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“The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas” At The Plaza Hotel & Casino To Star Veteran Actresses In Lead Role

Award-winning Broadway production opened this past Saturday at 7 p.m. LAS VEGAS, NV -- Debuting at 7 p.m. this past Saturday, March 31, at the Plaza Hotel and Casino, “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” features two veteran actresses in the lead role. Jacquelyn Holland-Wright and Kellie Wright will share the acting responsibilities for Miss Mona Stangley, the lead character who runs the brothel in “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.” The part was played by Dolly Parton in the 1982 major motion picture adaption of the Broadway musical. H o l l a n d - Wr i g h t is best known for her leading role as Donna Sheridan (the mom) in the Las Vegas production of the Broadway musical “Mamma Mia” since 2005. Her long list of credits includes singing in “Jubilee!” and with Wayne Newton in Las Vegas and on his USO Tour. Currently, she has been teaching acting and music at Kidville in Tivoli Village and with Drama Kids International. The second actress, Wright, has also enjoyed a career in entertainment that has spanned the globe from Australia and Japan to the U.S., singing with bands, performing in production shows and working as a studio session singer. In Las Vegas, she has starred in “Bottoms Up” with Rip Taylor, played Mrs. Vitale in “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding,” and was a featured singer in “Jubilee!” Based on the true story of the legendary Texas brothel known as the Chicken Ranch, “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” chronicles how the town’s sheriff and regular patron of the brothel fight to keep the historical whorehouse open as a crusading dogooder television commentator seeks to close its doors. The full production show at the Plaza will take audience members on a trip through history while watching some of the sexiest girls in Las Vegas sing, dance and act. “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” debuted in the Plaza’s classic showroom this past Saturday, March 31, with live performances every evening at 7 p.m. Based on the book by Larry L. King and Peter Masterson, with music and lyrics by Carol Hall, the original Broadway production of “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” debuted in 1978. Directed by Peter Masterson and Tommy Tune, the Broadway show was nominated for seven Tony Awards®. “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” at the Plaza is produced locally by SFS Entertainment, LLC under the direction of William Freyd and Bob Sperling along with the artistic direction of Betty Sullivan-Cleary. The show is co-produced by Matthew Resler with Vegas Java Entertainment. Ticket prices start at $59.95 for general admission. Tickets will be available at the Plaza Hotel and Casino box office next to the showroom, by phone at 702-946-8934 or 800793-9332, or online at (About the Plaza Hotel & Casino -- The Plaza Hotel & Casino opened in 1971 at 1 Main Street, at the intersection of Main and Fremont Street, and was a fashionable stop on the first train service through Las Vegas. Anchoring the Fremont Street Experience, the Plaza has been an iconic hotel in the heart of downtown Las Vegas for more than 40 years. It sits on 16.5 acres of land and has more than 1,000 rooms and suites, making it one of the largest hotel-casinos in downtown Las Vegas. Recent renovations have updated and improved the Plaza’s ambiance throughout, creating a stylish and comfortable new experience for its guests.

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Canada’s commercial seal hunt has reached a crucial moment. The markets for seal products are disappearing. There are now seal product restrictions around the world, and the value of seal pelts has dropped dramatically -- from over $100 per pelt in 2006 to just $18 now. However, the Canadian Government continues to subsidize the sealing industry with taxpayer money. They are planning to fight the EU’s seal product ban in the WTO and, most baffling, they have set the annual seal hunt quote at 400,000 seals. The Canadian Government isn’t getting the message: the world doesn’t want Canada’s dead seals! Let’s make it clear to the Canadian Government that it’s time to make the seal hunt history. Please sign this petition at to urge the Canadian Government to end the seal hunt now.

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What Did Rush Limbaugh Say?

We are absolutely repulsed right now. Recently Rush Limbaugh said: “What does it say about the college co-ed Susan Fluke [sic] who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex -- what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute.” Sandra Fluke, the courageous Georgetown Law student who had the strength to stand up in Congress against Republican attacks on birth control coverage, is now under attack from the right wing. First, House Republicans refused to let Sandra testify. Now, they think they can shame us into silence, but standing up for women’s health care does not make you a “slut” or a “prostitute.” Rush and the right-wing Republicans in Congress who promote their radical War on Women must be held accountable for this. We cannot stand for the Republican War on Women. Tell Republicans to publicly denounce Rush Limbaugh’s cruel tirade against women.







