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AROUND TOWN: Vote for the next Milk-Bone dog and see lights for charity

Milk-Bone moment

Summerlin residents Mark and Nicole Roberts think their dog Sport is worth $100,000 — a $100,000 contract, that is.

As finalists in the first Milk-Bone Moments contest, the Roberts hope to have Las Vegas Valley residents in their corner when the votes get tabulated to determine the winner. Now until Nov. 18, local dog owners can help support one of their own by casting an online vote at www.Milk-Bone.com. Multiple votes are encouraged. The winning dog will receive a $100,000 contract to serve as Milk-Bone’s SpokesDog, as well as have his or her photo featured on a Milk-Bone box throughout 2009. So puppy up, Las Vegas, and vote for Sport. And when he wins, buy a box of Milk-Bone so your own little fur ball will have something to work toward next year.

—  Jeannette Carrillo/Courtesy Photo

Gift of Lights opens tonight with fundraiser for Children’s Heart Foundation

The annual Gift of Lights holiday celebration at Sunset Park starts Nov. 12 with a one-night, three-hour fundraising event for the Children’s Heart Foundation. The event is called Light Up the Heart of a Child, and admission is $25 in advance or $30 at the entrance.

The Gift of Lights wonderland is closed Nov. 13, then it opens for the season to the public Nov. 14 and stays open nightly through Jan. 4.

Now in its eighth year, Gift of Lights has become as much a part of the holiday season in Las Vegas as the lighting of the Fremont Street Experience tree and Santa coming down the chimney on Christmas Eve. On most nights at the attraction, people drive their cars slowly along a winding two-mile path in the park to enjoy festive illuminated displays. This year, for the first time ever, Gift of Lights will used LED lights that save energy and give off more vibrant colors, according to Brenda Meehan, whose company, Winterland, puts together the displays.

On Wednesday, during the Light Up the Heart of a Child event from 6 to 9 p.m., the park will be closed to vehicular traffic so that visitors can safely stroll the pathways. Attendees on that night will enjoy the music of carolers while snacking on holiday treats and hot cocoa. They also will receive a gift bag containing a ticket to four Las Vegas shows, including the magic shows of Mac King and Nathan Burton.

Sunset Park is located at 2601 E. Sunset Road at the corner of Eastern Avenue. Tickets for Light Up the Heart of a Child are tax-deductible, and proceeds will benefit children in Nevada suffering from heart conditions. Visit www.chfn.org to purchase tickets.

When Gift of Lights goes to its regular schedule Friday, the admission charge is $13 per vehicle. The hours of operation are Sunday through Thursday and holidays from 5 to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. For more information, visit www.giftoflights.com.

—  John Maltby/View File Photo

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