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37TH UNLVino WINE FESTIVAL IS MARCH 31-APRIL 2

Southern Wine and Spirits will kick off the 37th Annual UNLVino® to benefit UNLV’s hospitality student scholarship. UNLVino is comprised of three major events from March 31 to April 2 starting with Bubble-Licious at Crystals at CityCenter on March 31 from 7-10 p.m.  Tickets are $75 in advance/ $100 at the door.

The second event is Catch the Fever! At the Pool at The Mirage and will be on Friday, April 1 from 7-10 p.m.  This event highlights over 100 premium sakes.  Tickets are $50/$75 at the door.

On Saturday, April 2 from 7-10 p.m. is The Grand Tasting at Paris Las Vegas.  Tickets are $75/$100 at the door. For event tickets, visit UNLVtickets.com or call 702-739-3267.

At each event, UNLV students will present The Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence to an outstanding hospitality industry leader.  This year, Chef and restaurateur Todd English, Felix Rappaport, president and COO of The Mirage, and former “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” host Robin Leach, will be honored.

STRATOSPHERE HOLDS EARNHARDT CELEBRITY POKER TOURNEY

On Wednesday, March 2, the Stratosphere will host the Dale Earnhardt Foundation Celebrity Poker Tournament in the Theater of the Stars Showroom at 4 p.m. Kerry Earnhardt, eldest son of Dale Earnhardt, will host the tournament. NASCAR® fans can support the foundation by playing in the poker tournament with some of their favorite drivers; a $150 entry fee into the tournament will be donated to the Dale Earnhardt Foundation.  The Grand Prize winner will receive $2,500 in cash and Dale Earnhardt souvenir merchandise. Spectator tickets are a $20 donation to the foundation.

TANYALEE DAVIS OPENS ONE-WOMAN SHOW AT CLARION

Tanyalee Davis has opened her one-woman show at the Wolf Theater inside the Clarion on Wednesday, and Friday – Sunday at 8 p.m. As seen on “Last Comic Standing,” pint size Davis standing 3’6” tall has been called “The Ferrari of comedy” – low to the ground and kind of racy.  Tickets start from $47.97, call 702-990-1524Tanyalee, Last Comic Standing

Davis has appeared in “Little People, Big World” and “Dave Attell’s Insomniac Tour” and been part of “Abnormally Funny People,” an ensemble show, performing throughout the United Kingdom.  In 2007, she premiered her first one woman show called “Little Do They Know.

RUN AWAY WITH CIRQUE DU SOLEIL AT THE SPRINGS PRESERVE

You can join dozens of artists from Cirque du Soleil’s Las Vegas shows and more than 1,000 community members for the 10th Anniversary of Run Away with Cirque du Soleil at the Springs Preserve, a ONE DROP World Water Day event on Saturday, March 19. Race day registration begins at 7 a.m. with the 5K Run ($35) and One Mile Fun Walk ($25) starting at 8:30 a.m. The day of the event is an additional $5. You can register at www.cirquedusoleil.com/5krun or call 702-352 0164.  Participation fee includes one-day of access to the Springs Preserve museums and galleries redeemable through the end of April.

The first 1,200 participants to sign up receive an event t-shirt and free raffle ticket for a chance to win Cirque show tickets. There will be finisher prizes and a grand prize trip for four to Orlando to see “La Nouba” and Walt Disney World. Other prizes include Springs Preserve gift bags and there will be entertainment, a play area, plus food and beverages.

This event is the lead up to World Water Day on March 22 and is designed to complement the Springs Preserve programs. ONE DROP is a non-governmental organization initiative of Guy Laliberté, Founder of Cirque du Soleil. ONE DROP operates in developed countries, where it strives to raise public awareness of water-related issues, and in developing nations, where it implements water-access projects.

CELEBRATE OSCAR NIGHT® AT THE PALMS

Variety, The Children’s Charity of Southern Nevada, is sponsoring Oscar Night® America Las Vegas on Sunday, Feb. 27, at 3 p.m. at the Palms. The only official Oscar® viewing party in Vegas will feature red carpet celebrity arrivals; viewing of the live Oscars® telecast in the Brenden Theaters; an after-party at the Playboy Club; and a VIP reception at the 4,000-square-foot Brenden Celebrity Suite.  Tickets vary and range from $50 to $500; visit www.ONALV.org or call 702-383-8466.

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