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entertainment tips of the week By Jean Strauber, Entertainment Editor MAMMA MIA! Want a fun evening for you and your family? Then, head over to the historic Pantages Theatre in Hollywood to see the Smash Hit Musical based on the songs of ABBA, MAMMA MIA! Leading the cast of 30 is Kaye Tuckerman as Donna Sheridan, the independent single mother whose daughter, Sophie Sheridan (Chloe Tucker) has invited three men who could possibly be her father to her wedding to Sky (Happy Mahaney). Also invited are Donna’s best friends and former back-up band Rosie and Tanya (May Callanan and Alison Ewing). The three men from Donna’s past and Sophie’s possible dads are Christian Wheelan (Sam Charmichael), John-Michael Zuerlein (Bill Austin) and Paul de Boy (Harry Bright). The cast also includes Stephanie Barnum (Ali), Elean Marisa Flores (Lisa), Ethan Le Phong (Pepper) and James Michael Lambert (Eddie). The MAMMA MIA!’’s ensemble features (in alphabetical order) Jeff Applegate, Justin Berkobien, Julius Chase, Jeff Diebold, Eileen Faxas, Thomasina E. Gross, Alyuson Lange, Marlene Martinez, Brian Ray Norris, Elana Ricardo, Christopher Sergeeff, Jennifer Swiderski, Travis Taber and Michelle Weissgerber. I was present opening night and found that these numbers

were exceptionally good were “Money, Money, Money” sung by Donna, Tanya, Rosie, Sky, Sophie and Company, “ Dancing Queen,” sung by Tanya, Rosie and Donna, “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! Sung by Sophie, Ali, Lisa and Company, the hilarious “Take a Chance on Me” sung by Rosie and Bill and the encore numbers “Mamma Mia”, “Dancing Queen” and “Waterloo.” Performance Schedule: Tuesday through Friday at 8 pm, Saturday at 2 pm & 8

pm, Sunday at 1 pm & 6:30 pm. Running time is 2 hours and 40 minutes including intermission. Orchestra Level tickets start at just $25. For tickets please go to the Pantages Theatre’s website, Coming to the Pantages Theatre’s 2012-2013 season are these Broadway hits: THE BOOK OF MORMON (Sept 5-Nov 25, 2012); DONNY & MARIE CHRISTMAS IN LOS ANGELES (Dec.4-23, 2012); Cathy Rigby as PETER

PAN (Jan. 15-27, 2013); JEKYLL & HYDE ( Feb. 12Mar. 3, 2013); CATCH ME IF YOU CAN (Mar. 12-24, 2013) WEST SIDE STORY (APRIL 9-14); Bette Midler presenting PRISCILLA (May 28-June 16, 2013) In addition to the regular subscription, BROADWAY LA will also be presenting on the Pantages stage RAIN (Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2013); BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Mar. 26-April 7, WEST SIDE STORY (April 9-14, 2013) and CHICAGO (May 15-27, 2012). For ticket information please call (866)-755-2929 or go to A 7-show package can start as low as $241. The Pantages Theatre is located at 6333 Hollywood Boulevard, one block east of historic Vine Street. The cars run every 10 minutes until midnight. Seniors, like me, and the disabled only pay 25 cents each way. Quite a savings from the parking lot fees around the theatre. San Fernando Valley residents will find that the ride on the subway from the North Hollywood Station to Hollywood and Vine a quick, comfortable ride. You can save money, gas and a lot of stress. -----------------------------------CONCERTS AT THE “BOWL” The Canoga Park Bowl and the San Fernando Valley Symphony presents Concerts at the “Bowl” in the Royal Room at the Canoga Park Bowl on Wednesday nights at 8:00 pm. WEDNESDAY: APRIL 4The Symphomaniax perform their classical repertoire of “Bach and Vivaldi,” plus original compositions and arrangements featuring James Domine, guitar; Ruth

Bruegger, violin; Glenn Grab, cello and Larry Muardian, bass. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11The San Fernando Valley String Quartet will perform the music of Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi, Cole Porter, Leroy Anderson and the Beatles in a medley of tangos, waltzes and more. Featured performers Ruth Bruegger, violin; Florence Titmus, violin; Robin Ross, viola and Glenn Grab , cello. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18Jimi Dee, guitar; Gary Herbig, saxophone; Adrian Miller, trumpet; Larry Muradian, bass and Chuck Burkinshaw, drums will perform tunes from the “Great American Songbook.” WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25The Blues Bandits perform the “Blues,” featuring David Reo, guitar and vocals; Jimi Dee, guitar and vocals; Gary Herbig, saxophone; Larry Muradian, bass guitar and Chuck Burkinshaw, drums. The Canoga Park Bowl is located on the corner of Winnetka and Vanowen, 20122 Vanowen Street, Winnetka CA. For more information call (818) 347-4807. FREE admission but a one-drink minimum. Sorry but persons under 21 years of age are not admitted. -----------------------------------AT THE VALLEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER -OSCAR WINNER GEENA DAVIS will be performing at the Valley Performing Arts Center on Thursday, April 19, at 8 pm in the beautiful Valley Performing Arts Center on the campus. Ms. Davis will be speaking about her life and passions as part of the California State University Northridge Spoken Word series which is held on


