The highlights of this week in your city.
The Crash Kings and Vertical Horizon are putting on a free show as part of Rio’s Poolside Concert Series at VooDoo Beach. Relative newcomer The Crash Kings (pictured right) will open for the veteran alternative rock group to finish off the summer series. Vertical Horizon has been rocking since 1991 with tracks “You’re a God” and “Everything you Want.” Print free tickets at 1079thealternative.com. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and you must be 21 or older to enter.
There’s gonna be a Bigfoot sighting in Las Vegas, and we’re not talking about the smelly ape-like thing. This is the legendary monster truck coming to compete in a car-crushing contest against Ms. Bigfoot as one of several events at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s Back-to-School blowout. You’ll see jet cars go head-to-head with jet dragsters and people racing sideways in the Formula DRIFT series. It’s just the wild time you need before the school bell rings again. Check lvms.com or call 800-644-4444 for tickets and information.
Our little desert is not known for producing abundant fresh food, so the Pear and Early Apple Festival is a rare opportunity for you to purchase homegrown, pesticide-free comestibles straight from the orchards of the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. The goodies will be on sale at the Whole Foods Market, 8855 W. Charleston Blvd., between 9 a.m. and noon. You’ll also encounter on-site demonstrations on drying, freezing and canning your precious finds, in case you get excited and buy more than you can possibly eat. Call 257-5516 for more information.
You never know what you might encounter while running the E.T. Full Moon Marathon on a stretch of state Route 375 near the outskirts of Area 51. You may also know that stretch of road by its other name: the Extraterrestrial Highway, as it was officially designated in 1996 due to the high number of UFO sightings reported near the town of Rachel. The midnight run will challenge competitors as they climb to elevations of up to 5,600 feet, and perhaps higher if they’re abducted by aliens. Be sure to dress warm as the temperature will dip to 60 degrees. Buses board at the Hard Rock Hotel at 8 p.m. Check calicoracing.com for more information.
Bret Michaels will likely be on the lookout for new contestants for his popular dating show as he hosts the 2010 Miss Universe Pageant. Natalie Morales of NBC’s Today will be joining the award-winning singer onstage, as beautiful women from more than 80 countries descend on the Valley. The musical collaboration of John Legend & the Roots will set the mood for the evening at Mandalay Bay. Visit missuniverse.com for tickets and more information.
You might hear a few Rebel yells this week as fall semester begins at UNLV. The Las Vegas campus welcomes back students to begin, or continue, their quest for a higher education. But if your kids are younger than college-age and still hanging around the house acting bored, take them for a visit to the Springs Preserve. Throughout August, all local kids under 17 receive free admission when accompanied by an adult. Take advantage of this deal before summer is gone. Visit springspreserve.org for details and ticket pricing.
It seems like everything is free this week as the Southern Nevada Immunization Coalition holds back-to-school immunization clinics at no cost to all Clark County students. Shots for mumps, chicken pox and other hideous diseases you don’t want your kids to catch must be up to date before classes begin. The clinics will be held at schools and other facilities across the Valley, so call 933-7329 or visit snicnv.org to find the closest location.