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Hispanic Heritage Month

MILK+T Sustainable Living on a Budget 13 Ways to Keep Your Children Safe This Halloween

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Tale of the Shadow King Colorado River Heritage Greenway Park & Trails


“Leading with Diversity”



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Hispanic Heritage Month By STAFF WRITER


he celebration was created to recognize the positive impact that Hispanic Americans have left on the country. “Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America,” according to the official government website. It traditionally honors the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latino Americans as we celebrate heritage rooted in all 6

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Latin American countries. Hispanic refers to a person who is from, or a descendant of someone who is from, a Spanish-speaking country. Latino/a or Latinx refers to a person who is from, or a descendant of someone who is from, a country in Latin America. According to the Census Bureau, the U.S. Hispanic population is 60.6 million as of July 1, 2019, “making people of Hispanic origin the nation’s largest ethnic or racial minority.” That’s 18.5% of the

nation’s total population, with a median age of 29.8 years.

is “Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope.”

President Lyndon B. Johnson first introduced National Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968. In Presidential Proclamation 3869, President Johnson wrote, “Wishing to pay special tribute to the Hispanic tradition, and having in mind the fact that our five Central American neighbors celebrate their Independence Day on the fifteenth of September and the Republic of Mexico on the sixteenth, the Congress by House Joint Resolution 1299, has requested the President to issue annually a proclamation designating the week including September 15 and 16 as National Hispanic Heritage Week.”

While official 2021 celebrations have yet to be announced, vaccinated Americans can certainly throw a party of their own. And if you’re staying close to home, you can always relax with a good book by a Spanish-language author that takes you into someone else’s experience. Make it a point to support Latina-owned businesses. You can even brush up on your own Spanish by listening to these great Spanish-language podcasts and watching these Spanish-language TV shows (La Casa de Papel/ Money Heist and Elite will have you hooked!).

On August 17, 1988, Congress passed a law to extend it into a month-long holiday during Ronald Reagan’s presidency. The first Hispanic Heritage Month was celebrated in 1989. While events went largely virtual last year due to the pandemic, 2020’s theme, as announced by the National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers (NCHEPM), was “Hispanics: Be Proud of Your Past, Embrace the Future.” In 2021, the theme Out in Henderson



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ILK+T is Las Vegas’ premium self-serve boba bar. Our goal is to provide the highest quality drinks while offering complete transparency. We aren’t afraid to tell people what we put inside our drinks-because everything we put inside is natural. We use real fruit and sugar to make our syrups and real lactose-free milk to make our milk teas. Stop by and grab a drink! If you don’t love it, we will do everything we can to please your taste buds, or your money back. We began our journey in December 2015 as the world’s first self-serve boba truck. Both of us barely had any restaurant and entrepreneurial backgrounds, so we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into with this truck. We were warned by several of our friends, “Food trucks aren’t easy! It’s a lot more work than a restaurant”. Nevertheless, we were determined. For 18 months, we roamed the streets of Los Angeles, loving every customer that we connected with and every relationship we built. But it was honestly the hardest 18 months of our lives. To the average person, we looked like we were absolutely killing the game-- Lines around the block, Instagram blowing up, and videos being made of us left and right. Little did our supporters know, we were struggling. Every time we profited or did well, the truck would break down. Every dime we made went right back into the engine, the generator,

the electrical issues, plumbing issues, etc. For 9 months, we scoured the internet for commercial listings. We looked at Highland Park, Chinatown, Downtown, Silverlake, Filipino Town- none of them worked out. Finally, towards the end of 2016, we were blessed to come across this spot in Little Tokyo. We signed the lease in January 2017, and we’re extremely proud and humbled to say that Little Tokyo is the home of our Flagship location. Never would we have thought that we would open a store in Little Tokyo, DTLA, Portland, OR, and our newest-Las Vegas, NV. It’s the support of our followers and customers that keep us going and striving for new things every day. Whether you were there on the first day we opened our truck, or the last, we thank you. Each drink you purchased brought us closer to this reality. We love you all! 5651 S Grand Canyon Dr Ste 140 Las Vegas, NV 89148 Website: milkandt.com Out in Henderson



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Sustainable Living on a Budget By DESTINY DEJESUS


iving sustainably doesn’t have to break the bank. There are simple everyday changes that one can make in order to save both the environment and money. Here are five budget-friendly and sustainable swaps you can make today!

