November - December 2021 Holiday Issue of ViewOn Magazine

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November-December, 2021 Volume 14 – Issue 6 PUBLISHER & EDITOR Kathy Lee MANAGING EDITOR Erin Eames ART DIRECTOR / LAYOUT Erin Eames COPY EDITOR Rayma Davis PROOFREADER Elisa Eames WRITERS Tracy Beck, Bernie Conrique, Shannon Akins, Andy Mickelson, Donna Eads, Mary Beth Timm, Kaylee Pickering, Nate Henry, Mayor Maile Wilson, Helen Houston, Ashley Centers, Cliff & Ilene Bandringa, Rob Krieger, Anita DeLelles, Judi Moreo, Keith Buchhalter, Jeffrey McKenna, Karen L. Monsen, Judi Moreo, Susie Knudsen, Mindee West, Michelle Sundberg, Celece Krieger, Stephanie Finck, Randi Fuller, Rebecca Roessner, Pam Jacobson, Sheila Oliveria, David Cordero, Elisa Eames, Amy Bradshaw ADVERTISING SALES Kathy Lee ADVERTISING EMAIL SUPPORT STAFF Bert Kubica Cheryl Whitehead DISTRIBUTION ViewOn Magazine Staff WEB DESIGN Erin Eames PUBLISHED BY ViewOn Magazine, Inc. Office (702) 346-8439 Fax (702) 346-4955 GENERAL INQUIRIES ONLINE Facebook


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Letter from

the Editor

Dear Readers, As I reread my editor’s letter from last year's holiday issue, I was filled with hope that we would return to normal before this holiday season. Some things have changed, and some things remain the same. However, I am still optimistic that 2022 will be an amazing year for all of us. Hopefully, we can return to our happier days of traveling and visiting with friends and relatives very soon. My holiday wish for you all would be for you to find more kindness, compassion, and generosity in your lives. I hope that you all receive more love from others, but most importantly, I hope that you show more love towards others. The world is a little tough right now, so I am asking for you to be the change. Take the time to see your neighbors as you would like them to see you. Also, be kind to yourself. I am reminded at this time of year especially that world peace begins at home. I am so grateful to all those who have kept this publication going—to my wonderful staff, our talented writers, and friends that are always there to support us. And where would we be without our wonderful advertisers, who make ViewOn Magazine possible for all of you to enjoy? I hope that this magazine makes it easier for us to help each other and that, in some small way, it helps to unify our communities. Please visit our website at, and follow us on our Facebook page. I wish you all a very beautiful and happy holiday season.


Kathy Lee Editor in Chief

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Frequent contributors Anita DeLelles, LMT, is a certified Equine and Small Animal Acupressure Practitioner with accreditation from Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute. Her studies included two consecutive summers in Bath, England, as well as coursework in Colorado and California and a BFA from UNLV. Anita is certified in small animal massage from the Northwest School of Animal Massage as well as in human massage. In 2014, Anita and husband Ron opened WOOF! Wellness Center and launched their website


Celece Krieger is the owner of The Travel Connection. Travel is her passion, and she's spent the past 30 years planning dream vacations around the world. Her favorite vacation is the South Pacific with her "toes in the sand." She can be reached by phone at (435) 256-8897 or by email at

Karen L. Monsen is a freelance writer who lives in St. George, Utah. She covers outdoor topics, nature, science, research, and human impacts. She taught French and social studies in public schools, served as a technical training coordinator, and designed and delivered business and technical writing seminars for corporate clients.

Rob Krieger is a 20-year PGA Member and former Director of Golf in Mesquite and Greensboro, North Carolina. He is currently the Director of Instruction at both his own Red Rock Golf Center and the Southgate Golf Club in St. George and is experienced in teaching all skill levels from beginners to low handicappers. Rob has been writing for ViewOn Magazine since 2010. For help with your game or to schedule a lesson, check out his website or email

Donna Eads and her husband moved to Mesquite in 2010 from Palm Desert, California, and she loves the small-town atmosphere. Her writing experience extends from high school and college newspapers to professional manuals as a critical care nurse. Her passion for tennis is evident in her frequent articles for ViewOn Magazine.

Linda Faas and her husband arrived in Mesquite in 2004. They love the friends they have made here and love exploring the beauty of the surrounding desert. Linda has immersed herself in community life and volunteers with education nonprofits. She is a reporter and feature writer for local and regional publications and is always seeking new adventures.

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Judi Moreo is one of the most recognized personal growth trainers and coaches in the world. She is the author of 11 books, including two international bestsellers, You Are More Than Enough and Conquer the Brain Drain. A self-made success, Judi started her first business with $2,000 and a lot of chutzpah. Judi learned to succeed step-by-step over many years and now has a worldwide following of clients who are enjoying outstanding success as a result of her guidance. You can reach Judi at or (702) 283-4567. David Cordero is the Communications and Marketing Director for the City of St. George. A southern Utah resident since 2006, David has extensive experience in writing, public relations, marketing, and public speaking. He has also served in a variety of volunteer capacities over the years, including Utah Honor Flight, American Legion Post 90, religious education, and as a coach for his son's athletic teams. Email him at Ashley Centers Is the former General Manager of Anytime Fitness Mesquite, and her passion for fitness runs deep. She fell in love with competitive powerlifting as a pre-teen. She set many state records and national qualifying totals during her lifting career prior to her competitive retirement while attending college. Ashley is now an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer and is training for Strongwoman competitions. She is a Volunteer Coordinator for the Mesquite Senior Games and is excited to remain a contributor to ViewOn Magazine and to write about her passion for health and fitness!

Helen Houston is the owner of Staging Spaces and Redesign in Mesquite, Nevada. Helen holds certifications as a Drapery and Design Professional, a Certified Color Consultant, and a Real Estate Staging Professional. Helen has been a contributing writer for ViewOn Magazine for the past 13 years. Her creative writing features articles on home fashion, home staging, and home entertaining. Helen is a published author in several national design and trade magazines. She can be reached at or (702) 346-0246. Cliff and Ilene Bandringa are authors and the creators of They have been traveling and photographing the world for more than 20 years, with a motto of finding the lesserknown, off-the-beaten-path places and then sharing their experiences with others. They do this via their blog, the virtual tour guides they've written, lots of YouTube videos, magazine articles, and a sister website of highquality and stock images. You can find all of these at Keith Buchhalter is the Public Affairs Specialist for Overton Power District #5. Born and raised in Guatemala City, he moved to Mesquite, Nevada, in 1999. Keith has held a variety of positions in local organizations. He was part of the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce Board from 2013-2017. He is Past-President of the Rotary Club of Mesquite, and he is currently serving as Assistant District Governor for Rotary's District 5300. He also serves as a trustee for the Mesa View Regional Hospital Board.

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Message from

the Mayor

As we near the end of another unprecedented year here in Cedar City, I am happy to report that many of the COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted in our area as we get to a new “normal.” Businesses are open, our economy is thriving, and Festival City is again living up to its name. The Utah Shakespeare Festival, Utah Summer Games, and many other community events returned in full force this year, all reporting record attendance. I was overjoyed to see people returning to our wonderful city and all that we have to offer. I find myself reflecting on just how diverse and resilient our community is, especially during the holiday season. From one of the worst droughts in our city’s history to a 600-year flood (or a flood that has a 1-in-600 chance of happening in any given year), our residents have experienced a roller coaster of devastation and recovery. In late spring, our Public Works Department evaluated the extreme drought conditions in our area and had concerns about the current water usage in the city. Our city council passed a resolution asking the citizens to “voluntarily” adhere to specific water restrictions in order to help recharge our infrastructure. We had no sooner delivered this information to our residents than all of our lives were changed forever. On July 26th, 2021, our community was hit with yet another devastating event that has since been classified as a 600-year storm. As the rain continued to fall through the following week, it quickly became apparent that we were in desperate need of assistance. We had received over two inches of rainfall in a 45-minute period, at which point I was compelled to declare a state of emergency. Our drainage systems were overwhelmed with the amount of debris and silt dislodged during the storm, which resulted in severe damage to both our private and public infrastructure. City crews were immediately dispatched to assess the damage to our infrastructure, clear debris, pump water out of buildings, clean storm drains and ditches, and assist those residents who had been affected. People came out in droves to voluntarily fill sandbags, which we had run out of fairly early on. I had reached out to other public officials throughout the state, and within 24 hours, we had over 25,000 sandbags delivered to our Public Works building. After witnessing what I consider to be a miracle, I was filled with such emotion at how people could put everything on hold to help not only their fellow neighbors but complete strangers during a time of great need. It is such a blessing to live in this very giving community, and I cannot express how much I appreciate everyone who was involved and those who continue to be involved during this time of crisis. I also cannot tell you how proud I am to serve as mayor of this wonderful community, and I hope to continue guiding Cedar City through all of the struggles and triumphs to come. From all of us here at Cedar City Corporation, I sincerely hope you and your families, friends, and neighbors enjoy a very safe and happy holiday season.


Maile L. Wilson-Edwards Mayor of Cedar City, UT

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View On Fitness

Bring Healthy Home for the Holidays

Jubilee of Trees

Bringing Comfort and Joy to Children and Families at St. George Regional Hospital

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Why I Love

Santa Clara M

y husband, Brian, and I moved to our home in Santa Clara 21 years ago. We knew instantly that we never wanted to leave. Santa Clara has been an amazing place to raise our children. Our neighbors have become like family to us. Everyone looks out for each other. We have been surrounded by people in our community that are great examples of kindness, resilience, and service to others, especially as we watched our community come together after two different floods that destroyed homes and devastated families. It was miraculous to watch everyone (children, teenagers, and adults) jump in and help each other in any way that they could. Santa Clara was settled by hard-working pioneers, and that work ethic has been carried down through the generations that have stayed in this incredible area.

You cannot beat the red hills that we are surrounded by and the beautiful tree-lined streets. And in the middle of it all, you will find Frei’s Fruit Market filled with locally grown produce that we get to enjoy all summer long. We feel truly blessed to call Santa Clara our home! -Shannon Akins

Why I Love B


eing born and raised in the second largest city in the country and then being a resident in Mesquite for 13 years has been a total 180 degrees. I love where I live because of the combination of the surrounding natural beauty, seeing the stars at night, local events, and the overwhelming sense of community. As the holiday season approaches and another year is almost gone, we become aware of the needs of the community for volunteers, kettle ringers, and those willing to help others. The holidays are my favorite time of year, but I love Mesquite because all year round, the community continues to donate, help others, and to support charities and the many organizations that donate their time and resources to those who need it. Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas! - Tracy Beck


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Why I Love W


e love Moapa Valley because when you arrive, you are greeted with the most beautiful colors in the world, our American flag. We love it because we are surrounded by nature. We love it because we are surrounded by a family community. We love it because when you walk into your community store, you are greeted by your name. We love it because you can see the stars at night. We love it because when someone is in need, the whole community responds. Not one community is perfect, but to us, our community is. We love it because this is where we choose to raise our children. This is just a start on why we love Moapa Valley. - Bernie Conrique

Why I Love

St. George S

t. George and the surrounding areas are full of adventures. From Zion Canyon to Snow Canyon, you can find anything under the sun. I've always enjoyed the red rocks and towering canyon walls, but it wasn't until the last few years that I’ve really learned to love what the area has to offer. As a new triathlete, I have found the area to be perfect for training year-round. There are miles and miles of paved trails for running, wide shoulders for cycling, multiple lakes for open water swimming, and an athletic community that supports its members in their journeys. Once the training is done, the area also offers many chances to put those efforts to the test with races—everything from a sprint triathlon or 5k run to a full marathon and one of my favorite events: the full IRONMAN North American Championship distance triathlon. If you have ever had a desire to compete in any of these events, you are sure to have someone in your circle that is ready and willing to help you get started. That is why I love St. George. - Andy Mickelson

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Tranquility and A Laid Back Holiday Getaway in Southern Utah

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by Kaylee Pickering Photos provided by Visit Cedar City · Brian Head


very year, we wait eagerly for the glittering snow to coat the ground and for the holiday season to begin. We love the carols in the air, the excitement of the holidays, and the twinkling of the lights. Yet, every year, we find ourselves in need of a vacation to recover from the holiday—a chance to step back from the holiday hustle and bustle and find a moment of tranquility for ourselves before ringing in the new year. Before the “new year, new me” posts start and the pressure mounts to make changes, we plan to take a moment to step back and reconnect—a moment to reconnect with the world in the quieted landscape of a beautiful national monument. We love the scenic drives through stunning landscapes and wonderful views, as well as experiencing child-like wonder again at small-town holiday events and festivals in those “in-between” moments.

Holiday Shopping and Lights in Cedar City

Celebratory events, festive window displays, and twinkling lights are part and parcel for a holiday getaway. While there’s always an event happening in Cedar City—and certainly around the holidays— there are some holiday traditions here that are a bit quieter. They are a chance to enjoy the holiday spirit without getting caught up in the hustle and bustle. Take a stroll on ornamented Main Street beneath bright snowflakes and swirling patterns. With a warm drink in hand, see the beautiful window displays along the way. While peeking at decorated trees glinting through the windows of historic cabins and homes, walk through the grounds of the Frontier Homestead State Park Museum, which is dressed in its holiday finest. There is farm equipment wrapped in a spectrum of colors at every turn. A visit downtown will lead you to characters straight from the stage as you explore the character and sculpture gardens at the Beverley Center for the Arts. Home of the Utah Shakespeare Festival, you can find there the Bard himself standing among glittering holiday lights as well as Cleopatra holding holiday décor aloft in wonder. The theaters themselves join in the festive fun. To find upcoming holiday events, outstanding light displays, and maker’s markets, keep an eye on the event calendar at

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Scenic Drive Through Kolob Canyons

Turning the corner of Kolob Canyons Road is a sight that leaves us speechless even after countless return trips. The winding road that trails along the cliff face curves to the right, and suddenly you find yourself faced with the towering vibrant formations of Kolob Canyons. Known as the Five Fingers, these five ridgelines are carved from crimson stone. Dusted with snow, the colors are thrown into sharp contrast, which makes for stunning views. The canyon floor between them is blanketed with snow, and the air stilled by the weight of winter makes you feel removed from the world. Along the five-mile scenic drive to the canyon overlook, there are numerous scenic pull-offs, each offering a different upclose view of the beauty hidden within the north side of Zion National Park. At the scenic pull-off near the center of the canyon, you can stare into the canyon where it meets between two ridgelines. Scanning the higher elevations along this stone formation, you can often catch glimpses of frozen-over waterfalls created by run-off and cold temperatures. Kolob Canyons is a 20-minute drive from Cedar City going south on I-15. Admission to the park is $35 (national park day-use entrance fee).


