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November 1 - December 31, 2020 Volume 13 – Issue 6 PUBLISHER & EDITOR Kathy Lee MANAGING EDITOR Jennifer Sperry ART DIRECTOR / LAYOUT Erin Eames COPY EDITOR Rayma Davis PROOFREADER Jennifer Sperry WRITERS Donna Eads, Christine Ward, Jennifer Sperry, Kaylee Pickering, Robert Pearson MD, Mayor Allan S. Litman, Helen Houston, Ashley Centers, Celece Krieger, Rob Krieger, Anita DeLelles, Judi Moreo, Keith Buchhalter, Karen L. Monsen, Lori Engel, Haven Scott, Linda Faas, Reliance Connects Staff, David Cordero, Alicia Lockwood, Nancy Volmer, Greg Lee, Kevin Bailey, Princess Gutierrez, Lisa Larson, Megan Young, Carol Saldivar, AlixSandra Parness ADVERTISING SALES Kathy Lee ADVERTISING EMAIL ads@ViewOnMagazine.com 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 info@ViewOnMagazine.com ONLINE ViewOnMagazine.com Facebook Twitter Instagram

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Letter from

the Editor

Dear Readers, I always look forward to writing my holiday “editor’s letter” filled with hopes and dreams for the upcoming holiday season. With my pen in my hand and my thoughts in my head, I am finding it difficult to feel the joy and happiness that once was a part of this letter. Many of us have not and will not see our loved ones due to the pandemic. I feel sad that I’m only able to see my young one-and-a-half-year-old and two-year-old grandkids through FaceTime or Google Duo. It makes me sad that this is not the holiday season we all expected to have. Having said all of that, I hope to try and have a positive attitude about our future. I know there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and we all just need to hold on to that thought! However you choose to celebrate this year, whether through the telephone, computer or at a distance, I am sending all of my thoughts and prayers for a better 2021, for our world. I also want to thank our advertisers for buying ad space and hanging in there with us through these trying times! Your support for these businesses will ensure that their doors can remain open when life returns to normal. Many events have been canceled and will be rescheduled. Please make sure to watch your Facebook pages, local newspapers, magazines, etc to keep up with your favorite celebrations. Also, please remember to visit our Facebook and website at ViewOnMagazine.com. However you celebrate, do it with love, compassion, and understanding!

From my family to yours,

Kathy Lee Editor in Chief

Editors Note: We apologize for the error made in our ViewOn Business article featuring Hangey’s Custom Upholstering in our September/October 2020 Issue. We inadvertently transposed numbers in their contact information. Please take note of the correct phone number 702.346.3590. We love Hangey’s and value them in our community. Please check out their business card in our directory in this issue on page 108.

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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 human massage. In 2014 Anita and Ron opened WOOF! Wellness Center and launched their website ShopMeoow.com.

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.

Donna Eads and her husband moved to Mesquite in 2010, from Palm Desert, California and 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.

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Jennifer Sperry is a happy, energetic writer and inspiring business owner who passionately shares topics in health and mind-body awareness. She is the founder and owner of IAM Retreats, LLC where she leads powerful retreats to help people out of their fears and into their light. You can reach her at exhalellc@gmail.com.

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 david.cordero@sgcity.org.

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


Judi Moreo is one of the most recognized personal growth trainers and coaches in the world. She is the author of 11 books, including 2 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 judi@judimoreo.com or (702) 283-4567.

Helen Houston is the owner of Staging Spaces and Redesign in Mesquite, NV. 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 12 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 Helen@stagingspaces.biz or (702) 346-0246.

Rob Krieger is a 20 year PGA Member & former Director of Golf in Mesquite & Greensboro, NC. 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 www. stgeorgegolflessons.com or email Rob@sgugolf.com.

Celece Krieger is the owner of The Travel Connection. Travel is her passion and she’s spent the past 28 years planning dream vacations around the world. Her favorite vacation is the South Pacific with her “toes in the sand.” Reach her by phone at (435) 628-3636, in office at 1363 East 170 South, Suite 202 in St. George, or by email celece@stgeorgetravel.com.

Ashley Is the former GM of Anytime Fitness Mesquite, 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 in training for the sport of Strongwoman. She is excited to remain a contributor to ViewOn Magazine and to write about her passions within health and fitness!

Keith Buchhalter is the Public Affairs Specialist for Overton Power District #5. Born and raised in Guatemala City, he moved to Mesquite, NV, 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 A

the Mayor

s you read this article, we are nearing the end of 2020. We need to stop and catch our breath. I know I do. I can’t say it enough; it’s been a most unusual year. The last time I wrote an article for this most wonderful publication, I had so much to say, especially it being the holiday issue. There were so many events yet to happen in the last two months of the year. The Veterans Day Parade was just around the corner. Our annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Senior Center was being planned. The Salvation Army was gearing up for another successful year of fundraising. It was just plain overwhelming. I’m not going to spend time talking about what could have been. Looking at my calendar with all the crossed-out dates is enough for me. But, I’m the eternal optimist, and I know we can look forward to an exciting, positive 2021. But, it won’t happen if we have negative thoughts about our future. We are Mesquite Strong, and we will prove it! We have much to be thankful for. Time flies. I know even with experiencing the most unusual year of my life, that soon it will be a new year for all of us, and our beautiful city of Mesquite. It’s just the start of what, I believe, will be an exciting one. Look back, just one-year prior, 2019 was a year filled with optimism

and ended up on the same note. Ok, 2020 started out the same, but we had a bump in the road. But, as I said, I’m an optimist, and we will see a great future ahead. We continue to grow. Construction is up in all areas, and we remain the fastest growing city in Nevada. With our planning so well thought out, we are not encountering many of the issues seen elsewhere. We are still the second safest city in the state, and with our excellent police and fire departments, I would expect nothing less. Can we make lemonade out of lemons? Yes, we can. For so many of you with families, you can spend quality time with them. With fewer people traveling this year, you have the time to call old friends and just talk. Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner might be smaller this year, but with the miracle of Zoom and other media, you can still invite all the family to be together. As far as actual events, I am still planning on a Veterans Day Program at Veterans Park. I promise you a Grand Marshall and a complete service. Instead of being a week before the actual Veterans Day, it will be on Veterans Day, November 11th, at 9:00 am. Yes, we will social distance, but it will work. With so much that has happened this year, it’s hard to believe it’s time to wish everyone in Mesquite, and those who read this wonderful magazine, a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, or if you prefer, just Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year. No matter what you celebrate, it’s a joyous time of the year. It’s a time to reflect on the past year and a time to look forward to what we all hope will be a better year. So, as we celebrate this upcoming holiday season, I hope we will continue to spend time with family and friends. Let us use this time to reflect and count our blessings. We live in a beautiful city, and a beautiful country. Let us not dwell on the negative that we are bombarded with, and think in the positive. Remember, life is precious. We need not squander it on what is really not important. My wishes go out to those who may be sick at home or in the hospital and to the families that have lost a loved one or friend this past year. From Phyllis and I, our family of City Council, and our dedicated city staff, we wish you and your family all the love and blessings of the season.

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Contents

FEATURES

Cover photo by Louis Arevalo

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38 Holiday Thoughts From Eureka Casino Resort CEO, Greg Lee

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Modern Farm & Artisan Co-op Now in St. George!

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Outdoor Inspired Art in Kayenta, Utah


Contents

12 INSPIRATION 36 HEALTH 40 BUSINESS 43 HERO 52 PETS 60 TRAVEL 65 GOLF 71 OUTDOORS 76 CHARITY 82 ENERGY 84 EDUCATION 94 DESIGN MOTIVATION 106 Home is Where Your Heart Is

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Friends at Fringe

Escaping with Your Family for the Holidays

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Happy Paw-lidays

2020: The Year That Changed Travel

Dial Up Your Swing

Outdoor Inspired Art in Kayenta, Utah

Resilience in Uncertain Times

How To Winterize Your Home for Holiday Travel

SUU Rolls Out New Leadership Institute

How Many Is Too Many?

Celebrating Responsibly Around the Holiday Table

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Why I Love

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y husband Gene and I have lived in five different states over the past 20 years. Within that timeframe we have been blessed to say, for the past eleven years, Moapa Valley is our home. It is a hidden gem. We love the recreation the area has to offer. Everything from trails to skydiving to boating. However, we live here for the community. Whether you are here all your life, or just moved in two weeks ago, you are welcomed into a close knit group of people who genuinely care. I have seen the Moapa Valley residents come together to support one another instantaneously when there is a need. This is a small town with a very big heart! They say home is where you hang your hat. I disagree. I hang my hat here because the Moapa Valley is my home!

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Why I Love

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loomington Hills is beautiful, quiet, and scattered with densely shaded parks. Hooray for bike trails! They are my favorite. I am grateful for the new trails that are being added to our city. I can leave my house, and go either left or right to catch one in my neighborhood. The trails will take me to any part of the city I choose. I can ride over and under bridges which carry me over the steady flowing Virgin River as kids of all ages tube and skim board. In Bloomington Hills you will find great places to picnic, Saturday morning markets full of goods and produce, and many dining and shopping choices. With a short drive to the lake, an early morning hike to beat the heat, a moderate drive to Zion or Bryce National Parks, there is no shortage of stimulating and relaxing outdoor activity. Being a mother to five, the amenities and safety in a smaller community fills my heart with sunshine, a sense of community and love. There is no place I'd rather be than right where I am, here in Bloomington Hills, St. George, Utah. ~ Lori Woodard

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Why I Love

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y daughter and I love living in Pine Valley. It's a source of renewal and peace for us. Discovering this mountain rising out of the desert and so close to Saint George was life changing for me. Our roots have been planted here for sixteen years. Something is grounding about being surrounded by Pine Valley’s ancient forest, mountain views, the Santa Clara River, lakes, and trails. I feel like I’m always on vacation! My daughter was born here and calls herself a mountain girl. She teases me, about my wanting to keep the mud off the truck, “Oh mom we live on a dirt road, you're going to get mud on it, get over it!”

We love the storms with all they bring. I have galloped my horse through an afternoon thunderstorm (unintentionally) with lightning striking so close you feel the energy! Or time out by the fireplace just to watch the rapidly changing mood of these mountains. I love waking to the pristine quiet of a snow storm, everything cloaked in white, it looks like a forest out of a fairytale! We have gratitude that we get to witness so much raw beauty everyday. Deer in my yard, bunny tracks in the snow, wandering wild turkeys, and eagles riding the wind. My road trip to Pine Valley turned into our life in the mountains, one I intend to stay on, for it soothes my soul. ~ Jennifer Deforest

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Mesquite

hen I was asked why I love Mesquite, I'll admit a tear came to my eye. I moved to Mesquite shortly after filing for divorce from my first husband. I came here not knowing a soul and moved into my parents winter house. Mesquite was going to be a "rest stop" for a few months until I could get back on my feet. And here we are, thirteen years later and I'm still here. I would have to say one of the main reasons I love Mesquite is because of the people. Our town has so many friendly people that have welcomed me with open arms, some have become lifelong friends. But, the main reason I love Mesquite is because it's here that I met my true love and married him. We have been married eleven years and love that Mesquite is our home.

~ Carrie Thunell

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By Judi Moreo

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ome is not a building in which people reside. The house you call home may be small and modest or large and opulent, but it’s not a home until someone moves in and begins making memories. Oh, it may be decorated with the finest of things, but it is not a home until experiences are created. Home is a happy place where you can live, laugh, and learn. Home is a sad place where loss is experienced, and you can cry and grieve. Home is where you are surrounded by people and possessions that mean something to you. It’s where you spent cold winter nights wrapped in a blanket in front of the fire, having a cup of hot chocolate and listening to your dad tell stories of his childhood. Or huddled together with your siblings to listen to a story on the radio, such as the Green Hornet or the Lone Ranger. Home is where you argued with your sister or punched your brother. It is the place where you spent hours in the kitchen watching mother make meals and learning how to cook, all while listening to her advice on living your best life. Home is where you feel secure, safe, and respected. Home is where your memories are. It’s where you learned to read, put puzzles together, and play games such as Monopoly. It was the big tree in the yard in which you could climb high and hide out to read a book and imagine yourself traveling the world. It is the door frame where your mom measured you and kept a record of how tall you were at certain ages. It was playing on the porch and being able to hear mom in her sewing room, singing as she worked. It was the smell of something wonderful to eat when you got home from school, it could have been a fried pie or a sweet potato. Home is that place where your hopes and dreams were formed. Dreams about who you would become, what you would do, and where you would go. Home was where you lay in the yard, looked at the clouds in the sky, and saw formations of things that were more real. It was where you sat in a field of clover looking for the one with four leaves because you knew when you found one, it would bring you luck. Home was a bonfire, friends, and a wiener roast on a Saturday night and a chicken and dumpling dinner on a Sunday after church. Your home is where you are “real.” This is the place where all pretensions are put to rest. You can wear your most comfortable clothing, even if it’s old and tattered. You can go without makeup or a shave. You can eat on the sofa, in bed, or even standing up in the kitchen. It is your place to be you. It is the place where you sleep in comfort and peace. Home is the place where love is, memories are made, and which you always carry in your heart. V

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Employee Holiday Party 2019 from Left to Right: Robert Montoya, Rue Arledge and Greg Lee

Holiday Thoughts By Greg Lee, CEO Eureka Casino

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hen I was a child, I looked forward to the Christmas holidays for the gifts that would gather under the family tree and the extended family dinners that brought my favorite foods. Because I grew up in Hawaii, I didn’t need snow or cold weather to feel the Christmas Spirit, just the warmth you feel when someone gives you something from their heart. Last year, when my children both were in college, I still looked forward to big family dinners, but my primary gift was simply to have our children home. This year has been totally different, with life completely changed during the coronavirus pandemic. I have always loved the movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, that shows during the Holiday Season. In it, George Bailey sees the impact of his life on the community he has made his home, and the community comes to his assistance at his darkest hour.

