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Friday, February 13

INDIGENOUS Featuring Native American Guitar Virtuoso MATO NANJI


Sunday Drawings for Lincolns February 15-March 1


Main Street Theatre Works Presents ‘The Odd Couple’

DINNER & A MOVIE! February: ‘Pillow Talk’ • March: ‘High Noon’ BUFFETS FOR A PENNY! Buy One Buffet, Get One For Just 1¢

Join the club and earn Rancheria Style™ rewards If you haven’t joined the Dreamcatcher’s Club yet, you are missing out on so many extras, like points you can spend like cash, a ten cent discount at our gas station, free slot play every month, and participation in our many exciting promotions with chances to win cars, cash, and bonus play. Stop by the Dreamcatcher’s Club booth today and sign up. It’s free, only takes a few minutes, and the rewards start immediately. As an active member of the club, you’ll receive lots of free Slot play, including: • Daily Free Slot Play • Bonus Days • Double Point Days

• And a Monthly reward of even more Free Slot Play! At Jackson Rancheria Casino, where 18 and older are always welcome, you’ll find over 1,500 slots, more than 50 tables including a 24-hour Poker Room, a High Limit Room, and seven restaurants offering everything from fast food to the best in casual dining. Best regards,

Mike Pistoia Director of Marketing Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel

Gift of the Week

Our February Gifts are a selection of four Tuscan Vases featuring our Feather & Acorn design. Free Gift available each Wednesday exclusively to Dreamcatcher’s Club. Earn the required number of points on Wednesday and receive that week’s prize.

Classic - 1,000 points Preferred - 500 points Premier - 250 points V.I.P. & Elite - Comp Items subject to change and availability JACKSON RANCHERIA CASINO & HOTEL


BARBARA Grizzly Flats

This February you can win a Red, White or Blue Lincoln!

Celebrate the Lincoln Penny Centennial and Abraham Lincoln’s 200th Birthday this month as Jackson Rancheria Casino becomes The Land of Lincolns! Whether you like to play Table Games, Poker, or Slots, you’ve got a chance to win cash plus a brand new Lincoln MKS or MKZ this month.

Drawings every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. January 25 through February 22, 2009. Eight players will win up to $100 each ($200 if playing in a live game) plus a Stack Attack to the table they are playing on. Must be present to win. Drawing at 8 p.m. on Sunday, February 22 for a White Lincoln MKZ!

Table Games Players can WIN A RED LINCOLN! Get one entry, January 1- February 15, 2009, for every  Natural Suited 21 in Blackjack  Flush in Pai Gow, Let It Ride, 3 Card Poker, 4 Card Poker, and Ultimate Texas Hold’em  Tie on Mini Baccarat Drawings at 6 p.m. every Sunday January 4-February 8. Five players will win $1,000 each! Must be present to win. Drawing at 6 p.m. on Sunday, February 15 for a Red Lincoln MKS!

Slot Players can WIN A BLUE LINCOLN! Get one entry for every 100 points earned February 1 - March 1, 2009. See LINCOLN, page 4

CHARLES Placerville


EVELYN Hughson


Poker Players can WIN A WHITE LINCOLN! Get one entry January 1 February 15, 2009, for every  Full House with Queens or better  Place “in the money” on any scheduled tournament JACKSON RANCHERIA CASINO & HOTEL


FRANKIE Valley Springs





Don’t miss $100,000 Resolve to Win drawings on Feb. 4

We can make your New Year’s Resolution come true during our gigantic $100,000 Resolve to Win promotion. Be here for the drawings on Wednesday, February 4, between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. Must be present to win.

ROBERT El Dorado Hills


Prizes are: • $50,000 (one winner) • $25,000 (one winner) • $10,000 (one winner) • $5,000 (one winner) • $1,000 (ten winners) Earning entries for this big drawing is easy. Through February 1, 2009, get one entry for:  Every 100 points earned

PATRICIA El Dorado Hills




DORA Stockton


 Each adult buffet at Raging River Restaurant  Any Hotel stay (one entry per adult per night)  Any gas purchase at the Jackson Rancheria General Store of eight gallons or more (one entry per purchase) Must be a Dreamcatcher’s Club member to participate. Must be present to win. Lost or stolen tickets will not be replaced. Tickets may not be duplicated. Player is responsible for filling out tickets legibly and placing them in drawing bin no later than February 1, 2009. Management reserves the right to modify or cancel any promotion, event, activity, or program at any time without prior notice.


