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Set a course for the Rio, Star Trek convention

Leonard Nimoy to make one of his final public appearances

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William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy at the 2010 Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas. Both actors are scheduled to be at the Rio for this weekend’s annual convention. Nimoy, who played Mr. Spock, will be making one of his final public appearances.

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The Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino

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Trekkies, grab your phasers, put on your pointy ears and head to the Rio this weekend. It might be your last chance to catch Mr. Spock in the flesh.

Leonard Nimoy, the actor who made the half-Vulcan, half-human character famous, will make one of his last public appearances this weekend in Las Vegas, during a Star Trek convention that celebrates the series’ 45th anniversary. Nimoy headlines the four-day event that begins Thursday with William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk, Sir Patrick Stewart, who played Captain Picard, and George Takei, who played Sulu.

Nimoy will appear at another Star Trek convention later this fall in Chicago then head into the next generation of life: retirement.

He announced last year he wanted to retire because of his age and to give Zachary Quinto, who played Spock in the 2009 “Star Trek” movie, an opportunity to enjoy the spotlight.

“He rarely does appearances, so we’re very lucky that he chose this event,” convention spokeswoman Monica Gillen said.

More than 20,000 Trekkies from all over the world are expected to converge on the Rio. Costumed fans will gather at 2 p.m. Saturday to try to earn the Guiness World Record for the “largest gathering of people dressed as Star Trek characters.” The record was set last year at the Dragoncon convention in Atlanta by 571 Klingons, Andorians and Vulcans.

In addition to celebrity appearances, attendees will test their Star Trek knowledge with trivia contests, bid on collectibles and watch fan-made music videos and tributes. Nighttime will bring Star Trek-themed parties.

“It has gotten to where parents are now bringing their kids,” Gillen said. “People make friends at Star Trek conventions, couples have met their spouses. There has been a community created around the show.”

The convention runs Thursday through Sunday. Tickets cost $35 to $40 and are available at the door.

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