Four Corners Motorcycle Rally Announces ‘Roll Now, Rock Later’ Sweepstakes

Four Corners Motorcycle Rally Announces ‘Roll Now, Rock Later’ Sweepstakes

Legendary Rock Bands Slipknot, Disturbed, Godsmack, and Five Finger Death Punch Join Four Corners Motorcycle Rally To Help Raise Funds For Worthy Charities

Named one of seven best motorcycle rallies in the United States by Motorcyclecruiser.com

 

Four Corners Motorcycle Rally is proud to announce that they have teamed up with legendary rock bands Slipknot, Disturbed, Godsmack, and Five Finger Death Punch for the ‘Roll Now, Rock Later’ Sweepstakes.

“I have been lucky to have had the chance to make friends with a ton of people from different walks of life throughout my career,” says John Oakes, managing partner of Four Corners Motorcycle Rally. “With what the world is dealing with this year, I felt it to be critically important to do what I can to do something positive in the middle of all the craziness. After reaching out to friends in the motorcycle and music industries, I am excited about what we are making happen together!

One lucky person and a guest will get their choice of a VIP Side of Stage experience at a future concert with our friends Slipknot, Disturbed, Godsmack, or Five Finger Death Punch and receive a custom 2020 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special all while raising money for three great causes.”

Starting today, fans can visit www.FourCornersMotorcycleRally.com to make a donation benefitting Building Homes For Heroes, Unite The United, and Scars Foundation. Donations can be made in denominations of $10, $25, $50, up to $100 – the higher the pledge, the exponential increase in entries*. Entries will close on October 23, 2020.  One winner will be chosen at random to win the following grand prize:

**Custom 2020 Harley-Davidson® Street Glide® Special, from Durango Harley-Davidson customized by Jeff G. Holt from V-Twin Visionary, custom paint from Taylor Schultz with parts and accessories from Arlen Ness, Motorwitch, and more.

**VIP show tickets, round trip airfare, and 2 nights hotel accommodations to a 2021 or 2022 show of the winner’s choice in the continental United States for either Slipknot, Godsmack, Disturbed, or Five Finger Death Punch. The winner will enjoy their band of choice’s headlining set FROM THE STAGE!
**Alternate price at winner’s discretion of $25,000 cash

“I am incredibly grateful to the bands for their participation and all of the partners involved in building us this bike, and cannot wait to raise a bunch of money for the people that rely on these charity groups,” Oakes added.

Fans can visit www.FourCornersMotorcycleRally.com and DONATE NOW!

About the bike:
2020 H-D® Street Glide Special from Durango Harley-Davidson customized by Jeff G. Holt of V-Twin Visionary at Collective Phoenix; House of Kolor custom paint by Taylor Schultz from Schultz Designz; 129” Leading Edge Big Bore Kit, Engine; Engine Cover Kit, Calipers and Rotors by Arlen Ness; FXR Division – Streetwitch Bars; Speed Merchant Seat by Saddlemen; Bassani Road Rage 2 Exhaust; full Legend Suspension; Jade Affiliated Wheels; Klockwerks Windshield; Greene Brothers Design Axle Kit and Shift Shaft Link; Rogue Rider Industries Lighting.

About the bands:
Disturbed – disturbed1.com
Godsmack – godsmack.com
Slipknot – slipknot1.com
Five Finger Death Punch – fivefingerdeathpunch.com

About the benefit:
Building Homes For Heroes – buildinghomesforheroes.org
Unite The United – unitetheunited.com
The Scars Foundation – scarsfoundation.org

About Four Corners Motorcycle Rally:
Four Corners Motorcycle Rally happens annually over Labor Day Weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday centered in Durango, Colorado with events, entertainment, and activities including Hooligan Racing, Concerts, Motorcycle Stunt Shows, Charity Rides, Bike Shows, Wheelie Pig’s Hill Climb Challenge, Fishing Derby, Camping and more spread across the Four Corners Region at locations including Durango Harley-Davidson, Sky Ute Casino Resort, Rattlesnake Gulch, Historic Downtown Durango, Million Dollar Highway Saloon, Purgatory Ski Resort and more. Named after the Four Corners Monument where the states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah meet, which is the only point in the United States shared by four states. Four Corners Motorcycle Rally is known as the “Best Riding Rally in America” because of the diverse riding terrain and it is the home of the legendary Million Dollar Highway with 284 turns in 71 miles, reaching 11,018 feet of elevation cutting through historic mining towns on the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway. 2021 event dates are Friday, September 3 – Sunday, September 5. Visit FourCornersMotorcycleRally.com for more details.

About John Oakes:
John Oakes is an entertainment entrepreneur, executive, and marketer based in Southern California. Oakes founded his music, entertainment, event, and marketing consulting company, Freeze Management, in 2002, while managing rock band Story of the Year. He specializes in producing music festivals, concerts, car shows, motorcycle shows and events, and developing marketing programs benefiting live events, brands, artists, partners, and fans. Oakes has spent 20 years as an entrepreneur in the music industry, representing a diverse group of musicians selling millions of records and tickets worldwide. Oakes, with his company Freeze Management, has also developed effective strategies and implemented successful marketing programs for an assorted group of well-known companies, including Rockstar Energy Drink, Ram Trucks, AT&T Wireless, Samsung Mobile, Ford, Jägermeister, Lucas Oil, Coors Light, Harley-Davidson and many more.
* NO PURCHASE OR DONATION NECESSARY. Ends10/23/20. Subject to Official Rules available at www.fourcornersmotorcyclerally.com. Open to legal residents of the continental US & DC, 18 years of age or older at time of entry. Void where prohibited by law.

 

Historic Moulin Rouge Sign Re-illuminated for the First Time in The Neon Museum Boneyard

 

Photo of the re-illumination of the Moulin Rouge sign at The Neon Museum.
(Photos courtesy of The Neon Museum)

HISTORIC MOULIN ROUGE SIGN RE-ILLUMINATED FOR THE FIRST
TIME IN THE NEON MUSEUM BONEYARD

WHAT:
For the first time since arriving at The Neon Museum Boneyard, the iconic Moulin Rouge sign was re-illuminated during a private event for museum donors and VIPs on Wednesday, Sept. 16. Museum President and Chief Executive Officer Rob McCoy greeted guests and along with Councilman Cedric Crear, City of Las Vegas; and Claytee White, director, UNLV’s Oral History Research Center told the history of the Moulin Rouge and what it means to Las Vegas.

FUN FACTS:

  • To re-lamp the 11 letters, which range in height from 14- to 18-feet tall and span from 17 to 3 feet, Hartlauer Signs used more than 832 feet of neon tubing.
  • Neon gas and phosphorous blue glass were used to give the neon its iconic, fluorescent pink color.
  • Weighing in at 1,200 pounds, the letter “M” was one of many letters rearranged during the project.
  • In total, re-electrification and reinstallation took 293 man-hours to complete.

ABOUT THE NEON MUSEUM
Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment. It has been named “Best Museum” by Las Vegas Weekly, one of “Sin City’s Best Retro Sites” by MSN, “No. 1 Las Vegas Museum Sure to Entertain and Educate” by USA Today’s 10best.com, “One of the Top 10 Coolest Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do” by Forbes.com, one of the “Top 10 Historic Spots in Las Vegas” by Vegas.com; one of “15 Most Fascinating Museums in the U.S.” by VacationIdea.com; and earns a consistent 4.5 out of 5 rating on TripAdvisor. On its 2.27-acre campus, the Neon Museum houses an outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard (“boneyard” is traditionally the name for an area where items no longer in use are stored); the North Gallery, home to the nighttime augmented-reality, audiovisual spectacle, “Brilliant!”; the Boulevard Gallery outdoor exhibit and event space; and its visitors’ center, housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby. The museum collection also includes nine restored signs installed as public art throughout downtown Las Vegas. Public education, outreach, research, archival preservation and a grant-funded neon sign survey represent a selection of the museum’s ongoing projects. Both the Neon Boneyard and the La Concha Visitors’ Center are located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North in Las Vegas. Click here for tour schedules and pricing information. Follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Free Mobile Drive-In Movie Series Offers Screenings at Community Center Parking Lots beginning Sept. 4

 

Mobile Drive-In Movie Series Offers Free Screenings at Community Center Parking Lots beginning Sept. 4

WHO:

Clark County Parks and Recreation has partnered with TruVision Cinema to present the Mobile Drive-In Movie Series

 

WHAT:

Local families can enjoy free movies throughout September at various community parking lots in the valley. Admission is free to the public and space is based on availability and a first come, first served basis.

