Official RETREAT Activities Schedule
Public Defender Las Vegas RETREAT Mar 31 - Apr 2, 2017
Annual Public Defender Las Vegas Retreat

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Public Defender Las Vegas Retreat Friday Welcome Party
Photo by Roy Rendahl


Schedule Index - Click Each Link Below or Scroll Down to See All the Details
This information last updated 11/5/16.  Watch for further updates and announcements at the Retreat.
 Click Here for a Short Schedule of Activities
Click Here for the Speaker Schedule (PDF)

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Official Las Vegas Retreat Activities:
 
Thurs Night - Pre-Retreat Get-Together - Cabo Wabo - Planet Hollywood - 3/30/17 - 8pm-?

Fri Afternoon - Retreat Sign-In - Florentine Rm - Tuscany - 3/31/17 - Anytime between 1pm-4pm

Fri Evening - Welcome Party - Florentine Rm - Tuscany - 3/31/17 - Anytime between 4pm-7pm

Sat Morning / Afternoon - MCLE* Speakers - Florentine Rm - Tuscany - 4/1/17 - 8am-5:15pm
 
Sun Morning - MCLE* Speakers - Florentine Rm - Tuscany - 4/2/17 - 8:30am-1:15pm

Sun Night - Post-Retreat Get-Together - Drai's Indigo Lounge - Bally's - 4/2/17 - 8pm-?

"It's Vegas!" Retreat Events:
 

Fri Night - Las Vegas Live Comedy Club - V Theater - Shops at Planet Hollywood - 3/31/17 - 9pm-10:30pm
 
Sat Evening - 2017 Poker Tournament - Poker Rm - Mirage  - 4/1/17 - 6pm-8pm?
 
Sat Night - Music & Dancing - 1 OAK Nightclub - Mirage - 4/1/17 - 10:30pm-??

Getting Around The Las Vegas Strip & Other Las Vegas Information

Other Las Vegas Things To Do and See:
(please verify current days and times before you go)

Any Time Extra - Fountains (afternoons / evenings), Lobby, and Conservatory -
Bellagio

Any Evening Extra - Volcano
- Mirage - 7pm, 8pm (9pm Fri-Sat)

Any Time Extra - Wildlife Habitat
- Flamingo - 24 hours

Any Day Extra - Springs Preserve - 10am-4pm


Any Day / Evening Extra - Grand Bazaar Shops - Bally's - 10am-10pm, (11pm Sat-Sun)

Any Time Extra - Rock 'N' Roll Memorabilia - Hard Rock Hotel

Any Time Extra - The LINQ Promenade - between Flamingo & The LINQ Hotel - 24 hours

Any Day Extra - Mob Museum - Downtown Las Vegas - 10am-7pm


Any Evening Extra - Lake of Dreams
- Wynn - Dusk-12:30am

Any Day / Evening Extra - Eiffel Tower
- Paris Las Vegas - 9am-12:30am (1am Sat/Sun)

Any Day / Evening Extra - Neon Museum - Downtown Las Vegas - 9:30am-8pm

Any Time Extra - Fremont St Experience, Fremont East, and Arts District
- Downtown Las Vegas

Public Defender Las Vegas Retreat  Click Here for a Short Schedule of Activities

Click Here for a Speaker Schedule (PDF)



Official Retreat Activities

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Thursday Night - Informal Pre-Retreat Get Together - 3/30/17 - 8pm-?
 
Cabo Wabo Cantina Strip-side Patio in the Miracle Mile Shops in Front of Planet Hollywood

Cabo Wabo at Planet HollywoodFor many of you arriving on Thursday or earlier, we will be getting a head start on the Retreat activities.  This is a great networking opportunity and a chance to meet new, and see longtime, Public Defender Retreat friends.  Thursday evening we will informally meet at 8pm at Cabo Wabo Las Vegas Cantina, hopefully on their patio overlooking The Strip, Cosmopolitan Hotel, and Bellagio Fountains.  This is very informal, we'll either be on the patio overlooking The Strip or inside where there is sometimes a live band playing.  Ask the hostess where the lawyers are sitting.  Cabo Wabo combines Sammy Hagar’s signature blend of killer margaritas, flavorful Mexican food, and rock ‘n’ roll style.  Cabo Wabo is located in the northwest corner of the Miracle Mile Shops in front of Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, next to Paris Las Vegas and across The Strip from Bellagio and Cosmopolitan.  It is about 1 mile from Tuscany Suites.  (CaboWabo patio photo by Roy Rendahl.)
 


