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Sunday, November 20, 2005 PRIOR ISSUE   -   ARCHIVES
Plaza Transformed Into Light, 'The Nutcracker: A Journey To Candyland' Set, Shows Plan Hiatus, Mercedes Giveaway. Help For The Holidays Returns, Tony Orlando Sings Cheer, Chili, Bikes And Blues, Santa Arrives, More...


Jackie Brett
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Victory Plaza at the Ramada Express will be transformed into an enchanted holiday village and "Celebration of Lights" with thousands of twinkling lights on Friday, Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. The light display will continue through the New Year. Admission is free.

Victory Plaza lights will glimmer from the windows, rooftop, fence rails, and trees. The resort's annual tradition of turning on the lights the day after Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season with festive holiday music from Country Music USA, plus Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by train with treats and cheery holiday wishes.

Don Laughlin's Riverside Resort will present "The Nutcracker: A Journey to Candyland" performed by the Anaheim Ballet at 7 p.m. on Dec. 22 and at 3 and 7 p.m. on Dec. 23. Tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for children under 12, call 1-800-227-3849.

The Anaheim Ballet will perform the timeless classic about the enduring tale of a child's everlasting love. The Sugar Plum Fairy will dance across Candyland and relive the ageless battle between the Nutcracker and the Mouse King.

Harrah's Fiesta Showroom entertainment, "Rhythm & Flair" and "Strip!" will be on hiatus from Sunday, Nov. 27, through Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006. The shows will reopen on Jan. 16, with performances ongoing through May 27.

"Rhythm & Flair" features a cast of talented dancers, aerialists and gymnasts performing to music highlighted by today's hip sound, power percussions, drums and enthralling rhythms. The adult revue "Strip!" is a sensual theatrical presentation featuring elements such as aerial rings, modern dance and comedy.

The Colorado Belle is offering a "Road to Riches" mid-week room package with amenities through Dec. 22. The room package priced from $40 plus tax includes a room for two nights, Sunday through Thursday, two Road to Riches t-shirts, two free microbrews from the Boiler Room microbrewery, a half dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts plus an offer to "Buy One Night, Get One Night Free" that is valid Jan. 2-Feb. 4, 2006. Call 800-477-4837 to book the "Road to Riches" package. Room upgrades are available.

The Colorado Belle and Edgewater will be giving away a silver 2004 C-Class Mercedes Benz 230-K sports sedan in December and a share of $20,000 in cash. Three drawings for a total of $1,000 ($500, $300, or $200) will be held every Tuesday and Saturday from Nov. 29, through Dec. 15. On Dec. 17, names of three winners at each casino will be drawn to win their share of $2,250 in cash ($1,000, $750, or $500). Following these six drawings, each of these six winners will automatically advance to the finals to win the Mercedes and $5,000 cash.

Drawing tickets can be earned in numerous ways including checking into the hotel, cashing a $100 or more check, playing keno, blackjack, poker, and buying a minimum $10 purchase in the gift shop. One Club members may receive one free drawing ticket per account per day. In addition, drawing tickets may be earned by One Club members for every 50 points earned in one day up to 10 entries per day. If you're not a One Club member, it's free to join.


The Riverside's Help for the Holidays program is back by popular demand. Stay two nights at the Riverside and you get a third night free, Sunday through Wednesday, when you participate in the Help for the Holidays program by bringing in five cans or boxes* of food! The Riverside will then donate all the food to the Salvation Army to help feed families during the holiday season. To make a reservation, call 1-800-227-3849. Offer expires Dec. 21.

*Food items accepted in the program include canned soup, canned fruit or vegetables, canned meat, peanut butter, boxed potatoes, boxed rice or macaroni and cheese.

Slot players may pick up some extra cash for the holidays by entering Harrah's Laughlin's WinterFiesta Slot Tournaments, scheduled for Dec. 12-15. Harrah's will giveaway $8,000 in total prize money during this tournament.

Customers may enter the WinterFiesta Slot Tournaments for $20 per person, per session. In order to participate in the tournaments, entrants must be Total Reward members.

The tournament sessions are played daily, and the top 20 scores of the day will play in the final session at 4 p.m. for a share of $2,000 cash. Players may enter as many times as they wish and play in as many sessions as they like.

The prize pool for the finals is as follows: first place is $1,000, second place is $400, third place is $200, fourth place is $100, fifth through tenth place is $50 and eleven through twentieth place receive a special prize. Advance registration is not required. Visit the tournament area located near the race and sports book between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on the day you wish to play.

This season the Flamingo will provide holiday cheer when Tony Orlando performs his "Christmas In Concert" show in the ballroom for a special two-night engagement on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25 and 26 at 7 p.m. Orlando will be presenting his classics "Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Tree," "Knock Three Times" and "Sweet Gypsy Rose" along with Christmas favorites.

Orlando, who is known for his exhilarating energy, has conquered every facet of show business from five number one hits and a popular television variety series, to movies and Broadway. Tickets for the Orlando concert are $19.95 and $24.95, call 1-800-435-8469.

On Nov. 25 and 26, the annual "Chile, Bikes & Blue's" event will be held at the Avi in the south parking lot and grassy area near the beach. The event will feature a chili cook-off, blues music, a motorcycle poker run and vendors. It's free to listen to the music and view the bikes and $5 to enter the poker run in advance or $10 at the event. For information, call 702-535-5536.

"Country Music USA," a tribute show to country music stars is being performed at the Ramada Express through Dec. Dec. 22 in the Pavilion Theater. After Nov. 24, the shows from Nov. 25-Dec. 1, 12-15, and 17-22, will be Christmas shows. Tickets are $19, call 1-800-243-6846.

Santa is making an appearance through Dec. 25, from 1 to 5 p.m. (PST) at the Horizon Outlet Center on the second level. Instant photos with Santa are $5 each.

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