BLVDS Family Kids Pets June July 2012
BLVDS annual Family Kids and Pets issue.
MAKING LAS VEGAS HOME C O M M U N I T Y + C U LT U R E + D E S I G N + F L AVO R Top Ten Reasons To Join Girl Scouts years, Girl Scouts has done more than any other organization to provide leadership opportunities for girls. America's most accomplished women in public service, business, science, education, the arts, and community life are Girl Scout alumnae. Join a sisterhood of more than 3.6 million Girl Scouts and more than 55 million Girl Scout alumnae! 1. 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts of the USA! For more than 100 6. It's fun! � Girl Scouts offers something for everyone. Like science? Join our Lego Robotics Team Robo Chix! Like the outdoors? Learn to canoe with our aquatics team. No matter what program activities you attend, you're sure to find girls your age that share your interests! Or get the whole family involved in our special family events. 7. Summer camp � Did you know Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada has a summer camp just 45 minutes from Las Vegas? Situated in Lee Canyon, Camp Foxtail provides a unique opportunity for girls to gain independence and confidence in a cool, camp setting. 8. Travel � Girl Scouts are on the move! From Carson City to the Galapagos Islands and everywhere in between, Girl Scouts are going places. Travel opportunities are a great way for girls to see the world, explore other cultures, and learn how they can have an impact in their world by participating in a take action project along the way. And the best part...they can pay for all of it through participation in the Girl Scout Cookie Program! 9. Scholarships � Looking for money for your postsecondary education? Girl Scout membership not only looks good on a scholarship application, many colleges and organizations offer scholarships specifically to Girl Scouts! Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada offers a scholarship opportunity to local Girl Scouts who complete their Girl Scout Gold Award. 10. Resume � Girl Scout membership looks great on a college application or resume. Girl Scouts provides girls with more ways to learn and lead than any other organization. The more you participate, the more you get out of the program. Build your resume by completing Girl Scout high honor awards or participating in Girl Scout take action projects. Complete your Girl Scout Gold Award and enter into any branch of the U.S. military at a higher service rank! 2. Girl Scouts is for every girl grades K-12. That's right EVERY GIRL � ADULTS TOO! We have a waiting list of girls looking for a mentor! You choose your time commitment and area of interest and we'll help you find a volunteer opportunity that suits you. 3. New Badges! - In 2011, Girl Scouts introduced brand new badge books and themed Journeys. In addition to the social benefits girls experience in an all-girl organization, Girl Scout curriculum supports Nevada K-12 Education Content Standards supporting Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies. Most importantly � girls love it! 4. Cost � Girl Scout membership is only $12 a year... only $1 a month! As a member, you can pay for all of your Girl Scout activities by participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program � the largest girl-led business in the nation! You'll learn important decision making skills, goal setting, and money management... in fact, most business women will tell you, they made their first sale selling Girl Scout Cookies! 5. It's flexible! � Sure, everybody knows about Girl Scout Troops, but did you know you don't need to join a troop to be a Girl Scout? That's right, membership is flexible! When you join Girl Scouts, you choose the activities and programs you want to participate in... including, but not limited to troops! Great leaders start here! Register for Girl Scouts by June 21, and recieve a free t-shirt! girlscoutsnv.org Community 10 Candy Schneider Vice president of education and outreach for The Smith Center for the Performing Arts what's inside ISSUE 32: FAMILY, KIDS & PETS 12 Christine Spadafor CEO of St. Jude's Ranch for Children commits her expertise and passion 14 Foster Care Learn about the challenges foster kids face, and how you can help 18 Sin City Junior Rollers Roller derby league for girls ages 10-17 20 The Repro Men Dr. Shapiro and Dr. Daneshmand 22 Dog Parks Fun for pets and owners alike � Ashley Sewall Culture 26 A New Children's Museum The DISCOVERY Museum gets a makeover 28 Event Etiquette 30 Roos-N-More Ensure you're a welcome member of the audience Exotic animal petting zoo 18 � Kristina Fernandez � Spencer Burton 35 Upcoming Events Design 40 Zen Zombie Dolls Kids can enjoy the world of the undead 50 44 Frankie Decker Jr. 46 Drive Safe Mode 18-year-old skateboarder and artist New app helps distracted teens & adults Flavor 50 Kid's Quality Cuisine Kids and parents love it On the Cover 52 Must Haves 54 Toy Shack 56 IMHO Johnny Jimenez loves his toys and it shows An essay by Nate Tannenbaum Drawing by local artist Raven Snow, age 11, while attending Art Classes for Kids. Photo:Talbot Snow 30 blvdslv.com BLVDSLasVegasFAMILY, KIDS & PETS5 �KrystalRamirez Letter from the publisher Once again summer is upon us and it is a great time to enjoy our city! The days are longer and the weather... it's hot. And yes, it really is a dry heat. As many of us natives know, growing up in Las Vegas used to be a bit of a challenge because of the lack of things for kids and families to do. Yet as I reflect upon my summers growing up here, that was the beauty of it: the lazy days, unwinding, with few expectations of the long slow season. Idle hours in the swimming pool, staying up late to watch old movies, sleeping in until noon (one of my favorite memories) and reading countless books, ahh! But our sleepy little city has grown up and now there are a myriad of activities for families to take advantage of that include choices for the kids, adults and even the family pet. If you choose not to succumb to the lazy days of summer and want to actually get out and do something, this issue of BLVDS covers a colorful array of things to engage in (see event listings on pages 35-36). You may also want to check out the BLVDS website event section which is loaded with a variety of arts and community choices for the family. Whether you opt for a day indoors at the Children's Discovery Museum, a visit to the Springs Preserve, a play or concert at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts or spending an evening with friends and family at Spring Mountain Ranch; all are fantastic experiences. If all of these leave you wanting something a little more unusual, plan a field trip out to Roos-N-More. With its many exotic animals, a marvelous adventure is within reach here, just a short drive out of town. Other outdoor fun can be had with a hike at Red Rock or a picnic on Mount Charleston. Fantastic shopping experiences with something for everyone are available at places like Town Square and Tivoli Village. If you are looking for a quick cultural get away, head on up to Southern Utah where entertainment and adventure abound with the Utah Shakespearean Festival, Tuacahn or the Tanner Amphitheater. While there you may as well take advantage of the area's wondrous hiking and sightseeing opportunities. Wow, so much to do and only three months to do it in! 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Through multiple programs supporting children in foster care, like sibling preservation, and our new CROSSINGS program in Las Vegas for homesless 18 to 25 year olds, it is our Vision to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect by mending spirits and renewing hope. Visit www.stjudesranch.org or call 702.294.7102 to help make a di erence. Wells Fargo is proud to support Child Focus and St. Jude's Ranch. community people + places IN THIS SECTION 10 Candy Schneider A lifetime of experience in art and education makes her a perfect fit as vice president of education and outreach for The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. 12 Christine Spadafor Committing her expertise and passion to ensuring that disadvantaged kids have the happiest childhoods possible. 14 Foster Care Learn about the challenges these kids face, and how you can help. 18 Sin City Junior Rollers League for girls ages 10-17 builds confidence and toughness while being a whole lot of fun on wheels. 20 Repro Men � Photo: Talbot Snow Dr. Shapiro and Dr. Daneshmand are bringing new lives to Las Vegas. 