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Weekend’s Best Bets

1 SHOP SMALL: After you’ve stuffed yourself with turkey and frantically scoped out the best deals on Black Friday, get ready for a special shopping experience on Small Business Saturday. Local stores participate in the nationwide event as a way to help promote their small businesses that make our community special.

2 HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE: Learn about the people and events that shaped Boulder City on a visit to the Boulder City-Hoover Dam Museum. Filled with exhibits and interactive displays, the museum focuses on the early days of Boulder City and the construction of Hoover Dam. It is housed inside the Boulder Dam Hotel, 1305 Arizona St. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children and students.

3 MUSICAL STORIES: Personal stories on life and love are interwoven into music by the indie folk duo Whitherward, which plays Saturday at the Boulder Dam Brewing Co. Based in Nashville, the ensemble features the vocals and guitar playing of Ashley Norton and Edward Williams. The performance starts at 8 p.m., and there is no cover charge. The Brewpub is at 453 Nevada Way. Call 702-293-4739 for more information.

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Weekend’s Best Bets, July 18

1 HISTORY THROUGH SONG: Folk singer and storyteller Adam Miller will present his award-winning show, “Woody Guthrie: When the World’s on Fire,” at 3 p.m. Friday at the Boulder City Library, 701 Adams Blvd. One of the premier autoharpists, Miller will weave tales of Guthrie’s life with song. Guthrie wrote more than 1,000 songs, including “This Land is Your Land.” The concert is free. Call 702-293-1281 for more information.

Weekend’s Best Bets, July 11

1 ON THE MOVE: The Moves Collective performs Friday night at the Boulder Dam Brewing Co. Based in Ocean Beach, California, the funk-heavy jam band has played clubs and festivals across the country, striving to remind listeners to “move in the moment” through their songs and stories. The high-energy ensemble thrives on its interaction with its audience. The performance begins at 8 p.m. The Brewpub is at 453 Nevada Way. Call 702-243-2739 or visit www.boulderdambrewing.com for more information.

Weekend’s Best Bets, July 4

1 HAVE A DAMBOREE GOOD TIME: Festivities to celebrate our nation’s independence start early today (7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast in Bicentennial Park) and continue until well after sundown. They include a parade through downtown, which starts at 9 a.m.; midway games, food and fun in Broadbent Park, which begin immediately after the parade; and festivities in Veterans’ Memorial Park, which begin at 4 p.m. The fireworks show is planned for 9 p.m. For a full schedule, visit http://bit.ly/2LipTu4.

Weekend’s Best Bets, June 27

1 SHOOT FOR THE STARS: Join rangers from Lake Mead National Recreation Area to hear stories about the stars. Then, gather ’round the telescopes to view Saturn, Jupiter and other celestial objects. The program begins at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Alan Bible Visitor Center, 10 Lakeshore Road. Call 702-293-8990 for more information.

Weekend’s Best Bets, June 20

1 SPLISH SPLASH: You can take part in the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson at noon today at the Boulder City Pool, 861 Avenue B. To help spread the message that swimming lessons save lives, a 30-minute lesson will be taught at more than 600 locations around the world, including Boulder City, during a 24-hour period. There is no cost to participate; registration begins at 10:30 a.m.

Weekend’s Best Bets, June 13

1 SEE HAPPY: Paintings, drawings and etchings by Marion “Happy” Hoekenga are featured this month in Boulder City Art Guild’s Gallery inside the Boulder Dam Hotel, 1305 Arizona St. Hoekenga will be at the gallery from 1-3 p.m. Saturday to speak with people about her art. Refreshments will be served.

Weekend’s Best Bets, June 6

1 GO FISHIN’: Grab your rod and reel, then get ready to cast your line for Free Fishing Day on Saturday. As part of National Fishing and Boating Week, locals are welcome to fish for free (no license required) at Veterans’ Memorial Park, 1650 Buchanan Blvd., or at Lakes Mead and Mohave. Activities are planned at the park from 7:30-11 a.m.

Weekend’s Best Bets, May 30

1 TASTE OF NASHVILLE: Australian singer-songwriter Grayson, who now calls Nashville home, will perform at the Boulder Dam Brewing Co. on Friday. He recently put the finishing touches on his newest album, “Window Dreams,” and last year he released “Margarita,” a country-pop tune about the sweet and salty drink. The free show is from 8-11 p.m. The brewpub is at 453 Nevada Way. Call 702-243-2739 or visit www.boulderdambrewing.com for more information.

Weekend’s Best Bets, May 23

1 FINGER LICKING GOOD: The Best Dam Barbecue Challenge returns for its 15th incarnation to Bicentennial Park, 999 Colorado St. The festivities kick off at 4 p.m. Friday, with the majority of the competition and activities scheduled from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. More than 30 barbecue teams are expected to compete for cash and trophies. Children can compete as well in the Kids Que contest. There also will be a car show, a rib eating contest, food vendors, a kids zone and a marketplace. Admission is free. Visit https://www.bestdambarbecue.com for more information.

Weekend’s Best Bets, May 16

1 NORWEGIAN SPECIALTIES: Get a taste of Norway without a passport. Local members of the Sons of Norway will host a Syttende Mai celebration Friday in Bicentennial Park, 999 Colorado St. The event celebrates Norway’s constitution and includes a free-will grill, activities for children and parade that is expected to include a replica Viking ship. The event gets underway at 5 p.m., with the parade starting at 7 p.m.