-- Steam Up for Thanksgiving weekend at the Nevada State Railroad Museum, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Saturday. Adults $2.50; children $1 from 6 to 11 years; 5 years and younger free. Call 687-6953.
-- Tower of Power performs at 8 p.m. through Saturday at Harrah's South Shore Room. Tickets $30. Call (800) 427-7247.
-- "The Nutcracker" ballet is performed by the Pinkerton Dance Academy, 7 p.m. today and Saturday, 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St. Tickets are $18 general, seniors and children under 12 $14, available at The Bookcellar, 1202 N. Carson St. or by phone with credit card, 885-7772.
-- The Char Brooks Band performs at 9 p.m. through Saturday at the Pi-on Plaza, 2111 Highway 50 E.; no cover. Call 885-9000.
-- Christmas Bazaar, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Storey County Senior Center, E and Mill streets in Virginia City. Gifts and tree decorations, crafts and more. Call 847-0680.
-- Charlie Prose brings his Christmas show to the Eldorado Showroom, Reno. Saturday at 7 and 9:30 p.m.; Sunday through Tuesday at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Tickets $27.95. Call 786-5700 or visit www.eldoradoreno.com.
-- East Fork Gallery's Christmas Open House, 1503 Highway 395, Gardnerville, noon to 5 p.m. Hand-painted ornaments and Christmas cards, original works by 22 Nevada artists; refreshments served. Call 782-7629.
-- Sixth annual Breakfast with Santa and Silent Gift Basket Auction, 8: 45 a.m. to noon at St. Gall Pastoral Community Center, 1343 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville; $4 donation at door, hosted by Boy Scout Troop 495. Call 265-4908 or 265-5855.
-- Young at Heart Senior Citizens Club potluck and social, noon at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville. Bring a dish for six to eight to share. Call 783-6455.
-- "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) " performed by BrYka Theatre of the Sierra, 4 p.m. at Piper's Opera House on North B Street, Virginia City. Tickets $10 adults, $6 children. Call 847-0433.