By Judy Thorburn
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Pet'ographique's Grand Re-Opening Celebration Raises Funds for Animal Rescues and Shelters

Three years ago, local pet photographer, Arica Dorff opened her exclusive pet photography studio and high-end boutique Pet’ographique that has since proven to be a successful, rewarding endeavor in more ways than one. To celebrate her newly renovated studio, on Saturday, July 25 Dorff hosted a grand re-opening champagne party at the Henderson location with all of the proceeds from the sale of the evening’s raffles going to local animal rescues and shelters.

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Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Dorff and her husband are rescue dog owners themselves. "Now", Dorff says, "photographing rescued animals is part of our weekly studio routine. Capturing a portrait that represents their personality has been an important step to helping many sweet dogs find wonderful homes. The portraits help in the animal’s adoption process," says Dorff, but added, "what these rescues really need is money for vet bills, surgeries and boarding fees."

Rescue groups that regularly bring homeless dogs to Pet’ographique for professional portraits are the Las Vegas Weimaraner Rescue, the Las Vegas Basset Rescue and the Saint Bernard Rescue.

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Arica Dorff (holding tray)
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Highlights of the evening were a theatre slideshow featuring many Pet'ographique clients and their pets, and a highly-anticipated raffle which totaled over $2,000 in prizes. Included were, complimentary Pet’ographique portrait sessions, canvas wall portraits, pet grooming services, custom pet-themed jewelry, animal acu-massage certificates, sterling silver photo jewelry, freshly cooked food for dogs and much more.

The spirited event attracted more than 100 guests, some accompanied by their four-legged companions. Party guest, Dave Weyant, commented, "My wife, Melissa, and I were amazed by the positive energy surrounding us. Everyone attending had a sincere love for animals as well a great appreciation for Arica's photography. There were people, dogs, champagne, food and lots of great conversation with others who love animals as much as we do. We can't wait for Pet'ographique's next party!"

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Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Raffle ticket sales totaled over $1,600 in donations to local animal organizations. "We are elated by the fantastic turnout and we are glad to see all of our hard work and planning pay off to help local rescues and shelters", says Dorff. Pet'ographique will be involved in a variety of upcoming animal fundraising events including, Weim & Wine in September organized by the Las Vegas Weimaraner Rescue and Family, Fur & Fun Festival in October benefiting the Nevada SPCA.

Pet’ographique is located at 10271 S. Eastern Avenue in the Siena Promenade, next to Buffalo Wild Wings.

Mayor Goodman and Olympic Gold Medal Winner Peggy Fleming Honor Las Vegas Senior Games Athletes

With the 2009 Summer National Senior Games coming up in Palo Alto, California from August 1st to August 15th, the Games’ presenting sponsor, Humana, wanted to honor participants in various cities around the country with an Olympic-sized send-off that celebrate their accomplishments and champion the benefits of adopting a healthy and active lifestyle.

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Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman and Olympic gold medalist Peggy Fleming

Since Las Vegas was the final stop on the event tour prior to the biennial games, a grand send off event was held on July 29 at 10 a.m. at the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign on South Las Vegas Blvd. Speakers included Olympic gold medalist Peggy Fleming, Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, Oraida Roman, president of Senior Products, Humana of Nevada and Nevada Senior Games President Gary Cotter, as well as two Senior Games athletes. Among those who will compete in the biennial games are two inspiring athletes from Las Vegas, Dan Cravens 65 and his 49 year old wife Marina who are involved in table tennis at the National Senior Games.

Married for over four years now, the two met at the Huntsman World Games while competing in table tennis. Since retiring from the military, Dan has become the state coordinator for table tennis at the senior level, running a program that started with about 30 members, and has now grown to include over 130. Marina, on the other hand, was the coach for the Russian national table tennis team for over 20 years. She now helps run and organize state competitions, as well as the senior program. Dan claims the two win every time they play, and both agree that the fitness and activity they engage in has played a big part in keeping them healthy.

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Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman and Olympic gold medalist Peggy Fleming with Dan and Mariana Cravens on the left and Oraida Roman and Gary Cotter on the right

More than 10,000 athletes including 125 from Nevada will compete in the 2009 Summer National Senior Games, which emphasize vitality at all ages. The athletes will compete in more than 800 events over 15 days in sports including: track and field, swimming, volleyball, triathlon, golf and many more.

For more information on the send-off tour and tips on how to get and stay fit over 50, visit www.humana.com/seniorgames or www.nsga.com.

