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Dear Readers,

July 15 – September 15, 2012 Volume 5 – Issue 4

Editor in Chief

Kathy Lee

Managing Editor

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Creative Director

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I can’t believe it has been an entire year since our last Home & Garden issue. It is always one of my favorite to publish as it showcases the beauty of our homes and our amazing outdoor landscaping. Summer is upon us and although some of our residents (snowbirds) leave us for a while, more and more every year stay to work and play. Speaking of play, our local golf courses provide exceptional deals this time of year. I intend to take full advantage of this to jump-start my golf prowess. It is my hope that you will find this edition of View On Mesquite Magazine a very informative issue. We have combined some very helpful tips and great ideas for you to use in your own home…indoors and out. As usual, I ask you to visit our advertisers and thank them for making this publication possible. Please visit our website for updated information at: www.viewonmesquite.com and like us on FaceBook. Sincerely,

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Photo by Darrin Fraser


In This Issue

July 15 – September 15, 2012, Volume 5– Issue 4

FEATURE

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Timely Tile Tips

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Picture Perfect Backyards

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Build a Tranquility Garden and Escape to Better Health

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Nevada. Behind the Seams.

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Great Yards Small Details

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Cucina Italiana - A New Old World Taste

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Light Up! Mastering Your Grill

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Mesquite’s Early Pioneer Homes

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A Night at The Opera

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Paintings For Your Garden

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4th of July Wrap Up - Pictorial

IN EVERY ISSUE

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The Future of Home Entertainment

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Editor’s Letter

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Now Seeing New Patients

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Why I Love Mesquite

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Say Goodbye to Your 3 Putts by Going Green

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View from the Mayor

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Eureka brings VIPs to the Islands

18 View on Youth

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A Little Envy is Good For The Soul

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Eureka Announces - Eureka Community Foundation

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Discover Maui’s Garden of Eden On the Road to Hana

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Summer Sips And Salad Sensations

44 View on Energy

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Don’t Take it For Granite

46 View on Healthy Lifestyles

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Youth Groups at Big Rock Candy Mountain Resort

64 Senior Center News

32 View on Business 34 View on Golf 36 Golf Tips 42 View on Travel

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Retirement…the when, how and why were all figured out. The where brought an entirely frightening aspect to the equation. That is until John discovered, on his way to the Huntsman Senior Games several years ago, a small town in Nevada called Mesquite. Returning home armed with brochures and lots of enthusiasm, we talked, thought, researched, and packed our bags for our first scouting of this little-known town. A list of pros and cons were developed. Vying for first place on the pro list were the three very important words of home, friends and sunshine. Not far behind in second were softball, golf and day exploring trips, all at our front door. So...move we did. The concept of “pay it forward” is very much a part of this community. Each time word gets out of a neighbor in need, another hand is there to assist. In our numerous travels throughout this great country, we have not seen as many caring people as we have found in Mesquite. Mesquite is synonymous with community. Community is synonymous with home. Home is synonymous with Mesquite. We are home. John and Donna Dearing When we retired, we wanted to get out of the rat race of Southern California. We stumbled on Mesquite during one of John’s softball tournaments. We liked the Sun City community with all its activities and amenities, but never dreamed we would find so much in Mesquite itself. John enjoys all the sports offered including golf, pickleball, softball and basketball and attends the High School’s sporting events to support the local teams. Whether it be my neighbors, church family, co-workers or dance teammates, I love that if I am shopping, dining out, going to the casinos, or attending cultural and city events I run into someone I know. Volunteering at the Remax Long Drive event and the Mesquite Senior Games has made us feel like a useful part of this town. Finally, we are so proud that we live in a place that loves and supports its veterans and military personnel. We are very blessed to have “stumbled” on Mesquite. Pam and John Sadler

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My family and I have called Mesquite home since 1993. Back then it was a city of 3,200 people. Neighbors would ride horses on the streets and everyone met at their churches or the post office to catch up on the local news. Every weekend hotel rooms filled with travelers and the streets were overwhelmed with traffic. It was an exciting time with explosive growth. Nearly 20 years later Mesquite’s population is five times larger, we get our news online and ATV’s have replaced horseback riders. Every weekend, we still have traffic from travelers but Mesquite has grown beyond its farming and gambling roots. Today Mesquite is a Master Planned Community with infrastructure that is the envy of many cities. We have an award winning hospital, a satellite campus of the College of Southern Nevada, world class golf courses and a Walmart, just to name a few of the amenities we enjoy. Every year, Mesquite plays host to thousands of people from across the United States and throughout the world as they attend world class sporting competitions (such as the Re/Max World Long Drive Championship), and other special events. No matter where they come from people are impressed by how friendly we are in Mesquite. This is a reflection of our quality of life and the quality of people that have made Mesquite their home. Just as it takes family to make a house a home, building a community requires caring and committed residents. Of all the amenities we have in Mesquite, our greatest assets are our residents. Although our town has grown by 500%, we have managed to keep the small hometown feeling so many people have lost in an electronically connected world. Our great golf courses, casinos, sport facilities and trails invite people to come to Mesquite and play. It is the community that welcomes them to stay. Mayor Mark Wier

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Great Yards - Small Details By Dave Bradley, Kokopelli Landscaping Inc.

What makes a yard great? How do I detail my yard so it looks finished? Why is my neighbor’s yard so much better than mine? These are simple, hypothetical questions that most of us have asked. Although simple, it should allow you to actively throw images around your mind. You drive by a home in your neighborhood that looks uniquely nice, and you feel drawn to that yard. Or better yet, the big beautiful Getty Center nestled in the Los Angeles Chaparral after getting off the busy 405 Freeway, and finally your nerves loosen with no more honking horns as you park your car and leave the intense traffic into the man made garden. The awe breathtaking cut around the corner of the winding road of our own Zion’s Canyon, and then you pull up to the check station as if you are checking out of the world of problems and entering the unparalleled beauty of the timeless carved sandstone cliffs. Don’t we want these attractions in our yards? Great Yards don’t have to be National Parks, or funds from J. Paul Getty with large budgets. Great Yards can be Simple, Meaningful, & Inexpensive. Simple – Do you remember when the modern architect Mies Van Der Rohe commented, “Less is more”? Great yards are simple and we often over complicate them. Simplifying for the poet is discarding the filler, it’s cutting out the overhead for the businessman, and for the landscaper it is eliminating the excessive extras that draw from the valuable desert water. The designer’s note would be that you put more of the budget into one good feature, rather than spreading out the budget among the yard of many unfinished poor projects that make it less. The key is keep it simple and don’t over due it. Meaningful – Something in your garden that is meaningful to you has great worth. Great places tell stories and carry a narrative. Landscapes can tell a lot about the people who live there. The real estate agents kill the meaningful garden because they are designing for curb appeal and its accompanied resale. Temporally that is the way to go for house flippers. The warning is; that great yards should have deeper meaning. I would encourage the yard to tell a little something through symbolism. Symbolic use in the landscape causes deeper thought and should extend deeper appreciation. For example, I would use this type of design when working on memorial sites or community oriented projects. Inexpensive – Some of the most unique and inexpensive things are projects done by homeowners or picked up by homeowners and installed by the landscapers as land art, pots, and similar small projects. A homeowner can easily use recycled products such as old metal, existing rock piles, and using wood from on-site vegetation. Expense always comes with custom, material, labor, and freighting. And it should be expected. Great spaces don’t have to be expensive. It may take a lot of sweat equity and creativity more from the purchaser than desired with an end reward. The Finishing Details that make great yards look amazing are small details that are honest, obedient, and functional. It appears in the attitude of the landscape. Honesty – How much do you want to invest in your landscape? This is a typical question homeowners have to face in the homeowner process. The minimum considered should be 2% of the cost of the home. In a climate like Mesquite I would ask how much time you plan on living outside (Living Space, Dining Space, and Cooking Space). That space won’t make the budget if it’s not calculated into the loan up front and it will show as you try to mimic what you want and what you can afford. It may be better to live in a smaller unit where you can really enjoy living outside by transferring your downsize to the living style.

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Obedience – Plants live in the desert because they are desert plants. We try to recreate other climates and we break the code of obedience by putting them were they don’t belong. This disobedience to their location and sphere will catch up to them through a long process of suffering which will open itself up to susceptibility of disease, pest and death. Unless you can create those exact microclimates, soil conditions, and temperatures needed for that plant to be obedient. Those are the one’s we call green thumbs; they understand the obedience needed in agronomy, the genetic makeup, and the plant’s indicators. Functional – Another important quote for anyone who has studied architectural design is Louis Sullivan’s “Form Follows Function.” It takes a good designer to allow functional design to overpower form design. Form design often wastes space, is expensive, and often has little function. I will use this type of design when appropriate and when requested. Functional design requires a lot of thought and in the landscape allows all plants, shapes, and sizes to take there roles. We design around the use and functions most desired in the landscape. One note of caution is turning the landscape designer into a florist decorator. A common example is 1980’s leave the 2-3 feet around the perimeter of the yard for the landscape. The designer then limited to a half a dozen shrubs decorates a nice boutique. Some creative functional design is designing the user space around the landscape instead of designing the landscape around the user space. This you may want to try for a Natural Desert Design, Shade Functional Design, or a certain Plant Palette Design. One reason I argue with much of postmodern design is the rebellion against function leading the way of the form, but rather form intruding as the equal if not the dominant. The grass is always greener on the other side. You will always have some neighbor’s yard that will look better than yours if you feel compelled to compare. Be Content – There are always a percentage of clients that seem to never be content with their yard. It doesn’t matter what is done to their yard, they are not happy. These six small details will help you find more enjoyment with your yard: 1. 2. 3. 4.

