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Comedian-Magician Mac King Extends His Run at Harrah’s Las Vegas for Four More Years

Las Vegas headliner Mac King announces “The Mac King Comedy Magic Show” has been extended for four more years at Harrah’s Las Vegas. King’s contract extends through 2019, which will give him 19 years at the hotel. In January, he celebrates a historic 15 years at Harrah’s, making him the longest running magician working at the same hotel.

“The Mac King Comedy Magic Show” has delivered non-stop laughs and dazzling magic to audiences of all ages at Harrah’s Las Vegas since 2000. “I’m pleased to extend my great run at Harrah’s for four more years,” said Mac King. “To be able to continue performing at this amazing venue and make people laugh every day is a great feeling.”

a Guinness Book of World Records holder in 2004 for “The World’s Longest Game of Telephone.”

King was named Magician of the Year by The Magic Castle, “Entertainer of the Year” by the Las Vegas Weekly 2004 “Readers Choice Awards,” and is a Guinness Book of World Records holder in 2004 for “The World’s Longest Game of Telephone.”

King, one of today’s brightest and most talented magicians, takes the stage twice daily, Tuesday through Saturday, at Harrah’s Las Vegas Casino & Hotel. “The Mac King Comedy Magic Show” is performed at 1 and 3 p.m. in the Showroom Theatre. Tickets start at $29.95 plus tax. Tickets may be purchased by calling 855-234-7469 or by visiting

How to Give Appropriate and Safe Holiday Gifts for Children

It is holiday time and your mail and e-mail are packed with advertisements for your local toy store. Decision time is near for the perfect gift for your child, cousin, niece, and nephew. Let’s get down to business. How do you pick the perfect gift? Or better yet, how do we pick a gift that is safe and fun for a child? Here are a few guidelines to help you shop:

  1. Buy toys that are bigger than the child’s mouth. Avoid toys with removable parts especially if they are smaller than the child’s mouth. This will avoid the child from choking on the toy and also avoids the child ending up in urgent care with a toy piece stuck in the child’s nose or ear.
  2. Protect your child’s hearing and avoid toys that are loud.
  3. Protect your child’s eyes by avoiding any toy that can shoot small objects.
  4. Avoid toys made of toxic substances.
  5. Avoid toys that have long strings or ropes. This prevents accidental strangulation.

Read the toy box and be aware of the age appropriate notices on them. Not only is this for safety, but also for the appropriate developmental stage of your child. By understanding their milestones it will be easier to buy a gift for them that they will not only use but enjoy. From 0-6 months the infant is gaining strength to pick up their head and smiling responsively. By 6 months the infant is able to sit without support, turn in response to a rattle and bring hands into the center.

Examples of gifts for this age are toys with bright colors, touchable fabrics, rattles, and books that include mirrors. A 6-12 month old will start exploring sounds, saying mama/dada, pass an object from one hand to the other, and by the end of this time will be standing or even taking a few steps. Toys that would be appropriate for this age group include blocks, cloth books, stuffed animals, family picture books and toys that the child has to reach for.

By 12-18 months a child is standing alone, walking, saying up to 6 words, and starting to build towers. Gifts that are appropriate for this age include blocks, books that show objects/colors, balls and walking toys. At 18-months—2-years a child engages in pretend play by feeding dolls; can point to body parts, and throws balls overhead. These children tend to enjoy balls, stacking blocks, imaginary play, and books.

By 2-4 years of age children can name colors, color/draw, enjoy imaginary play, and start understanding board games. Gifts that are appropriate at this age range include push toys with activity sets, craft supplies, and toys that promote imaginary play. At 3-4 years old, children enjoy play-dough, dolls, large puzzles, imaginary toy sets and play cars, trains, and trucks.

Remember when choosing a gift focus on exploring the child’s developmental needs and toy safety.

Jennifer Sniadanko, D.O., FAAP, is a Pediatrician at Good Night Pediatrics which provides all-night urgent care for children every night of the year from 5PM-5AM.

Holiday Traditions: A Family Affair

“Traditions, traditions. Without our traditions, our lives would be as shaky as…as a fiddler on the roof.” These familiar lines from Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof remind us of the central place that traditions play in the lives of families and communities. Take a minute and think back to when you were growing up. What are some of the fondest memories that you have? Chances are that some of these memories revolve around holiday traditions. As leaves change color and the days cool, we begin to anticipate holiday traditions and the fun they will bring.

