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Weekend’s Best Bets

1BEST DAM PERFORMERS: “BC’s Got Talent” returns 7-9 p.m. Saturday at the Boulder City Library amphitheater, 701 Adams Blvd., featuring performers of all ages, with cash prizes for adults, teenagers and younger children. Some of Boulder City’s most talented bands and solo acts, selected from auditions held last month, will perform for the community’s enjoyment, and to earn the votes of the locally culled judges. For more information visit, www.bcsgottalent.com.

2HEAVY DUTY PLAY: Those who are helping Interstate 11 will host a Heavy Duty Play Day fundraiser to benefit St. Jude’s Ranch for Children. The event, which will allow people to explore, climb on and ride construction equipment, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 12555 S. U.S. Highway 95, about 7 miles from downtown Boulder City heading toward Henderson. The event includes music, food, information and a giant sandbox with toy construction equipment. Admission is free; for more information, call 702-294-7100.

3ARTFUL FUN: Children from kindergarten up to fifth grade are invited to join the Boulder City Art Guild and the Boulder City Chamber of Commerce for a day of family-friendly art and art lessons, in the park. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Hemenway Valley Park, 401 Ville Drive, kids will be able to sketch bighorn sheep and learn drawing and open-air painting tips from experienced artists. Admission is free; all children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information,visit www.bouldercityartguild.com or call 702-293-2138.

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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.