The highlights of this week in your city.
Not all fraternity members spend their free time at the right end of a beer bong—some actually do constructive things. Like the boys of Pi Kappa Phi, for example. They’re on the southern leg of their cross-country Journey of Hope bicycle trek, and they’re stopping at the Veterans Memorial Leisure Services Center, 101 N. Pavilion Center Dr., at noon to raise funds for the disabled. The frat awarded Las Vegas’ Adaptive Recreation program $750, and they’re putting on a wheelchair basketball demonstration this afternoon to show what to do with the money. The Journey of Hope began June 13 in San Francisco, and winds up Aug. 14 in Washington, D.C.
Two more great things that go great together: beer and art. But in this case, they aren’t in the same place. The beer part of the equation is the regular meeting of the Vegas Beer Lovers, 7 p.m. at Aces & Ales, 3740 S. Nellis Blvd. Every fourth Friday, the VBL gets together to share homebrews, commercial brews and camaraderie. Bring something to share. The art happens at 6 p.m. the lovely Springs Preserve (333 S. Valley View Blvd., RSVP to 822-8722) where the Unnatural History exhibit begins its 12-week hang with a cocktail reception featuring artists Richard Barnes and Don Simon. Their work juxtaposes animals and urbanity, making a statement about conservation and our impact on the environment. At least we think that’s what they mean.
Most foot races are held in nice weather. Then again, most foot races are not Running With the Devil. This brutal-sounding event takes place in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area (which you can learn all about on page 30), where the temps should be toasty. The course—as short as 5 kilometers or as long as 50 miles—goes up hill and down dale, and along the way you get drinks and an ice bath if necessary. No, you are not being punished; you have to pay for this. Your entry fee—$45 to $200 depending on distance and whether or not you pre-register—buys you an award if you finish and a T-shirt and post-race food even if you don’t. Check calicoracing.squarespace.com for details.
Sunday is a fine day for a train ride, so go to Boulder City and take one on the Nevada Southern Railway, 600 Yucca St. The train runs from Boulder City to Railroad Pass, stopping behind the Railroad Pass Casino before heading back to the station. The first departure of the day is at 10 a.m. and the last one is at 2:30 p.m. For the price—$10 for adults and $5 for kids—it’s the cheapest bit of nostalgia in the Valley.
Next time you tune into Vegas PBS, find comfort in the fact that those airwaves are coming to you from perhaps the greenest TV station in the country. That would be the new Vegas PBS Educational Technology Campus, 3050 E. Flamingo Road, which is celebrating its opening today. Not only does the $60 million building sport the largest installation of solar-voltaic panels on a commercial building in the state, it also has a geothermal well system to cool it. Students: The building also houses Clark County School District’s Virtual High School, and it’s so advanced it knows when you’re not doing your homework. Maybe.
According to Help Hope Home, there are more than 14,500 homeless people in Southern Nevada, and 50 percent of the homeless are families with children. If you’re homeless, about to be homeless or know someone who is, there is help available today at Help Hope Home’s Project Homeless Connect, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center’s Cox Pavilion. The event connects volunteer service providers with those in need of legal aid, clothing, housing, job training, transportation, etc., in an effort to get people off the streets.
If you’ve never seen the Killer in person, do so; after all, Jerry Lee Lewis is 74. Lewis helped invent rock ’n’ roll by blending boogie woogie, gospel and country styles into a hybrid that landed him in a lot of trouble back in the day. He may not have the spark he did when he played “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” on The Steve Allen Show in 1957, attacking his piano like a lunatic and looking the part as well with his unruly mop of hair, but age happens. Just be glad you still have the chance. He’s playing the Rio’s Crown Theater at 8 p.m. Tickets are $65.85. Call 777-7777 for information.