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Weekend’s Best Bets

1 CHEERS: The Boulder Beerfest returns to Wilbur Square park in downtown Boulder City for its fifth incarnation. In addition to sampling beers from more than 30 breweries, the festivities will include brewery demonstrations, entertainment, games, food and vendors. A $60 VIP ticket offers admission at 1 p.m., while a $40 general admission ticket offers admission at 3 p.m. The festival concludes at 7 p.m. Visit http://bouldercitybeerfestival.com for more information.

2 PICKLED FUN: Pickleball enthusiasts will gather at the courts at ABC Park, 801 Adams Blvd., for a four-day mix-up/fix-up fundraiser. Games will be played from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today through Sunday, with competition divided by age and level of ability. There is a $20 entry fee per event, with all proceeds being used to repair the park’s pickleball courts. A free pickleball clinic will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 702-272-9650 or 952-217-0968.

3 CLASSIC ROCK: The West Coast Travelers will bring their version of classic rock and blues to the Backstop Sports Pub, 533 Avenue B, Friday and Saturday. The Las Vegas band specializes in songs from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, playing everything from Thin Lizzy to the Doobie Brothers, Eagles and Styx. For more information, call 702-294-8445.

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Best Bets, Jan. 26-Feb. 1

1 HISTORIC STROLL: Take a walk through the past while learning 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 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Best Bets, Jan. 19-25

1 GOTTA HAVE HARP: Musician Sean Gaskell will perform on a West African kora (harp) during a concert at 6 p.m. Monday at the Boulder City Library, 701 Adams Blvd. His presentation also includes an educational demonstration on the ancient 21-stringed instrument, which is traditionally played by oral historians. Many songs tell stories of war, hardships and love while presenting history. Gaskell traveled to West Africa to study.

Best Bets, Jan. 12-18

1 FOLDED AGAIN: Celebrate National Dragon Appreciation Day learning how to make origami dragons. Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding. The class, scheduled at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Boulder City Library, is for those 18 and older; registration is required. Call the library at 702-293-1281 for details.

Best Bets, Jan. 5-11

1 BELLS RINGING: The Las Vegas Twelfth Night Handbell Festival in Boulder City culminates with a free concert at 5 p.m. Saturday in the old gym of the city’s recreation center, 900 Arizona St. The festival, co-sponsored by the Harmony Handbells and Boulder City United Methodist Church, brings together handbell ringers from Nevada and Southern California. There is no cost to attend, but a freewill offering will be taken.

Best Bets, Dec. 29-Jan. 4

1 WELCOME 2023: Ring in the new year during a celebration at the Boulder City Brewing Co. There will be live music with Jase Wills, a champagne toast at midnight and prizes. Festivities begin at 8 p.m. Saturday. The Brewpub is at 453 Nevada Way. Call 702-243-2739 or visit www.boulderdambrewing.com for more information.

Best Bets, Dec. 22-28

1 MUSICAL SANTA: Rock N Santa, aka Robby LeBlanc, will perform classical guitar music for the holidays during brunch from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at The Patio at Chilly Jilly’z, 1672 Boulder City Parkway. In between performances, Santa will visit with children and pose for pictures. LeBlanc is an international concert guitarist and has toured the world performing; his first appearance as Santa was when he was 16 years old. For more information, visit RockNSanta.com.

Best Bets, Dec. 15-21

1 SPECIAL SALUTE: Fresh holiday wreaths will be placed on the graves of veterans Saturday morning at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery as part of the nationwide Wreaths Across America observance. A short ceremony in the chapel, and instructions about how to properly place the wreaths and honor the veterans’ service, will begin at 9 a.m. The cemetery is at 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive.

Best Bets, Dec. 8-14

1 CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION: Join musical artists for a community celebration featuring holiday songs and Christmas carols at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Elaine K. Smith Building, 700 Wyoming St. There is no cost to attend, but donations of nonperishable foods for Emergency Aid of Boulder City are welcome. Boulder City United Methodist Church, Grace Community Church and St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church are co-sponsoring the concert.

Best Bets, Dec. 1-7

1 LIGHT THE NIGHT: Santa’s Electric Night Parade will fill downtown streets with colorful lights as it passes along Nevada Way and Fifth Street. There will be floats, cars, music, marchers, dancers and, of course, Santa Claus. The parade begins at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The Boulder City Chamber of Commerce sponsors the parade.

Best Bets, Nov. 24-30

1 HO HO HOLIDAY: The Santa Express, presented by the Friends of Nevada Southern Railway, begins Friday and Saturday excursions this week, continuing through Dec. 17, as well on Dec. 20 and 21. Trains will depart the Nevada State Railroad Museum, 601 Yucca St., at 4:15, 6:15 and 8:15 p.m. with boarding 15 minutes earlier. Each trip includes a 20-minute ride aboard a vintage railcar and time in the holiday event center to visit with Santa and enjoy hot chocolate and a cookie. General admission tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for children and first class tickets are $50 for adults and $45 for children. For more information or tickets, email nevadasoutherntickets@gmail.com, call 702-580-6074 or visit www.nevadasouthern.com.