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This Week's Flyer Contains:

Sunday is Buy a Christmas Tree Day

Featured Artist of December

Featured Announcement

VCO Welcomes a New Columnist

Friday Football Forecast

"Vegas Insider" Columns

This Week's Announcements

Double Grand Prize Giveaway

Weekly Prize Giveaway



"Buy a Christmas Tree Day" Christmas Tree History: Did a celebration around a Christmas tree on a bitter cold Christmas Eve at Trenton, New Jersey, turn the tide for Colonial forces in 1776? According to legend, Hessian mercenaries were so reminded of home by a candlelit evergreen tree that they abandoned their guardposts to eat, drink and be merry. Washington attached that night and defeated them. Some historians trace the lighted Christmas tree to Martin Luther. He attached lighted candles to a small evergreen tree, trying to simulate the reflections of the starlit heaven -- the heaven that looked down over Bethlehem on the first Christmas Eve. The Christmas tree is a symbol of a living Christmas spirit and brings into our lives a pleasant aroma of the forest.  Written by: David Robson Extension Educator, Horticulture Springfield Extension Center Learn more here










Featured Artist

for the Month of December

Jay White








Featured Announcement

Nevada Public Radio Announces Holiday Programming


Nevada Public Radio has announced its special holiday programming, which runs from Hanukkah to New Year’s Eve. The seasonal programming can be heard on News 88.9 KNPR FM and Classical 89.7 KCNV FM.

Scheduled programming for News 88.9 KNPR FM can be seen HERE





VCO Welcomes Our Newest Columnist


Life Long Dreams

LLD creates the foundation for special needs children to develop their physical, verbal and social development skills through their performing and visual arts program.

LLD provides children with special needs the opportunity to perform in various productions, corporate events and school assemblies on a local and national level.


This week's "Friday Football Forecast"


"The Beauties vs. The Beasts"


Click HERE for Week 15 of the 2008 NFL season

Mystic Mona
Casey Smith  
"The Tout"  
"Mouth of Motown"  

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December 12th Featured Column:

Foreclosure Prevention Phone-A-Thon

  Nevada Government                      
  Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons
Governor Delighted With Work of Legislators

Legislators approved a lengthy list of legal changes and money movements to keep state government functioning in the face of the present economic crisis....



  Nevada Government                    
  Congresswoman Shelley Berkley   
  Caliente Rail Line Hearing and more

Congresswoman Shelley Berkley today (December 9, 2008)  rejected a call from the Bush administration to triple the size of Yucca Mountain in order to bury even more toxic radioactive waste in southern Nevada.....

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  Nevada Government                

Department of Business and Industry
Foreclosure Prevention Phone-A-Thon
The Nevada Consumer Affairs Division is alerting consumers to watch out for Phishing scams, an insidious type of scheme that hits consumers where it hurts the most: their finances..........


  City of North Las Vegas               
  City’s Budget Presentation Wins National Award

The City of North Las Vegas has been awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by the Government Finance Officers Association for the 2008-09 fiscal year......



  City of Henderson                      
  Candy Cane Hunt

The family-oriented event invites children to swim to the bottom of the pool to collect as many candy canes as they can. The child who finds the most candy canes wins a prize.......



Politically Speaking                        
  John Daly
A New Look at US Auto Bailout
This is a posting about a new initiative on the American car industry.  It comes from Al Dimora, owner of Dimora Motorcar....

  Monthly Horoscope                      
  Michele Avanti, CAP              
December '08 Horoscope            

How to Use This Column: As you read your sun and moon sign, you will note each section is broken into Focus, Test, Key & Action. Focus defines what you will find yourself focused on during this time....



  Notes from Norm                       
  Norm Clarke
Weekly Wrap-Up 12-06-08 - 12-12-08
Now the Internet's abuzz that Hef may have had something going with Ukraine beauty Dasha Astafieva, the 55th anniversary Playmate. She'll sign issues at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Palms before joining Carmen Electra for the Playboy Club party. Electra will be a Bunny dealer.........
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  Vegas Wishes & Desert Dreams   
  Robin Leach
Weekly Wishes and Dreams

So there’s no need for look-alikes or clowns at your next party. You can now get the real thing -- providing your credit card can stomach the cost!.....




  An Imperial Life                 
  Little Anthony
  This & That

Email me your “Did you ever notice” and each week I will select one of them. I’ll put it in my column and send you a copy of Little Anthony & The Imperials “You’ll Never Know” CD as a thank you......