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In many ways, I feel that this past year has been our own recreation of that story in our community, with each of us playing George Bailey in our own lives and families. Luckily, our community never suffered from mass infections and hospitalizations, but the shutdown and economic slowdown has hurt all of us. During the shutdown, our company hunkered down and came together to support each other with a food pantry, and many volunteers came together to help support each other. I didn’t know how powerful a smile and fist bump could feel from a fellow Eureka employee-owner volunteering to hand out food. We would see our guests around town and watched other people continue working and supporting Mesquite. When the city carefully reopened for business, we worked the hardest we could to clean our facility and make improvements to keep our


guests and employee-owners safe. We supported each other and learned to do more with less, such as closing on graveyards just to clean our facility. Together, we have found our way to get the local economy working again, and our community’s care for each other has limited the virus’ spread. When I drive in my car, it almost feels normal while looking out of my window. But we don’t live our happiest and most connected lives from our cars. We live them most vividly and happily when we are in service of each other and doing it with care and warmth. It is what we call our Eureka Way. But without guests to visit our property, we would have no business to run or way to support one another. The community’s support and patronage have enabled us to put people to work and create cheer in any way that we can. This has been our most challenging year because we have gone almost an entire year without the celebrations that mark the passage of seasons. I have loved our holiday rituals, such as a company holiday party, a children’s Santa party, and the many celebrations we have with our guests. As my children started to get older and lost their wonder, I often lived life vicariously through the children and grandchildren of our Eureka Family of employee-owners. Seeing Christmas through the fresh eyes of young children and new parents has always filled me with the holiday spirit.

2020 Eureka Food Pantry

Without large gatherings to energize one another, we need to remind ourselves to consciously embrace the holiday season and to model the holiday spirit for each other. I know how good it feels to receive a big smile and a warm greeting, and that’s what our Eureka Family tries to share with each other. I hope all of you feel that warmth and affection whenever you visit us. Thank you for your support and friendship. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you from your Eureka Family.V www.EurekaMesquite.com

Eureka Holiday Bazzar 2019

Eureka Childrens Christmas Party 2019

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By Kaylee Pickering

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urrounded by the perfect combination of the Greatest Snow on Earth™, Utah’s Mighty Five™ National Parks, and a winter playground filled to the brim with wonder; Cedar City, Utah is the place to be when something inside you calls for a holiday getaway. Visitors can stroll down the tree-lined streets of Historic Downtown, twinkling with thousands of lights. Browse the locally owned shops for gifts that are unique and hand-crafted. Take a walk through the glittering woods of Dixie National Forest in search of the perfect Christmas tree. So pack the family in the car and get ready for an old-fashioned family Christmas in southern Utah.

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A There’s Christmas ‘Chopping’ Trip only one surefire way to kick off a Christmas vacation: with the PERFECT tree.

Cutting your own tree is a tradition for many, as you can’t beat that pine-filled aroma each time you enter your home. If this is your first year cutting your own tree, we’re here to help you! Because once you’ve started, we promise it won’t be the last. Christmas tree permits are available through Dixie National Forest and are available starting November 4th. Permits for trees up to ten feet can be purchased for $10, and permits for trees above ten feet can be purchased for $20.

Before heading out to “embrace the frosty majesty of the winter landscape and select the most important of Christmas symbols” be aware of weather conditions and dress warmly! For a fun twist on this tradition rent a pair of snowshoes or a snowmobile to make sure you reach that perfect tree.

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Warm-Up & Relax The holidays can be stressful, and an afternoon of chopping

trees can really tighten those muscles. There’s no better solution than a hot yoga class and a warm drink to relax your mind and body, sending you right back into the holiday spirit! In the heart of Historic Downtown Cedar City, you can find a place to relax and reconnect at Bristlecone Coffee Co. This new addition to Cedar City offers yoga classes throughout the day for those who need a chance to unwind, and a dizzying variety of incredible drinks to warm you up, right down to your toes. Stretch out and sit down with a London Fog (earl grey + vanilla + milk) or a Rosa (keto coffee, strong + sweet), and don’t forget the Capri Bagel (buffalo mozzarella + veggies + balsamic vinegar) to top it all off.

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Ski At Brian Head Resort On the slopes of Brian Head Resort, there’s no need to add non-nutritive cereal varnish to your board for high-speed runs!

Glide over the Greatest Snow on Earth™ on any of the seventy-one runs available at this quiet mountain resort. As the highest mountain town in Utah, with a base elevation of 9.600 feet, Brian Head is the ideal resort for powder lovers, beginners, and families on a holiday getaway. Brian Head Resort is frequented by families looking to learn. The smaller slopes and lighter traffic offer a safe and welcoming environment for first-timer skiers, and ski school and private lessons for all ages are available. While you’re there, take in the signature red rock views that surround the resort, with a snowmobile tour into Cedar Breaks National Monument! Catch some air at one of the two available tubing parks. Don’t forget to bring a sled. With plenty of hills around, we know you’ll find the perfect spot to use it.

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Lights, Lights, and More Lights! There’s nothing worse than decorating your house in the best and brightest of bulbs only to

discover that they don’t work. Luckily these houses have done the hard work for you! All you have to do is sit back and enjoy these beautiful displays. Download a copy of the Holiday Map from visitcedarcity.com to get started on scenic drives through local neighborhoods that go all out. Drive Christmas Lane for bright light displays and art installations that depict the holiday classic “The Night Before Christmas” at separate houses as you drive the loop. Then follow the map to find a house that would impress even Clark Griswold himself near the campus of Southern Utah University!

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Jubilee of Trees Ring in the wonder of the holidays with an event that’s sure

to excite your imagination and ignite that spark of holiday spirit. The annual Jubilee of Trees in Cedar City is a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in small-town Christmas cheer. Every year businesses and individuals donate trees that are as fully decorated as you can find. These themed trees are always over the top, always beautiful, and with a visit from Santa Claus himself, there’s fun for the whole family. This year the Jubilee of Trees will be held on Main Street in Cedar City, along with the lighting festival for the entirety of downtown.

Gifts for Everyone on Your List Jewelry, and vinyl, and home-baked goods, oh my! Cedar City

is home to some incredible shops that feature everything from one-of-a-kind and hand-crafted gifts to niche items that perfectly fit someone on your list. Take a stroll down the treelined Main Street of Cedar City, admiring the lights that glitter on every branch, and stop into the local boutiques and stores along the way. Find vintage toys for little ones at The Stork on Main. Select custom stocking stuffers from the candy bar at Bulloch Drug. Pick up hand-crafted jewelry from the Navajo Crafting Co. Beyond Main Street, visitors can find incredible gifts throughout local shops. For vintage vinyl records and a blast from the past, visit Groovacious Records. And home-baked goods, delightful desserts, and even freshly-cut pine wreaths can be found in the farm stores of Nature Hills Farm, Sweet Pea Farm & Orchard, and Red Acre Farm.V More information on these events can be found at VisitCedarCity.com

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In v e s t i n g in Yo u r H e alt h By Ashley Centers

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appy Holidays again, readers! Consider this: from now until March is typically the time of year gyms make the bulk of their membership sales. In some cases, as many as 50% of all yearly members will sign up within the first 2 months of the New Year, usually due to the unwanted weight gains and guilty feelings associated with overindulgence and ever present New Years Resolutions to take our health more seriously. Now picture this, you’ve finally made the decision to make this the year you take your health and well being seriously, you’ve decided to join a gym, after years of putting it off, of your health and wellness taking a back seat and now you’re going to do it. You’ve convinced yourself. So you walk in, sign up, and...now what?

it Schwarzenegger’s muscles and the beach bod is ready, those extra slices of pumpkin pie are gone! WRONG. Why? How is it wrong if this is how everyone else does it? One of the biggest misnomers of the health and fitness industry, that true professionals have been trying to help people break away from for years, is that starting or restarting doesn’t have to be this difficult. We don’t have to feel wrought with bad fitness decisions after bad fitness decisions. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming in execution and underwhelming in results.

You panic. What’s that machine for? What muscles does that work? How many days a week should I work out? How much cardio should I be doing? How long will it take me to get muscles like that guy? Why do these machines look and feel like medieval torture devices? Should I just be texting and taking selfies? What do I do?

The absolute best piece of advice I, or any trainer, can give you, is that your fitness is and always should be looked at as an investment, and you need to invest in it both with time and in some cases yes financially. There’s a great saying I like that states “Good advice is rarely free and free advice is rarely good” Free advice is great if it is good advice but in a majority of cases it’s just free with no basis in actual science, practice, reality, or more specifically it’s not advice based on your own individual needs, wants, and goals.

In search of answers you go online and do “research” with lots of “professionals” doling out free advice, what can it hurt right? I’ll just try a little this and a little that and BOOM before you know

The number one thing you can do for both your body and sanity at the beginning of your fitness process is to hire a trainer you feel comfortable with. I’m not saying that you’re going to have to

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make long term commitments to that trainer just yet, or do every single workout with them and only them, but what I will say is the most valuable resource we all have is time. The small investment made in hiring a trainer who can physically look at your form and abilities, analyze your needs, help with nutrition suggestions, and coach you through the mental blocks that can come along with a new fitness plan, can free up much more of that valuable resource for you by not making you suffer through trial, error, or injury on your fitness journey. It can also take the guesswork out of every single thing I mentioned above. A trainer can tell you which exercises are for what, which machines do what, and why, when you do them incorrectly, it feels like torture. Pointing out which machines and exercises to avoid based on previous history of injury or predisposition to injury. Also, how many days a week you should be putting in, and also address almost every other question you might have along your journey. You are far more likely to continue your journey rather than give up in a couple of months due to the frustration of not feeling like you have achieved the goals you set for yourself. A qualified trainer can help you get started on the right path for your very best chance of long term success, and that, my friends, is worth every penny. Remember to enjoy the holidays and don’t feel too guilty if you do overindulge. Make sure that when you take the steps towards a healthier lifestyle, you invest in the support needed to make it the most successful start to your venture it can be. Give yourself that gift because your journey toward a life of health and fitness is so worth the investment! Wishing you all Happy Holidays and much success on your fitness journey!V

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By Christine Ward | Photo Credit: US Travel Association

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he Covid-19 Pandemic has been a major crisis for the entire world, affecting every business and industry type. The tour and travel industry obviously have suffered a great deal. They have faced, and still face, a difficult balancing act. They must try to keep their staff employed, try to encourage people to travel (when they are ready), and try not to be seen as encouraging risky behavior that may contribute further to the crisis. The U.S Travel Association began a campaign in September to try and address all of those issues, and try to give people something to look forward to. The campaign will extend from September 2020 through 2021, and one of the main messages is, “It’s OK to start planning your next trip— whenever it may be." This is a collaboration of more than 75 businesses and organizations. To create the campaign, they had to first answer the question: “What kind of message can we send to people who are struggling to face the day to day changes from living in a pandemic?” The answer to that question was, basically, provide people with something to look forward to, a trip to plan, an adventure to dream about, and let them know that while they may not be ready NOW to make firm plans, just the act of THINKING about that future trip provides positive emotional benefits. In order to help people even THINK about planning ahead for a trip that may be way off in the future, the Travel Association is letting people know that “We are ready when you are”.

Our area of the southwest offers so many wonderful travel opportunities to explore, and while many locations are not ‘fully open’, now is a great time to start thinking about when to plan your next trip. The Holiday Season provides an ideal time to purchase gift certificates for friends or family, as many businesses are offering great deals on future travel plans. Airlines have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic, and they are also struggling to provide a safe experience for everyone, and adjusting their change and cancellation policies in order to encourage people to plan trips when they are ready, travel when they feel safe, and feel comfortable that changes and cancellations will not result in fees and charges. So if you want to experience the happiness of planning a trip, an adventure, or any travel-related excursion, even if you are not ready to travel NOW, remember that just THINKING about a vacation provides positive mental health benefits. Check out your favorite local and far away vacation spots. Learn about their reservation and cancellation policies when you’re surfing the internet looking for great deals. Try searching the official social media hashtag, “LetsMakePlans” and you may discover your next adventure is closer than you think. This pandemic has taken a huge toll on the entire world, but it doesn’t have to take away our ability to dream about our next trip.V www.LetsGoThere.travel

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Be Thankful For The Sacrifices oF Our Dwindling WWII Veterans...

By David Cordero

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hey scooted along, some with the help of walkers, as a lone bagpiper played. Well into their 90s and beyond, these 14 World War II veterans moved in a procession toward their seats in what may have been the final large-scale event in their honor — “A Salute To Our World War II Veterans” during the Washington County Fair back in August. What a privilege to attend and help organize this event. This is obvious, I know, but it is impossible to thank these veterans enough. They are considered the Greatest Generation for a reason. As children, their mettle was forged during the depths

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of the great depression. As teenagers and young adults, these brave men and women were sent to far-flung places all over the globe to rid the world of tyranny. They succeeded. Then they returned home to their quiet lives, often reluctant to discuss their service unless one asks, which I often do. I strive to find out how they handled the greatest adventure of their lives while encountering boredom, near-crippling bouts of homesickness, and moments of unimaginable terror? I ask


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how were they able to summon the courage to make invasions, for the purpose of liberation, on hostile shores? I wonder how they survived the fetid jungles of the Southwest Pacific or remain at battle stations as Japanese kamikaze pilots ripped through the air or parachute at night into enemy territory. Their responses are fascinating.

Do they realize they risked all of their tomorrows for our today? They sacrificed the end of adolescence and young adulthood while thrust into the bloodiest conflict of recorded human history. Some had to watch their buddies get maimed or killed. By luck, skill, or the grace of God, it wasn’t them, but it could have been. And they think about it often. Nov/Dec 2020 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE | 29


What should we do to honor their service, beyond a patriotic ceremony and a few speeches? Talk to these veterans. Engage them. Let them know their sacrifice, their pain, their harrowing adventure was worth it. Some of you knew the late Ed Baumgarten, a WWII veteran who was heavily involved in veterans causes during his retirement years in St. George. I was fortunate to have many interviews with this vibrant Purple Heart recipient. His recall and his honesty amazed me. He never tired of speaking of his mentor, an olderbrother figure by the name of Solon Hayes. Several years older than Ed, Solon endured combat in the rain and mud of Leyte, Philippines. He also helped Ed adjust to his role as second scout within the 11th Airborne Division as they prepared for the parachute assault on the island of Luzon. The two became fast friends. Ed could visualize a time, after the war ended, when they could have fun and perhaps even go into business together without the worry of bullets buzzing nearby.

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Solon and Ed made a combat jump, defended against banzai attacks, sprinted onto Nichols Field while 20-millimeter guns thumped overhead, and were together when Ed was wounded just outside a bunker south of Manila.


