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For Auld Lang Syne AS THE SAYING GOES, TIME FLIES WHEN YOU’RE HAVING FUN. And time sure has flown by this year as we can’t believe we’ve put together the final issue of Green Valley Lifestyle in 2019! It seems like just yesterday we were sitting down to write our January letter to all of you—talking about resolutions and renewal—and yet,

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here we are, almost time to do it again. There’s a unique perspective that working in publishing brings. While we certainly don’t want to wish our lives away, we’re always looking toward the future. Whether it’s planning our next issue or developing story ideas for the next year, we’re often already fast forwarded to future months before the current month has even begun. The fast-paced lifestyle this industry calls for can often make it difficult to really settle down and absorb what’s going on around us and, before we know it, the year is over and it’s time to move forward again. So this December, with the holiday season upon us, we hope you take the time

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INSIDE THE ISSUE DECEMBER 2019

FEATURES 10 The Spirit of Christmas The Las Vegas Rescue Mission Serving Our Community

20 It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! A Very European Christmas

24 Tips From the Experts What to Keep in Mind This Time of Year

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28 Warm Soups for Cold Days Simple Recipes You’ll Want to Try

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Good Times

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24 Financial Buzz 28 Culinary Creations 30 Water & Woods 32 Lifestyle Calendar


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GIVING BACK

the spirit of christmas THE LAS VEGAS RESCUE MISSION SERVING OUR COMMUNITY

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EVERY YEAR THE LAS VEGAS RESCUE MISSION FOCUSES ITS EFFORTS ON SERV-

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ING OUR COMMUNITY’S STRUGGLING AND DISPLACED FAMILIES TO PROVIDE FAMILIES WITH GIFTS, CLOTHING AND SHOES, COOKIES AND COCOA, CHRISTMAS

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Vineyard Henderson, Valeo Senior, and Valeo Groupe Americas to support our true mission to “Work Hard, Have Fun, and Help Others” this Christmas season to truly influence the lives that are so heavily affected at this time. There are too many families that see Christmas come and go without a tree, a present or a place to call home. As a community, we cannot stand for this. Our goal is to collect 5,000 gifts for ages 6 to 17 through the support of our community and business partners. All gifts will be given out to families in need at the Las Vegas Rescue Mission on Saturday, Dec. 14. We are proud to spearhead this initiative, and I know that as businesses and fellow professionals, we are approached for donations and contributions all year long; however, I challenge the “I’ve Met My Quota to Give” leaders and companies of our community to get involved professionally and personally. While we are enjoying a holiday season with lights, gifts, heat, a bed, a roof over our heads or simply a place to call home, imagine that all of your comforts were suddenly gone. This community’s homeless is built of individuals and families that have lost their jobs, grandparents that have assumed their abandoned grandchildren, abuse victims and more. The true meaning of Christmas is giving, being of service and most importantly, compassion for mankind. Will you step out of your comfort zone to touch the lives of those who have already lost so much with the gift of love this holiday season? Let’s give support and take our community by storm and demonstrate hope for all the hearts we will warm on Dec. 14. Everyone deserves to know that their life matters, and this Spirit of Christmas is being built on the foundation to do just that. HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP: COLLECT NEW TOYS/ITEMS NEEDED The Las Vegas Rescue Mission can drop off 55-gallon bins, with customized flyers, immediately for your business to gather new toys (wrapped or unwrapped) and collect items listed further below. Items will be picked up on Dec. 13 to be placed in “Santa’s Workshop” to hand out to families in need the following day

