Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Oak Ridge Boys Saturday, Eli Young Band Tickets Thursday

The Oak Ridge Boys This Saturday
A Selfie with the Oak Ridge Boys
During Their 2014 Appearane at TJ's Corral
The Oak Ridge Boys return to TJ’s Corral this Saturday night and we couldn’t be more excited! Their May, 2014 show in TJ’s Corral was an exciting and electrifying performance . . . These guys really know how to create a party vibe and we hope you are planning to be part their return! Their string of hits includes the Country-Pop chart-topper Elvira, as well as Bobbie Sue, Dream On, Thank God For Kids, American Made, I Guess It Never Hurts To Hurt Sometimes, Fancy Free, Gonna Take A Lot Of River and many others. The “Boys” have scored 12 gold, three platinum, and one double platinum album—plus one double platinum single—and had more than a dozen national Number One singles
The "Boys"" Light Up the TJ's Corral Stage in 2014
and over 30 Top Ten hits. There are still tickets available but we strongly suggest you get them in advance as every indication is that this will be a sold-out show.
Buy tickets online or stop at our hotel desk and our staff will be glad to help.  Additional 2016 Concerts coming up in TJ’s Corral include the Air National Guard Band of the West,  Clay Walker, The Temptations Review Featuring Dennis Edwards, The Eli Young Band and Randy Houser!

The Eli Yound Band Discussing Their
Upcoming Appearance in TJ's Corral
Eli Young Band Concert Tickets Thursday 
Tickets go on sale this Thursday morning at 8 AM for the The Eli Young Band Concert in TJ’s Corral on Sunday, August 14. With their recently released single Saltwater Gospel starting to break into the Country charts, three No. 1 hits under their belt, and a Grammy nomination and an Academy of Country Music Award for Song of the Year for their hit “Crazy Girl,” the Eli Young Band promises to provide an upbeat mid-August treat right here in Minden. Buy tickets online, stop by our hotel desk or call 775-783-6606. 

Check the New Summer Appetizers, Entrees and Desserts in CV Steak
New in CV Steak: New items, seasonal changes and the return of some favorites are all now available in CV Steak. Two appetizers have been added for the summer. The Heirloom Tomatoes are served with blue cheese crumbles and a balsamic reduction over a bed of mixed greens. Our Gazpacho is a cold tomato based soup with cucumbers, bell peppers and onion. New on the entrée list are an Asian Style Salad (mixed greens with a sesame soy dressing topped with ahi and yellow tail tuna, wakame salad, fresh berries and fried won tons), Lobster Risotto (rich lobster risotto with jumbo shrimp and Alaskan king crab legs), Fresh Pan Seared Halibut and Veal Porterhouse (a 12 oz. veal porterhouse paired with apple brandy mushroom cream sauce. Two new tempting summer desserts are Fresh Mixed Berries and Cream and Strawberry Semifreddo – a semi-frozen strawberry mousse with fresh strawberries and chocolate drizzle. CV Steak is open from 4:30 nightly and we hope you’ll come in try out these new items!

Blood Drive July 1: As we mentioned last week, the annual CVI Driving for Donors All American Hero Blood Drive is Friday, July 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is right before the Independence Day holiday weekend which seems to always bring an increased need for blood due to a spike in accidents. Please try to donate if you are able. United Blood Services makes it easy to schedule your appointment on line . . . or call them at 1-800-696-4484.

Band of the West Free Concert July 3: The details are all set for The 562nd Air National Guard Band of the West Coast Free Concert on Sunday evening, July 3 in TJ’s Corral. The Patriots in Blue Jazz Ensemble will perform first followed by a patriotic tribute by the entire Air National Guard Band of the West Coast Concert Band. Don't be looking for ticket information on this one - just show up . . . it's Free! 

Six Figures for the Boys & Girls Club! Our sincere thanks to all of the sponsors, participants and volunteers connected with last weekend’s 6th Annual Mike Tice Charity Golf Tournament.  Your generosity coupled with a lot of friendly arm twisting by Coach Tice and a gracious matching donation from Mike Pegram resulted in over $140,000 being raised for the Boys & Girls Club of Western Nevada – Carson Valley Branch. The exact figure is still being tallied and half of the money raised this year will go toward what will eventually become a permanent Boys & Girls Club facility for the Carson Valley! 

Free Cabaret Lounge Entertainment: Jonathon “JB” Barton entertains tonight, The Blues Monsters take the stage Thursday through Saturday, and Bill Wharton returns Sunday through next Wednesday! The Blues Monsters are a red-hot rockin' blues band performing a powerfully unique combination of R&B, funk, jazz, and Chicago-style blues. Whether paying respect to the masters of traditional blues, or rockin' out other tunes, The Blues Monsters get the whole house up and dancing! Click here for the upcoming lineup of free entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge.

