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THREE WHITE LION CUBS DEBUT AT SIEGFRIED & ROY'S SECRET GARDEN!

Jackie Brett
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Three new white lion cubs are the latest additions to the Siegfried & Roy animal family at Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage appearing noon to 4 p.m. daily. The cubs - Freedom, Timba-Masai and Madiba - are brothers and were born roughly three months ago in Johannesburg, South Africa. They join more than 30 other endangered and majestic animals at the Secret Garden.

Siegfried and Roy's Secret Garden lion cubs: Madiba, Freedom and Timba-Masai, 2014

There is significance to their names. Madiba is the tribal name of Nelson Mandela, who encouraged the magicians to keep the great lions and tigers of South Africa alive for future generations. Timba-Masai is for the Timbavati region of South Africa where the lions come from and Masai is the African tribe of the area.


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IKEA WILL FINALLY BUILD IN LAS VEGAS VALLEY

Happy news, IKEA will open its first store in the Las Vegas market in the summer of 2016 on 26 acres of land at Sunset Road and Durango Drive near the 215 Beltway. The store will be 351,000 square feet with 1,300 parking spaces. IKEA, founded by Ingvar Kamprad Sweden in 1943, opened its first U.S. store in 1985 in a Philadelphia suburb. It now has 38 stores in the United States and operates 338 stores in 40 countries. The company looks for markets with 2 million people and it already has 101,000 customers in the Las Vegas area, who right now Las Vegans have to travel to California, Arizona or Utah to find and IKEA outlet.

ROUTE 91 HARVEST COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL LAUNCHES OCT. 3-5

Live Nation, creators of premier country music festivals, in collaboration with MGM Resorts International, will start their newest music festival, Route 91 Harvest, in Las Vegas Oct. 3-5. Originally known as Route 91, the three-day country music festival will take its name from the iconic Las Vegas Boulevard. The festival will be held in The Lot, MGM Resorts International's newest venue across the street from the Luxor, and will feature a gathering of true high-roller performers including Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley and Brantley Gilbert.

Additional artists confirmed include: Tyler Farr; Dwight Yoakam; Randy Houser; Dustin Lynch; Neal McCoy; Charles Esten and Clare Bowen from ABC's hit show “Nashville;” Dan + Shay; Josh Thompson; Sam Hunt; Ashley Monroe; Lindsay Ell; and Dee Jay Silver.

Three-day passes start at $169 and go on sale Friday, Aug. 1. For more information, visit www.rt91harvest.com.

HACIENDA IS OPEN WHILE REMODELING TO BECOME HOOVER DAM LODGE

The Hacienda Hotel Casino near Boulder City and Hoover Dam on U.S. Highway 93 is remaining open while it is transformed into the new rustic desert lodge-themed Hoover Dam Lodge. Nevada Restaurant Services, parent company of the highly successful Dotty's tavern chain and an Estey family-owned business, purchased the challenging property last December.

The top four floors of the hotel tower have been remodeled and a tour showed off the new look with heavy earth tones to match the desert sunsets, repainted barn wood furniture from the USA, modernized bathrooms and new in-room amenities. When completed, there will be approximately 280 rooms featuring three levels: Deluxe upper floors 14-17 with down-to-the-studs remodel; Standard tower rooms floors 2-13; and Budget pet-friendly rooms in the East Wing. The pool area and spa area have been refurbished already and have new pool furniture.

Hoover Dam Lodge - deluxe room

When phase one is completed, the Hoover Dam Lodge will have an all-new exterior reminiscent of a northwest lodge with lots of windows, gaming, two restaurants - a steakhouse and 24-hour café, a new sports bar concept that includes non-gambling games and a restaurant menu with a Louisiana theme. The hotel's main entrance lobby area will be transformed last into a lodge theme with use of rock and timber enhancements and a large stone fireplace.

