Start Halloween Early with Edward and Bella

A curated guide to this week in your city


Thursday, Oct. 30

Saving your ducats for Halloween? Then make your way to Downtown Container Park at 9 p.m. for a free movie. They’re showing Twilight, appropriately enough, which has some pretty sexy vampires.

Friday, Oct. 31

Tons of stuff obviously going on tonight, but what if you’ve got kiddies? We recommend Town Scary, a little trick-or-treating from 4 to 7 p.m. at Town Square. Merchants will be handing out candy, and you’ll find games and entertainment. Then you can drop the little monsters off at the sitter and go party.

Saturday, Nov. 1

Halloween hangover? Run it off at the Mustache Dache, a 5K run through Downtown that starts at 9 a.m. Proceeds benefit Movember, a men’s-health charity that battles prostate and testicular cancer. Registration: $45; kids 12 and under $20;

Sunday, Nov. 2

hammargre_houseYou can’t really call yourself a Las Vegan until you commemorate Nevada Day by touring the Hammargren House. This vast, rambling collection of exotic and esoteric stuff really has to be seen to be understood. Think of it as a curated stroll through the mind of former Lt. Gov. Lonnie Hammargren. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and today. Admission: $15; kids under 12 free;

Monday, Nov. 3

Post-Halloween is an excellent time to learn a little about the traditions of other cultures, particularly those that celebrate the Day of the Dead. Springs Preserve’s exhibit A Celebration of Souls: Day of the Dead in Southern Mexico, on display through Jan. 19, is a collection of photos and artifacts from a celebration that, far from being spooky, is loving and reverent toward departed loved ones.

Tuesday, Nov. 4

There are more than 9,000 homeless kids in Clark County, and many of them have no idea where they are going to get their next meal, let alone a holiday meal. You can help by participating in the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth’s Plastic Food Drive. Just purchase a gift card (even as little as $5) at local fast-food restaurants or grocery stores, and drop it off at NPHY’s offices, 4981 Shirley St., or donate online.

Wednesday, Nov. 5

What exactly is a health information exchange? Just the movement of your health-related records among various providers, insurers and other organizations, that’s all. They’re a big part of health care reform, and they’re coming. Find out what that means at a Brookings Mountain West lecture by Niam Yaraghi on the topic at 6 p.m. at UNLV’s Greenspun Hall.