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Spring is in the air! And with that Mesquite is a buzzing busy place to be. We have so many wonderful events that have taken place and some great ones on the horizon. Although the Balloon Festival was fraught with bad weather issues, it was still a wonderful weekend. At the time of printing this issue the Mesquite Off-Road Weekend was taking place. Due to time restraints we have decided to only include a pictorial and do an in-depth article about this event in our next issue. Baseball, soccer, senior games, biking events, ATVing, theater, the arts, and of course our world class golf all epitomizes what Mesquite is all about. So get out and enjoy our gorgeous spring weather and have some fun! Please stop by our advertisers businesses to thank them for continuing their support in the publication of this magazine. As always visit our website at www.viewonmesquite.com Like us on Facebook Follow us on twitter Have a Beautiful Spring! Kathy Lee
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In This Issue
March 1 – April 30, 2013, Volume 6 – Issue 2
14 There’s No Place Like Hope. . . Mesquite’s Relay For Life 16 Spring Tune Up For Your Landscaping 48 The Unlikely Champions
8 10 12 19 20 22 23 23 25 26 28 30 35 36 39 40 44 45 46
Cure the Winter Riding Blues Hot Cars and Hot Chili Combine A Great Day for a G.R.E.A.T. Graduation Tennis TNT Failure to Launch Are You Happy with Your Golf Performance? Come One...Come All…Local Theatre At Its Best! Virgin Valley Little League Sign-Up Quality Care Close to Home, Mesa View Name That Toone Escape to Big Rock Candy Mountain Resort Puttin’ on the Ritz Goes Hollywood 9th Annual Heart Walk Mesquite Off-Road Weekend Pictorial - Photos by: Rob Krieger, Kris Zurbas, Stoney Ward and Kathy Lee Pet Grooming is More Than Just Pampering Mesquite’s New Running Club Who Says There’s Nothing For a Senior To Do In Mesquite? Local Ribbon Cuttings Dirty Gourmet – For the Outdoor Foodie
I N E V E RY I S S U E 3 Editor’s Letter 6 Why I Love Mesquite 7 View from the Mayor 24 View on Golf 32 View on Business 34 View on Youth 38 View on Healthy Lifestyles 42 View on Travel 64 Senior Center News
Why I Love Mesquite My sister and I moved here with our parents Dave and Collette Price in 1994 from Page, Arizona. We were 10 and 12 years old at the time. We had an amazing home life with the most loving and compassionate parents and we were fortunate enough to have our Grandma Sue help raise us. Family has always been so important to us. We both graduated school here and loved the experience, thanks to friends, teachers, and coaches. We always felt appreciated and always had plenty of support. Mesquite is a wonderful place to live, and because of that we both are now raising our own families here, passing on all the great experiences we enjoyed as kids on to our children. We stay plenty busy with rec center activities, outdoor ATV fun, camping, and lake & mountain trips. We love Mesquite because we call it home, and as sisters we are truly blessed to be able to live near one another and work together. – Mindy Hughes & Jenna Perry Mesquite has never been about retirement or golf for us, strange to hear from a resident right? Twenty-five years ago Bev and I used Mesquite as a meeting and resting place when traveling for work and to see family. We soon fell in love with the area and started bringing our ATVs here to ride and play. One by one the real estate brochures and desert landscape books piled up and our plans to move here solidified. Coming from a landscaping background in the northern mountains of Utah, it took a while to appreciate the desert flora here and now the breath-taking spring bloom is what I look forward to every year. Finding our dream home here inspired Bev to help others find theirs through selling real-estate. We even took up golfing! Mostly out of fear of not fitting in....kidding! You see, Mesquite is about home, family and a beautiful life for us and we hope you find the same here. – Ron & Beverly Rineck
View From The Mayor When we look for community strengths, we cannot overlook three hundred plus days of sunshine and the unsurpassed outdoor venues and vistas found in Mesquite. Those who have taken the time to see the beauty that surrounds Mesquite are a select few, when compared to the number of travelers that pass by our community every year. The desert has many unseen beautiful secrets waiting to be discovered. Very little compares to a Joshua tree forest or fields of desert wild flowers in full bloom. Mesquite, thanks to a handful of hearty entrepreneurs, is embracing one of our major strengths. Our community has always been an outdoor mecca for those of us who have lived here. Thanks to these businesses, outdoor events are now driving a robust sports and off-road vehicle tourism industry. Thousands of visitors descend on Mesquite throughout the year to play soccer, football, baseball, softball, golf, and to enjoy hundreds of miles of off road trails through some of the most spectacular desert vistas in the Southwest. Each of us can learn a lot from natureâ€™s example if we are willing to take a moment and look around us. The desert teaches us to seize the moment and how to thrive in adversity. By embracing these principles, local businesses can thrive while the economy shifts. More importantly, while making those adjustments we can enjoy the most beautiful sunsets in the United States.
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CURE THE WINTER RIDING BLUES Mesquite Madness Cycling Event By Roland Byrd It’s cold outside. It’s crazy how much you miss the exhilaration and freedom of riding! The simple truth is: You want to ride your bike. But the snow and cold winter weather can make it nearly impossible to get a good ride in. Heck, maybe you live somewhere where it doesn’t snow much, but it’s still cold and worse, windy and rainy… Yuck! The question is, “What are you going to do about it?” We’ve got the solution to your winter riding blues. Get your bike ready, bring the family for a sunny weekend vacation, and ride in Mesquite Madness (presented by SpinGeeks and Virgin River Casino) in Mesquite, Nevada on Saturday March 16, 2013! Two event courses mean there’s something for every riding level. You’ll enjoy sunshine and scenery on both the Citizen’s Class (38 mile) and the Metric Century (80 mile) as they loop through Mesquite, travel Riverside Rd, and even a bit of Arizona. The Metric Century also allows you to experience nature’s full splendor as it flows along Highway 91 through nearly untouched parts of Arizona and Utah! Both event rides include rest stops, an event visor, are supported by SAG (Support and Gear) vehicles, and have lunch provided at the finish line. We’re even providing a professional photographer to capture memories during the event. One of the best parts of Mesquite Madness is you’ll want to bring your family or friends for weekend of fun and entertainment. Mesquite has so much to offer in the way of fun, from any one of its championship golf courses, entertaining casinos, or its nearby hiking and exploring opportunities. You will also want to visit the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum or the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery to take in the local arts and culture. I’m sure you’ll agree that there is plenty to fill your weekend vacation! For full Mesquite Madness event details and registration, visit: http://www.spingeeks.com/events/mesquite-madness/ So if you’re ready to dust those winter riding blues away, come on out and ride with us in the SpinGeeks Mesquite Madness event! You’ll be glad you did. We’ll see you at the starting line!
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By Tammy Rambo Mesquite Motor Mania 2013, the annual car spectacular and competition cruised into Mesquite, NV over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, January 18-20. Over 733 magnificent and distinctive vehicles from all over the country participated in this most highly anticipated event. The Mesquite Motor Mania, which is open to all years, makes and models of classic and special interest vehicles, such as vintage, street and hot rods, is sponsored by the Mesquite Resort Association, the CasaBlanca Resort & Casino, the Virgin River Hotel & Casino, the Eureka Casino Resort, the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, Las Vegas Events, and the Las Vegas Cruisinâ€™ Association, Inc. Delighting in the warmth and sunshine of picture-perfect weather, thousands of spectators turned out each day to enjoy the intensity and pure exhilaration of the Roaring Engines Competition & the Slow Drags/Burn Out Competitions. The multitudes of car enthusiasts also reveled in the spectacle of the Open Headers Cruise through Mesquite, and the thrill of the Show & Shine on Saturday & Sunday. Fans showed their appreciation for these phenomenal vehicles by voting for their favorites. Over $15,000 in cash drawings and prizes were awarded to the Mesquite Motor Mania 2013 participants. Congratulations to the amazing vehicles and their owners and to all the outstanding winners of Mesquite Motor Mania. For a complete list of winners, be sure to visit www.mesquitecarshows.com
What pairs better with hot cars than the Smokin’ Big Chili Challenge. As if the car extravaganza was not enough excitement for an unforgettable weekend in Mesquite, the CasaBlanca Resort & Casino presented The Smokin’ Big Chili Challenge. This International Chili Society sanctioned cook-off was held Saturday, January 19. Twentyfour chili chefs from as far away as Canada put their culinary prowess to the test for the privilege of claiming the crown as the winner. Contestants vied for glory in three categories, Red Chili, Chili Verde and Salsa with the 1st Place Winners qualifying to cook in the Chili World Championships in October. For a complete list of winners please visit the International Chili Society’s website at: www.chilicookoff.com. As in past years, spectators who wanted to participate in the People’s Choice segment of the competition and taste test outstanding chili were asked for a small donation of $5.00. The entire proceeds of the donations benefited the Goodie Two Shoes Foundation, which provides disadvantaged children and children in crisis with new shoes and socks, and other items necessary for good health and positive development. Please visit the Goodie Two Shoes Foundation website to learn more about this wonderful charity: www.goodietwoshoes.org. Judging from the response of all who participated or just came to enjoy the hot cars and Smokin’ Chili Challenge – an unforgettable time was had by all.
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A Great Day for a G.R.E.A.T. Graduation By Kim Otero Walking the stage at the Gang Resistance and Education graduation (G.R.E.A.T.), Officer Darin Wilkins led the 186 seventh-grade graduates in cheers and chants before they crossed the stage to receive a certificate, t-shirt and a backpack. Wilkins shouted out to the students, “You have worked hard and we are proud of you. Now line up and come get your stuff.” Wilkins began teaching the GREAT program after taking the School Resource Office assignment at Hughes Middle School in 2006. The GREAT program is a school-based, officer taught curriculum. The police department partners with the school using the GREAT lessons to provide resiliency, resistance, personal and social skills to seventh graders.
