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Weekend’s Best Bets, Dec. 12

1 HOME SWEET HOME: Five homes and the Boulder City Animal Shelter will be showcased during the American Association of University Women, Boulder City Branch’s annual home tour. Scheduled from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, the homes can be visited in any order with the exception of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power lodge, for which reservations are required. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased the Boulder Dam Hotel, 1305 Arizona St., where maps to the locations will be given out.

2 LIGHT THE NIGHT: St. Jude’s Ranch for Children will hold its 13th annual Night of Lights on its campus at 100 St. Jude’s St. The family-friendly event will feature a visit by Santa Claus, entertainment, arts, crafts, games, a hayride and, of course, light displays. It is scheduled from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. Admission is free, but a $10 wristband will provide access to activities and entertainment. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

3 AUTHOR READING: Nevada Humanities welcomes Nevada author and musician Willy Vlautin for a special reading at 8:30 tonight, Dec. 12, at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power building, 600 Nevada Way. His new book, “Don’t Skip Out on Me,” is one of the nonprofit organization’s 2019 Nevada Reads pick. Those attending will have a chance to win two VIP passes to the 2020 Dam Short Film Festival. Admission is free.

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Weekend’s Best Bets, Jan. 16

1 DO YOU KNOW?: Join a team or bring one of as many as six players to answer a variety of questions during 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.

Weekend’s Best Bets, Jan. 9

1 RING RING: Bells will be ringing when the Harmony Handbells presents its annual festival concert at 5 p.m. Saturday in the old gymnasium at the city’s recreation center, 900 Arizona St. Admission is free.

Weekend’s Best Bets, Jan. 2

1 HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Join a celebration Saturday to mark the 60th anniversary of the city’s incorporation. The event, to begin at 6 p.m. in the city’s recreation center, 900 Arizona St., will feature speakers, music, information and photos about the city’s history, and cake and coffee. There is no fee to attend.

Weekend’s Best Bets, Dec. 26

1 GIFT OF FRIENDSHIP: Only a few days remain to see the work of “friends” of members of Boulder City Art Guild, whose pieces are being showcased in December. The guild’s gallery is inside the Boulder Dam Hotel, 1305 Arizona St., and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Visit www.bouldercityartguild.com for more information.

Weekend’s Best Bets, Dec. 19

1 GET SCROOGED: Kellan Baker will present his one-man version of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power building, 600 Nevada Way. Emergency Aid of Boulder City is sponsoring the presentation. Tickets are $20 each; doors will open at 6 p.m. Email BadMoonBooking@gmail.com for more information.

Weekend’s Best Bets, Dec. 5

1 JOIN THE PARADE: Floats, bands, marching groups and more will parade downtown for the annual Santa’s Electric Night Parade. The parade, presented by Boulder City Chamber of Commerce, begins at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and travels primarily along Nevada Way before turning down Fifth Street.

Weekend’s Best Bets, Nov. 28

1 SEE SANTA: Head over to the Nevada State Railroad Museum, hop aboard a train and visit with Santa Claus. Each trip includes a visit, hot chocolate and cookies. The annual evening pajama trains begin running tonight, Nov. 28. Train rides are scheduled for 6 and 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and well as Dec. 20, 21, 22 and 23. Advance ticket purchase is required. To purchase tickets for the pajama train, visit http://bit.ly/2P8L2sz.

Weekend’s Best Bets, Nov. 21

1 HIKE A CANYON: Join rangers at Lake Mead National Recreation Area on Saturday for a night hike through Owl Canyon. Learn about the night sky on the moderate 2.2-mile round-trip hike. It begins at 4:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Call 702-293-8990 for more information or to make reservations.

Weekend’s Best Bets, Nov. 14

1 MUSICAL GENIUS: Red Mountain Choir will pay tribute to musicians who left indelible marks on the world such as Elton John, the Beatles and the Carpenters during its “Strokes of Genius” concerts, set for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Elaine K. Smith Building, 700 Wyoming St. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Boulder City Chamber of Commerce, 465 Nevada Way, or at the door. Child and student admission is free; children younger than 5 are not permitted.

Weekend’s Best Bets, Nov. 7

1 ART APPRECIATION: You can admire the talents of local artists while seeing what it takes to create works of art during Boulder City Art Guild’s Artists in Action Holiday Show and Sale on Saturday. Scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the event will showcase about 20 artists as they show their works and demonstrate their techniques inside the gym at the Boulder City Recreation Center, 900 Arizona St. Admission is free.