22 Dog Parks Following a few rules of social behavior will guarantee a ball for all. < Drawing by Kallie, age 9, while attending Art Classes for Kids. For more information visit ArtClassesForKids.com the local spotlight COMMUNITY � Larissa Tarr 10 FAMILY, KIDS & PETS BLVDS Las Vegas blvdslv.com CAnDY SChnEIDER COMMUNITY the local spotlight Staying Inspired Through a Lifetime in the Arts Candy Schneider is acutely aware of the ubiquity of art in everyday life. She says people make aesthetic choices from the moment they wake up to the minute they go to bed. But from her point of view, having an arts education offers so much more than the mere utility of making people into more savvy consumers. As she says, "For me the arts are part of who we are. Being able to be inspired by all art forms is something that fills your life with value and purpose, with depth and great experiences." As vice president of education and outreach for The Smith Center, Schneider's decisions are informed by a lifetime of arts education and experiences. There was, however, some small chance that if the `60s had been a less politically tumultuous time, generations of Las Vegas children may have never reaped the benefits of the work of Candy Schneider. They may never have had her as their middle school art teacher, been exposed to the traveling Kennedy Center workshops she helps facilitate, or been spirited away from their classrooms to see dynamic and inspiring performances at The Smith Center. But the `60s were a politically charged time and going to art school then, as Schneider did, meant being immersed in a culture where what an artist had to say politically held equal, if not more, importance than their aesthetic sensibility. As Schneider recalls, "I had no ax to grind and didn't want to make a statement in my art. If it was simply an exploration of color or texture or line and shape, or creating what I enjoy as imagery, that wasn't what they were after." Instead of inspiring her to launch her own art career, the social environment helped to affirm her original intention of teaching. To be sure, she did have ambitions to create and show her own art. After getting married and teaching for a number of years, Schneider would find time to explore her own abilities. Her first solo show was in 1982 at a gallery in Las Vegas called Newsome which was near the Huntridge Theater. She would later show at Goldwaters in the Fashion Show Mall, and at galleries in Washington State, New Mexico and Texas. On showing her art she says, it was an, "absolutely wonderful feeling, but I gave all that up to go into administration with the school district and from that point on I really didn't have much time to create any more art." blvdslv.com BLVDS Las Vegas FAMILY, KIDS & PETS 11 On taking the job at The Smith Center she says, "This was just a natural step for me. I had worked with the organizations, resident companies and national organizations. It was just a perfect fit." Who have been your greatest influences? My favorite artist was always Marc Chagall; I really like the dream-like quality of his pieces, the freedom of imagery, the brilliant color. Why do you feel the arts are so important to education? When you learn in the arts your entire body is engaged in that learning. In Pre-K that's the way they learn, through dance and movement . . . I think we should admit that's the way we all learn. Why are the arts important to an increasingly global society? Most stories of societies are told to us through their arts. What better way to learn about people and culture? the local spotlight COMMUNITY 12 FAMILY, KIDS & PETS BLVDS Las Vegas blvdslv.com � Checko Salgado � Spencer Burton ChRISTInE SPADAFoR COMMUNITY the local spotlight Chief Executive Champion for Happy Childhoods As part of a big Italian family, Christine Spadafor has fond memories of growing up with gleeful holidays spent with relatives and parents who were careful to give her what she calls an "ideal childhood." As she says, "My parents loved me and my brother ferociously and we knew it." She says her parents were generous with their time at home and in volunteer work for their community. They were great role models and imparted to Spadafor a perspective that guided her to find ways to share her gifts with others. Many years later, the Harvard and MITeducated attorney and chief executive officer of St. Jude's Ranch for Children (a foster care facility for abused, neglected and abandoned children) is fulfilling the promise of her youth in ways that border on the super heroic. But instead of X-ray vision or superhuman strength, Spadafor is armed with talent and expertise in law, effective policy development and a finely-honed business sense. Spadafor first arrived at St. Jude's in an advisory role in 2005 before being asked to be it its CEO in 2006, and she found the ranch on the verge of bankruptcy. Within 18 months the facility was firmly stabilized. Under her leadership and in direct response to unmet community needs, over the next four and one half years St. Jude's Ranch grew to include blvdslv.com impactful services to keep siblings together, assist children to catch up academically and house expectant or parenting teenage mothers. Her turnaround strategy was so effective, in fact, that her work at saving the Boulder City-based foster care facility is now part of the curriculum at Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business' MBA program. Having spent time as a nurse, an advocate for abused children in court and as an international business consultant, Spadafor's unique skill set is put to good use at St. Jude's Ranch. When it was time to execute corporate restructuring, the process was done internally. When therapeutic programs required an appreciation for practical clinical knowledge, Spadafor possessed more than your average bureaucrat. "I'm convinced that all of my professional experiences were really just preparation for this position." Yet for all of the educational credentials and professional experience Spadafor can claim, much of what she's accomplished at St. Jude's Ranch seems more firmly rooted in the heart than in the boardroom. As she says, "I know what a great childhood looks like. We do our best to see that these kids get the best childhood they can because they deserve it." Other than your parents, who else has given you great guiding advice? A professor at MIT said, "If you really want to be effective with all this medical training and policy work you've done, to have the most impact on the greatest number of people, you should go to law school, not medical school." Would you say your skills as a lawyer are more valuable at St. Jude's Ranch than your other skills? I get to use all the skills I have in my toolbox really. You don't have to be a law yer to do this job but it does come in handy. To what do you attribute your tenacity and positive outlook? When I was five my father told me, "You can do anything you want," and I believed him and just never let any potential obstacle get in the way. BLVDS Las Vegas FAMILY, KIDS & PETS 13 the local spotlight COMMUNITY It Takes a Community Foster Care and Youth Homelessness in Southern Nevada By AMEy ESPARZA The sense of family-friendly community shared by valley residents is reaching something of a peak in 2012. Parks like the one at Town Square are filled each weekend with children running through the water while loving parents watch nearby, relaxing with friendly conversation and refreshing iced teas. After the sun sets, families can be found huddling on blankets in the grassy field, ready to watch screenings of `80s classics projected in the park while enjoying quality time together. The valley has many offerings for families and kids, from children's community theater to after-school programs offered by the City, County, and organizations like Boys and Girls Clubs. Despite many outsiders' preconceptions, Las Vegas has nurtured a caring, familyoriented community for many years. It's troubling then, to learn that each year; over 3,000 children are placed into foster care in Clark County. Of the 3,938 who entered in 2010, 381 have been adopted to date, according to the most current Department of Family Services Unity Report. Children in foster care face more obstacles and are at greater risk for all negative behaviors. They � Checko Salgado 14 FAMILY, KIDS & PETS BLVDS Las Vegas blvdslv.com � Courtesy Child Focus have disproportionately high rates of