Plan In Advance … Plan long in advance of what you want in your yard. Understand Your Environment…Be willing to learn and read about your landscape. Include Habitat…They share the world with us. No Perfect Plant … Wal-Mart Plastic Plants are about as perfect as they get, don’t shed leaves and are not bothered by bugs. Don’t overlook what is perfect. 5. Study It Out & Be Decisive… Plants aren’t furniture; do it right the first time. 6. Attitude of Gratitude... Enjoy the greatness that comes with Mesquite, Nevada and its location, temperature, landscape, and people. Kokopelli Landscaping hopes that you find more joy and appreciation for the surrounding landscape. Your yard can be made great through simplicity, meaningfulness, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. The final details can make the big difference. Be content with what you have and not with what you don’t have. For more information contact Kokopelli Landscaping at (702) 346-2332. For design and build ideas, please see our new website at: www.kokopellilandscaping.com

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special treat has arrived in Mesquite. Cucina Italiana – Italian Kitchen is open and presents locals and guests a new and different dining experience. Matthew John, Chef and General Manager operates, in addition to Cucina Italiana, The Redd Room Steakhouse, The Grill Room Bar and Grill (both at the Oasis Golf Club), and Peggy Sue’s 50s Diner. Cucina Italiana is giving diners a new character that has been missing in Mesquite. This new Italian Bistro has been established in appreciation of local support. Having the finest location in town will be convenient for residents, and certainly be a draw for our out of town guests. The restoration has been accomplished by Dave Maves Construction Company. Dave and his crew have been simply great and their input has been crucial in this project. Our local artist, Andrew Zabela-Zabelin, has had the entire restaurant as his canvas. He has created Tuscany, Venice Park, and Florence as his subjects. At the restaurant, Andrew will continue to paint and share his talent so guests have an opportunity to meet him. Cucina Italiana is a casual upscale bistro, with white tablecloths and traditional Italian dishes made of fresh pasta, seafood, steaks, chicken and veal. Entrees prepared with homemade sauces, delicious soups made from scratch, and fresh crisp salads will all be prepared daily. The signature dish is Osso Bucco, which Matthew says, “Will blow your mind. There is nothing like it here.” Much time and thought has been given to a health conscience menu, and you may be given options on ways to prepare authentic Italian dishes. An impressive wine list is available and Special Wine Dinners are in the works. It would be our pleasure for those desiring an espresso, cappuccino, tiramisu or spumoni to drop by for a visit. The hours will be 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, and 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, seven days a week. Entrées are reasonably priced with daily specials for lunch and dinner. For some of us that want to take advantage of our beautiful weather, patio seating is available. Reservations are recommended, and are required for groups of more than eight. The complete menu is on the website listed at the end of the article. Photo credits by Rob Krieger

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Do come out to our newest taste of Italy, and remember that staying local helps our entire community.

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Artist Profile – Andrew Zabela-Zabelin Here is one of the newest members of our community who relocated here 8 months ago and is originally from St. Petersburg, Russia. He has been painting professionally for 20 years and is formally trained in St. Petersburg at the Academy of Arts and immigrated to the U.S. in 1994. He specializes in portraits, cityscapes and murals for both residential and commercial. His work resides with collections in Sweden, Russia, Finland, France, Italy, Germany and the United States, just to name a few. Andrew is married with two children and he wanted me to say that his children are very talented writers and poets and really enjoy being here in Mesquite. Andrew’s artwork is posted on Flickr under his name and it shows his talent from the childrens portraits to the ceiling mural at the Aquafina Winery which are reminiscent of Michael Angelo. If you are interested in having him use his fine talents for you or are interested in some of his other works, you can contact him at 702-305-6765 or via his email at zabelfineart@yahoo.com. Welcome to Mesquite Andrew, its great to have you leaving your mark on our town! 11


By Mandy Meyer

That’s right, light up! No, I’m not talking about taking a long drag off an addictive carcinogenic cylindrical oral fixation. I’m talking about going out to the patio with the extendo-lighter and getting a blaze going so you can throw a couple-o-shrimp on the “Barbie.” There is much fun cooking out of doors, to quickly whip up a couple of chicken breasts for your summer salad or mark off some fresh veggies, or some pineapple rings for a caramel sundae. Or maybe you want to add some smoke and barbecue some ribs. At any rate, living in the southwest essentially means that most of us have a backyard and/or patio, and as we would love to keep the heat out of the house for more than half the calendar, mastering the grill is your mission this time of year. I have no real notion of how or when it became the responsibility- no, sworn duty, that the manipulation of applying heat to meat belongs with the one with the “y” chromosome, but it seems to be true almost everywhere. So as we start our journey and examine the equipment of the grilling trade, we need to acknowledge that in this arena, it is a man’s world. Want proof? Go to the outdoor cooking and grilling section on the Lowe’s website and you’ll find 788 options to peruse. One of my best friends Justin, a chef by profession, has been researching this very quest for almost a year now, reading everything on them, including Consumer Reports and comparing prices between all the big guys- Costco/Wal-Mart/ Lowe’s/Home Depot, etc. to see if it’s cheaper at one place or another. His old grill, a rather cheapo unit, gave him 10 years of grilling bliss and has literally fallen apart under his spatula and thusly they have been grill-less for months now, yet he can’t pull the trigger. Cast iron or stainless steel grates or a version coated in porcelain to make sticking not as much a problem? How many BTU’s, cubic square inches of cooking area as opposed to warming or holding area, how many racks, what kind of thermometer? They even calculate for you just how many ½ pound hamburgers can be cooked at one time. If this were a product designed for women, it would have the basic 2 grilling racks, a thermometer, and come in four colors: spring green with flowers on it, purple with paw prints, pink with solidarity breast cancer ribbons or plain stainless for the more conservative of us, charge $150 and throw in a coupon for $15 off meat from Smith’s and we are IN. It’s June in North Carolina with temps in the high 80’s and humidity to match, and Justin is still heating up the kitchen to sear some portabellinis for Maggie. At least the dogs are on the porch. Fortunately I have my own male and it just so happens that he even wears an apron to work and that fancy white jacket (the one with the special extra long arms like I’ve seen in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”- coincidence?) How convenient for us all as he is the Executive Chef at the Eureka, and my husband, Scott McGlinchey, has logged more hours on a grill than Pat Paulson did on the campaign trail. He is also a member of the QU Smokin’ Krewe, a traveling competition BBQ team, like you’ve seen on TV. Once you peel back a layer, of any type of pastime, you’ll find out more than you ever wanted to know about that hidden world. For instance, tell him or any of his team mates that you’re going to barbecue out back, and they will naturally assume that you are firing up the smoker to cook some ribs, brisket or pork shoulder. In their context to “barbecue,” (from the word “barbacoa” where the Caribbean tribe of Taino people dug a pit in the ground and slow-roasted meat), is to cook low & slow (approx. 180-240 degrees), and cooking up some brats and burgers on the Weber would be called “grilling.” Backyard smoking is easy, either using the grill you already have and a tray to put moistened smoking chips in, or grills with a side smoker. There is even attachments that can be added to your grill, or just buy a standalone smoker. The slow & low style of cooking was used to break down the collagens or fibers of these once “lesser” meats, like bony ribs or tougher cuts like beef brisket or


pork shoulder. Here in the US, we put a seasoned “rub” on the meat before cooking and they vary regionally as much as the sauces we use on them. The southeast likes theirs with less rub and their sauce made from mustard and vinegar. Texas likes a dry rub with mostly salt & pepper and their sauce on the side. While Memphis has complex rubs and puts the sauce right in the pulled pork. However for the backyard “griller,” here are the things to think about. If you have some really nice tenderloins or porterhouses you’ll want to cook them hot and quick to “sear” the exterior of the steak (500 degrees+). This locks the juices inside, making it possible to have your steak cooked medium rare (if you choose). This is also true of things you just don’t want to sit on a grill for a long time, like shrimp or vegetables. Marinate your shrimp in some Kraft Asian sesame dressing and use in a bok choy salad. Marinate your asparagus in a bottle of Newman’s Own original Italian dressing before grilling, (I don’t have to tell you which direction, do I?), and serve with grated Parmesan…never better. Flank and Skirt steaks do best cooked fast and high, however remember the importance of cutting these more fibered meats thinly and on a bias or angle for better texture. Cook your pork chops at a medium heat to cook them evenly without getting dry. You can marinate or rub with just about any flavors or sauces that you love. Make sure either your grill (use PAM) or your food has some oil on it to prevent sticking. Bottom line: get creative, grab a cold beverage and turn on the heat. Basic or fancy, all grills basically work the same, no matter what your chromosome designation, so go play outside!

GRILLED SHRIMP with CHIPOTLE CUCUMBER RELISH INGREDIENTS: 1 lb large raw shrimp, peeled and de-veined 2 T BBQ rub* 1 chipotle pepper, diced fine 2 lb cucumber, peeled, seeded & diced 1 small red onion, diced 3 oranges, peeled & segmented ½ c jicama, peeled & diced 2 T fresh mint, chopped 2 T balsamic vinegar salt to taste

PROCEDURE: Peel, seed and dice cucumbers and combine with diced red onion, orange segments, jicama and chipotle pepper. Add balsamic vinegar and mint, season with salt to taste. Heat grill to high temperature. Toss shrimp in BBQ rub. Grill shrimp for 2 minutes on each side. Serve shrimp on a bed of cuke relish and enjoy with a glass of Pinot Grigio or a dry pink wine. Serves 4.

