Around the Area

A variety of shows, events, activities beyond the casino scene

Thursday, Dec. 12
What: The public is invited to a free movie night at Laughlin Ranch to watch “Elf” outside on a huge 20-inch screen. Bring blankets and low chairs to sit and enjoy the show. No outside food or beverages allowed, but there will be concessions available starting at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Laughlin Ranch Golf Club, 1360 William Hardy Drive, Bullhead City, 5.3 miles from Laughlin.
When: Thursday, Dec. 12 (6 p.m. AZ time).
Cost: Free to watch.
Info: Call 928-754-1243.

Friday-Sunday, Dec. 13-15
What: Grace Arts Live presents Elf, The Musical, based on the beloved holiday film, the musical follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making skills cause him to face the truth and find his real family. Elf, The Musical is resented by special arrangement with Musical Theatre International.
Where: Grace Arts Live, 2146 McCulloch Blvd., Lake Havasu City, 39.6 miles from Laughlin,
When: Friday-Sunday, Dec. 13-15 (Fri & Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun, 2 p.m. matinee, AZ time).
Cost: $28 adults, $15 children 17 and under.
Info: 928-505-2787 or visit the website,

Saturday, Dec. 14
What: The Holiday Cookie Crawl returns to Downtown Kingman. Stroll through this historic district, sip hot chocolate and vote for best cookies and best decorated storefront during this family-friendly event. Whose cookies and decorations will impress? Purchase passports and return them to win prizes at the end of the evening. The cookie crawl begins and ends, with prize drawings for completed passports at the after party at Diana’s Cellar Door.
Where: Diana’s Cellar Door Wine Bar, 414 Beale Street, Downtown Kingman, 34.8 miles from Laughlin.
When: Saturday, Dec. 14 (2 p.m.-6 p.m., AZ time).
Cost: $15. Purchase tickets at
Info: email:

Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 14-15
What: Take the family and visit Santa’s Hualapai Wonderland at the Hualapai Mountain Park. Visit Santa, go on an old-fashioned hayride, drink hot cocoa, eat cookies and roast marshmallows.
Where: Hualapai Mountain Park, 6250 Hualapai Mountain Road, Kingman, 46.8 miles from Laughlin,
When: Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 14-15 (noon-4 p.m., AZ time).
Cost: $7 per vehicle.
Info: 928-681-5700.

Friday, Dec. 20
What: The WOW Mobile Pop-Up Pantry welcomes all to choose from seasonal imperfectly delicious produce, miscellaneous packaged goods and assorted pantry staples. No qualifications, unrestricted access. Sign in on-site and choose your produce. Bring your own wheelie coolers, rolling carts, wheelbarrows and dollies. Limited courtesy grocery carts available.
Where: Rotary Park sports field ramada, 2315 Balboa Dr., Bullhead City, 9.5 miles from Laughlin.
When: Friday, Dec. 20 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.).
Cost: Free, donations accepted but not required.
Info: Call 928-758-7689.

Friday & Sunday, Dec. 20 & 22
What: Celebrating the Christmas season, Community Lutheran Church presents its annual Christmas Cantata — Pepper Choplin’s “Christmas Presence,” a musical celebration of hope, peace and love. The musical is performed by the acclaimed Cantata Choir under the direction of Karl Thompson. The Cantata program also features vocal and instrumental solos, a selection of choral Christmas anthems by the choir and the singing of Christmas carols as the audience joins in this popular tradition. Refreshments follow the Sunday performance.
Where: Community Lutheran Church, 2275 Ricca Road (between North Oatman Road and upper Riverview Drive), Bullhead City, 10.4 miles from Laughlin,
When: Friday & Sunday, Dec. 20 & 22 (Fri 7 p.m., Sun 3 p.m. AZ time).
Cost: Freewill offering only.
Info: Church office, 928-763-2422, or call 928-727-4171.

Wednesday, Jan. 1
What: What started out as a fun challenge, Kingman’s Polar Bear Plunge, has blossomed into a full-scale specialty event to begin the new year. Open to anyone brave enough to start the year in a chilling way by plunging into near freezing waters at Centennial Pool can earn prizes located at the bottom of the pool. Hot showers await all dippers at the event’s conclusion.
NOTE: Brisk water temperatures may not be suitable for everyone. Those with a heart condition or history of heart-related problems may not want to participate. Consulting a physician prior to participation is suggested. All plungers do so at their own risk.
Where: Centennial Pool, 3333 Harrison St., Kingman, 36.9 miles from Laughlin.
When: Wednesday, Jan. 1 (noon AZ time).
Cost: Free to participate.
Info: Call Kingman Parks & Rec, 928-757-7919.