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“The program is not easy to get through, so it is significant that 186 students out of the 199 students graduated this past January. We know the school administration had to budget time into their day to allow this program to happen As a community we recognize the school’s administration for their commitment to this program and appreciate them making time for this important curriculum during the school day,“ said Wilkins. In order to graduate, students must complete a workbook, participate in class discussions, and create or design a project. “This year we selected, ‘Making our School or Community a GREAT Place’,” said Wilkins. The idea was to get the kids thinking about what they could give back to the community. Each year one project is selected for presentation at the graduation ceremony. This year’s winner composed a rap discussing the dangers of drugs and wrong associations, which he performed at the ceremony. The words were straight from the heart and brought cheers from the crowd. Debbie Oglesby, northeast Clark County representative for the Nevada Coalition for Community Partnerships (NCPC), cheered especially loud and proud as an event sponsor. “I love it. I love it when they (the students) feel empowered to make great choices.” NCPC is relatively new to the Mesquite area. Their first efforts to reduce the impact of substance abuse in Mesquite began with a grant to the Mesquite Police Department to fund the materials for both the G.R.E.A.T. and the D.A.R.E. programs taught by Officer Wilkins. “At the end of the day it is all about the kids. The graduation is a celebration of their hard work. It was an honor to have Mayor Wier, Councilman Withelder, Principal Perkins, along with Police Chief Troy Tanner, and Captains Shane Charles and Scott Taylor, standing on stage to shake their hand as they accept their certificate as graduates of the 2012 GREAT Program. This Officer taught curriculum continues in the spring with the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.). EDITORS NOTE: View On Mesquite Magazine congratulates all of the GREAT Graduates!
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There’s No Place Like Hope…Mesquite’s Relay For Life Remember from days past that if you heard the words, “you’ve got cancer”, all hope was lost? That pronouncement was almost certainly a death sentence. But now, thanks in large part to the American Cancer Society and more than 5,000 Relay For Life fundraising events throughout the world, there is hope. Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day, cancer will be eliminated. A new report from the American Cancer Society shows, for the first time ever, a 20% decline in cancer death rates in the United Sates since the early 1990’s. This translates into nearly 400 lives being saved from cancer each and every day. In that spirit, and looking toward an all-night walk along the yellow brick road, the Mesquite Relay planning committee has selected the theme There’s No Place Like Hope for the 2013 event at the Virgin Valley High School track. The Relay is scheduled for Friday, April 19th, starting at 7:00 p.m. with the Survivors’ Lap, and ending at 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning with an “Event Survivors’ Breakfast.” Please join us for an event you will never forget!
YOU CAN CHOOSE TO:
Form your own team!
Gather together 8–15 of your favorite people who love having fun and making a difference.
Invite a cancer survivor.
Cancer survivors are honored for their courage and strength during the honorary first lap. John Biggs, who chairs the Survivor Committee says, “The survivor lap is one of the key activities for any relay.” There is no cost to survivors or caregivers to be involved, and each survivor will receive a t-shirt and a coupon for a free buffet dinner at the Eureka Hotel & Casino Experience buffet. “Our goal is to have 300 survivors on the track for that first lap,” says Biggs.
Make a donation.
Cash, prizes and food are all appreciated.
Volunteer at the event!
Help at the site on the night of the event! Each event is planned and run by community volunteers, so each Relay is a little different, but they all have common elements: teams have at least one member on the track at all times, an initial lap around the track is taken by cancer survivors and their caregivers, there is a luminaria ceremony after dark to honor and remember those who fight or have fought cancer, and an event that goes at least 12 hours overnight. Mark Buchanan, Mesquite’s Relay chairperson, says, “Cancer never sleeps, and at every hour of the night there are cancer patients or their caregivers who cannot sleep because of pain or worry. We walk all night to show our support of them. We walk and raise money so that someday – we’re hoping someday soon – there is a cure.“ For more information, to sign up your team, or to make a donation, visit their website at: www.RelayForLife.org/MesquiteNV and help make
this the biggest Mesquite Relay ever. Or, feel free to con tact Mark Buchanan directly at email@example.com or (435) 512-9266.
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SPRING TUNE UP FOR YOUR LANDSCAPING By Dave Bradley, Kokopelli Landscaping With the Mojave Spring season comes warmer weather. For Mesquite this can be such a pleasant time. It also means it’s that time of year for your outdoor Spring Tune Up. Below I have listed six things to have your gardner or landscaper consider when getting your landscaping ready for spring.
Assess Frost Damage to Plants We had a rather warm winter this year until those cold snaps. You will all remember the 15-17 degree weather this January. Much of the landscape shows results of this cold damage. We usually design for plants that are zoned for about 20 degrees in Mesquite. That was just enough difference to brown many Mexican Palms, crystalize Aloe Vera, and crisp your Dwarf Bottlebrush. Those who live closer to the river including Sunset Greens, Coyote Willows, and Trailside seem to get hit the hardest. Most plants with a good root system will bounce back. As a reminder seek plants that are suitable for this climate. Check for Lighting Oxidization Have your lighting fixtures checked for oxidization at connections. If it isn’t broken don’t fix it, is often good policy. The ground moisture during the winter months has very little evaporation and brings up heavy salts. This is hard on metal products and will corrode them. If any lighting connections are not protected they will short out. This can lead to overload on other lights and a series of
bulb burnouts. Remember when you replace one bulb it is best to replace all of them at the same time. Spring is a good time to have all your low voltage bulbs checked.
Check for Root Rot You would think that root rot shouldn’t be a problem here in the desert, but many of us are from different parts of the U.S. and from around the world. There is often a lack of watering practice familiarity with the Mojave Desert resulting in overwatered Cactus and Yuccas. The other difficulty is having multi-packaged yards with some Cactus, some Palms, Mediterranean and some Tuscan. You get the picture.
Repair Sub-freezing Irrigation Damage The frost line in Mesquite, Nevada is just below the surface. Generally 6”12” below ground, although you may want to beyond that and protect down to 18”. Those of you from the north will blow out your irrigation lines and drain out any water that might freeze before your first frost. In Mesquite the irrigation damage in the freeze usually involves the Backflow Preventer or any exterior hose bibs above ground. Ways to insulate these fixtures are Frost Blankets, Faux Rocks with spray insulation, and safe pipe heaters. Always have above ground piping checked before going into the spring.
Tree Staking You always want to remove your tree stakes as soon as possible. Ask your landscapers the appropriate time for your stake removal. On the flip side, trees that need to be staked should be staked before the heavy spring winds.
Fertilization Spring is probably the most important time of year for shrub fertilization. Allow the ground to be prepared and fertilized for the new growth that will begin in February and through early April. If you wait too much longer than this time frame the fast release fertilizers will burn your plants. Liquid fertilizer using a fertilize injector is a great way to help protect your yard.
These six tips will ensure your landscaping is ready for the coming warmer weather, and you are ready to enjoy our beautiful spring season in Mesquite. Kokopelli Landscaping is located at: 1485 W. Pioneer Blvd, Mesquite. 702-346-2332.
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BETTER FOOTWORK...BETTER SHOTS By Donna Eads As the economy declined in recent years, so did participation in sports such as tennis and golf. However, in the last year the United States Tennis Association (USTA) has seen an increase of 10% in frequent players and a total increase of 6%. Here in Mesquite, our community has seen an increase in number of players as well. For those of us just getting back to tennis, we should remember that tennis is a game that can be played by all ages. Tennis, like golf, is a game that we all can play no matter what birthday we will be celebrating this year. As the new year begins, the need for improved footwork seems like old news. However, the benefits outweigh the thought that footwork is boring. With great footwork, you can create better shot selections, decrease your errors, and increase your power, speed, and control just to name a few advantages. As you watch the pro’s play, the difference between the winner and the loser often lies in their footwork. Not only does footwork help them win, it conserves energy and prevents injuries. To improve your footwork, think about your balance, take your racquet back quickly, and ‘hop’ with every hit. A trick that players need to develop for their serve is to have the same routine and tempo every time they serve. So we all have to pick a pattern that works for us. When watching the professional tennis players, it is hard not to observe their routines, which sometime border on obsessive-compulsive behavior. Some count their ball bounces before the service toss and others refuse to step on a line in the court! First you think they must be just weird. But later it hits you that maybe it’s their habits that make them great. So start with a habit you enjoy - pick a spot to serve to, rock forward, toss up, rock back, and hit to the beat of a song you love. Tennis is the only game that uses the word ‘love’ in it so take the time to get back out on the courts.
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Failure to Launch By Rob Krieger
range. I also remember the incredible site on Sunday with all the brilliant colors floating across a crystal blue sky. It was awesome. The memory of the day before being incredibly cold, frosty and too windy I hadn’t forgotten either but it did make me appreciate what I experienced the next day because balloon flying is very much at the mercy of Mother Nature, and is always weather permitting.