Additional recent and upcoming “happenings” in and around Las Vegas include:

Tuesday, July 28, at 11:45 a.m., Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman cut the ribbon to officially open Paymon’s Mediterranean Bistro, located in the heart of the Arts District, at 107 E. Charleston Blvd. The restaurant serves a selection of favorite dishes from Raouf’s other two restaurants, Paymon’s Mediterranean Café & Hookah Lounge on Maryland Parkway and Paymon’s Mediterranean Café and Lounge on West Sahara Avenue.

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Mayor Oscar Goodman with Payman's staff

As the next phase of its $750 million expansion the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino opened the Paradise Tower July 31, ahead of schedule. The addition adds 490 lavish new guest rooms to inventory and has created new jobs. Adding to the allure of Paradise Tower’s 18 floors are its Penthouse and 10 pool suites.

The City of North Las Vegas invites the public to join in a community event on August 4 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Cheyenne Sports Complex, 3500 E Cheyenne in North Las Vegas. National Night Out is celebrated annually to encourage the community to join forces in a fight against crime. The event will feature FREE food, information, entertainment and fun.

A public dedication ceremony for “The Bus Stops Here,” an art project sponsored by Clark County Parks and Recreation, the Friends of Winchester Park Public Art Committee and the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5 at the Clark County Government Center Rotunda Gallery, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway.

Mirage headliner Terry Fator is heading back to where he got his first taste of fame – “America’s Got Talent.” He will make a special appearance on the popular TV show Wednesday, August 5 on NBC at 9 p.m. Fator will close the show with a performance of Aaron Neville’s “Don’t Know Much” alongside puppet co-star Maynard Thompkins followed by “Sweet Home Alabama” with puppet rock legend Duggie.

Dueling Pianos, an interactive evening of fun featuring two musicians, two pianos, fancy finger work and smooth vocal skills perform 5:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. nightly inside the Salute Lounge at the Palazzo. Guests are encouraged to make song requests and become part of the show by singing along, clapping and dancing to all genres of music with a focus on rock and roll, classic rock, Top 40, R&B and country. Guests must be at least 21 years old.

Treasure Island opens its newest restaurant: Khotan, which means “City of Jade”, on August 10. The eatery features Pan-Asian cuisine, outdoor seating with views of the Strip and Sirens Cove, and ultra-chic indoor dining nooks for parties of two to 20. Khotan will also contain the largest collection of jade and ivory antiquities in the United States.

Performances of “Once on this Island” of Super Summer Theatre will begin on Thursday, August 12 in the outdoor setting under the stars at the Spring Mountain Ranch State Park (located 10 miles west of 215 on Charleston). This highly-original adaptation of the popular fairy tale “The Little Mermaid” sings and dances the story of Ti Moune, a pheasant girl who rescues, nurses, and falls in love with Daniel, a mulatto from a wealthy family. The musical production features a delicious collection of West Indian rhythms, fine melodies, and plot-advancing ditties that exemplify the composer/lyricist’s versatility and talent. Preview night is Wednesday, August 12 with opening night Thursday, August 13. Performances are Aug 13, 14, 15, 19, 20 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29. Gates open at 6 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 at the UNLV Box Office. A limited number of tickets are available at the gate the night of the show for $15.

On Friday, August 14, AZURE Pool at The Palazzo hosts WONDER-Full, a Wonder-full tribute to the legendary musician Steve Wonder. The event will feature DJ Spinna and Bobbito, two of New York City's most respected DJs, spinning all Stevie Wonder exclusives, covers, samples & remixes. . Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door. Doors open at 11:00 a.m.

Tickets are on sale now for the Carnival of Cuisine, the second annual food festival at The Venetian and The Palazzo scheduled Saturday, August 15, 2009 from 12:30pm-4:00pm in The Venetian Ballroom. The event will showcase the very best in gourmet, fine and casual cuisine available only at restaurants of The Venetian and The Palazzo. Featured will be cooking demonstrations, tastings from more than 20 eateries including nine James Beard Award winners and live entertainment. Ticket holders will have the chance to win prizes including signed cookbooks, restaurant gift certificates and show tickets. Ticket prices are $50 all inclusive and may be purchased in person at any Venetian or Palazzo box office, by phone at 702.414.7469 or online at www.venetian.com or www.palazzolasvegas.com. Guests must be 21 and over to attend Carnival of Cuisine.

The nonprofit Liberace Foundation and Museum, with volunteer support from members of the Broadway-Las Vegas theatre community, are spearheading the expansion of live cabaret entertainment with the renamed 86-seat The Cabaret Showroom at the Liberace Museum, and a gala charity benefit concert set for Wed., Aug. 19 at 7:30 p.m. The event will be co-chaired by Philip Fortenberry and Keith Thompson, both conductors of “Jersey Boys” and long-time Broadway musicians, with the goal of raising money to establish a Cabaret Fund to technically upgrade and maintain the Cabaret and make it a more viable performance venue for aspiring artists.