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Friday Afternoon - Retreat Sign-In - Tuscany - 3/31/17 - Anytime between 1pm & 4pm

Retreat Sign-In and Pick Up Materials in the Florentine Room in Tuscany Suites Convention Area

Retreat Sign-InWe will have the Retreat Sign-In from 1pm to 4pm in front of the Florentine Room in the Tuscany convention area.  You can pick up your Retreat handout materials, name badge, nifty certificate of attendance, "It's Vegas!" event tickets (if applicable), and details about the Retreat.  This Sign-In will also be available throughout the weekend, before and during each day's program.  (Sign-in photo by Roy Rendahl.)
 


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Friday Evening - Welcome Party - Tuscany - 3/31/17 - Anytime between 4pm & 7pm

Retreat Friday Welcome Party in the Florentine Room in Tuscany Suites Convention Area

Friday Welcome PartyWe will again this year have our Official Friday Welcome Party from 4pm to 7pm in the Florentine Room in the Tuscany convention area.  Admission is free for Retreat attendees and their guests (one member of your party will need to show a Retreat name badge to enter), and Retreat sponsors.  Food and hors d'oeuvres will be provided as well as some free drinks.  A cash bar will also be available.  (Welcome Party photo by Roy Rendahl.)
 


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Sat Morning / Afternoon - MCLE* - Tuscany - 4/1/17 - 8am-5:15pm


Retreat MCLE/CLE* Speakers in the Florentine Room at Tuscany Suites Convention Area


Dave Rendahl, Public Defender Retreat
8am to 8:30am
Dave Rendahl

Retreat Organizer and Retired Supervising Attorney
; Visalia, California
Retreat Sign-In; welcome announcements; coffee, donuts, muffins, juice, etc; 
and pick up your Retreat materials.

Michael J. Kennedy, J.D.   Michael J. Kennedy, J.D. "Captain Motion"
8:30am to 9:30am
Michael J. Kennedy, J.D.
Attorney, Law Office of Michael J. Kennedy Attorney; Indio, California

”Winning and Intimidating With Motions: Win Your Case Before They Know What Hit Them”
(1 hr MCLE)
  More
 
Justice P. Andras Schreck
9:30am to
10:30am
Justice P. Andras Schreck
Ontario Court of Justice; Brampton, Ontario, Canada
“Is a Court / Bench Trial Beneficial for the Defence; Tips on Preparing and Presenting Your Case to the Judge Rather than a Jury?”
(1 Hr MCLE)
  More
 
10:30am to 10:40am
Morning Break

 
Michael D. Edelson
10:40am to
12:10pm
Michael D. Edelson
Attorney, Edelson Clifford D’Angelo Friedman LLP; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

“Cross Examination: The Art of the Defense”
(1.5 hrs MCLE)
  More
 
12:10pm to 1:30pm
Lunch Break (on your own)

Tuscany offers 3 restaurants open for lunch:
The new Pub 365 Restaurant and Bar.
Marilyn's Café
with a regular coffee shop menu 
and 24-hour breakfast menu.
Caffè Bottega next to the pool with freshly baked pastries and Stumptown Coffee Roasters brewed coffee & espresso; wine; local, regional, and European craft beers; and paninis, flatbreads, salads, charcuterie, and more.  See Tuscany's website for more restaurant info and menus.


Sally Perring
1:30pm to 2:30pm
Sally Ann Perring
Dean of Academic Affairs, Retired, San Joaquin College of Law; Fresno, California
“Does the Eagle Know What is in the Pit: Ethical Issues in the Trenches for the Criminal Defense Attorney Part 1: Professional and Courtroom Conduct: Bias, Harassment, Civility, and Politics”
(1 Hr Ethics MCLE)  More
 
Michael D. Edelson
2:3
0pm to 3:30pm
Michael D. Edelson
Attorney, Edelson Clifford D’Angelo Friedman LLP; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
“Cross-Examining Police Witnesses: Thinking Outside the Tool Box”
(1 Hr MCLE)
  More
 
3:30
pm to 3:40pm
Afternoon Break

 
Malorie Street
3:4
0pm to 5:10pm
Malorie Street
Attorney, Santa Clara Public Defender Office; San Jose, California
“How to Take a Gamble at a Mental Health Defense and Win Against the Odds: A Step by Step Approach on What you Need to Present These Defenses and How to Put it All Together”
(1.5 Hrs MCLE)
  More
 

Dave Rendahl, Public Defender Retreat
5:10pm to 5:15pm
Dave Rendahl

Retreat Organizer and Retired Supervising Attorney; Visalia, California
Day 1 closing remarks and announcements.