Such high hopes and expectations were in line for the weekend of the Mesquite Balloon Festival 2013. After last year’s experience of being able to go up in a balloon and take incredible pictures from above the rooftops, I couldn’t wait for the weekend to arrive. I remember being awestruck by the enormous size, bright colors, their designs and how many balloons there were on the CasaBlanca driving So for this year, I started checking the weather forecast two weeks in advance, daily, and yes, I couldn’t wait to take some more great photographs of the balloons and our city of Mesquite. Up until Monday of that week, everything was looking great, but the first sign of trouble was when storms started coming in off the Pacific and began threatening the PGA Tour event in San Diego at Torrey Pines. For a golf professional and photographer like myself, this could turn out to be a very disappointing weekend. By the time Friday came around, I was looking at four different weather apps for their radar, temperatures and winds just about every hour. Then a gray cloud deck and storm clouds full of wind and rain rolled in over our desert landscape Friday afternoon and stayed throughout the evening. I kept telling myself there was still hope, it could blow out in a few hours and all would be good. I woke up 5:00 am Saturday morning with a dark sky, rain hitting roof and the streets glistening with the falling rain. I made some calls to friends to get their thoughts and still decided to head up to the CasaBlanca Golf Course to get the official word. Once we arrived, with the rain still falling, event staff quickly let us know that due to the rain and wind it would be postponed until Sunday. However, the “Night Glow” Saturday night was still a possibility. By Saturday night the rain was gone and the winds were light and a champagne tasting in the CasaBlanca Casino helped to ease the morning setback. With the weather still suspect, five balloon crews laid out some tarps on the wet pavement to an appreciative cheering crowd and they began inflating their balloons. It would not be a disappointing evening. The blue and orange flames blasted into the balloons illuminating a rainbow of colors with kids and adults alike all smiling, taking pictures and marveling at an incredible site. Families and friends all gathered to enjoy another fine community event. I started to get excited all over again for a chance to go up on Sunday. Sunday morning was like Ground Hog Day, getting up early again and heading over to CasaBlanca, but this time with the rain gone. It looked like it would be great day for balloons and pictures, especially with some clouds in the sky that would add a different contrast to the vivid colors of the balloons compared to last year. At 6:30 am, Gail, the pilot of Misbehaving and in charge of the balloonists, had them all gather out on the range for a meeting with their crews. With lots of coffee mugs and hot chocolate on hand for the crews and volunteers, he released a pilball (trial helium balloon) and it looked pretty good until about the 500600 ft level. The pilball gently went up and then suddenly took
off in the opposite direction with the higher level winds taking it quickly toward Arizona. There were also low-level clouds and quite a bit of fog. As the sun came up the fog became dense. Besides needing light winds, balloons must also have 1-3 miles of visibility. Weather forecasts for the area already had winds in Las Vegas over 15 mph and they were headed toward Mesquite. It was going to be too dangerous to fly today and Sunday’s flights would have to be cancelled. It was certainly very disappointing to everyone especially to the crews who travel hundreds of miles to be in Mesquite, the balloon volunteers and the supportive community. Even though there is a great disappointment this year, most are already looking forward to next year. So if anyone out there has some connections in the weather department, we would like to call in a favor. Unfortunately, this would be a weekend where Mother Nature won out and Mesquite’s 2013 Balloon Festival will probably be remembered as a “Failure to Launch,” but we look forward to next year and 2014, and calling it “Gone with the Wind”! EDITORS NOTE: View On Mesquite Magazine would like to thank Christian Adderson and the event staff at the Casablanca Casino for making this a memorable and fun weekend.
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Are You Happy With Your Golf Performance? By Rob Krieger The Golf Performance Studio at Green Valley Resort and Spa is now here to help you. It is an indoor “golf learning” center that uses the latest in biomechanical technology to help a player improve their game. The Studio being indoors is not subject to the conditions of traditional outdoor facilities being affected by weather (frost, high temperatures/heat, wind, rain or snow), darkness or closures for events or maintenance. The Studio offers a 900 sq. ft. indoor putting green to practice chipping and putting, and 3000 sq. ft. of indoor hitting bays to practice with anything from wedges to drivers. By practicing with the same technology that touring pros and their teachers use, you can benefit as well. That’s why the Studio’s motto is: “Better Technology + Better Practice = Better Results.” Here is how the Golf Performance Studio is changing the way golf instruction is being taught today.
The K-Vest measures Torso and Hip rotation captured through the 3D animation software at an astonishing 180 frames per second. Your eyes see things at 15 frames per second and most video cameras are at 60 frames per second, but K-Vest sensors show what our eyes and video can’t see. We take the data and break it down to simple terms to get you the right prescription for your swing. Imagine practicing drills with the sensors on your body and seeing it in 3D visual animation along with a synchronized video to begin learning the proper feel over and over until you do it correctly and it’s comfortable. That’s why the Golf Performance Studio is different. The 3D animation changes from red to green when you achieve the proper position. Then we add an audible tone when in the correct position. We train students by all three methods of visual, audio and kinesthetic (movement). The guesswork is taken out of practice and better practice creates better results. Rob Krieger, PGA Golf Professional THE GOLF PERFORMANCE STUDI0 at Green Valley Resort & Spa 1871 W. Canyon View Drive St. George, UT 84770 c-440-339-1183 email@example.com www.greenvalleyspa.com
The ES12 Portable Launch Monitor is an incredibly accurate and reliable golf performance solution for players of all abilities. You can practice in our indoor facility and know exactly how far you hit a shot and calibrate yourself before your next game. The data even connects to your iPhone or iPad via Bluetooth for tracking your workout and storing the data to bring up on the course. Turn your iPhone into your own personal caddy. Get your timing and speed down in our climate-controlled environment so when you go on the course you know you have the shot and start playing like the pros.
Virgin Valley Little League Baseball Sign-ups Underway Youth Baseball for Boys & Girls is scheduled to begin April 15th for boys and girls ages 4 - 14. The deadline to register is Saturday, March 30th at 5:00 pm. Registrations are now being taken. If spots are available after the registration deadline, those wanting to fill the available positions will be charged a late sign-up fee per spot. Spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. “The purpose of youth programs in the City of Mesquite Department of Athletics & Leisure Services is to guide boys and girls through an organized program,” said Zach Robison, Recreation Coordinator. “Youth can learn the fundamentals of a sport and learn sportsmanship through participation. The ultimate goal is to encourage skill development and foster a positive attitude.” For more information on this and other programs please contact the Department of Athletics & Leisure Services at (702) 346-8732. Register for youth and adult programs online at: www.mesquitenv.gov or at the Administrative Offices located at 100 W. Old Mill Road. Courtesy of Mesquite Citizen Journal
Come One...Come All… Local Theatre At Its Best! THE ATTIC is a full stage production show created by Venezia Entertainment, and will be presented at the Mesquite Community Theatre on April 25th and May 4th. The show is created by Gino Venezia and the full cast, all of whom are professional dancers and specialty acts from Las Vegas. In the setting of an old abandoned theatre attic, the past memories of performers come to life and put on a variety show that is dramatic, hilarious and intensely energetic. This show has a sharp story line that opens with a scene that will keep the audience wondering what is going to happen next, and an ending that will make your heart sing. It will be presented as a co-project with the Virgin Valley Theatre Group who is lending their time and talent to the set design and construction. THE ATTIC is a play and a production show rolled into one. THE ATTIC Mesquite Community Theatre Thursday, April 25th shows at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm Saturday, May 4th shows at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm Tickets: $15.00 Adult, $10.00 Students Box Office: (702) 345-4499
Missing Putts – The “Yips” Rob Krieger - PGA Golf Professional I receive emails from readers asking about different parts of their golf game and one of the most received is on missing short putts and how to conquer it. There could be many reasons, so try one or more of these tips and see what happens. Oh by the way, you are not alone.
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Look Only at the Cup
Many times just the fact that we have missed some putts in the past can put negative thoughts in our head, causing us anxiety and leading us to hope we don’t miss the next one. Been there - done that. Here’s what to do. Take at least two deep breathes from your belly and start visualizing yourself making it over and over, 15 to 20 times. Then step up and just do it. You have made so many over time and there is no reason you can’t do it.
Our body is an amazing machine. Let it do it without you trying to override it. Practice hitting your putts with your eyes looking only at the back rim of the cup the entire stroke. Then watch the ball hit that spot and fall in. Believe it or not it really works!
Hear Ball Hit the Cup We miss many putts because we are simply to anxious to see the result and our body moves out of position as we strike it. Leave your head down where the ball was and listen for the ball to hit the bottom of the cup.
Routine + Count to Three Do you follow the same routine every time you putt? How long does it take you? Your routine should only take you 10 seconds and if it is longer, negative self talk can creep in and destroy a perfectly good stroke. Get a solid routine that is efficient and lines you up properly in under 10 seconds then count to 3 and swing the putter.
Don’t Ground Putter Tension can build up in the arms when we ground the club. As soon as we start taking the putter back, your grip pressure can change. Not grounding your putter will force your grip pressure to stay more consistent.
Play the Ball Forward Our clubhead path can sometimes push or pull the ball off line especially if we are nervous. Try playing the ball outside of your front foot and then push the ball toward the hole. You will need to have more weight on your front foot and try to keep your front straight through impact. Getting better at short putts does require practice so take some time and try these before going out on the course. There are many others tricks, but my students have had success with these. Good Luck and as always...Fairways & Greens!
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Quality Care - Close to Home - Consistently Mesa View Regional Hospital Named A Summit Award® Winner The Summit Award recognizes top-performing facilities that sustain the highest levels of core measures performance for three consecutive years. The Press Ganey Summit Award is one of the health care industry’s most coveted symbols of achievement. Mesa View Regional Hospital is one of only 13 organizations to receive this prestigious honor in 2012 for achieving and sustaining excellence in core measures performance. Press Ganey partners with more than 10,000 health care facilities, including more than half of all U.S. hospitals, to measure and improve the total patient experience. “We are proud to partner with Mesa View Regional Hospital,” said Patrick T. Ryan, CEO of Press Ganey. “Achieving this level of excellence in core measures performance reflects the organization’s commitment to delivering outstanding service and quality. Mesa View’s efforts benefit patients in Mesquite area and will lead to improved patient experience.” According to Patty Holden, CEO for Mesa View, this award represents an important Patty Holden, CEO for recognition of Mesa View Regional Hospital’s efforts by an industry leader. “Receiving Mesa View Regional Hospital this award is a continued tribute to the staff at Mesa View Regional Hospital. It is a demonstration of their commitment to provide quality, patient-centered care and to consistently maintain high standards of service,” said Holden. “Mesquite and the surrounding communities can be very proud of the health care services available at Mesa View,” she concluded.
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Both Municipal Court Justice of the Peace and Justice Court Judge, a man with two hats!