campus. Ms. Davis works to promote equality in sports opportunities. She is also working to expand knowledge about gender discrimination in United States educational institutions. For more information please contact Therri Donnelly, Community Outreach, and Valley Performing Arts Center by calling (818) 677-8837 or e-mail: therri.donnelly@csun. edu. -----------------------------------The EMERSON STRING QUARTET, one of the world’s most esteemed chamber music ensembles, will be joined by pianist Wu Han for a concert at 8 pm on Wednesday, April 18, in the Valley Performing Arts Center at California State University, Northridge. The Quartet, Eugene Drucker and Phillip Setzer (violins), Lawrence Dutton (viola) and David Finckel (cello) will be playing works by Beethoven, Shostakovich and Schumann. The New York quartet was formed during the United States Bicentennial year (1976) and named after poet Ralph Waldo Emerson has been together for 35 years and has earned a reputation as one of the world’s premier chamber ensembles, winning nine Grammy Awards and an Avery Fisher Prize, to name just two. For ticket information go to www. valleyperformingartscenter. com, Ticketmaster, or call (8180 677-8837. The Valley Performing Arts Center is located on the campus of CSUN, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge CA 91330. Paid Parking is available in the parking structure which can be reached by entering off Lindley or Prairie Streets. (Pictured is the Quartet)

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Los Angeles, CA -- A 19-year-old Hispanic man was arrested Monday night after making derogatory statements to three African-Americans walking down the street, and for pointing a shotgun at them. On March 26, 2012, around 6 p.m, Northeast Area Gang Officers responded to a radio call of an “Assault with a Deadly Weapon / Hate Crime” at Drew Street and Estara Avenue. Three people walking in the 3100 block of Estara Avenue, (an adult male Black, an adult female Black and her adolescent son), became victims of a hate crime when the suspect, Ivan Alquicira, standing on a nearby apartment balcony began yelling racial epithets and making derogatory comments to them. Alquicira then pointed a shotgun at the group and demanded that they leave the neighborhood. The victims began running in fear for their lives as Alquicira chased after them. Responding officers surrounded the apartment complex that Alquicira went back inside of and refused to come out. Around 7:30 p.m. Alquicira surrendered to police without incident. The shotgun believed used in the assault on the victims, and an additional weapon and ammunition, were recovered from Alquicira’s residence. Alquicira was arrested and booked for Assault with a Deadly Weapon with a Firearm and is being held on $540,000 bail. On March 27, 2012, the Los AngelesDistrict Attorney filed three counts of Assault with a Deadly Weapon with a Firearm, two counts of Terrorist Threats, including enhancements for Hate Crimes, Gang, and Firearms. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Northeast Area Detectives, Detective S. Aguilar at 213-344-5731. Anonymous tips can be called into Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477) or by texting 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Online tips may be placed at by clicking on “webtips” and following the prompts.

Armed Man Threatens Own Family, & Officers

Los Angeles, CA -- A man threatening family members with a knife pointed a handgun at responding officers and an officer involved shooting occurred, killing the suspect. On March 24, 2012, at 6 p.m., North Hollywood Area officers responded to a radio call of a man armed with a knife and causing a disturbance in the 7400 block of Craner Avenue. Arriving officers were told by witnesses the suspect, 35-year-old Benjamin Bittner, had barricaded himself inside the residence and was armed with a handgun. While officers were awaiting the arrival of LAPD SWAT and K-9 resources, We are specialists in all kinds of insurance around 6:30 p.m. Bittner Surety Bond For: • Commercial Insurance • Auto Dealer • Small Business came out of the house • Contractor License • Restaurants armed with a handgun. An • Insurance Broker • Retail Stores officer involved shooting • Liquor License & Permit • Hotels • Offices occurred and Bittner was • Mortgage Bond • Day Cares • Churches • Sales Tax Bond • General Contractors struck by gunfire. • Notary Bond • Shopping Centers Los Angeles Fire DepartDon’t go far! We are located at: ment responded and trans6333 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401 ported Bittner to a local Phone (818) 921-7740 Fax (818) 357-5319 hospital where he was pronounced dead. None of the four involved officers - LDA 448 were injured. An replica We can complete & file all your documents handgun, resembling a Colt • Divorces/Custody 1911, was recovered at • Adoption/Name Change scene. Low • Corporation/LLC Force Investigation DiviCost! • Bankruptcy 7 & 13 sion Detectives responded • IRS/State Board Settlements and are investigating the • Criminal Cases/DUI officer involved shooting. **** Se habla Español **** The investigation will ul6333 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401 timately be reviewed by the Office of the Chief of Phone (818) 921-7740 Fax (866) 362-3699 Police, the Office of the Inspector General and Board of Police Commissioners for compliance with the Law Offices of Department’s use-of-force policy, which states that an officer’s use-of-force acNicholas Rosenberg tions must be objectively reasonable. Aggressive and Experienced Criminal Defense Firm Anyone with information “We Fight For the Best Result Possible” about this incident is urged We Handle: Call for a Free Consultation to call the FID at 213-486* Domestic Violence * DUI 5230. Anonymous tips (818) 404-3363 * Three Strikes * Robbery can be called into Crime or email: * Burglary * All Gang Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS Consultation@ Allegations & Injunctions (8477) or by texting 274637 * Fraud * All Drug Cases (C-R-I-M-E-S on most key* Assault & Battery pads) with a cell phone. All * Drunk in Public * Trespassing Los Angeles Defenders text messages should begin * Arson * Theft * Evading with the letters “LAPD.” 14501 Calvert Street, Suite 201A * Serious & Violent Felonies Online tips may be placed Van Nuys, CA 91411 * Clean Up Criminal Record at * Seal Records * Expungements (Across from Van Nuys Courthouse) by clicking on “webtips” * Restraining Orders and following the prompts. (