*BBQ rub ½ c natural sugar ¼ c black pepper ½ c Hungarian paprika ¼ c ancho chili powder ¼ c seasoned salt 3 T granulated garlic 3 T toasted onion powder 1 T ginger powder 13


By Kristan Darragh

The Rock House

President Lincoln once said, “The Strength of a Nation lies in the Homes of its People.” I find this to be particularly true of the people that make up the Virgin Valley’s rich heritage. On the shelves in the library room of the museum you will find books and stories written by many who have since left us, but whose words greet us like an old friend. I have felt very welcomed by each page, as I have read the many passages and stories written by the incredibly strong pioneers who settled this valley. I have read of their struggles, triumphs, their heartaches, and of their gratitude for all that they had been blessed with. Some of my favorite stories have been about the many homes that have been built here and the strength and love that filled their walls. The first homes from the original pioneer settlers to this valley were not what we would normally classify as homes. In 1877 when Edward Bunker and his group arrived in Bunkerville, there were no homes waiting for them. In “History of the Virgin Valley” by Violet Leavitt, she writes, “With the lumber they had brought, they just had enough to build a dining room and a large table for all to use. And then the question was what were they going to do for bedrooms. Down on the swampy marshes near the river they found some water willows and after setting up corner posts they wove willows in together until they had the sides of a house. Then they took willows, brush and clay to make the roof. The willow house was only large enough for the women of the company so the men made brush and clay roofs over some hollows in the hills for their bedrooms. You can imagine how glad they were when the first grain was raised and threshed and they had straw to put in their bedrooms to make their beds a little more comfortable!” From 1890 to 1894 many young married couples traveled to Bunkerville from the Santa Clara, Utah area in hopes of finding good land to settle on. It didn’t take long for them to realize that there wasn’t much land left in Bunkerville, since many other families had the same idea prior to that. Some of those young families then moved up the river and settled in Mesquite. They were the third group to try and settle Mesquite, but were the only successful ones. The first new home built in Mesquite was the home of Charles Milton Hardy and Lorena Leavitt Hardy. On February 28, 1894 Charles Milton Hardy married Emma Lorena Leavitt, daughter of Dudley and Thirza Leavitt. For two weeks after they were married Lorena stayed in Bunkerville, living in a shed behind her sister’s home, while Charles went to Mt. Trumble to get lumber to build their home. Their home originally consisted of one room, which was the gathering center for several social events in Mesquite. It was then added on to, which included a bedroom, kitchen and living room, which had a large fireplace at one end. The house sat on the lot on First North just West of Sandhill Blvd. They raised melons, radishes and onions behind the house. Their home also held the first school classes and church services in Mesquite. When the James and Carmelia Burgess Hughes family settled in Mesquite in 1897, they added 18 people to the town, which included their son Elmer and his family. James owned the block between what is now Willow and Yucca streets and Mesquite Blvd. and First North. He built a large home that had five rooms and a large back porch. The front room of the home was turned into a store where canned goods were sold. Later it was also used as a small post office. As their business grew they were able to build an adobe brick store and post office adjacent to the house. The family had gardens and an orchard where they grew a lot of fruit. Maurine Abbott Hughes wrote about how some of the local children would come into their store for groceries and would ask to charge them since they didn’t have any money. She writes, “When

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Elmer would complain, his father Jimmy said, those kids are hungry. He saw to it that they had a bag of groceries to take home.” In 1900 seeing an opportunity to improve his family’s conditions, John David Pulsipher bought forty acres of farmland and four town lots in Mesquite. He and his wife Elizabeth Bowler Pulsipher loaded their five wagons with all of their earthly possessions and left Gunlock, Utah for their new life. They had to keep everything on the wagons until they had cleared enough land to pitch their tent and make a shed with willows. John Lewis, one of John and Elizabeth’s sons wrote, “As the winter was quite warm and sunny, we got along comfortably except when it rained. Then the tent walls would get so wet and cold we couldn’t have anything near them. We only had a dirt floor which was rather damp and cold also.” Lewis also worked during the summer of 1901 at the adobe yard. He says, “I earned enough ‘dobies to build our first home.” He goes on to say that, “We laid up walls of a large room 14 x 16 feet, 3 ‘dobies thick, and before winter we had it covered with a good roof of shingles made on the mountain by hand, and lumber Father hauled by team all the way from Mt. Trumbull. We also extended the roof on either side of this large room about ten feet to form two porches full-length. In the big room was a fine new hand-made carpet with plenty of sweet straw underneath. We boarded up the sides of our big tent, a board floor was put in and it was moved from its first location to one up against the back of our new house for a kitchen.” Roy Hunt said, “A town without a history is a town without a soul.” This whole area that makes up the Virgin Valley has such a rich history and is full of wonderful stories about strong and courageous people. The very people who struggled to build houses in this valley and make them homes can be found in the hearts of their descendants and on the walls of the museum. We invite all who want to learn more about these and other wonderful homes and the families that filled them to visit the museum. We are open Tuesday thru Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. We are located at 35 W. Mesquite Blvd. Sources: Mesquite Valley Homes and History of Bunkerville (binders of many different homes and stories in the library room of the museum).

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A Night at The Opera…

Concert Series Brings Big-City Culture to Mesquite

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f you think you have to go to a major city to get your dose of culture, think again. Greater Mesquite Arts Foundation, in conjunction with Larry LeMieux, brought a large amount of sophistication to our little theatre in the form of an opera concert. Night at the Opera II gave the audience a healthy sample of classical, jazz, traditional opera, and modern opera show in a way that even those who normally wouldn’t go to an opera would enjoy the music. Both halves of the program opened with a haunting instrumental performance of classical and jazz music by Music Director Felicia Smith on flute, Rita Hermie on piano, David Williams playing drums and Robin Smith with his Bass guitar. The rest of the show featured some of the most splendid vocal arias and duets to satisfy even the most ardent opera aficionado. Covering the spectrum of emotions, from two heart-wrenching duets by the mother-daughter team of Donna Thomas and Shalynn Allsup, and father-son pairing of Bruce and Brian Wursten, to a light-hearted aria by Alise Vander Does, a visiting missionary…there was something for everyone. Those who attended the first opera show last year were treated to return performances by Janice Ramirez and Taylor Wier who graduated High School this year and will be attending Westminster College in the fall. The program also introduced the warm vocals of Sarah Mulloy. Accompanying some of the singers were Lynn Anderson and Jolynn Gubler, two superb pianists. Of course, the program would not flow so smoothly without the best announcer in the business, Stu Duerson. Thanks to the top-notch technical crew, consisting of Bob Nelson, Bob Thacker, Clyde Hackler and Robin Wier, the cast looked and sounded their best. The Concert Series and LeMieux will be taking on their biggest project to date come October, a Big Band Swing Concert. This show will feature only live music and will introduce the newly formed Mesquite Community Band, directed by Felicia Smith, and will also include both vocalists and dancers. So once again Mesquite shows us that culture is alive and well in small town USA. Mark your calendar and plan to join us this fall for another spectacular event.

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Paintings for Your Garden Indoor/Outdoor Garden and Patio Art By Sue Santarcangelo

Search the topic of “garden art” on the Internet and you find an array of sites that sell sculptures, wall décor, iron benches and a wide variety of pots, fabricated flowers, animals and insects. If you fine-tune the search to “garden paintings,” you will find paintings of gardens, but no paintings for the garden. Overton muralist Joan Raney Day is working to change that. When asked to donate a painting for a fundraiser at the Museum of Natural History in her hometown of Morro Bay, California, Day created a special painting that could be hung inside or outside. The large painting she donated to the Natural History Museum of a heron and other birds along a rocky section of the California coast was finished with UV resistant coating and a frame that seals the edges from the weather. “The painting sold for $1,500.00 in less than three minutes,” Day laughs. “When people are doing things as a benefit they tend to have an easier time letting go of their money.” Although she laughs at the painting’s success she is happy that her first piece of outdoor art was appreciated. “Basically like any artist in this day and age, I’m trying to find something people are interested in.” She’s hoping the outdoor and garden art will be that thing. When asked about her technique, Day explains that she often paints her murals on the specially treated board that is used to make concrete forms. “It’s concrete board. It’s water resistant.” She also works in acrylics. Not the tiny tubes of color you pick up at the art supply store, but acrylic house paint. “Because I have so many murals I use it up.” One of her murals adorns the west wall of the Golden West Casino in Mesquite. The contrast between that painting and the smaller garden pieces is easy to see. Where a mural is big and bold so it can be noticed from a passing car; garden art is finely detailed and designed to be enjoyed in a much more personal space. Several pieces of her “garden or patio” art were featured in her collection of paintings at the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery this past June, and she is planning more. This summer she is working as a trail guide at a Utah resort outside of Zion painting and photographing the animals and scenery for future paintings. For more on Joan Raney Day - her art and her adventures in Zion, watch for the November-December issue of View on Mesquite Magazine. For more information about her paintings, leave a message at 702-278-4449.

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With their performance entitled DANCING THROUGH THE DECADES, another Dance Year has come to a close at FROM THE TOP School of Dance...

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“Our dancers were absolutely amazing this year! I look forward to our next dance year because of our dancers’ incredible talent!” said Owner/Artistic Director Karen Law. She went on to say: “Dance is a discipline. When you have dancers (and dance parents/guardians) who truly understand this, the sky is the limit!” The proof of this came with the amount of success that was accomplished this year at the dance studio. In October, eight dancers who attend FROM THE TOP, crossed over into the professional world of dance with their performances in A Really Big Shoe. Held at The Mesquite Community theatre and directed by Gino Venezia, this show brought in working acts from The Las Vegas Strip and included several acts from our local dance school, FROM THE TOP. “This show is sought after and being performed worldwide. When it is being promoted, it includes video footage of our dancers! It’s only a matter of time before our students are performing worldwide as well.” MAD WORLD, a lyrical/contemporary number performed by Destiny Rowden, Gabriella Alvillar, Hailey Thomas and Trinity Rowden won multiple awards this year including: 2nd place in Mesquite Has Talent, special judges awards at multiple dance competitions and top overall placements as well. This act will be competing in a dance competition this July in Las Vegas. These dancers as a group and as individuals won quite a few awards this year. Always placing at the top! Another big award winner for the studio was SPLISH, SPLASH, a jazz number performed by Adriana Ludena, Gwendolyn Rasmussen and Jayci Johnson. This act will be performing this July in Las Vegas as well. “As individuals and as a group these girls had a fabulous dance season. I am especially proud of their accomplishments because the dancers are only 5 and 6 years old!” says Law. An upcoming performance will be in October when FROM THE TOP will have dancers in The Big Band Swing Concert. This performance will take place at The Mesquite Community Theatre and will be directed by Larry LeMieux. “Larry came to our recital looking for Swing style numbers and fell in love with our 40s Tap Dance to Zoot Suit Riot and a Jazz Dance/Swing Number to Sing, Sing, Sing.” “We look forward to having our dancers perform in this show!” For tickets, call the Mesquite Community Theatre Box Office.

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“We hope to continue having our dancers at every possible event that we can find in Mesquite. Parades,


Christmas Tree lightings, Car Shows, etc...Bring It On! We are ready!” If you are looking for something for your children to do, then it is time for them to join this award winning dance studio! FROM THE TOP School of Dance trains dancers from 2 years old in: Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Tumbling, Acro, Lyrical/Contemporary and Hip Hop. One of their new classes this year: BOY’S HIP HOP! FROM THE TOP School of Dance is owned, operated and lessons instructed mainly by Karen Law. Karen has quite an extensive career in dance and entertainment that continues to this day. Miss Law also brings in working dancers from Las Vegas to teach and for workshops, including her daughter, Miss Brandie Wisniewski, who is the owner/artistic director of Studio B Academy of Dance in Overton. FROM THE TOP School of Dance will begin their 2012-2013 dance year, the day after Labor Day, September 4th. Students may enroll by emailing Karen Law at: fromthetopkaren@gmail.com, by phone: (702) 346-2472, or by attending the studio’s OPEN HOUSE on Saturday, August 4th from 9 am-noon!

