The highlights of this week in your city.
The Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse—which we didn’t even know existed until now—is once again putting on Celebration 2010, a show dedicated to the esteemed breed. The four-day event takes place in the South Point Equestrian Center and features photography workshops, art exhibits, demonstrations from top instructors and breeders, and a national judging competition. Most events are free to the public, but check southpointeventscenter.com for specifics before you go.
Now that we’re well into the dog days of summer, it’s only fitting that Henderson open the gates to its Bark Park at Heritage Park, 300 Racetrack Road. The new, five-acre dog sanctuary is the largest in Henderson and features agility courses, dog runs, walking paths, benches shaped like giant bones and even drinking fountains for use by man and/or beast. Specifically designed with input from pet owners, Bark Park features an 18-foot-long, 6-foot-tall puppy statue that still needs a name. If you’ve got one in mind, or for more information, visit cityofhenderson.com.
We don’t usually see many badgers in the Valley—this is cougar country—but that will change today as the UNLV Rebel football team takes on the Big Ten’s Wisconsin Badgers at 8 p.m. at Sam Boyd Stadium. This is Bobby Hauck’s first stint at a Division I program, but the winningest coach in Montana history brings much-needed buzz to the program after a disappointing 5-7 record last season. Be sure to support your Rebels as they try to kick off the season with a win. Check unlvtickets.com for more information.
Filling 21 and one-half hours of television airtime can’t be easy, but the Jerry Lewis Labor Day MDA Telethon makes it look like it is. Originating, for the fifth year, from the South Point Casino, the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s annual telethon is full of musical acts from all over the spectrum, including Barry Manilow, Lynyrd Skynryd and Enrique Iglesias. Also lending their talents to the event will be local comedians Carrot Top, Terry Fator and George Wallace, and performers from popular Strip shows. Visit mda.org for more information.
Bankruptcy, foreclosure and divorce are realities for many Las Vegans, making the free law classes at UNLV an important resource. Held at various times and locations across town, local attorneys and students from the UNLV Boyd School of Law teach classes on family law, small claims, Social Security disability benefits and tenants’ rights and other topics. For a fall class schedule call 895-3671, or visit law.unlv.edu.
Tired of the gym routine? Try the library. The Las Vegas West Library (951 W. Lake Mead Blvd.) is holding a night of virtual exercise on the Wii, beginning at 4 p.m. If you’d like something a bit more exotic, the Shifting Sands Belly Dancing Guild has free belly dancing lessons at the Clark County Library (1401 E. Flamingo Road). It’s all about seduction and nice abs. Call 451-7483 for more information.
As evidence that Las Vegas is not as devoid of culture as many would have you believe, we offer UNLV’s award-winning Liberace Jazz Quartet displaying their chops in front of a live audience. The concert takes place at the main theater of the Clark County Library (1401 E. Flamingo Road) at 7 p.m. and features the top students from the Jazz Studies program at this free monthly concert.