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Sam's Town Hosts 3rd Annual "Out of the Gutters" Celebrity Bowling Tournament to Benefit the Nevada SPCA

Friends, family members and animal lovers from across the valley knocked down some pins with Vegas celebrities to raise funds for the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) during  The NSPCA'S 3rd Annual “Out of the Gutters” Celebrity Bowling Tournament for Animal Rescue on Sunday, Aug. 2 at Sam’s Town Bowling Center (5111 Boulder Highway, Las Vegas).

Three hundred bowlers bowlers -- the most yet --  filled the entire bowling center. Also, more than 200 people came to watch and root on their favorites, with total attendance surpassing 500. In addition to bowling, guests enjoyed a family-friendly, fun afternoon with a variety of activities for animal lovers of all ages – meeting some of the sanctuary’s adoptable pets, mixing and mingling with the celebrity bowlers and vying for some of the great raffle prizes throughout the afternoon. 

New features of this year's event were very successful, including:  pledging sponsorships for celebrities by "virtual bowling", a "Holiday Spirits" game-of-chance to win bottles of expensive wine, half of the tournament was conducted in the dark with "lights out bowling" and disco lights and rock videos, and pick-a-prize kids' area with games of chance (like a carnival).

The event was hosted by Dao Vu from Channel 13’s The Morning Blend and Valley View Live.

Celebrities competed for the coveted “Fan Champion Trophy” with animal lovers supporting their favorite celebrity bowler by “sponsoring” their bowling game during the tournament.

Notables included comedian Louie Anderson; reality star Dirk Vermin; cast members from Rock of Ages, Jersey Boys, Absinthe, Baz, Raiding the Rock Vault, Thunder from Down Under and Fantasy; reality star Tyler Dale; radio personalities Dayna Roselli, Alan Stock, Todd Michaels and Heather Collins; singer Skye Dee Miles; entertainer Jeff Civillico; and magician Lance Burton…complete with his team.

Robert Torti and family
Photo credit: Larry Cunningham

FANTASY dancers
Photo credit: Larry Cunningham

Photo credit: Larry Cunningham

Photo credit: Larry Cunningham

Travis Cloer and family
Photo credit: Larry Cunningham

Dancers from Thunder From Down Under
Photo credit: Larry Cunningham

Comedian Louie Anderson
Photo credit: Larry Cunningham

Pin Up star Lisa Marie Smith
Photo credit: Larry Cunningham

Photo credit: Larry Cunningham

Skye Dee Miles
Photo credit: Larry Cunningham

Tina Marie, a radio host on KCOR, won the bowling championship for the third straight year and rocker Paul Shortino won the Fan Champion Trophy.

The event was made possible thanks to the exceptional generosity of Sam's Town and the dedication of dozens of volunteers, sponsors, and donors.

Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is dedicated to the belief that every life is precious. Funded entirely by private donations, the Society operates a no-kill shelter in Las Vegas for animals who have been abused, neglected or abandoned, or otherwise face homelessness and danger. It works to provide medical care, rehabilitation and adoption services for thousands of animals each year and then place them in loving, forever homes.

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

Thirty beautiful models competed to be the new legs of the D as Vegas' famous billboard on Thursday, July 30. For a chance at the title of “MISS D LEGS” and a $5,000 prize, the ladies posed with their hot red high heels in the air on the D’s Longbar while celebrity judges selected a winner. The panel included the cast of the D’s new residency Aussie Hunks, a sultry hip-hop Australian male revue that debuted Friday, July 31, in the D Showroom. On hand was the D’s, owner Derek Stevens, who posed with the contestants in front of the D.

Miss D Legs Contestants with Owner Derek Stevens at LONGBAR Glen Brogan
Miss D Legs Contestants with Owner Derek Stevens at LONGBAR
Photo credit: Glen Brogan

Miss D Legs Contestants Pose on the LONGBAR Tom Donoghue
Miss D Legs Contestants Pose on the LONGBAR
Photo credit: Tom Donoghue

Aussie Hunks Male Revue Pose With Miss D Legs Contestants Tom Donoghue
Aussie Hunks Male Revue Pose With Miss D Legs Contestants
Photo credit: Tom Donoghue

Top Five Winners of Miss D Contestants at the D Glen Brogan
Winner Daisy Lea (center) with the four runnerups of Miss D Contestants at the D
Photo credit: Glen Brogan

On Tuesday, August 4, CANDY CARSON, a graduate of Yale University and former concert violinist toured the Opportunity Village Engelstad Campus and performed a short program. The Opportunity Village’s Village Blend vocal group performed an opening number before Carson took the stage. At the conclusion of the program, Chief Development Officer Linda Smith and CEO Edward Guthrie of Opportunity Village presented Carson a handmade scarf created by Amanda D., an OVIP artist in the organization’s Fine and Performing Arts program.
Carson is the wife of presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson. Dr. Carson toured the campus in May and hosted a fundraiser for Opportunity Village.

