THE WEEK’S BEST BETS
1. Stars and Stardust — Sidewalk Astronomy in the Neon Boneyard: The third annual event is planned from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Neon Museum, 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North, in partnership with the Las Vegas Astronomical Society. The free educational event offers stargazing for families using the society’s professional telescope equipment. Children also can enjoy a self-paced solar system scavengerhunt and space-themed scratchboard art-making activity. Advance registration for a particular time is required: 6 to 7 p.m., 7 to 8 p.m. or 8 to 9 p.m. To register, visit neonmuseum.org/happenings. For more information, call 702-387-6366.
2. Frankie Avalon:The singer and former teen idol is scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15-17 inside the showroom at the South Point, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Tickets are $45, $50 or $55. Visit southpointcasino.com/entertainment.
3. Robert Burns Night Dinner: The St. Andrew’s Society of Southern Nevada, a nonprofit cultural organization, plans the 32nd annual event at 5 p.m. Jan. 16 at Sunset Gardens, 3931 E. Sunset Road. The cost is $50 per plate, which includes salad, an entree, a vegetable, dessert and coffee or tea. The event is slated to feature bagpipe music and dancing. Checks must be payable to SASSN and can be mailed along with with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to PO Box 33244, Las Vegas, NV 89133-3244. Visit sassn.com.
IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
WordPress for authors: Deb Dorchak of Blue Sun Studio Inc. is scheduled to teach authors how to establish and maintain a Web presence using the WordPress blogging platform at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway. Topics are to include adding pages and posts, managing navigation menus, adding links and images, installing plug-ins and building a base of followers and fans. Attendees can bring their laptops and their library cards for free Wi-Fi access. Register at 702-207-4261.
Clark County Nevada Genealogical Society: The group plans to meet at 10 am. Jan. 16 at the Paseo Verde Library, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway. The session is free and open to the public. Visit mypubliclibrary.com or ccngs.org.
Bobby Caldwell: The entertainer is set to perform at 8 p.m. Jan. 16 inside Club Madrid at Sunset Station, 1301 W. Sunset Road. Tickets range from $25 to $55. Visit sunsetstation.sclv.com.
Craft fairs: The events are planned from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 16 and 18 and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 17 in the lower-level center court at the Galleria at Sunset mall, 1300 W. Sunset Road. Arts and crafts are set to be for sale. Visit galleriaatsunset.com.
American Airlines Kiwi Club Chapter meeting: The luncheon is set for 11 a.m. Jan. 20 at CiLi at Bali Hai Golf Club, 5160 Las Vegas Blvd. South. All flight attendants, online and retired, from American Airlines, American Eagle, TWA and US Airlines are welcome. The next meeting is planned for 11 a.m. Feb. 17 at Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar at Town Square Las Vegas, 6635 Las Vegas Blvd. South. RSVP with Kay Jennings at 702-896-5496.
Social Media 101: Participants can learn the basics of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube and other social media sites at 10 a.m. Jan. 20 at the Paseo Verde Library, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway. No computer skills or social media accounts are required. The class is limited to 12 participants. Visit mypubliclibrary.com or call 702-492-7252.
Tree care: The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension plans to present its annual Professional Tree Care Seminar and Workshop in English on Jan. 22 and in Spanish on Jan. 29, both from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Road. Early registration will begin at 6 a.m. both days. This year’s emphasis is on urban tree care, including best practices for tree health. The cost is $25 with pre-registration or $30 at the door and includes the full-day seminar, handouts, coffee and beverages, CEUs and lunch. Register at 2016treecareseminarenglish.eventbrite.com. For more information, call ‘Chelle Reed at 702-257-5536 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or for the Spanish seminar, call Martha Barajas at 702-257-5522 or email email@example.com.
Black tie gala: The Fashion Artist Guild plans the inaugural gala from 7 to 11 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Revere Golf Club, 2600 Hampton Road. The guild is partnering with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for the event to help with medical studies on wearable baby technology. The event is aimed at raising funds for the guild’s on-the-job training and partnering programs for emerging art and fashion students. Tickets are $55 for members, and nonmembers pay $75 for early-bird tickets and $125 at the event. VIP tables for six guests cost $700. RSVP by Jan. 15 by contacting Pamela Humphrey at 702-374-9410 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are available at tinyurl.com/fashionartistguildgala.