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Brian Head Snowmobile Tour | Photo Credit: Alex Santiago

Snowmobile Tour Through Dixie National Forest

Snowmobiles may not be everyone’s cup of tea for a relaxing holiday getaway, but hear us out! Follow the lead of your guide on a tour from Thunder Mountain Motorsports through the beauty of Dixie National Forest. With tours catered to first-time snowmobilers, you’re in good hands, and the scenery and wonder are unparalleled. Worries fade away to little beyond “am I leaning into this turn right?” and “how sore will my legs and arms be tomorrow?” but the views are more than worth the stiff muscles the next day. The forest around you is stilled by winter, and aspens and pines sparkle with a thin coating of snow. Spots along the trail feel like the winter landscapes that picture-perfect holiday card photos are made of. Under the gentle roar of the snowmobile, the forest is quiet, nestled in under her blanket of snow, and your end goal of Cedar Breaks National Monument is just the cherry on top of the experience. The picturesque, fire and ice views of sweeping orange formations that blend into hues of red and pink are brought out by the juxtaposition of the crisp, white snow.V Learn more or schedule a tour with Thunder Mountain Motorsports in Brian Head at

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by Ashley Centers


appy holidays, readers! In last year's holiday edition, I dove in with an article about making wiser choices with our health around the holidays, and this year I would like to expand that idea with some tangible options to do so. While I believe the exercise portion of our routines should stay the same with minimal changes, or that even an increase in our physical activity during the holiday season is our best option, it’s simply not always the feasible option. The second-best option for us, in this case, is to simply make better food choices and maybe even bring those healthier alternatives with us wherever we are for the holidays.

On that note, I decided to share some of my family's favorite healthier recipes for traditional tasting and nostalgic foods for the holidays! For many years, a standing tradition in our household included that very processed canned concoction they call jellied cranberries. While it may be nostalgic, with nearly 30 grams of carbohydrates and 25 grams of added sugars, it’s not the healthiest option, so we started making this much Healthier Cranberry Sauce:

Healthier Cranberry Sauce 12 oz. cranberries 1/2 c .of water 1/2 c. sugar-free maple syrup

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil on medium heat. After bringing to a boil, reduce to low heat and simmer. Stir occasionally until thickened to your liking, and serve!

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Also, staples in our household throughout the years have been many varieties of sweet potato. From sweet potato casserole to glazed sweet potatoes and even sweet potato pie—they have all made their appearance at our dinner table, and to top them all, candied yams have been a perennial favorite. After many failed attempts at something healthier, we finally landed on our 4321 Yams, which are still a sweet–to–the–taste option:



4 medium yams, peeled and cut into equal chunks (around 2 inches in size for best results) 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter 2 Tbsp. water 1 Tbsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. vanilla extract Place all ingredients in a large saucepan. Simmer covered on medium heat until yams are softened through, stirring only as needed to prevent burning or sticking to the pan. If your sweet tooth craves a touch more, you can mix in 2 tablespoons of sugar-free maple syrup for that extra little bit of sweet you crave. If the crunchy texture of a sweet potato casserole is the thing you love, a light sprinkle of chopped pecans and sugar in the raw on top will do the trick!


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And while it’s not the best option because of the higher carb content, if a traditional mashed potato is your thing, here’s a little bit of a lighter version of that classic.

Fortunately, our traditional holiday dinners have always had many varieties of vegetables in the mix, but the one that has been a favorite, not only for holidays but for many other dinners in our household, has been Roasted Asparagus:

Roasted Asparagus Mashed Potatoes

3 lbs. diced potatoes with skins on (I like yukon gold) 3 cloves minced garlic 3 tbsp. salted butter 1/2 c. of milk 1/2 c. drained starch water Fresh ground pepper 1 Tbsp. chives Place potatoes with skins on in a large pan full of cool water. Bring to a boil on medium heat and boil for 1520 minutes until completely soft. Use a measuring cup to save 1/2 cup of starchy water before draining the remainder of water off. While the potatoes are draining, use the same pot to melt the butter. Mix in the garlic and simmer until the garlic is softened but not brown. Return potatoes to the pan and add the milk and starch water. Mash to the desired consistency. Grind in pepper to taste, folding it in gently to not over-mash. Top with chives to garnish.

1 lb fresh asparagus spears 1-2 cloves minced garlic 3 tbsp. melted unsalted butter 1/2 lemon sliced thinly 1/2 lemon juiced 3 tbsp. grated fresh Parmesan Preheat oven to 405°.

Place the spears, garlic, butter, and Parmesan on a baking sheet with rim. Squeeze the juice of half the lemon on top. Toss all ingredients together until coated evenly. Place the remaining 1/2 lemon slices on top. Roast for approx. 10 minutes until tender inside and roasted on the outside. These are a few of the recipes we adopted over the years to try and fit our healthier lifestyles while also maintaining the traditional feeling and nostalgia of some of our favorite dishes. As a self proclaimed foodie, I know the holidays are the absolute hardest time to make the right choices, but if you bring the choices with you, it can make it much simpler to stick with your goals and not feel you’re missing out on anything this holiday season. From our table to yours, I hope these recipes inspire you to make the absolute best choices for you in your health and fitness journey this holiday season! And from our home to yours, we wish you all very blessed, joyful, and healthy holidays!V

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Comfort & Joy to Children

and Families

at St. George

Regional Hospital


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Submitted by the Intermountain Healthcare Foundation


he Jubilee of Trees, which has helped ring in the holidays in southern Utah for nearly four decades, will dedicate this year’s event to the true magic of the holiday season—children. The annual holiday fundraiser, which is to be held from Thursday, November 18 through Saturday, November 20, will benefit children’s services at Intermountain St. George Regional Hospital. “We’re honored to dedicate this year’s Jubilee of Trees to our efforts to ensure every child receives the right care at the right time in the right place,” said Dr. Patrick Carroll, neonatologist and Medical Director at St. George Regional Hospital. “Increasingly, that ‘right place’ will be a dedicated pediatric care facility close to each child’s own hometown, yet firmly linked to the renowned expertise found at Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital.” The 38th annual Jubilee of Trees will help patients, like eight-year-old Raynie. (pictured) Raynie was born with a congenital heart defect, which was corrected with surgery just before her fifth birthday. Just 18 months later, Raynie was diagnosed with B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Raynie’s family lives in Bunkerville, Nevada, and chose to entrust their daughter’s chemotherapy treatments to the caregivers at Utah’s St. George Regional Hospital. “It’s the place that feels like home to us,” Raynie’s mother, Diana Clark, said. “When Raynie was diagnosed, the people there were not only doing everything they could for her, they were taking care of me and calming my fears. Her doctor came in and hugged me and cried with me. It was the scariest time in our lives, and we had the most comfort and expert care we ever could have had.” Raynie was immediately flown to Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City for initial treatments. After Raynie came home, her mother was happy that her daughter could access cancer infusion treatments in St. George, much closer to home. Raynie immediately became known as an exuberant child who was always smiling. “Normally, when our caregivers meet kids in this age group with cancer, the kids can be very sick, shy, and reserved. Not Raynie,” Dr. Carroll said. “Raynie lifted everyone around her with her energy and smiles and her singing and dancing. Raynie loves rainbows, and that’s what her presence always brought—a vibrant rainbow—and that’s what she became known for.” When Raynie completed her cancer treatments, caregivers threw a rainbow party, complete with streamers, a special dessert, dancing around the treatment room, and lots of hugs, high fives, and happy tears.

“Raynie absolutely loved her child life therapist on the St. George Regional Hospital pediatrics floor. The times in treatment when she’d feel so terrible, if he was there, she was excited to be there. He always had something for her, and was so good at talking her through being scared,” her mother said. “There were so many caring people. It just doesn’t get any better than Intermountain Healthcare.” Patrons of the Jubilee of Trees will help children like Raynie access pediatric care through the power of an innovative, integrated pediatric network. This effort is part of Intermountain Healthcare’s vision to bring the expertise of Primary Children’s specialists to children throughout the region via telemedicine, digital health services, dispatched emergency room services, and more. “Southern Utah’s incredible giving spirit has helped expand our pediatric programs over the years and will continue into the future,” Dr. Carroll said. “We invite the community to help give the gift of health and happiness to children and families by supporting the Jubilee of Trees.” An event for Intermountain Foundation at St. George Regional Hospital, Jubilee of Trees is a beloved holiday tradition that showcases beautifully adorned Christmas trees and wreaths that were created by local designers, artists, individuals, businesses, and community groups. It will also include gingerbread houses, visits with Santa, handmade crafts, novelties, ornaments, gifts, and silent auction items available to bid and track easily online.V Save the Date

Jubilee of Trees will be held Thursday, November 18 - Saturday, November 20, 2021

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treasuring Family Christmas Traditions by Elisa Eames “ Family not only need to consist of merely those whom we share blood,


but also for those whom we’d give blood.” -

Charles Dickens

very year, my kids complain about my outrageous and uncontainable Christmas excitement. Until December 1, via earbuds or low volumes, I must hide the shame of my Christmas music or risk being called out by the United Federation of Underage Christmas Whiners. It has also been decreed that the tree shall not be permitted to go up until and not before the day being December 1. In my defense, it’s not as if I watch the clock on November 30 and at the stroke of midnight, cackle maniacally while foisting a multitude of obnoxious Christmas songs, decorations, and general festivities upon my helpless and unsuspecting children. Sometimes, the tree doesn’t even go up until we get around to it a week or so into December. Honestly, though, I don’t understand how I managed to raise such unabashed little Christmas tyrants. Fast forward 24 days, however, and the small

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beasties are suddenly overflowing with Christmas cheer and can’t get to their presents early enough. (Around the second week of December, negotiations begin for what time they’ll be allowed to wake us up on Christmas morning.) As a child, Christmas to me was soft and peaceful warmth. Truthfully, I can’t claim with a straight face that I didn’t care about the presents at all, but it was really the traditions that evolved within my family that genuinely made it magical. This is why I so spiritedly look forward to the wonder of Christmas every year and the seemingly universal increase of love it engenders. My favorite Christmas Eve tradition begins with my family eating steak fondue around our old kitchen table. A pot of hot oil rests on an old-fashioned fondue stand atop a lit can of Sterno. The smell of the oil wafts through the house, and I breathe it in with joyful anticipation. To this day, the smell of hot oil reminds me of Christmas. Inevitably, there is the annual battle to keep the Sterno lit, but we don’t mind too much as we skewer chunks of steak with long forks and set them to rest in the pot. I still love to recall the delicious sizzle of the meat, how I often burned my tongue because I couldn’t wait, and of course, discovering a sad, neglected piece of overcooked steak on a forgotten fork. When the meal is over, we reconvene in the softly lit living room, and in front of a popping, crackling fire in the fireplace, we listen to orchestral Christmas music from the Vienna Boys Choir and conductor/composer Mantovani on the ancient cassette tape deck. My feet rest on the hearth as I warm my toes, and my mom reads two classic short stories to us: Why the Chimes Rang by Raymond Macdonald Alden and Gifts of the Magi by O. Henry. I listen as I watch the lights wink on the Christmas tree or gaze at the fickle dance of the flames in front of me. Traditions and family unite us. Every Christmas Eve, my dear friend’s Italian grandmother and aunts and uncles would come over to make homemade Christmas noodles together. This tradition begins as Grandma helps the granddaughters knead the dough until it shines, and then she helps them to roll it out and feed it through the hand-cranked noodle press again and again. Then they feed the flattened dough through the manual noodle maker that cuts it into the noodle shapes. Next, the noodles are spread out to dry overnight. Christmas Day, an enormous pot of salted water is set on the stove to boil in the warm, bright kitchen. Christmas music plays softly in the adjacent living room while the magnificent Christmas tree glows in a corner and the luscious scent of evergreen tickles the nose of anyone nearby. Eager little faces begin to hover as noodles make their way to the pot, and to avoid clumping, are gingerly dropped one by one into the scalding water. Shooed away from the kitchen, the younger children groan with joyful impatience, accepting that they must be content for now with only the incredible smell that fills the house. After the many batches are all cooked, the “noodle platter” is finally brought forth from its special place in the cupboard, piled high with steaming layers of noodles,


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sauce, and cheese, and presented with much fanfare to happy murmurs from the adults and squeals of delight from the children.

Here are a few

local events

Many miles from this scene of felicity and cheer, there is an old college movie theater that was built in the 1920s. Chandeliers hang from its vaulted, paneled ceilings, which are held up by soaring, gold-painted walls. Each Christmas Eve, this grand theater shows It’s A Wonderful Life. Another of my dear friends has found one of her most treasured traditions in viewing this film annually with her adult family.

to create new memories with your loved ones:

During the brisk drive through the biting night air to the theater, each stoplight brings them closer to the bright lights, the jolly crowds, and the soft, creaky seats, and it’s difficult to contain the excitement. When they enter the venerable building, they sigh in relief at the warmth and embrace the familiar dazzle and festive glow of the old lobby, relishing the heady scent of fresh, buttery popcorn. Everywhere, the enthusiasm is palpable. Families and friends congregate to chat while waiting in line for the free popcorn and soda offered that night.

Handel’s Messiah December 12–13, 7:30 p.m.

Heritage Center, Cedar City, UT

Dickens Christmas Festival

Soon, all have found their seats, the lights dim, the old red curtain gathers itself steadily upwards to reveal the screen, and the picture begins. Every soul in the theater is delighted with the magic and the charm of the movie as if each has never seen it before. And when the show ends, they cheer and clap as if for the most extraordinary of live performances. Says my friend, “It ain’t Christmas unless George Bailey learns that he matters from an angel named Clarence!”

