By Judy Thorburn
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United Way of Southern Nevada’s Women’s Leadership Council Celebrates the Power of Women at Third Annual Luncheon

United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) held its third annual luncheon, March 2 at Caesars Palace. In attendance were local female leaders to address the community’s most pressing needs.

Featuring keynote speaker Maureen E. Peckman, chief emerging business officer for Cleveland Clinic Nevada, the exclusive event also honored three outstanding women leaders in the areas of education, health and financial stability. Terri Janison, director of community relations for Governor Brian Sandoval received the 2011 Commitment to Education Award; Michele Johnson, president and CEO of Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Nevada and Utah received the 2011 Financial Stability Award; and Dee Ladd, founder of the Sunrise Children's Foundation received the 2011 Access to Healthcare Award.
United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council’s Co-Chair Judy Kropid poses with honorees Terri Janison, Michele Johnson, event keynote speaker Maureen Peckman and honoree Dee Ladd at the Women’s Leadership Council Luncheon on March 2, 2011.

After the luncheon, 33 functional centerpieces comprised of school supplies and other essential items were donated to the WLC’s five Family Engagement Resource Centers located inside Sunrise Mountain, Clark, Eldorado, Silverado and Western High Schools. The Family Engagement Resource Centers are designed to encourage on-time graduation by providing necessary resources and tools to families in need.

The Women’s Leadership Council now boasts a membership of 130 women, who each commit an annual investment of $2,500 or more to United Way of Southern Nevada.

Express Fashion Show “Rocked the Sidewalk” at The Venetian Las Vegas

The Venetian Las Vegas® hosted one of the Strip’s biggest fashion events on March 11, when Express brought its famous "Rock the Sidewalk" Runway Show to the resort. Onlookers lined the runway to preview 2011 fall fashions from Express as models strutted the 70-foot catwalk specially built on the outdoor gondola bridge. While most front row seats at fashion shows are limited strictly to celebrities and fashion insiders, this show gave the public a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the latest fashion trends up close and personal.
Photo credit: Images of Vegas/ IS Photography
Photo credit: Images of Vegas/ IS Photography
Photo credit: Images of Vegas/ IS Photography
Photo credit: Images of Vegas/ IS Photography
Photo credit: Images of Vegas/ IS Photography
Photo credit: Images of Vegas/ IS Photography

Following successful shows in New York and Miami, Express came to Vegas and chose The Venetian for their next event, with the outdoor gondola bridges  providing the perfect backdrop. After shooting the fall advertising campaign amidst The Venetian’s signature landmarks debuting, top models "rocked the sidewalk,” sporting trendy sequins, blazers and loads of layered jewelry.

Eyesight Productions, known for their world-class fashion productions in Paris and New York, brought the colossal stage to life over two days, featuring strobe lights and a huge LED screen that projected the show live online. TAO Nightclub's DJ Galeano pumped the crowd up with dance music and announced the 10 lucky winners of the Ultimate Style Package with gift cards to Express, TAO Nightclub and Canyon Ranch SpaClub®.

The celebration continued with an after party at TAO Nightclub, starting at 10 p.m.

The Palazzo Las Vegas Celebrates the Arrival of the Spring Season with Vibrant Butterfly Décor

The Palazzo Las Vegas unveiled colorful butterfly inspired décor throughout the resort to celebrate the arrival of the spring season on March 7.

During their next visit to The Palazzo, guests will enjoy a charming spring atmosphere bursting with eye dazzling bright colors and distinctive butterfly designs.  Lining the atrium waterfall are bright hyacinths, tulip willows, cherry blossoms, forsythia topiaries and 16-foot Amstel King Ficus trees, while 15-foot Japanese plum blossoms and 5-foot tulips complement the lobby gardens.

Photo credit: Images of Vegas/ IS Photography

Photo credit: Images of Vegas/ IS Photography
Photo credit: Images of Vegas/ IS Photography
Photo credit: Images of Vegas/ IS Photography
Photo credit: Images of Vegas/ IS Photography

An intricately designed, animated butterfly with a 22-foot wingspan tops off the décor.  The butterfly will softly flap its wings and gently blink while perched amidst the ground fountains and blooming spring topiaries.  The signature butterfly took three months of planning and a  team of 12 designers, seamstresses, welders and engineers to create.