Traditions are activities or actions that that have a specific purpose and repeatedly occur in relatively the same way and/or at the same time. Each family has their own holiday traditions. Some of these traditions revolve around cooking and eating certain foods, or giving and receiving gifts. Others involve participating in religious activities or providing service. For many families, it is tradition to decorate, listen to holiday music, or hold family parties.

Why are holiday traditions so important? Why do family members put up a fight to keep certain holiday traditions from being changed or forgotten entirely?

Why are holiday traditions so important? Why do family members put up a fight to keep certain holiday traditions from being changed or forgotten entirely? The answer: Families are strengthened and brought closer together through holiday traditions.

Holiday traditions benefit families in numerous ways. They create a sense of identity and belonging. They help maintain connections between people. Traditions teach values, pass on cultural or religious heritage, connect generations, create memories, and add richness to family life. Holiday traditions strengthen family relationships and individual family members in various ways. They create opportunities for family members to spend time together, talk with one another, and feel heard and appreciated.

Holiday traditions also strengthen families by creating an environment in which the members can develop a sense of family identity, work together as a team, and learn the importance of putting others before oneself. Traditions create memories which become woven into the tapestry of a family’s history together.

Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker, a licensed psychologist and Marriage and Family Counselor, offers five points on how to help make holiday traditions a part of your family.

  • Holidays are not an “extra”. They are essential ingredients in the rhythm of family life.
  • Embrace holidays. There are never enough reasons to celebrate life.
  • Be thoughtful about the values and traditions that you want to pass on to your children through your holiday activities.
  • If you don’t like the commercialism that’s come to surround some holidays, make up your own traditions.
  • Include your children in the planning, creating, cooking, story-telling, gifting, visiting, etc. Kids who are part of it all will know how to carry it on when it is their turn.

Remember, traditions don’t happen by themselves. They take planning and a little effort—but the benefits are worth it. As this holiday season approaches, remember the importance of holiday traditions and how they can strengthen your family, create a sense of connection, and protect it from becoming unstable…like a fiddler on the roof.

Dr. Stephen Fife is an Associate Professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at UNLV. Amy Freeman is a graduate student in the MFT Program. E-mail Dr. Fife at

Santa Claus to be at Galleria at Sunset through Dec. 24

Santa Claus will smile for the camera with Southern Nevada’s children every day until 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24. He and his elves will be found daily in the Galleria’s center court amid the mall’s new holiday décor, which debuted last year.

Santa photo hours are as follows:
Every Sunday until Dec. 7: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Every Monday through Saturday until Dec. 13: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 14: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Every Monday through Saturday until Dec. 23: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 21: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 24: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Galleria’s décor will include a spectacular musical light show, Light Up the Night, which will “perform” every evening on the hour from 5 p.m. to close throughout the holiday season.

The Galleria’s holiday décor package boasts more than 54,000 lights. It also includes an area for Santa that could have been taken right out of “The Nutcracker.” The set has a classical toy approach that takes on a larger-than-life proportion. It features a 10-foot seated toy soldier, a 15-foot inflatable plush teddy bear, a 40-foot Christmas tree and an extra wide chair for Santa.

The Galleria’s holiday décor package boasts more than 54,000 lights.

The displays will feature more than 10.3 miles of copper wire and a sound system that will ensure all can enjoy the more than 2,000 watts of holiday music. Light Up the Night operates on the typical power available in any U.S. home and takes almost two weeks to program by hand. The Galleria’s programmers’ mice travel more than three miles to program the show.

For more information on the Galleria at Sunset, visit or contact the mall’s information center at 702-434-0202.

Love Your Library? Tell Friends!

The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District and DISCOVERY Children’s Museum have teamed up to present “Love your Library? Tell a Friend!,” a library card sign-up campaign that begins Monday, December 1 through, December 31, 2014.

Just sign up for a free library card during the month of December, or if you already have a library card, Like Us on Facebook, and be automatically entered to earn a chance to win the Grand Prize of a DISCOVERY Children’s Museum gift basket, which includes a Family Level membership.

Library patrons who already have a library card and want to visit DISCOVERY Children’s Museum will receive an exclusive discount admission price of $3 off per person and children under one are free. Simply show your LVCCLD library card at the DISCOVERY Children’s Museum Visitor Services Desk to receive the exclusive discount beginning December 1 through December 31, 2014 only.

A library card allows free access to a collection of more than several million items of books, magazines, downloadables, CDs and DVDs, as well as online access to an array of information. Teens and children have access to online homework help offering a wealth of free resources designed to assist kids with their daily school assignments.

Getting a free library card is easy. Just stop by any Las Vegas-Clark County Library District branch to fill out an application or apply online at

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