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October 05, 2011 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

Shakira. Photo from Kimo Akane

WELCOME TO Kimo’s Vegas ... the Player’s Edge!

THE LATIN GRAMMYS will honor seven-time winner Shakira as Person of the Year for her artistic and philanthropic contributions. The 12th annual gala happens Nov. 9 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Past recipients include Placido Domingo, Carlos Santana, Gloria Estefan, Julio Iglesias and Ricky Martin.

LADY ANTEBELLUM launches its OWN THE NIGHT 2011 TOUR Nov. 18 at The Joint in the Hard Rock.

GOING PINK for National Breast Cancer Month ... The Tropicana will light its entire exterior the color of the Dianthus flower and offer pink room packages, menus and events. Planet Hollywood will show its support by coloring the water in its Miracle Miles fountains pink and donating all the money from them to the Susan G. Komen foundation. The Hard Rock hosts Pinktober, a Rock ‘n’ Roll Fashion Show. The Forum Shops at Caesars is offering a special VIP shopping booklet to shoppers wearing pink this month and is donating an additional dollar for each Simon giftcard purchased.

AT CAESARS, the Qua Holiday Toddy is almost good enough to eat ... Agave nectar oil is applied along the spine followed by a bourbon bubbler (brown sugar and bourbon) body scrub. Then a moisturizing dollop of peppery caramel milk body lotion is applied followed by a body wrap of warm towels. The treatment concludes with a mini scalp treatment and restorative facial designed to stimulate essential skin functions and repair cell damage. The $300 package of self-indulgence is available now through Jan. 31.

HONEST TEA wanted to test the honesty of visitors on the Las Vegas Strip, so they set up an unmanned tent stocked with plenty of cold drinks and a sign that said: “Help yourself, $1 each.” Most people were honest and dropped a buck in the box ... One industrious individual took it upon himself to man the booth and pocket the cash.

EVERYTHING FROM ashtrays to zythum went to the high and not-sohigh bidders in the Sahara Casino’s closing sale. If you regret not grabbing one of the 600,000-plus mementos from the former desert jewel, there are plenty of eBay listings to keep you busy.

LOOKING FOR THE toy that you never got as a kid? Take your casino winnings to Toy Shack in Neonopolis on Fremont Street, where they specialize in collectable toys. Eh, you da guy from da TV? Store owner Johnny Jimenez has been on the History Channel’s Pawn Stars four times in the last 40 days.

CONGRATS TO Saint Louis grad Shane Kawamura, who’s the new GM of the Las Vegas Aruba Hotel & Spa.

TO CELEBRATE the grand opening of the new Margaritaville Casino at The Flamingo, they will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest margarita ever made. They’ll start mixing the two story (30 foot), 8,500-gallon beverage Tuesday (Oct. 11) and plan to have it topped off by Friday. Made from 2,125 gallons of gold tequila, 708 gallons of triple sec, 5,667 gallons of margarita mix and Lemon-X Sour Mix, and 22,667 lime wedges and dubbed Lucky Rita, it will serve 181,333 margaritas.

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