Southwest Things to Do, April 2-8, 2015

IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

A Viva Las Vegas Meet & Greet is scheduled from 8 to 9:30 p.m. April 2 at Frankie’s Tiki Room, 1712 W. Charleston Blvd., as part of the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend activities April 2-5 at The Orleans, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave. Call 702-385-3110 or visit frankiestikiroom.com or vivalasvegas.net.

The Pink Tutu Ballet Company plans to perform “Shinka: Life Cycle of a Dancer” at 7 p.m. April 4 at Lorenzi Park, 3343 W. Washington Ave. The performance is free. Visit thepinktutuballet.com or artslasvegas.org.

Bass Pro Shops, 8200 Dean Martin Drive in the Silverton, plans to host free photos with the Easter Bunny, children’s crafts and an old-fashioned Easter egg hunt through April 5. Photos are set to be offered from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 4 and 5; 6 to 8 p.m. April 2; and 2 to 8 p.m. April 3. Children ages 2 to 10 are invited to hunt for Easter eggs from 2 to 3 p.m. April 4 and 5. Registration is slated at 1:30 p.m. at the main entrance. Visit basspro.com/easter.

The Windmill Library, 7060 W. Windmill Lane, plans to host Mad Science: Magnetic Magic for children ages 6 to 11 at 4:30 p.m. April 2. Join the scientists from Mad Science of Las Vegas as they test for magnetic fields and observe how magnets can be used to make objects move without being touched. Registration is required and limited to 25. Call 702-507-6041.

A Viva Las Vegas vintage swimsuit contest is planned at 3:45 p.m. April 3-5 at The Orleans, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., as part of Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend. Single tickets start at $30, and four-day passes start at $125. Call 702-365-7111 or visit orleanscasino.com or vivalasvegas.net.

Registration for Rainbow Company Youth Theatre drama classes for youths ages 4-18 is set through April 7 at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St. The seven-week program of weekly classes is slated to start April 8. Classes range from $49 to $70. Call 702-229-6553 or visit artslasvegas.org.

Buying and Selling a Business is scheduled from 7:30 to 9 a.m. April 8 at The Orleans, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave. Industry leaders are set to offer a panel discussion and a question-and-answer session. The cost is $18 and includes breakfast and a one-year subscription to Nevada Business magazine. RSVP at nevadabusiness.com/rsvp-business-first-breakfast-series.

A free presentation titled GMOs 101 is planned at 6 p.m. April 8 at the West Charleston Library, 6301 W. Charleston Blvd. Call 702-507-3964 or visit lvccld.org.

The Nevada Watercolor Society plans to feature artists Sue Cotter and Spike Ress at its April monthly meeting, set for 7 p.m. April 8 at the Spanish Oaks Clubhouse, 2201 Spanish Oaks Drive. Cotter and Ress are set to give demonstrations of making one-of-a-kind books and creating a successful watercolor painting. Visit nvws.org or contact Barbara Yoerg at 702-256-6127 or dwbykoda2@yahoo.com.

The Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd., has reopened its Butterfly Habitat for spring. The habitat is open each fall and spring, as temperatures permit, and features hundreds of butterflies and a variety of plants. Butterfly species are set to include mourning cloak, red admiral, painted lady, American lady, monarch and queen. A separate entrance fee is charged for the habitat, with members paying $2 and nonmembers paying $3. The habitat is slated to be open during Springs Preserve operating hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Visit springspreserve.org.

Chocolate: The Exhibition is set to be on display through May 3 at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd. Visitors can learn how different cultures indulge in the treat, how cacao evolved from a bitter drink and explore a life-size replica of a cacao tree. Visitors also can barter cacao seeds for goods at an Aztec market and manipulate a conveyor belt used for mass-producing chocolate. The cost is free for members or with paid general admission. Visit springspreserve.org.

