Kid Safe Halloween Options, Help for the Homeless and More

A curated guide to this week in your city.

Photo credit: Creative Wiki Commons

Photo credit: Creative Wiki Commons

October 29

You’re inundated with Halloween options this weekend, of course. But how many of them are kid-friendly? Opportunity Village’s HallOVeen certainly is, and it’s going on through Sunday. There are nightly themes, rides and attractions. Plus candy.

October 30

While we’re on the topic, Spring Preserve’s Haunted Harvest is also tot appropriate. It has a hay maze, petting zoo, bingo, live entertainment and a haunted train ride. Today and Saturday.

October 31

This might be your last chance to visit the wild and wonderful Hammargren house, because our wacky former lieutenant governor has been thinking about closing this tradition down. Hammargren and his wife, Sandy, invite visitors today and tomorrow to their home stuffed to the rafters with esoterica. You have to see this place to believe it. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

November 1

NaNoWriMo is in full swing. That’s National Novel Writing Month for you non-scribes. If you’re doing this thing and need moral support or just a quiet place to crank it out, the Summerlin Library has you covered. Its conference room is open every day, 10 a.m.-noon, for hopeful authors to work or meet.

November 2

A plastic food drive? Who wants plastic food? That’s what we thought until we realized that it’s actually the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth’s annual food card drive. You donate a fast-food or grocery gift card to help feed homeless youth during the holidays, and you’re invited to a tailgate party at the end of the drive on Nov. 21.

November 3

Photography buffs, take note: Desert Companion’s Focus on Nevada showcase is on tour, and it features select images from the 2015 Desert Companion Photo Contest. Through Dec. 31 at Henderson’s Green Valley Library.

November 4

The thawing of relations between the United States and Cuba has many wondering about life on that long-closed island. The work of four contemporary Cuban artists in an exhibition titled Through Windows, Through Curtains, Call On Us provides a glimpse of how artists defy “invisible government control.” Through Nov. 14 at UNLV’s Beam Fine Art Gallery.

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