Southern Hills Republican Women: The group plans to learn about the Nevada court system and the February Republican caucus during its meeting at 11 a.m. Jan. 26 inside Buckman’s Grille at the Revere Golf Club, 2600 Hampton Road. Guest speakers are scheduled to be a Nevada Caucus official and Michael P. Gibbons, chief judge of the Nevada Court of Appeals. The cost is $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Those interested must RSVP by Jan. 21 by mail to SHRW, 2505 Anthem Village Drive, Suite 223, Henderson, NV 89052, or dropped off at 2011 Di Pinto Ave. Call 702-278-6652.
Live music: Upcoming entertainment planned from 8 to 11 p.m. at Elixir, 2920 N. Green Valley Parkway, includes Marty Feick, Jan. 15 and 29; Yvonne Silva, Jan. 16; Nick Mattera, Jan. 22; Shaun South, Jan. 23; and Tim Mendoza, Jan. 30. Visit elixirlounge.net.
Troubadour Lounge entertainment: Smilin’ Bob is scheduled to perform classic rock at 8 p.m. Jan. 15 and 16 inside the venue at the Jokers Wild, 920 N. Boulder Highway. Also, experimental rock band M3 is set to take the stage at 8 p.m. Jan. 22 and 23, and Updog is set to perform classic rock at the same time Jan. 29 and 30. The events are free. Visit jokerswildcasino.com.
Coco Lounge entertainment: The reggae band Big Bamboo is slated to take the stage from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Jan. 15, 22 and 29 at the venue inside the Fiesta Henderson, 777 W. Lake Mead Parkway. Also at the venue, the Randy Anderson Band is set to perform country music from 3 to 7 p.m. Jan. 16, 23 and 30, and the Peter Love Band is set to perform originals and music from various genres from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Jan. 16, 23 and 30. Visit fiestahenderson.sclv.com.
Art exhibit: Pen and ink drawings by Joshua Weinberg are slated to be on display through January at the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway. Weinberg’s art features characters from movies, comic books, video games and other pop-culture works. The drawings depict the characters as the opposite sex. Visit mypubliclibrary.com.
Rose Garden: Forty-four varieties of roses can be viewed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Southern Area Master Gardener’s Rose Garden, 8050 Paradise Road. Rose varieties include hybrid teas, floribundas, shrubs, rugosas, damasks, noisettes and miniatures. The beds have engraved signage bearing the names of the roses, the varieties and the year of market introduction. The garden recently received a certificate of achievement in the Small Garden class during the national Sunshine ‘n Roses Pacific Southwest District’s annual convention. The district spans Southern California, Arizona, parts of Nevada, New Mexico and West Texas. The garden is maintained by Master Gardeners and members of the South Valley Rose Society. Visit southvalleyrosesociety.com.
WORTH A DRIVE
“Reservoir Dolls”: Performances of the play, written by Erika Soerensen and based on the film “Reservoir Dogs” by Quentin Tarantino, are scheduled at 8 p.m. Jan. 14-16, 21-23, 28-30 and at 2 p.m. Jan. 24 and 31 at the Onyx Theatre, 953-16B E. Sahara Ave. Tickets are $20. Visit onyxtheatre.com or call 702-732-7225.
Membership drive mixer for OV Nation: OV Nation, a new generation of Opportunity Village supporters, is set to host a membership drive mixer from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 14 at Born and Raised, 7260 S. Cimarron Road. Open to the public, the event is to feature food and drink specials and raffle prizes, as well as an opportunity to learn more about OV Nation, its mission, programs and membership benefits, and the chance to network with other like-minded emerging professionals. The location is to donate $10 to Opportunity Village for every person who attends. Visit opportunityvillage.org.
“Middletown”: The play by Will Eno, to be directed by Ela Rose, is set to be performed at 8 p.m. Jan. 15 and 16, 21-23 and 28-30 and at 2 p.m. Jan. 17, 23, 24 and 31 on the main stage at Las Vegas Little Theatre, 3920 Schiff Drive. Tickets are $24 for adults and $21 for seniors or students. Visit lvlt.org.
