Wednesday, August 26, 2015

$20,000 Giveaway This Weekend, Blood Drive, Entertainment News, More

$20,000 Guaranteed Cash and FreePlay This Weekend: Our $80,000 Cash and FreePlay promotion finale is this weekend and we are guaranteeing to give away $20,000 in Cash and FreePlay between the Carson Valley Inn (Friday night) and Bodines Casino (Saturday). Drawings are at 6 and 8 p.m. and there's still time to "get in" – check at the Guest Services counter at either casino. By now you know we don't let a month go by without some type of generous promotion and giveaway so here's a peek at what's on tap for September: we're giving away Two Free Harleys and $25,000 in Cash and Free Play and we'll have all the information in next Wednesday's blog!
Blood Drive Tuesday: For a number of reasons, we no longer have events in our West parking lot between the Carson Valley Inn and the Carson Valley Market. Two exceptions are the Share Your Christmas Community Food Drive (mark your calendar for Friday, December 11) and 3 or 4 blood drives each year put on by United Blood Services.  You may have noticed that these Blood Drives are often right before a holiday to ensure adequate supplies when vehicular traffic (and the likelihood of more accidents) is at its highest. So, before Labor Day Weekend arrives, the next Blood Drive is this coming Tuesday, September 1 from noon to 6 p.m. To make an appointment to give blood, call 800-696-4484 or visit www.bloodhero.com and enter the code N1HRH.

On the Outdoor Entertainment Front:
  • Austinpalooza Friday September 11: Sure we'll have four bands providing continuous live music from 5 to 10 PM:  Miki Rae (Indie Pop), The Engineered Disaster (Classic Rock), Seymour's Trick Bag (Rock) and Lavish Green (Ska/Reggae).  And yes, the bar will be open and we will have food to purchase. But all that aside, your attendance and donation (no tickets will be sold, no coercion) will help support Austin's House which provides emergency shelter and compassionate care for children between the ages of birth to 18 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. The Austin's House website has more information on their mission. Please join us to help keep this incredible community service going strong!
  • Lee Brice Friday, September 18: Watch this as we connect Lee Brice and football – a fitting
    combination since he will be here on the Friday immediately following the first week of regular-season NFL play: The Madden NFL 16 video game soundtrack features more than 30 tracks including Lee Brice's "Sirens."  Didn't think we could do it, did you? Anyway, the Jagermeister Presents Lee Brice concert in TJ's Corral on Friday, September 18 will not interfere with any NFL football games, any Nevada Wolfpack football game, nor any Douglas Tiger home game. So, get your tickets now for Lee's Party Pit (standing – stage center), Reserved Seating or General Admission (standing). Get tickets through our website, at our Hotel Desk or by calling 775-783-6606.
  • Final 2015 Community Concert This Friday: The Carson Valley Inn is proud to join with the Town of Minden as major sponsors of the Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department 2015 GE Family Concert Series. The final concert is this Friday in Minden Park starting at 6 PM featuring country artist Shane Dwight. Our thanks to all of the other sponsors who make this free concert series possible every year. Small town America at its finest! 
A Wrap-Up from Last Week
  • The Carson Valley Aviation Roundup was an incredible success as measured by attendance
    Thunderbirds 1-6 Over Lake Tahoe Last Sunday
    and reaction from those at the show and throughout the community.  We thought about posting a few pictures taken from or near the air show, but it would be impossible to choose from the thousands of pictures we've seen on Facebook and on various websites. If you want a brief glimpse, our friends at the Carson Valley Times assembled a variety of  images here and the folks at The Record Courier did the same here.  The picture shown is one that the Thunderbird team took on their way back to Nellis Air Force Base on Sunday. Despite some still slightly smoky skies, it's a rare view of six aircraft from the greatest Air Force in the world: Thunderbirds 1 – 6 flying over the south shore core of beautiful Lake Tahoe! Thanks to the many fellow sponsors, volunteers, clubs and especially the incredible Minden-Tahoe Airport staff for making this event possible!
Cabaret Lounge Entertainment – No Cover, No Minimum – Free! Steve Lord performs tonight, The Markleevillians are here tomorrow night, our own Stew "The Turtle" Stewart and his band entertain Friday and Saturday nights and Jonathon "JB" Barton returns Sunday through Wednesday.  A man of a thousand songs, Steve Lord brings a varied mix of oldies, country, pop, blues, jazz, soul and rock 'n' roll. The Markleevillians present an evening of rock and blues starting with the mellow and spooling up as the night goes on. Stew Stewart is always a crowd favorite with his spontaneity, wit and ability to connect to the audience. A Stew Stewart show has something for everyone . . . country music, blues, oldies, comedy, classic rock, Motown and just plain ol' on-the-spot fun!  Jonathan Barton's love for a variety of musical styles is apparent in his selection of favorites from Van Morrison, CCR, Hank Williams, Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Eagles and many more.