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AKE A DONATION: JustGiving.com/Campaign/SpiritofChristmas2019 All contributions made will help the Las Vegas Rescue Mission continue to provide free food, shelter, clothing and services to our struggling. We have also created a giving page that is directly linked to the accounts for the Las Vegas Rescue Mission for any financial donations and support SPREAD THE WORD! Encourage other business partners, friends and family to assist in your efforts to provide the Spirit of Christmas for those in need SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS COLLECTION ITEMS (THROUGH DEC. 13) + Winter Warmth/Clothing Items: New & Used; ALL Sizes! + Blankets, gloves, scarves, hats, coats, shoes + Cards of Encouragement (minimal time with incredible impact) I encourage everyone to imagine your life without any of the things you have in it and spending this holiday season without anything to give. Please share your message of hope with the parents that receive this card; you never know when your words could save someone! + Toy Items: Ages 6-8; 9-11; 12-14 = TOYS + Ages 15-17 = Gift Cards ($20 value) + 55-gallon barrels provided; 1 for Boys & 1 for Girls + Wrap gifts if possible and write in sharpie on the bottom (“B” or “G” and Age Group). + Toy Rules: All toys should be valued at $20 or less & NOT require batteries. The Las Vegas Rescue Mission has this rule in place due to the nature of the demographic they serve. + No bikes, scooters or skateboards + We cannot provide bikes to ALL children, so we don’t give out any + Toys = Easy for children to carry + Refrain from large toys because many of the families being served travel by foot or public transportation.

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ARTICLE ZAK LODHI

A W I N T E R H O L I D A

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CHRISTMAS TIME IS AN ICONIC HOLIDAY SEASON. Yes, it is not just Christmas that makes its appearance during this time, Quanza and Hanukkah are both other staples of this season. But for such an iconic holiday, deserves an equal city to celebrate in. New York, New York! The backdrop for many a classic Christmas tale, like Elf, Home alone 2, and Miracle on 34th street. An amalgam of adventure and admirability, New York City is often held in high regard when concerned with holiday season hospitality. So why not take a trip through the concrete jungle this December and head up to New York, New York. This handy guide will be indispensable,

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Rockefeller Center Christmas tree


as it leads you through the best events and locations for a healthy dose of holiday cheer. First up is a season classic, the Magic Flute play. Performed until Jan 2020 at the Metropolitan Opera, a family-friendly twist on Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Magic Flute. This English-language version is full of holiday spirit and enchantment. Conductor Lothar Koenigs leads the production by Julie Taymor (from Broadway’s The Lion King). Fresh off the heels of the Magic Flute, why not grab a bite to eat? Birds of a Feather is a minimalist Sichuan spot in Williamsburg that you won’t often find on the best food lists of the city. This hidden Gem serves delicacies Radio City Music Hall in Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center Christmas tree

made with the utmost care; poached wontons in chili oil, mapo tofu, and sliced lamb with cumin and ginger are all staples on the menu. With your culinary and artistic palettes satisfied, let’s take a bit of a different turn with our next spot. As mentioned previously, New York City seems to be a magnet for the feel-good Christmas movies we have all seen and loved. So what list of holiday New York spots would be complete without the iconic Rockefeller center ice rink! Often called the world’s most famous ice rink, no trip to the big apple would be complete without at least a lap around its historic ice. And don’t worry about the lines,

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you can make individual reservations for your trip on the frost. The final location may be a surprising one, but it’s undoubtedly one up to par with the rest of this list. The New York Botanicanical Garden Holiday Train Show is a mouthful of a location, but an unforgettable experience. Small model trains crawl their way through a painstakingly crafted miniature New York City’s. The most incredible part? It’s all made entirely out of plant parts. The Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, and the Woolworth Building. are all shown in the photos here and are among the more than 175 landmarks that line the train tracks. All built from seeds, bark, leaves, and twigs, serviced by a robust half-mile of track, all nestled within the stunning and historic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. This year’s train show is inspired by Central Park, with replicas of popular features like Belvedere Castle and the Dairy. Other events coinciding with the train show include a cappella performances, classical music concerts, poetry reading, and activities for kids. These are just a few of the headliners from New York, a classic choice for a Christmas celebration. 

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Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show

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IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR A VERY EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS

CHRISTMAS IS A ONCE-A-YEAR OCCURRENCE. But every Christmas is also not the same. No, I don’t mean year to year, which would be another obvious statement. No, I mean wherever you go, Christmas is celebrated in a variety of beautiful and unique ways. How Christmas is celebrated here in Henderson is different than many places, and we’ll take a look at some of them here running up and down Europe. My favorite is Dresden, the picturesque Christmas German town, which is going on its 585 years of Christmas markets. Followed by  London, whose perfect architecture is an excellent backdrop for  some holiday cheer. Vienna, located in northeastern Austria, is overflowing with Christman festivities  that could be ripped from a Hallmark movie. Copenhagen, the Danish capital, is practically made of ice in this season, so bring your skates. And finally France, with its delectable seasonal treats.