physical, developmental and mental health problems resulting from the lack of a nurturing, stable environment during the early years of life. The last six years have seen an increase in the severity and frequency of these issues in Southern Nevada. According to Christine Spadafor, chief executive officer of St. Jude's Ranch for Children, "The children that are coming to us have much higher needs than the kids six years ago. They are coming in with higher levels of traumas, physical abuse, sexual abuse, physical and medical neglect, and so the children that we are getting now have a much higher level of need than what we were getting." St. Jude's Ranch actively develops programs to meet these needs and is reporting success on many fronts. We as a community can improve this situation and shine light into this somewhat dark corner of the state by expanding our actions beyond our nuclear families and the neighbors we see day-to-day, and by sharing our resources with those who are most vulnerable, but often least visible. Offering a child a permanent home is not going to be the step that most of us can take, but there are many areas of these young people's lives that can be addressed without making that life changing commitment. Whether it is by sharing money, time or talent, there are options for anyone who wants to help improve the lives of children who have lost that most basic need- their own loving familywhether temporarily or permanently. One positive aspect of our area's foster care and homeless youth situation is that there are numerous nonprofit organizations dedicated to making sure that as many children as possible have access to a safe shelter and basic survival needs. Groups like Street Teens and The Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth do what they can to provide support services like assisting homeless teens in securing identification, food and exemplary nonprofit organizations worthy of highlighting. St. Jude's Ranch has been welcoming children into their group home camps for decades and has recently opened a second campus on Tropicana and McLeod dedicated exclusively to offering apartments to young adults who are homeless or have aged out of the foster care system but who are not yet equipped COMMUNITY the local spotlight � Courtesy Boys Town seasonally appropriate clothing. Another organization called Child Focus helps to preserve sibling relationships for those in foster care. Through the Eyes of a Child Foundation helps provide cultural, athletic and educational experiences for children in the foster care system. At a recent meeting of the Children's Advocacy Alliance, a collaborative organization founded in 1997 to improve the child welfare system, representatives from healthcare, social services and judicial systems--diverse ends of the network--were on hand to brainstorm on improving the system and create action plans. In addition to the government and private sector entities working together to improve the system, there are several with the independent living skills needed to support themselves. Boys Town Nevada has five Family Homes on their campus where six youth live with a married couple and their children. Community members are invited to schedule a dinner visit to one of the family homes, which can be a fun and rewarding opportunity to interact with kids who can always use extra positive attention. If you feel the way you can help is through financial support, then giving to organizations like these ensures that they can continue or even add programs with proven track records for success. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada offers several opportunities to blvdslv.com BLVDS Las Vegas FAMILY, KIDS & PETS 15 make an impact for those who want hands-on involvement. If you have a few hours a month to give, becoming a "big" to a child living in foster care is an admirable and rewarding commitment. According to the study Vulnerable But Invincible: A Longitudinal Study of Resilient Children and Youth, "To develop into a psychologically healthy human being, a child must have a relationship with an adult who is nurturing, protective, and fosters trust and security." Becoming the "big" in their life can make you one of, or possibly the only, stable, reliable influence in an otherwise challenging and everchanging world. For those who need a truly simple option, the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada Texting for Textiles program is as easy as it gets. Simply text "DONATE" to 88704 and they will pick up used clothing and small household items from your home and turn those items into cash with one hundred percent of the net proceeds going to support community-based mentoring programs. To be sure, the foster care and homeless youth situations in Southern Nevada are problems too big for any one organization or institution to take on alone. But as shown here, collective endeavors and enterprises supported by the community can and do make huge differences in the lives of these young people across the valley. the local spotlight COMMUNITY Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada bbbsn.org (702) 731-2227 Boys and Girls Clubs of Las Vegas bgclv.org (702) 367-2582 Boys Town Nevada boystown.org (702) 642-7070 Child Focus childfocusnv.org (702) 436-1624 Children's Advocacy Alliance caanv.org (702) 228-1869 Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth nevadahomelessyouth.org (702) 383-1332 St. Jude's Ranch for Children stjudesranch.org (702) 294-7102 Street Teens streetteens.org � Courtesy Child Focus (702) 809-3585 Through the Eyes of a Child Foundation throughtheeyesofachildfoundation.org (888) 654-3174 16 FAMILY, KIDS & PETS BLVDS Las Vegas blvdslv.com entertainment & activities CULTURE Toughen Up, Buttercup By HEIDI KySER Chance Cody says she's not nervous, but she looks it. The 14-year-old Las Vegan is about to start her first practice with the Fabulous Sin City Junior Rollers, a roller derby league for girls ages 10 to 17. The 20-plus other girls already in the league are whizzing by in a counter-clockwise loop, while Cody is having trouble staying upright. Why did she come here? Her friend Noelle Long, known on the team by her roller derby moniker "Wolfy," talked her into it. With long, diagonal brown bangs hanging out from under her helmet and a bulky black tee-shirt pulled down to her hips, Cody looks more like a punk guitarist than a jock. This is something Melanie Long, Noelle's mom, loves about roller derby. "They don't have to fit the mold of a sporty girl, or any of those stereotypes. This is where they come and be themselves, and be athletic doing it," says Long, known as Stardust Dunes when she's playing on the All Stars team of big sister league, the Fabulous Sin City Rollergirls. Stardust is the head coach of the junior league, and her passion for it shows in her willingness to trudge out to the indoor track near Cheyenne and Lamb for practice twice a week--as a volunteer. The Sin City Junior Rollers, like its big sister, is player-owned and operated. The $20 per month dues, along with all fundraiser revenue, goes back into the league. At 36, Stardust has only been skating for three years herself, but it didn't take her long to realize the importance of a junior league. The adult league voted to pitch in funds and know-how to help launch the juniors, who got rolling in January. SIn CITY JunIoR RoLLERS 18 GIVInG BLVDS Las Vegas blvdslv.com � Ashley Sewall "We want to ensure the sport has a future," Stardust says. That shouldn't be a problem, according to the WFTDA, flat track roller derby's governing body, which claims the sport (not to be confused with its bank track counterpart) is the fastest-growing in the country. Ask the girls in the Las Vegas league what they like about it, and they'll talk about the fun. "I absolutely love it. It's my life," Marley "Gnarley Marley" Harper, 14, says. Ask the parents what they like about it and they'll talk about the social value: it's the only full-contact sport for females; practically any girl, of any body type, can do it with enough practice; it teaches them to be active and confident with their bodies, rather than shameful or manipulative, attitudes more frequently learned at this age. "I think it teaches her to be tougher," Alejandra Mayorga, mother of 11-year-old Alissa "Relentless" Mayorga says. "She's the only girl in the family, and she has to hold her own." The necessary toughness becomes apparent when the players begin drills. As they skate around in circles, the