Highlights for South Jersey, February 14

The Golden Nugget Atlantic City will host grand opening festivities in the beautiful new 20-table Poker Room beginning Friday, February 17 - Sunday, February 19.

The luxury Poker Room officially opened in December, however, this special Grand Opening celebration weekend will give guests an opportunity to get in on the action with several featured events including guaranteed No Limit Hold ’Em Tournaments, prizes and hot seat giveaways.

On Saturday, February 18 beginning at Noon the Poker Room will host a $10,000 Guaranteed No Limit Hold ‘Em Tournament. The event will be a $100 + $20 buy-in with a 15,000 starting chip stack and optional $40 add-on for an additional 10,000 in chips. There will be 30 minute levels, and if players miss out on the opportunity to cash in on this event it will be repeating again on Saturdays, February 25, March 3 and 10.

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On Sunday, February 19 at Noon a $2,012 Guaranteed No Limit Hold ‘Em Tournament will be played with a $40 + $10 buy-in with a 10,000 starting chip stack and optional $20 Add-On for an additional 5,000 in chips. This tournament play will feature 20 minute levels and the event will repeat on Sundays, February 26, March 4 and 11.

Throughout the entire weekend guests will also be offered the opportunity to enter for a chance to win a trip to the Golden Nugget Las Vegas. Cash game players can win drawing tickets beginning at 11 a.m. on Friday through Sunday at 5p.m. Drawings will be held at 5:15 p.m. Sunday for various prizes including the grand prize trip to Las Vegas, which includes air fare, hotel room, food credit and a $1,080 entry into the Grand Finale Poker Event June 30, as part of the Grand Poker Series.

As a final added incentive, free Buffet hot seats will be awarded hourly beginning Friday, February 17 through Sunday, February 19 from 11a.m. - 9 p.m. daily.

 The casino‘s Pokernow offers high hand progressive jackpots, plus complimentary continental breakfast and early evening snacks. For more information on the Golden Nugget Atlantic City Poker Room, visit www.goldennugget.com/AtlanticCity/play_poker.asp or email poker@goldennugget.c\

Ready for a little Bourbon Street on the Boardwalk?   Well then grab a Hurricane, a bowl of gumbo, and break out the beads at Showboat Atlantic City where Mardi Gras isn’t just a day, it’s a way of life. Showboat Atlantic City presents Mardi Gras 2012, a five day celebration of themed events, entertainment, contests, promotions and plentiful food and beverage offerings.

It’s pretty much a given fact that the music of New Orleans is second to none, that is, until now.   Throughout Mardi Gras 2012, Showboat Atlantic City is offering guests a chance to enjoy free, live entertainment in the lobby with the musical stylings of The Crawdaddy Band, the East Coast’s premiere Louisiana Cajun, Zydeco, Blues act.  Additionally, the lobby at Showboat will feature the Cajun Brothers, a group known for their over-the-top brand of bayou-blues-rock.

New Orleans has been called “The Fat City,” and for good reason—the native cuisine is some of the most recognizable and indulgent in the world.  In honor of Mardi Gras, Showboat’s restaurants are serving up N’awlins favorites. The French Quarter Buffet is offering Whole Roast Pig, Seafood Jambalaya, and King Cake. Mansion Café will serve Crab Cake Benedict with Cajun Hollandaise and Shrimp Gumbo. Scarduzio’s Steak | Sushi | Lounge is serving Blackened Prime Rib and Shrimp Creole. Casa di Napoli offers Cajun cuisine with the Blackened Bronzino and Crawfish Etouffe. Foundation Room is treating customers with Pecan Crusted Gulf Trout and Sticky Toffee Pudding. Finally the House of Blues Restaurant delivers a mouth-watering delight with Oyster Po’ Boys and Shrimp, Crawfish Etoufee, and some authentic Who Dat beverages like $5 Abita Beers and $5 Bayou Breeze Cocktails.

 

Guests looking to make some Doubloons, can cash in with Showboat’s Mardi Gras $50,000 sweepstakes, which is open to the public.  On February 18th at 2pm, on the main concourse at Showboat, Total Rewards Members can begin swiping their Total Rewards cards at the promotional kiosks to enter.  Drawings are held at 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, and 6pm, with 10 winners chosen every hour.  Additionally, Showboat will offer a Fat Tuesday $15,000 sweepstakes on February 21st.  This promotion invites guests to swipe Total Rewards cards at any promotional kiosk from 2pm to 6pm, with drawings at 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, and 7pm.  At the 7pm drawing, 11 randomly selected winners will receive a mini King Cake, and one of the traditional Mardi Gras desserts will contain a mini baby figurine buried deep inside; the Total Rewards member who finds the figurine will win the grand prize.

“There’s an old NOLA saying, ‘Laissez le Bon Temp Rouler,’ translated it means ‘Let the Good Times Role,’ and from Friday the 17th to Fat Tuesday that’s exactly what guests at Showboat can expect,” said Jennifer Weissman, Regional Vice President of Marketing for Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City.  “With eclectic food offerings, inspired entertainment, and amazing sweepstakes, Showboat’s Mardi Gras celebration doesn’t simply borrow the feel of the Crescent City, but rather, enhances it.”

