mesquite | moapa valley | arizona strip | southern utah complimentary issue
Sirianni, Jennifer Hammond-Moore, Danielle Hafen, Jayme Church, Donna Eads, Kaylee Pickering, Allan Litman, Helen Houston, Ashley Centers, Rob Krieger, Anita DeLelles, Judi Moreo, Karen L. Monsen, Susie Knudsen, Lisa Larson, Michelle Sundberg, Kelly Zarndt, Linda Faas, Elisa Eames, Sabra Baeza, Mindee West, Karli Brophy, David Cordero, Bill Ennis, Janette Peatross, Debbie Benham, Jean Watkins, Trisha Jensen, Paul Benedict, Dan Wright, Pam Jacobson, Suzanne Galliher
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Letter from the Editor
The holiday season is upon us as I write this letter. I am anticipating that we will all be very busy.
There are so many exciting events to attend. We have included as many here as we knew about at the time of printing. We also know that many will pop up before the holidays are here, so make sure to check your local calendars. At this time of year, there are so many opportunities where you can volunteer your time, talent, and treasure and feel good about yourself for contributing to your community.
Our amazing writers have once again made me feel proud to include them in this issue. We have compiled articles about some new businesses that are here in our communities. We are so excited to have a spotlight on the Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra in this issue. Another highlight the article on The Painted Hippo, where you can enjoy painting ceramics with the entire family or perhaps have a girls’ night out. Don’t forget "Ten Basic Rules for Leading a Fulfilled Life" and "How to Bring Back Joy into the Holidays," both by Judi Moreo. If you haven’t already signed up, make sure you don’t miss the 18th Annual Charity Golf Fore Kids Tournament. And the annual One Thousand Flags Over Mesquite event (article written by Paul Benedict) is a yearly tradition that is a touching ceremony for civilians and veterans alike. If you’re planning to travel out of town for the holidays, you must read the article by Linda Faas about the fabled La Posada Hotel.
I’m so happy to say that I will be spending some time with my children and grandchildren during the holidays, and I’m looking forward to seeing the magic of the season through their eyes.
When doing your holiday shopping this year, remember to shop local and visit our advertisers. We are so very grateful for their continued support of our magazine. These businesses allow us to continue to bring you this complimentary publication every two months. I would like to personally thank my staff for their dedication and support throughout the year.
Please see our website at www.ViewOnMagazine.com and like us on Facebook to keep up with current events that did not make it into our Holiday Issue.
Thank you again for reading.
Enjoy your holiday season,
Kathy Lee Editor in Chief
Anita DeLelles, LMT, is a certified Equine and Small Animal Acupressure Practitioner with accreditation from Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute. Her studies included two consecutive summers in Bath, England, as well as coursework in Colorado and California and a BFA from UNLV. Anita is certified in small animal massage from the Northwest School of Animal Massage as well as in human massage. In 2014, Anita and husband Ron opened WOOF! Wellness Center and launched their website www.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.
Rob Krieger is a 20-plus-year member of the PGA of America and is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. He came to the area as the Director of Golf at Conestoga and now owns his own golf instruction business in St. George called Red Rock Golf Instruction, which is based at Southgate Golf Course Driving Range. He has been writing for ViewOn Magazine since 2010. He is also a Utah PGA Player Development Award Winner. For help with your game, please visit www.stgeorgegolflessons.com or email him at email@example.com.
Elisa Eames is a freelance writer and bookkeeper. Her love of creative writing began in the fourth grade when she wrote her first story. She has a bachelors degree in Humanities with a French minor and an accounting certificate. Her other loves include writing stories, running/hiking, acting/singing, and laughing.
She volunteers in classrooms, tutors missionaries from Columbia in English, and teaches Sunday School. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Donna Eads and her husband moved to Mesquite in 2010 from Palm Desert, California, and she loves the small-town atmosphere. Her writing experience extends from high school and college newspapers to professional manuals as a critical care nurse. Her passion for tennis is evident in her frequent articles for ViewOn Magazine.
Linda Faas and her husband arrived in Mesquite in 2004. They love the friends they have made here and love exploring the beauty of the surrounding desert. Linda has immersed herself in community life and volunteers with education nonprofits. She is a reporter and feature writer for local and regional publications and is always seeking new adventures.
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Judi Moreo is one of the most recognized personal growth trainers and coaches in the world. She is the author of 11 books, including two international bestsellers, You Are MoreThan Enough and ConquertheBrain 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 email@example.com or (702) 283-4567.
David Cordero is the Communications and Marketing Director for the City of St. George. A southern Utah resident since 2006, David has extensive experience in writing, public relations,
marketing, and public speaking. He has also served in a variety of volunteer capacities over the years, including Utah Honor Flight, American Legion Post 90, religious education, and as a coach for his son's athletic teams. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ashley Centers is the former General Manager of Anytime Fitness Mesquite, and her passion for fitness runs deep. She fell in love with competitive powerlifting as a preteen. She set many state records and national qualifying totals during her lifting career prior to her competitive retirement while attending college. Ashley is now an ISSA Elite Level Trainer, Certified Fitness Nutritionist, and Corrective Exercise Specialist and is training for Strongwoman competitions. She is an inactive board member for the Mesquite Senior Games and is excited to remain a contributor for ViewOn Magazine and to write about her passion for health and fitness!
Helen Houston is the owner of Staging Spaces and Redesign in Mesquite, Nevada. Helen holds certifications as a Drapery and Design Professional, a Certified Color Consultant, and a Real Estate Staging Professional. Helen has been a contributing writer for ViewOn Magazine for the past 13 years. Her creative writing features articles on home fashion, home staging, and home entertaining. Helen is a published author in several national design and trade magazines. She can be reached at Helen@StagingSpaces.biz or (702) 346-0246.
Cliff and Ilene Bandringa are authors and the creators of BackRoadsWest.com. They have been traveling and photographing the world for more than 20 years, with a motto of finding the lesserknown, off-the-beaten-path places and then sharing their experiences with others. They do this via their blog, the virtual tour guides they've written, lots of YouTube videos, magazine articles, and a sister website of highquality and stock images. You can find all of these at www.BackRoadsWest.com.
Nathan Hughes is a financial advisor with Raymond James. A native of Mesquite, Nevada, Nathan is dedicated to managing and preserving wealth for you and your family. By establishing deep and valued relationships with you, he is able to gain a comprehensive understanding of your needs and goals. Nathan works hard to enhance and preserve your investments while assisting you in realizing your goals through long-term financial solutions. Contact Nathan by phone at (208) 277-9239, by email at email@example.com, or visit the firm’s website at www.CoeurPrivateWealthManagement.com.
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Message fromthe Mayor
Fall and winter have come. Cool days and chilly evenings mean lots of fun activities for all of us, and since COVID is less of a threat (or at least I hope so), we are entering the busiest time of the year. Between now and Christmas, there is so much to do in Mesquite that I get tired just thinking about it!
Let's start with November. Our annual Veterans Day Parade is scheduled for November 5. It's always a week early so as to not conflict with Las Vegas and their parade. Prior to the parade, I will be having our morning Veterans Program at Veterans Park. There is always a great turnout for both activities. On November 11, The Daughters of the American Revolution will be here to dedicate a plaque honoring our American patriots. This event will also be at Veterans Park.
The Mesquite Exchange Club will be hosting another popular event, 1,000 Flags Over Mesquite, from November 6–13 at the Mesquite Recreation Center park. A brand new event for Mesquite will be the Yucca Street Holiday Festival. There will be games for the kids, food trucks, live entertainment, pictures with Santa, and our wonderful art gallery's holiday boutique, which will be just across the street on opening day.
I didn't forget Thanksgiving. The city will hold its annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner on November 23. Well over a thousand meals will be served that day at no cost along with hundreds of meals delivered to those unable to come out for this event. It's a great day to come out to our Senior Center, meet old friends, and enjoy a delicious dinner of turkey and all that goes with it.
Don’t miss our Angel Tree Drive, which runs from November 25–December 23 and is for anyone in need. The Salvation Army Food Drive begins November 30 and runs until December 23 as well. By the way, this fall is also election time. Get out and vote. It's our duty as good citizens.
Like to golf and help local children at the same time? Don't forget to sign up for the Golf Fore Kids Tournament and Toy Drive on December 8. This annual event sells out very quickly, so sign up as soon as you can. Also, on December 8, we have scheduled the Parade of Lights. Every year this fantastic parade just gets bigger and better!
Of course, you will see and hear much more about coming events throughout the holiday season, and with so many events, volunteers are always needed to assist. If you can't find something to do during the holidays in Mesquite, call the city, and I'm sure they will help you keep your schedule full.
Remember, the holiday season is busy, but don't forget to take care of yourselves and your families so you can enjoy the best season of the year.
Mayor Allan S. Litman
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| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 20228 table of Contents Holiday Recipes That Serve Up Joy... But Don't Dish out Extra Calories Holiday Hospitality With Room to Spare 80 Holiday Events Guide City by City Guide to Holiday Activities 80 19 – 53 19 Features 12 12 Take It Easy At Winslow's Fabled La Posada Hotel 94 94
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Why I Love
Some say that the little town of Kanab is in the middle of nowhere, but there is nowhere else that I would rather be. Kanab is surrounded by stunning red rock, vibrant blue skies, and the amazing smell of sagebrush. The red dirt gets in your blood. The scenery is fabulous in every season. You are able to hike year-round, and the scenery changes around every bend. Every hike becomes my new favorite. Kanab has the most picturesque sunrises and sunsets. WOW is a word to describe the daily beauty.
Kanab is rich in history, which ranges from the prehistoric Native American people to the prehistoric dinosaurs. Kanab is known as “Little Hollywood” and is where many of the old western movies were filmed. Many of the old movie sets are still around.
- Jayme Church
Why We Love Mesquite
There are so many reasons to love Mesquite—why else would it be growing so fast? I love the sunrises and sunsets, the rugged mountain terrain, and the overall natural beauty. But there are a lot of beautiful places in this country.
What we’ve really grown to love about Mesquite after transplanting ourselves from Minnesota in 2020 are the folks and families that live here. There is a spirit and energy in Mesquite that's inviting, and then it becomes enchanting. Since opening a new store here, we’ve been introduced to countless artists and makers. All of them have very fascinating stories. Additionally, we've really come to appreciate the spirit of helping each other. It is great to be in a community where people value the opportunity to be of service in the same way that we do.
Mesquite is a city that is rapidly evolving, and we love being a positive part of that evolution.
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- Charlotte & David Sirianni
Why We Love
When we drove to Scenic for the first time in January 1995, we got two flat tires on the 10 miles of dirt road that would lead to our future home. What were we thinking? There were approximately 40 homes in Scenic at the time. We believed this would be a great time to leave New Mexico to live closer to our Nevada and Utah families. We secured jobs at Players Island Casino, across the street from the Oasis, while it was being built. Since that time, we have watched over 10,000 amazing sunsets, hiked and rode trails behind our home, watched paved roads be installed, and felt the nudge of others moving into the area to escape the confines of larger cities.
No matter what changes life has brought, I can still look up at the night sky in Scenic and count the stars. That is why I love Scenic.
- Jennifer Hammond-Moore & Gary Moore
Why We LoveSt. George
George, Utah, has always been our “backyard” city. Growing up in Mesquite, Nevada, just down the road, we would come here for shopping, movies, restaurants, and temple trips. Then we moved to Panaca, Nevada, and we still came to St. George for all those activities. Now we have lived here for just over three years and absolutely love it!
There are so many outdoor activities to enjoy. Our children love taking kayaks out to Sand Hollow Reservoir and ATV riding through the red dirt sand dunes. We also enjoy the arts and go to Tuacahn a couple of times a year. It’s so fun having a university as a part of our community and cheering for the home team. Our neighborhood is amazing, with so many kind and thoughtful people on every street. We are happy to be a part of this great community and look forward to many more years in our beautiful red cliffs “backyard” city.
- Danielle & Spencer Hafen
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by Helen Houston
There has been a lot written about the pandemic lifestyle shift in the home. We have seen the home take on multiple functions as a result of the national housing crisis, the work-from-home experience, and the need for temporary classrooms. More and more people have had to leave behind the idea of reserving an extra room for guests.
But what about the holidays? While hospitality will never be absent, the ability to offer your occasional
guests a stay in a temporary room of one’s own—a guest room—seems as luxurious as it does improbable.