Former violinist Candy Carson performs at Opportunity Village’s Ralph and Betty Engelstad Campus on Tuesday, August 4, 2015.
Photo courtesy of Opporrtunity Village

Chief Development Officer Linda Smith and CEO Edward Guthrie of Opportunity Village present Carson a handmade scarf from an OVIP at the Ralph and Betty Engelstad Campus on Tuesday, August 4, 2015.
Photo courtesy of Opportunity Village

HASH HOUSE A GO GO is supporting COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS OF NEVADA'S ANNUAL FILL THE BUS SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE by offering two convenient valley locations for guests to donate needed items. Guests who make a donation August 5 through Thursday, August 20, at either location, 6800 W. Sahara Ave. in Las Vegas and/or  555 S. Stephanie St. in Henderson, will receive a 10% off certificate to Hash House A Go Go. Supplies needed include backpacks for all ages, one- and two-inch binders, composition notebooks, college- and wide-ruled notebooks, college-and wide-ruled notebook paper, pocket folders, markers, crayons, mechanical pencils, pencil sharpeners, erasers, glue, highlighters and colored pencils. Uniform items include navy and white polo shirts, as well as jeans and khaki and navy slacks, for elementary and middle school age children. Gift cards to locations where uniform items can be purchased are also being collected.

Tickets go on sale  August 7 at 10 a.m. for Grammy-winning band TRAIN and THE FRAY at DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS EVENTS CENTER. The show will take place Saturday, November 7. Tickets start at $30.

On Friday, August 7, southern hip-hop star BUBBA SPARXXX will perform at GO POOL, the lively party pool at Flamingo Las Vegas.  There will also be a ‘Miss New Booty Shakin’ Contest’ at 4 p.m. with the rapper filling the judge role. Guests can enjoy $25 buckets of Miller Lite and $250 bottles of Absolut Vodka until 1 p.m. No cover charge.

Then on Saturday, August 8, Pop and R&B superstar CHRISTINA MILIAN will take over GO Pool, treating partygoers to a poolside performance of several of her biggest hits, beginning at 2 p.m. Milian  Guests can enjoy $15 Coors Light pitchers all day. Cover starting at $10.  GO Pool is 21 and over and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m

Fremont Street Experience will be partnering with CBS radio station, X107.5, to host another SLOTZILLA CHARITY CHARITY CHALLENGE, this time to benefit ST. JUDE'S RANCH FOR CHILDREN. Fremont Street Experience will be donating 100% of SlotZilla revenue to St. Jude’s Ranch on Monday, August 10 from noon to 6 p.m. The Dave, Mahoney and DK Morning Show will be on-site to support the event while doing live breaks from Fremont Street Experience. At noon children from St. Jude’s Ranch and local celebrities will be on-site taking pictures and flying on SlotZilla. The local celebrities attending the event include: UFC Hall of Famer Forrest Griffin, Pro BMX rider and television personality TJ Lavin and star of Pawn Stars, Chumlee. SlotZilla ticketing, will call and check-in office is located next to the SlotZilla takeoff tower on Fremont Street between 4th Street and Las Vegas Boulevard.

Children under 13 in age must be accompanied by a flyer age 13 or over.  Flyers must weigh between 60-300 lbs. for Zipline and 100-300 lbs. for Zoomline, with a maximum 6’8” height for lower Zipline but no height limit on upper Zoomline.  Flyers cannot be under the influence of drugs and alcohol.  Flyers should not ride if they have health concerns, neck/shoulder problems, are pregnant, have heart trouble, problems with balance, or seizure disorders.

Flight times can be purchased at the SlotZilla box office or can be booked in advance online at

In anticipation of the 2015 LIFE IS BEAUTFUL FESTIVAL, COMMONWEALTH will host weekly ticket giveaways from 7 to 9 p.m. beginning Thursday, Aug. 13. Every Thursday leading up to the festival, Commonwealth will welcome guest DJs who will spin selections from artists set to be featured at this year’s event. Guests will have the opportunity to win passes to the 3-day festival, valued at more than $200 each. Participants may enter for the chance to win by writing why they believe life is beautiful on a note card to be provided at Commonwealth. Entries will be reviewed, and winners will be chosen at the end of each weekly event. Admission to Commonwealth’s Life is Beautiful ticket giveaway events is complimentary, and guests may enjoy Commonwealth’s happy hour specials including domestic beers and well drinks, priced at $3 as well as craft beers and premium cocktails, priced at $5.

