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CPK Celebrates Downtown Summerlin Location Grand Opening with Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada

California Pizza Kitchen unveiled a brand new look and enhanced menu at its Downtown Summerlin location Thursday, November 20, in what is being touted as CPK “Next Chapter.” The grand opening festivities included hosting several Make-A-Wish families to a ceremonial “first pizza slicing” with CEO G.J. Hart and Senior Vice President of Culinary Innovation, Brian Sullivan, pizza dough tossing with Make A Wish families and a first lunch featuring many new menu items from CPK’s extended menu of soups, entrees, signature salads and pizzas.

“We are proud of our new Downtown Summerlin location and believe it is the perfect location to launch our CPK ‘Next Chapter’ concept,” he said. “We are pleased to partner with Make A Wish for our special grand opening. The kids had an amazing time wearing their chef hats and building pizzas with our team.”

The Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce welcomed the new restaurant and its enthusiastic 145 Employees clapped and cheered when the doors opened to the public.

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CPK CEO G.J. Hart and General Manager, Clay Wilson are surrounded with loveable Make-A-Wish kids as they slice the ceremonial first pizza and welcome CPK to Downtown Summerlin.
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CPK Senior Vice President of Culinary Innovation Brian Sullivan teaches Las Vegas kids, members of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada, the art of kneading dough and the delicate touch it takes to make the perfect CPK pizza crust.
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CPK CEO G.J. Hart spins pizza dough with Make-A-Wish kids at the opening of the new CPK at Downtown Summerlin.
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Who can toss pizza the dough the highest? Our CPK VP of Culinary Innovation Brian Sullivan teaches Las Vegas Make-A-Wish kids the art of the perfect pizza toss.
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CPK executives Clay Wilson and Brian Sullivan and staff welcome five Las Vegas Make-A-Wish of Southern Nevada families to participate in the newly opened CPK at Downtown Summerlin, showcasing a extended menu with a new warm look and feel.
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CPK is located at Downtown Summerlin at 10345 Oval Park.

Jacques Café Celebrates Grand Opening in Summerlin

Jacques Café, a new casual American bistro, located in Summerlin’s Trails Village shopping center, celebrated its grand opening with a special event offering invited guests a tasting of its unique menu on Tuesday, Nov. 18.

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Named after owner and chef Jacques Pauvert, Jacques Café caters to a variety of dining preferences with breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch offering a menu consisting of a wide selection of hearty, yet healthy dishes and desserts as well as fresh-made cookies, muffins, and pies from the pastry case.

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Along with burgers, pasta, fish and ribs, for those like myself that are non meat eaters, vegetarian and/or gluten free, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the menu features several tasty vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free items to choose from.

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Avocado and Tomato Sandwich on a Gluten Free Bun
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Gluten Free Shrimp Risotto
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Among the invited media and VIP guests at the Grand Opening event was elected official, Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Beers. Jacques Pauvert and his business partner/restaurant co-owner Mark McConaghy greeted guests and were on hand as friendly and accommodating servers passed along trays of mouthwatering samplings from the menu including risotto shrimp, eggplant tampura, gluten free turkey burgers and spicy tofu along with glasses of complimentary wine and beer. To top it all off, there was a dessert table filled with a variety of gluten free muffins, which were to die for.

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Co-Owner Mark McConaghy, Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Beers and Chef Jacques Pauvert
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“We wanted to develop a new concept that would attract the discerning diner who appreciates good tasting, high-quality, healthy food,” says co-owner and head chef Jacques Pauvert. “Our ingredients include hormone-free, grass-fed beef, free-range poultry and fresh organic produce. Our crab cakes are made with 100 percent crab meat. We make our tofu with a unique blend of fresh vegetables and our homemade soups and dressings include organic ingredients. We use only the freshest, highest quality ingredients for recipes that will please every palette.”

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With a complimentary cup of organic coffee for breakfast, free Wi-Fi, a cozy dinner atmosphere, heated outdoor patio and bar serving high-quality yet low-priced beer, sake and wine, this fast-casual restaurant, a great place to eat right, socialize and meet friends, offers something for everyone.  