coach calls out certain girls who try to weave their way up to her while the rest of the team blocks their advance. It's preparation for point scoring, which happens when an offensive player called the Jammer pushes her way past the opposing team's defensive players, or Blockers. Periodically, Stardust calls for players to stop and drop for "mountain climbers," like running push-ups on skates. All the while, she keeps Cody, now skating easily, close to her, making sure the new girl is okay. Roller derby's not all hip checks; there's teamwork too. Girls cheer for and highfive each other. Despite the fast pace, they're mindful of what they're doing. � Ashley Sewall COMMUNITY the local spotlight "It's all about confidence," Stardust says. "That's the most important thing." Just ask Chance, now known by her teammates as "Rush-In Roulette." blvdslv.com BLVDS Las Vegas FAMILY, KIDS & PETS 19 the local spotlight COMMUNITY REPRo MEn Doctors Shapiro and Daneshmand are at Your (Fertility) Service By VALERIE MILLER 20 FAMILY, KIDS & PETS BLVDS Las Vegas blvdslv.com The deck may sometimes seem stacked against women when it comes to finding the "right time" to have children, but Dr. Bruce Shapiro has worked at leveling the odds for Las Vegas women for more than two decades. Shapiro, a Yale University graduate, started The Fertility Center of Las Vegas in 1988. He arrived in Las Vegas a year earlier to start the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology for the University of Nevada School of Medicine. While Shapiro could have opted for a more cosmopolitan locale such as Los Angeles or New York � or even a medical hub like Chicago-- the fertility expert saw a need, as well as an opportunity, here in Las Vegas. "When I got here, there were no reproductive endocrinologists," he says. "Had I stayed back east, I would have been a specialist with other specialists around. It was more of a challenge for me to set up a practice in an area where I could take the expertise I'd garnered from the East Coast and bring state-of-the-art care to Nevada." Dr. Said T. Daneshmand, a UCLA-trained physician, joined the team at the Fertility Center in 1999. He is now the center's practice director. "I chose to work here because of Dr. Shapiro," says Daneshmand. "He truly is one of those people who inspires you with his work ethic and creativity. He helps you to see factors that maybe other people wouldn't look at, and that can affect your patient's pregnancy rates." Creativity also helps the doctors to generate research, a practice neither of them is a stranger to, given the rigorous expectations to publish scientific papers in their field while still in school. "If you rest on your laurels and accomplishments, you don't move forward," says Dr. Daneshmand. "You have to continue to be able to do research in order to improve the science, safety and pregnancy rates for patients." While the media frenzy surrounding the Octomom has given many a skewed view of fertility treatments, Dr. Shapiro seeks to assure the public that in-vitro fertilization (IVF) has become even safer and better understood in the relatively recent past. Dr. Shapiro explains: "For instance, we found that, by allowing the embryos to develop further in the laboratory, to the blastocyst stage, we are able to pick out a fewer number of embryos that are of quality. Now we only put one or two embryos back into the uterus, so we have essentially prevented the occurrence of multiples." Another misconception prospective patients have is that costs for IVF services are too high. Speaking to that issue Dr. Daneshmand explains, "We have specific financial programs where if patients make below a certain income level, we can decrease the costs of IVF significantly." Many members of the staff at The Fertility Center have experienced fertility challenges and undergone treatment themselves. This helps them to empathize with their patients and makes the center a more warm and welcoming environment. Among the staff, Dr. Daneshmand has a reputation for being the more straight-laced taskmaster, while the bespectacled and bow-tied Dr. Shapiro is considered the free spirit. Together they bring a balance to the center that helps patients feel they are in good hands, which is exactly what you want when trying to bring a new life into the world. The Fertility Center of Las Vegas 8851 W. Sahara Ave., Suite. 100 www.FertilityCenterLV.com COMMUNITY the local spotlight blvdslv.com BLVDS Las Vegas FAMILY, KIDS & PETS 21 the local spotlight COMMUNITY PET-IquETTE By JILLIAN PLASTER The dog park can be a great place to let a dog run off leash and socialize with other four-leggeds, but it's not without risks. It's critical to maintain control over your dog's behavior in order to avoid altercations that may lead to injury. Dogs' personalities are as varied as people's, so it is common for them to get along with some dogs and not others. To avoid an incident at the park or in other public areas, make sure you are being attentive toward your dog and its interactions. Following these simple guidelines can help: The Unspoken Rules of the Dog Park 4 Dogs need to play with dogs similar in size to ensure safety in public, so don't go into a park designated for dogs that are a different size than yours. Even though a Lab may be as gentle as can be, the owner of a Chihuahua will resent its presence no matter what. 1 It is fine to chat with other owners at the park, but conversations shouldn't distract you from paying attention to your dogs. By being attentive, you can stay on top of any personality conflicts that may be brewing. 2 22 6 5 Always pick up after your dog. Just because it is a dog park or a pet-friendly place doesn't mean others should be confronted with a mess. Don't mistake aggressive behavior for friendliness. According to Dr. Steve Strobeck of Hualapai Animal Hospital, most owners misinterpret their dog's behavior and this is why incidents occur. A dog is not the only one who can instigate a conflict. Always ask permission before petting someone else's dog, and when you do Be aware of the invisible risks when going to a dog park. Parks can be breeding grounds for infectious diseases such as kennel cough, so dogs attending parks should always be vaccinated and puppies should stay away from them altogether. 8 Anywhere other than the dog park your pooch should be on leash. Even well-trained dogs can be unpredictable when something unfamiliar happens. 7 Don't be oblivious to your dog's "quirks," or bad habits. Responsible pet owners understand that a dog may be better behaved and happier in familiar surroundings. 3 so, lower your hand below their chin and allow them to sniff you first. This is especially important for children, says trainer Geralynn Cada who teaches classes on "pet-iquette." FAMILY, KIDS & PETS BLVDS Las Vegas blvdslv.com helped make the dream of a world-class performing arts center a reality. As a catalyst of the economic revitalization of Las Vegas, The Smith Center project -- from groundbreaking to completion -- has created thousands of jobs. Future performances will continue to infuse our local economy with a projected $29 million annually. Bank of America is proud to be a member of the community of funders that Bank of America is proud to be a member of the community of funders that helped make the dream of a world-class performing arts center a reality. As a helped make the dream of a world-class performing arts center a reality. As a catalyst of the economic revitalization of Las Vegas, The Smith Center project -- catalyst of the economic revitalization of Las Vegas, The Smith Center project -- from groundbreaking to completion -- has created thousands of jobs. Future from groundbreaking to completion -- has created thousands of jobs. Future performances will continue to infuse our local economy with a projected performances will continue to infuse our local economy with a projected $29 million annually. $29 million annually. Revitalizing Las Vegas one performance at a time Juan Mendez is one of the 2,600 people from Clark County employed by The Smith Center Juan Mendez is one development project.of the 2,600 people from Clark County employed by The Smith Center development project. � 2012 Bank of Corporation � 2012 Bank of AmericaAmerica Corporation Also playing in 2012 June 21 -- October 20 The Merry Wives of Windsor Mary Stuart Titus Andronicus Scapin To Kill a Mockingbird Stones in His Pockets Hamlet Winner of 8 Tony Awards... Including Best Musical! JUNe 5 - oct 20 Hilarious Tony Award Winning Musical! "Wonderfully Funny" New York Times JUly 6 - AUg 11 Nov 16 - Dec 29 800-PLAYTIX www.bard.org culture entertainment + activities IN THIS SECTION 26 DISCOVERY Children's Museum The Children's Museum will get a new name and a new home this fall when it relocates to downtown's new cultural center at Symphony Park. 28 Event Etiquette With ever more cultural programs to choose from, following the etiquette of the event will ensure you're a welcome member of the audience. 