Southwest Things to Do, April 9-15, 2015

IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

The Born to Be Wild Tour featuring original members from Steppenwolf and Pegasus is scheduled at 8 p.m. April 10 at the Silverton, 3333 Blue Diamond Road. Tickets are $25. Call 702-263-7777 or visit silvertoncasino.com.

Bluesman Bobby Jonz plans to perform from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Mondays at City Lights, 2650 S. Decatur Blvd. An open mic segment for vocalists is set to start at 10 p.m., with $50 cash awarded to the winner. The cost is $5. Visit citylightslv.com.

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.

Family to Family’s 11th annual Touch-A-Truck event is slated from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 11 in the northwest parking lot at The Orleans, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave. Children can get up close to more than 100 vehicles they normally see only from afar, including police, ambulance, fire and construction vehicles. The event will be horn-free from 9:30 to 11 a.m. for children with special needs. ​Tickets are $6 in advance at touchatruck.com or $8 at the gate.​

The Las Vegas Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists plans to host a panel discussion about changes occurring on local news stations and in local newsrooms at 11 a.m. April 11 at the Nevada State Museum at the Springs Preserve, 309 S. Valley View Blvd. Questions to be addressed include: “What skills are needed to master change?”, “How do you adapt to new management?” and “What’s the future of TV news in Las Vegas?” Panelists are set to include Mark Neerman, news director for KSNV Channel 3, and John Huck, weeknight anchor for KVVU Channel 5. For more information, contact Gregan Wingert of KSNV Channel 3 at gwingert@mynews3.com.

The free Rox in Sox Children’s Music Festival is set from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 11 at the outdoor Sammy Davis Jr. Festival Plaza in Lorenzi Park, 720 Twin Lakes Drive. The children’s music and reading festival is set to feature local and touring kindie music artists Alphabet Rockers, Recess Monkey and Aaron Nigel Smith. Families are encouraged to donate new shoes, socks and books for children in need. Bring lawn chairs or blankets (no pets or glass containers). Refreshments will be for sale from food trucks. Visit recessmonkeytown.com or aaronnigelsmith.com.

PT’s Entertainment Group plans to host the Motorcycles & Mutts Poker Run to benefit The Animal Foundation April 11. Registration is $35, and a guest can ride along for $10. Food and drink specials will be offered at each stop, and participants will receive a commemorative pin and bandana, a 50 percent discount on pet adoptions, a raffle ticket and entry into the official after-party. Registration is set to begin at 7 a.m. at Sierra Gold, 6515 S. Jones Blvd. From there, riders will travel to the Pahrump Nugget, along Red Rock Canyon’s Scenic Loop Drive, on to PT’s Gold, 3770 S. Hualapai Way, and Sean Patrick’s Pub & Grill, 11930 Southern Highlands Parkway, before making their final stop at PT’s Ranch, 2430 E. Pebble Road, for a post-run after-party concert, cookout and raffle drawing. The Animal Foundation plans to host on-site pet adoptions. Visit animalfoundation.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.

Gaudin Ford, 6625 Roy Horn Way, plans to present the Fuel the Fight Car Show and Family Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 11. A car exhibition is planned, along with free food and beverages, raffle prizes and children’s attractions, including a bounce house, face-painting and balloon artists. The cost is $3 or free for children 3 or younger. Proceeds will benefit the Grant a Gift Foundation in honor of National Autism Month. Visit grantagiftfoundation.org or call 702-564-2453.

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.

Episodes from Season Five of “Game of Thrones” are scheduled to be shown free from 6 to 7 p.m. April 12 at the Sci Fi Center, 5077 Arville St. Call 702-792-4335 or visit thescificenter.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

The Foundation for Positively Kids plans to honor Kirk and Rhonda Clausen during an event planned for April 11 in the Valencia Ballroom at the JW Marriott, 221 N. Rampart Blvd. Champagne and a silent auction are planned for 5:30 p.m., to be followed by dinner, a live auction and the presentation at 7:15 p.m. Entertainment is planned by Travis Cloer (Frankie Valli in “Jersey Boys”) and his Big Band, conducted by Mariano Longo. Social/formal attire is requested. Tickets are $250. Call Sylvia Wolf at 702-577-3106 or visit positivelykids.org.