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Man Shot to Death in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CA -- LAPD Northeast Area Homicide Division detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify and locate the suspect responsible for killing a 22-year-old man in Cypress Park. On March 27, 2012, around 9:50 p.m., Northeast Area Patrol Officers responded to a radio call of a shooting just occurred in the 2920 block of Elm Street in LAPD’s Northeast Area. When they arrived, Officers discovered Albert Magdaleno, suffering from what appeared to be gunshot wounds. Los Angeles Fire Department Rescue Ambulance responded to the scene and transported the victim to a nearby hospital where he died a short time later. The suspect and the weapon are outstanding. The motive for the murder remains unknown at this time. Anyone with information on this case is urged to call Northeast Area Homicide Detectives J. Carrillo or U. Zesati at 323-3445744 or Northeast Area Watch Commander at 323-344-5701. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.

El Departamento de Policia de Los Angeles y la Polica Comunitaria del area de Van Nuys

Les invita a todos los Residentes del Area de Van Nuys para que asistan A una junta de Vigilancia del Vecindario. Por Favor venga a conocer a su Nuevo Oficial encargado de su vecindario, Steve Underwood Tendremos una presentacion de vigilancia del vecindario. Vengan y conozcan a los Oficiales de la Policia que patruyan su vecindad. Tambien estaremos discutiendo hacerca del patrullaje en su comunidad. Por favor reunase con nosotros y sus vecinos para hacer de nuestro Vecindario un lugar seguro. Tendremos Oficiales que trabajan en cubierto combatiendo a las drogas y varios Detectives, tambien estara los oficiales que trabajan La Operaciones del Valle. CUANDO: Miercoles, ABRIL 11, 2012 de 7:00 PM a. 8:15 PM LUGAR: El evento tomara acabo en la Escuela de Van Nuys Elementary, en el Auditorio (6464 Sylmar Ave). En la esquina de Hamlin St, y Tyrone Ave. Se pueden estacionarse en el parqueadero de El Centro de Bernardi en 6514 Sylmar Ave. Habra Oficiales que hablan Espanol Please send your community news & events info to

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Wells Fargo Opens Green Banking Store in the San Fernando Valley Built Using Methods to Help Protect and Conserve Natural Resources

LOS ANGELES, March 28, 2012 – Today Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) opened the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold-certified retail banking store in the San Fernando Valley. The new store, located at 19767 Rinaldi St., in Porter Ranch, Calif., is the 13th Wells Fargo LEED banking store in the state and the 75th in the country, reflecting the company’s new building standards for its newly built retail banking stores. A few green features of the new store include: * Light harvesting system, which adjusts lighting according to available daylight helping to reduce energy usage by 20 percent. * Insulation made from recycled cotton, primarily denim. * Fully recyclable carpet, window treatments and counter surfaces. * Use of water saving plumbing fixtures and control devices, which helps to cut water usage by 40 percent (compared to conventional buildings of the same type). * More than 40 percent of all materials installed in the branch are regionally manufactured and more than 20 percent are made up of recycled materials. * All of the installed glass has a special low-emittance (low-e) coating, which allows natural daylight without the harmful effects of UV rays and heat gain. Each glass panel has 50 percent recycled content. * All adhesives, paints, sealants and coatings in this branch are low volatile organic compounds (VOCs) approved, creating a healthier air quality for employees and guests. “Wells Fargo is a leader in protecting the environment and promoting the long-term economic prosperity and quality of life for everyone in our communities,” said Marla Clemow, regional president for Wells Fargo’s San Fernando Valley Community Bank. “We’re proud to bring this innovative, new store to the Porter Ranch community.” Greater Los Angeles is home to 10 of the company’s LEED banking stores, including the Manhattan Beach, Coldwater Canyon in Studio City, Hollywood, Torrance, San Dimas, L.A. Live, Rose Ranch in Oxnard, Upland, Baldwin Park and Porter Ranch stores. Wells Fargo earned a 2011 Leadership Award from the U.S. Green Building Council for its commitment to environmentally responsible building design, construction and operation. In addition, Wells Fargo has provided more than $11.5 billion in loans and investments in renewable energy, clean tech and greener building projects nationwide since 2005, invested $4.4 million in environmental non-profDrafting Services its, and established a companywide greenhouse gas emission Highly professional drafting reduction goal to reduce emissions 20 percent below 2008 levservices for all types of els by 2018. To date, Wells Fargo has achieved a reduction of additions, remodeling, and 12 percent. For details about LEED and USGBC, visit www. legalization of illegal structures - plans, elevations, sections and others - all by the City Codes.

