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Note: This is a past column from September 06, 2013
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Las Vegas - September 6, 2013


American Trilogy

This weekend is the debut of a new Las Vegas-based show, American Trilogy. The original production is a tribute show, bringing together three of the most beloved entertainers in popular music history - 'Frank Sinatra,' portrayed by Nick D'Egidio; 'Elvis Presley,' recreated by Justin Shandor; and Rob Garrett as 'Neil Diamond.' American Trilogy - Three Icons/Three Generations will play at the Starbright Theatre in Sun City Summerlin, with shows tomorrow night, Saturday, September 7th at 7 p.m., and Sunday, the 8th, at a 3 p.m. matinee.
What distinguishes American Trilogy from other tribute shows, is that these three particular performers have either collaborated or connected in one way or another during their prolific, illustrious careers. The show will focus on the mutual respect and admiration the men had for one another, and the love and gratitude they shared for their country. Sinatra, Presley and Diamond personified the American Dream, becoming three of the biggest megastars of our time. In addition to performing solo segments, backed by a live band, the show includes interaction between each of the performers before the audience gets treated to the ultimate trifecta as the stars unite for a moving, upbeat, patriotic finale. Nick Degidio is, hands down, the closest looking 'Sinatra' in the business, while Justin Shandor ('Elvis') and Rob Garrett ('Neil Diamond') are known worldwide for being the best at portraying their characters. Garrett, who has been reviewed as being the "Best Tribute Act in the Business," and has won numerous awards in Las Vegas, while Shandor, a former winner of the "Ultimate Elvis" competition, appeared on David Letterman as musical guest in February of this year. Band members include Steve Gerard (musical director/keyboards), Keith Neal (lead guitar/vocals), Jay Boyer (keyboards), Daryl Slade (bass/vocals), Jeff Borree (drums), and Rosanna Telford (backup vocalist). The Starbright Theatre is located at 2215 Thomas Ryan Blvd. (Summerlin Parkway West, exit North on Anasazi, left on Thomas Ryan Blvd.). Tickets for American Trilogy are $17 for Sun City Summerlin residents, and $25 for non-residents. All ticket sales are check or cash (exact change required). No credit cards accepted. Shows at the Starbright are first come, first served with no limit on the amount of tickets purchased. Tickets may be purchased at Desert Vista, Mountain Shadows and Pinnacle community centers, seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. For up-to-date information on Starbright Theatre shows, or more ticket information, please call (702) 240-1301.

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The Phat Pack

This month, two significant local entertainment events will take place on a tragically historic date in the history of this country.
On Wednesday, September 11th, The Phat Pack musical revue will celebrate its 150th performance at the Plaza Hotel. If you are a reader of this column, you already know that The Phat Pack is made up of three former cast members of Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular (thus, the PH spelling of the word Phat). Bruce Ewing, Ted Keegan and Randal Keith are the voices who deliver the clever vocal and narrative material that makes up the show, with a fourth performer (usually Joey Singer or Philip Fortenberry) at the piano. When available, The Phat Pack has added a guest vocalist to the mix. During the summer, singers Kristen Hertzenberg, Kevan Patriquinn and Rebecca Spencer, also former members of Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular, joined Bruce, Ted and Randal for special performances. With or without the guests, The Phat Pack is an entertaining and fun show, and very well worth seeing. Performance times are at 5 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays (dark on Mondays and Tuesdays).

The 11th is also the date of this month's edition of the popular Composers Showcase that takes place in the Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center. On this significant date, the showcase will take the opportunity to present some of the music that was inspired by, or is relevant in some way, to the events of 9/11. There will still be a wide variety of music, from comedy to pop and country, and from rock and jazz to music written specifically for the theater. There will be some brand new writers on the line-up, along with some familiar showcase favorites. Among the participants for next week are Composers: Brad Bailey, Vita Corimbi, Tish Diaz, Uli Geissendoerfer, Clint Holmes, Martin Kaye, Adam Knaff, Jeff Leibow, Bonnie Mason, David Mauk, Richard Oberacker, Rebecca Ramsey, Keith Thompson (who also serves as host/MC) and Cristina Walraven. The Performers include: Megan Arnoldy, Kris Coleman, Bruce Ewing, Jacquelyn Holland-Wright, Ted Keegan, Randal Keith, Brenda Mauk, Niki Scalera, Savannah Smith, Vicki Van Tassel, Kara Tremel and Nikka Wahl. The Players are made up of: Tony DeAugustine, Mark Ferratt, Philip Fortenberry, Pablo Gadda, Mikey Hachey, Christopher Lash, Charles McNeal, Don Meoli, Jeff Neiman, Keith Nelson, Joey Singer, and The Firenze Strings consisting of Tianna Heppner-Harjo, Jennifer Massey, the above mentioned Ms. Ramsey, Lindsey Springer, Hanna Suk, Geri Thompson, and Moonlight Tran. Sound is by Kevin Harvey, and lights by Steven Mack. Cabaret Jazz is located in The Boman Pavilion at the Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue. The show takes place on Wednesday, September 11th, at 10:30 p.m. (after theater). Doors open at 9:30.


