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Weekend’s Best Bets

1 ELECTRIC PARADE: Downtown Boulder City will be awash in an assortment of colorful lights for Santa’s Electric Night Parade. The annual event features floats and vehicles covered in lights, musical ensembles and, of course, Santa Claus. The parade, presented by the Boulder City Chamber of Commerce, begins at 4:30 p.m. and travels through the historic district along Nevada Way.

2 SINISTER STORIES: Join local historian Dennis McBride as he shares macabre tales of murder and mayhem from Boulder City’s past during “Blood in the Gravy” at 7 p.m. Friday at Forge Social House, 553 California Ave. Among the events explored that occurred between 1937 and 1962 are the city’s first known murder, the first drowning at Lake Mead and the first suicide at Hoover Dam. Because of the mature nature of the presentation, which will include graphic images, only those 18 and older will be admitted. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at The Dillinger Food and Drinkery, 1224 Arizona St. Visit www.facebook.com/events/1440464646001830 for more information.

3 UNIQUE CRAFTS: Holiday gifts and an assortment of handcrafted wares highlight the annual Doodlebug Bazaar presented by the Community Club of Boulder City. There will be more than 100 vendors inside and outside the Boulder City Recreation Center, 900 Arizona St. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. The club uses proceeds from the bazaar to benefit numerous activities and nonprofits throughout town.

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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.

Weekend’s Best Bets, May 9

1 TALE OF OUR CITY: Boulder City’s history and efforts to preserve it will highlight a day full of activities Saturday. Historic Preservation Day begins at 9 a.m. with an informational session at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power building, 600 Nevada Way, and concludes well after dark at The Dillinger Food and Drinkery’s annual block party on Arizona Street. Events and locations can be visited in any order. For a full schedule, visit http://www.bcnv.org.

Weekend’s Best Bets, May 2

1 SPRING IN YOUR STEP: Fun and activities for family members of all ages, the Spring Jamboree returns to four downtown Boulder City parks on Saturday and Sunday. This year’s event is being combined with Get Outdoors Nevada Day and includes other new features such as a dinosaur enclosure, tiny house demonstration and second stage for entertainment. Admission is free. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Visit springjamboree.com for more information and a schedule of events.

Weekend’s Best Bets, April 25

1 READ ALL ABOUT IT: More than 10 local authors are expected to participate in a fair in the community room at Boulder City Library, 701 Adams Blvd. Scheduled from 1-3 p.m., the authors will be on hand to discuss their works and writing, and sign and sell copies of their books. Call the library at 702-293-1281 for more information.

Weekend’s Best Bets, April 18

1 HOP ON OVER: The grass at Wilbur Square Park will look like it has been covered with sprinkles as multicolored eggs and toys are spread out for Saturday’s 65th annual Easter egg hunt. The free event will begin at 9 a.m. in the downtown park. The Homestead at Boulder City is sponsoring the egg hunt. Those attending should bring their own basket to hold the gathered goodies. The park is at 1100 Colorado St.