With all that heat it is only natural to look for ways to stay cool

With all that heat it is only natural to look for ways to stay cool

July 18, 2017 3:09 AM


It has been hot this summer in the Valley of Dollars with triple digit highs the norm and 110-plus not unusual. We even set new records on a few days. With all that heat it is only natural to look for ways to stay cool. With that in mind, Station Casinos has come up with a number of ways to chill, have fun and not spend a bundle.

Texas Star Lanes at Texas Station is offering $1.50 games daily for bowling early birds (8 a.m.-1 p.m.) and on Thursdays, now through Aug. 10, it is just $1 per game all day long. The snack bar also has $1 specials on Thursdays.

If you want to be super cool, check out the Fiesta Rancho’s SoBe Ice Arena, which is offering $7 summer sessions. They have public ice skating available daily. Check SoBe’s online calendar for times as it varies from day to day. It’s listed under the Entertainment tab on Fiesta’s home page.

Of course one of husband Ron’s favorite ways to stay out of heat is to stop at any Station, Fiesta or Wildfire sportsbooks, check out the futures lines, bet a ballgame and catch some of the action on those amazing HD screens.

If you have been following George Epstein’s column you may be ready to test your poker skills. If so, head to Green Valley Ranch’s poker room. Every Thursday they have an Omaha High Hand tournament at 6:30 p.m., with a guaranteed $800 prize pool – and the buy-in is only $45.

Chocolate lovers (yes, we are) should check out the Chocolate Lounge at Red Rock Resort. Every Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m., guests are invited to relax in luxury at Onyx while indulging in hand-crafted cocktails and chocolate sweets.

And, there is always the old standby for cooling off – jump into the pool. Green Valley and Red Rock pools are both open to the public this summer, Monday through Friday beginning at 9 a.m. The entrance fee is $25 for adults (21 and up) and $20 for those under 21 if they are with an adult. Cabanas can be reserved if you like, but it’s not necessary. Food and drink menus are available, too. On Saturdays and Sundays there are pool parties for adults at both properties (the Pond at GVR and Cabana Club at RR) beginning at 11 a.m. Entry is $30 for men and $20 for women.

GET WELL WISHES go to Bobby Baldwin who took a tumble down a couple of flights of stairs recently. The Aria president and CEO had the mishap at the property and according to reports has a number of broken bones but is expected to fully recover.

ON THE MOVE: Brian Fountain has been named director of food and beverage at Maryland Live! Casino. Brian brings 20 years of experience in hospitality and restaurant management to the table… MGM Springfield (Mass.) is staffing up for its expected September 2018 opening and has appointed Alex Dixon as general manager and Courtney Wenleder as VP of finance and CFO. Also, Marikate Murren was promoted to VP of human resources… Hard Rock International, based in Orlando, Fla., made several key appointments, including Jon Lucas as chief operating officer. Dale Hipsh was promoted to senior vice president and Sean Caffery, a seasoned executive with many years of industry experience, will play a vital role in new business development. Congratulations to all.

See you around town.