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Great Summer Reads

Whether you will be spending time at home or away this summer, the season’s longer days provide plentiful opportunities to get lost in a world other than your own. Here are five great book series to help you pass the time.

Matthew Reilly’s Deadly Wonders

Soldiers from several small countries join together to stop rival groups of global superpowers from achieving world domination. According to Deanna Duffy, who orders books for the Boulder City Library’s adult collection, the series is a “fun blast of action adventure” and ideal for anyone who enjoys over-the-top action movies. She cautions that the books need to be read in order. Some of the books in the series are available in audio versions.

Craig John’s Longmire

These Western-mysteries follow Walt Longmire, a widower and sheriff, as he chases criminals across a large county in Wyoming. “These are perfect summer reads because they’re set in the mountains of Wyoming,” Duffy said, noting readers can picture themselves slogging through the snow along with Walt while they are melting in the desert heat. Although best read in order, “you can drop in anywhere,” she said. The books are available in regular print, large print, audio, downloadable audio and ebooks. And the series was the basis for the Longmire television series; seasons one through three are available on DVD at the library, with season four to be released on Netflix in the fall.

Shelly Laurenston’s Pride

Offering light-hearted fun and tales of paranormal/fantasy romance, this series is best known for its strong female characters and humor.

Donna Andrews’ Meg Langslow

This series of mysteries is light-hearted and funny, according to Duffy. They do not need to be read in order, and early books in the series are available in regular print and ebooks, while newer additional can be found in all formats.

Jon Land’s Caitlin Strong

Caitlin Strong is a fifth-generation Texas Ranger. The series of thrillers follows her adventures. Duffy said the series came about after a conversation between the author and his editor, who had been part of a conversation “bemoaning the fact with all the thrillers out there, bought predominantly by women, there wasn’t a single female thriller series hero.” They are best read in order.

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Best Bets, Dec. 1-7

1 LIGHT THE NIGHT: Santa’s Electric Night Parade will fill downtown streets with colorful lights as it passes along Nevada Way and Fifth Street. There will be floats, cars, music, marchers, dancers and, of course, Santa Claus. The parade begins at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The Boulder City Chamber of Commerce sponsors the parade.

Best Bets, Nov. 24-30

1 HO HO HOLIDAY: The Santa Express, presented by the Friends of Nevada Southern Railway, begins Friday and Saturday excursions this week, continuing through Dec. 17, as well on Dec. 20 and 21. Trains will depart the Nevada State Railroad Museum, 601 Yucca St., at 4:15, 6:15 and 8:15 p.m. with boarding 15 minutes earlier. Each trip includes a 20-minute ride aboard a vintage railcar and time in the holiday event center to visit with Santa and enjoy hot chocolate and a cookie. General admission tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for children and first class tickets are $50 for adults and $45 for children. For more information or tickets, email nevadasoutherntickets@gmail.com, call 702-580-6074 or visit www.nevadasouthern.com.

Best Bets, Nov. 17-23

1 PANCAKE POWER: Put on your best pajamas Saturday morning and head over to the Boulder City Elks Lodge, 1217 Boulder City Parkway, for the Pancakes & Pajamas event to benefit Emergency Aid of Boulder City and the annual Angel Tree project. The menu will feature pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage and beverages. Admission is a gift card, new unwrapped toy or cash donation. The breakfast is scheduled from 8-10 a.m.

Best Bets, Nov. 10-16

1 LOVE AND LEARN: Find a new piece of art to love and learn about how it was created when members of Boulder City Art Guild host their Artists in Action show. More than 20 artists are expected to participate in the show, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Boulder City Recreation Center, 900 Arizona St. Admission is free. Visit the guild’s website at www.bouldercityartguild.com for more information.

Best Bets, Nov. 3-9

1 MAKING MUSIC: Members of the Red Mountain Choir will “Let it Be” during two performances, scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Elaine K. Smith Building, 700 Wyoming St. The show choir from Garrett Junior High will join the group, along with musicians Adam Hallam, Francyl Gawryn, Linda Murphy and Tim Thomas. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. Students and children are free; children younger than 5 will not be admitted. Visit www.redmountainmusicco.org for more information.

City ideal place for longtime friends’ first collaboration

Done in the spirit of days gone by when neighborhood children would get together and put on a show in their garage, longtime friends Erik Gloege of Boulder City and Adrian Leon of Los Angeles collaborated on a full-length film that was filmed primarily within the community.

Best Bets, Oct. 27-Nov. 2

1 PET BLESSING: Bring your furry, finned or scaly friends to Wilbur Square Park between 8-11 a.m. Saturday for a special blessing from the Rev. Kimber Govett, pastor of Boulder City United Methodist Church. Pet blessings are traditionally held in October to honor St. Francis of Assisi, who blessed animals. All animals must be leashed and/or in a carrier. There is no cost to participate.

Best Bets, Oct. 20-26

1 HOLIDAY TREAT: Trunk or Treat returns to its original format, with children visiting parked cars to gather Halloween treats, Saturday. Scheduled from 5-8 p.m. at Veterans’ Memorial Park, the holiday event, sponsored by the Boulder City Chamber of Commerce, will include costume and trunk decorating contests, haunted tractor maze, children’s activities and a food truck. Admission is $20 per car without trunk decorations and candy to pass out and $10 per car with trunk decorations and candy to pass out. Visit www.bouldercitychamber.com for more information.

Best Bets, Oct. 13-19

1 COUNTRY STORE: Get ready to shop ‘til you drop. Grace Community Church presents its 75th annual Country Store rummage sale at the church, 1150 Wyoming St. Divided by departments, the sale, scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, will feature furniture, electronics, clothing, shoes, jewelry, holiday and home decor, hardware, appliances and more. It also features baked goods and chili made by church members.

Best Bets, Oct. 6-12

1 FIREMEN AND FLAPJACKS: Boulder City Firefighter’s Association presents its annual pancake breakfast and open house. Scheduled from 8-11 a.m. Saturday at the municipal fire department, 1101 Elm St., the morning event will include the opportunity to tour the station, look at firefighting equipment, ask firefighters questions, donate blood and, of course, a free pancake breakfast. Donations are welcome and support the association’s work throughout the community.