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News
  • Mike's Horses: Air Pocket won the third race at Del Mar last Saturday.
  • Wednesday Ladies' Night 5:30 to 8:30 PM: The first 150 ladies to sign up tonight receive a free gift and coupon for tonight's ladies-only drink special.  There are also ladies-only raffles and hot seat drawings for Wine Country Gift Baskets.
  • Our Ladies-only Poker Tournament is this Sunday at 4 p.m. with free lessons for the ladies at 3 p.m. More information on all the poker promotions, tournaments and special games is available at this link.  
  • Lamb Shank Friday, Prime Rib Saturday, King Crab Sunday in CV Steak:  Our Friday Special this week is Braised Lamb Shank with pearl barley risotto for $28, Saturday's is Garlic Studded Prime Rib for $26 and Sunday's special is one pound of King Crab Legs for $32. All these specials are served with fresh vegetable, choice of rice or potato (au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked), tableside tossed salad and warm demi-loaf of bread.
  • Race and Sports Book: You can watch and bet Horseracing, Major League Baseball games, Pre-Season NFL Football and this Sunday's NASCAR Bojangles Southern 500 Race. We're also taking futures bets to win most professional and collegiate championships AND . . . the line's are up for most of the opening weekend College Football Games which start on Thursday, September 3.
  • Because We Feel Like Mentioning It: Tuesday is National  Marshmallow  Toasting  Day. Obviously there could be no other reason for pointing this out other than we just felt like mentioning it!
Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or just pick up the phone and call us @ 775-782-9711. Hit "0" when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator who can get you to the correct person or department.  We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday morning! 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Aviation Roundup News, Wine Walk, Golf, Austinpalooza, More

The weather will be ideal, the plans are all set, and the Carson Valley skies will ignite with excitement this weekend so don't miss out. Here are a few helpful tidbits:
  • Tickets are less expensive in advance and you can get them on the Aviation Roundup website
    F-18 Super Hornet
    where you'll also find answers to many questions about the show.
  • If we read the FAA jargon correctly, you might catch a glimpse of one or more of the U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds jets flying over the Valley during the next few days in advance of the Aviation Roundup this Saturday and Sunday.
    • Wednesday: The #8 Thunderbird will be doing some brief survey flights over the airport about 1 PM.
    • Thursday: Thunderbirds #1-7 will be doing survey work over the show center line about 1 PM.
    • Friday: Thunderbirds #1-6 will be in the area shortly after 1:30 PM practicing maneuvers for Saturday and Sunday's air show.         
  • The official pilot briefing for all of the performers will take place at the Carson Valley Inn on Friday through Sunday mornings of this weekend. KTVN Channel 2 meteorologists will be doing the weather briefing portion of this meeting: Mike Alger on Friday, Chloe Beardsley Saturday and Jeff Martinez Sunday.
  • In case you missed the announcement last week, yet another act has been added to the already packed schedule: the U.S. Navy Tac Demo Team is bringing in two F-18 Super Hornets and demonstrating one on each day of the Aviation Roundup.
  • This weekend's Carson Valley performance by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds is one of 40 shows they are doing in 2015 and one of only four shows on the West Coast.
  • For more tidbits mildly related to the Aviation Roundup see the TJ's Corral and Because We Feel like Mentioning It sections below. 
Thursday Third Thursday Wine Walk Goes Timeless: "Pick Your Decade" is the theme for this week's Thirsty Third Thursday Wine Walk in Gardnerville. Sharkey's Casino is a central stop for wine walk regulars and what better location to match the theme than this historic landmark which opened as Sharkey's in the early 1970s. Check the memorabilia and pictures on the walls and we're sure you'll find something for each of the decades since the 70s. Want to go back to the 60s? Check out the mural of the old Golden Bubble in the Jackpot Café. Want to go back even further? Sharkey's has antique slots from the 20s and 30s! Be sure to register for the Wine Walk starting at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at either Big Daddy's Bicycle Shop near the Minden-Gardnerville line or at the Town of Gardnerville office across the street and two blocks south of Sharkey's. Come dressed in whatever attire matches your favorite decade – including what you have on today – and stop by the Jackpot Café before or after the wine walk for Thursday's $7.99 Beef Stroganoff  Special!

Coming Up in TJs Corral:
  • Private Event this Friday: If you see activity out in TJ's Corral this Friday night, don't worry, you didn't miss a concert. It's a private Performers and Sponsors Party for the Aviation Roundup. Just one of the many ways the Carson Valley Inn is stepping up to help make this incredible community event possible.
  • Austinpalooza Friday, September 11: After a tweak or two to the schedule these four bands are confirmed for a continuous stream of live music from 5 to 10 PM:  Miki Rae (Indie Pop), The Engineered Disaster (Classic Rock), Seymour's Trick Bag (Rock) and Lavish Green (Ska/Reggae). There is no admission charge for this nonstop evening of live music presented by GE and the Carson Valley Inn, but the folks from Austin's House will gladly accept your donation at the door or during the concert.
  • Lee Brice Friday, September 18: our final concert  is four weeks away and tickets continue to move rapidly. Please don't delay as we don't want you to miss out on catching our 2015 TJ's Corral finale from Lee's Party Pit (standing – stage center), Reserved Seating or General Admission (standing). Get tickets through our website, at our Hotel Desk or by calling 775-783-6606. 
An Educated Golfer is Just As Frustrated! Our Group Golf Business picks up when school starts and that's what’s going on now as students reluctantly flock back to school in Nevada and California and parents try to figure out when "things" changed so that school starts long before Labor Day (anyone really know how this happened??). The thelittlestgolfer.com  saying sure illustrates the meticulous nature of teachers, the importance of spelling and the frustration of golf. If you are part of a group of golfers that might be interested in one of our group golf packages, call Greg at 775-783-6615.