DRESDEN Dresden is a gorgeous little city in the state of Saxony in Germany. And it has the most extensive number of Christmas markets in the eastern part of the country and is one of the cities that can lay claim to the title of being the oldest seasonal event in Germany. Now in its 585th year, Dresden is still going strong, fresh as a page out of a Christmas storybook. Ore Mountain wood crafts, Lusatian blue-printed fabrics and Moravian stars are all classic products you can purchase at the market to bring a little bit Christmas market in Dresden, Germany 20

of that Christmas cheer home with you.

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Big Ben in London, England

LONDON A classic in European Christmas cheer, London is a big name across the pond. The renowned city offers a wide array of activities and tourist attractions. Marvel at the magnificent Christmas tree at Windsor Castle, get your skates out at Somerset House’s glorious 18th-century courtyard ice rink and watch Christmas films in sumptuous surroundings at the Rivoli Ballroom’s pop-up cinema. A host of other options await in this magnificent city; it seems almost as if around every other corner, another form of holiday cheer is springing up. Christmas Market near City Hall in Vienna Austria

Vienna, Austria

VIENNA Vienna is the perfect halfway point on this list. Another well-known Christmas market, Vienna is wreathed in holiday tradition. Enjoy a mug of mulled wine, taste a fancy toffee apple and breathe in the scent of frying sausages and Christmas cheer. But the market is not the only draw to this European town by the castle; unique brass and choir groups will be performing all month long throughout the city, but mostly by the town hall shown in the photos here. The common reasons to visit this tucked-away European village is still here: the museums, palaces and other attraction are always open and provide a slice of the olden days.

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IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR

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Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark

COPENHAGEN The Danish capital, Copenhagen, is a heavyweight when it comes to holiday cheer. While most travel sites recommend you visit this picturesque European city in the summer or fall, I can confidently say that Christmastime is the best time to pay a visit. A snapping cold hangs in the air, whose ferocity could be mistaken for a stray dog, as the quiet air of content hovers over the city in the later months of the year. Sometimes called the ice skating capital of the world, Copenhagen has quite the sampling of skating rinks. The ice rink at Frederiksberg Rundel is at the very entrance of a gorgeous garden. The ice rink at Toftegårds Plads is equally beautiful and is in the very heart of the city. And my personal favorite, the ice rink in Tivoli, is at the Nimb hotel. Tivoli, Copenhagen, Denmark

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Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

FRANCE While Paris was originally going to be the city featured in this spot, another small French Tudor town named Strasbourg almost stole the show. However, first to Paris. Paris, as we all know, is known for many things, but chief among them is the pastry delicacies. Maison Kayser is a Parisbased bakery that creates customizable sweets for the Christmas season. Hugo and Victor, the chocolate masters of Paris, make North Star chocolates that are to die for. Strasbourg, however, is a far cry from the luxurious sweets of Paris. Only 300 wooden Chalets built in classic Tudor style, it has a massive Christmas tree and is known as a world heritage site. Off the beaten path, this little French village is beautiful for the holiday season. Whether you are spending Christmas at home or abroad, we can all agree that the most wonderful time of the year should be spent with the people we love.

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MORTGAGE CHECK-UP This would be anything to do with current rates, payments, escrow balances, titling and goal planning for

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CULINARY CREATIONS

WARM SOUPS FOR COLD DAYS SIMPLE RECIPES THAT MOM MADE

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cheese tortellini

black pepper

+ 1/2 cup parsley, chopped

+ 5 ounces baby spinach

+ 5 cups chicken broth

+ Salt and pepper to taste

+ 1 bay leaf

+ 2 teaspoons thyme

+ 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules

+ Salt and pepper, to taste

+ 2 bay leaves + Parsley for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS 1. In a 5-quart Dutch oven, cook sausage, onion and garlic over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sausage is thoroughly cooked. Drain. 2. Stir in broth, bay leaf and tomatoes; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. 3. Add tortellini; reduce heat to low and cook 8 to 12 minutes or until tortellini are tender. 4. Stir in spinach and cook 1 to 2 minutes or until spinach is wilted. 5. Add salt and pepper to taste.

(optional) + Water to cover

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil.

