The Annual Sin City Car Scene holds a coat hand out that was started three years ago. Here’s a few local canned food drives; Three Square Food Bank is located at 4220 N Pecos Drive or call 702-644-3663; Food Bank of Northern Nevada is located at 550 Italy Drive or call 775-331-3663, just to name a few.

If you are interested in joining a car club, here’s a few you might want to check out; Las Vegas “Italian” Auto ClubLas Vegas CorvettesThe Mustangs and Classic Ford Club, The Sin City Rotary Club and The Los Prado’s Dust Devils. Most of these clubs meet every week or so.

Cars and Coffee meet every Saturday from 7:00 am to 10:00 am at the Motorcars of Las Vegas, 9500 S. Eastern Ave South of Interstate 215.

For more info contact Salomon Braun at, or call 702-423-2677. The West End Boys (classic car show) meet every Sunday morning from 7:00 am to 10:00 am at the Santa Fe Mining Company (outside in the parking lot), 5021 N Rainbow BLVD. More info at The Breakfast Club of Automotive Enthusiasts meet every Wednesday from 7:30 till 9:00 am at the Thunderbird Café, located at 9465 S. Eastern (215 and Eastern), the club is open to all street legal automobiles. Very informal and no due’s to pay. Contact John Bergler at or call 702-592-9550.




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Fashion is passion.

People often say beauty is

Angela Esler-Whalen

on the inside, and, while

that may be true in many

ways, why limit oneself

from bringing that beauty

to the outside? Whatever

you feel on the inside,

there is a way to express

it to the world through your

own sense of style. Sharing

your inner beauty with the world

through your hair, clothing, jewelry,

shoes, or nail color can give you a sense of individuality and

confidence to achieve the dreams and goals you hold on

the inside. It also lets people know, at first glance, what you

deem as important and who you believe you are.

I used to think fashion was about the trendiest, most

expensive name brand clothing, wearing my hair like the

“cool girls” (or trying…I always felt I fell a little short), and

reading Vogue magazine. Not anymore. The way I feel

when I put on my combat boots with a skirt and a pair of

bright, striped socks now is nothing short of exhilaration.

When I walk down the street and see NOBODY else dressed

like me is when I know I have achieved my true self. When

my 2-year-old daughter refuses to wear what I like and

instead wears what she chooses, she reminds me that she is

already her own person and needs to express herself in her

own way. When I decided to have dreadlocks and my mom

asked me what “possessed” me, I knew I wasn’t possessed,

just doing what felt right…for me.

Some things are always in style. Good hygiene, cleanliness,

and knowing that you care about your health and your body

will always make you feel good. For some, fitting in is part

of what drives them to want to be a part of the community.

For others, wanting to stand out is what makes them tick.

From the stores we visit, to the food we eat, to our choice of

transportation…if you choose your style based on your own

values and beliefs, you will always be fashion-forward. And

if you’re just not sure yet…we’re here to help!

Fashionably yours,

Angela Esler-Whelan, Managing Editor

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Themed restaurants offer music, gifts and art to enhance the dining experience. By Joey Herkert and Nick Roque

A visit to the strip would not be complete without going to one of Las Vegas’amazing themed restaurants. We had the unique opportunity to tour 3 of the coolest themed restaurant venues around; House of Blues, the Rainforest Café, and Planet Hollywood. Each restaurant features their own unique foods, special features such as live music, memorabilia, and art. Originally started in cities on the east coast and midwest, you can now find them scattered our own casino resorts.


Planet Hollywood

The Planet Hollywood Restaurant opened originally in New York City in 1991. Locally it can be found in the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace. PH offers an impressive collection of Hollywood memorabilia, including screen worn outfits and props from your favorite movies and television shows. You can even see the actual outfit that Fred Flintstone wore in the movie. We especially loved the statue of Rocky Balboa from Rocky IV, and felt the décor had tremendous Hollywood style. Blackened mahi-mahi, sizzling fajitas, and the LA Lasagna are some of the unique offerings on the menu. Planet Hollywood is open 9AM to 11PM Sunday through Thursday, and 9AM to midnight on weekends.

Rainforest Café

Imagine you are in the tropical rainforest experiencing thunderstorms, waterfalls, wild animals, and tropical fish. The Rainforest Café offers you such an escape. The first Rainforest Café opened in 1994 at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN. It is located locally in the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. We thought that the Rainforest Café was awesome! The simulated thunderstorm was so realistic we felt like we were in a roaring, raging rainstorm. Unlike many of Las Vegas’ themed restaurants, the Rainforest Café was packed with families and had a huge gift shop filled with stuffed animals, books, and other goodies. The menu offers different types of food including an Extreme Volcano Sundae, the signature Rainforest Burger, tomato basil soup, and lava nachos. When someone orders  the volcano sundae and yells VOLCANO!” The café is open 8AM to 11PM Sunday through Thursday, and 8AM to midnight on weekends.