Interesting & Helpful Tidbits and News
  • To Make a Hotel Reservation: You will  always get the best rate by booking directly with the Carson Valley Inn either online or by calling our Reservations Department directly at 775-783-6629 or 800-321-6983.
  • Dining at the Inn:
    • 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.
    • Our Friday special in CV Steak is Grilled Elk Medallions 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 $32. All three specials are served with fresh vegetable, choice of rice or potato (au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked), tableside tossed salad and warm demi-loaf of bread. 
In the Casino:
  • June Promotions: Spell CA$H kiosk game on Mondays; 3X Points Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday Giveaway Drawings at 8 and 10 p.m. with the chance to win up to $500; Saturday Hot Seat Giveaways from Noon to 5 p.m. with 50 guaranteed winners of $100 each and Saturday Spin to Win Drawings at 6, 8, and 10 p.m. with the chance to win up to $5,000.
  • Sports and Race Book: This week you can bet Major League Baseball, Horseracing, WNBA, Soccer, NCAA World Series and Sunday’s Save Mart 350 NASCAR Race at Sonoma. Also a good time to place your bet on which team will win the 2017 Super Bowl or NCAA Football Championship.
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight: The first 150 ladies who sign up for Ladies’ Night tonight receive a tiki torch gift!  Our hot seat prizes tonight are Custom Gift Baskets by Shelly Camp. As always, there’s also a ladies-only drink special, raffle and games.
  • Shoulda Been Here a Week Ago: The total prize money in our June Blackjack Tournament was $1225.00 which was divided between Tim Boyles ($615 for first), Gary Griffith ($370 for second) and Mary Woods ($240 for third. Just a $25 entry fee gets you in and our next tournament is Tuesday, July 12. 
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, June 15, 2016

Vintage Cars & Airplanes, Country Classics, Rock & Roll, Football, More

Party or Bid or Both – All for the Boys and Girls Club:  
  • Activities start tomorrow for the 6th Annual Mike Tice Charity Golf Tournament for the Boys & Girls Club of Western Nevada with online bidding for the silent auction items. Among the items up for grabs are many autographed jerseys and balls and/or pucks from the NFL, NBA and NHL; VIP tickets and three nights’ accommodations for the 52nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards; Box Seats for 6 people to the 2017 Kentucky Derby & Kentucky Oaks; two tickets to the Seahawks- 49ers game on September 25 in Seattle and much more. Previously limited to those who attended the evening functions, the auction will be live on this page starting Thursday for anyone who wants to bid. Be sure to check out the items and jump in quickly because most auction items close this Friday night. All auction proceeds go to the Boys & Girls Club Carson Valley Branch! 
  • The Decades Concert and Dance Party is this Saturday, June 18 in TJ’s Corral and it's open to anyone who would like to trade a minimum $20 donation (we’ll take more!) to the Boys & Girls Club for a jammin’ rock n’ roll party. You can purchase tickets at the CVI Hotel Desk or simply show up on Saturday night and pay at the door. This is an informal opportunity to meet Coach Tice and some of the other Raider’s coaches who are accompanying him for the weekend’s activities . . . like Hall of Fame defensive back Rod Woodson and others!


Oak Ridge Boys Bringing Blake Shelton? Actually, there’s no truth to the rumor the Oak Ridge Boys are bringing Blake Shelton with them when they appear in TJ’s Corral on Saturday, June 25. However, Blake and the Oaks did team up a week ago on the CMT awards show and the above video is just full of fun . . . and you’ll see this same energetic enthusiasm during The Oak Ridge Boys Concert a week from Saturday. For an advance look at their concert, check this article posted by tahoeonstage.com.  We peeked at the ticket sales website just before posting this blog and the Oaks are definitely trending toward a sellout. Please don’t miss out - jump online or stop at our hotel desk and grab your tickets today! Additional 2016 Concerts coming up in TJ’s Corral include Clay Walker, The Temptations Review Featuring Dennis Edwards, The Eli Young Band and Randy Houser!

The Great Race - Half a Block from Sharkey's Sunday
Plenty to Do This Week Close to the CVI: If you’re staying at the Carson Valley Inn Hotel, Motor Lodge or RV Park this weekend – or just planning to pass through – and are looking for something to do, here are four opportunities close by:
Take A Ride - This Weekend!