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Travel tips of the week

By Jean Strauber, Travel Editor It was in 1947 that a man named Kenneth Arnold, a skilled and experienced pilot, reported seeing nine unusual objects flying in a chain near Mount Rainier, Washington. His description of them being “flat like a pie pan”, or “saucer-like” gave birth gave birth to newspaper reports of “flying saucers.” There had been earlier printed reports: In 1878 a local farmer reported seeing a large, dark, circular flying object resembling a balloon flying “at wonderful speed.” Martin also reported it as being the size of a “saucer.” In 1926 Nicholas Roerich reported members of his expedition saw “a shiny body flying from north to south. Field glasses were at hand. It is a huge body.” During World War II, Allied and Axis pilots seeing “foo fighters.” `In 1948 a US Air Force pilot sighted and pursued a UFO for 27 minutes over Fargo, North Dakota In 1952 during two consecutive weekends, July 19-20 and July 26-27, an air traffic controller at Washington National Airport, spotted seven objects on his radar. And, then, July 8, 1947 there was the Roswell UFO incident where it was printed that the United States Army Air Forces allegedly captured a flying saucer and its occupants. Top Secret Tours offers to the curious, the non-believer or the

skeptic an opportunity to travel to fascinating UFO sites in a once-in-a-lifetime educational experience in helping you to discern what the truth is. TOP SECRET TOUR NO. 1 DAY 1-Arrive Albuquerque International Sunport and transfer north to Santa Fe for lunch at the Santa Fe Plaza. You’ll have time to browse through some of the local Native American art galleries and various shops that ring the plaza. Your tour director will probably show you the building on Palace Street that was the address of people living in Los Alamos: birth certificate, driver’s license, checkbook, etc. Later, you’ll board you motorcoach for a drive to Los Alamos with your first stop at the noted Otowi Station Book Store and Science Museum. You’ll check into your hotel before your tour director’s noted Welcome Dinner. DAY 2- After breakfast you’ll begin with a Walking Tour of the Atomic City, including stops at the historic Fuller Lodge, Bathtub Row (so named because they were the only residences that had bathtubs-others only had stall showers), Ashley Pond and the Ice House Memorial. You’ll also visit the Los Alamos Historical Museum. After Lunch (on your own) you’ll visit the Bradbury Science Museum, one feature being a replica of “Fat Boy”, the atomic bomb that exploded over the Trinity Site and ushered in the Atomic Age. Tonight, its dinner on own.

DAY 3- After breakfast and hotel check-out you will be heading to the Frijoles Canyon located in Bandelier National Monument. At the Visitor Center you’ll learn about the ancestral Pueblo people. You’ll hike along the Main Loop Trail where one sees the ruins of Tyuonyi village, original cliff dwellings and hundreds of ancient Petroglyphs. After lunch (on your own) the afternoon drive will take you to the nearby White Rock overlooks to take in the panoramic view of the Rio Grande River. Your day will conclude in Albuquerque and a visit the Museum of Nuclear Science and History. Dinner is included tonight. DAY 4- The first destination, after breakfast and hotel check out, is the White Sands Missile Range and a tour of the Trinity Site where the world’s first atomic bomb was detonated at 5:29:45 a.m. Mountain War Time on July 16, 1945. After lunch you continue to the Lincoln State monument in the tiny hamlet of Lincoln, New Mexico, one of the most authentic “Old West” towns remaining in the United States. You’ll then travel on to Roswell for your hotel check in and included dinner with guest speaker, Stantion Friedman, the original civilian investigator of the Roswell Incident. DAY 5- After breakfast your day will begin with a Walking Tour of downtown Roswell where you’ll re-trace the events of that day in July which became the “Roswell

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Incident” followed by a visit to the International UFO Museum and Research Center. After lunch there’s a tour of the former Roswell Army Air Field/Walker Air Force Base. The rest of the afternoon you’re at leisure with dinner on your own. Later you’ll hear from Dennis Balthaser, a Certified UFO Investigator with MUFON (Mutual UFO Network). DAY 6-The morning, after breakfast and hotel checkout, you’ll have free time in Roswell to relax, shop and visit the impressive Robert Goddard Collection at the Roswell Museum and Art Center. The exhibits display actual engines, rocket assemblies and other rocketry parts developed by pioneer rocket scientist Goddard. During the afternoon you will travel through some fantastic scenery in the Lincoln National Forest to the Lodge Resort in Cloudcroft (alt. 9,000’). Overnight and Dinner is on your own at the Lodge. DAY 7- Several options are open to you today. You can

