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Owner/Editor in Chief/writer - Las Vegas Round The Clock

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Director of Communications - Nevada Film Alliance

Mandalay Bay hosts “Superzoo” the National Show for Pet Retailers

SuperZoo, one of the largest and the most popular trade show for the pet store industry in North America, took place July 21-23 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.  Close to 1,000 manufacturers and suppliers from 54 countries, filling 2,170 booths,  gathered for the three-day event where pet retail attendees had endless opportunities to improve their businesses.  On display were all kinds of products for dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, reptiles, fish and other pets including the latest in natural, holistic and organic food products, toys and accessories, pet carriers, houses, fashions, grooming tools, and so much more.

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Superzoo 2015
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dog groomers at Superzoo 2015
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Some of the highlights of the 2015 event were the grooming competitions and celebrity appearances by legendary baseball greats Steve Garvey and Pete Rose,  renowned dog trainer Kyra Sundance, expert cat behaviorist, Jackson Galaxy from Animal Planet's My Cat From Hell, Kevin Harrington (of ABC Shark Tank) and Daniella Monet (star of the hit TV series Victorious and Humane Society supporter), as well as a top-quality education program, and sponsored events including a concert by legendary rock band Heart at the Mandalay Bay House of Blues on July 22. Additional excitement included a new store with SuperZoo apparel, the New Product Showcase, where hundreds of new products vied for the coveted Best In Show Award, and the presentation of the WPA Matsui Award preceding the live concert, where Dr. Roger Mugford, Britain's leading animal psychologist and a pioneer in behavioral therapy, was honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication  to improving the lives of animals and his contribution to the pet industry.

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Meet and greet with Steve Garvey and Pete Rose
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dog groomer at Superzoo 2015
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For  the fifth consecutive year, SuperZoo has grown in attendees, exhibitor space and square footage and  has been named one of Trade Show Executive magazine’s (TSE) Fastest Growing 50, TSE’s Gold 100 and Trade Show News Networks’ (TSNN) 25 Fasting Growing Trade Shows, and sets the industry standard for showcasing the latest pet product innovations and emerging industry trends.

“SuperZoo gets bigger and better every year, and our show floor is always sold out,” said Doug Poindexter, World Pet Association President. If pet retailers only go to one trade event of the year, this is the one they choose.”

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Kyra Sundance and her Weimaraner Jadie
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Produced by the World Pet Association (WPA), the show is an important annual event that provides independent pet store owners with the knowledge and resources they need to be successful. WPA is the oldest industry organization promoting responsible growth and development of the companion pet and related products and services. WPA works to inform and educate the general public in order to ensure safe and healthy lifestyles for our animal friends.

Next year, SuperZoo 2016 will be held  August 2-4, 2016, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

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

MGM Resorts International, one of the world’s leading presenters of live entertainment, recently announced plans for an approximately 5,000-seat theater at MONTE CARLO RESORT & CASINO. The NEW CONCERT VENUE will take shape on the west side of the Las Vegas Strip with a robust calendar featuring special engagements by many of the music industry’s most-celebrated performers.

Adjacent to The Park and 20,000-seat arena currently under construction on Las Vegas Blvd. between Monte Carlo and New York-New York, the theater will anchor the dynamic new entertainment district currently taking shape. While The Park and Arena are expected to open in April 2016, the Monte Carlo theater is projected to welcome its first act at the end of 2016. Unique to the market, the theater will offer dynamic seating that allows for easy transformation into multiple configurations, reflecting the flexibility of the space.

COMPEHENSIVE CANCER CENTERS OF NEVADA AND WET'N'WILD  continue to offer FREE, SPF 30 SUNSCREEN to all guests who visit the water park throughout the remainder of the season. Now, a #SunscreenSelfie promotion encourages park guests to help spread the word about the free sunscreen and about the importance of protecting your skin in the hot summer sun.Guests can take advantage of FREE sunscreen located at an easy to find, three pump kiosk near the front entrance of the park. During or after they have applied the sunscreen, they can snap a photo and post it to their favorite social media channels using the hashtag #SunscreenSelfie and tagging @CCCNevada and @Wetnwildlv. Two additional signs are located in the park and park-wide audio messages will play periodically throughout the day, reminding guests to reapply sunscreen on a regular basis.
The free sunscreen kiosk and #SunscreenSelfie hashtag campaign are designed with all ages in mind and to urge park visitors to stay proactive with skin protection.

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Photo courtesy of Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada and Wet'n'Wild

Magician TOMMY WIND, who performs in his own theater at the Tommy Wind Theater on The Strip, will appear every Friday night at 8 p.m. on "MASTERS OF ILLUSIONS" on the CW network beginning Friday, July 31 thru October.  At 25 years old he's the youngest magician on the series.