December 14, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.

St. George, UT

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Each recollection is a patch that makes up a quilt of our own unique Christmas memories. Each quilt is distinct, but a common thread weaves through each one and binds it together—family. Love, kindness, and forgiveness seem to come to the surface more at Christmas, but selflessness can be shown throughout the whole year, and the first recipients of our love and compassion should be our families. During this Christmastime and through all the years to come, let us recapture the magic of the season by connecting (or reconnecting) with those that we love, dismissing grudges, recalling happy memories together, and deciding now to form new ones. Have the merriest of Christmases!V

December 12, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Henderson, NV

Kanab Christmas Light Parade and Festival November 27, 6:30 p.m.

Kanab, UT

" Our hearts grow tender

with childhood memories and love of

Christmas in the Canyon

kindred, and we are better throughout

at Tuacahn

the year for having, in spirit, become a

November 26–December 23, 6–9 p.m.

child again at Christmastime." -

Ivins, UT

Laura Ingalls Wilder

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by Celece Krieger


here’s something exciting happening in the former Samuel Miles, Jr., Home located in Historic Downtown St. George. This charming little white house was built between 1876 and 1883 and was continually occupied by the immediate family of Samuel Miles, Jr., for a period of 116 years. According to the Washington County Historical Society, Mr. Miles was a harness maker, farmer, justice of the peace, and city councilman.

As Mr. Miles was an entrepreneur and city council member, he would be proud to know there is a new tenant in his home with the same entrepreneurial and community spirit. Her name is MINA. The eye-catching sign outside was designed by local artist Carol Bold, and it reads MINA—The Art of Style. The title is surrounded by vibrant flowers, giving just a hint of what resides inside.

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What exactly is MINA? While some may think it is an art gallery, it is a gallery of beautiful, contemporary clothing and accessories for women. Upon entering MINA Boutique, you immediately see the correlation between the colorful sign outside and the vivid, stylish clothing inside. MINA was opened in July by local proprietress, June Pace. While MINA may be new, fashion is not new to June. She was the original owner of Bella Donna Boutique from 2003–2008. Many women remember the distinct styles and timeless, eye-catching fashions from Bella Donna. Rumor has it women are still wearing clothing from Bella Donna today. Years later, June knew there was still a need in St. George for a new shopping experience with exclusive brands and unique clothing. MINA features designers such as Johnny Was, Petite Pois, Joules, VINCE, Velvet, Equipment, Mesmerize, AG, Citron, Chan Luu, and more. Johnny Was is known for “signature embroideries and effortless silhouettes.” Their clothes cross cultures and defy trends. With a bohemian spirit and a true sense of authenticity, they take their inspiration from anything that is beautiful, genuine, and special, such as a striking piece of artwork or luxurious hand-stitching on a vintage dress.

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Pamela Steele, June Pace, Celece Krieger

MINA customers are excited to have access to brands like Johnny Was in St. George. Instead of driving to Las Vegas or ordering online, they can now try clothing on, decide on styles, and accessorize all in one place, not to mention the fact that shoppers at MINA are also recognizing the importance of supporting local business. In addition to clothing, MINA offers chic handbags, scarves, jewelry, blankets, and more. If you are looking for a special occasion dress, business attire, travel capsules, a comfortable pair of jeans, stylish leisurewear, or the perfect gift, MINA is the place to go. MINA is not just a shopping excursion—it is an experience from the moment you enter the door.


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Because of MINA’s convenient downtown location, there is a new saying in town: “Meet me at MINA!” Women are meeting at MINA for shopping, followed by a visit to the Farmer’s Market on Saturdays, or lunch, dinner, or drinks at the wide variety of restaurants and breweries nearby.V MINA Boutique is located at 173 N. Main Street in St. George, Utah. Store hours are Monday–Friday from 11 a.m.–6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. During special events, hours may be extended. To see new arrivals and style inspiration, follow them on Instagram @theminaboutique or Facebook @MinaBoutiqueUtah.

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Personal Peace by Judi Moreo


inding our way to inner peace, especially at this time of year, is not always easy to do. The hustle and bustle of the holiday season inevitably catches up with all of us. We get caught up in the hectic pace of getting all of the decorating, shopping, cooking, and visiting done along with our regular schedule of activities. Many of us travel to visit family and old friends and host or attend holiday gatherings and celebrations. But it is also a time to celebrate peace. It is a time to allow ourselves to renew and regenerate our energy. How do we accomplish this and still manage all of the other things that are expected of us? We do it by incorporating some new habits into our day. First, do no harm—to yourself or to anyone else. It sounds simple enough. Most of us would not deliberately run head-on into a brick wall. And yet, our words and actions create invisible walls that we crash into all the time. Treat yourself and those around you with respect and kindness. If everyone on the planet subscribed to that simple instruction, we would soon find ourselves in a very different world. Peace comes when we learn to be gentle. Allow yourself to think and act spontaneously. Don’t base your actions on past experiences or “what ifs” and fears. It’s a new day. You are not the same person you were last year or even yesterday. You have more knowledge and experience than you did then. Trust yourself to make the right decisions. When we act out of fear and worry, we stifle our creative energy, without which it is difficult to accomplish all of the things we need to do. Let yourself enjoy the moment. Of course, there is always a need to make a list and check it twice, but we also need to plan some flexibility into our schedule. Leave yourself time for the unexpected guest or a cup of tea in the middle of the afternoon. Allow yourself to laugh at your mistakes, and find new ways to solve problems. It may seem impossible, but stop doing things that irritate you. One of the quickest ways to become

irritated is to judge someone else. When we judge, we often feel the need to “fix” what we have decided is the other person’s issue. Learn to accept people and situations for what they are. Most importantly, stop judging yourself. You are, after all, only human. There are only 24 hours in a day. Not everyone can do everything. Changing your attitude about what must get done and exactly how to accomplish it can make a difference in how you feel at the end of the day. Do the things you can, and stop beating yourself up for the things you don’t get done. Your time and energy can be better spent showing appreciation for the people that are truly important in your life. Accept and share love. A smile, a hug, or a kind word can make someone’s day. You may be surprised how good you feel when you give someone else a lift. Peace is not some grand and glorious, unreachable dream. Peace is in the little things. It is a breath of fresh air, a kind word, the laughter of a child, or finding an empty bench in the middle of the mall. Each of us, in our own way, is responsible for acknowledging the peace that exists in our world and making it our own. Take a moment to enjoy a sunset or the shimmer of moonlight on new-fallen snow. Bring a basket of flowers to a shut-in, or buy a gift for a needy child. Invite someone to share in a family holiday meal. Focusing on and sharing peace allows it the freedom to grow. Start a new tradition to build on each year. Stop worrying about how much there is to do and how much it will cost. Focus instead on all you have to be thankful for. Give yourself the gift of quiet time to contemplate the beauty around you. Before you go to sleep each night, count your blessings. Each morning, give thanks for a new day and a new opportunity to have the peace you seek.V Judi Moreo is the Ultimate Achievement Coach. In addition, she is an author, an artist, and the television show host of Life Choices with Judi Moreo on the Golden Network on Roku. If you would like to contact Judi, you may do so at

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by Celece Krieger


sn’t it funny how one song can take you back to a special memory? For me, it occurred while I was working on this article. The song, “Southern Cross,” by Crosby, Stills, & Nash began to play. It was like my iPhone knew I was searching for inspiration. The song begins with the phrase, “Got out of town on a boat goin' to Southern Islands,”—referring to Papeete, Tahiti. As the song continues, you hear “when you see the Southern Cross for the first time, you understand now why you came this way.” The lyrics from that song take me straight back to paradise and my favorite destinations, the Cook and Society Islands.


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The first time I saw the Southern Cross was almost 20 years ago on my first trip to the Cook Islands. The Southern Cross is a constellation, also known as the Crux Constellation, and can be viewed from most of the southern hemisphere. The four brightest stars within the constellation form a cross pattern. Sailors have relied on the Southern Cross to help in navigating their boats. I vividly remember sitting on the beach with my toes in the sand, waves crashing on the shore, and gazing into the dark sky. I had never seen stars shine so brightly. That moment is permanently etched in my mind. When someone suggests that I “go to my happy place,” that is usually my “happy” memory, and I hear the words to the song in my head.

After that night, I vowed to return to the Cook Islands and continue to explore the beautiful South Pacific. Little did I know, my career in travel would lead to several special memories in the Cook and Society Islands. I got engaged in Moorea, had a beautiful commitment ceremony in Bora Bora, stayed in an overwater bungalow, swam with sharks, went drift snorkeling, and even had the opportunity to go paddleboarding off the back of our ship—just to name a few. I am not the only one with special memories of the South Pacific. For five consecutive years, along with my husband, Rob, we hosted many groups on their dream vacations to the Cook and Society Islands with Paul Gauguin Cruises. I recently

read a post from my blog that I made a few years ago, and it gives a snapshot of what the group experienced: "Every year we return, I am astonished that some of the crew members still remember our names and our engagement ceremony from our very first cruise. I really wasn’t surprised, because that is what it is like to sail on a 332-passenger ship with 217 crew members (a 1:1.5 ratio). They greeted us with their friendly smiles, and the service was just like I expected it would be from the moment we boarded the ship. Our group spent the next twelve days visiting the islands of Huahine, Rarotonga, and Aitutaki, then Bora Bora for two days,

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and then Taha’a and Moorea for two days, along with a beach day on the private Motu Mahana. The Motu is always a fun day with kayaks, snorkeling, a beach BBQ, entertainment, and even a floating bar. Have you ever pulled up to a floating bar on a kayak and ordered a drink served in a fresh pineapple? Upon arrival in Aitutaki, many members of our group spent a day on an excursion that included snorkeling with giant clams and then a beach barbecue on One Foot Island, where we had our passports stamped with the famous 'One Foot' footprint. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to live on a deserted island surrounded by nothing but palm trees, white sandbars, and crystal-clear water, then One Foot Island is the place to visit.


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When we visited Bora Bora, I scratched another item off my bucket list: staying in an overwater bungalow for one night. Because the ship overnights in port, guests can take advantage of the overwater bungalow experience, and it was worth every penny and more. We stayed at the Intercontinental Resort Bora Bora and Thalasso Spa, found on Motu Piti Aau, known as the islet of two hearts. Our overwater villa was twice the size of my first apartment—1,022 square feet. The living room had a glass floor with a view of the water and tropical fish. The villa also included a separate bedroom, the largest bathroom and shower I have ever seen in a resort, and a wall that opened onto a two-tiered, 323-square-foot deck with steps into the bright blue water. Each room offered incredible views of the water and the famous majestic Mount Otemanu.

I’ve been very fortunate to stay in amazing hotels and resorts throughout my career, but this overwater villa is the best experience I have had in 30 years of travel. Although it was difficult to leave after only one night, I was excited to get back to our ship and join our group for an excursion that I had planned to Bloody Mary’s, an amazing restaurant in Bora Bora. Chances are that anyone who has visited Bora Bora knows about Bloody Mary’s and has a tee-shirt. The entrance is lined with names of famous visitors from royalty to Hollywood stars and athletes. It is a beautiful place to experience local flavor and offers incredible sunset views from the private dock. Bora Bora is also the ideal setting for engaged couples, vow renewals, newlyweds, and couples celebrating an anniversary. Several guests took part in the authentic Polynesian practice to commemorate new beginnings and unique celebrations. Adorned in tropical flowers and wrapped in a tifaifai—a Polynesian quilt— they celebrated their love to the music of the Polynesian people and the picture-perfect backdrop of Mt. Otemanu.

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Throughout the week, our group experienced scuba diving, jet-skiing, drift snorkeling, jeep tours, swimming with sharks and stingrays, hiking, sunset cruises, photography tours, and more. We received a true taste of Polynesian culture, spirit, and hospitality." There are a lot of fantastic memories that we’ve brought home from our cruises over the years. So many people in our groups made new friends. It was so nice to see them exchanging phone numbers and making plans for activities when they returned home. One of my clients commented on how fun it was to travel over 4,300 miles and come back with new friends from St. George. I’ve always said travel brings people together, and this is another reason why. For the past two years, I have had to rely on the memories of my “happy place” instead of traveling to my beloved Tahiti and the Cook Islands. Like many other travel plans, our annual group cruise was cancelled in 2020 and again in 2021 due to Covid-19. However, I am now looking forward to August 2022. We are returning to paradise with another group onboard the m/s Paul Gauguin. In addition to “Southern Cross,” the song playing in my head is “I’ve Got Two Tickets to Paradise” by Eddie Money.V For more information about our group trip in August 2022, please contact me by phone at (435) 256-8897 or email


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Highlight Your Holidays at Tuacahn by Lisa Larson


or many people, it’s a story synonymous with the holiday season—right up there with the nativity. Well, maybe it’s not quite that high on the list, but there are plenty of people who simply cannot imagine celebrating Christmas without the story of Ralphie and his quest for a Red Ryder BB gun.

This season, at Tuacahn Center for the Arts, you don’t have to choose between the two. Beneath the twinkling lights and towering red rock canyon, patrons can enjoy both the pinnacle story of the birth of Jesus Christ in the outdoor amphitheatre and the heart-warming musical version of A Christmas Story inside the Hafen Theatre. Both are part of Tuacahn’s Christmas in the Canyon. “Tuacahn is just an incredible place to be for the holidays,” said Mara Greer, director and choreographer for A Christmas Story—the Musical.

Based on the 1983 film, A Christmas Story, the musical stage version comes to life at the hands of Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, and Joseph Robinette in a way that Greer said “really enhances the original story.”


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“The music just brings so much more,” Greer said, adding that Ralphie’s fantasies naturally lend themselves to musical theater. “The musical keeps the reality of their world, but expands even more into the fantasy sequences.” It also offers additional insight into the lives of Ralphie’s mom and dad. “It’s truly a story everybody can relate to,” Greer said. “It’s a story about a middle-class family who is just trying to get by and do everything they can to give their kids a great life.” From that perspective, Greer said that were it not for the word “Christmas” in the title of the musical, this is a production that could easily be performed and enjoyed year-round. “While it is set at Christmas, it’s really a show about family,” she said. And keeping in line with all the magic of Christmas, Greer added that the show is very family-friendly.

