THE WEEK’S BEST BETS
1. Ovation performing arts concert: A music, dance and theater showcase featuring students in the Opportunity Village Performing Arts Program is scheduled at 6 p.m. May 26 at the Ralph and Betty Engelstad Campus of Opportunity Village, 6050 S. Buffalo Drive. Admission is free. Visit opportunityvillage.org.
2. Blues & Brews Festival: A festival featuring local, regional and international brewers and bands The 44’s, Shanda & The Howlers, and The Lucky Cheats is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. May 28 at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd. Tickets are $35 in advance or $75 for VIP admission that includes access to an indoor, air-conditioned lounge with free food and exclusive beer offerings. Admission at the gate is $40 if available. Each entry includes a sampling mug and unlimited beer samples. Visit springspreserve.org.
3. Civil War experience: Guests can try on Civil War uniforms and learn to march and drill in formation with input from historic re-enactors at 10 a.m. May 28 and June 25 at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, 6375 state Route 159, about 10 miles west of the 215 Beltway. At 1 p.m. May 28, visitors can also step back in time with a visit to the porch of the ranch’s sandstone cabin where a ranger plans to do dutch oven cooking and firearms demonstrations. Park admission is $7 per car for Nevada residents. Visit parks.nv.gov/parks/spring-mountain-ranch-state-park.
IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
Job Fair: Adults, seniors and teens are invited to bring resumes and meet with potential employers during a job fair set from 1 to 4 p.m. May 26 at the Spring Valley Library, 4280 S. Jones Blvd. Visit lvccld.org.
Finance class: Get tips on methods of financing cars from the Financial Guidance Center during a free seminar scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. May 26 in the West Charleston Library, 6301 W. Charleston Blvd. Visit lvccld.org.
Smashing Alice: The ’90s alternative rock band is set to put on a free show at 10 p.m. May 26 in The Lounge in the Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road. Visit palms.com.
Ranger-Led Night Hike: The hike is planned through Sandstone Canyon from 7 to 9 p.m. May 26 starting at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, 6375 state Route 159. The hike is roughly 2 miles and goes over uneven terrain. Attendees should be 7 or older, wear close-toed shoes and bring water and a flashlight. Entry to the park is $7 per vehicle for Nevada residents. Contact David Low at 702-875-4141 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Patrick Sieben: The Emmy-award winning singer/songwriter plans to put on a free show from 7 to 1o p.m. May 27 in Social at the Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road. Visit palms.com.
Luca Ciarla Quartet: Jazz violinist Luca Ciarla is set to perform a free concert with Carmine Ioanna on accordion, Maurizio Perrone on double bass and Francesco Savoretti on drums from 7 to 8:15 p.m. May 27 in the West Charleston Library, 6301 W. Charleston Blvd. Visit lvccld.org.
Air Supply: The Australian soft rock duo is set to perform at 8 p.m. May 27-29 in the showroom at The Orleans, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave. Tickets start at $39.95. Visit orleanscasino.com.
Pop Strings Orchestra: The 15-piece band is slated to perform free at 11 p.m. May 28 and June 4 and 25 in The Lounge at the Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road. Visit palms.com.
Chris Tucker: The comedian and actor plans to perform at 8 p.m. May 28 in The Pearl inside the Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road. Tickets start at $50. Visit palms.com.
Float Like A Duck: The 13th annual Paragon Pools-sponsored free water safety program is set from noon to 4 p.m. May 28 at Heinrich YMCA Water Sports Park, 4141 Meadows Lane. Duckie, the official water safety mascot, will be on hand for fun and informative activities. Children must be accompanied by a parent. Visit paragonpoolslv.com.
Puppet show: Celebrate Asian American Heritage Month with a puppet show from 4 to 5 p.m. May 29 at the Spring Valley Library, 4280 S. Jones Blvd. Visit lvccld.org.
Watermelon Magic: Screenings of the film about a farmer’s daughter who believes she has magical powers only to find that growing food can be magic are scheduled at 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in June in the Big Springs Theatre in the Origen Museum at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd. Shows are free with paid admission. Visit springspreserve.org.