November edition of Mondays Dark with Mark Shunock benefits Vegas Shepherd Rescue

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Mark Shunock
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Mark Shunock and Cheryl Daro
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The November edition of Mark Shunock's Monday Dark was held at Vinyl inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Monday night,  November 17.  The on-stage showcase, themed and titled One Hit Wonders, featured a line up Las Vegas performers including Michelle Johnson, Lorena Peril and Ray John Narbaitz, Zowie Bowie's Chris Phillips and Lydia Ansel, Two of a Kind (aka sisters Dani Corley & Tymara Walker),  Fans of Jimmy Century's Alicia Perrone and Victor James, Amanda Avila, Lyssa Lynne, Clyde Voce, Adrian Zmed, dancer Jennifer Romas, comedian Cheechy Guy and Australian comedy illusionist Pip.

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Lyssa Lynne and Adrian Zmed
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Phillip Drennen, Kenny Davidsen, Eric Fuller, Jon Celentano, David Vincola and Jassen Allen Cropp
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Other red carpet arrivals include:

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Colie Knoke
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Crazy Jay Bird
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Jeff Civillico
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Joseph Marshall and Phillip Drennen
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Kenny Davidsen with his parents
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Liz Clark and Lydia Ansel
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Mandy Seekings and Tom Hubbell
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Steve Walker and Victor James
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This month's charity event, which included a silent auction, benefited Vegas Shepherd Rescue, whose mission is to rescue and care for abandoned, surrendered and abused dogs. In attendance was Julie Pyle, Media & Advertising Director for Vegas Shepherd Rescue.

At the end of the evening, Mark Shunock announced that the upcoming December edition of Monday's Dark marks the one year anniversary of the charity event. Instead of Vinyl,  the event will take place at the larger venue, The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, to accommodate more guests. The unprecedented fundraising event will benefit 13 local charities in one night.  Back to benefit from the December Anniversary Reunion Event of Mondays Dark will be representatives from the following organizations: AFAN: Aid for AIDS of Nevada, The Douglas J. Green Memorial Foundation, The Healing Curve, His Love Street Nevada, The Miracle League, Neurofibromatosis Network, NSPCA, Opportunity Village, The Rudy Foundation, Safe House, Saint Therese Center, SHINE, and Vegas Shepherd Rescue. 100% of the proceeds from all ticket sales for this event will be split evenly amongst its beneficiaries.

General admission tickets are $20 in advance, $30 at the door; with VIP tables available for $50, which includes a VIP after party in Vinyl. mondaysdark.com

Seventy-Five Couples Say 'I Do' at Rock 'n' Roll Marathon at Monte Carlo Resort & Casino

Las Vegas’ Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon was filled with festivities on Sunday, November 16, as Monte Carlo Resort and Casino's BLVD Plaza hosted the event’s annual Run-Thru Wedding, along with a post-race Recovery Zone.

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A couple embraces at Rock n Roll Marathon Run-Thru Wedding 11.16.14
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Seventy-five couples exchanged “I do’s” at the Run-Thru Wedding – comprised of both passionate newlyweds and romantic vow renewals – including, for the first time in Las Vegas’ Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon history, same-sex couples. Brides and grooms from around the world, including the UK, Canada, Germany and Brazil, gathered to exchange nuptials at BLVD Plaza on The Strip. After the ceremony, the couples were sent off to finish the race by Monte Carlo’s resident Blue Man Group in their quirky comedic style, complete with streamers.

Following the 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in Las Vegas, Monte Carlo hosted a Recovery Zone, where runners were invited to enjoy complimentary massages at Massage Central; refuel at the Electrolyte Lounge; and recharge at Monte Carlo’s food and beverage venues with two-for-one specials at Double Barrel Roadhouse, 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, Yusho Japanese Grill & Noodle House, BLVD Creamery, Diablo’s Cantina and Sambalatte. Additionally, a DJ played music for guests to enjoy and celebrate overlooking the iconic Las Vegas Strip.

