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Aquarius Hosts Mixed Martial Arts Fight Card, Bobby Vinton Headlines Tropicana Express, Comedy Mainstay At River Palms, Superstars Tribute Country Music Artists, Fireworks Planned For July 4th, London Bridge English Village Day Trip, Riverside Classic Auto Showrooms, Walk A Gold Mine, More...

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The Aquarius will host its first live Mixed Martial Arts event by Rock & Sock Promotions on Saturday, June 28, at 8 p.m. in the Aquarius Pavilion. This event will offer a stacked card of professional fights. Tickets start at $25, call 800-662-5825. Special room packages starting at $185.99 are being offered for Friday, June 27 through Sunday, June 29, and they include two tickets to the tournament.

Hit maker Bobby Vinton will take the stage at the Tropicana Express on Saturday, July 5. Tickets for his 8 p.m. show are $39 and $49 for VIP seating.

Starting with his first hit release Roses Are Red in 1962 through 1972, Vinton had more No. 1 records than any other solo male artist. His hit songs over the years have become classics such as: Blue Velvet, Mr. Lonely and the Polish American national anthem My Melody of Love. Vinton has been awarded more than a dozen gold records and albums during his career and has sold more than 75 million records.

For three years, The Bobby Vinton Variety Show was syndicated and aired in more than 140 cities throughout the United States and Canada. He also hosted a highly rated network variety special for CBS Television that triumphed over Monday Night Football and starred in two John Wayne movies: Big Jake and The Train Robbers. Vinton went on to create his own 1,600-seat European-style theater while he was performing in Branson, Mo.

A multi-talented musician as well as singer and actor, Vinton was born in a suburb of Pittsburgh and the son of a locally popular band leader, Stan Vinton. At age 16, he formed his first band and with the money he earned financed his college education and graduated with a degree in Musical Composition. In addition, he became proficient on all of the instruments in the band (piano, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, drums and the oboe), which is a talent he displays in his shows today.

The River Palms Comedy Room continues delivering laughs with a rotating weekly lineup of stand-up comics. All of the comics featured in the club are veterans of one or more national venues with appearances on HBO specials, Comedy Central, Premium Blend, The Tonight Show, The Late Show, and more. All are regulars on the comedy club circuit in the main metropolitan areas of the country. Peter Berman, Randy Lubas and a third comic will appear at the River Palms the week of June 24-28. Tickets are $14.95 and $19.95, call 866-448-7849.Peter

Laughlin's only working railroad "The Gambling Train of Laughlin," Old No. 7, is a replica of the Genoa turn-of-the-century steam train. Train enthusiasts also enjoy the train memorabilia displayed throughout the Tropicana Express. Old No. 7 offers free train rides around the 27-acre property.

There's an interesting walking tour of the Gold Road Mine located 2.5 miles north of Oatman, Ariz. The 45-minute tour is guided and includes a history of the mine as well as mining in general. Visitors can actually see gold as it appears in the rock within the mine. There's also a small restaurant and gift shop. Call for tour information, 928-768-1600

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Peter Berman's first break came when the guru of hallucinogenic drugs Dr. Timothy Leary caught his college act and invited him to play a gig at the Hollywood Improv. After earning his degree in Communications, Berman moved to Los Angeles and quickly became a regular on the stand-up comedy scene and opened for top comics including Tim Allen and Paul Reiser.

Today, he appears regularly on The Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn, has been seen on MTV, VH1, Comedy Central and Star Search with Arsenio Hall and been the guest host on NBC's Friday Night. He performs roughly 200 road dates a year as a headliner, and has done a series of shows for our troops in Afghanistan.

Branching out into other mediums, Berman was host and head writer of his own nationally syndicated morning radio show, Morning Sickness. He has also contributed material to The Howard Stern Radio Program. Berman was also a creator and producer of the HA Brothers Comedy Tour, which raised thousands of dollars for local charities, police and fire departments, and civic groups.

Randy Lubas has honed his stand-up comedy by 5,000 performances as an internationally headlining comedian. He has appeared 17 times on national television. As a writer, he has three film scripts including Goes Around Comes Around and Skippy the Antigump, two television series, a comedy game show, a comedy stage play Love In The Valley... Not Over The Hill and seven original songs. As an actor, he has performed extensively in theatre and had a featured role in the film Cover Story.

Superstars of Country Music will be celebrating the music of Shania Twain, Faith Hill, Gretchen Wilson, Charlie Daniels and George Strait with tribute artists. The 8 p.m. show will be like the "real thing." Tickets are $30.

Fireworks will once again light up the skies in Laughlin after dark on Friday, July 4. Visitors will be able to enjoy the annual Rockets Over The River fireworks display, which is free to the public along the entire Laughlin Riverwalk. This year the pyrotechnic company will shoot its unprecedented 12-inch rockets into the dark desert sky. The show is choreographed to patriotic music that is simulcast by the Laughlin hotels and local radio stations.

A visit to the London Bridge English Village at Lake Havasu is a perfect day trip from Laughlin and can be made by the London Bridge Jet Boat that leaves from the Pioneer dock at 10 a.m., Monday through Saturday. The tour goes through scenic Topock Gorge and the boat has a cruising speed over 40 mph. The return trip to Laughlin is at 4 p.m. For information, call 888-505-3545 or 702-298-5498.

Tom & Sharon's Ballroom, Latin and Swing Dance Party will be held on June 21 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. For details, call 928-754-2097.

The Riverside Resort Classic Auto Showrooms, located on both the street level and on the casino's third floor in the South Tower, feature more than 70 unique, classic and rare automobiles, trucks and motorcycles, as well as antique slot machines and vintage gaming tables. Admission is free.

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