Observation wheel begins construction in Las Vegas

Featuring a 100,000 square foot LED display and climate-controlled gondolas

On Independence Day of 2013, the “largest observation” wheel in the Western Hemisphere, SkyVue, is set to open in Las Vegas. The foundation of the site, located directly across from Mandalay Bay, was set today – the project plans to offer more than 200,000 square feet of retail space and an additional 20,000 square feet for conventions.

The 500-foot tall structure will feature thirty-two, 24-person gondolas and two of the world’s largest HD LED Multi Media displays, each measuring 50,000 square feet. The climate-controlled gondolas will be rentable for private events and weddings (catering service included) or available in 30 minute rides that offer views of the city skyline.

Last ‘Pacific Standard Time Exhibit’ inspired food truck event this Saturday

In Pasadena from 12 PM - 4 PM

This Saturday, March 3, while getting some culture at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, indulge yourself in culinary art with the final Art as an Appetizer: Food Truck Meet-Up event. From noon to 4 PM, chefs from the participating food trucks will be serving dishes inspired by the Pacific Standard Time Exhibit – LA Raw Abject Expressionism in Los Angeles 1945 – 1980 currently on display at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. Participating Food Trucks Include: Border Grill, Casablanca Truck, Go Chew, Flat Iron Truck and Gourmet Genie. 490 East Union Street, Pasadena, CA 91101.

The ‘Ultimate Wine Festival’ to be held at Shade Hotel

On March 12 in Manhattan Beach

Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach will be home to the seventh annual Ultimate Wine Festival, on Monday, March 12 from 6 – 9 PM. A score of Californian winemakers will join together to present a bouquet of west coast wines while serving hors d’ouevres. Tickets are $100 per person and a percentage of proceeds will benefit the Manhattan Beach Middle School. Each winery will be represented by a winemaker or senior representative from the winery. 1221 North Valley Dr, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. 310-546-4995. Read More

Washington School House invites guests to play in the Utah snow

Offering ski/stay packages in Park City

Washington School House in Park City, Utah is now offering an assortment of lodging and slope packages in an attempt to get you into some powder. Built in 1889, the newly renovated Washington School House is located next to Main Street and Park City Mountain Resort – Utah Winter Packages start at $465 a night (per person) or $775 a night (double occupancy). 543 Park Ave, Park City, UT 84060. 800-824-1672. Read More


Chef Dakota Weiss’ food menu for dogs at the W in Westwood

'Fido's Kitchen' at the Backyard Restaurant

Now that dogs can hang out at restaurant patios at most parts of L.A. County, restaurants like the Backyard at the W Los Angeles – Westwood (a dog friendly hotel) is announcing a food menu for your furry little friend. The “Fido’s Kitchen” menu created by Executive Chef and Top Chef Season 9 contestant, Dakota Weiss features items like: Milo’s Chopped Veggie & Chicken Salad (carrots, apples, spinach, cucumber and poached chicken), Knuckle’s Frozen “POP!” (organic yogurt, mashed banana and peanut butter), Pepper’s Seafood Goulash (ground salmon, oats, spinach and kale) and more. Items range from $8 – $12, they could really eat like humans. 930 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA. 310-443-8218. Read More

Taste the flavors of California Central Coast at the 8th Annual Taste of Pismo

April 20 - 22, 2012

The 8th Annual Taste of Pismo in Pismo Beach, CA will be held on April 20 through 22, showcasing Central Coast California’s wines paired with local restaurants. On Friday, April 20, from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM, visitors can experience flavors of the Central Coast at the Farm to Street event featuring local restaurants like: Cracked Crab, Huckleberry’s, Scotty’s, Quarterdeck and Steamers and more. Tickets are $60 per person.

On Saturday, April 21 from 12 PM to 4 PM, at the Premier Wine & Culinary event, guests can enjoy local cuisines, and taste local wines at the cliffs of Dinosaur Caves Park, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Tickets are $50 per person.

And for the early birds, starting on April 22 at 8 AM, a pancake breakfast will be served featuring home-style cooking with dishes like hot pancakes and eggs to bacon and sausages hosted by the Pismo Beach Firefighters. Breakfast is $8 per person and proceeds goes to local charities. To purchase tickets visit pismochamber.com.

Photography provided by Bob Dickey

Events & Festivals

Burning man reinvented in Las Vegas at ‘First Friday’ tonight

It's getting hot in here ...

No, it’s not Disco Inferno and it has absolutely nothing to do with this – “Burn Vegas Burn” is a new twist on an old concept inspired by the annual Burning Festival. The First Friday Arts Festival in downtown Las Vegas, the Lucky Lady Lucy team, and the city of Las Vegas have planned to present the city’s first public burn tonight. ‘Burn Vegas Burn’ will feature “Lucky Lady Lucy,” a 20-foot tall wooden showgirl sculpture, to be ceremoniously incinerated at 8 PM during this communal event. Read More

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