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First Beer Fest at MonteLago Village in Las Vegas

MonteLago Village Resort is nationally known for their luxurious Spa Vita Di Lago, boutique shopping and a championship golf course.  But on Saturday, March 14, they are adding a whole new wrinkle:  The MonteLago Village Resort and Buckbean Breweing will host the first ever Village Beer Fest to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy beerfestFoundation of Las Vegas.  Tickets are $20 per person for the four-hour event; ticket cost includes an engraved commemorative glass. 

Buckbean Brewing recently expanded into the Las Vegas and Northern California markets.  Currently is it is the largest production microbrewery in Nevada. The craft beer company produces two signature beers, Original Orange Blossom Ale and Black Noddy Lager, which are available in environmentally-friendly cans.  This allows beer fans the opportunity to carry their favorite beverage with them during all outdoor activities without being worried about broken glass. 

“Buckbean’s is excited to partner with The Village on this event and hope it will become an annual event,” said Buckbean Brewing Company Owner Douglas Booth. “The location is perfect for this type of event with restaurants and shops to enhance the experience and a resort in case guests have had too much fun and need a place to sleep.” 

In addition to tasting the countries most distinctive brews, The Village Beer Fest will have live music and offer delicious snacks.  Hotel packages including tickets to The Village Beer Fest are available at MonteLago. (Please click on link for further information.)

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Cirque du Soleil Art Exhibition Comes to Las Vegas

The creative genius of Cirque du Soleil will present their fifth annual collective art exhibition at The Rever Gallery at The Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd., beginning on February 6 and running through February 27. 

More than 30 art pieces will be on display.   For information, call 702-352-0225

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Sports Illustrated’s First Model Strip Preview

February is a month that offers something for everyone.  Historical celebrations, groundhogs in top hats, romance and roses, and if none of that appeals to you – how about the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue?  sportsillustrated

Since 1964 February has been the month when men wait by their mailboxes to peruse the latest high fashion poses from the world’s most beautiful women.  Models yearn for the opportunity to pose in Sports Illustrated as it traditionally provides their entry ticket into supermodel status.  To support the yearly launch, there’s been an HBO special, video’s and CD’s, a reality TV model search and countless calendars.  And to introduce the 2009 edition of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, now there’s a first ever personal appearance launch party planned.

Southwest Airlines will cover and wrap one of its Boeing 737-700 jets with art that celebrates the 2009 swimsuit edition.

And very early on February 12  they will fly between several and a half dozen of the magazine models from New York to Las Vegas for a series of opening events to be held in Las Vegas. 

Stop by later this week and read our Las Vegas Backstage Access blog for a list of the models and the local public celebrations that will kick-off the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.

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Bald Eagles Love Las Vegas

The bald eagle, the iconic national symbol of the United States, is our new Las Vegas snowbird.  Results from a recent survey show 108 eagles – 29 adults and 59 immature – now make their winter residence at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. bald-eagle

Once on the brink of extinction, the bald eagle was declared an endangered species in 1967  for much of the United States, except Alaska, where about half of the world’s bald eagles live. 

This year’s bald eagle survey results at the Lake Mead Science Symposium on January 14 reported the second-highest tally of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area since the midwinter counts began in 1985.  

Last year the record tally was 116 bald eagles. 

A good area to view and photograph the mighty bald eagles is at the Overton Arm of Lake Mead.

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