About two months into combat, they found themselves atop a steep hill, in a foxhole they dug for the night. As friends do, they had gotten a little too rowdy, so the sergeant decided to split them apart. It was a decision that saved Ed’s life. Solon was not so lucky. A vicious Japanese attack ensued in the ink-like darkness. “It was wild,” I remember Ed saying, his eyes gazing off into the distance, recalling the noise and confusion. When the sun rose, Ed could see dead Japanese sprawled over the landscape. He went over to Solon’s foxhole, which they had shared hours before. There was an outstretched poncho. Ed looked underneath. There was his best friend, no longer among the living. Yet, for those minutes when Ed told the story, Solon was alive. Ed reminded us of Solon’s humanity, his hopes, his fears, his dreams. Because of Ed, Solon can remain in our collective memory. As we recall the sacrifices of our WWII veterans, we are reminded that time is no one’s friend. We lose, on average, more than 300 WWII veterans each day. We must honor them while we can. We must always remember. And by remembering, we show our eternal gratitude.V

American soldiers of the 347th U.S. Infantry wear heavy winter gear as they receive rations in La Roche, Belgium, Jan. 13, 1945. Photo Courtesy of U.S. Army.

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By Rebekah Wainwright

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ista School will be celebrating this holiday season with their 4th annual production of The Nutcracker. The local charter school casts the classical ballet using solely students ranging from kindergarten through the 8th grade. This school year, Vista added 9th, adding more students to this beautiful event. Under my direction, Shellie Thomas and Jennie Jones, this annual tradition has become a magnet and driving force for not only the dance department but the entire school. The performance typically casts up to 200 dancers, with this last year’s performance including over 40 boys in this classical ballet. Additional departments of the school contribute to this holiday tradition. Under the direction of Linda DeLuca, the strings classes participate by opening the event with live music. They also play during intermission, and they close out the show with beautiful renditions of Tchaicovsky’s holiday classics. Theater students also support the ballet cast by helping with lighting, props, sound, and full backstage support. This production has become the backbone for a thriving dance department at Vista. The emphasis of classical technique, as well as storytelling, has improved the students' overall virtuosity as performers and inspired them to reach for higher aspirations. Company dancers from Vista school have extended their experience with the Nutcracker to take opportunities to train annually with Nevada Ballet Theater as well as teachers from The Rock in Las Vegas, Nevada. Select Principal Dancers, under the direction of myself and Jennie Jones, competed this past season at The Youth American Grand Prix, and several were accepted into highly acclaimed Summer Intensives, including Ballet West summer intensive and Alvin Ailey’s in New York. This growing dance program has also received 1st place two years in a row for their Contemporary dance

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compositions at the annual Shakespeare Festival at SUU. This past summer and the previous year, they also competed locally, taking 1st place in several dances as well as receiving the Sportsman Award and Choreography Awards. I feel dancers need to be well versed in classical, contemporary, as well as the commercial side of dance in order to stay competitive in this field, and I encourage them to explore it all.

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The dance department’s mission at Vista is to provide the absolute best in dance training for their students. This includes opportunities to train outside of the area and encouragement to attend professional summer intensives. Our hope is that our dancers leave Vista inspired and also equipped to reach their highest potential, not only as dancers but as artists that have learned to hone their craft.


Vista School is currently in the process of building an additional structure that will house a state-of-the-art proscenium theater. It will also add additional dance rooms, music rooms, and add space for academics to support the 9th grade. This year’s production of The Nutcracker will be a feature film that will be shared on YouTube. Vista sees this as a great opportunity to share their incredible program with a larger audience.V Vista is a public charter school and depends on public donations, not the school district for funding. For donations, links to virtual performances, tickets, or to attend this great school, please visit www.VistaUtah.com

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By Jennifer Sperry

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ow can “The Most Wonderful Time of The Year” become such a busy time!? The holidays quickly fill with commitments, parties, baking, eating, family gatherings, shopping, weather changes, germs, wrapping presents, making gifts, it has it all! It is beautiful and stressful, all wrapped up into one box! We get excited to see all of our loved ones, but behind all that excitement lays our mind, filling our thoughts with, "How am I going to pay that bill?" "I can't stand my weight", “I can’t believe the in-laws are coming!” and “Baby, it’s cold outside!”. Thoughts such as these make it so we are not present. We become wrapped up in holiday stress instead of holiday cheer! When we are living in thoughts, we are living in the past or the future. Past thoughts of regret and worry or perhaps future thoughts of fear and uncertainty rob us of our joy. In the “present” moment, those emotions do not exist. It is beautiful right here in the present moment, a guaranteed peace. The present moment is where it is at! We are fed so much guilt (by others as well as ourselves) we repeat words in our head that damage our beautiful destiny of just being happy! Or we waste time worrying about the future. Sitting with our thoughts, instead of with the present moment, robs us of the precious here and now.

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There is no stress in the present moment. For example, there are no bill collectors at the door asking for your credit card payment on those holiday gifts. Yet our minds often go to holiday expenses. Do not allow your mind to wander to the bill until you see it come in the mail. It is not that it doesn’t exist. We all know it does. But worrying about it takes you out of the present moment. Focus on the beautiful lights, the gorgeous winter sunshine, the sounds of the holidays, instead of the worry of that bill.

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Slow down by filling your thoughts with holiday songs and listening to the giggles and conversations of your loved ones. Thoughts of, “What if she comments on my weight”, “What if my kid has a meltdown”, “What if that uncle shows up”, only creates anxiety for things that haven’t even happened or brings up old emotions of the past. Encourage your mind to notice the five senses when you find your mind full of worried thoughts. What are you smelling right now? What are you seeing? What are you feeling? What are you hearing? What are you tasting?

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Be present with yourself. We have set all these boundaries together for budgets, family, and other holiday obligations; the integrity you give yourself is important. We often are the first to let ourselves down. We end up grabbing five more things for the mother-in-law because you got wind she bought you the expensive vase you have been eyeing. We say yes to taking three extra meals to parties. It is okay to say no and set healthy boundaries so you, too, can enjoy the holidays! Be present with gratitude. You are giving yourself a gift this holiday season! Perhaps when you get asked for yet another holiday commitment, you could try this instead, “I am so grateful I was able to help you with so many meals this holiday season, but I am not going to be able to do anymore at this time. Thank you for thinking of me! Please consider me in the future.” “I am so grateful for this vase! I have wanted this for so long.” And stop there. Don’t apologize for your gift. Just say thank you! Stop the thoughts, “I should have just bought her more!” Be present. Enjoy the gift you received.

Life moves too quickly! We have moments that feel so long, and yet when we look back, we ache for those times to come back. Learning the gift of being present this holiday season will be one of the most beautiful gifts you could possibly receive, the most affordable gift while also being the most valuable. Beauty, calm, memories, happiness, joy, and experiences all happen in the present moment. May your gift of The Present Moment be something that lasts you a lifetime, and you end up passing along to others in the coming years.V

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Experience Tuacahn this Holiday Season

By Lisa Larson

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hen it comes to the holidays, it’s important to remember what matters most. Whether your priorities include spending time with your family, maintaining traditions, making new memories, or just enjoying the spirit of the season, Tuacahn’s Christmas in the Canyon has what you’re looking for.

“This is Tuacahn’s Christmas card to the community and a way to say ‘thank you’ for supporting us all year,” says Kevin Smith, Tuacahn CEO.

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With a glow that makes Tuacahn’s already impressive red rock canyon even more beautiful, more than 250,000 twinkling lights are just the beginning of the festivities planned this year. All the classic Christmas in the Canyon favorites are on the docket, including train rides on Old Salty, a visit from Santa Claus, hot chocolate, beautiful music, and, since it is better to give than to receive, some fantastic shopping opportunities. “The Tuacahn Gift Gallery is going to be an experience in and of itself,” Smith says. Smith is particularly excited about some of the creatively decorated trees planned for the interior of the Gift Gallery. After you have worked up an appetite shopping, you can pop over to the Tuacahn Café for delicious soups, salads, and sandwiches. “We’ll have some holiday soups, holiday desserts, and of course our signature hot chocolate,” Smith says. Just outside the wall of windows in the Tuacahn Café, the very heart of the Christmas season, a live reenactment of the nativity unfolds from November 27th to December 23rd. Check Tuacahn.org for specific dates and times. Put on by an all-volunteer cast and enhanced by the kinds of high-quality sets, costumes, and music you’d expect from Tuacahn, this centerpiece of the Christmas in the Canyon event is a family tradition for many people in the community. “Some of the people who volunteer as the cast for the nativity have been doing it for so many years, they’re becoming trained pros,” Smith says. “Others are brand new to the show. It’s really fun to see both.” But, if you’re looking for high-quality professional performance, of course, Tuacahn offers that too.

‘The Rat Pack is Back! Christmas Concert’ Just in time for the Holidays! Step back in time to see Sammy Davis, Jr., Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin perform together once again. Relive the days of the Rat Pack with Las Vegas’ most famous Entertainers and their band as they appeared live in the Sands Hotel Copa Room. Bring the whole family to enjoy classic tunes from the past such as “Luck be a Lady”, “Fly Me to the Moon” and “New York, NY” as well as Christmas favorites like "Winter Wonderland" and "Baby it's Cold Outside" plus hilarious improv comedy. This tribute to Sammy, Frank, and Dean is sheer entertainment. “Part of our mission is to be a family-friendly entertainment facility,” Smith says. “Christmas in the Canyon and all that it offers is a great capstone to our year.”V The Rat Pack is Back! Christmas Concert takes place beginning Nov. 27 inside the newly renovated indoor Hafen Theater. Tickets start at just $19. For more information on show dates and times, log onto www.tuacahn.org or call 435-652-3300. Christmas in the Canyon opens Nov. 27 and runs through December 23. Tickets to the live nativity are $3 and can be purchased in advance online. For more information log onto www.Tuacahn.org.

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Fringe The Fringe Quintet: Karen, Danielle, Kerry, Desirae, and Tina

By Linda Faas

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ome things seem to be guided by destiny and the hand of God. Tina Brayford (pictured left) will vouch for that as she tells you about her recent move to Fringe, Mesquite’s newest hair and nail salon.

Tina has a long, successful career as a hairstylist and barber in Clark County, having moved to Las Vegas from Ohio in the early ‘90s. She was picking up the pieces of her life after the tragic death of her first husband. Taking inspiration from her college-grad son, who had moved to California, she took the leap of faith toward a better future for herself in her new home state, Nevada. With hard work and indomitable spirit, Tina forged ahead. She remarried and established her own salon near the Strip in Las Vegas. She built it into a diverse, dynamic business that served many entertainers and high rollers, as well as hundreds of Las Vegas locals. Then 9/11 struck. Two weeks later, Tina sold her salon and eventually bought a beautiful house in Logandale and “moved to paradise.”

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But paradise is elusive, and Tina soon felt the hard edge of fate as her second husband was lost in an accident. She was left alone to pay for her house, grasping the frayed fringes of her life dreams. Tina found work in Mesquite as the manager of Walmart’s hair salon. Digging deep, she paid off her house in four years and moved onward, becoming known as a “bubbly stylist by the front door at Shereen’s," where she worked for over 10 years. Over the years, Tina amassed a clientele of about 800 loyal customers who adore her kindness, love, and empathy she extends to others, as well as loving her hairstyles!

Interior of Fringe Salon is Sleek and Sassy

Karen Lambert grew up in St. George, but took a chance on Mesquite when all her Nevada customers begged her to come down and start a salon. She opened Mesquite’s first storefront salon in 1983, renting space from the Hafens in a cinderblock building at the corner of Mesquite Boulevard and the dirt road known as Grapevine, where America First stands today. The curly-haired 19-year-old blonde built her business while raising her family. Karen owned Hairpatterns for 20 years. Later, destiny aligned Karen and her daughter Danielle with Tina as their careers led them to Shereen’s salon, owned by Karen’s sister. Danielle Serna came into her career by “heredity” from Karen, but is “all in” when it comes to seeking her own path in life. Danielle was playing with hair manikins at age three. She was sneaking school friends into her room for cuts and colors as a teen, and was destined to follow the salon path forged by her mother. As a working mom, she was intent on starting her own salon this past year when she and Karen decided to collaborate. Through extreme effort and unshakable dreams, they pooled their resources and went shopping for a location.

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One of Karen’s customers was concerned for her launch into uncharted waters and kept thinking about possible places where Karen and Danielle could set up shop. One night she had a dream that Karen, Danielle and Tina were working at a salon on Pioneer Boulevard! When she related her dream to Karen, the idea ignited! Karen and Danielle contacted the building owner of a longvacant nail salon at 786 West Pioneer Boulevard. The business suite had a spacious reception area plus an ample outer lobby where customers could comfortably and securely wait for appointments out of the summer heat and elements. Perfect! Enlisting plumber and electrician friends, the mother-daughter duo went about rehabbing the interior into a sophisticated, squeaky-clean salon. Online they found an ad from a salon in Chino, CA, that was selling its near-new furnishings. They rented a truck to transport the entire stock to Mesquite, beautiful custom-made mirrors and all! Their dream salon, Fringe, was ready to open doors in just seven weeks! During this dizzying time, Tina walked in the door, wanting to be part of the team. The good fortune of adding Tina and her clientele to Fringe was simply golden. Shortly after, Kerry Banks

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joined the team, bringing 45 years of salon experience and Aloha spirit garnered in Hawaii—and Alaska. She rounded out a quartet of colleagues of Faith who knew and trusted each other’s skills and ethics. The quartet grew to a quintet when Tina learned of a hairdresser in Moapa with five years of experience and an impeccable service reputation. Enter Desirae Zamito, a hair and nail pro who has quickly fit into the temperament and tempo of Fringe. The ladies of Fringe take their responsibilities seriously as they serve their clientele. They look out for customers’ safety and wellbeing as well as providing top service. Covid business regulations have added a new layer of responsibility for them as they move forward with joy in their new venture. Danielle and Karen are thrilled and proud of their gleaming business. Tina represents all of the ladies of Fringe as she greets each day with her positive attitude and smile. She says, “Nobody can avoid all tragedy in life, but you CAN choose how you react to it.” She and her colleagues are devoted to their customers because their customers carried them through life’s low points. These friends are trusted business colleagues, loving mothers, and fine examples of women who work hard to build lasting relationships, hope for the future, and a beautiful, better groomed world.V Co-owner Karen Lambert and Client

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Fringe, for your Hair*Nail*Skin needs, is located at 786 W Pioneer Blvd Suite B, Mesquite, NV 89027 | Phone: (702) 346-2053


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Escaping with Your Family for the Holidays