Nevada's Largest Holiday Light Show Jumpstarts the Season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

The lights were officially turned on at the holiday drive through spectacular Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway during the VIP event November 13 with the help of a heart child from Children’s Heart Foundation, a past grant recipient of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC), and Las Vegas entertainers, Claire Sinclair, Human Nature and Marco and John Mac from Sunny 106.5. SCC receives a portion of each ticket purchased.

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Claire Sinclair, Star of Pin Up at Stratosphere and Sunny 106.5 talent John Mac and Marco
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Patrick Murray star of Matilda & Patrick, Jamaican Me Laugh at the D Las Vegas.
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Mrs. Nevada United States, Nicole Duffel and Mrs. Nevada America 2014, Lavetta Schneider
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Chloe Crawford, Fantasy; Kevin Burke, Star of Defending the Caveman at Harrah’s, and Mrs. Nevada America 2014, Lavetta Schneider
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Ricardo Laguna and Quinceanera Magazine Queens (Shantis Salas, Jessica Quintero, Kathy Acosta)
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Eric and Jayne Post (Marriage Can Be Murder award winning dinner show at the D Las Vegas, celebrating 15 years!)
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Jayne Post and Paulette Anderson, Speedway Children’s Charities Executive Director
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Mariah, comedian Sean E. Cooper and Isabella of Fantasy (Award-winning topless revue, FANTASY, celebrates 15 years on The Strip)
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Daniel Mashford and Ryan Paki from Thunder from Down Under Male Revue Show at Excalibur.
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The lights were officially turned on during the Glittering Lights VIP event November 13 with the help of a heart child from Children’s Heart Foundation, a past grant recipient of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC), and Las Vegas entertainers, Claire Sinclair, Human Nature and Marco and John Mac from Sunny 106.5. SCC receives a portion of each ticket purchased
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Australian born singing quartet, Human Nature, who has headlined in Las Vegas for the past five years, dazzled guests with songs from their world renowned Christmas, Motown and More Show at the Venetian December 12 – 24. Tandy Leather and Tawny Bubbles provided entertainment for the kids, while Claire Sinclair, star of Pin Up at the Stratosphere and Sunny 106.5 talent Marco and John Mac emceed the festive evening. Guests noshed on treats from B Sweet, Bad Ass Coffee and Carrabba’s Italian Grill. Right before tram tours began, Santa and Mrs. Claus - arrived in style on a Sun Buggy!

The dazzling array of festive lights and sounds feature more than 3 million lights amongst a 2.5 - mile course that intertwines through the speedway. A highlight new this year, the 100-foot long and nearly three story tall reindeer hotel. Visit on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday starting December 4, or December 21-23 to view a living nativity courtesy of branches of the Untied Methodist Church.

A tradition for 14 years in southern Nevada, Glittering Lights is open nightly until January 4, 2015, 5:30-9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 5:30-10 p.m., Friday, Sunday and holidays.Tickets are $20 per vehicle. Season passes are available for $55. Buses are $1 per person with a minimum charge of $20. Goodwill of Southern Nevada will offer discounted entry coupons for Glittering Lights with a donation of clothing or household items. The coupon can be obtained at any of the stores or drop off locations beginning in November or at the entrance of Glittering Lights. Coupon value is $5 off entry Monday-Thursday and $2 off entry Friday through Sunday and holidays.

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Lucky Foo Restaurant, a New Dining and Social Experience, Opens in Green Valley

Lucky Foo’s Restaurant & Bar, located at 8955 S. Eastern Ave., held its grand opening celebration on November 14,  introducing the Green Valley area to “American Izakaya,” a  a Japanese term for a dynamic dining experience where family and friends can gather for food, cocktails and socializing.

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To kick off the night, Lucky Foo's owner and managing partner Michael Fuller, toasted to the opening of the new 5,000 total square feet restaurant and bar consisting of four vastly distinctive dining areas with seating for up to 180 guests. With luck and fortune as its inspiration, each room or  microenvironment, was designed with a specific character or idea considered to be “lucky,” allowing for unique experiences each time a guest visits.