House of Blues

The House of Blues is all about extraordinary live music! It began in 1992 in Cambridge, Massachusetts’ Harvard Square. It was founded by Blues Brother, Dan Aykroyd and a mix of other musical performers. The vibe made us feel like putting on or blues dress clothes and getting on stage to rock out! Get up close with your favorite bands in a smaller venue, and there is no shortage of great music. The menu features a large selection of southern-inspired regional cuisine. Dishes include Creole and Cajun staples such as jambalaya, rosemary cornbread, gumbo, gator pizza, and the Elwood blackened chicken sandwich. The House of Blues Foundation Room atop the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino also has a restaurant with perhaps the best view of the Las Vegas Strip! The House of Blues is open Sunday thru Thursday 7:30AM to Midnight, and 7:30AM to 1:00AM, Friday and Saturday.


Whether your passion is Hollywood celebrities, live music, or experiencing the sounds of the jungle, you can find it at a theme restaurant. We thought that all three restaurants were spectacular and unique in their own way. By choosing to visit these extraordinary restaurants, you get much more than just really good tasting food. You get entertainment, souvenirs, and photo opportunities worthy of posting on your Facebook page!

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Walk-a-Thons Can Help Any Cause

Many non-profits and charitable organizations use fundraising events to raise money for their cause. One of the most common types of fundraiser is a “Walk-a-Thon”.  A walk-a-thon is a walking marathon or sponsored walk in which participants raise money by collecting donations or pledges for walking a predetermined distance or course.

Walk-a-thons are a good type of fundraiser because they encourage people to get active, and you don’t need to be a professional athlete to participate in a one. They are a great opportunity to meet new people, get some fresh air, and see your community from a new perspective.  Because you get people to sponsor you to help you reach your personal fundraising goal, you are often not required to pay a fee to participate, or sell anything.

Walk-a-thons are not the only type of active fundraising organizations do.  There are many different types of “a-thons”. There are skate-a-thons, where participants pledge for the number of laps skated. There are bowl-a-thons, where they raise funds and bowl a set number of games. Other types of “a-thons” include activities such as biking, swimming, working, reading, rocking, and dancing.

Some popular national organizations that use this type of fundraising are the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation’s “Race for the Cure”, the March of Dimes, The American Heart Association, and The American Lung Association. Some annual Las Vegas events include the Easter Seals Walk-a-Thon, AIDSwalk, and the Humane Society’s “Wag-A-Tail-Walk-A-Thon”.

Over the years, walk-a-thons have supported many great causes, and have expanded around the world.  If you want to support a good cause (or have one of your own!) and meet new people, lace up those shoes and hit the road!

For more information about how to organize a walk-a-thon of your own, visit

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Do you like to invite your friends and family to

your home? Especially at the holidays, it can

be so much to entertain others, and food

is an important part of any occasion. When

serving food  it might seem easy just go to

your local supermarket and buy a pre-made

  vegetable tray and a box of cookies and call it

good, right?  We want to show you that it can

be just as easy to buy fresh food, prepare a

few simple recipes, and create gourmet food

that will impress your guests and make you

feel good about doing something yourself!

Why go gourmet?

Because food is a focus for all the

 people in your life, creating a dish yourself

  can be a wonderful way to show someone

you really care about them.  Just like making

a handmade gift, preparing good food

from scratch shows that you are

willing to take the time to offer

people you care about the experience  of something

they can’t get off a

 supermarket  shelf. As a

 chef once told us “food is

about love.”

 Prepairng your own

 food can save you


When you buy prepared food, even

prepared vegetable trays,

you are paying for someone

else to do the work for you, and

the extra packaging.  By purchasing

fresh ingredients you can buy what you want ,

and even have some left over for another dish.

Consider buying vegetables at your local

Farmer’s Markets,where you buy directly from

the farmer and save the money they spend

sending the food to the supermarket.

Unless your friends are all gourmet chefs

themselves, you will likely have the chance

to introduce them to some foods they have

never tried before. Being able to share

 something new with another person is one of

life’s great treasures.  They may even ask you

for the recipe!

what makes food fancy?

 It’s appealing to look at.

  • Use recipes that have different colored

ingredients so the finished dish will be


  • When selecting your size vegetables, cut

them into different sizes. This will add texture

and make the dish look more interesting.

  • The way it is placed on a plate or serving

tray is called plate design. Instead of just

scooping the food onto a plate, place

food carefully onto places or

serving trays in a way that is neat clean, and nice to look

at. Try using a garnish

that will highlight the dish

and enhances the colors

and flavors of the food.

Use dishes or trays that

are clean and in good


Use fresh, flavorful 


  • Try recipes that have ingredients like fresh spices.

These can add a lot of flavor to a dish

without a lot of extra cost or hassle.

  • Use recommended dressings or sauces to

add both flavor and another way to dress up

the dish.

  • Cheese that is fresh takes on a much richer

flavor then pre-packaged cheese.



Don’t be afraid to try new cheeses like goat cheese, or Gouda.  The deli at Whole Food’s Market will allow you to taste some of cheese before you buy it. A simple cheese platter with crackers alone make a great appetizer at a party when the cheese is fresh and flavorful. We want your next get together to be impressive and full great food! We have included 2 simple recipes to your holiday entertaining started. Bon Appetit!



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