With Nellis Air Force base a Valley institution since 1941, Veterans Day is a big holiday here. One of the oldest celebrations is the free downtown Veterans Day Parade. Starting at 10 a.m., more than 5,000 participants will travel from Gass to Ogden avenues in custom floats, along with a number of marching bands, including the 300th Army Reserve Band. On Friday, the Cannery is hosting, GI Jams, a concert featuring nine musical groups comprised of veterans and active military personnel. For information, visit CanneryCasino.com.
If you’ve spent much time outdoors around these parts you may have seen large birds soaring high in the air. But unless you hunt for their nests, that’s as close as you’re likely to get. The Springs Preserve (333 S. Valley View Blvd.) is offering guests the chance to see majestic birds of prey up close and personal at Wings Over the Springs. The live, interactive show featuresh red-necked falcons, African hawk eagles and Eurasian eagle owls in free flight. The air show starts at 11 a.m. and is free for members or with paid admission. Visit SpringsPreserve.org for information.
Foodwise, not much grows in the desert. But one staple taking root is locally brewed beer. As evidence of that, we present the Village at Lake Las Vegas’ second Brew’s Best Hand-Crafted Beer Festival, starting at 1 p.m. More than 50 varieties of beer, many unavailable in stores, will be on hand for sampling, including Buckbean Brewing Co., Tenaya Creek, Boulder Dam Brewing, Barley’s Brewing, Stone Brewing Co. and Nevada Beverage. Tickets are $25 and proceeds benefit the New Vista Community, a group that helps the intellectually challenged lead independent lives. Visit NewVistaCommunity.org for more information.
Described as a musical picture book, Joseph Haydn’s The Creation is a one-of-a-kind symphonic experience. Presented by the Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society and performed at UNLV’s Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall, the oratorio features a 35-piece orchestra, 70 choir singers and guest soloists including Alisa Thomason (pictured). Douglas Peterson, in his 43rd year as director, will lead this talented group as they weave a magical tale describing the creation of the world around us. For ticket prices or information, call 895-2787 or visit SNMAS.com.
“That looks good enough to eat” is probably something you’ll be repeating as you stroll through the Sugar Confection Recollection art exhibit at the Historic Fifth Street School Gallery (401 S. Fourth St.). Artists created mouth-watering images inspired by memories of their favorite desserts, as part of the cookbook section of the Vegas Valley Book Festival. Some of the works include accompanying recipes or real food. For information, call 229-1012.
It’s the middle of November and you know what that means: Christmas is here! Well, not really, but the festivities are starting with the 17th annual cactus lighting event at the Botanical Cactus Gardens at Ethel M Chocolates near Mountain Vista Street and Sunset Way. The unique three-acre garden contains some 300 varieties of cacti draped with more than 500,000 brilliant lights that will bring the desert alive at night. If you can’t make it to the lighting ceremony at 6 p.m., fret not, as the illuminated Cactus Garden will be free for visitors to see until Jan. 1. Visit EthelM.com for more information.
Comic books have come a long way, making the leap over tall buildings and soaring from the back of the newspapers to become an entertainment juggernaut, influencing films, television and now the sometimes-too-serious world of art. On display now at UNLV’s Marjorie Barrick Museum, Drawn in the Dust is an art exhibit featuring local comic book artists who use the medium to weave one-of-a-kind tales. These DIY comic creators tackle topics including the environment, life on the Strip and even a day in the life of local Las Vegans. Check it out for yourself—you might find yourself immortalized in the frames of comic book. Visit UNLV.edu for information.