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In Brief: Planet Hollywood’s big waves, St. Thomas exposed and more

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Broken bricks are scattered at the site of the Gentry Hotel at the town of St. Thomas in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area Monday, July 22, 2013. The town started as a farming settlement in 1865 but was covered by the rising waters of Lake Mead in the 1930’s after the construction of Hoover Dam.
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Surf's up Just what the Planet Hollywood hotel pool complex needed: big waves. The Strip’s first FlowRider Wave-in-a-Box Double is set to arrive next month, providing experienced or beginning surfers, snowboarders, wakeboarders, skimboarders and skateboarders a “safe yet exhilarating environment” to perfect their skills. Finally, a daylife wipeout that won’t elicit gasps from the party crowd. –Brock Radke

Opening the floodgates Once underwater due to the 1938 filling of the reservoir, Lake Mead’s St. Thomas community was exposed in 2002 due to waning water levels brought on by drought. The national recreation area recently invited the public to share oral histories, documents and photos of the 150-year-old townsite, to be used for park brochures and displays lining the surrounding trails. Those interested in submitting should contact Leslie Paige at the National Park Service (702-293-8729, [email protected]). –Mark Adams

That’s wack On May 2, Sunset Park will host the first-ever Wacky World of Sports. The “oddball athletic competition” will bring up to 500 teams into the fray, showcasing such sports as human foosball (isn’t that just soccer?) and reverse kickball (what exactly is the reverse of kicking?). Registration is open at clarkcountynv.gov/parks. Even if you’re not into mud volleyball, you can watch for free and get into the food trucks and bounce house (please, not in that order). –Erin Ryan

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Brock Radke has been writing about Las Vegas for almost two decades. He currently serves as editor-at-large covering entertainment and ...

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