By Sue Santarcangelo Justice-Judge Ryan Toone talks about his new positions with the deliberativeness of a man who understands the importance each word has to the ultimate impact of a statement. As Mesquite’s newly elected Municipal Court Justice of the Peace (JP) and recently appointed Justice Court Judge, he wears two very important hats. He takes his responsibility to the people of Mesquite very seriously. “I grew up with great parents who taught me it was important to do public service. I always wanted to provide public service in my own way, and I’ve been very fortunate that I’m been able to find opportunities...” Toone grew up in northern Utah where he attended Utah State University. After graduation he took a job with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in Washington, D.C. Together with his wife Kena, they packed a truck and moved east in July of 2001. He was working in Washington on September 11, 2001 when, on that fateful day, the Pentagon was attacked. “I remember getting a phone call from Kena saying something was happening.” So he joined colleagues watching the news on a small television on one of the secretary’s desk where they witnessed the bringing down of the two towers in New York. Ultimately the shocked staff received permission to go home. Toone and a number of others began to walk out of the city. Crossing the bridge from Washington D.C. to Virginia, he could see the smoke coming up from the Pentagon. “I was really inspired that day by all the people giving of themselves. I remember a fighter plane flying over and thinking we had been attacked, but there are people there to protect us and fight back.” It was then he really felt called to serve. He left Washington entering law school at the University of Minnesota. There he had the opportunity to work with a judge who taught him, “That it is important that people have their day in court. That when they come to court, that they are listened to and understand what’s happened, and what they need to do in order to follow up with the ruling.” After law school he moved his family back to the west, first to Las Vegas and then to Mesquite. Unlike his work at the FTC, which had a national perspective, as the deputy city attorney in Mesquite he was able to work one-to-one with people. “I feel like I can help people…There’s nothing much better in life then helping people make positive steps in their lives.” Kena is thrilled to be raising their five children in Mesquite. “We’re really excited to be back in a small town. We’ve got great schools here. Our kids have teachers who are actively involved in their education. There are so many after school activities for them to do…participating in art programs, scouting, and the library.” Toone looks forward to his new position after his long campaign for JP. A campaign that he felt helped him get to know the community better. “People are really involved in Mesquite. I found the campaign a really positive experience.” An experience that has opened yet another path on which he can serve. “At this point I’m concentrating on doing the very best job I can to serve the citizens of this area.” EDITOR’S NOTE: View On Mesquite Magazine congratulates Justice Judge Ryan Toone on his new positions with the city of Mesquite.
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ESCAPE TO BIG ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN RESORT
By Stoney Ward It’s that time of year again…time to plan your Summer Getaways. And what better place to escape to than Big Rock Candy Mountain Resort? Located on Historic Heritage Highway 89 in South Central Utah, on the line between Piute and Sevier Counties, Big Rock Candy Mountain is the perfect place for a weekend getaway, or an extended vacation. Lodging choices include: • • • • •
Cabins ranging from cozy 1 Bedroom up to a Deluxe 3 Bedroom option. All cabins have restrooms and showers, coffee pots, small refrigerators, and microwaves. The Deluxe 3 Bedroom Cabin has a full kitchen and full size appliances. Deluxe RV Park located along the Sevier River, with trees, grass and great views of the Big Rock Candy Mountain. There are 31 spaces available, most with full hookup and all with electric and water. Motel Rooms that include 2 Queen Beds, microwave and coffee pot. Camping: Tent camping is available for groups and individuals. Bunkhouses: 3 Bunkhouses that sleep 15 individuals each on Bunk Beds.
Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the resort, and no matter which lodging option you choose, the Paiute ATV Trail is available just outside your front door. The Paiute ATV Trail encompasses hundreds of miles of trails and side trails, and the National Geographic Map (available for sale in the Convenience Store) provides detailed routes and information to help you make the most of your ride. The activities offered at the resort can provide days of fun for the whole family. Whitewater Rafting on the Sevier River is a perfect activity for the whole family. Rafters will feel the thrill of the adventure as they actively participate in navigating the rapids that range from Class II and Class III rapids. These 2-hour rafting adventures are available every two hours from midMay through mid-September. If you prefer more of a lazy river type adventure, Float Trips let you pick from rafts, kayaks or tubes. The Adventure Mountain and Zip-line allows participants to test their balance and skill as they cross a suspension bridge, traverse up and around a mountain, and take a thrilling zip-line ride back down to the bottom. The Canopy Zip-line is a series of zip-lines that take you from platform to platform, through trees and back and forth across the Sevier River.
The Suspension Bridge and Tightrope River Crossing take you back and forth across the river while challenging you to keep your balance and stay on track. The Ropes Course is designed to provide challenging activities that require both individual determination and team effort to complete. Big Rock Candy Mountain Resort is the perfect place for your next Family Reunion or Group Activity, offering plenty of lodging options as well as activities to keep all your participants entertained. Check out the different activities available at: http://www.adventure-glide.com/utah-activities. Check out the Cabins-Motel and RV Park at: http://www.awesomeadventuretv.com/big-rock-candy-mountain.html And, as always, check out www.awesomeadventuresnews.com for articles from past visitors, photos, videos and special offers available at Big Rock Candy Mountain Resort.
Puttin’ on the Ritz Goes HOLLYWOOD By Katelyn Parsley
The grand ballroom in the CasaBlanca is alit with a romantic light. The ambiance is comfortable and beautiful. The centerpieces on each of the tables are aglow with twinkling lights and small strings of beads. The theme is Hollywood and the guests are lively with costumes that fit the evening’s festivities. Yoli Bell, founder of the Mesquite Cancer Help Society, stands amid the 250 people in the room with a smile gleaming with appreciation across her face. All of these people are here to help and support victims of cancer. “This is the most awesome and supportive community,” said Bell. “Cancer touches everybody and all these people come together to help the cause.” During the dinner people were asked to raise their hands if they themselves, or someone they love was affected by cancer, almost every hand in the room shot up into the air. Bell knows firsthand how much cancer affects people’s lives. “I am a 14-year breast cancer survivor,” said Bell. “When I was diagnosed with breast cancer I had no one to turn to. I want this organization to be a support system for people, I want to direct them, I want to give them knowledge and questions to ask.” The mission statement for the society is, “The more you know, the better prepared you will be to prevent and/or fight it. “I’m a researcher; I don’t think you can ever have enough knowledge,” said Bell. “When I was first diagnosed I read a lot. My husband asked me ‘Aren’t you a little obsessed?’ and I said ‘No I’m educated,’ I think knowledge is an important thing. When people are first diagnosed they aren’t sure where to start. I hope the Mesquite Cancer Help Society helps with that.” The society has been helping victims for 13 years by paying for fuel, airline tickets, medical equipment and treatment, wigs, hats, scarves and sleeper caps. The society has flourished with help from local sponsors and people in the community. In the tradition of true Hollywood fashion, there was jazz dance number and talented local singers accompanied by the Mesquite Community Band which was directed by Felicia Smith. There was both a silent and live auction to raise additional funds for the evening. Many people who went to the dinner last year returned again with even higher hopes and bigger goals. “I had a fantastic time last year, I think everybody did,” said Joe Parsley, a board director and a mesothelioma lung cancer survivor. “I was very excited for this year’s event. It’s all about getting funds to our neighbors, and I think that’s a really good thing.” Scherff also feels very passionate and connected to the cause. “I used to live in San Francisco,” said Scherff. “There is absolutely nothing like this out there. When I came here and got involved in this, it was the most humbling feeling. It’s like a family; there is so much love and support within this community.” This year the Mesquite Cancer Help Society worked to make the dinner more like a family affair rather than a big event. “I wanted to keep it all about the locals with a home-like feeling,” said Bell with appreciation and passion in her eyes. “I want everyone to know how much I appreciate them for what they are doing.”
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IT’S SHOWTIME . . . REDD HILLS CINEMA 8 By Sue Santarcangelo Privately owned movie theaters are a rarity in this modern era of large chain operations, and Mesquite’s Redd Hills Cinema 8 is one of those rarities. Presently managed by theatre management veteran Ernie Hoffman, the multiplex was built in 2006 by Mark Smith, Charles Shoemaker, and Alan Green.
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Hoffman initially started in the business at age 15 working concessions at a local drive-in. After a career in the military, where he occasionally worked in on and off-base theaters, he retired from the Air Force and went into the business seriously in 1975. Over the years Hoffman and his friend, theater supplier Mark Smith, considered building a theater. Hoffman explained, “We had talked about building a theater chain for a long time. I was working in New York at the time and was about to retire and move back to Tucson. Mark was continually calling me, telling me about his plans to build a theater in Mesquite. I said fine, good for you! I had no desire to move (to Mesquite) at the time.” Hoffman did retire in 2003 returning to Tucson where he had been stationed during his stint in the Air Force. Bored with retirement, he took a lower management position with a theater chain in Tucson until Smith ultimately won him over. “He conned me into coming out here. They just weren’t happy with the management…” He commuted between Mesquite and Tucson for a year before Smith offered to move him to Mesquite permanently. The Redd Hills Cinema 8, which was built in 2006, was designed with an eye towards future growth. Hoffman encouraged them to modify the initial plans that called for four screens to eight screens. “At the time the town was growing and construction costs were going up and up.” The only competition in town was the theater at the Virgin River Hotel Casino, which would soon be closing. “We were thinking no one (movie theatre business) would come into the city.” What they didn’t know was the company, which owned the theater in the Virgin River Hotel Casino, was based in Salt Lake City and owned theaters throughout Utah. Ultimately they did return to Mesquite building a multiplex of their own. That competition has presented some interesting challenges because of the size of the community, however sometimes competition is a good thing. He explains that, “It became a problem booking film company product. The film buyers for the two theaters have to deal with the film producers and “divide” up the product. That process sometimes results in one theater having an edge over the other…” When asked how he compensates to overcome that edge he laughs and shrugs, “We just have to do the best job we can and hope the locals will continue to support us. We have a first rate facility, show great content, and our staff is trained that customer service is the most important part of their jobs.” The Redd Hills Cinema 8 is located at 790 W. Pioneer Blvd. in the Redd Hills Commercial Center. Redd Hills Cinema 8 has a group discount program for businesses and organizations who want to purchase blocks of tickets. For more information on the discount program, show times, ticket prices and what movies are presently showing, visit their website at www.reddhillscinema.com or call (702) 346-6100.
