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Strip Scribbles: Garth Brooks, Faith Hill, Mark Shunock and Playboy Playmates

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Pat Christenson, president of Las Vegas Events, country music superstar Garth Brooks and Rick Arpin, senior vice president of MGM Resorts International, at the new Las Vegas Arena on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, that is still under construction and scheduled to open next April.

Garth Brooks at Las Vegas Arena

Country music superstar Garth Brooks talks to media Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, as he announces his return to Las Vegas for exclusive performances at the new Las Vegas Arena still under construction and scheduled to open next April. Launch slideshow »

The Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood phenomenon hits Las Vegas this weekend like a bucking bronco with his shows Friday and Saturday, then July 2-4.

He’ll have two shows, at 7 and 10:30 p.m., on July 3. In the three hours leading up to each performance at T-Mobile Arena, there will be a yee-haw, yippy good time.

As guests make their way through the neighborhood Park, there will be strolling entertainment, live music, models, decor and buckin’ (mechanical) bull. At Toshiba Plaza, there will be bands on two stages and a “Home of the Champions” with pro-riding champions Trevor Brazile, Tuf Cooper and Luke Branquinho.

Post-show fireworks will be set off July 2-4. Garth’s party will spread out as far as Brooklyn Bridge at New York-New York, Whiskey Down at MGM Grand and Blvd Plaza at Monte Carlo.

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's 'Soul2Soul' at Venetian

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's Launch slideshow »

WHERE’S FAITH? Three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and musician Tim McGraw is returning to town at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, Dec. 10. Tickets go on sale Friday.

No word to put rumors to rest of a split up that Faith Hill will join him. Tim, who has sold more than 40 million records and dominated the charts with 36 No. 1 singles, is the winner of three Grammys.

His other awards include 16 Academy of Country Music Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards, 10 American Music Awards, three People’s Choice Awards and more.

‘Mondays Dark’ Disney Night: 1/26/15

Host Mark Shunock, third from left, and guests arrive at “Mondays Dark,” benefiting the LGBTQ Center, at Vinyl on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in the Hard Rock Hotel. Launch slideshow »

MARK’S MOVE: In just two years of the “Mondays Dark” charity events organized by former “Rock of Ages” star Mark Shunock at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel, he has partnered with 30 charities and by the end of this year will have raised more than $350,000.

Now he’s moving “Mondays Dark” into a 9,000-square-foot home of its own with a 300-seat main stage, rehearsal space and a bar/lounge area. Mark is looking for 250 individual donations of $1,000 apiece to keep the lights on for the next five years.

He said: “I want to raise enough money to ensure its success. I want to take the gamble out of Las Vegas and create the premiere charity-driven, community-based arts center. There will be no Kickstarter or mega fundraiser. Simply 250 people coming together. I have created an exclusive opportunity for us to finally have a home we can be proud of, and my goal is to have all $500 and $1,000 slots filled by Friday.” Please donate here.

PLAYBOY PLAYMATES: The mansion may have been sold. The magazine may have gone totally digital, but the Playboy Playmates are still ready to party. Bombshells Kennedy Summers and Shanice Jordan host Saturday at Chateau Nightclub at Paris. Kennedy was 2014 Playmate of the Year and Shanice was 2014 Miss April.

GLOBAL FOOD: Guests at a Shade Tree fundraiser next Tuesday will be issued passports to hit five restaurants in Downtown Summerlin. The “Around the World” evening of gourmet dining at the restaurants will feature culinary taste treats from Japan, America, Brazil, Italy and Mexico.

Click here for Tonight’s Tips and Tomorrow’s Tease.

Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

Follow Robin Leach on Twitter at Twitter.com/Robin_Leach.

Follow Las Vegas Sun Entertainment + Luxury Senior Editor Don Chareunsy on Twitter at Twitter.com/VDLXEditorDon.

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