And on the Gaming Front:
  • $80,000 Guaranteed Giveaway Promotion:
    We're in the home stretch but you still have one more Friday and Saturday (this weekend) to gather some of the $80,000 Guaranteed Cash and FreePlay and garnish more tickets for the final night drawings.  Check this page for more on this and our other current casino promotions.   
  • Climbing the Ladder in the Poker Room: the August and September ladder promotion is well underway with the top 60 rankings being updated and posted a couple of times a week. Players tend to move up and down quickly based on points earned and additional points gained on wheel spins.  More information on the ladder promotion and all of our other poker promotions and special games is available at this link
As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News
  • Mike's Horses: Decent results at Del Mar last week as Pretty N Cool won the Sorrento Stakes on Wednesday and Carson City Five won the first race on Saturday. Still not a sport for the faint of heart as these are just two successes among a number of "out-of-the-money" finishes in the last few weeks including a couple of "hey, how come no one finished behind me" outcomes.
  • Wednesday Ladies' Night 5:30 to 8:30 PM: The first 150 ladies to sign up tonight receive a free gift and coupon for tonight's ladies-only drink special.  There are also ladies-only raffles and hot seat drawings for Yankee Candle Baskets.
  • Game Special Friday, Prime Rib Saturday, King Crab Sunday in CV Steak:  Our Friday Game Special this week is Chef's Choice, Saturday's special is Garlic Studded Prime Rib for $26 and Sundays the special is one pound of King Crab Legs for $32. These specials are all served with fresh vegetable, choice of potato (au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked) and tableside tossed salad.
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge: George Pickard performs tonight, The Nighthawks entertain Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and Steve Lord returns Sunday through Wednesday.  
  • Race and Sports Book: You can watch and bet Horseracing, Major League Baseball games, Pre-Season NFL Football and this Saturday's NASCAR Irwin Tools Night Race. We're also taking futures bets to win most professional and collegiate championships.
  • Because We Feel Like Mentioning It:  Today is Aviation Day which is most ironic because it is also the first day we'll see visible activity in the sky connected with this weekend's Aviation Roundup. Continuing with coincidences, Sunday - the last day of the Aviation Roundup - is Ride the Wind Day created to marvel at all things flying.
Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or just pick up the phone and call us @ 775-782-9711. Hit "0" when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator who can get you to the correct person or department.  We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday morning!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

$99,000 Winner, CVI Birthday Party Saturday, Much More



CVI 31st Birthday This Saturday, August 15:
31 years ago in the summer of 1984 the "Footloose" soundtrack was big, and Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time," Duran Duran's "The Reflex" and "When Doves Cry" by the artist formerly known as Prince were the top hits. A then just-turned-20 Courteney Cox danced onstage with Bruce Springsteen in the video for "Dancing In the Dark" (starts at about 3:20 in the above video) and Tina Turner's "What's Love Got to Do With It" was poised to take over the # 1 spot on the charts. "Ghostbusters" was riding high in the theatres after wrestling away the spotlight from "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom." The XXIII Olympiad in Los Angeles had us glued to our TVs as gymnast Mary Lou Retton captured our hearts. And during all of this, the Carson Valley Inn opened!! So much for our little trip down memory lane. Here's what's in store as we celebrate our 31st Birthday this Saturday:
In the Casino:
·         Free Cake and Champagne from 2 to 3 p.m.
·         Free Birthday T-shirts distributed at random times throughout the day while they last.
·         Triple Points from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
·         Drawings for up to $5,000 at 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m.
In TJ's Corral:
·         Before the Concert from 6 to 7:30 p.m. we'll be serving free popcorn and free ice cream, $1.50 hot dogs, $2.00 hamburgers, $2.00 water and sodas and $5 draft beer.
·         The Davisson Brothers Band cranks it up at 7:30 p.m. and will keep it rockin' until about 10 p.m. Many of you who saw them in TJ's Corral back in June asked us to bring them back . . . so we did and this time it's free!

And the $99,000 Goes to . . . . Our Penny Progressive Jackpot finally "hit" on Monday night and the $99,000 went to a very happy Bob Hail pictured with his friend Janette. Bob is a CVI regular who usually plays the dollar video poker machines. He's been dabbling a little with the Penny Progressive since the jackpot got up so high, but then so have a lot of people! Anyway, on Monday night he and Janette stopped in for a bite to eat and she suggested they play the penny slots. Bob started getting bored, asked her to finish out the money he had in the machine, and she talked him into playing it out himself.  Just another chapter in the constantly-being-written book, "Behind Every Successful Man Is a Woman!"

But Wait, There's More . . . . Just as were were wrapping up this blog on Tuesday afternoon the bells and whistles started going off along the wall to the right as you walk in our main casino entrance. Seems the "Grand" Jackpot on the bank of 88 Fortune machines decided to make one of our players feel most fortunate to the tune of a $19,252.00 Jackpot!!

And Even More . . .  Player club members have been whittling away at the $80,000 Guaranteed Cash and FreePlay pool, but going into this weekend's drawings over half of this total is still up for grabs through the end of the month and we encourage you to get in on the winnings. You earn a drawing ticket for every five points you accumulate using your player card and drawings are every Friday and Saturday at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Check this page for more on this and other current casino promotions.   

Coming Up in TJs Corral:
  • Austinpalooza: Be sure this one is on your calendar for Friday evening, September 11 from 5 to 10 PM. We have four local bands performing including Miki Rae, The Engineered Disaster (TED), Seymour's Trick Bag and Lavish Green. There is no admission charge, but the folks from Austin's House will gladly accept your donation at the door or during the concert.
  • Lee Brice: Tickets went on sale last week for the September 18 “Jägermeister Presents: Lee Brice” concert and they are selling quite briskly. Above is Lee's "I Don't Dance" video . . . you can catch this and all of his other hits in TJ's Corral from Lee's Party Pit (standing – stage center), Reserved Seating or General Admission (standing) . . .  but don't wait too long 'cause this one is sure to be a sell-out! Buy tickets through our website, at our Hotel Desk or by calling 775-783-6606.
Aviation Roundup "Turning Final": A week from today the first Thunderbird jet will zoom overhead and the brief survey flights on Wednesday and Thursday will give way to a rehearsal on Friday and the full Carson Valley Aviation Roundup air show on Saturday and Sunday, August 22 and 23 at the Minden-Tahoe Airport.  Tickets are on sale at aviationroundup.com where you'll also find answers to common questions about the air show and information on all of the civilian acts that will precede the spectacular 45+ minute performance by the USAF Thunderbirds!

