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Latest News, Deals & Savings for Aug. 31

Las Vegas Monorail offering Labor Day weekend discounts, and New Mexico State Parks plan a variety of fun events to celebrate Labor Day.

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Las Vegas Monorail Offers Labor Day Discounts For Visitors

Visitors planning a Las Vegas Labor Day weekend will find a unique money-saving offer from the Las Vegas Monorail, a quick and convenient connection to the Las Vegas Strip and its many attractions.

Calling it the ‘Work Hard, Play Harder Labor Day Weekend Special,' for as little as $5, visitors not only get to travel the Strip in comfort, they also get discounts to top Vegas shows, restaurants and attractions including a free Cirque Du Soleil special event.

On Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a valid Monorail ticket, visitors can attend a free special event sponsored by Cirque Du Soleil at the MGM Grand Station that includes live activities.
In addition, throughout the Labor Day weekend, visitors who show their valid monorail ticket and print the offers available at
www.lvmonorail.com/vegas_vibe/laborday.php can obtain the following discounts from monorail partners:

The special 'Work Hard, Play Harder' Labor Day weekend discount offers include:

Madame Tussauds Las Vegas: $6 off adult admission, $2 off child/senior admission and free wax hand with purchase of admission (closest monorail station is Harrah's/Imperial Palace). Located in front of the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, Madame Tussauds Las Vegas offers guests the unique opportunity to ‘interact' with incredibly life-like iconic figures from the celebrity worlds of film, TV, music, sports and politics.

Matsuri: $15 off (closest monorail station is Harrah's/Imperial Palace). Japan's number one show, Matsuri, has returned to the Las Vegas Strip at the Imperial Palace. Matsuri is a unique show that transcends language - no words are necessary as highly skilled, athletic performers let their muscles do the talking.

Serendipity 3: Complimentary Frrrozen Hot Chocolate with $10 Purchase (closest monorail station is Flamingo Las Vegas). The newest dining gem at Caesars Palace is New York City's beloved Serendipity 3. This cheerful restaurant offers a one-of-a-kind dining experience adjacent to the resort's iconic fountains at the corner of Flamingo Road and the Las Vegas Strip.

The privately-funded monorail system has seven stations: MGM Grand; Bally's/Paris Las Vegas; Flamingo/Caesars Palace; Harrah's/Imperial Palace; Las Vegas Convention Center; Las Vegas Hilton; and Sahara. In just 15 minutes, monorail riders can travel the length of the legendary Las Vegas Strip in a safe, clean and climate-controlled environment - without the hassles of traffic or wasted time.

For more information about special offers and promotions, visit

New Mexico State Parks Celebrating Labor Day Weekend

From the bottom of blue lake waters to the starry night sky, New Mexico state parks will celebrate Labor Day Weekend Sept. 4 - 7, 2009 with water recreation and family adventures for all.

"Celebrate the close of summer with fun and educational outdoor activities at nearby state parks," said State Park Director Dave Simon.

New Mexico State Parks will offer scuba diving events, birding, catfish derbies, storytelling, live music, and star parties and other moonlight activities during the Labor Day weekend. New Mexico's abundant early snow and late summer rainfall, he said, provided great water recreation opportunities in 2009, and recreation conditions still abound at almost all State Park lakes and rivers even as the summer season draws to a close.

Labor Day Weekend activities at New Mexico State Parks include:

Bottomless Lakes State Park: Scuba divers take the plunge Sept. 5 - 7 at the annual Bottomless Bubblefest on at Bottomless Lakes State Park near Roswell. A "dive poker" contest, underwater games, snorkeling, swimming, beach volleyball and nature hikes highlight the day's activities. A Saturday evening program features a program on scuba diving by a local dive instructor. Call (575) 624-6058 to learn more.


Sugarite Canyon State Park: The celebration begins the weekend on Friday, Sept. 4 with a two-hour hike through an historic ghost town to learn about Sugarite's former bustling coal camp; the hike is repeated on Sunday, Sept. 6. Campers may greet the day Saturday morning, Sept. 5 with a wild harvest breakfast of cattail pancakes and chokecherry syrup cooked up on a woodstove the old-fashioned way. Guided plant identification walks with a local botanist will be offered both Saturday and Sunday mornings, Sept. 5 and 6. Evening programs are offered all weekend: Friday, Sept. 4 features a laser light show about the constellations; Saturday Sept. 5 offers Lions, Rattlesnakes and Bears, Oh, My! With Ranger Susy; and Sunday, Sept. 6 stars Edward Wallace in a Chautauqua on the Life and Times of Jim Beckwourth, African-American mountain man, trader, trapper, soldier, scout and explorer. Call (575) 445-5607 for times and details on all programs.



Hyde Memorial State Park: On Saturday night, Sept. 5 after the full moon, visitors will look and listen for the wonders of the night on an ‘Owl Prowl' to see the park in a new light and learn fun things to do with a Lifesaver. This easy half mile hike is transformed at night. Young children must have adult supervision and pets are not permitted. Call (505) 983-7175 for more information.

Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park: Enjoy some of the best birding of the year on the Migration Season Guided Bird Tour early Saturday morning, Sept. 5. The weather should be nice, migration will be at its peak and the birding will be excellent. Bring appropriate clothing, water and binoculars if you have them - if not the park will provide a pair. Beginning, intermediate, and advanced birders are welcome. For more information, call (575) 523-4398.







Oasis State Park: Participate in the inaugural Friends of Oasis State Park Biggest Catfish Challenge Derby Saturday afternoon, Sept. 5. Open to all ages and prizes will be awarded based on the weight of the fish. There are two different prize categories: senior (12 years and older) and junior (11 years and younger). The prizes range from $10 to $75 awards. Call (575) 356-5331 for information.

Oliver Lee Memorial State Park: Bats often evoke the fear factor as they flutter through the dusky evening sky, but these interesting flying mammals provide us a great service by eating their weight in insects every night. Learn some bat facts on Saturday, Sept. 5 about the six species of bats that use Dog Canyon as their home. Call (575) 437-8284 for details.

Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park: This free concert on Friday, Sept. 4 features home-grown singer/songwriter Tadd Williams playing country and gospel music, followed by a half-hour stroll through the zoo by the light of the full moon. On Saturday, Sept. 5, the park celebrates International Vulture Awareness Day with volunteer Susan Young reading from her storybook, Vinnie the Vulture. Call (575) 887-5516 for more information.

For more information about Labor Day and other events at New Mexico State Parks, call 888-NMPARKS or visit www.nmparks.com .