Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Food Drive Friday, Christmas Day Dining Specials, What Happened to Our Pool, More


Food Drive and Blood Drive Friday . . . We’ve pumped this the last few weeks so here are the basics: The KTVN Share Your Christmas Drive-By Food Drive is Friday from 6 AM to 6 PM at the entrance to our RV Park and the Blood Drive runs from 11:30 AM to 5:30 PM.  Santa will be arriving by Care Flight helicopter at 9:30 AM and in the video above we caught the Care Flight crew (great at their profession, not necessarily at singing) getting his Blue Sleigh ready in fair weather a few days ago at the Gardnerville base. If weather grounds the Blue Sleigh Friday, Santa will arrive by Red Sleigh from the East Fork Fire Protection District. Please stop by!

Christmas Day Dinner at the Inn:  CV Steak and Katie's are serving their regular menus plus Christmas Day SpecialsCV Steak will open at 4:30 pm and Christmas Day specials are a Garlic-Studded Slow-Roasted Prime Rib of Beef served with your choice of giant baked potato, garlic mashed potatoes, twice-baked potato or au gratin potatoes for $29; and Stuffed Fillet of Sole, stuffed with crab, shrimp and scallops and served with béarnaise and wild rice pilaf for $28. Christmas Day reservations are strongly recommended (basically a must) by calling 775-783-6650. Katie's is offering a Traditional Roasted Turkey Dinner from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Day with  giblet gravy, sage stuffing, fresh mashed potatoes, glazed yams, green beans Amandine, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie, soup or fresh garden green salad, fresh bread and creamery butter all for $14.99. And yes, Katie’s will also be serving the usual Sunday Chandler Chicken Dinner Special on Christmas Day. 


More About Christmas:
  • More Christmas Decorations are in the accompanying picture and here’s some interesting trivia:
    • There are a total of 15 Christmas Trees in the Carson Valley Inn including  themed trees such as Frozen, Disney, Cowboy and Wine! Why a wine-themed Christmas Tree? Santa made us do it after reading this Food and Wine article about pairing wine with cookies!
    • All the Christmas decorations around the Carson Valley Inn are original creations - most if not all by our chief elf, Eileen Knox!
    • The old-fashioned wooded theme Christmas Tree at Sharkey’s (see slide movie above) is 9 ½ feet tall, it took 2½  hours to create the top and 4 ½ hours to decorate.
  • A Toys for Tots box is located inside our hotel entrance – feel free to drop off a new unwrapped toy on your way in to check out the decorations.
  • Candy Cane Lane – our drive-by Christmas display – is lit up nightly through December. Pull in at the entrance between our big sign and the Carson Valley Market. Tune your radio to 89.9 and listen to music while you watch the elves and other characters! 
What Caused This in our Indoor Pool??
No, We Didn't Find A Baby Ruth Bar Floating In Our Pool!  We kicked around whether this headline would offend anyone and decided anyone over 45 would totally get it; anyone under 35 wasn't even born yet . . . and it's hard to offend them anyway.  That left the 35 - 45 age group so, for you, we are referring to the classic "Doodie!" scene from the 1980 movie Caddyshack.  We took the picture a few days ago as workers were totally refurbishing the surface areas of our indoor pool and installing a new UV filtering system  . . . one of the many "behind the scenes" updates and improvements happening every year at the CVI.  It’s all part of  Mike Pegram's ongoing commitment to making sure we have the maintenance, furnishings, equipment and other tools to keep the CVI up-to-date and moving forward. As for the pool project, it will be finished in the next day or two and the pool will be open for our guests this weekend!

Let's Talk Sweets (seems like we do that a lot!): Tomorrow (Thursday) is Brownie Day and we make them every day in our bakery and you can buy ‘em at the Katie’s Bakery Counter.  Friday is National Pastry Day and - you guessed it - we also make pastries every day in our bakery and they are for sale at the Katie’s Bakery Counter or Jobs Perk. Wait, it keeps going: Saturday is Gingerbread Decorating Day and Monday is Gingerbread House Day. No, we don’t make gingerbread in our bakery but catch this: We have put together a few gingerbread houses and will have them available at our Employee and Family Christmas Party on Monday afternoon. One of the many kids’ activities will be decorating these gingerbread houses. And when they’re all done, we're taking them down to the Brookdale Gardnerville Assisted-Living Facility so their residents can enjoy them - probably for the first day or two by looking at them . . . but within a few days we imagine they will be devoured!

Sports and Race Book:
  • On the Board: This week you can bet NFL Football, NCAA Bowl Games, NBA and College Basketball and NHL Hockey.  Also on the board: futures bets on who will win the NCAA Football Championship, Super Bowl, NBA Championship, and NHL Stanley Cup.
  • The PRO PK’EM Parlay Progressive is now at $4,122 – pick all 15 NFL props straight up on the $5 card and it’s yours!
  • Around the Sportsbook with Mike and Allen and now Greg:
    • Last Week, 2-2: Mike picked the Dolphins at +3½ over the Ravens and Georgia State at + 6½  over Idaho . . . wrong on both. Alan tabbed the Packers at -6 over the Texans and the Lions at +5 over the Saints and he got ‘em both!
    • This Week:  Alan likes the Buccaneers at -2½ over the Saints and the Giants at +3½ over the Cowboys. Mike picked Navy at -6½ over Army and the Steelers at -2½ over the Bills. He wanted to pick the Saints, but has too much respect for Alan after last week’s results! Greg in our Sales Department has been watching these weekly picks from the sidelines and jumped in this week with the “overs” (46½) on the Chief-Raiders game and the Falcons at -6 over the Rams. 


Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge:  Steve Lord performs tonight, Justin Lee entertains Thursday, the John Dawson Band takes the stage Friday and Saturday, there’s NFL Football on the Big Screen in the Cabaret on Sunday and Monday nights and George Pickard appears next Tuesday and Wednesday. Justin Lee is an up-and-coming musician who has gone from playing in a cover band with his buddies to performing on the same stage as acts like The Band Perry, Parmalee and Jake Owen and he has performed at Night in the Country, Nevada’s largest country music festival. The John Dawson Band is a Reno based group of five fun-lovin' guys who like to play music and entertain with a variety of modern country and classic rock. According to John, “The Washoe County Parole board took matters into their own hands on a wistful spring evening in 1999, and placed these 5 repeat offenders in a working band, demanding we concentrate on Country Music.” Click here for the upcoming lineup of free entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge.

In the Casino
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight: Join us 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with free Slot Machine Ornaments for the first 150 ladies, Shelly Camp Gift Baskets as hot seat prizes, games, drink specials, FREE Bingo and earn entries for the December 21 drawings for a free $500 Holiday Cash Prize.
  • Bingo Thursday: Come in and play Bingo on the even  hour 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and win $50 - $100 instantly!  Simply be in the casino playing slots or table games using your INN Club card and watch for our staff bringing around Free Bingo Cards. 
  • Holiday Giveaway Drawings Friday: A total of $10,000 in cash and prizes in guaranteed between CVI and Bodines Casino every Friday thought December 16 in our $70,000 Guaranteed Holiday Giveaways. Friday drawings are at 5, 7 and 8 p.m. with plenty of chances to get in on your share. Use your INN Club card while you play!
  • 5X Points Saturday: 5X Points means five times the benefits!
  • Penny Progressive Over $41,000 . . . someone will win this jackpot on one of the Triple Red Hot 7's slots at the CVI, Sharkey’s or Bodines.
  • Poker Room: Featured Games, Tournaments and Special Promotions - something going on every day of the week! Click here for all the poker room info.
  • Here’s a Handy Page with all our Current Casino Promotions!
In Our Restaurants
  • Wednesday is Italian Day/Night in Katie’s – three specials for $6.99 each! Check all the Katie’s Daily Specials at this link.
  • Our Friday special in CV Steak is Roasted Rack of Venison with Cherry Brandy Demi, for $32.  Saturday night’s special is Garlic Studded Prime Rib for $26 and Sunday's special is one pound of King Crab Legs for $32. All three 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.
  • Click the restaurant name for more info, specials and links to menus for Katie’s, CV Steak and Jobs Perk at the CVI . . . or our nearby sister property restaurants, the Jackpot Café at Sharkey's Casino and the Bodines Restaurant at Bodines Casino. 
Planning a Stay at the CVI? You will always get the best rate by booking directly with the Carson Valley Inn either online or by calling our Reservation Department directly at 775-783-6629 or 800-321-6983.

Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or 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, November 30, 2016

Sister's Comedy this Week, Food Drive Next

Sister About to Get Out of Control!
Sister's Christmas Catechism / The Mystery of the Magi's Gold is nuttier than "The Nutcracker," more 'kicks' than "Radio City's Christmas Spectacular" and funnier than "A Christmas Carol."  Don't miss out on the holiday comedy hijinks as Sister goes head-on with many of the truths and old wives tales about nuns and how they terrorized the students back in the “old days.”  She also tackles many of the idiosyncrasies of church in general in a way that will have you laughing and, unless you are a proponent of participation trophies, not be offended! The two nights of Sister’s Christmas Catechism  are this Thursday and Friday - come either night as the shows are (supposedly) the same. Tickets are $22 and are available at the hotel desk or you can order by phone at 775-783-6606 and pick ‘em up at the door.  

Food Drive Almost Here . . . so the crew at Channel 2 huddled in front of a studio camera (no smartphone selfies for this bunch) and issued the above video invitation to the KTVN Share Your Christmas Drive-By Food Drive coming up on Friday, December 9 from 6 AM to 6 PM at the entrance to our RV Park. Santa will be arriving by Care Flight helicopter (weather permitting) at 9:30 AM and hanging around until mid-afternoon, East Fork Fire Protection District will have various pieces of equipment and personnel on hand throughout the day, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office brings over some of their specialty vehicles, and volunteers from the Nevada National Guard, United States Marines and Nevada Department of Corrections will be helping out. All money and food donated locally goes to the Carson Valley Community Food ClosetAnd all blood donated (yep, there’s a Blood Drive from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) goes to help those who need this often-life-saving assistance during the upcoming holiday season. Please stop by!