 

Parking lots are limited to ever other space to maintain proper social distancing guidelines. Chairs are allowed but must be within the vehicle’s designated area. Guests are required to wear face coverings and follow social distancing guidelines when outside of their cars. For more information, www.clarkcountynv.gov/parks.

 

WHEN:

Beginning Friday, Sept. 4

Doors open at 6 p.m.

Movie starts at 7:45 p.m.

 

WHERE:

Friday, Sept. 4 – “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” at Desert Breeze Community Center (8275 Spring Mountain Rd.)

 

Friday, Sept. 11 – “Sing” Winchester Dondero Cultural Center (3130 McLeod Dr.)

 

Friday, Sept. 18 – “Onward” at Hollywood Recreation Center (1650 S. Hollywood Blvd.)

 

Friday, Sept. 25 – Movie TBD at Walnut Community Center (3075 N. Walnut Rd.)

 

ABOUT CLARK COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION

Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 13th largest county and provides extensive regional services to more than 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors a year. Included are the nation’s 9th busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation and planning and development.

Road to The Mirage in Las Vegas Renamed ‘Siegfried & Roy Drive’

 

ROAD TO THE MIRAGE IN LAS VEGAS
RENAMED ‘SIEGFRIED & ROY DRIVE’

 

The Mirage pays homage to the legacy of Siegfried & Roy as it reopens to the public today

Their names lit up The Mirage marquee for nearly 14 years. Now their names will lead guests into the resort forever.

 

As The Mirage reopens its doors to the public today, guests will turn off the Las Vegas Strip onto Siegfried & Roy Drive when they arrive at the property. The street was officially renamed for the Masters of Illusion, who were known the world over for their record-setting performance run at the resort from 1990-2003.

 

Roy Horn died earlier this year, at the age of 75, due to complications from Covid-19.

 

“I’m touched by this honor and I know Roy, if he were here, would love to see our names permanently placed above The Strip,” said Siegfried. “The Mirage was our performance home for so many years and this city has always meant so much to both of us.”

 

The new street name was unveiled in conjunction with the reopening of The Mirage after a five-month closure due to the global pandemic.

 

MGM Resorts CEO Bill Hornbuckle, said, “Siegfried & Roy helped us launch The Mirage and it is fitting their legacy helps us reopen today. Their incredible show played a tremendous role putting The Mirage on the map. Today, we put them on the Las Vegas map, forever.”

 

Reopening with the resort is Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, which features more than two dozen rare and endangered big cats and dolphins.

 

Days and hours of operation at all venues will vary. For a full listing of The Mirage’s available amenities, please visit mgmresorts.com. Complimentary self-parking is available for guests; valet parking is not operational at this time.

 

 

THE MIRAGE

Ideally located, The Mirage Hotel & Casino is the place to stay and play. From the iconic Volcano to the lush tropical pool, guests experience an exotic world-class destination unlike any other. The resort features contemporary accommodations; dynamic entertainment including The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil, Terry Fator: The Voice of Entertainment, Boyz II Men, Shin Lim: LIMITLESS, the Aces of Comedy series and limited-engagement performances from artists including Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds; tantalizing restaurants created by the world’s most renowned chefs including Tom Colicchio; a luxurious spa and salon; and Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. The Mirage is operated by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information and reservations, visit mirage.com, call toll free at (800) 374-9000 or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

About MGM Resorts International

MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is an S&P 500® global entertainment company with national and international locations featuring best-in-class hotels and casinos, state-of-the-art meetings and conference spaces, incredible live and theatrical entertainment experiences, and an extensive array of restaurant, nightlife and retail offerings. MGM Resorts creates immersive, iconic experiences through its suite of Las Vegas-inspired brands. The MGM Resorts portfolio encompasses 29 unique hotel and destination gaming offerings in the United States and Macau, including some of the most recognizable resort brands in the industry such as Bellagio, MGM Grand, ARIA and Park MGM. The Company’s 50/50 venture, ROAR Digital LLC, offers U.S. sports betting and online gaming through market-leading brands, including BetMGM and partypoker. The Company is currently pursuing targeted expansion in Asia through the integrated resort opportunity in Japan. Through its “Focused on What Matters: Embracing Humanity and Protecting the Planet” initiative, MGM Resorts commits to creating a more sustainable future, while striving to make a bigger difference in the lives of its employees, guests, and in the communities where it operates. The global employees of MGM Resorts are proud of their company for being recognized as one of FORTUNE® Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies®. For more information, please visit us at www.mgmresorts.com. Please also connect with us @MGMResortsIntl on Twitter as well as Facebook and Instagram.

 

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL SHOWCASES THREE LAS VEGAS PRODUCTIONS, MYSTÈRE, KÀ, AND “O” IN THE LATEST 60-MINUTE SPECIAL ON CIRQUECONNECT

 

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL SHOWCASES THREE LAS VEGAS PRODUCTIONS,
MYSTÈRE, KÀ, AND “O”
IN THE LATEST 60-MINUTE SPECIAL ON CIRQUECONNECT

 

Available Friday, Aug. 21, at 12 p.m. PT / 3 p.m. ET at CirqueduSoleil.com/CirqueConnect

 

 

On Friday, Aug. 21, Cirque du Soleil will feature three of its Las Vegas productions which helped changed the city’s entertainment landscape forever in a new 60-minute special on CirqueConnect. Highlighting some of the best moments and never-before-seen angles from live performances of Mystère, KÀ, and “O”, which have collectively thrilled more than 43.6 million guests over the course of nearly 30,000 shows, fans are invited to relive the productions’ awe-inspiring moments and thrilling acrobatics from the comfort of home.

 

The 60-minute special will be available to stream on the CirqueConnect content hub starting Friday, Aug. 21, at 12 p.m. PT / 3 p.m. ET. Every week, new and exciting content is added to the CirqueConnect hub to explore on-demand, including hour-long specials, exclusive looks behind the curtain, virtual reality experiences, family-friendly programming, sing-alongs, and more.

Mystère is the original must-see Cirque du Soleil production that combines high-energy acrobatics with dramatic dance set to the thunderous rhythms of the Taïko drums. Featuring an international cast of 75 artists, Mystère provides the ultimate discovery that life itself is a mystery. Fans of the show and viewers of the upcoming CirqueConnect special may be surprised to learn:

  • Alice the Snail weighs over 2,000 lbs and travels approximately 165 feet per show on stage and has traveled more than 1.3 million feet or 261 miles so far.
  • There are 800 light cues in the show for the nearly 1,200 lighting fixtures in the theatre. If the show cable was laid out end-to-end, it would stretch from Treasure Island on Las Vegas Blvd to the California border.
  • The Bungee Girl costumes have over 2,500 different colored sequins on them. Each sequin is applied by hand and takes about 20 hours to re-sequin.

One of the world’s favorite modern marvels, by Cirque du Soleil is the unprecedented epic production that takes adventure to an all new level. Be inspired by a dynamic theatrical landscape as an entire empire appears on KÀ’s colossal stage and a captivating display of aerial acrobatics envelopes the audience. The first Cirque du Soleil production to feature a full storyline, interesting facts about KÀ include:

  • The main stage, known as the Sand-Cliff Deck, is 25’ x 50’ ft, weighs 80,000 lbs and is supported and controlled by a vertical gantry crane which can lift the deck up and down 72 feet, rotate 360 degrees and tilt from flat to 100 degrees – all at the same time.
  • KÀ uses 2,000 lbs of granulated cork to mimic beach sand.
  • Approximately 90 pyrotechnic devices are fired throughout the show.
  • There are over 10,000 active costume pieces, 1,600 of which are used for each performance.

