Around the Area

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

Jan. 17-31, 2018
What: Members of the Topock Art Guild will be featured artists at the Bill Spresser Gallery in Lake Havasu City for the entire month of January. The gallery displays painting, photography, illustration art, collage and mixed media, pastels along with rock paintings, silversmithing and wirewrap jewelry, Athabasskan beatwork, harnd turned or carved wood items, clay masks, and mosaic clay designs as trays and metal sculpture. Artists will be on hand to discuss the work.
Where: Bill Spresser Gallery in the Lake Havasu Visitors Center, 422 English Village by the London Bridge, Lake Havasu City, 70.8 miles from Laughlin
When: Jan. 3-31 (9 a.m.-5 p.m. AZ)
Cost: no charge to browse
Info: 928-855-4115

Friday-Sunday, Jan. 19-21
What The city of Lake Havasu City hosts its 8th Annual Havasu Balloon Festival & Fair. Activities include hot air balloon mass ascension, balloon night glow, sky divers, arts & crafts show, antique and classic cars, carnival rides, entertainment, food and beverage vendors and more.
Where Lake Havasu State Park (Windsor 4) 171 London Bridge Road, Lake Havasu City. Across from the London Bridge Shopping Center, directly south of the Hampton Inn, about 71 miles from Laughlin.
When Friday (6 a.m.10:30 p.m.); Saturday (6 a.m.-11 p.m.); Sunday (6 a.m.- 9 p.m. AZ)
COST $15 per person, children 14 and under are free, good for all three days. Tickets should be picked up at the Havasu Balloon Festival Store, 2109 McCulloch Blvd, Unit 2 (approximately 73 miles from Laughlin) by Wednesday, Jan. 17 (4 p.m.)
INFO Call 877-505-2440, or visit:

Saturday, Jan. 20
What The Elks #2408 Ladies Auxilliary presents the 8th annual “Anything Chocolate Festival.” In addition to all the chocolate covered treats, chili and soft drinks also will be available for purchase. The event includes an auction, entertainment and prizes.
Where Elks Lodge BPOE #2408, 1745 Emerald Drive, Bullhead City, 6.2 miles from Laughlin
When Saturday, Jan. 20 (11 a.m.- 2 p.m. AZ)
COST $6 per person
INFO Call 928-758-1151, or Tedi Eastes, 269-858-5301

Saturday, Jan. 27
What These are the annual Oatman Bed Races which sees teams of five people each competing in bed races down the Main Street of town (Historic Route 66).
Each team must use official beds. They must have one member riding on the bed and four members pushing the bed down the street in the fastest time possible with all five crew members in constant contact with the bed at all times. Teams have to change the bed at the end of the street before turning around and heading back to the finish line. Each pusher must pillowcase one pillow and sheet must be completely on the bed during the bed change.
There will be prizes for first, second and third place finishers and prizes for the best costume and showmanship. A parade of the contestants takes place as a prelude to the actual races. All contestants must be at least 18 years of age.
Where Main Street, Historic Route 66, Oatman, Arizona, about 36 miles from Laughlin
When Sat, Jan 27 (parade of entrants 1 p.m. AZ; races 1:30 p.m. AZ)
COST $50 per team entry fee; no spectator fee
INFO Call the Oatman-Goldroad Chamber of Commerce at 928-768-6222 for information or application forms to enter a team in the races

Sat-Sun Jan. 27-28
What: Pioneer Country Events hosts a gun and knife, coins and collectibles show, featuring firearms of all kinds, knives of all types, ammunition, leather goods, clips, major coin dealers, military items, reloading supplies and components, antiques and collectibles, and much more.
Food and beverages available.
Where: Mohave County Fairgrounds, 2600 Fairgrounds Blvd., Kingman
When: Sat, Jan. 27 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.), Sun, Jan. 28 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.)
Cost: $6, 2-day pass $9, children under 13 are free with an adult paid admission.
Info: Call Lon at 928-692-0937 or visit

