Things to do in Southwest/Spring Valley

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Circus Vargas plans shows Sunday through Jan. 1 at the Rio, 3700 W. Flamingo Road. Visit

The Las Vegas Polymer Clay Guild plans “Polymer Clay Expressions,” a display of members’ work, set to run through Feb. 19 at the Windmill Library, 7060 W. Windmill Lane. Visit

Ceramic artist Shari Bray’s “Figurative Works in Raku” is on display through Feb. 12 at the Spring Valley Library, 4280 S. Jones Blvd. Vist

Bass Pro Shops in the Silverton, 3333 Blue Diamond Road, has scheduled free holiday activities for families through Saturday, including pictures with Santa, crafts and games. Visit

A free Polish Christmas party is scheduled at 7 p.m. Friday at Invest America Realty, 6190 W. Charleston Blvd. The event is sponsored by the Eastern European Connection and is set to include a celebration of the Christmas story, traditional Polish music and snacks. Contact Jeremy Dollar at 280-4523 or

Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest is open from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Dec. 31. Admission is $9.75 for adults and $7.75 for children 12 or younger. Toddlers 2 or younger are free. Attraction passports for adults and kids are available starting at $14.25, and season passes are available starting at $25. Tickets can be purchased at the event, at any Opportunity Village campus, at CVS Pharmacy locations and at

Plan ahead

Musician and singer John Legend is set to perform at 9 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road. Tickets start at $99. Visit or call 944-3200.

A R Gurney’s “Sylvia,” a romantic comedy about a man, his wife and the dog that’s a major bone of contention between them, is set run at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays Jan. 13-29 at the Las Vegas Little Theatre, 3920 Schiff Drive. Tickets start at $21. Visit

Worth a Drive

J.R. Pony Parties, an educational farm, welcomes the public to visit from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during Open Gate Tuesdays scheduled today and Dec. 27 at 1753 Fairhaven Ave. Admission is $5, which includes pony rides, visits to the goat barn and more. Visit or call 631-4142.

The Las Vegas Ballet Company plans to present “Nutcracker Highlights 2011,” featuring Yoomi Lee and Kyudong Kwak and students from the Kwak Ballet Academy, at 7 p.m. today and Wednesday and 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Summerlin Library Performing Arts Center, 1771 Inner Circle Dive. Admission is $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and students. Visit or call 866-967-8167.

The Onyx Theatre, 953 E. Sahara Ave., plans midnight shows of “Santa Claus vs. the Martians” Friday through Saturday for $10 per ticket. Visit or call 732-7225.

Mystic Falls Park Winter Wonderland at Sam’s Town, 5111 Boulder Highway, offers a free 15-minute winter laser light spectacular at 6, 8 and 10 p.m. daily through Friday. Visit or call 456-7777.

Tivoli Village, 302 S. Rampart Blvd., plans to host Santa, carolers and horse and carriage rides during select hours Fridays through Sundays throughout the holiday season. Visit or call 570-7400.

“Lonnie: Images by Heather Protz & Linda Alterwitz” is scheduled to be on display at the gallery at the Summerlin Library, 1771 Inner Circle Drive, through Jan. 31. The exhibit is a photographic documentation of the home, art and mind of neurosurgeon and former Nevada Lt. Gov. Lonnie Hammargren.

All are welcome to celebrate the holidays with Barry and Batya Segal in a free concert scheduled at 7 p.m. Saturday at Lev HaShem Messianic Synagogue, 3644 N. Rancho Drive. Barry Segal was a successful musician and music producer in the United States before emigrating to Israel. Familiar holiday and Messianic songs are set to be performed. Visit or call 869-8983.

The Rainbow Library, 3150 N. Buffalo Drive, plans to host the exhibit “Re-Cycling Objects, Re-Purposing Ideas” through Jan. 17. The exhibit will celebrate the talents of Las Vegas-Clark County Library District staff members and showcase their recycled creations. Call 507-3710.

“Diversity in Clay” by members of the Nevada Clay Guild is scheduled for exhibition through Feb. 2 at the Sahara West Library, 9600 W. Sahara Ave. Call 507-3630.

The Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada plans its 17th annual Bagel Ball from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at the Beso Ultra Lounge at Crystals in CityCenter, 3720 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Attendees will receive a complimentary cocktail and hors d’ouevres from 8 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $40 at the door. Visit or call 794-0090.

The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South, plans to host Jewish Community Night from 9 to 11 p.m. Thursday in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas, JewEl and Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada. The cost is $36 and includes two hours of ice skating, gondola rides, live music, beverages and kosher-style hors d’ouevres. Guests must be at least 21. Call 414-4334 or e-mail Carrie Giverson at

The city of Las Vegas plans to present “Mama’s Fabric,” an exhibit by John Broussard, set to be on display through May 5 at the West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd. The exhibit is focused on community organizer Beatrice Dixon, Broussard’s mother, who had a passion for sewing fabrics given to her as gifts. The exhibit includes Broussard’s photographs of diverse Americans and Dixon’s fabrics to tell her story. Visit or call 229-4800.

The Marjorie Barrick Museum at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, plans to exhibit “Lost Places in the Mojave: Photographs by Julian Kilker” through Jan. 22. Visit or call 895-3381.

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