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News

  • Wednesday Ladies' Night 5:30 to 8:30 PM: The first 150 ladies to sign up tonight receive a free gift and coupon for tonight's ladies-only drink special.  There are also ladies-only hot seat drawings for Bath & Body Works Baskets and raffles.
  • Elk Friday, Prime Rib Saturday, King Crab Sunday in CV Steak:  Our Friday Game Special this week is Grilled Elk Medallions for $30.00. Saturdays, CV Steak features Garlic Studded Prime Rib for $26 and Sundays the special is one pound of King Crab Legs for $32. All of these specials include fresh vegetable, choice of potato (au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked) and tableside tossed salad.
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge: Greg Austin performs solo tonight and with his band on Thursday night. The John Dawson Band entertains Friday and Saturday nights and George Pickard returns Sunday through Wednesday.  
  • Race and Sports Book: You can watch and bet Horseracing, Major League Baseball games, winner of the PGA Championship (Jordan Speith is favored at 4 to 1, Tiger Woods is at 35 to 1) and this weekend's "Pure Michigan 400" NASCAR race. We're also taking futures bets to win most professional and collegiate championships. Our "local" teams odds to win the Super Bowl? As of yesterday, the Forty Niners were at 15 to 1 and the Raiders were 40 to 1.
  • Flowery Branch, De Pere and Berea: What are these names . . . audible plays called in a football game (picture Peyton Manning yelling "Omaha, Omaha!). Not quite . . . they are all actual towns in which NFL teams hold their pre-season training. Find out more  about these towns and others in this interesting article on 10 Quirky Facts About NFL Preseason Towns.
  • Blackjack Tournament Winners: Our monthly Blackjack Tournament last night paid a prize pool of $1475. Richard Leigh took the top prize of $740, Inga Silver finished second for $445 and Gary Griffith won the "show" money of $290. Next tournament is Tuesday, September 8.
  • Because We Feel Like Mentioning It:  Sunday is Airbourne Day created to pay tribute to the courage and dedication of airborne members of the Armed Forces. We thought this would be a perfect segue into reminding our readers that 6 days later, the Misty Blues all-women sky diving team will kick off the Aviation Roundup by circling the American Flag as they descent into Minden-Tahoe Airport to the singing of the Star Spangled Banner!
Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or just pick up the phone and call us @ 775-782-9711. Hit "0" when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator who can get you to the correct person or department.  We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday morning!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Lee Brice Concert Ticket Info, TG Sheppard & Moe Bandy This Weekend, Football, Beer, Golf, Airplanes, Classic Cars and More

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Concert News:
  • Moe Bandy & TG Sheppard: With 14 #1 Country Hits between 1974 and 1986, TG Sheppard extends his personal invitation in the video above to join him and his friend Moe Bandy (two dozen Top 20 Hits) for their concert this Saturday in TJ's Corral. Tickets are just $29 and available on our website, at the hotel desk, or by calling 775-783-6606.
  • Davisson Brothers Band: The energy, talent and enthusiasm the Davisson Brothers Band brought to TJ's Corral during their June concert was so well received we just had to bring them back so more people could enjoy them. This time it's a free concert - part of our 31st Birthday Party on Saturday, August 15. Before the concert we'll have free ice cream, free popcorn, $2 hamburgers, $1.50 hot dogs, $2 soda and water, and $5 beer and wine. Inside the casino that Saturday: 3X Points from 8 AM to 5 PM, free cake and champagne from 2 to 3 PM, free birthday shirts handed out randomly throughout the day while they last, and drawings at 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m. to win up to $5,000!
  • Austinpalooza: this event is Friday evening, September 11 with four bands in succession for your entertainment pleasure. The fun runs from 5 to 10 PM and, while there is no ticket price or admission fee, Austin's House board members will be taking donations at the door and every single dollar goes to support this emergency shelter for children between the ages of birth to 18.
  • Lee Brice on Friday, September 18: Tickets for the “Jägermeister Presents: Lee Brice” concert in TJ's Corral are on sale through our website.Tickets for Lee's center-stage VIP Party Pit (Standing) and for Reserved Seating are $65. General Admission Standing and grass area tickets are $59

Counting Down the Days to Aviation Roundup! Just two weeks until the local skies are roaring with the sights, sounds and excitement of the Carson Valley Aviation Roundup on Saturday and Sunday, August 22 and 23 at the Minden-Tahoe Airport.  Tickets are on sale at aviationroundup.com where you'll also find much more information.  Don't miss this rare opportunity to see the USAF Thunderbirds and a half dozen other aerobatic acts including Team Rocket whose spectacular 5-minute 2013 highlights video is above (the rock & roll starts at about :40). Also on tap: over 40 vendors/exhibitors and almost two dozen static displays.