relax and a spa treatment, golf, hike, play horseshoes, or even encounter “Rebecca’s ghost.” Other options would be a short drive to Alamogordo and visit the New Mexico Museum of Space History, including the John P. Stapp Air and Space Park, International Space Hall of Fame and more. Another choice would be to visit the National Solar Observatory, located in the nearby village of Sunspot. Dinner is on your own tonight and overnight in Cloudcroft. DAY 8- After Breakfast you’re on your way to White Sands and thr Whiter Sands Missile Range Museum. Your tour of the museum includes the impressive V-2 exhibit and outdoor missile park with over 50 different missiles and rockets that have been tested at White Sands. Tonight it’s at Truth or Consequences (NM) for hotel check-in and dinner on your own. A bit of trivia: Once upon a time there was a very popular radio show called “Truth or Consequences” produced and hosted by Ralph Edwards, also

know for very popular early TV program, This Is Your Life. In 1950 he offered to air the program from the first town that would rename itself after the show. Hot Springs (NM) won the honor and for the next 50 years Edwards visited the town during the next 50 years even though the show was no longer on the air. The city still celebrates Fiesta that first May weekend. DAY 9- After breakfast you will be taking a Morning Tour of Spaceport America, the world’s first commercial spaceport and global headquarters for Virgin Galatic Airlines. Keep your eyes open for Very Large Array (VLA) which, if you saw the movie Contact, is comprised of 27 radio telescopes in a “Y” pattern. After lunch you’ll then board your bus and head north to Socorro for hotel checkin. Dinner is on your own tonight. DAY 10- After breakfast and hotel check-out your motorcoach will make its way to Albuquerque and the airport for flights home.

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-- Hotel Of The Week -The Plaza Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, NV

The Plaza Hotel and Casino sits in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas and redefines the Downtown Las Vegas experience by creating a perfect combination of sophistication and comfort. Anchoring the Fremont Street Experience, the Plaza has been an iconic hotel in Downtown Las Vegas for the past 40 years. A recent $35 million dollar property reinvention has allowed the Plaza to retain its classic Las Vegas charm while embracing a new Las Vegas look. The top to bottom renovations provided the Plaza with both contemporary and classic Las Vegas touches in the 1,003 spacious guestrooms and suites that showcase sweeping views of the glittering Las Vegas Strip and Downtown Las Vegas. The new casino floor offers an array of signature and traditional gaming choices, while the many new restaurants will delight and satisfy your every culinary desire! Newly fashioned bars are located throughout the casino including the Swingers Club that features revitalizing beverages alongside dueling pianos and miniature golf! The Plaza Hotel and Casino is a full-service property with the largest convention area in Downtown Las Vegas, rooftop pool, self-serve business center, self-parking and valet. With a focus on guest service and creating memorable experiences for each of our guests, the Plaza Hotel and Casino looks forward to welcoming you to Las Vegas.

-- Destination Of The Week -Cheshire Cat Inn, Santa Barbara An elegant Victorian Inn with old oak trees, fountains and flower filled gardens. 18 guest

rooms, suites and cottages, some having in-room Jacuzzi tubs, fireplaces, private decks and outdoor hot tubs. Breakfast and afternoon wine hour daily. Located downtown Santa Barbara, only four blocks from shops, restaurants and theaters. The Cheshire Cat Inn, a California bed and breakfast with an Alice in Wonderland theme, offers Santa Barbara lodging with gracious English hospitality and a touch of whimsy. Our luxurious accommodations are conveniently located in downtown Santa Barbara just minutes from area attractions and activities. (Cheshire Cat Inn -- 36 W. Valerio St., Santa Barbara, CA, 93101, USA -- Tel: (805) 569-1610 / Fax: (805) 682-1876 --

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-- Chef Of The Week -Chef Jeffrey Martell

At 16, Chef Jeffrey Martell took a job in a local seafood restaurant in New Jersey, looking for some extra spending money. Instead, he fell in love and found his passion for food. He followed that passion all over the United States and built a career based on attention to detail, creativity and excellence in execution. Martell attended the Academy of Culinary Arts in Mays Landing, New Jersey. After completing his culinary education, he worked for a restaurant company, refining his style and expanding his approach in restaurants throughout the country, including at Nick’s Fishmarket in Chicago, Nick’s inside the five-diamond, five-star Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia, and Sarentos on the Beach at the Boca Raton Resort and Club. He then moved to Las Vegas, where he helped open the Resort at Summerlin (later renamed the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa and Rampart Casino) as the Executive Sous Chef for the steakhouse. From there, he moved to the Orleans Casino, where he worked with former Chefs of the Year Christopher Johns and Larry Chumley. After meeting his wife, Martell relocated to Florida for three years, serving as Executive Chef of the Pilot House in Key Largo. He and his wife then came back to Las Vegas, and he served as Assistant Executive Chef at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino. He also began teaching at a local culinary school and became an active supporter and board member of Chefs for Kids, an organization helping the at-risk children of Southern Nevada. Martell’s work with Chefs for Kids as well as with various diversity initiatives and employee events at Excalibur earned him the recognition as a finalist for Volunteer of the Year for MGM Resorts International. Most recently, Martell was recognized as the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Las Vegas Chef of the Year for 2011. Chef Martell brings his renowned culinary experience and community commitment to Oscar’s Beef · Booze · Broads where he looks forward to preparing some of Oscar Goodman’s favorite recipes.