EAT LESS MEAT & DAIRY No, I’m not saying “Go Vegan”, I’m saying reduce your meat intake. Raising, breeding and feeding animals solely for our consumption not only requires lots of resources, it also generates an enormous amount of greenhouse gas emissions. The more meat conscious we become, the more of an impact we can have on our health and the health of our planet.

USE REUSABLE BOTTLES Reusable bottles are more accessible than ever! You can 16

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now find them at your local dollar store or even thrift stores. Investing in a good water filter and a few reusable bottles is key to saving money and the environment while ensuring that you’re drinking the cleanest water. No one likes plastic and chemicals seeping into their drink.

BYE BYE, SPONGE. HELLO, DISH RAG! Sponges harbor bacteria! What’s the point of washing your dishes if you’re washing them with a dirty sponge? Opt out of the sponge life and buy reusable dish rags. Again, you can find these at your local dollar store. Making this swap can prevent you from getting sick and save you money in the long run. It’s as easy as throwing your dish rag in the laundry every week.

BRING TOTE BAGS TO THE GROCERY STORE Most stores will offer a discount if you use your own shopping bags! 10 cents off your purchase might not sound like a lot, but it adds up. Put those tote bags to work and eliminate your plastic use. Both California and New York have “banned the bag” so why not jump on the bandwagon and reduce

plastic. Plus, reusable bags are more sturdy!

SHOP SECOND-HAND Whether you’re looking for patio furniture on Facebook Marketplace or buying new wine glasses at the thrift store, buying second-hand will always save you some bucks. Sometimes you can even find brand new clothing with their original tags at the thrift store. Give everything a good wash and offer an old item a second chance. Remember, a little goes a long way. It might not feel as if you’re doing a lot for the environment, but making these every day swaps can make a huge impact.

BIO: Destiny is a plant-based activist from The Bronx, NY who currently resides in Henderson, NV. She runs a brand called Eat Yo Destiny where she educates people on how to be vegan on a budget. Destiny is a full-time Social Media Manager and focuses on marketing for small businesses. Follow her on Instagram @eatyodestiny (www.instagram. com/eatyodestiny)

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13 Ways to Keep Your Children Safe This Halloween By JANINE MICK WILLS


he number 13 has gotten a bad rap over the years. It is not always unlucky, especially on Halloween when kids just want to have fun, and their parents just want them to be safe. Use these 13 ways this Halloween to make trick-ortreating safe for your kids and stressfree for you. 1. Instead of wearing Halloween masks, paint or accessorize your children’s faces - no matter the size of the holes, Halloween masks restricts hearing and sight. The internet abounds with ideas for face-painting (be careful of an allergic reaction to the paint or face medium), silly hats, bows, hair, ears, etc. that can complement any costume. 2. Make sure your children’s Halloween costumes fit and are weather appropriate before the big night - too small of costumes can impede movement. Too large of costumes afford an opportunity for children to trip and fall or for the costumes to get caught on something. Keep an eye on the weather report for 20

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that evening. A costume that doesn’t “breathe” in warm weather might cause your children to overheat, and a costume that isn’t appropriate for a cooler climate may leave your children chilled. Keep an umbrella and jackets or sweaters in the car or on-hand in case the weather turns inclement. 3. If your children’s costumes aren’t reflective, apply reflective tape to the top and bottom. Reflective tape can be purchased online or at any home supply or sporting goods store. If possible, have your children wear shoes that light up when they walk. They can also carry a glow stick or flashlight if they are able to handle it and their candy bag or plastic pumpkin. 4. Be selective where your children trick-or-treat. It’s tempting to take your children to neighborhoods with a lot of houses, but it’s safer to stay in your own neighborhood or the neighborhood of family members or trusted friends who know their neighbors. Even then, it’s wise to canvas the areas first in the light of day. Avoid houses that are unkempt, under construction of any kind, or full of overgrown weeds. 5. Make sure your children eat a healthy meal before they go trickor-treating. This will keep them from overindulging the first few minutes