Artist deadline to enter Wednesday, Jan. 31
Thursday-Friday, March 1-2
What: The River Valley Artists Guild is calling all artists interested in entering its 17th annual Black Mountain Art Show.
Entry fees are: RVAG members $45 (8 entries), non-members $65 (8 entries); $12 single entry (limit 2); and $15 single entry (limit 2).
Where: Mohave Community College, Bullhead City Campus Building 600, 3400 Hwy. 95, Bullhead City, 11 miles from Laughlin
When: Thursday-Friday, March 1-2 (9 a.m.-7 p.m. AZ); Artists Reception & Awards, Friday, March 2 (5 p.m.)
Cost: no charge to view the artwork
Info: Artist applications and information at, or call Georgia, 409-795-4941

Saturday, Feb. 3
What: The Bullhead City Farmers Market is back with a large variety of vendors and products. Shop for fresh fruits and vegetables, gourmet foods and coffees, baked goods, salsas, mustards, honey, handcrafted salad oils, handmade soaps, and personal items such as custom make-up, essential oils, arts and crafts in fabric, metal, jewelry, wood, and much more. Unique home decor create by local artisans.
The Hut will be on hand serving up sandwiches and more.
Where: Bullhead City Community Park, 1251 Hwy. 95, Bullhead City, 2.8 miles from Laughlin
When: Saturday, Feb. 3 (9 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Cost: free admission and parking
Info:, or call, 928-219-2333

Saturday, Feb. 3
What: The Bullhead City Lions Club holds their sixth annual car show, “Roarin’ On The River.” All makes and modes welcome to participate in the show, which includes a poker cruise and more.All proceeds from the show go directly for eye exams and glasses for children and adults, as well as scholarships for high school seniors and registration for special needs people to attend summer camp.
In addition to the cars, there will be music, raffles, T-shirts for sale, and food.
Where: Vista Del Sol RV Resort, 3249 Felipe Drive (on the Bullhead Parkway), Bullhead City, 9.5 miles from Laughlin
When: Saturday, Feb. 3 (registration 8:30 a.m., car show 10 a.m., judging noon, awards 2:30 p.m.)
Cost: Entry fee is $30 before Feb. 3, $40 the day of the event. Goodie bags and dash plaques for registered participants.
Info: Call Janis 928-514-5062 or email

Saturday, Feb. 3
What: Local vendors from all facets of the special event and wedding realm including photographers, caterers, entertainment, cakes, and more. Door prizes by local vendors.
Where: Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce, 1251 Highway 95, Bullhead City, 3.4 miles from Laughlin
When: Saturday, Feb. 3 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
Cost: Free admission
Info: For information, call Melody DuMouchel at the Mohave Valley Daily News 928-763-2505 or Chelsie at the Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce at 928-754-4121.

Sunday, Feb. 11
What: Saving Animals In Need Together (S.A.I.N.T.) presents Bowling for Pets. The tournament is no tap, 9 pin, 34 lanes, 5 to a lane. Register early to keep your group on the same lane. Raffle and 50/50 tickets are 6 for $5, 12 for $10 and 30 for $20. Please bring a donation of Purina One dog or cat food to the event and receive 3 free raffle tickets (per family).
Where: Riverside Bowling Center, Riverside Resort, Laughlin
When: Sunday, Feb. 11 (check in at noon, bowling starts 1 p.m. AZ time)
Cost: $20 per person ($10 donated to SAINT)
Info:To register your team, contact Riverside Bowling Center, 888-590-2695; for more bowling info call S.A.I.N.T., 928-704-0800.

