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Mesquite Days 2013

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Dear Readers, Welcome to our yearly Home and Garden issue! July 1 – August 31, 2013 Volume 6 – Issue 4

I can’t believe that it has been 8 years since I purchased my home here in Mesquite. As I make my drive through our beautiful town, I can’t help but notice all of the new developments that have been built since I arrived.

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Kathy Lee

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Contributing Writers

Angela Brooks- Reese Brenda Congdon Carol Lee Parrish Celece Seegmiller Charlie Cox Deb Parsley Debbie Gendron Donna Eads Helen Houston Creamer John Dearing Jon Nerlinger Krissy Thornton Linda Faas Nikk Zorbas Ron Rineck Rob Krieger Sue Santarcangelo Mesquite Business Owners

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We hope that you enjoy this issue and that you find these articles fun and informative. We would like to thank all of the Realtors and Residents who have allowed us to peer into their homes and take some amazing photos for you to enjoy. This issue also contains many advertisers that you as a homeowner will be able to become familiar with and use their services. They are the reason that we can continue to bring you View On Mesquite Magazine. Whether you are a full time resident, a snowbird or someone just looking to make Mesquite your future home…We welcome you to our Home and Garden issue. Please visit our website at Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Sincerely, Kathy Lee

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In This Issue

July 1 – August 31, 2013, Volume 6 – Issue 4



A Rising ‘Star’ in Mesquite

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How to Create an Efficient and Inspiring Home Office Every Window is a Canvas Give Peace a Chance Home is Where the Art Is Modern Home Entertainment Systems Mesquite Amateur Completes 11th Year Storage Solutions Several Layers of Design Don’t Ignore Digestive Troubles Relay For Life – A Message Of Hope The Desert-Scape Frank Pati, Senior Citizen of the Year Tile And Flooring, The Options Are Endless From Peaceful Ponds to Flowing Fountains Hope is on The Horizon for Mesquite Homeowners VOM JULY 2013.indd 5

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Editor’s Letter


Why I Love Mesquite


View from the Mayor

10 View on Healthy Lifestyle 19 Tennis TNT 24 View on Golf 30 View on Business 34 View on Youth 38 View on Safety 42 View on Travel 64 Senior Center Happenings

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Why I Love Mesquite Not knowing one person in Mesquite, my husband Bill and I took a chance and moved our family from Central Washington to Mesquite in November of 2002. After retiring from our careers we wanted to be somewhere we could enjoy warmer climate. We took a trip to visit our son and his family stationed in Germany for the Army and upon returning decided to become employed again. Bill went to work in security and I started working as a mortgage loan officer. Bill has since retired again and I am still fully employed in the mortgage business. We both absolutely love Mesquite. The weather is wonderful, the people are so friendly and there is plenty to do in this terrific community. We have had more visitors since we moved here than we ever did in Washington. We cannot imagine living any other place. We are definitely here to stay. –Judy and Bill Depew My girls and I had wanted to move to a warmer location for many years and after visiting some friends here back in January I decided Mesquite was going to be our new home. With the great location and school system Mesquite offered a much easier/stress free life that had been much needed for my family. We have now been here for 3 months and couldn’t be happier. Being a personal trainer, the endless options for both indoor and outdoor training is ideal. My daughters love any activity outside, whether it be riding bikes, hiking, rollerblading or just going down to the river and enjoying the water. Another thing we love is how friendly people are, my daughters were amazed that people just wave and say hello to strangers, which was not common up in Salt Lake City. We have met some incredible people in our short time and look forward to a long, positive future here in the oasis that is Mesquite. –Cerissa, Moana and Tiziana Johnson

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View From The Mayor What goes up will come down. That is the lesson we have all relearned with regards to the housing bubble of 2007. But all is not gloom and doom. Yes, today housing prices are below the peaks of 2006-2007. However, lower prices combined with an aging population are fueling growth throughout Southern Nevada once again. Baby Boomers are retiring at record rates. Mesquite and retirees are a good fit demographically. The Active Adult segment is an area that businesses need to offer more services to, if Mesquite is to balance its economic position. This in turn will attract younger workers and their families to Mesquite. Any approach to economic development needs to ensure the strengths of our community are highlighted and enhanced. Great weather and affordable housing are two of our key strengths. Over 300 days of sunshine per year, affordable housing of all types and the infrastructure in place for future growth will combine to fuel our growth once again. Today we are cautiously optimistic about the economic recovery. If nothing else we have all learned to carefully consider our individual financial situations and to use a more conservative approach in our investments. The University of Nevada Las Vegas Center for Business and Economic Research suggests, “…we are in the early stages of a housing market recovery in Nevada… Affordable housing remains a positive as increased population will foster growth in Nevada’s economy.” (Kennelly: Nevada Housing Market Showing Signs of Life, April 2013). Local real estate agents concur with the assessments of the UNLV Lee Business School. New houses are slowly being built and the local inventory is coming down. These are all signs that Mesquite is part of the early recovery being felt throughout Southern Nevada. – Mayor Mark Wier VOM JULY 2013.indd 7

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How to Create an Efficient and Inspiring Home Office By Nikk Zorbus

Working out of a home office offers a multitude of benefits including flexible work hours, a potential tax write-off, and no commuting time or associated costs. But sometimes working at home can be lonely, and the lack of personal contact with others can be less than motivating. It makes sense that the better you feel, the better you work. Therefore, try to create an inspiring workspace that will bring out your best and maximize your productivity. Your home office should blend in with the rest of your living space, but still maintain its boundaries so that you are not distracted by other areas in your home. Whatever design elements you choose, the goal is to facilitate workflow through a setup that is functional as well as attractive. As a self-development trainer who works out of my house, I recognize the importance of a properly laid out home office. A home office should promote creative thinking, instill clarity, and provide a sense of well being that embraces your strengths. To optimize your home office environment, follow these simple strategies: Define your sources of inspiration. Surround yourself with things that make you feel good. Decorate your workspace with a poster of a favorite quote or a photo that touches your heart. Think about the colors that make you feel alive and energized, and integrate those colors into your décor. Get rid of anything that brings you down. Clear your desk. The less you have on your desk, the better. Make the most of your work space and minimize distractions by keeping only the essentials on the surface of your work area. These might include a phone, computer, mouse, pen, and notebook. Place miscellaneous office supplies, such as paperclips and staplers, that you use only once in a while in a nearby drawer. Do not to allow papers to pile up. Order creates comfort, so “file it, don’t pile it.” Keep cords and cables out of view as much as possible; they only add to your sense of clutter. Think life! House plants not only brighten your day, but they clean the air as well. In my home office I have a live bamboo plant, which I truly enjoy. Appeal to your sense of sound. Think of the sounds that inspire you. Maybe you like the sound of the ocean or falling rain. Or maybe you get more done with classical music or punk rock playing in the background. Fill your office with sounds you enjoy, but make sure that they don’t interrupt your work.   Organize your papers so that you can quickly find them. Have a place for everything and put everything in its place. To find whatever you need more readily, use see-through folders or colored file folders. The color will help you locate files easily, and help them stand out. Lighting is everything! The more natural lighting, the better. If you don’t have a window, or when you need artificial light, buy soft light bulbs and consider installing a dimmer switch. Invest in the proper equipment. Having the proper equipment can make a huge impact on your productivity. Consider buying an ergonomically correct office chair to protect your back and help prevent fatigue and muscle aches. This will enable you to work longer hours. If your desktop allows, add a second monitor to your computer system. Once you get used to the dual monitor set-up, you’ll never want to go back to a single screen--you’ll enjoy the larger and more flexible visual work area way too much! The benefits of an efficient and inspiring home office include increased productivity, creativity an enhanced sense of well being, and job satisfaction. An efficient home office allows freedom and flexibility for you to grow and succeed. Remember, your environment can make or break you, so make your home office count, with lots of love and inspiration! Nikk Zorbas is a personal development coach and author of “Discovering Your Personal Power.” To learn more visit

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EVERY WINDOW IS A CANVAS By Charlie Cox Whether you are one with the outdoors or very private and your neighbors are too close for comfort, window coverings make the difference in how you feel. Window coverings change your mood, they alter your feelings, and they allow you to express yourself. Lighting effects color, it changes the entire feeling of a room. Light is a major consideration when choosing the right window coverings for your home. Low light reflects calm, full sun reflects brilliance; maybe it is a combination that reflects your needs. Window coverings are available in a wide range of colors, materials and opacities. From sheer to opaque they offer varying degrees of privacy and light control. Sheers and other select styles are designed to draw light inside your home while diffusing harsh glare. This will illuminate your home naturally and reduce the need for artificial lighting. Natural light is warm and welcoming. In time, however, it will cause your furnishings to fade and become damaged. Modern sheers offer UV protection to help counter the harmful effects of the sun. By tilting louvers, slats, vanes, blinds and panels, you can direct incoming light where it is needed the most. Using solar energy to provide warmth may be desirable during the cooler winter months, but it can make a room very uncomfortable in the summer. Many products are designed to reduce the amount of solar energy that passes through the window to become heat. It is a scientific fact that heat moves towards cold. In winter months indoor heating moves toward the outdoors, while in summertime the outside heat flows into your home through the same windows. Many products help insulate homes, resulting in lower energy consumption and increased savings on heating and cooling cost. As part of my commitment to the environmental consciousness I have sought out companies and products that are GREENGUARD certified. Products that meet stringent guidelines along with their distinctive style and superior quality, GREENGUARD certification provides assurance that products are as environmentally friendly as they are beautiful in your home.

