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Call 822-7700 or visit springspreserve.org for details. Presented by: The Springs Preserve in partnership with Drama Kids International and the YMCA nvoutdoorkids.org Best Family Attraction! ARTICLES&HIGHLIGHTS Spotlights Sharon & Gregg Carlson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Noah Kohn, M .D . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hamsters and Ferrets and Rabbits, Oh My! Nevada SPCA Finds Forever Homes for Dogs and Cats, Too . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Go Outside and Play Programs Encourage Family Fun in the Great Outdoors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . what's inside COMMUNIT Y 11 12 14 20 NevadaSPCA14 in th i s i ssu e C U LT U R E Project Imagine Healing with Pictures and Words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jenny Valdez An Accidental Painter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Upcoming Events Check Out the BLVDS Events Calendar for Upcoming Local Events . . . . . . . . . 24 29 JennyValdez29 32 DESIGN It Takes a Village Teaching Kids How to Stay Safe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bricks 4 Kidz Building Self-Confidence through Creative Play . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 38 Bricks4Kidz38 F L AV O R It's a Good Dog's Life! Local Entrepreneur Keeps Pets Healthy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marinelli's at the M Resor t Eating I talian with the Marnell Family . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 46 ON THE COVER: Trucker--hispeopleownTheDogHouse�Yasmin Tajik/Shalimar Studios THIS PAGE FROM TOP: Furryfriend�Alex Rodriguez;paintingbyJennyValdez�Jenny Valdez;buildingsupplies Marinelli's46 �Kimberly Schaefer;DuckRisotto�The M Resort b l vd s l v. c o m issue26 f a m i l y / k i d s / p e t s B L V D S L a s V e g a s 5 f ro m t h e p u b li sh er THEBLVDSTEAM I am, by most standards, a fortunate girl. I have a small, close, and mostly-sane family.Myparentshavebeenmarriedforforty-fouryearsandlivejustafewmiles fromme.Myonlysisterandherfamilylivehere,too.Forallofus,LasVegashas trulybecomehome. Overthelastfewyears,it'sbeenmypleasuretosharemyfamilywithyoursthrough theworkIdoatBLVDS.I'vedonesonotonlyinourannual"Family,Kids&Pets"issue, but in others. My only child, Charlie, has been photographed for several stories. Heandmyhusbandwereoncethe"models"forastoryabouthikingaroundthe Valley.I'vewrittenaboutmysonandmynephew,Barrett.Andtheyhaveinspired stories that have been featured in the magazine--among them J.R. Pony Farm, Sandou Circus School, andTiptoe Shoes in previous issues. In this issue, I write aboutBricks4Kidz,oneofmyson'sfavoriteafterschoolactivitiesandChildren's HeartFoundationwhotouchedourfamilythroughtheirworkwithmynephew.In manyways,lookingthroughthepagesofBLVDShasbecomelikelookingthrough myownfamilyalbum. Ofcourse,it'salsoapleasuretosharewithyouthestoriesoflocalorganizations andbusinesseswhoservefamiliesandkids--eventhefurryfour-leggedones.Just takealookatTrucker,ourcoverdog.Whatamug!Heinspiredhispeopletostarta business,TheDogHouse,whichyoucanreadabouthere.Ifyou'reinspiredbyhim toadoptyourowncuddlycompanion,youcanlearnabouttheplethoraofpets whoareseekingforeverhomesatNSPCA.Andifyou'relookingforwaystokeep yourhumanfamilyactive,engagedinnature,andwell-fed,thenreadon. 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Follow us on Facebook & Twitter. SIGN UP FOR OUR E-NEWSLET TER. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "Subscribe." 6B L V D S L a s V e g a s f a m i l y / k i d s / p e t s i s s u e 2 6 b l vd s l v. c o m M m ight's D idsum er N ream S hakespeare in the P ark Dr. Q. here inviting you to join our Star Nursery Kids Garden Club It's Free Gardening Fun Saturdays, June 11 & 25, July 9 & 23, Aug 13. 9 am to 10 am at all Star Nursery Locations Coming to a Henderson Park in October. Kids from 3 to 11 years of age. Parents or Guardian presence required. Sign up at starnursery.com/kidsclub lvshakes.org 702.220.LVSC (5872) Check the web site for dates and locations. DOGS AND CATS MAY BE THE MOST TRADITIONAL HOUSEHOLD PETS, BUT RABBITS AND GUINEA PIGS CAN MAKE LOVING FAMILY MEMBERS, TOO. THE NEVADA SPCA CARES FOR THEM ALL AND INVITES YOU TO SAVE A LIFE AND FIND A FOREVER FRIEND. SOUTHERN NEVADA OFFERS A WEALTH OF RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES. LEARN ABOUT LOCAL PROGRAMS THAT ENCOURAGE FAMILIES TO ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS. com m u n i t y blvds communit y the local spotlight ARTICLES Spotlights Sharon & Gregg Carlson Helping Hearts to Heal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Noah Kohn, M.D. Taking Pediatric Medicine Back to School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Hamsters and Ferrets and Rabbits, Oh My! Nevada SPCA Finds Forever Homes for Dogs and Cats, Too . . . . . 14 Go Outside and Play Programs Encourage Family Fun in the Great Outdoors . . . . . . . . . 20 THIS PAGE: Family fun at Lake Mead �Jennell Miller of, relating to, characteristic of, or constituting a city; a farm or area devoted to a particular specialty, typically in the Western U.S.; EXAMPLES OF USE: specializing in bringing hand-selected, artful and sustainable details for the urban ranch lifestyle, including, but not limited to, specialty door and cabinet hardware, lighting, custom wine cellars, gourmet food, candelabras, gifts and other decorative accessories, as well as personal adornments like jewelry and unique clothing; ORIGINS: 1610-20; <Latin urbanus, from urbs city and 1800-10, Americanism; <Spanish rancho rancho. 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When Julia was admitted to Sunrise Children's Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Dr. Evans suggested another "heart" family visit them to lend their support as the Carlsons navigated through the often-confusing and heart-rending world of pediatric medicine. "The Acebos, a family whose daughter was 8 years old at the time, was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy at the same age as Julia. They helped us to be able to cut through the mud," recalls Sharon. The relationship that developed became the foundation for what is now the Children's Heart Foundation. The Carlsons' journey from that initial diagnosis to today has, without question, been a long one. Visits to the cardiologist's office, medication, a trip to California's Loma Linda University Medical Center to discuss heart transplantation, and a presumedimminent transplant have been a part of their lives. Julia is now a 13-year-old eighth grader whose heart condition has improved to the point that a transplant is no longer necessary. Says Sharon, "After about two years on ACE inhibitors, her heart started to function normally. She's still on the meds, not all of them, because they don't quite know how much of it is the meds making her heart functioning normally, but her heart is no longer enlarged." SHARON & GREGG CARLSON The Carlsons' desire to share their experiences and support other heart kids and families became the goals of Children's Heart Foundation. CHF's goals include supporting families "as they deal with the emotional and financial toll exacted by a child's heart problems." CHF also seeks to educate healthcare professionals and the public regarding pediatric cardiology issues. Says Gregg, "We "The Foundation holds an annual conference were very fortunate locally to work with physicians to ensure that they that Julia's pediatrician, Dr. Conti, recognized