Multi-talented musical siblings THE BACON BROTHERS, (a band led by actor Kevin Bacon and his Emmy Award-winning composer brother Michael Bacon) will perform their only West Coast appearance at The Orleans Showroom, Aug. 1 and 2.Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets start from $29.95 plus tax and convenience fees and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office.

EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL will be at the NSPCA "OUT OF THE GUTTERS” CELEBRITY BOWLING TOURNAMENT at Sam's Town Bowling Center (5111 Boulder Highway) on Sunday, August 2, from 12 noon to 2:30 pm. Fans are encouraged to come out and join the fun at this all-ages event. There will be raffles, giveaways for Strip shows, and photo opportunities galore with Las Vegas celebrities.

"This is our third year participating in this event, and it is always a blast to work with NVSPCA," said Sirc Michaels, the producer and director of EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL. "Most of us have pets of one kind or another, and we feel a responsibility to help this great cause however we can.

ITSY BITSY: RAMEN AND WHISKEY, located at the base of The Ogden in Downtown Las Vegas, has introduced “WHISKY SPOUT,” a designated weekly industry night for Las Vegas’ nightlife and entertainment industry professionals from 8 to 11 p.m. beginning Tuesday, Aug. 4.  Special guest DJs will spin top hits throughout the evening and industry members will enjoy a 50 percent discount on all food and beverage menu items, as well as a sponsored open bar from Pabst Blue Ribbon and Bulleit Frontier Whiskey from 8 to 9 p.m.

Ten freestyle artists will perform their chart-topping sensations on one stage during “SUPER FREESTYLE EXPLOSION – 80’S FLASHBACK” at the Orleans Arena on Aug. 7. The star-studded lineup includes hip hip, pop and R&B artists Stevie B, Exposé, Taylor Dayne, Lisa Lisa, The Cover Girls, Freestyle, Debbie Deb, Trinere, Nu Shooz and J.J. FAD. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are available from $31.50, plus tax and fees, and can be purchased by calling the Orleans Arena Box Office.

Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum teams up with Atomic Liquors, located at 917 Fremont Street, for a festive SUNDAY SUMMER BARBEQUE on Sunday, August 9. The Downtown drinking spot will play host to an afternoon of fun and sun from noon until 5 p.m. with custom barrel aged Sailor Jerry cocktails, complimentary BBQ from Cody’s Smokin BBQ, delectable Sailor Jerry spiked cupcakes and more! Sailor Jerry pinup models will also be on hand for the afternoon festivities which also includes games for guests to play including a corn hole tournament for the chance to win Sailor Jerry prizes. The Barbeque is open to guests ages 21 and up and is FREE to attend.

SHAKE SHACK and world-renowned Elvis impersonator Harry Shahoian will host a MEGA WEDDING/VOW RENEWAL, Strip-side at New York – New York Hotel & Casino, 3790 Las Vegas Blvd. South, on Monday, August 10 at 6 pm, in honor of Elvis Week.  Following the group ceremony, couples will toast to the nuptials and will also be treated to the restaurant’s ‘All Shook Up’ concrete, a customer favorite which features vanilla frozen custard and chocolate toffee bits blended with a slice of banana peanut butter cheesecake.

Whether getting hitched for the first time or renewing their vows, Shake Shack and Elvis invite couples near and far  to participate. Bring your own bouquet and don’t forget the rings! All couples who wish to participate are asked to RSVP: All participants are responsible to obtain proper licensing and can inquire by calling the Marriage License Bureau office at 702-671-0580.

The 6th ANNUAL KIEL'S LIFERIDE FOR AMFAR REVS into the Forum Shops on August 10. Meet celebrity motorcycle riders, enjoy refreshments and complimentary 20-minute seated facials or hand massages while learning about amfAR at Kiehl’s Since 1851 inside The Forum Shops at Caesars on August 10 from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. A public celebration of the third stop of the of the 6th annual Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR, a multi-day, multi-state, charitable motorcycle ride from Denver to San Diego, led by Kiehl’s President Chris Salgardo, to raise funds and awareness for amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, the event will feature celebrity riders including; actor Vanessa Marcil, actor Jay Ellis, rugby champion Ben Cohen, musician Chris Kael, actor Grant Reynolds and artist Conrad Leach.

Rallying at 10 retail stores along the route including The Forum Shops, the company will donate a total of $150,000 over the course of the ride. At each stop, the public will be invited to meet the riders, learn more about amfAR and contribute to the non-profit. At the conclusion of this year’s ride, Kiehl’s will have raised $1,270,000 for amfAR, funding seven cure-related research projects since 2010.

