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NASCAR After the Lap Returning to Las Vegas

NASCAR After the Lap Returning to Las Vegas

The ultimate experience for NASCAR fans will be coming back to Las Vegas in December.

NASCAR After the Lap will be in the Las Vegas valley for the fifth consecutive year. Drivers from the NASCAR Sprint Cup will be on stage to answer questions and interact with fans.

The event will take place at the Pearl Palms Concert Theater inside the Palms Casino Hotel December 5 at 5 p.m. It is sponsored by Ford and Coca-Cola.

For more information, go to afterthelap.nascar.com.

The After the Lap event is just one of several events planned for this year's NASCAR Champion's Week. From Tuesday, Dec. 3 through Friday, Dec. 6, fans can enjoy unique experiences celebrating the end of the Sprint Cup Series season.

One of the biggest events is the Victory Lap where drivers roll down the Las Vegas Strip. 

Safe Summer Nights Events for Free Family Fun

Safe Summer Nights Events for Free Family Fun


The city of Las Vegas is hosting a handful of Safe Summer Nights events to draw residents out for community gatherings.

The events will include music, children’s games, face painting and free hot dogs and water while supplies last. City of Las Vegas staff will be joined by local non-profit representatives, neighbors and others to provide information about summer youth activities, health services, community safety, adult education opportunities and more at these events.

Safe Summer Nights events will be held at the following locations:

Newest Nightclub, Restaurant at MGM Announces Opening Weekend Plans


The newest nightclub and dining experience at MGM Grand announced its plans for its grand opening.

Hakkasan Las Vegas will start with a preview weekend Thursday April 18 through Saturday, April 20.

The weekend will kick off with a performance by Grammy-nominated artist deadmau5. He is the first electronic dance music artist to be on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

Also slated to perform for the preview weekend is Hardwell, Bingo Players and Tommy Trash.

The grand opening weekend will be Thursday, April 25 through Sunday, April 28. That weekend will feature DJ's Steve Aoki and Calvin Harris, who will be the resident DJ at Hakkasan.

Harris will also perform at the star-studded GQ Magazine opening weekend party on Saturday night.

The restaurant portion of the new venue specializes in authentic Cantonese cuisine. The establishment already has outposts in London, New York and Dubai.

Frankie Valli, The Four Seasons to Get Vegas Star

Frankie Valli, The Four Seasons to Get Vegas Star


LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Cast members and casino officials plan to mark the fifth anniversary of the Las Vegas Strip headline show "Jersey Boys" with the installation of a "Las Vegas Walk of Stars" marker honoring Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

Organizers say Valli and original Four Seasons backup singer Bob Gaudio will take part in the Thursday afternoon ceremony in front of the Paris Las Vegas resort.

"Jersey Boys" opened in 2008 and has played close to 2,000 performances. It recounts the rise of a blue-collar group from Newark, N.J., to stardom over the last 50 years performing songs like "Sherry" and "Walk Like A Man."

The star will be the 64th unveiled on Las Vegas Boulevard since Wayne Newton was honored with the first marker in October 2004.

RTC Bike Event Registration Opens

RTC Bike Event Registration Opens


Registration recently opened for one of the most anticipated cycling events of the year, set for September 2013.

The sixth annual RTC Viva Bike Vegas, put on by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) will take place Saturday, Sept. 21.

The event will offer routes for all skill levels, including a 103-mile Gran Fondo, a 60-mile Metric Century, and a 17-mile ride. All routes will begin on the Strip, and the longer routes will ring the valley, taking riders into the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and near Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

“We envision making Viva Bike Vegas the ultimate one-day cycling experience on the West Coast,” said Fausto Pinarello, president of Pinarello cycling, the bicycle manufacturer and official sponsor of Viva Bike Vegas.

National Geographic Photos Coming to Exhibit

National Geographic Photos Coming to Exhibit


Photographs from around the world will be highlighted in a National Geographic exhibit coming to The Venetian in February.

Beginning February 14, Imagine Exhibitions Gallery at The Venetian will host the 50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic in Las Vegas, showcasing images including Steve McCurry’s “Afghan Girl,” Nick Nichols’ image of Jane Goodall and chimpanzee, and Thomas Abercrombie’s never-before-seen view of Mecca.

50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic will run for a limited engagement and will be open daily from 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. (last ticket sold at 6 p.m.) Tickets will cost $16; students with a valid ID, Nevada residents, military and seniors get in for $13. Children 12 and under receive free admission when accompanied by a paying adult. Taxes and fees not included.