By Jennifer Sperry

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e have all experienced the worry of not being able to connect with our families and friends. Family reunions have been canceled, no birthday parties, celebrations of weddings and births have been difficult. The business owner of Mystery Escape Room, a live in-person experience, wanted to find a way to help families still touch each other's lives socially. He wanted to share his message of, “it is safe to play”. While Les Pardew has hosted events for big names in team building for companies such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Nike, he has most recently created a miracle for families and friends unable to interact with each other. Even if they are afraid to get out, or have compromised immune systems, Les has created a safe, fun place for interacting! He has created a way to work the brain and come together again! Originally a video game builder, Les missed seeing people enjoying his creations. It would take him a couple of years to create and then market it. Hoping the video game was a success, and his customers were happy, he decided to take a different route. Although it is the same concept, he went from the isolation video games he created, to bringing people together, seeing happy faces, hearing surprise screams, and lots of laughter. For six years now, he has brought joy to our communities in Salt Lake City and St. George, Utah, and Tuscan, Arizona. Each room takes months of planning as intricate locks, surprises, and clues are created and placed about the room. The room has to be challenging, as well as doable, in hopes of the guests figuring out the quest before the clock runs out. There is a sense of excitement and thrill, but no gore or terror, so people of all ages and personalities can feel safe. Les’ business was obviously shut down during the spring of 2020, and he had to, sadly, lay off his employees. However, this didn’t stop Les! He quickly dived back into creation mode and created a miracle, all while re-hiring his employees, with a sudden need to hire more. He finds joy in having his employees back to work while safe at home. Les created virtual Mystery Escape Rooms! Actors are still present online to guide you through the experience, and families now have a chance to connect from anywhere in the world. When we say anywhere, Les really has touched lives all over the globe! One American family was stuck in New Zealand in a boat when the pandemic hit. A mom and dad and their 12-year-old child gifted her with a virtual Mystery Escape Room experience

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for Mother’s Day. There have been families who are separated in miles but can still enjoy family time. He speaks fondly of a sweet grandma barely seeing over the table working on the game while playing together with her family hundreds of miles away. She and her husband live in Salt Lake City while their children and grandchildren live in Boston. He is now booking fun date nights, birthday parties, and family reunions. My heart was touched as I spoke with Les. What a beautiful opportunity he has created in these times. No longer are boring, virtual conversations a thing with this opportunity to interact, play, and be social with your loved ones. My family and I were so excited to experience Mystery Escape Room in person! We visited the St. George location, it felt very safe being the only people in the room. The staff was very friendly and practiced social distancing and mask-wearing as they played the part and gave us our instructions. The room and clues are sanitized after every visit. After watching a brief video, we were taken into the Mystery Room to work through our clues. The actors have access to the room via speaker, and are there if you need support or have questions. Les finds joy in hearing how the guests benefit from each others' success in working together. There were doors blasting open, keys, locks, puzzles, and all types of surprises that had us screaming and laughing and working hard to solve within the hour. At the end of the escape, you are gifted with a photo of your group. Local experiences have a limit of up to 12 people; however, virtual has endless opportunities. Les tells me he has had up to 14 rooms with eight people in each room! What a wonderful way to connect with our loved ones this holiday season. I hope you consider this for a family gift this holiday season. Thank you, Les, for your positivity and brainstorming in changing the world, to bring us all together.V Please visit us at MysteryEscapeRoom.com or call (435) 237-8470.

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Salt Lake City Airport New Hub

Salt Lake City Airport New Hub S By Nancy Volmer

alt Lake City has opened the first new hub airport in the United States in the 21st century. We’re not talking about a remodel or expansion, but an entirely new airport— with a new parking garage, new terminal, and two new concourses.

Prior to the pandemic, passengers experienced congestion at SLC daily at almost every touch point, whether it was curbside, in the parking garage, when trying to find a seat in the gate hold area or in a restaurant. Plus, the lack of available gates limited new air service into SLC.

As with many airports, up until about March 2020, SLC was experiencing tremendous passenger growth and operating in facilities that were over-utilized and well past their prime.

In the late 1990s, SLC decided the time was right to build a new airport to offer passengers a better customer experience as well as meet current seismic standards and to provide a more sustainable airport. The project was initially delayed due to the events of 9/11 and the great recession, which allowed the airport to plan and save money for the construction. In the summer of 2014, ground was broken, and construction began.

The history of SLC International Airport (SLC) goes back to 1961, when Terminal 1 first opened. Over the years, the airport added Terminal 2, additional concourses and an International Terminal. The newest building, the International Terminal, was constructed more than 20 years ago. SLC facilities were originally built to accommodate 10 million passengers and, prior to the pandemic, SLC was seeing upwards of 26 million passengers each year and averaging 380 flights to nearly 100 destinations daily. As a thriving hub for Delta Air Lines, one could find nonstop flights to European destinations—including Amsterdam, London, and Paris—were part of the international mix.

The first phase of The New SLC Redevelopment Project opened September 15 with a new parking garage with double the capacity, one central terminal with 16 security lanes, and the west end of Concourse A. Six weeks later, the west end of Concourse B opened to passenger traffic. The process to build the second phase is now underway, which means the demolition of all of the existing airport facilities, which will allow construction to the east to commence. Come 2024, the entire project will be complete, and passengers will travel through an entirely new, modern airport.

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The advantages of building an entirely new airport are that the architects can design for the future. The New SLC will be more efficient and more sustainable in a number of ways. The new concourses are designed in a parallel configuration, compared to the current pier design, which will eliminate aircraft bottlenecks and idling, allowing airlines to get their planes to the gate and back in the air faster. SLC is also building the new facilities with LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in mind. The New SLC Airport will have many new features, including more places to plug-in electronic devices and wider luggage belts to accommodate bike boxes, skis and snowboards, and golf clubs. One unique feature of The New SLC that typically isn’t found in most airports is known as the Greeting Room. Those who have arrived at Salt Lake City may have experienced the unique phenomenon first-hand. Friends and family members come to greet returning missionaries. It’s not unusual to see large gatherings at the luggage carousels with crowds holding signs welcoming back loved ones. This also presents a challenge to passengers attempting to get their luggage. In the new terminal, the Greeting Room will be a place where everyone who is waiting for passengers to arrive can relax in a comfortable setting. Beyond the brick and mortar, the new airport has been designed to leave a lasting impression on travelers. Art and other elements will provide a sense of place through the use of sandstone, copper colors, and native plants. The design

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incorporates plenty of windows to provide views of the mountains from many vantage points throughout the airport, including an outdoor deck from Delta’s Sky Club. Passengers will be wowed by massive art installations, such as The Canyon, which is integrated into the spine of the airport terminal. The Canyon evokes the Salt Lake City landscape and spans roughly the size of a football field. The Falls is a 65-foot sculpture of dichroic glass that hangs from ceiling to floor, reflecting colors of the rainbow. An expanded concessions program with 29 retail stores, including a mix of local, regional and national brands. The restaurant program is just as impressive, with a wide array of food and beverage options to choose from. The first phase of The New SLC restaurant program will include 23 concepts of well-known national options, plus a number of home-grown eateries that are local favorites. All concessions will charge street pricing, which is a move that has been well received amongst the traveling public. This means passengers will be charged the same price at locations off-site of the airport. The New SLC will secure the area’s position as a global aviation hub that will serve and grow with the region for decades to come.V www.slcairport.com


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Now in St. George! By Alicia Lockwood | Photo Credit: Anna Lytle

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o one was really prepared for what 2020 unleashed. In the wake of COVID-19 and a slew of other things, normal life has been hard and more stressful than ever. It has caused people to question the ‘givens.’ It has forced us to look at where our money is going and who we are supporting. From these questions, a lot of hard truths have come to light, but also some amazing things have transitioned. One of those beautiful truths has been a rededication to locally made goods. Farmer’s Markets are seeing record-breaking attendance, and Etsy has seen a 79% increase in sales over last year's numbers. This is all fantastic news, but how do you make local a more accessible choice when Saturdays are spoken for with work and family activities, or you need a last-minute gift and can’t wait for shipping? Local, in the past, has needed to be planned and a conscious effort. There has never been an accessible choice for locals here in St. George - until now. In the heart of Historic Downtown St. George, a new local-only goods store has opened under the

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moniker ‘MoFACo,’ which stands for the Modern Farm and Artisan Co-op. The Modern Farm and Artisan Co-op is a local 501(c)3 non-profit founded in 2019, and they are here to give locally-made artisanal businesses a fighting chance during one of the most trying economic times on record. When you walk into the brick and mortar location at 55 N. Main Street, St. George, Utah, every one of your senses is immediately awakened. You are greeted by the hearty aromas of lavender, freshly roasted coffee, and raw wood. Everything in the store screams out to be touched, from handmade children’s clothing to gleaming jewelry and seductive golden jars of raw local honey. “We went out of our way to make sure everything in here was as locally and sustainably sourced as possible. We reused wood from the construction in the back and had a local woodworker Teri Jensen from Outdoor Chic Designs, refurbish it into our check-out stand. She also used up most of our scrap wood to make our jewelry displays.


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Teri also built and designed our shelves to help maximize the number of artisans we could showcase.” Says MoFACo founder and Executive Director, Kat Puzey, “It just didn’t make sense to have a store focused on local and then turn around and import all our fixtures. Being a non-profit, we also didn’t have a budget for that, so all our pieces were either bought at yard sales or made from old pallets.” Maybe that is why the space gives off such a warm and welcoming vibe that immediately evokes a familiar lived-in feeling. The store is beautifully curated and organized to where each item is displayed to perfection. Old wooden spools and antiques are graced with a variety of products such as leather goods, custom jewelry, dog treats, and home accessories. The Modern Farm and Artisan Co-op’s new fridges and freezers boast a hearty selection of locally grown products such as meats, cheeses, microgreens, and seasonal produce. On each stand is a short biography and headshot showcasing the local Artisan you are supporting, cementing the fact that your purchase does more than make you feel good; it changes the lives of your fellow community members as well.

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When asked, "why open a co-op now?" Kat Puzey responded, “These are REAL people trying to make a living here. MoFACo has been facilitating the Farmer’s Markets for the past two seasons and when we see these incredible locals making amazing products, it is constantly shocking to hear that they are going under. Asking these small start-ups and farmers to pay for their own marketing, licensing, and try to find a way to open-up shop on top of MAKING handmade artisan goods puts them in a dire spot.” She paused and looked around “… and when COVID hit, It became evident that if we didn’t do something we would lose an entire generation of handmade and homegrown businesses. We couldn’t just watch that happen.” This comes as no surprise to anyone who has been involved with Kat Puzey. She moved back to St. George 4 years ago after the birth of her son and made a commitment to become a true community member and get involved. This led Kat to becoming the manager of the Downtown Farmers Market, and when presented with the opportunity, she agreed to buy it and carry on its long legacy of providing a space for locals.


This accounts for how the store is run: MoFACo offers short and long-term shelf/display rental agreements at the same cost as participating in the farmer’s market. This makes it easy for seasonal vendors to participate. It also keeps the store offering varied and fresh. 85% of each sale goes back to the original artisan or farmer through a monthly payout system. Being in the store also gets you a spot in the online shop found at www.mofacomobile.com, which offers to ship. “It’s really incredible what we have been able to offer, I mean you can’t host your own website for less than $60 a month in most cases and here you get so much more than that. The only thing we haven’t figured out is shipping perishables, but we aren’t giving up. It’s a future goal.” Beamed Kat. The ability to keep the co-op so affordable is through grants and donations. “The community has really rallied behind us. The amount of support we’ve gotten has made it all worth it, but we are always just above water as with all non-profits, hence the name. If the community support goes away, we will have to re-adjust the structure, but I can always guarantee that MoFACo will do what’s best for locals.” So, as you gear up for the most meaningful time of year, you can now make sure your purchase goes a step further and builds your community as well. Stop by MoFACo and support local.V The store is located on 55 N. Main St. in St. George. People can follow us at Instagram and Facebook @mofacoutah or www.mofacomobile.com

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hese tips may help you avoid a trip to the emergency veterinarian this holiday season. Be Prepared! Make sure you know where your local 24/7 emergency veterinary clinic is located. Talk with your veterinarian or local pet professional to find out their policy for an after-hours emergency.

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Keep these numbers posted in an easy-to-find location: • Your veterinarian's phone number • 24/7 emergency veterinary clinic For the St. George and surrounding areas, the local Emergency Vet is Southwest Animal Emergency at 1067 E Tabernacle St, St. George (435) 673-3191.


One of the top reasons for emergency visits during the holiday season is food-related. Keep “people food” away from pets, remind your guests that no matter how much “Fluffy” is begging for food, they should never feed cats and dogs from the table. Share only pet-safe holiday treats. The following "people foods" are especially hazardous for pets: • Chocolate is toxic to dogs and cats; dark chocolate is especially dangerous. • Baked goods and sweets are often too rich, and xylitol is a common ingredient. It has been linked to liver failure. It’s found in most store-bought goodies. • Turkey and turkey skin, even in small amounts, can cause pancreatitis, a life-threatening condition. Watch for the following signs: changes in behavior, vomiting, bloating, pain, diarrhea, lethargy, and fever. Just one of these symptoms is a cause to visit the emergency vet. • Table scraps such as gravy and meat fat are also unhealthy for pets, as are onions, raisins, and grapes. Holidays foods tend to be extra-rich, making them especially fattening and hard for animals to digest. • Yeast dough can cause problems including painful gas and potentially dangerous bloating. Quick action can save lives. If you believe your pet has been poisoned or has eaten something it shouldn't have, don’t delay. Holiday decorations such as lights, ornaments, greenery, Christmas trees, as well as water additives for Christmas trees, like aspirin, are also an extreme risk to pets. Electric lights must be placed higher to prevent pets from chewing or playing with the wires. Flowers and plants can also be toxic. The following plants are among the most poisonous to pets and even humans: amaryllis, mistletoe, balsam, pine, cedar, holly, and poinsettias. Candles, potpourris (both liquid and solid), should be kept out of reach of curious pets.

Visitors, as well as the noise and excitement of holiday parties, can be upsetting to pets. Help reduce emotional stress on your pets, make sure all pets have access to a comfortable, quiet place inside. Make sure your guests know that you have pets. If guests bring their pets, insist that they manage the pet at all times. Pets that are nervous or reactive around visitors should be put in another room or a crate with a favorite toy. Calming aids are now readily available, so talk to your local pet professional or your vet for extreme cases of anxiety. Even if your pets are comfortable around guests, make sure you watch them closely, especially when people are entering or leaving your home. All pets must have proper identification, including your current contact information. A microchip with up-to-date, registered information is the best option for all pets. If you are going away for the holidays and are leaving your pets at home or in a boarding facility, keep the following in mind. Pets are more secure and comfortable in their own environment. So plan ahead. Pet-sitters are in high demand during the holidays. Find a sitter that is licensed and insured and request referrals. Good pet sitters know the local vets and will obtain a release from you in case of emergencies. Neighbors and neighborhood kids, though cheap, are not the best choice during the holidays. They may get busy with their own festivities and not follow through on your pets needs. A professional has the experience and dedication to put your pets first, and they will have good communication skills. All of us at WOOF! Wellness Center and Training Academy wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season. Remember, our pets rely on us for their care, and that requires love and attention, especially during these uncertain times.V

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Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to

dance in the rain. - Vivian greene

Dancing Through the Storm

By Megan Young

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have always been a dancer. I grew up dreaming of becoming a dance instructor, and I am grateful and honored to say I have taught dance to thousands of students over the past 16 years. Dancing brings so much joy to my life. I'm also grateful I've learned how to "dance in the rain" because my life is also much different than I ever expected it to be.

