Lunar New Year: Many Casino Events
Lunar New Year is on the horizon, and several Northern California casinos are marking the Year of the Dragon with special events and giveaways. Here are a few to keep on your radar:
Thunder Valley: This Lincoln (Placer County) casino will be coloring up the skies Friday with a free fireworks show at 9 p.m., followed by a lion and dragon dance at 9:30. There's also a Year of the Golden Dragon Giveaway: Seven guests will each win $1,000 each on Friday and Saturday nights through February, and three grand-prize winners could go home with a 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster (or up to $15,000 in cash, but I'd take the car). The grand award drawings are Feb. 25 at 6, 8 and 10 p.m. To enter, you need to use the Thunder Club players card when arriving at the casino. Earn additional entries by playing slots and table games.
These activities aren't a substitute for the festivities Feb. 11 in San Francisco's Chinatown, but you won't have to possibly endure wet weather to enjoy them.