Firenze Strings

Philip Fortenberry

Tickets are $20, and may be purchased at the Smith Center Box Office, or call (702) 749-2000, or go online at www.thesmithcenter.com for reservations. Walk-ups are welcome (but, without reservations, last minute tickets may not be available. There is a Cash Bar and Late Night Menu. See you at the Composers Showcase.

When it comes to "busy," under that word in the dictionary, there should be a picture of pianist extraordinaire, Philip Fortenberry! On Wednesday, Philip will be at the keys for The Phat Pack's downtown show at 5 p.m. He will then make a dash to Paris Las Vegas on the Strip for his "real" job as associate conductor for Jersey Boys' 7 p.m. show, then head to The Smith Center where he will be one of the performers at the 10:30 p.m. Composers Showcase. Whew! We are tired just thinking about it.

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It's time for the September F.I.O.R.E. (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events) luncheon, coming up on Thursday, the 12th. This month's special guest will be Heidi Harris, a native Las Vegan who has been a radio host for 15 years. Talker's Magazine considers Heidi to be one of the 100 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts in America. She has received two Electronic Media Awards for "Best Radio Talk Show Locally Produced." Ms. Harris frequently appears on cable TV, confounding the left leaning pundits with common sense and a smile. Heidi got her first job on a mic at 16, working the fast food drive through window as a teenager. Prior to embarking on a radio career, she worked in a variety of industries, including HR recruiting, casino and administrative jobs, and even a stint as a professional singer, giving her "real world" experience she applies to her show every day. She recently published her first book, Cocktail Waitress Wisdom, applying the life lessons she has learned on the job to any occupation. A strong supporter of the military, Heidi is an Honorary Commander for the A-10 Division at Nellis Air Force Base, where they gave her the call sign "Cougar" (don't ask). She and her husband, Brian, have been married for more than ten years, and have a house full of rescued dogs. The Heidi Harris Files can be heard daily on KBET AM 790. This interesting program will take place at the Italian American Club, 2333 E. Sahara, with doors opening at 11:30 a.m. (no one will be seated after 2 p.m.). The F.I.O.R.E. non-club club offers great food, live music, great people and more, all for $25 ($29.95 if you don't eat, capisce?). Widows of former F.I.O.R.E. presidents (all the gentlemen members are presidents) are always guests of the group. New husbands or boyfriends are on their own. RSVPs are a must. Contact [email protected], or [email protected], sooner than later.


Heidi Harris

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After a very brief run in the Shimmer Cabaret at the LVH (previously known as the International and the Las Vegas Hilton), The D*Word: a Musical (*Ditched, Dumped, Divorced and Dating), has shut down. The show, created and produced by Jeanie Linders of Menopause the Musical fame, has already closed following its early June opening. We never got to see it, but the critiques/reviews that we read about The D* Word were "lukewarm" at best. This must have been quite disappointing for Linders, who wrote The D*Word specifically for the Shimmer Cabaret configuration. The good news for Linders is that Menopause has been playing to receptive Las Vegas audiences since February 2006, when it opened in the Shimmer Cabaret, the room where The D* Word just closed. In May of 2009, Menopause moved to the Luxor, where it continues to do good business after four years in that location. Seven years for Menopause, and about seven weeks for The D* Word. It's Vegas baby, where everything is a gamble - maybe a crap shoot; hopefully a full house.