(Speaker photos provided by the speakers.)



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Sunday Morning - MCLE* - Tuscany - 4/2/17 - 8:30am-1:15pm

Retreat MCLE/CLE* Speakers in
the Florentine Room at Tuscany Suites Convention Area

Dave Rendahl, Public Defender Retreat
8:30am to 9am
Dave Rendahl

Retreat Organizer and Retired Supervising Attorney; Visalia, California
Retreat Sign-In, welcome announcements; coffee, drinks, juice, etc; 
and pick up your Retreat materials.

Sally Perring
9am to 10am
Sally Ann Perring
Dean of Academic Affairs, Retired, San Joaquin College of Law; Fresno, California
“Does the Eagle Know What is in the Pit: Ethical Issues in the Trenches for the Criminal Defense Attorney Part 2: Competence and Special Duties”
(1 hr Ethics MCLE)
  More
 

Michael J. Kennedy, J.D.   Michael J. Kennedy, J.D. "Captain Motion"
10am to 11am
Michael J. Kennedy, J.D.
Attorney, Law Office of Michael J. Kennedy Attorney; Indio, California
”Winning DUI / DWI Cases: Find Your Legal Defenses (Field Sobriety, Breath, and Blood Tests) and Overcome Political Pressure (MADD, Juror Bias, Angry Judges / Prosecutors)”
(1 hr MCLE)
  More
 

11am to 11:10am
Morning Break

 
Justice P. Andras Schreck
11:10am to
12:10pm
Justice P. Andras Schreck
Ontario Court of Justice; Brampton, Ontario, Canada
“Attack, Discredit, Turn it Around; Challenging the Prosecution’s Expert Evidence”
(1 Hr MCLE)
  More
 

Antony Ufland
12:10pm to 1:10pm
Antony Ufland
Attorney, Orange County Alternate Defender Office; Santa Ana, California
“Lawyers, Guns, and Money: the Sh*t has Hit the Fan”
(1 Hr MCLE)
   More
 
Dave Rendahl, Public Defender Retreat
1:10pm to 1:15pm
Dave Rendahl

Retreat Organizer and Retired Supervising Attorney; Visalia, California
Day 2 closing remarks and announcements.

(Speaker photos provided by the speakers.)




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Sunday Night - Informal Post-Retreat Get-Together - 4/2/17 - 8pm-?

Drai's Indigo Lounge in Bally's Hotel Casino

Drai's Indigo Lounge at Bally'sFor anyone staying longer than Sunday, we have a tradition of meeting at 8 pm on Sunday night to say "so long" to your new and long-time Public Defender Retreat friends until next year.  This year we'll be in the recently remodeled Drai's Indigo Lounge at the back of the casino in Bally's Hotel.  (Indigo Lounge photo by Roy Rendahl.)

Bally's is less than 1 mile from Tuscany Suites.




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Friday Night - Comedy Show  - 3/31/17 - 9pm-10:30pm

Las Vegas Live Comedy Club at V Theater in Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood

 
V Theater in Miracle Mile Shops at Planet HollywoodLas Vegas Live Comedy Club brings together a cross section of the best comedians from NY, Chicago, Boston, L.A., and Las Vegas with comedy aces from HBO, SHOWTIME, and COMEDY CENTRAL.

We're continuing our tradition of attending a comedy show on the Friday night of the Retreat, after our Welcome Party.  A large group of attendees are planning on doing the the 
Las Vegas Live Comedy Club showDiscount tickets can be purchased with your Conference/Events Registration Form (PDF) for $28 per person (which includes tax and fees) -- Regular ticket price is higherIf you order your ticket(s) with your Retreat Registration, you can pick them up with your Retreat materials at the Retreat Sign-In on Friday afternoon, or at the Welcome Party Friday evening.  (V Theater photo by Roy Rendahl.)
 

