Seven Days

A curated tour of this week in your city

Thursday, Sept. 6

Nary a day goes by without another story on obesity. Vegas PBS and the Donald W. Reynolds Boys & Girls Club are getting their butts off the couch to do something about it. Their Back to School & Back in Shape event at 3:30 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club, 2980 Robindale Road in Henderson, includes a 5k run, a 1-mile walk, dance routines and nutritional info for parents. 614-8550.

Friday, Sept. 7

Remember singer-songwriter Casey Abrams, a finalist in Season 10 of American Idol? We don’t either, but he’s probably good, and he’s opening Henderson’s fall ArtBeat series with a concert. 8 p.m., Henderson Events Plaza. Free,

Saturday, Sept. 8

It seems like the rare weekend without a film festival going on. This weekend the focus—pardon the pun—is on films about social media and technology at the Social Media Film Festival at The Mirage. You’ll find panels, feature films and documentaries all dealing with how social media is changing the world.

Sunday, Sept. 9

Soon the weather will break and it won’t be 100-plus degrees every day. When that happens, you’ll look around your home and say, “What a dump.” You’ll seek ideas on how to improve your house and yard. Prepare for that day this weekend at the Home Improvement & Backyard Living Expo at the South Point.

Monday, Sept. 10

The kids are safely warehoused in school and you find yourself with a few extra hours to devote to intellectual pursuits. Perhaps you should read a book. The Yelp Book Club makes reading social, and they focus on books about Las Vegas. This month’s read: Deke Castleman’s Whale Hunt in the Desert: The Secret Las Vegas of Superhost Steve Cyr (Huntington Press, 2004). The group meets at 6:30 p.m. at Fresh Cup, 3429 S. Jones Blvd.

Tuesday, Sept. 11

Last year marked the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed almost 3,000 people. There were many displays, events and services, because we relate to round numbers. This year it’s quieter, but no less significant. Take some time to reflect.

Wednesday, Sept. 12

Help of Southern Nevada’s school supply drive ends tomorrow, but the need continues. Here’s your chance to donate markers, backpacks, paper, pencils, glue, etc., to the collection center at 1640 E. Flamingo Road, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. You can also donate online at

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Pigskin Country

Pigskin Country

The nearest professional team is almost 300 miles away. The local college team, with its one winning season since 1995 and its ghost town of a stadium, might as well be, too. And yet at this time every year, Las Vegas is flush with football fever—so much so that you can reasonably argue ours ranks among the most passionate football communities in America. Rather than Cheeseheads and Terrible Towels, our football heritage is distinguished by parlay cards and betting tickets. So for our 2012 Football Issue, we're embracing our culture with a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the wagering world. Meet the men behind the counter who set the odds, as well as the men on the other side of the counter who try to beat those odds—and they offer tips on how you can, too. And as for our Rebels, we've got some ideas on how to fill up the stadium—and the win column.