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PLAY: Gaming Floor Innovations• TASTE: 'ritas Fall Menu • STAY: Upgrade Your Experience • FEATURED ARTIST: Doug Hyde


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A SNOWCAPPED PARADISE IN FUNNER, CA Photo by Brian Luna

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3 DOORS DOWN LIVE AT THE EVENTS CENTER Photo by Troy Doney

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CONTENTS

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ESCAPE AT HARRAH’S RESORT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Fall/Winter 2018

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Featuring the finest images taken at Harrah’s Resort SoCal

10  INTRO “Just like Bruce Willis, we saved the world” 12  TRIBE The Rincon Fiesta 16 

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‘ritas Fabulous Fall Food

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CODEGREEN

Powering Your Fun with the Sun

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BEHIND THE SCENES

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STAY

With Funner Mayor David Hasselhoff

Sips of the Season

40  FEATURED ARTIST Doug Hyde Discusses “Milky Way Woman” 44 

SHOP

Take a Little Relaxation Home From The Spa at Harrah’s

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2018 MAYOR’S MILLIONS

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AROUND TOWN

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GIVE BACK

PLAY

Innovations That Keep Your Fun Fresh Top 10 Artists to Take the Stage in Funner, CA

DRINK

The Biggest Cash Event of the Year is Right Around the Corner

Get Nurtured by Nature

Harrah’s Resort SoCal Beams with San Diego Pride

54  RESORT MAP Navigate Your Fun at Harrah’s Resort SoCal

Add-ons and Extras to Funify Your Stay

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To see Mayor Hoff behind the scenes, go to page 30.

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INTRO

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THE SCIENCE BEHIND PLACING FUNNER, CA ON THE MAP Words by Amber Lussier, Director of Resort Marketing  Photo by Zach Cordner

IF YOU WERE CHALLENGED WITH SOMETHING no

in-cheek concept to an actual city. We worked

take him or herself too seriously, who’s easily

one else had ever done before, would you try

very closely with the Rincon Band of Luiseño

recognized around the globe and someone who

it? What if it was something that felt larger

Indians, the United States Postal Service,

has their own set of wheels. In walked David

than life? Think along the lines of the movie

government

Hasselhoff. The vote was unanimous.

Armageddon (not my favorite big budget movie,

and hundreds of other entities to make this

Mayor Hoff truly enjoys his role as mayor

but stay with me). Rather than preventing a

legitimate city as legitimate as possible. Once

and believes fun should be something that is

gigantic asteroid on a collision course with

all of the logistics were handled, it was time to

enjoyed by all. If you’ve seen him in the Lazy

Earth, the challenge is developing a new city

toss in a little magic.

River, you know this to be true.

officials,

Facebook,

Google

and getting it on the map. And we’re not talking

What do other cities have? Libraries. Sure,

As you spend time in Funner, CA, take a

about a fictitious map. This is the real deal—

but think bigger. Real cities have real mayors,

look around. What we’ve created is much more

land, water, elevation, even a compass rose.

and a place like Funner, CA needed a mayor

than just a marketing campaign. It’s a change,

This was the challenge we accepted, and just

that was the personification of what Funner

a culture shift that’s rare in our industry—

like Bruce Willis—we saved the world. Not

was meant to be. We called for all candidates

purple hair, sneakers and jeans, jacket and tie

really, but I like to think we did.

to step up and toss their hat in the ring. The

and everything in between. Everyone is invited

It took two years of hard work by dozens

people of Funner, CA had a few prerequisites

because in Funner, CA, you don’t have to ride

of people to take Funner, CA from a tongue-

for their new leader—someone who doesn’t

an asteroid (or drive a talking car) to be a hero.

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ANNUAL FIESTA CONTINUES TRIBAL TRADITION AT RINCON RESERVATION Words by Tanya Duggan  Photos by Rob Shaffer

SINCE THE 1930s the Rincon Indian Reservation

three to four days. The traditional Indian game

sounds of turtle-shell rattles that accompanied

has been the gathering place for the annual

of “peon” was played day and night, as was the

the dancers.

Rincon Fiesta. “The annual gathering of the

popular game of Horseshoes. Campfires burned

In the 1970s, a rodeo became a favorite part

tribes in the early years at Rincon was essentially

from sunset until dawn as family members

of the fiesta, with popular events like horse races

a ‘pow-wow,’” said Rincon Tribal Chairman Bo

and old friends from distant tribes sat around

and roping. Expert riders, calf-ropers, barrel

Mazzetti. “However, due to the Spanish influence

the fires and talked stories through the night.

racers and other equestrians from Southern

in California at the time, the tribal gatherings

In later years, cultural dancing and singing—

California

are now called ‘fiestas.’”

known as “bird singing” by local tribes—was

competitions. For the past decade, fast-pitch

gathered

at

Rincon

for

daylong

In the early years—from the 1940s through

an important part of every fiesta. Dancers and

softball has been very popular for all fiesta goers.

the 1980s—members from surrounding tribes

singers representing their tribes by wearing

Tribes send teams from throughout California,

traveled to Rincon where they camped for

traditional dress filled the air with songs and the

including teams from Nevada and Arizona.

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“The fiesta celebration is a gathering for the tribes to see family and old friends” Indian handicrafts, including turquoise and silver jewelry from the Navajo and Hopi tribes that travel from Arizona and New Mexico. This year the fiesta was held on August 17 – 19 and as always it was one for the memory books. “The fiesta celebration is a gathering for Double elimination tournaments produce quality

the tribes to see family and old friends. A time to

competition that draws big crowds.

play ball, dance, sing, eat and play Peon games.

Traditional structures known as “ramadas” are constructed of wood frames with coverings of

Good Medicine,” said Tribal Council member Alfonso Kolb.

branches and leaves. Cooks serve all varieties of

Planning for 2019 is already in the works.

traditional foods, including Indian tacos, “wii’wish”

Mark your calendars for August or contact the

and various acorn foods, as well as barbeque and

Rincon Cultural Resources Center for more

various sweets. Other vendors in ramadas sell

details by calling 760-297-2635.

#HarrahsSoCal


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‘RITAS CANTINA’S FALL FOOD REVIEW Words by Alondra Figueroa  Photos by Zach Cordner

Carne Asada Queso Dip

When visiting Funner, CA, a stop at ‘ritas Cantina is always a win. The Baja-inspired cuisine hits the spot when you’re craving something hot, spicy or thirst-quenching. That being said, the chefs at ‘ritas are always looking for something fresh and new to spice up the menu and keep you coming back for more. I was lucky enough to sample some of the new fall specialties and I’m absolutely in love!

STELLAR STARTERS

many times, I was astonished by how absolutely

LET’S START WITH ‘RITAS CANTINA’S FAMOUS Queso

decadent, delectable and different this starter

Dip. “We were finding that our guests couldn’t get

truly was. The queso appetizer consists of a

enough of our homemade Queso Salsa,” said ‘ritas

beautifully creamy béchamel mixed with a

Cantina Manager Robert Greenan. “So naturally

few cheeses, pickled jalapenos and blended to

we decided to make it even better and bigger!”

smooth perfection. The carne asada was fresh,

Cheese lovers can rejoice, the Queso Dip is

full of flavor and complimented the queso

now available as a full-fledged appetizer. When

perfectly. A hearty portion, it’s definitely worth

that hefty bowl was set in front of me filled

trying and sharing!

with queso heaven, topped with sizzling hot carne asada surrounded by fresh chips, I may

BIGGER, BETTER BURRITOS

have teared up from sheer joy. Even though I

Who doesn’t love their favorite meat, cheese

have enjoyed this dish as a part of the salsa trio

and more all wrapped up in a warm tortilla? ESCAPE


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Ladies and Gentlemen, the 5 Pound Burrito

