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By Dianne R. Davis
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Photos by Dianne R. Davis or Burt Davis unless otherwise noted

San Gennaro Feast Full of Fun & Food at Grand Canyon Shopping Center May 8-12

The 34th annual San Gennaro Feast will be visited by thousands of children and adults from May 8 – 12 (Wednesday – Sunday) at the Grand Canyon Shopping Center. The Las Vegas family fun festival celebrating the spirit of San Gennaro features more than 70 restaurant food booths, 80 amusements rides including the new 100-foot Vertigo, midway games, arts and crafts booths, and complimentary entertainment coordinated and hosted by local entertainer Tony Sacca.

The five day event is known as the best Italian heritage celebration this side of Naples. You'll have to visit more than once to try out the incredible variety of traditional Italian food. For the kids or the kid in you, the rides and carnival atmosphere are the real thing.

San Gennaro 12 foodFood, food, and more food.

You can eat inside the giant food tent or sit at tables outside as you watch the nightly entertainment. Food includes traditional Italian fare such as pasta, fried calamari, calzones, baked clams, pizza, lobster ravioli, Italian fried dough, Italian sausage, peppers and onions.

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Complimentary entertainment starts at 4 p.m. each day with Tony Sacca and the Saccettes plus performers backed by the Michael T Orchestra from 8 p.m. till closing. Entertainers scheduled to appear includethe feast’s Grand Lady Denise Clemente, Grand Marshal Tommy DiVito - founding member of The Four Seasons, Lena Prima, legendary accordionist Dick Contino, famed guitarist Esteban and violinist Teresa Joy, “The Rat Pack Is Back,” “Shades of Sinatra,” Aaron Caruso’s tribute to Mario Lanza, Carman Jon “The Man With The Golden Voice,” Italian music by Enzo Selvaggi, Italian Show and Neapolitan Songs by Ciro Giorgio, plus strolling music by Emilio Baglioni.

San Gennaro 12The "Jersey Boys" stopped  by to entertain at the last Feast.

Parking is free at the Feast site at the Grand Canyon Shopping Center, 4245 Grand Canyon Drive and West Flamingo Road. The Feast is open May 8 and 9 from 4 – 11 p.m., Friday from 4 – 12 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. - midnight and Sunday, May 12 from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Tickets are $9 for adults, and $ 8 for senior and military at the door.

POP – Pay One Price to ride all rides endlessly is available Tuesday – Thursday for $25 and Friday – Sunday for $30.

Check the website for discounts. Children 54 inches and under are free.Discount tickets or group rates, visit  Dads ride free on Thursday, May 9.

On the second night, Thursday, May 9, there will be an opening ceremony  featuring Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Father Dave Cassaleggio blessing The Feast at 7 p.m. on the entertainment stage with Grand Marshal Tommy DiVito and Grand Lady Denise Clemente.

There will be a gigantic fireworks display at 9 p.m. on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12. Sponsore are the Grand Canyon Shopping Center, Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Butler Amusements. The next San Gennaro Feast will be September 10-15, 2013.

Photos here are from the last San Gennaro Feast to give you a taste of this week's Feast-- Food and Fun!

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Fun for all ages.


South Point Hotel & Casino Will Host USBC Championship Events Beginning in 2013

$30 Million Bowling Facility To Be Constructed

South Point Hotel and Casino, the United States Bowling Congress (USBC), Las Vegas Events (LVE), and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) announced a 12-­‐year deal to host several annual USBC events, including the USBC Open Championships and USBC Women’s Championships, both citywide and inside a new, $30 million bowling tournament facility at South Point starting in 2013.

Rossi Ralenkotter

Speaking at a special press conference in the current bowling area at South Point, Rossi Ralenkotter, president/CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, stated that, “We look forward to ...becoming the premier destination for USBC events.

Over the course of the 12-­‐year agreement, USBC will host seven Championship events inside South Point’s new bowling tournament facility, including the USBC Women’s Championships in 2016, 2020 and 2022 and the USBC Open Championships in 2017, 2019, 2021 and 2023. There will also be more than 40 additional tournaments, conventions and short duration events held throughout Las Vegas during the agreement, including events such as the USBC Masters, USBC Queens, USBC Senior Masters and USBC Team USA trials.

The USBC, LVE, and the LVCVA are partnering with South Point to enhance this new agreement by building a permanent, world-­‐class bowling tournament facility at one of Las Vegas’ premier bowling destinations. Construction of the new arena at South Point will commence in May 2013.

South Point’s current bowling center, which will still continue operations, is already a world-­‐renowned facility that annually hosts top professional and amateur events, including the Professional Bowlers Association’s World Series of Bowling. The new tournament facility will include more than 60 lanes featuring the latest bowling technology, tournament registration area, bowler’s squad room, modern locker facilities and more.

“South Point already runs a premier bowling center where casual fans, amateurs and professionals from all over the world come to play the game they love,” said Michael Gaughan, owner of South Point. “This new bowling tournament facility we’re building with USBC will provide an unrivaled destination for bowling enthusiasts and add another dynamic element to attract visitors to South Point and Las Vegas.”

With participation estimates for the seven Championship events taken into account, event organizers estimate that 27 percent of attendees will have the ability to stay at the South Point, while the remaining 73 percent will occupy rooms throughout the city during event s held for the duration of this agreement.

"We are extremely excited about our partnership with the USBC and South Point Hotel and Casino," said Pat Christenson, president of Las Vegas Events. "This would not have been possible without the commitment from Michael Gaughan to build a state-­of‐the‐art bowling venue and the USBC's commitment to host an unprecedented number of its events in Las Vegas."

In 2009, the USBC Open Championships, held at Cashman Center in Las Vegas, ran for a record 154 consecutive days with a capacity total of 17,200 teams competing from Feb. 21 to July 24, 2009. The total estimated attendance for bowling participants and their travel parties was 292,750 with an average room stay of 4.3 nights and a non-­‐gaming economic impact of more than $120 million. Las Vegas was also host city for the USBC Open Championships in 1986. The USBC Women’s Championships previously was held in Las Vegas in 1973 and 1983, attracting 9,644 and 14,430 teams, respectively.

“The creation of a new bowling arena as part of a Las Vegas casino will be an amazing experience for our bowlers to enjoy,” USBC Executive Director Stu Upson said. “This agreement required tremendous public and private support in order to come together. We look forward to seeing the construction of a great venue that will be a source of pride for the entire bowling industry.


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Ryan Growney, South Point General Manager, Stu Upson, executive director of the United States Bowling Congress,Pat Christenson, president of Las Vegas Events, and Rossi Ralenkotter, president/CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, and of course the Las Vegas showgirls.

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Ryan Growney, South Point General Manager showed design renderings of the new Bowling Center.


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Rossi Ralenkotter



Mother's Day Wishes to One and All and most especially my beautiful 95 year old mother, Elsie Hochstein Greenfarb..

Elsie Hochstein Greenfarb


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