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What to ride, where to shop and connect this week

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At the edge of The District at Green Valley Ranch, opposite of the casino and away from the shops, you’ll find the carousel. You can see the anticipation in the faces of the children waiting in line as the near the front. They have already spotted and chosen which magical animal they wish to ride. And when the gate opens you can feel the excitement as they rush towards the carousel, racing to get to their chosen creature before anyone else. When the sun goes down this nicely lit gem becomes the centerpiece for the park, where dozens of families sprawl across the grass to watch movies under the stars. Where children are running around laughing and playing. And where there is always a line for the carousel.
Photo: Christopher DeVargas

RIDE

District Carousel Give your wallet some relief. All rides on the vintage-style carousel are free through Labor Day. Make a night out of it Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. with a movie at the adjacent complimentary Outdoor Picture Show. The District.

GO

The Soft Pack Don’t wanna mess with the Strip this weekend? Be sure to stream the surfy SoCal rockers’ “Down on Loving” before making your decision. Through July 9, 10 p.m. & midnight, free, Cosmopolitan’s Book & Stage.

Entertain Me Variety Show Decisions suck. So Beauty Bar is hosting an indoor/outdoor all-you-can-take buffet featuring music by Justin Carder, five live comedians and a screening of local short films in the backyard. Are you not entertained?! July 13, 9 p.m., $5.

SHOP

Charming Charlie We aren’t sure who Charles is, or why we should be trying to charm him, but we do know we are digging this colorful and cheap store, dedicated completely to women’s fashion accessories. Tivoli Village.

EAT

Oyster Riot Happy Hour Hama Hama, Naked Cowboy and Nootka may sound like weird pet names, but they’re actually fresh oyster varieties you can sample for just $1 at this weekly P.J. Clarke’s happening, along with two-for-one drinks sweetening the already sweet deal. Sunday-Friday, 2:45-6 p.m., Forum Shops.

SEE

Beginners Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer star in this understated story about a father and son each dealing with difficult emotional journeys. It’s both whimsical and deeply moving. Now playing at Regal Village Square.

So You Think You Can Dance The best talent competition on TV. The contestants and choreographers are brilliantly talented; the judges are zany yet (mostly) constructive; and the host is charming. The only downside: the occasional debut of a Justin Bieber video. Wednesday & Thursday, 8 p.m., Fox.

CONNECT

Pt’s Pub The new 24-hour Starbucks. They’ve got free wifi, fewer people, and, often times, quieter music. Studiers take note.

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