The educational event Notorious Nevadans is planned for April 11 at the Nevada State Museum at the Springs Preserve, 309 S. Valley View Blvd. The program is presented by the Nevada Council for History Education and made possible by a grant from Nevada Humanities. Check-in is set from 7:30 to 8 a.m. The schedule is: Heidi Roberts: The Kiel Ranch Murders, 8 to 9 a.m.; panel discussion, Notorious Nevadans throughout the 20th Century, with Geoff Schumacher, David Schwartz, John L. Smith and moderator Shirley Johnston, 9 to 10:30 a.m.; Darwin & Ralph Lamb: Vegas Dynasty, 10:30 a.m. to noon; lunch, noon to 12:30 p.m.; museum tour, 12:30 to 2 p.m.; Crystal Van Dee: Research Opportunities at Nevada State Museum, 2 to 2:30 p.m.; Chuck Dayton: Using Local Historical Fiction in the Classroom, 2:30 to 3 p.m.; Rainbow Company: Digging Through Nevada’s Past, 3 to 4 p.m.; and evaluation and reflection for educators, 4 to 4:30 p.m. Social Studies teachers are eligible to receive half of a renewal credit from the Nevada State Board of Education. Seating is limited to 50. The cost is $20, which includes lunch. There is no charge for NVCHE members. Contact Joyce O’Day at 702-332-3149 or joyceoday@gmail.com, or visit nvche.org.

The Las Vegas Astronomical Society plans to host an evening of star gazing with their telescopes from 6 to 8 p.m. April 14 at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, 6375 state Route 159. There is no cost to attend, however, entry into the park is $7 per vehicle for residents. Contact David Low at 702-875-4141 or smr-interp@parks.nv.gov or visit lvastronomy.com.

Selected ceramic works from College of Southern Nevada students and staff members are scheduled to be shown through April 19 at the Summerlin Library, 1771 Inner Circle Drive. The exhibition includes a range of building techniques, surface treatments and conceptual issues. Call 702-507-3860.

The Nevada Watercolor Society plans an exhibit during library hours through April 30 at the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway. A reception is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. April 2 at the library. Visit mypubliclibrary.com or call 702-207-4260.

PLAN AHEAD

Participants can join University Medical Center physicians during Walk with a Doc from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. April 16 at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd. The free event features a nature walk and a health talk. Call 702-822-7700 or visit springspreserve.org.

Comedian 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.

Real Mixed Martial Arts is planned April 17 at the Silverton, 3333 Blue Diamond Road. A street fair is set to start at 5:30 p.m., with the first fight slated for 7 p.m. The event will include raffle prizes. Tickets start at $29. Call 702-263-7777 or visit silvertoncasino.com.

Planet of the Apes Day is scheduled from 6 to 11 p.m. April 18 at the Sci Fi Center, 5077 Arville St. The films “Planet of the Apes,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” are set to be screened. The cost is $10. Call 702-792-4335 or visit thescificenter.com.

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.

Family Night at the Museum is scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. April 25 at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd. Attendees can enjoy a pizza dinner and snacks and watch ‘The Goonies.” The cost is $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers and free for kids younger than 2. Register by April 24 by visiting springspreserve.org.

Attendees can honor children and celebrate childhood during Día del Niño from noon to 5 p.m. April 25 at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd. Activities are set to include clowns, magicians, dancing and singing groups, interactive games, traditional Mexican food and beverages, hands-on arts and crafts and more. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 5-12, and free for youths 4 or younger. Call 702-822-7700 or visit springspreserve.org.

A screening of “Charlotte’s Web” is slated from noon to 3 p.m. April 26 at the Sci Fi Center, 5077 Arville St. The event is set to benefit the V Animal Sanctuary, 2081 E. Eldorado Lane. The suggested donation is $5 or more. Call 702-792-4335 or visit thescificenter.com or vanimalsanctuary.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.

The Moody Blues are scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. May 3 inside the Pearl at the Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road. Tickets start at $63. Call 702-944-3400 or visit palms.com.

Rock in Rio is slated to kick off at 3 p.m. May 8 and 9 (rock weekend) and May 15 and 16 (pop weekend) at the MGM Resort Festival Grounds on the north end of the Strip. Performers are set to include No Doubt, Metallica, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Linkin Park, Rise Against and Hollywood Undead. General admission starts at $169. Visit rockinrio.com.

Flip Through Summer is planned from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 16 at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd. The free event encourages summer reading. Children can complete a summer reading pledge, visit six book nooks with live characters reading children’s books, take part in a book swap and enjoy live entertainment, face painting, giveaways and free ice cream and Starbucks beverages. BMX pro Ricardo Laguna is slated to be on hand at the event. Call 702-822-7700.

Comedian Eddie Izzard is set to perform at 8 p.m. June 12 and 13 inside the Pearl at the Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road. Tickets start at $53. call 702-944-3400 or visit palms.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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