Now-Sunday, Jan. 5
What: London Bridge Resort presents the annual Festival of Lights with more than 500,000 twinkling lights reflected in the waters of the Bridgewater Channel. Santa traditionally visits the day after Thanksgiving and hangs around the area to get out of the cold, making regular visits every Friday and Saturday (6 p.m.-8 p.m.). Plenty of free parking at the English Village or the London Bridge Resort.
Where: London Bridge Resort, 1477 Queens Bay, Lake Havasu City, 71.1 miles from Laughlin,
When: Friday, Nov. 29-Jan. 5, 2020 (6 p.m.-10 p.m., AZ time).
Cost: Free.
Info: 928-855-0888 or email:

Now-Sunday, Jan. 12
What: Ice skating in the desert? London Bridge Resort offers this family friendly activity for all ages for the holiday season and then some. Enjoy real ice skating under twinkle lights and a backdrop of pine trees. Complimentary ice skate rentals are provided wit paid admission.
Where: London Bridge Resort, 1477 Queens Bay, Lake Havasu City, 71.1 miles from Laughlin,
When: Friday, Nov. 29-Sunday, Jan. 12 (Fri-Sat 4 p.m.-11 p.m./ Sun 4 p.m.-8 p.m.; Tues-Thurs 4 p.m.-9 p.m.; Christmas school break hours Dec. 23-Jan. 5, Mon-Sun 4 p.m.-11 p.m. special hours for Christmas and New Years, all AZ time). Hours are subject to change.
Cost: ages 13 and up $12 per hour, children 12 and under $10 per hour.
Info: 928-855-0888.

Every Thursday night
What: J&J Mystery Events presents Mystery Pub Trivia. Win cash prizes, for ages 21 and older. No commitment required. Teams of up to 5 or individuals.
Where: Cocktails; 3935 Highway 95, Bullhead City, 12.4 miles from Laughlin.
When: Every Thursday (6:30 p.m.).
Cost: $5 per person.
Info: For information, call 928-296-0748, or visit

What: The Bullhead City Elks #2408 Auxiliary hosts Bingo on Friday nights. Low buy-in, new game, bigger payouts. Food available.
Where: Elks Lodge, 1745 Emerald Road, Bullhead City, 7.3 miles from Laughlin.
When: Fridays (doors open 4:40 p.m., sales 5:30 p.m.-6:15 p.m., game starts 6:30 p.m.).
Cost: No charge to attend, bingo card packs for sale.
Info: Call 928-758-2408.

What: The River Valley Artist Guild sponsors displays by member artists.
• The display for December at Black Mountain Bistro and Bar (formerly Lisa’s Bistro), 1595 Mohave Drive, 8.7 miles from Laughlin, features the work of Tammy Flanagan.
“Tammy’s original paintings are inspired by her travels across the country and globe and the people, places, flora and fauna seen every day. She enjoys both studio and Plein-Air painting using transparent and opaque watercolor with various texture and mixed media techniques. Turning her completed painting into its own unique work of art, she finishes each piece with customized matting and framing.
She says she’s always a beginner and loves to learn and experiment with those who share the love of he craft and participates in art groups, workshops and classes regularly both as student and teacher.
She and her husband Steve are both retired US Air Force veterans and have the good fortune of living in Laughlin and in South Park County, Colorado. She is a member of the River Valley Artist Guild and Park County Creative Alliance. Commission enquiries welcome. To get in touch, email
Info: For more information on the River Valley Artist Guild, call 928-303-1292 or email; or visit

Thursdays, September-May.
What: The Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge is offering weekly walking tours suitable for family outings. The tour includes the Visitor Center, Peninsula Trail and Delta trails. People will see and learn about the refuge’s habitat types, and the plants and animals that use them. Please wear sturdy shoes or boots, appropriate apparel, bring water, binoculars, sunscreen, and hats.
Where: Bill Williams River Refuge Visitor Center, Parker, AZ, 94.9.3 miles from Laughlin (from Lake Havasu City, travel approximately 17 miles south on Highway 95 until you cross the Bill Williams River. Continue for 1/2 mile and turn right into the visitor center parking area near the mile marker 161.
When: Thursdays, September through May (8 a.m.-10 a.m.).
Cost: Free.
Info: Call Joey Saccomanno, 928-667-4144, ext. 128, or email him,


No cover unless listed. To have info listed on these pages, contact the Laughlin entertainer at, or call 928-763-2505, ext 7230.

Black Mountain Bistro & Bar: 1595 Mohave Drive #4, Bullhead City (on street across from north side of Walmart); 928-219-5911, 8.7 miles from Laughlin — The K Brick Jazz Show (jazz, reeds, vocals) — Reminiscing with Keith (traditional country, ’50s, ’60s) — Mondays (5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.); An intimate evening with Billy Kay and friends (variety) — Thursdays (5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.); The Druthers (vintage, variety, originals) — Fridays (5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.). Side note: Billy K wrote the song “Lifeline,” and recorded it with 15 local entertainers for the purpose of raising money to benefit both the American Legion Post 60 in Laughlin and VFW Post 10005 in Bullhead City. The song is now on a CD, and available at both locations.