Just Put Ice on It! Now that we are in the dog days of the summer season, it's time to start thinking about how to cool down on these hot days. In our opinion, there's nothing that surges through you (including your brain sometimes) faster than a frozen smoothie at Job's Perk (located near the elevators on the hotel first floor). We mix 'em "to order" and offer seven flavors: banana, strawberry, raspberry, peach, piña colada, cappuccino and mango. How much, just $2.49 (yes, you read that correctly)! And which is the most popular? It's the combo mixture of banana and strawberry!

Golf for All Levels: 
  • The annual Carson Valley Inn Mixed Scramble is just six weeks away on
    the weekend after Labor Day and now is the time to "sign up!"  We get close to the old childhood "choosing up sides" with a blind draw for teams at the reception on Friday night. The Saturday Scramble is at the Genoa Lakes Ranch Course and prizes are awarded at a banquet dinner Saturday night. This is a great event for golfers of all levels to compete in a fun way - all the details are on this page which also includes a link to the flyer/registration form.
  • Speaking of golf, the Carson Valley Inn is headquarters to over 100 different golf groups each year from as few as eight people to over 100. We make it easy by packaging the hotel rooms, golf starting times, food and beverage functions and even activities for the non-golfers. Are you part of a group you feel might be interested? Give Greg a call at 775-783-6615.
First NFL Preseason Game This Weekend! It's not a full card (that's next weekend), but the first official NFL preseason game is this Sunday when the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings meet in the Hall of Fame game at Canton, Ohio. We'll be glad to take your bet on this game at the Sports Book at the Carson Valley Inn, Bodines Casino, or Sharkey's Casino . . . and when you place your bet, please share whatever logic you used to pick a winner when the  teams have only been in training camp a little more than a week! If you're a true football junkie, you might appreciate these 10 Reasonably Fun Facts About the NFL's 2015 Preseason Schedule.

Hot August Nights Classic Cars in Town Thursday: Over 500 classic automobiles will pass through Esmeralda Street and Minden Park this Thursday from 10 AM to 2 PM as the Hot August Nights Poker Run makes its annual lunch stop in the Carson Valley. Thanks to the generous support of the Carson Valley Visitors Authority and the Town of Minden, we all get the visual treat just three blocks from the Carson Valley Inn without having to fight the crowds in Reno. There will be food and beverages for sale and upbeat oldies music by Bill McClain . . . so stop by and enjoy!

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News
  • New Items in Katie's: We've added some new items to the menu in Katie's this week including a Crisp Calamari Salad, a Spinach Salad, a Beef Brisket Sandwich, a Benedict Omelette, and two burgers: the Blackjack and the Big Island. Come on in and give 'em a try!
  • Wednesday Ladies' Night 5:30 to 8:30 PM: The first 150 ladies to sign up tonight receive a free gift and coupon for tonight's ladies-only drink special.  There are also ladies-only hot seat drawings for Wine Country Gift Baskets and ladies-only raffles.
  • Mike's Horses: Gimme Da Lute won the $200,000 Real Good Deal Stakes at Del Mar last Sunday . . . the 8th race of 2015 for the colt who has won 5 times, placed once and came in third twice! Remember Hoppertunity, Mike's horse that was scratched 3 days before the 2014 Kentucky Derby? Here's an interesting story about the colt, his trainer and the folks who inspired his name as it appeared in the New Your Times earlier this week.
  • Buffalo Shirt Ribs Friday, King Crab Sunday in CV Steak:  Our Friday Game Special this week is Braised Buffalo Short Ribs served with fresh vegetable, choice of potato (au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked) and tableside tossed salad all for $29.00. Sundays in CV Steak we feature one pound of King Crab Legs for $32 and that also includes tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato.
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge: Jonathan "JB" Barton is here tonight, The Vegas Road Show entertains Thursday thru Saturday nights and Greg Austin takes the stage Sunday through Wednesday.  
  • Race and Sports Book: You can watch and bet Horseracing, Major League Baseball games, golf's PGA Championship and this weekend's "Cheez-it 355 at the Glen" NASCAR race. We're also taking futures bets to win most professional and collegiate championships.  As a side note, we're starting to wonder if the people who name NASCAR races and the people who name racehorses are starting to hang out together?
  • Because We Feel Like Mentioning It:  Every day of the year there are up to a half dozen different "days of recognition" for one thing or another. We try to pick out one or two each week and sometimes making the choice is difficult. This week was a no-brainer as Friday, August 7 is both International Beer Day and India Pale Ale Day. And no matter how many of our readers decide to join us for this celebration, we can handle all of you between our six locations: The Cabaret Bar and CV Steak Bar at the Carson Valley Inn, the Casino Bar and Sports Book Bar at Bodines Casino, and the Silver Dollar Bar at Sharkey's Casino!
Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or just pick up the phone and call us @ 775-782-9711. Hit "0" when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator who can get you to the correct person or department.  We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday morning!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Penny Progressive Hits $99,000, Poker Ladder Returns, Sharkey's Adds Prime Rib & Lobster, USAF Thunderbirds Very Soon, More

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Concert News:
  • 38 Special a Big Hit: We sure found out that the sounds of 38 Special are popular with many Carson Valley residents – what an exciting night in TJ's Corral last Thursday as their hits just kept on rockin' and rollin' while the full-house crowd cheered, danced and sang along! Our friends at www.Tahoeonstage.com had a photog and writer on hand and the great review they posted on their website tells it all!
  • Moe Bandy & TG Sheppard on Saturday, August 8:  if you were a country fan between the
    mid-70s and the mid-80s, you'll certainly remember both of these great artists.  Collectively they charted 40 Top-10 hits during those years and you'll be able to hear most of them when they appear in succession in TJ's Corral on Saturday night, August 8.
  • Austinpalooza on Friday, September 18: Try this on for size . . . . four bands, 5 hours of music and you decide how much to pay! Simply make a donation to Austin's House "at the door" and enjoy the tunes for as long as you like!!
  • Lee Brice on Friday, September 18: we're getting close on working out the seating arrangements and ticket details for this highly-anticipated concert. Hopefully we'll be releasing more information in our Wednesday morning blog either next week or the week after. 

