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MTV Stars Mark Long and Trishelle Cannatella Host Thanksgiving Charity Event at McFadden's Inside Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino

Thanksgiving weekend MTV reality stars, Mark Long of “Road Rules: Season One,” and Trishelle Cannatella of “Real World: Las Vegas,” hosted McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon’s second annual “The Goose is Loose” canned food drive, benefitting Three Square Food Bank. Long and Cannatella showed up ready to party and pump up McFadden’s bar-goers into donating canned food for the less fortunate this holiday season.

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Mark Long and Trishelle Cannarella
Photo credit: Cashman Photo

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Mark Long and Trishelle Cannarella
Photo credit: Cashman Photo

The duo took place behind the bar where they filled up beers in McFadden’s signature pint glasses, poured shots for the crowd, and danced with McFadden’s lovely Lucky Charms. Long and Cannatella got the party started as they made their way to the dance floor where Long found a lone hula-hoop and showed-off his hip swiveling moves that made for a great photo opportunity for the fans in the crowd. The event was an overall success, with McFadden’s raising over 450 pounds of food for Three Square.  Drinks, food and reality television stars proved to be a winning combination in the efforts to keep mouths full this holiday season.

 

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

Hundreds of people lined up for free turkeys during the Cricket Thanksgiving Festival on Tuesday, November 23 hosted by Cricket Communications, Inc., a leading provider of unlimited wireless services. Cricket Wireless gave away turkeys to the first 250 families in attendance and the next 50 families received Thanksgiving meal trimmings such as stuffing, corn bread mix and cranberry sauce. The event was held 4 to 7 p.m. at the University Plaza store -1131 E. Tropicana at Maryland Parkway.

 

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Turkey Giveaway
Photo credit: Steve Spatafore

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Crowds lined up for the Turkey Giveaway
Photo credit: Steve Spatafore

 

In celebration of the turkey giveaway, Cricket also turned its parking lot into a Thanksgiving festival with entertainment for the whole family including: a variety of fun interactive carnival games; bounce house activity, pony rides or complimentary food items such as popcorn and cotton candy.

Playboy Club inside Palms Casino Resort hosted its Playboy Club model search Sunday night, November 28 and named Devan Nicole (real name Devan Corbitt) Miss Playboy Club December 2010. Nicole, 23, currently resides in Las Vegas and is a Las Vegas go-go dancer.

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Devan Nicole
Photo credit: Jorge Novoa/9 Group

George Wallace will perform his “I Be Thinkin’” show (aka The Best 10 p.m Show) at the Flamingo Las Vegas at a special time: 8p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30 through Saturday, Dec. 11. Show will resume at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 14. Note: Show will be dark Tuesday, Nov. 23 through Saturday, Nov. 27 and Tuesday, Dec. 21 through Saturday, Dec. 25.

Actress, singer and entertainer Susan Anton will be guest starring in the roll of “The Soap Star” in Menopause The Musical® at Luxor Hotel and Casino.  Anton will take the stage nightly from Friday, Dec. 3 through Friday, Jan. 14. Menopause The Musical® performs in Luxor’s Atrium Showroom at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Monday, and 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.  Tickets are priced at $49.95 and VIP seats at $65 (a complimentary beverage is included with VIP tickets) plus tax and service fees.

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Susan Anton

A giant indoor menorah lighting will be held in the Main Lobby of the M Resort Spa Casino on Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 4 p.m. to celebrate the 8 day Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, the “Festival of Lights”. Assistant Rabbi Zukrow of Congregation Ner Tamid will lead the lighting and prayer. The community is invited to come together to mark this Jewish holiday. One light is kindled on the first night of the festival and an additional light is added on each of the successive seven nights. An extra light, called the “shamash,” which means “guard” is used to light all the other lights on the menorah. Children will receive chocolate coins and toy dreidels at the lighting. The menorah will be displayed from Wednesday, the start of Hanukkah, to its end on Thursday, Dec. 9.

This holiday season, 9 Group is offering locals teachers, military, fire, and police personnel complimentary admission with proof of ID to Sin City’s premier nightclubs throughout the month of December (excludes New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31).  9 Group venues include Rain Nightclub, Moon Nightclub, ghostbar and Playboy Club inside Palms Casino Resort. Guests must be at least 21 years old.

Committed to the fight against breast cancer, The M Resort Spa Casino’s gorgeous M Girls are donating a portion of the proceeds from the sales of their 2011 M Girl Calendar to the American Cancer Society. The M Girl cocktail waitresses were most recently voted “Best Cocktail Waitresses” in the city in the 2010 Las Vegas Review-Journal Readers’ Poll. Featuring 12-months of cocktail cuties, the 2011 M Girls Calendar will be available for purchase beginning the first week of December for $10 at the M Resort. The calendar, which was shot on location at the M Resort, showcases several of the property’s unique settings including the Villaggio Del Sole pool piazza, the world-class Spa Mio and the popular wine bar, Hostile Grape.

Disney’s THE LION KING at Mandalay Bay invites Las Vegas locals to celebrate the holiday season with an unbeatable 2-for-1 deal. This exciting offer is available for performances through March 15, 2011 and will include 50 percent off orchestra and front mezzanine seats. To purchase tickets, call Mandalay Bay Box Office at 702-632-7580 or visit www.lionking.com. Use code “HOLIDAY” or present a valid Nevada ID.

Buffalo Bill’s in Primm has closed until Christmas Eve during renovation of the property's 1,242 rooms. The casino and other amenities at the resort, including the Desperado Rollercoaster and the concert series at the Star of the Desert Arena, will remain open. During the room renovation, Herbst will add a Denny's restaurant to replace the property's coffee shop.

Sammy Hagar's Cabo Wabo Cantina will celebrate one year of rockin’ the Las Vegas Strip with an anniversary party on Friday, December 3. The celebration will kick off at 9:30 p.m. with a ‘Red Rocker Look-Alike Karaoke Contest.’ Fans will have the opportunity to perform live on Hagar’s personal stage for a chance to win one of his signature autographed guitars. Also, throughout the night there will be Hagar memorabilia giveaways, Cabo Wabo Tequila specials and free shots every time Hagar’s hit song “Mas Tequila” hits the speakers.

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Sammy Hagar

‘Las Vegas’ First Family of Entertainment, The Scintas return to the Suncoast Showroom with A Scinta Christmas, December 3, 4 and 5, each evening at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start from $29.95, plus tax and convenience fees.

Champion NASCAR Driver Taylor Barton will host a celebrity poker tournament for charity at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas on Dec. 4. Proceeds will benefit the Taylor Barton Foundation, which focuses on stopping bullying in America’s schools, as well as Children Mending Hearts, which assists homeless and at-risk youth around the world.

Barton has invited some of his fellow NASCAR drivers and celebrity friends to join him for the kick-off event, which will also host many poker pros and more than 400 other guests. Buy in for the tournament is $330. Additional information on the tournament can be found at www.charitybuzz.com/auctions/taylorbartonpoker.com or at http://www.facebook.com/taylorbartonracing.

The UNLV Senior Adult Theatre and Senior Adult Dance programs perform 'Variety," a fundraiser for the UNLV organization Colleges Against Cancer, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 4 in the UNLV Student Union Theater. Tickets are $15 by phone reservation or purchase at the door. All proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society. Tickets can be reserved at 895-2964 or 513-503-6352.

Grant Griffin, The Showbiz Society, and local entertainers will gather for a fundraiser from 2 - 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, at the Las Vegas Rocks Café (located at 450 Fremont Street downtown at Neonopolis) to aid fellow performer Jeneane Marie with medical costs. Marie has Avascular Necrosis. In constant pain, her hip has degenerated and she is subject to blood clots. Ultimately, surgery is a must and she has no medical insurance or money.

An endless array of stars such as Steve Rossi, Wayne Newton Rich Little, Clint Holmes, Babe Pier, Denise Clemente, Laurie Caceres, Grant Griffin, Paris Red, Tony Sacca, Laurie Cook and countless more backed by the Gary Anderson Band will be attending and giving their talent and support for this worthy event. At the door admission is $22, which includes a 3 hour parking pass. Additional donations are encouraged and welcomed.

Sammy Hagar's Cabo Wabo Cantina on the Las Vegas strip will host the UFC 124 viewing party Saturday, December 11, featuring the highly anticipated match between reigning welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and his opponent Josh Koscheck. Admission is $20 and includes access inside Cabo Wabo’s viewing party where guests can watch the fight shown on multiple high definition television screens throughout the restaurant and bar including two digital projector screens located on the upper level.

 

Four-time Grammy-winning R&B group Boyz II Men will mark their first-ever extended engagement on the famed Las Vegas Strip when they open at Flamingo Las Vegas on Dec. 14, 2010 for a four-week seasonal celebration in the legendary Flamingo Showroom. The special holiday show will feature all of the group’s hits, some unexpected songs done in the famous Boyz II Men style and enough holiday tunes to get everyone in the festive spirit of the season. Show time is 7:30 p.m. each night and show dates will be Dec. 14 – 18, 21 – 24, 26, 28 – 30 and Jan. 1 – 2 and 5 – 9. Ticket prices are $59, $79 and $125 plus taxes and fees. The $125 ticket includes a VIP Meet ‘n Greet with the group.


Celebrity sightings:

Tuesday night, November 23…

Lil Jon and Kevin Federline were spotted at Blush Boutique Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas with the hot spot’s managing partner Brandon Roque.  Federline got on the mic, hyping up the crowd and giving a shout out to Lil Jon, congratulating him on his DJ residency at sister club Surrender at Encore, which kicked off Wednesday with a pre-Thanksgiving party. Also enjoying the night at Blush was the cast of Le Reve, who took over the VIP room for a holiday celebration.  Nearly 50 cast members showed up after the late show for the party.

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Brandon Roque and Kevin Federline
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

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Lil Jon
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

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Cast of Le Reve
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

Dana White, UFC president, dined at N9NE Steakhouse inside Palms Casino Resort. DJ Jazzy Jeff (real name Jeffrey Townes) performed at the weekly party BANG at Moon Nightclub. Wednesday night, November 24, electronic hip-hop group Theophilus London performed for the weekly Snitch party at ghostbar.

Friday, November 26…

Actress Teri Hatcher and friends, were spotted enjoying lunch as Society Cafe Encore.

Regis Philbin along with his wife Joy and friends also came in for a quick lunch.

Rocker Vince Neil and a lady friend dined at N9NE Steakhouse inside Palms Casino Resort.

Actress Teri Hatcher took in Barry Manilow's show at Paris Las Vegas.

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Barry Manilow and Terri Hatcher

 

Saturday, November 27…

Kelly Ripa came in to Society Cafe Encore in Las Vegas for a mid-afternoon lunch with her husband Mark and their two boys. At a booth nearby, her co-host Regis Philbin enjoyed lunch with his wife Joy for the second day in a row. At yet another booth were Jimmy Kimmel and a friend.

Spice Girl Victoria Beckham took in Barry Manilow's show at Paris Las Vegas.

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Barry Manilow and Victoria Beckham

At night, Jersey Shore bombshell Jenni “JWoww” Farley hosted a party at the legendary Studio 54 inside MGM Grand. JWoww took to the red carpet shortly after midnight with her new beau, Roger Mathews. After the red carpet, JWoww and Roger made their way to the VIP area over-looking the dance floor with the music provided by the L.A. Lakers’ DJ Kid Jay.

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Jenni “JWoww” Farley
Photo credit: Denise Truscello/Wire Image

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Jenni “JWoww” Farley and Roger Mathews
Photo credit: Denise Truscello/Wire Image

Emmy Award-winning funny lady Kathy Griffin along with fellow comedians Brad Garrett and Steve White partied at PURE Nightclub inside Caesar’s Palace. Kathy Griffin spent Thanksgiving in Las Vegas for her one night only show at the Colosseum inside Caesar’s Palace.

Following her show, Griffin celebrated her successful performance by stopping by the mega club to relax and let loose. Joined by a large entourage of good friends, the trio of comedians was seen dancing in their exclusive VIP table located on PURE’s main stage surrounded by hundreds of fans.

Sunday afternoon, November 28,

Former Spice Girl, fashionista, and wife of soccer superstar David Beckham, Victoria Beckham was spotted dining at Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace with her parents Jacqueline and Anthony Adams and her three sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz.

 

Sunday night, Dancing With The Stars Cheryl Burke and some friends had dinner at Simon at Palms Place.

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Cheryl Burke with Chef Kerry Simon
Photo credit Ed Graff

 

Monday, November 29…

Dana White, UFC President, and friends dined at N9NE Steakhouse inside Palms Casino Resort.

Steven Jackson, NFL player for the St. Louis Rams, also dined at N9NE Steakhouse.  Executive Chef Barry S. Dakake stopped by his table to say hello.

Tuesday, November 30,

PEEPSHOW star Holly Madison spotted holiday shopping at Betsey Johnson inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.


 


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