To further support amfAR, 100% of Kiehl’s net profits from the sale of the Limited Edition Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, will benefit amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. In addition, 100% of Kiehl’s net profits from the sale of LIFERIDE: Riding for a Cure, a coffee-table photo book chronicling the first five years of LifeRide and featuring photos by Grammy award-winning photographer Travis Shinn, up to $10,000, will benefit amfAR.,The book retails for $60. In celebration of LifeRide, every customer that visits Kiehl’s inside The Forum Shops on August 10 will receive a 15% discount on all purchases, with the exception of charitable products and value sets. Kiehl’s will donate that 15% difference to amfAR, up to $115,000. Of course, on-site donations to amfAR will be gratefully accepted.

The Rio Spa & Salon hosts 6th ANNUAL LOCKS OF LOVE CUT-A-THON on Wednesday, Aug. 12 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tresses donated during this annual charitable drive will be used to create high-quality wigs and hairpieces for children undergoing chemotherapy, suffering from alopecia areata or recuperating from scalp burns. Generous guests who donate at least 10 inches of hair will receive a complimentary blunt cut and a 30 percent discount on any additional styling or coloring treatments offered at the salon. Guidelines allow permed or color-treated hair; however, bleached and highlighted tresses are not usable. Donors may also bring in ponytails that have been previously cut at other locations.

Drai's Beachclub Nightclub atop Cromwell in Las Vegas is bulking up its groundbreaking Drai's LIVE CONCERT SERIES ROSTER with the addition of multi-platinum, award winning G.O.O.D. Music / Def Jam Recordings artist BIG SEAN, who will kick off his residency of full-length live concerts on Aug. 14.  Big Sean joins a vast list of world-class artists on the Drai's LIVE lineup including The Weeknd, Chris Brown, Chromeo, Capital Cities and more.

LOS VAN VAN, one of the most recognizable Cuban musical groups, will perform at Sam’s Town Live! on Sunday, Aug.16. Doors open at 10 p.m.Tickets start at $50 plus taxes and convenience fees, and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office.

Celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII with a star studded show, “THE SPIRIT OF 45”, 2:30 p.m. Sunday August 16th at Silverton’s Veil Pavilion. Hosted by Bob Anderson, the lineup of entertainers scheduled to appear include Clint Holmes, Rob Garrett, Rick Natole, The Swing City Dolls, The Desert Tenors, Chadwick Johnson, Michelle Johnson and many more. Admission is Free. However,  a requested donation of $19.45 per person would help support the event and cause, Honor Flight Southern Nevada.

Nathan Adelson Hospice, the largest non-profit hospice in Nevada, has partnered with Grant Morris Dodds law firm for its annual ‘BACK TO SCHOOL DRIVE' to help local students in the 2015/2016 school year. From now until Aug. 21, the hospice and law firm locations will serve as drop-off points for much-needed school supplies for the students at Robert L. Taylor and Sunrise Acres elementary schools. Among school supplies needed are: backpacks,  paper,  crayons, markers, scissor, erasers, glue sticks, tissue boxes, colored pencils, pocket folders, rulers, binders, paper towels and zip lock bags. Items can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at one of the following Nathan Adelson Hospice locations:  4141 Swenson St. off East Flamingo Road; and 3150 N. Tenaya Way at the corner of Cheyenne Avenue, on the third floor of the MountainView Medical Offices building.

Office drop-off locations for Grant Morris Dodds are between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 2520 St. Rose Parkway, Suite 319 in Henderson, or 10161 W. Park Run Drive, Suite 230, in Las Vegas. The donations will be delivered to the schools prior to the first day of classes on Aug. 24.

Andiron Steak & Sea at 1720 Festival Plaza Drive in Downtown Summerlin has launched a daily bar and lounge program for those looking for a more social after work experience. ‘OVERTIME’ takes place from 5-7 p.m. featuring a specially priced menu of shareable plates and delicious cocktails.

TEN: The Enthusiast Network has announced that the inaugural HOT ROD PowerFest West event, originally scheduled for Sept. 26 and 27 at Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, has been postponed. Upon the confirmation of a new date, event details will be posted at  Anyone who purchased tickets or registered their vehicle(s) for the original Sept. 26 and 27 dates will be issued a refund.

Celebrity sightings:

Friday evening, July 24...

Professional basketball player, Lamar Odom, kicked off the weekend at award-winning gentlemen’s club Crazy Horse III.

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Photo courtesy of Crazy Horse III

Thursday, July 23...

Academy Award-winning actor and star of the upcoming FX series "American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson," Cuba Gooding Jr. was spotted at TAO's Worship Thursday with a group of friends including famed film/TV producer Jerry Bruckheimer.

DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers, Matt Barnes of the Memphis Grizzlies and former Los Angeles Clippers star Marcus Camby were also spotted at TAO, as DJ FIVE provided the soundtrack for the evening. - get some good Joomla extensions now!