Celebration Dinner Cruises at Aquarius Casino Resort Dock: Laughlin; 702-298-1047 or 800-228-9825 — live music, various local musicians — Wednesdays-Mondays (6 p.m.-8 p.m.). Dinner cruises are $45 per person.

Colianno’s: 2200 Highway 95 (corner of Hancock and Highway 95), Bullhead City; 928-758-7104, 7 miles from Laughlin — Melody & Ted (variety) Thursdays — (6 p.m.-9 p.m.); Wine Wednesdays with Bella & her accordion (5 p.m.-8 p.m.).

Crazy Ray’s Creative Creations: In Oatman, Arizona, at the south end of Main Street (Historic Route 66) at entrance to self-guided mine tours; 951-436-6480, 31.2 miles from Laughlin — Bumpin’ Uglys featuring Crazy Ray and George Joseph (classic rock and roll, country, originals) — daily (10 a.m.-3 p.m., intermittently depending upon when the Uglys feel like “bumpin'”); play at least one song with them and become a member of the Bumpin’ Uglys, the fastest growing band around.

Eagles Lodge of Kingman: 4536 N. Patsy Drive, Kingman, Arizona; 928-757-8635, 40.9 miles from Laughlin ­— dinner and live music — Arizona Thunder (country, classic rock, pop, standards) — Friday, Dec. 13 (6 p.m.-10 p.m.), Tuesday, Dec. 31 (6 p.m.-10 p.m.); open to members of any Eagles Lodge and guests.

Lazy Harry’s: 2170 Rio Grande Road (next to Arizona Veterans Memorial on the river), Bullhead City; 928-758-6322, 9.9 miles from Laughlin, — Blues Night Jam hosted by Buck Naykid, third Thursday of each month; Sunday Jam Session with RGB — Sundays (2 p.m.-6 p.m.).

Loyal Order of the Moose, Lodge #1860 Bullhead City: 2620 Miracle Mile, Bullhead City, 7.1 miles from Laughlin; call 928-763-1860 — Class Act with Grace Black, (wide variety; pop/rock/country/salsa)—Saturday, Dec. 28 (6 p.m.-9 p.m.); open to members of any Moose Lodge and their guests.

Oatman Hotel: 181 Main Street (Historic Route 66), Oatman, Arizona; 928-768-4408, 31.3 miles from Laughlin — Mike Fox (guitar/vocals, country, folk, spirituals) — daily (from 12:30 p.m. AZ time; after the first Old West gunfight on Main St. until ?).

Old Town Saloon: 2850 S. Casino Drive, Laughlin; 702-298-3866 — Pat O’Brien (variety) — Wednesday, Dec. 11, Dec. 18 (5 p.m.-9 p.m.); Ray Gunn Band (classic rock, blues, country) — Saturday, Dec. 14 (7 p.m.-11 p.m.); DJ Loke — Saturday, Dec. 21 (8 p.m.-midnight NV time); Profound Sounds — Saturday, Dec. 28, Jan. 4, Jan. 11, Jan. 18 (8 p.m.-midnight); Dry Heat (variety) Saturday, Jan. 25 (7 p.m.-11 p.m.); Kitchen open Sunday-Thursday (11 a.m.-9 p.m.), Fri-Sat (11 a.m.-10 p.m.).

Silvia’s Lindo Sinaloa: 2064 S. Highway 95, Bullhead City; 928-757-7206, 58.1 miles from Laughlin — ClassAct Band (wide variety, pop, rock) — Thursdays (6 p.m.-9 p.m.).

VFW #2190: Main Street Chloride, Arizona; 928-565-9555, 39.4 miles from Laughlin — Double Diamond Band (country) — Saturdays (6 p.m.).

VFW #2555: 6068 W. Supai Drive (at corner of Lowell Road just off Highway 68), Golden Valley, Arizona; 928-565-3344, 23.1 miles from Laughlin — The Druthers (vintage, variety, originals), Mondays, (5 p.m.-8 p.m.); open to all VFW members and guests.


Information on karaoke compiled with the help of Dick Patzold of Karaoke Specialties. For updates on karaoke information, contact Patzold at 928-704-0077 or You can also call us directly at 928-763-2505, ext 7230 or

19th Hole Bar & Grill: Karaoke at the Rivers Edge Golf Course, 144 Marina Drive, Needles, California, 22.4 miles from Laughlin; call 760-326-3343; Fridays ( starts 6 p.m.).

