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$67 Million Memorial Day Weekend Party in Las Vegas

Lavish spending and, hopefully, getting a great return on the investment, is the whole idea behind the replacement of the porte cochere at Wynn’s Encore with Encore Beach Resort and Surrender nightclub in Las Vegas, including new outdoor seating for Switch restaurant as well. 

The changes, funded by Wynn Resorts Ltd., all kickoff starting on Memorial Day weekend.

The beach club features a 60,000-square-foot pool with 40-foot tall palm trees and three tiered pools.  Bungalows and cabanas are part of the chic design experience, along with a restaurant and poolside gaming tables.

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Las Vegas Pool Groupies Wanted for YouTube Stardom & Bucks

While Las Vegans and tourists alike are warmly welcomed to celebrate (and brave!) the return of the scorching sun’s rays and sweltering heat, some enterprising people are also taking the opportunity to cash in on the many pool festivities occuring at the thirteen or so casino and resort pools in Las Vegas. 

A new web series on YouTube, “Vegas Summer Crew,”  is inviting everyone to the pool parties.  Poolside festivities will be delivered nationwide online, encouraging everyone not to miss out on one drop of sweat next season. 

The series also is opening doors for some lucky buxom and buff  pool denizens, offering them the chance to become one of the faces of the “Vegas Summer Crew.” The chosen few will act as the series’ hosts, showing up to a total of nine events, consisting of major casinos’ poolside concerts and parties, as well as some red carpet events. Hosts will be interviewing attendees and checking in on the party, all while being filmed and fed back to the web. 

Auditions will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 13 at Cashman Theater (850 Las Vegas Blvd North). The show is seeking people 21 and up who consider themselves fun, outgoing and energetic. It also helps, of course, if you look great scantily clad — hopefuls are asked to show-up in their best bikini or board shorts. 

“What we’re looking for is people with fun, outgoing personalities that feel comfortable going out into a crowd and getting interaction. No on-camera experience [is necessary]; they just have to be fun,” says Tony Marin, a rep for the “Vegas Summer Crew.” 

There also will be an ongoing contest throughout the pool season allowing people all over the country to submit a video of themselves in a swimsuit explaining why they too would make a great face for the “Vegas Summer Crew.”  Eight contestants will be chosen, winning themselves a trip to Las Vegas and a potential guest host spot. 

There’s an added bonus to getting your face out on the World Wide Web: “There will be compensation for whoever we hire,” says Marin. 

Sounds like this summer job sure beats selling lemonade on the corner.

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$100,000 “Battle of the Beauties” Contest Starts in Las Vegas

If the wind and rain stops, the temperature in Las Vegas will soar, which primarily means two major can’t-miss thangs: It’s time to hit the pool and it’s time for SpyOn Vegas’ Hot 100 Contest—which also takes place at a pool.

The annual hotties competition seeks out the most beautiful women Las Vegas has to offer and rewards them for their god- (or surgeon-) given good looks with cold, hard cash. It’s the third year for the Hot 100 and, like the chests of many of the competitors, it is bigger and better than ever.

The so-called “Battle of the Beauties” is set to give out a whopping $100,000 in prizes this year—despite Las Vegas’ choking economy – that’s double the amount that was doled out last year—to the top 20 finalists. First place is awarded $35,000, second gets $20,000 and third fetches $10,000, while finalists four through 20 collect between $6,000 and $1,000.

Registration is open on: www.SpyOnVegas.com The competition gets under way April 30 at Wet Republic. Twelve weeks of events, Friday afternoon pool parties and online voting will follow, culminating with the crowning of “hottest female in Las Vegas” on July 23.

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Tanning Bed Use as Deadly as Arsenic and Mustard Gas

A new medical study is out that ties tanning bed use to an increased risk of contracting cancer, listing it among the top cancer causes, rating them as deadly as arsenic and mustard gas. tanningbeds

With the climate in Las Vegas now turning seasonally colder, this has magnified the intrinsic business and economic challenges faced by Las Vegas’ indoor tanning industry practitioners. 

For years, scientists have described tanning beds and ultraviolet radiation as “probable carcinogens.” 

The new cumulative study is a result of analyzing about 20 tanning bed studies which concluded the dramatic risk of skin cancer occurs with continued use. The study released in July by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the cancer arm of the World Health Organization, said skin cancer risk is increased by 75 percent for those who use tanning beds before age 30. 

The new cancer classification means tanning beds and other sources of ultraviolet radiation are definite causes of cancer, alongside tobacco, the hepatitis B virus and chimney sweeping, among others. 

Most lights used in tanning beds give off mainly ultraviolet radiation, which causes skin and eye cancer, according to the International Agency for Cancer Research. 

The research was published online in the medical journal Lancet Oncology by experts at the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon. 

Nationwide, the $2.7 billion tanning salon industry is expected to experience a 5.1 percent decline this year as the negative impacts of a down economy and the study play out, according to market research firm IBIS World Inc.