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My husband took his life on April 23, 2018. My life would forever be changed. This was the beginning of my storm that I would need to learn to dance through. We had been married 10 years and had created a beautiful life together, raising our three amazing children and beginning our business, Forever Young Fine Jewelers.


Jeremy had a passion for jewelry, so in 2015, when his employers, Tom and Allison McArthur of McArthur Jewelers, decided to retire, we decided to create our own jewelry store in the same historic location on Main Street. Everything fell into place. I didn't know much about jewelry, but I did earn a minor in Business Management while I was majoring in Dance at BYU and that knowledge has proved to be invaluable. I wasn't sure at the time of Jeremy's death if I would choose to keep the business going, but I had an incredible team of employees to support me and who I also knew were relying on the income from the store for their livelihood. I couldn't let the store go. I also felt the influence of God and Jeremy guiding me. I simplified our business model and was humbled as the business continued to thrive with the simplicity. I made a commitment to continue treating our customers with honesty, kindness, and understanding; essentially, following the golden rule and treating them how I would want to be treated if I were in their shoes. Life is too precious to let little things stress us out. As a result, we have nearly 300 5-star google reviews and have continued to be voted #1 Best Jewelry Store in southern Utah.

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Megan with Forever Young Staff From L to R: Mike Nixon (Sales Manager), Megan Young (Owner), Tom Laub (Watch Repair), Mary Leigh Howorth (GIA Gemologist), Doug Owen (Master Bench Jeweler)

I have added new members to our team at Forever Young Fine Jewelers and am amazed at the talented and innovative people that God has sent our way. Perfectly suited for what our store needs. Mary Leigh Howorth is our Graduate Gemologist and Appraiser. She KNOWS jewelry and is very educated, hard-working and precise. We came up with a hashtag #AskMaryLeigh because she has answers to just about anything dealing with jewelry! Mike Nixon unexpectedly came our way after managing a jewelry store in Salt Lake City for 25 years. He is one of the most personable people you will ever meet, and our customers LOVE working with him. He will bend over backward to make our customers happy, and he is a big part of why we have so many great reviews. Doug Owen recently joined our team from Idaho, and we are so excited to have his talent here in southern Utah. He is a Master Bench jeweler and Designer with over 40 years of experience. Our customers are always pleased with the care and impeccable detail he takes with repairing and creating custom jewelry. Tom Laub is our Master Watch Repairman, who also has 40 years of experience. He has stayed loyal to us after also working with McArthur Jewelers through three generations. Mother Teresa said, "None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful." That is how I feel about our team. Together we create a wonderful synergy and create things none of us could do on our own. I do not know how far along I am on this journey of life. None of us do. I never expected myself to be a widowed mom and business owner. But I do know I am grateful to be right where I am, right now. I am grateful for the opportunities God has given me to meet others and to serve our community. I will continue to trust God and dance through whatever weather comes my way.V

You can visit Forever Young Fine Jewelry at 41 N. Main Street, St. George, UT 84770 foreveryoungfinejewelers.com | (435)673-2471

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The Year that Changed Travel A By Celece Krieger

s you may or may not have noticed, my travel column has been absent for a few months now. I have had a difficult time trying to come up with unique content that would be relevant by the time the issues are distributed. Covid-19 created an unprecedented time in the travel industry, and policies continue to change daily. In this column, I decided to provide a snapshot of the past several months in travel, what is happening now, and what we have to look forward to in the future. In February, I thought Covid-19 was something happening in China and did not realize the impact it would eventually have on the world. At the time, I was in the middle of planning a surprise trip to England for my mother’s milestone birthday. It was always a dream of hers to trace her family roots, and I thought it would be the perfect present for my daughter and myself to accompany my mother on the trip of a lifetime. I was also making plans to celebrate The Travel Connection’s tenth year in business. We were ready to throw a big party for our dear clients and friends to thank them for all their support during the past ten years. I was also reflecting on the fact that we opened during the middle of the recession and how many people did not think we would survive. We did not just survive, we thrived.

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We could not have done it without the support of our community and an excellent team. I had no idea that our tenth year in business would end up canceled. Then came Friday, March 13th, a day I will never forget. Our agency had 58 eager cruisers ready to depart on their spring break cruise. Bags were packed, and everyone was ready to leave Saturday morning for their long-awaited cruise. At 3:30 on Friday afternoon, I received notice that not only was the spring break cruise canceled, all cruises are canceled. Our team spent Friday evening calling all the passengers and informing them their vacation was canceled. It was a horrible feeling. Unfortunately, that feeling continued to escalate all summer and throughout the fall. Our team spent their time canceling reservations, changing reservations, assisting with insurance claims, refunds, future travel credits, and more. Each cruise line and tour company had different policies, and it felt like they changed every day. We were simply caught in the middle, trying the best we could to help our clients without compensation during an exceedingly difficult time. Many may not realize that travel consultants are not compensated until their clients return from travel.


It has been depressing, to say the least. I know we are not the only industry impacted by Covid-19, but many industries had the ability to change the way they do business. Restaurants, for example, could do take out, delivery, etc. Our industry did not have that option. Everything we had booked was canceled, and we had no idea when things would turn around. I was trying to be positive and thought it would be for a few months but was I ever wrong. So here we are, nine months later. Where are we? The good news is that there have been many changes made, and some things are starting to come back. For example, I flew several times this summer on Delta to see my daughter. Flying was more pleasant than ever. Sure, I had to wear a mask, but the sanitization and social distancing procedures were very much appreciated. Not to mention the fact that passengers seem to be so much more polite. Nobody was fighting for overhead space, pushing to get off the plane, etc. It appears we were just grateful to be back in the air again. There are also extremely strict protocols at many of the resorts in Cancun, Cabo, and Puerto Vallarta. There is a new standard from the time you get off the plane until you return home. I was amazed by the sanitization and distancing procedures in place. The resorts have reduced capacity, so they are not as crowded as before. Can you imagine not having to get up at 6:00 a.m. to claim a beach chair? We have had clients travel to the resorts and return with positive reviews. As far as cruising is concerned, the smaller ships/yachts have had successful sailings during the past few weeks. They have taken every measure to make sure their passengers were sailing in the safest conditions possible. SeaDream Yacht Club sailed all summer in Norway without incident and will be in the Caribbean in November. Paul Gauguin Cruises resumed their Tahiti sailings at the end of July. And, as of today, Hawaii is scheduled to re-open in a few months, so there are options for those who want to travel, and hopefully, there will be more destinations open as the year goes on. Is the way we travel different? Yes. Depending on your destination, you may have to present a negative Covid test, have your temperature taken, etc., and travel does not look like it used to. While we do not know what the future holds, we do know we are not canceling 2021. It is important to have something to look forward to – even for our own team. Many of the group vacations we were escorting in 2020 have been rescheduled to 2021. This includes our Spring Break Cruise, Paul Gauguin Fiji and Tahiti Cruise, Alaska, Ireland, Scotland (including Military Tattoo), Croatia, and more. (See our website below for details.) Although it will take a few years for travel to come back to where it once was, we will be here for our clients. We learned so much during this challenging year, and we are looking forward to coming back better than we were before.V www.StGeorgeTravel.com

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Nighty-Night!

Are You Receiving The Health Benefits of Good Sleep? How Much Sleep Do We Need? Sleep needs vary and change throughout our lifetime.

Infants:

Birth–2 months: 12–18 hours/day* 3–11 months: 14–15 hours/day*

Toddlers/Children:

1–3 years: 12–14 hours/day* 3–5 years: 11–13 hours/day* 5–10 years: 10–11 hours/night * Including naps

Adolescents:

10-17 years: 8.5–9.5 hours/night

Adults:

18 and up: 7–9 hours/night Source: National Sleep Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

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By Robert Pearson, MD, Sleep Specialist

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any of us tend to forget that beneficial sleep is essential for good health and well-being! That sleep is a basic human need, like breathing, drinking, and eating. Yet millions of Americans do not get enough quality sleep. Lack of sleep is a widespread problem in America, affecting not only our mental alertness, mood, and ability to focus during the day, but also our long-term health. Chronic, longterm sleep disorders affect more than 40 million Americans, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) – and an additional 20 million people have occasional sleeping problems. Stress-related insomnia, sleep disorders, lifestyle habits, and the failure to establish and maintain a regular routine are all to blame. Getting enough sleep is an essential part of keeping your body healthy and avoiding chronic disease! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), insufficient sleep contributes to the development of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression, to name a few. Getting a good night’s sleep is especially difficult if you suffer from a sleep disorder.


The Most Common Sleep Disorders Include:

A good night’s sleep restores energy to the body and revitalizes the brain. Sleep disorders can and will affect not only your physical and emotional health, but also your appetite, social relationships, sexual behaviors, and your work performance. Although millions of people are affected by sleep disorders, most do not recognize the symptoms. Even fewer realize that once detected, most sleep disorders can be corrected!

Who’s At Risk? Sleep problems can affect anyone, at any age. However, certain conditions or risk factors may make getting a good night’s sleep more difficult:

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Gender Middle age (age 40 and up) A large neck circumference (17 inches or more for men; 16 inches or more for women) Large tonsils or tongue, or a small jaw bone A family history of sleep apnea Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) Nasal obstruction due to allergies, sinus problems, or a deviated septum

Men are more likely to suffer from sleep apnea, according to health experts; however, women have two to three times the risk of insomnia, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). One reason that sleep apnea may be diagnosed more often in men, according to the NSF, is that sleep apnea in women is commonly misdiagnosed as depression, diabetes, hypertension, hypochondria, or several other health conditions. Sleep in women is also influenced by the menstrual cycle, biological life stage, stress level, health, mood, parental status, work hours, and other life responsibilities. As we age, sleep patterns change, and sleep problems become even more common. A person may sleep less, experience fragmented sleep, dozing and waking in irregular patterns, or have more difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. These changes

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may also be caused by a chronic illness or medication. Also, as we age, our bodies produce less of the chemicals and hormones that help us sleep well, such as growth hormone and melatonin.

Diagnosing Sleep Disturbances If you’re having trouble falling or staying asleep, or experiencing daytime drowsiness, a sleep study can diagnose potential disorders and help with treatment. A sleep study is performed in a controlled environment while you sleep, and is supervised by medical professionals trained in sleep disorders. Your body is observed and monitored to see what occurs during sleep, from snoring to halted breathing. There is help in Mesquite at Mesa View Regional Hospital! Mesa View recently announced that Sleep Medicine services are now available at the hospital and welcomed the addition of two Sleep Medicine providers as independent members of the medical staff! Robert Pearson, MD (yours truly), is board certified in Sleep Disorders Medicine by the American Board of Sleep Medicine, and serves as Medical Director for the newly launched Sleep Medicine Program. Joining me in the program is George W. Rodway, APRN, PhD, who is experienced in Sleep Disorders Medicine through his sleep-related research and clinical activities. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) remains the most common sleep disorder seen by our providers. Patients referred to our center receive a comprehensive sleep evaluation. Additionally, our program provides a comprehensive education, monitoring, and adherence program for patients who require CPAP therapy. We have the ability to remotely track compliance and ensure early intervention as necessary, which is critical to achieving effective treatment. We are also happy to work with patients who have been unsuccessful with CPAP therapy in the past.V If you would like to know more about the benefits of a sleep study or to find out if you would benefit from one, ask your primary care provider, and they can refer you to our program. You can also visit: MesaViewHospital.com/Sleep Medicine, or call directly at: 702-345-4340. Sleep studies are provided by appointment at Mesa View Regional Hospital, 1299 Bertha Howe Ave, Mesquite, NV 89027.

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YOUR SWING

By Rob Krieger

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hen I ask a player what they would do to hit a shot 55 yards? I get all kinds of answers that are mostly very vague in details and not a lot of confidence behind the explanation. Get more clarity and stop guessing and hoping the ball goes where you want it to go. It is important to understand that different lengths of swings have longer and shorter results. The longer the backswing, the further the ball goes without changing the club or how much force you put into the swing. Likewise, the shorter the swing, the shorter the ball should go, simple right? But how to get it to work is the big question, until now.

The 1 o’clock Backswing

This swing starts with the understanding that if you look down at the ball at address, your left arm is straight down at the 12:00 position. If you take it back low to the ground without breaking your wrist to a short distance, so your left arm is at the 1:00 position. The club may be past that, but generally, this short swing with the clubhead down below your knees is the 1:00 position used for putting and chipping. Short swing, small & short shots should result. Needed because this is 40-50% of all your golf shots.

The 2 o’clock Backswing

This swing has the left arm going back to the 2:00 position on the clock, but the club may be at 3:00. It is the left arm that is the focal point. This will produce a short pitch shot a little further than the chip shot and will be in the air longer. Distance will vary with different clubs but will generally be under 50 yards and further than the 1:00 swing. This swing is also known as going back halfway or hip-high.

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The 3 o’clock Backswing

This swing has the left arm going back 3:00, and the club going to 6:00, usually known as a 3/4 backswing. The most versatile of all the positions because it is used for long pitch shots, bunker shots, punch shots into the wind, flop shots, or for some, this may be all that their body will allow. It is their full swing. Mastering this position in the backswing allows for much more control and shotmaking capability. Practice is very important to determine shot distance yardages, but it is one of the most frequent swing lengths when controlling distance is needed. This shorter length of backswing can also be just the remedy if you hit behind the ball, top or thin your golf shots.

The 4 o’clock Backswing

This swing is primarily known as the full swing. Yes, there are many more flexible people that can get the club up to the 5 and 6:00 positions, but until mastering how the ball goes at positions 1,2,3 and 4, the furthest backswing length should be 4:00, if you can get there without bending your left arm. At the left arm 4:00 position, the club will go back to the 7, 8, or even 9:00 position because of the wrist hinging. Again, the shorter the club goes, the easier it will be to replicate seeing after swing, and consistent distances will result.

