Thursday, Jan. 8
Got a case of the winter blahs? Then what you need, friend, is a dose of the circus. Lucky for you, the Shrine Circus is at the Orleans Arena for eight performances through Sunday. If clowns, acrobats, cotton candy and dancing elephants don’t cheer you up, maybe nothing will. OrleansArena.com.
Friday, Jan. 9
One upside to January: The motorcycle auctions come to town, starting with the Mecum Auction, Thursday through Saturday at South Point. Everything from a Yamaha owned by Kenny Roberts to a beautiful 1960 Lambretta scooter will be on the block. And much of what you’ll see is actually affordable, unlike the big car auctions that roll into town later in the year. Mecum.com.
Saturday, Jan. 10
Today’s Polar Bear Plunge in Henderson isn’t quite as insane as similar events in, say, Minneapolis, but it will probably induce some shrinkage nonetheless. The pool at the Whitney Ranch Aquatic Complex is unheated, after all. Noon to 3 p.m., with goody bags for the first 100 plungers. HendersonLive.com.
Sunday, Jan. 11
The Las Vegas Natural History Museum’s Weekend Science program is a good way to entertain the tots when it’s a bit too nippy for extended time outdoors. This weekend’s topic: Kitchen Color Chemistry. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. today; LVNHM.org.
Monday, Jan. 12
If you’ve been watching the housing market improve and thought to yourself, “I should start flipping houses,” here’s your opportunity: the Flipping Houses Workshop, 6 p.m. at the Henderson Chamber of Commerce, 112 S. Water St., with other sessions scheduled around the Valley through Wednesday. Registration is free at FlippingWorkshops.com—just remember where house flipping got us last time.
Tuesday, Jan. 13
It’s Mob Month over at the Clark County Library, meaning lots of experts and events relating to organized crime. Today’s feature, “The Fix Is In: Sports and the Mob,” looks at the symbiotic relationship between sports betting, journalism and regulatory control. 7 p.m., 1401 E. Flamingo Rd., LVCCLD.org.
Wednesday, Jan. 14
Fancy yourself a photographer? Then it’s once again time to take a shot at winning the Springs Preserve’s annual photo contest. This is a juried competition open to all, professional or amateur. The winners will be on display in Springs Preserve’s Big Springs Gallery in March. This year’s theme is celebrations and traditions; the deadline for entries is Jan. 22. SpringsPreserve.org.