“The writing is so funny,” she said. “For example, the old man has this terrible mouth, but the way he says it in the show is so hilarious because he doesn’t really say anything bad. It’s evident by the actors’ reactions that he is using bad language, but he’s not using any bad words.” After witnessing the children’s auditions in St. George (prior to the New York auditions for the remaining cast), Greer said people will be amazed at the talent in the cast. “The kids are phenomenal! Truly, the kids are the heart of this show,” Greer said. “There are some musical numbers and moments that are just going to wow audiences.” From the “triple dog dare” by the flagpole to the fluffy pink bunny suit and, of course, the famous leg lamp, all the hilarious and heartwarming moments of A Christmas Story— the Musical unfold inside the Hafen Theatre at Tuacahn November 26 through December 22. Outside, the spirit of Christmas is equally alive as patrons wander through a magical wonderland of twinkling lights, take in the aroma of hot chocolate, and have the chance

to enjoy the greatest story ever told in one of the greatest settings around. “It’s our gift to the community,” Kevin Smith, Tuacahn CEO, said of the annual Christmas spectacle that features a 20-minute production of the nativity story. “Truly, this is what Christmas is all about.” The live nativity features a different cast of volunteers each night, portraying the biblical story of the birth of Christ with all the trappings Tuacahn has to offer. “The live animals really add to the overall storytelling,” Smith said. “Not every nativity program has the wise men accompanied by real live camels.” Add to that a train ride on Old Salty, Christmas shopping in the Tuacahn Gift Gallery, and the festive feel that comes from strolling beneath a sea of Christmas lights. Tuacahn’s Christmas in the Canyon really has something for everyone.V Join all the festivities from November 26 to December 22. Check out for show dates and times.

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Holiday Gifts for Your Four-Legged Friends by Anita Delelles, Owner of WOOF! Wellness Center


t seems like the holidays approach faster and faster every year. Getting creative with gift-giving ideas just gets harder and harder. Gifts that often go overlooked altogether are for our furry friends. They are faithfully by our side all year long and well-deserving of a holiday gift! Here are a few ideas for the cats or dogs on your holiday list that they’ll love and that are good for them, too. And, as always, shopping locally when possible is a gift back to your community.

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is a favorite treat! With so many treats to choose from these days, it can be difficult to know what to choose. As with our own dietary needs, the tasty pleasures are usually the least healthy. So what do you look for in a treat for your pet that is good for them and that they’ll actually eat? Go for natural, clean treats with limited ingredients. A simple ingredient list is usually the healthiest. Dogs and cats are carnivores, so why is it that we see so many fillers used in pet food? Because it’s cheap. So don’t skimp on your pet’s well-being, and do buy treats without these unnecessary additives. Corn, wheat, and sugar are no-nos. And don’t be fooled by sugar derivatives, such as maltodextrin, dextrose, and fructose. If a treat contains real meat, it doesn’t need to be sweetened for your pet to like it.

HERE ARE A COUPLE OF MY FAVORITES: WEST PAW FREEZE-DRIED RAW DOG TREATS Humanely raised, sustainably sourced, healthy, nutritious, and made in the U.S.A. BARE BITES - 100% U.S.D.A. beef liver for cats and dogs. That’s it. Liver. And you won’t need to twist their paw for them to eat it! REAL MEAT TREATS - by The Natural Dog Company. The name says it all; it’s real meat. They come in a variety of flavors, including lamb and venison.


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is an interactive toy to keep your pet entertained for hours. These are also used to slow down fast eaters. Learning how to solve a puzzle and receive a reward will engage a pet’s brain and can reduce stress as well. Interactive toys are available on many levels from simple to advanced, and there’s a good selection on the market.


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is a CatTail Teaser wand toy. This locally-designed cat toy is durable and well-made. The aluminum wand extends and retracts for close-up or across-theroom play. If the faux leather strands wear out or are chewed off, interchangeable replacement toppers are available with felt balls, hearts, and stars.


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is a MUTT & ME Massage at WOOF! Wellness Center. What could be more special than gifting a massage to your pet while getting a massage for yourself? While you get a relaxing 15-minute chair massage, your dog (or cat or horse) receives an acupressure massage as well by a licensed therapist. It’s a win-win.

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is a very special gift from you and your pet to all the pets in rescues and shelters waiting for their fur-ever home. Why not play Santa to these deserving dogs and cats by donating to a local organization? They are always happy to receive toys, food, beds, towels, cleaning supplies, or best of all, your time. End the year on a high note by volunteering your time to say thank you for the tireless work our local rescue organizations do for homeless pets. Giving back is often the best gift of all.V For more gift ideas for pets, visit WOOF! Wellness Center in Santa Clara or go to

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by David Cordero


ne of the perks of living in St. George is that your snow shovel collects a lot of dust. If you want to go somewhere in the middle of December, you don’t have to endure blizzards or bone-chilling temperatures. You just get up and go. St. George residents can attest to this: we just don't get much snow here. Yet there are still ample opportunities for fun during the holiday season—even if we can’t count on building snowmen or ice skating al fresco.


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Kickoff to Christmas Join St. George Races and radio station 107.3/94.9 Big Kickin'

Country to start the holiday season off in style during the Kickoff to Christmas on November 29 at Historic Town Square. The event includes a multitude of activities for the entire family. “This is a neat tradition recalled fondly by many of our residents over the years,” said Emerson Watanabe, Recreation Manager for the City of St. George. In previous years, the festivities have included musical performances by local school choirs, a tree lighting countdown, refreshments, and extended hours to the St. George Children’s Museum and St. George Carousel. Radio personality Aaronee Cottam will host the event. Details are being finalized at press time.

Town Square If you can’t make it to the Kickoff to Christmas, enjoy the

luminescence of the holiday season while taking a stroll through Historic Town Square. Shane Moore, the City of St. George’s Leisure Services Director, estimates that there are 400,000 lights hung with care by Parks Division employees. In the middle of Town Square, near the flagpole, is a tall Christmas tree made wholly of lights. It makes a great backdrop for a family photo. And while you have the family there, take a ride on the St. George Carousel—just make sure you do by December 20 before it closes for the season.

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Red Hills Desert Garden

The sixth annual Holiday Lights at Red Hills Desert Garden, 375 East Red Hills Parkway, is set to go from November 26, 2021, until January 2, 2022. The garden will be transformed into a winter wonderland with thousands of lights and displays that are guaranteed to add a little sparkle to the season. Features include a Candyland-themed area with three-foot cupcakes and giant candy canes, dozens of luminaries casting a warm glow in the cactus garden, a vivid glowing tunnel, ornately patterned light tubes, icicles, and a new display that will debut in 2021. Lights are on nightly from 5-10 p.m. Admission is free. Red Hills Desert Garden is a nearly five-acre garden that features more than 5,000 waterefficient plants, a 1,150-foot meandering stream, and a fish-viewing area stocked with native and endangered species from the Virgin River, prehistoric dinosaur tracks, and a replica slot canyon that pays tribute to southern Utah’s natural landscape. Visit for additional information.


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Pearl Harbor Commemoration

December 7 at Tonaquint Cemetery

Wreaths Across America December 18 at Tonaquint Cemetery

For the past 10 years, a Wreaths Across America ceremony has been held annually at Tonaquint Cemetery every December, followed by wreath laying assisted by volunteers. The goal of Wreaths Across America is threefold: · To honor the fallen · To remember those who have served To remember those who perished in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, American Legion Post 90 will host a wreath-laying ceremony at Tonaquint Cemetery on December 7 at 10:48 a.m.—the exact time of the attack 80 years earlier. The public is invited to attend. St. George area veterans may participate in the wreath-laying ceremony. Described by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as “a date which will live in infamy,” Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor plunged America into World War II. The losses were catastrophic. There were 2,403 killed and 1,178 wounded, along with four American battleships sunk and nearly 350 aircrafts damaged or destroyed.

· To teach children the value of freedom This year’s event will be held on December 18 with the ceremony starting at 10 a.m. at Tonaquint Cemetery. At the conclusion of the wreath laying at this location, St. George police will escort volunteers to St. George Cemetery to lay the balance of remembrance wreaths. To sponsor wreaths or get more information, send inquiries to, or contact Valerie King at (714) 686-2496.V If you have any further questions about holiday activities, please email David Cordero at

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Conveying Symbolism

Through Design

by Randi Fuller


ymbolism is woven into the fabric of the holiday season. Consciously and unconsciously, these symbols have a huge impact on us. The consensus among experts is that up to 80% of our communication is non-verbal, which means that spoken language is not always the most effective way to communicate. The use of symbols is far more powerful and can speak to us in a way that can last a lifetime.


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When decorating a home, whether it’s for the holidays, season changes, or for a complete design overhaul, it’s important to consider what each element of decor is communicating. If the walls, floors, and decor in your home could talk, what would they be saying to you, your family, and guests that come to visit?

While I was designing our new home in Mesquite, I knew that I wanted an artistic statement piece in our entryway that communicated to myself, my husband, and my children that our home is our sanctuary and a place of refuge. It needed to be something that conveyed a sense of peace, welcome, and connection to our guests and loved ones who would walk through our door. I decided upon the universal symbol of the Tree of Life. It’s a symbol that can be found in almost every culture and in almost every spiritual and faith tradition around the world and throughout history. I decided that I would use tile as my medium and create a centerpiece for our entryway so that everyone who walks through our door would, in a sense, walk through the tree and into our home. I began this labor of love by sketching out my tree and working with a soothing and warm color palette. I then began selecting and cleaning leftover tiles from our warehouse at Mesquite Tile and Flooring. I broke and shaped each piece of tile by hand, and slowly, piece by piece, my tree began to emerge. Over 100 hours of labor later, it was ready for installation. Our team of installers took a tremendous amount of care while they centered it and cut a hole to embed the four-and-a-half-foot diameter mosaic into our new vinyl plank flooring. My husband, our three children, and I then gathered around our tree, and we each took turns filling in the tiny gaps between the tiles with grout and then cleaning off the excess. The result is stunning, and our Tree of Life has been a cornerstone symbol and reminder in our home ever since. Symbols are powerful, inspiring, and can communicate things that words cannot. A well-placed item with symbolic meaning in art, architecture, or decor can transform any area into a space that you will love for years to come. The holiday season is the perfect time to take a second look at areas of your home that could use a little sprucing up and to find ways to use symbolism that communicates the messages you want to convey.V Randi Fuller and her husband, Al, are the new owners of Mesquite Tile and Flooring. A mother of three, Randi is a local artist and interior designer who combines her creativity with her passion for psychology. You can follow her art on Instagram @thesanctuarycreatress and find more design tips on Mesquite Tile and Flooring’s Facebook page or on their website

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CEREMONIAL ECCENTRIC FLINTS: spirits of peoples past by Karen L. Monsen


oliday celebrations separated from traditions are like archaeological artifacts removed from their original locations—they lack context regarding who created them. Historic preservation involves more than artifact collection; it connects artifacts to people, land, and past cultures. Places where people lived, worked, and practiced their traditions and rituals provide insight into the relationship that indigenous people had with nature and the land. Eccentric flints illustrate the importance of context in understanding the past.


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LOCATION CONTEXT To prove authenticity, art dealers follow the provenance—the chain of prior ownership or custody. Archaeologists also seek provenience—physical information where artifacts were found, including nearby habitation and campsites, storage pits, landscape features, plants, and food sources. From the context, an archaeologist might make a conclusion about seeds that were from a plant known to be used for food. If the seeds were found at a prehistoric archeological site, they were either planted at the site or brought there deliberately; but if a cache, prehistoric bag, or pot is found with seeds, it’s more obvious that they were stored at the site for a reason, such as for food or for future planting.

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Gardiner Dalley and Roger McPeek at an Excavation Site | Photo Credit: Karen L Monsen

Dennis Peterson, Director of Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center in Oklahoma, notes, “Without context, artifacts are like ghosts of their previous selves.” Southern Utah archaeologist Greg Woodall agrees. He says, “Context for artifacts is very important to archaeological studies. An artifact taken from a site loses its context and is then just a shiny object.” Archaeologists often must race to capture site data prior to destruction by road cuts and development.


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Utah has a history of archaeological looting, vandalism, and orphaned artifacts. The Utah State Division of History says, “Every day, visitors to Utah’s outdoor wonderland take home pieces of our past, such as arrowheads and pottery. Leaving artifacts in place and respecting archaeological sites ensures that these sites stay with us for thousands of years to come.” For more information, visit the Utah Public Archaeology Network: shpo/upan/stop-archaeological-vandalism/.

ECCENTRIC FLINTS Chert and obsidian were fashioned into arrow-points, spears, scrapers, drills, tools, and elaborately knapped flints called ceremonials or eccentrics with no obvious functional purposes. Ceremonial flints require great skill to produce, and they often depict human, animal, or geometric shapes similar to Mayan designs found in Belize and Mesoamerica from B.C. 750 to A.D. 1690. Due to looting and mound destruction, little is known about who made eccentric flints found in Oklahoma at Spiro and Rhoades mounds, but they may be connected to Mississippian culture mound builders who lived A.D. 1100 to 1541. Claude Bolze, Director/Curator of the Elsing Museum at Tulsa’s Oral Roberts University (, shared the following information on eccentrics that were part of the Elsing collection. In 1953, Willard Elsing, an avid rockhound and Native American artifact collector, opened Oak Crest Rock and Gift Shop west of Joplin, Missouri, in the mining district along

Highway 66. He collected and sold impressive crystals, gems, minerals, and artifacts, including eccentric flints. Elsing saw religious significance in the ceremonial flints, and after meeting Oral Roberts’ wife, Evelyn, in 1975, agreed to move his collection to Oral Roberts University (ORU) in exchange for lifelong care at the University Village retirement facility. Later, Elsing gave his eccentrics to a non-denominational religious group in Arizona to display. After removal from ORU, they never made it to Arizona, but have subsequently appeared at auctions. Elsing died in 2004, aged 93. Another collector, Harvey Shell, recalls Elsing’s collection consisting of approximately 20 cases that contained 1,500 flints ranging in size from a few inches to over two feet. Shell says he has seen Elsing’s eccentrics at auctions, but he usually gets outbid. Nevertheless, Shell loaned his framed ceremonial flints to the Elsing Museum.