For many years, our Retreat attendees have had fabulous comedy show seats.  The fear that a group of criminal defense types may become fodder for the comedians has never materialized, but maybe this year?

The Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is about 1 mile from Tuscany Suites.
 



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Saturday Evening - Poker Tournament - Mirage - 4/1/17 - 6pm-8pm?

2017 World Defender Poker Championship in the Poker Room at The Mirage


Mirage Las Vegas Poker RoomOn Saturday at 6pm, after the MCLE* program, we will be holding our 2017 Public Defender Retreat Poker Championship.  This year, the Tournament will be back in the Mirage Hotel Casino Poker Room.  Complete details will be provided at the Retreat.  (Mirage poker room photo by Roy Rendahl.)
 
The entry fee is $70 (plus a $5 dealer add-on at the table) per person, pay in advance with your Retreat Conference/Events Registration Form (PDF).  Prize pool will be paid to the top 10 places, along with top-3 trophies and bragging rights!  It is patterned after the World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour events.  Register soon, we are limited to 50 players (5 tables) by the size of the poker room.
 
When you pay for your entry into the Poker Tournament, you are buying a seat.  That seat is yours, and if you arrive late, or don't show up for the Tourney, your Tournament chips and hands will be blind folded until you arrive, or run out of chips.  If you need to cancel after you have purchased your entry, I will assist you in selling your seat to another attendee.

For more Tournament details, please call Dave at 1-559-827-7487
.

The Mirage is about 1 1/2 miles from Tuscany Suites.  You could take the 
Las Vegas Monorail from the station in back of Bally's to the Harrah's station and then walk across The Strip to The Mirage.
 



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Saturday Night - Music & Dancing - 4/1/17 - 10:30pm-??

Nightclub Music & Dancing
at 1 OAK Nightclub in The Mirage

1 OAK Nightclub at the MirageWe're going to a new nightclub this year!  We will start partying at 10:30pm at 1 OAK Las Vegas Nightclub in the Mirage Hotel.

Meet by the 1 OAK entrance across in The Mirage lobby at 10:30pm so we can take you in as a group.

Cost is $105 for women and $115 for men.  This includes the 1 OAK Nightclub cover charge (which can be $30 to $40).  We will also have reserved section seating, and some free drinks will be included in these entry prices too.  You can buy 1 OAK Nightclub VIP reserved section entry with your Conference/Events Registration Form (PDF).

1 OAK brings a unique combination of art, fashion, and celebrity status to the nightclub world. Located in The Mirage Hotel & Casino, 1 OAK has given Las Vegas Nightclubs a New York spin with its Avant-garde artwork and design.  (1 OAK photo by Roy Rendahl.)

ID (21+) is required.  Their dress code can be described as "upscale chic."  Hats, t-shirts, chains, excessive jewelry, athletic wear, shorts, baggy attire, sunglasses, sandals/flats, and tennis shoes are not permitted.  All bags, purses or parcels are subject to search.  You are not allowed to bring the following items into 1 OAK Nightclub: illegal drugs, vaporizers, e-cigs, weapons, sharp objects, over-the-counter medications, selfie sticks, food, beverages, gum, toys, props, inflatables, video cameras, SLR cameras, GoPro cameras, or signs.


The Mirage is about 1 1/2 miles from Tuscany Suites.  You could take the Las Vegas Monorail from the station in back of Bally's to the Harrah's station and then walk across The Strip to The Mirage.




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Getting Around The Las Vegas Strip

Walking, Monorail,
Shuttles, Double Decker Buses, and Taxis

Walking in Las Vegas?  You will need a few things to start off, Comfortable shoes, water, sunscreen and the ever faithful chapstick.  Las Vegas is in the middle of a large desert, which equates to warm and dry, or cold and dry, or comfortable and dry!  With that in mind it is easy to experience dehydration.  So be aware, you should drink as much water as needed.  When you walk into a casino, walk right up to any of the bars and simply ask for a glass of water, the bartenders realize that they have hidden the water faucets right next to the clocks and the windows.
 
When walking around you might feel like walking the length of the strip.  It’s enjoyable and there is plenty to see, what you have to realize is that those buildings on the end of the Las Vegas Boulevard are huge, hence, they look real close.  From the Stratosphere to Mandalay Bay is a little less than four miles, so if you’re thinking about setting up your workout regimen, you've picked a good vacation destination.
 