According to design writer and author Sarah Archer, the guest room as we once knew it is a product of the 20th century. Postwar suburban houses offered more room to spread out—for the middle and lower-middle classes specifically—which meant that guest rooms became more common along with dens or family rooms.
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With Room to spare
But those who have that luxurious second room often find uses for it that are far from the traditional guest room, especially as a consequence of the pandemic lifestyle shift.
Even post-pandemic, we’re doing lots of things at home: making art, playing music, exercising, working, cooking from scratch—and we need storage for all the gear that goes with these activities. Often, that means space for guests gets sacrificed.
Giving a spare room a fun use might actually be a bonus for guests sleeping there. An extravagant art room or retreat can be quite a special place for a guest and can be even more attractive than a standard bedroom. At the end of the day, what counts is not so much where the guests sleep but how welcome they feel.
With a little imagination, you can design a space that welcomes guests when it needs to but doubles as an office, media room, or playroom the rest of the time.
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Put It to Work a
Building cabinets and a work surface along one wall of a guest bedroom allows the space to double as a home office. Plan plenty of closed storage for a dual-purpose space so guests don’t have to look at piles of paper or supplies.
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Give It a Secret Identity
You can’t always see it, but a hidden Murphy bed can create a private guest suite. Murphy beds can be quite luxurious and include extras such as nightstands, lighting, and shelves.
Build In Flexibility
Window seats that use either a twin or full mattress can function as a sitting area during the day and as a bed for overnight guests.
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Maximize Every Inch a
Create a multifunctional space that can sleep one, two, or even three guests at a time—and can otherwise serve as a TV room. A room can be separated from the rest of the space with a large sliding barn door to create an enclosed area. A wall of built-in storage that’s deep enough can create a daybed. And consider including a sofa that folds out to a queen bed.
It’s not always practical to devote an entire room to the occasional visitor. But with a little creativity, you can design a multifunctional room that welcomes guests when it needs to. We’ve become more flexible with our expectations as guests and more transparent with what we can offer as hosts. But if it feels like a real home, when people visit, they won’t want to leave!V
Helen Houston is the owner of Staging Spaces and Interior Redesign. Helen can be contacted through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (702) 346-0246.
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Guide to Holiday Events
Your local directory for an unforgettable holiday season Area
Mesquite salvation army red kettle program
by Bill Ennis
Every year, from Black Friday in November through the 23rd of December, the Mesquite Salvation Army does our Red Kettle program. Whenever someone sees and hears the little bell ringing, they know that (one), it is the holiday season and that (two), the Salvation Army is again doing its Red Kettle campaign to help the needy.
All our bell ringers are volunteers who provide an hour of their time to ring the bell outside one of our locations. Each year, we partner with great organizations that let us perform this very much-needed program in front of their businesses.
We have great partners, which include Smith’s Food, Walmart, Lee’s Liquor, and ACE Hardware. If it was not for these partners, we would not be able to raise money for the community.
The Salvation Army relies on money raised through its signature red kettles to serve more than 25 million people in need each year across the U.S. Here in Mesquite, the money raised by the red kettles stays in Mesquite to provide assistance throughout the year.
That money helps us buy the needed food products as well as toiletries and hygiene items that we otherwise would not be able to purchase. The Mesquite Salvation Army helps an average of 400-plus clients per month all year round by providing food and assistance to offset the high cost of living, and if we did not have the Red Kettle program, we would not be able to help those clients.
The easiest way to help ring a bell at one of our iconic red kettle locations is to sign up by calling the Salvation Army at (702) 345-5116 and saying you want to volunteer yourself, your family, or even a group to ring bells.
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Volunteer bell ringers are the difference between an empty kettle and one that raises the funds that sustain the help we give all year long. In years past, we have had some very spirited bell ringers. They play music, play an instrument, or even dress up as Santa, elves, or other holiday characters. Every year, it is great to see who provides the best entertainment during the bell-ringing season.
I have said this many times: Mesquite is one of the most caring and giving communities I have lived in, especially during the holiday season. It is the generosity of the people of Mesquite that makes this program the huge success that it is. It is a very busy and sometimes chaotic time, but helping the community is well worth it, and my staff and I look forward to this time of year. Plus, it helps get us in that festive mood!V
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HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS in St. George
by David Cordero
St. George has many great attributes. Among its most enduring is its mild winters. It rarely snows here—and when it does, it almost never sticks around long. However, the lack of snowman-building opportunities or sledding doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything fun or holiday-related to do.
You can have plenty of fun this holiday season—even if snowball fights or ice skating al fresco aren’t among the wintery options.
Here are some activities for the young, the old, and anyone in between:
Kickoff to Christmas
Join St. George Races and radio station New Country 107.3/94.9 to start the holiday season off in style during the Kickoff to Christmas on November 28 at Historic Town Square. The evening event includes a multitude of activities for the entire family.
“This is a neat tradition recalled fondly by many of our residents over the years,” says Emerson Watanabe, Recreation
Manager for the City of St. George. “Town Square is a great place to feel at peace amid all the holiday lights.”
In previous years, the festivities have included musical performances by local school choirs, a tree lighting countdown, refreshments, and extended hours for the St. George Children’s Museum and St. George Carousel. Radio personality Aaronee Cottam will host the event. Details were being finalized at press time.
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If you can’t make it to the Kickoff to Christmas, enjoy the luminescence of the holiday season while taking a stroll through Historic Town Square. Shane Moore, the Leisure Services Director for the City of St. George, estimates that there are 400,000 lights hung with care by Parks Division employees.
In the middle of Town Square near the flagpole is a tall Christmas tree made wholly of lights. It makes a great backdrop for a family photo. And while you have the family there, take a ride on the St. George Carousel.
For carousel hours, visit www.sgcity.org/carousel.
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red hills desert garden
The Seventh Annual Holiday Lights at Red Hills Desert Garden, located at 375 East Red Hills Parkway, is set for November 26 to December 31.
The garden will be transformed into a winter wonderland with thousands of displays guaranteed to add sparkle to the season.
Features include a Candyland-themed area with three-foot cupcakes and giant candy canes, dozens of luminaries casting a warm glow in the cactus garden, a brightly glowing tunnel, ornately patterned light tubes, icicles, and a new display that will debut in 2022.
Lights are on nightly from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is free.
Red Hills Desert Garden features more than 5,000 water-efficient plants, a 1,150-foot meandering stream and fish viewing area (stocked with native and endangered species from the Virgin River), prehistoric dinosaur tracks, and a replica slot canyon that pays tribute to southern Utah’s natural landscape.
Visit wcwcd.org for additional information.
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Pearl harbor commemoration wreaths across america
To remember those who perished in the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, American Legion Post 90 will host a wreath-laying ceremony at Tonaquint Cemetery on December 7 at 10:48 a.m.—the exact time of the attack 81 years earlier. The public is invited to attend.
Described by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as “a date which will live in infamy,” Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor plunged America into World War II. The losses were catastrophic. There were 2,403 killed and 1,178 wounded along with four American battleships sunk and nearly 350 aircraft damaged or destroyed.
Bravery was in abundance the morning of December 7. Fifteen Medals of Honor were awarded as well as 51 Navy Crosses and 53 Silver Stars.
A handful of St. George area veterans will participate in the wreath-laying ceremony. For more information on Post 90, visit www.post90.org.
Wreaths Across America will conduct its annual event on December 17 at 10 a.m. at Tonaquint Cemetery. Upon the conclusion of the wreath laying at this location, the St. George Police Department will escort volunteers to St. George Cemetery to lay the balance of remembrance wreaths.V
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1,000 Flags over mesquite
by Paul Benedict
Over Veterans Day week in 2006, the Exchange Club of Mesquite presented a tribute to America’s military and veterans called One Thousand Flags Over Mesquite. A field of 1,000 full-sized American flags stood on the recreation center field, resembling an orderly military formation. They were lighted and watched over day and night.
One Thousand Flags Over Mesquite touched the hearts of everyone, drawing visitors (and volunteers) from hundreds of miles away. Truckers sounded their air horns in respect as they passed on the interstate, the ceremonies were standing-room only, and the assistance from the city and other community organizations was invaluable.
As soon as the week was over, Exchange Club members began to hear, “When are you doing it again?” Well, they have answered the call, and this year, One Thousand Flags
Over Mesquite will mark its 16th consecutive year (they had to skip 2020 because of Covid restrictions).
The event is now a tradition and a source of pride in Mesquite. Exchange Club members and volunteers will erect the flags on the west field of the Mesquite Recreation Center on Sunday morning, November 6, and this magnificent display of respect will stand proudly 24 hours a day, rain or shine, until November 13. Of course, the field is lighted at night, and dedicated volunteers will maintain a watchful vigil in three-hour shifts around the clock.
Visit the field—once or often. Whether this is the first time you have experienced One Thousand Flags Over Mesquite or you make it a point to be part of this magnificent display every year, the sense of patriotism you will feel cannot be described—you simply have to experience it for yourself. Be sure to bring your camera; the precision and grandeur of the display are truly memorable at any hour.
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Walk slowly through the field. Each star-spangled sentinel represents the silent stories of thousands of brave Americans who have served and are serving our great nation at home and abroad. Listen to their stories with your heart, read the dedications, offer your thanks for their sacrifices, and share your silent prayers with them.
On Veterans’ Day, Friday, November 11, at 6 p.m. PST, a stirring ceremony will be conducted at the field, honoring all who serve or have served in America’s armed forces.
On Sunday, November 13, at 2 p.m. PST, a closing ceremony will be conducted, including a formal flag retirement ritual by Mesquite Fire and Rescue. If you have a worn or weathered American Flag that should be retired, please feel free to bring it to the field anytime during the week. The Exchange Club of Mesquite is a major supporter of local veterans’ programs and services right here in the Virgin Valley, and One Thousand Flags Over Mesquite is
a primary fundraiser. We invite you to sponsor a flag for $35 each, and you will be given a ribbon of remembrance to attach to your flag in honor of or in memory of an important veteran in your life. There is room on the dedication tag to add your own words of recognition. Remember, One Thousand Flags Over Mesquite honors every veteran and member of America’s military, living or deceased.
After the closing ceremony, you are welcome to either take the flag you sponsored home to display proudly or donate it back to the project to be included in next year’s One Thousand Flags Over Mesquite. In either case, keep your dedication ribbon as a reminder of your special veteran.V
For more information or to sponsor a flag or event, please email us at email@example.com or visit our website at www.healingfield.org/mesquitenv22.
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Kick Off the Holidays in Kanab
by Janette Peatross
Do you plan on coming "home" for the holidays? Many people call Kanab and surrounding Kane County home, whether it be their "home away from home" or their actual home—where their family roots lie. Come home to Kanab for the best holiday kickoff in all of southern Utah!
Thanksgiving weekend is a time to make the short trek to Kanab for a weekend full of events.
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K-Town Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run
Start your Thanksgiving morning with the K-Town Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run. Meet us out at Jackson Flat Reservoir on the Sherry Belle Trail, which encompasses three miles of the beautiful reservoir.
The race begins at 8:30 a.m. Dress up in your favorite Thanksgiving flair! What better way to start your Thanksgiving than with a 5K fun run before eating your delicious Thanksgiving feast?
Christmas light parade
The 14th Annual Kanab Christmas Light Parade and Festival will be the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 26, with festivities and fun for the whole family. It will take place on Center Street Plaza in the charming southern Utah town of Kanab. The annual Christmas Light Parade and Lantern Launch will light up the night!
The Parade of Lights is a magical display illuminating the night with floats made by businesses and people in the community. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. on Center Street, and free hot chocolate and donuts will be provided while you gather for the Christmas tree lighting in front of the Kanab Center.
Come enjoy the parade as a spectator or be a part of the parade by making your own float. If you wish to enter the parade, come to the Kane County Visitor Center at 6 p.m. to sign up and line up. The parade will begin at 7 p.m.
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magical lantern launch
The festival will culminate with the magical lantern launch at 8 p.m. The lanterns will be available for purchase the night of the event in front of the Kanab Center at 20 North 100 East. Purchase your lantern, and proceed to the back parking lot of the Kanab Center, where you will be able to light your lantern and enjoy the magic of watching it float up into the sky while listening to holiday tunes.