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B y L a rry LeMieux I come home from a hard day at work, turn on the television and search for something to watch. Sometimes I think that when I was younger and there were only three channels available, there was more quality programming to choose from than now with hundreds of choices at my fingertips. By the time I find something interesting it’s half over. Never mind TV, where is my laptop? I’ll check my e-mail and catch up with my family and friends on Facebook, if I can just remember my password. If any of this sounds familiar, I have some good news, but we’ll get to that later. With this being the dawn of the information age, I was wondering…what’s next? We have been flooded with choices recently as to where to get our information and our entertainment. Try and follow me here. First we have TVs. These come in a variety of models, resolution and sizes. There are LCD, LED, Plasma, DLP and Projection. These come in 720P, 1080I, 1080P, 3D and Smart. To watch these, you will need a Digital Antennae, Cable, Satellite Dish, VCR, DVD, Blue Ray, Blue Tooth or Video Game. Before you can use one of these sources you will need to make sure your TV will accommodate these items, so you must know what connectors your set will take. There is Coaxial, Component (3 wires; red, blue and green), Composite (red, white and yellow), HDMI, USB, SD and Digital Optical to name a few. More people are getting their entertainment from a Computer. These come in a variety of forms. There is the standard Desktop, the Laptop, the Notebook, the Tablet, the Smart Phone and the MP3 Player. I could go on for days about the differences in these, but I’m getting dizzy. I told you earlier there was good news. You do not have to deal with all of this alone. Right here in Mesquite there is a business that will handle all these technical issues for you. Mesquite Home Theater has been customizing home entertainment systems for many years. Whether you are looking for a complete home entertainment experience or just want a TV that the wife can operate (sorry honey), the folks at Mesquite Home Theater can help. They even have a remote that will operate all of your components without constantly switching back and forth. After visiting with owner Chris Zarndt, many of my questions were answered. According to Chris, Apple Computers is the driving force of the industry. Entertainment is going to a web-based format. With the various components able to communicate with one-another without the use of cumbersome wires, one can stream movies, games, live sporting events and more from their I-Pad to their TV or I-Phone. I-Phone users may be familiar with Siri, an application that allows the user to simply speak their commands to the phone. Imagine sitting in your living room and telling your system to play a specific movie or ballgame. Maybe you want to find a store that sells your favorite shoes. Just ask your TV and it will search the Internet. Can you say Star Trek? Chris says that people have moved from the big home theater room to making their entire home part of the entertainment experience. Outdoor speakers, surround sound and just making their TV sound better have been the priority in the past few years. If you want to make your viewing experience simple again, call Mesquite Home Theater where they make the complicated seem easy, and will meet or beat St. George and Las Vegas prices. Being a local business, you can rest assured that they will be there for you to answer your questions and trouble shoot your problems. Oh, and they do home security systems too. You can visit them at 744 Pioneer Blvd. Suite B, Mesquite or call 702-346-7000.


Now Seeing New Patients

Mesa View welcomes new Orthopedic Surgeon to Mesquite! Mesa View Regional Hospital, in conjunction with Mesa View Medical Group, is proud to welcome Douglas J. Seip, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon Board-Certified, to the medical community in Mesquite! Now seeing new patients, Dr. Seip is providing full-time orthopedic services right here in Mesquite. He comes to Mesquite from the Las Vegas valley, where he has been elected by his peers for inclusion in “Best Doctors in America,” from 1996 to 2012. Having grown up in smalltown Indiana, he is pleased to return to a smaller community environment for his practice. Dr. Seip is an expert in the latest procedures and techniques for a host of orthopedic procedures, including total hip replacement, total knee replacement, computer-assisted surgery, minimally invasive knee replacement, shoulder arthroscopy, knee arthroscopy and complex wrist and hand surgeries. He received his medical degree from the Indiana School of Medicine in Indianapolis then completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Fort Wayne Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Following that he earned a second residency in hand and trauma surgery from the University of Louisville, Kentucky School of Medicine and is also fellowship trained in hand surgery As an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Seip’s focus is the treatment and prevention of injuries to the musculoskeletal system. He also believes the work of an orthopedic physician involves the body’s entire musculoskeletal system including bones, muscles, joints, tendons and nerves. Orthopedic problems may be congenital (from birth), degenerative due to aging or disease, from an accident, or from over-use. As a philosophy of care, Dr. Seip regards his patients as part of his extended family and believes that each patient is entitled to the very best care he has to offer. Honest two-way communication is one of his primary concerns, and by sharing information he works to find solutions and resolve the problems that bring patients to him. Dr Seip is a Fellow with the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and is an independent member of the medical staff for Mesa View Regional Hospital. For more information, or to make an appointment with Dr. Seip, please call Mesa View Medical Group at (702) 346-0800.

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By Carol Lee Parrish

When purchasing hard surfaces for your home it helps to know some important facts. Ceramic Tile Ceramic tile not only gives your home a facelift, but is very practical, durable, and moisture resistant. It’s a safe product to have around heat and flames. Ceramic Tiles are good for people with allergies because they have a smooth surface that does not harbor germs or dust. Starting with your floors, Ceramic tile can be used in every room in your home, and will look good for years to come. A medallion placed in the center of an entryway can be a striking piece as you enter your home. Ceramic tile adds character to a patio, porch or sunroom. In the kitchen, tile designs show off backsplashes and around bars. A fun room to use ceramic tile is the bathroom. It is not only beautiful to the eye, but very practical because of the moisture environment. Larger custom walk in showers can be constructed from the space a bathtub and small shower take in. They are not only practical, but can give your bathroom an interesting and timeless design all of its own. Ceramic tile designs are available in so many styles that there is something for everyone. You can get different patterns and finishes, and can mix and match tiles to make a focal point for any room. What Type of Tile Do I Want to Use? A question that is often asked is, “What is the difference between Ceramic tile and Porcelain tile?� Both products are made from clay and a mixture of other materials. Ceramic tile is usually a little softer and easier to cut than Porcelain tile. It is coated in a glaze that gives it its color, and fired in a kiln. Porcelain tile is fired at a much higher temperature, and are denser than ceramic tile. True porcelain tiles have a water absorption rate of less than 0.5%. Therefore, Porcelain tile is a better product for outside applications. Another interesting fact is that whether it is ceramic or porcelain, each tile has a PEI rating. The numbers define the uses for the tile. The higher the number, the more wear-resistant the tile is. PEI 1 is the softest tile for walls and no floors. PEI 2 is for low foot traffic areas. PEI 3 is for all residential interiors. PEI 4 is for heavy commercial and exterior applications where there is not a hard freeze winter. And, PEI 5 is the hardest tile and is for extra heavy, high traffic, commercial interior or exterior use. You can find the PEI rating on the tile box or you can ask the salesman to get that information for you. Depending on what your ultimate goal with your tile job is will determine where you want to be with the PEI rating.

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Stone No two pieces of stone are alike…Ever! Every piece of stone is unique. The customer needs to be aware of this when purchasing stone. The samples at the retailers won’t be exactly like the floor you have installed. The colors and mineral veins will vary. This is part of the personality of your stone floor. No stone will have a perfectly smooth finish, and small pits or chips may show up. Natural stone also varies in hardness. How to Clean Ceramic Tile The proper care of your tile floor or walls will prevent damage, extend its life and keep it looking beautiful. It’s important to vacuum first or the dirt will mix with the water and end up in the cracks and crevasses. Never use a detergent or soap based product. These can leave a film and dirt can cling to the floors with these products. Clean tile with warm water, then go over the still damp floor with dry towels. You will be surprised how much dirt the towels will pick up even after you have cleaned the tiles with water. This will also help remove any water stains. If the floor is really dirty add a drop or two of vinegar to a gallon of water. For stones or marbles, avoid using a beater bar if vacuuming. It can damage the stone. Use warm water only, and never use vinegar on stone. Baking soda from your kitchen cabinet is a great product for cleaning grout joints between your tiles. First dampen the area with a sponge. Then sprinkle baking soda over the grout. Let it set for a few minutes. Then use a nylon brush to scrub. Rinse with clean water. If grout joints have a thick layer of dirt or grease it may be necessary to hire a professional tile cleaner. Sealing Tile or Stone Because they have been fired in a kiln, Ceramic or Porcelain tile do not need to be sealed. However, it is good to seal the grout between the tiles, as it will protect it from most stains. Stone does need to be sealed because of its porous nature. Sealing also makes the stone more stain resistant and protects the stone’s natural beauty. The requirements of each stone differ. Your salesman can help you determine the sealer that is needed. To sum up, we at Mesquite Tile & Flooring have large displays of tile and stone products. We are happy to help you with decisions to help personalize and beautify your home. We also carry cleaning and sealing products to help maintain and keep your tile looking beautiful. Stop by and see us at 521 West Mesquite Blvd. 702-346-7225.

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Mesquite’s Boulevard Home Furnishings By Sue Santarcangelo

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Mesquite may be a small city, but it has a big city furniture and appliance store. At first glance the 10,000 square foot showroom at the Boulevard Home Furnishings may not seem that big. Unlike the St. George store, which has over 117,000 square feet to display inventory in fancy room-sized displays, the Boulevard in Mesquite packs a powerful punch in its small space by developing mini-displays to highlight their name brand products. Darlene Myers, Team Leader/Manager, explains, “The Boulevard stresses an old fashioned work ethic and team spirit.” She points out that their website states “…our business is based on the “old - fashioned” values of honesty, fairness and courtesy, and we provide a 100% satisfaction guarantee.” She also stresses that commitment extends not only to their customers but to the community as well. In Mesquite the Boulevard holds annual Labor Day and Christmas sales donating a portion of the proceeds to support local charities and non-profits. At Christmas part of revenue from sales goes to the Salvation Army for Angel Tree. “We do that every year. It’s a big event that Boulevard believes in.” The certificates of appreciation on the stores’ office walls provide additional testament to their community spirit. A 2012 Chamber of Commerce Spotlight Award hangs next to a Rotary Club Certificate of Appreciation for last year’s Ball Drop & Brickyard Block Party. A Virgin Valley High School Bulldog Booster Certificate of Appreciation is on the adjacent wall. Myers’ enthusiasm about supporting the community is mirrored in her feeling about her store. “The Mesquite Boulevard has actually been around since 2002. At first they started doing carpet and tile … and then they moved to appliances, mattresses, TVs, sofas, chairs, and dining room sets.” Because of limited space, the store does not maintain a large inventory locally but have a full inventory in their warehouse and provide free delivery for purchases over $499.00. She encourages everyone who has not been by the store to come in, meet her staff and just browse. “We have a Bargain Barn and we can get almost anything you want from the warehouse. If you don’t see it here you can probably find it on our website, and it can be shipped here.” For more information about Boulevard Home Furnishings, drop in at the store located at 355 W. Mesquite Blvd., Mesquite, NV or visit their website at www.BoulevardHome.com.