  • Wine Walk: It’s a Pirate Theme for this week’s Thirsty Third Thursday Wine Walk in Gardnerville with Sharkey’s Casino in the heart of the action. The swashbuckling runs from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Motown Sound: Nathan Owens Motown and Soul Review will fill Minden Park (two blocks from the CVI) this Friday starting at 6:30 p.m. in the continuation of the Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department 2016 GE Summer Family Concert Series co-sponsored by the Town of Minden & Carson Valley Inn. It’s Free baby, Free!
  • Vintage Aircraft: Those authentic WW II aircraft preserved and displayed by the Collings Foundation will be at Minden-Tahoe Airport this Thursday afternoon through Sunday afternoon with plenty of opportunities to tour the aircraft (inside and out) and even take a ride! Included are a P-1 Mustang, B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator and a B-25 Mitchell. Meanwhile click here for hours, tour times and ride arrangements!
  • Vintage Cars:  If surface transportation is more your style, then you’ll definitely want to check the vehicles – many older then World War II vintage – coming through the Carson Valley as part of The Great Race this Sunday. The activities of The Great Race Lunch Stop & Heritage Park Classic Car Show are all happening just across Highway 395 from Sharkey’s Casino.
Sports Challenge Result: Interestingly enough, none of the people who entered our Sports Challenge in last week’s blog got it 100% correct.  Turns out if one less stroke was taken by either of the two low finishers in the St. Jude Classic on Sunday, or if there had been one more run scored in major league baseball on Sunday, Marty Swindell of Folsom, CA would’ve nailed it. So, exercising our blog license of flexibility and fairness, we’re sending Marty a $50 dining certificate for CV Steak. Anyone who knows Marty, give him a call and tell him you’ll be glad to be his guest when he comes up to use it! Thanks to all who entered!

Free Live Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge
Free Cabaret Lounge Entertainment: Patrick Major entertains tonight, Armer & The Hot Dogs take the stage Thursday through Saturday, and Jonathon “JB” Barton returns Sunday through next Wednesday! Armer & The Hot Dogs have been playing live Rock & Roll all over the Northern Nevada and Northeastern California area since 1991. The group was originally put together as part of an off-shoot FM morning show band when Jake Armer was part of the KOZZ morning show team; Smith & Armer. Jake had said he wanted to find some of the best musicians in the area and call them The Hot Dogs to go along with the play on words of “Armer & The Hot Dogs.” Jake says; “We love to have fun and we put out a lot of energy. We want everyone in the house to have fun, too”…“In the immortal words of Stevie Ray; if the house is a Rockin’, don’t bother knockin’, just come on in!!” And, yes, we play that song, too. Pretty darn good I think…” Click here for the full lineup of June entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge.

Just In – More Next Week:
  • Blood Drive: The Annual CVI Driving for Donors All American Hero Blood Drive is coming up on Friday, July 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can schedule your appointment on line now!
  • Band of the West Free Concert: The 562nd Air National Guard Band of the West Coast will present a free concert on Sunday evening, July 3 in TJ’s Corral. The Patriots in Blue Jazz Ensemble will perform first followed by a patriotic tribute by the entire Air National Guard Band of the West Coast Concert Band. Watch for all the details in next week’s blog.
Interesting & Helpful Tidbits and News
  • Enjoy Sharkey’s Even More! In response to our customers, Sharkey’s and the Jackpot Café are now opening at 6:30 AM each morning. Also, Sharkey’s Casino is now closing at 4 AM instead of midnight on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • To Make a Hotel Reservation: Despite what hear or what you might think from watching those fancy TV commercials, you will  always get the best rate by booking directly with the Carson Valley Inn either online or by calling our Reservations Department directly at 775-783-6629 or 800-321-6983.
  • Dining at the Inn:
    • 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.
    • Our Friday special in CV Steak is Roasted Stuffed Quail with prosciutto, wild rice pilaf and plum port glaze 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 $32. All three specials are served with fresh vegetable, choice of rice or potato (au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked), tableside tossed salad and warm demi-loaf of bread.
In the Casino:
  • Promotions: Spell CA$H kiosk game on Mondays; 3X Points Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday Giveaway Drawings at 8 and 10 p.m. with the chance to win up to $500; Saturday Hot Seat Giveaways from Noon to 5 p.m. with 50 guaranteed winners of $100 each and Saturday Spin to Win Drawings at 6, 8, and 10 p.m. with the chance to win up to $5,000.
  • Sports and Race Book: This week you can bet Major League Baseball, US Open Golf Tournament, Horseracing and at least one more NBA Finals Game. NASCAR is off this week.
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight: The first 150 ladies who sign up for Ladies’ Night tonight receive a Chocolate Shoppe Flip Flops gift!  Our hot seat prizes tonight are Chocolate Shoppe Gift Baskets. There’s also a ladies-only drink special, raffle and games.
  • $2 Beers – Once or Twice? We’ll have $2 Draft Beers – the 16 ounce size – during the remaining NBA Championship games . . . either just this Thursday or, perhaps, also on Sunday if there is a Game 7!
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, June 8, 2016

Oak Ridge Boys Concert June 25, Sports Challenge, More

Frankie Ballard was a fan favorite at TJ's — especially female fans. 
Photo: Tim Parsons / Tahoe Onstage
Frankie Ballard Concert Electric - Oak Ridge Boys Next:  Last week's Frankie Ballard concert was a rockin' country event that drew a great review from Tim Parsons at TahoeOnstage.com. Next up on our schedule is a special concert by Decades on June 18 with all proceeds going to the Boys and Girls Club of Western Nevada, Carson Valley Branch. A week later The Oak Ridge Boys,  2015 inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame, swing their 2016 tour into TJ's Corral on Saturday, June 25 for a concert almost certain to sell out. Additional 2016 Concerts coming up in TJ’s Corral include Clay Walker, The Temptations Review Featuring Dennis Edwards, The Eli Young Band and Randy Houser! 