Continued from page 3 Drawings at 7 p.m. every Sunday February 8 - 22, 2009. Five players will win $1,000 each. Must be present to win. Drawing at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 1, for a Blue Lincoln MKZ! All vehicles courtesy of Big Valley Lincoln-Mercury. Must be a Dreamcatcher’s Club member to participate. Table Games & Poker players

are responsible for filling out entry tickets legibly and placing them in the drawing bins. No cash option for the vehicles. Winners are responsible for all taxes and documentation fees on the vehicles.


Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel • 12222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson, CA 95642 800-822-WINN •

Director of Marketing: Mike Pistoia Content Developer: Carol Cook Marketing Project Manager: Cleave Dal Porto

The Arrow is published monthly by Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the prior written consent of the publisher. The Arrow shall not be liable for any errors in the publication. The publisher does not assume responsibility for statements made by advertisers. Management reserves the right to modify or cancel any promotion, event, activity, or program at any time without prior notice. Gaming Problem? 800-GAMBLER

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You can win a seat at the World Series of Poker Qualifying tournaments are currently underway for the 2009 World Series of Poker Satellite Extravaganza. Qualifying tournaments are held every Monday at 7:30 p.m. and Tuesday at 10 a.m. through April 28. Qualifiers will be $55 + $10 for $5,000 in tournament chips. One seat to the W.S.O.P Satellite Extravaganza will be awarded for every $550 in the prize pool. No re-buys or add-ons. The W.S.O.P Satellite Extravaganza will be held on Friday, May 1, starting at 10 a.m. Buy-in is $500 + $50 for $10,000 in tournament chips. No re-buys or add-ons.

One W.S.O.P. package, valued at $11,000, will be awarded for every $11,000 in the prize pool. Each package includes one $10,000 seat in the main event of the 2009 World Series of Poker and $1,000 in chips. Must be 21 years of age to play in the World Series of Poker main event. Jackson Rancheria qualifiers under the age of 21 may transfer their W.S.O.P. package to another person age 21 or older. All Jackson Rancheria Casino Poker Tournament rules apply. You could be the next W.S.O.P. Champion!

Penny Buffets at Raging River; Buy One, Get One at Lone Wolf’s special and the return of our Prime Rib special next month. That’s what we call dining Rancheria Style™.

If you thought the Buy One, Get One Free specials in the Food Court last month were great, wait ‘til you see what dining deals we have for you this month. At Raging River Restaurant buy any buffet at regular price Monday through Friday in February and get a second one for a penny! ( Cannot be combined with any

Free table games classes now available

other coupon or discount.)

This is, after all, the Land of Lincolns, and those Lincoln pennys are very valuable here. And up at Lone Wolf’s Steak & Seafood, buy one entrée at regular price Monday through Friday in February and get a second one (of equal or lesser value) for Free! Watch for an outrageous breakfast

Have you ever wanted to play a table game but weren’t sure how? We offer complimentary table games training classes every Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Eagle’s Nest. Two different one-hour classes will be offered each day, so stop by join the fun. Mondays: Blackjack at 11 a.m.; Pai Gow Poker at noon. Tuesdays: Let It Ride at 11 a.m.; 3 Card Poker at noon. Wednesdays: Blackjack at 11 a.m.; Utimate Texas Hold’em at noon. Thursdays: Mini Baccarat at 11 a.m.; 4 Card Poker at noon. Fridays: Blackjack at 11 a.m.; Pai Gow Poker at noon.