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Among the invited guests attending the annual summer party at Sherry Hackett's (the widow of Buddy Hackett) home in Beverly Hills on August 24th, were Bob Newhart, Dick Van Dyke, Hal Linden, Dick Van Patten, Wink Martindale, Jo Ann Worley, Cindy Williams, and Dick and Melissa Feeney. Dick Feeney? Isn't he the former business partner of Sandy Hackett's in The Rat Pack Is Back! show? Didn't Hackett and Feeney spend about two-and-a-half years in and out of court (not to mention lots of money on attorney's fees), until the issues around The Rat Pack Is Back! show were "resolved" about a year and a half ago, with Feeney apparently coming out the winner? When this battle started, Claire Voyant predicted it would get ugly, and sadly she was right. In the meantime, Feeney maintains the name The Rat Pack is Back! The revue plays at 7 p.m. daily at the Rio's Crown Theatre in Vegas. The Sandy Hackett version is no longer playing in Las Vegas. Like the closing line of TV's Naked City detective series that aired from 1958 to 1963 says, "There are eight million stories in the Naked City. This has been one of them." Las Vegas definitely has its own stories, and this Feeney/Hackett thing is one of them.


Dick & Melissa Feeney with Sherry Hackett

Dr. Tom Ferguson (circa 1972)

Photo caption: Tom Ferguson, at then Memphis State University. From The Commercial Appeal files.

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Two significant losses to the Las Vegas music community took place recently, with the passing of Dr. Tom Ferguson and Jim Belk.
Jazz Pianist/Arranger Tom Ferguson died recently in a Las Vegas hospice. He was 81. Ferguson was a Past-President of the International Association of Jazz Educators. He played piano and conducted professionally in Las Vegas for many years. Tom was also Director of Jazz Studies at the Community College of Southern Nevada (CCSN), was a former CSN Fine Arts Department Chair, and was on the board of the Las Vegas Jazz Society. He performed with hundreds of the best jazz players in the USA. Ferguson enjoyed performing, composing, conducting and arranging music in the jazz idiom at a high professional level. He also gave clinics and adjudicated at high school and college jazz festivals. Tom was on staff as pianist-conductor at the Las Vegas Hilton for seven years. He spent five years on the National Public Radio broadcast, "Jazz at the Four Queens." Tom Ferguson performed in Japan, Europe, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Australia, and across the USA, and brought a "special flavor" to the University of Memphis by composing its fight song. A celebration of Tom Ferguson's life will be held on Monday, September 16th at 2 p.m., at University United Methodist Church, 4412 S. Maryland Parkway in Las Vegas. For additional information, please call (702) 733-7155.

On Tuesday, musician Jim Belk lost his life to plasma cell leukemia, a rare form of cancer. The much respected and beloved drummer/percussionist had just turned 47 in July. Jim was raised in Northern Illinois and graduated from Millikin University with a degree in Commercial Music. In addition to his skills as a musician, Jim was an accomplished arranger/copyist, leader, contractor, vocalist, producer, and musical director, with a master's in jazz composition and theory from UNLV. He had been playing professionally for about 30 years, both in the US and internationally, and had been based out of Las Vegas since 1995. He worked with Legends In Concert, and played many of the Broadway musical productions that had taken up residence here over the past 15 years, among them, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, Chicago, Always, Patsy Cline, Mamma Mia!, Avenue Q, The Producers, and We Will Rock You. Belk had also worked with a number of headliners, including Don Rickles, Charo, Wayne Newton, Bill Acosta, Susan Anton, Paige O'Hara, Larry Coryell and Michael Grimm, and made a number of appearances at the popular monthly Composers Showcase at The Smith Center. His most recent musical credit was as the band drummer in Million Dollar Quartet that opened at Harrah's in January. He performed with the cast through early April, when his declining health required ongoing medical treatment in Southern California. Jim Belk is survived by his wife, Megan, and two daughters, Andress (age 12) and Eliza (age 10). As we approach our deadline, services for Jim Belk have not been announced.