9th Annual Golf Tournament... for the support of Mesquite Lutheran Child Care Center, the only licensed childcare facility in Mesquite, serving Mesquite and the surrounding areas, currently caring for over 50 children. • Date: April 6, 2013 • Oasis Golf Club, Canyons Course • Scramble format, Shotgun start at 8:00 AM • Tee prizes and door prizes • Donation of $110 for play • Lunch provided following play, tickets available at $20.00 for non-players • Hole sponsorships available for $150 • Silent auction and raffle prizes following play
Contact the Child Care Center at 702-346-3954 or Committee Chairman Turk Chaney at 702-346-3781 with any questions and to receive sign-up materials.
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OH, WHAT A NIGHT...For the VVHS Forensics Team! By Greg Johnston January 11-13th witnessed another stepping-stone in the growth of the Virgin Valley High School Forensics team. Moapa Valley High School hosted a full tournament for CCSD and Utah High School speech and debate teams. While not as large as the Las Vegas Tournaments, the same top competitors from the big high schools participated with a total of 15 high schools competing.
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Friday night, January 11th, was dedicated to all the Individual Events. These include all the platform speeches, Original Oratory, Expository Speaking, Extemporaneous Speaking and Impromptu Speaking. The other individual events category includes all the interpretation events, Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Duo Interpretation and Prose Reading. The Virgin Valley High School (VVHS) team had entries in all of these categories. The VVHS team, with head coach Greg Johnston, assistant coaches Trevor Griffin-Stidd and Jenn Brailey, and captains Kayla Grimm, Brooke Robinson, Christian Bryant, Ashelyn Dye, Stephanie Beltran and Brittany Brooks, had been in panic mode with only one week to prep for this tournament. Drama teacher, Kelly Zarndt, also offered her assistance and was instrumental in our preparation. Everyone did an amazing job and this tournament is an indicator of continuing progress. Actually, this tournament was an amazing success for the individual students and the team as a whole.
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We placed in every individual event’s open category but one rounding out our most successful evening in three years. Saturday, January 12th, represented our team’s biggest challenge, debate. We know that when it comes to competition, the individual events are our strength. In full tournaments, a team also has to debate well to place. We occasionally have some good individual outings in debate, but as a team, we have to win consistently in debate to hope to place and this is our goal for this year. Sitting at the awards on Saturday evening was tense. When debate winners are announced, we usually hear an occasional Moapa Valleys and A-Techs as winners from the small schools in events dominated by powerhouse schools like Green Valley, Spring Valley, Canyon Springs, and Palo Verde. The awards went from good to great for our small team. The Virgin Valley High School team placed 6th in Varsity Public Forum Debate, and 3rd in Junior Varsity level. In the Congressional Debate, the team placed 3rd in Junior Varsity Congress, and 2nd in Varsity Senate debate. The crème de la crème of debate is the Lincoln Douglas style debate, which the team also placed in. These debate victories allowed us to hold on to the lead we had taken among small schools in Individual Events. This score was good enough to take 1st among small schools for VVHS, and amazing 2nd overall finishing, only behind perpetual large school state champs, Green Valley High School. What an amazing night for Virgin Valley. Now, it gets only harder with one more full tournament before we enter into the county competition where every competitor in the district will be at their peak. The old saying is true; there is no rest for the weary! EDITORS NOTE: View On Mesquite Magazine would like to congratulate all of the students representing Mesquite. Great Job!
9th Annual Heart Walk â€“ A Success In the spirit of National Heart Month, more than 380 participants joined in walking 3.2 miles from the Mesquite Recreation Center to Mesa View Regional Hospital. Ranging from toddlers to the elderly and even some four-legged friends, they all enjoyed the perfect weather of a February morning in Mesquite. The annual walk was sponsored by the City of Mesquite, Mesa View Regional Hospital, and many other generous local businesses.
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BRAIN GAMES By Sue Santarcangelo
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A recent flood of advertisements for websites promoting “brain training” have hit the airwaves. They claim you can improve your memory, lengthen your attention span and increase your problem solving abilities by playing “scientific” brain games. These websites generally require you to pay-to-play. Some of the more savvy marketers are even promoting these websites to businesses for use in the workplace to enhance employee’s abilities. But do they really work? Can brain games help you improve your memory and become a master problem solver? There is no definitive answer at this time. Scientists and medical professionals around the world are doing research on brain function and potential enhancements related to specific game types. Daphne Bavelier, a professor in the Department of Brain And Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester, is researching the effects of video games on our brains. She notes the average age of video gamers is 33 and getting older. Research has found that contrary to popular thought, gamers generally have greater visual acuity, are less distracted and are able to focus better on tasks. As more is learned about the impact of these games on the brain, she envisions the use of carefully crafted games as a way to help keep healthy brains functioning at a high level. She is also making overtures to the video game developers in the hope that future games may be designed for brain rehabilitation. Much more work needs to be done to determine how much “playtime” is healthy and at what point does game playing become a negative in the gamer’s life. Additionally, there is the challenge of developing games that are targeted for particular medical or rehabilitation application, while still making them economically feasible. All that is in the future! For those of us who are looking for ways to keep our minds clear and functioning now, the key is “engagement.” Research has shown that as we age our brains need to activate more areas to accomplish tasks than it did when we were young. To keep our brains active and make tasks easier we must find ways to stimulate it like reading a book, doing complicated math equations, designing a project, doing crossword puzzles, filling out Sudoku, or playing games including video, trivia, board games, cards or Scrabble. If you’re computer savvy, there are brain training game sites with free games available. But all the input into your head can help only if you keep the rest of your system healthy and well tuned. Diet, stress, exercise, illness, depression, drugs and medical conditions all effect our brain function. We have all seen a friend or relative fail when one or more of these conditions are ignored or go untreated. In the end it all comes down to the same two silver bullets of good health: diet and exercise. Feed your brain good food and get moving. All the brain games in the world cannot make up for a bad diet and lack of exercise. So if you really want to train your brain, give it what it needs: a healthy brain friendly Mediterranean diet and a serious dose of aerobic exercise. Then relax and enjoy your favorite brain game. Some free brain game playing sites are: www.AARP.org, www.mindgames.com, or www.freebrainagegames.com. Find others by searching for “free brain games.”
Pet Grooming Is More Than Just Pampering By Sue Santarcangelo There was a time when the only people who had their pets groomed were upper crust elites with money to burn, or professional breeders showing off their animals for notoriety and profit. We often thought that working dogs and house pets did not need any special kind of pampering or attention. These days we know that grooming our pets, whether they are working dogs, show cats, or some unusual or exotic creature, is not as much about pampering them as it is about keeping them healthy. Proper care of our beloved familiars can enhance and prolong their lives. So what does you pet need? Some exotic pets have special needs, but our most common friends, dogs and cats, generally have the same basic hygiene requirements that we all do! Pets need their hair brushed, ears and teeth cleaned, and their nails clipped. Add a warm bath and a quick massage, and they will not only feel good, but your care and attention might lengthen their lives. It doesn’t matter if your pet has long or short hair, giving them a bath and brushing them removes excess hair and dead skin, stimulates hair follicles, improves blood circulation and stimulates their lymphatic system. It also allows you or your groomer to become familiar with your pet’s body and find any blemish, tumors, fleas and other surface parasites. Also, cleaning their ears and learning how to properly brush and care for your pet’s teeth can help reduce tooth loss, infections, and heart problems. Grooming can be a do-it-yourself project if you have some time and the patience. There are numerous websites that explain how to prepare both your pet and yourself for the grooming experience. They will also provide a list of equipment and products you need. If you’re not up to doing it yourself, finding a good groomer who likes your pet and whom your pet likes is critical. Locating the groomer that fits your pet’s needs may seem like a huge challenge but there are places to start. If you see a well-groomed dog, ask the owner who grooms their pet. Then visit the shop. Ask for a tour and see the condition of the facilities how the groomers interact with the pets. Also ask about the groomers’ training and experience. Jeanie Tullis owner of La de’ Paws Grooming Salon in St. George, Utah, and her new location in Mesquite, understands the value of training. “When I decided to go into this business I wanted to do it right. I went to school for six months in Las Vegas and then took “finishing school” for six months in Chicago. I learned all about grooming, shampoos, foods, and much more.” Providing the very best service is important to her and the national award plaques on the wall honoring her staff are a testament to that commitment. “My head groomer Renee is ranked number 32 in the U.S., is certified by the International Professional Grooming Association in grooming all breeds of dogs and just earned the title of Master Groomer.” In November 2012, Jeanie opened a second La de’ Paws location in Mesquite in the Redd Hills Commercial Center to serve the more than 90 Mesquite locals who had been taking their pets to her St. George shop. Her head groomer Renee, a Mesquite local, is here full time grooming the dogs in the front where owners can watch. To make an appointment call (702) 499-8585 or visit the shop at 742 W. Pioneer Blvd., Ste. E. Hours are Monday–Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, and every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month 8:00 am–2:00 pm.
