Senior Connections

Protect Yourself During Flu Season

HealthCare Partners’ Tenaya Clinic

Fall is here and the doctors at HealthCare Partners would like to remind patients that flu season is fast approaching. This season can start as early as September and last until springtime. Flu season has been known to peak in the months of January and February.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by various forms of the influenza virus. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, each year approximately five to 20 percent of Americans contract the flu. Unlike a common cold, flu symptoms can come on very suddenly. Those who are infected experience a sudden onset of fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue, headaches, muscle and body aches.

Due to a wide variety of virus strains, the flu is extremely unpredictable. While most people can recover from the illness within a few days, many experience complications which can be life-threatening such as pneumonia, bronchitis, and sinus or ear infections. Although everyone is at risk for the flu, people older than 65, pregnant women, young children and those suffering from chronic conditions such as diabetes or heart disease, are at an increased risk for these complications.

Protect Yourself

Getting the flu vaccine is the first and most important step towards preventing the flu. Vaccines protect against three or four different flu virus strains and come in various forms, including a shot or nasal spray. The doctors at HealthCare Partners recommend that all people older than six months receive a flu shot once a year.

Preventative actions such as avoiding contact with those who may be sick is important in halting the spread of the flu. As a doctor with HealthCare Partners, during flu season, I advise my patients to wash their hands regularly, stay hydrated and rested, and use caution when coming into contact with others.

Getting vaccinated and practicing simple preventative measures can go a long way in preventing the spread of the flu.

As a patient of HealthCare Partners, we invite you to walk in to any of our clinic locations and get your flu shot. No appointment necessary! Visit www.hcpnv.com/clinic-locations to find a location near you. 

Tahoe Vista Paddlefest Fall Classic to Host Longest Inland Distance Race in the World

North Lake Tahoe Weekend Festival Includes Events, Music, Awards Party

On September 10 – 11, 2016, paddleboard enthusiasts from all over the world will embark on the first annual Tahoe Vista Paddlefest Fall Classic which will be hosted by Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort in Tahoe Vista, CA.  This premier event is part of the Tahoe Cup organization which is known throughout the paddleboard industry as one of the finest organizers of some of the toughest races in America. This fall, they will set a new benchmark and host the longest inland distance paddleboard race in the world that extends 22 miles, at elevation 6,200 feet, across Lake Tahoe – the largest alpine lake in North America.

“We have created a community-wide two-day festival to complement this prestigious race,” noted Alex Mourelatos, owner of the beachfront resort (and location of the end of the contest) on Lake Tahoe’s North Shore. “Events are all family friendly and selected to help locals and visitors enjoy a fun and memorable time together.”

In addition to the showcase race that will start on Lake Tahoe’s South Shore and end at Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort on the edge of North Lake Tahoe, there’s a full line-up of activities that include beachfront yoga workshops, fire dancing, music of the Sneaky Creatures, and a celebratory Hawaiian-style Kalua Pig Luau as part of the Awards Ceremony at the resort.

“We have seen a significant influx of business from the paddleboard community at our resort and throughout the Tahoe Vista area,” said Mourelatos who credits the areas’ miles of sandy beaches and easy-going atmosphere for the recent surge in popularity.

Race Entry Fees, North Lake Tahoe lodging specials, and event package information is available by visiting MLRTahoe.com or calling 530.546.9500. 

Healthcare and Treatment for Mental Illness

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and during this time, we must reflect on the sad reality that suicide remains a leading cause of death in our state and throughout the country. I encourage all Nevadans to learn more and teach others about the seriousness of suicide and to continue prevention efforts beyond this month.

The devastating impact of suicide is a reality for far too many families, including my own. Throughout my time in Congress, I have worked to pass legislation to address suicide and help those with mental illnesses get the treatment they need. I proudly took part in the creation of the very first National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, which is a framework for suicide prevention that draws on work from clinicians, researchers, survivors and advocates. And I have worked to address suicide among seniors by supporting legislation that lowered Medicare coinsurance for outpatient mental health services.