after they leave the house. It’s also a good idea to take some bottled water. Trick-or-treating can be the equivalent of a kiddy marathon and overtax small bodies. Occasional sips of water can prevent dehydration. 6. Teach your children to be cautious of strange animals or pets. Children can be naïve and think a dog with a wagging tail is friendly, but any dog is capable of biting. Cats and kittens may be cute, but they can also bite or scratch if they feel threatened. 7. Make sure your children can recite their full name, address, and phone number. If your children are too young for that, attach this information to the inside of their costume, so it can be found. Teach your children not to reveal their private information to anyone but an appropriate adult (policeman, neighbor, someone they know and trust) and only in the event of an emergency. 8. Carry a picture of your children wearing their costumes and a current picture of them in street clothes on your cell phone. Also, have pertinent information about your children (weight, height, birthmarks, health records, etc.) in a spot where you can easily remember where they are and get quick access to them in the event of an emergency. Should you and your children become separated, don’t panic. Immediately notify the authorities and share the above information. 9. Teach your children to be courteous to strangers while trick-or-treating but to also show caution and trust their instincts. The majority of people mean no harm when they talk to or engage children in conversation on Halloween night. But it’s better to err on the side of caution. If something or someone doesn’t feel right to you or your children, heed the warning sign.

10. Teach your children pedestrian safety. This includes: • Cross the street at corners or appropriate crosswalks. • Don’t cross the street or dart out from between parked cars. • Look both ways before crossing the street. • Obey traffic signals and signs. • Use sidewalks whenever possible. • If it’s necessary to walk in the street, walk facing traffic on the left. 11. Carefully check your children’s candy/goodies before they eat them. Discard any candy that is not properly wrapped or looks or smells suspicious. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Have extra candy on hand to replace what is thrown out, so your children don’t feel slighted or resentful. Some hospitals or clinics will x-ray your children’s candy for free. Take advantage of this offer. 12. Ration your children’s candy consumption. Children love candy and lots of it, but too much is not good for their health, teeth, or behavior, and it can ruin their appetite for food that is good for them. Set limits on how much candy they can have and when they can have it. Their teachers or daytime caregivers will especially thank you. 13. Seek alternate Halloween activities. Many churches, malls, and community centers offer Fall Festivals, Trick-orTrunk events, hayrides, or other safe alternatives to traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating. But again, exercise discretion. Talk with neighbors, friends, and families for places and events they have tried and can recommend. October 31 only rolls around once a year. It’s a day children look forward to all year long. Implement these thirteen ideas to keep your children safe on Halloween, and the only thing frightening that night will be witches, goblins, and ghouls begging for candy. Out in Henderson


Access to Healthcare Network

Battle Born Progress

3085 E Flamingo Rd, Ste A Las Vegas, NV 89121 844-609-4623 AccessToHealthcare.org

(702) 900-3665 BattleBornProgress.org

Affirming God’s People UCC 1140 Almond Tree Lane, Unit 303 Las Vegas, NV 89104 (702) 906-4608

Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) 1830 E Sahara Ave Ste 210 Las Vegas, NV 89104 (702) 382-2326 AFANLV.org

AIDS Healthcare Foundation 3201 S Maryland Pkwy Las Vegas, NV 89109 (702) 862-8075 AHF.org

Alto Pharmacy 600 E Pilot Rd Ste A Las Vegas, NV 89119 (800) 874-5881 ALTO.com

American Civil Liberties Union 601 S Rancho Dr, #B-11 Las Vegas, NV 89106 (702) 366 1226 aclunv.org


