Mob Museum Talks Stolen Jackpots, MMA Packs the Mack

Thursday 23

If you run a business or are just interested in the economic health of this region, you’ll want to attend UNLV’s Mid Year Economic Outlook Conference, 8 a.m., at the Venetian. Experts from the Lee Business School will fill you in on trends that will shape the regional and national economies in the coming months. Registration required.

Friday 24

Sports have helped shape this community, and tonight you can pay tribute to that legacy at the Orleans Arena, 5 p.m., at the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony. This year’s honorees include Sig Rogich, Marty Cordova and the 1997-98 UNLV golf team.

Saturday 25

Regular readers know that we are big MMA fans, so it’s no surprise that we’re pumped about Pack the Mack, a Tuff-N-Uff bout at 6 p.m., at the Thomas & Mack. What makes this one special is the fact that you can score free tickets at

Sunday 26

You know it’s getting hot out when the arts and crafts festivals get cranked up. Case in point: the Las Vegas Artisan Craft Festival Expo, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Sam’s Town. There will be 65 vendors selling everything from fine art to jewelry, with games, prizes and gifts.

Monday 27

If you hike around here, you know the name Branch Whitney. He’s the author of Hiking Las Vegas, the most comprehensive guide to local foot travel, and he’s coming to the Rainbow Library, 6:30 p.m., to talk about what to bring, where to go and how to stay safe on the trail.

Tuesday 28

The yo-yo. The monkey paw. The top-bottom joint. If you know what these are, you may be a slot machine cheater. If not, you may want to learn how from a man who used to do it. Dick Charlesworth will be talking about his former career, 7 p.m., at the Mob Museum.

Wednesday 29

Thanks to thawing relations with the U.S., life is changing quickly in Cuba. Get a glimpse of embargo-era island life via Havana: In the Times of Fidel, a photography exhibit by Armand Thomas, through July 10  at the West Las Vegas Library.