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Weekend’s Best Bets

1 DESERT BLUEGRASS: Las Vegas Bluegrass band Out of the Desert will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Boulder Dam Brewing Co., 453 Nevada Way. After five years of playing together, the Sin City veterans will bring their signature Southern sound along with a range of gospel and Celtic material, in addition to some more modern “newgrass.” There is no cover charge and the show for is all ages. For more information, call 702-243-2739.

2 85th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: This weekend will mark the 85th anniversary for the Railroad Pass hotel and casino and there will be special giveaways and incentives each day leading up to the Monday’s celebratory ribbon cutting. For gamers there will be souvenir ashtrays, gold vials and T-shirts and everyone will be able to enjoy $.85 food and drink specials as well as free cake and champagne on Monday. There will also be free Tootsie Pops, celebrating another company that was born in 1931. For more information, visit http://www.railroadpass.com/

3 GUITAR LICKS: Guitar playing, singer-songwriter Jeff Mix will perform at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at The Dillinger Food and Drinkery, 1224 Arizona St. Fresh off of recording the soundtrack for the upcoming indie film “Lost Vegas Hiway,” Mix comes to town with a set full of covers and originals with the soulful bluesy sound of Bob Dylan or Tom Petty. The free show is open to all. To hear some tunes from the “Lost Vegas Hiway” soundtrack and to watch the preview, visit http://www.lostvegashiway.com/.

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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.