‘This ain’t your grandma’s bingo’: Get ready for rollicking games at the Americana


The green at the Americana at Brand is transformed into a bingo parlor during a Bingo Under the Stars event in 2014.

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“This ain’t your Grandma’s bingo” is the slogan for the “Legendary Bingo” parties hosted by Bingo Boy Inc.

Bingo Boy is bringing its rollicking version of the game to the green at the Americana at Brand this month, with a series of three wacky Bingo Under the Stars events planned for Thursday (Aug. 6), Aug. 13 and Aug. 20. Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, are $15 for each date and include dinner from Katsuya or Trattoria Amici. (Beer and cocktails available for purchase.)

Check-in begins at 6 p.m., and the parties are scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Tables are available on a first come, first served basis.

Americana at Brand is at 889 Americana Way, Glendale. Find more information and purchase tickets at


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