Treating mental illness is an important part of curbing the rate of suicide, and mental illness must be treated on par with other physical illnesses. This is why I helped pass mental health parity legislation in 1996 and 2008. In addition, I was proud to support expanded access to community mental health services in the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014. And thanks to the Affordable Care Act, we have expanded mental health and substance abuse services to millions of Americans, including 550,516 Nevadans. 

We must realize that suicide can affect individuals of any age, gender and ethnicity. That’s why I was an original cosponsor of the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act, a law that targets youth suicide through additional funding for research, training, and technical assistance. We still have more work to do and I am proud to cosponsor the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act Reauthorization Act, which would renew and expand these initiatives. 

Compassion and care are among the most important forms of support you can provide. Since the time of my father’s suicide, the country has worked to reduce the stigma associated with suicide, and it is now considered a national public health crisis.

We have made great strides in the ways suicide is addressed. Suicide is preventable, and by working together we can ensure the number of individuals, families and friends affected will continue to decrease over time. As Nevadans, we must remain diligent in our efforts to strengthen our communities. 

Social Security Amps Up Online Safeguards to Prevent Fraud

As unfortunate as it is, fraud of all kinds is prevalent in today’s society. With just the click of a mouse, thieves can hack one’s online accounts, causing significant financial damage. One specific type of fraud that is of great concern to me is Social Security fraud. As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy and as a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, I am committed to preserving Social Security for generations to come. I also recognize the importance of ensuring Social Security beneficiaries are equipped to address a situation when fraud does occur.

A great tool that can be utilized to navigate Social Security is My Social Security. Since the program became available in May 2012, nearly 26 million people have signed up. To create an account, individuals must be 18 years or older and have a social security number, valid email, U.S. mailing address, and a cell phone that receives text messages. An account can be created by visiting http://www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount/. My Social Security provides a direct route to receive benefit verification letters, submit address and phone number changes, start or change direct deposit of an account, and acquire replacement documents for tax season.

Recently, the Social Security Administration (SSA) added an extra security layer to My Social Security to protect beneficiaries from fraud. Account holders are now required to utilize their cell phones to verify identification, in addition to their username and password. When initially signing up for the program, users are asked to input their cell phone numbers and will receive a text message with their security code to create an account. After this step, the SSA will send the user’s cell phone a new security code each time he or she logs in with a username and password to gain access. This helps the SSA determine the authenticity of the user. For beneficiaries without a cell phone with texting capabilities, the SSA has encouraged them to visit www.socialsecurity.gov/agency/contact to learn about alternative options to access their benefits information. Should you need assistance with this new aspect, please do not hesitate to contact my office.

If fraudulent activity should occur, beneficiaries can report it by calling the SSA Office of the Inspector General at (800) 269‑0271. It can also be reported at https://oig.ssa.gov/report-fraud-waste-or-abuse. In addition, Nevadans can get in touch with their local Social Security office to speak with a Social Security representative in person by visiting www.socialsecurity.gov/agency/contact or by calling the SSA at (800) 772-1213.

I hope you find this information helpful. If you or any other Nevadan is facing difficulties with Social Security, my staff and I would be happy to assist you. To reach my Las Vegas office, please call (702) 388-6605. 

Wine & Dine

Wine

September 17 and October 15

New Vista has announced its 2016 schedule of Wine Walks, being held at Town Square. The Wine Walks will begin at 7 p.m., and will conclude at 10 p.m. Tickets are $30 at the door and include a wine glass and up to 20 different wines for sampling. All proceeds benefit New Vista, a local charity that provides programs to adults and children with intellectual challenges. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the official website or call 702-457-4677 ext. 146.

September 15-18

The Las Vegas Food & Wine Festival will convene over four days at the SLS Las Vegas, featuring wine, beer and spirits, as well as great food from locally renowned celebrity chefs such as José Andrés, Charlie Palmer, Nicole Brisson, Bradley Ogden, Brian Massie and Laurent Tourondel. Events include a 10-course tasting dinner with chef José Andrés at Bazaar Meat on Sept. 15; a tasting featuring the fare of 50 chefs from New York City to L.A. at the SLS Pool and SLS Front Driveway on Sept. 16 and Sept. 17; and a champagne brunch hosted by executive chef Thanawat Bates at Cleo. For more information, prices and to purchase tickets, visit the event website. SLS Las Vegas, 2535 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109 855-761-7757.