Local shuttle service cancelled

The local shuttle service bringing guests from Amador County to the Casino has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to bring it back at a later date. JACKSON RANCHERIA CASINO & HOTEL




JOHN Placerville






ROBERT Fremont





ANGELA Stockton


VICTOR Stockton


VUTHA Modesto


Native American Guitar Virtuoso Mato Nanji Brings Indigenous To Jackson Jackson Rancheria will present Indigenous in concert on Friday, February 13, at 8 p.m. in the Grand Oak Ballroom at the Hotel. Tickets are $40 from Ticketmaster but Dreamcatcher’s Club members can purchase tickets for just $20 at the Jackson Rancheria Box Office. The Box Office is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and accepts cash, credit cards, and Dreamcatcher’s Club points. Must be 18 to purchase tickets or attend the show. Mato Nanji has always provided the heartbeat of the band Indigenous, along with the warm dusty voice and the soaring, spirited guitar fireworks that have earned the group from South Dakota’s Nakota Nation a place among roots rock’s elite. But with the emotionally charged and musically visceral “Broken Lands,” the band’s latest album, Mato makes a transformation from sparkplug to visionary. “I’ve wanted to make an album like this for years,” Mato explains, “but to a certain ex- Mato Nanji and Indigenous perform at Jackson Rancheria tent my hands were tied. Now I on Friday, February 13. feel like I’ve achieved so many things I’ve wanted this band to be. The brother, sister and cousin, but after the songs I’m singing are more personal. The others pursued other musical paths, Mato sound of the band has broadened, and we was left to carry on Indigenous. “Playing were able to explore all the influences that with my family for ten years was a lot of are woven into that sound - blues, soul, fun, but it was time to grow.” So Mato recruited guitarist Kris LaR&B, and even country - more than ever. And the guitar playing is more controlled, ger, keyboardist Jeremiah Weir, bassist to really let the songs speak for themselves. Aaron Wright, and drummer John FairchOn top of all that, I’ve grown as a singer. ild to tour behind “Chasing the Sun.” They After being frustrated for a while, all of this also appear on “Broken Lands,” joined by drummer Kirk Stallings, percussionist makes me very happy.” “What it amounts to,” Mato announces, Chico Perez, and Mato’s wife Leah Nanji on backing vocals. “is that Indigenous is a brand new band.” Nanji’s big-toned guitar on songs He means that literally. The group started as a family band including his See INDIGENOUS, page 18 FEBRUARY 2009 • THE ARROW



An ‘Odd Couple’ of Females Coming to Jackson Rancheria We’re adding something new to our entertainment schedule for 2009 with the introduction of dinner theater presented by Main Street Theatre Works of Sutter Creek. The first presentation will be a female version of Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple” starring Lee Marie Kelly and Shaleen Schmutzer-Smith. Both were last seen in MSTW’s “Enchanted April,” for which both received Elly Shaleen Schmutzer-Smith and Lee Marie Kelly star in “The nominations for Best Odd Couple.” Performances weekends February 20 through Leading Actress in a March 14. Comedy. In 1985, Simon revised “The Odd can be charged by phone at 209-267-5680 Couple” for a female cast, headed by (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. only). Sally Struthers and Rita Moreno. It was Main Street Theater Works is excited based on the same story line and lead about performing their dinner theatre characters as the original play, now called productions inside the Jackson Rancheria Florence Ungar and Hotel. “It’s a great Olive Madison. The opportunity for us to poker game became get added exposure Trivial Pursuit and and be inside a the Pigeon sisters beautiful venue,” became the Costazuela brothers. says Artistic Director Susan McCandless. This hilarious show will be presented The ballroom seats 90 for dinner and lunch in the Grand Oak Ballroom at the Hotel performances, and ample free parking is on weekends from February 20 through available. Due to renovations at the hotel, March 14 with Sunday matinees on March Hotel Valet is unavailable. 1 and 8. Main Street Theatre Works is a For the dinner shows, the doors open professionally oriented, rural theatre at 6:15 p.m., dinner is served at 6:30 company performing in the heart of p.m., and the show starts at 7:45 p.m. For Amador County. Now in their 14th season, Sunday matinees, doors open at 12:15 p.m., MSTW continues to bring professional lunch is served at 12:30 p.m., and the show and community theatre artists together begins at 1:45 p.m. to produce classical and contemporary Tickets are $40 for the dinner and plays. An ensemble of gifted actors, show, $17.50 for the show only, and $30 directors, and designers lend their vision for the lunch and matinee performance, and skills to create rich seasons of comedy $16 for the matinee show only. Tickets are and drama. The group also produces available at the Jackson Rancheria Box outdoor productions at the Kennedy Mine Office as well as Lizzie Ann’s Bubblegum Amphitheatre. Books on Main Street in Sutter Creek and For more information visit JACKSON RANCHERIA CASINO & HOTEL