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Steps to Creating a Tranquil Space at Home By Helen Houston Creamer


These days we have constant demands on our time and attention. The idea of having a peaceful retreat, a place you can fully relax, rest and indulge in a quiet moment, is incredibly appealing. You don’t have to spend a fortune or engage in lots of do-it-yourself projects to create your own sanctuary. You can create a peaceful retreat by surrounding yourself with soothing décor that will complement your existing space. So, as I was considering the content of this article, I reflected on my own tranquil space. In the corner of the master bedroom is a chaise lounge situated within a bay window. When I look at that space, I see a cuddly throw blanket (that helps to cover up a few worn spaces); natural lighting that gives me a feeling of warmth, and more often than not, my cat Connor. I’ve read some of my favorite books in that lounge, dreamed big dreams and rested my tired eyes all too often. The comfort and quiet serenity has made it a space of both healing and inspiration.

As you begin creAting A foundAtion for A trAnquil spAce in your home, consider these five steps:

Step One It’s important for people to have a place to go where they can be quiet and feel safe. And surprisingly, it doesn’t take much room at all. Just carve out a little space. It can be in your bedroom, your kitchen, your den, even on your patio. The idea is to create a personal, uncluttered niche that inspires peaceful feelings.

Step Two All it takes is a couple of basic objects that represent peace to you. Consider photos of loved ones or mementos that are highly personal and remind you of happy, positive, peaceful times. Flowers, candles, seashells, a favorite book or a written quote are examples. Your personal tranquility space acts as an external peace trigger to induce inner calm. It is no mistake that we’re affected by beautiful things.

Step Three Consider traditional elements like a serene color palette. This is not to say that pale neutrals are the only ones that feel calming. It might be a deep, moody color that invites you to sink in and relax. However, the more colors and patterns there are in a room, the less restful it will feel. Filter the light that is too glaring and block out any obnoxious views from the windows. Sheer curtains will modify the light without blocking it completely. And, minimize visual clutter including such things as stacks of papers, techie gadgets and even electrical cables. Bring nature in with something tactile and homemade like potted plants or woven textiles.

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Step Four Create sensory appeal. Aroma and sound enhance peaceful feelings, but stay close to nature. Consider essential oils with floral, herb or spice undertones. Some use tabletop waterfalls in their tranquility spaces as well as soothing string music. Avoid music that may entice movement. Your choice of seating should be totally comfortable, yet supportive. If you plan to use your space for meditation, you definitely want a nice thick cushion to sit on.

Step Five Take advantage of the moments you’re in your tranquility space. It really is a chance to take time out and not rush through. It’s not enough to say you have a tranquility space; it really is about participating with it. If you have it – use it with intention! Helen Houston Creamer is the owner and president of Hues & Vues – Inspired Walls and Windows. Her retail design studio is located at 350 Falcon Ridge Parkway, Suite 102. 702-346-0246. Helen is a Window Fashion Certified Professional and Certified Color Consultant.


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Home Is Where the Art Is By Linda Faas Mesquite’s local fine arts gallery offers artistic drama for the home The City of Mesquite has grown by hundreds of residences in the past few years, with countless more on the near horizon. Newcomers here are faced with the task of making a house in their new hometown feel like “home.” Lucky for them to choose Mesquite, a town that supports a talented local artist community. And even luckier is the fact that Mesquite’s beautiful original artwork is easily accessible. Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery is a major art source for our region, featuring the work of over 100 artists. This unique gallery is operated by the Virgin Valley Artists Association, one of the largest artists organizations in the Desert Southwest. For the past ten years VVAA

members have sustained the gallery through sale of their artwork. Much of their art becomes a focal point for a Mesquite home, creating a friendly bond between artists and their neighbors who choose their work. Walls aren’t the only space in a home that begs for décor. Wall art may set the artistic tone for a room, but tabletop accents, cabinet top collections, and front door or patio displays enhance and anchor the artistic identity of the home. A shopping trip to the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery provides inspiration

and answers to a decorator’s dreams. Not only do Mesquite artists paint, they make beautiful pottery, sculptures, fine baskets and gourds, fabric art, fused glass and furniture. No niche is too small, or too large, for the pieces of original pottery or intricately decorated gourds that can be found at the Gallery. A well-chosen collection of “pots and such” can add texture, color, and style to a foyer or den. Eclectic groupings set a home apart from the “standard script” of copycat decor so often seen. Many homeowners visit the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery on a regular basis to see what their favorite

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artists are doing. They also find new artists on display, as the Gallery changes its exhibitions and gift shop merchandise monthly. A unique aspect of buying art locally is the opportunity to meet the artist. Most VVAA artists do commission work for special requests when a particular color, size or design is desired. What could be better than having a favorite piece of art specially created to fit your home? And, yes, prices in Mesquite compare very favorably to those in other cities. Shoppers frequently mention double-digit savings compared to original items seen elsewhere. The Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery is a social and cultural oasis. Visitors are rewarded with beauty when they step in the door, and often leave with both a nice piece of art and a new friendship. So, “buy local” when you decorate your home or business. You will be thrilled with your results! The Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery is located at 15 W. Mesquite Blvd. Open Tuesday through Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM during the summer months. Are you interested in an art or pottery class? Learn to create your own art in a VVAA class! Contact us at 702-346-1338, or visit our website at mesquitefineartscenter. com for class schedules.

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MODERN HOME ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEMS – By Sue Santarcangelo Summer’s here and it’s time to take your summer fun outside. Want to have a 4th of July or Labor Day party without the hassle of running wires all over your patio? Or kick back with a few friends and watch a game in your back yard? Maybe even party at the lake while never missing your Netflix, Chris Zarndt of Mesquite Home Theater can help you find just the right entertainment system to fit your life. Chris enthusiastically explains that there are television sets which can be mounted outside in the weather, “There are outdoor TVs that are waterproof, dustproof. You can actually run a hose on them. The picture is setup a little different so it is brighter and is made for the sun.” There are also portable projection systems which can be set-up anywhere you can access a remote signal like a wireless home network or other wireless devices. “The past couple of years a few companies have come out with portable projection systems. Those basically have a projection screen that is inflatable…” Searching the internet he finds a photo of one of the units. It looks like a TV screen surrounded by a frame made of “bounce house” material. The screen with its inflated frame is sitting on a base of similar material. “They go from 6 feet to around 8 feet. If you don’t want to drag this out all the time you can set it up on a remote…build a box with a flap and when you want to watch it (you) push the remote – almost like a pop-up TV.” The next big thing for both the outdoors and residential use are entertainment systems with portable amplifiers that you can put anywhere if you have a wireless router system in your house. “You can take the speakers outside on your patio – you can stream music off your I-Phone or other device. It is completely portable.” He adds that you can also hard wire them, but, “It’s trending more towards the wireless. The hardest part of my job is to get people who aren’t tech savvy to realize that the higher technology, the easier it is to use. Once it’s set up all it should be is a push of a button, and that’s it.” “You used to go into a house and they had the pot shelves and cubbies and you had a place for all your equipment. Now you walk into a house and you have a flat wall and no place for your equipment.” The older installations had a primary “stack” of equipment where the music and volume was controlled. It was hardwired to other rooms so the music could be heard in those other rooms. New systems today are completely wireless, “You can still have your stereo for your main room, but you can put one of the wireless amplifier units in another room, plug your speakers into it and you have an infinite amount of music you can play any place.” It will also work with audio books and even services like Netflix if you want to listen to your movies. There are also wireless adaptors for televisions too. He explains that the new equipment is so easy to operate that you really don’t have to do anything. “You just turn it on and it works. A surprising amount of people now are getting away from the satellite services and the cable services, and they are just doing internet based stuff.”

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NOT JUST FOR YOUR LIVING ROOM ANYMORE Although wireless devices and the internet is the up and coming thing, Chris understands that not everyone is willing or able to make the switch. Many of his customers already have large investments in older equipment which they do not want to change, but there are ways to make them more convenient and use them throughout the house without cumbersome wiring. Chris smiles as he explains, “Business is always evolving.” His business has changed form a showroom full of home theater equipment to an office where he can access all the newest equipment on the internet. “Now it’s all personal. People call up – I get calls all the time to go out and look at peoples houses and give them options.”

In the end it’s all about getting it right for the customer so they can enjoy their home entertainment without hassles. He sees it as his job to keep up with the quickly changing world of entertainment systems and electronics for his customers. “They don’t know it; don’t want to know it; don’t care to know it; they just want to have it work. That’s what I take care of.” To contact Chris call Mesquite Home Theater at 702-346-7000 or try to catch him at the office at 744 Pioneer Blvd., Suite B, Mesquite, NV 89027. Calling is better!

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Mesquite Amateur Completes 11th Year By John Dearing Tim Roe of Rifle, Colorado was the overall champion of the 11th annual Mesquite Amateur golf tournament held May 28 – 31. Over 480 players from 37 states and three countries played courses in and around Mesquite. The Mesquite Amateur is the second largest amateur tournament held in the U.S. “This event would not happen without our local volunteers,” said Christian Adderson, coordinator of the event.