Christmas Decorations Around the CVI
Let’s Talk Christmas:

  • Christmas Parties are Making a Comeback in our improving economy and you will see quite a few of them during December in our Ballroom space, Picon Room and the Private Dining Room in CV Steak. We bring this up because there may be still be room for your company if you don’t need a prime night . . . and now would be a good time to think about what you might want to do for next year as those prime nights go fast. Either way, give Carrie a call at 775-783-6673.
  • Christmas Decorations are all up here at the CVI and at our sister properties Sharkey’s and Bodines..  Eileen and her crew did all-new decorations in the Casino and Katie's this year . . . we hope you’ll check out the holiday spirit in all three properties!
  • A Toys for Tots box is located inside our hotel entrance – feel free to drop off a new unwrapped toy on your way in to check out the decorations.
  • A Christmas Village and more are depicted in our Candy Cane Lane drive-by Christmas display which you can enjoy nightly by pulling in to the entrance between our big sign and the Carson Valley Market. Tune your radio to 89.9 and listen to music while you watch the elves and other characters! 
Jan Vandermade's Picture Tells WhyCV for Him!
What’s your Carson Valley Story? The Carson Valley Visitors Authority and Carson Valley Times are kicking off #WhyCV – a photo, video and written word storytelling contest – in a few weeks and they’ll be looking for your best version of why Carson Valley has carved out that special place in your heart.  Prizes include an iPad, a GoPro, smartphone camera lenses, and a variety of gift certificates to the best in local dining. So why are we telling you now if submissions aren’t accepted until December 28? We want you to have plenty of time to start putting together your “story” . . . and consider this “not-so-subliminal” suggestion to include the Carson Valley Inn as part of your story if that’s what brought you here or keeps bringing you back!

Sports and Race Book:
  • On the Board: This week you can bet NFL and NCAA Football (lots of Conference Championship games), NBA and College Basketball and NHL Hockey.  Also on the board: futures bets on who will win the NCAA Football Championship, Super Bowl, NBA Championship, and NHL Stanley Cup.
  • The PRO PK’EM Parlay Progressive is now at $3996 – pick all 15 NFL props straight up on the $5 card and it’s yours!
  • Around the Sportsbook with Mike and Allen:
  • Last Week, 2-1: Alan picked the Falcons (-4) at home against the Cardinals. Easy win for Alan. Mike went the underdog route again picking Duke (+15) over Miami (loss - Miami covered by 4) and Minnesota (+15) over Wisconsin (barely got this one, Wisconsin won by 14!)
  • This Week:  Mike likes the Dolphins (+3 1/2) over the Ravens and Georgia State (+ 6 1/2) over Idaho. Alan, who complained about not getting to have his coffee before making his picks, went with the Packers (-6) over the Texans and the Lions (+5) over the Saints.


The Nighthawks this Weekend
in the Cabaret Lounge
Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge:  Jamie Rollins performs tonight, The Nighthawks entertain Thursday through Saturday, NFL Football on the Big Screen in the Cabaret on Sunday and Monday nights and Steve Lord appears next Tuesday and Wednesday.  The Nighthawks are a local (Gardnerville/Wellington) country and rock band specializing in popular dance tunes from the 60's and 70's. The group performs a wide variety of styles covering artists from Alan Jackson to ZZ Top, including great classic country tunes and expert performances of classic rock songs. A guitarist with dynamic vocals, Steve Lord is a main stage West Coast performer who presents an evening of oldies, country, pop, blues, jazz, soul and rock 'n' roll. Click here for the upcoming lineup of free entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge.

In the Casino
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight: Join us 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with free Soap Dishes to the first 150 ladies, Bath and Bodyworks Gift Baskets as hot seat prizes, games, drink specials, FREE Bingo and earn entries for the December 21 drawings for a free $500 Holiday Cash Prize.
  • Bingo Thursday: Come in and play Bingo on the even  hour 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and win $50 - $100 instantly!  Simply be in the casino playing slots or table games using your INN Club card and watch for our staff bringing around Free Bingo Cards. 
  • Holiday Giveaway Drawings Friday: A total of $10,000 in cash and prizes in guaranteed between CVI and Bodines Casino every Friday thought December 16 in our $70,000 Guaranteed Holiday Giveaways. Friday drawings are at 5, 7 and 8 p.m. with plenty of chances to get in on your share. Use your INN Club card while you play!
  • 5X Points Saturday: That’s right; earn 5X Points the next few Saturdays in December!
  • Penny Progressive Over $39,000 . . . someone will win this jackpot on one of the Triple Red Hot 7's slots at the CVI, Sharkey’s or Bodines.
  • Poker Room: Featured Games, Tournaments and Special Promotions with something going on every day of the week - Click here for all the poker room info.
  • Here’s a Handy Page with all our Current Casino Promotions!
In Our Restaurants
  • Wednesday is Italian Day/Night in Katie’s – three specials for just $6.99 each! Check all the Katie’s Daily Specials at this link.
  • Our Friday special in CV Steak is Braised Lamb Shank for $28.  Saturday night’s special is Garlic Studded Prime Rib for $26 and Sunday's special is one pound of King Crab Legs for $32. All three 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.
  • Click the restaurant name for more info, specials and links to menus for Katie’s, CV Steak and Jobs Perk at the CVI . . . or our nearby sister property restaurants, the Jackpot Café at Sharkey's Casino and the Bodines Restaurant at Bodines Casino. 
Planning a Stay at the CVI? You will always get the best rate by booking directly with the Carson Valley Inn either online or by calling our Reservation Department directly at 775-783-6629 or 800-321-6983.

Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or 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, November 23, 2016

Sister Explains How It Is, Thanksgiving Weekend at the Inn, A Helicopter in our Parking Lot and More

A Nun - In a Casino?? Don't worry, it's OK as Sister explains in the video above. Sister’s Christmas Catechism is filled with humor that appeals to every denomination. If you happen to be connected in any way to Catholicism, you will especially appreciate the “hey, that’s too close to home” humor in these shows. The “older” generation may have experienced some of the situations and “nun torture” first hand. The younger generation has certainly heard about such “Sisters of Terror” war stories – they fall into the “when I was a kid I walked uphill both ways to school in the driving snow” category! Whatever your denomination, we guarantee you’ll see plenty of humor in Sister’s Christmas Catechism,  two nights of comedy on Thursday and Friday, December 1 and 2. The show is the same both nights – at least it starts out with that intention. Tickets are $22 and are available at the hotel desk or you can order by phone at 775-783-6606. 

But Before We Talk Any More Christmas, Happy Thanksgiving  . . . and a special "Thank You" to our 200+ CVI employees who will be working on Thanksgiving Day so over a thousand visitors and locals can enjoy part of their day in our restaurants, casino and hotel. You expect us to be here 365 days of the year, 24 hours a day, so that’s what we do.
  • Need a Pumpkin Pie? We thought so, here’s the deal: earn just 50 points today (Wednesday) playing slots or table games, go to the casino kiosk and print your Pumpkin Pie certificate and redeem it in Job’s Perk before you leave.
  • If you ordered one of our Thanksgiving Turkey Dinners to Go be sure to pick it up Thanksgiving Day just inside the hotel entrance between 10 AM and 2 PM at the time assigned when you ordered.
  • If you’re joining us for Thanksgiving Dinner tomorrow, Katie’s will get you seated as quickly as possible and we’ll be ready for you in CV Steak at the time of your reservation.
  • If you plan on joining us in the Poker Room, please do so starting at 4 PM, our special opening time for Thanksgiving Day. 
  • While you’re here over Thanksgiving Weekend, stop by the 17th Annual Kandy Kane Holiday Craft Fair in our Valley Ballroom Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Lots of holiday decorations, gifts and much more - admission is free!
  • This weekend we light-up Candy Cane Lane, our outdoor drive-thru Christmas light display, which can be enjoyed nightly through December 31. Soak in thousands of Christmas lights and a variety of scenes depicting traditional characters and images getting ready for and enjoying Christmas. Accompanying music can be heard by tuning your car radio to 89.9 FM.  

These guys know how to stick a landing at the CVI!
Helicopter, Fire Engines, National Guard, Blood Drive . . . These are just some of the highlights of the KTVN Share Your Christmas Drive-By Food Drive coming up on Friday, December 9 from 6 AM to 6 PM at the entrance to our RV Park. Every year, this event takes on a life of its own and it’s all for the good of our community, specifically for the many Carson Valley recipients of the services offered by the Carson Valley Community Food Closet. And if you’re one of the “regulars” who help out whenever we have a blood drive here at the CVI, you can schedule your donation time now.  Come on out, make a food or monetary contribution, and join in the spontaneity!

Did You Know?
  • Groundbreaking on the original (and much smaller) Carson Valley Inn was 33 years ago this past weekend!
  • This sequence of numbers has a name: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, and so forth. And today is the day the world honors the man who brought this to our attention in 1202! Might also be a soothing (and lucky) rhythm you can replicate in your mind while trying to hit our Penny Progressive Jackpot!
  • If you avoid Black Friday shopping, you could join the followers of Buy Nothing Day. But such a path does not preclude you from playing in the CVI casino Friday and participating in our $10,000 drawings at 5, 7 and 9 p.m.
  • Saturday is Cake Day and as luck would have it our bakery crew turns out dozens of cakes every day. You can enjoy a slice here in Katie's or CV Steak or take a slice or whole cake home for the family or friends. As Jean-Michele has been heard to repeat, “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche!”
  • Before we switch back to English, Monday is French Toast Day which we can also help you celebrate. In Katie’s here at the CVI, we bake our own bread for the French Toast. At the Bodine’s Restaurant we use conventional bread and at the Jackpot Café in Sharkey’s Casino we use brioche bread. 
  • Waiting for a table in Katie’s isn’t always a bad thing. From a posting on our Facebook page recently: “Told to come back in 20 minutes for a table --- win $100 and go eat!!”
Sports and Race Book:

  • On the Board: This week you can bet NFL and NCAA Football, NBA and College Basketball and NHL Hockey.  Also on the board: futures bets on who will win the NCAA Football Championship, Super Bowl, NBA Championship, and NHL Stanley Cup.
  • The PRO PK’EM Parlay Progressive is now at $3912 – pick all 15 NFL props straight up on the $5 card and it’s yours!
  • Around the Sportsbook with Mike and Allen:
    • Last Week, 3-0: Alan picked the Raiders at -6 over the Texans . . . That’s a win as the Raiders won by 7! Mike went 2-0 with his underdog picks both winning outright – Florida over LSU and Oklahoma State over TCU.
    • This Week:  Alan likes the favored Falcons (-4) at home against the Cardinals. Mike is choosing against two heavy favorites: he likes Duke (+15) over Miami and the Minnesota Golden Gophers at +15 over Wisconsin.