Mesquite’s New Running Club - Mesquitos on the Run By Terri Rylander It started with a hunch: that there are many runners in Mesquite who would enjoy meeting other runners to share goals, experiences, opinions, and anything running-related. In early 2012, Mesquitos on the Run, Mesquite’s new running club, was born. What started as a small group with just a couple of people has grown to over 50 people on the group’s Facebook page--all with an interest in running in Mesquite. Mesquitos on the Run offers group runs on Tuesday nights and Saturday mornings. Runners typically make run suggestions during the week, and plan the route together. On run day, they may run all or just part of the route, depending on their ability or desires for that day. Some will run solo and others will run in small groups. “It’s nice knowing others are out there, watching out for you, holding you accountable, and cheering you on when you finish,” says runner, Ericka Hansen. The running club has participated in several races as a group, including 24 Hours of Utah, Bryce Half Marathon, Parowan Half Marathon, Cedar Express Relay, Cedar City Half Marathon, Las Vegas Ragnar Relay and, most recently, the St. George Half Marathon. “It’s so much more fun going to races with your running friends, instead of by yourself. I’m not sure I would have done as much running if I didn’t find the club!” said runner, Diana Brandes. In addition to running, the club has organized and assisted with local running events in the area. The largest club organized event was the Gold Butte Days Half Marathon and 5K. Over 60 runners participated in the event, many coming from Las Vegas and St. George, with some coming from as far as Florida and Canada. The feedback was excellent and the club hopes to put on the race again in 2013. Other club activities have included officiating at the Virgin Valley High School (VVHS) track and cross-country meets, organizing volunteers for the Tri-States/Mesquite Marathon, and presenting the 2013 Resolution Run. The Resolution Run is envisioned as an annual event to inspire runners and walkers to begin or continue fitness programs in the new year. Mesquitos on the Run is now organizing into a formal running club. The club has selected officers and is working to secure non-profit status, as well as planning group activities for the upcoming year. Those activities not only include group runs and races, but putting on races too. “We’re going to be pretty busy in our second year,” said club president, Gary Culver. “Aside from going to races as a club, we have a calendar full of race ideas, and have made commitments to bring some to fruition.”
Mesquitos on the Run will host the Mesquite Spring 5K on April 27th, the Dam Fast Half and 5K Run/Walk on May 4th, and is ready to commit to the Gold Butte Days Half Marathon and 5K on October 19th, once that event is confirmed. The club will also manage the track and field event at the Mesquite Senior Games, and will be available to assist with VVHS track and cross-country meets.
Upcoming races by Mesquitos on the Run •
Mesquite Spring 5K - April 27, 2013 - www.mesquitosontherun. com/mesquite-spring-5k/
Dam Fast Half - May 4, 2013 - http://www.damfasthalf.com/
Gold Butte Days Half Marathon and 5K - October 19, 2013 http://www.goldbuttedaysfestival.com/activities/gold-butte-dayshalf-marathon-5k/
Anyone interested in joining Mesquitos on the Run can get more information at: www. mesquitosontherun.com, send an email to: email@example.com, or call the club president, Gary Culver, at (702) 613-4250.
The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
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By Celece Seegmiller Many people gathered in Mesquite in January hoping to see the beautiful hot air balloons rise above the desert landscape at the balloon festival. Sadly, Mother Nature did not cooperate and the balloons did not go up due to the rain, wind, and unusual fog. Like a child on Christmas morning, I was up at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday and again on Sunday waiting for the weather to clear. This hot air balloon was my opportunity to cross another item off my bucket list. I did not get the opportunity to go up, however I attended the nightglow on Saturday evening, which was quite spectacular. Although I’ve seen the balloons in the distance, I did not realize how massive they were until I was up close watching the process of them rising. As the colors came to life in the night sky, I could not help but think about a tour that I have scheduled in October of this year. It is the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, one of the most notorious balloon festivals in the country. Each October, the skies of New Mexico are painted with hundreds of balloons as they lift off from Fiesta Park. The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is dazzling during the day, but the spectacle of hundreds of hot air balloons is even better when they light up at dawn and dusk. This tour begins in Albuquerque, New Mexico and not only features the Balloon Fiesta, but also includes the surrounding area and Santa Fe. As I learned in Mesquite, balloon activity begins at the crack of dawn. The first morning is an early start at the Fiesta Grounds with the Opening Ceremonies. Founded in 1972, the Fiesta began with 13 balloons and has grown to more than 600 balloons from all over the world. Guests will view the “mass ascension” of these specially shaped balloons as they lift off at sunrise. In the afternoon, a local guide introduces the group to Albuquerque on a guided city tour. Of course balloon activity is spectacular at night, and on Day 2 the real treat is at the Balloon Glow event. Just before dusk, the burners of nearly 500 balloons are ignited and the evening sky fills with a kaleidoscope of brilliant, luminous color. As if that is not enough, the evening is topped off with a vivid fireworks display.
Since we will be in New Mexico, we decided to continue the tour to scenic Santa Fe. After three nights in Albuquerque, the fourth day brings a trip to Los Alamos via the Jemez Mountain Trail to visit Bandelier National Monument. Here passengers will see the display of daily life of the Pueblo people and their traditions, which began in the distant past and are still practiced today. The day ends in Santa Fe, which the convention and visitors bureau claims to be a magical, exuberant, colorful journey. Known for history and culture, it tends to inspire everyone who visits. Santa Fe offers art galleries and diverse visual arts that span ancient traditional techniques to the most contemporary and edgy. Guests can’t wait to partake in the sumptuous cuisine, treat themselves to colorful markets and experience why Santa Fe has been considered legendary trading center for hundreds Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico of years. Two nights are included in Santa Fe, along with a walking tour where a local guide will take the group through historic Santa Fe. The tour includes a visit to the Loretto Chapel, a marvel of architectural ingenuity. For the shoppers, Governor’s Plaza will provide a variety of shops and artist studios. Of course, there is plenty of free time to wander through the galleries and studios before returning to Albuquerque for the return flight home. If you missed the Mesquite Balloon Festival over the weekend and want the opportunity to see the skies of the southwest painted with colorful balloons at dusk and dawn, then I suggest considering the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Tour, complete with your own driver, tour escort, plenty of meals, sightseeing, art, history, and of course - balloons! Celece Seegmiller is the local owner of The Travel Connection located at 1386 E. 100 South in St. George. For travel information or assistance, please contact her at (435) 628-3636 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Who Says, “There’s Nothing For A Senior To Do In Mesquite?” By Larry LeMieux If you have heard someone say these words, you are listening to a person who probably doesn’t want anything to do. On any given week in our little town there are an abundance of activities to choose from. As I write this, we have just finished the Mesquite Motor Mania car show with hundreds of custom and antique automobiles on display. At the same time you could sample some of the best chili recipes ever created as chili chefs from all over the country vied for the top prize. By the time you read this we will have experienced the majesty of night glow at the hot air balloon festival and the roar of many ATV’s and enduro bikes at the Mesquite Off-Road Weekend. If you are a lover of the arts, we have stuff for you too. There is a beautiful gallery displaying the works of the many talented artists and artisans living in the area. The gallery hosts a small amphitheater with free entertainment and is located next door to a fascinating historical museum where one can get a taste of the history of the Virgin Valley and its pioneers. Down the street is the Community Theatre where on most any weekend you can enjoy a concert, a pageant, dance shows or lectures. Next door to the theatre is the college. You’re never too old to learn something new.
~ SCHEDULE OF EVENTS ~ Apr 1: Bocce Ball - Mesquite Recreation Center Apr 3-6: Tennis – Hafen Park Apr 6: Golf Long Drive - Mesquite Sports & Event Complex A pr 10-14: Men’s Softball Apr 12: Basketball Skills – Mesquite Recreation Center A pr 13-14: Women’s Softball A pr 15-16: Bridge - Sun City Mesquite Apr 19: Bowling - Virgin River Casino Apr 20: Target Pistol - Mesquite Shooters Club Range A pr 22-24: Pickleball - Sun City Mesquite Apr 27: Track & Field - Virgin Valley High School Apr 27: Road Race, 5K, All-Ages (Bring the Kids!) – Mesquite Sports & Events Complex
Should your interests lie in physical activities, let me tell you about the Mesquite Senior Games. Mesquite has its own Olympics for seniors. Held in April, the Mesquite Senior Games is entering its 12th year of competition. The competition is organized by age categories and sex, and you compete for a gold, silver or bronze medals. Men and women participate in a variety of games in age categories of 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74 and 75+. The games feature more strenuous sports like Tennis, Pickleball, Softball, Bowling, Basketball Skills, Golf Long Drive and Track and Field, to the less physical like Pistol Shooting and Bridge. Although it is a competitive event, the main focus is on enjoying the comradery and exercise the games provide. The Senior Games is an ever-evolving event with new activities added each year. If your favorite sport or game is not listed, they will be happy to consider it for the future. Whether you want to compete or not, the Senior Games committee is always seeking volunteers to help at the different venues. If you would like more information on the Mesquite Senior Games please visit their website at: mesquiteseniorgames.com or call them at (702) 346-0244. And next time someone says, “There’s nothing for a senior to do in Mesquite,” maybe they just need a little encouragement.
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FOR THE OUTDOOR FOODIE By: Helen Houston Creamer After a long day on the trail, whether it be biking, hiking, climbing or going off-road in your ATV, you’re ready for a satisfying meal and something cold to quench your thirst. Since many of us don’t carry around kitchen cooking conveniences, we are faced with preparing meals that are fast and easy. Now, I’m not talking about eating rehydrated foods with a spork, but tasty, pre-planned menu items that pack and travel well and require minimal preparation.
Foil-Roasted Mushrooms with Hazelnuts & Chives In every crowd, there’s an overachiever. Preparing food by the campfire is no exception. With this “dirty gourmet” recipe, preparation is easy with just a cast iron skillet, foil and a grill grate over the fire. 4 cups mixed mushrooms, wiped clean and sliced 4 Tbsp. butter, cut into cubes 2 Tbsp. chives, chopped ½ tsp. salt Freshly ground pepper ½ cup chopped hazelnuts, fire-roasted 1. 2.
Prepare a high-heat fire and let it burn for 30 minutes. Place a cast iron skillet over the flame until hot. Add the hazelnuts and cook, shaking the pan occasionally until the nuts are golden and the skin begins to crackle and flake. Cool completely before chopping. Place the mushrooms in the center of a large sheet of foil. Dot the mushrooms with the butter and sprinkle on the chives, salt and pepper. Fold the edges securely over the mushrooms, forming a packet, and place the packet on the grill grate secured over the open flame. Cook until the mushrooms are tender and turning golden, about 15 minutes. Open the packet and continue roasting until the juices evaporate, up to 10 minutes more. Toss in the chopped, toasted hazelnuts, stir and serve.
