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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Want to learn about the finer points of Hockey? – Go to Knight School!

Here is a great idea for those that don’t know much about the game of hockey and want to be “in the know” – Vegas Golden Knights University.  The Knights organization wants to help their fans with an educational program for new hockey fans.

Misha Donskov, Golden Knights team director of operations, stated “It’s important for us to give back to the community and continue to educate our fan about the game of hockey and about the Golden Knights.”  The program is five sessions long.

VGK University will take place on Vegas Golden Knights game days, and feature VGK University Sessions including hockey basics, offensive and defensive strategies, special teams and coaching preparation. All sessions will be led by Vegas Golden Knights Senior Vice President Murray Craven and Misha Donskov in a personal environment. All sessions will be tailored to fans with beginner-level knowledge of hockey and capped at a 50-person capacity. Attendees must be 21 years or older to participate.

Also VGK University will have optional skates at T-Mobile Arena before the VGK University Sessions, allowing attendees to be among the first fans to skate at the arena. Skates will be available to rent beforehand at City National Arena. Participants also receive a ticket to the respective Golden Knights game with their VGK University package.

The five-game pack costs $495, or $250 for full season ticket members and suite holders and begins November 19th. Please note the $250 price does not include a game ticket. A portion of every package will be donated to the Vegas Golden Knights Foundation.  Click here for more information

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Today is Nevada Day – Hooray!

But what is Nevada Day?  Many people that have recently moved to the Silver State have no idea what Nevada Day commemorates – so I am here to give you a quick history lesson.

Nevada Day is a state holiday celebrated in Nevada and commemorates the state’s entry into the United States as the thirty-sixth state on October 31, 1864, and also celebrates this state’s frontier legacy. This holiday used to be celebrated on October 31s, the date of the state’s admission into the Union, but it was moved in 2000. Instead, this holiday is now celebrated on the final Friday in October.

The Nevada State Legislature decided that the holiday should always be celebrated on a Friday. And that’s because a 3-day long holiday weekend is more likely to bring tourists into the state and would generate a lot more interest in the holiday. As a result, they voted to change Nevada Day to the final Friday in October.

The following are some fun and interesting facts about our wonderful state.  The name of the state of Nevada comes from the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.  Nevada was one of two states added to the Union as a state during the Civil War (West Virginia was the other).

Other interesting facts are Nevada is the home to over 300 mountain ranges and over 300 natural hot springs.  We are also the largest gold-producing state in the United States.  From 1951 to 1992, over 900 nuclear tests were conducted at the Nevada Test Site.  Las Vegas has more hotel rooms than any other city on Earth and Nevada is the only state in the United States where prostitution is legal.

Nevada Day is a state holiday, which means that some banks, schools and businesses are closed in Nevada on this day. However, some banks do remain open but close their branches early. While parades and other celebrations happen across the state of Nevada, there is a particular concentration of them in Carson City (state capital).  There is a huge parade that has been held since the 1930s in Carson City and there are a number of events on this day. Events which include sporting events, concerts, a rock drilling contest and even a contest that judges who has the best beard.

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The Fall is a Great Time to go to the Valley of Fire

Fall is the best time of year in the Las Vegas Valley – the summer heat is over and there is crispness in the air.  Take the family on a day trip to the Valley of Fire.  It’s a short 58 mile drive northeast of central Las Vegas.

Valley of Fire is located in the Mojave Desert and is the oldest Nevada State Park dedicated in 1935.  Valley of Fire State Park covers an area of approximately 35,000 acres.  Valley of Fire was named for the magnificent red sandstone formations that were formed from great shifting sand dunes during the age of the dinosaurs more than 150 million years ago (Mesozoic Era).  These brilliant sandstone formations can appear to be on fire when reflecting the sun’s rays.  Other important rock formations include limestone, shale, and conglomerates.

Valley of Fire is marked as Nevada Historical Marker #150 (Nevada’s First State Park).  Valley of Fire Road is the main road through the park.  The 10.5 mile road connects the east and west entrances of the park and was designated as a Nevada Scenic Byway in 1995.

Some of the prehistoric people of Valley of Fire included the Anasazi – they were farmers from the nearby fertile Moapa Valley. Their visits to Valley of Fire probably involved hunting, food gathering, and religious ceremonies.  There are fine examples of rock art (petroglyphs) at several locations throughout Valley of Fire.

Areas to look for at the Valley of Fire include Arch Rock, formed over many millennia to the natural arch you see today. No climbing is allowed on this rock as it is very fragile. Atlatl Rock named for a device that shoots spears.  The ancient Indians used these weapons and they are depicted in the petroglyphs (rock carvings).

The Beehives are sandstone formations that not only demonstrate the unique design that can be created by nature, but is an excellent representation of geologic cross bedding.  The Petrified Logs consist of wood that has laid outside long enough to become a fossil. The logs are several colorful tree trunks lying close to the road, safely fenced off for all to enjoy. Balanced Rock is located near the visitor center is another one of the famous Valley of Fire formations.

Mouse’s Tank is a natural balanced-rock basin in the rock where water collects after each rainfall.  A half-mile round trip trail leads to Mouse’s Tank from the trailhead parking area.  There are excellent examples of prehistoric petroglyphs on the trail.  Mouse’s Tank is named for a Southern Paiute Indian renegade (“Little Mouse”) who used Valley of Fire as a hideout in the 1890’s after he was accused of killing two prospectors and other crimes in the area. Rainbow Vista is a viewpoint in Valley of Fire State Park, where the road reaches the top of a low ridge revealing a vast area of multicolored rocks stretching for many miles northwards, rather different than the dark red cliffs found further south.

