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Stargazing Event This Weekend at Lake Mead

Stargazing Event This Weekend at Lake Mead

Staring into the night sky fascinates many, and a party near Lake Mead is intended to feed their curiosity.

Lake Mead Institute is hosting a stargazing party at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Water Safety Center near Boulder Beach.

The event will be led by Jon Zander, a NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory solar system ambassador. Zander worked with the Mars Missions and is volunteering for the Juno Mission.

Zappos Signs On to Sponsor Bike Event

Zappos Signs On to Sponsor Bike Event

Already the primary sponsor of the marathon in Las Vegas, Zappos is jumping behind another major outdoor athletic event.

Zappos will be the platinum title sponsor of RTC Viva Bike Vegas 2013 Gran Fondo Pinarello Sponsored by Zappos.com, a cycling event that will take place on Saturday, Sept. 21.

The event, put on by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, is expected to attract between 2,500-3,500 cyclists. Proceeds from the ride will benefit four local charities: Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, After-School All-Stars Las Vegas, Communities in Schools of Nevada and Nevada Child Seekers.

Water Balloons Banned from Damboree Parade

Water Balloons Banned from Damboree Parade

Groups interested in being part of the 65th annual Boulder City Damboree Celebration parade have until June 18 to submit an application or risk not being part of the parade.

The parade is set for 9 a.m. Thursday, July 4. It is just one piece of the big celebration held for Independence Day.

There will be a change to the parade rules this year, after organizers said a safety hazard was created last year when spectators and parade participants threw water balloons at each other.

All water balloons are now banned from the parade route. Security personnel will be looking through parade floats and vehicles for water balloons or other projectiles.

A designated water zone has been established for those who want to be part of water play.

The fee to enter the parade is now $25. Entries postmarked after June 18 will have to pay $50 to enter and will only be accepted if the announcer’s scripts have not been finalized.

Art Show This Weekend at Lake Mead Visitors Center

Art Show This Weekend at Lake Mead Visitors Center

Regional art will be featured at a show this weekend at the visitors center at Lake Mead.

Oaxacan wood carvings, Mata Ortiz pottery and Zapotec rugs will be displayed at the Weekend Art Show and Sale 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 1-2.at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

Mata Ortiz potter Jorge Quintana and Damian Quezada will be in attendance. Pottery demonstrations will also be held in the visitor center’s auditorium.

The traveling art show and sale is co-sponsored by the Western National Parks Association, which operates a national park store at the visitor center.

Proceeds support education, outreach and research initiatives. More information can be found at www.wnpa.org or by calling 805-370-2301.

Barbecue Challenge Returns Memorial Day Weekend

Barbecue Challenge Returns Memorial Day Weekend

Some of the best barbecue in the country is returning to Boulder City for the 9th annual Best Dam Barbecue Challenge.

Pitmasters from around the country will compete over Memorial Day weekend for their share of $12,000 in cash prizes. The challenge is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society and will be judged by professionally trained barbecue judges.

Besides great food, the event includes a family-fun zone, live music, a classic car show and a marketplace full of vendors. There will also be a special grilling lesson and barbecue competition for kids. Plus, a rib-eating contest between the Boulder City Police and the Boulder City Fire Department.

The event is a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Boulder City, but it is free to the public. For more information, go to bestdambarbecue.com.

The challenge will be from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, May 24 and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Bicentennial Park.

Life Jacket Event to Kick Off Safe Boating Week

Life Jacket Event to Kick Off Safe Boating Week


Officials at Lake Mead wants everyone to wear their life jacket, and they're hoping to break a record to get that message across.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area is sponsoring Ready, Set, Wear It day at the lake Saturday, May 18.

At 11 a.m., visitors at Las Vegas Boat Harbor, Katherine Landing, Cottonwood Cove and Meadview will put on their life jackets in hopes of breaking last year's world record.

People who shows up with their life jackets and plan to attend the event will get free entrance into the park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Besides the life jacket event, The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will conduct free vessel examination, information booths and displays will be set up at the Las Vegas Boat Harbor and the Nevada Department of Wildlife will inspect life jackets.

The event is also the kickoff to National Safe Boating Week, which is May 18 through 24.

Spring Jamboree Returns May 4 and 5

Spring Jamboree Returns May 4 and 5


The annual Spring Jamboree is returning Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5 at 401 California Avenue.

The event will again feature a classic car show, art and craft booths, antique and collectibles, live entertainment, food and activities for the kids.

The events start at 9 a.m. Saturday and ends with a free movie in the park, which starts at 7 p.m.

Sunday activities begin at 9 a.m. and close at 4 p.m.

The jamboree is sponsored by the Boulder City Chamber of Commerce. To see the entire schedule, go to springjamboree.com. There are also applications to be a vendor at the event.