WORTH A DRIVE

An egg dive is slated from 12:30 to 3 p.m. April 3 at the Desert Breeze Aquatic Center, 8275 Spring Mountain Road. Children are invited to enjoy games, crafts and an Easter egg dive and learn water safety tips. Children 4 or younger must have a parent or guardian in the water with them. All nonswimmers must have a life jacket. All participants entering the water must have a manufactured swimsuit, including adults, and if applicable, a swim diaper. Registration is $5 at clarkcountynv.gov/parksregistration.

Easter Seals Nevada plans its seventh annual fundraiser event, Walk With Me, at 9 a.m. April 4 at W. Wayne Bunker Family Park, 7351 W. Alexander Road at Tenaya Way. A carnival is planned at 10 a.m. Walk With Me is a 2-mile family fun walk to benefit Nevada residents with disabilities. Expect a Las Vegas celebrity kickoff led by grand marshal Earl Turner, entertainment, carnival games, an Easter egg hunt, concessions, a petting zoo, pony rides and more. Visit walkwithme.org/lasvegas.

The Friends of Parkinson’s Funny Bunny Race For Parkinson’s is set for 8 a.m. April 4 at Bruce Trent Park, 8851 Vegas Drive. Runners and walkers who find eggs along the trail will receive race-day T-shirts and goody bags. Kids can enjoy a bunny hop for eggs, a petting zoo, bounce houses and face painting. A 30-minute, pre-race dynamic stretch will start the event. Proceeds go to Friends of Parkinson’s, a nonprofit benefiting patients affected by Parkinson’s disease. Registration is $40 for the 5K fun run, $25 for the 1-mile fun walk and $10 for the Bunny Hop Sponsored with a free T-shirt for children 10 or younger. The unsponsored Bunny Hop is free. Register at bit.ly/1EdM9vX.

Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, 6375 state Route 159, plans to host an Easter egg hunt April 4. Children ages 2 to 7 can hunt for eggs beginning at 10 a.m., and an egg hunt for children ages 7 to 13 is set for 11 a.m. The egg hunt is free, however, residents must pay $7 per vehicle to enter the park. Call David Low at 702-875-4141 or email smr-interp@parks.nv.gov.

The Easter Bunny is scheduled to be at Downtown Summerlin, 1850 Festival Park Drive, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 2-4. Children’s activities are planned, including a springtime arts and crafts fair with face painters, balloon artists and magicians from 1 to 3 p.m. through April 3 and arts and crafts from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 4. Demonstrations are planned in the Kid’s Kitchen every hour on the hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 4. Adults 21 or older can enjoy a Paint Party under the stars from 6 to 9 p.m. April 3 (register online). Photos with the Easter Bunny will continue throughout the celebration, and packages start at $22. A Fast Pass is available online to pay for pictures and skip the line. Visit downtownsummerlin.com.

The Large Vision Business Network Mixer’s 2015 April Showers of Business Growth Expo is set from 6 to 9 p.m. April 7 in the Grand Ballroom at the Suncoast, 9090 Alta Drive. Businesses from all over Clark County are set to exhibit products and services. SCORE will answer questions and make appointments for those in need of assistance for new startup businesses. The LVBNM Business Builder 2015 Workshop Series also is planned, and the Chef’s Corner is set to offer samples. Live entertainment and door prize drawings also are planned. Admission is free. Tickets are being distributed by exhibitors, or pick up tickets at the Suncoast’s catering department. Email lvbnmlasvegas@aol.com or visit pjproductionlive.com/LVBNM.html.

Signature Productions plans to present the musical “Mary Poppins” through April 25 at the Summerlin Library & Performing Arts Center, 1771 Inner Circle Drive. Tickets are $28 to $30. Shows are planned for 7:30 p.m. five nights per week (dark Sunday and Monday) and at 2 p.m. April 11, 18 and 25. For tickets, visit signatureproductions.net or call 702-878-7529.

