The Force Awakens at Springs Preserve

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Springs Preserve’s Cactus Garden

Thursday 30

Two very cool things to note about Springs Preserve this week: 1) Admission is free June 27-30; 2) There’s a load of Star Wars-inspired stuff going on. We’re especially excited about the Jedi training, daily at 2:30 p.m.

Friday 1

Ancient Rome had canals, roads, complex machines, advanced culture and military infrastructure. Explore the place at Ancient Rome: The Empire That Shaped the World, through Sept. 11 at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum.

Saturday 2

What says “summer” more than a good bodybuilding competition? They’ll be wearing bikinis (and mankinis), after all. The NPC/IFBB Patriot’s Challenge is on at The Orleans, which means muscles, spray tans, poses and preening.

Sunday 3

For the record, we believe Independence Day celebrations should happen on July 4. But we’re not the boss of the country, so we dutifully note that several casinos and Lake Las Vegas are shooting off their fireworks tonight.

Monday 4

If you want the lowdown on the best ways to celebrate Independence Day, turn to our guide on Page 23. We have activities for the kids and over-21 alike, as well as the best places in the Valley (and beyond) to view the rockets’ red glare.

Tuesday 5

“Artners” You Killed Me First and There She Is, both from the L.A. street-art scene, are pairing up for an exhibit dubbed NightShift, daily through July 12 at the Eden Art Studio and Gallery in the Arts Factory. YKMF’s work centers on distorting images found in pop culture, while TSI’s stuff is more about disassociated themes joined in broad, beautiful brush strokes. Together, it’s powerful work. Check the NightShift Facebook page for details.

Wednesday 6

Super Summer Theatre at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park is cool, green and old-timey thanks to Memphis, a love story set on Beale Street in the ’50s. Shows through July 23.