Jim Belk 1966-2013

Sheila James Kuehl

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Our friend, actor/producer/director, Bart Williams, has been working on another interesting film project - a follow up to his award-winning documentary, The Last First Comic, exploring the history of American comedy with the last living Burlesque comic, Irving Benson, who will turn 100 in January. This time around, it's a new German documentary about the Hal Roach Studios. The current working title of the film is Hal Roach: The Studio Where Laughter Was Born. Last week, they did an interview with the absolutely terrific, Sheila James Kuehl. As a young actress, with the stage name Sheila James, Kuehl played Jackie, Stuart Erwin and June Collier Erwin's tomboy daughter, in the television series, Trouble With Father, later retitled The Stu Erwin Show. That was the very first TV show produced at the Hal Roach lot in 1950-1955. Sheila is probably best remembered for her portrayal of the "irrepressible" Zelda Gilroy in the CBS television series, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. After her run on the TV series, Broadside (a sort of female version of McHale's Navy), Sheila left acting, and entered Harvard Law School, where she excelled. After graduation, she ran for the California State assembly and won, becoming the first openly gay person elected to the California Legislature. She was later elected as a Democratic member of the California State Senate. Sheila has been repeatedly described by her peers as "The smartest member of the California Legislature." Ms. Kuehl should certainly prove to be an important asset to Williams' newest documentary.

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Desert Spring Theatre Arts is at it again! This time around, they are presenting God's Favorite by Neil Simon. A modern day, fast-paced comedy about the Book of Job, the Desert Spring production is directed by Scott Miller. Performances are Friday, September 13th; Saturday the 14th; Friday the 20th and Saturday the 21st at 7 p.m., with added 4 p.m. matinees on Saturdays the 14th and 21st. All tickets only $7.50 each general admission, and are available by calling (702) 290-1173, or may be purchased at the door. Performances are at Desert Spring United Methodist Church, 120 N Pavilion Center Dr. A few weeks ago, we saw the last Desert Spring Theatre Arts production, Children's Letters To God, which we thoroughly enjoyed. For additional information, go to https://www.facebook.com/DesertSpringTheaterArts.


God's Favorite Cast Members

Bob Anderson

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Reminders...
It's singing impressionist Bob Anderson at the Italian American Club, 2333 E. Sahara, next Saturday, September 14th at 8 p.m.. and Sunday the 15th at 3 p.m. Calling his show, Vegas I Remember You, Anderson will be accompanied by the Vincent Falcone ensemble. Bob became well-known around the world, with more than 100 national and international talk show and network variety show appearances - including more than once on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson - to his credit. Anderson was an entertainment staple in Southern Nevada for a number of years, before heading to Branson, where he, once again, built a strong local and tourist fan base. Anderson's most recent appearances in Las Vegas were a sold-out concert with the Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra at UNLV, followed by an engagement at The Smith Center's Cabaret Jazz club. For next weekend's gig, the Italian American Club will be accepting dinner reservations prior to or after Bob's Saturday night, 8 p.m., performance. Show tickets are only $25. For ticket or dinner reservations, call The IAC at (702) 457-3866.

Also at the Italian American Club, don't forget the talented and personable vocalist, Rosanna Telford, in the social club's lounge on Wednesdays from 7 to 11 p.m. A recent import from Costa Rica, Rosanna has created quite a name for herself in the short time she has been in Las Vegas. Check her out at the IAC and see why.


Rosanna Telford

TastySpace Gallery Exhibit

And Lena Prima carries on the musical legend of her father, Louis Prima, when she performs at the IAC on Sunday, September 8th, with a show starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (702) 457-3866 for show or dinner reservations.

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Dana Satterwhite's TastySpace gallery is featuring new work from local and national artists, based on alternative modes of transportation, as Las Vegas' downtown continues to evolve, bike paths abound, and we move towards a more eco-conscious mobile society. Artists who are represented during September include Eric Comstock (not the New York cabaret performer), Spencer Davis, Dux Dirigible, Ali Fathollahi, Jelaine Faunce, Doug Pederson, Gina Quaranto, Fernando Reyes, Roberto Rico, Nanda Sharif Pour and Joseph Watson. The artists reception is tomorrow, Saturday, September 7th, from 7 to 9 p.m. TastySpace is located on the First Floor in the Emergency Arts Building, 520 Fremont Street, just north of the El Cortez. For additional information, call (617) 513-7336, or go to [email protected].

