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Nearly 6,000 Runners Participate in 5th Annual “The Color Run” in Downtown Las Vegas

Nearly 6,000 runners painted the streets of downtown Las Vegas at the fifth annual The Color Run and its brand new Tropicolor World Tour theme, with a portion of all proceeds going to benefit Three Square Food Bank on Saturday, Feb. 27.

Participants sprinted, walked and even danced their way through designated color zones throughout the 5k course with each checkpoint sporting a new hue. Bubbles infused with island-inspired scents reinvigorated runner's senses as a new addition to the fun run experience.

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Covered head-to-toe in the bursts of powdered color, the runners poured into the finish line, where they gathered around for the finish festival and enjoyed refreshments of hand-spun cotton candy, shaved ice, and music by live Djs.

A 15-foot-tall pineapple and an eight-foot-tall beach ball provided one-of-a-kind photo opportunities for the friends, families and kids who joined the five million runners who have crossed The Color Run's finish line since its inception in 2012.

"We couldn't have asked for a better day to return for our fifth year in Las Vegas," said event coordinator Danny Earl. "The new Tropicolor theme really added an exciting element to the run and the runners definitely looked the part."

Celine Dion makes Emotional Return to her Las Vegas Residency at the Colosseum at Caesar's Palace

Celine Dion made an emotional return to a sold-out crowd at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, February 23, to resume her Las Vegas residency which has been on hiatus since her husband and former manager, René Angélil, passed away on Jan. 14, 2016.

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Celine Dion
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As a tribute to René Angélil, the performance opened with a touching video that chronicled personal and milestone moments in René’s life from his early days of childhood, to managing a superstar recording artist, to being a loving husband and father. The video was produced by Productions J., a prominent television production company based in Montreal, which has worked closely with René and Celine for years and has captured some of their most successful and intimate moments together. Celine also sang Barbra Streisand’s “With One More Look at You,” dedicating the song to the memory of her late husband.

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Celine Dion
Photo credit: Denise Truscello

“I understood that my career was in a way was his masterpiece, his song, his symphony,” expressed Celine. “The idea of leaving it unfinished would have hurt him terribly. I realized that if he ever left us I would have to continue without him, for him.”

René Angélil was the visionary behind Celine’s Las Vegas headlining residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace which began over a decade ago in March 2003.  To date, Celine has performed 966 shows in the venue and tonight announced 27 more shows in 2016 which will put her on schedule to reach the epic milestone of 1,000 performances by the end of the year. 

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

Building on a longstanding commitment, the GREATER LAS VEGAS ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (GLVAR) presented HABITAT FOR HUMANITY LAS VEGAS with a $100,000 donation on Thursday, Feb. 25, in sponsorship of a new home.

“Many of our REALTORS® are excited to once again have the opportunity to volunteer their time and help a family move into a new home. GLVAR has had such a rich history with Habitat for Humanity, and it is our goal to continue to foster that relationship and our collaborative efforts to ensure our community stays strong and vibrant, ” said GLVAR President Scott Beaudry.

The three-bedroom home will be the 13th Habitat Las Vegas house that GLVAR has supported over the years. In addition to providing full funding for the construction, GLVAR’s members also will help build the home. The new home will be adjacent to the six single-family homes Habitat Las Vegas completed on Merze Avenue and Ward Drive, as part of Habitat’s neighborhood revitalization efforts in Henderson’s Pittman region.

Since 1991, Habitat Las Vegas has provided simple, decent and affordable homes for low-income families, in addition to helping transform and strengthen our communities throughout Southern Nevada. In addition to meeting income requirements, working families who qualify for Habitat’s homeownership program must perform 300 hours of volunteer “sweat equity” building other Habitat homes, including the one they will eventually own.

Throughout the month of March, CRAZY PITA will participate in a paper icon sales campaign collecting monetary donations starting at $1 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Guests can purchase St. Jude paper icons at any three of the following Crazy Pita restaurant locations as a direct donation to the charity.

Crazy Pita Downtown Summerlin: 10975 Sage Park Drive, #100, Las Vegas;  Town Square Las Vegas: 6587 Las Vegas Blvd. #190 S.;  The District at Green Valley Ranch, 2225 Village Walk Drive, #175, Henderson

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of St. Jude’s founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay. All donations made at any Crazy Pita from March 1 - 31 will go directly to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Six years into his enormously successful run as a regular comedic headliner at TI, BILL ENGVALL makes a pit stop at the Treasure Island Theatre for NASCAR weekend, Friday, March 4 at 9 p.m. Tickets are available starting at $59.95, plus taxes and service charges.