Hundreds of guests attended the lavish VIP party and sipped on signature cocktails, including the Water Dragon, Resting Panda and Crouching Tiger. Servers passed a variety of signature Lucky Foo’s dishes prepared by Executive Chef Shawn Giordano, including selections of grilled yakitori, spicy ahi tuna rolls and Lucky Foo’s signature Foo Dogs with ginger ketchup.

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With an emphasis on high-quality ingredients and cuisine, Executive Chef Shawn Giordano,  has developed a menu full of innovative dishes that blend Japanese, Thai and Mediterranean ingredients and techniques with classic American dishes.
 
Using a robata grill as the anchor of the kitchen, the focus of Lucky Foo’s menu will be on dishes that are fresh, flavorful and healthy. Using a traditional Japanese coal called binchotan, which burns at 1,000 degrees, the robata grill will cook food faster, sealing in the delicious juices of Lucky Foo’s signature dishes. The expansive menu includes sushi, noodles, salads, sandwiches and yakitori, as well as various cuts of steak, ribs and chicken. Signature selections include skewered yakitori meat or vegetable tacos with smoked pickled kimchee as a possible side selection; and the Foo Burger, a blend of flavorful meats prepared on the robata grill to maximize flavor and juiciness.

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“We want Lucky Foo’s to become Green Valley’s go-to spot as the neighborhood bar and grill,” says Lucky Foo’s owner and managing partner, Michael Fuller. “Whether it’s a business lunch, a bite to eat after working out, happy hour with friends or a weekly family dinner, we want Lucky Foo’s to be a gathering place for the community.”

Additional recent and upcoming “happenings” in and around Las Vegas includes:

Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa will team up with OPERATION WARMHEART to collect toys for the children of Nellis Air Force Base and Creech Air Force Base this holiday season from Monday, Nov. 17, through Tuesday, Dec. 16.  Donations of new, unwrapped toys for the children of military personnel stationed at the two Las Vegas-area bases will be collected at the Players Club inside the casino and delivered to the base on Wednesday, Dec. 17.

CAESARS PALACE LAS VEGAS will turn the heart of the Las Vegas Strip into an ice skaters’ paradise once again with a REAL ICE SKATING RINK this holiday season. Guests will be able to ice skate over the iconic Caesars Palace fountain, the Strip-facing promenade that overlooks the Las Vegas Boulevard Nov. 21 through Jan. 11. Ninety-minute skating sessions are available daily from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Skate rentals are available for $5 per session; each 90-minute session costs $20 per person. This year guests can also purchase an extended pass and/or rent the entire rink for a private party or event.

In recovery from a recent accident, PIA ZADORA is back performing at Pia’s Place inside Piero’s Italian Cuisine 355 Convention Center Drive. In the spirit of the holiday season, Pia has added some of her favorite classic holiday songs into her repertoire during her shows. Zadora, her musical director Vincent Falcone and her band, put their twist on traditional favorites – and even Santa himself stops by each night for a little Jingle Bell Rock! No cover; must be 21 with valid I.D.  Zadora will perform Friday and Saturday evenings, beginning at 9 p.m. for the remainder of the year.

Las Vegas headliner MAC KING has announced “The Mac King Comedy Magic Show” has been extended for four more years at Harrah’s Las Vegas. King’s contract extends through 2019, which will give him 19 years at the hotel. In January, he celebrates a historic 15 years at Harrah’s, making him the longest running magician working at the same hotel.

FORTY THREE DAYS 43 NAMES” – a project by Javier Sanchez commemorating the disappearance of 43 students who attended the Normal University in Ayotzinapa, a rural school in the state of Guerrero Mexico – will be on display in the UNLV BARRICK MUSEUM lobby beginning Saturday, November 22. The project will run for forty-three consecutive days displaying the names of the 43 missing students on a TV screen along with sound and a floor piece inside of the museum’s lobby.

Iconic rocker JON ANDERSON has postponed his performance scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 22 at Boulder Station due to laryngitis. The performance has been rescheduled for Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 at 7 p.m. at The Railhead inside Boulder Station.