Inspired by the concept of infinity and the elegance of water’s pure form, “O” pays tribute to the beauty of the theatre—from the simplest street performance to the most lavish of operas—where anything is possible and where the drama of life plays itself out before your very eyes. World-class acrobats, synchronized swimmers, divers and characters perform in, on, and above water to create a breathtaking experience. With many of the show’s 77 performers being from 22 different countries, fans of the show may be happy to learn that “O” is a big family and home away from home for the cast, as well as:

  • In the High Dive scene, performers jump from 60-feet above the stage into a 17-feet deep triangular section of the pool.
  • The pool contains 1.5 million gallons of water that can be transformed into a dry stage in a matter of seconds. The water is kept at 88 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • The underwater communication system features 26 speakers, which allow the performers to hear the music, cues and instructions while underwater.
  • Around 1,200 costume and headpieces are used in every performance. The lifespan of some costume items is only six weeks.

 

Fans are invited to tune in on Friday, Aug. 21, at 12 p.m. PT / 3p.m. ET on the CirqueConnect content hub at cirquedusoleil.com/cirqueconnect. The special will remain available on the Cirque du Soleil CirqueConnect content hub for those who are not able to tune in live for the premiere viewing.

 

 

About Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group
Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group is a world leader in live entertainment. On top of producing world-renowned circus arts shows, the Canadian organization brings its creative approach to a large variety of entertainment forms such as multimedia productions, immersive experiences, theme parks and special events. Going beyond its various creations, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group aims to make a positive impact on people, communities and the planet with its most important tools: creativity and art. For more information about Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, please visit CDSentertainmentgroup.com

Trove of Ice Age Fossils Found in Carson City Backyard Now at Las Vegas Natural History Museum

Trove of Ice Age Fossils Found in Carson City Backyard Now at Las Vegas Natural History Museum

Tom Gordon of Carson City, Nevada was digging a trench for a water line in his backyard when he began to find bones that turned out to be the remains of Ice Age herbivores. Mr. Gordon’s daughter contacted Nevada paleontologist, Dr. Steve Rowland, an Emeritus Geology Professor at UNLV and Lab Manager at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum. In June, Rowland, Gordon, and UNLV PhD student, Eric Chameroy, spent a week digging up the fossils. Rowland and Chameroy are now studying and cataloging the collection at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum

Visitors to the Las Vegas Natural History Museum are invited to stop by the Richard A. Ditton Learning Lab to see the fossils and meet the paleontologists who are currently studying them, Monday through Friday from 9am – 4pm.

“The bones of several individual animals are present in the fossil assemblage,” Rowland said, “but almost all of them appear to belong to the same species. The frustrating thing is that we aren’t completely sure yet what species they belong to! We did not recover any well-preserved skulls, which is the most useful part of an animal’s skeleton for identification purposes, so we have not yet been able to unequivocally identify the species.“

Rowland added that the animal whose bones most closely match the shapes of the Carson City bones, is a musk ox―a long-haired, cow-like animal that lives in Alaska and northern Canada. Musk oxen might seem to be unlikely animals to live in Nevada, but there were two species of musk oxen―both of which are now extinct―that lived throughout much of the U.S. during the Ice Age. Fossils of one of the extinct musk ox species―called the ‘shrub ox’―have been found in a cave north of Reno. The other extinct species―the ‘helmeted musk ox’―has never been reported to occur in Nevada, but it is well known from western Utah, Idaho, and Colorado.

“There is no reason the helmeted musk ox wouldn’t also have lived in Nevada,” Rowland said, “and I strongly suspect that we have the fossils that will ultimately show that it was here.” The helmeted musk ox went extinct about 11,000 years ago. The age of the Carson City fossils is not yet known, but a sample has been sent to a radiocarbon lab for analysis. “I’m guessing it will be around 18,000 to 20,000 years,” he said. “That is the age of the Last Glacial Maximum, when the Earth’s climate was the coldest it had been for the past 100,000 years. It would have been a good time for musk oxen to inhabit Nevada, at the latitude of Carson City.”

Rowland and Chameroy will eventually take some of the fossils to the University of Utah Museum in Salt Lake City, to compare them with fossils that have previously been identified to the level of species. They are also planning a return trip to Carson City to continue excavation.

It has not yet been determined where the Carson City bones will ultimately end up. “They should definitely stay in Nevada. Ideally, they should be permanently housed and displayed in a museum close to where we excavated them,” Rowland said. “They are part of Nevada’s natural heritage. They need to be kept where members of the public can see them and other scientists can examine them”

The Las Vegas Natural History Museum began in 1989 with a small group of citizens who knew the community would benefit from the educational resources it could provide. After very humble beginnings, this private non-profit museum is now a Smithsonian Affiliate, accredited with the American Alliance of Museums, and is a federal and state repository for fossils and artifacts. From the desert to the ocean, from Nevada to Africa, from prehistoric times to the present, the Las Vegas Natural History Museum takes visitors of all ages on a learning adventure around the world.

Please visit www.lvnhm.org, follow on Facebook at Las Vegas Natural History Museum; and @LVHNMuseum on Twitter and Instagram. For additional information, please call (702) 384-3466.

The+Source to Celebrate International Day of Friendship

 

International Day of Friendship is coming up on Thursday, July 30, and The+Source is celebrating with an offering that is perfect for customers and their bestie.

The+Source’s two dispensaries will offer a free pack of Camino Gummies when you purchase any two 100 mg gummies. Camino Gummies include 20 gummies with 5 mg of THC in each, with flavors such as watermelon lemonade, wild berry and sparkling pear.

High Times award-winning dispensary, The+Source has two locations in the Las Vegas Valley: 2550 S. Rainbow Blvd. at the corner of Sahara Ave. in Las Vegas, and 9480 S. Eastern Ave. in Henderson. A top recreational dispensary in the Silver State, The+Source was named one of “The 10 Best Marijuana Dispensaries in Las Vegas” in 2018 by High Times and “Best Dispensary” in 2018 by Desert Companion’s annual “Best of the City” awards and was the only dispensary featured in Maxim’s “15 Must-Hit Spots for the Ultimate Guys Weekend in Las Vegas” in 2018. The+Source’s CAMP products, exclusive to their stores, won the High Times Cannabis Cup in 2019 and the Jack Herer Cup Las Vegas in 2019.

 

The+Source recently launched its online ordering platform, allowing customers to place orders for curbside pick-up or delivery via the company’s new, in-house delivery service. The company is now fulfilling delivery orders immediately, with same-day delivery available from 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily. Delivery orders require a minimum, pre-tax purchase of $125, with delivery offered as a complimentary service for all customers within a five-mile radius of either store.

 

Curbside pick-up is now offered with a lower minimum purchase of $25 pre-tax, available daily from 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. for all customers. Both of The+Source’s locations are open for medical patients, senior citizens and veterans from 8 – 9 a.m. daily and to all customers from 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily. More information can be found here.

 

For the safety of guests, staff and the community, The+Source encourages customers to continue to utilize online ordering, curbside pick-up and delivery services, and to only shop in-store if necessary. The+Source is enforcing safety guidelines and precautions by asking guests to continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control’s current social distancing guidelines, maintaining a distance of six feet from others at all times; and requiring protective face masks for those shopping in-store.

 

University Gateway Named “Best Mixed-Use Development” by NAIOP

Exterior photo of University Gateway.
(Photo courtesy of Wild Dog Digital and CoStar)

UNIVERSITY GATEWAY NAMED “BEST MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT” BY COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION NAIOP

 University Gateway, the pioneering high-rise, luxury urban residential, retail and office project on Maryland Parkway adjacent to UNLV has been named “Best Mixed-Use Development” by NAIOP Southern Nevada during the Commercial Real Estate Development Association’s 23rd annual NAIOP Spotlight Awards on June 25.

The Spotlight Awards honor and recognize the membership’s firms and individuals for achievements, built projects or deals conducted during the previous year. In the mixed-use category, judges selected University Gateway based on the live-work-play concept, P3 complexity and the complex integration of student housing and lease buyouts.

With more than 600 members in Southern Nevada, NAIOP is the leading real estate organization for developers, owners and related professionals in office, industrial, retail and mixed-use real estate.

“It is an honor to been given the award for “Best Mixed-Use Development,” said Frank J Marretti III, founder, G2 Capital Development. “I couldn’t be more proud of our team and everything we’ve accomplished to build an extraordinary development for the community.”

