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Happening This Week... 

The Swallows Return to Mission San Juan Capistrano in California, March 19...

SwallowThe Mission is perhaps best known for the annual "Return of the Swallows" which is traditionally observed every March 19 (Saint Joseph's Day). Mission San Juan Capistrano has served as a favorite subject for many notable artists, and has been immortalized in literature and on film numerous times, perhaps more than any other mission... [read more]

Spring Begins, March 20 @ 10:32 a.m. pdt...

Spring Begins, March 20Spring is one of the four temperate seasons, the transition period between winter and summer. Its days are close to twelve hours long with increasing day length, as it occurs near the time of an equinox. In the Northern Hemisphere, spring runs from March into May, and in the Southern Hemisphere it runs from September into November. Spring is also the tropical cyclone season in both hemispheres, although it is delayed longer in the north Atlantic Ocean than the other ocean basins... [read more]

World Poetry Day, March 21

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, March 21

World Down Syndrome Day, March 21

World Day for Water, March 22

World Tuberculosis Day, March 24

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Community Service Announcement #1 


Earth Hour 2010

EARTH HOUR takes place Saturday, March 27th at 8:30 p.m. and is an event in which millions of Americans will turn out their lights for one hour in support of action on climate change and toward creating a cleaner, safer and more secure future. A record 20 states, 65 cities and 11 counties in the U.S. will dim their lights for Earth Hour 2010.

2010 marks the third year of the EARTH HOUR, which attracted more than 80 million participants in the U.S. last year, and nearly a billion people around the world. Outside the U.S., WWF said they expect more than 800 cities in 80 countries to take part in EARTH HOUR 2010.

For the second year in a row, casinos on the Las Vegas Strip will turn off marquee and non-essential exterior lighting for the event.

Community Service Announcement #2

United Way Presents a “Super Saturday”
Event Featuring FREE Tax Preparation, March 27

WHAT: With the IRS tax return filing deadline of April 15 rapidly approaching, United Way encourages southern Nevadans to file their taxes in advance, to avoid penalties and ensure a speedy refund. United Way’s “Earn It Keep It Save It” collaborative is offering FREE tax preparation services to those who earned less than $49,000 in 2009 at a “Super Saturday” event, supporting early e-filing.

          Saturday, March 27
          Open to the public, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

          Dr. William U. Pearson Community Center
          1625 West Carey Rd. North
          Las Vegas, NV 89032

DETAILS: United Way’s “Earn It Keep It Save It” collaborative is continuing its valuable free tax preparation services, putting money back in the pockets of southern Nevadans. Taxpayers who earned less than $49,000 in 2009 can have their taxes prepared and filed at no charge by an IRS-certified volunteer and may be eligible for an EITC refund of up to $5,657. Tax preparers are specially trained to identify credits available to low-income individuals and families, including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

EITC is the largest federal cash assistance program for low-income taxpayers and helps to lift more families out of poverty than any other government program. Tax returns will be prepared at no cost at any of the more than 42 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites throughout Clark County through the IRS deadline of April 15, 2010. Volunteer tax preparers will also file prior years’ returns from 2006–2008 with W-2 and 1099 forms. For more information or to obtain VITA site locations, dial 2-1-1 or visit

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The four hotels at Las Vegas Blvd. and Tropicana
(MGM Grand, Tropicana, Excalibur, and New York-New York)
have more hotel rooms than all San Francisco.

This Week's Featured Column:


Wasted Days And Wasted Nights

Gennifer Flowers

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In 1931 the Pair-O-Dice Club was the first casino to open on Highway 91, the future Las Vegas Strip.

Nevada Government 

Gov. Gibbons - Picture Governor Jim Gibbons
Weekly Update
This Week’s Update Contains:
>> Governor Announces Blue Ribbon Education Reform Task Force
[read more]

Harry Reid - Picture U.S. Senator Harry Reid
Weekly Update
This Week’s Update Contains:
>> Reid Meets With Professional Fire Fighters Of Nevada
>> The Reid Report—March 17, 2010
>> Reid Meets Representatives Of North Las Vegas
[read more]

John Ensign - Picture U.S. Senator John Ensign
Weekly Update
This Week’s Update Contains:
>> Ensign Votes To Ban Earmarks
[read more]

Shelley Berkley - Picture U.S. Congresswoman Shelley Berkley
Weekly Update
This Week’s Update Contains:
>> Berkley Applauds President’s Signing Of “Hire” Bill
>> Berkley Cheers House Passage Of Latest Unemployment Extension
>> Berkley Highlights Jobs Incentives In New Ways And Means Package
>> Berkley Calls For Quick Approval Of Latest Unemployment Extension
>> NV Energy “Smart Grid” Agreement Latest Example Of How Recovery Act Benefits Nevada
>> Berkley Statement On Reid Family
[read more]

