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
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 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.
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.
At this year’s Las Vegas Bluegrass Festival, you’ll catch hot acts such as Fog Holler, Steel Betty, and Blue Highway. And, who knows, maybe you’ll see the tortured ghost of Rascal Flatts’ salon highlights haunting the periphery. Close your eyes! Run away! Stay in the light! (AK) 11a-7p, Centennial Hills Park, free, lasvegasnevada.gov
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.
Henderson Industrial Days celebrates the city’s patriotic origins with food, music, line dancing, a costume contest, a car exhibit, and a pie-eating competition. For FREEDOM!!!!! (AK) 4-9p, April 17; noon-8p April 18, Water Street District, free, cityofhenderson.com
In its seventh year, the Las Vegas Black Film Festival is a work-hard-play-hard kind of shindig. Consider Saturday’s lineup. Films begin at noon and lead up to the evening premiere of the festival feature, Emerge, which ends at 7 p.m. That’s followed by a filmmakers’ showdown, in which competitors take to a specially constructed boxing ring to pitch their work for three minutes each. Suncoast Hotel & Casino, $25 (individual ticket)-$200 (festival pass), lasvegasblackfilmfestival.com
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.