For more information about University Gateway, visit theyouliving.com. Media may schedule a preview tour and interview by emailing Desiree Webb with The Vox Agency at desiree@thevoxagency.com.

ABOUT UNIVERSITY GATEWAY
University Gateway, the first luxury, mixed-use, high-rise development on Maryland Parkway, is conveniently located directly across from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, near the Las Vegas Strip and Las Vegas Medical District. With first-floor eateries such as Peet’s Coffee, Crumbl Cookies, Ike’s Love and Sandwiches, Pizza Forte, Sushi Joe’s, the Brew Tea Bar, Roberto’s Taco Shop as well as two floors of administrative space for UNLV, University Gateway also houses the yoU, luxury apartments located on floors 4 through 7. Residents of the yoU enjoy amenities such as a rooftop, resort-style pool and spa and lounge including fire pits, barbecue grills and sundeck; state-of-the-art fitness center; game room; concierge services; coworking space; all utilities, a smart home system and internet connection available included in the lease; 24-hour onsite police presence; and a stunning view of the Las Vegas Strip. Each Private Studio includes a kitchen stovetop, refrigerator, microwave, washer/dryer and full bath. Studio Suites include full kitchens, expansive living areas and washer/dryer facilities next to private studios. For more information about University Gateway, go to theyouliving.com or follow on Facebook and Instagram @theyouliving.

DON MCLEAN’S ‘AMERICAN PIE’: DOCUMENTARY, STAGE PLAY AND BOOK IN THE WORKS

DON MCLEAN’S ‘AMERICAN PIE’: DOCUMENTARY, STAGE PLAY AND BOOK IN THE WORKS

Don McLean performs at the ‘C’Ya On The Flipside II’ concert, benefitting The Troy Gentry Foundation, at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, TN. (February 5, 2020) // Photo by Jeremy Westby

 

50 years after he wrote the song, Don McLean is ready to tell the story of “American Pie.”

The singer-songwriter has announced plans for a feature documentary, “The Day The Music Died: The Story Behind Don McLean’s American Pie,” set for release at the end of 2021.

The project will also inform a new stage play that will revolve around McLean’s deep catalog (which includes “Vincent,” “Castles in the Air” and “Wonderful Baby”), as well as a children’s book based on his most famous song.

There’s good reason for all of this activity. Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of the release of “American Pie,” an eight-and-a-half-minute epic that chronicled – somewhat cryptically – the politics, youth culture and defining events of the ’50s and ’60s.

“I was looking for a big idea to write a big song, about a big country,” McLean tells The Tennessean. “And I didn’t want to write ‘This Land is Your Land’ or ‘America the Beautiful’ or something like that. So I came up with this idea that politics and music influence one another and flow parallel together, forward.”

But even as the documentary aims to tell “the story behind” the song, it won’t crack the codes of its six dense verses – though the public generally agrees on many of its allusions, touching on everything from Buddy Holly and Bob Dylan to Altamont and Charles Manson.

At 74, McLean says he doesn’t want to turn analyzing the song into “a board game.”

“It’s not poetic, and I don’t want to do it. That’s been the reason why. But I am going to get behind the song, and I’m sure that I’ll reveal a whole lot about just how it was created, and what was going on in my life. It’ll be my story, also.”

“Don has a brilliant spiritual and practical view of what it meant to him, but everyone across the globe has made their own interpretation of what the words mean to them,” says Spencer Proffer, the documentary’s producer.

“And I think that’s kind of magical.”

Proffer also produced a 2015 documentary on Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance,” speaking to the likes of Maya Angelou, Brian Wilson and Vince Gill about the song’s impact. He anticipates a similar approach with “The Day The Music Died,” and points to the many prominent artists who have covered “American Pie” over the years, including Madonna and Garth Brooks.

Through interviews, they’ll explore “what (the song) meant to them then, what it means to them now, and what it will mean to generations in the future,” Proffer says.

“I think that’s really provocative, and I think you can only do it with a song this great and this deep, with an artist that’s this sensitive, like Don McLean.”

Development on the stage play will be helmed by Broadway producers Corey Brunish (“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”) and Russell Miller, who’ve formed a joint venture with Proffer’s company. Proffer says they’re aiming for a 2022 debut.

“It’s going to be a story pretty much like my life has been,” McLean says. “And it’s going to be using many of my songs, as well as (“American Pie”) being the touchstone. So it’s got to be something that the average person is going to feel good about seeing, like ‘Jersey Boys’ or the Temptations show that’s out there now. But I hope it’ll be a little bit better than that…not too obvious and not too easy.”

Until the coronavirus shut down the concert industry, McLean had kept a busy touring schedule in recent years, including a performance at the Grand Ole Opry House in February. He sat down with Dan Rather for an in-depth discussion of “American Pie” earlier this year.

He’s also continued to deny allegations of abuse made by his ex-wife, Patrisha McLean, whom he divorced in 2016. Patrisha has talked about their relationship in a traveling exhibit about domestic violence, “Finding Our Voices,” and has established a non-profit of the same name.

For now, McLean says he’s enjoying the break that the coronavirus has imposed.

“I can’t believe I got to see a pandemic. It’s one more thing in my long life that I’ve experienced.”

He was 24 when he wrote “American Pie,” looking back on a decade defined by revolution and upheaval.

Asked about those who are that age now, in the midst of a momentous year, McLean says, “I think they need music very much right now.”

“We need songs that people can cling to, and get emotional security from. They’re not like buildings. Buildings can get knocked down. Statues get turned over. But songs live forever. You can ban my song if you want to, but there will be a million people that know it by heart.”

SOURCE: The Tennessean / by Dave Paulson

About Don McLean:
Don McLean is a Grammy award honoree, a Songwriter Hall of Fame member, a BBC Lifetime Achievement award recipient, and his smash hit “American Pie” resides in the Library of Congress National Recording Registry and was named by the Recording Industry of America (RIAA) a top 5 song of the 20th Century. A New York native, Don McLean is one of the most revered and respected songwriters in American history. After paying his dues in the New York club scene in the late ‘60s, he went on to score mega-hits like “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night),” “Castles in the Air” and many more. His catalog of songs have been recorded by Madonna, Garth Brooks, Josh Groban, Drake, Weird “Al” Yankovic, and countless others. In 2015, one of McLean’s four handwritten manuscripts of the lyrics to “American Pie” was auctioned by Christies, selling for just over $1.2 Million. 2019 honored Don with a star on the Las Vegas Walkway of Stars and his song “And I Love You So” was the theme for Prince Harry and Megan Markle’s wedding. Now in 2020, Don signed a recording contract with Time Life to release his catalog of recordings as well as the much anticipated new album Still Playin’ Favorites, which will be released in the Fall. “American Pie” will be featured in the Avengers Black Widow and the Tom Hanks movie BIOS and much more to be announced. And when you think things are slowing down, not so for Don McLean! 2021 will mark the 50th anniversary of American Pie with a World Tour to follow.

 

Daytime, Overnight “Glamping” Now Available at Desert Ranch Experience

 

 

 

 

 

L: An interior image of an authentic Mongolian ger at Desert Ranch Experience where guests can spend the day or night; R: A caravan of camels at Desert Ranch Experience.
(Photos courtesy: Chelsa Christensen; Desert Ranch Experience)

DAYTIME, OVERNIGHT “GLAMPING” NOW AVAILABLE
AT DESERT RANCH EXPERIENCE BY CAMEL SAFARI 

– Located on 176 Acres Along the Virgin River.
– 80 Minutes North of Las Vegas.
– Authentic Climate-Controlled Mongolian Gers Offer Once-in-a-Lifetime
Lodging, Scenic Outdoor Experience.

– Ranch is Home to a Variety of Exotic Desert Wildlife Including Camels,
Alpacas, Llama, Armadillos, Porcupine, Two-Toed Sloth and More. 