 And for the main event, the House of Blues Casino Party Pit hosts Showboat’s 4th Annual Fat Tuesday King Cake Eating World Championship.  On February 21st  at 3pm, this open to the public event features twelve of the world’s best competitive eaters, as they gather to consume as many dense and sticky king cakes as humanly possible. The winner will receive fame, glory and a part of the $4,000 cash prize for this Major League Eating sanctioned event.  Such heavyweight competitors include: Sean “Flash” Gordon of Downingtown, PA; Micah “Candyman” Collins of Drexel Hill, PA; Bob “Notorious B.O.B.” Shoudt of Royersford, PA; the 105 pound Sonya “the Black Widow” Thomas of Alexandria, VA; and the current king cake champion Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti of Chicago, IL.

“Showboat Atlantic City is proud to welcome back Major League Eating for the 4th Annual Fat Tuesday King Cake Eating Championship,” continued Weissman. “This event is the pinnacle to Showboat’s five-day festival devoted to Mardi Gras and the spirit of New Orleans. For anyone who has not seen this, event in person I urge you to come down and experience it first-hand.” For additional information, please visit http://www.showboatac.com/

 In celebration of Atlantic City’s rich history during Black History Month, Tanger Outlets, The Walk present local author Marte’ King and Friends from 1-4pm Saturday, February 18th at The Melting Pot restaurant. All attendees will delight in complimentary cheese and chocolate fondue and a free Tanger Outlets, The Walk gift bag.

Marte’ King was born in Ohio and raised in Washington D.C.  He lived in Los Angeles before moving to Atlantic City.   King is a lecturer, motivational speaker, workshop facilitator and author of two books, “One Man Team” and “Fruition.”  King’s appearance at The Melting Pot will feature readings from his book, “Fruition,” as well as a book signing.

“Fruition” is the story of a man imprisoned who chooses to swim in optimism instead of sinking in despair.  He chooses to volunteer for Palliative Care and shares his sometimes humorous and thought-provoking insights on these experiences as he journeys to become the man he so wants to be.

Marte’ King will be joined by three exceptionally talented young women, L’Oreal “ElleVintage” Chrisp-Seels,a poet/songstress/author ;  Marnet “Marni”   Ali a former Def Jam Recording artist; and Cierra Farquharson, a graduate student at La Salle University with her first book of poetry.   Each are on a spiritual journey and express their love and devotion, triumphs and tribulations and hopes and dreams in a unique way through the Arts.

On Saturday, February 18th, Tanger Outlets, The Walk invites you to share an afternoon of possibilities with Marte’ King and Friends at The Melting Pot Restaurant,  2112 Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City from  1-4pm.   Admission is free.

General Hospital’s iconic quartet is ready to drop the stethoscopes and pick up the guitars.  Fans looking to enjoy Daytime TV’s hottest act have only one place to go, Bally’s Atlantic City’s Traymore Ballroom, as it becomes the set for Port Chuck.

On March 24th guests can gather at Bally’s Traymore Ballroom and watch as residents from everybody’s favorite, fictional, Western New York lake-side town light up the stage at 10pm and rock out until midnight.  General Hospital’s Port Chuck will spend the night delighting audience members with rockin’ songs that everybody knows.  Tickets prices range from $35 to $55 to $75 depending on seating.

This Port Chuck performance is the only event in which the General Hospital stars are set to appear that weekend. Tickets are on sale now through www.ticketmaster.com. For more information on Port Chuck’s performance, please visit: www.ballysac.com

The Stockton Center on Successful Aging announces a professional seminar sponsored by Right at Home and the Shores of Wesley Manor, scheduled for Thursday,February 23, 2012 from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm at The Shores at Wesley Manor, 2201 Bay Avenue, Ocean City, NJ. 

The seminar, designed for professionals, para-professionals, and other caregivers who work with older adults is free of charge and includes a complimentary dinner. Upon completion, participants will receive 2 CEs for Social Workers.

 The seminar titled Culturally Competent Practices with Latino Clients and Families: Building on Evidence Based Principles will be presented by Dr. Merydawilda Colon, Associate Professor of Social Work and Coordinator of Stockton’s Social Work Program.

 This presentation highlights empirically-based principles for culturally competent practice with Latinos.  After attending this seminar, participants will be able to verbalize and apply empirically-based principles for culturally competent practice with Latinos, using a strengths perspective approach and tools such as the culturagram to assess Latino families in terms of acculturation and family functioning (i.e. family stress and conflict areas). Also, participants will be able to use solution-focused questions in their assessment with Latino consumers.

 Online advanced registration is required by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 17, 2012 and can be accessed via the SCOSA website at www.stockton.edu/scosa.  For more information contact: Patricia Smith, Community Liaison, Right At Home, Email: psmith@rahnjshore.com, Tel: 609.788.8236, Fax: 609.788.8254

The Wine Tasting Art Show held last week to benefit the scholarship fund of the Greater Atlantic City Concierge Association (GACCA) and the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority Foundation (ACCVAF) raised enough money to provide up to six scholarships for hospitality education.

“Aside from ticket sales, it was a great evening of art and wine tastings,” said Larry Sieg, vice president of marketing for the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority.  “Our guests enjoyed viewing and buying works from nine local artists, and the wines from Gallo Wines were a big hit.  The Atlantic City Country Club atmosphere and music by the Eddie Morgan Trio made it all the more enjoyable.  We’re already looking forward to and planning next year’s event.”

Scholarships will be awarded to students majoring in hospitality management at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Atlantic Cape Community College and Fairleigh Dickinson University.  They will be presented during the ACCVAF’s annual Host Awards on May 12, 2012 at Boardwalk Hall http://www.accvafoundation.org/hostawards/index.htm).  

Scholarship applications are available through March 5, 2012.  To apply, please contact Wilma Hanna at 609-449-7119, whanna@accva.com, or Doreen Prinzo at 609-449-7156, dprinzo@accva.com

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