Seven Days

This week in your city.

Thu 15

Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Michelle Branch (1) performs in the Venetian Showroom as part of the Winter in Venice celebration. Tickets can be purchased at the Venetian box office or obtained by donating at least $20 worth of toys or winter clothing to KSNE 106.5-FM, with the items going to HELP of Southern Nevada. (8 p.m., KXTE 107.5-FM and Three Square partner with the UFC to host a two-day radiothon, Fight Holiday Hunger, asking for nonperishable food items and monetary donations. Meet UFC fighters and local celebrities at the Walmart in the Arroyo Crossing Shopping Center. (6 a.m.-6 p.m., 7200 S. Arroyo Crossing Parkway,

Fri 16

Aquae Sulis Spa in the JW Marriott celebrates the 12 Days of Giving, with this being the final day to purchase a treatment. Ten percent of all sales more than $50 will benefit Opportunity Village. (, 869-7807.) The Firenze Sextet captures the spirit of the season, performing classical and holiday favorites at the Lloyd D. George U.S. Courthouse. (Noon, 333 Las Vegas Blvd. South, The Cosmopolitan gives a VIP preview for tomorrow’s Suite Holidays (2), at which six Strip hotels will showcase ultra-exclusive suites to benefit Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada. (6-9 p.m., $250; 3-10 p.m., Dec. 17, $125,

Sat 17

Gather aesthetic inspiration from the Las Vegas Design Center’s holiday décor. Today visitors can enjoy cocoa and churros courtesy of Mundo at LVDC. (Open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free, First Food & Bar hosts a Children’s Holiday Treat Production Class (3) where kids are invited to decorate gingerbread men and chocolate-covered pretzels. (10 a.m.-noon, in the Palazzo, free, 607-3478.) The Las Vegas Natural History Museum hosts its annual December to Remember Cultural Fashion Show (4), celebrating holiday wear from around the globe. (11 a.m., 900 Las Vegas Blvd. North, Silver Springs Recreation Center hosts the Great Elf Escape, where kids ages 5-12 can enjoy games and arts and crafts. (Noon, $15 per child,

Sun 18

Kidville at Tivoli Village previews its new musical class Rockin’ Railroad. (4 p.m., 420 S. Rampart Blvd., Suite 130, $15 per family, 233-9253, In honor of Nevada Ballet Theatre’s performances of The Nutcracker at Paris Las Vegas (Dec. 17-24), the Sugar Factory hosts a Sugar Plum Party Experience with a special menu and meet and greet with Clara, the Nutcracker and the Sugarplum Fairy. (3 -5 p.m., RSVP to,

Mon 19

Celebrate the season at the Springs Preserve’s Holiday Spectacular. The whole family can enjoy colorful lights, “reindeer” (pony) rides, ice skating and photos with Santa. The event is open nightly through Dec. 23. (5-9 p.m., 333 S. Valley View Blvd., adults $6, kids over 5 $3, Don’t be a Scrooge, take the time to visit Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest (5). Ride the Forest Express or take a spin on the Enchanted Carousel. (5:30-9 p.m. Sun-Thu, 5:30-10 p.m. Fri-Sat, 6300 W. Oakey Blvd., adults $9.75, kids 13 and under $7.75,

Tue 20

Today is National Sangria Day. Visit Hussong’s Cantina for $5 glasses and $12 pitchers of the popular Spanish wine punch (553-0123, in the Shoppes at Mandalay Place) or check out Border Grill for its holiday spin on the drink, which includes cinnamon sticks, allspice berries and whole cloves. (632-7403, in Mandalay Bay.)

Wed 21

MonteLago Village at Lake Las Vegas presents Sin City Opera’s performance of ’Twas the Night Before Christmas and other holiday classics. (4-7 p.m., free,

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Top Seven Dunkers in Rebel History

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Everyone knows the Rebels run. And that running had led to a lot of fast-break opportunities. And those fast-break opportunities have led to a lot of dunks. But who exactly are the most prestigious dunkers in UNLV’s history? The list might not be as obvious as you think. Limiting the number to sevenmeans no Larry Johnson, no Anderson Hunt, no Keon Clark. Blasphemy, you say? Well, here’s the rundown: