music performances, arts and crafts, exotic animals from Roos-N-More, percussion workshops, carnival games and costumed characters strolling the park. Vendors with small fees include a rock climbing wall, historic battles, pony rides and food and beverage vendors. Visit clarkcountynv.gov or call 702-455-7340.

Prevent Child Abuse Nevada plans to host its fifth annual Pinwheels for Prevention free community awareness event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 18 at Downtown Container Park, 707 Fremont St. In recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Prevent Child Abuse Nevada, an initiative of the Nevada Institute for Children’s Research and Policy at UNLV, plans to feature performances from local community youth organizations, a resource fair and a silent auction. Visit nic.unlv.edu/pcanv.

A Pioneer Obstacle Course is planned for children 5 to 12 from 10 a.m. to noon April 18 at the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park, 500 E. Washington Ave. Children can test their pioneer skills on the obstacle course at the old fort grounds, roping a pretend cow and shooting a paper turkey using a Nerf gun. Everyone who finishes the course gets a prize. Contact Daniel Wassmund at 702-486-3511 or oldfortranger@parks.nv.gov.

As part of the Big Band Saturday series, the Bruce Harper Big Band, featuring vocalist Elisa Fiorillo, is scheduled to perform from 1 to 4 p.m. April 18 at Ron DeCar’s Event Center, 1201 Las Vegas Blvd South. Tickets are $15 to $22. Guest younger than 21 must be accompanied by an adult. Visit rondecarseventcenter.com or call 702-384-0771.

ARTrageous Vegas Youth: Journey to the Center of Art is scheduled from 4:30 to 6:30 April 18 at The Center, 401 S. Maryland Parkway. The evening is set to showcase paintings, sculptures, drawings and more. Performances by young entertainers in the community also are planned. The suggested donation to attend the event is $5. Visit thecenterlv.com or call 702-733-9800.

The Doolittle Senior Center Prom Gala for participants 50 or older is scheduled at 6 p.m. April 18 at the Doolittle Community Center, 1950 J St. The semiformal event is set to include 1960s music, dancing, food, entertainment and more. Visit lasvegasnevada.gov or call 702-229-6374.

Clark County Commissioner Mary Beth Scow and the Department of Aviation’s Landside Operation’s Division plan to host a neighborhood and graffiti cleanup in the Paradise area of District G from 9 a.m. to noon April 18. Residents and volunteers plan to gather at Paradise Vista Park, 2200 Roan Ave., to pick up rakes, trash bags, paint brushes and other supplies. Volunteers will fan out into the neighborhood, located north of McCarran International Airport, to clean up trash and paint over graffiti. Dumpsters will be placed in several areas for residents to throw away unwanted household items and dispose of debris. Contact Blanca Vazquez at 702-455-8531, call 702-455-5561 or email ccdistg@clarkcountynv.gov.

The 16th annual Pet-a-Palooza is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 18 at Sunset Park, 2601 E. Sunset Road. Performers are set to include Blue October, Mat Kearney and Family of the Year. Food, pet vendors, animal exhibitors and animal rescue groups offering pet adoptions also are planned. Dogs are welcome, and admission and parking are free. Visit tinyurl.com/pfe3vcz.

The Southern Nevada Devil Pups’ annual parent information meeting is scheduled at noon April 18 at Durango High School, 7100 W. Dewey Drive, to discuss guidelines and requirements for eligibility in this year’s preliminary training program, and a 10-day leadership and fitness event at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Contact liaison representative Marie Tomao at 702-285-4142 or marietomao@yahoo.com.

A free Ward 3 document shredding event is planned from 10 a.m. to noon April 18 in the Huntridge Theater parking lot, 1200 E. Charleston Blvd. Bring personal documents to be shredded (limit five boxes per vehicle). Call 702-229-4623.

