Volunteering for a nonprofit group can be a very fulfilling experience. But how do you decide which one best suits your abilities? To help you find a match, try the Yelp Helps Party tonight at 7 p.m. at the Atomic Testing Museum (755 E. Flamingo Road). Complimentary cocktails and light food will be served as you meet and mingle with more than 20 local charities and determine which group captures your interest. RSVP for this free event by visiting yelp.com/events/las-vegas-yelp-helps.
What better way to set the Halloween mood than by watching a horror movie? Throughout this month, UNLV Film Department associate professor David Schmoeller is screening a different horror film every Friday night for your pleasure. Begin the night with Special Delivery, an Oscar-winning animated short, at 7 p.m. at the Marjorie Barrick Museum on the UNLV campus. The real treat will be seeing Puppet Master, a popular horror film directed by Schmoeller himself that has spawned more than 10 sequels. Call 895-2535 for information.
The Valley is about to get a little bit country and a whole lot more wild at the inaugural Nevada Wild Fest at the Henderson Pavilion. The family-oriented fair is a celebration of Western culture, showcasing a weekend of country music, cooking demonstrations and carnival rides. There’s a concert featuring country legends Kenny Rogers, Glen Campbell, Lonestar and Montgomery Gentry among others; and also live cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs Rick Moonen and Stephen Hopcraft. Admission to the fair (Oct. 15-17) is $7 (kids 3 and under are free), while concert tickets start at $25, which includes admission to the festival. Check NevadaWildFest.com for information.
The works of ol’ Bill Shakespeare are timeless classics that continue to entertain new generations. But how much do we know about the man himself? Not enough. So for one night only, the Las Vegas Shakespeare Co. presents Shakespeare’s Roses, 5 p.m. at the Adelson Education Campus in Summerlin (9700 Hillpointe Road), a one-man show wherein Shakespeare takes us through his own torrid tale of love, loss and betrayal. Local actor Michael Hartlett plays the Bard. Ticket prices vary and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Adelson Educational Campus. Visit LVShakes.org/tickets to buy tickets.
Kids grow up so fast, sometimes it’s hard to believe how small they used to be. Capture a moment in time today at the Piggies & Paws for Pink event at ClubSport Green Valley (2100 Olympic Ave.). Children of all ages can create one-of-a kind artwork using their handprints and footprints. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and parental participation is required. Tickets are $22-$38, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Call 454-4526, or visit ClubSports.com/green-valley/home.do for more information.
Polymer clay is a relatively new synthetic material that can be fired in a home oven, making it popular with amateur artists who don’t have access to a kiln. The Centennial Hills Library (6711 N. Buffalo Dr.) is hosting an exhibit of jewelry, sculptures and art pieces created by the Las Vegas Polymer Clay Guild. Come see for yourself at the opening reception at 5 p.m. and ask the artists how they use this modern medium. Call 507-6100 or visit lvccld.org for more information.
Beam Music Center recital hall at UNLV is the place to be to hear classical guitarist Carlos Barbosa-Lima do his thing. The guitarist, known for his amazing compositions and nimble fingers, is part of the Performing Arts Center’s UNLV Classical Guitar Series. The performance begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $37.50, but discounts are available. Visit unlv.edu for information.