Barbecued Chicken Burritos These tangy burritos are a day-trip favorite because they can be made ahead and enjoyed cold or warmed in foil packets over the campfire. Refrigeration prior to the meal is a must. 4 cups of roasted, shredded chicken ½ cup prepare barbecue sauce 1 cup canned black beans, rinsed ½ cup frozen corn, thawed ¼ cup sour cream 4 leaves romaine lettuce 4 10-inch whole-wheat tortillas 2 limes, cut in wedges 1. 2. 3.
In a skillet over medium-high heat, add chicken, barbecue sauce, beans, corn and sour cream. Stir and cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Assemble the wraps by placing a lettuce leaf in the center of each tortilla (this helps keep the burrito from getting soggy). Place one-fourth of the chicken mixture on each of the four tortillas. Roll as you would a burrito. Serve warm or cold with lime wedges.
Peppermint Oreo Dirtballs “Ninety-Nine Pouches of Booze on the Wall, Ninety-Nine Pouches of Booze. . . “
Out on the trail, what’s a little dirt among friends, right? Dust, dirt and grime – they are inevitable. With these tasty treats, you can get your kids involved. But you can cut down on the extra grit by having them wash their hands first! 1 pkg. Oreo cookies 8 oz. cream cheese, softened 6 candy canes 1. 2. 3.
Place Oreos in a large zip-lock bag and seal. Finely crush the cookies with a big rock, being careful not to puncture the bag. Open the bag and add the softened cream cheese. Using your hands, from the outside of the bag, smoosh the cookies and cream cheese together. Roll mixture into 1” balls and set aside. In another zip lock bag, crush the candy canes. Toss each dirt ball into the bag of crushed candy canes, pressing the candy cane pieces so they stick to the outside of the dirtballs.
There’s something so refreshing about cracking open a cold one at the end of the trail or unwinding by the campfire with a glass of wine as the sun sets. Alcohol out on the trail has its downside—its weight. But if you have your heart set on campsite cocktails, check out the newest in pre-mixed drinks and wine. Leave the cumbersome bottles and cans at home and try the convenient, no-mess way to serve swanky, mixology-style cocktails around the fire.
The Unlikely Champions By Kristan Darragh, Museum Coordinator Sports mania began the day William E. Woodbury of St. George, Utah brought the first basketball into Mesquite. The year was 1911 and the new elementary school principal achieved more influence because of one round ball than through any other avenue. The local boys immediately became obsessed with this game and Woodbury had an immediate incentive to get them to work hard in school. In 1913 Virgin Valley High School, which was located in Bunkerville, tripled its faculty to three teachers. One of those teachers was Erastus Snow Romney and in 1913 he became the high school basketball coach. With the student count that year being less than 15 students you can bet that every boy in school made the team! During that same year, 1913, a Mr. Babcock from Las Vegas donated a silver cup to be presented to the Clark County School winning three consecutive basketball championships. Little did he, or anyone else for that fact, know that a small rural high school from Bunkerville would win that silver cup for doing the unthinkable. Virgin Valley High School won the Clark County basketball championship in 1913, 1914 and 1915! In February 1916, teams from Las Vegas, Virgin Valley, Ely, and Fallon met in Tonopah for the district playoffs. The other teams had a good time taunting and teasing this six- man “farm-boy” team from Virgin Valley until this small school team beat the other teams and were crowned the new District Champions. In March the team traveled by horse, wagon, and train to get to Reno to play for the State Championships. In the first game of the semi-finals Virgin Valley faced Fallon and beat them 21-19. At the same time Virgin Valley was winning their game, Reno High School beat Winnemucca, which meant that Virgin Valley would face Reno for the State Championship. The Virgin Valley team stood in awe when they entered the gym at the University of Reno where the championship game would be held. The gym was packed full of faces that they didn’t know and that didn’t seem overly friendly to welcome these farm boys to their town! Despite feeling a bit out of place the Virgin Valley basketball team beat Reno High School 29-18 and became the State Champions! At home, news of the championship game reached Bunkerville while the other students were in class at the old rock church. Juanita Brooks, who was a student at the time, wrote about the experience saying, “It was too good to be true! It just couldn’t
have happened to us! Our little school, scarcely enough fellows to make a team, had won the basketball championship of all Nevada!” Each decade since has seen its share of champions. Virgin Valley High School have been state champs in basketball (girls and boys), sixman and eleven-man football, baseball and girls volleyball. We now have programs for kids of all ages in a variety of sports including soccer, golf and many varieties of dance. Sports have long been a tradition in the Virgin Valley and will long continue to be so. The values learned in sports teach life lessons of teamwork, sacrifice, hard work and dedication. Please visit the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, to see the silver cup presented to the 1913-1915 champions as well as other local sports memorabilia. Source: A River and a Road by Dorothy Frehner 1923 Virgin Valley High School girls’ basketball team. Thurston. Top Row L to R: Lillian Jones Pulsipher, Elizabeth Leavitt Wittwer, Miss Gardner (teacher), Zelma Leavitt Leavitt, and Orpha Hardy Woods Front Row L to R: Diana Waite Kane, Erma Leavitt Leavitt, and Glenna Leavitt Waite
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Information Guide Hotels / Motels Best Western Mesquite 390 N. Sandhill Blvd. (702) 346-7444 CasaBlanca Resort Casino Golf-Spa 950 W. Mesquite Blvd. (702) 346-7529
Highland Manor Care Giver Support Service Mesquite Senior Center 2nd & 4th Tuesday - 2-3pm 102 West Old Mill Rd. Terra Shreve (702) 346-7666 Child Protective Services Hotline (702) 399-0081
Eureka Casino Hotel 275 Mesa Blvd. (702) 346-4600
City Council Meetings 2nd & 4th Tuesdays – 5 pm City Hall (Upstairs) (702) 346-5295
Historic Beaver Dam Lodge RV/Golf Resort (928) 347-2222
Clark County Rural Democratic Caucus (702) 715-8403
Highland Estates Resort 555 Highland Drive (702) 346-0871
Desert Dames Doris Groene (702) 345-5167
Holiday Inn Express & Suites 1030 W. Pioneer Blvd. (702) 346-2200
Desert Fox Flyers Radio Control Flying Club (702) 346-3788
Siegel Suites 580 Mesa Blvd. (702) 346-4700
Exchange Club of Mesquite Tuesdays – 12:00 noon Mesa View Hospital (702) 346-6633
Valley Inn Motel 791 W. Mesquite Blvd. (702) 346-5281 Virgin River Hotel Casino 100 E. Pioneer Blvd. (702) 346-7777 Meetings & Support Groups Alcoholics Anonymous Sharing & Caring AA Groups 150 N. Yucca, Room #18 (Spanish Speaking Meetings) (702) 346-6315 (435) 215-8653
Greater Mesquite Arts Foundation Mesquite Campus (702) 346-1232 Knights of Columbus 1st Tuesday – 6:15 pm Falcon Ridge Hotel 1030 W. Pioneer Blvd. Kokopelli ATV Club Charlie – (702) 345-3672 League of Women Voters 2nd Saturday – 10 am Veterans Center firstname.lastname@example.org
Al-Anon Family Group 150 N. Yucca, Room #18 Jan – (702) 533-3960 Lynn – (928) 347-5478
Mesquite Area Chamber of Commerce 12 W. Mesquite Blvd., Ste 107 (702) 346-2902
American Legion 3rd Tuesday – 7 pm Falcon Ridge Hotel 1030 W. Pioneer Blvd
Mesquite Arts Council For the Performing Arts 150 N. Yucca, Suite 23 (702) 346-2787 www.mesquiteartscouncil.com
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 Nevada Bank & Trust Ron Bird – (702) 346-7025 Mesquite Sunrise Rotary Thursdays – 7:30 am Mesquite Playoffs Jacque Hart – (702) 345-8665 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 VFW Post 2nd Thursday– 6:30 pm Veterans Center Harold Straley, Commander (702) 346-3268 Vietnam Veterans of America Veterans Center 840 Hafen Ln www.vamesquite.org (702) 345-3361 Virgin Valley Amateur Radio Club Fire Station #2 (at the Airport) Charlie Lum Kee (702) 345-4646
Information Guide 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 Virgin Valley Theater Group 3rd Tuesday – 6 pm Mesquite Campus, Room #19 Teri – (702) 533-8546 We Care For Animals 1st Thursday – 6 pm (702) 346-3326 www.wecareforanimals.org City Information City Hall (702) 346-5295 City Jail 500 Hillside Drive (702) 346-6925
Mesquite Fine Arts Center & Gallery 15 W. Mesquite Blvd. (702) 346-1338 www.mesquitefineartscenter.com Virgin Valley Heritage Museum 35 W. Mesquite Blvd. (702) 346-5705 Worship Calvary Chapel of Mesquite (702) 346-7583 Christian Community Church (702) 346-2698 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (702) 346-8888
Golf Courses Historic Beaver Dam (928) 347-2222 Canyons (Oasis GC) (702) 346-7820
Conestoga (702) 346-4292
La Virgen De Guadalupe Catholic Church (702) 346-7065
Coyote Willows (702) 345-3222
Mesquite Christian Center (702) 346-5164
Justice Court (702) 346-5298
Mesquite Lutheran Church (702) 346-5811
Municipal Court (702) 346-5291
Recreation Center (702) 346-8732
Valley Presbyterian Church (702) 346-5683
Graceway Alliance (702) 346-8667
Building Department (702) 346-2835
Senior Center 102 W. Old Mill Road (702) 346-5290
River Valley Bible Church (702) 346-0339
CasaBlanca (702) 346-6764
Animal Control (702) 346-5268
Police Department Emergency – 911 Non-emergency (702) 346-6911
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (702) 346-3390 or 346-0503
First Baptist Church (702) 346-7061
Living Waters Fellowship Church (702) 346-8558
Fire Department Emergency – 911 Fire Administration Office (702) 346-2690
Mesquite United Methodist Church (702) 346-4663
Falcon Ridge (702) 346-6363 Palmer (Oasis GC) (702) 346-7820 Palms (702) 346-4067 Wolf Creek (702) 346-1670
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Mesquite Playoffs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Mesquite Self Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Mesquite Tile & Flooring . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Mesquite Veterinary Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Mr Pawn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Nini’s Hair & Nails. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Oasis Chiropractic Center. . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Pampered Pooches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Peggy Sue’s Diner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 Pizza Hut . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Premier Properties – Geno Withelder . . . . . . 56 Quality 1 Realty – Angela Brooks-Reese . . . . . 1 Quality 1 Realty – Beverly Rineck. . . . . . . . .58