The Ogden Foundation Celebrity Bowl is planned from noon to 4 p.m. April 19 at Brooklyn Bowl in The Linq Promenade, 3545 Las Vegas Blvd. South. The two-tier bowling experience will offer amateur-only team entries and celebrity-amateur team entries and will play host to top celebrities and athletes, all of whom will pair with their respective Celeb-Am bowling teams and participate in a Celebrity Bowl-Off. Proceeds support the Ogden Foundation, which works with disadvantaged schools, families and children in the community. Event tickets with no bowling are $100. One amateur bowling team of four members pays $500. Visit ogdencelebritybowl.com or theogdenfoundation.org.

As part of the Tuesday Afternoon at the Bijou: Take to the Skies series, the 1939 film “Tail Spin” is scheduled from 1 to 3:15 p.m. April 21 at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road. Visit lvccld.org or call 702-507-3400.

Dinosaurs & Roses plans to feature a different charity each week. Shop in the nonprofit’s thrift store, 4310 E. Tropicana Ave., that week, and 20 percent of the sales will go to the charity. Visit dinosaursandroses.org and print a coupon, or mention the charity of the week when guests come in to shop. April charities are: April 18, the Blind Center of Nevada; and April 25, C.A.T.S.

Registration is open for the 20th annual Susan G. Komen Southern Nevada Race for the Cure, planned at 8:15 a.m. May 2 beginning at the Fremont Street Experience. Early registration is $30 for individuals and $25 for team members. Race-day registration is $40. Visit tinyurl.com/snkr4c.

Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear, a new interactive exhibit developed by the California Science Center, is scheduled to be on display through May 3 at the Discovery Children’s Museum, 360 Promenade Place. The exhibit is set to include a Fear Challenge Course, a Fear Lab and displays on Fear in the Wild and Coping with Fear. Visit discoverykidslv.org or call 702-382-5437.

“Car Show,” an exhibition of sculptures by Justin Favela and Sean Slattery that references three highly publicized tragic events, all involving celebrities and cars, is set to be displayed through May 8 at the Clark County Government Center Rotunda Gallery, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway. Call 702-455-7340 or visit clarkcountynv.gov/parks.


Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada plans to host its fifth annual Heart of Hope luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 17 in the Red Rock Ballroom at Red Rock Resort, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd. This year’s recipients of the Heart of Hope Award will be the Investment Counsel Co., Randy Garcia, founder and CEO, and The Lied Foundation. A luncheon and award presentation are planned. Ticket sales and sponsorships will benefit Catholic Charities’ programs. Tickets are $175. Visit catholiccharities.com.

The Nevada Watercolor Society plans an exhibit during library hours through April 30 at the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway. Visit mypubliclibrary.com or call 702-207-4260.


“Five Years Later: Revisiting Haiti and the Earthquake,” a presentation by Gina Athena Ulysse, associate professor of anthropology at Wesleyan University, is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. April 23 inside the Barrick Museum auditorium at UNLV, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway. Visit pac.unlv.edu or call 702-895-2787.

“Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex: Hidden Jewels of the Desert,” part of the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Nevada Naturalist program lecture series, is scheduled at 7 p.m. April 23 at the Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Road. Visit unce.unr.edu, email lvmastergardeners@unce.unr.edu or call 702-257-5555.

Dr. Paul Koudounaris, a photographer, is set to present an illustrated lecture on his new book “Memento Mori” at 7 p.m. April 23 at the Writer’s Block, 1020 Fremont St. The lecture highlights the world of decorated and festooned skulls, sacred burial caves and mummies. Visit thewritersblock.org or call 702-550-6399.

Las Vegas Academy Theatre plans to present “My Friend the Fox” by William Glennon April 23-May 2 in the Lowden Theater for the Performing Arts at Ninth Street and Clark Avenue. Tickets are $10 to $15. Visit lvacademytheatre.org.

Roos-N-More Wild Animal Adventures sponsored by Zappos.com is planned from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 25 and 26 at the Zappos Downtown Las Vegas Campus, 400 E. Stewart Ave. Along with a baby animal nursery and rainforest- and desert-themed live animal show, carnival games, rides and activities are planned, along with a Safari Eatery with food for purchase. Tickets are $10 to $35 at roosnmore.eventbrite.com.