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Mickey Joseph headlines Comedy Club on February 5 Pasadena he supported himself working as a waiter. After his boss observed his tableside antics, celebrity impressions, and roll juggling, the boss suggested he dive into show business, any business other than his restaurant. Thus he entered the work of stand up comedy, moved to Hollywood, joined an improv group, and begin to write and perform. Each of his facial muscles in a tiny, little contortionist, twisting, turning, and squirming throughout his act, bringing, with each new expression, a fresh, animated, even more absurd and hilarious individual. Their conflicting attitudes and constantly shifting opinions on such timely topics as sports, drug abuse, single parenthood, drunk driving, family and religion, have brought down the house in many top comedy clubs. His impressions run the gamut from Woody Allen to Stevie Wonder, Jerry Lewis, Elvis Presley, Jack Nicholson and Ricky “Babaloo” Ricardo. It has been said by many who have seen his work that Mickey Joseph does the best Phil Silvers in the business...and they’re right! For more about Mickey Joseph visit

Mickey Joseph will bring his rubber-faced, nonstop comedic mania to the Jackson Rancheria Comedy Club on Thursday, February 5. The show is in the Grand Oak Ballroom at the Hotel. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Must be 18 or older to purchase tickets or attend the show. Tickets are $20 and are available online or by phone from Ticketmaster or in person at the Jackson Rancheria Box Office. The Box Office is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and accepts cash, credit cards, and Dreamcatcher’s Club points. Joseph says he was born to an Italian immigrant jazz musician and Croatian seamstress who learned to speak English by watching television. Their learning curve accelerated greatly when they figured out how to “turna da demed ting on.” He grew up in the San Francisco area where he attended Catholic school, which would later develop into his unique style of physical comedy that includes bobbing, weaving, and most importantly, pleading for mercy. While attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in




T.C. wins top prize in Karaoke contest T.C.

Therman “T.C.” Conner from Sacramento was the big winner in our Karaoke contest with his rendition of Force MD’s “Tender Love.” T.C. qualified for the Grand Finale, held December 30, by winning first place during the weekly competition on November 18, and second place on December 2. For his final performance he won $3,000, an evening of luxury transportation service, plus a ten hour recording session at Vision Quest Recording in Jackson, which includes a demo for three songs. Second place went to Greg Scudder of Ceres for his performance of George Straight’s “Overnight Male.” He qualified by winning first place on December 2 and received $2,000 for the Grand Finale finish. Edgar Guzman of Sacramento took third place in the finals with Elton John’s “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.” Edgar qualified by winning first place on October 21 and second place on November 11. He won $1,000 for the Grand Finale finish. Congratulations to our winners and everyone who took part in the 13-week competition. Look for more Karaoke contests this Summer and Fall.






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“THE ODD COUPLE” Grand Oak Ballroom 12:30 p.m. LAND OF LINCOLN DRAWINGS Poker 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Slots 7 p.m.

Gift of the Week

Our February Gifts are a selection of four Tuscan Vases featuring our Feather & Acorn design.

