The highlights of this week in your city.
Last year, photographer Sharon Schafer traveled to Africa’s Great Rift Valley to take part in a study monitoring the area’s lions. While there she shot the wildlife and landscapes of the Masai Mara, a game reserve in Kenya, bringing an artist’s eye to the subject of conservation. Schafer presents her work at 7 p.m. in the Paseo Verde Library (280 S. Green Valley Parkway, 492-7252). Or you could pick up some culinary tips courtesy of the ubiquitous Wolfgang Puck and his master cooking classes at Whole Foods in Summerlin (6-8 p.m., 8855 W. Charleston Blvd., 254-8655). The class features four Puck-property chefs, and it’s free.
Freebie alert: Wear flip-flops into your local Tropical Smoothie Café today and get a free Jetty Punch smoothie. Pity the minimum-wage earner who has to verify all that footwear while you sip. Tip well!
On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger and 2,000 soldiers rode into Galveston, Texas, to let residents know the feds weren’t kidding. That they were no longer property was news to the city’s black population, who understandably decided it was a good time to party. Juneteenth has been a celebration of Africa-American food, culture, music and freedom ever since. Clark County has been throwing its own party for 10 years now. Tickets are $35-$45 and are available online at ticketweb.com or at the Clark County Amphitheater, 500 Grand Central Parkway. Entry starts at 3 p.m.
Mother’s Day is easy: flowers, restaurant, clean the house, done. Father’s Day is tougher. Most dads don’t clean the house anyway and they don’t dig flowers. But dads are big on death at sea, and sliced and posed cadavers, so here’s a good deal: Get free adult admission to both Bodies … the Exhibition and Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at Luxor. Buy at least one child’s admission, mention Father’s Day, and the adult gets in gratis. It’s manly stuff. Call 262-4400 for information on either exhibit.
Nicole Huber and Ralph Stern
To see how our presence is changing the desert, check out the exhibit at the Clark County Museum (1830 S. Boulder Highway, 455-7955) titled Urbanizing the Mojave Desert: Las Vegas. We’ve all seen photos of Las Vegas, but these shots by architects Nicole Huber and Ralph Stern, displayed alongside historical photos, show the less obvious manifestations of development. The exhibit is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through June 30.
It’s a Tuesday in the summer, you’re home and the kids are getting restless. How to entertain them without spending a dime? Try the Regal Village Square 18 (9400 W. Sahara Ave.) where you’ll find free family movies every Tuesday at 10 a.m. This week’s offering: Hotel for Dogs. Look, it’s cute, the AC will be on and did we mention it’s free? Beggars can’t be choosers. Speaking of free, when it cools off this evening why not take a stroll in Henderson’s lovely Pittman Wash? Meet fellow strollers at the Silver Springs Recreation Center, 1951 Silver Springs Parkway, 267-5720, and off you go on a 3.3-mile walk.
The Casino Chip and Gaming Token Collectors Club is a repository of gaming history. They are the keepers of the online Museum of Gaming History and the publishers of Casino Chip & Token News. Club members collect everything from casino towels to swizzle sticks, and they’re getting together at the South Point Casino for their convention today through Saturday. Conference registration is required for the shows and trading events, but you can check the website, ccgtcc.com, to marvel at all the info they have amassed for free.