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By Rob Krieger

When you live in the dessert, the dark green color from grass in your yard brightens your landscape and provides a welcoming area to enjoy. But consider the rising costs of maintenance (mowing & edging, their emissions, fertilizers & other chemicals), then add to it the push for water conservation, having real grass isn’t so “Green” anymore.

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A landscaping trend, which started here in Nevada, is adding artificial turf to your yard because it requires less harmful upkeep practices which results in reducing the impact on the environment, as well as your wallet. But why not take it a bit further and take an unused area of your yard and add an artificial turf putting green? It is a lot more convenient than heading to the golf course every time you just want to chip or putt. Additionally, it provides great entertainment value for the amusement of your self, family and friends. There is very little maintenance or additional costs involved but the added benefits of practicing whenever you like and not adding to our environmental issues is priceless. I remember the old thin AstroTurf® carpet with very little padding used at putt-putt courses or as outdoor carpet for decks or patios. The new stuff is not even close. Today’s artificial turf industry is using technology in conjunction with the thought process of being more eco-friendly, and has created new products that are made out of man made materials which are manufactured to resemble and react just like real turf. You can hardly tell the difference! Many of the newest products are using recycled materials and are even built just like a regular natural grass green. Design and materials focus on drainage out and away from the turf, which prevents the growth of mold and bacteria unlike the previous materials. What’s better is that an artificial green can be custom designed to fit any space, need or budget. They can be fairly easy to install and are maintained by simply using a broom or a blower. They can be used day or night, in hot or cold; don’t require having to hire a landscaping company to maintain it, and it never has to be closed for maintenance. You ask how they compare to a natural grass green. They mimic the speed and reaction whether you are pitching, chipping or putting. Many professionals playing the tours have installed artificial greens at their homes in order to be closer to the family when they are not traveling. Many state that it is a key to their success as well as having a better home life. For resale value of the home, improving your landscaping, according to Money Magazine and Penn State University, can produce a 100-200% ROI. Michigan State University studies also showed that depending on the area, high quality landscaping could add 5-11% to the price of the home. Anytime you can add to the useable space of a property or add to its curb appeal, it has a much higher chance to provide a greater return on

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investment and/or a quicker sale. Granted, a putting green for a non-golfer won’t have the same appeal. However, here in Mesquite where a great number of golfers migrate during the winters or have made the big move to be here year round, it has a great allure which can set the property apart from the neighbors. There are a wide variety of options so an online search is a good place to start to determine what level of playing surface you will need. Then contacting one of the local contractors for bids and pricing will help in your decision-making. They can vary in price so make sure you get multiple bids. So if you are really serious about cutting down on your three putts, adding an artificial putting green only steps away out your door not only makes sense for your golf game but for the environment too! - Fairways and Greens!

Eureka brings VIPs to the Islands On Tuesday, June 26th, the Eureka Casino Resort hosted a Hawaiian themed luau for its invited table games players at the hotel pool. Guests were greeted with leis from Polynesian dancers as they entered the pool area. The live Hawaiian band played traditional songs from the islands while the Polynesian dancers entertained the crowd. The highlight of the show was the Dangerous Siva Nifo Oti – Fire Knife Dance. This amazing dance showcased a fantastic dancer twirling and throwing sticks ablaze with fire. The Eureka’s culinary team prepared a feast for the guests featuring authentic Hawaiian cuisine including poke, an Ahi tuna dish prepared with onions, ginger and soy sauce, Kahlua pulled pork, Hawaiian-style pork loin, and traditionally prepared Mahi Mahi. The culinary team also prepared signature drinks such as festive blue hurricanes. This traditional luau brought the Islands to Mesquite. ALOHA!

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Have Fun Improving your Putting & Mental Toughness Golf Tip – Putting Drill/Game – Safety Drawback developed by Dave Pelz by Rob Krieger - PGA Golf Professional Once you have your putting green installed you will want to practice with a purpose and the Safety Drawback Game will help you improve your distance control and your accuracy of your short putts. All the while you will build your confidence. Here is how it is played: 1. It can either be played alone or with others. Betting is optional. 2. A safety zone around the cup is created which is a semi circle of 3 feet (the length of one putter). 3. Your starting point can be anywhere outside the safety zone. 4. The 1st putt is struck and the goal is to be inside that 3 ft semicircle. If the ball lands inside the safety zone, the next putt is struck from that spot. • If that 2nd putt goes in your score is a 2. • If it is missed, the ball is moved away from the hole by one putter length. That procedure of moving the ball back one putter length is followed until the ball is holed out. Maximum score is 5. If the ball lands outside the safety zone, the player must move the ball back one putter length away from the hole. When the next putt is struck: • If that 2nd putt goes in the players score is a 2. • If it is missed, the ball is moved away from the hole by one putter length. That procedure of moving the ball back one putter length is followed until the ball is holed out. Maximum score is 5. So just to reiterate, starting with your 3rd putt, the ball will always be moved back by one putter length. If you are outside the safety zone with your 1st putt your 2nd putt will also have to be moved back by one putter. 5. The game is played for 9 holes 6. On the ninth hole, there is no maximum score. Ball must be holed out regardless of score. 7. The Safety Zones definition is a half circle that is parallel to the starting point that is in a straight line to the back of the middle of the cup. Any ball short of the hole is not in the safety zone. Good Luck and as Always…Fairways & Greens, Rob Krieger rjmkrieger@sbcglobal.net 440-339-1183

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By Rob Krieger Just a few steps next door from the Redd Hills Cinema, the neon lights and music of the town’s newest nightclub and lounge called “ENVY” is ready to help you get footloose in Mesquite. ENVY is the vision of owners Rob Seitz & Toby Burnside. Both have been working around the clock to get the club open since last October. They finally got the green light to open their doors on Thursday, May 3rd. Now the club is open to the public every Thursday from 7:00 pm – 2:00 am, and Friday & Saturday from 9:00 pm – 3:00 am, with either a DJ or live music on each night. Check their Facebook page for an upcoming schedule of events. Imagine this… As you approach ENVY, the anticipation starts building as you feel the vibe of excitement from the crowd, feel the music through the walls, and see the strobe lights reflecting off partygoers inside.  “Stylish Attire” is the name of the game, so DRESS TO IMPRESS and get ready for a memorable evening. Once inside, you see the large 1200 sq ft dance floor bouncing with the different color laser lights shooting across the room, beams of light flashing on the bodies dancing on the floor, and a cool fog rolling throughout the room as young and old celebrate the evening. If you are lucky enough to get a reservation, there is the VIP area. It has comfortable seating with table and bottle service, and sits above the rest of the club (by 4-ft) so you get a great view of the stage and the great moves on the dance floor. Stepping up to the large black granite bar, you see the bartenders serving these bright glowing green drinks that are illuminating the bar, the tables and the hands of the people holding them. After the bartender gets done putting on a show with flipping bottles and twirling glasses (amazingly most of the liquor ends up in the glass), he says that is their specialty drink called the ENVY. It is like a Long Island but made from a special mix that turns it into an effervescent bright glowing green cocktail, which is quickly turning into a local favorite. For what it is worth, it is made both as a drink and as a shot, and both pack quite a punch. Besides the glowing green drink ENVY, there are your typical nightclub cocktails, top shelf alcohols and wine. And for those beer connoisseurs, there is a good size list of bottled beers from which to choose.

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Now that you have your drinks taken care of, at least for now, you get a chance to mingle with the crowd, dance and get your groove on. For the next couple of hours you get caught up in the music, the people and entertainment, and before you know it you’re on the last dance of the night. You have been out there for hours moving your feet, shaking your body, rocking those hips and enjoying what ENVY is all about, getting out and having some good old fashioned fun. The evening ends with ENVY offering to call the local taxi service for those who do not have a designated driver and want to get home safe. You soon wake up the next morning with the beat of music still in your head and a pair of feet that remind you they are going to need some attention. But then you realize, with a grin on your face, that a little ENVY is good for the soul. Check out the dress code guidelines and all the latest ENVY info for special events (DJ’s, Bands, Beer Pong, Themed Nights, Ladies Nights) and other happenings at: Facebook page: www.facebook.com/envynevada Website: www.envynevada.com Phone: 702-346-9000

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In early June the Eureka Casino Resort announced the formation of the Eureka Community Foundation (ECF). “It is clear that Mesquite being at its best is in our community’s best interest,” said Andre Carrier, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Eureka. The question that the Eureka team sought to answer is what is the Eureka’s role in “the best” Mesquite. In an attempt to answer this question, the Eureka hosted focus groups in March composed of volunteers in local charities, business leaders, and employees of the Eureka. In these meetings the groups discussed how the Eureka can best use the collective resources of the business and its employees to work in partnership with the men and women of Mesquite to best assist the community. In total, over 400 ideas were generated as a result of the focus groups. “It is heart warming and exciting to see so many Mesquite citizens who care so passionately about the future of our community,” said Greg Lee, CEO of the Eureka. Though there were clearly hundreds of different ideas brought forward by the focus groups, there were a few prominent themes that ran throughout the discussions. Eureka used that common ground to begin its action planning. Step one was the creation of the Eureka Community Foundation. “The ECF was formed to give our family business a new tool with which to make a positive contribution to Mesquite,” said Lee. The process of the Eureka Community Foundation will be to first listen to the needs and ideas of the community and then to take specific action in areas where the organization is well equipped to make the desired impact. Andre Carrier announced the ECF’s first initiatives: • Scholarships will be established for promising graduates of Virgin Valley High School and Beaver Dam High School to attend UNLV’s Hotel School or School of Business. • The ECF will work with local educational institutions including Virgin Valley High School and the College of Southern Nevada to create a culinary education program in Mesquite where those interested in receiving a formal culinary education can do so, improving employment and earning prospects while making a positive contribution to the Mesquite destination resorts. • The ECF will assist local ATV and off-road enthusiasts by developing a comprehensive off-road trail map for Mesquite and the surrounding area. The map will outline points of interest and great local off-road destinations. • The ECF will also work to build a large regional off-road/ATV Jamboree to bring Mesquite another essential marquee destination event. • The ECF will also build a local tutoring and mentoring program where local volunteers can share their specific knowledge and general wisdom with local students. • The ECF vowed to continue its tradition of working diligently to support veteran organizations announcing the Wounded Warrior $5 Million Hole In One Challenge; an event that will bring new visitors to Mesquite while supporting local and national veteran organizations. 40


The ECF was also proud continue to support patriotism in Mesquite with the signature event, Rockets Over the Red Mesa, featuring a free concert from the Nevada Pops orchestra and fireworks again this 4th of July. “It is wonderful to bring our entire community together to celebrate America,” said Greg Lee. For more information about the Eureka Community Foundation, please contact Gerri Chasko at 702-345-4726.