The lanterns are 100% biodegradable, and there is a $1 per lantern “bounty” to incentivize the community
to help clean them up quickly. The lanterns gathered may be turned into the Kane County Office of Tourism beginning Monday, November 28, to claim the “bounty.”
Don't miss this magical holiday weekend where people can come together to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season in Kanab—magically unspoiled.V
For more information on the lineup of events for the Turkey Trot, the Christmas Light Parade and Festival, and more, go to www.Kanabholidaykickoff.com.
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Yucca Street Holiday Festival
by Jean Watkins
On Saturday, November 19, 2022, the City of Mesquite, the Virgin Valley Artists Association, the Virgin Valley Theatre Group, and the Women’s History and Culture Center will be opening up the Jimmie Hughes Campus at the Mesquite City Parks and Recreation Department for the first Yucca Street Holiday Festival.
This is a chance for the community to meet and chat with many non-profit groups in our valley, do plenty of early Christmas shopping, and get photos taken with Santa. They can also enjoy live entertainment, food trucks, kid games, and a bounce house.
The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and admission is free.
The easiest way to see everything is to follow a walking tour that starts at the Mesquite Fine Arts Center Holiday Bazaar, located at 15 West Mesquite Boulevard.
Here you can find wonderful creations by over 40 local artists and do early shopping for everyone on your Christmas list, including those who are “hard to find the perfect gift for.”
There is also an outdoor pavilion where Mesquite’s own ukulele band, the Sunny Strummers, will be performing later in the day.
Next, head across the street to the Mesquite Cancer HELP Society at 150 North Yucca Street, Unit 36, to see the many ways they help local cancer patients. Also, check out their raffle items, including a gift basket from Juniper Outpost.
The next stop is the Mesquite Community Theatre for a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus. And while you’re there, check out the live entertainment in the main stage area. A posted schedule shows the times of all the singers and dancers who will perform that day. Don’t miss seeing your favorite performer or group live on stage!
After this is the College of Southern Nevada, where there are games for kids and opportunities to win prizes.
A short walk takes you to the home of the Mesquite Showgirls. Get a photo taken with the girls in their shiny holiday costumes.
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Continue on, and then stop at the 4H room to learn the latest about hydroponic gardening.
Around the bend is the Women's History and Culture Center. Head inside to see the many treasures they have and to find out about their upcoming events. Make sure to set aside some time while you’re there to listen and dance to the Mesquite Cafe Blues Band, who will be performing in the outdoor plaza.
As you walk, make stops along the way to enjoy rock painting, a bounce house for the kids, food trucks for everyone, demonstrations, and booths loaded with goodies, tee shirts, and lots of information.
Say hello to the people at the Mesquite Senior Games, the Salvation Army, Rotary, Friends of Gold Butte, RAISE Mesquite, Donkey Dreams, and many more.
“The City of Mesquite is excited to be part of this event, where you can learn more about all the extra-curricular activities for youth, adults, and seniors at the Mesquite Recreation Center and the Senior Center. You can meet representatives from Search and Rescue, CERT, the Police Department, and the Fire Department,” says Nick Montoya, Director of Athletics and Leisure Services for the City of Mesquite.
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Enjoy the Holiday Season at Kayenta
by Michelle Sundberg
Center for the Arts at Kayenta is proud to announce its holiday shows for the 2022 Christmas season. Christmas has always been about gathering with friends and family. And what better way to do this than by gathering to get into the Christmas spirit together? Don’t miss these spectacular holiday shows that are perfect for the whole family. Gift certificates are available, and shows are perfect for company parties or family groups!
Kurt Bestor Christmas: Return to the Magic
Start the holiday season off right with a local favorite, Kurt Bestor. He will be performing his Return to the Magic Christmas concert along with several guest musicians.
Only three shows will be performed, December 1, 2, and 3, at 7:30 p.m. If you have never been to one of his Christmas shows before, come see why Bestor’s annual holiday show has become a must-see Christmas concert and event and a yearly tradition for hundreds of thousands of Utahns.
Bestor’s unique style has earned him legions of loyal fans around the world. His holiday shows are a popular annual family event. His music and voice are unique and elevating. They have the capacity to evoke joy, serenity, and ecstasy. His compositions and performances have garnered an Emmy award and Grammy nominations.
Though he’s best known for his popular Christmas concerts and albums, he’s also written over forty feature-length film scores as well as themes for national television productions. In the past three decades, he has performed live concerts for more than half a million people.
DETAILS: December 1, 2, and 3, 2022
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Center for the Arts at Kayenta
COST: Adults $40, Children and Students $10
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3 Redneck Tenors Christmas SPEC-TAC-YULE-AR
The 3 Redneck Tenors are real-life Broadway and opera stars that are ready to jingle-bell-rock the Center For the Arts at Kayenta on December 19, 20, and 21, 2022. The 3 Redneck Tenors were top finalists on America’s Got Talent and have been thrilling audiences since 2006. Their unique Christmas show features classic, pop, and a deep-fried feast of musical delights. There’s nothing old-fashioned about this music, arranged by award-winning composer Craig Bohmler. The show is infused with vitality, energy, passion, and laughter. These “trailer park singing angels” have packed their festive mullets and will be dashing through Kayenta just in time for some down-home redneck Christmas cheer. Get your tickets before they sell out!
DETAILS: November 19, 20, and 21, 2022
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
It’s a Wonderful Life A Live Radio Show
Be a part of the audience for this re-creation of a 1947 live radio broadcast. Join Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed and a host of delightful characters as they reenact this timeless and beloved story. Listen as the fun unfolds in the telling of this classic Christmas tale, complete with crazy antics, sound effects, surprises, and all the Christmas feels. This show is a “wonderful” night out for the entire family! The production is brought to Kayenta by Simon Fest Theater Company.
DETAILS: December 16 and 17, 2022
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Center for the Arts at Kayenta COST: Adults $25, Children and Students $10
Come be part of the Arts!V
LOCATION: Center for the Arts at Kayenta COST: Adults $35, Students $10 Tickets: www.KayentaArts.com. Box Office: (435) 674-2787.
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by Kaylee Pickering
Assnow begins to cover the vibrant backdrop of red rocks, Cedar City comes alive with the spirit of “fire and ice,” creating a truly unique winter wonderland for all who visit. Experience dazzling light displays, joyful celebrations, and an opportunity to step back in time for a frontier Christmas with more to see waiting around every corner.
Enjoy a white Christmas surrounded by the Greatest Snow on Earth™ at Brian Head Resort. Rent a cozy cabin with an incredible view of glistening ski slopes before an amazing red rock background. At over 10,000 feet, the snow here is just about perfect, and there is plenty of it!
Grab your board and hit the slopes, or brace yourself for a fast downhill race on the tubing hill.
On weekends, take advantage of the night tubing option for an unbelievable view of the stars, and keep a close eye on the resort’s calendar of events for additional holiday activities, including the Torchlight Parade and fireworks on New Year’s Eve.
Learn more at www.brianhead.com.
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An Unparalleled Holiday
Tubing at Brian Head Resort
Photo credit: Arika Bauer
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Holiday Shopping and Lights in Cedar City
Celebratory events, festive window displays, and twinkling lights are part and parcel for a holiday getaway. While there’s always an event happening in Cedar City, and certainly around the holidays, there are some holiday traditions here that are a bit quieter and offer a chance to enjoy the holiday spirit without getting caught up in the hustle and bustle.
Take a stroll on ornamented Main Street beneath bright snowflakes and swirling patterns with a warm drink in hand and beautiful window displays along the way.
Walk through the grounds of the Frontier Homestead State Park Museum, and see it dressed in its holiday finest. There are decorated trees glinting through the windows of historic cabins and homes and farm equipment wrapped in a spectrum of colors at every turn.
A visit downtown will lead you to characters straight from the stage in the character and sculpture gardens at the Beverley Center for the Arts. Home of the Utah Shakespeare Festival, you can find the Bard himself standing among glittering holiday lights. Cleopatra holds holiday décor aloft in wonder, and the theaters themselves join in the festive fun.
To find upcoming holiday events, outstanding light displays, and maker’s markets, keep an eye on the event calendar at www.VisitCedarCity.com.
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Snowmobile Tour Through Dixie National Forest
Snowmobiles may not be everyone’s cup of tea for a relaxing holiday getaway, but hear us out! Follow the lead of your guide on a tour offered by Thunder Mountain Motorsports through the beauty of Dixie National Forest. With tours catering to first-time snowmobilers, you’re in good hands at Thunder Mountain, and the scenery and wonder are unparalleled.
Worries fade away to little else beyond “am I leaning into this turn right” and “how sore will my legs and arms be tomorrow?”, but the views are more than worth any stiff muscles the next day. The forest around you is stilled by winter. Aspens and pines glitter with a thin coating of snow.
Spots along the trail look like winter landscapes on picture-perfect holiday cards. Under the gentle roar of the snowmobile, the forest is quiet, nestled in under her blanket of snow, and your end destination of Cedar Breaks National Monument is just the cherry on top of the experience.
The fire and ice views of sweeping orange formations that blend into hues of red and pink are brought out by the juxtaposition of the crisp white snow.
Learn more or schedule a tour with Thunder Mountain Motorsports in Brian Head at brianheadthunder.com.
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Brian Head Snow Mobile Thunder Mountain |
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The Perfect Pine
This holiday season, spend a day with the family playing in the snow, drinking hot cocoa, and adventuring out into Dixie National Forest in search of the perfect Christmas tree. Whether the tree cutting is already a household tradition or this year marks the start of a new one, it is a great way to get outside, explore our backyard, and spend time connecting with loved ones.
For a truly unique experience that your family will treasure for years to come, rent snowmobiles or snowshoes and experience the forest in a new way.
Let Wonder be your guide.
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Tree at Holidays at the Homestead | Photo credit: Visit Cedar City
Mesquite Parade of Lights
by Debbie Benham
The Parade of Lights started in 2015 as the catalyst for a food drive. That first year generated over 1,000 pounds of food that was shared between the Salvation Army and the Virgin Valley Food Bank. Every year since 2015, the Parade of Lights entries have continued to grow, and so have the food donations. The 2019 Parade of Lights Food Drive collected a total of 8,439 pounds of food.
In 2020, we could not have the Parade of Lights due to the pandemic. However, we still received food donations throughout the month, totaling 11,060 pounds. The 2021 parade had the most beautiful and creative entries to date, and both sides of Mesquite Boulevard from Arrowhead Lane to City Hall were filled with families. Food donations totaled 15,177 pounds.
The Eighth annual Parade of Lights will be held on Thursday, December 8, 2022, starting at 5:30 pm. The parade entry fee is 25 pounds of food, due at the time of the application. The theme this year is “Joy to the World.” A trophy will be awarded to the participant(s) for the best display of lights, while a separate trophy will be awarded to the participant(s)
that collect the most food (determined by weight). All the food that is donated will go to the Salvation Army for distribution within our city.
To keep you warm before and during the parade, hot chocolate and cookies will be provided in front of City Hall. There will be grocery baskets moving up and down Mesquite Boulevard for spectators to donate food. After the parade and in front of the Christmas tree, children will have the opportunity to ask Santa and Mrs. Claus what they want for Christmas, and parents can take photos.
Arrangements can be made to shop for anyone who needs assistance. We can also arrange to have food picked up. There have been boxes located at City Hall, the recreation center, Washington Federal Bank, and the Nevada Bank and Trust as of October 1, 2022.V
For more information, please contact Debbie Benham at (702) 324-2038 or email her at deborah_benham@yahoo. com. For applications, contact Julie Goodsell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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presents And Christmas in the canyon
by Lisa Larson
Like many in his generation and beyond, Alan Coats grew up watching the animated classic, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, every holiday season.
Gathered ‘round the television set on the night predetermined by the networks, Coats and his family loved the endearing characters. There was just something about the delightful, albeit somewhat choppy, claymation animated style that he and so many others have enjoyed—not to mention the Christmas message of kindness, acceptance, and love.
Fast forward many years, and Rudolph is still very much a part of Coats’ life. Only now, he’s the director of a liveaction production that is remarkably similar to the film. The same lovable characters come to life as part of the Christmas festivities at Tuacahn from November 25 to December 22 at the indoor Hafen Theatre.
“This is an exact replica, word for word, song for song, of the animated classic,” Coats reveals. “The people in charge of the adaptation were very strict, making sure that each
character’s clothes looked like the clothes in the cartoon and the paint colors on the set matched the ones from the movie. It is literally watching your TV come to life on stage.”