INSPIRADA, Henderson’s fully-planned community, will celebrate ALOHA HAU'OLI SPLASH DAY (Hello Happy Splash Day) on Saturday, August 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. by opening three of its four resident-only swimming pools to the public for the first time and enhancing the fun with games and activities at the newly completed splash pads located in Capriola and Aventura Parks.To RSVP, please visit

Inspirada’s three participating pool areas are located in Potenza Park at 2355 Via Firenze and Aventura Park at 2525 Via Firenze, south of Bicentennial Parkway. Toll Brothers will also welcome visitors to its clubhouse and swimming pool at 3190 Mantua Village.  Water-themed games are also planned at Capriola Park with kids invited to bring their own super soakers.

Hip-hop artist WALE is slated to perform at Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop at Paris Las Vegas on Saturday, Aug. 22 and continue on Sunday, Sept. 13 and Friday, Oct. 30.Early bird admission for each event will start at $30.

Mandalay Bay Resort And Casino is hosting The 'LAS VEGAS BEER AND BARREL PEOJECT' Friday, Aug. 28 through Sunday, Aug. 30. The headlining event will be the “Mandalay Beach Craft Beer and Barrel Festival,” held from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29 at Mandalay Bay. Guests may enjoy dozens of spirits and craft beer barrel stations serving a variety of the country’s best beers, along with award-winning cuisine by a selection of Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino’s top chefs. Sarah Johnson, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino’s Director of Food & Beverage and Nevada’s first female Certified Cicerone®, will serve as the host for the entire event. All-inclusive tickets are priced at $75 per person.

In addition to the festival, the “Las Vegas Beer and Barrel Project” will present an exciting weekend lineup of seminars and mixers to celebrate the craft of brewing. A detailed schedule for the weekend’s events is as follows:

Friday, Aug. 28 -7:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.  VIP Reception and Pop-Up Pub Experience will be held at Shanghai Lilly. This event will feature food and beer pairings, live music and conversation with guest brewers, distillers, chefs and industry VIPs. Entrance will be limited to VIP all-access ticket holders.

Saturday, Aug. 29 - 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  Seminars & Panel Discussions will include: “Beer Got Your Tongue” with brew master Jared Rouben of Moody Tongue Brewing Company; “Sour Beers” with Patrick Rue of The Bruery and Jonathan Buford of Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company; “State Of  The Industry” with Matt Brynildson of Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Paul Gatza of the Brewers Association and Nikos Ridge of Ninkasi Brewing Company; and “Beer Cocktails” with Wirtz Beverage experts, Andrew Pollard and Michael Shetler. Admission for all four seminars is $99 per person and all-inclusive with limited seating available.

7:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.  Mandalay Bay Beach Beer and Barrel Festival will be held at Mandalay Bay Beach. Attendees will enjoy dozens of brews from a variety of beer and distillery vendors; gourmet food stations from select Mandalay Bay restaurant chefs, such as Fleur Executive Chef Hubert Keller, and live entertainment.

Sunday, Aug. 30 - 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. “Beer For Breakfast” will be held at Fleur by Hubert Keller. Guests may enjoy gourmet bites, including family style pastries, entrées, family-style desserts and beer pairings, selected by Sarah Johnson. Tickets will be priced at $50 per person.

Celebrated tribute band BRASS TRANSIT will bring the hits of the legendary band Chicago to The Orleans Showroom on Aug. 29 and 30. Showtime each evening is 8 p.m. Tickets are available starting from $19.95, plus tax and convenience fees and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas is teaming up with Yahoo Sports to host the ULTIMATE FANTASY FOOTBALL NATIONAL DRAFT DAY PARTY on Saturday, Aug. 29. The festivities will kick off at noon inside The Joint where guests  can enjoy unbeatable food and drink specials, get a complimentary draft day gift and kit, receive two complimentary beers, get fun games advice from Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football experts, participate in a meet and greet with football legends Jim Kelly, Randall Cunningham and Maurice Jones-Drew, and much more.

Celebrity sightings:

Monday night, August 3...

Hall of Fame basketball player, Patrick Ewing was spotted at Marquee. The NBA star, joined by a friend, took in the sounds of DJ Carnage.

Sunday afternoon, August 2...

Jeff Lewis, the host of Bravo’s "Flipping Out" was spotted enjoying brunch at LAVO. The designer was joined by cast members Jenni Pulos, Vanina Alfaro and boyfriend Gage Edward. The group delighted in shrimp cocktail, tuna tartar, Caesar salad, spaghetti with Wagyu meatballs - get some good Joomla extensions now!