September 17

CraftHaus Brewery will celebrate its second anniversary with the Hop Bomb Party from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. The event will include beer stations pouring more than 20 beers, including CraftHaus’s triple IPA “Hop Bomb.” There will also be special guest taps, live bands and several food trucks. General admission tickets are $25 in advance and $32 at the door and include a logo pint glass and six 4-ounce beers. VIP tickets are $55 and include six 4-ounce beers, a logo pint glass and VIP-only access to the brewery, where there will be four taps, one exclusive beer tap and food provided by JoJo’s Grill. Designated driver tickets are $12. Tickets can be purchased online. CraftHaus Brewery, 7350 Eastgate Rd. #110, Henderson, NV 89011 702-462-5934.

September 17–18

The Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino will host its 7th annual Fall Beer Festival. Events include the Craft Beer Grand Tasting to be held in the Grand Event Center from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and the Sunday Night Pool Party at “The Tank” —- the Golden Nugget’s pool and shark aquarium —- from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Both events will feature craft beers, food and entertainment, and proceeds benefit the Animal Foundation. For more information, prices and to purchase tickets, call 866-946-5336 or visit the event website. Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, 129 E. Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-385-7111, 800-846-5336.

Tuesday through Thursday

Twin Creeks Steakhouse at the Silverton Casino Hotel Lodge is offering half price on specialty cocktails and all items from its tapas menu from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Twin Creeks Steakhouse, Silverton Casino Hotel Lodge, 3333 Blue Diamond Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89139 702-914-8594 866-946-4373.

Second Wednesday of Every Month

Art & Wine: A Perfect Pairing will be held at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art (BGFA) on the second Wednesday of every month from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. The event features art from BGFA’s new exhibit, “Fabergé Revealed,” along with pairings from the Bellagio wine cellar, and an interactive wine and art conversation with BGFA director Tarissa Tiberti and Bellagio director of wine Jason Smith. The cost is $34 for members, and $42 for non-members. Tickets may be purchased by visiting the BGFA ticket counter, by calling 702-693-7871 or online at bellagio.com/bgfa. Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-693-7111, 888-987-6667.

Third Wednesdays

Wine Away Wednesdays are held at various locations within Tivoli Village from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month. Admission to the event is $13.65, which includes two glasses of wine, passed appetizers and the opportunity to browse offerings from local businesses. Tickets must be booked in advance atwww.eventbrite.com.

Dine

September 8 and November 10

Bellagio has announced the 2016 lineup for An Executive Chef’s Culinary Classroom, a series of interactive cooking classes taught by Bellagio chef Michael Burns. The classes, held bi-monthly at 7 p.m. in the Tuscany Demonstration Kitchen, include step-by-step instruction on preparing a themed three-course meal. Following the cooking session, guests will enjoy the fruits of their labor by digging into the dishes they’ve made. Tickets are priced at $135 and can be purchased by calling the Bellagio Concierge at 866-406-7117. More information and a description of the themes is available online. Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109 702-693-7111 888-987-6667 September 8

Crazy Pita Rotisserie & Grill at Town Square, an eatery specializing in Mediterranean cuisine and nutritious seasonal foods, is partnering with Pinot’s Palette to once again offer the Paint-Drink-Dine summer painting events. Offered on every other Thursday from 6 p.m.-8 p.m., during the event guests have the option to choose from multiple portraits to paint and learn from local artists. The cost is $39 per person and includes painting materials, supplies and one appetizer per table. In addition, happy hour prices of 50% off beer and wine will be offered to Paint Party guests. The parties are open toguests ages 13 and above with no experience necessary and 25 percent of the proceeds are being donated to the Josh Stevens Foundation. Reservations are required and can be made by visiting the official website. Crazy Pita Rotisserie & Grill, Town Square, 6587 South Las Vegas Blvd. #190, Las Vegas, NV 89119 702-778-3310.