The spring décor will be on display in The Palazzo Waterfall Atrium and Lobby daily and will remain a must-see attraction through the end of May.

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

On Friday, March 9, it was announced that the 60 year old, Moroccan themed iconic strip hotel resort, The Sahara would close its doors on May 16. Sahara owner SBE Entertainment of Los Angeles ownership stated it was "no longer economically viable" to keep the resort operating. Under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, the resort's 1,050 employees were given a 60-day notice that the business is ceasing operations.

George Wallace, headliner in the “I Be Thinkin’” show at the Flamingo, is offering free tickets to college students up to the age of 23 throughout the month of March. Students must show proof of valid college I.D.  Show times are Tuesday through Saturday at 10 p.m.

Memorabilia International inside Miracle Mile Shops hosts a meet-and-greet with former NBA standout and 2011 Basketball Hall of Fame finalist Dennis Rodman from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 20. Rodman will be available to meet fans, take pictures and sign autographs. Fans must purchase a meet-and-greet package to gain access to the event. For only $59, fans can get an autograph and their photograph taken with the basketball great. In addition, there will be limited edition Dennis Rodman collectibles available for purchase. For a complete list of event prices and additional information, call Memorabilia International at (702) 476-6151.

Talented singer-impressionist Tom Stevens brings his one-of-a-kind show to the Suncoast Showroom for two performances, March 26 and 27, each evening at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available for $10, plus tax and convenience fees.

In response to overwhelming audience demand, Wynn Las Vegas has extended performances of the new hit show Sinatra Dance With Me through April 30.

As part of an incentive to encourage communities to donate and make a positive difference, CSI: The Experience is partnering with United Blood Services to host a blood drive Saturday, March 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at MGM Grand.  All donors will receive a complimentary ticket to check out the intriguing and hands-on exhibit, CSI: The Experience, based on the hit TV show, between March 26 and April 9, 2011.

During a six-week hiatus for Lorena Peril, FANTASY at Luxor Las Vegas will feature two new beauties in its steamy adult revue as Lily Arce and Felice Garcia take turns in the starring role. Arce, a gorgeous performer with a powerhouse voice will take the lead in most performances while Garcia, the reigning Miss Henderson, will star in guest performances.

Felice Garcia

Lily Arce

FANTASY performs nightly at 10:30 p.m. in the Atrium Showroom at Luxor Hotel and Casino. Tickets start at $39, plus taxes and handling fees.  Guests must be 18 years of age or older.

Cabo Wabo Cantina will host the UFC Fight Night live from Seattle on Saturday, March 26. The exciting matchup between light heavyweight fighters Antonia Rogerio Nogueira and Phil Davis will begin at 6 p.m. Admission is free and includes access inside Cabo Wabo’s viewing party where UFC fans can catch the highly anticipated matchup between Nogueira and Davis along with all other main card fights. Shown on multiple high-definition television screens throughout the restaurant and bar, guests can watch the fights from the best seats on the Strip while enjoying killer margaritas and tasty Mexican fare. Doors open at 5 p.m. and include the showing of all matches leading up to the main event.

The Las Vegas Improvisation Players celebrate their unique version of March madness on Saturday, March 26. The all new comedy improv show starts at 7:00 p.m. at the American Heritage Academy, located at 6126 South Sandhill Road in Las Vegas. Tickets are only $10 and available for purchase at the door which opens at 6:40 p.m.

Award winning deadpan comedian Steven Wright brings his trademark wit, absurdist one-liners and monotone voice to The Orleans Showroom, March 26 and 27, each evening at 8 p.m. Tickets are available starting from $34.95, plus tax and convenience fees.

Menopause The Musical celebrates six years of performances at Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and the 10th anniversary of the show worldwide on March 28. Show times in the Atrium Showroom at Luxor are Wednesday-Monday at 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday at 8 p.m. During Carrot Top’s monthly dark week, all performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Tickets priced at $65 and $49.95, not including tax and service fee.