Desert Ranch Experience by Camel Safari introduces three brand-new daytime and overnight “Glamping” packages for adults and families featuring accommodations in authentic Mongolian gers, catered food and beverage, exotic desert animal encounters, educational tours and more. Operating on 176 acres under wide-open desert skies 80 minutes north of Las Vegas, Desert Ranch Experience’s safari-inspired glamping destination provides a tranquil retreat surrounded by views of majestic desert cliffs and wildlife. Desert Ranch Experience Glamping packages are available beginning Aug. 1 and can accommodate groups of two to six.

Daytime and overnight packages at Desert Ranch Experience offer privacy for small family friend groups and follow social distancing and health and safety protocols. Guests enjoy exclusive tours, dining accommodations and small group sizes. For more information on how Desert Ranch Experience is keeping employees and guests safe, click here.

Each Desert Ranch Experience package allows guests access to one of ten authentic Mongolian gers located at the ranch. These magnificent, brightly-colored portable shelters are comprised of lattice walls with flexible beams covered in fabric featuring detailed one-of-a-kind artwork handcrafted in Mongolia. Guests can relax and sleep on handmade beds with a sink located inside each ger. Originally created and well-suited for the traditional Mongolian nomadic lifestyle, gers are easy to assemble, disassemble and transport on Bactrian Camels. Shared bathrooms are also located within walking distance of the gers. For added comfort, each ger is climate-controlled.

Every visit to the ranch includes up-close animal encounters and educational tours with the variety of exotic animal species that call it home. The destination provides a habitat for more than 30 camels with activities including snuggling and brushing, as well as daily encounters with other exotic animals such as alpacas, a llama, armadillos, an African crested porcupine, two-toed sloth and more.

Guests will receive a private, catered lunch during the daytime package and overnight packages will receive lunch, dinner and late-night, fireside s’mores when available. All meals are made on-site in the property’s restaurant-grade kitchen or grilled al fresco.

Other activities available for guests at Desert Ranch Experience include rides in a vintage Army truck and Bactrian camel crafts. Bactrian camels have some of the finest fiber in the world, which is highly sought after to make clothing, ropes, rugs and jewelry. This seasonal activity allows guests to brush a camel crafts. Bactrian camels have some of the finest fiber in the world, which is highly sought after to make clothing, ropes, rugs and jewelry. This seasonal activity allows guests to brush a camel and use its fiber to make a genuinely distinctive memento of their visit. This activity teaches guests how to collect, clean, card and create a keepsake out of this rare fiber. This activity is ideal for children, corporate events and bachelorette parties.

The three new glamping daytime and overnight packages include:

Family Day Glamping Experience ($329 for up to four people; $85 for each additional adult or $35 for each additional child, up to four people):

  • Access to an authentic private, climate-controlled ger.
  • Desert animal encounter tour.
  • Photo opportunity.
  • Catered private lunch.
  • Bactrian camel crafts.
  • An open-air ride in a vintage Army truck.
  • Free time in the ger or roam the property and view animals.
  • Available on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Adult Day Glamp Experience:

  • Access to an authentic private, climate-controlled ger.
  • Camp orientation.
  • Desert animal encounter tour.
  • Photo opportunity.
  • Catered private lunch.
  • An open-air ride in a vintage Army truck.
  • Free time in the ger or roam the property and view animals.
  • Price: $189 for two people; $85 for each additional adult up to six people.
  • Available on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Overnight Glamp Experience ($350 for two people; $85 for each additional adult and $35 for each additional child, up to four people):

  • Overnight accommodations in an authentic private, climate-controlled ger.
  • Mini-fridge stocked with waters and soft drinks.
  • Desert animal encounter tour.
  • Photo opportunity.
  • Bactrian camel crafts.
  • Catered private dinner.
  • Nocturnal animal tour.
  • Self-guided stargazing.
  • Fireside activities including s’mores.
  • Morning animal feeding.
  • Private breakfast.
  • An open-air vintage Army truck ride.
  • Available Thursday through Monday.
  • Guests are encouraged to bring sleeping bags and flashlights.

The ranch’s exclusive and unforgettable location also offers a picturesque desert landscape perfect for private events and full-ranch buyouts, including weddings, family reunions, corporate retreats, bachelor and bachelorette parties, birthday parties and more.  For more information, go to www.DesertRanchExperience.com/Rentals/.

ABOUT DESERT RANCH EXPERIENCE BY CAMEL SAFARI
Desert Ranch Experience by Camel Safari offers a distinctive outdoor destination for conservation-focused animal encounters, as well as daytime and overnight “glamping” experiences inside authentic Mongolian gers. Situated on 176 acres along the Virgin River 80 minutes north of Las Vegas, the ranch provides the perfect retreat for daytime excursions and overnight stays. Every Desert Ranch Experience includes up-close animal encounters with the destination’s 34 camels and other exotic animal species, including alpacas, llamas, armadillos, African crested porcupine, a two-toed sloth and more. The ranch’s exclusive and unforgettable location offers a picturesque desert landscape perfect for weddings, family reunions, corporate retreats, bachelor and bachelorette parties, birthday parties and more. Desert Ranch Experience maintains accreditation as a Disney-approved vendor and certification from the Zoological Association of America. The ranch also proudly earns a consistent 5 out of 5 rating on TripAdvisor. To learn more about things to do, glamping packages and private event information, call (800) 836-4036 or visit www.DesertRanchExperience.com. Follow on Facebook and Instagram.

UNLV ATHLETICS NEWS: Department To Begin Welcoming Back Student-Athletes To Campus Monday

UNLV ATHLETICS TO BEGIN WELCOMING BACK STUDENT-ATHLETES TO CAMPUS MONDAY

Phase I of Return To Play Plan to begin with voluntary workouts that adhere to state and local health guidelines

 

Phase I Return To Play Training Video

 

UNLV Athletics, in accordance with guidelines from the State of Nevada, the Southern Nevada Health District, the UNLV COVID-19 Management Team, the Mountain West Conference and the NCAA, will begin to welcome back student-athletes to campus Monday for voluntary workouts.

 

Student-athletes in the sports of football, women’s soccer and volleyball may return starting on June 8, while those from men’s and women’s basketball, cross country and men’s soccer may return no earlier than June 15.

 

“We are encouraged by this first important step,” said UNLV Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois. “We have been working daily under the guidelines of our state, our campus and with the expertise from our Head Team Physician, Medical Director and Associate Professor at the UNLV School of Medicine Dr. Wade Gaal, and Brian Labus, Assistant Professor at the UNLV School of Public Health, who serves on the UNLV COVID-19 Management Team as well as the Governor’s COVID-19 Medical Advisory Team. We have been thoughtful and methodical in defining our process in this phased-in approach.

 

“We are appreciative of the University’s COVID Management Team for their leadership and guidance throughout this process. Taking into account the best practices and industry standards of national and world sporting organizations with the health and safety of student-athletes and staff being our number one priority and at the forefront of our decision making, our Recovery Task Force evaluated input at multiple levels. The primary focus was to map out a return to campus in a way that provides a safe and healthy environment for our student-athletes and mitigates risk, while preserving our mission.”

 

“We are looking forward to our student-athletes having the opportunity to train under the precautions and policies constructed to ensure the highest level of safety,” Dr. Gaal said. “It is critical that each and every student-athlete has an understanding of these policies and takes them to heart so that we can maintain the standard of care that is necessary to continue towards competition. This is only the beginning and the better we are with adhering to these policies, the better we will be in making the return to competitive sports a reality.”

 

“The goal of the first phase of Return to Play is to allow our student-athletes to begin workouts, while mitigating the risk that comes with the slow resumption of campus activities,” Labus said. “By limiting the number of people in our facilities, minimizing contact between them, and ensuring that we meet the highest standards of cleaning and sanitation, our student-athletes can safely begin to prepare for their upcoming seasons. We will continue to update our approach to match current best practices in order to provide the safest environment possible for our student-athletes as they return to campus.”

 

The following guidelines have been implemented regarding the return of student-athletes to campus:

  • All student-athletes must self-quarantine for 14 days prior to any voluntary workouts.
  • All student-athletes, performance staff and coaches will undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing.
  • Student-athletes will be required to complete daily symptom screening and temperature checks upon entering a facility for a workout. A strict ingress/egress protocol has been established.
  • All social distancing and cleanliness protocols must be strictly adhered.
  • All student-athletes will be provided with cloth facial coverings and will be required to wear them at all times, following social distancing protocols; with the only exceptions during workouts.
  • All newcomers must complete high school graduation requirements and full physicals prior to workouts.
  • All student-athletes and staff must complete mandatory protocol training.
  • Limited laundry services will be provided in a systematic manner but locker rooms will remain closed until further notice.
  • Robust and enhanced sanitation procedures have been put in place.
  • All other dates for the return of other sports are to be determined.

