OK, I've finally made plans and am arriving Thursday morning. If anyone wants to do some exploring Thursday afternoon, let me know!
As far as a pre-seminar meet-up, there's an outdoor bar that is part of Harrah's - I believe it is between Harrah's and the Imperial Palace. It's called Carnaval Court Bar and Grill. If anyone wants to meet there Thursday night around 6:00 or 7:00 pm, let me know as well.
I'm SO looking forward to next week!