Tivoli Village tour in Las Vegas on my menu again

May 31, 2011 3:00 AM

We ventured over to Tivoli Village recently, the newest shopping and dining experience across from the tony Queensridge towers on Rampart Blvd.

Since it was a Saturday morning, the farmer’s market was in full swing. There were nearly two dozen stands selling select seasonal fruits and vegetables, freshly baked breads, fresh herbs and spices, olive oils, salsas, raw honey and more. Almost everything was labeled organic and pesticide-free.

What made it even better were the free samples. The vendors wanted us to know their goods were delectable so most of them had handy containers with sweet, delicious strawberries, blueberries, cherries, grapes or orange and grapefruit slices. Of course we were compelled to taste, and invariably couldn’t resist making a purchase or two.

There were also vendors selling lovely handmade crafts and jewelry. For adventurous soles, there were booths with folks giving advice on growing your own produce and then canning it; a lost art in today’s world and a lot of hard work.

The market is also a fun place for children. There is live music for all to enjoy, face painting stations for the little ones and men who can make any animal imaginable out of balloons.

The center is a bit far for most visitors, but those staying at Red Rock, Rampart or Suncoast are close enough to stop by, as are locals in the northwest area.

We got so wrapped up in the market we ran out of time and didn’t get a chance to check out any of the shops so another trip is in order.

BEST BET: If you like bargains and you also like to place a wager or two, you should check out Pai Gow at Cannery Casino Resorts.

All three of the Cannery casinos – Cannery, Eastside Cannery and Rampart – have been offering commission-free progressive Pai Gow since March and patrons are pleased.

Normally, there is a 5% commission on winning hands, but Cannery has been able to abolish that by making one simple change to the game. When a dealer receives a queen-high Pai Gow all player winning hands are pushed.

Since progressive jackpots have been known to grow to over six figures and have even reached $200,000-plus, a 5% commission is not pocket change!

COLLECTIBLES: It’s only about three weeks until the 19th annual Casino Chip and Gaming Token Collectors Club International Show and Convention at South Point casino. (That’s a mouthful. Wonder if they’ve ever thought of shortening the name?)

If you have any interest in casino chips, dice, matchbooks, ashtrays, slot machines, table layouts or just about anything with a logo on it, this is the place to be June 22-25. You can get details at their website – www.ccgtcc.com.

We’re definitely going so maybe we’ll see you there.

FORE! Dennis "Denny the Dog" Ball has bid adieu to the hustle and bustle of selling slot machines for IGT, the world’s leading manufacturer, after 30 years.

One of the best salesmen company founder Sy Redd ever found, Denny set the bar very high for those following in his footsteps. During his tenure he racked up total sales of over 88,000 machines, a company record.

Lovely wife Renee threw a surprise celebration at their home last week, inviting co-workers past and present. Among the guests was Ron Lurie, Denny’s first boss at IGT, former mayor of Las Vegas and now executive vice president and general manager of Arizona Charlie’s Decatur.

When we asked Denny about his plans he responded with a smile, "There will be a lot of golf in my future."

Golf means a lot to the former New York State resident and the regulation putting green in his backyard is testament to how seriously he takes his game.

"But don’t worry," he added, "I’ll still be writing my ‘Denny the Dog’ column this football season!"

THANK YOU! This past Monday was Memorial Day and we would like to take a moment to thank all men and women in uniform, now or in the past, for all of the sacrifices they have made to help keep us a free and safe nation. God Bless.

See you around town.