ITALIAN SINGER LAURA PAUSINI WILL PERFORM AT THE PALMS

Internationally recognized Italian artist Laura Pausini will bring “The Greatest Hits World Tour” to the iPearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Oct. 19. Her Las Vegas performance marks just five shows Pausini will perform in the United States this fall. Tickets start at $43.

Laura Pausini

Pausini with more than 70 million records sold over 20 years is the first Italian artist ever to win an Icon Award for her international career. The multi-Latin Grammy and Grammy Award winner began her career in 1993. She had the honor of singing for Pope John Paul II at a special Vatican Christmas mass and was a special guest performer at Barbara Streisand's birthday in 1998. In 2002, she released her only English-language album, “From the Inside.” In 2012, Pausini appeared on Josh Groban's album “All That Echoes” and in 2013 she was the featured vocalist on “Sonrie,” which was released on Gloria Estefan's album “The Standards.”

THIRD ANNUAL DOWNTOWN BREW FESTIVAL SCHEDULED SEPT. 20

The Third Annual Downtown Brew Festival (DBF) hosted by Motley Brews will return for an evening under the stars at the Clark County Amphitheater on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 6 to 10 p.m. This event will have even more beers from local, regional, and international breweries, a culinary experience provided by celebrity chefs from prominent Las Vegas restaurants, and up-and-coming local bands providing nonstop entertainment.

Downtown Brew Festival 2013

The festival is presented by Victory Brewing Company, one of Southern Pennsylvania's premiere craft breweries, to celebrate their upcoming Las Vegas debut. DBF '14 is sponsored by local company Zappos.com and by Total Wine & More. Tickets range from general admission $35 up to VIP $75, visit www.downtownbrewfestival.com.

DESERT HOPS BEER EXPERIENCE RETURNS TO THE COSMOPOLITAN

Desert Hops: An International Beer Experience will return to Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan with more than 150 beers from more than 25 countries on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. Attendees will also sample multi-cultural food offerings prepared by The Cosmopolitan's renowned restaurant partners.

Early Bird general admission through Aug. 3 starts at $30 and VIP at $50 and will go up to $45 and $65 after that; visit Ticketmaster.

NINTH ROCK ‘N ROLL WINE AMPLIFIED WEEKEND RETURNS OCT. 10-11

For the ninth consecutive year, MGM Resorts International is partnering with Rock ‘n Roll Wine to host the wine and music event “Wine Amplified Festival.” Based on the event's growth and increased popularity, the two-day festival will be held for the first time at The Lot across from the Luxor on Oct. 10 and 11. The Friday-Saturday event will begin at 4 p.m. both days and feature headliners Train and Blink 182 in addition to performances by Violent Femmes, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Magic!, Better than Ezra, The Mowgli's, of Verona and Mystic Roots, among others.

The venue will be transformed into a sublime slice of wine country featuring more than 60 wineries, 150 wines and 20 craft beers. Additional highlights will include a hidden speakeasy, barrel tasting, grape stomping, libation lounge and a wide-variety of food truck options. This year's festival will be a completely cashless event utilizing the latest in radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology. Patrons will be able to load money on their RFID wristbands and use it to purchase wine, beer, food and festival merchandise.

Early-bird two-day general admission tickets through July 24 are $99 and VIP $249; then they go to $129 and $299. Single day tickets are $69 and $159; visit wineamplified.com.

FOUR NEW TENANTS OPEN INSIDE MARKET LV AT TIVOLI VILLAGE

Market LV, a 23,000-square-foot industrial chic marketplace located at Tivoli Village, has four new tenants: Pas de Deux Children's Couture; Collective Souls Fine Art; SprayTans™ and Dana Delgado Dance Studios.

Pas De Deux Children's Couture is a shabby chic vintage clothing store for girls and boys up to age 10. When the little ones outgrow their new clothes, you can take them back to the store for credit towards a new purchase.

Collective Souls Fine Art offers limited edition giclée prints and original paintings, hand-blown glass, decorative crystals and one-of-a-kind pieces from both locally and nationally recognized artists and custom framing.