It would be a good idea to verify the following transportation times and information before making your plans.


Las Vegas MonorailIf you would rather ride, the Las Vegas Monorail takes you 4 miles up and down The Strip.  There are Monorail stations at the new SLS (formerly Sahara), Westgate Las Vegas (formerly LVH and Las Vegas Hilton), Las Vegas Convention Center, Harrah’s / The LINQ, Flamingo, Bally’s / Paris Las Vegas, and the MGM Grand.  You can walk from Tuscany Suites to the Flamingo or Bally's Monorail stations at the back of the hotels.  Monorail tickets may be purchased from their website, at station ticket vending machines (TVMs), and at station customer service offices.  (Monorail photo provided by the Las Vegas Monorail.)


There is a free tram between Mirage and TI (Treasure Island).
 
There is a free tram between Bellagio, CityCenter, and Monte Carlo (but it does NOT stop at the Cosmopolitan).
 
There is a free tram between Excalibur, Luxor, and Mandalay Bay.
 
See more tram and monorail info at Vegas.com.



Deuce Double Decker Bus Las VegasThere are 24-hour buses on The Strip, including the 97 passenger Deuce Double Decker Buses adding a London touch to Vegas.  You'll be able to look out the window and see the glorious landscape of the Las Vegas Strip instead of tourists in SUVs.  (Deuce bus photo by Roy Rendahl.)


There are also double decker OPEN-TOP sightseeing tour busses giving day and night tours up and down The Strip, to several off Strip locations, and to downtown Las Vegas with live guides providing commentary along the way.  After you buy your one-day, two-day, or night pass online or at any of their stops, you can just get on and off anytime at any of their regular stops.  Please see their Big Bus Tours website for price, routes, and schedule info.


Taxi service is always available just outside the front doors of Tuscany, and at all the hotels.

And Uber and Lyft are 
both opperating now in Vegas.


Attracting 40 million visitors each year, Las Vegas has fine-tuned the art of customer service.  Extend your stay to enjoy this city that epitomizes the quintessential American entertainment experience.  To help plan your trip, see http://www.VisitLasVegas.com/.


Weather
The average high temperature for March / April in Las Vegas is about 74°F (24°C) and the average low temperature is about 49°F (9°C) with about 16% to 48% humidity, but it can get warmer and cooler than these average temps.  We recommend a jacket or sweater for the evenings (and maybe for the conference room).  Las Vegas averages 320 days of sunshine a year, with average precipitation for March / April at about 0.30 inches (8 mm).
 

Tipping
Since Las Vegas is a service-based city, tipping is recommended, according to www.Vegas.com.




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Other Las Vegas Things To Do and See

Any Afternoon / Evening Extra Fountains, Lobby, and Conservatory - Bellagio

Fountains, Lobby Ceiling, and Botanical Conservatory at the Bellagio Hotel Casino


Fountains of Bellagio Las VegasTake some time at the Bellagio Las Vegas to see the free Fountains of Bellagio show on their 8 acre lake in front of the hotel.  There are more than 1,200 nozzles, moving and stationary, with some that shoot up to 500 feet high, that make it possible to stage fountain displays coordinated to music with more than 4,500 lights.  Check their website for their schedules on different days.






Bellagio hotel lobby Las VegasThe Bellagio hotel lobby has a 70 by 30 foot, 40,000 pound ceiling sculpture chandelier made of 2,000 hand-blown glass flowers by world renowned artist, Dale Chihuly.  Every single flower is different.  The lobby is open 24 hours a day.  See more artist info, a book, and DVD here.








Bellagio Hotel Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
Located just beyond the lobby and front desk area of the Bellagio hotel is the free Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.  The 13,573 square foot atrium has a 50 foot high arched-glass ceiling.  They put up a new display 5 times a year: spring, summer, fall, the holidays, and Chinese New Year.  It is open 24 hours a day every day (except when they are changing out all the flowers, plants, trees, and decorations).  The Bellagio is about 1 mile from Tuscany Suites.  (Bellagio photos by Roy Rendahl.)



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Any Evening Extra - Volcano - Mirage - 7pm, 8pm (9pm Fri-Sat)

The Volcano at The Mirage Hotel Casino


Volcano at Mirage Resort & Casino Las VegasTry to catch the Volcano eruption every evening in front of the Mirage Resort & Casino, between Caesars Palace Forum Shops and Treasure Island (TI).  
 

