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Southwest Things to Do, March 26-April 1, 2015

IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

The Stellar Gospel Music Awards are scheduled March 27 at the Orleans Arena, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., with a pre-show planned at 7 p.m.; the cost is $30. On March 28, a showcase is planned at 11 a.m., with entry costing $30, and award presentations are set for 6 p.m., with admission starting at $45.50. Visit orleanscasino.com.

The White Horse Youth Ranch, 8390 W. Windmill Lane, plans to host a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 27 and 28. Funds raised from the sale will benefit the nonprofit ranch’s Diamonds in the Rough program, which provides free horsemanship education to socially challenged youths in the Las Vegas Valley. Visit whyranch.org or call 702-644-9177.

A Civil War re-enactment is planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 28 at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, 6375 state Route 159. Re-enactors are set to be on-hand with historic weapons and a cannon. Attendees can try on Civil War uniforms, learn to march and drill in formation and participate in a skirmish with other visitors. Entry to Spring Mountain State Park is $9 per vehicle, with a $2 discount for Nevada residents. Visit parks.nv.gov.

The Las Vegas Flower Arrangers Guild plans to host a free flower show, The Cook’s Corner, from noon to 4 p.m. March 28 and 29 at the Nevada Garden Club Center in Lorenzi Park, 800 Twin Lakes Drive. The show will highlight floral arrangements and horticulture grown by garden club members at their homes. Visit tinyurl.com/kbqs59j.

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, March 28-April 5. Photos are set to be offered from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 28 and 29 and April 4 and 5; 6 to 8 p.m. March 30-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. March 28 and 29 and April 4 and 5. Registration is slated at 1:30 p.m. at the main entrance. Visit basspro.com/easter.

The Greater Las Vegas Orchid Society plans to present A Passion for Orchids free from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 28 at the West Charleston Library, 6301 W. Charleston Blvd. The event is slated to feature an orchid display, potting demonstrations, gifts of corsages, a raffle and four speakers. Call 702-845-4872 or 702-507-3964 or visit lvccld.org.

A Pirate Funk event is slated from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. March 28 at Tommy Rocker’s, 4275 Dean Martin Drive. Attendees must be 21 or older and are welcome to dress in pirate attire. The event is set to include music and raffles. The cost is $15. Call 702-261-6688.

Run Away with Cirque du Soleil! is scheduled March 28 at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd. Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman is set to kick off the event, which includes a 5K run, a 1-mile fun walk, live music, photos with Cirque du Soleil artists and complimentary refreshments provided by Whole Foods Market and Starbucks. The cost is $27 for the fun run and $37 for the 5K. Registration is set from 7 to 8:15 a.m., with prerace activities and warm-ups starting at 7:30 a.m. The race is set to begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by a 9 a.m. awards ceremony. Visit tinyurl.com/runawaycirquelasvegas.

Brunchlesque is set to feature local and international burlesque acts from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 29 at Boomers Bar, 3200 Sirius Ave. A balloon artist and breakfast also are planned. Attendees must be 21 or older and are encouraged to wear pajamas. Tickets start at $20 or $90 for a booth of up to four people. Visit boomerslv.com, brunch6.bpt.me or call 702-368-1863.

Men ages 21 to 34 who are interested in trying out for the upcoming season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality TV show can do so starting at 8 a.m. March 29 at Palace Station, 2411 W. Sahara Ave. Candidates must be able to live and work legally in the United States; hold a winning record with a minimum of three professional mixed martial arts fights; and weigh between 155 and 170 pounds. Email tufcasting@ufc.com or visit ultimatefighter.com.

Rainbow Company Youth Theatre drama workshops for grades two through six are planned from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 30-April 4 at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St. Activities are set to include theater games, improvisation sessions, acting exercises and learning rehearsal skills. The program is scheduled to conclude with a performance at 10 a.m. April 4 at the center. Students must bring lunch, a beverage and two snacks each day. The cost is $135. Call 702-229-6553 or visit artslasvegas.org.

A Going Green spring break camp for youths ages 6-12 is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 30-April 3 at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd. The cost is $200 for members and $225 for nonmembers. After-hours care is set to be available from 6:30 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6:30 p.m. for an additional $50. Call 702-822-7700 or visit springspreserve.org.