Golf is not about trying to hit it as far as you can, it’s about knowing how far it will go when you swing the club. Learning how far your ball will travel and when you take a different length of backswing with each club, the game becomes easier and more fun to play, I guarantee it. So how would you hit a 55 yard shot over water? I hope this makes a difference in your game. Good Luck and as Always…Fairways & Greens.V

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VVAA Annual Christmas Boutique

By AlixSandra Parness | Photo Credit: Norma Sachar, VVAA Facebook Editor

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here is the “Heart of an Artist” in all of us, the place that deeply appreciates the time and energy it takes to make something with the intention of knowing it will become a precious gift of love for someone, perhaps even you. Nowhere else does the “Heart of an Artist” shine brighter in Mesquite during Christmas than at the Virgin Valley Artists’ Association’s (VVAA) and the Mesquite Fine Arts Center and Gift Shop’s Annual Christmas Boutique. Their 15th annual Christmas Boutique begins Monday, November 16, Thanksgiving week, and runs until after Christmas to Saturday, January 2, 2021. We have extended hours the Sunday after Thanksgiving, November 29th, from 10AM to 4PM. You don’t want to miss this wonderful annual event. Our artists’ have had an abundance of time this year to invent some of the most unique and special one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts and handcrafted items. Every year the variety and quality of work never cease to amaze. Art objects, small paintings, greeting

cards, beautiful and fascinating jewelry, sculptures, pottery, blown glass, handmade soap, knitted hats, handmade textile purses, and wallets, just to name a few. At times, artists have even brought in woodcrafts and furniture, and 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. 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 your children’s teacher or a neighbor you want to remember, and, of course, finding those all-important gift-sized and gift-priced stocking stuffers. So come early and bring your gift lists, so that no one is forgotten.V The Mesquite Fine Arts Center is located at 15 W. Mesquite Blvd., Mesquite, NV, 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 www.mesquitefineartscenter.com.

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THE WOMEN’S HISTORY AND CULTURE CENTER, By Carol Saldivar

What We're Up To...

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o say this has been a challenging year would be an understatement. But, with all the challenges of 2020 thus far, the Board and Volunteers of the Women’s History and Culture Center have not been deterred from their mission to uplift, empower and recognize women in the Virgin Valley and around the world, both historically and presently! We closed our doors to walk-in visitors and classes on March 17th and re-opened on June 1st. During that time, we had regular volunteers coming in and cleaning, arranging the areas in our beautiful Center for proper distancing, and have kept within the guidelines put forth so everyone can feel safe and cared for. Our board members and volunteers participated in many community activities that supported numerous things going on in our area to help small businesses and nonprofits. To name

a few, we participated in the “Great Take-out Bail Out” to raise money for small businesses in town with the Chamber of Commerce, raising over $300; we had members that made over 300 masks for the citizens of Mesquite and the Virgin Valley. Anyone who asked would receive these masks, free of charge; we donated food and hygiene products to The Salvation Army for the care of anyone in need, and we also made delivery runs for those who couldn’t (or might be too afraid to) go out and gather it themselves. These are just a few of the things that took place behind the scenes while we adjusted to these trying times. Going forward, we’re still in a slight state of uncertainty. We’re going with the flow and have opened our center by appointment. All one needs to do is call, and we’ll meet with you and talk about what you’d be interested in doing or learning or facilitating. Our Wednesday Wellness gatherings have commenced (seating limited and distance guidelines observed),

Jean Watkins, Founder and President of the Women's History and Culture Center, poses with volunteers and board members at The People's Walk in September, 2019

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as well as Max Meditation classes. We have a writer’s group that meets bi-weekly, still going strong. There have been a few special gatherings for full moon celebrations and such, and we look forward to more! Distancing and consideration of health and safety have not been a problem. This year we also hosted the Saxon the Suffrage Cat Art/Essay Contest. It was part of the Chamber of Commerce’s “Christmas in July” celebration. There were entrants from Moapa and Mesquite, and the winners were ecstatic with their prizes and the recognition they received for their efforts. We plan to do another contest next year so that more kids can reap the rewards of their imaginations and research about all that led up to women getting the right to vote and the cat that accompanied the suffragists on their journey to get the word out! In September, we celebrated one year since “The People’s Walk,” where we recognized Nevada as the first state with a female majority in our legislature. It was a huge success and featured our commemorative T-shirt, which was framed and presented to the City of Mesquite at the City Council Meeting, held on September 23, 2020, at City Hall. Our 100th Anniversary License Plate Mural will be unveiled this year, “come hell or high water,” as they say. Raising public awareness that 2020 is the 100th Anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment is an important focus of the Women’s History and Culture Center. This Amendment gave women the right to vote! The contributions made in our society by

Charlie Baird, age 4, proudly showing off her Best Cat award for her age group in the Saxon the Suffrage Cat Art/Essay Contest in July.

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President Jean Watkins poses with Vice President Carol Sue Saldivar in front of their beautiful community mural. Photo Credit - Kris Zurbas

women over the last hundred years are the result of the prior hundred years of non-violent protests by generations of women, many of who never lived to see the day when women could vote. Plans are already in the works for our wonderful PreChristmas celebration in December, with cookie making, gingerbread houses, sing-a-longs, and activities for kids, no matter how daunting the task. We will do it safely and with everyone’s health and safety in mind. WHCC’s Founder and President, Jean Watkins, has purchased over 100 Great Courses as part of the Women’s History and Culture Center Learning Series. We are planning to make them available to anyone who is interested in gaining knowledge in areas that include Food & Wine, History, Language & Literature, Legal Issues, Music & Fine Arts, Other Civilizations & Cultures, Personal & Professional Development, Religion & Theology, Science, and Travel. These extensive courses that people can pick favorite pieces and parts of, are invaluable for those that have a thirst for knowledge. Plans are in the works for the best way to share these courses within the guidelines that we are now faced with. Stay VERY tuned!!

life to challenging our government institutions to live up to the promises of our Declaration of Independence which states, in part, that all men (all people) are created equal and endowed by their Creator with the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. National Geographic History Executive Editor, Debra Adams Simmons, said it eloquently: “Few legacies in the history of American jurisprudence are deserving of more reverence or of a nation’s tribute than that of Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg, who died Friday at age 87. The second woman appointed to a seat on the nation’s high court, Ginsburg didn’t just break glass ceilings; she was the Hope Diamond that shattered them.” She went on to say, “Both conservatives and liberals…agreed on her focus and impact upon the nation.” From National Geographic, Monday 9/21/2020

First and foremost, we are always ready to share our beautiful space and the history of women who have paved the way for us and our children, to be great, to do great things, and to aspire to be better people. Here’s to a great and productive 2020 year-end, and beyond!V If you would like to host an event for up to 15 people or see what we have to offer for you and your children, contact our President, Jean Watkins at whccnv@gmail.com or call 702-245-4088. Or contact our Vice President, Carol Saldivar at arolxsaldivar@yahoo.com or call 801-628-1849. Our website is whccmesquitenv.org

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After submission of this article, we were devastated to hear of the world’s loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Not only did she spend her life shining in the face of darkness, this revered associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (since 1993), was our nation’s conscience. She devoted her

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Jean Watkins, Founder and President of Women's History and Culture Center, 225 N. Willow St. Room 23, Mesquite, NV 89027


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Outdoor Inspi red Art in Kayenta, Utah By Karen L. Monsen

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t the base of the iconic Red Mountain located in Ivins west of St. George, Utah, is Kayenta and the Kayenta Art Village. In the desert subdivision developed by Terry Marten and his architect son Matt, homes are closely connected to the landscape, and residents share a deep appreciation for artistic expression while they channel nature’s beauty through their artwork. A hub within this community, the Kayenta Art Village, welcomes visitors complying with Covid-19 health restrictions.

Inspirational Desert

The Kayenta development occupies 2000 acres on an alluvial plane crossed by three washes: Kayenta Wash (the largest), Taviawk Wash, and Cactus Gulch Wash. Retired geologist and 26-year Kayenta resident Dan Krupicka describes Red Mountain’s upper cliffs as Navajo Sandstone, about 180 million years old and the same formation

Desert Rose Labyrinth | Photo Credit: Karen L. Monson

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that forms cliffs in Zion National Park. Below that are two older layers: the Kayenta Formation and the Moenave Formation. Krupicka calls the place inspirational and stunning with “sunrises, sunsets, waterfalls during heavy rains, dark skies, and peace and quiet.� He credits its uniqueness to larger lots, expansive views, homes that blend into the desert, restricted landscaping choices and lack of traffic.

Kayenta Development

In 1984, Terry Marten built the first home in Kayenta and soon after constructed his own home where he resides today. His favorite views are at the end of a day when the light casts vertical shadows across landscape and cliffs. He designed the subdivision to preserve 70 percent of the land in its natural state and blend homes into the landscape with low profiles built into the ground. His son Matt designs homes using Southwest and Desert style architecture to complement the surrounding beauty. To preserve dark skies, restrictive covenants require low-wattage exterior lighting with downward-facing sconces and no street lighting. Few trails access the top of Red Mountain. The most well-used trail is to Hell Hole Canyon and another, the Pickleball Trail, was established for mountain biking and hiking. Miles of dirt roads meander across the community leading to spectacular views, the Kayenta Art Village, and the Desert Rose, a rock-outlined Chartresstyle labyrinth. Kathy Barth owner of Zia Pottery | Photo Credit: Todd Prince

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Charly Moore owner of Mystic Canyon Light Gallery & Frame Shop | Photo Credit: Todd Prince

Art and Covid-19

In May 2020, the non-profit Americans for the Arts estimated that financial losses nationally for non-profit arts organizations had reached $4.98 billion. Fortunately, Kayenta’s February Art Festival was held prior to closures, but subsequent events, including a Street Painting Festival, were not so lucky. Kayenta Art Village weathered the downturn by reducing activities and keeping galleries open with restrictions. A pottery studio, picture framing business, jewelry, metalworking, and other galleries, as well as the Center for the Arts at Kayenta, are still operating. Safety guidelines include wearing face coverings to enter galleries and attend indoor performances, social distancing, temperature checks of all performers before each performance, cash-free online ticket purchases, disinfectant cleaning of theater seats, lobby and restrooms after each performance as well as positioning multiple hand sanitizing stations throughout the Village. Greg Federman, owner of Xetava Gardens Café, used the shutdown time to hold a fundraiser to help restaurant workers. He says applying his creative talents, “Makes me feel like I’m living a balanced life.” With fewer tables and more cleaning, he donated gift cards to charity events and fundraisers and is looking for ways to serve food without sacrificing quality or service. Xetava is doing more take-out and serving outdoor dining on spaced tables.

Artists & Social Media

Paint, sculpture, pottery, and jewelry artists are using their websites, Instagram, Facebook, and social media for promotion. Deborah and Judith Hutcheson have a joint metalsmithing and painting studio to display works inspired by the southern

Utah desert. For them traveling the art circuit transitioned into online art shows and using social media more. Cherie Stoddard, Gallery 873 owner and marketing coordinator for Village businesses, opened a Co-Op in October. The gallery will be staffed by talented local artists giving patrons the opportunity to visit with their favorite artists and see more of their artwork. While believing that “virtual cannot replace personal contact with art and the artist,” Stoddard includes social media, blogs, Facebook, a website, and an on-line store in her marketing plan. Alesha Sevy Kelley, sales associate at Juniper Sky Gallery, regards technology as a marketing tool that “lacks the energy of in-person connections that are so meaningful when looking for the perfect art piece.” Additionally she admits, “Covid-19 has actually allowed for more time to funnel into creative adventures and projects, so I think we are still feeling the creative vibe, and many of our artists are still creating, but the difficulty is in connecting safely with buyers. We are adapting and creating.” While Mystic Gallery owner Charly Moore affirms, “I love the energy here in Kayenta that really keeps my artistic juices flowing,” the artist community survives largely as a reflection of the serenity and beauty of Kayenta. Residents and artists drawn here are integrated like their homes into the landscape. Utah’s red-rock desert Kayenta community remains a sanctuary for tranquility and inspiration as it anticipates welcoming larger gatherings, events, and festivals in 2021.V Kayenta Art Village and the Kayenta Development is located off Old Hwy 91 in Ivins, UT 875 Coyote Gulch Court, Ivins, UT Visit our website: http://www.kayentautah.com/

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Recycle, pRecycle, downcycle, Wishcycle, & upcycle.

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By Lori Engel

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ecycle, Precycle, Downcycle, Wishcycle, and Upcycle. That is a lot of cycling. In October 2019, Washington County, Utah, began taking mixed paper, cardboard, metal food and beverage cans, and plastics to a facility in Las Vegas to be recycled. Wait! We were recycling before that, right? You know, back in 2016, when Blue Can was introduced by Rocky Mountain Recycling. Well, it wasn’t happening, the contract was terminated, and Republic Services took over when St. George Mayor Jon Pike took a chance they’d get the job done, and the shipping of our recyclables to Vegas began. Recycling has several benefits, including reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators. It conserves our natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals, and saves energy, among other things, like creating manufacturing jobs. We can make their jobs in the recycling plants and the effectiveness of the end product more beneficial and efficient by cleaning out containers before putting them into the Blue Can. Items like mixed paper (junk mail, magazines, and newspapers) are the least cost-effective to recycle; however, your cardboard, cans, milk jugs, and water bottles are a definite go! Let’s talk about the fancy words in the intro. Never heard of upcycling? Upcycling is the process of transforming waste materials that are unwanted and seemingly useless into a new material or product. You know what they say?” One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” We can see some use of this amazing creativity right here in our downtown district, with artists using metal junk, license plates, and other items to create one of a kind pieces of art.

Downcycling involves breaking an item down into its component materials or elements to be reused in a lowervalue product. A common example of this is the use of plastic bottles, which become weaker in the recycling process, but downcycling makes it possible to transform that plastic into yarn, carpet fibers, and fleece. Later, that carpet fiber and fleece can be turned into plastic lumber products. If you take your own bags to the store, you are already practicing Precycling. Yay, you! Precycling is just how it sounds. Taking measures to avoid the waste that will eventually end up in the landfills and in your Blue Can. If you are buying in bulk, it avoids excess packaging. There are so many places to buy a variety of reusable bags at a low price. Wishcycling. Hmmmmm. I wish we would all recycle. That’s sort of what it means, but l actually heard a term for first-timers to the recycling routine. Wishcyclers are well-intentioned, thinking everything can be recycled, and it will all get sorted out at the plant. However, items that don’t belong in recycling often slow down the process and injure workers. Finding out local recycling rules is important for the success of the program. High fives all around for whatever form of cycling you practice. Every little bit to keep our county looking beautiful and preserve natural resources is a step in the right direction.V Aisle 5 Cleanup serves St. George to Zion, including Pine Valley, you can contact the owner, Lori Engel @ 435.669.5448

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Resilience IN UNCERTAIN TIMES

By Princess Gutierrez, Dove Center Grants and Fundraising Manager

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omes are supposed to be a haven for families, especially now, as we are urged to stay home because of the pandemic. Yet, that may not be true for some families whose home environment is penetrated by domestic abuse.