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By Celece Seegmiller

As I sat down to write my column, a quote from Mark Twain kept running over and over

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in my mind: “I went to Maui to stay a week and remained five. I never spent so pleasant a month before, or bade any place goodbye so regretfully. I have not once thought of business, or care or human toil or trouble or sorrow or weariness, and the memory of it will remain with me always.” I recently returned from the beautiful island of Maui and needless to say, I had plenty of material and photos for the home and garden issue of View On Mesquite Magazine after driving (or “surviving”, as they say) the road to Hana.

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The Hana chapter in the Maui Revealed book starts with, “If Heaven Had a Highway,” and I could not agree more. People often refer to it as driving through the Garden of Eden with all of the lush rainforests and waterfalls. Rob and I really wanted the ultimate Hana experience, so we rented a convertible, put the top down, and left at sunrise to avoid the crowds. The highway is a 68-mile long stretch of Hawaii State Routes 36 and 360, which connects Kahului with the town of Hana in east Maui. The highway consists of 59 bridges (46 one lane) and 620 curves. It is very narrow and there were a few times I could literally touch the beautiful ferns, Cook Island Pines, and Bamboo that lined the road. The spectacular scenery of the trip is unmatchable for its unspoiled natural beauty. The deep reds and greens of Heliconia, tropic oranges of Birds of Paradise, and bright purple Orchids, all nestled in exotic greenery, make an incredible display of color at the many nurseries and gardens along the way.

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Our first stop was for fresh banana bread at Aunty Sandy’s – it was still warm and melted in my mouth! There is just nothing like eating warm banana bread straight from the oven, and sitting on the beach as the blue waves crash against the black rocks. We continued to Wai’anapanapa, also known as the black sand beach where we explored the lava tubes and took many pictures of the dramatic landscape. Our final stop was at the Seven Sacred Pools were we found beautiful waterfalls and people cooling off in the pools with the waves crashing in the background. This is one of the many locations I refer to as the “Christmas card shot.” The day was getting late, so we jumped back on the highway and before we knew it, we were surrounded by what looked like the desert and Snow Canyon State Park with the black lava. I can’t believe the change in landscape within just a few miles. Near the end of 42

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the journey was the Tedeschi Winery where we stopped for a brief tasting and time to unwind after hours in the car. I could not help but wonder if the owners placed the winery at the end of the Hana journey on purpose. While it was a very long day and I found myself closing my eyes and gripping the armrest more than once, it is truly one of the most beautiful places I have ever encountered. Regardless if you have been to Maui many times or have always wanted to visit, don’t miss the Road to Hana for your own encounter with the Garden of Eden. I now know what Mark Twain was referring to – I only had five days, but I would have stayed five weeks if I could. Celece Seegmiller is the owner of The Travel Connection in St. George. For more information about Maui, the Road to Hana or other vacations, please call 435-628-3636 or email her at celece@stgeorgetravel.com

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By Ken Riswick

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In Mesquite, you can significantly reduce your yearly swimming pool and/or spa energy costs by installing a solar heater. They’re cost competitive with any form of electric or propane heaters, they have very low maintenance and operating costs. Actually, solar pool or spa heating is the most cost-effective use of solar energy in many climates, but is a “no-brainer” in Mesquite. If you’ll only be using your pool when temperatures are above freezing, then you’ll probably only need an un-glazed (no glass covered) collector system. An unglazed solar pool heating system usually costs between $2,000 and $4,000 to buy and install. Glazed (glass covered) collectors will take up less square footage space than un-glazed solar collector systems, but will cost you 30 to 50 % more out of pocket. An un-glazed solar system noted above will provide a payback between 1.5 to 4 years, depending on your pool size and your local fuel costs. Therefore, before you purchase and install your solar pool or spa heating system, you should do some research and review on the following: • Evaluate your home site for the amount of solar energy that is available. • Determine the proper solar system size, design and available space to heat the pool or spa for your home location. • Solar collectors…visual for you and your neighbors. • Mounting location of the solar collectors on roof or ground for the perfect slope and solar efficiency. • Compare vendor’s system costs. • Investigate local Mesquite codes, covenants, and HOA regulations to gain approval. • Pool and spa covers…decide whether to use a solar or protective cover. • If not manual controlled, how to set the auto controls to heat the pool, spa or both (program system control to separate the spa heating from pool heating) • Insulate the return pipe runs from the solar collectors. • Freeze or overheat protection of solar system, pool and spa. Installation and Maintenance The proper installation and efficiency of a solar pool or spa heating system depends on many factors. You will need to have a qualified solar thermal systems contractor install your system, unless you are a very knowledgeable do-it-yourself homeowner. After the solar installation is completed, proper maintenance of your system will keep it running smoothly and efficient for 10 to 20 years. Your collector should require little maintenance if the pool’s chemical balance and filtering system are checked regularly. Collectors may need to be cleaned more often in dry climates where rainwater doesn’t provide a natural rinse to the collector.

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How does the weather affect the performance of the solar collectors? Most solar collectors are designed to withstand up to hurricane force winds when the proper strapping and mounts are used. In rainy or cold weather where the collectors are cooled, the heat typically generated may be diminished during this time. The system can quickly recover temperatures once the weather returns to normal. What about clouds and winter months? It is important to note that the system will continue to function in overcast skies, I can explain this by using the analogy of a car in a parking lot. On an overcast day a black car will still be very warm to the touch. The reason for this is the UV and thermal energy provided by the sun will cut through the cloud barrier and continues to heat the surface of a solar system. This means in Mesquite, you will be able to heat your pool or spa totally by solar up to seven months a year and then may need to be supplemented by your gas or electric heater during the other months. A properly sized solar system will effectively raise temperatures well into the comfort zone in Mesquite most of the year. There may be short periods during inclement weather when the pool water becomes cooler; however, a little sunny weather will return the pool back to a comfortable temperature. For guidance on how to get started saving those energy dollars by solarizing your pool and/or spa, contact Ken at 503-319-5269, or by email at hi.ne14tennis@gmail.com to discuss consulting services. Be green to the environment and to yourself and pocket the green dollar savings.

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By Sue Santarcangelo

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Gardens are more than landscaping. Landscaping is generally the use of plants, rock, trees and structures to fill an empty space. A garden is a place of special caring and attention. That doesn’t mean that landscaping can’t be a garden, but gardens are more than landscaping. Gardens by their nature are soothing places in which you make a personal connection with the earth and elements; a place that takes you away from the worries and frenzy of the day and allows you to relax. The Center for Health Design released a paper in 2007 recognizing the power of gardens on hospital patients and staff. It was noted that chronic or terminally ill patients who had access to gardens had a higher quality of life. Non-terminal patients had a higher pain threshold and shorter stays in care. Gardens also reduced staff stress and turnover. In short, gardens are good for your health and your soul. No matter how small an area you have, there is no place too small for a garden. It might be a couple of small plants and a specially selected rock sitting on a windowsill; or it could be a few potted plants and a small trellis strategically placed on a porch. It could even be an indoor jungle positioned around a comfortable chair. If you are lucky enough to have an outdoor space, consider turning it into your very own get-away or meditative spot. The size of your special garden is up to you. It can fill your entire yard or one small corner. The key is deciding what you love about the outdoors and how to bring that home so you can visit your special space and escape the day-to-day buzz around you. If long walks in the desert are your thing, then a desert garden might be best. If bowers filled with flowers transport you to a calmer place, then a lush garden filled with flowering local plants may be your place. If you live were you can see the mountains, then creating a pleasant vista is easy. But if you are living where your vista is the neighbor’s back wall, you might consider a piece of indoor/outdoor garden art as a central theme. Also, Japanese and other Asian gardens are easily adapted to smaller enclosed spaces and provide a feel of escaping to another part of the world. Once you have selected the type of garden you would like, there are a number of elements you should consider when in the development stage. Elements, which apply to Japanese gardens, can easily be applied to all gardens. Consider the elements of architecture, waterfalls, streams, pools and shorelines, lanterns, basins, paths, bridges, trees, shrubs, flowers, sands and rocks. Although many of the elements like shorelines, pools and water falls may not seem to apply in the desert we actually have all these features around us. The structure within the rocks reflects the

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weathering effects created by all these actions of water. Envisioning the rock beneath the water and creating the form can bring these features to life in your garden. One of the biggest pleasures in developing a tranquility garden can be the research into gardens. Many gardens, like the Japanese gardens, have very specific reasons for the incorporation of various elements. Even English Tea Gardens, which may appear whimsical and hap hazard, have considerable planning and execution. Whether you plan your own garden or have an expert do it, be sure to be part of the process. Make sure to surround your special place with things you love. It is your tranquility spot, not someone else’s.

Don’t put in a Japanese “dry” garden of boulders and gravel, if you truly want beautiful flowers that attract hummingbirds. There are numerous flowering plants adapted to the desert that can create a lush spot without running up the water bill. Don’t worry about putting a Japanese lantern in the middle of your English garden. This is your tranquil space and you can do what you like. Bring in hanging lanterns, light candles, use metal or garden art, or bring in a boulder drilled with holes to make a wine rack for parties! If an austere meditative space is what sooths you and allows you to meditate or reach your happy place, go for it. Just remember, even if it takes some hard work to maintain the garden you design, the work itself is pleasure if your garden is your special sanctuary.