Let's Party! We mentioned this briefly last week and here are more details on our 31st Birthday Party on August 15: outside in TJ's Corral we'll be offering a free concert by the Davisson Brothers Band. They were so enthusiastically received at their TJ's Corral concert back in June that we are bringing them back and this time it's free! Before the concert we'll have free ice cream, free popcorn, $2 hamburgers, $1.50 hot dogs, $2 soda and water, and $5 beer and wine. Inside the casino that Saturday: 3X Points from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. free cake and champagne from 2 to 3 p.m., free birthday t-shirts handed out randomly throughout the day while they last, and drawings to win up to $5000! 

Aviation Roundup Almost Here! The Carson ValleyAviation Roundup is now just three weeks away on Saturday and Sunday, August 22 and 23 at the Minden-Tahoe Airport.  Tickets are on sale at aviationroundup.com where you'll also find much more information.  Don't miss this rare opportunity to see the USAF Thunderbirds right here in the Carson Valley (still sounds unbelievable, doesn't it!)

Poker Room Brings Back "The Ladder": The Ladder returns to our poker room this Saturday and continues through August and September with drawings for $2,400 in cash during October. We build the ladder based on points earned from live play in the poker room. At the end of September, the top 50 players qualify for the October cash drawings. The crew in the poker room has all the details on this and a myriad of other special and ongoing featured games and promotions! And as a reminder, the monthly Ladies Only Poker Tournament is this Sunday with the action starting at 4 p.m.

Sharkey's Jackpot Café Food News:
  • Kids Rule! We've added a new Sharkey's Kid Bites menu for our friends under 10 years of age. Make your selection on the front, then color the picture on the back!
  • The new August Weekend Dinner Special at Sharkey's is Prime Rib and Lobster! We serve up an 8 ounce cut of prime rib, a lobster tail, a twice baked potato and your choice of soup or salad all for just $20 from 4 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in August starting this Saturday!
  • Sharkey's Bar Bites continue to be a popular quick-grab snack and we're adding a Breakfast Burrito starting this Saturday.
  • Sharkey's $7.99 Daily Specials start at 11 a.m. and the August lineup includes Pork Chop on Monday, Meatloaf on Tuesday, Balsamic Chicken Pasta on Wednesday, Beef Stroganoff on Thursday Fish & Chips on Friday and Spaghetti & Meatballs on Sunday. 
$99,000 Penny Progressive Jackpot Up for Grabs: Our Penny Progressive Jackpot finally reached its maximum of $99,000. Play continues steadily and someone will win this amount. We'd like to tell you it will be very soon, but we never thought the Jackpot would get over about $70,000 . . .  and here it is at $99,000! We just go back to our guarantee: Someone will win this Jackpot here at the Carson Valley Inn as it is not connected to any other machines at any other location. 

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News
  • Wednesday Ladies' Night 5:30 to 8:30 PM: The first 150 ladies to sign up tonight receive the final piece in the July condiment set. Also enjoy ladies-only raffles, hot seat drawings, drink specials and more.
  • Mike's Horses: Nothing earth shattering to report this week but Mike has more horses running at Del Mar this week and . . . well, who knows!
  • Duck Friday, King Crab Sunday in CV Steak:  Our Friday Game Special this week is Grilled Duck Breast marinated with fresh herbs and served with fresh vegetable, choice of potato (au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked) and tableside tossed salad all for $28.00. Sundays in CV Steak we feature one pound of King Crab Legs for $32 and that also includes tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato.
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge: Jonny Smokes and his one-man-band act is here tonight, The Kool Shifters Band entertains Thursday thru Saturday nights and Jonathan "JB" Barton takes the stage Sunday through Wednesday.  
  • Race and Sports Book: You can watch and bet Horseracing, Major League Baseball games, and this weekend's Windows 10 400 NASCAR race at Pocono Raceway. We're also taking futures bets to win most professional and collegiate championships. It was interesting to see the Kansas City Royals move from 5-1 to 4-1 to win the World Series after obtaining Johnny Cueto from Cincinnati in a trade a few days ago. 
  • Because We Feel Like Mentioning It:   This Thursday is Cheesecake Day and while we always have a cheesecake of the day in Katie's (whole or by the slice), we're clearing the deck in this blog to mention the very best, the Grand Marnier Cheesecake Dessert we serve in CV Steak: A thick slice of New York Cheesecake laced with Grand Marnier liqueur, dipped in chocolate and a dollop of fresh whipped cream! 
Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or just pick up the phone and call us @ 775-782-9711. Hit "0" when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator who can get you to the correct person or department.  We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday morning!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

38 Special Concert Thursday, Clay Shoot Announced, Aviation Roundup Getting Close, More

38 Special Concert Tomorrow: The seating is going up today, the stage equipment, lights and sound go up today and tomorrow, the band is in town and all is set for this Thursday's 38 Special Concert in TJ's Corral! A quick check earlier this morning showed tickets still remaining . . . you can buy them online, stop by our hotel desk or call the hotel desk at 775-783-6606.