have the expertise to recognize cardiac problems that something was in their patients." wrong right away. The Foundation holds an annual conference fire fighters who are on hand to make sure locally to work with physicians to ensure that these special children stay safe and healthy. they have the expertise to recognize cardiac Understandably, that's an extra benefit for problems in their patients." their parents--a chance to allow their kids to The heart kids' favorite aspect of CHF? Camp Mend-A-Heart each summer. This year marks the camp's seventh year offering a cost-free, medically-supervised camp for children who are born with or develop heart conditions. CHF has been fortunate to find an amazing community partner in Rapport Leadership International. The organization donates their Alamo, Nevada, Executive Ranch for the camp each year, donates all the food for the camp, and donates their employees' time. Campers at Camp-Mend-A-Heart enjoy crafts, water fun, hiking, and a ropes course, all under the watchful eyes of nurses, doctors, and be kids without worrying that their medical needs can't be met. What's for dinner tonight? Filet mignon with bleu cheese sauce. It's our "signature" family meal. Our older daughter, Linnea, just came home from college today. Where is your favorite place that you've travelled? Hawaii--we go there every summer for a couple of weeks. What's next? Our son's wedding, our family vacation, and then camp. b l vd s l v. c o m issue 26 family/kids/pets B LV D S L a s Ve g a s 11 the local spotlight COMMUNIT Y TAKING PEDIATRIC MEDICINE BACK TO SCHOOL When Dr. Noah Kohn started talking with the person behind him in the buffet line at a friend's 2007 wedding, he had no idea that conversation was going to change his life forever. The casual, "What do you do?" introduced the pediatrician to a woman who worked for the Nevada chapter of Communities in Schools, a non-profit, drop-out prevention program. The woman mentioned that CIS had created clinics at Reynaldo Martinez Elementary School in North Las Vegas and Cynthia Cunningham Elementary School in the eastern part of Las Vegas to offer health care to students, but that they had no one to run them. Within a year, Kohn had closed his thriving Summerlin practice to become medical director of the clinics and, in July 2009, founded Clinics in Schools, a non-profit, charitable organization that provides school-based health care to the children of Nevada. Currently, he provides free primary-care medical services at the two freestanding clinics located on the Martinez and Cunningham campuses. The only completely free health care centers for children in the state of Nevada that are open full-time and on a year-round basis, the clinics provide medical services to any child under the age of 18 and to anyone 18 or older who is still enrolled in school. Aided by a medical assistant and a volunteer, Kohn spends two days per week at each school and reserves Wednesdays for administrative work. He says that there is often a line at the door when he arrives at the clinics each morning, and that he often has a line when he opens again after lunch. for kids in need and is grateful for the support he's received from United Way, NV Energy, The White Group, and CCSD, Kohn is still working on expanding services to include basic lab, dental, vision, and mental health care. Kohn admits that he loves what he does because he loves working with children. "The best part of my day is playing with kids," he states. "I get down on their level, make them laugh and be at ease so that they know I'm not trying to hurt them. In the end, they know I'm there to help them feel better." What's next? Funding. We need money to keep the two clinics open, and we need money to expand, to grow. There are empty clinics all over the valley, but we need funding to add clinical staff and funding to add to our services. I'd like to offer basic lab, vision, dental and mental care, but without funding, it's not possible. What's for dinner? Whatever the kids will eat. Only kidding. My daughters, who are both swimmers, like most foods. My wife and I make sure they eat foods that are nutritious and good for them. We stay away from fruit juices which have a lot of sugar in them. Most people don't realize fruit juices really have no nutritional value and that a 16-ounce glass of orange juice has as much sugar as a bottle of soda. NOAH KOHN, M.D. "The best part of my day is playing with kids. I get down on their level, make them laugh and be at ease so that they know I'm not trying to hurt them." "We see an average of 20 kids each day," he says. "For the most part, it's a bread-and-butter pediatric practice where we treat colds and typical childhood ailments, but we do see a smattering of kids with broken bones, or tonsil, hernia, and appendix problems." Kohn also spends time during well-child visits educating the parents and children on family health, personal safety, and nutrition. While he does have a partner who pays for prescriptions 12 B L V D S L a s Ve g a s family/kids/pets issue 26 b l vd s l v. c o m With school budgets being cut, what can you do to help your child? EARLY DETECTION IS VITAL. No matter what your imaging needs are, we provide fast, accurate diagnosis and treatment using the most advanced technology available. Supplement your child's education with the arts, once a week. 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Perhaps sensing he's in good hands, today's lop-eared patient seems almost preternaturally calm as he submits to this impromptu pedicure. He hardly moves a muscle until the procedure is finished. Hill, whose own Las Vegas home doubles as a warren for several domesticated bunnies, has this sort of effect on her charges at the sanctuary. Having rescued hundreds of rabbits abandoned on area golf courses, backyards, and byways in the past 10 years, she knows what makes the creatures tick. And, she knows how to dispel popular misconceptions about them. "People think that rabbits smell, that they can't live in your home or be housebroken, and that they all sort of have the same personality. And really, none of those things is true," she says. "The truth is rabbits are highly social and highly affectionate. They're usually odorless; they have completely unique personalities and make great house pets. So I try to help people understand that." Hill and her fellow Nevada SPCA staffers and volunteers adore the dogs and cats that make up 90 percent of the adoptions the sanctuary facilitates each year. But there's also a special place in their hearts for the rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, turtles, hamsters, and other adoptable animals that populate the Love Bugs room in the course of any given year. "Our goal is to help every domesticated species who comes into need," explains Doug Duke, the organization's executive director. "A lot of people who are looking for companion animals don't always think of rabbits, hamsters, and guinea pigs as options, but once they learn what great pets these animals can be--when they realize the magnificence of other kinds of creatures--they just fall in love. It can be a revelation," he says. HAMSTERS AND FERRETS AND RABBITS, OH MY! percent increase over 2008-09's total--and that nearly two-thirds of them were euthanized. But Nevada SPCA is a no-kill facility, which means every one of the 800 animals in the facility's care on any given day has caught a lucky break. "At some traditional shelters, you get the sense they've given