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Many Children Introduced to Ballet by Seeing Peers Dance in 'The Nutcracker'

The holiday classic appears on the Strip this year.

When compared with other ballets, one of the most unique facets of "The Nutcracker" is that the major parts of Clara and Fritz are performed by children, and other children dance many of the supporting roles.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

'America's Party' Plans Announced

'America's Party' Plans Announced

Fireworks will again shoot off from the roofs of Las Vegas Strip hotels for the New Year’s Eve celebration.

Plans were announced Wednesday for America’s Party. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority along with Las Vegas Events, city leaders and Fireworks by Grucci laid out the plans for the big party.

The theme for this year’s display is “Dance—Las Vegas.” It will feature distinctive music and colors to help ring in the New Year. There will be eight resorts participating in the show: Tropicana Las Vegas, MGM Grand, Aria, Planet Hollywood, Caesars Palace, Treasure Island, The Venetian and Stratosphere.

Unwrap Your Holiday Spirit with Communities In Schools of NV at Santa Tea at Simon Restaurant

Unwrap Your Holiday Spirit with Communities In Schools of NV at Santa Tea at Simon Restaurant

Communities In Schools of Nevada (CISN) invites families for an afternoon of delicious treats and holiday activities at the annual Santa Tea at Simon Restaurant & Lounge at Palms Place, from 2 - 4 p.m. Saturday, December 10.

The family fare will feature favorite seasonal activities such as gingerbread cookie decorating and festive games and music. Little ones will even have the opportunity to have their photo taken with Santa Claus.

Executive Chef Kerry Simon will be there dishing out some of his famous plates including mac n’ cheese, tea sandwiches, fresh sushi and his signature holiday junk food platters, as well as hot cocoa for children and refreshing cranberry mojitos for parents.

Fans Celebrate Jackson's Life

Fans Celebrate Jackson's Life

The legacy of Michael Jackson lives on despite his untimely death two years ago.

This weekend Jackson will be honored at a fan festival at Mandalay Bay. The festival coincides with the start of the show "Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour" by Cirque du Soleil. The show will be at Mandalay Bay through December 27.

The fan fest will take fans through a journey of the superstar's life from his days as a child star with the Jackson 5 to his time as the biggest pop star in the world with the release of "Thriller." Personal items from Jackson's estate will be on display including his Rolls-Royce limousine, the statue created for the HIStory tour, the spaceship used for the video "Scream" and the throne used in the "Remember the Time" video.

A very special appearance is planned for Sunday. Fans will be able to meet three of Jackson's brothers: Marlon, Jackie and Tito Jackson. They will be talking with fans and signing autographs. 

Will you accept the challenge?

Will you accept the challenge?

The 2012 Polar Plunge® registration websites are live and people are already getting in the mix for this fun and crazy event.  Check it out at iPolarPlungeNV.com and learn about you can qualify to win an iPad2 while you're at it.

Join us on February 18 in Las Vegas when we brave the chilly waters in support of a great cause! The exact location of the plunge has not yet been announced.

The Polar Plunge® is a national event for Special Olympics programs.  We challenge the Las Vegas desert-dwellers to help us prove that it can get pretty frigid here too.

Gather up your most adventurous pals.  Decide on your team theme and set your sights on the BEST COSTUME award.  Register online, collect pledges and earn some very cool prizes (like a chance to win an iPad2.)  Remember there is only one rule: NO WETSUITS ALLOWED!

Free Mystere Acts Hit Fashion Show Friday

Free Mystere Acts Hit Fashion Show Friday


Stalwart Cirque du Soleil production Mystère will offer a free set of short performances Friday afternoon at Fashion Show.

Performances and activities begin at 1 pm inside Fashion Show, located on the first floor runway between Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom. Fashion Show is located at 3200 Las Vegas Boulevard South at Spring Mountain Road.

Hosted by Mystère characters, the performances from four different acts will take place on and above the stage. In between acts, guests will have the chance to get up close to characters for souvenir photos, and face-painters will be on hand for a Cirque du Soleil-inspired makeover.

Attendees will also have the chance to enter to win two tickets to Mystère, dinner for two at Isla Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar, and a one-night stay at Treasure Island.You must be 21 to enter the contest and some restrictions apply.