Except it has all the extra magic you can only get from live theater.
“When you add the human quality to it, these characters become even more relatable,” explains Coats, who has directed the production six times before in other areas.
“There are families who come each year to see it, and it’s the only thing their kids want to go back and see again.”
Comparing the costume style to the Broadway production of The Lion King, Coats says that the puppets themselves are masterful, and it takes a special kind of actor to bring these well-loved characters to life.
“The actors really are an extension of the puppets,” he adds. “We expect certain things to be in the show, and we’re not dissatisfied when it matches our expectations.”
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Coats hopes audiences will revel in the nostalgia of the musical while at the same time opening the door for a new generation to appreciate the timeless music and message Rudolph The RedNosed Reindeer has to offer.
“There couldn’t be a more current theme than the theme of this show,” Coats goes on to say. “It’s about misfits or what people think in the beginning are misfits. This show deals with how we treat people, how we see people, and that even those who are different, like Rudolph, can really save the day.”
But Rudolph’s glowing nose won’t be the only thing lighting your way when you head to Tuacahn this Christmas season. In addition to the festive cheer emanating from the Hafen Theatre, the entire canyon will be lit up in celebration of the holidays as part of the annual Christmas in the Canyon, which will be every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Monday, November 25 to December 23.
“We like to think of this as our Christmas gift to the community,” says Kevin Smith, Tuacahn CEO. With thousands of twinkling lights giving this magnificent canyon an even more jolly glow, visitors can enjoy a cup of cocoa, a train ride through the lights, some time to shop in the Tuacahn Gift Gallery, or a chance to view another timeless Christmas story, The Nativity.
Featuring a volunteer cast and set against the red rock backdrop of the Outdoor Amphitheatre, the story of the first Christmas is filled with music, familiar narration, and real animals that add even more authenticity to the story.
“There’s just something special about the entire event,” Smith declares. “Truly, this is what Christmas is all about.”V
Christmas in the Canyon is free to the public. Tickets to the Live Nativity are $4 per person and are general seating. Tickets to Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer start at just $24. For more information, log onto www.tuacahn.org.
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Panguitch Holiday Craft Fair
by Karli Brophy
Tucked away in the southern Utah mountains, crafters, creatives, and artists in Panguitch and the surrounding area are hard at work preparing for the 20th annual Panguitch Holiday Craft Fair. With 40-plus vendors, shoppers can find everything from handmade earrings to treats made with secret family recipes to one-of-a-kind gorgeous pieces of art.
"We are delighted and grateful to be able to showcase some of our amazing local talent," says Karla Owens, the Panguitch Holiday Craft Fair's director. "Each vendor brings unique and impressive creations to our fair, which, in turn, is a great benefit to our local and out-of-area shoppers.”
Panguitch, a quirky little tourist town, has a long history of fun family-oriented events. From the Panguitch Valley Balloon Rally to classic car parades, this little town knows how to put on an event!
"Creating a good time and giving back to our community is one of the best parts of the fair. Not only do we get to share our local creators' talents, but we have raffles that donate 100% to our Sub-for-Santa program.
In addition to Sub-For-Santa, we invite our local high school sports teams to run the concession stands. Each dollar they earn goes towards their end-of-year prom fund," explains CoDirector Mandy Soper.V
The Panguitch Holiday Craft Fair will be held Friday, November 11, through Saturday, November 12, 2022, at the Garfield County Fair Building located at 775 North Main (Utah State Highway 89) in Panguitch, Utah.
To find more information about the fair and get some vendor sneak peeks, follow us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PanguitchHolidayCraftFair.
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by Pam Jacobson
We all have the “Heart of an Artist” within us. This is what allows us to deeply appreciate the time and energy it takes to make something, knowing it will become a precious gift of love for someone—perhaps even for you.
Nowhere else does the “Heart of an Artist” shine brighter in Mesquite during Christmas than at the Mesquite Fine Arts Center and Gift Shop’s Annual Christmas Boutique, put on in connection with the Virgin Valley Artists’ Association (VVAA). Their 17th Annual Christmas Boutique begins Monday, November 14, and runs until after Christmas to Saturday, December 30, 2022. We have extended hours on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, November 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
You don’t want to miss this wonderful yearly event. Our artists have invented 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. You can find art objects, small paintings, greeting cards, beautiful and fascinating jewelry, sculptures, pottery, fused glass, handmade soap, knitted hats, and handmade textile purses and wallets, just to name a few of the available items. The gallery is as proud to display them as all of you will be to see them. The prices are extremely reasonable, and you will be joyfully astounded knowing that each piece is created by local artists.
Virgin Valley Artists’ Association
AnNUAL CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE
The VVAA and the gallery want to make your Christmas shopping fun by offering fantastic gifts for family and friends as well as for those very special people in your life. Perhaps you need a gift for your children’s teacher or a neighbor you want to remember, and of course, don’t forget those all-important gift-sized and gift-priced stocking stuffers. So come early, and bring your gift lists so no one is forgotten.
This year, to kick off the season, the Sunny Strummers Ukulele Club will be playing sweet Hawaiian tunes in the Mesquite Fine Arts Center pavilion on November 19 from 1–3 p.m. This event is free to the public. Bring your ukulele if you have one. Sheet music will be provided.
This event will coincide with the Yucca Street Holiday Festival on the Jimmy Hughes Campus. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 19, this free community event will have entertainment for the family, including many of our local organizations, food trucks, and a special visit from Santa Claus.V
The Mesquite Fine Arts Center is located at 15 W. Mesquite Blvd., Mesquite, Nevada, and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 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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Find the True Meaning of Christmas at
by Elisa Eames | Images from stahelifamilyfarm.com
For many, Christmas conjures nostalgia and precious memories of family. And for a fortunate few, Christmas means spending time with loved ones on the family farm. Among this select group is the Staheli family.
Established in 1898, Staheli Family Farm has stood for over a hundred Christmases and has seen six generations, but it is one of the last of its kind. As urbanization and the development of rural areas advance, farms are among the many lamentable casualties. The majority of farms in southern Utah have disappeared, leaving only memories of their contributions to the industry upon which many communities were founded. One such community lies
within Washington City, whose origins lie in agriculture. Within this city is nestled the Staheli farm.
Frank Staheli, Sr., emigrated to Washington City from Switzerland over one hundred years ago and built the first rock irrigation ditches in the Washington area; this system is still used for irrigation today. One wonders if he had any inkling of the regionally acknowledged gem his modest farm would become long after his death. What began as a vegetable enterprise evolved to focus on alfalfa but also included sugar beets, zinnia, oats, and wheat barley. They have also brought up turkeys and other livestock, and the farm currently raises beef cattle.
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Sherrie Staheli, Frank’s great, great-granddaughter, is a fifthgeneration farmer, as are her sister and brothers, and even their father, 80-year-old Ralph, continues to work on the farm with his children and grandchildren. Though Sherrie and her siblings have other occupations that are independent of the farm, their first love will always be farming. “I guess you could say, once a farmer, always a farmer,” Sherrie jokes.
Today, the farm sprawls across 350 acres of magnificent countryside in the Washington Fields area of Washington City.
But sadly, the Stahelis operate one of the last remaining farms in the entire region. “We love that we represent what once was,” Sherrie says a bit wistfully. “We love that we get to tell the agricultural story of our community.” Her family feels that looking to the past can be a source of strength and pride; Sherrie acknowledges that she and her siblings enjoy their farm because of the sacrifice and dedication of her parents and grandparents. “What I’m most proud of is my family!” she exclaims.
Realizing “that all people have a connection to agriculture,” the Stahelis decided to share their patch of heaven by opening the farm to visitors twenty-one years ago. The additions of a corn maze, a pumpkin patch, and fun family activities have enticed hundreds of thousands of guests over the decades to come and enjoy the therapeutic atmosphere and curious magic of a good, old-fashioned farm. “Coming to the farm, you feel different,” observes Sherrie. “Most people can’t explain it, but we see it, and we love hearing them talk about it. For us, being an active part of nature holds the key to gratitude, peace, happiness, and belonging.” Educating the public about agriculture and food sourcing is also a priority.
Southern Utah residents know that Christmas on the Staheli Family Farm is nothing short of enchanting. Though the Stahelis are proud to offer a “farm for all seasons”—activities take place year-round—many locals anticipate one Christmas event more than any other: the live Nativity performance.
Born of unorthodox origins, the live Nativity at Staheli’s farm began as a creative Christmas gift for neighbors, who were invited to the first show. From there, the event snowballed
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into one of the season’s must-see experiences. With a script right out of the Bible, soaring music, and local disc jockey Marty Lane as narrator, the live Nativity tells “the true story of Christmas… with the spirit of what the season is about.” This portrayal is offered free of charge to all farm visitors. “It’s our gift back to the community that supports us. I love that it’s sweet, not commercialized, and every show is magical. People leave with the true spirit of Christmas,” Sherrie notes.
The fact that the cast and crew are comprised entirely of volunteers makes the Nativity even more special, and the farm encourages anyone interested in participating in this remarkable reenactment to volunteer as a member of the cast. Nativity performances run approximately half an hour, and chairs are provided, though most nights are standing room only.
Another Staheli Christmas festivity that quickly became a tried and true tradition is the drive-through Christmas light show, which opened three years ago. Families may opt to see the lights from within their own vehicle or rent a tractorpulled wagon to breathe in the crisp, clear night air and listen to the beautiful Christmas music. “It has been so much fun,” says Sherrie. “The farm becomes a winter wonderland.”
Tickets for the light show are available on their website. In addition to the lights, the Stahelis also open up the farm’s original historic silo and transform it into a dazzling farmer’s market.
Sherrie and her family invite all to come and see why there’s nothing like Christmas on the farm. The Stahelis are surrounded by a shrinking agricultural landscape, yet they are prepared for the future. The family constantly faces the challenges that increased traffic, new homes, and irrigation changes present to expansion efforts, but they are undaunted as they devise innovative solutions and look forward to being a part of the community for the next hundred Christmases and beyond. Sherrie adds, “I feel a sacred connection and responsibility to the heritage of our farm. Every community needs a farm. Come see us! Come feel the country!”V
The Staheli Family Farm is located at 3400 S. Washington Fields Rd., Washington, Utah, 84780. Performances of the live Nativity are December 14–16, 2022, at 6 and 7 p.m. For general farm information or to volunteer as a Nativity cast member, go to stahelifamilyfarm.com. Also, find them on Facebook and Twitter.
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Golf f re kids
by Mindee West
Of all the wonderful charity golf events held in Mesquite, possibly one of the most anticipated is the annual Golf Fore Kids Tournament. Every year, golfers assemble at four local courses and bring toys, bikes, balls, scooters, dolls, and art supplies to donate to local children. Trailers are filled to the brim, Santa’s helpers work overtime, and because of the generosity of our local citizens, hundreds of kids will smile a little brighter this Christmas season.
This year marks the 18th Annual Golf Fore Kids Event. As usual, Falcon Ridge, Palms, Canyons, and Conestoga Golf Courses have each graciously donated their course for the day. Golfers will tee off at 9 a.m., then be treated to lunch
afterward at the Casablanca Event Tent. There will be prizes for winning teams and whoever is closest to the pins, plus a large raffle that never disappoints.
Hole sponsorships are available for $50 for one course or $150 for all four courses. The individual or company name and any other message requested will be printed on a sign and posted on a tee box for all golfers to see. And like everything else, 100% of the funds go directly to the kids.
If you wish to sign up for a sponsorship, you can do so online by going to www.golfforekidsnv.org or calling Karen Fielding at (702) 378-9964.
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Tee time reservations will only be taken online. If you wish to play in the event, you can sign up by going to www. golfforekidsnv.org. The site opened on October 1 and will fill up quickly. So don’t wait too long to reserve your spot. You can make your selection of course, but it is on a first-come, firstserved basis.
Thank you to all the wonderful people who have made this event a success in the past! Golf Fore Kids has raised over $750,000 in cash and toys for local children in our community. What started as a small tournament at one course has grown into a huge event with 580 golfers, dozens of volunteers, trailers full of toys, and hundreds of happy children. Thank you for your continued generosity, and let’s make this the best year ever!V
Tournament Date: Thursday, December 8, 2022, 9 a.m. shotgun.