This fall the creative culinary team has added a Chile Relleno burrito to the menu, a ‘ritas team favorite. This dish is simple—there’s a little ranchera sauce, lettuce, but what will blow your taste buds away is that it’s loaded up with two (yes, two) chile rellenos and then poof! Rolled up deliciousness. I was also super excited to see a kicked up ‘ritas version of the classic California Burrito, which includes carne asada, French fries, guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo and a whole lotta love. But the star of the season is the 5 Pound Burrito: A colossal beast filled with carne asada, pollo asado, beans, rice and cheese topped with tasty half green half red sauce, pico de gallo, guacamole and sour cream. “In the spirit of Funner, we wanted to take one of our traditional Chile Relleno Burrito

recipes, and put our funner spin on it. Hence, the 5 Pound Burrito,” said Greenan. You can’t just order it off the menu—no

#Funner


TROY DONEY

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The 'rita-nator

sir. You have to be up for the 5 Pound Burrito challenge! These upcoming food challenges will be so epic you know the whole restaurant will want to join in the fun. The trick is that you must finish the massive burrito in 20 minutes while sitting at a

“The chefs at ‘ritas are always looking for something fresh and new to spice up the menu and keep you coming back for more.”

table on stage, so only true heroes will be able to take this on. I can see it now—fellow patrons

addition made with Ghost Pepper tequila, fresh

soda and fresh lime juice. You can even keep the

cheering on while some brave soul tries stuffing

cucumber, jalapeno, lime and lemon sour. This

cup and come back for $10 refills!

themselves into scrumptious oblivion, everyone

delicious drink is sure to satisfy those of you

The new fall offerings at ‘ritas Cantina are

tracking the stop clock and the excitement of the

looking for a little spice in your life. I was so

all spectacular, and after trying some of them

final 10 second countdown! If they do manage

happy to try the new Passion ‘rita, and it did not

out, I’m certain they’ll quickly become favorites

to eat it all, that definitely earns them bragging

disappoint! Refreshingly light and fruity, yet it

of locals and tourists alike. Whether it's the

rights forever, some free swag and their picture

definitely packs a punch. It’s expertly made with

outstanding

on the coveted ‘ritas Wall of Fame.

Karma silver tequila, passion fruit puree and

margaritas—‘ritas always knows how to keep

lemon-sour mix. ‘ritas lovely bartender Diana

you coming back again and again. Now, where’s

BOTTOMS UP

Dib definitely knows how to mix a deliciously

my giant souvenir cup again? I think it’s just

There are also some changes to the always-

balanced drink.

about time for a refill, don’t you?

amazing margarita menu. “There’s nothing

The ‘rita-nator is another giant specialty

better to pair with homemade queso than

‘ritas Cantina is serving up. It’s truly enormous,

an amazing Margarita!” said Greenan. The

coming in at 44-ounces, and it’s made with orange

Kickin’ Cucumber margarita is a spicy new

peel infused tequila, triple sec, house sour, citrus ESCAPE

Mexican

delicacies

or

glorious

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Mobilequbes located near Total Rewards® Center and Dive. Must be 21 or older to register as a Hotel guest, attend events and to gamble with valid photo ID. Know When To Stop Before You Start.® Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER. Owned by the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians. Trademarks used herein are owned by Caesars License Company, LLC and its affiliated companies. Managed by HCAL, LLC. ©2018, Caesars License Company, LLC. All rights reserved.


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THE TOP 10 ARTISTS OF ALL TIME

TROY DONEY

Words by Marlise Kast

Alice Cooper

WHEN IT COMES TO PLAYING HARD AT HARRAH’S RESORT SOCAL, a winning streak goes far beyond the gaming floor. In fact, it’s made its way to all 23,000 square feet of The Events Center, where up to 3,000 excited fans can catch some of the biggest names in music and comedy all year long. From Lynyrd Skynyrd and Stone Temple Pilots to Jaime Foxx and Cheech & Chong, the lineup in Funner, CA is packed with shows that pack the house. Over the last few years, the genres have expanded to bring chart toppers ranging from The Killers, Two Door Cinema Club, Ice Cube, Blondie and Alice Cooper to comic icons like Bill Burr, Trevor Noah and Amy Schumer. But top talent and an ever-changing line-up are just the beginning of what gets the stage lights shining. Behind the scenes, Harrah’s Resort SoCal has made big-time investments like expanding and improving The Events Center and transforming it into a mecca for top entertainment. As a venue of innovation, the resort was also the first implement L-Acoustics’ K2 source system. What does this mean for you? It means you get the best quality, big-production sound on the market—period. Great sound, great seats and amazing performances, what more could you want from a concert venue? An overall great experience that’s what. Looking back on the past 18 years, there are a few favorite shows that stand out from the pack. Check out the “Top 10 List” of the best shows to ever perform at Harrah’s Resort SoCal.

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On April 2, 2016, The Killers took center stage to one of the largest, loudest crowds at Harrah’s Resort SoCal. Considered a top group of the 21st Century, this chart-topping rock band attracts die-hard fans, especially in Funner, CA, where concert goers lined up as early as 8am to get in to The Events Center. In true Harrah’s Resort SoCal fashion, the team shook things up by changing the lighting design in The Events Center, and making it the first General Admission show ever. The results were a sold out concert, and the best audience participation in history. With a packed house like that, its no wonder The Killers have sold over 25 million albums.

BOB DYLAN When Bob Dylan plays, people listen—especially, when the music legend settled into Harrah’s Resort So Cal for an epic performance on October 13, 2017. The singer–poet–Noble Prize-winner played classic hits like “Why to Change Me Now” and “Like a Rolling Stone.” Especially moving was the timing, as this was one of Bob Dylan’s first performances since winning the Nobel Peace Prize for literature in 2016.

SNOOP DOGG AND MIKE EPPS From the drop of the first beat, everyone’s hands were up in the air as Snoop and Mike Epps doubled down on the double G. It was on April 29, 2010 when the father of hip-hop teamed up with comedian–actor Michael Epps for a oneof-a-kind comedy rap tour. Their collaborative performance brought the house down with tag-team

talent

involving

music,

comedy

and a storyline where Snoop and Epps plot to escape jail time. The two were popping bottles backstage then popping off with hip-hop music and hip-hop comedy together on stage for one dope performance!

WILLIE NELSON Country-music legend Willie Nelson is a familiar face in Funner, CA. He has delivered multiple performances over the years at Harrah’s Resort SoCal but the most exciting was his outdoor performance in the Open Sky Theater. The 2008 show was part of the Harrah’s Resort SoCal Summer Series and drew a crowd of over 4,000 excited fans. The show was held in the South parking lot and Willie’s infamous tour bus was parked right behind the stage so concert goers could see it for themselves. As always his set included favorites like “Whiskey River,” “On The Road Again” and “Always On My Mind.” The crowd was thrilled to see this legend perform and female fans were even throwing bras on stage during the show!

Willie Nelson #Funner


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Billy Idol


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Tony Bennett

AMY SCHUMER

ADAM SANDLER

DURAN DURAN

The girl is flippin’ hilarious. In fact, we’re still

What’s better than Adam Sandler performing

It was October 1, 2011 when Duran Duran hit

laughing about her set four years later. In April

live at Harrah’s Resort SoCal? Adam Sandler

the stage at the Open Sky Theater with a playlist

25, 2014, the comedian–actress–director–writer–

performing live with his comedy comrades

built from over 40 years and 14 albums together.

producer went full steam ahead with a stand-up

David Spade, Nick Swardson and Rob Schneider!

Opening act Neon Trees, got the crowd warmed

routine that had people choking on their drinks.

