Take part in an eclectic experience — Nevada style! The year-in-the-making exhibit explores aspects of Nevada life far beyond the sagebrush and neon clichés. Coyotes, soapbox derby cars, maps: you can start to sense the breadth of this show. In addition to the largest photographic exhibit the museum has ever mounted, there are interactive elements, too. Type on a typewriter, feel an animal pelt. Bask in all of Nevada’s glory. Nevada State Museum, $9.95, nvculture.org
Our 2019 Best of the City pick for Best Film Festival clocks in with its 19th edition. “Everyone, yes everyone, is welcome,” says the festival website, and, indeed, a documentary like Aulcie — about an African American basketball player from New Jersey who led an Israeli basketball team to a historic title, became famous in his adopted country, and wound up in prison — can be enjoyed equally by the Jewish and and non-Jewish alike. As a bonus, famed nature writer Terry Tempest Williams will be on hand for a screening of Wrenched, a film about the doomed Earth First! Movement. (She will also do a separate reading hosted by the Black Mountain Institute on January 24 at the Historic Fifth Street School; see Black Mountain's website for more.) (SD)Various venues, info: lvjff.org
The Nevada Southern Railway Museum in Boulder City offers train rides in old Pullman coaches every Saturday and Sunday (with modern air conditioning during the summer). Trips go to the Railroad Pass Casino and back, taking about 35 minutes.
The nonprofit Rebuilding Together Southern Nevada provides home repair, accessibility modifications and energy conservation services for low-income homeowners, particularly seniors, people living with disabilities, veterans and families, individuals and multigenerational families.
"Inside Beethoven’s Mind" features faculty members of the Young Artists Orchestra program and pianist Lucas Porter. There will be a chamber music version of Beethoven’s first piano concerto and other works by him. Starts at 2:00. No charge.
Musicians from Southern Nevada will compete for scholarships and cash prizes at the the annual Carol Jackson Concerto Competition January 26, hosted by the Young Artists Orchestra. It is open to all students up to the age of 22, who will be playing in front of an audience. 2-5 p.m.
Nevada P.E.P is non-profit group whose mission is to assist families with disabled children. The agency provides information, training, referral assistance and more. The disability categories they assist with include learning, emotional, autism and vision and hearing loss.
It’s amazing what a life-changing moment it can be when you choose to open your heart to a child in need of a temporary home! There are approximately 3,000 children in the care of the Clark County Department of Family Services, ranging from toddlers to teenagers. Some are in foster homes and others need foster homes. Find out how you can help at a foster care info session.
Be transported back to the era of Las Vegas as a burgeoning railroad town in the Boomtown 1905 exhibit. Walk through re-creations of the original train depot, Arizona Club, Majestic Theatre, First State Bank, Lincoln Hotel and a mercantile. Encounter interpretive, interactive exhibits and period décor to learn about life in 1905 - 1920 Las Vegas.
The Jewish Genealogy Society meets on the third Sunday of the month at the Sahara West Library, starting at 1:30. They usually have a program devoted to some aspect of genealogy. Non-members are welcome to attend.
The library is at 9600 West Sahara Avenue. Their number is 507-3630.
ICES is looking for families in Southern Nevada to host high school students (ages 15-17) from other countries for the upcoming school year. Students must be provided with their own bed and a place to study, plus two meals each day. They have spending money and insurance.
The Las Vegas Natural History Museum has family Weekend Science programs on Saturdays from 11 to 3 and on Sundays from 12:30 to 2:30. Kids can do hands-on activities and experiments. They also have the Science Explorers Club for ages 5 to 11.