Friday, Feb. 16
What: The expo is geared toward bringing seniors and winter visitors up to date on what is going on locally through vendors, displays, medical/health professionals, real estate, non-profits and many other informational opportunities.
Where: Mohave High School Gymnasium, 2251 Highway 95 (corner of Highway 95 and Hancock Rd.), Bullhead City
When: Friday, Feb. 16 (8 a.m.-1 p.m. AZ)
Cost: Free admission
Info: For information, call Mohave Valley Daily News sales department at 928-763-2505

What/WHEN/WHERE: The River Valley Artist Guild sponsors displays by member artists.
•The display for January at Lisa’s Bistro, 8.7 miles from Laughlin, features the works of Cathy Farrell — who was born and raised in Hawaii and had an interest in art for many years. She and her husband Jeff of 32 years, moved from San Diego to Bullhead City in 2005.
She worked in different mediums over the years, studying at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, with oils, water color, acrylics and charcoal.
“I have a wide range of interest in crafts and also worked with silk and dried floral arrangements,” she says.
Since retiring as an operating room technologist from Western Medical Regional Center, she has more time to create.
“Now I’m able to create more of my paintings using medicine bottle vial caps, yards of CO2 or IV tubing, she added. “I am able to create paintings giving them a 3-D effect.
“This is my way of recycling materials that are normally thrown away and placed in our landfills. The use of these materials brings a new dimension and interest to my artwork.”
Her subject matter includes landcapes, desert scenes and portraits of Indians, western art and more.
INFO For more information on the River Valley Artist Guild, call 928-303-1292 or email; or visit

Live Music

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

CoVeu Drinkery & Eatery: 2247 Clearwater Dr., Bullhead City 928-299-5012, 8.2 miles from Laughlin—50 Shadez of Rock performing (rock from the ’70s-today)—Saturday, Jan. 20 (8 p.m.-?)— Entertainment All-Starz Flyin’ Brian & Baby Jane (classics, country, pop, rock with costumes to match)—second Friday of every month (6 p.m.-9 p.m.)

Cattle Crossing Saloon: 4105 Highway 68, Golden Valley, Arizona; 928-565-3630, 26.6 miles from Laughlin—Mark & Marilyn of Galaxy (rock/variety)—Saturdays (3 p.m.-7 p.m. AZ time)

Chaparral Golf & Country Club: 1260 Mohave Dr., Bullhead City; 928-758-3939, 7.9 miles from Laughlin—The Man of Many Voices, Clint Ingbretson (classics)—Thursday, Jan. 18 (6 p.m.-8 p.m. AZ time)
Colianno’s: 2200 Highway 95 (corner of Hancock and Highway 95), Bullhead City; 928-758-7104, 7 miles from Laughlin— The Man of Many Voices, Clint Ingbretson (classics) — Friday, Jan. 19 (6 p.m.-8 p.m.); Ila Selene (easy listening) — Friday-Saturday, Jan. 26-27 (6 p.m.-8 p.m.); Keith Survillas (Rat Pack, standards, variety)— Thursdays (6 p.m.-8 p.m.); Michael Shane (plays piano)—Thursdays (5 p.m.-9 p.m.); Open mic night (musicians, comedians, ventriloquists) Sundays (5 p.m.-9 p.m. AZ time)

Crazy Ray’s Creative Creations: In Oatman, Arizona at south end of Main St (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., AZ time, intermittently depending upon when the Uglys feel like “bumpin'”); play at least one song with them and become a member of the Bumpin’ Uglys

Grecco Art Gallery: Laughlin Outlet Center, 1955 S. Casino Dr., Laughlin; 702-298-4497—Dick Patzold featuring Karen Lopez—Saturdays (11 a.m.-1 p.m. NV time)

La Casa Del Pollo: 2064 Highway 95 (at Talc Rd), Bullhead City; 928-704-0029, 13 miles from Laughlin— Jam Session with Johnny Hull (guitarist) Tuesdays (5-9 p.m. AZ time); Karaoke with Grace Mondays (5 p.m.-8 p.m.); ClassAct Band—Thursdays (5-8 p.m. AZ time)

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 Overdrive (Ray Gunn, Kenny Mohs, Bruce Speakman)—Sundays (2 p.m.-6 p.m., AZ time)

