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For the second year in a row, the editors for "Golf Digest" have given Laughlin's Emerald River Golf Course a three-star rating and labeled it "one of the 100 must-play courses in the western United States." With no lounge on the premise, a three-star rating is the highest the course can achieve. A bonus for the golf course is a picture of the 178-yard, par-3, 13th hole actually appeared in the magazine.

In addition, a competitor magazine, "Maximum Golf," recently listed the Emerald River as "one of the 100 best courses in the United States."

The Emerald River for the most part winds along the shore of the Colorado River. It features multiple sand traps on every hole, with the added difficulty of water obstacles making drives even more hazardous on several of them. The course is affiliated with the American Golf Corporation, a 275-member, national organization. The Emerald River is a public course which opened in 1989 and operates daily.

Felix Cavalere's Rascals will perform in the air-conditioned indoor Pavilion Theater at the Ramada Express, Aug. 19 and 20, at 8 p.m. Cavalere is the soulful, singer, songwriter, founder and leader of the Rascals, a 60s group that had four number one hits, six top 20 singles, and six top 20 albums. Some of their hits are "Good Lovin'," "Girl Like You," "A Beautiful Morning," and "People Got To Be Free." Tickets are $15.

The Flamingo Laughlin is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month and giving away $34,000 in cash. Daily drawings are held at 7 p.m. at the Center Stage Experience in the middle of the casino floor. Three names are drawn from the drum and winners receive either: 10 one dollar bills and dinner for two in one of the resort's restaurants; 10 ten dollar bills ($100); or 10 one hundred dollar bills ($1,000).

Winners must be present to claim their prizes. If the winner isn't present, the cash prizes carry over to the next night's drawing.

Entry into the drawings can be obtained through play at various games and purchases throughout the casino. Complete details are available at the Magic Booth on the main casino floor or at the Center Stage Experience.

In addition to the drawings, the Flamingo is celebrating its anniversary through a variety of other bonuses and specials with a number "10" theme. Ten plays a factor in the race and spots book and on the following games: blackjack, craps, keno and video poker. Other anniversary bonuses include a 10 percent discount on all Flamingo brand merchandise in the Gift Shop and a 10 percent discount on dinner checks at the Alta Villa or Beef Barron restaurants.

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Boxing fans can catch a series of championship professional boxing matches via closed circuit television broadcasts at three hotel/casinos. The "Closed Circuit Boxing Series 2000" features HBO World Championship Boxing and the Boxing After Dark Series. The boxing matches take place on Saturdays and are shown free of charges at the following properties. At the Colorado Belle the choices are 27 screens at the Boiler Room and on the main casino floor. The Ramada Express has screens in the Caboose Lounge. The Edgewater has screens in Kokopelli's lounge.

Gator Days Wild Adventure 2000 continues at the Colorado Belle with the final summer session of the Prize Patrol Watch taking place Aug. 18-27. The Gator Days Celebration Cart will be dispatched with cash and Gator Days themed prizes for selected players and players around the cash winner. Cash and prizes will randomly be handed out to active slot and video poker players 12 times each day, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Check the Club Belle booth on the main casino floor for complete Prize Patrol details.

Also during Gator Days, slot and video players can collect Slot Safari tickets which can be redeemed for plush Looney Tunes characters, majestic lions or exclusive "Rage'n Cajun" gators through Sept. 4, or while supplies last.

The Avi Resort's "Summer Spectacular Bingo" promotion is in full swing in the River Garden Pavilion. Thursdays, Sundays and Mondays feature a guaranteed payout of $2,000 and possible $3,000 payout per the 4 and 7 p.m. sessions.

The special sessions include eight regular games (six-on packs, $5) and two special games (three-on strips, $1) of "Pick A Pet," paying from $250 to $550 and "Odd or Even Coverall," paying $1,000 for 53 numbers or less.

Five Buck Bingo sessions are daily at 4 and 7 p.m. Cost is $5 for each eight game six-on pack. Free bingo is offered every Monday though Friday at 7 and 9 a.m. in the Coyote Club.

There's also Bonus Ball Bingo, a progressive jackpot option. The bingo caller calls one ball prior to the first game of each session and it becomes the Avi Bonus Ball for that session. To win the jackpot, a player must have bought into the progressive pot and then "bingo" with The Bonus Ball to receive 100 percent of the progressive jackpot. For more information, call 1-800-430-0721.

Rangers from Katherine Ranger Station, near Bullhead City, are offering evening educational programs. On Saturday, Aug. 26 at 8 p.m. in the Cottonwood Cove Amphitheater - "The Wish I Wish Tonight" program will feature the wonders of the sky on the dark night of the new moon. You can view this month's constellations and discover some of their meaning both past and present. Bring binoculars and bug spray. The program begins at the lower campground at Cottonwood Cove, 14 miles east of Searchlight. No hiking is required. To make reservations, call 520-754-3272. Monthly programs are listed on the Internet at www.nps.gov/lame.

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