Golf Locations: Falcon Ridge, Palms, Canyons, and Conestoga Golf Courses.
Lunch Location: Casablanca Event Tent.
Entry Fee: Minimum of $75 worth of unwrapped toys.
Hole Sponsorship: $50 for one course or $150 for all four.
Sign up at www.GolfForeKidsNV.org.
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TNT Holiday tips-n-tricks
by Donna Eads
Lots of us have done some early shopping for the holidays this year due to supply chain concerns. We all remember having trouble finding even tennis balls, so it is easy to believe that players are acting fast and early. So what do you think are the best buys for your tennis friends and family?
Well, everyone needs a new outfit. Mesquite now has its own Big 5 Store that is due to open before the holidays, so you can do some in-person shopping. Many sale items are available online, such as items from the US Open Store and others. Popular apparel brands include Fila, Nike, Tail, Adidas, and New Balance, just to name a few.
One noteworthy item that worked well for both men and women was the Asics Gel Game 8 shoe, so buy two pairs! Other great women’s shoes are Adidas Avacourt or New Balance 696 V4. For the guys, think about buying the Nike Court React Vapor NXT or K-Swiss Hypercourt Express 2.
Now to racquets. If the players on your Christmas list want power, think about the Babolat EVO Drive or the Head
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Titanium TiS6. If your player loves spin, look at the Yonex V Core 95 or the Prince Textreme Warrior 100. Wilson and Prince have these types as well. All the online stores have a demo program, so you can try these racquets first, and the fee for the demo program is included if you purchase a racquet. Buy your player a matching bag for their racquet, too!
The weather couldn’t be better for long hours on the courts with your friends. A tip to know for your warm-up is to focus on your footwork. On average, a pro moves their feet ten steps. Some are large, but most are small steps to line up a shot. A club player usually only takes one to three steps. Your footwork should include moving in the direction of every hit of the ball so you are ready to react to the return.
Don’t let the ball play you. You must play the ball! If possible, this means you are always moving to intercept the flight of the ball in front of you. Imagine that you are always moving to the top of the hill, not crabbing across the bottom of it. The more you move toward the ball, the more power and control you will have for the shot.
For overheads and serves, work on early preparation, full extension, and placement. During a lob, quickly turn to the net, have both hands up, and try to place the ball where it
will bounce off the court before your opponent can reach it. A good technique is to point to the ball in flight with your non-racket hand to track the descent of the lob.
Early preparation for a serve means checking your grip, looking at where you want to place the ball, and taking your time to get a good toss. Try to never hit a bad toss, and fully extend your arm to hit the ball. You are allowed 30 seconds to complete your serve, so take your time. This is the one time you are in control. If you’re having trouble with your serve, take the time to practice your toss. The toss is the number one reason that you double fault.
One trick is to be sure you clear all the balls off the court during tournament play. If you don’t, that ball can cost you a point or even cause an injury. No one wants to see a broken ankle, and no one wants to lose a match because you hit the other ball. Many of us watched the U.S. Open, where a number of the top players chased balls even though it seemed impossible to get to the ball to hit a winner.
The moral is—never give up on any shot, but keep your ability in mind at all times. It might be best to concede your opponent’s good shot rather than take a bad fall.
See you on the courts!V
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Southern Nevada Symphony
by Elisa Eames
Music plays an instrumental part in our lives (all puns intended). It inspires, elevates, motivates, and adds beauty and comprehension to our surroundings. No one understands this more than Dr. Selmer Spitzer, the conductor of the Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra. A farm boy from North Dakota, Dr. Spitzer’s love of music bloomed as he took piano lessons beginning at age six, sang in his rural church choir, and played in school string and band programs.
In 1957, he earned a degree in instrumental music and began teaching instrumental and vocal music to high school students in North and South Dakota and California, eventually receiving a Master of Music in Education in 1967 and a Ph.D. in Music Education in 1972. Since then, Dr. Spitzer has served as the music department chair and director for various colleges and universities and as the conductor for a number of symphonies. He was awarded the Professor of the Year Award in 2005 by Jamestown University in North Dakota, and in 2008, he received the North Dakota Directors Band Association Distinguished Service Award. His first love will always be conducting instrumental ensembles.
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ORCHESTRATES NOTEWORTHY PERFORMANCES
Dr. Spitzer and his wife, Phyllis, have raised three children and have lived in Bunkerville, Nevada, for the past 16 years; they love the green alfalfa fields visible from I-15, and the more they get to know the people of southern Nevada, the more they love them. However, nine years ago, Dr. Spitzer decided that the area was missing something: a symphony. One of the first steps in realizing his daunting vision was to set up a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and appoint a board of directors. Next came the task of actually finding the musicians. He hit the recruitment trail in his community, convinced a number of musicians to participate, and finally, the Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra sounded out its first few tentative notes as an organization with Dr. Spitzer conducting.
As of this fall, the orchestra, which differs from a concert or jazz band, has an impressive 70 members, including:
12 first violins
12 second violins
Five string basses
One bass clarinet
Four French horns
One bass trombone
One English horn
Orchestra members are mostly local with a few “ringers” coming from St. George and Las Vegas. Common in major symphonies as well as community orchestras, ringers are professional musicians who sometimes attend rehearsals in order to play at specific concerts. Dr. Spitzer takes his role as the overseer of all these members very seriously.
“To be a conductor is very powerful; all 70 musicians follow my baton—loud, slow, fast, etc. without any questions asked,” he says reverently. Remarkably, the Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra has already earned itself a solid reputation for quality performances in the short years since its inception. “I have been very impressed by the commitment of the members of the orchestra,” he continues. The orchestra is so respected that, more often than not, highly talented and professional musicians contact him seeking opportunities rather than the other way around.
When there is an opening, a musician must have sufficient experience and proficiency to merit an invitation to join.
In order to achieve its superior sound, for no less than eight weeks prior to every performance, each member must practice diligently at home as well as attend a twohour rehearsal with the entire group every Friday evening.
As the conductor, Dr. Spitzer is tasked with selecting the music to be performed for each concert. He often considers suggestions from audiences and orchestra members, and pieces range from classical to modern and even include musicals and film scores; in April 2022, Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra presented selections from the musical, Les Miserables, and the film, The Lord of the Rings. “My role as conductor and director is to be a community music leader
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and to make sure that the audience (as well as the 70 orchestra members) enjoys the presented music,” he explains.
Another reason that professional musicians are lining up to play with the Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra may be that its musicians perform for sold-out crowds of enthusiastic and appreciative patrons. Dr. Spitzer is equally impressed with the warm reception and the support that the orchestra has received from the community. He, his colleagues, and the musicians are especially grateful to all the generous community donors who keep the orchestra thriving and able to continue offering culture and enjoyment through music.
In the not-too-distant future, the orchestra plans to graduate from its current performance venue, which provides a woefully cramped stage and only seats around 190 audience members, to a well-equipped 800-plus-seat auditorium built by the community. Possible major donors are invited to consider the immeasurable positive impact a performing arts facility would have on the Virgin Valley area (naming rights are available for the entire facility as well as interior rooms). “The long-term plan is for the orchestra to be called the Southern Nevada Philharmonic,” Dr. Spitzer says proudly.
Before the end of the year, the Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra will favor patrons with two concerts. A special veterans concert will take place on November 12, featuring
a trumpet duet by guest musicians from the Las Vegas Philharmonic, and the orchestra’s Christmas concert is scheduled for December 17.
For millennia, music has affected us in inimitable and indescribable ways. It is a hallmark of civilization, enriching the lives of both listeners and musicians. As a smaller community, southern Nevada is tremendously fortunate to enjoy its own local symphony. “Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra is your orchestra,” Dr. Spitzer observes with satisfaction. “The symphony enhances the community and is sought by both new and long-time residents. Music is one of the most rewarding things. Music is not just a job; it is a part of the inner soul.”V
For general information about the Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra, visit their website at www.snsymphony.com or see them on Facebook.
The veteran’s concert will be Saturday, November 12, 2022, at 7 p.m., and the Christmas concert will be Saturday, December 17, 2022, at 7 p.m. Both events will be held at the Mesquite Community Center located at 150 N. Yucca Street in Mesquite, Nevada. For tickets, call the Mesquite Fine Arts Center at (702) 346-1338, or visit them in person at 15 W. Mesquite Blvd. For information about joining the Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra or becoming a donor, contact Dr. Selmer Spitzer at (701) 226-6062 or email him at email@example.com.
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How to Bring Joy
Back into the Holidays
by Judi Moreo
The holidays—that time of year when families and friends gather to enjoy the season and one another. When I was a child, holidays conjured up images of joy, happiness, and cherished memories.
The holidays, however, are not necessarily enjoyable for everyone. In fact, the holiday season is truly something that many people hate and would rather skip.
According to an American Psychological Association survey, about a quarter of Americans said they experience "severe stress" around the holidays. According to studies on holiday stress, up to 69% of people experience stress due to a perceived "lack of time" and/or a perceived "lack of money," while "pressure to give or receive gifts" is the source of stress for 51%.
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When someone is experiencing anxiety because of the holiday season, many physical health conditions may also show up, including things like insomnia, exhaustion, loss of appetite or undereating, gain of appetite or overeating, headaches, irritability, and digestive problems.
But it doesn’t have to be doom and gloom. Finding strategies to relieve this excess stress can put joy and happiness back into your hoalidays. Here are some suggestions for staying composed over the holidays so that you may enjoy the season.
1. Be Reasonable
Identify what precisely is causing you stress. When you are aware of your feelings, you will be better able to manage them. Eliminate or delegate things that you personally do not have to take care of.
2. Take a Break from Drama
Try to put any ongoing or recent family conflict behind you. Putting aside your differences is beneficial to both parties. Avoiding any drama and having fun will make it more pleasurable for everyone.
3. Make a Plan
Planning ahead can be quite useful. Create checklists to help you remember what needs to be done and when. Crossing things off your list when they are completed will be incredibly satisfying.
4. Make a Budget
If you intend to purchase gifts or host any meals or activities, decide ahead of time how much you will spend. Adhere to the spending limit you have decided upon!
5. Say "No"
It is acceptable to not do everything, especially if you feel overwhelmed. It can all get to be too much, and before you know it, every free night and weekend is booked on your schedule. Go to the events that give you joy.
6. Embrace a Healthy Lifestyle
The holidays are typically characterized by cheesy appetizers, carb-heavy fare, and sugary desserts. In order to avoid getting off course, maintain your "offholiday season" lifestyle as much as you can. However, allow yourself permission to enjoy and splurge occasionally since it is the holidays.
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7. Take a Moment for Yourself
Pausing will help you stay grounded and in the present. Working out, walking, mindful breathing, meditation, and yoga are all great ways to take care of yourself.
8. Seek Professional Guidance
Often, discussing your feelings and concerns with a therapist is helpful. A therapist is a great third-party resource who can impart information, wisdom, and good coping techniques, especially if your fears are accompanied by strained relationships, family conflict, or loss.
A Final Thought
Just keep in mind that this is actually supposed to be the most delightful time of the year. The ideal frame of mind to adopt for reducing stress and enjoying the holiday season is to remember who YOU are and remain grounded and reasonable in your expectations.V
Judi Moreo is the Ultimate Achievement Coach. In addition, she is an author, an artist, a hypnotherapist, an NLP practitioner, and the host of the television show, “What’s Your Story?”, on the WWDB-TV Network on Roku. If you would like to contact Judi, you may do so at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Blizzard of ‘49
by Karen L. Monsen
Winter snow provides the spring meltwater that fills reservoirs to meet agricultural and human needs throughout the dryer months. Snowfall also supports recreation and turns Bryce and Zion Canyons into winter wonderlands. However, the 1948–49 snowstorms broke weather records, ravaged western and mid-western states, disrupted travel, buried trains, hammered economies, stranded livestock, and even turned deadly.
The National Weather Service defines a blizzard as “a storm with large amounts of snow or blowing snow, winds greater than 35 mph, and visibility of less than ¼ mile for at least three hours.” Weather archives reveal blizzard conditions began on January 2, 1949, and swept across Utah, Colorado, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Nebraska for two months, leaving snow on the ground for five months.