Dina Titus - Picture U.S. Congresswoman Dina Titus
Weekly Update
This Week’s Update Contains:
>> Titus Statement on President Signing the HIRE Act
>> We Must Protect and Strengthen Medicare for Nevada’s Seniors
>> Titus on Extension of Key Provisions that Nevadans Count on During These Tough Economic Times
>> Titus Fighting for Constituents in Washington While Serving Them in Southern Nevada
>> Titus Introduces the Ensuring Worker Safety Act
>> Titus Bill Creates Award to Honor School Support Staff
>> My Thoughts and Prayers Are With the Reid Family
>> NV Energy Agreement with Department of Energy for Smart Grid Funding Is a Major Step for Nevada’s Energy Future
>> Titus Letter to Obama on Housing Plan for Short-Term Relief and Long-Term Stability
[read more]

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Monthly Astrology / Horoscope

Michelle Avanti - Picture Michele Avanti, CAP EFT-3
March ’10 Astrology / Horoscope
Pisces you are the dream weavers of the zodiac. Extremely sensitive and compassionate you either champion those less fortunate or run to escape from the pain you feel around you. From spiritual leaders, artists and psychics to drug addicts and... [read more]

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Bertha was a performing elephant that entertained for 37 years at John Ascuaga's Nugget casino located in Sparks.
She was 48 years old when she died.

Politically Speaking

Veterans in Politics - Picture Veterans in Politics
Steve Sanson for Clark County Public Administrator in 2010
Steve Sanson’s strong commitment to his country and his community has been demonstrated through his leadership and service in the United States Marine Corps in Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm, which earned him the distinguishing Certificate of Commendation from the... [read more]

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The Luxor's atrium could hold nine Boeing 747s stacked on top of each other. And, the rooms are reached by riding in so-called "inclinators" that travel along the inner surface of the pyramid at a 39-degree angle.


Victoria Alexander - Picture Victoria Alexander ¦ Viewpoint on Vegas
March 19, 2010
This Week: National Geographic Channel’s “Known Universe,” The Biocentric Universe, Movies This Week, Satanic Influence in Vatican, Mystical Healing Stones, Harrah’s Las Vegas The Range Steakhouse, Brazil Legalizes Ayahuasca, and more... [read more]

Nikki Artale - Picture Nikki Artale ¦ Vegas Stars Interviews
Human Nature
Motown is known for its upbeat style of rhythm and blues, and Human Nature has captured this beat in their dynamic song and dance arrangements. From the time they come on stage, it is non-stop singing and dancing, accompanied by a large, live band... [read more]

Jackie Brett - Picture Jackie Brett ¦ Vegas View
March 19, 2010
>> TV Special Pays Tribute To Michel Legrand
>> Steve Dacri Opens Close Up Magic Show At Las Vegas Hilton
>> New Bellagio Conservatory Display Celebrates Spring
AND MUCH MORE... [read more]

Gennifer Flowers - Picture Gennifer Flowers ¦ Gennifer with a G
Wasted Days And Wasted Nights
It seems that I have shared with you folks many new experiences since I started this column on VCO. I feel as though you are an audience within reach of my arm—right to the tip of my sculptured french nail...there you are!!... [read more]

Chick Hughes - Picture Chick Hughes ¦ Chick’s Chicks
This Week, Party With Chick Around Town With Some Really Wild Beauties!!

See what beauties Chick has in store for you this week... [read more]

Dr. Adele ''Z.Z.'' Zorn - Picture Dr. Adele “Z.Z.” Zorn ¦ Entertainment Tidbits
March 2010
Las Vegas entertainment icon, Frank Marino is now performing in his new dazzling drag spectacular “Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas” at the IMPERIAL PALACE. Marino also received a second star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars on the night of the opening of his new show... [read more]

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The Golden Gate Hotel and Casino opened in 1906, making it the first hotel and casino to open in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Home & Family

Susie Isaacs - Picture Susie Isaacs ¦ Ms. Poker
Want to Read More, Hear More—of ME?
If ya’ll want more of me, I have the answer. I am now writing for the new World Team Poker. If you want to see my articles or find out what World Team Poker is all about, go to: [read more]

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"Bugsy" Siegel's memorial is located in a small park behind the Flamingo hotel. Go left from the Wildlife Habitat and left again at the swimming pool.

VCO Artist of the Month—March 2010


             GORDIE BROWN

Artist of the Month           Gordie Brown

Born June 15, 1963 in Laval, Qu├ębec, Canada, Gordie Brown is an impressionist, singer and entertainer. He is well known for his amazing comedy and celebrity impressions such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jack Nicholson and Sylvester Stallone, as well as Las Vegas icons like Elvis Presley and Sammy Davis, Jr. Gordie Brown has consistently received rave reviews by both critics and audiences alike, and has been recognized as Entertainer of the Year and Best Show.

No stranger to the camera, Gordie Brown kicked off his career in television co-hosting NBC’s “Friday Night Videos.” This was followed by several memorable appearances on the popular game show “Hollywood Squares”... [read more]

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