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Bears Las Vegas BearsLV.org

Community Counseling Center of Southern Nevada 714 E Sahara Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89014 (702) 369-8700

Crush Socrush.com

Equality Nevada 1490 W Sunset Rd, Suite 120 Henderson, NV 89014 855-955-5428 EqualityNV.org

Gender Justice Nevada 900 E Karen Ave, Suite C-211 Las Vegas, NV 89109 (702) 324-1271

Golden Rainbow 714 E Sahara Ave, Suite 101 Las Vegas, NV 89104 (702) 384-2899 GoldenRainbow.org

Help of Southern Nevada 1640 E Flamingo Rd, #100 Las Vegas, NV 89119 (702) 369-4357 Helponv.org

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-784-2433 SuicidePreventionLifeLine.org

Nevada Gay Rodeo Association Henderson Equality Center 1490 W Sunset Rd, Suite 120 Henderson, NV 89014 855-955-5428 HendersonEqualityCenter.org

Henderson Police Department 223 Lead Street Henderson, NV 89015 (702) 267-5000

Hopelink of Southern Nevada


Nevada Tobacco Quitline 800-QUIT-NOW NevadaTobaccoQuitLine.com

Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth 4981 Shirley St. Las Vegas, NV 89107 NPHY.org

178 Westmister Way Henderson, NV 89015 (702) 566-0576 Link2Hope.org


Indigo Valley Church

Saint Therese Center HIV Outreach

1027 South Rainbow Blvd. #199 Las Vegas, NV 89145 (702)439-4511

Imperial Royal Sovereign Court of the Desert Empire PO BOX 46481 Las Vegas, NV 89114 DesertEmpire.org

Lambda Alano 12-Step Meeting 900 E Karen Ave, Suite A202 Las Vegas, NV 89109 (702) 737-4673

Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada 725 East Charleston Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89104 (702) 386-1-70 LACSN.org

PO BOX 20145 Las Vegas, NV 89112 (702) 738-7838

100 E Lake Mead Pkwy. Henderson, NV 89015 (702) 564-4224

Salvation Army Southern Nevada 2900 Palomino Ln Las Vegas, NV 89107 (702) 870-4430

Southern Nevada Association of Pride, INC 4001 S Decatur Blvd, #37-540 Las Vegas, NV 89103 866-930-3336

Trevor Project Suicide Hotline for LGBT Youth 866-488-7386 TheTrevorProject.org

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Tale of the Shadow King By Daniel Haack Illustrated by Stevie Lewis



ale of the Shadow King” is the latest story from Daniel Haack, which continues the story of “Prince & Knight”. In the first book, the Prince and Knight meet during a battle to save the kingdom. Basic fairytale stuff but with the twist they are both men. In the continuation, which is set in a much darker work, they must defend their kingdom from the Shadow King. Both these books are illustrated by Stevie Lewis and are well done but the Knight seems to have taken on a darker hue and darker hair in the second book. Which may have been a nod to portray the Knight as a person of color. Between these books, the author 24

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released “Maiden & Princess” which is illustrated by Becca Human and co – authored by Isabel Galupo. This is the story of how a warrior maiden and stargazing Princess meet and fall in love. The illustrations here are richer and more colorful. The Princess is from an African Kingdom and the outfits are gorgeous. The stories in these three books are not original except for the genders of the protagonists and they do not need to be. There is something comforting to a well-known trope. With these books, more children will be able to see themselves in stories that up to now only had heterosexual and mainly white couples.

