Through September 19. The acquisition of art, the building of a collection — it’s a pillar of real museum activity, and UNLV’s Barrick Museum is going about it in a big way, as two concurrent exhibits, Recent Acquisitions and The Dorothy and Herb Vogel Collection, amply demonstrate. Both arise from a partnership with the Las Vegas Art Museum. Free. Barrick Museum, unlv.edu/barrickmuseum
Nevada Connections Academy is a virtual public school. They are hosting information sessions at libraries and other sites for parents July 21 through August 22 in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, and Henderson (and other parts of the state as well). The details are on their website.
With their clipped collage elements, exaggerated-perspective cityscapes and gritty color schemes, the pieces in Alexander P. Huerta’s Vintage Urban Collection have an appealingly loose, freestyle energy. Individually, each is an eyeful; together in a gallery they ought to kick it in a raucous big-city block party. Opening reception 5p. Through October 4, free, Sahara West Library, lvccld.org
Through September 19. These large-scale drawings by Domenic Cretara and Christopher Troutman are narratives of their personal exploration of environment and family. Free. Charleston Heights Art Center, 800 S. Brush St., 702-229-1012
The Bryce Canyon Rim Run and Walk will be held August 29. The 5-mile course overlooks Bryce Canyon (southeast Utah) as it winds through a forest of ponderosa pine. Terrain is gently rolling, at an elevation of 7,600 feet.
The Rape Crisis Center in Las Vegas is looking for male and female volunteers, ages 21 and over, to assist sexual assault victims. Volunteers assist the staff of the center by answering crisis calls around the clock, making referrals for victims and others who are seeking assistance, and more. Other volunteer positions are also available.
Gilcrease Orchard in the northwest part of the Las Vegas Valley has fruit and vegetables for sale. You can purchase from their stand or pick your own on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon. Check their website to see what's available. They also have apple cider.
Club Read is a free program offering teens, toddlers, school-age children and their families the opportunity to have fun while keeping track of their reading. It's offered by the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District June 1 through August 15. Besides a chance to win prizes for reading, there are lots of programs and concerts: music, dance, puppets, theater, and more.
Cedar Breaks National Monument in Southern Utah will hold their annual star parties Saturdays (plus an extra day or two) between July 5 and August 30. View the cosmos through several large telescopes with the help of park staff and astronomy volunteers. You can also take your own telescope.
A project of the World Monuments Fund, this exhibit consists of large-scale photographs by Andrew Moore and interpretative panels with case studies exploring the role designers play in preserving modern landmarks. Free for members or with paid general admittance. Big Springs Gallery at Springs Preserve. Through September 6.
5 p.m. - 9 p.m. A nationwide effort to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for local anti-crime programs and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships brings Smokey the Bear, McGruff, SWAT, UNLV Police, NHP, Clark County School Police, the fire department and others. There will be plenty of food, entertainment, raffle prizes, a firehouse for the kids to explore, child fingerprinting, VIN etching and more. Free. The park at Town Square, mytownsquarelasvegas.com
The National Night Out Block Party at Providence August 4 combines fun and education. The free event promotes crime prevention awareness, neighborhood spirit and unity, and community-law enforcement partnerships,. It runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at Knickerbocker Park in the Providence Master Planned Community in northwest Las Vegas.
Journalist F. Andrew Taylor takes listeners on a pop-culture tour of the city — the places and faces of Las Vegas as seen in Diamonds Are Forever, Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas and more. It’s the fictional Vegas vs the real Vegas — if those are, in fact, different things. 7p, free, Clark County Library, lvccld.org
Before the Rat Pack ushered in an era of swank in Sin City, Havana was where it was at. With its beach resorts, anything-goes atmosphere and mob-backed casino action, the sun-soaked city was the top gambling destination for high-rollers and middle-class vacationers alike.
6 p.m. The synchronized swimming teams from the City of Las Vegas, Henderson, Clark County and novice Desert Mermaid teams will perform routines from everyone’s movie favorites. Free. Baker Pool, 1100 E. St. Louis Ave., lvol.com
Join Nevada Connections Academy August 6 for a free, fun-filled evening at Refuge Climbing and Fitness. Your children can enjoy climbing while you have your questions answered and interact with other interested parents. Light snacks and beverages will be served.
Nevada Humanities presents “ZAP! 7 The Artists Who Took Over Maryland Parkway” August 6 through September 24 in the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery in downtown Las Vegas. There will be a reception on opening night, from 5 to 9.
THU-SAT 8 p.m.; SUN 2 p.m. Natalie Cordone and Shawn Kilgore star in this Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme tribute full of some of the most popular songs of the 20th century. $25, $20 subscribers. Mainstage at Las Vegas Little Theatre, lvlt.org
Thanks to our friends at The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort, we are bringing you specially-priced tickets for Melissa Etheridge, Vince Gill and Bill Maher with 100% of the proceeds benefitting the radio you love. Seats are limited, so don’t wait, purchase your tickets before they are gone!
8 p.m. Ten freestyle artists will perform their chart-topping sensations on one stage during this star-studded night, including such pioneers as Stevie B, Exposé, The Cover Girls, Lisa Lisa and Nu Shooz. $31.50. Orleans Arena, orleansarena.com