As this is an ever-evolving situation, UNLV Athletics will continue to employ all available resources and amend as needed as further information is made available and based on guidance from the State of Nevada, the SNHD, the UNLV COVID-19 Management Team, the Mountain West Conference and the NCAA.

Dolly Parton Lends Her Ever-Assuring Voice During COVID-19 Health Crisis With The Release of New Song “When Life Is Good Again” Premiering The Official Music Video Exclusively on Time.com

Dolly Parton Lends Her Ever-Assuring Voice During COVID-19 Health Crisis With The Release of New Song “When Life Is Good Again” Premiering The Official Music Video Exclusively on Time.com 

Parton also joins “TIME100 Talks: Finding Hope” To Discuss The Dolly Parton Imagination Library and Her Popular “Goodnight with Dolly” Web Series

Dolly Parton has consistently used her platform to spread hope and joy to countless fans throughout her legendary career. At a time when our world seems to be in disarray and so many are struggling, Parton is once again using her familiar and comforting voice to lift us all to a better place with the release of her new song “When Life Is Good Again,” which premiered earlier this week on EW.com on May 27th and it’s official music video that premiered exclusively on TIME.com on May 28th following Parton’s illuminating interview with “TIME100 Talks: Finding Hope” series.  

LISTEN:  “When Life Is Good Again” 

WATCH:  “When Life Is Good Again”

The music video for “When Life Is Good Again” is a heartwarming visual that reminds everyone of all the happy memories and inspires us to look forward past this temporary moment of distance and isolation. Parton also uses the video as a nod to all of the selfless front line workers who are fighting each day to keep us safe. Several of those courageous health workers are featured in the video as a symbol of community and how in times of crisis we come together to support one another. 

“Since our world was forever changed by the COVID virus, I have felt a deep respect and appreciation for all of our frontline responders,” says Parton. “This video is to pay respect to them and to remind all of us that this too shall pass. If we pull together as a community, we can rise above and look forward to more beautiful days on the horizon. I hope you love this song as much as I have loved bringing it to you.”

 

Parton appeared in conversation with TIME Editor-In-Chief, Edward Felsenthal, on “TIME100 Talks: Finding Hope” on May 28th, where she discussed public service and why initiatives like her influential children’s literacy program, The Dolly Parton Imagination Library, and her current web series, “Goodnight With Dolly,” are so important and close to her heart. At the conclusion of the interview stream, Parton and Felsenthal exclusively premiered the official music video for “When Life Is Good Again,” which is currently featured on TIME.com‘s homepage. 

The “TIME100 Talks: Finding Hope” series brings together the world’s leading voices to spotlight solutions and encourage action toward a better world. This series will have a special focus on the COVID-19 pandemic. Other luminaries who have been featured in the series include Angelina Jolie, John Legend, among many others. 

In addition to speaking on the Imagination Library and their work, Parton also discusses her wildly successful YouTube series, “Goodnight with Dolly,” in which she reads select Imagination Library books, all carefully chosen for this moment in time. The 10-week series kicked-off on April 2nd with a reading of “The Little Engine That Could” and will come to the end of its run on June 4th. 

WATCH:   Goodnight With Dolly 

ABOUT DOLLY PARTON:
Dolly Parton is the most honored and revered female country singer-songwriter of all time. Achieving 25 RIAA-certified gold, platinum, and multi-platinum awards, she has had 26 songs reach #1 on the Billboard country charts, a record for a female artist. Parton recently became the first country artist honored as Grammy MusiCares Person of the Year given out by NARAS. She has 44 career Top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and 110 career-charted singles over the past 40 years. In 2014 the RIAA recognized her impact on recorded music with a plaque commemorating more than 100 million units sold worldwide. Her 2016 #1 album, “Pure & Simple,” which topped the Billboard Top Country Albums and Americana/Folk Albums charts and debuted at No. 1 in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Australia, added to that massive tally. She has garnered ten Grammy Awards and 49 nominations, including the Lifetime Achievement Award and a 2020 win with for KING & COUNTRY for their collaboration on “God Only Knows”; 10 Country Music Association Awards, including Entertainer of the Year; five Academy of Country Music Awards, also including a nod for Entertainer of the Year; four People’s Choice Awards; and three American Music Awards. In 1999, Parton was inducted as a member of the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame. Parton has donated over 130 million books to children around the world with her Imagination Library. Her children’s book, Coat of Many Colors, was dedicated to the Library of Congress to honor the Imagination Library’s 100 millionth book donation. From her “Coat of Many Colors” while working “9 to 5,” no dream is too big and no mountain too high for the country girl who turned the world into her stage. 

ABOUT THE DOLLY PARTON IMAGINATION LIBRARY:
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth until they begin school, no matter their family’s income. After launching in 1995, the program grew quickly. First books were only distributed to children living in Sevier County, Tennessee where Dolly grew up. It became such a success that in 2000 a national replication effort was underway. By 2003, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library had mailed one million books. it would prove to be the first of many millions of over 135 million books gifted to children around the world. Dolly’s home state of Tennessee pledged to pursue statewide coverage in 2004 and global expansion was on the horizon. After the United States, the program launched in Canada in 2006 followed by the United Kingdom in 2007, Australia in 2013 and the Republic of Ireland in 2019. For more information visit imaginationlibrary.com.

Bindlestiff Tours Return with Self-Drive and Private Options

 

Camping at Monument Valley. (Photo Courtesy of Bindlestiff Tours)

NEXT MONTH, BINDLESTIFF TOURS RETURN 
WITH NEW SELF-GUIDED, PRIVATE TOURS SHOWCASING NORTH AMERICAN WEST, DESIGNED FOR INDIVIDUALS, SMALL GROUPS

Adventure Tour Provider Also Announces New Health, Safety Protocols 

Bindlestiff Tours, an award-winning adventure tour provider, announce its summer reopening with new self-drive and private tour packages, as well as enhanced health and safety protocols.

Bindlestiff Tours offer premiere experience-based, immersive touring across the Southwestern United States, Alaska and Canada hosted by expert guides. Tours are ideal for individuals and small groups up to 14, while private custom tours for families and reunions are also available. Bindlestiff’s new adventure tours will depart daily and be available for bookings beginning June 1, 2020. In addition, when Bindlestiff Tours reopen, its new public health and safety measures will exceed guidelines set forth by local, state, federal and global health authorities.

“We know guests are anxious to return to the great outdoors. Many will be comfortable primarily traveling with those they know rather than with large tour groups. That is why our experiences will be ideal in this travel climate. Guests can experience incredible, personalized outdoor adventures in a safe and healthy environment,” says Robert Graff, vice president sales and marketing, Bindlestiff Tours.

New multi-day packages for 2020 include:

Self-Drive Camping Tours from Las Vegas (prices start at $495 per person for a 3-day Southwestern United States National Parks Tour):
Socially distance under the stars with new self-drive camping tours, which are also available with hotel upgrade. These tours are designed for guests interested in driving to the national parks of the American Southwest on their own, while still receiving expert guidance and an immersive, personalized adventure. Guests will select from either camping and sleeping under the stars or opt for the comfort of indoor lodging. Guests will be provided with all the necessary camping equipment and the tour guide will assist with camp set-up in scenic locations. Expert tour guides will meet guests at key locations throughout the tour and escort the group on remote hiking trails to spectacular viewpoints and provide live interpretive wildlife and nature content throughout their adventure. Guides will also facilitate evening campfires and locally sourced, fully catered al fresco dining options at camp which are also available for hotel guests.

To enhance the self-drive experience and access additional details, instruction and information, guests can download the Bindlestiff Tours mobile app. The multilingual app is available in French, German, Italian, Spanish and English. Travelers can download the app for free on Apple and Android devices.