Eli Young Band New Release this Friday: We love the sound of the Saltwater Gospel single being released by the Eli Young Band this Friday – their first single under a new deal with Valory Music Co.  The song “immediately transports the listener to their favorite beach, where the mystical power of the ocean melts away the troubles of everyday life — while connecting them to their own spirituality.” You can get a 26 second taste of this upbeat, toe-tapping country tune at this link. Then, be sure not to miss the The Eli Young Band Concert in TJ’s corral on Sunday, August 14 . . . tickets will be going on sale soon. 

Dancing at 2015 Decades Party.
Coach Tice on Stage, Far Left
Mike Tice Charity Golf "Decades Party" is a Must!  The stage is set, the prizes have been arriving every day from around the country and soon the 6th Annual Mike Tice Charity Golf Tournament for the Boys and Girls Club of Western Nevada will be here . . . with Coach Tice, some of the other Oakland Raider coaches, and Mike's extended circle of friends taking over the CVI on Father's Day weekend.  Local participation has grown over the last few years and information is available for the Decades Concert on Saturday, June 18 in TJ’s Corral with an optional Spaghetti Dinner before the concert. While billed as a "concert" the appearance by Decades is more of a dance party with plenty of room for dancing, lots of visiting and singing along - if you wish - to classic oldies and current pop tunes! There are also one or two openings for the Charity Golf Tournament and Awards Dinner on Sunday, June 19. Buying tickets for the concert or getting involved in the golf tournament is easy at this link. If you have questions or want to donate or participate in a manner not covered, please call Katie Leao at (775) 882-8820.

An Unusual Sports Challenge – Just for Fun: here's a challenge for the sports fans who read our blog  . . . See how you do in ranking the following sports activities this weekend from the highest number to lowest number. Send us an email (just click on the link) by 5:30 p.m. this Friday, June 10 with your guess . . . and be sure to clearly indicate your ranking order. We'll draw two names from those who guess correctly and award a $50 dining certificates for CV Steak to each. One entry per person or our blog cops will have you disqualified! Remember; rank them from the highest number to the lowest number. Any decisions necessary due to unusual circumstances in any of these events will be a the sole discretion of our Sports Book manager (he'll find out about this duty when he reads this!):
  • The highest finishing golf score in the final round of The St. Jude Classic on Sunday, June 12
  • Total of the two lowest finishing golf scores in final round of The St. Jude Classic on Sunday, June 12
  • Total of the two highest finishing golf scores in the final round of The St. Jude Classic on Sunday, June 12
  • Total minutes to run the NASCAR Firekeepers Casino 400 on Sunday, June 12
  • Total points scored by the winning team in the Warriors-Cavaliers NBA Game on Friday, June 10
  • Total points scored by the losing team in the Warriors-Cavaliers NBA Game on Friday, June 10
  • Total runs scored by all Major League Baseball Teams in games completed on Sunday, June 12
Free Cabaret Lounge Entertainment: George Pickard entertains tonight and Thursday, the John Dawson Band takes the stage Friday and Saturday, and Patrick Major returns Sunday through next Wednesday! George Pickard backed up many acts from the fifties and sixties and was one of the Kingsmen (Louie, Louie). The John Dawson Band (aka the JDB} is a Reno based group of five fun-lovin' guys who just like to play music and entertain with a variety of modern country and classic rock. Patrick Major provides a mix of original material combined with rock classics from the last four decades. Click here for the full lineup of June entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge.

Interesting & Helpful Tidbits and News
  • Dining at the Inn:
    • 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.
    • Our Friday special in CV Steak is a Chef's Choice Game Entree. 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.
  • In the Casino:
    • $2 Draft Beer? $2 Draft Beers – the 16 ounce size – are available in the casino during the remaining Warriors-Cavaliers NBA Championship games and Sharks-Penguins Stanley Cup matches . . . enjoy!
    • Promotions: Spell CA$H kiosk game on Mondays; 3X Points Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday Giveaway Drawings at 8 and 10 p.m. with the chance to win up to $500; Saturday Hot Seat Giveaways from Noon to 5 p.m. with 50 guaranteed winners of $100 each and Saturday Spin to Win Drawings at 6, 8, and 10 p.m.with the chance to win up to $5,000.
    • Sports and Race Book: This week you can bet Major League Baseball, US Open Golf Futures, Horseracing including The Belmont Stakes, the NBA Finals, the NHL Stanley Cup and the NASCAR Firekeepers Casino 400.
    • Ladies’ Night Tonight: The first 150 ladies who sign up for Ladies’ Night tonight receive a a microfiber organizer and the Hot Seat prizes tonight are World Market Gift Baskets. As always, there’s also a ladies-only drink special, raffle and games.
    • Blackjack Tournament Tuesday:  Our Monthly Blackjack Tournament starts at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 14 . . . just $25 gets you in and all entry fees and re-buys go into the prize fund. Signups are from 5 to 6 p.m. in the table games area and the tournament is open to all INN Club members (easy and free to join at Guest Services in the casino).
 Tuesday is Flag Day.
 This shot of the CVI  Flag was taken last week
from the roof of the CVI.
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, June 1, 2016