The White Domes are sandstone formations with brilliant contrasting colors and a one-mile hike.  The White Domes Trail is a moderate loop that combines sweeping desert vistas, a slot canyon, colors galore, windows, caves and a historic movie site.  Also look at the Seven Sisters is a group of 7 tall, red, eroded boulders surround by the sandy desert. You also must see Elephant Rock is a wonderful example of an arch in the shape of an elephant and its right next to the road.

Other sites to see are the Clark Memorial named for John J. Clark.  This is where his body was found on June 30, 1915. You should also try to visit Fire Canyon/Silica Dome.

Don’t miss the Visitor’s Center -Information, books, souvenirs, and exhibits on Valley of Fire and the surrounding area.  The exhibits include geology, ecology, prehistory, and history of Valley of Fire.  Valley of Fire Visitor Center Hours:  8:30 AM-4:30 PM daily.

Heck, it’s even an amazing place to get married! I have a wedding planner friend who has planned several weddings out there! Go check it out this weekend! Tell them Jeff sent ya! (just kidding – they don’t know me by name… yet)

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“Oh What a Night” at the Summerlin Library

Who loves Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons?  Everyone!  Good news for Las Vegans –“Oh What a Night” will be performed at the Summerlin Library from October 17 to November 10 by Signature Productions.

The show is packed with many of the group’s songs so you will be dancing in your seats and maybe in the aisles.  Take the whole family to see this performance – Signature Productions always does a great job with any play they produce and the you would never guess that the actors are all amateurs.

Signature Productions began in 1989 as a nonprofit community theatre company by Dr. Karl M. Larsen a local Optometrist, and attorney Victor J. Austin. Originally, the company moved into a 3500 sq. ft. storefront unit at the corner of Charleston and Decatur where they built a small 200 seat theatre. Currently, they are housed in the Summerlin Library and Performing Arts Center, where they rent the space for each production.

The goal of Signature Productions is to provide a venue for young performers, designers and technicians to grow and develop their natural abilities while veteran performers, designers and technicians teach and inspire! The company has 2-3 major productions per year, usually musicals, which require approximately 4 months per production. The auditions have drawn as many as 350 aspiring artists to audition.

The Summerlin Library Theatre has 284 seats and every seat has a great view of the stage.  This is a great place to see a show (I have seen at least 3 there).  Tickets cost $30, and offers a senior (60 and over) discount as well as student discount of $28 per ticket and children tickets are $20.

For tickets and more information go to https://www.showtix4u.com/boxoffice.php?submit=Search+for+Events&begin=1542968&current_client=0919260609022

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The Pioneer Saloon in Goodsprings NV – The oldest (and possibly the coolest) bar in Clark County

There is this incredible saloon about 30 miles south of the 215 just off the I-15 it’s the Pioneer Saloon in Goodsprings. Exit right when you get to the Terrible’s Hotel & Casino (formerly the Gold Strike) then drive up the hill toward the setting sun and veer right at the fork in the road. Moments later you’ll find the Pioneer Saloon; a place that is a throwback to the days of yesteryear – it’s the location of gunfights and ghost sightings, movie shoots, and video games. I first discovered the place in 2012, when I went for a glider ride in Jean for my birthday (another thing I recommend). The pilot asked us if we had ever been there and said it was a “must see”. He told us it was the oldest continuously operating bar in Clark County… who could resist that. So, when we landed, we headed west towards Sandy Valley.

What a wonderful discovery! The Pioneer Saloon was built in 1913 by local businessman George Fayle. It was formed out of stamped tin from the Sears Roebuck Company—and looks like something out of a ghost town or Western flick with its false front and porch of well-worn boards.  The brass rail at the foot of the bar and the potbelly iron stove are both original. If you look beside the stove, you’ll see a few old bullet holes, the result of a long-ago fight over cheating at cards. The Pioneer is known for having wet many a thirsty miner’s whistle.  The Pioneer may be the nation’s oldest stamped-metal building still standing.

The legend of Clark Gable and Carol Lombard is part of the Pioneer’s history. In 1942, Lombard was flying back to Los Angeles after a tour selling war bonds and her plane crashed into nearby Mount Potosi. As a team struggled to recover her body from the isolated crash site, Lombard’s husband, Clark Gable, waited at the bar in Goodsprings, drunk and inconsolable.  Some people say they feel the two Hollywood stars presence there.

 

The saloon has been featured on TV shows such as Ghost Adventures and made it the site of meet-ups for fans of the paranormal. The Pioneer possesses other movie screen connections as well. It was featured in The Mexican, Miss Congeniality 2, and Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke, as well as a scene from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas that got cut out of the movie. It has also manifested as the “Prospector Saloon” in the video game Fallout: New Vegas.

Now in its second century, the Pioneer Saloon remains a beloved watering hole for both locals and visitors from around the world. It’s a popular spot for motorcycle riders as well as star gazers who appreciate the dearth of artificial light. The bar now offers a menu of sandwiches and burgers (try the ghost burger) as well as breakfast. Entertainment is provided by a jukebox, karaoke, and live bands, but the atmosphere of the Pioneer Saloon is certainly enough. I won’t recount all the fun I have had there, but suffice it to say, there have been many memorable moments for my friends & I; including the time we were joined by someone in a random chicken suit, (for no apparent reason)!

Check out the Goodsprings General Store – it’s next to the Pioneer Saloon.  At one time it was the Goodsprings Cafe that served many hungry miners three meals a day. Today it still feeds the locals of Goodsprings, not as a cafe, but it supplies all of the staple foods, like milk, butter, eggs, cheese, meats, and much more. It also has a full line of gourmet foods and chocolates, as well as grilling supplies and a full range of souvenirs.

For information about the Pioneer Saloon go to http://www.pioneersaloon.info.  It’s an eclectic place that you will want to take friends to.

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