September 10

The annual Dessert Before Dinner fundraiser for the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada will be held at Caesars Palace from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The event will feature the work of 11 local women pastry chefs, who will each create a dessert using this year’s signature Girl Scout cookie, Caramel deLites. Guests will vote to select the winning entry. This year’s chefs include Tammy Alana of Alizé at the Top of the Palms, Denise Elliott of MGM Resorts International, Michelle Flores of Caesars Palace, Kyurim Lee of Aria, Kaori Scott of Bellagio, Elizabeth Stolarick of Wynn, Samara Sulin of Andiron Steak & Sea, Brigette Contreras of STK, celebrity sugar artist Kaiulani of KAILAVA, Kimberly Vitou of MGM Grand and Cynthia Werth of Stratosphere. Also part of the dinner is a cocktail reception, a silent auction, a plated dinner and entertainment. Tickets begin at $350. Tickets may be purchased online. Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109 702-731-7110 877-427-7243

September 14

Bellagio’s Harvest by Roy Ellamar is inviting well-known executive chefs from other MGM Resorts International restaurants to participate in Snack Wagon Takeover, a monthly culinary series that will feature each visiting chef’s spin on the venue’s signature circulating carts. As usual, the carts will stop tableside so guests may select culinary bites from the guest chef and interact with him or her. The visiting chefs is Todd English’s Olives executive chef Brad Skougard; Harvest by Roy Ellamar, Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-693-8800; 866-259-7111.

September 15-18

The Las Vegas Food & Wine Festival will convene over four days at the SLS Las Vegas, featuring wine, beer and spirits, as well as great food from locally renowned celebrity chefs such as José Andrés, Charlie Palmer, Nicole Brisson, Bradley Ogden, Brian Massie and Laurent Tourondel. Events include a 10-course tasting dinner with chef José Andrés at Bazaar Meat on Sept. 15; a tasting featuring the fare of 50 chefs from New York City to L.A. at the SLS Pool and SLS Front Driveway on Sept. 16 and Sept. 17; and a champagne brunch hosted by executive chef Thanawat Bates at Cleo. For more information, prices and to purchase tickets, visit the event website. SLS Las Vegas, 2535 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109 855-761-7757.

September 16

The sixth annual Cheers to Chocolate —- a benefit supporting Easter Seals Nevada —- will take place at The District at Green Valley Ranch from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event will feature beer and wine samplings; bites and desserts from restaurants within The District and others from the Las Vegas Valley; live music; and a silent auction. Participating restaurants include Balboa Pizza Company, The Cheesecake Factory, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Crazy Pita, Due & Proper,Elephant Bar and Whist Stove & Spirits. Advance tickets for this family-friendly event range from $1 to $35 and include a sampling of chocolate, food and drinks. Beer, wine and cocktails are available for those 21 years old and above. Tickets may be purchased online. Cheers to Chocolate, The District, 2240 Village Walk Dr., Henderson, NV 89052 702-564-8595.

September 16

The Epicurean Charitable Foundation of Las Vegas (ECF) will host the 15th annual M.E.N.U.S. fundraiser. The event will include a dine-around featuring an array of premium beverages and freshly prepared dishes from more than 30 of Las Vegas’ top restaurants. BLT Steak,Border Grill, Delmonico Steakhouse, Fiamma,Giada, Gordon Ramsay BurGR, Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen and Bar, Lagasse’s Stadium, Rivea andTop of The World are among participating restaurants. As the fundraiser will take place atMandalay Bay Beach, resort beachwear is encouraged. The gala will begin at 8 p.m. and will include a silent auction, live entertainment and an after party at the Foundation Room. Tickets are $500 per person and can be purchased online. Proceeds support ECF’s annual scholarship awards for underprivileged high school students seeking careers in hospitality and food and beverage industries. For more information on becoming a sponsor, contact Melissa Arias at 702-932-5098 or via email at melissa@ecflv.org. Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119 702-632-7777 877-632-7800

September 22

Della’s Kitchen at the Delano Hotel will celebrate its second anniversary with a family-style feast under the stars. The event will begin poolside with an interactive reception featuring passed hors d’oeuvres as well as local beers and spirits. During this portion of the evening, Delano chef Jay Calimlim will mingle with the restaurant’s farmhouse partners and guests. Dishes will showcase locally grown and raised ingredients. Highlights will include gazpacho, beef tartare, heirloom tomato panzanella, pork belly craklin, whole rainbow trout and S’more chocolate cake. The cost is $100 per person plus tax and tip. For reservations, email dellas@delanolasvegas.com or call 702-632-9254. Della’s Kitchen, Delano Las Vegas, 3940 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119 702-632-9444