COMMONWEALTH located in the Fremont East District of Downtown Las Vegas, will host “A SOLSIS THANKSGIVING,” an art-focused Thanksgiving celebration from 8 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26.  “A SolSis Thanksgiving” will feature a live art show from SolSis, a company focused on promoting art and inspiration as a collective group of artists. Commonwealth will also host an art gallery from SolSis, who recently opened a downtown studio and use a number of mediums, including the human body, to create unique works of art.  Attendees may also celebrate the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday with an extended open bar from 6 p.m. to midnight.

By mutual agreement, iconic comedian and actor BILL COSBY's show, scheduled for Friday, November 28 at Treasure Island has been cancelled. All tickets will be refunded through the outlet they were purchased at.

The world-famous dance crew JABBAWOCKEEZ is treating locals to a limited time “Buy One, Get One Free” holiday ticket offer for its show “PRiSM” at Luxor Hotel & Casino. Locals may purchase tickets November 28 – December 22 at any MGM Resorts box office with a Nevada ID and requesting the locals offer. The special offer applies to select tickets and guests should contact the box office for seating restrictions.

In celebration of the 58th anniversary of the infamous night that inspired the smash-hit production MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, renowned entertainer CLINT HOLMES will take the stage for a special encore performance alongside the cast on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. in the Harrah’s Las Vegas Showroom. For one-night-only, Holmes will perform Elvis Presley’s “All Shook Up” alongside the MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET cast during the finale. Tickets are available at the Showroom box office.

For the second year, DISTILL, ELIXIR AND REMEDY'S are calling upon Vegas locals to give the gift of smiles and cheer this holiday season by donating toys at any of their five locations.  Toys collected will benefit the numerous kids sponsored by the Casa Foundation, whose mission is to help young kids who have been abused and neglected and now are in the foster care system in Clark County. In addition to collecting toys for the next three weeks, Remedy’s at St. Rose and Distill in Summerlin will host fundraising parties on Saturday, Dec. 6, allowing locals to come together to celebrate with a “backyard barbeque” where burgers, hotdogs and other items will be available with all proceeds going directly to the foundation.  

UFC bantamweight superstar Ian “Uncle Creepy” McCall will host a FIGHT NIGHT VIEWING PARTY for the highly anticipated UFC 181: Johnny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks versus Robbie “Ruthless” Lawler at The Sports Bar at CRAZY HORSE III on Saturday, Dec. 6, starting at 5 p.m.UFC aficionados will view the mixed martial arts mania on the sports bar’s massive 70-inch and 100-inch flat-screen televisions. Guests of this viewing party may watch alongside the venue’s entertainers and enjoy free pizza, discounted bottles, and more.

The 29th annual “MERRY CHRISTMAS LAS VEGAS” fundraising live show will take place in the Railhead at Boulder Station on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, at 2 p.m. and will be taped for television before a live audience. The holiday-themed program will be hosted by the show’s creator Las Vegas entertainer/TV host – TONY SACCA and feature a stellar lineup of Las Vegas’ finest entertainers. The performance is open to the public for a $25 donation per person to benefit The Youth Foundation for the Performing Arts and can be purchased at the door, which opens at 1:30 p.m. Reservations are recommended.

The Department of Fine Arts at CSN presents two JAZZ COMBOS and the JAZZ SINGERS in an afternoon of classic and contemporary jazz selections directed by Dr. Richard McGee on Sunday, December 7 at 2:00 p.m. at the BackStage Theatre at the Cheyenne campus.

The following night, Sunday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m, The Department of Fine Arts presents a lively performance of mariachi music with CSN’s newest PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLE under the direction of Adalberto Garcia in the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre at the Cheyenne campus.

General admission tickets for each performance are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. The CSN Performing Arts Center is located at 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave. in North Las Vegas.

Up and coming country star CHARLIE WORSHAM will perform at 9 p.m. on  Friday, Dec. 12, inside Access Showroom at Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa. Individual tickets start at $15.50 and luxury booths are also available. Guests 21 and older.