-- Golf Course Of The Week -Rancho San Marcos Golf Course

From the Moment they opened in January of 1998, Rancho San Marcos Golf Course has been a classic. Designed by legendary golf architect Robert Trent Jones Jr., this

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Passing the Buffett Rule so that Everyone Pays Their Fair Share

WASHINGTON, DC— In this week’s address, President Obama calls on Congress to pass the Buffett Rule, a principle of fairness that ensures that millionaires and billionaires do not pay less in taxes as a share of their income than middle class families pay. The President believes our system must ask the wealthiest to pay their fair share, while protecting 98 percent of Americans from seeing their taxes go up at all. That is why the President proposed the Buffett Rule, which will help make our system reflect our values so that all Americans get a fair shot, play by the same rules, and pay their fair share. “Hello. Over the last few months, I’ve been talking about a choice we face as a country. We can either settle for an economy where a few people do really well and everyone else struggles to get by, or we can build an economy where hard work pays off again – where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules. That’s up to us. Today, I want to talk to you about the idea that everyone in this country should do their fair share. Now, if this were a perfect world, we’d have unlimited resources. No one would ever have to pay any taxes, and we could spend as much as we wanted. But we live in the real world. We don’t have unlimited resources. We have a deficit that needs to be paid down. And we also have to pay for investments that will help our economy grow and keep our country safe: education, research and technology, a strong military, and retirement programs like Medicare and Social Security. That means we have to make choices. When it comes to paying down the deficit and investing in our future, should we ask middle-class Americans to pay even more at a time when their budgets are already stretched to the breaking point? Or should we ask some of the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share? That’s the choice. Over the last decade, we’ve spent hundreds of billions of dollars on what was supposed to be a temporary tax cut for the wealthiest two percent of Americans. Now we’re scheduled to spend almost a trillion more. Today, the wealthiest Americans are paying taxes at one of the lowest rates in 50 years. Warren Buffett is paying a lower rate than his secretary. Meanwhile, over the last 30 years, the tax rates for middle class families have barely budged. That’s not fair. It doesn’t make any sense. Do we want to keep giving tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans like me, or Warren Buffett, or Bill Gates – people who don’t need them and never asked for them? Or do we want to keep investing in things that will grow our economy and keep us secure? Because we can’t afford to do both. Now, some people call this class warfare. But I think asking a billionaire to pay at least the same tax rate as his secretary is just common sense. We don’t envy success in this country. We aspire to it. But we also believe that anyone who does well for themselves should do their fair share in return, so that more people have the opportunity to get ahead – not just a few. That’s the America I believe in. And in the next few weeks, Members of Congress will get a chance to show you where they stand. Congress is going to vote on what’s called the Buffett Rule: If you make more than $1 million a year, you should pay at least the same percentage of your income in taxes as middle class families do. On the other hand, if you make under $250,000 a year – like 98 percent of American families do – your taxes shouldn’t go up. You’re the ones struggling with the rising cost of everything from college tuition to groceries. You’re the ones who deserve a break. So every Member of Congress is going to go on record. And if they vote to keep giving tax breaks to people like me – tax breaks our country can’t afford – then they’re going to have to explain to you where that money comes from. Either it’s going to add to our deficit, or it’s going to come out of your pocket. Seniors will have to pay more for their Medicare benefits. Students will see their interest rates go up at a time when they can’t afford it. Families who are scraping by will have to do more because the richest Americans are doing less. That’s not right. That’s not who we are. In America, our story has never been about what we can do by ourselves – it’s about what we can do together. It’s about believing in our future and the future of this country. So tell your Members of Congress to do the right thing. Call them up, write them a letter, pay them a visit, and tell them to stop giving tax breaks to people who don’t need them and start investing in the things that will help our economy grow and put people back to work. That’s how we’ll make this country a little fairer, a little more just, and a whole lot stronger. Thank you.”

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Oscar’s Beef - Booze - Broads, Las Vegas, NV

