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Updated: 12/03/2013 2:41 pm
All activities are subject to change. City of Las Vegas centers will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 for holiday observance. For links to facilities, programs, classes and activities in the current Beyond the Neon guide. Click this link for more information.

Most activities require advance registration. Most programs at senior centers and active adult centers require a $2 annual membership in the city of Las Vegas Senior Citizen Programs, available at all city senior and active adult centers.

December to Remember
Dec. 1-29
Cultural Corridor in downtown Las Vegas
Make it a December to Remember at the month-long celebration in the Cultural Corridor downtown. The museums and cultural organizations showcase holiday traditions from around the world with free and affordable family-friendly events and performances. For more information, visit CulturalCorridorVegas.org/ or see the news release.

Ward 5 Holiday Tree Lighting
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
Lorenzi Park, 3333 W. Washington Ave.
Enjoy caroling, hot chocolate, cookies, a visit from Santa and lighting the tree. See the flier or call (702) 229-5443 for more information.

Senior Center Holiday Craft Sale
Thursday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Free admission; open to the public.
Las Vegas Senior Center, 451 E. Bonanza Road (at Las Vegas Boulevard).
Everyone is invited to shop at the Las Vegas Senior Center 24th annual Holiday Handicraft Sale. The wide variety of crafts are handmade and include quilts, photo albums, crocheted and knitted items, ceramics, jewelry, holiday items and more. See the flier or call (702) 229-6454 for more information.

Ward 4 Free Holiday Movie (all ages)
Friday, Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m.
Durango Hills YMCA, 3521 N. Durango Drive
Mayor Pro Tem Stavros S. Anthony invites you to bring the whole family to enjoy a free PG-rated holiday movie, “Christmas with the Kranks,” as well as complimentary refreshments while supplies last. Bring blankets or low folding chairs to be more comfortable. For more information, call (702) 229-2524.

Rainbow Company Youth Theatre Presents “Scrooge, The Musical” (ages 5-adult)
Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 8, 14, 15 at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $5 per person.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., (702) 229-6383.
Most audiences are familiar with the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his miserly ways, but this production, with its upbeat and lyrical melodies, makes it one to cherish. Visit www.artslasvegas.org.

Ward 3 Santa in the Circle
Saturday, Dec. 7, 1 to 3 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
Huntridge Circle Park, 1251 S. Maryland Parkway.
Residents are invited to a special performance of “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” by the Las Vegas Ballet School at 2 p.m., as well as to enjoy a social gathering with hot cocoa and more. See the flier.

Ward 6 Cowboy Christmas and Car Show
Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Free admission.
Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs, 9200 Tule Springs Road, (702) 229-8100
Families will enjoy a car show, hay rides, a petting zoo, arts and crafts, games, balloon artists, jump houses, local student choirs, the farmers’ market and a visit from Santa. See the car registration flier for car show information. Go online for event details to www.lasvegasnevada.gov/cowboychristmas.

Ward 5 Bluegrass in the Park
Sunday, Dec. 8, 1 to 3 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
Lorenzi Park Lake band shell, Lorenzi Park, 3333 W. Washington Ave.
Bring the entire family and join Ward 5 Councilman Ricki Y. Barlow for a holiday concert by local bluegrass and acoustic bands. Bring chairs or blankets to be more comfortable. Tasty treats may be purchased from one of several food trucks. For more information, call (702) 229-5443.

Adaptive Recreation Annual Holiday Dance (ages 16+)
Saturday, Dec. 14, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Cost: $20, includes refreshments.
Lieburn Senior Center, 6230 Garwood Ave., (702) 229-1600.
Come out for a night of dancing, food and fun. Call (702) 229-5177 to register by Dec. 6.

Downtown Cultural Series - “Tenors 4U”
Friday, Dec. 20, noon to 1 p.m.
Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse, 333 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Jury Assembly Room.
Free and open to the public.
This “Christmas For You Too” concert by the Tenors 4U will celebrate the ending of the year and the bringing in of the new with vocal music that will entertain and inspire. Tenors Michael Rodrigues, Mark Thomsen, Marco Varela and Alfonse Anderson will present a mix of genres from pop to classical. Visit www.artslasvegas.org or call (702) 229-3515.

Happy Holidays at the E! (all ages)
Saturday, Dec. 21, 1 to 4 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave., (702) 229-1515.
Enjoy carnival games, face painting, entertainment and a visit with Santa at this holiday festival that will be fun for the whole family. Call (702) 229-1515 for more information.