Cabaret: In-A-Fect is slated to play at 9 p.m. May 27-29 and June 9-11 in the Bourbon Street Cabaret Lounge at The Orleans, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave. Admission is free. Other free shows coming up include Darby O’Gill at 7 p.m. June 1; WolfCreek at 9 p.m. June 2-4; the NiteKings at 4 p.m. June 8, 15, 22 and 29; and The Jukebox Heroes at 9 p.m. June 16-18. Visit orleanscasino.com.
Rock the Socks Golf Classic: A two-person scramble golf tournament benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas is scheduled for June 3 with registration at 7 a.m. and tee-off at 8 a.m. at Bear’s Best Las Vegas, 11111 W. Flamingo Road. Entry fees start at $130. Visit rmhlv.org.
Mermaid art show: Art inspired by mermaids is set to be featured at an inaugural group show scheduled to open from 6 to 10 p.m. June 3 at The Bubblegum Gallery in Downtown Spaces, 1800 S. Industrial Road, Suite 207D. Gallery owner LeslieAnn Farrell hopes to have a mermaid to greet guests at the event. Visit tinyurl.com/z5w7kxb or call 702-806-0930.
Rainbow Youth Soccer League signups: Early-bird signups for games for girls or boys ages 2 to 18 are planned from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 4, 11, 18 and 25 and July 2, 9, 16 and 23 at Villa Pizza, 3385 S. Durango Drive. To sign up, participants should bring a copy of their birth certificate, a wallet-size photo and $125 cash, check or money order. The fee includes 10 games, a picture plaque and a uniform. Call 702-873-1451 or visit ryslsoccerleague.com.
Spring Mountain Ranch Docents: Volunteer docents are needed at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, 6375 state Route 159, about 10 miles west of the 215 Beltway. Training classes are scheduled for June 4, 11, 18 and 25. Contact Carlo Luzzi at email@example.com or 702-355-9341.
Summer fun camps: Themed camps for kids ages 6 to 12 are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays June 6-Aug. 26 at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd. Camp fees are $200 per week for Springs Preserve members and $225 for nonmembers. After-hours care is available for an additional $50 per week. Visit springspreserve.org.
WORTH A DRIVE
UCC Breakfast — The Economic Impact of Transportation: The event is set from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. May 27 at the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas, 710 W. Lake Mead Blvd. Participants are invited to learn about the future of transportation, network and have breakfast. Admission is $30 for members, $35 for nonmembers and $40 at the door. Visit bit.ly/1TDydOa.
Hip-Hop Dance Workshop — Aktualize Weekend: The project showcase and hip-hop workshop featuring world-renowned instructors and training is planned for May 27 and 28 in the Dallas Ballroom at Texas Station, 2101 Texas Star Lane. The event wraps up with dancers competing for cash prizes. Visit aktualizedance.com or call 702-482-7622.
Sun City Summerlin Garage Sale: The annual garage sale, which includes an arts and crafts sale, has been rescheduled from 7 a.m. to noon May 28 at the Mountain Shadows Community Center parking lot in Sun City, 9107 Del Webb Blvd. Admission is free.
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts: The free performance, part of the Fremont Street Experience Rock of Vegas Summer Concert Series, is scheduled at 9 p.m. May 28 at the Third Street Stage at The Fremont Street Experience at Fremont and Main through Las Vegas Boulevard. Visit vegasexperience.com.
Education exhibit: Butterfly Day is set for May 28 at the Visitor Center at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, 1000 Scenic Loop Drive. Stop by the center all day for information, to see preserved specimens and to make a take-home craft. Visit friendsofredrockcanyon.org.
Jesse J with Will Donato: The event, part of the Jazz in the Park Series, is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 28 at the Clark County Government Center Amphitheater, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway. Seating is set to begin at 5 p.m. Picnics, blankets and low-back chairs are welcome. Food and drink are expected to be available for purchase on site. Visit tinyurl.com/ccjitp2016.
BADASS Dash Obstacle Course Challenge: The event is scheduled at 8 a.m. May 28 at Sam Boyd Stadium, 7000 E. Russell Road. Registration starts at $20 for children and $60 for adults. Spectator tickets are $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the event. Visit badassdash.com, pac.unlv.edu or call 702-895-2787.
Mini Con: Henderson Libraries plans to host a mini comic book convention from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 28 at the Paseo Verde Library, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway. The free event will feature a live recording of the podcast “Geek Shock,” cosplay and a panel discussion on pop culture herorines. Call 702-492-7252 or visit hendersonlibraries.com.