Come on in and catch the Kid and Nic Show
this weekend Free in the Cabaret Lounge
Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge:  The Novelists are here tonight, The Kid and Nic Show is on stage Thursday through Saturday, NFL Football on the Big Screen in the Cabaret on Sunday and Monday nights and Jamie Rollins appears next Tuesday and Wednesday. Kirk and Nicole Tracy have been performing together since 1977. Their Kid and Nic Show keeps the crowd dancing, singing and laughing along as they perform pop, rock, dance, oldies, current and classic country, 80's hits, Latin, funk, swing, blues, jazz and reggae. The show also features some fun "theme" medleys of songs from movies such as Grease, The Blues Brothers and Animal House. Jamie Rollins is an upbeat and experienced entertainer who performs a variety of music from country to rock, to classic oldies and R&B – plus a few of his own songs. Click here for the upcoming lineup of free entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge.

In the Casino
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight: Join us 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with free Chocolate Shoppe Chocolate and Pumpkin Delights to the first 150 ladies, Chocolate Shoppe Gift Baskets as hot seat prizes, games, drink specials, FREE Bingo and earn entries for the November 30 drawings for a free $500 Shopping Spree of assorted gift cards!
  • Bingo Thursday: Come in and play Bingo on the odd hour, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and win $50 - $100 instantly!  Simply be in the casino playing slots or table games using your INN Club card and watch for our staff bringing around Free Bingo Cards. 
  • Holiday Giveaway Drawings Friday: A total of $10,000 in cash and prizes is guaranteed between CVI and Bodines Casino every Friday thought December 16 in our $70,000 Guaranteed Holiday Giveaways. Friday drawings are at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. with plenty of chances to get in on your share. Use your INN Club card while you play!
  • 4X Points Saturday: That’s right; earn 4X Points all day.
  • Free Sweatshirt Monday: Last chance to get a Free CVI Sweatshirt on Monday . . . to qualify, simply earn 175 points the same day and the free sweatshirt is yours plus you keep the points!
  • Free Bingo Monday: There’s Free Bingo in the casino for INN Club members with games at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., Noon and 1 p.m.
  • Penny Progressive Over $36,000 . . . someone will win this jackpot on one of the Triple Red Hot 7's slots at the CVI, Sharkey’s or Bodines.
  • Poker Room: Featured Games, Tournaments and Special Promotions with something going on every day of the week - Click here for all the poker room info.
  • Here’s a Handy Page with all our Current Casino Promotions!
In Our Restaurants
  • Wednesday is Italian Day/Night in Katie’s – three specials for just $6.99 each! Check all the Katie’s Daily Specials at this link.
  • The 18-Piece Sushi Platter Special finishes its seasonal run in CV Steak this Friday and Saturday nights (not served Thanksgiving).
  • Our Friday special in CV Steak is Grilled Elk Medallions with a Brandy Cherry Demi for $30.  Saturday night’s special is Garlic Studded Prime Rib for $26 and Sunday's special is one pound of King Crab Legs for $32. All three 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.
  • Click the restaurant name for more info, specials and links to menus for Katie’s, CV Steak and Jobs Perk at the CVI . . . or our nearby sister property restaurants, the Jackpot Café at Sharkey's Casino and the Bodines Restaurant at Bodines Casino.
Planning a Stay at the CVI? You will always get the best rate by booking directly with the Carson Valley Inn either online or by calling our Reservation Department directly at 775-783-6629 or 800-321-6983.

Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or 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, November 16, 2016

Share Your Christmas - But Some Catechism & Thanksgiving First, Please!

Share Your Christmas at the CVI on Friday, December 9!  Hard to believe the annual KTVN Share Your Christmas Drive-By Food Drive is only three weeks away!  Raley’s Gardnerville is making donations easy with their $10 grocery bags. Channel 2 has information on their website and so does the Carson Valley Community Food Closet, the recipient of all the Minden location donations. What can you bring? It’s all on the list on this page. Who is anchoring the event? KTVN’s Arianna Bennett, Ryan Canaday and Zac Mooney who have all been at our location before and certainly “know the drill!” Join us on December 9 from 6 AM to 6 PM.

What Could Sister Be Looking For?
Find Out December 1 or 2!
What the Heck is Sister’s Christmas Catechism? It's "CSI: Bethlehem" in a holiday mystery/comedy extravaganza from the authors of Late Nite Catechism. Join the fun (or be part of it!) as Sister takes on the mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages - whatever happened to the Magi's gold?  We know Mary used the frankincense and myrrh as a sort of potpourri - they were in a barn after all. And now, 2000 years later, thanks to the recent passing of State Question 2, it can be more than potpourri!  Anyway, back on point:  Retelling the story of the nativity, as only Sister can, this hilarious holiday production has Sister employing her own scientific tools and, assisted by a local choir as well as a gaggle of audience members, creating a living nativity unlike any you've ever seen. With gifts galore and bundles of laughs, Sister’s Christmas Catechism  is a “Howling Day of Obligation” you won’t want to miss!  Sister’s Christmas Catechism runs on two consecutive nights, Thursday and Friday, December 1 and 2. The show is the same both nights – at least it starts out with that intention. Tickets are $22 and are available at the hotel desk or you can order by phone at 775-783-6606. 