The event receives support from Mesquite Gaming, Mesquite Resort Association, the City of Mesquite and Callaway Golf.

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Tennis TNT By Donna Eads Armed Forces Day was a success for our community tennis players. Twenty-two players participated in the event held at the Sun City Mesquite tennis courts. First place winners were John Plessinger and Susan Riswick. Second place winners were Louie Coletti and Cindy Howa. The event had great weather for playing tennis and we all enjoyed supporting our local veterans. Most matches played at the club level or social level are won by using consistency rather than power. To make your game more consistent, you must work to maintain some of the basic tennis tips. First of all, work on getting your racquet back early and really follow through with each shot. Second is the recovery phase that means that you must get your racquet back to the ready position. The ready position brings your racquet back up and in front of you with both hands on the grip. Hit for a safe target on the court and don’t go for the lines. With each hit you need a solid foundation and balance as you approach your next shot. Remember more footwork is better than none. The slower the ball the more you must make the adjustment to hit it well. We make fun of the rituals that the pros use but it is important that you have your own serving ritual. Work on doing the same thing for all serves such as: check your grip, pick your spot to serve to, bounce the ball, use the same toss each time, and follow through. Have confidence that you can and will reach the ball before it bounces twice. We have more time then we think, so don’t panic. The lob is both an offensive and defensive shot in doubles so we need to know when it might be used against us and when we should use the lob. Always watch the face of your opponent’s racquet. If they open the face up or when they are reaching for the ball, they are probably going to lob. Also, a deep return of serve or a deep volley will usually result in a lob return. When your team has had to run down two or more lobs, it is time that you both go back to defend. Finally, hit back a deep lob when you have run down the lob or you are pulled out wide. Tennis is much like a dance - working with your partner to make beautiful music. See you on the courts!

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Storage Solutions By Debbie Gendron One of the most common dilemmas facing everyone who purchases a new home in Mesquite is how to organize the contents of all those moving boxes taking up space in the garage while our vehicles sit outside on the parking pad or on the street. Even though we do our best to downsize before the move, it always seems that we have more “stuff” than we have space to store it. Many of us came from places where having a basement, and/or attic was the norm and we’ve moved to the desert where we no longer have all this extra room to hide away our possessions. How can we organize our belongings in a way that is functional and convenient, yet still not have that cluttered look? Let’s begin with the garage, which seems the most likely place to become disorganized what with tools, yard equipment, holiday decorations, sporting goods, and any other miscellaneous toys and gadgets that lack an obvious storage location. Melamine can provide a variety of solutions for garage storage, beginning with tall cabinets with adjustable shelves and doors that can hide away all that equipment. Work benches, upper and base cabinets and pegboard are also convenient areas to store tools and gardening paraphernalia. Melamine is a board engineered from scrap wood materials including sawdust and paper. The melamine is the actual veneer which is manufactured in a wide range of textures and colors, when applied looks amazingly like the real thing. The resulting product is very dense and strong. The benefits of melamine are that the melamine panel is stronger, more durable and more cost effective than real wood. Melamine can be found in a variety of thicknesses and is a popular choice for garages and other rooms because of its affordability, attractiveness and durability. Melamine cabinets can be manufactured to simulate the look of real wood at a fraction of the price. The cabinet finish is very easy to keep clean, which is another advantage of melamine cabinets. The most popular and durable melamine cabinets are made from ¾ inch material and can be professionally installed with the proper supports to make them functional and sturdy for years to come. They come in many sizes and configurations to accommodate almost any storage needs. Melamine is also a popular material for organizing space in closets, home offices, wall beds, media centers, pantries and laundry rooms as well as commercial offices. There is a vast array of fixtures and accessories which can be added to melamine shelves and drawers to enhance your storage solutions. These include items such as hampers, ironing boards, shoe rails, jewelry and drawer organizers, tie racks, belt racks, clothing valets, hanging rods, hooks, sliding wire baskets in various sizes, pullouts and pull-down hanging rods. Anyone can have a one-of-a-kind dream closet or neatly organized garage. The possibilities are limited only by the imagination. Please visit Classy Closets/Kitchen Encounters for an array of storage solutions for your home. You can find them at 521 W. Mesquite Blvd. Ste B, or call them at (702) 346-2087.

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Several layerS of D e s i g n

By Brenda Congdon Have you ever bought a sofa and some tables that looked absolutely beautiful in the store, however, when you got the furniture home it just didn’t look the same. In order for a room to look polished and finished, designers follow a process. According to Brenda Congdon, an Interior Designer for over 40 years and the Owner of High Desert Home Furnishings, there are specific steps in building a beautiful home. There are several layers of design. Architecture. A designer looks at more than just floor space, they look at the scale of the room. How high are the ceilings? What is the focal point? How many windows are there? The architecture of a room encompasses much more than just measurements. Upholstery. Fabric colors, upholstery, can define the style of an entire room. Whether you are headed in a traditional, contemporary or transitional direction, upholstery should complement your lifestyle and the room’s function. Don’t be afraid to use multiple fabrics or fabrics and leather. Tables. Remember your Grandmother’s house? The days of buying matching table sets are long gone. It is much more interesting to have unique pieces that complement each other and look as if they’ve been acquired over time. Also, a table must be scaled properly for your upholstery. End tables should be approximately the same height as the sofa arm. Area Rugs. One might think of it this way, “A room without a rug is like a kiss without a hug.” Every room needs an area rug, even when it’s carpeted. Rugs lift a sofa off the floor and give the room pattern, dimension, color and texture. If a room has wood or tile flooring, rugs soften the sound and eliminate echoes. The larger an area rug is, the bigger it will make the room appear. Lighting. Illumination is extremely important. It changes the entire feel of a room. A ceiling fan with a light attached is not adequate lighting. Table and floor lamps shed light over your shoulder so you can read, use the computer and do other activities. Think about lamps as artwork for end tables. Add accent lighting on artwork, in curio cabinets and on ledges. Wall décor. Art should be an eclectic mix of pieces that speak to your soul; it doesn’t need to match the sofa. Artwork does not need to be at eye level; it should be placed in relationship to the piece below it. 8-12” above a sofa is a good distance. Accessories and greenery. Group similar accessories together, for example, if you have a collection of something like teacups, house them together in a cabinet so they create more impact instead of looking like clutter. When you group three accessories together, think tall, medium and low so the eye travels smoothly from one piece to the next. A good rule: Cluster not clutter. Brenda invites you to visit High Desert Home Furnishings located at 550 W. Pioneer Blvd. Mesquite, NV. They have a 9,000 sq. foot showroom with an incredible selection of wonderful furnishings. The team is eager to assist you with any of your designing needs or as Brenda says “just being a second pair of eyes”.

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Big Rock sevier river Challenge The Big Rock Candy Mountain Sevier River Challenge is an endurance event for the whole family! (Participants must be at least 6 years old) Participants will compete on an approximate 5 mile course that includes running, obstacle courses, river challenges and PLENTY of fun. The competition takes place August 3rd at Big Rock Candy Mountain Resort, located on Historic Highway 89, between Piute and Sevier Counties. This competition is a timed event, the participant completing all the challenges in the fastest time wins. If you are part of a team, individual scores will be averaged for the best total score.

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Chipping - Lower Body Still Method Rob Krieger - PGA Golf Professional

Chipping can be a very frustrating part of the game if not done correctly. I have seen all kinds of methods work, but this method is relatively easy to replicate and has long term success. WHY? It limits the movement of the stroke to your upper body.

Common Mistakes


There are 4 common mistakes players make on the set up. 1. Your head is in front of the ball instead of behind it. 2. Your hands are behind the ball instead of in front. If your hands are behind the ball, you tend to hit behind it or hit the ball with the leading edge of club and the ball runs along the ground. 3. The majority of the weight is on the back foot. 75% of your weight should be on your front foot. 4. Shoulders are not parallel to the target.

The Stroke When you start taking the club back, the weight should remain on the front foot but the club, arms and shoulders all move back keeping the club head below the knees. (If the club head comes up above the knees the stroke becomes a


pitch shot not a chip). The right arm is slightly bent but the left arm is straight with no hinging of the wrist. The shoulders, arms and club move back to the ball at the same time so at impact the weight is still on the front foot and the hands and head are where they started; hands ahead & head behind. The left arm is straight and the left wrist goes toward the target. In the last picture you can see the head coming up, the body leaning away from target and the wrist is bent.

Rob Krieger is the owner of The Golf Performance Studio, a new high tech, indoor, golf training facility located at the Green Valley Resort & Spa in St. George, UT. Available for individual, group and junior lessons. (440) 339-1183

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Best Highland Hills location. Best Highland Hills price! Many upgraded features in this beautiful home. 1,625 Square Feet, 2 Bedrooms/ 2 Bathrooms, 3 Car Garage Attached. Priced to sell at $259,000 MLS # 1113274

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Great sunsets await you from the covered patio at this beautiful Calais home. Custom paint, gorgeous granite, upgraded cabinets, large closets and a fabulous casita. Enter through a beautiful courtyard to this warm and open home. A negative edge pool and your own putting green are surrounded by wonderful landscaping. A misting system will cool you as you enjoy the setting sun over the distant Mesa. Truly a magnificent home! Priced at $629,000. MLS #: 1113536

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Don’t Ignore Digestive Troubles By Nizar Salem, M.D.