Frankie Ballard Thursday, Mixed Scramble Golf, $2 Draft Beer, More

Frankie Ballard Concert Thursday: If last Saturday’s Granger Smith Concert was any predictor, our TJ’s Corral concert season is going to be a lively one . . . and it continues this Thursday with the Frankie Ballard Concert! The doors open at 7:15, the show starts at 8 PM and tickets are still available on our web site or at the Hotel Desk (775-783-6606): $33 for General Admission and the Party Pit and $39 for Reserved Seating.  Sarah Hauck from The Record Courier spoke to Frankie last week and posted her story for all to read . . . check it out and get a peek at what the TJ’s audience can expect on Thursday, what influenced Frankie’s music, when his next album will be released and more. And remember, “It All Started With a Beer” just ain’t about beer! There are more 2016 Concerts coming up in TJ’s Corral including The Oak Ridge Boys,  Clay Walker, The Temptations Review Featuring Dennis Edwards, The Eli Young Band and Randy Houser! 

Mixed Scramble Golf Tournament Set: All the details are in place for our Annual Mixed Scramble Golf Outing on September 9 – 11, 2016. By far our most popular and well-attended golf event, the Mixed Scramble provides the opportunity for every level of golfer to participate – and even win a few bucks! We pick teams by blind draw at the Friday reception, play the tournament on Saturday, and celebrate with a banquet on Saturday night. Equally as much a social outing as a golf tournament, this event has been the basis for forming friendships and providing many fall Saturdays that definitely fit the “that was just too much fun!” category. Please get it on your calendar and check out all the details and download a registration form at this link.

June Promotions: our $100,000 Giveaway Promotion continues in June and we'v also added a Spell CA$H kiosk game on Mondays, 3X Points Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday Spin to Win Drawings at 6, 8, and 10 p.m. with the chance to win up to $5,000. Friday Giveaway Drawings continue at 8 and 10 p.m. with the chance to win up to $500 and Saturday Hot Seat Giveaways run from Noon to 5 p.m. with 50 guaranteed winners of $100 each!

Free Cabaret Lounge Entertainment: John Palmore entertains tonight, the Justin Lee Band makes a special one night appearance Thursday the Rick Hays & American Steel take the stage Friday and Saturday, and George Pickard returns Sunday through next Thursday. Justin Lee burst onto the country music scene with his self-titled EP release in April 2015.  The up-and-coming musician 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. Justin has performed at ShipKicker in Long Beach and Night in the Country, Nevada’s largest country music festival. Rick Hays & American Steel has recorded and released two full CD’s (Who’s Your Cowboy Now and Nevadatude) and one EP (Forward). Rick is passionate about music and it is reflected in his work as a Singer/Songwriter, as well as an Arranger/Producer. His live performances create a contagious energy that can be heard, seen, and felt both physically and emotionally.  Rick describes his sound as “stretches from the Twang to the Bang,” so come on by and enjoy! Click here for the full lineup of June entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge.

Some Special Days:
Donuts Baked Fresh Daily
  • Today is Flip a Coin Day. We suggest you use a penny and, whether it comes up heads or tails, you head over to the Penny Progressive Slots as the jackpot has topped $55,500! Oh, and don’t really try putting an actual penny into one of those slots . . . but, you already knew that!
  • Thursday is Leave The Office Early Day. Makes sense to us, might as well get home and change before you head over to the Frankie Ballard Concert in TJ’s Corral on Thursday!
  • Friday is Fish And Chip Day and we have you covered at Katie’s here at the CVI, the Jackpot Café at Sharkey’s and at Bodines Restaurant.
  • Friday is National Donut Day. Job’s Perk opens at 6 a.m. and we have apple fritters, chocolate donut bars, glazed rings, and glazed old fashion donuts. One of each outta’ do it!
  • Tuesday is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day. It’s ready for you to enjoy here in Katie’s or up at Bodines Restaurant.
Saturday is National Trails Day. We have plenty of trails around the Carson Valley – most with quite spectacular views. Check out this video from the Carson Valley Visitors Authority.

