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Sam's Town Rolls Out Holiday Themed Mystic Falls Park Light and Water Show!

Plus: End of the World Party at M Resort with Alien Tequila and Ciroc Vodka, The 27th annual "Merry Christmas Las Vegas" Show, Talk Show Host Michelle LaFong Cameos on TLC's 'Sin City Rules', Golden Retriever Rescue of Southern Nevada Need Volunteer Wrappers, Plus more!


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Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall is decked out for the holiday season with its whimsical winter display, and holiday-themed Mystic Falls Park Light and Water Show. Cowboy Santa adds to the festive atmosphere as he greets guests in the park.

Sam's Town will host the 15-minute laser light spectacular, hourly from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. through January 1, each show concluding with an artificial snowfall throughout the Mystic Falls atrium. Cowboy Santa will appear Thursdays and Fridays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. through December 23.

The pioneer-themed Mystic Falls Park Light and Water Show, has been transformed into an immersive winter wonderland experience, beginning at Sam's Town's

Mystic Falls Park, Sam's Town - Winter 2012

Porte-cochere, with festive lighting and decorative snowflakes leading to Mystic Falls Park. Garland streams, wreath-adorned lampposts, and white light and snow-covered trees fill the atrium, while Cowboy Santa takes up residence in the Park's gazebo.

Poinsettias, red garlands and ice crystals add to the themed visuals, while lighted sculpture polar bears and indoor snow create a whimsical magical winter wonderland experience in the heart of the Boulder Strip.

The holiday display was lit on November 21, when Boyd Gaming Executive Chairman, Bill Boyd, was joined by his grandson, Staff Sgt. Sam Boyd, to flip the switch on the festive display. For further information on Mystic Falls Winter Wonderland, visit www.samstownlv.com.


The 27th annual “Merry Christmas Las Vegas” fundraising show filmed, in the main showroom at the LVH Hotel (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton) on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. The show with its stellar lineup received many accolades, rave reviews and standing ovations. The holiday program benefits The Youth Foundation for the Performing Arts. The seasonal musical program was produced and hosted by local celebrity Tony Sacca, who conceivedMerry Christmas Las Vegas in 1986 when he moved to Las Vegas.

Esteban and Teresa Joy

Entertainers starring in Merry Christmas Las Vegas include legendary impressionist Rich Little; The Rat Pack is Back” cast; singer – Denise Clemente; Nunsense The Musical” cast; flamenco guitarist – Esteban and daughter Teresa Joy; singer – Amanda Kaiser; singing sisters Blonde Divas; singer – Ronnie Rose; 17-year-old Tommy Ward and the Rossi Reyes 17-piece Jazz Orchestra; surprise guest singer 10-year-old Anna Nichols; musical conductor – Gary Anderson, the fabulous – Las Vegas Young Entertainers; and musical accompaniment by the Michael T Orchestra. “Merry Christmas Las Vegas” will air on Dec. 22 at the following times: Saturday at 3:00 p.m. on Vegas TV, Cable 14, Channel 25, and repeated Saturday, (late night) at 12:30 a.m. on Vegas TV, Cable 14, and Channel 25.

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One of the chief fundraisers for Golden Retriever Rescue of Southern Nevada is holiday gift wrapping. Volunteers are needed to fill time slots through December 24 at three retail stores located at Rampart and Charleston, including GAP, Pottery Barn, and Barnes and Noble. Times vary from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. To donate your time, contact the rescue at grrsnvolunteers@aol.com or call 702-598-4653 (798-GOLD) for more information. Proceeds from the wrapping are used primarily to fund the dogs' medical expenses. For more information on fundraising, volunteering or adopting a golden retriever, visit


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M Resort joins forces with Alien Tequila and Ciroc Vodka to present an out-of-this-world party event. On Friday, Dec. 21, the end of the Mayan Calendar will become the center of a celebration in the Ravello Lounge from 9pm until 1am.

DJ KoKo

Guests will be transported to another world with Alien margaritas, tequila flights and Ciroc drink specials. Celebrity DJ KoKo will be spinning the latest in alien groove for dance floor moves. Plus, Earthlings will receive tokens from another world from sexy female aliens and the first 50 people will receive a commemorative bottle of Alien Tequila. Ladies can join the party for free, $5 for locals and $10 for non-locals. Guests may RSVP to this event by emailing nightlife@theMresort.com. This is the first in a series of planned nighttime events inside Ravello Lounge every Friday. Visit the M Resort website at www.theMresort.com for upcoming entertainment and events.


Custom Contact is a new business opening a center in Las Vegas to provide custom Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) applications to the hospitality-entertainment-gaming industry, and envisions providing upwards of 200-plus local jobs in Las Vegas.

Ed Crispell of Custom Contact

At last, BPO is much more than operating reservations centers, which have been around for the last 15 years. Think INCLUSIVE – Custom Contact can manage “all aspects” of gaming, entertainment and hospitality businesses including: administration, guest and casino host services, sales and marketing, promotions and special events, food and beverage, IT help desks, back and front of the house, entertainment, etc.

Custom Contact is a minority-owned company, founded by industry experts: Ed Crispell, owner/partner and former vice president-general manager with Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino and Harrah's Entertainment, now known as Caesars Entertainment; Vicki Crowder, owner/majority shareholder and president with Custom TeleConnect Inc.; and Michael Curry, vice president of sales and marketing and tech sector management professional with notable clients such as E*Trade, eBay, PayPal, Cisco and Avaya. Combined Crispell, Crowder and Curry have more than 60 years relevant industry experience. Advantages to outsourcing key business processes to Custom Contact are labor savings, paying your outside team member on results and not hours worked, and the ability to operationalize critical processes that return positive results in a consistent manner while delivering key performance indicators and trending analytics. With customer service being a key factor in the hospitality, entertainment and gaming industry, Custom Contact can keep in touch with clients, customers, guests and casino players on an immediate basis, in their language, providing multiple communication applications including SMS/Text, voice, email and web chat for solutions on a case-by-case situation. For more information about Custom Contact, visit www.custom-contact.com or call 866-391-1131.


Comedian Michele LaFong, host and producer of “Las Vegas Backstage Talk” radio and Web Show, makes a cameo appearance on TLC's “Sin City Rules,” Sun. Dec. 23 at 10 p.m. (PST). TLC's cameras were rolling to capture the action on the talk show, when LaFong interviewed cast members, Amy Hanley, and her mom, Wendy Mazaros. The new series about life in Las Vegas, will air the episode entitled “She said, she said.” “Las Vegas Backstage Talk,” the only show that “Gets Personal with the Stars” currently airs in Las Vegas on KLAV every Thursdays from 4 -5 p.m. at 1230 AM on the dial.

Well, gang, have a wonderful and jolly Christmas Day. I'm outa here!


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