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FREE Fun in Las Vegas: 4-Letter Friday

Memorial Day happenings

Memorial Day week-end marks the start of the summer. As we celebrate the return of Las Vegas, I also focus on the day itself. I salute and mourn all those who went to war to protect our freedoms and never returned. My father, a sniper in World War II, fortunately returned.

Here are some kewl things to do this week-end. All FREE.

Watch a Memorial Day parade

The parade is Saturday. Photo: Skye Canyon

What is more patriotic than a parade?

Last year Skye Canyon decided to host a Patriotic Car Parade at Skye Canyon Park. It was such a success the northwest Las Vegas development will be hosting it again this year.

The parade is tomorrow, Saturday, at 10:15 am.

Anyone can be in the parade. You just have to do two things:

  1. Decorate your care in red, white and blue
  2. Donate $5 to parade’s charity partner, Kline Veterans Fund.

Everyone will sing the national anthem at 10 am followed by a Color Guard. Then the leader will say, “Gentlemen, start your engines.” No, that’s the wrong event. But you get the idea.

Afterwards there will be live music and giveaways. Food trucks will be there in case you get hungry.

Here is the parade route. I’d get there early!

Visit the turtles

Aren’t they adorable? Photo: Flickr

I discovered the adorable tortoises at a stop at Craig Ranch Regional Park. I had just had an argument with my tenant in my home not far from the park. I went there to calm down. And that’s exactly what the turtles did.

Turtles love ponds and there are plenty at Craig Ranch (which was still a ranch when I originally bought my house.) The ponds have 750,000 gallons of water, so there is plenty of room to play and breed.

The park system thinks they are red-eared sliders but their ears don’t look red to me.

Turtles aren’t native to North Las Vegas. The city thinks people who got tired of them as pets dumped them at the park. But they certainly love living in North Las Vegas. Actually, what’s not to like? North Las Vegas has become the hot place to live in the valley. But I digress.

If you’ve never been around tortoise, they are, well, goofy. These guys aren’t shy either. They will waddle right up.

P.S. There are plenty of ducks too.

“Visit” Italy at the Grand Canal Shoppes

Stop and watch the mime at Streetmosphere. Photo: Grand Canal Shoppes

I hate shopping. There. I’ve said it. But one place I love shopping is at the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian.

Why? Because the hotel casino has Streetmosphere. Basically classically trained singers, actors, musicians and mimes stroll the streets of the shops, then hop on the strategically placed stage in St. Marks Square to perform their hearts out.

Crowds gather around the stage. Plus you can catch the shows if you eat in any of the restaurants that line the square.

My favs: the mimes, dressed all in white, and the opera singers. Maria Callas would be proud. I am not a fan of opera but somehow arias sound wonderful amid the buzz of food and commerce.

You can’t miss the performers. They are dressed in Elizabethan costumes.

The shows are 15 minutes long.

Why was I there if I hate shopping? Because the best Dooney & Bourke store faces St. Marks Square.

Have a memorable and safe Memorial Day, Las Vegas.

((hugs)) BETH Ellyn

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