Private, Custom Single- or Multi-day Tours from Las Vegas (prices starting at $229 per person):
Families or groups of friends of four or more interested in experiencing national parks in a more intimate setting can book the private, custom tour option. These pre-made packages offer exclusive one-on-one attention from a dedicated, expert, local guide. Guests may select day tours or multi-day outdoor camping tours or the comfort of hotel accommodation. Guides escort groups on a completely private tour throughout. Guests can choose from classic itineraries or request a custom-tailored tour and add on other areas of interest.

For more information about private custom tours and self-drive tours, visit www.bindlestifftours.com.

*Health and Safety Notice

Bindlestiff Tours’ new health and safety procedures include:

  • Touchless temperature checks.
  • Staff wearing masks throughout the duration of the tours and experiences.
  • Complimentary medical-grade masks provided for all guests.
  • Clorox sanitizer and anti-microbial fumigations of all camping equipment and vehicles before every departure.

ABOUT BINDLESTIFF TOURS
Bindlestiff Tours provide immersive tours and experiences throughout the national parks of the Southwestern United States, Pacific Northwest, Western Canada and Alaska. Popular options include multi-day tours visiting different parks over several days Tours are ideal for individuals and small groups and can be personalized to allow guests to experience a custom, once-in-a-lifetime outdoor adventure. Named after the colloquial term for a “pack-carrying traveler,” Bindlestiff Tours enable guests to hike, explore, photograph, stargaze and more. With dedicated guides who are experts in their fields, Bindlestiff Tours offer adventures that include education, direction and fun. Follow on  Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and #BindlestiffTours.

Feature Film/Miniseries Based on the Life of Siegfried & Roy Proceeds with UFA Fiction

 

FEATURE FILM/MINISERIES BASED ON THE LIFE
OF SIEGFRIED & ROY
PROCEEDS WITH UFA FICTION

 

The authorized biopic telling the life-story of Siegfried & Roy, who also serve as Executive Producers, will continue on schedule despite the recent passing of Roy Horn from complications of COVID-19 last week. The emotional story will cover their life together and how they influenced each other to achieve world-renowned success.

 

Nico Hofmann and Sebastian Werninger on behalf of UFA Fiction, confirmed the script by award-winning writer/director Michael Bully Herbig is in its final stages and pre-production will begin after its completion. The project has been in development with Siegfried & Roy and UFA for more than two years. The biopic will be distributed as a feature film in theaters and expanded to a limited series for television.

 

“Roy and I worked closely with Nico and Bully to tell the story of our life together, on and off stage,” said Siegfried Fischbacher. “This will be our personal and emotional journey that could only be told as we looked back over how the connection between us built our career and led to our achievements. Now that Roy is gone, this movie will be the ultimate tribute to the truly special person Roy was not just to me but to our audiences and fans.”

 

UFA CEO Nico Hofmann has been personally involved in the film’s creation and is also executive producing.

 

“Roy’s death deeply affected me,” said Hofmann. “Roy had so much power and an incredible energy. He only had one motto: ‘Always live your dreams!’  His strength and duration inspired us all – including just recently when we met in February with Michael Bully Herbig to further refine the vision for the film. This film will be our legacy for him. Together with Siegfried we will shoot the biopic – and Roy’s spirit will guide us.”

 

“Ever since I saw my first Siegfried & Roy show in the early nineties at The Mirage in Las Vegas, I was spellbound.“ said Michael Bully Herbig.“Telling the story of these two exceptional artists to a large audience makes me very happy and is proof that dreams do come true, like Roy used to say. I am very grateful for their trust.“

 

 

Golf’s Biggest Stars Compete In‘Chipping All-In’ Charity Poker Tournament Thursday, April 1

 

GOLF’S BIGGEST STARS COMPETE IN ‘CHIPPING ALL-IN’ CHARITY POKER TOURNAMENT THURSDAY, APRIL 16

Major champions Jimmy Walker, Michelle Wie, John Daly and more ante up to raise money for MGM Resorts’ Employee Emergency Grant Fund in support of company’s employees and community partners impacted by COVID-19

 

Some of golf’s biggest names will take their talents from the fairway to the felt (virtually) Thursday, April 16 for the Chipping All-In charity poker tournament. Cards will fly beginning at noon PST, giving fans the opportunity to watch their favorite golfers, including Jimmy Walker, Michelle Wie, John Daly and more compete in a live online Texas Hold’em tournament. Event proceeds will go to the MGM Resorts Foundation’s Employee Emergency Grant Fund, which provides employees and their immediate families with short-term relief in making payments or to meet obligations during unexpected hardships and emergencies. The fund is designed to assist those impacted by the coronavirus, including full-time employees, on-call employees and those facing layoff, separation or furlough.

 

Presented by MGM Resorts, Loaded and the World Poker Tour® (WPT®), Chipping All-In will feature an interactive broadcast on ​Twitch (Twitch.tv/AllStarPass) and YouTube (YouTube.com/AllStarPass). Audience members can make real-time donations at www.mgmresorts.com/ChippingAllin. Participants will give personal shout outs to viewers who donate.

 

Chipping All-In will divide the players among multiple tables with the top finishers from each advancing to the final table. Live player audio throughout the tournament will create an immersive experience for viewers. Additionally, viewers will be able to engage with the players during a live Q&A.

 

Lance Evans, senior vice president of Sports and Sponsorships for MGM Resorts, said, “It is in our DNA to offer live entertainment and sports experiences to fans worldwide, even in the toughest of times. ‘Chipping All-In’ will feature some of the world’s top PGA and LPGA players as well as sports and media personalities playing in support of the Employee Emergency Grant Fund.”

 

Highlights of the players scheduled to participate in the Chipping All-In charity poker tournament include:

 

⦁ Aaron Wise

⦁ Alex Kang

⦁ Alison Lee

⦁ Anna Nordqvist

⦁ Ben Taylor

⦁ Brittany Lincicome

⦁ Butch Harmon

⦁ Cheyenne Woods

⦁ Chris Como

⦁ Collin Morikawa

⦁ Cristie Kerr

⦁ Danielle Kang

⦁ David Lipsky

⦁ Doug Ghim

⦁ Gaby Lopez

⦁ George Savaricas

⦁ Graham DeLaet

⦁ Harold Varner III

⦁ Jamie Lovemark

⦁ Jason Kokrak

⦁ Jimmy Walker

⦁ Joel Dahmen

⦁ John Daly

⦁ Juli Inkster

⦁ Kelley James

⦁ Kevin Na

⦁ Kurt Kitayama

⦁ Lydia Ko

⦁ Matt Ginella

⦁ Maverick McNealy

⦁ Max Homa

⦁ Michelle Wie

⦁ Natalie Gulbis

⦁ Pat Perez

⦁ Sam Burns

⦁ Tommy Armour III

⦁ Wyndham Clark

 

To learn more about the MGM Resorts Foundation, visit www.mgmresortsfoundation.org.

 

About The MGM Resorts Foundation 

The purpose of The MGM Resorts Foundation is to collect and distribute monies and assets donated by employees of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and others, for the aid and support of qualified community nonprofit programs, agencies or organizations designated exclusively by MGM Resorts’ employees. The Foundation also collects and distributes donations made by a broad base of donors to support activities organized by MGM Resorts employees and approved by the Foundation’s board of directors to benefit qualified nonprofit charitable organizations. The Foundation’s Employee Emergency Grant & Children’s Medical Support Fund was organized specifically to enable MGM Resorts employees and the company to provide emergency, hardship, and disaster support to fellow employees and their immediate families. In addition, since 2012, the Foundation has been the presenting sponsor of the Women’s Leadership Conference, the major women’s conference in the Western region.

 

About Loaded

Loaded is the leading management firm for many of the world’s biggest gaming content creators and influencers, including Ninja, Shroud, Tim TheTatMan, Anne Munition, CouRageJD, among many others.  Loaded’s roster attracts global media attention from the world’s leading brands, including Gillette, The Hershey Company, Capitol Records, Coca-Cola, Samsung, Activision, and others looking to effectively and authentically engage with the gaming audience.