Bridge: The performance by the electric cello duo, part of the Downtown Cultural Series, is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse, 333 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Visit artslasvegas.org or call 702-229-3515.
Contemporary Arts Center Opening Reception for “Taste”: The event is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Contemporary Arts Center’s new location, 900 Las Vegas Blvd. South (entrance is on Hoover Avenue). The show features work by Wendy Kveck, Justin Favela, Chris Bauder, Mikayla Whitmore, Linda Alterwitz, Adam Morey, David Ryan, Daniel Habegger, Shawn Hummel, Sean Russell, Brent Sommerhauser, Alisha Kerlin, Mark Brandvik, Sierra Slentz and Elizabeth Blau. Visit lasvegascac.org.
Mary Wilson: The singer from the legendary Motown trio The Supremes is set to perform at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16 and 17 in the Suncoast Showroom, 9090 Alta Drive. Tickets start at $20. Visit any Boyd Gaming box office, suncoastcasino.com or call 702-636-7075.
Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival: The 15th annual festival is scheduled through Jan. 24, with most films set to screen at the Adelson Educational Campus, 9700 Hillpointe Road. The remaining schedule is: “Apples from the Desert,” 7 p.m. Jan. 16, Adelson Campus; “Semicolon,” 1 p.m. Jan. 17, Adelson Campus; “The Search for Israeli Cuisine,” 3:30 p.m. Jan. 17, Adelson Campus; “Dough,” 7 p.m. Jan. 21, Cinemark Theatres in the South Point, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South; “Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict,” 7 p.m. Jan. 23, Adelson Campus; “Rosenwald,” 1 p.m. Jan. 24, Adelson Campus; and “The Liberators,” 3:30 p.m. Jan. 24, Adelson Campus. All films will be accompanied by the filmmakers, or related experts in the subject matter, who will provide introductions and moderate post-screening discussions with the audience. Tickets are $10 at lvjff.org.
Cabin Fever: Park interpreter David Low plans to lead a dutch oven cooking demonstration from noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 16 on the porch of the 1870s historic sandstone cabin at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, 6375 state Route 159. Participation is free with park admission, which is $7 for Nevada residents or $65 for an annual pass. Visit parks.nv.gov.
History project meeting: The Southern Nevada Women’s History Project is set to hold a bimonthly meeting at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 16 at the Las Vegas Country Club, 3000 Joe W. Brown Drive. The cost is $26 for lunch. The speaker is set to be Gina Geldbach-Hall, a former battalion chief with the Clark County Fire Department, who will discuss her book, “Firegal — Rising from the Ashes.”
Commodore club meeting: The Clark County Commodore Computer Club plans to meet from 9 to 11 a.m. Jan 16 at the Clark County School District Adult Education Campus, 2701 E. St. Louis Ave., Room 16. News, demos and a presentation on CES 2016 are planned. Email Al Jackson at email@example.com or Forrest Nettles at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 702-363-3331.
Community Safety Forum: The Mob Museum, 300 Stewart Ave., plans to host a free Community Safety Forum from 2 to 3 p.m. the third Sunday of each month through 2016. Each presentation includes free general admission to the museum following the presentation as well as livestreaming of the event. Topics announced so far are: Jan. 17, Distracted Driving and Accident Prevention, featuring officers from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Traffic Section discussing tips and tools for safe driving; Feb. 21, The Active Shooter, with officers from the MACTAC (Multiple-Assault Counter Terrorism Action Capability) unit talking about active shooter awareness, incident response and workplace violence; and March 20, The Ins and Outs of the Clark County District Attorney’s Office, including information about the progression of a criminal case from arrest to post-conviction procedures. Call 702-229-2734 or visit themobmuseum.org.
Homebuyer’s Education Seminars: The Nevada Partners seminars are planned from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 20 and 27 in the meeting room at the Rainbow Library, 3150 N. Buffalo Drive. Learn about the process from A to Z, including managing your money to achieve your financial goals; the importance of good credit; and sustaining homeownership once you’ve achieved it. Upon completion of this eight-hour seminar, the participant receives a Homebuyers Education Certificate, a requirement for most down payment assistance programs. Workshops are free and open to the public. To register, call 702-924-2100, ext. 230. Additional sessions are planned in February. For more information, call 702-507-3717 or visit lvccld.org.
