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Weekend best bets: Pet-a-Palooza, ‘Disney on Ice’ and Crosby, Stills and Nash

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The 2009 grand opening of Rehab.

This weekend, pool season gets into full swing as many of the dayclubs host grand opening bashes with top performers and DJs. If the clubby pool scene isn’t your cup of tea, there are many family-friendly activities, two of which center on pets. Choose from "Disney on Ice," Pet-a-Palooza or UNLV’s festival of communities.

Here are our best entertainment bets for the weekend:

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    • LMFAO performs their Party Rock Experience, Labor Day weekend at TAO beach, Las Vegas, NV Septmeber 4, 2010

      LMFAO performs their Party Rock Experience, Labor Day weekend at TAO beach, Las Vegas, NV Septmeber 4, 2010

      Friday-Sunday: Pool club openings

      Pool season is officially under way as several of the bigger pool clubs officially kick off their seasons. On Friday at noon, Ditch Fridays gets under way with a performance by recording artist Kelis. Marquee Dayclub’s grand opening party begins at 10 a.m. Saturday and features music from Avicii, who will be in town before he returns to California for his second set at Coachella. Prices range from $10-$40. The Hard Rock’s Beachlife grand opening spans the entire weekend with Summer Camp Fridays kicking off with Dragonnette, The Nectar Music Festival beginning Saturday with DJ Vice, Basshunter, Hyper Crush and Jump Smokers plus a nighttime performance by Fitz and the Tantrums and of course the Hard Rock’s most famous pool party, Rehab, on Sunday featuring DJ Pauly D and Pitbull. Doors open at 10 a.m. each day and prices range from $50-$70. Encore Beach Club opens its pool season with music from Tiësto at a Sunday party hosted by Playboy model and former Playmate of the Year, Sara Underwood. Tickets are $50-$100.

    • The Las Vegas premiere of <em>Disney On Ice</em> at the Thomas &amp; Mack Center on Jan. 20, 2010.

      The Las Vegas premiere of Disney On Ice at the Thomas & Mack Center on Jan. 20, 2010.

      Thursday-Sunday: "Disney on Ice" at Thomas & Mack

      Join the celebration at the Thomas & Mack as 65 of Disney's best-loved characters from 18 of its memorable stories come to life in "Disney on Ice." Celebrate “100 Years of Magic” with characters like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, Jiminy Cricket, Pinocchio and many Disney princesses. Tickets are $10-$50 and performances are at 7 p.m. on April 19 and 20; 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on April 21; 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on April 22.

    • From left, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and David Crosby perform the song "Carry On" at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, February 19, 2000. The band, also playing with Neil Young, is on its first U.S. tour since 1974 to promote the new album "Looking Forward."

      From left, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and David Crosby perform the song "Carry On" at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, February 19, 2000. The band, also playing with Neil Young, is on its first U.S. tour since 1974 to promote the new album "Looking Forward."

      Friday: Crosby, Stills & Nash at the Joint

      Crosby, Stills and Nash will be performing live at the Joint at the Hard Rock. The folk rock trio has been cranking out hits for the past four decades with songs like "Wooden Ships," "Southern Cross" and "Teach Your Children." Prices are $41-$121 and the show starts at 8 p.m.

    • Teammates Matthew Harper, Michael Watson, and Eric Nelson help each other through the last mud pit Saturday April 14,2012 during the Big Nasty Mud Run in Bloomingdale Georgia. - during the Big Nasty Mud Run in Bloomingdale, Ga. on Saturday April 14, 2012.

      Teammates Matthew Harper, Michael Watson, and Eric Nelson help each other through the last mud pit Saturday April 14,2012 during the Big Nasty Mud Run in Bloomingdale Georgia. - during the Big Nasty Mud Run in Bloomingdale, Ga. on Saturday April 14, 2012.

      Saturday: Mad Mud Run at Providence

      If you’re not afraid to get a little dirty this weekend, head to Knickerbocker Park in the Providence neighborhood (10695 W. Dorrell Lane) for the Mad Mud Run and the Mud Puppy Splash for children. The Mad Mud Run is a muddy 4.6-mile run/obstacle course that helps support Spread the Word Nevada, a local charity that collects books for Clark County students in need. The Mud Puppy Splash is open to the first 200 children ages 4-12 and costs $15 per child. Tickets for the adult race are $60 and the mandatory pre-race meeting begins at 9:45 a.m.