The 21st annual Glass Craft & Bead Expo is planned for April 8-12 at the Conference Center at the South Point, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Exhibitors and a live auction with proceeds going to Opportunity Village are planned, along with classes in fused glass, blown flame, cold working, mosaic, stained glass, and bead and jewelry. The show floor is set to open at 9 a.m. April 10. Students must pre-register for classes, and admission to the expo is $15 or $13 for seniors and military personnel, which covers all three days. Visit glasscraftexpo.com.

The Neon Museum, 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North, plans to host Drawing History in 3D from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. April 2. Children can learn how to draw a sign based on historic signs in the museum’s collection. Children also can fabricate a pair of 3-D glasses with which to view their sign. The cost is $5 per person, and the event is recommended for kindergartners through sixth-graders accompanied by an adult. Visit neonmuseum.org/happenings or call 702-387-6366.

Drama de La Pasion: Jesus de Nazaret is planned for 6:30 p.m. April 2 and 3 in the main theater of the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road. The free presentation will be performed in Spanish and depicts the passion of Jesus Christ. Parental supervision is advised. Call 702-507-3400.

The Pinoy Pride Festival, a Filipino cultural event, is planned from 11 a.m. to midnight April 3 and 4 and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. April 5 at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, 200 S. Third St. Authentic food, craft vendors, entertainment and traditional carnival rides and games are planned. Local artists, comedians, dance and musical groups are set to perform nightly. April 3 admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children, military personnel and seniors; April 4 admission is $15 for adults and $12 for children, military personnel and seniors; and April 5 admission is free. Visit dlvec.com/event/pinoy-pride-celebration.

An LGBTQ community Seder is scheduled at 6 p.m. April 6 at The Center, 401 S. Maryland Parkway. The event is set to include a kosher meal. Suggested donations to attend are $25 for adults and $10 for children 12 or younger for advance RSVPs and $36 and $12, respectively, at the door. Email Marni Unger at marni@jewishlasvegas.com, visit thecenterlv.com or call 702-733-9800.

The Las Vegas Youth Orchestras & Symphonic Band’s season finale concert, featuring students from across the valley, is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. April 9 at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 361 Symphony Park Ave. Tickets range from $10 to $40. Visit thesmithcenter.com or call 702-749-2012.

PLAN AHEAD

A trip to the Clark County Fair & Rodeo in Logandale is planned from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 9, with attendees departing from the Lieburn Senior Center, 6230 Garwood Ave. The cost is $20 and includes bus and entrance fees. Registration is required by calling 702-229-1600.

Various events are planned this month at the West Charleston Library, 6301 W. Charleston Blvd. Youths ages 3-5 can build their own musical shakers at 10:30 a.m. April 10. Origami Creations Family Time is scheduled for 3 p.m. April 11. Participants ages 6-11 can make and fly a paper airplane at 4:30 p.m. April 14. Children through age 11 can test their senses and more through science explorations at 6 p.m. April 15. Attendees can use a simple circuit to create an origami lantern that lights up at 4 p.m. April 19. Bubblemania, featuring soap bubble creations used to teach youths ages 3-5 about science, is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. April 24. Science Demonstration Experiments for children ages 6-11 are set for 4:30 p.m. April 28. Up, Up and Away, with activities such as balloon races and paper airplane contests, is planned for youths through age 11 at 6 p.m. April 29. Call 702-507-3947.

Pirate Fest Las Vegas, a family-oriented event featuring music, entertainers, vendors, food, games and the Zappos Cardboard Regatta, is set from noon to 7 p.m. April 10, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 11 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 12 at Lorenzi Park, 3333 W. Washington Ave. Tickets start at $13 for adults and $8 for children, seniors and military personnel. Weekend armbands start at $30 for adults and $20 for children, seniors and military personnel. Visit piratefestlv.com.

Merrill, Jay and Jimmy Osmond are scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. April 10-12 inside the showroom at The Orleans, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave. Tickets start at $34.95. Call 702-284-7777 or visit orleanscasino.com.

Steely Dan is scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. April 11 inside the Pearl at the Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road. Tickets start at $93.50. Call 702-944-3200 or visit palms.com.

