An Evening at the Fountains
NOV. 20: The Shade Tree will host its 27th Anniversary celebration with “An Evening at the Fountains.” The event will be held at Lago restaurant, overlooking the iconic Bellagio Fountains with a champagne reception and dinner by celebrity chef Julian Serrano. Pasquale Rotella, Hakkasan Group and Travis Turner will be honored and award-winning news anchor Paula Francis will be the MC. Guests will include philanthropists, influential community members and local celebrities. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit theshadetree.org.
Dec. 10, 8 a.m.: The Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis will be held with a 5K or 10K-timed course, 1-mile route, children’s dash and wheelchair division. Over 1,000 competitive runners and family members will don festive holiday attire, tie jingle bells to their shoelaces, and run or walk along the scenic outdoor course to the finish line at Tivoli Village. Afterwards there will be holiday-themed activities and entertainment including a Kid’s Zone, crafts and games, holiday characters, raffles and contests. For more information, visit jbr.org/lasvegas or call 702.888.3266.
Jan. 4-Feb. 11, 2017: The West Las Vegas Arts Center will be holding its winter classes with programs for all ages. Registration ends on Jan. 4, 2017 for a six-week session of cultural arts classes offered including Kemetic Yoga, Kemetic Yoga for Children, African Dance for Children, African Dance for Teens/Adults, African Drum, Ballet for Children, Ballet: Beginner/Intermediate, Ballet: Intermediate/Advanced, Modern Dance: Intermediate, Hip Hop/Funk: Beginner, Hip Hop/Funk: Intermediate/Advanced, Capoeira/Martial Arts, Recording & Engineering, The Relationship of Mind Over Matter and the Cultural Arts Ensembles: Children’s African Dance & Drum and Performance Ensemble. To register online, visit artslasvegas.org or call 702.229.4800.
Jan. 16, 2017, 10: a.m.: The 35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. parade will be held in Downtown Las Vegas. The parade will start at Fourth Street, head north and end at Ogden Avenue. The theme is “Living the Dream: The Movement Continues.” The parade will also be aired lived on Cox Cable. Applications to participate in the parade must be submitted by Dec. 30. For more information, visit kingweeklasvegas.com.
Weather permitting; Lee Canyon can open as late as December. Historically, the resort opens for its winter season on Black Friday. On opening day many of Lee Canyon’s amenities will be opened including lifts, snow tubing park, guest services, The Bristlecone Bar & Grill and Lee Canyon Sports. The resort will open at 9 a.m. and lifts will run until 4 p.m. Lee Canyon encourages individuals to purchase tickets online to take advantage of up to 35 percent savings on lift tickets. Lee Canyon has partnered with Skye Canyon to host a “Pray for Snow” event on Nov. 19 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Skye Canyon. Snow enthusiasts are invited to come together, enjoy the hot cocoa and s’mores bar while praying for an early snowfall at Lee Canyon. For updates on opening day, visit leecanyonlv.com.
Through Dec. 1: Native American Visions will be exhibited in the Las Vegas City Hall Chamber Gallery on the second floor. The artists in this exhibit explore their unique and diverse heritage through dramatic and colorful work. Some artwork explores identity and loss of identity while other work explores pattern and shape through traditional mediums such as weaving and painting in silhouette, much the same as how some petroglyphs were created. Artists include Fawn Douglas (Las Vegas), Laura Zollar (Las Vegas), Noelle Garcia and Shane Waters (Evanston, Illinois, originally from Nevada), Rebecca Eagle (Reno, Nevada), Robert Martinez (Riverton, Wyoming), Tom Jones (Madison, Wisconsin) and Melanie Yazzie (Boulder, Colorado). Call 702.229.1012 for more information. Admission is free and open to the public 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, and closed weekends and holidays.
Dec. 3: Santa Claus is running downtown for the 12th Anniversary of the Las Vegas Great Santa Run benefiting Opportunity Village providing programs and services for individuals with disabilities in the Las Vegas community. The champion of the “World Santa Challenge” for four consecutive years, thousands of Saint Nick lookalikes will flood the streets for a 5K run and one-mile Kris Kringle Jingle walk, raising funds. The race course will begin under the glowing overhead screens of Fremont Street Experience and continue throughout downtown, passing a number of landmarks. Participants can register online as an individual racer, adult team, children or dogs to be kept on a leash. For more information, visit opportunityvillage.org
Jan. 17-22, 2017 7:30 p.m. and Jan. 21-22, 2017 2 p.m.: “Motown The Musical” will be presented in Reynolds Hall at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts with Las Vegas being the launch point for this tour. It went from being one man’s story, to everyone’s music, to now being one of the most celebrated musicals in Broadway history. “Motown The Musical” is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy, whose journey from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul allowed him to launch the careers of legendary singers Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped lives and made everyone all move to the same beat. Featuring classic songs such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” experience the story behind the music in this record-breaking smash hit musical. To purchase tickets and more info, visit thesmithcenter.com.
Nov. 20: Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities will host the fourth annual PJ 5K Run & 1-Mile Walk at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This fun and festive fundraising event encourages participants to run, walk or push strollers through the course including Glittering Lights in their pajamas. Everyone who signs up will receive a race bib, an event completion medal and light snacks and beverages, and awards will be given to the best overall female and best overall male. There will also be raffle prizes and a Glow Zone tent where racers can purchase glow-in-the-dark jewelry. Registration is set for 3 p.m. with the race starting at 4:30 p.m. To register in advance, visit scclasvegas.org or contact Paulette Anderson at 702.917.6493. Participants may register for an extra $5 on the day of the event.
It is big name entertainment at The Venetian Theatre in The Venetian in 2017. “Styx & Don Felder: Renegades In The Fast Lane” features rock legends Styx with guest star Don Felder, formerly of the Eagles, who will perform for a five-night engagement Jan 6-14, 2017 at 8 p.m. “Willie Nelson & Family: Vegas On My Mind” will perform for a five-show limited engagement, which features an exclusive set list from his six-decade spanning career Jan. 28-29, and Feb. 1, 3, and 4, 2017 at 8 p.m. “The Essential Diana Ross: Some Memories Never Fade” features one of the most prominent women in entertainment history, Diana Ross, who returns for a nine-show limited engagement. Feb. 8, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 22 and 24, 2017 at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at any box office at The Venetian or The Palazzo, online at venetian.com or by calling 702.414.9000.