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Utah’s Comprehensive Weather Almanac notes, “Utah’s most severe winter since 1899 occurred during the 1948–1949 winter season. It was the coldest winter on record, and an accumulation of 78 inches of snow was reported at the Salt Lake Int’l Airport during the season. This accumulation was 18 inches greater than the previous record of 1936–1937. Nearly a 25% loss in some livestock herds was reported, tourist trade reached an all-time low, and 10 people died from exposure, snow slides, and other direct effects of the weather.”
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Snow at Zion NP Jan 8, 2016 | Photo Credit Karen L Monsen
Six weeks of widespread storms dumped 20 feet of snow in some areas. Temperatures dipped to -45 degrees Fahrenheit, and gale-force winds pounded the Great Plains, burying highways and trains. Wyoming historians called it the “Worst Snow Storm of the Century” —1,000 ranchers lost livestock and 76 people died.
Operations Snowbound and Haylift employed U.S. Air Force WWII combat veterans to pilot airdrops to stranded individuals and feed to livestock across Wyoming, Kansas, Colorado, Nevada, and Utah. Nevertheless, more than 100,000 cattle and livestock died.
Snow drifted as high as telephone poles in Millard County, Utah. Rotary plows on trains stalled while digging through snow drifts, and blow torches and dynamite were used to free ice-encrusted trains near Rapid City, South Dakota. The Nebraska National Guard liberated 152,192 snowbound people and gave 3,500,000 head of livestock access to feed. Flagstaff, Arizona, recorded snow nearly every day from December 22, 1948, through January 1949—totaling 104.8 inches.
North Texas News reported the worst ice storm in the history of Texas Power and Light: towers crumpled under two inches of ice on transmission wires, and tree limbs crashed onto cars and houses. Idaho, Missouri, and Illinois were hit with ice storms that coated roadways, downed trees and powerlines, and halted travel. Snowplows in Idaho were themselves stuck—buried under record snowfall.
Jimmy Kemple was 12 years old and living in St. George, Utah, during the 1949 blizzard. He recalls, “I had a paper route that year and delivered the Los Angeles Examiner to 20–30 subscribers. The papers came on the bus each morning. There were many days during that winter when the Greyhound bus could not get into St. George because ‘Utah Hill’ on old Highway 91 was snowed under.”
St. George winters are typically mild and sunny, and at the time, the Chamber of Commerce promoted the city with the slogan, “St. George is where the summer sun spends the winter.” Kemple said the city even offered a free hotel room to tourists for any winter day when the sun did not shine at least a little bit. Although St. George schools never canceled classes, Kemple, now age 86, recalls walking in snow up to his knees, sledding on frozen streets, and hearing the news that Wayne Gardner, a prominent resident, had perished on the Arizona Strip while checking on his herder and sheep.
WAYNE CUMMINGS GARDNER
Wayne Cummings Gardner lived in St. George and had 1,400 head of sheep on the Arizona Strip at Pigeon Breaks, Mohave County, Arizona. Gardner helped draft the Taylor Grazing Act in 1936, which established the range code for public lands, and participated in the Soil Conservation Service.
In 1962, Gardner’s daughter, Mary Ada Grossen, who was 16 during the storm, wrote a letter to her children describing the blizzard, beginning with the events of January 9, 1949. “About
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3:00 pm snow began to fall. This was very unusual for Utah’s Dixie. It not only snowed, but the snow stayed on the ground. We experienced the heaviest snow in 13 years in 1949.”
As snow accumulated, Gardner was concerned for his herder, Ed Harrington, and his sheep. He attempted to reach the sheep camp three times on consecutive days: first via Main Street through Wolf Hole and the Mount Trumbull community, then via Mesquite and Riverside Nevada through Grand Wash past the Grand Gulch Mine, and a third attempt again via Wolf Hole. He turned back each time due to deep snow or a flat tire. His fourth and final attempt was January 15, leaving around 3 a.m. and heading down the Grand Wash route.
When Gardner failed to return home by January 23, search parties were organized, and a plane attempted a flyover but was grounded by strong winds. Searchers camped at Little Tank and Poverty Mountain. On January 24, a horse-mounted group approaching from Highway 91 located Wayne’s truck but turned back when the snow reached the horses’ bellies. On January 25, a plane spotted the sheep camp, dropped supplies, and confirmed that Ed was okay, but Gardner had never reached the camp.
Grazing Service volunteers joined posses with bulldozers, National Guard equipment, and tents to search as temperatures fell to 28 degrees below zero. An airlift dropped
feed and concentrates for the herd, and eventually, the sheep were moved to lower areas. On February 7, while hunting dogs located eight sheep at Pigeon Breaks, searchers spotted an old hat—not the Stetson that Wayne usually wore—sitting atop 4–5 feet of snow. They tied a sweatshirt around a tree to mark the spot and returned to St. George, where Bessie, Wayne’s wife, confirmed that Wayne had worn an old hat when he left home because “he did not want to ruin his nice Stetson in the snow.”
Searchers returned on February 15 and located Wayne’s body encased in ice, resting near a tree approximately 14 miles from his truck and 2,500 feet higher in elevation. On May 20, 1995, a memorial marker for Wayne Cummings Gardner was dedicated on the Arizona Strip near the spot where he perished.
Future storms will certainly challenge weather records. But the Gardner marker remains a testament to the devastating ’49 blizzard and the many people who searched and sacrificed for others during a winter when nature’s snowy wonderlands turned deadly.V
Thanks to Katherine (Gardner) Staheli, Wayne Gardner’s daughter, who was age six in 1949, for sharing her family’s story.
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Virgin Valley High School Happenings
by Kelly Zarndt
Virgin Valley High School would like to welcome our new principal, Mr. Mike Wilson. Mr. Wilson came to us from our district office, where he was in charge of school safety for the district. Before that, he was the principal at J. L. Bowler Elementary in Bunkerville. So keep an eye on the building—we are going to be experiencing some changes—all for the betterment and safety of our students.
At the start of the new school year, it was also the start of a new theater season at Virgin Valley High School.
This year, the theater group hopes to do a musical yet to be determined, and then they plan to round out their year with a vintage Hitchcock radio play. Spies, murder, love, and other trademarks of Alfred Hitchcock will come to life in the style of the 1940s radio broadcasts that showcased the master of suspense’s earlier films. A triple feature including The Lodger, Sabotage, and The 39 Steps, this live radio play will be complete with vintage commercials and will recreate a daring train chase, a serial killer’s ominous presence, and a devastating explosion through the magic of live sound effects. This spooky, exciting piece will be the perfect way to end a wonderful year. Look for this show in March 2023.
For other performances and exact dates and times, please check the Virgin Valley High School website.V
In this issue, we are also proud to spotlight a dying breed of athlete: our high school and junior high school rodeo kids. This year, Virgin Valley has two students competing at National High School Rodeo Association events along with one junior high student. These young ladies practice nightly to compete once a month at the various High School Rodeo Association events. They all belong to the Moapa Valley Rodeo Club, which is sponsoring our hometown rodeo at the Clark County Fairgrounds on November 11–13, 2022.
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Virgin Valley Bulldogs Give Thanks
by Dan Wright
The Virgin Valley High School baseball team held a dinner on Saturday night, August 6, to award the state championship rings to the 18 players and 5 coaches that were part of the 2022 State Championship team. All 23 players and coaches along with their parents were able to make it to the dinner/swim party that was hosted at Coach Hoover’s house.
The VVHS Bulldogs would like to thank the following sponsors for their contributions, which made it a special event for the players and their parents:
Ace Hardware for the donations of the tables and chairs
Hole Foods Bakery for the delicious Bulldog cupcakes
Walmart for providing the drinks
Eureka Casino Resort for catering the event
Clark County Printing for donating the banner
Smiths for donating party decor
The generosity of these local businesses helped make the evening a memorable one for all involved. Go Bulldogs!V
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Live Here. Work Here. Stay Here.
by Susie Knudsen
For southern Utah residents looking to explore a local career, increase earning potential, or return to the workforce, Southern Utah University (SUU) is set to launch two new no-cost Workplace Ready career pathway programs.
Designed to fill the immediate needs of the southwest Utah workforce, both programs lead learners into one of two high-demand career pathways: tourism and hospitality or computer technology. Each pathway offers a Workplace Ready digital badge, three foundational courses led by local industry experts, a professional certificate with credits that can apply toward SUU degrees, networking/mentoring opportunities, and attendance at a professional development conference.
“Workplace Ready prepares and mentors those who are serious about having a long-term career in one of southern Utah’s dynamic employment sectors,” says Melynda Thorpe, executive director of SUU Community and Professional Development. “Both career pathways have been designed with input from 192 southern Utah employers and with support from local education, business, and industry partners working together to respond to the pressing growth and hiring needs of our region.”
Workplace Ready prepares individuals to enter into a career field and then advance into management and leadership roles. No-cost enrollment is made possible through a Learn and Work grant funded by the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE).
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No-cost Workplace Ready Program to Train 330 Southern Utah Locals for High-demand Careers
The program is supported by the following regional partners and agencies:
Beaver County Center for Economic Development Cedar City Chamber of Commerce Cedar City/Iron County Office of Economic Development Department of Workforce Services
Garfield County Economic Development Iron County School District Kanab Chamber of Commerce Paiute Tribe of Southern Utah Small Business Development Center SouthWest Tech Southern Utah University St. George Area Chamber of Commerce Utah Tech University Visit Cedar City - Brian Head Tourism Bureau Women’s Business Center of Utah BIG Chamber (representing Beaver, Iron, and Garfield counties)
Administered by SUU’s Community and Professional Development Department, USHE has also funded 90 enrollments for professional Community Health Worker certificates to address growing healthcare needs.
“I can’t think of another time in history when there has been a more collaborative and concerted effort to raise up the southwest Utah workforce,” Thorpe says. “This is a tremendous opportunity for anyone looking to build a career here in our beautiful region of the state.”V
For more information or to apply for programs, visit www.suu.edu/prodev, or call (435) 865-8259.
Make a Difference as a Community Health Worker
For those looking to make a difference in the health and wellbeing of their community, SUU has received funding to offer the Community Health Worker (CHW) certificate this fall at no cost to 90 Utah residents. Community health workers serve as a bridge between communities, social services, health care systems, and health departments. The nine-week program offers tools to upskill in the areas of outreach, health education, social support, and advocacy. Because seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, it is recommended that those interested apply soon at www.suu.edu/learnandwork.
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Does Your Dog
by Anita DeLelles
Some dogs are more than pets. They actually have a job to do by performing a service for their owners. But many people confuse the terms, therapy dog, service dog, and emotional support dog, or use them interchangeably. However, they are not the same.
A therapy dog is trained to provide comfort and affection to people in hospice, retirement homes, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and more.
A service dog is trained to help people with disabilities, such as visual impairments, mental illnesses, seizure disorders, diabetes, etc.
An emotional support animal (ESA) provides their owners with calming, therapeutic benefits through companionship.
Can Any Dog Be a Therapy Dog?
The answer is no. While they do not have to perform any specific task, they must have obedience training and possess the right personality. They should be naturally calm, affectionate, and friendly to strangers. They should also have regular health check-ups. Since therapy dogs are used in facilities to comfort people and give affection, they need to know commands such as “stay” and “leave it.” Most importantly, they must know not to jump on people, bark uncontrollably, or exhibit stress or agitated behavior.
Besides the obvious companionship, a visit with a therapy dog has been shown to lower blood pressure and heart rate, reduce anxiety, and increase endorphins.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) offers a standardized training course called Canine Good Citizen (CGC), which is a good place to start. Ask your dog trainer or contact Intermountain Therapy Dogs for more information.
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What is a Service Dog?
Service animals are working animals, not pets. They assist people with disabilities, including both physical impairments and mental conditions. Some perform very specific tasks, like detecting a change in the owner’s scent to alert that a seizure is coming. The right to use a service dog is given under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and local governments.
Service dogs must be on a leash or in a harness unless it interferes with the dog’s work or the individual’s disability. Service dogs should be well-behaved, know all the basic commands, and of course, be housebroken. Simply having a disability isn’t reason enough to categorize your own dog as a service dog. Your service dog must be able to complete tasks that you are unable to complete yourself. By law, service dogs have to be allowed into businesses, and it is also illegal for someone to ask about your disability.
However, someone can ask if the pet is required due to a disability or what tasks your service dog performs. And don’t think about pretending to be disabled so your dog can gain access to an area—that is against the law! Service dog registration is not required by the ADA. If you have a psychiatric service dog, a doctor’s note may be required for airline travel and other public areas.