American Legion Post 60: 1510 Bruce Woodbury Drive, Laughlin, 702-299-1510—Monthly karaoke with Kamelion Entertainment with KJ Ingrid — call for dates and times. Fish Fry Fridays.

American Legion Post #88: 15940 Pierce Ferry Road, Dolan Springs, Arizona; 51.6 miles from Laughlin; call 928-767-3088 — Ace of Spades Night, karaoke, food, drink specials — Thursdays (starting at 4 p.m.); open to any American Legion member and guests.

Amvets Post #19: 4310 South Highway 95, Suite A, Fort Mohave, Arizona; 12.9 miles from Laughlin; call 928-704-1992 — Karaoke with Ed DeGroat — Fridays & Sundays (6 p.m.-10 p.m.); open to members and guests.

Bikini Bay Nightclub: 1955 S. Casino Drive (at the mall), Laughlin; 702-299-3311 — Top 40 & club music — Thursday-Sunday; exclusive “mashup” videos on 150″ screen.

CoVeu Drinkery & Eatery: 2247 Clearwater Drive, Bullhead City, 8.2 miles from Laughlin; 928-299-5012 — Karaoke provided by Cowboy & The Lady — Wednesdays (5 p.m.-9 p.m.).

Elks Lodge #2408: 1745 Emerald Road, Bullhead City, 6.8 miles from Laughlin; 928-758-2408 — Karaoke with Jim — every Wednesday (5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.); Dick Patzold every Friday (5 p.m.-9 p.m.); open to members of any Elks Lodge and guests.

The Hideout: 2311 S. Casino Drive, Laughlin (across Casino Drive from the Pioneer); 702-299-0008 — Karaoke with Profound Sound — Fridays and Saturdays (9 p.m.-1 a.m.).

Kathryn Heidenriech Adult Center: 1776 Airway Ave., Kingman, Arizona; 36.8 miles from Laughlin; 928-757-2778 and ask for Maria — karaoke with Todd Maehren — Mondays (12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.), $1.25 admission and bring a potluck dish.

Mohave Shrine Club: 2580 Miracle Mile, Bullhead City; call 928-221-1054 — Karaoke with Dustin Crump or Howard Martin, Saturdays, (6 p.m.-10 p.m.).

Moose Lodge Post #1860 Bullhead City: 2620 Miracle Mile, Bullhead City; call 928-763-1860, 8.2 miles from Laughlin — Karaoke with a variety of KJs — Friday & Saturday (6 p.m.-10 p.m. AZ time).

O’Leary’s Pub: 1063 Highway 95, Bullhead City; 928-754-4226, 3.2 miles from Laughlin — “Party-Oke” with DJ Loke (combo karaoke and DJ) — Sundays (7 p.m.-11 p.m.).

The Pour House: 845 Hancock Road, Bullhead City; 928-299-5220, 8.2 miles from Laughlin — Aloha Friends Karaoke with host Karaoke Kalani — Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday (8 p.m.-midnight).

The Red Dog Saloon: 914 W. Broadway, Needles, California; 760-326-9919, 29.9 miles from Laughlin — Karaoke with Tony — Tuesday & Thursday (8 p.m.).

Route 66 Bar: 1900 Needles Highway, Needles, California; 29 miles from Laughlin; 760-326-2277 — Karaoke Las Vegas — Thursday-Sunday (8:30 p.m.-?).

The Time Out Tavern: 2601 N. Stockton Hill Road, Kingman, Arizona; 928-753-2334, 36.4 miles from Laughlin — Karaoke with Don West — Wednesday & Thursday (9 p.m.-1 a.m.); Karaoke with LA Sound — Sunday (9 p.m.-closing).

VFW #10386: 3036 E. John L Ave., Kingman; 40-5 miles from Laughlin, 928-757-9191 —Karaoke second Saturday of the month — from Kamelion Entertainment with KJ Ingrid — (5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.); open to VFW members and their signed guests.

VFW #10005: 1611 Marble Canyon Drive (across from Scooters, off Miracle Mile), Bullhead City; 928-758-7808, 8.6 miles from Laughlin — Karaoke with variety of KJs — Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays (5 p.m.-9 p.m.), some Sundays (4 p.m.-8 p.m.); open to members of any veterans organizations and their signed guests.

VFW #2190: Main Street Chloride, Arizona; 928-565-9555, 39.4 miles from Laughlin — Karaoke with Sharon — Friday (6 p.m.); Karaoke with Frank & Friends — Sunday (2 p.m.-6 p.m.).

VFW #9833: 15943 N. Pierce Ferry Road, Dolan Springs, Arizona; 928-767-3224, 51.6 miles from Laughlin — Queen of Hearts night, Karaoke with Robert, food and drinks; Tuesdays (4 p.m.). Open to any VFW member and their guests. For more info, call Chris at 928-727-9397.