Willard Elsing with his Eccentric Flints circa 1950 | Photo Credit Elsing Museum ORU

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ORIGINS Shell states Elsing acquired eccentrics from Mack Tussinger, a Wyandotte Indian farmer who unearthed approximately 3,500 eccentrics in 1921. He found them in Delaware County, Oklahoma, at Rhoades Mound near the Arkansas River and the Oklahoma/Arkansas border and reburied them at his home. During the depression, selling artifacts was more profitable than farming, and Tussinger sold eccentrics for 25¢ to $2.50 each. Since he was a flint-knapper, people assumed they were fake; some probably were. Seventeen years later, Tussinger disclosed the original location, but by then the land had been cleared for farming. Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center ( spiromounds), located in eastern Oklahoma along the Arkansas River, preserves a site that has a history of looting, archaeological destruction, and revival. From 1933–1935, treasure hunters were granted rights to mine for artifacts, and the Pocola Mining Company operated commercial digging at Spiro Mound. The mound was the site of an indigenous Indian city-complex occupied from A.D. 800–1450 by approximately 10,000 people from the Caddoan Mississippian culture. By 1935, mining at Spiro ceased. The University of Oklahoma began excavations at the Spiro and Rhoades mounds and found several eccentrics in undisturbed soil, suggesting Tussinger’s flints were authentic.


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According to Peterson, some Spiro artifacts that were removed by diggers, sold, and then scattered across the globe were returned or donated for display at the Archaeological Center, including some ceremonial “eccentric” flints. Today, the Spiro Mounds Center provides context for eccentric flints and the people who made them.

Elsing’s Rock Shop in Joplin, MO Photo Credit Elsing Museum ORU

Peterson summarizes, “The looting was terrible, but it also forced Oklahoma to become one of the first states in the U.S. to pass laws to shut down commercial digging of prehistoric sites and enforce penalties for their destruction.” Scientific work at the University of Oklahoma would have been impossible without the new laws. Meanwhile, in southern Utah, Woodall has worked with other archaeologists in excavating a hilltop habitation site in St. George. This site would make an ideal archaeological park and educational learning center for schools, university students, and visitors. Although surface artifacts have been removed, petroglyphs and habitation evidence make the site worthy of preservation.

Greg Woodall at an Excavation Site Photo Credit Karen L Monsen

For Native Americans and their descendants, the land itself is sacred. Their artifacts and ceremonies connect them to locations where ancestral spirits still reside. While mysteries remain regarding the people who made the Oklahoma eccentric flints, preserved historic sites and artifacts help keep ancient traditions alive.V

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Tennis TNT

(tips-n-tricks) by Donna Eads


uring one of the hardest weekends in September for the U.S.A., the U.S. Open Major Tennis Tournament celebrated the return of teenagers to the winners’ circle. On Saturday, 9/11, 2021, two records were made during the Ladies Singles Final. It was the first time for two unseeded teenagers to play for the championship and the first time a qualifier has ever won a Major. The 18-year-old Emma Raducanu from Great Britain had to play 10 matches in which she did not lose a set in order for her to be handed the $2.5 million check and the U.S. Open Cup. The last woman from Great Britain to win a Major was Virginia Wade in 1977, and Ms. Wade was also there in September to cheer for Ms. Raducanu. It was a match that showed the future of tennis. Ms. Raducanu even finished on a well-placed service ace!


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Both of the young ladies who won showed not only their power, but their ability to look for the one and only opening to win a point. They did it with grace and thoughtfulness. Oh, yes, they celebrated, but quickly moved on to the next point. No drama—just highly-skilled play with a purpose. Patience, poise, and power make for sure winners. It was fun to watch, and perhaps we can learn the lesson of patience and knowing that it may take five or six shots before we can finally find that opening to win. Club players tend to

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RAQUETS: Everyone likes a new racquet, and 2021 does not disappoint. Dunlop has four new series—Lite, Control, Spin, and Force. Wilson has developed the new Blade v8 racquet, which was made for spin, precision, and feel during play.

just hope to get the ball over the net when they should be looking for that one weakness to use against their opponent. Take the time to move your opponent in all different directions with a drop shot, then a lob. Most coaches will tell you that if you move your opponent three steps, it will create an opening. An easy way to move them off the court in doubles is to aim for the alleys, then go for the winner. It’s time to think about those Christmas gifts for your favorite tennis player:

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CLOTHING: Of course, a new outfit is a perfect choice as well. Fila is celebrating their 110th year with an entire new line for both males and females. To start off the U.S. Open, Nike has their New York Collection that features classic ‘80s styles for both sexes. Ms. Raducanu was in one of their new outfits. Does anyone need shoes? Take a look at the Asics Court FF2 and the Adidas Stella Court for under the tree.

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TECH GEAR: The cooler weather is a perfect time for additional training. There is a wearable live coaching tool called Neuro Tennis which trains your brain and was designed by Mats Wilander. If you don’t have that kind of money, a hopper of balls and a target to aim at is another easy way to train and improve all of your strokes—it’s just hard to practice an overhead! See you on the courts!V

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by Cliff & Ilene Bandringa


ryce Canyon National Park in Utah has some of the most unique, natural geologic formations on Earth. Gazing down at the thousands of oddly shaped hoodoos from above is simply mesmerizing and an experience like no other. Descending into the maze of hoodoos on a hike is an even more amazing experience. The snow of winter brings an added dimension to Bryce Canyon. Along with the seemingly endless shapes and patterns formed by these geologic formations, there is now snow mixed in with all the pinnacles and crevices. The brilliant yellows, oranges, and reds of the mudstones that make up the hoodoos are now contrasted with the bright white of the snow, making for even more dazzling views from the park’s viewpoints.

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Snowy,Stunning Beauty Hiking down into Bryce Canyon after an accumulation of snow can be challenging, but the reward is worth it as you get to be in the middle of all the stunning beauty you saw from the canyon rim. Seeing up close how the snow highlights the thousands of little ridges and details of those colorful formations is almost surreal. It is like walking through a maze of small, sparkling fairytale castles in a wintery wonderland. A visit to Bryce Canyon in the winter can easily be done because many of the paved roads leading to the park are frequently plowed and kept open. Bryce makes for a great day trip if you are visiting lower-elevation places, such as the St. George area, or higher-elevation places, like Cedar City. There is also plenty of lodging and services available at Bryce Canyon City, home of historic Ruby’s Inn. Bryce Canyon is at an altitude of around 8,000 feet, making it more likely to have snow on the ground when there is no snow at the lower elevations. The best way to check on snow conditions at Bryce is to call the park’s visitor center, which is open year-round, as well as the viewpoints we mention below.


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Our Wintertime Visit

On our last winter visit, we decided to take that challenging hike down into the hoodoos with some of our family. Our route started at the parking lot for Sunset Point and is a combination of separately named trails. It was a loop hike with a total distance of three miles and an elevation loss and gain of about 600 feet. See our blog article and virtual video tour (details below) that explains the details of our hike and, of course, includes visions of that serene beauty. We first did the normal “tourist thing” by taking in the view that is due south from the parking lot of Sunset Point. You can easily spend an hour right there being dazzled by all the visually absorbing formations below. After we got our fill of the view, we found our way to the beginning of the Navajo Loop, which starts at Sunset Point and leads to the Queen’s Connecting Trail. Descending into the abyss below, this trail enters a deep, narrow canyon. Because we were going to be hiking in the snow, we expected to run into problems with sliding and sinking into the powder. After a storm, this could certainly be a problem. But we took it very slow on the descent and managed not to slip or fall down. The trail consisted of hard-packed snow. About 90% of our entire hike was in snow. We all had good hiking boots, except for one of us who decided that wearing furry snow boots was a good idea. It was not a good choice, as it turned out, because they were not waterproof, and her feet were soaking wet and cold at the end of the hike!


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The Hike Begins

After we exited the narrow canyon and descended a bit, the trail turned east and meandered through large pine trees and eventually, into what’s known as the Queen’s Garden. Located here are hundreds of delicately formed hoodoos of many shapes and sizes. One trail leads to a group of hoodoos that some people think looks like a statue of Queen Victoria and her entourage. Next, on the Queen’s Garden Trail, our route took us gradually back up to the canyon’s rim. Along this segment, there are more fun hoodoo mazes to pass through, including tunnels and narrow passageways. Occasionally, there are more sweeping views of the canyon’s famous formations, which look different at every turn. The trail finally reaches back to the rim at Sunrise Point. Now, it’s just a half of a mile of level walking to return to the parking


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lot at Sunset Point where you started. Beware—it’s difficult to pay attention to where you are going as you walk back because the views along the way are so stunning! It’s especially dangerous for us photographers! We hope that the description of our hike through the wintery wonderland of funny-formed hoodoos will inspire you to visit Bryce Canyon in the winter months or at any time of the year. Within a 100-mile radius of Bryce, there are many fascinating and beautiful places to visit in the western Colorado Plateau region of Utah. See our blog for more trip ideas.V Learn more about this trip and see what it looks like, plus see maps of where the trails go, by visiting our blog and watching our virtual video tour. Our blog is at, then search for “Bryce Canyon.” On YouTube, search for “Bryce Canyon in the snow” by BackRoadsWest.

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DIAL UP Your Christmas Tree Style by Helen Houston


hristmas tree skirts are a decorating item used during the Christmas season. They are functional and add a little extra character to other decorations. The Germans were among the first people to decorate their Christmas trees—they initially placed small bows all around a tree and then hit on the idea of attaching lit candles to the bows. There was nothing stylish about the primitive forms of Christmas tree skirts. They were just plain and simple mats or pieces of material wrapped around the base of a Christmas tree and were washed and recycled when the holidays were over. Around 1879, the humble Christmas tree stand emerged, and another use for a tree skirt was born—namely, as a clever and simple way to cover an ugly-looking tree stand. In today’s market, the number of styles of Christmas tree skirts available to buy is truly remarkable—there are literally thousands of stylish skirts to choose from. These range from cheap and simple felt, cotton, or paper products, which are decorated with festive motifs and patterns, to deluxe faux fur or linen.

Say Goodbye to the Fussy Christmas Tree Skirt and Hello to the Christmas Tree Collar!

Most tree skirts are round and flat, but another popular choice is the wicker, rattan, or willow skirt, each of which is a hard and robust structure and encircles the tree base. The skirt hides an unsightly stand as well as Christmas tree light cables and wiring. Christmas decor trendsetters have decided it’s time for an update.

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There are several types of tree collars...and making the choice should fall to more than just form over function. I've compiled a list of pros and cons for each to help narrow down the options and decide which one best fits your needs.

Square Collar

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Square collars are not as common as the ring style, so it’s a great choice if you want something unique. Square collars are usually constructed of wood, which blends well with popular farmhouse decor. A square collar fits a little more awkwardly around the base of the tree, and arranging presents around it can be a challenge.

A ring collar is a solid, round piece that can’t be adjusted smaller or larger. If you own an artificial tree or tend to buy the same sized fresh tree every year, you should be fine with a non-adjustable collar. This style is durable because it doesn’t have any breakable moving parts. Square collars are not as common as the

Paneled Collar

Tree collars made from panels lie flat when disassembled, so you can easily store them away for next year. That makes them a good choice for small-space Christmas decorating. But unlike solid collars, this style requires assembly before putting it on your tree. Wood or metal panels are usually held in place with magnets, hinges, or pin connections. A fabric tree collar is constructed with locking plastic panels, then encased in a decorative fabric cover.

Hinged Collar Hinged-style collars feature two hinges so that you can open up the collar and wrap it around the tree stand instead of picking up the tree and placing it inside a solid ring. They’re easy to install and fit just about any size tree. The hinged opening also allows access to the tree for watering, making this style the best choice for a fresh tree.

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A Few Considerations to Help You Find a Collar That Best Suits Your Tree

Find your style. Choose a collar that compliments the rest of your tree ornaments. If you have a rustic or farmhousestyle tree, a burlap tree collar looks great. If your tree is all glam and glitter, consider a gold tree collar. Whatever style you’re drawn to for your regular home decor will probably hold true for your tree collar taste as well. Consider material. Fabric and natural fiber tree collars are beautiful but not as durable as metal. A plastic collar and some metal versions will survive accidental spills when watering a fresh Christmas tree. Collars made from more delicate materials, like velvet or sequins, require extra care and shouldn’t be around the watering can. Consider your must-have tree collar features. Easy access to the tree? Durability? Eye-catching? Price? The type and style of collar you choose should meet your most important needs. With so many options to choose from, it helps to prioritize the available features before you start shopping.

Favorite Tree Collars for Your Christmas Tree

Before you buy a Christmas tree collar, you’ll want to ensure that you buy one large enough to accommodate the base of your Christmas tree stand. Since it’s a collar, if you place your Christmas tree stand on the floor (without the tree attached), you should be able to slip the collar over and then assemble the tree. If your tree collar is about as wide as the width of your tree at its halfway height, that should result in an aesthetically pleasing “collar to tree” width ratio!V Helen Houston is the owner of Staging Spaces & Redesign. She can be reached at (702) 346-0246 or


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Mesquite Welcomes

by Elisa Eames


n 1972, when founder Larry A. Mizel established his fledgling company, Mizel Development Corporation, in Denver, Colorado, he always knew that he wanted to help people. Later, the firm became the home-building company, M.D.C. Corporation, and in 1977, current president and C.E.O. David D. Mandarich jumped on board to spearhead subsidiary expansion efforts. Later that year, in Denver, they sold their first single-family home. In 2016, Mr. Mizel was inducted into the Colorado Business Hall of Fame, and the company he began almost 40 years ago has now built over 210,000 homes all over the nation.


