The Knights got Stoned

The Vegas Golden Knights have made another trade just before the deadline to take another run at the Stanley Cup in their second season. The Knights acquired high-scoring winger Mark Stone from the Ottawa Senators on Monday for defense prospect Erik Brannstrom, forward Oscar Lindberg and the Dallas Stars’ 2020 second-round pick. Vegas also received minor league forward Tobias Lindberg in the trade.

Stone is a top-line talent the Golden Knights hope can help them make another deep playoff run as they did last year in getting to the Cup Final. “He plays a complete game, plays every situation, and he’s going to really help our hockey club,” coach Gerard Gallant said. “He was the top guy on the board and we went out and got him, so it shows our players what we want to do and get things on track here and get going again.”

Losing 10 of their past 13 games has hurt the Golden Knights in a top-heavy Pacific Division, but Stone should provide an immediate boost. The 26-year-old has 28 goals and 34 assists for 62 points in 59 games this season; two points shy of his career high.

Stone is in the midst of his fifth consecutive 20-goal and 50-point season. And he said on Canadian television he agreed to but hadn’t yet signed a long-term contract extension, which makes the trade all the more valuable for the Golden Knights.

“He’s been great for a lot of years now, it feels like,” Vegas center William Karlsson said. “Huge addition for our roster. The guy can pass, the guy can score, so he’s kind of the full package.”

After trading a first-, a second- and a third-round pick at the 2018 deadline for winger Tomas Tatar, Golden Knights general manager George McPhee again anted up for a playoff push. Owner Bill Foley wanted his franchise to win a title within the first five years, and this is another move to help that effort in the short and long term.

All it cost Vegas off its NHL roster is Oscar Lindberg, a 27-year-old who has 12 points in 35 games this season. The team took him from the New York Rangers in the expansion draft, drafted Brannstrom in 2017 with the pick it received from the Islanders to take Mikhail Grabovski’s contract off their hands and got the second-rounder from Dallas for Marc Methot, whom they selected from the Senators in the expansion draft.

Go Knights Go!

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Have you seen Seven Magic Mountains?

If you drive around 10 miles south of Las Vegas on Interstate 15 you will find Seven Magic Mountains.  They are located near Jean Dry Lake just off the highway.  I highly recommend you take a short drive to see this fun and inspirational art show of color in the desert.

These colorful boulders stand over 30 feet high and the brain child of Ugo Rondinone, an internationally celebrated Swiss artist.  Seven Mountains is a large-scale, site-specific public art installation and is adjacent to the Sheep Mountains and the McCullough, Bird Spring and Goodsprings ranges. A creative expression of human presence in the desert, The Seven Magic Mountains jolts the Mojave with a burst of form and color with dayglow totems comprised of painted, locally-sourced boulders. The cost of this project was $3.5 million, but not in tax dollars. The Nevada Commission on Tourism kicked in $100,000; however the big money came from private donors, with Aria resort being the largest.

The exhibition opened May 11, 2016, and was originally scheduled to be on view for two years – however due to the incredible success of Seven Magic Mountains since its opening,  the artist Ugo Rondinone has shown a strong desire to keep the artwork on view at its current site. The producers- Art Production Fund, New York and Nevada Museum of Art in Reno continue to work on an extension plan that would enable Seven Magic Mountains to remain on view for several years to come. At the end of 2018, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued a three-year permit extension for the artwork, allowing the installation to remain on view through the end of 2021.

Visible across the desert landscape along Interstate 15, Seven Magic Mountains offers a creative critique of the destinations like Las Vegas. According to Rondinone, the location is physically and symbolically mid-way between the natural and the artificial: the natural is expressed by the mountain ranges, desert, and Jean Dry Lake backdrop, and the artificial is expressed by the highway and the constant flow of traffic between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

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Las Vegas Little Theatre will be showing Assassins January 19 through February 3

Assassins is a historical “revusical” with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and the book by John Weidman.  The play explores the dark side of the Americas assassins from John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald and others from different periods from our historic past.

 This play takes the audience on a scary roller coaster ride where these assassins and would be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and encourage each other to do disturbing acts in the name of the American Dream. This is a darkly humorous musical review that depicts nine misfit men and women who attempted (four of them successfully) to assassinate American Presidents.

Las Vegas Little Theatre is theatre by the community, for the community. It is an amateur theatre company founded in 1978 by Jack Bell and Jack Nicholson and was launched in a converted storefront with an initial seating capacity of 48.

The Las Vegas Little Theatre’s mission has always been: To increase the awareness of theatre arts in Southern Nevada, provide quality productions, and to offer educational, hands-on opportunities in all facets of theatre production.

The current home was renovated with the help of professional design services, donations from patrons and local businesses, and countless hours of sweat and of dedicated volunteers. The long-range goal is to secure a permanent, LVLT-owned facility in which to stage our productions and offer increased services to the community.