Here we are – in the heat of summer again! However, anytime of the year it is important to be aware of what your body may be telling you. Digestive troubles are very common, ranging from periodic discomfort after a large meal to severe, chronic pain. More than 70 million Americans suffer from digestive problems, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Digestive problems can occur at any age, but some are more likely as we age because the muscles responsible for moving food through the digestive system become weaker and less efficient. Sometimes, trouble results from the foods or combinations of foods that we eat. Other digestive disorders can be caused by chronic illness, infection, an allergic reaction or heredity. The pain and discomfort from digestive issues can sometimes be relieved through dietary changes and over-the-counter medications, but the long-term effects of untreated digestive conditions on your overall health can be serious. Among the most common chronic digestive conditions are; acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, lactose intolerance, or ulcer disease. These ailments affect the upper digestive system, also known as the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Symptoms vary, but may include:

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Nizar Salem, M.D.

Swallowing problems Nausea Bloating Abdominal pain Vomiting Indigestion Constipation or diarrhea Gas

If you experience any symptoms of severe heartburn or these digestive diseases, don’t continue to suffer. Your doctor can help you manage or treat the symptoms, or confirm or rule out a more serious disorder. Be sure to note the nature, frequency and timing of your pain to share with your doctor. Learn more by visiting, click on “Health Resources” and “Interactive Tools,” and type in “Digestive Issues” for information on tests and procedures, or quizzes to test your knowledge. Or, call Mesa View Medical Group, 702-346-0800 for an appointment. Remember that this information is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor, but rather to increase awareness and help equip patients with information and facilitate conversations with your doctor that will benefit your health. Sources: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases,, National Institutes of Health,, International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, About the Author: Nizar Salem, M.D. is board certified in Internal Medicine and is an independent member of the Medical Staff for Mesa View Regional Hospital. He is now seeing new patients and can be reached at Mesa View Medical Group, 702-346-0800.

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Tips for Upset Tummies If you suffer from a digestive condition – or just heartburn – you can control the triggers of digestive upset through simple dietary and lifestyle changes. A few tips from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases include:

• Don’t smoke • Avoid foods and beverages that worsen symptoms: citrus fruits, chocolate, caffeine/alcohol, artificial sweeteners, fatty/fried foods, garlic/onions, mint flavorings, and spicy or acidic foods (spaghetti sauce, salsa, chili, pizza) • Maintain a healthy weight • Eat small, frequent meals • Wear loose-fitting clothes • Avoid lying down for 3 hours after a meal • Raise the head of your bed 6 to 8 inches by securing wood blocks under the bedposts. Simply using extra pillows will not help


For quality care close to home, we’ve got you covered. Whether it’s for a regular checkup or something more serious, count on Mesa View Medical Group’s experienced physicians and physician assistants for personalized care and convenient appointments. From pediatrics to orthopedics, we have the whole family covered. Same- and next-day appointments often available. Request an appointment online at or call: 702-346-0800 Family & Internal Medicine, Orthopedics 702-345-2650 Pediatrics 702-346-1700 General Surgery 70459_MESA_Clinic_7_5x4_875c.indd 1 VOM JULY 2013.indd 27

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RELAY FOR LIFE – A MESSAGE OF HOPE By Deb Parsley The sun came up the morning of April 19 just like any other day. People went to work, went on their walks and runs, shopped, did their banking and went to school. Just an ordinary day. Habits. Lifestyles. Choices. In addition to routine activities, we also volunteer. Mesquite is a wonderful town that truly gives back. This day, April 19, when the sun came up a few people headed to the Virgin Valley High School Track to set up for a very special night to come. A team of tireless volunteers and an amazing staff advisor from the American Cancer Society had met numerous times over the previous 6 months to plan “THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HOPE, Relay for Life Mesquite”. Every year these volunteers produce an amazing life-changing event that honors cancer survivors, caregivers and loved ones lost to the battle. This is a fight back against a disease that has already taken too much and too many. One person can make a difference. “One person” many times over can make a PLACE OF HOPE. Relay for Life Mesquite started at 7:00 p.m. and the event lasted until 7:00 a.m. because CANCER NEVER SLEEPS!!! 18 relay teams camped out overnight and took turns walking around the track despite the 58 degree weather. The Opening Ceremony commenced at 7 pm with Dan Wright giving the invocation prayer. Mark Buchanan, Event Chair, welcomed everyone to the event and the enthusiasm grew. The crowd cheered as the survivors hit the track for the first lap. Caregivers soon joined in and the event was off! With Sun City Sounds entertaining the crowd, this was sure to be a fun night. At dusk, the Luminaria Ceremony took place. Illuminated bags representing those who have lost the battle and are still fighting the battle lined the track. Everyone took a silent lap to honor those who had passed and those still fighting the disease. The beautiful stars shone bright above and a large sign reading H.O.P.E. lit up on the bleachers. It was a solemn and beautiful moment. Entertainment kept everyone awake and going throughout the night. Glennis Jones and The Felicia Smith Combo provided wonderful live music, Just Serendipity entertained the crowd with improv, and DJ Juan kept everyone moving with a wide variety of music the rest of the night. DJ Juan had a special reason for volunteering this year. His wife Carrie is battling cancer. Even with her recent surgery and treatments, she came to be a part of the event as a testament to the strength and courage survivors have. “We were all blown away to have her there.” Many other people currently undergoing treatment made time to support the event in person as well. Jacob, a 14 year old boy currently battling cancer made a few laps in honor of his own fight. 10 year old Ethan had a team walking in his honor since he could not attend due to a fundraiser the same night. These are just a couple examples of the outstanding support this event drew.

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Although the night walk is the highlight of the campaign, there are other fundraisers that are put on as well. One fundraiser that gets everyone talking is “The Toilet”. A colorfully painted toilet is mounted on a mobile cart and placed on properties around Sun City. To keep The Toilet from being put on your property, you donate $5, to pass it to a specific neighbor’s property you donate $10 and to never get it back again you donate $20. Thanks, in part, to generous contributions to Relay for Life, the American Cancer Society helps people to get well, stay well and search for a cure. Relay For Life help is helping to create a world with more cancer survivors. Everyone’s reason to Relay is as unique as their own personal story. At Relay, you can find healing, comfort, and support from others who have faced cancer or who have lost a loved one to the disease. You have a chance to meet people in the community who are equally as passionate about finding an end to cancer in our lifetime. No matter why you take part in Relay, one thing is clear: with every step you take, you are helping the American Cancer Society save lives. With your help, we aren’t just fighting one type of cancer – we’re fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. Each person who shares the Relay experience can take pride in knowing that they are working to create a world where this disease will no longer threaten the lives of our loved ones or claim another year of anyone’s life. We, the volunteers are very passionate about this cause, as we are about BEATING CANCER. THere IS NO FINISH lINe UNTIl We FIND a CUre – relay for life Mesquite Nv CELEBRATING MORE BIRTHDAYS To find out more about Relay for Life or to get involved visit their website at or visit their Facebook Page.


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A Rising ‘Star’ in Mesquite! By Paul Noe, a.k.a. ‘Dr. Q’


If you haven’t noticed by now, a new ‘Star’ was born in your community – ‘Star Nursery’, that is! We have just opened a new location at 549 Commerce Circle, off West Pioneer. Some of you may be long time customers of our Las Vegas or St. George stores and know that we are a complete Garden Center with a large selection of plants and all the materials you need to complete just about any gardening project you care to take on. For those of you who are not familiar with our company, I would like to tell you a little about our operation. Star Nursery has been locally owned and operated in Las Vegas since 1983 and been in St. George since 1992, so we know a little about what it takes to grow things in the desert southwest. Our poor soil conditions and extreme arid weather make it difficult to grow things if you don’t know what you are doing. Over the years, we have expanded our product line to include one of the largest selections of drought tolerant and traditional plant material in the state of Nevada. We also have a great selection of soil amendments and fertilizers, including our own private labeled “Dr. Q’s” brand that has been specifically formulated for our harsh southwest desert soils. Our Dr. Q’s products like ‘Paydirt’ Planting Mix, ‘Filthy Rich Gold’ Potting Soil and our line of specialty fertilizes are the best possible products for our area. We also carry one of the largest selections of irrigation products you’ll find anywhere, along with a huge selection of garden tools, gloves, landscape lighting, pottery, trellises, stepping stones, pavers, wall block, seeds, insecticides and weed killers. Soon, we will even be adding a full scale rock yard that will have bulk decorative rock, top soil and mulch along with landscape boulders, flagstone and more. Our plant material ranges from house plants and outdoor bedding color to shade trees, shrubs, roses, vines, topiaries, cactus & succulents, fruit trees and more.