Meet Your Customer Day: The event is planned from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Clark County Government Center rotunda, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway. Local minority-owned, woman-owned, small, physically challenged, veteran and disabled veteran business enterprises interested in supplying Clark County’s business needs will have a chance to network with various representatives of Clark County departments and purchasing analysts in partnership with several resource agencies. Call 702-455-3092.
“Forecast 2016 — Finding a Way Back”: NAIOP Southern Nevada and the Lied Institute for Real Estate Studies in the Lee Business School at UNLV plan to present a program featuring panel discussions and a keynote presentation by Calvin Schnure, senior vice president of research and economic analysis for the National National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, from 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 21 at The Orleans, 4500 W. Tropicana. Registration is $60 before Jan. 15 or $80 by Jan. 18, the registration deadline. Visit naiopvn.org.
Junior Master Gardener open houses: The Nevada Cooperative Extension plans to host an open house for its Junior Master Gardener program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Research Center and Demonstration Orchard’s Children’s Garden, 4600 Horse Road in North Las Vegas. A second open house is planned for the same time on Jan. 30 at the Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Road. View projects and collect information on the upcoming sessions for children 7 to 12 that are set to begin in February. Junior Master Gardener Ambassadors will be on hand, and a make-and-take project, tours of the children’s demonstration gardens and refreshments are planned. Registration for the spring sessions will be available. Call Karyn Johnson at 702-257-5523 or email email@example.com.
#TrytheTower: The partial tower practice climb for the Scale the Strat race is scheduled from 7 to 9 a.m. Jan. 23 at the Stratosphere, 2000 Las Vegas Blvd. South. The practice climb will allow participants access to the stairwells at the very top of Stratosphere Tower, Level 101 to Level 112. The cost is $30, and the Stratosphere has offered for each climber to receive two coupons for free admission for the Stratosphere Tower for use at a later date. Sign up at action.lung.org/TrytheTower2016 or register onsite the day of the practice climb by the Top of World podium inside Stratosphere Tower on the second level, starting at 6:30 a.m. The American Lung Association’s Scale the Strat race is set for Feb. 28. Visit scalethestrat.com.
“Tribes”: A play by Nina Raine, directed by T. J. Larsen and Jacob Moore, is scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 24 in the Black Box at Las Vegas Little Theatre, 3920 Schiff Drive. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors or students. Visit lvlt.org.
Sci-Fi Fantasy Book Club: The group plans to meet at 6 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway. The event is free and open to the public. Visit mypubliclibrary.com or call 702-207-4260.
Louie Anderson: The comedian is slated to perform at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22 and 23 inside the showroom at the South Point, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Tickets are $15, $20 or $25. Visit southpointcasino.com/entertainment.
Gardening in Small Places: Pruning landscapes is scheduled to be discussed during the hands-on University of Nevada Cooperative Extension workshop from 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 23 at the Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Road. Angela O’Callaghan is set to lead the event and will show participants the what, when, where, why and how of pruning fruit trees, ornamentals and desert plants. Attendees should bring gloves, eye protection and pruners if they have them. The cost is $25, which includes materials. Space is limited, and registration is required. Contact Elaine Fagin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-257-5573. Upcoming Gardening in Small Places workshops are: vegetables, Feb. 20; composting, March 19; irrigation, April 9, problem solving, May 7; and organic gardening, June 11.
Big City Showdown: Bishop Gorman High School is set to take on Findlay Prep at the basketball event, planned at 11 a.m. Jan. 23 at the South Point Arena & Equestrian Center, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Tickets cost $15. Visit southpointarena.com/events.
Elvis Tribute: Justin Shandor is set to perform hits from Elvis Presley’s movies at 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at the M Pavilion inside the M Resort, 12300 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Tickets are $30, $36 or $42. Visit themresort.com.