Interesting & Helpful Tidbits and News
  • $2 Beer for Hockey and Basketball: We consider the Warriors (playing the Cavaliers) and the Sharks (skating off against the Penguins) more-or-less home teams so we’re offering $2 Draft Beers – the 16 ounce size – during the NBA Championship games and Stanley Cup matches . . . enjoy!
  • Sports and Race Book: This week you can bet Major League Baseball, US Open Golf Futures, Horseracing, the NBA Finals, the NHL Stanley Cup and the NASCAR Axalta 'We Paint Winners' 400 at Pocono Raceway.
  • No-Guys Poker Tournament:  Our Monthly Ladies-Only Poker Tournament starts at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Poker Room. Sit in on a Free Poker Refresher first if you wish . . . and leave the guys up at the Sportsbook so they can catch the Warriors-Cavs Game..
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight: The first 150 ladies who sign up tonight receive a special gift!  Our hot seat prizes tonight are Wine Country Gift Baskets. As always, there’s also a ladies-only drink special, raffle and games.
  • Venison Friday, Prime Rib Saturday, King Crab Sunday in CV Steak:  Our Friday special in CV Steak is Roasted Rack of Venison 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. 
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, May 25, 2016

First Concert Saturday, Summer Fun Clay Shoot, Graduation, More

Granger Smith or Earl Dibbles, Jr?
Find Out Saturday Night
Granger Smith Concert Saturday! The kickoff to our TJ’s Corral season is Saturday when the Granger Smith Tour rolls into Minden . . . with the Frankie Ballard Concert following just 5 nights later on Thursday, June 2.  Tickets for these and some of our other 2016 TJ’s Corral Concerts are available either online or at our hotel desk.  This being the first concert of the year we’d like to answer some of the commonly asked questions and remind concertgoers of our few guidelines:  If you have tickets to pick up, the Box Office opens at the TJ's Corral entrance at 4 p.m. on concert nights. Our TJ’s concerts go on rain or shine, warm or cool. The desert weather tends to cool down as the night goes on so bring what you need when you come in ‘cause there’s no re-admittance into the concert area after your ticket has been scanned. Also, a friendly reminder that pets, lawn chairs, drones, and outside food/drinks may not be brought into TJ’s Corral . . . and both smoking and vaping are allowed in designated areas only. If you have questions, or need handicap assistance with seating, please call us prior to 4 p.m. on concert nights at 775-783-7766.

Finally – A Summer Shoot! Many of the clay shooting enthusiasts who have attended our February shooting outing over the years have asked us to put something together in the summer. So, we have our first Summer Fun Shoot ready for sign ups! The event is August 7 – 9 with 300 targets spread over two days of shooting, a reception on arrival night and a traditional family style Basque dinner at the JT on the final night. The details are at this link . . . check it out and join us!

Lots happening this weekend: In addition to the Granger Smith Concert on Saturday night we also have quite a bit going on in the casino this weekend. Friday drawings are at 8 and 10 p.m. plus Inn Club members earn 4X points from 4 p.m. to midnight.  Saturday we’ll have 70 hot seat drawings between 2 and 8 p.m. with a guaranteed $100 winner every time – that’s $7,000 total for the day. Sunday, the May Grand Prize Drawings in our $100,000 Giveaway are at 3, 5 and 7 p.m. with $5,000 Guaranteed!  Monday is the final Salute to Our Troops kiosk swipe - $1 for every INN Club member swipe will be donated to The Nevada Military Support Alliance. We wrap up the month on Tuesday with our May Scratcher Giveaways at 6 and 8 p.m. with the chance to win up to $5000!

Beatles Tribute in Minden Park Friday Evening
Beatles in the Park Friday: Carson Valley Inn has been helping sponsor the GE Family Concert Series since its inception many years ago. The first of five concerts on the 2016 schedule is this Friday night in Minden Park when Paperback Writer – a Tribute to the Beatles performs starting at 6:30 PM. Produced by the Douglas County Parks and Recreation department, the concerts are free to the public thanks to the generous support of GE, the CVI and the many other Carson Valley businesses that contribute annually to preserve our small town heritage and atmosphere.

Graduation Week – Who’s Turning 50? Congratulations to all of the graduates of  Aspire Academy High School (tonight in TJ’s corral) and Douglas High School (Thursday night at the DHS Athletic Field).  We wish you the best of success and happiness as you enter the real world. Enjoy life every minute as it goes by fast . . . consider this: the energetic high school graduates in 1984 who turned 18 that summer and were the first to have jobs at the Carson Valley Inn when it opened in early August . . . are turning 50 this summer! Were you one of those 1984 DHS graduates who worked at the CVI in the summer of 1984? Post a note in the comments section below and let us know what you’re up to these days!

Free Cabaret Lounge Entertainment: Jonathon “JB” Barton entertains tonight, the Voodoo Cowboys take the stage Thursday thru Saturday, The Nighthawks are here Sunday and Monday and John Palmore returns Tuesday and Wednesday.  Playing together since 2009, the Voodoo Cowboys have appeared at most major casino venues in Nevada.  Not the cryin' in your beer type country band, they are the life of the party with their dance-inducing, hard drivin' country music and rock n roll. The group has rocked crowds on numerous stages around the world, as well as sharing stages with such rock and country stars as David Nail, Little Texas, Ron Keel, Toby Keith and many more. The Nighthawks perform 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.