The Grant a Gift Autism Foundation plans to host the sixth annual 5K Autism Race for Hope and Fun Walk at 7 a.m. April 25 at Town Square Las Vegas, 6605 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Foundation graduate and Mustang Sally’s Diner employee Jonas Martin will serve as event ambassador. The online registration deadline is April 23. The cost is $35 for timed 5K and $30 for the untimed fun walk. Visit grantagiftfoundation.org.

Those who have lost a loved one can celebrate their memory during the 12th annual John Anderson Celebration of Life Live Butterfly Release, scheduled for 2 p.m. April 25 at the UNLV Alumni Park Amphitheater, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway. The Nathan Adelson Hospice Foundation will host the event. Free parking is available outside the Student Union on Maryland Parkway and Harmon Avenue. The butterfly release is set to begin at 2:30 p.m. and is open to the public. Butterflies can be reserved in advance for $25 by contacting Stephanie Forbes at 702-938-3910 or sforbes@nah.org.

Beta Sigma Phi City Council plans to host its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. May 4 (it usually meets the first Monday of the month) at the Donald W. Reynolds Girls Scout Center, 2941 Harris Ave. Call Sandy Dixon at 702-281-5977.


An African drum class with master teacher “Papa” Diarra Zumana is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Baobab Stage at Town Square Las Vegas, 6605 Las Vegas Blvd. South. The cost is $20. Visit baobabstage.com or call 702-202-8010.

Rhythm of Life drum classes with percussionist and musical facilitator L.A. are scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at the City of the World gallery at 1229 S. Casino Center Blvd. The cost is $35 per class. Visit cityoftheworld.org or call 702-409-7549.

“Improv Kingdom” is scheduled at 8 p.m. Mondays at the Baobab Stage at Town Square Las Vegas, 6605 Las Vegas Blvd. South. A drop-in improv class is scheduled at 6 p.m. The cost is $10 for the class or the show or $15 for both. Visit tinyurl.com/impkdom or call 702-202-8010.

Joke Kune Do is scheduled at 9:30 p.m. Saturdays at the Onyx Theatre, 953-16B E. Sahara Ave. The two-team improv competition is hosted by Paul Mattingly. Tickets are $10. Visit onyxtheatre.com or call 702-732-7225.

“Don’t Quit Your Day Job” is scheduled at 9:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Onyx Theatre, 953-16B E. Sahara Ave. The show features a weekly one-on-one interview with a special guest designed to inspire improvised scenes. Tickets are $10. Visit onyxtheatre.com or call 702-732-7225.

A Beyond Recreation Program for people with disabilities ages 7 to 21 is planned from 1:30 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through June 8 at the East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave., and the Veterans Memorial Leisure Services Center, 101 N. Pavilion Center Drive. Formerly known as the Lorenzi Adaptive Recreation Program, it offers community outings, sports, games, arts and crafts, swimming and movies. The cost is $27 for one to three days, $36 for four days or $45 for five days. The program is closed holidays and through April 3. To register, call 702-229-6358, 702-229-4903, 702-229-6358 or 702-229-4903.

The “Faberge Revealed” exhibit is set to showcase 238 rare Faberge artifacts in the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South, through May 25. Tickets are $17 or $14 for Nevada residents and seniors 65 or older; and $12 for students, teachers and military members with valid ID. Children 12 or younger are admitted free. Audio tours are included in the price of admission, and complimentary docent tours are available at 2 p.m. daily. Visit bellagio.com/bgfa.

Performances of Matt and Mattingly’s Bucket Show are scheduled at 10 p.m. Wednesdays at the Scullery Theater, 150 Las Vegas Blvd. North. The two-man improv show with musical accompaniment is free, but audience members are encouraged to pay what they want into a bucket at the end of the performance. Visit mattandmattingly.com.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Kamala Harris’ campaign opens Nevada HQ in Las Vegas

Two senior officials with Sen. Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign discussed the importance of Nevada as a diverse early state and shared some insights on the candidate’s preparations for the second national debate.

2 hurt in downtown Las Vegas house fire

One person was critically injured in a house fire in downtown Las Vegas on Saturday night that has since been extinguished. Another person was