Dee’s Bookkeeping & Tax Service . . . . . . . . 59 Dell Web- Sun City Mesquite. . Inside Back Cover Desert Oasis Spa & Salon. . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Desert Pain Specialists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Elite Shredding, Utah. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Eureka Casino Hotel . . . . . . Inside Front Cover Farmers Insurance- Bill Mitchell. . . . . . . . . .58 Five Star Vein Institute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Geminis Jewelry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Golden West Restaurant & Casino . . . . . . . .53 Golf Performance Studio – Rob Krieger . . . . . 59 Guns & Guitars, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Hangey’s Custom Upholstering. . . . . . . . . .55 Have Boutique Will Travel. . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Heritage Electric . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Hues & Vues. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Iceberg Air Conditioning & Heating . . . . . . . 58 J.B.’s Valley Nutrition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Karl’s Pest Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Kitchen Encounters/Classy Closets. . . . . . . .27 Klasik Kloset Consignment Boutique. . . . . . .54 La de Paws . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Magic Touch Janitorial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Mesa View Hospital. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Mesquite Extreme Powersports . . . . . . . . . 31 Mesquite Ford- Dave Heath . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Mesquite Home Theater . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Mesquite Lock Doc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57
Quality 1 Realty – Bret Lower. . . . . . . . . . .57 Quality 1 Realty – Debbie Spitale. . . . . . . . .56 Quality 1 Realty – Patty Brooks. . . . . . . . . .57 Quality 1 Realty – Terree Knutson . . . . . . . . 59 Rager & Sons Refridgeration . . . . . . . . . . .56 Ready Golf & Gear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Redd Hills Cinema. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Reliance Connects -. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Remax – Cindy Risinger. . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Remax Ridge Realty- Beverly Powers Uhlir. . . .59 Rooster Cottage Consignment Gallery. . . . . .54 Royal Water Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Santa Fe Ceramics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Silver Rider . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Southwest Spirit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Spirit Wind . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 State Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Stephens Hair Etc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Sun City Mesquite- Deb Parsley . . . . . . . . . 57 The PC Guy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 The Pool Shark LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 The Travel Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Virgin Valley Artist Association . . . . . . . . . .56 Virgin Valley Dental . . . . . . . . . . . Back Cover Virgin Valley Heritage Museum. . . . . . . . . .54 Western Exterminator. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Wolf Creek Terrace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53
Area Highlights and Local Events MARCH Feb 28th- Mar 2nd Feb 28th- Mar 2nd 1st- 3rd 3rd 4th- 30th 7th- 9th 7th- 9th 8th and 9th 8th 14th- 16th 15th and 16th 16th 17th 19th- 24th 22nd and 23rd 23rd 28th- 30th 30th
Collegiate Club Baseball’s Swing into Spring Tournament at Pioneer and Hunter Sports Park Desert Launch Championship- LDA at Mesquite Sports & Events Complex ISA Girls Fastpitch Tournament at Pioneer and Hunter Sports Park Mesquite Shootout- LDA at Mesquite Sports & Events Complex Artists and Poets Art Competition. For details about this event, please visit Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery at 15 W. Mesquite Blvd or call 346-1338 Baseball Cactus Classic at Pioneer, Hunter and Old Mill Fields Softball Desert Winds Tournament at Pioneer, Hunter and Old Mill Fields USSSA Softball- Men at Pioneer, Hunter and Old Mill Fields 7pm BYU Folk Dancers presented by Mesquite Arts Council call 346-ARTS for details Rocky Mountain School of Baseball at Pioneer, Hunter and Old Mill Fields Mystery Play “Death Trap” presented by Mesquite Community Theatre. See below for ticket info ** Mesquite Madness Cycling Event presented by SpinGeeks and Virgin River Casino. For full Mesquite Madness event details and registration, please visit www.spingeeks.com/events/mesquite-madness/ Also see our article on page 8 3pm Shamrock Shamble Golf Tournament. For complete details and registration, please visit www.mesquitegaming.com Senior Softball USA Spring World Championship Qualifier at Pioneer, Hunter and Old Mill Fields Mystery Play “Death Trap” presented by Mesquite Community Theatre. See below for ticket info ** Mayhem in Mesquite 2 at CasaBlanca Resort. Doors open at 5pm, event begins at 6pm. For details, please visit www.casablancaresort.com Bryan Hardy/Easter Tournament by Rocky Mountain School of Baseball at Pioneer, Hunter and Old Mill Fields 4pm Ms. Senior Mesquite Pageant at Mesquite Community Theatre. Tickets are $15 see below for ticket info **
April 1st- May 4th A 3D Art Competition. For details about this event, please visit Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery at 15 W. Mesquite Blvd or call (702) 346-1338 April 1st- May 4th Stay Smart with Art Exhibition. For details about this event, please visit Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery at 15 W Mesquite Blvd or call (702) 346-1338 April 1st- 27th Mesquite Senior Games. See article on page 44 for details and schedule of activies. 6th 9th Annual Golf Tournament to benefit Mesquite Lutheran Child Care Center. See ad on page 33 for details and contact info 6th- 7th Rocky Mountain Gun Show hosted by the CasaBlanca Resort. Please visit www.casablancaresort.com for complete details. 18th 1pm Mesquite Toes Dance Spectacular presented by Mesquite Community Theatre. See below for ticket info ** 19th & 20th 7pm Mesquite Toes Dance Spectacular presented by Mesquite Community Theatre. See below for ticket info ** 19th Mesquite’s Relay For Life. See article on page 14 for details. 20th 8am Earth Day 2013. Just south of Hughes Middle School, breakfast, snacks and lunch served, fun prizes, give-a-ways, contests and activities. All ages welcome. 25th 3pm and 7pm The Attic is a full stage production show presented at the Mesquite Community Theatre. See the article on page 23 for details. 27th Mesquite Spring 5K hosted by Mesquitos on the Run. See article on page 40 for details **Mesquite Community Theatre Box Office is located at 150 N. Yucca Street. Phone: (702) 345-4499 Box office hours: 4pm-7pm Thursday and Friday, 9am- 12pm Saturday
Mesquite Senior Center Happenings SENIOR CENTER COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE Come one, come all! On Saturday, March 16, from 8:00 a.m. to Noon, the Department of Athletics and Leisure Services– Senior Services Division will be hosting a Community Garage Sale in the Senior Center’s parking lot.
MESQUITE DAYS SOCK HOP Dance fans age 50 and older are invited to dance the night away on Friday, May 3rd, at the Mesquite Recreation Center. From 6 to 8 p.m., the Recreation Center will be transformed into a 1950s high gymnasium, decorated accordingly for a good old-fashioned sock hop. Popular hits music from iconic entertainers of yesteryear, including Buddy Holly, Connie Frances, Chuck Berry, Patsy Cline and Elvis, to name a few will be played. Dressing in 1950’s and 60’s attire is encouraged.
Mesquite Senior Center 102 W. Mill Road, Mesquite
Tickets are $3 per person. Deadline to purchase tickets is Monday, April 29 available at the Mesquite Senior Center. For more information please contact Griseyda/Krissy at (702) 346-5290.
MESQUITE DAY’S ZUMBATHON® The Department of Athletics and Leisure Services will be hosting a Zumbathon® during the Mesquite Day’s Celebrations. This event will take place on Saturday, May 4 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mesquite Recreation Center.
(702) 346-5290 WANT TO LEARN TO CROCHET
Tickets for the event are $3 per person. Deadline to purchase tickets is Monday, April 29 at the Mesquite Senior Center. Come join us! Have a great night of fun and meeting new people.
Classes to learn the basics of crochet began February 5, 2013 at the Mesquite Senior Center. Classes are from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. You will learn the six basic stitches and make a useful item in the process. All materials and tools are provided as well as patterns to collect in a book for a modest fee of $5 per week. Join us for a time of fun as we learn something creative and new.
For more information please contact the Department of Athletics and Leisure Services, Senior Services Division (Griseyda Belalcazar), Senior Services Supervisor at (702) 346-5290 ext. 4006.
For information on upcoming Senior Trips or other events and activities, please call (702) 346-5290 or stop by the Center for our current newsletter.
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
Take a test drive. Or a test ride, swim, or dance. If you’re interested in new adventures, meeting new people and continued personal growth, then you’ve probably given some thought to moving to a Del Webb community. In that case, we have some good news: With our Explore Del Webb program, you can live the exciting, activity-ﬁlled life of a resident before you really are one. You’ll meet the people who already call this vibrant community home, and get their perspective on how and why they made the decision to live there.
SAVE THE DATE! Thursday, March 28th: Country Western Hoedown Friday, April 26th: Spring Luau
Saturday, May 18th: Armed Forces Day Event Friday, June 7th: Brunch and Bubbly
Call (702) 345-4187 to schedule your Explore Del Webb weekend, or to attend an upcoming event.
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Published on Mar 4, 2013
Lifestyles magazine for the area of Mesquite Nevada. High lighting local activities, businesses and restaurants. Activities of the local peo...