30 Roos-N-More � Photo: Talbot Snow A fun and fascinating experience awaits just a short drive from Las Vegas at the exotic animal petting zoo, Roos-N-More. < Drawing by Lily, age 3 while attending Art Classes for Kids. For more information visit ArtClassesForKids.com entertainment & activities Culture DisCovery Children's Museum Finding a New Home in Symphony Park By JArreT Keene Giant bubbles. Indoor climbing. Stage props. "Family-friendly Vegas" returns, but this time, instead of on the Strip, it's reborn downtown. This November, the DISCOVERY Children's Museum moves into its new digs at the Donald W. Reynolds Discovery Center in Symphony Park in downtown Las Vegas. And if a just-announced pledge of $1 million from the Sands Foundation is any indication, this family-fun and educational institution will continue to enjoy valuable support from the community. The currently-named Lied Discovery Children's Museum (833 Las Vegas Blvd. N.) lives in the heart of the Cultural Corridor, a sixblock stretch of businesses and creative landmarks along Las Vegas Boulevard between Bonanza Road and Washington Avenue. Las Vegans and visiting-from-out-of-town families have enjoyed the museum for 22 years. This fall, everything changes. "Our mission always has been to design a dynamic environment to spark curiosity and inspire exploration, where children can begin a love of lifelong learning," says Linda Quinn, CEO of DISCOVERY 26 FAMILY, KIDS & PETS BLVDS Las Vegas blvdslv.com Children's Museum. "The incredible generosity of the Sands Foundation is essential in making that vision a reality." Three stories tall and 58,000 square feet in size, the new, freestanding museum is twice as large as the Lied structure (housed in the Las Vegas Library). Upon moving next door to the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, the world-class facility will match and even outclass many children's museums in cities as big as (or bigger than) Las Vegas. The new museum will have nine themed permanent galleries with a better-organized curriculum that continues to focus on arts, sciences and humanities. In an exhibit called Water World, kids experiment with water flow, then frolic in the neighboring Bubble Pavilion. The traveling exhibit gallery, found on the museum's second floor, will boast three different exhibits for next spring, summer and fall. "The additional space will allow us to bring in larger exhibits we haven't been able to accommodate before," says outgoing public relations director Brock Radke. "Also, not much from the current facility will be making the transition. Everything will be brand new." Perhaps best of all the new exhibits will be The Summit, a 60-foot-tall climbing experience with an observation area on the roof. Kids will be able to climb all the way through this exhibit, which threads its way through the museum's three floors. Don't worry: parents can follow along. Situated right inside the front door, The Summit is the first thing families see, and it will take them a while to fully experience it. "A multi-level, multi-activity exhibit, The Summit is interactive, whimsical and sprawling," says Radke. "Between levels, there will be stations for scientific exploration." For the five-and-under set, there's Toddler Town, and future Picassos will find plenty to do at the creative stations in Young at Art. Young thespians can command the stage, replete with castles, puppets and lights, at Fantasy Festival, a vast improvement on the museum's current performing arts stage. "The idea is to introduce kids to the field of entertainment, an industry with thousands of jobs onstage and offstage," says Radke. "Like Water World, Fantasy Festival is an exhibit that's unique and especially suited to our area." A new parking garage situated next to the museum will provide easy access to the buildings in Symphony Park. It should be noted that the museum's community campaign still seeks to raise $2.5 million to open its doors later this year, with two major naming opportunities available. While it's true Vegas doesn't have as many offerings when compared to similarly sized metro areas, things are changing. The Mob Museum is open, and the Neon Museum is renovating this fall. And in November, the DISCOVERY Children's Museum will become a major part of our city's cultural awakening. For more info on DISCOVERY Children's Museum, visit NowToWow.org or call 702-382-3445. Culture entertainment & activities � DISCOVery Children's Museum blvdslv.com BLVDS Las Vegas FAMILY, KIDS & PETS 27 entertainment & activities Culture oH, BeHAve By HeKTOr D. eSPArzA Cultural Etiquette for the Everyman It can be a touchy subject but it's actually a prescient topic in the valley's presently expanding cultural scene. Just how are people supposed to behave at cultural events and performances? The standards for attending a UFC match are certainly different from what you would expect at a Las Vegas Philharmonic concert. You might think this goes without saying, but the guiding ethos for cultural etiquette may not be as obvious as it seems. In a recent interview with David Itkin, music director and conductor of the Las Vegas Philharmonic, he addressed the subject of when to applaud. He explained, "The idea that not clapping between movements is a hallowed tradition that goes back to Mozart's day is completely wrong. It's barely a century old. It's becoming more common now in the U.S. for people to clap between movements than for them to not clap. There are times in specific pieces when I wish they wouldn't, but overall it really doesn't bother me." At rock concerts, part of the local independent music scene, Neon Reverb music festival partner Jason Aragon says the top offenses include concertgoers who shout requests for other band's songs, refuse to applaud, or are literally standoffish and don't get close enough to the stage. Guidelines for etiquette come from considerate behavior in general for each specific event. Rather than being about snobbery it's more about being thoughtful. All attendees should keep in mind that everyone else there expects a certain kind of experience and has usually paid for that experience. Anything that takes away from those expectations, be they for elegance or raucousness, can be considered uncouth. Wearing flip-flops and jeans to The Smith Center is generally a bad idea. Wearing too much perfume or otherwise offending in an olfactory manner can ruin an evening. Bringing children who are uncomfortable being quiet and respectful is a mistake on the chaperone's part (not on the child's). Talking, texting or being engaged with electronic devices in any other way is also an all-too-common faux pas. Also, if you are too sick to go to work please don't go to the theatre. Nobody wants to hear you wheeze, sneeze or cough, or run the risk of getting sick themselves. What most people in leadership positions at cultural institutions agree on is that the best way to find out how to behave, especially if you are a neophyte, is to go out, show up and observe. There is no need to be intimidated--no one is born with perfect manners. blvdslv.com 28 FAMILY, KIDS & PETS BLVDS Las Vegas � Checko Salgado DISCOVER the Best Birthday Party Place! Choose from three party rooms! Choose your favorite activity and party theme! We handle the cake, ice cream, and all set-up and clean-up! Experience the museum all day! Book your kids party today! LAS VEGAS BOULEVARD ACROSS FROM CASHMAN FIELD 382-KIDS(5437) www.LDCM.org Infinite possibilities. SALVADOR BRACAMONTES, 11TH GRADE Two approaches. THE POWER OF HYBRID LEARNING. Through a unique combination of online coursework and personalized, in-depth classroom learning, Odyssey's hybrid approach enables students to learn in an environment that is tailored, flexible and more personalized. We've put this model to work successfully for thousands of students � in fact, research by the Department of Education suggests that the hybrid approach is the most effective way of learning. 