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We have built our reputation on giving our customers the best quality products for the right price and the best information needed to use those products. We know that if you don’t have a successful gardening experience, then we won’t have a successful business. We want to be part of your growing community! That’s why we offer a wealth of free information such as our StarNotes on many gardening topics, and our Green Pages quarterly gardening news publication, which are both available at all of our locations and on our website at www.starnursery. com. We offer free seminars at all of our stores every other Saturday at 10 AM or 2 PM that alternate with our Kids Gardening Club activities that take place at 10 AM every other Saturday. The list of upcoming topics for these events can be found at or posted at our stores. And if you’re looking for even more free gardening advice, visit me on You Tube at Star Nursery Dr. Q to view past segments of my weekly Desert Gardening News show. As you can see, education and community involvement are a large part of what we try to do!


We really feel that your shopping experience will be a pleasant one at our new location. Our friendly staff will make you feel right at home and will help you get answers to many of your gardening questions. Even if you’re not in the shopping mode, stop by our new location any time and check it out. There are a lot of beautiful flowers this time of year! Remember, we are not just a nursery. We are now your own local, complete Garden Center! Star Nursery – The Right Price, The Best Advice! ® VOM JULY 2013.indd 31

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The Desert-scape By Dave Bradley, Kokopelli Landscaping, Inc. Welcome to the edge of the Mojave Desert. Mesquite Nevada is a jewel spot in the center of some nature’s best designs. We aren’t far from some rugged desert roads and 4 wheel driving with both the Grand Canyon and Death Valley within hours. Likewise, some of the most colorful and majestic canyons within good roads, I mean Bryce Canyon, Zion’s Canyon, and the Valley of Fire. Our home also offers water recreation like Lake Mead and Lake Powell. Preparation for these destinations, should include; a camera, sketchbook, and plenty of time. The camera is for the unbelievable beauty, the sketchbook to draw inspiration, and time to contemplate the amazing surroundings you will experience in Desert –scape. I am going to mention five things the Natural Desert offer our daily landscape. They are Oasis, Geologic Material, Mojave Plants, Zero vs Xeric, and Desert Architecture. Oasis – Have you ever been out driving on the hot desert roads for a long period of time and come across a mirage? Or seen a vegetative cluster around a spring, artesian well, or desert oasis? The oasis is very important to the desert people for thousands of years. The psychological effects of the oasis are comfort, sustainability, security, water, and life. This then is incorporated into the residential landscape as one arrives closer to the entrance, door, living area or house in general. The oasis effect, with the palm slash lusher pallet that fits those criteria. The transition between desert and oasis may or may not be a clear definition depending on the design purpose. Geological Material – This is a huge advantage that the Desert Garden has compared to other world gardens. In your mind compare the desert landscape to a Colonial Garden, Zen Garden, or Renaissance Garden. This is much different than a Beatrix Ferrand project where the masses of annuals with constant blooms packed together. No, our option offers rocks and the presence of geological material to be part of the landscape in both form and color. Do you realize that Ohio State University studies its geology out west? We have geological material and outcrops uncovered almost everywhere we go. Boulders and rock material now becomes a dominant design option. Mojave Plants – The use of our natural vegetation in our landscapes will assist you in a couple of ways. Natural vegetation is already adapted to extreme heat to cold swing, more unique to the Virgin Valley than even Las Vegas or St. George. More extreme up to 8 to 10 degrees than Las Vegas due to both elevation and our proximity to the river valley. Mojave plants will require less frequent watering schedules

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than most Mediterranean, some Australian, Sonoran, and Chihuahuan desert plants. They will have a higher immunity to desert disease and pests and be more useful to the native habitat. So as we design for the desert, let’s not completely overlook some of these opportunities. Zero vs Xeric – Let me introduce Zero-scape by two comments I often get. First something like I’m retired and want no maintenance, no weeds, no trimming, no leafs and no irrigation. I interoperate this as zero, nothing; basically no living animate objects. Now, Extreme zeroscape is Concrete the whole yard where as mild zeroscape is just rock; which leads to the second comment. Something like I don’t want a yard of just rock with a skull next to a boulder. Now Xeric-scape comes in with desert plants, less water not necessary less vegetation. Some Xeric-scapes are beautiful desert landscapes with plenty of plants including trees, lots of color, and still reduced irrigation. Desert Architecture- Desert Architecture can be desert art, pottery, adobe, walls, stucco, tile, flagstone, steel, and weathered wood. This is only the beginning of the list that feeds on creativity. There is so much we can do with desert architecture and naturally it can give shadowing, height, texture, color and points of interest. We can manipulate and control or even narrate the experience of the user in our landscape with these additions. They can invite focal points, winter color, and incredible amounts of dimension to the yard. Make sure you allow for Structures in your landscape including desert architecture. For more information contact Kokopelli Landscaping at 702-346-2332 or visit their website at

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WHAT TO DO IN MQ? SUMMER FUN FOR KIDS BOTH FREE AND FOR A FEE By Sue Santarcangelo “I’m bored, there’s nothing to do.” What parent or caregiver hasn’t heard that refrain over the summer months when kids are out of school? No matter how exciting the end of the school year is, the novelty of having long days to fill can become a nightmare. So here are some ideas, both for free and for a fee, that kids can do over the summer.


The Mesquite Recreation Center offers a wide variety of things for kids to do. They have swimming pools and sponsor youth baseball throughout the summer. They also offer a variety of classes for children three years and older, including Karate and Taekwondo. Flex It Gymnastics and the Southwest Dance Theater operate year round at the centers facilities and information on their programs can be obtained through the center. The Center is also offering a summer camp for children grades K-5. The Summer Camp is designed to promote physical education and support healthy living. It is designed to support the “development of character building qualities such as self-esteem, teamwork and sportsmanship…” Children are required to bring lunch and bottled water. They will also need a lifejacket if they are not skilled swimmers. Camp sessions run from July 8 - 18, and July 29 - August 8, 2013. For more information on the “Summer Camp” and other programs please contact the Mesquite Recreation and Parks Department at 346-8732 or register online at If the Fee programs are not for you, then here are some Free things to do. Go to the library! The Mesquite Library is a treasure trove of information, helpful people and programs to give you fun ideas for things you can do in the summer. The library’s own events include Club Read which is offered from June 1 - August 3, 2013. Club Read is a program designed for readers of all ages. It not only offers prizes for reading, but during the same period the library will be sponsoring puppet shows, story time readings, music and crafts. The library also offers free movies for both adults and children on Saturday afternoons. The library also has wifi and computers available for patrons of all ages. It has a designated computer room just for kids under 18 and computers are available to both cardholders and visitors. The library is also a great place to start your search if you are looking for something to do. Want to learn how to do Origami paper art? Build a fort? Sew a dress? Draw an action figure? Bake cookies? Map the cosmos? Create a computer game? The library has a book with help on all these subjects and more. It’s a great place to find an idea and start a summer project. A few ideas include: Backyard Boot Camp – Set-up a challenging obstacle course in your backyard using every day items. For ideas on what to include just search the internet for “kids’ boot camp obstacles.” Garage Band – It’s hard to believe, but all those great rock groups from the past started somewhere, and it wasn’t on a stage in a major venue. Garage bands are fun and some even grow to be profitable. Bands don’t only have to consist of drums and guitars. With a little creativity any instrument can be incorporated into the music, and it just might be the spark that makes your band a one of a kind hit. Start a Club – Do you and your friends have a passion you love to share? Then start a club. Then find a “mission.” Do you like to hike and explore? There are books on rocks and minerals; bird watching; identifying animal tracks, flowers, birds or even spiders! There’s a big desert right at your doorstep. Go explore. Perhaps make a list of animals you want to see or track, then document your finds

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in a diary or with cell phone photos. You might also consider making it a competition, like a scavenger hunt where the first one to find everything on the list wins. You don’t need prizes, just the fun competing and finishing a project you start. Other clubs could include sewing, cooking, beauty and cosmetology, engineering and robotics, astronomy, animal husbandry, gardening or hundreds of other subjects. The key to keeping busy over the summer is getting creative. Find something you like to do or something you think you would like to do and go for it. Layout a plan, study and learn what you need to execute the plan, and then go out and do it. Not into joining clubs, then find your own special project. Just remember to create a goal and challenge yourself. If it’s easy, in the end it won’t be fun and it won’t make you feel good. At first you might not believe that, but the feelings of accomplishment you will get upon reaching your goal is way better than the feeling of the flat bottom you got watching TV all summer. Take a chance and be creative. Who knows what can happen. Getting together with friends who are following their own interests may introduce you to something new and you never know what could happen. The computer and engineering geeks might join with the writers to create a new video game with a superhero who hunts villainous spiders in the Mesquite desert. Add music by the Garage Band, costumes and makeup by the local fashionistas and voila! You have one less boring summer and maybe even a step towards a future career. Still bored???


