Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: September 13, 2005

CONDOS AND CLOONEY: Actor George Clooney and restaurateur Rande Gerber announced they will team up with two real estate development companies, Related Las Vegas and Centra Properties, to create Las Ramblas, a $3 billion off-Strip hotel, condominium and casino complex. Construction is slated to begin in mid-2006 on the Harmon Avenue project, which, when all is said and done, will encompass more than 25 acres and 11 high-rise towers featuring 4,400 hotel, condo and condo-hotel units. Phase one, set to be completed in early 2008, will include four towers, one with 300 hotel rooms and 370 condo-hotel units, an adjacent building containing 556 condo-hotel units and two condominium buildings at the entrance of the project housing 285 and 344 condo units, respectively. Also planned for the complex are a 30,00-square-foot spa and health club; a large main pool with private cabanas; nightlife, dining and shopping outlets; a casino; and an open-air pedestrian boulevard modeled after La Rambla in Barcelona, Spain. In addition to investing in the project, Clooney and Gerber, who is married to former supermodel Cindy Crawford, also will be residence owners. For more information about the project or to make a reservation for a condominium or condo-hotel unit, call (866) RAMBLAS or visit www.lasramblasvegas.com.

RUNAWAY BRIDES (AND GROOMS): Organizers of the new Las Vegas Marathon, scheduled for Dec. 4, are looking for one or more couples willing to run the entire 26.2-mile race and get married at the Run Through Chapel that will be set up near Mile 5. Incidentally, the minister who would officiate the brief ceremony, which will be carried on live TV, is in training to run his first marathon that day. Interested couples should send an e-mail explaining why they would like to get married on the run along with a brief history of their relationship, names, ages, phone numbers and e-mail address to [email protected]. For more information about the race, visit www.lvmarathon.com.

PICTURE THIS: Through Sept. 18, the West Las Vegas Library, located on 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd., will host A Look Back, an exhibit of 32 photographs that pay tribute to entertainers of color who helped establish Las Vegas as the Entertainment Capital of the World. The photos, on loan from the Las Vegas News Bureau, showcase such entertainers as Sammy Davis Jr., Anthony Quinn, Lena Horne, the Kim Sisters, Tito Puente, Dorothy Dandridge, Nat King Cole, Cher, Ricky Martin and Jose Feliciano. For more information, contact the library at (702) 507-3980.

HOME RUN: Las Vegas has been chosen to host baseballs annual winter meeting in December 2008. Its the first time the city will serve as host city of the event, which attracts approximately 4,000 people, including top minor and major league executives and representatives from companies exhibiting at the meetings baseball trade show, the largest exhibition of its kind in the world.

ARTS AT THE LAKE: Casino MonteLago, located at Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, will host its third annual Fall Fine Arts Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 24 and 25. There is no admission fee for the festival, which kicks off Sept. 23 with live entertainment from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. and a

fireworks display at 10 p.m. The next two days, more than 70 regional

artists will exhibit their works throughout MonteLago Village. Live

entertainment also will liven up the scene from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on

Saturday. For more information, phone (702) 939-8983.

SHOP TIL YOU DROP: General Growth Properties expanded its Club Estrellas shopping program, which provides special offers and amenities at participating centers to visitors from Mexico and Latin America. Club Estrellas offers are available three ways: Tour operators and travel agents can provide printed vouchers with their clients confirmation documents before departure; Mexicana Airlines passengers can receive a voucher from select ticket offices throughout Mexico; or travelers can visit www.AmericasShoppingPlaces.com to print a voucher directly from their computer. Travelers must then present their vouchers at guest services or a designated retailer to receive their Club Estrellas packet. Las Vegas-area shopping venues that are part of General Growth Properties Americas Premier Shopping Places, a collection of more than 40 tourism-oriented centers located through the U.S., include the Fashion Show mall, located on the Las Vegas Strip; the Grand Canal Shoppes, located at the Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino, and the Boulevard Mall, 3528 S. Maryland Parkway. For more information, log on to www.AmericasShoppingPlaces.com.

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