 

About World Poker Tour

World Poker Tour (WPT) is the premier name in internationally televised gaming and entertainment with brand presence in land-based tournaments, television, online, and mobile. Leading innovation in the sport of poker since 2002, WPT ignited the global poker boom with the creation of a unique television show based on a series of high-stakes poker tournaments. WPT has broadcast globally in more than 150 countries and territories, and is currently producing its 18th season, which airs on FOX Sports Regional Networks in the United States. Season XVIII of WPT is sponsored by ClubWPT.com. ClubWPT.com is a unique online membership site that offers inside access to the WPT, as well as a sweepstakes-based poker club available in 43 states and territories across the United States, Australia, Canada, France and the United Kingdom. WPT also participates in strategic brand license, partnership, and sponsorship opportunities. For more information, go to WPT.com. WPT Enterprises Inc. is a subsidiary of Allied Esports Entertainment, Inc.

HEARTS ALIVE VILLAGE ANIMAL RESCUE UPDATE

HEARTS ALIVE VILLAGE ANIMAL RESCUE UPDATE
Helping our community help our pets during this difficult and ever-changing time

 

As we approach April tomorrow and the continuation of the coronavirus pandemic and its effects on our pets and shelter pets, we at Hearts Alive Village wanted to share an update for those looking to be heroes during this time.

 

We remain staffed for business at our pet supply store. However, to further protect our employees, our volunteers, and customers, we will  be conducting curbside sales. For interest in an animal, please info@heartsalivevillage.org  prior to stopping by Hearts Alive Village (1750 South Rainbow Blvd., Suite #4). We can set an appointment and coordinate a meet.

 

There are many dogs and cats in foster homes who are still available for adoption. We work to keep our website updated with available pets. www.heartsalivevillage.org. We have a reduced number of animals at our adoption center in careful consideration for any emergencies that may arise. Our adoption center is still home for more than a dozen cats and a few dogs still needing to be placed with adopters or fosters, the need remains even though it may be changing with the fluidity of the times and the situation.

 

We are, like all those around us, endorsing self- isolation for everyone who can do this, it is the safest way to try and get through these troubling times.  However, our most vulnerable (pets, elderly, veterans) still need help to get on the other side and we hope that will be sooner than later.  The need is greater now than ever for pet food to help those struggling households. We are still engaging volunteers who can deliver food and supplies to those who have pets and cannot get out to get the supplies and food they need or are finding themselves unable to afford such necessary items.  If you are finding yourselves with some extra time during this period, please volunteer with us or any other cause that may be close to your heart.  There are so many heroes among us, some seen and some doing their work more quietly – we owe a debt of gratitude to all of them and to those who will step up in the coming days.

 


About Hearts Alive Village

Hearts Alive Village is a non-profit 501(c)(3) located in the heart of Las Vegas, Nevada, founded in 2013 out of an intense need to help save dogs and cats that were losing their lives in an overcrowded shelter system. We provide medical treatment, a safe and comfortable place to heal, and adoption services with a passion for senior pet placement at two centrally located facilities.  Our mission is to secure loving and stable homes for dogs and cats at risk of being lost in the shelter system.

 

Our main objective is to keep animals out of the shelter in the first place by supporting struggling, low-income pet owners. We maintain a pet food bank, offer low cost spay/neuter and other medical services, and help to responsibly re-home, as well as provide educational and training resources. For more information, to make a donation, adopt a pet, or volunteer, please call 702-595-0644,  visit HeartsAliveVillage.org or follow on Instagram @heartsaliveanimalrescue.

 

Las Vegas Talents Bring Entertainment Online with GMG Presents: Vegas at Home

Las Vegas Talents Bring World Class Entertainment Inside Thousands of Homes with Greenspun Media Group Presents: Vegas At Home

Westgate Las Vegas resident magician Jen Kramer featured as first guest in virtual series

In an effort to promote positivity during a time of uncertainty, Greenspun Media Group has launched a new online series titled “Vegas At Home,” bringing the best of Vegas’ culture to the homes of Las Vegas locals and visitors alike. The YouTube series will feature exclusive, short performances by Las Vegas’ comedians, chefs, magicians, headliners, musicians, mixologists, athletes and performers; whether it be a signature cocktail recipe, a short comedic set, a favorite at-home workout or a rendition of a few favorite songs.

“Las Vegas is a unique, world-wide destination that thrives on both the world-class talent and the incredible locals and visitors that light up the town all year long,” says Las Vegas Magazine Publisher Jamal Parker. “Here at Greenspun Media Group, we wanted to maintain the city’s connection with its biggest supporters. With Vegas at Home, we hope to bring Las Vegas culture into the homes of thousands until we open our city’s stage again.”

The series kicked off Tuesday, March 24, with a special magic show from iconic Westgate Las Vegas headliner Jen Kramer. The video featured slight-of-hand tricks, direct from Kramer’s own living room. All content for “Vegas At Home” is free to the public to watch, as well as to participate for those who are interested in producing their own Vegas At Home video.

The first installment of Greenspun Media Group presents: Vegas At Home, featuring magician Jen Kramer, can be viewed here.

 

About Greenspun Media Group

Greenspun Media Group (GMG) is managed by The Greenspun Corporation, which is based in Henderson, Nevada. For more than 60 years, GMG has been publishing in Nevada. GMG publishes the Pulitzer Prize winning Las Vegas Sun newspaper, Las Vegas Weekly, Las Vegas Magazine, Vegas Inc, VEGAS2GO, and Healthcare Quarterly. The company produces four local websites, LasVegasSun.com, LasVegasWeekly.com, VegasInc.com and LasVegasMagazine.com. GMG is owned by Brain Greenspun, who also owns Sun Media Productions.

 

For information regarding the Greenspun Media Group, visit www.gmgvegas.com.

 

Bruno Mars Pledges $1 Million to MGM Resorts Foundation

BRUNO MARS PLEDGES $1 MILLION TO THE MGM RESORTS FOUNDATION FOR MGM EMPLOYEE EMERGENCY GRANT FUND & CHILDREN’S MEDICAL SUPPORT FUND

 

GRAMMY Award-winning entertainer Bruno Mars, who has been a performer at the Park MGM theater, announced today that he has donated $1 million to the MGM Resorts Foundation to support MGM employees impacted economically by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

 

Mars has performed a series of limited dates at The Park Theater at Park MGM in Las Vegas since 2016.

 

A representative for Mars says, “The people at MGM have given Bruno Mars the rare opportunity to be able to continuously gig while he’s in the creative process of working on his next album. With the closures across Las Vegas, Bruno wanted to show his appreciation to the amazing employees who help make these shows possible in hopes that we’ll all be out of this situation and having fun together again very soon.”

 

The money will go toward The MGM Resorts Foundation’s Employee Emergency Grant Fund & Children’s Medical Support Fund, which is designed to help MGM employees and their immediate families with short-term assistance during unexpected hardships and emergencies. The Grant Fund may also provide disaster relief assistance to furloughed or laid-off employees whose compensation is suspended or employment terminated as a result of an extraordinary event (or events) that severely impacts a community in which MGM Resorts conducts business, such as the COVID-19 public health crisis. 

 

“We consider Bruno Mars as part of the MGM family and appreciate what he is doing to help our employees and their families during these uncertain times,” said Bill Hornbuckle, Acting CEO and President of MGM Resorts International. “We recently expanded the eligibility requirements for the fund to help as many employees as we can who are impacted by the crisis, and this donation will help us expand our reach even further.”

 

To learn more about The MGM Resorts Foundation, visit www.mgmresortsfoundation.org.

 

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About The MGM Resorts Foundation

The purpose of The MGM Resorts Foundation is to collect and distribute monies and assets donated by employees of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) for the aid and support of qualified community nonprofit programs, agencies or organizations designated exclusively by MGM Resorts’ employees. The Foundation also collects and distributes donations made by a broad base of donors to support activities organized by MGM Resorts employees and approved by the Foundation’s board of directors to benefit qualified nonprofit charitable organizations.  The Foundation’s Employee Emergency Grant & Children’s Medical Support Fund was organized specifically to enable MGM Resorts employees to provide emergency, hardship, and disaster support to fellow employees and their families.  In addition, since 2012, the Foundation has been the presenting sponsor of the Women’s Leadership Conference, the major women’s conference in the Western region.