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As the company has grown over its four decades, so has its philanthropy. Mr. Mizel was able to help form the MDC/ Richmond American Homes Foundation in 1999. Together, he and Mr. Mandarich have led the foundation in aiding organizations, neighborhoods, and families located in Denver and across the nation and globe. Just a few of the foundation’s charitable endeavors include fostering at-risk youth, sponsoring women’s shelters, improving local parks, and combating bullying and hate. Victims of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti were also beneficiaries of the foundation.

Richmond American is pleased to now be serving residents of the southern Utah/Nevada area with its new Mesquite communities, Portobello and Sorrento. Home sales began a few months ago, and model homes for both communities are open now. Division President Nicole Bloom is not only proud of the good that her company does, but she is also sincerely “excited to showcase what Richmond American Homes Mesquite can truly offer.” Ms. Bloom has lived in southern Nevada for the majority of her life and has been with Richmond American for 21 years. “Richmond American Homes is thrilled to become part of the Mesquite community!” she affirms. “Portobello and Sorrento are our first projects in the southern Utah/Mesquite area. We feel there is an underserved need for family-oriented homes without age restrictions.” She emphasizes that Richmond American is not here to simply make a buck. “We aren’t just interested in selling homes; we want to build communities and win customers

for life. Nearly 40 years of homebuilding (almost 30 in southern Nevada alone!) has taught us that listening is the surest way to build stronger customer relationships.” With its unique steps to homeownership, the company stands out among competitors. “Richmond American prides itself on the personalization process: buyers have the opportunity to select their floor plan, choose their homesite, and then meet with a professional designer at our award-winning Home Gallery™ – an included service – to assist in making their new home vision a reality,” Ms. Bloom explains. “We take buyers through the process step by step, beginning with explanations of the floor plans, options, and concise coverage of the sales contract and options selections. Throughout the home build, buyers are kept apprised of the construction process and invited on a frame walk to learn more about what’s behind the walls. At closing, the buyers are given a personal walk-through to showcase their new home’s features and identify any concerns. Finally,

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our Home Care department will schedule follow-up visits over the next 12 months to ensure the new owners are satisfied.” In addition to other in-house affiliates, the in-house design services at Richmond American help to simplify and take the headache out of each step in the home-buying process. The website, Sales Centers, Home Gallery™ design center, and lending and insurance affiliates—HomeAmerican Mortgage Corporation and American Home Insurance Agency—create a refreshingly easier one-stopshopping experience. Richmond American further distinguishes itself with competitive prices, team members who genuinely love to help people create the home of their dreams, and by offering a huge variety of design options in an industry full of limited choices and cookie-cutter packages. Local Richmond American Director of Home Gallery™ Lisa Blazek has lived in southern Nevada for over 28 years. She has spent 25 years in the design industry, loves what she does, and is very good at it. She explains, “All of our homes include a generous array of features. To us, personalization is the key. Our professional designers, as an included service, will guide you through thousands of options to personalize your home to suit your tastes. You can make your home truly your own.” The Portobello and Sorrento communities conveniently share the same Sales Center and are already open in Mesquite.



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Priced from the $300s, ranch and two-story homes, approximately 1,020–2,380 square feet, up to four bedrooms, golf course-adjacent, no age restrictions. Visit our models at Oasis Boulevard and Stanley Lane, Mesquite, Nevada 89027.

From I-15, exit Pioneer Boulevard and head north. Turn right on Oasis Boulevard. At the roundabout, take the second exit to stay on Oasis Boulevard. Take the first left on Stanley Lane. The community is straight ahead.

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SORRENTO Priced from the $300s, all ranch homes, approximately 1,160– 1,280 square feet, up to three bedrooms, golf course-adjacent, no age restrictions, available golf cart garages, located at Oasis Boulevard and Cypress Lane, Mesquite, Nevada 89027.


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From I-15, exit Pioneer Boulevard and head north. Turn right on Oasis Boulevard. At the roundabout, take the second exit to stay on Oasis Boulevard. Take the first right on Cypress Lane. Turn right on Spyglass Way, right on Blind Pew Ridge, and right on Mesa Verde Trail. The community is straight ahead. Both communities have incredible included features, such as maple cabinetry, granite kitchen countertops, stone flooring in all wet areas, GE® appliances, and more; there are also hundreds of upgrade choices, including Smart Home options

(like programmable thermostats), fixtures, and finishes at their award-winning Home Gallery™. Says Ms. Blazek, “We look forward to helping you make your house a home!”V Visit Richmond American Homes online at to learn more about their commitment to helping others and what they can do for you as a home buyer. Please also contact their Home Buyer Resource Center at (702) 638-4440. Their New Home Specialists can help with any questions on pricing, plans, lot sizes, quicker move-in opportunities, and more.

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by Sheila Oliveria, President & Founder

Who We Are Goldens Without Borders is a nonprofit,

501(c)3 charity. We rescue golden retrievers from places around the world that have no animal welfare laws or protections in place. Many of our rescued goldens come from countries in Asia, like China, Korea, Turkey, and Iran. We are the voice for the voiceless, as they are almost certain to face imminent death if not rescued. We rescue from slaughterhouses, dog meat trucks, wet markets, and illegal dog traffickers. The goldens receive medical care, food, vaccinations, and spay/neuter procedures. We bring them home to adoptive families in North America where they begin their lives. There are more than 80 golden retriever rescues in the United States, covering all 50 states. There are more resources here in the states to rescue and provide for displaced goldens than there are golden retrievers to be saved. Most golden retriever rescues here in the U.S. have either put a hold on adoption applications or have a one to two-year waiting list. But around the world, they are some of the most abused and mistreated dogs. In 2016, social media widely exposed the horrible conditions, treatment, and imminent death of millions of dogs overseas. To start up yet another golden retriever rescue covering the U.S. would be of no help to this wonderful breed, which I am convinced is a magical and spiritual breed like no other. Rescue knows no boundaries, and that is what Goldens Without Borders is all about.

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Where It All Began I grew up in a small, quintessential New England town—

Boxford, Massachusetts. Boxford is very rural and only a few minutes from the New Hampshire and Maine borders. Growing up, we always had a dog or two, and all were mutts and mixes that somehow made it to our house. We never had a golden retriever, but we had a neighbor who had a golden, and his name was Riley. I was about 15 in 1980 when Riley was a young golden and would trot down to our house. My three brothers and I were almost always outside playing ball or just hanging out with our friends. Sun or snow, we were always outside. Riley’s owners did not have children at the time, so we knew he just followed the kids' voices in the neighborhood to hang out with us, tail always wagging. We played baseball nearly every day during spring and summer in the front yard. Riley knew the game well and played outfield, waiting for the ball to come his way, and when it did, he would take off with all of us running after him (which is what he loved). He hung out with us each and every day. I remember having fur from Riley in my used 1979 Chevy Chevette, despite him never being inside my car. I would arrive at school or work and a part of Riley would be with me…on my shoes, skirt, or pants. All of you golden retriever owners reading this will understand the phenomenon of your car having dog hair everywhere despite your dog never going anywhere near the car, room, or other space. It’s just everywhere, and golden retriever owners approach it as an accessory to every outfit. But I loved that dog. He was with me from morning until night, when his owner, Peter, would come and pick Riley up with his pickup truck. I can still see Riley, at the end of any given day, curled up outside our front door on the mat. Peter would have to coax him into the truck, only for him to return the next day to our house. This went on for many years. I was a young adult, 21 years of age, when I moved away from home. Along with all the thoughts and dreams and things that are important to a 15 to 21-year-old, such as friends, boyfriends, social life, and college, I remember telling myself that when I had my own place, my first dog would be a golden. Fast forward to 1990. I was 25 and had just purchased my first home. I had a kitchen table and chairs donated to me by friends and a bedroom set. In 1990, I

was not aware of rescues. I would scour the Sunday Boston Globe newspaper looking for a golden retriever, and I found a breeder in New Hampshire that had a four-month-old golden for $200. I’m not sure how I was able to scrape up $200 back then, but I did, and off to New Hampshire I went. When I arrived at the breeder’s home, the breeder made me an offer for the two goldens she had left from the litter, but I had exactly $200 on me and had not another nickel to my name. So, I headed home with Bojangles, my very first golden retriever. I had 13 wonderful years with Bo. I discovered this wonderful breed as a young teenager with Riley and then with my own Bojangles. I have come across many wonderful breeds and mixes and mutts in my 56 years, but a golden retriever stole my heart a long time ago, and this is where my heart and passion lie. I have had seven golden retrievers in my life, and rescue is the biggest way I can give back to honor those who have given so much to me over these past several decades. Each one teaches me many life lessons—trust, joy, companionship, and living each day as if it was your last tennis ball! I recently connected with Riley’s mom, our neighbor from Boxford, Massachusetts, after nearly 36 years. I shared my memories of Riley and the profound effect he had on my life and that he was one of the biggest reasons for starting Goldens Without Borders. I have volunteered with several rescues, attended many events, donated on a regular basis, and have fostered nearly 100 rescue dogs in my life before starting Goldens without Borders. I have had many blessings in my life that include my husband, our son, Zack, good friends, and family. These blessings are all in addition to the handful of goldens that I‘ve been fortunate enough to also call family in my adult life. Many ask me why not save all the dogs in need and not just golden retrievers, and my first response is this: I would love to save them all but feel strongly that I need to do what’s best for the dogs I do save—meaning that I need to know how to assess behavior and temperament, be somewhat of an expert in health and medical issues that this breed is prone to, and know how to place them in the best forever home I can find. Goldens are what I know. I love all breeds— small, large, and everything in between, but I would not do justice to other breeds that I know very little about. Secondly, there are so many goldens in need in other countries that it takes everything that my small board of directors, the handful of volunteers, and I have in order to do what we do. There are already never enough volunteers, time, or money to save the many more goldens that could use our help. We leave so many goldens behind, and that is what keeps me up at night. How could we possibly do more than what we are doing?

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GWB rescues dogs like Jay (shown) from poor conditions like these.

Most importantly, I do this because of my passion for goldens, which is no different than the folks at other breed-specific rescues that also rescue internationally. There are rescues for poodles, shepherds, samoyeds, bulldogs, and many, many others. I applaud all of them, and I completely understand their passion to save just these breeds because they have had a “Riley” in their life that compels them to do the same as what I do at GWB. Many of you have had a Riley or a Bojangles in your life, and I would love to hear your story. Email me at Goldens Without Borders is a foster-based rescue with no physical location. They rely entirely on volunteers and donations with no paid staff. Visit their website at:


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IS A LIVING TRUST Right For You? by Jeff McKenna


he use of a revocable trust (sometimes referred to as a “living trust” or “family trust”) to plan one’s estate has become very popular. Despite the popularity of revocable trusts, they are not without their potential problems. First, it is important to understand that there is no definitive answer as to whether a trust is necessary. A fellow estate planner has explained that asking whether a revocable trust is good or bad is like asking whether a wrench is good or bad. It depends on what you are trying to accomplish. A trust is just an estate planning tool. Whether it is good or bad depends on your needs and desires. Although there are many factors to consider in determining whether a revocable trust is right for you, here are a few of the more significant factors:


Avoiding Probate: It is true that a properly funded trust avoids probate. If the goal of the client is to avoid probate, it is critical that the trust be properly funded. To "properly fund" a trust, titles to all assets and beneficiary designations for insurance policies and retirement accounts must be reviewed. A properly funded trust avoids probate because the owner of the assets (generally termed the trustor, settlor, grantor, or trustmaker in the trust document) conveys ownership from him or herself (in his or her individual capacity) to him or herself as trustee of his or her trust. Probate is avoided because for "probate purposes," the deceased person does not own assets but rather the trustee of the trust owns the assets. It is critical to understand that a revocable trust only avoids

probate if the assets have been properly transferred to the trust.


Out of State Property: A revocable trust is especially useful if you own real estate in another state. Real estate in another state generally requires a probate proceeding in that state. If you live in one state but own real estate in another state, your beneficiaries may be required to commence multiple probate proceedings. This situation can be avoided through the use of a revocable trust.


Avoiding Court-Appointed Conservatorship: A properly drafted trust should provide for the management of trust assets in the event the person contributing the property to the trust becomes incapacitated. This would avoid the need for a court-appointed conservator for financial matters. In conclusion, a revocable trust is an important estate planning tool. Depending on your individual situation and desires, you may decide to use a revocable trust as your principal estate planning tool. As in all estate planning decisions, being educated about your choices is key in deciding whether a revocable trust is right for you.V Jeffery J. McKenna is a local attorney serving clients in Utah, Nevada, and Arizona. He is a shareholder at the law firm of Barney, McKenna, and Olmstead. He is a founding member and former president of the Southern Utah Estate Planning Council. If you have questions regarding this article, or if you have a topic you wish to have addressed in this column, you can call (435) 628-1711 or email

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by Mindee West



17th Annual Event

f all the wonderful charity golf events held in Mesquite, possibly one of the most anticipated is the annual Golf Fore Kids Tournament. Every year, golfers assemble at four local courses and bring toys, bikes, balls, scooters, dolls, and art supplies to donate to local children. Trailers are filled to the brim, Santa’s helpers work overtime, and because of the generosity of our local citizens, hundreds of kids will smile a little more brightly this Christmas season. This year marks the 17th Annual Golf Fore Kids Event. As usual, Falcon Ridge, Palms, Canyons, and Conestoga golf courses have graciously donated their courses for the day. Golfers will tee off at 9 a.m., then be treated to lunch afterwards at the Casablanca Event Tent. There will be prizes for closest to the pins, winning teams, and a large raffle that never disappoints. Hole sponsorships are available for $50 for one course or $150 for all four courses. The individual or company name and any other message requested will be printed on a sign and posted

on a tee box for all golfers to see. And like everything else, 100% of the funds go directly to the kids. If you wish to sign up for a sponsorship, you can do so online by going to or calling Karen Fielding at (702) 378-9964. Tee time reservations will only be taken online. If you wish to play in the event, you can sign up by going to The site will open October 1 and will fill up quickly, so don’t wait too long to reserve your spot. You can make your selection, of course, but it is on a first come–first served basis. Thank you to all the wonderful people who have made this event a success! Golf Fore Kids has raised over $675,000 in cash and toys for local children in our community. What started as a small tournament at one course has grown into a huge event with 580 golfers, dozens of volunteers, trailers full of toys, and hundreds of happy children. Thank you for your continued generosity, and let’s make this the best year ever!V



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Thursday, December 9, 2021–9 a.m. Shotgun Golf Locations: Falcon Ridge, Palms, Palmer, and Conestoga Golf Courses. Lunch Location: Casablanca Event Tent. Entry Fee: Minimum of $50 worth of unwrapped toys. Hole Sponsorship: $50 for one course or $150 for all 4 courses. Sign up at starting Oct 1.