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Frank Pati Receives Inaugural Nevada By John Dearing In 1993, Frank Pati had sold his sporting goods store in Palm Springs and was looking for something else to do. He, along with his cat Herman, were on their way to Wyoming and had stopped to visit friends in Las Vegas. Those friends suggested he check out Mesquite along the way. He missed the exit, but saw the lush, well manicured ball fields just below the freeway so he turned around in Beaver Dam and came back to check out those ball fields. He walked through the dugout, the infield and out into the outfield. He liked what he saw. “They are gorgeous,� he decided. He wanted to play ball on those fields. So, he stayed. He went to work as a desk clerk for one of the local casinos. Later he switched to another casino and got involved in the marketing department, which was responsible for coming up with ideas to attract people to Mesquite. Frank had been playing senior softball since 1985. In Palm Springs, he had become great friends with the recreation director. He learned how to run softball tournaments from her. He presented the casino management with the idea of a senior softball tournament in Mesquite. They liked the idea. In December of 1994, thirteen teams came for the first senior softball tournament in Mesquite. Twenty years later, Mesquite hosts three tournaments each year, The Mesquite Winter Classic held in October, the Can/Am held in November/ December and the Mesquite Senior Games in April. Frank Pati oversees all of these tournaments. In 2002, the Nevada Senior Games in Las Vegas came to town, looking for ways to expand participation. They encouraged half dozen communities throughout the state to start a senior games program. The Mesquite Senior Games was born. David Pierson was the first chairman and Frank Pati vice-chairman. Larry LeMieux became the chairman in the second year while Frank coordinated softball tournaments to help raise funds for the games. Of all the communities that started those games, Mesquite is the lone survivor.

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Senior Citizen of the Year Award Now in its 12th year, the Mesquite Senior Games invites female and male athletes, age 50 and better, to compete in a variety of events against age-group peers. For more information on the Mesquite Senior Games, go to Frank became the chairman for the senior games in 2004. It has grown and prospered throughout his chairmanship. “I have had good people on the committee,” he says. “It can only be as good as the people around you. I particularly owe a lot to Larry LeMieux. He has been my right hand guy.”

Betty and Frank Pati sitting in front Left to right in behind Betty and Frank are:  Scott McFadden, grand nephew; Melanie Curtice, daughter, Deanne Pranke, daughter; Tom Vaccaro, nephew

His efforts are now being recognized. Mesquite resident, Frank Pati, 78, is the recipient of the inaugural Nevada Senior Citizen of the Year award.

Nominated by Brian Dangerfield, the athletic and leisure services director for the city of Mesquite and endorsed by the Mesquite City Council, Frank was honored at an awards ceremony on May 22 in Las Vegas. Dr. Herb Randall, a Senior Senator for the National Silver Haired Congress presented the award. The NSHC in partnership with the Aging Services Directors Organization established the award earlier this year. It was timed to honor Nevada’s Senior Citizen of the Year during “Older American’s Month.” “I heard legends about Frank before I arrived in Mesquite,” Dangerfield said during at the award ceremony. “What he has done to keep seniors active, not only benefits the seniors, it benefits the city and our state. He is very deserving of this award.” Congratulations, proclamations and recognition certificates were presented to Frank on behalf of Governor Brian Sandoval, Senators Harry Reid and Dean Heller, Congressmen Steven Horsford and Joe Heck, and Congresswoman Dina Titus. View on Mesquite Magazine would like to congratulate Frank Pati on all of his wonderful accomplishments. VOM JULY 2013.indd 37

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View on Vehicle Safety By Jon Nerlinger For most of us, our cars provide us with freedom, self-reliance, and even self-expression. In fact, for the majority of us, our cars have evolved into a vital necessity in both our work and personal lives.


Unfortunately, the criminal element amongst us has an altogether different perception of our vehicles, and the crimes of opportunity they can potentially provide. Many crimes, both violent and non-violent, are perpetrated in direct correlation to vehicles. For example, over the past few years a disturbing trend has emerged regarding robberies and violent assaults that take place at a victim’s parked vehicle. These confrontations occur most often in parking lots, such as grocery store parking lots, and mall, or strip mall parking lots. They happen in good, and in crime-ridden neighborhoods. There are numerous variations on the suspect’s approach to the victim, but suffice it to say that the suspect always uses the element of surprise to his advantage. While men are not exempt from these types of confrontational crimes, women are most often targeted. Typically, a suspect will pick his victim as she arrives to go shopping and parks her vehicle. He will wait until she returns to her vehicle and strike when she is distracted, and therefore most vulnerable. Remember that surprise is the key factor in his approach. Upon her return to her vehicle, it may be that she is unloading groceries into her car, placing her child in a car seat, talking or texting on her cell phone, or simply opening the driver’s door in order to enter her vehicle. The victim is completely surprised when confronted. The suspect may just want the victim’s purse, or he may want to take (carjack) her vehicle, or he may even attempt to kidnap her. Here are some safety tips regarding the prevention of crimes as they relate to our vehicles: First and foremost, be vigilant. When parking, scan the area. Pay attention to what is happening around you. Upon returning to your vehicle, stay focused as you approach, keys in hand. See anything suspicious? Is there a van or other large vehicle parked right next to yours? If you sense danger, never be shy or embarrassed about returning to the store you just left to ask for an escort to your car. As a matter of routine, when you drive, keep your doors locked. Check your mirrors frequently. Is there a vehicle that appears to be following you? “Follow home” assaults and thefts are

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By Celece Seegmiller “Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, and drink the wild air.” Not only is it one of my favorite quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson, but it was the first thing I thought of as I was collecting the photos from Paul Gauguin Cruises for this article. One glance at their brochure is all it took for me to decide that this might be the perfect way to explore the islands of the South Pacific. Owned by Pacific Beachcomber S.C., the leader in French Polynesia luxury destination resorts, Paul Gauguin Cruises operates the award-winning luxury cruise ship, the m/s Paul Gauguin, providing a luxury cruise experience tailored to the unparalleled wonders of Tahiti, the South Pacific, and Southeast Asia. The renowned, 5+-star m/s Paul Gauguin was built specifically to sail the waters of Tahiti, French Polynesia and the South Pacific. South Pacific itineraries range from seven to 14 nights and feature the most beautiful ports of call including: Bora Bora, Moorea, Cook Islands, Huahine, Raiatea, and more. With just 332 guests and 217 crew members, the 1:1.5 crew-to-guest ratio is one of the highest of any cruise ships. While Paul Gauguin is a luxury experience, they provide an extraordinary value. All inclusive fares include spacious oceanview accommodations, all meals, complimentary beverages including select wines and spirits throughout the ship, all entertainment, gratuities and more. Spacious suites and staterooms (more than 70% with private balconies), a choice of three open-seating dining venues, and an extensive spa are among her luxurious attributes. The atmosphere aboard this recently renovated ship radiates Polynesian flair. The Gauguines—local Tahitians who serve as cruise staff, entertainers, and storytellers add the unique personality of Tahiti to every sailing. Watersports are one of the highlights of the Polynesian experience, and the m/s  Paul Gauguin  is constructed to take full advantage of these irresistible waters, with accessibility to ports and adventures that other ships can’t offer. The ship’s small footprint enables it to navigate lagoons that larger ships would never dare to enter. Their retractable, on board water sports marina brings guests down to sea level, where they can hop aboard a windsurfer, launch a kayak, or embark on a Zodiac® for optional diving adventures. Of course, I can’t write this article without mentioning the romance the South Pacific is known for. This is the ideal setting for engaged couples, vow renewals, newlyweds, and couples celebrating an anniversary. Paul Gauguin Cruises incorporates

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elements of authentic Polynesian practices for guests looking to commemorate new beginnings and unique celebrations. Adorned in tropical flowers and wrapped in a tifaifai , a Polynesian quilt, couples can celebrate their love to the music of the Polynesian people and the picture-perfect backdrop of the South Pacific. St. George resident and avid cruiser Donna Mackay recently sailed on the m/s Paul Gauguin. After twelve cruises on various large cruise lines, she was looking for something different. She selected Paul Gauguin because it was a luxury cruise, offering unique itinerary and a small ship experience. “From the moment of boarding, I knew it was the right choice. Key things that set it apart were:  friendliness of staff, the beauty of the room with its mahogany cabinets, the large bathroom with tub, conversation areas around the ship, the inboard marina, and the quality and variety of food venues.  The cultural information available and being able to attend astronomical presentations greatly enhanced this particular cruise. I loved the beach day with the floating bar and barbecue lunch. They have a very high standard of ensuring that passengers enjoyed their cruise and I liked that beverages and gratuities were included.” When I asked her what the highlights were, she replied “The Tahitian evening where everyone was presented with fresh flowers; listening to the band play the song, Southern Cross, on the pool deck as we were cruising the South Pacific. Swimming with stingrays and blacktipped sharks.”


Polynesians have been greeting visitors for centuries with their spirit of warmth and welcome. It’s no wonder Tahiti served as the inspiration for some of Paul Gauguin’s famous masterpieces. If you want to experience the best of the South Pacific and see why Paul Gauguin spent his final years there, consider a cruise on the m/s Paul Gauguin for your next vacation. The islands feature some of Mother Nature’s best works of art.