Domestic abuse is a global issue that extends across national boundaries as well as socio-economic, cultural, and racial and class distinctions. There are serious impacts on the health and well being of the victims. This pandemic has had significant negative effects on the quality of intimate relationships and parenting. The shelter-in-place mandates can be more dangerous for those who are the targets of abuse, and the anxiety and uncertainty of these times can lead to behaviors that increase the already concerning number of domestic violence cases. DOVE Center, located in St. George, Utah has been providing services to victims of domestic abuse for more than 26 years. Concerned community members, local business owners, and leaders of local and state departments of Washington County founded DOVE Center in 1993. They were concerned about the rising cases of victims of domestic and sexual violence in the community and took it upon themselves to create a resource for those in need. DOVE Center is the only Washington County area agency providing safe-shelter and crisis intervention for primary and secondary survivors who have been impacted by interpersonal violence. DOVE Center also serves victims of rape, sexual assault, sex trafficking, and stalking.

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DOVE Center is also the only victim services agency in the area available 24-hours a day to answer questions and concerns about domestic abuse and sexual assault, and address the perplexity that comes with being a victim of interpersonal violence and domestic abuse. DOVE Center works directly with law enforcement and Dixie Regional Medical Center to provide advocacy for sexual assault/rape victims 24-hours a day. DOVE Center services are free of charge and completely confidential.

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DOVE Center works to empower those impacted by domestic abuse and sexual violence. We do this by: providing safe shelter and trauma-informed services in order to facilitate safety, healing, and assault recovery; engaging children and youth to understand safe, healthy relationships and mutual respect, to break cycles of violence in families and in the community; relentlessly pursuing community education to increase bystander awareness and shift cultural norms. DOVE Center saw a momentary decrease in requests for services at the beginning of the pandemic, but that was only the quiet before the storm. As the pandemic continues, we have seen service requests increase. We are starting to see the effects of the shelter-in-place mandates on domestic abuse victims here in our own community; therefore, it has been critical that our shelter and transitional housing programs have remained open and fully functional, while taking as many precautions as possible. Our staff has also been able to provide advocacy and counseling services virtually for clients, to ensure ongoing support through this difficult time. We are always in need of in-kind donations that include essential needs such as; hygiene products, beauty supplies, cleaning products, pillow/pillowcases, twin bed sheet sets, gift cards for food/gas/clothing. As the holidays near, we also have a wish list of items that will help us provide some cheer and comfort to our clients. We also greatly appreciate monetary donations that help us fund our programs that include; shelter services, transitional housing, 24-hour advocacy, counseling, and prevention education. It takes courage to seek help, and our clients have shown great strength and resilience. This inspires us as we continue to provide services during these challenging times. And through these times, we truly appreciate the community support that we receive. It is this support that allows us to provide not just services to our clients, but also the hope that their lives can change.V To contact The Dove Center in giving donations, please call 435-628-1204. If you are a victim please call 435-628-0458, a safe number.

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“GET SMART"

HEROES

Help Make Learning Real

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By Linda Faas

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he need for electronic equipment has grown exponentially as Nevada schools started the 2020-2021 school year using an online format in nearly all public schools. The schools in Virgin Valley and Moapa Valley have been able to deal with much of this chaos and change because two years ago, Mesquite friends Dr. Ann Rice and Jim Wilson put together a plan to provide Chromebooks for the entire 4500 students in the two valleys. Dr. Rice saw the need for technology in the everyday lives of students when she observed how students struggled to use the schools’ handful of outdated desktop computers for mandatory testing. The students didn’t know the equipment and wasted precious testing time trying to figure out how to register their answers. Rice asked the schools how she could help correct this shortcoming that was not being met within the school budget. Wilson then stepped up and designed the ”Get Smart” program to Give Educators Tools to bring “21st Century Technology to 21st Century Kids.” That initiative has become the launchpad of creative learning for the students in the two valleys. Get Smart, and all Rice-Wilson philanthropic projects, are self-funded private initiatives. They do not seek donations to reach their goals. Through their partnership, they have found ingenious ways to support educators. Just like the Chromebook project, Ann and Jim respond to needs expressed by individual educators and schools. They provide resources that meet identified educational needs that spark true learning in students.

Their approach eliminates the waste of “one-size-fits-all” giving that can miss the mark. Get Smart funding aims to give real solutions to real problems for real teachers and students.

The pandemic has become a curse and a blessing for educators and students. It destroyed school routine and forced educators to find new ways to convey information to students while establishing the person to person relationship needed for learning to be effective. Teachers using just Chromebooks are certainly light years ahead of many, but are tethered to their screen as they work through lessons with their distant students. Teachers at Virgin Valley Elementary School and JL Bowler School saw a reasonable fix for this problem that simply needed

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funding, which Dr. Rice was happy to provide. Working together, the teaching staff and Wilson found wide-angle cameras and microphones that would expand the range of a teacher’s video area, and the equipment was available for purchase on Amazon. The two schools placed their own orders for the needed equipment and Get Smart funding paid for the upgrade. Rice and Wilson are excited with the results they see when classes are provided with new technology. Elementary students are building robots. Kids are helping train teachers on new software. They solve actual real problems in their world, such as figuring out how to improve drainage patterns in the school parking lot. They are doing 3D printing. More books are being devoured by the kids hungry for new information and adventures. Better communication skills have developed as students explain projects to their peers. When everyone returns to their classrooms in the future, there will be a different look. The desks may never line up in precise rows again, and the educator won’t be tied to a desk at the front of the room. “The educators are the heroes,” says Wilson. “They are excited about the opportunity to move education forward into relevance with real life. Get Smart tools just give them a better chance to make it real.”V Jim Wilson and Dr. Ann Rice

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By Keith Buchhalter

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ith the holiday season on its way and people planning trips despite the pandemic, it’s more important than ever to prepare your home before taking a trip. Here are some helpful tips to winterize your home and landscaping, helping you save energy and offering peace of mind while you’re away.

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Insulate your windows – Heat has a tendency to escape through windows, which is why it’s a good idea to insulate your windows to keep the warm air from leaking out. Seal air leaks in your doors and windows – Use caulk or weather stripping to seal air leaks around doors and windows to keep the warm air from escaping. Check your HVAC system – Be sure to have your HVAC system checked thoroughly to ensure that all components are working properly. Also, consider changing your air filter to avoid energy-wasting dust clogs. Set your thermostat – Some experts suggest setting your thermostat between 50 and 55 degrees to save energy while you’re not home during the winter months. A programmable smart thermostat also comes in handy and allows you to control temperatures from anywhere with a smartphone or tablet. Unplug non-essential electronics – Electronics and appliances can have a big impact on your monthly energy bill. To avoid unnecessary expenses while you’re out of town, it helps to unplug any non-essential appliances like toaster ovens, microwaves, computers, entertainment systems and televisions. Set timers for exterior lights – If you have holiday lights up around your house, make sure they are set on a timer, so you aren’t wasting electricity during the day. Also, consider putting a couple of lights inside the house that are visible from the outside on a timer to give the appearance that someone is home. Prep your yard and garden – Mow your lawn and clean out the rain gutters to get rid of any debris that could cause water to leak inside the house. Trim any dead leaves, stems and branches in your garden and cover or move any vulnerable plants indoors to avoid damage from harsh weather. Prep your sprinkler system – To reduce the risk of freezing temperatures damaging your irrigation system, you can drain the water out of your sprinkler system once you’re done using it for the season.V

For more helpful tips, visit www.travelers.com/resources/home/safety/snowbirds-winterize-your-vacant-home.

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SUU Rolls Out New Leadership Institute for Mentoring Professionals, Change Makers By Haven Scott

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edar City - Southern Utah University recently launched two new community offerings in the SUU Leadership Institute. Providing employers and employees opportunities for professional growth to business leaders and those striving to make a difference in their community, Iron Leaders Academy and Better Your Business are now being offered through the SUU Leadership Institute located in the department of Community and Professional Development. In year-long cohorts, Iron Leaders Academy provides foundational knowledge and experience so participants can contribute to positive change in their communities. While

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experiencing a unique opportunity to connect with many diverse groups and organizations, members will foster highlevel introductions and connections. “Now more than ever before, our region is looking to leadership to promote belonging, recovery and innovation,” said SUU Community and Professional Development Executive Director, Melynda Thorpe. “These programs offer high-impact mentoring opportunities with access to established leaders in the region, and throughout the state. The goal of both programs is to foster personal and professional growth, and to support emerging leaders in Iron County.”


Better Your Business, with members also organized in year-long cohorts, features oncea-month networking luncheons with some of southern Utah’s most respected business leaders. In May, State Bank of Southern Utah President and CEO Eric Schmutz gave a simple, yet effective lesson on economics while answering questions from those in attendance through live Zoom meetings. In June, Miles Hansen, President and CEO of World Trade Center Utah delivered a presentation on effective communication for business writing, email and delivering strong presentations. “Better Your Business offers powerful exercises and enlightening interactions for managers and emerging leaders seeking to increase their value, contribution and improve performance in the workplace,” said Mary Pearson, Dean at the SUU School of Business. “Each month participants gain exclusive access to industry experts and revered leaders who share their knowledge, skills and best strategies for success.”V For more information about SUU Better Your Business or Iron Leaders Academy, or other SUU Community and Professional Development offerings visit: suu.edu/prodev or call (435) 865-8259.

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Holiday TNT

- tips n' tricks By Donna Eads

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ll a tennis player wants for the holidays is more tennis! That means new shoes, balls, racquets, outfits and more. There are many training or teaching items available to stay your best on the courts during these times where it is hard or impossible to get that one on one attention. It has been an advantage that tennis is an outdoor sport with lots of space between players. For the player looking for training or teaching, consider the DVDs available from the USPTA, which are done by teaching pros called ‘On Court’. By the way, the USPTA is waiving their fees at this time for the teaching pros. The easiest training workout is jumping rope and using resistance bands at home. Both are low-cost items to keep you in the game.

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A quick review of new racquets gives the club player many possible choices to consider. Wilson has the Blade SW102, which has a huge sweet spot without giving up precision. Having elbow or other arm problems, try the Volkl V-Cell 8 with REVA. The REVA is a new handle system that creates an arm friendly feel without giving up the power. If you want a softer feel, try the new line from Prince called Twistpower, which has an asymmetrical throat design. Need improved control, feel, spin and power. Head has its rally effortless model called the Graphene 360+ Speed MP. There are several simple racquet demo programs available such as tenniswarehouse.com or tennisexpress.com so you can try several racquets to see which one matches your game. Did you know that you should rotate your tennis shoes? The reason is the insoles need a day to recover from a day of play. It is best to buy at least two pairs of shoes at once. For all of our players that have difficult sizes or problems with their feet, the New Balance shoe is still the best. Many players forget that without your feet feeling good and safe, you really are in trouble. So it is worth it to pay more for the best. Other brands have some special features such as a softer sole or longer wear, so check them out. All players like to have a new outfit under the tree! Women’s lines such as Tail, Yonex or Bolle are always popular. The Fall/Winter line is out, so there are savings on the Spring/Summer outfits. All our male players can be outfitted with their favorite pro, such as Roger or Rafa. Other favorites are Fila, K Swiss or Nike. On to tips, rules and tricks for the rest of the story. Many of us watched the US Open and the problem that occurred during a match with Novak Djokovic. During any match that has a tournament director and/ or umpires the decision to default him was correct. This decision carries on across all tennis play whether it is at the pro level to a junior level. No one wants to be hit either by accident or by anger. Believe me, I know since I have been injured three times due to a ball or racquet hit or thrown out of anger. It is sad to see anyone defaulted, but we all know the rules. Bottom line: DON’T DO IT! Even if you are down in a match, believe that you can win. A positive attitude is a plus for a player or doubles team. Take the time to look at what shots have been working and stay with them. In doubles, talk to each other often and be positive even if you lose. Some of the tricks used by even the pros are a sudden change in serve (underhand or a quick-serve) to your opponent. It can really mess with their heads. See you on the courts soon!V

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Heroes at Reliance Connects

Active WiFi Hotspots

By Reliance Connects Staff

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n their efforts to make sure everyone has the vital information they need, Reliance Connects has had active WiFi ‘Hotspots’ throughout Mesquite, as well as Bunkerville, and our neighboring communities in Arizona. The ‘Hotspots’ were made available in March and are still currently active. They have been providing a way for people who do not have internet in their homes, to connect by visiting a ‘Hotspot’ location. Knowing that there are many who are struggling financially from the COVID-19 situation, there were no service terminations for nonpayment for four months, and they’ve been working with customers to keep their services connected. For those in our community who do not have internet connectivity, and for students who are distant learning, they can contact their child’s principal and provide the necessary information. The principal will submit the information to the City of Mesquite, and the city will submit a service request for the internet to be installed. Unlike other connectivity options, this internet service has local tech support and does not have data caps.V

RelianceConnects.com 61 W Mesquite Blvd, Mesquite NV | 702-346-5211

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The History of the

By Jennifer Sperry

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ulling up to the Historic Building where the St. George Children’s Museum nestles in the walls of the first two floors is where the experience starts! The old beautiful building was originally created in 1911, as The Dixie Academy. The building still adorns the original door frames, windows, radiators in the hallways, along with the original layout. Because the building is part of the Historic House Registry, it can not be altered in any way. What once was a college became a high school, and now is a place people come from all over to still learn within its walls. The St.George Children's Museum began as an idea in 2004, by a group of local women who saw a need for a place for families to spend time together in the area that was both fun and educational. They wanted more than just a park or playground. After more than a decade of planning and preparing, the museum opened its doors in November of 2013, and has become a staple of the Downtown community. The museum sees over 95,000 guests each year from across the globe.