“The Collective”: The Global Citizenship Service at Cirque du Soleil plans to host its 11th annual free art exhibition at Eden Gallery inside The Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd., from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays through June 14. A special reception is set from 6 to 8 p.m. June 2. The exhibit features artwork by the company’s performers, technicians and support staff in Las Vegas. In addition to the 33 works showcased this year, The Collective will also feature the square project from the Zarkana Theater, a collection of squares created by individual cast and crew members that, once brought together, represent the beauty, importance and impact of working together toward a common goal. Visit EdenArtStudioAndGallery.com.
Firefighter Bachelor Auction: The event, hosted by Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation, is planned from 7 to 11:30 p.m. June 3 at The Foundry at SLS Las Vegas, 2535 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Early-bird tickets start at $40 for women and $80 for men or couples. Standard pricing begins June 2. Gold and Silver VIP table packages are available. Bachelors are set to be paired with prize packages. All proceeds from the auction will benefit individuals in the community through The Burn Survivor Initiative, a program that provides medical and emotional assistance to local burn survivors. Visit theburnfoundation.org.
Sip, Bite, Bid: The annual wine tasting event hosted by Lutheran Social Services of Nevada is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. June 9 at Cili Restaurant at Bali Hai, 5160 Las Vegas Blvd. South. The event featuring wine tasting and a silent auction is set to benefit Lutheran Social Services of Nevada. Tickets are $65. RSVP by visiting lssnv.org or calling 702-467-4442.
JUNKFest: An event featuring crazy mixups in the flea market area, crafts, sales in the estate sale warehouse, $3 appraisals and a visit from a bacon food truck is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. June 4 at Not Just Antiques Mart, 1422 Western Ave. Visit notjustantiquesmart.com.
RibFest: The Nevada Barbecue Association plans its second annual Las Vegas Championship RibFest to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada June 4 at Bass Pro Shops, 8200 Dean Martin Drive. In addition to competition, the event is set to offer a kids’ zone, cooking demonstrations and entertainment from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. Sample tickets are set to be sold on site. Visit nvbbq.org.
“(W)rites of Passage”: The Rainbow Company Youth Theatre plans to present a collection of humorous, warm, touching and tender student writings about growing up in Las Vegas in a show set for 7 p.m. June 3 and 4 at the Sammy Davis Jr. Festival Plaza in Lorenzi Park, 720 Twin Lakes Drive; at 7 p.m. June 10 in the Black Box Theatre at UNLV, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway; and at 7 p.m. June 11 in the Art Square Theatre, 1025 S. First St., Suite 145. All performances are free. Visit artslasvegas.org.
Human Juke Box: The Hal Savar Band, featuring a musician dubbed the live human juke box, is set to put on a free show from 7 to 10 p.m. June 3 and 17 in Social in the Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road. Visit palms.com.
Dynamic Trombone Quartet: Walt Boenig, Bobby Scann, Kevin Stout and Sonny Hernandez are set to put on a free concert at 2 p.m. June 4 at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St. Visit artslasvegas.org.
Preserving Limbs through Wound Care: The event is planned at 11:30 a.m. June 8 at Spring Valley Hospital, 5400 S. Rainbow Blvd., Conference Room B. Join Lubna Javed, medical director of the wound care center, as she discusses treatments that can help heal wounds and prevent the possible amputation of damaged arms or legs. RSVP by calling 702-388-4888.
Nevada Watercolor Society Show: An array of the best watercolor paintings by the Nevada Watercolor Society are set to be on display June 10 through July 10 in the Big Springs Gallery of the Origen Museum at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd. The exhibit is free with paid admission. Visit springspreserve.org.
Paul Charles Campanella: The award-winning drummer-turned-front man is set to put on a free show from 7 to 10 p.m. June 10 and 24 in Social in the Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road. Visit palms.com.
Playing with Light: Guests can use basic physics principals to explore interactive exhibits at a visiting exhibit on the art of illumination June 10 through Sept. 4 in the Origen Museum at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd. Guests can sneak past a laser light security block, step inside a giant telescope and draw with infrared paint. The exhibit is free with paid admission. Visit springspreserve.org.