Got Something Like This We Can Borrow?
Speaking of Nativity Scenes: Turns out Sister’s advance list of demands and props is extensive (what are we supposed to do, slap her hands with a ruler and say no?). These two we don’t have on hand so, if you can help us by loaning us the following for a few days (Nov. 29 – Dec 3), Sister promises to bless you with a few tickets for her show: One (1) Small Nativity Set.  A painted set is preferred and, please note, it is best that it not be an expensive set. • One (1) LARGE Lawn Nativity Set.  Let us know by sending us an email and we’ll have one of the altar boys give you a call.

Dump Him or Her, Choose Us! We're willing to bet most of our readers didn't know this Thursday is Unfriend Day. Heck, we'll even bet most of our readers, including us until we found this, didn't even know there was such a day! And if you can honestly say you have heard of it, did you also know that comedian Jimmy Kimmel founded Unfriend Day in 2014? Probably wondering where we're going with all this… There actually is a reason: while you're unfriending all the people you don't know, will you please take a minute and "like," "friend," "follow" or otherwise engage with us on Facebook and Twitter . . . Thanks!

Did You Know: Saturday is Have a Bad DayDay. In our opinion half of the country already experienced this Day a week ago Tuesday! And no, this is not us making a political statement – we wouldn't  do so because we have been most fortunate to do quite a bit of business with both major political parties and we sincerely appreciate this business. So, here's the point: “Party” is our business with many parties and other social and business events happening regularly in our Valley Ballroom. So whether or not you are having a bad day on Bad Day Day, start planning your next party or other event here at the CVI by calling Carrie today at 775-783-6673.

We have all this Thanksgiving Food and More!
Thanksgiving at the Inn:
  • Both CV Steak and Katie’s are serving their regular menu plus Thanksgiving Specials on Thursday, November 24. Due to the holiday, on Thanksgiving Day the following will not be available: the Thursday Burgundy Beef Tips special in Katie’s and the Sunset Menu and Sushi Special in CV Steak.
  • If you would rather have us do the cooking and you and the family dine at home, we are offering a limited number of our special Thanksgiving Dinner to Go for up to Ten by advance order. This feast includes a fully-cooked 18-20 pound turkey plus all the trimmings - mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, green beans amandine, cranberry sauce, a pumpkin pie, rolls and butter all for $89.00 plus tax. Orders (until we sell out)must be placed by Tuesday, November 22 at noon . . . But we do have a limit to how many orders we can take so please don’t delay.
  • Pumpkin Pies and Pumpkin Cheesecakes are made daily in our bakery through December. Place your order for these or any of the goodies on our "take 'em home" bakery menu at the Katie's Bakery counter. 
Sports and Race Book:
  • On the Board: This week you can bet NFL and NCAA Football, NBA and College Basketball, NHL Hockey, and Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  Also on the board: futures bets on who will win the NBA Championship, NCAA Football Championship and the February, 2017 Super Bowl.
  • The PRO PK’EM Parlay Progressive is now at $3789 – pick all 15 NFL props straight up on the $5 card and it’s yours!
  • Around the Sportsbook with Mike and Allen:
    • Last Week: Alan picked the Steelers (-2½) over the Cowboys and the Steelers lost after a wild last 41 seconds! Mike picked Arkansas (+7) to cover against LSU (didn’t happen) and Stanford (-3½ ) over Oregon (he got this one).
    • This Week:  Allen likes the Raiders (-6) over the Texans in their Monday Night Football game in Mexico City. Mike likes underdog Florida against LSU (-14) in their hurricane makeup game and Oklahoma State over TCU (-4½). 

Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge:  George Pickard is here tonight, the After Dark Band entertains Thursday through Saturday, NFL Football on the Big Screen in the Cabaret on Sunday and Monday nights and The Novelists appear next Tuesday and Wednesday. The high energy of the After Dark Band will have you up and dancing and singing along with the guys! With a great variety of rock and roll, country, blues and R & B their “must not miss” show is filled with the songs you know and love and the energy of the group creates a party just waiting for you to join in. With Bernie DeLaCruz and Dave Vasquez on guitar, Dustin Taunton on bass, Don Peterson on drums and Scott Anderson on vocals this award winning band will get you rockin’!  Click here for the upcoming lineup of free entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge. 

