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Special Holiday Events


The yearly, free event starts at 6 p.m. and is hosted by the Boulder City United Methodist Church. It features a processional, live nativity, music and a sing-along. It will be held in the old gym at the Boulder City Parks and Recreation Center, 900 Arizona St. Hot chocolate will be served after.

DEC. 1, FIFTH STREET CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Join Dale Ryan and Dyanah Musgrave at 5:15 p.m. as they turn on the lights at the home at 1525 Fifth St., for the first time this season. This marks the 14th year Ryan has transformed the front yard of their home into a winter wonderland with a ski lift, merry-go-round, Ferris wheel, trains, snowmen and other holiday accents. Santa, Mrs. Claus and Jingle Cat will join the festivities. Last year, the home was a winner of ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight.”

DEC. 1, CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING: Boulder City’s official Christmas tree in Frank Crowe Park on Nevada Way in downtown Boulder City will herald in the holiday season as Santa, Mrs. Claus and Jingle Cat help turn on the lights. There will be live entertainment and hot chocolate. There is no admission.

DEC. 1, A POLAR EXPRESS DANCE EXTRAVAGANZA: A true holiday tradition, Dance Etc. students will perform at the historic Boulder Theatre, 1225 Arizona St., at 7:30 p.m. The hour-long show tells the Christmas story through dance and music. Tickets are $25. For more information, call 702-293-5001 or email danceetcnv@yahoo.com.

DEC. 2, CHRISTMAS COOKIE SALE: Faith Christian Church continues its sweet holiday tradition with its annual cookie sale. Doors open at 9 a.m. at the church, 1100 Buchanan Blvd. Cookies are sold by the pound. For more information, call 702-293-2454.

DEC. 2, SANTA’S PICTURE PARTY: Children can take pictures with Santa and will receive a free coloring book and goodie bag. It goes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and takes place on the stage in Boulder City Parks and Recreation Center, 900 Arizona St. Attendees can also sneak a picture with Jingle Cat if they can find her hiding spot in the Doodlebug Bazaar.

DEC. 2, DOODLEBUG BAZAAR: This large craft show is presented by the Boulder City Community Club and features handmade crafts from artists throughout the Southwest. It’s free and open to the public. It runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Boulder City Parks and Recreation Center, 900 Arizona St. More than 130 vendors are scheduled to participate.

DEC. 2, SANTA TRAIN: The Santa Train begins its first run of the season at 10 a.m. Riders take the train out to Railroad Pass and then return to the depot at 601 Yucca St. They can also ride the live steamers trains for a donation. The Eureka wood-fired steam locomotive will also return this year for special runs. Additional dates for the Santa Train are Dec. 3, 9, 10, 16, 17. Times are: 10 and 11 a.m., noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

DEC. 2, SANTA’S ELECTRIC NIGHT PARADE: This free parade features spectacularly lit floats, bands, marching groups and more. It starts at 4:30 p.m. on Nevada Way near Wilbur Square Park and will travel through the downtown area to Fifth Street.

DEC. 2, PARADE OF LIGHTS: Lake Mead Boating Association’s annual Christmas Parade of Lights starts at 6:30 p.m. at Lake Mead National Recreation Area. It features boats decorated in lights and other Christmas decorations. Those who want to enter a decorated boat need to register by 2 p.m. Saturday. The parade can be viewed from Boulder Beach. Contact Lake Mead Boating Association at http://bit.ly/2Ag4RqL or email searay300da@aol.com for more information.

DEC. 7, PAJAMA TRAIN: Part of the Southern Nevada Railway, this special train ride takes place in the evening at 6 and 8. The train rides begin on Dec. 7 with additional dates of Dec. 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 and 23. The train departs from the depot at 601 Yucca St.

DEC. 8 & 9, RED MOUNTAIN CHOIR: Red Mountain Choir is holding its Christmas Concert, “All is Bright,” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9 at the Elaine K. Smith Center, 700 Wyoming St. Lisa Gillespie is conducting, and she will be accompanied by Ashley Peel on piano, Carmella Cao on flute, Emelie Carranza on trumpet, Francyl Gawryn on guitar, Adam Hallam on percussion, Molly Murphy on violin and Tim Thomas on bass. The Martha P. King Singers will also perform. Adult tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Boulder City Chamber or Commerce, 465 Nevada Way, or at the door. Children and students are free.

DEC. 9, PANCAKE BREAKFAST: This year the Boulder City Cruisin’ Association and the Boulder City Elks are hosting a pancake breakfast and toy drive to benefit children and senior citizens of Boulder City who are in need and have signed up with Emergency Aid of Boulder City. The event will be held at the Elks Lodge, 1217 Boulder City Parkway, from 8-10 a.m. Admission is an unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more, a gift card with a value of $10 or more, or a cash donation. Each gift will receive one raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets will be sold for a flat-screen television.

DEC. 9: LAKE MEAD HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: Visitors can stop by the Desert Discovery Center at the Alan Bible Visitor Center in Lake Mead National Recreation Area and talk with rangers from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. There will also be discounted items for sale in the visitor center’s store during the open house. The visitor center is at 10 Lakeshore Road.

DEC. 9: HOME TOUR: Presented by the Boulder City Branch of the American Association of University Women, the home tour features seven stops. It goes from 1-4 p.m, and tickets are $10. Tour participants can visit the homes in any order. Maps to the locations will be given out at the first stop, Boulder Dam Hotel, 1305 Arizona St.