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Tile and Flooring, the Options are Endless

By Carol Lee Parrish Today the choices to decorate and give your home a facelift are endless. From floors to showers to backsplashes. There is ceramic tile, porcelain tile and stone. Each one can set the tone for a beautiful bath or kitchen. There are also a wide variety of hardwoods and laminates to give your floors a rich and warm look. Glass liners and mosaics have become popular for accents and can make a backsplash or shower pop with color and charm. A medallion in the center of a dining area or entry would show beautifully and add character to your room. When selecting products for your home it’s important to examine your lifestyle. Ask yourself “What product would not only be attractive to look at but service my needs as well?” How much time is spent in these areas? Consider your personality, your likes and dislikes. The light in the area is important to look at as well. Light can change the look of the product from what you see in the store to what you have visualized when you are home. It is suggested that you bring samples into your home to get a feel of what that product will bring to the room you are decorating. Today there is no limit to color choices with most products. When making decisions on decorating your home consider the length of time you may stay in your home. If you plan to sell your home down the road sticking to the neutral colors of beige or grays might be a suggestion for resale. You are then able to add the colors you enjoy in the areas that are less costly. However, if your home is where you want to be for some time there is no limit to the colors you may want to try with tiles or stone to show off your personality and taste. A lot of time can be spent in your kitchen. There are some fun things that can be done to make your kitchen not only visually appealing, but functional. Color can be added to your backsplash or the front of your bar with tile and stone. Glass liners and mosaics add fashion and uniqueness. Tie the room together by using the same tile or stone on your floor or use hardwood or laminate flooring to warm the room and enhance the other products you are using.

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Gone are the days of bathtubs with shower curtains. These are the days of beautiful walk in showers. An average 3x5 area that now houses a bathtub can be turned into a beautiful custom walk in shower. This not only enhances the area, but can be beneficial to those who have a difficult time climbing into a bathtub. Be creative with tile or stone, extend it out to your floors to give your bathroom a finished look. Most master bathrooms have a larger area to work with and can be a lot of fun to remodel. There is no limit to how you can customize your room. Walls or closets can be removed or added for variety. Bath areas can be enlarged if room provides. An ordinary bathroom can become the focal point of your master area. Again, glass liners and mosaics can be a striking accent and give your room character and distinction. With endless possibilities available, you can have a bathroom designed just for you. Shutters or blinds on your windows can be a stunning addition to your kitchen or bath. Today there are many styles and fabrics to choose from. Shutters come in composite and wood. There are white, off white and wood tones. With blinds there are horizontal wood, faux wood, pleated fabrics, verticals and much more. Window coverings blended with your hard surfaces gives a room a welcome warmth and uniqueness. We have a large selection of tile, stone, hardwoods, laminates and window coverings. Our experienced staff has a wealth of knowledge and background in home improvement. With our expert help you will be able to enjoy your remodeling experience. We look forward to making your kitchen or bathroom an attractive, functional and tasteful room in your home. Mesquite Tile & Flooring is locally owned and operated. Visit their showroom at 521 West Mesquite Blvd, Ste A or call them at (702) 346-7225. VOM JULY 2013.indd 45

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From Peaceful Ponds to Flowing Fountains By Ron Rineck Nearly everyone agrees that nothing is quite as relaxing as the sound of flowing water. Most homes and condos can accommodate a water feature of some kind. It may be as simple as a self contained fountain sitting on a table or as involved as a simulated Niagara Falls. The correct design and installation can make the difference between creating your very own place to escape or your very own money pit that reminds you of the maintenance headache you dread and the water that you are wasting. Designing your retreat requires extensive thought. Consider whether you are trying to achieve a natural looking water feature or something architectural. Your existing landscaping and surroundings are factors to consider in this decision. If you have an area that slopes towards your seating area (proposed or existing) and you feel that the surroundings would be enhanced by a natural looking cascading stream, I suggest going that route. An area containing extensive hardscaping such as brick walls and patios may well be better served by a more structural fountain or waterfall. Decide where the water will be stored and pumped from to create your flowing water. The easiest way to accomplish this is to drop a submersible pump in the pond that your stream and waterfall flow into. Unfortunately this is also the best way to waste an incredible amount of water. In this climate with our excessive high temps and very low humidity, the water surface area translates directly into evaporation of our valuable resource. There are many ways to reduce evaporation by creating pondless water features. In other words, storing and pumping the water needed from an underground storage area. This is not as involved as it may sound and will pay dividends in the future. A well designed and installed water feature uses less water than the patch of lawn it replaced. Think about all of the water features you have seen in nature or in someone’s yard and try to incorporate in your design the parts that you liked best. Make sure you thoroughly investigate your pump and piping size and type in order to fit the dream scenario that you have created. A pump and plumbing that won’t provide adequate flow is a huge disappointment. Almost all pumps are labeled with the gpm (gallons per minute) that they are capable of moving. Keep in mind that head loss (capacity lost due to friction through the pipes and the number of vertical feet the water will have to be pumped). It is much better to use a valve to slow down a slightly oversized pump than it is to always wish you had purchased the next size bigger. The entire water feature area should be contained with a continuous rubber liner with no penetrations for piping if at all possible. Water will find a way out if the liner is compromised in any way. There are really no acceptable shortcuts when it comes to the installation process. Think like a drop of water trying to escape if you have to but think the whole thing through before you get ahead of yourself during installation. If you find yourself thinking how hard it is and how you can’t wait to sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor, think about how hard it would be to go back and fix your shortcuts. Now that you have just enough information to be very dangerous, get on the numerous internet sites available and talk to local experts to fill in the blanks. Don’t believe everything you hear or read; you are the only one that really sees your vision. Learn the basics from experts and run with your ideas. The next time you are kicked back near your desert oasis, sipping your favorite summer adult beverage with your friends and loved ones, let them gush about your cleverness and foresight. In your own mind don’t be embarrassed if the word “genius” creeps into your thoughts, after all you earned it. Ron Rineck is a retired landscaper with over 35 years of experience. He specialized in intricate landscape installations including water features, all types of retaining, extensive drainage as well as irrigation and plants.

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Hope is on the Horizon for Mesquite Homeowners! By Angela Brooks-Reese Real Estate in Mesquite has always been a roller coaster, exemplifying the rule of supply and demand to perfection. In 1989 there was no land, so looking for a home in the small town of less than a thousand people took barely an afternoon to see all five homes available for purchase. In the early nineties as we felt the first pangs of our initial growth. Housing was in such high demand that people were commuting from Las Vegas or camping by the river because there was no place to live. The first purchase of government owned property by the city opened up the North side of the freeway and construction began on Rock Springs Condos to the delight of many. The prices were reasonable, starting in the $48,000 range and they sold like hot cakes! Construction of other projects started and real estate prices began to rise. As more land became available the prices of the first homes constructed started to drop. More development of affordable housing on the South side of I-15 became competition for the new golf course homes being built; and while the affordable homes sold out the golf course homes slowed. The first roller coaster rides we experienced weren’t as dramatic as what was to come as we came into the mid 2000’s. Nobody could have prepared or expected the unprecedented intensity of the vertical rise that created a frenzy of buying activity. People were rushing to buy a home before the prices started to look like Southern California Real Estate instead of Mesquite, Nevada. Fear of million dollar fixer-uppers spurred on the fury of buying and the get rich quick possibilities had investors from all over the country discovering Mesquite. Multiple offers and lack of property became the name of the game. Don’t hesitate or you will lose it, prepare to pay over the appraised value because appraisals couldn’t keep up with the incredible increase in prices. Mesquite tends to follow Vegas in a smaller but noticeable trend. When Vegas went ballistic on its upward trajectory, we followed, but not immediately. When Vegas collapsed, again we followed, but much slower. Mesquite has been fortunate to have appealed to the Baby Boomer Generation for their retirement and second home needs which provided stability for the community. As we slowly realized we weren’t immune to the rules of supply and demand, and as the rest of the nation, we would have to face the reality of the times and the plunge of property values. So we buckled down to survive the rapid fall of the coaster. Most of the investors bailed out early on, short selling or walking away from their investments. Most of the Baby Boomers held on because they had purchased a home, not an investment. They bought because they loved our beautiful community and all it has to offer. Some were forced to sell for various reasons but most just sadly acknowledged what was happening and waited for the inevitable return to sanity that was sure to come. For them we finally see things turning around. I think that everyone agrees that we will never again see a dramatic vertical rise in real estate values, nor would we really want to, if we do I think we will be much more cautious in believing it to be permanent. It is nice to know that we can feel pretty confident that the coaster has finally leveled off and we will finally start seeing a rise in our values. Mesquite was lucky that we didn’t see whole neighborhoods abandoned and left to the elements like many areas of Vegas have experienced. We were wounded but we have managed to survive and enjoy what we have. Buyers are realizing that the decline is over and that we are on the move. As a result almost every realtor in town is scrambling to meet the demand that the newest wave of buyers is requesting. We are seeing more multiple offers and more homes being built. It looks like the wild ride may be coming to an end and we can look forward to more gentle inclines in the near future. Angela Brook-Reese is the owner of Quality 1 Real Estate located at 483 W. Mesquite Blvd. You can contact Quality 1 at (702) 346-3461 or toll Free (866) 346-5686 or visit their website at

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Mesquite area Chamber of Commerce 12 W. Mesquite Blvd., Ste 107 (702) 346-2902