Lisa’s Bistro: 1595 Mohave Dr. #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)—Mondays (5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. AZ time); The Druthers (vintage, variety, originals)—1st and 3rd Tuesdays (5:30-8:30 p.m. AZ time); Keith Survillas (Rat Pack, standards, variety)—Fridays (5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. AZ time); Stan Ruffo (blues)—Wednesdays (5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. AZ time); An intimate evening with Billy Kay and friends (variety)—Thursdays (5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. AZ time)

Oatman Hotel: 181 Main St (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 Dr., Laughlin; 702-298-3866—Catbone Band — Saturday, Jan. 20 (8 p.m.-midnight, NV time); Profound Sounds — Saturday, Jan. 27 (8 p.m.-midnight, NV time); Crosscut Band — Saturday, Feb. 3 (8 p.m.-midnight, NV time); David Kane Band — Saturday, Feb. 10 (8 p.m.-midnight, NV time); Profound Sounds — Saturday, Feb. 17 (8 p.m.-midnight, NV time); Catbone Band — Saturday, Feb. 24 (8 p.m.-midnight, NV time)

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

VFW #2555: 6068 W. Supai Dr (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.) AZ time; 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

American Legion Post #87-2245: Clearwater Dr., Suite B, Bullhead City (next to Iguana’s Mexican Restaurant); call 928-763-0305—Karaoke with Sandy and Ingrid—Fridays (5 p.m.-9 p.m. AZ time); open to any American Legion member and guests; the kitchen is now open

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

Amvets Post #19: 4310 S. Highway 95, Suite A, Ft. Mohave; call 928-704-1992—Karaoke with Dustin & Judy—Fridays (6 p.m.-10 p.m. AZ time); 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

Chaparral Golf & Country Club: 1260 Mohave Dr, Bullhead City; 928-758-3939, 9 miles from Laughlin—Karaoke with Janice—Sundays (4 p.m.-8 p.m. AZ time)

Cocktails: 3935 Highway 95, Bullhead City; 928-758-4955, 12.4 miles from Laughlin—Karaoke with Grace—Wednesdays (7 p.m.-11 p.m. AZ time)

Fast Fanny’s Place: Main St (Historic Route 66), Oatman; 928-768-7400, 31.2 miles from Laughlin—Karaoke with Bob Murray, unique afternoon karaoke—daily (10 a.m.-5 p.m. AZ)

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

Jester’s Sports Lounge: 877 Hancock Road, Bullhead City; 928-763-0850, 8.1 miles from Laughlin—”Party-Oke” with DJ Loke (combo karaoke and DJ)—Fridays (9 p.m.-2 a.m. AZ)

Kathryn Heidenriech Adult Center: 1776 Airway Ave, Kingman, 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. AZ time), $1.25 admission and bring a potluck dish.

La Casa Del Pollo: 2064 Highway 95 (at Talc Rd), Bullhead City; 928-704-0029, 6.6 miles from Laughlin— Karaoke with Grace—Mondays (5p.m.-8 p.m. AZ time)

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—Karaoke/dancing hosted by DJ Firelilly (also Ladies Night specials)—Tuesdays (7 p.m.-11 p.m. AZ time)

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 and 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. AZ time)

The Pour House: 845 Hancock Rd, 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; 760-326-9919, 29.9 miles from Laughlin—Karaoke with Tony—Tuesday & Thursday (8 p.m. CA time)

Route 66 Bar: 1900 Needles Highway, Needles, California; 760-326-2277—Karaoke Las Vegas—Thurs-Sun (8:30 p.m.-? CA)

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

VFW #10005: 1611 Marble Canyon Dr (across from Scooters off Miracle Mile), Bullhead City; 928-758-7808, 8.6 miles from Laughlin— Karaoke with Rhapsody Entertainment—every Monday and Saturday (5 p.m.-9 p.m. AZ time); also Karaoke with variety of KJs—Wednesday, Friday (5 p.m.-9 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—Fri (6 p.m.); Karaoke with Frank & Friends—Sunday (2 p.m.-6 p.m. AZ time)