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by Mary Beth Timm


ndigenous peoples live throughout the United States, and each region has its own history. As you celebrate Native American Heritage Month in November 2021, I encourage you to learn more about the beliefs, values, and traditions of Native Americans through participating in local events or visiting area museums. November is a month of celebration for Native American heritage and culture. A common misconception is that Native Americans have disappeared or no longer live within southern Nevada. That is not true. Southern Nevada is home to the Nuwu, Chemehuevi, and Shoshone peoples. Beliefs, values, and traditions of each tribe are as distinct as a single instrument is unique within an orchestra. As each instrument is to another, each Native American tribe is one-of-a-kind. Many times, they work together (in concert) to promote awareness of a common history.


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In June and July 2021, awareness started circulating about the history of indigenous boarding schools in Canada. Just over the border, over 1,000 unmarked graves have been discovered. These school-aged children were taken from their families for educational advancement. Survivors of these schools relate stories of abuse and use the term “generational trauma.” This means that a person can be affected by something that happens to them, their parents, and their children. The phrase is used to describe an act of colonization of a people. No parent or adult today would want any child to suffer the way in which we hear that Canadian First Nations people suffered. While we contemplate Canada and its struggles, we cannot forget the impact that the United States government had on native families and communities.

Stewart Indian School walking tour map accessed from on Sept 15, 2021.

The first Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding school for Native Americans was opened in 1879 with the goal of “kill the Indian, save the man” (carlisleindianschoolproject. com). Students were renamed and stripped of tribal identities when they entered the school. In Conestoga, Pennsylvania, the Carlisle Indian School operated for 39 years, appropriated children from over 140 tribes, and was the model for other boarding schools across the country. Children were buried there, too. Forensic anthropologist Elizabeth DiGangi of SUNY Binghamton University has worked towards identifying children. The cemetery held 189 child graves. So far, six children have been returned to their tribal families. Unfortunately, Native American families were compelled to survive boarding schools in Nevada, too. Up until 30 years ago, there was a boarding school in this area. Stewart Indian School ( closed in 1981. For perspective, a 1981 graduate would be 57 or 58 years old today. Approximately 170 unmarked graves have been located at the Stewart Indian School. Surviving students relate stories of not being able to talk in their language or practice their religious beliefs and having their clothes taken from them. This school affected Nevadan families for over 90 years. Through interpretation and revitalization of the Stewart campus, the mission of the Stewart Indian School Legacy in Carson City is to educate visitors about the

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experiences of Native American children who were removed from their homelands, families, and culture, and to celebrate their resilience (taken from 9-15-21). This museum and cultural center recently opened in 2019. The grounds feature an outdoor walking trail that educates visitors about the different buildings on its campus. There are a few resources in southern Nevada for learning more about Native Americans. Lost City Museum in Overton, Nevada, focuses on past peoples, residences, and rock writings. The Virgin Branch Puebloans lived alongside the Virgin and Muddy rivers for roughly 1,600 years. These peoples dispersed for unknown reasons, but we can learn what life was like for them from what we know about their belongings. In Las Vegas, the Nevada State Museum has a rotunda where visitors can learn about Native Americans through listening to their stories. These short films are paired with ceramic vessels, basketry, clothing, and other objects. In downtown Old Las Vegas, Mormon Fort talks about native peoples before the Mormon occupation of Las Vegas. In September, they hosted an Indigenous Peoples Market and Festival. Small yellow willow basket with darker brown devil’s claw diamond-shaped pattern. Artist unknown, attributed to Moapa Paiute c. 1900-1932, Joseph F. And Kathryn A. Perkins collection at Lost City Museum


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Community and intertribal dance at Lost City Museum on Native American Day in November 2017.

In 2019, each weekend in November was full of dances, celebrations, or powwows in Pahrump, Las Vegas, Moapa, and at the Lost City Museum in Overton, Nevada. At the time of this article, 2022 celebrations are not yet scheduled. These festivals are extremely popular. In 2019, the museum drew over 300 members of the public and over 50 tribal representatives who danced, played the flute, sold Indian tacos, and sold jewelry and other crafts.V

Lost City Museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Exhibits focus on past peoples. Staff members are planning workshops to incorporate more diverse stories within its exhibitions. The museum is located at 721 S. Moapa Valley Boulevard in Overton, Nevada. Visit and social media platforms where staff hope to announce its own Native American Day festival in November.

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Seasonal Sniffles...

or something more? by Nate Henry, FNP


s COVID-19 cases increase again, so do concerns about common sinus infections, an uncomfortable set of symptoms that often mirrors COVID. Research shows persistent sinus issues affect nearly 30 million Americans each year and can last as long as three months, but symptoms are highly treatable, even for ongoing cases. PERSISTENT SINUS ISSUES? WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SINUS INFECTIONS Are you having trouble determining if your sinus symptoms are allergies or something more serious? It’s easy to confuse persistent nasal problems with other conditions like the coronavirus, cold, or flu. However, if you’ve been experiencing persistent sinus issues without relief, you may be living with sinusitis. WHAT IS SINUSITIS? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Sinusitis, better known as a sinus infection, is a common condition affecting nearly 30 million Americans each year. It occurs when the nasal passages become inflamed and begin to swell. The swelling blocks air and leads to the passages filling up with fluid, causing infection.


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Sinus infections can last 10 days to 12 weeks or longer. The symptoms of a sinus infection can include: · Postnasal drip, or the feeling of wanting to clear your throat · Nasal discharge (thick yellow or green discharge from nose) or stuffy nose · Facial pain or pressure, which can cause headaches and toothaches · Throat irritation and cough · Sore throat · Fever · Fatigue · Bad breath WHAT CAUSES IT? Sinus infections may be common, but the causes can vary. Sinus infections can be either viral or bacterial. They can also be caused by allergies, certain medications, and even structural differences in people’s sinuses. Regardless of the reason, the discomfort can be intense. WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT IT? As the weather cools down and seasonal sickness becomes more common, you may have trouble distinguishing if your persistent sinus issues are more than the usual cold. Some at-home remedies, like using a vaporizer or warm compresses, can offer relief. Drinking plenty of fluids can help keep mucus thin. Saline nose drops or nasal rinses are safe to use at home as well as over-the-counter decongestants, but don’t take them longer than the manufacturer recommends. If your cold lasts longer than 10 days, you should consult your medical provider. They can prescribe antibiotics or, for chronic cases, conduct physical tests or imaging exams to diagnose the infection or other condition. In severe cases, your physician may discuss surgery to offer relief. Sinus infections can be miserable, but there is help. If you suspect your symptoms may be the result of a sinus infection, do not hesitate to reach out to a provider. Mesa View can help. Our providers can discuss a range of solutions to offer relief and to help you breathe more easily so you can have a more enjoyable holiday season.V Nate Henry is a Family Nurse Practitioner seeing patients at Mesa View Medical Group and is accepting new patients of all ages. Call (702) 346-0800 today to set up an appointment, or stop by the practice located at 1301 Bertha Howe Avenue, Suite #1, Mesquite, Nevada 89027. To learn more, visit our website at

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e all love the holidays. It’s time for family gatherings, getting creative and decorating our homes, and enjoying cooler temperatures. I believe this time of the year is our reward for surviving the triple-digit temperatures of summer in our region. It is also a great time to think about how we can be more energy efficient. I am always looking for ways to save, and as we are entering the season of giving, I would like to kick-start it by sharing with you some great tips I have compiled for this time of the year. LIGHT UP YOUR TREE WITH LED AND FIBER OPTICS Whether you like to deck the halls or put up a simple tree, LED holiday lights are the smartest choice for energy savings. LED Christmas lights use only 10% of the energy that regular bulbs use. They are also much safer than their incandescent or halogen counterparts because they generate only a fraction of the heat. With LEDs, there’s no need to panic if you accidentally leave the lights on overnight. Another alternative is to use fiber optics. Many decorations now use fiber optics, so explore and try something new. Most times, these fiber optics don’t even need bulbs! UNPLUG—BEWARE OF VACATION VAMPIRES If you are planning to travel during the holidays, there are some things to consider before you leave that can help you save energy while away. One tip is to be aware of phantom energy users in your home. Here are a few items to unplug to save energy while away: TVs DVD players Computers & Monitors


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PRACTICE GREEN GIFT-GIVING If you’re buying electronics or appliances this holiday season, look for the Energy STAR label to ensure the device has the best energy-saving technology. Buying electronics also presents a good opportunity to use rechargeable batteries rather than disposable ones. While rechargeable batteries have a higher up-front cost than regular batteries, they end up saving you money in the long run since you won’t have to replace them when they die. They’re also better for the environment because they reduce the number of toxic chemicals released into landfills. ASK SANTA TO UPGRADE YOUR THERMOSTAT Investing in a newer thermostat (and programming it to lower the temperature at certain times of the day in the winter) can save consumers more than 15% on energy costs. THE MORE, THE MERRIER As colder temperatures seep into your home and bones, you may reach for the thermostat and increase the temperature to stay cozy and warm. This year, try to find other ways you can keep that cold out. Having a home full of loved ones is often the best part of the holiday season. It turns out that it’s great for your electric bill, too! When you have guests over, you can turn down the thermostat a few degrees. Why? Because a room full of warm

bodies will heat up on its own without running up your heating bill. The more guests, the merrier (and the cozier). Keep in mind that you can save up to 3% on your electric bill for every degree you lower your thermostat. A FEW MORE TIPS INCLUDE: BLANKETS AND FLANNEL—Keep blankets around the house and use those to stay warm during the day and at night. Change your bedsheets to flannel ones that can keep the heat in. This can also help you reduce the set temperature while keeping you warm. COOKING—Holidays tend to mean lots of good food, but someone must cook it to get that good food. If you are cooking and/or baking for the holidays, turn down your thermostat. The heat from your cooking and baking helps to keep the house warm and smelling good. THE NATURAL SUNLIGHT—While the sun isn’t always shining during the colder months, there are still days where it shines brightly. Take advantage and open your shades/curtains and use that warmth to help heat your home. From all of us at Overton Power District 5, we would like to wish you and your loved ones happy and safe holidays! For more energy-saving tips, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @OPD5.V

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VVAA Annual Christmas Boutique by Pam Jacobson


here is the “heart of an artist” in all of us. The heart is the place that deeply appreciates the time and energy it takes for another person to make something with the intention of giving it as a precious gift of love to someone, perhaps even to you. Nowhere else does the “heart of an artist” shine brighter in Mesquite during Christmas than at the annual Christmas Boutique, put on by the Virgin Valley Artists’ Association (VVAA) at the Gallery within the Mesquite Fine Arts Center and Gift Shop. Our 16th annual Christmas Boutique begins Monday, November 15 (Thanksgiving week) and runs until


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after Christmas to Saturday, December 31, 2021. We have additional hours the Sunday after Thanksgiving, November 28th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You don’t want to miss this wonderful annual event. Our artists have invented some of the most unique and special one-ofa-kind Christmas gifts and handcrafted items. Every year, the variety and quality of work never cease to amaze. You can find art objects, small paintings, greeting cards, beautiful and fascinating jewelry, sculptures, pottery, fused glass, handmade soap, knitted hats, and handmade textile purses and wallets, just to name a few. The Gallery is as proud to display them as

all of you are joyfully astounded to see them. Each individual piece is created by local artists, and the prices are extremely reasonable.

of course, we need to find those all-important gift-sized and gift-priced stocking stuffers. So come early, and bring your gift lists so no one is forgotten.V

The VVAA and the Gallery want to make your Christmas shopping fun by offering wonderful gifts for family and friends as well as for those very special people in your life. Perhaps you want to remember your children’s teacher or a neighbor. And,

The Mesquite Fine Arts Center is located at 15 W. Mesquite Blvd., Mesquite, NV, and is open from 10 am to 4 pm, Monday through Saturday. You can call the MFAC at (702) 346-1338, or visit the VVAA website at

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Twas the Night

Before Christmas,


Through Kayenta...

by Michelle Sundberg


how much I would miss the interaction between my fellow musicians, the audience, and me. Feeling the ‘magic’ that only happens in a live musical performance is sure to make this year’s Christmas concert one that we’ll always remember,” said Bestor.

KURT BESTOR, Emmy award-winning and Grammy-nominated composer and performer, will kick off the Christmas season at CFAK December 1–4, 2021, with his “Return to the Music” Christmas show. “After not being able to perform live last year due to the pandemic, I am so excited to feel the excitement of live, in-person concerts this holiday season. I had no idea just

A DIAMOND HOLIDAY dance performance will be performed by Diamond Talent Productions December 16–18 at 7 p.m. with a Saturday matinee on December 18 at 2 p.m. Directed and choreographed by Brian and Melinda Larson, this holiday dance show is a favorite southern Utah family tradition for many locals. Audiences will enjoy festive costumes, fantastic dance numbers, and traditional and contemporary holiday favorites starring the Diamond Company Performers.

he Kayenta Arts Foundation, located in the Center For the Arts at Kayenta (CFAK) in Ivins, Utah, is set to kick off the 2021 Christmas season with three very different Christmas shows in December. Each show is sure to be festive and entertaining with dancing, laughter, holiday songs, and Christmas cheer.