Comedy fans were floored to learn that these

up, then the classic new wave and synth pop

This was perfect timing, as Schumer’s career

A-list comedians were all performing under the

artists transported the audience back to a time

was really reving up, with her Comedy Central

same roof in Funner, CA.

when MTV sensations ruled the world! After a

show “Inside Amy Schumer” gaining traction

These longtime comedy collegues drew

jaw-dropping performance featuring “Careless

and her big screen debut “Trainwreck” taking off

a packed crowd to the The Events Center on

Memories” and “Hungry Like a Wolf,” they came

the following year. During her show she dropped

April 8, 2017. Everyone in attendance had ample

back for more with “The Wild Boys” and “Rio”—

hysterical dimes on her personal life, and took

opportunity to work out their laugh muscles

which, of course, made the crowd go wild.

the crowd to an echelon of entertainment where

as the jokes flowed effortlessly. A few lucky

few female comedians have gone before. Schumer

guests were even able to catch a glimpse the

TONY BENNETT

had the crowd eating right out of her hand.

guys cruising the Casino floor before and after

Age means nothing to jazz crooner Tony Bennett,

the show!

especially during his performance at Harrah’s

ALICE COOPER

Resort SoCal on November 4, 2016. At 90 years

His make-up was in full effect, and his guitar

BILLY IDOL

was amped up in October 28, 2016 when Alice

May 24, 2018 will go down in history as one of

San Francisco along with other hits like “Fly Me

Cooper gave the crowd a show to remember. This

the best shows at Harrah’s Resort SoCal thanks

to the Moon,” “The Way You Look Tonight” and

was his second time taking the stage in Funner,

to punk-rock performer Billy Idol. After all these

“The Lady is a Tramp.” The big-band icon brought

CA and his chilling performances made him a

years, the singer didn’t disappoint with favorites

class, style and swank to the stage alongside

Harrah’s Resort SoCal favorite. The legendary

like “White Wedding” and “Dancing with Myself.”

Bennett’s quartet, and his daughter Antonia,

shock rocker pleased fans with famous hits like

The audience got plenty lip-curling sneers

who opened the show.

“Poison” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy.” The fact he

and fist-pumping ’80s rock from the superstar.

was playing two days before Halloween took it

From the get-go, Idol’s vocals and Steve Stevens’

to the next level with amazing production and

guitar were beyond aligned like a match made in

theatrics featuring costumes, guillotines, and of

heaven. Billy Idol left concertgoers wanting more

course, fake blood.

and the outpoor of excited fans had them “Rebel

of age, he sang his heart out, and then left it in

Yell”ing for more. #HarrahsSoCal


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INNOVATIONS THAT TURN YOUR PLAY INTO FUN IN FUNNER, CA Words by Marlise Kast

RARELY IS ROLLING THE DICE IN FUNNER, CA A GAMBLE.

THE PEOPLE

edge technology. And they’re not afraid to try

In fact, it’s a chance to win big—thanks to

“Everyone greets everyone” is a cultural motto

something

innovations on the gaming floor that’ll keep you

that every Funner, CA teammate embraces. It

smaller, start-up vendors who have new products

jackpot-ready and entertained for days.

ensures the team welcomes you with a smile

to bring to the casino floor.

new—including

partnering

with

Over the past decade, the team at Harrah’s

and a willingness to make your visit beyond

Resort SoCal has placed its bets on the guest

epic. “The customer service experience at

THE TECH

experience—where the mission is to inspire

our resort is unparalleled,” said Jeff Hornung,

According to Hornung, Harrah’s Resort SoCal will

grown-ups to play. By dealing a player-friendly

manager

team

boldly roll out new technology if it promises to

environment and memorable experiences, they

members take pride in knowing the guests on

enhance your gaming experience. And they have

keep the gaming floor fresh and alive with offerings

a personal level.”

the track record to prove it. From jumbo-sized boxes

that are different from the competition—starting first and foremost with the team as a whole.

of

slot

operations.

“Our

Beyond customer service, Harrah’s Resort

and larger screens, to 4k resolution and custom

SoCal is dedicated to innovation and cutting-

bonusing, Harrah’s Resort SoCal has led the pack on

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“ THE TECHNOLOGY HAS CHANGED THE FACE OF GAMING.” how many chips you’ve got on the table and your VIP guest status—so that you'll get pampered just a little more! Unlike traditional table games with even money bets, at Harrah’s Resort SoCal you’ll find progressive bets such as Bonus Spin on Blackjack. The equation is simple: Make a $5 wager, land Blackjack and spin the wheel for a chance to take home anywhere from $40 to upwards of $70,000! In addition to Bonus Spin on Blackjack and Poker variant Chase the Flush, Harrah's Resort SoCal recently added STAX progressive to its Premium Hold ’Em game. This four-tier progressive—and random “must hit by $500” challenge—can be won by simply placing an optional $5 bet. Still not convinced to try your luck? How about if you could see the dealer’s hand before you place your bet? Harrah’s Resort SoCal may be known for comedy and fun, but this is no joke! The resort is officially the first in the industry to offer Face-Up Pai Gow—a game that let’s you see the dealer’s hand before you throw down. And that’s just the beginning of your winning streak. Step into the Poker Room, now featured on the poker social media app, “Catching Cards.” Download the app to view when specialty games are taking place, giving you a chance to sign up to get in on the fun. You can also request specific games at certain dates and times, or simply choose “play now” if you’re in-house. This social media platform is a great way to connect you to the Harrah’s Resort SoCal Poker Room, so you can play the games you want, when you want.

THE FUTURE With all that innovation and technology at your fingertips, you’re probably wondering what’s left for the future of Harrah’s Resort SoCal’s gaming floor? The one thing up their sleeve is mobile integration. At the push of a button, you’ll be able to download credits, receive offers and leased games like Lightning and Dragon Link—both

electronic table games, Harrah’s Resort SoCal

transfer funds onto slot machines. As Hornung

considered floor favorites today.

was also the first of the nearly 40 Caesars

explained: “From anywhere on the property,

“Technology has changed the face of

Entertainment properties to launch RFID chip

guests will be able to play their favorite slot for

gaming through speed, great graphics and

technology. Eliminating any chance for human

real money on their smart device. We’ll also have

an easy user interface that guests of all

error, this innovative tool brings accurate ratings

mobile integration for live table games from

technological backgrounds can use,” explained

in real time to table game play. Gone are the

anywhere on the property.”

Hornung. “The thing that makes us truly unique

days of estimating an average bet. Now players

When it comes to Harrah’s Resort SoCal’s

is speed, speed and more speed.” Harrah’s

can receive a real-time ratings for accurate

other innovations on the gaming floor—well,

Resort SoCal takes pride in its slot wait times

re-investments for Total Rewards® member

you’ll have to just find out for yourself. The chips

and the ability to get you paid out on jackpots

comps, free-play and more. How else does RFID

are stacked, you’ve got a killer poker face and

and back in the game in record time.

technology benefit you? How about computer

luck is on your side. What are you waiting for?

accuracy and player protection, right down to

Get ready to shake, rattle and roll.

As the pioneer in skill-based gaming and

#Funner

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CODEGREEN

POWERING YOUR FUN WITH THE SUN Words by Jace Gardenier  Photo by Brian Luna

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WHEN YOU THINK OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA,

green energy per year. For those of you that

Resort SoCal. Since it was installed, the

what comes to mind? Okay, besides traffic.

aren’t scientists, look at it this way:

Funner, CA solar field has generated a total

The sunshine, of course! Bragged about in

That’s equal to planting 423 trees, or

of 16 GWh. That means Harrah’s Resort SoCal

songs, slogans and sayings, the sunshine is

removing the carbon emissions from 85 tons of

has avoided using tons of Greenhouse Gases

one of SoCal’s most precious resources. And at

burning coal from the atmosphere.

including:

Harrah’s Resort SoCal, the sun is put to work in more ways than one. Not only does the sun set the scene for a

The installation of the solar field in 2010

47,933,177 lbs of Carbon Dioxide

became the cornerstone of Harrah’s Resort

8,677.30 lbs. of Nitrogen Oxide

SoCal’s

17,070.20 lbs. of Sulfur Dioxide

CodeGreen

program,

a

program

perfect pool day at Dive or create picture perfect

designed to tackle environmental issues in the

Want to check out these sun soakers

sunsets over the Funner, CA hillside, that big

community by putting eco-friendly options

yourself? Most guest rooms in the Resort

glowing yellow ball also revs up the resort’s

in place. It’s the property’s way of moving

Tower North have a bird’s eye view of the solar

on-site, state-of-the-art solar field. Located

the needle to minimize its eco-footprint in

field as it sits nestled under beautiful Palomar

just across the parking lot from Harrah’s Resort

Southern California, and even globally.