DRESS FOR SUCCESS HOLDS POWER WALK AT MIRACLE MILE SHOPS

Dress for Success Southern Nevada will hold its third annual Power Walk fundraiser on Saturday, July 26, at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. The one-mile fun walk will raise funds to support disadvantaged women seeking a job or career. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m.; event and entertainment at 8 a.m.; and walking at 9 a.m. Early registration for adults is $28 and $40 after July 24, visit www.dressforsuccesssouthernnevada.org.

17TH ADVERTISING COMMUNITY TALENT SHOW BENEFITS SAFE NEST

The 17th Annual Advertising Community Talent Show (A.C.T.S.) returns Saturday, Aug. 2 at the Chrome Showroom inside Santa Fe Station. Hosted by 97.1 FM The Point's Steph McKenzie, 98.5 KLUC's Chet Buchanan, KTNV Ch. 13's Shawn Tempesta and Emmy Award-winning journalist Nina Radetich, the 17th Annual A.C.T.S. will feature acts from the Southern Nevada advertising and media community. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a silent auction and show at 7 p.m. All proceeds raised will benefit Safe Nest, a local charity dedicated to providing temporary assistance for those going through domestic crisis in Southern Nevada.

Tickets are $25 for general admission and can be purchased at any Station Casinos proprieties or through Ticketmaster.


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JEFF ALTMAN AND HARRY BASIL HEADLINE LAUGH FACTORY AT TROP

Fresh from a June 19 appearance on David Letterman's show, Jeff Altman will be appearing in the Laugh Factory at the Tropicana July 21-27, along with co-headliner, Harry Basil. Show times are 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.; tickets $34.95 and $44.95.

Jeff Altman

Altman is an American stand-up comedian and actor with numerous acting roles in movies and television such as Dr. Gene Splicer in “Tiny Toon Adventure,” professor Dweeb in “Slimer,” and “The Real Ghostbusters.” He is perhaps best known for his recurring role as Hughie Hogg, the nephew of Jefferson Davis Hogg, on the “The Dukes of Hazzard.”

Harry Basil

Comedian and impressionist Harry Basil is a human movie trailer with a trunk of outrageous props. Basil was Rodney Dangerfield's exclusive opening act for 17 years, appeared in two of his HBO specials, and wrote and directed five Dangerfield films. Currently Basil is the show runner on the new sitcom “The Jadagrace Show,” and producer of the recently wrapped comedy film “Sleeping Around,” starring fellow comedians Michael McKean, Bill Bellamy, and Bryan Callen.

CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL PARTNERS WITH ANIMAL FOUNDATION

New pet parents who adopt a dog or cat from The Animal Foundation from July 22-Aug. 31 will receive a complimentary copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul's newest books, “Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Did What?” or “Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cat Did What?” by Amy Newmark with a foreword written by country superstar Miranda Lambert. They'll also be entered into a sweepstakes to win a year's supply of Chicken Soup for the Soul pet food.

Chicken Soup for the Soul will be in Las Vegas for SuperZoo 2014, a national pet retail conference at Mandalay Bay July 22-24 and will extend its partnership throughout August in celebration of “Dog-ust,” the unofficial birthday month for all shelter dogs.

DOWNTOWN MAIN STREET GETS ROADWAY IMPROVEMENT

Construction has begun on the $13.9 million project Main Street improvement project that will stretch along Main Street between Bonneville Avenue and north of U.S. 95. and improve traffic flow, make the area safer for bicyclists and pedestrians, add new green bike lanes and widen sidewalks. The project will also include roadway improvements such as asphalt paving and street lighting, as well as landscaping including trees and planters. Work on Phase 1 will be completed by the end of 2015.

Phase 2, scheduled to commence in late 2015, will extend these improvements from Bonneville to Las Vegas Boulevard and convert Main and Commerce Streets to complementary one-way thoroughfares.