  Publisher's Favorite E-mails                   
  Marleen Marino

Why is the Wedding Ring Worn on the 4th finger?
An interesting video about the Chinese point of view why we wear our wedding ring on our 4th finger........


  Jackie Brett
  Brett's Vegas View 12-12-08

The award-winning Broadway phenomenon “The Lion King” will debut at Mandalay Bay on May 2, 2009, and mark Disney’s first foray in Las Vegas.............


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Victoria Alexander

Week of December 12, 2008                             

Movies This Week: Capsule reviews of Revolutionary Road, Defiance, The Wrestler, and Gran Torino, Mysterium 2009, and more.....



Tom Jones International
Tom Jones On Rachael Ray’s Show
Here’s the description of the show from Rachael Ray’s website: “It’s the one guest Rachael has been waiting for her entire life! Her lifelong crush, Tom Jones, is here with a heart-stopping performance that will make you weak in the knees!”....


  Adele "Z. Z." Zorn   

Entertainment Tidbits December 2008


Ronald McDonald, Disney type characters, Elvis, Marilyn, Dean Martin and the like were there to celebrate.  This huge McDonald’s also has screening pictures above the entrance.  Only in Vegas!......



Pete Allman
George Wallace: “I Be Thinking”
“I Be Thinking,” says comedy master George Wallace, and that’s the signature title of his headline show playing at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino. And he certainly is a thinking man with a mind for marketing when it comes to creating, performing and sustaining as one of the top-rated shows on the Las Vegas Strip. Plus, he is known for his charity, helping families and children…….....



Celebrity Chef Connection
Viva McDonalds
McDonald’s, that staple of American fast food since 1955, is reinventing itself.  Viva McDonald’s opened its doors to the public on Thursday, Dec. 11 on the famed Las Vegas Strip across the street from the Riviera Hotel and Casino and next to Circus Circus to the north and the existing McDonalds to the south.....

  Larry G. Jones “The Last Impressionist Standing”  Bonus Column

The popular show ‘Last Comic Standing’ does not actually have a voice competition with another version of their show, but it would be fun to watch Las Vegas’ top impressionists battle it out in a ‘voice-off.’.....




Kid Cary
No Sympathy For The Devil
Most of my buddies and I turned 18 between the years 1965 & 66, technically adults, still foolish, and immature babies.   One of my buddies Gary, was more than foolish, he was a criminal, and he was in and out of juvenile jails all the time.....


  Chick Hughes 
  Brooke Burke Dancing With The Stars Winner! Plus Bonus
  See Chick with some gorgeous gals,....
  Chick meets Miss Nevada 2009    
  Some bonus photos with some gorgeous gals from Chick....,


Liberace Foundation
Encore! Message from the President
November was a great month for the Foundation and Museum. Sparkle, our children’s arts program concluded and we were truly touched by both the children and the volunteers who helped make this new program successful......

  Bling in the holiday season with these December events

On Sunday, December 14th the Liberace Museum continues with its Music in The Museum Series during 2nd Sundays, featuring a special performance of holiday tunes with "Jersey Boys" pianist Philip Fortenberry and friends.....


  The Vegas Eye                

The Vegas Eye
The Latest From the EYE
This town is starting to get the enema it needs to clean out the crap. Unfortunately, the brilliant higher ups felt that employee cuts could solve the financial problems.....


  Pet of the Week                         

Nevada SPCA 
Pet of the Week - December 12th
This week's Pet of the Week..



Your Latest Feedback! 


Captain Smartypants sings Dreidel


Saving Money

  44 US Presidents - George Washington to Barack Obama

The Curious Behavior of the Roosevelt Administration


How Many Do You Remember?  


The Newest Virus Circulating

  Our First Mother In Law

  Shiloh Horse Rescue and Sanctuary         

Jill Curtis
Some Odds and Ends...
Some great news as Sadler finds his new home with Esther of Talisman Farms in Las Vegas. A great home for this really nice gelding........


  Lovin Life After 50                

Adult children aren't always best judge of senior housing
I estimate that a good 50 percent of the children were very supportive of their parent's decision. Another 40 percent were lukewarm about the idea, and another 10 percent were overtly opposed to the idea.......


  A Woman's Point of View              

Cjay Judd
O.J. Gets 15 years
"We are thrilled, and it's a bittersweet moment," Fred Goldman said. "It was satisfying seeing him in shackles like he belongs." The Goldmans took a measure of credit for Simpson's fate, saying......


  Life Long Dreams                

Cathy Warriner
Shoes for Children
Join us for for a musical journey exploring the colorful world of music......