Mountain. You can also snag a #Solarselfie.

SoCal are 4,056 sun soaking solar panels that

“By having our own solar field, we are

combine to make up the largest solar field in

in a unique position to generate some of our

So next time you think to yourself, “How

the Caesars Entertainment empire. And boy is

own power while also helping conserve for

do they keep the fun going 365 days a year in

that SoCal sun strong! These panels produce

the community,” said Jon Houchin, director

Funner, CA?” Say thanks to the sun.

an average of 2 GWh (Gigawatt hours) of clean,

of engineering and technology for Harrah’s

Floors 10-21 have the best view of the solar field.

FOR MORE WAYS HARRAH’S RESORT SOCAL IS CONSERVING IN THE COMMUNITY, PLEASE VISIT HARRAHSSOCAL.COM/CODEGREEN

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Limited to one offer per person for the duration of promotion. Must be 21 or older to register as a Hotel guest, attend events and to gamble with valid photo ID. This offer is not valid for persons who have been excluded from Harrah’s affiliated casinos. Know When to Stop Before You Start®. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER. Owned by the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians. Trademarks used herein are owned by Caesars License, LLC and its affiliated companies. Managed by HCAL, LLC. ©2018, Caesars License Company, LLC. All rights reserved.


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BEHIND THE SCENES MAYOR HOFF HAS BEEN MAKING THE ROUNDS! Words by Robyn Lass


ZACH CORDNER

On May 18, 2017, David Hasselhoff was inaugurated as the first mayor of Funner, CA. But the fun and festivities didn’t end when the last dove was released into the skies above the new city. Since that day, the mayor has been doing more than shaking hands. The Supreme Leader and face of fun, Mayor Hoff has been on a mission both inside and outside the walls of Harrah’s Resort SoCal. If you didn’t get a chance to catch his count down on New Year’s Eve or belting out Bing Crosby, here’s a rundown of the mayor’s movements around town.

#Funner


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Mayor Hoff and million-dollar winner Jorge B. (center) ringing in the new year.

DOLING OUT THE DOLLAR BILLS What’s Funner than winning a million dollars? Receiving a million-dollar check from the Knight Rider himself. As the clock counted down to the close of the year, on December 31 Jorge B. became 2017’s Year of the Millionaire winner. His monumental prize was handed over by the mayor. “As the mayor of Funner I was thrilled to give away such an amazing prize. It was quite a night to celebrate!” said Hoff. In addition to passing over the giant check, the mayor returned to stage just before the stroke of midnight to count down to the new year.

SERVING UP SMILES When the mayor is in town, he definitely makes a point to put the Fun in Funner, CA. Thanks to his influence, every guest who visits is treated to an elevated experience—from Check-in to Checkout. Mayoral decrees like Fun Citations and Golden Tickets were just a few of Mayor Hoff’s initiatives “These are some of the really special ways we’re making every trip to Funner unique,” Hoff says.

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kicked off during his time in office. Hoff's trusty bouncer K.I.T.T.

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“These are some of the really special ways we’re making every trip to Funner unique” To make sure these smiles are always “Hoff Approved” the mayor got in on the action at the craps table. Baked in fun in the Buffet. And poolside he posted up in his usual spot (he’s a former Baywatch lifeguard you know). And of course, after all that hard work, the mayor deserved a little relaxation and pampering in his favorite spot, The Spa at Harrah’s.

SAVING HIS SPOT Sometimes the mayor was called out of town on business, so he needed a good deputy to keep an eye on things. To help ensure the fun-o-meter was always amped up, Mayor Hoff relied on his trusty deputy K.I.T.T. to step in for him. Much to the delight of guests, the Knight Rider’s trusty ride was occasionally found in the Resort Lobby, keeping his dry wit and keen eye on point.

REVVING UP THE RACES “Hoff, hoff, hoff!” The crowd called his name and The Hoff responded. On July 18, 2018 the mayor Hoff heating things up.

made the crowd of nearly 40,000 fans at Del MarThoroughbred Club’s opening day even luckier.

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The fourth race was dubbed the official “Funner, CA” race. Complete with Harrah’s Resort SoCal branded saddle cloths and the silky smooth sounds of Mayor Hoff singing the Bing Crosby classic “Where The Turf Meets The Surf” acapella. “I love Del Mar,” says Mayor Hoff. “The crowd was amazing. I loved representing Funner on such a special day. And who doesn’t love a sunny afternoon by the sea?”

WHAT’S NEXT? Mayor David Hasselhoff helped put Funner, CA on the map. Thanks to his charisma and creativity the good times are rolling full steam ahead. So what’s next for the most fun city in SoCal? Keep your eyes out for an exciting announcement to come!

Hoff all smiles at Del Mar.

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STAY

ADD ONS AND AMENITIES ONLY FOUND IN FUNNER, CA Words by Marlise Kast

At Harrah’s Resort SoCal, amenities go way beyond little soaps in the bathroom. When you stay at the best resort in Funner, CA, you can expect the unexpected. From fresh food to sweet swag to exclusive offers designed to get you out into the great outdoors, the team here has drawn way outside the lines and cultivated unique guest experiences to make your stay, well, Funner.


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Enjoy a round of golf at Oaks North, Rancho Bernardo's finest executive golf course.


REV UP YOUR ROOM

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Sure, most hotels have in-room dining. But do they ease your conscience with guilt-free offerings? Book your stay in one of Harrah’s Resort SoCal’s Wellness Rooms and you can satisfy your midnight cravings with a healthy menu that’ll leave you with a happy tummy. Food packages include Sunrise Wellness, which offers fresh squeezed juices, yogurt parfaits, naturally infused waters and more. There’s also the Detox Day Package, designed to curb cravings while cleansing your system with açaí bowls, fresh fruit, cold-pressed juices and even a shot of wheatgrass. And the Deluxe Wellness package is a well-rounded combo of the two. Ask about these Wellness Packages at check-in.