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Put the chicken, carrots, celery and onion in a large soup pot and cover with cold water.

2. Spread tomatoes and onion in 1 layer

Heat and simmer, uncovered until the chicken

onto the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle

meat falls off of the bones (skim off foam

olive oil over tomato mixture and season

every so often).

with salt and pepper. Place in oven on middle rack and roast for 30 minutes. 3. Check tomato mixture; if it is tender, roast about 15 more minutes. 4. In a large stockpot, bring chicken broth, bay leaves and thyme  to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer.

2. When the chicken is done, remove it from the pot. Pick the meat off the bones. 3. Season the broth with salt, pepper, dill, parsley and chicken bouillon to taste, if desired. 4. Return the chicken  to the pot, stir together and serve.

5. Put half the tomato mixture into a blender. Cover and hold lid down; pulse a

Note: I like to make a big batch and freeze half

Note: I always like to add just a little half-and-

few times before leaving on to blend until

of it. When I reheat the soup, I like to add par-

half to round out the flavor. This is great to eat

smooth. Pour pureed tomato mixture into

cooked broccoli or pasta noodles to change it up.

the next day, or you can store it in the freezer in

the stockpot with the chicken broth. Puree

a freezer-safe container for up to 1 month. When

remaining half of tomato mixture and add to

reheating, I like to add angel hair pasta broken in

chicken stock mixture, mixing well. Simmer

pieces or already cooked tortellini.

for 5 minutes. Garnish with parsley.

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WATER & WOODS

WINTER \IN BLOOM BRIGHTEN UP YOUR AESTHETIC THIS SEASON WITH THIS BEAUTIFUL FLORAL ARRANGEMENT FROM KRISTEN CAISSIE, CREATIVE DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER OF MOON CANYON DESIGN CO.

PHOTOGRAPHY NICKI SEBASTIAN FOR JENNI KAYNE

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FORSYTHIA Named after William Forsyth, a Scottish botanist, Forsythia is an early spring flowering shrub often found in gardens and parks. Forsythia are well-known for their resilience and tenacity as much as the bright, cheery yellow of the branches’ blooms.

RANUNCULUS Also known as the buttercup, these spring bloomers are coveted for their delicate layers of petals, resembling ruffled tissue or crepe. In a wide range of vivid shades, ranunculus can bloom from late winter to early summer.

TWEEDIA This delicate perennial is coveted for its light fragrance and pale blue star-shaped petals. Found commonly in vines and trellises, tweedias are prime for an arrangement as they cut well and last long.

LADY SLIPPER Characterized by the slipper-shaped pouch (or labellum) that sits between the petals, these orchids range in color from white and yellow to a deep pink and purple. The lady slipper might take four to sixteen years to produce a bloom, but it’s worth the wait—in comparison to other, more temperamental orchids, this type can be considered fairly low-maintenance.

NARCISSUS Daffodils are instantly recognizable by their six petals surrounding a trumpet-like corona, most often in variances of white, yellow, or both. The ubiquity of the daffodil dates back to ancient times, both medicinally and botanically. They have been said to get their name because the image of languid daffodils along a stream evoke the image of Narcissus gazing into his reflection.

KRISTEN CAISSIE, CREATIVE DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER OF MOON CANYON DESIGN CO., created this beautiful flower arrangement as part of Jenni Kayne’s floral encyclopedia. This lush arrangement is comprised of early spring blooms arranged in a ceramic vase. The wabi-sabi aesthetic of the handmade vessel adds to the arrangement’s playful proportions. Earthy yellows, rich greens, and a touch of blue tell a color story that’s unexpected, yet warm and welcoming. Perfectly undone early spring blooms (Kristen’s favorite to design with) emphasize the meeting place of winter and spring.

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DECEMBER

LIFESTYLE CALENDAR

1

HOLIDAY AT THE LINQ

1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22

The LINQ Promenade

Monday – Wednesday from 6–9 p.m.: Free live performances. Thursday – Sunday from 6–9 p.m.: At the top

SCUBA SANTA AT THE SILVERTON AQUARIUM Silverton Casino Hotel

Where: Winter’s Village  located at the amphitheater in the pool area.

