Seventy-five years ago, President Franklin Roosevelt traveled to Southern Nevada to dedicate the newly finished, 726-foot-tall Hoover Dam. The project created thousands of jobs throughout the Great Depresssion, supplies power and water to an estimated 25 million people, created Lake Mead and basically enabled this entire region to be what it is today. So what festivities are planned to celebrate and honor this man-made marvel? None, really. There’s nothing special going on in Boulder City, and nothing planned at the dam itself. Guess we’ll have to wait till it turns 100.
Get that motor running and ride on down the highway to the 10th annual Las Vegas BikeFest. The four-day rally typically draws more than 30,000 motorcycle enthusiasts to Sin City for a weekend of bikes, booze and babes, most of which takes place at Cashman Center. There’s a bikini competition, the master-builder competition Artistry in Iron, a custom-bike show, a poker tournament and a wet T-shirt contest. You might want to leave the kids at home for that one. Visit LasVegasBikeFest.com for a list of events.
Start your Saturday with some light exercise and good karma by taking part in the American Cancer Society’s 11th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk. Registration is free and starts at 7 a.m. at the JW Marriott in Summerlin with the walk starting at 8 a.m. Call 891-9021 or visit StridesLasVegas.com. Treat yourself later with a well-aged night of classic rock with the Guess Who at the Cannery. Those Canucks are still jamming after 40 years of hard liquor, hard times and hard rock, but they can’t seem to get enough of our American women. Tickets start at $16.45, check CanneryCasinos.com for info.
The zombie pandemic has infected films, comic books, novels and is now stumbling its way toward center stage thanks to local playwright Brian Kral. Showing at the Reed Whipple Cultural Center, 821 Las Vegas Blvd. North, through Oct. 10, The Zombies Walk Among Us is a gripping tale ripped from the headlines. Taking place in earthquake-devastated Haiti, an aid worker searches for her deceased sister last seen with a group of walking dead. Kral directs 21 members of the Rainbow Company Youth Theatre as they bring this horrifying original work to life. Visit ArtsLasVegas.org for showtimes and ticket information.
Las Vegas is an island onto itself, bordered by an ocean of sand, leading artist Emily Silver to explore the forgotten fringes. Walking around the borders of the city, Silver was inspired by the sights, sounds and senses she felt. She created 10 mixed-media pieces for Periphery (36 12’N x 115 19’W), an exhibit at the Big Springs Gallery at the Springs Preserve (333 S. Valley View Blvd.). As part of the exhibit, Silver used transparent maps overlaid with scenes of nature, symbolizing the imposed order we’ve put on the natural world. Visit SpringsPreserve.org for more information.
What is Pickle Ball? A crazy combination that takes the paddles from ping-pong, uses a modified whiffle ball and puts players on badminton court with the net lowered to tennis levels. Taking the best parts of all three sports, Pickle Ball is a competitive game that doesn’t require the physical skills and endurance of tennis, but still combines the quick reflexes and agility of table tennis. The Paradise Recreation Center (4775 McLeod Dr.) holds free games for seniors on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., call 455-7513 for more information.
It’s that time of year when children are transformed into vampires, goblins and Optimums Primes, and the Fremont Street Experience is playing dress-up, too. From now until Halloween, OktoberFrightFest will entertain guests as it transforms from a light show into something resembling that freaky boat ride from Willy Wonka. The Experience wouldn’t be complete without beer, though, so they added and beer gardens to help celebrate the German tradition of Oktoberfest. Events will take place all month, including live music, a haunted house inside Binion’s and a Halloween Parade. Visit vegasexperience.com for information.