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  • Top picks for entertainment in the High Desert and beyond

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  • 1. Fourth of July Celebration: The High Desert Events Center (fairgrounds) will open at 4 p.m. Friday for Victorville’s giant celebration of Independence Day. There will be MMA bouts, boxing exhibitions, concerts and a water slide before the fireworks at dusk.                   
    Where: High Desert Events Center, 14800 7th St., Victorville. When: 4 p.m. (fireworks at dusk) Friday.
    Cost: Free. Information: Call 760-951-2200.
    2. Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular: Barstow will hold its 17th annual fireworks event at Robert Sessions Memorial Sportspark, but it isn’t just fireworks. There is a Freedom Run at 7 a.m. At 5 p.m., there will be music, a bounce house, a beer garden and fireworks at dusk.
    Where: Robert A. Sessions Memorial Sportspark, 2800 Mayor Katy Parkway, Barstow.
    When: 7 a.m. Freedom Run, sportspark gates open at 5 p.m., fireworks at dusk.
    Cost: Free (bus transportation to the park is also free).
    3. War in concert: The band was a staple in the ‘60s and ‘70s, with hits such as “Low Rider,” “Spill the Wine,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” and “The Cisco Kid.” The group is back at Buffalo Bill’s 6,500-seat Star of the Desert Arena for one night.
    Where: Buffalo Bill’s Star of the Desert Arena, 31900 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Primm, Nevada.
     When: 8 p.m. Saturday. Cost: Tickets are priced from $18.70 to $47.20.
     Information: Call 702-386-7867.
    4. Cher with special guest Cindi Lauper: Citizens Business Bank Arena presents a blast from the past with Cher’s D2K Tour. If you purchase your tickets online in advance, you get a free copy of Cher’s new album “Closer to the Truth,” which is due out in September.
     Where: Citizens Business Bank Arena, 4000 E. Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario.
    When: 8 p.m. Saturday (doors open at 7 p.m.).
    Cost: Tickets are $25.50, $45.50, $95.50 and $131, plus fees.
     Information: Call 909-244-5600.
    5. 50th annual Mountaineer Days: Wrightwood’s annual two-day celebration of the mountains features a quilt show and auction on Saturday, along with a band, a dunk tank and the Snowline Players melodrama. The hometown parade at 1 p.m. highlights Sunday’s festivities. On both days there are Old West re-enactors, rock climbing, contests, raffles, food and a beer garden.
    Where: downtown Wrightwood When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
    Cost: Free (some fees may apply) Information: Call 760-249-4320.
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