MASTER THE WAVES Surf’s up for Funner, CA guests, with 30% discounts on weekly surf lessons hosted by Harrah’s Resort SoCal partner Surf Ride Surf Shop. Get into the line-up with semi-private and

"WE THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO FIND PARTNERS WHO CELEBRATE THE VALLEY WE CALL HOME, AND HELP DRIVE BUSINESS TO THE AREA"

private lessons Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1pm, and Saturdays at 9am. You can paddle out all year long with coaching

from

professional

and

certified

instructors who know the “ins and outs” of the

—DIRECTOR OF RESORT MARKETING, AMBER LUSSIER

local surf breaks around San Diego county. Need gear? No problem. Meet at Surf Ride’s Oceanside location off of North County’s famed Coast Highway 101. They’ve got all the gear you need,

Check-in and take a look, you should find an

including boards, wetsuits, snacks, and drinks—

exclusive discount giving you access to thousands

all included—in the three-hour adventure. With a

of styles online. Be sure to book your stay soon,

student-to-instructor ratio of 2:1, you know you’ll

these are only available while supplies last!

get the best-personalized attention and hands-

“We like to provide our guests with a variety of

on training. Contact Harrah’s Resort SoCal’s

experiences during their stay, so why not provide

Concierge team to get hooked up for lessons.

a variety of perks they can enjoy in their everyday life? Everyone needs shoes, so why not! Zappos is an extremely popular and well-trusted company, take home a bottle of Hill Top wine for just $88. With over a decade of experience in the barrel, Hill Top is already producing blends worthy of Double Gold Medals. Vouchers for this can be found at Concierge. “It’s important to find partners who celebrate the valley we call home, and help drive business

so we felt a partnership made sense,” Lussier said. Each week, Harrah’s Resort SoCal is offering 1,000 customized QR Codes directing you straight to a discount page on Zappos.com. There you’ll find exclusive savings of 10% off $50 purchase, 15% off $75 and 20% off of $100. Check with the Hotel Front Desk for more details.

to the area. Hill Top is actually cultivating their

HIT THE GREEN

product in our own backyard, and we love to

Taking a swing at fun this season is even easier

encourage our guests to experience the area,”

with a discounted round of golf at nearly a dozen JC

Reward yourself for that big win with an afternoon

said Harrah’s Resort SoCal Director of Resort

Golf courses. Total Rewards® members can tee up

at Hill Top Winery, a family owned and operated

Marketing, Amber Lussier.

every month with special rates at some of the best

SIP SOMETHING LOCAL winery just a few miles from Harrah’s Resort

courses in San Diego County. Get your green fix

SoCal! The best resort in Funner, CA has partnered

STEP UP YOUR STYLE

with this friendly neighbor to bring this local

Thanks to an exclusive partnership with Zappos,

Inn, Reidy Creek, Twin Oaks and more. The

vintage to you. Through the Concierge team,

you can let your shoes do the walking in Funner,

Harrah’s Resort SoCal partnership with select JC

book an afternoon of wine tasting for two and

CA. Just crack open your key card packet after

Golf courses means you can perfect your swing at

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at Encinitas Ranch, Oaks North, Rancho Bernardo


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"OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH JC GOLF IS A TRUE REFLECTION OF KEY PRINCIPLES IN THE OFFERINGS WE ARE ABLE TO PROVIDE OUR LOYAL GUESTS; VALUE, CHOICE AND EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE" —VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING, BEAU SWANSON Welk Resort, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Cathedral

floor,” says Table Games Manager, Tony Wenger.

Canyon and Woods Valley—with rates as low as

“We select guests at random and go out of our

$42 on weekdays and $59 on weekends. Purchase

way to say ‘Thanks for choosing Funner’.” The

your next round using your Total Reward Credits®

best part is that gifts and prizes are handed out

by booking directly through the Concierge.

by the Funner, CA mascot, Mr. Al Paca himself—

“Our partnership with JC Golf is a true

fully dressed up, blasting party music and loaded

reflection of key principles in the offerings we

with gifts. Inside the swag bag are hats, T-shirts,

are able to provide our loyal guests; value, choice

tumblers and phone chargers that look like candy

and exceptional service. With special JC Player

bars. All decked out with artwork unique to the

rate offers, the ability to use Reward Credits® for

best resort in Funner, CA. Get your good-time game

‘comp-ing’ rounds and so many courses to choose

face ready . . .You never know when the alpaca will

from, we make it easy to enjoy the sport of golf in

hit your table!

SoCal. Not only that, but after attending just two of their group lessons, I dropped four to five strokes

BOP WHILE YOU SHOP

off my own game,” said Harrah’s Resort SoCal Vice

Fun is in the bag with a surprise shopping jam

President of Marketing, Beau Swanson.

held one Saturday per month. Prepare for disco

WIN FUN WITH TABLE GAMES

The fun team at Bazaar.

lights, loud music and a festive theme that will

on one random Saturday per month. Fashion has

blow your socks off (don’t worry, you can buy

never been so fun!

Sitting down to play your favorite table game

more socks at Bazaar). The entire store transforms

brings more than just the luck of the cards in

into one gigantic party, with themes ranging

MORE FUN TO COME

Funner, CA. This season, the team has made a

from Mexican fiesta to country western. Every

The team in Funner, CA is always on the look out

habit of surprising guests with loads of Funner

purchase comes with a raffle ticket, giving you a

for new ways to boost your stay. So be sure to check

swag, just when they least expect it.

chance to win awesome prizes. How does a basket

out HarrahsSoCal.com or ask your Concierge what

“People love the free gifts and it creates an

full of candles, accessories and a Michael Kors bag

exciting activities and offers are on deck for guests

exciting, unexpected commotion on the game

sound? Yep, they’ve done it and will do it again

at Harrah’s Resort SoCal.

#Funner

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DRINK

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SIPPING INTO FALL

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Words by Shannon Gavin

HIGHLAND TEMPTRESS

CRAFTED BY SPIKED MIXOLOGIST DEREK BLANCO TO MAKE THE HIGHLAND TEMPTRESS: •

1.5 oz Michter’s Rye

THE LEAVES ARE CHANGING and the scent of

crisp and refreshing drink needs. Take the two

0.5 oz Art in the Age root rhubarb

cinnamon and pine are filling the air. Don’t

cocktails below, for instance. Would you ever

¼ oz The Bitter Truth Pimento Dram

you think your cocktail of choice should

think combining these ingredients into one glass

0.5 oz Rosemary simple syrup

change as well? After all, the Pumpkin Spice

would create such an exquisite symphony of

¼ oz Turbinado simple syrup

Latte is available now, which is basically the

taste? Neither did we.

Half squeezed blood orange

unofficial fall kickoff! It’s out with the rosé and

The Highland Temptress is an elegantly re-

in with Harrah’s Resort SoCal’s new seasonal

freshing whiskey cocktail using fresh seasonal

INSTRUCTIONS:

cocktail menu. Including, but not limited to,

ingredients. The spirit-forward bite is enough to

1. Pour over ice rock in an old fashioned glass

balanced whiskeys, malty scotches and heaps

get any avid whiskey sipper excited to sip. Blanco

2. Add a blood orange wheel

of seasonal ingredients that’ll grab any cocktail

adds rhubarb and turbinado for sweetness, fresh-

3. Rosemary garnish to finish

connoisseur’s attention.

ly squeezed blood orange for a zing and rosemary

To avoid the same old Hot Toddy recipe (not that there’s anything wrong with a yummy Hot

with Michter’s Rye, creating the perfect balance of

of whiskey,” said Blanco. “As mixologists, we

earthy notes to warm your palette.

like to use fresh ingredients with a little bit of

Toddy), the Harrah’s Resort SoCal mixologists

“This cocktail was created with a wide

science to give our guests a new experience with

channeled their inner spirits to produce the best

audience in mind and in the hopes of giving the

enhanced mouthwatering explosions to quench

recipes for your warm and cozy dreams and your

guests an open invitation to the wonderful world

their thirst!”

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“AS MIXOLOGISTS, WE LIKE TO USE FRESH INGREDIENTS WITH A LITTLE BIT OF SCIENCE”— MIXOLOGIST DEREK BLANCO

CREAM ME UP, SCOTTIE

CRAFTED BY SPIKED MIXOLOGIST JIMMY MONTES TO MAKE THE CREAM ME UP, SCOTTIE: •

2 oz Dewar’s 12 Years Old True Scotch

0.75 oz E & J Brandy

1 oz Cream

0.75 oz Maple syrup

0.25 oz Simple syrup

1 teaspoon cinnamon

INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Build all ingredients in a shaker 2. Shake with ice 3. Strain over fresh ice in an old fashioned glass 4. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and dust cinnamon powder Do yourself a favor and order your Highland The Cream Me Up, Scottie was concocted with

of multiple familiar ingredients, like cream

a

and cinnamon. You’ll notice the Scotch, but it’s

specific

purpose—Scotch

approachability.