Free Gift available each week exclusively to Dreamcatcher’s Club. Earn the required number of points on Wednesday and receive that week’s prize. Classic - 1,000 points Preferred - 500 points Premier - 250 points V.I.P. & Elite - Comp Items subject to change and availability









RESOLVE TO WIN DRAWINGS 6 to 11 p.m. DINNER & A MOVIE Grand Oak Ballroom 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

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Blackjack Tournaments

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Registration 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Limited to the first 84 players (no re-buys) Dreamcatcher’s Club discounts available on Mondays

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Poker Room Tournaments Sunday through Thursday 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

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It’s high time to see ‘High Noon’ again

Enjoy a buffet dinner and classic movie with us on Wednesday, March 4, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. We’ll be serving dinner and showing “High Noon” starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly on the big screens in the Grand Oak Ballroom. “High Noon” is a 1952 classic Western that is preserved in the National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” It was considered by many to be an allegory of the failure by intellectuals to combat the rise of McCarthyism and the blacklisting of Hollywood actors, writers, and directors. In the film Gary Cooper portrays a retiring lawman about to leave town with his new bride who seeks allies among fearful townspeople when an outlaw he put in prison returns with his gang to take revenge. In the end he faces the four gunmen alone at high noon. Other actors who can be glimpsed in the movie include Lloyd Bridges, Lon Chaney Jr., Harry Morgan, Lee Van Cleef, Sheb Wooley, and Jack Elam. Much of the movie was filmed in nearby Tuolumne County. Columbia State Historic Park was the location for the town scenes. The church in the movie is Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church in Tuolumne City, and the train station was in Jamestown. For Elite and VIP Dreamcatcher’s Club members, the event is free and you’ll receive $20 in Promo Slot Play. All others can choose between two packages:  The $70 package includes dinner for two, a hotel room (subject to availability), the movie, plus $20 Promo Slot Play per person (ask for offer: HIGH).  The $20 per person package FEBRUARY 2009 • THE ARROW

includes the dinner, movie, and $20 Promo Slot Play (ask for offer: NOON). Seating is limited and these events tend to sell out fast, so RSVP to 800-822-WINN today to reserve your place. Don’t miss the chance to see this unforgettable movie with your friends at Jackson Rancheria.

There may still be a limited number of tickets available for the February 4 movie, ‘Pillow Talk’ with Rock Hudson and Doris Day. Call 800-822-WINN to check on availability. 12


Stockton man wins $137,548 on Wheel of Fortune Alexander from Stockton doesn’t usually play the Wheel of Fortune machines, but sat down to play next to his wife and ended up winning a MegaJackpot of $137,548.34 on January 10. Alexander, who is Director of Sales and Marketing for a major Stockton hotel, says he and his wife have been coming to Jackson Rancheria for several years and usually come in a couple of times a month. This was definitely Alexander from Stockton is our first $100,000+ Wheel of their lucky day. Asked what he thought Fortune winner of 2009. with the money, except buy furniture and when the MegaJackpot hit, he replied, “I couldn’t think because my things for the house. Jackson Rancheria Casino has had wife was screaming so much.” more MegaJackpot winners than any “It was great,” he adds. “I still can’t believe it. This never happens to me. It other casino in Northern California and has paid out over $21 million on these was a really cool experience.” He’s not sure yet what he plans to do popular machines.

A winning day for a Byron couple

Floyd and Verna from Byron ended 2008 with a winning streak at Jackson Rancheria. On December 31, Floyd, a retired production supervisor for Dupont, got a royal flush on a dollar video poker machine and won $5,904. His wife Verna, an Elite player, says she doesn’t usually play the three times poker machines and had never played the five times machines, but decided to try it that day. She ended up hitting three jackpots, a royal flush and two four-of-a- Verna and Floyd spent their New Year’s Eve kind jackpots, all on the same machine, for winning nearly $13,000! a total of $6,930. “We had so much fun up there,” Verna says. “It’s the promotions that Katrina from Ione won $10,000 in the big keep us coming $700,000 Gift Extravaganza in December, back, and knowing and thanks to her win, everyone playing what our points are with a Dreamcatcher’s Club card that day worth and how we got $10 in Free Promo Slot Play. Now that’s can use them. We’ll Rancheria Style™ play! be back soon.”


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DARLENE Stockton


JIM Woodbridge


$10,000 Gift Extravaganza Winner




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Community Calendar

There’s Always Something Happening in Gold Country! Full Moon Snowshoe Trek Saturday, February 7 Kirkwood Ski Resort Enjoy a snowshoe hike under the light of the full moon. Preregistration is $25. Visit for details.