up on the animal before he or she is even in the door," Duke says. "But when we take in a dog, for example, he's going to have a toy, a blanket, two meals a day and the care of staffers who look into his eyes and take him for a walk. And the reason we can look into that animal's eyes is that we know he's going to be safe and cared for. We exist to serve the animals' best interests," he adds. "Because we're 100 percent donor-funded and receive no government money, we're free to do whatever it takes to help these animals find their forever homes." In many cases, doing whatever it takes means undertaking costly, labor-intensive physical rehabilitation. The sanctuary's single biggest expense is medical care, Duke says. He and his staff work with numerous local veterinarians to minister to three-legged dogs, cats with chronic diseases, rabbits that have been found nearly starved after being carelessly released into the wild, and other hard-luck cases. And every cat, dog, rabbit, and ferret leaves the facility spayed or neutered. "We truly believe that every life is precious, and that there's somebody out there for every "A lot of people who are looking for companion animals don't always think of rabbits, hamsters, and guinea pigs as options, but once they learn what great pets these animals can be... they just fall in love." It's a kind of courtship Duke and his team of animal rescuers and caretakers are working to encourage at a time when the foreclosure crisis and attendant economic woes have left an increasing number of animals homeless. Clark County Animal Control reports that nearly 23,000 animals were impounded by the county in the 2009-10 fiscal year--a 10 14 B L V D S L a s Ve g a s family/kids/pets issue 26 b l vd s l v. c o m COMMUNIT Y the local spotlight b l vd s l v. c o m issue 26 family/kids/pets B LV D S L a s Ve g a s 15 the local spotlight COMMUNIT Y THIS PAGE FROM LEFT: Bunny love; kittens need a forever home �Alex Rodriguez animal, no matter what the challenges are," he says. "With our help, every one of them can find their special place." Duke found his calling two decades ago while studying journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia. After learning of the inhumane conditions in which many veal calves were raised, he was appalled--and motivated. Duke decided to do something. After graduating from law school at Pepperdine University, he felt an impending sense of dread while waiting for the results of his bar exam. With time to kill and no real desire to start work at a law firm, he approached People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and asked for a temporary job. "They created a position for me, and I loved it because I was fighting for the animals," Duke remembers. "I was channeling my energy and enthusiasm to make the world a little more kind." The temporary job ultimately became a seven-and-a-half year commitment; even after learning that he had passed the bar, Duke elected to remain at PETA until he signed on with Nevada SPCA in 2002. While his legal acumen occasionally comes in handy on the job, it is his journalist's background, his knack for telling compelling stories, that has served him best in his current role. Using all of the traditional and digital communications channels at his disposal--quarterly print newsletters, a blog, Facebook, and Twitter--Duke "markets" his animals to prospective adoptive parents by telling their stories. A recent blog entry featured a photo of Tito Joe, a 7-year-old Lhasa Apso-Poodle mix, under the headline, "I am a hidden treasure waiting for you." The post went on to offer details of Tito Joe's temperament and unique needs: "He will do best in a gentle home, perhaps with other dogs. At the time of rescue, he was temperamental and grumpy, but he is making improvements with trust. An adult-only home is still preferred, though, so he can continue his progress. Please plan on regular professional grooming care for him." These sorts of details help Nevada SPCA avoid common adoption pitfalls, Duke explains. "When you find something that just rattles your belief system like that, you either get upset, or you go do something." "That was my epiphany," he recalls. "I became a vegetarian at 21 just like that--stone cold. 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Dewey Drive Las Vegas 89118 873.SPCA nevadascpa.org Adoption Hours Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. THIS PAGE: Ready for adoption �Alex Rodriguez "We're trying to give people a sense of the animal's unique character and needs, so that anyone considering adoption will know what that animal is like to live with, and what he or she will require in terms of care," he says. "It's 100 percent in our best interest to disclose all we know. The last thing we want is for people to select a companion animal based on appearance or on impulse, because it's the animal's personality that ultimately determines whether the fit is right. We do everything we possibly can to avoid those situations." Duke speaks with particular pride of Nevada SPCA's success with the Love Bugs room, whose location within the organization's West Dewey Drive facility speaks volumes of the value Duke and his team assign to frequently overlooked species. "A lot of shelters have a room for rabbits and other small animals, but we took the most visible room we have--the first room you come to when you walk through our doors--and dedicated it to these animals who have traditionally been forgotten," Duke says. "It's because we want to highlight them and get people to see what wonderful companions they can be." Finding homes for rabbits, he notes, is a constant challenge, and an ongoing focus. "People give rabbits as gifts for Easter-- they see them as toys. And then, when the novelty wears off, and they're not building a relationship with the animal, they dump them in golf courses, or somewhere else," Duke says. "They don't understand that these are domesticated, defenseless animals. So often, they'll either starve, or draw coyotes into heavily residential areas which endangers dogs and cats in local neighborhoods as well. "It's awful. But it's an important part of why we need to be here," Duke adds. "When we take in an animal, we've made a lifetime commitment. We're going to use every resource we have at our disposal to care for that animal and find him or her a loving, forever home. And we ask our adopters to do the same." Duke has seen more than his share of animal suffering, and human cruelty. But in his view, every adoption that works out is a big victory; every life saved an unqualified triumph. "We want to get more people to consider animal rescue--that's how we'll make the biggest impact," he says. "Every one of these animals has something wonderful to give." b l vd s l v. c o m issue 26 family/kids/pets B LV D S L a s Ve g a s 19 the local spotlight COMMUNIT Y THESE PAGES: Photographing nature �Jennell Miller; enjoying Red Rock Canyon �Allyson Butler HEIDI KYSER PROGRAMS ENCOURAGE FAMILY FUN IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS Computers, television, video games-- whatever the cause, the effect is indisputable: sedentary kids. Parents may point to longer work weeks, dangerous neighborhoods, and reduced funding for physical education, but the truth is, it's their job to make sure their kids are healthy. With so much working against them, how can families stay active? At least two programs in Southern Nevada have the answer to that question: Families in Nature and the