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SUMMER SIPS AND SALAD SENSATIONS By Helen Houston Creamer

Back by popular demand, we have a cool summer drink and delicious salad perfect for this time of year. This refreshing beverage and fresh salad are sure to be a crowd pleaser, so this summer season delight your family and friends with these two great recipes.

Baileys Frozen Russian

Use this rich blended drink with a hint of chocolate as a delicious poolside dessert. 1 oz. Baileys Irish Cream ¼ oz. Vodka ¼ oz. Godiva Chocolate Liqueur 2 scoops vanilla ice cream Add Baileys, vodka and Godiva liqueur to a blender. Add vanilla ice cream, blend and serve in a hurricane glass.

From informal summer meals to elegant dinners with friends, try these fresh, inventive salads meant to inspire the creative cook.

Marinated Tomatoes and “Cukes” with a Kick

I can’t wait for the first batch of homegrown tomatoes each summer to make my favorite salad. 1½ cup light canola oil 1 cup garlic red wine vinegar ¼ cup granulated sugar 1 clove of garlic, pressed or minced 1 small can green chili salsa 6 green onions chopped ½ tsp. dried oregano leaves ¼ tsp. celery seeds 3-4 fresh firm ripe tomatoes, chopped 2-3 fresh firm cucumbers, peeled, halved and sliced 4-6 fresh firm ripe tomatoes, quartered 1 small head of bib or red leaf lettuce leaves 6 green or red sweet hot peppers Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste In a medium size mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients, except the cucumbers, quartered tomatoes, lettuce and peppers. Combine this marinade mixture well, then chill. Two hours before serving, prepare the “cukes” and quartered tomatoes. Add these to the marinade and chill. Prepare lettuce cups and fill each with tomatoes, cukes and top with a portion of the marinade. Place one of the sweet hot peppers on top of each serving. Makes 6 salad servings.

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By Helen Houston Creamer In our homes, we try to surround ourselves with the things we love, whether it be our favorite color, family photos, even the old worn out recliner. It just feels good. But, for the new home of Nancy and Dallas Henrichsen, it would be a reflection of their love of Nevada. Retirement allowed the Henrichsen’s the time to travel outside their home in Oregon. Their draw to Nevada was strong, derived from the miles traveled on two-lane highways, the National Finals Rodeo, cowboy poetry and history books on the Silver State. So when it came time to furnish their new retirement home in Mesquite, they surrounded themselves with the things they love – all things Nevada. As a professional custom window designer and color consultant, I was asked by Dallas and Nancy to bring the essence of historical Nevada into their home through the use of color, texture and fabrics. My initial consultation provided several catchphrases that provided the impetus for the designs: the rich and colorful desert topography, cowboys, gold mining, gambling and even prostitution! Needless to say, the project was a remarkable opportunity to use my talents to achieve their vision inspired by the spirit of Nevada. The master bedroom was to reflect the spirit of the old west. To finish off the bedding ensemble, a large bolster covered in brown and beige cowhide print edged in leather trim complemented the scaldino (bed scarf) with silver-beaded leather fringe hanging from the sides. To showcase the view from the three side-by-side windows, four brown faux leather panels hung from cornices covered in rich colors and textured fabric. And, we didn’t forget to tie it all together with the silver and leather fringe and antique star embellishments. The great room is combined with the dining area with spectacular desert vistas. Here, the goal was to bring the rustic colors and textures from the outdoors to thet inside while maintaining the full panoramic views. The walls were painted in a variation of rich gold tones with a deep burgundy accent, reminiscent of the hues of the desert sunset. The colors and pattern of the padded cornices above the windows brought about images of colorful rock formations. The reverse pleated panels of gold and brown gave movement to the entire area. The pale-blue guest bedroom was to become the “bordello.” However, the feel was to achieve a sophisticated aire, not just some bawdy room over a saloon. Layers were the key in the bordello along with a little “glitzy glamour.” A billowing delft blue-printed valance covered the top of the window. Along the sides were layered panels; a solid blue back panel with a parson sleeve printed front panel. The center embellishments were blue-sequined flowers with long beaded tassels. The European-styled bed pillows were a combination of the blue print and solid fabrics with the glitzy-yet-classy sequin flowers. A thick fringe surrounded the pillow edges. Once again, a fringed scaldino covered the bottom of the bed helping to bring the intended flavor of the entire room together. In addition, the guest bathroom featured a ceiling-to-floor fringed shower curtain. Adding a few accents to the room, Dallas and Nancy helped to make the statement undeniable; weathered cowboy boots and feathered mule slippers next to the bed along with a hand-painted pitcher and washbasin. Finally, a corseted statue and a framed whimsical print of a cowboy and his “lady escort” by F. S. Remington added the finishing touches to this Nevada-esque bordello. “For us, “ says Nancy Hendrichsen, “Nevada has an aura of vastness and a sense of the frontier. Here the wild west still lingers.” Nancy continues, “Helen at Hues and Vues captured the essence of what we wanted through the use of the beautiful fabrics, designs and fine workmanship. The whole process was professional, while at the same time, we had a lot of fun!” Helen Houston Creamer is the owner and president of Hues & Vues, a local, licensed business specializing in custom window and wall design. Helen is a certified color consultant and certified window design professional. Hues & Vues offers custom draperies and bed coverings, fabric accessories, shutters, blinds and shades, hand-crafted wallpaper, upholstery fabrics, outdoor solar shades, texture and paint solutions. You can contact Helen at (702) 346-0246.

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Don’t TakeByItLisaFor Granite Priestman By Debbie Gendron

Granite countertops are desirable for their attractiveness and variety of colors and patterns. Granite is porous, which means granite countertops can be easily stained or chipped. Granite, an igneous rock formed from magnum, is very dense, hard and brittle, and stands up well against heavy foot traffic making it preferable for commercial lobbies and walkways. Granite is also ideal for counters and bar tops. True granite is the hardest of the polished stones available, and is used in high stress situations. Resistant to most chemicals (except for oils, which can permeate the stone), proper care and maintenance can keep them beautiful and durable. However, there’s lots of conflicting advice about maintaining granite countertops mostly due to a lack of knowledge, or misunderstanding of the correct methods. So, it’s easy to start to worry that you’re going too accidentally ruin your countertops, or that granite countertop care is a big hassle and you need a special army of professionals to do it. Do’s and Don’ts Avoid using anything acidic on granite countertops, because acid will eat away the sealant. Do not use any cleaning products that may contain acid. Many common household cleaners, such as bleach, kitchen degreasers and glass cleaners contain acids, alkalis and other chemicals. These harsh cleaners can degrade the sealer, making the granite susceptible to staining. Bathroom, grout, tile or tub cleaners must be strictly avoided. Ammonia, vinegar, orange or lemon must also not be used as cleaners. Granite countertops should be cleaned with a wet sponge and warm water, which should work fine in most cases. It’s safe to use a neutral cleaner such as stone soap or mild dishwashing liquid and warm water. Too much cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks. After using the soap solution, the surface should be rinsed properly. Finish off by drying thoroughly with a soft, clean cloth. Do not use abrasive cleaning tools on granite countertops. Clean up spills immediately to minimize damage to your stone. Use trivets or mats under hot dishes and cookware. Use place mats under ceramics, silver and other objects that can scratch your stone’s surface. Use coasters under glasses, especially if they contain alcohol or citrus juices. Spilling anything other than water or mild soaps, especially acidic substances like wine, tomato sauce, fruit juices, alcoholic beverages, coffee, soft drinks, and cooking oils they can stain the surface if not wiped up immediately. Since granite is porous you will need to seal it periodically. Sealing of the granite countertops is done once during the installation itself. To make it more resistant to stains, use a granite sealer that can help repel the stains. You can get the sealing done by a professional or you can do it yourself at home. As for applying the coats follow your manufacturer’s directions and first put a single coat. One of the most common misconceptions is that you need to seal the granite frequently. However, this is not true for quality granite, which needs to be sealed only twice a year to retain its luster. Sealing is required on granite countertops to prevent deep stains. Tiny fissures and cracks in granite may not be noticeable, but liquids can seep into them and cause discoloration. Use any sealant marketed for use on granite. The sealant must be applied to a thoroughly dry countertop with a cloth and left to dry completely. Then, buff the counter with terry cloth to get shine. A second coat is not needed, but will not hurt the granite if you want added protection. Sealing is a regular maintenance task for granite. Re-seal the countertop when water splashed on the surface no longer beads up. It’s important to examine your granite at least every six months to a year. Depending on how often you use your granite. Inspect areas to make sure there is no cracking or shifting at the seams. Inspect for stains and scratches as well. lf there are stains or damage, contact a stone-care professional for repair. These are some easy tips for cleaning and maintaining your granite countertops. Include wiping the surface as soon as there are spills and stains, placing coasters and mats when placing hot objects and not using abrasive material for cleaning the surface. Do not use sharp objects or cut citrus fruits on the countertop as it may stain and etch easily. With just a little care and proper maintenance of granite countertops, you can retain the beauty and utility of these beautiful stone kitchen countertops. For more information on the care and maintenance of your granite countertops, please contact us at (702) 346-2076 or stop by our showroom located at 521 W. Mesquite Blvd. Ste., B. We will be more than willing to assist you with all your granite countertop questions and concerns.