The Enterprise Library, 25 E. Shelbourne Ave., plans to host Mad Science: Sonic Sound for children ages 6 to 11 at 4:30 p.m. March 30. Join the scientists from Mad Science of Las Vegas as they discover sound, sound waves and the way household items can be used to create effects. Registration is required and limited to 25. Call 702-507-3764.

The Spring Valley Library, 4280 S. Jones Blvd., plans to host Mad Science: Sonic Sound for children ages 6 to 11 at 4 p.m. April 1. Join the scientists from Mad Science of Las Vegas as they discover sound, sound waves and the way household items can be used to create effects. Registration is required and limited to 25. Call 702-507-3823.

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.

The Viva Pre-Show RnR Show & Dance is planned at 8 p.m. April 1 at The Orleans, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., as part Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend, scheduled April 2-5. At the pre-show event, live performances are planned, and disc jockeys are slated to spin music. The cost is $15. Other highlights include a Viva Las Vegas vintage swimsuit contest planned at 3:45 p.m. April 3-5. Single tickets start at $30, and four-day passes start at $125. Call 702-365-7111 or visit orleanscasino.com or vivalasvegas.net.

A cooking demonstration for attendees 50 or older is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon April 1 at the Derfelt Senior Center, 3343 W. Washington Ave. The cost is $5. Call 702-229-6601.

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.

The Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd., has re-opened 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.

The play “Motel” is scheduled to be presented by Table 8 Productions at 8 and 11 p.m. March 26-28 at the Gateway Motel, 928 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Guests must be 18 or older. Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance. Twenty slots are available per performance. Visit table8lv.com.

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 Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort is offering its Snow Day program focused on getting local youths involved in outdoor winter recreation through March. The field trip-style program targets local public, private and home school groups and includes ski or snowboard lessons. Children can also learn about winter safety and the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. The cost is $35 per student during weekdays, and $45 on Saturdays and Sundays, with a complimentary chaperone ticket included for every 12 students. Groups are limited to 200 students, and schools are required to provide one chaperone for every 20 students. Email info@lvssr.com, call 702-385-2754 or visit skilasvegas.com.

An Old Fort Mineral and Gem Dig is planned from 10 a.m. to noon March 28 at the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park, 500 E. Washington Ave. Participants can learn about native Nevada rocks and minerals while digging to find samples. A limited amount of tools will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost is $1 per person. Call 702-486-3511.

“I Am Enough,” a performance by spoken-word artist Pandora Scooter, is scheduled at 7 p.m. April 1 at The Center, 401 S. Maryland Parkway. The show follows a queer girl named Pan who comes close to ending her life after experiencing rejection about her lifestyle from family and friends. Visit thecenterlv.com or call 702-733-9800.

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.

Residents can view the Commemorative Air Force’s iconic Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber and other World War II military aircraft on display through March 29 at the Henderson Executive Airport, 3500 Executive Terminal Drive. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 10 to 17. Children younger than 10 are free. The airplanes will be on display when they are not flying. B-29 cockpit tours are included in the admission price. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Ride prices range from $75 to $1,895. Ride reservations can made at airpowertour.org.

The Home Improvement & Backyard Expo is planned from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 27 and 28 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 29 at the South Point, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South. The event is set to include cooking demos, raffles and more. Tickets are $5. Children 12 or younger are admitted free.

A craft fair show is planned from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 28 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 29 at the Galleria at Sunset mall, 1300 W. Sunset Road. The event is set to include paintings, drawings, ceramics, knitting, candles, jewelry and more. Visit galleriaatsunset.com/event.

The Nevada Watercolor Society plans an exhibit during library hours April 1-30 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

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.

A breakfast for participants 50 or older is slated for 8:30 a.m. April 3 at the Lieburn Senior Center, 6230 Garwood Ave. Quiche, fruit, rolls, juice and coffee are set to be served. The cost is $4, and registration is required by March 31. Call 702-229-1600.

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.

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.

A trip to the Clark County Fair & Rodeo 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.

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.

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.

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. Childcare and a children’s program are set to be offered, as are food and games. Call 702-340-9202 or visit therocklv.com.

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.

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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