ADOPT A RESCUE PET OF LAS VEGAS (ARP) will participate in NevadaGIVES’ fifth annual statewide ONLINE CHARITY EVENT, NEVADA'S BIG GIVE, for a 24-hour period of giving beginning at 12 a.m. on Thursday, March 10. ARP will join other Nevada nonprofits for a day of charitable giving through an online platform. Nevadans across the state are encouraged to donate to their favorite charity along with learning more about new and different nonprofit organizations. Participants may donate by logging on to www.NVBigGive.org and searching “Adopt A Rescue Pet.” To date, Nevada’s Big Give has raised more than $2 million for hundreds of Nevada charities.  ARP is a nonprofit organization, helping in the charitable purposes of animal welfare and pet ownership services for homeless pets in Las Vegas.. Through the generosity of the community and volunteers, ARP has been able to save more than 15,000 pets since its establishment in 2000. ARP is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) exempt charity and donations and adoptions may be tax deductible. More information may be found at www.adoptarescuepet.vegas.

Contemporary progressive metal masters BETWEEN THE BURIED & ME AND AUGUST BURNS RED are bringing a night of crossbred up-tempo riffs and thoughtful lyricism to Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas at The Linq on Wednesday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. Doors for BTBAM and August Burns Red open at 5:30 p.m. This show is for ages 18 and up. Tickets start at $25 (plus applicable service fees).

Kick off the madness of the NCAA MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino with HOOPS CENTRAL, Las Vegas’ most popular and FREE college hoops viewing party,  Thursday, March 17 through Sunday, March 20. Guests will have a chance to watch all of the college hoops actions on giant HD screens in a smoke-free environment inside the historic International Theater where they can enjoy from more than 1,500 seats, satellite betting stations, appearances from the world-famous Bud Light Girls and daily giveaways and daily food and drink specials. Doors for HOOPS CENTRAL will open at 8 a.m. each day except Sunday, March 20, which will begin at 8:30 a.m. In addition, the entirety of the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament can be viewed on the 4,488 square foot HD video screens inside the newly-renovated, 25,000 square foot Race and Sports SuperBook. Guests must be 21 years or older.

As part of his highly anticipated U.S. tour of his LORD OF THE DANCE: DANGEROUS GAMES, acclaimed dancer Michael Flatley will bring the show to The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace on Thursday, March 17, 2016.  Las Vegas is among several cities in the national tour that marks Flatley's final onstage appearances as a performer following a remarkable 20 year run as the creator and star of the LORD OF THE DANCE franchise.

Las Vegas’ own, comedian JO KOY, makes his return to the Treasure Island Theatre March 18 at 9 p.m.Tickets start at $54.95, plus taxes and service charges.

Celebrity sightings:

Friday night, February 26...

Hip hop star Trey Songz along with a group of friends enjoyed dinner at TAO Asian Bistro in The Venetian. After dinner the group headed over to Marquee Nightclub in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas where they celebrated Trey Song’s manager’s birthday.

Sunday night, Feb. 21...

“Fight Club” and “CSI: Miami” star, Holt McCallany, stopped by Jenna and Michael Morton’s La Comida, in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas.

Saturday night, February 20...

“Glee” star Chord Overstreet, "Scream Queens” actor Glen Powell, “The Boy Next Door” star Ryan Guzman, “Insurgent" and "Allegiant” actor Jonny Weston and Tyler Hoechlin from “Teen Wolf” partied the night away at TAO in The Venetian. Celebrating his recent birthday, Overstreet fueled up at TAO Asian Bistro before heading to the nightclub where he was delighted with a celebratory presentation.

Over at Marquee Nightclub in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas comedian and actor Russel Kane was spotted with friends at a VIP booth.

Also at Marquee was Denver Broncos players Owen Daniels and Brandon McManus along with basketball star Jared Jeffries.

Friday night, February 19...

In attendance at the grand opening of  world-famous Jabbawockeez's new show JREAMZ  at MGM Grand were Prince Amukamara of the New York Giants, musician Sleepy Brown, BMX pro Ricardo Laguna, dancer Jordyn Jones, cast members from Fantasy and actors Miles Brown (Black-ish), Ryan Guzman (Step Up All In, Heroes Reborn), Tyler Hoechlin (Teen Wolf), Dexter Darden (The Maze Runner: Scorch Trails), Chord Overstreet (Glee), Forrest Vickery (Everybody Wants Some), Zac Pullam (MTV’s Finding Carter), Skai Jackson (Disney’s Jessie), Roshon Fegan (Disney’s Shake It Up!), Talitha Bateman (The 5th Wave) and Leah Bateman (Aquarius), among others.

Acclaimed retired soccer players, Míchel Salgado and Luís Figo, were spotted at Jenna and Michael Morton’s CRUSH inside MGM Grand.

Actress Chloe Grace Moritz enjoyed dinner with family and friends Friday night at LAVO Italian Restaurant.

Thursday night, February 18...

Actress Chloe Grace Moretz enjoyed dinner with family and friends at TAO Asian Bistro.

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