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Vicki Lawrence And Mama Headline, Colorado Bluegrass Festival Arrives, Cash Giveaway Starts, Cabo Café Closes, Stamp Expo Rolls In, Clouds Jamboree Rocks, Chris Hayden Speaks On Veterans, More...

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Voted "Most Likely To Succeed" by her high school graduating class, Vicki Lawrence has proved that the title fits. As a senior, Lawrence sent a letter to Carol Burnett including a newspaper clipping mentioning a resemblance between the two. After meeting Lawrence at a local "Miss Fireball Contest," Burnett contacted her to play her kid sister on a new television series.

The new series, "The Carol Burnett Show," aired in 1967, and the two ladies spent 11 years making America laugh. During this time, Lawrence received a Gold Record for her international hit single, "The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia." Lawrence took her Mama-character and went on to star in her own TV series, "Mama's Family."

Lawrence also travels all over the country speaking to charity groups about her life and career, women's health and being a woman in a man's world. Tickets for her Riverside shows are $34, call 1-800-227-3849.

The annual bluegrass festival featuring top bans from around the country will perform at the Colorado Bluegrass Festival, Feb. 10-12 at Davis Camp north of the Laughlin Bridge on the Arizona side of the river. The lineup this year includes: Rhonda Vincent, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Goldwing Express, Cherryholmes Family, Rarely Heard, Cedar Hill, James King, Larry Stephenson, Lost & Found, Nothing Fancy and Redliners. The event runs Friday-Sunday from 9 a.m. to dusk. Tickets are $13 and $5 and there's a $5 per night camping fee or a free shuttle to and from the Ramada Express and the festival site.

Don Laughlin's Riverside is promoting a $2,006 A Day Cash Giveaway through Jan. 31, with four winners each taking home $501.50 every night. Participants earn one entry ticket for every 100 points earned at a single rate on reel, video poker and keno machines. Drawings are conducted at 6 p.m. Nevada time in the South Tower Promotional Area. See the King of Clubs booth for official rules and details.

Another promotion is Four-of-a-Kind Bonus running through Jan. 31. Participants who hit any natural four sixes on quarter, 50-cent, and dollar or $5 video poker machines receive bonus pay. Participants must be a King of Clubs Players' Club member and be playing with their club card. Membership is free. Maximum $125 payout, maximum coin bet. For information, call 702-298-2535 or 928-763-7070.

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Harrah's Laughlin has closed its 24-hour casual dining restaurant, Cabo Café, for renovation; however, guests may enjoy expanded dining offerings at its south-of-the-border outlet, Baja Blue Restaurant & Cantina, and the award-winning Fresh Market Square Buffet.

An international coin, currency and stamp exposition will return to Laughlin, Jan. 20-22, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday in the River Palms.

Millions of dollars in gold, silver, currency and collectibles will be offered plus free appraisals and cash purchase by dealers. Coin and stamp supplies, postal history and memorabilia will be available.

The annual Clouds Jamboree Rock and Gem Show is taking place in Laughlin and attracts more than 200 vendors. One show is running now through Jan. 22, at the Riverside with approximately 100 vendors in a large tent in the south parking lot. A companion outdoor show is being held at the Avi in the RV Park with approximately 100 vendors from Jan. 6 through Feb. 5. There is no charge to browse the display areas that open daily around 10 a.m. For information, call 866-558-7719.

This international event attracts vendors and dealers who display and sell a large variety of rare stones, gems, minerals and much more.

Vietnam War Veteran, Chris Hayden, author of "An American Veteran" will speak at the Ramada's free American Veterans Program on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 1 p.m. He will speak about the advantages of hiring a veteran.

Hayden joined the Marine Corps in 1963 and served two separate tours of duty in Vietnam with the First Marine Air Wing. He has established Red Feather Publishing, a company that reviews works written by Veterans. His book "An American Veteran" covers his Vietnam experience, but more importantly it covers his life as a veteran after the war.

On March 11, 1984 at Norton Air Force Base in San Bernardino, Calif., Hayden began "Chris Hayden's Run for Life / A Marathon for Veterans." He ran for 114 days covering 3,000 miles and through eight states to reach the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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