Since its opening in 1989, the Mirage Volcano has been one of most popular attractions on the Las Vegas Strip.  In 1996, the Volcano added new water, lighting, and sound effects.  (Mirage Volcano photo by Roy Rendahl.)

In 2008, the Volcano underwent another big facelift.  One of the most exciting highlights about the new volcano is its music.  Mickey Hart, the legendary Grateful Dead drummer, and Indian music composer Zakir Hussain worked together to create and perform a soundtrack exclusively for the Mirage Volcano.


The Mirage Volcano erupts nightly at
7 pm and 8 pm (and also 9 pm on Fri and Sat) weather permitting. 

The Mirage is about 1 1/2 miles from Tuscany Suites.  You could take the Las Vegas Monorail from the Bally's station to the Harrah's station and then walk across The Strip to the Mirage.




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Any Time Extra - Wildlife Habitat - Flamingo - 24 Hours

Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo Hotel Casino


Flamingo Hotel Casino Wildlife Habitat with flamingosAmid the neon lights and slot machines, the Flamingo Hotel offers a refreshing oasis with its 15-acre Wildlife Habitat which is free and open 24 hours a day.

Located next to the Flamingo's pool area, the habitat is filled with lush foliage imported from around the world including varieties of pines, palms, and magnolias. Visitors can take a stroll on winding walkways alongside streams and waterfalls, or on bridges over lagoons and ponds.  Benches scattered throughout the area allow guests the chance to sit back and enjoy the view.

The Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo is home to more than 300 birds, including Impeyn and silver pheasants, Gambel's quail, a Crown crane, two ibis, swans, ducks, and parrots.  However, the most notable are likely the Chilean flamingos.  But birds aren't the only wildlife that can be seen in the habitat; there is an abundance of turtles and koi as well.  The Flamingo is about 1 mile from Tuscany Suites.  (Flamingos photo provided by Caesars Entertainment.)

 



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Any Day Extra - Springs Preserve - 10am-4pm

The Springs Preserve


Springs Preserve Las VegasThe Springs Preserve is a 180-acre indoor and outdoor cultural institution designed to commemorate Las Vegas' dynamic history and to provide a vision for a sustainable future.

The Preserve features museums, galleries, outdoor concerts and events, colorful botanical gardens, and an interpretive trail system that meanders through a scenic wetland habitat.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1978, the Preserve is located approximately three miles west of downtown Las Vegas.  The Preserve is known as the birthplace of Las Vegas and represents one of the richest and most unique cultural and biological resources in Southern Nevada.  (Springs Preserve photo provided by Springs Preserve.)


The Springs Preserve is located at 333 S Valley View Blvd, between US 95 and Alta Drive.  It is about 7 miles from Tuscany Suites.


Recently relocated to the Springs Preserve is the new 13,000 sq ft Nevada State Museum Las Vegas with displays including the first dinosaur fossils documented in Nevada, minerals from Nevada mines, and Las Vegas showgirl costumes.

The
Nevada State Museum is located at 309 S Valley View Blvd.
 


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Any Day Extra - Grand Bazaar Shops - Bally's - 10am-10pm (11pm Fri-Sat)

Grand Bazaar Shops Las Vegas


Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally's Las VegasGrand Bazaar Shops is an outdoor shopping plaza in front of Bally's Hotel Casino on the Las Vegas Strip at Flamingo Rd.  Inspired by the world’s great open-air markets, it is a “21st century bazaar,” a retail and dining experience located at the busiest pedestrian intersection in Las Vegas.  Over 120 retail and dining destinations are in the 2-acre outdoor mall, including Fuel Bar, Sugar Factory, Native Jewelers, CelebiPAWS Dog Apparel, AG by Ana Gutierrez, Hammitt, Honolulu Cookie Company, LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, Visual Art Images, Havaina, Disney Fine Art, Vegas Shades, Tix4Tonight, Framed Poster Shop, Bauer’s Sunglass, Superdry, Swatch, and Swarovski.  (Grand Bazaar Shops photo by Roy Rendahl.)

The Grand Bazaar Shops is less than 1 mile from Tuscany Suites.



