The highlights of this week in your city.
Civic duty calls. Observe Census Day by filling out the 10-question form and returning it to the feds using the supplied postage-paid envelope. While you won’t be paid for your time (it takes less than 10 minutes), your responses could help Nevada receive about $917 per person every year for the next decade. The money goes to support local health, education, transportation and nonprofit services, while census counts help determine how many representatives each state gets in Congress. So depending on the returns, Nevada could gain another seat in the House and another vote in the Electoral College.
Put on your Betty Page dress or run some pomade through your hair: the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend is here. Now in its 13th year, the largest rockabilly event in the world brings together more than 50 bands all playing ’50s music. In addition to the retro-style sounds, two burlesque shows are part of the day’s itinerary (at 9:30 and 11:30 p.m.). The four-day weekend also includes performances by Chuck Berry and the “First Lady of Rockabilly,” Wanda Jackson, a classic car show and a tiki-themed pool party. At the Orleans, from $25, 365-7075, vivalasvegas.net.
Pick up some gently used clothes or find an already enjoyed novel during the Giant Garage Sale at the Downtown Recreation Center (105 Basic Road) in Henderson. Families can unload used toys, tools, appliances and more, while bargain shoppers can hunt for deals from 7 a.m. to noon. If one man’s trash isn’t your treasure, Growing Vegetables 101 at the Acacia Demonstration Gardens might be a better way to spend your Saturday. The workshop unearths secrets to planting, tending to and harvesting crops in the desert. 50 Casa Del Fuego St. near Interstate 215 and U.S. 95, 9-10:30 a.m., free, ages 16+, 267-4000.
The Easter bunny makes the rounds, hopping by several businesses, including Ethel’s Cactus Garden (2 Cactus Dr. in Henderson, 1-5 p.m. April 2-4, free); Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza (7160 N. Durango Dr., 2-4 p.m. April 3, free); and The Village at Lake Las Vegas (11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 4). Another option: The Boulder City Interfaith Lay Council holds its 23rd annual Easter Sunrise Celebration from 6:15 to 7:30 a.m.—just be sure to dress warm and bring yourself a chair. Hemenway Park, off U.S. 93 at Ville Drive, free, 293-2472 or 293-1852.
The Runnin’ Rebels may have been knocked out of the NCAA Tournament, but baseball season is going strong at UNLV, and seventh-year coach Buddy Gouldsmith thinks his team has a shot at winning the 2010 Mountain West Conference championship. Cheer on the Rebels as they begin a two-game homestand against Texas Tech. Earl E. Wilson Stadium, 7 p.m., $7, 739-FANS.
America is the great melting pot, yet new immigrants are often challenged to maintain old traditions while integrating into their new surroundings. Find out how three authors balanced identity, nationality and culture at “Blurring Borders” in UNLV’s Student Union Theatre. Presented by Black Mountain Institute, Pulitzer Prize-winning Dominican-American writer Junot Diaz, PEN/Hemingway Award-winning Chinese-American writer Yiyun Li and Cuban-American poet, novelist and translator Pablo Medina discuss these issues during a free lecture at 7 p.m.
Long before Texas Hold ’em there was another legendary game of strategy: chess. Give the poker tables a rest and put your strategizing skills to the test at Sbarro’s weekly chess tournament at the Miracle Mile Shops location, where players get 20 percent off all food and beverage orders. 3-6 p.m., free.