Generally, thoughts of cigars clubs, smoking

extremely subtle and very light.

jackets and “neat” or “on the rocks” are conjured

“It [Cream Me Up, Scottie] is approachable

when thinking about Scotch. Montes wanted to

to anyone who may be a little worried about

reintroduce an old favorite yet liven the spirit up.

having Scotch. You hear about this just being

The result: The perfect blend of sweetness and

on the rocks, but you don’t hear about it being a

comfort in a glass.

savory or even a sweet type of drink,” explained

Yes, it’s easy to become intimidated by this

Montes. “You’re not supposed to get a kickback

drink’s star ingredient—Dewar’s 12 Years Old

from this drink. When you drink this, you’re

True Scotch—but Montes assures that anyone

surprised at how smooth it is.”

can enjoy this drink with the simple additions #HarrahsSoCal

Temptress and Cream Me Up, Scottie at Spiked, or try to recreate these delicious drinks at home! Still not quite sure about taking

the

spirit-forward

plunge?

Ask

your mixologist about “Dealer’s Choice.” The team will ask you a variety of flavor questions and craft a perfect cocktail just for you. SPIKED IS OPEN DAILY FROM 11AM – 1:30AM WITH A TRUE HAPPY HOUR MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY 7PM – 8PM WITH 25-PERCENT OFF ALL SIGNATURE COCKTAILS AND BOURBON.


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DOUG HYDE

Words by Aaron Schmidt  Photos by Brian Luna

ON AUGUST 30, 2018, the fifth installment of

Tribe and Harrah’s Resort SoCal decided that

of it that you have to pour wax into. Once the

Harrah’s Resort SoCal’s on-property art collection

they were going to do a new art installation here,

wax is burned out, then it’s poured into metal.

was unveiled. Located at the front entrance near

Steve called me and said he had a project that I

After that, all the pieces of metal have to be

Valet, the beautiful bronze sculpture “Milky Way

might be interested in. Once I came out and saw

welded back together. It’s quite the process. I’ve

Woman” stands roughly 12 feet in height and is a

the property, I knew this was the right place to

been working with a metal foundry for many

breathtaking nod to the local tribal history.

be. It was wonderful staying here—everyone was

years, and they have a great crew that assists

Native American artist Doug Hyde was

really nice and accommodating. I think Harrah’s

me—it’s pretty hard to do this and be a one-

commissioned to create the sculpture and

Resort SoCal is a great facility, and I’m very

man operation. And the type of tools you’d need,

worked closely with the tribal government of

happy I was asked to do this project.”

you’d have to be a millionaire,” said Hyde. During

the

unveiling

ceremony

Tribal

the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians to get it just

For Hyde, creating the Milky Way Woman

right. Hyde originally got involved with the tribe

was no easy feat, as working with metal can be

Chairman

through Tribal Council Member Steve Stallings

very meticulous with many painstaking steps

significance of the sculpture for the Rincon

at a tribal gaming convention. “I’ve done a lot

involved to complete its lengthy process. “From

Tribe. “When you look at what’s depicted here,

of work for different tribes all over the country,

start-to-finish, it took about seven or eight

it’s a woman. Our women nurtured us, took care

and I go to a lot of gaming conventions and meet

months to produce the Milky Way Woman. Every

of us and fed us as children,” Mazzetti said. “We

people. I met Steve a number of years ago at

step had to be approved, so after it was all first

could’ve had a warrior like a lot of folks, but the

one of these gatherings,” said Hyde. “When the

sculpted in clay, I had to make a hard copy mold

backbone of our youth, as we were all raised even

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Bo

Mazzetti

spoke

about

the


today, is our mothers who did so much for us. We believe that when our people pass, they go to the Milky Way. We can look up there and see our people up there looking at back us. Hopefully, they are proud that we are recognizing them— that’s what this represents. It’s the feeling you get from looking at it. Doug really captured that, and I really appreciate the work he has done.” Hyde grew up in Northern Idaho on the Nez Perce Reservation. The lore of his Nez Perce, Assiniboine and Chippewa ancestry came to him from his grandfather and other elders. They carefully instructed him through the vast Native American legends of animal characters, the morals of his people, as well as the ways of Mother Earth and the creation of mankind. Today, Hyde expresses this mythology and spirit through his artwork. Currently

residing

in

Prescott,

Arizona,

Hyde began his foray into the art world at age 17,

Harrah's Resort SoCal's Senior Vice President and General Manager Darrell Pilant (left) introducing Tribal Chairman Bo Mazetti (center) and Doug Hyde (right).

attending the Institute of American Indian Arts in New Mexico for his senior year of high school. As for his early influences, Hyde looked to his teachers for inspiration: “I think it’s just one of those things that’s inevitable. I don’t think I had anyone that was really inspiring me to do art. I had some good teachers once I got to the Institute. They allowed you to work in a lot of different fields, so you could choose what direction you wanted to go in art. I originally went there for painting.” Hyde officially began his artistic career in 1963 as a stone sculptor, a path he followed for 25 years. He started dabbling in bronze sculptures around the same time. “I really enjoy working with stones because each one is so different. Artist Doug Hyde and his creation: "Milky Way Woman."

#HarrahsSoCal

Most people don’t know that stone has a grain like wood and so it’s not only the colors you get to

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“My goal in life is to make sure the tribes are presented culturally correct”—Doug Hyde

(Left to right) Council member Steve Stallings, Council member Laurie Gonzalez, Artist Doug Hyde, Council member Alfonso Kolb, Chairman Bo Mazzetti and Harrah’s Resort SoCal’s Senior VP and GM Darrell Pilant.

work with, but also the hardness and softness—

of European artists and their interpretations of

Museum, Museum of the Southwest, Southwest

all these things come into consideration.

American Indians. They had people with African

Museum, Gilcrease Museum, Eitelborg Museum

“When you do a bronze, it’s basically

shields and they’d dress people up in different

of American Indians, Western Art, the Colorado

remains the same—the metal is the metal.

tribal outfits from back east, California and all

Springs Fine Art Center and the Smithsonian

It’s a completely different technique. The real

over. They’d conglomerate them together,” Hyde

Institute, among others. “All my pieces are like

difference is that stone is a ‘take away’ process

said. “As a people, you need to have control of

my kids. I mean, you put everything into each

to where bronze is an ‘add on’ process. So you

your history and your image and people will

one of them and then the next one you do is

have to have two different ways of thinking

then be able to learn about other people from

always the one that’s the most important to you

about it,” Hyde explained.

what they perceive them to be by their artwork.

at the time,” Hyde said with a smile.

Whether his sculpture is a bird, an animal, a fish or a person, Hyde bases his artwork around

My goal in life is to make sure the tribes are presented culturally correct.”

Native American culture. “When I went to the

In addition to his installation in Funner, CA,

Institute [of American Indian Arts] and was

Hyde’s work can be viewed in the collections of

studying art history, they’d show us pictures

the Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, Heard ESCAPE

DURING YOUR NEXT VISIT TO FUNNER, CA, SWING BY THE HARRAH’S RESORT SOCAL ENTRANCE AND CHECK OUT THE STRIKING “MILKY WAY WOMAN” FOR YOURSELF.


FILL YOUR SUITCASE WITH STYLE We’ve packed in your favorites so you don’t have to. It’s ok if you “forgot” something. Bazaar has what you need to look great from the dining table to the craps table.

Michael Kors Brighton Tommy Bahama Brixton Nixon Volcom Kut Coco + Carmen


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THE SPA AT HARRAH’S RETAIL STORE Words by Alondra Figueroa  Photos by Zach Cordner

Get all of your beauty needs met and and more at The Spa at Harrah's.