May is Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month. We are acutely aware of the danger that wildfire presents to the residents of many areas of Carson Valley and our surrounding communities – especially Lake Tahoe to the east and Alpine County and the extended Sierra Range to the south. We have partnered with the multi-agency committee that sponsors this movement the last few years and are pleased to do our part again this May. Please take a few moments to visit the Living With Fire website.

Wine and Hamburgers – How’s That Work for You?
  • Today is National Wine Day - not to be confused with National Drink Wine Day which is in February. We're starting to think all it takes is an INN Club Card and the influence of a couple of glasses of wine for anyone to declare their own "National" day of just about anything. To pursue your dream of infamy, we suggest you slip into CV Steak, pick one or two selections from the wine list, sit back and start planning your very own "National Day!"
  • Saturday is Hamburger Day. Not being inclined to reinvent the wheel this week, we’ll go with the following which we had in this blog last year on Hamburger Day . . . Because it all but still stands and it’s all good information and it represents our  recommendations in order from traditional to more adventurous: The Bodines Restaurant Double Cheese Burger with beer-battered French fries is our north sister property's biggest seller.  The Cheese Burger is also Katie's biggest seller, but we suggest stepping it up a notch with the Smoke House Burger(double bacon, cheddar cheese and hickory BBQ sauce). Next up the gastrointestinal delight ladder are two from Sharkey's Jackpot Café: The Drunken Burger (includes one well shot or domestic draft beer) and the Volcano Burger (stuffed with ghost pepper cheese and chorizo, topped with more ghost pepper cheese and spicy secret sauce). And for a most-un-traditional and "bet-you-can't-eat-the-whole-thing" experience, go for the Gourmet Hamburger (aka The French Disaster) in CV Steak. 
Interesting & Helpful Tidbits and News
  • Sports and Race Book: This week you can bet Major League Baseball, US Open Golf
    Ice Chest Hot Seat Prizes for Tonight's Ladies' Night
    Futures, Horseracing
    , the NBA Conference Championships, the NHL Playoffs. the Indianapolis 500 and the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 at Charlottesville on Sunday.
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight: The first 150 ladies who sign up for Ladies’ Night tonight receive another Logo Flower Pen!  To kick off Memorial Day weekend our hot seat prizes tonight are ice chests filled with related summer goodies like a beach towel, chair, sunscreen and lots more. As always, there’s also a ladies-only drink special, raffle and games
  • Duck Friday, Prime Rib Saturday, King Crab Sunday in CV Steak:  Our Friday special in CV Steak is  Grilled Duck Breast 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. 
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, May 18, 2016

Granger Smith Closer, Progressive Slot Attitude, Wine Walk, More

Granger Smith (r) and lead guitar player
Todd Howard (l)  having too much fun!
Granger Almost Here – Clay Walker Tickets Now Available! What type of person says “Drinking rum before 10 am makes you a pirate, not an alcoholic.” and also utters “Every day be thankful for the nights that turn into mornings, friends that turn into family and dreams that turn into reality.”? It’s Granger Smith, and his current tour is inching closer to the Carson Valley where the Granger Smith Concert kicks off  the 2016 TJ’s Corral Concert Schedule on Saturday, May 28. And here’s even more concert news (it pays to check our new blog every Wednesday morning): Tickets went on sale this morning for the Clay Walker Concert in TJ’s on Friday, July 15. 