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Gloria Swanson defined what it meant to be a movie star, but her unforgettable role in Sunset Boulevard overshadowed the true story of her life. Now, Stephen Michael Shearer sets the record straight in, Gloria Swanson: The Ultimate Star, the first in-depth biography of the film legend. Swanson was Hollywood's first successful glamour queen. Her stardom as an actress in the mid-1920s earned her millions of fans and millions of dollars. Realizing her box office value early in her career, she took control of her life. Soon she was not only producing her own films, she was choosing her scripts, selecting her leading men, casting her projects, creating her own fashions, guiding her publicity, and living an extravagant and sometimes extraordinary celebrity lifestyle. She also collected a long line of lovers (including Joseph P. Kennedy) and married men of her choosing (including a French marquis, thus becoming America's first member of "nobility"). As a devoted and loving mother, she managed a quiet success of raising three children. Perhaps most important, as a keen businesswoman, she also was able to extend her career for more than 60 years. Her astounding comeback as Norma Desmond in Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard catapulted her back into the limelight. But it also created her long-misunderstood persona, one that this meticulous biography shows was only part of this independent and unparalleled woman. Film historian/author Shearer's just published Swanson biography follows his earlier books, Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life, and Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr. All are available for sale at major book and department stores, and on the internet.


Stephen Michael Shearer's Latest Book

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The Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation (NCCF) seeks the community's help in finding Bone Marrow matches for critically-ill children in Southern Nevada. Often, life-threatening illnesses can only be cured through a Bone Marrow transplant. The adult community is invited to potentially save the life of a child by joining the free National Bone Marrow Registry, at the 8th Annual Bone Marrow Drive on Thursday, September 19th. "We are deeply grateful to the people in Southern Nevada that have joined the registry to support the children of NCCF," said Jeff Gordon, President/CEO of NCCF. "We can't do so without the help of the community so we are asking everyone to help us beat our goal of 650 new registrants at this year's event. This year, as in years past, we are in need of Hispanic, African American, Asian and Pacific Islanders, as more than 80% of the multi-race community can't find a match because very few are in the national registry." Registration will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation, 6070 S. Eastern Ave. (at the corner of Patrick and Eastern), on the 19th. A marrow or blood cell transplant is a potentially life-saving treatment for patients with leukemia, lymphoma and other blood diseases. A transplant replaces a person's unhealthy blood cells with healthy blood-forming cells from a volunteer donor. This year, as in past years, NCCF will cover the cost for those who join the registry. Doing so is as simple as having a swab of cheek cells which is taken and tested to determine the donor's tissue type. No needles or blood draws are involved. Potential donors, between the ages of 18 and 50 years old who meet the health guidelines (visit www.marrow.org), will complete a brief health questionnaire and consent form to be listed on the registry. For those who are unable to join the donor registry, NCCF will accept monetary donations to cover the cost of the transplants which can be a huge burden on a family in need. For more information on the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation, and details regarding bone marrow donations, please call (702) 735-8434, or visit www.nvccf.org. The Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The Foundation is a non-profit organization, established in 1993, and offering more than 40 programs and services, including a variety of educational services, financial support and counseling for critically-ill children and their families living in Southern Nevada. The foundation's mission is to work side-by-side with the medical community to provide social, emotional, educational, financial and psychological support services and programs to families of ALL children diagnosed with a life threatening or critical illness, such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, sickle cell, hemophilia, renal disorders and other immunologic diseases, as well as to adults touched by cancer. Contact the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation at (702) 735-8434, or visit them at www.nvccf.org for pediatric services and www.thecaringplacenv.org for services for adults touched by cancer.

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It appears that the weekly tourist magazine, Today in Las Vegas, has ceased publication. We are sorry to see it disappear from the racks on hotel registration desks. We are not sure exactly when the magazine launched, but it had been around these parts for a long time.

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Considered one of the premier interpreters of American Standards, two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy nominated, Michael Feinstein, will bring his new show, Swingin' Back Home, to his new home, Feinstein's at The Nikko in San Francisco, September 11th and 13th at 8 p.m.; and September 14th and 15th at 7 p.m. Paying tribute to the great singers who reinvented the popular song, Feinstein will perform some of the most beloved classics, including "Without a Song," "Just One of Those Things," and "Lady is a Tramp" in a swing style. Located within the Hotel Nikko at 222 Mason Street at the corner of O'Farrell in San Francisco's Union Square, Feinstein's at the Nikko presents a wide range of local, regional, and national entertainers in an intimate 140-seat cabaret setting. There is a $20 food and beverage minimum in the show room. Doors open 1½ hours prior to the performance.