​This project is funded in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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Concerts at the Encore Theater are more than just a concert!


If you have not seen one of the concerts the Wynn puts on in their intimate little 1,500 seat Encore Theater, you are missing out on a wonderful show. I’ve now seen Garth Brooks, Billy Joel & John Fogarty there… When I saw Billy Joel, I was enthralled by the stories he told between songs. He talked about his journey through music as if he were talking to Barbara Walters… (I thought maybe she was in the audience). Now, I have seen Billy Joel 4 other times in concert, however, I enjoyed this one the most (by far…) but I just thought he was choosing a different approach, and I felt lucky to have experienced it.

A few months later I was invited to see Garth Brooks perform there, and although I’m not a real big fan of his music, I always love a good concert and figured he would be very entertaining. He opened the show talking about the music played in his home growing up, and (again) took the audience through his journey in a way that made me feel like we had become friends. Of course, he played plenty of music, but it was more than a concert; it was like we were in his living room.

And again, a few months later I took the opportunity to go see John Fogarty at the Wynn… I’ve always loved CCR and just never saw him perform previously. It was not until my 3rd show at the same venue that I realized that the Wynn was approaching concerts very differently. Of course I’ve been to a couple of shows where the artist spouted some political point of view about guns or war or Apartheid or whatever was the hot topic at the time, and many artists will pepper their show with brief anecdotes. But John told a captivating tale about his first guitar… and how much it meant to him… and why he gave it to a poor musician who showed promise… He talked about the honor of having certain other musicians “cover” his music, and various other stories, and he was so human… once again I left there feeling like we had really connected.

What I eventually decided was that these concerts were more than concerts. They were intimate gatherings with real people, who have great stories to tell, and since at least pre-school, I have loved story-time and I have loved great music. John Fogarty is performing there again in April and Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson & Sarah McLaughlan all have 2019 dates there. Go to for details and get tickets. I’m betting you’ll have a concert experience unlike any you’ve had before. And you may even run into me in the refreshments line.

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Lee Canyon is officially open for the winter season

Grab your skis and snowboards and head to Lee Canyon where you will find a fresh blanket fresh blanket of snow. Who’s ready to go up?

Lee Canyon welcomed skiers and snowboarders Friday morning with around five inches of new snow – how perfect is that?  The resort’s daily winter hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Lee Canyon Ski and Snowboard Resort, officially Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort, is located in Lee Canyon, 35 miles northwest of Las VegasNevada, in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. The base lodge is situated at the base of Lee Peak with an elevation of 11,289 feet to the north of Mount Charleston, the eighth highest peak in Nevada at 11,916 feet. The resort can be reached via US 95 to Nevada State Route 156.

Lots of people find it fun to ski and ride during the day and return to the glitz and glamour for night life. My friends and I have gone there on many occasions for a half-day. The Resort averages over 300 days of sunshine and 240 inches of annual snowfall and offers 195 acres of lift served terrain as well as 250 acres of hike-to terrain. Terrain Park also offers a variety of features including table-top jumps and assorted rails. Guest can also visit the Big Horn Grill or Bristlecone Bar for dining and beverage options.

Since the early 1930s, Las Vegas locals and visitors alike have enjoyed the snow on wind protected, north-facing slopes. In the 1940s the Las Vegas Ski Club operated a short rope tow and a warming hut.

The Lee Canyon Ski Area was created in 1964, when the Forest Service issued a Special Use Permit in order to provide winter recreation options in Southern Nevada. During the 1960s, the Las Vegas gaming industry was booming, and winter sports enthusiasts were pleased to find a high alpine environment in the middle of the desert, only one hour away from the Las Vegas Strip. A T-Bar was installed, the A-Frame Chalet was completed, and in 1968 the first chairlift, Chair One, was installed to access higher elevations along with a rope tow on the beginner hill. The main lodge building was completed in February, 1970.

In 1980, Chair Two replaced the T-Bar and the runs were improved for better skiing conditions. In 1982, the beginner slope received Chair Three, replacing the rope tow. In 1987 snowmaking came to Lee Canyon, providing 60% coverage on the main trails. Snowboarding was not allowed until the late 80’s. 1988 saw outdoor lighting to brighten the slopes for the first time, bringing night skiing to the area.

Lee Canyon Ski Area officially became Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort in 1995, just one year after I made my first trek up there. During the 1990s snowboarding forever changed the LVSSR with a freestyle terrain park, half pipe and local competitions.

Big changes occurred in November 2003 when Powdr Corporation, based in Park City, Utah acquired LVSSR. Among the improvements Powdr implemented at LVSSR were improved snowmaking, rental equipment, a Magic Carpet surface lift, expanded terrain park, and improved terrain on the beginner slope.