In the Casino
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight: Join us 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with free Coffee Mug gifts to the first 150 ladies, World Market Gift Baskets as hot seat prizes, games, drink specials, FREE Bingo and earn entries for the November 30 drawings for a free $500 Shopping Spree of assorted gift cards!
  • Bingo Thursday: Come in and play Bingo on the odd hour, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and win $50 - $100 instantly!  Simply be in the casino playing slots or table games using your INN Club card and watch for our staff bringing around Free Bingo Cards. 
  • Holiday Giveaway Drawings Friday: A total of $10,000 in cash and prizes in guaranteed between CVI and Bodines Casino every Friday thought December 16 in our $70,000 Guaranteed Holiday Giveaways. Friday drawings are at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. with plenty of chances to get in on your share. Use your INN Club card while you play!
  • 4X Points Saturday: Every Saturday in November earn 4X Points all day.
  • Free Sweatshirt Mondays: We're giving away Free CVI Sweatshirts every Monday through November 28th!  To qualify, simply earn 175 points the same day and the free sweatshirt is yours . . . plus you keep the points!
  • Free Bingo Mondays: There’s Free Bingo in the casino for INN Club members every Monday in November with games at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., Noon and 1 p.m.
  • Penny Progressive Over $34,000 . . . someone will win this jackpot on one of the Triple Red Hot 7's slots at the CVI, Sharkey’s or Bodines.
  • Poker Room: Featured Games, Tournaments and Special Promotions with something going on every day of the week - Click here for all the poker room info.
  • Here’s a Handy Page with all our November Casino Promotions!
In Our Restaurants
  • Wednesday is Italian Day/Night in Katie’s – three specials for $6.99 each! Check all the Katie’s Daily Specials at this link.
  • The 18-Piece Sushi Platter Special is served in CV Steak on Thursday (hint: save $4 Thursdays), Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Our Friday special in CV Steak is Roasted Stuffed Quail for $28.  Saturday night’s special is Garlic Studded Prime Rib for $26 and Sunday's special is one pound of King Crab Legs for $32. All three 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.
  • Click the restaurant name for more info, specials and links to menus for Katie’s, CV Steak and Jobs Perk at the CVI . . . or our nearby sister property restaurants, the Jackpot Café at Sharkey's Casino and the Bodines Restaurant at Bodines Casino. 
Planning a Stay at the CVI? You will always get the best rate by booking directly with the Carson Valley Inn either online or by calling our Reservation Department directly at 775-783-6629 or 800-321-6983.

Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or 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, November 9, 2016

Free Veteran's Day Lunch Friday, Kelly Lang Joins TG Sheppard Saturday,


Kelly Lang Appearing with TG Sheppard
Saturday in the Valley Ballroom
Two for One at TG Sheppard Concert Saturday
Dead Girl Walking is one of 14 songs in TG Sheppard's Legendary Friends and Country Duets album featuring duets with artists such as George Jones, the Oak Ridge Boys, Jerry Lee Lewis, Lorrie Morgan, Ricky Skaggs, Merle Haggard, Engelbert Humperdinck, Willie Nelson, Conway Twitty and more. What makes this song so special to TG? It’s a duet with his wife Kelly Lang, his special guest at the TG Sheppard Concert this Saturday night in the CVI Valley Ballroom!  A recent inductee into the North American Country Music Hall Of Fame, Kelly Lang's career continues to grow at a rapid pace. She was recently invited by Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees to perform "Islands In The Stream" in honor of Kenny Rogers, at his recent Country Music Hall Of Fame induction. Kelly and Barry also performed together at the Grand Ole Opry. Kelly has performed with, and had her songs recorded by, some of music's biggest legends spanning throughout all genres of music. She has made numerous appearances on the biggest music shows in television history and her songs can be heard on radio waves throughout the world. Tickets are just $25 at the hotel desk or call 775-783-6606.  All the details are at this link. TG had over two-dozen Top-Ten Country Songs from 1979 through 1987 – Look ‘em up and let’s see how many he gets to during his special acoustic show at the CVI this weekend!

Every Veteran and Active Military Person Has a Story – some have many. Some are light hearted – some are gut wrenching. We invite you to share these stories with each other and with us at our annual Free Veterans Day Spaghetti Lunch this Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Valley Ballroom! This is the sixth year for the Carson Valley Inn's free Veterans Day Spaghetti Lunch which includes fresh tossed salad with choice of ranch, Italian or thousand island dressings; spaghetti with choice of marinara sauce or Bolognese (meat sauce); garlic bread and assorted cookies.  The bond of service to our country brings hundreds of neighbors and community residents to this event each year. Some have not met but do so at this lunch. Others have formed friendships at this event in previous years. You all definitely have commonality in your patriotism and we look forward to seeing you Friday!  Simply present your military ID and lunch for you and your guest is on the Carson Valley Inn!  Don't have your ID? Just tell us about your service to our country or give us "that look."  We’ll know and we'll welcome you right in!

Even a Busy Elf Deserves a Rest! She moves at “Mach 2 with Her Hair on Fire” so don't get in her way! We're talking about Eileen Knox, our mild-mannered (sort of) Executive Office Manager most of the year, and faster-than-the-speed-of-light Christmas decorator during November. Eileen and her "helpers" from our Engineering department will be scurrying around the Inn setting up interior decorations over the next few weeks as they turn up the Christmas spirit for full effect by Thanksgiving weekend. As for this picture, even the busiest of elves sometimes hides in a remote back-of-the-house stairwell just to catch a brief rest!

Sometimes it Pays to Scream and Yell! And as you remember us reporting in this blog in October, screaming and yelling are the quiet part of the annual Bunko for Breast Cancer event held in our Shannon Ballroom each Fall. The many volunteer employees at our local GE plant who produce this event reported earlier this week they raised $15,785 for local breast cancer causes this year. In our opinion, that is something to scream and yell about!

