East Valley Things to Do, April 23-29, 2015


”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.

Cuban singer-songwriter Osmani Garcia plans to perform at 10 p.m. April 24 at Sam’s Town Live! at Sam’s Town, 5111 Boulder Highway. Guests must be 18 or older. Tickets start at $40. Call 702-284-7777 or visit samstownlv.com.

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, food and activities are planned. Tickets are $10 to $35 at roosnmore.eventbrite.com.

As part of the Big Band Saturday series, Jim Fitzgerald and his Gold Coast Big Band are scheduled to perform from 1 to 4 p.m. April 25 at the Ron DeCar’s Events Center, 1201 Las Vegas Blvd South. Tickets are $15 to $22. Guests younger than 21 must be accompanied by an adult. Visit rondecarseventcenter.com or call 702-384-0771.

An encore performance of “Voices of Rudy: The Journey to the Movie” starring Rudy Ruettiger is scheduled at 7 p.m. April 25 at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 361 Symphony Park Ave. Tickets are $34 to $39. Visit thesmithcenter.com or call 702-749-2012.

El Dia de los Ninos/El Dia de los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) is a national celebration of children, families and books. The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District plans to celebrate with stories, songs, crafts and games. Events are free. Visit lvccld.org. Events planned include: Dia de los Ninos Storytime, a bilingual storytime with songs and activities for children up to age 11, at 11:30 a.m. April 25 at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road (702-507-3436); El Dia de los Ninos/El Dia de los Libros Festival, with stories, crafts, games and family activities that will bring children and books together and honors cultures and family traditions, from noon to 3 p.m. April 25 at the Las Vegas Library, 833 Las Vegas Blvd. North (702-507-3549); El Dia de los Ninos Puppet Show for children up to age 11, at 6 p.m. April 29 at the Sunrise Library, 5400 Harris Ave. (702-507-3905); and a Book Fiesta Puppet Show and Parade for children up to age 11, at 4:30 p.m. April 30 at the Whitney Library, 5175 E. Tropicana Ave. (702-507-4015).

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 at 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.

Spring Festival 2015 is planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 25 at the Cambridge Recreation Center, 3930 Cambridge St. Admission is free, with live music, a car show, bounce houses and a climbing wall planned. Call 702-455-7169.

Trio de Amici is set to perform traditional Italian folk music from 2 to 4 p.m. April 25 at the Winchester Cultural Center Theater, 3130 McLeod Drive. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 the day of the show. Participants can purchase tickets in person or visit clarkcountynv.gov/parksregistration. Call 702-455-7340.

The Las Vegas Philharmonic plans to perform its fifth and final Masterworks concert of the 2014-15 season at 7:30 p.m. April 25 in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 361 Symphony Park Ave. Tickets are $26, $46, $66 and $96 Call 702-749-2000 or visit lvphil.org.

A Gem and Mineral Dig is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon April 25 at the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort Historic State Park, 500 E. Washington Ave. Children ages 4-12 can join a park ranger to learn about rocks and minerals as they dig through the sand pit on the old fort grounds to find treasures. Tools are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is $1 and free for children 12 or younger. Contact Daniel Wassmund at 702-486-3511 or email oldfortranger@parks.nv.gov.

Zion’s Youth Symphony and Chorus plans to perform “Another Testament,” a musical tribute to the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, at 5 and 7:30 p.m. April 26 at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 361 Symphony Park Ave. Admission is free. Visit zionsyouth.org.

The premiere of Aaron Ramsey’s “Odyssey” is planned for 3 p.m. May 3 at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St. The cost is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. A reserved VIP table for six is $150. Guest cellist Andrew Smith is set to perform with the Nevada School of the Arts Chamber and Preparatory orchestras. A menu of handcrafted sandwiches, gourmet pastries and an assortment of teas is planned. RSVP is due by April 27. Call 702-384-2787 or visit nsamusic.org.

The Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre of New Zealand is scheduled to perform free at 7 p.m. April 27 at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road. The group uses genealogical chants, martial arts techniques and songs regarding traditional Maori culture dating to the 10th century. Visit lvccld.org or call 702-507-3459.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” is set for 7:30 p.m. April 28-May 3 and 2 p.m. May 2 and 3 in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 361 Symphony Park Ave. Tickets start at $39. Call 702-749-2000 or visit thesmithcenter.com.

As part of the Tuesday Afternoon at the Bijou: Take to the Skies series, the 1939 film “Only Angels Have Wings” is scheduled from 1 to 3:15 p.m. April 28 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. The April 25 charity is C.A.T.S. The May charities are: May 2, Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada; May 9, Child Focus; May 16, Compassion Corner; May 23, May Cteen; and May 30, Desert Torah Academy.

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.


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.


The Running for the Roses Kentucky Derby Luncheon for attendees 50 or older is planned from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 1 at the Derfelt Senior Center, 3343 W. Washington Ave. The cost is $5, and registration is required. Call 702-229-6601.

United Way’s YPS Signature Event is planned from 2 to 5 p.m. May 2 at Commonwealth in downtown Las Vegas, 525 E. Fremont St. Watch the Kentucky Derby in Southern style with hosted signature drinks, a photo booth and brass band entertainment. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Visit uwsn.org/rsvp. YPS works to make a difference in children’s lives through volunteerism, mentorship and events.

Wacky World of Sports is set from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 2 at Sunset Park, 2601 E. Sunset Road. Human derby races, reverse kickball, broom ball, bubble soccer, mud volleyball and a human foosball tournament are planned, along with food and dessert trucks. Visit tinyurl.com/kqcqjmh.

The Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation, in partnership with Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, plans to present the seventh annual Klip It for Kidz fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 2 at Town Square Las Vegas, 6605 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Local businesses, children and individuals are invited to raise money for critically ill children in Southern Nevada and for local schools and sports groups. Professional stylists will shave participants’ heads or cut their hair to make wigs for children. Participants must be willing to cut a minimum of 8 inches to donate hair. Individuals may set their own fundraising goals and collect pledges for NCCF. Entertainment and exhibitions by the Metropolitan Police Department and Clark County Fire Department are planned. Funds raised will benefit the foundation.Check-in and registration for pledges will be available at the Klip It For Kidz Salon. The pledge form is available at nvccf.org. Call 702-735-8434.

To celebrate National Therapy Animal Day, Love Dog Adventures plans to host a Meet the Love Dogs event from 4 to 7 p.m. May 18 at Mingo Kitchen & Lounge, 1017 S. First St., Suite 180. To attend, RSVP by May 11 by emailing sue@lovedogadventures.org or calling 702-202-2641.

The city of Las Vegas plans to host its second annual Veterans Job Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 21 at the East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave. Employers can participate in the fair free. Employers with at least two available positions are asked to reserve a table at the job fair by completing the form at tinyurl.com/oo4ywm3. During the job fair, veterans will be welcomed from 9 to 11 a.m.; the fair will open to the general public, including veterans, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Veterans are encouraged to bring resumes. Call 702-229-6315.


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.

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