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Helldorado Days, Dillinger’s block party and other stuff to see and do this week

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Helldorado in 1958.
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Helldorado Days If you’ve never done Helldorado, your Las Vegasness is in question. The Downtown rodeo-based tradition has been around since 1934 and returns to its new location from last year, Symphony Park, with the parade, art show, golf tournament and other good times. All proceeds, as always, benefit local charities. May 14-17, elkshelldorado.com.

PARTY

OV Blowout Birthday Bash Need an excuse to visit Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest beyond the holidays? The nonprofit is celebrating its 60th birthday by dressing up the family-friendly forest à la The Wizard of Oz. The fun will include rides, live entertainment, a Hofbräuhaus beer garden and tethered hot air balloons (on Saturday only). May 15-17, times vary, $10, free for kids under 12.

Dillinger Block Party It’s a block party, which means: food, beer, raffle, beer, car show, beer, contests, beer, beer-pong, beer, kid stuff, plus music from local bands like Same Sex Mary, The Clydesdale and The All-Togethers. Plus beer. May 16, 3:30 p.m., free, 1224 Arizona St., Boulder City.

WATCH

Mad memories: The stars of Mad Men prepare to say goodbye.

Mad Men series finale Will Don Draper finally find peace? AMC’s existential advertising drama may or may not answer that and other questions in its final episode, the culmination of seven seasons of angst, pitch meetings and awesome outfits. May 17, 10 p.m., AMC.

EAT

Food Revolution Day Dinner Local charity Create a Change Now holds its annual Food Revolution Day Dinner at the new Vegenation restaurant Downtown, featuring the skills of its chef Donald Lemperle as well as Jesse Moreno (MGM Grand), Holly Fonda (Bite Vegan Bakery), Johnny Church (MTO Café) and Shane Stuart (GrassRoots). May 17, 6:15 p.m., $75, facebook.com/vegenationlv.

LEARN

Dr. Jack Horner at LVNHM Remember Dr. Alan Grant from the Jurassic Park movies? His real-life paleontologist inspiration, Dr. Jack Horner, will speak on Saturday at the Natural History Museum on how the horns, plates, spikes, etc. of dinosaurs weren’t actually used to defend against or attack other animals—surely threatening the fantasies of any 6-year-old boy in attendance. May 16, 2 p.m., $10, free for children 2 and under.

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