AS THE FIRST STRIKING FEATURE on your right when

be able to relax and leave their stress at the door.

entering Harrah’s Resort Southern California,

When they select and take home some products,

The Spa at Harrah’s is gorgeously modern, chic

my hope is that they can enjoy the serenity and

and inviting. Just as inviting are those enticing

relaxation at home,” said Layland. The “Build Your

packages of products lining the shelves of The

Own Essential Oil Bar” is a perfect example. Guests

Spa Shop. But as any spa aficionado knows, no

can choose from several scents, create their own

matter how captivating the packaging, its the

concoction for purchase, then take it home as an

results that really matter. This is where the

aromatic souvenir of their stay.

items for sale in The Spa at Harrah’s really shine.

Other products that line the shelves include

With endless products available on the

local brands like Kopari skin care based in La Jolla,

market, it must be hard to choose just the right

COOLA® skin care and UNITE® hair products out

selection. “We put a lot of thought and care into

of Carlsbad. This approach allows you to enjoy

selecting spa retail products,” said Spa Manager

wonderful products while supporting our local San

Gina Layland. “We choose active, organic and

Diego community.

local products whenever possible.” The team

I have to be honest and say that almost

strives to provide a variety of special products

every time I go to Harrah’s Resort SoCal I buy

and merchandise that deliver on the unique

UNITE Hair products at The Spa. I can always find

experience clients enjoy throughout their time

exactly what I’m looking for—and that’s never the

in The Spa.

case anywhere else. The display is simple and no

“When guests visit the spa I want them to

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If you’re looking to freshen up your beauty routine, The Spa at Harrah’s offers the Jane Iredale line. Known as “the skin care make-up,” it’s what the stylists use in the Salon and in my opinion it’s a beauty buff’s well-kept secret. Jane Iredale uses clean ingredients, the colors are beautiful and timeless and the brand focuses on improving skin with organic materials while giving back to the world. For example, one hundred percent of the proceeds of Magic Mitt sales, a microfiber mitt that completely removes make-up using water only, goes to support breast cancer awareness. Truly a woman’s brand made for women by women. If you’re looking for something that smells as good as it looks, try the Lollia line. You will instantly be smitten by their beautifully detailed products and their hand cream is rich and absorbs quickly. The bubble bath bottles are stunning and come with lovely jeweled charms and both can be easily repurposed long after the luxurious bubbles have gone. Speaking of luxury, I was thrilled to see UGG®, the Australian brand known worldwide for its cozy apparel. The racks in The Spa feature UGG’s casual loungewear, perfect for taking your spa day home. Éminence Organic Skin Care, the Hungarian specialty line and go to for facials and treatments within The Spa, is another one to check out. Layland recommends the Bamboo Firming Fluid. It’s ideal for normal to dry skin and has great properties that really lift, firm and hydrate skin. Last but not least, the shop at The Spa offers some exclusive products for men. Jack Black is just one of the lines featured in the Barbershop. You can’t miss the iconic blue bottles filled with simple, easy, hair and facial products. Check out the beard wash to keep that facial hair looking fresh. When asked what their top sellers are, Gina used in the Salon at The Spa because of its high

was quick to point out that Eminence is always

quality and versatility for any hair type.

selling out and the UGG and UNITE products

COOLA, a cute brand that started out making all-natural face and body products

move quickly. However, Layland and her team

is

in Funner, CA are constantly bringing in new

another great go to. “I love the integrity of their

merchandise. Be sure to stop in and shop The

products!” Layland exclaimed. They don’t have

Spa at Harrah’s for yourself or something special

to, but they actually list the percentage of organic

for your favorite beauty buff.

ingredients used in each item, and that level of transparency is unique in this era of products boasting to be earth friendly. #Funner

STOP BY THE SPA AT HARRAH’S TO BROWSE THE SHOP SHELVES MONDAY – THURSDAY, 9AM – 6PM, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY 8AM – 8PM AND SUNDAY 8AM – 6PM.


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2018 Words by Elizabeth Schwartze  Photos by Christopher Donez

THE MAYOR OF FUNNER, CA HAS SPOKEN, and he wants to give away millions— $3 million to be exact! Over the course of the year, Total Rewards® Card Holders can win a share of up to $3 million in cash and prizes culminating with a New Year’s Eve party Funner style on December 31, 2018. Modeled

after

the

incredibly

popular,

Year Of The Millionaire event, Funner’s Mayor David

Hasselhoff

wanted

to

reward

loyal

guests at Harrah’s Resort SoCal with something spectacular. It seemed only fitting that the new name reflected his influence—hence the 2018 Mayor’s Millions. According to Harrah’s Resort SoCal Events and Promotions Manager Melissa Fry: “The Funner brand means so much more to us than standard casino messaging. It’s about our relationships here with our guests, the community, our teammates and the overall guest experience as a whole.”

HOW TO PLAY Over the course of 2018, “Monthly Mayoral Payouts” occur on the last Saturday of each month. During these drawings, guests can win

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their share of over $50K in Free Play and $50K in cash by earning drawing entries throughout the month. All entries earned after 10:31pm on the last Saturday of the month will be activated for the next month’s drawing. By June, the monthly fun ramped up for the first big payout of the year. “On June 30, 2018 at our Mid-Year’s Eve celebration, we had 10 lucky guests win $100,000 each,” said Fry. “We will be ringing in the New Year on December 31 by giving away another piece of the Mayor’s Millions to 10

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lucky guests who will also each win $100,000!”

THE BIG NIGHT

Each New Year’s Eve gets bigger and better,

Whether you’re looking for a grand way

On December 31, 2018, Mayor’s Millions will be

with record-breaking attendance expected this

to ring in the new year, or a way to boost your

showcased in grandiose glory with a New Year’s

year. “The high-energy entertainment, the fun

bankroll with multiple grands, be sure to book

Eve party at Harrah’s Resort SoCal. Once guests

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NURTURED BY NATURE

Words by Shannon Gavin  Photos by Troy Doney

Hey little buddy

LEMURS PLUS FOXES PLUS OTTERS EQUALS BEST. DAY. EVER. A LITTLE-KNOWN SECRET set just outside of

their conservation efforts—instantly selling out

Funner, CA is a six-acre Nature Conservation

all the spots in their encounter experience.

Center. Located in Valley Center—approximately

The programs offered at Nurtured by Nature

11 miles away from Harrah’s Resort SoCal—is a

(NBN) provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences where

unique place where visitors can come face to face

guests can interact with a variety of remarkable

with uncommon animals in a safe and controlled

animal species. It’s very important to make note

environment, while feeling the comforts of a

that all animals only interact on a voluntary

committed team fostering love to all.

basis. Nurtured By Nature never overworks

With over 30 years of experience in the Zoological

world,

Kevin

and

Wendy

Yates

their animals during encounters—they swap out groups of animal species per encounter.

began Nurtured By Nature Animal Educators,

Available only by reservation, encounters

a nonprofit organization formed in 2008. Since

are held three times a week (unless a Make-A-

then, they have provided animal education

Wish request comes in) from 10am – 2pm. Only

through interactive programs, including meet-

1,000 spots are available each year, so they fill up

and-greets with kangaroos, feeding Cuddles the

fast! Each encounter can only be reserved for up

resident porcupine and slowing things down

to eight guests to keep the interactions with the

with a sloth named Belt. It wasn’t until a viral

animals very intimate and not overwhelming.

video launched in 2016 when this husband and

Nurtured By Nature is an official Wish Maker for

wife team gained steam and awareness around

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MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION PARTNERSHIP California Wildfires destroyed the couples’ Valley Center home in 2003, Kevin and Wendy Yates experienced unconditional support from their community to help rebuild their home and get back to their normal day to day. From this experience, they wanted to give back to their community that gave them so much. Appreciation for their family, community and the natural world fostered the idea for Nurtured By Nature and providing solace in times of misfortune or troubles. In 2017, Nurtured By Nature was able to provide $60,000 in-kind free swims to MakeA-Wish children and are on track to provide over $100,000 in-kind free swims in 2018. Their

programs

provide

once-in-a-lifetime

experiences to children and their families in need through individual animal encounters at their facility. (left to right) Nurtured by Nature Owners Kevin and Wendy Yakes with Volunteers Danica Waitley and Sarah Stuck.