Michael Feinstein

Joe Vento

And speaking of piano players, 95-year-old piano legend, Joe Vento, is performing nightly at The Barrymore, 99 Convention Center Drive in Las Vegas. Vento swoons Barrymore guests with swanky classics, taking patrons to the moon with snazzy timeless tunes, some of which he played when he originally backed recording artists including Dean Martin, Elvis and Frank Sinatra, during the days of classic Vegas. Vento's snappy jam sessions are a perfect match to The Barrymore's atmosphere and decor, which combine the glitz of the Strip and the swagger of retro Vegas. Classics like "Volare" and "Luck Be A Lady" fill the entrance to The Barrymore and adds to the appeal that the restaurant offers its guests. A true Vegas icon, Vento's stage career includes more than 1,500 appearances with such stars as Paul Newman, Burt Reynolds, Liberace, Joan Collins, Debbie Reynolds, Rock Hudson, Charlton Heston, Mario Lanza, and John Wayne, to name a few. Vento has graced stages with Doc Severinsen's band on The Tonight Show, and appeared more than10 times on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Find Joe at the grand entrance to The Barrymore, inside of the Royal Resort, every night from 6 to 10 p.m. The Barrymore is the latest creation from award-winning chef, Anthony Meidenbauer, and Billy Richardson, owner of Block 16, and brainchild behind some of Las Vegas' most popular nightclubs and lounges. Adding a contemporary twist to retro Vegas, Barrymore serves up American Classic cuisine that's both approachable and unpretentious. Dig on dishes paired with local craft beer, handcrafted cocktails and a selection of one-of-a-kind vinos from across the globe. The Barrymore is open at 5 p.m. nightly. For reservations, call The Barrymore at (702) 407-5303, or e-mail to [email protected].

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Create a Change Now will host its First Fundraiser Circus Garden Party tomorrow, Saturday, September 7th. The community is invited to come together for an afternoon of activities for the whole family. This will take place from 3 to 6 p.m., at the Historic Fifth Street School. The event will have activities for all ages, including a circus play area, live chef demonstrations, comedy magician John Castro from Beatle Show Tribute at V Theater inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, stilt walkers, silent auction, jugglers, face painting, balloon art, chair massages, live music as well as educational components, such as how to plant vegetables. Guests can also sample cuisine from local restaurants, including Bradley Ogden's Hops & Harvest, Poppy Den by Chef Angelo Sosa, Circus Circus and Rachel's Kitchen. Fresh52 Farmers & Artisan Market will also be on hand with fresh produce. "Our goal is to fight childhood obesity, which has become a national epidemic in this country. With our first big fundraiser, we are hoping to reach a large audience so this event is geared to entertain and appeal to the entire family," said Melissa Blynn, executive director of Create a Change Now. "We hope the community will join us for what is sure to be an afternoon of fun." The event is open to the public. Tickets are on sale, and start at $65 for couples and $40 for an individual. Groups of four kids under 12 are free with purchase of adult tickets. The first 250 people will receive a goodie bag. To purchase tickets, visit https://ticketcake.com/event/first-annual-circus-garden-party/las-vegas/2013-09-07. For more information, call (702) 300-7399, or visit http://www.createachangenow.org/. The Fifth Street School is located at 401 S. Fourth St. in downtown Las Vegas. Create a Change Now appreciates the generosity of sponsors including: Merrill Lynch/Bank of America, United Health Care, Rachel's Kitchen, Poppy Den by Chef Angelo Sosa, Bradley Ogden's Hops & Harvest, DW Bistro, Whole Foods Market, fresh52 Farmers & Artisan Market, Panevino, Firefly Tapas Kitchen & Bar, Happy Family Organic Superfoods, R&D events, Balloons with a Twist, Cardinal, State Restaurant Equipment Co., Stilt Art, alphagraphics, Closet & Storage Concepts, Orange Realty Groups, TruFusion Yoga, Dynamic Wellness Now, MANBAKE, jamba juice, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Bon Breads Baking Co. Inc., Tracy's and JGdesign. Create a Change Now has gardens at several local elementary schools, including: Rose Warren Elementary School, Ollie Detweiller Elementary School, and JT McWilliams Elementary School. For more information, visit www.createachangenow.org.

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