Give yourself a gift that gives back this holiday season and adopt a new best friend! The Animal Foundation is partnering with Best Friends Animal Society for the Bring Joy adoption special for the entire month of December. Adoption fees for all dogs 6 months and older are $25, and fees for cats and pit bulls 6 months and older are waived. There might be an additional $10 city license fee, depending on where you live.
The UNLV School of Music presents dozens of free classical music recitals and concerts every term. Most are by students, performing solo or in small groups. There are also performances by music faculty, guest artists, and visiting ensembles. Some things, such as their symphony orchestra and wind band concerts, have a small charge. You can find the complete list on their website.
The Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division is actively recruiting Super Hero volunteers and has five meetings scheduled for the Las Vegas Valley where you can find out about volunteer opportunities. These include conducting community outreach, presenting educational sessions, counseling Medicare beneficiaries, and advocating for residents of long-term care facilities.
Ready to Roar is an exhibit of Prohibition Era fashion and culture, curated in conjunction with UNLV. It llustrates the indelible impact the Prohibition Era had on not only women’s fashions, but also on their rights and freedoms. Free with Museum admission.
Artist Sean Russell’s infrared photo-transfer juxtapositions of Big Lake, Minnesota and Nevada’s Red Rock National Conservation Area merge nature and technology. Free. Spring Valley Library, seandavidrussell.com
Yes, it does snow in the desert! Each show lasts 10 minutes and is choreographed to everyone’s favorite holiday music. Every Thursday, come early to see live performances by elementary- to high school-aged students from Las Vegas area schools. Free. 7 p.m. Town Square, 6605 Las Vegas Blvd. S., mytownsquarelasvegas.com
For the fifth year in a row, the Boulevard Pool transforms into a winter wonderland high above Las Vegas Boulevard. You can skate across 4,200 square feet of real ice, roast s’mores by the fire and indulge in seasonal food and beverage offerings. Monday through Friday 2 p.m. - midnight; Saturday and Sunday noon - midnight. $20 (locals $10 Mon–Thu); skate rental, $10. The Cosmopolitan, cosmopolitanlasvegas.com/ice-rink
Leave the Strip to see the real glittering lights! This holiday sensation is a 2.5-mile circuit that gives car-bound visitors the opportunity to see more than 400 animated displays. New this year is the addition of the Santa Tram. Sunday through Thursday 5-9 p.m.; Friday through Saturday 5-10 p.m. $20–$70. Las Vegas Motor Speedway, glitteringlightslasvegas.com
"Havana - in the times of Fidel," a collection of photos by Armand Thomas, will be on display November 29 through February 14 in the Summerlin Library Art Gallery. It shows the capital city of Cuba on the cusp of change, as a thawing political climate will inevitably lead to a transformation of its appearance and people. There's a reception on December 1, from 5:00 to 6:30.
The Copycats and Other Critters animal program runs on the weekends at the Springs Preserve January 29. It explores the range of special skills found among Mojave Desert animals. Participate in experiments and activities.
This exhibition brings the science of the future into the present, sending you on a unique journey filled with explorations, curiosity and discovery. Interactive, engaging exhibits challenge the mind and body. You can move objects with your mind, become invisible, play games with robots, experience augmented reality and more. Science Fiction, Science Future is a co-production of Scitech Discovery Centre and Imagine Exhibitions.
This youthful, playful new adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood sisters after their father’s sudden death leaves them financially destitute and socially vulnerable. When reputation is everything, how do you follow your heart? Thursday through Saturday 7:30 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m. $10–$33. Judy Bayley Theatre at UNLV, unlv.edu
A dark comedy set in three 1979 London kitchens over three Christmases. The play follows the fortunes of three wildly incompatible couples charting the relentless rise of the socially aspiring Hopcrofts at the expense of the other two couples. $21–$24. Thursday through Saturday 8 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m. Las Vegas Little Theatre, lvlt.org
Join the world of Dr. Seuss where you will revisit beloved characters such as The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie, JoJo and more. $6. Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., artslasvegas.org
The exhibit consists of drawings of people whom the artist, Donald Corpier Starr, has encountered in his life. Free. West Las Vegas Arts Center Community Gallery, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd., artslasvegas.org
Artists explore the cultural heritage of Chinese New Year for 2017. In the artwork, each artist is asked to include and highlight the animal associated with the year as well as investigate more information about Chinese heritage. Free. Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St.
Hale and Ryan bring you a show that explores the tall tales and dark corners of American roots music and ’50s rock ’n’ roll. They will be backed by a four-piece band and vocalists. $25–$45. Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center, 7 p.m., thesmithcenter.com
Embrace the holiday magic at the Springs Preserve with train rides to Santa’s magical village and festive activities including photos with Santa, holiday crafts, cookie decorating, holiday stories, a nutcracker display and more! This special journey will include all of the quintessential holiday trimmings along the way—from snow to hot cocoa. December 10 and 11, 17-23.