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What About Emotional Support?
Emotional support dogs or other animals (ESA) provide comfort and companionship. But they do not have access to all public areas. Previously, ESAs were allowed to fly in an airplane cabin with documentation, but recently, the U.S. Department Of Transportation (DOT) announced that it no longer considers ESAs a special assistance animal for air travel. Individual airlines establish their own ESA policies. Most U.S. carriers are following the DOT guidelines and only allow trained service animals, so check before any travel plans. Pets that meet an airline’s specific requirements may travel with you in the cabin or cargo bay but may require paperwork and fees.
There is no formal training needed to be an emotional support dog, which is why you may see some that are not very well-behaved. Most importantly, your emotional support dog should be devoted to you and responsive to your emotions and commands. A dog that is calm and comfortable around people is a good candidate. When choosing a dog for emotional support, it’s recommended to look for an animal that is around one year old so you can build a strong bond with them.V
Contact the trainers at WOOF! Wellness Center and Training Academy at (435) 275-4536 to start training or learn more.
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“Take It Easy”
at Winslow’s Fabled
by Linda Faas
Driving on I-40 through eastern Arizona evokes scenes from old-time Westerns. Its open terrain and unchanging rhythm are mesmerizing. It seems like nothing except the speed of travel has changed from the days when pack teams trudged the Beale Trail and the early trains rolled across the high plains.
When songwriter Jackson Browne was famously “standin’ on the corner in Winslow” looking for hotter prospects, he was passing through a town that was down on its luck. Glenn
Frey of the Eagles probably never even stopped by for a beer, even after the song, “Take It Easy,” unexpectedly pulled Winslow from the dustbin of history.
In the early 1990s, the Santa Fe Railway (now BNSF) was close to tearing down its abandoned building beside the Winslow tracks. It had once been a renowned Harvey Hotel that hosted tourists flocking from the East to witness the still-wide-open West. They came to see the Grand Canyon, the Hopi and Navajo, and the panorama magnificently
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laid out along the Santa Fe Railway that represented the commercial lifeline of the West.
The Winslow edition of the Harvey Hotel chain was a latecomer to the Harvey collection. It would be the only first-class hotel between Gallup, New Mexico, and the Grand Canyon and would serve as the jumping-off point to tour the Painted Desert and Hopi and Navajo villages. The hotel chain, started by Fred Harvey, carried on as a family legacy of high-quality accommodations and fine food where guests were exquisitely
attended to by the impeccably dressed Harvey Girls. Harvey built the El Tovar Hotel at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in 1905. The company added La Fonda to the plaza in Santa Fe and built beautiful hotels throughout New Mexico. A young architect, Mary Jane Colter, worked on many of these projects but came into her own when she designed and decorated Winslow’s La Posada Hotel. She visualized it as a historic ranch house built in the 1800s for a wealthy Spanish colonial family. It was named “La Posada,” which is Spanish for “the resting place.” Colter’s creation was filled with arched openings,
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arcades, sunken gardens, tennis courts, and over seventy luxurious rooms and suites furnished with Native American rugs and pottery and lit by lovely Mexican lanterns. At its grand opening in 1930, it was deemed “magnificent” and quickly became the business and social center of the area.
But rail tourism was on the wane. By the 1950s, the hotel was repurposed as the Santa Fe Railway headquarters building and outfitted in Formica and fluorescent lights. This garish décor eventually fell victim to the remoteness of the town, and the railroad abandoned the building. Finally, it was slated for demolition along with other Harvey masterpieces.
Local Winslow preservationists refused to give up their crown jewel and managed to have La Posada added to the National Historic Register. But that didn’t ensure its renaissance. The hotel came to the attention of Allan Affeldt and his wife, artist Tina Mion of Los Angeles. With their friend, Dan Lutzick, the pair visited Winslow in 1994 and decided to rescue La Posada.
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Architect Mary Jane Colter used arches, beams, and soft lighting to set the quiet mood for this nouveauSpanish style hotel. It was a jumping-off point for Easterners who came to Arizona in the waning days of the Old West.
Without hotelier training, the three took the leap of “faith and passion” needed to revive Harvey and Colter’s creation.
For the next three years, the three toiled to weave together the many threads of fabric that it would take to restore the building. By 1997, they had put together financing and a plan to purchase La Posada from BNSF Railway for a paltry $158,000 and then began pouring a total of $12 million into its renovations.
La Posada reopened slowly, first with two, then four, and then six guestrooms. The owners were also the day laborers. They enlisted artisans who wandered in, offering them a place to stay in return for their work.
World-class tinsmith Verne Lucero visited in the summer of 1997 and mentioned he had worked at the hotel during WWII. He was commissioned to create tin artwork and chandeliers for the hotel and restaurant.
Renowned Chef John Sharpe showed up in 2000 and transformed the hotel’s classic dining room into the Turquoise Room, a world-class destination that has landed on many lists of “top restaurants in the world.”
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What better place to enjoy an early morning coffee than the lovely terrace that fronts the hotel?
The famed Turquoise Room serves up modern versions of southwest favorites, such as squash blossoms, corn and bean soup, bison short ribs, and mean martinis.
Today, La Posada and the Turquoise Room welcome visitors to 54 guest rooms, world-renowned dining experience, an art gallery, gardens, and of course, rail-side seating, where guests can watch as trains glide by as if in a silent movie.
What has been re-created at La Posada is nothing less than a renaissance of unique beauty and tranquility. Crossing the weatherworn threshold of the original front door takes the visitor back to a world of calm that is absent from today’s life. The quiet of the gardens reveals the trickling water of old fountains formed from petrified wood and colorful pottery. Sunset, witnessed from a second-floor balcony, brings seldom-felt personal peace. Tina Mion’s paintings that adorn the walls throughout the public rooms are poignant with a touch of mysticism. Here, knowledge and respect for the past are the cornerstones of the present.
An overnight stay at La Posada is a precious reward for the five-hour drive from Mesquite. Start early, and leave plenty of time to hang out on the corner with the memories of Browne and Frey. Soak in the lore of the town. Then stroll back to the hotel for the sunset and a memorable dinner at the Turquoise Room. Whether you visit the many tourist sites in the area or just curl up with a good book, staying a second night is a wise and rewarding plan.V
See laposada.org for hotel and restaurant reservations, or call (928) 289-4366.
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Luscious king beds beckon to the weary traveler in guest rooms that have been fully restored to their classic charm.
TOP SPECIFICATIONS WHEN PURCHASING IRONS
by Rob Krieger
Club manufacturers have done a great job of improving club performance and distances over the years. Just go to a demo day and try out some of the new stuff, and usually, you wind up hitting the ball with the new club a bit farther than with the one you currently have. But allow me to let you in on a little secret they are not forthright in sharing in their sales campaign. Each club manufacturer has its own specs, and they continue to change from year to year, model to model. This makes it hard to decide which clubs you need in your bag and how to spend your money.
Miraculously, each year, the new model hits the ball further than the last one, which was also touted as being longer and straighter—their best ever. How are they doing it? Yes, there are some materials that may change, and there may be a slight design difference, but simply look at the lofts of your clubs and compare them. This is important to understand not only so you have the right club for a specific yardage but to wisely invest so you don’t have a garage full of equipment just collecting dust. Take a look and see why loft specification is so important in building the correct set of clubs for your game.
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If you look at sand wedges, they have actually stayed pretty consistent at 56° of loft. However, all the other clubs have seen their lofts go up, thereby leaving a bigger gap between the sand wedge and the so-called pitching wedge. Today’s pitching wedge was yesterday’s 7-iron. When it comes to having the scoring clubs inside 100 yards, not knowing your lofts can leave you scratching your head over a gapping problem. Are you wondering why you struggle from a certain yardage?
Also, let’s look at why many more sets need to have hybrids. Today's 4-iron is pretty much yesterday’s 1-iron. If you don’t generate enough club head speed, that ball is not going to get up into the air to maximize its distance, even with today’s 4-iron. However, they are very happy to sell you a 4-hybrid. Hybrids have a lower center of gravity (CG), so that is why the same club number is equivalent to an iron with a little longer shaft. Hybrids can be easier to hit with because they may hit the ball higher and further. Finally, hybrids come at a higher price than the iron, so if you need them, your set just got more expensive.
The bottom line is that when you are ready for a new set of clubs, investigate their lofts to ensure the proper set makes up for you and your game. Yes, you can buy a better golf game.
Best of luck researching your clubs on Google, and as always, Fairways & Greens!V
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by Sabra Baeza
The Painted Hippo came to life because of our desire to share our passion for ceramic painting and to create a fun local atmosphere. Ceramic painting is a great activity for family and friends to bond and create a memorable experience. It can be very relaxing and therapeutic!
As a young girl, I would visit my Aunt Dorlene’s house often, and she would take me to a ceramic store and let me choose whatever I wanted. I would paint alongside her and would paint my piece to my own perfection. As parents, we have taken our children to ceramic painting shops and always enjoyed the excitement of watching them create their own masterpieces.
Growing up in Mesquite and now raising children here, we realized something was missing as part of the fun activities for families and children in this area. We wanted to bring that missing piece to the community. We strived to make it cost-friendly for families as well as our retired customers—a place for us all to come to find joy and relaxation time and time again.
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We are The Painted Hippo! We, Sabra and Junior Baeza, were born and raised in this area and are now raising our three daughters here. You will often find the three of them at the shop with us. I have always loved hippos and wanted to keep the name unique and personal.
We have such a variety of pieces to choose from. Our shelves have everything from mugs, plates, and bowls to animal and garden figurines. There is something for everyone! We are continually rotating our inventory, so you can always find something new to catch your eye, including pieces for different holidays and gifts for loved ones.
The process is simple; choose your ceramic piece and paint colors, create your own personalized art piece, and leave the mess for us to clean. We will give you a call once it has been fired in our kiln and is complete. Our turn-around time is approximately 5–7 business days.
Our studio is available for walk-ins, birthday parties, business parties, and private events. We have enjoyed hosting youth and adult paint groups, kids camps, and date nights, and we will continue to schedule fun themed sessions.
We have amazing family, friends, and community members who have supported us along the journey and continue to do so while they find their own joy in painting ceramics. We love our wonderful customers and have made many new friends that make our days spent at the studio full of fun!V
Stop in and see us at 312 W. Mesquite Blvd. #7—you’ll be sure to find something that’s right for you!
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DAVE HEATH AT MESQUITE FORD GOES ABOVE AND BEYOND
by Elisa Eames
Born and raised in St. George, Dave Heath is an avid hunter and fisherman, and southern Utah/Nevada has been his playground since he was young. “I love to explore the outdoors,” he says. “That’s why I love southern Utah and southern Nevada so much—there’s so much to do!”
However, he has always loved two things more than anything else (aside from his family): cars and people. An alumnus of Snow Canyon High School, he got his first job answering phones in 1996 for Bradshaw and Weeks Automart (now out of business), and at 14, he sold his first car during a “Midnight Madness” sale when the sales associates unexpectedly needed some extra help. Like a deer in the headlights, he approached the customer and showed him a gold Isuzu Trooper; the man bought it on the spot. Reveling in the glory of his success and the satisfaction of helping someone, Dave realized then and there that selling cars was for him.
Shortly thereafter, he began washing and detailing cars at St. George Ford, becoming the wash bay manager at age 17. After high school, he studied communications at Dixie State (now Utah Tech University) and served two years as a missionary in Oregon for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Unfortunately,
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he and math were often at odds (pun intended), so instead of returning to communications, he instead trained to be an electrician at Dixie Applied Technology College (now Dixie Technical College) while working for an electric company.
“It’s hard to get your foot in the door at an established dealership,” Dave explains. “But I wanted to become that guy that everyone asks for, so I applied at a new dealership.”
In 2005, he jumped at the chance to be a part of Mesquite Ford when it was in its developing stages and even did some finishing and electrical work, including digging in the light poles and panel room inside the building. It proved to be an eventful year, as Dave was also married in 2005. He and his wife, Melanie, now have 4 kids, aged 14 to 7.
