Basketball Season, Pooches on the Patio and More

A curated guide to this week in your city.

Thursday 24

It’s Christmas Eve. Wind up the kids a bit and take them to Springs Preserve for Train Rides to Santa’s Cottage, hourly from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. After the ride, the big guy will be reading stories and handing out candy canes.

Friday 25

Not much going on today, and that’s as it should be. Open presents, eat too much, sit around in your jammies, go to church, go for a hike, enjoy your family. That’s what Christmas is for.

basketball_WEBSaturday 26

One reason people say “Happy holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” is because there is more than one holiday. Today is the first day of Kwanzaa, for instance. Celebrate African values, culture and community at the West Las Vegas Library’s annual Kwanzaa gathering, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., today and Sunday. You’ll find vendors, music, motivational speakers and friends at this party.

Sunday 27

More proof that holiday season is basketball season: The D3 Hoops Classic kicks off at noon in the South Point Arena and runs through Wednesday. That’s Division III men’s and women’s college basketball, featuring teams from all over the country, and it’s some scrappy play.

rock_rink_dt_summerlin_WEBMonday 28

Ice skating season is pretty short here in the desert, so we’re reminding you that Downtown Summerlin’s Rock Rink is still open, and will be until Jan. 18. Fifteen bucks buys you ice time and rents you skates, so no excuses.

 Tuesday 29

If you’re looking for something to do with your dog, we suggest Paws on the Patio, 6-9 p.m., at Brio Tuscan Grille in Tivoli Village, where fellow pooch lovers take part in assorted merry making. Proceeds support Adopt a Rescue Pet. Check the Paws on the Patio Christmas Party Facebook page for details.

Wednesday 30

The Runnin’ Rebels face the Fresno State Bulldogs, who are on a bit of a hot streak themselves,8 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack. The Rebels won’t be playing on the home floor again until Jan. 12, so get your fix while you can.