September 22

The next dinner in the Oscar Dinner Series atOscar’s Steakhouse will feature Oscar Goodman speaking about “The Hidden Owners of Las Vegas: The Rest of the Story.”The former-Las Vegas mayor will talk about his experiences as a criminal defense attorney. Meanwhile, guests will enjoy a three-course meal paired with red and white wines, plus the signature Oscar Goodman Martini. Appetizer options are Caesar salad or Oscar’s chopped salad. For an entree, guests will choose from a veal chop with sweet onions; halibut with saffron cream and rainbow chard; New York Strip with fingerling potatoes and baby vegetables; and roasted chicken with artichokes and natural jus. For dessert, there’s chocolate marquee or triple-layer mousse. The dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. and pre-payment of $150 is required. To RSVP, call 702-386-7227 or email RSVP@playlv.com. Oscar’s Steakhouse, Plaza Hotel & Casino, 1 Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-386-2110.

Monday-Friday

Public House at The Venetian has launched the new summer Social Hour, offering deals on select snacks and drinks through August 31. Available Mon.-Fri. from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the lounge area, food specials include pork belly sliders, country pate, potted egg, a cheese platter and “Devils on Horseback” (bacon-wrapped dates), each priced at $6. Selected drafts, well drinks and house wine are specially priced at $4. Public House, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109 702-407-5310.

Monday through Friday

N9NE Steakhouse has launched a new happy hour in the bar and lounge from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The menu includes small plates of popular appetizers such as buffalo chicken wontons stuffed with hot sauce and blue cheese for $8; calamari zested with cherry peppers and spicy marinara sauce for $9; lobster potstickers with bok choy and pepper yuzu sauce for $9; rock shrimp with spicy Sriracha sauce and lemon aioli for $9; and short rib ravioli with chanterelle mushroom and pancetta cream for $11. To drink, consider the Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA or Hanger 24 California Spring Ale for $6. There’s also a “Ciroctail” with Ciroc apple vodka, cranberry and ginger beer; the “La Chicana” with Patron silver, blackberries and sage for $9; or “The Cartel” with Cruzan aged rum, lime, mint and Coke for $9. A Glenmorangie flight of three 3/4 ounce pours is available for $19. N9NE Steakhouse, Palms Casino Resort, 4321 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89103 702-933-9900.

Ongoing

Tom’s Urban at New York-New York has launched a unique Beat the Clock happy hour running Monday through Friday, beginning at 4 p.m., with food and drink prices rising every hour until 7 p.m. It also takes place late night Sunday through Thursday, beginning at 11 p.m., with prices dropping every hour until 2 a.m. Among a dozen small plates are ginger chicken potstickers, crispy Brussels spouts, fried dill pickles and street tacos; drink specials include select signature cocktails, well drinks and all draft beers. Tom’s Urban, New York-New York Hotel & Casino, 3790 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109 702-740-6766.

Ongoing

Due Forni has introduced a happy hour menu of gourmet appetizers priced at $5, including oven-baked goat cheese with bacon, apple and honey; duck confit over arugula, caramelized onions and ubriaco cheese; pork belly with smoked bacon polenta and red wine reduction; turkey meatballs with tomato and Parmesan; and braised oxtail served with gnocchi, cremini and parsley. The happy hour is offered from 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. daily; add a glass of select wine for $5. Due Forni, 3555 S. Town Center Dr., Ste. 105, Las Vegas, NV 89135 702-586-6500.

Ongoing

Brand Steakhouse at Monte Carlo Resort & Casinohas introduced a daily happy hour, featuring a variety of appetizers for $9. Held from 5 p.m.-7 p.m., appetizers include hot rocks, lollipop wings and salmon carpaccio. Also offered are $5 well cocktails, house wines and domestic beers. Brand Steakhouse, Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109 702-730-6700.