THE WINDOW OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES IN DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS

The Window, a multi-purpose space located Downtown at The Ogden, 150 N. Las Vegas Boulevard, has opened. The space serves multiple audiences and have a focus on the arts with a live art installation and gallery. Another different aspect is that The Window will serve as a place to create co-learning relationships with local nonprofit organizations as availability allows.

The Window - Downtown Las Vegas

Additionally, Downtown Project tours will meet and start at The Window. Aside from curated evening events, standard hours of operation will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

NEWS WORTH NOTING

ALIBI Cocktail Lounge, a 24-hour cocktail lounge, will open at ARIA this fall on the casino floor near North Valet. For information, visit alibiloungelv.com.

This weekend, Ross Dress for Less® opened a new store at the Best on the Boulevard Mall on South Maryland Parkway. Together, Ross Dress for Less and dd's DISCOUNTS® currently operate more than 1,300 off-price apparel and home fashion stores in 33 states, the District of Columbia and Guam.

Mercadito that opened at Red Rock Resort last month offering creative Mexican cuisine has started lunch service daily from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Buddy V's Ristorante inside Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian|Palazzo is now offering a three-course Pre Theater menu nightly from 5 to 7 p.m. for $38.

Buddy Valastro cake boss

Singer Mark Giovi moved back to Las Vegas and will be appearing in the West Wing Cigar Lounge with the Chad Michaels Quartet on Friday, July 25 from 8-11:30 p.m. There will be special menu items by Chef Michael.

Picnic Live at the Downtown Grand will hold a free concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 1 featuring an opening act at 8 p.m. and blues guitar phenomenon Matthew Curry at 10 p.m.

Sammy's Restaurant & Bar will host the fifth installment of Sammy's Social Club and highlight different wine varietals from Clos du Bois Winery in Sonoma County, Calif., on Wednesday, July 30 at 7 p.m. The four-course wine pairing dinner is $60, call 702-567-4000.

Divine Cafe at Springs Preserve is holding its special monthly dining experience d.lish by divine four-course dinner and wine pairing Thursday, July 31 from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $75 and $67.50 for Springs members, call 702-253-1400.

Divine Cafe at Springs Preserve

Ferraro's Italian Restaurant Wine Bar on Paradise Road will host another Taste & Learn event on Saturday, July 26 and highlight Tuscany wines with a food pairing created by Chef Mimmo. Cost is $50.

Ferraro's Taste and Learn

Hussong's Cantina inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place has launched of a brand new hand-shaken specialty margarita menu. The list of intricately designed drinks includes 10 unique takes on the staple libation, with everything from exotic fruit flavors to peanut butter to cotton candy.

Hussong's Cantina - Cotton Candy Rita

Sanders Winery in Pahrump, Nev., presents weekend entertainment. “Route 66” country western show starring Nashville recording artist Jim Wise will be on Saturday, July 26. Back by popular demand on Saturday, Aug. 2 will be De Ja Vu highlighting music of the 50s and 60s. Tickets are $15. Gates open at 6 p.m. and you can bring your own snacks and picnic if you like.

RESTAURANTS HONOR NATIONAL HOT DOG, TEQUILA AND LASAGNA DAYS

Rockhouse inside the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian and The Palazzo will honor National Hot Dog Day by offering their signature hot dogs (The Hot Mess; The Mini-Me; Classic Chili Cheese; and The Turkey) at 50 percent off, all day Wednesday, July 23.

Rockhouse - Hot Mess hot dog

TREVI inside The Forum Shops at Caesars will celebrate National Lasagna Day with its delicious deep-dish lasagna pizza and authentic lasagna entrée, each specially-priced for the holiday exclusively on Tuesday, July 29.

Trevi Lasagna Pizza

Thursday, July 24 is National Tequila Day and Milagro Tequila invites tequila enthusiasts to get their drink at Nacho Daddy in Henderson or Downtown. Both outlets will serve $8 Chili Ancho Milagro Margaritas and $5 shots of Milagro Silver all day long, have complimentary salsa dancing lessons from 8-9 p.m., and feature a DJ spinning until midnight.


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