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Latest News, Deals & Savings for Dec. 22

This week: Las Vegas readies huge city-wide New Year’s Eve fireworks party, Sheraton Hotels to spend $160 million renovating Dallas and Downtown Denver properties, and the tough little Jumping Jack Trailer is sold.

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Las Vegas Promises New Year's Eve Party Extravaganza

Las Vegas is promising a doozy of a New Year's Eve party to welcome in 2009 that will be bigger and splashier than anything the city has ever seen before.

Branded as "America's Party" the fireworks extravaganza on the Las Vegas Strip and Fremont Street will ring in 2009 in classic Las Vegas style. The theme of the pyrotechnic display will be "Takin' It to the Streets," with a soundtrack featuring classic rock and dance favorites.

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This year's festivities include both the themed fireworks extravaganza on the Las Vegas Strip and the live concerts and fireworks under the canopy at the Fremont Street Experience.

Themed as "TributePalooza," the world's best tribute bands will be performing hours of live music from 6 p.m. until 1 a.m. (PT) on both the 1st Street and 3rd Street stages on Fremont Street Experience. Tribute bands will be performing as Billy Joel, Eagles, David Bowie, KISS, Rolling Stones, U2, Queen and Aerosmith.

More than 30,000 effects will be fired from the eight locations during the 8 minute, 10 second program. Effects such as red, silver and orange comets, mines and peonies are all part of the core program.

Special effects such as the colorful buzzing bees will be displayed for David Bowie and Mick Jagger's "Dancing In The Streets" and red, silver, blue and green palm trees will be highlighted during The Doobie Brothers' "Takin' It To The Streets." In addition, revelers can watch as waves of comets creating a rainbow of color will crisscross the Las Vegas landscape to Bob Sinclar's "Rock This Party."

For the Grand Finale, the show will conclude with a thunderous roar of titanium salutes to "Xterminate" by Omega Attraktor.

For visitors and residents spending the evening downtown, gates will open at 6 p.m. and capacity is limited. Admission is only $20 but is free to local residents with Nevada I.D. For local residents, free admission wristbands will be distributed on New Year's Eve only.

Wristband distribution to local residents, with Nevada I.D., will begin at 10 a.m. on Dec. 31, in the storefront next to Walgreens on Fremont Street just east of 4th Street. For non-residents, admission wristbands will be sold on New Year's Eve at the Fremont Street Experience access gates.

Advance tickets can be purchased by calling Fremont Street Experience at (702) 678-5600 or (877) VEGAS4U. For New Year's Eve, all access to Fremont Street Experience will be limited to persons at least 21 years old.

For more information on New Year's Eve festivities throughout Las Vegas, go to www.visitlasvegas.com . For more information about America's Party: Las Vegas New Year 2009, visit
www.AP2009.com .

Sheraton Launches Major Facelifts for Dallas, Denver Hotels

Sheraton Hotels has unveiled plans for major renovation efforts for its Dallas and Denver hotels to the tune of about $160 million.

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The hotel chain said it will spend around $70 million to refurbish the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Colorado's largest hotel. The comprehensive transformation, scheduled for completion by mid-2009, will encompass the property's guestrooms, suites and lobby, and unveil a new health and fitness program.

Located on the famous 16th Street Mall, just blocks from the recently expanded Colorado Convention Center, the Sheraton Denver boasts 1,225 guestrooms and suites and 133,000 square feet of meeting space. The Plaza building portion of the hotel, including much of the hotel's meeting space, is closed for renovation until Spring 2009.

The chain also said it will spend around $90 million on a refit of the Sheraton Dallas Hotel, and that construction on the first phase of its renovation project, which will include a comprehensive new design of its public spaces, guest rooms in the north and center towers and conference center, is already underway. Completion of the four-phased renovation project is estimated for summer 2009.

Phase one of the renovations includes changes to the fourth floor fitness center and pool area, registration desk and north end of the lobby. Phase two will cover the south end of the lobby and fourth floor meeting spaces. Phase three will include meeting spaces on the third and upper floors, as well as the Chaparral Room. The final phase will encompass the second floor meeting spaces. Renovations to the guest rooms, which will serve as the model template for all Sheraton hotels across the nation, will take place throughout the duration of the project.

The two major projects are all part of a brand-wide effort by Sheraton Hotels & Resorts and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. to revitalize the iconic Sheraton brand, which includes an investment of more than $4 billion in new hotels, upgrading 100 hotels in the U.S., renovating 50,000 guest rooms and re-designing more than 100 new lobbies.

Lifetime Acquires Jumping Jack Trailers

The Jumping Jack 6x8 Trailer/Tent, a unique product that combines the tow and stow capabilities of a heavy-duty steel ATV trailer with a heavy canvas outdoor tent, has been acquired by Lifetime Products.

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Lifetime Products - a leading Utah-based manufacturer of folding tables and chairs, basketball systems, outdoor storage sheds and utility trailers - said it bought the assets of Jumping Jack Trailers, Inc., adding the innovative Tent/Trailer to Lifetime's own diverse lineup of consumer products.

The tough steel trailer can carry up to 3,500 pounds and in less than two minutes convert to a comfortable canvas tent that sleeps up to six adults. The Trailer/Tent has wide dealer distribution in North America, and can be found in outdoor and adventure stores such as Sportsman's Warehouse. The trailer retails for $4,999.99.

"This is an innovative product, and we are just thrilled to add it to our solid line-up of trailers," said Richard Hendrickson, President of Lifetime. "This really extends our brand into a whole different distribution channel, so we're excited to move forward with it."

Lifetime will absorb five of Jumping Jack's employees, including the former owner, Robert Badger, who will join Lifetime as manager of the new category. The Trailer/Tent will be re-branded with the Lifetime name and shield.

Lifetime's own line of utility trailer features the innovative Fold-Up utility trailer, a 4x6 trailer that folds up to 29 inches for easy and convenient storage. The Fold-Up Utility Trailer earned a "Bronze" in the transportation category in the 2008 Industrial Design Excellence Awards (IDEA), a prestigious international product design competition co-sponsored by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) and BusinessWeek magazine.

For more information about Lifetime Products and its line of trailers, visit
www.Lifetime.com .

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