    • The Smith Center for the Performing Arts' all-star, opening-night show in Reynolds Hall on Saturday, March 10, 2012.

      The Smith Center for the Performing Arts' all-star, opening-night show in Reynolds Hall on Saturday, March 10, 2012.

      Saturday: Cleveland Orchestra at the Smith Center

      Under the leadership of Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, the Cleveland Orchestra has become one of the most sought-after performing ensembles in the world. Founded in 1918, the Orchestra continues a nearly century-long legacy of excellence. With performances across the world and an acclaimed residency in Miami, the Orchestra will be making a special stop in Las Vegas at the Smith Center. Tickets are $39-$129 and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

    • A member of the Alpha Psi Rho fraternity prepares a fruit kabob dipped in a chocolate fountain during UNLVs annual Festival of Communities on the UNLV campus Saturday, April 16, 2011.

      A member of the Alpha Psi Rho fraternity prepares a fruit kabob dipped in a chocolate fountain during UNLVs annual Festival of Communities on the UNLV campus Saturday, April 16, 2011.

      Saturday: Festival of Communities at UNLV

      UNLV will host the Festival of Communities, a celebration of the cultural diversity of UNLV and the unique aspects of life in the Las Vegas Valley. This year's event will feature more than 100 live musical and dance performances, international food booths, kid-friendly activities, craft and gardening exhibits, tips on green living, a farmers market and a research symposium displaying undergraduate research and creative activities. The event is free and runs from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

    • A contestant in the International Bikini Team Aloha State Finals poses for the Hawaiian-style portion of the competition Friday at the Silverton.

      A contestant in the International Bikini Team Aloha State Finals poses for the Hawaiian-style portion of the competition Friday at the Silverton.

      Saturday: Pure Aloha Festival at the Silverton

      The Silverton presents the 11th Annual Pure Aloha Festival running all weekend April 19-22 outside at the Silverton parking lot. The two-fold event features a Hawaiian festival and comedy/concert series. Pure Aloha features more than 100 island craft and merchandise booths, authentic food vendors and amusement rides. Enjoy music and comedy from groups like Augie T, Mahi, Katchafire, Rebel Souljahz and Haleamano. Admission is $5-$7 and the event runs 4-11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday.

    • Dogs of Pet-a-Palooza Saturday at the Star Nursery Fields in Las Vegas.

      Dogs of Pet-a-Palooza Saturday at the Star Nursery Fields in Las Vegas.

      Saturday: Pet-a-Palooza at Sam Boyd Stadium

      Don’t worry about “no pets allowed” signs at Sam Boyd Stadium this weekend; it’s time for Pet-a-Palooza. Pet stores, boutiques, groomers, sitters, trainers, vets, and other vendors will be on hand to showcase their products and services. More than 45 nonprofit animal rescue groups will be on-site for animal adoptions. Enjoy entertainment by Matt Nathanson, Kris Allen, Megan and Liz, Graffiti 6 and Haley Reinhart. Adult tickets are $8 and children 3 and under are free. The event runs from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

    • Beer Fest at Tivoli Village.

      Beer Fest at Tivoli Village.

      Saturday: Great Festival of Beer at Tivoli Village

      Tivoli Village hosts the second annual Great Vegas Festival of Beer. The ticket cost includes admission, a tasting glass and samples of beers from more than 40 breweries. Food will be available for purchase from local restaurants. A portion of the proceeds goes to benefit Las Vegas-area nonprofits. Tickets range from $27-$47 and designated driver tickets are $15. The event runs from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.

    • Alabama, a 4-year-old female Bloodhound, is shown during the Animal Foundation's 8th annual Best in Show event at the Orleans Arena May 1, 2011. Alabama won Best in Show.

      Alabama, a 4-year-old female Bloodhound, is shown during the Animal Foundation's 8th annual Best in Show event at the Orleans Arena May 1, 2011. Alabama won Best in Show.

      Sunday: Best in Show at Orleans Arena

      If you’re still up for some pet-friendly fun, head to the Orleans Arena for the Animal Foundation's Best in Show fundraiser event. The American Kennel Club-style dog show will feature over 50 contestants from the Animal Foundation's shelter and is hosted by Flamingo headliner Nathan Burton. Competition is held in several categories and the victor is crowned through audience participation, so be sure to cheer hard for your favorite. All dogs are available for adoption immediately following the show. Tickets are $5-$12 and the event begins at 1 p.m.

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