Bill Evans & Megan Lynch Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack Friday, February 13, 8 p.m. Sutter Creek Theater Catch two bands in one show at this great bluegrass fest. Bill Evans is a world renowned California bluegrass banjo Tien Hsieh player and Megan Lynch is a six time Saturday, February 7, 8 p.m. National Champion Nashville fiddler. Sutter Creek Theater Singer Rita Hosking will perform with Following the success of her New her band Cousin Jack. Tickets are $19 York Recital Debut at Carnegie Hall’s in advance, $21 day of show and are Weill Recital Hall, classic pianist Hsieh available at appeared in recitals for festivals, colleges and universities, cultural and Mardi Gras in Sutter Creek art centers across the U.S., as well as in Saturday, February 21 Germany, China, and Budapest, where Main Street Sutter Creek she performed an All-Liszt program at Mardi Gras fun for all, including the Liszt Museum (Old Liszt Academy). decorated balconies, contests, live Recent orchestral collaborations bands, and great food. include soloist with the Spokane Symphony and Redlands Symphony. Snowshoe Shuffle She has also performed with the Tuesday, February 24 Houston Civic Symphony, Gold Country Kirkwood Ski Resort Chamber Orchestra, and Sacramento Guided snowshoe hike provides great Ballet. Tickets are $19 in advance, views of the High Sierra and a fun day $21 day of show and are available at striding on snowshoes. $30 + $10 for snowshoe rental. Visit for details. Tommy Brier & Friends Sunday, February 8, noon - 3 p.m. The Edlos: A Cappella Broadway American Exchange Hotel, Sutter Saturday, February 28, 8 p.m. Creek Sutter Creek Theater The American Exchange Hotel in Sutter This revue is comprised entirely of original Creek hosts a free event on the second a cappella arrangements by The Edlos Sunday of each month. For February, themselves. It presents a full evening of March, and April it’s a wonderful jazz and the best-known and best-loved hit songs ragtime celebration. Benefits student from Broadway’s finest productions, all scholarships and community events. For delivered with a unique brand of costumes more information visit and humor. Tickets are $19 in advance, To list your event, call Carol at (209) 223-8139 or fax (209) 223-8385.

$21 day of show and are available at 37th Annual Dandelion Days Saturday & Sunday, March 14 & 15, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Downtown Jackson The Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dandelion Days Celebration is a family-oriented event that includes an outdoor bazaar and flea market featuring antiques, relics and collectibles, arts and crafts, and much more. There is also lots of fun, food, street entertainers and even a 5K run. Held rain or shine. For more information visit 49er Treasure Trail Saturday, March 28, 9 a.m. 1 p.m. Sunday, March 29, 9 a.m. - noon Throughout Amador County Come to Amador County for a treasure hunt that will lead you on an adventure through historic downtowns, a castle, gold mine, vineyard, water-powered foundry, and Chinese apothecary. For more information, call 877-868-7262 or email $10 per person. Vineyards & Views Home Tour Shenandoah Valley Sunday, April 19, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. This annual Home Tour, hosted by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) features gracious, unique homes, lunch venues, and wine tasting available at more than 30 wineries and tasting rooms. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 on day of the tour. Proceeds provide scholarships for local girls and women, and community education programs. For more information call 209-245-6052.

Thanks for Visiting Amador and Calaveras Counties!