Colorado River Heritage Greenway Park & Trails 1555 S Casino Drive, Laughlin, NV | (702) 298-3321


raveling the surrounding area of Las Vegas offers a quick getaway that is easily accessible by car. Laughlin, NV offers a place to cool off in the Colorado River and explore a local Dam system. Laughlin differs from Las Vegas in that the city surrounds the river offering the experience of being in a resort located on the water of the Colorado River. Colorado River Heritage Greenway Park & Trails offers visitors trails for those that would like to experience

the outdoors ranging from easy to moderate. Horseback riding is also readily available to visitors, offering an alternate outdoors experience. If exploring is more your style, check out Davis Dam. Built in 1951, the dams main purpose is to control water flow coming from the more

well-known Hoover. Laughlin is also rich in culture. In the 19th century, immigrants from the Basque region, near the northern border between Spain and France, settled in the area looking for gold. They later migrated to Northern Nevada for sheepherding, but their impacts in Laughlin still live on to this day. You can take a step back in time visiting some of Nevada’s most historic bars known as Sagebrush saloons. You can get a drink and admire some of the original oil lamps and original 19th century wood floors. Walk in the same spots where legendary Nevadans stood including Mark Twain, Howard Hughes, Virgil and Wyatt Earp. Nevada, a heritage where anything is possible, the silver state forging the Transcontinental Railroad and great many boom towns that are still maintaining the historical culture of the time. Out in Henderson


“Leading with Diversity” By ZAK SHELLHAMMER


he history of discrimination in Real Estate is one of the more shocking things I have learned about this industry. With the current challenges our LGBTQ+ and minority communities find themselves dealing with, it is often hard to say we’ve come a long way. Yet just like the fight for equal rights or even general acceptance, Real Estate


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Fair Housing laws have also come a long way. Likewise, just like everything else, we have a long way to go. Discrimination in Real Estate includes steering (the act of guiding homebuyers to or from certain areas) and redlining (generally, the refusal to provide mortgage services based on race or ethnicity). Historical discriminatory laws on the local, state, and federal levels of government throughout our country’s past literally directed REALTORS® to perpetuate racism and create barriers for the pursuit of owning a property. Article 34 of the National Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics, between 1924 and 1950, instructed us to avoid “introducing into a neighborhood a character of property or occupancy, members of any race or nationality, or any individuals whose presence will clearly be detrimental to property

of Nevada we are protected based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression, but that is not the case at the federal level and it certainly needs to be. When it comes to housing it is critical that the public become more educated about this, to help others spot the potential bias in their own reactions and make housing possible for everyone, no matter their identity.

values in that neighborhood.” And that was from the code of ethics! Helping others become more aware of diversity and inclusion will help better shape our future. Throughout the last 50 years, the fair housing laws have become far more inclusive. Thanks to certifications like “At Home with Diversity”, a group I am a part of, we obtain an extra level of awareness to carry into our businesses. While it is unfortunate that the job of a REALTOR® has to include a fight for our client’s human rights, it is also a privilege to do so and obtain housing for people who may face such discrimination. Today, while anti-discrimination laws and fair housing regulations exist, things are still lacking. In the state

Zak Shellhammer is the Broker/ Owner of Level Up Real Estate in Henderson NV 642 E. Horizon Drive, Suite 120, Henderson, NV 89015 702-558-5630 / http://go2levelup.com/ zak@go2levelup.com

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Youth Programing: Youth Tutoring Tue / Thur from 430-530pm

Youth GSA Social Group Every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month, from 6pm – 8pm

Adult Programing: BiSexual+ Adult Social Group 1st Wednesday of each month, from 630pm – 8pm

Equality in Recovery – AA Every Friday, from 7-8pm More Social Groups to come! To stay up to date on all of our groups please visit, www.HendersonEqualityCenter. org/calendar-2

Reiki Circle by Sharyn Mitchell 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, from 630pm – 830pm

People of Color Social Group 2nd Tuesday of each month, from 630pm – 8pm

Transgender Adult Social Group 3rd Wednesday of each month, from 630pm – 8pm

Community Corner with SNAPIQS Southern Nevada Asian Pacific Islander Queer Society 3rd Tues of each month, from 630pm – 8pm

Equality in Recovery - NA Every Saturday, from 1030am to 1130am

LGBTQ Veteran’s Social Group 4th Wednesday each month from 6-8pm

Seniors Social Group 2nd and 4th Tues each month from 6-8pm Parent LGBTQ Social Group 2nd Friday each month from 6-8pm Lesbian Social Network Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, from 6pm – 8pm

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