More entertainment news: Also coming up in TJ's Corral is the Moe Bandy & TG Sheppard Concert on Saturday, August 8; the Austinpalooza on Friday, September 11 and the Lee Brice Concert on Friday, September 18.  The bands are set for Austinpalooza and they will include Moe Beach Band, TED, Seymour’s Trick Bag and Lavish Green. We hope to have more information on the Austinpalooza and the Lee Brice Concert on our website very soon. We are also working on our 31st Birthday Party on August 15th which will include a free concert by the Davisson Brothers Band whose June appearance in TJ's Corral was one of most energetic nights we've had!

Misty Blues All-Female Parachute Team
Aviation Roundup Just 4 Weeks Away! The Carson Valley skies will be filled with roaring jets, flag-flying skydivers and lots of other aerobatic aircraft when the Carson Valley Aviation Roundup hits the Minden-Tahoe Airport on Saturday and Sunday, August 22 and 23. The Misty Blues all-female skydiving team will open the ceremonies each day. The daily aerobatics feature Matt Younkin in a Beech 18, Dan Buchanan stretching the aerobatic limits of a hang glider,  Eric Hansen and Ken Fowler in the Team Rocket formation aerobatics,  Manfred Radius doing sailplane aerobatics, Kyle Franklin's special brand of airplane entertainment and Bill Stein in his Edge 540.  And what better finale to any air show then a dramatic 45-minute performance by the USAF Thunderbirds. There are also civilian and military aircraft static displays, plenty of food and beverage and acres of free parking. Tickets are on sale at aviationroundup.com where you'll also find much more information. The Carson Valley Inn is proud to be the host hotel and a major sponsor of the Carson Valley Aviation Roundup.

Horses and Other Sports:
  • Win, Place and Show . . . Mike's horses produced one of each on the opening weekend of the summer meet at Del Mar. Pretty N Cool brought home a win in the 6th race and Air Pocket took second in 10th race on Sunday. Toews On Ice came in third in the 3rd race on Saturday.
  • Wanna Bet?  In addition to betting Horseracing, Major League Baseball games and this weekend's NASCAR Crown Royal 400 at Indianapolis Speedway, we're also taking futures action on who will win the World Series (4 teams at 5 to 1), NCAA Football Championship (Ohio State the favorite at 3 to 1), NCAA Basketball Championship (both Virginia and Kansas are 9 to 1 favorites) and the Super Bowl (yep, the Seahawks at 5 to 1).  And get this: just 7 weeks until the opening NFL games and less than three weeks 'til the Hall of Fame Game!! 

Is a New Tesla in Your Future? How would you like to own and drive Tesla's new dual-motor  Model S 70D with all-wheel-drive, 514 horsepower, a 70 KW-Hour battery and a 240 mile driving range, and a 0-60 acceleration time of 5.2 seconds?  Sound like a dream that just won't happen to you? Well, consider this: The Penny Progressive Jackpot at the Carson Valley Inn spun past $91,000 early today. While we don't know who will win it or when it will "hit," we do know that it will be paid here at the Carson Valley Inn! And whoever captures this Jackpot will have enough money to pay their taxes and buy a Tesla Model S 70D!  One more thing for certain: you can't win the jackpot if you're not playing one of the Penny Progressive machines!

Clay Shooting Event in February: The details are all set and information is online for our 30th Annual Shooting Outing February 18 – 20, 2016. If last year's surge in attendance is any indication, we could reach sellout capacity for this coming February's event. So, get in early if you plan to attend, spread the word to any Clay shooting friends and stand by for a full weekend with an arrival reception on Thursday, two days of Clay shooting and a gala banquet on Saturday night.

$80,000 Guaranteed Giveaway Promotion Drawings Continue! Player club members have started to pocket portions of the $80,000 Guaranteed Cash and FreePlay we are giving away through August 29 so don't miss out on your share. You earn a drawing ticket for every five points you accumulate using your player card and drawings are every Friday and Saturday at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Check this page for more on this and our other current casino promotions.  

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News
  • Nice Place to Visit, I'd Like to Work There: Our current job openings list has been updated and the details are on this page on ourwebsite or call our Job Hotline at 775-782-9711, #3.
  • Wednesday Ladies' Night 5:30 to 8:30 PM: The first 150 ladies to sign up tonight receive the fourth piece in the July condiment set – get a different item each Wednesday! Also enjoy hot seat drawings for floral arrangements from Intimate Designs Floral, ladies-only drink specials and more.
  • Venison Friday, King Crab Sunday in CV Steak:  Our Friday Game Special this week is Roasted Rack of Venison with cherry brandy demi served with fresh vegetable, choice of potato (au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked) and tableside tossed salad all for $32.00. Sundays in CV Steak we feature one pound of King Crab Legs for $32 and that also includes tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato.
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge: Cabaret Lounge: Steve Lord is here tonight, Atomika entertains Thursday thru Saturday nights and Jonny Smokes brings his incredible one-man-band talents back to the Cabaret lounge Sunday through Wednesday.
  • Because We Feel Like Mentioning It:  This Thursday is Hotdog Day and we make it easy for you to celebrate – just slip into Job's Perk and order one with or without chili!  Friday is Tequila Day and you can grab a margarita or shooter at either the Casino Bar or CV Steak Bar. Monday is both Walk on Stilts Day and Take Your Houseplant for a Walk Day. We only point this out because we want to make sure that our customers avoid doing both at the same time!
Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or just pick up the phone and call us @ 775-782-9711. Hit "0" when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator who can get you to the correct person or department.  We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday morning!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Lee Brice Added to Concert Lineup, 38 Special Concert Days Away

