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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.

Best Bets, Nov. 17-23

1 PANCAKE POWER: Put on your best pajamas Saturday morning and head over to the Boulder City Elks Lodge, 1217 Boulder City Parkway, for the Pancakes & Pajamas event to benefit Emergency Aid of Boulder City and the annual Angel Tree project. The menu will feature pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage and beverages. Admission is a gift card, new unwrapped toy or cash donation. The breakfast is scheduled from 8-10 a.m.

Best Bets, Nov. 10-16

1 LOVE AND LEARN: Find a new piece of art to love and learn about how it was created when members of Boulder City Art Guild host their Artists in Action show. More than 20 artists are expected to participate in the show, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Boulder City Recreation Center, 900 Arizona St. Admission is free. Visit the guild’s website at www.bouldercityartguild.com for more information.

Best Bets, Nov. 3-9

1 MAKING MUSIC: Members of the Red Mountain Choir will “Let it Be” during two performances, scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Elaine K. Smith Building, 700 Wyoming St. The show choir from Garrett Junior High will join the group, along with musicians Adam Hallam, Francyl Gawryn, Linda Murphy and Tim Thomas. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. Students and children are free; children younger than 5 will not be admitted. Visit www.redmountainmusicco.org for more information.

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Best Bets, Oct. 27-Nov. 2

1 PET BLESSING: Bring your furry, finned or scaly friends to Wilbur Square Park between 8-11 a.m. Saturday for a special blessing from the Rev. Kimber Govett, pastor of Boulder City United Methodist Church. Pet blessings are traditionally held in October to honor St. Francis of Assisi, who blessed animals. All animals must be leashed and/or in a carrier. There is no cost to participate.

Best Bets, Oct. 20-26

1 HOLIDAY TREAT: Trunk or Treat returns to its original format, with children visiting parked cars to gather Halloween treats, Saturday. Scheduled from 5-8 p.m. at Veterans’ Memorial Park, the holiday event, sponsored by the Boulder City Chamber of Commerce, will include costume and trunk decorating contests, haunted tractor maze, children’s activities and a food truck. Admission is $20 per car without trunk decorations and candy to pass out and $10 per car with trunk decorations and candy to pass out. Visit www.bouldercitychamber.com for more information.

Best Bets, Oct. 13-19

1 COUNTRY STORE: Get ready to shop ‘til you drop. Grace Community Church presents its 75th annual Country Store rummage sale at the church, 1150 Wyoming St. Divided by departments, the sale, scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, will feature furniture, electronics, clothing, shoes, jewelry, holiday and home decor, hardware, appliances and more. It also features baked goods and chili made by church members.

Best Bets, Oct. 6-12

1 FIREMEN AND FLAPJACKS: Boulder City Firefighter’s Association presents its annual pancake breakfast and open house. Scheduled from 8-11 a.m. Saturday at the municipal fire department, 1101 Elm St., the morning event will include the opportunity to tour the station, look at firefighting equipment, ask firefighters questions, donate blood and, of course, a free pancake breakfast. Donations are welcome and support the association’s work throughout the community.

Best Bets, Sept. 29-Oct. 5

1 GOT ART?: The city’s four downtown parks will be filled with booths featuring fine arts and crafts when Art in the Park returns. The two-day event, to be held Saturday and Sunday, raises funds for Boulder City Hospital. More than 100,000 people are expected to attend the free event. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Best Bets, Sept. 22-28

1 WÜRST OF TIMES: Boulder City Sunrise Rotary presents the all-day festival from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday in Bicentennial Park, 999 Colorado St. Highlights include silent and live auctions, entertainment, the Würst Dam Car Show (in Wilbur Square Park, 1100 Colorado St.) and, of course, bratwurst. New this year is an antique marketplace. Proceeds benefit the club’s all-night graduation party for Boulder City High School seniors.

Best Bets, Sept. 15-21

1 SOAR TO NEW HEIGHTS: Learn about the exploits of record-breaking aviators, both in the air and on the ground, when Boulder City Chautauqua presents “Pushing the Envelope” on Friday and Saturday in the pavilion at Boulder Creek Golf Club, 1501 Veterans Memorial Drive. Amelia Earhart, Jackie Cochran and Chuck Yeager will be portrayed by the actor-scholars. Performances are scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday and 1 and 6 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15 per show. Visit www.bcchautauqua.org or call 760-877-0425 or 702-294-4365 for more information or tickets.

Best Bets, Sept. 8-14

1 SUPER EVENT: The Best Dam Wine Walks return Saturday to downtown Boulder City. Those attending are invited to dress as their favorite super hero. Scheduled from 4-8 p.m., check-in is at My 4 Sons Comic Cards & Games, 1308 Wyoming St., from 4-6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 plus fees in advance through Eventbrite or $30 at the door. To purchase tickets, or for more information, visit https://bit.ly/3TF0gEz.

Best Bets, Sept. 1-7

1 3D CREATIONS: Art pieces created by Sue Burger, a member of the Boulder City Art Guild, will be showcased throughout September in the gallery inside the Boulder Dam Hotel, 1305 Arizona St. A self-taught artist, Burger said much of her work is inspired by the culture and history of Native Americans. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily; admission is free. Visit www.bouldercityartguild.com for more information.

Best Bets, Aug. 25-31

1 SMOOTH SOUNDS: The duo Lounge Orfanz will perform at Jack’s Place on Saturday night. They will be offering their interpretations of favorite classic and modern tunes dating from the 1960s through today from 6-10 p.m. at the bar and grill, 544 Nevada Way. Visit www.jacksplacebc.com or call 702-293-2200 for more information.

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