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When you walk through the front doors, there's a feast of colors popping on the walls, as the exhibit team uses every inch of this building as a place to learn. The stairwell is sprinkled with art from Tuacahn, a local performing art school. The students in the art department have a plaque with their name on the handrail for the artwork that is hanging from the ceiling as you ascend the stairs. At the top of the stairs, you can appreciate the original space created for the academy; the main hallway sections off to classroom doors that are now themed learning space for the patrons. The upstairs is a mimic of main street USA. A place for the younger ages to experience different jobs. They earn money they can then use to buy a plane ticket, shop at the stores, get their car fixed, go to a show at Tuacahn, or even go to the bank and deposit their money. The jobs are endless to experience from all aspects of careers. They could be a pilot, TSA, flight attendant, mechanic, even a flagger. Or perhaps


they want to be in retail or a banker. They can be a farmer planting and harvesting or even spend time milking Maggie, the museum’s cow. The museum has new partnerships this year. They have teamed up with places like Tuacahn and Dixie State University. Spending countless hours with the exhibit team and set design crews trying to find ways they can bring the huge majestic, iconic, Padre Canyon to life! Allowing the children to feel what it feels like to be on that stage or behind the scenes of the performances. The children can also see how it feels to watch a game on the jumbotron, or participate in athletic opportunities from the college. Venturing down the stairs gives a new appreciation for every single square inch that is used in this building as you journey down towards a submarine adventure. The original pipes for the building run through the submarine area, so when sinks are run or toilets flushed, the water sounds are part of the submarine noises.

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Downstairs holds the magic of city park environments. Fine motor skills and sensory experience from building pipelines, to creating art which potentially could be chosen to hang in the museum. What a wonderful opportunity at such a young age for children to possibly have their art hung in a museum! Live fish, science experiments, and all types of music exposure are among the rooms that are uniquely created to look like our beautiful surrounding area.

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Safety is a huge concern at the museum. They are careful to switch out supplies to be cleaned. There are times during the day rooms are shut down to be sanitized. Cleaning stations are scattered about the halls and masks are required to cut down on risks, and they are now open on Sundays to try to help give more time to travelers and locals. It is a misconception that the Children’s Museum is funded by tax dollars. However, they are a recipient of the RAP tax, and they rent two levels in the building from the city of St. George for $1 a year. They are a non-profit. Admissions, sales, and donations are how they build exhibits, pay the staff, get supplies for activities such as the science classes, etc. They survive on the public support of sponsors and guests. We hope you find some time to support this great work here at the Children’s Museum and escape to a world of adventure within these walls!V St. George Children's Museum | 86 S Main Street | (435)986-4000 info@sgchildrensmuseum.org | www.sgchildrensmuseum.org | Social: @SGCMkids

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How Many is Too Many?

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ou pride yourself on the look of your living room, but one thing you think the room could use is more accent chairs. The question becomes, how many is too many? You don’t want the chairs to dominate your dÊcor, so how do you strike the right balance?

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The Right Number of Accent Chairs to Have in Your Living Room In case you’re not familiar, an accent chair is not just like any other seat. As the name implies, it accents what else is around it. These chairs have multiple duties than adding color to a dull room, becoming a room’s focal point, bringing out a color more, or complementing the colors and décor you already have in the living room. Too many accent chairs might overwhelm a space, but too few wouldn’t give guests a place to sit when they come over. What’s just right in this case? Elaine Griffin, an interior designer who’s been featured in Better Homes and Gardens as well as countless other publications, shared a formula she created. How many seating options do you have in the dining room? You should have at least as many in the living room, says Elaine. You need a minimum of four to five seating places in your living room. Four chairs are the standard for a dining room table. Griffin’s formula is versatile, and that’s exactly why it’s so effective. If you live in an apartment or a starter home, then you’re going to have a smaller dining room. The rest of your home will be equally small. It wouldn’t make sense to load up on accent chairs in your living room. Those who own bigger homes have equally spacious dining rooms and living rooms to match. If you can fit more than five chairs in your dining room, such as six or even eight, then you should try to put that many seating options in the living room.

Do the Accent Chairs Have to Match? At the very least, then your living room will contain two accent chairs. Do these two chairs have to be identical, or can you go off the beaten path with your décor? You should aim to buy matching chairs. Accent chairs are meant to complement your décor, not stand out too much. That goes not just for the color, but for the style of the chairs as well. What about matching the chairs to the couch or loveseat? The accent chairs don’t have to be identical, but they should flow with the hues and styles already present in the rest of the room. If you have a yellow couch, for instance, you could get white or eggshell accent chairs. This lighter color goes well with yellow. Have some fun with your accent chair selection, but always keep the look and feel of your living room in mind as you shop. If you’re going to a store to buy accent chairs, then I recommend bringing several pictures of your living room with you so you can match chair colors to the pre-existing décor.

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Other Accent Chair Mistakes You Could Be Making. You know how to determine the appropriate number of accent chairs for your living room now. You also have a better idea of the purpose of accent chairs. Still, it’s a wild world out there, and your eye could get caught on a chair you see online, in a store, or even in a home decorating magazine. Here are some tips for avoiding common accent chair mistakes:

AVOID VERY LOUD PATTERNS We’re not saying you have to ignore all patterned accent chairs. You do want to refrain from patterns that clash too much with what’s already in your living room. MIX STYLES THAT MESH You’re also not limited to a single type of style. Feel free to combine the two types or any other styles you enjoy, but make sure they play nicely with each other.

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KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COLD AND WARM The material you choose for an accent chair can influence how inviting that room seems. Some materials, such as velvet or leather, are classified as warmer. Plastics and metals are colder. If you buy a colder accent chair for a warmer room, use sheepskin or throw a blanket to warm the chair right up. DON’T KEEP ACCENT CHAIRS TOO CLOSE TO EACH OTHER Before you knew how many accent chairs were right, you may have overfilled your living room with them. You need to make sure that, from your coffee table to the accent chair, you allow 18 inches of space. Anything less is too close and constricting.

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WATCH YOUR SIZES Sometimes an accent chair can look smaller (or bigger) online. Then you assemble it and realize it’s the wrong size. Before you begin shopping for accent chairs, have the measurements handy for the rest of your preexisting living room furniture.

What to Put Between Two Accent Chairs? Accent chairs are a favorite piece of furniture for many decorators, but what should you put between them? Two chairs by themselves can look half-finished, yet it can be hard to decide exactly what should go with them. There are different options, but it can be kind of tricky to use them well. Not only that, but there are plenty of extra ways to add to the decor of your home while also rounding out the look you start with your chairs. Small Accent or End Table Storage Credenza or Chest Large Ottoman Floor Lamp Coffee Table Entryway Table It can be a bit difficult at first to decide what to pair with your accent chairs, so they don’t look like they’re floating aimlessly in your room. With this list, however, it’s perfectly simple to decide what will look best with your chairs in your home. Don’t be afraid to mix and match some of the tips above. Decide what will be the most functional for your particular needs and go for it! You’ll have a beautiful sitting area in no time.V

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Hump N Bump Powered by Vegas 4x4 Off-Road

By Kevin Bailey, Vegas Valley 4 Wheelers President Hump ‘N’ Bump chairman ump ‘N’ Bump is an internationally recognized, low-speed, two-day event, where participants in full-sized 4×4 off-road vehicles are guided over existing trails of varying difficulty in and around the Logandale trails and Valley of Fire recreation area. The open nature of the scenic trails and very low speeds allows for larger groups with a negligible impact on the environment.

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Since 2009, Hump ‘N’ Bump has been based at the Clark County Fairgrounds in Logandale, NV. The area provides an excellent venue for our event with a bandstand stage, tables and bleachers. The location also provides hookups for up to 122 RV’s, and there is a large grass area for tent camping. The 39th annual event will be held November 6-7, 2020, in Logandale, Nevada. The event includes two days of guided trail rides, vendor booths of various products, spectator events, training seminars, bonfire, and special events that change annually.

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On Saturday night, after everybody has returned to the fairgrounds from the trails and had a chance to relax, we all move to the Glen Hardy building for a delicious BBQ dinner. Shortly after dinner, we have a raffle for all kids 12 and under, where each child wins a prize. Following the kids’ raffle, we start the main event raffle, featuring thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes generously donated to our event by our amazing sponsors. In 2019, we attracted over 200 full-size offroad vehicles to our event with about 450 people in attendance. Last year, at the 2019 dinner/raffle, we had 333 people sitting down for dinner! It was an amazing event with great exposure for our sponsors. HOW DOES HUMP ‘N’ BUMP HELP THE COMMUNITY? Proceeds from our non-profit event are donated back to the community to help keep our public lands open for off-road vehicles, and to continue to provide local land access for future generations.V

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Some of the great partners and causes supported through donations from our most recent event include: Partners in Conservation • Moapa Valley Fire District • LVMPD Northeast Resident Section • Blue Ribbon Coalition • Tread Lightly • Cappalappa Community Center • Utah Public Lands Alliance • 1 October Fund • Project 150 Hump ‘N’ Bump Powered by Vegas 4x4 & Offroad base camp is located at the Clark County Fairgrounds 1301 Whipple Ave Moapa Valley, NV 89021. Trail Rides are within the Logandale Trail System, Valley of Fire State Park and Weiser Valley. Information about the event is at HumpNBump.com and Facebook HumpNBump2020. Vegas Valley Four Wheelers (VV4W) was created over 33 years ago, making us the oldest 501(c)(3) non-profit off-roading club, and today boasts over 120 members and their families. Members come together to take their 4×4’s out on the many trails around Vegas and surrounding areas. You can find information about them at www.VV4W.org

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Smashing the Stocking Stuffers W By Jennifer Sperry

ith these unnavigated times, we are all scrambling trying to find “that perfect gift� for our loved ones! Many of us are stressed out with germs, politics, money, employment, family and friends separation. What if you tried something completely different this year? The owners of Smash Labs Rage Rooms & Axe Throwing have done exactly that! They created a unique space to enjoy time with the ones you love or even to spend time alone.

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Milly and Branin have been friends since the 7th grade. They had always planned to start businesses and help each other succeed. Years later, Milly was running a nonprofit for veterans when Branin said, “Let’s start a business!” Branin had been researching rage rooms and sent a YouTube link to Milly, and the dream became a reality and opened its doors a year ago. What is a rage room, you might ask? The owners have created rooms, where local artists Rollen Poole and Steven Lee McLaughlin have painted incredible art on the walls. Within these rooms, you will find dryers, filing cabinets, printers, and buckets of “tools” to cause your destruction. You book the rooms for 20-minute sessions and purchase buckets full of themed, breakable items. Christmas ornaments, dishes, cups, and vases, are among the many items to choose from. You and your guest will be given gear wear, so the only thing you need to bring is closed-toed shoes and your excitement to break things!

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Once you have donned safety glasses, face shields, coveralls, and gloves, you are set to destroy! Anything in the room is free to a pounding, except for the walls of incredible art! Something you are typically told not to do; “don’t be angry”, “don’t drop the dishes”, you can do that all in these rooms. Throw things, use a bat or a crowbar; it is all up to your inner desire. Smash Labs' uniqueness allows activities for date nights, families with children, therapists with clients, birthday parties, or if you just need some time with yourself. Milly loves seeing a difference when the guests leave. They come in, not knowing what to expect. They come possibly trying to release a death or a divorce, the worries of the world, stress relief and the rage rooms hold a place to release that focus. It brings joy to the owners to see the guest go from sadness and stress to smiles and relief. If breaking things isn't what you are looking for, they also have Axe Throwing Lanes. Still within the idea but more marksmanship and competitive fun. Axe Throwing gives you a chance to tap into your inner Lumberjack or your inner warrior and hone your skills by yourself or with your friends. Throwing sharp objects can also be surprisingly cathartic as well. Stepping out of your comfort zone can be exhilarating, and finding that perfect gift for that “hard to shop for” person, or last-minute stocking stuffers at Smash Labs Rage Rooms, surely won’t disappoint!V For more information, please contact Smash Labs Rage Rooms & Axe Throwing located at 175 W 900 S St George, UT | 435.359.2214 | SmashLabs.biz

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Celebrating Responsibly Around The Holiday Table By Judi Moreo

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t’s that time of year again…holidays, celebrations, and food. This is the time of year when everyone seems to outdo themselves with preparing scrumptious meals. Then to add to it, the baked goods abound, and the parties are plentiful. Most include a feast of delectable treats that entice the taste buds and cause us to forsake any thought of sane eating. Invariably we indulge and then when the holidays are over, we complain about weight gain. So, what can we do to celebrate, enjoy the holiday meals, and not increase our waistlines? Here are seven suggestions. Put your focus on family and friends rather than food. After all, it is the closeness, laughter, and cheer that make the holidays great. Show them you really care about them by being creative with meals that are healthy and colorful. Vegetables make great snacks and fabulous side dishes, as long as they aren’t swimming in sauces or butter and they are a lot healthier than chips and cookies. If you are going to a potluck, bring a healthy dish. This will give you an option that you know is good for you.

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Use smaller plates. If the plate is full, you will eat less because there will be less to eat on the plate. If it is at a buffet, you’ll need to be more choosy as a small plate runs out of space rapidly. Pick only small portions of foods you really love. Remember, dressings and sides are supposed to be compliments to the main dish, so you don’t need large portions. Small portions will compliment just as well. Don’t stand near the food table. If you are too close, you will have a tendency to keep reaching for tasty little tidbits, especially if you are a recreational eater. Lots of appetizers are fried, buttered, or have cheese or cream fillings. Even though the portions may be small, many of them are fat-laden. Their small size makes them easy to pop in the mouth, and more than a few calories will add up quickly. Take a break between servings. After eating anything, take a 10-minute break and give your stomach a chance to tell your brain if it is full or not. Then recheck your appetite. You will probably realize you are full and so there is no need to further indulge. Eat before drinking alcohol. If you drink on an empty stomach, you possibly won’t control what you eat. Alcohol has a tendency to increase your appetite and decrease your ability to put a limit on your intake. Also, be aware that many holiday drinks such as apple cider are made with tons of sugar. Try drinking a glass of plain or sparkling water

between each beverage. This will help you fill up, leaving less room to indulge. You can choose a glass of wine instead. Don’t go to events on an empty stomach. When we are hungry, we have a tendency to eat what’s offered instead of being discerning about what we put in our bodies. An hour or so before the event or meal, eat a healthy high fiber snack like an apple or a handful of nuts. If you are not too hungry when you are at the event, it will be easier to avoid overeating. Walking and dancing are great ways to shed some of those holiday calories. Take a walk with a family member or a dear friend after dinner rather than plopping in a chair in front of the television. Walking and dancing are activities the whole family can do together. Remember, you can easily pack on a few extra pounds by eating big helpings of mashed potatoes or dressing swimming in gravy, a piece of pie, a few Christmas cookies, and drinking a mug of eggnog. If you should choose to do this every day during the holidays, you may have to make a New Year’s resolution to go on a diet. And that’s nothing to celebrate!V

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