DEC. 9: BEST DAM WINE WALK: The wine walk begins at 4 p.m. at Sew Eclectic, 1407 Arizona St., and features an ugly sweater contest. The contest will be judged by Massage By Dawn. She will receive images of all the guests that check in and get their photo taken by Pam from 28 Sunflowers. Tickets are $25 for one and $45 for a couple. Attendees can also receive $5 off if they bring back a previous Best Dam Wine Walk glass.

DEC. 9: GINGERBREAD LIBRARY BUILDING: People can build their ideal library out of gingerbread. Sign up at the youth department at the Boulder City Library, 701 Adams Blvd. The event starts at 1 p.m., and participants can work in groups or individually.

DEC. 9 & 10: SANTA’S NORTH POLE GIFT AND CRAFT SHOW: This event features a variety of crafts and arts from different vendors. It runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Boulder City Parks and Recreation Center, 900 Arizona St. Proceeds will benefit the Wounded Women Warriors veterans group.

DEC. 16: 11TH ANNUAL NIGHT OF LIGHTS: Join St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, 1oo St. Jude’s St.t, for their family-friendly community event that features entertainment, reindeer games, arts, crafts, music, food, and pictures with Santa. It goes from 5-8 p.m.

ANGORA FAMILY NATIVITY: In its 61st year, the Angora Family Nativity is now open at 1296 Lynwood St. in the Gingerwood Mobile Home Park. It is open 24/7 and best viewed after dark.

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Best Bets, Aug. 11-17

1 ANNIVERSARY PARTY: Family fun blends with a history lesson Saturday when St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church celebrates its 90th anniversary. There will be games, music, prizes and food during the celebration, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Additionally, visitors will be invited to tour the church and learn its history. The celebration continues at 10 a.m. Sunday with a special service conducted by Bishop Elizabeth Gardner. The church is at 812 Arizona St.

Best Bets, Aug. 4-10

1 HAVE SOME YUM: Head over to the Boulder Dam Credit Union, 530 Avenue B, on Friday for its annual employee bake sale and back to school bash. The bake sale, scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. The back to school bash is scheduled from 2-4 p.m.

Best Bets, July 28-Aug. 3

1 STRIKE ONE: Knock down some pins and get some exercise while having fun. Head over to Boulder Bowl, 504 California Ave., for a game or two. Open bowling is offered from 3-5 p.m. Monday; 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday; 1-5 p.m. Wednesday; noon to 5 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 9-10 p.m. Friday; from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call 702-293-2368 for lane availability or more information.

Chautauqua pays homage to aviation pioneers

“Pushing the Envelope,” featuring three aviation pioneers, will be theme of this year’s Boulder City Chautauqua.

Best Bets, July 21-27

1 ARTFUL PURSUITS: Check out the talents of local artists who are members of the Boulder City Art Guild in their gallery inside the Boulder Dam Hotel, 1305 Arizona St. Featured this month are works by Gloria Coulston, who is inspired by nature and often works in watercolors. The gallery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.bouldercityartguild.com or call 702-293-2138.

Best Bets, July 14-20

1 MOVING MURDER: Boulder City Library will host an after-hours movie at 5:30 p.m. Friday. “Murder on the Orient Express” will be shown in the community room. Those 13 and older are invited to bring a comfortable chair or blanket, as well as snacks. The library is at 701 Adams Blvd.

Best Bets, July 7-13

1 DO YOU KNOW?: Join a team or bring one of as many as six players to answer a variety of questions during the Geeks Who Drink trivia quiz Thursday at Boulder Dam Brewing Co. The quiz focuses on everything from celebrities to television and features two audio rounds: a “Name That Tune” round and another with soundbites from television and movies. The quiz is scheduled from 7-9 p.m. The Brewpub is at 453 Nevada Way. Call 702-243-2739 or visit www.geekswhodrink.com or www.boulderdambrewing.com for more information.

Best Bets, June 30-July 6

1 AMERICA’S BIRTHDAY: Celebrate Independence Day with a daylong celebration. Festivities for the 74th annual Damboree begin at 7 a.m. Monday in Bicentennial Park, 1100 Colorado St., with a pancake breakfast presented by the Rotary Club of Boulder City. A parade through downtown begins at 9 a.m. and ends at Broadbent Park. The pool will host the annual coin toss at 11 a.m. The celebration concludes with a party in the park starting at 4 p.m. at Veterans’ Memorial Park, 1650 Buchanan Blvd. Admission to the park is $20 per vehicle. Fireworks will start at 9 p.m.

Best Bets: June 23-29

1 ANIMAL CARNIVAL: The Fratello Marionettes will present the “Carnival of the Animals” marionette show at 11 a.m. Monday in the community room of Boulder City Library, 701 Adams Blvd. The troupe, founded in 1989, hails from the San Francisco area. There is no charge to attend.

Best Bets: June 16-22

1 FAMILY MOVIE: Boulder City Library will show “Turning Red” at 10 a.m. Monday in the community room. Released earlier this year, the Pixar Animation Studios produced/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures distributed picture tells the story of 13-year-old Mei Lee, who suddenly becomes a giant red panda when she gets too excited, and her relationship with her overprotective mother, Ming. The movie is rated PG. The library is at 701 Adams Blvd.