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THREE REDNECK TENORS are real life Broadway and opera stars that are ready to jingle bell rock CFAK audiences December 20–22, 2021. The 3 Redneck Tenors were top finalists on America's Got Talent and have been thrilling audiences since 2006. Their unique Christmas show features classic, pop, and a deep-fried fest of musical delights. There’s nothing old-fashioned about this music, arranged by award-winning composer Craig Bohmler. The show is infused with vitality, energy, passion, and laughter. These “trailer park singing angels” have packed their festive mullets and will be dashing through Kayenta just in time for some down home redneck Christmas cheer. Kayenta Arts Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop and create an environment where diverse artistic endeavors can flourish. The Center For the Arts at Kayenta (CFAK) is the actual place where people in the greater southern Utah area come to learn, express, appreciate, and celebrate art in all forms. Come, be a part of the art at Kayenta.V Center for the Arts at Kayenta is located at 881 Coyote Gulch Court, Ivins, Utah 84738 and can be reached at (435) 674-ARTS (2787). Tickets can be purchased at

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(*But Were Afraid to Ask)


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by Rebecca Roessner


hen most people think about casinos these days, their attention is mainly directed towards slot machines. Between the flashing lights and jingling money sounds, it’s exciting to play those kinds of games. And they’re easy, too. Put in a couple of dollars, push the button, and talk smack when the reels don’t line up. On the other hand, table games are an alternative for the players who prefer more interaction during their casino time. Even if you don’t know how to play blackjack, the dealers offer enough tips which will make the game at least understandable. Then, there is the sportsbook. Even if you enjoy and understand sports, it can be intimidating to walk up to the counter for the first time and confidently place a bet. Reading the betting lines is about as self-explanatory as reading a stock exchange, making it more complex for the regular slot player to decipher. Of course, the sports crowd knows the lingo, but for the people who don’t, it’s like a secret code. Most

newbies wouldn’t know the basic questions they should ask to get started, and even if they did, those questions can be embarrassing, especially when you feel like people expect you to know the answer. Instead, some people declare they don't like sports or sports betting just so they won’t have to learn how to do it. But with a little bit of background, sports betting doesn’t have to be something that only the cool kids do. Let’s first consider that sports betting is not as glamorous as Hollywood suggests. The typical sports bettor does not spend tens of thousands of dollars on a single bet. They don’t lose a life savings on one game, and they don’t reliably hit big on the longshot. All a sports bettor really has to deal with is the frowny face on the guy sitting at the next table rooting for the other team. Although many people who sports bet are familiar with sports in general (and probably one or two in particular), moderate

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sports knowledge isn’t really a prerequisite for someone who is still a bit green. (Warning: if one does decide to pursue sports betting, it may inadvertently cause an unexpected interest in said sport.) If all your buddies are heading down to bet on Sunday’s game, you don’t need to know any team stats, or who is playing who. You don’t even need to be able to name a single team that plays the sport (though it’s always nice to have someone to root for). All you need are a couple of strategies when it comes to understanding the different kinds of bets. When placing a sports bet, you should first decide “what is going to make this exciting?” Maybe you have a team you want to cheer for, or perhaps you would rather play straight odds and choose the teams with the best records. You might have gotten a tip from your Uncle Joe that Carolina is a sure win and want to capitalize on his insight. Sports betting is meant to be fun, and there are plenty of ways to play in order to keep the excitement. So what are you going to do? For most bettors, there are two different types of bets. The first is the straight bet, which is a single bet on one game. If you want to bet that New England will win the game and that’s it, you would place a straight bet. How much that pays is determined by the odds set by the sportsbook. The second kind of bet is a parlay, a crowd favorite. This bet takes multiple straight bets and combines


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them into one single bet where all of the choices need to win for the ticket to be a winner. These bets typically cost little to make but have good odds if they win. Parlays can further be broken down into teasers and pleasers. They work the same way as a regular parlay, except that a teaser’s odds are a little easier to hit and don’t pay as well, while the pleaser’s odds are harder to pick, but pay out accordingly. There are two other terms to know when sports betting. First is the spread. These are stats set by the book to balance out the odds. The spread is usually noted as either a plus or minus that would be factored into the final score. When you go to place your bet, you might see “Denver (-3.5).” This means that Denver has to win the game by 3.5 points (realistically 4) for the ticket to be a winner; just winning isn’t good enough. Conversely, the opposing team would have a (+3.5). If you bet on this team, they wouldn’t even have to win, they would just have to lose by less than 4 points. The total score of the game is irrelevant for this bet. The only thing that matters is the difference between the final scores. The second betting style is the over/under. The book sets a total number of points for a game, which is the predicted total scored by both teams. Players can bet whether the teams will score more (over) or less (under) points than predicted. For this bet, the point difference doesn’t matter, only the total of the scores. Still, the inside world of sports betting can be quite the complex endeavor, and the jargon doesn’t necessarily make sense the first few times around. So don’t worry if you don’t know about laying the points or what a hook is. They are just fancy names to explain simple concepts. Once you have mastered the basics, however, the next step is to get to know your sportswriters. These are the people who look at the lines all day long and will be the best suited to help you begin to understand how to up your sports betting game. And if you really need to know how buying points works, these will be the folks that get you to the next level. Now that you are armed with enough knowledge to walk into a sportsbook with your head held high, you should stop by and see the new William Hill Sportsbook at the Eureka Casino Resort. After you show off your new sports betting chops, relax in one of the oversized lounge chairs and bring a few friends so that you can all watch the game together and try a burger at Mesquite’s newest sports bar: e.d.p. The letters stand for “eat, drink, and play,” and the atmosphere there is as exciting as the games.V The Eureka Casino Resort is located at 275 Mesa Boulevard, Mesquite, Nevada. Call (702) 346-4600 for further information.

Sportsbook Glossary of Terms

Action: When you have a bet on a game, match, race, or event Book: Your friendly William Hill Sportsbook at Eureka Casino Resort Buying Points: Shifting the odds of the spread at the expense of the total payout Even Money: A bet where you would win back the same amount you bet Favorite: The team or individual expected to win a game, match, race, or event Hedging: Placing a bet against yourself to minimize potential loss Hook: The half-point used in spreads to prevent tied results Juice: The commission that the sportsbook takes on each bet Laying the Points: When you bet on the favorite in a point spread bet Lines: The odds that are set on games by the sportsbook Longshot: The team or contestant that has very little chance of winning Over/Under: A wager that is a set difference on either side of the actual score Parlay: Combining two or more straight bets into a single wager where all selections must succeed to hit Pleaser: A parlay bet with the odds shifted in the sportsbook’s favor Spread: The number of points that the sportsbook determines a team has to win or lose by Straight Bet: Placing a bet on a single game, match, race, or event. Teaser: A parlay bet with the odds shifted in the bettor’s favor

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by Amy Bradshaw


encius, the Chinese philosopher, said that the best things in life come in threes, such as friends, dreams, and memories. That certainly remains true in modern times—friendships, dreams, and memories are a big part of what makes us able to have happy and successful lives. Mesquite Senior Games has its own set of “threes” that are vital to making it successful in its mission of promoting the health and fitness of anybody 50 and better. First, we have our athletes. Without them, there would be no fun competitions, no smiling faces brandishing a gold medal, and no new friendships forged over the love of throwing a ringer. Our athletes are amazing. Long gone are the days of youth where athletics came so easily. But still, they push on—like Lone, our 81-year-old golfer, who, after two shoulder surgeries, said it was important to her to swing that golf club again just to see if she “still could.” She could, and she did, and she won herself a gold medal. Or take Ray, our 90-year-old bowler, who is the first person in line at every tournament. Or how about Celestine, who, just this summer, had the guts to compete in the first ever tournament of her 62-year-old life. And let’s not forget Juliano, who, at 90 years of age, was indignant that we didn’t have an age division high enough for him in the target pistol. (We do now!) Our athletes aren’t as fast as they used to be. They aren’t as accurate as they used to be. But one thing they all have is the drive to get out of bed each morning and challenge themselves. Every one of our senior athletes is a super star.


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Second, we have our volunteers. These folks show up at 6 a.m. to help set up the track, put up tents, or organize the registration desks. They keep their math skills honed by scoring everything from horseshoes to cornhole to bocce. They are the wheels that keep Mesquite Senior Games rolling along—like Diane, who has a talent for paper art and keeps us organized with her cool name tags. Or there’s Marc, who shows up to chase golf balls at our Long Drive competition. And we can’t forget Sharon and Shelton, our 80-year-old husband/wife team that started volunteering 20 years ago and are still going strong. And one of the best volunteers ever is Brenda, who can build a website in the morning, organize a golf event in the afternoon, and then make flyers before bedtime. Every one of our volunteers is key to the success of our mission to keep our seniors active and healthy.

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The third element is our sponsors. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, we rely on donations and sponsorships to keep producing quality senior athletic events. We’ve been blessed to have the support from Mesquite Gaming as our Title Sponsor, and they’ve made it possible for us to grow our organization over the years. New on board as our Annual Healthcare Sponsor is Alignment Healthcare. Their award-winning Medicare Advantage Plan offers comprehensive medical and prescription drug coverage to seniors here in Clark County. We’re excited to welcome them to the Mesquite Senior Games family and look forward to a partnership bonded in the health and fitness of our seniors.V

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If you are interested in how you can get involved as an athlete, volunteer, or sponsor, please visit us at, or call (702) 345-3347. We think joining our team will give you some great opportunities for friends, dreams, and memories. And we bet Mencius would agree!

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by Judi Moreo


ave you been asking yourself questions, such as: why is it taking me so long to achieve success? to find the right relationship? to get what I want out of life? If you have, perhaps it’s because you haven’t aligned your thinking to your wants, needs, and desires. What are you resisting? Do you really believe you can have what you want? Or do you think fate is against you? You certainly are intelligent enough and worthy enough to get it. So get a grip on yourself. Remember, even the most successful people have experienced periods when they felt disillusioned and discouraged. Yet, they have overcome these trials and tribulations because they have chosen the right attitude. When we feel discouraged and stressed; when life seems intolerable, even meaningless; when our lives are not going the way we want them to; and when events are taking place so fast that we don’t know the questions, never mind the answers, doesn’t it make sense that we should take control of our thoughts, so that we, too, can triumph? Life comes to us in a series of challenges, and the attitude with which we choose to perceive these challenges and the mindset with which we prepare for them determines whether our lives are rewarding or not.

Victor Frankl was a Jewish psychiatrist who spent World War II in the same concentration camp where his wife and child were killed and where the manuscript that was his life’s work was destroyed. He later wrote a book, Man’s Search for Meaning. In it, Frankl asked himself why some people gave up and died under the difficult circumstances of a concentration camp while others not only survived but grew stronger. From his observations, he concluded that the answer to this difficult question was attitude. “What made the difference,” he wrote, “was how people chose to perceive the experience. In any given set of circumstances, everything can be taken from a person except the ability to choose one’s attitude.” Remember: as we think, so shall we be. Quit asking the questions, and start creating the answers. Decide what you want, why you want it, and the best way to go about getting it. When our goals are backed with purpose, we will find a way to accomplish them. You can do it!V Judi Moreo is the Ultimate Achievement Coach. In addition, she is an author, an artist, and the television show host of Life Choices with Judi Moreo on the Golden Network on Roku. If you would like to contact Judi, you may do so at

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Adventure Time Tours and Rentals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90

Mesa View Medical Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

Aguilar Mobile Carwash. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110

Mesquite Fine Arts Center and Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14, 111

All In Cycles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

MesquiteLink Realty – Beverly Powers Uhlir . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75

All Secure Storage, LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102

MesquiteLink Realty - Deb Parsley. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Aravada Springs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

Mesquite Lumber/Ace Hardware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Arizona Horse Ride . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110

Mesquite Tile and Flooring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67

Bank of Nevada. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

Mesquite Veterinary Clinic – Peggy Purner, DVM. . . . . . . . . . . 111

Barney, McKenna, & Olmstead. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89

MINA Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

BeehiveHomes of Mesquite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Moapa Valley & Virgin Valley Mortuaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93

Bomb Boss Body - Erica Franco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Mortgage Mate LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109

C & J Shutters, Blinds and Flooring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110

MPD/OHV Inspections. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91

Checks-N-Mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

MVP Productions – Kris Zurbas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111

Conestoga Golf Club 1880 Grille. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

NRC Cambria. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Danielle's Chocolates and Popcorn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Odyssey Landscaping, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111

Deep Roots Harvest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

Oral & Facial Surgery Center of Mesquite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Desert Oasis Spa & Salon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

Overton Power District 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Desert Pain Specialists. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

P3 Medical Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Desert Sky Medical. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69

Patriot Home Mortgage - Norman Utley. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74

ERA – Sharon Szarzi. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91

Pioneer Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

ERA - Karen Fielding. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99

Preston's Medical Waste & Shredding. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

Eureka Gregory's Mesquite Grill. . . . . . . . . . . Inside Front Cover

Prolong Medical Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Eureka Casino Resort - National Finals Rodeo . . . Inside Back Cover

Ready Golf Cars. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100

Farmers Insurance - Bill Mitchell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80

Red Rock Golf Instruction - Rob Krieger. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111

Forever Young Jewelery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

Reliance Connects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74

Friends of Gold Butte. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

Re/Max Ridge Realty – Cindy Risinger Team. . . . . . . . . . . . 60, 61

Great Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110

Re/Max - Robert Goody . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110

Hangey's Custom Upholstering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110

Richens Eye Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

Hole Foods Bakery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94

Richmond American Homes of Nevada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

JL Kendrick Company, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110

Rocky Mountain Off-Road. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105

J.R. Morgan Glass & Glazing, LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

Senior Center Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104

JSL Iceberg Air Conditioning & Heating. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110

Silver Rider . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84

Judi Moreo – Speaker, Author, & Coach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66, 111

Skinsational - Patty Johnson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Kayenta Arts Foundation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99

Stationary Hitch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Keller Williams - Joan Fitton & Neil Sullivan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

Stephen's Hair and Boutique. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94

Ken Garff Mesquite Ford / St. George Ford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87

STORE MORE! Self Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80

Ken Garff Mesquite Ford - Dave Heath. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111

The Lindi Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

Kitchen Encounters/Classy Closets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

Tuacahn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Medicare and Healthcare Insurance - Mary Bundy. . . . . . . . . . 93

Vibrationally Speaking. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

Mesa Valley Estates Assisted Living and Memory Care. . . . . . . . 65

Washington Federal Bank. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Back Cover


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Yogi Window Cleaning. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111

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