Players have plenty to celebrate

May 9, 2005 12:26 AM

Celebrating its second anniversary, Casino MonteLago at Lake Las Vegas will be serving free cake and champagne in Il Caverna Lounge for a player appreciation weekend, May 14-15, from noon to 5 p.m. There will be a free player appreciation slot tournament both days from 11 a.m. to 7:45 p.m., in which the top prize is $500 cash in a "Beat-the-Board" format. One free entry will be given to all Club Uno members. Additional entries can be earned based on play in the casino.

Barley’s Casino and Brewing Company has plenty of cheapies and freebies this month starting with two free $1,000 video poker tournaments. Win your share of the dough by playing on Wednesday, May 11 and Wednesday, May 25.. Stop by the tournament center and sign up to qualify between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. Three minutes of your time could earn you up to $300 in cool cash!

Next up is the annual Barley’s Brewfest featuring live entertainment and plenty of beer, to be held from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. The $20 admission allows you to sample beer from more than 18 of the top micro-breweries in Las Vegas and the western United States.

Finally, Barley’s also begins its free summer concert series this month, held at the outside fountain area. The current line-up includes: David Van Such on May 20, Limey Bar Stewards on May 27, Old School on June 3 and The Fab on June 10. All the concerts are held from 7 to 10 p.m.

At the Palms, the Sunrise Cafe (coffee shop) has moved to temporary quarters and is now located on the 2nd floor of Garduno’s cantina until approximately September 1. It’s open from 7 a.m. until midnight.

Don’t miss the city’s many free centennial celebrations. Post Modern, the historic downtown post office and courthouse, hosts a Vintage Postcard Exhibition this month. The free exhibit features a fascinating historical retrospective of the past 100 years as seen through vintage postcards, historical photographs and artifacts. The Post Modern is located at 300 East Stewart and is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays through May 31.

As mentioned in last week’s column, Las Vegas will celebrate its 100th birthday at the Fremont Street Experience with free concerts and activities this weekend. The Centennial celebration on Fremont Street kicks off Thursday with Very Vegas and John Encino taking the stage at 6 p.m., and The Verge and Tony Marques performing at 9 p.m.

On Friday, May 13, Paul Revere and the Raiders will bring their rock and roll show to the First Street stage with Asleep at the Wheel entertaining on the Third Street stage. The party continues through Saturday with Chubby Checker and country superstar Pam Tillis.