The desert is a different place at night, awash in moonlight instead of the merciless sun. If you haven’t experienced it, the Full Moon Hike at Spring Mountain Ranch is your chance. Be sure to bring along a flashlight and water. A park ranger will lead the hike. No pets are allowed. Hikers meet at 7:45 p.m. at the tour gate; admission is $7 per vehicle. Call 875-4141 to reserve your spot.
Feeling the need to head south of the border? We’ve got a closer alternative: Fiesta en La Plaza: La Nueva en Tu Comunidad. Presented by Univision Radio, this summertime party will feature traditional dances and music by local community groups. The event, which takes place at the East Las Vegas Community Senior Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave., starts at 7 p.m. Admission is free and there will be plenty of muy bueno Mexican food available for purchase. Call 229-1515 for details.
If you’re looking to get your groove back, check out the Erotic Heritage Museum’s Feminine Spring Program for Sexual Restoration. From noon to 6 p.m., women from across the Valley can learn the ancient secrets of Chinese courtesans, such as how to strengthen your sexual core and how to enchant your lover. Don’t feel left out, fellas; later that night come back with your partner for the Touch for Two event. Visit EroticHeritage.org for ticket prices and more information.
There are only two weeks left before the Unnatural History exhibit at the Springs Preserve becomes extinct, so check it out now. The show focuses on the works of artists Don Simon and Richard Barnes, who present a unique view on the ever-evolving relationship between man and animal. Simon’s colored-pencil drawings depict a future where we’ve pushed wild animals out of their natural habitat and into our urban sprawl. Barnes uses photography to illustrate how animal dioramas don’t seem so natural while being un-boxed and assembled—and you thought putting IKEA furniture together was hard. Tickets are free with admission to the park. Check springspreserve.org for more information.
Photo by T.R. Folger
Black Rock City is the temporary town that rises in the desert about this time every year for the weeklong Burning Man, before disappearing into the wind without a trace. Taking place on a dry lake bed in the Black Rock Desert, Burning Man typically brings in more than 48,000 people to Northern Nevada to share art, love and an alternative look at life and fire. This year’s theme, “Metropolis,” should provide plenty of inspiration for all of the above. Visit burningman.com for tickets and more information.
Although only in its second year, the Shuck & Swallow charity event has become a can’t miss event. Hosted by First Food & Bar, the eating competition features top chefs from the city’s best restaurants as they try to shuck and devour as many oysters as they can in 10 minutes. The competition begins at 4 p.m. inside the Shoppes at the Palazzo, with an after-party to follow. All proceeds benefit Three Square. If you want to win a trophy, come hungry—last year’s winner inhaled 94 oysters to claim the prize.
The quality of restaurants in the Valley is undeniable, but so are the steep prices. Thankfully, Restaurant Week, organized by Three Square, presents food-lovers with the opportunity to dine at more than 50 incredible eateries at a fraction of the cost. Sample the world-class cuisines of Bobby Flay, Wolfgang Puck and Joël Robuchon, among others, with prix fixe menus of $20, $30 and $50 per person. And it might help to know that you are chowing for charity, as proceeds from the event help support Three Square, our local food bank. To see a full list of participating restaurants, visit threesquare.org.