He said “Will you…” She said “Yes” Roberto and Andrea from Stockton come to Jackson Rancheria Casino regularly, but their visit on Friday, December 19, is one they will never forget. That is the day Roberto proposed to Andrea on the stage in Dalton Town Hall. Roberto explains why he chose the casino to pop the question. “A while ago I got to go up on stage and I won $500. I think it was Mardi Gras or something like that. Andrea’s always wanted Andrea beams as Roberto proposes marriage on the Dalton to go up on stage and Town Hall stage. win something. So it occurred to me, that me about.” The stage was all decked was the perfect place to propose.” out in balloons for the $700,000 Gift But Roberto didn’t stop with just Extravaganza promotion. making all the arrangements with casino Andrea continues, “I was thinking, personnel; he also arranged for almost a this is some sick game where I have to pop dozen of their family members to be on balloons to win. But when she (Promotions hand to witness the big event, all without Coordinator Pauline Hopkins) explained tipping Andrea off. about the game, that was OK.” Andrea recalls that her mother was Andrea got to punch out a spot on the driving down from Oregon and was worried punch board to determine what her prize about the weather and if she’d be able to was. She says as soon as she reached in make it on time. “I didn’t know why Friday and felt the ring box, she realized what it was so important,” Andrea says. was. When the time came, a Player’s Club That was when Roberto joined her on representative went to where Andrea was stage and asked her to marry him. playing and told her that she had won a She said yes, to the delight of the special Christmas drawing and should family members and everyone in Dalton come to the stage to get her prize. Town Hall. There were cheers and hugs all As she walked up to the stage Andrea around. didn’t even notice all her family members. Roberto, who is a chef at the Stockton Roberto had told them they could play as Golf & Country Club, and Andrea, who long as they played in one area where he processes birth certificates for Dameron knows she never plays. Hospital, have set the wedding date for As Andrea approached the stage they November 9, 2009. The two have known all gathered in front of the stage, but she each other since the third grade. was so excited about getting to go up on Both commented on how wonderful stage and win something that she didn’t everyone was at the casino, arranging even notice them. “I had no clue,” she the fake drawing in order to get her up says. on the stage, and making the entire day a And then there were the balloons. memorable one for everyone. Their’s was “I hate balloons!” she says. “They freak truly a Rancheria Style™ proposal. JACKSON RANCHERIA CASINO & HOTEL




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Stevan Jeremic enjoys working in the Cage

Stevan Jeremic is one of the friendly, smiling people you meet in the Main Street Cage. He was born in Lodi and moved to Valley Springs when he was just two years old. After attending Calaveras High School, he moved to Oregon for a while where he lived with family and friends and worked in sheet metal. After moving back here, he got a job in Bingo at the Casino. When Bingo was closed he transferred to Cage where he’s been ever since. The best part of being in the Cage, according to Steven, is “the work environment, the people I’m surrounded by, and being able to meet all kinds of people.” Stevan Jeremic When not making change, snowboarding, and going to the gym.” paying out slot tickets, and Stevan was brought to our attention assisting guests, Stevan likes “going to the movies, hanging out with friends, by Ronald from Stockton, who wrote “Stevan is very courteous, upbeat, and attentive to all your patrons’ requests and needs.” “I remember when we first met. I brought about 50 slot tickets for him to cash out. Before I could get a Is there a Jackson Rancheria word in, he was teaching me how to employee who always makes you feel be more efficient, saving me time and special? Or one who went out of their embarrassment holding all these tickets way to make your visit perfect? and tying up other patrons trying to Tell us about your experiences cash out.” with our employees and we may “Since then we always joke about it. spotlight them in an upcoming issue Even now, when I pass his window, I of The Arrow. always tell him I will be by later with my Simply email your comments to hand full of tickets for him to cash.” Carol Cook at ccook@jacksoncasino. Stevan is a great example of guest com. service done Rancheria Style™.

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Big Game trip awarded Jan. 12 Zer Scott Yang of Sacramento is the winner of a trip for two to the Super Bowl in Tampa this month after winning the Big Game Tickets & TVs Poker Tournament on January 12. Yang came out the big winner after 12 weeks of qualifying tournaments and the final game. Everyone else at the final table won 42” HD LCD TVs. The TV winners are Jeffrey Townsend of Sacramento, Stephanie Giblin of Oakdale, Steven Wyatt of Valley Springs, Jose Hernandez of Oakdale, Cheo Saelee of Stockton, Louis Sal Tripoli Sr. of Elk Grove, Glen Chileski of Grass Valley, and Jahquez Henderson of San Francisco. Congratulations to all. Qualifying tournaments are underway now for the World Series Shift Manager Glenn Pitts, left, congratulates of Poker Satellite Extravaganza. Visit Zer Scott Yang on winning the Big Game Tickets & TVs Poker Tournament. for details.