Comedian/actor and Saturday Night Live alum Kevin Nealon will perform his stand up act at the Suncoast Showroom, April 2 and 3, each evening at 7:30 p.m. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available starting from $29.95 plus tax and convenience fees.

The UNLV Performing Arts Center presents Tony Award-Winning Hits from Broadway’s Greatest Musicals as part of the New York Stage & Beyond Series at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 2. Join three of Broadway’s brightest stars – James Barbour, Julia Murney, and Lauren Kennedy – as they perform an evening of Broadway’s greatest songs from Tony Award-winning musicals like West Side Story, Gypsy, Grease, and Wicked. Tickets to Broadway’s Greatest Hits are $40, $55, and $85 and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Box Office at 895-ARTS (2787) or by visiting Student rush tickets are $13 each and available one hour prior to each event, based on availability and with valid student I.D. UNLV faculty and staff discounts also are available. A $1.25 facilities fee, in addition to the ticket price, is charged on all Performing Arts Center tickets.


Celebrity sightings:

Monday afternoon, Grammy award-winning producer and songwriter, The Dream, was spotted for the second week in a row at Michael Boychuck’s AMP Salon inside the Palms Casino Resort getting his weekly manicure and pedicure.

Professional boxer Zab Judah dined at Sugar Factory American Brasserie at Paris Las Vegas with his girlfriend, baby son and a few close friends. After dinner, the fighter browsed Sugar Factory’s flagship retail store attached to the restaurant and showed off his current championship belt.

IBF Light Welterweight Champion, Zab Judah, with his championship belt and Couture Pop at Sugar Factory inside Paris Las Vegas.
Photo Credit: Sugar Factory
Tuesday, March 8, Lupe Fiasco celebrated the release of his highly anticipated album Lasers, which hit #1 on iTunes on its first day out, with a party at Lavo Las Vegas. He arrived at the club just before 1 am and made a quick stop at a table to get surprised by a giant cake with his album cover on it.
Lupe Fiasco and DJ Five
Photo credit: Al Powers

Lupe Fiasco
Photo credit: Al Powers

Lupe Fiasco with celebratory cake
Photo credit: Al Powers

Nick Cannon was spotted at the hot new eatery Sugar Factory American Brasserie at Paris Las Vegas, dining with friends.
Nick Cannon eating at Sugar Factory American Brasserie.
Photo Credit: Sugar Factory

Model and UFC octagon girl Arianny Celeste hosted the official Ciroc Ultra Premium Vodka party during the Nightclub & Bar Show at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at Paris Las Vegas. Prior to heading up to the ultra-swanky nightclub, Celeste stopped into Sugar Factory American Brasserie for dinner with friends and shared one of Sugar Factory’s signature cocktails, Passion Punch.  Upon her arrival at Chateau, Celeste was escorted to her private VIP table and danced the night away to sounds by DJ Clinton Sparks.
Arianny Celeste checks out Sugar Factory American Brasserie and poses with a Sugar Factory signature Couture Pop.
Photo Credit: Carlos Larios/StarTraks Photo

Arianny Celeste hosts the official Ciroc Ultra Premium Vodka party at Cheatu Nightclub & Gardens at Paris Las Vegas.
Photo Credit: Carlos Larios/StarTraks Photo

Wednesday night, March 9, Marquee Nightclub at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, which is normally closed on Wednesdays, opened the doors for the Nightclub & Bar Show’s Top 100 party.  Spotted in the crowd checking out a special set by Swedish DJ Avicii was Danny Masterson.  The actor and DJ, who will spin under his moniker DJ Mom Jeans at LAVO Las Vegas on Friday, took in the sounds from a VIP table in the main room.
DJ Avicii
Photo credit: Al Powers

DJ Avicii
Photo credit: Al Powers

Worship Thursday at TAO featured an 80’s look-alike contest that drew nearly 70 contestants.  A Robert De Niro impersonator, who will be a part of the new Mob Experience, took the $10,000 grand prize, with Pee Wee Herman coming in second and The Terminator and Rodney Dangerfield look-alikes rounding out the winners.  A total of $16,000 in prize money was distributed.