EXPERIENCING THE EXPERIENCE On the day of their adventure, guest encounters

team with the baby otters’ training. The toys are

kickoff with a tour of the property, a friendly

meant to protect your fingers and give these

“Hello” to a 15-year-old Sulcatta tortoise—aptly

little critters something to nibble on!

named “Turbo”—and a chance to take in the

The excitement continued as the otters

gorgeous 180-degree view of the beautiful Pauma

were gently taken back to their area and guests

Valley. After a quick introduction, Sarah Stuck,

enjoyed a warm welcome from a couple of ROUS,

Wendy Yates and volunteer Danica Waitley

rodents of unusual size, in the form of pacas,

will explain the upcoming adventure and the

Wesley and Amigo. Quick and food motivated,

inspiration behind Nurtured By Nature.

these characters have the look of a giant mouse,

Then it’s off to start the day by feeding

complete with deer markings on their back for

mealworms to the most adorable Fennec foxes,

camouflage. Wesley and Amigo make friends

Dill, Pickle, Snicker and Doodle. Don’t feel too bad if

quickly, but when they retreat, the NBN team

these little guys are asleep on the job! The Fennec

knows it’s time to go.

foxes are crepuscular animals that tend to be more active during the dawn and twilight hours.

The next star is a two-clawed sloth named Belt. He easily became a favorite with our group!

After meeting your new furry friends,

After showing off his fun climbing skills, Belt

guests are guided to a large play pin filled with

decided to “hang” around as Stuck fed him

toys and a climbing tree. Here you’ll have a

treats. While Belt enjoyed the limelight during

chance to interact with some of the youngest

our visit, Waitley brought in two three-banded

residents. Guests are given toys to assist the NBN

armadillos that proceeded to swiftly run across #Funner


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the playpen from person-to-person. While we watched their antics, Stuck informed us about NBN’s sustainable breeding program specific to these Three Banded Armadillos. As a responsible wildlife facility, NBN participates in the breeding of animals that they work with, rather than collecting animals from the wild. Over the span of seven years and 30 armadillos, NBN was able to produce 90 babies. Alongside the breeding program, NBN makes monetary donations to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (ICUN)—a group that tracks population statistics of animals worldwide. After a quick break, the next celebrity we met was a beautiful porcupine named Cuddles. Contrary to popular belief, porcupines do not shoot their quills. Cuddles enjoys the company

one-hour splash session, you’ll have the pleasure

of guests—and the bananas that he’s fed. Next

of watching these cute animals jump into the

up are two beautiful lemurs that jump from tree-

pool, float on rafts and dive for marbles. Don’t be

to- tree above heads hoping to receive treats

afraid to get in some serious cuddle time! Pro tip:

from the guests below. After all of the lemur

The otters love to play “Otter Ski”—a trick where

action, guests are escorted down to where the

they hang on tight to a rope and guests can pull

six male kangaroos live.

them back and forth through the waves!

The last item on the day’s agenda is the

One of Nurtured By Nature’s goals is to

main attraction—swimming with the otters.

make known the plight of otters in the wild. Of

Don’t forget to bring your bathing suit! And fair

the 13 species of otters, the North American River

warning, otters have no boundaries! During your

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“The programs offered at Nurtured by Nature (NBN) provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences where guests can interact with a variety of remarkable animal species� significant decline. The Asian Small Clawed Otter is considered to be vulnerable which is one step behind endangered. Throughout each of these fun and unique interactions, the NBN team takes the opportunity to teach guests about each animal, its natural habitat and how human behavior impacts the natural world.

BOOKING YOUR ENCOUNTER We highly advise booking your encounters as far out as one year from your ideal date. Nurtured By Nature opens their 1,000 encounter spots once a year. To keep up to date with the organization and available openings, follow them on Facebook and check their website. The 2018 encounters all filled up in less than four hours! FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT NURTUREDBYNATURE.ORG #HarrahsSoCal


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HARRAH’S RESORT SOCAL BEAMS WITH SAN DIEGO PRIDE Words by Brian Luna  Photos by Troy Doney

The Funner, CA team.

HARRAH’S RESORT SOCAL PRIDES ITSELF on being the Best Resort in Funner, CA, but what’s more fun than … fun? Equality. A core value of the resort, equality and a caring culture are at the forefront of what the property stands for. So much so that teammates have made a point to participate in the San Diego LGBT Pride Parade six years running. Boasting an impressive 200 employees and a massive float ridden by DJ Kinky Loops and Insta-star Dave Coast, Harrah’s Resort SoCal’s San Diego LGBT Pride presence on July 14, 2018 was loud and proud. “We are a key sponsor of San Diego LGBT Pride because we believe that love trumps all, and we want everyone to be proud of who they are by being their authentic selves,” said Harrah’s Resort SoCal General Manager Darrell Pilant. There was dancing, cheering, laughing and embracing. If that wasn’t enough, a Harrah’s Resort SoCal VIP lounge also sat a few ESCAPE


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Harrah's Resort SoCal team scored some shade at the Pride Festival.

feet from the San Diego LGBT Pride Main Stage.

Night, while being awarded the Spirit of Stonewall

“By involving everyone in their organization

Philanthropy Award in 2017. And let’s not forget

from their catering staff to their leadership in

the property’s exclusive All-in 4 Change grant

the celebration over the course of the weekend,

program! North County LGBT took home a cash

they [Harrah’s Resort SoCal] are demonstrating

grant of $4,000 in 2018 for the organization’s work

their commitment to being an equal opportunity

in the community. “Since we opened our doors in

employer and a firm LGBT advocate,” said San

2002, respecting diversity has been at the core of

Diego LGBT Pride Director of Philanthropy

everything we do,” stated Corporate Citizenship

Sarafina Scapicchio. “We know that other

and Communications Manager Sheryl Sebastian.

small businesses have seen their commitment

“So it’s only natural that we’d provide financial

and followed their example. Their support has

and volunteer support to organizations that serve

created a positive ripple effect that they may not

our local LBGTQ community.”

even realize.”

Year after year, the team at Harrah’s

The “ripple effect” refers to the culmination

Resort SoCal returns to San Diego LGBT Pride

and accomplishments of years of Harrah’s Resort

as advocates for human rights, supporters of

SoCal’s philanthropic work. Participating in

free love and ambassadors of fun. “Harrah’s

the San Diego LGBT Pride Parade and Festival is

Resort SoCal is a key sponsor of San Diego

an amazing achievement, but it’s the resort’s

LGBT Pride because our values and vision are

contribution to the LGBT community on the other

aligned perfectly,” said Director of Brand and

364 days of the year that allows teammates to

Service Operations Luis Briseno. “The San Diego

hold their heads high with pride. Harrah’s Resort

LGBT Pride atmosphere is lots of emotion, love,

SoCal was the first casino resort in the region to

excitement, and above all—Funner!”

offer its location as a wedding site to the LGBT community. Resort teammates have volunteered countless hours in LGBT events in the area. Harrah’s Resort SoCal has also sponsored critical LGBT fundraisers such as the Human Rights Campaign Gala and The LGBTQ Center’s Casino

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ALL OF THE ORGANIZATIONS IN THE COMMUNITY THAT HARRAH’S RESORT SOCAL SUPPORTS, PLEASE VISIT HARRAHSSOCAL.COM/COMMUNITY #Funner


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