2 TEEN TIME – NCLAB CODING CLUB Paceo Verde Library

of each hour, enjoy a holiday show

The aquarium is free to the public.

Youth ages 11 to 17 can explore dif-

of lights and snow at the fountain

Bring the kids and take lots of pic-

ferent methods of computer coding!

stage. Snow is scheduled to fall by

tures of the Underwater Santa and

NCLab combines fun, self-paced,

The LINQ Fountain Stage at 6 p.m., 7

his elves. Santa is equipped with a

interactive learning with creative

p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.

microphone that allows him to listen

activities and competitions.

Free

to and speak with children. Hours: noon–1:15 p.m. and 2:15–

DEC 1–JAN 5

3:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays

HOLIDAY CACTUS GARDEN AT ETHEL M CHOCOLATE FACTORY

1

The Ethel M Cactus garden, with all its

WINTER’S VILLAGE AT GREEN VALLEY RANCH

Ethel M Chocolate Factory

Christmas lights, is a fun way to spend an evening in December. This free

in December

4 WINTER EVENING BALL Green Valley Library

Dress as your favorite princess, prince or knight in shining armor for the Winter Evening Ball! Listen to royal stories, enjoy fancy treats, play

Green Valley Ranch Resort and Casino

games and make crowns decorated

event will run until Jan. 5, 2020. But for

Fun for the entire family, the winter

in jewels. For ages 3 to 10.

the month of December, visits from

wonderland features a 6,000-square-

Free. 6–7 p.m.

Santa are on every Friday through

foot outdoor real ice rink (with real

Sunday 4–9 p.m. until Dec. 23

ice) and winter wonderland dis-

Free

play. Santa will visit every Saturday through Dec. 21. Admission: $25 per person ages 6 to adult, $15 ages 5 and younger, including ice skate rental.

6 LIBRARY TREE LANE GALA & AUCTION Paseo Verde Library

Kick off the holiday season with a

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special evening of fun and philanthropy at the annual Friends of Henderson

Libraries

fundraiser.

Friends of Henderson Libraries is hosting this festive night of fine

7

10

FUN WITH FROSTY

A DESTINATION TRAVEL’S HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

777 W. Lake Mead Parkway, Henderson

foods and beverages alongside a

Vegas Events and More brings you Fun

silent and live auction for fantastic

With Frosty, a small business and craft

A Destination Travel is hosting a

gift baskets. Tickets for the gala are

show, on Saturday, Dec. 7. You’ll enjoy

Holiday Open House from 9 a.m.–

$50 ($60 at the door).

holiday shopping with the talented and

5 p.m. Come meet their agents and

7–10 p.m.

dedicated VEaM family of vendors. Get

have some snacks while you mix

one-of-a-kind gifts from 11 a.m. to 6

and mingle.

A Destination Travel Office

DEC 7–JAN 4

p.m. for everyone on your list. Next to

BELLAGIO’S CONSERVATORY & BOTANICAL GARDENS

7

The holiday display is available for

NORWEGIAN LEFSE COOKING DEMO

Learn about the latest high-tech safety

Gibson Library

features for cars, including what new

day, seven days a week from Dec. 7,

Learn how to make lefse, a traditional

technologies are available, how they

2019 – Jan. 4, 2020.

Norwegian flatbread. Presented by

work and how they can make driving

the Sons of Norway.

safer and more enjoyable.

Free.

Free.

1–2 p.m.

1–2:30 p.m.

Bellagio’s Conservatory

guests to enjoy for free 24 hours a

the buffet on the way to bingo!

10 AARP SMART DRIVERTEK WORKSHOP Gibson Library

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DECEMBER

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A family-friendly event you won’t want to miss with Mayor Debra March  and Santa heading the tree

lighting ceremony, craft and food vendors, live entertainment and a spectacular evening light parade.

Tree Lighting Ceremony: Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.

Festival: Dec.13,  6–9 p.m.; Dec. 14, noon–5 p.m.;  Light Parade: Dec. 14, 5 p.m.

19 UNDERSTANDING ADHD: A PARENT SEMINAR Brain Balance Centers

Attend this free seminar, Understanding ADHD, to discover how Brain Balance can help you understand why your child struggles socially, academically or behaviorally. 6:30–7:30 p.m. Register online.

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