Would you like to learn to dance? Get out your dancing shoes and join us this month for free dance lessons. Instructors from the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Sacramento will provide free lessons for various types of country dances on Thursday, February 12, from 6

Save money Ride the bus to Jackson Rancheria

Save your gas money and take the bus to Jackson Rancheria. We have partnered with bus companies throughout Northern California to provide bus service to Jackson. Check our website at jacksoncasino. com/casino/bus.aspx for the entire list and contact the company near you. Wherever you live, there’s a bus pick-up location near you. Bus companies are independently owned and operated. Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel assumes no responsibility for the bus company operation, safety, or service. JACKSON RANCHERIA CASINO & HOTEL

p.m. to 8 p.m. in Ballroom A at the Hotel. Couples and singles are welcome and there will be a no host bar available. Don’t miss this free and fun chance for a little exercise and chance to learn some new dance steps.

Wear Red for $5 Free Slot Play

Jackson Rancheria will participate in National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 6, by giving everyone wearing red $5 in Free Promo Slot Play. Show your support for women’s heart disease awareness on National Wear Red Day and you’ll receive $5 free slot play and could win $1,000! Come join us and show your support by wearing red that day between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., use your Dreamcatcher’s Club card and you’ll receive $5 in promo slot play valid the following week, February 9-15. In addition, there will be a special $1,000 hot seat drawing at 8 p.m. on February 6. Must be present to win.




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Take a Peek ‘Behind the Cellar Door’ at Amador Wineries

The wineries of Amador County are intent on keeping wine lovers warm and cozy this winter, so they’re inviting oenophiles “Behind the Cellar Door” for a winter weekend of wine, food, and fun. The Amador Vintners’ annual “Behind the Cellar Door’ winter wine extravaganza will be held on Saturday and Sunday, February 14 and 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature tastings of new wines and current releases at 30 Amador wineries, along with gourmet foods, live music, and entertaining seminars designed to enhance your knowledge and appreciation of wine. Featured seminars include discussions and tastings of Single Vineyard Zinfandels, Barbera, Sangiovese, Rhône varieties, Ports, and much more. 

Presale tickets are $50 per person for the weekend or $35 for Sunday only, and include a commemorative wine glass. Tickets will also be available at the door for $60 for both days and $40 for Sunday. Designated Driver tickets are just $10. Separate admission is available, for $75 per person, to a gala Cellar Feast on Saturday, February 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the barrel cellar at Montevina Winery. The Cellar Feast menu includes a choice of Duck Confit, Syrah Braised Beef Short Ribs, or “Lasagna” of Potatoes, Forest Mushrooms & Swiss Chard. Cellar Feast tickets must be purchased in advance. For more details and to order tickets visit


Continued from page 6 about romance and destiny bring to mind comparison to his idols Stevie Ray Vaughan, Los Lobos, Jimi Hendrix, and Carlos Santana. The other sonic addition is Leah Nanji’s harmonies on much of Broken Lands, “I’ve always been a big fan of women singing backing vocals,” Mato says. “Leah was able to do some of that on ‘Chasing the Sun,’ but to me her voice is an essential part of ‘Broken Lands’.” Leah was also essential as a songwriter, co-authoring all of the songs with Mato except his self-penned “Just Can’t Hide.” “This is the first time I’ve had a hand in writing every song for an Indigenous album,” Leah says. “It’s very liberating, because I feel like I’ve truly invested myself.” “Broken Lands makes me feel like I did when Indigenous was just starting out,” Mato says. “We were excited about making music and making records, and maybe getting to tour all over the United States, which we did. “Now Indigenous is a new band again and I feel that FEBRUARY 2009 • THE ARROW

Mato Nanji same excitement,” he continues. “But this time I want to take these new songs and this great sounding band all over the world.” For more on Indigenous visit



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Jackson Rancheria's Arrow Magazine  
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February 2009. The official magazine of Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel