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Ho Ho Holiday Happenings

The Holiday Season is in full force now and I’m sure your wallet is coming out for the purpose of giving. So what are you going to give? You could stick with those corporate stores that offer the same mass produced products or realize it is the most wonderful time of the year and the best time to put some money into your local economy and buy some spectacular gifts.  So this weekend happens to be a perfect weekend to buy local and enjoy some Las Vegas culture all at the same time.

The first Friday of this month will be on the same weekend as the Second Saturday, which means the popular First Friday Festival and the StrEATS Festival are happening on the same weekend. First Friday has become a large event over the years which means there is plenty of opportunity to buy local as there are a plethora of artistic vendors that participate in the festival. It’s perfect for the holidays, you can go out enjoy the community and find unique cool stuff for your giftees. What you are going to see out there is an array photography art, paintings, and even sculptures. You can also find threads from local fashion designers and my personal favorite, fashion accessories to add finishing touches to your looks. If you can’t make it to First Friday, the StrEATS Festival is on Saturday and although it is still in its beginning stages there are several local vendors to check out.

One of the newest vendors that I adore and they just happen to make appearances at both events is A Girls Glitter. They are a local company that is online and sells at local events as well. They specialize in bling and originality of fashion accessories. It’s hard not to buy at least one of their unique fashion accessories with all that sparkle reeling a girl in. Besides every girl needs a new accessory and of course, so does her friend, right?  Be sure to hit them up online if you don’t make it out and see them this weekend.

Of course at both events there will be plenty of those delicious food trucks to help tame the appetite you work up. Just remember to grab a jacket and maybe some gloves as it will be chilly outside this weekend. Hey and even if you don’t buy anything at the festivals get some ideas and grab some business cards to follow up later on that unique gift idea. Save the corporate stores for buying your paper towels and remember keep it real by buying from local businesses for your gifts this season.

One of the best traditions for the Holidays are those beautiful light displays and of course our awesome city has got that covered as well. Take the family out this weekend and enjoy some displays our city graciously offers. The Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosts an annual light show called, Glittering Lights and it is open now until January 6th from 5:30 till 9 pm,Monday Thru Thursday and till 10 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and holidays. It’s $15 per carload during the week , $20 on holidays and weekends so be sure to pack all your friends and family in the vehicle and split the cost.

Also, the Springs Preserve is hosting the Holiday Light Spectacular this weekend on December 8th and 9th from 5 to 9 pm,  it will also be open from December 15 thru the 23rd at same time in the evening. This event will be, “bathed in the glow of thousands of colorful, eco-friendly LED lights, the family-friendly celebration will feature tasty treats, holiday arts and crafts, reindeer (pony) rides for the little ones, photos with Santa, and much more”.

One of the most talked about holiday events for this weekend is the 12th annual Lakes Festival of Lights, located just South of West Sahara and West of Durango Drive. The event is free to attend and there will be many festive holiday family happenings to enjoy like arts and crafts, live entertainment and even a boat parade. It starts at noon on Saturday, December 8th and runs until 6p.m.

Oh, one last thing just to let you know the Mob Bar is celebrating it’s 1 year anniversary tonight offering drink pricing from back in 1933. If you’ve been looking for something to do tonight this is it. So stop downtown tonight at the Mob Bar after 5pm to enjoy some of their delicious cocktails basically a buy one get one free opportunity (buy one get one free should always be taken advantage of…just an FYI).

Whatever you do be sure to get out there this weekend, enjoy and support this fabulous city we live in. Happy Holidays Las Vegas!

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Hey Locals, Wanna Know What’s Going On In Vegas

Wednesday already? It’s already time to think about what to do this weekend. As always be sure to make it out to our friendly farmers market Bet the Farm, Downtown3rd or Fresh 52 Farmers and Artisan Market, Buy Fresh, Buy Local

THIRSTY THIRD THURSDAY PUB CRAWL Begins at Hennessey’s Tavern, 425 Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89109 Kicks off at 7pm and is $20 per person. Comes with 6 drinks and 2 half price entree vouchers also there will belive music to enjoy For more information and to RSVP for the Pub Crawl call (702) 382-4421

Free admission for locals on Nov. 15 to the Mob Museum as they will commemorate the anniversary of the Kefauver Committee hearings, which took place in its building in 1950, with a day featuring special programming. See website for more info

Benefit for ALS of Nevada Art The Third Annual Wreath Festival November 15th presented by Las Vegas Design Center. Funds raised help provide much-needed services for Nevada ALS patients and their families. The festival takes place in the Atrium of Building A at the World Market Center Las Vegas. Tickets are $50 per person online and $60 per person at the door. The event features a silent auction of the art wreaths, a live auction of special packages, gourmet appetizers, a hosted bar, a jazz band (Mike Candito and Friends) and is open to the public. We look forward to seeing you!

This weekend Springs Preserve will be hosting a cooking workshop called Killer Hors D’oeuvres. “Be the hit of your holiday party or office potluck with inspired recipes developed by the chefs from the Springs Cafe by the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas” this Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Visit the Springs Preserve website for more information

There is plenty going down at the Smith Center this weekend.

Betty Buckley Starring in “Ah, Men! The Boys of Broadway” on November 15-17, 7:00pm, November 18, 3:00pm “features men’s songs from Broadway shows that Buckley has always wanted to sing, including numbers from Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, Pippin, The Fantasticks and more. The centerpiece of the show is “A Hymn to Her,” a rewrite of My Fair Lady’s “A Hymn to Him” in which Henry Higgins asks “Why Can’t a Woman be More Like A Man?” The prolific singer reverses the question in a witty retort complete with musical references to iconic male Broadway roles including Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Harold Hill in A Musical Man and Jean Val Jean in Les Miserables.”

I Know I Came In Here For Something on November 17, 2:00pm & 7:00pm “the smash New York summer theater hit has audiences raving, laughing and calling this show the best show about aging. Dr. Carole Altman and the Gateway Arts Foundation.org bring this hilarious musical comedy revue to the Smith Center-Troesh Theater.”

Las Vegas Philharmonic – An American Portrait happens on November 17, 8:00pm “The Las Vegas Philharmonic offers a rich cornucopia of American music this Thanksgiving season. Aaron Copland captured the American spirit with his stirring Fanfare for the Common Man and arrangements of American folk songs. This Fanfare is closely connected to The Smith Center, represented in the vibrant Symphony Park sculpture and Reynolds Hall foyer painting by local artist Tim Bavington. This will be the first performance of the work in Reynolds Hall. Tony Hsieh—CEO of Zappos.com, best-selling New York Times author and Las Vegas resident—narrates Copland’s iconic musical portrait of Abraham Lincoln. Leonard Bernstein’s infectious dance rhythms in the film West Side Story captured the music of New York immigrants as we celebrate the musical spirit of America at Thanksgiving time”.

You can purchase tickets to any of these events online here

Looking for some comedy? If you haven’t gotten a chance to see the Mineola Twins by Paula Vogel and directed by Joe Hynes at the Cockroach Theatre this weekend is your chance. There is only two more weekends left so don’t miss out.  A comedy in six scenes, four dreams and seven wigs. Myrna and Myra, almost identical twins (played by the one actress), battle each other through the Eisenhower, Nixon and Reagan/Bush years over virginity, Vietnam and Family Values. [October 26–November 18]
Tickets start at $15 you can purchase online here
If you would like to tell us about an event do so. Please leave comments on our Facebook page or this website. Hope you have a chance to get out there and enjoy the city.

Local Festivities This Weekend

It may be hard to tell but fall is upon us and you may want to stop down at the Downtown 3rd farmers market and get some seasonal foods that you love. It is open today from 9am-2pm. Some seasonal foods such as, “Sugar Pie Pumpkins, Warren Pears, Fresh Crop Asian pears, Serpent Cucumbers, Chestnuts, Baby Brussels Sprouts, Pomegranates, Fresh Wild Huckleberries, Baby Watermelon, Radish, Smyrna Quince”, will be available so if you have a chance get down there and bring some yummy tastes home.

Can’t make it downtown? There is also the fabulous Fresh 52 Farmers and Artisan Market located in Town Square from 9am till 2pm today also. The best news is they have moved to Whole Foods Market so there is plenty of parking for attendees. Buy Fresh, Buy Local.

First Friday is celebrating their 10th anniversary this weekend. Come down for the party starting at 5pm. The hub is located on Colorado St and Main st. There are so many things going on down there to many to list. Come check it out.

Tonight at the Mob Bar an all woman electric string quartet, Phat String will be performing live from 8 – 11pm. Unique entertainment and an excuse to enjoy one of those phenomenal Mob Bar cocktails, who could ask for more? The bar is located on 3rd street between Ogden and Stewart St.

Attention beer lovers DOGtober Beer & Brat Festival event will be taking place this Saturday, October 6th at Big Dog’s Brewery located at 4543 N. Rancho St. Admission is free, drinks and food will be available through cash purchase. This is a charity event for Patrick Kelly Youth Foundation. Drink beer for a cause the event runs from 2 to 9pm.

The 19th year of the Chivalry Renaissance Festival l is taking place all of this weekend. It will take place at  Silver Bowl Park and you should be prepared to see lavishly costumed knights, knaves, fine ladies and wenches. The festival will feature stages with entertaining costumed performers. “There will be 50 shows per day along with historical re-enactments, jousting tournaments, medieval pageantry and more than 100 artisans – including blacksmiths, stained glass designers, jewelers, wood workers, toy makers, perfume blenders, stone carvers and sword, dagger and armor craftsman — to demonstrate and sell their wares. Authentic food, from fish and chips to an English feast, also will be available as well as beer and ales for adults with proper identification” The event starts tonight, October 5th and runs through Sunday, October 7th and is located at Silverbowl Park 6800 E Russell Rd.

It’s a busy weekend within the Las Vegas community  we have local performing arts shows all weekend as well, see Wednesday’s post here. Get out there this weekend and support our local community.

Las Vegas’ Friday Fun

Happy Friday Las Vegas! Here are a few community on goings today that you may be interested in checking out.

Fresh52 Artisan & Farmers Market will make its debut today at Town Square from 9am till 2pm. This is a great place to get the family together and check out all the local vendors with farm freshness, prepared foods and crafts. You will not be disappointed.

Senor Blues the Las Vegas’ first organic food truck will be parked today at Downtown3rd Farmers Market. The truck creates meals from locally grown produce and chemical free meats. The market will be open from 9am till 2pm and is located off of US 95 and Casino Center.

Yes, my friends it is the first Friday of the month and it’s time for that exciting downtown festival, First Friday. The event is free to get in so take a stop down and check out all the cool stuff our community has to offer. Casa Don Juan stays open late for the event, the Mob Bar is offering free valet parking and a DJ, just to mention a few extra perks! The festival is located in the Downtown Arts District with the hub at Casino Center between Colorado St. and California St with an extension on 3rd and Colorado. Also, Fremont East District is now participating in the event.

Should we talk about tomorrow too? Well, I just wanted to give a shout out for one of my favorite community bars that will be throwing a summer BBQ bash this Saturday. Mulligans Landing located on Rancho and Decatur will host a great event that will include food, fun and prizes. It’s only $10 dollars to get in the door, did I mention you have a chance to dunk the  bartenders?  Don’t miss out it is located at 2851 N. Rancho, festivities start at 4pm and local band ‘Three Mile Radius’ will be there to entertain at 8pm.
If you can’t make it to these events be sure to get out into the community this weekend. Vegas has many local events for you to enjoy. Beyond the Strip would love to hear about your events, take pictures and share with us.  Have a great weekend!

SBS: Quail Hollow Farms

This edition of Small Business Sunday will be featuring a farm right outside of Las Vegas. Located in the Moapa valley lies Quail Hollow Farms just 15 miles north of Las Vegas. This farm is inspiring as they are role models for the sustainable living movement. What they take out of the ground is replenished through their composting methods of using produce and animal waste to fertilize the soil. This will mend and keep the soil enriched to produce substantial yields year after year. The farm also practices all organic farming which means what you are getting is pure, natural food with no added chemicals. Also, the farm recently started seeing yields from their orchard and vineyard. Plants are not all that’s on the farm, they also raise chickens, turkeys, and rabbits.

Quail Hollow is a Nevada Grown member and a proud provider of community supported agriculture. They  provide weekly farm baskets either seasonally or full year. What comes in the basket depends on what is being grown on the farm. They grow 30 different organic vegetable varieties throughout the year.  This year they are able to provide food for 150 individuals with their shareholder programs. Farm baskets can either be picked up by shareholders either at the farm or at designated locations in Vegas.

Quail Hollow also hosts activities out on their farm. In fact, at the end of this month they will be holding a tomato and salsa tasting event opened to non members for only $5.  Their will be awards and prizes for the best salsa. Other activities the farm hosts are the Farm for Fork dinner – only by invitation – and a local seed exchange event this December. There are exclusive shareholder activities throughout the year as well.

I was able to purchase some peculiar round zucchinis that resemble dark green apples rather than gourds. They are plump delicious and great for slicing or stuffing. You can look for Quail Hollow Farm at Bet the Farm Market held at the Springs Preserve on Thursdays from 10am  to 3 pm and/or the Downtown3rd Farmers Market on Fridays from 9 am to 2pm. Stop, talk to the friendly farmers and check out their products.

Thank you to Quail Hollow Farms for delivering superb farming practices and allowing us to buy local in the desert.

Visit their website at http://quailhollowfarmcsa.com

Buy Fresh, Buy Local

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