Genealogy Lunch & Learn: The all-ages event is set for noon Jan. 27 at the Paseo Verde Library, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway. Attendees can learn about research tools available inside the library’s Heritage Room and how to order microfilm from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Registration is required by calling 702-492-7252 or visiting mypubliclibrary.com.
Language resources: Participants interested in learning how to speak, read and write in different languages can find out about online resources to do so at 10 a.m. Jan. 27 at the Paseo Verde Library, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway. The class is limited to 12 people. Visit mypubliclibrary.com or call 702-492-7252.
Pruning roses: The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and the South Valley Rose Society plan to host a free educational meeting on the topic at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Road. The class will be broken into small groups, and consulting rosarians will prune and explain the nuances of the flower’s different varieties: hybrid teas, floribundas, shrubs, miniatures and climbers. Attendees should bring gloves and pruners. Call the Master Gardener Help Desk at 702-257-5555 or email@example.com.
Sportscards & Collectibles Show: The event is set from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 29 and 30 and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 31 throughout the Galleria at Sunset mall, 1300 W. Sunset Road. Autographed memorabilia, sports trading cards, toys, comics and sports and movie action figures are set to be for sale, among other items. Visit galleriaatsunset.com.
Interview tips: Attendees will learn techniques for interviews for potential employment during an event slated at 10 a.m. Jan. 30 at the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway. Author and career expert PJ Sheldon is set to lead the session. Visit hendersonlibraries.com or call 702-207-4261.
Theatre in the Valley: The troupe plans to perform Susan Sandler’s romantic comedy “Crossing Delancey” from 8 to 9:45 p.m. Feb. 5, 6, 12, 13 and 19 and from 2 to 3:45 p.m. Feb. 7, 14 and 21 at its playhouse, 10 Pacific Ave. The cost is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $10 for children. Call 702-558-7275 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Junior Master Gardener: The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension plans to offer the hands-on program for children ages 7 through 12 starting in February. The first classes of the eight-session program are set for 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 6 at the Research Center & Demonstration Orchard, 4600 Horse Drive, for residents in the north valley, and 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 13 at the Lifelong Learning Center’s Outdoor Education Center, 8050 Paradise Road, for residents in the south valley. Children will learn about plants, water, soil, vegetables and more. The program also helps foster leadership skills and community service, organizers said. The eight-session class fee is $52, and sessions are planned twice monthly. Register by contacting Karyn Johnson at 702-257-5523 or emailing email@example.com. Visit jmgkids.us.
The Shirelles: The 1960s pop group plans to perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 inside the M Pavilion at the M Resort, 12300 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Tickets are $19.99, $24.99 or $29.99. Visit themresort.com, ticketmaster.com or call 800-745-3000.
Ronnie Milsap: The country music artist plans to perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 20 inside the Grand Events Center at Green Valley Ranch Resort, 2300 Paseo Verde Parkway. Tickets are $20, $30, $40 or $50 at any Station Casinos reward center, by visiting sclv.com/concerts or through Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.
Disc golf: The 17th annual Gentlemen’s Club Challenge disc golf tournament is set from Feb. 25-28 at the Wild Horse Golf Club, 2100 W. Warm Springs Road. The event is expected to feature 450 to 550 competitors, including disc golf professionals from around the U.S. Registration prices range from $75 for the junior division to $175 for the pro division. Visit pdga.com/2016-gcc or contact Jeff Jacquart at email firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-586-1657.
Desert Newcomers Club: This nondenominational social club for women who are new to the Las Vegas/Henderson area is set to meet the third Wednesday of every month. Coffee meetings are planned at 10 a.m. the last Thursday of the month at the Green Valley Methodist Church, 2200 Robindale Road. Visit desertnewcomersclub.org.
Open mic nights: Kelly Clinton is scheduled to host the dinner shows from 9 to 11:55 p.m. Mondays at the Bootlegger Italian Bistro, 7700 Las Vegas Blvd. South. The events will feature unknown and established entertainers. Reservations are suggested. Visit bootleggerlasvegas.com.
Harp music: Mariano Gonzalez is scheduled to perform on the harp from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays in the main dining room at The Bootlegger Italian Bistro, 7700 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Visit bootleggerlasvegas.com or call 702-736-4939