Spotted in the crowd taking in the festivities was Jonathan Vilma of the New Orleans Saints with several other NFL pros.

Friday night, March 10…

Eva Longoria's Beso Steakhouse and Eve Nightclub at Crystals in CityCenter Las Vegas hosted four legends of sports Evander Holyfield, Jerome Bettis, Hines Ward and Joey Porter. Also at Beso and Eve was hip-hop legend and reality television star, Flava Flav.

Jerome Bettis, Evander Holyfield and Hines Ward dine at Eva Longoria’s Beso Steakhouse in Crystals CityCenter Las Vegas.
Photo credit: Karl Larson

Jermone Bettis walks the red carpet at Eva Longoria’s Beso Steakhouse and Eve Nightclub at Crystals CityCenter Las Vegas.

Photo credit: Karl Larson


Members of the World Champion Green Bay Packers celebrated their Super Bowl win at TAO Las Vegas.  Linebackers Brad Jones, Nick Barnett, Diyral Briggs and safety Morgan Burnett enjoyed dinner at TAO Asian Bistro before heading up to a moat skybox overlooking the entire nightclub.

Another Super Bowl champ was spotted at TAO as former NFL pro Jerome Bettis arrived around 2:30.  Bernard Berrien of the Minnesota Vikings was also seen in the club.

Friends and family of Danny Masterson gathered at LAVO Las Vegas to celebrate the actor and DJ’s birthday.  Masterson, who will turn 35 on Sunday, and a group of more than 40 started the night dining at the Italian eatery. The guest of honor was surprised at the dinner table with a cake that depicted Danny playing golf.

After dinner the group headed to the nightclub, taking over an entire row of VIP tables on the dance floor.  Masterson’s fiancé Bijou Phillips was by his side, as were his siblings Chris, Jordan, Alanna and Will.
Alanna Masterson, Julian Casablancas, Danny Masterson and Chris Masterson at LAVO LV
Photo Credit: Al Powers

Alanna, Will, Danny, Chris and Jordan Masterson celebrate Danny Masterson's birthday at LAVO LV
Photo Credit: Al Powers
Juliette Lewis, Eric Balfour and Cameron Richardson, Michael Pena and Julian Casablancas from the band The Strokes were also spotted toasting the birthday boy.  Danny was surprised with yet another cake, this one symbolizing his DJ moniker, DJ Mom Jeans, before heading to the booth to spin a special set.
Juliette Lewis
Photo Credit: Al Powers


Eric Balfour and Cameron Richardson at LAVO LV
Photo Credit: Al Powers

Danny Masterson aka DJ Mom Jeans performs a special DJ set at LAVO LV
Photo Credit: Al Powers


Danny Masterson and Bijou Phillips with cake at LAVO LV
Photo Credit: Al Powers
In the DJ booth he was joined by his brother Chris and That 70’s Show co-star Wilmer Valderrama, who got on the mic to hype up the crowd during his friend’s set.
Chris Masterson, Danny Masterson and Wilmer Valderrama at LAVO LV
Photo Credit: Al Powers

MTV’s “Jersey Shore” stud Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino showed dined at Sugar Factory American Brasserie at Paris Las Vegas.

Sorrentino had Las Vegas local Marcy Depena by his side throughout the night.

Following dinner, Sorrentino took Depena on a sugar-rush shopping spree inside Sugar Factory’s retail store.

Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino shopping with Marcy Depena at Sugar Factory in Las Vegas.
Photo credit: Denise Truscello/WireImage

Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino feeds Marcy Depena candy at Sugar Factory in Las Vegas.
Photo credit: Denise Truscello/WireImage

Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino dines at Sugar Factory American Brasserie at Paris Las Vegas.
Photo credit: Sugar Factory

Jersey Shore's Sammi "Sweetheart" and three friends were seen at Cabo Wabo Cantina at Miracle Mile Shops inside Planet Hollywood before heading over to Chateau Nightclub & Gardens.

Also at the cantina was Hills' star Stacie Hall celebrating her birthday with Playmate of the Month September 2009, Kimberly Phillips, and Playboy's Cybergirl and actress, Jessica Hall.

