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Aquarius Launches Room Renovations, "Hawaiian Christmas" at the Riverside, Preferred Outlets Offers Over 55 Shops, Jimmy Dellavalle Headlines River Palms, Small City Laughlin With Big Entertainment, January Town-Wide Events, More...

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The Aquarius Casino Resort has announced plans for the first phase of a nearly $20 million room renovation project to begin in early 2008. Leo A Daly, one of the leaders in design and architecture, has been retained to develop the interior design. Leo A Daly, founded in 1915, is one of the 10 largest planning, architecture, engineering, interior design and program management firms in the world with 24 offices globally.

The remodeling will include 32" LCD flat panel televisions, lounge chairs, ottomans, designer lamps, TV chests and artwork. Changes will also include details such as accented wall coverings on the headboard walls in addition to designer carpets and drapes, as well as top-of-the line bed linens and accessories. The bathrooms will be outfitted in a cherry wood vanity with granite countertops, designer sinks and accessories. The renovations are scheduled to be completed in May 2008. When finished, this project will complete the final transformation of the former Flamingo Laughlin. The transformation began with a $40 million renovation of the overall property theme and brand, as well as extensive casino upgrades made before the official launch in November 2006. The central component of the Aquarius is the new casino layout that includes the addition of 1,200 new state-of-the-art slot machines.

The Aquarius remains the largest gaming resort in Laughlin with 1,907 rooms in two 18-story towers and a 57,000 square-foot casino. Situated on approximately 18 acres, amenities include six restaurants, 35,000 square feet of meeting space and a 3,300-seat outdoor amphitheater.

It's a "Hawaiian Christmas" at the Riverside with a holiday-themed show running through Dec. 18. The show delves into the Hawaiian take on Christmas and radiates the spirit of the festive season mixing traditional songs with island songs and interpretive dancing. Tickets are $27, call 800-227-3849, Ext. 616.

Look for a "Happy Birthday To the King" celebration at the Riverside, Jan. 2-8. Tickets are $25.

Laughlin offers shopping at the Preferred Outlets on Casino Drive. The mall offers more than 55 stores on two levels.

Christine Blunk from Hesperia, Calif., won $327,687.52 on a Quarter Wheel of Fortune Machine at the Riverside.

Riverside Slot Winner

Laughlin, located just 90 miles south of Las Vegas, is an interesting resort destination with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere welcoming 4.5 million visitors annually. This city by the Colorado River has grown to include nine casino resorts with affordable first-class accommodations and a multitude of recreational activities. Laughlin has also become one of the leading special events destinations in the Southwest, offering the adventurous spectator everything from world-class rodeo action to daring, off-road racing and an amateur longest drive golf competition.

In the entertainment arena there's headliners appearing all year long. Some of the names already lined up for 2008 include: comedian Sammy Shore, The Smothers Brothers, The Oak Ridge Boys, Glen Campbell, Collin Raye, The Bellamy Brothers at the Riverside and Travis Tritt at the Aquarius.

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The Comedy Shop at the River Palms continues to rotate a noteworthy lineup of three stand-up comics weekly. Tickets for the 8 p.m. shows, Monday through Saturday, are $14.95 and $19.95. Scheduled for Dec. 17-22 is The Un-Usual Suspects Comedy Tour featuring Monty Hoffman, Jimmy Dellavalle and Tommy Tallarino.

Hoffman has a "rough around the edges' feel" with a hint of old-style delivery and a surprising vulnerability. He set the second season of "Last Comic Standing" on its ear when he was unceremoniously cut from the last prelim, causing celebrity judges Drew Carey, Brett Butler and Anthony Clark to walk off the show. Hoffman's career includes a recurring role on "Everybody Loves Raymond" and the "Drew Carey Show," and a series regular on NBC's "The Good Life."

Jimmy Dellavalle was born and raised in New York and has that streetwise, edgy flare and macho vulnerability. His blue-collar comic twists are known to audiences as "Jimmyisms." Dellavalle has made feature appearances on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," HBO's "The Sopranos," "Oz" and "Sex and The City." Most recently, he was on the hit summer NBC show "America's Got Talent."

Jimmy Dellavalle

Tommy Tallarino quipsrnIwr s about growing up in a Mafia-free Sicilian family, his experiences as a new dad living in Beverly Hills, and his inside look at working in the entertainment business. He partnered with Danny DeVito to create a ground breaking series for Comedy Central that he also starred in called "The Sport-Jerks NBA Tour." Tallarino has been a regular on Jay Mohr's hit sketch show on ESPN called "Mohr Sports." He also had a recurring role on the ABC-TV drama series "Karen Sisco." His writing talent led him to work on the animated television show "The Boondocks" airing on The Cartoon Network.

Two big events are planned for January in Laughlin: Winter Break and the SCORE - Laughlin Desert Challenge. For information, contact the Laughlin Chamber of Commerce, 702-298-2214 or 1-800-227-5245; or www.laughlinchamber.com.

Winter Break is from Jan. 4-10. This will be the sixth year for this town-wide event geared for the 50+ age group. A wide variety of activities, seminars, displays, contests, games, entertainment are on tap for the seven-day event. Visit www.winterbreak.us for more information.

SCORE International Off-Road Racing

The "SCORE - Laughlin Desert Challenge" will follow later in the month from Jan 24-27 at the Laughlin Events Park and on a desert race course. This is the 14th year for the annual SCORE off road racing event featuring 16 classes of race cars and trucks on a course in the desert behind Laughlin. There's grandstand viewing of the start / finish line area. A featured event is the "Laughlin Leap" where drivers try to soar their cars and trucks the furthest off a ramp and the Contingency Row / Tech Inspection. Event tickets can be purchased through Prestige Ticketing at 1-800-308-2253.

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