This holiday season, non-profit organization IN12DAYS will provide 12 days of inspiring gifts to rekindle joy and hope in the hearts of 12 families whose children have lost a parent or close family member. Beginning Dec. 2 and running through Dec. 13, deserving families throughout Las Vegas, Henderson and Boulder City will be surprised with gifts such as helicopter rides, family vacations and private concerts. Families are chosen on a case by case basis.The 12 days of giving will conclude on Saturday, Dec. 13 at the Michael Jackson ONE Theatre at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino with a musical celebration at 10 a.m. Dedicated to all In12Days recipients and participating volunteers, the celebration will include performances by cast members from Molodi, JERSEY BOYS, Cirque du Soleil, Water Beauties (synchronized swimming) and additional acts and surprises. General seating tickets are available for $30.

Custom patisserie GIMME SOME SUGAR BAKE SHOP, located at 19 S. Stephanie Street, Suite 160 in Henderson, welcomes special guest Santa Claus on Tuesday, Dec. 16 from 5 – 7 p.m. for an evening of holiday fun.  To help support hunger relief during the holidays, Gimme Some Sugar Bake Shoppe is accepting canned food donations to benefit THREE SQUARE FOOD BANK. With each donation, children can sit with Santa and will receive a complimentary fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie. For a $10 monetary donation, children can receive a keepsake photo with Santa, courtesy of Shutterbooth.

THE CONTINENTAL TIRE LAS VEGAS CLASSIC BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT returns to the Orleans Arena on Monday, December 22 and Tuesday, December 23, beginning at 12 p.m. The games will feature action-packed college basketball team match-ups. This year teams include Texas Tech, Boise State, Houston, Loyola-Chicago, Abilene Christian, South Carolina State, Southern Utah and Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Game schedules will be available online closer to event date. This tournament begins prior to the final rounds at the Orleans Arena. Tournament package prices range from $50 to $110 plus taxes and convenience fees.

Celebrity sightings:

Friday night, Nov. 21...

Jason Kennedy celebrated his bachelor party in Las Vegas at LAVO and Marquee. Nearly 20 friends feted E! and Today Show entertainment journalist in advance of his wedding to Lauren Scruggs, a fashion blogger who was injured after walking into an airplane’s spinning propeller several year ago. The group started the evening with dinner at LAVO, before heading to Marquee Nightclub to take in the Dirty Dutch sounds of DJ Chuckie.

Also at LAVO, Patrick Warburton, who played David Puddy on Seinfeld, was spotted with a group of six friends.

At TAO, Orange Is The New Black actress Diane Guerrero dined with a small group.

Thursday, Nov. 19...

Guns N’ Roses and Sixx:A.M. lead guitarist DJ Ashba celebrated his 42nd birthday with wife Nathalia “Naty” Ashba at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The two kicked off the night at the KISS Rocks Vegas show inside The Joint before heading to The Ainsworth for his official birthday celebration where notable attendees included actress and model Bobbie Brown, Las Vegas performer Zowie Bowie, L.A. Guns bassist Scott Griffin, HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul, and Mondays Dark host and ROCK OF AGES performer Mark Shunock.

Also on property was Imagine Dragons’ lead singer Dan Reynolds who was spotted checking out rock ‘n’ roll group Dead Sara’s concert at Vinyl.

Tuesday evening, Nov. 18...

Singer/actress and Las Vegas resident Susan Anton, along with her husband, were spotted among the VIP guests at the grand opening of Jaques Cafe in Summerlin.

Saturday evening, Nov. 15...

Actor and television host Mario Lopez dined at LAVO Italian Restaurant with a small group of friends.

Las Vegas headliners and Australia’s top-selling pop group Human Nature celebrated their 25th anniversary performing together at db Brasserie at The Venetian Las Vegas. The occasion was highlighted by a special meal created for the group by world-renowned Chef Daniel Boulud.

Friday, Nov. 14...

Reality TV star and disc jockey, DJ Pauly D made a surprise appearance at the Grand Opening of Lucky Foo's Restaurant and Bar in Green Valley.

Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage took in Jeff Bridges & The Abiders’ performance at Red Rock Resort. Bridges was celebrating the release of his latest album Live, which was recorded earlier this year at Red Rock Resort.

Also in attendance were Vegas rockers Adrian and Ryan Patrick of the band Otherwise.

 

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