The Hill's Stacie Hall celebrating her birthday at Cabo Wabo Cantina with and Playmate Kimberly Phillips and Playboys' Cybergirl Jessica Hall, Couture Pops from Sugar Factory in hand.

Saturday March 12…

In the afternoon, Paris Hilton was spotted getting pampered at celebrity colorist Michael Boychuck's world-renowned COLOR Salon at Caesars Palace.

At Marquee Nightclub inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Paris Hilton checked out the sounds of Kaskade from a VIP table in the main room, joined by boyfriend Cy Waits and a group of friends. Also spotted was Matt Kemp from the Dodgers in Marquee's Boombox room.

Wilmer Valderrama was spotted in the club and Shawn Pyfrom of Desperate Housewives stopped in for a few drinks with friends, as did David Henrie from Wizards of Waverly Place.

Dane Cook, who turns 39 next Friday, celebrated at TAO Las Vegas.  The actor and stand-up comedian enjoyed dinner in the restaurant before heading up to the club.

Upstairs in the club he took over a VIP table on the dance floor, climbing up on the banquette to take in the scene, where he was surprised with a cake by Gimme Some Sugar.
Dane Cook

Dane Cook

Also spotted at TAO, continuing his own birthday party after starting the celebration at LAVO, was Danny Masterson.  He began the night with dinner at the Asian Bistro, joined by fiancé Bijou Phillips and friends and family including Eric Balfour, Ethan Suplee, Michael Pena and Juliet Lewis.

LA Dodger Matt Kemp dined at TAO with several teammates, feasting on Pot Stickers, Dumplings and Sushi before heading to sister club Marquee.

Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola and Deena Nicole Cortese of the Jersey Shore were at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at Paris Las Vegas in celebration of Giancola's 24th birthday.


Also at Chateau was Scott Disick, with a Keeping Up With the Kardashians film crew in tow. They were in town filming an upcoming episode centered around Disick's boys' trip to Vegas.

Across the club in a private VIP booth, boxing legend Evander Holyfield was also spotted at Chateau dancing with friends.

Sammi ‘Sweetheart’ Giancola walks the red carpet at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at Paris Las Vegas for her birthday celebration.
Photo credt: Jacob Andrzejczak/WireImage

Deena Nicole Cortese walks the red carpet at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at Paris Las Vegas.
Photo credt: Jacob Andrzejczak/WireImage

Sammi ‘Sweetheart’ Giancola and Deena Nicole Cortese arrive at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens.
Photo credt: Jacob Andrzejczak/WireImage

Scott Disick walks the red carpet at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens.
Photo credt: Jacob Andrzejczak/WireImage

Sammi ‘Sweetheart’ Giancola and Deena Nicole Cortese celebrate Giancola’s 24th birthday at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at Paris Las Vegas.
Photo credit: Isaac Brekken/WireImage

Evander Holyfield at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens.
Photo credit: Isaac Brekken/WireImage

'System of a Down' drummer John Dolmayan was spotted watching the concert at the Music as a Weapon V tour featuring KoЯn and Disturbed inside The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Grammy nominated singer Cee Lo Green was spotted at Studio 54 inside MGM Grand after wrapping up his Red Bull Soundclash concert with the Ting Tings.

“GTL” king, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, spent a sunny Saturday at Las Vegas’ first beer garden, The Chateau Beer Garden at Paris Las Vegas. Sitch, along with his brother, and a current female friend, Marcy Depena, were also spotted.

Nearby, fellow cast member, Deena Nicole, enjoyed the afternoon with friends at the new Strip-side getaway.

Playmate of the Month September 2009, Kimberly Phillips, Playboy’s Cybergirl and actress, Jessica Hall and The Hills’ star, Stacie Hall, we’re also spotted enjoying the sun on The Chateau Beer Garden terrace.
Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino at The Chateau Beer Garden.

Kimberly Phillips, Jessica Hall and Stacie Hall at The Chateau Beer Garden.

Deena Nicole at The Chateau Beer Garden.

Holly Madison and a friend stopped for lovely lunch at Sugar Factory American Brasserie at Paris Las Vegas.

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