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Any Time Extra - Rock 'N' Roll Memorabilia - Hard Rock Hotel

Instruments, Clothing, and Photos of Famous Artists


Hard Rock Hotel Desplay CasesOn the Hard Rock's casino walls and hallways are dozens of display cases and framed photos showing off rock 'n' roll history through today's performers.  The displays include Elvis' jumpsuit and Michael Jackson's glove, as well as motorcycles, drum kits, autographed guitars, costumes, photos, and other belongings from stars like Aerosmith, the Ramons, U2, Madonna, Def Leppard, Journey, KISS, the Who, Christina Aguilera, David Bowie, Santana, Lady Gaga, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, Joan Jett, Billy Idol, and many others.  The displayes are changed and new ones are added every so often.

The 1st photo shows several cases including one for Elton John.  The 2nd photo shows a large, 2-sided case filled with Beatles' treasures. 

Also notice the Hard Rock's guitar-shaped door handles, saxophone chandelier, and cymbal light fixtures.


Hard Rock Hotel Beatles Desplay CaseThe Hard Rock Hotel is less than 1 mile from Tuscany Suites.  (Hard Rock memorabilia photos by Roy Rendahl.)









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Any Time Extra - The LINQ Las Vegas Shopping, Dining, & Entertainment District between Flamingo & The LINQ Hotel (formerly The Quad and Imperial Palace)

The LINQ open-air retail, dining, and entertainment district


The LinqThe LINQ covers more than 200,000 sq ft of space and with more than 30 unique retail, dining, and entertainment experiences.  The High Roller is a 550 ft tall observation wheel (they don't like the term Ferris wheel) and is (for now) the tallest observation wheel in the world.

In the illustration, The LINQ Hotel (formerly The Quad and Imperial Palace) is on the left, the High Roller is in the center, and Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Café at the Flamingo Hotel is on the right.  (The LINQ illustration provided by Caesars Entertainment.)

The LINQ is about 1 mile from Tuscany Suites.



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Any Day Extra - Mob Museum - Downtown Las Vegas - 10am-7pm

The National Museum of Organized Crime & Law Enforcement  in Downtown Las Vegas


The Mob Museum Las VegasThe Mob Museum, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, is an interactive Museum dedicated to the history of organized crime and law enforcement.  The Museum presents a bold and authentic view of organized crime’s impact on Las Vegas history, as well as its unique imprint on America and the world.  The Museum presents the real stories and actual events of Mob history via interactive and engaging exhibits that reveal all sides of the story about the role of organized crime in the U.S.  The Mob Museum offers multiple perspectives and provides a contemporary, engaging, challenging, and educational experience.

The 41,000 sq ft building includes approximately 17,000 sq ft of exhibition space on three floors. The Museum is housed within the historic former federal courthouse and U.S. Post Office built in 1933. The courtroom on the second floor is the very courtroom where one of 14 national Kefauver Hearings to expose organized crime was held back in 1950.

The Museum was designed by a world-class team known for other successful museums that serve to reinvigorate communities and neighborhoods, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio and the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C.  This highly experienced team of staff, board members, and consultants worked together to create one of Las Vegas’ major attractions and a must-see for millions of tourists and locals alike.  (The Mob Museum logo provided by the Mob Museum.)

Location:  300 Stewart Ave (between Casino Center Blvd & N 4th St), Las Vegas, Nevada.  It is about 6 miles from Tuscany Suites.



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Any Evening Extra - Lake of Dreams - Wynn - Dusk-12:30am


Lake of Dreams Show at Wynn Las Vegas Hotel Casino


Wynn Lake Dreams ShowUnlike some other free entertainment on The Strip, you have to go inside of the Wynn Hotel to see their 3 acre Lake of Dreams light, music, water, video, and puppet show because it is located behind an 8 story mountain which is covered with 1,500 alpine trees.  You can stand and watch the shows, and there are balconies and patios at several bars and restaurants where you can sit down and have a drink or a meal while watching.  The various 2 to 5 minute shows are put on after dark every 30 minutes.  

Click here for a short video which is a behind-the-scene look at the Lake of Dreams shows.

Wynn is about 1 1/2 miles from Tuscany Suites (if you take Koval Ln).  You could take the Las Vegas Monorail from the Bally's station to the Harrah's station and then walk past the Venetian and Palazzo to Wynn.