Nevada Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights. "While I was doing housework one Saturday, I took the trash out, and the sun was shining and it was beautiful. I thought, `What am I doing? I wasn't raised like this!'" That's how Gabriela de Regalado remembers the wake-up call that led her to Families in Nature, a joint program of Clark County Parks & Recreation's Winchester Cultural Center and the Southern Nevada Agency Partnership (SNAP). doing chores all weekend; she was also unsure where to go for outdoor fun. Families in Nature was designed for people just like her. "The main idea was to take people to the outdoors," says Irma Varela-Wynants, cultural specialist at Winchester Cultural Center. With the help of Allison Brody, who oversees conservation education and interpretation for UNLV's Public Lands Institute, Varela-Wynants started Families in Nature in 2008. After gathering feedback at community events, Varela-Wynants and Brody determined that a program that brought together children, parents, and grandparents, and gave them easy access to the outdoors, would be the most effective. GO OUTSIDE AND PLAY "While I was doing housework one Saturday, I took the trash out, and the sun was shining and it was beautiful. I thought, `What am I doing? I wasn't raised like this!" Like many adults, de Regalado says she was active as a kid. Every weekend her parents would take her camping, fishing, or hiking. Then she grew up and moved to the city and fell into the routine of working all week and 20 B L V D S L a s Ve g a s family/kids/pets issue 26 b l vd s l v. c o m COMMUNIT Y the local spotlight For more information on similar programs, check out these sites online: Desert National Wildlife Refuge: fws.gov/desertcomplex/ Get Healthy Clark County: gethealthyclarkcounty.org/ Get Outdoors Nevada: getoutdoorsnevada.org/ Nevada's Safe Routes to School: walknevada.com/ Sierra Club, Toiyabe Chapter: nevada.sierraclub.org/ Around 50 people piled into buses and rode up to Mt. Charleston for the first Families in Nature outing, a blue butterfly-watching excursion in April 2009. Since then, the increasingly popular program has taken families on similar outings every other month to Lake Mead, Red Rock Canyon, Valley of Fire, and other sites around Las Vegas. The Nevada Recreation & Park Society recognized Families in Nature with a Program Excellence award for 2011. Varela-Wynants attributes the success of the program to cultural sensitivity. After a failed attempt to have families meet at one site, she understood that participants wanted to share the ride out. Observing frequent family picnics in the neighborhood, she encouraged program participants to provide the food for potluck lunches. "They really took ownership of it," Varela-Wynants says. De Regalado, who took her four-year-old daughter Samantha on every trip, says, "I'll continue doing it as long as they have it. I know with budget cuts, it might not last, but I hope we can find sponsors to continue it. It's so helpful to my family and the other families we've met." So, how do you find out if there's something like Families in Nature in your area? One way is to visit nvoutdoorkids.org, the web site of the Nevada Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights. It's a clearinghouse for information on camping, fishing, hiking trails, picnicking, parks, and other outdoor recreation in Nevada. Led by the Public Lands Institute, with initial funding from SNAP, some 40 institutions have joined forces behind the Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights. Several other states have adopted similar bills for their children, and it was important for Nevada to follow suit, says Mauricia Baca, executive director of Outside Las Vegas Foundation. "We needed a central rallying point for the idea that it's critical to get children outside to have some of those basic, elemental experiences they are cut off from," Baca says. The Nevada Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights Alliance (COBRA) conducted focus groups identifying outdoor activities that appeal to kids. Then it built the online portal and launched a marketing campaign directing them to those activities. "People of all ages tend to think everything around Las Vegas is barren wasteland," says Angelina Yost, visitors' services manager for the Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex. "They don't realize there are seven million acres of public land surrounding Las Vegas Valley." Funding for such awareness-building will soon end, but Baca says Outside Las Vegas Foundation will keep the momentum going. b l vd s l v. c o m issue 26 family/kids/pets B LV D S L a s Ve g a s 21 PROJECT IMAGINE IS AN ARTS IN HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATION THAT HELPS CHILDREN BATTLING CANCER REACH BEYOND THEIR CIRCUMSTANCES THROUGH CREATIVE EXPRESSION. JENNY VALDEZ NEVER DREAMED SHE WOULD GROW UP TO BE A PAINTER. TODAY SHE'S NOT ONLY A SUCCESSFUL ARTIST, SHE'S A WRITER, ILLUSTRATOR, AND GALLERY OWNER AS WELL. cultu re blvds culture ARTICLES entertainment & activities Project Imagine Healing with Pictures and Words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Jenny Valdez An Accidental Painter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Upcoming Events Check Out the BLVDS Events Calendar for Upcoming Local Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 THIS PAGE: Detail of The Octopus �Jenny Valdez e n t e r t a i n m e n t & a c t i v i t i e s C U LT U R E FACING PAGE: Denysha enjoys Project Imagine �Greg Warden J OYC E G O R S U C H HEALING WITH PICTURES AND WORDS Visitors bring a holiday vibe. The room at Sunrise Children's Hospital contains greetings, smiles, the color pink, and bottles of acrylic paint. Three-year-old Denysha sits with her father, Dennis, on a green chaise. Her mother Tasha and her two-year-old brother Dennis, Jr., stand nearby. Diane Mifsud Giusti and Erica Deutsch-- professional artists from Project Imagine-- unpack for a painting session. Director of Marketing and Media Relations Stacy Acquista, and Child Life Specialist Wendy Fought-- hospital staff members--facilitate the visit. "Art in healthcare is not new, but more and more people understand how pivotal it is," says Giusti, program director of Project Imagine. So far Project Imagine has helped 60 children diagnosed with cancer. They make visual art, books, and soon they will be creating music, too. Project Imagine took root during the 2009-10 holiday season. It grew from other efforts-- namely, Giusti's and Deutsch's volunteer work at the Candlelighters-sponsored Camp Firefly, a medically-supervised camp for 100 children with cancer. "We're proud to support Project Imagine," says Executive Director Melissa Cipriano of the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada. Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada (Candlelighters) is a local non-profit organization that serves families of children diagnosed with cancer. acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), variety M7. That is, the three-year-old's bone marrow has stopped policing the microbes in her body and has started producing abnormal blood cells. For Denysha, treatment means chemotherapy. And tiaras, to crown a patchwork of cottony hair and smooth scalp. "Her hair recently started falling out," says Tasha. "I offered her hats. She said, `I want tiaras.' " Half crowns sparkle above Denysha's hospital bed, on a clear plastic canopy that serves as an art gallery. While in bed--connected to the intravenous machine that delivers hydration, nourishment, antibiotics, and leukemiafighting chemicals--Denysha can look up at colorful images she and her four older siblings have created. Spongebob Squarepants beams down; so does a cluster of smiley pink hearts. Tasha holds up Denysha's first-ever painting, a pattern of purple. "We call this `Dragon with a Tracking Device,' " says Tasha. "This looks like a dragon. And that--we decided it was a tracking device." Today a new painting takes form. Denysha, Giusti, and Deutsch take turns applying color--lavender, light green, and bubble-gum pink. PROJECT IMAGINE "Children in a hospital can feel isolated and bored. Diane and Erica created the idea of taking a child on an imaginary journey to get the child's mind off of cancer." Candlelighters-funded Project Imagine offers remedies for the anxiety and fatigue that accompany cancer. "Children in a hospital can feel isolated and bored," says Cipriano. "Diane and Erica created the idea of taking a child on an imaginary journey to get the child's mind off of cancer." For now Denysha has forgotten her own struggle. It began March 17th, when her parents took her to the hospital with a fever. On April 8th, a specialist diagnosed Denysha with 24 B L V D S L a s Ve g a s family/kids/pets issue 26 b l vd s l v. c o m C U LT U R E entertainment & activities b l vd s l v. c o m issue 26 family/kids/pets B LV D S L a s Ve g a s 25 the local spotlight COMMUNIT Y THIS PAGE: Denysha's art projects �Greg Warden An RN enters to hang Maxipime, an antibiotic, for the next IV drip. Seeing the Project Imagine session in progress, she leaves the bag for Tasha to hang later. Denysha gets antibiotics four times per day, via a two-port Broviac catheter line that reduces stress on Denysha's tiny blood vessels. a local nonprofit. "Denysha's invented a new art technique!" says Giusti. "I can't wait to tell Rex Doty, founder of Toys 4 Smiles." Giusti and Deutsch look at each other. "We can do this at camp!" they exclaim in unison. When the session ends, Denysha sees off her visitors. She jumps up and down, and starts to climb the footboard of her hospital bed. Tasha smiles. "She shouldn't have this much energy, because her blood cell count is zero." Deutsch, art director of Project Imagine, summarizes. "When you tap into that higher state of being that we're all capable of, the child can transcend the circumstances." For more information about Project Imagine, please visit projectimagine.net. Would you like to support Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada? Here are some summertime events that you can enjoy while helping kids with cancer and their families. August 8th Marriott Las Vegas Charities Golf Tournament Just for the Kids TPC Las Vegas/ J.W. Marriott Resort & Spa marriottjustforthekids.com August 14th Dancing with the Las Vegas Stars Rain Nightclub at The Palms Tickets $50 candlelightersnv.org "When you tap into that higher state of being that we're all capable of, the child can transcend the circumstances." "I could become a pharmacist after this experience is over," says Tasha. For now though, she focuses on the just-finished painting. Voices in the room contribute: I see a horse. . . a butterfly. . . an oil spill. Looks like a Picasso. . . a Warhol. . . a Kandinsky. Denysha paints a fresh canvas, using the wheels of a wooden car from Toys 4 Smiles, 26 B L V D S L a s Ve g a s family/kids/pets issue 26 b l vd s l v. c o m Look what's new this summer! On display Jun 4 - Sep 25 Sponsored by Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home was created by the Betty Brinn Children's Museum in collaboration with the US Forest Service. Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl are protected by Congressional law and are used with permission from the US Forest Service. All Rights Reserved. 16 USC 580p-4 & 18 USC 711a ON LAS VEGAS BOULEVARD NORTH ACROSS FROM CASHMAN FIELD LIED DISCOVERY CHILDREN'S MUSEUM 382-KIDS www.LDCM.org TANNER AMPHITHEATER SUMMER 2011 CONCERT SERIES �Disney JUNE 2 - OCT. 21 June 11 July 9 July 16 July 23 Salt Lake Choral Artists Cold Creek Bluegrass Randy Anderson Band Third Annual Springdale Rock Festival July 30 Aug 27 Aug 20 Sept 2 Eric Dodge and Band Southern Cross Roads Groove Merchants Red Desert Ramblers June 17-18 St George Contemporary Dancers The O. C. Tanner Amphitheater, located in Springdale, Utah is a satelite campus of Dixie State College in St. George, Utah. It is an outdoor facility surrounded by the cliffs of Zion National Park. All Concerts begin at 8 p.m. Tickets $10. Available at the door For additional information contact Gail Bunker (435) 652-7994 or email@example.com. C U LT U R E entertainment & activities THIS PAGE FROM LEFT: Bird Pond; Milk �Jenny Valdez K I M B E R LY S C H A E F E R AN ACCIDENTAL PAINTER For most of us, life is never a straight line from point A to point B. We don't always have a clear path in mind for where we want to go and what we want to do when we get there. And sometimes, what we want to be when we grow up isn't always the end of the story. painter when she picked up a brush six years ago. But that didn't stop her from trying. And it hasn't stopped her from growing as an artist and gallery owner. Valdez, a Las Vegas native, grew up surrounded by family and an assortment of unusual pets--geese, ducks, goats, rabbits, and a llama named Tangerine. "I think I painted that cow on my bedroom wall because it was the only pet my mother wouldn't let us have," she says smiling. Her mother and stepfather were teachers, and as a young girl, Valdez focused her energies on her love for animals by working for a veterinary office. In order to fund her planned higher education, "I got really into pageants. It was a good way to pay for school with scholarship money," she says. She was eventually chosen Miss Las Vegas 2000 and Miss Nevada USA 2002. That time spent competing in pageants sparked an interest in working in front of the camera on television commercials and eventually in television news. "I interned at Channel 3. Then I went to a Fox affiliate in Denver," she recounts. It was while in Denver that Valdez made what was to be the lifechanging decision to learn to paint. "When you're doing TV news it can be depressing. The stories aren't usually happy. I'm glad I tried it, but. . ." she trails off. JENNY VALDEZ "I think I painted that cow on my bedroom wall because it was the only pet my mother wouldn't let us have." Local artist Jenny Valdez is a living example of how we are continually evolving as human beings. Despite a self-described misadventure creating a mural of a cow in her childhood bedroom, Valdez had no real experience as a b l vd s l v. c o m issue 26 family/kids/pets B LV D S L a s Ve g a s 29 e n t e r t a i n m e n t & a c t i v i t i e s C U LT U R E a re-working of that childhood cow mural. Others include animals from her mother's home including birds swimming in a pond. Paintings based on Alice in Wonderland are inspired by Valdez' love of the book. "I've always loved it. When I was a kid, my mother bought me the tape, and I would listen to it over and over again. We've decided to have an Alice show here in October with other artists contributing their takes on Alice," she explains. Valdez has also applied her creativity to her own literary pursuits. She has written and illustrated two children's books. I Love to Chase Butterflies tells the story of a family pet called Moose the Goose. The other, Amanda Jean and Tangerine Go to School, is based on the aforementioned