Monday through Friday

Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo featureshappy hour Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Several items are priced at $10 each, including caprese salad; beer-battered shrimp on blue cheese coleslaw with creole tomato glaze; salmon carpaccio; steamed mussels in a beer broth with grilled french bread; truffle prosciutto crostini with herb goat cheese; beef sliders with cheddar cheese, caramelized onion & seasoned fries; and Buffalo chicken sliders topped with blue cheese coleslaw and seasoned fries. To drink, there are $5 bottled beers and $6 well cocktails. Lagasse’s Stadium, The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109 702-607-2665.

Monday through Thursday

Grape Street Café, Wine Bar & Cellar in Downtown Summerlin has launched a new happy hour featuring seven wines for $7, seven appetizers for $7, $7 well cocktails and $5 selected shots. Guests may take advantage of the deals anywhere in the restaurant Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wine selections include Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Malbec, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc and Reisling. Appetizers being served are caprese salad, burrata, crab-stuffed shrimp, baked brie, meatballs with marinara and garlic bread, steamed clams and strawberry crostini. Grape Street Café, Wine Bar & Cellar, 2120 Festival Plaza Dr. #160, Las Vegas, NV 89135 702-478-5030.

Monday-Friday

The Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa is hostingTaste the Rock Sample & Sip. Held Monday through Friday from 5 p.m.-7 p.m., the event includes a sampling of food and drinks priced from $5 at the resort’s participating restaurants:Hearthstone, TBones, 8 Noodle Bar, Salute, Lucille’s Smokehouse and Grand Café. Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa, 11011 W Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89135 866-767-7773 702-797-7777

First Fridays

El Segundo Sol celebrates Cinco de Mayo every month, by offering its Loco Hour specials all day in the bar. Specials include loaded nachos ($5), three varieties of fully loaded street tacos ($2.25-$3.25) and quesadillas ($4-$5); drink deals feature $5 margaritas, $3 tequila shots, $4 sangria and beer ($3-$4.25). El Segundo Sol, Fashion Show mall, 3200 Las Vegas Blvd. S. , Las Vegas, NV 89109 702-258-1211

Last Saturdays
Executive chef Terry Lynch hosts a monthly cooking class at El Segundo Sol in the Fashion Show mall from 10 a.m.-noon. All recipes are demonstrated and then tasted by the participants. The cost is $25, plus tax and gratuity. Call 702-258-1211 to make a reservation. El Segundo Sol, Fashion Show mall, 3200 Las Vegas Blvd. S. , Las Vegas, NV 89109 702-258-1211.

Saturdays & Sundays

Dragon Noodle Co. & Sushi Bar at the Monte Carlohas expanded its sushi hours and sushi menu, and will celebrate by offering all sushi rolls for 50-percent off Saturdays and Sundays from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. The deal is continued at the sushi bar only on Sundays until 10 p.m. Some of its more popular rolls are the dragon roll with crab, cucumber, eel and salmon roe; the tiger roll with shrimp tempura, cucumber, spicy tuna, avocado and teriyaki; and the spicy ocean with spicy crab, topped with spicy tuna, sliced jalapeno and sweet soy. The sushi menu is served weekdays from 4 p.m.-closing, and all day on Saturday and Sunday. Dragon Noodle Co. & Sushi Bar, Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109 702-730-7965

Sundays

MOzen Bistro at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas has launched its Jazz Sundays Brunch. The weekly event features live jazz and an all-you-can-eat brunch priced at $58, which includes sushi, crab claws, Kumomoto oysters, traditional dim sum, Belgian waffles, live carving stations and dessert offerings. Free-flowing champagne is offered for an additional $35, and unlimited mimosas are $19 per person. The brunch is served from noon-2:30 p.m. Additionally, on Sunday evenings, the Mandarin Bar on the 23rd floor hosts live jazz bands from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. with light bites, domestic and imported beers for $6, and signature cocktails for $14. MOzen Bistro, Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, CityCenter, 3752 Las Vegas Blvd. S. , Las Vegas, NV 89158 888-881-9367

Sunday through Friday

Trevi in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is offering happy hour specials Sunday through Friday, from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Available in the bar, drink deals include $3 Bellinis, $4 bottled beers and $6 martinis and wines by the glass. An array of $6 small plate selections are also featured, including tomato and garlic bruschetta, chicken sliders, homemade meatball sliders, and tuna-stuffed peppadews. Trevi, Caesars Palace, Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109 702-735-4663

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