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Sunday, May 14, 2006 PRIOR ISSUE   -   ARCHIVES
Harrah's Beach Cafe Open 24/7, Avi Opens Lagoon Pool, Belle's 'Aces Cracked' Daily, Boyz II Men Headline Riverside, 'Pinata Party' At Edgewater, Korean War Veteran Speaks At Ramada Express, More...

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Harrah's newest restaurant, the 209-seat Beach Café (formerly Cabo Café), opened last month. It features more than 90 imaginatively named entrees and desserts such as the Moon Doggie Scrambler, Muscle Beach Steak and Eggs, Bleu Moon Burger, and Myrtle Beach Monster Sundae served in a beachside setting. The Beach Café dishes up breakfast, lunch and dinner - 24 hours a day.

The seaside flair dining experience begins when you enter the splashy designed restaurant that highlights cool, crisp and bright hues of color. The décor includes eclectic framed art featuring fun-in-the-sun themed images from the Pacific to Atlantic coasts. Contemporary brushed silver pendant and wall sconces light the perimeter while uniquely fashioned and colorful spiny blowfish-shaped lights swim above diners in the center of the eatery.

An estimated $2.1 million was spent to create the beachside-themed restaurant.

The Avi has unveiled a new 28,785 square foot lagoon-style pool area that overlooks the Colorado River and is a new focal point for the resort.

There is a meandering main pool featuring two large rock waterfalls and submerged platforms that allow lounge chairs to be placed in the water. At a constant four feet deep, the pool is designed as a cooling-off, party-pool for swimming, wading and lounging but not diving. The area also features a heated jet spa that seats up to 46 people.

There is a separate children's pool for all the splashing and swimming. It is even outfitted with water cannons.

Among the other amenities in the pool lagoon is a Tiki Bar that offers food and beverage service; a manned cabana with extra towels and retail pool items; separate rest rooms from the beach area; an adjacent retail store; and a space to accommodate private parties up to 800 people.

In the world of live poker, it is logical for Texas Hold 'em players to presume that the probability of winning a hand increases considerably if the first two cards they are dealt are pocket aces. Consequently, when the betting ends and the aces are beaten ("cracked"), the poker player's disappointment is understandable.

At the Colorado Belle during "Aces Cracked" hours, that disappointment is eased a little by the presentation of a $50 rack of chips. Now, everyday from 10 a.m. to noon, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and 1 a.m. to 2 a.m., the "Aces Cracked" rules prevail in Texas Hold 'em games, with two exceptions-tournament play and games from which the jackpot rake is not collected.

To qualify for the "Aces Cracked" award, the game must consist of at least four players. In addition, the pot size must be $30 or more (including side pots). Additional details are available in the Poker Room.

The Edgewater is holding a Piñata Party though May 25, and you must be a One Club member. A total of $30,000 in cash and prizes will be given away during the promotion and up to $1,000 cash each day.

Ten winners are selected each day at drawings held at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the One Club booth. Piñatas are stuffed with a variety of cash prizes and each winner gets to keep the amount in the piñatas he or she selects.

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The doo-wop hip-hop group, Boyz II Men will take center stage at the Riverside Resort May 27-28 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $40, call 1-800-227-3849.

The Boyz II Men story began in 1988 at the Creative & Performing Arts High School of Philadelphia, where the foursome discovered the sum of their voices was definitely greater than the individual parts. They billed themselves as Unique Attraction.

After Michael Bivins (of New Edition and Bel Biv Devoe fame) negotiated a deal for them with Motown, he suggested they change their name and they became Boyz II Men.

The band's amazing chart success and massive album sales helped the group rack up a slew of preeminent music awards. Boyz II Men performed before Pope John Paul II during his 1995 American visit, and sang the national anthem at the closing ceremony of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. In 1996, the band was inducted into the Philadelphia Hall of Fame.

The Colorado Belle is marking the 300th anniversary of the year of Benjamin Franklin's birth with a promotion worth more than $40,000.

Through May 25, the "It's All About the Benjamins" promotion will feature drawings for cash, the Prize Patrol distributing cash and prizes, and a chance to earn t-shirts, appetizers, microbrews and more by earning One Club points. A total of $18,000 will be given away in three prize drawings held each night, Sunday through Thursday. "Three Benjamins" ($300) will be given away in each of the 6 p.m. drawings.

Benjamin Franklin

Through May 21, players can earn 10 points, which gets them a tri-cornered "Patriot hat" to wear to be eligible to win cash and prizes from the Prize Patrol.

During the promotion, a replica of Benjamin Franklin is located at the casino's main entrance. The replica, an animatronic mannequin, has motion sensors that trigger recorded messages with famous Franklin quotes and information about the promotion.

Task Force Smith survivor and Korean War Veteran Joe Langone will speak at the free American Veterans Program at the Ramada Express on May 16, at 7:30 a.m. in the Santa Fe Room. Guests who attend the speakers program and donate $5 or more to the American Heroes Foundation will receive a coupon for breakfast in the buffet.

On July 5, 1950, Joe Langone and his unit, Company "B," 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division participated in the first battle of the Korean War at Osan, North Korea. Task Force Smith was the first American unit to fight ground combat in the Korean War. After seeing 11 months of intense action in the war zone, Langone returned to the United States on July 11, 1951.

When his Army enlistment was up, he entered the Air Force and continued to serve for the next 21 years. Langone now lives in San Diego, Calif.

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