Holiday Contra Dance (ages 8+)
Saturday, Dec. 21. Group lesson 6:30 p.m.; dance 7 to 10 p.m.
Admission: $10 adults; $5 members, students and military; $3 children under 16 and non-dancers; pay at the door.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., (702) 229-6383.
Dance to a live acoustic band playing joyful tunes, driving reels and a waltz or two. All dances are taught and called; newcomers and families welcome. No need to bring a partner. Wear comfortable flat-soled shoes and casual clothing. Presented by the Southern Nevada Old Time Contra Dancers, a nonprofit volunteer organization. For more information, call (702) 656-9513 or go online to www.lasvegascountrydance.org.

Holiday Kids Camp (ages 6-11)
7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday, Dec. 23-Jan. 3; closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
Cost: $75 first child; $70 for each additional child.
Cimarron Rose Community Center, 5591 N. Cimarron Road, (702) 229-1607.
Fun-filled program for boys and girls to participate in arts and crafts, games, sports, cooking, movies and much more! Registration will continue until full. Call (702) 229-1607 for registration and information.

Holiday Kids Camp (ages 6-14)
7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday, Dec. 23-Jan. 3; closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
Cost: $115 first child; $110 for each additional child.
Mirabelli Community Center, 6200 Hargrove Ave., (702) 229-6359.
Campers will be involved in a variety of activities and special events centered on winter fun. Participation forms must be completed prior to camp start dates. Please call (702) 229-6359 for more information.

Middle School Basketball Winter Classic Tournament (ages 12-14)
Dec. 26-28. Registration is open now through Dec. 7, or until full.
Cost: $300 per team.
Minker Sports Complex, 275 N. Mojave Road, (702) 229-6563.
Participants will compete in a friendly competitive basketball tournament. Call (702) 229-6563 for more information. Must register as a team. This is a Clark County School District-sanctioned event.

Kwanzaa 2013 (all ages)
“A Celebration of African Values, Culture, & Community”
Saturday, Dec. 28, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public
West Las Vegas Library Theatre, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd.
Join in a communal Kwanzaa day-long celebration as we gather together to unite, reflect, dialogue, educate, honor, and share in the principles and meaning of “Kwanzaa,” celebrating the best in African culture, community, and humanity. Activities include marketplace vendors; “El Hajj Malik…A Play about Malcolm X” by playwright N. R. Davidson, Jr., (excerpt) directed by Kent Jackman, featuring community artists; a film screening presentation of “Soweto Gospel Choir” (excerpt); a musical selection by the Jester Hairston Music Association; community honors presentation, “elders tribute,” and the UMOJA – Boys & SISTA – Girls Rites of Passage graduation ceremony. Co-sponsored by the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District. Call (702) 229-4800 or visit www.artslasvegas.org.

Henderson Holiday Closures

Henderson City Hall, Henderson Convention Center and Henderson Municipal Court will be closed December 24, December 25 and January 1 in observance of legal holidays. Police, fire and emergency services will continue to work regular schedules.

In addition, Henderson City Hall will be closed from Dec. 23-26. Utility services, building and fire safety, municipal court and many parks and recreation services and facilities will still operate with reduced or modified holiday schedules.

All online payment services will be available. Residents may also report problems or share a comment any day or hour using Contact Henderson, available at cityofhenderson.com.

Holiday hours and closures of recreation and pool facilities are as follows:

Tuesday, December 24, Christmas Eve
Open 5 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Black Mountain Recreation Center
Henderson Multigenerational Competition Pool
Henderson Multigenerational Indoor Pool
Heritage Park Aquatic Complex
Heritage Park Senior Facility
Whitney Ranch Indoor Pool

Open 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve

Open 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Sports office at Arroyo Grande Sports Complex

Closed
Downtown Recreation Center

Downtown Senior Center
Henderson Multigenerational Center
Silver Springs Recreation Center
Valley View Recreation Center
Whitney Ranch Recreation Center
Parks and Recreation Administration Office

Wednesday, December 25, Christmas Day
All facilities (except parks) are closed

Tuesday, December 31, New Year’s Eve
Open 5 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Black Mountain Recreation Center
Henderson Multigenerational Center
Henderson Multigenerational Competition Pool
Henderson Multigenerational Indoor Pool
Heritage Park Aquatic Complex
Heritage Park Senior Facility
Whitney Ranch Indoor Pool

Open 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve

Open 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Sports office at Arroyo Grande Sports Complex

Closed
Downtown Recreation Center
Downtown Senior Center
Silver Springs Recreation Center
Valley View Recreation Center
Whitney Ranch Recreation Center

Wednesday, January 1, New Year’s Day
All facilities (except parks) are closed

Planned closures for maintenance/deep cleaning
Valley View Recreation Center closed December 23 through January 5
Henderson Multigenerational Center closed December 23 through 29 (pools remain open for normal hours)
Whitney Ranch Recreation Center closed December 30-January 5 (pool remains open for normal hours)

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