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Any Day / Evening Extra - Eiffel Tower - Paris Las Vegas - 9:30am-about Midnight

Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas Hotel Casino


Paris Las Vegas Eiffel TowerLocated in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip just south of Flamingo Road, visitors can catch great views nearly 50 stories above the ground.  From the observation deck, which stands at 460 feet, guests are able to see the entire valley.  And while the real Eiffel Tower is a popular romantic destination, all types of guests come and see this attraction in Vegas.  The Eiffel Tower replica is about half the size of the original in France.  While these two vary in height, there are many similarities between them.  Both have an enclosed observation deck for safety as well as a glass elevator to admire the stunning vistas on the way to the top.  For a quieter, more intimate experience without sacrificing the view, guests can dine in elegance at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant on the 11th floor of the Tower.  Paris LV is about 1 mile from Tuscany Suites.  (Paris Las Vegas photo by Roy Rendahl.)




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Any Day Extra - Neon Museum - Downtown Las Vegas - 9:30am-8pm

The Non-profit Neon Museum in Downtown Las Vegas


Neon Museum La Concha Visitors' Center Las VegasLocated in fabulous downtown Las Vegas, the Neon Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to preserving the rich history of the city through its most iconic art forms, the neon sign.  The Neon Museum’s collection consists of three components: the Neon Boneyard, the Downtown Gallery, and the Las Vegas Signs project.

The Neon Boneyard is home to over 150 donated and rescued signs dating from the 1930s to present day.  Located within a two-acre outdoor museum space, the unrestored collection includes signs from businesses, motels, and celebrated casino resorts originally located throughout the Las Vegas valley.  Their visitors center is the restored historic La Concha motel lobby building which was moved in sections from The Strip to the Neon Boneyard.

Neon Museum Boneyard Las VegasThe Neon Boneyard (just north of downtown on Las Vegas Blvd) is open for daytime and nighttime guided tours.  

The Downtown Gallery (Fremont St at Las Vegas Blvd) and the Las Vegas Signs Project (located on Las Vegas Blvd between Sahara and Washington Street) feature 16 electrified, restored signs installed as public art throughout the downtown area are available for viewing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

The Neon Museum Boneyard, the outdoor Downtown Gallery and the
outdoor Las Vegas Signs Project are all about 5 miles from Tuscany Suites.  (Neon Museum photos provided by the Neon Museum.)



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Any Time Extra - Fremont St, Fremont East, and the Arts District - Downtown Las Vegas

The historic Fremont Street, Fremont Street Experience, Fremont East Entertainment District, and the Arts District in Downtown Las Vegas


Las Vegas Fremont Street ExperienceThe Fremont Street Experience is located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas on the historic street that started it all.  The world-famous, one-of-a-kind entertainment venue is home to Viva Vision, the biggest big screen on the planet.  More than 12 million lights in the Viva Vision canopy and 550,000 watts of concert quality sound pumped to speakers throughout the venue produce an incredible array of eye-popping imagery and heart pounding music.  Viva Vision shows appear nightly on the hour beginning at dusk and are free and open to the public. The giant 1,500 foot long LED screen towers 90 feet above a pedestrian mall lined with unique retail shopping kiosks and two permanent performance stages.  

Eight
legendary casinos line Fremont Street Experience with more Las Vegas Fremont East Entertainment Districtthan 60 restaurants.  Free concerts, special events, and roaming street performers entertain the nearly 17 million visitors who come to experience this vintage Vegas attraction each year.

The city of Las Vegas created an entertainment district located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas: Fremont East.  Located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas, the Fremont East Entertainment District sits across Las Vegas Blvd from the Fremont Street Experience.  More than a dozen new nightclub and dining venues have been opened in and near the Fremont East District.

Fremont Street Experience and Fremont East is about 5 miles from Tuscany Suites.

In downtown Las Vegas’ Arts District you will find an eclectic mix of galleries, one-of-a-kind stores, and restaurants just a Las Vegas Arts District Fremont East First Fridayshort walk or bus ride from Fremont Street.  Known as "18b," the Las Vegas Arts District is located immediately south of downtown Las Vegas in an area bounded by Commerce St, Hoover Ave, Fourth St, Las Vegas Boulevard (at Charleston), and Colorado Ave. 

The Arts District is about 4 miles from Tuscany Suites.


(Downtown photos by Roy Rendahl.)


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