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’90S FLASHBACK: The Downs Racetrack & Casino is holding a house party in honor of that era

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The ’90s is one of my favorite eras. It was all that and a bag of chips.

I still can’t get enough of the music. But I probably can do without the fashion. Like I would be sporting that anymore. As if!

A view of the First Turn Lounge at The Downs Racetrack & Casino. (Courtesy of The Downs Racetrack & Casino)

A view of the First Turn Lounge at The Downs Racetrack & Casino. (Courtesy of The Downs Racetrack & Casino)

It seems The Downs Racetrack & Casino also is down with that era and is remembering those days with a “’90s House Party” on Jan. 31 in its First Turn Lounge. The event will be held from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. and feature some crunk hip-hop, slammin’ R&B and bangin’ pop to help you get jiggy with it on the dance floor. Some grungy alternative also will take you back in the day. Hear and see the music on a 17-inch by 10-inch LED TV.

Come in your stylin’ ’90s attire that will make everyone say, “Oh, snap!” Then enter yourself into the costume contest and win something. Dude, don’t forget about the drink specials going on all night, too. Don’t be a buzz kill and show up to this hella good party. There’s no cover charge and you just need to be 21 years or older to enter.

Be sure to roll out to The Downs’ gaming floor and check out the 40 new slot machines it has added to its casino floor. There also will be a Mustang sports car giveaway on Jan. 30 with nine cash winners. Earn entries daily up until the drawing.

On Tuesday, Jan. 27, earn five times the entries for your chance to win the car. And, make sure you’re playing your favorite slots on Thursday, Jan. 29, at The Downs. There will be a special bonus of 10 times the entries that day.

For more information, call 767-7171 or visit

INN OF THE MOUNTAIN GODS: Tic Tac Toe is no longer child’s play. Adults can now have all the fun playing Casino Apache Travel Center’s “Tic Tac Dough” through Jan. 29.

Earn one drawing ticket for every 20 points earned playing your favorite slots at the travel center. The next weekly drawing will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29. Nine winners will be selected during the drawing, and will have their chance at up to $250 cash.

Many people make the road trip to Inn of the Mountain Gods for its gaming, dining, skiing and entertainment options. There is no need to scamper away after a day at play. The inn is offering “Winter Welcome” packages through Feb. 26. The getaway packages start at $109.

This ultimate winter retreat includes a one-night stay in a standard room and a delectable breakfast for two at the Gathering of Nations Buffet. Book now by calling 800-545-9011 or visit Don’t forget to use offer code “WINPACK.”

Head up this weekend to see one of the best rock bands of the 1980s and beyond. Tesla brings its rocking sound to Inn of the Mountain Gods on Saturday. The multiplatinum record-selling group will be promoting its latest album “Simplicity,” as well as performing many of its staple songs that always are fan favorites. Tickets start at $25, plus fees and can be purchased by calling 800-545-9011 or visiting

Everyone could use a little more laughter in their lives. That’s where Inn of the Mountain Gods comes in with its “Laugh Out Loud” events held every Wednesday at Club 49. Each week two professional comedians take the stage. A DJ keeps the party going into the night.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Wednesdays, and tickets are $5 at the door. For more information, go to the Inn of the Mountain Gods website or call 800-545-9011 or 575-464-7059 between 8 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.