  Our Diverse Community             

Las Vegas Kabbalah Centre
Weekly Insight
Do something to nurture yourself today. Being kind to yourself creates a bigger vessel for you to be kind to others......


  Our Diverse Community             

Young Israel-Aish


Rabbi Yitzchak Wyne gives insight on Jacob's dream of climbing the ladder and the blessings he received......




  In This Corner                         

Pete Allman
Pacquiao Overpowers De La Hoya with Speed
The anticipated “Dream Match” in Las Vegas, Nev., at the MGM Grand was just that, but only for Manny Pacquiao who defeated Oscar De La Hoya in eight rounds with punishing blows and impressive speed...



Ms. Poker                                        
  Susie Isaacs
  Come Cruise With Me!

When I won my championship in Pendleton, (did I mention that there were over 600 players!), along with the cash money, I won a Wildhorse sterling silver bracelet and a poker cruise!.....


The Best of "the Coach's" Poker             
  Bob "The Coach" Ciaffone
  Being Pot-Committed

In no-limit hold'em, when you are pot-committed, it means that you are going to play out the hand regardless of what your opponent does in the betting or what cards come on the board. .......




Barack Obama DVD

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Business Seminars Offered


Currently, three seminars are offered:

"How to Really Start Your Own Business"
Topics include business ideas, structuring the business, licensing, finding money, marketing, cash-flow, and business plans. Pre-registration is $45.00 per attendee. The seminar starts at 9:00
AM and ends at 1:00 pm. This seminar includes a manual, class notes, and other useful materials.

"Managing Your Business Finances"
Topics include understanding financial management, understanding accounts, using financial reports, following a sample set of transactions. Pre-registration is $45.00 per attendee. The seminar starts at 9:00
am and ends at 11:30 am. This seminar includes class notes, and a working copy of a Windows-based accounting package: SimpleStart from QuickBooks®.

"Obtaining An SBA Express Loan"
The SBA Express loan provides from $5,000 to $50,000 to any qualified business, and without ANY collateral requirement. If this might be the financing you are seeking, sign up for the next presentation. Registration is $10. This seminar starts at 10
am and ends at 12 pm. Loan applications and SCORE counselors are available at the presentation.

Seminar Fees And Registration

Fees given are for pre-registration only, and vary with each seminar. There is a $5 surcharge if you register at the door. You can pre-register in person, by mail, by phone using Visa or Mastercard, or on-line by using PayPal.
  Click HERE to review schedule.






Festival of Lights




Each December, The Lakes Association sponsors the Lakes Festival of Lights… a major holiday celebration that brings together the residents of all the communities in The Lakes area near West Sahara.  This event really has it all… from food to fun to entertainment.  And it brings together our entire community for a beautiful occasion to kick off the holidays.  The Lakes Festival of Lights provides a great opportunity for us all to meet our neighbors, enjoy our community and just have a great time.  And of course, this event would not be complete without the grand finale... the Electric Light Boat Parade… a fantastic procession of beautifully lit boats reflecting off the waters of Lake Sahara. 

The 2008 Lakes Festival of Lights will be held on Saturday, December 13 from 12 noon until 6 p.m.  The event is open to the public and admission is free of charge.


Open House



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Grand Giveaway


Two sets of tickets for two


to see Barry Manilow


"Music and Passion Concert"




at the Las Vegas Hilton


Get Up and Go’s own Larry Tyler


is proud to sponsor a


Hawaii Island Hopper Holiday


 5 days and 4 nights in a tropical, Hawaiian paradise , with the added flexibility of seven-day check in


A $1,160 value. (airfare not included)

  St. Thomas Island Hopper  
  5 Days and 4 Night
7- Day a week arrivals
A $782 Value
(airfare not included)
Two sets of  "Dinner for 2"
  at Benihana   
  Two sets of " Dinner for 2"  
   at TJ's Steakhouse   
  at the Las Vegas Hilton  

Weekly Giveaway

Legends in Concert
at the Imperial Palace


Sora Iooq

The Scintas

at the Las Vegas Hilton



Chuck Fulkerson


Jay White

at the Riviera

Beverly Feldman

Bobby Slayton
at Hooters
Carl Schneider

Gerry McCambridge
at Hooters
Stephanie Allen

Barbra & Frank
at the Riviera 
Phyllis Spagnola

Country Superstars
at Fitzgerald's
Raphael Luera

The Soprano's Last Supper
at the Riviera 
Donna Bavaro
Larry J. Jones
at the Royal Resort Hotel
Carolann Abramoff  
Liberace Museum
Located in the Liberace Plaza
Barbara Elersich

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