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Youth Groups at Big Rock Candy Mountain Resort Awesome Adventures offers outdoor activities at Big Rock Candy Mountain Resort in the summer months from Mid May through Mid September. Big Rock Candy Mountain Resort is located on Historic Highway 89 just north of Marysvale, UT, 193 miles from Mesquite, NV. Big Rock Candy Mountain Resort is a great place for a summer getaway, a place to escape the summer heat and take in some outdoor recreation. Lodging choices include Log Cabins on the Sevier River, an RV Park, and Motel Rooms. Awesome Adventures offers Whitewater Rafting, Ziplines, and ATV Tours at Big Rock Candy Mountain Resort. In June, Awesome Adventures had the pleasure of hosting several Summer Camp Youth Groups . The Youth Groups came from Las Vegas and various locations throughout Utah. More than 200 of them camped at different times at Big Rock Candy Mountain Resort, and to say that a good time was had by all would be the understatement of the year! The youth participated in Whitewater Rafting, Adventure Mountain with Zipline, Canopy Ziplines, and Amazing Race Type Events on the water and on land. I’m pretty sure the employees had almost as much fun as the girls! Along with the camping girls groups, we had several groups of Boy Scouts and Church Groups join us for a day of fun and adventure. One of the Youth Groups brought along a mascot of sorts… a stuffed doll with wild red hair, wearing a T Shirt with “Rock Star” on the front….the mascot went on all the adventures with the girls, and at the end of their trip, they presented it to Stoney along with a nice thank you note. Stoney treasures that mascot! Come on up to Big Rock Candy Mountain Resort this summer to escape the city heat, relax in a River Front Cabin or cozy Motel Room…or bring along your own RV and park it in our deluxe RV Park with easy access to the Paiute ATV Trail! Be sure to check out the discounts available on the website. Visit awesomeadventuresnews.com and choose HOT DEALS AND DISCOUNTS from the TOUR AND TRAVEL MENU. 52


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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 Eureka Casino Hotel 275 Mesa Blvd. (702) 346-4600 Falcon Ridge Hotel 1030 W. Pioneer Blvd. (702) 346-2200 Highland Estates Resort 555 Highland Drive (702) 346-0871 Siegel Suites 580 Mesa Blvd. (702) 346-4700 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 Al-Anon Family Group 150 N. Yucca, Room #18 Jan – (702) 533-3960 Lynn – (928) 347-5478 American Legion 3rd Tuesday – 7 pm Falcon Ridge Hotel 1030 W. Pioneer Blvd 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 City Council Meetings 2nd & 4th Tuesdays – 5 pm City Hall (Upstairs) (702) 346-5295 Clark County Rural Democratic Caucus (702) 715-8403

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Desert Dames Doris Groene (702) 345-5167

Desert Fox Flyers Radio Control Flying Club (702) 346-3788 Exchange Club of Mesquite Tuesdays – 12:00 noon Mesa View Hospital (702) 346-6633 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 info@lwvm.org Mesquite Area Chamber of Commerce 12 W. Mesquite Blvd., Ste 107 (702) 346-2902 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 pm 840 Hafen Ln (Veterans Center) Alice Boyd (702) 346-0695 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

VFW Post 2nd Tuesday – 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 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 Animal Control (702) 346-5268 Building Department (702) 346-2835 Justice Court (702) 346-5298 Municipal Court (702) 346-5291 Fire Department Emergency – 911 Fire Administration Office (702) 346-2690 Police Department Emergency – 911 Non-emergency (702) 346-6911 Senior Center 102 W. Old Mill Road (702) 346-5290


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Mesquite Fine Arts Center & Gallery 15 W. Mesquite Blvd. (702) 346-1338 www.mesquitefineartscenter.com

Beaver Dam Lodge (928) 347-2222

Conestoga (702) 346-4292

Palmer (Oasis GC) (702) 346-7820

Canyons (Oasis GC) (702) 346-7820

Coyote Willows (702) 345-3222

Palms (702) 346-4067

Virgin Valley Heritage Museum 35 W. Mesquite Blvd. (702) 346-5705

CasaBlanca (702) 346-6764

Falcon Ridge (702) 346-6363

Wolf Creek (702) 346-1670

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 First Baptist Church (702) 346-7061 Graceway Alliance (702) 346-8667 La Virgen De Guadalupe Catholic Church (702) 346-7065 Living Waters Fellowship Church (702) 346-8558 Mesquite Christian Center (702) 346-5164 Mesquite Lutheran Church (702) 346-5811 Mesquite United Methodist Church (702) 346-4663 Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (702) 346-3390 or 346-0503 River Valley Bible Church (702) 346-0339 Valley Presbyterian Church (702) 346-5683

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Advertisers Directory Ace Hardware 57 Advanced Hearing & Balance 33 All Pros Real Estate 56 Augilar Mobile Carwash 57 Baird Painting 56 Bank of Nevada 58 Bellas Pizza 54 Boulevard Home Furnishings Back Cover C & K Shutters 22 Canyon Media 21 Checks n’ Mail 53 Choice Wedding 59 Clark County Rural Democratic Caucus 56 Cucina Italiana 55 Classy Closets / Kitchen Encounters 41 Desert Oasis Spa 37 Desert Pain Management 19 Dixie Ophthalmic Specialists 15 Eagle Appliance Service 57 Elite Shredding 61 Enterprise Carpet Care 59 Envy Nightclub and Lounge 39 Eureka Hotel Casino Inside Front Cover Farmers Insurance Bill Mitchell 53 Five Star Vein 53 Golden West Restaurant & Casino 55 Guns & Guitars 56 Hangey’s Custom Upholstery 55 Heritage Electric 57 High Desert Design 23 Highland Manor 1 Hues & Vues 33 Iceberg Air Conditioning & Heating 59 Iron Mountain Cleaners 56 Karls Pest Control 56 Klasik Kloset 53 Kokopelli 45 Mesa View Hospital 25 Mesquite Garage Door Service 59 Mesquite Home Theater 37 Mesquite Lock Doc 58

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Mesquite Lutheran Childcare 56 Mesquite Playoffs 54 Mesquite Self Storage 61 Mesquite Tile & Flooring 41 Mesquite Veterinary Clinic 57 Mesquite Womens Clinic 23 Mountain America Credit Union 57 Nini’s Hair & Nails 58 Oasis Chiropractic Center 58 Premier Properties Clyde Steyee 55 Premier Properties Geno Withelder 57 Premier Properties Judy Cole 53 Quality 1 Realty Angela Brooks-Reese 2 Quality 1 Realty Bret Lower 58 Quality 1 Realty Debbie Spitale 59 Quality 1 Realty Gerry Gentile 57 Quality 1 Realty Patty Brooks 58 Rager & Sons Refridgeration 61 Ready Golf & Gear 33 Redd Hills Cinema 8 37 Reliance Connects 6 Remax Cindy Risinger 49 Rooster Cottage 53 Samurai 21 54 Santa Fe Ceramics 58 Siegel Suites Mesquite 59 Servpro 53 Silver Rider 64 Sips & Dips Coffee House 55 Spirit Wind 59 Stephens Hair & Boutique 53 Sun City Deb Parsley 58 Travel Connection 43 Virgin Valley Artists Association 56 Virgin Valley Dental Inside Back Cover Virgin Valley Heritage Museum 53 Virgin Valley Homecare & Hospice 22 Western Exterminator Co. 59 Wild West Fireamrs & Training 23 Wolf Creek Terrace 54


Area Highlights and Local Events July 17th - 23rd Jr. Golden Gloves Championship – 6:00 pm – CasaBlanca Event Tent www.goldengloves.com 16th - 19th Ultimate Sports Athlete Game-On, Mesquite Sports Complex – Kevin Hess - (702) 292-0255 20th Friday Night Lights Ashley Red 8:30 pm – CasaBlanca Lounge www.casablancaresort.com 24th City Council Meeting – 5:00 pm - City Hall, 10 E. Mesquite Blvd. 28th 2013 Miss Mesquite & Miss Mesquite Outstanding Teen Pagent, 7:00 pm. Mesquite Community Theater, (702) 345-4499 - www.missmesquite.org 30th - 31st Ultimate Sports Athlete Game-On, Mesquite Sports Complex – Kevin Hess – (702) 292-0255 August 1st – 2nd Ultimate Sports Athlete Game-On, Mesquite Sports Complex – Kevin Hess - (702) 292-0255 6th – 9th Ultimate Sports Athlete Game-On, Mesquite Sports Complex – Kevin Hess - (702) 292-0255 7th Brown Bag Lecture – 12:00 pm – Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery – (702) 346-1338 14th City Council Meeting – 5:00 pm – City Hall, 10 E. Mesquite Blvd. 10th - 12th Longdrivers of America Region 9 Qualifier- Mesquite Sports Complex Mike Ambriz, (817) 819-4497 11th Casapooloza Spazmatics – 8:00 pm - CasaBlanca Pool www.casablancaresort.com 24th Friday Night Lights Spazmatics – 8:30 pm – CasaBlanca Lounge www.casablancaresort.com 24th - 25th Ultimate Sports Athlete Game-On, Mesquite Sports Complex – Kevin Hess – (702) 292-0255 28th City Council Meeting – 5 pm - City Hall 10 E. Mesquite Blvd. September 1st - 2nd Smokin in Mesquite BBQ Championship – 8:00 am CasaBlanca Event Tent – www.casablancaresort.com 2nd Casapooloza Zowie Bowie – 8pm –CasaBlanca Pool – (777) 438-2929 www.casablancaresort.com 4th Brown Bag Lecture - 12pm – Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery – (702) 346-1338 14th Friday Night Lights Spazmatics - 8:30 pm, CasaBlanca Lounge www.casablancaresort.com 15th Walk in Memory “Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention” – 7:00 am -11:00 am Mesquite Recreation Center

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Mesquite Senior Center Happenings Alzheimer’s Support Group Meeting

Mesquite Senior and Community Center Library 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of Month, 2:00 – 3:00 pm Contact: Terra Shreve (702) 346-7666

Kathy Poindexter

July 26, 12:00 to 1:00 pm The importance of keeping your lungs clean

Senior Trips

Cards & Tile Games • Open Pinochle, 8:00 am - 3:30 pm (Mon/Wed) 8:00 am -12:30 pm (Fri) • Mexican Train, 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm (Tues) • Dominos, 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm (Tues) • Mah-Jong, 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm (Tues/Wed/Thurs) 8:00 am -12:30 pm (Fri) • Cribbage, 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm (Thurs) • Hand and Foot, 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm (Thurs) Mesquite Senior Center, 102 W. Mill Road - Mesquite

July 11, 2012- Mob Museum

Location: Las Vegas Departure: 9:00 am – Returns: 4:00 pm Fee: $15.00 (Transportation)

For more information on all events and activities, please call (702) 346-5290

July 20, 2012- Indoor Swap Meet

Location: Las Vegas Departure: 9:00 am – Returns: 3:00 pm Fee: $15.00 (Transportation) & $2.00 Entrance Fee

July 25, 2012- Sams Town

Location: Las Vegas Departure: 9:00 am – Returns: 4:00 pm Fee: $15.00 (Transportation)

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

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