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Mesquite arts Council For the Performing arts 150 N. Yucca, Suite 23 (702) 346-2787 Mesquite Cancer Help Society 2nd Tuesday – 2:30 pm 150 N. Yucca, Room #36 (702) 346-0622 Mesquite High rollers Motorcycle Club (702) 346-3440 Mesquite Parkinson’s Support Group Charlene Lustig (702) 346-6500 Mesquite republican Women 2nd Wednesday – 5:30 pm 840 Hafen Ln (Veterans Center) Janey Castro (702) 613-4159 Mesquite rotary Club Tuesdays – 12:00 noon 840 Hafen Ln (Veterans Center) Ron Bird – (702) 346-7025 Mesquite Sunrise rotary Thursdays – 7:30 am Oasis Golf Club Redd Room Jacque Hart – (702) 345-8665 Mesquite Tea Party 1st Thursday- 7:00 pm 840 Hafen Lane (Veterans Center) Connie Foust – (520) 366-0677 red Hat Divas of Mesquite Chapter 25712 Red Hat Society Sandi Sorenson (702) 345-6770 republicans Team Nevada victory Office 355 W. Mesquite Blvd unit C-80 Contact: Blake Garfield (702) 245-4126 6/18/13 7:57 PM

Information Guide vFW Post 2nd Thursday– 6:30 pm Veterans Center Harold Straley, Commander (702) 346-3268 vietnam veterans of america veterans Center 840 Hafen Ln (702) 345-3361 virgin valley amateur radio Club Fire Station #2 (at the Airport) Charlie Lum Kee (702) 345-4646 virgin valley Community Food Bank Mondays Only 3 pm – 5:30 pm Thrift Store, M-F 9 am – 4 pm, Sat 9am – 1 pm 107 First South (702) 346-0900 virgin valley Family Services 312 W. Mesquite Blvd. Se Habla Espanol (702) 346-7277

Justice Court (702) 346-5298 Municipal Court (702) 346-5291 Fire Department emergency – 911 Fire Administration Office (702) 346-2690 Police Department emergency – 911 Non-emergency (702) 346-6911 Senior Center 102 W. Old Mill Road (702) 346-5290 recreation Center (702) 346-8732

Mesquite Christian Center (702) 346-5164 Mesquite lutheran Church (702) 346-5811 Mesquite United Methodist Church (702) 346-4663 Prince of Peace lutheran Church (702) 346-3390 or 346-0503 river valley Bible Church (702) 346-0339 valley Presbyterian Church (702) 346-5683 Golf Courses

Mesquite Fine arts Center & Gallery 15 W. Mesquite Blvd. (702) 346-1338

Historic Beaver Dam (928) 347-2222

virgin valley Heritage Museum 35 W. Mesquite Blvd. (702) 346-5705

CasaBlanca (702) 346-6764

Canyons (Oasis GC) (702) 346-7820

virgin valley Theater Group 3rd Tuesday – 6 pm Mesquite Campus, Room #19 Teri – (702) 533-8546


Conestoga (702) 346-4292

Calvary Chapel of Mesquite (702) 346-7583

Coyote Willows (702) 345-3222

We Care For animals 1st Thursday – 6 pm (702) 346-3326

Christian Community Church (702) 346-2698

Falcon ridge (702) 346-6363

City Information

Church of Jesus Christ of latter-Day Saints (702) 346-8888

Palmer (Oasis GC) (702) 346-7820

City Hall (702) 346-5295

First Baptist Church (702) 346-7061

City Jail 500 Hillside Drive (702) 346-6925

Graceway alliance (702) 346-8667

animal Control (702) 346-5268 Building Department (702) 346-2835

Wolf Creek (702) 346-1670

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Palms (702) 346-4067

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advertisers Directory A-1 Glass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 A Beautiful Day Window Cleaning . . . . . . . 53 Ace Hardware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 All Pros Real Estate- Sharon Szarzi . . . . . . . 53 American Shredding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Anytime Fitness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Baird Painting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Bank of Nevada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 C & K Shutters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Canyon Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Checks-N-Mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Clark County Rural Democratic Caucus. . . . . 53 Cosmopolitan Dental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Cucina Italiana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Desert Gold Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Desert Oasis Spa & Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Edward Jones Derrick P. Martinez, AAMS . . . 56 Equity Title . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Eureka Casino Hotel . . . . . Inside Front Cover Evolve Pest Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Farmers Insurance- Bill Mitchell . . . . . . . . . 56 Farmers Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Fidelity Title- Dave Bennett . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Five Star Vein Institute . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Geminis Jewelry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Golf Performance Studio- Rob Kreiger . . . . . 55 Guns & Guitars, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Hangey’s Custom Upholstering . . . . . . . . . 53 Heritage Electric . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Holiday Inn Express and Suites . Inside Back Cover Hues & Vues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Iceberg Air Conditioning & Heating . . . . . . 56 Jadde Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Jensen Property Management . . . . . . . . . 56 Kitchen Encounters/Classy Closets . . . . . . . 47 Klasik Kloset Consignment Boutique . . . . . . 52 La De Paws . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Mesa View Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Mesquite Ford- Dave Heath . . . . . . . . . . 57 Mesquite Home Theater . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Mesquite Lock Doc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Mesquite Playoffs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Mesquite Self Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Mesquite Tile & Flooring . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Mesquite Veterinary Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Mesquite Women’s Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Mountain America Credit Union . . . . . . . . 58

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Mr Pawn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 MVP Productions Kris Zurbas . . . . . . . . . . 58 Nikk Zorbas- Speaker and Business Trainer . . 57 Nini’s Hair & Nails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Oasis Chiropractic Center. . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Odyssey Landscaping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Peggy Sue’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Pizza Hut . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Premier Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Premier Properties Judy Cole . . . . . . . . . . 54 Quality 1 Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Quality 1 Realty Beverly Rineck . . . . . . . . . 59 Quality 1 Realty Brenda Groelle . . . . . . . . 58 Quality 1 Realty Bret Lower . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Quality 1 Realty Chris Williams . . . . . . . . . 59 Quality 1 Realty Debbie Spitale . . . . . . . . . 54 Quality 1 Realty Patty Brooks . . . . . . . . . . 55 Quality 1 Realty Terree Knutson . . . . . . . . 57 Rager & Sons Refridgeration . . . . . . . . . . 54 Ready Golf & Gear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Redd Hills Cinema . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Reliance Connects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Remax- Cindy Risinger . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Remax Ridge Realty- Beverly Powers Uhlir . . . 57 Roman Perez Handyman . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Rooster Cottage Consignment Gallery . . . . . 52 Royal Water Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Samuri 21 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Santa Fe Ceramics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Silver Rider . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Silverado Mechanical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Simply Quilts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Spirit Wind . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Star Nursery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Back Cover Stephens Hair Etc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Studio SE7EN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Sun City Mesquite- Deb Parsley . . . . . . . . 55 The Local Pages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 The PC Guy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 The Pool Shark LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 The Travel Connection, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Ultimate Colors Enrique Rincon. . . . . . . . . 59 Virgin Valley Artist Association . . . . . . . . . 58 Virgin Valley Heritage Museum . . . . . . . . . 52 Western Exterminator Company . . . . . . . . 56 Wolf Creek Terrace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 6/18/13 7:57 PM

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Mesquite senior Center Happenings Mesquite Picks a Winner What are the chances that out of 310 people you’re chosen as a contestant for a game show?  And, what are the chances, once you’re chosen to be that contestant up on stage under the bright lights,  you actually end up  in the Winners Circle?  Well, if you’re  name is Patricia “Pat” Kimberlin from Mesquite, come on down!   “It was on my bucket list,” said the 85 year old Colorado snowbird. A Price Is Right  bus tour was  organized  locally through Educational Tours with  25 others, including Pat’s husband, Lee. The couple has been married 51 years and raised 3 children. They spend their winters here in Mesquite.    Pat and her husband were interviewed by producers before the show. Husband Lee described this as the most interesting part. “It’s like they already knew who they wanted just from watching us in line. I got to go up on stage and hug the models after she won,” he beamed.    The couple is walking away from the Winners Circle with a new car, cameras, 4 Wheeler, motor scooter, designer purses and a trip to Portland, Oregon.  “My adrenaline was pumping so fast,” says Pat, “especially when everyone was calling out the prices trying to help.”    The show aired May 31 on CBS.  Cards & Tile Games Open Pinochle, 8am-3:30 p.m. (Mon/Wed) 8am-12:30 pm (Fri) Mexican Train, 12-3:30 p.m. (Tue) Dominos, 12-3:30 p.m. (Tue) Mah-Jong, 12-3:30 p.m. (Tue/Wed/Thu) 8am-12:30 pm (Fri) Cribbage, 12:30-3:30 p.m. (Thu) Hand and Foot, 12:00-3:30 p.m. (Thu)

Bingo Pool Party & Activities July 2nd 6:30-8 p.m. Open to all Lifelong Fitness and Sr. Center Patrons (55+) Selling: Hot Dog/Hamburger/Drinks/Snow Cones Contact the Senior Center at (702) 346- 5290 or visit them in person at 102 W. Mill Road for more information about upcoming trips and events.

Suggested Donation $10.00 Gas Station 8:45 am 6:00

Gas Station 4:45 pm or sooner

Departing 3:45 pm 3:30 pm 3:15 pm 3:00 pm

Destinations Greyhound K-Mart Mall St. George Temple Target Shopping Red Rock Commons Zion Outlet Mall Red Cliff Mall Costco Wal-Mart Shopping Kohl’s Shopping All Times are Nevada

Drop Off 9:40 9:35 9:40 9:50 9:55 10:00 10:05 10:10 10:15 10:20

Departing 2:00 1:55 1:50 1:45 1:40 1:35 1:30 1:25 1:20 1:15


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