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John Louie

Spouse Program

Welcome to Las Vegas! On behalf of the Spouse Program Committee for SEG's 82nd Annual Meeting, it is our pleasure to welcome you to exciting Las Vegas, Nevada! We look forward to hosting you for an exciting week of fun-filled activities, entertainment, and tours. We hope your convention experience will stay with you for a lifetime!

Seminar Schedule

Self-Improvement and Exploration
Monday, 5 November, 9:30–11 a.m., Included as part of Spouse Program registration
Get into action! The best way to learn and improve is to take action. What is something you have been meaning to do? How can you take action on it immediately? Waiting doesn't get anything done. Taking action gives you immediate results to learn from. From managing tasks at home to juggling work responsibilities, fixing minor issues can sometimes play a big role in enhancing your overall productivity and allowing your creativity to flow like never before. The instructor of this seminar will bring a fun challenge to all who participate by guiding them in shining new light on who they can be. Make plans to join us for this informative, productive, relaxing, and life-changing seminar.

The History of Nevada—Then and Now
Wednesday, 7 November, 9:30–11 a.m.,Included as part of Spouse Program registration
Join us for this exciting journey through Nevada's history with speaker Mark Hall-Patton. He is the museum's administrator for the Clark County museum system, where he oversees the Clark County Museum, the Howard W. Cannon Aviation Museum, and the Searchlight History Museum, and is regularly seen on the History Channel's Pawn Stars as a visiting expert. He also appears on American Restoration in the same role. Hall-Patton will discuss the history of Las Vegas "then and now" and touch on all of the interesting facts that makes Las Vegas and southern Nevada so unique.

Spousal Tours

Hoover Dam Discovery Tour*
Monday, 5 November, 1–6 p.m., US$66
Join us as we discover this wonder of the modern world weighing more than 6,600,000 tons. It's the structure that contains more than three million cubic yards of concrete, enough to pave a road between San Francisco and New York. It's the marvel that began in 1931 and was completed in 1936, two years ahead of schedule. Built during the Great Depression, the Hoover Dam provided jobs for 21,000 men and answered a great need. Citizens wanted to irrigate low desert areas without the risk of flooding, and the U.S. government determined the Colorado River was the solution to the battle over water rights. Take in this magnificent site as a guide provides you with a history-filled dialogue during your travels to the dam, where you will begin a self-guided tour consisting of several stops, including a trip through the rock wall of the Black Canyon to view the generators, and a stroll on the observation deck with beautiful views of the Hoover Dam, Colorado River, and Lake Mead. Additional stops on this tour include the Winged Figures of the Republic, the spillways, and the intake towers. Comfortable walking shoes and sunglasses are highly recommended.

The Mob Museum Tour* - CANCELLED
Tuesday, 6 November, 2–5 p.m., US$60
It was the stage for the biggest mob hearing in history. Now it's the setting for the nation's most comprehensive Mob Museum. Located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas, The Mob Museum rests inside the historic former federal courthouse and U.S. Post Office. This building is one of the few remaining historically significant buildings in Las Vegas and is included on both the Nevada and National Registers of Historic Places. From 1950 to 1951, the Kefauver Committee hearings were conducted in the courtroom in this very building. The courtroom has been recreated to appear as it did back then, a true portal to a time when the Mob "ran the town." As a visitor, you will get to experience this courtroom for yourself and be immersed in the story of history made here as you visit the various exhibits throughout the museum.

Red Rock Canyon Tour*
Wednesday, 7 November, 1–5 p.m., US$48
This tour will present you with the most awe-inspiring views of the Red Rock Canyon while showcasing desert beauty, towering red sandstone peaks, and abundant wildlife. Formed millions of years ago, the red peaks are actually fossilized sand dunes, created after collisions of the earth's crust. You will have the opportunity to view exhibits about this area as well as a tortoise habitat before you depart on a 13-mile loop drive. This drive is the ideal way to see the geologic history, brilliance, and grandeur of the canyon. There are many stops along the way, with opportunities to see the canyon's many magnificent views, petroglyphs, and pictorgraphs, as well as wildlife such as bighorn sheep, wild horses, burros, and mountains lions.

*41 registrants are required for all tours. If this minimum number of registrants are not obtained, the tour may be cancelled. Therefore, advance registration for tours is encouraged.

Luncheon Entertainment

Entertainment: Magic with Ariann Black
Tuesday, 6 November, 11:30 a.m., Included as a part of Spouse Program registration
Ariann Black is a magician. She was just awarded the honor of "Magician of the Decade" by the International Divas of Magic, for her ground-breaking work with her Las Vegas show SECRETS. Ariann was also voted "Magician of the Year 2011" by the International Conclave of Illusionists and was awarded Female Magician of the Year three times by the International Magicians Society. Join us at the luncheon to experience Ariann's captivating collection of illusions. Ariann will capture your imagination and transport you into the mysterious, miraculous world of magic.