The next year, the Heaths moved to Mesquite from St. George, Dave was able to volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America, and Mesquite Ford opened its doors for business with Dave leading the sales team. “I’m the only sales guy that’s been there since day one,” he says with pride. The satisfaction of helping a customer that he felt when he was 14 has only increased over the years. This is evidenced by how hard he works and the many awards he has won. He has received the Employee Excellence Award from Ford Motor Company seven times, which is even more impressive considering that he managed to win the award more than once during the recession in the 2000s. Many more experienced sales personnel have not received this distinguished award even once. (To keep its doors open during the economic upheaval of 2008, Mesquite Ford began selling used trailers, and as a result, has its own trailer franchise).
In 2015, Dave and his family moved back to St. George to find more activities for the kids, though part of his heart will, of course, always be in Mesquite. “I work in Mesquite every day. I love the people. I love what I do, and I love the company,” he
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says with feeling. Dave sells commercial, police, and city vehicles while “taking care of everyone in between.” His incredible passion for helping his customers is apparent and is what sets him apart; his reputation for taking care of people and being there for them is nearly legendary. Says one Mesquite resident, “He’s more than a car salesman—he’s basically engrained in the community!”
One of the many things that makes Dave an amazing salesman is his love of meeting people and hearing their stories. His honest, transparent, and easygoing approach immediately helps customers relax during what can be a stressful process. He credits his time in Oregon with teaching him how to be more compassionate and empathetic, and customers appreciate his ability to see their perspectives and understand their situations. He especially enjoys the challenge of figuring out what vehicle would best suit a customer.
Being a good father to his four children is also a joyful priority, but this doesn’t stop him from being there when a customer needs him—perhaps one of Dave’s most astonishing attributes is how well he takes care of his customers after the sale. Eight months ago, a customer bought a vehicle from him and recently experienced some issues with it. Amid his children’s continuous soccer games, basketball games, and tennis matches, Dave sent
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another car that was the same make and model for the customer to drive while his car was repaired. When the customer’s vehicle was ready, Dave drove it to his house. “You have to take care of people to stay in business as long as I have,” he reveals. “Especially in a small town because word travels fast!”
Jaw-dropping customer service isn’t the only thing that distinguishes Dave and Mesquite Ford from the competition; he is particularly proud of the support that both Mesquite and St. George Fords offer to the community. The dealerships sponsor hole-in-one competitions, College of Southern Nevada sports, other local sporting events, and even Tuacahn performances. Most noteworthy, perhaps, is their sponsorship of every high school in southern Utah and Nevada!
Though he and the dealerships do much to help the community, Dave feels that it doesn’t compare to what the community does for them. “The employees at the dealerships are local. Their kids play sports with yours. It all goes back into the community. There is a ton of local support! When the national average per month is selling 8 cars and I’m over 20 in a small town, it shows what great community support there is. I appreciate it so much. Mesquite is such a great community!”V
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by Ashley Centers
It’s the most wonderful time of the year—unless you’re trying to keep your nutrition goals on track!
season can be fraught with hard decisions over food and meal plans, trying to fit in workouts, and just generally staying on track with our health and fitness goals. But it doesn’t have to be all bad news and even worse decisions!
Last year at this time, I shared some recipes for
Preparation can be key in sticking with your goals. By having a few healthier choices around, you can cut a lot of unnecessary calories, carbs, and sugars from your holiday menus while still having wonderfully filling and enjoyable meals. You’ll still get to savor those nostalgic flavors and all of the textures that you can’t help but want in your holiday spreads.
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favorites, and this year I’m going to share some new ones we’ve been looking to try out.
This year, I’ve been really focusing on trying to eat more greens, so I’ve added a few to our menu this year. I’ll share a couple here:
8 Cups kale/collard greens (1 and 1/2 pounds) 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (or olive oil) 4 chopped garlic cloves 1 cup water 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar 1 Clean greens thoroughly, and cut stems away. Dry, and cut or tear into bite-sized pieces. 2 In a deep pot or skillet with a cover, sauté garlic in oil. Add greens to the pan with 1 cup of water. 3 Cover pan. steam greens for 4 minutes. 4 Uncover, stirring constantly until greens shrink. Add salt and pepper, stir on high until mixture is thoroughly soaked. 5 Sprinkle cider vinegar into the mixture. Cover. 6 Turn off heat. Let stand until ready to serve. 95NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2022 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |
| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 202296 1 Cup chopped onion 1 cup sliced mushrooms 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 pound green beans, blanched 1 spray skillet with cooking spray. 2 sautÉ onions, mushrooms, and garlic. 3 add green beans and heat thoroughly. Green Beans
As I age, I’m finding that my body really doesn’t respond well to processed foods and that I can really feel and even see the effects of inflammation from eating things like processed white bread and sugars. So this year, I’m skipping the boxed stuffing in favor of something a lot less inflammatory and filled with much healthier whole grains. 1 1/4 Cups uncooked wild rice 18 ounces vegetable broth 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 cup diced onion 1 cup diced celery 1 apple, diced 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon chopped sage 1 1/2 Teaspoons chopped thyme 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped rosemary salt & pepper to taste 1 1/2 cups roasted butternut squash 1/4 cup toasted, chopped pecans 1/3 cup dried cranberries Wild Rice Stuffing 1 cook the wild rice in vegetable broth, approximately 45-50 minutes. 2 while the rice is cooking, roast the butternut squash. 3 prep the onion, celery, garlic, apple, and fresh herbs. 4 when rice and squash are done cooking, heat oil in a large skillet, saute the onion, celery, and apple. Season with salt & pepper and saute 4-5 miinutes until everything is tender. 5 add in remaining ingredients and stir everything together. 6 place lid on and bake in a 350-degree oven for 20 minutes. 7 remove from the oven and let cool. taste test! ( my favorite part! ) 97NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2022 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |
And finally, anyone who knows me knows that my guilty pleasure has always been and will always be cheesecake, but with the fat and calories
involve, I try to stay away as much as possible. However, this year, I’ve found a
alternative called Pumpkin Cheese Pie, and while it’s not the healthiest of desserts I could choose, it's a much healthier version of a classic favorite, so I’m giving it a shot!
Remember this season that even if you slip or make a mistake in your meal planning, it’s not the end of the world.
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V Until the next edition, I’m wishing you all very healthy and happy holidays! Your friend in fitness, Ash Recipe credits for Seared Greens, Sautéed Green Beans, and Pumpkin Cheese Pie plus more great resources for healthier and cost-effective meal planning can be found at https://snaped.fns.usda.gov/ nutrition-education/healthy-thrifty-holiday-menus.
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oven to 350 degrees. 2 beat cream cheese, eggs, and sugar at medium speed until creamed. 3 add the remaining ingredients, beat until thoroughly mixed. 4 spoon the mixture evenly into the crust. bake for 50 minutes until pies are firm. | VIEW ON MAGAZINE | NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 202298
Has You Covered this Holiday Season MESQUITE BUSINESS CENTER
by Suzanne Galliher
After moving to Mesquite in the summer of 2013, owners Pat and Suzy Galliher quickly saw the need for an all-inone shipping store in town. Owning other companies for the past few decades helped them open Mesquite Business Center in 2017.
After spending five years operating on Riverside Road, they’ve now been able to relocate the business to a much larger building situated at 526 Commerce Circle. The new building includes a 1,500-square-foot showroom and can accommodate a much larger and more diverse inventory. Running their own business allows the Galliher family to be active in the community, whether it be helping the local schools that their children attended or working with the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce and other city leaders.
Currently, with retirement hopefully on the horizon, they’re looking at expanding and making their business as autonomous as possible as they desire to pursue other endeavors in the near future. Mesquite Business Center and U-Haul currently provides shipping via all three major carriers (FedEx, UPS, and USPS), packaging services, sales of packaging materials, and mailbox rentals. They also offer reservation and rental services for both local and one-way U-Haul trucks and trailers.
The Christmas season is the Gallihers’ favorite time of the year, and they’ll take any chance they can to show it off. So come in during the month of December to check out their lovely Christmas village diorama and other seasonal decorations!V
Call Mesquite Business Center at (702) 346-2191 or visit us online at www.MesquiteBusinessCenter.com.
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for Leading A Fulfilling Life Ten Basic Rules
by Judi Moreo
No one wants to look back on his or her life with regrets. You might have some regrets about the mistakes you have made, things you have done, or opportunities you have lost, but you can make a conscious decision to minimize your regrets by leading a more fulfilling life in the future. Here are ten basic rules for achieving this.
1. Live With Gratitude
There is a lot of power in gratitude. When you start to feel down about your situation, focus on everything you have. Focus on what is going right. Train your mind to find the silver lining instead of automatically jumping to focus on the negative. This can help snap you out of focusing on negative energy and make you feel more fulfilled. Fulfillment will be more accessible to you even in the most difficult times of your life. No matter how hard things are, you are still surrounded by blessings.
2. Live With Love
Everyone has the same 24 hours each day. But not everyone has the power to exercise total control over them. It might be equal, but it may not be fair. You can't change this fact unless you win the lottery. But you can fill your life with love. You can love your family fearlessly. You can love your friends freely. You can love what you do in your spare time. You can love your pets. If you focus on love, you will feel fulfilled.
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3. Live Your Purpose
You might not know your purpose yet. Oh, you might have had it figured out at age 17, or perhaps you realized it on your 53rd birthday. Your purpose doesn't need to be your job, but whatever it is, you should be able to pursue it as much as it makes sense for your life.
When you live with purpose, you don't need to live only for the weekend to roll around. You don't need to stare at the clock and wait for escape. You don't need to feel down every Sunday night heading into Monday morning or ignore what motivates or fuels you.
Your purpose might be to have three children and be a stay-at-home parent until they graduate from high school and go to college. It might be to use your law degree to overturn unfair convictions. It might be to become a wellknown artist or photographer or to be more creative.
Maybe you want to use your wealth to help the less fortunate. Or you might use your chef experience to open a restaurant that caters to the unsheltered community in your area. Your purpose is your own, and it's a clear personal mission that lights your fire.
4. No More Comparisons
People compare themselves to others a lot. It's an easy trap to fall into, and we are all guilty of it to some extent. It doesn't matter how much you have or do, if you constantly compare yourself to others, you will never feel truly fulfilled. Don't compare how happy you are to how happy someone looks on social media.
Don't compare your salary to what someone else earns. Perhaps you felt a pang of envy when your neighbor towed a new speed boat home, but you don't know what debt they incurred to purchase it.
Comparison will only ever bring you misery. You will learn nothing from making comparisons. Everyone has their own path to walk. Everyone has their own skills and talents, and everyone is on their individual quest for fulfillment. So focus on yourself.
5. Practice Forgiveness
Forgiveness is a powerful tool. You might not think someone deserves forgiveness, but it's worth remembering that forgiveness is more about letting go of anger and hurt and less about letting someone off the hook for bad behavior. You don't need to formally extend forgiveness to someone in order to make it official. You only need to do it within yourself.
In addition to forgiving others, it's important that you forgive yourself. Everyone makes mistakes, fails, and falls down. So when you inevitably do these things, be gentle with yourself.
6. Relationships > Possessions
You can't take possessions with you when you die. But you can leave an impression on your relationships. And the relationships that you build provide you with more fulfillment over the course of your life than any possession you could purchase. Unless cars happen to be one of your passions, you don't need three cars because you can only drive one at a time.
The point is—there is a difference between fulfillment and pleasure. Pleasure is lovely, but it's empty because it's fleeting. Fulfillment is happiness and contentment. It's something you can hold onto.
7. Hold Yourself Accountable
The words you use matter. Your actions count. Be accountable for your behavior and consider the consequences of those actions and words. The quickest way to run into regret is by not doing so.
8. Give Back
If you can leave this world having given more than you took, then you will have done well. And in doing so, you will lead a fulfilling life. Invest in yourself, invest in your future, and when this bears fruit, be prepared to pay it forward.
9. Don't Hate
The quickest way to lose any chance at fulfillment is to hold onto hate within your heart. Life is way too short for that. It will take a bit of discipline, but set your ego aside, and embrace humility. Hate will exhaust and consume you and will distract you from all of the positivity in your life.
10. Spend Time With Happy People
If you have negative people in your life, manage how much of your time you spend with them as best you can. The best way to remain happy and fulfilled is to spend time with happy people as often as possible. It's inspiring. It rubs off on you and will go a long way to helping you lead a fulfilling life.V
Judi Moreo is the Ultimate Achievement Coach. In addition, she is an author, an artist, a hypnotherapist, an NLP practitioner, and the host of the television show, What’s Your Story?, on the WWDB-TV Network on Roku.
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