llama. Valdez visits local THIS PAGE: The Octopus �Jenny Valdez schools to read her book and brings along the Arts Factory after reading that Trifecta Gallery was moving into a larger space in the same building. Her gallery shows her work along with that of several other local artists--namely Lisa Fields Clark and Barbara Gomez. In addition to operating her gallery, Valdez paints daily. "I paint every day. I get up every morning at six and paint until my husband comes home at three," she explains. Over the last few years, she has had her studio located in her own home and her mother's home. Each of the paintings she works on has at least three layers, and she works on three canvases at a time. Her paintings are vibrant, colorful works marked by a touch of whimsy. Many contain fairytale motifs while others focus on animals. Much of the inspiration in Valdez's paintings comes from her childhood, including her pets. Her painting, Milk, which is featured here, is real Tangerine, who is now 18 years old, for the children to meet. Owning the gallery and being a self-taught painter are not Valdez' final goals. She holds a degree from UNLV in Secondary Education. "It was kind of a way to sum up all of my credits," she explains. But her love of painting has inspired her to study formally. She is currently taking classes at the College of Southern Nevada. "I really enjoy this. I can definitely say this is the best job I've ever had. I like having the gallery and trying to help other artists. I don't make a lot of money, but I enjoy being a part of the arts scene." Jenny Valdez Inc. 107 E. Charleston Blvd. Suite 160 Las Vegas 89104 jennyvaldez.com "I was by myself in Denver. My husband lived here in Las Vegas. I was there working strange hours, so I needed something to occupy my time," says Valdez. She began diligently working on her craft despite her lack of a formal art background. With the support of her family, she continued learning and growing as an artist. "You work on it every day, and if it's something that you really love, then you'll make something of it," she suggests. "You work on it every day, and if it's something that you really love, then you'll make something of it." After returning to Las Vegas to be with her husband, Valdez decided art would no longer be her hobby. She wanted to make it her career. Again with the support of her family, she opened her first gallery at Neonopolis in 2008. In 2010, she moved her gallery into The 30 B L V D S L a s Ve g a s family/kids/pets issue 26 b l vd s l v. c o m SAVING MONEY IS A GIVEN IS A GIVEN SAVING MONEY There's comfort in knowing that my car and everyone inside is well-protected. I owe that to YOUR AMERICAN FAMILY AGENT SWITCHED TO GAIN American Family. 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Horn Theatre csn.edu/finearts/jazzcamp Fiddler on the Roof AUGUST 10 � 27, 2011 8 p.m. Super Summer Theatre supersummertheatre.org OC TOBER e ven t s First Friday Groove Merchants Cold Creek Bluegrass OCTOBER 07, 2011 Arts District firstfriday-lasvegas.org JULY 09, 2011 8 p.m. Tanner Amphitheater Springdale, Utah dixie.edu/tanner/artists/index. html AUGUST 20, 2011 8 p.m. Tanner Amphitheater Springdale, Utah dixie.edu/tanner/artists/index. html A Streetcar Named Desire OCTOBER 07 � 16, 2011 Nevada Conservatory Theatre Judy Bayley Theatre nct.unlv.edu Southern Cross Roads Odyssey Dance Theatre's "Thriller" 2011 OCTOBER 22 � 31, 2011 Tuacahn Amphitheatre Ivins, UT tuacahn.org The Drowsy Chaperone JULY 13 � 30, 2011 8 p.m. Super Summer Theatre supersummertheatre.org Third Annual Springdale Rock Festival AUGUST 27, 2011 8 p.m. Tanner Amphitheater Springdale, Utah dixie.edu/tanner/artists/index. html SEPTEMBER Lied Children's' Discovery Museum Fantasy Gala OCTOBER 22, 2011 Lied Discovery Children's Museum Mirage Resort & Casino discoverygala.org Aaron Nigel Smith Concert JULY 14, 2011 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. City of Las Vegas Historic Fifth Street School 229-6383 or 229-3515 artslasvegas.org JULY 23, 2011 8 p.m. Tanner Amphitheater Springdale, Utah dixie.edu/tanner/artists/index. html First Friday SEPTEMBER 02, 2011 Arts District firstfriday-lasvegas.org Steve Roslonek Concert Red Desert Ramblers Pops I Dirty Rotten Scoundrels JULY 15 � 31, 2011 Las Vegas Little Theatre lvlt.org Randy Anderson Band JULY 28, 2011 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. City of Las Vegas Historic Fifth Street School 229-6383 or 229-3515 artslasvegas.org SEPTEMBER 02, 2011 8 p.m. Tanner Amphitheater Springdale, Utah dixie.edu/tanner/artists/index. html OCTOBER 22, 2011 8 p.m. Las Vegas Philharmonic lasvegasphilharmonic.com NOVEMBER JULY 16, 2011 8 p.m. Tanner Amphitheater Springdale, Utah dixie.edu/tanner/artists/index. html Dance in the Desert Festival JULY 29 � 30, 2011 651-LIVE (5483) csn.edu/dance Eric Dodge and Band First Friday Hotter Than July Health Festival JULY 21, 2011 9-1 p.m. USN United Healthcare 2700 N. Tenaya Way Bldg 2716 usn.edu JULY 30, 2011 8 p.m. Tanner Amphitheater Springdale, Utah dixie.edu/tanner/artists/index. html AUGUST NOVEMBER 04, 2011 Arts District firstfriday-lasvegas.org FIve Guys Named Moe SEPTEMBER 8 � 24, 2011 8 p.m. Super Summer Theatre supersummertheatre.org 12th Annual USN Scholarship Golf Tournament Las Vegas Philharmonic WINDS First Friday JULY 22, 2011 7:30 p.m. Green Valley Presbyterian Church Concert Series 1798 Wigwam Parkway, Henderson 454-8484 AUGUST 05, 2011 Arts District firstfriday-lasvegas.org Masterworks I Ensemble Production AUGUST 06 � 20, 2011 Insurgo Theatre insurgotheater.org SEPTEMBER 10, 2011 8 p.m. Las Vegas Philharmonic lasvegasphilharmonic.com NOVEMBER 14, 2011 8 a.m. University of Southern Nevada Cascata Golf Club, Boulder City usn.edu, 968-2055 The Taming of the Shrew SEPTEMBER 16 � 25, 2011 Nevada Conservatory Theatre Black Box Theatre nct.unlv.edu Sign up for Our Bi-Weekly Events Newsletter by Emailing OutOnTheBlvds@BLVDSLV.COM with SUBSCRIBE in the Subject Line. b l vd s l v. c o m issue 26 family/kids/pets B LV D S L a s Ve g a s 33 THROUGH INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCES IN A CHILD-SIZE desi gn TOWNSCAPE, TEDDY AND TIA'S NORTHERN S.T.A.R.S. SAFETY VILLAGE IS POISED TO MAKE SURE CHILDREN HAVE THE INFORMATION AND SKILLS THEY NEED TO STAY SAFE. AT BRICKS 4 KIDZ, LEGO� TOYS FORM THE FOUNDATION FOR BUILDING CREATIVITY AND SELF-ESTEEM THROUGH PLAY. blvds design ARTICLES architecture & style It Takes a Village Teaching Kids How to Stay Safe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Bricks 4 Kidz Building Self-Confidence through Creative Play . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 THIS PAGE: Rendering of Northern S.T.A.R.S. Village �Assemblage Studio architecture & style DESIGN FACING PAGE: Fremont East by day �Alex Rodriguez THESE PAGES: Renderings of the village �Assemblage Studio CHRIS CUTLER TEACHING KIDS HOW TO STAY SAFE The national statistics are staggering. In any given year, over 13,000 children under the age of 16 are injured while riding their bikes. More than 600 children die annually from fire and burn-related injuries. Drowning is one of the leading causes of injury-related deaths in children under the age of 12. More than 3 million children receive emergency room treatment for injuries received in the home, and more than 2,000 die from these injuries which, in addition to fire and drowning, include choking, falls, poisoning, or firearms discharged unintentionally. While adult supervision and childproofing of homes are important steps in keeping children safe, there is a need to teach children about safety, and safety procedures. The City of North Las Vegas and the North Las Vegas Fire Department are committed to teaching real-life strategies for dealing with emergencies. A grant- and sponsorshipfunded project, Teddy and Tia's Northern S.T.A.R.S. Safety Village (S.T.A.R.S. stands for Safety Training and Rescue Skills) will combine traditional classroom instruction with unique interactive experiences in a realistic childsized townscape. Children will participate in activities designed to build self-confidence and to strengthen their ability to make the correct decisions in a variety of emergency situations. "There is no substitute for parental supervision," says Captain Cedric Williams of the North Las Vegas Fire Department and chief advocate of the village, "but parents are not always around. There are too many circumstances or things that can go wrong. We are going to teach children how to identify dangerous situations and the ways to avoid them or to get out of them safely." IT TAKES A VILLAGE "We are going to teach children how to identify dangerous situations and the ways to avoid them or to get out of them safely." Captain Williams, who has been working on the project for the last four years, obtained 10 acres of Bureau of Land Management land located at Statz Road and Centennial Parkway from North Las Vegas Parks and Recreation for the project. Eric Strain and Drew Gregory of the highly- 36 B L V D S L a s Ve g a s family/kids/pets issue 26 b l vd s l v. c o m safety, open mines, and flash flood situations." While much of the village's instruction is geared to children in kindergarten through third grade, Captain Williams envisions Northern S.T.A.R.S. Safety Village as more of a long-term learning facility. "S.T.A.R.S. will not be a one-and-done type learning experience," he says. "It will be an ongoing learning experience where kids and adults can some back and learn something different with each visit." Some of the planned instruction will be seasonal, with lessons in Halloween and Christmas safety being taught around those holidays. Other instruction, like internet safety, will be geared toward older children, and there will be classes in injury prevention for seniors. Captain Williams advises that a lot of the behind the scenes work is done for this regarded Las Vegas architecture firm Assemblage Studio are the architects behind the village's basic design. Assemblage Studio won the 2011 AIA Honor Award for Unbuilt Projects for the design. Patterned after Safety Villages in Texas and Maryland, Teddy and Tia's Northern S.T.A.R.S. Safety Village will include a museum, an education building, and a miniature town that contains sidewalks, roads, traffic signals, and scaled-down buildings representing actual community structures. "The focal point of the village will be the interactive area," says Gregory. "It will include a kitchen, living room, and bedroom where kids can learn about the hazards in each." For example, the children will have the opportunity to learn safety procedures in dealing with lighters, matches, candles, frayed electrical cords, and overloaded electrical outlets. The bedroom will have a non-toxic "smoke machine" that emits cool steam to demonstrate just how quickly smoke fills a room during a fire. Children will then have the opportunity to practice escaping safely from the bedroom through both a primary and backup escape route. The village's streets will present lessons in pedestrian, bicycle, and motor vehicle safety. The children, while operating battery-powered vehicles and riding bicycles, will be able to practice safety skills from a child's and an adult's perspective. The realistic streets will include pavement markings, operating traffic signals, and street signs. In addition to these experiential learning opportunities, the outdoor area will include pool safety and instruction on other regional environmental hazards. "The village in Texas teaches kids how to deal with tornados, something the residents of Southern Nevada don't face," advises Strain. "We have a whole set of other issues, so the outdoor area of S.T.A.R.S. will instruct kids in dealing with extreme heat, hydration, construction ambitious community project. In addition to securing the land and designing the museum and interactive areas, the pilot program for the educational component is also done. "The Northern S.T.A.R.S. Safety Village will change the way we educate children," says Williams. While the preparation for Teddy and Tia's Northern S.T.A.R.S. Safety Village may be well under way, the difficult job of securing adequate financing for it is, as of yet, incomplete. Captain Williams estimates the building costs to be around $15.4 million, and contributions and sponsorships are necessary to fully realize the envisioned village. In-kind contributions will assist with the village's construction, while sponsorships will allow donors to be part of the village. For more information on Teddy and Tia's Northern S.T.A.R.S. Safety Village or to find out how you can donate, please visit safetyvillage. cityofnorthlasvegas.com. DESIGN architecture & style b l vd s l v. c o m issue 26 family/kids/pets B LV D S L a s Ve g a s 37 architecture & style DESIGN to p pick K I M B E R LY S C H A E F E R BUILDING SELF-CONFIDENCE THROUGH CREATIVE PLAY At Bricks 4 Kidz, the kiddos aren't just playing with Legos�-- they're building skills that will serve them throughout their lives. A national franchise company founded three years ago by an elementary school teacher, Bricks 4 Kidz launched in Las Vegas just over one year ago. In that short time, while the children were busy building with Legos�, the company was busy building their business. Bricks 4 Kidz now offers after school programs at 25 different schools throughout the Valley. In addition to those opportunities for hands-on learning, Bricks 4 Kidz opened their first brick-and-mortar Creativity Center in May. The fun-filled programs offered by Bricks 4 Kidz provide children not only with an opportunity to play, but also to learn. Each program follows a carefully crafted curriculum that teaches participants about principles of design, math, and science while they work together on projects with Lego� building bricks. Says director Erin Coburn, "They aren't just having fun. They're learning to work together, building partnerships with other kids. They're also building their self-esteem through the sense of accomplishment that comes with completing each project." In addition to their established after-school programs, Bricks 4 Kidz will offer camps throughout the summer at their Creativity Center in Centennial Hills, at Las Vegas Sports Park in Summerlin, and at Trails Community Center in Summerlin. Camp themes include Junior Robotics, Star Wars, and Movie Making 101. Camps are weekly from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for children ages 6-11 and cost $225 per child. With the opening of their Creativity Center, Bricks 4 Kidz is also offering Kids' Night Out on Friday and Saturday evenings. For just $30, parents can drop off their children from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. where they'll enjoy a pizza dinner, games, and building projects. The Creativity Center is also available for birthday parties. For more details please visit bricks4kidz.com or call 998.4400. BRICKS 4 KIDZ 38 B L V D S L a s Ve g a s family/kids/pets issue 26 b l vd s l v. c o m LIVE @ 11:00 Please Stay On The Trails The Desert Conservation Program and its partners promote responsible use of our desert resources. For story ideas, or if you have a problem you can't solve, e-mail us at: 13INVESTIGATES@KTNV.COM NINA RADETICH Making Las Vegas A Better Place To Live! www.accessclarkcounty.com or www.mojavemax.com LOCAL ENTREPRENEUR JILLIAN PLASTER HAS BLENDED flavo r HER LOVE FOR FOOD AND FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS INTO A GROWING BUSINESS THAT'S ALL ABOUT KEEPING PETS HEALTHY. MARINELLI'S AT THE M RESORT IS A FAMILY AFFAIR, FEATURING NEW DISHES AS WELL AS RECIPES THAT HAVE BEEN IN THE FAMILY FOR YEARS. blvds flavor dining & retail ARTICLES It's a Good Dog's Life! Local Entrepreneur Keeps Pets Healthy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Marinelli's at the M Resort Eating Italian with the Marnell Family . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 THIS PAGE: Delicious dog treats from The Dog House �Alex Rodriguez d i n i n g & r e t a i l F L AV O R FACING PAGE: The Dog House �Alex Rodriguez K I M B E R LY S C H A E F E R LOCAL ENTREPRENEUR KEEPS PETS HEALTHY One local business woman has turned her passions for food and her pets into a cool new business that caters to pampered pooches and the people who love them. Jillian Plaster met her husband, Ian Kester, while they were both in culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu. After graduation, the couple began applying their knowledge of highquality foods and love of cooking to the diet they were feeding their bulldog, Trucker. "Bulldogs have a tendency to have health problems and allergies. He's my first dog ever. It was love at first snuggle," says Plaster. From that experience, the idea grew to share their wholesome dog food with others. While they were cooking up all-natural dog foods in their home, they also cooked up the idea for The Good Dog Food Company. Founded in 2008, The Good Dog Food Company sells pet foods created with only organic, all-natural ingredients that are carefully sourced from ethical producers. Plaster worked with a veterinary nutritionist to ensure that her recipes included all of the necessary nutrients to keep a pooch healthy. The resulting items are produced at a thirdgeneration butcher shop in Oregon and sold at various locations in Southern Nevada and California including Whole Foods Markets, as well as online. for anyone else. I don't like to be told what to do," she says with a smile. "I took a personality test once that classified me as `job hopper,' so I think it's better for everyone if I have my own business." The Dog House features the Good Dog Food along with treats and holistic supplements. "This is my favorite section of the store, the health section. All of the other stuff is super cute, but it's to attract attention so people begin to pay attention to this," Plaster explains. Her primary goal is to help people keep their pets healthy. To that end Plaster has also contracted with an animal nutritionist, Leith Henry, who is available in-store once-a-week to assist customers. "She's on our speed dial," says Plaster, "so if a customer has a question and she isn't here, we can get an answer for them." And The Dog House offers some of the most darling products for your pets that you'll find anywhere. There are candles with essential oils whose aroma is beneficial to animals. IT'S A GOOD DOG'S LIFE! "This is my favorite section of the store, the health section. All of the other stuff is super cute, but it's to attract attention so people begin to pay attention to this." Now Plaster's entrepreneurial spirit has moved her to grow the business. In May, Plaster opened The Dog House in the newly opened Tivoli Village. Plaster comes by her entrepreneurialism naturally. Her father founded Signature Homes, one of the oldest privately held home builders in our area, in Las Vegas in 1978. "I really don't like working 42 B L V D S L a s Ve g a s family/kids/pets issue 26 b l vd s l v. c o m F L AV O R d i n i n g & r e t a i l b l vd s l v. c o m issue 26 family/kids/pets B LV D S L a s Ve g a s 43 d i n i n g & r e t a i l F L AV O R THIS PAGE: Toys, treats, and more �Alex Rodriguez "We're a lot different from other dog stores. We carry unique items that you won't find there." Better yet, many of them are produced locally. There are human clothes for the fashion forward pet lover. A puppy sling allows one to carry their dog in the same manner as a human infant. "We're a lot different from other dog stores. We carry unique items that you won't find there." Better yet, many of them are produced locally. There are collars, bandanas, dishes, toy chests, jewelry, and much more made by local businesses. All of the artwork on the walls is for sale and was created by local artists. The store is also developing a larger product offering for cats. Many of the products also have a charitable component in that a portion of the proceeds benefits an organization that promotes animal welfare. There are products from The Animal Foundation, a cookbook that benefits the K9 unit of the police department, and others. Plaster is also planning to have one dog at a time available for adoption at the store. The Dog House's grand opening raised $2,500 for The Animal Foundation. The Dog House Tivoli Village 400 S. Rampart Blvd. #140 Las Vegas 89145 496.4006 gooddogfoodcompany.com Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Want your pet to look as amazing as Jillian's dog Trucker does on our cover? You can with pet photography from Shalimar Studios. Of course, owner and photographer Yasmin Tajik will take photos of humans, too. Shalimar Studios shalimarstudios.com 248.7154 44 B L V D S L a s Ve g a s family/kids/pets issue 26 b l vd s l v. c o m for greater choices. 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But it makes sense at Marinelli's, serving up familiar, fresh Italian cuisine at reasonable prices. The biggest sign hits you right when you enter the restaurant: it's the Marnell family crest, representing the local casino biz clan that created and opened this place in 2009. A quick tour of the menu with chef Sergio Santoro reveals an even stronger family influence. Many of the restaurant's most popular and most delicious selections are straight from the Marnell recipe book. "One of the favorites is the penne alla vodka with sausage, and Tony Marnell, Jr., created that Italian sausage recipe," Santoro explains. "We make all the sausage in-house. One thing about this family, they are big on quality. That sausage recipe has been in the family for years." For Santoro, who opened Marinelli's and also worked for the Marnells for more than three years at Panevino, it's a natural to mesh such family favorites with dishes that reflect his own style, like Dentice In Panato, an herb-crusted red snapper, or gemelli pasta with asparagus and prosciutto. Santoro says many locals are familiar with the Marnell name, and besides, the recipes are solid. "The lasagna is a little different because it's made with filet mignon, a very fine grind of beef, and lots of ricotta and fresh parmesan," the chef says. It also helps that Marinelli's is a gorgeous restaurant with an open kitchen, private dining rooms, and a patio overlooking the resort's pool. It's no wonder that this family restaurant is keeping everybody happy. "The father loves the classics, but his son, Anthony Marnell III, is into some of the more healthy stuff," Santoro says. "But he still cheats with some pasta every now and then." 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