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As Jay elaborates, "Our philosophy is if people can see them, touch them and get to know them, they will be motivated to respect and preserve them." Both Valerie and Jay are veterinarians and share a perspective that animals properly acclimated to interacting with the public on a regular basis can enjoy stress-free lives, while simultaneously serving to educate people on the wonders of the animal kingdom. The zoo's namesake and main attraction are, of course, kangaroos. Australian reds, eastern greys, wallaroos and wallabies are all represented here. The boomers (adult males) and flyers (adult females) run loose in an enclosed area with muntjac deer, goats and other fauna such as the Black Sumatra jungle chicken and even a baby emu. Hanging out with these animals in this setting with a mountainous desert backdrop just over the campus walls, one wonders if the roos, known for their prodigious leaping ability, ever try to escape. Valerie's answer: "There's really no reason for them to try. They are perfectly happy here." As charming and fascinating as the roos are, many of this zoo's other occupants vie for your attention with antics way too cute to ignore. A tiny Capuchin monkey hitches a ride on the back of a lemur. Another monkey tries to pick the lock on the bearcat's enclosure. A screaming hairy armadillo, which looks like a creation straight out of a Jim Henson movie, simply has to curl up into a ball to upstage most everyone else. But perhaps some of the zoo's most lovable, adorable and outright hilarious animals are the Asian small-clawed otters. These cuddly creatures are as social as puppies and as clever as ferrets. Roos-n-More is perhaps the only place in the world where members of the public can "walk with the otters" as the family/ staff calls the experience. People in groups of up to 15 are permitted to enter into the otter's habitat and interact with them. The highly curious mammals bound right up Culture entertainment & activities � Spencer Burton blvdslv.com BLVDS Las Vegas FAMILY, KIDS & PETS 31 entertainment & activities Culture to visitors to untie shoelaces, reach for jewelry and generally explore a visitor's personal space, as far as he or she is willing to let them go. They seem to especially love children, accepting them almost as one of their own. When the group leaves the habitat, the otters whimper and cry like puppies. Their yelps for attention are nearly irresistible, so it may be a good idea to save this experience for the end of the tour so that you are free to put your full attention on the zoo's other animals without feeling guilty. Hedwig, an enormous European Eagle Owl, will most certainly appreciate your focused attention, as will Sayyid, a 2,250-pound camel that Zach Holt has trained not to spit and has a close relationship with, much like with a family dog. The zoo is open to the public only a few days a month. 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Adorable but also a little unnerving, the dolls are made from durable, washable cotton and are triplestitched using heavy duty embroidery floss. blvdslv.com "They're made so that your kid can play and play with them and take them everywhere. You don't have to be worried about them. The dolls that I make are constructed so your kid can drag them around for their entire childhood, go into a box, and then their kids drag them around for their whole childhood," says Duarte. The dolls are also purposefully made to look a little off in terms of clothing choices. "I'll put things together and I'll say, `Aliciana, what do you think about this?' and she'll go, `Oh Mommy, that's too matchy-matchy. It's not cool if it's too matchy-matchy.' She has a very distinct aesthetic and I have a stack of drawings from her. If she quit drawing tomorrow, I could make dolls for the rest of my life. I get so much inspiration from her." 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The 18 year old has spent the last four years refining his artistic skills at Las Vegas Academy and the hard work shows in the young artist's penchant for flawlessly photorealistic drawings and paintings. Shifting seamlessly between classical, baroque-inflected rendering and symbol-laden graphics, the young artist's keen sensitivity to the figure is a common theme throughout the work. Decker manages to deftly capture the complexity of the human condition while keeping a sharp eye on form and proportion. It's all way more fun than it sounds. Decker relies heavily on sly humor to pull in the viewer while tackling serious topics like aging and family, fielding, fishing and false teeth with equal tongue-incheek aplomb. Decker sees similarities between his two chosen art forms: each embrace "independence and a variety of styles" while respecting fearlessness and failure as integral to success. With graduation pending, what's next for Decker? Encouraged by the growth happening downtown and in the art community, he remains loyal to his hometown. "I want to see what I can offer the art scene [in Las Vegas] after high school." It's only the beginning for this young local talent. � Logan Pochatko blvdslv.com 44 FAMILY, KIDS & PETS BLVDS Las Vegas Pensions are not a thing of the past... Start today and create an income for life! Create a personal pension for yourself or your employees. No employer contribution necessary. Affordable individual and group products available. Call today Kelly Ware 702-275-0515 Sustainable Indoor and Open Air Markets � LOCAL Seasonal Tree Ripened Produce � Handmade LOCAL Indie Artisans � Chef Demos � Special Events and FREE Kids Art Park � Pet Friendly � Be Green and Bring Your Reusable Bags Fresh 52 Farmers & Artisan Market CA Ins. Lic. #OH24318 NV Inc. Lic. #646225 SAT: Tivoli Village, Alta & Rampart SUN: Sansone Park Place 9480 S. 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However, the law's monetary punishment hasn't stopped everyone from checking their phone, answering calls, and responding to text messages while on the road. A New Solution to Protect Distracted Teen Drivers The danger of distracted driving is a problem underscored by the amount of driver-related fatalities that occur each year. Teens, especially, tend to be more prone to distracted driving. The solution to keep young drivers and their loved ones safe comes in the form of an Android and iPhone application called Drive Safe Mode. Raster Media developed this application for their client, a parent concerned with his propensity for distracted driving. He wanted to set a good example for his children, ages 13 and 11. Once installed on an Android phone, Drive Save Mode continuously runs in the background as a service and recognizes when the phone travels faster than 10 mph using the Location Services setting. As the car's speed is detected, the application automatically activates and freezes all services on the phone, rendering it useless for calling, texting, and surfing the web. Even if a teen closes the app, it still prevents all use of the device. And, if a teen tries to uninstall the application, parents are automatically notified via email. For now, the Android version of the app is more developed than its iPhone counterpart, simply because it overrides all services on the phone. The iPhone app is slightly more limited since it cannot override all services. To remedy this problem, Drive Safe Mode actively sends push alert warnings (think of continuous, persistent notification) to the teen or driver if they engage their phone. � Halie Scaletta � Halie Scaletta A monthly subscription to Drive Safe Mode after the application is downloaded costs $2.99 for the Android platform and $1.99 for the iPhone. 46 FAMILY, KIDS & PETS BLVDS Las Vegas blvdslv.com JUNE 7 � AUGUST 23 Movies in the Square will be shown every Thursday through August 25 in Town Square Park starting at sundown. Open seating is available on a first-come basis and patrons are encouraged to bring blankets to sit on. Films will all be rated G or PG. Movies in the Square is free to the public and children must be accompanied by an Mars Needs Moms JUNE 7 Bedtime Stories JULY 19 adult. All events are weather permitting and the schedule is subject to change. The Muppets JUNE 14 Zookeeper JULY 26 JUNE 21 Cars 2 Hoodwinked Too AUGUST 2 Puss in Boots JUNE 28 Dolphin Tale AUGUST 9 An American Tail JULY 5 Alpha & Omega AUGUST 16 The Smurfs JULY 12 AUGUST 23 The Lorax mytownsquarelasvegas.com Eat healthier for less with our new organic garden system � Taste the difference from your own garden � Studies show kids eat more when they grow their own � "Clean Eating"- no harmful pesticides, non-genetically modified � Install time less than two hours for our crew or yours � Our proven system keeps your kitchen stocked Choose from 3 Levels of Service Organic Vegetable Gardening made Easy Do-It-Yourself Grow with our assistance Have us tend your garden for you (702)900-GROW � Learn more at: VegTip.Com flavor dining + retail IN THIS SECTION 50 Quality Kid's Cuisine Ordering from the kid's menu doesn't have to mean offering the little ones substandard fare. These restaurants have items on their kid's menus that are fun as well as nutritious. 