Perhaps you haven’t noticed, but we live in the desert and water is kind of a scarce commodity. So here’s an idea: try not to waste it. Learn water-saving tips and techniques at the Water Smart Indoors program, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd. Experts from the Southern Nevada Water Authority will be on hand to tell you how to conserve, which around here also means saving money. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Call 822-7786 to make them.
You have your choice of ’80s music today, from two different centuries! Straight outta the 1780s comes the Henderson Symphony Orchestra’s Mozart Madness, 8 p.m. at the Henderson Pavilion. Performing the greatest hits from the German composer, the orchestra will repeat the performance at Lake Las Vegas on Saturday. Visit hsorch.org for information. For something slightly more contemporary, there’s Summerfest at the Sunset Amphitheater in Sunset Station, featuring the artistry of 1980s hair-metal band Warrant, and Kip Winger of Winger fame. Doors open at 6 p.m. for this free show, but you have to be 21 or older to get in. Not that anyone under 21 would know who Winger was anyway.
Take a shot of Mexican spirit at the fourth annual Las Vegas Tequila Fest at the Rio. Patrons can sample a selection of the blue agave nectar, from the finest reserves of major labels to small, region specific boutiques. Tickets are $60, call 777-7776 for details. Option No. 2: take your dog for a swim at the Black Mountain Aquatic Complex (599 Greenway Road, Henderson), which is open today for Doggie Paddle and Play Day. The event is free for people, but your dog has to pony up $5 to get in the water. Call 267-5836 for more information.
Could there be a more fitting performance for UNLV’s Nevada Conservatory Theatre to kick off its fall season than a play about violence, lust and love in a seedy hotel room on the edge of the Mojave desert? That’s a rhetorical question. Directed by Michael Lugering, Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love is a small production with large emotions, spinning a tale of two spiteful lovers who can’t live with, or without, each other. Sorry kids, mature audiences only. Call 895-2787 for ticket information and performance times. Or head over to the Silverton for the last day of the San Gennaro Festival. Featuring authentic cuisine, music and carnival rides, the celebration of all things Italiano has something for everyone. Visit sangennarofeast.com for tickets and information.
Turn trash into a terrifying symbol of death in the Springs Preserve’s Scavenger Scarecrow Contest. Open to individuals and groups of all ages, the only requirement is that the birds have to promote recycling and sustainable materials while exploring the rich and varied history of Halloween. Entry forms are due by Sept. 27, but your scarecrow doesn’t have to be ready until the Haunted Harvest event, set for Oct. 15-31, when awards will be presented in youth and adult categories. Visit springspreserve.org for details and the entry forms.
Rita Mae Brown smells murder in the Valley, and she’s coming to Las Vegas to sniff it out. Visiting for the first time, the activist/novelist will be at the Clark County Library to promote her new book, A Nose for Justice (Ballantine Books, $25). At 7 p.m. in the main theater, Brown will answer questions about the popular series that usually involves a sleuth who gets a little help from a four-legged friend. A reception and book signing will follow. Visit lvccld.org for more information.
Part game, part graphic display, the Get Lost exhibit at the Sahara West Library (9600 W. Sahara Ave.) is designed to encourage teenage literacy by using GPS technology to find special book covers hidden in the stacks. Created by Mary Hill, student at the Academy of Art University of San Francisco, the exhibit features photographs, an anime character and art based on the ideas of participating teens. Visit lvccld.org for more information.