Fab Four — The Ultimate Tribute: A Beatles and Ed Sullivan tribute show is scheduled for 8 p.m. June 11 and 12 in the showroom at The Orleans, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave. Tickets start at $19.95. Visit orleanscasino.com.
Night at the Museum: In anticipation of “Finding Dory,” a screening of the film “Finding Nemo” along with pizza, snacks, games and crafts is planned for a kids night out from 5 to 9 p.m. June 11 at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd. Admission is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Reservations are required. Only 125 spots are available. Visit springspreserve.org.
Desert Survivor!: A new animal show is set to feature a rotating cast of critters including the desert night snake, desert tortoise, kangaroo rat, California kingsnake, desert tarantula, gopher snake, chuckwalla and more in shows at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily June 11 through Aug. 21 inside the Big Springs Theatre in the Origen Museum at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd. Shows are free with paid admission. Visit springspreserve.org.
Youth Theatre Academy: Summer youth theater is set to return to the Las Vegas Little Theatre, with three weeks of classes June 13 through July 1. A comedy workshop is scheduled June 13-17. Drama is June 20-24, and a musical theater session is scheduled June 27 through July 1. Children ages 6 to 12 can write, direct and act in shows, and actors ages 13 to 18 can apply as interns to help with activities. The fee to participate is $175 a week with a $50 discount for siblings. Sessions run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and until 4 p.m. Fridays. For an additional $25, extended drop-off and pick-up are available. Full and partial scholarships may be offered. Visit lvlt.org or call 702-362-7996.
Vegas Fringe Festival: Theater groups are encouraged to apply to be featured in the sixth annual Vegas Fringe Festival, scheduled June 10-19 at the Las Vegas Little Theatre, 3920 Schiff Drive. Visit lvlt.org.
Walk With a Doc: Take a free educational stroll with University Medical Center physicians at 8 a.m. the third Thursday of most months at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd. Upcoming topics include: Fire & Life Safety on June 16; Avoiding Heat Stress in the Desert on July 21; Saving your Sight on Aug. 18; Ovarian & Prostate Cancer Awareness on Sept. 15; Breast Cancer Awareness on Oct. 20; Respiratory & Lung Health on Nov. 17; and Managing Stress & Dealing with Depression on Dec. 15. Visit springspreserve.org.
USA Dance: The local branch of the national nonprofit plans to host all-ages ballroom dances featuring a variety of music styles from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. June 11, July 23, Aug. 27 and Sept. 10 at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St. Most events include a lesson, and some feature exhibition dancing from experts. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for USA Dance members, students and military members. Pay at the door. Visit usadancelasvegas.com.
Men’s Health — What You Should Know: The session is planned from 6 to 7 p.m. June 15 at Spring Valley Hospital, 5400 S. Rainbow Blvd., Conference Room B. It is to include an interactive discussion about men’s health, particularly urological concerns. Dr. Lawrence Newman, a local urologist, will discuss signs and symptoms of urological issues men should know. Registration is required. Visit valleyhealthsystem.com/events or call 702-388-4888.
Cooking class: A Thai-inspired cooking experience led by executive chef Steve Piamchuntar is scheduled form 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. June 17 in the Divine Cafe at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd. The class fee is $81.10 for members and $89 for nonmembers. Reservations are required. Visit springspreserve.org.
Pet a burro: Anyone who has ever wished they could legally pet a burro can visit with Jackson the Red Rock Canyon Burro from noon to 2 p.m. June 18 at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, 6375 state Route 159, about 10 miles west of the 215 Beltway. Unlike his wild brothers and sisters along the highway, Jackson has been domesticated. Park admission is $7 per car for Nevada residents. Visit parks.nv.gov/parks/spring-mountain-ranch-state-park.
Juneteenth Festival: The Rainbow Dreams Educational Foundation and the city of Las Vegas plan to team for the 16th annual Juneteenth Festival from 6 to 9 p.m. June 19 at the Sammy Davis Jr. Festival Plaza in Lorenzi Park, 720 Twin Lakes Drive. The event is set to include entertainment, shopping, storytelling and food. Low-back lawn chairs and blankets are suggested for lawn seating. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Outside food is not permitted. Visit june19lv.com.