Entertainers scheduled to perform include Fortenberry, Erich Bergen, Travis Cloer, Rick Faugno, Kristofer McNeeley and Carly Thomas Smith all of “Jersey Boys,” Kristen Hertzenberg and Joan Sobel of “Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular,” Tyler Williams from “Le Reve,” former Liberace protégé Domenick Allen, Clint Holmes, Susan Anton, Martin Nievera, all “Vocal Soup” artists, comedienne Vicki Van Tassel, singer-actress Ali Spuck, and Christopher Joel Carter, a featured pianist at M Resort and showmanship winner of the 2008 Liberace Piano Competition. Tax-deductible tickets are $125 per person, and to buy, call 702-798-5595, ext. 13 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Residents and local businesses are encouraged to support the event through cash or in-kind donations in care of the Liberace Cabaret fund.

Actor, singer, dancer and Broadway theatre veteran Rick Faugno, who currently stars as Frankie Valli in the Las Vegas production of “Jersey Boys,” will debut his first-ever solo performance for an afternoon of “Songs My Idols Sang (And Danced)” on Sunday, Aug, 23, at 3 p.m. at the South Point Casino Showroom. Tickets are priced at $20, $25 and $30.


In honor of Michael Jackson’s birthday on Saturday, Aug. 29 Hawaiian Tropic Zone inside Miracle Mile Shops will celebrate with a non-stop night of musical entertainment beginning at 10.p.m. The event includes a live performance by a top Michael Jackson tribute artist that will entertain the crowd with live vocals and perfected dance moves while performing classic hits from the legendary entertainer. In addition, a video tribute to the legend will run throughout the evening on the 36-foot tall plasma screen wall. Fans can pay homage to the singer and show off their best impersonations by competing in a moonwalk contest. The first 100 ladies through the door will receive a complimentary, commemorative sequin glove. Ladies drink free from midnight to 2 a.m.

The Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open is searching for Nevada and Las Vegas residents to share compelling experiences endured at a Shriners hospital. Those positively impacted by the Shriners Hospitals for Children will have a chance to be a part of the tournament, build awareness and create opportunities for others to be positively impacted by the mission of the Shriners Hospitals for Children through various media opportunities. Stories are being accepted now through Sept. 30 and can be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The 2009 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open returns for the second year of a five year commitment between the two parties to continue the tradition of a PGA TOUR event in Las Vegas. A host of well-known golfers and celebrities will participate in the competition to help support the Shriners Hospitals’ mission, while enjoying the signature flair that Las Vegas has to offer. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children. The 2009 tournament is Oct. 12-18 at the TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.jtshrinersopen.com or call 702.873.1010.



Celebrity sightings:

Tuesday night, July 28 Peepshow star Holly Madison was spotted at LAVO nightclub with friends.

Wednesday night July 29, free agent Frank Thomas, along with his brother and cousin, dined at N9NE Steakhouse inside Palms Casino Resort.

Just as the restaurant was about to close Wednesday night, TAO Asian Bistro had a surprise visit from Jay Z, in town for his wife Beyonce’s concert. Joined by a friend and a body guard, the gentlemen secluded themselves in TAO’s private dining room.

Thursday, July 30…
Academy Award-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. was spotted dining with a group of male friends at Rare 120 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

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Cuba Gooding Jr. with Tera Patrick and Evan Seinfeld
Photo credit: Cody Boor / Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Former NFL player Jamie Sharper and a friend hung out at Playboy Club.

At LAVO inside The Palazzo, superstar couple Jay-Z and Beyonce was spotted enjoying a private dinner for two after her concert.

Also at LAVO was actress Mirtha Michelle, who dined downstairs before heading up to the nightclub to host LAVO’s Seduxion night.
At TAO, adult film star Tera Patrick celebrated turning 33 with dinner at the Asian bistro followed by a night in the club. She was joined by husband, Spyderz rocker Evan Seinfeld, her mom and friends including Chef Kerry Simon and tattoo artist Mario Barth.

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Evan Seinfeld and Tera Patrick
Photo credit: Cody Boor / Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

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Mirtha Mitchell
Photo credit: Cody Boor / Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

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Mario Barth, Evan Seinfeld and Tera Patrick
Photo credit: Cody Boor / Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, in town for his annual Bad Boys Hockey Tournament, returned to TAO for the third year in a row. Bruckheimer was joined by actor Cuba Gooding Jr. and a large group of sports and entertainment figures spanning six tables in the VIP moat area of the club.

Chart topper Ray J arrived at TAO around 1:30 am surrounded by a bevy of beautiful women.

Also arriving later in the evening were Kevin Federline and girlfriend Victoria Prince.