52 Must Haves In this issue's Must Haves you will see fantastic finds for the kids, Fido and maybe even the perfect Father's Day gift. 54 Toy Shack From retro-toy classics like G.I. Joe and Thundercats action figures to vintage die cast cars and collectables, Toy Shack is a treasure trove of memories. 56 IMHO � Photo: Talbot Snow Nate Tannenbaum is a family man and ubiquitous media personality. He writes here about education, recreation and quality living in Southern Nevada. < Drawing by Sean, age 7 while attending Art Classes for Kids. For more information visit ArtClassesForKids.com dining & retail FLAVOR KID'S QUALITY CUISINE Dining Out, not Dumbing Down by HEKTOR D. ESPARZA AnD JilliAn PlASTER When dining out with the whole family, it's hard not to notice that what often fills the pages of the kid's menu is not up to par in quality or nutritional value with selections on the regular menu. Though it may be tempting to indulge our children's fickle palates with standard kid's fare such as chicken fingers and fries, with a little more effort put into finding the right restaurants, children can be introduced to a broader range of flavors that will satisfy both their taste buds and nutritional needs. Studies show that eating habits learned as children are carried into adulthood. If we aim to teach our children to eat healthier, finding restaurants that put as much care into their kid's menus as they do into the main menu may prove worth it at dinner tonight and in the long run. The following restaurants have received positive reviews by adult critics and feature kid's menus with items that are easy to like and offer a greater diversity of ingredients and nutritional value at the same time. 50 FAMILY, KIDS & PETS BLVDS Las Vegas blvdslv.com � Cristian Torres � Cristian Torres � Greg Warden Kabuki This franchise with a limited number of locations in Arizona, California and Nevada is known for Japanese food that is easy on the American palate. With that said, Kabuki is helmed by Executive Corporate Chef Masa Kurihara and Master Sake Sommelier Yuji Matsumoto, so there are items on the menu likely to sate even those well-versed in a cuisine which many foodies and chefs elevate to the level of high art. Each child's entr�e is served with salad and rice, adding nutritional value to anything the little ones may order. A definite crowd pleaser on the kid's menu is Chicken Teriyaki with Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura. Another item with broad appeal is the Beef Yaki Soba, which comes with stir-fried noodles and a California Roll. Adventurous children may try the Kid's Sushi Combo which comes with shrimp, egg and bean curd, as well as a California Roll. For the young carnivore, the Chicken Teriyaki and B.B.Q Beef Ribs should suffice. Kabuki (At Tivoli Village) 440 S. Rampart Blvd., Ste. 190 Las Vegas, NV 89145 - H.D.E. lindo Michoac�n It is hard to go wrong with Mexican food and Lindo Michoac�n has been a Las Vegas favorite for decades. From fresh flour tortillas and guacamole made on site, to its wide range of chicken, pork, beef and seafood specialties, Lindo delivers authentic Mexican flavors. With an accommodating and attentive staff, just leaving this restaurant without being overstuffed is a real challenge to consider. While not overly ambitious, the kid's menu here aims to please with familiar items like "La Chivita" which is enchiladas with choice of cheese, chicken or beef, "El Caballito" which is shredded beef or chicken tacos, or "El Burro," chicken, beef or combination burritos. Adding fresh salsas, guacamole or plain avocado to any of these items gives them a healthy boost. Dining at Lindo is a very family friendly experience and is even more fun when there is a special young one's birthday to celebrate as the whole restaurant seems to join in on the fun. Lindo Michoac�n 2655 E. Desert Inn Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89121 - H.D.E. nordstrom Marketplace Caf� Nordstrom Caf� fits the bill as a kid-friendly spot deserving credit for both their regular and children's menu offerings. The kid's grilled cheese is made with healthy whole wheat bread and is served with a bowl of their famous roma tomato basil soup. If your child doesn't finish the soup, it's guaranteed you will. Pizza and Macaroni and Cheese options are served with fresh fruit and there is a wholesome natural roasted turkey sandwich available as well. All meals include a beverage served in a souvenir cup and coloring placemats to keep your child occupied while you enjoy any of the caf�'s delicious grown-up dishes. The grilled shrimp, sweet corn and arugula salad accompanied by addictive polenta croutons is perfect for summer, as are just about any of their soups, salads, and sandwiches. Nordstrom Caf� prides itself on carefully sourcing its ingredients such as BGH-free milk and dairy products, cage-free eggs, and organic greens so you can feel great about feeding these foods to the most precious members of your family. Nordstrom Marketplace Caf� (Inside Fashion Show Mall) 3200 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109 - J.P. Mint indian bistro With an expansive menu that includes savory items from India, Nepal and countries in Southeast Asia, Mint Indian Bistro features an eclectic mix of dishes that offer something for most everyone. Meat eaters will enjoy dishes like the Lamb Lollipops, Chicken Chili and a variety of kabobs served with a mouth-watering selection of sauces. Regional chutneys paired with many vegetarian and vegan options definitely make Mint's numerous items inclusive and intriguing to even picky eaters. The children's menu here includes side dishes like the Cone Dosa which is a mixture of fermented rice and lentils formed into a spiraling cone and baked until crisp and crunchy. Served with ketchup, this side is a very passable stand-in for fries but is even more fun to eat. The Stuffed Naan, an ersatz pizza, is a warm and puffy flatbread dish which can be filled with any combination of pineapple, cheese or chicken breast and is served with a moderately sweet mango chutney. "Chau Chau" is an entree of pan-fried noodles served with your choice of chicken or vegetables. Upon request it can be served with little or no spice. Mint Indian Bistro - 730 E. Flamingo Rd., Ste. 10, Las Vegas, NV 89119 - H.D.E. blvdslv.com BLVDS Las Vegas FAMILY, KIDS & PETS 51 � Cristian Torres � Cristian Torres FLAVOR dining & retail dining & retail FLAVOR < Breedbaby A variety of infant and toddler clothes and accessories made of durable and thoughtfully selected fabrics. The line was created by indie designer Angie EslerWhelan and includes: bibs, burpcloths, reversible bodysuits, baby dresses, and shirts. Go baby! www.etsy.com/shop/breedbaby Created or Cultivated by People who Live in Southern Nevada < Go Go Gretta Must Haves This book written by artist and Tasty Space gallerist Dana Satterwhite and illustrated by artist Joseph Watson is an inspirational tale of a girl who is ready for just about anything. It could be subtitled "Have Confidence, Will Travel." Go Go Gretta is available at Tasty Space Gallery inside Emergency Arts, 520 Fremont Street, 89101 or online at gogogreta.blogspot.com Doggie Empire 52 FAMILY, KIDS & PETS BLVDS Las Vegas > Artist Sophie Duncan draws custom images of your dogs and then digitally illustrates them into pop-art style images that can be placed on items like t-shirts, water bottles, pillows, iPhone cases and coasters. Duncan also works with local and national dog rescues, taking images of successful rescues and producing items that can be sold with a portion of the proceeds going to help fund those rescues, visit thedogempire.com blvdslv.com FLAVOR dining & retail Toy Shack Red Carpet Chronicles: Mojave Desert Plants Reveal all to Terri Terrain This book written by elementary school teacher Becky Davis and illustrated by Tom Zilis helps kids learn about local plant life through interviews with the personified plants themselves. Red Carpet Chronicles is available at Winchester Cultural Center through the "Friends of Winchester." Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 S. McLeod Drive, 89121 > Looking for cool retro toys for your kids or a unique Father's Day gift? Check out locally owned Toy Shack for die cast cars, retro toys and collectables. Items shown here: die cast `57 Chevy Cameo. 450 Fremont Street Ste. 117, 89101 (first floor, Neonopolis) lasvegastoyshack.com > Dog House A doggie hot spot, the locally owned Dog House features a wide range of healthful foods and treats such as Doggie Truffles and Jilli's Jerky by The Good Dog Food Company. It also has accessories for humans like "Awesome Cuffs" brand jewelry adorned with semiprecious stones and charms. For the dog lover's home are paintings by local artist Bobbi Whittle which can be customized for any of your furry family members. 400 S. Rampart BLVD., Ste. 140, 89145 (at Tivoli Village) and 6569 Las Vegas Blvd., Ste.163, 89119 (at Town Square) gooddogfoodcompany.com/the-dog-house Studio 8 Ten blvdslv.com > Back once again in the pages of BLVDS just because we love what they do, Studio 8 Ten has some of the neatest custom designed greeting cards, pet toys and accessories anywhere. Adding social value to cool objects, Studio 8 Ten provides adults with disabilities with meaningful work. 810 South Las Vegas Blvd., 89101 studio8ten.com > BLVDS Las Vegas FAMILY, KIDS & PETS 53 dining & retail FLAVOR More than Mere Amusement by HEKTOR D. ESPARZA "I had no idea when I started it, if it would be successful or not," says owner-operator Johnny Jimenez of Toy Shack, a retro toy store in Downtown Las Vegas. Started on a whim and built around his self-taught knowledge of vintage toys, the store specializes in Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars, die-cast model cars from various manufacturers, and 1980s' toys mostly based on cartoons from that era like G.I. Joe, Thundercats and Transformers. Oddities like a vintage Ronald Reagan doll or the Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab can be found here as well. Jimenez says the Atomic Energy Lab originally came with plutonium and uranium and even a working Geiger counter. Produced in the early 1950s, he calls it, "the most dangerous toy ever made," and says it would fetch $6,000 if he were to sell it today. There are sections in Toy Shack devoted to Batman, Star Wars, Lord of The Rings and toys associated with modern popular video games and sports stars as well. But watch anyone peruse the isles with looks of awe and delight on their face and you quickly realize that what this retro toy store really trades in is nostalgia. Visiting Toy Shack is a vivid sensory experience. The toy's colors, forms and textures, originally designed to appeal to children, have their entrancing powers increased exponentially when those kids now gazing upon them have been adults for decades. As Jimenez explains, "It's almost a way to relive your own childhood through your kids and a lot of parents say it's for their children buts it's really for them. I have had moms come in looking for a toy that they may have thrown away, or at some Christmas they either couldn't find or couldn't afford at the time. You don't forget those kinds of things." Toy Shack Mon. - Thurs. 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Fri. - Sat. 10 a.m. - midnight Sun. 11 a.m - 9 p.m. 450 Fremont St., Suite 117 (Neonopolis) (702) 538-8600 54 FAMILY, KIDS & PETS BLVDS Las Vegas blvdslv.com � Checko Salgado TOY SHACK BLVDS Marketplace Mikel Patrik SLEEK SIMPLE SEXY Dramatic geometric abstract original paintings available from 5"x5" to over 60"x60". 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God bless each and every one of 'em and the crazy R&R and LVCVA cats who dreamt them up! But even as the Entertainment Capital of the World endures a plucky rebranding experiment from time to time, much remains the same for those of us engaged by the work-a-day rhythms of life as Las Vegans. So what has worked for the hundreds of thousands of us when it comes to raising our families in Southern Nevada? Let's cover the basics: education, recreation and entertainment. Say what you want about the Clark County School District (oh man, haven't we all done that?), but there are good educations to be had--if you're an involved parent. You don't have to necessarily become PTA President, but it is important to play the ol' Empty the Backpack game with your kids on a regular basis and try not to wince too hard when the young'un blurts, "Oh yeah, I meant to tell you about that." Stay on them, and their teachers. And make sure you click the ParentLink option that sends you an email every time there's a grade change. This way you can say to the kid, "So. Tough Algebra quiz, eh?" There are also bunches of options to keep the learning and growing going for us oldsters too. Consider the many credit and non-credit continuing education classes at UNLV and CSN. And hey, did you ever finish that degree you kept meaning to polish off one day soon? There's also no limit to the Pilates, yoga, zumba or exercise-flavor-ofthe-month option at the numerous city and county rec centers from the inner city to the outer 'burbs. As for sports, there is something generically bonding for kids and parents through all the good and bad of baseball, football, hockey, lacrosse (or insert sport of choice here) that we've found so tearjerkingly endearing and frustratingly off-putting that we wouldn't trade for anything. For entertainment, please keep the "there's no culture here" jab in a quaint, distant, dustgathering time capsule and avail yourself of the true myriad of options to keep your family's collective mind happily stimulated. Whatever you're into, it's out there (or soon will be). Whatever you may want to challenge yourself to experience, check it out, it's out there too. Just go. And do. Please? Isn't there some clich� that says if one person in a community grows then we all grow? Well, before the schmaltz gets too thick, I'll fall back on my stock phrase and say that it has been, and should continue to be, Mostly Sunny. Thanks for playing. 56 FAMILY, KIDS & PETS BLVDS Las Vegas blvdslv.com � Don Parnall Help Us Accomplish Our Diamond Studded Goal White Horse Youth Ranch (WHY Ranch) invites you to invest in our next season as we continue to o er Clark County's only free specialized horsemanship and riding program called "Diamonds in the Rough." This unique program provides hurting Las Vegas youth, ages 8-18, a rare opportunity to experience a safe, healing and inspirational environment where a horse becomes a trusted friend. Through the safe haven of Why Ranch, broken children experience healing by developing a passionate and connected relationship with their horse. Children are transformed through the application of the proven principles of respect, empathy and acceptance, ultimately empowering and inspiring children to become responsible and contributing citizens in their families and communities. We are developing our rst mentor program and are currently receiving applications for our life-changing "Diamonds in the Rough" program. Because we are homeless and looking for our own ranch we currently contract with two host facilities; Cowboy Trail Rides, which is out at beautiful Red Rock State Park and Four Views Equestrian in the Gilcrease area. Each partner provides the location and the horses and we bring our unique program and life changing philosophical approach. We are looking for community minded individuals who can help us successfully complete our capital campaign, which will allow us to have our own ranch facility and horses! WHY Ranch's vision is to o er our program to 100's of children per month! Please contact us to nd out more about our hope-infused program which o ers children unique and valuable experiences that result in their hearts being healed, their minds being inspired and our western heritage being preserved. Visit WHY Ranch today at www.whyranch.org to donate or nd more information. Or call our o ce at 702.644.9177. Thank you. Visit www. whyranch.org to donate or find for more information. Or call our o ce: 702.644.9177 whyranch.org | (702) 644-9177 THE NEW STANDARD OF THE WORLD S TAT E O F T H E A R T MEETS HIGH ART INTRODUCING THE ALL-NEW CADILLAC XTS. 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