Father’s Day BBQ: Families are invited to treat Dad to bottomless ribs, coleslaw, potato salad and baked beans for $19 and draft beers for $2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 19 in the Divine Cafe at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd. The regular menu will also be available. Families can play games such as cornhole and giant Jenga. Visit springspreserve.org.
“Heritage Habitats”: Ginger Owen and Vicki Vanameyden’s art exhibit focused on nostalgia and memory is set to be on display June 24 through Oct. 1 at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St. Visit artslasvegas.org.
Stoney Curtis: The psychedelic blues rock band is set to put on a free show at 10 p.m. June 23 at The Lounge in the Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road. Visit palms.com.
“Memphis The Musical”: Super Summer Theatre performances of the musical are scheduled under the stars at 8:05 p.m. July 6-9, 13-16 and 20-23 at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, 6375 state Route 159, about 10 miles west of the 215 Beltway. Tickets are $12.95 in advance for Wednesdays and Thursdays and $15.95 for Fridays and Saturdays and $20 at the gate if available. Children 5 or younger get in free. Visit supersummertheatre.org.
Chicago: The band is scheduled to play its hits at 8 p.m. July 9 at The Pearl inside the Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road. Tickets start at $75. Visit palms.com.
Super Toy Con: The diecast model car, toy, comic and pop culture convention is set for 4 to 10 p.m. Aug. 5, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 6 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 7 in the Orleans Arena, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave. Celebrity guests are scheduled to include Chris Sarandon, the voice of Jack Skellington; David Anders from the television series “iZombie,” Milo Ventimiglia from the television series “Heroes;” and William Zabka from the 1984 film “The Karate Kid.” Single-day tickets start at $12. Visit orleansarena.com or call 702-284-7777.
“Bring It On”: Super Summer Theatre performances of the cheerleading musical are scheduled under the stars at 8:05 p.m. Aug. 10-13, 17-20 and 24-27 at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, 6375 state Route 159, about 10 miles west of the 215 Beltway. Tickets are $12.95 in advance for Wednesdays and Thursdays and $15.95 for Fridays and Saturdays and $20 at the gate if available. Children 5 or younger get in free. Visit supersummertheatre.org.
Contemporary country: “Ghostlight,” a show featuring contemporary country music, is scheduled from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Aug. 28 in the Sammy Davis Jr. Festival Plaza, 720 Twin Lakes Drive. Admission is free. Bring blankets or lawn chairs for outdoor seating. Wine and refreshments will be available for purchase. Visit artslasvegas.org.
Jackson Browne: The singer/songwriter plans to perform at 8 p.m. Aug. 20 at The Pearl inside the Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road. Tickets start at $66. Visit palms.com.
“The Mystery of Edwin Drood”: Super Summer Theatre performances of the musical are scheduled under the stars at 7:05 p.m. Sept. 8-10, 15-17 and 22-24 at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, 6375 state Route 159, about 10 miles west of the 215 Beltway. Tickets are $12.95 in advance for Thursdays and $15.95 for Fridays and Saturdays and $20 at the gate if available. Children 5 or younger get in free. Visit supersummertheatre.org.
Culture Club: The band plans to perform at 8 p.m. Aug. 21 at The Pearl in the Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road. Tickets start at $70. Visit palms.com.
Make America Rock Again Tour: A hard rock band lineup including Trapt, Saliva, Saving Abel, Alien Ant Farm, Crazytown, 12 Stones and Tantric is scheduled to take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2 at the Orleans Arena, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave. Tickets start at $15. Visit orleansarena.com.
Stars Over the Valley: The Las Vegas Quilters’ annual quilt show is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 9 and 10 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Springs Preserve, 333 Valley View Blvd. Visit lasvegasquilters.com.
Creature features: The cult classic films “The Brain from Outer Space” and “The Brain That Wouldn’t Die” are slated to be screened from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Sammy Davis Jr. Festival Plaza, 720 Twin Lakes Drive. Admission is free. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for lawn seating. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Visit artslasvegas.org or call 702-229-3514.
Il Divo: The classical crossover group is set to perform at 8 p.m. Nov. 18 at The Pearl inside the Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road. Tickets start at $74 and are on sale now. Visit palms.com.
YES: Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman plan to reunite for a show scheduled at 8 p.m. Nov. 19 in The Pearl at the Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road. Tickets start at $50. Visit palms.com.