In 2005 a triple chairlift was installed to replace the yellow double chairlift, Chair One. Further improvements were made to the snowmaking system. The future of LVSSR was submitted to the Forest Service in a new Master Plan proposal.

Lee Canyon’s 2018-19 winter season is expected to run through April 2019, weather permitting.

For information on the opening of additional amenities, and pricing for season passes, lift tickets, and tubing go to and I’ll see you on the slopes!

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Global Winter Wonderland at the Rio Hotel

The Global Winter Wonderland is a 38 day festival that starts on December 14, 2018 and runs thru January 20, 2019.  This event celebrates diversity and the holiday season, with music, entertainment and food from around the globe, and there are beautiful Chinese lantern creations that are at the heart of this celebration. Global Winter Wonderland is a family event that gives those who attend an overall experience that satisfies all of the senses! Oh and by the way if you buy your tickets at Walgreens you get 50 % off each ticket!

This year the decorations will push the limits of the imagination and innovation to deliver an event that will set an entirely new standard on what a festival is.  The Global Winter Wonderland is great for kids and adults alike.

You can travel the world in one night at Global Winter Wonderland 2018 Las Vegas! Celebrate the holidays by visiting some of the world’s most iconic landmarks, all in one night. You don’t need airline tickets or your suitcase; Global Winter Wonderland is the premiere “Chinese Lantern festival” in the United States and this holiday season we will bring the world to you!  The displays go by continent so the following is a little guideline of what to expect – and you will see a lot more.

Europe -Although many people celebrate Christmas on December 25th, in France the festive season officially begins on December 6th – St Nicholas Day. It used to be the custom that on this day gifts would be exchanged but now the tradition has been postponed to Christmas Eve when Père Noël (Father Christmas) visits the well-behaved children around France.

Asia –On the mainland, the small percentage of Chinese citizens who consider themselves Christians unofficially as well as many other non-Christian individuals celebrate Christmas-like festivities. Many customs, including sending cards, exchanging gifts, and hanging stockings are very similar to Western celebrations.

North America -Christmas is observed widely on December 25th. Governments recognizing the holiday include those of: the United States, where it is a federal holiday for federal employees and a legal holiday in the respective states; Canada, where it is a nationwide statutory holiday; and Mexico, where it is also a nationwide statutory holiday.

Central America includes some parts of Mexico and Mexican Christmas is filled with over 30 traditions found only within Mexican Christmas. Over nine days, groups of townspeople go from door to door in a fashion of when the parents of the unborn baby Jesus Christ looked for shelter to pass the night when they arrived at Bethlehem, and are periodically called inside homes to participate in the breaking of a candy-filled piñata.

On the continent of Africa Christmas Day is a public holiday in Eritrea that is celebrated on January 7th or on 27th Tahsas of the Ethiopian calendars. Christmas is called Ledet in Eritrea or Gena in Ethiopia. Many people who are Christian in these two countries fast for 40 days (it is called fast of the prophets).

Christmas traditions in Australia and New Zealand have many similarities to British, Irish, American and Canadian traditions, including traditional Christmas symbols featuring winter iconography. This means a red fur-coated Santa Claus riding a sleigh, songs such as Jingle Bells, and various Christmas scenes on Christmas cards and decorations.

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Take your Family and Friends to Ethel M’s to see the Holiday Cactus Garden

Visiting the Cactus Garden during the holiday season is an annual tradition my family and friends love.  The Ethel M Chocolates Holiday Cactus Garden is 3-acres that will dazzle everyone with more than one million colorful twinkling lights!

Besides the Cactus Garden come and delight in the savory taste of Ethel M Chocolates’ specialties – premium copper kettle caramels, exquisite truffles, luxurious Satin Crèmes®, signature Crème Liqueurs, chewy and crunchy nut clusters and their amazing hot chocolate.

Get your picture taken with Santa there! A professional photographer is on site to take your photo, which is available for purchase. Or, you may take your own photos for free.

The lights come on from Dusk to 10 PM daily until January 6th and the big jolly Elf (Santa) will be there every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 4pm – 9pm from now until December 15th. Then, every evening from 4pm to 9pm thru December 23rd… of course then, he has to head back to the North Pole to get ready for his big night!

Did you know? Forrest Mars, Sr. founded Ethel M Chocolates in 1981, with its mission to produce the finest, most gourmet chocolates within the Mars chocolate brand portfolio. Over a century ago, Ethel Mars taught her son Forrest how to make gourmet chocolate candy in her Tacoma kitchen.  This became a passion of his and he continued to perfect his confections over many years. Today, Ethyl M continues Forrest’s legacy by using the finest ingredients to produce several of Ethel’s original recipes for gourmet chocolate and candy.

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