YOUR WEEKEND: It’s a jam-packed time for events

There’s almost too many events to choose from this weekend happening around the valley, but with a carefully planned calendar, you might just be able to hit them all.

Rockin’ Blues Music Festival

Do you remember the day the music died?

Rock & Roll Dance Party does, and it’s bringing its tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper to Henderson this weekend for the third annual Rockin’ Blues Music Festival.

The group is the only tribute act endorsed by the estates of Holly and Valens. The performance features John Mueller as Holly, Ray Anthony as Valens and Jay Richardson, son of The Big Bopper, performing as his father. Holly, Valens and The Big Bopper died in a plane crash in 1959 and were memorialized in Don McLean’s classic song “American Pie.”

Other performances include West Coast Blues Conspiracy, Michael Burks, Yellow Brick Road, Michael Grimm and Delta Bound, Paul Casey and Jessica Andrews. There also will be a mini car show, food and novelty vendors.

Gates open at noon Saturday at the Henderson Pavilion, 200 S. Green Valley Parkway. Tickets are $10, plus a $2 surcharge for general admission seating. For tickets and concert schedule, visit

— Kerri Shanahan/Photo Special to View

Now that’s quick care

Too busy to visit your doctor to get your blood pressure checked? Right, we’ve heard that one before. And because the folks at MountainView Hospital, 3100 N. Tenaya Way, have heard it as well, the Emergency Room is making it painfully simple.

Just drive up to the main entrance of the hospital on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 8 to 10 a.m., and an ER staff member will hook you up, literally. The screenings are part of the hospital’s 30-minute ER pledge, guaranteeing that all walk-in patients will be seen by a health care provider within 30 minutes of entering the emergency room. Screenings will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.

— Jeannette Carrillo/File Photo

Woofstock: A Dog Day in the Park

The Village of Centennial Springs, located just off U.S. Highway 95 and North Durango Drive, continues to grow into a family hangout thanks to consistently scheduling community events at its C.P. "Pops" Squires Park (which is named for one of Las Vegas’ founding fathers). This weekend, it’s our favorite canines’ turn to take over the Village. From 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Woofstock will feature a variety of activities for neighbors and their dogs including music, an appearance by Metro’s K-9 Unit, roving mascots and competitions like "pet and owner look-alike" and "silliest trick."

The event is free and open to everyone, and other services will be available for a small cost like pet photography and grooming. The dog theme is perfectly timed for one of the newest businesses in the Village, pet boutique Wishbone. Also, pets will be allowed to hang out on the patio of restaurants Streets of New York or Joey’s Seafood while their masters dine. For more info, visit

— Brock Radke/File Photo

Balloonapalooza III

Balloons take the sky for Balloonapalooza III today, Sept. 19, through Sept. 21 at Craig Ranch Regional Park, 780 W. Craig Road, in North Las Vegas.

The glimmering presentation will feature distinctive balloons of various shapes and sizes, along with tethered rides and a launch. Festivities run from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday; from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20; and from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21. Musical guests take to the stage on all three days, including a performance by Everclear at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The Balloon Glow will begin at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, weather permitting.

The festival also will include a carnival featuring a Ferris wheel, roller coasters and a maze, along with circus acts such as tightrope walkers, trapeze artists and motorcyclists who defy death by riding simultaneously in the confines of a small, spherical cage.

Park officials ask that patrons not bring pets, coolers, bikes, skateboards or outside food and beverages. Parking is $5. Admission is free. For more information, visit the North Las Vegas Web site.

— Laura Tucker Ludwick/File Photo

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