In December 2011, former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman opened Oscar’s Beef · Booze · Broads, a uniquely Las Vegas steakhouse, inside the iconic dome of the Plaza Hotel and Casino that overlooks Fremont Street and the heart of his beloved downtown Las Vegas. Just as Goodman served three terms as the “Happiest Mayor in the Universe,” Oscar’s Beef · Booze · Broads will now take its place as the “Happiest Steakhouse in the Universe.” The approach to food and service at Oscar’s Beef · Booze · Broads is the same as Oscar’s approach to life… eat, drink and have fun! Or, in Oscar’s words: enjoy the beef, booze and broads! Oscar’s steakhouse features perfectly aged steaks cooked over a 600 degree grill. Flavorful, tender and juicy, Oscar’s beef is cooked to perfection and is accompanied by high-quality, madefrom- scratch sides. The restaurant’s entrées and appetizers are inspired by family recipes and tailored to meet the tastes of even the most discerning diners. And of course, Oscar’s offers a wide variety of delicious, hand-crafted cocktails. In addition to great food, Oscar’s Beef · Booze · Broads pairs a great meal with the unique opportunity to have one of Oscar’s “Broads” visit with customers during dinner. These attractive women are reminiscent of the iconic showgirls who accompanied the former mayor to events during his tenure. However, instead of being showgirls, these women are dinner companions who can discuss subjects such as politics, sports, wine, Las Vegas history or things to do downtown or on the Strip. When not dining with customers, they roam the restaurant as hostesses, adding to the glamorous and uniquely Vegas style of Oscar’s. As part of the retro-meets-modern style of the steakhouse, Oscar’s décor incorporates memorabilia from Goodman’s 12-year tenure as mayor, including personal artifacts, photographs and news clips. The logo for Oscar’s includes “since 1939” to represent Goodman’s birth year. Adjacent to the steakhouse is Simpatico, “An Italian Speakeasy and Grill” – paying homage to Goodman’s years as an advisor and private attorney representing high-profile clients that played a role in making Vegas what it is today. Serving the customers of both restaurants is a new bar and lounge that serves a variety of cocktails, including martinis, the former mayor’s signature drink. Led by Chef Jeffrey Martell, recognized as American Culinary Federation (ACF) Las Vegas Chef of the Year in 2011, Oscar’s and Simpatico serve dinner nightly beginning at 5 p.m. Oscar’s bar and lounge opens at 4 p.m. Oscar’s has seating for over 120 people; while Simpatico serves 75 and the bar area accommodates 55 customers. To make reservations, please call 702-38-OSCAR.

-- Facts of the Week --

~Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are fifty years of age or older. ~The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley’s gum. ~The king of hearts is the only king without a mustache. ~A Boeing 747’s wingspan is longer than the Wright brother’s first flight. The wingspan of the B-36, a retired USAF bomber, was twice as long. ~American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating 1 olive from each salad served in first class. ~Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise. ~Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning. ~Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin. ~The first owner of the Marlboro Company died

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Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman Is A “Good - Man”

Known best as the “Happiest Mayor in the Universe,” Oscar Goodman served three terms as mayor of the city of Las Vegas. In April of 2007, he captured 84 percent of the vote in his re-election effort to a third four-year term. During his tenure as mayor, he had many accomplishments in the heart of downtown. They include Symphony Park, a phenomenal 61- acre planned development which includes the Lou Ruvo Brain Institute, designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry. The park also includes the Smith Center, a 350,000-square-foot performing arts center opening in 2012, as well as plans for boutique hotels, high-rise residential units, business, medical and retail opportunities. At the conclusion of his last term in 2011, he did what no other mayor has ever done in the country: swear in his wife, Carolyn Goodman, as the new mayor of Las Vegas. After his tenure as mayor, Goodman has remained active in the Las Vegas community. He continues to serve as Las Vegas’ primary ambassador as chairman of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) Host Committee which is made up of local business and civic leaders who engage the Las Vegas community in support of major trade shows and destination events. Goodman also assists in rolling out the “red carpet” to welcome attendees of special events and meetings and conventions to Las Vegas. In addition, Goodman has lent his name to a new steakhouse at the Plaza Hotel and Casino in his beloved downtown Las Vegas. The restaurant, located in the property’s iconic dome overlooking Fremont Street, carries the tagline “Beef · Booze · Broads” that he helped to develop. This unique restaurant will pair a great meal with the opportunity to have one of Oscar’s “Broads” visit with customers during dinner. Goodman has been very involved in every aspect of developing the restaurant, from providing some his memorabilia for the décor to weighing in on the recipes and menu. Goodman was born and raised in Philadelphia. He went on to graduate from Haverford College and received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He moved to Las Vegas and was admitted to the Nevada State Bar Association in 1965 and soon began a career as a defense attorney representing numerous high-profile clients. He has been recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the “15 Best Trial Lawyers in America.” In addition to his legal and political career, Goodman also has taken up acting by playing himself in the movie “Casino” and most recently appearing on an episode of the primetime hit series “CSI Las Vegas.”

-- Golf Gadget Of The Week -“The Birdie Ball”

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-- Quotes Of The Week --

Parenting quotations: ~You don’t really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merrygo-round will wave at his parents every time around - and why his parents will always wave back. ~William D. Tammeus ~Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ~Elizabeth Stone ~Always kiss your children goodnight - even if they’re already asleep. ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr. ~When you have brought up kids, there are memories you store directly in your tear ducts. ~Robert Brault, ~Parenthood: That state of being better chaperoned than you were before marriage. ~Marcelene Cox ~Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children, and no theories. ~John Wilmot ~ To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while. ~Josh Billings ~Your children need your presence more than your presents. ~Jesse Jackson


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