Thursday, Aug. 16
As summer drags on and on, and Valley parents look wistfully at the calendar for Aug. 27 and the start of school, options for entertaining the tots get skinny. So here’s one you may not have thought of: feeding the sharks at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum. Live-animal curator Jack Jewell opens the tank to helpers at 2:30 p.m. LVNHM.org.
Friday, Aug. 17
This is the inaugural run for Las Vegas Animegacon, so if you dig twee, weirdly sexual cartoons—and the people who make them—get out and support. This show features voice actors, video games, cosplay and all the trimmings. And it’s ambitious, billing itself as “the universe’s largest anime convention.” Through Sunday at the LVH, Animegacon.com.
Saturday, Aug. 18
There ain’t no party like a Henderson party, and here’s one to remember before the endless summer, well, ends: KLUC’s End of Summer Block Party at 7 p.m. at the Henderson Pavilion. Musical guests include X Factor finalist Chris Rene, tweener Austin Mahone and family-friendly rapper Outasight. Tickets: $9.85-$15. HendersonLive.com/pavilion.
Sunday, Aug. 19
The cupcake trend is getting annoying, frankly, but we’d be remiss if we ignored the Las Vegas Cupcake Bakeoff, noon to 3 p.m. at the Suncoast Casino, where 100 bakers will vie for the title of “Best Cupcake Baker in Las Vegas.” At least we didn’t mention yesterday’s Miss Cupcake USA Pageant.
Monday, Aug. 20
We said it before, and we’ll say it again: Go see the Clark County Museum’s exhibit Lost Vegas: Bulldozed & Imploded Casinos of the Las Vegas Valley. It’s only there through Sunday. After that it vanishes, like much of the Valley’s history. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., $2, 455-7955.
Tuesday, Aug. 21
We’re going to get a little artsy on you for the next couple of days, beginning with a plug for Clay Arts Vegas, an artist-created ceramics studio in the Downtown Arts District, featuring classes and a gallery to show off homegrown and international talent. Birds … Bees … and Best Intentions by sculptor Adam Swang, an exploration of the fragility of mankind and the passage of time, is the featured show through August.
Wednesday, Aug. 22
A few months ago, the Springs Preserve sent local photographers on a hunt to capture Las Vegas at Work for its fifth annual juried photo contest. The results are in, and they’re spectacular. See the winners on display through Oct. 7 at the Big Springs Gallery. SpringsPreserve.org.