“Game of Thrones” episodes from Season 5 are set to be screened free at 6 p.m. April 12 at the Sci Fi Center, 5077 Arville St. Call 702-792-4335 or visit thescificenter.com.

Dennis Miller is scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. April 17 and 18 at The Orleans, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave. Tickets start at $54.95. Call 702-365-7111 or visit orleanscasino.com.

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary plans a yard sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 11 at 2900 Palomino Lane. All proceeds benefit Salvation Army of Southern Nevada programs. Call 702-870-4430.

Lily Gilder is set to perform acoustic music in front of Warner brothers representatives for a possible record deal at 8 p.m. April 18 at Money Plays, 4755 W. Flamingo Road. General admission is $20, which covers two people. Visit wantickets.com/lilygilder or call 702-368-1828.

The Southern Nevada Old Time Contra Dancers plan a contra dancing event April 18 for attendees 8 or older at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St. A group lesson is set for 6:30 p.m., and dancing is slated from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and military personnel and $3 for children. Call 702-656-9513 or visit lasvegascountrydance.org.

Workshops for making paper flowers are scheduled from 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. April 18 and 25 at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St. The $26 fee includes both days, and registration is slated through April 17. Attendees must be 12 or older. Call 702-229-6383 or visit artslasvegas.org.

The Las Vegas Iris Society plans its 26th annual Spring Flower Show from 1 to 5 p.m. April 18 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 19 inside the clubhouse at Lorenzi Park, 720 Twin Lakes Drive. The theme of the free show is Silver State Colors. Exhibitors are encouraged to participate. Call Dorlene Waite at 702-876-1525 or Aleta Macfarlane at 702-648-9059.

The Rock, A Christian Church, plans to move to Desert Oasis High School, 6600 W. Erie Ave. A grand opening event is planned for 10 a.m. April 19. Child care and a children’s program are set to be offered, as are food and games. Call 702-340-9202 or visit therocklv.com.

Metamorphosis: An Eco-Fashion Event is planned from 5 to 8 p.m. April 23 at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd. Participants can enjoy an evening of fashion, cocktails and a silent auction. Appetizers and drinks are set to be served. The event benefits the Springs Preserve Foundation. Reservations are required, and tickets start at $75 or $25 for students and children. Call 702-822-7700 or visit springspreserve.org.

The Rainbow Company Youth Theatre is set to perform “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” at 7 p.m. April 24 and 25 and May 1 and 2; and at 2 p.m. April 26 and May 2 and 3 at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St. Attendees must be 7 or older, and tickets are $5. Call 702-229-4614 or 702-229-6553 or visit artslasvegas.org.

Join local celebrities and Las Vegas news personalities for The Animal Foundation’s 12th annual Best in Show, slated from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26 at the Orleans Arena, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave. The competition is set to feature more than 50 shelter dogs. The dogs also are set to be available for adoption after the show. Call 702-384-3333 or visit animalfoundation.com.

Rock in Rio is salted to kick off at 9 p.m. May 8 and run through May 11 at the Rio, 3700 W. Flamingo Road. Performers are set to include No Doubt, Metallica, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Linkin Park, Rise Against and Hollywood Undead. General admission starts at $298. Call 866-746-7671 or visit rockinrio.com.

ONGOING EVENTS

The Las Vegas Crafters Guild meets monthly at 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday at Michaels, 7195 Arroyo Crossing Parkway. The meetings are open to the public and consist of a business portion and an educational program. Visit lasvegascraftersguild.com or call 702-260-0932.

Elements Kitchen & Martini Bar, 4950 S. Rainbow Blvd., Suite 100, plans to offer live music from 7 to 10 p.m. every Tuesday and Saturday featuring Marty Mancuso and from noon to 3 p.m. every Sunday featuring Mark and Dom. Call 702-750-2991 or visit elementskitchenandmartinibar.com.

The Stardusters Square & Round Dancers offer square dancing classes from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays for $5 at the Meadows Mobile Home Park Clubhouse, 2900 S. Valley View Blvd. Call 702-348-4906.

The Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., has scheduled Ethnic Express International Folk Dancing for participants 8 or older from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Wednesdays. The cost is $4 per person. Learn international dance styles, including Arabic, Armenian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Greek, Israeli, Macedonian, Russian, Serbian and Turkish folk dances. Call 702-732-4871 or visit ethnicexpresslasvegas.org.

The Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., is set to host Scottish country dancing for participants 13 or older from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. every Friday. Cost is $5 per person. Call 702-229-6383 or visit artslasvegas.org.

The Windmill Library, 7060 W. Windmill Lane, offers free Zumba Fitness classes, and licensed instructor Jean Smith teaches dance fitness to Latin rhythms, appropriate for all ages and fitness levels, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Call 702-507-6030 or visit lvccld.org. This class is also offered at Grace Valley Church, 1370 E. Robindale Road (702-454-9328) and at 6 p.m. Fridays at Body Focus Fitness, 7380 S. Eastern Ave. (702-228-4967).

A free open mic event is planned from 8 p.m. to midnight Thursdays at The Orleans, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave. Call 702-365-7111 or visit orleanscasino.com.

The Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd., is set to provide guided garden walks from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays. General admission for locals is $9.95 for adults, $8.95 for seniors, students and military and $4.95 for children 5 to 17. Visit springspreserve.org/apps/event.

The Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd., plans to feed the animals in its Living Collections at 11:30 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays. General admission for locals is $9.95 for adults, $8.95 for seniors, students and military and $4.95 for children 5 to 17. Visit springspreserve.org/apps/event.

Ongoing shows at Money Plays, 4755 W. Flamingo Road, include live local bands at 9 p.m. Saturdays and an open mic night at 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. Visit moneyplayslv.com.

Enjoy karaoke from 8 p.m. to midnight Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Jack’s Irish Pub at Palace Station, 2411 W. Sahara Ave. Guests must be 21 or older. Visit palacestation.sclv.com.

Bar 702, 3355 Spring Mountain Road, hosts a variety of live entertainment daily. Call 702-871-6651 or visit bar702lasvegas.com.

John Windsor is scheduled to perform from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturdays and from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sundays at McMullan’s Irish Pub, 4650 W. Tropicana Ave. He also is scheduled at 8:45 p.m. Mondays at Ri Ra Irish Pub in Mandalay Place, 3930 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Visit john-windsor.com.

Jerry Tiffe is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Fridays at Arizona Charlie’s Decatur, 740 S. Decatur Blvd. Visit arizonacharliesdecatur.com.

The Peter Love Trio is scheduled to perform from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays at Jack’s Irish Pub at Palace Station, 2411 W. Sahara Ave. Guests must be 21 or older. Visit palacestation.sclv.com.

WILLplay is scheduled to perform from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturdays at Jack’s Irish Pub at Palace Station, 2411 W. Sahara Ave. Visit palacestation.sclv.com.

The Claudine Castro Band is scheduled to perform at 11 p.m. Sundays in The Lounge at the Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road. Admission is $10. Visit palms.com.

Santa Fe and The Fat City Horns are scheduled to perform at 10:30 p.m. Mondays in The Lounge at the Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road. Admission is $10. Visit palms.com.

The Gold Coast, 4000 W. Flamingo Road, has scheduled a variety of live entertainment six nights a week in the Gold Coast Showroom Lounge. Visit goldcoastcasino.com.

Comedian Eddie Griffin is set to perform at 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday at the King’s Room at the Rio, 3700 W. Flamingo Road. Tickets start at $69. Visit riolasvegas.com or call 702-777-2782.

The West Flamingo Senior Center, 6255 W. Flamingo Road, is set to offer beginner, intermediate and advanced tap dance classes. Each class is offered twice a week, and a six-week session costs $37. Call 702-455-7742.

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