  • CV Steak and Katie’s will be serving their regular menu plus Thanksgiving Specials on Thursday, November 24. Due to the holiday, on Thanksgiving Day the following will not be available: the Thursday Burgundy Beef Tips special in Katie’s and the Sunset Menu and Sushi Special in CV Steak.
  • If you would rather have us do the cooking so you and the family can dine at home, we are offering a special Thanksgiving Dinner to Go for up to Ten by advance order. This feast includes a fully-cooked 18-20 pound turkey plus all the trimmings - mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, green beans amandine, cranberry sauce, a pumpkin pie, rolls and butter all for just $89.00 plus tax. Orders must be placed by Tuesday, November 22 at noon . . . But we do have a limit to how many orders we can take so please don’t delay.
  • Seems like nothing is more “Thanksgiving” than pumpkin pie, so here’s a reminder: Pumpkin Pies and Pumpkin Cheesecakes are made daily in our bakery through December. Place your order for these or any of the goodies on our "take 'em home" bakery menu at the Katie's Bakery counter. 

Sports and Race Book:
  • On the Board: This week you can bet NFL and NCAA Football, NBA Basketball, NHL Hockey, and the Sunday Can-Am 500 NASCAR.  Also on the board: futures bets on who will win the NBA Championship, NCAA Football Championship and the February, 2017 Super Bowl.
  • The PRO PK’EM Parlay Progressive is now at $3705 – pick all 15 NFL props straight up on the $5 card and it’s yours!
  • Chatter Around the Sports Book with Mike and Allen:
    • Last Week: Allen picked the Raiders (-1) over the Broncos (Raiders Won!!!) and “his” underdog Eagles (+2½) over the Giants (Sorry, Allen).  Mike picked the Arkansas Razorbacks (+5) over the #10 Florida Gators (Good one, Arkansas dominated) and Iowa (+7½) over the Penn State (wrong, way wrong).
    • This Week:  Allen said, “Definitely not my Eagles.” He is picking the favored Steelers (-2½) over the Cowboys. Mike decided to come out from his “hide behind the obscure games” stance and likes underdog Arkansas (+7) to cover or beat LSU and favored Stanford (-3½ ) over Oregon. 

Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge:  The RYE Brothers fill our stage through Saturday night, we show NFL Football on the Big Screen in the Cabaret on Sunday and Monday nights and George Pickard is here next Tuesday and Wednesday. The Rye Brothers are a “power-pop” country act, mixing contemporary country music and rock n’ roll guitar driven songs. Led by Paul Justin & Justin Foutz, who trade off on the lead vocals and guitar licks. Paul and Justin formed Rye Brothers in the of Summer of 2015 and quickly added a solid rhythm section consisting of Jacob Delott (bass, backing vocals) and Jeff Sorenson (drums, backing vocals) to round out this Southern California based quartet.  Click here for the upcoming lineup of free entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge.
In the Casino
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight: Join us 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with free Emoji Plush gifts to the first 150 ladies, Shelly’s Gift Baskets as hot seat prizes, games, drink specials, FREE Bingo and earn entries for the November 30 drawings for a free $500 Shopping Spree of assorted gift cards!
  • Bingo Thursday: Come in and play Bingo on the odd hour, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and win $50 - $100 instantly!  Simply be in the casino playing slots or table games using your INN Club card and watch for our staff bringing around Free Bingo Cards. 
  • Holiday Giveaway Drawings Friday: A total of $10,000 in cash and prizes in guaranteed between CVI and Bodines Casino every Friday thought December 16 in our $70,000 Guaranteed Holiday Giveaways. Friday drawings are at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. with plenty of chances to get in on your share. Use your INN Club card while you play!
  • 4X Points Saturday: Every Saturday in November earn 4X Points all day.
  • Free Sweatshirt Mondays: We're giving away Free CVI Sweatshirts every Monday through November 28th!  To qualify, simply earn 175 points the same day and the free sweatshirt is yours . . . plus you keep the points!
  • Free Bingo Mondays: There’s Free Bingo in the casino for INN Club members every Monday in November with games at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., Noon and 1 p.m.
  • Penny Progressive Over $32,000 . . . someone will win this jackpot on one of the Triple Red Hot 7's slots at the CVI, Sharkey’s or Bodines.
  • Poker Room: Featured Games, Tournaments and Special Promotions with something going on every day of the week - Click here for all the poker room info.
  • Here’s a Handy Page with all our November Casino Promotions!
In Our Restaurants
  • Wednesday is Italian Day/Night in Katie’s – three specials for just $6.99 each! Check all the Katie’s Daily Specials at this link.
  • The 18-Piece Sushi Platter Special is served in CV Steak on Thursday (hint: save $4 Thursdays), Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Our Friday special in CV Steak is Game Mixed Grill of buffalo and elk medallion and alligator sausage for $32.  Saturday night’s special is Garlic Studded Prime Rib for $26 and Sunday's special is one pound of King Crab Legs for $32. All three 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.
  • Click the restaurant name for more info, specials and links to menus for Katie’s, CV Steak and Jobs Perk at the CVI . . . or our nearby sister property restaurants, the Jackpot Café at Sharkey's Casino and the Bodines Restaurant at Bodines Casino. 
Planning a Stay at the CVI? You will always get the best rate by booking directly with the Carson Valley Inn either online or by calling our Reservation Department directly at 775-783-6629 or 800-321-6983.

Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or 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!