If you won’t be driving your Harley to Laughlin in April for the annual Laughlin River Run, perhaps you could drive your Vespa to Vegas in March at the 10th annual High Rollers Weekend.
This year’s rally – the last one planned for Las Vegas – is being hosted at the Tropicana and events begin Thursday, March 19 with daily activities including swap meets and scooter rallies. Saturday, March 21 is the prime event – the National Scooter Build-Off.
The Build-Off is an opportunity to show center stage the fabulous restorations of vintage scooters – specifically Lambretta and Vespas. Teams from across the country have been refurbishing classic scooters – returning them to their original design and working order. There are three judging categories: Vintage, Custom Modified and No Limits. More than 30 teams are scheduled to display their designs at the Show and Shine during the High Rollers weekend.
The Cerda’s of Las Vegas are going to spend the next few days in Hawaii and when they get back from sun and surf in Maui, they’ll return to a rebuilt home courtesy of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
On Tuesday, March 10 Ty Pennington and crew woke the Cerda’s with the news that their home had been chosen for a construction make-over. A short time later the family was whisked away in a stretch SUV to begin their holiday and the ABC crew began the task of packing the house and prepping for demolition on Thursday, March 12.
The Cerda family bought their home in 2004 and have fought construction issues ever since. Multiple floods caused water and sewer damage as well as potentially creating an unhealthy living environment filled with mold and bacteria. This is always a serious situation but for the Cerda’s, it’s literally life and death. The Cerda’s daughters, Molly and Maggie, both have Combined Immune Deficiency Disease (CIDD) which makes them more susceptible to lung and upper respiratory infections. A cold becomes pneumonia. Because of their condition the girls have limited contact outside the home making it even more important that the house be in pristine condition.
In part, the Cerda’s were chosen for their need but also, because of their ability to reach out to others while they work through their own difficulties. Chuck Cerda is a Homeland Security officer and Terri Cerda works in global relief efforts with search and rescue dogs during environmental disasters. The family also founded “Artful Hearts” which supplies murals to organizations that work to help children with life threatening health issues.
Wright Customer Home/Wright Engineers and more than 500 volunteers will participate in the rebuild of the home at Rainbow and Ann Road in Northwest Las Vegas. During the rebuild, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will be collecting food donations at the spectator area of the construction sight to benefit Three Square.
Three Square is a Southern Nevada food distribution hub that to date, has distributed more than 10 million pounds of food to families in need.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on ABC affiliate KTNV Channel 13 in Las Vegas.
On March 10, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority reported that potentially $131,600, 000 was lost in non-gaming revenue in the past 90 days resulting from 340 event cancellations and 236,700 lost room nights and untold amounts of casino betting. January results, though, showed Nevada collected $47 million, a 42.4 percent drop from a year ago, and the 13th straight month gaming revenues have declined.
Las Vegas visitors in January were fewer than 2.8 million people, a decrease of 11.8 percent from a year ago, yielding a 71.9 percent average occupancy citywide in January.
A survey conducted by the authority reported 60 percent of Las Vegas resort operators think 2009 convention and meeting attendance will fall further than it did last year when business travel was down 5 percent. That could spell trouble for the estimated 46,000 people in Las Vegas who have jobs relating to this business sector.
Las Vegas boosters and the business travel industry blamed President Obama and his defenders, in part, for exacerbating recession-related travel declines by suggesting companies that hold events in appealing destinations could be in line for public shaming.