Sheldon, Leonard, Raj, Howard and Penny
Ready for you to Hit the Jackpot!
How Progressive Are You? Hold on, we’re not talking politics here (we just don’t) – we’re talking about Progressive Jackpots. Would you believe almost half of our slots have progressive Jackpots of some type? Guess that makes us pretty progressive, huh!!
  • Our bank of Penny Progressive slots garners a lot of attention as the jackpot climbs – as it is doing now at over $49,000! No other casino is tied to this one so the jackpot will be won by somebody playing right here at the CVI. Sure would be great to have it hit this coming Monday as that just happens to be Lucky Penny Day.
  • Most if not all of our video poker slot banks have a progressive jackpot game option. Popular spots are the CV Steak and Casino bars (both offer a dollar and a quarter progressive) and any one of a handful plus other locations in the casino.
  • We also have a number of “singular” slots that have their own progressive jackpot and some of them are at respectable levels. A few of these are Gold Pays ($9,000+), Gold Stacks ($8,800+) and Fa-Dao-Le ($10,000+). The beauty of these and our other “one-of” progressive slots: the jackpot can’t be won by the person playing next to you!
  • Some of the other progressive jackpots are hooked to 4-5 machines at the CVI. Examples are the Wave Machine, Lightning Link ($11,000+), Penny Train ($9,900+), Hotshots ($34,000+), 88 Fortunes $15,000+), Buffalo Stampede ($25,000+) and Quick Hit Platinum ($9,900+)
  • The statewide jackpots produce the really big bucks – some enough to give you reason to really celebrate Be a Millionaire Day this Friday. These “system” machines are tied together with a number of other casinos throughout the state and they can be “hit” at any participating casino. We’ve got the IGT “majors” (click links for current amounts) including Megabucks or the Wheel of Fortune progressives ($.25 Jackpot or $1 Jackpot or $5 Jackpot) plus the Aristocrat Big Bang Theory currently sitting at over $540,000!
  • One more thing: all of these jackpots reset to a lower number when they “hit.”  And, with our luck, one of ‘em may have hit after we finished writing this yesterday!
Sign up for the Wine Walk at the Town of
Gardnerville Offices or Big Daddy’s Bike Shop
Wine Walk Thursday: The first 2016 Thirtsy Third Thursday Wine Walk is this Thursday evening with a patriotic theme and we invite all the wine walkers to wander into Sharkey’s as you are passing by and show us your “red, white and blue.”  Sharkey’s Silver Dollar Bar is almost within arm’s reach of the highway 395 sidewalk entrance to Sharkey’s . . . A great place to fill your commemorative glass with the beverage of your choice! Be sure to register at either the Town of Gardnerville Offices or Big Daddy’s Bike Shop starting at 4:30 PM and enjoy the various stops as the activities continue until 7:30 pm.

Greg can swing you through a great
outing for your golf group!
Today is Golf Day - and we hope you are either playing golf today or planning a golf outing to the Carson Valley! The Carson Valley Inn is headquarters to over 100 golf groups every year ranging in size from 8 to over 100. We make it easy by setting up your hotel rooms and your social functions and – most  importantly – arranging your starting times for as many days of golf as your group would like.  Find out more about what we can do for your group by calling Greg Enholm at 775-783-6615. If it’s golf related, Greg has either done it, seen it, or heard about it! And if you ask Greg what the weather will be like on the day your group is planning to be here, just watch out 'cause he's likely to give you his standard answer, which just happens to be true today: 75 and sunny!

Join Us in Thanking . . .
  • Saturday is Armed Forces Day. We salute and thank the 1,300,000+ active members and 811,000+ people in the reserve components of our military branches: the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. We appreciate the safety you provide for the residents of our country!
  • During May we are showing our support for the Nevada Military Support Alliance by donating $1 for everyone who swipes his or her player card at the casino kiosk at the CVI (every Monday), Bodines Casino (every Monday) and Sharkey’s Casino (every Saturday).  This organization’s mission is “to organize and promote the recognition, support and appreciation of Nevada’s men and women of our Armed Forces, veterans and their families.”
  • Saturday is also National Waiters and Waitresses Day.  We thank and recognize the 100+ employees who serve your food in Katie's and CV Steak . . . . that number jumps to almost 200 when you consider Sharkey's Casino, Bodines Casino and the many bartenders and slot hosts at all three locations who make sure your drinks are delivered.  It's not always an easy job and we hope you'll join us in giving them extra kudos on Saturday! 
Graduation Day Cakes! Put this one at the top of your priority list!! (Kidding, but it may just bail you out of a dilemma). We’ve had a few requests, so our bakery is taking orders for Graduation Cakes and Cupcakes. Just stop by the bakery counter near the Katie’s cashier and let us know what size and the preferred school colors. Our bakery crew said they are especially ready to accommodate the Douglas High School graduates with themes of orange and black.

Free Cabaret Lounge Entertainment: Bill Wharton entertains tonight and Just Us takes the stage Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Early next week in the Cabaret: John Palmore on Sunday, Jonathon “JB” Barton Monday and Stew Stewart Tuesday.  Just Us is a unique group of musicians who decided to blend together the sounds of the Motor City and Oakland, CA to develop "Sweet, Grown & Sexy" sounds - music from the 60’s to the present.  Aladdin handles lead vocal and percussion. He is joined by Les Carter on vocals and drums, Phil Weaver on vocals and guitar and Fred Williams on bass. 

Interesting & Helpful Tidbits and News
  • Sports and Race Book: This week you can bet Major League Baseball, US Open Golf Futures, Horseracing, the NBA Conference Championships, the NHL Playoffs and the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Saturday at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight: The first 150 ladies who sign up for Ladies’ Night tonight receive another Logo Flower Pen to add to the Pen Planter we gave away two weeks ago!  Also tonight: a ladies-only drink special, raffle, games and hot seat drawings for World Market Baskets.
  • Game Friday, Prime Rib Saturday, King Crab Sunday in CV Steak:  Our Friday special in CV Steak is Beer Braised Wild Boar Shanks with tomato, mustard and fresh herbs for $27.  Saturday night’s special is Garlic Studded Prime Rib for $26 and Sunday's special is one pound of King Crab Legs for $32. 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.
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!