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Kevin Federline and girlfriend Victoria Prince
Photo credit: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Friday, July 31…

Vince Neil was spotted checking out the sound system inside The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for his upcoming show on Saturday (8/1/09). Motley Crue headlines Crue Fest at The Joint with Godsmack, Theory of a Deadman, Drowning Pool and Charm City Devils. Sources also said Neil is one of the first guests to stay in a luxury pool villa suite in Hard Rock’s new Paradise Tower celebrating its grand opening.

Kirsten Dunst dined at LAVO inside The Palazzo with two girlfriends. After dinner the girls visited LAVO’s expansive Strip front terrace before heading up to the second floor nightclub. At 4 am they made their way over to TAO until the wee hours of the morning.

Spotted dining at TAO earlier in the evening was San Antonio Spurs player Michael Finley.

Band members Scott Russo (vocals), Steve Morris (guitar), Pat "PK" Kim (bass) and Dylan Howard (drums) of American rock band Unwritten Law were at the weekly pool party Ditch Fridays at the Palms Pool & Bungalows. They arrived around 4 p.m. and hung out in a VIP cabana poolside.

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Scott Russo
Photo credit: Joe Fury/N9NE Group

Actor and DJ Danny Masterson had a late dinner at N9NE Steakhouse with a group of six friends prior to taking the stage at AM Fridays inside Rain Nightclub.

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Danny Masterson
Photo credit: Joe Fury/N9NE Group

Special guest DJ Danny Masterson, also known as DJ Mom Jeans kicked off AM Fridays shortly after midnight for a packed crowd inside Rain Nightclub. Celebrity guests included actress Jenna Elfman who hung out at the VIP table on the main stage. At a separate table: actress and artist (from the Fox action-thriller 24) Marylynn Rajskub; actor (from Party of Five and the ABC drama series Lost) Matthew Chandler Fox; actress (from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Curb Your Enthusiasm) Kaitlin Olson; and actor (from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) Rob McElhenney. The group arrived with approximately 20 people and were seated in a VIP Skybox overlooking the stage and dance floor.

Steve Madden was spotting dining at Strip House inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Recording artist and actor Usher was spotted at a VIP table inside Moon Nightclub.

Saturday August 1…

Melissa Rivers was spotted lunching with friends at Dos Caminos Mexican Kitchen inside The Palazzo.

Saturday night Joanna Krupa celebrated her Maxim cover at LAVO inside The Palazzo. The model was joined by friends including Jenelle Moreno of Deal or No Deal, Pet Talk’s Harrison Forbes and Polish violinists, The Alizma Triplets.

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Jenelle Moreno and Joanna Krupa
Photo Credit: Al Powers

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The Alizma Triplets with Joanna Krupa
Photo Credit: Al Powers

Emmy nominated professional dancer best known for being the first two-time champion of ABC's Dancing with the Stars, Cheryl Burke, partied at Moon Nightclub inside Palms Casino Resort.

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Cheryl Burke and friends
Photo Credit: Joe Fury

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Cheryl Burke
Photo Credit: Joe Fury

Carrot Top, Vinnie Paul and Ashley from VH1’s “Rock of Love Bus” and “Charm School” were spotted enjoying Crue Fest at The Joint inside Hard Rock.

Following the concert, Cuba Gooding Jr., Ne-Yo, Brody Jenner and Elijah Kelley were spotted hanging out at Body English.
Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson were also at Body English. They were seen kissing and she was spotted eating off his candy necklace.

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Ne-Yo
Photo credit: Cody Boor / Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

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Ne-Yo, Elijah Kelly and Clinton Sparks
Photo credit: Cody Boor / Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

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Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson
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Tommy Lee
Photo credit: Cody Boor / Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Earlier in the evening, Jenner dined at Rare 120 with a large group of female friends.

Sunday, August 2…

Model Joanna Krupa and friends, including Deal or No Deal model Jenelle Moreno, soaked in the rays at TAO Beach.

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Jenelle Moreno and Joanna Krupa
Photo Credit: Al Powers

In the evening, professional boxer Zab Judah was seen hanging out at Playboy Club inside Palms.

Actor Elijah Kelley, Ne-Yo and Brody Jenner with his girlfriend and Playboy’s 2008 Playmate of the Year Jayde Nicole were spotted hanging out poolside at REHAB at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

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Jade Nicole and Brody Jenner
Photo credit: Cody Boor / Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

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Ne-Yo, Elijah Kelly and Clinton Sparks
photo credit: Hew Burney / Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Later that night, Jenner and Nicole partied at Body English. The couple were joined by Jenner’s manager Phillip Chang.

I'll be back Next week with more of what's happening in and around Las Vegas!

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