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A TRIP TO THE JOY STORE: Whimsies (and selfies) abound at Mandalay Bay’s Happy Place

There was only one moment when I felt anywhere close to my age during my journey through Happy Place at Mandalay Bay.

That moment came as I struggled to extract myself from the Rubber Ducky Bathtub of Fun, a yellow tub full of plastic balls in which I had willingly — if foolishly — submerged myself.

“It’s deeper than it looks,” a chipper Happy Place staffer said sympathetically as she leant me a hand.

Luckily, Happy Place is a space beyond embarrassment. Indeed, the interactive, immersive exhibit full of larger-than-life installations and sensory-themed rooms is a magical place, like Disneyland or Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, minus the exorbitant entry fees and the Oompa Loompas.

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RIDE ’EM VEGAS: National Finals Rodeo gallops back to town. Here’s a primer on the cowboy cornucopia that lassoes Las Vegas

Ropin’, ridin’ and line-dancin’ … wait, do bulls line-dance?

We’d love to see that, though they’ll likely save their fancier footwork for grittier activities — say, wrasslin’ with cowpokes — inside the Thomas & Mack Center during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (aka NFR), a Las Vegas staple stampeding back to our city for its annual 10-day hoedown, Dec. 5-14.

Galloping along concurrently with the competitions, the popular and interactive gift/activities/exhibits show Cowboy Christmas takes over the Las Vegas Convention Center’s South Hall from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily — and it’s free! (This year’s show includes the Junior World Finals, hosting more than 850 youth contestants.)

Following are fast facts, figures and stray historical tidbits on NFR.

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TICK, TOCK, HARD ROCK: Recalling the resort’s heyday and highlights as demolition and transformation begin

When the Hard Rock Cafe opened with an Aerosmith concert in September 1990, thousands crowded the intersection of Paradise Road and Harmon Avenue to herald a new brand of entertainment to Las Vegas.

Hostess Kathryn Bohannon and bartender Cindy Faraci remember the night vividly. When the sound system went down and the band’s performance was delayed, a near-riot broke out, they recalled.

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PROBLEM-GAMING TAMING:  Caesars Entertainment properties mark three decades of initiatives to curb gambling addiction  

When the alluring machines and enticing tables on the casino floor become an unhealthy addiction, when money for a mortgage or car or tuition payment is part of the action, gambling stops being fun.

That’s why it’s important that casino employees keep alert, and why Caesars Entertainment Corp. has led the industry with its Responsible Gaming program.

In 2019, Caesars marks 30 years since it began creating employee-training initiatives and investing in cutting-edge technology and research to advance techniques and tools to prevent underage gaming and stem problem gaming.

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LVCVA seeks resident volunteers for blockbuster Vegas sports events

As our town relentlessly amps up its global sports profile, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is putting out a call for volunteer help from local residents at major events with its online volunteer portal, which launched Dec. 9. By signing up, you can share the glory at all the events tied to such big-time festivities as the Pac-12, the Las Vegas Bowl, NASCAR and the NFL Draft.

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People mover project officially gets moving as tunneling commences at Las Vegas Convention Center

With a mere button press, Las Vegas literally tunneled its way into history at the Las Vegas Convention Center by triggering a potential “Kitty Hawk-type moment.”

Well, Wright on, Vegas!

“This community should take pride in what we’re doing here today,” said Steve Hill, CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA, which produces Las Vegas Newswire) on Nov. 15. That’s when his finger-push on the start button helped kick The Boring Company’s giant drill into action in a 44-foot-wide pit dwelling 42 feet below the surface to begin tunneling out the convention center’s new $52.5 million underground people-mover transportation system.

And it’s when Hill declared his hope that history will eventually record it as a moment in the same realm as when Orville and Wilbur pioneered modern aviation.

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SEMA Ignited: The ultimate car show

SEMA Ignited, the official SEMA Show after-party that connects the general public with industry leaders, celebrities and award-winning custom vehicles, takes place immediately after the SEMA Show closes as hundreds of cars and trucks parade out of the Las Vegas Convention Center and assemble across the street in the Convention Center’s Platinum parking lot.

The annual event includes food, music, drift demonstrations, celebrities, and the culmination of the SEMA Battle of the Builders competition which includes more than 250 competitors vying for the title of the Ultimate Vehicle Builder.

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LVCVA chief outlines major tourism projects at governor’s summit  

When a McCarran International Airport official told the Governor’s Global Tourism Summit on Nov. 13 that El Al’s launch of direct service between Tel Aviv and Las Vegas earlier this year was a Christmas gift for the region, Steve Hill couldn’t resist: “[It] was probably a Hanukkah present, not a Christmas present.”

Hill, CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (which produces Las Vegas Newswire), elaborated on the close relationship LVCVA has forged with McCarran to draw more air traffic, which benefits the whole state. Hill addressed the issue during the summit at the Plaza Hotel.

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Greet the parents

UNLV assistant drum major William Ingelson and his parents Brian and Beverly Ingelson take advantage of one of the final opportunities for a photo with …

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LVCC expansion marks milestone

How’s it coming along? Quite nicely, thank you. Or put another, more statistically precise way: More than halfway done.

That’s the milestone celebrated on Oct. 24, when the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) marked the completion of 53 percent of the construction on its 1.4-million-square foot expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). Highlighted by a 600,000-square-foot West Hall, the new exhibit facility — targeted for completion in December 2020 — will claim the title of largest column-free venue in North America. Renovation of the existing 3.2-million-square-foot convention center will begin in the summer of 2021, with the entire $1.52-billion development expected to be finished in 2024.

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Nevada Resort Association forms new Corporate Social Responsibility Coalition

There’s a new team on Vegas’ charitable scene. And it’s an all-star squad, courtesy of the Nevada Resort Association, whose members and partners have joined forces for a new Corporate Social Responsibility Coalition.

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Neon Museum celebrates 1 millionth visitor

Call it a cool million for a hot attraction. With the entrance of Las Vegas local Nazarey David on Nov. 26, the Neon Museum marked its one-millionth visitor to the palace of legendary Vegas signage.

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Mob Museum panel to probe Hoffa mystery

One of the most enduring mob mysteries is back in the news — and Las Vegas’ Mob Museum is back on the case.

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