How Many 38 Special Songs Do You Remember? A few of us were sitting around wondering the same thing. This popular and highly-successful rock group had many hits in the 1980s so we pulled up a list. As we played each one on YouTube, it quickly became obvious that between the three of us, at least two of us and often all of us knew each one of their hits. We're confident that if you were following music in the 1980s, you will do the same. So, click on any of the following and see if they ring a bell . . . Then go to our 38 Special Concert webpage and order your tickets now for this sure-to-be-high-energy event.  Just some of their hits: Hold On Loosely, Caught Up In You, Second Chance, Wild Eyed Southern Boys, If I'd Been the One, Back Where You Belong, Somebody Like You . . . catch these and many more in just a few days on Thursday, July 23 in the wow-this-place-is-really-incredible setting of TJ's Corral!
Judy When Her Name Was Called
Becky When Her Name Was Called
Cash Is Still King! Two of our player club members got this dilemma thrown at them last weekend: "A shiny new top-rated 2015 Ford F-150 Pickup Truck . . . or $20,000 in cash - go!"  On Friday night at CVI Judy – a CVI regular who also plays occasionally at both Sharkey's Casino and Bodines Casino – got to make that call and she did so fairly quickly when she took the give-me-the-money route. That was immediately followed by some texts to her family back east! The next night at Bodines Casino, Becky was faced with the same pleasant choice. She wavered back and forth while dancing around the truck with one of Bodines favorite slot attendants Gigi. After thinking about it, she also took the cash! What would you have done? Were both of these ladies expecting to win? Hard to say . . . But both looked either surprised or flabbergasted when their name was called as our marketing department ladies captured in these two pictures.

And Even More Cash Either Handed out or Certain to Come: Bob looks quite happy and certainly not shy about showing off a fanned-out handful of cash after hitting a $7,400 Royal Flush on $1 poker machine . . . . it happened last week just a few nights before Judy was faced with her cash-or-truck decision. And soon (perhaps very soon?), someone will win more cash than can possibly be fanned out in one hand when our Penny Progressive Jackpot hits. The ever-increasing and certain-to-come jackpot scrolled past $75,700 this morning and it has been climbing pretty rapidly as play has been strong. You can't win this handsome sum unless you play!

$80,000 Guaranteed Giveaway Promotion First Drawings This weekend . . . So don't miss out on your share of the Cash and FreePlay. You earn a drawing ticket for every five points you accumulate using your player card and drawings are every Friday and Saturday at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Check this page for more on this and our other current casino promotions. 

Uncle Sam Walking for Wine? Could be cause' there's a Patriotic theme for this Thursday's third 2015 Thirsty Third Thursday Wine Walk (say all that fast – before or after your wine) and once again Sharkey's Casino is one of the "must" stops. Sponsored and produced by our friends at Main Street Gardnerville, these popular events often draw over 300 people visiting the businesses in Gardnerville to enjoy a little wine here, perhaps a beer  there!  Be sure to register starting at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at either Big Daddy's Bicycle Shop near the Minden-Gardnerville line or at the Town of Gardnerville office across the street and two blocks south of Sharkey's. And come dressed in your best Red, White and Blue attire! Speaking of the Main Street program, Main Street Minden is in the formative stages and looking for residents interested in serving on the Board of Directors. Interested? Call 775-309-1101. Just as Sharkey's is involved with Main Street Gardnerville, the Carson Valley Inn will be joining the fun conjured up by the Main Street Minden program.

Breaking Concert News - Lee Brice? YES!  As we were buttoning up this blog last night we got confirmation that 2014 Grammy nominee and 2014 Country Music Awards nominee Lee Brice will be appearing in concert in TJs Corral on Friday, September 18. Watch for more details in this blog which is updated every Wednesday morning at 7 a.m.  

Mike's Horses:  We're not saying or inferring anything predictive or definitive, but the Delmar Thoroughbred Club opens its Summer Meet this Thursday and Mike has been known to run a horse or two at Delmar most years. The crew at the Race and Sports Book here the CVI or over at Bodines Casino will be glad to help you decipher which horses are Mike's and, if you're feelin' lucky, help you place your bet!

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News
  • Wednesday Ladies' Night 5:30 to 8:30 PM: The first 150 ladies to sign up tonight receive the third piece in the July 5-piece condiment set – get a different item each Wednesday! Also enjoy hot seat drawings for Yankee Candle Gift Baskets, ladies-only drink specials and more.
  • Quail Friday, King Crab Sunday in CV Steak:  Our Friday Game Special this week is Roasted Stuffed Quail with Prosciutto, Wild Rice and Plum Port glaze served with fresh vegetable and tableside tossed salad all for $28.00. Sundays in CV Steak we feature one pound of King Crab Legs for $32 and that also includes tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato.
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge: Jonathon "JB" Barton is here tonight, American Made entertains Thursday - Saturday and Steve Lord appears Sunday through Wednesday nights.  You can also watch and bet Major League Baseball games, The (British) Open, NASCAR and horseracing!
  • Monthly Black Jack Tournament Winners: $1325.00 was paid out in last night's Monthly Black Jack Tournament won by Justin L. who pocketed $665.00. Second place and $400.00 went to Willy C. and the $260.00 in third place money to Kim K.
  • Because We Feel Like Mentioning It: Friday is Yellow Pig Day. The story about how this came to be is proof again that even our highest educational institutes sometimes breed temporary lunacy! 
Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or just pick up the phone and call us @ 775-782-9711. Hit "0" when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator who can get you to the correct person or department.  We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday morning!