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Hard to Say the Words: Las Vegas Pool Season Nearly Over

In calendar time, the summer season is sadly over, but, Las Vegas likes to hold on to any pool season remnants until the bitter end.  And nothing embodies summer in Las Vegas quite like bottomless cocktails, topless ladies and weekday pool parties.  Sadly, the summer pool season is waning and the final countdown is beginning: 

Bare – Final day tentatively set for October 17

Cherry – Final day is October 1

Daydream – Closed

Hard Rock – Rehab and Relax closed

Luxor South Pool – Sunkissed Sundays is closed

Palms Pool & Bungalows – Final Ditch Friday is October 16

Tao Beach – Final party is October 31

Venus – Final day is today

Voodoo Beach – Final day of operations is October 31.  The Fosters monthly nighttime poolside concert series will close after a just-added free performance by Our Lady Peace on October 22

Wet Republic – Closing party is October 11 with guest DJ Roger Sanchez; pool to remain open Friday though Sunday into late October.

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Bask in the Las Vegas Sun- – it’s Healthy!

Las Vegas annually boasts the unique distinction of being one of the world’s best places for experiencing the most sunny days.  But for many, enjoying the sun’s rays merely means sneaking in and out under the shade of umbrellas and lathering on sunscreen with the highest SPF lotions that can be found.  But is that necessarily a good thing for your health? poolparties

The answer to that question is based on how much vitamin D you get.  Three out of four Americans today aren’t getting enough vitamin D, and the ramifications from that deficiency could be severe.   Numerous studies have shown the benefits of D:  It aids calcium absorption, keeps us agile as we age, and may even fend off those pesky colds.  The vitamin D deficit has been linked to everything from cancer to diabetes, osteoporosis, and heart disease.   

A University of Manchester study found that adolescent girls with higher levels of vitamin D have stronger muscles and can jump higher than their peers. 

A Creighton University study revealed that adequate levels of vitamin D could significantly cut your risk of cancer. 

Cardiovascular disease can also be significantly decreased with vitamin D according to the American Heart Association. 

And while one eight-ounce serving of orange juice is all you need to get your daily fill of vitamin C, to get enough vitamin D you’d need to drink ten tall glasses of milk or eat seven pounds of wild salmon-  every single day. 

“There is essentially no vitamin D in your diet,” says Michael F. Holick, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of medicine at Boston University.  His surprising solution?  Embrace the sun again- sans sunscreen. 

Our body synthesizes vitamin D naturally when exposed to sunlight, but high-SPF lotions block the ultraviolet rays needed for its production.  The UV triggers a form of cholesterol in our skin that is converted into D in our kidneys. 

“Different skin types and diets make everyone’s sun needs unique,” says Robyn Luca, M.D., Ph.D.  But generally, “short sun exposure of more skin is a lot safer than longer exposure on just your face and hands.”  Even the American Cancer Society is getting on the bandwagon, recently issuing a joint statement with the Canadian Cancer Society that concluded “supplementation and small amounts of sun exposure are the preferred methods of obtaining vitamin D.” 

Many health experts recommend that 3 to 10 minutes of sun exposure with 40% of your skin bared, twice a week during the summer is enough to get almost a year’s worth of vitamin D.  (If you’re out any longer than that, apply sunscreen.) 

Still, lounging in the sun is never safe for some.  If you have a fair complexion or a family history of skin cancer, experts advise to stick to nonsolar vitamin sources.  Also, if you have dark skin (which, like sunscreen, impeeds vitamin D synthesis), aim to get 1,000 international units (IU) a day through vitamin supplements.   Most multivitamins contain only 400 to 600 IU of D, so you many need to add an extra tablet of pure vitamin D to your daily intake. 

So, popping pills may be your best way to get your vitamin D fix, but for many the controlled basking under the Las Vegas sun may be just the ticket for maintaining good health- unless of course you want to eat seven pounds of salmon daily.

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Sneak into Las Vegas Casino/Hotel Pools for FREE!

Las Vegas tourists and residents alike enjoy splashing around in pools and trying to cool off  as temperatures hit the triple digits.  But with our economy languishing in the doldrums, it’s sometimes hard to find enough dough to pay for the experience.  So, here’s our Las Vegas Backstage Access listing of the most sneak-friendly pools in Las Vegas.  Enter at your own risk!

Tropicana – 3801 S. Las Vegas Blvd.   Start at the Reno Avenue entrance at the southwest side of the Tropicana.  It’s maybe not the classiest place, but it’s gigantic, including a swim-up bar, blackjack tables, and two separate hot tubs. 

Flamingo – 3555 S. Las Vegas Blvd.  Go in the parking garage, walk down the metal staircase, go across the street and head directly into the extremely crowded pool area.  Could be there is staff members at entrance, but usually not a problem to enter. 

Riviera – 2901 S. Las Vegas Blvd.  Their very deep pool isn’t fancy with waterfalls, bars and such, but very relaxing.  They don’t ask to see a room key to get a beach towel, just think of a name and room number and write ’em down before you enter. 

Artisan – 1501 W. Sahara Ave.  Valet park your cark and saunter through the lobby.  Features a cool grotto with foliage and comfy lounge furniture.  Not a bar at the pool, but you can use the pool phone to call the bar and a bartender will bring your cocktails poolside. 

Golden Nugget – 129 Fremont Street  Security guards stand sentry at the door, but just look like you’re going swimming, bring your own towels, and wait for families to go through and follow them.  Huge waterslide that goes through a shark tank.  Very luxurious with cushioned deck chairs and VIP areas.

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